Wednesday, 19 February 2014

News Release: Imo State House Of Assembly Speaker Must Go

Speaker Ben Uwajimogu


The Youths Against Human Rights Violations and Corrupt Practices [YAHVCP] a non profit watch dog group  is sad to note that In the midst of abundant human and natural resources, the vast majority of  Imo  working masses live in abject poverty. It is no secret to us that one of the politicians responsible for this embarrassing state of absurdity in Imo State is the “profit first" capitalist  International Thief-Thief  Speaker of  the Imo State House of Assembly Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu.

Recall that  Mr Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha a former aide of the Speaker  revealed  the corruption and mass looting of public assets and natural resources taking place in the Imo House of Assembly. In his petition  forwarded to media men and to  the EFCC, Mr Iwuoha disclosed how fraudulent contracts for road  projects worth billions of naira  were awarded by  his former boss  (Chief Uwajumogu) without due process.  We of Youths Against Human Rights Violations and Corrupt Practices   is  condemning this scientific looting in its entirety.  We  are also  condemning  the silence of the Members of the Imo House of Assembly  over this  fraud   and we are  calling  on the Imo Speaker to resign.

The Speaker in his response to us denied the allegations and  called us names. He  wrote that  he  was born in mansions and has lived and owned mansions and houses all his  life.That he was very rich before 2011. He figured us  out  as  lying geezers .We therefore ask that if   Uwajumogu was so rich before he became a member of the Imo House of Assembly as he claimed to be, how come he could not fund his election campaign in 2011 and had to borrow 10.6 million naira for his political campaign from Chief Atan Acholonu (One Armed General) from Ehime Mbano?  How come he had to  borrow  another 11.5 million naira from Chief George Egu in 2011 to also support his political campaign? We are aware that  Uwajumogu due to his extravagant lifestyles so mismanaged his late  father’s companies, Eastern Comfort Hotel in Umuahia and Amic Foam Factory along Port Harcourt Onitsha Road in the 90’s  and went bankrupt.

Documents at our possession showed how he  looted   Imo tax payers money from 2011 to 2013 and he used the looted monies   to build a 760 Million naira crush rock industry in Ebonyi State, Asphalt factory in Owerri, mansions at Aba, Umuahia and Ihitte –Uboma, 15 mansions in Owerri, 500 million naira private hotel in Abuja  and 750 million naira  private hotel in Lagos. We  therefore  challenge  the Imo State  House of Assembly to   make public the Speakers  net worth in May 2011 .

We are also aware that the Imo State Liaison Office in Abuja was leased to him for 20 years  at 70 Million naira  and he has since converted the place to his private hotel. We are aware that  he recently acquired  all the  mansions along Benjamin Uwajumogu street in World Bank Housing Estate. He also recently demolished his father’s old one story building at Ihite Uboma  and  built a 400 million naira mansion. He also built another mansion  at the major road along Ihite Uboma for 100 million naira. His asphalt plant which he set up less than one year when he became Speaker is valued at 500 million naira.

Accordingly, YAHVCP demands for the constitution of  a  panel that will look into the corruption allegations levelled against the Imo Speaker. This  panel must invite Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha  and key  members of YAHCP to testify. As a prelude to the above, YAHVCP is planning  a  peaceful demonstration tagged “Uwajumogu   Must Go ” to press home this  demand. This  peaceful demonstration is a  collative effort of civil society groups  in Nigeria. It is scheduled as follows:

Monday 17 March, 2014 – Protest at the Imo State House of Assembly  Owerri;
Wednesday 19 March, 2014 – Press conference in Abuja .

This  protest is expected to be participated by not less than 10,000 people, mostly Human Rights Activists,  Students, sacked 10,000 jobs beneficiaries, Lecturers, Market women, Civil  Servants ,Keke  Riders.Anybody or groups that want to also participate in the mass non-violent protests should contact the YAHVCP  on or before March  17, 2014. We are embarrassed with the level of filth oozing out of the Imo House of Assembly. Therefore we urge the people of Imo State  to come out en masse for this rally while efforts are made to get Police clearance as required.  YAHVCP  shall like the Biblical Moses liberate Imo House of Assembly  from the hands of Pharaoh Uwajumogu  through non-violent efforts. As we await the mass protest, let us thank GOD in advance for removing  the Thief in Chief  from the Imo House of Assembly.

Signed :

Kenneth Uwadi
National Coordinator

Miss Amaka Didanda.
National Media Affairs Director,

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