Election Violence: 10 suspected armed thugs arrested in Enugu
No less than 10 armed thugs were on Sunday rounded up by the men of Nigeria Army in Isi-Uzo local government council guest house at Ikem, Enugu state.
The thugs were allegedly stationed in the guest house by the local government council chairman, Obiora Obeagu, for the purposes of the March 18 Governorship, Senate and House of Assembly elections in Enugu East Senatorial zone.
The armed men were said to have been imported from Aguleri in Anambra state and quartered in the guest house waiting to unleash mayhem in the area on the day of the election.
They were were however rounded up by the army following an intelligent report and their guns that reportedly included AK-47 and Pump Actions were confiscated by the security personnel and submitted to the Isi-Uzo Divisional Police station at Ikem.
The Chairman of Isi-uzo Local government council, Obeagu, however failed to react to the message sent to him for confirmation.
Natives of Ikem community, however said the arrests was true and were worried that the council area was being turned into a war zone became the Governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Hon. Chijioke Edeoga, hailed from the council area.
A Lawyer, Mr. Onyeka Odoh said: “We were at the police station when the thugs were brought to the police station in Ikem, but the army did not allow us come close.”
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The Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe as usual failed to respond to message sent to him and also failed to pick his call for confirmation.
Election: Atiku cautions Wike
The Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, against speaking under the influence of alcohol.
Atiku gave the words of caution in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Phrank Shaibu, in Abuja, on Sunday.
He gave the advice in response to comments made by the governor while addressing his supporters, in Port Harcourt.
Shaibu quoted Wike as confirming his alleged alcohol induced vituperations targeted at Atiku since losing the PDP presidential ticket.
He said, “Wike had while addressing supporters at the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State on Friday stated that he was drinking a 40-year-old whiskey while he was watching members of his own party on TV protesting against electoral fraud of February 25 in Abuja.
“As they were protesting, I just sat down and took a 40-year whisky. I called some of my friends and opened the 40-year-old whisky as they were protesting,” Wike had said.
Shaibu advised Wike “to stay off alcohol” as it had not only affected his voice and demeanour but also his thinking faculty.
He said, “Governor Wike has confirmed what we all know. That he is a drunkard. The protest that was led by Waziri Atiku Abubakar on Monday, March 6, 2023, was against the stealing of the mandate of the Nigerian people, which in itself was a noble cause.
“For the sake of clarity, the protest occurred around 11.30am. Governor Wike says he was drinking whisky during the protest at 11.30am on a Monday. This reveals the sort of man he is – a dipsomaniac who abandons his official duties on Monday morning to binge on whisky.
“This explains the reason for his coarse voice, which is similar to that of a motor park tout. It is obvious that Governor Wike also dances under the influence of alcohol. No wonder it is characterised by aesthetic vulgarity."
Armed robbers invade Ibadan community, operate with POS
Dare-devil armed robbers, on Saturday morning, invaded Eleshin at Olomo community in Apete, Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State and operated with Point-of-Sale device.
An investigation by our correspondent revealed that the robbers stormed the area around 1am and used the POS device to transfer money from the unsuspecting victims.
The PUNCH Metro further learnt that the ugly incident had thrown the entire community into panic as residents are leaving in palpable fear.
One of the residents, who did not want his name in print, said, “The armed robbers got to the area in the midnight around 1am. They operated freely. They came with POS and transferred some amount of money, which cannot be specified at the moment, from one of their victims’ accounts. They also transferred an undisclosed amount of money from his wife’s account and left.
Terrorists kill 23 villagers in Katsina community
No fewer than 23 villagers were killed and several others injured on Saturday as terrorists invaded villages in Kankara communities, Katsina State.
Those killed include 21 males and two females, a reliable source told DAILY POST.
The hoodlums had earlier on Friday attended the wedding party (Walima) of one of their kingpins, identified as ‘Mai Katifa Mutuwa’ at Majifa Village, but stayed back in the neighbourhood till Saturday to launch the attack.
“Instead of leaving peacefully after the wedding party, the bandits chose to invade nearby villages in the area on Saturday. They attacked several settlements, including Danmarke, Gidan Sale, Gidan Sarka, Gidan Jiho, Gidan Ancho, among others.
“Some vigilantes attempted to stop the hoodlums, but they were not enough to match their fighting power as they unleashed mayhem on the neighbourhood.
“This morning, we gathered that 23 villagers were killed in the attack. We attended the burial rites of some of them this morning.”
According to the source, “many people were also injured in the attack. Some of them have since been conveyed to Kankara General Hospital while others to hospitals in the state capital, Katsina.”
Another source from the area said some of the terrorists were killed in the bloody clash though he could not ascertain their number.
Remains of Youth Corps member who died in Lagos Bus-Train crash buried
The remains of Oreoluwa Aina, a Youth Corps member who died in the ill-fated crash involving a BRT and a train in Lagos, have been buried.
Aina was among the six people who died in the crash on Thursday at PWD, Ikeja area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
The 28-year-old corps member was serving with the Lagos State Ministry of Education until her death and would have passed out in June 2023.
Aina’s remains were laid to rest at the Atan Cemetery on Saturday.
Officials of the Lagos State Government, led by the Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, were at the burial ceremony.
There were tears and wailing as her remains were committed to mother earth. Some youth corps members were present at the event.
The coffin conveying her remains was carried by corps members, The coffin was decorated in the colour of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
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