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Reactions Trail Judge’s Judgement Over Temporary Forfeiture Of Properties Illegally Acquired By Okorocha |RN

Reactions have continued to trail yesterday’s judgement in Imo that Okorocha forfeiture of properties acquired is wrong and that the government is wrong to have gone to seal properties without proper application and directions.

We have found out from the reactions of the court that it is true that the government in power is always in charge but also the same government should no that nobody is above the law and as such Imo government is expected to seek redress accordingly.

They did not place the facts before the Judge as the matter is before an appellate court and as such the judgement should be quashed.

An Owerri High Court presided over by Hon. Justice E.F Njemanze, today 24/2/2021 granted an Order of Interim forfeiture against all the property illegally acquired by former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Ruling on an ex-parte application for an order for interim forfeiture, filed by L.M Alozie (SAN) on behalf of the Imo State Government, Justice Njemanze granted the order as prayed.

Some of the properties included in the order are: Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, Royal Palm Luxury Hotel, Akachi Road, Old Magistrates Quarters, Orlu Road and many other properties listed and recommended by Justice Duruoha-Igwe panel on illegally acquired landed property.

The Judge Ordered the Applicant, to publish the list of properties in two national and local newspapers to enable anyone who wants to stop making the Order permanent, or who has any interest in any, to apply to the court, and show cause, why, the order will not be made permanent.

By this recent development, we have investigated the proceedings and have this hint that the properties forfeited will henceforth bear Imo state government property and not Okorochas’ pending the final decision by the court.

Meanwhile, Barrister Obinna Amagwula has a contrary view on a radio chat where he insisted that the matter should not be taking to any other court since there is a pending order at a high court in Abuja.

Senator Okorocha loses out as court grants interim forfeiture of properties illegally acquired in Imo
That the order of forfeiture is unnecessary, hence on the 13 days of September 2019 a federal high court judge released this same property to the owners. That the court may not be aware that the same matter is pending at an appellate court of competent jurisdiction.

He further stated that those areas of land in the contest was a verge belonging to the state government which was converted and developed by the then governor Okorocha to make Imo fine.

Besides, it is true that the government has the right to allocate land for possible development.

That the obvious is that the matter is already in court.That the affidavit was not inclusive in the order and there is no fact but that the court may have been deceived.

That the government should wait for the EFCC report than a pending suit to conflict with the judicial procedure. Any order gotten therein will be paused. We need to see the order and the affidavit hence there is a suborder. (9News Nigeria)

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BREAKING NEWS: Rochas Okorocha Arrested, Detained At State CID In Owerri For Vandalism [Video] |The Republican News

Senator Rochas in police Hilux truck before being taken to police station in Owerri

Sen. Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by Imo state government for personally leading the destruction and vandalism of security vehicles and breaking into the property of Imo State government.

The former Governor this afternoon led armed thugs to break into the property of the state government, destroying security vehicles and other state government properties.

Rochas Okorocha being arrested in Owerri

He is currently being held and detained at the state Cid.

Details later…

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I Invited The Military To Deploy Their Arsenal To Destroy Eastern Security Network — Hope Uzodinma

Jude Johnson

The governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Friday, said he invited soldiers to the troubled Orlu Local Government Area of the state to restore peace following an alleged killing of ‘several policemen and innocent citizens in the area’ by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Uzodinma stated this while briefing the press in Owerri. Represented by the state attorney general and commissioner for justice, Mr Cyprain Akaolisa, the governor said allegations that ‘innocent people were being killed by the military’ were aimed at shifting attention from the truth. He said intelligence reports revealed that IPOB planned to attack Orlu people and the government under the pretext of looking for Fulani herdsmen.

In his words, “The attacks on police stations and killing of policemen during #EndSARS were carried out by IPOB and not protesting youths for the sole purpose of hijacking and stealing weapons. They are now using those arms to destroy Orlu. They killed 10 policemen, a prominent Orlu son, Ignatius Obiezu and one Emmanuel Okeke (Soludo), and collected their Hilux vehicles.

“The IPOB also shot and killed four Moslems doing their business in Orlu. IPOB said they were looking for herdsmen, but these victims they killed before the crisis. Were they herdsmen? We heard Nnamdi Kanu celebrating the activities of his men in Orlu that they are doing well by killing innocent citizens. There’s no Fulani herdsmen in Orlu.

“So, we asked ourselves, what is the colouration that IPOB is trying to give this onslaught in Orlu That’s why our government decided to invite military to flush out IPOB and their so-called ESN. We discovered that there was a camp which IPOB established at Umutanze, Orlu, and we sent police to dislodge them. But, it happened that they attacked the policemen and killed two of them. It was after they killed those policemen that government had to bring in the military.

“It was not easy for the military to push them out of that place. But the military succeeded. That was why they came on a reprisal attack and killed the innocent ones. They also relocated to Udah in Orsu LGA, a camp at a boundary between Imo and Anambra States. The place is a very depressed groove that no one can easily enter.

“For the past two weeks, surveillance was monitoring that place and there were more than 200 people being trained in that camp. The military had to deploy their arsenal to diminish the IPOB people there. We can’t do that. We can’t fold our arms for these boys to continue to kill people every day.”

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How Military Destroyed Eastern Security Network Forest Camps In Imo State |The Republican News

Archive photo from the North

By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri

Hundreds of military operatives yesterday launched heavy attacks on the camps of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, in some parts of the forest Umunna in Orlu and Orsu local government areas of Imo state.

Vanguard investigation into the clashes was revealed that the military launched the attacks on hearing that the members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, had set up a base in the forest from where they would execute their operations.

Insider source who would not want his name mentioned explained how the operation started: “The military first visited the camp of the ESN, in Umunna in Orlu local government area and before they get there our men got the information and relocated. Not only that they also visited another camp they did not see anybody. So the military destroyed the camps of the ESN. Nobody was killed in this operation. But our people are living in fears.

Residents of the affected areas told Vanguard that the military started with a show of force.

Another villager who introduced himself as Chief Thomas Ndudi, gave his side of the story, “On Tuesday we saw over 30 trucks of military vehicle moving in their convoy moving in and out of Orlu in search of the members of the Eastern Security Network, they keep searching for them throughout Wednesday and on Thursday they discovered their camps and they started destroying them.

“The first day they even used a helicopter to hover around the forest locating the camps of the Eastern security network.

“The truth is that villages close to the forest are living in fears as the sound of guns and bombs have made them even running inside their houses and some of them abandoned their homes out of fear of being hit by a stray bullet.” (Vanguard News)

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Tension In Imo As Military Conducts Air Strikes To Dislodge Eastern Security Network Operatives |The Republican News

By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri

Hundreds of military operatives yesterday launched heavy attacks on the camps of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, in some parts of the forest Umunna in Orlu and Orsu local government areas of Imo state.

Vanguard investigation into the clashes was told that the military launched the attacks on hearing that the members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, had set up a base in the forest from where they would execute their operations.

Insider source who would not want his name mentioned explained how the operation started: “The military first visited the camp of the ESN, in Umunna in Orlu local government area and before they get there our men got the information and relocated. Not only that they also visited another camp they did not see anybody. So the military destroyed the camps of the ESN. Nobody was killed in this operation. But our people are living in fears.

Also read: IPOB confirms recruitment of ‘5 retired soldiers’ into security network
Residents of the affected areas said to Vanguard that the military started with a show of force.

Another villager who introduced himself as Chief Thomas Ndudi, gave his own side of the story, “On Tuesday we saw over 30 trucks of military vehicle moving in their convoy moving in and out of Orlu in search of the members of the Eastern Security Network, they keep searching for them throughout Wednesday and on Thursday they discovered their camps and they started destroying them.

“The first day they even used a helicopter to hover around the forest locating the camps of the Eastern security network.

“The truth is that villages close to the forest are living in fears as the sound of guns have made them even running inside their houses and some of them abandoned their homes out of fear of being hit by a stray bullet.” (Vanguard News)

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Gov. Uzodinma’s Brother And His Thugs Brutalise Imo Journalist |The Republican News

Victim, Precious Nwadike receiving treatment
  • Victim hospitalised, in critical condition

By Collins Opurozor

The publisher of Nigeria Watchdog Newspaper, Comrade Precious Nwadike, yesterday escaped death by a whisker in the hands of Gov Uzodinma’s younger brother, Uche Uzodinma, and his tribe of thugs. Nwadike, who was pummeled and left half-dead, was resuscitated and taken to hospital through the help of passersby who picked him up as he lay beside his car.

Recall that Nigeria Watchdog Newspaper has been unbiased in its assessment of the Uzodinma administration, which most Imo residents describe as a total failure.

When he could mutter some explanations while bedridden, Nwadike said, “I had visited National Identity management office, which is located along Port-Harcourt Road, by Eberelinks fuel station to enroll for National Identity Number. Upon arrival to the office, I was given a form and referred to OCDA office( still at Port-Harcourt Road) for data capturing. Knowing that it was already getting late, I pleaded with the lady to accompany me to OCDA so she could make case for me and she obliged me.

“The lady and one other woman who came for the enrollment got into the vehicle and we drove to OCDA.On getting to OCDA office, a man hit on our car bonnet and asked us to reverse. At first, I thought it was one of those thugs around OCDA office. It was when the other person who was flanked by two policemen instructed us to reverse the vehicle, introducing himself as the contractor of the Port-Harcourt Road project, that I realized that they were renovating the road and I obeyed even when I didn’t know their reason for ordering us back.It was later discovered that the said contractor is actually Senator Hope Uzodinma’s brother, Mr Uche Uzodinma. While I tried to park, the same man began to deride me, describing our vehicle as rickety, threatening to deal mercilessly with us if we wait any further.”

He continued, “We eventually parked across OCDA and attempted to cross over the other lane, when the same man who threatened to deal with us held me back and started beating me. Thereafter, he ordered some thugs who were with him to deal with me. He stood by to watch his thugs beat me to stupor. I lost consciousness when one of them hit me on the back of my neck.

“It took the intervention of two aides of Engr. Ikpamezie, the MD of OCDA, to prevent them from killing me. The OCDA boss upon sighting me shouted my name. Mr Uche Uzodinma entered his black Hilux Toyota Hilux and zoomed off with his convoy loaded with stern-looking men. I could not move any further. I fell down,” he narrated.

Nwadike has this morning been flown to Lagos for proper medical attention.

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Orlu Warfare: The Real Story Behind The Carnage |The Republican News

Scenes from Orlu warfare between ESN and Nigerian soldiers

By Collins Opurozor

When Gov Hope Uzodinma finally addressed Imo people Monday, he informed them that he got reports about the activities of militants in Orlu in the afternoon of that same day. In order to arrest the situation, according to him, a curfew became inevitable in the area. He therefore went ahead to impose a dusk to dawn curfew in ten out of the twelve local government areas that make up Orlu zone.

It is pressing to quickly point out two major shortcomings in the governor’s reaction, and indeed use them as a point of departure in understanding the Orlu situation. First, the governor said he heard about the conflagration on Monday. Meanwhile, for over two weeks, most members of some communities in Orlu, particularly Umutanze, have slept in the bushes during the nights, instead of their homes. Similarly, the overt escalation of hostilities, especially in Okporo community which the governor said he got to know on Monday, actually began in the early hours of Friday, the previous week.

Second, by describing the Orlu situation as militancy, the governor might have unknowingly created a new, wrong narrative that would culminate in the profiling of adult males in Orlu as simple militants. Terrorism, militancy, insurrection and freedom-fighting are all different concepts in political science, and one cannot be confused with the other. So, it is possible the governor does not get his daily security briefings or that he does not act on them.

Scene from Orlu: youths confront Nigeria police officers

What are the issues? For a long time, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has consistently told his listeners that a provision for settlement has been made in Orlu forests for Fulani herdsmen. He has also continued to allege that just as Orji Uzor Kalu did at Lokpanta in Umunneochi area of Abia state, Uzodinma has toed a similar path by allegedly giving the herdsmen a settlement in Orlu. Even though this claim has every likelihood to be false, for credible sources from Orlu have been unable to corroborate it, the Government of Imo State has been rather complacent to challenge such ostensible misinformation.

With the belief, or impression, or even delusion that Orlu might serve as a hub of the controversial RUGA program, Nnamdi Kanu reportedly deployed his newly launched Eastern Security Network (ESN) to the bushes and forests around Orlu to dislodge the herdsmen. In one of his broadcasts, Kanu boasted that he was crushing the herdsmen, and said he would not reveal further details about the triumphs of his men in the forests. The stage was set for violence.

A few weeks ago, a police vehicle was attacked by men of the ESN in Orlu. The attackers did a video of the scene, showing the vehicle they had captured. First, they queried the rationale for police to move into the bush to disturb them, and wondered why the police, which they alleged have not confronted the killer herdsmen, would choose to go after them (the ESN) in the bush.

Days later, reports of further clashes between security agents and men of the ESN began to ooze out up until last Friday that soldiers were reported to be in Orlu in search of the corpse of one of their allegedly fallen colleagues. A Sabbath Church in Okporo-Orlu which is said to serve as sanctuary for members of the IPOB and ESN was invaded and some persons reportedly arrested. Also, some buildings belonging to MASSOB were also razed. There was pandemonium. Security agents were shooting everywhere. People scampered for safety.

On Monday, early though, the increasing presence of security agents in Orlu suggested both restoration of security and looming tension. The latter became the case in mid morning when a convoy of vehicles conveying members of the ESN arrived and engaged the security agents in a gun battle. Casualties were recorded. The security agents pulled back. But before then, a fire had razed the Hausa quarters behind the Stadium, with unidentified corpses seen in its wake. Heavy shootings continued afterwards. Stray bullets got innocents, and some dropped dead. Reinforcements continued on both sides until the governor slammed a dusk to dawn curfew.

Inbox: Maazi Nnamdi Kanu and newly found Eastern Security Network

So, it is important for the government to engage the Orlu situation in a sustainable manner. Curfew, as a temporary measure to defuse tension, may be effective. But it cannot be sustained. First, the situation was never spontaneous. It was never militancy. It built up over the months. There was never some threat analysis by the government in the aftermath of the launch of the ESN. Intelligence failure was glaring. And the misinformation about RUGA in Orlu was never tackled. Before engaging the ESN in a battle in the bush, our security agencies should have been more circumspect. Trained in conventional warfare, they should have known that guerilla warfare which the ESN has adopted is never easily won, and in the end unarmed civilians pay more with their lives.

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state

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EXCLUSIVE: Imo PCC Commissioner, Willy Amadi In Alleged Threesome Sex Video Scandal |The Republican News

PCC Commissioner, Chief Willy Amadi

By Pascal Arogorn Ibe

… ‘Proudly’ videos self in viral sex tape

The Commissioner for the Imo state office of the Public Complaint Commission, Chief Willy Amadi may have landed himself in sex tape mess following the fast circulating video of his alleged sexual indiscretion.

In the fast spreading video obtained by crimefacts.news, the Commissioner was seen videoing himself in the 12-second sex tape which captured his image and those of two girls making out on a bed while he videoed the raunchy scene.

As at the time of processing this report, Chief Willy Amadi could not be reached for comments.

Imo commissioner, Chief Willy Amadi in viral sex video
The position of Commissioner in the Public Complaint Commission (PCC) as occupied by Chief Willy Amadi, is a federal appointment with a fixed tenure.

Crimefacts.news is still following up on the details of the scandal as it unfolds, with ongoing efforts to alternatively secure a comment from the Commissioner’s family while tracking the two girls in the viral sex tape. (Crimefacts.news)

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Ohanaeze Election: Imo Leaders Choose Prof. Obiozor As Consensus Candidate |The Republican News

Prof. George Obiozor

…Uzodimma warns on Igbo presidency

Ohanaeze names members of Alaigbo Stabilization Fund


By Chris Njoku, Owerri

Imo State leaders picked former Nigeria Ambassador to the United States, Prof. George Obiozor as their consensus candidate for the next president general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Just as the state Governor Hope Uzodimma warned that Ndigbo would not achieve their desire of becoming the president of the country through confrontation.

Prof Obiozor, who hails from Awo-Omamma in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State was presented to the State Governor Hope Uzodimma at the Exco Chamber Government House, Owerri, as likely successor of the outgoing President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.

Making the presentation, the Chairman of the Delegation Committee, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, said that many candidates indicated their interest to contest for the position, adding that the committee of 200 eminent Imo leaders picked Prof Obiozor because of his vast experience and acceptability.

“Over 200 Imo leaders met to evacuate the candidates we did a very thorough job and found out that Obiozor is the one that can do the job.

Chairman of CAN, Rev. Eches Eches while confirming the candidate said that the churches were involved in the process adding that there was forthrightness in the process of selecting Prof. Obiozor


Eze Sam Ohiri said from the traditional institution, that the job was sort of a challenge to find somebody that would match the qualities of outgoing president general.

“We asked them to submit their CVS and qualities and saw intimidating quality fixations but after scrutiny we found out that Prof. Obiozor was eminently qualified.

One of the contestants and former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro said that we decided to pick the best among the best,

All of them were almost qualified but we were looking for the best we were able to spot Prof. Obiozor whose CV was intimidating. We chose him and everybody accepted our choice”.

In his acceptance speech, Prof. Obiozor thanked Imo people and all stakeholders. He said the decision to contest was a decision not based on self-aggrandizement, adding that his most concern was service to the people.

In his response, Governor Uzodimma said that the decision to present a consensus candidate for the organisation is very laudable.

“The decision of the Imo State chapter of Ohanaeze to present the consensus candidate of this organisation is very laudable, I was taken unaware by their actions, I had no choice but to follow their part.

“By constitution it’s the turn of the State to produce the President General, choice of professor Obiozor is welcomed, he is eminently qualified, by his wealth of experience, his adoption is coming at a critical time in the history of Ndigbo in Nigeria.

He advised Ndigbo to go about seeking for Igbo president with diplomacy and shun confrontational means.

“Igbo is beginning to be aggrieved but we can speak with one voice, I thank you for speaking with one voice, every generation has its own challenges, Ndigbo must navigate with wisdom of Solomon, to achieve this we must be diplomatic and accommodating, a point can be achieved without firing a shot in the air, Yoruba did it without war, they did it with diplomacy, Igbo will not go to war but will pursue it with diplomacy,” Uzodimma said. (The Nation)

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Sen. Okorocha Congratulates Gov. Ihedioha Over His Victory At Election Petition Tribunal |RN

Governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha, Sen. Rochas Okorocha

The immediate past governor of Imo state, a current senator representing Orlu North senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha congratulates the governor of Imo state, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha over his victory at the Election Petition Tribunal.

The congratulatory message was delivered and signed by his special adviser on media, Sam Onwuemedo

Below is the press statement.

PRESS RELEASE

SENATOR OKOROCHA CONGRATULATES GOV IHEDIOHA

SAYS TRIBUNAL JUDGEMENT IS VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY

The immediate past governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has congratulated the governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha on his recent victory at the Election Petition Tribunal against his son in-law, Uche Nwosu.

Okorocha who currently represents Imo West senatorial zone at the red chamber, said that the judiciary had lived upto its responsibility of administering justice. He noted that the judiciary couldn’t have passed better judgment on the petition of his son inlaw.

Okorocha urged Uche Nwosu, who was the candidate of the Action Alliance, in the last election, to halt further moves that will pose distractions to the Rebuild Imo government.

The former governor revealed that he asked Uche Nwosu to accept the result of the last election and drop the idea of any litigation.

In his words, ” The court has given the expected judgment. As a seasoned politician and one with the knowledge of law, I counselled Uche Nwosu not to waste his time and resources pursuing a case that will certainly meet brick walls.”

He continued, “Those who advised Uche Nwosu to challenge the victory of Gov Ihedioha against my wish have furthered ridiculed the young man. What an elder see siting, a child can’t, standing. If even my son in-law appeals the judgement, he does not stand a chance.”

“This judgment has strengthened the nation’s democracy and restored hope on the judiciary. It is victory for Imo State, ” Okorocha concluded.

Signed:

Sam Onwuemedo

Special Adviser (Media) to the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha.

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