Imo LG boss beaten up, ejected from office

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From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri

Chairman of Owerri North Local Government Area, Dr. Eric Ogwo, and the Secretary of Owerri Municipal Council, Felix Nnodi, were yesterday allegedly manhandled and abducted when over 50 security members of the Imo State Security Network invaded the council premises.

The members of the state security outfit, who forcefully ejected the officials from the council premises, were allegedly under the command of the Special Adviser on Security to Governor Rochas Okorocha and accompanied by the Commissioners of commerce and Sports and Youth.

The invasion of the council secretariats may not be unconnected with the lingering tenure crisis between the state government and the council chairmen.

It was gathered that the chairman of Owerri North and the Secretary of Owerri Municipal were whisked away to the Government House before they were taken to Shell Camp where they were later dumped.

The Secretary of the Imo State chapter of the All Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and Chairman of Ngor-Opkala Council Area, Enyinna Onuegbu, who confirmed the incident, told Daily Sun that the hoodlums numbering over 50 invaded Owerri North and abducted Ogwo and the secretary of Owerri Municipal and took them to the Government House where they were manhandled.

According to him: “The police did not carry out the arrest rather it was Mr uche Mbanso the Commissioner for Commerce , the Commissioner for Youths and Sports , Mr. Emelu Kenneth and the Special Adviser on Security to Governor Okorocha , in Owerri Zone who led the gang, adding, that the state government directed them to all of us because our tenure had elapsed. After about two hours, my colleagues were taken to the Shell Camp Station and dumped, to make it look like a police action.

“But the police knows that the matter was subjudiced, the Federal High Court had ordered us to maintain status quo and they have no choice but to release my colleagues.’’

He further pointed out: “This confirms the lack of respect for the rule of law by the government of Okorocha and now that explains why he wants state police.’’

However, the Commissioner for Information, Chinedu Ofor, said: “Governor Rochas Okorocha cannot engage thugs to invade a council secretariat, but the tenure of the chairmen had elapsed and they do not have any more business in the council.”

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  1. The LGA officials are impostors, they are anarchists.They were not even elected, tyhey were handpicked by last governor, Ohakim, but, alas the court okayed their tenure. The state government obeyed the court order, allowed them to serve out their two year term. But their tenure has since elapsed August, 2012. And they refused to go, illegally occupying Lga premises, only with their baseline sense and understanding that since they are all PDP people, the police controlled by the ruling PDP government must give them protection. The actions of these LGA officials are retarding development in Imo state. Can saner people ask them to go, that people of Imo state do not want them, that time has gone when LGA officials collect monthly allocation from Abuja and retire into hotel rooms with young girls.

    • Leo you are a habitual lier..its may be your own turn 2moro..politics has no permanent friend or enemy just permanent interest..who believed that eze madumere will be given a national award after all that happened during de election and de vice president will visit de state… Think very well after all Rochas started this problem by sacking there chairmen before their tenure expired

  2. Enyinna so u re against State Police? Idiot..U re happy the Way Federal Police made of hausa boys re harrasing our people in the East..We Need State police to better protect and Police our People.

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  4. Roachas is a mere thug. Ohakim was better anyways. Look at the way the man is talking on daily basis without nothing to show for it. Kidnappers and criminal has taken over imo state. The only thriving business in owerre and imo state today is prostitution..What a shameful and under-developed state

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  6. No to state police. The south east politicians and business men will abuse it. Rochas I have respect for you. Obey what the law said. If you are not connected with this incident, then immediately order for their return to office. Follow the due process in your own interest for your political future. Some scavengers are around you wanting you to use force to remove this people so that you can appoint them. It can be your turn tomorrow.

  7. @Leo,u r foolish nd stupid by such ur comment.since ur bigger thief governo okorocha has bin collectin local govt fund 4 almost 2yrs nw wot developmnt has he done wit it.u said dat der tenure has elapsed since August 2012,wen dd ur thief governo dissolve dem.@chidi,u r supportin ur thief governo 4 a state police so dat he cn carry out dis his lack of respect 4 rule of law 2 d fullest.Rochas is a disgrace 2 democracy,he has no right in d 1st place 2 dissolve an elected govt just as his bt cos he has no respect 4 rule of law.

    • Emeka u the biggest fool. Where were u when court asked ikiri not to conduct that selection u called election? Where were u,when ohakim & his thugs beat a Rev.father n take him to the shell camp? U people have seen ur match in person of Rochas. Don’t treat others the way u would not like to be treated simple! Imo must be better in our own time.

  8. BRO. CHRIS NKEM on

    Imo state do not want any form of lawlessness from whosoever may be concerned, either the governor or the local govt chairmen to desist from any arongancy act.
    The only thing we need in Imo today is immidiate establishment of industries to accommodiate our teaming school leavers and massive road construction rather than to attack each other. The governor should engage himself with the development of Imo state as his primary objective so to earase his name from this 419 some people who don’t know him very well are calling him.

  9. emeka u must be a fool and stupid,ur ohakim was terrorising imo ppl u didnt see it.all these LG chairmen that steal our money and u are supporting them.u be thief…idiot.

  10. @Chio, where r u from in d first place? pls dnt come on this page n b criticing Imolites. Imo is the best state and will continue b to be. Ohakim is a good governor as well as Okorocha. pls let the right thing be done for the benefit of Imolites. Udo diri unu.

  11. AGBASONU STANLEy on

    The only problm rochas hs is non adherance 2 rule of law.he likes one man show and he does nt listn 2 advice.he shld nt dat in politics we hav wht is caled d centripetal and centrefucal social forces and ur ability 2 hormonise d two makes u an actor

  12. IMO PEOPLE ARE BLINDFOLDED THAT THEY DO NOT WANT TO READ THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL THIS ROCHAS OF A GUY IS NOTHING BUT A THUG AND A ROGUE WHO HID UNDER THE GUISE OF PHILANTHROPIST TO WIN AN ELECTION I HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN THIS GUY AND I KNOW THAT NO GOOD THING WILL EVER COME OUT HIM.

  13. EMMANUL U AR VERY STUPID, GOV. OKOROCHA IS NOTHING BUT A THUG ND A DISGRACE 2 DEMOCRACY. HE DOES NOT OBEY THE RULE OF LAW. IMO PEOPLE ARE EDUCATED ND INTELIGENT. OKOROCHA IS DISGRACING US WITH HIS THUGRY ND MILITARY TENDENCIES, IN SHORT WE AR FED UP.

  14. Udam Ochiaghandigbo on

    This governor is more and more acting as a GANGSTA. This is what I expect from “Dr” Orji Kalu and not from Mr. Okorocha. Last time, he was said to have slapped someone over who wil sit on a chair closer to a chairperson of a social event. Now he is sending his troops to intimidate and harass people. Mr. Okorocha,do not let this governorship thing get into your head. Remember your predecessor, Mr. Ifedi, who thought that he was invicible and assaulted a Preist. Where is he now?

  15. They got what they as for!!.is nolonger share the money as before. Political jobers,they don’t have any hand work than to be lazing around in name of LG chairmen in imo. PDP should give peace a chance so that imo can move forword.we have suffered enough in hands of past leaders abeg!

  16. Rochas is on track in Imo state.But then he is a life size human with his own foibles.Am pitching with him because he is not an internet Governor.For example,he just gave Imo state indigenes in tertiary intitutions cheques for their free education and also feted penshioners whose gratuities are not more than 500k their money owned them since I was born.He rescinded my appointment in the popular 10,000 jobs but then one has to look beyond ones nose.Rochas is making real inroads!

  17. Rochas is on track in Imo state.But then he is a life size human with his own foibles.Am pitching with him because he is not an internet Governor.For example,he just gave Imo state indigenes in tertiary intitutions cheques for their free education and also feted penshioners whose gratuities are not more than 500k their money owned them since I was born.He rescinded my appointment in the popular 10,000 jobs but then one has to look beyond ones nose.Rochas is making real inroads! Of course the former council chairman Dr Ogwo has no business being in political business.He should away…with his master,Ohakim.

  18. I dnt like both ohakim nd rochas,dey ar all birds of d same fethers even rochas is worse,how cud he be supporting state police? No wonder baba OBJ said wot he said

  19. Chinyere imo people are not blind folded GOV Okorocha is never a thug UDOM, p/s compare imo state with any south east state since this new administration you will agree with me that he is doing more than enough

  20. Rochas Okorocha has shown that we just elected a common criminal in to office. But come 2015 his will be out of dat office.

  21. Thanks for raising dat philantropist angle…. Philantropy is not a profession.. can somebdy tell me his profession b4 he became a philantropist and then governor… i think d guy is a rogue.. and we deserve beta than him.

  22. These people who are supporting Rochas Okorocha, please let us be reasonable here. How can a whole Governor decides to take laws into his hands, just because he is a governor and those sycophants called commissioners are supporting evil, even those you who are making nonsense commits here to support Okorocha. I am not a politican, please let us leave pdp out of this but at least to have respect to the rule of law which is the only hope for the poor. The question here is this, does Rochas has a clear motive in doing what he is doing? What is his motives, he wants to plant his own rogues in the local governments. I am not supporting either Ohakim or Rochas, both of them are thieves, Rochas which everyone is seeing now, is not even a Messiah as so many people has said. I have watched him closed since he came on board, it is all talk talk, going round the locals government without any much action. He talked of his wealth of experience but he has also come to steal, that is the truth, let everybody watch him closely, let us see when he finishes his tensure, but at least, let him have respect for the rule of law, because his own time will come when he will go to the court and when the court favours him and people did not obey, i believe he will not be happy. Let all Nigerian learn to say the truth and avoid sentiment to nation issues.

  23. This is disgracecul. The Governor should respect tbe right of the people he is voverning. Thugerry should be a thing of the past. Nigeria is more than what people are making it look like. Thanks

  24. if truly their tenor is over dey shld leave d stage 4 Guv nd d gud ppl of imo who r so eager to giv d common ppl of imo state a real sense of life, PDP ppl!!!!! findn it diffclt 2 come 2 term with reality on ground

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  26. Anyikwa felix ifeanyi on

    No victor no vanquish. If romney and the republican can concede defeat immediately after the election y nt ohakim and pdp do the same. Pls for those of u commenting an nt against anybody but try to understand a topic and attack issues nt personalities pls.

  27. We voted Gov. Rochas into office. His election was not rigged as usual. So if you are insulting Rochas you are insulting the whole of Imolites who voted him to be our people’s Governor. Logically few peoples’ assumptions,imaginations and primodial sentiments can not override the wisdom, rational, and the humanitarian spirit we saw in Gov.Rochas that made us to vote for him. So my opposition brothers and Sisters have a rethink and call a spade a spade. May God redesign your thinking faculty. Amen.

  28. Those chairmen paid 20million each to ohakim to get there, why won’t they do anything possible to get back there? They should go and hold ohakim responsible. Rochas we know

  29. This Governor Rochas nawaoooh, since he came to office- it has been one day one trouble- i was in Ims State not long ago- i still believe that the Governor is bosting of more than he has done. He should find a way to work together with the LG Chairmen to better Imo State- the credit will still come to him, but with all this confussion, history will remember him for not been wise.

  30. Hw cum we have this kind of orator yet we are stil not mov’n forward,my dear frnds don’t u think high tym u drop all this and focus on the way forward.stop call’n urself names and mak’n blames at each order spend’n ur tym moni and energy on people that don’t worth it.please read and update ur brian with some thing gud,

  31. WE VE SEEN D REAL OWELLE,A TOUT IN IMMUNITY AS GOVERNOR WAT DO U EXPECT IMPUNITY,IMO VE TO PAY FOR D MISTAKE OF MAKING SUCH A PERSON GOVERNOR.

  32. @CHArLSE.. u r notting but just a refurbished and highly concentrated FOOL.bcos u wer handed a phone and an oppurtunity to make suggestiong,dats y u have to run ur useles ahnds ans mouth to abuse our Governor.tel me d governor dat can match his record of achievemnt in just two years.mayb u r from Kogi or Zamfara State,or mayb ALUU community dats y.bcos if u are an IMOLITE, u wil knw ther is a diff btwn six and half a dozen. MALuU.

  33. Think the management of this Sun Newspaper should remove the “block” in their eyes and see the good things that are going on in Imo State today as against what is going on in Abia State where this paper comes from. pdp looters ruled Imo State for long and there was nothing to show for it, now it is Rochas – and Imo people (except cary-go pdp remnants) are solidly behind him.
    Let the former LGA “lords” go home. There time is over.

  34. God please give us Mbakwe back for peace to rain in Imo sate oooooooooo or i will go and overthrow them all and be the governor now now i dey wait for Mbakwe if not ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  35. Ndekayi Head or Tail Imo must move forward let the LGA
    Chairmen start to pack their loads out of office while nda
    Rochas should be preparing to hand over power to onye
    OWERE Zone come 2015 You have tried by laying good foundation for onye Owere to take Imo State to next leavel

  36. I dnt support dt dey b removed out of office by act of thurggry bt den why would they continue to be in d office when their tenure has elapsed? Yes to somwhat extent d Gov abused d rule of law bt y shld PDP frm d federal levl be manipulating d judiciary to decide n judge d case b/w d imo state govt and LGA pdp chairmen in imo in favour of dem(pdp). My submission is dt they deserve wat they were given, afterall Nigeria is a lawless nation. Bt bcareful on hw u attack Rochas. Am nt frm imo state bt I ve lived dia 4long & i am currently a student in imo bt i can tel u dt Rochas can only b comparable to d 1 time Gov SAM MBAKWA in his vission & governance. Imo is currently d best in SE.

  37. Thank you Aluta! Meanwhile those opposing Okorocha’s government are those who couldn’t get in again to dry up the governments purse. Okorocha if it is the hard way will take them off way, please do it, don’t stop it! Jerry Rawlings of Ghana on my mind. We have suffered a lot, afterall, that rule of law for years under PDP did not offer us anything beneficial.

  38. I wonder why ppl are still saying Rochas is de best when he’s just a 419 that has come to milk imo in his own way..he should conduct LGA elections naa where is the lga money since 2yrs now…how many jobs has he created for imo youth that fought for him during election..where is 150 million he’s saving daily in imo..due to free education only 20% imo indigens will be given admission..he’s deciving us with CGC..trailers are killing imo citizens due to he abandoned bypass roads that ohakim started..where is our flyovers that ohakim started..why cant he relocate imsu to permanent site before building european university…imo people destroying okigwe roundabout and rebuilding it is not an achievement ooo…..SHINE YOUR EYES COS NEXT YEAR IS FOR CAMPAIGN..not for projects ooo

  39. BALA S. DAWAKIN KUDU on

    All what is happening is lack of autonomy power of the LG, and creation of state INEC, this give power to state Governors to chop and mishandle any LG chairman that will pay attention to their needs. What the Governor did is right because he use his money and influence in making them as LG chairmen, therefore are his boys. Don’t mind them late them go hell.

  40. Aburi we STAND on

    Imolites this is just the begining, especially Owerri indigens you where so myopic during the last election by joining forces with ROGUEJAS brothers at Ekeukwu Owerri to plant this 1st class 419 in the name of Governor. I pity those villages/communities he destroyed their farms and access roads. The worst from him is yet to come afterall you made the choice!

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