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Uzodinma V. Philip Umeadi



Former Governors, Deputies may Join Forces Against Govt

…. View Court Action As Pay Back For Repealed Pension Law

IMO Former Governors, Deputies and Speakers  may gang up against Governor Hope Uzodinma by  supporting the pending legal suit instituted by Philip Umeadi which would be coming up on the 22 of October.

Information to Lead revealed that former Governors of Imo State,their Deputies as well as the Speakers whose pensions and other allowances were stopped by Uzodinma’s led administration now want to try their luck  by throwing their weights behind the said Philip Umeadi to see if Governor Hope Uzodinma would be shown the way out by the Supreme Court.

Philip Umeadi has gone to Supreme Court where he is seeking the court’s interpretation of the judgement which declared that Uche Nwosu ought to be the Governorship candidate of the APC in the 2019 elections but by virtue of double nominations by the APC and the Action Alliance, the candidature had been stripped off him.

Umeadi however is now asking same Supreme Court to interprete the said judgement in line with Uzodinma who same Supreme Court, declared the winner of the Governorship election held in Imo on March 9 2019.

With the said impending suit, the former Governors of Imo state,their Deputies as well as speakers who Governor Uzodinma in the bid to save unnecessary expenses for the state, through the state House of Assembly, repealed the law which empowered the said people from receiving pensions amongst other allowances.

Imo state Government received encomium from the general public when this law was repealed by the Government of Uzodinma but those concerned were not at peace with the arrangement hence their plot to throw their weights behind Umeadi to see if something positive would happen so that another Government would reconsider them.

Speaking with Lead Newspapers, one of the former Governors who would not want his name in print revealed that though there was a kind of division among the former Governors over the issue at hand, but some of them including the Deputies and Speakers are praying as well as supporting Umeadi’s course.

While the matter is still pending in suit, the Legal Adviser to Lead Newspapers,Barr Obinna Anaele while describing the impending suit as dead on arrival enthused that Umeadi as plaintiff in the said suit lacks locus to institute the case pointing out that he never contested in the election.

The Lawyer who advised all the aggrieved parties to put all their arsenal ahead of next election made it clear that Supreme Court would not condescend to argue on a matter which it has earlier decided when it declared Uzodinma winner.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman



The Senate, after a two-hour session on Wednesday at plenary confirmed the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission.

Bawa was nominated for the role by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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Speaking during the screening, the new Chairman denied an allegation that he sold the seized property in EFCC custody at its Port Harcourt Zonal office.

He said the seized property in Port Harcourt were properly disposed off by the agency’s officials from its headquarters.

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Fresh Attacks: Gunmen attack Niger communities



Still handling the tears caused by some gunmen who kidnapped some Kagara school students, another attack, has been launched at Some Communities in the Gurmana ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of the same Niger State.

New Attack: Gunmen attack Niger communities

On Wednesday evening, Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko, and other adjoining villages were invaded by gunmen, who stormed the villages in their large numbers.

Some unverified casualties were recorded as the operation lasted for hours.

Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Kokki, said some died while others who sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries were rushed to various health facilities for medical attention.

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Kokki said scores of others were also abducted and taken to unknown destinations.

“Countless deadly attacks have become daily occurrences, thereby compelling the affected victims to live at the mercy of hydra-headed monsters. Defenceless, unarmed, and peaceful locals have been abandoned to their fate,” Kokki added.

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Gunmen Break Into Niger School, Abducts Students, Staff



Some students and staff of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, headquarters of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, have been abducted by gunmen.

It was gathered that the attackers invaded the school around 2am on Wednesday.

A witness said a student, who tried to escape lost his loss through a gunshot while some others were injured but on our own, we cannot give verification to this claim.

Commenting on the abduction, Shehu Sani, a former Senator, said he has spoken with the principal of the school who confirmed the incident to be true.

The incident took place 48 hours after 21 passengers heading to Minna, capital of Niger State, were held hostage in broad daylight.

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While they were released on Tuesday, news of fresh abductions in the state was received.

The high rate of insecurity in the nation has been a source of concern but all efforts to check the trend have not yielded the desired results.

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari replaced the service chiefs he appointed in 2015 but insecurity hasn’t stopped under the new service chiefs.

Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi Yobe State, and Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, are some of the schools where gunmen have abducted students in the past.

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