Drama as Imo Rep evades court process over certificate of return

There was mild drama yesterday at the Abuja residence of a lawmaker representing Ehimembano/Ihiteuboma/Obowo Federal constituency of Imo State at the House of Representatives, Emeka Nwajuba as he refused to receive court processes challenging his certificate of return from the bailiff of the Court of Appeal. The federal lawmaker, who was at his residence dramatically holed up in his house for hours after becoming aware of the presence of a bailiff of the court, Usman Mohammed at his residence to effect personal service of the appeal processes on him. Attempts…

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Imo lawmakers commence recovery of stolen properties

Imo State House of Assembly yesterday began the process of recovering stolen properties of the state government. The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, who spoke to journalists in Owerri after the 27 newly inaugurated lawmakers inspected facilities belonging to the Assembly occupied by some individuals, said that apart from the complex being in an “unbelievable state,” the lawmakers set up a committee to begin the recovery of stolen state government properties. Collins, who decried the poor state of the complex, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker’s lodges, said that major works…

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Court orders INEC to issue certificate of return to Okorocha as Senator-elect

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Fiday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha, as Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial Constituency. Delivering his ruling, Justice Okon Abang, held that only the returning officer of the INEC had the constitutional authority to declare a winner of the Feb. 23 Imo West Senatorial election. NAN reports that the electoral body had said it refused to give Okorocha certificate of return after the returning officer for Imo West senatorial district said he was…

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Imo Poly rusticates 20-year-old student for armed robbery

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The management of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerrri, Imo State has expelled a 20- year old student of the institution for engaging in armed robbery activities within and outside the school. The 20 year-old student, Ezeonye Chinemerem Raphael, a native of Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, was until his expulsion, a second year student in the department of Business Administration and Management (BAM) with registration/matriculation number 17E/0155/ BAM/FPN. According to Deputy Rector (administration) of the Polytechnic, Dr. (Mrs.) Anthonia Nwosu, the dismissed student who operated in a gang…

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Imo tailors lament outrageous hike in rent

Tailors and dealers on tailoring materials at the Nworie Lane Industrial Market, Owerri have cried out over what they described as outrageous increase in rent by shop owners. Some of the tailors claimed that owners were targeting to eject them using outrageous rents with a view to replacing them with general goods traders from the demolished Ekeukwu Owerri Market. Nworie Lane Industrial Market located adjacent St. Paul Catholic Church, Owerri on Douglas Road, Owerri was designated for tailors and dealers of tailoring materials by the state government to foster growth…

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Heavy security in Imo Assembly over impeachment plot

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Widespread speculation of an impeachment plot in the Imo State Assembly may have informed heavy security deployed in the assembly to counter subterranean moves which triggered tension among members. Apparently suspicion of a major action by House members at yesterday’s plenary may have informed the unduly heavy security presence in the Assembly complex yesterday with combat-ready mobile policemen and other security agencies spotted at strategic areas at the state parliament. There had been the fear that the five hitherto suspended members of the parliament were aligning with mostly Action Alliance…

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Okorocha accused of holding Returning Officer for Imo West under siege since Sunday night

The Returning Officer collating the results for Imo West Senatorial election, Prof. I.I. Ibeawuchi has said he declared Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state winner in the Imo West Senatorial election under duress. Ibeawuchi had been held hostage at the collation centre for Imo West Senatorial Election at Orlu. Governor Rochas Okorocha is alleged to have been  behind the siege. Announcing the result, Ibeawuchi said: “I am announcing this result under duress. I have been held here since yesterday. All I want to do is to give them the result…

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PDP in early lead in Imo

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken an early lead in Imo as announcement of results continues in the state on Sunday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections are currently being collated at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Owerri. Results from five Local Government Areas have so far been collated with the PDP taking the lead in four council areas of Oguta, Isu, Nwangele and Ezinihite Mbaise. The PDP polled 2996,…

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Result sheets for Gombe found in Imo, as REC absolves INEC culpability

Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo State, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not responsible for the mix-up in the ballot papers meant for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections. Ezeonu who noted that result sheets for Gombe were found in Imo state while that of Aboh Mbaise LGA of Imo state were found in Gombe, added that in spite of the slight set back, the Commission has almost completed the distribution of materials for the election. Speaking to newsmen in Owerri on…

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SPDC earmarks N1bn for development projects in Imo community

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Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria has earmarked N1 billion for community development projects in Assa North and Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo, an official of the company told newsmen. General Manager, External Relations of SPDC, Mr Igo Weli said this at the inauguration of the cluster development board for Assa North Gas Development Project (ANGDP) yesterday in Owerri. Weli, who was represented by the External Relations Manager of Lands Hub, Mr Chibuzor Anyim, said that the project would last for five years. According to him, the…

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