Weapons Uncovered In Delta Church, Says Police Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Hafiz Inuwa, says the police have uncovered six assault rifles in a church in Okwe area of the state on June 27, 2020.

 

The Delta State Police Command says it had uncovered some weapons in a church building in Okwe community, Asaba area of the state.

Speaking to Channels Television on Saturday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hafiz Inuwa, said investigations have commenced into the matter.

He revealed that that operative of the Command discovered the prohibited firearms hidden in Christ Holy Church International building in the state capital.

According to the police boss, a community vigilante and one pastor Freeman Eze was arrested during the recovery who claimed that the firearms were meant for the protection of the church.

Inuwa explained that the police swoop unto action following intelligence report it received on June 23 where the church is situated.

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“When we got our intelligence on June 23, we just swoop into the area where Christ Holy Church campground is situated in Okwe.

“We swoop into that place and got one vigilante by name Freeman Eze arrested. Eze is not from Delta State.

“However during the course of our interrogation and investigation at the scene, we were able to recover six assault rifles because pump-action rifles are now a prohibited firearm,” he said.

The Commissioner explained that the suspects admitted that the recovered arms were meant to provide security to the church.

Okowa, Family Go Into Isolation After Daughter Tested Positive For COVID-19

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says one of his daughters has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The governor announced this on Friday via his verified Twitter handle.

He noted that in line with the procedures of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), his family would go into isolation for two weeks.

 

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, also confirmed the development in a statement on Friday.

According to him, the state government has intensified efforts at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Ifeajika said, “It is again pertinent to stress that COVID-19 is real and citizens are advised to be disciplined and comply with the protocols of wearing face masks and maintaining physical-distancing while in public places, as well as basic hygiene of handwashing with soap in running water and use of alcohol-based sanitisers as NCDC regulation demands.”

Gunmen Kidnap Resident Doctor In Delta

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community

 

Some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a resident doctor at the Central Hospital in Ojobo, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

The doctor, identified as Dr. Wisdom Iboyitete, was reportedly kidnapped on Sunday night at about 11pm.

Confirming the incident, the Delta State police public relations officer – Onome Onovwakpoyeya said the hoodlums disguised as patients seeking medical attention

He was eventually whisked away to an unknown destination through a nearby river in the community

As of the time of filing this report, the kidnappers were yet to establish contact with the doctor’s family or residents of the community.

Goods Worth Millions Destroyed As Fire Guts Ogbe-Ogonogo Market In Delta


Properties and goods said to be worth millions of naira have been destroyed at the popular Ogbe-Ogonogo market in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, many of the traders resorted to self-help in a bid to salvage their goods.

Other residents and passers-by also besieged the scene of the inferno, defying physical distancing guideline, as they lamented the damage done by the fire.

Some of them could not hold back their anger over the absence of the state fire service as the fire raged, but a government official was on the ground to calm the aggrieved traders.

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PHOTOS: Police Parade Suspected IPOB Members, Cultists In Delta

The Commissioner of Police in Delta, Hafiz Inuwa, parading various crime suspects at the Police Headquarters in Asaba on May 15, 2020.

 

 

The Delta State Police Command has arrested a group of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for attacking some of its personnel in the state.

The IPOB members were paraded along with some other crime suspects by the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, on Friday at the Police Headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.

He revealed that the police have made tremendous breakthroughs with the arrest of over 200 suspected criminals, including child traffickers during the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Other suspects paraded included Indian hemp dealers caught with three bags of the substance, cultists arrested during their initiation in Abraka, and some gun runners.

Inuwa noted that the suspects were being investigated for the various crimes committed and would be charged to court thereafter.

According to him, the police recovered several arms and ammunition among other dangerous items from the suspects.

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Delta State Records New COVID-19 Death

 

One of the five new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Delta State is dead.

The death involved a patient who was reported to have been infected in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.

The State Ministry of Information confirmed that the patient died on Wednesday night after the result of his sample collected tested positive for coronavirus.

Delta now has a total of 22 infections with six people discharged and four deaths.

 

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had reported five new cases in Delta – in Warri South and Oshimili North LGAs of the state.

These were among the 184 new cases reported across 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In a late-night tweet on Wednesday, the NCDC said the country now has 4,971 COVID-19 cases and 164 deaths while 1,070 patients have been discharged.

A breakdown of the figure of new infections shows that Lagos has 51 cases, Jigawa reported 23, and Bauchi and Katsina States reported 16 new infections each.

Kano also recorded 14, FCT and Rivers – 10, Kwara – nine, Delta and Kaduna – five, Sokoto and Oyo – four, Kebbi, Nasarawa, and Osun – three, Ondo – two, and one each in Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Anambra, Plateau, and Niger States.

COVID-19: Delta Partially Relaxes Lockdown, Discharges Two Patients

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Delta State Government has discharged two COVID-19 patients from the State Isolation Centre after testing negative twice for the dreaded virus.

Governor of the state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, disclosed this in Asaba, the state capital during a broadcast on Tuesday.

He also announced gradual ease on the lockdown restrictions with civil servants from Grade Level 12 and above asked to resume work from Thursday, April 30.

According to the governor, social distancing rules will be strictly applied for burials and weddings with no more than 50 persons.

However, conferences, sporting activities, gathering of people in convention/event centres, sports fields, public/open spaces, as well as recreational and cultural/communal activities remain banned until May 31.

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Governor Okowa noted that in line with the Federal Government’s directives, all entry points into and out of the state remains closed as proactive steps to keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay.

It will be recalled that the state government had on April 1 closed all offices, public spaces as a necessary measure aimed at reducing the risk of transmission of the virus.

Currently, one million pieces of facemasks produced by the state government are ready for distribution across the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.

The production follows an order issued by the governor for the compulsory wearing of facemasks which takes effect immediately.

Delta Govt Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew As Lockdown Extends

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Delta State Government has announced another two-week stay-at-home order as part of measures to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

The earlier declared lockdown which started on April 1, expires today, by 11:59 pm but the new directive takes effect immediately.

According to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, in addition to that, a dusk to dawn curfew will also be enforced by security agencies in the state.

Residents have therefore, been advised to adhere strictly to the guidelines and directives given by government and health authorities which is geared towards containing the spread of this deadly virus

Meanwhile, the governor also noted that modalities are being worked out to ensure that health workers engaged in the isolation centers are adequately compensated even as they carry out their daily operations.

Delta Records First COVID-19 Death

 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has announced the death of a patient suspected to have contracted COVID-19 in the state.

In a statement issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, the governor disclosed that the case, which was the second, after the first confirmed on Tuesday, was awaiting the outcome of the test conducted on it when the patient passed away.

He stated that the deceased had underlying health issues and had visited Lagos in the past two weeks, adding that the patient, with severe symptoms, presented himself late to the hospital.

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According to Okowa, the symptoms on the patient included difficulty in breathing, which prompted immediate and necessary attention to him by medical professionals.

“Shortly after the specimen was taken, he passed away. However, his test results came back positive today (Thursday).

“In order to mitigate against the spread of the virus, we are fast-tracking our contact-tracing to ensure that all those that came in contact with the deceased patient are properly isolated and tested immediately,” Okowa said.

The governor also asked health workers “to protect citizens and residents of our state, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of COVID-19, do not keep it from the authorities.”

He also reiterated that his administration will be transparent to the people of the state by keeping informed of new developments on the pandemic.

Delta Killing: Police Accuse Slain Youth Of Flouting Army’s Order

A file photo of a police van.

 

 

The police in Delta State have accused the 28-year-old man reportedly killed by a soldier in the Warri area of the state of disobeying the directives of the Nigerian Army.

Joseph Pessu was said to have been shot at Ugbuwangue community in Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The incident occurred on Thursday, on the second day of the lockdown directive issued by the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Speaking with Channels Television on Friday, the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, explained that the deceased was driving through a roadblock mounted by the army.

Inuwa said Pessu was asked to stop his vehicle but he disobeyed, leading to him being chased after before he was eventually shot.

He added that the Delta State Police Command has launched an investigation into the unfortunate incident.

Although calm has since returned to the area, some security operatives have been drafted to the area to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, the state government has called for calm and urged residents to comply with the lockdown directive and stay indoors.

Military To Investigate Alleged Killing Of 28-Year-Old Man In Delta

 

The military is set to investigate the alleged shooting of a civilian in Delta State by a soldier involved in the enforcement of the order on the restriction of movement in the state.

Addressing a news conference on Friday in Abuja, the Coordinator of the Directorate of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche confirmed this to journalists.

According to him, the outcome of the investigation on the incident will be made public when completed.

While reaffirming the commitment of the Nigerian Armed Forces to the fight against the scourge of COVID-19 in the nation, Enenche appealed to members of the public to disregard a trending video portraying members of the Armed Forces as brutal people.

His remarks come a day after an unknown soldier has purportedly shot a 28-year-old man dead at Ugbuwangue community in Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, on the second day of the lockdown directive issued by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Police authorities in the state confirmed the killing to Channels Television, saying they have commenced an investigation into the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, however, noted that the details of the incident were unclear.

She said, “Yes, it is true. It just happened today, as I was told, and there is not much information yet.”

Earlier, the Commissioner of information in the state, Charles Aniagwu, said the government was worried about the reported incident.

He however asked residents of the state to be calm, decrying the said killing of the victim by security agencies on regular patrol duty.

To Aniagwu, the state government has sent a delegation to the deceased family to condole with them over the loss of their son.

Delta Killing: Govt Orders Investigation, Calls For Calm

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

Following the alleged killing of a 28-year-old man in Warri, the Delta State Government has called for an investigation into the matter.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu said the government was worried about the reported incident.

While asking residents of the state to be calm, he decried the said killing of the victim by security agencies on regular patrol duty.

According to the Commissioner, the state government has sent a delegation to the deceased family to condole with them over the loss of their son.

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He also stated that the military authorities have been contracted to carry out an investigation into what led to the killing of the deceased.

The incident occurred at Ugbuwangue community in Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, on the second day of the lockdown directive issued by the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Police authorities in the state confirmed the killing to Channels Television, saying they have commenced an investigation into the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, however, noted that the details of the incident were unclear.

She said, “Yes, it is true. It just happened today, as I was told, and there is not much information yet.”