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Enconiums On Charlvon Over Uzodinma’s Reception

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The people of Owerri zone and Imo state at large have described the Servant Leader of Ikeduru, Prince Charles Amadi (Charlvon) in superlative terms for putting up a stellar performance during the Governor’s grand reception organized by Owerri zone people last Thursday.

Charlvon who was the central planning committee chairman of the reception was everywhere at the popular Heroes Square leaving no stone unturned to ensure a successful outing.

Our reporter who covered the ceremony stated that it was an assemblage of political, traditional and musical crème de la crème of Imo state and Nigeria at large including the sensational singer, Flavour who thrilled the crowd with melodious songs.

Reading the welcome address at the event, Prince Amadi said that the idea was to celebrate the divine means through which the Governor emerged and not for mere jamboree.

According to him, the Governor has so far proven his love for the people of Owerri zone, stressing that he (the Governor) deserves more than a reception.

The Eziama-born political giant further urged the Governor to continue to demonstrate his overflowing love for the people of the zone especially in areas of infrastructures and economic development.

He boasted that Owerri zone is rich in hospitality and human resources, little wonder, he argued it is the commercial hub of the state and capital city.

“The purpose of this gathering today is to appreciate the Governor and demonstrate our love for him.

“We will continue to demonstrate a high sense of maturity in accommodating everybody towards the realization of the 3Rs mantra of the shared prosperity government.

“It is our earnest wish, however, that after you complete your constitutional tenure of 8years, that you graciously hand over to an Owerri zone man to continue from where you stopped.

“No doubt, Your Excellency, you have started well. Therefore, we urge you to continue to widen the frontiers of development in the state so that the people will completely feel the rejuvenating breaze of the shared prosperity government.

“The nine LGAs in Owerri zone have shown unalloyed support and solidarity to your government. We promise we will continue to keep the tempo high and the cardinal aims of this government which is anchored on the 3Rs, shall be fully realized.

“In the same vein, I want to use this golden opportunity to wish you, my boss and political ally, a happy 62nd birthday. You shall be exalted to greater height as you diligently serve the people of Imo state whose mandate you hold tenaciously.

“Thank you so much, Your Excellency, for your love for Ndi-Owerri zone. Thank you for pairing with one of our own, Prof. Placid Njoku, the deputy Governor, in recovering the state from the days of locusts. Thank you for honoring our invitation and God bless you,” he concluded.

The chairman of the occasion, Engr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, while speaking, said that Imo people are blessed to have Senator Hope Uzodinma as their Governor. I must tell you, Hope I’d a good man. He deserves more than just a reception.

“I have known Hope Uzodinma for so long and I can beat my chest to say that Imo people made the right choice in him. He is not a greedy politician. He is generous and accommodating.

“I am an elderstateman and I have given in my best to the development of the state and Nigeria at large. All I do now is to groom the younger ones to grow. Prince Charls Amadi is my boy and I am happy he is doing well both in politics and business.

“Imo is the only state we can gladly call our own, so why won’t we support the government to achieving better result. Let us eschew violence and pull him down syndrome. It has dragged us backward. Igbos are very industrious people who can survive in any part of the world, but why are we not in unity? Let us come together and love one another.

“So I thank the organizers of this reception especially for finding me worthy of being the chairman. It has offered me the opportunity to once again interact with my people.

“Frankly, I must tell you that Senator Hope Uzodinma will fix the state and he has promised me that. I urge you all to continue to support his government because I am convinced that he has come to work,” he said.

Others who spoke at the reception ceremony were the Governor and his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku, the member representing Ikeduru state constituency, Ambassador Uche Ogbuagu and some Interim Management Committee chairmen.

Conspicuously present at the event was the great leader of Owerri, Prince Lemmy Akakem, Hon. Iyke Njoku who was the secretary of the central planning committee, a handful of commissioners and Special Advisers/Senior Special Assistants all the Interim Management Committee chairmen in Owerri zone among other dignitaries.

Other side attractions were the uninterrupted moment of merriment and praises which followed the arrival of Mr. Flavour, the sensational singer.

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Herdsmen attacks: Seyi Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear, says sports minister

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Following the various alleged attacks in various parts of the states in Nigeria wherein Oyo state is experiencing the same heat, Mr  Sunday Dare,  Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has advised Seyi Makinde the Governor of Oyo State, to be more proactive and decisive in tackling the security situation in the state.

In a statement on Monday, Dare implied that the governor is too scared to take a decision that would protect the indigenes of his state from attacks.

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There had been reports of alleged attacks, that some Fulani were kidnapping, killing, and raping residents in Ibarapa area of the state

Sunday Dare urged the governor to seek assistance from states and non-state actors and stop “responding out of fear that his political status is being damaged”.

Part of the statement termed, ‘Minister wants Makinde to be more decisive on security’, read, “For several months, citizens of Oyo state have watched with increasing concern as the security situation in our beloved state degenerated. Troubling accounts about killings, kidnappings, and herdsmen versus farmers conflicts abound.

Read Also: South West warning over Fulani Treatment by Coalition of Northern Groups

Like all the people of Oyo State, I expected the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde to act fast and prudently but with reasonable dispatch to quell the security situation before it got out of hand.

We all waited for proactive steps and responses from the state authority, but certainly in vain.

“Governor Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear regarding this important security situation. This is the first serious test of his leadership in the state.

“Instead of tackling it, he has retreated. His policy has not been proactive enough to resolve the issues so that the protection of lives will be guaranteed and our people spared the mourning over dead ones.

Instead, his policy has been to act as if nothing was happening in forlorn hope that all would simply go away as if it were a bad dream.”

“The worsening developments in the state in the area of security are a direct result of a temporizing fiddling leader.

The Governor has paid more lip service to the issue of security instead of offering solutions or taking proactive steps to stem the attacks and chart the path of resolution.

For this is a complex issue that requires political courage and vision to resolve.”

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Bandits Attack: Niger Communities suffer, loses food stuff

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On  the early hours of Sunday morning, Armed bandits said to be numbering over 200 invaded some communities in Munya and Paikoro Local Government Areas of Niger State, killing two security operatives, a middle-aged man and injuring about 15 others in an operation which the villagers said was targeted only at foodstuff.

Over 15 women were abducted and forced to help the bandits carry the looted foodstuff, packed in bags from the communities.

The bandits, however, promised to release the women after helping them to evacuate the foodstuff to a particular location.

The communities invaded by the bandits include Beni, old and new Dalolo, Aboloso, Ishau and Amale, all in Paikoro Local Government, while Gwari Nyayi, Kabiri and Biri in Munya Local Government were also raided by the bandits.

Read Also: Bandits kill seven farmers and abduct 30 villagers in Katsina

Beni, Alhaji Jafaru Umar Sarki, the District Head, confirmed that the invasion started on Saturday evening when the armed men numbering about 200 and in over 50 motorcycles stormed the communities in three different groups.

The Saturday operation only lasted for one hour and the bandits went away with sacks loaded with foodstuff and other items looted from shops in the town.

He said on Sunday morning, the bandits returned and shared themselves into three groups, moving from one community to another targeting only foodstuff and provisions from various outlets , from 9’o clock in the morning and lasted for over three hours.

According to him, a helicopter owned by one of the security agencies was sighted hovering over their heads within and around the communities while the bandits were operating on the ground.

“We saw a helicopter moving around the communities for about six times when the bandits were operating but the helicopter did not attack the bandits.

“We did not know what the helicopter was doing in the air because bandits were operating freely on the ground

He pointed out that “Immediately the bandits finished the operation and left, we did not see the helicopter again, so we don’t know whether it was providing cover for the bandit or to attack the bandits”.

He disclosed that the communities became helpless when all calls made to relevant security agencies to come to their rescue failed, adding that “in fact, the Divisional Police Officer attached to the area said, that they had no fuel in the car”.

The District Head, a retired police officer, disclosed that only the local vigilantes were on ground to provide some help but their ammunitions got exhausted after over 30 minutes of gun exchange with the bandits.

They, however, lost two of their men, leaving the bandits with only gunshot injuries.

Francis Daniel, a middle-aged man, who operates a computer centre at Kafin Koro, was shot and killed from a far distance of hundred metres, when he attempted to escape into the bush on sighting the bandits.

This incident is happening again, barely one year and two weeks after the last attack where the bandits on 9th January 2020, invaded Beni and other communities, kidnaping over 32 villagers, including the son of the District Head of Beni.

The bandits also asked for a ransom of N49million for the release of the abducted, asking the District Head to pay N17million out of the amount before they would release his son.

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Okoroafor Marries traditionally, Achonu, others Grace Occasion

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Younger brother to a well-known oil magnet in Imo State and Nigeria as a whole Dr. sir Chidiebere Okoroafor, Kenneth Maduabuchi Okoroafor has traditionally married his heartthrob Mirian Nwabuiheoma. The event that took place at the compound of Igbokwe’s family recently attracted important personalities from within and outside the state.

Speaking during the event, Professor Chuks Nathan Nwaobi urged the couple to always understand each other, adding that understanding will make the marriage last long He disclosed that though there will be ups and downs they should keep understanding, tolerating, and respecting each other.

Contributing, Chief Sir Herold Agim and victor Amaefule described traditional marriage as one of Igbo culture, noting that it was one of the things the Igbos don’t play with. Adding his voice, the immediate past House of Assembly member of Ehime Mbano state constituency, Hon. Lawman Duruji advised the couple to always settle by themselves whenever they have issues and never to bring a third party, noting that with that their marriage will last very long In his speech, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Princewill Danial Osigwe urged the couple to always be honest to each other, noting that he will continue to advise them about marriage from time to time.

He said that the Okoroafor family has been so good to him, stressing that, that was why he left all he was doing to come and chaired the occasion. It was gathered that Dr. Sir Chidiebere Okoroafor and his colleagues in the oil business in their usual way also made the event to be colorful. Dignitaries who attended the event included: Senator Attan Nneji Achonu, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, HRH Eze Samuel Okeke (Eze Chimere Chioke 1) of Umuchioke Umuduruokoro Umunumo, HRH Eze Emmanuel Ibechi (Akagu 1 of Umuakagu), and others.

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