Two buried alive in Enugu

The Enugu State police command has began investigation into the death of two persons at Gariki in Ugwuoba community, Oji

The Enugu State police command has began investigation into the death of two persons at Gariki in Ugwuoba community, Oji River local government area of the state.

It was gathered that duo, said to be excavating sand at a site died after the sand allegedly covered them.

The Command’s spokesman, Superintendent Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement on Sunday said that the incident happened on Saturday at about 10:30 a.m.

“Two persons who were said to be excavating sand at a site in Gariki in Ugwuoba community got buried as the sand they were excavating slides and allegedly covered them.

“The identity of the victims has yet to be unmasked, but sources revealed that they hailed from Nibo in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, but were at the site to excavate sand into lorries,’’ he said.

He said the corpses were later recovered with the assistance of the Oji River police operatives, who had contacted an excavator for assistance.

Amaraizu added that the corpses had been deposited at the mortuary of the General Hospital, Oji River for autopsy and necessary investigation.

Delta Police Command warns residents against jungle justice

The Delta State Police Command on Sunday warned residents against jungle justice on suspected criminals in the State. The Delta

The Delta State Police Command on Sunday warned residents against jungle justice on suspected criminals in the State.

The Delta State Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamka handed down the warning in a chat with newsmen in Ekete-Inland.

This followed Aniamaka’s confirmation that a woman who disguised as a lunatic to perpetuate ritual businesses was set ablaze in Ekete-Inland in Udu Local Government Area, Delta State.

He stressed that the Delta State Police Command had always insisted that the public should not engage in jungle justice but to report all cases to the appropriate authorities.

According to DSP Aniamaka, “There was in fact a case of burning of a suspected ritualist to death.

“The incident occurred at the Delta Steel Company (DSC) Expressway near Ekete-Inland junction in Ovwian. The Command has always called on the public not to engage in jungle justice but to report all cases to the appropriate authorities”.

The woman was allegedly found with human parts and a fresh dead body on top of a refuse dump site, along the DSC Expressway in Ekete-Inland on Saturday. She was consequently burnt to death by an angry mob.

Rivers massacre: DSS, Army kill Don Wanny’s wanted brother, Obatosu

Oluchi Igwedibia, aka Obatosu, a suspected gang member who allegedly participated in the brutal murder of 23 persons in Omoku,

Oluchi Igwedibia, aka Obatosu, a suspected gang member who allegedly participated in the brutal murder of 23 persons in Omoku, Rivers, on January 1, has been shot dead by security forces.

A security source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspected killer was tracked and shot dead at Sabo Iykpe community, Etsako West in Edo.

Igwedibia, younger brother of Don Wanny, was among the 32 suspected cultists declared wanted by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on January 9.

“Oluchi Igwedibia, alias Obatosu and brother of Don Wani, was the Field Commander of the murderous gang that killed 23 worshipers in cold blood on January 1.

“Igwedibia, after fleeing Omoku town (Rivers) went to Ughelli (Delta) to reside. He rented an apartment in Edo four days ago (Jan. 24) as part of his plan to avoid arrest.”

The source said the operation was carried out by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigerian Army.

“The DSS later tracked him down to his new hide out in Sabo Iykpe community (Edo) and thereafter called the Army for support.

“When we arrived at his house, Igwedibia hid in his ceiling and later tried to shoot his way out but was shot by operatives,” the source said.

The informant said the area had been cordoned off as search for arms and ammunition was ongoing, adding that the operatives also arrested and detained Igwedibia’s accomplice who allegedly helped him withdrew money from the bank.

Rivers Director of DSS, Mr Tosin Ajayi, did not answer his calls or reply to text message sent to his phone.

The late Wanny, Igwedibia and his gang members received amnesty from the Rivers Government in 2016 but later went back to crime.

Herdsmen fingered as fire razes property worth millions at Awka Youth Center

Fulani herdsmen have been fingered in a fire incident that destroyed properties worth millions of naira at the National Youth

Fulani herdsmen have been fingered in a fire incident that destroyed properties worth millions of naira at the National Youth Development Centre Mgbakwu in Awka North Local Government area of Anambra State.

The fire, which burnt down the bungalow housing the office of the principal of the center, was alleged to have been ignited by some suspected Fulani herdsmen grazing their cattle in the centre.

DAILY POST gathered that some of the property destroyed by the fire included computer sets, television sets, gas cooker, household and office effects, among other items.

Speaking to newsmen, the principal of the center, Mrs. Grace Ogbuji who expressed shock over the incident said she received a distressed call from one of the cleaners in the centre, alleging that herdsmen grazing their cattle at the centre put the fire on Wednesday.

“She told me precisely that the fire was ignited by Fulani herdsmen which affected the three bedroom flats in the centre,” she said.

Ogbuji who regretted that the center had been under utilized since its establishment, appealed to both the federal and state governments to come to their rescue by rebuilding the affected structures.

She also stressed the need for the centre to be put in full use to achieve the purpose for which it was established.

“Since the centre is located in Anambra State, the state government should liase with the federal government to ensure it is used for what it was meant for,” she added.

A youth leader in the area, Chukwuma Nnenna, who said he was an eyewitness, lamented that the quantity of property lost to the inferno was much because of the odd time the incident happened.

“The unfortunate incident took all of us unawares because it occurred at odd hours when it was almost difficult to put out the fire,” he said.

He also called on the state government to make good its promises of empowering the youths in the area by repositioning the centre for uptimal results.

“If the government had done the needful, this incident could not have happened. If the centre were to be functional, it could not have been engulfed by fire,” he decried.

The President General of Mgbakwu, Chief Nweze Okafor, said it was high time the government made adequate use of the facilities to actualize its objectives.

“It is either the government put the centre in proper and full use or they give us back our land,” Okafor stated.

He, however, hinted that he had already contacted the leader of the Fulani herdsmen in Awka North local government area who had promised to pay a visit to the center to ascertain the extent of the damage.

Anambra has an existing policy of host community paying for the destruction of any property belonging to the Fulani herdsmen, and vice versa.

Oyo Police recover 22 stolen motorcycles from two brothers in Ibadan

Two brothers who allegedly specialize in killing commercial motorcyclistsand stealing their motorcycles on transit in Oyo, Ogun, and Osun states

Two brothers who allegedly specialize in killing commercial motorcyclistsand stealing their motorcycles on transit in Oyo, Ogun, and Osun states have been arrested by men of the Oyo State Police Command.

DAILY POST learnt on Sunday that the two suspects are currently being detained by men of the State Police Command at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Dugbe, Ibadan office.

The two suspects whose names were given as Taiwo and Tosin were said to be based in Mowe, in Ogun State where they operate across the three South West states.

A police source said the suspects who were currently helping the police in investigation had confessed to the crime.

It was gathered that about three bodies were discovered along Apata-Bakatari road within one week, while their assailants made away with their commercial motorcycles.

There were also reports of attacks on commercial motorcycles’ operators and stealing of motorcycles in Ibadan metropolis and other parts of the state.

After thorough investigation, men of the Omi-Adio, Ibadan Police Division last week arrested the two suspects and recovered 22 motorcycles from them.

Scores of victims of the crime, it was learnt have continued to besiege the Omi-Adio Police Division and SARS with relevant documents to claim their stolen motorcycles.

Herbalist arrested in Abuja for deceiving women, selling their babies

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), has arrested a herbalist, Mr Chigozie Emmanuel, aka ‘Akuchi’,

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), has arrested a herbalist, Mr Chigozie Emmanuel, aka ‘Akuchi’, for selling new born babies in Abuja.

NAPTIP said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, that Emmanuel, 38, is from Enugu State and the owner of Akuchi Herbal Concept, located at New Nyanya, Abuja.

The statement said he was arrested “after weeks of diligent surveillance by officers of the Agency and those of the Department of State services’’.

Emmanuel was allegedly “deceiving women into thinking they are pregnant and thereafter giving other people’s babies to them having collected lots of money.

“The arrest was based on a previous arrest by the Nigerian Police, of a woman whom they saw with a baby in Abuja enroute Minna, Niger State.

“Based on their suspicion, they detained and questioned the woman on the identity of the baby she carried. She admitted to being a patient of Emmanuel, whom she said administered some herbs to her after years of infertility.

“She thereafter appeared pregnant and was cautioned against going to the hospital for any medical treatment or ante-natal care.

“When it was time for her ‘delivery’, Mr. Emmanuel directed her to Port-Harcourt where a baby was handed over to her. She confessed to paying Mr. Emmanuel the sum of six hundred and fifty thousand naira (N650,000) for his services’’.

The statement added that Emmanuel, who was arrested at the weekend, “is helping in further investigations on sale of human beings and child trafficking’’.

The Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

She also commended the Officers for their painstaking surveillance which culminated in the arrest.

Okah-Donli further warned the public, especially women, to stop patronizing such ‘herbalists’, as the sale of babies is a crime punishable by law.

The NAPTIP boss advised couples who wish to adopt a child to go through the legal means of adoption.

According to her, “some of the babies sold to these women were abducted from their biological parents.”

She, however, called for more information from the public about any such act or ‘maternity homes’ being run in their neighborhood.

Suspect escapes from police custody in Cross River

A suspected criminal allegedly involved in a murder case in Bakassi local government area of Cross River State has escaped

A suspected criminal allegedly involved in a murder case in Bakassi local government area of Cross River State has escaped from Police custody in Bakassi Police Divisional headquarters.

The suspect, Essien Ita was alleged to have been involved in the murder of Chief Eyo Eyo Bassey who was assassinated sometime in 2017.

A source who preferred anonymity told DAILY POST that when Essien was granted bail late last year, he went back to the brother of the deceased village head of Ikot- Obot to threaten him.

“When he was granted bail, he went back to the younger brother of Chief Eyo Eyo Bassey who was assassinated last year to threaten his life and vowed that he will make sure he too was also killed like his elder brother.

“The younger brother to the deceased reported the matter to the police and he was re-arrested, but as the police was planning to charge him to court, he escaped from their custody.

“As I speak, the officers on duty have been given ultimatum to re-arrest and provide the suspect on or before Thursday or face disciplinary actions,” he said.

It was learned that, Essien Ita who hails from Ikot –Nkpo Anang in Bakassi and six others were arrested in connection with the alleged murder, but he was granted bail.

When contacted, police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Irene Ugbo confirmed the escape, adding that a crack team was on his trail and he will be apprehended soon.

“We are on his trail and we have lead that is giving us useful information and we assure the people that he will soon be re-arrested and made to face the full weight of the law,” she assured.

It would be recalled that 52 year old Chief, Eyo Eyo Bassey, Village Head of Ikot Obot and a staff of Audit Department, Cross River State Ministry of Finance was assassinated by his assailants in his farm near a Primary school at Ikot –Obot late last year over an alleged land tussle between him and some people in the community.

Herdsmen killings: Taraba LG chairmen narrowly escape death

The Chairman of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, Daniel Adi and his Takum counterpart, Shiban Tikari on Sunday

The Chairman of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, Daniel Adi and his Takum counterpart, Shiban Tikari on Sunday escaped death in two separate attacks in the state.

Adi told Punch that he came under attack from suspected Fulani herdsmen around Gidin Dorowa town in Wukari council.

He said that the Fulani herdsmen had, on Saturday evening, killed a Tiv man in his farm at a village close to Gidin Dorowa and on hearing this, he (Adi) mobilised his security team to the area.

He added, “On sighting me and the security team which was made up of the Police and Civil Defense corps, they opened fire, but the security overpowered them and they took to their heels.

“It was in the course of pursuing them that we apprehended three Fulani men who later confessed that they were called for reinforcement by the Fulani militia that attacked us.

“Those arrested have already been taken to the state Police command in Jalingo for further investigation,” he said.

The council chairman called for the deployment of more security for thorough investigation.

Also, gunmen suspected to be armed robbers in the early hours of Sunday kidnapped the driver of the chairman of Takum, LGA, Shiban Tikari, who was later released.

Emmanuel Bello, a Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to Governor Darius Ishaku, confirmed to the newspaper that the attack happened when the council chairman was going to Donga for a thanksgiving service.

Bello called for reinforcement of the Joint Benue/Taraba military task force to help check the level of insecurity in the area.

But the Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. David Misal who confirmed the incident, said it was a robbery attack and that the council chairman was not personally involved, but that his personal car was snatched by the robbers.

On the attack in Wukari, the Police image maker said he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area‎.