Angry Youths Sack Imo Govt House, As Pro – Okorocha Rally Turns Into Protest

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A well publicized students’ rally for Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state yesterday degenerated into a violent protest against the governor leading to a major security breach following invasion of the government house by irate youths.
As early as 8.30 am yesterday throngs of students and youths from all walks of life had gathered at the Governor Rochas Okorocha Campaign office along Okigwe road.
They had been gathered by the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Students Affairs, one Godstime Samuel, for a solidarity rally in support of the re-election of the governor under a strange platform called the National Union of Imo State Students (NUISS).

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The students who turned out in their thousands were drawn 80 each from each of the 27 council areas in the state. They students indeed staged a massive rally and roadshow for the governor and reconvened at the freedom square where they were addressed by the Commissioner for Lands, Chief Uche Nwosu and later the governor himself who promised them N4million.
At the end of the rally, the Executive Assistant,  Godstime Samuel presented  the sum of N1.5million to be shared among over 10,000 young men.
It was however not clear the reasons given by Samuel; whether N1.5million was all that was provided by the governor or whether he put the rest of the money to other uses, but the students would not buy any of the story.
And in the confusion that followed, Samuel disappeared from the scene. Angry and unable to locate their contact man for explanations and completion of the money, anger led to frustration and a massive student rampage erupted.
Now chanting solidarity songs in favour of the PDP and its governorship candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, the youths marched into government breached the main gate and a near stampede ensued in government with government house workers scampering for safety.
The action of the students who were virtually unchallenged saw government house workers fleeing to, as far as the Governor’s lodge for safety.
Finding no one to address their grievances, the students vandalised and destroyed anything that stood in their way.
The governor’s posters and billboards were torn to shreds, Street lampholders, APC flags along the government house drive-in were destroyed and traffic was grounded to a halt.
The students were only restrained when a detachment of combat-ready policemen were drafted to the scene. The police had to shoot several cannisters of teargas to dislodge the defiant young men.
The incident forced workers at commercial banks along the bank road area near government house to close down and flee their offices for fear of vandalised ion and teargas.

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  1. Arizona January 28, 2015 at 8:48 pm -

    The person that wrote this post is a blooded fool..who told him that the youths was gather from the 27LGA’s..who told u that the students are 10,000,000 dnt say wat u dnt know..Rochas brought 4million..is just the selfish S.A choose to divided it.the money was still later shared @de rochas plaza later that evening..Rochas we know 2015!!

  2. Alex January 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm -

    Today in Imo, more than 100 local contractors have liquidated for non-payment. More than N5 billion lost to unscrupulous foreign contractors. More than 50km of sub-standard roads constructed by Okorocha have been washed away. Three (3) big sub-standard public buildings under construction including a hotel in Okigwe have collapsed.
    More than 300,000 people have lost their jobs since 2011 including the 10,000 job victims. More than 100,000 artisans and traders have closed shops as money is no more in circulation.
    More than 800,000 persons have lost access to clean water. More than 500,000 persons have been affected by disease due to environmental degradation. More than 100,000 metric tons of refuse accumulated in Owerri capital territory alone. More than N2 billion judgment debts and over N200b loan awaits the in-coming administration.
    Eleven (11) Imo State University courses including Law and Medicine and all our Schools of Nursing have been de-accredited. Our 18 General Hospitals have been sold and no new one completed till date.
    The Okorocha APC/APGA administration not only abandoned all the visionary projects of PDP administration in pursuit of self sabotaging vengeance. The administration set about erasing every legacy of PDP while embarking on white elephant projects within the Government House, Concorde Avenue and along Federal highways which they repeatedly advertise on National television every week.
    The flyovers we started were abandoned. The ring roads and Imo Freeway we started also abandoned; Imo Wonderlake project Oguta which we started and left the sum of N13.2b in the project account in UBA, was renamed Blue Lake of Treasure by Okorocha as a decoy to misappropriate the fund and abandoned. The impressionistic Ahiajoku Convention Centre built by our administration, has been cannibalized and abandoned and a sub-standard conference centre is being showcased on a congested Assumpta Avenue, Owerri without traffic study, which is now causing unprecedented traffic congestion. To stem this rot, we must ensure the return of a PDP led government to Douglas House now.
    May I at this juncture, state that after extensive consultation, and considering the current political environment, we have decided to give our full support and backing to Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha who is today our party’s flag bearer. He is a tested and trusted humble leader who will not deviate from building on our laid down solid foundation.
    I therefore appeal to all our team members, supporters and indeed all registered voters to come out and vote for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a towering African statesman of our era, who is only seeking one more tenure of only 48 months to complete his transformation programme. Vote for Rt. Honourable Emeka Ihedioha. Vote for all PDP candidates

  3. Sanya Adelola January 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm -

    Thanks for your fine write up, but faith demands that after we have prayed for God’s intervention in our nation , we need to take a step to vote for a candidate of our hearts. Nothing good in this life can happen until we make it happen. New Nigeria may emerge after the outcome of the next election and God can use anyone.

  4. UWA January 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm -

    Why promise N4M and give N1.5M without explanation. Samething happened last year when indegenous clergy in Lagos were promised that such message was sent for them which I don’t think any of them ever saw or was given though the promise was not the reason for the meeting. Again Rochas would not be able to sale Buhari candidacy in Imo State no matter the accronym he gives to mean BUHARI. If he is not careful marketing Buhari in Imo State, the way he is doing it will cost him his own position. In fact it has reduced his genuine supporters not the crowed or the rich people that may not go out to vote.

  5. Steve January 27, 2015 at 9:10 am -

    PLEASE READ THIS…BELOVED NIGERIAN BRETHREN,I KNOW THAT WHAT IAM ABOUT TO SAY MAY NOT GO WELL WITH SOME QUARTERS,WHILE A FEW WILL APPRECIATE IT,BUT IT REMAINS THE TRUTH,AND NO ONE CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. PEOPLE ARE SHOUTING ‘CHANGE ‘ BECAUSE WE HAVE TOTALLY FORGOTTEN WHAT THE PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE STANDS FOR. EVERYTHING NIGERIA IS PASSING THROUGH REPRESENTS THE SIGNS OF THE END TIME. READ 2TIMOTHY3:2-15. THERE IS NO LEADER THAT CAN SOLVE NIGERIA’S PROBLEM IF NOT GOD.WE MAY CHANGE GOVERNMENT BUT NOT SITUATION,DO NOT BE DECIEVED,NO REV,IMAM,BISHOP OR GENERAL CAN HANDLE NIGERIA SUCCESFULLY. CHECK EGYPT,LIBYA AND THE REST…HAVE THEIR CLAMOUR FOR CHANGE SATISFIED THEIR NEEDS? CIVIL SERVANTS KEEP GOING ON STRIKE ASKING FOR MORE,HAVE THEY EVER GOTTEN ENOUGH? CHECK EVERY REGIME YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT THERE ARE WORST SITUATIONS THAT OCCURED THAT TIME. BUHARI MAY TACKLE BOKO HARRAM BUT CANT HANDLE INSECURITY,WE WILL WITNESS THE WORST FORM OF INSECURITY. FINALLY BRETHREN,DONT HANG YOURSELF AND DIE FOR ANY LEADER. ALL OF THEM…I MEAN ALL ARE SELFISH AND WILL BE THERE JUST FOR THEMSELVES. JUDGE,INSULT,AND ATTACK STEVE LAR FOR THIS,WELL I DONT CARE BECAUSE I HAVE LAYED DOWN THE BURDEN OF MY HEART. OUR PASTORS THESE DAYS MAY NOT TELL YOU THE TRUTH BECAUSE THEY THEMSELVES NO LONGER READ THE BIBLE,RATHER THEY HAVE JOINED MOTIVATORS AND COMEDIANS…MAY GOD OPEN OUR EYES ONCE MORE.