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Witch Does Not Exist’ – Activist

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An activist, Leo Igwe, has refuted the belief that there are set of persons called witches who are believed to possess “supernatural” powers to cause misfortune and havoc to human being.

Igwe, in his activity titled ‘Decade of Activism Against Witch Persecution in Africa’ (2020-2030), said witches are not capable of being as supposed and postulated, hence such do not exist.

He added that the belief by Africans that witches perform spiritual and mystical flights to their covens, places where they carry out occult activities such as causing accidents, diseases, miscarriage, death, etc, are false and cannot be scientifically proven.

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“A critical look at supposed witches’ operations and activities reveal some of these absurdities and stark contradictions. For instance, believers claim witches fly out at night to destroy other humans and their estates. In some cultures, believers say that they use witch-planes or winnowing basket to fly. These are devices that cannot even float on the air.

“Witches perform spiritual and mystical flights to their covens or to places where they carry out occult activities including causing accidents, diseases, miscarriage, infertility, and death. Believers claim that witches are capable of physically lying or sleeping on their beds in particular locations and at the same time spiritually moving around in the communities and beyond sucking blood, and destroying other people’s health, lives, marriages and businesses. Believers say that Nigerian/African witches are capable of traveling as far as Europe and America to perpetrate magical harm.

“Witchcraft claims do not make any scientific and commonsensical sense. In fact, persons who make such claims need to be taken to hospital for some mental health assessment. First of all, no human being has the power to bilocate or to be in two places at the same time”, he said.

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He noted that claims about witches are baseless superstitious and fabricated, stressing that it makes nonsense that a person could use occult power to turn himself into an animal or an insect that could be killed.

The Activist submitted that witches are human creations that provide answers where human being lack evidence-based information or casual explanations where such answer or explanations are unsatisfactory.

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Igwe, therefore urged Africans including those diaspora to join hands with him in his advocacy against stigmatisation and abuse of persons believed to be witches.

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Court Frowns At Cyber Bullying Of Engr.  Akpotowho

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A Benin High Court presided over by Justice Igho Patricia Braimoh has adjourned for hearing the case of enforcement of fundamental human rights instituted by Engr chukwudi Akpotowho to April 30th, 2024.

Engr Akpotowho is named as a Defendant in the case of aiding the suicide of Lilian Omokhuale the daughter of Francis Omoruyi Oloton, a business mogul and chief executive officer of Uyi Technical company limited.

Engr Akpotowho in suit no B/529M/2023, which was filed on the 23rd November 2023, through Eghosa Aganmwonyi Esq, the leading counsel to the Applicant, said the case which was meant for mention requested for accelerated hearing and the protection of the applicant.

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Bar Aganmwonyi further requested for the protection of the court for the Applicant whom he said is being harassed and subjected to unwarranted arrest by the Respondents coupled with cyber bullying and trial.

Justice Briamoh called for restraint on the side of the 1st to 5th respondents in their investigation, as well as the media so as not to jeopardize the case before the court.

The Inspector General of Police,
Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department Of State Security, Edo Command and
Elder Francis Omoruyi Oloton are Respondents in the suit.

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Recall that 40years old Lilian Omokhuale on 7th October 2022 allegedly committed sucide in Government Resevation Area, GRA, Benin City, prompting the police to commence investigation.

According to the police interim investigation report, the deceased Lilian Omokhuale statement of account from four different banks revealed that the deceased spent about One Hundred and Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Naira ( ₦ 108,872,550.00) on online beting.

The deceased Lilian Omokhuale took her own life by the ingestion of obnoxious substance known as snipper into her body.

She was involved in secret money transaction between herself and her creditors namely; Jessica Iguodala Oghomwem, Engr. Chukwudi Apotowho, Akpes Omorodion, Vincent Uhunmwangho, Joy Noren and Blessing Jatto.

The case was mentioned Tuesday at the Benin High Court, Edo state, based on a Motion on Notice brought pursuant to Order 45 Rule 4 of the Edo state High Court (Civil procedures) Rule 2018 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the honourable court, hearing continues on April 30.

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JUST IN: Tragedy Averted In Benin As Heavy-duty Trucks Falls, Destroys Vehicles, High-tension Cables

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Tragedy was averted at Reservation Road, front of Nigerian Correctional Service Headquarters Benin, on Friday when Crane said to have been brought from Abuja for site work fell off its Lowbed meant for carrying it.

The Crane was said to have been brought from Abuja to fix some irons at the Edo Museum for West Africa Arts- EMOWAA ARCHAEOLOGY PAVILION – situated on the land where Edo Central Hospital was sited.

The Crane was said to have finished its work and was about climbing its Lowbed (Truck meant to carry it) when it suddenly fell off the truck and destroyed high-tension cables belonging to power distribution company.

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The incident happened a stone throw away from the EMOWAA ARCHAEOLOGY PAVILION.

The driver of the Crane was said to be inside the Crane and was trying to set it on the Lowbed when one of the tyres suddenly tripped off leading to the Crane falling off the Lowbed.

The driver has been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

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High-tension cables pulled down by the Crane also destroyed a car parked by vehicles plying Government House whose park is exactly where the incident happened.

Officials of the company who were on site declined comment but the driver of the Lowbed who wouldn’t want his name mentioned spoke in Pidgin English: “He don finish work ooo, and I say make I carry am dey go Abuja. No, the tyres balance, we no just know wetin happen, but thank God say him no die, we don rush am go hospital.”

Men of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force have cordoned off the scene thereby restricting vechular movement

 

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EFCC Arrests 48 Kwara Varsity Students For Internet Fraud

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Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at their various hideouts, after days of surveillance, adding that they will be arraigned in court when investigations are concluded.

Items recovered from the suspects, according to the statement, included laptops and different brands of phones.

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The statement read, “Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

“They were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 in their various hideouts after days of surveillance and fruitful intelligence on their suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

“Items recovered from the suspects include nine exotic cars, 24 laptops, and different brands of phones. The suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations.”

A week ago, the anti-graft agency also arrested 14 individuals suspected of internet fraud at a “Yahoo Academy” in Makurdi.

In a statement on its official X handle, the EFCC said, acting on intelligence, operatives from the Makurdi Zonal Command raided a three-bedroom apartment along Achusa Road, Benue State, believed to be a training centre for internet fraud trainees.

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