Troops Foil Attempt To Kidnap Doctors, Nurses In Imo

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Troops of Exercise Golden Dawn have foiled an attempt to abduct a group of doctors and nurses providing free healthcare for residents in Amauju Isu Local Government Area of Imo State.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this via a statement.

While noting that a suspected member of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was killed in a shootout, Nwachukwu said another was nabbed with a gunshot wound.

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“Members of the outlawed group had attempted to kidnap a group of medical doctors and nurses known as, ‘Doctors on the Move Africa’, who were providing free medical care to inhabitants of Amucha Community in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State,” the statement read.

“The troops in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force 211 Quick Response Group and the Nigerian Police on receipt of actionable intelligence on the criminal plot, swiftly moved in and rescued the medical team. The medical team has been escorted to a safe location.

“The troops afterward went after the hoodlums and made contact with them at Amauju Isu Local Government Area of Imo State, where they were found enforcing the illegal sit at home order in Amauju.

“In the firefight that ensued, one of the criminals was neutralized, while the others took to their heels. One of them, who had escaped with a gunshot wound was later apprehended by the local Vigilante and handed over to the police.”

‘Falsely Fabricated’: Army, Police Dismiss Rumoured Clash Between Operatives In Imo

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The 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, and the Nigerian Police Imo State Command have dismissed rumours making the rounds that there was a clash between the police and Army in Owerri. 

While describing the reports as “falsely fabricated,” the spokesman of the Imo Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam, and the Acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Captain Joseph Baba Akubo, in a statement said it was the handwork of miscreants.

“The malicious and falsely fabricated report is the handwork of criminals who intend to create confusion and give an impression of a lack of synergy amongst the security agencies in Imo State,” the joint statement read.

“The law enforcement and security agencies in Imo State will continue to synergise and bring to book all criminals and halt their activities in the state.”

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Both agencies reiterated their commitment to protect law-abiding citizens and ensure a safe environment for the people to go about their businesses without fear or intimidation.

“We, therefore, call on all law-abiding citizens to ignore the illegal Monday sit-at-home call by the proscribed and irredentist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its affiliate criminal group, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), whose members have continuously used falsehood and threat on law-abiding citizens,” they added.

 

Imo Govt Condemns Killing Of Soldier, Burning Of Houses In Awommamma

File photo of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

 

The Imo State Government has condemned the killing of a soldier and the burning of houses in Awommamma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Information and Strategy in the state, Declan Emelumba, described the crisis as “regrettable and avoidable”.

He said Governor Hope Uzodinma has ordered an immediate investigation into the ugly incident with a view to unravelling the cause of the crisis and the attendant loss of life and property.

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“Imo State Government is shocked and dismayed over the events of yesterday in Awommamma in Oru East local government area of the state. The ugly event is regrettable and avoidable,” the statement read.

“Government condemns the murder of a soldier by the so-called unknown gunmen. Certainly, this soldier who was on a legitimate duty to ensure free flow of traffic and to protect lives and property on this fateful Monday of November 22nd, did not deserve to die such a gruesome death.

“On the other hand, Government deprecates reports of wanton destruction of property visited on the community by aggrieved soldiers. The indiscriminate burning of residential and businesses premises of innocent citizens was not an appropriate response since two wrongs will never make a right. Government has good reasons to believe that there is more to the sad event than meets the eyes.

“Consequently, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Executive Governor of Imo State has ordered a high-powered investigation into the incident to unravel the cause of the crisis and the attendant loss of life and property.”

Supreme Court Fixes January 17 To Hear Rivers’ Suit On Ceding Of Oil Wells To Imo

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The Supreme Court has fixed January 17, 2022 to hear the application challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the main suit, in the case instituted by the Rivers State Government, seeking to stop the Federal Government from ceding 17 oil wells in the state, to Imo State.

The seven-man panel led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, fixed the date after counsels to the Attorney General of the Federation, and Imo State, Remi Olatubora (SAN) and Olushola Oke (SAN), told the court that they had two motions challenging the competence of the suit and the court’s jurisdiction.

According to them, they believe these motions, ought to take precedence over the main suit.

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The legal team to the Rivers State Government however told the court their summons for direction by the court in streamlining the various applications, ought to take precedent.

He suggested that the motions by the Imo State Government should be heard with the main suit.

Rivers State had taken the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Imo State Government, before the apex court.

The oil-rich state had sought a declaration that the boundary between Rivers and the Imo States, as delineated on Nigeria’s administrative map and other maps bearing similar delineations, are inaccurate and do not represent the legitimate boundaries between both states.

Plaintiff also sought a declaration that as far as Nigeria’s administrative map 10,11 and 12 editions and other maps bearing similar delineations relate to the boundaries between Rivers and Imo, the said maps are unlawful and void, cannot be relied on to determine the extent of the territorial governmental jurisdiction of Rivers state and to determine the revenue accruing to Rivers state from the federation account, including the application of the principle of derivation and other revenue allocation principles as contained in the 1999 Constitution.

It further applied that the Supreme Court declares that the correct instrument maps and documents, to be relied on determining the boundary between Rivers and Imo state, are those used by the plaintiff in delineating the boundary line between Rivers and Imo state.

Plaintiff also sought a declaration that all the oil wells within Akri and Mbede communities are wrongly attributed to Imo state and that they are all oil wells within the territory of Rivers state and form part of Rivers state and that it is only rivers that are entitled to receive the full allocation of the distributable revenue from the oil wells on the basis of the 1390 derivation as contained under section 162 of the 1999 constitution.

Rivers, therefore, sought an order of mandatory injunction directing the AGF to calculate, to its satisfaction, and refund to it all revenue that have been wrongly attributed to or paid to Imo state on account of the limit or extent of their territories, including earnings due to it from revenue derived from Akri and Mbede oil wells.

The plaintiff also sought an order of Injunction directing the AGF to withdraw from circulation its administrative map 10,11 and 12th editions and to refrain from relying on any of the said maps for the purpose of determining the boundary between Rivers and Imo state.

Rivers also applied for another order of mandatory injunction directing AGF to produce an administrative map bearing the correct boundary between Rivers and Imo state.

 

 

 

 

Troops Foil Kidnap Of Catholic Bishop In Imo

A file photo of soldiers on a military vehicle. Photo: Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Troops conducting Exercise Golden Dawn, Sector 3 have foiled an attempted kidnap and robbery of Most Reverend Augustine Ukwuoma at the Orlu Diocesan Catholic Secretariat in Imo State.

This is according to a statement on Sunday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.

The troops, in response to a distress call at about 2:30am on Sunday, were said to have swiftly moved to the scene, forcing the assailants to take to their heels while abandoning their mission.

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“The bishop, his secretary, and assistant secretary are safe and unhurt,” General Nwachukwu stated.

He assured residents that troops would continue to deny freedom of action to members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) and other criminal gangs operating within the sector, especially as the election in Anambra State draws nearer and during the yuletide season.

The army spokesman urged members of the public to report the suspicious movement of criminals, as well as hideouts of the outlawed IPOB/ESN to law enforcement agencies.

According to him, the group is only out to intimidate, steal, and kidnap law-abiding citizens for ransom.

Uzodinma Swears In Acting Imo Chief Judge

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma speaks during the swearing in of Justice Theresa Chikeka as the Acting Chief Judge of the state on October 21, 2021.

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma has sworn in the new acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Theresa Chikeka.

The swearing-in ceremony held on Thursday at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital.

In his remarks, the governor stressed the need to encourage the judiciary to preserve itself from divisiveness.

Any bastardisation of the institution, he said, will erode the confidence of the people with serious consequences on the survival of the nation’s democracy.

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According to the governor, the judiciary is known as the last hope of the common man and needs to be protected.

“Your appointment is a solemn call to duty. It is a call to an exemplary leadership that should inspire and unite the bench and the bar,” he said.

“Henceforth, your colleagues in the bench will look up to you as the rallying point for cohesion and synergy. Likewise your learned colleagues in the bar. They will also look up to you as the leading light and the bastion of impartiality in the temple of justice.”

The new Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Theresa Chikeka. briefs journalists at the Imo State Government House on October 21, 2021.

 

He explained that the appointment of the acting chief judge was part of efforts by the state government to fine-tune operations of the judiciary and encourage capacity building in the discharge of its constitutional role.

On her part, Justice Chikeka thanked the governor for the privilege to serve and promised to deliver her constitutional duties without fear or favour.

“Well, just as I said after my oath, I promised that I am going to discharge my duties without fear or favour, affection or ill-will so that all is, will and continue to be well,” Justice Chikeka said.

Police Say Report Of Gunmen Attack In Imo Is Fake News

Imo State is located in the southeast region of Nigeria.
Imo State is located in the southeast region of Nigeria.

 

The police authorities in Imo have said the report of gunmen attacks in some parts of the state is fake news.

There was palpable fear on Monday that some gunmen were enforcing a sit-at-home, a situation that forced residents of Owerri and other parts of the state to scamper for safety.

But the Imo State Police Command said the report is false, advising residents of the state to be “mindful of mischief makers who raise a false alarm that is unfounded.”

In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Michael Abattam, said the situation could give room for hoodlums to vandalize properties and even endanger human lives.

He said the development is a ploy by detractors of the state to cause pandemonium and destabilise the area.

According to the police spokesman, the commissioner of police has issued a strong warning to any person or group under any guise whose intention is to scuttle the peace being enjoyed by residents of the state.

The police spokesman equally warned that anyone caught will be face the full wrath of the law while urging Imo indigenes to come out en masse and go about their lawful businesses without fear of harassment or molestation from anybody.

Imo State has witnessed a high rate of criminality including killings and kidnappings in the last few months.

Dozens of police officers have been killed in such attacks in the region and public facilities including vehicles and buildings destroyed.

FG To Give Imo $120m For Livestock Programme, Says Uzodinma

A file photo of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

 

The Federal Government will soon release $120 million to Imo State to support the state government’s livestock programme.

Governor Hope Uzodinma disclosed this on Friday during a broadcast to mark the nation’s 61st Independence Anniversary in Owerri.

He noted that the state has also been earmarked to receive $850 million to be distributed among seven states.

“Another benefit from the visit (President Muhammadu Buhari) is that the Federal Government has graciously included Imo State as a beneficiary of its special Agric Processing Zone Project for Livestock farming,” he said.

“Out of the seven states in the country that will benefit from a Federal Government  $850 million for the programme, Imo State is number two! Consequently, a whopping $120 million will soon be released to our state for the livestock programme.”

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The governor explained that the Federal Government has also listed Imo as one of the states to benefit from a $1.4 billion facility secured from the World Bank for urban and rural water development.

Speaking on security, Uzodinma said relative peace has been recorded in the South-Eastern state under his administration.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for their “invaluable support to the state government in tackling the worst form of banditry and criminality ever witnessed in the state.”

According to the Imo governor, everyone in the state is a witness to the “savagery and cannibalistic brutality that defined the regime of violence and criminality that enveloped the state for some months in the recent past.”

Uzodinma warned that his administration will not tolerate anybody that attempts to foment trouble in the state, vowing to crush criminal elements.

He called on people of the state to support the security agencies and government by providing useful information to flush out criminals from their hideouts.

“Anybody who attempts to disrupt the peace of the state again may not live to tell the story. That is why it is important for parents and guardians to rein in their children and wards as the security agencies have our directive to deal decisively with those who may be tempted to foment trouble again.

“I have just inaugurated a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the security breaches in the state and come out with recommendations on what government should do to ensure that there is no recurrence of such.

“I believe that both the perpetrators and their sponsors would be unmasked for Imo people to know their enemies. But all of us have a collective duty to protect our state against renegades,” he added.

We Must Stand Together To End Violence, Imo First Lady Tells Women

Imo State First Lady, Chioma Uzodinma

 

The First Lady of Imo State, Chioma Uzodinma, has asked women to join hands and end the recurring violence in the state.

Mrs. Uzodinma stated this on Thursday while addressing women during the grand finale of the annual August meeting held in the state capital, Owerri. 

She said: “I am here today because we must, as Imo women, stand together to play our part in putting an end to violence, a snare to us all.

“I am a woman, a mother, a sister, a wife. It is my responsibility, our responsibility, as the force that holds the society together, as the fabric that binds the unity of this land, that we stand shoulder high and be the change that we want.

“That we do our part both in our homes and in the society to move our government forward. Women’s inclusion in politics and governance is no longer a rumour; it is here to stay.”

She noted that every government needs the backing of women especially in the fight against human trafficking, kidnapping, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every successful government knows that the backing of the woman is all the success it needs, which is why I am proud of the Government of Shared Prosperity for its involvement of the woman in the achievement of its goal and its fight against gender-based violence, human trafficking, kidnapping and the dreaded COVID-19 waves”.

Mrs. Uzodinma also disclosed some of the achievements that the office of the First Lady has made with the help of the Ministry of Women Affairs and other women groups in the state.

“The Ministry of Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups through the Office of the First Lady, Imo State have provided a notable number of humanitarian services to Imo women and the girl child since the 3R Administration assumed office.

“The funds provided for this event by private donors and corporate sponsors will be used to, directly and indirectly, empower over 3000 indigent women across the Federal Constituencies and 27 local government areas in Imo State.”

August meeting is a congress held by Igbo women in August or September.

It is a homecoming for Igbo women both at home and in the diaspora and provides a platform to discuss matters pertaining to community development, and conflict management among others.

Imo Visit: I Have Seen Enough That Justifies Uzodinma’s Integrity – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari is flanked by Governor Hope Uzodinma during his visit to Imo State on September 9, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has seen enough to account for the good deeds of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

Buhari stated this on Thursday during his visit to Imo State where he commissioned projects carried out by the “Shared Prosperity Administration”.

The president said he is fascinated by the Imo State leader’s strides even in the face of unforeseen circumstances.

“I have seen enough that justifies his [Uzodinma] integrity in making sure that he is working very hard to make sure that you get the structures necessary.

“I am very impressed by what he has done because I have gone through the same problems at the centre,” Buhari said.

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He assured Imo residents that his government will keep encouraging the state within the provisions of the constitution.

While in Imo, President Buhari commissioned a balloon technology-driven underground tunnel with surface drainage (Chukwuka Nwoha), Naze Road, and Nekede/Ihiagwa Road.

Other projects he commissioned were the newly-built Exco Chambers within the Government House known as the Douglas House and the Egbeada Bypass (Amakohia).

He is also expected to be a part of a town hall meeting with leaders from the South-East extraction.

See more pictures capturing the visit of the President to Imo State below:

Buhari Visits Imo For Commissioning Of Projects

President Muhammadu Buhari visits Imo State on September 9, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari is in Imo State to commission projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodinma.

The projects are the Naze-Poly Nekede road, Balloon Technology Drainage Tunnel at Dock Tiger, Amakohia Egbeada bypass and the New Government House Executive Chambers.

 

President Buhari had earlier landed at the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the state capital where he was received by state officials and other dignitaries.

The state governor had a few days back disclosed that Buhari would be visiting Imo to commission some “significant projects” his government has executed.

This is the first time Buhari is visiting the state since the tenure of Governor Uzodinma of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) started.

Oil Marketers Call Off Strike In Imo

Map of Imo state

 

Oil marketers under the auspices of the Association of Petroleum Marketers and Dealers have called off their three-day industrial action.

The group had on Wednesday embarked on strike following unsettled issues and differences with the state government which has lasted for a long time.

The association also accused some state government agencies of harassment and intimidation of its members over multiple taxation, illegal charges, and deliberate attempt to frustrate petroleum marketers in the state by clamping down on their business premises without notice.

Following the untold hardships, residents of the state were subjected to as a result of the hike in transport fares by the few commercial vehicles and motorcycle operators on the road, the state government begged the oil markets to sheathe their swords.

The Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, said the action of the oil marketers is illegal and uncalled for.

He explained that the court ruling that favored the Petroleum tanker drivers against the state government has already been appealed by the State Government. Asking them to call off the strike in the interest of Imo people

But in a statement issued on Friday by its Vice Chairman, Chimodo Martin, the group said that the decision to call off the strike followed the assurance by the state government to look into their complaints.

He also explained that the oil marketers considered the suffering of the people of the state since the industrial action commenced.

In our last meeting with the State Government presided over by the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, the SGI assured the PTD and MARKETERS that their complaint will be resolved within two weeks from the date of the meeting,” the statement partly read.

“Series of meetings have been held involving the state government, DPR, DSS, PTD branch of NUPENG, Association of Imo Petroleum Marketers and Dealers and some security agencies in the state.

“Relying on the above promise the government and the intervention of the DSS, Imo Petroleum Marketers and Dealers have suspended the industrial action forthwith.”