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INSECURITY! SEE List of 7 community Presidents-General k!lled in Anambra in 7 years

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No fewer than seven Presidents-General of various communities in Anambra State have been assassinated in the past seven years: from 2017 to 2024.

This revelation was according to statistics issued by the Anambra State Association of Town Union (ASATU) during a press conference in Awka weekend.

The murder last Friday of the President General of Umuoji, Chief Silas Onyima, swelled the list of the Presidents-General who faced gruesome death in the hands of faceless assailants.

Others include, Chief Anthony Igboka, the President General of Nimo in Njikoka Local Government Area of the state, who was gruesomely murdered in April 2019.

Mr. Julius Chinwuba, the President General of Orom Etiti in Anambra West Area, was killed November 15, 2017.

Chinwuba was the Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the area.

He was clubbed to death tied in the hands and legs and thrown into the River Niger and his body reportedly floated on November 17, 2017.

Chief Ike Okolo, the erstwhile President General of Obosi Community in the same Idemili North LGA, was murdered in his car in January 2023.

In October 2021, Chief Paul Chinedu, President General of Nanka Community in Orumba North LGA, was murdered in the presence of his wife and children.

Also in March of 2021, Francis Onwuachi, the President General of Omor Community, was abducted and murdered. Until his death, Onwuachi was the chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Onitsha branch,

Reacting to the development over the weekend, ASATU decried the situation.

ASATU National President, Titus Akpudo, a lawyer, said ASATU would no longer sit back and watch its members being humiliated and killed without any form of provocation, other than they are leaders of their communities.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Tochukwu Ikenga, had confirmed the killing of Onyima, saying that investigation was ongoing to uncover the circumstances surrounding the death and the identity of the perpetrators.

Ikenga said: “No arrest had been made, investigation is ongoing and we are working with the locals.

“Our men have been deployed to the area and we are by this medium calling on the people of the community to stay calm as we are on top of the situation.”

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Girls among 49 arrested suspects of Yola’s notorious Shila Boys robbery gangs

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Police operatives in Adamawa State said on Wednesday that they have made fresh arrests of 49 gangsters identified as Shila Boys.

Shila Boys are mostly teenagers and, in a few cases, adolescents, whose stock in trade is robbing residents of their phones and other handy belongings.

Two of the arrested suspects are girls, a departure from what was long known as Shila Boys being male.

The Adamawa State Police Command, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer, SP Suleiman Nguroje, said recent operations by the command led to the arrest of the suspects.

SP Nguroje said that the operations at identified criminal hideouts and blackspots within the state capital, including areas around Geriyo Junction, Doubeli Junction, Jambutu Aso Rock, Behind Ramat College, and Total Flyover, all in Jimeta, Yola North Local Government Area, led to the arrest of the 47 boys and two girls.

“The Adamawa State Police Commissioner of Police, Dankombo Morris, assures members of the public that the command will continue to employ all necessary resources and strategies to sustain the fight against Shila gangsterism,” the police PRO stated.

DAILY POST reports that the activities of Shila Boys have worsened in recent times to the point that on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, hinted at fresh measures to curb them.

The young criminals have recently been using cars to waylay bag-carrying residents, seize the bags and drive off, as against their known use of tricycles, which they operate as passenger vehicles and rob unlucky residents who enter such vehicles.

They have now also been noticed to include girls among them to deceive people into entering their vehicles since Shila Boys are not known to have girls among them.

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Awka cult war: Pandemonium as gunmen kill one person

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Gunmen suspected to be cultists have killed one person at the popular Aroma junction in Awka, Anambra State capital.

The shooting of the youth on Wednesday evening caused pandemonium, causing traders in the area to quickly close their shops and scamper for safety.

The victim, who was said to hail from Amudo Village in Awka, was said to be a tricycle revenue collector who was previously a Keke operator himself.

A source said the assailants trailed him from the Ifite area of the state capital and shot him at close range at a filling station, which serves as a popular bus stop for buses and tricycles.

Business outfits in the area were forced to close shops, and roadside traders abandoned their articles and fled.

The major roads in the vicinity of the incident suddenly became empty, just as many people abandoned their cars and took to their heels.

The lifeless body of the victim was still lying at the filling station at the time of filing this report.

Awka has been witnessing cult-related killings for some time now, with gangs killing their rivals in broad daylight.

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3 Kidnappers To Die By Hanging In Edo

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Justice R Irele-Ifijeh of the Edo State High Court has sentenced three men, Solomon Abuede, James Monday and Kelvin Edward, to death by hanging for armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.

The convicts were sentenced for the kidnap and murder of one Ephraim Akhere in Ekpoma, Esan West LGA, of the state in 2014.

The court also sentenced one Oviasogie Sunday to life in prison for receiving an Infinity SUV with registration number, EFR 218 FB, property of the late Ephraim which was stolen after his murder.

The convicts were among six persons arraigned on a six-count charge of armed robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy and receipt of stolen property.

The other two accused persons, David Williams and Monday Ozomo, were discharged for lack of evidence linking them to the crimes.

Justice Irele-Ifijeh held that the confessional statements of Solomon Abuede, James Monday and Kelvin Edward that they participated in the robbery were corroborated by the evidence of one Sandra, a prosecution witness, who was in the same vehicle with the late Ephraim.

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