Residents of many flood-prone communities in Delta State are groaning as their areas have been submerged following two days of heavy torrential downpours.
The early morning heavy downpours on Monday and Tuesday, which lasted for several hours respectively, disrupted business activities while many students, soaked in their uniforms, were sighted returning home as they found it difficult to get commercial buses and tricycles to convey them to their destinations.
Many residents could not even attempt to come out of their flooded environment for the fear of the unknown.
Mostly affected areas, according to PUNCH Metro investigations, included the popular Ginuwa community in Warri South Local Government Area as well as some streets in Oduma Layout, off new Okpe road, former Cranefield road, and the Red Beret Police Road notably parts of Jeddo, Ughoton, Ugbokodo and other neighbouring communities in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
Consequently, many residents of the affected areas have been lamenting over the havoc caused them following the flooding in the localities which they attributed mainly to bad drainage systems.
In their submissions, affected residents in Jeddo, Ughoton, Ugbokodo and in main Warri metropolis accused the Delta State government of being adamant about the prior flood warnings from different relevant Federal Government agencies notably the Nigeria Environmental Management Agency, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and Nigeria Meteorological Agency.
They are urging the state government to immediately intervene by coming to the rescue of the flood victims as well as evacuate those living in flood-prone areas across the state.
Commenting on the incident, the Chairman of Odume Layout residents association, Osuogu, appealed to the Delta State Government and other interventionist agencies to come to their aid by constructing the access roads in the adjoining streets to the New Okpe road as well as constructing bigger drainages in the locality to pave way for easy flow of the water to the drains.
Insecurity: Police Arrest 53-year-old Bulletproof Producer In Katsina
A 53-year-old man, who produces bulletproof charms for terrorists and criminals in Katsina State, is now helping the police with more information on his activities.
SP Gambo Isah, the State PPRO confirmed to newsmen that the suspect resides on Maiduguri Road in Sabuwa Local Government Area in the State.
He added that on Saturday, 26th November, 2022, following a tip-off, the suspect was apprehended by the police in Katsina.
The PPRO further explained that the bulletproof charm is sold to terrorists and other criminals in Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina States for N60,000 per piece.
He added that the suspect was arrested with four bulletproof charms enveloped in jackets.
The suspect, according to Isah, also confessed that he offered prayers regularly for bandits for successful operations, against being arrested or harmed by security agents.
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A top commander of the Islamic State West Africa Province, Muhammad Malik, has been reportedly killed by men of the Air Task Force in the Lake Chad region.
Malik died on November 29 following the fatal injuries he sustained during an airstrike by the task force, The Cable quoted Zagazola Makama, a publication focused the region, as saying.
Malik was a member of the Shura Council in Marte before going for a course in ISIS-sponsored Computer Engineering and improvised explosive device making in Somalia.
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He reportedly established IED training units where fighters were trained in deploying explosives during attacks on his return.
Recently, there have been records of successes in the Nigerian military’s campaign against insurgency and terrorism in the Lake Chad region and some northern states.
The Nigerian troops, in a coordinated intelligence-led aerial and ground operation and targeting the location of the terrorists in the Sabon Tumbun area of Lake Chad on November 24, killed scores of fighters.
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The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday said it had arrested a 23-year-old native doctor, Odoh Emmanuel, for allegedly shooting and killing his client, Onunze Benedict, while testing gunshot charms at his shrine in the Umuaram area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement, said 16 other suspects were arrested for various offences ranging from conspiracy, armed robbery, abduction, unlawful possession of firearms among others.
According to the statement, Emmanuel, after committing the crime, was arrested after the case was reported to the Isi-Uzo Police Division.
Ndukwe said the suspect, during interrogation, confessed to have used a locally-fabricated single-barrelled gun to shoot and kill Benedict at his shrine in Umuaram community, while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him.
“The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department Enugu,” the PPRO said.
Meanwhile, Ndukwe said the 16 other suspects were arrested for offences of conspiracy, armed robbery, car snatching, abduction and unlawful possession of firearms.
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He added that two firearms, one live cartridge, three mock guns, a Sino truck loaded with 789 bags of cement, mobile phones, ATM Cards, pieces of wrappers, clothes and other incriminating exhibits, were recovered from them.
Ndukwe also confirmed the arrest of the following male suspects, Everest Ayokalam, 48, Anayo Akakem, 33, Iwuanyanwu Kelechi, 32, Uchenna Iwuoha, aka Uchewinde, 47, and Gospel Nnorom 32, for involving in a case of conspiracy, armed robbery, abduction and attempted murder.
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