Barely a week fire gutted popular Oliha market, another fire outbreak was this afternoon recorded at the popular Ekiosa Market, Benin City, Edo State capital, destroying property worth millions of naira.
However, no life was lost at the the time of filing this report.
The fire which started at about 12.noon was said to have broke out at the section where animals are sold.
An eyewitness, Osas Ugiagbe, told journalists that the fire started when power was restored in the market.
“I was at gate of the market when I heard a noise from the place where they sell goats and chickens. Then we saw balls of fire coming out. We called the Fire Service, but they didn’t respond and some people said, they don’t have water in thier vehicles”, he said.
Another eyewitness, Rita, said she was called when she was coming from the church, saying she operates a shop close to the market.
She said while sobbing, “I was coming from the church, when somebody called me to inform me that Ekiosa Market is on fire. On getting to the market, I found out that the whole market is on fire though, I don’t know if it will get to my shop.”
Callers on a popular radio station in Benin City said all calls put across to Fire Service in the state did not yield any positive result, as they refused to show up even after two hours of reporting the incident to them.
The immediate cause of the fire outbreak was yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.
Recall that Ekiosa market is the 4th that will be engulfed by fire in the last 4 months in Benin City.
Fake Drug Manufacturer Operating In 13 States Arrested In Ondo
A fake drug manufacturer, operating in 13 states in the country, under the name Brother Paul Legacy Foundation, has been arrested by the Ondo state task force against fake and counterfeit drugs.
The taskforce arrested the fake and counterfeit drug dealer, at the office of the organization, located at cultural area, in Ondo road, Akure, the capital state following a tip off.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs Folukemi Aladenola, the fake drugs organisation was caught with concoctions which they claimed can cure all kinds of ailment that are injurious to people’s health.
Aladenola said that the organization, operates in 13 other states in the country.
”The team got information that the organization was in town since June, treating all kinds of ailments at a price with the claim that they could treat all ailments such as cancer, low sperm count, diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis and barrenness and claimed to be registered with NAFDAC.”
She pointed out that the Ministry of Health would always protect the health interest of the people of the state at all times.
According to her, the state government has ensured that its people have unfettered access to healthcare delivery by increasing access to health facilities through the suspension of registration fees in all government facilities to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
“The gesture of the government should prompt our people to access government health care facility but to our surprise, people still patronise these quacks and their prices range from N5000 to N10,000″.
“Instead of using this money to patronise quacks, you can get quality drugs at the government facilities in the state”
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“The era of out of stock syndrome is over, now our facilities now have enough drugs to cater for the health of the people at an affordable price. Now our facilities have been directed to get their drugs from this agency. If you don’t get drugs in these facilities, you can question this gap.”
Aladenola advised the people of the state to always access healthcare from qualified personnel and accredited government and private facilities while also emphasizing that the organization would be handed over to the appropriate authority to be sanctioned.
According to VANGUARD, the Permanent Secretary warned all fake drug dealers in the state would be brought to book.
The representative of
NAFDAC, Mr Samuel Olatunji, said that the apprehended representatives of the Brother Paul Legacy Foundation were parading themselves to have NAFDAC registration on their product but it was discovered that their registration number was fake.
The Chairman of the taskforce in Ondo State, Olugbenga Lasekan warned those involved in the selling of fake drugs and adulterated consumables to desist, saying that anyone caught would face the law.
Suspected Killer Of Rivers DPO Saved From Lynching, Detained
…My boss, 2Baba, has over 40 guns—Suspect
Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested one of the persons alleged to be involved in the killing and decapitation of the Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division in Ahoada East Local Government Area, Mr Bako Angbashim, a Superintendent of Police.
Meanwhile, the Ogoni ethnic nationality in Rivers State, where Angbashim served before his redeployment to Ahoada, has said they were not the people that killed five members of Angbashim’s family.
It will be recalled that the family of Angbashim, four children and wife, were allegedly killed by criminals, allegedly forcing the slain DPO to go diabolic in the line of duty.
But, the Ogonis in a statement in Port Harcourt, yesterday by the Ogoni Peoples Assembly, OPA, said the slain DPO did not lose his family members in Ogoni land as insinuated.
The leader of OPA, Rev. Probel Williams, said the deceased DPO had a very good and cordial relationship with the people of Ogoni when he served as the DPO of Bori, Khana LGA, adding that his family members would not have been killed in the area.
Williams said the support given to the deceased contributed to his crime-fighting success, stating that his presence brought sanity and restored security in the area.
However, the police in the state said they had detained one of the persons, involved in the killing of Angbashim.
It said youths had arrested the suspect and were about to lynch him before he was rescued by the police and then detained.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the development, said the suspect was arrested by youths and was about to be lynched before police came to the rescue.
My boss, 2Baba, has over 40 guns—Suspect
Speaking earlier to youths, who apprehended him, the suspect whose name was not disclosed, said his boss, 2Baba Gift David Okpala Okpolowu, popularly called 2Baba, had over 40 guns in his custody.
He said his boss had contacted a native doctor from the Ogoni area of the state, who helped them kill the DPO spiritually to enable them to defeat the gallant officer.
He said: “I will not lie, when they killed the DPO, I was not there. I was across the river. I will not lie, I have a conscience. When they brought the DPO, I did not see him. I swear. I don’t know where they buried him. But I know where they brought him from.
“2Baba has over 40 guns since I went there. The person who supplies guns to him, he called the person on the phone, pays the person, and then they will supply the guns. I don’t know him.”
Police Arrest 92 Suspects, Rescue 12 Kidnap Victims In Enugu
The Enugu State Police command on Tuesday said it’s operatives have arrested 92 suspects for different crimes and rescued 12 kidnap victims within one month of CP, Kanayo Uzuegbu assumption of office in the command.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Uzuegbu who made this known during his maiden press briefing and parading of suspects, at command headquarter, said the suspects were arrested for different crimes bordering on kidnapping/abduction, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearm, rape subversive criminal activities, conspiracy and other related crimes.
CP Uzoegbu disclosed that the exhibits recovered from the suspects include: 4 AK-47 rifles, 66 firearms of different calibres, 333 Live ammunition of different calibres, 25 vehicles and several other incriminating items.
He said that inline with the policing vision and mission of Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun that the command was working with the right policing strategies to tackle existing and emerging security challenges in theq State.
Uzuegbu said he had met and interacted with critical security stakeholders, including local government chairmen, traditional rulers, heads of other security agencies and many others, on the best ways to collectively tackle security challenges in the State, stated that it has started paying off.
“There is no doubt that the task of effectively policing our society is daily becoming daunting. However, I have since my assumption of duty, ensured that the right policing strategies are devised to tackle existing and emerging security challenges in the State. These strategies are subsumed in my grassroots-driven, proactive, people-oriented and problem-solving policing thrust
“These engagements I must tell you have started paying off, as we are making remarkable progress in tackling violent crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and the criminal activities of subversive criminals.
“It is a known fact that it is humanly impossible to totally eliminate crimes in human society. However, I want to assure the good people of Enugu State and visitors that we remain committed to ensuring that maximum security and tranquility are maintained in the State.
“I want to state without ambiguity that negative insinuations on the security situations in Enugu State are false and unfounded. It amounts to making mountain out of a molehill. I, therefore, make bold to say that the State remains peaceful and a safe haven for visitors and investors to come and meaningfully carry out their lawful businesses,” he said.
In a brief description of the cases, CP Uzuegbu said that “Abugu Toochukwu, 29, from Isiugwu Community, Igbo-Eze North LGA.
was arrested for alleged murder of his mother, one Onu Grace, and buried her in a shallow grave behind their house. Chinecherem Madu aged 28, from Akubueze Street, Abakpa-Nike Enugu was arrested for allegedly defrauding a UK-based woman of the sum of ten thousand pounds (£10,000.00)
“Others are Ozioma Ezekegbo (a.k.a. “Fucking”), aged 26, Ifeanyi Udeh, aged 29, and Eze Izuchukwu (a.k.a. “Breeze”), aged 24, who was arrested for robbery and cultism, and many others.
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