Insecurity: “Fish out perpetrators of Imo killings”, Northern Elders task security agencies

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has expressed outrage over the murder of eight people suspected to be migrants from the North by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Owerri-West local government area of Imo State.  The Arewa elders, in an issued statement by the NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, also called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the killings in the State. The NEF said: “We are deeply concerned over rising cases of profiling, targeting and killings of Northerners in many parts of the South. “The recent…

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Insecurity: Northerners in fear as IPOB kills 8 Nigeriens in Imo

Fear among northerners living in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has heightened following the killing of eight Niger Republic indigenes (Nigeriens) by members of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB). According to reports, the attack occurred on Monday, when the assailants attacked a building at Orogwe, Owerri, occupied by mainly Hausa migrants from Nigeria and the Niger Republic. The northerners said the building was attacked because IPOB assumed all of them living in the area to be migrants from the North, not knowing that the victims were foreigners. They…

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‘Surrender within 10 days or risk bombardment’, Uzodimma warns bandits

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has granted a 10-day window to bandits operating and hibernating in the forests in Imo State to surrender themselves and arms to their traditional rulers for unconditional pardon or risk bombardment. The amnesty is with immediate effect and would be visited with severe consequences if not taken seriously by the bandits. Gov. Uzodimma, who disclosed this at the Government House Chapel, Owerri, yesterday, said the government has decided to rid the forests of bandits and accordingly, has procured the necessary equipment for the purpose,…

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Insecurity: President Buhari condemns violence in South-East

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, strongly condemned as ‘deeply distressing’ the destruction in Imo State, of buildings and assets of the Police and the home of Professor George Obiozor, the President General of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, and a leading voice of moderation in the affairs of the country. The President, who strongly condemned the violence in the subregion, urged everyone to maintain peace, adding that the law and order situation in the entire South-East is being reviewed. While this is being done, President Buhari in a statement by presidential spokesman,…

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Gunmen raze Ohanaeze President’s country home in Imo

The country home of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, has been set ablaze by gunmen at Awo-Omanma, in the Oru-East local government area of Imo State. The attackers, who reportedly arrived at the Igbo leader’s home in vehicles threw explosive devices at the house yesterday morning. It was learnt that Obiozor was not at home when his house was attacked. The same night the gunmen reportedly bombed the Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters in the Owerri-West LGA of the State, killed two police constabularies and several cars burnt.…

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Alleged Ritual: Imo woman escapes after her son attacked, stabbed her with knife

A woman, identified as Eziada Chika Mbachu, has escaped from her son, who allegedly stabbed her with a knife severally to use her for ritual in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The incident was said to have occurred in the early hours of Monday, between 7 a.m and 8 a.m at an apartment opposite Concord hotel in Owerri. According to reports, an eyewitness said the young man was the one who invited the mum in the early hours of Monday, attacked and inflicted several knife attacks on her. Narrating how…

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Police uncover IPOB/ESN terror camp in Imo, recover IEDs, arms and ammunition

The Police in Imo State has uncovered a camp run by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network, (ESN) terror groups in the State. According to a statement released by the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abattam, “the militia wing made a forest at Onitsha, in Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA of Imo State, their operational base, where they go out to perpetrate heinous crimes, which includes terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery and killing of innocent citizens”. Abattam said, based on a piece of information, the…

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“I pretend as a herbalist to dupe unsuspecting victims” – Suspect

The Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security Defence Corps, (NSCDC), has arrested one Adeyemo Mufutau, 26, for pretending to be a herbalist have spiritual solutions to the problems of his unsuspecting victims. The impostor, who was paraded with his cohort, Oladehi Hezekiah, 27, was said to have lured their victims over the phone with promises t boost their businesses. Mufutau, who was arrested at Ile-Ife on Monday, said he ventured into fraudulent business due to financial difficulty. “I learnt furniture making after my secondary school, but when I didn’t…

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Uzodinma killed Gulak, traditional rulers, others, Okorocha alleges

The controversy surrounding the causes of insecurity and killings in Imo State, has taken a new twist as a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, has openly accused incumbent governor, Hope Uzodimma, of instigating the killings of a former presidential adviser, Ahmed Gulak, some traditional rulers and over 140 innocent people during the unknown gunmen reign. Dismissing Uzodinma’s recent stakeholders’ meeting as an exercise in futility, Okorocha wondered why his legacies, which impacted positively on the lives of the people were being attributed to the Uzodinma administration. According to…

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Imo: Uzodinma to ‘publicly’ name sponsors of Imo insecurity today

Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, is set to publicly name those behind the spate of insecurity in the State, today. The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon. Declan Emelumba, disclosed this in a statement issued in Owerri, the State capital. Emelumba said, “The governor will use the occasion of the 6th edition of the Imo Stakeholders Forum to name those who are sponsors and financiers of insecurity in the State”. According to the Commissioner, “The Government is in possession of crack evidence of the involvement of those responsible…

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