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We’ll wipe out those who killed 21 persons in Benue — Chief of Defence State



Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor

The Chief of Defence State, General Lucky Irabor, has vowed to track down the killers of 21 people in three Local Government Areas of Benue State.

Irabor made the pledge on Saturday when he visited the areas invaded by gunmen who killed 21 persons on Tuesday.

The villages attacked were Guma, Logo and Tarka LGAs of Benue.

Represented by the Chief of Defence, Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, Irabor pledged the military’s commitment to find the perpetrators of the act.

Yekini said: “I’m here on the authority of the Chief of Defence Staff.

“He directed a team led by me to come here and find out what happened.

“I understand that 15 people or thereabout were killed in this community (Tyotugh).

“But as to who and who is responsible, to me, personally, is not herdsmen.

“I was pioneer Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS and I spent three years in this general area.


“And I know that what we have here is actually bandits attack, but it will not be proper to pin it down to herdsmen.

“Because this area is a bit far from the normal grazing route of herdsmen.

“In fact, most of the herdsmen that we have in Benue usually operate at the boundary areas between Benue and Nasarawa States.

“Tarka is far from the normal grazing route and I believe that herdsmen might not be responsible for this.

“But whichever group is responsible will be tracked down and neutralized.

“We will unmask which group did this, go after them.

“That is why I’m here.

“All options are open.

“Our intelligence unit is working on it.

“But judging from my knowledge and working experience here, as I have said, I worked here for three good years and I can speak from experience.

“But like I said, our intelligence unit is working on it to unmask those who were responsible for the attack.

“And we will go after them decisively.

“To a large extent, we can say that there’s relative peace in Benue.

“Of course, there’s still occasional attacks by bandits and all that but when you look at the overall security situation in Benue, one can say there’s relative peace in the state.

“However, there’s still need for improvement.

“The instruction is clear; track them down and kill them.

“The President has made it clear that anybody found with weapons should be killed and that instruction has been passed to me and I have passed same to the operations commanders to unmask these people and bring them to swift justice.”



NAF bombs bandit hideouts, kills scores in Kaduna



The Nigerian Air Force aerial assaults on terrorist camps across three Local Government Areas of Igabi, Chikun and Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State have led to the killing of many terrorists.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, was, however, silent on when the operations were carried out.

He said, “The Nigerian Air Force has continued with assaults on identified bandit camps and enclaves around Kaduna State.


“Feedback to the Kaduna State Government revealed that a camp in Riyawa, Igabi LGA, was targeted and destroyed. A terrorist location at Tofa general area of Birnin Gwari LGA was similarly engaged and struck.

“Close air support was provided to ground troops conducting operations in Maidaro, Dogon Dawa, Damari, Saulawa and Farin Ruwa areas of Birnin Gwari LGA.

“Armed reconnaissance was carried out along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, Buruku, Kurmin Dande, Damba, Ungwan Yako, Udawa, Manini, Kuriga, Gagafada, Kushaka, Polewire and Kamfanin Doka areas spanning Chikun and Birnin Gwari LGAs. No suspicious activity was observed at the locations covered.

“Further updates will be communicated as they emerge.”

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JUST IN: Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, wife finally part ways



After 25 years of marriage, the popular Pentecostal pastor, Ayo Oritsejafor and his wife Helen have finally parted ways.

POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the split is caused by a protracted and bitter misunderstanding.

According to Niger Delta-based self-styled ‘Bishop of Godism’, Ufuoma Bernard, Helen in a WhatsApp message earlier in 2022 accused the estranged husband of wanting her dead.

She’s rumoured to be in a sizzling romance with a man for 10 years.


“Helen reportedly moved out of the matrimonial home and relocated to Britain with the kids and Pastor Oritsejafor has moved back to the house after abandoning it for almost a year,” Bernard said.

Oritsejafor is the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, Delta State.

He became the national president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on 7 February 2005, a position he held for five years.

In July 2010, Oritsejafor was elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the apex body of all Christians in the country. In doing so he became the first Pentecostal leader to hold the position.

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ICPC confirms arrest, detention of D’Banj over N-Power fund fraud



Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, otherwise known by his stage name D’Banj

Popular Nigerian musician, Oladapo Oyebanji, also known as D’banj, has been arrested and detained in Abuja over alleged diversion of N-Power fund.
The pop star was arrested and detained Tuesday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission.

The ICPC on Wednesday confirmed this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua.

D’banji was accused of fraudulently diverting huge funds earmarked by the Nigerian government for N- Power project, an empowerment programme set up by the Nigerian government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase social development.
According to an ICPC source, D’banj was said to have colluded with some government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme.

The money meant for those beneficiaries was then paid to accounts that have now been allegedly linked to the pop star.

D’banj was reported to have dodged summons by the ICPC for weeks, claiming to be overseas for scheduled concerts for interrogation over fraud allegation before the commission’s operatives closed in on him.

On arrival at the ICPC office, D’banj was reportedly subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained.

His plea for administrative bail was reportedly rejected by officials who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.

The statement issued read in part, “The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) confirmed on Wednesday the arrest and detention of Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, otherwise known by his stage name D’Banj, over the investigation of fraud associated with the N-Power Programme.

“The N-Power is a scheme established by President Muhammadu Buhari on 8th June, 2016, to address the issues of youth unemployment and empowerment, and help increase social development.

“In line with its mandate, the Commission had received numerous petitions on the diversion of N-Power funds running into billions of naira following the approval and release of such funds to the beneficiaries by the Federal Government. Many N-Power beneficiaries had complained over the non-receipt of the monthly funds in spite of payment by the Government.


“About 10 persons have been invited by the ICPC over the last few months in connection with the N-Power fraud, and have been granted administrative bail after their detention. Several invitations to Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, to appear before a team of investigators were ignored and not honoured.

“D’banji turned himself in and was taken into custody at the ICPC headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, and is currently assisting the investigators to unravel the circumstances of the fraud allegations by the petitioners.

“The investigation will be all-encompassing and also be extended to other collaborators of the fraud and the banks where the beneficiaries’ accounts are domiciled.

“This press release has become necessary to set the record straight in view of the reports awash in the media. The investigation is ongoing and the Commission prefers not to preempt its outcome and also avoid the frenzy of a media trial.”

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