Hoodlums behead ASP, threaten Abia police
A criminal gang said to be responsible for the gruesome murder of an Assistant Superintendent of Police along East Street, Ndiegoro, Aba, Abia State has threatened to sack residents of the area. The ASP, popularly known as “Agbalagba” who hailed from Ebonyi State, was gruesomely murdered with his head cut off along East Street while the gang made away with his gun and uniform.
In the course of an investigation, an impeccable police source linked the killing of the ASP to a notorious criminal group whose leader was killed during a gun battle on Sunday, April 23, 2023. It gathered that on April 23, the leader of the gang who is popularly known in the area as JT met his waterloo in a gun battle with the police when he was sighted carrying out criminal activities. The source revealed that JT and his gang, on sighting the police officers, opened fire and tried to flee but the policemen gave them a hot chase up to the Orji Uzor-Kalu bridge linking Ngwa Road, Pepples Road and Akpu Road.
It was gathered that JT on seeing the determination of the police to get him arrested jumped into the Aba River to try to escape through the Ovom/Azumini link of the river but he was gunned down right inside the river. Residents of the area had celebrated the demise of JT, believing that one of their biggest fears and adversaries had left them, but the incident of Tuesday at East Street where the gang killed the police superintendent sent shivers down the spine of residents in the area. A resident, who spoke anonymity, said that the incident has sent many residents of East Street, Ngwa Road, Akpu Road, Ndoki Street, Etche Road, and Ulasi Road all within the Ndiegoro axis into panic mode as the criminals were said to have threatened that police and residents would be targeted.
“With what we heard, they said they’ve declared war on the police and we the residents. I don’t know what happened but the way they killed the ASP, with his head removed and during the murderous act shows that this city needs serious attention now,” he said. A retired police officer, who equally preferred to speak anonymously for fear of reprisals, told our correspondent that the gang threatened to burn down police formation and attack more officers, adding that it was time for the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of police, and other security heads to pay attention to what is happening in Ndiegoro, especially the areas linking it with Ogbor-Hill.
“The police officer that was killed along Tenant Road by East Street had his head cut off, his arms carted away and his uniform taken away as well. What does that tell you? The criminal activities are too much yet the Commissioner of Police in Abia is behaving as if nothing is happening. “I don’t know if the IGP is not getting reports of how these boys are causing us to fear and threatening his own men on duty. Aba seriously needs more police manpower. We have only eight functional police stations policing urban areas of the five local governments in Aba here.
BREAKING: Nigerian Evacuees Finally Airlifted From Egypt
Nigerian evacuees who fled the internal war in Sudan were airlifted from Aswan airport in Egypt on Wednesday (today). The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) chairperson, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, confirmed their departure as she shared a video clip of the plane conveying the citizens back home.
Naija News understands that a Nigerian Air Force plane, NAF C130, and an aircraft belonging to Air Peace, with a capacity of 274 passengers, were scheduled to depart Egypt by 1 pm Nigerian time but were delayed. The Egyptian authorities had conditioned the Nigerian representatives that all the evacuees must leave their soil immediately.
The evacuees are said to have gained access to the Egyptian airport between last night and the early hours of Wednesday. About 25 extra passengers were reportedly added to the NAF C130 today against its standard capacity of 80 to meet the condition of the Egyptian authority. Naija News learnt NAF’s pilot had agreed earlier to accept those who did not get space on the condition that they leave without their luggage.
The Nigerian officials are said to have sought the opinion of parents and family members who agreed and said seeing their children is the priority. Though a few others insisted they must leave with their luggage containing credentials. Eventually, extra passengers were added to the NAF aircraft without their luggage.
Confirming their movement, Dabiri-Erewa wrote on Twitter: “Finally , homeward bound as the NAF C-130H aircraft has departed Aswan and is expected to touch down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja by 2340hrs (11.23pm) tonight.#Sudan . We pray for journey mercies.”
Source: Naija News
It’s bridge building – Tinubu speaks on visit to Rivers
President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu said his commissioning of flyover in Rivers State is a bridge building endeavour orchestrated by Nyesom Wike, the state governor. The former governor of Lagos State, Tinubu billed for inauguration on May 29, disclosed this on Wednesday while commissioning the Rumuokwuta/Rumuola Flyover in Rivers state.
According to him, the contribution of Wike to his victory at the poll cannot be overemphasized. “Outside the construction of the flyover, this is another way of building bridges which cannot be overstated. So, from the standpoint of your character, I stand to fulfil the promise I made during the campaign”, he said.
Earlier Wike said the flyover is the Twelfth commissioned by his administration while appreciating Tinubu for honouring his invitation. Wike declared a Public Holiday to welcome Tinubu.