Imo: Residents keep vigil as armed robbers take over streets

Residents living in some parts of Owerri, the Imo State capital, are now keeping vigil against unknown gunmen whose activities had wreaked havoc in the State. According to some of the residents living on Douglas road, Ama-JK, Ikenegbu, Royce, Njamanze, Orji, Amakohia, Akwakuma and MCC road in Owerri, the crisis-prone areas seemed to have experienced relative peace as residents now thread with caution. A provisions seller, who lives in Amakohia,  said, “You can see that people are now closing their shops early for fear of the unknown gunmen; because no…

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IPOB commander, other militants holding Imo hostage shot dead in fierce battle with troops

The alleged leader of the militia arm of Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Ikonso Commander, has been killed in a joint operation between operatives of the police, Department of State Services, (DSS) and the Army in Imo State yesterday. Six other fighters of the militia group were also killed in the operation at the alleged operational headquarters of the militant group, in Awomama village, Oru-East LGA. The security forces allegedly came under rapid fire as they approached the the group’s camp. After a fierce gun battle, the security team recovered…

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Gunmen raze Imo gov’s country home, kill 2 security aides

Suspected gunmen in the early hours of Saturday attacked and razed the country home of Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma. The gunmen, who stormed the governor’s house, in Omuma, Oru-East local government area of the state, also reportedly shot dead two security men on duty before setting the house on fire. One of the security men killed was identified as an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC). A source, who pleaded anonymity, said cars parked inside the compound and part of the building were set on…

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‘Politicians behind banditry to run down Buhari’s govt’ — Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has accused politicians of funding banditry to run down the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. Uzodinma made the allegation while briefing reporters shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Uzodinma condemned the recent attacks by armed bandits on communities, especially in the northern part of the country and challenged the security agencies to urgently reveal the names of their sponsors. “This country is blessed by God. From 2015 to date, I…

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Imo: “I was invited by EFCC, not arrested”, says Okorocha

Former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday said that he was not arrested by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), contrary to the speculations making the rounds. Okorocha, in a statement by his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, disclosed that he only honoured an invitation by the anti-graft agency. Recall that an on-line platform yesterday reported that the anti-graft agency had repeatedly invited the former governor to its Abuja headquarters in connection with multiple corruption allegations against him. Stating that the EFCC facility is not “a slaughterhouse”, the statement disclosed that…

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Imo jail break: FG to pardon escaped inmates — ‘if they voluntarily return’

The Minister of Interior, Ra’uf Aregbesola, says the fugitives who escaped from the custodial centre in Owerri, Imo State capital, will be pardoned if they voluntarily return. The minister gave the assurance while inspecting the centre yesterday following an attack on the facility. He said unlawful escape from custody is a crime but assured that willful returnees will be exempted from prosecution. The minister said he will ensure that those involved in the attack are brought to book. Aregbesola said the federal government will leave no stone unturned to fish…

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7 Northern traders shot dead in Imo

Seven traders of northern extraction are reported to have been murdered . Our correspondent gathered that the victims were killed in separate shooting incidents in Orlu town and Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area between Friday and Saturday. Narrating the incident to newsmen, an eyewitness, Harisu Umaru Ishiaku, said that the killers, dressed in Military uniform, stormed the Afor Umuaka market around 8:30 pm and attacked the victims, saying four of the victims who are within the age bracket of 45 years and 30 years have lived in the area…

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‘Nigeria’s challenges are stepping stones to a great future’ – Osinbajo

…As Senate President urges Igbos to ‘seize the opportunity to be at the centre of Nigeria’s politics’ Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has described the challenges Nigeria is currently facing as a nation as not isurmountable, but stepping stones to a great future. Prof. Osinbajo stated this yesterday in Owerri, Imo State, during a special inter-denominational Thanksgiving Service to mark the first anniversary of the administration of the State governor, Hope Uzodinma. The Vice President, who delivered the felicitations of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Imo State governor and the people, also…

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‘I used to be an orphan as APC governor until Umahi’s defection’, says Uzodinma

The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has stated that those who are not in the All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to fast until God answers their prayers. The statement was made by Uzodinma while speaking on Friday with journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.  Uzodimma commended the defection of Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC, noting that politicians on the APC platform are “close” to the federal government, and that this will enable them to address challenges…

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Buhari to commission new refinery in Imo State this week

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to this week commission a new petroleum refinery located at Ibigwe, in Imo State. According to a post on the Presidency’s verified Twitter’s handle, the refinery, which was put together by Walter Smith Limited, is partly owned by the Federal Government following investment by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). According to the company, the refinery project is divided into two phases: “The Phase-1 is the delivery of 5,000 BPD Modular capacity refinery that is strategically located near the existing flow station and…

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