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Commotion In Imo Assembly

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… 21 Members Impeach Speaker

… Accuse Him Of Embezzling N38m Monthly

Friday, 13 November may have come and gone but the memory may remain green in the annals of the soil of Imo state House of Assembly as a day, the speaker of the Imo 9th House of Assembly Rt Hon Chiji Collins was impeached by virtually all the members of his party, the ruling APC.

Impeachment Of Rt Hon Chiji Collins which took place yesterday can best be described as evaporation of bottled anger by his colleagues particularly, those with him in the ruling APC who believed that he had failed in carrying them along in the scheme of things.

It was a very tensed hours when the police, operation search and flush blocked the entrance of the temporary Imo Assembly complex, ceased movement of human and vehicles while the House members, numbering 19 were at the plenary where the speaker was impeached in line with the laid down rules of the state House of Assembly.

Lead Saturday gathered that out of twenty-one House members who signed the impeachment notice, nineteen were present at yesterday’s plenary.

Rt Hon Chiji Collins who came to the 9th House of Assembly as speaker won his election as Isiala Mbano representative under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance has been accused of various conducts, ranging from alleged certificate forgery among others but appeared to have defeated his opponents who wanted to ruin his political career through such, hence nothing has been said about those allegations as at the time of this report by the appropriate authorities.

The least is yet to be heard in Imo State House of Assembly as 19 out of twenty-seven House of Assembly Members, had yesterday Friday 13th November, impeached the speaker, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins.

Our reporter who covered the plenary revealed that by some minutes past 2 pm,  House of Assembly Members numbering 19, 18 out of the number were APC members while one was a PDP member gathered at the temporary Imo State house of Assembly Complex in New Owerri where motion was moved for the impeachment of the speaker over alleged embezzlement of thirty-eight million naira, every month which according to them is a leftover of the total cost for the running house of Assembly.

While the member representing Ideato North state Assembly, Hon. Arthur Egwim moved the motion for the impeachment of the speaker over alleged misappropriation of fund, the said motion was seconded by Hon. Kanayo Onyemachi the member representing Owerri West.

Similarly, member representing Orsu State Constituency, Hon. Nnodimele moved a second motion supporting the said impeachment after dwelling on alleged embezzlement of funds by the out-gone speaker.

Our reporter further revealed that Hon. Okey Onyekanma, Member Representing in the house of assembly and a PDP member was present during the impeachment while another PDP member, Anyadike was said to be present during the presentation of the new speaker to the government while the plenary was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chyna Iwuanyanwu.

Speaking with lead newspapers, one of the ranking members in the 9th Assembly who would not want in name in print revealed that the out-gone speaker in addition to alleged embezzlement that Chiji Collins does not have the capacity to control the House members, as the speaker.

According to him, the speaker would have been before now impeached if not for the timely interventions of the Governor Senator Uzodinma as well as other stakeholders in the state.

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno

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The bride, who was abducted along Maiduguri/Damaturu Highway, on Thursday, has been released.

She was kidnapped alongside her friends and some persons who were plying that route when the insurgents struck.

It gathered that the insurgents dropped the victims off at a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, around midnight.

It is not known yet if any ransom was paid.

Babagana Kashim, a family member of the victim, said that the bride and her friends are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu.

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“It is confirmed that they have been released. The insurgents dropped them off at a village close to Damaturu.

“As we speak, they are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu. We are happy they are finally back home.” Babagana said.

The wedding held successfully in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, but the victims were kidnapped on their way to Damturu.

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Freed Kagara Victims Now In Minna

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The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have arrived in Minna, the State capital.

A total of 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family were abducted in the attack on the school.

In a video, the students were seen filing out from the bush. The footage was said to have been shot around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, Niger State.

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Jibrin Usman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education in Niger, said the commissioner has been contacted to receive the boys ahead of their meeting with the governor.

One of the parents of the students told our correspondent that they were released near Madaka in Raffi Local government area of Niger.

The father said he would withdraw his child from the school immediately, describing that as the only reasonable thing to do as a concerned father.

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Kidnapped Adamawa United FC Driver Released

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The kidnapped Adamawa United Football Club driver, Kabiru Muhammad has been released.

The driver conveying the team to Lagos for the NPFL week 11 match against MFM was forcefully taken away on Friday, February 19 by gun men who robbed Adamawa United players of their belongings along Benin-Ore Express way.

The kidnappers immediately reached out to the club’s officials demanding for N50 million ransom which they eventually reduced to N1 million after negotiations.

The permanent secretary, Adamawa State Ministry of Sports, Aliyu Abubakar Jada made known the development in Yola, saying Kabiru was released Wednesday night in Benin.

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Jada said even as the freed driver was in good condition of health, he would go through medical examination due to the stress he was subjected to in the hands of his captors.

He thanked the media for the role they played in making the public aware about the unfortunate incident.

“I want to thank the media, particularly SWAN. I have received calls from within and outside the country from people who read the news, we are very grateful”, he said.

Jada, therefore, tasked the Federal Ministry of Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation to devise new ways to improve safety of players and reduce the stress they are subjected to when travelling for matches.

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