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Igwe Umuna, Others Kick Against Plan To Recognize Suspended 25 Aut. Communities



Given the moves by the Eze Elects of the 31 Autonomous Communities created on the eve of 29th May 2019 by the outgone administration of former Governor Rochas Okorocha, plans to be issued with the staff of office by the Eze Elect of the 35 Autonomous Communities which Okorocha’s Government recognized on the eve of May 29, 2019, may not come through following condemnation of such move by some notable Traditional Rulers in IMO as well as Ohanaeze Youths.

Okorocha’s led administration had on May 29th issued certificate of recognition to the said Ezes through the then Secretary to the State Government, mark Uchendu.

The issuance of the said letters which took place in one of the Hotels in new Owerri was canceled by Ihedioha led administration through the 9th IMO Assembly on the grounds that the recognition did not follow due process.

Upon assumption of Uzodinma as the Governor of IMO State on January 2020, he sustained the suspension and nonrecognition of the said Ezes Elects and their communities

While the suspension is still subsisting, some of the affected Traditional Rulers upon hearing the creation of New Autonomous Community from Nkwerre the Uzodinma’s administration began moves, appealing with the relevant agencies to bring up the suspended Communities for recognition.

Speaking with the Lead, one of the prominent Traditional Rulers in Imo, HRM, Eze Dr. Douglas Okwara noted that the rate in which Autonomous Communities were created in Imo by the previous administrations that if Uzodinma’s Administration follows suit, that all the Families in Imo would become autonomous with a Traditional Ruler.

Okwara Chukwu, who is the forth Traditional Ruler in Okwarachukwu dynasty in Umuna Autonomous Community called on the Governor who he described as a friend not to in the interest of harmony consult the Traditional Rulers for their opinion anytime he thinks that Imo is due for more Communities.

Okwarachukwu who is presently the chairman, south East Association of Christian Traditional Rulers as well as Chairman Isu Council of Traditional Rulers, Orlu Local Government further advised the Governor to borrow a leaf from Anambra State and other south Eastern States with few Autonomous Communities and serenity in such States.

In his submission, the Traditional Ruler of Okporo Autonomous Community, HRH, EZE Barr VNC  Ugbala, advised the Government not to think of creating new Autonomous Communities in  Imo adding that what Government should do at the moment is to look for a way to engage the youths in the villages by through the Traditional Rulers establish Industries in the communities.

He however advised him to borrow a leaf from the Yoruba Land where non of the Autonomous Communities has less than 600 taxable Adults.

In same vein, the President of Ohanaeze Youths, Igboaya o Igboayaka revealed that what Imo needs at the moment is the creation of job opportunities for the youths of Imo State who according to him are employable but no employment.

Igboayaka who gave an instance with Onicha Uboma Autonomous Community in Ihitte Uboma Local Government with six villages with less than 200 Taxable Adults yet some of the persons in the said village is asking for Autonomy from the mother Community.

Igboayaka who appealed with Uzodinma not allow self to be deceived and misled from giving Imo the eluded dividends of democracy which is the prayer of all Imo people at the moment, into moving into policies that would make his administration unpopular.

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno



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



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.

Also Read: Bandits Return To Kagara, Shot Four Dead

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



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.

Also Read: Sex hawker caught, plan to sell her baby for 40k

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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