Ex-Commissioner, APC Candidate’s Residences Bombed In Rivers
Gunmen attacked the residence of two top politicians in Rivers State with explosive devices believed to be dynamite on Thursday night and the wee hour of Friday.
One of the attacked residences belongs to a former Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Dr Tamunosis Gogo-Jaja, while the other is the residence of the All Progressives Congress candidate for Etche State Constituency, Hon. Charles Anyanwu.
The attacks came less than 48 hours after twin explosions rocked the residence of the
Social Democratic Party’s House of Representatives candidate, Hon Tony Bombs; the Atlantic Television Network and Wish FM 99.5.
Though the details of the attack on Dr Gogo-Jaja’s residence are sketchy, a viral video showed the ex-commissioner interrogating a suspect who was bleeding and writhing in pain.
The arrested suspect and his co-assailants, who drove in a black Hilux van without a plate number, had invaded the Gogo-Jaja’s residence but luck ran out on one as vigilant security operatives were on the ground.
In the viral video, the former commissioner could be heard interrogating the suspect, berating him that he was sent by 2am to come to his house to destroy him and his family.
He said, “You came to my house by 2 am. They sent you to come and destroy me and my family?
“Rivers people, this is one of those who came to explode dynamite in my house. Look at it. They came here with a black Hilux without number.”
“They didn’t know that my security men were on alert because of the incessant dynamite they had been throwing. Now this one. This happened eight minutes after 2am in my house. My name is Tamunosis Gogo-Jaja.”
The suspect, who was seen rolling on the ground in pain, replied saying, “I am dying. I can no longer see you people.”
Speaking to newsmen, the APC candidate, Hon. Ayanwu said gunmen attacked his house in Ulako in Etche LGA on Thursday night with dynamites.
He stated that his security guard at about 11pm informed him that some people wanted to see him.
The state assembly hopeful however said he flew into the bush when the assailants brought out guns, accusing the Peoples Democratic Party of masterminding the attack.
He explained that “They (the assailants) went inside my house, also put dynamite there and exploded everything and left. We really can’t tell now, but I know this act is from the PDP.”
When contacted, the spokesperson of the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the arrest of a suspect, saying a statement will be released soon.
Ex-CGS Oladipo Diya Dies At 79
Lt. General Oladipo Diya, former Chief of General Staff under the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, is dead.
His death was announced in a statement by his son, Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on Sunday morning.
It read, “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to glory of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, Lt-General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.”
The former Chief of General Staff was born on April 3, 1944 at Odogbolu in Ogun State.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He was appointed Chief of General Staff in 1993 and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994. As Chief of the General Staff, he was second in command and the de facto vice president of Nigeria under Abacha from 1994.
Breaking: Ekweremadu, Wife Found Guilty Of Organ Trafficking In The U.K.
A former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, have been found guilty of organ trafficking in the United Kingdom.
The duo alongside a medical doctor, Dr. Obinna Obeta, were found guilty of facilitating the travel of a young man to Britain with a view to his exploitation after a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.
They criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney, the jury found on Thursday.
The judge, Justice Jeremy Johnson, will pass a sentence at a later date, The Guardian UK reports.
Ekweremadu, Beatrice, their daughter, Sonia, and Obeta had been standing trial at the Old Bailey for organ trafficking.
Their conviction on Thursday was the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.
Ekweremadu and his wife were last year arrested in the United Kingdom for allegedly trafficking a young man into the country to harvest his kidney.
The young man was said to have been falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade doctors to carry out an £80,000 private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
The young man was said to have been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for Sonia after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.
The prosecutor, Hugh Davies KC, told the court the Ekweremadus and Obeta had treated the man and other potential donors as “disposable assets – spare parts for reward”.
He said they entered an “emotionally cold commercial transaction” with the man, The Guardian UK report added.
The behaviour of Ekweremadu showed “entitlement, dishonesty and hypocrisy”, Davies told the jury.
He said Ekweremadu “agreed to reward someone for a kidney for his daughter – somebody in circumstances of poverty and from whom he distanced himself and made no inquiries, and with whom, for his own political protection, he wanted no direct contact”.
Davies added, “What he agreed to do was not simply expedient in the clinical interests of his daughter, Sonia, it was exploitation, it was criminal. It is no defence to say he acted out of love for his daughter. Her clinical needs cannot come at the expense of the exploitation of somebody in poverty.”
On March 14, it was reported that Beatrice denied involvement in the search for an organ donor for their ailing daughter, Sonia.
It was also reported that Ekweremadu claimed he involved the young man after he was advised by his doctor against seeking a kidney donor from among his family members.
Enugu Guber: INEC Suspends Nkanu East As Opposition Parties Cry Foul
The State Collation Officer for the governorship election in Enugu State, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, has suspended collation of results emanating from Nkanu East Council of the state, following allegation of non-usage of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the area during the election.
The Collation Officer for the council, Ogbene Nnaemeka, had presented the results of the area with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Mbah, scoring 30,350 votes to beat his Labour Party (LP), counterpart, Chijioke Edeoga, who got 1,855 votes.
However, the LP agent, Dr. Eugene Edeoga, and that of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ndubuisi Enechionye, as well as others, drew the attention of the Collation Officer and the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwu.Edeoga said: “We have serious and fundamental objections to results being announced. Nkanu East did not use BVAS.
“INEC officers claimed the BVAS did not work, and we know what the Electoral Act provides regarding non-usage of BVAS. So, we are bringing this to your notice for your action.”
The APGA agent also said: “In the Community Primary School, Owo, Nkanu East, where the PDP candidate comes from, accredited voters were 200. PDP won all the 200 votes. But that 200 were not enough for them, they changed it to 800 when registered voters are 700.
All efforts by agents of the PDP to get the result to be accepted, was unsuccessful as the Collation Officer, Prof. Iwe, suspended the result from the area. So far at press time, results from 12 councils out of 17 have been collated.