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    Okorocha: I won’t demolish Zuma’s statue… he resigned honourably

Okorocha: I won’t demolish Zuma’s statue… he resigned honourably

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, says he is not going to pull down the statue of Jacob Zuma, former South African president, which was erected last year.Okorocha said this on Friday in reaction to recent calls for the statue to be pulled down.In October 2017, the Imo government erected a statue of the former South African president in Owerri, the [...]

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    Okorocha: My son-in-law has what it takes to succeed me

Okorocha: My son-in-law has what it takes to succeed me

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, has vowed to back Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, if he shows interest in the 2019 governorship election.Speaking on Monday when he received leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Owerri municipal council, Okorocha said Nwosu, who is married to his first daughter, has all it takes to be a good governor.“Uche Nwosu is hardworking, and [...]

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    No reasonable person can protest against me, Okorocha boasts

No reasonable person can protest against me, Okorocha boasts

Rochas Okorocha, governor, Imo state, says the “Occupy Imo” movement is an empty threat, as no "reasonable man or woman' can protest against his administration.On Monday, “Occupy Imo”, a movement organised by Imo Peoples Action for Democracy (IPAD), took to the streets to protest  against the policies of the current administration.The group had alleged that its members were brutally attacked and beaten up [...]

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    ‘Imo has been turned into a terror zone’ — anti-Okorocha protesters recount police ‘torture’

‘Imo has been turned into a terror zone’ — anti-Okorocha protesters recount police ‘torture’

Members of the Imo Peoples Action for Democracy (IPAD) have recounted how they were allegedly attacked and beaten up by police officers in the state during their protest against Rochas Okorocha, the governor.The group had embarked on a protest tagged ‘Occupy Imo’ to express reservation with some of the policies of the current administration.Shortly after the protest in Owerri, the [...]

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    EXTRA: Okorocha renames happiness ministry, blames ‘printer’s devil’

EXTRA: Okorocha renames happiness ministry, blames ‘printer’s devil’

The Imo state government says there was a misrepresentation in name of the new ministry of happiness.Rochas Okorocha, the state governor, had on Tuesday appointed Ogechi Ololo, his sister, as commissioner of the ministry.Just like the statues he erected in the state, the development was met with criticism from Nigerians.But in a statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, his chief press secretary, Okorocha [...]

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    EXTRA: Okorocha appoints own sister as ‘commissioner for happiness’

EXTRA: Okorocha appoints own sister as ‘commissioner for happiness’

It runs in the family, doesn't it?Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, has appointed his sister, Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha), commissioner for happiness and couples' fulfillment.She was sworn-in alongside 27 new commissioners and 27 transition committee chairmen for the local government councils in the state.Ololo was the 2015 candidate for the Owerri federal constituency seat from the All Progressives Congress and was one-time [...]

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    Okorocha finalises plans to unveil statue of Liberia’s president — despite outrage over Zuma

Okorocha finalises plans to unveil statue of Liberia’s president — despite outrage over Zuma

Three weeks after he faced criticisms over a statue he erected in honour of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, is set to unveil the statue of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.Like Zuma, Sirleaf is expected to pay a two-day working visit to the south-eastern state.https://twitter.com/GovernorRochas/status/927972083027578880Zuma’s 30-feet statue was said to have cost N520 million. [...]

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    Outrage over Zuma’s statue erected by Okorocha

Outrage over Zuma’s statue erected by Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, is currently trending on social media over a statue erected in honour of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.Zuma is on a two-day working visit to Imo.He has been conferred with chieftaincy title - Ochiagha di oha mma of Igbo land - and also given the Imo Merit Award - the highest honour in [...]

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    Okorocha to name road after boy who died during market demolition

Okorocha to name road after boy who died during market demolition

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo, says a road will be named after Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, a 10-year-old boy who died during Eke Ukwu market demolition.On August 26, the state government commenced the demolition of the market which led to a clash between security agents and traders.In a statement issued on Thursday, Sam Onwuemeodo, chief press secretary of the governor, quoted Okorocha [...]

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    Police officer among six arrested over death of Catholic priest

Police officer among six arrested over death of Catholic priest

The Imo state police command has arrested a police officer who allegedly masterminded the abduction and murder of Cyriacus Onunkwo, a Catholic priest.Chris Ezike, commissioner of police in the state, said five other suspects had also been arrested in connection with the crime.He disclosed this in Owerri, the state capital, while presenting the suspects to reporters on Thursday.He said following [...]

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    Human rights activists to converge on Imo over killings, market demolition

Human rights activists to converge on Imo over killings, market demolition

Some human rights activists will gather in Imo state on September 9 to protest the killings that occurred during the demolition of a popular market in the state.Last week, three people were killed when security operatives tried to restore order after some traders protested the demolition of the market.In a statement on Monday, the activists rejected the decision of the Imo [...]

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    Catholic priest murdered 24 hours after kidnap

Catholic priest murdered 24 hours after kidnap

Cyriacus Onunkwo, a Catholic priest in Imo state, has been murdered by unknown gunmen.Chris Ezike, the state commissioner of police, Cconfirmed the development Channels TV on Sunday.Onunkwo was said to have been abducted from his vehicle in Orlu, a town in the state on Friday morning.Following a manhunt, a body was discovered in the bush in Omuma village in Orlu [...]

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    Group asks Okorocha to halt Owerri market demolition

Group asks Okorocha to halt Owerri market demolition

Space for Change, a non-governmental organisation, has asked Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor, to halt the demolition of structures in Eke-Ukwu market, Owerri, the state capital.In a statement by Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, its executive director, the group said the governor gave the directive against a court order in favour of the traders.Okorocha had issued an evacuation order to the traders advising them [...]

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    ‘Three killed’ in Owerri during protest against market demolition 

‘Three killed’ in Owerri during protest against market demolition 

Three people have been reportedly killed in a protest by Owerri indigenes in Imo state following the demolition of a popular market by the state government.The incident happened on Saturday at Eke Onunwa market in the state capital.The traders were said to have started protesting shortly after the demolition of the market, leading to public disorder.NAN reports that the situation [...]

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    Four killed, six injured as building collpases in Imo

Four killed, six injured as building collpases in Imo

Four persons were killed and six injured on Sunday when a three-storey building collapsed in Owerri, Imo state.The incident occurred at 9 Egbu road, by fire service junction in the state capital.Although state emergency management agency is yet to issue an official statement on the incident, reports have it that a “structural defect” led to the collapse.The landlord, whom the [...]

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    Okorocha bans Imo monarchs from speaking English at official functions

Okorocha bans Imo monarchs from speaking English at official functions

Rochas Okorocha, Imo governor, has banned traditional rulers in the state from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces.Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognised traditional rulers in the state in Owerri on Tuesday.He directed that every monarch must only speak in Igbo [...]

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