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Uzodinma, Okorocha’s Differences Deepens



…. Anwukah’s Family Jumps Protocols At Burial

…Hands Microphone For Rochas’s Remarks B4 Gov.

… Insists He Donates 1000 Thousand Dollars For Ceremony

Feud or political differences of Governor Hope Uzodinma and the former Governor of Imo state, senator Rochas Okorocha appears to be increasing by leaps and bounds as it has degenerated into the stage where in-laws of senator Okorocha now support their father-in-law, Rochas Okorocha.

Okorocha and Uzodinma stained relationship started far back in 2018 when Governor Uzodinma outsmarted Okorocha to pick the governorship ticket of the APC, a seat which he Okorocha had set aside for one of his sons-in-law, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.

Okorocha who fought like never before allegedly moved Uche Nwosu to the Action Alliance where he finally contested the guber polls but in the end did not make it as Uzodinma was after the whole legal battles which started from the election petition tribunal to the supreme court emerge victorious.

Before the supreme court’s final judgment which removed Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha as the then Governor, Okorocha, Ararume amongst other Big Heads in the APC had started supporting Uzodinma and all of them were in Imo to identify with Uzodinma on the day of swearing in.

The problem between the Trio of Uzodinma, Okorocha and Araraume as gathered by Lead Newspapers was as a result of the noninclusion of Okorocha and Araraume’s loyalists in the cabinet of Governor Uzodinma.

However, on Friday, 9  October, there appeared to be a war of mouths between the Imo state Governor  Hope Uzodinma, represented by professor Placid Njoku, the Deputy Governor of Imo state in Oguta during the burial of late justice Christiana Anwukah, the wife of Professor Anthony Anwuka, the former minister of Education and secretary to the state government during the first term of Rochas Okorocha.

Scene that nearly caused commotion in the church happened when the first Son of Anwuka, Dr Uzoma Anwukah who is marrying Okorocha’s second daughter was called to make a brief remarks by way of appreciating sympathisers who came from far and near to grace the burial,jumped the protocols by handing over the microphone to his father-in-law to make remarks without foremost, allowing the sitting Governor of the state, ably represented at the occasion by the Deputy Governor of the state, professor Placid Njoku.

This attitude of the said Uzoma which did not go down well with the people present warranted the Bishops particularly Bishop Obinna whose every effort to call the young man to order and follow the protocols proved abortive as the said Uzoma insisted that Okorocha should talk first having donated one Thousand Dollars for the burial.

It was at this juncture that Archbishop Obinna made efforts to calm him down and make him see reason considering that they were in the middle of a Catholic Holy mass,  the Archbishop then asked the deputy governor to return to his seat, noting that he is the one officiating the mass and therefore has the right to call out any speaker.

Dr. Uzoma Anwukah flared up, not minding the instructions of the Archbishop, rudely commanded the deputy governor again to come and address the congregation, he made the summons repeatedly in flagrant disregard of the Archbishop nor the deputy governor.

This rude action of his continued for a while, until he was forcefully dragged out from the altar by his family members especially his wife, Mrs. Uju Rochas Anwukah, whom the ragging husband almost hit to the floor.

The Archbishop later called upon the deputy governor to come and address the congregation.

The Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku in his speech asserted that what had just happened cannot be allowed to desecrate the memory of late Justice Christina Anwuka nor should it diminish the solemnity of the event, noting that the Church is the house of God and all worshipers must diminish themselves inside the Church and pay reverence to God almighty who own our lives and everything about us.

Prof. Njoku enjoined the congregation to shun sentiments, political ideologies and differences and diminish self once in presence of God as there should be orderliness in the house of God.

A shocking part of what happened inside the Church is what observers has been clamoring to understand; how could Rochas Okorocha allow his Son-in-law to utterly disrespect and abuse a Catholic Archbishop not only inside the Church but in the presence of the Holy Eucharist at the alter.

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Benue Releases 210 Impounded Cattle To Owners



Benue State government has released to the owners a total of 210 cattle earlier impounded by the state Livestock Guards Task Force for violating its laws against open grazing in two Local Government Areas.

Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, said that 140 of the cattle were arrested at Mballgh council ward in Makurdi LGA while the remaining 70 bringing the total to 210 were impounded from Ggbajimgba in Guma LGA.

Zaki who handed the seized animals to their owners in Makurdi, encouraged them to respect the state’s law which banned open grazing since 2017, adding that they had fulfilled the requirements for violating the law.

“We can’t stop implementing the law so they (herders) should do the right thing by obeying the law,” the Livestock commander said.

Reacting, the State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Risku Mohammed, who led some members of his executives to include his secretary, Ibrahim Galma and the owners of the cattle to receive the animals appreciated the Benue government for keeping the cattle safe.

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Mohammed admitted that the herders had trespassed the anti-open grazing law of the state as he stressed that some of them were yet to fully understand the law and that was why there were still pockets of violation in different areas of the state.

He appealed for time to enable the association effectively educate and orientate their members about the law, stressing the need for government to provide a pilot ranching for them to learn the rudiments.

On his part, the owner of the 140 animals, Abdullahi Haruna, said he had followed the due process for the release of his cattle and therefore came with vans to evacuate them.

While the owner of the 70 cows, Haro Audu, said his children had herded the cattle into Benue state but appreciated the peaceful release of the animals back to him.

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45-year-old man sentenced to death, 10-year imprisonment for murder in Ekiti



The Ekiti State High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man, Mohammed Isiaka, to death by hanging for killing one Yakubu Jimoh.

The court, nonetheless, discharged and acquitted two others – Ismaila Okoro, 20, and Awolusi Bidemi, 23.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said, “The first accused is sentenced to death by hanging for murder on count one; and on count two, he is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with N20,000 option of fine for unlawful possession of firearms.”

The judge also sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army uniform with an option of fine of N2,000.

He, however, acquitted the second and third defendants, saying, “In the case, there was no bit of evidence before me from which it could be inferred that the accused persons conspired to commit the offence of murder.

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“The only option open to me in the circumstance is to hold that the prosecution had not proved the offence of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons. In the circumstance, the 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”

According to the charge, the first accused committed the offence on or about March 27, 2017, at Igirigiri village in Ado Ekiti, when he murdered one Yakubu Jimoh contrary to Section 316 and punishable under sections 319 and 428 (d) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.

The prosecutor, Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, called six witnesses, while exhibits tendered included a gun, an army belt, a portrait picture, a mask, a human skull and bones, charms, among others.

The second and third defendants, who spoke through their counsel, Sunday Ochayi and Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, called one witness each.

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New dates, centres for post-UTME – OAU



New dates, centres for post-UTME - OAU

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in Osun State, has fixed new dates for its post-UTME screening exercise.

Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University read this in a press statement titled, ‘OAU fixes new post-UTME dates’ on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “All candidates are hereby informed that new dates, which starts from Saturday, 27th February 2021, will be conducted in two centers: Ile-Ife and Abuja.

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“The Post UTME Screening Exercise, which will be conducted in Ile-Ife centre, between Saturday, 27th February and Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 will be on OAU campus and its Centre for Distance Learning, in Moro, while the Abuja Centre will hold on Saturday, 6th March 2021 at the JAMB CBT Centre, Bwari, Abuja.

“In view of this, candidates are advised to log in to the to print out their Screening Slips which contain actual dates and venues for each of them, beginning from Sunday, 14th February 2021.

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