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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tight security in Abia Govt House as court rules Monday

Following the issuance of a certificate of return to Mr. Uche Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission and his anticipated swearing-in ceremony, security has been beefed up at the Abia State Government House in Umuahia.

This is as Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has been holding meetings non-stop with his advisers.
Last Monday, the Federal High Court in Abuja sacked Ikpeazu and ordered Ogah to take over. The court has also fixed Monday for hearing of a motion asking for a stay of execution of the judgment.
The motion for a stay of execution of the judgment was filed by Ikpeazu through his lead counsel, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN).
It was learnt that Ikpeazu got wind of Ogah’s move to be sworn in on Thursday while going to deliver an inaugural lecture at the Abia State University, Uturu. The governor was said to have quickly cancelled the programme and raced back to the Government House with his aides.
After the security meeting, a group of youths suspected to be party loyalists were drafted into the Government House.
On Saturday, five Hilux police patrol vans were sighted strategically positioned at the entrance gate of the Government House.
Stern-looking mobile police officers and men were also seen scrutinising the few people, mostly workers, going into the facility.
The only gate opened to visitors was the exit gate, where scores of policemen and officials of the Department of State Services were stationed to scrutinise vehicles coming into or leaving the place.

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