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Nigeria – Drama as Edo hospital reject donated hand sanitizers.


Top officials of Edo state government-owned Central Hospital in Benin City, on Tuesday allegedly abandoned their respective duty posts, just to avoid receiving customised hand sanitizers donated by a governorship aspirant in the state, Dr. Pius Odubu.

The incident caused a mild drama in the premises of the Hospital, as the campaign team of the former Deputy Governor got stranded.


Odubu who is one of the frontline aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who have vowed to stop Governor Godwin Obaseki from securing the party’s ticket for a second term.

He said the donation of the hand sanitizers was part of efforts to assist health care personnel in the containment of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.


Confirming the incident, the Director-General of Odubu Campaign Organisation, Barr. Henry Idahagbon, said, “the Hospital management had agreed on 11 am last Wednesday, to receive the donation.”

He expressed concern that no official of the Hospital was on ground to receive the donations on behalf of the health workers when the organisation visited on the agreed date.


According to him, “When we got to the hospital, we called the Medical Director, Dr. Edomwonyi, to intimate him of our presence in the facility.

“His response was that ‘My brother I am not around and you know this is politics’.


“At that point, we left and proceeded to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), where we made the donations.”

The MD, Dr. Edomwonyi Ekuase, could not be reached for comment as calls to his mobile lines did not go through.

However, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, said he was not aware of the development.

“It is not to my knowledge. You need to also find out whether some people have picked them and kept them somewhere,” Okundia said.


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Nigeria: Edo authority order Fulani Herdsmen to vacate state within 14 days.


Following the incessant killings and harassment of indigenes and residents of Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State by some alleged Fulani herdsmen, the council chairman, Hon. Sylvester Okoro, has ordered herders to vacate the area within the next fourteen days.

Hon. Okoro gave the directive in Ugo community, during an emergency security meeting called to address the recent kidnappings, killings and destruction of farm produce in the area.


According to the statement from Chief Press Secretary to the council, Mr Roy Osariemen, the fourteen-day ultimatum is coming on the heels of the recent attack on the indigenes of the area.

‘’Orhiomwon is a pure agrarian area, since we can’t identify those perpetuating the evil activities. After the evacuation, we will carry out proper documentation of those who wish to graze in our land.”

“I can no longer stomach the atrocities and satanic activities of these murderers and thieves. We have been living together for many years peacefully, since they have decided to turn our hospitable act to weakness, they should look for somewhere else to rare their animals.”


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COVID-19: Edo state speaker, Frank Okiye test positive.


According to the Edo state government, Frank Okiye, speaker of the state house of assembly, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor, announced this during a press conference in Benin, the state capital, on Wednesday.


He said the speaker is the recorded case announced earlier by the state government.

Shaibu said the speaker returned from the UK and went into self-isolation immediately after he retired to his country home in Uromi.


He said Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, is also in self-isolation following reports of Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, and Bala Mohammed, Bauchi governor, testing positive for the disease.

“The index case of coronavirus in Edo State, is the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye. He travelled to United Kingdom, he came back and went into self-isolation. He sent his sample for testing and it came out positive,” he said.


“He is in stable condition. His family members have also been tested and the tests came out negative.

“The interesting thing about it is that, since when he entered Nigeria, he avoided everybody and he has been putting on face mask, he avoided touching his own vehicle and he went straight into self-isolation.

“In fact, he prepared his isolation centre before he returned from London, he asked his wife to prepare a room for him where he was going to isolate. He actually avoided everybody. The only two persons he had direct contact with were his wife and daughter and they have been tested and fortunately, they tested negative.

“Following the close contact with Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed that were tested positive, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki has gone into self- isolation.”


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COVID-19: Edo govt. ban public gatherings after 1st case.


Edo State government on Monday announced that a ban has been placed on public gathering of over 50 persons in the state.

The announcement was made by the state governor Godwin Obaseki during a briefing after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the state on Monday.


The first case of coronavirus was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its verified Twitter handle.

The health agency in the tweet also reported an additional five cases of coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the country to 36.

Also, schools are to remain closed in the Edo state and civil servants from grade level 1- 12 are to work from home among other measures to deal with COVID-19 threat in the state.


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COVID-19: 5 new cases confirmed in Edo, Nigeria.


Five new cases of Coronavirus (COVID19) have been confirmed in Nigeria.

This was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control around 9:40 am on Monday.


NCDC stated that the new cases include two in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), two in Lagos state and one in Edo state.

Two of the cases were also confirmed to be returning travellers from the United Kingdom.

However, this brings the cases of coronavirus in Nigeria to 35 and two have been discharged.

The latest development also means Lagos now has 24, FCT – 6, Ogun- 2, Ekiti- 1, Oyo- 1, Edo- 1.


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Nigeria: Obaseki, Oshiomhole to end rift soon – Chief of staff.


The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his estranged political godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, have commenced consultations to end the political rift between them.

Obaseki’s Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo Akerele, revealed this while responding to questions from reporters during an event to mark his 44th birthday in Benin, on Sunday.


He said it was too early to reveal how far deliberations had gone but expressed confidence that appreciable progress had been made.

Akerele said, “When the time comes, we will invite you just like this and address you.”


He said this in response to a question from The PUNCH as to whether the duo had reached out to each other since Oshiomhole announced a truce last week.

The governor’s aide added, “(For) the Governor, getting the ticket is not in contention but we will go into primaries and the party has a formula for it. It can be either consensus or none consensus, whichever it is, Obaseki and Philip are ready. Ordinarily he should be given the right of first refusal.


“Oshiomhole and Obaseki are very close; nobody should be deceived even as we speak. But of course, the issue they have is political and it is resolvable.

“The difference they have is political disagreement and it is resolvable; some factors came in and heightened the tension, otherwise this is a very minor thing. Remember, we were in Iyamoh during the Sallah celebration, that was in the middle of the crisis, we were there and we even blamed the media for the whole thing.”

He expressed gratitude to Obaseki for giving him the opportunity to serve in his government especially because he had no political godfather.

According to him, his appointment marked the very first time a person from Akoko-Edo was given such an important position in government.


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COVID-19: No plans to shut down worship places, schools in Edo – Gov. Obaseki says.


The Edo state government has said that there is no plan to shut down schools and places of worship in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Stare Governor Obaseki made this known when he received religious leaders from the state in his office on Friday March 20th.


He said there is no need for anyone in the state to panic as his government has taken appropriate measures to prevent the importation of the virus into the state. He however added that his government has put up measures to deal with the spread of the virus if it eventually finds its way to the state.

”There is no plan to shut down places of worship except it becomes absolutely necessary. However, we would want to appeal that for the sake of your congregation, we should look at how to keep people from being too close from one another. It is possible to place visual services” he said

Many state governments have banned social gatherings as part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus in their states.


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COVID-19: Benin king suspend hearing complaints.


The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has suspended hearing of complaints brought by various villages, communities, groups and individuals to the palace, as a result of the ravaging coronavirus disease.

The suspension of the activities was contained in a press statement signed by the acting chief press secretary to the Oba, Mr Victor Ogiemare.


‎The statement said the suspension of various matters before the palace is due to the coronavirus bedevilling the world and the country at large.

The statement added that date will be announced in conformity with the Federal Government’s position on curbing the deadly virus.

“This is to inform the public that as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, has suspended with immediate effect hearing of complaints brought by various communities, groups and individuals to the palace.

“Consequently, a resumption date will be announced in conformity with the Federal Government’s position on curtailing the spread of COVID-19,” the statement said.


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COVID-19: Buhari support immediate postponement of Edo sports festival.


Sports Minister Sunday Dare and President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate postponement of the National Sports Festival, Edo 2020.


The Minister of Youths, Sports and Development, Sunday Dare made the announcement on his Twitter handle after meeting with President Buhari and the Minister of State for Health Adeleke Mamora.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Sports Minister Sunday Dare and Minister of State for Health Adeleke Mamora

He said, “Following the briefing of Mr. President from myself and the Minister of State for Health on COVID-19, Mr. President approved the immediate postponement of Edo Sports festival to a future date.

“Following the briefing from myself and Health Minister.


“President Mohammadu Buhari approves the postponement of the National Sports Festival Edo 2020 as a precautionary move against COVID-19 spread


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NSF: Edo state ready to host Nigerian youths – Sport Minister.


Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare, who is in Edo State ahead of the National Sports Festival (NSF) to ascertain the level of preparations for the national event, has praised the Edo State government for the turnaround in facilities within a few months, adding that they have raised the bar for hosting of sporting events in Nigeria.

The Festival will be held at various centres in Benin from March 20 to April 4.


Speaking after inspecting the hostel accommodation for athletes in Benin City. Dare said, “We started from the stadium; we looked at a section of the stadium today. We had already looked at the other parts when I said it was 90 per cent ready. When I came the last time it was just rafters for the gym, we have seen that everything is almost set, by Sunday or Monday that place will be fully ready,” the minister explained.

“We have seen the hard court, Ogbe hard court is ready. We have seen the main bowl itself is ready, we will test the tracks by our athletes. It almost means that it is ready. I think we couldn’t ask for more.”


Speaking on the level of preparedness to battle the spread of Corona virus, also known as Covid-19, the Minister said: “I think beyond the bricks-and-mortar, beyond the tracks, the buildings, the hostels, the other thing they have done so well is containing the spread of the virus.

“As we speak, I know they have received 8,500 sanitizers, the total number they’re expecting is 12, 000 sanitizers. As we speak, I know they have designated 15 entry points for screening, so if you’re coming from the North, if you’re coming from Lagos, the first point of call, just like the entry points at the airport, is the screening point. That screening point you also get the package of literature and sanitizers and then you get your accreditation done. One-Stop Shop.

“They have done tremendously well I’m sure tomorrow when they start the daily briefing on medical preparedness for the next six days you will understand the level of work they have done beyond the brick and mortar.”

The minister expressed hope that the competition would throw up talents for the country for future sports events.


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Gov. Obaseki pledge quick completion of NYSC permanent orientation camp.


The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured of timely completion of the state’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) permanent orientation camp in Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state.

The governor gave the assurance when he inspected ongoing construction of the NYSC permanent orientation camp, noting that his administration is working towards completing the project within six months.


He noted that the construction of the NYSC camp is being revived 16 years after the construction of the facility commenced.

Obaseki said his administration has completed the documentation process for the contracts and mobilised contractors for the project to site, noting, “The contracts have gone through proper procurement and the contractors are being mobilised and finalising paper work with various agencies concerned.


“As soon as that is done, additional funds would be released to them and I am optimistic that work will progress before the rains.”

He said the permanent orientation camp will be used as training venues by paramilitary agencies in the state, adding, “We have the Public Work Volunteers (PUWOV) and we are going to have the community neighborhood, vigilante groups and community policemen and these facilities will be available for their training here.”

The Edo State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Adebayo Ojo, said on completion of construction of the permanent orientation camp, NYSC will provide the necessary facilities to facilitate smooth camping at the site.


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Look closely, the certificate of candidates before voting in Edo, Ondo – INEC tell Voters


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that it will display the personal particulars, including academic qualifications of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.


It disclosed that this will afford the citizens the opportunity to scrutinise the particulars of the candidates and take legal actions against those who present false information to the Commission.

INEC insisted that this will help to check the new trend of courts determining the outcome of elections as observed in recent times.


The Supreme Court sacked Bayelsa Governor-elect on the account that his running mate Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo submitted fake certificates to INEC.

INEC National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who gave the hint during the quarterly meeting between the Commission and Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) said: “The personal particulars of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections, including their academic qualifications, will be displayed in our offices in the two States as required by law.


“This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission. The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on 6th July 2020 in Edo State and on 4th August 2020 in Ondo State. I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance.

“For our part, the Commission has been studying the judgements of courts arising from the conduct of recent elections. We have also been reviewing the reports from accredited observers as well as internal reports from our State Offices. We will continue to keep an eye on the conduct of our officials and apply appropriate sanctions on erring staff, both regular and ad-hoc”.


He warned political parties to avoid acrimonious primaries that will result in endless litigation and observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates.

According to him: “Given recent experience with some Governorship elections, political parties need to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries or failure to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates, resulting in protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of court.

“I wish to draw the attention of political parties to two critical dates in the timetable released by the Commission a few weeks ago. Party primaries for the democratic election and nomination of candidates for the Governorship election in Edo State must be held from 2nd to 27th June 2020. The date for Ondo State is 2nd to 25th July 2020. The Commission will not extend the dates. We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law”.

Yakubu also hinted that the Commission will introduce critical changes ahead the coming governorship elections to strengthen the process and procedures.


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Insecurities: Catholic priest abducted by gunmen in Benin


A Catholic Priest serving at the Uromi Diocese, Father Nicholas Oboh, has been abducted by gunmen in Benin City.

Chancellor Uromi diocese, Rev Father Osi Odenore, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said Father Oboh was abducted on Valentine’s day but was not specific in the area where the abduction took place. He called for prayers for the release of the priest.

“We are sure he is alive, and since the incident, steps have be taken to ensure that Rev Father Nicholas Oboh is release without no harm.” he added.

In a similar development, four children were abducted at Umelu community in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of Edo state.

It was gathered that armed robbers had robbed residents in the area and took four children along with them. According to reports, one of the abducted children has been released after the parents paid the sum of N2m, while other parents have opened negotiations with the abductors.


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Banger: Wike blast Oshiomhole, question him


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the Federal Government to warn the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to stop making inflammatory remarks capable of destabilising the country.

In a statement on Thursday by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu, slammed the APC national chairman for saying there would be no swearing-in of any governor in Bayelsa State.


Governor Wike, who was reacting to the judgement of the Supreme Court which sacked the APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, as the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, insisted that Oshiomhole has no such powers to make the remarks.

He said, “The Federal Government should warn Oshiomhole to stop making remarks that will destabilise Nigeria.


“What he is doing in Edo State is not proper and he should not bring it to the rest of the Niger Delta.”

“Who is Oshiomhole to determine who has spread in a state? Supreme Court has made a ruling. It is unfortunate for Oshiomhole to come forward to say that nobody will be sworn in,” the governor added.


He alleged that the APC national chairman was making unguarded statements because he had lost the support of governors of the ruling party.

Governor Wike purported, “It is most unfortunate what Oshiomhole is doing because he wants to retain his position as national chairman. APC governors have rejected him, that is why he is struggling to prove that he is fighting for the party.


“He is making statements as if he owns the country. This is the same way he is carrying on in Edo State, fighting the governor. He believes that he has the forces to cause crisis. He is arrogating powers to himself, which is not good.”

The governor also accused Oshiomhole of preaching one thing but goes ahead to practice a different thing.

According to him, the situation in Edo State has exposed the APC national chairman as “a godfather who once preached against godfathers”.

Governor Wike insisted that Oshiomhole would not be allowed to “destroy the Niger Delta,” adding that the rule of law must continue to prevail at all times.


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Obaseki must do second term – APC chieftain allege


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Hon. Charles‎ Idahosa has described the crisis rocking the party in the state as ‘a storm in a teacup’, boasting that governor Godwin Obaseki must do two terms of eight years.


“Obaseki must do his eight years. Nobody can stop him. If anybody by omission or commission ‎does that, APC is dead in Edo State,” he warned.

Idahosa, a former political adviser to the ex-comrade governor, Adams Oshiomhole, spoke when a forum of APC chairmen in the 18 local government ‎areas of the state paid him a solidarity visit in his house in Benin City.


He argued that nobody challenged ex-governors Lucky Igbinedion and Adams Oshiomhole when they sought to contest for second terms of office and wondered why Obaseki should not do a second term of office.

Idahosa who said he stands as a rock of Gibraltar behind Obaseki in his quest for a second term ticket said Obaseki is very focused and straight forward and nobody can change him.


He said the reason why the crisis in the party had lingered without settlement was because Oshiomhole is envious of Obaseki’s achievements, alleging that the APC national chairman is the one “running from the settlement because he has boasted he will do this, he will do that.

‎”For those whose benevolent spirit cracked their palm kernel for them, they should not think they are God,” Idahosa said in a veiled reference to Oshiomhole and cautioned against making the APC crisis a tribal matter, adding that Edo State is one.

Idahosa further boasted that Governor Obaseki will defeat all the other governorship aspirants again as governor, recalling that he did so before when he was not a governor.

Earlier, the chairman of the chairmen forum and chairman of the APC in Orhionmwon local government area, Ben Oghumu, said the purpose of their forum was to bring sanity and unity into APC and called for support from Idahosa, even as he pledged for support for Obaseki’s bid for a second term.


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Oshiomhole is the one with killer squad – Philip Shuaibu backs Obaseki


Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu, has dismissed a claim by the 14-Edo lawmaker that his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has killer-squad detailed to kill the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The 14-Edo lawmaker had, while accusing Governor Obaseki of hatching plan to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders in the state, said: “We want to believe that because the leaders of our party, across the country, have been quiet to call Governor Obaseki to order, he has been further emboldened to kill everybody due to his desperate ambition for a second term.


“He has recruited a killer squad in Edo State and their mandate is to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders. So, he has continued to create crisis and disrupt public peace,” they noted.

However, reacting to the claim while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Shuaibu alleged that it is the APC boss that should rather be accused of training a killer squad, due to his claim that he has infantry.


Asked what he knew about his governor training killer squad to kill Oshiomhole, he replied: “I don’t know anything about the governor’s killer squad. The governor does not have any squad rather, it is Oshiomhole who boasted in both social and conventional media that he has an infantry.

“So, if we are looking for the person who has killer squad, it should be the person who has infantry,” he said.


On the possibility of peace reigning in the party, the deputy governor maintained that the condition for peace to reign politically between him and Oshiomhole, is an apology and an endorsement of the governor for the second term.

“The only condition for two us to be on the same page politically is for him (Oshiomhole) to come back to Edo State as a father and say what has happened is in the past.

“And that he believes now that Governor Obaseki has taken the governance to the next level and for all of us to come back together and vote him for second term.

“When he (Oshiomhole) does that I will now be on the same page with him politically,” he said.


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Obaseki/Oshiomhole: APC chieftain seek truce


Agbomhere, who is also the former governorship aspirant of APC in Edo, gave the advice in an interview known by NobleReporters in Abuja on Sunday.

He said the crisis did not only discourage potential investors from going to Edo but also de-marketed the state from other states and the world.


“One of the reasons, I am not happy with this present Government of Edo is that I feel that this crisis is de-marketing Edo to the rest of the states and the world.

“Now, they have been burning cars in Edo. They have been shooting and harassing people in Edo. Have you ever heard this government prosecutes anybody for that?


“It means they are not aware or it means they are not working. So, in the last rally, at least we heard that cars were burned,’’ Agbomhere said.

The party’s chieftain urged Edo Government not to tolerate any attack that would affect Edo people.

Godwin Obaseki & Adams Oshiomhole

“If I am a governor of Edo State, I will never support any attack whether in my interest or against my interest because the outcome will affect Edo people and I will not tolerate it.

“For me, I think that this present government has a challenge in its hand and also has the solution in its hand. I believe that the government knows how to solve it,’’ he said.


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If Oshiomhole dies, we will hold Obaseki responsible – Lawmaker-elect ..


The 14 estranged Edo State lawmakers-elect have told Nigerians to hold Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, responsible if the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is killed.


Briefing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, spokesperson of the group, who represents Esan Central, Victor Edoror, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari, party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu, and the Progressives Governors’ Forum not to fold their hands and allow Governor Obaseki killer-squad kill the APC chairman.

The group further accused the Edo governor of fuelling the crisis in the state and frustrating all the peace efforts


“There have been series of attacks on members of APC across the state on different occasions just because they bear opposing views from that of Governor Obaseki and the government of the day in Edo. Homes of most leaders of the APC in Edo State have been marked for demolition by Governor Obaseki.

“Several petitions written to the IGP from June 18, 2019 after the attack on us in Benin, yet nobody has been held responsible for it.


“We want to believe that because leaders of our party across the country have failed to call Governor Obaseki to order, he has been further emboldened to kill everybody due to his desperate ambition for a second term.

“He has recruited a killer squad in Edo State and their mandate is to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders. So, he has continued to create crisis and disrupt the public peace.


“IGP should wake up to his responsibility of protecting lives, properties and maintaining public peace in Edo State by standing against infringement on rights of Edo people. We beg him to advise the Edo commissioner of police to be professional in his duty.”

But, in a swift reaction, Governor Obaseki said on the contrary, Oshiomhole was the one creating crisis and disrupting peace and safety.


In a statement by his spokesman, Obaseki claimed Oshiomhole along with other dissidents who were members of the Edo People’s Movement (EPM) have been making frantic efforts to make Edo ungovernable.

“They have been setting fire to market places and public buildings and creating all sorts of chaos in the state.


The state government has warned that the embattled national chairman and his co-dissidents in the EPM, are hellbent on causing a breakdown of law and order in the state.

“Oshiomhole has disobeyed orders by the police at the federal and state levels not to hold public gatherings against the directives of the state government.


His actions have led to the hospitalisation of tens of Edo people and the destruction of properties valued in millions of naira.

“From Edo South to Edo North, he has traded in violence and left many in anguish in the wake of his strong-headed approach to entrenching himself as a godfather in the state. Even with this, he has not relented, but rather continues to fan the embers of division, acting as if he is above the law in the state.


“We call on the IGP and the Presidency to call Oshiomhole to order. His ambition to become a godfather in Edo State is not worth the safety of the four million people in our state.”

Meanwhile, crisis rocking the state chapter of APC, turned bloody yesterday as a top member of the party, Henry Idahagbon narrowly escaped death as gunmen suspected to be hired assassins attacked him in his office.


Two persons were, however, said to have sustained bullet injuries during the attack.

One of those injured and said to be APC ward chairman, was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for medical treatment.

Besides, restaurant at the ground floor of the building was severely damaged by the rampaging gunmen.

Idahagbon, a former attorney general and commissioner for justice, said the gunmen, who came in three vehicles, fired several shots at his office located on Siluko Road.


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Second term: Obaseki can’t beg anyone – Edo ..


Edo State government on Tuesday wanted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to desist from acts capable of portraying him as a lawless figure in the state and beyond.
The government also denied reports making the rounds in the state that Governor Godwin Obaseki is begging some Oshiomhole and some party leaders for forgiveness and to solicit their support for his second term bid.


It said the warning became important in view of Oshiomhole’s recent actions particularly as regards last week Saturday’s APC rally in Auchi headquarters of Etsako West Council Area and attended by some governorship aspirants and leaders of of the party drawn from Edo North Senatorial district of the state.
The party reminded Oshiomhole and his cronies to desist from their execesses and not to take for granted the silence and gentlemanly disposition of Governor Godwin Obaseki in his determination to ensure peace and progress of the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters (South Senatorial district) Him.

Osaigbovbo Iyioha, who stated this during a press conference held in Benin the state capital, reminded the APC national and others that the police ban on political rallies and such related activities, is still in force.
Hon. Iyioha noted that moves to reconcile all aggrieved members in view of the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party appear to have yeikded the desired results because “Oshiomhole who is supposed to be an arbiter is an interested party”.


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Lassa Fever: No Corps member, pregnant women died in Edo ..


Authorities of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) in Edo State have dismissed rumours that two pregnant women and serving Youth Corps member in Asaba Delta State admitted suffering from Lassa fever died in the hospital.

The management explained that the two pregnant women were brought in from Ondo and Ogun states respectively.

Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Sylvanus Okogbenin, disclosed this Tuesday in an interview with journalists.


He said the Youth Corps member had received treatment and is recovering.

He also said that both women delivered their babies safely.


The hospital is a special centre for diagnosing and treatment of Lassa fever in the country.

Prof. Okogbenin said a medical doctor from Jalingo, Taraba State that was also admitted suffering from Lassa fever and presumed dead is responding to treatment.

Okogbenin stated that 61 patients were currently admitted for Lassa fever and three deaths recorded since January when the outbreak occurred.

He said 27 were treated and discharged.


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Adams disturbing the peace and safety of the state – Edo cried ..


The Edo State Government has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, of repeatedly breaching the peace and safety of the state.

It said the national chairman caused disruptions that led to bodily harm to citizens and destruction of public and private property.


In a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the government said Oshiomhole’s disregard for directives had continued to generate tension.

He said, “In the past few months, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has repeatedly breached the peace and safety of Edo State.


“He has continued to defy the judiciary, violate their orders; disregard the police, while orders from the Inspector-General of Police were treated with disdain.”

The SSG said that some various acts of lawlessness allegedly perpetrated by Oshiomhole were the attacks on Governor Godwin Obaseki; Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu; the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and Dr. Aderemi Makanjuola, among other guests.


“The next was when he disregarded the order of the Inspector-General of Police, stopping him from organising a political rally in Benin City. Oshiomhole attempted to hold the rally, which left many injured and property worth millions destroyed,” he said.

He added that Oshiomhole had continued to parade one Col. David Imuse (retd.) as chairman of the APC in the state, in violation of a court order.

Ogie said, “By so doing, Oshiomhole has continued to show the world that he is above all the laws and institutions of the land and can violate the orders of the courts, the police and the state government just to massage his political ego that is rapidly being deflated by the day.

“But the Edo State Government needs Oshiomhole to understand that the state and the country are governed by laws. These laws are upheld by institutions that must be respected by highly-placed politicians and everyone else.”


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