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Tension As Suspected Herdsmen Kill Farmers In Delta

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Palpable tension has gripped residents of the Toru-Angiama community in Patani Local Government Area of Delta State as two farmers were reportedly killed in the community by suspected herdsmen on Monday.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident occurred in the early hours of the day when the two persons were gruesomely killed in their farms unprovoked.

The deceased persons were reportedly found lifeless in their farms and were discovered to have been butchered to death by the yet-to-be-identified attackers.

The cause of the gory incident could not be ascertained by our correspondent.

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Sources said that herders had been intimidating and harassing residents in the area in recent times.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comment on the killing as of the time of filing this report.

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How Bayelsa First Lady’s Sister Was Saved From Committing Suicide Over Death Of Husband, Father Same-day

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By Ayebaitari Easterday, Yenagoa

Residents of Punch Road in Amarata area of Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, were all in a moody state when an horrible news of the death of Mr. Ebikobowei Koki filtered last week.

Late Koki, an indigene Okoloba Community in the Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state, until his sudden death was the husband of Mrs Rebecca Ebikabowei.

Ebikabowei is said to be a family member of the First lady of Bayelsa State, Dr.Gloria Diri.

Family members of the deceased who spoke to our Reporter under condition of anonymity, lamented that while they were battling to revive late Ebikabowei who was popularly known as Awilo, the news of the death of Rebecca’s father (Francis) was broken to the Ebikaboweis.

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Consequently, Rebecca couldn’t bear the huge shock from the twin death, hence attempted to kill herself.

She was, however, restricted by family members and her Christian brethren of the Holy Ghost Believers Church,Punch road branch.

A former aide to Gov. Douye Diri and family member of Ebikabowei, Mr. Maccarty Dienipreye, who spoke in tears, said that the deceased left behind five children who are all in Primary and Secondary Schools and a disabled brother who depended on him.

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Some residents who expressed their grief, appealed to the Bayelsa State Government and public spirited individuals and groups to come to the support of Ebikaboweis, particularly as the family is to be faced with the hardship of paying their expired house rent and fees of the children.

At the time of filing this report, Mrs. Ebikabowei is still under the strict watch of family members.

 

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JUST IN: FCT Police Arrest Wanted Kidnap Kingpin

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Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested Samaila Wakili Fafa, also known as Habu Ibrahim, the second of two wanted kidnappers, on whom the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike had placed a N20m bounty.

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, in a statement on Tuesday, said the kidnapper was arrested on February 24, 2024, at about 7:05 pm, after operatives acting on credible intelligence, stormed Sardauna Forest, Toto, Nasarawa State.

Wike had on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, put N20m bounty on two wanted bandits – Dahiru Adamu and Abu Ibrahim, terrorising Abuja.

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He made the declaration when he met the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Benneth Igweh, during a parade of 23 criminal suspects, at the FCT Police Command Headquarters in Garki, Abuja.

The Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command had previously arrested Saidu Abdulkadir aka Dahiru Adamu, one of the two wanted kidnappers, after operatives raided two kidnappers’ camps bordering Nasarawa and Abuja via Kuje Area Council on February 15, 2024, at about 12 am.

Adeh in the statement, said the kidnapper confessed that his syndicate masterminded several kidnappings in the FCT and its environs, including the abduction of Barr. Chris Agidy, legal aid to Senator Ned Nwoko and Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, the district head of Ketti Village, both of whom were later killed.

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The statement read, “The operatives of the FCT Police Command, in a continued effort against banditry in FCT and its environs, on February 24, 2024, at about 7:05 PM, acting on credible intelligence, stormed Sardauna Forest, Toto, Nasarawa State and arrested one Samaila Wakili Fafa A.K.A Habu Ibrahim, a kidnap kingpin who has been on the wanted list of the Command for a long time and bounty placed on his head by the Hon. Minister FCT.

“The suspect is one of the two kidnappers the Honorable Minister FCT placed bounty on, as the other one namely Saidu Abdulkadir A.K.A Dahiru Adamu, had earlier been arrested by the Command.

“He confessed that his syndicate masterminded and executed several kidnappings in FCT and its environs, including the abduction of Barr. Chris Agidy, the legal aid to Senator. Ned Nwoko and Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, the district head of Ketti Village were later killed by them. Samaila Wakili further led police operatives to where the remains of Barr. Chris Agidy is. The remains were recovered and deposited in Gwagwalada General Hospital.”

The PPRO said investigations were however still ongoing, adding that the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Benneth Igwe, reiterated his commitment to combatting crime and criminality and ensuring the safety of residents.

“While an investigation is still ongoing, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh, psc, mni, wishes to reiterate his unflinching commitment to combat crime and criminality in all its manifestations and to ensure the safety of residents. He equally urges residents to report suspicious activities through the following emergency lines; 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883; PCB: 09022222352”, the statement added.
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Man Kills Pastor Inside Osun Church

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A pastor in charge of Celestial Church of Christ, Grace of Comfort Parish, Omitoto, in Osun State, Moris Fadehan, has been reported to have been murdered inside his church by one of his assistants, Lekan Ogundipe.

According to sources, the suspect drew the attention of the people to the presence of the partly burnt remains of the pastor inside the church on Monday.

It was gathered that Ogundipe, after committing the act, ran to the house of the founder of the church, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, and told him that fire was burning the pastor.

It was also learnt that a resident of Omitoto where the church is located was also told by Ogundipe that fire was burning the pastor and upon arriving at the scene, observed blood on the dress of the suspect, and drew the attention of the founder of the church to his observation.

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It was also gathered that the same man called the police, whose operatives deployed to the scene, and subsequently arrested the suspect.

It was not immediately clear the issues between Ogundipe and Fadehan that could have led to the murder of the deceased.

But a source close to the deceased, who does not want to be mentioned for security sake said Fadehan had retrieved keys to the church from the suspect, after he assaulted a prophetess, following undisclosed differences last week Wednesday.

He said, “Assault on the prophetess occurred last week Wednesday. The prophetess was in the church and Lekan (Ogundipe) came around and met her. They had a disagreement. Lekan eventually assaulted the woman. He bit her and that got the shepherd angry.

“Because of the way he acted, the pastor retrieved church keys from him. This last Sunday, there was a crisis in the church that almost disrupted the service. Lekan’s matter was also part of the issues that caused the crisis.

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“But on Monday, when the pastor arrived at the church, he was praying at the feet of the altar when someone pounced on him and attempted to cover his face with clothes. That led to a tussle. Pastor struggled to push the attacker away and in the process, he got to know it was Lekan that attacked him.

“While that was on, Lekan reportedly picked up a screwdriver and hit it against the pastor on the face, killing him on the spot. To cover his track, he dragged the body towards the generator, poured petrol on him and set him ablaze. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t cover his track well.

“After killing the man, he ran to the residence of the founder of the church and told him that fire was burning the pastor in the church. He also raised the alarm in the neighborhood that fire had killed the pastor inside the church.

“But one of the those that arrived at the scene early observed blood on Ogundipe’s dress. The man also observed a mark of violence around his neck region. The man and the founder then tricked the suspect and kept him in a vehicle and when the police operatives arrived, they handed him over to them.”

When contacted on Tuesday, Osun Police Command Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident, adding that the command has commenced investigation into the matter.

She said, “At about 10:15 am on Monday, one Moris Fadehan aged 65 years of Grace of Comfort Oke Odo, Omitoto, Ile-Ife, was killed by one Lekan, who is also a member of the church. Upon arrival, his body was found in a pool of blood. Marks of violence were also discovered on the body of the deceased.

“The suspect was arrested at the scene of the crime. Remains of the deceased were deposited at the OAUTHC morgue for autopsy.”

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