Police authorities have declared 12 persons wanted in connection with the violence in Isu-Aniocha, a community in Awka North Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced this in a statement on Friday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
“The police force hereby declares wanted the following 12 persons in connection with a case of conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, an act of terrorism, kidnapping, cultism and unlawful possession of firearms, housebreaking, burglary, malicious damage, and conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace in Isu-Aniocha, Awka North LGA of Anambra State, Nigeria,” the statement said.
Adejobi listed the suspects to include Edward Okoye (aka Stone), Donatus Okeke, Onyemazi Ngini, Onyebuchi Nwekeizu Okoye, Nonso Eboh, Chukwuka Onyibor, Chukwujekwu Anaekeokwu, Chuka Ilodigwe, Chinedu Nwoye Okoye, Nonso Awusionwu Obinna, Cosmos Okonkwo, and Chukwujekwu Okoye.
“The Police had earlier secured a court order to declare wanted the suspects, all male of Igbo extraction with ages ranging from 25 years to 55 years old, natives of Isu-Aniocha, Awka North LGA of Anambra State with heights between 1.5m to 1.7m,” it added.
According to the police spokesman, Okoye had on January 19, 2019, in conjunction with others shot two men dead – one Ifeanyi Anazoba (aka Ichafu) and one Chukwuebuka Amodo (aka Mutum) at a burial function in Umuzuocha Town Hall in Awka South LGA.
He added that the suspects beheaded the duo and burnt their bodies beyond recognition, as well as kidnapped two others and vandalised two properties valued at over N1.2 billion.
Adejobi stated that the suspects also attacked and brutalised some mobile police officers detailed to restore calm to the community.
“The Nigeria Police Force, therefore, urges all well-meaning members of the general public to assist the police with useful information which would facilitate their arrest and ensure they are brought to justice,” the statement said.
“It further assures that justice would not just be done in the matter but would be seen by all parties in the matter, to have been done as the police will leave no stone unturned in unravelling the ugly and criminal incident.”
‘5 Killed’ As Traders, Okada Riders Clash In Abuja
At least five persons have been reportedly killed and houses set on fire in a clash between traders and okada riders at Dei Dei, a community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Daily Trust reports.
A resident disclosed that an accident involving a bike man led to the break down of law and order in the community.
“Five persons that I know have been killed in this incident. We have been calling for security intervention to no avail,” said the resident who pleaded anonymity.
“We are really worried that this crisis is tilting towards ethnic dimension.”
The traders were said to have attacked the rider, whom they blamed for recklessness which led to the death of the passenger.
The okada riders colleagues reportedly moved to rescue him from the attackers and the situation degenerated afterwards.
Another account has it that the driver of the trailer which crushed the passenger to death was attacked and some persons mobilised to defend him.
It was gathered security operatives have moved to the scene to prevent further violence.
The Abuja incident happened at about the time Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu reimposed a ban on Okada riders in some areas of Lagos over the killing of a sound engineer.
The engineer was killed and set ablaze in the Lekki axis of the state last weekend.
Again Bandits Block Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Abducts Many Travelers
Bandits on Tuesday evening returned to the Abuja-Kaduna highway and abducted scores of passengers in an operation that lasted almost an hour.
According to Daily Trust, the bandits blocked the highway between Kurnmin Kare and Katari in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State and abducted passengers from commercial and private vehicles.
The incident occurred just days after a youth corps member traveling on the highway was killed in a cross fire between bandits and security agents.
Sources from Katari disclosed that the incident occurred around 4pm, adding that the bandits had in the early hours of Tuesday invaded Katari town where they also abducted 16 people.
It was gathered that security agents had been deployed to the section of the road after the bandits escaped with several passengers.
Kaduna State Police Command, through the Police Public Relations Office, ASP Mohammed Jalige said he is yet to receive any confirmation from the commander in charge of the area.
The about 155km Kaduna-Abuja highway has witnessed several attacks by bandits who block the road to kill and abduct passengers.
The road was, however, said to have been fortified by security agents following the March 28th attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train which resulted in the killing of nine people and abduction of over 60 passengers.
2023: Recycling of Leaders Will Hinder Nigeria’s Growth, Development – Momodu
The publisher of Ovation magazine and presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Otunba Dele Momodu has warned that growth, progress and development of Nigeria cannot be achieved by recycling the same set of people as leaders.
According to Leadership, the journalist turned politician stated this at the Alarere residence of the Olubadan-designate, Dr. Lekan Balogun during his consultation visit to the new Ibadan monarch, explained that Nigerians had over the years been complaining about the myriad of problems confronting the country, pointing out that the solution to those problems could not come through the same set of people that had remained in the corridors of power.
According to him, “it has been said that the classical definition of insanity is to be repeating the same thing over time and expect different results’’, noting that the desire to change the situation informed his decision to come out to contest for the position of President.
The PDP chieftain recalled that he made a similar attempt 11 years ago under the umbrella of National Conscience Party (NCP) but would be using a bigger platform, the PDP for the actualization of the dream this time around because of its popularity.
He remarked that, “Nobody knows about how things work or move in Nigeria better than the new Olubadan because of his deep and versed knowledge of either politics or administration, hence, I won’t go into reeling out policies to you Kabiyesi.
“Rather, I will crave Baba’s indulgence to present three volumes of books that I had written which encapsulate my policies.”
Momodu later presented the three volumes of books with the titles Pendulum 1, Pendulum 2 and Fighting Lions (The untold story of Dele Momodu’s presidential campaign) to the monarch.
Oba Balogun, who received the presidential aspirant and his entourage was joined by his Olori, Olufunmilayo and Ekarun Olubadan, High Chief Hamidu Ajibade, who responded on behalf of the monarch.
Responding, High Chief Ajibade said Momodu had used his profession through publication of Ovation Magazine to positively project and advance the cause of Nigeria and Nigerians and prayed that his efforts of the past years would go a very long way to assist his aspiration.
He enjoined the aspirant’s wife, Mobolaji who among others accompanied Momodu to Ibadan to always pray for him, stressing that without the support of women in men’s life, to succeed would be difficult.
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