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IMO PDP DEVELOPS COLD FEET OVER DETENTION OF NEW MEDIA DIRECTOR

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…Minimizes Circulation Of Unfounded News

…Govt Is Aware Of Nwaogwugwu’s Arrest – Emelumba

Fear of who becomes the next victim of what Imo State Government termed has seditious and inciting news against the State Government appears to have gripped the members of the PDP in Imo particularly the party’s media team.

This follows the arrest and continued detention of the Director of the party’s new media, Ambrose Nwaogwugwu who is at the moment cooling off at the DSS Office.

This is even as the state government has claimed awareness of the arrest and subsequent detention of the said victim.

However, since the arrest and detention, of Nwaogwugwu by the DSS over the weekend, there appears calmness and serenity in both the print and social media of the party who would not spend a minute without dishing out one information or the other against the state government.

Speaking with Lead, one of the PDP media handlers in the state who would not want his name in print unveiled that the arrest and subsequent detention of Nwogwuwu by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) has inculcated fear in them, pointing out that until the instant issue is resolved, there may not be such publications.

In a press release signed by Information Commissioner, Declan Emelumba, and made available to Lead, the Government accused Nwaogwugwu of publishing seditious publications against the government of Uzodinma.

According to Emelumba, the said Nwaogwugwu had at three consecutive times published seditious statements capable of inciting people against the state government meanwhile the national leadership of the PDP has called on the DSS to release with immediate effect, the said Nwaogwugwu unconditionally in a press release signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan and made available to Lead, Imo state government has said that it was aware of the arrest and detention of one Ambrose Nwaogwugwu by the Department of State Security services, on the orders of the court.

The Commissioner said that Nwaogwugwu and company fabricated and caused to be published in the social media false, Seditious materials claiming, among other things, that the government had created three Emirates in the state and installed three Emirs, that the government planned to rename Imo state University after the late Chief of staff to the President, Abba kyari, and lately that the government had approved 15 Almajiri Schools for the state.

The commissioner said that with such brazen audacity to cause public disaffection and unrelenting determination to incite the public against the government, it was not surprising that Nwaogwugwu was arrested by the DSS, obviously after investigating allegations against him

The statement added that the clarification on his arrest became necessary following different unauthorized statements claiming that the government was not aware of the arrest and detention of the said Ambrose Nwaogwugwu.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the government will stand by the law to deal with those who mistake opposition to mean reckless fabrication and publication of false and Seditious materials against the government. Those indicted of such criminality whether within or without the opposition must be made to face the full wrath of the law. We insist that Democracy must be governed by law, both for those in government and those outside government” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the National Leadership of PDP has called on the State government to release the victim.

In a release signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Onogbondiyan insisted he releases unconditionally.

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Uncertainty over Imo LG polls, as ISIEC suspends tours over insecurity

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Imo LG elections may not be coming up anytime soon as Imo State Independent Electoral Commission has suspended indefinitely, the ongoing Local Government tours.

Although, the commission at the time of filing this report had not given reasons behind sudden stoppage of the ongoing tours of the Local Government but a source close to the commission hinted Lead that the tour was stopped over rising insecurity occasioned by spate of attacks in the state.

The commission which had covered seventeen out of the twenty seven local Governments in the state had the plans of meeting with the stakeholders in the various Local Governments on the best date for the Local Government polls before the outbreak of the series of attacks in Imo.

Governor Hope Uzodinma had upon assumption of office appointed the chairman and members of the ISIEC, charged them to see to the conduct of a free and fair election in the Local Governments.

The commission in compliance with the directives of the Governor has carried out some modalities  which include returning the political wards into the 305 in accordance with the Imo State law amongst others.

Also Read; Reactions trail Uzodinma’s May Day broadcast

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We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC

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We won’t watch Imo become killing field, says APC

The All Progressives Congress – APC has condemned the attack by some hoodlums in the state of the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.

The party went further to condemn the attacks on police properties, personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states.

While responding in a statement signed by the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning, John James Akpanudoedehe, said it will not fold their hands and allow Imo State to be turned into a field for blood shed.

The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) has closely monitored dangerous developments in Imo State which culminated in Saturday’s brazen and gruesome attack on the residence of the State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma

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“The party equally condemns the wanton attacks on police personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states as well as Rivers State.

“We stand with the Nigeria Police Force and families of the victims in this difficult time as we mourn the deaths of innocent and dedicated security personnel simply carrying out their duty of protecting life and property.

“In Imo State, the attack on the Governor’s residence is an attack on democracy and constituted authority serving the interest of the good people of Imo state.

“While we are still in shock over the ugly turn of events in the state, the party sympathises with Sen. Hope Uzodimma and all affected in the bestial attack. We have since learnt that there were fatalities with others injured and maimed during the attack.

“The party and indeed our security services will definitely not watch helplessly as some persons and interests attempt to turn Imo State into a killing field. We call on the good people of Imo state to go about their legal activities without fear and resist these enemies of the state.

“Our security services must fish out the perpetrators of these attacks and their sponsors to face the full weight of the law so as to restore dignity to the citizenry and confidence in the system, particularly democratic and security structures.”

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Ebube Agu not alternative to police, army, says Uzodinma

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The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has disclosed that the newly formed Ebube Agu security outfit for the South-East region is not an alternative to the police, army and other federal government established security outfits.

The governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, said that Ebube Agu is but “a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.”

He identified youth unemployment and ethnic mistrust as the main root of criminality in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

The statement identified idleness as the reason fueling criminality and insecurity in Nigeria.

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The statement identified the governor as saying “his Government is working assiduously to resuscitate the state moribund industries in Imo by entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a seasoned private consulting firm, for the purpose of providing jobs for the Imo teeming youths to keep them away from crime.

“On the birth of security outfit for the South-East Geo-political zone codenamed EBUBEAGU, the Governor informed that it is not an alternative to the established security agencies such as Police, Army, Air Force, Navy, NSCDC, etc, but a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.

“They are to play complimentary roles on the efforts of the Federal Government and Security Agencies, knowing full well that a threat to security anywhere in the country is a threat to security everywhere in the country.

“Governor Uzodimma used the occasion to reiterate his stand that the security breaches in the South-East recently do not in anyway suggest that Ndigbo are tired of been in Nigeria. Rather, all we want is justice, equity and fairness in a big Nigeria family.”

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