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Assault On Member: Rights Group Demands Aresst, Presecution Of Perpetrators

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… Wants Edo Gov, Benin Monarch To Intervene On Resuscitation Of Proscribed CDA

Following assult on one of its members which was allegedly masterminded by one Etinosa Ighodaro, rights group, Edo Civil Society Organizations (EDOCSO), Tuesday, June 23, demanded, as matter of urgency, arrest and prosecution of the aforementioned and his activities by Edo State Government.

The group also appealed to the Oba Benin, Ewuare II, to interrogate the activities of Ighodaro who happens to be youth leader of one Iyowa community, and if possible strip him of the office which the group alleged he (Ighodaro) has subjected to abuse.

Addressing the press on the activities of Ighodaro, Coordinator-General, EDOCSO, Leftist Omobude Agho, said with the activities of Ighodaro and his cohorts, he foresee a rebirth of Community Development Association (CDA) which has been long proscribed by the Oba of Benin.

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According to Agho, the group received a petition from one Iguikhimwin community over a lingering boundary crisis with Iyowa community for a peaceful resolution in order for it not to escalate to violence and possible blood bath.

He noted that after informing the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Monday Osaigbovo, a meeting was organised by the group between the two communities with a view to broker peace in the area but unfortunately Ighodaro and his men, in one of the meetings, unleashed mayhem with dangerous weapons on some members of the other community and one of its members.

Leftist Omobude Agho, Coordinator-General EDOCSO (middle), addressing the press while his exco members watch

He said, ” It was agreed in a last meeting that representatives of the two communities, the Commissioner and members of EDOCSO are to go back to the area under dispute and map out the extent of encroachment and other on-the-spot findings for further action.”

Agho continues, ” All party were present. Not sooner than the aforementioned representatives converge on the disputed area with the representative of the Commissioner who was unavoidable absent that Etinosa Ighodaro who is the youth leader (Okaighele) of Iyowa community and his thugs started to unleash mayhem on Iguikhimwin community members and human rights present with sporadic gunshot from assorted caliber weapons and the use of other dangerous weapons.”

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While noting that the Commissioner representatives was lucky to have narrowly escaped attack by Ighodaro and his thugs on that faithful day, the Coordinator-General said their member, Comrade Aimuamwonsa Igbinomwanhia, and three members from the other community were unlucky as they were allegedly attacked, adopted and whisked away by their captors.

Agho lamented that due to injuries sustained by his members during adoption and beating the Comrade is currently battling with series of life threatening health challenges, just has he (Agho) threatened to take the battle to “Ighodaro and his thugs for the liberation of others that his has kept in bondage for years.”

The assaulted member of the group

The Coordinator-General further emphasized the need to arrest, investigate and prosecute Ighodaro and his armed thugs for alleged possession of firearms, and the unprovoked attack on his member, whom according to him was part of a resolution team.

He further appealed to Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, to prevail on Ighodaro to allow proper constitution of a community leadership that will comprise odionwere and elders council.

Contacted on phone, Ighodaro denied him sending thugs to unleash mayhem, just as he said, “I am not a party to that.”

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He continues, “I am a peace loving person, and I cannot do that. Anyone involves in that act should be arrested and prosecuted. I am not a party to that which you are saying.”

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Edo PDP Primary: Tight Security As Accreditation Begins

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Security has been beefed up at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, venue of the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship primary election.

On Thursday morning, motorists were not allowed into the stadium road as men of the Edo State Traffic Management Authority scrutinised every vehicle intending to use the road to gain entrance into the stadium.

Policemen were stationed along the road while many others were at the entrance of the stadium ensuring that only those who have business there were allowed in.

On Wednesday, the police, through its spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, said the crises which occurred at the All Progressives Congress primary election on Saturday was an eye-opener and the police authority will no longer treat such election as just a party affair.

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He said, “You could remember that we had just a little hitch of a particular party delegate election. That has been an eye-opener to Edo State Police Command that we should no longer see it as a party affair.

“The delegates are people with diverse interests, people with diverse behaviours, people with different attitudes and characters. So, this time around, we are going to ensure that the right thing is done and protect the lives and property of these party members.

“The Nigerian Police, Edo State Command is ready to ensure that there is a peaceful, hitch-free delegate election cutting across political parties in the state.

“The Commissioner of Police has adequately deployed officers and men for the exercise and we believe that with the number of officers, the calibre of officers he has deployed for this exercise, we are not hoping to see any form of violence or civil disobedience.

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“The vigilante will not be part of the election process, be it a state election or general election. They are a state-owned security outfit, so we cannot take the risk of having them around in this kind of important assignment.”

Ten aspirants vying for the PDP governorship ticket in the state will test their popularity at the primaries today as 563 delegates nominate the party candidate for the September 21 governorship election.

The candidates include Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu, former chairman of Sterling Bank, Asue Ighodalo, Former Edo State All Progressives Congress chairman, Anslem Ojezua, former House of Representatives member, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, Felix Akhabue, Amb. Martin Uhomoibhi, Hafia Hadizat Umoru,. Omosede Igbinedion, Earl Osaro Onaiwu and Arthur Esene, will be hoping to clinch the ticket despite protests from nine of the aspirants who felt that the delegate election was skewed in favour of Ighodalo.

The election will be carried out according to guidelines released by the party on Wednesday.

As of the time of filling this report, accreditation was ongoing at Edo Hotel Marquee at the Government Reservation Area, Benin.

 

 

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Oasis Magazine Retracts Story, Apologises To Abraka Youth President

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Oasis Magazine has retracted a story on Comrade Efe Kigho published by the medium headlined ‘OYC: Call Efe Kigho To Order, Umukoro Tells Oruarivie-Abraka Kingdom Monarch.’

In the said report, Comrade the news outlet claimed that youth activities were suspended in Abraka due to the gross misconduct of the President of the youths, Efe Kigho, saying he extorted certain individuals and brutalised youths in the town.

In a statement on Saturday signed by the publisher, Daniel Umukoro, the media outfit said: “We apologize to Comrade Efe Kigho over the said publication.

“It’s a fact that youths activities were generally suspended in Ethiope East and not because of any acts of gross misconduct by Efe Kigho as our source said.

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“The statements by the said source is not in tandem with the facts at our disposal at the moment because Kigho was not at any time suspended and we use this medium to tender an unreserved apology to Kigho.

“Truth is, Kigho is a celebrated youth in Abraka with his many records of impact. He is an exemplary leader and an uncommon youth.

“We wish to use this medium to retract and state that the picture painted by the source about Efe Kigho is false.and biased based on facts before us at the moment.”

Adding: “We apologize to the youth leader for any consequences the said report would have caused.”

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Terrorism: Court Frees Rivers APC Chieftain After Two Years

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A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has discharged and acquitted a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and Deputy Chairman of Youth Movement in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Chief Fubara Ohaka, of charges filed against him by the Federal government.

Ohaka had been standing trial on six counts of alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering, terrorism, dealing in illegal refining products without a licence, and conspiracy among other charges preferred against him since 2022 by the Federal government through the Department of State Services.

Delivering judgment in the matter, the trial judge, Justice Stephen Dalyop-Pam, held that the Federal Government failed to provide evidence to back its claims, hence failing to prove its allegations against the defendant.

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Our correspondent reports that Justice Dalyop-Pam agreed on no-case submission by the counsel for the defendant and thereby discharged and acquitted him.

Speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, Ohaka expressed happiness that he has been vindicated, saying the judgment has put shame on the faces of all those who conspired to tarnish his image.

He said, “I’m happy that the judiciary has vindicated me today. I told the world that I never had any idea of the allegations against me, I am not a bunker, I have never sponsored any person to do bunkering,

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“Thanks to the judiciary who in its wisdom have reached to the root of the matter and proven to be the last hope of the common man.

“I want to thank those who stood by me in the time of trial, I’m happy that I never disappeared from them when I was told I was innocent of the allegations against me.

“Let me also use this medium to advise government agencies to always carry out proper investigation before engaging in legal battles, because if they had I would not have spent the number of months I spent in detention before the legal action that turned out in my favour today.”

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