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Hoodlums terrorise Ugbowo, Uselu residents in Benin with house-to-house robbery

Residents of Uselu, Ugbowo and environs in Benin City are faced with turbid times in the hands of some suspected armed criminal gangs who now parade adjoining streets and rob shop owners of their goods, kill and harrased harmless residents in broad day light operations.

With similar attacks also taking place in other areas of Textile Mill Road, Medical Stores, Okhoro, Isihor and Oluku axis during the day, it was learned that, some residents are seeking God’s intervention following the failure of police operatives to fully resume duty.

Despite battle for supremacy between cult rivalry groups who had embarked on embarrassing wanton killings of one another, hopes were gradually gathering momentum for a peaceful resolve between the groups.

Upper Sakponba had been the epicenter of the resultant clashes but with the recent presence of security joint task force there, it appears that, the fleeing suspects have taken Uselu-Ugbowo-
Medical Stores as their new abode.

The worst hit areas are residents of Good Samaritan Street,
Ediakean Primary School Road, Iyase, Ebo Junction and Etiosa suburb, who are forced to sleep early with doors closed and hallucinating similar attacks.

It was gathered that shop owners close up their shops by 4pm and resume sales at 8:30am with most areas around deserted and lonely enough for criminal onslaughts.

Commercial activities have hit all time low over incessant gun shots that had continued to rent the air at free will, resulting to killings in most cases.

Days ago, a man who was reportedly returning home from work was attacked and killed around First Federal Road with his lifeless body seen in the early hours of the following day.

According to a source, the deceased was few meters away from his place when he was reportedly hacked to death.

Similarly, a middle age furniture apprentice, who was at his furniture stall had his life was cut short by the suspected criminals who ambushed him while he was said to have gone to buy materials for a job.

A senior resident who spoke to us on condition of anonymity, said “the gang of armed robbers moved door-to-door, shooting or hacking some of their victims to death”.
According to him, “they rob traders’ shops on a daily basis. Everyday, we are afraid of the criminal elements. They move around brandishing guns and weapons of mass destruction.

“They do not only threaten their victims, but rob them of their belongings. Those children are very scary”.

“We are appealing to appropriate authorities to protect the live and properties they took oath for. We can’t sleep with our eyes closed”.

It would be recall that More than four police divisional stations across the city centre were burned recently in a peaceful protest against police brutality turned violence.

Statistics are difficult to come by, but many would say Edo State, particularly Benin City, has seen increase in crime in recent weeks.

The level of murder and robbery rates have risen since the advent of #EndSARS protest which was believed to have been hijacked by suspected hoodlums and cultists, leaving no fewer than 38 persons murdered since the cult clashes.

As at the time of filing this report, sounds from the security vehicles parading were heard moving into the flash points of the adjoining streets in Uselu to signal their presence in the danger zones as sounds of heavy gun shooting at every interval rent the air.

Total breakdown of law & order imminent as cult killings, kidnapping, armed robbery escalate in Benin

The security situation in Benin, the Edo capital, has taken a turn for the worse following a jump in cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and cult-related killings, NAN checks have revealed.

The upsurge in the crimes was first noticed since the #ENDSARS protests that led to the release of no fewer than 1900 from two Correctional Centres, burning of at least eight police stations and the looting of their armouries by hoodlums.

Night life in the capital city, in the meantime, has since ground to a halt as incidences of kidnappings and armed robbery have escalated.

NAN reports that while residents of the capital city were still reeling from the high crime rate, cult related killings, mostly linked to clashes between rival Vikings and Aye confraternities, have only heightened the fears of the residents in different parts of Benin.

The tally from the cult related killings indicated that no fewer than 30 people were killed within the past week, with three others similarly killed on Sunday by suspected cultists in the city.

Two of the bodies were discovered at Urohra Junction, one by pipeline junction in Eyaen, and on Saturday, two bodies were found around Uselu, while Evidence Street by Isihor accounted for three others.

Before then, several people lost their lives in different parts of the city, including Idogbo, Y-Junction, Nomayo, Three House all along Sokponba Road, Ogida Barracks, Siluko Road, Costain area in New Benin, Aduwawa near Oando filling station, Upper Mission, near Ewa Road junction, Cherubim and Seraphim area of Upper Mission.

Meanwhile, the police are soliciting for information from the public that would help them recover stolen arms and ammunition from the police stations that were looted, trashed or burnt in the state.

When contacted, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Kokumo, said the attack on police facilities, burning of police stations and patrol vehicles during the EndSARS protests, that turned violent, had affected their operations.

He, however, assured that the police will gradually resume work at their duty posts to check crime and criminality in the state.

According to him, in Upper Sokponba in Ikpoba-Okha axis, three police facilities were burnt down displacing the DPOs and other police officers in these divisions.

“These officers now report at the state command headquarters, we now send them on patrol from there so you should expect some hitches, but we will continue to work and get things right.

“The EndSARS protests, which were hijacked by hoodlums, has actually impacted negatively on police operations and unleashed attacks on police facilities’’, he said.

“How do you expect, where 200 inmates escaped, for things to be normal? Kokumo asked, saying, “We were doing our best to arrest the criminals in Edo before the jail break and we are equally trying our best now to see that the escapees are re-arrested and brought to book.

He urged the media to cooperate with and appreciate the efforts of the Police, especially now that they are expected to stem the tide of crime, whereas they lacked operational vehicles, arms and ammunition.

NAN

18 killed as cultists in Benin resume war, shoot police chief, 2 others

Tension has heightened in parts of Benin, the Edo State capital, and adjoining towns following the escalation of bloody clashes between rival Aye and Eiye cult groups in the state.

This is as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (APC) in charge of the Area Command Benin and two senior police officers were shot in the early hours of the day at the popular Murtala Muhammed (MM) Way close to Third East Circular road junction near Sakponba Road in the capital City.

Soldiers have been deployed to the troubled areas of Upper Sakponba, Idogbo, Three House Junction and adjoining locations where activities of the cultists have sent residents fleeing for their lives.

Also, between Monday and Friday 18 persons have reportedly been killed during the bloody clashes between the two rival groups.

In addition, the ugly situation came as economic and development experts converged on the Dennis Osadebay Avenue Government House Benin to fashion out ways for peaceful and sustainable indices towards a viable economic blue print for the ‘Heart Beat State’ in the oil rich South-South geo- political zone of the nation.

Speaker after speaker harped on the need for synergy with Governor Godwin Obaseki and his government to harness the huge cultural, tourism, agricultural, socio-economic and political potentials for a better future for teeming youths and other segments of the entire state.

It was not clear what may have sparked the latest killings across major towns and some local government areas in the South senatorial districts of the state.

Our Correspondent’s investigations revealed that one of the key actors of one of the rival cult confraternity was scheduled for burial yesterday, a development that attracted who is who in the confraternity.

However, the APC and two other officers were said to have shot moments the hoodlums sighted his team on rescue mission to the troubled MM Way, Upper Sakponba, Idogbo and Ugbekun areas considered as core den of the illegal groups.

Several people sustained gunshot injuries in the process.

Both the policemen and others injured were rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and other nearby hospitals for treatment.

The activities of the rival blood thirst cultists were said to have also taken its toll in Ekenwan Road, Siluko Road, Wire Road, Dumez Road, Textile Mill Road, New Benin Road, Ogida Quarters, Ogbe Quarters and Ibivwe Quarters of the City.

About 450 shops, five markets, banks, public and private schools were shut as at Friday morning.

Parents had to rush to the various schools to take their wards home moments the troubled atmosphere became charged with non-stop shootings.

New Telegraph

BREAKING! Youths in Benin confront soldiers, block the roads over Lekki massacre

Youths in Benin City, capital of Edo State ave taken to the streets to continue their protests, this time, against the Nigerian Army. The youths, in their hundreds blocked the Ekenwan road axis of the city leading to Ekenwan barracks.

They also reportedly blocked the Upper Sakponba section, refusing soldiers passages and daring them to shoot at them.

According to eye witnesses, the youths expressed anger and vowed not to end the protests, despite the Edo Government’s declaration of a 24 hour curfew on the city, since Monday this week.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited will continue to bring you reports across he country regarding the #EndSARS Uprising.

Do stay with us.

#EndSARS UPDATE: Benin protesters burn down police station, kill officer, break into prison, free prisoners

The #EndSars protests in Benin City, Edo State capital has turned violent.

Information available to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd is that all the prisoners at Benin prison have fled the prison perimeters after protesters attacked the prison along Sapele Road.

Two videos intercepted by our correspondent on the social media shows prisoners on the high fence, tearing off the wires and jumping down to freedom.

Protesters were also seen outside on the highway, chanting and raising palm leafs.

In a similar development, the Idogbo Police Station opposite Ikpoba Okha local government headquarters in the city has also been attacked by another set of protesters. The protesters, according to eye witnesses stormed the station and chased away all officers on duty. They then lit up the station, along with all vehicles parked there.

Yesterday, protesters knocked down a police officer at Aduwawa with their vehicle, killing him instantly.

The new development may not be unconnected with the killing of four protesters, and injuring of several others by a driver on Saturday evening.

On Thursday, hoodlums had also shot and killed a protester in the city, while trying to disrupt the protests.

The governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki had condemned the killing, and given security operatives 24 hours to fish it the killers.

Stay with Jungle Journalist Media Ltd for more updates.

#EndSARS!

#EndSARS Protesters Lock Down Benin City, Block All Roads

Following the crushing of four protesters on Saturday evening in Benin City, #EndSARS protesters this morning blocked all roads leading into and out of the city.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd reports that students have been sent back home, and those who could not get vehicles have been forced to stay at home.

Business men and workers were seen trekking to their various places of business.

The Junior Secondary School Examinations popularly known as Junior WAEC, slated to begin this morning has also been postponed and students told to go home.

More details to come.

Speeding SUV kills 4 #ENDSARS protesters

Four people have been killed and another four injured in continued #ENDSARS protests in Edo State.

The four were killed when a speeding SUV hit them on First East Circular road in Benin City as they were starting a bonfire in the middle of the road Saturday evening.

It was gathered that the SUV was coming from the Benin – Sapele Road and approached Sakponba road by First East Circular road junction when the accident happened.

Wife of one of the victims whose identify could not be ascertained, said her husband called her when it was getting late that he was on his way home but was held in heavy gridlock along the Sapkonba road axis between first and Sapele Road.

Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comment as his phone was said to be unavailable.

Meanwhile, as at the time of filling this report, the youths were said to be vandalising private property and destroying vehicles on Agbor road.

Daily Trust