Four Injured, Property Destroyed In Imo Hospital Invasion

imo state specialist hospital, properties destroyed, people injuredUnidentified youths suspected to be from Awarra community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo state, have invaded a hospital in Owerri, causing heavy destruction of property worth millions.

Victims of the unfortunate event are already counting their losses as six cars have purportedly been burnt down with four others badly shattered while four people were left injured.

An eyewitness, Elias Anumudu, said that the youths, in their numbers, invaded the Imo State Specialist Hospital, claiming that the corpse of one of their kinsmen who was killed by a local vigilante, was kept in the hospital mortuary.

Anumudu said that the unidentified youths stormed the hospital premises around 2:00pm, shortly after the corpse was deposited at the hospital mortuary.

Also corroborating the story, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Francis Egwuekwe, confirmed that apart from the wanton destruction of property, several people were also wounded.

“If not for the quick intervention of security operatives, more devastation would have occurred,” he added.

The Imo state Commissioner Of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, who visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment, described the incident as “an unfortunate one”, saying that “investigation has commenced to determine the real cause of the invasion”.

He also gave the assurance that all perpetrators would be brought to book.

Although calm seemed to have been restored in the premises, a lot of questions are still being asked about the motives behind the attack.

Imo Industrial Park: Govt In $2bn Partnership With African Development Funding Group

Rochas Okorocha on Imo Industrial ParkThe Imo State government has signed a two billion dollars’ partnership with an international group, African Development Funding Group, to build and develop the proposed Imo Industrial Park.

The park will be built in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed at the Ndubuisi Kanu Executive Chambers at the Government House in Owerri the capital of Imo State in southeast Nigeria.

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, told reporters that the proposed Imo Industrial Park in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area would generate over one million jobs for youths not only in the state but in the country.

He said that the project would turn Imo State into an investment haven which would boost the economy of the country and also increase her gross domestic product.

Meanwhile, the Vice President of the African Development Funding Group, Duncan Otieno, said they were willing to partner with Imo State to actualise the project with main focus on road infrastructure, agriculture, construction, and logistics in the industrial park.

One of the delegates from the African Development Funding Group is the Nigerian Consul General to south Africa Mrs Uche Ajulu-Okeke.

Over 1,000 Militants Receive Amnesty In Imo State

militant, NPDC, Delta, PipelinesOver 1000 militants and agitators from oil producing area of Ohaji Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas of Imo State have laid down their arms following the state government’s decision to grant them amnesty.

The militants, in their numbers, stormed the Government House in Owerri the Imo State capital to hearken to the call of the Imo State, Governor Rochas Okorocha, to drop their arms and embrace peace so the government can find a lasting solution to the underdevelopment and infrastructural decay that has enveloped the region over the years.

The local governments are the two coastal and oil producing areas in the state and are known for being restive.

Militants in the area have allegedly joined their colleagues in other Niger Delta states to blow up oil installations and pipelines since over 7 oil companies operate in the area.

Worried about this continuous economic sabotage and restiveness in the area, the Imo State government has organized a programme to grant pardon to all militants, cultists and agitators in the area to enable them sue for peace and address the challenges facing the area.

Some of the Militants who were given opportunity to speak have reasons for their activities and actions and what they have done in the past.

After deciding to lay down their arms, which comprises of Ak-47 riffles, rocket launchers, pistols, charms, machetes, knives, axes and other dangerous weapons, the youths swore to an oath, administered by the Attorney General of the State, never to go back to the past.

They were also prayed for by clergymen after which some made confessions of their previous misdeeds.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, who was pleased with the decision of the youths, pardoned them for their misdeeds and promised to engage them meaningfully as a committee has been set up to look into their agitations.

He also gave a 7-day window for those who are still hiding in the creeks to lay down their arms and be granted amnesty.

Present at the event are the Imo State Commissioner of Police, the Imo State army commander, Director SSS Imo State and other head of security agencies in the state as well as all top Imo State government functionaries.

Army Arrests Impersonators, Suspected Cultists In Imo State

Army Impersonators In Imo arrestedThe Nigerian Army says it has arrested three army impostors in Imo State in southeast Nigeria.

The impersonators were nabbed by officials of the 34 Artillery Brigade of the Army in Obinze, during the precursor operations nicknamed “exercise crocodile smile”.

Parading the suspects at the Army Headquarters in Owerri, the Assistant Director, Public Relations of the Brigade, Lieutenant Haruna Tagwai, said the suspects had been parading themselves as military personnel using fake identity cards and some military kits to perpetrate criminal acts within Owerri metropolis and its environs.

Suspected Cultists arrested in Imo
Suspected cultists arrested by the army

He added that another four-man gang suspected to be members of a deadly cult group in Ohaji/ Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State were also arrested during the operation.

Lieutenant Tagwai said that the suspects would be handed over to the Imo State Police Command, for further investigation and prosecution.

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.

Niger Delta Minister Visits Imo, Decries Rate Of Project Abandonment

Niger DeltaThe Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru, has promised to look into all abandoned Federal Government projects in Imo State which was approved through the Ministry of Niger Delta affairs. 

The Minister disclosed this during his visit to the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Mr Uguru expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work on some Federal Government projects in the state, especially the bad state of Owerri-Port Harcourt expressway way by Umuapu community and the total neglect of the low-cost housing project in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state.

At the Owerri-Port Harcourt road by Umuapu, the Minister said that he would not sign any certificate of payment with regards to the road until a satisfactory job was done.

He also promised to ensure that Imo State enjoys the benefits of being one of the Niger Delta states.

In response, the Imo State Governor said that over the years, especially throughout the last administration at the centre, no feasible project had been initiated or commissioned by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Niger Delta affairs.

After the meeting, the team from the Ministry of Niger Delta, led by the Minister, accompanied by the Managing Director of the Imo State Oil Producing Development Commission (ISOPADEC) visited some projects in the state.

Okoracha Displeased With State Of Egbema Power Station Project

Okoracha Displeased With State Of Egbema Power Station ProjectImo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed displeasure with the slow pace of work at the Egbema Power Station Project site.

Governor Okorocha made the appeal on Wednesday during an inspection of the project in Mmahu, Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, Southeast Nigeria.

He charged contractors handling the project to hasten up work at the site to ensure completion.

In response, the contractor said the project was 80 per cent completed, but his declaration was countered by the indigenes who were also not pleased with the pace of work.

However, executives of companies in charge of monitoring and timely completion of the project, the Executive Director (networks) of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Albert Okorogu and General Manager of the National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) for Southeast zone, Nkechi Mba, gave reasons for the delay.

The Egbema Power Project was awarded by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration in 2006 with an installed capacity of 338 megawatts but up till now, the job was less than 60 per cent completed.

Reps Promise To Deliver Owerri-Elele Road In 2015

Human TraffickingThe House of Representatives has assured the residents of Amanyelu and Umuagwo communities in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State that the Owerri-Elele road which connects the communities to neighboring cities, would be completed soon.

An early 2015 completion date has been projected for the 35 Kilometer stretch road which was awarded in 2009 for 23billion naira.

The House of Reps members were on a scheduled visit to the road led by the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha.

Honourable Ihedioha disclosed that the Federal Government was keen on delivering the road in early 2015 and in order to fast track the completion of the road, the House of Representatives would appropriate more funds in the 2015 budget to enable the contractor complete the job in due time.

The deplorable state of the road bellied the fact that it had been scheduled for a makeover about 5 years ago but the makeover, which seemed to have only taken place on office papers has made motorists consider it a death trap.

The contractor handling the road project, Mohammed El- Edadaros, told the lawmakers that he would get back to work after the rainy season and promised completion of the road before the end of the first quarter of 2015.

The 35 kilometers stretch Elele-Owerri road connects Imo State to the South-South region through Rivers and Bayelsa states.

Fake Soldier Offers Job To Imo Citizens At A Price

The Nigerian Army 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze Imo State has arrested a 27-year old man, Mr. Ejike Anyaibe from Ikeduru local government area of Imo State, for allegedly parading himself as an army captain and extorting money from unsuspecting Imo citizens with the aim of securing them opportunity in the on-going recruitment in the Nigerian Army.

While parading the suspect at the command headquarters in Obinze, Owerri the Imo State capital, the Commander 34 Artillery Brigade; Mohammed Alkali said the suspect was arrested at Ohaji Egbema Local government area of the state when the troops deployed to the area got hold of the information that he has been collecting money while dressed in full regalia of the Nigerian Army, from unsuspecting citizens.

He added that the Command is acting under the directive of the Chief of Army Staff who had earlier warned the general public of some fake army personnel who parade themselves in the camouflage of the Nigerian Army.

Mr Alkali called on the general public to be wary of such miscreants and report to the Nigerian army if there is any future occurrence. He  investigations are on-going in order to reveal all other necessary information about the suspect and his activities.

Meanwhile, the suspect Mr. Ejike Anyaibe who denied all the allegations said the army regalia was sold to him by a friend who sells wears in their village, he also denied collecting money from anybody.

However, one of the victims he deceived was at hand to blow his cover.

Flood: Imo Begins Disbursement of FG’s Intervention Fund

The Imo State Government has commenced the disbursement of the N400 million intervention fund to victims affected by the ill-fated flood disaster in Oguta and Ohaji Egbema Local Government area of Imo State.

During the presentation of cheques to communities affected by the flood at the Ikemba Ojukwu Convention Centre in Owerri, the state capital, Chief of Staff to the Governor of Imo state, Sir Jude Ejiogu noted that part of the money will be used to rehabilitate and relocate some of the families affected by the flood as the government will embark on the construction of community halls and pipe borne water so that all necessary measures will be put in place to ensure that the victims will not be displaced again in case of a re-occurrence in future.
Ejiogu advised the beneficiaries to ensure that they use the money judiciously especially on agriculture.

However, the Chairman of the State Committee on Relief Materials and Commissioner for Health, Mr. Obi Njoku said the sharing was done on categories based on how it affected individuals and communities, to this end, those in category A will receive the sum of N5 million, those in category B will get N3 million, while those in category C and D gets N2 million and N1 million respectively.

Beneficiaries at the event commended the federal and state governments for the kind gesture and for fulfilling their promise after the disaster that ravaged their communities.

Imo polytechnic receives N7.8 million book donation

The Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo has received books worth N7.8million donated by Dorena Books Centre, a multinational book publishing company, as its corporate social responsibility in supporting education in Nigeria.

Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Adaobi Obasi said the donations of the books will go a long way to support the reading culture of the students and boast their interest in research as well as fast track the accreditation process of some courses in the school.

Mrs. Obasi added that the funding of education in the country should not be left for the government to do; she called on well-meaning citizens of the state to take advantage of the public private partnership initiative and help develop the education sector in the state to order to meet up with world standard.

The polytechnic was formerly a College of Agriculture but was converted four years ago to its current status.

Rector of the school, Rev. Wence Madu said it is the first time in the history of the school that such a donation is being made to the library.

He further disclosed that the donation is out of divine providence as it will put the school in good light with the visit of the national regulatory body (National Universities Commission) one week away.

The body will be visiting in order to accredit 12 more programmes for the school.

Dorena said the donation is aimed to key into the public private partnership initiative of the Imo state government.

The presentation took place at the school premises in Umuagwo, Ohaji Egbema local government area of the state.