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Pastor Nabbed For Murder Of Church Members

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The Rivers State Police Command has arrested and paraded one Pastor Chidebere Okoroafor for allegedly killing his fiancé, Uluoma Onweagba, Mrs Ada Concila Ezeawa and her nine month old baby, Baby Christabel Joseph who were members of his church.
Pastor Okoroafor was said to be the founder and Presiding Pastor of the Altar of Solution Church, Izuoma, Afam in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State and hails from Abariba in Abia State. It was learnt that the suspect was having an amorous relationship with one of the deceased, Uluoma Onweagba, 25, a member of his church which resulted into a pregnancy.
The suspect however in an attempt to get rid of the pregnancy and protect the image of the church decided to snuff off life from the victim so as to conceal the information from other members of the church, but unknown to him, the deceased had told their neighbours that they were visiting the pastor on that fateful day over the pregnancy.
Briefing journalists at the State Police Command headquarters in Port Harcourt last Friday, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Finance and Administration, DCP Cyril Okoro said Pastor Okoroafor in a most bizarre manner allegedly and gruesomely murdered three of his own flocks, including an unborn child.
Okoro stated that the unfortunate incident started unfolding when on 11th December, 2017 at about 1100hrs, the whereabouts of the deceased became unknown to their close ones resulting in the lodgement of a formal complaint of their disappearance at the Afam Divisional Headquarters.
He told newsmen that after preliminary investigation by the police coupled with diligent search by members of the community, the decomposing corpse of Uluoma Onweagba (F) and baby Christabel Joseph were later discovered in a bush located along Afam-Igberu road on 13th December, 2017.
According to him, their corpses were immediately evacuated and deposited at the mortuary pending further investigation, adding that six days later, the body of Ada Concila Ezeawa, the mother of the nine month old baby was recovered in an uncompleted building at Izuoma Community in Oyigbo and was later evacuated and deposited at a mortuary pending further investigation by the police.
He averred that the matter was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for discreet investigation and report, adding that investigation commenced in earnest at the State CID with the constitution of a team of seasoned investigators headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State, CID, Port Harcourt.
“The above named pastor who was said to be having an amorous relationship with one of the deceased, Uluoma Onweagba was invited, interviewed and interrogated pertaining the murder of the aforementioned deceased persons. He was subsequently detained as his explanations were not convincing, particularly with the information at the disposal of the investigators that the deceased persons had on 11th day of December, 2017 informed neigbours that they were going to visit the pastor over a pregnancy issue involving the late Uluoma Onweagba”.
“On the 9th of February, 2018, faced with overwhelming evidence and facts linking him with the death of the deceased persons, the pastor confessed to the commission of the said murder of all the deceased persons. Dwelling on the trust the deceased persons had on him, he manipulated the two women on the said date of murder by first luring Ada Concila Ezeawa to an uncompleted building while telling other deceased persons to wait three poles away that he was coming to join them, he stated.

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Troops Deployed To Quell Akwa Ibom Communal Clash

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Troops have been deployed to quell the ongoing violence in Eket, Esit Eket and Ibeno local government areas of Akwa Ibom State.
The actors are laying claim to a piece of land – Stubb Creek Forest, already acquired by the state government for the proposed refinery project by BUA Company Ltd.
The Tide source gathered that Eket and Esit Eket, claiming ownership of the land and other disputed areas of Ibeno, instituted a lawsuit, but suddenly embarked on violent protest, barricading the major Eket-Ibeno Road, leading to the ExxonMobil’s Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT) at Mkpanak community.
Justifying the protest, the President-General (PG) of the apex socio-cultural group, Eket Peoples Union (EPU), Dr Samuel Udonsak, said the action became necessary in order to draw government attention to the issues in dispute as Ibeno continues to lay claim to the land, and other areas allegedly belonging to Eket in the neighbouring Ibeno LGA.
He accused the state government of complicity and alleged that in seizing the disputed Stubb Creek forest for Bua refinery project without consulting the stakeholders, elders and leaders of Eket, with a view to arriving at amicable resolution of the issues in dispute, lasting peace would continue to be a mirage.
But Governor Umo Eno has warned the feuding LGAs to adhere to the peace path as the issue is still pending in court, adding that the government would not join the issue until all parties resolve to sheathe their swords as no negotiation works in a crisis situation.
The governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Iniobong Ememobong, enjoined security agencies to work collaboratively with the new Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways led by the Commissioner, Gen Koko Essien (rtd), to restore peace.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Odiko MacDon, said calm has returned to the troubled areas, as troops have been drafted to work with the regular police, mobile police and other security operatives drawn from the Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways.
He said, “The commissioner of police (CP), Waheed Ayilara, has visited the scene and working jointly with troops and other security agencies including the Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways, to restore normalcy and cleared the barricade on the road. The police have assisted in clearing the injured to the hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.”
“He (CP) has engaged leaders and stakeholders in dialogue for peace,” he said and underscored the importance of security as everyone’s business and indulged government, religious, traditional rulers and youths to be in the vanguard of lasting peace in the affected areas.

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Delta Moves To Revitalise State-Owned Broadcast Media

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Delta State Government has inaugurated a committee to work out ways of revitalising state-owned Broadcasting Station.
Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, the state’s Commissioner for Information, unveiled this development during a meeting with the Chairman and members of the Board of Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri, held at his office in Asaba.
Dr. Osuoza underscored the comprehensive nature of the committee’s mandate, emphasizing its task to meticulously assess the challenges confronting both Delta Broadcasting Service in Asaba and Warri. He stressed the necessity of devising pragmatic strategies to elevate their prominence within the state’s information dissemination framework and to foster healthy competition with other broadcasting entities.
In an earlier address, Chief Moses Odibo, Chairman of the Board of Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri, congratulated Dr. Osuoza on his appointment. He highlighted Osuoza’s previous tenure as Chairman of the Board of DBS, Warri, expressing confidence in his ability to grasp the challenges and effectively tackle them in his current role as Commissioner

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AKSG Restates Commitment To Development Of State

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The Akwa Ibom State Government says it would not relent its effort in ensuring an even development of the state by ensuring that youths contribute meaningfully to the development of the State.
The Governor of the State, Pastor Umo Eno stated this at the 2Africa Sub-marine Cable Landing – a high speed broadband infrastructure by Main One Equinix Company, at Qua Iboe Beach, behind ExxonMobil Qua Iboe Terminal, Ibeno.
Eno, who celebrated the coming of the proposed project in the state, said government will provide the right of way, as the cable makes its way through Akwa Ibom to the South South and South East.
Eno said the ICT sector was of special interest to the state, as technology was critical to the attainment of the core pillars of the ARISE Agenda which, he noted, is the economic blueprint of his administration.
The governor said government was poised to deploy ICT to all the pillars, ranging from agriculture to rural development, infrastructure and security, adding that government was building a very robust security architecture in the state that would be launched soon to track all kidnappers and criminals wherever they may be.
Eno, who noted the importance of the projects for Akwa Ibom youths, said the event marked a expansion of the cable landing to a coastal state in Nigeria, outside Lagos, and that the project is not a mean feat.
The state chief executive officer, while celebrating the great effort that engraved Akwa Ibom on the map of ICT innovation and economic and technological benefit, was optimistic that Akwa Ibom youths would be ready to go to work, as they can earn money from their living rooms. The general counsel and regional business head, MainOneEquinix Company, Abayomi Adebanjo, said the deployment of the state of-the-art infrastructure paves the way for the advancement of critical sectors of the economic through the proliferation of 4G, 5G and fixed broadband accessibility. Abayomi said by providing robust connectivity and technological advancements, the ICT company empowers businesses, educational institutions, healthcare facilities and countless other sectors to not only thrive in the digital age but also achieve their potentials.
He said the establishment of the submarine cable ensures cable diversity and resilience for Nigeria, aligning perfectly with the key success parameters outlined in the National Broadband Plan, even as the strategic initiative enhances the nations digital infrastructure resilience, safeguarding against potential disruptions and ensuring uninterrupted connectivity for all Nigerian citizens.

Christopher Tom,
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