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Nairaland / General / BREAKING!! The Duke Of Edinburgh Passes On by Uchbanny(f): 12:56pm On Apr 09
Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth ll, has passed away peacefully, Buckingham Palace announces.

He departed at the ripe age of 99 years. The death occurred this morning at Windsor Castle.

Until his death, he was the Duke of Edinburgh.

IgbereTv noted that the Duke has been very ill and has been on life support for months now.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.


Crime / Breaking!! Ehime Mbano Police Station Razed Down In Imo State by Uchbanny(f): 9:42pm On Apr 06
Gunmen have razed another police station in Imo State few hours after the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, left Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Osinbajo and other officials of the Federal Government, including Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, had visited the state to inspect the level of damage on the burnt security facilities.

But the gunmen burnt Ehime Mbano Local Government Area Divisional Police Headquarters shortly after they left.

Igberetv gathered that on arrival at the station, the gunmen freed all suspects in detention before setting the Police Divisional headquarters ablaze. The gunmen also operated without any form of resistance from policemen on duty.

A source said, "gunmen this evening razed Ehime Mbano LGA police divisional headquarters. On arrival, the gunmen carrying guns freed the suspects before wrecking the havoc."

Imo State Police spokesperson, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, when contacted, said he is yet to be briefed on the incident.

But a senior police officer, who craved anonymity, said the command's hierarchy was saddened by the latest development.

Crime / Tragedy!! 25 Year Old Stabbed To Death By Wife's Lover by Uchbanny(f): 2:18pm On Mar 22
Pandemonium broke out in a rural village in Imo State on Tuesday after a man, Victor Ikegwuonu, 25, was allegedly stabbed to death by his wife’s lover, one Emeka Ezuruike (PICTURED).

IgbereTv gathered that the deceased allegedly caught Ezuruike in a compromising position with his wife.

The incident happened at Umudike Umuna, in the Orlu Local Government Area of the state.

The deceased hailed from Ndibuche, Arondizuogu in the Ideato North LGA of the state, while the suspect is a native of Ubomiri-Emuoba in Rivers State.

A source said, “The deceased saw the suspect kissing his wife while carrying her on his lap. He confronted him and an argument ensued between them. The altercation degenerated and led to a fight. The suspect took a weapon and stabbed Victor (Ikegwuonu) and he died on the spot.”

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, a Superintendent of Police, said three suspects had been arrested.

He noted that Ikegwuonu was stabbed in the left upper rib, which resulted in his death.

According to Ikeokwu, the remain of the victim was deposited in the morgue of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu.


Politics / World Breaking!!! President Magufuli Is Dead! by Uchbanny(f): 10:57pm On Mar 17
Report just filtering in now can authoritatively confirm that the President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli, has died after complications from an undisclosed illness.

The country has been thrown into mourning following the announcement by Vice President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, of the demise of her boss.

In a statement she issued live on state tv, she said that the president passed away around 6 PM from heart complications at a hospital in the capital, Dar es Salaam.

Magufuli made headlines early this year when he downplayed the covid-19 pandemic, which some of his aides insinuate is the cause of his death.

The president was aged 61 years.


Politics / Breaking!!! Imo State Governor Appoints New Commissioners by Uchbanny(f): 9:55pm On Mar 17
The governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has announced the appointment of four new commissioners.

He made this disclosure today during a live-in radio program where he interacted with Imo State people and intimated them on his one year stewardship as the State's helmsman.

"I discovered that there is some areas that need professionals to speed up the 3R mantra of my administration and that is why i am adding more manpower", he stated.

Those appointed include Dr. Doris Nkiruka Uzoka Anite, Dr. Batholomew Chukwunonye Okorochukwu, Professor Boniface Ginikanwa Nworgu
and Mazi Uche John Ohia.

Accordingly, the governor has submitted the names of the commissioner nominees to the Imo State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.


Politics / "Buhari's Govt Best For Southeast" - Ohaneze Chieftians To Femi Adesina by Uchbanny(f): 10:51am On Mar 16
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has reiterated his earlier call for Ndigbo to embrace the governement of President Muhammadu Buhari as it is a pathway to national integration.

He made this call when a powerful delegation of some chieftains of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide paid him a courtesy visit at State House, Abuja, on March 15, 2021.

According to the leader of the delegation, Barrister Basil Onuoha, IgbereTv learnt that they were in the State House to laud President Muhammadu Buhari for the good work he’s doing in the South East.

"We identify with this government as it is very fair to Ndigbo. We urge the president to continue to factor Ndigbo in the scheme of things", he concluded.

In his remark, Adesina said, "it was my pleasure to receive Barrister Basil Onuoha, Amb Obizoba Chiemelu, and Barrister Chimzobam Nnalue, who were unanimous that the South East never had it so good as under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, pointing to roads, bridges, and many other infrastructure works.

Politics / NDDC Will Stop Wasting 300 Million For Rent Yearly - Uzodinma by Uchbanny(f): 9:23pm On Mar 11
The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, today joined his brother governors from the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria to commission the state-of-the-art headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

IgbereTv reliably gathered that for more than twenty-four years, the headquarters of the NDDC was started and abandoned until President Muhammadu Buhari made the state of the art building a reality.

Speaking on behalf of the Governors of Niger Delta Region, Governor Uzodimma in his address, expressed his sincere gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and the federal government for the realization of the NDDC headquarters after two decades of the existence of the commission and credited the glory to President Buhari who it is not in his manner to abandon projects but rather see to their prompt completion as this has saved the commission from the annual rent that runs into millions as these funds will be used for productive projects in the region.

"Unfortunately, after two decades of its existence with an estimated allocation of N946.91 Billion in 18 years, NDDC
may find it difficult to convince many Nigerians especially those from the South-East and South-South states that it has justified its creation.
However, nobody can write off NDDC as a total failure all these years.

"That is why I wholeheartedly commend President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a forensic audit to look through the books of NDDC. I also welcome the setting up of an interim administration to manage the affairs of the Commission, pending the conclusion of the forensic audit", Uzodimma stated.

Crime / Breaking!! Irate Youths Burn Down Police Station In Ihitte/uboma by Uchbanny(f): 11:33am On Mar 09
Youths of Ihitte/Uboma on Tuesday burnt down the police station in the community following the killing of two siblings by a policeman in the community.
IgbereTv gathered that the brother and sister were killed at Isinweke by a yet-to-be-identified policeman. The angry youths have also dumped the bodies of the victims at the police station, seeking justice.
As at the time of filing this report, all efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo state, SP Orlando Ikeokwu proved abortive.
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Politics / Senator Okorocha Invites IGP To Investigate Gov Uzodinma's Security Personnel by Uchbanny(f): 7:32pm On Feb 22
Former governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Rochas Okorocha has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu to investigate the “Police Personnel” in Imo Government House to see whether they are genuine police men or fake personnel in Police uniform, stating that Governor Hope Uzodinma has Continued to use them to carry out so many nefarious activities no genuine police man or woman would subscribe to.

Okorocha who had spoken on Monday, February 22, 2021 to newsmen when thousands of Imo people came on solidarity visit to him, following the ugly incident that happened on Sunday, said that Governor Uzodinma has Continued to create unnecessary tension in the state even when there was no need for that, adding that he has also continued to go the wrong way and might not end up well.

His words, “Imo today is very unsafe and unsecured. Tension everywhere in the state. Look at what is happening in Orlu, for the first time in history, after the war. See what is happening in Oguta. I think he wants to make everybody fear him. Nobody will fear him. That was why he got a law passed for him by the State House of Assembly empowering him to arrest and detain Citizens at will”.

He Continued, “When I heard that Policemen had taken over Royal Palm hotel, I called the Commissioner of Police to find out if his men were the ones there, he said he had not sent any Policeman to the place. I called the Deputy Commissioner of Police, he gave me the same answer. I called the State Director of Security Service (DSS), the answer was the same. I said, let me go and see the Police people at the Hotel and know where they came from, since the CP, DCP and Director SS had all denied knowledge of the presence of the Security Personnel there.

“I got there, asked the “Policemen” there who sent them, they said they came from the Government House. That they were sent by the governor. That was at the point we were, when the governor’s Special Assistant on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwaneri and the Senior Special Assistant on Youth Affairs, Eric Uwakwe arrived with buses loaded with thugs, armed with matchets and guns. And the same Police people from Government House aided the thugs in matcheting and shooting my aides. No trained Policemen would have behaved or acted the way they did. That is the reason I am calling that they should be investigated,

“I also call on the IG to arrest Chinasa Nwaneri and Eric Uwakwe. The ugly events that have characterised the government in the State have shown that there is total breakdown of law and order. The Security of the State has broken down. All the heinous crimes we fought to standstill, have all come back to the State,

“I had requested my wife to come home and invest. And that was the reason she brought her furniture business to Owerri and built that hotel. I also asked my children to invest here because I believe in the state. I had decided not to go the other way last sunday to avoid people losing their lives in an incident involving me. Otherwise, if I had allowed my aides to make the calls they had wanted to make, the story would not have been the same today.

“A governor who came through the Court should show respect to matters in the Court. And should not engage in self–help against matters in Court. Since he came to office, what he has achieved so far are demolition of Somto hospital, tunnels, roundabouts and left them abandoned. Roundabouts that brought safety and beauty to our Society,

“Rather than making peace, he wants to govern by intimidation and harassment. A wise governor who has not paid his workers, his teachers, who has not paid Pensioners, ISOPADEC workers, at times he would pay some and leave some, should at least have the Civility .

“I appreciate the Presidency for its intervention in the matter. Otherwise nobody would have imagined what would have been the situation yesterday and today. I thank the Presidency. I governed Imo State for eight years and there was no incident of me arresting anybody. But today, it is on record that he has arrested so many people and detained them, including a widow, Assembly member, Journalists, workers etc. He should not take Imo people for granted. I urge Imo people to remain calm and watch. Nobody is disturbing him. Not one single project. He cannot be judged by the number of people he arrested or locked up or how many properties he invaded, but by his performance. Let him do one project we can see”, Okorocha Stated.


Politics / Just In!!! Imo State Recovers Royal Palm Estate Located At Akachi Road Owerri. by Uchbanny(f): 8:27pm On Feb 19
The Imo State Government today Friday 19th of February, 2021, claimed that it has recovered the Royal Palm Estate along Akachi road in compliance with the directive of the Imo state gazette on the report of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry on recovery of Lands and other related matters.

This is as a result of the recommendation of the commission that all illegal lands and structures acquired by the previous administrations between 2006 - 2019.

The present administration is therefore not resting on its oars in recovering all the stolen properties of the state especially those carted away by the previous administrations and in line with the 3R mantra initiative of the State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma.

According to the Honourable Commissioner for lands in Imo State, Barr. Enyinnaya Onuegbu, while briefing IgbereTv, "the state must continue to work in line with the relevant laws and recommendations of government agencies and commissions no matter whose ox is gored.

"You may recall that the judicial commission of enquiry on recovery of lands and other related matters was one out of the many panels constituted by the Emeka Ihedioha’s administration which Gov. Hope Uzodimma has demonstrated high sense of political maturity and playing above party politics to allow the panels work and adopt their recommendations", he concluded.

The Royal Palm Estate is one of the many properties that the erstwhile governor of Imo State and currently a senator, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, owned with his family and largely believed to be from the purse of the state government while he held sway.

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Education / Eastern Palm University Renamed by Uchbanny(f): 9:55pm On Feb 17
Eastern Palm University Renamed.

The Imo State House of Assembly has given a nod to the renaming and conversion of Eastern Palm University (EPU) allegedly owned by the former Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha into the K. O Mbadiwe University.

The approval followed an executive bill presented by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House and members representing Ehime-Mbano state constituency, Emeka Nduka during plenary on Wednesday.
The bill tagged, “a bill for a law to repeal the establishment of Eastern Palm University (EPU) law 2019 to enable the House to re-enact law for the establishment of K. O. Mbadiwe University in Imo State and other related matters,” was given an accelerated hearing and passed into law. Some members of the Assembly who reacted to the bill apportioned blame on the 8th House of Assembly which earlier passed the EPU bill into law.

IgbereTv learned that the former governor, who claimed ownership of the University, entered into a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the Imo State government using Rochas foundation to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
It would be recalled that the Senator representing Orlu zone at the National Assembly had faced a series of attacks by Imo people on his claims to have owned the university.

The former Governor had severally been quoted as claiming that 90% of the university belonged to him while 10% was for Imo government.

Further reports had it that a judicial panel set up by the immediate past Governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, a couple of days back, finalized its inquiry and investigation to find out that the said institution was built with Imo State money.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers from Okigwe zone including the member representing Obowo state constituency, Kennedy Ibeh have appealed to the state Governor, Hope Uzodinma to consider the zone for the location of its satellite campus.

The Eastern Palm University is currently located at Ogboko in Ideato South Local Government Area of the state, the country home of the former Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

Politics / Imo Cos And Deputy Speaker Fight Dirty Over Imo West Senate Seat In 2023 by Uchbanny(f): 12:58pm On Feb 13
By Arthur Madumere, Owerri.

All may not be well within the 3R camp of the governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma, as his Chief of Staff (CoS), Barr. Nnamdi Anayaehie, who hails from Nkwerre LGA and the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu, who represents Nwangele State Constituency, are allegedly embroiled in a dirty fight over who gets the APC ticket to represent Imo West (Orlu Zone) at the red chambers come 2023.

Both Nkwerre and Nwangele LGAs are sister LGAs as they not only share the same senatorial zone but also the same Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

The Chief of Staff, Barr. Anyaehie, has been friends with the Governor for many years and the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu, who refers to the governor fondly as 'DADDY', is a fledgling politician, having found his political path astutely amplified by his late father who was somewhat of a political giant.

In a phone conversation with IgbereTv, the deputy speaker informed that "i have started making arrangements for my political future. Although I'm just a first timer in the House of Assembly but I've already grown to become Deputy Speaker in just two years. I've done my political calculation and i feel that I'm bigger than House of Representatives presently because the feelers from my constituents is positive and they advised me to run for the Senate as my popularity spans across the twelve local government areas of Orlu Zone. I'm optimistic that I will win if only i get the party ticket"

When asked about Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, who is currently the Chief of Staff and a very a close ally to the governor, he said;

"The state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma I strongly believe would go for the best hands. Anyaehie is not the only one with interest for Orlu Senate in our party as C.C Osuala, who is presently a commissioner in the state, has an interest; Osita Izunaso has an interest too. They are also close to the governor so I don't see a possiblity of the Chief of Staff flying the ticket because I think the governor would prefer him staying in the executive arm of government for eight years (sic). I hope you're aware that daddy (onwa) would easily scale through for a second tenure because he has impressed Imolites alot and they are happy with him? I will do only one term at the State House of Assembly as i won a landslide during the 2019 elections and by His Grace, it would be so too come 2023. Anyaehie, Osuala, Izunaso and the rest are no threats to me and they know it. I have a wide range of supporters and I'm generally accepted. I know some people are already fighting me from the executive because of my ambition but you don't fight a young man who has God", he concluded.

When this correspondent contacted Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, he had this to say.

"I don't have any problem with Chyna. He is the deputy speaker. If he thinks he can become senator, he should try. It's not a game for boys: it's all about acceptability, but I'm not fighting with him. I can't come that low. I even think this phone call is an insult. Imagine Chief of Staff fighting Deputy Speaker, No no no no no, let he who the cap fits emerge. I've not even declared officially for Senate".

It would be recalled that the former governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is presently representing Imo West in the Senate but due to his ambition to run for the highest office in the land, that seat may well be vacant come 2023.

Crime / Make-up Artist Who Went Missing And Later Found Dead Gets Justice by Uchbanny(f): 9:37am On Feb 05
By Arthur Madumere, Enugu

The chief Magistrate Grade 1, Enugu North Magisterial District, His lordship, J.I Agu has ordered that Ifezue Chiamaka and her brother, Ifezue Emeka be remanded in the Enugu correctional facility for the alleged murder of Miss Ijeoma Nweke, a 27-year old make-up artist based in Enugu on the 11th of November, 2020.

The duo was charged on two-counts charges of conspiracy and murder as well as forcing the deceased to drink a substance believed to be poisoned after which they poured acid on her.

Alot of witnesses have agreed to testify on the matter, including the alleged boyfriend for whom the lady was murdered and a security guard that said he saw when the deceased was dumped at Maryland and acid poured on her by a man suspected to be the brother of the prime suspect.

IgbereTv can report that the matter during the proceeding was adjourned to February 24th, 2021.

It would be recalled that the deceased, Miss Ijeoma Nweke, was contracted for a make-up job on 11th November,2020 by one Chiamaka Ifezue (accused). She was directed to stop at ESBS for onward pickup. In her anxiety, she sent an SMS to her brother, Nnamdi Nweke, detailing her whereabouts.

When she was eventually picked up, the accused with assistance from her brother, Emeka Ifezue, got her sedated and forced a poisoned substance down her throat. She was later locked up, beaten and later murdered by pouring acid on her.

Her brother, Nnamdi Nweke, thanked the police for their efforts and professionalism and urged for justice to be served in the case.

Crime / BREAKING: Imo Community Beg Security Forces To Arrest Native Doctor by Uchbanny(f): 8:42am On Feb 02
The people of Kalabari Beach Community,a coastal community in Oguta LGA of Imo State have cried out to the Imo State Government and the entire Security outfit in Nigeria to immediately come to their rescue and arrest one Christopher Njekwe Ejiogu A.K.A AJILO, who has recently after the last invasion of ORLU by Eastern Security Network,a self acclaimed Security outfit of the INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA,imported and hid some members of ESN in the community thereby causing fears and may lead to deaths should the security outfits decides to shoot on sight on suspected ESN soldiers hiding in the community,under the full watch of their Spiritual Doctor AJILO.

One of the community leaders who spoke anonymously,told our correspondent that they started seeing fierce faces coming down to the stream to bath two days of the Orlu Saga,only for our girls to mingle with them to discover how dreamed they have carried the Orlu Massacre leading to lost of lives."As I speak with you now,our community is unsafe,we don't want a repeat of last year where some boys loyal to this same native doctor conspired and killed one Chijioke A.K.A ODINTA,leading to people fleeing the community.We are tired of one unrest or the other in this town especially as it is confused by AJILO who does Spiritual Cleansing for all kinds of Criminals.He has caused many deaths,we don't want again.
Therefore I call on Governor Hope Uzodinma to join Nigeria Security outfits to return normalcy in our community."

Just yesterday the 30th January,the said Spiritualist AJILO had fled the community on hearing of his possible arrest with some members of ESN,who have been shattered after the Orlu Massacre.

Recall that some youths were been recruited by AJILO before the 2019 elections with full spiritual cleansing as to many different functions expected of such.While some youths also call on him for financial breakthroughs.More worrisome is the constant roaming of our community by strange elements who are regular visitors of AJILO.We join our voices to say that enough of this spiritual cleansing breeding youths fully armed should be stopped in our Kalabari Beach Community,some of the villagers said.

It is now left for the Nigerian Army,Police,Navy etc to do their job to avert future occurrence and make Kalabari Beach Community safe for her indigenes and unsafe for criminals looking for one Spiritual cleansing or the other.

Crime / 6 Year Old Raped Repeatedly In Ikotun by Uchbanny(f): 1:04pm On Jan 28
Palpable tension is brewing at Ikotun area of Lagos State over an alleged rape of a minor (names withheld) by a13 year old boy.

The incident took place at No. 4 Alamu Olaleye street, Governor Road, Ikotun, on 23rd January, 2021.

According to a source who disclosed this to IgbereTv, said, "the victim stays with her grand mother and on the 23rd of January, 202, when the grand mother was outside the house while the victim was inside, Chikamso invited her out to play and it was in the process that he defiled her".

The victim confessed that this is not the first time the boy is defiling her, concluded the source.

When the victim's family discovered the crime, they reported to a Human Right group, Women of Inestimable Values Foundation and the foundation adviced them to make a formal report to the nearest police station close to them as it was already late.

They reported at Ikotun police station and immediately the police swung into action and arrested the culprit, Chikamso.

The Public Relations Officer of the NGO said when the case came to their attention, it was almost midnight so they adviced the family to quickly report at the police station. She further disclosed that they were back at the Ikotun police station with the victim on Monday, 25th January,2021, around 10 am, where they met the officer-in-charge of the case, who told them the Divisional Police Officer was not on seat but assured that the case will be transferred to the gender unit of the Ikeja Division.

This reporter can authoritatively confirm that the case has been transferred to Ikeja, today 28th of January 2021.

The President of the foundation encourages parents to train their boy child as well because the rate at which young boys are becoming exposed to sexual immorality and weed smoking is alarming and dangerous to themselves and the society. She quipped that in the fight against rape and domestic violence, the governement, individuals and society must not relent in their efforts to eradicate our society of such vices.

She said she appreaciate the efforts of the police officers at Ikotun station for ensuring the arrest and also fighting for justice.

Crime / Hushpuppi's US Defence Lawyers Withdraw From His Case by Uchbanny(f): 8:36am On Jan 28
By Arthur Madumere

The US lawyers representing a Nigerian jailed fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, have applied to withdraw from the case.

According to information made available to IgbereTv, the US lawyers -Gal Pissetzky and Vicki Podberesky, said Hushpuppi stopped communicating with them and has retained new lawyers to defend him in the case.

Mr. Pissetzky and Ms. Podberesky have filed a motion at the United States District court in California to withdraw from representing Mr. Abbas.

Recall that the 37 year old Nigerian, known for flaunting his opulent lifestyle on social media, was arrested in Dubai in June, 2020, by special operatives including Emerati Police officers and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operations. The FBI said Hushpuppi financed his extravant lifestyle with proceeds of cyber crime.

He is alleged to be the leader of a Mafia behind computer intrusion, business email compromise (BEC) fraud and money laundering. They further accused him of duping his victims who are majorly in the US, of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Politics / Governor Uzodinma Swears-in Two New Judges, Urges Them To Uphold The Rule Of Law by Uchbanny(f): 8:05am On Jan 28
The Imo State Governor, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma performed a sacred ceremony as he swore-in 2 new Judges in the state judiciary.

The Governor, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma while addressing the Judges reiterated that in their duties, they should be blind to friendships on the discharge of their duties.

He also encouraged the Judges to dispense justice in such a manner that will be seen to have done

It should be quite worthy of note that since the inception of the people’s Government led by Senator Hope Uzodimma, the Shared Prosperity Administration have created an enabling environment for the judges and the Judicial arm of Government to perform their duties independently.

It is also important to bring to the knowledge of Ndi Imo that given to the ugly experiences of the past, the Judicial arm of Government in Imo state is enjoying a new lease of life under the Prudent and transparent Governance of Senator Hope Uzodimma.

The Governor Charged the Lordships sworn-in, to defend the oath they have taken by ensuring that they serve the course of justice and done without fear or Favour.

The names of the judges sworn-in by His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma were recommended by the National Judicial Council are Hon. Justice Alma Ngozi Eluwa and hon justice okwuchi Dominica Okoroji.

Crime / How We Nabbed The Killers Of Salisu Dovo -police by Uchbanny(f): 9:03am On Jan 27
By Arthur Madumere

The intelligence gathering embarked on by the Taraba State Police Command, shortly after the gruesome murder of the Ardo-Kola council chairman, Saliu Dovo last Sunday, was said to have led to the arrest of some of the suspects.

The four suspects arrested and in police custody, have confessed to have carried out the dastardly crime.

Briefing IgbereTv in Jalingo on how the suspects were tracked down, the Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal, a deputy superintendent of Police (DSP), said "in our efforts to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book, we immediately embarked on intelligence gathering" which yielded positive results.

Though one of the suspects as made known by him died while receiving treatment on a hospital bed after the villagers attacked him while trying to escape from the village, the police have however assured the public that none of the perpetrators will escape.

He said, "when officers were deployed for the mission, they discovered that the villagers mobilized too and went after him, descended on the deceased and beat him to stupor''. He added that "the suspect however could not survive the injury he sustained from the mob".

It would be recalled that the late council boss was gruesomely gunned down on Sunday by unknown assailants shortly after being abducted from his Jalingo resident which is directly located opposite the police mobile barracks situated in Sabon-Gari area of Jalingo metropolis.

Politics / BREAKING: Okorocha Floats New Party, Appoints Prof. Obiareri As Coordinator. by Uchbanny(f): 8:14am On Jan 27

The erstwhile governor of Imo state, Sen. Rochas Anayo Okorocha, senator representing Imo West senatorial district floats new party to be called "New Nigeria Movement".

Okorocha made this known to IgbereTv correspondent when he held a round table Meeting with his Political structure cut across the 36 states of the federations.

Okorocha emphasized the need for a change in the political system in the country. He described APC whom he was a founding member to have failed the entire country as the masses does not feel the impact of its existence.

He called on his structures and supporters to remain intact and steadfast, as a new Nigeria Nation will be born through 'NNM party" which will pave way for his ambition to contest for the president, Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023 general elections.

A communique issued to journalists after it's meeting named Professor Obiareri (Fmr Commissioner for information and A.A Senatorial Aspirant in Okigwe zone) as co-ordinator NNM Party, Imo State.

The communiqué reads: The inaugural meeting of the New Nigeria Movement (NNM), a socio-political group made up of patriotic and credible Nigerians who are zealous to pave a new chapter was held at Rochas foundation college Okigwe round about, Imo State Nigeria Abuja, on the 23rd of January, 2021.

“The pioneer members are drawn from the 36 states of the federation united with desire to pave a way for a political direction for equity, trust, unity and mutual co-oexistence.

NNM is made up of experienced leaders of conscience and democratic ideologues to drive a new popular political intervention that will urgently save Nigeria from the precipice of political anarchy and civil strife.

The communiqué stated that the group comprises of Merger with Action Alliance Party AA and Factional-APC

Those present at the meeting includes, Former Governorship candidate, federal house of Reps member's, structures, supporters, NNM 36 state co-ordinators amongst others.

In weeks to come Rochas Okorocha will be perfecting plans for his official decamping from APC to NNM to further his presidential ambition.

Rochas Okorocha, is a two times presidential aspirant, former governor of Imo state and current senator Representing Imo West Senatorial District.

Sports / Chelsea Sack Lampard; Set To Appoint Tuchel by Uchbanny(f): 2:58pm On Jan 25
The coach of Chelsea FC, Frank Lampard, has been sacked after 18months in charge, with the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) coach, Thomas Tuchel, due to take over.

It is understood that verbal agreement has been reached between Chelsea and their incoming manager for a couple of days before the news of Lampard's departure became public.

Chelsea confirmed Lampard's exit on Monday morning with owner Roman Abramovich making an unprecedented statement, with Tuchel expected to be appointed in the next 24hours.

Lampard led Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA cup on Sunday but the club's premier league form has led to growing concern.

The 42 year old achieved a top-four finish last season, which was deemed impressive having taken over when the club were under a transfer ban.

However, this season, Chelsea spent £220 million ($275 million) on new signings to try and close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.

Crime / Killers Of Taraba Council Chairman Arrested by Uchbanny(f): 9:09am On Jan 25
Taraba state police command have confirmed that it has arrested some suspects in connection with the abduction and subsequent killing of the chairman of Ardo-Kola local government area of Taraba, Salihu Dovo.

The police public relations officer (PPRO) of Taraba State Police command, David Misal, a deputy superintendent of Police (DSP), said the local government chairman was abducted from his Jalingo residence, noting that his nephew, Timothy Aminu who made attempt to obstruct his abduction, was gunned down by the kidnappers.

He explained that the kidnappers forced themselves to the deceased residence located at the Sabon-Gari area of Jalingo at about 1 am on Sunday, shooting sporadically for 30 minutes before abducting the council chairman.

Mr. Misal said the council chairman was dragged by the gunmen, who headed towards the River Lamurde, the border between Jalingo and Ardo-Kola LGA. He added that local vigilantes and police trailed the gunmen, who shot the victim on noticing that they could not escape with him.

His corpse was dumped in Nahuta village across the River Lamurde.

The police spokesman said arrests have been made over the incident and the remains of Mr. Dovo and his nephew have been deposited at the Federal medical centre mortuary, Jalingo.

Crime / Rapist Throws Girl To Her Death From Five-storey Building by Uchbanny(f): 10:34am On Jan 24
Yesterday, the boisterous town of Awada in Onitsha South LGA of Anambra State, was thrown into anxiety and mourning due to the gory sight of a young woman (names withheld) that was killed in the area.

A neighbour who wants to remain anonymous, alleged that the victim came to visit her boyfriend yesterday but unknown to her, he has moved out from the area.

Continuing, he said, "the rapist was roommates with the girl's boyfriend and when she came and didn't meet her boyfriend after his number was not connecting, her boyfriend's roommate offered her to stay and wait for her boyfriend.

"As he was a known face, she obliged him and relaxed. Unknown to her, the erstwhile roommate has sinister motives as he left to go fetch condoms. When he came back, he jumped on her and tried to molest her and this led to intense struggle between the duo.

"It was in this process that he got angry after her retaliatory attacks and struggling and threw her down from the balcony".

It is alleged that this is the second time that similar incident is taking place in the area.

Romance / Bbnaija Lockdown Star Engaged by Uchbanny(f): 5:30am On Jan 24
Big Brother Naija lockdown housemate and the second runner up in the reality game, Rebecca Nengi Hampson, has accepted the proposal of her beau and popular Instagram comedian/influencer, Sydney Talker.

The celebrity comedian shared sultry photos of the proposal on his Instagram page, saying that he proposed and she said yes.

Nengi Hampson was also seen in the comment section, gushing over the comedian post and commenting "mine" with love emojis, while the comedian replied with kiss emojis.

However, while some fans believe that the comedian might be planning a skit with the reality TV star, others have sent in their congratulatory messages to the duo, wishing them well as they embark on a new love journey together.

Politics / Re: Police, Esn Clash At Okporo Orlu by Uchbanny(f): 7:46pm On Jan 23
I have been spoken for..
Thanks for enquiring though.

Ehmmm, clears throat..
Nne Uchbanny,
No vex
You don marry?
Ah want to marry now now now!!!

Nwata na mmaa ooo[/quote]
Education / Professor Witch: My Forgettable Experience With 2019 Conference by Uchbanny(f): 8:48am On Jan 23
A certain professor, Egodi Uchendu, came into national consciousness and reckoning precisely on 19th April, 2019. On that day, she announced to the world of the hosting of a world conference of witchcraft at the grounds of the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Professor Uchendu, a professor of History, is also the director of the Centre for Policy Studies and Research as well as the leader of African Humanities Research and Development Circle (AHRDC), a UNN-based research group.

In an interview with this reporter, she went down memory lane on the controversy that greeted the witchcraft conference. According to the erudite don, the conference was necessary for us to "academically interrogate the concept of witchcraft and our assumptions about it''.

It can be recalled that all hell broke loose in November, 2019, due to harsh and uninformed opposition to the conference. But the conference eventually held as scheduled.

She maintained that if the need arises, she will still organise similar conferences and was of the opinion that our educational system is backward and needs revamping.

When asked if she has any regrets over the controversial conference, she emphatically said know as she is perfectly alright and is no witch.

Politics / Imo North By-election: Court Rejects Araraume's Plea Against APC, Ibezim by Uchbanny(f): 7:56am On Jan 23
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, rejected Sen. Ifeanyi Araraume’s prayer, seeking not to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chukwuma Ibezim in a suit.

In the suit, he is seeking an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him the certificate of return as the winner of the Dec. 5, 2020, Imo North Senatorial By-election.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in a ruling, dismissed the request on the grounds that the APC and Ibezim, one of the candidates on the platform of the former, had to be joined in the matter in the interest of fair hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC and Ibezim had, in separate applications, sought to be joined as defendants in Araraume’s suit but the former lawmaker, in a counter-affidavit, filed by his counsel, Ahmed Raji, SAN, opposed the moved.

Raji argued that nothing was placed before the court to qualify the applicants as joinders.

Ibezim and Araraume had fielded themselves as APC candidates prior to the election.

INEC had declared APC winner of the Dec. 5 senatorial bye-election.

NAN, however, reports that the commission did not return a candidate from the party.

INEC hinged its decision on what it described as “several court orders” for and against the two major contenders.

NAN also reports that two court judgments had surfaced on Dec. 4, 2020; one from the Court of Appeal, Owerri, and another from the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The Court of Appeal faulted the judgment of the Federal High Court, Owerri, which had nullified the candidacy of Ibezim and declared him candidate while sacking Araraume barely 24 hours to the election.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, had, on the other hand, declared Araraume as the candidate of the party, on the grounds that Ibezim presented fake certificates to the APC and INEC.

But Araraume’s counsel, Raji, said his client had also filed an application at the Supreme Court, praying that the execution of the Appeal Court judgement stays.

As such, the former lawmaker approached Justice Taiwo’s court for an order compelling INEC to issue him the certificate of return as the winner of the poll.

At Friday’s ruling, while Tunde Falola appeared for Ararume, the APC and Ibezim were represented by E. A. Osayomi and Ozowu Daudu respectively and INEC was represented by S. M. Danbaba.

According to Taiwo, the rules of the court provide for joinder of anyone.

Citing an authority, the judge said a party who might be affected by the court order “has the right to be joined.”

“A party to an action is either a plaintiff or defendant and any other persons who may be affected directly or indirect by the order of the court,” he said.

He added that “if a party is aggrieved or likely to be aggrieved by the litigation, such party had to be joined “to avoid multiplicity of the suit and to ensure that fair hearing is not breached.

“This court ought to and must ensure that the rules of fair hearing and natural justice are not breached,” he said.

Justice Taiwo, then, ordered that the APC and Ibezim be joined as 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.

“The plaintiff shall amend the originating processes to include the 2nd and 3rd defendants within three days and the defendants too shall file their processes too within three days.

“The plaintiff has within three days to reply them if he so wishes,” he ruled.

The judge adjourned the matter until Feb. 5 for the continuation of hearing.

Romance / Has Regina Askia And Ramsey Nouah Rekindled Decades-long Passion? by Uchbanny(f): 7:46am On Jan 23
Regina Askia, the top-notch screen goddess who mesmerized Nollywood with hot and scintillating movies in the early 2000's, is back with a bang.

The veteran screen diva, who ditched the silver screen for the mundane nursing profession after her marriage to an American, Rudolph Williams, and relocated to the States.

But that is not the news. The gist is that she was lured back by the prospect of working and fraternizing with the evergreen screen lover boy, Ramsey Nouah, with a sizzling blockbuster called WEB.

Industry watchers are eagerly anticipating what this blockbuster will bring considering that she has been absent from the showbiz world for 20years and counting.

The movie is directed by Oluwole Ogundare and shot in Atlanta, Georgia and Nigeria. It boasts of stars such as Seun Sean Jimoh, Nkechi Blessing and Black Panther star, Atandwa Kani alongside Regina Askia and Ramsey Nouah.

Crime / Emohua Rape Victim Seeks Justice by Uchbanny(f): 7:37am On Jan 23
The married woman allegedly raped by her husband's friend at Mgbuitanwo in Emohua LGA of Rivers State, has cried out for justice to be served in the matter.

Mrs. Believe (surname withheld), a native of Akwa Ibom State, claimed that a certain Ogechi Uchendu, a friend of her husband's and a native of Emohua LGA, raped her on the evening of January, 13th 2020.

According to her, the accused visited their home and claiming to seek her husband, who was not around at the time. After giving her a bunch of plantain he brought with him, he grabbed her threatened to kill her if she didn't allow him to have carnal knowledge of her. When her pleadings felled on deaf ears, he raped her on the floor of the corridor.

However, the state police public relations officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, a superintendent of police confirmed the incident and informed this reporter that investigation was ongoing.

Politics / Police, Esn Clash At Okporo Orlu by Uchbanny(f): 8:30pm On Jan 22
There are palpable unease in Okporo Community in Orlu LGA in Imo State. This is as a result of hostilities between the men of the Nigerian Police and the members of Eastern Security Network (ESN).

It was reported that for some days now, the men of the Eastern Security Network have laid siege at the area, causing untold unease and worry in the area.

ESN was formed by the leader of the Indigenous Peopleeople of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to protect the people of the Southeast region from Fulani herdsmen assault.

At the time of filing this report, hostilities is still ongoing in the area.

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