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Edo CP Ogbadu donates relief materials to IDPs



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By Deborah Coker

The Commissioner of Police in Edo, CP Phillip Ogbadu, has donated relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp at Uhorgua in Edo on Tuesday as part of his promise to the residents.

Ogbadu on 31 Dec led the management of the command to donate food items to the camp. He promised to visit the camp frequently with more items.

He said during the visit: “See our coming here today also as part of needs assessment from us because we didn’t understand the need and enormous responsibility of this place until we got here.

“The number here can make for an army of personnel. In view of this, I will come here, again and again, to help and reach out to you in whatever ways I can.”

Presenting the relief materials which include clothes, and food items, Ogbadu, represented by CSP Joseph Imafidon, Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ogida Division, said he felt there was no better way to start the New Year than to personally reach out and identify with the IDPs.

He urged the IDPs to remain focused on the “crystal ball” ahead, because there was light at the end of the tunnel.

He noted that though they had become IDPs due to insecurity and insurgency, that has not made them lesser Nigerians, as they are indeed heroes and remained loved by Nigerians.

He gave assurance that the insecurity in the country as well as activities of the insurgents particularly in the North would soon be a thing of the past, adding that the government had achieved tremendous successes in the fight against insecurity and insurgency in recent times.

The CP further admonished those in schools to take their studies seriously and excel as a way of appreciation to the management of the camp.

“I know it is not or has not been easy by the management of this camp feeding this number of IDPs I see here, not to talk of funding your education.

“But they are doing their best, so the least you should do in appreciating them is to take your studies seriously, so as to excel in your studies and become great men and women in the society against all odds.

“That would be the greatest and best gift you would be given to the management of the camp who in spite of every difficulty ensure you go to school”, he said.

He, however, appealed to other well-meaning Nigerians to also reach out in love to the IDPs in Edo in order to better their lives.

Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, Coordinator of the IDP camp appreciated the CP for coming back to fulfil his promise to the IDPs.

Folorunsho said that his joy knows no bound having the CP kick-starting the New Year with them by reaching out and identifying with them.

He appealed to other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the Edo CP, who could take out time out of his busy schedule to visit the camp.

He also appealed for assistance in the areas of feeding, funding of education for those in tertiary institutions, provision of basic medicals and writing materials for both the education and health facilities in the camp.

“The Edo CP within the last few days has done so much for us, and we say we are very grateful. But we will also greatly appreciate whatever assistance we can get from well-meaning Nigerians because our needs here are exhaustive.

“The children here need to be fed, those in tertiary institutions need funding for their education, they need mattresses here and the girls also need sanitary pads,” the coordinator said.



Our helicopter did not crash – Police



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By Christopher Oji 

The Nigeria Police high command has denied reports making rounds that one of its Bell 429 5NMDA helicopters flying from Abuja to Bauchi on Wednesday crash-landed. 

In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, the police explained that the helicopter was involved in a controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.

“The aircraft did not crash, as being reported in some sections of the media, and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever.

“All six on board, including the pilot and co-pilot, are in good condition.  

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“Similarly, the aircraft, which was flown by one of the best police pilots, was professionally safe-landed with minor damage on the rear rotor as a result of obstacle at the landing spot.

The incident occurred around 7:30pm (local time). The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has commended the Police Air Wing for their professionalism in safe-landing the aircraft and averting any serious air mishap.

He further noted that the Nigeria Police Air Wing, with a fleet of one fixed-wing aircraft, a Citation jet and 13 helicopters, has got a strong history of air safety since its establishment in the year 1972.”


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Police arrest wife, 2 others for murder of Lagos hotelier 



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By Christopher Oji 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three persons in connection with the death of a popular hotelier, Mr. Femi Bakare Alaba, who was allegedly murdered last Monday by his wife. 

The deceased’s family had  returned from a trip from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, before he was murdered in their house at 9, Finance Road, Maplewood Estate, Oko- Oba, Agege, Lagos.

The family had accused Alaba’s wife of using a hot pressing iron to burn the man while he was sleeping.

The police said three persons, including his wife, have been arrested in connection with the murder and that the  body has been deposited at Yaba Mainland Hospital’s morgue for autopsy. 

According to Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, “The deceased’s wife and three others have been arrested in connection with the suspected murder case. Meanwhile, the case has since been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence  Department, Panti, for diligent investigation on the order of the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi.”

A police source at the homicide section of  SCIID, said the woman was not cooperating with the police as she has refused to tell investigators on what really happened to her husband.

The police source who said there was more to the murder beyond the allegation that the deceased impregnated another woman as his family were alleging that their brother was questioning the paternity of two of her two out of their three kids.

“ We are investigating and there are many things we are trying to unrevel but they are not what I can tell you till further notice. For now, we are having his wife and two others who though are not cooperating with us,but they will soon open up”, the senior police officer said.

When  Alaba and his wife returned recently from a trip from Dubai,their house was a Mecca of sort as family members and friends thronged the premises to welcome them back home

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No one could envisage that danger loomed. In fact, if anyone had told them that the life of one of the couple would be abruptly cut short, the person would have been dismissed and tagged a prophet of doom. 

Those who visited them when they returned were not disappointed as they were well entertained and got one gift or the other .

The family was described as philanthropists as well as peace lovers that they were the envy of residents. The couple was loved and admired by all.

But in the morning of January 24, things took a dramatic turn to the amazement of all. The owner of the popular Bama Hotel was murdered by his wife of eight years. 

According to a source, Bama, as he is fondly called was allegedly roasted to death with a hot iron by his wife.

A resident, who identified himself simply as Emmanuel, said: “My brother, we are still in shock because the unexpected really happened. We were told that Bama’s wife discovered that another woman was pregnant for her husband and was embittered.

“She waited for the man to sleep and used hot iron to press his body and the man died out of severe pain. We are still baffled and surprised how the woman who we saw as easy-going would have the mind to kill her husband in his sleep.

“The deceased was the owner of Bama Hotel and Suite. He was a good man that we respected him a lot. The couple has three kids and they just returned from Dubai before the incident occurred.”


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Fire  razes 57 shops, properties in Niger 



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An early morning fire yesterday razed no fewer than 57 shops, destroying  goods worth millions of naira  at  Mokwa main market in Mokwa local Government Area of Niger State.

The fire was said to have started at about 4:00am when the shops owners were at home.

A source close to the market, Abubakar Umar, said the inferno razed many shops and destroyed properties worth millions of naira as nobody or agency was on ground to put out the fire or salvage the goods. 

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According to him:” The fire  destroyed many shops in the market. The situation was very serious because there was no help coming from anywhere.The fire started around 4:00pm this morning and it was so serious that no body could go near it.

The hamattan weather  could not help the situation. We are grateful to God that no life was lost.

Adamu Usman, a  revenue officer of  Mokwa LG ,said that  about 57 shops were destroyed by the inferno.


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