The Edo State Police Command has arrested a gang of armed robbers who killed the Divisional Police Officer, Ikpobo Hill, Superintendent Eugene Obulu, the Division’s Trafic Officer and three others on February 11, during a gun battle.
The gang was said to specialise in bank robbery along Benin-Asaba Road.
Speaking to our reporter, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Yar’Adua Danami lamented the two separate operations in which 14 policemen were killed on that February 11.
He said the driver of the Commissioner of Police, Delta State was shot at the thigh by the armed robbers.
Parading the armed robbers and kidnappers, the commissioner said. a bumper harvest of arms and live ammunition have been recovered in the state.
“Undercover agents of the State Police command made it possible when they discovered the. illegal armoury in Benin City.
“In the illegal armoury police successfully recovered eight assorted rifles, 3,046 live ammunition, 25 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, 122 AK 47 Magazines, two bullet-proof life-jackets, and three packets of dynamite,” he said.
The Police Command in Edo State disclosed that the armoury belonged to a notorious criminal gang which specialised in bank robbery and kidnapping.
The commissioner told our reporter on the breakthrough against crime in Edo State, that on a tip-off, Police raided a private residence in
Egbuotubu area of Benin City and uncovered the arms and ammunition hid inside the compound. “The landlord of the House, Mr Boniface Ogbor, 64, with whose consent the arms were allegedly concealed in the compound, was arrested along with his son, Sunday Ogbor said to be a member of the gang.
Some members of the gang are already in police net.
Other members of the gang paraded include Sunday Okeke, and Ejike Okeke said to have died in police custody due to bullet injury sustained during one of their operations in Anambra State.
Also paraded were 21 other suspected criminals arrested for various crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder and kidnapping.
One of the suspects, Mr Boniface Ogbor told our reporter that though the arms and ammunition were recovered in his compound, he was never aware that such exhibit were concealed in his compound.
The Police Commissioner however, called on residents to always provide information to police, assuring that their identity would be concealed.
Group Takes Disease Control Campaign To C’ River LG
In its determined efforts to take a stand and demand more committed action in the fight against pneumonia, Society for Health Enlightenment Initiative (SO-HEALTHI), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), took its enlightenment and advocacy campaign to IkotOffiongAmbai in Akpabuyo Local Government Area.
The event which held at Saint Peter’s Primary School, Ikot Offiong Ambai, to mark the World Pneumonia Day, saw a contingent of six selected primary schools take part in lecture sessions on pneumonia awareness by experts from the SOHEALTHI Team, climaxing with a spelling competition where winners were given pneumonia-crested exercise books and cash prizes.
At the end of the spelling competition, Amicable Ebrigor Offu and Martha Joseph Aya, both of St. Peter’s Primary School, Ikot Offiong Ambai, emerged joint best performing students, scoring 100 percent, Godsfavour Okon Eyo and Abigail Godwin Anthony, also of St. Peter’s Primary School, came second, scoring 90% apiece, while Victoria Asuquo Okon of St. Peter’s Primary School and Wendy Edet Ekpo of Jehovah Shalom Primary School, clinched third position, scoring 80percent respectively.
In her remarks, the Founder and Team Lead of the NGO, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, stated that SOHEALTHI, founded in 2006, was saddled with the responsibility of creating awareness and advocating for a pneumonia-free world in accordance with this year’s Theme: ‘Keep the Promise; Stop Pneumonia Now.’
Mrs Archibong noted that, according to global indices, the disease sickens 155 million children under five years and kills 1.6 million each year, it has become pertinent to bring this health crisis to public’s attention, encourage policy makers and grassroot organizers alike to combat the disease.
SUBEB Boss Urges Staff To Support Ayade
The Executive Chairman, Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Stephen Odey has enjoined staff of the board to complement Governor Ben Ayade’s efforts in the basic education sub-sector by supporting him to realise his lofty programmes for the State.
He made this known in a meeting to mark his three years in office as Executive Chairman of SUBEB. Dr Odey said in spite of the financial status of the State, Governor Ayade had made remarkable impact across sectors in the State, especially in the Basic Education sub-sector.
According to Dr Odey, “he is a young man that has a lot of energy, and with ambitious plans for the state, but he is being frustrated by lack of funds”.
Speaking on the achievements recorded in the basic education sub-sector, he thanked Governor Ayade and staff of SUBEB for their support, adding that these feats could not have been achieved without the support of the Governor and hard work of Staff.
He urged staff to remain committed to their responsibilities, stating that “hard work, dedication and loyalty pays in the long run.”
Speaking earlier, the Director of Administration, Emmanuel Ojong, commended Dr Odey for the giant strides recorded in the board within this short time in Office.
He recalled the massive infrastructural developments in schools across the State, and the sanitisation of SUBEB work force to eliminate ghost workers and track down staff without requisite teaching qualifications. Ojong also poured encomiums on the Board Chairman for placing staff welfare at the forefront of his administration.
By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar.
INEC Discovers 22 Polling Booths In Politicians’ Homes In Akwa Ibom
Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini has disclosed that no fewer than 22 polling booths have been discovered in the homes of politicians and other private residences in the state.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, the state capital, Igini explained that “the polling booths are not illegal, but are located at improper places”, adding that such polling booths had been relocated to public places where voters can easily access.
“We have relocated such polling booths to proper places where the people can have access to them. Elections will hold in Akwa Ibom State and votes will count,” Igini assured, even as he warned desperate politicians against hate speeches that could inflame the polity.
He said he was on a mission to Akwa Ibom to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent exercise in line with the relevant sections of the Electoral Act and enjoined eligible voters, party agents and other stakeholders to join hands with INEC to deliver hitch-free polls which outcome would not be disputed.
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