Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday stormed the residence of former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.
The anti-graft agency stormed the residence of the senator in the Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to arrest him.
They insisted that Okorocha, who is seeking to contest the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), should submit himself for arrest or honour a long-standing invitation to their office.
Tension As Soldiers On Peacekeeping Kill 10, Burn Houses In Cross River
During an alleged retaliation strike by members of the Nigerian Army over the weekend, at least ten persons are said to have died in the Cross River community.
It was gathered as at press time, soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in the area spread panic after one of their senior officers was supposedly slain by Yakurr villagers.
This news source is aware that a communal dispute over farmland has broken out between the communities of Nko and Onyadama, both of which are located in the Cross River Central Senatorial District.
According to reports, several soldiers were stationed in the region to uphold the peace. However, one of their commanders is said to have died in Nko while performing his or her duty.
In retaliation, according to HumAngle, the soldiers went about shooting sporadically and in the process killed at least 10 residents. They also razed many homes, leading to the displacement of hundreds of persons.
Narrating her bitter experience, a lady who identified herself as Esther Offem told journalists that her 70-year-old father, Okoi Offem was killed in the incident.
She said the Sunday, June 26 reprisal attack claimed the life of her father, Offem. According to her, the old man could not walk so he was burnt alive during the incident.
“My father had arthritis, so he couldn’t walk well, which made it difficult for him to leave his house. The soldiers locked him inside and burnt the house. This was done to other villagers too.
“My mother, Mary Offem, is in her 60s and currently hiding in the bush because the soldiers are still there. She was the one who called to inform us about the incident. She’s in the bush with some other villagers as we speak. The experience has been terrible for me, and we need the authorities to stop the soldiers from shooting,” Esther told HumAngle.
Another resident who asked to be anonymous because of fear of reprisal told HumAngle that many injured civilians were battling for survival in the bush.
“We have been displaced from our homes. The soldiers have no mercy on us. About 10 people have been killed and we are made to suffer and cater for those who sustained injury in the bush. They broke our houses and burned shops. Even the elderly ones are not spared from the inhumane act,” the resident lamented.
The FidelinfoNews understands that the warring communities have been in dispute over farmland on their border for over 10 years.
The communities, located along the Calabar–Ikom highway, have had communal warfare that has claimed many lives, including women and children.
Also, the crisis has also led to abductions on both sides as several houses, churches, and pieces of farmland also got destroyed.
The most recent fight between the communities reportedly happened on Friday, June 24. The incident reportedly claimed at least four lives and leading many others to sustain injuries.
The Nigerian Army deployed soldiers on a peacekeeping mission on Saturday, June 25, to curb the violence.
However, during the peacekeeping operation, a military officer (a major) was shot and subsequently rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
Six other soldiers were also reportedly shot and sustained severe injuries.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of Cross River State Police Command, Irene Ugbo told reporters that truly a high-ranking military officer was killed. However, she did not give additional details on the incident or the abuse of human rights that followed
Seyi Makinde’s Personal Assistant Arraigned For Alleged Internet Fraud – EFCC
Babawale Daniel Olayinka has been charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with online fraud.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that Olayinka was charged with five counts of what appears to be cybercrime before Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court in Ibadan.
According to the EFCC, he was found with an identity card that read “Personal Assistant to the Oyo State Governor on Media Matters” at the time of his arrest.
On February 11, 2022, Olayinka and 25 other people were detained in Ibadan, Oyo State, in the Soka neighborhood.
One of the counts notes that on December 23, 2021, Olayinka, “not being a Visa Card issuer nor an authorized agent of Visa Card sold four Visa Debit Cards on Tiger Company Group via Telegram to another person who is neither the issuer nor the authorized agent”.
The offence violates to Section 35 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act and punishable under the same Section.
Also between February 11 and March 21, 2022, the defendant is accused of making false statements to Chinedu Eneanya and his team of EFCC officers about the ID card.
This negates Section 39 (2) (a) and punishable under Section 39 (2) (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004.
The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges filed against him by the EFCC.
Prosecution counsel, Abdulrasheed Suleiman, asked the court for a trial date and the remand of the defendant.
Defence counsel, Mukhtar Aderogba and Nurullah Musa informed the court that an application for bail had been filed.
Justice Agomoh granted Olayinka bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.
They must provide an affidavit of means and possess landed properties; one must deposit N100,000 with the court registrar.
Olayinka will remain at a correctional centre pending the perfection of his bail. The matter was adjourned till October 5.
BREAKING: Suspected Killers Of Former Nigerian President Aide Paraded
The Imo Police Command has paraded some gunmen allegedly connected to the killing of former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak on Monday.
The FidelinfoNews recalls Gulak was murdered in 2021 along Ngor Okpala Airport Road in Owerri.
The Public Relations Officer of the Imo State Police Command, Mike Abattam made this known while briefing reporters in Owerri, the state capital.
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