Nine killed, Houses Razed, As Gunmen Invade Two Ogoni Communities

Nine killed, Houses Razed, As Gunmen Invade Two Ogoni Communities


Bandits, yesterday, invaded Taaba and Okwale communities, Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State, killing nine persons and razing several properties.

Property destroyed include the palace of the traditional ruler of Kaaba, Chief Nule (jnr) and home of Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, factional President, Legborsi Pyagbara, which was razed in Nyokuru community. Unconfirmed community sources, however, believe those killed were more that the nine reported.

The displaced monarch, Chief Nule, narrated that the bandits first struck at Okwale in the wee hours of Tuesday, killing four persons before repeating same yesterday at Kaaba, where five persons were killed.

The monarch narrated that “it is confirmed that five persons were killed, my palace burnt down and other houses and businesses burnt down. This same thing happened in Okwali yesterday (Tuesday). These shootings were done in the early mornings.”

Another source in Khana Local Government said the gunmen, believed to be cultists, had on Tuesday around 8p.m., invaded Okwale community and killed five persons, noting that yesterday morning another set of gunmen attacked Taabaa community and killed four people.

According to the source, “the attackers raided Okwali community yesterday (Tuesday) evening around 8p.m., shooting sporadically and at their targets. “They killed about five people and also burnt many houses.

This morning (Wednesday), they also attacked Taaba, a neighbouring community to Okwali, shooting and killing about four persons too.” Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident and said the command has deployed more men to the area to curtail the situation. MOSOP reacts, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Sunny Zorvah, said: “We received with sad reports of the sudden emergence of violence and killings carried out by members of some cult groups in some Ogoni communities. “MOSOP is pained over this unjustified attacks leading to the burning down of the house of the MOSOP President, Legborsi Pyagbara, in Nyokuru community. “MOSOP also feels distressed over reports of killing of about four persons today (yesterday) and razing of the palace of His Highness, Chief Nule (jnr) in Taabaa community and yesterday (Tuesday) killing of scores of persons and attack on the residence of Chief Monday Abueh and others in Okwale by cult gangs.

This ugly situation demands urgent and thorough actions by the security agencies and every necessary action required of the government.

“We call on the Police and the special joint military task force to ensure the return of peace to the troubled communities, go after perpetrators of this barbaric and retrogressive onslaught on the communities, but without hurt on innocent persons.

“We also appeal to the traditional rulers, opinion leaders and other influential stakeholders to put their differences aside and work for the peace and security in the area.”

Source: Vanguard

Slain Police Officer’s Wife, Family Seeks Justice

Slain Police Officer’s Wife, Family Seeks Justice

Wife of one of the slain police officer in Taraba, Mrs Olubunmi Ediare, has called for justice to be done on the death of her husband.

She made the call while addressing the media in Abuja.

According to her, “What I want the federal government to do is to give us justice. I want justice from the federal government. I want justice to be served to the fullest.”

Also, another family member of one of the policemen killed, called on the federal government to ensure that the killers of the policemen are brought to book.

Andrew Ediare, while speaking for the family, said the Ediare family is urging the federal government to ensure that justice is done and say no to any conspiracy to sweep the matter under the carpet by government.

“If the law fails to take its course, it means it is a conspiracy and anything short of this is unacceptable. Inspector Mark Ediare, my late younger brother and others were on active duty and they swore to protect this country.

“His wife is now a widow, his daughter fatherless and the family is grieving, shattered by this inglorious act. This is an outrage”, he said.

Ediare further said: “we therefore demand that the culprits be brought to justice and that international bodies should get involved. Nothing will be swept under the carpet. We demand justice, whoever the perpetrators may be we want them to go to the full extent of the laws of the land.

“If the law fails to do the needful, we will resolve that it is an act of conspiracy. That must not happen”.

He said the family was not seeking compensation from any quarters but justice.

“I do not want compensation. I did not say I want compensation. I want justice to be served.”

            Source: Leadership

Police Arraign Soldier In Ondo Over Alleged Raping

Police Arraign Soldier In Ondo Over Alleged Raping

A lance Corporal of the Nigerian Army (NA), Mr. Sunday Awolola, who allegedly raped a 300-level student of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), was yesterday arraigned at a Magistrate’s Court in Akure, Ondo State.

The 33-year-old officer, who was attached to the 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, was allegedly involved in the rape of a female student from the Department of Religious and African Studies of the university on July 31.

He was alleged to have committed the offence at the military checkpoint situated at Ikare-Akoko in Akoko North-East Local Council of the state.

The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Adesegun, had sought an application that the suspect is remanded in prison custody to enable the police to gather more facts on the case.

Magistrate Mayowa Olanipekun directed that the soldier, who had earlier been dismissed by the Nigerian Army, should still be in police custody following an application by the police prosecutor.

According to the magistrate, “the application brought before the court by the police had not been served on the counsel of the defendant.”

Meanwhile, Bola Joel-Ogundadegbe, FIDA Chairperson in Ondo State, maintained that what was done in court was just for the defendant to appear before the court, stressing that the defendant has not properly been arraigned.

According to her, the application by the police for remand did not work out because the application has not been served on the defendant’s counsel.

Also, Henry Adegbemile, the Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Special Duties, who was at the court, said: “The position of the law is that he is entitled to an application requesting and seeking the order of the court to remand the suspect.

“Since the administration of criminal justice law allows him to respond to that application, the court is of the view that between now and the time he was served will not be sufficient for him to respond, even though he could respond orally, but he has since selected to have a legal representative.”

The magistrate, therefore, advised that the suspect should contact his lawyer in order to file a response to the application seeking his remand in prison custody before a proper hearing of the rape case against him could commence.

He subsequently adjourned the case till tomorrow, August 16, 2019, to allow the defence counsel study the application.

Source: The Guardian

Accept Responsibility for Killing Our Personnel, Police Tell

Accept Responsibility for Killing Our Personnel, Police Tell

The police yesterday dismissed a memo issued by the Nigerian Army warning officers and men to steer clear of police personnel over fear of likely reprisal in the wake of last week’s killing of three policemen by soldiers in Taraba State.

In the memo, the army had warned its personnel to be circumspect in their interactions with policemen and to travel in mufti. 

But the police said the army should take responsibility for the actions of its men instead of alarming its personnel.

“That is not the solution. The solution is for them to accept that something has gone wrong and accept responsibilities and ensure that blames are apportioned,” the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, told THISDAY yesterday.

The police had reacted angrily to the killing of its personnel by soldiers attached to 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Takum, Taraba State and was further infuriated by an army statement that described detectives, who were shot dead while conveying an alleged kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, to the Taraba State Police Command for interrogation.  

But in a circular issued Monday by Army Headquarters to military formations, the army also warned travelling personnel to embark on such trips in mufti to avoid confrontation with the police in view of the “inciting and inflammatory” comments made by the police on social media.

The circular dated August 9, 2019 and signed by Brigadier-General F.O Omoigui, noted that “in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident involving troops of 93 Battalion, Takum and members of the Intelligence Response Team of the NPF at Ibi LGA of Taraba State on August 6, 2019, inciting and inflammatory comments are being made by the NPF on the regular and social media platforms.

“This is capable of inciting the rank and file of the NP to exhibit aggressive tendencies against NA personnel. Accordingly, all troops on Internal Security duty as well as personnel travelling in and out of uniform are to be circumspect in their conduct to avoid escalation”.

The circular also directed formation and unit commanders to educate troops to be circumspect in their dealings with the Police.

“Consequently, formations and unit commanders are to educate troops to be cautious in their dealings with members of the NP in view of this development. Troops travelling on pass are to endeavour to do so in mufti,” Buratai said.

But the Police High Command has maintained that issues arising from the killing of police personnel in Taraba would not be addressed by such memos to army personnel warning them against interactions with the police.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said the army should take responsibility for its actions and apportion blames where necessary.

Speaking through Mba, the IG said such circulars would do little to address the challenge posed by the killing.

On reprisal by police personnel envisaged by the army circular, Mba said: “Police will not say anything further. We have said all we need to say. At the right time, we will give our response.”

Meanwhile, THISDAY gathered that most of the suspects involved in the shooting, including an army captain and some people that witnessed the shooting were moved to Abuja on Monday.

They are presently held in detention facilities as directed by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).  

The shooting of policemen attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector-General of Police had engendered deep mistrust between the police and the army.

The killing of the detectives had also elicited wide condemnations from Nigerians. The policemen, who had arrested a suspected kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, and put him in handcuffs and manacles, had come under a hail of bullets from soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo Road while taking the suspect to the Taraba State Police Command in Jalingo.

The Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) operating from the office of the Inspector-General of Police was led by ASP Felix Adolije. Other members of the team include Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Dahiru Musa and a civilian while others sustained gunshot wounds.

The DHQ and IG had set up separate panels to investigate the incidence, raising fears that the two might work at cross-purposes.

But in an exclusive chat with THISDAY on Monday, Army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, had said the DHQ panel superseded the IG panel and had automatically collapsed.

Man Shoots In-law To Death Over Wife’s Alleged Infidelity

Man Shoots In-law To Death Over Wife’s Alleged Infidelity

An angry husband has reportedly shot dead his brother in-law over his wife’s infidelity with his brother simply identified as Pius, in Amukpe, Sapele local government area of Delta State.

The husband, it was gathered is currently at large, while the incident has led to the burning of two houses, one belonging to the deceased and the other of the suspect’s brother. According to reports, the wife had earlier confessed to having sexual intercourse with her husband’s biological brother, Pius. In anger, the husband took his gun and went to the late brother in-law’s residence where a confrontation, which led to the shooting, ensued between the duo.

The deceased and his armed in-law were engaged in a shooting match before he was shot in his left eye and he died on the spot. It was gathered that members of the wife’s family marched down to Pius’ residence and set it ablaze.

However, the fleeing husband’s family retaliated by razing down the late man’s house. Witnesses claimed that the prompt intervention of security operatives saved the situation from escalating.

Meanwhile, the Delta State police command has confirmed the development, stating that a manhunt has begun for the runaway husband. The Commissioner of Police, Adeyinka Adeleke, told newsmen: “I heard of it. That man shot his brother in-law dead at Amukpe in Sapele because they said his wife was sleeping with his brother. We are looking for the man.”

Source: Guardian