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[UPDATED]Economic Hardship: EDOCSO Protest Paralysis Commercial Activities In Edo

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Calls On Tinubu To Fix Economic Or Resigns

Commercial activities were paralysed on Monday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, following a protest by the Edo Civil Society Organizations, (EDOCSO).

The group took their protest march from the Ring Road down to the Akpakpava Road, New Benin, Uselu Share and other busy roads in the city centre.

The protesters who brandished placards with various inscriptions like Nigerians are starving to death; Tinubu, end hunger and suffering in Nigeria; FG, end the hunger in Nigeria now; Tinubu, let Nigerians breath and others, called on president Bola Tinubu to address the problem of economic hardship in Nigeria.

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Recall that the group had earlier given president Bola Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima 14 days ultimatum to quit power or fix the Nigerian economy.

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Addressing newsmen at the venue of the protest, Interim TEC Chairman, Leftist Austine Enabulele, said the 14 days ultimatum given to president Bola Tinubu to fix the Nigerian economy has since elapsed and nothing has been done to address the issue of hunger in the country.

“If you remember on the 10 of February, we did hold a press briefing and gave the federal government two weeks to fix the problems of Nigeria, to fix the suffering and hunger in Nigeria.

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“Those two weeks have long expired and nothing has been done. So we have come out today to tell president Bola Tinubu to fix the hunger and suffering in Nigeria, that enough is enough.

“We cannot take pains anymore. Enough of the hunger, enough of the hardship, enough of bad governance in Nigeria.

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“If he can’t fix the problems of Nigeria, he should resign quickly with his voice president, Shettima and let us conduct a fresh election because Nigerians are dying everyday, children are now becoming orphans because their fathers are dying because of the hardship in Nigeria.

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“We are saying enough is enough. If he can’t fix the problems of Nigeria, he should resign and go”, Enabulele said.

Leftist Enabulele also decried the dollarization of the Nigerian economy, saying that Nigerians should be used to their currency which is naira.

“He should give value to our naira because Nigerians do not use dollars.

“We cannot be living our lives in dollars. You want to buy something in the market they will tell you that, dollars have increased, you want to buy common pumpkin leaves, they will say dollars have increased.

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“We are using naira and they must give value to our naira. If he can’t fix the problems, he should resign”, Enabulele insisted.

 

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Police Arrest Five Robbers, Cultists In Delta

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The Delta State Police Command says it has arrested suspected armed robbers, and cultists in Oghara, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, and recovered AK-47 magazine.

The Command’s Spokesperson, SP Bright Edafe, stated this in a statement on Monday in Asaba

He said, “Sequel to series of cult-related activities, kidnapping and armed robbery in Sapele, Oghara, and environs, the Commissioner of Police Delta State, Olufemi Abaniwonda, directed the team on special assignment to work collaboratively with the DPOS Oghara and Sapele Division in order to nip it at the bud.

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“On June 18, 2024, in a covert intelligence-led operation by ASP Julius Robinson raided three different syndicates of cultists/suspected armed robbers at various locations in Oghara Town, Ethiope East LGA of Delta State, and arrested five suspects namely Ochuko Joel Ofoye 35, of Jeddo Community in Okpe LGA Delta State, a member of Juris Confraternity and Michael Anwul 29, of Alisimie Community Agbor, in Ika South LGA Delta State of Juris confraternity.

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“Other suspects include Great Ojareri 35, of Oghareki Community in Ethiope West LGA Oghara Delta State, a member of Eiye Confraternity also a custodian of arms, and Innocent Esefeta aged 31, of Efisere Community in Ughelli North LGA Delta State and Ogaga Ebuke 27, member of Juris Confraternity.”

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Edefe said that items including two AK 47 magazines, 29 rounds of live ammunition, a locally made pistol with one live cartridge concealed in a shoe were recovered

He said the suspects were in custody and an investigation was ongoing.

 

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Police Arrest Prison Escapee Behind General’s Murder In Kano

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The Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested one Hashiru Baku – the mastermind behind the murder of late Brigadier General Harold Udokwere.

Udokwere, who was the National Chairman, Retired Members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, was murdered by armed robbers who invaded his residence on June 22, 2024, and took away his gun.

The police arrested and paraded Ibrahim Rabiu, Nafiu Jamil, Aliyu Abdullahi and Mohammed Nuhu in connection with the crime on June 24, 2024.

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Addressing journalists on Monday while parading arrested suspects, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bennett Igweh said Baku was arrested in Kano State while trying to run away from the country.

Igweh said the suspect was an escapee from the Kuje Correctional Centre.

He said, “I did show you the four killers, kidnappers, and robbers that went and killed Brigadier-General Uwe Harrod, retired. Today, I will show you the organiser of the killing and the robbery.

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“As well as we have recovered the general’s gun that was with him. We have recovered the wristwatch of the general and the wife’s jewellery which they stole from the general’s house.

“The organiser is here and we have arrested him. He is the organiser. He was in prison and during the Kuje Correctional Centre attack, he escaped.”

The police boss added that “instead of him to repent, he continued with more audacity. We arrested him in Kano where he was trying to exit the country.

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“We recovered these drugs in his residence. So, that’s what they take and they will continue to be high.”

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Unidentified Gunmen Kill 300-level AAUA Student

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A 300-level Linguistics student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, simply identified as Emmanuel, has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in one of the private students’ hostels in the town.

The Vice Chairman, National Association of Universities Students, Comrade Oladele Emmanuel, on Monday, called on security agents and the management of the university to investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.

Emmanuel stated that the motive behind the killing is yet to be identified.

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He said “The university community must be reassured that such a tragic event will be met with the full force of the law and diligent investigative efforts.

“The death of Emmanuel is not just a loss to his family and friends, but to the entire AAUA community.

“His potential and contributions to our shared academic environment are irreplaceable.

“We mourn his untimely departure and extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time.”

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Emmanuel urged the school management to enhance security measures around the campus and surrounding areas by increasing security patrols, providing better lighting, and more accessible emergency services.

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He called on students and members of the AAUA community to report any information that may assist in the investigation to the relevant authorities.

“We trust that the authorities will act with urgency and transparency in addressing this incident. Emmanuel’s memory deserves nothing less than our commitment to uncovering the truth and ensuring justice is served.

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“Let us unite in our grief and our resolve to create a safer, more secure environment for all members of the AAUA community. We owe it to Emmanuel, his family, and to ourselves,” the student union leader added.

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