Sunday Oluwasola, an Ekiti robber who the police rescued from a student mob and later died, identified his gang members before dying.
ASP Sunday Abutu, the Ekiti Police Command spokesman said Oluwasola also confessed to the crime, before he died.
According to him, Oluwasola identified his gang members as Tochukwu, Michael and Tomiwa. He didn’t supply the surnames.
Abutu, however said that efforts are on to arrest his other gang members that fled with valuables such as laptops, phones and cash.
Oluwasola died of complications in the hospital, Abutu said.
He and his gang attacked a students’ hostel opposite Ekiti State University (EKSU) in Iworoko-Ekiti.
But he was captured by the students and beaten to stupor while his other gang members escaped.
He said that the command’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS) had earlier received a distress call that an armed robbery was going in a hostel apartment opposite the Ekiti State University (EKSU) campus in Iworoko-Ekiti.
Abutu said that, though Oluwasola was rescued by the operatives on getting to the scene and rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, he later developed complications and died.
He said that the body of Oluwasola had been deposited in a morgue for post mortem.
According to Abutu, items recovered from the suspect were two locally made double barrel guns, two cutlasses, two pliers and two wooden human images.
I join you all today to commemorate and celebrate our Democracy Day. It is a celebration of freedom and a victory for one people, one country and one Nigeria.
2. As with all democracies we will always be going through improvement processes in our desire to reach the goal of a mature democracy, a strong, evolved and integrated nation state to be reckoned with globally.
3. In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.
4. The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.
5. Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.
6. Once again, I want to render my sincere and heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of our gallant service men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.
7. I extend the same condolence to the families and friends of our country men, women and children who were unfortunate victims of such senseless arsons, kidnappings and murders.
8. I also share the pains of families and direct victims of ransom-seeking, kidnaped victims who went through unimaginable trauma in the course of their forced imprisonment.
9. Let me assure my fellow citizens that every incident, however minor gives me great worry and concern and I immediately order security agencies to swiftly but safely rescue victims and bring perpetrators to justice.
10. When you elected me as your President in 2015, you did so knowing that I will put an end to the growing insecurity, especially the insurgency in the North East, but the unintended consequences of our scattering them in the North East pushed them further in-country which is what we are now facing and dealing with.
11. We will, by the Grace of God put an end to these challenges too.
12. Unfortunately, like in most conflict situations, some Nigerian criminals are taking undue advantage of a difficult situation and profiteering therefrom with the misguided belief that adherence to the democratic norms handicaps this Administration from frontally and decisively tackling them.
13. We are already addressing these obstacles and we will soon bring some of these culprits to justice.
14. We are, at the same time addressing the twin underlying drivers of insecurity namely poverty and youth unemployment.
15. Interventions led by Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria driving economic growth over the past 6 years are targeted mostly to the agricultural, services, infrastructure, power and health care sectors of the economy.
16. In the Agricultural sector, for instance, the Anchor Borrowers Programme resulted in sharp decline in the nation’s major food import bill from $2.23billion in 2014 to US$0.59billion by the end of 2018.
17. Rice import bill alone dropped from $1 billion to $18.5 million annually.
18. This initiative supported local production of rice, maize, cotton and cassava. Government financed 2.5 million small-holder farmers cultivating about 3.2 million hectares of farmland all over the country and created 10 million direct and indirect jobs.
19. Several other initiatives, namely AgriBusiness/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme, the Non-oil Export stimulation Facility, the Targeted Credit Facilities operated across the 774 Local Governments.
20. In the manufacturing sector the CBN – BOI N200 billion facility financed the establishment and operations of 60 new industrial hubs across the country, creating an estimated 890,000 direct and indirect jobs.SS
21. The CBN’s N50 billion Textile Sector intervention Facility increased capacity utilization of ginneries from 30% to nearly 90%.
22. The Economic Sustainability Plan – our rebound plan for the COVID-19 pandemic developed in 2020 is currently being executed. The plan is primarily focused on the non-oil sector, which has recorded phenomenal growth contributing over 90% to the GDP growth in Q1 2021.
23. Though marginal we have recorded GDP growth over two quarters; Q2 2020 and Q1 2021. This is evidence of a successful execution of the ESP by the Federal Government.
24. My vision of pulling 100 million poor Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years has been put into action and can be seen in the National Social Investment Programme, a first in Africa and one of the largest in the world where over 32.6m beneficiaries are taking part. We now have a National Social register of poor and vulnerable households, identified across 708 local government areas, 8,723 wards and 86,610 communities in the 36 States and the FCT.
25. Our conditional cash transfer program has benefited over 1.6 million poor and vulnerable households comprising more than 8 million individuals. This provides a monthly stipend of N10,000 per household.
26. I have also recently approved the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy Plan that augments existing plans to further reduce poverty in Nigeria.
27. As at the end of 2020, the Development Bank of Nigeria had disbursed 324 billion Naira in loans to more than 136,000 MSMEs, through 40 participating Financial Institutions. I am to note that 57% of these beneficiaries are women while 27% are the youth.
28. We are able to do all these and still accelerate our infrastructure development through sensible and transparent borrowing, improved capital inflow, improving and increasing revenue through capturing more tax bases and prudent management of investment proceeds in the Sovereign Wealth Fund.
29. Our infrastructure revolution continues with key projects attaining critical milestones under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund; The Second Niger Bridge, The Lagos- Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.
30. I have also approved the establishment of Infraco Plc, a world-class infrastructure development vehicle wholly focused on Nigeria with a capital structure of N15 trillion.
31. The rail system is not left out as the Itakpe-Warri standard gauge rail was completed and commissioned 33 years after construction began. The Lagos-Ibadan double track railway line which I have just commissioned has commenced operations.
32. We are focused on ensuring that our infrastructure drive is key to economic growth and one that can be felt by every Nigerian. Building critical infrastructure in our ports is also opening up opportunities for the Nigerian economy.
33. My approval for 4 new seaports using a Public-Private-Partnership approach is hinged on growing the Nigerian economy. These four sea ports; Lekki Deep Sea Port, Bonny Deep Sea Port, Ibom Deep Sea Port and Warri Deep Sea port will create massive job opportunities and foreign investment inflows.
34. We have worked at deepening our Eastern ports leading to success like having three container ships berth at Calabar port, a first in 11 years. Similarly, on October 30 2019, an LPG tanker operated by NLNG berthed in Port Harcourt, the first time an LPG ship is berthing at any of the Eastern Ports.
35. As we invest in these new assets, we have also made strides in ensuring that they are secured and protected. In this regard I am also pleased to note the launch of the NIMASA Deep Blue project – which is an Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure that I recently commissioned. This initiative is designed to add to the layer of security we have to safeguard our maritime sector.
36. I will be the first to admit that in spite of our efforts and achievements which are there for all to see, there is still much more to be done and we are doing our best in the face of scarce resources and galloping population growth rate that consistently outstrips our capacity to provide jobs for our populace. Our over-all economic target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years is our goal notwithstanding COVID-19.
37. In the last two years we lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty – farmers, small-scale traders, artisans, market women and the like.
38. I am very convinced that this 100 million target can be met and this informed the development of a National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy. The specific details of this accelerated strategy will be unveiled shortly.
39. In the last one year, Nigeria and the whole world faced COVID-19 for which no one was fully prepared.
40. Our response to the pandemic involved making hard choices in balancing livelihoods and public health concerns. You are all living witnesses to how successful this has been due to a number of pro-active measures put in place. Our response to COVID-19 is globally acclaimed.
41. We were able to ensure that the various lockdown measures did not impact too negatively on the ability of ordinary Nigerians to continue sustaining their livelihoods.
42. During the pandemic, we disbursed N5,000 to 1 million Nigerians using a Rapid Response Register and advanced N20,000 to 750,000 beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer Progamme and provided 1.37 million Nigerians with palliatives from CACOVID.
43. At the same time the Federal Government released 109,000 metric tonnes of food reserve stocks and 70,000 metric tonnes of grains to the poor and vulnerable in all 36 states of the federation.
44. In addition, Government reduced interest rates from 9% to 5% for struggling businesses and extended credit facilities to 548,345 beneficiaries.
45. When this administration decided to change our Democracy Day from 29th May to June 12th in my first tenure, it was not only to honour the sacrifices of the men and women of our country who fought for the return to democracy but also to demonstrate our commitment to satisfy the aspirations of the people and creating an environment for democracy to be an accepted way of life.
46. As your President, I remain committed to providing an enabling environment for a free, fair and credible electoral system under my tenure.
47. However, you need to play your part by getting involved at any level you can supporting a democratic system that works for all and not for a section or a select few and demand accountability from your elected leaders.
48. My commitment to bequeathing a sustainable democratic culture remains resolute, my pursuit of a fair society remains unshaken and my desire to see that Nigeria remains a country for each and every one of us has never been stronger.
49. In responding to the challenges that this period imposes on us, Government also recognises the need to acknowledge notions of marginalisation and agitations for constitutional amendments among various segments of our population.
50. While this government is not averse to constitutional reform as part of our nation building process, everyone must understand that the primary responsibility for constitutional amendments lies with the National Assembly.
51. This body which, as I said, is the arm of government responsible for constitutional changes has concluded the preliminary stages of amending and improving our constitution in a way that the majority of Nigerians will be happy with.
52. Government is, however, willing to play a critical role in the constitutional amendment process without usurping the powers of the National Assembly in this regard.
53. As a nation we have come very far from where we started and we are getting incrementally closer to where we ought to be.
54. Overcoming the present challenges is but one of a necessary process that we have to undergo as a nation so that we can come out stronger. The day I joined the Nigerian Army I was prepared to lay down my life for Nigeria.
55. As your President I remain ever committed to upholding and defending Nigeria’s corporate existence.
56. In adhering to the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy notably section 14(2)(b) I shall do all within my power to ensure that the Security and welfare of the people remain the primary purpose of government.
57. I have, throughout my tenure, provided the security agencies with all they require relative to available resources and will be providing more as the dynamics unfold to put an end to our security problems.
58. My strong belief in the Nigerian spirit gives me comfort that we are facing these challenges with renewed commitment to keep our country one.
59. I thank you for your patience and attention and more importantly your resolve to join hands in making Nigeria the country of our dream.
Happy Democracy Day! God Bless us All, God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja says the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers remains a constitutional matter, with which only the National Assembly can deal, reiterating his position on devolving more power to the people.
President Buhari received members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House.
At the meeting, the President said:
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.
“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary. Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has cost the country a lot of pain.
“Luckily the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’
President Buhari assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant roles in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.
“Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians,’’ he said.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to go after ENDSARS protesters, arrest and jail them to serve as a lesson to other citizens.
Buhari started this during an exclusive interview with The Nigerian Television Authority, NTA on Friday.
Reiterating his comment tagged ‘genocidal’ on the suspended microblogging platform, Twitter, Buhari said how can the citizens go to a police station, kill the police people who are there, loot the armoury and burn the place?
“What do you want to achieve?”
“Go and open prison and allow criminals who have been tried by the legal system and let them escape and how can government sit aside and allow this confusion to be perpetrated?
“All they need is confusion and no government can allow confusion.
Speaking about the burning of buses purchased by the previous governorent of Lagos state, the president said: “Look at the EndSARS incident. The previous governor of Lagos State bought 200 buses to complement the transportation in Lagos and he built a complex involving railways but they went and burnt them.
“The present governor made an album and came to see me I said ‘thank you very much.’ I took the album, put it in my archive, and told him to tell Lagosians to work because we don’t have the money after the government bought 200 buses for some people to come and burn it. So, let them work.”
The President was further asked if he was going to react in a “fire for fire” way and he said, “We will arrest them, try them, give them very bad publicity and then jail them so that people will know that if they misbehave, they will not get away with it.”
A 34-year-old Nigerian man, Udoamaka Nwamu,who recently was separated from his wife, has attacked her parents’ home, killing her and his mother-in-law before taking his own life.
Udoamaka reportedly took a handgun to his in-laws’ home in Douglasville, Georgia, United States on Sunday, June 6, where his estranged wife, Kaliyah Nwamu, 24, was staying, and fired shots into the front and back of the house.
Nwamu, subsequently, forced his way inside the home before security could come. He shot his wife and her 46 year old mother, Nikita Green, dead before killing himself.
Security men forced the door open, and discovered the corpses.
Investigations are on-going to unravel the cause of this tragedy.
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Igangan boils, Four Months After Sack Of Fulani Settlement
Residents of Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State have been reported killed when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders invaded the community at the weekend.
Daily Trust reported that the attack started at 11pm on Saturday night until 3am on Sunday.
A resident confirmed that several houses including the palace of the Asigangan of Igangan land, Oba Adewuyi Olaoye, were burned down by the assailants.
Another resident, Rotimi Etu, also reportedly confirmed he personally counted about 15 corpses on Sunday morning.
The newspaper reported that “the Oyo state command of the Nigeria Police Force on Sunday, however, confirmed that 11 died in the attack.
“The command, in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adewale Osifeso, said intelligence and tactical apparatuses consisting of Police Mobile Force personnel, Patrol units and other tactical teams in concert with local hunters and vigilantes from the Community were deployed to forestall further disintegration of law and order in the area.
“The community shot to public reckoning in late January, when herdsmen were evicted by youths led by the self-acclaimed Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho.
“Igboho had given the herders in Igangan a seven-day ultimatum and after the expiration stormed the settlement of Sarkin Fulani, Alhaji Abdulkadir Saliu to eject them.
“During the attack, houses and vehicles belonging to the Sarkin Fulani were razed. The Fulani leader was forced to relocate to Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
“Speaking on the development, the Convener, Igangan Development Advocates (IDA), Mr Oladiran Oladokun, who pegged the number of casualties at 15, said five attackers were also killed by the hunters who came out to confront them.
Oladokun said: “No state security apparatus got to us during the storm. If we had not made a little cover, perhaps, Igangan would have become a dunghill of ashes.”
“Meanwhile, the governor of Oyo State, Engr. Makinde, on Sunday, asked the residents of the state to remain calm, despite attack on the residents of Igangan.
“The Governor who posted his reaction on his Facebook page said: “I have received the shocking news of the attacks on residents of Igangan, Ibarapaland, in the early hours of this morning. I am currently being briefed on the incidents. I urge residents to remain calm as security operatives are now in control of the situation.”
On the contrary;
It’s a war on S’West — Adams
The leader of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams said the latest attack is a declaration of war on South-West by the North, saying rather than 11 or 15, 50 persons were killed.
“In a situation like this, you rise and defend yourself. Where are the police when the bandits started killing our people in Igangan today?Even the palace of Asigangan of Igangan land,Oba Adewuyi Olaoye, were not spared and the monarch, according to reports had been whisked away by the bandits,” he stated in a statement
We have no hand in attack – Miyetti Allah
But the Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Oyo State, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar Jiji, denied the Fulani herdsmen had a hand in the attack and asked the state government to carry out thorough investigation and punish the attackers.
Acording to him, Fulani herdsmen in the state are peace-loving people who have been working hand in hand with the state government, traditional leaders, as well as the security agencies, to ensure peace and harmony with their host communities in Oyo State.
Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir, the Sarkin Fulani of the community, who was recently evicted from the town along with his entire family, said he knew nothing about the attack.
Abdulkadir said he had been waiting patiently to be compensated since he was attacked and his properties destroyed in the last six months.
His son, Umar Salihu Abdulkadir, told our correspondent that the notion that it was a reprisal attack was untrue.
“We don’t know the attackers. We don’t know anything about the attack. But some may be thinking it was a reprisal attack which was not so. We are not the only Fulani that were attacked in Igangan.
“Igangan has been a no-go area for Fulani after they evicted us from the region. Three days ago, they attacked a Fulani man at Igangan Round-about. He was killed and burnt to ashes. Also, last month, some Fulani traders were coming from Ayete market, four of them were inside a car, they were also attacked and burnt with their car. This kind of killing of Fulani herdsmen is so rampant in that region. And the Fulani they have been killing also have families. They may be the one behind the reprisal attack but for us, Sarki’s family, have no connection about the attack,” he said.
Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua died in Lagos, Nigeria, on Saturday.
He gained popularity throughout Africa over his predictions of world events, politics and the economy.
Joshua was the founder and leader of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations
Temitope Balogun Joshua commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. He was the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch
Nigerian pastor and televangelist TB Joshua has died, aged 57, according to social media posts on his official Twitter account
Joshua was the leader and founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (Scoan), a church that runs the Emmanuel television station in Lagos, Nigeria.
According to his official Twitter account, Joshua died on Saturday.
The Synagogue, Church of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family. Here are Prophet Joshua’s last words: ‘Watch and Pray’.”
Known for his popular church services televised from his Lagos headquarters, the controversial Nigerian pastor gained popularity throughout Africa over his predictions of world events, politics and the economy.
In one of his prophecies in 2017, Joshua said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari would “protect” the country’s economy.
“President Buhari will do everything to reject the devaluation of the naira (Nigerian currency) – which is a good idea from a good leader. But there will be overwhelming pressure from above him, which he will not be able to resist,” he said in a televised clip.
At the time, media reports indicated that the Nigerian economy was suffering. Its main revenue generator, crude oil, was under attack by militants. The country, at the time, went into its first recession in more than 20 years.
The pastor also prophesied about the US elections, and claimed in a 2016 Facebook post that Hilary Clinton would beat her then-rival Donald Trump at the polls. The opposite happened and Trump won the presidency.
Some social media users mocked Joshua for the wrong prediction. In response, Joshua told his congregants in Lagos that his prediction was not off the mark and that people needed a “spiritual understanding” to be able to interpret his prophecy.
“There is nothing controversial about the prophecy. It is human beings that are controversial… we are not on the same level (of spiritual understanding),” he was quoted as saying at the time.
Joshua has a huge following in South Africa, with several branches across the country.
South African congregants have even travelled to Nigeria to attend his church services.
His followers included EFF leader Julius Malema, who visited Joshua in Lagos in 2013 shortly after forming the party. Malema said he sought blessings and counsel from Joshua.
In 2014, groups of followers from South Africa visited Joshua’s church in Lagos. The trip ended tragically when 84 South Africans were killed after a six-storey guesthouse connected to the televangelist collapsed. A total of 116 people died.
The inquest verdict attributed the disaster to structural failures and found the building did not have planning approval from the authorities.
The United State Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria on Saturday issued a statement concerning the Twitter ban. This came on the heels when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
However, the US government opined through the Mission’s statement that the ban is undermining Nigerians ability to exercise their fundamental human right.
Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression. The Government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses.
Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive, and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms. As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation, and accountability has never been greater. The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts toward unity, peace, and prosperity
The Police in Akwa Ibom State have not only compromised the investigation into the assault, rape and murder of the jobseeker, Iniubong Umoren, but also shamelessly lied to cover up many aspects of the crime, the NEXT EDITION can irrefutably report today.
Right from when the elder sister to the deceased, Ifiok, reported that Miss Umoren, who had gone for a job interview along the Airport Road, Uyo, was in distress, the police did not take prompt action to rescue her.
The report was made at the Itam Divisional Police station on April 29, less than 25 minutes after Miss Umoren made a distress call to her friend.
Rather than rush to where she was heard yelling, “Jesus ooo. Jesus ooo,” in a highly disconcerting call to her friend, the police simply asked the distraught sister to go home and wait.
According to information obtained by our correspondent, the police said they could not do anything because it was not up to 24 hours after Miss Umoren went missing.
It was, however, not true that she was missing. In fact, Ifiok, the elder sister and a bosom friend in Lagos, Uduak Umo, knew who invited Miss Umoren for a job interview and the approximate location of the interview.
It is also true that the operatives at the Itam Police Station were told where late Miss Umoren had gone for an interview and who the supposed interviewer was, but they did nothing to help.
Checks by this newspaper show that the police only swung into action about 24 hours after the information they refused to act upon was shared and it was trending on social media.
Many believe that Miss Umoren could have been rescued alive if the police had swung into action and raided the fake interview compound immediately a report was made.
Besides failing to act promptly to save the life of late Miss Umoren, our investigation has shown that the command has dished out many lies to cover up the activities of what appears to be a dangerous murder ring in Uyo.
During weeks of enquiries, we found that the self-confessed rapist and murderer, Uduak Frank, was not working alone against claims by state Police Commissioner, Andrew Amiengheme.
Mr. Amiengheme had said on a live interview on Arise News and while addressing reporters in Uyo that the police have not found any accomplice to the crime.
But this is not true as investigation by this newspaper show that it was Emem Emmanuel, who first reached out to late Miss Umoren and offered to help her get a job, a fact the police are aware of.
The deceased, who graduated tops in the Department of Philosophy, University of Uyo, had made a post on social media requesting for a job while waiting to be called up for the National Youth Service Corpse (NYSC) scheme.
Not long after she made the post, Mr. Emmanuel reached out to her through the social media platform, Twitter.
After asking whether late Miss Umoren was still available for a job and she responded in the affirmative, he offered to link her with his boss who he claimed was looking for a secretary.
A top security source confided in this newspaper that Mr. Emmanuel is suspected to be a front for a deadly murder gang in Uyo.
Investigation by this newspaper has additionally showed that it was Mr. Emmanuel, who sent the phone number of Mr. Akpan to Miss Umoren.
The suspected accomplice is the son of a prominent pastor of The Apostolic Church in Akwa Ibom State.
For reasons best known to Mr. Amiengheme, the name of Mr. Emmanuel, a key suspect and member of the fake recruitment ring who personally lured Miss Umoren to her death, has not been referenced at any event.
This happens even as the suspect has been held in custody for weeks alongside Uduak Akpan and his father at the state headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia.
Both the father of Mr. Akpan’s and the suspected accomplice were arrested on April 30 hours before the culprit turned himself in following assurances that he would not be hurt by the police.
This shows that the three persons were arrested on April 30 but at different times.
Curiously, neither Mr. Amiengheme nor the Police Public Relations Officer, Idiko MacDon, has said anything about Mr. Emmanuel and why he has been held in custody during their various encounters with the media.
For instance, Mr. MacDon did not say anything about an accomplice in a statement he issued on the arrest of Uduak Akpan on May 1.
Mr. Emmanuel was not paraded on May 14, when Uduak Akpan and his father were paraded.
But the Next Edition can authoritatively report that Mr. Emmanuel has been in police custody from April 30 and the Akwa Ibom State Police command can only deny it to its corporate shame.
A pastor and son’s attempt to cover criminal track
Not long after the search for late Miss Umoren went viral on social media, Mr. Emmanuel hurriedly deleted his conversation with late Miss Umoren.
He also brought down both his Facebook and Twitter accounts when social media users started attacking him for his role in the jobseeker’s travails.
Unable to take the hit, Mr. Emmanuel used his shadow Facebook account to make a post denying ever contacting or having a conversation with late Miss Umoren.
His surrogate boss, Uduak Akpan, also disabled his Facebook and Twitter accounts but later used one of his shadow accounts to admit he contacted late Miss Umoren.
He, however, dropped the number of the jobseeker whom he had raped and murdered at the time, insisting that she never made it to his location.
Both accomplices disappeared shortly after making their respective posts while the search for late Miss Umoren on social media became the top trending topic.
The circumstances that led to the arrest of Uduak Akpan have been mired in controversy.
There are contradictory accounts by Uduak Akpan’s father, his cousin, Kufre Effiong, the police and the chairman of Uruan Local Government Area, Iniobong Ekpenyong.
In any case, on Friday, May 21, we discovered that Pastor Emmanuel, a politically-exposed minister of The Apostolic Church, Uyo Field, went to the police headquarters to take his child, Emem, on bail.
He was said to have obtained a note from the office of the Akwa Ibom State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) authorising the release of the suspect.
The move was, however, when concerned Nigerians drew the attention of Miss Umoren’s family members and they rallied people to state police headquarters to stop the move.
A family crime gone sour — Another victim speaks out
While the police and Mr. Akpan have struggled so hard to make the world believe he (Mr. Akpan) acted alone in his criminal enterprise, investigation by this newspaper has shown otherwise.
The Next Edition has found a strong evidence to show his family members have been complicit in the crimes.
Multiple victims and persons who have made contacts with the self-confessed rapist and murderer all agree that his family members aided and abated his crimes.
A victim by the name Amaria (not her real name) said she was lured by a woman who claimed to work with an integrated farm located along the Airport road in Uyo Metropolis.
In an interview with our correspondent, Miss Amaria said she made a post soliciting for a job on Facebook in December 2020 and a girl with a Facebook name Blezzen Lazarus, contacted her through Facebook Messenger with an offer of one.
“A girl sent me a chat asking if I have gotten a job and I said no and she told me there is a vacancy where she works and that her manager is looking for a computer operator,” Amaria began.
“That was on a Thursday. She then told me that the pay is N35, 000 per month and I asked her whether I will be paid N35, 000 just to use computer when I am not even a graduate? And she said yes.”
Amaria said Miss Lazarus which she later found out to be Emem, a sister to Mr. Akpan had told her they run an integrated farm and promised to “tell her boss who is also her cousin that I am her very good friend so that he could give me the job.”
On getting the farm location from Miss Lazarus, she (Amaria) traced it on Google Map and found it was approximately one hour, 15 minutes from where she had gone to stay with her friend.
“I told her that the place was far and that I will be spending more than N500 daily on transport but she said I should not worry because I will be getting tips,” Amaria continued.
“Besides, she said they have a bus that drops workers at Shelter Afrique junction. And from there to my place is N150, 00 and I said that was nice.
“I was skeptical about the offer but my friend said since they have a bus, I should just go. I dragged it till Saturday when Miss Lazarus (Emem) called and asked me to call her manager.
“She said after that day, he will be traveling and she does not know when he will come back. It was after 3pm when I called him (Mr. Akpan) and he said he will call me back. He later called me a few minutes to 4.pm.”
Amarria said she spent over an hour on the road trying to locate the farm and was unable to pick her friend’s consistent call, a situation which made her call Mr. Akpan to know if she (Amarria) had arrived.
When she finally got to the compound at about 5pm, she said the person she met did not look like a manager of a big company and to confirm, she dialed his number and Mr. Akpan picked and told her he was the boss.
But things changed when Mr. Akpan told her he was involved in an illegal drugs’ business and insisted on testing the drugs on her, a move she resisted for hours.
“He asked what his cousin told me about the job and I told him everything and he said whether she didn’t tell me about drugs and I said no and that if she had told me about drugs, I wouldn’t have come,” Amarria recalled.
“Because of what I said, he can’t let me go. Before that, he had asked me if I had given anybody his number and I said no. he said I was lying and showed me his phone and I agreed that I gave it to my friend.
“He said I messed up and that before they will allow me to go, they will come and know where I stay because they have revealed their secret to me that they deal in drugs like cocaine and weed (Indian hemp).
“I told him his cousin didn’t tell me anything about drugs and that if she had told me I wouldn’t have come at all.
“He asked me to calm down and then asked who else I sent his number to and I told him I send it to all my family members and that I sent my location to them too and that my location is always turned on in my phone.
“He delayed me till 9pm but wouldn’t allow me to go. At a point, he asked if I was offered a huge amount of money to bring my friend to be killed. I told him I can’t bring my friend for them to kill.
“He then asked whether someone has done something to me that hurt so much that if I see the person at the point of death, I won’t help the person and I said yes.
“He asked if I can bring that person to be killed and I said no. He said that I am a chicken. I continued begging him to let me go.
“He told me to keep my voice low because there are guys in the uncompleted building, who are always on weed and that if I made noise they would come out and whatever I see I will take it. I kept my voice low but still begged him.”
It was at that point Amarria said Mr. Akpan said he was going to test two drugs to see if she can withstand them.
She continued, “I told him I don’t want to work again and he insisted that they needed to test the drugs on me.
“He brought out two wraps of weed (Indian hemp) at about 10pm and told me if I wanted to go, I should inhale and swallow the smoke.”
While smoking, she said Mr. Akpan was taking her round the compound and asking her questions about what she was seeing, apparently to test the effect of the drug on her.
When nothing happened after she smoked one wrap of weed, Mr. Akpan offered her a second wrap and she continued smoking.
“I believed that he wanted me to pass out or start misbehaving. So, I started telling him I am scared. The compound is moving. Look at a monster. Look at a vampire. Jesus o !.
“I was behaving like I was mad but meanwhile I was faking it so that I will know what his next moves would be.”
It was at that point she said Mr. Akpan ordered her to pull her clothes so he would have sex with her and she refused.
“In the process of trying to pull my trouser, I hit my leg on a stone and a small scream escaped from my mouth.
“I saw that he was so scared and perhaps, what he told me about people taking care of the farm wasn’t true. I then conclude that he wanted to rape me and collect my phone.
“At that point I screamed and he lifted me and hit my body on the concrete floor. Normally, I would have died with the way he hit me but I think the weed I took did not allow me to feel any pain. He rushed me into a small room and I saw the sister, Emem.
“I told her babe, how can you do this to a fellow girl like you and she told me ‘babe comply and you will go,’ and I told her thank you. Yours is better. You lure girls to your brother to rape.
After raping her, Mr. Akpan seized her phone, wiped her fingerprints from it, collected the N1, 200 she had, stripped her and took nude pictures of her.
It was when a motorcyclist called to drop Amaria came and Mr. Akpan then referred to her as his little sister that changed things in her favour.
“The bike man asked him not to allow his younger sister (Amaria) to go alone because it after 12 midnight and he reluctantly joined me on the bike. But when we got to the road and we saw two other riders and we stopped, I was bold to ask him to give me my phone,” Amaria continued.
The three motorcyclists were said to have seized Mr. Akpan’s phone after they saw Amaria’s nude pictures in his gallery and later forced him to go back with one of them to collect Amaria’s phone from Emem.
On getting to the compound, Mr. Akpan was said to have ran into the bush but the motorcyclist made noise that forced Emem and the mother of the self-confessed murderer to come out.
Investigation by this newspaper show that Emem had admitted being in custody of Amaria’s phone.
It was also learnt that the mother begged that the youth would not hurt Emem because she was innocent and that they have been pleading with Uduak to stop what he has been doing but he would not listen.
The lone youth was said to have collected the phone from Emem and took it to where Amaria was waiting with the other two guys and handed it over to her.
But Amaria, who had reported the matter to the police team at Nnwaniba Junction said she was advised to let go of the matter unless she was willing to part with as much as N50,000 for the investigation.
Asked what might have made Mr. Akpan not to kill her, Amarria said, “I think why he let me go was because I shared his contact and the location with my friend and he might have thought that if he hurt me, people will get to know about it.” A full interview with Miss Amarria will be published soon.
Between yam holes and shallow graves
While Mr. Amiengheme while addressing journalists on May 14, insisted that there were no shallow graves in the compound where Miss Umoren was murdered, investigation by this newspaper has sown otherwise.
In fact, multiple sources and locals who spoke with one of our correspondents who visited the crime scene confirmed that indeed, many more corpses were exhumed in the compound by persons suspected to be police officers.
A local youth who conducted our correspondent around the crime scene said a few days after the police came to exhume Miss Umoren, another set of persons who behaved like security operatives stormed the compound and exhumed seven more corpses.
“After the corpses were exhumed, the whole of this neighbourhood was oozing with this strong putrid oddour and it was difficult to pass here,” a youth local who would not give his name because of safety concerns told our correspondent.
The youth who was speaking in Ibibio Language continued, “He had buried so many people so many people in this compound. Do you see this place, there was a corpse here. In that place you see there, there was a corpse. It seemed he cut people into pieces and buried them in a sack.
“Many of the trees he planted here were spots he buried people and if they dig around the compound, many corpses will be found. All these spots you see are places where they exhumed decayed corpses. You can perceive the stench wherever you find a hole here.
“There are places we found human bones and they were so many of them. Look at this human bone here. People came in here and picked some of the bones and dried human flesh.
“These bags you find all over the place are what he used in burying people. He cut the parts he needed and dumped the remaining body parts in the bags and buried them,” the source told our correspondent.
Insert video of the compound here: Caption: A local youth taking our correspondent round the shallow graves in Mr. Akpan’s compound (Video by Ndifreke Jacob).
A woman from the neighbourhood confided in this newspaper that early in the year, a lady scaled the fence of the compound and ran naked to their home at midnight.
“One night, a lady scaled the fence and ran to naked into our compound and we hid her till the next day. We gave her clothes to wear and she went away,” the lady told our correspondent.
“So many things have happened in that compound and a lot of corpses were removed from there by people who looked like policemen.”