Imo Deadly Clash: Normalcy Returns To Akokwa Community

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Normalcy has now returned to Umukegwu Community in Akokwa Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State after a deadly clash between some Hausa residents in the area and some members of the host community that left 6 people dead.

Six people were feared dead after a violent clash erupted in Akokwa community in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State between some Hausa residents and some members of the host community.

Our correspondent, who visited the community, reports that there is heavy presence of security operatives and people are going about their normal duties.

However, the indigenes of the area have called on the government to look into the matter critically and to prevent any future occurrence.

Some of the residents, who narrated the incident, alleged that the Hausa man, who was hired as a security guard in the one of the buildings in the area, had a misunderstanding with a young lady named Ngozi and the misunderstanding became intense that he pursued and murdered the lady in cold blood with a shovel, adding that he also went ahead to kill one Mrs Beatrice Ibe, who was trying to settle the dispute.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Mr Eze Madumere, who led security operatives and other top government functionaries to commiserate with affected families condemned the incident in its entirety while assuring the people that the state government is on top of the situation.

He noted that the incident is a clear case of homicide and not related to ethnic clashes.

However, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, has asked for the cooperation of the people while imploring them to remain calm and desist from any further attacks that might cause a breakdown of law and order in the state.

In the meantime, the corpses of the affected victims have been deposited in a nearby mortuary, while some others who were wounded in the process including a 7-year old boy are still receiving treatment in a hospital.

INEC Conducts Supplementary Elections In Imo North, Oru East

INEC, Elections, Imo North, Oru East The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday conducted the supplementary elections for the Imo North senatorial district and Oru East State Constituency that were declared inconclusive last Saturday.

Channels Television crew who monitored the election reports that the elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, as there was no report of violence recorded in the areas where the elections were conducted.

However, the election witnessed very low turnout of voters as some electorates who spoke to Channels Television attributed the low turnout to voters’ apathy.

Even though there was restriction of movement in the affected areas, residents of the areas were still going about their normal business, especially grocery stores and restaurant.

Meanwhile, security operatives led by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, were on ground to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order in these areas.

As at time of filing this report, final collation was still ongoing as voters were still awaiting the final declaration of the winner by the returning officer.

Imo Govt. Demolishes Houses Owned By Suspected Kidnappers

Imo, KidnappersThe Imo State government has demolished buildings said to be owned by suspected kidnappers in Ohoba community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state.

The Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, who led the team to Ohoba community disclosed this to reporters in southeast Nigeria.

He vowed that the state government would continue to resist any form of illegal and ill-gotten wealth in the state, especially through kidnapping and armed robbery.

“We will be committing an unpardonable sin by allowing those with ill-gotten wealth to continue to parade themselves as successful people,” he said.

Mr Madumere said that the action would also serve as a deterrent to others who may have plans to make money through such illegal means.

In his words, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, said that the demolition was to ensure that strategies and structures that would prevent carnage in the state were put in place.

“We are trying to ensure that we put a total end to crime and criminality (and) this will send a strong message to those using seed money to build houses and to villagers, especially those who are supporting them,” he said.

The Police Commissioner said that the suspected kidnappers whose houses were being demolished were already in Police custody.

INEC Organises Awareness Workshop For Security Agencies

INECThe Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, has asked police officers to ensure that they remain neutral ahead of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.

Speaking at the awareness forum organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Ekiti State, Mr Lakanu said that election has been a veritable tool for installing democratic system of government all over the world.

He noted that it was, therefore, important to constantly teach security agents about what they should be doing at every point in time, commending INEC for the organising the forum.

Speaking to Channels Television, he said, “We are prepared, we are ready. Its part of our training programme.

“The Inspector-General of Police has assured us that he will provide all necessary and we are ready to make sure that elections are conducted peacefully in the state.”

On his part, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Mr Halilu Pai, believes that the concept of election security is all embracing and indispensable to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

“The issue first is to secure the environment that is should be conducive for free, fair election and this will include pre-election period, election day and even post-election day activities.

“So we want them to be aware of those roles so that it will enhance their own job themselves, because it is said that knowledge is power.

“Once they know what they are supposed to do, they will do it humanly, with decorum without being overzealous.”

Doctors protest kidnap of colleagues in Asaba

Members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Delta state chapter embarked on a peaceful protest to the state House of Assembly and the state Police Command Headquarters in Asaba over the recent kidnap of two of their members today.

The doctors who marched along Okpanam road to the House of Assembly premises trooped out in large numbers, chanting solidarity songs and displaying placards with different inscriptions said they have commenced strike action in solidarity with their kidnapped colleagues.

Chairman of the Association, Dr. Ossai Abanuwa complained about the high rate of insecurity in the state and the subsequent kidnapping of two of their members and demand for N5 million ransom each.

He said they have come to the state legislature to lay their complaints, adding that the lawmakers should look into their plight.

The present insecurity situation and level of kidnapping in the state has become so alarming that the NMA had to stage a peaceful protest, calling for the immediate release of their members who are still being held by kidnappers.

Clerk of the Delta state House of Assembly, Mrs. Lyna Ochulor, who received them, assured them that their grievances would be channeled to the Speaker when the House resumes from recess.

In the same vein, the doctors marched to the state Police Headquarters where a representative of the Commissioner of police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu assured that the police have geared up efforts to track the kidnappers.