Ahead of the 2015 general elections in Edo State, the state police command on Friday gave a 14-day ultimatum to persons in illegal possession of arms and ammunition in the state to surrender them or face the wrath of the law.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Foluso Adebanjo, issued the warning while briefing journalists at state headquarters in Benin City, on the level of preparedness of the command to provide adequate security during the forthcoming polls.
Adebanjo explained that the police had got wind of plans by some unscrupulous politicians to unleash mayhem if they did not win the state primaries.
While recalling that some persons had resorted to the use of illegal firearms at the ward congresses in the state, the police chief warned that the state command would not tolerate any form of violence among politicians in order to avoid “a theatre of war” in next year’s elections.
Adebanjo, who assured that the command was “combat-ready” and would “deal decisively with any thugs apprehended, including their sponsors”, also said that the police would offer a “handsome reward” for any information leading to the recovery of massive arms and ammunition build-up in the state while such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
“Unconfirmed intelligence report at our disposal indicates build-up of arms and ammunition by some unscrupulous politicians, hired thugs, violent cult groups and other undesirable individuals to cause mayhem if they do not win the primaries.
“Accordingly, I seize this opportunity, using the press as a vital organ of dissemination of information, to warn anyone in Edo State, irrespective of his or her status to surrender to the office of the Commissioner of Police, Edo State, within a period of 14 days, all illegally acquired weapons in their possessions.
“Failure to adhere to this ultimatum will spell danger for anyone arrested with such illegal weapons”, he warned.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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