Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Imo State: Youth force Ohakim to abort church service

Following the outcome of the just concluded Imo gubernatorial elections in Imo State, youth of Okohia, Isiala Mbano, country home of Governor Ikedi Ohakim stopped the outgoing governor from attending a Church service on Sunday. The youth were expressing their anger over the governor’s neglect of the community throughout his four years in office.

Youth of the community, on learning that the governor and his family were billed for a special church service at the St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Okohia the home parish of the governor, stormed the church smashing windows. They drove away the priests who were supposed to officiate the church service.

No entrance

They barricaded the church insisting that the governor would not be allowed to attend any church service in the area. The youth, numbering about 50 wanted the governor to explain what he did for his immediate community during his reign as the chief executive of the state.

The Chief of Staff, Emma Ohakim, was said to have gone to the church to intervene in the matter but the youth remained adamant. They challenged him to point to any benefit the community got from the administration. The church service was aborted.

Yesterday, the group assembled again to continue with the protest but security operatives were swiftly deployed to the area to quell the action.

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