Community Mourns Bizzare Killing Of Indigenes By Suspected Herdsmen

EKPOMA ( EDO ): Eguare -Ekpoma is in mourning mood following the bizzare killings of two youths from the community in far away Rivers and Enugu states .
Christopher Osemuahu is the latest indigene of Ekpoma that is reported to have been murdered outside his native home by killer herdsmen. According to a report, Christopher Osemuahu was killed in Port- Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on December 15, 2017 by unknown gunmen. It was also reported that one Oscar Jedewe, another indigene of Eguare-Ekpoma was brutally murdered in Enugu, in the Eastern part of Nigeria sometime in November, 2017.
Community Elders say both youths were part of the mass protest that was spear- headed by one Benedict Agbator Iribhogbe, a native of Ekpoma and member of the Esan Youth Movement after an attack on the community on January 6, 2017 which saw three people dead and several others injured. They believed strongly that the killing of the duo was carried out by Fulani herdsmen.
Many youths from Eguare-Ekpoma were reported to have gone into hiding following the death of their resident natives in bizarre circumstances.

On June 21, 2017, a woman identified as Mrs. Magaret Udiamehi was allegedly shot dead in her farm by Fulani herdsmen and her dismembered body was found in different locations of the farm by the police.

The women of Ekpoma community stormed the street and equally stormed the Palace of the Onojie, His Royal Highness Anthony Ehizojie Abumere II; expressing their displeasure over the murder of their colleague, adding that they were now afraid to go to their farms for fear of being raped or killed.

In a debate the same day by members of the State House of Assembly, A Bill sponsored by the lawmaker representing Ovia North East Constituency, Mr Bright Osayande, elicited unanimous condemnation of the activities of herdsmen in Edo State by lawmakers, who lamented low food production across the state due to the activities of herdsmen.

Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu, appealed to the protesting women and youths to be calm. He recalled that similar incident occurred at Aviele in Etsako West Local Government, and Ewu in Esan Central Local Government Areas of the State.

Killings linked to herdsmen have become worrisome in Edo State as none of the suspects has been arrested by the police.
While the State House of Assembly had debated on a speedy passage of the bill for a law establishing Grazing Control Agency to check the activities of herdsmen in the state, the Federal Government has remain silent on the matter.

2017 Has Finally Come To An End

Whatever has a beginning must surely come to an end! No condition is permanent!! The downfall of a man is not the end of his life!!! At last, the year 2017, the year of recession, the year of economic meltdown, the year of political agitations, the year of python dance, the year of insurgencies, and even the year of fuel scarcity, has finally come to an end.
Thank God, you are still alive to see the end of 2017. You are alive to see the end of all your problems. You will be alive to see the end of your enemies. You will be alive to see the end of all the charges your enemies are brining against you. As this year did not see your end, nothing, not even the ugliest situation in your life, will see your end. Your painful situation is over!
The leaders in Nigeria declared the year 2017 a year of economic recession. Cost of living become so high. Most workers were denied their monthly salaries. Pensioners could not receive their pensions. So many people could not even afford their daily bread. Some even died of hunger; while few other who could not cope with the situation committed suicide by jumping in lagoon. Young people started trooping out of Nigeria through Libya were they were even enslaved. Lucky ones among them are being deported back to Nigeria. Few weeks ago, a litter of fuel that was sold at forty five Naira was sold at the rate of three hundred to four Hundred Naira per liter, here in Nigeria, one of the largest oil producing countries in the world. It was horrible!

The ugly situation of things in Nigeria has become a global issue, so much so that during his Christmas message, the Holy Father, Pope Francis mentioned Nigeria as one of the suffering countries in the world: “We see Jesus in the children of Africa, especially those who are suffering in South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Nigeria. We see Jesus in the children worldwide wherever peace and security are threatened by the danger of tensions and new conflicts.” Imagine, the so called giant of Africa has become a pitiable country. It’s a pity!

Nigeria is gradually become a nation of ridicule. Last Saturday, the New York Times reported that the United States’ President Donald Trump described Nigerians as people living in huts which they would not want to return to whenever they visit America. Although Nigeria is not yet included in the list of countries whose nationals were banned from entering America, yet the President of America’s statement amounts to describing Nigerians as ‘good intruders.’ What exactly is chasing Nigerians out of their countries?

The situation of things in Nigeria went so low that even the ruling party admitted that Nigeria went into economic recession. But thank God, with the end of 2017, I believe, it is all over! As the year 2017 comes to an end, all forms of recession, be it economic recession, marital recession, intellectual recession, religious recession, political recession, cultural recession, social recession, emotional recession, mental recession and even spiritual recession – is all over !

The era of injustice is over! The era of awaiting trial and denial of justice is over. The era of inter-tribal clashes is over! The era of inter-religious clashes is over! The era of illegal migration and immigrant slavery is over! The era of kidnapping and assassination is over! The era of indebtedness in over! The era of insecurity and insincerity is over. The era of privatization of public assets is over! The era of power failures is over. The era of potholes and bad roads is over.
As 2017 is coming to an end, the era of insurgencies is over. The era of unemployment is over. The era of war and political agitations is over! The era of tribal oppression and marginalization is over. The era of intimidations is over! The era of python dance and even crocodile smile is over. The era of fuel scarcity is over. The era of molding and remolding of idol statues is over! Even our so-called mumu – is over! All the ugly situations you found yourself in the year 2017 is all over!

NEMA boss lauds Libya returnees for courage to face fresh start

Lagos – Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commended Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya for their courage to face a fresh start in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Maihajja made the commendation on Tuesday while receiving 245 more Nigerians who voluntarily returned from the volatile North African country.
Maihajja, who was represented by Southwest Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, noted that some others were still stuck in Libya for lack of courage to face a new beginning in Nigeria.
He said many of them had refused to return due to shame and fear of meeting their mates at home who might have succeeded in their endeavours.
” It takes courage for you to return home. Nigeria is changing fast.
“The Federal government is making everything possible to ensure that every Nigerian will be proud of being a Nigerian.
” All the government is expecting from you is to have faith in God and your leaders and discharge your civic responsibilities,” he said.
One of the returnees, Endurance Omeyo from Uromi in Edo State, said he went to Libya in 2016, and unfortunately came back with one of his legs amputated.
He said :” I come from a very poor home. I lost my father about 12 years ago and only my mother was left to be facing the stress.
“That is why I went to Libya to cross the sea and go to Italy, but unfortunately, I couldn’t make it as we were arrested while on the sea.

“We were 160 people on that boat but 110 died and only 50 of us survived. They now took us back to prison in Libya. ”
According to him, he spent over a month in captivity before a friend from Italy sent him N250, 000 which he used to buy his freedom from his captors.
The 28-year-old said a few weeks after, he was shot while in company of two friends which led to the amputation of his leg.
“I spent months in the hospital, until my mother went to borrow N400, 000 which was used to perform three surgeries on me and that is why I am alive today, ” he said.
NAN reports that the returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos aboard an Afriqiyah Airbus 330-300 aircraft with Registration Number 5A-ONR at about 8:25pm.
They were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) after expressing interest to leave Libya where they had been stranded enroute Europe.
They comprised 66 adult females, 74 adult males, four children and six infants.
The returnees were also received by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
As at the time of filing this report, another batch of Nigerians was being expected from Libya, as their aircraft was said to be on the way from Tripoli.

Edo Govt. to move against human trafficking cartel.

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has described human trafficking as the greatest security challenge facing his administration and has vowed to deploy the state’s powers and resources to break the hold of the human trafficking cartel on Edo youths and end the illicit trade.
Obaseki said this when he received a delegation of the management and members of Edo Forum of Patriots (EFP), led by the chairman, Patriot Aiyamenkhue Edokpolor, who paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House in Benin City.
“Human Trafficking has become a security threat in the state as over 10,000 young men and women were trafficked in a space of 12 months and more than 30 per cent of them lost their lives in the process,” he lamented.
The governor told his guests that “human trafficking is one disaster that has befallen us as a people since the European invasion of 1897,” noting that “Even before the invasion, Edo people were never sold into slavery because we had a very powerful army.”

According to him: “For us to start selling ourselves into slavery, means something fundamental has happened and much has gone wrong. We cannot fold our hands, keeping mute as if nothing is happening is even scarier. As a government we took actions and some persons on social media are condemning our actions, I think those people should be arrested for aiding the crime.”
Obaseki further said that the tales of the returnees are disheartening as “one cannot but weep for their harrowing experiences, who are deceived and moved from Nigeria by a cartel and syndicate who trade these people like common commodities.”
He assured that his administration will not relent in the fight and would mobilise the state’s resources to make sure the scourge is brought under control.
Earlier, the chairman of Edo Forum of Patriots, Patriot Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, said since the governor mounted the saddle of governance in the state, he has demonstrated extraordinary commitment towards the progress, and well-being of Edo people and the state at large.
“We have set up a security and economic summit central planning committee to consult and seek collaboration with the Edo State Government and relevant agencies of the federal government for realistic solutions to our socio-economic challenges,” Edokpolor said.

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