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Just In: Edo Police Arrest Iyatsere Of Warri Over Alleged Abduction

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Edo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of Chief Johnson Atseleghe, the Iyatsere of Warri and leader of Itsekiri in oil-rich Ologbo community, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state over the missing of one Sunny Etechie.

Etechie who was allegedly taken away by boys believed to be associated with Atseleghe has not been seen since he was reportedly missing.

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Edo State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo confirmed the incident on phone.

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“ I can confirm to you that one Mr Johnson Atseleghe is in our custody who is being investigated over allegation of an incident that somebody is missing and the persons who were last seen with the missing man were linked to him”, the CP said.

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Etechie who was the youth leader of Kolo-Kolo community was reportedly picked by some persons believed to be under the directive of Atseleghe over three weeks ago and he is assumed to have been killed.

It was gathered that the police had cordoned off the area where the missing Etechie was believed to have been last seen and few minutes later, he (suspect) was said to have reported himself to the state police command and he was taken to the anti-kidnapping unit of the command for interrogation.

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Recall a group known as Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) recently raised the alarm over alleged incessant killing, kidnapping and disappearance of people in Kolo-kolo village.

President of the group, Comrade Curtis Ugbo, who led a protest to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone 5, called on the police to hold the leader of Itsekiri people in Ologbo, Johnson Atseleghe responsible for the happenings in the area, just as he accused him of complicity in the incidences.

” We are here to register our protest on the incessant kidnap and killings of our people in Kolo-Kolo village in Ologbo Edo State. For the past three months, three prominent indigenes of Benin have been brutally killed and kidnapped by hoodlums in Ologbo village. Just three days ago, our brother and son, Mr. Sunny Etechie was kidnapped on his way to Kolo-Kolo village in Ologbo.

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” Earlier before now, Mr. Okuoemose Omorodion was killed by this same gang on the 4th of May. Till this moment, the whereabouts of Sunny Etechie is not known?  We members of the Benin Solidarity Movement are calling on relevant security authorities to fish out the perpetuators of the hideous crime and bring them to book”, he said.

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INEC Office Set Ablaze, 340 Ballot Boxes, Other Properties Destroyed In Ebonyi

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The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has been set ablaze by hoodlums.

The hoodlums razed down the building in the early hours of Sunday, according to DAILY POST’s report.

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INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, confirmed this in a tweet.

The tweet quoted INEC’s Resident Commissioner for Ebonyi State, Mrs Onyeka Pauline Ugochi, as saying the
incident occurred around 10am.

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While properties and the building were destroyed, no casualty was recorded.

Some of the properties razed down included 340 ballot boxes, 14 power generators, 130 voting cubicles, large water storage tanks, office furniture and a large number of voter cards which has not been ascertained at the time of the report.

INEC reports that this is the third attack on their facility after the offices in Ogun and Osun states were attacked on the 10th of November 2022.

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Tension As Armed Robbers Invade Queen’s College Ibadan

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Suspected armed robbers, on Saturday, invaded the Queens College in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, killing a security guard during a raid on the premises.

The sad incident took place early hours on Saturday at the college’s premise in Apata, Ido Local Government Area of the state.

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The PUNCH gathered that the suspected robbers, who were armed with sophisticated weapons, invaded the premises at about 1am yesterday.

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Eyewitnesses said the security guards tried to resist the armed robbers but could not march the fireworks of the bandits as one of them was felled by the bullets.

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According to one of the eyewitnesses, who did not want his name in print, the armed robbers engaged in sporadic shooting to scare the residents and the neighbourhood guards.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the killings and said investigation is still ongoing and update would be provided accordingly.

 

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Man Rapes 5-year-old Boy To Death In Ogun

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A 36-year-old homosexual, Sikiru Ajibola, allegedly sodomized a five-year-old boy till he died in Ogun State.

It was learnt that the incident happened Friday at Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

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The police arrested the suspect following a report lodged at the Ogijo Police Station by the Chairman of the Olorunwa Arogbeja community in Ogijo.

Arogbeja had reported to the police that a community member told him the suspect had sodomized the victim, adding that the boy died in the process.

Upon the report, the DPO of Ogijo division, CSP Enatufe Omoh, was said to have detailed his men to the scene, where the suspect was arrested.

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On interrogation, the arrested suspect had confessed to being a homosexual, “and that while he was having sex with the deceased boy, he gave up the ghost,” the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyemi, quoted him as saying.

He reportedly confessed further that he dug the ground in the bush to bury the boy in a shallow grave.

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“He has also taken policemen to where the deceased was buried,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the case be transferred to the State CIID for further investigation and prosecution.

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