Tuesday, 18 March 2014

News Release: “Imo State House Speaker Must Go” Rally Postponed

Speaker Benjamin Uwajimogu

The Youths Against Human Rights Violations and Corrupt Practices [YAHVCP] postponed the Imo Speaker Must Go Rally Scheduled for March 17th 2014. The Rally was postponed due to security reasons. A new date will be announced soon.
We also totally condemn the March 8th invasion of the Egbema   residence of our National Coordinator Mr. Kenneth Uwadi by armed uniformed officers. The invaders stormed Mr. Uwadi’s place in a crude military-like assault asking for him  and ransacking his  place. Uwadi’s  residence was invaded on the excuse that he  wrote articles  alleging that the Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu looted Imo  tax payers monies  and that  he was  planning a mass protest  to call for his  resignation.
This unwholesome action is a flagrant abuse of fundamental human rights. It   violates Nigerian constitution and international norms on freedom of expression. YAHVCP   cannot and will not keep  quiet  and watch the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly  walking freely  after stealing  over N3billion naira Imo tax payers money In a state where more than 80 percent of the population do not have access to potable/pipe-borne water supply. We condemn strongly   the insensitive looting of  Imo monies  by  the Speaker  against the background of mass misery afflicting the vast bulk of  Imo people. This anti-poor and self-serving conduct is why thousands of Imo youths are unemployed today. To us what this has also shown is that the problem of lack of youth employment in Imo State  is not  due to  lack of funds to pay salaries but gross mismanagement  and looting of our resources.
We  are insisting that Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu should be investigated and removed as Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly. Uwajumogu does not feel that something is wrong with his colossal looting of public resources to gratify his lust for luxury. We are also calling for the investigation of 4 other members of the Imo House of Assembly for road contract scam. The members are Hon Stan Dara, Hon Ikechukwu Amuka ,Hon Ugonna Ozurigbo (OZ-B) and The Speaker’s Chief of Staff Kodichi Anamekwe.
 YAHVCP is aware that Hon Stan Dara, Member Representing Osu Constituency in the Imo House of Assembly And House Chairman of State And Rural Roads Monitoring Committee with his own loot from road contract scam has built a multi  million naira Massive  Farm at Irete in Owerri West LGA. Dara is also presently from his loot building a multi million naira Asphalt plant in Owerri and also owns several duplexes at Egbeada Housing Estate in Owerri. Dara’s duplexes at Egbeada are painted  dark green.
We are  also aware that Hon Ikechukwu Amuka ,Member representing Ideato South Constituency  and House member of State And Rural Roads Monitoring Committee with his own loot from road contract scam has built a multi million naira hotel (Eastern Emirate Hotel) located at World Bank Housing Estate in Owerri. Amuka is also building a second multi million naira hotel. We are also aware that Hon Ugonna Ozurigbo (OZ-B) of Nwangele LGA  has from his loot  in the contract scam turned his Kelvic Hotels Owerri of 12 rooms into a multi million naira Hotel.
We are also aware that  the Chief of Staff to the Speaker Kodichi Anamekwe has with his own loot from contract scam bought  30 plots of  land in Owerri and has built a multi million naira mansion at Achike Udenwa Estate near Concord Hotel. Anamekwe’s landed properties can be verified at the ministry of land and survey in Owerri. He is presently building a Hotel in Owerri. All the road contract papers of road contractors in Imo State   were signed by him. Who authorized the Chief of Staff to the Speaker to sign road contracts? You can see why the House members are silent in the face of massive fraud rocking the House.
YAHVCP is calling  on all Imo people  in Nigeria and Abroad  to support us in every way as  we fight this corruption in the Imo House of Assembly. We are giving the Imo House of Assembly 2 weeks to set up a probe panel to investigate this Uwajumogu-gate. In two weeks time we will release more information about the stinking smell coming out of the Imo Assembly. We cannot keep silent to this capitalist looting when our unemployed youths in their thousands have become a wild and homeless lot and socially disinherited.
 We want an  Imo State  where:
 Government will LISTEN to the PEOPLE
 Government will meet the needs and expectations of the people
 Government will promote and defend the welfare of the people
 Those in government will put public interest above their selfish and personal interest
Those in government will stop looting our monies and be mocking us by calling us paupers and never do wells
The Police, Judges and the Courts are not politically used to oppress the people
We call on the good people of Imo State to rise against this Uwajumogu House of thieves masquerading as Assembly Members, a House that is neck-deep in corruption. As for us in YAHVCP, despite all this repression we remain undaunted.
Aluta continua! Victoria acerta!
Signed
 Kenneth Uwadi-National Coordinator  
 Amaka Didanda-National Media Affairs Director

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