The leader of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Caretaker Committee, Mr Ahmed Makarfi, has set up an 18-man reconciliation committee to resolve internal wranglings in the faction of the party.
At a press conference in Owerri on Thursday, the Makarfi-led faction of the party stated that the committee would be headed by former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in the state, Professor Jude Njoku.
Meanwhile, the Ali-Modu Sheriff led faction which has Mr Nnamdi Anyaehi as the state chairman insisted that they were the legally constituted working committee members of the PDP in the state.
The Publicity Secretary, Mr Eyinnaya Onuegbu, told Channels Television that the party would not accept any group trying to use the party for as a tool for personal campaign.
He said his faction had not been informed of any peace or reconciliation talks since none of their members have been listed in the committee.
Mr Onuegbu, however, expressed hopes that in due course the other faction would have a change of heart and come back to join the PDP mainstream in the state, which he said was the Alimodu Sheriff-led PDP.
The Abia State Police Command has handed over a stolen boy back to the parents after an alleged disappearance with a woman in Imo State, southeast Nigeria.
The Abia State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, said that the boy, Joseph Okafor, who hails from Eluma Lokpaukwu Umuchieze in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, was stolen from his father’s compound on May 27, 2015.
He was found in 2016 at Okigwe in Imo State, in the custody of a foster mother who claimed the late husband adopted him.
Handing over Joseph to his parents, Mr Oyebade vowed to ensure child stealing and kidnapping among other crimes were eradicated from the state.
He also warned those involved in the act of stealing children to desist, saying that the police would ensure that their activities were exposed.
The Police Commissioner further urged the public to make inquiry of the type of adoption services they patronise, stating that anyone found wanting would face the full wrath of the law.
This is coming few days after the Nigeria Immigration Service arrested a Cameroonian couple for alleged child trafficking in Cross River State.
Political and traditional leaders of Okigwe extraction in Imo State have come together to reconcile their differences.
Aimed at forging a common course in the interest of the people of the zone, the Okigwe stakeholders’ meeting was held at Isiebu in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
The convener, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, said that the aim of the meeting was to call for peace and unity among Okigwe people despite their past differences.
Senator Ararume added that the purpose of the meeting was to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha in order to benefit holistically from the dividends of the change mantra of the APC.
Amongst other things, the meeting also discussed the forthcoming senatorial rerun election in the zone as they all promised to work in tandem to support the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming election.
Present at the meeting were all present and past legislators from the zone, traditional rulers and political appointees past and present.
The Imo State government has promised to complete the first ever ongoing flyover within Owerri, the Imo state capital, before 2016 first quarter ends.
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, disclosed this during an inspection of the ongoing flyover on Okigwe road by Orji roundabout within the state capital.
He said the idea of the flyover is to decongest traffic gridlock experienced within the state capital.
The Governor added that the project which is first of its kind in the state will be completed before the end of the first quarter of 2016 and as such, the state government is putting so much of its resources to ensure that Imo citizens enjoy better infrastructure.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has embarked on a relentless war against highway carelessness by heavy-duty truck drivers, following recent tragic accidents caused by such vehicles.
Officials of the Anambra State Sector Command of the Commission, at the Amansea axis of the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, mounted a stop and check operation on articulated and heavy-duty truck drivers.
The operation was in its fourth phase of the ‘Operation Scorpion,’ and areas of monitoring includes Enugu-Onitsha expressway to Nineth mile, Nineth Mile to Udi and Okigwe to Enugu, in the south-east.
While sensitizing drivers on the need to always be conscious of safety when on the highway, the Assistant Corps Marshal in charge of Administration and Strategy, Augustine Aipoh, urged them to comply with the safety standards, in order to save their lives and that of others.
The officials caught a number of defaulting drivers.
Some of the drivers while appreciating the activities of the FRSC, complained about the challenges facing them in the course of plying their trade.
New lawmakers-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Okigwe on Monday promised the people of Okigwe Senatorial District a better representation.
The lawmakers, under the auspice of Okigwe Zone Lawmakers forum, said they would focus on legislation of laws that will be to the utmost benefits of people of the zone.
At a meeting with community leaders, APC ward leaders and chieftains of the APC in the area, the new lawmakers both at the state and federal level commended the people of the zone for their support and for coming out en masse to ensure the victory of APC in the zone.
While speaking to Channels Television on behalf of the group, the member-elect representing Okigwe South Federal Constituency, said all the lawmakers in the zone would do everything possible to bring development to their constituencies.
He said that the new lawmakers would also make laws that would positively affect the people which in turn will bring the much desired dividends of democracy.