From Kayode Lawal Abuja.
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday awarded the sum of N10.6 million damages against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for unlawfully blocking the highway in front of its Corporate Headquarters in Abuja which led to a ghastly motor accident.
The amount was awarded in favour of a veteran journalist, His Royal Highness, Eze Geo Anika, Umunnawuike II of Atta Kingdom whose Peugeot 406 with registration number DP 41 EKY was damaged beyond repairs in 2012 as a result of the unlawful blockage.
Delivering judgment in a suit instituted against the NNPC, Justice Babatunde Quadiri agreed with the plaintiff that the NNPC was negligent in blocking the highway without road signs as required by law.
The Judge held that the evidence of the wit...
A time has come in our dear nation when men and women holding Public offices must start renting a soul. There's so much bitterness, anger and anguish in the land as a result of the wickedness and indifference of those on the corridors of power. None has a soul and conscience and it's about time we rented some soul for them.
The mass murder of Nigerians which became very much activated with the senseless execution of one Yusuf by former Borno state governor, Ali Modu Sheriff has thrown Nigeria into an endless era of blood letting like never before. With Yusuf's extra-judicial killing in 2009, his men were more emboldened and Boko Haram was subsequently born. From that time till date, Nigeria has not known peace. Today herdsmen, bandits and other militia groups have all taken to arms, k...
Anyanwu pleads with aggrieved members to return home for party business
The long political rift between former Imo State Governor Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and ex-Imo East Senator, Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has finally been laid to rest.
A statement by Senator Samuel Anyanwu’s media assistant Ikenna Onuoha weekend indicated that a truce was brokered for the two top political leaders in Owerri zone, whose political fights may have denied the senatorial district some goodies.
The truce was said to be brokered by the PDP National Reconciliatory Committee led by a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Austin Okpara.
Reacting to the development, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu regretted that members of the opposition had leveraged on the misunderstanding in the PD...
By Chidi Emeagi
A popular saying: uneasy lies the head that wears the crown is indeed a wise saying and balm of sort that actually soothes the wound of many whose bodies are full of trauma inflicted on them by either external or within 'enemies' who don't just like their leadership styles especially in public service.
I had wished to write on outrightly different topic, may be economy or security but my inner man kept reminding me of the above topic hence my resolve to write on one man and character in the academic leadership corridor in Nigeria that has been damn misunderstood and vilified unnecessarily but had remained undeterred and unwaivering in his vision and determination to move his institution forward. I am only referring to no less a person than Rev. Engr. Dr Michael ...
NBA, Police react
An Imo-based lawyer, identified as N.H. Nwankwo, Esq has been found butchered in his office located at 43 School Road, Owerri, Imo State.
It was gathered that Nwankwo went to his office on Saturday, but failed to return home prompting his family to call his colleague to check up on him. On Sunday morning, his colleague arrived at the office and saw blood traces on the locked door of Nwankwo's office. So, he immediately went to get the police to open the door and they found the lifeless body of the lawyer who was obviously butchered with a cutlass.
In a statement released on Sunday, February 7, Secretary of Imo State branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Chinedu Agu gave the chilling account of how the deceased was found dead in his office.
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...
By Stanley Okehie
Medical City Hospital has been commissioned for business in Owerri, Imo State capital.
The chairman of the hospital with state-of-the-arts facilities, Dr. Chima Oleru said the hospital will breach the gap in medicine between what is obtainable in Nigeria and outside the shores of the country.
The American-trained Nephrologist said that his aim of setting up the hospital was to bring the experience he had gained from 23 years of practice overseas and improve the quality of healthcare of Nigerians and also improve the knowledge of younger doctors.According to Dr. Oleru, the well-built hospital is a multi-specialty one that can boast of Accident and Emergency Unit that handles all types of cases, Kidney Treatment Center, New Baby Intensive Care Unit, Eye Cl...
By Stanley Okehie
Women all over the world have been charged to put aside their doubts and place higher value on themselves in whatever position or situation they find themselves.The National President of Standup for Women Society (SWS), Barr Deborah Ijadele-Adetona gave the charge during a familiarization visit in Imo State, Southeast, Nigeria. SWS is a women rights organization aimed at the development of Nigerian women and the society.
Speaking at the occasion which held in Owerri, Imo State capital, Barr. Ijadele-Adetona said the organization would serve as a platform to liberate, promote and enforce women's courses in the society.Ijadele who is also an activist pointed out that through the organization, women would get close to those skills, professions and academic endeavours ...
By Stanley Okehie
An Owerri High Court, yesterday January 25th, 2021 delivered judgment in favour of Empire Energy Mega Station over large expanse of land where the multi-billion naira investment is situated.
The High Court of Imo State presided over by Hon. Justice K.A Ojiako delivered a ruling in Suit No: HOW/919/2013 – Dr. Philip Njemanze vs The Governor of Imo State & Ors; setting aside the purported execution of the judgement, delivered by Honourable Justice N.B Ukoha (rtd) on 28/11/2019, on Empire Energy Aba Road on 5/8/2020 as being fraudulent. The court also awarded cost of N100,000 against the Deputy Sheriff for the wrongful act.
Recall that on the 5th of August, 2020, Justice N.B Ukoha (rtd) had delivered a judgement ceding the parcel of land where Empire Energy...
…Says he was a good man
Former Chief of Staff, Government House, Owerri and AA Guber Candidate in the 2019 election in Imo state, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has joined eminent Nigerians, Imolites and indeed the Mbaise nation in mourning the demise of a top Imo politician and business mogul, Engr Emma Ojinere.
In a short tribute via his verified Facebook account, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu said he enjoyed good political association with late Engr. Ojinere whom he said would be missed by the Rescue Mission family, a political structure of the former Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.Nwosu's message reads thus:
"I am saddened by the news of Engineer Emma Ojinere's death. He was a good man whom I enjoyed good political association with, and he will be sorely missed by all of us at the ...
Sunday Ogechukwu Elom, a Professor of Medical Biochemistry has been appointed the new Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State.
Nigerian NEWSGUIDE learnt that Elom takes over from Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University whose tenure has just elapsed.Until his appointment which was announced through a press release endorsed by the Registrar and Secretary of the Council, Mrs. Odisa C. Oleke on Tuesday, 19th January, 2021, Elom was the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic at the institution.
Prof. Sunday Oge Elom was born on 5th November, 1961 in Ekwashi, Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria. He has more than 14 years of post professorial and uninterrupted academic and administrati...
Kidnappers of Mr Emmanuel Ogueri Ibekwe lecturer I in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Imo state University, Owerri have eventually called and made a demand of whooping sum of N20m as ransom and condition for his release. Information available to our medium indicated that the abductors fully established contact with Ogueri's family members and some of his close friends evening of yesterday 16-01-2021 with a caveat that the Police and other law enforcement agents must not be involved at all, in the whole deal.
A friend of the kidnapped Lecturer and his Secondary school mate who pleaded anonymity told our reporter that members of the Old Boys Association of All Saints Secondary School Ogborhill Aba in Abia State where the kidnapped Lecturer was a Senior P...
Contrary to Imo State Police Command’s report that Mr. Ignatius Obieze, an elder brother to Imo State Accountant General Sir Val Obieze was killed along Mgbidi-Akatta Road by kidnappers, and yet another conflicting report by Ozisa FM, Owerri to the effect that the victim was killed in St Joseph’s Catholic Church Okporo by suspected kidnappers, the said Mr. Ignatius Obieze was actually killed by hoodlums in Awo-Idemiri, Orsu Council Area of Imo State on Sunday 3rd January, 2021.
Speaking to Journalists in Owerri Wednesday, the visibly disturbed Imo Accountant General Sir Val Obieze who could not hold his emotion as a result of the sudden sad development said the rebuttal became necessary so as to put the record straight. According to him, his immediate elder brother was killed around 5-...
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 ...
By Stanley Okehie
The Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State Chapter has advised heads of medical institutions to make adequate arrangements to transfer their patients outside the state to ensure care.This is even as they lashed out on the governor of the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma for reneging in all the promises he made them to dissuade them from downing tools.
They lamented the non-payment of their outstanding remuneration arrears since March 2020 to date to the doctors in IMSUTH Orlu, as well as the non-regularization of the salaries of doctors in Imo State Specialist Hospital, Ministry of Health, Hospitals Management Board and LGAs and payments to correct the shortfalls pending the commencement of the 2014 CONMESS structure.
NMA also demanded the circularization of the po...
A worthy knight of St. Mulumba and Accountant General of Imo State Sir Valentine Obieze has showered accolades and encomiums on a Roman Catholic Priest, Very Rev. Patrick Ikechukwu Ibole who was recently elevated to the rank of Monsignor.
Speaking at a reception in honor of the newly elevated priest at St. Michaels Catholic Church Amakohia Owerri last Sunday, Sir Val Obieze who is the Parish Pastoral Chairman and Coordinator of the reception organizing committee described Rev Ibole as an outstanding minister of God whose messages and lifestyle are synchronizing at all times. He said monsignor Ibole's cordial relationship with his parishioners was worthy of emulation and enjoined other priests to learn from the man of God.
The Accountant General who was particularly elated that good ...
Less than three weeks after Popular On Air Personality Obinna Chineke bagged NUJ best Igbo broadcaster of the year, the Darling FM Superstar has added yet another feather to his big cap. This time around, he has just emerged the best Radio/TV Igbo male presenter of the year 2020. In a ceremony organised in Owerri weekend by OAP Media Awards group, the much sought-after cerebral broadcaster Obinna Chineke was presented with a large Award plaque and mega frame depicting his status as overall best in Imo state.
Nigerian Newsguide gathered that the IMO OAP Media Awards is an award designed to celebrate on air personalities who have excelled in their career ranging from their style of presentation, objectivity, professionalism, content etc. It is an award fashioned to celebrate excellence i...
By Chidi Emeagi
Permit me to start this piece with a bible passage so popular among both adherents of Judaism and Christianity. 1 Samuel 10:10-13 reads thus; “When Saul and his servant arrived Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the spirit of God came upon him in power, and he joined in their prophesying. When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, what is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul among the prophets? A man who lived there answered, “And who is their father? And it became a saying “Is Saul among the prophets? After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place”.
Saul of course, history has it, was the first king of Israel. After such a long time ranging from the Torah (Patriarchal period...
Real reasons behind the indefinite strike recently embarked upon by the Nigerian Medical Association Imo State branch have finally been unraveled, Nigerian Newsguide can authoritatively report. Our reporter who has kept a tab on the whole impasse between Imo State Government and these striking doctors gathered that aside non-commencement and implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) by Imo government alongside loss of accreditation for College of Medicine at Imo State University Teaching Hospital leading to endless stay of medical students at the college, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is deeply saddened that most of its members working in various state owned hospitals and establishments are owed backlog of salary arrears running into eight to ten month...
The noise and angry reactions trailing the eventual defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi to the ruling All Progressives Congress-APC are enormous such that the discussion has refused to abate over one week after the deed was done.
Most PDP leaders, members, supporters and fans call Umahi all sorts of unprintable names, casting aspersions and heaping effervescent curses on the man. Umahi's sin is not that he is an under-performer in governance or that he possibly stole and squandered the common patrimony of Ebonyi people. His only sin was that he took “a selfish decision” common among Nigerian politicians.
What was that “ill-advised decision”? he jumped the ship and ditched a political party that many argued made him all he is politically today. Granted, politics is such ...
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