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Royal Collision: Ilomuanya, Ohiri clash at Orlu



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ohiri vs ilomuanya

New Yam literally turned sour at a New Yam Festival in Orlu, when two traditional rulers jostling for position clashed.

The New Yam Festival hosted by the chairman of the Orlu Zonal Council of Traditional rulers, Eze Emmanuel Okeke of Amaifeke autonomous Community in Orlu Local Government Area (LGA) became a war of words when the traditional ruler of Obinugwu  Autonomous Community, Eze Cletus Ilomanya arrived at the scene of the event.

Speaking while blessing the Kolanut,  Eze Ilomuanya who is the Chairman of the South East Council of Traditional rulers said he had become the chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional rulers, following a recent court ruling which seemingly nullified the position of his successor, Eze Sam Ohiri, who was also present at the occasion. Eze Ilomuanya, therefore, collected a kola nut, as traditional demands, on behalf of the Imo State Council of Ndi Eze.

However, Eze Sam Ohiri, the traditional ruler of Obi Orodo Autonomous Community while also speaking maintained that he was still the bonafide chairman of the Imo Council  of Traditional rulers, stressing that  he was representing the Governor , Owelle Rochas Okorocha at the occasion.  As a result, he too collected a kolanut on behalf of the Governor and also the Imo state Council of Traditional Rulers.   There was confusion, as guests engaged in argument on who really is the chairman of ndieze Imo.

In his own remarks, the Senator representing Orlu  Zone in the National Assembly Chief Hope Uzodinma described himself as a law maker and respecter of the law. He stressed that the court’s judgment must stand and should be respected.

Uzodinma expressed concern that while other parts of the country could resolve their traditional problems amicably, that Imo State could not.

The Senator then called for peace and urged the people of the state to abide by the rule of law in order to avoid further problems that could affect the development of the state.


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  1. Don Heavenson

    August 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    It’s only in Imo State that such things could happen. It is only in Imo State that the so-called “Ezes” are not screened before they assume their positions. So many of the ‘Ezes’ do not qualify to be Eze, let alone fighting for a position they don’t deserve.

  2. Prince

    February 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Ilomuanya is a strong pdp supporter. He forced me and some presiding officers posted in his community as an inec adhoc staff in 2011 election to rig the election on behalf of pdp in his own palace,I mean his own main throne or palace bcos the election materials came very late in the evening around 8pm. We had no option than to do according to his will bcos he took us to his compound and locked the gate surrounding us with dangerous looking mobile police men. I am from the same community with him and we all know his past history as a deadly man. He kills anyhow. If we dare refuted his plans of rigging the election for pdp that night,by now,RIP could have been our english names. Ilomuanya is a criminal,he was using that post to work for pdp that was why every pdp government in power do recognize him. I was there when president Goodluck visited and knelt down before Ilomuanya and Ilomuanya crown him. We the obinugu people don’t want him again as our king let alone of becoming the chairman all the kings in imo st

    • Obi Stanley

      June 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

      You are not from obinugwu you impostor,how can you serve as an adhoc staff and also claiming to be from obinugwu,
      Well let me tell you we are going to win this battle against detractors who have besieged my Community.
      Ilomuanya remains

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas



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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun Covid-19 testing in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State, “in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of the virus in the rural areas of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba disclosed this in Owerri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday.

Chief Emelumba said so far, the USAID officials have carried out reasonable number of testing in Njaba LGA and reported that all those tested came out negative and that the council prayed that the result from other Local Government Areas will be the same.

He announced that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo in October this year.

According to him, the approval underscores the efforts which the Imo State Government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.

Recently, the NUC panel was in Imo State to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.

Mr. Declan Emelumba, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the Education Sector of the State.

Emelumba said that the Imo State University of Science and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo will take off by October when other universities would be resuming for a new academic session.

In the same vein, the Council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that Government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take–off of the faculty.

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital



Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

Oge Iwu at fmc

L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council



Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated a new Governing Council, for the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri.

At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, August 31, the governor named Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Other members of the Council include: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Tony Ezenna, Prof. (Ven.) Chinedu Nebo, Sir. Louis Ezeigwe, Chief Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Dr. (Mrs.) Uwandu Uzoma, Ugoeze Victoria Adaku Ekezie, Prof. Adaobi Obasi (Vice Chancellor) and others.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Uzodimma said the choice of the members is to infuse fresh air into the university because “It is in dire need to bounce back to reckoning.”
He added that the choice of the members was because they have carved a niche for themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour and that they have earned solid reputation as men and women of substance in their individual trade, indices that qualified them for the appointment.

He challenged the members to bring their reputation to bear on the University, bearing in mind the task for good quality scholarship in Imo State University as well as service to humanity.

The Governor urged the members to deploy their individual accomplishments, excellence, expertise, passion for service as effectively as necessary to actualize the dream of his administration of having a highly reputable University comparable to the best Universities in the World.

He also requested the Council to “restore in words and deeds the motto of Imo State University, which is Excellence in Service”.

“Imo State University currently is a classical example of a failed University,” Governor Uzodimma said but strongly believed that “with a star studded Governing Council such as the one inaugurated there is no doubt that Imo is on the track to realize the dreams of her founding fathers.”

He further enjoined the Council members to quickly hit the ground running and come up with policies and programmes that will reassure Imo people that the University that made them proud 20 years back is on track as he assured them of Government partnership in this regard.

In an acceptance speech, on behalf of the Council, the Chairman, Most Rev. Ugorji who is the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia thanked the Governor for the absolute confidence reposed in them by giving them the assignment and acknowledged that though the task is daunting he has a strong belief that with the calibre of members of the Council and support of the management, staff and students the University will be returned to a centre of excellence which was the dream of the founding fathers.

He said that Imo State University deserves the best and that he and his members as inaugurated will work acidulously to ensure that the target of the governor in making Imo State University one of the best universities in Africa is realised.

He congratulated fellow members and promised that God’s willing, they will not fail the government and people of Imo State.

Present at the inauguration were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, and other members of the expanded State Executive Council.

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