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Herder’s killing: Bloodbath averted in Kwara as police foil community, Fulani clash

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Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi

A communal clash was averted in Pampo village, Afon district, headquarters of the Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, following the killing of a Fulani herdsman, Yau Ibrahim, whose corpse was discovered in the bush on Christmas Day.

The corpse of Ibrahim, who went to graze his cattle on the day, according to sources, was recovered from the bush by the police, who were called by the Fulani leaders in the area.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the herdsmen planned a reprisal on workers of ABC farm in Pampo village.

But the attack was averted by the police, who mobilised to the farm.

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The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident, said the quick intervention of the police prevented what could have been a communal clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the people of the community.

He said a suspect had been arrested in connection with the crime.

Okasanmi, while debunking a viral video circulating in the state, maintained that there was no communal clash on Christmas Day in the state.

He said, “The Kwara State Police Command wishes to inform the public that a WhatsApp message that went viral on Christmas Day to the effect that a large number of unknown gunmen overwhelmed the security at a farm known as ABC Farm and locked up all the workers in the farm security post situated at Elega town, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, was untrue and a figment of the imagination of the writer.

“The true story was that on December 25, 2021, at about 10pm, one Alhaji Usman Shehu reported at the Afon Police Station that one Yau Ibrahim, 20, of Elega village via Afon, went out grazing his cattle in the morning. Around 5pm, all the cattle returned to their camp without Yau the herder.

“A search party was organised by his kinsmen to look for him. In the course of the search, his corpse was discovered in the bush with his hands tied to his back and his legs equally tied; he was also found blindfolded with a clothing material.

“The lifeless body was recovered by the police and taken to the hospital for autopsy, while the suspect arrested is currently undergoing interrogation. Discreet investigation into the matter has commenced.

“Meanwhile, the herders suspected that the killers of their brother were among the security men on the farm, hence they went to the farm.

“The quick response by men of the police command averted what could have resulted in a serious confrontation. Calm has since been restored.”

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Updated: Gunmen rape, kill polytechnic beauty queen in Ogun

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A student of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Happiness Odeh, has been murdered after winning Miss MAPOLY on August 3.

The victim, an ND II student of Mass Communication, was reportedly kidnapped while on her way to Ipara, in Ode Remo of Ogun State, on Tuesday evening, by some gunmen who allegedly raped her before killing her.

The MAPOLY Students Union President, Sodiq Ajani, on Saturday confirmed the incident in Abeokuta.

Ajani in a statement he signed with the Public Relations Officer, Joy Okolie, said the deceased was kidnapped while she was going to visit a movie location.

“Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Students Union (MAPSU) announces the untimely death of Miss Happiness Odeh, a Mass Communication student of MAPOLY.

“According to reports, she was abducted along Iperu road to her destination. The deceased left Abeokuta three days ago to visit a movie location at Ipara, Ode-Remo, with the consent of her parents.

“Contrary to the rumours flying around, her death is not related to her status as the new Miss MAPOLY. She won the award on the 3rd of August and the movie location she attended has nothing to do with the beauty pageantry on campus.

“We commiserate with her family, friends and colleagues. May Almighty God grant us all the fortitude to bear this painful loss. Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord,” the statement read.

The union president added that the murderers took away the victim’s phone.

The police, he said, had commenced investigations into the matter.

Ajani also said the body of the slain student had been deposited at the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

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Akwa Ibom Monarch Sentenced To Death

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The Village Head of Efen Ibom in Ika LGA in Akwa Ibom State, Chief Essien Matthew Odiong, has been sentenced to death by hanging.

The monarch, who stood trial on four counts of conspiracy, was convicted for the murder of one Udoma Udo Ubom.

According to the verdict delivered by Justice Edem Akpan of the Akwa Ibom State High Court, the monarch was found guilty of murder after the deceased was injected with a chemical substance which led to his death on the 26th of April, 2017.

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The events leading to his death were preceded by the late Ubom, being accused of wizardry by his brothers, who was then ordered by the Village Head to take an oath to swear in order to prove his innocence.

The court held that, “Having sensed the consequences of his criminal activity, the monarch escaped from the village in 2017 and returned in 2019, when he was arrested by the Police.”

According to the court, the chemical substance administered via syringe on the deceased buttocks was his cause of death.

The judge sentenced the monarch, 82, to death by hanging for murder, seven years imprisonment with hard labor for overseeing an unlawful trial by ordeal and three years imprisonment for conspiracy with others who are yet to be apprehended by the authorities.

Odiong has 60 children with his 12 wives.

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We Are Not Going On Strike, IPMAN Counters Threat By Southeast Faction

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has urged Nigerians to disregard the threat by some marketers in the South-East zone of shutting down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu.

Mr Edet Umana, IPMAN Chairman, Cross River, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

Umana denounced the purported threat of shutting down the depots due to alleged police harassment by some marketers in the zone.

He maintained that IPMAN members in the zone were not interested in causing further disruption in the supply of petroleum products following the challenges faced recently across the country.

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Umana said: “The leadership issue of IPMAN has been settled by a Supreme Court judgement delivered in Abuja on Dec. 14, 2018.

“The judgment read by Justice Musa Muhammad in suit No. SC15/2015 recognised Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and Alhaji Danladi Pasali as National President and Secretary of IPMAN respectively.”

According to him, acting on this judgment, the police has invited some persons in the Southeast claiming to be a faction of IPMAN for a meeting over the issue.

Umana said the move which was directed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, was aimed at finding a lasting solution to the leadership tussle.

He said their failure to obey the judgment of the court prompted the intervention of the police based on the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami.

Umana enjoined IPMAN members to go about their respective businesses without any fear of intimidation.

He said the association would continue to support efforts of the Federal Government to ensure smooth supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country. (NAN)

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