The Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers has demanded the immediate release of Justice Chioma Iheme unconditionally.
The Deputy Chairman of the Council, Chijioke Okwara, made the demand on behalf of the royal fathers while addressing reporters on Tuesday at the palace of the Chairman of the Council in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
He made the request one week after gunmen kidnapped Justice Iheme of the Court of Appeal in Edo State.
Okwara described the incident as quite unfortunate, claiming that the security operatives have done nothing to ensure that the judge regains her freedom.
He, therefore, noted that an illustrious daughter of Imo from Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state, the traditional rulers demand Justice Iheme’s immediate and unconditional release.
The traditional ruler also called President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors, and security operatives among other relevant stakeholders to do everything possible to find a permanent solution to the security challenges in the country.
Imo state election tribunal will today deliver the judgment in the petitions filed by three political parties against the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of the state.
The judgment is being delivered at the FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja after a briefing in Owerri, the Imo State capital, where it had received and entertained several petitions.
The governorship candidates of the Action Alliance, All Progressives Congress, (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), had filed petitions at the tribunal asking it to nullify the election of Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the ground that he was unlawfully declared as the governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ohaji Egbema and Oguta are the two main oil-producing and river-rine LGAs in the state.
In both local governments, over a hundred communities are located at the bank of the River Niger and during heavy rains, these communities are always major causalities of flooding as a result of the overflow of the river.
Mmahu, Etekuru, Obiaakpu, Abor, Oguta I and II, Ezi Orsu, Orsu Obodo, Umuorji, Abacheke are some of the communities affected most by the flood.
Some of the victims narrated their ordeal during an interview with Channels Television and called for the government’s intervention.
Reacting to the incident, a lawmaker representing the area in the House of Representatives, Mr Uju Kingsley, promised to raise the issue on the floor of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
He, however, called on the federal and state governments to urgently come to the rescue of the people and provide immediate rehabilitation that would help cushion the effect of the flood.
The Imo State police Command has commenced an investigation into the death of a lady that was killed at a hotel in the state capital, Owerri.
Confirming the incident, the command PRO, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the murder of the lady who is yet to be identified in a room in one of the popular hotels located at the World Bank area of the state.
He explained that management of the hotel reported to the police that a cleaner in the hotel while on routine cleaning discovered a lifeless body of a young lady under the bed naked.
After committing the crime, the suspect was said to have taken the victim’s phone to a shop where he intended to charge it.
“A very observant Nigerian who owns the shop looked at Chukwuemeka Eze who had brought this phone to his shop and was very convinced from his character, that he probably may not be the owner of the phone,” Mba narrated.
He added, “As soon as Emeka turned his back, this very patriotic Nigerian turned on the phone and the first call that came was from a blood relative of the murdered female who requested to speak to her sister.
“It was in the course of that conversation that it became very clear that Emeka was not the owner of the phone.”
The Force Public Relation Officer also paraded other suspects who were allegedly involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms in the state.
Three persons have been killed at a scrap dump in Eziorsu community in Oguta local government area of Imo state following an explosion Caused by unexploded ordnance UXO.
Confirming the incidence, the Imo state police command public relations officer Orlando Ikeokwu says the 3 victims were identified as Elvis Ukado, Kasiemobi Uzoma and Justice Adiemea.
They were at a scrap site in the area when one of the victims while beating a scrap iron in order to compress it, triggered the unexploded ordnance, the bomb exploded killing the three of them at the scene.
Meanwhile, the Imo state commissioner of police CP Rabiu Ladodo who led a team of the command anti bomb squad to the scene warned all members of the public to promptly report any metal device suspected to be unexploded ordnance or explosive UXO for examination, evacuation and destruction.
Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State says his administration needs the support of indigenes to grow the state.
He stated this during his first Sunday church service at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Anglican Communion in Owerri, the Imo state capital, four days after his inauguration.
“I will need your support, we need your cooperation. We cannot run a government by propaganda, propaganda cannot help our state.We want to grow Imo and we require the support of everyone of us”, he stated.
The governor said he will embark of transparent policies and programmes that will be beneficial and bring development to the entire populace.
He explained that in the coming days he will meet with critical stakeholders in the state to give account of the state of the government handed over to him, promising to reel out some plans he has for the state.
The Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has appointed Uche Onyeagucha as Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
He also approved the appointment of Chris Okewulonu as his Chief of Staff, as well as Chima Nwana and Chinemerem Madu as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Protocol respectively.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Chibuike Onyeukwu, announced the appointments in a statement on Saturday.
According to the statement, Onyeagucha, a lawyer, studied at the University of Calabar as well as Rivers State University of Science and Technology where he graduated with degrees in History and Law respectively.
He represented Owerri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007 and has held the position of Special Adviser on Policy and Strategic Matters to the Imo State Governor.
The statement noted that Okewulonu who is also a legal practitioner by training has held key positions of trust in government.
He is a former member of Imo House of Assembly, a former commissioner in the state, and a former Secretary to the Imo State Government.
Ihediohas Chief of Staff was later appointed the Federal Commissioner, representing the South East in Fiscal Responsibility Commission Abuja.
He was the Director-General of Ihedioha Campaign Organisation (2013 2015) and hails from Obowo Local Government Area of the state.
On his part, Nwana is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Maritime Law Consultant, Chartered Mediator, and governance expert.
“He has diverse public service experience, previously serving variously as Special Assistant to the Federal Ministers of Commerce and Industry as well as Employment, Labour and Productivity.
“He has also been a member of key Federal Government committees, including Presidential Committee on Maritime Security and Ministerial Committee on National Transport Commission,” the statement said.
Chinemerem, the governors Chief of Protocol, holds a B.Sc. and MBA degrees from the University of Lagos and became Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ezinihitte LGA in 2009.
Governor Ihedioha was optimistic that the appointees would bring their vast experience to bear in their respective positions.
Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State, says his administration has built the second best police headquarters in the country.
He revealed this in Owerri on Thursday while inaugurating projects built by the state government in the last eight years.
Addressing the gathering he said: “Do you know we have built the best police headquarters in Imo State? How many of you have seen it?
“This is the police headquarters. After Abuja, we have the best. This one, I am not qualified to commission this one. This one will be qualified by the Vice President; he is coming here tomorrow. This one pass my power,” he stated.
Besides the police headquarters, the Okorocha’s administration also constructed a Prison facility facing the Government House in Owerri, the state capital.
The governor explained he was moved to tears to build the structure over what he described as ‘worst inhumanity to mankind’ arising from the dilapidated structures he saw earlier.
“This one is the Nigerian Prisons Headquarters. You know where they are staying opposite the Government House, we have 89 people in one room.
“They sleep turn by turn. After this one sleeps for 2 minutes, another one will stand him up and sleep. I saw that and I wept. I said this is the worst inhumanity to mankind. I decided to build a new prison headquarters. It is 3,200 beds each,” he said.
Stressing further, Okorocha said the state government also embarked on a federal project by building a liaison office for the Nigerian Navy in Owerri.
The visibly happy Okorocha moved on by commissioning a MOPOL 64 Base headquarters in Ideato area of the state to boost security to the amusement of his guests.
Other projects commissioned are: Imo State Fire Service Headquarters, Night Live and Tourism, Imo Security Network, Imo Community Watch, Imo Civil Guards, Imo Niger Delta Security, 100 Sienna security patrol vehicles, 700 security patrol motorcycles, 211 Regiment Group for the Nigerian Air Force among others.
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday commissioned over 100 projects in the state 13 days to handing over power to his successor.
The governor commissioned the projects during a Thanksgiving programme held in Owerri, the state capital. He said the projects being inaugurated has proven his critics wrong.
Some of the schools constructed and inaugurated include Owerri City Secondary school, Owerri Girls College, Young Scientist College, Ikenegbu Girls Secondary School, Akwakuma Girls Secondary School, Emmanuel College, Government College Owerri, Amakohia Comprehensive Secondary School, among others.
Okorocha explained that the newly built schools will give Orlu a facelift. He added that he decided building schools because he did his campaign there.
Some of the projects built by his administration include Umunna Primary school, Orlu. “We have schools like this more than 546 of these schools scattered all over. 305-storey building schools.”
Okorocha stated included: Central School Ubomiri, Okigwe State Primary School, Central School Amaokpara among others.
Commissioning them the governor said: “Since I don’t have time, the 305 schools are hereby commissioned.”
On tertiary institutions, some of them built by the Okorocha administration included: Imo State College of Advanced Professional, Imo State University Owerri, Eastern Palm University Ogboko, University of Creative Technology Nkwerre, University of Medical College Ogboko, University of Engineering Onuimo, University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Abor/Okpala.
Other institutions listed are Imo State Polytechnic Ahiara, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, Imo State Polytechnic Arondizuogu, Imo State College of Education Ihite Uboma, Imo State E-Library, among others.
While making a resolution for the Speaker to step aside, Lawmaker representing Onuimo State Constituency, Chinedu Offor has been elected the Pro Tem Speaker of the House while allegations against the Speaker are been investigated.
It was also revealed that the majority leader of the House, Mr Lugard Osuji has been removed and replaced by Mr Lloyd Chukwuemeka.