2023 Presidency: I See Hope In You, Uzodimma Tells Lawan

 

The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma told the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday that he sees hope in him.

Governor Uzodimma made the remarks after Lawan addressed the All Progressives Congress(APC) leaders and delegates from the five Southeast states of Imo, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu who converged at the party Secretariat in Owerri.

Uzodimma said it was clear that President Muhammadu Buhari would have to give recommendations and guidance on the succession plans but prayed that the President would see what some of them had seen.

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Governor Uzodimma said: “The party is aware that it is only our President, President Muhammadu Buhari who understands the demography and the character of the current national politics vis-a-vis the insecurity, economy and the public welfare and the party will also be guided by his recommendations in managing the succession plans.

“These delegates are still here. They have cried for a very long time against not given sufficient recognition and relevance to the people of Southeast.

“That is why I’m almost certain that they will not be influenced by money nor by any material influence. They will do that which will attract to our people the relevance and recognition nationally that we have been looking for, for a very long time.

“I have listened to you. Very brilliant ideology. I have also seen that you are highly detribalised and nationalistic. I think, in you, I can see hope.

“Therefore, I will recommend very highly that Mr President in his wisdom, guided by the spirit of God, will also see what some of us have seen.

“One assurance that you should take home is that, Northeast and Southeast are related by blood. Getting no-objection certificate from Mr President, we will not be stopped by anybody.

“So when you go home, greet our brothers and sisters. Before you came, our own brother, the Governor of Ebonyi came to address the delegates.

“And in doing so, he also recognised copiously the relationship between Northeast and Southeast to the extent that he even re-echoed that the two geo-political zones are the most marginalised in Nigeria.

“Therefore, whatever comes to Southeast is as good as it has gone to Northeast. And whatever goes to Northeast is as good as it has come to Southeast. We are with you.

“You are completely loyal to the leadership of our great Party, APC, under the command of President Muhammadu Buhari and I’m almost certain that our decision may likely be guided by his recommendations and counsel.”

Earlier, Lawan who described Uzodimma as the “Lion of the Southeast” said he had been a “major pillar in all my political journey since we started.

“He was at the forefront in 2015, you know he was a Senator, he wanted me to be Senate President. He worked so hard tirelessly.

“But today, to the Glory of God, this our brother, the Governor of Imo state, has worked so hard to also keep this campaign going. Actually, he presented my completed nomination form.”

 

The Senate President outlined his plans to the delegates if given the chance to fly the flag of his party the APC and if elected as President:

“For me, it is security first. Because you need to secure the people. Even for them to go to their farms or to go to their markets or to go about their local businesses, they need to be secured.

“This is a challenge that this administration has been working so hard to ensure that every citizen is secured.

“I am coming from the Northeast. Coming from Yobe State. We were under the domination of Boko Haram between 2014 and 2015, before President Muhammadu Buhari took office.

“Today we are far safer. Most of the insurgents are coming out to surrender with their families. Their leaders have been killed.

“Of course, before President Muhammadu Buhari took over, about 15 or 16 of our Local Governments in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa were under the full control of Boko Haram. But we still have challenges.

“That is a success story for our administration. That is the kind of story we want repeated in all parts of Nigeria. We are battling so hard in the Northwest and some parts of the Northcentral with the bandits and kidnappers and of course in the south particularly the Southeast which is a recent development.

“The Southeast is supposed to be our South Korea. It’s supposed to be our Japan. It’s supposed to be our America in Nigeria. Very ingenious people. Very enterprising people.

“And therefore, we must never allow our past history, history told by colonialists….we are the same people because whether you are coming from the North or From the South or the East or the West, you are a Nigerian.

“And as a Nigerian, you will pray and work that every Nigerian in every part of Nigeria succeeds and be in peace because what happens here in Owerri affects me in Yobe and what happens in Yobe affects you here.

“So I believe that given the opportunity, and we are already doing something, we must have a national integration policy. National cohesion.

“What does that mean? It is for us to ensure that there is fairness and access to social, economic and political opportunities. This is one way to go because most of the time, the crisis, the conflict is about the resource distribution, opportunity that is available to everyone.

“But I believe that we must continue to work for national integration to give everyone a sense of belonging. If you are a business man you should excel in any part of Nigeria you chose to be.

“Secondly, having secured our nation, we must continue to work for the improvement in our economy. Our economy is already the largest in Africa and that is a feat. We have been able to succeed to maintain the number one position despite two years of COVID 19 that we suffered.

“One thing is that we need to improve to make this economy more productive and more inclusive. That is to say that those at the highest level should not enjoy at the expense of those at the lowest part of the ladder.

“That is to say if you are a small trader, you should have some support. You already have some support, the empowerment programmes by the present administration.

“But what we need to do is to ensure that in areas like the Southeast, where majority of people are business oriented, the Small and Medium Scales Enterprises, will have to be supported. Once everybody has something to do, nobody will like to call for any trouble.

“So I want to make that my mission, that employment opportunities must come through support to SMEs.

“I want to see a situation where our women will continue to play a dominant role but I’m particularly also concerned about our youth, I believe to transform Nigeria, you have to transform our youth. Take them off the streets. Take them to schools.

“We must invest in our education. We have to introduce entrepreneurship development courses so that those who are not able to go to tertiary Institutions should be useful in one trade or the other.

“I want to assure you that a vote for me is a vote for progress in Nigeria, for stability in Nigeria, for prosperity in our country.”

 

A day earlier, the Senate President told APC delegates from Niger State that he has all it takes to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari whose tenure comes to an end in May 2023.

“I am equipped. I have experience enough, I have what it takes to be Nigerian President after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office,” Lawan stated at Minna in Niger state.

Lawan and his campaign team met the State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, the delegates to the upcoming APC Presidential primaries and later paid homage to the Emir of Minna, Dr Umar Farouq Bahago.

The lawmaker solicited the votes of the delegates against the background of what he has to offer, his vast experience in governance and the stability that he brought to the parliament.

“For the last three years, I have been the Senate President. I have been able to work very well with all my colleagues regardless of their political parties.

“We have been able to make the Senate very stable, peaceful and very productive and today, we have been able to make so many laws because we are at peace.
“It is that type of stability, that type of peace, that kind of unity that I want to bring into the Villa by the Grace of God next year.

“I am running for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because of what I believe in. For me, mandate is service.

“Having served in the Legislature and having been working with Mr President as the Senate President, I therefore get close to governance, a very good participant in governance at the national level.

“I am equipped. I have experience enough, I have what it takes to be Nigerian President after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office.

“At my age, and I’m a very young man. I’m only 63 years, in between the old and the new. I believe that I can carry the young. And the young is the centre piece of my policy.

“But first let me tell you what I want to do for us. Security. We all know that Niger state has been at the receiving end of insecurity and I know how hard our friend, our Governor has been working to secure the lives of the people of this state.

“The Federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has been doing a lot. We have conquered the Boko Haram in the north east. But we still have challenges in the northwest, in this part of north central.

“It is my intention to continue to work with our President to fight insecurity in every part of Nigeria until he finishes his tenure by the Grace of God on the 29th May, 2023.

“It is my intention to start to serve as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to build on the succeses that our President would achieve when he will leave office.

“I believe that we need to consider the architecture of our security system. I believe in citizens participation in security. You and I, report what you see to the relevant authourities.They say if you see something, say something. If you see bandits, inform the appropriate authourities.

“I want to see a situation where citizens who volunteer information are protected. I want to see a situation where our traditional rulers, the traditional Institutions play a role in securing our communities. They use to do it before. We can bring them back to do it. There is nothing more important to us today in Nigeria than security. That will be my priority.

“I also want to build on the successes of President Muhammadu Buhari on the economy of Nigeria. I believe that it is still not yet what we want but we are better than many countries.

“Finally, Niger state is an Agricultural state. I want a situation where at least every geo-political zone will have one crop that will be nurtured for production, for processing and for marketing.

“That is to say that it is not enough for us in Niger state to produce yam only. We should produce the yam, process the yam and sell with a higher value.I believe that this is one way to deal with the youth unemployment,” Lawan said.

In his response, Governor Sani Bello thanked the Senate President and his team for the visit.

“I think he has laid out his plans for Niger state for you delegates to consider. So that you give him your mandate to represent our party at the next presidential election.

“I don’t need to say much. You all heard when he started. He has been in the National Assembly since 1999. I don’t think anyone has broken that record yet in Nigeria,” Governor Bello said.

The Senate President was accompanied on the trip from Abuja by former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, Ambassador Sam Nkire, Navy Commodore Mohammed Barau, mni and Engineer Isa Ahmed.

2023: Osinbajo Arrives In Imo To Continue Presidential Campaign

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on May 20, 2022, visited Imo State to campaign for the 2023 APC presidential primaries.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on May 20, 2022, visited Imo State to campaign for the 2023 APC presidential primaries.

 

The Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Friday travelled to Owerri, the Imo state capital via the Sam Mbakwe Airport.

The purpose of his visit to Imo state is to woo party delegates ahead of the All Progressive Congress’ presidential primaries billed to hold later this month.

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He was received by the Imo state Governor Hope Uzodimma, APC Chairman in Imo state, McDonald Amadi, other state executives of the party, Imo state top government functionaries and party supporters.

After leaving the airport, the Vice President proceeded to the palace of the Chairman of Imo state council of traditional rulers Emma Okeke to make his intentions known.

He is also scheduled to visit the APC state secretariat to meet with delegates.

The Vice President had campaigned in Rivers State on Thursday.

Police Arrest ‘Suspected IPOB/ESN’ Members In Imo, Recover Live Python

A photo combination of suspected IPOB/ESN members and arms recovered from them
A photo combination of suspected IPOB/ESN members and arms recovered from them

 

The police in Imo on Thursday said they have arrested seven members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN).

According to a statement signed by police spokesperson Micheal Abattam, the suspects, in the course of interrogation, confessed to have murdered Inspector Felicia Nwagbara who was the second wife to one of the suspects – Casmire Mgbugba.

They further stated that they are the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them apart from using in perpetrating crimes they sell to robbers and kidnappers.

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The police recovered several items from the suspected criminals, including a live python.

“Sequel to the receipt of credible information that, the native doctor who prepares charms for fortifications against bullets and knives for members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network ( ESN ) and led in the attack and killing of a police officer in Agwa Community has returned after fleeing the Community,” the statement said.

“The Command’s Tactical Teams, on 18/5/2022 at about 0600 hours hastily mobilised and with the positive revelations made in course of interrogating the suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killing, the team was able to locate the criminal hideout in Ubah Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State and immediately cordoned area and tactical went into the den.

“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives, attempted to escape only to discover that the whole escape routes has been saturated with police operatives hence, they were arrested. They includes, Casmire Mgbugha ‘m’ aged 53 years , Hycent Chimezie ‘m’ aged 30 years, Hycent Azunna ‘m’ aged 28 years, Hycent Ifesinachi ‘m’ aged 26 years, Hycent Chimobi ‘m’ aged 23 years, Chukwuemeka Wisdom ‘m’ aged 22 years and Nnadike Clifford ‘m’ aged 72 years and on searching the terror camp, the following items were recovered they includes ; one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 73 BF LAGOS, one live Python, eight locally made Pistols, eighteen rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag , a pair of Police Carmouflage Uniform belonging to late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara ‘f’ who has been declared missing since 2017 by police authorities

“Amazingly, while coming out of the terror camp, one of the suspects, Hycent Chimezie for the second time, attempted escaping and was maimed on the leg.”

Six Killed As Security Operatives Foil Attack On Palace In Imo

A map of Imo State in south-east Nigeria.

 

Six hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been killed in Imo State, following their attempt to unleash terror at the palace of the state’s Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness Eze Dr E. C Okeke.

Police spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam, in a statement on Monday said that hoodlums in their numbers were sighted in three Hilux vehicles shooting sporadically, fiercely advancing towards the palace.

On receipt of the information, the Command’s Tactical Team joined by the military immediately mobilized and rushed to the King’s house.

When the hoodlums sighted the combined team, they the security operatives in a gun duel, throwing petrol bombs.

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CSP Abattam noted that the “gallant team responded, positioning themselves professionally.

“In the exchange of gun fire that ensued, the hoodlums were overwhelmed due to the superior fire-power of the combined team and in the process, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries”.

According to him, the combined team did not relent in their effort, they chased the hoodlums recovering one pump action gun, three blood stained cutlasses and three Hilux Vehicles suspected to have been snatched from innocent citizens.

The police spokesman said calm has been restored in the area and the corpses of the neutralized criminals have been removed and deposited in the mortuary.

He further revealed that on the side of the combined team, no life was lost, but one of the police vehicles got burnt due to the fire from the petrol bomb.

Meanwhile, the police say efforts are in top gear to arrest other fleeing hoodlums, adding that security in Orlu and its environs have been beefed up to forestall any further attacks in the area.

The Commissioner of Police, Imo Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, while commending the combined team for their gallantry, urged them not to relent in their efforts until all criminal elements and their cohorts are made to face the full wrath of the law.

CP Barde thanked Imolites for their constant support and advised them to always assist the police and other security agencies with credible and timely information.

He urged them to promptly report any person seen with bullet wounds to the nearest Police Station or call the Police Emergency Control Room numbers; 080347773600 or 08098880197.

The Commissioner of Police called on the peace loving people of Imo State to go about their lawful businesses without fear of any molestation as all the security agencies are working assiduously in synergy to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.

Imo Security: Orlu Leaders Brainstorm On How To Tackle Security Challenges

Imo State is a state in the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria, bordered to the north by Anambra State, Rivers State to the east and south, and Abia State to the west. It takes its name from the Imo River which flows along the state's eastern border
Imo State is a state in the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria, bordered to the north by Anambra State, Rivers State to the east and south, and Abia State to the west. It takes its name from the Imo River which flows along the state’s eastern border

 

Stakeholders under the auspice of Orlu Zone Development Forum and the Imo Elders Council on Saturday organised a peace, security and development summit.

The aim of the summit was to brainstorm and come up with solutions to tackle the security challenges in Imo West Senatorial District, popularly called Orlu zone.

According to the consensus at the summit, there’s need to industrialize the zone and provide adequate job opportunities for teeming unemployed youths in the zone who are being used to foment chaos.

The summit held at Nkwerre, one of the troubled local governments in the zone.

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Present at the summit were Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma; Chairman of the Imo Elders Council, Cletus Iluomuanya; a former NADECO Chieftain Ralph Obiora;

Others include Former Vice Chancellor of Gregory University, Abia State, Professor Moses Iwuala; Former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Professor Francis Eze.

The summit was composed of traditional rulers, political stakeholders, women and youth groups.

The district is the largest Senatorial zone in Imo state with 13 local government areas.

In recent times Orlu zone has been the worst hit in regards to the insurgency in the state.

Many Burnt Beyond Recognition In Imo Illegal Refinery Explosion

This combination of photos created on April 23, 2022, shows the aftermath of an explosion that rocked an illegal refinery in Imo State.
This combination of photos created on April 23, 2022, shows the aftermath of an explosion that rocked an illegal refinery in Imo State.

 

Many people have been killed after fire engulfed an illegal crude oil refining site in the Abaezi forest, in Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

Witnesses said the incident happened around 11pm on Friday but residents of the area woke up to see the huge flames on Saturday morning.

It remains unclear how many people were on the site when it ignited but figures from witnesses range from 50 to over 100.

A source said people were unable to go close to the bush at first because of raging fire and had to wait for the flames to die down before venturing close.

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When they got to the scene, they found out over hundred persons have been burnt and many others sustained serious burns.

Videos of the scene of the illegal refinery, hours after the flames went out, depict the extent of the deadly blaze’s impact-charred equipment, vehicles, and human remains littered the scene.

An illegal refinery in Imo State was reported to have caught fire on April 23, 2022, killing many persons.
An illegal refinery in Imo State was reported to have caught fire on April 23, 2022, killing many persons.

 

Meanwhile the Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has commiserated with the families of affected victims.

He, however, explained that running an illegal refinery in the area amounted to economic sabotage to the state and the nation and a criminal act which all should desist from.

The governor warned those still in the business of running illegal refinery in the state to stop forthwith or face the wrath of the law.

Illegal refineries have remained a menace, posing environmental and economic threat to the nation and resulting in condemnation and crackdowns by the government – especially in the South-South.

Earlier this month, amid reports of widespread crude oil theft and the environmental impact of illegal refineries – evident in the soot problem in Rivers State, the Nigerian Navy launched an operation to combat the threat.

Last week, the Navy said the operation – Operation Dakatar Da Barawo or ‘Stop the Thief – had recorded successes with about N200m worth of crude oil products seized from thieves in oil producing states in two weeks.

“These arrests and seizures from the ongoing OPDDB have denied oil thieves and criminals of about N200 million and $700,000 worth of products within roughly two weeks,” a statement from the spokesman of the Navy, Comodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, read in part.

“It is indicative of the Nigerian Navy’s resolve to ensure zero tolerance for COT, illegal bunkering and related economic crimes in the Nation’s maritime area and the South-South geopolitical zone in particular.”

The operation follows raids and crackdowns on illegal refineries in Rivers and other places in the South-South.

Economic sabotage

Speaking to reporters, Governor Uzodimma said the incident was a form of economic sabotage.

“I’ve dispatched my Commissioner of Petroleum to visit the scene,” he said. “This is what we have been crying for in the state.

“It is an economic sabotage to our country, where people steal our crude oil, refine illegally and – even without the guarantee of the quality of such products – sell to the people. And some people suffer engine failure and all sort of problems with their vehicles as a result of these illegal activities.

“So people must be law-abiding, must refrain from taking into any activity that will amount to economic sabotage, criminality and all that.

“That does not mean I’m not empathetic to the loss of lives associated with the incident. It’s unfortunate. And through that, I want to advise those who are still in that practice to desist from such acts.”

Gunmen Disrupt Voter Registration Exercise In Imo, Kill One INEC Official

INEC said on April 14, 2022, that gunmen attacked its officials in Imo State.
INEC said on April 14, 2022, that gunmen attacked its officials in Imo State.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday suspended the Continuous Voter Registration Exercise (CVR) exercise in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State.

The decision was taken after an INEC staff was shot dead by gunmen, a statement signed by INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, said.

According to Mr Okoye, the staff, Mr. Nwokorie Anthony, was shot dead at Nkwo Ihitte (PU 004) in Amakohia Ward (RA 02) of Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area.

Two other staff involved in the registration exercise at the polling unit are also missing.

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INEC said it was making efforts to locate their whereabouts.

“Prior to this incident, the Commission had suspended the CVR in Orsu and Njaba Local Government areas of the State on account of insecurity while the exercise is taking place only at the INEC LGA office in Oru East, Oru West, Orlu and Ohaji – Egbema Local Government Areas of the State,” Mr Okoye said.

“The Commission extends its condolences to the family of Nwokorie Anthony and prays that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. The incident has been reported to security agencies to unravel the circumstances that led to this unfortunate incident and bring the culprits to justice.

“We enjoin the President General of the various Town Unions in Imo State as well as all the critical stakeholders to protect staff of the Commission engaged in national assignment. The safety and security of staff is of paramount importance to the Commission, particularly with the devolution of the voter registration exercise beyond our State and Local Government Area offices nation in our determination to serve Nigerians better.”

U.S Govt Reassures Imo Of Support In COVID-19 Fight

Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, Kathleen FitzGibbon, surrounded by women from various communities in Owerri displaying their recently obtained COVID-19 vaccination cards, evidence that they have been vaccinated.

 

 

 

The Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, has assured the Imo State Government of its support in the fight against COVID-19.

Kathleen FitzGibbon stated this gave the assurance when she visited the State to observe the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control andrevention (CDC) through its implementing partner, the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN).

FitzGibbon reiterated the need for all eligible persons to come out and receive their vaccinations which are being offered free of charge. She said doing so will not only keep the individuals safe but also protect their families and communities. She encouraged the people of Imo State to not be complacent despite the seeming relaxation of COVID-19 prevention protocols around the world, especially in the face of several variants circulating and potentially new and emerging variants.

The Chargé applauded those who presented themselves to get vaccinated and urged them to encourage members of their families and communities to do the same. The sooner a significant percentage of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19, the sooner we can end the pandemic and return to normal. She thanked healthcare workers for their tireless efforts in ensuring the vaccines get into the arms of eligible people in Imo State.

CDA FitzGibbon noted that the consistent and straightforward messaging in Imo State concerning COVID-19 vaccines is an excellent example of encouraging people to associate taking the vaccines with their personal and family wellbeing.

A stakeholder meeting with Imo State Government officials, traditional rulers, religious leaders, development partners, and media executives, took place on the final day of the visit. During the meeting, the Chargé and Governor Hope Uzodinma appealed to traditional and religious leaders to lead by example by taking the vaccines and spreading the message that the vaccines are safe, effective, and available, so members of congregations and communities who were hesitant before can now come out and take the vaccines as well.

During a question-and-answer interactive session, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Prosper Success, and the US-CDC Country Director, Dr. Mary Boyd, responded to issues around COVID-19 vaccines efficacy, safety, availability, and access in Imo State. They encouraged people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, immunocompromised states, and respiratory illnesses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because they are more vulnerable to getting a severe illness or even death from Coronavirus.

The U.S. government is at the forefront of supporting the Government of Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, with approximately 25 million vaccine doses donated to date. In addition, US Government agencies and implementing partners are working with national and state governments to ensure access and uptake of the vaccines through advocacy, messaging, and technical and logistical support.

Buhari Condemns Violence In The Southeast, Consoles Obiozor

A photo combination of Buhari and the Ohanaeze president, Obiozor George.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday strongly condemned as “deeply distressing” the destruction of buildings and assets of the Police in Imo State as well as the home of the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Professor George Obiozor, whom the president describes as a leading voice of moderation in the affairs of the country.

In a statement by his special assistant, Garba Shehu, the President, strongly condemned the violence in the sub-region and urged everyone to maintain peace.

He assured Nigerians that the situation in the entire Southeast is being reviewed.

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While this is being done, President Buhari called on the people of Imo State in particular and the subregion in general, to maintain peace as the police and other agencies are working to ensure that normalcy is restored at the earliest.

The president extended his sympathies to the police authorities over the loss of men and materials and to Professor Obiozor, who he urged to maintain his commitment to the peace and oneness of the federation against these odds.

Again, Gunmen Attack, Raze Police Station In Imo

A map of Imo State in south-east Nigeria.

 

Gunmen have attacked and razed the Divisional Police Headquarters in Omuma community, Oru east Local government Area of Imo State.

The attack comes less than 24 hours after an attack on the country home of Professor George Obiozor and the Divisional Police Headquarters in Umuguma community.

Channels Television gathered that the hoodlums who came in large numbers, attacked the station at about 03:00 am on Sunday with various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) while also shooting sporadically.

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The Imo State Public Relations Officer, Mike Abattam who confirmed this to Channels Television, however, noted that the Command’s tactical teams and operatives of the DSS on duty swiftly repelled the attack.

According to Abattam, they engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel and in the process, four of the bandits were neutralised on the spot, while others scampered into the bush with a number of them sustaining various degrees of bullet wounds.

He added that there was no casualty on the side of the joint security operatives.

Five undetonated Improvised Explosives Devices and charms were also recovered during the operation.

Two Killed, 14 Injured As Fire Engulfs Commercial Bus In Lokoja

 

Two persons lost their lives on Thursday evening after a commercial bus went up in flames at the popular Nataco section of Lokoja-Abuja Expressway.

Fourteen other passengers who lived to tell the story, sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Witnesses say the 16-seater bus busted into flames while on motion, after having just left the Lokoja terminal.

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The two passengers who lost their lives were said to have been trapped in the bus while others narrowly escaped with burns and bruises.

The survivors have since been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja by a rescue team of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

As at the time of filing this report, it was not clear what might have caused the fire to erupt. Authorities are expected to provide further details even as an investigation into the incident is underway.

ASUU Threatens Strike Over Failure Of FG To Implement 2009 Agreement

 

The Imo State University Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has called on the Federal Government to expedite action in signing and implementing the renegotiated 2009 ASUU/Federal Government agreement or face a total and indefinite strike action in the coming days.

Addressing a press conference at the Imo State University premises in Owerri the state capital, the Chairperson of the union, Augustine Ejiogu said the union will no longer tolerate MOUs, MOAs or agreements until the existing ones are fully implemented.

According to him, the failure of the Federal Government to fully implement the agreement has led to series of strikes.

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Ejiogu, therefore, implored parents, students and the masses to join hands with ASUU in the struggle to rescue public universities.

ASUU and the Federal Government have been at loggerheads over welfare issues of members and the condition of universities across the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on February 1 said that the Federal Government will honour promises made to the union to prevent disruptive strikes, encourage uninterrupted academic programmes and improve funding of educational institutions.

The President also commended the leadership of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) for intervening in the year-long strike by ASUU and holding consultations with the parties, saying no society which wishes itself well neglects its educational system and all its component parts.

He urged the council to tell ASUU that his administration regards them and the service they provide to the nation very highly.

But following unmet needs, the association on Monday began a nationwide mobilisation of its members to update them on the discussions between the union and the Federal Government, before deciding its next line of action.