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Okorocha suspends Commissioner for alleged physical assault.


Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has  suspended the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social  Development, Mrs. Nma Onyechere, with immediate effect for physically  assaulting a serving Commissioner in the Local Government Service  Commission, Chief Emeka Okoronkwo.
The Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to the governor on Media, Mr. Sam  Onwuemeodo, who confirmed this development to newsmen explained that  Okorocha’s administration does not tolerate indiscipline.
“The Governor received a complaint that the suspended Commissioner  physically assaulted a serving Commissioner in the Local Government  Service Commission, Chief Emeka Okoronkwo”.
Speaking further, Onwuemeodo explained that it was the considered  opinion of the Governor that such a public figure of the rank of a  commissioner should learn how to control her temper, no matter the level  of provocation.
“The reported incident brought bad image to the administration and  the Governor strongly felt that such a public figure of the rank of a  Commissioner should learn to properly manage her temper very well, no  matter the level of provocation”, Onwuemeodo added.
Findings revealed that the Commissioner had been directed to  immediately handover all government property in her possession to the  Permanent Secretary in her Ministry.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Man named Israel Dike a native of Odenkume Obowo LGA of Imo State resides in Egbu Road Owerri reported to have tied his seven children to wheelbarrow, begging for buyers.


Palpable confusion reigned in Owerri, yesterday, as a father  tied his seven children, including his triplet, to a wheel-barrow and  was heading to an unknown destination before officials of Ministry of  Women Affairs and Social Development intervened.
Vanguard investigations revealed that the 44-year-old man, Israel Dike,*  is a native of Odenkume, Obowo Local Government Aarea of Imo State, but  resides in Ugwu Ekwema, Egbu Road, Owerri.
The children’s hands were securely tied to a wheelbarrow while the man  was soliciting for buyers for the children, saying he was fed up with  his dwindling economic fortunes.
A staff of the ministry told Vanguard: “Following a tip off, a high  powered team led by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Nma  Onyechere, quickly went and rescued the children.”
Apart from disclosing that he planned selling some of them with a view  to enabling him take proper care of others, Dike equally lamented that  Governor Rochas Okorocha put him in the mess he has found himself today.
“Owelle Okorocha is the cause of what I am passing through today. He  made me a promise in the past and has failed to redeem it till today,”  Dike said.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, the commissioner described Dike as a “depressed man, who is mentally deranged.”
While urging Dike’s wife to go for family planning, the commissioner  equally promised that government would carefully ascertain the level of  the man’s mental problem.
Answering a question, Mrs. Onyechere said the ministry would find a way  of giving out the children to foster parents with a view to ensuring  adequate care

and their education.


Okorocha’s govt. have failed Imo State, Ikeduru Women protest assassination of ex-council boss.

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More  than 500 women from Atta Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State  yesterday protested the assassination of their son and former Local  Government Chairman of the council area, Mr. Brendan Oguine.
Unknown gunmen assassinated Oguine at the weekend in his Ogada residence at Atta community in Ikeduru council area.
The women, who stormed the Government House Owerri as early as 9am,  accused the police of bias in their investigation as all those arrested  in connection with the murder, according to the women, had been released  in haste.
In a statement addressed to the State Governor Rochas Okorocha, and  signed by eight women leaders of the Atta Women Association, the women  alleged that the former council chairman was brutally murdered because  of some vital documents in his possession in connection with the Ezeship  tussle between the families of Okereke and Ugwueto.
The women who alleged lawlessness in the community, appealed to the  State Governor to intervene in the looming crisis as the people  supporting Ugwueto family who they claimed are rightful heirs to the  throne had been killed in mysterious circumstances.
Tracing the history of the Ezeship stool, the women claimed that the  family of Iwuala Ugwueto delegated the traditional stool to one Humphery  Okereke in 1978 when there was none educated in the family to take the  title.
On the demise of Okereke, the Atta community returned the title to  the real owners. “We decided to make one of Ugwueto’s sons, Samuel  Iwuala, Ezeelect but Okereke family started making troubles and he  (Samuel) was killed in a mysterious circumstance few months to his  coronation.
“Atta people presented his brother Geo Anika Ugwueto to succeed him,  everything preceding his coronation has been concluded waiting for staff  of office from the State Government.
“Again one of the elite sons of the community was brutally murdered  by hired assassins who invaded his house on January 19 around 2 o’clock  early morning demanding for some of the Ezeship documents because some  of it was under his possession,” they stated.

Source: Radio Biafra.

PDP accuses Governor Okorocha of importing Boko Haram terrorists into Imo State.



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday in Owerri, the Imo State capital sent shivers to the public when it alerted Nigerians of the infiltration of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect into the State.

The party, linking the infiltration of the Islamic fundamentalists to the state government, claimed that three truck loads of over 300 young men mostly dressed in Northern apparels, disembarked at the premises of the Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS), Egbu Road on Wednesday January 15 about 4 pm.

Addressing newsmen yesterday at the party secretariat along Okigwe Road, Owerri, the PDP State Secretary Sir George Uzoma Eguh disclosed that “the party has irrefutable facts to believe that these young men who confessed to being all Muslims and from the Northern States of Kano, Katsina and Kaduna are guests of

the state government.

“It becomes more worrisome that these rough looking men arrived the state less than 24 hours before the arrival of the Imo State Governor from his journey outside the state.”

According to him the suspected fundamentalists arrived the state to unleash violence in breach of the peace to target known political opponents of the government.

He recalled that recently during the last governorship election in Anambra State a large number of non natives were camped in Owerri allegedly by the state government for nefarious polAitical activities during the election.

Eguh who expressed fear over security of lives and property in the state, alleged further that more batches of the fundamentalists arrived the camp on Thursday and Saturday.

He claimed that the movements had been reported to the security agencies in the state but regretted that “we are yet to be informed of any action by security agencies in Imo State to deal with the suspicious invasion.”

“We want to draw the attention of the public that the same camp where these suspected invaders are quartered is the same camp used in the training by Imo Security Network and Imo Civil Guards personnel, who patrol the state daily bearing prohibited firearms at the behest of the Okorocha administration.”

He stated: “In the event of any violent attack, arson or assassination of any PDP leaders, officials, stalwarts or any political opponent of the Imo State Government, Governor Rochas Okorocha and his government shall be held utterly accountable.”

Reacting, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Media, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo denied the allegation.

He described the PDP as “a dead party” fighting to be heard. “No right thinking member of the society should take the party serious, it is a dead party,” he said.

Meanwhile, Imo State Government has advised Anambra State Governor Peter Obi to seek solitary moment to reflect on Governor Rochas Okorocha’s claims rather than resort to insulting the governor for statement of truth.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Say no to APC in Biafraland. Ezenna Okoro Inaugurates APC Women Coordinator In Awa Community.



The All Progressive Congress (APC) Awa Chapter in Oguta LGA of Imo State recorded a stunning success last weekend as Hon. Ezenna Okoro inaugurated APC Women Co-ordinators and Executives in Awa Community.
The tumultuous event which was held at Hon Okoro’s compound in Awa Community attracted a good number of APC faithful from all the 25 villages which made up Awa Autonomous Community as they were represented by 2 executives and other women leaders who were all in a joyous mood as the drum their support for APC, proclaiming that come rain come shine Owelle Rochas Okorocha they know.
Addressing the Awa women during the event Hon.

Ezenna Okoro who doubles as SA Special Duties/Chief of Staff to Managing Director ISOPADEC enjoined the women to embrace the party ahead of the 2015

general elections in order to continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy, stressing that the governor of Imo State, Governor Rochas Okorocha-led APC has earmarked several projects that the women will benefit from in the year 2014.

He reiterated that the Awa women should be part of the wind of change that is blowing across the nation which APC has initiated as it is note worthy that Okorocha led administration is ready to consolidate on all the projects and policies instituted since he came into office.
Mrs Jane Okoro, one of the women co-ordinator of Awa while addressing the women described Governor Okorocha as a divine gift to the people of Imo and Awa women in particular as she enjoined them to take the gospel of APC down to every nook and cranny of Awa Community while pledging to support any of the inaugurated women who distinguished her self by taking the message to the grassroot.
Lady Grace Nwameme and Mrs Caroline Onyema from Abiaziem, and Umuocha Villages respectively also praised Awa women for coming out in large number to support Owelle Rochas and urged them not to relent in the efforts.

Dr James Ezuma Imo State Baby’s Factory Billionaire Ring-Leader Exposed.


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•Deception… The signboard contravened what happened in the ‘home’
James Ezuma, a medical doctor nabbed by the police in Owerri, Imo State, for operating baby factories, is the face of child trafficking in Nigeria
•Ezuma: Serial polygamist with his third wife.
•Ezuma: Serial polygamist with his third wife.
The glassy signpost with blue, white and black lettering promises would-be visitors succour. Its delicate frame announces to the public the presence of a private hospital. Near this board is another with less aesthetic appeal on a lonely street off Egbu Road, in Owerri metropolis, which announces to the vulnerable, a place of refuge. The wordings on this board, strong enough to comfort even the most disheartened, have been revealed as a decoy to perpetrate evil.
The place is “Ezuma Women and Children Rights Protection Initiative… FG Approved NGO Homeless Babies Home,” which, until last month, was the epicentre of child trafficking, with a baby production regime, as if in an industrial factory, in full swing.At the peak of his career, Dr. James Ezuma, who claims to have studied at the University of Jos, was the poster child of successful medical practice. His vast empire, including real estate, posh automobiles and women, advertised him as a man who attained success through dedicated commitment to his profession. His physical wealth was complemented by a long list of clientele and friends in political and business circles. This probably explains why, with impunity, he could operate his purported hospital and Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, in a building for which proper building permit was never obtained. Yet, he was there for many years without the concerned officials raising eyebrows. For the sheer size of his wealth, the undiscerning public held him in awe.
The church bestowed a knighthood on him for his commitment to charity! This was before the police flashed their detective klieg lights on his activities. What they saw however, negates the very essence of the medical guild.
In Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State where Ezuma operated from before he was declared wanted, the 65-year-old drew respect and fear in nearly equal proportions. His five-storey ‘hospital and charity home’ on 101 Okigwe Road, Aba, was frequented by high-heeled guests and ‘patients’ who visited mostly at night in sleek automobiles. Their purpose: to purchase a child. The cost of land in the eternally busy Okigwe Road is estimated at N10 million per plot. Sources say the magnificent edifice may have been erected on over five plots of land. Neighbours and passers-by who dared prey into his activities in this fortress suffered losses as a result. A former associate of his told this magazine that any medical practitioner, who challenged his reptilian practices, suffered either physical harm or had his clinic shut down. His network of friends, some believed to be in privileged positions of government, ensured that he never suffered harassments. And when he did, they made escape routes available to him. Competent sources in the police force say he had been detained by the police but on such occasions, he was let off the hook.
The building which has been demolished by the Abia State government following its owner’s arrest in Owerri, was a den where innocent children were herded as raw material for his baby production factory. Here, Ezuma, working in tandem with his network of collaborators, brought girls, some pregnant, claiming to help provide anti- and post-natal services to them. Thereafter, the impostor claimed he offered them humanitarian services such as rehabilitating the teenage girls, while offering the children out on adoption. The inside of his so-called hospital before it was pulled down, fared even less than a dispensary.
•The signboard of the ‘hospital’
•The signboard of the ‘hospital’With a promise of good life and health care cover for the unborn child, the girls were coerced to give up their children for pittance, sometimes as low as N50,000 to N200,000. The methods of harvesting the babies, this magazine learnt, were debasing of the ethics of gynaecological practice. Using induced labour and crude delivery methods, Ezuma reportedly harvested even unripe pregnancies to satisfy his patrons. Although he made little noise about his sleight-of-the hand child production prowess in public,  Ezuma was the definition of impudence.
Following several half-spirited battles by the police with him in Abia State, Ezuma, who hails from Ndiokeke Ndiakunwata, Arondizuogu, Ideato North LGA, Imo State, fled homewards. Owerri was where he relocated his lair and operational headquarters. Ezuma’s non-governmental organisation, sited on a virgin expanse of land was work-in-progress. With a storey building in advanced stage of completion, the multi-acre plot is littered with materials procured for building projects. On the left entrance to the facility is a small wooden house used for a church. The church previously had a land-related squabble with the doctor. The main building that housed his family served as the ‘consulting’ as well as ‘delivery’ wards of the hospital. The rest of the vast landmass is used for the cultivation of cassava, which separates the administrative area from the girls’ or patients’ ward. The environment where the innocent girls lived froths with weeds and dirt. The living conditions were as decrepit as the character of the man who ran the home. Eight girls, TheNEWS learnt, were confined in each of the two rooms, with neither ventilation nor permanent windows and doors. Gloom surrounds the ambience. It was in the quietude that pervades the place that the Ambush Squad of the Imo State Police Command nabbed him pants down, setting free 16 innocent girls, many of them at various stages of pregnancy.Conservative estimates indicate that Ezuma’s land in Owerri  values at hundreds of millions of naira. The structures at several stages of completion in the compound are evaluated at over N20 million. His deep pocket also reflected in his wealth. And he relished the comfort. Among the vehicles recovered from him were: a Jaguar, two Chrysler cars, a Lincoln Navigator, a Honda Jeep, a Nissan Quest, a Pathfinder Sports Utility Vehicle and three unidentified others. The Imo State Police Commissioner, Muhammad Musa Katsina, said: “Have you seen Ezuma’s vehicles?  When you see them, you will know the value of these vehicles. For goodness sake, in a disciplined country like Nigeria, how can somebody have 10 exotic cars without any single documentation? With impunity, they were all parked there, without a single documentation.”
Ezuma’s libertine inclinations are not limited to pecuniary benefits. His philandering is also legendary. “His marriage to his first wife failed sometime ago. The woman, a lawyer, left him because of his criminal tendencies which she condemned. The one he lived with until he was caught was actually their house-help. And he’s got other concubines,” a source who knew him closely told TheNEWS. In his world, beautiful women are complemented by lush automobiles!
Apart from indulgence in child trafficking, the police allegedly found an unregistered firearm in his home. This forms a fraction of the 18-count charges leveled against him in court. This adds up to the fact that his medical licence was seized by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, for improper conduct.
In the real sense of the word, Ezuma was not operating a hospital. In the words of  Katsina: “You don’t need to be a medical doctor to know what and what qualities a place should have to be a hospital. Here is a man who is in his 60s who calls himself a medical doctor and said: Dr. Ezuma Private Hospital. What is the definition of a hospital? When you go inside, it was the same doctor that was the chief medical director, he was the matron, the consultant gynaecologist. His wife who had never seen the four walls of any health institution is a consultant gynaecologist. Ezuma trained her in his hospital, trained her in his university, of which he is the provost of the college of medicine; he is everything. And yet, after graduating his wife, she came out without a certificate. Yet she was the one delivering babies. In the same hospital, ask them, where are the beddings, where is the labour room? Find out if you can get any injectable material. Even ordinary iodine or panadol is not there. It was a crude way of delivery.”
Katsina described Ezuma as an animal in human form, too dangerous to mankind.
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Okorocha seeks soft landing from APC humiliation, says I did not join APC to run for Vice Presidency; I want to be President – Says Okorocha.

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For the avoidance of doubts, Governor Rochas Okorocha  has said that did not in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to vie for the Vice Presidency but for the position of President.
Okorocha announced the plan in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo.
The statement was a reaction to a report in one of the dailies headlined “APC: Governors Okorocha, Amaechi in Vice Presidential race.”
The statement noted that there has been pressure on the governor by Nigerians to vie for the presidency in the 2015 election.
It said the governor had been consulting but was not yet decided on the matter.
“Against the backdrop of the referenced headline, the Imo State Government wishes to put the record straight with regards to the ambition of the Imo Governor in 2015.
“It wants to correct the impression that the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, is in the race for the vice-presidential slot of the APC, as the headline had suggested.
“The truth of the matter is that Governor Okorocha is not in the VP race in APC.
“His consultations have not been on the VP slot but on the presidency and at the end of the consultations, he would decide whether to throw his hat into the ring for the presidential race or not,” the statement said.
The statement expressed satisfaction with some stakeholders of the party who met and came up with the governor’s name for the position of vice presidency.
It said the stakeholders must have considered the qualities in the governor and what his administration had done in Imo.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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