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… Sacked 2011 Set Obtains Court Order To Be joined In Suit

… Matter Starts Afresh At Appeal Court

… We Have Been Served With Stay Of Execution Order – Imo Police

Imo State Government has at last dribbled 2018  suspended ALGON who got judgement to be reinstated by Imo State Government from the Owerri Division of the Federal High court on July First 2020 as their 2011 colleagues who hitherto were sacked by former Governor Okorocha have secured court order to be joined in the suit.

In a press release signed by the Imo State Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, COC Akaolisa and made available to Lead, the Court of Appeal had upon granting Leave of court to the 2011 ALGON further charged all the parties in the suit which include the Imo State Government, the 2018 ALGON, the 2011 ALGON as, well as, the Interim Management Committee appointed by the Uzodinma’s led administration to maintain status quo pending the determination of the substantive suit by the court of Appeal.

This by implication entails that the appointed Interim Management Committee appointed by the Uzodinma’s led administration would continue controlling the affairs of the 27 Local Governments in the State pending the determination of the substantive suit which is now before the Court of Appeal.

Akaolisa who in the said release warned the parties to obey the Appeal court ruling disclosed that it would amount to Court’s contempt if any of the parties involved take any action contrary to the court of Appeal’s stand on the instant issue.

Akaolisa who in the said release frowned at what he termed mischievous interpretations of both the Federal High Court’s judgement on the 1st July and the subsequent orders of the Court of Appeal which according to him are bent on causing break of law and order in the State enjoined those involved to stay put while the Appeal Court carries out its constitutional function.

However, with the latest ruling by the court of Appeal, the plans by the 2018 ALGON to reoccupy their offices at the Local Governments as gathered by this paper has been truncated.

Okorocha’s led administration had upon assumption of office in 2011, sacked the 2011 ALGON elected under the administration of his predecessor, Ikedi Ohakim.

The sacked Chairmen and their Councillors led by Barr Enyinna Onuegbu as the ALGON secretary and Ruby Emele the chairman dragged Imo State Government from the Owerri High Court to the supreme court where the matter is pending.

While the Supreme Court is yet to give judgement on the pending suit, the plaintiffs had stepped down to be joined as an interested party in the suit between the Imo State Government and 2018 suspended ALGON.

It would be recalled that the embattled 2018 ALGON led by Emeka Osuorji the Ideato South Local Government chairman as the ALGON chairman, was suspended by the Ihedioha led administration which Uzodinma inherited.

Meanwhile, the Imo State police command has disclosed to the general public that they have been served with the stay of execution order and the notice of Appeal from the Appeal Court.

In a press release signed by the Police PPRO, Orlando Ikeoku, Imo police have called on all the parties involved in the suit to maintain status quo as ordered by the court pending the determination of the substantive suit.

It has come to the notice of the Imo State Police Command that the ousted Local Government Chairmen and their supporters are planning to forcefully take over office simultaneously on Monday 13/7/2020. This is a sequel to the claim that the High court ruling is in their favour. The appeal and stay of execution to that ruling has been received by the office of the Commissioner of Police Imo State. Just on 09/07/2020, the Appeal Court Order for the parties involved to maintain the status quo.

The Command, therefore, wish to warn those trying to cause problems to desist from this act that is capable of leading to a breakdown of law and order as the Command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone taking laws into his/her own hands.

The Command is fully aware of the court judgement directing them to return to the office,  and also the stay of execution and status quo obtained by the Interim Management Committee.

To this end, the command wishes to warn both parties to maintain status quo as directed by the court until a final judgement is pronounced.

The command wishes to state clearly that it will be ready to enforce and ensure the execution and compliance of the court judgement as soon as all legal processes are exhausted and the verdict received.

Similarly, the IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND wish to remind all the parties involved that the COVID 19 restrictions and directives is still in existence,  as such, the ban on all forms of gathering/assembly is still in place, there shall, therefore, be no protest or gathering of any kind. Any person or group of persons found violating this executive order as issued by the President of the  Federal Republic of Nigeria, will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the laws.

Members of the public are advised to go about their lawful business as the Command is still in  the business of protecting lives and properties.

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Alleged Non Payment Of Salaries: Imo Staff Ass. of Nig Universities Embarks On Strike Today, As Nonso Nkwa Raises Alarm Over Plot To Silence Him



Owing to allegations on non payment of salaries, staggered payments, under payment of salaries amongst others, the senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities Imo State Chapter vowed to embark on strike today.

In a release titled “Notice of Indefinite Strike Action by the Organized Labour of Imo State, and signed by the Acting Chairman of the group Harrison Agumbah and the secretary Ambrose Okereafor and made available to Lead they accused  Imo State Government of Non Payment of salaries, under payment staggered payment amongst others Imo State Government has recently published the names of genuine civil servants in the state totaling 42,000 out of which they have paid salaries to 41000 upto December 2020.

Addressing the press on the said issue, the commissioner for Information Declan Emelumba revealed that the remaining one thousand workers yet to be paid were those with BVN and other related issues which according to him would be paid as soon as the problems were ratified.

Meanwhile, One of the Radio presenters of Ozisa FM, Chinonso Uba Popularly known as Nonso Nkwa has raised alarm over plot to silence him.

In a press release signed by Nonso Nkwa himself and  made available to Lead, the presenter who did not mention the name of  any person, group or organization as responsible for the said threat, revealed that the said threat  was coming as a result of his stand on the alleged non payment of workers salaries in Imo.

I have reliably gathered information that some persons are planning to make me disappear for my constant defense and advocacy for Unpaid Imo Workers and Pensioners…

I therefore wish to state categorically that I will never stop advocating for the suffering Imo workers and Pensioners no matter the threat to my life because this is a divine assignment am doing…

Nonsonkwa is not a saint but definitely a Defender of the Masses;and the goodwill of the Masses and the Grace of God will Protect my going out and my coming in….

Finally, Nothing scares a Man of Integrity and an advocate of the Masses!!!

Ndi Imo remains my Constituents and I will never back out…God Forbid!!!

Am simply doing Gods Work;nothing more nothing less!!!

If God be for Us,Who can be against Us!!!

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



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.

Read Also: Fulani Herdsmen Ultimatum: Sunday Ighoho responds to his arrest order by Presidency

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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South West warning over Fulani Treatment by Coalition of Northern Groups



The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, called for all northern people in the south west to return peacefully to their homes before deciding the next step.

The spokesperson for CNG, Suleiman Abdul-Azeez, opined that the warning to herdsmen in the southwest was related to a grand design to destabilize Nigeria and, in particular, to push the North to its knees. The party warned that any violence or abuse would be returned. The enemies of the North sought to ensure that the region remained backward, fragmented, vulnerable, frustrated and bewildered by a multitude of challenges and problems.

In a statement, “We certainly don’t consider it an isolated incident but linked to a grand design to destabilize Nigeria and in particular bring the North to its knees by targeting a major component of its population, the Fulani and their livestock assets.”

“Today everyone can see a clear pattern drawn from the strategies employed to achieve these results; namely the diminishing of the Northern viability and in particular, bringing the Hausa/Fulani population down by direct annihilation or political and economic incapacitation.”

“We wonder how the Presidency and the National Assembly would have reacted, were the North to make such against other tribes and people that are non-indigenous but live and flourish in the North and actually carry out the threat,” the statement observed.

“No matter through which lenses we look, therefore, we only see in this fast-phased agenda a manifestation of a system that tends to deploy a warped application of the law solely for the protection of a certain category of citizens and endangering others.

“This manifestation of gross inequity is also one that portends the danger of even more grave conflicts,” explaining further.

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