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Police Nab Suspected ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ Ritualist, Pregnant Wife, 19 Robbers in Benue

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The Benue State Police Command, on Wednesday, said it has arrested a suspected ‘yahoo-yahoo’ ritualist identified as Godspower Oghenerumu and his pregnant wife with five others in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The police also arrested arms manufacturer, named Fater Terkula Sunday and Jem Demesugh, along Adikpo – Vandeikya road in the state.

The command Police Public Relations Officer, Sewuese Anene who disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen in Makurdi, said on November 21, at about 1900hrs, while a police team was on routine patrol along Barracks road, Makurdi information was received that one Godspower Oghenerumu, a suspected ritualist (yahoo yahoo), his pregnant wife and five others had arrived Makurdi from Delta state and were carrying out ritual activities.

According to her, the police team rushed to the scene and arrested the spiritual leader, his wife and five others.

Anene said that during investigation, followers of the ritualist stated that they were involved in some ritual activities in Delta state that did not yield any money as promised, so Godspower told them that the spirit had directed that they should move to Benue where further directives will be given to them on how money will be manufactured, adding that “investigation is ongoing.”

Similarly, she said following information gathered about arm dealers along Adikpo – Vandeikya road, police detectives were deployed to the area to clamp down on the syndicate and on 15/11/2023 at about 1620hrs, the team busted their hideout and arrested one Fater Terkula Sunday  and  Jem Demesugh.

 “On the spot search of the hideout led to the recovery of six (6) locally fabricated beretta pistols and a motorcycle.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of Ternenge kpamngu, Terkula Ihyungwa also known as Japan, Aondo kusugh, chukwudi udeh and nine others.

“Additional exhibits recovered from them include; one locally made beretta pistol, two gas cylinders, one welding cylinder, two welding nozzles and a Sienna bus.

 “Suspects confessed that they have been in the business of producing and selling arms as well as training teenagers on arms manufacturing. There teenagers of less than 13 years were also arrested at the training ground”, Anene disclosed.

The PPRO further said, on 23/11/2023 at about 2000hrs, information was received at ‘E’ Division Makurdi that one Mr. Misaq Eke of Mbakiya village, Ugondo District, Makurdi was robbed and his belongings carted away.

She explained that during the investigation, one Ushahemba Ayoough and Jeremiah Ugborgo were arrested in connection with the case while one locally fabricated beretta pistol was recovered from them.

She said the suspects confessed to have gone for the robbery with two other gang members who are at large.

According to her, efforts are being put in place to arrest the remaining suspects.

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VP Shettima Arrives Enugu for project Inauguration

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, on Monday arrived  Enugu State for project inauguration.

Shettima, who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu at 9.

52a.m. with a Presidential Jet 5N-FGW, was received by Gov.
Peter Mbah of Enugu Enugu, Hope Uzodimma of  Imo, Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra and Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi.

Others are Sen. Rochas Okorocha, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, Traditional Rulers, Government Officials and many South-East dignitaries.

The visit is his first to the South-East since he assumed office on May 29, 2023.

He is expected to attend South-East Business Roundtable and formal launch of South-East phase of the Light Up Nigeria Project.

He is also expected to inaugurate Aba Integrated Power Project being organised by the Management of Geometric Power Limited. (NAN)

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Police College Ikeja Prepares for New Recruits in Lagos

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Police College Ikeja in Lagos State says it is prepared to start training the screened new Police constables for the next six months.

The College Spokesperson, ASP Owajulaye Saka, disclosed this on Monday in an interview in Lagos.

Saka said that ahead of the training, all the drilling instructors had started training their personnel, stressing that the college had enough instructors to take care of the trainees.

He said that the Minister of Police Affairs, Sen.

Ibrahim Gaidam, had visited for spot assessment of the institution’s facilities.

The college’s spokesperson said the minister was satisfied with what he saw but requested the management of the school to submit the list of materials needed by the institution.

Saka said the school had since submitted the list to the ministry, which included mattresses, kitchen utensils and fans for the classrooms.

NReports says that the Police Service Commission (PSC), had successfully screened no fewer than 171,956 applicants for the position of constables nationwide.

The PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement that the successful applicants were currently receiving messages, inviting them for Computer Based Tests scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th, across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Ani also said that 43,778 out of the applicants, who were successful in the specialists cadre during the screening, were expected to go through practical tests at a date to be announced soon by the commission. (NAN)

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Imo has not received N30 bn from FG—-Uzodimma

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The Governor of Imo State Senator Hope Uzodimma has said that Imo State has not received N30 billion from President Tinubu.

Speaking with top  level Party Chiftains at the government House in Owerri Imo State recently, urged them not to rely on the quick and false information of the so called social media

He said that if Imo State Government has received the fund form the Federal Government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu perhaps everybody in the State will be aware of it.

Recently Godswill Akpabio, Nigeria’s senate president has disclosed that each state governor has been allocated an extra N30 billion to address the challenges of food scarcity and hardships confronting Nigerians.

Akpabio said each state should properly utilize the money towards ensuring the availability of food.

The former Akwa Ibom governor made this known while Speaking on the floor of the senate

“I must say that unverified report has it that each of the state government in the last few months received additional N30 billion from Federal Inland Revenue Service, outside their normal allocation from the federation account to assist them in ameliorating the food situation.

“We believe that every state government should utilise the funds so received towards ensuring that food is available.”

The current economic hardship has led to a hike in the prices of foodstuffs across the country.

The shortage of foodstuffs was also linked to the hoarding by some people and illegal smuggling to neighbouring countries.

Recall that Vice President Kashim Shettima had disclosed how security operatives discovered 32 illegal routes being used to smuggle foodstuffs and other items to neighbouring countries from Nigeria.

Shettima said security agents intercepted 45 trucks smuggling maize to neighbouring countries.

He noted that the price of “maize” came down by N10,000. The price of maize allegedly came down from N60,000 to N50,000″ when the trucks were intercepted.

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