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Stop planned demolition of Okorocha’s property by Uzodinma – Tietie to Buhari



Stop planned demolition of Okorocha’s property by Uzodinma - Tietie to Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to prevail on the planned action by the Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma from demolishing some property owned by the family of his immediate predecessor, Rochas Okorocha,

The request is contained in a petition by a lawyer to the ex-governor and now Senator, representing Imo West Senatorial District, Frank Tietie, in which he also urged the governor to abide by existing court orders.

Tietie noted that on March 5, 2021, officials of the Imo State Government marked the property for demolition, adding that demolishing the property would undermine the rule of law through which the Uzodinma rode to power.

On Friday, the 5th of March, 2021, officials of the Imo State Government marked for demolition, property belonging to the Rochas Okorocha family.

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“The governor should lead respect for the rule of law by obeying the standing order of the Imo State High Court and to stop the frustration of the subject matter before the Federal High Court, Owerri.

“It is pertinent to note that all of the property marked for demolition are presently subject to pending litigations.

“Particularly, there is an order of court issued by Hon. Justice T.N. Nzeukwu of the Imo State High Court, in the case of an application for fundamental rights enforcement.

“It was filed by the House of Freeda Ltd, Mrs Uloma Rochas Nwosu & 2 Ors. Vs. the Governor of Imo State, Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice, Imo State & 4 Ors in the suit no: HOW/947/2019),” he said.

Tietie said the court issued a perpetual injunction against the governor and government of Imo State from interfering with the property listed in the application.

The lawyer identified the affected property to include House of Freeda at Km 1, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri; East High College at Area ‘R’, opposite Life Oak Event Centre, New Owerri, Imo State.

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Others, he said, were the East High Academy at Area ‘P’, opposite ISOPADEC,, New Owerri; West Brook Hotel Ltd at New Owerri and El Freeda Foundation at Area ‘P,’ opposite ISOPADEC,, New Owerri

“Furthermore, the Eastern Palm University (Imo-European University) is the subject matter of a pending suit at the Federal High Court, Owerri between the Incorporated Trustees of Rochas Foundation, Eastern Palm University, Ogboko as plaintiffs and the Governor of Imo State and 5 Ors as defendants, in suit no: FHC/OW/16/2021 filed on the 5th of February, 2021,” he added.

According to him, the suit seeks a restraining order of injunction against the governor and Government of Imo State with their agents from forcibly taking over possession and ownership of the university.

Tietie argued that Okorocha and his family’s right to own moveable and immovable property, anywhere in Nigeria, including Imo, guaranteed by the Constitution, should be respected by th Imo State Government.

“Such right can neither be extinguished by the whims and caprices of any of government official nor by a fact-finding committee or judicial commission of inquiry.

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“Only a court of competent jurisdiction can make a determination as to any detraction of the fundamental right of any Nigerian citizen to own moveable and immovable property in any part of Nigeria.

“Governor Hope Uzodinma, being a huge beneficiary of the rule of law which has made him the present governor of Imo State, must as a matter of avowed commitment to upholding the constitution, immediately cease all actions that would undermine the rule of law as the guarantor of peace and progress in any society,” he said.

Tuetie urged President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami; the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to intervene towards ensuring that the rule of law prevailed.

“The president and the relevant officials of the Nigerian state and Federal Government must act immediately to prevent the abuse of state powers by Governor Hope Uzodinma who is presently consumed and driven by hate, malice and morbid vindictiveness against the person of Senator Rochas Okorocha,” he said.

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Shadow Government gives reasons for stopping Uzodinma’s criticisms



… Calls on Imo people to exercise patience

… Describes Governor as committed leader.

Following the calls on the leadership of the Shadow Government, a pressure group that constructively critices the Governments at all levels over its sudden silence on the activities of the Imo state Government led by senator Hope Uzodinma, the body has finally given reasons for the said silence.

In a press release signed by the president of the group, Dr Anthony Iroegbu Njoku and made available to Lead Express, he revealed that shadow Government as a pressure group only speaks when the need arises particularly when the Government’s policies both at the federal and states are anti people adding that its silence after its report few months ago on Imo which attracted varying reactions from the Government and individuals is not out of fear or any other reason rather has been studying the Government’s policies and its style of governance to enable the group point succinctly the strength as well as the weakness of the government.

Iroegbu while marshalling out the reasons revealed that though Uzodinma may not have lived upto the people’s expectations one hundred percent but he is indeed committed and desirous of moving the state forward.

Dr Iroegbu who contested the 2019 Governorship seat of Imo state revealed that Uzodinma has good intentions but given the enormous challenges both man made and naturally made now slow down the required speed adding that two months to his assumption of office as the Governor of Imo state, the covid 19 virus hit the world which until now, is still ravaging the universe.

Iroegbu popularly known and addressed as Omenuko noted that while Imo and the World in general are still battling the effects of the covid-19, Uzodinma was struck with another but an unavoidable distraction from the Okorocha’s political dynasty of alleged converted Imo properties which almost resulted in open combat between the loyalists of senator Okorocha and the Appointees of the state Government.

While that was on, Unknown gunmen started causing havocs in the state which included destruction of Owerri Correctional Centre, the Imo state police command amongst others.

Iroegbu further revealed that the series of attacks both in Orlu by yet to be identified gunmen which led to loss of lives and properties, Ihitte Uboma,Oguta amongst others at the formation of the Uzodinma’s administration are capable of distracting a focused and determined Government yet Uzodinma to a reasonable extent is committed in moving the state forward, he said.

He advised him to look into the poverty in the state with a view of solving it.

He however appealed with Imo people to exercise a little patience with the Governor assuring that he is likely going to take Imo to that Promised Land.

He used the medium to call on those responsible for the said attacks to cease adding that Imo does not belong to Uzodinma but for all of us hence all we still suffer the pains of the destruction of the Government institutions in Imo.

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House of Assembly enacts Law establishing security organization over insecurity



Against the backdrop of insecurity in Imo state, the House of Assembly has enacted a law which will put to check the rising breakdown of law and order in the state.

The state Assembly led by Paul Emeziem, in an emergency seating on Friday, deliberated on the bill presented by the deputy Majority Leader and member representing Ehime-mbano state constituency, Emeka Nduka.

Presenting the bill, the deputy majority leader stressed the need to beef up security network in the state, adding that the passage of the bill into law will go a long way in bringing the security situation in the state to the barest minimum.

Nduka while leading debate urged members to give their support to the passage of this bill, adding that it is for the interest of the public.

“Take for instance the level of crisis witnessed in the state in recent times. This bill, as you all know, if passed into law, will confront the prevailing security situation in the state and restore the relative peace and tranquility which was the hallmark of the state.

“You will agree with me that other southeast states have established their state security organizations or outfits. Imo state should not be left out given the rising breakdown of law and order.”

The bill, ‘a bill for a law to establish Imo security organization to assist in maintaining law and order in the state and other purposes thereto’, was given accelerated hearing by members and eventually passed into law.

Another bill equally passed into law on Friday was, ‘a bill for a law to establish Imo state geographic information service for the purpose of regulating land administration in Imo state and other matters related thereto’, as well as a motion to ‘adopt the sitting days of the second session of the 9th Assembly,’ sponsored and moved by the member representing Ehime-mbano state constituency, Hon. Emeka Anthony Nduka.

The House was however, was adjourned to 21st of May, 2021.

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JUSUN continued strike: Imo Lawyers roast, resort to borrowing



… Uzodinma Yet To Take Decision.

The continued strike action of the Judicial Union Staff of Nigeria (JUSUN) has resulted in untold hardship to the Lawyers in Nigeria and Imo in particular.

This is even as the Imo state Governor,Senator Hope Uzodinma amongst other Governors are yet to take decision over the lingering strike action.

This paper authoritatively gathered that most of the practicing Lawyers particularly, the Gunior ones have resorted to borrowing money from friends in other professions as well as Banks to enable them take proper care of their individual families.

Members of JUSUN have for some months now embarked on indefinite strike,demanding financial autonomy from the state Governments, an act which has attracted varying reactions across board.

While majority of Nigerians commend the Union for seeking financial autonomy which has its root from the Nigeria Constitution, others are of the view that though that the demand of the said union is in order but it is coming at the time when the nation is going through economic problems occasioned by certain factors.

Speaking with Lead, one of the senior Lawyers in Imo who would not want his name in print appealed with Imo state Government to come to a dialogue with JUSUN workers in the State pointing out that the lawyers are the major people suffering the continued strike since the Courts are under lock and key.

The Lawyer however pointed out that while the Judicial Workers are on strike their salaries are still running which they would receive after the strike but the Lawyers make their daily pay only when the courts are functional.

The lawyer further revealed that virtually all the lawyers now live on borrowing.

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