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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

February 23, 2021

Ortom: Governor Bala Mohammed Is A Fulani Terrorist


Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday accused Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State governor, of being a terrorist.

“I am beginning to think that my brother, the governor of Bauchi State is part of the terrorist Fulani organisation that is terrorising this country,” Ortom said while addressing journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital.

“Why do I say this? This is the same governor who took the oath of office to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This constitution does not leave room for allowing foreign herdsmen to come in without valid papers,” he added.

He also referred to the assertion by Mohammed that herders should carry AK-47 to defend themselves as being “unconstitutional.”

“His recent outburst that Fulani herdsmen are justified for carrying AK-47 to protect themselves. I don’t know where the constitution of this country allows that,” he said.

Ortom, therefore, called Mohammed to render an unreserved apology to Nigerians and learn from the provisions of the constitution that, land both territorial, forest, and aquatic, are vested on the governor of a state who holds them in trust.

Mohammed’s comment on armed herdsmen had earlier triggered a wave of condemnation from his counterparts and Nigerians alike, increasing calls for the prohibition of open grazing.

Ortom and his Ondo counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, were quick to knock the Bauchi governor’s statement.

“Bala Mohammed has even poured more petrol into the fire because his speech is unexpected of him. It will become very serious and nobody will be spared,” Akeredolu said.

After widespread criticism, Mohammed on Friday defended his comment about armed herders, explaining that he used AK-47 as a figure of speech for protection.

“It is a figure of speech to show you the despondence, the desperation and frustration and the agony that this particular person is exposed to by his own people, by his own tribe and by other tribes who have all seen him as a criminal and therefore, he has the inalienable right to protect himself,” the governor said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

February 20, 2021

Traditional Ruler Arrested For Kidnapping In Cross River, His Sons On The Run

The suspects


The traditional ruler of Obufa Obio, Ekong Anaku Akan Esio Clan, Calabar South LGA of Cross River State, Chief Okon Essien has been arrested for alleged kidnapping by "Operatipn Akpakwu", a security outfit set up by Governor Ben Ayade to tackle the menace of insecurity in the state.

He was arrested at his residence at Community Road off Jebbs Street, Calabar South LGA.

Addressing journalists in Calabar, Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Abdullahi Mohammed, stated that preliminary investigation showed that the traditional rulers two sons Vector Okon who is about 21 years old and Offiong Okon age 20 alleged to be in charge of kidnapping operations are now at large.

Speaking on behalf of the 13 Brigade Commander, while handing the suspected kidnapper alongside other other criminal /armed robbery suspects at the headquarters of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Akim Barracks Calabar to authority of the Nigerian police Command, Officer Commanding 13 Brigade Provost, Major Stanley Ikpeme in his words said, “Consequently, I am directed to hand over the suspects to you for further investigation and possible prosecution.

”You are please requested to furnish this office with the outcome of your investigation to enable us update our record ”  representative of the Brigade Commander maintained.

Also paraded along with the traditional were suspected armed robbers who had with them charms used for roberry operations.

The suspects who were handed over to the police for prosecution were 26-year-old James Edet said have dispossessed members of his community around the Scanobo Filling station axis of their valuables until he met his Waterloo and was held by the troops.

The troops also arrested 23 years old Mr. Felix Helekpa said to be in possession of a locally made pistol, a cartridge and charms used to aid his robbery operations with other gang members now at large.

Others also arrested include 22 years Blessing Effiom suspected to be an informant that aides operations of a particular criminal gang.

In a brief interview with suspects, some denied their involvement in the crime giving different reasons on why they were arrested by the security operative.

February 20, 2021

GRAPHIC PHOTO: Four Suspected Kidnappers Killed In Satellite Town, Calabar, Victim Rescued

The suspects

Four heavily armed suspected kidnappers were on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 shot dead by the police in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

GRASSROOT REPORTERS gathered that the incident took place at No. 24C, School Road, Satellite Town, Calabar. 

The incident led to the death of a notorious kidnapper and cultist, popularly known as Romans, who was the leader of the kidnapping gang. 

Briefing newsmen on Friday, the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Sikiru Akande said: "On February, 17th 2021, at about 1705hrs combined teams of Operatives cordoned a hideout of one notorious kidnapper and cultist popularly known as Romans ‘m’ at No. 24C School Road, Satellite Town, Calabar and rescued one Endurance Aniedi Egbara.

“During the process, four (4) suspects sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries in an attempt to evade arrest. They were confirmed dead in the Hospital.

"Items recovered from them include: Three (3) locally made pistols with three live cartridges, charms, amulets, two bottles of concoction, one pack substance suspected to be cocaine, one Itel Phone, three (3) sim cards, Documents of a vehicle with Registration No. CAL 932 TC used by the kidnappers. Investigation is ongoing."

Friday, February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

I'm A Cultist, My Boyfriend Gave Me The Gun - Schoolgirl Caught With Gun In C'River Confesses

Promise Idorenyin

A female secondary school student who was arrested with a double-barrel local made pistol she allegedly took to school to shoot her school teacher in Community Secondary School, Ikot Ewa in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State has confessed to being a member of a secret cult group known as Sky Queen, Grassroot Reporters reports.

The girl, identified as a 17-year-old Promise Idorenyin said the gun was given to her by her 38-year-old boyfriend to take to the blacksmith for repairs.

Parading the suspect on Friday in Calabar, the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, dismissed initial reports alleging that the Senior Secondary 2 schoolgirl took the gun to school to shoot her teacher.

Also paraded alongside the schoolgirl was her boyfriend who allegedly gave the gun to her and 11 other suspected criminals.

Commissioner Akande said the double-barrel gun was discovered in her school bag by the principal of the school.

“The suspect admitted that the said firearm was given to her by her boyfriend of Abasi Effiom Village in Akpabuyo LGA,” He said.

Narrating the incident to newsmen, the girl said her boyfriend asked her to take the gun to the blacksmith for repairs but she took it to school to show her friends.

Miss Idorenyin told newsmen that her boyfriend gave her the gun for repairs: “Yes, that is what he (boyfriend) told me. I don’t have any problem with my teachers.

When asked how long she had known the boyfriend, she said, “It was August last year. He supports me with some school things but my parents said he should not pay my school fees.”

She however denied telling her classmates that she took the gun to school to shoot the vice principal.

She said she sprayed her hair in December and when the vice principal asked her to paint it black, she said she did.

“It was coloured, I painted it black,” she said.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

UNICAL Staff In Court For Alleged US Visa Scam

 Andrew Eigbokhaebholo

By Our Reporter

The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday, February 18, 2021, arraigned one Andrew Eigbokhaebholo, a staff of the University of Calabar, before Justice S. M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.

He was arraigned alongside his company, Panandy Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited on one count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N11,470,000. 00 (eleven million, four hundred and seventy thousand naira) only.

The defendant who claims to be a travel agent allegedly obtained the sum from a complainant on the pretext of helping to secure a United States of America Visa, accommodation and other logistics for his wife, who had planned to travel to the US to have her baby.

The petitioner swayed by the knowledge that the defendant’s children were US citizens, borrowed the said sum and paid the defendant only to be denied visa at the US Embassy.

The charge reads; “That you, Andrew Eigbokhaebholo “M” and Panandy Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited between May 2019 and June 2019 at Calabar within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the total sum of N11,470,000.00 (eleven million, four hundred and seventy thousand naira only) from one Mfa Erim Egodo ‘M’ under the pretence that you are a travel agent and that you will secure a visa to the United States of America for his wife, accommodation during and after the birth, hospital fees and other logistics, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Frauds Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

He pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.

The matter was thereafter adjourned till March 1, 2021, for hearing of bail application while the defendant was remanded in the custody of the EFCC.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021

Female Secondary School Student On Mission To Kill Her Class Teacher Arrested In Calabar

The suspect

A female secondary school student whose identity is yet to be ascertained was on Wednesday, February 17 arrested in Calabar, the Cross River State capital by the Nigerian Army in possession of a double-barrel locally made pistol.

Grassroot Reporters gathered that the student is a  senior secondary student of Government Secondary School, Ikot Ewa in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the State.

Upon interrogation, the student confessed that she was on a mission to kill her class teacher, whom she said had been persuading her to cut her coloured hair.

February 17, 2021

Exporters, Importers Prefer Lagos Port Over Calabar, Warri & Portharcourt Ports Due To Insecurity- Amaechi

The Federal Government has identified insecurity as the major reason why importers and exporters mostly use Lagos ports and are reluctant to use the Port Harcourt, Warri and Calabar Seaports.

This is as President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the construction of 3 deep seaports namely, Lekki deep seaport to be ready next year, Bonny deep seaport with construction to commence at the same time with the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line and the Warri deep seaport

This disclosure was made by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while appearing as a guest at a Channels Television programme on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

The Minister also pointed out that another challenge is that the Calabar and Warri ports cede so easily and so it’s difficult to continue to recede them regularly and as such the government had to take a decision on the construction of new deep seaports to decongest the Lagos ports.

Amaechi during the interview said, ‘’The Ministry of Transport or the NPA does not have the responsibility of determining where an importer or exporter will transact his business. So if the importer or exporter decides to transact his business through Lagos, then there will be that congestion, it does not necessarily mean it is because the port is not efficient.

‘’The problem we have with congestion is that there is insecurity at the sea which we are addressing and we are having a battle with private interests that have captured security contracts from several government agencies or private investors or private companies that deal with maritime. Now that we want part of the water because we have put a security infrastructure that will protect the water from beginning to the end of our international waterways, they are fighting back, they are doing all sorts of things, petitioning everybody, petitioning me, go to National Assembly, go to EFCC, go to NFIU, everywhere and I am just watching.

‘’So the first thing to do is to address the insecurity, the moment we address the insecurity, it will encourage importers from Onitsha, Aba and others to use the Port Harcourt seaport or Warri seaport or Calabar seaport. So it’s not about the seaport or river ports are not available. Again the Calabar port cedes just like the Warri port. They cede so easily, so its difficult to continue to recede them regularly, so what is the solution to that.

‘’The President has approved the construction of three new seaports in Nigeria. He has approved the construction of Lekki Deep seaport. Lekki Deep seaport should be ready next year, 2022, I insisted on that because I want this current government to commission the project. He has also approved the construction of the Bonny Deep seaport; we are currently trying to acquire land so that the construction can commence. It commences almost at the same time with Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line either by end of February or first week in March.’’ he said.