at about 1:30a.m., there was a report of alleged murder of one Azuibuike Ekwegbalu, aged 43 years, native of Ogbunike in Oyi LGA but resident at the Commissioners quarters Awka.
“Following the report, Police detectives attached to ‘B’ Division Awka led by the DPO, CSP Emma Ogbuanya visited the scene and rushed victim who was found in a pool of blood to COOUTH Awka for medical attention.
“He was certified dead by the medical doctor on arrival while his corpse was deposited at the hospital mortuary for autopsy,” he noted.
Mohammed said a careful observation on the deceased body revealed stab wounds while a blood stained Kitchen knife was also recovered as exhibit at the scene.
“Consequently, one suspect who allegedly was in the premises has been arrested and the case is under investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident,” he stated.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Security: FRSC tasks officers on accurate database of vehicles
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has called on officers to provide accurate and reliable data base of vehicle and ownership details to check crimes and criminality on the roads towards enhancing National security.
Speaking at the one day workshop organised for desk officers on Monday in Abuja, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, noted that the road provided a veritable transit path for crime and criminality.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the year 2020 National Vehicle Identification Scheme (NVIS) desk officer’s workshop theme is “The Imperatives of Data Accuracy in the Light of Prevailing Security Challenges”.
Oyeyemi said that NVIS desk officer’s workshop was critical in the light of the myriads of security challenges experienced in the processes and the country at large.
He said that the NVIS desk officers were responsible for upload of information with regards to registered vehicles and ownership details into the database, saying that the workshop was strategically targeted at stock taking and examining issues.
According to him, Our NVIS process must continue to offer its relevance to the national security architecture through accurate and reliable database.
“NVIS desk officers must continue to promote integrity, transparency, good and professional service in their interactions with the clients and stakeholders.
“The NVIS data base must sustain the trust of Nigerians as a dependable super structure in the recovery of stolen vehicles.
“Desk officers must ensure there is prompt reporting of all recovered stolen vehicles. So far, this year, 34 vehicles have been recovered through our process, ” he said.
Oyeyemi reiterated the commitment of management towards the continuous maintenance and upgrade of FRSC platforms to constantly meet the demands of the contemporary society.
He noted that the management had expanded the scope of coverage nationwide to strengthen the resolve of the corps and make road crash data in Nigeria more reliable and intentionally acceptable.
“Station officers and Marshals have already been posted to the respective LGAs and have just completed thier training for the task.
“The concept of station offices is to reduce FRSC dependence on secondary sources of data while harnessing prompt, accurate and first- hand data collection and processing, ” he said.
The FRSC boss admonished NVIS desk officers to constantly reflect on the importance of data to planning, research and policy formulation, especially as it relates to issues of crimes and criminalities.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Obaseki’s victory indicates new political era – Oyebode
An International Law and Jurisprudence scholar, Prof. Akin Oyebode, says the victory of Mr Godwin Obaseki in the just-concluded Edo gubernatorial polls has wiped off god-father politics in Nigeria’s political culture.
Oyebode made the statement while speaking in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Monday on the outcome of the Edo governorship election.
According to him, the result of the election has opened a new and better era in the polity.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who polled 223,619 votes.
According to Oyebode, the outcome of the election is not unexpected.
“The nation’s political slate has been wiped clean.
“This should wake up the APC from its illusion and slumber and make it not to take things for granted.
“The party should become sensitive to the hopes, aspirations and interests of the suffering masses.”
Oyebode also lauded INEC, the police and other security agencies for their exemplary conduct during the election.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Silas Nwoha
Ebonyi bus accident: FRSC, Police confirm 3 more bodies retrieved from river
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.
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.
“Efforts are still on to recover the remaining 10 persons,” it stated.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Donald Ugwu
Edo election: INEC’s result consistent with our PVT outcome, says Yiaga Africa
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.
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 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.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Donald Ugwu