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Deputy Governor’s brother kidnapped

The younger brother to Edo State Deputy Comrade Philip Shaibu, has been kidnapped by gunmen at Irhiri, Benin City.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt that Mr Frederick Shaibu was kidnapped at about 7 am, while the gun-toting kidnappers left his children in the car, bewildered.

Irhiri community, where the kidnapping took place, is a few metres away from the Ogba Zoo, where Mr Osa Ehanire, manager of the zoo and younger brother to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, was kidnapped sometime ago, with the Ogba River serving as the getaway route for the men of the underworld, operating with speed boats.

According to available information, the kidnappers were yet to make any contact with the Shaibus as at the time of filing this report.

A family source who confirmed the incident on condition of anonymity disclosed that the kidnappers “attacked him and took him away. It happened at around 7 am when he was going to drop his children in school. The children were left by the gunmen and they took their father away. But the incident has been reported to security agencies, they have not made any contact with the family.”

“It is believed that the kidnappers came through the river because people who saw the incident said they went through the bushes in that area that leads to the riverside. Security agencies have been informed and they are doing everything possible to ensure that he is released unhurt and be reunited with his family,” The family source revealed.

The Edo State Police Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, said, “I am not aware of this development yet but I will find out.

ASEC TASKS EDO GOVERNMENT ON CITIZENS’ INPUT ON BUDGET FORMULATION

A civil society group, Action for Socio-political and Economic Change (ASEC) have called on Edo state government to make it as a point of deliberate policy to engage citizens at grassroots level in harvesting their peculiar needs for budget formulation.

The call was made by the Coordinator of the group, Leftist Osazee Edigin in Benin City in reacting to the presentation of the 2020 revised supplementary budget by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to the state House of Assembly on Tuesday.

Edigin who stated that, this is the second time the 2020 budget is been revised in response to the current economic reality which was predominantly caused by the novel Coronavirus pandemic that affected the larger part of the year and distorted economic projections.

Speaking further, he emphasized on the need for government and House of Assembly representatives to always organise stakeholders’ meetings at the local level to enable government input what are of more importance to the locals into budget formulation instead of relying mostly on call circulars from MDAs and party leaders without engaging the grassroots populace, he went on to assert that, a budget performance is determinant on how it has imparted on the people positively.

Local Government Chairmen, Councilors and state House of Assembly members are expected to meet with people at the grassroots level to get feedbacks on government expectations vis-a-vis project execution in their domains that will form a robust budget document he posited.

ASEC is a civil society group whose thematic areas are public accountability, transparency, good governance and human rights and an affiliate of Edo Civil Society Organisations.

EDO: Independent Power Plant 24-hour electricity supply to Ogbemudia stadium’ll extend to neighbouring homes, businesses, others

The 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Independent Power Plant in Edo State, which commenced power supply on Wednesday with the lighting up of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, will have its services extended to supply 24-hour electricity to residential homes, offices and businesses within the stadium vicinity.

Managing Director of the plant, Dr. Uwa Igiehon, gave the assurance while test running the lighting of facilities within the perimeters and inside the main bowl of the newly reconstructed Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.

Igiehon disclosed that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium would henceforth enjoy 24-hour power supply, which will be extended to all homes and businesses around the facility.

According to him, “We have the 33KV line running from Ologbo to Palm House. That is about 33 kilometers of distance from Palm House to the stadium. It is a complete circuit and everything has been designed to run for 24/7.

“The state government has done a fantastic job by installing a 2.5KVA transformer in the stadium and I expect that this power will be extended to all the residential homes and commercial offices around the stadium.”

“The same should apply to the 11KV line by the state secretariat; all the houses and commercial entities around the roads should be powered up; we are connecting some new locations already,” he added.

Commending the Obaseki-led state government for the feat, Igiehon noted: “One of the things that Governor Godwin Obaseki has done continuously is to put everything on an economic path. Economics is a science and having power is critical to having industries. I am sure that with the 24/7 power at the main bowl, it’s going to attract a lot of socio-economic activities that will boost the economy of the state.

“My primary objective is to make sure that we do not only provide power but provide it on a sustainable and affordable basis. The difference between the tariff that we are supplying our power and the cost of using a generator is vast. So, it’s important, particularly for industries that power is supplied at a rate that is affordable.”

The Managing Director described the relationship between the firm and the state government, which led to the execution of the ongoing project, as a fantastic model, adding “there has never been a time when we needed the input of the state government and were denied such support.”

Five Feared Dead as Security Operatives Allegedly Shoot People After Discovering Bags Of Money In Edo Warehouse

Five persons have been reportedly shot dead in Benin, Edo State capital, when youths on Saturday evening attempted to force their way into the Edo Pharmaceutical Company where CA-COVID-19 palliatives are being reportedly kept.

The victims who were reportedly shot be security operatives were said to be breaking into the warehouse where they allegedly discovered a large sum of money kept in large bags.

Unconfirmed reports also had it that some others died from exhaustion resulting from heat in the warehouse and the ensuing stampede.

Recall that residents of the area had invaded the warehouse in the morning and looted the Covid-19 palliatives kept there by the state government.

The desperate mob had defied threat of military operatives who shot for about five minutes, to scare the rampaging mob.

For several hours, the residents carted home items like rice, beans, noodles, mattresses, empty gas cylinders and others.

No serious incident occurred in morning, except for two persons who were allegedly trampled on.

Trouble however started later in the afternoon, when some youths allegedly returned to the warehouse, and attempted to search a certain room the they did not look into in the morning.

One of the looters allegedly discovered that pile of money was kept in one of the rooms in the warehouse and screamed.

Angered by the action, the security operatives allegedly shot at the ramoaging mob.

In the process, three persons were allegedly hit and died around the warehouse, while two women were said to have died from stray bullets far away from the warehouse.

A resident of the area who gave his name simply as David, said the entire area looks like a war-ravaged community.

David whose house is directly opposite the warehouse, said he went out after the morning episode, only to be called home that there was another looting going on.

He said: “As at 6pm, the warehouse vicinity had turned to a war zone, as a combined team of army and police operatives chase about and shot at the youths who run about in various directions.”

As at the time of filing this report (8.00pm), the entire Medical Stores Road and adjoining streets have been deserted, while the brave ones lock themselves in their rooms.

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BREAKING: Edo State Governor relaxes 24 hour curfew

The governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki has lifted the curfew imposed on the state.

The Governor said the move is to contain the activities of hoodlums who have hijacked the peaceful protests in a bid to end police brutality tagged #EndSARS.

While briefing the youths in Benin on Thursday afternoon he said the curfew will now be relaxed from 4pm to 6pm daily for the next 72 hours for reevaluation and further actions.

Prisonbreak: Obaseki inspects correctional facilities, issues ultimatum to fleeing inmates

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has issued ultimatum to fleeing inmates from the Medium Security Correctional Centres (MSCC) on Sapele Road and at Oko, Airport Road, to return to the prisons before Friday, October 23rd, 2020.

Obaseki gave the ultimatum while inspecting the Correctional facilities on Sapele Road and at Oko, in Benin City, the state capital on Wednesday.

Obaseki was accompanied on the inspection of the affected facilities by the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Secretary to State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ethan Uzamere, and DIG Celestine Okoye, among others.

Obaseki said the level of destruction in the state was never in the spirit of the #ENDSARS protests, but the action of criminal elements who have now caused unrest in the state.

“This is not in the spirit of #ENDSARS protests. The protesters were focused on reforming the police system not to destroy prisons and release inmates. You can tell that there was some criminal intention behind these acts.”

Obaseki said the #ENDSARS protests in Edo State were hijacked by criminals and some inmates were released in the process, noting, “We condemn the act wholeheartedly and even the #ENDSARS protesters have joined us in condemning this act. Government can’t sit down, fold its hands and allow a breakdown of law and order in our society because everyone will be affected.

He added: “We know some of the inmates have been released but we appeal to all inmates who have escaped to come back on their own before the close of business on Friday. They should report themselves back as nothing will be done to them but failure to do that, we will come after them as we have their records.”

Assuring of the government’s support to the police authorities to restore order and normalcy, the governor said, “Having undertaken this inspection and seeing the level of destruction, we will now move swiftly into action. The Inspector General of Police, (IGP), understanding the gravity of what has happened in Edo State, sent DIG Celestine Okoye to come and assist us in putting the situation under control.

“Our government will continue to support our people to have the right to express themselves legitimately. We don’t have any problem with #ENDSARS protests but we are against hooliganism and brigandage.”

Controller of Correctional Services, Edo State Command, Babayo Maisanda, who took the governor and top security agencies round the damaged custodial centers, said the total number of escapees is 1818.

He said the number of recaptured and secured inmates is 163, noting that MSCC New (Oko) has 182 inmates, with 28 of them from Ogba Farm centre, while MSCC Benin (old) has 15 inmates.

“We were overwhelmed by these hoodlums who were armed. We heard of their coming and informed other security agencies to come to our aid but didn’t see them. We were eventually overpowered,” he said.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Celestine Okoye, urged the people of Edo State to remain calm as the police are on top of the situation, as some arms have been recovered and 12 hoodlums arrested.

“We have recovered some of the arms and we are after the hoodlums and promise to arrest them. We have already arrested 12 of them. We are appealing to Edo people to calm down as we are doing our best to maintain law and order in the state.”

The governor and his entourage also visited the MSCC New (Oko), MSCC Benin (Old), Idogbo Police Station, EDPA building, Emotan Gardens Estate, Upper Sokponba in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area.

Fatal Auto Crash Claims Four, Injures Scores In Edo

At least four persons were killed and five others injured on Tuesday morning road crash on Ahor-Byepass in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State.

The fatal accident occurred at about 7:22a.m and it involved a 14-seater Lagos-Enugu bound bus and articulated truck.

It was said that the truck was making a U-turn on the road when the driver of the bus crashed into the truck behind.

An official of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), who preferred anonymity confirmed the incident to our Correspondent on Tuesday, blaming the fatal crash on over speeding by the bus driver.

“If the driver was not on top speed, he could have avoided the fatal crash.

“Out of 14 passengers, four persons died, five others have been taken to hospital”, he said.

Edo schools to resume 1st term Sept 28, while Enugu resume 3rd term same date

The Edo State Government has approved Monday, September 28 for the resumption of primary and secondary schools for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The state Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, made the disclosure on Tuesday in Benin City, the state capital.

He said to observe social distancing safety protocol in the classrooms, secondary schools would operate with JSS 1-3 from 8 am and 11 am while SSS 1-3 would receive classes from 12 noon to 3 pm.

Ijegbai further said that parents and guardians were expected to provide face masks for their children and wards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

He said, “Schools’ heads and proprietors are to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocol guidelines.“They must collect copies of the 2020/21 academic calendar from the office of the Chief Inspectors of Education in the 18 local government areas of Edo State.”

Ijegbai also said that the sale of forms for examinations into the six model schools in the state was still on, while the entrance examination had been moved from September 26 to October 3.

In a related development, the Enugu State Government has announced the phased re-opening of all primary and secondary schools in the state, for 3rd term academic activities, on Monday, September 28, 2020.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, the decision was reached “following the Enugu State Education sector stakeholders’ consensus and gracious approval of His Excellency the Governor”.

Prof. Eze pointed out that “it is important to note that necessary measures have been put in place in our schools for safe re-opening”.

He added that “teachers/students/pupils are therefore requested to ensure that they abide by the approved guidelines on COVID-19”, stressing that “no person will be allowed into any school without appropriate facemask/shield”.

According to the commissioner, “strong monitoring teams at state and Local Government Areas have been constituted to monitor compliance with the approved guidelines for the safety of all that operate in our schools”.

He therefore noted that “Primary six and Junior Secondary three students have completed their examinations and are not expected to be back to school”.

EDO 2020:End desperate security attack on PDP governors now, Emeka Kalu charges Buhari

The National Coordinator of PDP Coalition,Chief Dr. Emeka Kalu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a check on security agencies and their cohorts harrasing governors of the party in Edo State.

The PDP chieftain who decried the barrage of police officers at the hotel housing Governor Nyesom Wike, warned that if the situation is allowed to fester, the elections may be marred by violence and lawlessness, with security agents who should protect the law are the ones abusing it.

He said “It is disheartening and an impunity of the highest order for police officers to be harrasing elected governors for the sake of elections. Why is the harassment against the opposition governors and not against the governors of the All Progressives Congress who are in the state?

I am calling on the President, the IGP of police and other stakeholders to wade into the situation as this injustice cannot be allowed to take over our civil rights in the name of politics to serve the interest of the APC and its selfish goals.

“What’s happening now is dsmangerous for our democracy, and smells of terror being hatched to be unleashed during the elections. The president must arrest the situation immediately before it goes out of hand. Edo people must be allowed to vote and be voted for, without desperate politicians and security trying to thwart results”, he warned.

The Edo State Drama And Misuse Of Federal Might, Kalu Expresses Worry

The National Coordinator, People’s Democratic Party Coalition, Chief Dr Emeka Kalu, a mobilization and good governance advocacy group under PDP, has frowned at what he discribed as worrisome development in Edo State activities.

In a statement he issued to the press, Chief Kalu said that it is pertinent to note that the issue of political thuggery and desperate disposition of the APC, if not checked, may plunge Edo State into deep political chaos too catastrophic to contain.

It reeks of direct misuse of power for the opposition to take law into their hands by standing against majority decision in open confrontation that had been displayed by APC in the past few days. I suggest that we as Nigerians should carefully watch what is happening in Edo currently where 19 lawmakers impeached the Speaker in a private house business while in contravention of this legal process, police took over the Assembly complex at the instance of one man.

Whatever the plan of the opposition and lawmakers loyal to Oshiomhole want to achieve by forcefully moving into the Assembly Complex, I assure you, will not be in the interest of peace and may further plunge the precarious peace into more trained resolve ahead of the election. This is what every good statesman should never wish for his people no matter the desperation.

“I am calling on President Mohammed Buhari and the APC leadership to as a matter of urgency and national interest in protection of the people of Edo State, call Adams Oshiomhole and his followers to order. Power is given by God and can never be forced on the people.

“I am certain that any attempt to force any leader on the people will meet a stiff resistance, I assure you” he said.

Chief Kalu also called on the National Electoral Commission to as a matter of duty ensure they organize a free and fair election that will reflect the choice of the people rather than conform with the desperate nature of “Federal Might” that is being abused in Edo State.