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Imo debunks Ohakim, lawmakers rift

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Imo people have been urged to discountenance the rumour making the rounds that a serious rift was brewing between the State House of Assembly and Governor Ikedi Ohakim over the signing into law of the Prohibition of Kidnapping and Allied Matters Bill by the Speaker, Chief Goodluck Opiah.

The House Committee Chairman on Information, Due Process and Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Nze Ray Emeana, made the passionate appeal while fielding questions from journalists in Owerri.

“There is no rift of any kind between the Assembly and the executive arm of government. Our relationship with the executive is very peaceful and cordial. We cannot afford the luxury of having a rancorous situation in the state,” Emeana said.

He was particularly irked that “when we do what we are supposed to do, some say we are at war with the executive.”

He pleaded that people should not insinuate crisis when there was none, adding that the Governor agreed that there was the urgent need to stem kidnapping and other serious crimes in the state.

He added that the Governor was, however,  under pressure from international bodies as Amnesty International to dissuade him from signing it into law.

Emeana said no member of the Assembly was unhappy that they included death penalty in the law, pointing out that “unusual events require unusual solutions”.


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