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Akwa Ibom: Jubilation As Court Sentences Man To Death By Hanging

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The people of Idung Ntuk Umah in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have been celebrating over the sentencing of one Udobong Stephen Adiahaunwa to death by the Akwa Ibom State High Court.

Udobong, aged 48, a father of two and brother to the late Village Head of Idung Ntuk Umah, Gabriel Adiahaunwa, was sentenced by Justice Gabriel Ette after he was convicted on a four count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery and terrorism.

The particulars of the case shows that Udobong Stephen Adiahaunwa, who was earlier banned from his village because of his atrocities, stormed the community on 29th December, 2009 with his gang dressed like SARS Police operatives and whisked away one Friday Jackson Joe in a Hilux vehicle to an unknown location.

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The victim has not been found till date.

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Again, on 28th February, 2019, Udobong, the primary five dropout was said to have brought cultists in Police uniforms to his community and robbed the treasurer of the village, Mr Ediomo Sunday Udoidio, of N970,000 being the proceeds from the sales of the community palm fruits.

On 29th April, 2021, he again imported cultists in army uniform and robbed the Village Palm Estate treasurer, Mr Ubong William Henry, of N850,000, being the money the Idung Ntuk Umah realised from sales of palm fruits.

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It is also on record that on 5th June, 2020, the convicted armed robber returned to his village with members of his secret cult and forcefully initiated teenagers into the group, forcing many to flee from the village while others continued to live in fear.

Udobong was arrested and detained at Akwa Ibom State Police Command’s Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, but was released, prompting the community to petition the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 6 Headquarters, Calabar.

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In June 2020, the convict was arrested by operatives of the Zonal Criminal Investigation Department, Zone 6 Headquarters, but was granted bail and he disappeared with his surety.

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While in his hideout, he sued the complainant and the Police for breaching his fundamental rights but was rearrested on 4th December, 2020 and charged to court.

In a one hour judgement, the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Ette, found Udobong Stephen Adiahaunwa guilty of conspiring with his gang members now at large and robbing his victims.

He thereafter sentenced him to death by hanging.

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“From the totality of my findings, I find as a fact that the prosecution has proved counts 1, 2 and 3 against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt.

“I find the defendant guilty and convict him accordingly,” the judge declared.

The judgement attracted the complainants and other indigenes of Idung Ntuk Umah, who filled the courtroom to the brim, forcing the authorities to lock the entrance to the court premises.

The Idung Ntuk Umah community celebrated the condemnation of a man they described as “a terror and a nightmare to his community” and applauded Justice Gabriel Ette for his judgement, which they said had restored the confidence of the people in the judiciary.

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Police Officer Shot, 3 Others Arrested Over Destruction Of Property In Delta

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Police operatives arrested three officers for allegedly supervising land encroachment and destruction of properties, following alleged land dispute between Ogbeozoma quarters of Okpanam and Akpoma quarters Issele-Azagba, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State

A police officer was also reportedly shot during the operation which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.

Trouble, sources said, started when one of the parties mobilized to the site after they received information that some people were destroying the properties of their tenants.

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A source who craved anonymity said on arrival, the people were confronted by police the officers as other people who came with them for the operation took to their heels.

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The source said a police aide to one of the tenants was shot and was rushed to the hospital where he was receiving treatment.

The source said the arrested officers claimed that they were attached to Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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He said the three officers and the payloader driver were taken to the Police Command headquarters, adding that two Hilux vehicles and the two payloaders recovered from the site were parked in the premises of the police divisional headquarters in Okpanam.

Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mt. Bright Edafe , said “No information, l don’t know whether it happened or how it happened, but once l have been properly informed, l will let you know.”

 

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Navy Uncovers Illegal Oil Bunkering Storage Facility In Rivers, Rescues 4 Fishermen

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Nigerian Navy units across the Nation’s maritime domain fighting against oil theft, have uncovered a storage facility for illegal oil bunkering, and rescued 4 fishermen just as they seized 56 bags of cannabis in the last two days.

A statement by Naval headquarters said, ‘Specifically on Monday, 22 July 2024, the Quick Response Team of Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder under the auspices of Operation Delta Sanity uncovered an illegal storage facility used by illegal bunkerers of crude oil and refined products at Egbema Okwuzi town in Rivers State.

“Accordingly, the team swiftly cordoned the area and arrested 2 suspects involved in the illegal activities.

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“About 68,000 litres of illegally refined Automative Gas Oil was stored in various containers, sacks, drums and tanks within the facility.

“Additionally, equipment such as pumping machines, hoses, and outboard engines, were also discovered within the illegal facility.

“Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the owner of the illegal facility and other collaborators.

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“On the same day, Monday 22 July 2024 at about 9:40pm, personnel of the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base Badagry rescued 4 drowning fishermen about 10 nautical miles from Lagos Fair Way Bouy.

“The fishermen were all Ghanaians fishing within the area when their boat capsized due to the rough seas.

“In a different incident, on Wednesday 24 July 2024, the Quick Response Team of Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft intercepted a wooden boat loaded with 56 bags of cannabis sativa at Moba Beach, Badagry.

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“The Quick Response Team is currently in pursuit of the suspects who will be arrested soon.

“It is important to remind all operators and stakeholders within the Nation’s maritime domain that under the leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, the Nigerian Navy is poised to keep Nation’s waters safe and secure for legitimate economic activities.

Consequently, nefarious elements are advised to desist from perpetuating any form of illegalities within Nigeria’s territorial waters.”

 

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Gunmen Abduct 2 Chinese, Kill 5 Nigerians In Lokoja

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Two Chinese Nationals have been kidnapped while five security personas have been killed following the attack from some gunmen who invaded a mining site on Zango City, the outskirts of Lokoja, Kogi State capital.

It was gathered that the gunmen in large numbers had a field day on Monday when they stormed a mining site in Zango City and killed five persons, made up of three vigilante members and two staff of the mining site before they abducted two Chinese citizens.

Locals said the unfortunate attack occurred in the evening at about 5 pm and lasted for about 45 minutes when sounds of sporadic gunshots emanated from the hilly range behind Al Azhar International School. They said the suspected gunmen were about 20, with many of them bearded.

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It was gathered that while the audible gunshots from the mountain were unrelenting, people hurriedly closed their shops, and panic-stricken locals abandoned their homes to take cover in other places considered safe.

A hunter who preferred not to be named claimed to have participated in evacuating the corpses, identifying the deceased vigilantes simply as Abdulazeez, Tijani, and Yusuf, said gory photos of their remains were sighted.

Abdul, a resident and shop owner in Zango, said he heard the sounds of the gunshots, “Initially, we did not know what was happening, and the gunshots were loud. I had to leave the area along with other people out of fear. This is very bad and worrisome in the state capital. We urge the government to step up security in the state.”

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Efforts to reach the police including telephone calls and messages to the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, William Anya, did not yield results.

 

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