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Renewed Cult War Claims Eight Lives In Edo

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Eight persons are feared dead yesterday in a renewed cult war among three cult groups in Benin, Edo State.
Our Correspondent gathered that the Thursday cult clash, allegedly between Maphites, Black Axe — popularly called aye — and Eiye confraternities has been on in the past seven days.
The killings started last Friday when a 200 level student of the university of Benin, Moses Adeshina, popularly called Aficionado, was shot dead at the Jeans Carnival organised by students of social sciences.
This led to the suspension of all social activities in the school by the university authorities.
Eyewitnesses told our Correspondent that immediately after Aficionado was buried on Wednesday, two persons were allegedly attacked at Wire Road and Siluko Road.
While the victim of Wire Road, identified as Osasuyi, aka 190, allegedly died on the spot, the one in Siluko Road identified as Moses Oboh, was severely injured.
A day after the killing of Aficionado, which was a Saturday, one person was reportedly killed around Isior area of Benin City and in the evening of the same day, another person was said to have been killed around Osasogie area of Ugbowo.
Another person was reportedly killed on Sunday night around Adolor area of Ugbowo and another person in Uwasota and on Wednesday night, two persons were reportedly killed in GaniFawehinmi layout, Isinoro near New Benin.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, ChidiNwabuzor, said only two deaths have been recorded and one arrest made.
“On the situation in the University of Benin, it was reported that one person was killed as a result of cult related activities that is as a result of cult fight then about yesterday (Wednesday) Oba market police reported the killing of a young man.
“The operatives went into these two places, they evacuated the bodies.
“That of Siluko road, one person was arrested and the person who was arrested was having evidence of being part of the fight he was given a severe injury on the two knees. His name is Moses Oboh aged 20 years.
“These are the information available. The command is aware the Commissioner of Police Edo State, CP Danmallam Muhammed has actually sent out the command operatives then the tactical teams are also out to ensure that this menace is stopped we hope that the general public should equally assist us by giving us information as regards these activities of cultists,” he said.

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INEC Hails Bayelsans Over Peaceful Guber Poll

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The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), yesterday, praised Bayelsa State citizens over the peaceful  conduct of last Saturday’s elections.
INEC National Commissioner for Bayelsa, Rivers and Edo State Mrs May Agbamuche Ndoh, gave the commendation when she presented certificate of return to All Progressives Congress guber candidate(APC), David Lyon, and his deputy at Yenagoa on Thursday.
Also, certificate of return was presented to candidate of the APC for the Brass Constituency 1, Charles Daniel.
Mrs Agbamuche said , “ I am particularly delighted that the elections were peaceful and violent free and I want to keep this up in future elections”.
She also commended the security agencies for the effort they made to ensure the polls were peaceful and smooth.
Earlier, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bayelsa , Pastor Monday Udoh, said the presentation of the certificates of return market the climax of the elections which preparation began sometime in May this year. He said, “ though there was serious apprehension over  electoral violence, thuggery and malpractices, we are happy that for the first time nothing of such happened.
Shortly after receiving his certificate of return, Mr Lyon assured that his administration will not fail Bayelsans.
He said, “ we have signed a contract with Bayelsa and that contract is to develop Bayelsa State and bring peace so that investors will come.”
The incoming governor urged the people of the state to support in the quest to develop the state.

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New CP Promises To Curb Criminality

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The new Cross Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Nkereuwem A. Akpan, has assumed duty in the State.
He took over from Austin Agbonlahor, who was promoted to AIG. Akpan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
In an interactive session with journalists in his office in Calabar, the new commissioner said that one of his cardinal objectives was to curb the activities of criminals in the state.
He said he will encourage community policing. “I will encourage town hall meetings, wards to local government area meetings, area commands, traditional rulers, heads of communities, etc to support the police.
“These groups can trace the origin of crimes and criminal hideouts”, he said, and called on journalists and various groups to join hands with the police in the area of giving timely information that can help the police to curb criminal activities in the state.
Akpan regretted that because the value systems have been eroded so badly, the society no longer checks youth’s activities. He called on parents to educate and check the activities of their wards, particularly during this yuletide season so as to reduce all sorts of vices.
He advised criminals to keep off Cross River State because according to him, he will trace them to all nooks and crannies of the state.

 

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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National Library Moves To Promote Reading Culture

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The National Library of Nigeria, in partnership with Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State recently held an awareness programme aimed at promoting reading culture in Omoku, headquarters of the council. The  programme with the theme, “ Reading,  a Tool for Empowering the Vulnerable”, took place at Krisdera Hotel and attracted dignitaries from different walks of life.
A paper by Prof Blessing Ahiazu noted that lack of interest among Nigerians in reading was worst among the rural dwellers where there where no libraries and low access to reading materials.
According to the paper ,       ” from the young to adults, the quest for material wealth continues to dominate their attention rather than desire for knowledge, without realising that reading is a source of wealth creation “.
She stressed the need to make establishment of public libraries compulsory in schools and communities.
The National Librarian, Prof Lenrie Aina, said the problem of poor reading culture cuts across all social strata of Nigerian society and that semi-urban communities and custodial centres fell within the vulnerable category.
Aina stated that the aim of the programme was to sensitise the target groups to imbibe the culture of premises.
Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Council, Hon Victor Odili, expressed delight at the event and commended organisers for the opportunity given to the people of the area.
The Council boss, who was represented by the Council Secretary, Dr Innocent Osam, supported the programme by giving out the former Eco Bank premises which he said has been renovated and ready for use.
He particularly praised the dogged efforts of Prof Blessing Ahiazu in improving readership and urged all lovers of knowledge to support her.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of variety of books to encourage readership in the locality.

 

By: Chris Oluoh

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