76-Year-Old Man, Fake Security Agent Arrested For Importing Drug Cookies

A photo combination of suspects arrested by NDLEA operatives in Edo State. Credit: NDLEA

 

A 76-year-old grandfather, Osagie Robert, has been arrested in the Egor, Oredo area of Edo State for importing drug chocolates and cookies from Canada into Nigeria to sell.

Also arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is a suspected fake security agent, Godwin Ilevbare, a.k.a Edwin Agbon.

The septuagenarian, popularly called old soldier, was arrested on January 7, for dealing in Cannabis while Ilevbare was nabbed during a controlled delivery of a consignment shipped into Nigeria through a courier company.

Soon after the suspect signed for the consignment, undercover operatives embedded in the courier firm arrested him at his apartment in Benin city on January 4.

NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed the arrest via a statement on Sunday, said the consignment, which emanated from Canada, contains Colorado brand of Cannabis concealed inside chocolates and cookies weighing 6.491 kilograms, while the drug cookies and chocolates weighed 5.566 kg and 0.383 kg respectively.

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“In a related development, a 48-year-old Iloduba Augustine, a passenger of Ethiopian airline that arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was on new year eve arrested and placed on observation during which he confessed to having swallowed 58 pellets of cocaine out of which he excreted 48 pellets which were delivered to a Kenyan while on transit in Addis Ababa for a fee of N1million,” the statement read.

“He said he continued his journey to Nigeria with the remaining 10 pellets in his stomach, which according to him, he intended to sell in Lagos. The wraps of cocaine were later excreted at 10:40 am on New Year day, 1st Jan.”

In Niger State, 23-year-old Simon Richard, a 500 level student of the Dept. of Agric Economics and Extension, Federal University of Technology, Minna was arrested at Gidan Kwano Talba road, Minna with different quantities of Loud and Tramadol on Thursday 6th January.

This is even as a 21-year-old lady, Shidoo Ben was arrested with 14 pinches of crack cocaine at Jada Hotel, Otukpo area of Benue State on January Friday 7.

She was said to have travelled from Abuja to sell the drug in Benue. T

In a raid in Jigbele Lota camp, Owo area of Ondo State, NDLEA operatives were led to the recovery of 598kg cannabis and the arrest of Chukwuemeka Azi on January 6.

In Ogun state, two suspects: Ajoke Samuel, 60, and Ogundairo Taye, 37, were arrested in Itaka and Odo Eran areas of Abeokuta North with different quantities of cannabis Sativa, just as Ibrahim Adamu and Yahaya Mohammed were nabbed with 81kg cannabis along Ilorin-Jebba expressway on Tuesday 4th Jan.

“In Plateau state, three siblings: Emmanuel Ngyang Jajoang; Timothy Ngyang Jajoang and Markus Ngyang Jajoang were arrested on Thursday 6th Jan. at Kwakwi village, Riyom LGA with different quantities of cannabis and a locally made pistol.

“At least, two suspects: Sunny Daniel and Joseph Chukwube were arrested in different parts of Rivers state with quantities of Methamphetamine; Heroin; Cannabis Sativa and Cocaine as well as N364, 500 cash on Thursday 6th Jan.

“In Delta state, NDLEA operatives supported by soldiers on Wednesday 5th Jan. raided a warehouse in Abbi town, Ndokwa West LGA, where two variants of cannabis; Loud and skunk weighing 56.5kg believed to be imported from a neighbouring country as well as two suspects: Miss Lillian Echicheli and Collins Uzokwe were seized,” the statement added.

In his remarks, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of Edo, Enugu Airport, Niger, Ogun, Kwara, Plateau, Rivers, Ondo, Benue and Delta commands for the arrests.

He equally hailed officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI, for starting the new year with a strong message to drug cartels that the agency will not relent in its determination and efforts against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.

Family Seeks Justice Over Killing Of Daughter For Alleged Ritual

 

 

The family of a 29-year-old, Elohor Oniorosa, allegedly killed during a visit to her boyfriend, Osaretin David, on Christmas eve is seeking justice.

Elohor’s parents explained that after waiting for hours for the National Diploma holder to return home from the visit and with calls to her line unanswered, they headed to the boyfriend’s apartment that evening.

Speaking to Channels Television, the victim’s mother, Comfort Oniorosa, said her daughter left the house for her boyfriend’s place thinking that his illness would have gotten worse.

According to her, the victim – a teacher in a private school –  didn’t brush as she left on December 24 after a call from David, a truck driver in Iguadolor community, Ovia North East Local Government Area.

But the victim’s father, Williams Oniorosa, said he met his daughter in her pool of blood, a situation that prompted him and the landlord to alert the police authorities.

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A photo combination of 29-year-old Elohor and her parents.

 

He thereafter led Channels Television to David’s apartment where the crime allegedly took place. The building was found under lock and key with no clue of the suspect’s whereabouts.

“When we got there, the landlord just pushed the door open and all we saw is that my daughter was lying in the pool of her blood. Everywhere, both the bedspread, the whole wall of the house was stained with blood. So we had to rush to the police, myself, and the landlord,” he said.

The police confirmed that the victim was found dead with deep machete cuts on parts of her body in the apartment of the young man who had recently returned from Ghana,  disclosing that a manhunt was on to apprehend the suspect who is on the run.

The landlord, Ifueko Ogieriakhi, was invited by the police to give a statement in which he explained why he locked up the suspect’s apartment.

He noted that the suspect’s properties were still there, hence the decision to prevent it from being burgled.

But the police authorities said they are ever determined to arrest the fleeing suspect and prosecute him if liable for the murder.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bello Kontongs, said if found that the suspect didn’t commit the crime, the police would ensure to unravel the circumstances that led to the murder of the victim.

Man Flees After Killing Girlfriend For Suspected Ritual In Edo

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The Edo State Police Command says it is in search of a man said to have killed his 29-year-old girlfriend in Iguadolo community for suspected ritual.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Kontongs Bello, identified the suspect as Osas and the victim as Elohor Oniorosa.

According to him, Elohor’s father, Williams, lodged a complaint on Friday last week at the Ogida Divisional Police Headquarters that his daughter has been murdered.

In his statement, Williams said Osas whom he confirmed to be his daughter’s boyfriend and residing in the same community called her on Christmas eve that he was sick and his daughter left for his house.

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Having anticipated her return till evening and she didn’t show up, the father called her phone but it was switched off.

On that note, he decided to go to the boyfriend’s house where he met the landlord and informed him why he was there.

Bello narrated that the landlord directed Williams to Osas apartment where they both forced the door open and saw the body of poor Elohor lying in the pool of her blood.

“Following the report, police operatives were immediately mobilised to the scene, where they met the young woman lying in the pool of her blood, and a cutlass with blood stain close to her,” he said.

“On close observation, there was a deep machete cut on her neck, a photograph was taken, and the corpse has been moved to Central Hospital Mortuary, Benin City for preservation.”

The said Osas, according to the command’s spokesman, has since fled the scene after committing the crime and an investigation is ongoing to ensure the suspect is arrested.

“To this end the CP, Edo State Police Command, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu PSC (+), while sympathising with the family of the deceased victim, assures them that the police will do everything possible to ensure the victim is brought to book and face the consequence of his devilish act,” he said.

No Matter The Persuasion, I Won’t Join Another Political Party – Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki speaks during the Alaghodaro Summit in Benin City.

 

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has said he has no plans to join another political party, reassuring that his party affiliation will not alter development plans for the state.

Obaseki, who spoke during a Banquet in Benin City, as part of activities for this year’s Alaghodaro Summit, said his government is committed to ensuring a progressive and prosperous Edo State where all citizens will live life to the fullest.

“No matter the persuasion to join any political party, I will not. I will continue to provide leadership for all Edo people. We don’t need to join another political party to develop Edo State to become a home for all,” he said.

“Our goal is to position Edo where it should be, as our State has been created to provide leadership for this country; that is how it has been and will always be.”

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Obaseki said the Alaghodaro Summit has become a platform which his administration is using to prepare the youths of the Edo State for tomorrow’s leadership position.

According to him, “Our politics is being driven by data. We will continue to do our best as a government to make life better for our people who trusted us with their votes.

“In the last five years, we have been in the foundation laying stage for the development of Edo State. That era has passed and now, it’s time to move as fast as possible in developing the State as the challenges and barriers have been taken care of.”

Earlier, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Edo State, John- Odigie Oyegun commended Obaseki for curbing irregular migration among Edo youths.

According to him, “Today, our youths are no longer traveling through the Mediterranean Sea as you have curbed the menace of irregular migration. Our youths are now being prepared for the future with the use of technology.

“When Edo prospers, the nation will prosper; our artifacts are all over the world, our achievements are all over; this is what Alaghodaro is all about.”

#EndSARS Memorial: Youths Hold Processions in Edo, Oyo, Osun, Other States

Youths in Edo State during the #EndSARS memorial on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

 

Youths on Wednesday held a memorial procession across the country to mark the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests and to honour victims of police brutality.

The procession started in Lagos, the commercial capital city with a drive-through procession. Youths drove through the Lekki toll gate blaring horns of their vehicles and waving the Nigerian flag.

In Abuja, Youths gathered at the Unity Fountain and marched across some of the major streets in the nation’s capital.

From the Unity Fountain, the youths marched towards the National Assembly but they were intercepted by a team of security operatives.

Justice For Victims

In Edo State, youths gathered around the national museum in Benin City, the Edo State capital in commemoration of the one year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

They demanded that the recommendations of the Edo Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality and related issues be implemented.

Miracle Ailenokhuoria during the #EndSARS memorial in Edo State.

 

Some of the victims of police brutality were also at the memorial including those allegedly shot during the protest last year.

Two young men said they were shot by security operatives during the Endsars protest in Ekpoma and Auchi, in October 2020. They appealed to relevant authorities for justice and support that would help them return to a normal life.

One of the victims, Steven Ohimai said his leg was amputated following the shooting incident while the other, Miracle Ailenokhuoria said he was shot in the hip and is still undergoing treatment.

Procession In South-West

Processions were also held in the southwest region of the country. In Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, youths carrying placards gathered at the entrance of the government secretariat in Agodi.

Youths in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, during the #EndSARS memorial on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

 

They marched from Iwo road interchange and proceeded through the main road to Idi Ape, Gate, and reached the government secretariat.

Security operatives monitored the protesters to prevent the breakdown of law and order and miscreants from taking over the procession.

Youths in Osogbo under the umbrella body of Osun Civil Society Movement organised a public lecture while others marched through the streets.

Youths in Osun State during the #EndSARS memorial on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

 

The procession took off around 12 pm at Ita Olokan Area as the youths marched through Station Road. They ended up at Freedom Park, Osogbo where they gathered and chanted songs of solidarity demanding an end to police brutality and demanding for good governance.

Procession restricted

The situation was different in Enugu as protesters were not allowed to gather for the memorial at the Michael Okpara square.

The gate to the venue of the planned procession was locked and journalists were restricted from the venue.

The security operatives on joint patrol were positioned in the area while others were seen patrolling the city.

 

Ranching Is Private Business, Acknowledge Edo Method – Obaseki Tells FG

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that ranching is a private business and must be treated as such.

Speaking after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, Obaseki said Edo people would rather invest privately in the ranching business. Obaseki told newsmen at the State House that the clashes between farmers and herders could be resolved with a full implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP).

He, however, urged the Federal Government to “acknowledge” the Edo State model. Throwing some more light on the model of his state, Obaseki said those involved in ranching are expected to provide the land.

The governor stated that during his interaction with President Buhari, he tabled his people’s opinion as regards the ranching practice. Further making a case for his state, Obaseki said the NLTP should be able to “help Edo people benefit from the funding that is now being made available for people who want to go into the livestock business and have made investments in ranches and other similar livestock programmes,”.

Obaseki explained that the private view of the ranching exercise is a key reason the Edo State Government is yet to promulgate a law banning open grazing.

“As you know, most southern states have passed laws relating to open grazing but Edo State has not. Because we want to ensure that whatever laws we pass are laws that we can enforce.”

At the briefing, the governor also debunked rumours suggesting that he would be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated that as a politician of repute, his conscience would not allow him to betray those who gave him shelter when there was a political storm.

Obaseki explained that he did not leave the APC on his own terms, but was forced out, an action he says will not allow him to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)where he got support in his time of need.

“I think I’ve shown that I’m a politician with integrity and I have made it very clear that I didn’t leave the other party on my own. I was pushed out of the party, and someone else gave me cover, gave me an opportunity.

“It will not be the right thing to do to now leave who helped you, who gave you the umbrella in your storm, and then go back to the person who pushed you out.”

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A Case For E-Transmission 

President Muhammadu Buhari in an elbow bump with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State during the governor’s visit to the Nigerian leader at the State House on Wednesday, September 13th, 2021. Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina.

 

Reacting to the Senate’s decision to reverse its earlier resolution on electronic transmission of election results, Governor Obaseki said he remains a proponent of the course.

According to the governor, PDP would not have won the last election in Edo State, but for the deployment of technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“If not for the technology utilised by INEC, and God, I may not be governor today. So, I am one of those people who believe that we cannot and should not have elections in this country, going into the future, without transmitting results electronically from the polling units, because for elections to be credible, they have to be seen as transparent and once you have voted, you should be assured that your vote will count.

“With technology today, it is possible and INEC has shown it from my elections, that as soon as you voted, and the results have been counted in the polling units, then that result should be made available, such that you already know what you expect to be collated at the ward collation points.

“What has happened in many cases in the past is that people go and vote, the votes are counted in the polling units. They know, but by the time it gets to the collation point, it changes.

“But this time around, because of the transparency, everybody will see and know what they are expecting to be collated from the polling units. That is what happened in my election.

“So, I am a very strong advocate for electronic transmission of results from elections and I want to also note that from my personal experience, INEC has the capacity, INEC has the technology, and also the understanding of how these things should work,” Obaseki said.

 

Man Slumps As Edo Pensioners Stage Protest

A pensioner carries a placard to protest the non-payment of their gratuities in Edo State on October 11, 2021.

 

An elderly man on Monday collapsed in Edo State as retirees protested over their unpaid pensions and gratuities by the state government.

During the exercise, the senior citizens disrupted the flow of traffic at Ring Road in Benin City, the state capital while airing their grievances.

Most of them, dressed in black top and black trousers, carried placards bearing different inscriptions like ‘Governor Obaseki, please pay us our gratuity,’ ‘All we are saying pay us our gratuity,’ ‘Pensioners need gratuity to take care of our health and family’ among others.

Suddenly, one of their colleagues slumped, a situation that forced the other protesters to suddenly rush him to a nearby hospital for treatment.

According to them, the non-payment of their gratuity dates back to the administration of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

While noting that they have had enough, the retirees insisted that they have been denied the harmonisation of their pensions in Edo State and that the harmonisation is backed by law.

One of the pensioners, Godwin Egbon, accuse the Edo State Government of not harmonising their pensions.

 

One of the pensioners, Godwin Egbon, told Channels Television that whenever there is a salary increase, pensions should also be increased by the same percentage.

“The Constitution says whenever there is salary increase, pensioners’ pension should also be increased by the same percentage but nothing is being said and nothing is being done,” he said.

“Worst still, the ‘Comrade Governor’ Oshiomhole, a union man who ought to have corrected these ills, did not do it.”

The pensioners also alleged that the state government connived with some union members to withdraw one percent from their already lean pension as dues for their unions.

‘Govt Does Not Owe A Penny’

Some of the pensioners take a rest during the protest in Benin City on October 11, 2021.

 

But the state government says it is caught in the crossfire between two opposing pensioner union members, insisting that is the main reason for the protest.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Crusoe Osagie said the state government does not owe the pensioners a dime.

“There is supposed to be a statutory one percent deduction which they have not ironed out among themselves yet, so that is what is causing this crisis,” he said.

“The state government is caught in a cross-fire of disagreements within pension unions in the state. Whatever happened today with pensioners’ protest didn’t have anything to do with protests being owed because this state government does not owe a penny.”

Obaseki Swears In 11 Commissioners, Two Special Advisers

Governor Godwin Obaseki in a group photograph with the newly inaugurated commissioners and special advisers at the Edo State Government House, Benin on October 6, 2021.

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has sworn-in 11 commissioners and two special advisers as members of the Edo State Executive Council (EXCO).

They include Joseph Eboigbe, the Commissioner for Finance; Prof. Obehi Akoria, Health; Mrs. Otse Momoh-Omorogbe, Budget and Planning; Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, Education; Isoken Omo, Physical Planning and Urban Development.

Others are Moses Agbukor, Water Resources; Ethan Uzamere, Mining, Gas and Oil; Maria Edeko, Social Development and Gender; Monday Osaigbovo, Local Government; Andrew Emwanta, Communication and Orientation, while Oluwole Iyamu is the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

The two special advisers are Crusoe Osagie, who was appointed as Special Adviser, Media Projects and Sarah Esangbedo Ajose-Adeogun, appointed as Special Adviser, Strategy, Policy, Projects and Performance Management.

The inaugural EXCO meeting was held after the commissioners and special advisers were sworn-in.

“We must advocate transparency and uphold accountability in all we do in our respective portfolios. In enthroning a high-performance culture, an organizational performance scorecard has been developed for each ministry,” Governor Obaseki said.

“The scorecard will be deployed in tracking key performance targets and deliverables of each Ministry and reports will be demanded on a quarterly basis. A formal assessment of performance targets and results achieved by each Ministry shall be conducted. These shall form the basis of further review and linkages to other key human resource processes.”

He continued: “On our part, we have articulated, in the MEGA Agenda, a vision of where we want Edo State to be before 2050. Making Edo Great Again and Edo becoming the best state to live and prosper in Nigeria are promises we have made to the good people of Edo State who massively turned out to vote for this government in September 2020.

“As commissioners and special advisers, the height of people’s expectations of you and the government you represent are unprecedented. We have no choice but to meet and deliver on the expectations of the people. As we serve the people, we must become champions of high performance, disciplined in execution and results-oriented.”

“Timely response to the needs and requests from our people must become rooted in our DNA. We must demonstrate and demand ‘value for money’, a commercial mindset not previously associated with the Public Service,” he added.

He noted that the new members of the State Executive Council must embrace the Six Pillars of the MEGA Agenda and ensure it constitutes a rallying platform that shall generate an irreversible momentum that will industrialize, transform and build the capacity required to take advantage of the state natural endowments.

Police Rescue 10 Kidnap Victims In Edo

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Police have rescued 10 kidnap victims who were intercepted by hoodlums in Edo State.

The victims were said to have been travelling from one of the eastern states to Abuja when a group of hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers stopped them and took them to a bush in the Okpella area of Edo State.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello, said operatives of the command with the help of local vigilantes swung into action to rescue the victims in the bush.

He noted that the kidnappers noticing the team of operatives in their den hurriedly abandoned the victims and escaped into the thick forest.

“Nine (9) of the kidnapped victims were all rescued unhurt. They were advised to continue their journey after profiling them”.

SP Bello added that the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, has enjoined the general public to continue to support the police by providing credible information that will help in the fight against crime and criminal elements in the state.

People Are Making COVID-19 Vaccination A Political Issue, Obaseki Laments

File photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has lamented that people were making the COVID-19 vaccination a political issue.

Speaking when he received the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof. Darlington Obaseki, at the Government House in Benin City, the governor asked the residents to get vaccinated and ensure compliance with preventive protocols against the spread of the virus.

“I am saddened when I see people not protecting themselves against COVID-19. We are not making vaccination compulsory, but for now, it is the best way to protect yourselves and protect the people around you. It is so sad to see people making it a political issue,” he added.

“Go to any of our isolation centers and see what is happening to people.”

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Obaseki reassured that his government will sustain reforms in the healthcare system to reposition the state as the country’s medical hub.

According to the governor, the state government outbreak has drawn lessons on how to improve the healthcare delivery system following the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added, “God forbid you to fall ill or you have an emergency, it won’t matter where you are treated. At that point, you don’t care if it is a federal, state, or religious institution, as long as you get cured.”

 

Police Arrest Three Suspected Cultists For Assaulting Lady in Edo

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The police in Edo State have arrested three suspected cultists for assaulting a TikTok star simply identified as Olivia.

Edo Police Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello, said a viral video clip showed the suspects assaulting and humanizing the victim.

Following the directive from the Commissioner of Police, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, for a discreet investigation and intelligence-based approach to unravel those behind the dastardly act, the cultists were nabbed at different locations in Benin City, he said on Friday.

The suspects, identified as Omozejele John, Smart Ogbeide and Tajudeen Afesume, were between 29 and 30 years.

The police spokesman explained that the trio had “all confessed to the crime and further confessed to being members of Aye Secret Cult”.

According to him, they are cooperating with police investigations and are already providing useful information that will lead to the arrest of other cult members on the run.

This is even as the Commissioner of Police directed that the suspects be charged to court, vowing that cult groups and other criminals will not be allowed to operate in the state.

Edo Govt To Demolish Illegal Structures Under High Tension

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

 

The Edo State Government has said it will commence the demolition of illegal structures constructed under high tension cables and other unauthorised places across the state.

In a statement on Friday, the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie said the government will no longer tolerate the violation of the State Extant Town Planning Laws and Regulations.

“The Edo State Government has observed that some illegal developers and squatters have continued the unwholesome practice of engaging in street trading and other associated activities in unsuitable locations such as under the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) High Tension Lines particularly at Trinity Way, Abuja Quarters, Benin City,” the government said in the statement,

“Government strongly condemns this act of violation of the State Extant Town Planning Laws and Regulations especially as these quarters had previously been issued violation/removal notices which have since expired.”

It said “the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development will immediately commence the demolition of such illegal structures following the expiration of the notices earlier served to all such developers.

“For the avoidance of doubt, developers and squatters who fail to relocate, vacate or comply with the notice will be visited with the full sanctions of the laws including removal of such illegal structures and recovering the cost of carrying out the action from them.”