The Community Development Associations CDA in communities and villages in Edo State seem to have staged a deadly comeback against the backdrop of the position of the the palace of the Oba of Benin and Edo State Government on land allocation, land grabbing and double dealing on land matters.
The latest, among hundreds of such victims who are helpless and have lost their lands and property to the avarice of the CDA leadership is the Former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council and Principal Editor, Sparknewsnaija, Otunba Mike Aladenika, who at a press conference in Benin City alleged that the Ohen of Okhuoromi village in Benin City, Chief Ovbokhan Igbinovia trespassed “on my land measuring 100 × 100 feet at Okhuoromi, destroyed the foundation of two blocks of three bedroom flats built up to DPC level and sold the land to someone else”.
Otunba Mike Aladenika who was presented a video playback of relics of the destroyed property, his petition to relevant authorities among other documents said “I am forced to cry out now because I have realized that there are hundreds of Otunba Mike Aladenika out there who have suffered the same victimisation but were helpless”.
“Can you imagine that the same Ohen validly allocated the said land to his cousin, Uyi Enadeghe, who sold the said land to me, to the knowledge of the Ohen as he personally facilitated the documentation and signing of the deed of transfer, years back”.
“The Ohen collected his traditional respect and acknowledgement from me, while the Okaighele (youth leader) collected the sum of hundred thousand naira (100,000 Naira) from me in lieu of the required traditional cooking and they asked me to commence work on the land”.
“All these happened about three years ago. Between then and December 2020, there was no contention on the land until the Ohen, Chief Ovbokhan Igbinovia, came to encroach, destroyed and resold the land to one Uche”.
The former NUJ Chairman while fielding questions from journalists on efforts made to retrieve his property before now said “I have approached so many well meaning Edo citizens to talk to him to make him see reason. A principal officer of the Benin Traditional Council (BTC), top political leaders and some of his friends who were privy to my ownership of the land called and severally met with him all to no avail”.
“Rather for him to retrace his steps even when some people told him that his action to have demolished foundation is a forbidden act, he said he is the one that can determine whatever happens in his domain, stressing that he is not subject to any other authorities”.
“My fear now is that my life is been threatened because I am asking for what rightly belongs to me but I have my mind made up that I will not give up on this crusade as this will also liberate many who are currently suffering the same issue.”
Calls put across to the Ohen to get his own side of the story were neither answered nor replied.
…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.
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.
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.
Residents of Uselu, Ugbowo and environs in Benin City are faced with turbid times in the hands of some suspected armed criminal gangs who now parade adjoining streets and rob shop owners of their goods, kill and harrased harmless residents in broad day light operations.
With similar attacks also taking place in other areas of Textile Mill Road, Medical Stores, Okhoro, Isihor and Oluku axis during the day, it was learned that, some residents are seeking God’s intervention following the failure of police operatives to fully resume duty.
Despite battle for supremacy between cult rivalry groups who had embarked on embarrassing wanton killings of one another, hopes were gradually gathering momentum for a peaceful resolve between the groups.
Upper Sakponba had been the epicenter of the resultant clashes but with the recent presence of security joint task force there, it appears that, the fleeing suspects have taken Uselu-Ugbowo-
Medical Stores as their new abode.
The worst hit areas are residents of Good Samaritan Street,
Ediakean Primary School Road, Iyase, Ebo Junction and Etiosa suburb, who are forced to sleep early with doors closed and hallucinating similar attacks.
It was gathered that shop owners close up their shops by 4pm and resume sales at 8:30am with most areas around deserted and lonely enough for criminal onslaughts.
Commercial activities have hit all time low over incessant gun shots that had continued to rent the air at free will, resulting to killings in most cases.
Days ago, a man who was reportedly returning home from work was attacked and killed around First Federal Road with his lifeless body seen in the early hours of the following day.
According to a source, the deceased was few meters away from his place when he was reportedly hacked to death.
Similarly, a middle age furniture apprentice, who was at his furniture stall had his life was cut short by the suspected criminals who ambushed him while he was said to have gone to buy materials for a job.
A senior resident who spoke to us on condition of anonymity, said “the gang of armed robbers moved door-to-door, shooting or hacking some of their victims to death”.
According to him, “they rob traders’ shops on a daily basis. Everyday, we are afraid of the criminal elements. They move around brandishing guns and weapons of mass destruction.
“They do not only threaten their victims, but rob them of their belongings. Those children are very scary”.
“We are appealing to appropriate authorities to protect the live and properties they took oath for. We can’t sleep with our eyes closed”.
It would be recall that More than four police divisional stations across the city centre were burned recently in a peaceful protest against police brutality turned violence.
Statistics are difficult to come by, but many would say Edo State, particularly Benin City, has seen increase in crime in recent weeks.
The level of murder and robbery rates have risen since the advent of #EndSARS protest which was believed to have been hijacked by suspected hoodlums and cultists, leaving no fewer than 38 persons murdered since the cult clashes.
As at the time of filing this report, sounds from the security vehicles parading were heard moving into the flash points of the adjoining streets in Uselu to signal their presence in the danger zones as sounds of heavy gun shooting at every interval rent the air.
The security situation in Benin, the Edo capital, has taken a turn for the worse following a jump in cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and cult-related killings, NAN checks have revealed.
The upsurge in the crimes was first noticed since the #ENDSARS protests that led to the release of no fewer than 1900 from two Correctional Centres, burning of at least eight police stations and the looting of their armouries by hoodlums.
Night life in the capital city, in the meantime, has since ground to a halt as incidences of kidnappings and armed robbery have escalated.
NAN reports that while residents of the capital city were still reeling from the high crime rate, cult related killings, mostly linked to clashes between rival Vikings and Aye confraternities, have only heightened the fears of the residents in different parts of Benin.
The tally from the cult related killings indicated that no fewer than 30 people were killed within the past week, with three others similarly killed on Sunday by suspected cultists in the city.
Two of the bodies were discovered at Urohra Junction, one by pipeline junction in Eyaen, and on Saturday, two bodies were found around Uselu, while Evidence Street by Isihor accounted for three others.
Before then, several people lost their lives in different parts of the city, including Idogbo, Y-Junction, Nomayo, Three House all along Sokponba Road, Ogida Barracks, Siluko Road, Costain area in New Benin, Aduwawa near Oando filling station, Upper Mission, near Ewa Road junction, Cherubim and Seraphim area of Upper Mission.
Meanwhile, the police are soliciting for information from the public that would help them recover stolen arms and ammunition from the police stations that were looted, trashed or burnt in the state.
When contacted, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Kokumo, said the attack on police facilities, burning of police stations and patrol vehicles during the EndSARS protests, that turned violent, had affected their operations.
He, however, assured that the police will gradually resume work at their duty posts to check crime and criminality in the state.
According to him, in Upper Sokponba in Ikpoba-Okha axis, three police facilities were burnt down displacing the DPOs and other police officers in these divisions.
“These officers now report at the state command headquarters, we now send them on patrol from there so you should expect some hitches, but we will continue to work and get things right.
“The EndSARS protests, which were hijacked by hoodlums, has actually impacted negatively on police operations and unleashed attacks on police facilities’’, he said.
“How do you expect, where 200 inmates escaped, for things to be normal? Kokumo asked, saying, “We were doing our best to arrest the criminals in Edo before the jail break and we are equally trying our best now to see that the escapees are re-arrested and brought to book.
He urged the media to cooperate with and appreciate the efforts of the Police, especially now that they are expected to stem the tide of crime, whereas they lacked operational vehicles, arms and ammunition.
Tension has heightened in parts of Benin, the Edo State capital, and adjoining towns following the escalation of bloody clashes between rival Aye and Eiye cult groups in the state.
This is as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (APC) in charge of the Area Command Benin and two senior police officers were shot in the early hours of the day at the popular Murtala Muhammed (MM) Way close to Third East Circular road junction near Sakponba Road in the capital City.
Soldiers have been deployed to the troubled areas of Upper Sakponba, Idogbo, Three House Junction and adjoining locations where activities of the cultists have sent residents fleeing for their lives.
Also, between Monday and Friday 18 persons have reportedly been killed during the bloody clashes between the two rival groups.
In addition, the ugly situation came as economic and development experts converged on the Dennis Osadebay Avenue Government House Benin to fashion out ways for peaceful and sustainable indices towards a viable economic blue print for the ‘Heart Beat State’ in the oil rich South-South geo- political zone of the nation.
Speaker after speaker harped on the need for synergy with Governor Godwin Obaseki and his government to harness the huge cultural, tourism, agricultural, socio-economic and political potentials for a better future for teeming youths and other segments of the entire state.
It was not clear what may have sparked the latest killings across major towns and some local government areas in the South senatorial districts of the state.
Our Correspondent’s investigations revealed that one of the key actors of one of the rival cult confraternity was scheduled for burial yesterday, a development that attracted who is who in the confraternity.
However, the APC and two other officers were said to have shot moments the hoodlums sighted his team on rescue mission to the troubled MM Way, Upper Sakponba, Idogbo and Ugbekun areas considered as core den of the illegal groups.
Several people sustained gunshot injuries in the process.
Both the policemen and others injured were rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and other nearby hospitals for treatment.
The activities of the rival blood thirst cultists were said to have also taken its toll in Ekenwan Road, Siluko Road, Wire Road, Dumez Road, Textile Mill Road, New Benin Road, Ogida Quarters, Ogbe Quarters and Ibivwe Quarters of the City.
About 450 shops, five markets, banks, public and private schools were shut as at Friday morning.
Parents had to rush to the various schools to take their wards home moments the troubled atmosphere became charged with non-stop shootings.
Youths in Benin City, capital of Edo State ave taken to the streets to continue their protests, this time, against the Nigerian Army. The youths, in their hundreds blocked the Ekenwan road axis of the city leading to Ekenwan barracks.
They also reportedly blocked the Upper Sakponba section, refusing soldiers passages and daring them to shoot at them.
According to eye witnesses, the youths expressed anger and vowed not to end the protests, despite the Edo Government’s declaration of a 24 hour curfew on the city, since Monday this week.
Jungle Journalist Media Limited will continue to bring you reports across he country regarding the #EndSARS Uprising.
The #EndSars protests in Benin City, Edo State capital has turned violent.
Information available to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd is that all the prisoners at Benin prison have fled the prison perimeters after protesters attacked the prison along Sapele Road.
Two videos intercepted by our correspondent on the social media shows prisoners on the high fence, tearing off the wires and jumping down to freedom.
Protesters were also seen outside on the highway, chanting and raising palm leafs.
In a similar development, the Idogbo Police Station opposite Ikpoba Okha local government headquarters in the city has also been attacked by another set of protesters. The protesters, according to eye witnesses stormed the station and chased away all officers on duty. They then lit up the station, along with all vehicles parked there.
Yesterday, protesters knocked down a police officer at Aduwawa with their vehicle, killing him instantly.
The new development may not be unconnected with the killing of four protesters, and injuring of several others by a driver on Saturday evening.
On Thursday, hoodlums had also shot and killed a protester in the city, while trying to disrupt the protests.
The governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki had condemned the killing, and given security operatives 24 hours to fish it the killers.
Stay with Jungle Journalist Media Ltd for more updates.
Four people have been killed and another four injured in continued #ENDSARS protests in Edo State.
The four were killed when a speeding SUV hit them on First East Circular road in Benin City as they were starting a bonfire in the middle of the road Saturday evening.
It was gathered that the SUV was coming from the Benin – Sapele Road and approached Sakponba road by First East Circular road junction when the accident happened.
Wife of one of the victims whose identify could not be ascertained, said her husband called her when it was getting late that he was on his way home but was held in heavy gridlock along the Sapkonba road axis between first and Sapele Road.
Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comment as his phone was said to be unavailable.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filling this report, the youths were said to be vandalising private property and destroying vehicles on Agbor road.