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Art Acevedo, Former Houston’s Top Cop is in Trouble with his New Miami Job

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Miami officials have decided to fire the city’s new police chief six months into his stormy tenure, after he was lambasted by city commissioners who he accused of meddling in the police department and internal affairs investigations.
Miami City Manager Art Noriega said in a statement Monday that he suspended Chief Art Acevedo with the intent to terminate his employment.
“The relationship between the Chief and the organization has become untenable and needed to be resolved promptly,” Noriega said. “Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization.”
Art Acevedo was recruited by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who earlier this year hailed him as “America’s best chief.” He was seen as a progressive law enforcer who headed the police department in Houston, but also shared ancestry with hundreds of thousands Cubans in Miami, as a Havana-born refugee.
Acevedo was sworn in April and began making waves almost immediately by taking over internal affairs and making significant changes to his command staff. He demoted four majors and fired two high-level police officials — a married couple — because they weren’t truthful about a crash involving a city-issued SUV.
At two raucous meetings over the past month, commissioners attacked Acevedo and his leadership, appointing themselves to an investigative committee with subpoena power to examine his appointment.
At one of those meetings, videos were played of Acevedo impersonating Elvis Presley dancing the “Jailhouse Rock” in the iconic white jumpsuit and entering a dance floor of a fundraiser, slapping a woman’s rear with a piece of paper. At another meeting, city commissioner Joe Carollo asked to be arrested right there by him if it was true the new police chief had proof that he and other politicians were interfering with internal affairs investigations.
In an eight-page memo sent by Acevedo to the city manager and mayor before those meetings, Acevedo stated that Carollo and the other commissioners were interfering with internal affairs investigations, and improperly ordering police resources to be deployed against certain establishments “based on nothing more than the whims of commissioners.” He also accused the commissioners of hampering his reform mandate by eliminating positions.
Commissioner Joe Carollo, a Cuban politician, and the other two Cuban Americans, have said they were deeply offended when reports emerged last month that Acevedo talked to officers about a “Cuban mafia” that runs the city. He later apologized, saying he didn’t know that was a term former Cuban leader Fidel Castro used to refer to exiles.
“He must be the only individual of Cuban background in the world who doesn’t know that,” Carollo said. “You are not in the middle of the Amazon.”
Among other things, the city commissioners alleged that Acevedo has been hypocritical for firing officers for some of the things he is accused of doing.

Carollo, the most vocal politician opposing Acevedo’s leadership, scrutinized an older photo where the police chief was seen using a “white power” hand gesture similar to the OK hand sign, saying a Miami officer was relieved of duty by Acevedo after being accused of using the same gesture.
Carollo and another commissioner are also scrutinizing damage seen on Acevedo’s SUV they claim was not properly reported. They say that was similar to the incident that led to Acevedo’s firing of the husband and wife police officers.
Assistant Police Chief Manny Morales will take over as interim chief while the city searches for a permanent replacement.

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The People’s Club of Nigeria in Sugarland Celebrates Thanksgiving―Spectacular Photos

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The People’s Club of Nigeria in Sugarland Spreads Thanksgiving Love to Celebrate COVID-19 Survival

GUARDIAN NEWS – HOUSTON, TX – As the spirit and cheerfulness of the Thanksgiving season spread all over North America, the People’s Club of Nigeria International (PCNI), Sugarland took it to another level. It was also a grand event to celebrate a victory over the pandemic. According to the group’s Chairman, Chief-Sir Nnanyelugo Obinna Mbachu, “We are equally celebrating our survival and thanking Almighty Jehovah for keeping us and our families alive and healthy from the pandemic.”

PCNI is an affluent Nigerian-based social club known for sophistication, charity, civic support, and community outreach. The event, the first major celebration outing of the group since the pandemic, attracted hundreds of dignitaries from Houston and beyond.  Venue was the Grand Hall of the Our Savior Anglican Church, Houston.

■ PCNI’s Chairman, Chief-Sir Nnanyelugo Obinna Mbachu, and wife, Chief-Mrs. Chinwe Mbachu

The PCNI is structured in alignment with its Nigerian overseers and prioritizes the wellness and advancement of its members. Members are known for cheery personality, sophistication, and devotedness and are selected within specific conditions that reflect upright charisma and integrity. Worldwide, The PCNI currently has under its stable, branches in Nigeria, the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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Uthoko Na Eze Achalla VI, Igwe Ositadinma Nwokedi congratulates Soludo, lauds INEC

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“I congratulate you on your electoral victory and pray for the success of your aspiration for the goodness of Anambra State and Ndi Igbo”

His Majesty, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi, Eze Oranyelu, Uthoko VI of Achalla, Anambra State, has congratulated the Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, for his landslide victory of the Anambra governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Chukwuma Soludo the winner of the November 6 governorship election after he polled a total of112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 53, 807 to emerge second. Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate got a total of 43,285 votes to emerge the third position. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) came fourth with 21,261 votes. The Returning Officer for the 2021 Anambra governorship election, Florence Obi, announced this in the early hours of Wednesday at INEC headquarters, Awka.

In a press statement issued from the Palace, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi wished the governor-elect a productive future and urged community leaders and entire Anambra state indigenes to work with him to consolidate the wonderful work of the out-going governor, Chief Willie Obiano.

“On behalf of The Uthoko Na Eze Royal Family of Achalla, the Igwe-in Council, the Ancient Society of Ndi Alor, and the entire Achalla Community, I congratulate you on your electoral victory and pray for the success of your aspiration for the goodness of Anambra State and Ndi Igbo” the release read in part.

Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi also commended the INEC, the security sector, and the government for conducting what he described as “an exemplary electoral exercise executed at a time of security uncertainty.” 

Located in the south-central part of Anambra State, Achalla is the capital of Awka North Local Government surrounded by towns like Amanuke, Igbariam, Obaefemili, Ukwulu, Urum e.t.c.

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World unite for 3-day coronation of “Uthoko Na Eze Achalla VI”, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi

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“I also promise not only to be your servant leader but also to be a true custodian of the traditional honors of the great kingdom of Achalla,” Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi

The Uthoko Na Eze Royal Family of Achalla, the Igwe-in Council, the Ancient Society of Ndi Alor, and the entire Achalla Community, Awka North Local Government, Anambra State, have concluded the Coronation and Iwaji (New Yam) Ceremonies of His Majesty, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi, Eze Oranyelu, Uthoko VI of Achalla, Anambra State, held at the ancestral Palace of the Uthoko Na Eze, Achalla, from October 28 through 31, 2021.

The coronation attended by dignitaries around the globe featured a 3-day program-packed traditional rites, held on Friday, October 28; Iwaji (New Yam) with his 1st Ofala Ceremony;  and Thanksgiving Ceremony held on October 30 and 31 respectively.

In the past few months, threads of traditional rites and events leading to this throne have been observed and completed, paving way for the just-concluded official coronation of his kingship. In the process, Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi received a Certificate of Kingship from the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano.

Located in the south-central part of Anambra State, Achalla is the capital of Awka North Local Government surrounded by towns like Amanuke, Igbariam, Obaefemili, Ukwulu, Urum e.t.c.

A new king of Achalla was necessary following the transition of the former ruler, His Majesty, Igwe Alex Ezeoba Nwokedi V, the Uthoko of Achalla. Aged 84, Igwe Alex Nwokedi who served as the Chairman of Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers and also Chairman of the Nine Eastern States Council of Traditional Rulers passed away May 11, 2020, after a brief illness.

Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi, a distinguished businessman, nominated by the Uthoko Na Eze Royal family and backed up by the Igwe-in Council, the ancient society of Ndi Alor, and the entire Achalla community picked up the ancestral mace to resume the legacy of the traditional monarchy. According to the new king, “It’s an ancestral call – an inevitable responsibility and I will remain faithful to that trust.”

“On behalf of the Uthoko Dynasty, I sincerely thank all our guests for attending this event. Now, I can proudly hold up my chieftaincy scepter with utmost confidence, veneration, and loyalty to the throne. I also promise not only to be your servant-leader but also a true custodian of the traditional honors of the great kingdom of Achalla,” Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi said.

His Royal Highness continued, “Also, let me tell you that it is not just my sole effort that has brought me here. I would like to give special thanks to my family members – the Uthoko Dynasty,  who have been my mentors, supporters, and inspirators throughout this process. Everyone needs such mentors in life, and I am lucky to have found mine.”

The coronation featured the outing of the occasional Oganachi Masquerade; the “Iwapu Oji” ceremony; the “Ada masquerade” procession; and finally, a Thanksgiving Mass was held to close out the coronation process.

Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi was born in Onitsha in Anambra State, December 5, 1965, to Chief John Obi & Esther Chikaodili Nwokedi. It was a few years before the civil war which broke out in 1967. He spent the entire three years of the war at the Uthoko Palace in Achalla with the family, and this was when his familiarity with the town’s traditional and monarchical heritage began.

Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi spent time in Enugu after the civil war where he resumed his primary school education. He attended Enitonna High School in Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he studied Political Science and Administration.

In recent years, Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi has established various business ventures nationally and internationally. He said, “I am open when it comes to choosing my business environment and partners and would always adapt to every new environment I find myself in, to allow a checkered lifestyle.”

He is passionate about people – a trait he had demonstrated among Achalla indigenes. He said, “The community is made of people, therefore to be a community person one has to be passionate about the people, their cause, their culture, and their aspirations.  I cut a myriad of pictures to different people depending on what part of the chasm I view them from. For Achalla, it is an inherited bond if I look back at my early age during the civil war through the current era.”

By his current traditional designation, Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi has now joined a lineup of other recognized distinguished traditional rulers in Anambra State in presiding his official duties. He would parade a matrix of aristocracy and transformational models.  He said, “This is a traditional setting – in other words, it is my duty to govern according to the tradition of the land. At the same time, my personality reflects compassion, friendliness, respect for elder statesmanship, and love for the people.” He continued, “I listen a lot more than I speak. This makes me a good learner and allows me to respect or articulate peoples’ perspective. I try not to dispute their opinion even when it’s the opposite of who I am. These are some of my transformational traits and truly, these have been my driving force all through my endeavors as a community advocate.”

Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi is married to his wife of 13 years, Tiffanny Nkechi Nwokedi.  He has our children. Ositadinma, Chukwuemeka, Obieze and Ifeoma Nwokedi.

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