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The police detectives at the Delta State Police Command, on Wednesday arrested a 57-year-old native doctor and five others with a sack load of female pants at Oduke community in Asaba, Delta State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to journalists in Asaba, disclosed that the suspect, identified as Chief Chinedu Ebere, hailed from Imo State and had in the past eighteen years been living in Oduke community under the guise of selling perishable goods before nemesis caught up with him.

Aniamaka said that he and others were arrested following intelligence gathering during the police detectives’ raid in the community.

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DSP Aniamaka said, “Oduke community had been under siege of unsuspecting hoodlums, kidnappings, all forms of criminal activities and the police; acting on intelligence gathering swooped on the community where the herbalists and the three tricycle thieves were arrested.

“Investigation is ongoing and on completion, the suspects will be charged to court. The police will do everything possible to bring to book all criminals terrorising the state.”

The police PRO further added that the three tricycle thieves: Benson Adah, Edward Chiamaka and Lucky Chibuzor upon interrogation confessed to the crime, saying that they have been involved in the stealing of tricycles over the years, and sell in Onitsha before nemesis caught up with them.

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The 57-year-old herbalist, while speaking with newsmen, said he regretted his involvement in fetish activities.

His words, “I am a trained mechanic and I was doing well until I was introduced into the fetish activities. The pants are for rituals; we buy them from youths, and make use of them for the purposes of riches.

“I have made reasonable money before the police arrested me. I want the police to forgive me; I am now a full fledged native doctor. I don’t kill but prepare charms for good for people who want my help.

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#EndSars: Hoodlums begin dumping of looted items at waste bins in Calabar

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As security operatives commenced intensive house to house search for looted public and private properties within Calabar metropolis, suspected hoodlums have started dumping items into waste bins and various hiding locations around the city.
This is coming barely few hours after the Commissioner of police, Abdulkadir Jimoh announced a 24 hours grace for looters to return such items or face the full wrath of the law.
Recall that hoodlums at the weekend wreaked havoc in the capital city of Calabar in the guise of EndDARS protest, thereby looting and destroying COVID-19 palliative and State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, warehouses, some government institutions, politicians’ houses and private business premises were equally looted and destroyed in the process.
This led to imposition of dusk-to-dusk curfew and subsequent takeover of major streets and roads by stern-looking military officers just as they have carfoned off streets linking Calabar South with Calabar Municipality.
Findings by Vanguard showed that youths at Mbukpa, Edibedibe, in Calabar South and Eta Agbor, Ikot Effa and Asari Iso in Calabar Municipality have taken the lead by dropping the items either on the road or into waste bins.
At Mbukpa market, items looted from Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, were said to have been dumped beside the waste bins there, while at Edibedibe some electronics and chairs are said to be dumped on the roadside.
At Ikot Effa, along Parliamentary axis, some youths have hurriedly dropped the stolen items including TV sets, generating sets, some beddings and mattresses at road side.
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At Asari Iso, the community people took the lead by employing a town crier who spoke in Efik language, calling on all those who participated in looting the house of Sen. Gershom Bassey and other state and private property to immediately return them.
The town crier, who moved round as early as 5:00am today, said: “All those who looted the properties of Sen. Gershom Bassey should drop it on the road, this is the order of the community.”
An eye-witness, Imaobong Solomon , said: “At Ikot Effa and Asari Iso, the youths in the areas have started panicking as soldiers have been patrolling the area. They are also afraid of community wrath, so they have to drop them on the roads.
“Some of them have gone into hiding for fear of arrest just as some of them have dropped stolen items on road sides so that security people can pick it up.”
At Anantigha and Mbukpa, a resident at Jebbs Street in Calabar South, Akparawa Akpan, said soldiers are combing some flash points looking for the hoodlums since morning.
He said: “We commend Governor Ben Ayade for taking these drastic measures to restore sanity in the state. These hoodlums were almost taking over our Ancient City of Calabar and have destroyed our common heritage.
“But we are happy that the military are everywhere and they should be allowed to take charge, especially in Calabar South, which us the base of miscreants.”
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Non-Indigens Affairs ( Igbo) to Governor Ayade, Ugoji Nwabueze, Esq, has advised Igbo businessmen in Cross River to be careful not to buy or aid the transportation of the looted /stolen items as the looters may by now be desperately looking for buyers.
Condemning in totality the level of destruction and looting, Nwabueze said: “l call on Igbo resident in all parts of the state to resist the temptation of buying any item from an unknown source even at cheaper rate.

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Irate youths invade Akire palace in Osun, attempt to chase out monarch

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Following the legitimacy crisis rocking the Akire of Ikire, in Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State, Oba Olatunde Falabi, some angry youths on Monday invaded the palace and attempted to chased away the monarch.
The stool had been a subject of legal controversy since 1990 and the matter went up to the Supreme Court before it returned to a State High Court, which recently ruled against Oba Falabi’s stay on the throne.
It was however gathered that the youths early morning on Monday stormed the palace, chased security men at the entrance and entered into the building.According to the Chairman, Irewole local government, Prince Remilekun Abass, the angry mob repelled the soldiers who initially arrived the scene to put the situation under control.
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“As soon as the military vehicle appeared, the mob was pelting stones at the vehicle without allowing the personnel to alight from the vehicle. Their action eventually forced the soldiers to request for re-enforcement.
“A few minutes later, another set of soldiers arrived and chased the mob from the palace and escorted the monarch out of the place to a safe abode.
“No casualty has been reported while soldiers and other security personnel have taken over streets in the town and normalcy restored in the community”, he said.
Also, while confirming the incident, the State Police Command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola said security personnel have evacuated the monarch from the palace and policemen stationed at the palace.
She said though gunshot was fired at the Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed at the scene, but no casualty was recorded and confirmed that normalcy has returned to the town.

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