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DSS alerted Uzodinma, police three times before Imo attacks, says ex-director

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DSS alerted Uzodinma, police three times before Imo attacks, says ex-director

A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police alerted the Nigeria Police Force and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, at least three times before Monday attacks in the state.

Amachree, however, said the police and the governor, who is the chief security of the state, failed to act on the intelligence by the DSS.

The former DSS official said this in an interview with press men, Thursday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily programme’.

Speaking on the television programme, the ex-DSS director said, “There was enough intelligence, enough actionable intelligence. Actionable in the sense that it allows for space for people to execute it, one week ahead of the event and of course 72 hours before the event and then 48 hours before the event”.

Amachree stressed that the Imo State Governor was aware that the prison and the police headquarters was about to be attacked.

Amachree lamented, “Some people are just too lazy to do their jobs.”

He also faulted claims by the then Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that members of IPOB masterminded the attacks. “He (Adamu) doesn’t have his fact right because I don’t see how he can identify them. You identify people by either arresting some of them or from what they say but there was no person that was arrested,” the ex-DSS director said, adding that the DSS was investigating the attacks and would identify who the attackers were.

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Sir Matthew Ajaero laid to rest …He was a dedicated Catholic – Archbishop Obinna

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Sir Matthew Ajaero laid to rest …He was a dedicated Catholic – Archbishop Obinna

The body of Sir Matthew Onyemazu Ajaero was laid to rest after a funeral Mass at St. Raphael Catholic Church Okwunakuwa, Uvuru Mbaise, April 23, 2021. He was aged 80. The funeral Mass was presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe who represented Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri.

Bishop Chikwe said Archbishop Obinna would have attended the burial but it coincided with his Pastoral Visit to St. Mary Claret Parish World Bank, Owerri.

However, in his condolence message to the family, Archbishop Obinna described late Mr. Ajaero as “a dedicated Catholic, served selflessly and contributed immensely to the growth of the church in the Archdiocese, the Diocese of Ahiara and beyond.”

In his sermon at the Mass, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha also described Sir Ajaero as a very dedicated church worker.

“Sir Ajaero was a man who dedicated his life to the Catholic Church and the sacraments because he believed that the body and blood of Christ was spiritual food,” he said.

Making reference to his age, 80, Msgr. Akagha who is the parish priest of St. Mark New Owerri, where late Ajaero served as catechist, noted that the bible said 70 years are granted to man but 80 and above for the strong.

“But it is not the number of years lived that matter but the number of years lived in God,” Msgr. Akagha stressed.

“Ajaero lived a good life but we will still pray God to forgive any of his shortcomings as a human and wash away his iniquities.”

Msgr. Akagha said he personally anointed him and he received the last communion before he died. He said he (Akagha) wished that he would be given such opportunity as Ajaero had.

He said Ajaero had great respect for priests and the church and the laws of the church.

He regretted that some people live their lives as if there is no God, and advised that we should always think about death and judgment of God.

“At the judgment, what will bear witness for you? Is it the good you did or the troubles you caused everywhere by scattering, grabbing and killing?”

He said the legacy we can give to Ajaero was for us to look into our lives and change where there was need because heaven and hell are real. This, he said, was necessary so that when you die, people will no longer be telling lies that you were like this when you were the very opposite.

Other priests who celebrated with Bishop Chikwe, included; Rev. Msgr. Cyril Akalonu who performed the final commendation, the Parish Priest of St. Raphael Catholic Parish Okwunakuwa, and other priests from Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri and St. Mark New Owerri.

Knights of the Church from various Orders were also in attendance. The choir of St. Mark New Owerri with the home parish sang the Mass.

Born on October 30, 1940, Sir Matthew Onyemazu Ajaero attended Standard Six and joined the Eastern Nigeria Ministry of Works in 1961, in Enugu. He retired in 1996 in Imo State. He is survived by his wife Martina and children.

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Be bold like St. Peter, Fr. Ikwuegbu tells mothers on Mother’s Day

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Be bold like St. Peter, Fr. Ikwuegbu tells mothers on Mother’s Day

Eulogises Lolo Dorothy Ikpa for selfless life style and leadership

The Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church World Bank Housing Estate New Owerri, Very. Rev. Fr. Charles E. Ikwuegbu last Sunday April 18, admonished the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of the parish to be bold and fearless like St. Peter. The Pastor said this during his homily marking this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration which was celebrated in grand style.

Admonishing the Mother’s, Fr. Ikwuegbu encouraged them to emulate St. Peter and other apostles who despites restrictions from the Jewish authorities not to preach in the name the risen Christ went on to bear witness to Christ. “Dear mothers, I urge like the apostles, try and bear witness to Christ even in the face of persecution” Fr. Ikwuegbu advised.

Continuing, Fr. Ikwuegbu said; “witnessing to Christ is testifying to Jesus by the way we live our lives, Peter was bold enough to tell the Jewish authorities that he was ready to face death rather than not witness to Christ, this he did in words and indeed, I therefore encourage you mothers to do so by the way your live your lives. “As mothers, how do you bear witness to Christ in your families?As mothers how do you bear witness to Christ in your work places, As mothers, how do you bear witness to Christ in the market? Are you the type that sale your market, goods and commodities in lies and deceit?

Rev. Fr. Charles E. Ikwuegbu Parish Priest Holy Trinity Parish World Bank Housing Estate New Owerri, flanked by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Iheshiulo and Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onyeakazi during Mass, Sunday April 18.

According Fr. Ikwuegbu, Cleopas recognized Christ in the breaking of bread, like Christ who broke himself in the Eucharist; endeavour to break yourselves for the sake of the gospel, Fr. Ikwuegbu told the mothers.

On her part, the CWO President of the Parish, Lolo Ezinwa Dorothy Ikpa in her Welcome Address welcomed all and sundry to the 2021 Mother’s Day Celebration. Lolo Ikpa thanked God for keeping the parishioners safe and alive amid the corona virus pandemic.

In part the Welcome Address read, “Mother’s Day Celebration is a day of thanksgiving to God for all Catholic Mothers allover the world and the mothers in our parish are not left out. Lolo Ikpa also stated that; “It is a period for all mothers to share in the honour and virtues of our Blessed Mother the Virgin Mary and mother of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Talking to the congregation on the theme of this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration; The Role of Women in Eliminating Discrimination and Gender-Based Violence, Lolo Ezinwa Dorothy Ikpa said; “Women should play active roles in the fight to eliminate discrimination among peer groups, known as gender discrimination. The CWO president regretted that oftentimes women/mothers contribute to such a menace. She however advocated for a level playground for the children in families, gender notwithstanding.

The workaholic president thanked God, the mothers, the parish priest and his associate, their husbands and children for being supportive to them in the achievements of the CWO in the parish, while praying God to reward them abundantly. Counting their challenges and loses, she prayed God to grant their departed members happy repose.

On her part the Co-ordinator for the year’s Mother’s Day Celebration, Dr. Mrs. Pat. C. Umunnakwe in her vote of thanks thanked God for the opportunity given to her to serve as Co-ordinator for this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration. She was ecstatic in appreciating the support of the entire mothers and parishioners towards the success of the event. She also thanked their husbands and their children for being solidly behind them.

Highlights of the celebration was the conferment of Ezinne Award to some deserving CWO members who have served in various capacities in the past, and who have also held leadership positions in the past.

The Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Charles Ikwuegbu praised the mothers for their solidarity and oneness of heart in achieving whatever good venture and enterprise they embarked on. He also commended the team spirits of the past CWO presidents in the persons of Lady Meg Adamma Ezurike (LSM) and Lolo Gertrude Nwaiwu, adding that unlike in other places where the pull him down syndrome rains supreme by predecessors, the duo of the past president have always been supportive, directing and guiding the current president, “this is a virtue worth emulating” Fr. Ikwuegbu added.

Present at the Mass were the concelebrating priests, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Iheshiulo (Associate Priest) and Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onyeakazi. Also present were, Rev. Sr. Chinelo Marie Val Okafor (Sister Adviser to the CWO of the Parish), Barr. USA Ebere (Pastoral Council Chairman) and Lady Jully Nosike LAUX, (The CWO Secretary).

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St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala: Newly elected Nat’l Exco meets with Bishop Chikwe

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St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala: Newly elected Nat’l Exco meets with Bishop Chikwe

…Solicits support for alma mater

The newly elected National Executives of the prestigious St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala (SPCS) led by their President General, Mr. John-Jude Uchenna Okere on Tuesday April 13 paid a courtesy visit to His Lordship, Most. Rev. Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Diocese at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Secretariat. The Old Boys of St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala had their National Convention on April 5 (Easter Monday) wherein they elected their national officers.

Mr. John-Jude Uchenna Okere, President General and Spokes-person of the delegation told the Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. Chikwe, that they regretted not pulling the Archbishop Most. Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna and himself out given the milestone they achieved on the day. According to Mr. Okere, what happen on the day of the National Convention could better be understood in the spirit of the transfiguration.

Presenting copies of the Alumni Constitution and Program of the National Convention to Most Rev. Chikwe, Mr. Okere said, “My Lord we are proud today to tell you that the national and global family of St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala (a village of peace) has fully been consolidated, and has gotten to an enviable stage were every chapter and class are part of the national body”. Mr. John-Jude Okere reiterated the fact that the solidarity of all members of the alumni is geared towards ensuring that St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala takes the form and shape it should take. He was ecstatic in telling Most. Rev. Chikwe that the association has over 500 members of the alumni formerly registered and more still counting.

Reacting to the delegates, Most Rev. Chikwe thanked them for their visit saying that he is so delighted to see them and know what they have been working on for a long time. The ecstatic Most Rev. Chikwe said he is so happy on their achievements so far, adding that this is an association he has been praying that it comes to life, “I thank God that you are finally galvanizing the association to be strong” Most Rev. Chikwe said.

Most. Rev. Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri praying for and blessing the newly elected Excos of St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala Old Boys alumni who paid him a courtesy call, April 13.

Beaming with smiles and blessedness, Most Rev. Chikwe said, SPCS Okpala has produced men of timber and caliber within and outside the sores of the country. The Prelate told the delegates that while studying in the US that he was part of the association and that they made contributions and donations to help their alma mater. He however encouraged the National Body to work as assiduously as they can to galvanize the body to an enviable height and ensure that things are more coordinated. Bishop Chikwe said that SPCS Okpala was a highbred nursery place for them all, adding that they all as priests had their formation there, adding that they can never forget SPCS Okpala.

Speaking to The Leader, the President General, Mr. John-Jude Uchenna Okere said the new executives of SPCS Okpala came to pay courtesy call to the Auxiliary Bishop Most. Rev Moses Chikwe, to intimate him on what the alumni is doing so far and the plans ahead of them. Speaking about his vision for SPCS Okpala, Mr. Okere said, “I want SPCS Okpala to enjoy a more robust integrated servicing in terms of welfare and academic excellence”.

Speaking on the challenges before him and his executives, Mr. Okere said, “God has already given them the grace, adding that so far they have succeeded and made landmark achievements. Mr. Okere told The Leader Newspaper that the SPCS Okpala alumni association has a working group life insurance for all her registered members, adding that in an event of the death of a member, the insurance comes in and takes care. The President General said that his dream as the president is to raise leaders of sound mind.

On his part the Vice President of the Association Barr. Michael Nkwocha beckoned on the Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. Moses Chikwe to sensitize priests of the alumni association to be fully interested in what the association is doing, adding that it is a breading ground for the Catholic clergy than the lay faithful.

Members of the delegates include; Chief John-Jude Uchenna Okere, Hon. Nnadozie Obinna Onyeakazi (Financial Secretary), Hon. Sir Henry Fidelis Igbokwe (Director of Socials), Chief Vitalis Onyenze (member), Barr. Michael Nkwocha (Vice President) and Mr. Obasi Ibe Basilides (General Secretary).

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