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South East insecurity: Beware of a repeat of 1967 genocide, Kalu Warns

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The Senate Chief Whip and former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has warned those behind the insecurity in the region to exercise restraints warning that a repeat of the 1967 genocide won’t augur well for the region.

He noted that the insecurity in the South East region is strange pointing out that Igbos are not known for burning down homes to punish enemies. 

In a statement on Tuesday, personally signed by the Senate Chief Whip, he said he was at a lost as to what the pepertrators and the sponsors stand to gain by killing policemen and military officers who were deployed to protect them and their families?

He urged them to have a rethink in their actions and advised them to choose a more rigteous path in expressing their grievances 

According to the former Governor,  “The policemen and military officers being killed are  fathers, mothers, husbands, wives children and relatives. 
“Anyone that has lost a close relative knows what it means to lose parents or children.  I am more concerned about the lives lost because of the trickle down effects on families.  
“Our people are not known for burning homes to punish enemies .Destroying police stations and infrastructures can never be the best path to express grievances. Whenever the 1967 – 1970 civil war is mentioned, it’s an emotive experience for any peace loving Nigerian not just an Igbo man .

Continuing, he said, “We should not either by words or actions pursue a repetition of that horrible genocide. We should come to understand that every war ends on a table.  Instead of destruction before coming to the table, is it not wiser to come to table and avoid destruction? We need infrastructure , we need investments, we don’t need hostilities.  So we are pleading with you to stop and embrace peace. “ he said

On the killing of innocent young people, Kalu charged the security agencies to desist from harassment, molestation and killing of innocent young people in the region.

He said he is worried that some security agents have been reported to be killing innocent souls .

“It is better to thoroughly conduct your investigations and avoid the indiscriminate killings of young innocent Igbo men. Our people have raised the alarm and we are very worried at the rate of disappearance and deaths of innocent young men, some of our young people now live indoors for the fear of being tagged unknown gun men “ He said

The Chief Whip also reaffirmed his call for a national dialogue chaired by the President.

He noted that the need for a national dialogue is eminent to douse tensions in the country .

“We have come a long way, our entanglement is so deep that all we need is diligence and deliberate efforts to realize the great dividends of diversity and pluralism. “Our unity is our strength and we can forever live in unity notwithstanding the diversity in culture, religion and tongues. A dialogue that has all stakeholders on the table and the president chairing it will go a long way in dousing tension across regions .” Kalu said

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Armed bandits abduct retired Naval Officer’s wife in Kuchiyi area near Kubwa in Abuja

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Armed bandits have kidnapped a retired Naval officer’s wife in Kuchiyi area near Kubwa in Abuja on Sunday Night.

An eye witness told our reporter that a group of heavily armed bandits invaded the area last night shooting sporadically and instilling fears in the residents.

The retired naval officer it was gathered had just retired from service and recently set up a poultry farm in the area where he is also resident.

Speaking on the development, an Abuja resident Mr. Kings Agbor called on the police authorities to establish a major presence in the area to stop the incessant attack on the area.

Kuchibuyi community is a stone throw away from the headquarters of champion faith church, Kubwa Abuja.

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NDLEA apprehends law enforcement officer for dealing in Cocaine

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. *** uncovers heroin in Pakistan-returnee’s anus at Lagos airport

Nemesis has caught up with a serving officer of a law enforcement agency, Popoola Abayomi as he has been arrested by operatives of the Natiknal Drug Law Enforcemwnt Agency (NDLEA) for selling assorted illicit drugs to students of a federal university and cultists in Ogun state.
Director of Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi in a statement said the drug dealer who serves in the Lagos state Command of a security agency was arrested on Wednesday 15th June, 2021 after days of surveillance on his wife’s shop used as his sales point in Camp area of Abeokuta.
Babafemi explained that one of his salesmen, a motorcycle rider known as Ogah was trailed to the location at about 8pm and arrested with six pinches of Colorado weighing 1.17grams.
He said Popoola who has been on the Agency’s watch list was also nabbed with different illicit drugs including codeine -17 bottles; cannabis -22.26grams; tramadol 230 -98grams; 61 tablets of flunitrazepam -23.72grams; 113 tablets of molly -48.16grams and sex drops -43.92grams.
He explained further that having arrested the two suspects, some student union officials of the institution blocked the NDLEA team with their official vehicle.
“The narcotic agents however restrained themselves and after hours of standoff succeeded in moving the suspects to custody.
“In the same vein, one Adelodun Kamaldeen has been arrested by operatives of the Oyo state Command of the Agency at General Area, Ilorin, Kwara State following the interception of a parcel containing cocaine and heroin that weighed 10.5grams and 4.8grams respectively on 13th June.
The statement indicated that, the following day, two ladies; Mary Peter, 40, and Mercy Oladele, 39, were arrested at Total Garden, Ibadan when NDLEA operatives acting on a tip-off, intercepted their commercial micra car.
“The two women were arrested with seven bags of cannabis weighing 77.23kg brought in from Ogbese, Ondo State, to supply a man they simply identified as Alhaji. According to them, they had earlier supplied the same Alhaji two bags before coming with the seven bags they were caught with.
“On Friday 18th June, operatives of the Oyo state Command acting on intelligence also raided the residence of one Alhaji Faruq at Elebu area, Akala expressway, Oluyole LGA, Ibadan, where they recovered 43 ampoules of methylphenidate.
In another development in Kaduna state, Babafemi indicated that a drug trafficker, Segun Abraham was arrested at Panteka area of the state on 17th June with 211.500kg of skunk heading to Kano state.
Meanwhile, he said a Nigerian returning from Pakistan, Ezenyeche Kingsley Ebuka has been arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airpirt, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos with five pellets of heroin weighing 250grams discovered in his anus.
He said the suspect had arrived the ‘D’ arrival hall of the airport on 14th June on Turkish airline flight from Pakistan with the illicit drug inserted in his anus.
Babafemi said the suspect failed to beat the eagle eyes of narcotic officers during inward clearance of passengers on the flight.
While commending the Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna and the MMIA Commands of the Agency for sustaining the offensive action against illicit drug trafficking and the cartels running it, Gen. Marwa warned that the NDLEA will not spare any law enforcement agent hiding under the privilege of his uniform to engage in narcotic criminal business.
“Those who think they can sabotage ongoing efforts to rid Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse hiding behind the façade of their uniforms should better think twice because they’ll have NDLEA to contend with. We’ll not only arrest and expose them but we’ll equally prosecute them and seize all assets acquired through the proceeds of their criminal act”, he warned.

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FCT police nabs killer of unidentified woman, foils robbery attempt

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The FCT Police Command has arrested one suspect for culpable homicide along Kasuwa-Dere, Gwagwalada axis.
The polce public relations officer of the command ASP Yusuf Mariam, in a statement issued in Abuja on Suday said the s 20year old sspect, ne Danladi Abubakar was arrested by Police detectives from Gwagwalada Division over the gruesome murder of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman following a tipoff.


She explained that the suspect who was identified by another victim confessed to being a member of a notorious phone snatching syndicate operating along Gwagwalada axis. Exhibits recovered included a sharp knife used for stabbing the deceased and a techno phone belonging to the late woman.
 
In a related development, Police Operatives from Kubwa Division foiled an armed  robbery attempt at a Hotel along Kubwa axis.
“The Operatives who were on routine patrol engaged the robbers in a fierce gun duel, however, one of the suspects who sustained serious gunshot injuries, was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Exhibits recovered from the deceased suspect the statement said, included one berratta pistol, three rounds ammunition, a silver Mazda space wagon and plate numbers.
She said efforts ae in top gear to arrest the fleeing suspects.

According to her all the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation.  

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