The Edo State Police Command has arrested five persons connected with the kidnap and killing of Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, Paul Erie, of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Igbanke community Edo State.
In an interview with Channels Television, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, confirmed that his command had been on the trail of the kidnappers since the abduction of two Chinese nationals in the same area.
He said that the Police would soon catch up with other members of the gang still on the run.
The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has emerged as the new Chairman of the South South Governors Forum following a meeting which is recorded as the first to be held shortly after the unveiling of the Calabar International Convention Center.
The governors of the BRACED Commission unanimously endorsed the Edo State Governor following his wealth of experience which other South South state governors believe can be beneficial to the region.
Adams Oshiomhole, speaking after unveiling the Calabar International Convention Center in Cross River State, South South Nigeria, described the center as beautiful image to Nigeria’s Tourism Sector.
Speaking on the importance of the 5,000 Capacity Calabar International Convention Center to the South South region, the new Chairman described the edifice as a well packaged parting gift from Liyel Imoke to not just Cross River State but the South South region and Nigeria as a whole.
The Comrade, who was overwhelmed by the project, described Liyel Imoke as a silent achiever in spite of the financial constraints the state is faced with.
Oshiomhole reasoned that by this feat, Imoke has laid a solid foundation for his successor to build on, thereby boosting the tourism map of the state.
In his remarks, Imoke disclosed that, the project which was 95% complete, is a catalyst to bringing alive other tourism related investments in the state.
The BRACED comprises of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta States and had in attendance representatives who were part of installing its new leadership.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the cordial relationship between the outgoing Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, and President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, as one of the positive things coming from Nigeria to the international community in a long while.
Governor Oshiomhole, during the convocation ceremony of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma was reacting to the visit of the President-elect to President Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
He remarked that the current circumstance shows that Nigeria has moved ahead.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led Federal Government of defrauding Nigerians of kerosene price as N150 per litre, instead of N50.
Oshiomhole said this in Benin while addressing defectors from the opposition party, PDP.
The Governor stated that the Federal Government had deprived the masses of enjoying the benefits of the natural resources bestowed on the country by God through shady subsidies on crude oil.
This, he said, has been the case for 16 years since PDP assumed power.
Oshiomole added, “The man who has a shop must close by 6pm. If he operates beyond 6pm, he must put on a generator set and buy petrol or diesel.
“From Otuoke to Benin City, Lagos, Ekpoma, Iyahmo and Sokoto, kerosene is now between the price of N150 and N160 per litre. For every N150 you spend in buying kerosene, the PDP steals N100 because in the books of NNPC, they have it in record that kerosene is N50 per litre.”
The State Governor commended the quality of the defectors whom he described as knowledgeable.
He further said, “Today is not just the fact of the huge number in this hall but it is also about the quality of the brains that have now joined us.
“In a world that is knowledge-driven, it is only the party that can parade the best brains that can drive the sustainable change that Nigeria is currently battling with in order to bail our country from its present political quagmire.”
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has confirmed the appointment of Professor Cordelia Agbebaku as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.
Governor Oshiomhole, who said that the government’s decision was borne out of the fact that the Vice Chancellor has brought stability and development to the university, made the disclosure at the State Government House in Benin City when he received traditional rulers from Edo Central Senatorial district.
The Governor also assured that he would continue to do his best to make the point that Edo is one and the same, adding that the state is driven by merit and not ethnicity.
Earlier, the royal fathers from Edo Central, who were led by the Onojie of Opoji, Ehidiamen 1, thanked Governor Oshiomhole for the development in their domains and assured him of their partnership to move the state forward.
Edo state police command have paraded 50 suspected criminals, including the kidnappers of Dr. Izebuwa who was murdered in Ekpoma by his abductors.
While addressing Journalist on the issue, the State Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, thanked the people for their support in the fight against criminality, stating that 2014 will be very tough for criminals in State.
The suspects were paraded alongside a large cache of arms which includes AK-47, locally made pistols, live cartridges and several other exhibits.
Also paraded is a 33 year old suspect who confessed to sodomising five boys between the ages of 7 to 13.
CP Adebanjo warned inter-state robbers to stay clear of the state as the command was doing their best to make the state safe for its residents. He also read the riot act to cultists in the state.
Reeling their achievement in 2013, CP Adebanjo said that the Command paraded 384 suspects, recovered 95 vehicles, 117 arms and over 8,000 live ammunition and recorded a 7.4% cumulative decrease in crime in 2013 as against its 2012 record.
Edo State Command of the State Security Service (SSS) have apprehended the alleged kidnappers of Auditor-General of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Fred Omoaka, and a lecturer of the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.
The state Director of the SSS, Mr. Bakore Tukur while parading the suspects before Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and journalists said the suspects were arrested at various locations in the state.
According to the State Director SSS, kidnappers of the Auditor-General were arrested in the process of collecting the sum of N10 million ransom.
The command also recovered locally made guns and cut-to-size shot gun from them.
The suspects when interrogated by the governor explained their level of involvement in the crime.
On his part, Governor Adams Oshiomhole commended the service for its efforts in combating kidnapping and expressed optimism that criminals in the state would be defeated; stressing that Nigeria would win the war against criminals.
Mr. Tukur revealed that when investigation is concluded they would be charged to court. He also thanked the state government for assistance rendered to the agency in combating criminals in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has once again given the assurance to citizens of Edo state that Saturday’s governorship election will be conducted in a free and transparent manner.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Kassim Gaidam affirmed that security and logistics arrangement have been put in place to ensure a smooth and credible election in the state.
Visiting the INEC headquarters in Benin, the state capital, it was observed that every individual making his/her way into the premises of the electoral body was searched by security operatives at the entrance.
Mr Gaidam also gave the assurance that all electoral materials and officials will be adequately deployed to all the polling centers across the state.
The situation in Auchi and Etsako in West local government area of the state is also reported to be calm but it was observed that very few military officers were deployed to very pensive communities in Auchi.
Our correspondent Seun Okinbaloye who is covering the area reports that preparations by the electoral officials are also in top gear as youth corps members confirmed that they have their deployments in place.
Henry Ogunjimi, another correspondent of Channels Television, has been combing parts of the state such as Ekpoma, Esan West, Iga in Uromi Esan North-East local government area and everything is calm, hours ahead of the much anticipated polls.
Two female varsity students lost their lives on Friday when a well at the hostel in Edo state caved in.
The young women, both students of the Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, died in the tragic accident at about 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning, at the Kudirat hostel.
According to reports, there were seven students at the well when the structure fell apart and the students found themselves in the well.
The victims were pulled out of the crumbled well and rushed to the Irrua Specialist Teaching hospital where two of the seven were pronounced dead.
One of the survivors, Ms Esther Akhibi, a 200 level student of Political Science, said the water taps at the hostel had been non-functional for a long time, forcing the girls to resort to trips to the well for water.
None of the girls had been able to jump back in enough time to avoid falling into the well as it collapsed. They were rescued by the University’s Red Cross team and other resourceful students.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. George Akpede, described the incident at the well as tragic and confirmed that the hospital was making every effort to keep the injured victims in good health.
University authorities are yet to react to the incident that has sparked protests among university students angered by the incident.