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Married man, widowed lover found dead in Ebonyi

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The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the death of a man, Ifeanyi Nwokwu, and his alleged lover, a widow named Nkechi Ezaka Ucha.

According to the police, the dup were found dead in the man’s house in Umuezeoka Umueze, Effium Autonomous community, Ohaukwu local government area of the state.

Nwokwu and the widow were found by neighbours who mounted a search for them when they were not seen in the community for a while, Police spokesman in the state, Loveth Odah, said in a statement.

A source in the community told our correspondent that apart from Nwokwu, another man known in the community was dating Nkechi, The Nation reported

He alleged the man the community knows very well for dating the woman may have masterminded the killings of Nwokwu and Nkechi out of jealous.

He said:
“Ifeanyi Nwokwu and Nkechi Ezaka Ucha are lovers. The woman lost her husband years ago, the man invited the woman to where he built his house. Meanwhile, the wife of the man stays in her father’s compound.

“In the night, the man and the woman were found dead inside the man’s house. The two lovers had wounds on their foreheads and some arrests have been made.

“There is a man who is known by everybody in the community for also dating the woman and the man also has been arrested. This one that died in the community is not known for dating the woman, unlike the one that was arrested.

“People are suspecting that it may be the man who is known by the community for befriending the woman masterminded the crime”.

A resident of the area, Jeremiah Obaji described the incident as worrisome.

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He said similar incidents have occurred in the community.

“The spate of killing and armed robbery activities in Umuezeoka Umueze in Effium Autonomous community has reached an alarming proportion.

“So many of our illustrious sons and daughters can no longer visit home because of the fear of the unknown, our aged fathers and mothers have been living at the mercy of this terror men.

“I am pleading with the IG of police and Ebonyi state government to please come to our aid as our people can no longer sleep at home and those of us who are in the cities can not come home because of cases of similar nature.

“We are pleading for a police post which can help in securing the lives and properties of my people. We are also pleading with the police to use their high powered intelligence gathering to unravel the killers of these people”.

Coordinator of Effium Development Centre, Agbo Sunday, confirmed the incident.

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He pledged the support of the government in the investigation so as to bring the perpetrators to book.

Police Spokesman, Loveth Odah in confirming the incident said an investigation into the matter has been launched by the Police

She said:

“Yes, there is a report that two persons, a married man and a widow was found inside a room but we don’t have the detail of the incidents.

“According to the report, their bodies are almost decomposing. But the perpetrators are not yet known and I assure you, police are investigating the matter and very soon we will unravel those behind it” she stated.

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It’s shameful educated Yoruba youths are dying in desert, sea in bids to enter Europe – Prof Banji Akintoye

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The President of Yoruba World Congress, Prof Banji Akintoye, has decried the trafficking of Yoruba youths to some European countries and other parts of the world for prostitution and modern-day slavery.

Akintoye blamed the massive migration of Nigerian youths abroad on poverty and the absence of youth development programmes.

“Nigerian young men and women are dying in droves in the desert trying to reach Europe. It is happening all the time and the government of Nigeria knows it,” he said in a TheCitizenNG report.

“Yoruba people are known for their love for education and an average parent in Yorubaland can do anything to send their children to school up to the university level.

“But it is wrong that we do not have plans for youth development and youth empowerment. We have identified that as a problem and that is why the Yoruba World Congress is doing something about youth development. A state government in the South-West has partnered us.

“The next step after education is youth development but we have failed to do that. That is why we have a big problem on our hand now. It is a shame that Yoruba youths, after obtaining university degrees, are dying in the desert and in the sea while trying to cross to Europe. It is also a shame that Yoruba youths are being used for prostitution and slaves in Europe and other countries.”

Meanwhile, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said the state will ensure the repatriation of all its indigenes found to have been trafficked to Lebanon.

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According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said this while being briefed by the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu, on the plight of Oyo State indigenes trafficked to Lebanon.

The governor said,

“This state will pay for their flights and the fees requested to conduct COVID-19 tests on each of them.”

Sarumi-Aliyu said 40 female indigenes of the state had been identified in Lebanon while the state was going ahead with identification of others to know the actual number of Oyo State indigenes being used as slaves in Lebanon.

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Only 30 policemen protecting 100 Katsina villages, says Masari

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Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari has disclosed that only 30 policemen provide security in 100 villages in the state despite the incessant killings by bandits and other criminal elements in the state.

Speaking on the incessant killings in the state, Governor Aminu Masari said the state would in the interim amend its extant laws to give power to village heads and local authorities in the battle against the bandits.

A worried Emir of Katsina Abdulmumin Usman advised him to also consider sending a high-powered delegation of Katsina indigenes to President Muhammadu Buhari on the insecurity in the state.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is however set to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Katsina and other Northwest, as well as Northeast, states to check banditry and other forms of crimes in the zones.

Masari who lamented the killings at a luncheon by NAF to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir with frontline troops in Katsina said 30 policemen were  “gross inadequate” especially now that the bandits had become emboldened.

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He said: “This would complement ongoing efforts to emplace a robust community policing structure, whilst addressing the gross deficit in the number of police personnel available at local levels, which is in the range of an average of about 30 policemen to about 100 villages.”

He emphasized that if such actions were not taken, “even if the bandits were wiped out by the military, another generation of criminal elements would quickly take their place in the absence of governance and adequate policing.”

“The bandits are intertwined within the communities so sometimes it may be difficult for the NAF or the Army to distinguish them from the locals in order to conduct offensive operations devoid of collateral damage. The locals must stop giving support, information or safe havens to these criminals,” the governor said.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said arrangements had been concluded to deploy  UAVs in  Katsina and Gusau in the Zamfara states as part of measures to bring a  quick end to the attacks in the Northwest and Northeast.

‘He thanked the President for “the acquisition of unmanned  aerial combat vehicle that will be deployed not only in the Northwest Zone but also in Northeast.’’

At a special prayer session involving members of the three arms of government in the state, Emir Usman asked   Masari to convene a meeting of eminent Katsina citizens to aggregate suggestions and opinions on the current challenges facing the state and also lead a team to meet the President.

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The Emir said:

’’Lack of regular interaction and communication have remained the bane in our quest for development as a state.

‘’Our governor needs to rally Katsina citizens and seek suggestions from them in order to proffer solutions to the myriads of challenges facing the state.’’

The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has called on the Federal Government to end the killings in southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states.

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It also urged the government to stop banditry and other forms of insecurity in Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, and other states in the northern part of the country.

ECWA made the call in a statement issued at the end of its General Church Council (GCC) meeting held in Jos, Plateau State on Sunday.

The statement partly reads:

“Council views with serious concern the unabated attacks of armed men and bandits across the country, especially in the northern states.

“They have continued to destroy lives, farmlands and property of innocent citizens in southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Kogi, Adamawa, Katsina, Taraba and Niger states.”

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Oyetola approves N500m for pensions

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Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has approved N500million for payment of entitlements to retirees on Contributory Pensions Scheme.

The approved sum covered the payment of contributory pensions to retired primary school teachers and local government workers, to the tune of N300 million, while N200 million was earmarked for retired workers in the civil service and parastatals.

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Head of Service Dr Festus Gboyega Oyebade said in a statement that “this gesture is part of the evidence of Governor Oyetola’s concern for the people’s welfare”, adding that the current administration would prioritise the welfare of serving and retired workers.

He said:

“This gesture is evidence that the governor listens to the yearnings of the citizens. We are delighted and proud of his response to the needs of retirees, especially at this time COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the world economy.

“The government under the leadership of Governor Oyetola is aware of the importance of pension to those who have retired. The governor’s consistent gesture validates his commitment to continue to cater for those who have served the state meritoriously.”

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