78 Arrested, Convicted For Curfew Violation, Other Offences In Delta

 

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.

13-Year-Old #EndSARS Protester Dies After Falling Off Truck In Delta

 

A 13-year-old #EndSARS protester has fallen off a truck in Sapele, Delta State.

Channels Television learned the unidentified teenager died from injuries sustained after he fell off a moving truck.

The victim was said to have joined other youths protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in Sapele when the incident happened.

The spokesman for the Delta State Police Command, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

The corpse of the teenager was later wrapped with the national flag, placed on the back of the truck on open display at the Amukpe area of Sapele, causing massive traffic to commuters.

Meanwhile, thousands of #EndSARS protesters have again laid siege at the summit junction at the Asaba-Onitsha Highway leading to the Niger Bridge, causing gridlock with travellers stranded for hours.

They vowed not to back down until their demands were met.

Delta Govt Approves Reopening Of Schools

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

 

 

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.

Delta Govt Demotes 41 Teachers For Examination Malpractice

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

 

The Delta State government has sanctioned 41 teachers for examination malpractice during the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

A statement issued on Monday by the Delta Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah confirmed the development.

According to the Commissioner, the decisions followed the recommendation of the Examination Ethics Disciplinary Committee of the state.

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“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.

Police Exhume Corpse Of Woman Allegedly Killed By Neighbour In Delta

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Faleye Olayele, speaks on the murder of a 36-year-old woman in Delta State.

 

The body of a 36-year-old woman has been found buried in a shallow grave close to an apartment within the Government Reserved Area of Asaba, the Delta State capital.

The lady identified as Obiageli Onakanse was allegedly murdered and buried by her neighbour and gate-man.

Upon investigations, after she was declared missing two weeks ago, her body has been exhumed with inflicted head injuries and several machetes cut all over her corpse.

Briefing Channels Television, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Faleye Olayele, commended the Divisional Police Officer for arresting the suspects.

He, however, revealed that the police authorities will unravel the real circumstances behind the murder of the victim.

The police boss explained that the suspect initially failed to confess to the crime but he later admitted to his deed on September 3.

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“He later confessed to the crime after the DPO has done a lot of job on him. Then he led the policemen to this building here.

“From this building, the DPO and his detectives deed a good job and they were able to discover a shallow grave where the security man killed and buried that woman in the shallow grave,” he said.

Olaleye who led Channels Television to the apartment where the victim lived before being murdered, had just her and one Nonso Ekene as tenants.

The police chief revealed that both Ekene and the security man have been arrested in a bid to unravel the mystery behind the gruesome killing.

Okowa Identifies Insecurity, Power As Bane Of Industrialisation In Nigeria

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

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

“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.’’

‘Move On’

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.

Seven Killed, Others Injured In Delta Tanker Explosion

 

Seven persons were burnt to death with several others injured after a tanker exploded in Delta State.

The tanker said to be carrying petroleum product exploded at the Koko Junction section of the Benin/Sapele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.

Channels Television learned the incident which occurred at about 11 am on Wednesday had several people burnt beyond recognition.

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Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Onome Onovwakpoyeya said several vehicles also burnt to ashes.

Meanwhile, the injured have been  taken to a nearby  hospital for treatment

Court Sentences 30-Year-Old Man To Death For Armed Robbery

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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.

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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.

Kidnapped Delta NLC Chairman Regains Freedom

 

 

The abducted Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Delta State, Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku, has regained his freedom.

He was released last night after spending about 48 hours in the kidnappers’ den.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa confirmed the development to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He however said he wasn’t aware if any ransom was paid.

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The police boss noted that efforts were ongoing to track down the kidnapper and make them face the full wrath of the law.

Meanwhile, the NLC chief is currently receiving treatment at one of the medical facilities in the state.

He was kidnapped on Saturday night while driving out of his house behind Immigration Office, off Ibusa road axis of Ughelli-Asaba highway.

COVID-19: Commissioner, 21 Others Discharged In Delta

(File Photo) Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

 

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu and 21 other persons have been discharged from the isolation centre in Delta State.

A statement issued on Tuesday by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olisa Ifeajika, confirmed this.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s spokesman noted that the state government released them after testing negative for COVID-19 following long periods of isolation and treatment.

He noted that the Commissioner tested positive for the coronavirus disease on June 20.

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Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, who tested positive three weeks ago is awaiting the result of his final test to determine when he would be discharged.

The state government also called on the people to support its efforts at curbing the spread of the pandemic by complying with the protocols prescribed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Gunmen Abduct Delta NLC Chairman

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
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Gunmen have abducted the Delta State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Goodluck Ofobruku.

The victim was abducted on Saturday night after the hoodlums intercepted his official Sienna car along the Ibusa road axis of the Ughelli-Asaba highway.

Ofobruku was said to have driven out of his house and was intercepted at a drinking joint by the hoodlums

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Speaking to Channels Television, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, confirmed the abduction of the labour leader.

He, however, noted that operatives of the State Police Command are combing the bushes to rescue the victim from his abductors.

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.