One killed, others injured at ACN rally in Edo state

One person was on Monday killed and two others injured in the violence that ensued between rival factions of the Drivers Welfare Scheme in Edo State who had gone on a solidarity protest to the office of the Independent Electoral Commission, Edo State.

The Speaker of the Association Moses Gbegene who brought their dead member to the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalist said his group is protesting the violence by meted on them by their rival factions.

Mr Gbegene called for justice for the killers of Omosigho Wilfred and two of their colleagues injured in the fracas.

The protesters who said they were on a peaceful protest despite the provocation called on the state government to intervene within the next 24 hours else they will take laws into their hands.

“We had gone to the INEC office to show our solidarity with the governor. We did not go there prepared for a fight. But to our surprise the other faction attacked us and killed one of our member,” Osawensa Irawoyi, a member of the Drivers Welfare Scheme told Channels Television correspondent.

He said that for the past 12 years that Henry Okaka had presided over the association, there have been no improvement in association and that was the reason why his faction broke away.

“Because of this, anywhere they see us; they will want to harass us. This is not the first, second or third time they will be attacking us,” Mr Irawoyi, who had bandage around his head said.

A similar incident happened last year when members of the Drivers’ Welfare Scheme (DWS) and a revenue collection team, headed by Tony Kabaka, clashed with members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).

The clash which disrupted activities around Mission road and the New Benin Market left over ten people injured.

PDP wants power in Edo state at all cost – Kassim Afegbua

Kassim Afegbua, Director, Media and Publicity, Oshiomhole Campaign Organisation, said that the incidence happening in Edo state recently is an indication of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s desire to get into power at all cost.

Oshiomhole launches re-election campaign

The Oshiomhole Campaign Organisation on Saturday kicked-off re-election campaign for the governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole,

The campaign kicked off at the Kings Square in Benin City, despite the heavy downpour Saturday morning.

The governor’s politburo suffered a major barely 24 hours before the kick start of the campaign with the assassination of the governor’s the principal private secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde at his residence in Benin City.

Mr. Olaitan was on Friday morning murdered by four gunmen in his Ogbor GRA residence in Benin.

A week ago, three journalists in the governor’s convoy were killed in an accident government officials alleged were masterminded by opposition parties to force the governor to cancel the official kick off his re-election campaign.

However, the governor told protesting supporters on Friday that the murder of his secretary would not stop the campaigns.

“… because their plan is to make us postpone (our campaign) again for the second time, we will go ahead because Olaitan in his lifetime was a fighter,” he told his supporters, adding that  “I ask you not to be afraid, don’t be intimidated, don’t give up, if anything we should be more resolved.”

The campaign organization’s director general, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at a news conference at the Aguobasimwin campaign office in Benin, admitted that Mr. Oyerinde’s murder had triggered “reasonable cause for concern” but that the rallies would go ahead notwithstanding.

 

 

Updated: Oshiomhole gives police 14 days to fish out killers of his aide

The Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole has given the state police command 14 days to fish out the killers of his private secretary and the three journalists who died at last weekend’s convoy crash.

Governor Oshiomhole of Edo State

The governor gave the ultimatum after he led party leaders and other members of government on a protest along major streets in Benin City.

Mr  Oshiomhole who said no one has the monopoly of evil, warned leaders of the opposition to repent from their ways.

The private secretary to Mr Oshiomhole, Olaitan Oyerinde was killed at about 2am Friday morning by four assailants who shot him thrice.

According to the house guard of late Mr. Oyerinde,  who saw the killers entering the bulding, said the former aide to the governor was shot in cold blood.

The Nigeria labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the assassination saying Nigerian workers are shocked beyond words by the tragic assassination.

Mr. Oyerinde was until his death, the deputy general secretary of the labour group.

He was on leave of absence and serving in Edo state as the principal private secretary to the state governor.

A statement from the NLC president, Abdulwaheed Omar said that “the gruesome assassination is baffling as Comrade Oyerinde was not a politician, held no high government appointment and was not even an indigene of Edo state.”

It further stated that this assassination is coming so soon in the wake of a suspicious traffic accident involving comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s convoy in which three journalists lost their lives and an assassination attempt on the state information commissioner, Mr Louis Odion.

The NLC president noted that the way the politics of Edo state is going is reminiscent of the first republic politics in the old western region which led to tragic consequences for the entire country.

The labour group called on the federal government to thoroughly investigate Mr. Oyerinde’s assassination and bring the criminals to justice.

The Campaign for Democracy has also demanded a probe into the circumstances that led to the murder.

The president of the civil society group, Joe Okei- Odumakin described the murder as another chapter in the assassination of citizens in Nigeria and demanded that his killers be brought to justice.

She further said that the perpetrators of crimes continue to evade justice because the justice administration has a near zero rate of tracking them down.

Mr. Oyerinde was the chairman on the CD in Lagos state between 1992 and 1994.

Our initial report

Oshiomole’s Principal Secretary killed by gunmen

Special Adviser and Principal Secretary to the Edo State Governor, Oyerinde Olaitan was shot and killed at his residence last night in Benin City by suspected assassins.

The Chief of Staff to the Edo State Government Osarodion Ogie confirmed the incident.

Eyewitnesses say four gunmen had broke into his fenced compound in Ugbor GRA, Benin City.

Only last week, precisely on Saturday three journalists were killed in a car crash involving Oshiomhole’s convoy and a 911 Mercedes Truck, an incident the governor has maintained was premeditated.

 

 

 

Oshiomhole survives accident that claimed three journalists

Tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon when a truck crashed into Edo state Governor Adam Oshiomhole’s convoy, claiming the lives of three journalists.

According to reports, the reporters who are assigned to covering the state’s government house were travelling alongside the governor and his entourage, heading to Auchi when the accident occurred.

The truck had a brake failure, causing the driver to lose control descending down Auchi hill along the route. While it narrowly missed the vehicle transporting the governor, it collided head on with the press crew van and an escort vehicle attached to the governor.

Two of the three dead journalists were from Independent Television while the third was a cameraman from Africa Independent Television, according to a news agency report.

The other occupants of the bus survived the accident but sustained varying degrees of injuries. They were rushed to Notre Dam hospital in Auchi where they are currently receiving medical treatment.

Auchi Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Olu Afolabi, confirmed the incident.

Arhiavbere conditionally accepts Oshiomole’s debate challenge

The People’s Democratic Party Candidate in the July 14 election in Edo state, General Charles  says he served the army for 35 years with unblemished record.

General Charles Arhiavbere who reacted to comments by Governor Adams Oshiomhole at Urhokpota Hall in Benin City said he was never court marshaled or brought before any enquiry in his thirty five years of service.

He also said that the newspaper which carried a report that he was detained in 2010 is facing a 2.5 Billion Naira suit in which it has been asked to produce its source of information.

General Charles said he would prefer not to blow his trumpet about his contributions to the welfare of Edo people as he did not do them because he was seeking political office.

The Edo PDP candidate who accepted the invitation of Comrade Oshiomhole to a debate said he will only do that if one of the venues will be in the prison yard before the inmates.

Both parties have however commenced vigorous campaign ahead of the July 14 elections.

SSS rescues kidnapped six years old in Edo

A similar kidnap victim in the picture was recently rescued in Lagos.

The State Security Services (SSS) in Edo state has rescued a six year old girl who was abducted and held in captivity for 13 days from her captors.

The SSS also apprehended two suspects allegedly involved in her abduction and recovered the sum of N700,000 paid as ransom to the kidnappers and a red AUDI 80 car.

One of the suspects who gave his name as Glory Davies said the kidnapper and his friends had brought the girl to his house and threatened to kill her and her family if she does not cooperate with them.

He said he was then asked to go and collect the money for the ransom with a promise that they will assist his business from the share.

The State Director of the SSS in Edo state, Mr Bello Bakori who paraded the suspects before journalists said the SSS were informed of the abduction seven days after the kidnap.

He appealed for more cooperation from members of the public in kidnap cases as the agencies has recorded 99 percent success in this regard.

He warned against ignoring the security agencies and the payment of ransom as this opens the way for further blackmail by kidnappers.

Edo state: The heartbeat of the Nation

Former Bendel state in the Mid-western Region was a division of Nigeria from 1963- 1991.

It was later formed in June 1963- 1991 from Benin and Delta provinces of the Western Region and its capital was Benin City.

During the Nigerian civil war; the Biafra forces invaded the Mid-western State and were declared as the Republic of Benin as soldiers were to take over the region.

In 1976 it lost Ughelli to Rivers State while Edo state was formed August 27 1991.

Bendel State was divided into two Edo State and Delta State.

Oshiomhole accuses PDP of planning to rig coming Edo election

The Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole on Thursday accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to rig the forth coming gubernatorial election in the state.

Mr Oshiomhole who made the accusations at the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) state executive meeting in Benin City, the Edo state capital, said the PDP had perfected plans to doctor the electoral registers by engaging fake Youth Corps members and as well print fake voters card abroad for the purpose of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The governor who expressed confidence in the ability of the ACN to win the coming election said he was confident that the effort of the PDP to once more take the ACN back to the courts to retrieve its mandate will fail.

Reacting to the governor’s accusation, the Edo state Chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih described the statement of the governor as an indictment on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which has been adjudged to have conducted free and fair elections across the country.

Mr Oshiomhole acknowledged the ecomiums from the leaders of his party, the ACN over his developmental projects and urged them to be cautious over alleged plans by the PDP leaders to rig the forth coming polls.

Edo State police parades 10 robbery suspects

Edo State Police commissioner yesterday paraded 10 individuals suspected of armed robbery at the command’s headquarters in capital city Benin, reiterating the state’s determination to rid the regiono f criminals.

Edo State police parades 10 robbery suspects

Commissioner Umar Manko said: “Let me assure you that in line with the police new leadership’s agenda to confront crime and criminality headlong, the command will not relent in the task of riding Edo State of criminals. I call on the entire people of the state to cooperate with the police by availing us with useful information that will lead to the arrest of criminals.”

The suspects include Ohiorenuanb Ogedegbe, Akhaome Agbedokhai, Osakpolo Iredia, Osazee Sunday, Goodluck Iboho, Okungbowa Unuoma, Monday Osabohen, Abayomi Friday, Ayewa Kehinde and Ogbewe Airende.

According to the state police commissioner the suspects were arrested at different locations and the items they had allegedly stolen had been recovered from them and some weapons ceased.

Manko also disclosed that one of the suspects, Okungbowa Unuoma, is a member of a 5-man robbery/kidnapping gang, who had been terrorizing Ugbor area of the state capital.

Oshiomole Receives PDP Defectors To ACN In Edo State

A former member of the Edo State House of Assembly and member of the Federal Character Commission, Hon Peter Ekhator, has led several members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ovia North East, Ovia South West and Egor local Government Areas of Edo State to decamp to the Action Congress of Nigeria.

Adams Oshiomole

Peter Ekhator at his formal declaration for the ACN at the Edo state Government House expressed regret for working against the Adams Oshiomhole government while he was in the PDP saying that his action in the past three years has justified the vote.

Receiving the new members into the party Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said their joining the PDP has further strenghtened his resolve to deliver the dividened of Democracy to the people.

Speaking on behalf of the former members of the PDP, at the event held at the Government House in Benin City, Hon. Peter Ekhator said his decision to pitch tent with the Action Congress of Nigeria is informed by the courageous steps being taken by the governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to transform Edo State coupled with the structures he has created which has given hope to many.

Presenting the defectors from the PDP to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the state chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Hon Thomas Okosun thanked them for appreciating the good things being done by the governor and assured them of equal opportunities.

The Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole told the new Action Congress of Nigeria members that their movement will reinforce the agent of change which the party represents.

He noted that their joining the Action Congress of Nigeria is a signal that there is much to do since the family is getting larger and enjoined the state chairman of the party to fashion out ways to manage it.

Comrade Oshiomhole urged members of the party not to worry about alleged plans by the opposition political party to rig the forthcoming elections, assuring that every vote will count and appealed to them to remain confident in the party

Former members of the PDP who joined the Action Congress of Nigeria include the Vice Chairman of the party in Ovia, Mr. Fred Obaretin, former Supervisory Councillor in Egor Ward Six, Mr. Albert Iyamu, Egor Local Government Area, Mr. Roland Iyamu from Ovia North East, Eddy Agboatan, a former Auditor of the PDP, Chief Osaghae from Ovia South West and their numerous supporters.

Hoodlums Hijack Protest in Edo State

Several persons were injured, property destroyed and shops looted, as hoodlums infiltrated the protest in Edo state led by the NLC and other unions in the state against the removal of the fuel subsidy.

Edo protesters

The State governor, Adams Oshiomhole who addressed protesters in Benin the Edo state capital, appealed to labour to ensure that those with ulterior motives do not seize the opportunity to play up ethnic, religious and political sentiments, thereby distorting the message of the protest.