Kogi State Police Command have arrested one Vincent Omogor alleged killer of a business tycoon late Mr. Nicholas Ofodile and twenty seven other criminals in the state.
The Kogi State Police Commissioner, CP Ede Ayuba while briefing newsmen at the force headquarter in Lokoja on Wednesday said the suspect was arrested by SARS operatives in synergy with the vigilante group in Orehi in connection with the case. He pointed out that the suspect confessed and mentioned his other cohorts who are still at large, that carried out the dastardly act.
The late Ofodile was killed last month along Lokoj-Abuja road by some gunmen. He noted that the command adopted comprehensive crime prevention and control strategies in the recent time through intensive patrol, raids of identified criminal hideouts, black spots and flash points, conduct stop and search led to the arrest of twenty eight suspected criminal elements terrorising the state.
“The command will continue to adopt common problem solving strategies for effective result on the community policing which has improved public confidence resulting in public spirited individuals coming forward to give or provide valuable information on criminal elements and their activities. “Our operational style has provided avenue for effective collaboration with other critical stakeholders by giving them access to share information and intelligence that will assist in criminal control and management,” he said. However, speaking with newsmen, the suspect Vicente Omogor said he was commissioned along with others to assassinate the Kogi business man. According to him the name of the person that sponsored the killing is called Chairman adding that the person as at the time was serving the late business man.
Bello He said the sponsored of killing asked him and some of his colleagues to kill him because when his father was ill the business tycoon man refused to pay him his salary so that he can take care of his father.
He stated further y unfortunately the father of Chairman died as a result of th illness and he chairman became angry and asked them to kill the business man. “Chairman gave us full details about the man movement from Lokoja to Abuja. We then waited for him and when we saw his car we stopped his car dragged him down and then killed him and put his body back in tu car he said.
Among those paraded includes kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers while human skulls, two pump action guns, face mask, four AK47, one locally made pistols, two fabricated barreta pistols, ten round of MM live ammunition and other dangerous weapons.
#EndSARS: Hoodlums Reportedly Cut Police Officer’s Manhood, Killed Him, Snatched AK47
The hoodlums committed the act after attacking and burning down a police station in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Loveth Odah, the Commissioner of Police, Philip Maku, confirmed the incident on Thursday, NAN reports.
Maku stated that on October 26, the hoodlums regrouped in their large number and attached the Central Police Station, Abakaliki.
“Exhibit vehicles, tricycles/motorcycles and other police property seen within the station were burnt; they shot sporadically at the Policemen, and as a result, gruesomely murdered Insp. Egu Ominyi cut off his private part and snatched his AK-47 rifle.
“On October 21, the first of the protest in the state, two policemen, Paul Akpu and PC Ali Samson, sustained bullet injuries, and two days later, one of the victims, Akpu, died while on admission at Alex-Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.
“The hoodlums proceeded to B Division KpiriKpiri/C Division Ekumenyi (Eke-Abe Police Station) and set the two stations on fire, after looting exhibit motorcycles, Plasma TVs, Fans and other valuables from the exhibit rooms.
“On Wednesday, 28/10/2020 at about 4 am, the hoodlums again stormed Ezza North Divisional Headquarters, vandalized the building, burnt two vehicles and Exhibit motorcycles”, the statement added.
Hoodlums Break Into WHO’s Office In Nigeria, PPEs Stolen
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, October 29, that hoodlums looted one of its offices in Nigeria and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were stolen from the stores.
The African Regional Director, WHO, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, made this known while responding to questions on the impact of the hijacked endsars protest, riots and looting on its facilities and on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, during a webinar on Thursday October 29.
Moeti said that mass gathering remains a breeding ground for wide spread of the pandemic.
She said, “I think it is always a major concern when you have mass gathering where people fail to take precautions , especially during riots and demonstrations, there’s certainly going to be wide spread of the pandemic.
“As I said earlier, we were concerned not just by the situation in Nigeria which is very sad but mostly about the way the riot was carried out. We are aware that in the process, the WHO office in one part of the country was raided and looted and so were some stores of the Personal Protective Equipment, a development we we say is very sad.”
On whether Nigerians should expect an increase w possible outbreak, Moeti said, “It is a concern and we wish to see the situation ease. But from all Indications, there is a need to ensure that the public health interventions are there for quick response to any eventualities.”
“This is similar to the situation in Guinea where there were mass demonstrations and violence in very unsafe situations,” the WHO official added.
The WHO regional director said Africa had witnessed a decline in the rate of infections since July which led to many countries relaxing lockdowns. She, however, said in the last couple of weeks, the rate of decrease of infections had slowed down.
Moeti added: “We have seen a kind of flattening of the curve. It is no longer going down. It has plateaued.
“We have seen this in a number of countries and it is often linked to two things ; easing of the lockdowns to aid movement.
“Not just by the situation in Nigeria, which is very sad by the way, and we know that in the process, the WHO office in one part of Nigeria was actually looted and so were some stores of PPEs. It is a very sad situation.”
Non Payment Of Salaries: Staff Of Federal Fire Service Cry For Help
Staff of the Federal Fire Service have raised the alert over the non-installment of two months remittances by the office.
The staff, who spoke to our Correspondent, revealed that the organization hadn’t pay them their stipends with no “unmistakable reasons”.
They said that notwithstanding the non-installment of compensations, they were being made to resume to the workplace and do day by day exercises just as react to crises.
The staff, who argued namelessness, mourned that they were being presented to difficulty as the financial circumstance in the nation kept on gnawing harder.
“It is more than 60 days of work at the Federal Fire Service and we are yet to get our compensation, two months pay.
“The last compensation we got was in August as the compensation for the month.
“We are living in difficulty due to the non-installment of the compensation, we are truly baffled, Schools are continue, no cash to send our youngsters to class any more, to eat isn’t simple Again. The circumstance is deteriorating for us the same number of us are family man and we depend on this regularly scheduled compensation we get,” said one of the staff.
Another staff, affirmed the non-installment of compensations, clarified that it had been hard to adapt, as the compensation was the main methods for food for his family.
He stated, “Regularly, we get our compensation from the 26th to 29th of consistently.
“At the point when we were not paid for September, the organization didn’t utter a word and we were considering what is happening.
“From that point forward, I have needed to proportion nourishment for my family and make a few forfeits to continue the family.
“Once in a while, I journey significant distance when going to work, so I can decrease the amount I spend on transportation day by day.”
Accordingly, the Federal Fire Service said the non-installment of compensations was because of the lacking assets in the organization’s work force cost head.
In a roundabout on October 14, 2020, and marked by Agholor Michael for the Director, Finance and Account of the Federal Fire Service, the office likewise said that different offices were additionally enduring a similar destiny as it said endeavors were set up to determine the non-installment.
“This is to educate the work force regarding the administration that delay in the installment of September 2020 compensation was because of the inadequate assets in the Federal Fire Service staff cost head simply like different MDAs.
“Ensuing upon the abovementioned, applicable offices have been reached and endeavors are in top apparatus to determine the issue as quickly as time permits,” the roundabout peruses.
The staff of the office, notwithstanding, exposed the case of the fire administration that different offices were not being paid.
“We are under the Ministry of Interior along with Nigerian Correctional Service and the Immigration Service and those two MDAs were paid for September and are accepting October installment,” the staff said.
They argued to the administration and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, to intercede in their situation and direct the quick and brief installment of their compensations.
“We approach the Minister of Interior and Federal Government to please mediate in our issue as we acquire cash to purchase food and pay for our vehicle to go to work, a few of us can’t take care of for their clinical tabs,” they said.
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