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Umuahia Catholic Diocese disowns group

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—THE Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, Abia State, has disowned the group, Catholic Network of Nigeria [CNN], which last week, held a protest at Bende and demanded that the Justices of Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri be changed, saying that such group does not exist in the Diocese.

Disassociating itself from the action of the group, Umuahia Catholic Diocese also said that it did not know the coordinator of the disowned group, Catechist Ambrose Udensi and that the protest did not take place at the Corpus Christi Parish, Bende.

It also said that it is not partisan and does not involve itself in any partisan political activity.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue, the Special Adviser to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Media, has called on the main opposition party in the State, the All Progressive Grand Alliance {APGA} to stop distracting the Justices of the Appeal Court and allow them to do their job.

Emezue alleged that the party has “raised many fictitious groups to distract the Judges”, warning that “they should not ambush the Appeal Court Judges”.

He also called on the groups being used to think twice as they are not helping democracy to grow by not allowing justice to flow.

The Catholic Diocese of Umuahia in a statement issued by Wednesday, Church and Society department of the Diocese categorically disowned the Catholic Network of Nigeria [CNN], saying that it does not exist in the Diocese.

Signed by Rev. Fr. Pascal Okey Opara, coordinator of JDPC, the Diocese said: “The Catholic Network of Nigeria does not exist in the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia. The Catholic Diocese of Umuahia is not partisan and does not involve herself in any partisan political activity.

“The purported protest did not take place in Corpus Christi Parish, Bende and we do not know any Catechist by name Ambrose Udensi. We state categorically that the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia disassociates herself from the Catholic Network of Nigeria {CNN] and the purported group protest in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State calling for a change of Appeal Court Judges in Owerri”.

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