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Flood wreaks havoc in Kano, many killed, 495 persons displaced



IT came like a thief in the night, unannounced. And, unlike the usual heavy rainfall it was not preceded by wind storms; yet giving no clue of its looming presence it was devastating in its destructive impact.

With no sign of any impending rainfall, residents and farmers in Ungwan Malikawa, Ajingi Local Government of Kano State, went about with their normal chores on that fateful Wednesday evening.

But suddenly the merciless rainfall descended from the skies with brutality and bombarded anything on sight with fury. And, with torrential impunity, it pounded the earth for what seemed like ‘eternity’, blasting the ground for over 40 hours, that is for almost two days without a break.

With its intensity and prolonged assault, the people of Toranke, Kara Malama, Chuna and Balare in Ajingi LGA lost some of their loved ones, farmlands, crops, agricultural produce and residential and public property in one fell swoop. It is a development that has left the affected communities with nothing but tales of woes.

When the dust settled, no fewer than three persons, including a four-year-old girl, were confirmed dead, while 495 houses were reportedly damaged in the process.

One of the persons who lost his four-year-old daughter, Dayyabu Abdullahi, from Ungwan Malikawa told Arewa Voice that he has been left shattered by the news of his child’s death. The child died after a two-room building fell on her.

But the grieving father said he had handed over everything that happened to him to God. He said: “God has destined this to happen. Two rooms fell on my daughter and she died instantly.

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“The incident happened on Wednesday evening. There was no wind. It was heavy rain that lasted for over 40 hours,” he explained.

The memory of the downpour will continue to linger in the minds of residents of Ajingi Local Government Area of Kano State.

Reports said that the torrential rainfall also left one person sustaining injury and 495 houses destroyed.

Troubled by the sad incident, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Emergency Management, SEMA, Dr. Saleh Jili, mobilised his officials and men to give a helping hand to the families of those who lost some of their loved ones and to provide some succour to the affected persons.

The agency immediately mobilised some relief materials to cushion the impact of the disaster on the victims by supplying them with food, medication and clothing items.

Jili, who spoke during a condolence visit to the victims at Ajingi, on behalf of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, to commiserate with the victims, on behalf of the state government under the leadership of governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, however, pleaded with residents living close to river banks and dams in the state, to relocate with immediate effect.

He said such persons should report to his office without any delay for possible intervention.
“We advise the people to always clear their drainage channels for free flow of water and where they do not have drainage channels, they should construct it,” the emergency agency chief executive, cautioned.

The Vice Chairman, Ajingi Local Government, Alhaji Sa’ad Ibrahim-Toranke, commended the state government and agency for their prompt response to the challenge, which took the residents by surprise.

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Ibrahim-Toranke said: “We experienced flood disaster, which resulted in the death of three people while 500 persons were displaced from their homes and many others injured in their rush to escape from the disaster. Almost all the wards in Ajingi LGA were affected by the flooding.

“There is nothing we are going to say than to thank government and the agency for the gesture,” Ibrahim-Toranke said. (Vanguard)

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Eid-el-Maulud: Gov. Mbah calls for religious harmony, patriotism, support for gov’t



Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has called on Nigerians to learn to coexist peacefully regardless of their religious beliefs, adding that doing so would promote peace and accelerate the country’s development.

In an Eid-el-Maulud message issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Dan Nwomeh, Governor Mbah expressed his congratulations to the Muslim community in the state, Nigeria, and throughout the world as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

Mbah urged the Muslim Ummah to always exhibit the same humility, empathy, and sympathy for the poor and needy as exhibited by Prophet Muhammad, and to not let the lessons of Eid-el-Mualud slip their minds.

He urged the populace to embrace the spirit of patriotism by assisting government initiatives both locally and nationally.

“As we celebrate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, let me implore our people to take inspiration from his life and practise the virtues of peace, humility, selfless sacrifice, devotion, love of neighbours, and support for the government at all levels.

“In a time like this in the history of our nation, there is much we can learn from the Prophet’s life that will act as a catalyst for nation-building and national growth. We owe it to ourselves to always uphold the law.

“As a state, we will continue to defend our people and residents, guarantee that they live in a safe environment, and make the ultimate sacrifice of escorting whatever unlawful activity there may be out of the state. We are wasting no time in providing the necessary amenities for our people to enjoy decent standard of living, “he said.

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Murder of Oruku Traditional Ruler: Enugu court remands Police Inspector Dennis, Moses Nnamani



• In the dock: Police Inspector Daniel Dennis and Moses Nnamani at Enugu Magistrate Court on Tuesday
An Enugu State Magistrate Court sitting in Enugu North, on Tuesday, remanded 46-year-old Inspector Daniel Dennis and one Mr Moses Nnamani for allegedly killing Igwe Emmanuel Chidiebere Mbah, the traditional ruler of Oruku community in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu State.

The Advocate reports that the arraignment of the 46-year-old police officer and Nnamani, a 57-year-old native of Oruku, came 2 years and 8 months after the gruesome murder of the monarch, who was committed to the restoration of peace in Oruku, a hitherto peaceful community that had been devastated by endless communal feud.

Several lives and property worth millions of naira had been lost on account of the senseless conflict while the community has long been deserted by the natives.

It was learnt that the Nigeria Police Force on September 14, this year,  finally released the police Inspector who allegedly shot and killed the traditional ruler and one of his collaborators, who led the police team to the scene of the incident, for trial.

The younger brother of the late traditional ruler, Mr Ejike Mbah, had on Monday, September 11, 2023 petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, asking him to intervene and ensure the prosecution of the Police Inspector  and his collaborators.

The traditional ruler was allegedly shot and killed on December 26, 2020, by Inspector Dennis who was attached to the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit of the police, while he was addressing an annual general meeting of his community.

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On Tuesday, the Enugu State Police Command arraigned the duo on two counts bordering on conspiracy and murder in a suit numbered CME/673c/2023

The presiding Magistrate, (Mrs) Ngozi Edeani, subsequently remanded the duo at the Enugu Maximum Correctional Custodial Centre after the charges were read to them because the court had no jurisdiction on the matter.

The two-count charge obtained by The Advocate reads: “That you Moses Nnamani ‘m’, Daniel Dennis ‘m’, others now in Correctional Centre, Enugu in Charge No. CME/100C/2022 and CME/158C/2022-C.O.P vs. Emmanuel Nwobodo and others now at large on the 26th day of December 2020 at about 1400hours at Oruku Community in Nkanu East Magisterial District holden in Enugu did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: Murder and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 494 of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.

“That you Moses Nnamani ‘m’, Daniel Dennis ‘m’, others now in Correctional Centre, Enugu in Charge No. CME/100C/2022 and CME/158C/2022- C.O.P vs. Emmanuel Nwobodo and others now at large on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did unlawfully kill the Traditional Ruler of Oruku Community, HRH Igwe Emmanuel Chidiebere Mbah ‘m’ by shooting him with a gun which led to his death and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 274(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.”

Meanwhile, the court adjourned to October 18, 2023, to get the opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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The Charge sheet:

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How Gateman plotted kidnap of master’s mother in-law, Nanny, Baby in Enugu – Police



• Suspects paraded by Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday
• Twelve kidnap victims rescued
The police in Enugu on Tuesday revealed how one Kelechi Okwara aged 27, from Ohafia, Abia State, allegedly conspired with his brother serving as a gateman and kidnapped his master’s mother in-law, his nanny and little baby.
The incident occurred in Enugu last Saturday, September 23,2023, according to the State Police Commissioner, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu.
The gateman who is now at large was working in a house in Trans-Ekulu Enugu when they plotted the kidnap.
Kelechi and his gateman brother had taken the victims to an unknown destination, on 23/09/2023 at about 8pm, demanded and obtained a ransom of N3 million from the said master.
They were said to have used the proceed to buy a red coloured Toyota Corolla car, which was recovered upon his arrest last Sunday 24/09/2023 at about 6.30pm at Nokpa/Ezimma Nike boundary point, by Police Operatives in Abakpa and Trans-Ekulu Police Divisions, with assistance from Neighbourhood Watch Group.

Kelechi was among 92 suspected criminals arrested between August 16 and September 25 and paraded Tuesday by the Enugu State Police Command.

The suspects were arrested for cultism, robbery, murder, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.

Items recovered from them included four AK 47 rifles, 66 other firearms of different calibres, 333 live ammunition of different calibres, 25 vehicles and several other incriminating items such as charms and phones.

Addressing his maiden press conference as the 28th commissioner of police in Enugu, the CP, Kanayo Uzuegbu, disclosed that  12 kidnapped victims were also rescued from various parts of the state within the period under review.
Uzuegbu, who said the task of effectively policing the society is daily becoming daunting, however said he had since assumption of duty, ensured that the right policing strategies are devised to tackle existing and emerging security challenges in the State.

“These strategies are subsumed in my grassroots-driven, proactive, people-oriented and problem-solving policing thrust, which is in line with the policing Vision and Mission of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD, NPM.

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“In view of this, I have met and interacted with critical security stakeholders, including local government chairmen, traditional rulers, heads of other security agencies and many others, on the best ways to collectively tackle security challenges in the State. These engagements I must tell you have started paying off, as we are making remarkable progress in tackling violent crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and the criminal activities of subversive criminals.

“It is a known fact that it is humanly impossible to totally eliminate crimes in human society. However, I want to assure the good people of Enugu State and visitors that we remain committed to ensuring that maximum security and tranquility are maintained in the State”.

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