At least two persons reportedly sustained severe injuries from gunshots, weekend, in Afiesere community of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State over leadership tussle in the town union executive.
It was gathered that violence broke out following an alleged attempt by a splinter group to topple the incumbent executive of the town union led by Mr. Victor Otumemine.
The splinter group, led by Mr. Francis Onobruchere and Mr. Sunny Akponana, it was further learnt, had, in the early hours of Sunday, rode in a van round Afiesere community, announcing that the Victor Otumemine-led executive’s tenure had expired and a new executive had come on board.
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A community source said, while the splinter group protest was on course, certain horde of youths from the community emerged in violent resistance against the protesting splinter group led by Francis Onobruchere and Mr. Sunny
The reprisal group, ostensibly mobilised by the Victor Otumemine-led executive, insisted that the tenure of the existing exco will expire in August 2020 while describing the splinter group’s agitation as being sponsored to cause crisis in the community.
It was in the mêlée which ensued that gunshots by yet unidentified persons hit an indigene, Mr. Anthony Apiloko and a commercial motorcyclist, who were rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
Expatiating on the incident, the community spokesman, Mr. Precious Orichadere, said it happened at about 8am on Saturday, when certain persons from the community were seen in a van announcing around town that the present exco’s tenure was over and another had come on board.
According to him, this was resisted by the community youths, which led to the group shooting of two persons when the group saw that they will be overpowered.
He said, “having shot the two persons and being afraid of reprisal attack, the group and its leaders escaped, leaving their vehicles behind; all these happened while the community President, Mr. Victor Otumemine, and other executive members, the community youth chairman were in Asaba for two days on invitation by the Delta State Police Commissioner.
“When the President, Mr. Otumemine was briefed on phone on the development, he quickly advised that the two persons shot be taken to hospital and should go to “B” Division Police Station, Agbarha-Otor and incident the case and also appealed l should ensure there is law and order; which l did.”
However, one of the leaders of the splinter group, Mr. Francis Onobruchere, debunked the allegations of plot to overthrow the incumbent exco and Saturday shootings.
He disclosed that the Victor Otumemine-led executive became restive when they were asked to give account of their stewardship, particularly, as it pertained to five missing transformers and certain monies accruing to the community.
Meanwhile, the State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, could not confirm the incident when contacted, saying the Agbarha-Otor Divisional Police had not briefed headquarters on the matter.
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Three secondary school students have been arrested by the police for gang-raping a 14-year-old SSS 1 girl in Ondo State.
The suspects identified as Idris Matthew,17, Olawale Tobi, 18 and Ajayi Micheal, 17, carried out the crime in Akure High School in the Akure South Local Government Area of the state.
The victim was said to have gone to the bush close to the school to defecate when she was accosted by the trio.
A source within the school claimed that the boys forcefully had carnal knowledge of the victim during the school break.
One of the sources added that the girl entered the classroom with a bloodstain on her uniform.
It was gathered that the suspects had been monitoring and disturbing the girl for a while before hatching their plan.
Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami said that the suspects “lured a 14 years old student into the bush at the back of the school gate and gang-raped her.”
The three suspects, she said, “are in custody.”
ASUU Protests In UI, UNILORIN Over Alleged ‘Victimization’ Of Members [Photo/Video]
Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU staged a protest in the University of Ibadan, UI against alleged victimization of their members by the Federal Government following the 8 months strike recently called off by union body.
Members of the Ibadan zone of the ASUU, in their numbers, protested at a rally held inside the university campus on Monday.
Similarly, members of the ASUU of the University of Ilorin chapter on Monday also protested against what they described as the casualization of intellectual workers in the country.
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Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Ibadan zone stages a peaceful protest against victimization of their members by the Federal..
The university Dons, who went around the major areas of the university community were seen carrying various placards to make their grievances known.
[JUST IN] Adeleke: Panic In Osogbo As NURTW’s Gunshots Rain
Residents of Gbongan Road, Osogbo, Osun State capital, were thrown into panic, Monday morning, as members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, exchanged gunshots in the area.
Workers who rushed out to resume in their respective offices, students, pupils who were moving out to their respective schools in the area had to scamper for safety due to the gunshots.
The gunshots and its consequent panic were experienced from the popular Olaiya Junction to Ogoluwa area, all on Gbongan Road, Osogbo.
Info Daily reports that Gbongan Road housed several motor parks viz: Ore Park; Ibadan Park; Lagos Park; Gbongan Park; Ile-Ife Park, among others.
Info Daily gathered that the incident was as a result of the new government of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, sworn in yesterday, hence the impetus for NURTW members who are of the PDP chasing out those in leadership of the Union who, Info Daily learned, are of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
A resident of the area who spoke to Info Daily at Oduwoye Petrol State, adjacent Zenith Bank, Gbongan Road, but does not want his name mentioned, said NURTW members who belong to PDP want to assume office in different parks in the area hence the force and gunshots.
The resident who spoke in Yoruba said: “They are shooting gun because new government wants to take over at the parks. Yesterday, a new government was sworn in, so those in NURTW too want to change government. Before now, because APC was in power, all the people in leadership positions at the parks are APC members, but now that Adeleke, a PDP member has been sworn in, those who are of the PDP in the parks want to take over too. They are shooting gun to chase away APC members, they want to take it by force.
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“I was told it happens anytime there is a change of government. When a new government with a new party comes in, the people in leadership positions would be chased away because they all belong to the old government. So, it seems to be usual something. It will be put under control, that is what some people told me.
Another NURTW member who also spoke in Yoruba said: “They are fighting because they said they swear in Adeleke, that is the reason for the gunshots.”
When asked if Adeleke was not duly elected by Osun people but he forced himself in like the NURTW members were trying to do, he declined comments.
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