Seventy-eight people have been arrested and convicted in Delta State for violating the curfew imposed by the state government, arson, attempted arson and other varying offences as a fallout of the endSARS protest.
The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing journalists at the State Police Command Headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.
While giving a breakdown of number of arrests made by security operatives, he said 58 persons charged for murder, arson, and attempted arson while others were violators of the curfew imposed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
All the suspects, however, have been tried and convicted with some of them getting an option of fine.
The police boss also commended the residents of the state for being law-abiding, assuring them that they can go about their normal businesses without fear of harassment form criminally minded individuals.
The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the reopening of primary and secondary schools in the state for the completion of the 2019/2020 academic session and the start of the 2020/2021 academic year.
A statement signed by the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, on Wednesday stated that JSS 1 and JSS2 students and their counterparts in SS 1 and SS 2 will resume on Monday, September 28, 2020, to enable them to commence their 2nd term examinations which will be concluded on October 9.
The Commissioner said primaries 4 and 5 pupils will resume on October 5 in order for them to write their 2nd term examinations which will also be concluded on October 9.
The statement further stressed that the 2nd term examinations will be waived for pupils in primaries 1- 3, while boarding students will resume on Sunday, September 27.
Mr. Ukah said that the resumption date for the 1st term 2020/2021 academic session for all pupils and students in primary and secondary schools is on Monday, October 12 and will terminate on December 18, 2020, while the date for the resumption for 2nd term is January 4, 2021, and will end on March 31, 2021.
According to the Education Commissioner, 3rd term will commence from April 12 and end on August 13, 2021. The long duration for the term is to give sufficient time to cover rolled over content from the last session, inter-house sports, and mid-term break which are not applicable to other terms.
He added that the resumption for all nursery/pre-primary KG 1 to 3 pupils have been deferred to January 2021 and advised parents and guardians to avail themselves of the resumption dates to prepare their children and wards.
“They are to suffer deferment of promotion by one year and banned from the supervision of any school examination for a period of three years.
“I have directed the Post Primary Education Board to implement the deferment of promotions by one year for the 41 affected teachers.
“While others are being sanctioned, P.O. Okolo, is to be given a letter of commendation for a job well done during the examination.
“The principals and examination officers of 13 public secondary schools and one private secondary school indicted for examination malpractice are to be issued with letters of warning by PPEB to desist from acts of negligence,” the statement partly read.
The state government also approved the reopening of a secondary school which was closed down last year for examination malpractice.
However, a warning letter was issued before giving the school a second chance to abide by laid down examination ethics.
Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.
The governor stated this on at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter (Anglican Communion), Bishops Court, Asaba.
He said that industrialisation of Nigeria was one good strategy to grow the nation’s economy, but observed that “challenges are actually so much that in the world today when you talk about our nation Nigeria, it’s like there is a question mark that follows and tends to limit the investing public from coming to us.
“The challenges of insecurity which is very key and very importantly, challenges of power failure which is also very significant limit industrialization.
“But, we must put our trust in God and allow Him to lead us because His wisdom is greater than the wisdom of the world.”
Governor Okowa acknowledged the benefits of a new state and said that Asaba and the entire state would have been less-developed than it is today if the state had not been created.
Brighter Days Ahead
He thanked religious leaders for their prayers for the state and the people, saying “brighter days surely lie ahead of our people’’.
The governor recalled that “29 years ago, this state was created out of the former Bendel State; we all rejoiced and we still rejoice till date. The Lord has done great things for us as a state and as a people in the past 29 years.
“I recall that even with the creation of the state and the joy, there were challenges that came with it. But 29 years later, we have realised that staying together we are able to develop our state, ourselves and our families, and to God be the glory.
“It is important that we continue to stay together because we have achieved reasonable peace and unity.
“When I recall at the creation of Delta state how Asaba was and what it is today, we can definitely say that we have had lots of changes and as a nation we have had our challenges and today, we have more challenges than we ever had and we cannot wish ourselves away from the Nigerian nation because we are part and parcel of the Nigerian nation.”
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“Challenges of the time, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, have suppressed economies of the world. The nation is troubled and Delta State being part of the nation, is also troubled and I believe that there is only one way we can distinguish ourselves in a nation that is challenged as we found ourselves.’’
In his sermon entitled “Break camp and move on”, Archbishop of Bendel Province, The Most Rev’d Cyril Odutemu, said that Delta had achieved a lot from creation, but called for serious efforts in the industrialisation of the state.
“We have crossed the hurdles of tribal crisis and we are moving to the promise-land even though we are yet to arrive where we should be.
“We must break camp in the industrialisation of Delta State and in doing so, we must see every Deltan as brother and sister for the sake of our dear state,” he stated.
The thanksgiving service featured prayer sessions for the nation and the State as well as for all those in the position of authority.
A High Court in Asaba, the Delta State capital has sentenced a 30-year-old man, Amechi Chidokwe to death by hanging for armed robbery.
Chidokwe, who hails from Umudora Anam in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State was arraigned before Justice Mabel Omovie for three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.
The charges are punishable under Sections 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria; 2 (1)(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special provision) Act Cap R11 Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and 3 (1) of Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act Cap R11, Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The defendant who pleaded not guilty was arraigned before the Court on the 20th of November, 2017.
According to the evidence of the nominal complainant, Mr Kenneth Oseji, on the 13th of January 2017 was accosted by a man at gunpoint in his premises when he drove home after work at about 5 pm and demanded his car key.
Mr Oseji told the court that when he kicked the man who was joined by two others, the gun fell off his hand which prompted him to raise an alarm attracting neighbours
The defendant who was driving the tricycle was apprehended while his cohorts ran away.
At the close of evidence, counsel to the defendant Mr K. O. Ajayi, submitted in his written address that prosecution has failed to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond reasonable doubt, even as he urged the court to discharge and acquit the defendant.
This comes as the Assistant Chief State Counsel E. U. Ogbolu asked the court to convict the defendant as charged.
Ogbolu based his premise that he has effectively discharged the burden of proving the case of conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery, attempted robbery and illegal possession of firearms against the defendant.
Citing copious judicial and statutory authorities, the presiding judge held that considering the gamut of evidence before the court, the prosecution has successfully proved beyond reasonable doubt the three counts of conspiracy, attempted robbery and illegal possession of firearms against the defendant.