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Police Arrest Alleged Killers Of Enugu Catholic Priest

Police Arrest Alleged Killers Of Enugu Catholic Priest

The Enugu State Police Command yesterday paraded the suspected killers of two Catholic priests of Enugu Diocese, Reverend Father Paul Offu and Father Clement Ugwu.

This comes as another Catholic priest allegedly escaped assassination by unidentified gunmen in Enugu yesterday.Unidentified gunmen had killed Reverend Offu and Father Ugwu on August 1 and March 14, 2019 respectively.

While Fulani Herdsmen allegedly killed Offu on August 1, 2019 along the Ihe-Agbude road in Awgu Council Area of the state, Ugwu was kidnapped and murdered on March 14, 2019 at the Parish of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu Council Area of the state.

The police also paraded suspected kidnappers of the traditional ruler of Obom-Agbogugu in Awgu Council, Igwe Sunday Orji and his wife, who were abducted on Sunday, August 3, 2019 along the Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway.

Meanwhile, barely two weeks after Offu was killed, another Priest, Reverend Father Chimezie Ani was attacked, but he escaped by the whiskers along Ugwuomu road after Caritas University. The gunmen, who were said to have been chasing another vehicle when Father Ani’s car ran into them, shelled him with bullets and had the windscreen of the car shattered.

Ani, who spoke to our correspondent yesterday, thanked God for his mercy and protection that enabled him to escape from the assailants. He said: “The attack happened after Caritas University towards Ugwuomu that I ran into them firing at the SUV in my opposite direction, but miraculously I drove on the reverse for a long distance before turning.”

The state’s Commissioner of Police (CP), Suleiman Balarabe, who paraded the suspected killers of the priests with other 30 suspects arrested for various criminal offences, said the command had devised ways to protect Catholic priests from such attacks in future.

He said: “Ibrahim Adamu, 25 from Taraba State and Idris Tobe, 28 were arrested in connection with the killing of Father Offu, while three other suspects are still at large.

“And for the kidnap and murder of Secretary of Uzo-Uwani Council Area, one Idris Umaru was arrested in connection with the killing.”
On the kidnap of Orji and his wife, Balarabe said three suspects namely: Garba Basulugu, Mohammed Lagu and Mojunpan Duna, were arrested in connection with the incident, promising that those who attacked Father Ani would soon be arrested as his men were already after the hoodlums.
More Details On How FBI Arrested Nigerian Billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke Over $12Million Fraud

More Details On How FBI Arrested Nigerian Billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke Over $12Million Fraud

FBI has reportedly arrested a Forbes-rated young Nigerian billionaire and CEO of Invictus Group, Obinwanne Okeke over a $12 million (N4.3bn) fraud.

According to reports, Okeke was arrested last week on the last day of his trip to the United States. The FBI arrested the young billionaire for allegedly defrauding top American companies of huge sums.

Nweke allegedly scammed a steel company of $12m by hacking into the account of an executive office and sending an email with a fake invoice to the purchasing department.

“The charge sheet reads in part “In June 2018, Unatrac Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and farm equipment, headquartered in the United Kingdom, contacted the FBI. They reported that Unatrac had been victimised through an email compromise, which ultimately resulted in fraudulent wire transfers totalling nearly 11million US Dollars. After reviewing the documentation provided by the representatives, the FBI opened an investigation in July 2018.

“The FBI discovered that after capturing the legitimate credentials of Unatrac’s Chief Financial Officer, the accused was able to log in and access the CFO’s entire Office365 account, which included all of his emails and various digital files, the logs indicated that between April 6 and April 20, 2018, the intruder accessed the CFO’s account 464 times, mostly from Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from Nigeria.

“With full access to the account, the intruder sent fraudulent wire transfer requests from the CFO’s email account to members of Unatrac’s internal financial team. The intruder also attached fake invoices to the emails to enhance the credibility of the requests,” the investigator stated. The investigation, painstaking and far-reaching, lasted more than a year during which Obinwanne emerged as the principal culprit and has since been arrested while on his regular visit to the United States.”
How PH Girl Was Strangled To Death In Hotel After N10,000 Promise For An All Night Sex Romp

How PH Girl Was Strangled To Death In Hotel After N10,000 Promise For An All Night Sex Romp

Jennifer Nwokocha friends have opened up on why their friend was strangled to death in a Port Harcourt hotel on 15 August, at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni council area of Rivers state.

Her friends who identified her claimed that she was lured into agreeing for a night romp with a yet-to-be-identified man for a fee of N10,000 and the Nigerian barbecued beef, popularly called Suya, as an extra.

Jennifer Nwokocha wrote the last UTME conducted by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB and nursed hopes of gaining admission into the University of Port Harcourt, her friends said.

According to them, the alleged killer came to the hotel at about 10 pm on Wednesday night and offered to pay Jennifer N10,000 for an all night sex, which to her was a big deal.

The late Jennifer’s friends later raised alarm at about 8 am the next day. The killer had also stolen her phone and her money before fleeing the hotel.

According to one of her friends,” when the killer came into the hotel, he requested that Jennifer be called for her, describing her as “that neat girl”.

“Later Jennifer came and whispered to me that they had negotiated and settled for N10,000 for the night. I left them as the late Jennifer said the man had opted to sleep with her in her room.

“The next day, at about 8 am, we found out that Jennifer had not woken up and when her door was opened, she was found naked with her hands tied behind her back with a pillowcase and another pillowcase was used to tie her neck, perhaps to strangle her.”

Detectives from the homicide department of the state police command promptly arrested Jennifer’s friends for interrogation.

The manner of her death was similar to the killing of Precious Ewuru in a hotel in D/Line about two weeks ago.

Nnamdi Omoni DSP and spokesman of the Rivers Police Command said a Task Force would be set up by the Command to enforce the directive that CCTV Cameras be installed in all hotels.
Finish Boko Haram Quickly So That You Can Return To Your Families..Buhari Orders Soldiers

Finish Boko Haram Quickly So That You Can Return To Your Families..Buhari Orders Soldiers

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered the military to pursue armed bandits terrorising the North-West geopolitical zone and eliminate them. The president gave the order while addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base in Katsina, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’, at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua airport, Katsina.

The president, who was on his way to Abuja, after the Sallah break, also asked the military to be more committed in restoring peace to the country, particularly states troubled by bandits, ordering them “not to spare bandits’’ who have been killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.

“This group was formed by the military to secure the geo-political zone from the activities of bandits. Fundamentally, it is your responsibility to secure the country. “As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I believe you are capable of doing it. I don’t think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them,’’ he said.

“Nigeria deserves peace. The rainy season is good and we are already achieving food security, but we need peace. The money saved from food importation will be used to purchase arms for operations,’’ he said. The President, flanked by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, assured the troops that the federal government will provide all the necessary support for restoration of peace in the country.

“We will give you all the right equipment so that you can deal with them with despatch. I appreciate all your efforts but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,’’ he said. He said the government and all officials were being sustained in office by the ordinary people, and they owe the people a duty to protect their lives and property.

“Please give my regards to your families. The earlier you finish with the bandits, the earlier you will return and stay with your families,’’ he said.
Sowore,Yorubas Wanted To Overthrow Buhari's Govt...Northern Groups

Sowore,Yorubas Wanted To Overthrow Buhari's Govt...Northern Groups

In this interview with PUNCH NEWSPAPER, the spokesperson for the Coalition of Northern Groups, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, insists that the organisers of #RevolutionNow planned to overthrow Buhari’s administration

Your coalition has accused prominent Nigerians including the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, Prof Wole Soyinka and Mr Femi Falana, of supporting the #RevolutionNow protest to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. Are you saying that protest against bad governance is a misplaced priority?

Not at all! Protests are among the avenues available to citizens anywhere in the world to get leaders to do what is right. We are all aware of the several disappointing inadequacies of the Buhari administration. The security situation is lamentable in many respects. The Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, which killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions leaving about 7.7 million people in serious humanitarian crisis, is not yet over. Then, there are the herders’ problems which since 2015 have become more frequent and violent, assuming new dimensions in kidnappings and banditry across the North and other places claiming an estimated six times more than the Boko Haram crisis.

It is now being politicised and is stirring ethnic and religious tensions while the government appears unable to find inclusive and creative ways of addressing and de-escalating this complex conflict. On the economic front, Nigerian economy has been growing at a slow pace while the government fails to show genuine concern for turning its diversification policy from mere paperwork into a more visible projects by channelling efforts and resources into revamping the agricultural sector, giving adequate incentives to farmers and addressing the farmers-herders conflict nationwide. And since inception, the Buhari administration has shortchanged some sections of the country particularly the North and South-East in the distribution of goods and services, budgetary allocations and appointments with total disregard for the principle of federal character as outlined in the Nigerian constitution. Buhari has also failed to assemble a team of experts, technocrats and experienced professionals to carry out rapid development across Nigeria.

The administration’s anti-corruption is also generally seen as a charade and a witch-hunt targeting a select people while ignoring those in its own camp.  Buhari has failed to prove to Nigerians that he is impartial. The President is largely criticised for disobeying court orders, trampling on citizen’s rights and lack of respect for constitutional provisions. All these are matters of serious concern that call for citizen action. There are, however, grounds for suspicion with regards to the nature of protest suggested by the organisers of the #Revolutionow. It suggested forceful overthrow of the government which is not the type of citizen action allowable in a modern democracy. And for people who are respected statesmen to support such a move is certainly unfortunate. Asiwaju Tinubu happens to be a major beneficiary of this government and has played a major role in all its shortcomings. It, therefore, amounts to double standards to be seen by commission or omission to be supporting any move that suggests its violent overthrow.

Is the CNG comfortable with the spate of killings, kidnapping, banditry and other related crime across the country?

No one will be comfortable with such killings. And we at the CNG have been at the forefront of challenging the government. The problem is that some people from the South have deliberately refused to isolate the government for their criticism. They have refused to isolate Buhari from his tribe, religion and region which is why we are failing to put up a united front to face the government.

Is it justifiable for your group to accuse the South-West geopolitical zone of a plot to topple the Buhari’s administration simply because they are protesting against bad governance as being witnessed in civilised clime?

It is not about the CNG. We did not make the accusations. The organisers of the protests explicitly declared that the aim was to overthrow the government. Sowore’s statements in that regard have been widely reported.

The South-West in 2015 and 2019 gave its support for the northern presidency. How come you think that the same region could plot to topple this current administration?

That is why we are worried about the nature of the protests suggested by the organisers. We were not the ones that attributed violence of intention or forceful overthrow of the government to the protests. The organisers explicitly declared that the intention was to grandstand and undermine the nation’s security with the ultimate aim of sending the President out.

With the statement and body language of your group, analysts are of the views that your group is actually playing out a script ahead of the 2023 presidency. What do you think?

Not really. What we are rather working for is a new political order that would break the monopoly of the present bankrupt elite. Since independence, a certain class of people has monopolised the total available activity in the country which is what we aim to change. We hope to bring about a situation where the people would begin to genuinely think Nigeria. This way, we can break the tradition of recycling the same people. We can review the leadership selection process by looking outside the box. It happened in the US with Donald Trump coming from the core business class and not the hard political class.

A former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, said recently that it would be unfair for the North not to support the South-West for the Presidency in 2023. What’s your take on this?

I must tell you that I have never been impressed by Shehu Sani’s politics of opportunism. I really don’t see the need for the emphasis on a southern or northern presidency. If decades after independence, even a senator of the federal republic cannot propose for a Nigerian president, then it’s quite unfortunate. If after all these years of our independence, we are not thinking Nigeria but East, West, North and so on, I do not think there will ever be unity in this country. I am sure only very few people will tell you where the United States President, Donald Trump, is from. He is just an American. But look at a senator here; talking about a southern president; about a northern president and so on; and this is how our children are going to grow up.

Source:Punch Newspaper
DHQ Investigative Panel On Killing Of Policemen By Soldiers Extends Sitting By Two Weeks

DHQ Investigative Panel On Killing Of Policemen By Soldiers Extends Sitting By Two Weeks

 The panel set up by the Defence Headquarters to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incidents has extended its sitting in the state from three days to two weeks.

The panel made the disclosure during a visit to Governor Darius Ishaku on Wednesday announcing that it would be in the state for three days, but has extended its sitting due to the magnitude of work on the ground, as noted by the source.

The senior aide to a stakeholder in the ongoing investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that the panel had vowed to be professional in the conduct of its job.

He said, “The panel assured that it would do its work professionally and that the public would be surprised by the shocking revelations that would follow after interrogating those involved in Wadume’s network.”

Most Wanted Taraba Kidnapper Hamisu Calls For Prayers From Hiding Place

Most Wanted Taraba Kidnapper Hamisu Calls For Prayers From Hiding Place

Fresh information on the wanted kidnap don based in Taraba State, Alhaji Hamisu Bala, aka Wadume, has revealed that he recently called for prayers from hideout.

A source privy to the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recent killing of three police officers and one civilian in Taraba State, and the escape of Wadume after his arrest by the deceased officers, said that the suspected kidnapper called someone on the phone, asking for prayers.

He also disclosed that Wadume had two days after he fled Ibi town called a resident to ask for prayers.

“He called a resident close to my house and told him in Hausa, ‘Ku i mana Adua,’ meaning, ‘you people should pray for me’.

“And since then, he has not called again. The person he called and all his boys and relations are all on the run.

“I’m sure they are being tracked because after the person who received a call from Hamisu (Wadume) fled, a police team visited the house.

“For me, I have for long questioned the source of wealth of Alhaji Hamisu (Wadume). Though we had not heard about his alleged criminal activities, every sane mind found his sudden wealth questionable.”

The source noted that as difficult as things were in the state, Wadume spent money freely. “I have not seen anybody in Taraba who spends money like Hamisu (Wadume). So, I totally agree with the criminal allegations against him.”

The aide added that several arrests in connection with the incident had been made by security agencies investigating the matter.

According to him, the panel had while in Ibi urged those who had connection to the incident to stop running, but return home and assist the team with information about the incident.