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Academic, Business Activities Grounded As Massive Protest Rocks Ozoro Over Relocation Of Critical Faculty To Orerokpe

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Dozens of Indigenes of Isoko nationality especially Ozoro, in Isoko north local government area of Delta State have embarked on protest against the relocation of critical faculty of the State University of Science and Technology to Orerokpe, Okpe local government area of the State.

The relocation is allegedly carried out by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori to establish Orerokpe campus.

The protest started early Wednesday February 21st 2024 morning at Ozoro, the university town witnessed, mammoth crowd drawn from all communities in Isoko nation with leaves and placards condemning the relocation of the faculty from the University.

Protesters disrupted economic and academics activities in Ozoro and seizure of vehicles plying the road vowed that until the state government reverse the relocation, they would not vacate the Ozoro-Kwale-Asaba expressway.

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Meanwhile, in a protest letter addressed to the state governor, Sheriff Oborevwori by a pressure association, Isoko Monitoring Group, (IMG), titled “Relocation Of A Faculty From Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro And Neglect Of The Isoko People Is Unacceptable, Isoko Deserves More”, signed for IMG by Dr. Kingsley Oroh, obtained by SaharaReporters, expressed total dissatisfaction and displeasure at the news going round about the relocation of what it called ‘key faculty’ from Dekta State University Of Science And Technology, Ozoro to Orerokpe.

“We wish to draw the attention of the governor to this news, and urge him to set the records straight before it is too late. We want to state categorically that the governor should not take the Isoko people peaceful nature to be a weakness.

We have observed with dismay that the governor has jettisoned the PDP rotation formula that brought him to power when he was appointing the secretary to the state government. You will recur that each governor had followed a pattern that in their first tenure, the three key executive positions in the state are shared among the three senatorial districts.

“2007-2011 Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan – Governor (Delta South) Prof. Utuama – Deputy Governor (Delta Central) Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa – SSG (Delta North). 2011-2015, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan – Governor (Delta South), Prof. Utuama –Deputy Governor (Delta Central), Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay –SSG (Delta South). 2015-2019. Sen. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa– Governor (Delta North), Barr. Kingsley Otuaro–Deputy Governor (Delta South), Barr. Ovie Festus Agas–SSG (Delta Central)

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“2019-2023: Sen. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa–Governor (Delta North) Barr. Kingsley Otuaro – Deputy Governor (Delta South), Chiedu Ebie/ Patrick Ukah– SSG (Delta North) 2023-date, Rt. Hon. (Elder) Sheriff Oborevwori–Governor (Delta Central) , Sir Monday Onyeme–Deputy Governor (Delta North), Dr. Kingsley Emu – SSG (Delta North).When it got to your turn your Excellency, you took the SSG that is supposed to be for Delta

South to Delta North and gave Delta South Chief of Staff, but OUR PEOPLE KEPT QUIET because they believe PARTY IS SUPREME. Your excellency, it was this same Isoko people that you are backstabbing using the chairman of the School governing council to do your bidding.

“Remember, it was the same Isoko people that stood behind you to ensure that a minority ethnic nationality from Delta central emerge as the candidate of the people democratic party (PDP) and subsequently elected as the executive governor of Delta state, but you abandoned the existing rotation of the three key positions in the state among the three senatorial district of the state and now you coming for the only university in Delta South.

“Is this what the MORE agenda means?. Your excellency we want to let you know that as the executive Governor of the state you have the power to establish a university campus anywhere in the state. The Isoko people are not and will not stop you from establishing a campus in Orerokpe or Osubi just the way Oleh and Anwai campuses were created.

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“However, worthy to note that the Law and Engineering faculties in Oleh today were never in existence at Abraka, so they were never a product of relocation, the same for faculties of agriculture, management sciences, and environmental sciences that were created at the Anwai campus, so leave the faculties in Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro alone.

“Give the proposed Orerokpe or Osubi campus a faculty that does not exist in Ozoro. Your Excellency, Isoko people voted for you, and the PDP with the high hope that on-going projects such as Ozoro market, Irri Technical College, and Isoko Ring Road would be completed within three months of your assumption in office, but the opposite is what we are experiencing.

“Projects that were started in other places have been completed, while those in Isoko have become dwelling places for rodents and destitute. You have been going around the state for project inspection. When will you come to Isoko to carry out project inspection?. Your Excellency, Isoko nation is not just a major contributor to the state revenue, but the recent elections have shown that It’s not going to be business as usual.

“The water goddess producing Sokoto votes in the Riverine communities of Delta South has been captured by BVAS. Isoko is now the bride of Delta South as the results of 2023 elections have been revealed. If the needful isn’t done. We will mobilize our people, and we have the capacity to do it against the PDP. The shocker from LP won’t be compared to what PDP will face in Isoko Nation. UNGRATEFULNESS IS A SIN.

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“Finally, we call on all Isoko Sons and Daughters, especially the youths to put aside their primordial and parochial interests and join efforts together to demand justice and seek for development for the Isoko people from the government of the day.

“The youths have to understand that one of the tools of the ruling elites is divide and rule. Therefore, the unnecessary bickering should be discontinued forthwith to pursue such causes that are capable of bringing development to Isoko nation. Unity is strength; this is what we need to conquer at this critical time. We also want to put all Isoko youths on red alert and be ready to do the needful when called upon as this battle is not a sprint but a marathon.”

However, during a visit Tuesday by leaders and traditional rulers of Isoko nation led by the President of the Isoko Development Union, (IDU), Chris Akpotu to the state governor at government house, Asaba, Oborevwori disclosed that the National Universities Commission, (NUC), had approved the establishment of three more faculties for the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro.

The Faculties which includes Basic Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, and Health Sciences, Oborevwori, thanked the Isoko nation for their support and for being worthy in-laws, assuring that his administration would continue to do everything within its powers to develop all parts of the state, adding that “I appreciate this visit because it is long overdue.

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“I know the support that you people gave to me and I made some promises that I am still keeping till today. The Chief of Staff was the first person I appointed from Isoko nation. I have given key appointments to the Isoko nation. You have also come with some requests. I have taken note of all the requests you made. Like I promised, I am going to be Governor for all Deltans and I am doing just that.”

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Prison Escapee Who Masterminded General’s Murder Nabbed Trying To Flee Nigeria

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Hashiru Baku, alleged mastermind of the murder of late Brigadier General Harold Udokwere (rtd), has been arrested by the police.

Daily Trust had reported how the general was killed by armed robbers who invaded his private residence at Sunshine Estate, Abuja, in the wee hours of June 21.

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Commissioner, Benneth Igweh, had paraded the suspected killers two days after the incident.

While parading them at the command headquarters in Abuja, he had said two among the robbers were at large and had escaped with the deceased’s pistol.

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He gave the names of the suspects as Ibrahim Rabiu, Nafiu Jamil, Aliyu Abdullahi and Mohammed Nuhu, all residents of Apo, a satellite town of Abuja.

He said the suspects were arrested after acting on credible intelligence by operatives of the FCT police command from Utako division led by CSP Victor Godfrey, who trailed them to their hideout.

He said the suspects, who confessed to the crime stabbed the late brigadier general with knife when he tried to resist them from dispossessing him of his pistol.

According to him, the knife allegedly used by the suspects in committing crime was recovered, even as he said the late army general’s phone was recovered from them.

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CP Igweh, however, said the command was making all efforts to arrest the two other fleeing robbers and to also recover the army general’s pistol from them.

But addressing journalists while parading the other suspects, on Monday, Igweh said Baku was arrested in Kano State while trying to run away from the country.

“I did show you the four killers, kidnappers, and robbers that killed Brigadier-General Uwe Harrod, retired. Today, I will show you the organiser of the killing and the robbery.

“As well as we have recovered the general’s gun that was with him. We have recovered the wristwatch of the general and the wife’s jewellery which they stole from the general’s house.

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“The organiser is here and we have arrested him. He is the organiser. He was in prison and during the Kuje Correctional Centre attack, he escaped.”

“Instead of him to repent, he continued with more audacity. We arrested him in Kano where he was trying to exit the country. We recovered these drugs in his residence. So, that’s what they take and they will continue to be high.”

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Police Rescue Abducted Travelers In Ondo

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Operatives of the Ondo State Police Command has rescued the victims who were abducted on Friday in Ifon, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It would be recalled that victims, traveling from the South-East around 11 p.m., were attacked by gunmen who killed both the female passenger in the front seat and the driver.

The assailants reportedly abducted five others, two of whom managed to escape despite sustaining injuries.

In a statement on Monday, the spokesman of the Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omilana, disclosed that the assailants left the victims stranded in the forest.

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She said that the policemen from the tactical squad led by the Area Commander of Owo, Olufemi Awoyele, had been combing the forest, which led to the abductors fleeing, leaving the victims behind at the Oyinbo/ Sanusi camp in the area.

She said that the victims are receiving treatment at the police medical facility in Owo, and would be handed over to their families after being debriefed.

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Retired policeman kills mother, others

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A man killed several people, including his mother, in a retirement home in north-eastern Croatia, media outlets reported on Monday.

Croatian news website index.hr said police confirmed the incident in the small town of Daruvar, without offering details on the number of victims.

Media reported that at least five people were killed, including one care worker.

The man is said to have broken into the care home with a weapon and fired it several times.

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Index.hr said five people were killed instantly, while several others were injured.

The man was reportedly detained soon after in a café.

News website mojportal.hr said the man was born in 1973 and was a retired military policeman.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was due to address the incident later on Monday.

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Interior Minister Davor Božinović, Health Minister Vili Beroš and Labour Minister Marin Piletić are all expected to visit the scene.

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