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Kidnappers on rampage in Ihitte Uboma …Paralyze business activities

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Kidnappers on rampage in Ihitte Uboma …Paralyze business activities

Fear has gripped the people of Ihitte Uboma LGA in Imo State, as kidnappers and gunmen continue to terrorize the area.

The Leader investigation showed that five persons have been kidnapped in the area within 30 days and the victims paid various amounts of money, running into millions of naira, before they regained their freedom.

The victims include Lady Chinwe Kekeocha, a Lotto operator behind the Council Headquarters, Barr. Chima Awurum, the owner of Oasis Chemists, a female police officer etc.

Meanwhile, relief came to the Awurum family of Isiala Mbano following the release of Barr. Chima Awurum, their breadwinner who was abducted from his “Oasis Chemist” shop Ishinweke, Ihitte Uboma LGA after a horrendous 8 days spell in the den of his abductors.

Barr. Awurum was released about 12am on Saturday March 27, after his family members allegedly facilitated the payment of a five million naira ransom. They had initially demanded for a whopping one hundred and fifty million naira.

Released along with him included a female police officer who was kidnapped from Isiala Mbano Police Divisional Headquarters during the recent attack by unknown gunmen in which a female police inspector was shot dead.

Freedom also came to the second kidnap victim who was taken away along with Barr. Awurum. His vehicle was hijacked by the kidnappers after their operational Sienna car failed to start. Barr. Awurum is currently receiving medicare at an unidentified medical facility. His eyes are so reddish akin to one suffering from “Apollo” as he was blindfolded for eight days before being freed around Amainyi-Obowo Road at about 12am.

The Leader investigation reveals that the use of vehicles with tinted glasses without plate numbers, propagates kidnap activities.

Okigwe zone has become a hot bed for violent crimes after the destruction of four Divisional Police Headquarters in the zone.

The aftermath of the rising crime wave in the area leads to closure of businesses before 8pm. Also, there’s no more night life in the zone. There is also palpable fear and apprehension as no one knows who will be the next victim. People hardly return home from the cities or overseas for fear of being victim of ravaging violent criminals.

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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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Site & Services Estate, Owerri plunged into darkness

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Site & Services Estate, Owerri plunged into darkness

…As Learner rams car into electric pole

Residents of Site and Services Estate, World Bank Owerri, have been plunged into darkness for nearly two weeks now as a lady alleged to be a Learner rammed her car into an electric pole in the highly populated residential area.

An eyewitness said a young man was teaching his girl friend/wife how to drive and the Learner lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a high tension electric pole in the heart of the estate, which plunged a section of the estate into darkness.

Another source said; “As soon as the incident happened, residents alerted the World Bank office of the Enugu Electrical Distribution Company (EEDC). They arrived the scene quickly and ordered the Learner to pay for the cost of the damage estimated at over N300,000. The young man said he didn’t have such amount, and they impounded his vehicle pending when he will pay for the repairs.”

Meanwhile, the residents have been appealing to the EEDC World Bank to restore light to the area while they sort it out with the Learner but all appeals have fallen into deaf ears.

A resident said, “Before the incident, we have been enjoying relative improvement in power supply which encouraged me to stock my fridge with meat and other perishables for the Easter celebration. Now everything has perished.

“So, if the guy does not have the money to pay for the repairs, we will remain in darkness and under the prevailing scorching heat? We know that EEDC has been insensitive to the plight of the residents of Site and Services, but this particular blackout is insensitivity to the lightest level.”

“Supposing the damage was caused by rain storm, will EEDC wait till the god of Thunder pays for the repair?” another aggrieved resident asked.

The residents however blamed the Learner for practising in a residential area instead of registering with a Licensed Driving School.

“Supposing she had ran into a human being; the story would have been different by now,” another resident noted.

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Chief/Sir Eugene and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu turns gold in marriage

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Chief/Sir Eugene and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu turns gold in marriage

…Gives thanks to God for blessings

It was to the glory of God that Chief Sir E.A. and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu (KSM/LSM) celebrated the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of their Holy Matrimony with a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Joseph Duru at St. Joseph Parish Umualumaku Ehime Mbano LGA, Sunday April 4. Fr. Duru, Parish Priest, was joined at Mass by Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel Osuji, Rev. Fr. Modestus Ikwugbu and Rev. Fr. Kingsley Eze.

In his homily, Fr. Duru gave thanks to God for the gift of the couple to the parish, community, Ehime Deanery and Okigwe Diocese and humanity. According to him, Christians and the parishioners in particular should always be hopeful and believe that the risen Christ has taken away all our sorrows, tribulations and above all, brought salvation of our souls in its wake.

The homilist encouraged the congregation to always be mindful that it was the resurrection of Christ from the dead that brought salvation to humanity. “The risen Christ is ever ready to take away our iniquities if only we believe and stop doubting like Thomas.”

Fr. Duru admonished young couples that marriage is not a bed of roses. According to him, the celebrants were happily celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of their marriage with friends, associates and family members, they also suffered deprivations, anger, bitterness, ill-health and challenging moments but overcame because of the efficacy of prayers, dedication, love and mutual trust.

He advised the golden jubilarians to continue to be submissive and love each other. He encouraged their children to continue lending a hand of support, care and provide goodwill to their parents more, now they are no more in service. The couple exchanged rings and renewed their marital vows. He then prayed God to continue to keep them together in love and good health so that they remain role models and source of encouragement to young and prospective couples.

The matrimony between Nneoma Lady Anthonia Ewenkechi (LSM) nee Ihechinyere of Umuebo, Umuezeala Owerri and Hon. Chief Sir Eugene Akunaka Osuagwu (KSM, PEN) was validated on January 4, 1970 and the marriage is blessed with five children, three boys and two girls, numerous grandchildren, in-laws and other relatives.

Through dint of hardwork, diligence, doggedness and perseverance, the couple rose to the pinnacle of their careers as Principals of Secondary Schools graduating from teaching cadre. As Knight and Lady of St. Mulumba, they rose to the 4th Degrees. As community leaders, they became chiefs of cabinet ranks and as proactive Catholics, Lady Anthonia Osuagwu was conferred with the prestigious Nneoma title by His Lordship, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, Bishop of Okigwe Diocese.

The Leader spoke with Chief Sir E.A. Osuagwu (KSM PEN) moments after the celebration at his Umunjoku Umunonyia abode on how it has been all these years. According to him, it is not an easy roller coaster without hitches, obstacles and challenges. Life is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. Life over 50 years is brutish, never easy but tough like battle; but with prayer and faith, he counted himself as one of those blessed by God. “If I have the same opportunity, I will also marry my heartthrob, Nneoma Anthonia.” He expressed profound gratitude to God for his multiple blessings and increase in the family long life and resources. He prayed God who started the good works to continue. He gave all glory to God.

The thanksgiving wedding anniversary took an upscale with the cutting of cake by the couple, taking a dramatic note as the golden jubilarians took to the dancing floor displaying rich dancing prowess and skills to the admiration of friends, well wishers, family members and Knights and Ladies of both St. Mulumba and St. John International.

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