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Protest As Police Harass Traditional Ruler Over Alleged Murder Of Serial Rapist In Bayelsa Community






Members of Obele Community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Monday, came out in their number and matched to the Government House over the alleged harassment of their traditional ruler by police operatives following the death of a notorious criminal and serial rapist.

It was gathered that some police operatives attached to the ‘A’ Divisional Police headquarters, allegedly stormed the palace of the paramount ruler of Obele community, Chief M.A Clarkson, shooting sporadically over a mob attack that led to the death of the criminal known as Richman a. k. a Runtown.

According to community sources, trouble began when the notorious criminal who had been terrorizing Yenagoa main town and neighboring communities was reportedly killed by an angry mob when he was caught raping a woman after robbing another woman in broad daylight.

He was apprehended by an angry mob who descended on him and beat him to a pulp before the community vigilante rescued him.

It was learnt that after rescuing him from the mob attack, the vigilante handed him to his father who helplessly took him to the hospital for urgent medical attention.

After handing over the suspected criminal to his father, neighbors who pleaded anonymity told Nigerian Tribune that, instead of taking him to the hospital, his father took him home where he allegedly died two hours later. According to the eyewitness account, after the suspected criminal died, his father went to the A Division and lodged a complaint that his son was unjustly killed by the vigilante set-up by the leadership of the community.

It was further learnt that when the police arrived in the community and could not locate the whereabouts of the vigilante members, they went to the palace of the paramount ruler and fired gunshots sporadically when the paramount ruler and chiefs demanded to know why they were in the palace.

This angered men, women, and youths of the community who came out in their hundreds, took to the streets, and marched to the Government House over the alleged harassment of their traditional ruler.

The protest was led by Mr Ebimo Orlando Geko, Public Relations Officer (P.R.O) Yenagoa Central Security Force, a local vigilante group.

He explained that police officers attached to the ‘A’ Divisional Police headquarters in the state capital took advantage of the death of the said criminal to indiscriminately arrest youths of Obele community and vigilante officers who are going about their normal businesses.

He alleged that the said notorious criminal who was terrorising Yenagoa main town and neighbouring communities was reportedly killed by an angry mob when he was caught in one of his nefarious acts.

Speaking to Nigerian Tribune during the protest, Geko said the late Richman “had been terrorising people, raping women. Only for a night, he will break into five houses or shops and move away with people’s valuable items and also forcefully sleep with any woman he sees in the room both young and old; the worse part of it is that he used to rape them through their anus.

“The security men in Yenagoa main town known as Yenagoa central security force got hold of him sometimes ago, tortured him and handed him over to the ‘A’ Divisional of Police headquarters in Yenagoa,” Geko said.

“After two days, they were surprised that such a notorious criminal who had been committing capital and serious crimes against innocent citizens was released by the police.”

He added that Richman continued his act of stealing and dispossessing innocent citizens of their valuables at gunpoint before he was mobbed, adding that members of the Yenagoa Central Security were not part of the angry mob that killed the said criminal and should therefore not be harassed by the police.

Geko said the community youths decided to take to the streets and marched to the government house to put a stop to police brutality towards the vigilante members and youths of the community.

He called on the state government and the Bayelsa State Police Command to prevail on men and officers of the ‘A’ Division to focus on their duty of enforcement of criminal laws in the Yenagoa metropolis.

The P.R.O of Yenagoa central security Force asked the A Division to stop harassing and abusing their vigilante officers and youths of Obele and go for the mob that killed the criminal.

Speaking further, he told Nigerian Tribune that the Yenagoa central security force is a government-organized security agency designed to tackle and curtail every criminal activity in the communities of Yenagoa.

“A Bill was passed through the Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Community security; so they are working on that discretion.

The ‘A’ Division is a division where all criminal activities are reported to by the community security men and handover any criminal caught by them, but today the same ‘A’ Division turned back at them and started arresting them,” he added.



FRSC personnel helped pregnant on transit to safe childbirth



FRSC spokesperson Bisi Kazeem
FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said some of its officers at the Mowe unit of the Ogun State Sector Command on Friday helped an expectant mother on transit to a safe childbirth.

A statement by Mr Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) on Saturday said that the assistance became imperative as it saved the lives of the mother and child.

According to him, while on patrol at Mowe, the team, led by Deputy Route Commander (DRC) Damilola Osiyemi of Mowe Unit Command assisted a woman who was in labour around 1430hours on Friday.

“The woman, Mrs Ola of No 7, Aiyegbami street in Sagamu, boarded a vehicle with Reg No: FKJ 904 HE from Sagamu.

“She was sighted in labour and she was later rushed to Broad Life Hospital, Olowotedo near NASFAT area, Mowe Ogun State by the team where she was later delivered of a baby girl,” the statement said.

It added that the command would not relent in its determination to do anything that would safeguard the lives and property of the residents of Ogun on the road and Nigeria at large.

The statement urged all motorists to desist from breaking traffic rules and regulations to reduce traffic congestion.

It also called on motorists to feel free to seek help from FRSC personnel operating on the highway whenever the need arises.



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‘After I Tore My Card, I Ceased To Be A Member’, Obasanjo Tells PDP



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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo told leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has maintained he is no longer a member of the party from the day he tore his membership card.

Addressing a PDP delegation led by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, four former governors, and members of the party’s National Working Committee visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday, he won’t stop dishing advice to anyone who approaches him in the interest of Nigeria

Addressing the PDP delegation, Obasanjo said: “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.

“I will continue to be a statesman.”


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HELP! Hole-in-heart Patient, Ramadan Seeks N6m For Urgent Surgery



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A boy with three holes in the heart, Ramadan Tolani, urgently needs N6 million for chest infection surgery.

The surgery, according to medical experts, could only be done either at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital or India. However, the family considering the financial constraints of obtaining a visa and other logistics, resorted to doing the surgery at Babcock university here in Nigeria.

The young boy according to a medical report signed by the management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), is currently on anti failure medication.

The report further implores Nigerians to accord him necessary assistance.

Ramadan was found to be centrally diagnosed with oxygen saturation values in room air between 77-45 per cent.

“Examination of the cardiovascular systems revealed a heart rate of 135bmp; with a prude 3/6 pansystolic murmur loudest at the left lower sternal border.”

The report revealed that echocardiography was done on January 6, 2021, and it revealed that Ramadan has three holes in the heart namely;  Secundum ASD, right partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection and moderate PAH.

It further states that he was presented on account of recurrent chest infections noticed from birth. Mrs Mayalleke Tolani,  Ramadan’s mother while pleading with Nigerians to come to her aid, explained how she has been facing endless difficulties since she gave birth to the boy. Last November, LASUTH told Tolani her son was due for the operation.

If you are touched by Ramadan’s plight, please send your donations to: Bank – Wema, Account Number – 0253889676 Account Name – Ramadan Shedrack Mayaleke


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