Delta Police Arrest Man With AK-47 Hidden In Sack Of Garri

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Police operatives in Delta State have arrested a suspected arm robber, Solomon Ebe, with 340 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition hidden inside a bag of garri (cassava flakes). 

In a statement on Sunday, the Delta Police Command spokesman, Bright Edafe, said the suspect was nabbed in the early hours of Friday by officers attached to the Bomadi Divisional patrol team who were on a stop-and-search duty along the Bomadi/Tuomo Road. 

According to him, the police operatives had intercepted the 37-year-old suspect, who hails from Tuomo community of Burutu Local Government Area of the oil-rich state, on his motorcycle. 

“The operatives, who were discrete in their responsibilities on reasonable suspicion, decided to search the suspect and the bag,” the police spokesman added. 

“Upon search,  three hundred and forty (340) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, hidden inside the garri, were recovered. The suspect was arrested and investigation is ongoing.”

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Similarly, the statement noted that a mob had also reportedly set a suspected tricycle thief on fire in Warri. 

He narrated that the incident took place on Thursday after the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the ‘A’ Division Warri was informed that the tricycle, with registration number FHR 600 QF, had been snatched by four armed gang at Hausa quarters and were moving towards Delta Line along the Warri/Sapele Road.

He explained that while the Rapid Response team of the division was deployed to chase after the suspected thieves, one of them named Efe David, jumped down from the tricycle and was immediately arrested. The rest escaped with the tricycle. 

“Information was quickly disseminated to other divisions and vigilantes which fortunately led to the arrest of one of them by the vigilantes with the snatched tricycle while two of the robbers escaped. 

“The vigilantes were overpowered by an irate mob who delivered instant jungle justice on the suspect. The tricycle, a cut to size double barrel gun with two live cartridges  and some suspected stolen pieces of gold plated jewelries were recovered,” the statement added.

In a related development, during a raid in the Ozoro area of the state on the 29th of September, the police Public Relations Officer said: “one English double barrel gun and twenty-six (26) live cartridges were recovered in possession of one Ejiro Efemijoghor ‘f ‘,  who claimed that the gun belongs to her husband.”

Okowa Mourns Supreme Court Judge, Samuel Oseji

Late Justice Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji

 

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has mourned the death of a legal icon and a justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Oseji.

Oseji, who was sworn in as a justice of the apex court in Nigeria in November 2020, hailed from Idumuje-Unor in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta. He died at 67 on Monday in Abuja after a brief illness.

Governor Okowa, in a statement on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, commiserated with the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the people of Aniocha North Local Government Area, and Idumuje-Unor community over the death of the statesman.

“The news of his death came to me as a great shock and I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Dr (Mrs) Minnie Oseji, a Permanent Secretary in the civil service of Delta State, the family and people of Aniocha North Local Government Area, and Idumuje-Unor community in particular as well as his colleagues at the Supreme Court on the passing of the renowned statesman and serving Justice of the Supreme Court,” Okowa said.

According to the governor, the deceased was a well-respected and humble jurist whose trust in God and passion for justice with unassailable integrity took him to greater heights in his career and life.

He described the late Oseji as a quintessential and intellectual jurist whose pronouncements on the bench had advanced the course of justice delivery in Nigeria.

Okowa added, “As a bastion of knowledge and inspiration, a man of great wisdom and insight, Justice Oseji contributed immensely to the development of our country’s jurisprudence in the several capacities he served.

“As a government, we acknowledge his role and efforts as first substantive Chief Registrar of Delta State Judiciary and later as Judge of the High Court of Delta, before his elevation to the Court of Appeal in 2010.

The governor also cancelled all official engagements for the day in honour of the late jurist.

PDP’s Evivie Wins Delta Assembly By-Election

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ovuakpoye Evivie, has won the just concluded Delta State House of Assembly by-election in Isoko South Constituency I.

INEC Returning Officer, Professor Christopher Onosemuode, declared Evivie as the winner of the poll on Saturday.

Onosemuode, a lecturer from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), said the PDP candidate polled 6,907 votes to beat his closest contender, Ogaga Ifowodo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 1,301 votes, while the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Emumena Micheal got 1,291 votes.

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Twelve parties took part in the election.

The exercise was held on Saturday across five wards in the constituency to fill the vacant seat following the death of the former member representing the constituency in the state’s house of assembly, Kenneth Ogba.

One person also died during the election.

This is the first poll the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System.

Delta Govt Confirms Outbreak Of Bird Flu

Delta State is an oil and agricultural producing state in Nigeria.
Delta State is an oil and agricultural producing state in Nigeria.

 

Delta State Government has confirmed a fresh outbreak of the Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu with over 160,000 birds affected in various farms across seven local government areas of the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Julius Egbedi and his information counterpart Charles Aniagwu disclosed this during a press conference in Asaba on Wednesday.

According to Egbedi, the affected farms are located in Udu, Oshimili South, Ughelli North, Ughelli South, Okpe and Sapele local government areas, with samples from the reported farms sent to the National Veterinary Institute, Jos, and all were confirmed to be the h5n1 strain of avian influenza.

“From what we have discovered, wild birds are the primary hosts of avian influenza. We suspect that these wild birds may have gotten in contact with some birds in the poultry and that may have been the genesis of the outbreak,” he said.

“We are using this medium to enlighten our poultry farmers across the state to take all necessary measures in protecting their farms. they should not bring in birds which they suspect to have been infected or allow people from infected farms into their farms.”

In a bid to control the spread, the state government, through the Department of Veterinary Services in the State Ministry of Agriculture has carried out a disinfection exercise in affected farms and also stopping all poultry farm operations on the affected farms.

Similarly, all farmers in the state have been further advised to immediately report suspected cases to the ministry for timely intervention as the state makes more efforts to contain the situation by collaborating with all local government chairmen

Meanwhile, some measures have been put in place to improve the loss of affected farms as they have contributed to the prosperity vision of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration.

Aniagwu added, “The state government will meet them halfway because we believe that their actions have helped us to mop unemployment by creating jobs for our people. the fact that the government is making efforts to curtail spread by disinfecting farms means that we are already intervening and taking action.

“We are not only sympathizing with the affected farmers but we are also assuring them that, as a government, we will take those steps that will ensure that we are able to sustain poultry and the agricultural sector in the state.”

 

Police Assure Delta Residents Of Safety Amid Attack Threat

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The Delta State Police Command has assured residents of the state of providing security, thereby asking them to go about their normal business amid a security threat.

This follows an alleged publication by a Fulani jihadist group threatening to launch attacks on the state, if the Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, fails to withdraw his ban on open grazing in the state.

In a press statement on Sunday, the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Bright Edafe said that the publication originates from elements that just want to cause unnecessary panic among residents.

He said undercover police operatives have been deployed across the state for the purpose of gathering intelligence.

“Other proactive measures have been put in place by the command. Members of the public are also urged to continue to partner with the police, by providing useful information that will help in policing the state”, he added.

Read Full Statement Below:

13th June 2021
Press Release

Delta state police command assures Deltans of their safety and security
The attention of the command has been drawn to a recent publication making rounds purportedly published by the Fulani’s of Usman Dan Fodio leadership tagged “Fulani jihadist warnings” and pasted in various locations around Asaba and Agbor to be precise.

The command under the watch of CP Ari Muhammed Ali, (FCIA, PSC+) who is ever committed in its responsibility of providing security for all Deltans, is assuring members of the public to ignore the said publication which must have been pasted by miscreants with the aim of creating panic in the state.

All modalities have been put in place to forestall any such occurrence, all residents are advised to go about their lawful businesses without fear or panic
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Undercover police operatives have been deployed across the state for the purpose of gathering intelligence.

Other proactive measures have been put in place by the command. Members of the public are also urged to continue to partner with the police, by providing useful information that will help in policing the state.

Dsp. Bright Edafe,
Ag. Police Public Relations Officer,
Delta State Command,
Asaba.

Three Officers Killed In Attack On Delta Police Station

A photo combination of a police logo and an unidentified person carrying a gun

 

Three officers have been killed in an attack on the Umutu Police Divisional Headquarters in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Acting Public Police Relations Officer Bright Edafe confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.

Edafe noted that the incident started at about 2.am when armed men in their numbers stormed the Umutu police formation, shooting sporadically at the station.

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While explaining that the attack was repelled by men of the command, the police spokesman noted that “unfortunately, two policemen were gunned down in the attack while one other is receiving treatment at a nearby hospital”.

“The Commissioner of police is assuring members of the public that every measure has been put in place to arrest those responsible for this act, and also urges members of the public to help with useful and timely information,” the statement added.

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An Institution Under Attack

Friday’s attack is the second assault on a police formation in the oil-rich state in less than two weeks.

Gunmen had on May 16th stormed the Nsukwa Divisional Police Station in Aniocha South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, setting some vehicles belonging to the security outfit on fire.

The attackers invaded the police station in the early hours of the day with three officers feared dead.

Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba briefs commands in the southeast and south-south zones.

 

Nigeria’s security situation has worsened in recent months despite the federal government’s reassurances and efforts by security agencies.

Assaults on police formations have also made headlines, coupled with attacks on offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the country.

The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba had in April met with commanders from the south-east and south-south regions to explore ways of tackling the rising crime rate in the area.

“It is not like we do not have problems in other geopolitical zones of the country, but we have to address them one after the other,” Baba stated during the meeting where he admitted that the challenges facing the regions would require a rejigging of the force’s operational strategies.

But critics have accused the government and security agencies of complacency in handling the issues, saying the current situation may spiral out of control.

Read Full Statement Below:

28th May 2021.

PRESS RELEASE
DELTA POLICE COMMAND REPELS ATTACK ON UMUTU POICE STATION

In the early hours of today 28th may 2021 at about 0130 hours, armed men in their numbers stormed Umutu police station, they shot sporadically at the station, but due to proactive measure already put in place by the Delta state commissioner of police, they were faced with stiff resistance by the men on duty, as the policemen on duty gave them a tough fight.

The armed men had to retreat when they saw that the policemen on duty were not relenting, two of the armed bandit were gun down while others injured.

They had to take a retreat, they quickly carried their dead and ran away. The Command lost two policemen, while one ASP died out of High Blood pressure in the hospital.

The armed bandit who came with the intention of causing mayhem and burning down the station and carting away arm did not succeed, as they could not penetrate the station, no arm loss, the station was not burnt, normalcy has been restored.

The Commissioner of police is assuring members of the public that every measure has been put in place to arrest those responsible for this act, and also urges members of the public to help with useful and timely information.

DSP. EDAFE BRIGHT,
Ag. POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
DELTA STATE COMMAND,
ASABA.

CUPP Passes Vote Of Confidence On Governor Okowa

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

 

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has passed a vote of confidence on the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Speaking in Asaba on Friday, CUPP spokesman in Delta, Prince Henry Eze, said the state governor has worked in the interest of the people in dissolving his cabinet.

He noted that the Okowa administration has embarked on infrastructural and human capital development within six years, adding that the governor also granted the state judiciary full financial autonomy.

The group’s spokesman urged the governor to continue to run an all-inclusive governance by avoiding any form of distractions by some people who may be unhappy with the recent developments.

He said, “We are already in critical times which demands absolute loyalty, commitment to the state’s SMART agenda.”

The move comes four days after Okowa sacked the State Executive Council, directing all commissioners to hand over to the permanent secretaries in various ministries.

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The dissolution of the executive may not be unconnected to the 2023 governorship race that is currently causing ripples in the state.

Speaking on Tuesday after the State Executive Council meeting presided by the governor, the immediate past Commissioner, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the governor had dissolved the exco.

He said, “Today, Governor Okowa dissolved the State Executive Council and directed all the Commissioners to hand over to the permanent secretaries.

“Also, all SSAs have been directed to hand over to the next senior officials in their various offices. The dissolution of the EXCO today has nothing to do with the 2023 election.

“Okowa believes that there are other Deltans who can also make useful contributors to ensure nothing stops his stronger Delta agenda.”

Gunmen Attack Police Station In Delta

The Nsukwa Divisional Police Station was attacked on May 16, 2021.

 

Attacks on police facilities in the southern part of the country appear to be worsening as more stations have come under siege by hoodlums recently.

The latest of such unfortunate incidents was the attack by gunmen on Nsukwa Divisional Police Station in Aniocha South Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State.

Channels Television gathered that the attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday as the assailants set some of the police vehicles on fire.

While the police authorities in Delta have yet to make an official statement regarding the incident, unverified reports said three policemen were feared killed.

Senior officers of the Nigeria Police Force led by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Isaac Akinmoyede, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police in Delta, Ari Muhammad, have visited the scene to ascertain the level of destruction done.

Reporters were, however, barred from entering the premises of the attacked station.

One of the vehicles set ablaze by the attackers.

 

Seven Attacks In Nine Days

Channels Television can confirm that the incident was the latest of at least seven attacks on police stations in the South reported in the last nine days.

On Sunday last week, the Mike Okiro Police Divisional Headquarters at the Trademore Estate in Umuahia, the Abia State capital came under attack by hoodlums.

Barely three days later, Police Divisional Headquarters in the state – this time in Bende Local Government Area – was also attacked.

A group of hoodlums, in a large number, were said to have attacked the police station in the night and set it on fire.

During the incident, two policemen were injured but were taken to a hospital for medical attention, and the police command vowed not to rest on its oars to fish out the perpetrators.

The police station at Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area was also attacked by gunmen on Sunday last week but the attack was repelled by officers on duty.

In Akwa Ibom, it was a sad day on Saturday last week following the death of five police officers and the wife of an officer in the state.

They were killed by gunmen during an attack on the Divisional Police Headquarters at Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

Four days after the incident, a police officer, Edogi Bassey, was killed when gunmen attacked the Etim Ekpo Area Police Command and Division.

On the same day, gunmen also attacked the Police Station in Ika but were successfully repelled by the officers on duty.

Delta To Host 2022 National Sports Festival

The trophy is handed over to Team Delta during the closing ceremony of the 2020 National Sports Festival in Edo State on April 14, 2021.

 

Delta State, the winner of the 2020 National Sports Festival, will host the next edition of the festival in 2022.

This is according to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who announced this on Wednesday while declaring the 20th edition of the festival tagged Edo 2020 closed in Benin City.

“Following the evaluation of the bids and the physical visitation to the prospective States, I hereby announce Delta State as the next host of the National Sports Festival in 2022,” he said.

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“Congratulations to Delta State for emerging the overall winner of the Games of the 2020 National sports Festival.

“I’m glad to note that the Federal Government received bids to host the 21st edition of the National Sports Festival in 2022 from 6 states namely: Delta, Ebonyi, Imo, Kaduna, Kano and Ogun.

“I congratulate the government and people of Delta State for emerging the preferred State and wish them best of luck in the organisation of the 21st National Sports Festival.”

NSF 2020: Tonjor Leads Edo To Win Gold In Swimming, Delta Wins 400m Hurdles Gold

Athletes competing in the sprint event at the National Sports Festival in Edo State.

 

Nigeria’s Olympic swimmer, Rachael Tonjor has led Team Edo to win a gold medal in the 4x100medley relay women.

The feat brings their total number of gold in swimming to four at the national sports festival, a huge improvement from their performance at the Abuja 2018 games where they failed to win a medal.

Edo were stripped of medals in Abuja as a result of the double registration of their captain Tonjor and Faith Edorodion.

Team delta finished second in the event while Bayelsa claimed Bronze in the event.

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In weightlifting, Rivers state showed class in the 49kg event as Stella Kingsley dominated the snatch, clean, and jerk class to claim all three gold medals.

In the snatch, Kingsley lifted her first attempt without struggle, failed in the second but bounced back in the 3rd to win gold. In the clean and jerk, she was outstanding, lifting the 92, 200, and 105 weight effortlessly.

One of the swimming pools used during the 2020 NSF in Benin City.

 

She has made admirable improvement after failing to win a medal at the 2018 edition in Abuja, finishing in a disappointing 4th position in her weight class.

Ruth Nyang finished second for team Akwa Ibom while Augustina Nwokolo secured a bronze medal for team Delta.

More track & field events happened today and in the men’s 400m hurdles, Timothy Emeoghene sets a new National Sports Festival record and a Personal Best of 50.06 seconds to win gold for Team Delta

The current national champion surpassed the previous festival record of 51.07 seconds set by David Olowookere at the Abuja games in 2018.

Henry Okorie from Edo claimed silver in a season’s best of 51.73 seconds while Stephen Eloji of Niger State settled for bronze in a time of 52.12 seconds.

For the women, reigning National Champion Abasiono Akpan dominated the race crossing the finish line with a personal best of 57.63 seconds to win gold for Akwa Ibom state.

She took off 0.03 seconds from her previous lifetime best set at the 2019 African Games in Morocco where she won bronze.

Comfort Ekanem ran 58.68 seconds to secure silver for Oyo state while Sarah Ochigbo representing Ogun state set a season’s best of 58.91 seconds to claim the bronze medal.

Edo state’s shot put gold medallist, Orobosa Frank is working hard to achieve her ambition of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

She threw a distance of 16.82m to win her first gold medal at the National sports festival.

Team Delta’s Eucharia Ogbukwo won Silver with a throw of 14.02m while Aniefuna Anulika threw 13.80m to secure bronze for Anambra state.

On day 2 of the track & field events, Edo state ruled the men’s 100m winning the gold and silver medals. Enoch Adegoke clocked 10.28 seconds to win gold while Alaba Olukunle clinched silver for Edo in a time of 10.29 seconds while Jerry Jakpa finished in 10.32 seconds to win Bronze for Lagos state.

For the women, Grace Nwokocha won Gold for Delta in a time of 11.42 seconds. Joy Udo-Gabriel clocked 11.44 seconds to win silver for team Lagos while Tima Godbless ran 11.61 seconds to win bronze for Bayelsa state.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Team Rivers clinched gold after Grace Aiyemoba clocked a season’s best of 13.65 seconds. The gold medal is an upgrade from the Silver she won at Abuja 2018.

Miracle Thompson won silver for team Lagos in 13.75 seconds, a new personal best for her while Team Delta settled for the bronze medal after Kemi Francis finished third in 14.01 seconds.

National Festival: Edo Dethrones Delta On Cycling Medals Table

 

The rivalry between Edo and Delta states continued on Saturday in the cycling event with hosts, Edo overtaking Delta on the medals table.

Winning two gold medals won in the 3,000 Team Pursuit for women and 4,000 Team Pursuit for men, Edo now has 5 gold medals, one more than Delta who has won four, all through their golden girl Ese Ukpeseraye.

Bayelsa came third on the medals table with three gold medals.

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In Saturday’s race, Edo women’s team finished the 3,000 Team Pursuit in a time of 4 minutes, 25.57 seconds. Their rival, Delta finished second in a time of 4 minutes, 28.38 seconds while Oyo got the bronze with a time 4 minutes, 32.32 seconds.

Edo men’s team clocked 5 minutes, 15.44 seconds to clinch gold. Delta got the silver with a time of 5 minutes, 16.68 seconds while Ogun placed third to win the bronze with a time of 5 minutes 18.30 seconds.

On Sunday, the men will contest for the 160 kilometres road race on the Benin – Ifon road.

Cycling events at the 20th National Sports Festival will be concluded next week Monday with the men and women elimination races.

Delta, Bayelsa Win Gold Medals At National Sports Festival

In this photo taken on April 5, 2021, cyclists prepare for the Women 80km road race at the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

 

Team Delta on Monday opened the gate for medal rush with gold from the 80km road race for women at the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival.

Ese Ukpeseraye beat 12 other cyclists to cross the finish line and clinch the first gold medal at the games ongoing in Benin city, the Edo state capital.

Host state Edo settled for the silver and bronze medals when Ayuba sisters – Comfort and Grace – came second and third respectively.

Elsewhere, Team Bayelsa sent a clear statement of intent after winning three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals from swimming.

Ifiemi Gagbe got the campaign going as she won the gold medal in 100 meters freestyle in swimming, while Golden Ifie made it two just as Yellow Yeighya completed the hat-trick of gold medals in the men’s 200m freestyle events.

Earlier, Doutimi Gagbe settled for the bronze medal in 200 meters Butterfly Stroke event.

Team Bayelsa also won two gold medals and a bronze in Judo to cap a memorable opening day of action at the National Sports Festival.

Ese Bassey and Selere Mathias got gold medals while Udeze Amarachi had bronze.

Team Oyo and Taraba were reinstated on Monday to participate in the games after being barred from competing.

Organisers had barred both teams from the event after they failed to produce the evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for their athletes.

The decision was later rescinded after the authorities of both states arrived with the certificates, in line with the directives of the COVID-19 protocols for the games.

Team Oyo has already featured in the swimming event.