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Charly Boy halts Gov. Okorocha speech at his Father Justice Oputa’s Funeral



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A funeral mass was held yesterday for the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, former Nigerian Supreme Court judge. 

However, according to reports, the service didn’t go too smoothly. Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charly Boy, the first son of the late Justice prevented Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State from paying tribute to his father, Vanguard reports.

While Okorocha was giving his tribute speech, Charly Boy allegedly stopped him midway into the speech.

He walked up angrily to the altar and snatched the microphone from the governor,” states reports

The Bishop presiding over the event reportedly tried to intervene, however; Charles was irate and reportedly stated that he wouldn’t allow any politician to use his father’s burial to “score cheap political goals.”

The Governor and his entourage were said to have left the church service abruptly after the incident.

Sources reportedly revealed that Charly Boy’s actions stemmed from a recent statement by Government House, Owerri, to the effect that the Oputa family was given N20 million to help with burial arrangements. 

Sources however revealed that “the family never received a dime from either Okorocha or the state government, not to talk of the alleged N20 million said to have been made available to them.”

In the aftermath of the incident, Sam Onwuemodo, Senior Special Assistant,  to Governor Okorocha released the following statement (excerpts as reported by Vanguard):

“It is highly regrettable that the son of the late Justice, Mr Charles Emeka Oputa, aka, Charly Boy, threw caution to the wind and turned the church service into a political theatre that saw him acting or playing out the script he drafted in Abuja with some Imo politicians, who have remained cowed by the overwhelming popularity of Governor Rochas Okorocha…

We condemn that ugly incident and also wish to advise politicians from the state to stop heating up the polity over power since God is the giver of power. In 2015, God will decide who will be governor of Imo State and when God decides that, there is nothing anybody can do about it…”

The statement is also said to contain assertions that the Imo State government gave “a substantial financial input” into the burial.

Photo Credit: Vanguard


  1. Ona

    June 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I’m glad people are starting to see thru Rochas’ bullsheet. LMAO!

  2. mrs chidukane

    June 28, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    It never fails to amuse me how politicians always blame people’s actions on their political enemies.I believe it is an offshoot of the Nigerian mentality that everything bad is the work of ‘our’ enemies with their enemies in this case being other politicians . Is it impossible that a man of Charly Boys age,a grandfather, will *gasp* have a mind of his own? Or act based on his emotions or convictions? Na wa oh

    • Que

      June 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Nne alas!…independent action is indeed impossible in the mind of these air-headed people who believe no one of right thinking mind can, on his own, challenge their nonsense! Why is he offended….his greedy nature is just catching up with him. Rochas that can owe for Africa… now here claiming charity gift of 20million….tahhhh!!

      Didnt he think that Charlyboy also has a name to protect? Why d bogus tales?

      Maybe I’m also from his political enemy camp, but they didn’t dish out legit contracts and refuse to pay for them half way into d projects, did they? Onigbese paraku!

  3. Nigerwifediary.blogspot

    June 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    He just had to be the centre of attraction, even at his father’s funeral…


    June 29, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Wow! All hail Charlie Boy the No nonsense area father!

  5. Concerned

    June 29, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Its so sad how these thieves we call Nigerian politicians will never take responsibility or ever admit any shortcomings. It is more painful that at a time of great loss these fools use grieving families to push their selfish political agenda. I’m glad Charly Boy has a mind of his own and acted the way he did. Rochas messed with the wrong person and deserved the public humiliation. Justice Oputa served Imo State and the nation with meritoriouslyand deserved a state burial as the former Chief Justice of Imo State and a Supreme Court Judge. Its insulting to use his demise to score cheap political goals by peddling rumours of how much Imo State contributed to his burial .

  6. pepperlina

    June 29, 2014 at 1:14 am

    1001 to love the area father…he no send you.

  7. thatigbogirl

    June 29, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Drama drama… Yawns…

  8. Marvel

    June 29, 2014 at 3:00 am

    On a serious note, Mr Rochas shouldn’t have been authorised to speak at a private funeral. Charley Boy acted like an area boy. Snatching a mic from another during a funeral is just as disrespectful..If the man admires his father and wanted to praise him, not sure how itwould have earned him more votes.
    if you claim you gave 20m to my family, I would be seeking proof. it truly is a shame on the Oputas if a family member has been forward enough to collect that sum of money.

  9. Author Unknown

    June 29, 2014 at 4:05 am

    LOL. Craze man Charly boy. “In 2015, God will decide who will be governor of Imo State…”. How so Mr. Senior Special Assistant?

  10. Busarni

    June 29, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Nonsense, okorocha should sit down. Good for him as he wants to turn a burial ceremony to a political rally. Charly boy doesn’t lick a**. he got served.

  11. Majesta

    June 29, 2014 at 6:59 am

    That’s my boy!

    • Ovadje

      June 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      An almost 60-year-old “boy”…LMAO!

  12. Godsman

    June 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

    We know how politicians turn every little oppotunity into a campaign medium but to the extent of a fulneral mass of a deceased person is quite unreasonable. This can be likened to POLITICAL SCAVENGE.
    Charles Oputa, being the eldest son of the deceased should know what best suits his father’s fulneral and has every right to decide the protocol in that event.
    Come to think of it, why is his mouth talking of 2015 election if he never wanted to use the fulneral mass as a political platform.

  13. Jacobo

    June 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

    That’s good for a talkative governor, who betrayed ibos by join APC and selling his brothers for selfish gains. Well done Charly Boy. Your father was a man of honour & such a nonsense cannot be taken before him both in life & on funeral. Rochas ibos will pay you back in 2015..

  14. ao

    June 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Good for Charley Boy.

  15. Ovadje

    June 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Disgraceful behavior for an old man perpetually stuck in a teenage mentality. This Gov Rochas character might well be another BS politician, but Justice Oputa’s funeral mass is hardly the tine or place for childish tantrums. Grow up already Charles!

  16. ADAMA

    June 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    well done Charly boy!!!! 1000 gbosas for you!


    June 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    He would have stopped Rochas from collecting the Microphone that behaving the way He did. Though it depends on the what Rochas is saying but maturity and respect to his father should have been recognized. Rochas is not perfect and innocent neither the son called Charly Boy.

  18. Ask9ja Blog

    June 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I think its time people should stood up and fight what they believe. Check out Group protesting the release of some suspected Boko Haram in Abia State

  19. Biodun

    June 30, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Whatever,whichever or however you may view it,it was a foolish reaction from Charly boy. It would have been better off if he had told him not to make any speech at all. Charly is seen as a role model to some people but what he demostrated shows that is not good enough to follow . Am not that surprise anyway because he is the only radical of the family . If he does so to his father by rebelling against his wish of sanity,moral dressing and following his honourably live who else cant he do it to?. He has not be successful in the past so he may be frustrated anyway . Abi.where is Charly boy show?. I also understood 20m is not easy to overlooked but it would have been better he took over the Mic after Rocha’s speech that the family received no dime from the government so that investigation would began and would have be a polite way to canter his political ambitions for 2015.I stand to be corrected ,Charly boy action was wrong and uncivilized .

  20. sum1special

    June 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

    If theres just one thing like about Charly boy, its his guts. Politicians seize every opportunity to play politics.

  21. nnamdi

    June 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    It’s obvious that Rochas has failed to differentiate between political gathering & a burial ceremony of a highly respect jurist like justice Oputa. However, I think the government of Imo State are trying to cover up the embezzlement of #20,000,000. Shame. He has just walked away from God, God will soon walk away from him.

  22. jazz

    June 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Charly Boy has done credibly well inshort why should Rochas govt claim they gave the family 2omillion when they didnt give a dine. who will tolerate such Mr Biodun will you?

  23. Mayor

    June 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    All of u commenting and blabbing about what u know nothing about are being childish just like Charlyboy . U weren’t at the scene of the event and for vanguard that always carries hear say news, Rochas hadn’t collected the mic. He was only called upon to make his speech after Anyim Puis Anyim who represented Jonathan then Charlyboy came out and insisted he won’t speak. Charlyboy made a fool of himself with that act.

  24. ikeazor

    July 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    what might have been the trouble between him and Gov okorocha. what is the bone of contention?charly boy has to explain the reason for his rude attitude.i see it as an insult to a sitting governor.

  25. Femi Ola

    July 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm


  26. Femi Ola

    July 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm


  27. Kingsley Mekitrel

    July 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Any direct or external related members of justice Oputa family, even the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo should react to rochas big insult to the late justice who was free from dirty nigerian politics.As an igbo man I feel bad and dissapointed that rochas is loose to fail,although I did not vote him because I know him.Charles please let him know that you have no problem with him that what he has done or said.

  28. Emma

    July 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Charlie Boy is an academic entertainer with originality in all of his creativity. Charles Oputa is not a politician Mr politician’s.

  29. Azubuike Asika

    July 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Charley boy has no respect, he acted childishly, and everybody is praising justice Oputa, what about oputa panel?

  30. Great Nchuma

    July 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Okorocha, Okrocha, Okorocha. How many times did I call you? This is a signal that your popularity has waned in Imo State. What happened to Ngige in Anambra State will happen to you come 2015. You cannot sell Igbos to Boko Haram and Islamic Jihadists.

  31. Cabalus

    July 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Rochas has no right to utter a comment at oputa’s funeral. These politicians are mediocres who win election my crude means, they have no pedigree whatsoever. Oputa rose to his level by deeds of hard work- judges, bishops, and renowned academic gurus should talk not cheap political tauts. Thanks to Charlie boy! Oputa would be proud I think

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