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Delta Motor Park Killings: Udu residents condemn cult wars, justify motor unit chairman, others suspension

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From Ben Dunno, Warri

Residents of Ovwian-Aladja, Usiefurun, Mofor, Orunwohrun, and its environs, all in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, have decried the senseless killings of innocent victims in the on-going supremacy cult wars in the area.

The terrified residents have also applauded the suspension of Mofor Unit Exco of Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) led by one Comrade Efe, currently in police custody over December 30, 2021, killings of three (3) persons at the park.

Daily Sun investigations have revealed that most residents who could no longer hide their apprehension over the series of attacks and counter-attacks that had been recorded in the area within a space of two weeks have expressed concern over the safety of their lives and property if the ugly trend continued unabated.

Speaking, a Commercial Motorbike operator, popularly known as ‘Okada’ plying Mofor Junction to the township, who gave his name as Matthew Onoriode, said he had followed the incidents that accumulated in the bloody attack at Mofor Motor Park for a while and blamed the members of the suspended RTEAN Exco for the lapses that caused the death of three (3) innocent residents.

According to him, “When some members of a particular cult group launched an attack on December 17 2021, at Orunwohrun town where one person was killed, the story was that the invasion was a reprisal attack following the reported assault carried out on the son of the suspended Secretary of the Mofor Park Unit who was sent on an errand by his father”.

“When we got this information we were all worried because we knew that when one group Invades the territory of another group to carry out an attack that recorded casualty there must be a reprisal at the invader territory, especially when the report indicated an official of the Motor Park mastermind it”.

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“The dust had barely settled on this, when we heard again that the same cult group had launched another attack on December 22, 2021, in Orunwohorun community again. This time, killing two (2) persons including a Vigilante, and the same story was that the attackers mobilise from the Mofor axis”, he stated.

Continuing: “We were expecting that the Mofor Park Unit Exco would be pro-active in arranging solid security within the vicinity of the Motor Park to protect the lives of people who take vehicles from the Park, but that was not considered until the incident of December 30, 2021, when the park came under the attack of the opposing cult group who were on a revenge mission “.

“Three (3) innocent persons were victims of that invasion and it’s so sad that innocent residents would have to pay the supreme prize for the negligence of the Mofor Motor Unit Exco led by Hon. Efe that ought to know that cult groups do not give up on revenge missions, especially when the lives of their members were lost in the attack.

Another resident, Mr Philip Oghenesive, a businessman who claimed to have lived in Udu for more than 25years now, said: “I want to commend the Delta state leadership of the RTEAN for the suspension of the Motor Unit Exco aftermath the December 30, bloody invasion that took innocent souls”.

“I have been using that park for more than 10years but under the reign of the suspended leadership we have been seeing strange faces who converged there drinking and playing music like its a party arena and this is not ideal for a park, especially in a volatile area like Udu Council area”, he concluded.

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New Zealand PM Ardern cancels her wedding as Omicron rages

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding as the nation imposes new restrictions to slow the community spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, she told reporters.

New Zealand will impose mask rules and limit gathering from midnight on Sunday after a cluster of nine cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant showed community transmission from the North to South islands after a wedding.

A family travelled by plane from the North Island capital of Auckland to a wedding in the South Island attended by 100 people.

The family and a flight attendant tested positive.

New Zealand would move to a red setting under its COVID-19 protection framework, with more mask wearing, and a cap of 100 customers indoors in hospitality settings and events such as weddings, or 25 people if venues are not using vaccine passes, Arden said.

“My wedding will not be going ahead,” she told reporters, adding she was sorry for anyone caught up in a similar scenario.

Asked by reporters how she felt about her wedding cancellation, Ardern replied: “Such is life.”

She added, “I am no different to, dare I say it, thousands of other New Zealanders who have had much more devastating impacts felt by the pandemic, the most gutting of which is the inability to be with a loved one sometimes when they are gravely ill.

“That will far, far outstrip any sadness I experience.”

Jacinda’s wedding to Clarke Gayford this summer was rumoured to be fast approaching. Some reports said it was fixed for this month.

But no specific date has actually been announced.

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Kalu meets Abdulsalami Abubakar

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Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, on Saturday night paid a private visit to former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

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Kalu who made the announcement through his verified Facebook page, revealed that his discussion with the former president centered on national issues and peaceful coexistence of Nigeria.
He wrote: “ Tonight, I paid a visit to the former President of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, to greet him for the new year. We also discussed major national affairs and peaceful coexistence of our nation.”

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Lagos police arrest NURTW members amid calls for ban

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By Moses Omorogieva/Lagos

The Police Command in Lagos State on Saturday said that its men arrested some members of the National Union of Transport Workers ( NURTW) who clashed on Lagos Island on Friday.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) , CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.

Ajisebutu did not mention how many people were arrested and where they were being detained.

He added that normalcy had returned to the Island as more operatives had been deployed there.
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“The police have quelled the crisis. Sufficient facilities were deployed in the area immediately we received a distress call and normalcy was restored.

”Investigation into the crisis is ongoing,” he said.

Two factions of the NURTW clashed over the control of some motor parks on the Island on Friday.

The videos of the clash went viral showing the hoodlums using dangerous weapons against each other

The arrests come amid call by Accord Party for a ban on the notorious union in Lagos.

Lagos State chapter of the Accord Party called on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to proscribe the union following repeated violence by its members.

The Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Dele Oladeji, in a statement on Saturday called on Sanwo-Olu to tame the members of the NURTW by proscribing the union with immediate effect.

“Again, the members of the NURTW were enmeshed in a deadly fight on Lagos Island which was reported to have resulted in the untimely death of some four youths.

“This deadly clash created a security scare, in which innocent and hardworking residents of Lagos had to scamper into shops, crevices, under table and inside gutters for dear lives.

“Many rushed into shops and were locked in with the shop owners, just to stay away from stray bullets or being caught up in the fracas.

“Traders were forced to shutdown their businesses, which led to the loss of transactions running into billions of naira.

“We advise the Lagos State governor to, with immediate effect, proscribe the NURTW for a peaceful and safe Lagos city.”

The spokesman said that the recent violence was one too many among the members of the NURTW in Lagos State.

Oladeji said that though members of the union were always in the habit of killing themselves during such fracas, their action had always defied the security set up in Lagos State and had always created a state of insecurity among residents.

“Ask an average resident of Lagos, and they will tell you they live and commute in utter fright of these ‘union boys’ daily on the streets and roads.

“Gov. Sanwo-Olu should rise up in service to residents of the state and proscribed these lawless group for a safer Lagos State,” he added.

He said that NURTW factions were known to frequently engage in free-for-all over power tussles at different locations and parks.

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