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Uzodinma’s achievements endear Imo – Emeziem



In a bid to consolidate the gains recorded in the ongoing nationwide All Progressive Congress Membership Registration and Revalidation Exercise in the state, the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem said he has concluded plans to embark on a tour to all the 27 local council areas in the state.

Disclosing this to Newsmen in Owerri, yesterday, Rt. Hon. Emeziem, who doubles as the Chairman Technical Committee of the exercise, said the tour would also avail him the opportunity to meet, convince and collapse chieftains and members of other political parties into APC.

According to him, the achievements of Governor Hope Uzodinma in his one year in office, have gradually enticed APC to Imolites.

He added that the tour would also provide the platform to convince the people to come out and join the party as one that means well for them and the state in general.

His words, “I will use the opportunity to invite at every local government, members of UNPP, AD, and APDA, those parties I have led in past as the state Chairman, to join APC.

“In other words, I will be calling on all those who are currently in the other parties to come and take the advantage to register with APC.

“We will also conduct ceremonial registration and reception for prominent members of other political parties who may want to join the party during the tour.

The Speaker continued, “I will also meet with the executives and members of our party, for discussions on how to continually ensure the growth, development and success of APC across all levels.

“I will also use the opportunity to parley with all interest groups for Governor Hope Uzodinma administration such as HOPISM, Hope for Good Governance, and Coalition of APC Support Groups Vanguard among others.

“We need all hands on deck for the progress of the party in the state. Also, I will appreciate the full cooperation of the Local Government Chairmen and every chieftain of the party in the respective council areas on this party exercise.”

“There is no doubt that APC has come to stay. It has continued to make waves in leadership, infrastructural development and governance. And courtesy of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Hope Uzodinma’s achievements, Imolites are being attracted to APC.” he added.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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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