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Police Arrest Three over Murder of Ibe, Friend in Abuja

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The Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have arrested three persons over the death of Dr Obisike Ibe and his friend.

Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday made the announcement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Ibe was a staff member of Zenith Lab and Kidney Centre, Abuja. He and his friend, Ezekiel Edoja, resided in House D2, 24 Street, Games Village Estate.

The suspects stole an envelope containing about $1,000, Abe’s phone, ATM card and a vehicle.

The card was used to withdraw N2million from Ibe’s account on December 13, 2021. Sunday said the gang confessed to have plotted and committed the offence.

Similarly, a 22-year-old man was on January 14 arrested over the death of Mohammed Usman on his farm in the Karu area.

“Thorough investigation led to the arrest of the suspect, who voluntarily confessed in a written statement, to have stabbed the deceased and taken flight for fear of apprehension.

“The suspect told the investigation team that he stabbed the deceased during the fight that ensued between them”, the CP added.

The cutlass used to cause injuries to the leg of the deceased before his rib was stabbed has been found.

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The command also arrested a security man with a construction company in the Utako area over alleged theft of a car.

The black Toyota Camry, with registration number: BDG 356 BH, was reported stolen on January 9.

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Community Leaders Raise Fears over Influx of Miscreants at Mpape Tourism Sites

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

Leaders of Mpape Community over the weekend raised alarm to Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) over Miscreants and suspected criminals were retaking the tourism sites in the area, after they were dislodged some months ago.

Mpape Community host one of the most attractive tourism sites known as the Crush Rock Spring Water.

A beautiful underdeveloped tourism sites, said to have the potential for unbelievable revenue generation annually. 

The Community leaders expressed their concerns, when they interfaced with the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to FCT Minister, Ikharo Attah in his office. 

They noted that their joy of having a serene environment, void of traffic gridlock and marauding streets urchins, after the last massive cleanup exercise embarked on in Mpape by the FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation had been cut off.

Mpape’s Paramount Ruler, Chief Musa Ahmadu noted with dismay that all the places where the Taskforce dislodged illegal occupants, had been fully rebuilt against their wish. 

He regretted that the Miscreants had even deepened their criminal activities at the tourism sites, and were scaring would-be tourists from visiting the Area.

He appealed to FCTA to immediately send its Taskforce to come back to the community and remove the illegal market extension and all the lodges of the criminals within the tourism sites.

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Attah while responding to the community’s appeal, noted that it was unfortunate that few people had continued to force government to waste scarce resources on demolishing illegal structures. 

He stated that FCT Administration had expected that all residents would have heeded the warnings and stop promoting illegalities, as a way of helping the government save resources for better development. 

He assured that the demolition bulldozers would soon return to Mpape Community to sustain the clean up exercise. 

Attah also warned the miscreants and all the residents who have disregard for extant laws, and are rebuilding the demolished illegal structures to desist from it.

According to Attah, if government is forced to expend public funds to come back to Mpape, the clean up exercise will be very brutal.

He warned that while the miscreants who are illegally retaking the tourism sites will be arrested and prosecuted, he affirmed that the traders who are rebuilding the illegal extension may lose their goods.

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FCTA Appeals for Calm over Area Council Tenure Elongation

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has appealed to protesting youths, who are aggrieved by the court judgment that recently granted one-year tenure extension to the Six FCT Area Council Chairmen whose three years tenure of office expired on the 19th of May, 2022 to remain calm and law abiding.

FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola made the appeal in Abuja at the weekend, when he received some aggrieved FCT youths, who were protesting the court judgment.

The Permanent Secretary explained that the FCT Administration, in line with the provision of law, has approached a superior court to vacate the judgment, made by the High Court.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, following the ruling of the High Court, had constituted a team to review the judgment and advise on the way forward.

He said the team advised the Minister to abide by the court ruling, but also go ahead to appeal.

Mr. Adesola explained that the FCTA is compelled under the law to obey the judgment and seek further redress at a superior court.

According to him, “As you have said, the Honourable Minister is a person of integrity, impeccable character, law abiding and has great respect for rule of law, even when it inconveniences him. With that token, when he received the judgment, he immediately constituted a team to look at this judgment and advise on what to do. If any of you had been invited to the meeting, I know you would have done just what his advisers told him – abide by the ruling, but go ahead to appeal the ruling”.

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The Permanent Secretary therefore called on the protesting youths to remain calm and resist any attempts to disrupt the tranquility the Territory is known for.

Mr. Adesola, who commended the youths for airing their grievances in a peaceful and organized manner and for making genuine efforts to find out what went wrong, assured that the courts are populated with men of integrity who would do the right thing.

“This is democracy at its best. Democracy permits people the freedom. When you are able to speak your mind, to air your grievances, that is what democracy entails and that is what you are doing here. So, for us in the FCT, we want to thank you for coming down here, rather than taking to the road where nobody will understand you, but coming to find an explanation to what has happened.

“Today, as I speak to you, an appeal has been filed, so that the correct position of the law will be determined. What we have done, all information you have said here and what gladdens our heart is that there is none of the opinions you argued here that was not in the appeal. Everything you said here has been put in the appeal and we believe the appeal will scale through within the shortest possible time.”

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“But on the part of the FCT Administration, I assure you that justice will be done. I want to implore you, if the court had invited us today, we would have been there today,” Adesola stated.

Also addressing the aggrieved youths, the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, urged the youths to exercise patience and allow the due process of law to run its course.

“We need to be law abiding citizens. All the actions you have taken is to also follow the law so that the law will not be broken or hijacked by hoodlums.”

Continuing, the Chief of Staff said, “One of the key and important traits of the human being in order for him to succeed is to have a lot of patience. Whoever that does not have patience will have problems along the way,” Mr. Mai Bornu said.

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Karu Village Attachments Removal’ll Not Affect Indigenous Houses – FCTA

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has assured that the planned removal of shops attachments at Karu village in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) will not affect indigenous houses.

The Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Mr Ikharo Attah gave the assurance at a meeting with the leadership of Karu Gbagyi Development Association Abuja on Friday.

Attah explained that the objective of the planned demolition was to shift some shops attachments and other illegal structures under electric high tension and close to road shoulder a bit backward.

The minister’s aide said that the FCT Administration was a partner with the indigenous people and communities, adding that the administration was grateful with the cooperation and support of the indigenous community.

“We are grateful that all indigenous communities have given us enough cooperation to build this city and we must be internally grateful.

“We are not mindful of the fact that we should treat the indigenes very special not because other Nigerians are not special but because of the fact that we met indigenes at the point of exist from Lagos to Abuja.

“This made them very special privileged among the leagues of other ethnic nationalities and communities within the FCT.

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“What we have discussed over the issue and further engagement to go and check will be carried out. I want to assure the chief that we will not go for the operation until we have concluded all engagements.

“Indigenous houses will not be affected; you can go to sleep with that. What we want to do is to shift the shops attachment and others a little backward,” he said.

Attah, therefore, solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure that the operation was carried out successfully.

Earlier, Chief Yunana Bawa, the Sarkin Yaki (Bhazhe) Karu Abuja, commended the FCTA for initiating the idea to sanitise the area of illegal shops and attachments.

“We are very happy the way you have accepted and cooperated with us that we have some basic places that must go and there are other ancestor’s places that we will look all at   together.

“So that our own side will not be hurt and nobody will be hurt.

“So I want to say well done for the exercise. We have been hearing about flood and if not with the help of the FCTA, as human being sometimes we are very stubborn.

“What the administration will do will help us and save our lives because some people will go and build by the rivers side and block the water side.

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“When rain falls it will be a disaster. So I want to also commend the government for initiating the demolition so that people will be put in their toes to avoid infractions.”

Also, the Chairman, Gbagyi Development Association Abuja, Mr Dangana Jimiko, said the recent removal of attachments and illegal structures at Karu market “is a blessing to us because we have been battling with those structures for more than three years.”

“As you, know the market people need force and the sanity of that place now has really helped us.” (NAN)

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