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.
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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 . 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Delta State Government has asked the Federal Government to return the £4.2 million James Ibori loot being repatriated to Nigeria by the United Kingdom to the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa believes that since the money was stolen from the state, it would only be just to return the funds back to the state.
“I have spoken with the attorney-general of the federation. My attorney-general went to have a meeting with him. I think that we are working and we are likely to come on the same page. We have written a formal letter of protest to Mr President,” the Governor said on Wednesday during an appearance on Politics Today.
The protest by the state is in reaction to the decision of the Federal Government to spend the funds on federal projects.
Nigeria and the UK had signed a memorandum of understanding on March 9 for the repatriation of the funds stolen by Ibori, a former Delta State Governor.
But the development became mired in controversy shortly after the MoU was signed when the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, revealed the money will be spent by the Federal Government.
The projects it will be spent on, he said, were the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Governor Okowa, however, expects the Federal Government to take a similar route as the UK Government by returning the money to the source it was pilfered from.
“In the same manner of the relationship created between the UK and Nigeria, we also expect that the Nigerian Government will do the same thing by being magnanimous to return the money back to the source, which is Delta State,” he said.
To guarantee that Deltans benefit from the repatriated loot, the governor said it had provided options to the Federal Government and made a compelling case for the state.
“We have made two suggestions; return the money directly to us or apply it directly to projects that we feel are of importance and are in Delta State so that Deltans can directly benefit from the repatriated funds and I don’t think anybody can fault that line (of thinking)”, he said.
The governor is not alone in his position.
A day after the news of the planned return of the loot broke, the House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on the Federal Government to ensure that it was returned to Delta State.
Lawmakers passed the resolution after their colleagues from the state moved a motion of urgent public importance.
As far as they were concerned, the funds were stolen from the state and should be returned to it.
Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana also backed the calls for the return of the funds to the state.
He commended the Federal Government for negotiating and pursuing the return of the loot to Nigeria but insisted that it be returned to the source.
“Since the money left the coffers of the Delta State Government, it has to be returned once it is recovered,” Falana said during an appearance on Politics Today.
The attorney-general of the federation, however, has a different argument.
“The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy,” Mr. Malami told Channels TV of the Federal Government’s decision.
“All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is, indeed, the victim of crime and not sub-national.”
Ultimately, Governor Okowa believes President Muhammadu Buhari will grant the state’s request as that is the right thing to do.
“I do believe that with the approach that we have undertaken it is unlikely that they will refuse the request. It is a strong appeal,” he said.
The governor rubbished claims that if the money is returned to Delta State “it will develop wings”.
“I don’t see how the money will develop wings anyway,” he said. “That is why we have directly put down projects – three projects where this money can be applied directly to such a manner that it is something you can investigate.”
The police authorities in Delta State have arrested five suspects in connection with the kidnap and murder of one Joy Osameze who was murdered for ritual purpose.
A skull and other human parts believed to be that of the victim have also been recovered in the bush where she was killed after the culprits led the police to the scene of the crime after weeks of investigation
The victim, Osameze was reported to have kidnapped on February 5 on the way from her farm, the Abraka Farm Reserve in Obiaruku.
She was said to have been lured by her 18-year-old brother identified as Osam Ogolime, who led her by her abductors.
She was hit with a stick leaving her unconscious while her assailants cut of her sexual organs and other parts of her body while she was still alive
Days after detaining five suspects in connection to the murder, the police have arrested six more suspects and recovered a human skull and other human parts believed to be that of the victim and the mortician currently carrying out further investigations confirmed this position.
Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has called for the return of the £4.2million looted by ex-Delta State Governor, James Ibori back to the Niger Delta state.
Falana made the call on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, noting that the Federal Government cannot lay claim to the fund under any law.
“The Federal Government ought to be commended for pursuing this matter having regards to the fact that this case is a collabo issue between the EFCC under Malami/Ribadu and the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom,” he said.
Falana added, “Having acknowledged the role of the Federal Government, the fund has to return to the source. As the Attorney General has said, the money is over £100 million. So what has been released now is the first tranche of £4.2 million.
“Since the money left the covers of the Delta State Government, it has to be returned once it is recovered.”