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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Okorocha unveils statue of visiting Jacob Zuma in Imo state, confers him with a chieftaincy title (Photos/videos)

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Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha on Saturday unveiled the statue of visiting South Africa president Jacob Zuma, in Owerri, Imo state.

Zuma was in the state on a two-day working visit.

The SA President was also on Friday evening conferred with a chieftaincy title in the State.

Zuma was given the traditional title of “Ochiagha Imo” by Eze Imo, HRH Samuel Ohiri.

The chieftaincy title certificate was presented to him by former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Okorocha also named a road after Zuma in Owerri and Imo Merit Award, the highest award in the State, which  conferred on distinguished personalities who have made a difference in the development of their communities and to humanity.

Governor Okorocha revealed earlier that Zuma would also be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Rochas Okorocha Foundation and Zuma Foundation during the visit.

Also, the South African president would be expected to assess the planned over 20,000-hectare, Egbema Industrial Park estimated to cost over N2 billion and the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport.

Present at the event were Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo,  Former Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, and Former INEC Chairman, Morris Iwu.

Others included: Former Attorney General of the Federation Adetokunboh Kayode, as well as business moguls like the Chairman of Diamond Bank Pascal Dozie, Chairman of Zinox Computers, Leo Stan Eke, Chairman Germane Motors Jerry Chukwueke and Chairman Innoson motors.

See photos below..



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Meanwhile, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that Jacob Zuma must face charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering, BBC reports.

It agreed with a lower court ruling last year that prosecutors could bring back 783 counts of corruption relating to a 1999 arms deal.

The charges had been set aside eight years ago, enabling Zuma to become president.

The president has always maintained his innocence.

In a statement, Zuma's office said the ruling was "disappointing", but anticipated.

The president now expected South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to consider representations from his legal team before making a decision about whether to prosecute him, it added.

The charges relate to Zuma's relationship with a businessman, Shabir Shaik, who was tried and found guilty in 2005 of soliciting bribes from a French arms company "for the benefit of Zuma".

Zuma and other government officials have been accused of taking kickbacks from the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms.

Charges were first brought against Zuma in 2005 but dropped by prosecutors in 2009.

Last year, the High Court in the capital, Pretoria, ruled in a case brought by the opposition Democratic Alliance that he should face the charges.

Zuma went on to lodge a challenge with the Supreme Court of Appeal.
 




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