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Nine killed, suspects freed as gunmen attack Anambra, Abia police stations

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There was mayhem in two South-East states, Anambra and Abia, on Monday when gunmen separately attacked police formations, leading to the death of two policemen and seven others.

Two Policemen and three other persons were killed when gunmen attacked the Zone 13 police headquarters at Ukpo, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Detained suspects were reportedly set free after hoodlums had razed the Uzuakoli Police Division in Bende  council area of Abia State. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has denied any  involvement  in the attacks on security agents, agencies and their formations in any party of the South-East.

The police gave the names of their dead colleagues in the Anambra mayhem as Inspector Ishaku Aura and PC Uzoma Uwaebuka.

One of the buildings at zone 13 was razed by the hoodlums, while four vehicles were burnt. A police officer at the zone said, “The hoodlums invaded the zonal headquarters at Ukpo in the early hours of yesterday but our gallant men repelled the attack.

“In the process, they killed two of our men while our men gunned down three of their men. But they quickly carried them and zoomed off.

“Those hoodlums came in their numbers; in fact, not less than 20, but our men were equal to the task. They tried to gain access into our armoury but our men stopped them.

“One general purpose machine gun was recovered by the police from the attackers and the identities of the attackers were still not known.”

The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nkeiru Nwode, confirmed the incident, saying apart from the GPMG, various types of ammunition were also recovered from the hoodlums.

Nwode’s statement read: “Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attached to Zone-13 headquarters, Ukpo, Anambra State, have successfully repelled an attack on the Zonal headquarters by criminal elements in the early hours of today, (yesterday) 19th April, 2021. “The attackers, who came in their numbers, shot  sporadically in order to gain access to the facility, but were repelled by police personnel on duty who showed profound gallantry in the face of the seemingly overwhelming attack. “Following the inability of the attackers to access the facility, they cowardly threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on vehicles within the periphery of the headquarters. “One of the criminal elements was neutralized during the exchange of gunfire between the police and the attackers, while many of the gang members escaped with gunshots injuries.

“One L7A2 General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), ninety-two rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one locally-made smoke pistol and an axe were recovered by the police. Regrettably, two police operatives sustained gunshot injuries and are currently receiving treatment.

“Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Kuryas, who is also  standing in for the Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police, for the zone has commended the police operatives for putting up a strong resistance against the attackers.

“The CP, supported by other senior officers from Zone-13 Headquarters and the state command, is personally leading a special operation aimed at tracing, identifying and arresting the perpetrators to bring them to book.

“The CP also called on proprietors of private and public (including unorthodox) medical facilities in and around Anambra State to admit, but report anyone found seeking medical attention for bullet wounds and related injuries to the nearest police station.”

In Abia, the Police Public Relations Officer, for the state command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the gunmen used dynamites and rocket launchers which frustrated the efforts of the policemen guarding the station to repel them. According to him, the gunmen also freed detainees at the station.

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DRAMA: Couple who snatched mad woman’s baby meet waterloo -Suspects admit guilt, trade blame

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Wife: My husband didn’t tell me he was impotent, he starved me of sex for 16 years

Husband: My wife didn’t tell me she has damaged womb, can’t bear children

It was a dramatic moment at Agwa Tashi community, Obi Local Government Area, Nasarawa State on Monday as a couple, Mr Thomas Agba and his wife Mary, were arrested by a combination of some vigilante group members and a few elders of the community for stealing a new born baby belonging to a mad woman.

The couple, who before now were resident in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, had been married for 16 years without an issue. Their relationship had begun when Thomas, an indigene of Kokona LGA, met Mary, who hails from Wamba Local Government Area, and proposed marriage to her. They agreed to get married after a courtship that lasted about six months.

It was gathered that the couple agreed not to have sex before they would get married. Mary, however kept secret the fact that she had lost her womb during an abortion she had as a spinster while Thomas also kept secret the fact that he had been impotent from birth.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, Mary said: “Before I got married 16 years ago, my husband and I never made love.

“He was the first to suggest that we should not have sex until he paid my dowry. He always told me that we should wait until we got married. Unfortunately, I never knew that he was avoiding sex because he was impotent.

“Since we got married, he has not been doing his job as a husband and that always made me sad.

“Each time I confronted him with sex issues, he would either say he was not in the mood or ask that we should adjourn the matter till the next day.

“For 16 years, he kept giving me one excuse or the other, so we never had sex.

“Barely a year after our marriage, I discovered that he was an impotent man. There is no complete man on earth who will spend one year with a woman on the same bed without sex, more so your own wife.

“Many times I tried to seduce him by giving him the best of romantic kisses and wearing sexy clothes at night just to entice him, but his manhood would not stand at all.

“To make matters worse, he has never asked me for sex since we got married.

“I was depressed by the situation, so almost every night, I cried and cried because I didn’t know what to do.

“Right inside me, I also know that I don’t have a womb to conceive a baby even if my husband was a man. But the truth is that I love him so much and I did not want to commit adultery or cheat on him.”

Mary added that since her womb got damaged, it was clear to her that she would have a problem with child bearing when she got married.

She said: “Whenever a new couple gets married and later gives birth, I feel happy for them. But when I realise that I will never have the same experience, tears roll down my cheeks. The joy of every family is to bear children.

“Sometime late last year, I woke up early in the morning and summoned courage to tell my husband the truth. I told him to his face that he is an impotent man and there is no way he can impregnate me for us to bear children.

“He admitted it, telling me that he grew up to discover that he was impotent. I also seized the chance to tell him that I also cannot bear a child because my womb is damaged.

“I told him that even if he was man enough, it would be impossible for me to take in. I them suggested that there were two options open to us since we were both tired of people asking why pregnancy had not come.

“I suggested that we should adopt a baby and move to another location to give the impression that it is our biological baby.

“On a second thought, I remembered that there was a mad pregnant woman around our area, so I decided that we should monitor her, draw her close to us and take her baby as soon as she was delivered of it instead of going through the long process of adopting a child in Abuja.

“We both agreed to the idea and I started drawing the mad woman close to me by providing for her needs and somehow she became used to me.

“She hardly spoke, but due to my closeness to her because of the food I was giving her, she managed to tell me how she was impregnated by a man whose location she could not really say.

“She also said that she was expected to give birth in July, although she ended up delivering in September.

“She went into labour in the night on September 7. Around that time, she was always in our compound, because I was providing for her necessities and our house was not far from the main road.

“We immediately rushed her to the hospital and after about five hours of labour, she was delivered of a baby boy. We spent two days in the hospital to normalise her.

“While we were in the hospital, I sold the idea of snatching the baby from the mad woman to my husband and change our base from Akwanga to  Lafia.

“When she was discharged from the hospital, with my husband’s car, we left the hospital in Akwanga, drove straight to Lafia and headed straight to Awe LGA where we arranged for a friend who is a medical personel to give her some injection to calm down her breast milk.

“We dumped her somewhere in Awe LG and returned to Agwa Tashi in Obi LG with the baby.

“The mad woman’s deficiency, which we took advantage of, is that she hardly talks. She prefers to talk alone than to talk to people.

“I had already bought baby food and feeding bottle and prepared hot water in case he would start crying on the road.

“So we abandoned the mad woman in Awe and relocated to Obi to settle there temporarily. Our intention was to move back to Lafia after one year and settle there permanently.

“My husband is a businessman.”

Our correspondent gathered that while many people around Akwanga had noticed the sudden disappearance of the mad woman, none felt any need to probe into her case.

Mary said: “One week after, the new born baby was not feeling so strong, so we took him to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital for treatment.

“As we were trying to locate the children ward, we did not know that a former neighbour of ours in Akwanga was involved in an accident and was admitted at the hospital.

“His wife saw us with a baby and was visibly shocked. From that moment, she knew that we must have snatched the mad woman’s baby, more so because she knew that the mad woman was close to us and her whereabouts had become a source of concern.

“She quickly returned home and informed a few other people who later told some members of the vigilante group about our new location.”

Mary, who pleaded with the team not to thank her over to law enforcement agents, said she could not bear any child because her womb was damaged by a quack doctor during an abortion she had as secondary school pupil, adding that she did what she did out of frustration.

She said: “When I met Thomas about16 years ago, he loved me so much and I equally loved him. So, when he proposed marriage to me, I quickly obliged and could not tell the truth because I didn’t want to lose him.”

Also speaking, Thomas, who also pleaded that security agents should not be involved in the matter, admitted that he was impotent, adding that desperation to have a child led him to accept his wife’s proposal.

He said that they both have themselves to blame for not being sincere about their conditions from the outset.

He said: “We both lied to each other and it landed us in this mess. Please and please, you people should have mercy, pity our condition and look at our case. It was desperation to have a child that led us into this evil plan.”

The couple has since led some members of the vigilante group to Awe in search of the mad woman.

The matter was yet to be reported to the police at press time as the vigilante men insist on finding the mad woman before involving the police in it.

Linus OOTA, The Nation

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Prophetess, woman sentenced to life imprisonment over killer love potion in Rivers

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A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced one Prophetess Edina Lovely-Worleru to life imprisonment for preparing a love potion for her client, one Onyaema Bright Worlu, who laced the concoction in a meal that poisoned and killed her lover, Isreal Georgewil. The trial Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, while delivering judgment on the matter which started sometime in 2012, found the two women guilty of manslaughter.

The duo were charged for murder over the death of Georgewil, but the judge, having considered the facts presented by the parties and the relevant laws of administration in the Rivers State criminal code, convicted and sentenced Worlu and Lovely- Worelu to life imprisonment without an option of fine. According to Enebeli, the prosecution was able to prove their case with the state ment of the first defendant, Bright-Worlu, at the police station where she voluntarily stated that she administered the said love potion to her man-friend.

She added that the love potion was prepared by her prophetess in order to make the deceased grant any financial request she makes, pointing out, however, that she didn’t know that the concoction would kill him. The court held that Bright – Worlu could not prove that she was ignorant that the supposed love potion could kill Isreal Georgewil. Lovely-Worleru had described herself as a Prophetess with a spiritual church in Rumuche community in Emouha Local Government Area of the state, just like the late Georgewill was also a prophet in another spiritual church within the community. Reacting to the judgement, the Principal Prosecution State Counsel, Chidi Ekeh, said the judgment means justice for the deceased and his family, and for the state and the country at large.

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Three die after woman allegedly poison four stepchildren in Yobe

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The Yobe State Police Command has arrested a 22-year-old woman, Khadija Yakubu, for allegedly poisoning and killing three of her stepchildren in Malaria Huta community, Potiskum Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the state, ASP Dungus Abdulkareem, in a statement on Friday said the suspect poisoned the tea drank by four children of her husband’s first wife.

The victims were identified as Umar Haruna, 12; Maryam Haruna, 11; Ahmed Haruna, nine and seven-year-old Zainab Haruna.

Abdulkareem, “Findings indicated that the children have been rushed to a hospital after taking the tea prepared by the suspect, Khadija Yakubu, in the early hours of Friday. Three of the victims died while receiving treatments and one remained unconscious.

“The suspect has been apprehended and is in custody. Investigation has begun to ascertain the remote and immediate cause of the incident. She will be charged after investigation.”

Dogara Bitrus, Punch News

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