Dr. Mrs Chidinma Uwajumogu
CHIEF B.O. UWAJUMOGU
Rt Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu.
Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe.
Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha
The incumbent speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Chief
Ben Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu (Aka) ODOKOROMEE, could as well be described
as the proverbial child born with “GOLDEN SPOON”. The late father
Chief B.O. Uwajumogu, a business mogul was so “WEALTHY” that his
children including the speaker virtually had every comfort at their
beck and call. They were spoilt and practically pampered to a fault as
the typical bournvita and ovaltine kids.
But beneath the rich family background, was a man who was deeply
religious, that to his credit was the establishment of a branch of
Apostolic church right inside the thick UMUIHI rural area of
Ihitte/Uboma LGA. Chief B.O. Uwajumogu had earlier disagreed with the
other foundation members of the church that he was left with no other
option than to resort to building his own church (SAVIOUR
EVANGELISTICAL CHURCH) in the village where he regularly worshipped.
Late B.O. Uwajumogu also had the rare privilege or luck of being an
in-law to late Chief Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe who was married to his
niece, late Florence Nwaeruru Mbakwe. This relationship more than
anything else brought them even closer so much that at the death of
Florence Mbakwe in 1980, Chief Uwajumogu built a secondary school at
UMUIHI to immortalize the deceased with the building of the “NWAERURU
MBAKWE SECONDARY SCHOOL UMUIHI”. Though he had a powerful political
ally and friend in late Mbakwe, late Benjamin O. Uwajumogu was highly
apolitical but devoted his time, energy and resources towards
expanding the B.O. Uwajumogu and sons Business Empire which was a sole
distributorship to the Nigerian flour mills ltd, Nigerian Breweries
ltd and a host of other multinationals. With Mbakwe as Governor of the
old Imo State, the business empire soared and flourished even more
because late Uwajumogu served as an unseen Economic Adviser to Sam
Mbakwe and had the rare credit of being the brain child of a number of
the industrial complexes built by Mbakwe. It was also a known fact
that Mbakwe invested heavily on B.O. Uwajumogu and son’s ltd, which
was entrusted with some of Mbakwe’s buildings at Umuahia,
Portharcourt, Aba and Owerri. Unfortunately, B.O. Uwajumogu died three
months (June 12, 1985) after he was released from prison. Chief Sam
Mbakwe was also serving jail term under the government of General
Muhammadu Buhari. General Ibrahim Babangida released him later in
1985. The late B.O. Uwajumogu could not account for these investments
and buildings (that is both cash and structures) before he died
earlier in 1985. No wonder the Ex-Governor died a wretch and at the
mercy of the Imo State government under Chief Achike Udenwa and
Speaker Godfrey Dikeocha.
As soon as the patriarch was dead, the dependants in the wife ( Chief
(Mrs) Uwajumogu) and the heir, Rt. Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu made a mince
meat of the stupendous wealth left behind, frolicking and partying
prodigally so much that as at his election into the Imo State House of
Assembly, only the Eastern Comfort Hotels located at Aba road Umuahia,
a residential house at No 19 school road Umuahia and the village old
mansion was all that ODOKOROMEE could boast of; having frittered away
with an inevitable resort to mortgaging all other properties. He even
borrowed funds from notable people to prosecute his 2011 election. The
late mother (she died in 2005 of cancer) was rumored to be so
benevolent, also to a fault, that most young men who “crossed” her
part after the death of the husband were easily “settled” with both
cash and variable gifts in “appreciation”. Since they were not
instrumental to the sweat expended to acquire such stupendous wealth
and opulence, they spent on frivolities until it was exhausted. Now
left with just the Eastern Comfort Hotels Umuahia which was built from
the existing relics of Uwajumogu and sons Headquarters’ along Aba road
Umuahia which also had a petrol filling station, Rt. Hon Ben Uwajumogu
delved into construction of roads through his personal company-WERDIS
LTD. It was not long before the attempt crumbled leading to his
dispensing with all heavy duty equipment including a low-pay loader
and other bulldozers which were scrapped at less than market prices.
Before this time, the transition committee of General Ibrahim
Babangida was on course. And just as little known Clement Nnadozie was
appointed the State Chairman of NRC in Imo State, Young Ben Uwajumogu
through the military contacts of his sister Chidinma, was imposed on
SDP in Ihitte/ Uboma LGA as chairman in 1991. He was just 27 years. At
this time Chief Engr Francis Anamekwe, the late foster father of Mr
kodichi Anamekwe (Speaker’s Chief of Staff) was the chairmanship
candidate of the NRC. The late Engr. Francis Anamekwe of FALCON
Engineering company had been a stiff political opponent of late Sam
Mbakwe’s NPP and by extension an opponent of the Uwajumogu’s who
worked very hard to ensure defeat for Anamekwe’s NPN candidate for the
then ETITI House of Representatives in 1979 and those of his Amakohia
and Umuihi constituency.
Political rivalry was very bitter in the council Area of Ihitte/Uboma
with NPN capturing two (2) seats of Uboma via Chief Ariawa and Amaiyi
via Chief Ogwuegbu; both of who are traditional rulers of their
various communities today. However, whereas the late Anamekwe was able
to influence the victory of NPN at Uboma clan, he lost his immediate
constituency to NPP’s Nwaemerue and Hon. Anakwem who easily won the
Federal House of Representatives under NPP.
Regrettably, these NPP leaders either died while serving their
tenures or immediately after , and the speculations were that late
Engineer Francis Anamekwe (FALCON) was instrumental to their
mysterious and untimely death for rubbishing his self acclaimed
Providence therefore played a role in then young Ben Uwajumogu’s
emergence as SDP chairman at the time. Francis Anamekwe was contesting
for council chairmanship under NRC. The contest was so bitter that it
took a number of precious lives and resources before a winner
eventually emerged. The high point of this was the alleged betrayal
and sellout of Chief Ben Uwajumogu to the Anamekwe’s that the SDP
stalwart, Chief Ajaleu (fine boy) who was to testify against late
Francis Anamekwe in court, was shot and brutally killed by hired
assassins in the very early hours of the day of his testimony. Since
then, there has been a marriage of convenience between the two heirs
to the political dynasties of the Uwajumogu’s and Anamekwes; Rt Hon.
Ben Uwajumogu and kodichi Anamekwe respectively. It is a fair weather
friend contraption some people say. While the Anamekwe’s were luckier
with their matriarch (Madam Monica) and mother to kodichi who is
alleged to have forced herself and son kodichi on late Francis
Anamekwe, fairing better politically, Benjamin and her mum took the
back seat. Madam Monica Anamekwe succeeded her husband as the power
broker and political leader of Ihitte/ Uboma LGA when died.
One two occasions she ensured that her son Kodichi was appointed T.C.
Chairman and sole Administrator of Ihitte/Uboma – she was within the
said periods, a board member and party leader who cornered everything
meant for UBOMA to herself and self serving son who she is said to
love even more than her late husband.
While the duo of Kodichi and his mother held sway under Ikedi Ohakim’s
administration, they had nothing to show in Ihitte/Uboma in terms of
infrastructural and social amenities except the renovation of the old
ISINWEKE sports pavilion built by late Patriarch and foster father of
It was therefore suspicious and curious that after the Nkwerre born
political oracle and genius— Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha
successfully plotted and made Rt. Hon Ben Uwajumogu the speaker of
Imo State House of Assembly, the same Kodichi was made the Chief of
staff after allowing Hon Prince Ugochukwu Nzekwe to function in that
capacity for only one week. Citizen Samuelson actually wanted to be
made the Special Adviser on political matters but Ben Uwajumogu
pleaded with him to handle the media axis of his office bearing in
mind that the activist and social crusader is a very strong hand even
though he is not a trained journalist.
In order to have total control of the speaker’s office, Kodichi
Anamekwe through his mother (Madam Monica) allegedly cast a spell on
speaker Ben Uwajumogu. The speaker’s office was controlled by three
forces namely (1) Monica Anamekwe through kodichi (2) Dr. (Mrs)
Chidinma Uwujumogu through Emeka Ahaneku and (3) Citizen Ikenna
Emeka Ahaneku has been Chidinma Uwajumogu’s “Tom – boy” for over 10
years and therefore her eye in that office. Hence the Speakers office
(Imo State House of Assembly actually) through the “General Duties”
department funded Chidinma Uwajumogu’s NGOs namely- Development
Initiative for African Women (DIFAW) and Development Initiative for
African Youths (DIFAY).
The desire of the Anamekwe’s to ruthlessly loot the state through the
office of the speaker made them to allegedly cast a heavy spell on Rt.
Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu who rightfully became their “Mugu”(WHITE MAN)
and signed so many legal, illegal and manipulated approvals for
Kodichi Anamekwe vis- avis, road contract scams, employment
racketeering, financial Assistance scams, general supply scams, etc.
No wonder madam Monica Anamekwe (she is over 85 yrs. old) is among the
over 90 ghost workers (aides) of the speaker who received and has
continued to receive monthly salary as a “political appointee”.
Kodichi Anamekwe and Emeka Ahaneku thus became Imo Speakers fronts in
various scams perpetuated in that office. Citizen Samuelson’s
insistence that things should be done the right way made him to become
a marked man two months after Uwajumogu’s emergence as speaker. It can
therefore be stated in clear terms that the present war Nigerians are
witnessing actually started in August 2011.
Speaker Ben Uwajumogu, Chief of staff (Anamekwe) and Chidinma
Uwajumogu through Emeka Ahaneku never felt comfortable when Citizen
Samuelson started returning unspent funds to the speaker. They further
felt uncomfortable when Samuelson started complaining about the
fraudulent activities going on at the office of Imo speaker. They even
felt more uncomfortable when Samuelson refused to make his media unit
available to be used for fraudulent acts.
In the part two of this untold story, I will go in detail in
explaining how frauds, scams and other forms of criminalities were
executed at the speaker’s office. Specifically, I will mention
properties acquired with proceeds of the crime. In his petition to
EFCC, Citizen (Dr.) Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha only mentioned few
properties acquired by the speaker. Rt. Hon Uwajumogu has many more
properties acquired with state funds. Citizen Samuelson never
mentioned the ones acquired by the Chief of staff.
Imo speaker has truly looted the state with his cronies. It is on
record that the Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency Rochas
Anayochukwu Ethelbert Okorocha has in his recent Local Government
assessment tours confirmed majority of the allegations of Citizen
Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha in his petition to the EFCC. The Governor also
has ordered for the arrest and detention of the Chief of Staff to Imo
Speaker, Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe over his involvement in road contract
scams and diversion of the sum of N18, 000,000.00 and N70, 000,000.00
meant for road construction in Ehime Mbano LGA. The same Governor also
ordered the arrest and detention of the Special Adviser to Imo Speaker
on Inter-governmental matters, Mr. Dan Orji over his involvement in
road contract scams and diversion of over N50.4 million meant for road
construction in Ihitte/Uboma LGA.
On behalf of the people of Imo State, it should be stated that it is
not enough for Governor Okorocha to arrest and detain some of Imo
Speaker’s aides over their involvement in fraudulent activities —
Rather the following steps should be taken.
(1) Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe should be sacked immediately and prosecuted for fraud.
(2) Mr. Dan Orji should be sacked and quickly prosecuted for fraud.
(3) Mr. Emeka Ahaneku (Acting SSA media) should be sacked, arrested,
detained and finally prosecuted for being the conduit through which
the Imo State House of Assembly (Office of the Speaker) funds the
Speaker’s Sister’s Non-Governmental Organizations via the “General
(4) Mr. Godson Amadikwa, Special Adviser on Legislative matters should
be sacked, arrested and prosecuted for having his appointment letter
backdated by several months and the accrued “Salaries” shared with Mr.
(5) The over 90 Ghost Workers in the Speaker’s office receiving
salaries should be done away with at once.
(6) Madam Monica Anamekwe, the head of the Ghost Workers should be
arrested, detained and prosecuted for receiving salaries she did not
work for, and the salaries she has collected in the last 35 months
returned to the state government.
(7) The properties Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe and other aides acquired with
fraud money should be confiscated without further delay.
(8) The Rt. Honourable Speaker’s refusal to investigate his aides and
insistently refusing to sack them is an indication that he is the one
aiding and abetting Criminal and fraudulent acts in his office. He
should therefore resign as the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly
(9) That all the properties Imo Speaker acquired with fraud money
should be confiscated immediately.
(10) That Governor Okorocha should save himself the actions and
embarrassment of Imo people by taking urgent steps in bringing sanity
at the Imo State House of Assembly. For now, he is “Owelle Global”. He
should not descend to the level of “Owelle local”.
(11) Honourable members of the Imo State House of Assembly should
save themselves the actions and embarrassment of Imo people by taking
urgent steps to restoring their battered image through the impeachment
of the Speaker.
(12) That the EFCC should save themselves the actions and
embarrassment of Imo people by taking urgent steps in prosecuting the
Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly.
If they fail to prosecute the Speaker, then Imo people will never
allow them to investigate any other matter in the state.
Watch out for part two for more comprehensive details and complete
pictures of properties acquired by Imo speaker and his Chief of staff.
COMRADE UCHECHUKWU CHILAKA
NKWERRE YOUTHS INITIATIVE.
18th April, 2014.