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Ogun police warn cult group over plan to disrupt public peace

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The Ogun state police command says it has gathered an intelligence report which reveals that members of a notorious cult group are planning to unleash terror and violence on Tuesday 7th of July 2020 across the state in order to mark what they call the 7/7 day.

In a statement by the police public relations officer in the state DSP, Abimbola Oyetemi the intelligence report further revealed that members of the group are also planning to use the said date to initiate new members into their fold after which they will engage their rival cult group in a supremacy battle which may lead to loss of life and wanton destruction of property.

The public relations officer said in view of this, those having such devilish plans have been warned to have a rethink and retrace their steps as such a move will be met with serious resistance from security agencies.

“To this end, all the command’s tactical squads namely SARS, anti-cultists, anti-kidnapping, as well as all the Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders, have been put on red alert to nip in the bud any act capable of undermining the security of the state,” he said.

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He further said that anybody who involved him/herself in such an act will be made to feel the full weight of the law because the command will not fold its hands while some unscrupulous elements will be making life difficult for law-abiding citizens of the state.

“The command is also using this medium to appeal to parents and guardians to warn their wards to stay clear of any unlawful gathering on, before and after the said date to prevent a had-I-known situation.

“Also, hoteliers are with this release warned not to allow their facilities to be used for any cult related gathering as the owner of such facility too will be liable for prosecution,” he concluded

The command has, however, assured members of the public to go about their lawful business without fear of harassment or intimation, as the command has rolled out all in its arsenal to deal decisively with anybody who tries to breach the relative peace enjoying by residents of the state.


#Newsworthy…

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DMO: Nigerian govt turns N850bn Nuclear borrowing to Domestic, and other stories…

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>>> Donald Trump speak with Buhari, vow US total support to Nigeria in COVID-19 fight <<<


US President Donald Trump made the pledge to Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari in a phone call on Tuesday, a presidential aide Bashir Ahmad disclosed.

“President Muhammadu Buhari had a phone conversation with the US President Donald Trump today, the two leaders discussed Nigeria’s efforts to defeat the COVID–19 Pandemic,” Ahmad tweeted.

“President Trump pledged US support and solidarity.”

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Disclosing details of the phone conversation, Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed said the US president promised send ventilators to Nigeria.

“President Buhari used the opportunity to brief the American President on the steps that Nigeria was taking to contain the spread of the disease,” Mohammed said.

“On his part, President Trump assured that the United States stands in solidarity with Nigeria in this difficult time and promised to send ventilators to support the country in its fight against the pandemic.”

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President Trump and Buhari are among majority of world leaders whose countries are fighting against the spread of coronavirus which has infected over two million people globally.

Nigeria currently has 1337 cases of of the virus with 255 discharged after recovery and 40 deaths.

The US, the epicenter of the global pandemic, has the highest death toll of over 57,000 and most confirmed cases of over one million coronavirus patients.

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>>> DMO – FG convert N850bn external loan borrowing to domestic <<<


The Debt Management Office (DMO) says the Federal Government has reappraised its Borrowing Plans and decided to raise the N850 billion earlier approved as External Borrowing from Domestic Sources.

The DMO made this known in a statement by its head of media, Mrs Chinenye Onu, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Onu explained that with the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant effect on the world economy and the International Capital Market, the Federal Government felt it was more expedient to raise the N850 billion earlier approved as External Borrowing from Domestic Sources.

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She said this conversion from external to domestic was to ensure that the implementation of the 2020 Appropriation Act was not jeopardised by lack of funds.

“Thus, the N850 billion is not New or Incremental borrowing, rather it is an amendment of the source of borrowing from External to Domestic.

“For compliance with the law, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded requests to the Senate and House of Representatives to convert the source for raising the N850 billion from External to Domestic.

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“The Senate approved the request on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, while the approval of the House of Representatives is expected.

“Upon approval of the request by the House of Representatives, the DMO will issue FGN Securities in the Domestic Market to raise the N850 billion, thereby providing high-quality investment opportunities for the investing public” she explained.

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>>> Scammers offering Fake Agric Loans – NDDC warns Nigerians <<<


The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has warned the public against activities of scammers offering non-existent agriculture cooperative loans in the name of the commission.

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Mr Charles Odili, NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, said in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday that the scammers had collected money from unsuspecting Nigerians to obtain ‘fake’ agric loans.

“NDDC is compelled to alert members of the public, especially those in Bayelsa and Rivers activities of scammers offering non-existent agric cooperative loans.

“We have received several reports from some victims in Bayelsa, who were deceived into believing that NDDC was currently running an agric loan scheme.

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“The victims were asked to pay N6,000 as processing fees for the agric cooperative loans,” he said.

Odili said the scammers told their victims that they were representatives of officials of the Agriculture and Fisheries Directorate of NDDC.

“The criminals, after deceiving members of the public, go to the length of demanding signed blank cheques from their victims.

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“The scammers must have taken advantage of the promise made by NDDC Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, to promote agriculture in the Niger Delta.

“It is unfortunate that while NDDC is still working out details of the agric programme, scammers have gone to town to dupe members of the public,” he added.

The spokesman called on individuals with genuine businesses with NDDC to always cross-check information from the commission’s website and other social media handles.

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He urged the public to be vigilant to activities of such criminals parading themselves as representatives of the commission’s managing director.

“We assure members of the public that relevant security agencies are already investigating activities of criminals behind the fake loan offers,” he said.

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>>> A/Ibom Cult Clash – 3 Wasted <<<


The police command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed the death of three persons in clashes between two rival cult groups in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Nnudam Fredrick, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday.

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Nundam said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Oruk Anum would ascertain the number of suspects arrested during the incident.

“The DPO of the area actually called me that there was a clash between two rival cult groups and that three persons were killed,” Fredrick said.

He said that the command had deployed the police personnel to the area to restore normalcy.

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“I have not heard of any incident today. But the police have been drafted to restore normalcy in the area. The police van has also been positioned in the area,” he said.

Earlier, an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, had said that no fewer than three persons were killed in a cult clash at Inen community in Oruk Anam.

He said that one of the victims was allegedly killed on Monday by a five-man gang and his body dismembered near the Community Primary School at Inen, Ikot Etim.

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The source said that the victim was lynched in Odoro Ikot, a boundary village between Ukanafun and Oruk Anam council areas.

“Another victim was murdered in Inen Ikot Obio Idang, where houses were looted, with residents scampering for safety,” he said.

The source further said that the third victim was murdered near the Community Primary School, Ikot Etim.

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He said that the gang members descended on the victim, inflicting several cuts on him until he slumped and died.

“They just swooped on the young man and started inflicting cuts, which dismembered his body before he started bleeding and eventually died,” the source said.


#Newsworthy…

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UNIABUJA suspend 24 students arrested during cult initiation. (Photo)


The University of Abuja on Friday announced the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the institution arrested during cult initiation in Gwako village along Gwagwalada Road in the Federal Capital Territory.

The students, including seven final year students, were arrested by the police on March 15 after the villagers raised the alarm of a crowd of cultists hiding in a bush.


The suspected cultists arrested with the effort of the community vigilantes had subsequently been taken into police custody.

According to an eyewitness, a total of 46 persons suspected to be students were arrested but about 24 are from the University of Abuja. It was not clear yet where the other suspects school. They were stripped and beaten by the villagers before they were moved away by the police in two vans.


The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, on Friday approved the indefinite suspension of the 24 students of the university.

In a release by UNIABUJA’s Head of Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, the university said suspicious activities must be promptly reported to the police and other authorities.


Yakoob said, “The vice-chancellor has approved the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the university for alleged involvement in cultism. This is the first batch of the arrested students to be suspended by the university management.

“Out of the 24 suspended students, who cut across various faculties including Science, Arts and Social Science, seven were in 400 level; 10 in 300 level; six in 200 level and one spill-over student.

“The affected students have been directed by the university authorities to hand over all the (school’s) property in their possession and vacate the hostels immediately. The vice-chancellor also directed that the students be made to appear before the Students’ Disciplinary Committee for further investigation.”

The university management maintained that it has zero tolerance for cultism and other related misconduct.


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COVID-19: Ogboni cult leader offer to cleanse Nigeria from pandemic.


The head of the Aborigine Ogboni worldwide, Oba Abdul Olakisan Adetoyese has disclosed that he is ready to proffer solution to the ravaging coronavirus in Nigeria.

Ogboni cult leader offers to cleanse coronavirus in Nigeria


The spiritual leader revealed that he is willing to seek solution to the disease by appeasing the gods.

He added that offering propitiation to cleanse the land would eliminate the pandemic, which has defied scientific solution.


In a press statement signed by the spiritual leader of the Ogboni cult and made available to journalists in Osogbo on Friday, he said the disease was not ordinary and required spiritual solution.

He said,

“I am ready to appease the gods through rituals in some selected cities within the South West region as a means of solving the epidemic.


“The disease was not an ordinary one and it demands spiritual solution to send it packing. Such terrible epidemic in the past had always been tackled through spiritual means even when there was no medical or scientific know-how.

“I, therefore offer to embark on spiritual activities to curb the disease in the country, I am also willing to meet with some selected Governors in the South West on ways to avert the spread of the disease”.

He called on traditional rulers and other religious leaders especially Muslims and Christians to also embark on spiritual activities to curb the menace of Coronavirus ravaging the entire world.


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Cultism: 4 suspects nabbed for initiating underage


The Bayelsa State police command says they have arrested four suspects in the Okutukutu Community area of Yenagoa, the state capital for allegedly initiating minors into cultism.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat on Friday.


Butswat said the suspects were arrested following a tip-off and in collaboration with the vigilante of Okutukutu community.

“The suspects were arrested when one of the minors they had initiated informed his elder brother of the alleged initiation.

“All the suspects confessed to the crime and are being interrogated, for further investigation at the Anti-Cultism Unit, State Criminal Investigation Department, Yenagoa,” the statement added.

The suspected cultists include Godbless Jackson, Happy Osoro, Lawson Nmor and Dennis Sunday all residents of Okutukutu Community.


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Benue police command arrested 16 suspected cult members over killings.

The Benue Police Command on Friday said it arrested 16 suspected cults members in connection with several killings in the state.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, in Makurdi said that the mode of the homicide has links with cult killings.

Anene said that the arrests of the suspected cultists was over a period of three weeks, adding that the command had deployed officers in strategic areas to forestall further killings in the state.

According to her, the command had also held a roundtable discussion with stakeholders concerning the sudden rise of cult activities in the state and solicited information to execute arrests of those behind it.

“In the past three weeks, there were killings that our investigation reviewed were cult-related.

“Our investigation revealed that there was a clash between cults groups and even the modus operandi of those killings communicated to us that they were cult killings.

“12 cultists were arrested and they had confessed to the crime though some denied. We later got four from Gboko in connection with the killings,” she said

The PPRO explained that there were other deaths recorded that appeared more of accidents than homicide and the command had initiated full investigations into such deaths.

She said the command was waiting for autopsy reports of a man, his wife and son found dead in Northbank, Makurdi, to determine the next line of action.

Anene also said that Operation Puff Adder had curtailed kidnap activities in Gboko and parts of Katsina-Ala.

She said that the security operation had foiled two kidnap attempts in Katsina-Ala and Gboko Local Government Areas.

The PPRO appealed to members of the public to take security business seriously to prevent criminals from having their way in the society.

“The Police are doing their best but if people become careless because the Police are working, criminals will take advantage of their carelessness to commit crimes.

“Sometime in August some young men were arrested they claimed that they were hosting a party but behind that party was a cult initiation that was going on.

“So they assembled as if they were doing something legitimate to deceive the general public but behind the assembly, they go behind to do what they want to do”

#Newsworthy…