Police arrest suspected killer of Chief Imam in Edo

Mr Gwandu Haliru Abukar, Commissioner of Police, Edo State. Photo: MIKE OSAROGIAGBON
Benin – Police in Edo have arrested the suspected killer of the Chief Imam of Egbeta Mosque in Ovia North East Local Government Area, Malam Saka Afolabi.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Haliru Gwandu, disclosed this on Thursday while briefing newsmen at the monthly meeting of the command’s heads of stations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Afolabi was killed on March 4 in the presence of his three children by three gunmen while on his way to his farm.
Gwandu gave the name of the arrested suspected killer as Ajetena Moruf
Presenting the suspect to newsmen in Benin, Gwandu said the police traversed five states before the suspect was arrested, adding that the other two suspects were still at large.
He urged other assassins in the state to repent as the police would do everything to nab them.
“The principal suspect in the killing of Chief Imam of Egbeta Mosque has been arrested.
“The three of them killed the Imam but two others are still at large.
“The sons of the deceased witnessed the killing. It is very unfortunate.
“After the incident, the suspect went into hiding.
“We went to more than five states before we nabbed him.
“We were able to track him to Shagamu in Ogun,’’ the commissioner said.
One of the sons of the deceased, Afolabi Wahid, said his late father and some farmers had been having dispute with the suspect since 2014.
Wahid claimed that he saw the suspect and two others with guns on a motorcycle while he was going to farm but that he didn’t know they were on a mission to kill his father.
He said his three brothers who were with their father at the time of the killing ran away.
The suspect, however, denied being involved in the killing of the Imam.
Ajetena urged the police to check his call logs to determine where he was on the day of the killing.
“It is a set up. I am going to be vindicated because there is God.
“I was not in Shagamu on that day. The deceased was one of my farmers. The issues we are having are in court.
“It is an issue that the late Ooni has intervened in the matter. I have about 300 farmers and 20 individuals are causing crisis.
“I stay in Shagamu and not in the camp and I have been in Shagamu since Feb. 28.
“I was not in Egbeta at all,’’ the suspect said.

Empowerment: Wife of Edo Deputy Governor Redeems promises To Abandoned Triplets Mum

Wife of Edo State Deputy Governor, mrs Maryann Philip-Shaibu assisted by her son, Benedict officially commissions a beauty Sallon She donated to Mrs Queen Ndukwe, mother of set of triplets who was abandoned by her Husband in Benin.
Benin City – Wife of Edo State Deputy Governor, Her Excellency Mrs Maryann Philip-Shaibu has redeemed her promise to Mrs Queen Nduwke, mother of a set of triplets who has been abandoned by her husband Mr Matthew Ndikwe in Benin.
She commissioned a Hair Saloon equipped with modern hair dressing equipment on St. Saviour Road, Sokponba Road, Benin city.
Mrs Shaibu gave Mrs Ndikwe cash gift of N100,000 and paid two year rent, having established the business for her. In her words, ” It’s better to give her hook rather than fish”.
She advised the single mother to be committed to the growth and development of the enterprise so she will not remain beggarly.
Wife of Edo State Deputy Governor, Mrs Maryann Philip-Shaibu (middle) with mother of the triplets, Mrs Queen Ndukwe (left) and Mrs Josephine Gowon-Yakubu shortly after the commissioning of the beauty Salloon on St. Saviour street, Benin.

Meanwhile, Mrs Shaibu has called on the runaway husband of the abandoned mother of triplets to return to his family saying the his wife and children especially the triplets need him.
Mrs Ndukwe who was visibly excited expressed appreciation, saying that the wife of the state Deputy Governor surprised her as she matched her words with action.
She said she used to believe that government only make unfulfilled promises, but that what Mrs Shaibu has done for her family shows that the present administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki is a responsive and responsible one.

Edo to launch agric initiative next week

Gov. Godwin Obaseki
The Edo State Government has fixed Wednesday, 5th of April this year for the official opening ceremony of its agricultural empowerment initiative code-named ‘Edo State Agripreneurs Development Project’ in Sobe, Owan West Local Government Area.
The state government had invited interested individuals who wished to become agripreneurs to apply to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture where they would be screened and signed-off for the pilot scheme, which, according to Governor Godwin Obaseki, is ‘revolutionary’.
The initiative, which has the potential to provide jobs and food for not only the state, but also the entire South-South region, could develop 2,000 agripreneurs through food and pig production, as well as create 200,000 jobs, which will lead to the stimulation of the economy.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. John Mayaki, explained how the initiative would be implemented, adding that the government would develop economical, environmentally feasible and sustainable agricultural projects within the state.
“There would be focus on land development and capacity building, while the government would provide high-yielding seeds and technical support”, he said.
In addition, the government would provide livestock pens and efficient off-take arrangements, which will significantly reduce the burden of cost on the part of the potential agripreneurs.
The project will kick off with maize production on 1000 Hectares of Land in Sobe Farm Settlement while Usugbenu-Irrua Communal Farm and Ekpoma Farm Settlements are scheduled to come next.
Outlining criteria for eligibility, Mr Mayaki noted that interested people must live and work within a 30-kilometre radius of the farmlands in Usugbenu, Sobe and Ekpoma areas and they must also have a genuine passion for farming while being physically active and agile to move around.
Moreover, the interested individuals should have a functioning bank account with a proper record of creditworthiness and liquidity even as they must be engaged in a successful business in the place, preferably as a farmer.
Encouraging potential agripreneurs to apply immediately, they must also be trainable, willing to work in a group and provide a guarantor of substance.
Applications must contain the participant’s full name, place, and date of birth, current place of residence and work, phone number and email address. Also required are an attached letter from a guarantor to the application.

Edo declares Friday public holiday in honour of Late Ogbemudia

Edo State Government has declared Friday, 17th of March as public holiday in honour of the late Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, one of the patriarchs of the defunct Midwest and the first and two-time governor of the then Bendel state who died in the early hours of Thursday, 9th of March 2017.
The holiday is to enable Edo people mourn and pay their last homage to the great leader and father of Edo and Delta state respectively.
A statement from the Office of the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. John Mayaki said students are expected to queue up in their Uniforms at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium by 9am while Civil Servants are expected to be seated for the Inter-denominational Church Service at the same venue by 10am on Friday, February 17th, 2017.
According to the statement, “Government hereby urges all Edo people to pay their last respect during the burial ceremonies”.

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