A Member of the House of Representatives representing Abor/Mbaise/Ngor/Okpala federal constituency of Imo State, Hon. Bede Eke, has alleged that security agents were involved in extrajudicial killings in his constituency.
Eke said the killings were not unconnected to the recent murder of a former political adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Ahmed Gulak, in the state last Sunday.
According to the lawmaker, many residents of his constituency have been driven to the bushes while others fled to where they have spent days without their families.
Eke identified of some of the victims of extrajudicial killings by security agents in the state as Noel Chigbu Nzeribe and Tochi Ekwe while alleging that several other persons were missing.
While condemning Gulak’s murder, the lawmaker appealed to the security agencies to exercise restraints and stop killing innocent people, adding that the cries of his constituents have reached a crescendo to intervene in their current ordeal in the hands of security operatives.
The lawmaker said the police and the Army should conduct discreet investigations to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice rather than embark on mass intimidation and killing of his constituents.
“We lost a young man. Until his death, he owns and operates a Shawarma shop just to make ends meet. He was shot by the Army because he could not obey the rules at the checkpoint.
“The family has written a petition to the Army. We as the people of Ngor Okpala/Mbaise are not happy about it and as the representative of the people; I want to make it known to the world that we are waiting for the outcome of the petition.
“As the representative of the people, I am giving the Army 14 days to respond to the killing of that young man who left a pregnant wife and his two children. One is 3 and the other is 2 year-old,” the federal lawmaker stated.
Kwara Gov, Ex-lawmakers Seek Justice For Murdered UNILORIN Student
Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has described as shocking and utterly condemnable, the reported rape and murder of Miss Olajide Omowumi Blessing, a 300-level student of the University of Ilorin by some yet-to-be-identified persons.
“The development is heart-wrenching and absolutely unacceptable. Such antisocial and despicable behaviour will never be acceptable to all people of good conscience, and all of us will unite to fight this to a logical conclusion. I call on the security agencies to get to the root of this dastardly act with a view to bringing the mindless perpetrators to book. I similarly call on anyone with valuable information to volunteer same to the security agencies.
“I sincerely commiserate with the parents of the deceased, her course/ housemates, and the university community on this sad incident, while praying the Almighty God to repose her soul. I join every person of good conscience to seek justice for Blessing so that such callous action and its perpetrators will never find a foothold in our society. I hereby send strong warnings that we will not tolerate indiscriminate violence against any person, much less the girl child. Enough is enough! The security agencies will get the perpetrators to pay heavily for this crime,” AbdulRazaq stated in a statement.
Also, the forum of former lawmakers in Kwara State has condemned the gruesome killing of Blessing.
Blessing was on Tuesday raped and murdered in Tanke area of Ilorin by unknown persons.
In a statement issued on Friday and jointly signed by the forum’s chairman and secretary, Hon.Abraham Ashaolu and Hon. Isiaka Mogaji, respectively, it described the incident as heartbreaking and unwarranted.
The former parliamentarians called on security agencies to as a matter of urgency investigate the heinous act with a view to apprehending and prosecuting the perpetrators.
The forum added that searching for justice for the deceased is a collective task of all well meaning individuals and corporate organisations.
It commiserated with the grieving family of Blessing, assuring them that the security agencies would do the needful to ensure that the assailants are brought to book.
The forum also condoled with the management, staff and students of the University of Ilorin over the unfortunate incident and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.
Police Arrest Farmer Over Alleged Poisoning Of 9 Wells In Yobe
The Police in Yobe State has arrested a 25-year-old farmer, Mohammad Mohammad, over alleged poisoning of nine wells in Kasesa village near Damaturu, the state capital.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP in Damaturu shortly after the effecting the suspect’s arrest, Police PRO, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, stated that on May 25, 2021, Mohammed poured an insecticide into nine wells, which were sources of water to residents and herders in the area.
According to him, “When we collected the well water as a sample and conducted laboratory analysis, we discovered that they were contaminated with fecal Coliforms, which can cause cholera, typhoid and other water-borne diseases,” the PPRO said.
He added that the suspect onfessed to committing the offence, but said that his intention was to prevent herders from invading his farm.
“I will like to use this medium to tell you that, we identified and arrested the suspect today (Thursday). He will be charged to court soon,” Abdulkarim said.
The PPRO, therefore, advised farmers and herders to avoid acts capable of inciting violence, adding the State Police Command was also making efforts to arrest herdsmen and charge them for alleged criminal trespassing.
Abducted Ondo School Official Released
The official of the Chimola School, Akure, who was abducted along with the driver of the school bus in the early hours of Thursday by unknown gunmen, Omolayo Ojo, has been released.
Narrating her ordeal in the hands of the gunmen, Ojo said the hoodlums threatened to harm her if she did not cooperate with them when she was abducted and taken to an unknown destination.
According to her, she obeyed all their instructions and was released when they said she was innocent.
She further stated that she found her way back to Akure after asking for directions from people she met.
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