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50 Communities Deserted As Boko Haram Takes Territory In Niger Village, Seizes Housewives

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The spate of insecurity in the country assumed a more dangerous dimension on Monday as Boko Haram insurgents made inroads into Niger State and gunmen killed two students of Greenfield University in Kaduna state.

Also on Monday, the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Professor Richard Kimbir, said kidnappers attacked the institution on Saturday night.

In Kebbi State, the police said nine of their personnel were killed by bandits in the Sakaba Local Government Area of the state.

Boko Haram hosts flag in Niger village, seizes residents’ wives, 50 communities deserted

In Niger State, the state Governor, Sani Bello, in an interview with journalists on Monday, said Boko Haram terrorists had taken over a part of the state, hosting their flag in Kaure village from where they had made incursions into more than 50 villages.

He said Abuja was not safe with Boko Haram’s presence in Niger State.

The governor lamented that over 50 villages, which were overrun by the terrorists and bandits, had been deserted by original inhabitants.

He said, “I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements around Kaure in the Shiroro Local Government of Niger State. They have taken over the territory. They have hosted their flag. I am confirming to you now that they have taken over the wives of people by force.”

Bello, while describing the situation in the state as critical and pathetic, said over 3,000 villagers escaped to Minna on Sunday night alone, while several others were in camps in Gwada and other places.

“The majority of the displaced persons will have to remain in this camp in Minna because their villages have been taken over by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits. Their wives have been seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram elements,” he said.

He warned that the Boko Haram terrorists were trying to make Kaure their home and headquarters like they did in Sambisa forest, adding that while Sambisa forest is several kilometres away from Abuja, Kaure is only two hours drive to Abuja.

He explained that his administration had been asking the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state in dealing with the insecurity, adding that such efforts had not yielded desired results thereby making it possible for the terrorists to occupy a part of the state.

Addressing the governor at the IDP camp, a youth leader, Bulus Esu, said his people in Kuchi, one of the most populated towns in the Munya Local Government Area, had been displaced by the terrorists.

He said, “For three weeks now, there is no person living in Kuchi town and there is no food for the fleeing residents. The bandits have entered very deep into the area and have overrun several villages. They have occupied Kuchi.”

Esu said the bandits two weeks ago demanded N5m ransom from the people of Kampana to prevent them from being kidnapped.

He added, “The people did this to avoid kidnap. However, when they came back, they asked the women to cook food for them after which they still raped the women.”

In Benue State, the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Kimbir, said the abduction in the school place at 10:30pm on Saturday.

The state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, said that the students were kidnapped while reading near a lecture theatre.

Kidnappers of varsity students in Benue demand N20m ransom

Later on Monday evening, a top official of the university, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said four students were abducted by the gunmen.

“Actually, one of the parents of the kidnapped students has informed the school that the kidnappers have contacted him and that they are demanding N20m as ransom,” the official said.

The official further disclosed that four students, all males, were abducted on Saturday night. Asked if the N20m was for the four students, he answered in the affirmative.

Gunmen abduct two women in Zaria, police arrest five hoodlums

In Kaduna State, bandits on Sunday night invaded Kofar Kuyambana Low Cost Housing Estate in Zaria and kidnapped two housewives.

But the police, vigilantes and other security operatives responded swiftly to distress calls, stormed the area, battled the bandits and arrested five of them.

A source told one of our correspondents on Monday that the incident took place at 9:30pm, noting that some Islamic pupils were hit by bullets and taken to an undisclosed hospital in Zaria for treatment.

The bandits were said to have invaded the estate in large numbers on motorcycles, shooting indiscriminately and targeting the home of a Customs officer.

“They succeeded in taking away the Customs officer’s wife, leaving the children who were shouting, behind,” said the source, adding, “the bandits attacked another house where an elderly woman was taken away too.

“The police were able to arrest two of them (bandits) on Sunday while the other three(bandits) were arrested this morning(Monday),” he added.

Although there was no official statement either from the state or the police, the state police public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige confirmed the incident.

The attack was the fifth in the state within a week. Recall that bandits on March 11 attacked the Greenfield University, along Kaduna-Abuja road killing a staff member and kidnapping 23 students.

Three of the students were killed on Friday and their corpses dumped close to the school.

On Tuesday last week, 65 people were kidnapped at the Adara community in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state, when gunmen attacked the area.

In the early hours of Thursday, gunmen attacked Idon General Hospital also in the Kajuru Local Government Area and abducted two nurses.

On Sunday, bandits attacked Haske Baptist Church in Mannai Tasha village in Kuriga ward of the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

ACF, CNGs angry with Buhari, El-Rufai over killing of Greenfield Varsity students

The pan-Northern sociopolitical organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, said the latest killing of the abducted students of the Greenfield University was the worse form of terrorism that befell the country.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Emmanuel Yawe, reacting on behalf of the ACF, asked how the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari(retd), and the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, felt about the latest killing of the students.

The ACF’s Spokesman said, “This is the worst form of terrorism and barbarism ever visited on Nigeria. How much was used to set up the university that the terrorists are demanding N800m as ransom? The people committing these heinous crimes are they Northerners, are they Nigerians?

“What are the federal and state governments doing to stop this human waste? Our members want to know how el Rufai the Governor of Kaduna and Muahammadu Bihari feel about these tragic turn of events. The ACF feels and shares the pains of Nigerians in these tragic developments.”

On its part, the Coalition of Northern Groups, described the killing as “regrettable” and “avoidable” if Nigeria had a listening government.

The CNG’s Spokesman, AbdulAzeez Suleiman while reacting to the killing, told one of our correspondents on Monday, said the group had resolved intensify pressure including mass protest to force the Kaduna government to reason.

CNG’s spokesman said, “We find the killing of two more students of Greenfield University quite regrettable but avoidable if we have a listening government. Unfortunately we have a government in place that has stubbornly refused to heed genuine advice on its handling of the deteriorating security situation in Kaduna state.

“We have all along pointed out that leaders, such as the ones we have Kaduna, who would not be advised or criticized are certainly a liability.”

Killing represents “leaderless” state that does not care for welfare of citizens – SOKAPU

Also, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union said it was saddened by the killing of the harmless university students by the bandits.

The SOKAPU’s Spokesman, Luka Binniyat, in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “We are saddled with bands of maniacal murderers and desperate outlaws who are taking full advantage of a leaderless state that cares nothing about the welfare and security of its citizens.”

Nine policemen killed in Kebbi

Meanwhile, the Kebbi State police Command has confirmed the killing of nine of its personnel including a divisional police officer by bandits in the Sakaba Local Government Area of the state.

Nafi’u Abubakar, in an interview with journalists, on Monday, stated, “DPO Sakaba, eight other policemen and two ‘yan-sa-kais’ lost their lives during a gun duel with the bandits on Sunday at about 14:30 hours.”

 

 

 

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Controversy Trails Death Of Socialite During Prayer Session At Celestial church

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Few days after the tragic death of a businessman cum socialite, Kayode Badru, who was burnt to death during a prayer session at a parish of the Celestial Church of Christ in Alagbado, a Lagos suburb, his widow, Kofoworola Badru, recalled his last moments in an exclusive interview with KUNLE AKINRINADE while other members of the deceased man’s family demanded justice.

Kofoworola, the widow of Kayode Badru, the businessman cum socialite who died in a parish of the Celestial Church of Christ in Alagbado, Lagos recently had no inkling that a prayer session her husband went for on their wedding anniversary could result in his gruesome death.

Badru, a roundly built successful businessman and socialite who shuttled between Nigeria, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, had hesitated in leaving their palatial residence at No 13 C, Morin Street, New Oko-Oba near Abule Egba on April 26.

”He was restless before he left home on the fateful day. He left our room and returned three times midway the staircase before he finally left,” Kofoworola said.

”He kept saying he forgot something until he finally left home after turning to the room three times.

“He did not eat before he left home, so he asked me to prepare chicken stew and rice for him.

”He told me he was going for prayers at his late mother’s church around Magboro area in Ogun State. He left home around 10 am and promised to come back by 2pm.”

Unknown to his wife of four years, her husband had gone to another Celestial Church parish for the prayers which turned tragic and terminated their four-year-old conjugal bliss.

While Kofoworola was still wondering why her husband had not returned home to eat his favourite meal at 2 pm, cruel fate had played a fast one the Abeokuta-born father of four.

At the church, her husband had clenched his fingers around seven lighted candlesticks and knelt down swathed by seven elders who poured effusive prayers on him to overcome evil.

In the middle of the prayers, the prayer warriors were said to have sprayed him with some spiritual perfume. But before they knew it, the perfume ignited fire which burnt Badru beyond recognition.

He was rushed to the Gbagada General Hospital, where he eventually died on May 4.

“I did not know that he went to another church, the Imole Cathedral of the Celestial Church of Christ. Although the shepherd of the church is his friend and he was the one who facilitated the opening of the church’s branch in Dubai, UAE.

“I became worried when he didn’t return home on time. A few hours later, I was told that he was involved in an accident during the prayers.

”I called his phone at about 2 pm but he didn’t pick his call. At about 5pm, I got a call from the shepherd of the church that my husband was involved in a little accident, and I went to the church.

”At the church, I was told that one of the elders that were praying for my husband sprinkled perfume on him and it triggered fire from the burning candlesticks he was clutching and burnt him.

”On seeing how pathetic my husband’s condition was, I demanded to see the lady who was said to have sprinkled perfume on my husband, but they were just calming me down and did not allow me to see the lady.

“My husband too was calming me down, including the shepherd of the church, Prophet Felix Alebiosu a.k.a. Ebony.

”My husband later developed an infection on his body and he died on May 4, 2021.”

Curiously, when the incident happened, Kofoworola said she was asked by the shepherd of the church, Prophet Felix Alebiosu, not to inform her husband’s family members, assuring her that the situation was under control.

She said: “I was told by Alebiosu not to inform my husband’s family that he was in the hospital. But I eventually did because I couldn’t keep them in the dark for long.

”My husband had no particular parish where he worshipped. He worshipped at any parish he was invited to, and I had accompanied him to worship at this particular church, where he got burnt a few times.

“Besides, he was very close to Alebiosu because he worshipped at a branch of the church in Dubai.

“He is survived by four children. I have two with him while he has two children from his previous marriage.

“He died on our wedding anniversary on May 4; we actually got married on May 4, 2017.”

The 31-year-old widow described her late husband as a man with a large heart even on the sickbed.

”Kayode loved life and was always willing to help people, and he didn’t joke with his children. He had a large heart and always wanted to help people.

“Even on his sickbed in hospital, he was still helping some patients out with their medical bills.”

Recalling his last moments with the deceased, his younger brother, Oluwaseun Badru, also a priest of the Celestial Church of Christ, said there was more to the incident than meets the eye.

“I was called to come see my brother, Kayode Badru, at the Gbagada General Hospital. I saw him in a critical situation.

“When I held his hand to pray for him, he told me that the incident wasn’t natural. He said that he was held down while seven elders of the church were praying for him at the church, and that he felt as if he was in a trance where someone was pouring water on his body. He said that he heard a voice asking him, ‘Is this how you are going to end your life?’ and that he got up to find that he was burning.

“Unfortunately, by the time he got up, the deed had been done as he had been severely burnt. However, my question is where are the seven elders that prayed for him while he was burning? I ask this question because doctors said he was burnt up to the fifth layer of his skin. So, for how long was he held down and how long was the prayer session that those who prayed for him didn’t know that he was burning in their midst?

“I asked the shepherd of the church, Prophet Felix Alebiosu, who led the prayer session for my brother if there were monetary transactions between him and my brother, and he said no. He told me that my brother wasn’t that rich, contrary to what he had earlier told me.

“What baffled me was that my brother told his family he was going to our mother’s parish in Magboro, only for him to visit another parish where he was burnt to death as a result of the perfume poured on him while he was holding candlesticks already lit.”

Oluwaseun urged the police to ensure that justice is served in the matter, noting that other suspects on the run must be arrested and prosecuted.

“Alebiosu and two others have since been arrested and are now in police custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

“We heard that the suspects are receiving preferential treatment. However, what we want is justice for our late brother.

“Other fleeing suspects must be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law, because that is the only way justice can be served in this matter.”

Also demanding justice, another younger brother of the deceased, Oluwagbenga Badru, said the circumstances surrounding the death of his elder brother were not real.

He said he suspected foul play and urged the police to carry out thorough investigation and apprehend all those involved in the case with a view to ensuring justice.

He said: “I still find it difficult to believe that perfume was the only substance responsible for my brother’s death. Is it possible for perfume to burn a man up to the fifth layer of his skin without those praying for him perceiving the smoke from the burning?

“Besides, there is another version being bandied by the elders at the prayer session which suggests that the fire started from a burning candle which spread to the spot my brother knelt down and consumed him while praying. So, on this score, the police should arrest all those involved and bring them to book without fear or favour.”

An impeccable source at SCID, Panti, Yaba, confirmed to our correspondent that some persons had been arrested in connection with the case.

“We have arrested the shepherd of the church where the incident took place and two other suspects, and they are in our custody right now. Efforts are being made to arrest other persons involved in the case and carry out a diligent investigation.

“The suspects in our custody will appear before the Deputy Commissioner in charge of SCID this week for proper briefing on the matter.”

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) has issued a statement blaming the incident on abuse of perfume by members of the church.

The statement issued by the pastor of the church, Rev. Emmanuel Oshoffa, urged the pastor-in-council to prevent such abuse in the future.

The statement reads in part: “Calvary greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who has called us into His Glory.

“The spraying or pouring of undiluted spiritual perfumes in its volatile state with a lighted candle is an imported culture not originally part of the tenets of the Celestial Church of Christ.

“The laid down usage of spiritual perfume within the spheres of a lighted candle by the pastor founder, Saint SBJ Oshoffa, is by mixing it with water. It is high time we retraced our steps for a greater Celestial Church of Christ.

“We are all advised to adhere to this directive. Any parish or member that goes against this directive will be solely responsible for the resultant effect.

“The pastor has also directed the pastor-in-council to come up with a policy document to curb alien practices that have been introduced into the tenets and doctrines of the church to safeguard the church’s divine culture as instructed by the Spirit of God through the pastor founder,” the statement added.

Source: Nation

 

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Photos From Job Seeker, Iniubong Umoren’s Burial Who Was Killed In Akwa Ibom

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Iniubong Umoren has been buried in Nung Ita Ikot Obio, Oruk Anam LGA amidst tears by family and friends.

All the mourners present at her funeral were demanding #JusticeforHinyHumoren

May her soul rest in peace.

 

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Akpabio/Uduak Akpan: Another Jobseeker Confirms David Hundenyin’s Report

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Recently David Hundeyin released an investigative report on the activities of Uduak Akpan, the killer of Iniobong Umoren.

The post below is an excerpt from his report;

For ease of understanding, I ran all the numbers through Truecaller and put the names in brackets next to them
Around 1.17PM on April 29, Frank Akpan placed a call to Hiny Umoren, which lasted for 124 seconds. It is fair to extrapolate that this was a call where he gave directions to her regarding where she should go for the purported interview. At 1.21PM, he then placed a call to a Blessing Godwin, which lasted 147 seconds. Was he chatting up another potential victim of the same job interview snare? It is impossible to say for now.

The said lady @Blessing Godwin has come out to confirm the culprit indeed called her over a job offer.
Her story:

MY TESTIMONY

God has done me well, that is why I don’t want to hide it. I have come to testify publicly to the Glory of God and to the shame of the devil.

28th April, 2021.
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I was attending an Affiliate Marketing class on a friend’s WhatsApp status around 7pm. The class has been on for about three days. On that day, he taught us on platforms where affiliate marketing thrive and he made mention of as one of the platforms.

It was actually a link so I clicked on it and it took me to the site. I was still scrolling through when I saw a job opening at an hotel at Delta State. The offer came with a very attractive salary and an accommodation too.

Since, I am unemployed and I was still searching for what do to keep the body and soul together. I applied for the job immediately using my email address. I went back to his status and completed the Affiliate Marketing class for that day.

29th April, 2021
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At 1:21pm, I got a call from a number which is not on my contact list asking if I am Blesky Godwin, I told him yes, that I am Blessing Godwin. He corrected me and told me that when applying for something official, I should use my name and not some unofficial name.

I immediately recalled that I applied for a job using my email the previous day. I told him it appeared that way on his end because I used my email address and that is my email username. He said it was ok.

He asked if I was good with computer, I told him that “I try”. He said ok, that there is a farm along Airport road that needs a secretary for immediate employment and he asked if I was interested. I told him yes and he asked if I could meet him at Airport Road immediately.

I told him it wasn’t possible because I was at Ibeno which is quite far from Uyo, he said he knew. I asked if we could reschedule the meeting to another day, and he obliged.

He said I should send my CV to him on WhatsApp and I should save his number as Ezekiel.

After the call ended, I saved his number as “Ezekiel Job” on my phone then I went to forward my CV from my email to WhatsApp but I couldn’t. I told him I couldn’t forward it to WhatsApp that he should send his email address to me so I could send it to his mail which he did and I forwarded my CV to him.

I chatted him up and asked if he had seen it, he said no and then I sent it again and asked him for the second time which he said he has.

After a while, I didn’t hear from him again, so I chatted him up. I typed “Hello” and I told him that he hasn’t said anything since I forwarded the CV to him. He did not reply again. I want to believe that by this time, Ini Umoren must have arrived the venue and he was probably ‘busy’ trying to end her life.

Since that day, I didn’t hear from him again and as God would have it, I totally forgot about him and his secretary job.

On that same day, I had the strong urge to praise God. I didn’t know what for(I’m not saying there has to be a reason before we can praise God). The feeling was so strong. I just went on my WhatsApp and typed…

“Jesus loves me
But
The
Problem
Is
I don’t know why”
On the next slide, I typed…
“God why, why are you so mindful of small me?”
“I am undeserving of your love in every meaning of the word undeserving but yet you still choose to love me”.
“Thank you Lord for Loving me the way you do”
Sincerely, I felt the urge to worship God, I felt He did something really big for me but I didn’t know what it was.

My friend Fortunate Marvie even had to ask me to share the testimony, of which I told her I didn’t have any yet but she would be the first to know once it happened.

11th May, 2021
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On 11th May 2021, I received a call from a friend asking me if the guy that raped and killed Ini Umoren called me. I was angry and baffled at the same time because I didn’t understand why he would ask me if a murderer called me.

I asked him why he asked that, he said he saw an investigative news report on Facebook that contained my name as one of the persons the Uduak guy called. I asked him if I was the only Blessing Godwin in Nigeria. He asked if I don’t remember receiving any call from someone like that on 29th April.

Slowly, I began remembering that someone invited me for an interview at Airport Road but i wasn’t sure of the date, so I told him it might be him or not. He told me the Uduak guy called me after he spoke to Ini Umoren. He also mentioned the time and the minutes we talked for. Mehnnnnnn I was scared. I told him i would confirm from my call list. We ended the call on a nice note.

At this time, I didn’t remember the name he(the interview guy) gave me, so I randomly scrolled down to my call list till I got to 29th April and I saw Ezekiel job then I remembered he asked me to save his name as Ezekiel.

I was still in shock trying to process all the information when I received a call from another friend of mine that told me to check my messenger that he has dropped a link to a job opening for me, I told him ok and went ahead to check it on messenger. I clicked on the link which led me to Kufre Carter’s timeline.

As I scrolled down, I saw the post which my name was mentioned right under the job opening post. I abandoned the job opening post and read the one that carried my name. It was there I realized that the Uduak guy is the same Ezekiel that called me for the job interview.
The number on the post was the same number that called me that afternoon. The date he called was the same as in the post. The time he called was the same as in the post. The minutes we spoke for was the same as in the post.

Men and brethren I couldn’t help but shed hot tears. My thoughts traveled far and wide. All I did was to imagine what would have become of me if I had gone for the interview.

Maybe it would have been Justice for Ini and Justice for Blessing. How would my parents take the news? How would my siblings take the news? How would my friends take the news? How would my enemies take the news? I shed hot tears.

Then again, I imagined, just maybe, if he had succeeded in raping and killing Ini without the friend raising alarm and his evil being exposed, I would have certainly been the next victim.

He would have probably called me up the next week and i would go because I need a job and that would have been the end of me.

All I can do right now is to thank God. I don’t only want to thank Him in private but I want to thank Him in public. I don’t know what would have become of me if God didn’t show up in the situation.

Thank you Lord�����
Thank you for loving me the way you do.
Even in my unfaithfulness, you still choose to love me, thank you Lord.
I don’t deserve this love but yet you still love me.
Thank you Lord. I am grateful.
I don’t take this for granted, Lord.
Thank you Jesus.

Please if I ever mean anything to do, help me thank God for my life.

Ini Umoren was just an innocent girl looking for a job. She didn’t deserve rape and murder as a reward for her job search. I pray that God grant her family the fortitude to bear this great loss.
Rest in Peace Ini-obong.

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