Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu Attack Each Other Over Certificate, Cultism Claim

 

Governorship Candidates of the two Major Parties in Edo State were on Sunday at each other’s throats raising claims and counter-claims in their bid to position themselves ahead of the September 19 polls.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu threw some dirt on each other on Sunday when they participated in the governorship debate put together by Channels Television and its partners.

At the event, the candidates came at each other with several allegations. The most heated attacks, however, bordered on their educational qualifications, and alleged participation in cultism.


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When in June Obaseki dumped the APC after his disqualification from participating in the primary that produced Ize-Iyamu as the flag-bearer of the party, there were claims that the governor was disqualified based on certain bordered on inconsistencies in his certificate.

Reacting to these claims at the debate arena in Benin, the Edo State capital, the governor said, “it is very ironic that someone who has no certificate can stand up and comment on someone whose certificate was issued by the premier university in Nigeria. That is a very sad situation that we have found ourselves in as a country.

“In 1976 when I gained admission into the University of Ibadan, there was no JAMB; you could either go into the university through prelim or through Direct Entry in your advanced level examination. I finished my O Level and my Advanced Level and it was As, so I gained admission into the University of Ibadan in 1976.

“I don’t know what has happened but for the University of Ibadan, the standard is still very high and they have come out to say that I graduated from that university. How else do you want to make that clear?

“It is very sad that in a country like Nigeria, some people who do not have the qualifications, have the effrontery to challenge the qualifications of those who went to proper schools. It is sad.”


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Similarly, Mr. Ize-Iyamu the APC candidate has been accused of partaking in some occultic activity that led to his expulsion while an undergraduate at the University of Benin, but the pastor described the allegation as a ploy to dent his character ahead of the polls.

He said, “I graduated from the University of Benin. I was very active in the students’ union and my records are clear.

“People have alleged that when you were in school, you did that but I think they should go to the university authorities and find out exactly what was the offence. If you do something very criminal, the university cannot even handle it. And I am proud that throughout my stay, I was not engaged in any criminal matter.”

Reacting to the Obaseki certificate issue, Ize-Iyamu said no one doubts that Obaseki went to the university, adding that the issue is that the governor failed by his own records.

“You failed school cert, you had three credits, no English, no Maths, even to enter A’ Level would have been difficult.

“And if you got A-Level, why is it that you’ve not been able to present the A-Level, where is the result? That is a moral question. A lot of people are looking up to you as a governor and as a leader.

“The question is that you failed your A-Level and that is why you were disqualified and your disqualification arose from information from the PDP, your party now, provided. Because the PDP, when I was contesting against you (in 2016) said you have no results. Why have you not answered the question? Where are your results?”

Viewers who tuned in for the two-hour debate between Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC and Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP on Sunday witnessed first hand the disagreements and issues that have seen the state witnessed one of the most controversial campaigns in recent years.

Both candidates, widely believed to be leading candidates for the September 19 election, disagreed on virtually every issue – job creation, debt profile, governance, qualification, and the facts that they built their plans on.

Beyond a handshake at the start of the debate, they would only agree on the need for community policing and the importance of a refinery project, the latter still sparked some disagreement.

Akwa Ibom Police Commissioner Dismisses Constable For Cultism

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A file photo of Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal.

 

 

The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Imohimi Edgal, has dismissed a police constable, Mfon Esio, for being a member of a secret cult group.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, N-Nudam Frederick, said the policeman was sacked after investigation revealed that he participated in the initiation rites of a secret cult, Junior Vikings Confraternity in May.

According to the statement, one Ubong William was abducted and taken to a bush along Marina Road in Eket Local Government Area where he was forcefully initiated into the cult group.

“The constable has been subjected to an orderly room trial where he was found guilty of the offence and has been dismissed immediately from the Force. This will serve as a deterrent to others of his like in the Force,” it said.

Frederick also disclosed that 12 persons suspected to be notorious cultists have been arrested in different locations in the state.

He disclosed that 10 locally made pistols, live cartridges, machetes, axes, charms, hard drugs, and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects.

“The Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State, therefore, warns that any persons, no matter how highly placed, involved in cultism or other crimes will be promptly arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” the statement added.

Police Arrest 17 Suspects For Cultism, Violence In Lagos

Some of the suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 17 suspects for cultism and violence in the Ijora Badia and Ikorodu areas of the state.

A statement on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, revealed that the suspects were arrested in batches of five and 12.

Elkana explained that two rival cult groups armed with dangerous weapons engaged themselves in a battle for supremacy at Iso Isu in Ijora Badia and inflicted various degrees of injuries on each other on Friday last week.

He said the police got a distress call and mobilised police operatives from Ijora Badia Division and Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants from the Command Headquarters to the area where five suspects were arrested.

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The suspects are Olaniyi  Abiodun, Emola Kamal, Muritala Gbadeyanka, Kadiri Bashorun, and Adebayo Ebiesuwa, all between ages 18 and 28 years.

“They belong to Aiye and Eiye confraternities,” Elkana said.

Similarly, suspected members of the two cult groups attacked each other on Sunday at Ladega area in Ikorodu where one Lateef Akinpelu was seriously injured.

The police arrested 12 suspects and recovered a locally made pistol while the injured person was taken to General Hospital in Ikorodu for treatment.

Cultism: Police Arrest ‘Supreme Leader Of Berry Boys,’ 11 Others In Lagos

Suspected supreme leader of Berry Boys cult group, Maliki Bello, at a police station in Lagos State.

 

 

The police have arrested a 22-year-old suspect said to be the supreme leader of a cult group in the Itire area of Lagos State.

The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of Maliki Bello and 11 other suspected cultists in a statement on Sunday.

“Maliki is the supreme leader of the notorious Berry Boys Secret Cult with operational base at Itire,” he said.

Elkana explained that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday last week following a sustained monitoring operation led by the Divisional Police Officer in Itire, Barkfur Kromkyes.

He added, “He is a native of Lalopun, Kwara State but resides at 23 Ayinla street, Idi Araba area of Lagos state. Maliki has been on the wanted list of the Police for violent crimes and gang clashes.

“The suspect confessed to be responsible for a series of violent attacks, murders and armed robbery incidents recorded in Idi Araba, Lawanson, Dosunmu, Ashimowo Bakare, Omo-Bola Mushin, and Itire.”

According to the command’s spokesman, the suspect told the police that he was initiated into the cult at age 12 when he was in Junior Secondary School (JSS) 1.

He was said to have risen to the number one position, mostly addressed as the supreme leader of the ‘Berry Boys’ confraternity.

“The gang has an official Facebook page (Bbl Baloteli) with 1,928 friends.

“According to Maliki, they use the Facebook page and other social media accounts to recruit new members, plan attacks and give updates to members. Investigation led to the arrest of 11 additional suspects,” Elkana noted.

He stressed that the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants has successfully brought under control the activities of various cult groups in the state through well-coordinated and targeted operations.

Police Arrest 86 Suspects For Cultism, Violence In Ikorodu

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested 86 suspects for cultism and violent attacks in the Ikorodu area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, stated in a statement that the arrests were made in two batches.

“On 25/1/2020 at about 0600hour, acting on credible intelligence, the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants established by the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc arrested 21 cult suspects at Adamo community, Imota.

“The suspects who belong to two rival cult groups, Aiye and Eiye confraternity, mobilised from Emure and Adamo communities to unleash terror on residents of Adamo community and environs,” he said.

Elkana explained that the arrest was carried out in joint operations with operatives from Imota Police Station, Rapid Response Squad, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and Area N Command.

According to him, this is a follow up to the operations carried out at Ijede where 65 cult suspects were arrested.

The command’s spokesman said 11 assorted pistols of different types with a large quantity of ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

“The suspects confessed to be responsible for series of violent attacks, murder and armed robbery incidents recorded in Ikorodu area of Lagos State,” he added.

Elkana stated that the suspects would be charged to court and the police commissioner has reaffirmed the commitment of the Command to addressing the menace of cultism and youth gangsterism in the state.

Edo Govt Shuts Secondary Schools Over Alleged Cultism

A file photo of Edo State Acting Governor, Philip Shaibu.

 

The Edo State government has ordered the closure of two secondary schools in the state with immediate effect, Ihogbe College and Oba Akenzua II.

The acting governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, gave the order on Monday following a series of alleged cult clashes involving students from the schools.

He ordered the closure during an unscheduled visit to the schools, saying the state government took the decision after a series of consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Mr Shaibu, however, noted that students in JSS3 and SS3 would not be affected by the closure as they have to prepare for the forthcoming examinations.

Meanwhile, the acting governor met with parents of the students at the premises of one of the schools.

He explained that the schools would be closed a week early to allow a mentorship committee set up by the government to address the incessant clashes between the two adjoining schools.

According to him, the committee will come up with solutions to the lingering crises and produce a template that will ensure that the students imbibe acceptable social behaviours and good morals.

“what is key is that these students need serious moral rearmament. We have to refocus their minds towards education.” Shaibu said.

Police Arrest Two, Investigate 12 For Cultism In Lagos

 

The Police in Lagos State have arrested two people and are investigating twelve other persons in connection with cultism in Igando-Egan area people state.

While briefing journalist on Monday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Imohimi Edgal, stated that the counsellor of a school (name withheld) noticed a mark on one of the students and raised an alarm making it possible to identify other members.

“She noticed a mark on the jaw of one of the students. She then asked questions. She debriefed the students who mentioned other kids with similar marks and they stated that it was the eldest among them (a 16-year-old girl) who took them for the initiation rites,” he said.

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According to the CP, the students who are between the ages of 8 and 16, gave information leading to the arrest of two suspects.

Edgal appealed to schools across the state to be more vigilant and report suspected cases of cultism in their environment.

“The symbol on their jaw is the symbol of the notorious Awawa cult group. Two adult suspects have been arrested in connection with this crime.

“Let me also use this opportunity to call on the management of other schools. It is not enough to teach these students, they also must monitor the conduct of the students. We are going to take the investigation of this case very seriously because it involves children,” he stated.

He also promised to charge to court all those involved in the act on conclusion of the police investigation into the matter.

Lagos Govt Vows To Stamp Out Cultism, Arraigns 70 Suspects

Lagos Govt Vows To Stamp Out Cultism, Arraigns 70 Suspects
Some suspected cultists arraigned by the Lagos State government 

 

The Lagos State Government says it is determined to rid the state of cultists’ activities following the arraignment of 70 suspects on Thursday.

A statement from the state Ministry of Justice revealed that the suspected cultists were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Olufunke Sule-Amzat of the Ogudu Magistrate Court, for conspiracy to commit a felony and for holding a meeting of an unlawful society suspected to be AIYE Confraternity.

The 70 suspects cultists, with ages ranging between 19 and 40 years, were charged with three counts by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the ministry.

They were earlier arrested by officers of the State Police command who acted promptly on a tipoff given by members of the public on Friday last week, where the suspects were caught holding a meeting at Elemoro area in Ajah axis of the state.

In count one, the defendants were accused of conspiring to commit felony contrary to and punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law, Cap CH. C17 Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

In count two, they were alleged to belong to an unlawful society suspected to be AIYE confraternity, an offence contrary to Section 42(a) and punishable under Section 42 (b) of the Criminal Law, Cap. CH.17 Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015, while they were said to have attended the meeting of the said unlawful group, contrary to the laws of the state in the third count.

After the charges were read to them, the 70 defendants pleaded not guilty, while their lawyer urged the court to grant his clients bail on the ground that the offence for which they were charged are bailable.

In response, the prosecution team led by a director at the DPP, Mr Yakub Oshoala, did not oppose the bail application but urged the court to remand the defendants in prison pending the satisfaction of their bail conditions.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Sule-Amzat granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N100,000 each and two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, according to the Magistrate, must be responsible residents, in gainful employment with evidence of paying tax for three years in the state, and one of which must be a blood relation of each of the defendants.

The matter was adjourned for trial on dates starting from April 11.

Reacting to the development, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, said the state government would not relent until cultism and other social vices are stamped out in the State.

“To this end, the arraignment of the 70 suspects will serve as a deterrent to those who may want to engage in the act of cultism,” he said.

Death Sentence Awaits Cultists, Fayose Warns Students

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File Photo: Ayodele Fayose

In the wake of clashes between rival cult groups at the Ekiti State University (EKSU) in Ado Ekiti, Governor Ayodele Fayose says his administration is set to sponsor a bill to the Ekiti State House Of Assembly to punish convicted cultist with a death penalty.

The governor, speaking on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital said that anyone involved in the act of cultism should be ready to face the consequences which will be a death sentence.

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“If you are involved in cultism, it is death, we will treat you like terrorists. Enough is enough. How can you kill somebody, you cut his hands and his head! If you are caught involved in cultism, we will give you death sentence.

“If you use your house to accommodate cult members, either as students or as a visitor, we will give you life imprisonment. If you rape women, it is life imprisonment. Enough is enough, I will not under my watch allow anybody to hold Ekiti state to ransom.”

Fayose also urged residents of the state to give government and police the relevant information to rid the state of cultism activities.

Operation Crocodile Smile: Bishop, Others Arrested For Cultism, Kidnap

The military through its Operation Crocodile Smile II has said that it has recorded huge success in ridding the Niger Delta of crime.

The operational activities within 6 Division Area of Responsibility (AOR) has since its commencement made the arrest of many suspects for various criminal offences including kidnap, armed robbery, cultism, illegal oil bunkering among other crimes.

Deputy Director Army Public Relations 6 Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu in a statement on Monday said those arrested during its operation in Akwa Ibom include one Bishop Uwah Akpan believed to be the financier of criminals.

He was arrested at Ikot Ibekwe community of Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

“The suspect is volunteering information about gangs of kidnappers and cultists linked to him,” the statement added.

The 2 Brigade AOR which covers Akwa Ibom State, vigilant troops also arrested one Udeme Nnah a suspected notorious cultist who has allegedly been terrorising the community. The troops of 2 Brigade Garrison also arrested the duo of Saviour Markus and Nsika Udoh for cult-related activities.

He said further that, “a group of vandals at Itu Paper Mill in Uruan Local Government Area of the state were also arrested for cutting armoured cables belonging to the company.

“Two other suspects, simply identified as Ekom and Ndefrike were arrested with three rolls of vandalised cables and two motorcycles.

“A suspected arms supplier, one Friday Silas Udoh at Ikot Odiong community of Ukanafun LGA where he was arrested.”

Various items including live cartridges, locally made gunpowder, damaged single barrel guns and gun making accessories were recovered from the suspects.

Imo Govt. To Establish Trust Fund To Boost State Security

Imo, CBN, MSMEs, Rochas Okorocha,In a bid to pay more attention to security in the state, the Imo State government says it is establishing a Security Trust Fund (STF) to enable the government and security operatives carry out its functions effectively.

The Governor disclosed this at the end of a Security Council Meeting with heads of the security operatives in the state at the Ndubuisi Kanu Executive Chambers, Government House in Owerri the Imo state capital.

The Governor said funding of the security operatives should not be left in the hands of the government, while expressing dismay over the increase in cult related activities in the state especially in tertiary institutions and secondary schools.

He also complained about the present location of the Nigeria Prisons in the state, calling on the Federal Government to urgently intervene to ensure it is relocated to a new site.

“The Council is calling on the Federal Government to do something as quickly as possible to relocate the Owerri Prison from where it is now, to a suitable place for the purpose of ensuring that we don’t have a jail break in the State.

The Judiciary also requires a lot of renovations and personnel to dispense justice speedily. This will equally help in decongesting the prisons. The government has therefore declared a state of emergency on judicial infrastructure”.

“We have noticed with dismay the rising spate of cultism which is among university students and secondary Schools. We have taken a decision to review the laws in this regard and make it more punitive for offenders. The House of Assembly will take this up to make the appropriate laws to check the menace of cultism in our State”.

“We have also noticed few cases of kidnapping suspects coming from Ngor-Okpala area. The security agencies are carefully watching the development in those places with a view to making sure that it does not rear its ugly head again”.

“The Imo State government has approved the establishment of Security Trust Fund and security public relations department. This will enable us ensure proper funding of the security sector because the government alone can no longer handle the burden of funding the security agencies. With this, we are calling on all stakeholders and all good spirited individuals to key into this laudable programme of the government, which the deputy governor will chair”.

Ogun Police Arrest 10 For Cultism, Public Disturbance

Ogun Police Arrest 10 For Cultism, Public DisturbanceThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested 10 suspects who allegedly engaged in cult related activities which led to public disturbance in Mowe area of the state.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested at various locations in Mowe following the violent cult clash between two rival groups.

He said that the suspects came to Mowe and unleashed mayhem in the area, vandalized vehicles and made life uncomfortable for innocent residents of the area before a distress call was made to the Area Commander, Sagamu and Divisional Police Officer, Mowe by residents of the area

Consequently, Policemen were swiftly deployed to the scene and repelled their activity and in the process 10 among the hoodlums were arrested, including a female member who investigation revealed is the person whose house they gathered to hold meetings and strategize on how to carry out the attack.

According to the PPRO, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

He has also warned that violent crimes will not have a place in the state.

He appealed to parents to warn their children to desist from any criminal act as the Police command is out to deal decisively with anybody caught perpetrating acts of criminality

He advised residents to go about their normal businesses as the Police would deploy everything in its arsenal to ensure their safety all the time.