Court defreezes Imo accounts


An Owerri High Court Tuesday de-froze the accounts of Imo State Government.

Nine banks namely Zenith Bank Plc, United Bank for Africa, Spring Bank, First City Monument Bank, Oceanic Bank, Afribank, Bank PHB, FinBank and Fidelity Bank had frozen the accounts of the government in them on the orders of the state governor-elect, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

Ruling on an ex-parte motion, the court presided over by Justice I.O. Agugua restrained the banks, their agents, privies, or servants from continuing to deny the state government access to its accounts in the affected banks until the determination of the motion on notice for an interlocutory injunction.

He adjourned to May 24 for hearing on the motion on notice.

Meanwhile, the state government is to offer free education to its citizens at home and in the diaspora.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr, Elvis Agukwe disclosed this Monday in Owerri shortly after the state executive council meeting.

Agukwe said the free education covers primary, secondary and university education. He said those doing their master's and Ph.D programmes are also to enjoy the free education programme.

The commissioner equally disclosed government's resolve to pay N18,000 minimum wage to its workers. He said the payment of the minimum wage will commence next month.