Drama As Wheelbarrow Pushers Protest Alleged Extortion In Benin [VIDEO]
Wheelbarrow pushers in Benin under the auspices of Wheelbarrow Pushers Association majorly from northern Nigeria on Friday protested against what they regarded as excessive billing and extortion by some persons popularly called agbero who collect money from them in the name of government.
The protest coincided with the ‘End Hardship in Nigeria Campaign’ organised by The Peoples Alternative Movement in Benin.
They are the persons who help individuals to convene their loads from one point to another particularly at the King’s Square popularly called Ring Road due to the poor arrangement of transportation system in Benin.
The protesters who besieged the King’s Square in their hundreds stopped all members from working as a way of driving their grievances home.
Trouble, however, started when they sighted someone pushing wheelbarrow with loads which made them in their large number accosted the person resulting to almost a state of violent if not for security personnel who promptly intervened.
Speaking, a young man who claimed to be chairman of the association and identified himself as Otunba Adebayo said the revenue collectors started with N50 per day for a wheelbarrow before they increased it to N700, adding that they now pay to different groups numbering three that come to them morning, afternoon and evening.
“We came out today for the protest because of the problem we have been facing in the Oba Market.
“When they started, they were collecting N50. From N50 it is now N700. We are not slave. That is the reason for the protest. The money they are collecting from us is too much. Government didn’t ask them to collect N700 from anybody. Government did not also tell them to fight anybody, injured people in the market. The embarrassment is too much. If you go to hospital now, you will see a lot of the wheelbarrow pushers lying in hospitals. Some of us have given up the trade.
“How much are we working? Some will rent wheelbarrow for N300 and work at most N3000 while some will not work as much as that. That is how we have been sustaining ourselves in the business. Those that work between N700 and N1000 a day, if you remove N300 how much will now be left for the person? Nothing
“The protest will from today last till next week if government did not answer us or do something positive,” he vowed.
Okada Rider Allegedly Rapes 12-year-old Girl In Ondo
Police operatives in Ondo State have launched a manhunt for a commercial motorcyclist for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.
The suspect, whose identity was yet to be ascertained, was said to have committed the crime in Igbokoda community, headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
According to sources, the suspect enticed the little girl who was selling puff-puff before luring her into an abandoned building, where he forcibly defiled the primary five students.
One of the sources claimed that the suspect, a native of Kebbi State, went into hiding before leaving the state, adding that detectives had tracked him to Kebbi State.
The victim’s mother, who spoke about the development and went by the name Joy, said that the incident took place on May 19, 2023.
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“At around a few minutes before 7 p.m., she came back home, but immediately I saw her. I knew something was wrong because she looked tired and exhausted. While she was trying to explain to me what happened to her when she fainted but was revived at the hospital.”
Olufumilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the state police spokeswoman, confirmed the occurrence and said the command has begun tracking the suspect.
Suspected Cult Group Kill 4 Local Vigilante Members In Rivers
Suspected cultists have reportedly shot dead four persons in Rundele community, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
DAILY POST gathered that the suspected cultists invaded the community with a tricycle popularly called Keke Napep and an eighteen-seater commercial bus, whisking away some men alive on Monday night.
The deceased were all members of local vigilante groups.
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According to a source in the community, two of them were beheaded and their private parts chopped off.
The source disclosed that the suspected cultists, who invaded the community were some indigenes who were chased out for being members of cult groups terrorizing the community at the time.
The source also said that when the criminals, who were fully armed, arrived in the community, they declared that they were returning to the community to reclaim their territory.
In the meantime, the Rivers State Police Command has attributed the killings to a clash between suspected cult groups in the area.
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The spokesperson for the command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed that four people died in the attack.
Iringe-Koko in a statement, disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, CP Nwonyi Polycarp, has ordered tactical units to be deployed to the area with a view to arresting the perpetrators while investigation is ongoing.
Two Bag Three-year Jail Time For Stealing School Property
A Chief Magistrate Court in Ondo town, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, has sentenced two middle-aged men to three years imprisonment for stealing school properties worth N155,000.
The defendants, Emmanuel Akinde, 22, and Abdulateef Magaji, 30, were arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The offence committed by the duo was said to have contravened sections 516, 413(1), and 356(2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
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According to the police prosecutor, Inspector Benard Olagbayi, the crime was perpetrated at Rheo Kiddies School, Sabo Market Area, Ondo.
Olagbayi stated: “On May 21, 2023, at around 11:30 am in the Sabo market area of Ondo, in the Ondo Magisterial District, Abdulateef Magaji and Emmanuel Akinde conspired to commit the felony of entering and stealing.
“On May 22, 2023, at approximately 3 am in Adekugbe Street in Sabo, Ondo, in the same Magisterial district, Abdulateef Magaji and Emmanuel Akinde unlawfully jumped the fence of Rheo Kiddies School and committed a felony on the school premises.
“On the same date, time, and location in the aforementioned Magisterial district, they unlawfully entered the Rheo Kiddies school’s store and stole several items, including a wheelbarrow worth N20,000, an electrocardiogram machine (egg machine) worth N80,000, a head pan valued at N5,000, corner iron worth N20,000, four window nets with frames worth N20,000, as well as some quantities of electrical and mesh wire valued at N1,000.”
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While pleading guilty to the charge preferred against them, the prosecutor urged the court to sentence the convicts according to their plea.
Chief Magistrate Charity Adeyanju subsequently convicted the defendants and thereafter sentenced them to three years imprisonment.
Magistrate Adeyanju, however, gave the defendants the option of fine of N200,000 each.
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