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Ikpeazu threatens LG boss, deputy over alleged sexual harassment

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, has warned the Chairman of the Aba South Local Government Area and his female deputy over quarrels attributed to sexual harassment.

The council’s deputy chairman, Princess Peace Nwobilo, had accused the chairman, Clinton Ebere, of sexually harassing her.

She had in a three-page petition titled, ‘Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Office Conduct,’ addressed to the LGA stakeholders, alleged that on two occasions, the chairman had tried to sexually harassed her, adding escaped all his traps “by the grace of God.”

She said Ebere first harassed her “on the eve of the governorship primary in 2018,” adding that “the second attempt he made to rape me was after we were sworn in, precisely on January 14th, 2021, when he invited me over for a meeting at Trace Garden Hotel, Brass Street, Aba.”

The council chairman denied the allegations and set up a committee to investigate the allegations which the panel said was false.

But the governor in a statement his Chief of Staff, Prof. Anthony Agbazuere, reminded the chairman and Nwobilo that they were elected to provide democracy dividends to the people of Aba South and not to fan the embers of rancour and discord.

The governor cautioned both officials “in their own interest to refrain from such dissension and begin to work together for the good of the people except they are imploring the councillors to review their commitment to service.

A word should be enough for the wise,” the statement said.

IN ANOTHER NEWS:

The Imo State Government on Monday said it had recovered 43 oil wells hitherto ceded to the neighbouring Rivers State.

The Coordinator for Petroleum and Gas Matters to the Governor, Goodluck Opiah, who spoke in Owerri, said that the economy of the state was looking bright.

According to Opiah,  22 oil wells were recovered from the Mgbede Field in Egbema, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area, and 21 oil wells from the Akri Field in Oguta LGA.

He reveled that the development had placed the state as the 4th largest oil producing State in the country.

Opiah noted that the recovered 43 oil wells would improve the revenue of the State, adding that the recovered 43 oil wells signified the preparedness of the governor to correct the ills of the past.

He said, “The oil wells were hitherto ceded to Rivers State. The ugly situation affected the revenue base of the state as we were recorded as one of the lowest oil producing states in the country. But with the recovery of the 43 oil wells, the story has changed, as we have become the 4th largest oil producing state.”

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