Justice Oputa Was A Great Jurist –Justice Amina Augie


A justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Amina Augie, has described the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa as a great judge.

Speaking on Wednesday during the inauguration of the Justice Oputa State High Court Complex in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Augie said Oputa during his reign was able to interpret the law and put in into clear words.

“When you walk in and also see the name of the complex, Honourable Justice Oputa complex, he is one of the greatest jurists that we have.

“Till today, if I am right in any judgment, I still rely on him with any judgement I write because he really was a great jurist.

“He has the words, he was able to capture the law. He was able to explain it, he was able to put it into clear words,” she stated amid applaud from the gathering.

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According to Justice Augie, being a judge is indeed a herculean task owing to the demands of the profession.

She explained that judges would attest to her claim, stressing that “as you are eating, as you are sleeping, whatever you are doing you are writing the judgement in your head. You are looking at the law, you are applying it to the fact and you are trying to find a way to do what is just.”

While admonishing judges to strive for integrity, she asked her colleagues to learn from the virtues of the late Justice Oputa by shunning bribes while delivering judgements.

The Oputa Complex was built by the administration of the outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha in honour of the renowned Justice Oputa who before his retirement in 1989 was a Supreme Court Judge in 1984.

ASUU Owerri Decries Poor Academic Conditions Of LAUTECH

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The Owerri Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned what it described as poor academic conditions at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State.

The union highlighted the lack of infrastructure, poor funding and inadequate provision of welfare for staff and students.

Led by the Zonal Coordinator, ASUU Owerri zone, Comrade Uzo Onyebinama, the union, therefore, called on the Oyo and Osun state governments, the joint owners of the institution, to immediately fund the university and address all welfare issues concerning the staff and students.

According to them, they chose not to remain silent on the issues, noting that “an injury to one, is an injury to all”.

Over 200 Militants Repent, Surrender Arms In Imo

Notorious militants on Monday surrendered their arms and ammunition in Owerri, Imo State capital.

The repentant militants surrendered their arms and ammunition to military officers at the Freedom Square in Owerri. Among the ammunition surrendered was a rocket launcher.

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and Commissioner of Police, Brigade commander 34 artillery brigade were present to witness the militants surrender their arms.

South African President, Jacob Zuma, Visits Imo

The South African President, Jacob Zuma, has arrived in Owerri, the Imo State Capital on a two-day working visit.

Present at the Sam Mbakwe Airport to welcome Mr Zuma, were the state governor, Rochas Okorocha Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo,  Former Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, and Former INEC Chairman, Morris Iwu.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, among other dignitaries present to welcome President Jacob Zuma.

Others included: Former Attorney General of the Federation Adetokunboh Kayode, as well as business moguls like the Chairman of Diamond Bank Pascal Dozie, Chairman of Zinox Computers, Leo Stan Eke, Chairman Germane Motors Jerry Chukwueke and Chairman Innoson motors.

During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding is expected to be signed by the Jacob Zuma foundation and the Rochas Okorocha foundation with the aim of providing education for indigent children in Africa.

The President is also expected to have talks with the governor over the possible takeoff of the international cargo airport in Owerri the Imo State capital.

He is also expected to visit the Ohaji Egbema Industrial Park after which other partnership agreements may be reached.

Governor Rochas Okorocha and other dignitaries with President Jacob Zuma.

Flood Displaces Hundreds In Owerri

Several residents of Owerri the Imo State capital have been displaced after a downpour that lasted over 12 hours and has left the city flooded.

Affected victims who placed sos calls to our correspondent in Imo State, say the areas mostly affected where properties worth millions have been damaged include the Federal Housing Estate at Chukwuma Nwoha road, old CBN quarters at Egbu road as well as Federal Housing World Bank Estate.

Displaced victims have called on the state government to come to their aid.

Several states in the country have witnessed heavy rains and flooding following earlier warnings by relevant government agencies for some states to brace up for heavy rains this year.

However, this is the first major rain to be recorded in Imo state this year

Upgrade FMC Owerri To Teaching Hospital, Okorocha Tells FG

The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Imo State to the status of a Teaching Hospital having acquired most of the requirements for a teaching hospital status.

Governor Okorocha made the appeal through his Deputy, Eze Madumere during a visit by the Minister of State for Health. Dr. Osagie Ehanire to commission some projects initiated and completed by the Management of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.

While commending The FMC management for initiating the life-changing projects in the Centre, he called on the Federal government through the Minister of State for Health to as a matter of urgency, help make the wishes of Imo people come to pass by ensuring that the Federal Medical Centre Owerri is upgraded to a Teaching hospital.

Madumere explains that the qualification of the Medical Centre in the area of Manpower, available equipment and other infrastructure are enough to consider the upgrade of the Centre. He further said the upgrade will not only elicit more interests in medical research but will also help the quality of health care services and equip budding Medical Doctors to stand up to their colleagues in the world.

He commended management for keying into medical policies of President Buhari led Federal Government with its focus on primary and intensive health care for all Nigerians.

He used the opportunity to thank the management and staff of the Medical Centre for embracing peace, which has impacted positively on the patients, attributing to the present quality service with the ever ready personnel on hand to render service to the people.

He therefore expressed the readiness of Governor Okorocha led government to play whatever role necessary to achieve the deserved upgrade of the medical centre, referencing the already existing partnership between the Medical Centre and the State.

He said “The wish of Imo people is to see that FMC Owerri is upgraded to a teaching hospital, as you have gone round during the inspection of projects earlier, all the manpower, facilities and equipment you see here is of Teaching hospital standard, we appeal to you to make dreams of Imo people come through by upgrading this Centre, I want to also commend the effort of the management led by Dr. Angela Uwakwem, she has worked tirelessly to see that this place is up to standard, we want to also assure the Centre that the Okorocha led administration is supporting you”

On his part, the Minister commended the effort of Dr. Angela Uwakwem led Administration, which he described as in tandem with the health policies of President Buhari led Federal Government. He however regretted the grading of Nigeria’s medical records, saying it is nothing to write home about. He however blamed the negative impression about Nigerian health sector to incessant industrial actions even in matters that are so minute.

He therefore expressed the readiness of the present Federal Government to do all within its power to change the tide with focus in making health available in every community in the country.

He however blamed the Medical workers on low rating of Nigerian health sector attributing the negative rating to incessant strikes at any slightest dispute forgetting the ethics of the profession, which he said has always put patients’ lives in danger.

One Dead, Several Injured In Owerri Auto Crash

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At least one person has been killed and several others injured in a fatal accident that occurred along Port Harcourt road in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Narrating the cause of the accident, witnesses said a truck which had a break failure rammed into a tricycle on the other lane of the road and killed the driver instantly.

They said the truck was trailed by officials of the traffic management team, following its alleged non-compliance to the state government’s directive which banned truck movement during the day.

Angry youths reportedly attacked the truck driver and the traffic officials where several were injured.

It however took intervention of the Police before the situation was brought under control.

Gunmen Kill Police Inspector Attached To Chinese Expatriate In Owerri

Residents Cry Out Over Insecurity In CalabarA police inspector attached to a Chinese expatriate was on Friday shot and killed by gunmen in the Owerri metropolis, Imo State.

Sources said the incident happened shortly after the Chinese expatriate whose name is yet to be identified, is believed to be a contractor in the state, left the banking premises after a business transaction at the branch of a new generation bank located on Item street in Owerri.

The source said the gunmen in the process carted away huge amount of money running into millions which the Chinese expatriate withdrew shortly before the attack.

Narrating the incident, the eyewitness said the foreigner was attacked by the gunmen who were suspected to have been secretly hiding in the vicinity and monitoring their target, they entered his vehicle and immediately laid siege on the foreigner.

One of the sources said “immediately the foreigner was driven out of the bank premises in his black Toyota with the number plate Abuja 723 JR by his driver, the gunmen who were already waiting, double crossed his vehicle. Two of them jumped out of their car and attacked their target swiftly, while the police inspector who made efforts to resist them was shot sporadically until he died,  the foreigner was also shot on his leg.

However, The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezeike confirmed that a police Inspector lost his life while the expatriate whose identity is yet to ascertained, sustained several injuries in the process.

Ezike said “it is unfortunate that we lost an inspector while the expatriate was severely wounded. But I have directed all heads of tactical units of the command to apprehend the suspected culprits”.

Imo Police Seeks Traditional Rulers’ Support To Fight Crime

Police, Kidnap Suspect, Turkish School,The Imo State Police Command has appealed to traditional rulers in the state to support the community policing strategies adopted by the Nigeria Police Force.

The new Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, made the call at a meeting with the Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Imo State, south-East Nigeria.

Mr Ezike, who spoke at the traditional ruler’s palace in Owerri, urged the Council to support the effort of the Police in fighting crime in the state.

He said the fight against crime should not be left in the hands of the security operatives, noting that their input in the fight against criminality in the state cannot be over emphasised.

The Police Commissioner stated that the Command is committed to bringing crimes especially cultism, kidnapping and armed robbery to its barest minimal in the state.

“We need your support, more importantly in combating the menace of kidnapping and cultism in the state.

“You people are the custodian of traditions and that makes you get closer to the people, you know about our community policing strategies and we want you to partner with the Nigerian Police.

“Fighting crime should not be left in the hands of security operatives alone, we need information to work and such information can only come from people like the traditional rulers,” he said.

Senate Challenges FG On Funding Of Industrial Centres

Senate Challenges FG On Funding Of Industrial CentresThe Federal Government has been asked to pay more attention to building Nigeria’s industrial capacity, by giving priority to the development and funding of Industrial Development Centers (IDCs) across the country.

The Senate Committee on Industries made the call during a visit to the Industrial Development Centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital, as part of its oversight function.

The Committee, led by Senator Sam Egwu, decried the state of the centres across the country, stressing the need to prioritise the IDCs and ensure they become functional, in order to contribute to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

A member of the Committee, Senator Barnabas Gemade, observed that one of the major causes of Nigeria’s recession was the failure to develop its industrial capacities.

He added that countries like China and India were able to thrive due to the priority given to industrialisation.

“IDCs were meant to give a foundation of producing middle-level staff for industrialising the nation. And since they were not working very well, and have remained moribund in most of the centres, 23 of them in the country, our level of industrialisation is where it is, which is part of why the recession has come to this nation.

“Countries like India and China that were basically at the same level with Nigeria, are highly industrialised now because they paid attention to their development of industrial capacity, that is what is lacking here,” he said.

The Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dikko Radda, said to achieve full diversification of the economy, government should give more priority to industrialisation.

“I believe we are going to get it right this time because the lawmakers are here and they are the people that appropriate funds for the development of these centres.

“I believe they are really worried about it, and I believe that they are going to do something about it. The government will put more priority on the IDCs,” he said.