At Least Two Killed As Gunmen Open Fire At Traditional Rulers Meeting In Imo
No fewer than two traditional rulers have been killed during an attack by gunmen at Nnenasa community Headquarters of Njaba local government area of Imo State.
According to sources, the traditional rulers from the area numbering over 20 were in a meeting at the local government headquarters in the community when gunmen invaded the the place and interrupted the meeting with sporadic gunshots.
Sources earlier informed Channels Television that five of the traditional rulers had been killed but when contacted, the Imo state police public relations officer, Mike Abatam, confirmed that only two traditional rulers had died while three others were in a coma.
The murdered traditional rulers include the Obi II of Okwudor, Eze Anayo Durueburoe and the ruler of Ihebineoweri, Okwudor, Eze Samson Osunwa.
Those who sustained heavy gunshots injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, speaking to Channels Television, condemned the killings and commiserated with the affected families.
He promised to bring the perpetrators to book and urged Imo indigenes to remain calm as the state government is on top of the situation.
The attack is the latest in a series of violent crimes being perpetuated across the South-East.
On Sunday, gunmen attacked a police divisional headquarters in Ebonyi State, killing a police offer and burning two patrol vehicles.
The recent rise in violent crimes in the region has been attributed to a myriad of reasons including secessionist angst.
Police nab two kidnap suspect in Delta
Police in Delta have arrested two kidnap suspects at Udu Local Government Area of the state.
Police spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe told newsmen in Warri (Delta) on Sunday that the suspects were nabbed by a police decoy squad following credible and intelligence-led investigation.
“Operatives of the decoy squad embarked on a sting operation on May 11 and arrested one Emmanuel James suspected to be the leader of the gang.
“On May 12, the suspect led the operatives to Ejewu community in Udu Local Government Area of the state where the gang’s driver, Ejiro Peter was arrested.
“They confessed their involvement in series of armed robbery and kidnapping in Ughelli and Warri and the April 27 kidnap of Mr and Mrs Okutonye Efetobore at Ughellli town.“They also confessed to have collected a N1 million before releasing the couple,’’ he said.
Edafe said the suspects led police operatives to another notorious member of the gang.at Egbike Community in Udu Local Government Area on May 12.
Upon sighting police operatives, the third suspect engaged them in a gun duel and in the process escaped through the ceiling of his roof with bullet wounds, he said.
Farmer commits suicide after attacking wife over infidelity
A farmer, Friday Omosigho, has committed suicide after attacking his wife, Mercy Omosigho, over alleged infidelity in Ehiozevbaru, Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State.
It was gathered that the farmer attacked his wife with a machete after accusing her of having affairs with other men in the village.
Omosigho was also said to have stabbed his wife on the farm and abandoned her in a pool of blood.
It was further learned that the farmer, who called his younger brother, Monday Omosigho, and told him that he had stabbed his wife, went back home and drank rat poison.
Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, disclosed the man drank a substance suspected to be Sniper.
Nwabuzor said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Egba Police Division received a call from one Monday Omosigho that he received a distress call that his senior brother, Friday Omosigho, committed suicide by drinking Sniper, after attacking his wife with a machete over infidelity.
He revealed that the police operatives moved to the scene and took the woman to the hospital.
The police spokesperson added that the woman, who is still alive, has since been receiving treatment in the hospital.
Nwabuzor said an investigation into the incident has commenced, adding that the case has been transferred to the homicide department of the Edo State Police Command.
KOGI EXPLOTION: DSS Apprehends ISWAP Commander Behind Attacks.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the mastermind of the Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attack which occurred on 29th December, 2022, near the Palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in Okene, Kogi State during the visit of the President to commission some projects in the state.
A statement from the Public Relations Officer of the Service Peter Afunnaya, says, Men of the DSS arrested Abdulmumin Ibrahim OTARU (aka Abu Mikdad) and one of his associates, Saidu SULEIMAN on 3rd January, 2023.
The statement says OTARU sustained a gunshot injury on his left foot while attempting to escape and currently receiving treatment at a health facility.
the statement says, during investigations, it was ascertained that OTARU is a high commander of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) who either coordinated or was involved in so many terrorist operations. which includes The 24th June, 2022 attack on Nigeria Police Area Command, Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA of Kogi State where a Police Inspector, Idris MUSA was killed and two (2) AK-47 rifles carted away, The 5th July, 2022 attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje Area Council of the FCT; and 5th August, 2022 attack on West African Ceramics Ltd (WACL) in Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi in which three (3) Indian expatriates were kidnapped which resulted in the killing of (5) persons including one (1) Indian, two (2) Policemen and two (2) drivers of the company before the kidnapped expatriates were later released on 31st August, 2022.
The statement added that OTARU operated terrorist cells in and around Kogi State where he and his gang had staged several kidnap operations in Kogi and Ondo States.
Meanwhile, the suspects are in custody and will be prosecuted accordingly.
” The Service reiterates its commitment to the safety of the nation. It assures to work assiduously with stakeholders including sister security agencies to tackle the menace of terrorism and other forms of criminality and threats to national security. It, therefore, calls on citizens to support it and other law enforcement organisations with relevant information and all the necessary cooperation required to achieve a peaceful country.” Afunanya said
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