A leader of the notorious Icelander cult group in Bayelsa State identified simply as Uzorma, yesterday shot dead one of his members at a close range because of rivalry over a girlfriend.
The incident occurred in Azikoro town in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
Uzorma was reportedly engaged in an argument with the yet-to-be-identified girl on Thursday evening and insisted that she must go home with him to pass the night, but the girl allegedly declined his overtures and openly declared her feelings for the yet-to-be-identified deceased; a development that sparked a confrontation between the two cult members.
It was learnt that the deceased with the support of four other members resisted an attempt by Uzorma to “oppress” him over a girl.
They allegedly allowed them to fight it out without a victor on that day.
It was further learnt that at about 5 am the following day (Friday), Uzorma, reportedly born to an Igbo father and Epie mother from Yenagoa, stormed the house of the deceased and shot him at a close range.
An eyewitness, who spoke in confidence, said: “The deceased was woken up in his sleep. He was held down and his face tied with a cloth. Uzorma shot him at a close range.
“When the news of the incident filtered into town, members and other unit leaders were wondering who killed the deceased, but Uzorma boldly told them that he was the one that killed him and not any rival gang.”
The suspect and the deceased were both identified by residents of the area as notorious cult members and allegedly involved in dealing in illicit drugs and robberies around Azikoro town and Ekeki community in Yenagoa metropolis.
It was learnt that before the incident, the suspected killer was on the wanted list of the police command but was always shielded by some powerful politicians from Yenagoa LGA.
He was also said to have been fingered in a failed attempt to kill police personnel who arrested him some years ago after he was brought out of police custody by his political friends.
Efforts made to confirm the report from the state police command no result as calls to the spokesman, Asinim Butswat, failed to connect
Heavy Explosion Rocks Benue, Many Feared Dead
Heavy explosion has rocked Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing many people, Aprokorepublic has learnt.
The ugly incident happened on Sunday afternoon when a tanker conveying petroleum product, fell on the road side in a residential area of the community.
The inferno, according to an eyewitness, razed shops and houses of residents of the area.
The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Emmanuel Shior confirmed the incident today.
According to him, a statement will be issued subsequently, noting that he would inform the state governor, Samuel Ortom on the incident.
PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Want Minister’s Sack
The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday called on the Department of State Service to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over his alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
The Party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, also demanded that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake.
The party said its position was predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister.
It noted that Pantami had access to sensitive government documents and information, in addition to data of all individuals including high profile personalities in the public and private sectors as well as the traditional and faith-based circles.
The statement partly read:-
“The PDP is particularly worried about allegations in the public suggesting that the minister compromised the NIN registration exercise by giving room for the registration of aliens and invaders from other countries as our citizens.
“The party tasks the DSS to investigate the allegation which has created apprehension, particularly given the rise in banditry and other terrorist activities in our country.
“The PDP urges Nigerians to remain at alert and very sensitive to their environment, while not hesitating in providing useful information to our security agencies in the interest of our nation”
I Sacrificed My Parents For Biafra Agitation, I Will Sacrifice Everything” – Nnamdi Kanu
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has said that he will not back down on his struggle for self-determination for the Igbos.
Kanu vowed that if he could sacrifice his parents for the Biafran agitation, he was ready to do more for the struggle.
Kanu stated this on Saturday evening through an inscription on an image he tweeted on his official Twitter handle which also indicated the date and time for his usual live radio programme on Biafra radio.
The inscription reads, “I sacrificed my mother and father to get Biafra. I will sacrifice everything.” Aprokorepublic gathered
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