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Don’t allow hooligans overwhelm you – Gov. Uzodinma to the police

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Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma briefed the media after having Imo Stakeholders’ meeting at the government house in Owerri. Gov. Uzodinma urged Imo citizens to sue for peace, said the government will work with the security agencies to curb the menace by hoodlums in the recent EndSARs protest.

The Governor said:

“We just finished the meeting and we called the political leaders, religious leaders, youth leaders, opinion leaders for a discussion to properly inform them of the situation that is today on ground in Imo State rising from the peaceful protest carried out by our youths, genuine protest which all of us identified with their demands also resolved and in line with my government, some miscreants took over undue advantage of that situation and decided to visit mayhem on innocent citizens, looting shops, destroying police stations, INEC offices, Local Government headquarters…

“It became necessary that the government should invite our brothers and sisters and leaders alike to inform them of the situation on ground. Government on their part is also not going to be hard on the youth. I have to commend our youths who in their wisdom have decided to leave the streets, they have left the streets and has returned back to their various homes, so our youths are no longer protesting particularly giving that those who were responsible for the looting, burning down police stations, burning down of eeh INEC offices and Local Government offices in Imo State are not from Imo State.

“They were hired hoodlums from machineries that were supposed to kill our people and destroy our properties. So we have decided to direct the police, the security agencies consistent with the director general of police to take over the public space and ensure that maintenance of law and order, and ensure that all this hooligans are brought to book.

“So it is our advice and our resolution in fact arising from this meeting to advice all our sons and daughters not to go to the streets to ferment trouble as anyone seen trying to ferment trouble on the street from today is considered one of the hooligans that are looting the place that are burning down police station and the police has been directed also not to sit idle and allow hooligans overwhelm them, so they have the provisional training and knowledge on how to contain eeh violence and bring public order to reign so that is really essentially the purpose for this meeting and the meeting went well and all the leaders in Imo state that are here today agreed to this submission and encouraged the government and security agencies to do their job.”

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Killings in Imo: It’s time to change strategy – Anglican Archbishop Onuoha

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Killings in Imo: It's time to change strategy – Anglican Archbishop Onuoha

As the state of insecurity in Imo State continues to deteriorate by the day, following the killing of Umu Imo by unknown gunmen and security operatives, which has now reached an alarming level, religious leaders of various Christian denominations have joined their voices in calling for a stop to it and appealing for a way out of the violence.

A press release issued by Most Rev. Dr. David O.C. Onuoha, Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Anglican Communion, on  Friday June 4, 2021 reads:

“That the people of the Southeast have been unfairly treated by the Federal Government is not in contention. It is also not in doubt that recent agitations by people of the zone are fuelled by their consistent and flagrant marginalization in the Nigerian project. The agitations are further propelled by persistent failure of agents of state to take the expected strong stand against killings and maiming of people in their homes by so-called killer herdsmen,

“While the underpinnings of the provoked agitations are understandable, I wish to call on those who are agitating to review their strategy and shun all forms of violence so as not to play into the hands of men whose real goal may be to set lgboland backwards by turning it into a theatre of war. The threat to wreck on lgboland worse havoc than we passed through during the war must not be taken lightly.

“What we have witnessed in Imo State, in the past couple of weeks leaves one no choice but to conclude that the threat of extermination of lgbos by people with access to instruments of coercion is real.

The killing of umu Imo by unknown gun men and security operatives has reached such an alarming level that we really need to stop, reflect and quickly find a way to bring back order.

While not in anyway absolving those who are guilty of shedding other people’s blood for whatever reason, we strongly insist that the indiscriminate arrest and murder of innocent citizens should cease.

“To this effect, it is necessary for government to note that its strong-arm strategy has not been effective. If anything, it is worsening the security situation and creating room for further distrust of its sincerity. The present clampdown strategy is fuelling the insinuation of ‘enslavement’ and making it difficult for elders to convince their younger ones to look onto only God for justice. It is imperative for Government therefore to take immediate measures to de-escalate the prevailing tension.

“I passionately call on all well-meaning citizens of Imo state and indeed lgboland to shun partisanship and unite in an urgent search for a solution to this crisis.

Our Governor needs to rise up now and provide the fatherly leadership that will ensure the return of peace in the state. apatriotic Think-Tank is required at this time for the best way out of this ugly situation. No sacrifice in this direction is too big for our survival as a people.”

May we be steadfast in prayer for the Good Lord to intervene in this situation and deliver us from this trouble.

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Illegal Arrest: Imo lawyers set up help desk

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Illegal Arrest: Imo lawyers set up help desk

Sequel to the meeting with the Commissioner of Police and the Security Adviser to the Governor, it’s heart warming to report that a Help Desk has now been set up at the Bar Centre to collate the names of innocent Imolites unjustly arrested and detained by the Nigeria Police for the purpose of securing their release.

The Bar, through its committee on Human Rights will anchor and coordinate the help desk at the Bar center to entertain complaints on unlawful arrest and detention of Imolites.

Complaints received will be taken up with the appropriate quarters in order to secure the release of these detainees; considering that the Courts are not sitting owing to the JUSUN strike.

This approach is dictated by the precarious security situation in Imo State at the moment which has the semblance of a war situation. The outcome of our interactions reveal that there is more to the situation than meets the eye.

The Human Rights Help Desk of the Bar will open from tomorrow, 4th day of June,2021 at the Bar centre from 10am or so soon thereafter .

The help desk phone lines to call are;
08035251755
08035512622
08079285239
Be calm but vigilant.

Uzor Enwere
Publicity Secretary,
NBA Owerri.
3.06.2021

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Ubowala Ruga Settlement: Our lives in danger – Community Leaders cry out

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Ubowala Ruga Settlement: Our lives in danger - Community Leaders cry out

The last may not have been heard about the uncovering of 10 hectares of land being cleared for Ruga settement at Acharaubo in Ubowala Autonomous Community in Owerri North LGA.
It should be recalled that on Monday May 17, our reporter, Stan Amadi went to the community to find out what led to the peaceful protest that day by the entire community.

We understand that the protest was due to the portion of Acharaubo land, which the community said government secretly allocated for the establishment of Ruga for Fulani Herdsmen, which the community objected to. The people of the area have been insisting that what they needed are developmental projects and not Ruga Settlement for Fulani Herdsmen. These facts were disclosed to The Leader by the Secretary of the Community, Mr. Zeph Ovuoh and the youth President, Mr. Chima Chuks.

Latest investigations into the matter revealed that since the exposure of the plan for the Ruga settlement, which the State Government is yet to respond to as at the time of filing this report, news making the rounds has it that the lives of Mr. Zeph Ovuoh Secretary of the Community and that of the Youth President, Mr. Chima Chuks are now under threat.

Mr. Ovuoh disclosed this to our reporter Stan Amadi on Tuesday May 26, during a telephone conversation expressing fear over threats to his life, Mr. Ovuoh told our reporter that he wanted him to be aware of what he has been facing for speaking with The Leader on the community’s stand against the establishment of Ruga Settlement for Fulani Herdsmen. I only disclosed to press the stand of the community, that what we needed are developmental projects and not Ruga Settlement for Fulani Herdsmen.

Recall that in our last week’s edition, during an exclusive interview, the Youth President, Mr. Chima Chuks, also told The Leader; “We have been here for years without any form of development or employment for the youths, all of a sudden, they want to use the place for RUGA. We say no to that, we want to live with human beings and not cows”.

While answering questions on the people that came to Ubowala to clear the Acharaubo land, Mr. Chima said. “They claimed they were sent by the Federal Government.”

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