Police Kill Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Robbery Suspect, Vampire

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‘Vampire’ with other suspects

Police Special Forces, led by the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have killed notorious kidnap kingpin and armed robbery suspect, Henry Chibueze, also known as ‘Vampire’.

The wanted criminal met his waterloo early this morning at about 1AM on Thursday during a gunbattle with the IGP Intelligence Response Team in Omu Awa Forest,Ikwerre L.G.A. Rivers State.

Five other members of his gang were arrested alive and cache of arms and ammunition were recovered.

Recall that Vampire had escaped from Imo High Court premises following a shootout between gunmen and security operatives in Owerri, Imo State on January 27th.

In an attack that left several persons wounded,men suspected to be members of his gang attacked the operatives when Vampire and other inmates arrived at the premises of the Imo High Court in Owerri.

According to an eyewitness,the gunmen, over six of them, found their way into the court premises shortly after over 50 inmates were conveyed to court for hearing of various suits filed against them.

The gunmen opened fire on the security operatives and inmates at the court premises shooting sporadically into the air for over 10 minutes leaving several people wounded as Vampire and about eight other inmates escaped.

The Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha promised a reward of Five million Naira to anyone with valuable information that can lead to the arrest of the escapee criminal.

Governor Okorocha Proposes N131bn As Imo’s 2017 Budget

Governor Okorocha Proposes N131bn As Imo's 2017 BudgetThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has presented before the Imo State House of Assembly, a budget of N131, 143,144,277 for the 2017 fiscal year.

During the presentation of the budget at the hallow chambers of the Imo state house of assembly in Owerri the state capital, Governor Okorocha announced that the document has been named “Budget Of Consolidation and Continuity II”.

Governor Okorocha disclosed that, capital expenditure has N77, 413, 2016, 169, equivalent to 59.03% while recurrent expenditure has N53, 729,938,108 equivalent to 40.97%.

He said that the 2017 budget proposal would seek to “stimulate the economy by focusing on infrastructural development, delivering inclusive growth, creating good environment for industry, commerce, tourism and investment”.

The proposed 2017 budget is higher than the 2016 budget by 27,934,662,247 which translates to 28.3% increase.

Okorocha Meets With Traders Over Eke-Ukwu Market Relocation

OkorochaThe Imo State government has met with the Eke-Ukwu market traders and artisans to discuss the ongoing relocation of the market.

The Governor spoke with traders, artisans and various market associations at a meeting at the Imo International Conference Center in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

At the meeting, the Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha explained the planned relocation to the newly secured Imo modern market along Egbeada layout within the state capital.

He explained that the Imo State government had decided it was time to relocate to a more conducive and organized environment that would not continue to deface the city.

He said that the plan to give the state capital, Owerri an infrastructural face-lift and expand all the major roads was on top gear.

Governor Okorocha added that the state government would not be deterred or distracted in the ongoing relocation plan of the Eke-Ukwu market popularly called the Douglas market.

For the people, the relocation plan is a welcome development but also a tough task as they complained of the time and process of getting allocation in the new place.

After several hours of meeting, the Governor insisted on the relocation of the market and gave the occupants three weeks to vacate and move to the new site which has been allocated and under construction.

Governor Okorocha Sacks Imo SSG

Governor OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has sacked the Secretary to the Imo State Government, Mr Jude Ejiogu.

This decision was made known in a letter made available to the Imo State broadcast outfit signed by the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Pascal Obi.

Governor Okorocha thanked the former SSG for his contributions to the development of the state as an appointee under the Okorocha-led administration. He also prayed for success and God’s guidance in all his future endeavours.

As at the time of filing this report, no reason has been given by the state government for the action.

Before his appointment as the Secretary to the Government of Imo State in 2015, Mr Jude Ejiogu had taken positions as Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor, Special Adviser to the Governor on IGR, Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission and Commissioner for Special Duties.

Okorocha Commends Court Judgement Affriming His Victory

Rochas OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has commended the Appellate Court for upholding the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed his victory during the April 2015 general election.

The Governor also commended the court for justifying the people’s confidence in the ability of the judiciary to uphold justice and respect lawful actions of the people over who would govern them at any given time.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemoudo, Governor Okorocha commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha and his legal team for exercising their constitutional rights, adding that “it will help strengthen the nation’s democracy”.

He also called on the PDP candidate and other Imo indigenes, irrespective of party affiliations, to support his government to further sustainable growth and development and build the state of their collective dreams and aspirations.

Meanwhile, Hon Ihedioha while reacting to the judgment, directed his counsel to approach the Supreme Court and seek redress against the Appeal Court’s ruling.

In a statement by his Media Aide, Chibuike Onyeuwku, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives called on PDP members   and all Imo indigenes to remain resolute ‘and continue in their prayers as the Okorocha-led administration in the state will very soon, give way for a PDP-led God fearing, purposeful, transparent and qualitative administration’.

Imo State Government Completes Onungara Bridge

OkorochaThe Imo State Government has completed the construction of the Onungara bridge, linking the people of Owalla Avuvu and Amachara Avuvu communities in Ikeduru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Residents in the communities have expressed their appreciation to the Governor Okorocha led administration for finally completing the bridge.

They said that the newly completed bridge would revitalize the love between both communities and also boast the economic activities in the area.

They noted that the fortunes of the two communities would be augmented especially in agriculture and fishing.

The traditional ruler of the community, however, further appealed to the Imo State government to complete the access roads to the area.

Indigenes of both communities met on the just completed bridge to celebrate this new feat that has kept them apart for over three decades.

The Transition Committee (TC) Chairman, Obinna Nsirim, who was on a visit during the celebration, promised that in no distant time, the bridge would become motor-able.

He appealed to the people to remain patient as the government will in a short time complete the access roads.

Okorocha Lauds INEC For Extension Of PVC Collection

OkorochaMajor streets in Owerri the Imo State capital, on Monday, experienced a heavy traffic gridlock following the return of the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, from his 2-weeks trip in the United Kingdom.

The Governor had been away since the postponement of the general elections.

Speaking to newsmen at the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, Governor Okorocha expressed optimism that his party, the APC, would emerge victorious at the forthcoming elections in the state.

Adding that, as promised earlier, if elected into office the second time, his administration would provide enabling environment for industrialization.

The Governor lauded INEC on the extension of the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards which he said would go a long way to enable people collect their cards and vote against bad government.

He advised the people to come out en masse and collect their PVCs.

The Governor moved round major areas in the Owerri metropolis in a motorcade, before getting to the Government House.

Imo State Governor Challenges INEC On Forthcoming Election

Imo StateThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on conducting a free, fair and credible election in the state in forthcoming elections.

The Governor made this statement while receiving the newly deployed INEC Resident Commissioner for Imo State at the Ndubuisi  Kanu Council Chambers in Government House in Owerri the Imo State capital.

Governor Okorocha said that there were rumours making the rounds in the state that the PDP was planning to manipulate the process of the elections with the help of INEC.

He said that the APC and the people of the state would resist any attempt by INEC or PDP to rig elections in the state.

For the newly deployed INEC Resident Commissioner in the state, Dr. Gabriel Ada, the commission was ready to ensure a free and fair election.

He, however, noted that it remained important for political parties in the state to advise their supporters against any form of election violence and thuggery.

He also expressed worries that many voters had refused to collect their PVCs as the statistics of PVC distribution in the state was still less than 50%.

He advised politicians in the state to encourage their supporters to collect their PVCs to enable them vote for the candidates of their choice.

The Imo State Governor also encouraged the citizens of the state to go out and collect their Permanent Voter Cards as this was the only way they would be allowed to perform their civic right.

Okorocha Picks Imo APC Governorship Ticket After Losing Presidential

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in absentia as he was still in Lagos for the party’s National Convention which ended on Thursday evening.

Okorocha’s emergence as the party’s governorship flag bearer in the state came barely few hours after coming fourth in the just concluded APC presidential primary elections at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

During the Owerri event, which took place at the Imo International Conference Centre, the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Uche Nwosu, who was secretly adopted as the APC governorship candidate by the party’s delegates, announced his withdrawal from the race.

Speaking before the ratification of the Governor’s candidature, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. John Alamba, said that the party had the power to substitute any candidate that withdraws from the race.

Nwosu, in his brief speech said that his withdrawal from the race was based on personal and family reasons, adding that the interest of the party supersedes his personal ambition.

He enjoined the party members to give same support and solidarity to the new candidate, Governor Okorocha.

Apart from the delegates, also present at the event were all the state executive of the Imo State All Progressives Congress, except the Chairman who was still in Lagos, members of the Okorocha’s cabinet and other state appointees.

Imo Youths Hold Solidarity Rally For Governor Okorocha

Rochas-Okorocha (1)Youths from the oil producing area of Ohaji egbema and Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State have commended the Governor  Rochas Okorocha led government for initiating various youth oriented programmes aimed at engaging youths in the area in meaningful and productive ventures.

Not mindful of the rain drops, the youths made the declaration and pledged their unflinching support to Okorocha led administration at a solidarity rally in government house, Owerri, the state capital on Sunday.

They thanked the Governor for the 500 million Naira Empowerment Trust Fund launched by the State government few months ago and said that the empowerment had helped many youths in the area to do meaningful things with their lives.

They called on the Governor to run for 2nd term in office so as to complete the numerous infrastructural, economical and human developments he had started in the state.

Since the Governor was on a state trip to Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Sam Onwumuedo, addressed the youths, promising to deliver their message to the Governor on his arrival

Ohaji Egbema and Oguta Local Government are the two oil producing areas in Imo State known for their high restive nature and high level of unemployment. It is, therefore, hoped that the initiative  would help end the restiveness of youth in the area.

Registration of Northerners: Senate Opposes Imo Govt’s Alleged Plan

Senate_ChamberThe Senate has asked President Jonathan to direct security agencies not to partner with the Imo State Government to issue identity cards to Northerners residing in Imo State.

This statement came after a conference meeting was held accusing the Government of planning to register Northerners residing in Imo State.

In a meeting on Thursday, at Abuja, the Deputy Majority Leader, Abdul Ningi, drew the attention of the Senate to an alleged plan by the Imo State Government to register Northerners in the state with the aim of issuing them identity cards.

The Federal lawmakers at plenary condemned the alleged plan describing it as unconstitutional and a gross abuse of the rights of citizens.

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorochas, had on Wednesday denied reports of plans to issue identity cards to Northerners resident in the state and has described the claims as being falsehood.

Gov. Okorocha, claimed that Northerners have enjoyed long standing hospitality in Imo more than any other state in the South-East and blamed those desperate for power as being behind the attempt to damage the cordial relationship between indigenous people of the state and the Hausa community.