…Majority Leader, Onuegbu describe act as road day robbery
On-going recovery of former Governor of Imo State Senator Rochas Okorocha’s properties appears to have taken another dimension as the leader of the Owerri zone have backed the state government in its effort to recover the said properties.
This is even as the majority leader Imo State House of Assembly Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi and the Imo State Commissioner for Lands, Barrister Enyinna Onuegbu have described the action of Okorocha as a broad day robbery of Owerri people.
Addressing the people in a meeting termed, “Owerri Leaders of Thought” held at the Rockview Hotels over the weekend, Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi, the Member Representing Owerri West in Imo House of Assembly and Chairman House Committee on Lands commended the State Government led by Uzodinma for coming to rescue of Imo people and Owerri zone in particular, adding that over 40% of the land converted by Okorocha belongs to the people of his constituency.
Onyemaechi who called on the people of Owerri zone to support Uzodinma’s administration assured them of the readiness of the 9 Imo Assembly to support the State Government in the recovery mission.
In his speech, the commissioner for Lands, in Imo Enyinna Onuegbu who also hails from Owerri Zone charged all Owerri zone people irrespective of the party to support the move by the Uzodinma led administration to return to Owerri people what he termed illegally acquired land by the Okorocha’s family.
Onuegbu while saluting the courage of Uzodinma in implementing the recommendations of the panel despite the fact that the said Okorocha hails from same zone with him accused Okorocha of converting over 65 hecters of land at the IBC staff quarters in Orji to his private Rochas Foundation University, an act which he said had sent thousands of retirees of the IBC into untimely grave.
Onuegbu further revealed that Rochas Foundation collected compensation from the Imo State Government as a part of owners of land where the converted MIC Mbadiwe University is situated and at same time claiming that the college belongs to Rochas Foundation.
Describing Okorocha led administration as a setback to Imo people, Onuegbu called on Owerri people to remain supportive of the present administration which according to him means well for them.
Earlier in his speech, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Henry Njoku revealed that the meeting was across party lines adding that everyone Owerri man should support this agendum of restoring their properties irrespective of party affiliation.
Present at the event include Ambrose Ejiogu, Imo Deputy Governor, Placid Njoku, Philip Ejiogu, Member Representing Owerri North in Imo House of Assembly, Former Speakers Imo State House of Assembly, Dikeocha Kelechi Nwagwu amongst others.
South-East govs joking with regional security, says ex-Imo senator
A former member of the National Assembly, Athan Achonu, has accused South-East governors of trivialising the region’s security.
Achonu, who represented Imo North at the 8th Senate before he was sacked by a Court of Appeal judgment in Owerri, urged Igbo governors to take over Eastern Security Network from the Indigenous People of Biafra and reform it.
The ex- senator was reacting to the jailbreak in Owerri, as well as the attack on the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the killings in Enugu and Ebonyi States.
He said that the youths were angry with the governments because of lack of employment and business opportunities.
Achonu, who said that he was championing a movement for Igbo billionaires to bring their investments home, said that without security and infrastructure, manufacturing businesses would not thrive in the South-East.
He said, “There is problem in Nigeria. The situation is terrible. Our economy is losing control. Unemployment rate is unbelievable. The worst hit are South-East and South-South. The youths have now been turned into Yahoo boys and drug addicts.”
“Our group will make a presentation to all the South-East governor this April on the need for Igbo billionaires to invest at home. Without local government autonomy, no true democracy will happen in Nigeria.
“South-East governors are joking with Igbo security. They are making the biggest mistake of their lives. They can take ESN and legalise it. There is no security in Nigeria. Kidnapping takes place even in Buhari’s village. Nowhere is safe in Nigeria again.”
Imo jailbreak: FG to pardon escaped inmates who return voluntarily -Aregbesola
Fugitives who escaped from the custodial centre in Owerri, the Imo capital, will be granted amnesty if they return voluntarily, the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has said.
He said this during the inspection of the centre on Tuesday after it was attacked by unknown gunmen.
During the attack, over 1,880 inmates were said to have escaped while 36 stayed back.
According to the minister, escape from custody is unlawful, and a crime.
He explained that if those who escaped return willingly, they will be pardoned from a trial for unlawful escape.
However, they will still be made to face a trial for their actual offence and serve their jail term, if convicted.
He said, “Unlawful escape from custody is a crime but the government in its magnanimity will grant amnesty to prisoners who willfully return.
“They will no longer be charged with an unlawful escape but only for the initial crimes that took them to prison. So we urge all escapees to return before they are caught on the run.”
The minister also described the Monday jailbreak at Owerri Correctional Center and the razing of the Imo State Police Command headquarters as the worst in the recent history of the country.
The ex-governor of Osun State who said that the attackers operated as terrorists, ordered the relocation of Owerri Recreational Club and other structures which he said were posing as a security threat to the premises of the Owerri Custodial Centre.
He said that during the EndSARS protest, custodial centres in Ondo and Osun states were attacked, while an attempt to attack that of Lagos was repelled.
He regretted the targeting of custodial centres in recent times, saying that the federal government would soon roll out adequate measures to protect them.
Aregbesola vowed that those who perpetrated the attack would be apprehended and prosecuted.
BREAKING: Gunmen raze another Imo police station
Gunmen on Tuesday razed the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State.
This development came just a day after unknown gunmen attacked Owerri Correctional Centre and the Imo State Police Command headquarters, freeing 1,884 inmates and razing over 50 vehicles.
Tuesday’s attack came few hours after the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, the just sacked Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and other Government functionaries visited the state to inspect the level of damage on the attacked security facilities.
On arrival, the gunmen freed all the suspects in detention before setting the Police Divisional headquarters ablaze.
Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen operated without any resistance from policemen.
A source said, “Gunmen this evening razed Ehime Mbano LGA police divisional headquarters. On arrival, the gunmen freed the suspects before wrecking the havoc.”
A police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that he could not confirm the development when he was contacted by our correspondent on Tuesday evening.
But a senior police officer who does not want his name in print said that the Command’s hierarchy was saddened by the latest development.
The PUNCH reports that gunmen had between February and March razed Obowo, Abo Mbaise, Ihitte/ Uboma and Isiala Mbano Divisional Police Headquarters, killings three cops and injuring others.
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