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Breaking: Military men arrest Catholic priest in Cross River

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*** Gov Ayade fingered

It has just been confirmed that Rev. Fr. Titus Armon, Assistant Parish Priest of Holy Spirit Parish, Abuochiche, Bekwarra LGA was arrested yesterday evening at about 6pm by military men who didn’t identify themselves.

Eye witness accounts by parishioners who attended Evening Mass said Father Armon was picked up right in the Church Premises just as he finished the evening mass and was greeting parishioners.

More information coming in has it that he was “arrested” by men In military uniform dispatched from Calabar! He was arrested in place of his twin brother, also a priest who serves in Anambra. His twin brother has recently been highly critical of the governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade.

Father Armon, the one at Anambra had written a very critical fact check on the tenure of Gov Ayade!

Efforts however are under way by the Catholic Heirachy lawyers from Joe Agi SAN Chambers to trace him and effect his release.

“We look forward to his release and more details on why he was arrested and who instigated his arrest as the day goes by,” the eye witness say.

Parishioners at SS Peter and Paul are said to be restive and are wondering why a priest will be arrested and from within the premises of the church too.

Reports reaching us indicate that community leaders are working hard to placate worshippers so as to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Fact Check on Ayade by Father Armon which probably led to the arrest:

“Governor Ayade warns Cross River State Youths.*
(Copied)
Great Cross Riverians, I want to salute the courage of our young people who joined their compatriots across the nation to protest against police brutality and bad government in Nigeria.
*♤ _Where were you hiding when #EndSARS started in Cross River State?_*

As you are aware, my administration has over the years made the well-being of our young people a key priority.
*FACT Check: _Most of them belong to the same Cult fraternity as your brother Frank!_*

Indeed, not only do we have the youngest political appointee in the country, who is just over 16 years old, our state executive council is the youngest in the country.
*♤ FACT Check: _That IS NOT TRUTH. The youngest person was 19yrs when appointed._*

I value the life of every Cross Riverian. I am therefore, appealing to our young people to avoid any act that could bring them on the way of harm now that the Federal Government has deployed anti-riot policemen in our cities.
*♤ FACT Check: _It’s your responsibility! DON’T PASS THE BLAME to the Federal Government of Nigeria._*

You have through your sustained protests, made your points. We have heard you loud and clear.
All the issues you have raised are noted and I hereby, make the following commitments:

1. We will proceed with the process of asphalt overlay and fixing of potholes within Calabar metropolis. We must however, allow the rains to subside to give us a dry sub-surface to make for a better and more lasting job.
*♤ FACT Check: _You recently said on record that you were not elected the Governor of Cross River State to be repairing potholes. Has_ #EndSARS _now changed your mind?_*

2. We will find additional means to create more jobs for our young people.
*♤ FACT Check: _You keep on making this same promise every year, during the COVID-19 pandemic you made the same promise yet again._*

I would like you to note that in spite of being the least federal allocation earning state, we do not owe salaries. We also do not owe pensions
*_😳🙄🤔Prof. Ben rapture is real! Our lean resources not withstanding, we will strive to commence the payment of gratuity as soon as possible. What happened to your Intellectual Money and Green Money?_*

Do not forget also that our administration granted tax exemption to low income earners in the state.
*♤ FACT Check: _Your guys are still beating up citizens and collecting Tax from them._*

3. The focus of our administration has been on industrializing the state with a view to creating job opportunities for our people. We have established several industries including the ultra-modern rice mill, Ogoja, Cocoa Processing Factory, Ikom, Calabar Pharmaceutical Factory, Calabar Noodles Factory, Frozen Chicken Factory, Calabar Garment Factory, Rice Seedling Factory, Toothpick Factory, Piles and Pylon Factory, all of which have been completed. The factories will soon commence operations, thus providing more job opportunities for our people, including our young people.
*♤ FACT Check: _All these bogus factories mainly located in warehouses are privately registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC; Barrister Alphonsus Oga Eba, Due Process DG and your candidate for the PDP-CRS Chairmanship is a major shareholder in most of them._*

4. We are doing more than it is in public domain to confront the security challenges in Calabar. We have deployed a special security team from Abuja and so far, the team is doing a good job, arresting between 15 to 20 suspected kidnappers on daily basis.
*♤ “Benedict! Benedict!! Benedict!!!… _how many times did I call you? I am not saying that you are lying;_ I AM SAYING YOU ARE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH. Kidnappers are having a field day in Calabar and Akpabuyo on a daily basis_*

99.9 percent of suspects are non-indigenes of the state. So I commend our people for their non-involvement in this crime of stealing human beings.
*♤ FACT Check: _That Is Simply NOT TRUE more of the captured suspects paraded were indigenes of the state._*

5. The dualisation of the Tinapa-Odukpani Highway with the spaghetti flyover and an interchange bridge will be completed this coming dry season.
*♤ FACT Check: _Are you prepared to take native Oath “Mbiam” that the Spaghetti Flyover will be completed this coming dry season? Have you now found a sponsor as a result of #EndSARS? My friend “mbòk, biko, ejòr, dòn allah,” fear GOD…_*

6. Asphalting of the dual carriage road in northern part of the state will get to the Bekwarra axis of the road by the end of the month. The Okpoma, Mfom part of the road will be completed by the first quarter of 2021.
*♤ NO COMMENT!*

7. Boki East-West road and the North Ukelle road which the World Bank reckoned was beyond the capacity of the State, will be completed by the first quarter of 2021.
*♤ NO COMMENT!*

8. The construction of the 275km superhighway and the Bakassi Deep Seaport was set back by three years when the Federal Government took our State to court. It took a spec

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Zulum Cancels Project Commissioning in Honour of Slain General

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Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has postponed his scheduled commissioning of projects across local Government areas in southern Borno.

The postponement is to honour the Commander, 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok, Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers who lost their lives last weekend during a battle with terrorists.

Brig. Gen. Zirkisu
Killed by bandits

The terrorists however failed in their attempt to capture a military base in Askira-Uba local government area.

The tour was scheduled to start on Tuesday (16th November 2021) with dozens of completed Government projects, mostly schools and healthcare centres, lined up for commissioning by the Governor.

Announcing the postponement, Zulum’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, said the Governor will embark on the commissioning tour after visiting the family of late General Zirkisu who lives outside Borno State.

Zulum’s trip is to convey the deepest sympathy of the Government and people of Borno State

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Missing Journalist, Tordue Salem, Found Dead in Abuja

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The missing Vanguard reporter, Mr Tordue Salem has been found dead in Abuja.

This was even as the Police reportedly arrested a man who posed as kidnapper in an attempt to extort money from the late journalist’s family.

Details of recovery of his remains haven’t been released as at Thursday evening.

The late Benue born journalist was covering the lower legislative Chamber of the National Assembly until he was last seen on Wednesday, 13th October, 2021.

After he closed from work, he was said to have left in a public cab for B.J’s garden with a female relative situated close to Total filling station, opposite Force headquarters.

From the garden, he reportedly flagged a cab for the lady who left before him, informing her that he was going to Area 8, Garki. But he was never seen until his remains were recovered on Thursday.

According to Vanguard, the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT swung into action on 16th October after the matter was reported to it about the mysterious missing of the late Tordue.

It was reported that a suspect, who was identified as Prince Enyenihi, 25 was arrested in an attempt to extort the family and others who were not named immediately.

The suspect identified as Prince Enyenihi, 25, contacted Mrs Salem on October 26, 2021, via a text message with a concealed number, requesting for N100 million ransom, to be paid as ransom for her husband’s release. Part of the text message read: “if you don’t pay, Tordue will be killed in seven days. For more information, call this number.” The text message also contained an account number the money should be paid into.

This was followed by a call with a concealed number to Salem’s wife the next day,. Mrs Salem requested to speak with her husband, to ascertain he was alive before negotiation would begin. But the caller gave the phone to someone who tried to play along.

When she noticed that the voice did not sound like her husband’s, she asked the stranger to mention the name of their daughter and her birth date, a question that met dead silence at the other end.

Same evening, another call with a concealed number was received by Mrs Salem, requesting to know if her husband had been released. The confused woman was said to have requested why the caller had his number concealed.

On October 27, another text came on a bulk text message platform, ordering the family to pay the N100 million ransom before the next day, failure of which they would kill Salem.

The Police swung into action first, by de-encrypting the number that called and traced its owner to a lady in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

However, during interrogation, the lady who owns Joy Skin Care denied culpability, stating rather, that a particular number had been calling her line since October 26, 2021.

Security Operatives upon checks discovered that the number was same with that used to contact Mrs Salem, which Prince Enyenihi was finally arrested on 5th November, 2021.

Preliminary investigation by security operatives indicated that Prince Enyenihi was the next door neighbor to the beautician.

During interrogation, he disclosed that he got information of Vanguard reporter’s disappearance on a flyer that went viral on social media, which had the number of Mrs Salem as the contact person to report to if found.

The suspect further stated that he sent the text messages without the knowledge of his female neighbour, adding that he got his neighbour’s telephone number and account details from her Facebook page.

He said, “I knew the family wouldn’t pay the money. I used the owner of Joy beauty skin care ‘s account details in order to punish her for always talking to me anyhow.

(Additional details by Daily Post)

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POLICE OFFICERS IN EXTORTION VIDEO ARRESTED

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… AS KOGI COMMAND COMMENCES INVESTIGATIONS

The Kogi State Police Command has commenced investigations into a trending video where Police personnel attached to Adogo Division, while on patrol duty along Adogo-Okene road, reportedly extorted the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Naira (N25,000) from a traveller while another was physically assaulted by one of the men in uniform.

The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban, psc (+), fdc, while condemning the incident, noted that the Police officers have been identified and detained at the State Criminal Investigations Department.

A statement by DSP William Ovye Aya, Police Public Relations Officer of the Kogi State Police Command identified the officers as: ASP Isah Barnabas, Inspector Ifediegwu Godwin, Sgt Emmanuel Ochima and CPL Umameh Mathias who physically assaulted one of the travellers.

The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) has been issued an official query while the three (3) other junior officers are currently undergoing orderly room trial (Police internal disciplinary actions), the statement further said.

“The CP further noted that the Command is doing its best to establish contact with the victims. He enjoined the victims to reach out to the Command thorough 08107899269”.

“He assured that any of the officers found wanting in the investigations would be dealt with accordingly”.

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