Police Warn Edo Vigilante Groups Against Detention Camps, Illegal Duty

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Any vigilante member who engages in illegal duty or other criminal activities will be arrested and prosecuted, the police have warned.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Isaac Akinmoyede, also cautioned vigilante groups against maintaining detention camps.

He stressed that all suspects arrested should be immediately handed over to the police for diligent investigation and possible prosecution.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the zone, Tijani Momoh, revealed in a statement on Friday that the AIG issued the warning on Tuesday at a meeting with the leaders and members of the Edo State Security Network (Vigilante), and top police officers in Edo.

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This followed an incident of murder, arson, and sporadic shooting at Ugonoba community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state.

On Sunday, the police received information that the house of the community leader was set ablaze by hoodlums as a result of the killing of a member of Ugonoba.

Thereafter, police operatives from Okhauhie Division were mobilised to the scene and while the Divisional Police Officer was addressing the aggrieved youths of the community, some vigilante officials were said to have arrived in three vehicles and started shooting sporadically.

This left the DPO and two other policemen, as well as an unspecified number of residents injured, leading to the directive of the AIG that the case be thoroughly investigated and all those involved in the shooting be brought to book.

He also called for strict supervision and regulation of the activities of vigilante groups operating in Edo and asked the Commissioner of Police in the state to profile all the vigilante officials to avoid a situation where criminals infiltrate their ranks.

Akinmoyede informed the meeting that soon, training would be organised for the vigilante members to enable them work hand in hand with the police, especially in the area of intelligence gathering and operational duties.

He, however, acknowledged the contributions of the vigilante members in aiding the police in the fight against crime and charged them to continue to carry out their duties professionally.

Obaseki Flags Off COVID-19 Second Dose Vaccination In Edo

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday flagged off his state’s second dose vaccination exercise against coronavirus disease, urging those who took the first dose to make themselves available for the booster dose meant to provide full protection against the virus.

Governor Obaseki flagged off the exercise at the State Secretariat Complex, along Sapele Road, Benin City.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of our campaign to rid our state of the dreaded coronavirus. The virus has changed the way we live and interact with one another globally,” he said.

“It is heartwarming today that we continue with our gradual return to our normal lives with the commencement of the second dose coronavirus vaccination. With this, we hope for brighter days ahead as we collectively fight to defeat the virus.

“The second dose vaccination exercise commences today, June 1, and will last for 40 days, during which period we intend to get the vaccines to our people, including frontline workers who are 18 years and above across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.”

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Obaseki said the second dose is a booster dose which will provide full protection against the coronavirus disease, adding: “The flag off is important to create awareness in the state and boost public confidence in the safety and efficiency of the vaccines.”

“I took the first dose. Despite all the fears expressed, nothing happened. I am here today to flag off the second dose vaccination. Unfortunately, I can’t take my second dose today because the time scheduled for me is not due. I will be due for the second dose on the 12th of June. However, some people have earlier dates. That is why the programme is launched today. I will take my second dose on the 12th of June and you will be invited to know the importance of the vaccination.”

Noting that the vaccines will be rolled out in phases, the governor said the first phase is being administered to frontline workers, strategic leaders and the elderly.

He explained that the second and third phases will follow and the rest of the eligible population will take turns to be vaccinated, adding that the goal of his administration is to vaccinate about 70 percent of the population.

Obaseki added, “For those who have not been vaccinated, it is important to take the vaccine because, by the end of June, it might be almost impossible to travel around the world without a vaccination certificate.

“Government alone can’t fix this pandemic. We must all play our part by adhering to COVID 19 protocol to enable us to protect our loved ones, even after taking the second dose of the vaccines.”

Governor Obaseki seized the opportunity to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and role played in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that different stakeholders, particularly development partners, worked in synergy with the Edo State Government in ridding the state of the virus.

He stated further, “We have vaccinated 38,500 people in the first phase of the first dose vaccination exercise. We are expecting that 38,500 people will come forward for their second dose. It is only then that you will have full immunization.”

Supreme Court Dismisses APC Forgery Suit Against Obaseki

A photo combination of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and a court gavel.

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) forgery suit against the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

The court dismissed the suit for lack of merit.

It was filed against Governor Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The apex court’s judgement comes two days after the Court of Appeal in Benin upheld the victory of Governor Obaseki of Edo at the 2020 governorship election.

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The judgement was delivered barely two months after the Elections Petitions Tribunal struck out the petition by the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its governorship candidate, Iboi Lucky.

ADP had challenged the outcome of the September 19, 2020, governorship election, which returned Mr Obaseki of the PDP as governor of Edo.

In its ruling, the appellate court held that Obaseki did not forge his certificates with which he contested the 2020 governorship election.

The court, therefore, dismissed the appeal filed by the ADP and its candidate.

Constitutional Amendment Must Reflect Edo People’s Interest – Obaseki

File photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki during a meeting at the Government House in Benin City on April 7, 2021.

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday called for an amendment of the 1999 Constitution that will reflect the interest of the Edo people.

He stated this during the Edo State Summit on the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committees on the 1999 Constitution Review, held at the Government House in Benin City.

Others present at the summit are Secretary to State Government, Osarodion Ogie,  Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun; community, religious and traditional leaders and heads of civil society groups, among others.

The governor, represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu noted that the Constitution review was an opportunity for the people to own the process of making a true Nigerian Constitution, rather than delegating it to a section of the people.

He said, “Edo’s position in the constitutional amendment is that it must represent Edo people; the Government represents the people and our contribution is needed.

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“I am appealing to the National Assembly to separate the clauses of all the deeds to be canvassed for if truly the amended constitution will be a product of Nigeria. This will enable us to have a choice when it’s brought back for adoption at the State House of Assembly so that our representatives will choose in line with our presentation today.”

The governor noted that “From today’s presentation, some are clamouring for a one-term of six years for a President and Governors, while others say a term of four years for Chairmen of Local Government Councils.

“Others say the bicameral legislature should be replaced by the unicameral legislature. The National Assembly should look at the issues as it comes and not join all these issues together. If the Constitution is to be amended, it should be done within the next three months.”

Police Kill Three Kidnappers, Rescue Seven Victims In Edo

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

 

 

The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the death of three kidnappers and the rescue of seven victims in Edo State.

According to the command, a combined tactical team from the Nigerian Police Force, Edo state command and vigilante rescued the victims who were kidnapped along the Benin bye-pass over the weekend and taken to the nearby forest.

The kidnappers are said to have demanded a ransom of 20 million naira from each of the victims but later reduced the sum to 5 million naira which they were unable to pay before they were rescued on Monday.

This is the second time within days that kidnapped passengers have been rescued from the forest as 13 others were rescued last Saturday.

The Edo State Police Command is again asking residents and anyone with information capable of aiding crime-fighting not to hesitate to come forward with such information.

Police Kill Three Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Seven Kidnap Victims

Some of the suspects rescued by the police.

 

The Edo State Police Command has killed three suspected kidnappers and rescued seven abducted victims in the state.

According to a statement issued on Monday by the police spokesman in the state, SP Kontongs Bello, the victims were rescued after security operatives combed the Ahor forest along Benin-Auchi Expressway, Benin City.

It was gathered that the rescued victims were travelling from different parts of the country to Benin City, Edo, Delta and Anambra States.

The victims were identified as Daniel Musa, Anslem Obaladike, John Rufus, Best Osarenrere, Okideli Uwachukwu, Unoma John and Festus Francis.

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The police spokesman said the victims have been taken to the police cottage hospital for check-up and treatment, adding that police operatives in collaboration with local vigilante have to comb the bush until every kidnapper operating within various forests within the state is forced to relocate.

“The combined team encountered the kidnappers at Ahor axis, engaged them in a fierce gun battle killing three of the kidnappers and rescued seven kidnapped victims,” he said.

While reiterating the commitment of the State Police Command to rid Edo of criminal elements, Bello warned kidnappers and other criminal elements to relocate from the state or risk being arrested.

Police Rescue Two Kidnapped Victims In Edo, Recover N200,000

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The Police have rescued two kidnapped victims and recovered N200,000 from the scene in Edo State.

The victims identified as Okeke Emmanuel (37) and Rilwan Adewale (36) both male were traveling in a Sienna Bus from Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Lagos before they were kidnapped by gunmen on April 25, 2021, along Ahor bypass and taken into the bush where they met other victims.

In a statement by the spokesman of the command, SP Kontongs Bello, the victims were rescued along Lagos Bypass by Ahor community, Benin City.

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“On receipt of the information, the Police operatives immediately swung into action and rescued two (2) of the victims after an exchange of gun battle with the hoodlums.

“In the process, one of the victims, Adewale Rilwan sustained injuries from the use of matchet by the hoodlums.

“He is presently receiving treatment in the hospital. Also, the sum of #200,000 was recovered from the scene.

“The victims’ investigation is in progress to clamp down on the fleeing kidnappers”, the statement added.

Read Full Statement Below:

POLICE PRESS STATEMENT

RESCUE OF KIDNAPPED  VICTIMS/RECOVERY OF
CASH SUM OF #200,000

Today being 28/04/2021 at about 1030hrs, Men of the Edo State Police Command rescued two (2) kidnapped victims identified as Okeke Emmanuel ‘m’ age 37 and Rilwan Adewale ‘m’ age 36.
They were rescued along Lagos Bypass by Ahor community, Benin City. On receipt of the information, the Police operatives immediately swung into action and rescued two (2) of the victims after an exchange of gun battle with the hoodlums. In the process, one of the victims, Adewale Rilwan sustained injuries from the use of matchet by the hoodlums. He is presently receiving treatment in the hospital. Also, the sum of #200,000 was recovered from the scene.

The victims were traveling in a Sienna Bus from Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Lagos before three (3) of them were kidnapped by gunmen on the 25th of April, 2021 at about 0300hrs along Ahor bypass and were taken into the bush where they also met other victims. The investigation is in progress to clamp down on the fleeing kidnappers.

The Commissioner of Police Edo State, CP Phillip Aliyu Ogbadu, psc (+) is calling on the good people of Edo State and the general public to avail the command with useful information that will expose criminal elements in the EDO state.

SP KONTONGS BELLO,
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
EDO STATE COMMAND.

COVID-19: Edo Govt Asks Residents To Support Efforts In Fighting Pandemic

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

 

The Edo State Government has urged residents to complement its efforts at winning the war against the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) as the state continues to record remarkable success in the management of the pandemic.

Edo State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, gave the charge during the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

He reassured that the government will continue to step up efforts to contain the pandemic and protect citizens, noting that there was a need for all residents to comply with preventive protocols to ensure the government totally ends the pandemic in the state.

“We urge everyone to complement the government’s efforts at containing the pandemic by adhering to guidelines to curtail the spread of the virus across all our communities. We must continue to wear your facemask when in public; wash your hands regularly under running water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and observe social distancing.”

Obi said decontamination of homes and offices of infected persons, contact tracing and line listing activities, enforcement of the state’s COVID-19 preventive protocols, and the vaccination of eligible members of the public, among other activities to contain the second wave of the pandemic are still ongoing.

The Incident Manager who said that only three active cases are in all its isolation centres, maintained that Edo has continued to record a progressive decline in active cases, case positivity and fatality rates, as well as an impressive rise in recovery rate.

According to him, “Edo, in the last 24 hours, collected 72 samples for testing and recorded one new case, two recoveries and zero deaths.”

Obi further charged residents with any COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.

COVID-19: Edo Govt Intensifies Active Case Search In 18 LGAs

A health worker seen wearing a PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Edo State Government has intensified active case search and targeted sample collection and testing activities for coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state’s 18 local councils, as part of efforts to totally contain the pandemic and protect residents.

Edo State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi disclosed this during the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Obi said decontamination of homes and offices of infected persons, contact tracing and line listing activities, enforcement of the state’s COVID-19 preventive protocols and the vaccination of eligible members of the public, among other activities to contain the second wave of the pandemic are still ongoing.

He noted the state government has continued to record a progressive decline in active cases, case positivity and fatality rates, as well as an impressive rise in recovery rate, noting that the development is an indication that the outbreak has been significantly contained in the state.

According to him, “Edo, in the last 24 hours collected 79 samples and recorded no new cases, zero recoveries, and no deaths, with five active cases that are being managed in various treatment and isolation centers in the state. We have not recorded any new case in the past four days and no death in over 25 days.”

The Incident Manager who disclosed that over 33,700 persons have been vaccinated in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise, further charged the elderly, health workers and other eligible members of the public to avail themselves of the opportunity and get vaccinated against the deadly virus.

While urging citizens to continue to comply with the state’s preventive protocols against the spread of the infectious disease, Obi charged those with COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000, for assistance.

 

 

Police Rescue 19 Children, Seven Others In Edo

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The Edo State Police Command in collaboration with the vigilante group has rescued 26 victims suspected to have been trafficked from Ebonyi, Imo, Abia, Anambra and Akwa Ibom states.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Kontongs Bello, the victims comprise 19 children, one teenager and six women.

He said those rescued were heading towards Evbuotubu in Ekenwan Road axis of Benin City before rescue came their way.

According to the police spokesman, the women were lured from their various home states by a woman named Jennifer (also called Ezinne), noting that the suspect is now on the run.

“They were lured in a guise that Edo State Government is giving financial support to single mothers with newborn babies especially twins,” the statement partly read.

“The women said they were forced to go for street begging for their mistress Jennifer. They further stated that only pea-nut is given to them to take care of their children and feeding from the proceed of begging.”

Bello also called on the residents of the state to disregard some social media reports indicating that some women and children were rescued from a baby factory by the Police in Benin City.

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He blamed the reports on some mischief makers whom he said engaged in the publication to paint Edo State in a bad light.

“The women and children have since been handed over to Edo State Ministry of Women Affairs for rehabilitation and a possible return to their home States while effort also is in place to arrest the fleeing mistress,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Edo State, CP Phillip Aliyu Ogbadu, has urged media practitioners and members of the public to always verify their source of information before publication in order not to mislead the general public.

He warned criminal elements to eschew crime, relocate to other states or face the full wrath of the law.

The police boss further advised parents to be wary of unknown persons who come promising heaven on earth to their children as the result is always catastrophic.

Speaking further, he assured the law-abiding citizens of the state to go about their lawful businesses, reiterating the Command’s commitment to rid the state of criminal activities.

How Security Operatives Foiled A Jailbreak At Edo Custodial Centre – NCoS

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Security operatives have thwarted an attempted jailbreak by inmates at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Ubiaja in Edo State.

Aminu Suleman, who is the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Edo State Command, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the incident occurred on Wednesday following a riot after the inmates refused to return to their cells.

According to the command spokesman, some inmates later instigated others to effect a jailbreak for possible escape after they heard about the incidents at the correctional facilities in Oko and Benin in Edo, as well as the recent attack on the custodial centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He noted that the riot by the inmates led to violence during which cells, admin blocks, and medical office were damaged, while the inmates bored holes on the perimeter fence in a bid to escape from custody.

Suleman, however, said the jailbreak was foiled by armed personnel of the correctional service, police, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and Department of State Services (DSS).

He added that the security personnel overpowered the inmates and took full control of the situation after which the inmates returned to their cells.

A screengrab taken on April 5, 2021, shows the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) custodial centre which was attacked by gunmen in Imo State.

 

The command spokesman stated that no inmate escaped from custody and no life was lost, although some staff and inmates were injured.

Read the full statement below:

JAILBREAK FOILED AT UBIAJA CUSTODIAL CENTRE

Date: 2021/04/16

On Wednesday 14th April 2021, the inmates at Medium Security Custodial Centre Ubiaja attempted a jailbreak. This started as unrest by the inmates refusing to return to their cells on been opened out as it is the routine practice.

Investigations later revealed that some hardened criminals among the inmates instigated others to riot having heard of what happened at Oko, Benin, and Owerri to effect jailbreak for possible escape.

This led to violence, damaging of cells, the admin blocks, medical office, and boring of holes on the perimeter fence in a bid to facilitate their escape from custody.

They were eventually repelled and overpowered due to the re-enforcement of armed personnel of the Correctional Service, the Police Force, Nigerian Army, NSCDC, and the DSS who were deployed to the Custodial center to ensure calm and full control of the situation.

The situation is fully under control with the inmates returned to their cells. No life was lost but some staff and inmates sustained various degrees of injuries and no inmate escaped from custody.

The Controller who was at the Custodial Centre in person thanked the various sister security agencies for the effective synergy and prompt response. This he described as a clear statement to the public that there is a commitment to peace and security in the state.

He therefore also assures the general public of peace and calm of the various custodial centers in Edo state command.

DSC AMINU S. SULEMAN

COMMAND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

NIGERIAN CORRECTIONAL SERVICE

EDO STATE COMMAND

Team Delta Win 20th National Sports Festival

Team Delta react after emerging winners of the 2020 National Sports Festival in Edo State on April 14, 2021. Credit: @nsf_edo

 

Team Delta have emerged as the winners of the 2020 National Sports Festival which held in Edo State.

The 20th edition of the festival kicked off on April 2 and ended on April 14.

On the other hand, Team Edo came second with 129 gold, 104 silver, and 108 bronze while Team Bayelsa finished a third with 56 gold, 55 silver, and 58 bronze.

Delta emerged as the champions of the competition with after raking in a total of 158 gold, 116 silver, and 110 bronze.

The state that came fourth in the 12-day event is Rivers with 33 gold, 34 silver, and 61 bronze after which Lagos took the fifth position with 32 gold, 40 silver, 54 bronze; Oyo sixth – 31 gold, 30 silver, 42 bronze.

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While Akwa Ibom emerged the seventh position with 20 gold, 24 silver, and 44 bronze, Akwa, Ogun followed next with 16 gold, 23 silver, 39 bronze to emerge eighth.

Kano took the ninth position with 11 gold, 22 silver, 33 bronze, and Imo took 10th place with 10 gold, 13 silver, and 26 bronze.

Final Medals Table

The Final Medals Table