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JUST IN: Wanted Port Harcourt Serial Killer Arrested, Confesses His Actions |The Republican News

The suspect, Gracious David West

** blames curses from his community

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested an ex-militant, Gracious David West, 26, alleged to be responsible for the killing of about 13 women.

The police had declared him wanted on Wednesday after a Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) footage showed he had booked into a hotel with a young woman who was found dead on Tuesday.

The suspect reportedly confessed to have killed five women in similar manner in Imo State and seven in Port Harcourt City.

He was said to have been arrested on Wednesday along East-West Road while he was fleeing to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital.A native of Buguma LGA of Rivers State, West was alleged to be a renowned armed robber who was rehabilitated by a church and was assisted to secure a job at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.

But the suspect was said to have continued his criminal lifestyle and was declared wanted by the Police in June last year. He was said to have been on the run until the CCTV footage exposed him as a member of the syndicate that had been killing women in cold blood, the Nation reports.

Narrating how he strangled his victims, he said: “We were inside the club then we discussed on how much I will pay her. After that we left the club to the hotel at Osas Road. When we got there, they took her up and I said let me look for a way to arrange for food that we will both eat.

“After eating, we slept till the next morning around 5:30am. I brought out a knife. She was unaware there was a knife. So, I told her not to shout that if she does I will use the knife on her.

“Out of fear she kept quite. During that time the television volume was loud. Then I used the wrapper to tie her hands her legs from the back and strangled her with pillow case.”

Confirming his arrest through their official Twitter handle, the police said the suspect was a member of the Degbam cult group, adding that he had made useful statements.

“Investigation is on with a view to ascertaining his motives and possible accomplices. The Commissioner of Police Rivers State, Mustapha Dandaura will be briefing the media on this significant police breakthrough on September 20,” the police said.

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JUST IN: Nnamdi Kanu Officially Invited To Speak To United Nations On Restoration Of Biafra

Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has been officially invited for a meeting with the officials of the United Nations, a report from Radio Biafra says on Friday.

The meeting according to the report gathered by ORIENTAL TIMES is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at Geneva in Switzerland.

It would be recalled that Kanu on Tuesday took his agitation for the actualization of a Sovereign State called Biafra to the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

The IPOB leader had disclosed in a statement on his social media accounts that he was “invited to the EU parliament by few members of the parliament to address the burning issue of IPOB agitation and what a new Biafra means for Africa.”

However after the meeting on Tuesday which saw top ranking IPOB members and many supporters of the pro-Biafra group outside the building of the European Parliament, Mazi Kanu tweeted on micro-blogging website, Twitter, that his next meeting would be at the United Nations. (Oriental Times)

Details later…

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BREAKING: Southeast Governors Meeting Ends With Ban On Movement Of Cattle By Herdsmen In The Region

The five South East governors meeting with all security Chiefs in Enugu has ended with them issuing strong-worded communiqué at the end of the deliberation.

There have been tensions in the region due to the activities of the Fulani herdsmen bandits, causing many deaths and creating internally displaced persons, IDP in the communities.

Igbo youths have recently like before issued statements that their governors and other political leaders in the region are not doing enough to checkmate these attacks and stop the activities of these bandits

Governor of Imo state, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha arriving for the meeting
Cross section of security Chiefs in the region

The communiqué reads as follows

  1. Enugu airport to open December 2019 after renovation.
  2. Joint air patrol to flush out bandits in all the forests in southeast.
  3. No more foot movement of cattle and herdsmen from one state to another.
  4. No more foot movement of cattle from community to another across farmlands.
  5. Any cattle herder with gun or machete will be arrested.
  6. Southeast governors never invited the army nor requested for Operation Python dance in the region.
  7. Adequate security to be provided along the routes to Owerri airport where flights have been diverted due to closure of Enugu airport.
  8. Southeast governors to meet with Mr President.
  9. Commended governor Ugwuanyi for establishing forest guards and asked other states to take a cue from Enugu state government and establish forest guards.
Left to right, Governor of Anambra state, H.E. Willie Obiano, Governor of Enugu state, H.E. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
Ohanaeze President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo

Here is the full communique on papers.

Governor Willie Obiano, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Chief Nnia Nwodo

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BREAKING: Gov. Bello Wins APC Gubernatorial Primary By Wide Margin |The Republican News

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello

Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja

Governor Yahaya Bello has won the APC governorship primary which took place at the Confluence stadium, Lokoja, on Thursday, August 29.

Bello won a total of 3,224 of the 3,500 cast to defeat his closest rival Babatunde Irukera, who garnered a distant 109 votes.

The results are as follows:

(1) Sani Lulu: 7
(2) Yahaya Audu: 10
(3) Bashir Gegu: 3
(4) Iyoma Hadiza: 0
(5) Yakuba Muhammed: 0
(6) Engr. Dalami Muhammed: 0
(7) Hassan Baiwa: 44
(8) Tunde Irukera: 109
(9) Blessing Ekele: 0

Announcing the result, the governor of Jigawa State, Baderu Abubakar, who led other electoral committee members, including Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, urged the losing candidates to accept the results in good faith and work for the overall success of the party at the general election

Governor Bello, in his victory speech, thanked God for the victory and promised to do more if elected at the general election.

A candidate, Hassan Abdullahi Baiwa, had prior to the commencement of voting staged a walkout from the venue of the primary, alleging that the whole process had been compromised.

Another candidate, Babatunde Irukera, expressed his displeasure over the exercise, complaining that it fell short of acceptable norms.

Baiwa, who represents Dekina /Bassa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, told reporters that he had to walk out of the venue due to what he observed to be open and widespread cheating by delegates at the venue.

Baiwa said that he was taken aback when nearly all delegates claimed to be illiterate, leading to officials issuing them customised ballot papers with Governor Bello’s name pre-selected.

He said that all efforts to complain to officials fell on deaf ears, while security officials present chased him away.

On his next line of action, Baiwa said he had started consultations with his supporters and would communicate his decisions in due course. (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Body Of A Dead Woman Found Floating In Enugu River, Hours After Another Was Found In Farmland |RN

By The Republican News Reporter

Nkwubor community in Emene in Enugu East LGA of Enugu state was thrown into state anger and quesions as body of unidentified dead woman was discovered floating on Nkwubor river.

Just less than 48hrs after the body of a woman in her early 60s was discovered in her farm in Nchatacha, who was identified as Mrs Regina Mba also in Emene.

It was gathered that the river in which the corpse was discovered is one of the major source of water for the residents of Nkwubor as there’s no supply of portable water in this suburb of the state capital.

The floating corpse was discovered by the residents of the area that came to fetch water from the river on Saturday. They quickly alerted Emene police command.

The police command spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu who spoke to our correspondent confirmed the incident saying “the deceased was a young woman and the command has commenced a full investigation to ascertain the identity of the lady and what led to her death.

According to him, “the death could be as a result of flooding as this is the rainy season and there was no report of violence In the area but the command is working very hard to establish the cause of her death and identity.”

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JUST IN: Masked Gunmen Kill Miyetti Allah Leader In Adamawa |The Republican News

by Jerry Lenbang

Some unidentified gunmen have killed Saidu Kolaku, a leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Adamawa state.

The assailants were said to have invaded his home on Saturday at Sabon Pegi in Mayo Belwa local government area in the state and shot him dead.

Prior to his death, Kolaku was the zonal vice-chairman of the MACBAN (Adamawa south).

Sulaiman Nguroje, the state police spokesman, who confirmed the incident, said the victim died in the hospital.

‘’Unknown gunmen stormed the resident of the Fulani leader located at Sabon Pegi in Mayo Belwa local government, shot him and left him in the pool of his blood,” he said.

‘’Following the incident, a distress call was forwarded to the police who rushed to the scene and took the victim to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.”

The spokesman also revealed that the state commissioner of police has ordered personnel of the homicide department to investigate the circumstance that led to Kolaku’s death.

‘’Indeed, police received the death of the slain man with shock because of his invaluable contribution towards fighting crime and criminality especially his gallantry in the fight against kidnappers,” he said.

“The command has launched manhunt for the fleeing culprits and God’swilling, they will be tracked down and brought to justice.”

In his reaction, Muhammad Buba, public relations officer (PRO) of Miyetti Allah in the state, described Kolaku’s killing as a reprisal attack from persons who were provoked by his effort in fighting crime.

“Efforts of Kolaku in fighting crime had made the police command to honour him on 17th July 2019, for his gallantry and valiant exploits in fighting kidnappers and cattle rustlers rampaging the state,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that the death of our zonal leader will seriously undermine the fight against crime and criminality in the state.’’

Adamawa is one of the states affected by insecurity, insurgency and periodic incidences of inter-communal killings.

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BREAKING NEWS: 2 Dead, 20 Cows Killed As Biafran Youths Engage Fulani Herdsmen In Cross River

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

CALABAR— Palpable fear and tension has enveloped Cross River State community as suspected members of Biafra National Youth League, BNYL, has engaged some Fulani herdsmen terrorising inhabitants of the community in a physical combat.

According to an unconfirmed report reaching our correspondent in Calabar, two herdsmen and 20 cows has been killed so far in the duel.

The confrontation is currently happening at the border town of Odukpani-Itu river side in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.

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BREAKING NEWS: Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Daughter Of Afenifere Chairman, Pa Fasoranti

Late Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (Nee Fasoranti) and her father, Chairman of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, says it has received information that Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere chairman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, has been killed by persons suspected to be herdsmen.

The spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said this in a terse message sent to The PUNCH on Friday.

According to Odumakin, the 58-year-old woman was heading to Ore Junction from Akure, Ondo State, when she was attacked and shot by the herdsmen.

He said, “We have confirmed the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (58), daughter of our leader, Chief Fasoranti.

“Eyewitness accounts say she died of gunshots from Fulani herdsmen who shot her at Ore junction in Ondo State earlier today.

“She was coming from Akure when the armed Fulani herdsmen came from the bush to attack her and other vehicles.

“Her domestic staff in the car with her also sustained gunshots.

“This is one death too many and a clear we-can-take-it-no-more death.”

Olufunke is the second child of 94-year-old Fasoranti to die. The elder statesman had also lost a daughter, Bunmi, some years ago. (Punch)

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BREAKING: Nnamdi Kanu Condemns In Totality Underhand Agreement Between SE Governors, Miyetti Allah

The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has condemned in totality the underhand agreement between South East governors and Fulani herdsmen group known as Miyetti Allah. The Fulani herdsmen is officially declared by the USA government and UN as the fourth most dangerous terrorist group in the world.

In a press statement released today, the leader of IPOB strongly condemed the subtle acceptance of Fulani herdsmen to form members of the vigilante group in South East Nigeria by the governors from that region, something many groups from Igboland, including Ohanaeze frown at.

Read the press release below:

PRESS STATEMENT:

I condemn in totality, both in letter and spirit the underhand agreement between South East Governors and Fulani terrorists that led to the idiotic call by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), the fouth most deadly terror group in the world, for the establishment of Fulani terrorist vigilante groups in Igboland Biafra.

Without much ado, I wish to state as follows:

  1. That it is extremely shocking and shameful that, at a time when Fulani cattle herders have turned to terrorists and ravaging the North, Middle Belt and Yorubaland, Southeast Governors allowed Miyetti Allah to get away with such criminal demand on our soil. It’s akin to telling someone in advance that you are coming to rob his house and he allowed you to just walk away, while pleading with you that you should reconsider. Instead of ordering their immediate arrest on the spot for daring to so brazenly reveal their criminal intention to invade Igboland, the spineless cowards that pass for SouthEast Governors appear to want to accommodate their demands. No doubt as payback for being rigged back into power by Abba Kyari led Fulani Cabal that run the government of Nigeria in the name of a dead Buhari.

2.. Miyetti Allah a mere cattle trading association, that later turned into a militant terrorist organisation is now openly threatening to conquer Igboland with the help of Igbo governors. It defies logic that Southeast Governors would care to give audience in the open in Igboland to an organisation that has been rated the fourth deadliest terrorist organisation in the world. Did the Southeast Governors stop to consider that Biafran traders in the far North, even though law abiding, can never be given the audience and reverence that these Southeast governors have so shamefully extended to Miyetti Allah.

3… Considering the weak and rambling response of Governor Dave Umahi to this criminal demand, we are certain these Southeast Governors have already granted this request; and in the unlikely event they have not, it’s highly probable that they will, albeit secretly. In such event, I hereby warn Miyetti Allah, Southeast Governors and their collaborators in the Southeast and elsewhere in Nigeria that IPOB will not tolerate the establishment of any Fulani militia, masquerading as vigilantes, in Southeast or anywhere else in Biafraland.

4…. We recall that it is the stated intention of IPOB to set up vigilante services, otherwise known as Biafran Security Services (BSS) that was used as the immediate excuse by the same Southeast Governors to proscribe IPOB, whereupon they proceeded to invite the Government of Nigeria to declare IPOB a terrorist organisation, all of which culminated in the Python Dance that claimed scores of innocent Biafran lives.

We are eagerly waiting for Miyetti Allah and their Fulani terror militia in Biafraland, an adventure they will regret for as long as they live. Their ancestors tried the same nonsense 300 years ago and returned to Zaria in humiliation, so will this Fulani army of darkness fail in 2019. Fulani caliphate must know that IPOB will not allow any of piece of Biafran territory to become another Illorin. We are waiting for Miyetti Allah with open arms.

Signed:

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB Leader

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BREAKING: Togolese Mob Attack Igbo Businessmen, Their Businesses At Assyeye Market Hezrenawoe

Images from the scene o the attack showing bloody victims

There was a widespread attack on the Nigerian businesses mostly owned by businessmen of Igbo extraction in a case that is related to an individual business guy and his Togolese girlfriend.

The incident started with an Igbo youngman who is a boyfriend to a Togolese girl. They have been friends for long. So, it happened that they had issues that resulted to a fight and both of them sustained injuries.

Actually, the Togolese girl wanted to stab the Igbo boyfriend with a knife, but the boyfriend overpowered her, all these happened at the boyfriend’s house early hours of Monday, 17 June.

The girl ran out and called some thugs, who came to the compound where the Igbo boy lives, fortunately for the boyfriend he heard the news and sneaked out of the house. When the thugs who couldn’t find the boyfriend now started breaking into the houses of all the Igbo boys living in that compound, they tied them and began to beat them, until the attention of the police was called and they intervened.

Allegedly, their plans were to kill those 4 Igbo youngmen, now when they couldn’t succeed, they gathered more thugs and headed to the main market (Assyeye Marche Hezrenawoe), where the Igbo people do their businessess.

According to eyewitness Daniel Ukoha, who shared this story with The Republican News, he said: “today being Monday was our main market day, so they entered the market and began to harass Igbo businesses, not until the police intervened again”.

“We ran and so many people lost their belongings including goods not to talk of those that got injured.

“This has been their practice, each time they heard any rumours about the Igbo and the rest of the Nigerians in Togo. They wouldn’t find out the truth they will begin to molest every Igbo or Nigerian they set their eyes on.

“Nigeria governmnt needs to intervene so that we can do our business without disturbance again from these mobs who harass us on every occasion they find conducive for their mob attack on Nigerians”

The news reaching The Republican News today, June 19 is that the boys attacked by these mob are undergoing serious medical treatment in the hospital as photos below could show.

victims of the Togolese mob attack

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