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Why I Invited Military To Orlu – Uzodinma

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Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma today defended his invitation of the military to Orlu . He said he gave the invitation as the situation was beyond the capacity of the local security operatives.

Uzodinma, who spoke after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said it was the responsibility of government to protect lives.

He told State House correspondents after meeting with the president, that his decision to invite the military was to douse the uprising in Orlu district, adding that his action was precautionary especially with the experience and the destruction that followed the #EndSARS protests.

He said that the situation in Orlu region of the state had gone beyond what could be handled locally, hence his invitation to the military.
“Well, the issue of bringing the military to Imo state? You recall, during the #EndSARS protests, a lot of properties were damaged in Imo state, police stations were burnt down, soldiers were killed, their rifles removed from them.

“And immediately after the #EndSARS, we thought it was over. Then, issues of kidnapping, where you know, a Catholic bishop was kidnapped, who was killed. And this militants came out and begin to shoot. We’ve lost lives, market women were killed, old women were raped in Orlu area of Imo state and they visited this serious terror on the citizenry.

“And then I came here (presidential villa), pleaded with Mr. President for his support and he sent additional support by sending in police and the military also came in. And that is where we are.

“It was on my invitation that the military came. And I did that because I know the situation was beyond the local arrangement, we needed help. And the help was given to us.

“And as I speak to you the situation has come down to normal, people are now going about their businesses. And those caught will soon be charged to court. And all those military riffles from the army, the police, AK-47, and so on, were recovered by the people that came.

“We are a government, it is our responsibility to protect lives. And we have the Nigerian Army, Nigerian police. We had security challenges, we invited them to go to work.”

Uzodinma has been under serious attacks for bringing the military to crush the people he was supposed to protect, unlike some of his governor colleagues who are negotiating with bandits to solve their security problems.

But he denied the insinuation, rather saying that he used the security personnel he invited to restore peace and normalcy. He said,

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“Well, I don’t know what you mean. I told you about our initial intelligence and the efforts to control the sporadic shootings in Orlu that led to many dead, innocent women in the market, people selling food foodstuffs dead by a group of people that we were not able to identify.

“Preliminary intelligence reviewed where they were in a bush. Our local police and local military went there and confronted them, but they were repelled.

“So, we discovered that the people had serious fire power. And that, of course, Nigeria, is a federation, Imo State is a federating unit, and all over the world, you have provincial police, you have federal police. So, there was a need for me to report the situation and that I did and we were supported to deal with the situation.

“It is not about crushing anybody and those that came didn’t do any crushing. Those that came through their intelligence identified where these people were and I can tell you, all the people arrested, all the rifles recovered are intact. The people are under interrogation, not even one, not even one soldier, or one of those militants died in the process.

“I must commend DCP Abba Kyari for a brilliant job he did. So, let anybody politicize it. But I have a responsibility to protect the lives of my people.”
On his meeting with the president, he said he informed Buhari about the progress on the effort to tackle insecurity.

He said : “Well, of course, I informed Mr. president that we were already making progress. And of course, you know, the president is a very peaceful man.

“The federal government maybe negotiating with the Boko Haram, that God knows if I have the opportunity to see any man who is taking lives. I will confront the person head-on. That is why we are a government.”

On his recent confrontation with his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, the governor denied that there was an assassination attempt.

“Who will assassinate him? I don’t know about any attempt to assassinated Okorocha. Rather, what I know is that I have no personal issues with Okorocha.

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“You will recall that before I became the governor, the Ihedioha administration set up a judicial panel of inquiry to look into acquisitions and allegations of lands, converting government lands to personal property, and then removing private lands from individuals and giving them to other individuals.

“The judicial panel of inquiry chaired by a judge met and they concluded our job and a white paper has since been raised.

“You know institutions and agencies that are involved with implementation are doing their job.

“And the only thing I know is that few days ago, one of the properties sealed by government, the former governor, went with his thugs. You people saw it, it was was live. He went there with thugs himself physically, wounded the policemen there, wounded the Civil Defence Civil people, the Civil Defence officer is currently still in the hospital and then broke in and entered.

“Of course, you must have heard him say that he is richer than government and that he is above the law. I am not directly involved. It is a position taken by government.

There is a difference between governor and government.
“The government of Imo State sealed a property. And I think that if there is anything anybody considers that is not right, the person should go to court to address the issue. Not to take to self-help.

“I remember that under Ihedioha, there was a recovery committee, chaired by one Jasper Ndubaku. When they tried to visit Okorocha’s house, they were beaten to a stupor. And the same man who did that is now also doing the same thing and almost killed the man who did it during his time.

“So, I don’t want to go into that matter, because government is a serious business, and I’m very serious. I don’t have enough time to run the affairs of the state.

“But people should know the difference between being a governor and the government decisions and policies.

“And, you know, we took oath to protect the rule of law, to protect our laws, and we shouldn’t be part of any arrangement to violate our laws”, he said.

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Tambuwal Emerges Chairman Of Governors’ Forum

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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has been named as the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday  at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

A statement by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo read, “Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.

“Dr John Kayode Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors.

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“Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”

“The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.

“In his response the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”

“Professor Osinbajo prayed that Dr fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves will continue.

“Dr Fayemi formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Rt Hon Amuinu Waziri Tambuwal on October 16th.”

 

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BREAKING: PDP Crisis Deepens As Wike’s Camp Shuns Atiku Campaign, Insists On Ayu’s Removal

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As the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) festers, the camp of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has pulled out of the Atiku Presidential Campaign activities after a stormy session in Port Harcourt.

Rising from the meeting in the early hours of Wednesday, they insisted that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu must resign his position if Governor Wike’s group must partake in the presidential campaign activities of the party.

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The team vowed not to partake in the campaign activities until the resignation of Ayu.

 

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18 Presidential Candidates Make INEC’s Final List

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday released 18 names as the presidential candidates for the 2023 elections.

On the list are: the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi of Labour Party, LP,   and others.

The circular released by the electoral body on Tuesday captured the state of origin, age, and other details of the candidates.

Tinubu was captured in the circular as 70 years old. In his qualification, the independent body wrote BSC in Business Administration.

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Tinubu’s running mate, Shettima Kashim is 55 years old and presented primary school certificate, General Certificate of Education, B.Sc Agriculture.

While Obi Peter Gregory of Labour Party, submitted FSLC, WASC/GCE and a degree certificate and he is 61 years old, his running mate Baba Ahmed Yusuf Datti has FSLC, GCE and PhD and he is 53 years old.

The candidate of the PDP, Atiku is 75 years old and he presented GCE and a master’s degree. His running mate Okowa Arthur Ifeanyi is 63 years old and he presented HSC and MBBS.

 

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