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Ezeship tussle tears Ejemekwuru Community apart

Ezeship tussle tears Ejemekwuru Community apart

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PG denied attempt to impose choice candidate, election postponed till further notice By Stanley Okehie For the people of Ejemekwuru autonomous community – a community of 18 villages in Oguta Council Area, Imo State, all is not well. The once peaceful and oil-rich region is currently boiling over their inability to elect a new monarch, two years after the death of HRH Eze Ngozi Val Nwoke. Nigerian Newsguide can authoritatively report that the well-publicized election to replace the late monarch, could not hold on Saturday, February 6, 2021. The three candidates contesting the Ezeship stool are Nze Everest Chima, Nze Obinna Hypolite Duru and Dominic Opara, all who are said to be eminently qualified to occupy the coveted seat. Some indigenes of the community had acc...
Indiscriminate refuse dump, beggars, mad persons take over Owerri

Indiscriminate refuse dump, beggars, mad persons take over Owerri

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Capital city now among the dirtiest in Nigeria Worried Imolites beg govt to save situation Owerri, the Imo State capital was once rated the cleanest city in Nigeria just a few years ago but the events of today have actually put the mega town among the first ten in the index of dirtiest and most unkempt cities in Nigeria. An independent investigation by Nigerian Newsguide showed that Owerri lost her glory in terms of cleanliness in the past eight years particularly during the era of Owelle Rochas Okorocha. The investigation also indicated that the city of Owerri as it is today, has virtually got out of hand as there is no conscious effort by the government towards putting the city back on the part of glory as far as clean and fantastic environment is concerned.Our reporter ...
NMA Strike/Covid-19 No Work Situation In Imo

NMA Strike/Covid-19 No Work Situation In Imo

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HIV patients’ death toll alarming …Mother-Child transmission, no longer feasible due to dearth ofniverapine, others in private hospitals There are strong indications that the number of deaths among HIV/AIDS patients in Imo State is very much on the increase since the closure of government hospitals in Imo State coupled with the strike action embarked upon by Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the State. Nigerian Newsguide authoritatively gathered that these HIV patients who visit general hospitals in the state to collect their anti-retroviral drugs no longer have access to these essential drugs that kept them going over the years as a result of the NMA strike and official closure of hospitals in Imo State by the government since December 21st 2020. These people living with ...
IKEDURU MONARCHS RAIN CURSES ON BISHOP CHIKWE’S ABDUCTORS, DEMAND HIS UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE.

IKEDURU MONARCHS RAIN CURSES ON BISHOP CHIKWE’S ABDUCTORS, DEMAND HIS UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE.

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By Stanley Okehie Traditional rulers from Ikeduru Council Area of Imo State have rained curses on the abductors of the auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe. The monarchs from the 29 autonomous communities in the LGA assembled at Ama Nwaozuzu junction in Ikeduru, poured libations and called on their ancestors to intervene and save the life of their son.Recall that Bishop Chikwe was kidnapped on the evening of Sunday December 27, 2020 while returning from a visit to his residence and no contact has been made since his abduction. Kidnapped Bishop Chikwe There had been rumour of his death by his abductors although, immediately dismissed as unconfirmed and misleading by the Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese, AJV Obinna.The traditional rulers whi...

THE EXTENT OF DRUG – ABUSE IN RURAL AREAS OF NIGERIA

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Drug use in Nigeria Mostly affecting Rural Dwellers, Poor Family life and troubled adolescence. Observational study concluded that the majority of addicts led unhappy childhood, physical punishment, parental neglect and rejection. Drug abuse is commonly associated with large family and parents who are divorced, seperated, or absent. suffer from Psychotic disorder, Schizophenia, weak echo, low frustration tolerance and anxiety Personality disturbance is also associated with drug abuse. Today in most of our rural areas marijuana inhalence, Cocaine, Tranquilizers, alcohol and cigarettes are easily obtained. Drug-abuse in the rural areas of Nigeria can be seen as two distinct types; Hard drug-users are involved in narcotics use typically- Cocaine, Heroin, and marijuana which lead to d...
EEDC outrageous bills and criminal, oppressive tendencies of its operations staff

EEDC outrageous bills and criminal, oppressive tendencies of its operations staff

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For a very long time now, energy users across the country have been crying and shouting blue murder over the unreasonable and reasonably exorbitant bills given to them each new month by electricity distribution companies. When it was NEPA and PHCN, a lot of illegalities and absurdities happened and activists from all divides called and yearned for the privatization of such Agency because power supply as at then was nothing to write home about yet monthly bills were mountainous.After its eventual privatization, energy users heaved a sigh of relief and promises were actually made that mass metering was very much a sine-qua-non. Contrary to the promises and assurances made and given, the mass metering vision became a pipe dream, leading to the unfortunate resort to the odd, obsolete system o...
I need A Roof Over My Head And Fund To Re-establish My Family

I need A Roof Over My Head And Fund To Re-establish My Family

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Biz man whose house, means of income were burnt to ashes in 2012 cries out to Gov. Uzodimma, Hon. Nwaneri, Akatta Community, others If there is one man whose life and that of his family could be described as being miserable, hopeless and pitiable, it is one Mr. Eugene Ugonna Onyebuagu, a native of Umudara, Akatta in Oru East Council Area of Imo state. Prior to 2012, Onyebuagu, a titled Chief and successful international businessman was doing well and living with his wife and children very comfortably. He had good cars which he used each time he was in Nigeria (Akatta), motorcycle for his wife and goods always stocked in his house which he imported from abroad, which his wife and proxies sold on his behalf and gave returns to him each time he visited home. Since 2012, the man in que...
ENDSARS: Time to be fair for once to Nigerian youths

ENDSARS: Time to be fair for once to Nigerian youths

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The recent Nation wide Endsars protests have actually awoken the consciousness of our hitherto docile youths who over the years were just neglected and disregarded by gerentocrats. These elderly men and women have also refused to give way for even their biological children to have access to power and various leadership positions. From East to West, North to South, the story is the same and paints a picture of state of hopelessness for the younger ones. Before and immediately after the war, most Nigerian Leaders at various levels were young and vibrant people who used their intellect and youthful might to rule. The likes of Aguiyi Ironsi, the Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Pat Utomi, Matthew Mbu and many others were less than 40 years at the time ...
Obinze residents plead with Uzodimma to relax curfew in Imo

Obinze residents plead with Uzodimma to relax curfew in Imo

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Residents of Obinze, a satellite settlement in Owerri, Imo state have appealed to Gov Hope Uzodimma to relax the curfew he imposed on the state as a result of the Endsars protests that recently turned violent and bloody. Some of the residents who spoke to our reporter Thursday complained bitterly about the way and manner soldiers harass and malhandle many of them especially on their way back from work immediately it is 6pm. According to them, some of them are health workers, traders, fuel station workers, fast food and restaurant workers, as such, it is a near impossibility for them to close work by 6pm and get home same time without being caught in the web of the curfew. The described the Endsars protest that precipitated the curfew as a bye-gone matter hence the appeal for the lifti...
ENDSARS: Nwawuba releases names of casualties in Mbaitoli, seeks justice, urges calm

ENDSARS: Nwawuba releases names of casualties in Mbaitoli, seeks justice, urges calm

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Member representing Mbaitoli-Ikeduru in the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, Henry Nwawuba, this weekend condemned the mindless killing of some of his constituents, security operatives and others residing in Mbaitoli area of his constituency during the Endsars protest which later turned bloody. The visible angry legislator agreed however with the demands of the protesters and peaceful nature of the agitations ab-initio but condemned in it's entirety obvious hijack of the protests by criminal and blood sucking elements whose only franchise was to kill and maim for no just reason. Hon. Nwawuba informed that Mbaitoli which is one of the LGAs in his constituency received it hot during the heat of the protest on 21-10-2020 to extent that the Nworieubi Police Division headquarters w...
Royal Father pleads with Endsars protesters to embrace peace

Royal Father pleads with Endsars protesters to embrace peace

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Urges FG to meet demands urgently HRM Eze Geoffrey Anika of Atta Kingdom in Ikeduru Council Area of Imo state has pleaded with Nigerian youths to discontinue with the Endsars protests and give peace a chance. The Umunnawuike II of Atta said the protests if not halted would spell doom not only for the economy of Nigeria but the future of the youths at the center of the whole issue. The monarch agreed that government at all levels over the years neglected the youths without any iota of regard and respect hence the eruption of the Nationwide protests which impact and message had really sent jitters down the spines of our mindless leaders. He said the protests were originally well thought out and properly coordinated, devoid of violence until some hoodlums and evil merchants hijacked i...
Endsars: Bishop Okeke sues for peace, seeks end to Police brutality

Endsars: Bishop Okeke sues for peace, seeks end to Police brutality

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commends Uzodimma over N2b Youth intervention fund Anglican Bishop of Orlu Diocese Most Rev. Benjamin Okeke has enjoined Nigerian youths to accept the fact that their demands and cries have been heard by the high and mighty within and outside the shores of Africa's most populous nation with the ongoing Endsars protests across Nigeria. Accordingly therefore, the prelate has begged the youths to leave the roads and streets in order to give government the needed time and opportunity to come up with better, workable and implementable plans required to solve the myriads of problems facing our youths. Bishop Okeke who spoke to Nigerian Newsguide weekend regretted the carnage that greeted the Endsars protests whilst heaping so much blames on the shoulders of government for failing to act ...

Osu: The Genesis

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By: Sir Temple Ogueri OnyeukwuNgozindigbo Gburugburu A summary of some of the sources of the Osu caste system in Igbo land include but not limited to: Families who had twins instead of being killed and allowing the twins to be killed ran into the evil forest and became Osu, thereby saving the life of the twins and the parents.Families that had babies born with long hair instead of allowing the parents and babies to be killed, ran into the evil forest, became Osu and thereby saved the life of the baby and the parents.Persons who were to be sacrificed to the long Juju of Arochukwu decided to run away to the evil forest to save their lives.People who were being sold as slaves and had the opportunity to escape, ran to the evil forest and became Osu.The powerful traditional rulers banish...
95 percent of table, sachet water produced in Imo undrinkable – Survey

95 percent of table, sachet water produced in Imo undrinkable – Survey

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-How NAFDAC is aiding and abating sale of unsafe water in Imo The rise in the cases of typhoid, cholera and other ailments contracted via consumption of unwholesome water in Imo State have been attributed to the poor hygene condition of the various places and environments where table and sachet water are produced in Imo state more especially in Owerri the state capital. A survey which took Nigerian Newsguide about four months to conclude has proven that about 95 percent of Table and sachet water popularly known as pure water are unhygenically produced by greedy water merchants whose intents are to make money without minding the killer implication of their untoward and unpatriotic acts. From Owerri to Orlu to Okigwe and other semi-urban centres in Imo state, the story is a sad tale o...