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Ebonyi crisis: Sabotage suspected as 55 suspects arrested by Police escape from custody

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Ebonyi: Sabotage fingered as 55 suspects arrested by Police allegedly escape from custod

 

… Crisis will be over in days – Ebonyi Deputy Governor
…This is a promise – Ebonyi Commissioner
…We came back with suspects not up to 66 – Ebonyi CP

55 out of the 66 suspects arrested by a combined team of the Police and Army, Saturday escaped from Police custody in Effium Community of Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The suspects are alleged to be those behind the attacks and killings taking place in Effium/Ezza Effium Communities of the State.

Before their unfortunate disappearance, Ebonyi State Police Command was putting modalities in place to ensure their eventual transportation from Effium Community to the State Headquarters of the Command in Abakaliki.

The whereabouts of the said suspects are still not known as their disappearance occurred immediately after the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Kelechi Igwe, other delegation including, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Major General Taoreen Lagbaja who was on a-one day operational visit to the war-torn communities left the area.

Confirming the escape of the suspects, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha who condemned the development alleged that the escape of the suspects was done in collaboration with the Police.

“The Governor is not sleeping over the crisis in Effium. There has been the deployment of 150 soldiers and 120 mobile men, visiting team. Not minding the presence of other personnel therein.

“Our visit today was a major breakthrough as we arrested 66 suspects. It is unfortunate that 55 escaped. The security agencies whose responsibility it is to guard the suspects to Abakaliki compromised. As we moved they released them. The Governor through the Deputy Governor has demanded an explanation from the Commissioner of Police and the Officer Commanding troops there.

“The Commissioner of Police was there and he was reluctant. It was because of my insistent that the warlords were arrested. They said those arrested were vigilante. Vigilante again? When the Governor has announced a dusk to dawn curfew in the affected Communities. Who constituted such vigilante? This is a compromise. The suspects were rounded up and handed over to them. We are not getting the necessary support that we are supposed to get from the police.”

Reacting, the Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Aliyu denied any form of compromise adding that the Police came back with suspects as they were not up 66 in number.

“We came back with some suspects. They are not up to 66”

Addressing Newsmen at Effium Police Station, the Deputy Governor of the State, Dr Kelechi Eric Igwe expressed optimism that with the strategy on the ground, peace would soon return to the Effium/Ezza-Effium Communities in the State.

“The Community has left us with chains of predictability. Governor has done so much to ensure that the crisis in Effium is settled once and for all and when you think all is well something else crops up. It’s either they hire machinery (both sides) and disguise them as being indigenes of the community

“The Military and Police are still considerate; that there’s a force they could deploy to this place and innocent people will become casualties. From the strategy in place, we anticipate that there will be peace in Effium within some days.”

The GOC Commanding 82 Division, Major General Taoreen Lagbaja said he was the crisis-ridden Community to familiarize himself with the situation on the ground and advise his Commanders on the way forward.

“I have to come to Ebonyi this morning in response to the security challenges in Effium and Ezza Effium and advise my commanders on the way forward so that there will be peace as soon as possible.”

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Again Fulani Terrorists Attack Omala LGA, Kill 3 in Ajokpachi

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Barely a few weeks after a deadly attack by Fulani herdsmen on the Agojeju-odo Community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State,  another community has suffered the same fate.

The Dare Devil Fulani Bandits on Tuesday launched a deadly attack on the Ajokpachi Odo Community, a neighbouring Community killing no fewer than three persons, and carting away Motorbikes, foodstuff while scores of people still missing.
The attack was said to have occurred when the Youths in the area on surveillance mission were ambushed and killed  by the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.
According to the locals , the fulani militia who have been engaging in fierce battle with the Agatus in Benue state for over a week now were relocating when they met the   youths who were holding a meeting in Ajokpachi Odo and openedfire on them.,
Among the confirmed dead were Musa Sule from Ajokpachi Odo , one youth from Bagaji Odo and another one from Ajomachi, a border village in Benue state who were attending  the meeting on how to protect their communities.

Victims of the Fulani herdsmen attack on Agojeju-odo

Unconfirmed reports have it that the terrorists have also earmarked other communities in the local government for similar attacks. This has resulted in the desertion of Agbenema, Opada, Ajedegbo and surrounding communities whose inhabitants are moving in droves to Abejukolo the local government headquarters.
SunriseNigeria could not reach the Divisional Police Officer of the local government as his line could not be reached.
However a Community Leader , Nifu Abuka, who spent all night in the bush for fear of his life  as a result of the incident, said since  the heinous attack on  Agojeju Odo, his people have been sleeping with one eye closed.
He added that the porous security situation in the area has made them vulnerable to incessant Fulani attacks and called on relevant government agencies to come to their rescue.
He explained that the age long  feud between Agatu and Fulani in Benue and Nasarawa states have made his community, which share boundary with Agatu in Benue state -susceptible to attack.
In an interview with our correspondent, a prominent indigene of the local government, Dr James Odaudu reiterated the age-long calls by stakeholders for the establishment of a military base,  especially the Navy, in the area,  since the marauders usually cross the River Benue from the neighbouring Nasarawa State to attack the Agatus in Benue state and and communities in Omala LGA in Kogi State.
He called on the Federal and Benue  state Governments to urgently deploy permanent Security outfits to the communities to save them from unwarranted
deaths in the hands of the heavily armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken over their farms and the  deserted  villages.
According to him, the people are tired of the usual condolences by those whose responsibility it is to protect them and said if left unchecked, the bandits will overrun not only the local government, but the whole of Igala Kingdom.
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Submit Yourself to the Law, Tinubu Media Group Tells Yahaya Bello

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The Tinubu Media Support Group, TMSG, has urged the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to heed the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, and submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the court of law.

According to the group, it has become necessary for Bello to clear himself of allegations of financial malfeasance while in office.

In a statement issued Sunday and jointly signed by its Chairman, Emeka Nwankpa and Secretary, Dapo Okubanjo, the group described the stand-off between the former governor and the EFCC as unnecessary, saying it is an affront on the sanctity of the law and the integrity of the President’s war against corruption.

The statement said: “We have carefully watched all the drama and subterfuge that continue to trail the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Governor Yahaya Bello, a senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the curious attempts to politicize the routine matter of the request by the graft fighting agency to ask former Governor Bello to meet with its investigators.

“For us, the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, asking the former Kogi governor to subject himself to EFCC’s scrutiny is a clear signal in this regard, not only on the position of law, but also on the stance of the President Bola Tinubu administration on anti- corruption.

“It should be clear by now to all Nigerians that strict accountability in governance occupies a cardinal place in President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. To serve this purpose, his government has shown zero tolerance to cases of corruption since assuming office.

According to the statement, the EFCC, by inviting the former governor Yahaya Bello, like it did with past and previous officials of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and others, is in tandem with its policy and character to nurture a culture of probity and accountability in governance.

The group added that as a staunch member of the APC, Bello has no reason to fear.

“We urge him to heed the advice of the Attorney General and make himself available to EFCC’s investigators as required by extant laws.

“We also advise members of the ruling party who have been up in arms against the anti- graft agency to be circumspect in their reaction to the issue,” the group added.

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