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Man Who Killed 8-year-old Girl Escapes From Police Custody Due To Power Outage

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Chukwudi Akasike,  Port Harcourt

THERE was confusion in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday when members of the public learnt that Ifeanyi Dike, the man who allegedly raped, killed and removed vital organs of an eight-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso, had escaped from the police custody.

The father of the victim, Dr Ernest Nmezuwuba, who was at the State Criminal Investigation Department when the suspected murderer and ritual killer escaped from police custody, said Dike took advantage of the darkness within the SCID’s premises to escape.

Nmezuwuba, who spoke during a Port Harcourt-based radio’s programme, added that the suspect was able to escape because one of the policemen on duty on Saturday night identified as Johnbosco had unlocked the handcuffs for Dike to write his statement.

The father of the deceased explained that Johnbosco did not handcuff the suspect after he (Dike) finished writing his statement, adding that the suspect fled while he was about to be taken into the cell.

Nmezuwuba said, “We were there with the suspect in handcuffs. When we got to the state CID, there was no light in the entire State CID. I wrote my statement with a candle; imagine a whole state CID (without light). Then Johnbosco removed the handcuffs from the suspect’s hands for him (suspect) to write his statement.

“At a point, the boy (Dike) said he was thirsty and Johnbosco said I should buy pure water for him and I asked him (‘John; are you crazy? Is something wrong with you? Why would you ask me to buy water for a person that killed my daughter? Why would I buy water for a ritualist?’ And I told Johnbosco that it was none of my business.

“Some policemen were at the gate with guns while we were at the charge room writing statement. After we finished writing our statements, Johnbosco called the IPO to go and put the suspect in the cell. The suspect was not handcuffed at that time.

“They did not walk up to a pole when I heard hold amhold am; he has escaped. Whether he jumped the fence or not, I cannot say because the entire place was dark; it was between 7.30 and 8 pm (Saturday night). I now told Johnbosco that you know what you are doing.

“They (policemen) came out with torchlight and checked under the cars parked there. Then I saw the DCP, I mean the Deputy Commissioner of Police and he said; what nonsense is this? He then asked after Johnbosco and he was told he (John Bosco) was inside. The DCP then said that they should handcuff both his hands and legs.”

Nmezuwuba expressed disappointment in the police, accusing them of playing a game with a heinous crime against humanity, even as he vowed that he would never allow it to be swept under the carpet.

He said, “My brother, I cannot understand this country; this must be a planned game and I must fight it to the end. They have to provide that suspect. The Rivers State Police must provide him while Johnbosco should remain in detention.

“This incident has proven the kind of country we are living. What is going to happen in this particular matter; honestly speaking, heaven will hear it. The whole world will hear it.”

On his relationship with Dike, he said, “The boy (suspect) is related to me; we are from the same village. He killed my daughter inside his room. Ifeanyi Dike’s landlord is my in-law and also his own in-law. The landlord was arrested and the same day, they released him (landlord).  The name of the landlord is Pius Nwoko.”

Dike, who had allegedly defiled, killed and removed the vital organs of eight-year-old Chikamso, was caught by a local vigilante, who immediately handed him over to the police on Saturday.

However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Zaki Ahmed, who was visibly sad and angry over the development, explained that the suspect escaped under the cover of the night and promised that the police would soon arrest him.

Describing the incident as an individual negligence, Ahmed stressed that the police had deployed human and material resources towards ensuring that the suspect was apprehended.

The CP said, “What I am saying is that it was an individual negligence that caused it. The escape happened in the presence of the complainant; that is the parent of the girl. The boy (suspect) escaped under the cover of the night.

“But we are making every effort, every move and by the grace of the Almighty God, within a short time, he will be arrested. We are not relenting. We know that this is a serious problem; it can happen to anybody.

“We are not relenting and by the grace of God, we will get him arrested. It is too bad it happened, but it is one of those things. Sometimes, things can happen this way.

“We have moved a lot of resources; both human and material resources, to ensure that the culprit is arrested. We call on the people to confide in us if they have any useful information. I will act on it.”  (Punchng.com)

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Buhari Meets Security Chiefs, Orders Them To Ensure Nigeria Remains One |RN

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday directed the nation’s security chiefs to ensure that Nigeria remains one in accordance with his position as stated in his nationwide broadcast on Monday.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, disclosed the presidential directive to State House correspondents after a meeting Buhari had with the nation’s security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari had in his broadcast to the nation said, “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.”

Olonishakin said the President asked them to ensure that the directive was carried out to the letter.

“In his address, the President talked about the unity of the nation which is non-negotiable. We have all been fully instructed to ensure that that directive is carried out to the letter,” he said.

Olonishakin said Buhari was specific in his directive that security chiefs ensure that the life and property of Nigerians are protected.

He said they were also directed to ensure that they secure the nation and also that troops that are outside the country carry out their jobs effectively.

He said security chiefs updated Buhari on all security issues within and outside the country where the nation’s troops are during the meeting that lasted over three hours.

He said after the briefing, the President directed in some areas they should look at in order to enhance their operations.

When asked what the President told them of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s secret service, Olonishakin said, “All security threats were treated one after the other ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clash, to IPOB issue. They were all treated. Comments were made as to what to do as regards those issues.”

The defence chief parried a question on whether he will mobilise forces to the South East.

“Every security issue, like I said, have been treated and we are going to enhance our operations in all the areas we need to do that. Like I said, he has given the necessary directives which will be carried out by the military and the security agencies,” he simply said.

Olonishakin said despite the recent attacks carried out by Boko Haram, it would be wrong to believe that members of the sect have stepped up their game.

“On the Boko Haram issue, you all know it is an asymmetric warfare. It is not that the Boko Haram has stepped up their game. It is just the issue of the suicide bombing that has been the problem and of course we also working with the security agencies and the intelligence agencies to make sure that we address that menace,” he said.  (Punchng.com)

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Court Permits Oyo Woman With Two Husbands To Divorce One |RN

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A middle-aged woman married to two husbands, in Ibadan, Oyo State, has got the leave of a Customary Court to divorce one of the husbands.

The woman, Modinat Mufutau, on Tuesday, told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi in Ibadan, how she alternated two husbands in order to satisfy herself and get enough money to take care of her three children.

Modinat had begged the court to dissolve her 12-year-old relationship to one of her husbands, Ajadi Mufutau, for alleged lack of care and maltreatment.

She told the court that she met Mufutau in 2005, and he impregnated her without marriage formalities.

The petitioner said that at the beginning of the relationship Mufutau pretended to be a nice and responsible man.

“But when he impregnated me, he began maltreating and beating me whenever I demanded money for antenatal care.

“I left his house after delivery and hooked up with another man, Saheed, who impregnated me two years later but turned me into a punching bag after delivery of my second child for him.

“Later, I settled down with Mufutau, got the third pregnancy for him, but Saheed, who I have a second child for begged me to continue with him.

“I decided dating two of them without any problem until they met each other in my rented apartment and fought.

“My Lord, I have made up my mind to divorce Mufutau because he had stopped giving me money for the maintenance of the two kids I had for him since he fought his rival, Saheed, in my apartment,” Modinat said.

Mufutau did not contest the petition for dissolution.

He said, “Modinat is a shameless woman. I was not aware that she still dates Saheed until I met him in the apartment I rented for her and she did not see anything bad in her action.

“I just pray the court to allow the first child be in my custody so that I can properly take care of the child and I promise to support her for the care of my second child,” Mufutau said.

President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, and the court’s assessors, Aare Samotu and Ganiyu Alao, agreed and dissolved the union.

The court awarded the custody of their first child to the respondent and the second child to the petitioner.

Balogun ordered Mufutau to pay N3,500 as monthly allowance for the upkeep of the second child and warned both parties against fomenting trouble. (NAN)

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IPOB Releases Statement In Response To Buhari’s Broadcast, Meeting Ojukwu In 2003 |RN

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) releases a statement with regards to President Muhammadu Buhari’s nationwide morning broadcast, and his reference to the late Head of State of the defunct Biafra Republic, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Just like expected, the IPOB via its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, criticised immensely the President’s 5 mins nationwide broadcast and calls it comical.
Here is the IPOB PRESS RELEASE:
 
We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leadership worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the prophet of our time, wish to bring to the attention of Nigerians and the world at large, the unfounded statement credited to the Nigeria president Major General Muhammdu Buhari during his latest comical nationwide broadcast about discussions he had with the late Biafran leader General Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 2003 at his home town in Daura Katsina State Nigeria about Nigeria remaining one.
 
Major General Muhammadu Buhari claimed in his robotic 3-minute broadcast that the late Biafran General and war leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu gave him assurances that Nigeria must remain one indivisible entity. In Buhari’s view, his unverified, unsubstantiated discussions with Ojukwu in his Daura village means that we Indigenous People of Biafra cannot demand our inalienable right under the principles of self-determination in order to seek our exit from the fraudulent British manufactured colony we know today as Nigeria. Interestingly enough, there is a well-circulated video of President Buhari addressing the 70th of the United Nations General Assembly in New York where he stated unequivocally that no nation, no matter how small, can be denied the right to self-determination. Buhari in his characteristic hypocrisy failed to mention the fact that he is a staunch campaigner for self-determination for Palestine and Western Sahara. This same Buhari is the major financier and backer of Western Sahara campaign to break away from Morocco.
 
The question that must be answered is why is it possible for Buhari to champion the cause of self-determination for Muslims in Israel and Morocco but not so for Biafrans who are Judeo-Christians in the British created Nigeria? During his uninspiring nationwide broadcast littered with dictatorial proclamations, the only takeaway point in the entire turgid show of shame is that Nigeria must remain one. Primarily because the dominant corrupt Hausa-Fulani Islamic cabal which he represents, do not want to lose their stranglehold on the finances of Nigeria. His hypocritical threat to deal with IPOB members who are legitimately going about their self-determination efforts without recourse to arms is indicative of his natural hatred towards Christians and indigenous ethnicities that make up Biafra. It is unfortunate that some people in this mere geographical expression called Nigeria are yet to understand that Biafra is an issue that is bigger than any man.
 
We find it laughable that Major General Muhammadu Buhari will embark on the futile journey of deceiving the general public about his brief encounter with Ojukwu in 2003.
 
President Muhammadu Buhari and other government functionaries, especially politicians, should stop deceiving themselves about the true nature of the raging Biafra agitation because they cannot provide any incontrovertible proof or verifiable evidence where the agreement was made between Buhari and Chief Emeka Ojukwu to keep Nigeria one.
 
The current Biafra restoration project piloted by IPOB is unstoppable.
 
COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL
MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

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JUST IN: Arewa Youths Disagree With Buhari, Insist On Biafra Referendum |RN

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By Ali Abare, Gombe

The Arewa Youth Coalition that in June issued an order asking Igbo in the north to leave or face eviction on October 1 has renewed the statement just going on now opposing President Muhammadu Buhari on the non-negotiable unity of Nigeria.

In Gombe right now where the North East Zone is holding its town hall meeting, Yerima Shettima, the author of the eviction order and leader of the group reiterated the position of the group on Biafra agitation.  (The Sun)

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Buhari Assures South East Of Fairness In His Administration|The Republican News

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…As Igbo youths demand he takes October 1 quit notice serious 

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the South East geo-political zone of Nigeria that his administration would keep to its campaign promises to the region, assuring the region of a fair share in his administration.

This also thanked the region for proving many wrongs that he no longer enjoys the support of the region.

The president gave the assurance, on Tuesday, while receiving South East Youths for Buhari (COSYB),  who stormed Aso Rock Villa, to declare their support for him.

He also said that his administration would do everything in its powers to keep the country together, adding that those trying to destabilise the country were only wasting their time.

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina who received the body assured that federal roads, the Second Niger Bridge as well as critical infrastructure in the region will be fixed by the administration.

The leader of the group, Steve Anyata, said they visited to declare support for Buhari’s administration.

He thanked God for bringing the president back home safely from his medical vacation in London.

The coalition comprises several youth groups across the five states of the south-east.

He said our rally was also intended to show total solidarity and support of all of our own from the southeast geopolitical zone for you at a time we reckoned the nation was going through trying times occasioned by your sad, but unavoidable, fatherly absence.

“We also through this rally say a word of prayer for you and to pledge our loyalty to you and the Nigerian federation.

The group urged the president to take the quit notice issued to the Igbo in the north by Arewa youths seriously, expressing confidence that with his return, the issue would receive immediate attention.   (The Sun)

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10 Missing, 5 Injured After USS John S. McCain Collides With Tanker In Pacific |RN

Ten sailors are missing and five injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, the U.S. Navy said late Sunday.

Search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said.

Initial reports indicate the warship sustained damage to its port side aft.

The warship is named after John S. McCain, Sr., and John S. McCain, Jr., both Admirals in the U.S. Navy, and the grandfather and father, respectively, of the Arizona senator.

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The ship is based at the fleet’s homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. It was commissioned in 1994 and has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 enlisted sailors, according to the Navy’s website.

The Alnic MC, the merchant vessel USS John S. McCain collided with, is a 600-foot oil and chemical tanker.

This crash came days after the top three leaders aboard the USS Fitzgerald were relieved of command. That warship was damaged badly in a collision off the coast of Japan that killed seven sailors in June. One of its compartments flooded in about 90 seconds.

The USS John S. McCain sailed by contested man-made islands in the South China Sea earlier this month, drawing China’s “strong dissatisfaction.”

Sen. McCain tweeted Sunday night he and his wife, Cindy, were keeping the sailors in their prayers. He’d recently visited the warship in Vietnam.

This marked the fourth mishap for U.S. Navy ships in the Pacific since February.

Aside from the USS McCain and USS Fitgerald incidents, the Navy cruiser USS Antietam ran aground dumping over 1,000 gallons of oil in Tokyo Bay in February. In May, another cruiser, USS Lake Champlain, hit a South Korean fishing vessel.

(Fox News)

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