Gunmen on Sunday reportedly attacked some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State, killing one of its members.
DAILY POST gathered that the party members were holding a meeting of Uruagu Ward 3, in preparation for the forthcoming governorship election, when the men struck, disrupted the meeting with a hail of gunshots, leading to the death of one Somadina Oforma, a member of the party in the ward.
It was also gathered that several other members of the party who were in the meeting sustained varying degrees of injury as a result of the attack.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming election, Senator Andy Uba has said the attack was politically motivated, while also calling on the state governor, Willie Obiano to quickly rise and stop the spate of killings in the state.
Uba in a press release by his campaign organization, which was signed by the Director of Media, Victor Ogene stated that it is not the first time its party members would be attacked.
The release reads: “The late Oforma was, without any provocation, shot dead inside the APC office at Uruagu Ward 3, Nnewi North Local Government Area of the state, while holding a meeting with other party faithful, many of whom sustained varying degrees of injury.
“Uba has, however, promised to immortalize the deceased, and also reach out to the injured.
“We recall that, on July 31, 2021 at Oba, Idemili South LGA, unknown gunmen, operating in a similar fashion, accosted and killed Mr. Cosmas Eze, our party’s acting Assistant Secretary for the local government area, and dispossessed him of the APC branded Sienna vehicle he was driving. The late Mr. Eze hailed from Akwu Ukwu in the same council area.
“The seemingly targeted attack on the APC was to go a notch higher, when on Saturday, September 10, 2021, the traditional ruler of Mkpunando in Anambra East LGA, Igwe Alex Edozieuno, and his driver, Chukwuemeka, were waylaid and killed.
“It is instructive to note that the late Igwe Edozieuno had one month before his brutal death joined the APC, after being deposed by the Obiano administration.
“Whilst not imputing any direct motive to these attacks, we are however constrained to observe that our party, the APC, has borne the brunt of the majority of them, leaving us to wonder when political contest in Anambra State degenerated to the point of opposition party members living in fear.
“We, therefore, call on Governor Obiano, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, and other law enforcement agencies, including the police, the Department of State Security, DSS and the Civil Defense Corps, to urgently take steps to halt the growing reign of terror in our state.”
The spokesperson for the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident, saying it happened at about 7pm on Sunday.
Ikenga said: “Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command CP Tony Olofu has ordered an investigation into a shooting incident at Uruagu Community, Nnewi on 26/09/2021.
“Preliminary investigation reveals the attackers at about 7pm on 26/09/2021, along Uruagu Community, started shooting sporadically. Two persons who sustained gunshot injuries were taken to the hospital. One of the victims who was later identified as Somuadina Oforma was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty while the other is receiving treatment in the hospital.”
EndSARS Memorial: Edo Youths Join Protest As Amputee Demand For Compensation
…Pharmacist Demands Release Of Colleague
Youths mostly drawn from the civil society organistions in Edo State on Wednesday joined their counterparts across the country to mark one year memorial of EndSARS protest of which some youths lost their lives.
The protest which lasted for over two weeks last year, however, turned bloody on 20th of October when security operatives reportedly opened fire on them in their large numbers at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos, where they had gathered to protest against police brutality, bad governance etc.
Scores were reportedly killed in the process while others were taken to detention by the security agents, as quite a number of police stations and other buildings and properties belonging to security agents were burnt and destroyed.
Speaking at the protest ground which held at Benin Museum Park, Oba Ovoramwem Square (Ring Road), one of the protesters, Comrade Kelly Okunbo said one year after the protest nothing has been done.
Okunbo who demanded for the release of those who are still in police detention as a result of the protest, lamented that almost a year after a panel was set up to look into what led to the protest and people that fell victims, not a single implementation has been made to recommendations made by the Edo State Judicial Panel of Enquiry.
“This is almost a year now that the Panel set up submitted its report to governor Godwin Obaseki. It was recommended that the two victims of the protest who are alive and were at the panel be given automatic employment, but till now, nothing has been done. It was recommended that Mr. Stephen who was amputated as a result of gunshot by a soldier at Auchi be given employment, but up till now he is still jobles and walking with crutches. It was recommended that the police officer and soldier who shot miracle and Stephen be dismissed, but till now they are still working freely,” he said.
Also speaking, Asekhame Stephen Ohimai, said he was at the panel with his lawyer to make his submissions and demands but unfortunately nothing has been done.
The graduate of Auchi Polytechnic who is about going for the compulsory one National Youth Service Corps, said himself and other students of the institution were out protesting when men of the Nigerian Army rammed into them and started shooting sporadically of which he received a stray bullet at where he ran to hide, adding that this led to amputation of his leg.
He narrated: “I came out to join others who were protesting against police brutality and bad governance on the 19th of October when Nigerian Army rammed into our midst and started shooting sporadically, and I ran to hide in place for safety but stray bullet hits my leg and I was rushed to the hospital where I was recommended for amputation. The Doctor Said without amputation, I will not survive, so my leg was amputated. Many persons were killed in that scene.
“I’m going for youth service now. I want government to provide me job because all the things I was running up and down to do before, I can’t do them. So, the government should help me. My lawyer and I were at the panel and made our presentation, but I have not seen anything.”
Another victim, Miracles Ailenokhoriah, who is still in wheelchair as a result of injuries he sustained from police bullet said he was shot last by a police man during the protest at Ekpoma, Edo State, adding that the policemen who brutalised him threatened to beat him to death and that they further threatened to bury him in a shallow grave should he die as a result of the brutality.
A pharmacist who joined the protest with his medical apron, Pharmacist Clinton Ojo-Edokpayi demanded for the release of his pharmacist colleague, Pharm. Solomon Akume, whom according to him was arrested last year after twitting against Buhari.
“Pharmacist Solomon Akume was arrest last year by DSS during the protest after he twitted that the life of President Muhammadu Buhari is no worth than the live of any Nigeria. He was traced and arrested for that twit, and since then he has not been released. I am here to say Akume and other Nigerians in detention should be released,” he demanded.
#EndSARS Memorial: Clash Averted In Benin As Security Operatives Take Over Protest Venue [Video]
Security operatives comprising the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, DSS, Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Edo State Security Network (local vigilante), as early as 7:30am occupied the Benin Museum Park venue meant for the one year EndSARS memorial in Benin, the Edo State capital.
Benin Museum Park is located at Oba Ovoramwem Square popularly called Ring Road, located at the centre of Benin City.
As the time of filing this report, the compined security operatives were strategically positioned at major routes that lead to the park, centre of Benin City.
No fewer than nine routes from different parts of the city link to the Museum Park.
At the main entrance to the Museum Park (Forestry Route), four security Hilux were parked at the time of filing this report.
Also, operation Wabaizgan (combined security outfit comprising Police, DSS, NSCDC in Edo State) vehicles were parked at other strategic locations of the City such as at the front of the state House of Assembly, Ekewan Road, etc. Other security vehicles were also parked at other locations around the Museum Park.
Meanwhile there was mild drama at the entrance of the Museum Park that could have led to infraction between security operatives especially the local vigilantes and members of the civil society organistions but was averted by a senior police officer’s intervention who pleaded for a calm.
Trouble started when one of the CSO members was about driving into the Museum Park but was stopped by one of the local vigilantes who closed the gate and requested the occupants to come down from the vehicle.
This angered the CSO member who came down from the vehicle and was almost exchanging blows with the local vigilante man.
He was irked by vigilante’s request because the person inside the car of whom the vigilante asked to come down is a victim of EndSARS.
He was reportedly amputated after security operatives reportedly rammed into him and others during the protest last year in Auchi, Edo State.
Lagos Traffic: Fayose Rides On Okada [PHOTOS]
Former Governor Ago Fayose of Ekiti State, on Tuesday, left his car to commute on a commercial motorcycle, popularly known as Okada, in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital.
Fayose took the decision as a result of the hectic Lagos road traffic, which he said is no respecter of anybody.
In a post on his social media handle, the former Governor was seen on the motorcycle with his security aide sitting behind him.
Taking the bike, according to Fayose, became necessary to prevent missing his flight.
“Lagos traffic is no respecter of anyone. I had to take Okada in Ikeja to avoid missing my flight,” he said in the post.