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Police Arrest  Three Suspected Cultists, Recover Pump Action Gun in Benin 

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Police in Edo have arrested three suspected cultists at upper Sakponba in Ikpoba-Okha Local government area of the state.

This is contained in a statement by the Edo Police Command Spokesman, Mr Chidi Nwabuzor, wjhich was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Benin.

They are Bright Amadin, 34, Brown Amadin, 29, and Stanley Omoregie, 27.

According to Nwabuzor, “On 11/05/2023, the Officer in-charge of Command Intelligence Rapid Response Squad received information that some cultists who are members of manphite secret cult confraternity had planned to converge in an undisclosed location in Benin to carry out attack on their perceived rival secret cult members and to forcefully initiate innocent citizens in order to mark their anniversary.

“Immediately, the operatives commenced technical intelligence in order to foil their plans, and on 12/05/2023 at about 0230hrs, the operatives arrested three of the cult members at Okabere community, Upper Sakponba Road Benin.”

He listed the items recovered from them as: One Pump-Action gun, Three live cartridges, and Some clothes with manphite insignia.

Nwabuzor said the suspects had made statements and confessed to being members of the dreaded manphite secret cult.

He further said that concerted effort is ongoing to arrest other cult members at large, adding that sooner, the suspects would be charged to court. (NAN)

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Chief Imam’s Sallah Ram Stolen in Jos

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There was a drama as the sacrificial ram of the Chief Imam of the Mista Ali community in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, Imam Abdulkadir went missing on the eve of the Ed-el-Kabir.

Abdulkadir’s ram was reportedly stolen during a downpour in the area on the eve of the Ed-el-Kabir.

An Imam in the community, Haruna Yaqub, disclosed this during the sermon, shortly after the two Raka’at prayers.

Yaqub, who condemned the incident, described it as “insensitive”.

He added that the act showed that people lack fear for God.

The Imam said, “The Ram of our Chief Imam, which he purposely brought to sacrifice, has been stolen in the night.

We are really shocked by the incident. We were surprised to hear this story. This means that people are not God-fearing.

“It is scary that people have gone to the extent of stealing ram meant for religious activity.”

Speaking further, he urged people to be God-fearing and not engage in either stealing or any act of criminality.

He stressed that everyone will account for their actions on earth and hereafter.

“It is high time people repented and took the path of Allah. It is not too late. People should stop committing bad things and act according to Allah’s commandments,” he urged.

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AAUA Student Found Dead after church Vigil

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A Student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Modupe Ayandare, was found dead on Monday after attending a church vigil.

The death of Ayandare, who is of the Department of Agronomy, was made known by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the institution.

“We express in strong terms our dissatisfaction and agony with respect to the death of one of our students, Miss Modupe Ayandare of the Department of Agronomy.

“According to report, the deceased was said to have committed suicide in the early hours of today at about 4:00am after she returned from a vigil in her church.

“The incident happened beside the church she attended, around Spotless Villa.

“The law enforcement agency has been informed already, and all hands are on deck to get to the root of the situation.

“Be assured that justice will be served and the law enforcement agency will undertake thorough investigation,” Mr Emmanuel Olaogbebikan, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the SUG, stated.

He asked anybody with useful information regarding the incident to give to the concerned authorities to come forward.

Also mourning the death of the student, the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS), AAUA Chapter, said the loss deeply affected the department.

Faith Igba, the PRO of the department, said the demise of Ayandare was a profound loss to the department.

Igba urged the members of the department to come together and be of help to one another, asking those going through challenges to seek help.

“During this difficult time, we urge everyone to come together in support of each other. The mental well-being of our members is of utmost importance, and we encourage anyone who may be struggling to seek help.

“Our faculty offers counselling services, and we are here to support you in any way we can.

“Please join me in extending our deepest condolences to Comrade Modupe’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Let us honour her memory by fostering a compassionate and supportive environment for all,” he said.

Speaking on the death of Ayandare, Victor Akinpelumi, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, said that the institution had confirmed the incident but was yet to know the cause of the death.

Akinpelumi, who sympathised with the family of the deceased, said that the institution would make an official statement known to the public as regards the death later.

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Police Recover Firearm, Ammunition from Fleeing Suspects, Arrest Three

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From Sylvia Udegbunam Enugu

Police Operatives serving in Emene Division of Enugu State Command, working with law-abiding citizens on Sunday around 7pm, recovered a Beretta pistol with thirty-six (36) rounds of 9mm calibre ammunition in a bush at Airport Corner, by Old Abakaliki Road, Emene, and Enugu.

According to a press statement by the Police Public Relation Officer Enugu State Command Headquarters, Daniel Ndukwe said that the exhibits are suspected to have been abandoned by criminal elements on the hot trail of the police operatives for allegations of armed robberies.

Furthermore in a different operation, one Eze Ebuka, aged 24, Nnamdi Chukwuemeka, aged 21, and Friday Ilo, aged 31, all males, were arrested on June 7, 2024, around 2 p.

m., by police operatives serving in the Awkunanaw Division of the State Command. Their arrest followed the conduct of a covert operation by the operatives upon the receipt of complaints about the theft of several motor vehicle batteries at a construction site in Awkunanaw, Enugu.

It stated that Eze Ebuka and Nnamdi Chukwuemeka, who were initially arrested in the act, upon interrogation confessed to having stolen many batteries, as alleged, and sold them to Friday Ilo, who was later arrested. Fifteen (15) batteries, including those of articulated and other motor vehicles, and tricycle, were recovered from them.

The suspects will be arraigned and prosecuted once investigations are concluded.

SACA Reiterates Campaigns Against Oil Spillages In Niger Delta

From Mike Tayese, Yenagoa

A Non-governmental organization (NGO), Stakeholders Alliance for Corporate Accountability (SACA), last recently said they have not relented but consistently intensified its campaigns against oil spillages in the Niger Delta region.

The NGO which was founded by a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Kevin O’Hara exclusively organized an enlightenment/training programme for women in Bayelsa state.

The programme tagged, “Action Reflection On Impacts of Oil Spillages and Human Rights” drew women leaders from 20 rural communities in Bayelsa State to reflect and share actions they are taking to reduce crude oil spillages and its associated risks to environment and humans in their communities.

Daily Asset gathered that SACA is funded by Misean Cara of the Republic of Ireland and the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (SPS) of the Catholic Church.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Executive Director of SACA, Kingsley Ozegbe said the rationale behind the event was to further take the engagement on the dangers of oil spills to the rural communities through women.

He hinted that the event was exclusively focused on women because they are worst hit by hazards linked to exposure to crude oil spills, emphasizing that any harm on children, husbands, wards and the communities directly weighs women down as they increase their burden to care for the sick and grief when death occurs.

Ozegbe stressed that women are much more emotionally stressed than men when their loved ones are sick and die.

Our source learnt that the programme is organized by the NGO as part of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) which is an instrument that consist 31 principles that the UN adopted to protect the rights of citizens, hold all companies and government to account to Respect and Remedy human rights abuses/violations as they conduct their business enterprises.

While cautioning against third party interference on oil and gas installations, Ozegbe expressed regrets that available data indicated that a large percentage of spillages in the Niger Delta region were caused by individual and groups interfering with oil facilities, thereby posing serious harm to the environment and people in communities and their sources of livelihood.Which SACA has been saddled with since it’s inception and will not relent.

The SACA boss said: “A recent research carried out by Roland Hodler and Anna Bruederle of the University Of St. Gallen Switzerland on the effects of oil spillages in Nigeria showed that anyone who lives 10km away from the site of any oil spill is likely going to be affected by the hazardous impacts of the spills.

“We’ve today invited women from 20 communities across the 8 LGAs of Bayelsa state to further enlighten them on the effects of oil spillages. We invited women because they’re the worst hit by these effects.

“it’s widely reported that continuous exposure to crude oil spills causes miscarriage, still birth, deforms children and several neonatal challenges”.

The NGO’s boss added that clinical investigation in Rivers State on persons directly involved in unregulated processing of crude oil, transporting and selling of the products in local communities showed that they have traces of petroleum in their urine and blood, thus, increasing the likelihood of high incidence of cancer and other ailments amongst youths and women in the region.

In a presentation tagged, ‘ Impact of crude oil spill on Environment, health, food security and food safety’, key resource person, Dr Briggs Bieye Renner of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State re-emphasized the negative impacts of oil spills.

He identified exposure routes of crude oil to humans as oral ingestion of food and water contaminated by it, inhalation of contaminated air, and dermal contacts by bathing water contaminated with crude oil or mixing crude oil with body lotions/creams, amongst other.

Briggs noted that incomplete combustion of crude oil is a great source of air pollution in the region.

The resource person advised communities affected by crude oil pollution to put pressure on individuals and oil companies to stop further pollution and strongly demand for remediation of all crude oil impacted sites before the multinational companies divest their onshore assets.

He said: “Affected communities and people must begin to protect their livelihoods from crude oil spills, and demand for payment of adequate compensation in accordance with international best practices”.

Other resource persons who made presentations include, the Programme Manager of SACA, Augustine Anyio; the Director of Petroleum and Pollution, Bayelsa state Ministry of Environment, Reuben Enai and the Director of Public Health of the Bayelsa state Ministry of Health, Dr. Jones Stow paper dwelt on health effects of oil spillage on human ,children ,pregnancy and adults.

Presentations were also made by the Director of Agricultural Services, Bayelsa State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mrs. Sarah Udisi, the Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa state Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Diri Ogbere, who seek for information that could unravel any attack on critical assets and infrastructure, which is the mandate of the NSCDC” We need vital information and we are prepared to keep them confidentially.”

While the Head of Legal and Enforcement, National Human Rights Commission, Vining Goselle,they are  saddled with enforcement of  due diligence to safeguard against human abuses.

A goodwill message was delivered by the Bayelsa State Coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Eugene Baadom.

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