If the information reaching 247ureports.com is anything to believe,
then the months of unpaid salaries owed to the civil servants in the
state has torn apart the first family in Imo State.
This is because the governor, His Excellency Owelle Rochas Anayo
Ethelbert Okorocha, OON, has beaten up his wife for urging him to pay
civil servants who were still being owed several months of salary
arrears even after the federal government’s bail out fund had been
The incident was said to have followed the angry protest by the
medical students of the Imo State University Hospital, Orlu.
According to the source, trouble started when the Imo First Lady,
Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha queried her husband over his reason for
punishing the people of the state in the manner he was doing and that
she had lost words to continue to explain to the people that her
husband was in the right path.
According to reliable sources, Mrs. Okorocha was said to have angrily
told the governor that because of his actions, the first family’s name
no longer worth anything in the eyes of the people of the state over
cries across the state of bad governance foisted on them by him.
As if sent by some opponents of the governor, Mrs. Okorocha was said
to have reminded her husband that the hospitals, courts, house of
assembly and many parastatals were under lock and key because of up to
seven months arrears of salaries owed them, and questioned the
rationale behind the governor making the state a ghost state by not
funding projects and institutions such as IMSUTH, not paying salaries
and stifling the economy of the state.
This was said to have infuriated the governor and in a fit of anger,
he started beating her mercilessly, but just in time for his security
aides to have come to her rescue.
The governor was said to have flown off the handle and scolded his
wife to stop listening to gossips from his opponents who only wished
him bed, but the woman was said to have insisted and continued to
express worry and disappointment that she no longer received the same
cheer she used to receive during their first term in office.
It would be recalled that on Thursday last week, 15th-10, 2015, Imo
State University Medicine and Surgery students under the aegis of Imo
State University Medical Students, stormed the government house in
Owerri in a protest against the current status of the IMSU Teaching
They were angry that because of the neglect of the institution by the
governor, medical students who were supposed to have graduated four
years ago were still in school after 10 years of gaining admission as
They were clad in their lab coats and carried various placards with
various inscriptions including such as “10 years in school and still
counting”, “Owelle you promised to dualize road leading to IMSUTH in
September, 2014. SaveIMSU”, “No patients! No learning!! No exams!!! No
hope!!! #SaveIMSUTH”, among others.
The students including older and younger ones matched in a peaceful
protest to the government house area, Okigwe road roundabout and
refused to leave till their demands were addressed by the state
governor, His Excellency Anayo Rochas Okorocha.
They listed among other things that IMSUTH Hospital had been shut down
as a result of doctors’ strike for four months and still counting and
that examinations were cancelled and deferred indefinitely and that
years after establishing the college, the pathology laboratory and
auditorium had not been completed..
They also complained of under-staffing of various departments and the
hospital was on the verge of Losing MDCN accreditation as well as no
motorable raods and insecurity.
However, on the orders of the governor, the protesting students were
reportedly teargassed and chased by security officials of the state
which led to some getting injured and an overall fracas on the centre
of the Owerri city.
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