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Communal Clash Claims Seven, Injures Scores In Delta

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At least seven persons were feared killed in a suspected communal clash between Oleh and Ozoro communities in Isoko South and North council areas of Delta state.

The incident which occured between Thursday and early hours of Friday, it was learnt left several persons injured.

The casualties and other victims were reported to be from both communities.

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READ ALSO: One Killed Scores Injured In Communal Clash In Bayelsa

Sources claimed the communal crisis was as a result of the lingering boundary dispute between both communities.

Oleh and Ozoro communities are power seats of the respective Local Governments of Isokoland.

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While Oleh is host to the Faculty of Law and Engineering campuses of the Delta State University (DELSU), one of the Delta State Polytechnics seats in Ozoro.

President General of Isoko Development Union, apex socio-cultural body of the Isoko people, Chief Iduh Amadhe, told newsmen that it remained unclear if it was a communal clash, urging for calm in the areas.

READ ALSO: Communal Crisis Claims One, Injures Scores In Enugu

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“I cannot confirm exactly what has happened but the police and security agencies have been asked to visit the bush and come out with the current situation. That is what we have decided to do.

“But there was no issue of clash that Oleh and Ozoro people are fighting. The information just came that some people were killed in the bush and all that.

“So we cannot disseminate such information when we have not gotten the true report. That is the situation,” he said.

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When contacted, Delta Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed a conflict between both communities had left an uncertain number of persons dead.

READ ALSO:IYC, PHEDC Face-off: Bayelsa Govt On Intervention Mission

She said security operatives were being deployed to “check what actually happened”.

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“Yes, a communal crisis. So we heard (that seven persons were killed) but we have not been able to ascertain”.

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Rivers PDP: Dagogo Brought To Court On Wheelchair, Pleads Not Guilty, Returned To Hospital

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A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Farah Dagogo, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony and attempted disruption of screening exercise of PDP in the state, preferred against him by Rivers State government.

In the charges read before the court, Dagogo and others who are now at large are alleged to have on the 27th of April, 2022 invaded PDP party secretariat on Aba Road Port Harcourt with firearms causing panic with intent to disrupt screening exercise of the party.

When the charges were read out, the accused who was brought to court on a wheelchair, pleaded not guilty and his Counsel informed the court of his bail application.

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The counsel cited sections of the Rivers State law, which authorized the court to grant bail to his client after withdrawing a motion for preliminary objection on the jurisdiction of the court.

READ ALSO: dagWike Vs Farah Dagogo: PDP Asked To Expel Rep Member, Ex-Abia Deputy Speaker

But prosecution counsel, Zacchaeus Adango, who is Attorney General of the state, in his response, objected to the application saying the bail application cannot be tendered in the court before plea.

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He argued further that there are other pending motions for preliminary objection of jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter and therefore asked the court to dismiss the bail application.

Trial Judge, Justice Chinwendu Nworgu before adjourning till 20th of May, 2022 for consideration of bail application and possible commencement of trial, directed that Dagogo should be taken back to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

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BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Nigeria’s Accountant General For N80bn Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Nigeria’s Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren announced this in a statement on Monday.

The spokesman said EFCC operatives took Idris into custody for alleged massive fraud.

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The top official is accused of diversion of funds and money laundering to the tune of N80billion.

Uwujaren noted that the commission acted on verified intelligence against Idris.

He is said to have “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates”.

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The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja, the EFCC added.

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Idris was nabbed after failing to honour invitations to respond to issues connected to the alleged fraudulent acts.

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Blasphemy: What Christians Should Do Over Deborah’s Death – Mbaka

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The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev Father Ejike Mbaka has called on Christians to defend their faith.

Mbaka made the call while condemning the killing of Deborah Samuel, a student in Sokoto accused of alleged blasphemy.

The cleric who stated that the killing of Deborah was a challenge to Christians, urged those fighting him to go and defend Christian’s in Sokoto.

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Speaking at the Adoration ground on Sunday Mbaka said. “They have killed this child. They accused her of insulting Mohammed and killed her.

“This is what I have been saying. Christians are facing lots of battles. Christians should not begin to fight among themselves.

READ ALSO: Deborah: CAN Directs All churches To Hold Nationwide Peaceful Protest, Says Enough Is Enough

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“Inter religious and intra-religious war should stop. Inter and Intra denominational war should stop. I am pleading with those who are fighting against Fr Mbaka and Adoration Ministry to go to Sokoto and fight those who killed one of our daughters.

“Should that girl be killed? Every Christian should rise and defend our faith. The hour has come. It’s a challenge of faith. How many of them that insulted Jesus have been killed?

“Is it still one country? If Nigeria is going to be one country let it be, but if this is what we are going to be experiencing let everybody go home. I said it last Sunday and I am repeating it again.”

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