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Okorocha withdraws staff from deputy gov’s office

… Madumere alleges threat to his life

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha has ordered the withdrawal of all official drivers and administrative staff from the Deputy Governor’s Office, as Prince Eze Madumere alleges sinister motive behind the act.

Okoroch and Madumere

In a memo, HSI/S.29/S.1/T.3/807, dated October 23, 2018 and signed by one Umelo K.O on behalf of the Head of Service, Mr. Calistus Ekenze, eight out of the 12 members of staff posted out of the deputy governor’s office were operational staff and drivers, while the rest are administrative staff, including a senior staff on Data Processing.

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Madumere alleges threat to his life

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere has described the act as “not only shocking but also a clear threat” to his life.

Madumere, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Uche Onwuchekwa  recalled that since his acquittal from the impeachment plot by Justice Benjamin C. Iheka  of Imo State High Court, “there has been gross disregard to the Office of the Deputy Governor”.

He expressed fear over his personal security, with the current resolve of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dasuki Galadanchi not to restore his security despite the court verdict since last September.

Onwuchekwa recalled that during the series of impeachment plots to remove Madumere from office, they raised alarm over the grand plan to harm the deputy governor, following his stance against the imposition of the governor’s son in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu and other irreconcilable issues that bordered on policies.

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He said: “We also recall how some members of the domestic staff of the Deputy Governor were approached to be used as agents of death to poison the Deputy Governor. Therefore, the Office of the Deputy Governor regrets the tyrannical model of governance approach of the government even in a democracy, where people’s opinion or freedom of speech, association and other fundamental rights are not respected.

“We wish to state categorically that the sudden posting of the operational staff of the Office of the Deputy Governor is a careful plot to compromise the security of Prince Eze Madumere. We therefore view the  actions and inactions of the government of Imo State, as wholly suspicious and a well-known old preparatory gimmicks before high profile heinous crimes like assassinations are committed”, Onwuchekwa said.

He also used the opportunity to notify the Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Imo State and other security agencies, to “take note of the suspicious actions and inactions of Imo State Government, led by His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha”.

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