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JUST IN: Journalist Arrested Over US-based Reverend Sister’s Petition

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The Enugu State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of an Abuja-based journalist, Madu Onuorah, over an allegation of defamation by a Reverend Sister based in the United States.

It was earlier gathered that policemen from Ebonyi State Police Command arrested Onuorah and handed him over to men of the Enugu State Police Command.

The PUNCH further learnt that Onuorah was arrested over a petition written by a Reverend Sister based in the United States to the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, accusing the journalist of defamation.

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Confirming this, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement on Thursday, said Onuorah was arrested in Abuja by policemen from the Ebonyi State Police Command.

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The statement read, “The Enugu State Police Command is in receipt of several publications alleging the abduction of an Abuja-based online news publisher, one Madu Onuorah “m”.

“The command wishes to state that contrary to the allegations, he was duly arrested in Abuja with the assistance of police operatives from Ebonyi State Command and the aid of intelligence, after efforts made to formally invite him failed.

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“Furthermore, his arrest was following the receipt of a written petition to the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, against him over an alleged defamatory publication he made against a US-based Reverend Sister.”

Ndukwe added that the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, has ordered the office handling the case to professionally investigate and ensure that justice prevails.

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“He calls on the press family, particularly the leadership and members of the Federal Capital Territory Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, and associates of the suspect, to exercise patience, assuring that the needful will be done in the case,” he added.

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Onuorah was on Wednesday, May 22, whisked away by men of the Nigeria Police Force at about 6 pm, in Abuja.

It was gathered that about 10 fully-armed policemen stormed his residence in Lugbe, Abuja, in two Sienna buses.

He was arrested in the presence of his wife and children, who fruitlessly demanded from the police why they were arresting the head of the family.

The police have seized Onuorah’s phones, thereby completely cutting him off from communication with people, including his family members.

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Police Hunt For Killers Of Retired Army General Slain In Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has launched a manhunt for the killers of retired Army Brigadier General Uwem Harold Udokwere, who was slain in a robbery attack at Sunshine Estate in Abuja.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday, June 22, 2024, at approximately 3:00 a.m.

According to the police, a group of armed robbers invaded the estate, broke into the general’s residence, and shot him during a struggle.

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The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, CP Benneth C. Igweh, has condemned the attack and promised to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the perpetrators.

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A statement by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, indicated that the police have commenced a thorough investigation into the incident and are urging anyone with useful information to come forward.

“CP Benneth Igweh assures the family and the public of swift justice, with every effort being made to ensure the perpetrators of this atrocious act are apprehended and brought to justice,” she added.

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The retired general’s body has been deposited at a hospital mortuary for autopsy, while the investigation is ongoing.

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Flood Sweeps 16-year-old Barber Into Ogun Canal

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A 16-year-old barber apprentice, simply identified as Dimeji, was reportedly swept away on Friday after a torrential rainfall in a gully erosion around St. Anthony Nursery and Primary School, Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode

Dimeji was said to have mistakenly stepped into the canal covered with erosion thinking that he was stepping on the plank which pedestrians usually walk on to move to the other side.

A viral video circulating on Saturday showed how the corpse of the young boy was retrieved from the gully.

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The video was accompanied by a condolence message explaining that the victim was not a student, but a barber apprentice around Awokoya Street in Ijebu-Ode

The message reads, “With a heavy heart, we share the sorrowful news of a young life lost to the devastating erosion in Ijebu Ode this evening.

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“The victim, an apprentice barber at Awokoya, has been confirmed to be a non-student.

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“Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his mother, who sells “fufu” at the same location.

“May his soul rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in this difficult time”.

A source confirmed the incident to The PUNCH on Saturday.

The source who pleaded anonymity said “yes, what you saw in the video is true, the boy, Dimeji actually slipped into the canal.

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“What happened was that he escorted his friend to take motorcycle, while the friend sat on the bike and went away, he mistakingly put his leg in the water thinking that he was stepping on the plank and that was how he was swept away”.

Effort to get the spokesperson of Ogun State police command, SP Omolola Odutola to speak on the incident proved abortive, as calls to her phone were not picked while message sent to her WhatsApp was yet to be replied as at the time of filing this report.

 

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Army General Killed In Abuja

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Brig Gen Harold Udokwere rtd was reportedly attacked in the early hours of Saturday, June 22nd 2024 at home in Abuja.

Sources said suspected armed robbers attacked the General’s house at approximately 3 am located at No 1 Sanga Street Sunshine homes by Kabusa Junction at Lokogoma Abuja.

The source said the robbers asked for her jewellery money and other valuables adding that gunshots were later heard.

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A source in the estate said the robbers also injured one of the Estate guards during the attack noting that Brigadier Gen Udokwere was taken to the National Hospital Abuja where he was confirmed Dead.

The FCT Police Commissioner, CP, Benneth Igweh “in his response to the tragic and unprecedented attack at Sunshine Homes estate by armed robbers has ordered a thorough and discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding this regrettable event.

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A statement by SP Josephine Adeh, spokesman of the Police Command confirmed that the armed robbery attack “resulted in the untimely demise of one Brigadier General Uwem Harold Udokwere (rtd.) on June 22, 2024, at approximately 03:00 a.m

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“Expressing profound condolences to the bereaved family, CP Benneth Igweh assured the family and the public of swift justice, with every effort in conduit to ensure the perpetrators of the atrocious act are apprehended and brought to justice.

“Furthermore, the commissioner of police reaffirms the unflinching commitment of the command to amplify the security landscape of the nation’s capital, by continually adapting strategies to effectively combat evolving criminal activities.

“Updates on this matter will be provided in due course.”

 

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