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[UPDATED] Edo Guber: APC Youths, Women Take Over Secretariat, Demand Sack Of SWC

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Some angry youths and women on Monday took over the All Progressives Congress Secretariat along Airport Road in Benin City, demanding sack of the State Working Committee (SWC) led by acting Chairman, Jarret Tenebe.

They alleged that some of them were bribed by an aspirant to deliver him but since they could not deliver the aspirant, they are now discrediting the exercise.

They also alleged that some of them have been bribed by some opposition parties to cause confusion in the party.

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Led by the Youth Leader of the party, Tony Adun popularly known as Kabaka, the angry protesters forced their way into the offices and brought the furniture, bags of rice and other equipment and vowed to stay at the building for seven days.

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The Youth Leader said: “We heard that some people collected money from the opposition and some aspirants and want to use that opportunity to destroy the party. The information that reached us is that they went to collect money from the opposition to destroy our party. They did it before, they sabotaged and betrayed us in the election.

“What we are hearing now is that because their preferred aspirant did not win, they want to destroy the party. Even if 100 persons contest in an election, only one person will emerge as the winner and one person has emerged.

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“The election was conducted peacefully even when they tried to hold a parallel congress, they did not succeed. We the youths and women are saying that this is our time and a youth has emerged as the candidate of the party. We will resist any attempt to change it.

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“I want to send a message to the NWC that since the SWC can disobey what the NWC wanted, they need to be suspended from the party and if that is not done, nobody will enter this secretariat again.

“We all voted with our membership cards on the day of the election and we all voted for Hon Dennis Idahosa, they are trying to sabotage our efforts but we will not allow it. It is ‘Youth o’ clock’ and that is what we have been crying for, God almighty has done it and anybody who wants to change it, we will resist it because we constitute 75 percent of the voting population here.”

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Also speaking on behalf of the women, a woman leader from Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, Mrs Esther Okpera said they were supporting the actions of the youths because it is the youths and women that participate in elections.

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She said: “On election day, you will see women carrying their children under the sun and rain, while the men are nowhere to be found. Now, we are saying no. Look at our state secretariat, you will see bags of rice yet our women are buying one cup of rice for N400, and we are seeing the rice.

“It is the youth and women that own the election.

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“Politics is about openness, when you are open to your people, they will follow you. We want to win this election in September.

“For all those that have collected dollars, they don’t care whether we win or we don’t win. We have not collected anything. All we want is to win the election.” 

Contacted on the allegation, the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Uwadia Igbinigie said an official reaction of the party would be made on the development at the appropriate time.

 

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Many Feared Dead As Hoodlums Go On The Rampage In Niger

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Suspected hoodlums in Niger State have reportedly raided shops, killed and maimed residents in the Maitumbi area of Minna, the state capital.

Eyewitnesses said the rampage started on Friday and continued for the next two days, forcing a reign of terror in the area.

A tricyclist, Ifeanyi Nwosu, narrated how he narrowly escaped death when some of the hoodlums attacked him while he was carrying some passengers.

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As I was riding my tricycle through the Maitumbi area, I had three passengers when about four of the hoodlums attacked us. They were brandishing their knives and daggers, threatening to use them on us. They collected all the mobile phones of the passengers.

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“What saved me was that I was swinging the tricycle, preventing the hoodlums from overpowering me. One of them even used his dagger to try to stab me, but in the process, he destroyed the tricycle’s windscreen. I only managed to escape from them. I would have been a dead man by now,” he narrated.

Another eyewitness, Musa Mohammed, narrated how the hoodlums who were said to be acting under the influence of dangerous drugs beheaded a middle-aged man and his young son, who they caught at the centre of the fracas.

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According to Mohammed, police operatives who were invited to arrest the situation were also attacked by the hoodlums.

“Before my very eyes, the hoodlums beheaded a middle-aged man and his young son. They also attacked policemen who came to quell the crisis.

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“They even vandalised their vehicle, but the policemen fired teargas at the hoodlums to disperse them, but they refused to calm down,” he added.

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According to The PUNCH, several residents of the Maitumbi area could not get home on the night of the incident as they had to find alternative places to sleep for fear of the attacks.

The hoodlums reportedly broke into shops, raiding wares and attacking those who attempted to resist.

Over eight residents were allegedly killed while many others were injured in the rampage.

The spokesman for the Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the attack to newsmen but could not ascertain the number of victims killed.

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“There were street fights, but the men of the state command were able to bring the situation under control. Five ring leaders of the fight were arrested,” he said.

Abiodun said details of the incident were still emerging, so he could not confirm the number of deaths or injuries.

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Police Intercept Stolen Truck With Over N30m Goods, Arrest Suspect In Bauchi

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Operatives of the Bauchi State Police Command have arrested a suspected robber who stole a trailer truck loaded with 35 tons of groundnut oil worth N30m.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, April 14, 2024, said the truck was coming from Umuahia in Abia State heading to Kano State when it was stolen at Maraban Jos trailer park in Kaduna State.

According to the PPRO, preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the truck had stopped around the park to take his bath only to return later and discover that the trailer was missing from where it was parked.

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On the 12th of April, 2024, the Toro Divisional Police headquarters received a distress call reporting the theft of a trailer truck parked at the Maraban Jos trailer park area of Kaduna state,” the statement read.

“The stolen truck contained 35 tons of groundnut oil worth about thirty million Naira (30,000,000) and was en route from Umuahia to Kano state with a DAF CF 85 model. The Divisional Police Officer immediately led operatives to track down the truck, which was intercepted while heading towards Bauchi state.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the truck had made a detour around the Maraban Jos trailer park to take a bath. Upon returning, the driver discovered that the trailer was missing from where it was parked.

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“However, the operatives were able to recover the significant amount of goods that had been transported, including the trailer truck.

“The suspect responsible for the theft has been arrested and is currently being held for questioning. The Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Command CP Auwal Musa Muhammad, psc, directed that a discreet investigation be carried out by the state criminal investigation department, after which the suspect will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.”

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‘Side Chick’, Family Members Allegedly Attack Lover’s Wife

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A side chick identified as Falamata Mai Mele and her family members allegedly attacked her lover’s wife after she caught them on their matrimonial bed in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State.

Security analyst and counter-insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, who confirmed the incident on Saturday, April 13, 2024, said it happened during the month of Ramadan.

Side chick and her family members allegedly attack lover

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According to the housewife, Aisha Bukar Gambo, she went to confront the side chick in her house which resulted in an altercation with some members of the suspect’s family.

During the altercation, the side chick, Falamata Mai Mele allegedly stabbed Aisha with a screwdriver on the side of her left breast, leaving her in the pool of her blood.

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Zagazola Makama wrote: “In the most-irritating audacity, the side chick, Falamata Mai Mele stabbed Aisha with a screwdriver on the side of her left breast and left her in the pool of her blood.

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“How else could one describe a situation where a wife catches her husband on her matrimonial bed committing adultery with another woman, but instead of the adulterers to most-passionately seek her forgiveness, and also plead with her to conceal the matter from public knowledge, they punished her severely for taking actions she deemed appropriate?,’

“The entire drama unfolded in, and stinked of the most nauseating audacity, most especially as it was staged during the Holy month of Ramadan, and the nauseating act was committed by Muslims who should have, instead of committing one of the gravest sins, strove for the spiritual purification and rebirth the Ramadan fast offers.

“A wife called Aisha Bukar Gambo, in Gubio town, Gubio LGA, Borno State, on a day during the just-ended month of Ramadan, caught her husband pestle in the mortar with another woman on her matrimonial bed.

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“Devastated Aisha immediately reported the matter to her father who pleaded with her to conceal the matter from public knowledge, and urged her to return to her matrimonial home. As an obedient daughter, she did.

“However, again on the 27th day of Ramadan, which is the night every fasting Muslim expects to achieve the peak of blessings from Allah, Aisha caught him in a nauseating act with another woman.

“She then, most startlingly, called neighbors and passers-by to witness the act, before she, again, reported the matter to her father. Aisha was further urged to return to her husband and, once again, conceal it from the public and let peace reign.

“Normally, Aisha would expect her husband and the woman to seek her forgiveness, and even placate her with whatever they could afford to ensure she concealed the matter.

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“But in sharp contrast to that, however, the adulterous woman and her husband’s relatives mobilized and challenged her for exposing her husband to the point of calling witnesses.

“Tired of what was going on, Aisha Bukar Gambo, confronted the side chick, Yakolo Babagana in her family house which resulted in some altercation with some members of Mai Mele’s Family in gubio.

“In the most-irritating audacity, the side chick, Falamata Mai Mele stabbed Aisha with a screwdriver on the side of her left breast and left her in the pool of her blood, perhaps intent on killing her.

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“Aisha’s father, Bukar Gambi, rushed to the police to come to the aid of his daughter after the side chick’s family brought more dangerous weapons.”

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The Police Divisional Officer of Gubio, who confirmed the incident, said the suspects have been arrested.

“On 11/04/2024 at about 2000hrs, one Bukar Gambi of Education Department in Gubio LGA came to police came to police and reported that on the same date at about 1930 hourz, his daughter Aisha Bukar Gambo had some altercation with some members of Mai Mele’s Family in Gubio that during the fracas one Falamata Mai Mele stabbed Aisha with a screwdriver on the side of her left breast,” the officer stated.

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“During arrest members of the Mai Mele’s family were brandishing knives and cutlasses until the support of the military was sought, which led to the arrest and detention of some of the suspects, as well as the principal suspects Yakolo Babagana Mai Mele.

“Two cutlasses were recovered as exhibits while the victim was admitted at the Primary Health Care Center Gubio for Medical Attention while investigation is ongoing.”

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