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Nigeria, the field of blood, by Chief Patrick Eholor

Security of lives and properties is the number obligation of any responsible government.

If the leadership does not guarantee this all-important duty, it becomes a scary exposition of a system failure which could as well be interpreted as anarchy. Security degeneration started with a gradual progression in the North West and North Central and unfortunately, have spread like wildfire into other regions like North Central, South West and more recently South East and South South. No region is spared. Insecurity is everywhere. Nigerians are sleeping with one eye open.

How did we get into this whole mess? Every region has got it’s own brand name of perpetrators of mayhem on the peace loving citizens of this nations. The label bandits, kidnappers, herdsmen, Boko Haram ,IPOB militants, unknown gunmen etc are now common household names.

The economic situation of these perpetrators is a common factor that has evolved in this ugly monster. A hungry population is a dangerous population.

People of this nation have lost the taste of lifelong. Common question prevailing is it worth living any longer in the midst of unprecedented economic hardship. Leadership failure at all levels is quite bizarre. Food security which is the barest is very remote. A lot of the population go to bed on empty stomach. Where would solace come from, minding the gross insensitivity of the leadership?

We as a people need serious awakening to this deliberate abandonment of responsibility by the leadership. The oath they swore on assumption of office or during the swearing in should be the bond between them and the people.

If they consciously renege on this basic oath of office it becomes an expressway to disintegration, no holds barred.

NEW ACTING IG USMAN ALKALI GETS FIRST TEST ON THE JOB: CORRUPTION STENCH UNDER HIS NOSE BY IG MONITORING UNIT SHOCKS PRESIDENCY, CIVIL SOCIETY PARTNERS

…As alleged Edo crime kingpin Osakpanwan “Nomoless” perverts & converts IG Monitoring Unit to IG Monsters Unit and VP Osinbanjo charges new IGP to restore public confidence in Police.

By Anta Amatoe, International Reporter for Global Media Radar for Endangered Citizens (GloMREC), Africa Region, with Associate Reporters Usman Bugaje, Yusuf Hauwa and Amber Momodu

A shattering petition to Nigeria’s Presidency and several federal redress commissions has shaken the foundation of the Buhari Administration, some of its international development partners, and called to question again before the international community the integrity of the Nigerian Police, arising from alleged corruption rot and justice perversion for cash by the IG Monitoring Unit under the nose of the new Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.

At the heart of the graphic petition and devastating scandal is one Osakpanwan Eriyo, alleged top-notch political thug, strong-arm land grabber and carnage-for-hire gangster said to be known in his police corruptive and society corroding world by the mobster alias “Nomoless.”

The petition portrays how the office of several IGs before the current one supplied Nomoless a retinue of personal police bodyguards whom the accused deploys without restraint as an extension of his violent strong-arm enterprise. For these shocking crime aiding services Nomoless reportedly pays handsome monthly royalty to every sitting IG in other to ensure unfettered impunity in the plying of his menace against society, from his Edo state primary territory to other parts of the country.

Osakpanwan Eriyo, alias Nomoless

Copies of the petition obtained by our news media dated April 6, 2021 were addressed to the President through the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, the Police Service Commission and the National Human Rights Commission, amongst others. The petition’s chilling content, like many others before it by victims of Mr. Osakpanwan across the country, especially Edo state, points to a long standing multi-million naira mafia-style crime franchise the illegal proceeds of which a ring of senior investigation officers and colluding ranking superiors attached to the IG’s office allegedly mine daily into their private pockets. With these, some conscientious insiders in the police force headquarters who loathe what they say has been going on for years in the Nigeria IG’s office, say that they build across the country mansions way above their official salaries which successful industrialists of advance countries would envy.

The image cost to the Nigerian police and consequences shifted to the nation by such high-impact corruption in the highest towers of the country’s police command is best exemplified by the devastating #EndSARS protests and carnage of October last year which spread across most parts of Nigeria and led to irreplaceable loss of lives of both innocent members of the police force and the public, as well as arson, looting and destruction of private and public properties worth billions of naira.

Mafia Type Mayhem

According to the petition signed by Patrick Osayande for Paul Osarenkhoe Chambers and Tony Agu Chambers, on the 28 of February this year, the said Osakpanwan Eriyo “Nomoless,” a near-patent illiterate connected by lakes of cash to the heart of the nation’s Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, led a deadly platoon of his police orderlies and thugs to Uzebu community, one of the many co-joined municipal delineations that form main Benin city metropolis.

👆Above is the petition

As they fanned out towards their targeted circle of residential buildings they opened fire from pump-action rifles like a mafia strike force ahead of a Caterpillar Bulldozer and a second rag-tag band of Mr. Osakpanwan’s hoodlums. The hoodlums made straight for parked vehicles and set them ablaze while the Bulldozer roared into long standing residential buildings and brought them down.

Osakpanwan claimed that the long-standing buildings were developed on his land, without the slimmest strip of paper or court judgment document to show the entire community of Uzebu, an ancient municipal residence.
Several persons scampering for life from the scene of roaring artillery and mayhem were shot in the crossfire of Nomoless’ police minions and his thugs. One of them was ferried to and hospitalized at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) where he was treated of injury and post-incident trauma. That grand old elite institution stands till date to testify about the hospitalization and treatment of one of the victims.
When the dislodged residents returned to the scene, it was with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Evbotubu Police Station, the nearest police precinct to the scene of incident, where they had fled and officially lodged complaint of the broad-day mayhem.

Police Area Command Zone 5 simultaneously stepped in at the distress invitation of the triple-trauma victims of violent eviction, arson and demolition, infractions meted to them in broad daylight without recourse to any shadow of the law. For evidence, ample pellets and spent cartridges from the avalanche of Osakpanwan’s police orderlies and thugs were recovered from the scene by the contingents of investigating cops.

Investigation Subversion

Shortly after the police’s recovery of artillery evidence from the scene, matters suddenly got mysterious. The police formation in entire Edo state began to treat the heinous felonies committed by the accused like history of another age that never happened. The victims told our reporters that it became clear to them that Osakpanwan’s open boasts to them during the entire episode were manifesting under their eyes. He is said to have told them that with his “money and connection” with the nations’ top police hierarchy, he was beyond reproach. According to them, it dawned on them that the ugly lava of compromise wrapped in Nigeria’s classical disease of corruption had flowed under the bridge between Osakpanwan’s boated lake of money and the police in Edo territory.

Alarmed, the victims led by one Mr. Fidelis Owen who is the Uzebu community’s secretary, Martins Obakpolor, Sunday Ogbonwan and Victor Omoregbe, lodged the felonies with the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos, which promptly invited the accused. Not once but thrice. The accused blatantly ignored and dismissed Alagbon’s invitation.

The community secretary told our reporters, “Throughout this ugly nightmare, Osakpanwan repeatedly boasted to our faces that the overall Inspector-General of Police of any administration and his Abuja Force Headquarters personnel feed from his palm and are in his pocket. So, again, true to his boast that no police formation in the country could bring his actions to question, it was clear to us that somehow he had again employed superior Abuja Force Headquarters to scuttle Alagbon’s independent investigation of his atrocious brigandage against Uzebu community.”

Lous Edet House, “House of Compromise…”

In a most dramatic twist of events police of IG’s Force Headquarters, Abuja, suddenly invited notable indigenes of Uzebu community who have been in the forefront of baying for justice against Osakpanwan Nomoless. As obedient, law-abiding citizens who thought that relief and justice had come at last from the zenith court of the Nigeria police authority, they eagerly made the journey from Benin to Abuja on March 29, 2021. And walked right into the trap of Osakpanwan’s paid police personnel under the IG’s office.
The investigation and justice subversion syndicate in the IG’s office alleged to be under Osakpanwan’s payroll for mayhem, carnage and immunity from prosecution are led by ACP A.A. Elleman, SP Usman Garba and DSP Aminu Sokoto. These officers ordered the Uzebu community leaders from Benin to be stripped to their pants and herded them into detention where they have remained incarcerated to this hour of going to press. Without so much as a glance at the victims originating complaints and petitions.

Our reporters were told, “That is how it works in the office of the Police Inspector-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where ACP A.A. Elleman, SP Usman Garba and DSP Aminu Sokoto imperiously reign as prosecutors, judges and executioners.”

Our reporters went to town and spoke to a cross section of civil society, NBA, foreign embassy watchers of the Nigerian government and officials of some of Nigeria’s international development partners, including the United Nation Developent Fund, European Union Commission and the German Goethe Institute. Most of them who spoke on conditions of anonymity were unanimous in their disgust.
At a Western embassy whose country has vital trade, military training and hardware pipeline, a senior diplomat, shook his head after perusing our obtained copy of Barr. Paul Osarenkhoe’s petition to the Presidency and said, “The nefarious activities of the Nigerian Police is fairly known to the world. It is the principal reason Nigeria had the grueling #EndSARS protest across your country last year, which spread to some major countries of the world, including mine.”

He continued, “Your police authorities are also the reason why your country (Nigeria) will not leave the dishonorable corrupt nations index list of the world for a pretty long while.” Then he added with a surprising note of hope, “You know, you have a new Inspector-General of Police who was appointed only a few days ago. He could cut a different path for himself, especially now that your country is on edge in many fronts. It does happen in the history of nations. A top government fella comes along that turns the apple cart of corruption for a new dawn, keeps his nose clean and resolutely sets up new ways of doing things. Let’s see how it goes with this one. Afterall your Vice President charged him with the responsibility to restore public confidence in your police. Let’s hope this case will meet your VP’s expectations and put him in the spotlight as a reformer.”

“IGP Alkali & Uzebu 4.”

Many civil society groups across the country have come to learn in the last five days about the tragic travesty of the latest victims of Osakpanwan Nomoless’ police manipulation in the Inspector-General’s office. They have also learned of the latest intrigue of Nomoless, the actual perpetrator of obstruction of police investigations and justice perversion. On March 8, 2021, Nomoless instructed the IGP’s squad alleged to be on his payroll to urge his detained victims to beg him (Osakpanwan) for forgiveness as one of several haughty conditions if they wished to taste freedom or see their families again in the nearest future. And the news is spreading.

Well acquainted with the character of Nomoless and his modus notoriety in the game of turning victims to accused with what they describe as “Osakpanwan’s ill-gotten and ill-deployed money,” they are currently coming together across the geo-political zones of the country to take a common position.

This is a red flag for the new Acting IG to personally and thoroughly investigate what is now being called across social media platforms as “IGP Alkali and Uzebu 4,” akin to the trumped-up Ogoni-9 Victim-to-Condemned Saro-Wiwa travesty of November 10, 1995, a watershed in world history of judicial verdicts which the then Prime Minister of Britain described as ‘judicial murder.”

A large section of the Nigeria media is also watching. Before going to press we learned that they are also making the same demand of the new Acting IGP, Usman Alkali Baba. A really simple demand. Investigate the real Osakpanwan Eriyo, alias Nomoless now, and Usman Alkali might just find a deep appalling can of worms in the best friend of Elleman, Usman Garba and Kabiru Sokoto.

© Global Media Radar for Endangered Citizens (GloMREC)

Anambra 2021: Hoodlums kill 3 police aides to Soludo, kidnap commissioner

A former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo, was this evening attacked in his hometown, Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The attackers who shot sporadically in the community, killed three policemen guarding him.

The incident took place during a meeting with the youths of the community.

Eyewitnesses at the event told newsmen that Soludo was safe but his whereabouts was unknown.

Unconfirmed reports have it that the Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, who was at the event was taken away by the gunmen.

Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident but said that he was still gathering information on the ugly development.

Professor Soludo is one of those who has indicated interest in becoming the next governor of Anambra State, in the November 2021 governorship polls.

Fulani herdsmen murder 22 as they invade Eha Amufu, Ụzọ Uwani, Obeagu in Enugu, Ebonyi States

No fewer than 22 persons have been reportedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in separate attacks in Ebonyi and Enugu States on Monday.

According to The Punch, 16 persons who were between the ages of 18 and 56 were killed during an invasion in the Obeagu community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

In the same vein, the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday confirmed the killing of six persons in Adani community, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state by yet to be identified hoodlums.

It also confirmed that another two persons were injured in the incident, while shops and other properties were destroyed.

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has since condemned the deaths on Tuesday.

Umahi, who spoke at Obegu in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state, said, “I got very shocking news this afternoon about the attack on about four communities of Nkalaha, Obegu, Amaezu and Umuhuali in Ishielu Local Government Area of the state by herdsmen wielding AK-47 rifles. They came yesterday (Monday) and killed 15 members of these communities.

“Good enough, we have some traces of the sponsors; we have the traces of those who came here. I will not disclose it, but I am going to escalate the identities of the people to the highest authorities and we wait to see what they will do. But we condemn this attack; if it is allowed to go this way, it is capable of generating very serious civil war among the nation of Nigeria.”

“I want to demand from the security chiefs to fish out these people because they are well known; they should fish them out. Let them face the wrath of the law.”

Police Nab IPOB ESN Militants for Killing Security Operatives in South-East

By Frank Mba

Operatives in South-East Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested sixteen (16) suspects for complicity in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities in some states of the Federation, particularly in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.

The arrest, which is an outcome of painstaking, deliberate and tireless efforts by operatives of the Nigeria Police working in collaboration with their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Airforce is aimed at bringing to justice persons responsible for the emerging trend of attacks on security personnel and wanton destruction of security facilities and operational assets.

The suspects – Ugochukwu Samuel a.k.a Biggy, 28-year-old native of Arochukwu LGA in Abia State; Raphael Idang, 31-year-old native of Odukpani LGA of Cross River state; Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka ‘Alewa’, 60-years-old native of Orlu in Imo State; Michael Uba, 33yrs from Imo State; and twelve (12) others in the course of investigation, were implicated in multiple felonies committed across several states in the South-Eastern part of the Federation.

The suspects were arrested in various parts of the country following sustained, and intelligence-driven sting operations.

Police investigations clearly established and linked the suspects to several incidents of attacks and murder of security personnel as well as stealing, unlawful possession of firearms, arson and malicious damage to operational assets of military and law enforcement agents.

Specifically, investigations revealed that the duo of Ugochukwu Samuel aka Biggy and Raphael Idang were among the criminal elements that attacked policemen on duty at a checkpoint on 24th December, 2020 along Orlu-Ihiala Road in Imo state where two police officers were killed and a Police Hilux patrol van set ablaze.

In addition, both were part of a larger group that attacked a police reconnaissance team on 13th January, 2021 killing one police officer.

Ugochukwu Samuel a.k.a Biggy, who sustained a bullet wound during an attack by his gang on a military convoy in which some soldiers were killed and weapons carted away, was subsequently arrested while receiving treatment in a hospital.

Both suspects confessed to being active members of IPOB and ESN.

Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka Alewa, a pastor with the Holy Blessed Trinity Sabbath Church, Orlu, Imo State and Michael Uba, a prophet with the Association of Jewish Faith, who were also arrested, are two of the masterminds of the various attacks on security personnel, in addition to providing spiritual cover for the gang.

Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka Alewa’s house was used by the gang members to plan their nefarious operations. He also donated his late brother’s farmland for use as a hideout and training camp for the gang.

A total of nine (9) AK47 rifles, five (5) other sophisticated firearms, seventeen (17) AK47 Magazines, 549 AK47 live ammunition, 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), camouflage bullet proof vests, walkie talkies and other incriminating items were recovered from the suspects.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has reiterated that the Force will not tolerate any further attack on its personnel or any citizen by any individual or group under any guise whatsoever.

He assures that Law Enforcement Agents have gathered sufficient intelligence on the attackers and are closing up on scores of suspects already implicated in the attacks either directly or indirectly for financing, aiding and abetting the criminals.

He stresses that no murderer will go unpunished.

The IGP enjoins parents/guardians as well as traditional/opinion leaders to weigh in and prevail on their children/wards to desist from towing the destructive paths of crime.

All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.

CP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ARSON, KILLINGS IN S-EAST: 34 Police, Army, Navy men killed in Anambra, Abia, Imo, C-River, 7 stations burnt

By Steve Oko, Vincent Ujumadu, Chinonso Alozie, Peter Okutu & Kennedy Mbele

Since December 2020, no fewer than seven police stations have been set ablaze while 34 security personnel were killed by gunmen in the wave of attacks on security men in the South-East, an investigation by Sunday Vanguard revealed.

The trend which spreads across states in the zone including Cross River State in the South-South is gaining traction daily.

At the moment, security agents in the area are living in palpable fear, as they are prone to attack at police stations, checkpoints and other duty posts.

The attacks on police formations and the killing of security personnel were reminiscent of the #EndSARS crisis, which saw the burning of over 205 police stations and the killing of over 60 policemen in 2020.

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, and hoodlums are suspected to be behind the attacks that have left police, navy and army personnel dead.

A clash between IPoB members and security agencies in Anambra State last year, which resulted in casualties on both sides, was gathered to be the remote cause of the latest killings.

According to a police source, the raiding of Eastern Nigeria Security Network, ESN, enclave in Orlu and a subsequent one in Ihiala this year, could be described as what may have aggravated the assaults on police formations in the region.

“Recall that there was a clash between IPoB members and the army last year, leading to casualties. That was followed by the raiding of their enclave in Orlu in 2021, which drove them out of the bush in Imo State. A police special team also went to Ihiala to take out some of their henchmen.

“This is why they are after security agents. They have resorted to the model Boko Haram used in its early days. Recall that Boko Haram started with the burning of police stations and the killing of security men. That is what we are beginning to see in the South-East.

“What they do is to kill policemen and other security agents and collect their weapons. Ever since we destroyed their camps in the bushes, they have started guerrilla warfare” the source said.

Of the five states in the South-East, Sunday Vanguard found Imo, Anambra and Abia as the flashpoints of what has become growing calculated attacks on security agents. Findings showed that none of such attacks has happened in Enugu within the time under review.

ABIA: 7 personnel, 2 stations, vehicles in 4 attacks

No fewer than seven policemen have been killed in Abia State since February 2021.

Besides personnel, two police stations have been razed in four separate attacks against police formations in the state.

Police Public Relations Officer PPRO in Abia, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, in an interview with our Correspondent said one cop was killed when hoodlums attacked a police station at Omoba in Isialangwa South in February.

The station was also set on fire by the assailants.

Another attack on another police station at Abayi, Osisioma claimed two lives while the station and some cars at the premises were set ablaze.

According to the PPRO a police patrol team was attacked by unknown gunmen at Uratta junction Aba, resulting in the death of a cop while the patrol van was set on fire.

He further said that three policemen were attacked and killed at Abriba March 21 thus bringing the casualty figure to seven so far since this year.

On whether the police have affected any arrest in connection with the attacks, or are suspecting any group as perpetrators of attacks, the PPRO said investigations were still ongoing.

He described the situation as very bad and appealed to members of the public to volunteer any useful information that could help unmask the masterminds of the attacks.

On the impact of the attacks on their officers and men, the PPRO said despite the emotional effect on their personnel, the police would not abandon their duty post because of the incidents.

“ Police officers and men are human beings, they could be demoralised at the sight of their colleagues being killed but we can’t give up. It’ is not good to be hunted by the people you are being paid to protect.

“ But we keep encouraging our men not to lose morale,” he added.

Three policemen were killed on March 21, 2021, by suspected bandits in Abriba community, Ohafia LGA.

Two rifles were carted away. The officers who were identified as Inspector Austins Ugwu, Inspector Longinus Ugochukwu and Constable Ema Ifeanyi, were serving at Abriba Police Division. They were ambushed at Amaogudu Area, Abribe at 8.30am.

ANAMBRA: 10 security operatives dead, stations attacked

There is tension among security operatives in Anambra following the recent attacks, which left no fewer than 10 of them dead.

After the #EndSARS protests during which five police stations were burnt in parts of the state, normalcy returned and the security operatives resumed work at their duty posts.

But surprisingly, unknown gunmen attacked a checkpoint at Nkpologwu in Aguata Local Government Area,LGA, and Omogho in Orumba North LGA, killing four policemen. They took away their rifles and set their patrol van ablaze. The gunmen drove in a salon car and a black Mercedes Benz 4Matic SUV.

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Monday Kuryas, ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A senior police officer in the local government who confirmed the killing said: “Honestly, it was a black Wednesday in Anambra. I don’t know what those boys want to gain from this act

The next place the gunmen attacked was a police checkpoint at Neni in Anaocha local government area where they killed three policemen.

Navy

On the same day, they attacked a naval checkpoint at Awkuzu in Oyi LGA. Three naval ratings lost their lives.

Gunmen again attacked Ekwulobia Police Station in Aguata LGA and killed another policeman and two officials of Nigeria Correctional Service, NCS.

They also attempted to burn down the police but were stopped by policemen at the station.

Later, they attacked a bus conveying prison inmates to the court and killed two officials of NCS.

Recall that Ekwulobia Police station was among those that were completely razed during the #EndSARS protest and was only rebuilt recently.

After the Ekwulobia attack, gunmen again attempted to burn down a police station in Awka North LGA but were repelled by policemen.

The identity of the attackers is yet to be known, but one noticeable thing since the resurgence of the assaults in the state is the disappearance of policemen on the roads, apparently out of fear of further attacks.

These developments forced Governor Willie Obiano to make a statewide broadcast, warning that enough was enough.

The governor said: “Since these attacks commenced, I have personally coordinated security commanders in the state with a joint effort to halt this mayhem and by God’s, we will surely succeed. The State Security Council has met twice and I have summoned another emergency meeting.

“ I have therefore directed all security agencies in the state, the vigilante services, all task forces and every structure in the state security infrastructure to rise in defense of our dear state.”

However, since the governor’s broadcast, vehicles have been plying the roads in the state with tinted glasses without molestation.

IMO: More stations attacked

Since the #EndSaRs protests that saw the destruction of many police stations in Imo State, more police stations have been burnt.

Some of the police stations that have been attacked in the state include Aboh Mbaise Divisional Police Station, Umuelemai Divisional Police Station in Isiala LGA as well as Divisional Police station in Ishinweke, Ihitte-Uboma LGA.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that a female police officer sustained gunshot injuries at Aboh Mbaise. A policeman died in the Isiala Mbano attack while scores of police officers were said to have been injured at the Ihitte/Uboma burnt police station.

Multiple sources had linked the attacks to hoodlums and suspected members of ESN members.

On the Aboh Mbaise attack, the Police said, “some yet to be identified hoodlums in four vehicles, attacked the Divisional Police headquarters, Aboh Mbaise, shooting sporadically . The officers on duty engaged them in a gun duel, at the end of the melee, one Policewoman sustained gunshot injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment.”

Also, on the Isiala Mbano incident, the police said: “On the 20/03/21, at about18:30 pm hoodlums, whose number could not be ascertained, attacked the Divisional Police Hqrs, Isiala Mbano, shooting sporadically. Operatives of the Division successfully repelled them. After the encounter, it was discovered that the hoodlums destroyed some doors and windows.

“No arm (s) was taken away. Regrettably, one Inspector, who was on duty at the time of the attack, gave up the ghost while receiving treatment as a result of injuries sustained during the melee.”

However, the Ihitte Uboma police station was set ablaze as a result of a clash between a suspect from the community and police officers.

Umulowo

There was tension in Umulowo, Imo State, on February 6 after gunmen attacked a police station in the area, killing some police officers and carting away their arms. No fewer than two police officers were said to have lost their lives in the attack which happened very early in the morning, causing villagers to scamper for safety.

Two policemen were reportedly killed while three others sustained varying degrees of injury as bandits attacked the Divisional Police Headquarters in Oromo Obowu LGA of Imo State. It was gathered that the invading bandits lost one of their members in the attack but they ran away with the corpse of the deceased before retreating.

EBONYI: 10 police stations

During the #EndSARS crisis, no fewer than 10 police stations were burnt. However, the state has witnessed attacks on police stations afterward.

On February 5, hoodlums attacked the Police Divisional Headquarters in Isu, Onicha LGA of Ebonyi State. Apart from the station that was razed, four patrol vehicles were set ablaze. Ine policeman sustained a machete cut injury.

Similarly, gunmen in military uniform on March 1, 2021, attacked the Iboko Police Station in Izzi LGA. The attackers were said to have set the station ablaze using bombs and grenades.

CROSS RIVER:

On February 26, in Calabar, hoodlums killed four police officers and carted away their rifles. The incident happened along Akai Effa-Idundu Road. The incident was followed by a similar one on March 4 as gunmen killed six police officers and a soldier at a checkpoint in Obubura on the Calabar-Ikom-Highway.

Herdsmen, bandits

Speaking on the development, a security expert and Founder of Lions Protection and Signals, Mr. Callistus Emenike, told Sunday Vanguard that government must be cautious in handling the situation to prevent it from spiraling out of control.

He accused government of what he called nurturing insurgency in the South-East.

“Borno will be a child’s play if government pushes IPoB into resorting to guerilla warfare. The Igbo man is peaceful but the policy of exclusion of this government is what brought this manner of insecurity. I condemn the killings in their entirety and call on those responsible to desist forthwith, but government must function for all Nigerians. A government that labels IPoB as a terrorist group, but dines with killer herdsmen and bandits, isn’t being sincere.”

On why security agents are the targets, he said: “We have a police force that hasn’t reclaimed the space it lost to #EndSARS. The same applies to other security agencies. That is in addition to the animosity between them and IPoB. When you combine both, the reason isn’t difficult to know. Government must know that it’s easier and better to nip what is happening in the bud.”

Myanmar army gun down 114 in 44 cities as protests rage against military coup

Human rights officials are calling on the international community to do more to stop the bloodshed in Myanmar after more than 100 civilians were reportedly killed by the Myanmar military junta that overthrew the country’s elected government.

UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews said it is time for “robust, coordinated action,” as “words are not enough” to protect people’s lives.

“Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said. “The people of Myanmar need the world’s support.”

At least 114 people were killed Saturday during protests in 44 towns and cities across the country, according to a tally by the independent Myanmar Now news outlet — the bloodiest day of protests since a military coup last month.

Among those killed is reportedly a 13-year-old girl, who was shot in her house after the junta’s armed forces opened fire in residential areas of Meikhtila, in Mandalay region, according to Myanmar Now. She is among 20 minors killed since the start of the protests, Myanmar Now reported.

CNN has been unable to independently confirm the number of people killed.

The lethal crackdown came on the country’s Armed Forces Day. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade in the capital Naypyitaw to mark the event that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy, Reuters reported.

State television had said on Friday that protesters risked being shot “in the head and back.” Despite this, demonstrators against the February 1 coup came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns.

According to the latest tally by the nonprofit Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, at least 423 people have been killed in Myanmar since the military coup on February 1.

“Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for CRPH, an anti-junta group set up by deposed lawmakers, told an online forum.

Sasa called his country’s military leaders “murderers” and begged the international community to take “real action” against the military junta.

“They [military] should not have access to the international arms market, to financial institutions nor development assistance. Please, do all in your power to block all funding, business and access to financial markets in your jurisdiction,” he said.

“How many more of us need to die before you turn from your incremental response to real action?”

GRAPHIC TALE! ‘How we beheaded and butchered rival cult leader:-Suspect

The police have arrested a suspected member of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity for the murder a rival cult member and recording his beheading.

After killing his victim, Ugochukwu Igwilo, the suspect, Nzubechukwu Victor Okonkwo, reportedly posted the video of his apparent beheading on WhatsApp, a private messaging social media app.

Okonkwo was arrested by the Inspector-General’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Abia State.

The suspect, who was arrested alongside Prince Kalu, an alleged member of the confraternity, was apprehended after operatives of the IRT, headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, raided a seven-man gang of armed robbers who robbed and killed some POS agents in Aba Town.

Sources disclosed that the armed robbers were all members of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity and that during interrogations they confessed that a member of their confraternity, Okonkwo, was the person who killed and beheaded the person who was seen in the viral video.

It was further gathered that after the victim was beheaded, Okonkwo and three of his gang members also cut of the victim’s legs, arms and his private part and took it to a native doctor at a village in Ahia Afor, where it was used to make charms that they claimed would give them protection from the police and rival cult gangs.

Narrating why he killed and beheaded Igwilo, Okonkwo, who claimed to be a student of Nigeria Maritime Academy Oron , Cross Rivers State, said:

‘I am from Idiator North, Local Government Area of Imo State, and I joined the Vikings Confraternity in 2013 and I live in Aba with my parent. Mr Virus took me to join the Vikings Confraternity. I was the former head of the confraternity in Aba in 2015. I ruled for six months before I was removed and we had three guns during my time. I was arrested because I killed Ugochukwu Igwilo, who is a member of Black Axe Confraternity. We had a cult war in Aba in 2020 and Ugochukwu killed one of our members, Lampard, and the message was reported in our WhatsApp group chat.

‘Ugochukwu attacked Lampard at

his compound in Umuchichi around Osisioma area of Aba and butchered him, and before then Ugochukwu had also attempted to kill me but I escaped. Ugochukwu was also the former head of the Black Axe group in Aba.

So, on March 6, 2021, Ugochukwu came to where we were playing football with one Segior and a member of our group known as “More-Light” was with a gun with him at that time. Then we ordered Ugochukwu to follow us into the bush with the gun and he obeyed. But while we were moving into the bush, he attempted to escape and Otiko, a member of our group, went after him and broke his head with a big stick.

Then I shot him with the locally-made gun and he died on the spot. Then we dragged his dead body to our Island which is not far from the bush and I cut off his head and I videotaped it.

I then sent video to our WhatsZpp group chat, from where it went viral. I also presented the head to our members who were not on ground when we killed the victim. Two other members of our group, Spiritual and Otiko, then went to the corpse and removed more body parts that they took to a native doctor at Ogbor Hill in Village Ahia Afor.

The herbalist grinded the head then asked us to pound the bones.

When our present members were pounding the head, the herbalist was making incantations, saying the charm was to prevent the police from arresting us.

But the charmed failed us. The video I shared went viral and when More-Light was arrested over the POS robbery, he also confessed that he was part of the group that killed a beheaded Ugochukwu.

Prince was just a witness to the crime. I was planning to become an engineer but now that dream has been cut short. My biggest regret is that someone else will be sleeping with my girlfriend.’

Daily Sun

Black Thursday in Anambra as gunmen kill four naval officers, three policemen

Gunmen on Thursday reportedly killed four naval officers and three policemen in different locations in Anambra State.

It was gathered that the killings took place barely 48 hours after suspected Fulani herdsmen allegedly kidnapped the president general of Omor and a legal practitioner in the Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state.

According to reports, the kidnappers are demanding N50million ransom.

The hoodlums reportedly killed three policemen at Neni junction in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state while their security vehicle was burnt.

Meanwhile, four naval officers were reportedly killed at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

A source who pleaded anonymity said that gunmen rampaged Awkuzu Junction and killed the naval officers on duty and carted away with their firearms.

The four naval officers were on duty at the junction when the hoodlums attacked them around 2 pm Thursday.

A source who did not want to be quoted said, “Please seek an alternative route if you plan to go towards that axis. Please let’s be safe first then ask questions later.

“Similar thing happened a moment ago at Neni Junction, just before Oraukwu. An eyewitness has narrated the experience to me. Police officers were killed and their weapons were taken from them. Their vehicle set ablaze.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, who assumed work on Wednesday, DSP Tochukwu Ikenganyia, confirming the incident said that he has not gotten details of what happened.

He said, “I’m making contacts to get details before I would issue a statement on the matter before long.”

A senior police officer in the command, who pleaded anonymity, said “the two incidents happened but I cannot ascertain the number of casualties as at the moment.”

How Patrick Eholor started campaign for firearms legalization in Nigeria

Human rights defender, Chief Patrick Eholor

Patrick Osagie Eholor is a legend no doubt. Dedicating his life to humanity from childhood, he has moved from leading protests for massive infrastructural rebirth across the country, to being a seer and spiritual teacher, to his philanthropic living and care for the poor, Eholor has moved from being an average human element to a sage, even as he lives his ordinary life daily, hourly and and by the minute.

Perhaps his love for humanity spurred him into contemplating on a never-threaded path, when he began to grant interviews for guns and firearms to be legalized.

Despite the Federal laws against civilians to carry firearms, Eholor had severally cried out about Fulani herdsmen who kidnap, rob, rape and molest citizens because they always carry sophisticated guns and are hardly harassed by Nigerian security.

So on December 18th, 2020, Eholor in an interview with Jungle Journalist Media Limited argued, while condemning the abduction of 300 students from a school in Katsina State”I advocate for what is obtainable in America where every citizen has a right to bear arms and ammunition .

“It is time that we agitate that every responsible Nigeria citizen should be allowed to bear arms and ammunition. If we all have arms and ammunition we can defend ourselves, because the Federal Government has failed to protect us. From all indications, it is obvious that the government can no longer defend the citizens”.

Again on January 2, 2021, while addressing journalists, Eholor had repeated his advocacy for gun-bearing by Nigerians. As was reported by Vanguard, Eholor expressed disappointment over the alleged poor utilization of security vote by Governor Obaseki, as kidnapping, cultism, killings and other vices continued to increase in Edo State.

He threatened to take legal action against Federal Government, demanding citizen’s right to bear arms for self-defense as insecurity continues to deteriorate across the country.

He said that due to the rise in cult related violence and killings, armed robbery, kidnapping, Boko Haram terrorism, Fulani herdsmen attacks and kidnapping on farms and forests, among other criminal acts, are some of his reasons for the legal action.

His words: “I was told from a reliable source he (Obaseki) gives the Police and Department of State Security, DSS, and other security agencies nothing more than N20 million monthly.

“Out of this amount over N700 million monthly is taken out from the federal government allocation accruing to the Edo State,yet there is increase in criminal activities including cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, and killings.

“We have never seen it so bad like this in Edo State. It is indeed, unfortunate, alarming and frightening with the dimension all these have assumed.

“To worsen the whole issue, Fulani herdsmen have taken over our farms and villages. In fact, Edo State is under siege as we the people of Edo are at the mercy of these bandits including those in power ruling us.

“That is the reason why I am calling for citizen’s self-defense and to bear firearms for self defense. I am not saying citizens should carry arms against the State or become criminals but purely for self-defense because the people including children, aged, disabled and women are killed by these criminals. How long are we are going to be killed?

“That is why I am taking the federal government to court to ask for our right as citizens to carry guns because we can no longer sleep with our two eyes closed because Edo State government has failed us including the federal government.”

Recall that the House of Representatives introduced a Bill for Act to permit Nigerians from the age of 18 to carry arms for self-defence.

This contradicts President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to security services to shoot any civilian bearing arms.

A Bill to that effect, entitled: “Firearms Amendment Bill”, was exclusively obtained by Vanguard at the weekend.

Adejoro Adeogun, member representing Awoko South South/West Federal Constituency of Ondo State

The Bill, sponsored by Rep. Adejoro Adeogun, states in section 2 subsection 3, that “Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), a person shall be entitled to the grant of a license or permit under this Act if, at the time of application, the person: at least eighteen years of age”. and “has a psychological evaluation certificate from a government hospital not more than six months, has a vision quality certificate from a government hospital not more than six months, has a police clearance certificate not more than twelve months, has a rifle club membership of at least six months and a firearms proficiency certificate issued by the club, and has a national identification number”.

The Bill also demands that the bearer “Has a National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)”, adding that “The Inspector General of Police, shall maintain a manual and an e-register of such permits in force”.

The Bill also states that “The Inspector General of Police, may, with the consent of the Governor of the State, grant a permit to any person to carry on the business of manufacture and repair of the firearms referred to in Part III of the Schedule to this Act”.

The bill seeks a jail sentence of at least 2 years for offences to the law.

“Section 35 (2) of the Principal Act, is amended by substituting for the words, one thousand naira or imprisonment for two years, the words seventy-five thousand or imprisonment of not less than 2 years”.

Eholor has also been in the news for such advocacies in the past, and has always warned of the consequences of ignoring his concerns.

For instance in 2009, Eholor founded the Close-their-Legs, Open-their-Brains campaign against sex-for-marks trauma and abuse of women by lecturers of Nigeria universities and higher institutions of learning. This campaign has since emboldened female scholars nationwide to resist, report and testify in courts against sexual pressures by predatory lecturers, leading to sack and high profile prison conviction of culpable lecturers, including professors, in Nigeria universities especially since 2016.

Freedom of Information

Since 2010, Eholor has been a vocal crusader of freedom of information on demand by Nigeria public, advocating unhindered access to records of public expenditures by government ministries, departments and agencies. This was eventually passed into law as the Freedom of Information Act by Nigeria’s parliament on May 28, 2013.

From 2011, he pioneered landmark litigations enforcing provisions of the FOI Act against Nigeria’s elected public officers. Some notable litigations include litigation against current state governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki, to make public and to justify additional #38billion state loan and projects expended in the light of meagre projects on ground; suit seeking his district’s senator in parliament, Senator Ehigie Uzamere to publicly disclose his emoluments and salaries, preparatory to a grand recall process for non-performance. The respondent senator narrowly escaped recall fall because the suit came at the terminal months of completing his single term and he never achieved re-election because of the foundation’s FOI action.

Recently, Eholor also won a case against present Edo State Governor, challenging him to continue the probe of the N30 billion storm water project, which he said was a fraud. Eholor has won this case in court, and the government of Godwin Obaseki is appealing the case at the moment.

Eholor was also among the leading activists who compelled and stopped Adams Oshiomhole from selling off Edo House in Lagos. This compelled Oshiomhole to call the first ever town hall meeting to interact with the people of Edo State.

Other civil right litigations and public mobilization against wrongdoing by state and private sector institutions in Nigeria include Patrick Eholor vs. Nigeria Customs against checkpoint killings of merchant citizens by Customs officers often occurring during demands for bribes, Central Bank of Nigeria currency abuse and fraudulent service charges by Nigeria banks, public mobilization rallies and media conferences to enforce compliance and non-diversion by Nigeria state governors of Paris Club debt reliefs from relief specified public interest projects since 2008 to date remains a historical landmark in Nigeria’s public treasury probity advocacy.

How Eholor launched the #ENDSARS/ Reform the Police Force in 2014

In 2014, Eholor launched campaigns for the overall reform of the police force in Nigeria. In numerous media interactions, he argued that police officers were poorly trained and therefore pose a danger to citizens that they are supposed to protect. He made several references to instances of extrajudicial killing of Nigerians by police officers.

He also argued that police officers were underpaid, under equipped, and under-trained by the Nigerian state. He made several references to the police barracks, and called for better housing scheme for police officers. Till date, he has continued to advocate not just for the police, but for the entire security apparatus of the Federation, calling for better salaries, living conditions and overall welfare of the police, army, air force, navy, civil defense and others whose job it is to protect lives and property.

In all of these, Eholor warned that a day would come when Nigerians would turn against the police force and fight them, if the Nigerian state fail to end bribery and corruption, extrajudicial killing and injustice the police meted out to citizens just because they are not professional enough.

He made billboards, and paid for programs in major radio and TV stations, and granted interviews to news papers in his arguments for the reforms he desired to see in the police force. Many times, his foundation provided basic amenities to a number of police stations to cushion the effect of the lack they experience due to underfunding.

True to his word, the SARS department of the Police came under heavy fire in 2016, 2017 and 2019. In 2020, the rejection became so massive that it has changed the entire history of the Nigerian state.

Eholor, even after the #ENDSARS protests and ensuing violence still argues that a worse protest capable of destroying Nigeria totally would soon follow, if the leaders remain adamant as they are doing at the moment.

Aluta continua, for ever!

Ultimate Equals, as he is fondly called, has remained a shining example in the defense of human rights since his childhood. Eholor has remained ‘the boy of the street’, refusing to join the elite, choosing to mingle and live with the ordinary citizens. ‘Ultimately, we are all equals’, he would say, while leading a protest against injustice on the people.