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BREAKING: Edo Guber: Scores Sustain Injuries As Heavy Gunshots Greet PDP Campaign Flag-off In Benin

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Over ten persons sustained varying degrees of bullet injuries at the Edo State governorship campaign flag-off of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday, july 25, in Benin, Info Daily can authoritatively report.

The over ten persons sustained the injuries from gunshots that greeted the party’s campaign flagoff in the ancient city.

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The PDP campaign team led by its national chairman, Uche Secondus, had visited the Oba of Benin in his Palace to receive the Monarch’s royal blessings and prayers after which the entourage departed for Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, for the campaign proper.

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Those in the entourage of the campaign team were: the party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus; Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu; Rivers State governor who doubles as the chairman of the Campain Council, Nyesome Wike; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambua; Delta State governor, Infeanyi Okowa; senators and House of Representatives members.

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Trouble started when the campaign team alongside their supporters left the palace premises and consequently gestulated to some persons (APC supporters) who were drumming and dancing at the gate of the Palace to follow the entourage which they reportedly refused.

Their refusal, according to lady who was among the dancers but pleaded that her name should not be mentioned, led to the sporadic gunshots.

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According her, as they called them to leave the premises but they refused not too long the gunshots greeted the air.

She said, ” We were drumming, singing and dancing at the gate when Obaseki entourage and their supporters who were dancing came out and were going. They then signaled with their hands that we should go but we didn’t mind them but we continue to dance and sing. After few minutes that they called on us to follow them and we refused, we started to hear gunshots. We all ran for our lives but some of us still sustained injuries.”

Those APC supporters led by Tony Adun aka Tony Kabaka were reportedly at the Palace to welcome Benin Billionaire, Captain Hosa who was hosting dignitaries today to dedicate the Prince of the Monarch who was born some months ago.

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Another person, a journalist, who luckily escaped the bullets described the scene as terrible, just as he said it was so bad that a Mobile Police man was escaping just as he did and consequently dragged the Palace gate with for safety.

” We were at the gate conducting interview with some dignitaries when the we heard gunshots just close to us. It was so terrible that I heard to rush in to the Palace for a cover but unfortunately their was gridlock at the gate as people scammered for their lives. Funny enough, a Mobile Police man was dragging the gate with me as he was trying to escape as well. This made me to sustain injury on my hand.

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” See, as I am, I don’t have microphone as it was no where to be found. Today’s scene was scaring and terrible,” he said.

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Boko Haram: Another Chibok Schoolgirl Rescued In Borno

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Troops of Operation Hadin Kai on Thursday said they rescued another Chibok girl from the captivity of terrorists.

The victim was rescued around the Bama axis of Borno State.

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Confirming the incident, Theatre Commander Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa, said profiling of the rescued girl is ongoing.

Recall that the army had earlier rescued Mary Dauda, one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in 2014.

READ ALSO: Another Chibok Girl Kidnapped By Boko Haram Found With Baby

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Few weeks ago, the troops also neutralised terrorists of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province in Borno State and intercepted another Chibok girl, Hauwa Joseph, who said she escaped from the Boko Haram camp in Gazuwa during a massive incursion of the troops.

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Tension In Ondo Over Alleged Plan By Bandits To Attack Community

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Tension engulfed communities, towns and cities in Ondo State on Thursday following the rumour that bandits were preparing to attack Ilara-Mokin community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.

The apprehension among residents was hinged on a rumoured letter allegedly sent to Adaba FM, a popular radio station in the state over plans by bandits to launch an attack in the community.

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Following the development, Elizade University, which is situated in the neighborhood, had encouraged parents to dismiss the supposed threat circulating over the alleged planned attack.

The institution claimed that the supposed rumor had been debunked by the appropriate authorities, therefore the university community should disregard the threat.

SP Funmilayo Odulami, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, dismissed the letter as a hoax and said that police operatives as well as undercover agents had been dispatched to the community and around the state.

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Also, in a series of announcements on its airwave and news bulletins, Adaba FM emphasized that it did not receive any letter indicating a planned attack by bandits.

Schools were said to have been empty because many parents prevented their children from going to school after the bogus letter was also rumoured to have been validated by the monarch of the community.

“The attention of the university management has been attracted to the material being shared on social media,” stated Omololu Adegbenro, the registrar of Elizade University, in a statement.

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“The originators of the information claimed that the purported letter was submitted to Adaba FM, Ilara-Mokin. They also claimed that His Royal Majesty, the Alara of Ilara-Mokin, Oba Aderemi Adefehinti was fully aware of the letter, adding that the royal father had disseminated the information to members of the community through his Town Crier.

“As management, it is important to clarify that no threat was issued by Bandits/Fulani Herdsmen to attack the community.

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“This information has been strongly refuted by the management of Adaba FM, which has continued to inform members of the public through its news bulletins that no letter of threat was dispatched to the station.”

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EFCC Laments Dearth Of Whistle-blowers, Despite Huge Rewards

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The Economic Financial Crimes Commission has decried the decline in whistleblowing across the country despite the huge rewards the commission offers to whistleblowers.

The Chairman, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa stated this in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Thursday, at a one-day town hall meeting.

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The programme facilitated me by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, centred on strengthening the capacity of stakeholders on whistleblowing policy.

Bawa was represented by the Zonal Commander, EFCC, Enugu, Oshodi Johnson.

The EFCC chairman pointed out that at the beginning of the whistleblowing policy, the commission received huge information which, according to him, led to the recovery of “humongous” stolen public funds.

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He disclosed that two of the landmark recoveries from whistleblowers’ information were the $9.8m recovered from a former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu, and the $11m recovered at an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He wondered why the sudden decline and the reason behind it.

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He listed challenges undermining the policy effectiveness to include ignorance of its legal and administrative frameworks as well as difficulties in navigating the complex bureaucratic processes for claiming the advertised incentives.

He said, “It is also not impossible that the few false informants who were prosecuted for wanting to turn a serious programme to memes, unnerved some other would-be informants.

“Whatever the challenges are, it is imperative that there is a fresh awakening to sustain the flow of critical intelligence to Nigerian law enforcement agencies.

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“Recall almost with some sense of nostalgia, how a few years ago, precisely on December 21, 2016, the Federal Government introduced the Whistle-blower Policy, which offered some incentives to citizens that provide information leading to the recovery of stolen public funds.

“It was heralded by a frenzy of sorts with a deluge of information by informants, some of which led to the recovery of humongous sums of money by the EFCC.

“Two of the landmark recoveries from whistleblowers’ information were the $9.8m recovered from a former managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Andrew Yakubu, and the $11m recovered at an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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“After these landmark recoveries and a few others and notwithstanding the fact that those who came forward with useful information received handsome rewards, enthusiasm for the policy appears to have waned a bit.

“It would seem that the policy is experiencing challenges that tend to undermine its effectiveness. Several factors may be responsible for this. But to my mind, the most obvious is lack of adequate understanding of the legal and administrative frameworks of the policy and the difficulties of navigating the labyrinth of bureaucratic processes for claiming the advertised incentives.”

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Bawa pledged the EFCC’s willingness to partner with critical agencies like AFRICMIL and other community-based organisations in strengthening their capacities to identify and quickly report suspected cases of corruption in their communities.

 

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