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Ikenga: Pro-Speaker conference ends in fights for money

A conference being held by persons believed to be sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in Abuja against Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), has abruptly ended in exchange of blows.

(Ikenga is also the National Chairman of All People’s Party (APP), a human right activist and constitutional lawyer.)

The conference, which was going on in a hotel conference room suddenly ended in commotion and exchange of blows.

Trouble started when strange voices shouting about “money for youths” while banging loudly with some objects.

It soon became apparent that the conference was about money sharing as it ended in fights.

Even the young man addressing the conference was forced to abandon it mid-way to attend the ongoing fight.

Consequently, the invited journalists and honourables scampered for safety while the fight lasted.

The refusal to pay hired touts ignited confusion among them and resulted in the ensuing fracas.

A video about the conference, and the brutal fight, was captured and is trending online.


Recall that ElombahNews reported on June 19 that the CUPP National Spokesperson was arrested by security operatives.


He was arrested by the Police operatives at his residence in Abuja based on a petition filed by Speaker  Gbajabiamila.

His arrested attracted wide condemnation from various quarters including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nzuko Umunna, and CUPP.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, however, ordered his immediate and unconditional release.

The court, in its decision, re-emphasized an earlier High Court order.

The Abuja Court had, in a subsisting judgement on on June 4, barred the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting Ikenga.

The court also barred any lower Court from entertaining the matter.

DSS operatives, however, ignored the order and arrested him.

He was arrested after he accused the leadership of the House of Representatives of collecting $10 million bribe.

He claimed the bribe came from American billionaire, Bill Gates, to push the infectious disease control bill.

Ugochinyere was later arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court in Abuja on four counts defamation of character of the Speaker.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was subsequently granted bail.

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