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Cultists unleash mayhem, kill 5 in Cross River

Suspected cultists numbering over 50, armed with axes, shotguns and machetes have destroyed properties worth ten million naira after killing five persons in Akpabuyo LGA of Cross River State. The incident happened on Sunday in the Forestry area of the council.

Nocturnal groups whose identities were given as Skylo and Scorpion operating in the area are reported to be responsible for the mayhem. A witness said both groups reportedly exchanged gunfire at the forestry checkpoint in Akpabuyo.

Presently, the area remains deserted as petty businesses have since closed shops as a result of the development. It was alleged that members of the Scorpion gang ignited the friction that led to the face-off with Skylo group.

“Five persons were reportedly gunned down during the clash while properties worth ten million naira were destroyed. Both groups are suspected to have butchered five of their members”, the witness said. He said it was also suspected that remnants of the dreaded Bakassi Strike Force have stepped into the face-off after directing both groups to a ceasefire without success.

“After the ultimatum given by the former militants expired, some armed men suspected to be militants invaded the area with a view to clearing the suspected cult groups and clean the local government area of cultists”, the witness further said.

The Security Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade (South), Ani Esin said “We have some cult-related clashes in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the State which degenerated into communal differences and we are trying to see what we can do to curtail it. We will handle the cult issue first, and then go into communal differences”.

The Permanent Secretary, Governor’s Office, in charge of Security, Dr Alfred Mboto also lamented the situation saying “Yesterday, when I got distress calls, I immediately called the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander. They sent security personnel to the area to maintain law and order.”

Husband, wife, die in fresh bomb blast in Borno village

A husband and his wife, (names withheld) were killed in a suicide attack which rocked Kafan Ruwa village in Konduga Local Government Area of troubled Borno State.

Sources also said an unspecified number of residents in the Borno Village were injured in the attack with the destruction of houses.

Kafan Ruwa, a.k.a waterways in English is predominantly a fishermen communities dominated by Hausa origins and a stone throw to Konduga Local Government Headquarters which is about 40km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital.

Reliable sources said
that the incident took place on Sunday at about 12:30 am when the suicide bomber infiltrated a household in the Borno village and detonated an Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to her body.

When contacted, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yakubu Mohammed confirmed the attack but insisted that he did not have details on the number of casualties.

His words: “Yes I have been trying to get in touch with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Konduga, but am yet to get him, whenever I get him, I will furnish you with the details.” He told Vanguard.

US – based philanthropist inaugurates Foundation for the indigent in Enugu

A US based philanthropist, Mr Afamefuna Atu on Sunday launched an empowerment foundation to cater for the needs of the indigent in Enugu State.

Atu, who is the president of the organisation called Kings Care Empowerment Foundation, said that he was motivated to launch the foundation due to unpleasant personal experiences he had while growing up.

The president while speaking during the formal inauguration of the Nigeria office, said that the foundation was aimed at addressing the health, education and material needs of the people.
He said that three events in the history of his family shaped his passion for humanitarian works leading to the present intervention.

“Three events in my family history shaped my passion for humanitarian works. First is the death of my grandmother, who died during childbirth because of malnutrition and lack of food.

“The baby boy she was delivered of also died too. She left my mother aged two and her four years old sister behind.

“Shortly after my grandmother’s death, an eye disease which we know as ‘apollo’ broke out in our community and my grandfather was one of those that were affected,” he said.

According to Atu, his grandfather did not have money for medical treatment due to poverty and went for a local remedy.

“He squeezed a local herb into his eyes to clear the infection but he lost his eyes leaving my two-years old mother and her four years old sister motherless and with a blind father,” he said.

Atu said his father also lost his younger sister to liver cancer “and the tragedy affected all of us. After hearing the story of my grandparents, I vowed to make sure that no other parent will experience such suffering.

“Realising that when we leave this world we will not be remembered by the volume of our wealth but by our good deeds.

“Standing on those ideals, I established the Kings Care Empowerment Foundation whose primary aim is focused on our people to avoid another parent losing their eyesight as a result of poverty.

“I will not also like to see another woman dying at her birth stool like my grandmother,” he said.

Atu said that the foundation would focus on rural communities in order to create a future the people could touch and feel; a future where everyone is valued, every voice is heard and every life counts.

“As we formally open our headquarters in Nigeria, we look forward to engaging communities on challenges of health and community development, youth outreach and women empowerment,” Atu said.

Earlier, the Director of the foundation, Mr Ikechukwu Nwobodo, said that the organisation which was founded in 2017 had engaged in charitable works and growth of indigent families through medical outreach and others.

In a goodwill message, Enugu State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Manfred Nzekwe, said that the state government would partner with the foundation in any way possible to address the challenges of indigent members of the society among others.

Nzekwe commended the founder of the foundation for the initiative.

Highlight of the event was testimonies from beneficiaries of the foundation’s empowerment schemes.

Ohafia residents protest release of Church of Satan pastor in Abia

Some youths in Ohafia, Abia state have taken to the streets to protest the release of Ifegwu Udo aka Lucifer, founder and pastor of the Church of Satan, from prison.

According to reports, Udo was granted bail in the sum of N1 million each with two sureties in like sum. He was, however, released after meeting the bail conditions.

Speaking to reporters on the protest and banishment of the evil master, the president of Ohafia youths, Obasa Ohafia, described Udo as a persona non grata to the community.

His words, “After the incident in Ohafia in which the police station, high and magistrate courts were burnt, we discovered after investigation that the policeman who killed the trader apprentice that triggered the protest came out from Lucifer’s brothel where he got himself drunk before he shot dead the young man.

“Since he was arrested, calm returned to Ohafia, but on Monday we heard he (Lucifer) was released, the same day, an okada rider in Ohafia was killed and his motorcycle made away with. The youths then said if Lucifer could be released and the same day somebody was killed, it then means there will not be peace in Ohafia if he

Obasi said since creation, nobody in Ohafia has been known by the name Lucifer, adding that since the name was strange to Ohafia, it means the person bearing it is a stranger and “this is why the youths are saying no to Lucifer, we don’t want him again”.

Obasi said Ndi Eze Ogo (ruling chiefs) in Ohafia were in support of the protests and have authorized them to deal decisively with Lucifer wherever he is seen in Ohafia.

“The Eze Ogos are in total support of our action, we embarked on the peaceful protest to tell Lucifer he has been banished from Ohafia. We are saying no to Lucifer, he is a bad influence to youths in Ohafia.

The youth leader foreclosed any brokering of peace between Ohafia youths and Lucifer, insisting that if the founder of the Church of Satan could be pardoned and allowed to return to Ohafia, it will be after 10 years according to the custom of the people.

“Ever since he was taken away, our people have been sleeping with their two eyes closed, so, there is no point wanting him back”, Obasi said.

Ogbette traders demand Enugu Govt. neutrality in association’s election

Traders in Ogbette Main Market, Enugu have called on the state government to maintain neutrality as they prepare for the election of their leaders after a three-year disbandment.

The leader of the group, Mr Okwudili Ani of Wine and Spirit section of the market made the call on Tuesday while briefing newsmen in Enugu.

Recall that the state government had three years ago disbanded the elected executive of Ogbette Main Market Traders Association over leadership tussle.

Consequently, the state government set up a caretaker committee led by a former caretaker committee chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area, Mr John Eze, a none trader.

Ani said that it was gratifying that the caretaker leadership of the traders association had finally deemed it necessary to conduct election three years after they were forced on the association.

He, however, said that the traders would not tolerated undue external influence as they set to choose their leaders.

He said that their position was informed by glaring intrigues, claims and counterclaims leading to the build up of the election.
Ani alleged that the traders had uncovered plans to disqualify one of the candidates vying for the office of the president of the association simply because he is not from a particular section of the state.

He alleged that the leader of the caretaker administration of OMMTA, Eze was behind the intrigue to disqualify one of the contestants whom he described as the most popular candidate.
He said that the traders would resist any attempt by the electoral committee to disqualify any of the contestants unjustly.

Ani said that the three other candidates are from Nsukka “and that is why Eze has been dropping the name of the state governor in his bid to disqualify the only candidate that is not from Nsukka.

“We appeal to them not to create more problems for the traders because we will not tolerate any form of imposition. They should allow us a fair and free ground to choose who leads us,” Ani said.
When contacted, Eze said that neither him nor the electoral committee was involved in any illegality.

Eze said that he was following the constitution of the association in the conduct of the election.

He said that it would be wrong to accuse him of trying to influence the outcome of the exercise, adding “OMMTA has a valid constitution and we are following it.

“Anybody who feels they are qualified is free to contest,” Eze said.

Also, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Rev Fr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, said that he had been given the mandate to follow the law in discharging his duties as an umpire.

Nwankwo, who is a Catholic cleric, said that it would be too early to start talking about disqualification when the screening had not been done.

“The screening will be done today and it is only after then that you start talking about qualification and disqualification. I will be very fair but will follow the law blindly,” Nwankwo said.

Our correspondent reports that Ogbette Main Market, which is the largest in the state has known no peace since the last elected EXCO of the traders’ union was dissolved.

Edo Indigenous Movement partners with United Nations to celebrate World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA), also known as Edo Indigenous Movement Worldwide (EIM) has announced that it will be celebrating the 2020 edition of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in collaboration with the United Nations.

EPIA, while noting that the 2020 edition will reflect the challenges of COVID-19 across the globe, argued that despite the pandemic, there has been a peak in political consciousness of Indigenous peoples between 2019 and 2020, especially in Africa.

Chief Bishop J.O.E Edokpolo who spoke to journalists on the matter in Benin City, commended Edo indigenes at home and across the world for rising up to defend and protect the rights of Edo indigenes in the face of oppressive political policies.

He also said “This year’s theme is” the Covid 19, Politics and Indigenous Peoples”, and Edo Indigenous Movement is using this opportunity to call on all its indigenes worldwide not to relent effort in promoting their indigenous empowerment and put their state high before any one on earth.

“No matter what anyone says against Edo, there is no place like home”, he emphasized.

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.

This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

It was first pronounced by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in 1982.


Photos of police officers extorting ex-corp members of their last salary while coming home from their POP has surfaced

An ex-corp member has used his Twitter page to cry out for help telling the story of how police officers robbed him and his friend while coming down from their passing out parade ceremony (POP) held on Thursday.

The man who is an ex-corp member Obiora lamented on his page saying they were on their way to Onitsha from Enugu state where they just completed their mandatory one-year youth service.

The policemen stopped their vehicle at a checkpoint and accused them of being internet fraudsters requesting for a sum of N300,000, which was negotiated to N50,000.

New evidence has surfaced to back up this story as a Policeman was caught on camera counting a sum of N50,000 he allegedly extorted from some ex-corps members who were on their way home after the Passing out Parade held nationwide on Thursday.

Today, I experienced first hand the devils called “Nigerian police” @PoliceNG_CRU
I want you to carefully go through my tweet and help me get the money they robbed me of back.

I and my colleague were traveling from Enugu to Onitsha after our NYSC POP.
We got to a particular junction in Enugu ( Four corner) where there was a police checkpoint. My friend was driving ahead of me. The police asked him to pull over and waved me to pass but because we were together I had to pull over as well.

They asked for the particulars of his vehicle and his driver’s license which he provided and also told them he is an ex corper traveling back to his base after the POP. Immediately they labeled him an Internet fraudster and said they have been dealing with A lot of corpers plying same road who are internet fraudsters.

I got involved and asked the officer what he meant because I know my friend is a legit business guy who is a Betking agent. They refused and threatened to shoot at us if we do anything silly.

Like making calls and all. We stayed cool and asked them why they were harassing us and they said they can’t repeat themselves because they are sure we are internet fraudsters ( now they included me because I had to know what the problems was)

The next thing they told us was if we knew what we want to do in Anambra is that important, we should give them 300k and then go our way! That left us in awe and with the question of what did we do? By then they had seized the key to my friend’s car and threatened to shoot and make a mess of us if we did anything silly. We had no option than to bargain with them and they directed us to a POS where we did a cashback of 50k for them. That was the last money in my account and I have to get that money back