How I Invited Peter Obi To Commission Projects As Edo Gov – Oshiomhole

A file collage of Adams Oshiomhole and Peter Obi

 

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole said he invited the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi to commission projects in Edo State when he was governor of the state.

He stated this on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Rumuepirikom Flyover in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Oshiomhole, who was Edo governor between 2008 and 2016, was invited to commission the project by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

According to him, executive exchanges have a way of communicating to the people that political divide is not war.

 

 

“I listened to you (Wike) attentively and you said Peter Obi is coming tomorrow. I want to congratulate you for that because I also invited Peter Obi when I was governor and those executive exchanges have a way of communicating to our people that political divide is not war,” Oshiomhole stated.

“I also invited governors from other states to Edo the last one week before my tenure as you said, for them to see what I was able to do.

“I promise that when I get back to Abuja, I go take my mouth talk am wetin my mouth see (sic). The flyover I saw is not a culvert. There are people who commissioned culverts and said they were flyovers but what I am seeing here is a beautiful flyover which you will see anywhere in the world,” he added.

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Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had invited members of opposition political parties to inaugurate projects in the oil-rich South-South state.

Members of the APC and Labour Party (LP) were invited to the Fourth Quarter 2022 Project Commissioning in Rivers.

Obi is scheduled to inaugurate the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the Nabo Graham Douglas Campus, Nigerian Law School, in Obio/Akpor on Friday.

This is not the first time Wike invited opposition party stalwarts to commission projects in Rivers. In August, the Rivers governor invited his Lagos counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to inaugurate the Orochiri-Worukwo (Waterline Junction) flyover in Port Harcourt.

Similarly, in October, Wike honoured an invite by the Lagos State Government to a women’s conference. At the event, the two-term Rivers governor endorsed APC’s Sanwo-Olu for second term, an action that riled PDP governorship candidate in Lagos, Olajide Adediran better known as Jandor.

For months, Wike and four other PDP governors known as the G5 have demanded the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, saying northerners should not be the PDP national chairman and presidential candidate.

However, Ayu, a Benue indigene, has insisted that he won’t step down till the end of his four-year tenure, even as the G5 made his resignation a precondition to support Adamawa-born Atiku Abubakar’s 2023 presidential ambition.

Edo Govt Debunks Reports Of ISWAP Attack

A map of Edo, a state in the southern region of Nigeria.

 

The Edo State Government has denied claims that ISWAP had carried out an attack in the state on Thursday.

There had been reports that ISWAP had claimed responsibility for an attack on a police checkpoint in the state during which a patrol van was set ablaze.

But the state government says the attack which occurred at Ibillo-Igarra Road Junction was carried out by fleeing bandits.

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In a statement on Saturday, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation in the state, Chris Nehikhare, said the state government’s position followed “a thorough investigation” by the state security outfits involving the Police, Nigerian Army, Edo State Vigilante Network, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

“There is no evidence of ISWAP or its operatives in Edo State,” he said.

He assured that the state government would continue to provide support to the security agencies in the state to tackle crime and criminality and also enhance patrols of the state’s borders to make the state most uncomfortable for the decimated bandits.

“The Edo State government restates its commitment to the safety of lives and property in the state and to the sustenance of a safe environment for citizens to go about their lawful businesses,” he added.

Police Rescue Two Men, Kill Suspected Kidnapper In Edo

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Operatives of the Edo State Police Command on Thursday rescued two kidnap victims in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state.

The Deputy Public Relations Officer of the command, Jennifer Iwegbu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

She explained that the operatives were on patrol at about 8am on Thursday along Obadan community off Benin-Auchi Road when they received a distress call from residents of Ago-Orio community along the Benin-Lagos Road.

The people, according to Iwegbu, had reported that a four-man armed gang of suspected kidnappers had taken two persons – a 65-year-old man identified as Samson Osegbowa and 38-year-old Stanley Peters who had been working on their farmlands.

She said the team of policemen in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes raced to the scene and embarked on an intensive bush combing.

Both victims, the command spokesperson said, were rescued during the operation and have since been reunited with their family members.

She added that one of the suspects was killed while the security operatives recovered a wooden gun and three cutlasses, among other items from the scene.

Read the full statement below:

Edo Police Rescue Kidnapped Victims

As part of efforts by Edo State Police Command to sustain the ongoing fight against nefarious activities in the state, especially kidnapping, Police Operatives of the Command rescued two (2) kidnapped victims.

Operatives of the Command on 22/09/2022 at about 0800hr while on patrol along Obadan community off Benin-Auchi road in Uhunmwonde LGA of Edo state responded to a distress call from distraught indigenes of Ago-Orio community along Benin-Lagos Road that a four-man armed gang suspected to be kidnappers had taken two persons, One Samson Osegbowa ‘M’ 65yrs and Stanley Peters ‘M’ 38yrs, while working on their farmland.

On receipt of the information, the team of Operatives in collaboration with the community’s local vigilantes immediately swung into action, moved to the scene, and embarked on intensive bush combing.

During the rescue operation, both victims were rescued unhurt and have since been reunited with their family members, however, one of the kidnappers was neutralized during the operation.

The following items were recovered at the scene of the crime, One Wooden gun, three cutlasses, One torchlight, and a pair of operational shoes.

Meanwhile, intensive bush combing of the area is still ongoing for possible arrest of the other fleeing gang members.

While reaffirming the Command’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a safe Edo state for the general populace, the Commissioner of Police ( CP )Abutu Yaro fdc also appeals for more collaboration from members of the Public, noting that with credible information there is no limit to what the Police Command can do in combating crimes, especially heinous ones.

E-SIGN​

ASP IWEGBU U. JENNIFER

DEPUTY POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,

FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,

EDO STATE COMMAND,

BENIN CITY.

Police Arrest Three Suspects, Recover 20 Corpses From Edo Shrine

The police in Edo State have arrested three male suspects while busting a ritual shrine along Asoro slope, off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters in Benin.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Jennifer Iwegbu, disclosed the arrest in a statement on Thursday, saying operatives acted on information from members of the public.

She said operatives of the Edo State Police Command also recovered 20 corpses from the shrine during the operation.

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Two of the suspects – Chimaobi Okoewu and Oko Samuel come from Afikpo in Ebonyi State while the third suspect, Gideon Sunday. Police operatives are making efforts to apprehend other fleeing suspects in connection with the crime.

According to the deputy police spokesperson, the 20 recovered corpses include 15 males, three females and two children.

“Following credible information that some corpses were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city, Operatives of the command immediately mobilised to the scene,” the statement read.

“At the scene, three suspects, Chimaobi Okoewu ‘M’ and Oko Samuel ‘M’ both of Afikpo in Ebonyi and Gideon Sunday ‘M’ of Akwa-Ibom State were arrested while others fled. An intensive effort is ongoing to arrest the other fleeing suspects.

“15 mummified male corpses, 3 mummified female corpses and 2 mummified children corpses were discovered at the scene.”

Reacting to the arrest, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses.

He equally called on the general public to be calm; assuring that the Police Command will continue to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens and those residing in the state.

Suspected Armed Robber Killed In Edo

Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.
Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.

 

Police operatives have killed a suspected armed robber identified as Emmanuel Johnson in the Ekpoma area of Edo State.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Jennifer Iwegbu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, saying the robber was among the five suspects that invaded Mandela hostel, at Gabriel Street, Ihumudumu, Ekpoma.

Following the distress call received in Esan west Local Government Area of the state, she said police operatives from the Ekpoma Divisional Headquarters were drafted to the hostel.

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“On Monday 15/08/2022 at about 0330hrs, some armed robbers numbering 5 while invading One Mandela hostel, at Gabriel Street, Ihumudumu, Ekpoma were intercepted by Operatives of the Command attached to Ekpoma Divisional headquarters following a distress call,” the statement read.

“Upon receipt of the information, the Operatives immediately mobilized in collaboration with the Vigilantes and swung into action. On sighting the team of Operatives, the robbers opened fire on the police which led to a gun duel, not being able to withstand the superior firepower of the police, they scampered for safety with various degrees of bullet injuries.

“However, one of the hoodlums who was later identified as Emmanuel Johnson ‘M’ about 24yrs old, was neutralized during the gun duel, meanwhile frantic effort is ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.”

The police spokesperson stated that the State Police Command is making frantic efforts to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.

Items recovered from the deceased armed robber and his fleeing gang members include one locally made cut-to-size single barrel gun, five live cartridges, four expended cartridges and one Laptop.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police Edo State, Abutu Yaro, asked members of the public to continue to provide the police with useful and credible information on criminal activities across the state.

He assured them that the police are combat-ready to tackle any crime before it happens, appealing that anyone who notices any suspicious person(s) treating bullet wounds should lodge a complaint to the nearest police station.

Edo Govt Denies Owing Salaries, Slams BudgIT Over Report

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

The Edo State Government has described as absolutely false a report by a civic-tech organization, BudgIT, that it owes its workers, insisting that it is up to date and consistent with payment of salaries.

The government said that even local government council workers are not owed any salaries.

In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Projects, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the report was unfortunate as not only are state workers paid as and when due but also enjoy a minimum wage of N40,000, the highest in Nigeria.

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“We hereby debunk the misleading media report by a civic-tech organization, BudgIT, that the Edo State Government is owing workers six months’ salaries. The report is not only false and mischievous; it is disingenuous in its intentions,” he said.

“BudgIT obviously got its data wrong. It is regrettable that an organization that should uphold the principles of data integrity and accuracy is involved in spreading incorrect information.

“The Edo State Government does not owe state workers salaries. On the contrary, Edo is the first state to increase the minimum wage to N40,000 above the nationally approved N30,000. It has also been consistent in paying the new wage to workers.

“In fact, the government has over time made it a duty to announce the payment of salaries as soon as workers get their credits on or before the 26th day of every month.

“The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration prioritises the welfare of its workers and has maintained a cordial relationship with workers across board, leading to a harmonious work environment in the state.”

He advised organisations developing reports on the state to seek accurate information from relevant authorities to avoid going to press with incorrect information.

Abducted Catholic Priests Regain Freedom In Edo

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Two abducted Catholic priests abducted earlier by gunmen in Edo State have regained their freedom.

The victims – Rev. Fr. Udo Peter of St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Uromi, and Rev. Fr. Philemon Oboh, of St Joseph Retreat Centre, Ugboha – were rescued on Wednesday, according to police authorities.

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In a statement, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Jennifer Iwegbu, said the clerics were moved to Government House in Benin, where they were received by acting Governor Philip Shaibu.

The police spokesperson reiterated the commitment of the State Police Command to maintaining the peace enjoyed by the Edo people.

She extended the warning by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro, for criminals to eschew all forms of vices as the security operatives are ready to clamp down on them and bring them to justice.

The priests were kidnapped on July 2 between Ehor and Iruekpen communities while returning to Uromi in Edo State.

68-Year-Old Suspected Cultist, Others Arrested In Edo

A photo taken on June 17, 2022, shows some police personnel duty. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Edo State Police Command has arrested a 68-year-old man and five others for suspected cult-related activities in Edo state.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Jennifer Iwegbu, who confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Monday, identified the suspects as Andrew Owhoyavwosa, Joseph Meshak, Osazee Solomon, Godswill Obasohan, Charles Odiase, Okoh Peter.

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The suspects were apprehended by police operatives on July 2 in Ekiadolor, within the Ekowe community.

On sighting police operatives, Iwegbu said the suspects took to their heels from the scene of their unlawful assembly. They were however chased and taken into custody.

A sexagenarian, Okoh Peter, was arrested alongside five others with Items that include two locally made single barrel guns, one locally cut to size single barrel gun, and 30 live cartridges.

Others were a first aid box, kola nuts, eggs, cowries, one dead chicken, seven handsets and N30,000.

The police spokesperson stated that the arrest is to check the menace and excesses of cultism in Edo State and unnecessary killings in the state.

Cultism is becoming rampant in Edo State in recent times with security agencies working hard to curb the menace for the overall good of the people of the state.

Just last Friday, police operatives arrested and presented seven cult members, allegedly members of the Eiye and Aiye groups.

Edo Rep Jude Ise-Idehen Dies, Obaseki Mourns

The member representing Ikpoba-Okha/Egor federal constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen

 

The member representing Ikpoba-Okha/Egor federal constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen, has died.

It was gathered that Ise-Idehen, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) passed away in the early hours of Thursday, although the cause of his death is yet unknown.

In a statement on Friday,  Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, described the death as shocking and painful, noting that Ise-Idehen was an illustrious Edo son who worked for the upliftment of his constituents in particular and Edo citizens in general.

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“I received the shocking news of the passing of Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen with rude shock. It is indeed a painful and great loss for the people of Ikpoba-Okha/Egor Federal Constituency, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, and the country at large,” the governor said.

“A consummate politician, he was a community mobiliser; firm and considerate in the discharge of his duties. He was compassionate, kind and hardworking.

“For the people of Ikpoba-Okha/Egor Constituency, he was a force to reckon with. He served diligently and promoted projects that enhanced the living standards of his people.

“He will be remembered for his selfless service and commitment to the development of his constituency.”

“I commiserate with the Ise-Idehen family, as well as friends of our great son, and pray that God will grant all the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Police Warn Edo Residents Against Cultism, Related Killings

A map of Edo, a state in the southern region of Nigeria.

 

The Edo State Police Command has warned residents of the state, especially Benin-City involved in cultism and related killings to desist from the act as recorded in the last 24 hrs.

The warning was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Jennifer Iwegbu.

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Iwegbu said the Command’s Crack team and Anti-cultism unit have been directed to immediately start an investigation into the ugly trend.

Suspects have reportedly been arrested by the police joint team and are said to cooperate with the police by providing useful information.

According to her, one Esosa, aged 35, and one Frank aged 34 were arrested at Iguosodin Community, Upper Siluko Road Benin city and allegedly confessed to being members of the dreaded Eiye confraternity.

This is even as one 18-year-old known as Minister and one Jeremiah, aged 22 were also apprehended at Eweka by Siluko Road, Benin City. The pair allegedly confessed to being members of the rival Aiye confraternity.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro, has ordered a massive deployment of operatives to ensure that peace is restored and perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to justice/arrested to face prosecution.

While commiserating with the bereaved families, Yaro assured the good people of Edo State, of the Command’s unrelenting efforts in ensuring that there is no hiding place for criminals.

Police Arrest Two Armed Robbery Suspects On Wanted List

A map of Edo, a state in the southern region of Nigeria.

 

Two suspected armed robbers have been arrested in Edo State as part of efforts by the police to rid Edo State of criminal elements.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Jennifer Iwegbu, disclosed this via a statement issued on Thursday.

She identified the suspects simply as one Oseghale and Abdullahi, saying they were nabbed by police operatives on Wednesday following credible intelligence received.

The suspects were said to have been terrorising the Agbede area and had been placed on the police wanted list.

They were reportedly tracked and arrested at their hideout in the Aviele area of Agbede in the Etsako West local government area of the state.

Items recovered from them included one locally-made pistol, two live cartridges, and a Toyota Camry car with reg. number KTU-970-GG and weed suspected to be Indian hemp.

According to the police spokesperson, the suspects are cooperating with the police investigation and will thereafter be charged in court.

This is even as the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, reiterated the Command’s commitment to raiding criminals’ hideouts.

He promised to maintain the tempo until criminal elements change their ways or relocate from Edo State.

Court Sentences Killer Of Ex-Edo Governor’s Mother To Death

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Edo State High Court has sentenced one Dominion Okoro to death by hanging for the murder of one Maria Oredola Igbinedion in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The convict, dominion, was at the time of the offence working as a maid to Madam Oredola, mother of a former governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion at Adolor Street off Water Resources in Ugbor, Government Residential Area of the state capital.

Justice Efe Ikponmwoba who delivered the judgement convicted Dominion on the three-count charge of murder, administering sedatives and robbery with violence filed against her.

The convict had confessed to drugging Madam Oredola and killing her with a stool on or about December 2, 2021, she also robbed the victim of N100,000 and made away with two wrist watches and jewellery.

She had subsequently escaped from the house and called her sister – Patience Okoro – who was later charged as the second defendant on a count of accessory after the fact to murder.

Justice Ikponmwoba discharged and acquitted the second defendant.