Gunmen Kill Police , Customs, Military Officers In Rivers
A wave of violence swept through Rivers State on Saturday as unknown gunmen allegedly killed eight security operatives.
The attackers who stormed the state on Saturday night killed the eight victims at different security checking points in the state.
A source alleged that the invaders attacked four security checkpoints on the Owerri-Port Harcourt road. He noted that four policemen, three Nigeria Customs operatives and two soldiers, believed to be Air Force personnel in the JTF were the victims of the attack.
The source disclosed that the killers also beheaded two of the persons killed at a Joint Task Force (JTF) base close to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omuagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Another source said the bandits also attacked a Nigeria Customs checkpoint at Isiokpo Umuanwa interchange, killed four persons and burnt down an NC operational van. The source disclosed that the killers commenced the attack at Elele and went uninterrupted to Omuagwa community Jn Ikwerre LGA, adding that they carted away guns and two operational vehicles of the security posts.
It also alleged that the gunmen had also made an attempt to burn down the Ikwerre LGA headquarters in Isiokpo Community, recently renovated by the LGA chair, Mr Samuel Nwanosike, but were resisted by a local vigilante in the area, Isiokpo Security Planning and Advisory Committee, ISPAC.
The source said: “There was a serious attack on security checkpoints on the Port Harcourt-Owerri road. About eight security men were killed. “The boys that are still unknown came at night and attacked a JTF checkpoint and killed three soldiers and two police officers.
They also attacked a Nigeria Customs’ checkpoint and killed three operatives.
“They were trying to attack the Police Area Command in Isiokpo and the local government council headquarters before ISPAC, a local vigilante engaged them.”
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, SP. Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident noted that details of the attack were sketchy at press time. Omoni noted that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Friday Eboka, had ordered a full-scale investigation into the development, adding that the culprits would be arrested and prosecuted.
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He said: “I can confirm the attack on security personnel along the Omagwa/Isiokpo/Elele Owerri Road. Details sketchy.
“The CP has launched a full-scale Investigation into the dastardly attack with a view to arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice. “Meanwhile, the area is calm with reinforced and increased joint patrols of that stretch and other areas in the state by the security agencies. So far, the state is calm and secure and no cause for alarm.”
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the senseless killing of soldiers and policemen who were on duty in Rivers State by gunmen. The party in a statement by its Spokesman in Rivers State, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, called on the Governor Wike led-administration to redouble efforts at ensuring a safe state. Nwuke said: “Those who carried out these attacks are evil; they are cowards; and we must make sure that these evil minded cowards are not allowed to threaten our peace.
“Our hearts go out to the families of these gallant soldiers and policemen who paid the supreme price that we may live.
“We sympathise with those they left behind and urge the authorities in Port Harcourt to ensure that the lives of these officers who died on the line of duty do not go in vain.
“No struggle, no matter how valuable, is worth the blood of others. We therefore urge all Nigerians to unite against the actions of all known separatists across the country who are determined to tear us apart, not by the force of reason, but by acts of terrorism.”
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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.
Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola
BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.
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