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Travelers Stranded In Rivers As Soldiers Block Road After IPOB Clash

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Several trucks, petroleum tankers, and vehicles are trapped around the Oyigbo axis of the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway in Rivers State as security operatives block the Imo-Rivers border on Friday.

This followed the killing of some soldiers by suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia State who were enforcing the sit-at-home order in commemoration of the May 30th ‘Biafra Day.’

Following the long queues, hundreds of passengers are stranded as movement to the neighbouring Abia State is restricted.

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People travelling, look at pregnant women are also here because of what they said happened in Aba.”

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It was gathered that the blockade may be connected to reports of sporadic shooting into the air early on Thursday morning by suspected IPOB members at the Oyigbo roundabout and kom-kom community in Oyigbo LGA in Rivers State.

The PUNCH reports that the trucks queued along the border between Abia and Rivers State were travelling to different parts of the South-East before they met the blockade.

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Some drivers said they have been at one location since Thursday due to the barricade; none of the drivers are even willing to go to Aba, Abia State, for fear of being attacked due to the tension there.

One said, “Heavily armed Army men blocked the Imo River and the border between Abia and Rivers State. So, there is no movement because of what is happening in Abia State. We have been like this since Friday morning.

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“We heard that the IPOB people in Abia State are having problems with soldiers, that some soldiers and civilians were killed. That is why we packed here.

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“But we are hoping that the security will improve so that they will remove the blockade so we can continue our journey.”

Another truck driver, identified as Ikechukwu, said he and his motor boy slept on the road from Thursday evening till now due to the barricade by soldiers.

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“You can see that soldiers have blocked this Imo gate here. So there is no road, and we have been here without food. Let the government come to our aid because already there is serious hardship in this country.”

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But moving into Oyigbo town, residents deny any shooting, saying the place is peaceful. Our correspondent observed that there was calm in the area, with free vehicular movements, even as shops and other businesses were open to customers.

One of the residents who did not want his name mentioned said, “I’m living in Oyigbo here, and there is nothing like gunshots. Where there is a problem is in Abia State after the altercation on Thursday.

“But the information we are getting now is that soldiers have blocked the expressway, and cars and trucks cannot move. But Oyigbo is calm.”

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Police Arrest 28yr Old Suspected Cultists, Recover Gun In Delta Community

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Operatives of the Delta State Police Command’s Special Anti-Cult Unit, SACU have arrested a twenty-eight-year-old suspected cultist, Christian Bugwa.

The Police also recovered from the suspect, one locally made single barrel gun and one live cartridge, DAILY POST reports.

The suspect was arrested at Nsukwa Community in Delta State on 17/06/2024 at about 2100hrs.

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Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bright Edafe in a statement sent to Our Correspondent in Warri said, “Suspect stated that he is a member of Supreme Eiye Confraternity.”

According to him, “Effort to arrest his other gang members is ongoing.”

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Police Neutralise Kidnap Suspect, Arrest 4 Others In Delta

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The Police Command in Delta has neutralised a suspected member of a kidnap gang during a shootout in Ughelli North Local Government area.

The command’s spokesman, SP Bright Edafe told newsmen on Friday in Warri that the other members of the gang escaped during the shootout.

Edafe said that the incident occurred on Thursday near the Adjekota-Ogor communities of Ughelli North.

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He said that the team of police operatives deployed by the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Olufemi Abaniwonda, intercepted and engaged the hoodlums resulting in the death of one of the gang members.

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Edafe said that the team lead by ASP Julius Robinson, acting on credible intelligence, stormed a criminal hideout on the Ughelli/Patani Road by an abandoned filling station.

The hoodlums on sighting the police opened fire on the team, and the police responded.

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“In the ensuing gun duel, one of the hoodlums sustained serious gun shot injuries while others escaped.

“The injured suspect was taken to the hospital where he died while receiving treatment,” he said.

Edafe said that two Beretta pistol and five rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the gang members.

The command’s spokesman said that a manhunt was already underway for the fleeing members of the gang.

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Edafe also said that the police special team arrested four robbery/kidnap suspects in Sapele Town on Wednesday.

He said that ASP Robinson led the police team to the suspects hideout in Sapele and effected the arrest.

According to him, one locally made cut-to-size gun was recovered from the suspects.

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Edafe said that preliminary investigation revealed that aside the hoodlums’ involvement in cult-related activities, they were also suspected to be armed robbers

The police spokesman said that investigation into the case was ongoing.

 

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Man Arraigned Over Alleged N5.2m Theft

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A 36-year-old man, Yetunde Alao, who allegedly stole $5,006 Canadian dollars (about N5.2 million), on Friday appeared before an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The defendant, whose residential address was not provided, is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The Police Prosecutor, Benedict Aigbokhan, told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the alleged offences on June 2, at Akeem Balogun Street, Idimu, Lagos.

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According to him, the defendant allegedly stole a cash sum of $5,006 Canadian dollars, equivalent of N5.2 million, five Jackets worth N500,000 and an international passport, belonging to one Mr Anthony Alao.

He told the court that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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The Magistrate, Miss K. A. Ariyo, granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Ariyo ordered that the sureties should show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail conditions.

She, however, adjourned the case until July 2 for mention.

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