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Escapee Ritualist: Police Detain DPO, Inspector …Arrest 23 Suspects In Rivers

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In a sustained effort to rid Rivers State of all forms of criminality and crime, the State Police Command has paraded 23 suspects arrested in different locations across the state for various criminal activities.
This is even as the state police command has arrested and detained a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and an Inspector, in connection with the ritual murder of eight-year-old Chikamso Victory in Port Harcourt.
Among the suspects arrested and paraded by the police include one Roland Peter, a member of the notorious kidnapping gang from Edoha in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state, who allegedly kidnapped and killed Pastor Samuel Okpara on August 15, 2017, and used his liver, intestine as well as other private parts to cook plantain pepper soup.
The state Commissioner of Police, Zaki Mohammed Ahmed disclosed this during a press briefing at the Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt, last Monday.
Zaki added that the police got tip off that the kidnap gang led by one Justus popularly called High Tension from Abarikpo in Ahoada East Local Government Area was in possession of various riffles and other weapons.
The police commissioner further disclosed that operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in a convert operation, arrested a four-man gang, who allegedly robbed the manager of an old generation bank of her Toyota Corolla.
He stated that the four suspects had connived with her gateman and two of her drivers to snatch the vehicle, which according to him, had been recovered from Lagos State.
The state police boss while giving a breakdown of the command’s achievements, disclosed that five suspected cultists, seven alleged kidnappers and 13 armed robbery suspects were arrested while 13 kidnap victims were rescued.
The CP insisted that five robbery incidents were also foiled by operatives of the command.
He averred that 25 riffles, including three AK-47 riffles, one locally-made pistol, five Pump Action guns, one single barrel gun, 65 cartridges, 156 live ammunition, four magazines and nine vehicles were also recovered during the recent onslaught against criminality and crime in the state.
He, however, said that the event of 19th August, 2017, in which a suspected ritualist, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, a 200-level student of University of Port Harcourt murdered and disremembered one Miss Victory Chikamso Mesu for alleged ritual purposes and also escaped from police custody had left a sour taste and created doubt in the command’s avowed fight against crime and criminality.
“I am totally committed in seeing that the suspect is re-arrested and any person involved, regardless of status in aiding the escape of the suspect, will be arrested, and if found culpable, will be dealt with according to the law.
“Consequently, in pursuit of this resolve, one ex-sergeant Johnbosco Okoroeze, who after thorough investigation was discovered to have carried out a pre-meditated action in aiding the escape of the suspect, has been charged to court.
“The said ex-sergeant was tried in a Police Orderly Room for which evidence tendered during the trial revealed that he unilaterally, in a pre-meditated action, released the suspect to run away before raising false alarm of his escape.
“He was accordingly dismissed from the force and charged to court for accessory after the fact to murder, perverting the course of justice and permitting the escape of a murder suspect”, Zaki stated.
He used the opportunity to call for the end of blame game in the matter while asking interested persons in the case to come with a resolve to help the police in seeing that the suspect was re-arrested and brought to face the full wrath of the law.
The police commissioner said that a handsome reward of N1million has already been pledged by the command, even as he said, a second suspect in the crime had also been arrested.
Similarly, a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Rivers State (names withheld) has been arrested on the orders of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zaki Mohammed Ahmed, in connection with the escape of the suspected ritualist and rapist, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, from police detention.
It would be recalled that Dike was arrested by Okporo Police Station in Port Harcourt while he was trying to dispose of the dismembered body of his eight-year old female relative, Miss Victory Chikamso Mesu, whom he raped and later killed for ritual purposes.
Also, a Police Inspector (names withheld) who led the team of policemen that brought the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Port Harcourt, where he was handed over to the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), former Sergeant Johnbosco Okoroeze, has also been arrested.
Okoroeze, who has already been dismissed from the police, was last Friday, arraigned and remanded in prison custody by a Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly aiding the escape of Dike.
A source at the SCID headquarters in Port Harcourt told newsmen that the DPO and an Inspector were arrested following revelations that they had prior knowledge of what had happened before the escape of the suspect.
The source said, “The father of the victim was uncomfortable when the police team stopped on the road for the Inspector to answer a call. It was later found out that it was the DPO who called him to expect a call from an IPO, who will be in charge of the case.
“When the Inspector’s phone was checked, there was a call from one Johnbosco, who was the IPO and by the rules of the force, a DPO cannot assign an IPO to a matter that is no longer under him. So, the DPO and Inspector were invited and arrested,” the source added.

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Presidency: Wait Till 2031, PANDEF Tells Northerners

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Pan Niger Delta Forum PANDEF has called on Northerners to wait until 2031 before thinking of producing another President for the country.
Recall that several Northern groups and prominent leaders, especially from the North Central zone of the country have been clamouring to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
PANDEF, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, said the call was in the interest of national harmony and peace.
The statement reads in part: “The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) is advising and cautioning politicians from the North, seeking to run for the presidency, to wait till 2031, for the sake of national harmony and peace.
“Everyone has the right to take part in the governance of his/her country; to vote and be voted for. But, it’s equally fundamental to uphold the indispensable principles of fairness, equity, and justice. Noting that without these, there can be no overall peace and progress.
“PANDEF avers that it should be, therefore, unthinkable that the North should contemplate clutching onto the presidential seat, in 2023, at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s two tenures of eight years. Nature abhors injustice; the sun does not rise in the east and set in the east.
“We consider declarations, by some individuals and groups, now, suddenly opposing the extant practice of rotational zoning of political offices, particularly that of the Presidency, as unpatriotic and self-serving”.

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Sun Awards: We’re Building For Present, Future Generations, Wike Insists …As Kalu, Dare Eulogise Gov

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The Sun Man of the Year 2020 and Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has reiterated the reason driving the infrastructural development stride of his administration, saying that at the core of the effort was the desire to ensure that he bequeaths a legacy to the present and future generations.
This is as the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, commended Wike for the infrastructural revolution taking place in Rivers State, just as they said that governor’s statesmanship and apolitical posture were legendary.
The 2020 Sun Newspapers Award ceremony held at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, at the weekend.
Wike, who was represented the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, thanked The Sun Newspapers for the honour done to him.
Receiving the award on his behalf, Banigo said the Wike administration had continued to vigorously pursue the new Rivers State vision, touching on every aspect of the state for the present and future generations.
Banigo dedicated the award to God and the people of the state.
She said that since 2015, Wike has used the NEW Rivers Vision to transform the state.
The deputy governor was accompanied by the Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Edison Ehie, and some members of the State Executive Council and some LG council chairmen.
In her opening remarks, daughter of the Publisher of The Sun Newspapers, Neya Orji Kalu, urged the Sun Awards winners to remain consistent in their individual endeavours.
Neya, who represented her father, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, commended the awardees for being singled out among millions of Nigerians for the award, saying it was a great feat.
Noting that they deserved the award, she reminded them that “to whom much is given, much is expected”, and urged them to work together and live in peace for the progress of the country.
She regretted that the award could not hold last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic that ravaged the world and brought economic hardship to many countries of the world, including Nigeria.
Neya paid tribute to all the frontline workers in the fight to contain Coronavirus, even as she called on all to remember those that were lost to the pandemic as well as those that were lost to the senseless killings in Nigeria.
Presenting the award to the governor, the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu commended Governor Nyesom Wike for the infrastructural revolution taking place in Rivers State.
“I have taken official and unguided tours of projects up to Opobo Town. It is quite amazing that Governor Wike is doing so much.
“I am a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the truth must be told that Governor Wike is doing well,” he said.
The senator also commended Wike for his courage to speak the truth to power in the country.
Kalu described Wike as “his good friend who has not allowed political differences to separate them.”
He added that Wike’s choice as The Sun Man of the Year was well-deserved.
Also speaking, the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, commended the Rivers State governor for his statesmanship and apolitical posture.
Dare recalled that Wike invited him, an APC member, to commission the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.
The minister stated that such posture was very good for the political development of the nation.
He described the Real Madrid Football Academy as a model for education and youth development in Africa.
Speaking in similar tone, Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu, who got the Sports Personality of the Year award, dedicated it to Governor Godwin Obaseki, who was physically present to support and felicitate with him, saying he created an enabling environment for him to thrive and excel.
“I’m very grateful to Governor Godwin Obaseki for the opportunity he gave me to serve and if he didn’t entrust the sports sector to me, this would not have happened. He gave me the wings to fly, and I am very grateful to him for it. This is a reason for me to work harder and I do not take it for granted. For us in Edo, we do not complain, we only proffer solutions and that is why things are working well the way they are,” Shuaibu said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, while receiving the Exceptional Philanthropist of the Year award, urged the Federal Government to grant amnesty to the Yoruba separatist leader, Sunday Igboho; and leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
He said he believes in the unity of Nigeria and also believes that with dialogue, the issues that have given rise to insecurity in the country can be resolved.
Onyema said if amnesty could work in the case of Niger Delta militants, it could also be used for the separatist leaders.
The First Lady of Ondo State, Betty Akeredolu, who was given the Most Supportive First Lady award for her advocacy against breast cancer and the many projects she has embarked on to help women in the state, expressed her gratitude to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for his support, and thanked The Sun for the award.
“Thank you for finding me worthy of this award among all the first ladies. What we do is a lot of work to make sure that we make this world a better place than we found it. This work is not just me alone; I have a team that spurred me on.
“For those that follow me in doing what I have done, I want to say thank you and to also appreciate my husband because without him giving me space, I don’t think I would be here. We have made sure that vulnerable women are taken care of in Ondo State even during Covid-19 and today we have an organisation that supports widows and anyone who wants to help us can go to the website and contribute,” she said.
In his response, The Sun Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, Nnamdi Ezeigbo, expressed gratitude to The Sun management for the recognition.
He said: “I feel so honoured. I thank The Sun leadership.”
He called on the government to pay attention to entrepreneurship, saying, “It is high time government paid attention to entrepreneurship because it is the bedrock of any society. Let us build a Commonwealth for our people.
Also, winner of the Investor of the Year award, Dr. Chris Igwe, said he was grateful and highly honoured to receive the award, and thanked The Sun management for the honour.
He said the award is evidence that nothing on earth can stop a man with the right mental attitude from reaching his height in life.
“I dedicate this award to the staff and management of Mainland Oil. I thank everyone that attended this event,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, The Sun Hospitality Icon of the Year, Chief Obi Iyiegbu, popularly called Obi Cubana, expressed gratitude to God for placing him where he stands today.
He dedicated the award to his late parents and his wife who has stood by him all through, his associates and well-wishers as well as his teeming fans.
“You can see the result of our hard work. This is just the beginning; we are going to do more,” he said.
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, who was the recipient of Political Icon of the Year, thanked The Sun for ensuring through its reportage that there is political stability in the country.
He dedicated the award to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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CAFCL Qualifier: Rivers United, Al-Hilal Draw In PH

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Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt yesterday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium played out a 1-1 draw against Al Hilal FC of Sudan in the first leg of the second round of the CAF Champions League in Port Harcourt.
The match, which was thrown open for fans, saw a lot of dignitaries who came to cheer the pride of Rivers.
It would be recalled that Rivers United defeated Young Africans of Tanzania 2-0 on aggregate to qualifier for the second round of the competition.
Speaking with Tidesports just after the game, the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on School Sports, Barrister Aribitoye Okiri expressed disappointment over the players’ lackluster performance.
Top government officials in the state, including the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalipo Harry Banigo, LG council chairmen and commissioners, are amongst other sports men within and outside the state that graced the event
According to Okiri, the state government has done its part by giving the team all the necessary support needed, adding that Rivers United need to play more aggressive football.
He further explained that the pride of Rivers can do better in the second leg of the game going by the massive support by the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
“Some time you cannot count on the first result but the final result.
“I am optimistic that Rivers United will do better in the second leg with the current form of the team,” Okiri stated.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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