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Monarch Wades Into Keke Operators’ Crisis In Rivers Community

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As part of measures to resolve the fracas between two keke factional leaders which snowballed to the gruesome murder of one Clement Elewa, destruction of property in Okporo Okwurusi, Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area, the traditional institution in Okporo Okwurusi Kingdom has waded in by suspending the activities of the factional leaders.
The Okporo Okwurusi Traditional Institution headed by His Royal Majesty, King Amadi Wenenda Morgan (JP) also announced the appointment of Comrade Henry Ohia as the Substantive Chairman, Okporo OkwurusiKeke management committee.
Other members of the committee were drawn among three major communities in the kingdom namely, Rumuodara, Eliowani and Mgbuesilarn ..
Addressing the factional leaders at his palace, Eze Oha Okporo Okwurusi, King Morgan Amadi said the dissolution and subsequent appointment of the Keke Management Committee were part of the recommendations of the Arbitration panel set up by the community to resolve the impasse.
The monarch, however, noted that 4 million would be given to one Mr. Ayo as part of compensation over the destruction of his property.
Eze Oha Okporo Okwurusisaid the community decided to intervene following Governor Nyesom Wike’s directive to arrest the situation to avoid further degeneration.
Eze Amadi further warned that the community would no longer tolerate any criminal act capable of jeopardizing the existing peace and orderliness in the community saying Okporo Okwurusi would continue to accommod those whose businesses or activities do not threaten the peaceful co-existence of the kingdom.
According to the government recognized traditional ruler, blessed are .the peace makers.”
“Our happiness is that the two factional leaders had our appeal for the matter to be settled amicably so that those affected can continue with their life because we are one• indivisible family,” he explained.
He noted that although the life lost could never come back hence the need for all invloved to accept the decision of he community in the interest of peace and social harmony.
King Amadi thanked all those who paid supreme sacrifices to allow peace reign, and assured that Okporo Okwurusi Traditional Institution would ensure peaceful co-existence of different tribes living and doing business in the kingdom.
Earlier, Okporo Okwurusi Keke Management Committee chairman, Comr. Henry Ohia assured that his committee would never disappoint the trust reposed in them.
Comr. Henry who doubles as National Youth president Okporo Okwurusi Kingdom also advised the keke factional leaders to embrace peace as directed by the traditional rulers to enable the community move on.
All who spoke commended Eze Oha Okporo Okwurusi in Council for his sense of responsibility in settling the matter amicably.
Recall that early this year precisely 26th May, 2020 a middle aged man, Clement Elewa was murdered in cold blood following misunderstanding between two factional keke unions operating in Okporo Okwurusi Kingdom leading to breakdown of law and order within the kingdom.

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Court Remands Two In SCIID Custody Over Murder Of Policeman

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An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan yesterday ordered that two men be remanded in the State  Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) custody over alleged murder of a policeman.
The police charged Rasheed Salaudeen, 35, and Yusuf Alimi, 37, with five counts bordering on conspiracy, murder and assault.
Chief Magistrate, Olaide Hamzat, did not take their plea, over want in jurisdiction.
Hamzat ordered the police to return the case file to the Oyo State Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
He adjourned the matter until October 10, for mention.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Insp. Opeyemi Olagunju told the court that Salaudeen and Alimi, with others at large, on August 26,  caused the death of  Sgt. Bukoye Oyewole with staff number: No 429733 in the cause of discharging his lawful duty
He alleged that Salaudeen and Alimi, attacked the victim at a checkpoint with sticks  and machete.
Olagunju also alleged that Salaudeen and Alimi assaulted Insp. Imeh Samson, causing him bodily harm
He alleged that they also assaulted Sgt. Morufu Asimiyu, who was on duty with others at the check point.
Olagunju said the incident took place when the policemen  were on duty at a stop-and-search  checkpoint at Orita Ohori/ Budo Musa via Itasa, Iwere – Ile, Oyo State.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 252 and 316 and punishable under sections 319, 324, 356 and 516 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State 2000.

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Navy Deploys Six Warships In Four States

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The Nigerian Navy yesterday deployed troops on board six warships, including 60 gunboats, in a special military exercise to tackle pirates, oil smugglers and other criminalities in the nation’s waters.
Rear Adm. David Adeniran, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Calabar, announced the deployment at the flag-off of the exercise in Onne, Rivers State.
It was gathered that the operation was code-named, ‘Exercise Sanga Sung,’ meaning ‘Safe Transit’ in Ibibio dialect.
Adeniran said that the two-day exercise, aimed at consolidating on similar Exercises Bekan Mmon I and II, would hold on the territorial waters of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers States, under the ENC.
“Exercise Sanga Sung is one of the numerous operational engagements that the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) is currently undertaking to safeguard the nation’s maritime environment.
“The purpose of the exercise is to check the state of preparedness of our fleets and training of our personnel,” said the naval chief.
He said that personnel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Immigration Service and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) would also participate in the exercise.
Others are the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Customs Service.
“The other security agencies are participating in the exercise knowing that safety and security of our maritime environment cannot be provided by a single security agency.
“Also, there are so many personnel involved in this exercise from our naval headquarters, Defence headquarters, Western Naval Command and Central Naval Command, among others.

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Gunmen Kill One, Kidnap Pregnant Woman, Nine Others In Nasarawa

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed one person, abducted a heavily pregnant woman, and nine other persons, even as they injured several others in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
It was gathered that the armed men came from the Kana hill in Kana community, at midnight of Monday, killed, kidnapped and injured persons, and retreated.
The Kana hill expands to Maraba Udege, Onda, Agwada, Nasarawa Eggon, and to Wamba towns of the LGA.
Kana community is where personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were recently killed and kidnapped while on their way for training in Enugu State.
The Chairman of Nasarawa LGA, Mohammed Sani Ottos, who narrated the incident to newsmen, yesterday, said the assailants numbering more than 20, stormed the place when residents were deeply asleep.
He further disclosed that the gunmen shot sporadically to scare the Kana inhabitants before they started invading homes forcefully.
According to him, properties worth millions of Naira were damaged.
Ottos, who said he had visited the attacked place to sympathise with the people, revealed that men of the Guards Brigade, 177 Battalion, Keffi, were already on ground to avert further attacks.
“It is confirmed that some gunmen have stormed the town of kana town on Monday night, they were well armed, scared the people after they fired several gun shots.
“At the end of their operation, we discovered that one person was killed, 10 were kidnapped while several people sustained various degrees of injuries.
“I was there myself to ascertain the level of damage cause by the gunmen and I condemned the act, I visited the town to sympathise with the families of the slain, abducted and injured victims.
“I commend the Guards Brigade, 177 Battalion, Keffi, who accompanied me to further build the villager’s confidence, and pledged to do all within their reach for safe return of the captives,” Ottos stated.
The relevant security agencies in the state were yet to officially confirm the number of persons killed, abducted and injured, as at the time of this report.
When contacted, the Nasarawa State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Ramham Nansel, said that the command was on top of the matter to verify the attack.
“I can’t confirm the story now because I am yet to be briefed on the incident, I will get back to you,” he stated.
Similarly, a traditional ruler in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Bulus Chuwang Jang, has been killed by gunmen.
The Chairman of Berom Youth Moulders in the neighbouring Heipang district in the LGA, Rwang Tengwong, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Jos, yesterday.
Tengwong said that the diseased paramount ruler, who is the district head of Foron, was killed by some gunmen, who attacked the community on Monday evening.
Tengwong said, “We just lost one of our paramount rulers in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area through an attack by gunmen. He is the Acting district head of Foron, Da Bulus Chuwang Jang. He was shot dead in the evening yesterday (Monday) by some gunmen around Shen community.”
The Deputy Leader of Barkin Ladi Legislative Council, Hon Pam Chollom, who also confirmed the killing of the traditional ruler, said that the council had summoned an emergency meeting over the incident.
He said, “Yes, it is true that one of our traditional rulers has been killed in an attack by gunmen. It is very unfortunate and we condemn the incident. Right now, we are currently meeting over the incident as legislators. I will let you know our stand after the meeting.”
The Spokesman for the State Police Command, Ubah Ogaba, said that the incident had been reported to the command.
According to him, the state commissioner of police had deployed detectives in the council area to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of the monarch and apprehend those behind the act.
Ogaba said, “We are aware of the killing of the traditional ruler by unknown gunmen, and investigation into the incident has commenced.
“Already, the CP has deployed some officers in the area to investigate the matter and we are hopeful that those who perpetrated the acts would be fished out and punished accordingly”, he added.

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