Residents of Oke-Itase area in Ile -ife, Osun State were thrown into confusion when the lifeless body of a 35-year-old man, Sunday Onifade, was found hanging on the iron rod of the ceiling fan in his living room.
The deceased, who was a barber, was believed to have committed suicide by hanging himself, but the reason for his decision could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report. His perplexed relatives refused to speak on the incident.
The younger brother of the deceased, Omotayo Onifade, was said to have proceeded to the ‘A’ Division Police Headquarters in Ife to report the death of his elder brother.
He explained that family members were shocked when they saw Sunday hanging on the ceiling fan.
Mr Folasade Odoro, a spokesman for the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, confirmed the incident.
The police chief said investigation had commenced on the matter.
Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, in Osun State learnt that necessary rites and rituals have started taking place in the house to appease the gods over the incident so as to prevent incessant death among members of the family and the community as believed by the yoruba tradition.
The Kaduna Police Command has assured residents of the state of adequate security ahead of the Christmas and new year celebrations.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, who briefed reporters in his office on Friday, said the police would ensure a crime-free yuletide.
He also advice residents to be vigilant and report suspicious movements and strange gatherings to security agencies during the festive period.
The Commissioner disclose that both conventional and mobile policemen would be deployed to motor parks, highways, worship centres, fun places and other public places across the state all in order to safeguard lives and property of citizens before, during and after the festivities.
Mr Abeh reiterated that fireworks and canisters had been banned in the state and however warned parents to be mindful of the activities and whereabouts of their children during the festive season.
“The Kaduna Police Command has made elaborate plans to ensure the safety of our citizens during this period. We have set up various security measures intended to give citizens sense of security in the state.
“We have mapped out plans, set up check points, that intend to scrutinise motorists. Honestly speaking, we are taking these measures for the interest of security of the state.
“The command has also deployed police mobile force and some conventional ones to strategic positions in the state so as to assist in securing especially the state capital and its environs,” Mr Abeh told Channels Television.
He pointed out that most activities would occur in the state capital during the celebration and gave the assurance that the police were determined to make the city secured.
The commissioner further announced that adequate measures had been put in place to ensure quick response by the Police to complaints from the general public.
“We have patrol teams stationed in strategic positions that will respond within the shortest possible Time. My intention is that our response time will not be more than ten minutes,” he stated.
Ahead of the Christmas celebration on Sunday, Channels Television’s correspondent, Chimezie Enyiocha, who went round the city, reports that there were presence of armed security operatives along the major roads and other strategic places.
The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bakassi, who had lived their lives as fishermen, are embracing farming, as a new occupation.
They say it is helping them pick up the pieces of their lives after they were displaced from their ancestral home to Cameroon.
Channels Television’s correspondent, Imani Odey, visited a farm at Akwa Ikot Eyo Edem, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State and reports that, the IDPs are fully into farming of Watermelon, Garden Egg, Vegetables, Pineapple, Plantain as well as Piggery.
Their major challenge, however, is how they will control weed and pests affecting the production rate of the produce and they are calling for assistance from governments at all levels.
A 30-hectare land donated freely by their host community is presently used for farming. The community has asked them to develop the land and turn it to a new home for them.
The history of the displaced Bakassi People can be likened to one referred to as, refugees in their own father’s land.
As a people abandoned and neglected by circumstances beyond their control, they have lived in inhumane conditions at Saint Mark’s Nursery and Primary School Akwa Ikot Eyo Edem, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State since 2013 and are awaiting the full implementation of the Green Tree Agreement which is yet to be fulfilled.
A leader of one of the camps where the IDPs see as their homes took Channels Television around their farms.
First of the farms visited was a land acquired beside the camp where the elderly ones in their midst farm.
Then the journey of over one hour on bike begins to the 30 hectares volunteered by their host community to them free of charge for developing and then settlement.
“We donated 30 hectares of land to the IDPs in our land because of what happened to them. It is for free. They are not to pay. This land remains for the IDPs to build houses, hospitals and whatsoever they want and the governor says he will do it for them.
“The community doesn’t want anything in return because we gave them for free and all the community joined hands to give them,” a leader of the community said.
Garden of Eden
The road network to the farm from the camp, however, is a challenge facing them which they want the government to help them address even though the community have tried to open a temporary bush track.
While they await government’s input, each IDPs household made monetary contribution and hired a tractor to clear portions of the area which will form part of the farmland pending when the State government sets in to develop the land for them, as promised by Governor Ben Ayade during one of his trips to the camp to have a feel of what they have been passing through.
Few kilometers from the farmland was another farmland for the Bakassi IDPs where pineapple, Watermelon, Garden Eggs and other crops are planted.
One of the farmers said: ”We call this, the Garden of Eden. So, now the particular area is Garden of Eden where it is the beginning of Bakassi farming. Formally, we enjoy our seafood – fish, periwinkle, crayfish, but one reason or the other made us to change our occupation. It is a painful situation when we recall our ancestral home because we are blessed with mineral resources, crude oil, fish and all”.
The farming business, the camp leader added, was at the moment not profitable, as buyers come directly to the farm to purchase the crops at a giveaway rate of 200 Naira for one watermelon following the bad nature of the road.
“The challenge that we are facing here is that we don’t know how to weed and remove these grasses because when the UN taught us how to farm, they used sprayer to show us how to kill some grasses but we don’t have money even to eat. It is difficult for us to eat and to get chemicals and control weed in the ground that is why you’re seeing that (weed).
“Our garden eggs and watermelon are suppose to be doing very well, but we don’t know how to control weed. It is a first experience in our lives, since we discover all these minor challenges,” he said.
Another Bakassi Returnee, Essien Okon, however pointed out that as much as he liked farming, fishing was something he loved to do.
“Since we don’t have boats and other things that we can use for fishing, we prefer farming because now in Nigeria we don’t have food so we have to go into farming so that, we can have something to eat,” he told Imani.
Following this venture by the people of the Displaced Bakassi Peninsular, it behooves on the government to encourage these ones with the necessary farming tools in-order to serve as an encouragement to them.
They are however thankful to the UNHCR for their assistance so far.
A man, Sanusi Rahamon, has been arrested in Osun State by the police for allegedly impersonating the Nigeria Peace Corps (NPC) and swindling unemployed youths.
He promises to give them jobs when Peace Corps becomes a statutory security agency and make them part with their money.
The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command that made the arrest, Folashade Odoro, said Sanusi was arrested in Osogbo, Capital of Osun State, on Monday along with eight other persons and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).
Odoro said copies of certificate and identity cards of the NPC were among the items recovered from the suspect at the point of arrest.
The police spokesperson also said the suspect told police detectives that he got the Peace Corps certificates and ID cards from Abuja.
She told Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, that those arrested along with Sanusi were some of his victims who were oblivious of his pranks but desperate to be employed into the NPC.
Odoro said the preliminary investigation by police detectives revealed that Sanusi had a registered private security guard and that he had trained many youths in the state with the assurance that they would be the first set of applicants that would get letters of employment as soon as the NPC is made a conventional security outfit.
Odoro said investigation on the matter is ongoing and that the suspect would face the full wrath of the law afterwards.
She, however, cautioned unemployed youths to be wary of fraudulent individuals in their desperation to get jobs.
“This suspect obviously has been in this act for a very long time. Imagine all the identity cards found on him. He really must have swindled so many people. Osun State Police Command will not allow such people to go free. They must be made to face the fill wrath of the Law.
“Many innocent people have fallen victim to this kind of people. I can only ask youths to be very careful. Inasmuch as they are seeking jobs, they need to test all job opportunities they find so they do not land themselves in the net of people whose intent is to deceive others,” she cautioned.
“We are determined here in Osun to wipe out nefarious activities that will tarnish the image of the command and we will ensure that full investigation is carried out on this case to serve as deterrent to others who are still at large,” the Osun State police command’s spokesperson added.
Weeks after an attack on Rex Lawson water-front community in Borikiri of Rivers State, a family is still in grief, with their child still missing.
Residents and the Rivers State Police Command have continued to trade blames over the incident that led to the destruction of cars, property with one building burnt.
While residents insist that the destruction was done by men of the Police Command, the Commissioner of Police said the community had been harbouring the alleged cultists who wreaked the havoc.
Channels Television’s correspondent, Emmanuel Ereyi, visited the area to see how people have been getting along since the incident occurred.
He said although calm has since returned to the area, signs of destruction are still visible, as wasted property were seen littered around, with residents counting their losses.
A case in point was Mr and Mrs Sunny Andrew who are still searching for their only son, a seven-year-old boy. They say he has been missing since the attack.
The grieving mother blames their ordeal on the police.
She said: “We were sleeping when a group of men who wore police uniforms broke into our house, chased us out and set the house ablaze. All of us fled in different directions. I am still looking for my son”.
The father of the missing boy, Sunny Andrew, is also not on the same page with those who said it was the result of a cult clash, as earlier stated by the police.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Francis Odesanya, who spoke exclusively to Channels Television said that the community had been harbouring cultists and a battle of supremacy led to the destruction.
According to him, a leader of one of the groups, who escaped with gunshot injuries, has since died.
“His body has been recovered and the two police riffles have also been found,” he said.
Mr Odesanya advised residents to go about their lawful duties, as the police were on top of the matter.
The death toll from the attack on Godogodo village in Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria has risen from 20 to 44.
Gunmen invaded Godogodo village on Saturday night, shooting sporadically and setting buildings ablaze.
At least 20 people were killed and property destroyed during the attack. This led to the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew in the village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
But during a visit to the area by the state government officials, led by the Deputy Governor, Mr Bala Bantex, the residents revealed that the armed men unleashed violence again on the community early on Monday.
They accused security agents of not responding quickly to the numerous calls for help by the residents while the violence lasted.
Meanwhile the state government has promised to alleviate the suffering of the victims, through the intervention of the National and State Emergency Management Agencies.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Bala Bantex, advised residents to remain calm, just as government officials began an assessment of the extent of damage done.
At least 20 persons have been killed and property destroyed in an attack by unknown armed bandits on Godogodo village in Jemaa Local Government Area of Kaduna State in northern Nigeria.
An indigene of the local government told Channels Television, that the gunmen invaded Godogodo village On Saturday night shooting sporadically and setting buildings ablaze.
“In the process they killed 20 persons while several others were injured,” the indigene said.
“The entire community has been deserted. Residents have fled from their homes for fear of being attacked by the armed bandits,” he added.
The gunmen were said to have also ambushed a police patrol team in the area on Friday evening, opened fire on them and in the process killed two policemen and injured one.
The spokesman for the police in the state, Aliyu Usman, confirmed the attack to Channels Television’s correspondent, Chimezie Enyiocha.
He says the State Police Command is assessing the situation to ascertain the number of casualties.
More mobile and conventional policemen have been deployed to Godogodo, Kafanchan and other neighbouring communities to restore order and prevent further escalation of the crisis.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the meantime, a dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in the affected areas by the interim Chairman of Jemaa Local Government Area, Mr Humble Katuka, until normalcy returns to the area.
In his reaction to the attack, the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, described the incident as barbaric, inhumane and unwarranted.
Speaking through his Deputy, Mr Bala Bantex, the governor appealed to residents of the community to remain calm and law abiding, assuring them that the government would do everything within its powers to restore peace in the area.
He also cautioned them not to embark in any form of reprisal attacks.
Communities in Jemaa Local Government and Sanga Local Government Areas in Kaduna State have witnessed series of attacks that have left scores of people dead.
In August this year, gunmen attacked three villages, Godogodo, Akwa’a and Anguwan Anjo.
Eleven persons were killed in that attack, with several houses and farmlands destroyed.
African leaders have adopted and signed a draft Charter on Maritime Safety, Security and Development.
The agreement is aimed at establishing a roadmap on maritime security in Africa and causing development and economic growth through Africa’s oceans and seas.
At a summit in Lome, the capital of Togo, the African leaders signed the charter which is the culmination of previous summits, to provide peace, security and stability on Africa’s blue economy.
Over 90 per cent of Africa’s trade is maritime-based.
Prior to the signing of the charter, series of discussions were held by international maritime specialists and experts who met for five days.
They examined maritime piracy, trafficking, illegal fishing, development of the blue economy and protection of marine ecosystem.
These discussions culminated in a charter the Chairperson of African Union (AU), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and President Idriss Deby of Chad referred to as an uncommon feat.
Channels Television’s correspondent, Omelogo Nnadi, says nearly 3,000 delegates from 54 African countries and and outside the continent were in Lome for the African Union Extraordinary Summit on maritime security and development.
The summit had focused on mapping out an African strategy for the protection of the continent’s seas.
A Very Major Step
For the development of the continent’s blue economy to happen, Africa needs to run like a cheetah, UN Economic Commission Executive Secretary, Dr Carlos Lopes, says.
“What we need is a much deeper understanding of the transformation that is required by the continent and that transformation can be represented by the fastest moving animal on earth which happens to be in Africa – the cheetah,” he pointed out.
He said Africa must prepare for the worst while expecting the best.
The Chairperson of the AU Commission had listed major challenges facing the continent’s maritime development.
She says Africa needs to have its own products being transported out of the continent with its own vessels.
After the signing of the Charter on Maritime Safety, Security and Development, the President of Chad, Mr Deby and the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said the agreement was a big achievement for Africa’s development.
“One of the critical things here is that we have been able to get everyone to agree, which by itself, is a very major step. It, of course, enjoins every African country to provide certain services and armed services in their own locality,” Professor Osinbajo stressed.
Before now, vast potentials of Africa’s blue economy have been infiltrated by criminals, pirates and smugglers, but the leaders have made a strong commitment to the monitoring and coordinating of activities in the continent’s waters through the charter.
Part of what the leaders plan to achieve with the new charter are job creation and revenue increase that could run into billions of dollars.
The people of Rivers State have been urged to reciprocate Federal government’s commitment to the implementation of the UNEP report by voting in the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in Saturday’s senatorial rerun elections.
This appeal was made on Tuesday by the leader of the APC delegation to Rivers State and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, during the grand finale of the Rivers State rerun elections rally in Gokana Local Government Area.
Mr Amaechi, while canvassing for massive support for the APC candidate also disclosed that one billion dollars has been released by the federal government for the clean-up of Ogoni land.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate in the senatorial re-run polls, Mr Andrew Uchendu, has pledged to improve socio-economic infrastructure in Etche Local Government Area.
He said this at an earlier held town hall meeting which had in attendance the former Rivers State Governor, Mr Chibuike Amaechi.
The Minister also assured eligible voters that adequate security has been provided by the federal government during the polls.
Attention is now shifting to Rivers State, where a re-run election is scheduled to hold on Saturday.
Reports from Channels Television’s correspondent, Charles Erukka, indicate that there is heavy security presence of both soldiers and policemen.
There is massive land and air surveillance, as helicopters are seen hovering round the city of Port Harcourt to identify any dark spot that will need any security beef up before or during Saturday’s re-run, Mr Eruka said.
The Inspector General of police had deployed 6,000 policemen to Rivers State and there has been apprehension among politicians particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the heavy deployment.
While the PDP is holding the last lap of its rallies in Bori Township, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee is holding its meeting in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State re-run election is holding in the three senatorial districts, 11 House of Representatives and 22 State Assembly Seats.
The Federal Government has promised to intensify surveillance to prevent the spread of Lassa Fever.
Part of the strategy is a free treatment for persons infected with the disease.
In an interview with Channels Television’s correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said authorities had been mandated to give the treatment.
Last week, the Minister confirmed that at least 40 deaths have been recorded in 10 states of the federation.
While speaking on the 221.7 billion Naira allocated to the health sector in the 2016 budget, Professor Adewole noted that the ministry would focus on providing quality public healthcare delivery while reducing infant and maternal mortalities.
“The first thing we have done is to say, look we have recurrent upsurge in the episode and unusual high case fatality, but we are engaging in massive public education campaign, staying in touch with Local State and Federal Government officials and dispatching of surveillance officers to the affected areas and surrounding states.
“We are in fact re-activating some of the laboratories, making sure that cases are properly diagnosed, we have dispatched drugs to affected states and we are also sending them protective gears so that health workers can manage well,” he explained.
According to him, the government had advised health workers to refer persons with malaria that are not responding well to treatment to appropriate hospitals where they could be taking care of.
He, however, expressed hopes that there would not be a hospital acquired infection, which would lead to the a lock-down of the health facility.
Meanwhile, Medical practitioners at the Lassa Fever Research Centre in Irua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State attributed the Lassa fever spread to the poor attention given to it by authorities over the years.
The officials, who conducted Channels Television round the foremost and only Lassa Fever Research Institute in Nigeria, called on the government to set up more diagnostic centres across the country.
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has announced plans to reduce the salaries of political office holders as a means of reducing the huge overhead costs of state governments in the face of declining fiscal revenue.
The forum said that it has plans to hold a round-table meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to find a solution to the economic situation confronting the country.
The governors also commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its strict enforcement of the law with regards to the over one trillion naira fine imposed on telecommunications giant, MTN.