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BREAKING: Rochas Okorocha arrested, in handcuffs in Owerri

Information reaching Jungle Journalist Media Ltd has it that Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force in Imo state for gross violation of government directives.

According to a reliable source, he was handcuffed.

There have been earlier reports that the former governor of the state were held hostage by thugs in the city, but Jungle Journalist Media Ltd has confirmed that he was actually arrested by the state government.

More details later.

Igbo Group Condemns Continued Detention of 122 IPOB Women

The Igbo Renaissance Forum is shocked at the arrest and detention of over one hundred women of various ages by the police in Imo state and treated less than humans. We want to state categorically that this is condemnable, undemocratic and dehumanizing.

While there are real concerns about their safety, personal health and hygiene, this is just scapegoating a people that are already targeted for victimization and suppression.

We’ve resolved to make a case for their release, and for the prison authorities to allow them receive sanitary towels, water and food, and not to be treated like animals the way they are doing currently.

Still having these women remanded in prison custody under very inhuman conditions after the magistrate declared that she has no jurisdiction to try them is cruel and inhumane.

We demand that this action of brutality and aggressiveness towards #OurMothers be stopped NOW!

We all need to come together to highlight these gory stories and the human impact of the incarceration of these women and the current deplorable state in which they are kept in prison.

It is very humiliating and debasing to find that these women are refused basic necessities, and are menstruating on the floor because the authorities have barred visitors who come with sanitary pads for them. The prison officials have made it impossible for them to have access to water to even wash themselves, and are forced to sleep on the floor with their clothes that are soaked in blood!

*THIS IS A VERY DEMEANING AND AN ABOMINABLE ACT AGAINST WOMANHOOD!*

Many of these women are lactating mothers, some are elderly women with health challenges, and yet are denied medication and food, while being treated less than animals. Some of these women are traumatized and need urgent medical attention, which the authorities do not pay heed to. Many are widowed and are bread winners of their families, and this action has exposed their children and wards to all kinds of dangers and risks, including hunger and psychological trauma. Their families are destabilized and whole communities have been thrown into deep sorrow.

We are calling on all well meaning citizens who believe in the rule of law and the sanctity of life to join hands with us to raise our voices to call for the unconditional release of these 112 women who are being tortured psychologically and physically.

We MUST as a people build solidarity, and call people to action to protect the fundamental human rights of these 112 women being subjected to inhuman conditions.

We are by this communication reaching out to individuals of sound mind, who know the value of womanhood to rally together and resist such actions that are targeted at debasing our womenfolk.

Igbo Renaissance Forum would in due course be staging various actions to protest this attack against *#OurMothers*.

SIGNED:

*Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka (Oyi of Oyi II)*

*International Coordinator, IRF*

DISCO disconnects Imo Govt House over N200m debt

Following the inability of the Imo State Gov- ernment to defray its over N200 million indebtedness to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), the electricity power provider has disconnected all power supplies to the Imo State Government House and state secretariat. Angered by the disconnection, the state government has commenced moves to demolish the EEDC office in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

A visit by our correspondent to the Owerri District Headquarters of the EEDC along Royce road, Owerri yesterday revealed that the office was marked for demolition last Friday. The inscription on the wall of the building read: “To be demolished. Remove within 7 days, by IMSG.”

The spokesman of the EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, confirmed the disconnection to New Telegraph, while adding that it was not the intention of the company to make the disconnection a media issue, as efforts were still being made to get the state government to do the needful. He, however, regretted that EEDC is already aware that their office in Owerri has been marked by the state government for demolition.

We suffer all manner of bashing from the public once our services falter. Now, how can we optimally render qualitative service when key stakeholders who use our services refuse to pay?

“The state also takes care of the bills of the Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (ISOPADEC) communities and for a long time now those communities in Oguta and Ohaji Egbema have also been disconnected because their bills have not been settled. And these bills are heavy and no company can continue to operate under such huge deficit. We are still open to any discussion that can ameliorate the situation for all concerned.”

One of the indigenes of Ejemekwuru in Oguta, Benson Obiefule, told our correspondent that the community has not experienced any power supply in the last five years due to indebtedness to EEDC and the inability of ISOPADEC to pay their bills as agreed. Reacting to the development, Mr. Mark Uchendu, the Commissioner for Public Utilities said he is aware of the power issues with the EEDC, but maintained that the core problem is one of reconciliation.

The figures are exaggerated. I am sorting out the documents and what we need to do is to sit down with EEDC and reconcile the actual indebtedness of the government.

“I am aware that sometime last year, the governor (Rochas Okorocha) paid EEDC about N200 million for power supply, so all we need to do now is reconcile and agree on whether we need to balance the EEDC any outstanding or not.” On the disconnection of government facilities and offices, Uchendu said that power supply in Government House is no longer their major concern, but noted that the festering blackout in the state secretariat was a major concern to the state.

“The disconnection of the state secretariat is a major issue for us. We need to also reconcile that because the bill of over N45 million EEDC brought for the secretariat appears rather inflated to us because prepaid meters are used there,” the commissioner said.

Uchendu regretted that the ISOPADEC communities in Oguta and Ohaji Egbema were also in darkness due to indebtedness to EEDC, but added that it was the responsibility of ISOPADEC to defray the debt from their 13% derivation. “It is not the direct responsibility of government to pay the electricity bills of Oguta and Ohaji Egbema. The commission does that,” he said

Source: New Telegraph

Online Media Practitioners elect national exco

PRESS RELEASE: ONLINE MEDIA PRACTITIONERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (OMPAN) GETS NEW NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

After the maiden National Convention of OMPAN – a meeting point of all online media practitioners in Nigeria that are interested in enthroning discipline, ensuring that professional ethics and conduct are observed, OMPAN members that attended this convention appointed some of her members from across the 36 states of the federation to pilot the affairs of this VERY IMPORTANT organization.

The convention resolved to appoint the members of her National Executive Council (NEC) as it was very clear to all that the body was not ripe to go into an election.

We are by this statement, informing the general public to please take note of this information and deal with the appropriate persons.

The official address of the Headquarter of this body in the Federal Capital Territory will be made known to the public soon

The members of the National Executive Council are:

National President – Emeh James Anyalekwa

National Vice President – Ali Isa

Deputy National President (NE) Ardo Jagordo Fulbe

Deputy National President (NC) Sani Shuab

Deputy National President (NW)Sa,ad Mohammed

Deputy National President (SE) Comr. Chukwu Solomon

Deputy National President (SS) Enebeli Emmanuel

Deputy National President (SW) Peter Jones

Secretary General – Emenike Iroegbu

Assistant Secretary General 1 – George Mensah Williams

Assistant Secretary General 2 – Success Okuchemiya

Financial Secretary – Mashkur Ibrahim

Assistant Financial Secretary – Promise Uzoma Okoro

Treasurer – Juachi Promise

Assistant Treasurer – Okikiola Bello

Organising Secretary – Okeke Godwin Iyke

Assistant Organising Secretary1 – Chikezie Hardy Nwadike

Assistant Organising Secretary2 – Wabiye Idoniboyeobu

Welfare Director – Bukola Olarewaju

Welfare Director 2 – Stellamaris Njemanze

Welfare Director 3 – Usman Umar Abdullahi

Public Relations Officer – Ismaila Yahaya Kama

Public Relations Officer2 – Clinton Umeh

Public Relations Officer 3 – Efio-Ita Nyok

Provost – Okpe Sylvanus

Provost 2 – Prince Ikem Obioma

Chief Editor/Publisher – Ifeanyi Ubaka Okali

Deputy Chief Editor – Osinlu Opeyem Oluwaseun

National Editor (SS) – Darlington Udobong

National Editor (SW) – Matthew Okache

National Editor (NE) – Abubakar Shehu Sadiq

National Editor (NW) – Bilkisu Sani Yaro

National Editor (SE) – ThankGod Onukwube Ofoelue

National Editor (NC) – Dotun Roy

Legal Adviser – Dr. ACB Agbazuere

Signed
Umeh Clinton
Assistant Public Relations Officer (OMPAN)

SARS officer caught on camera collecting bribe from ‘OMPAN’ journalists’ delegates


An officer of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force was caught on camera while extorting money from journalists.

The incident happened in Owerri, at 10.30 pm yesterday where the journalists, under the auspices of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) went for its maiden national convention.

The incident is reported verbatim by one of the victims and reproduced below:

“At about 10:30am on Sunday, on our way to the park to board a vehicle going to our different destinations, we were accosted by men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad. After checking our papers and every other documents, we were asked to follow them to their station (State CID) opposite Imo State Government house.

“On getting there, we all alighted from the vehicle and a thorough search was made on us and on the vehicle which nothing incriminating were found on us or inside the vehicle.

“We demanded for our release and one Inspector Uche Ndumele (+234 803 388 2196) who happen to be the leader of the group insisted that we give them money, since they saw we were in a hurry to go home after a stressful but successful national convention of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria OMPAN in Owerri.

“We pleaded with them to let us go as we are law abiding citizens of Federal Republic of Nigeria but our pleas fell on deaf ears as the inspector refused to listen to us.

” He threatened to jail us and indict us as criminals. We were advised to make use of the ATM. I was held and my colleagues were directed to make withdrawals that night.

” They left for the ATM and came back with some cash which was handed to the officers.

It was after that that we we were released”.

OWERRI 2018: LULU-BRIGGS, OTHERS TO SPEAK AT MEDIA CONVENTION

Oil magnate, philanthropist and 2015 gubernatorial aspirant in Rivers State, Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs, will on 30th and 31st of March 2018 storm the Conference of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria in Owerri. Jungle Journalist News Corporation learnt about this through the President of OMPAN, Mr Emeh James Anyalekwa yesterday.

According to the media guru and pageants promoter, Lulu-Briggs gave his assurance that he will attend the convention because of his love for the Information Industry and believes in freedom of the press in Nigeria.

He added that Lulu-Briggs who is also an ICT specialist noted that although he may be busy this weekend because of his tight schedule especially on Saturday, assured that he will adjust his schedules in order to attend the event. OMPAN convention will host President Muhammad Buhari on Friday March 30, 2018, where he will deliver a Keynote Address at the National Convention.

Other expected to speak at the Convention include Dr. ACB Agbazuere, Former Commissioner for Information, Abia State; Prince Odunze O. Odunze, Special Assistant to Governor Rochas Okorocha on Media Production; Rt. Hon. Shuaibu Sani, Coordinating Coordinator, Nasarawa Pilot Online Media platform and Peter Jones Ailuorio, publisher of New Sentinel Online News Media Lagos Also, former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has officially thrown his weight behind the Conference.

OWERRI 2018: Buhari, Atiku, Okorocha throws weight behind media convention

Ahead of the much publicized Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) national convention billed for 30th and 31st March, 2018, Jungle Journalist News Corporation can authoritatively report that President Muhammadu Buhari will be delivering the keynote address at the event.

In a press statement released by OMPAN Public Relations department, the president will be in Owerri, venue of the convention on 31st March to speak to delegates.

Signed by Evang Promise Uzoma Okoro, OMPAN PRO, the statement read in parts: “We have confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari as part of his recognition of the importance of the Online Media will on Saturday through his Special Assistant on Social Media, Laureta Onochie deliver the Keynote Address at our National Convention holding on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018”.

James Anyalekwa, President General of OMPAN, has also confirmed that the convention will be declared open by the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Meanwhile, former Vice President and presidental hopeful for 2019, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has declared that freedom of the press remains sacrosanct must be protected.

Atiku made his position known while officially throwing his weight behind the National Convention.

He spoke through the Director-General (DG) of Atikulated Agenda 2019, Dr Emeka Charles Kalu (ECK), who insisted that the former VP and Turaki Adamawa is a lover of freedom and holds the freedom of the press in very high regard.

“For democracy to run smoothly, there must be freedom of the press which is the only strength of the weak. Any attempt by any government at any point in time to choke this inalienable right will be disastrous for the people.

“We commend this effort by OMPAN because it will help to educate members on how to imbibe the culture of professional practices.

“So this is a step in the right direction, it is commendable.”

Atikulated Agenda 2019 is the foremost support group scouting support for the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the upcoming General Elections in Nigeria.

Igbo Awards students essay competitions to hold Oct 18 in Enugu, Owerri

Two students essay writing contests organised by Vine Shield Limited as part of the competitions that will herald the 2017 Igbo Awards, will now hold next week on the 18th of October, 2017 in Enugu, Enugu State and Owerri, Imo State respectively.
The FC Ogbalu Secondary School Igbo Literary Competition will hold at Metropolitan GSS Enugu. A press statement signed by Mazi ThankGod Ofoelue, Executive Director of the company revealed that the Enugu State Ministry of Education is co-hosting the competition. The statement revealed that an initial test had been carried out across the six zones of the state where two winners emerged from each zone. These 12 winners will participate in the competition where one winner will finally emerge.
On the other hand, the Igbo and Linguistics Department of Imo State University, Owerri is collaborating with the company to organize the HRM Eze SM Ahamba Tertiary Igbo Literary Competition. Therefore on the 18th of Octiber, tertiary students will sit for the examination where a winner will also emerge. 
First, second and third prize winners will emerge in the two competitions and will receive cash prizes cash prizes at the Igbo Awards Grand Finale holding at Victoria Halls, Summer Hill Place, Enugu on the 24th of November, 2017.
Igbo Awards Students Essay Competition is part of the Awards categories to be rewarded by Vine Shiled Limited at the grand finale of Igbo Awards. Other categories include Lolo Igbo Cultural Pageant and Igbo Awards proper.