Security Operatives Repel Another Attack On Imo Police Headquarters

 

Security operatives have repelled an attack by gunmen on the state police command headquarters close to the government house in Owerri in the early hours of Sunday.

Police spokesperson, Bala Elkana says the gunmen tried to access the police headquarters through works layout around Alvan Ikoku Nursery and Primary School but were repelled.

Mr. Elkana explained that five of the hoodlums were killed and others injured during a gun duel with security operatives.

He added that the bus used by the gunmen has been recovered and four ak47 rifles stolen from the police during recent attacks on police stations were recovered.

This is the second time, the state police command headquarters is been attacked by these hoodlums who have continued to attack police stations in Imo State, setting some ablaze and killing officers.


At Least Eight Gunmen Killed In Attempted Attack On Imo Police Station

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On May 31st, operatives of the Imo State Police Command repelled attacks on two police stations in the state.

Authorities revealed that the affected facilities were located in Umundugba and Omuma areas of the state.

The gunmen are said to have stormed the station in three Sienna buses, one Avalon saloon car, and about eight motorcycles. They were engaged in a gun battle.

During the duel, the hoodlums threw some petrol bombs at the station, and they fell into the exhibit room.

The attackers were eventually suppressed and forced to retreat, having suffered a huge defeat and a number of casualties on their side.

Police spokesman Elkana said that the officers on duty were able to put off the fire with the help of some members of the community.

He added that some hoodlums made a similar attempt to attack Omuma Police Division, but the lethal affront was equally repelled by policemen on duty.

The command’s spokesman stressed that no life was lost in the two attacks and there was no casualty on the part of the police.

Police Arrest Four More Suspects Involved In Attack On Owerri Command HQ

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File Photo of a police van

 

The police have arrested four more suspects involved in an attack on the Owerri Command Headquarters and the Correction Centre in Imo State.

In a statement on Friday, spokesman of the command, SP Bala Elkana disclosed that the suspects include Ojukwu Ukonu ‘m’ 47 years old; Smith Amadokwa ‘m’ 45 years old; Ikechukwu Okomah ‘m’ 50 years old; and Ugbor Casmir Nnaemeka ‘m’ 49 years old, all citizens of Imo State.

He said they were arrested on May 27,  2021, at about 4:30pm in a coded operation.

A screengrab taken on April 5, 2021, shows the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) custodial centre which was attacked by gunmen in Imo State.

 

According to him, the strategy is focused on taking the battle to the den of the hoodlums, making it difficult for them to access the public space which is in line with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

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He added that the Commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro has directed that the suspects be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

Read Full Statement Below:

IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND

28th MAY, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND ARRESTED FOUR ADDITIONAL HOODLUMS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE ATTACK OF THE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AND CORRECTIONAL CENTRE OWERRI IN APRIL, 2021.

RECOVERED TWO FIREARMS WITH CARTRIDGES

In continuation with the operations launched against criminal elements, especially hoodlums who attacked the State Police Command Headquarters, Correctional Centre Owerri, the Governor’s hometown, and other locations in Imo State, operatives of lmo State Police Command arrested four additional suspects alleged to have participated in the April 2021 attack.

The suspects are; Ojukwu Ukonu ‘m’ 47 years old; Smith Amadokwa ‘m’ 45 years old; Ikechukwu Okomah ‘m’ 50 years old; and Ugbor Casmir Nnaemeka ‘m’ 49 years old, all citizens of Imo State.

The arrest was effected on 27th May 2021 at about 1630hours in a coded operation. The strategy is focused on taking the battle to the den of the hoodlums, making it difficult for them to access the public space. This is in line with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc.

One automatic pump action gun, one single barrel gun, and seventeen live cartridges were recovered from the suspects. The investigation is ongoing.

The Commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc has directed that the suspects be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

SP Bala Elkana, ANIPR,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For Commissioner of Police,
Imo State.

Fear In Owerri After Prison Break

 

 

Tension gripped the city of Owerri, Imo State on Tuesday, a day after gunmen blasted their way into Nigeria Correctional Centre, freed more than 1,800 inmates, and then looted a police station, local residents said.

The town was calm but the mood was apprehensive, as residents said they worried about violence from escapees or being caught in an attack by the security forces.

“Many are afraid that the escapees may return… while others are thinking that the security forces will come for a reprisal,” said local journalist Damian Duruiheoma.

Security in the area was heavy, he said.

“The areas attacked have been cordoned off,” he said.

Gunmen using explosives and rockets blasted their way into Owerri prison at dawn on Monday, engaging guards in a gun battle and breaking out inmates, the Nigerian Correctional Service said.

A total of 1,844 inmates were freed.

Channels Television reported that the Police’s Headquarters in the town was also raided by the attackers, who looted its armoury and torched dozens of vehicles.

Resident Chizoba Ekeh told AFP that “everyone is being careful while going about their normal businesses.”

Another inhabitant, George Onyemuwa, shared this concern.

“A situation where police and military equipment were destroyed and you are asking if there’s apprehension?” he asked rhetorically.

“People think that there may be reprisals,” he said.

“We do not know who the perpetrators are but I think the government needs to do something before it gets out of hand,” he added.

No group has so far claimed responsibility, although President Muhammadu Buhari called the attack an “act of terrorism” carried out by “anarchists” and urged security forces to capture the assailants and the escaped detainees.

Prisons in Africa’s most populous country are often overcrowded.

As many as 70 percent of inmates are on remand and can be held awaiting trial for years.

Police Confirm Kidnap Of Bishop In Owerri

Bishop Moses Chikwe

 

The Imo state Police command has confirmed the kidnap of the auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Imo State, Bishop Chikwe Moses.

The Imo state Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, said on Tuesday that the Commissioner of Police in Imo State Isaac Akinmoyede has activated the command’s Quick Intervention Team (QUIT) and the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU), to move into the matter with a view to rescue the Bishop and possibly arrest the hoodlums.

According to the Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Archbishop Anthony Obinna, the priest was kidnapped on Sunday night and since then, there has not been any form of communication from the kidnappers since his kidnap.

The kidnapped Bishop is expected to take over from Archbishop Anthony Obinna who has just retired.

VIDEO: Singer Charlie Boy Leads Protest Against Imo Supreme Court Judgement

 

Singer, Charles Oputa, fondly called Charlie Boy, on Wednesday, led a protest against the Supreme Court Judgement on the Imo State Governorship election.

The apex court had in January sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), replacing him with Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 2019 election.

Charlie Boy alongside the protesters under the umbrella of the Imo Concerned Citizens gathered at the Ekwema Square in Owerri, the Imo capital, demanding the reversal of the court’s judgement sacking Emeka Ihedioha as the leader of the South-East State.

According to them, the court must reverse the judgment in Imo State which they described as injustice against the people.

They insisted they would continue the protest until the court reviews the judgement in favour of the PDP.

Operatives of the Department of States Services (DSS), however, prevented a clash between the PDP and APC supporters during the protest.

While reacting to the development, Ihedioha in a tweet on his verified handle, hailed the protesters, calling on them not to relent until justice is served.

 

“Today, concerned citizens of our State took to the streets yet again to carry on with their demand for justice,” he tweeted.

“I encourage our people to continue to be peaceful and law abiding, as we remain firm in our resolve to strengthen our democracy.

“Imo Bu Nke Anyi,” Ihedioha tweeted.

Imo: I Never Said I’ll Probe My Predecessors, Says Gov Uzodinma


 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has debunked rumours making rounds in the state that he planned to probe his predecessors.

Governor Uzodinma disclosed this after inspecting some structures at the government house in Owerri.

The Governor said even though the business of governance includes probing and accountability, his directive to the Accountant-General of the state and the officials of the civil service to furnish him with the financial statement of the state may have been misconstrued.

“When I asked for a status report from all the ministries, many people misunderstood it or assumed that the purpose of calling for that information is because I want to probe; I never said that I was going to probe anybody.

“The business of governance involves probing if need be; so I needed that information because there is no official handover from anybody, and for me to start the work, I need to know what is on the ground.”

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He said since there’s been no proper handover from the immediate past government, if during an investigation and for proper accountability there’s need to call on anyone for Questioning as it deems fit, the Government will not hesitate to do so, but he hasn’t made any pronouncement of probing anyone. He urges the media to get accurate facts and statements before publishing.

“We will start and in the course of doing our business, if there are things that require investigation, we will subject them to an investigation. My business here is to govern the people, and in the process, if there is any need for any particular issue to be investigated or probed I will do that, but let nobody begin to speak for me because I have not said that yet.”

On the state of infrastructure in the government house, he said the government will begin renovation as soon as possible to enable the business of governance kick start in earnest.

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

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendment

 

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