Imo Police command arrest four priests, shuts down cathedral over DPO’s shooting

TVC E. The Imo state police command have arrested one Rev. Fr. John Ogoekwe of the CKC, Uvuru, Aboh Mbaise and three other priests and also shut down the Catholic cathedral in Ahiara, Mbaise, Imo State, following a violent protest allegedly led by the arrested priests. Peace had eluded the diocese for about three years now since Pope Francis appointed Bishop Peter Opkaleke from Anambra state as the bishop of the diocese. The priests in the area and their members had protested Okpaleke's appointment, insisting that a priest from their state should be appointed into such leadership position. The protest which took place last Saturday July 2nd, saw a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), of Ahiazu division, Danjuma Ragga Ben shot on the leg and hand. The priest and some of his members were protesting over who should be made the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of the area.   A statement by the spokesperson of the...

Court sacks Ekiti PDP lawmaker

The Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, on Monday, nullified the election of a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Musa Arogundade, for not being validly nominated for the 2015 election by the Peoples Democratic Party. The court declared Mr. Toyin Obayemi, also of the PDP, as the rightful occupant of the Ado Constituency 1 seat. Citing sections 31 and 36 of the Electoral Act, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that Obayemi, as the first runner-up in the November 29, 2014, primary, should have been presented as the candidate of the party after the disqualification of the winner, Mr. Talabi Odunayo. The judge faulted the PDP for fraudulently acquiring a judgment before Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja through which Arogundade was fielded as a replacement for Talabi in the Ado constituency 1. Justice Taiwo dismissed the argument by counsel for the second to fourth respondents’ (Odunayo, PDP and...

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