A 23-year old man, Adeeko Owolabi, reportedly connived with a 42-year-old self-acclaimed pastor of a white garment church, Segun Philip, to murder his girlfriend, Favour Daley-Oladele.
The Ogun State Police Command yesterday said it had arrested Philip, alongside Owolabi, over the killing of Daley-Oladele, a final year Sociology student at the Lagos State University.
Owolabi, after his arrest, narrated how he used his girlfriend to prepare ritual meal for himself and his own mother who he claimed had been broke.
Owolabi, who was arrested by men of the state Police Command at Ikoyi-Ile area of Osun State, confessed to having connived with Philip to kill his girlfriend for ritual.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement in Abeokuta.
Oyeyemi explained that the two suspects were arrested by the Police attached to Mowe Division at Ikoyi-Ile in Osun State.
The statement reads in part: “The deceased was reported to have left home to an unknown destination since the 8th of December, 2019 and has not been seen since then; hence, she was reported missing by her parents at Mowe Police Station.
“Upon the report, the DPO Mowe Division, SP Marvis Jayeola, detailed his crack detectives to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the 22-year-old woman.
“The detectives went into full-scale technical and forensic investigation of the case and their efforts paid off when the movement of the deceased was traced to a white garment church in far away Ikoyi-Ile in Osun State being pastored by one Segun Philip.
“On getting to the church, the self-acclaimed pastor was promptly arrested, but he was quick to inform the detectives that the girl was brought to him by her boyfriend, Adeeko Owolabi, who was still within the vicinity of the church.
“The said boyfriend was traced and apprehended immediately.”
The PPRO added that during the interrogation, Owolabi claimed he lured his girlfriend from Lagos to Osun State.
Owolabi also confessed that while he used pestle to smash his girlfriend’s head while she was sleeping, his pastor cut off her neck.
He further revealed that the self-acclaimed pastor cut open his girlfriend’s chest, removed her heart and used it to prepare concoction for him.
He said the financial situation of his family led him to go to the pastor who asked him to bring a human being for ritual.
B’Haram, Miyetti Allah, Bandits Are Terrorists, OPU Tells FG
The O’odua Progressive Union (OPU) has told Federal Government to be sincere with itself by calling a spade, a spade in addressing myriad challenges facing the country.
OPU, in a statement by its Director of Communication, Alhaji Akeem Apena, stated that it was inappropriate for Federal Government to describe Yoruba nation agitators as terrorists when their action had nothing to do with such description.
OPU held that the description of terrorist only fit Boko Haram, Miyetti Allah, bandits and not the Yoruba nation agitators who are back by law to agitate for secession.
The group, however, urged the Federal Government to address the various security challenges in the country, and leave the Yoruba nation agitators alone.
Speaking against the backdrop of the recent attack by government on Yoruba nation agitators, for keeping association with the proscribed Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), the group said it was most unfortunate for Federal Government to judge the Yoruba nation agitators by the company they keep.
OPU stated that the Yoruba nation agitators had committed no offence by joining other like-minded groups in driving home their self-determination agenda.
He pointed out that the Federal Government, rather than addressing pertinent issues bordering on insecurity across the country, has shifted its focus to attack agitators and trample upon their civic rights.
“Garuba Shehu is always in the media for the wrong reason. He should be told that the call for self-determination was not accidental. It came up as a result of the growing tension, including kidnappings, killings ,and banditry, spreading across the country,
“The United Nations rally was to raise our voices against the unjust nepotism, corruption, kidnappings and killings in the country. And we have strategically approached the UN to lend our voices against the Federal Government’s failures to tackle the security challenges in the country”.
Apena, however, dismissed Shehu’s warning against Yoruba nation agitators, insisting that the UN is a global meeting arena reputed for its purposeful agenda, and cannot fall for the Federal Government’s subterfuge.
“Garuba Shehu needs to check his dictionary very well before calling the Yoruba nation agitators terrorists. The Federal Government has embarked on using blackmail as a tool to denigrate all the groups by calling them names and also urging the UN to ignore our demand for justice, safety and peaceful approach towards achieving the best for our race.
“But it is also sad that the Federal Government has never tagged Boko Haram, Bandits and killer herdsmen, Miyetti Allah and other terrorists’ groups.
“Yoruba nation agitators are Free-minded people that have taken the right step by going to the UN to press home their demand.
“It is their legitimate rights because they didn’t take up arms against anybody. They go about their demands legitimately.
“Terrorists are dangerous elements that are terrorising the people. Boko Haram, Miyetti Allah, Bandits and their cohorts have on several occasions shook and still shaking the very foundation of this nation.
“The Yoruba, right from the beginning will never mortgage their future to ordinary blackmail. Whether the FG likes it or not, the Yoruba nation agitators will continue to seek the international support in ensuring that our request is granted by the global communities,” he stated.
Rivers Community Cries Out Over Flooding
Some parts of Rundele community in Emohua Local Government Area have been reportedly devastated by flood.
According to the reports, residents of Mgbuogbakari Community Rundele are now writhing in pains following the destruction of their houses, farmlands, and other economic trees by flood.
Community sources said claim that even the only source of drinking water for the people has also been affected, adding that the community may experience outbreak of cholera, if something urgent was not done.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide, an indigene of the community, Innocent Chikwem, said that the village was in dire need of assistance as all sources of livelihood have been affected.
According to him, all economic crops such as yam, cassava, cocoyam, plantain, banana, oranges and many more, have been destroyed.
Chikwem said hunger and starvation now stir the people in the face.
According to him, hunger and starvation may even kill faster than disease.
“The people are in dire need of palliatives now, makeshift toilet facilities are needed urgently”, he said.
Chikwem said that over 1, 000 persons are affected by the incident.
Meanwhile, the National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMAGS), Mr. Prosper Ogbunie, said that constant dredging of rivers and desilting of drainages were needed to check the perennial cases of flooding in the state.
Speaking in a telephone interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, Ogbunie said that constant cleaning of drains would ensure free flow of water, especially at the peak of the raining season.
He advised government to discourage people from dumping refuse into drainages or building in water rights of way or channels.
Ogbunie also stressed the need for the construction of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps for those displaced by the flood.
By: John Bibor
Wike’s Educational Policy Thrust Fruitful, Banigo Affirms
The Rivers State Deputy Governor ,Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has said that Governor Nyesom Wike’s policy thrust in education was yielding positive results for all to see.
Banigo made this assertion in a statement in Government House, Port Harcourt, last Wednesday, in reaction to the emergence of the Rivers State University as the University of the Year 2021 by the International Achievements Research Centre in Canada.
According to the deputy governor, “It is gratifying to note that the accreditation exercise carried out by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) as well as the National Universities Commission (NUC) in the Rivers State University was a huge success”.
Banigo, who assured Rivers People that the governor would continue to invest in massive human capital development in the state, congratulated the university management for keying into the governor’s dream of making Rivers State the educational hub of Nigeria.
In a related development, the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with the former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia as he marked his birthday, last Wednesday.
In a goodwill message in Government House, Port Harcourt, Banigo said as a former commissioner for education and former governor of Rivers State, Omehia’s contributions to the holistic development of the state were highly commendable.
According to the deputy governor, Omehia remains a strong pillar of support to the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration.
The deputy governor wished the former governor many happy returns, and prayed the Almighty God to continue to bless, protect and keep him in good health.
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