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Police arrest 10 suspects, recover arms, ammunition in Enugu

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The Police Command in Enugu State on Tuesday says it arrested 10 suspects in July for various criminal offences within the state.


The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Abdurrahman, said that the offences included conspiracy, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and cultism.

Abdurrahman said that the items recovered from the suspects included six arms, 15 ammunition of 5.56mm caliber, 36 live cartridges and 12 expended cartridges.

Other items recovered were a television set, one mobile phone, one cutlass and other miscellaneous items.

The commissioner said that the arrests and recovery were made possible by intelligence and robust collaboration with other security agencies, local security outfits like the Neighborhood Watch Group of the state.

“We also have to thank our partners, stakeholders and the general public as well as the dedication and diligence of the officers and men of the command,” he said.

The Commissioner said that two suspects were arrested at Ugbawka, Nkanu East Local Government Area on July 26 and Onueke Izza South Local Government on July 30 through a combined operation.

“Their arrest is sequel to intelligence gathered that the duo and other members now at large, allegedly attacked and killed one Onyebuchi Aninwagu, the Chief Security Officer of Amodu-Awkunanaw Community on July 19.

“They were also alleged to have on July 21 at about 6a.m. attacked police officers attached to Ozalla Division of the Command and carted away two assault rifles, after killing one of the police officer, ASP Ominiyi Chukwu; while the other, Insp. Princewill Ebiriem, sustained severe degrees of bullet wounds.

“The deadly gang was further alleged to have attacked one Alhaji Ibrahim Yaro at Isiaji Road in Nkanu West LGA, shot him on the leg and made away with his unregistered Bajaj Motorcycle,’’ he said.

Abdurrahman said that on July 26 at Premier Layout, Enugu through a combined effort of police operatives and Neighborhood Watch Group; two armed robbers, who forcefully took possession of valuables of residents on gun point, were arrested.

He said that the command also arrested two suspects on July 17 and recovered some home items, phones, wrist watch and a belt belonging to residents of Independence Layout, Enugu.

“This group specilises in using cutlass and other dangerous instrument to rob,” he said.

The commissioner, however, said that investigation was ongoing on the nefarious activities of the various suspects as well as manhunt for their other members that were presently at large.

“The command will not leave any stone unturned until these criminals are apprehended and given appropriate punishment for their actions so far,” he said.

 

        

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Ebonyi bus accident: FRSC, Police confirm 3 more bodies retrieved from river

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi has confirmed the recovery of three more corpses from the Akeze-Ukwu River after a Mercedes 608-model bus plunged into the river on Sept.18.


The News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that the bus conveying members of a Church who attended their pastor’s burial was returning to Enugu when the accident occurred.

The bus driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake an articulated vehicle on the bridge.

Mrs Stella Uchegbu, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ebonyi, told NAN on Sunday evening that the retrieved corpses were deposited at the Mater Misericordae hospital Afikpo.

Uchegbu said that the corps sent its personnel to the hospital, where some rescued victims were being treated, to interact with doctors on the true reports concerning the ‘unfortunate’ incident.

“We have been getting conflicting reports on the casualties so we sent our personnel to the hospital to interact with the doctors handling the cases.

“We were able to ascertain that seven persons were actually rescued from the river on the day of the incident instead of five earlier reported.

“One person was confirmed dead, two persons are presently on admission, two have been officially discharged while two opted to return home having sustained no injuries from the incident,” she said.

Ughegbu said that with the 14 corpses retrieved from the river on the second day of the rescue operations and the three other corpses retrieved on Sunday, the total number of retrieval is 24.

According to her, the total number of dead victims is now 18.

Also, the Ebonyi command of the Nigerian Police Force confirmed in a stateement the retrieval of three more corpses on Sunday, adding that a retired police officer was among the deceased persons.

The statement signed by DSP Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer, said that “the lifeless body of retired CSP Livinus Mbah was among the retrieved corpses.

“Efforts are still on to recover the remaining 10 persons,” it stated.

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Edo election: INEC’s result consistent with our PVT outcome, says Yiaga Africa

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Yiaga Africa, a civil society organisation, on Sunday revealed that the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC), election result in Edo was consistent with its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology.


Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, Board member, Yiaga Africa who made this known in a statement, said that the group deployed PVT to assess the credibility of the Sept. 19, Governorship poll in Edo.

Nwagwu said that the group, through its `Watching The Vote  (WTV )citizens movement’, had deployed 500 observers to monitor the election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the WTV is an advanced election observation methodology that employs well-established statistical principles and sophisticated information technology to provide timely and accurate information on conduct of elections.

“Based on reports from 96 per cent  (241 of 250) of sampled polling units, Yiaga Africa’s statistical analysis shows that the APC should receive between 39.1 per cent  and 46.3 per cent of the votes.

“The PDP should receive between 52.5 per cent  and 59.7 per cent  of the votes, while no other party will receive more than one per cent  of the vote share.

INEC’s official result for the 2020 Edo State gubernatorial election is consistent with the Yiaga Africa WTV estimate.

“Had the official results been changed at the ward, LGA or state collation centres, the official results would not have fallen within the Yiaga Africa WTV estimated ranges,” Nwagwu said.

Nwagwu said  because  the official results fell within the estimated ranges, governorship contestants, parties, and voters should have confidence in INEC’s official results for the election because it reflected the ballots cast at polling units.

He said that it was  important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the two political parties that received the most votes.

He said that Yiaga Africa PVT result revealed that INEC’s official results for turnout and rejected ballots were also consistent with its WTV estimates.

He said that  Yiaga Africa was able to estimate that turnout was 27.4 per cent  with a margin of error of ±2.1 per cent (between 25.3 per cent and 29.5 per cent), while INEC’s official turnout was 25 per cent .

He said that Yiaga Africa estimated rejected ballots were 1.8 per cent with a margin of error of ± 0.6 per cent  (between 1.2 per cent and 2.4 per cent) while INEC’s official result for rejected ballots was 2.3 per cent .

According to him, the results are consistent.

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Source: NAN

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Edo Poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field

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The Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing a level playing field for contestants in the just-concluded Edo governorship election.


The BOS said this in statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary of its Enugu State chapter, Chief Anike Nwoga and Mr Godwin Onwusi on Sunday in Abuja.

It described Buhari as a statesmanship and a father of the nation, adding that he had enriched the health of the country’s democracy by observing its core tenet.

“The BSO is happy that Mr President enriched the health of our democracy by observing the core tenets of democracy.

“This, he did, by resisting the temptation to deploy the proverbial federal might in favour of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC),” the BOS said.

Also in another statement, the United Patriots had congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his re-election as governor of Edo.

The group’s National Chairman, Mr Chukwudi Ezeobika said Obaseki’s victory remained a plus to the country’s democracy and an end to imposition of ill will on the electorate.

The group commended law enforcement agencies for their professional conduct before, during and after the election.

It commended, especially the Police for exhibiting high level of professionalism and devotion at election.

“We salute the courage and perseverance of the Edo  people who turned out in their huge numbers to exercise their franchise and vote for the candidate of their choice.

“We remain resolute in our belief that good governance will enhance more participation of Nigerians in future elections and permanently dislodge the ills of god “fatherism’’ and imposition of candidates on the people against their wish.

“As we approach the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for Oct. 10, we are optimistic that the serenity, security and decorum exhibited by all stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process in Edo, will be brought to bear,” it said.

The group appealed to Nigerian youths to be part of this great struggle to redeem the country and its democracy from abuse.

It said this they could do by protecting and preserving the sanctity of the country’s electoral system, knowing fully well that the future of the country was dependent on such struggle.

Edited By: Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN

 

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22 parties allege exclusion in Bauchi polls, commission denies

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Some 22 Political Parties in Bauchi State say their  names and logos  are omitted by the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) to participate in the state’s upcoming council poll.


However, the electoral umpire says it is untrue.

Alhaji Ahmed Aminu,  Leader of the political parties Chairmen and  state Chairman of the Young Democratic Party (YDP), levelled the allegation on Sunday in Bauchi.

He said that omission of their names and the logo would  deny them the opportunity to participate in the  forthcoming local government election and the by-election of the Dass constituency in the state Assembly.

Aminu lamented that in spite of frantic efforts to ensure the names and logos of their various political parties were captured in the ballot papers meant for the LGA election, none had yielded  result.

He said that after the receipt of the order of the court of appeal that gave them victory, they approached BASIEC and submitted the court order for its attention. According to him, we also expressed our interest to participate in the forthcoming local council elections and the by-election for Dass constituency seat  in the state Assembly.Aminu said that they were directed by BASIEC to furnish INEC and other channels with their requests, which they complied with.

“But neither INEC nor BASIEC has given us any feedback ahead of the Oct. 17, LGA election in the state,” he said. Aminu said that the council poll was fast approaching, adding that if  the names and logos were not included, they would seek redress in court.

He commended  the national leadership of the aggrieved 22 political parties for demanding that justice was served to the political parties.

They also lauded  the appeal court judges led by their president, noting that the judgment that rekindled the hope of their parties,  showed  the judiciary was indeed the last hope of the  common man.

Responding, the State Executive Chairman of  BASIEC,  Alhaji Dahiru Tata, said that the commission did not have the power to register political parties but  only INEC had the mandate.

“When we requested for names of political parties from INEC, they gave only 18 political parties that are registered with them and they are all participating in the local government area poll.

”So, the parties  should approach INEC and sort it out with them. Once INEC  registers  them, we will also include them despite the schedule,” Tata said.

 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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