Gunmen suspected to be native of Buguma have reportedly exhumed and taken away the remains of the late Executive Chairman of Asari-Toru Local government area of Rivers State, Odiari Princewill who died of coronavirus.
An unnamed source told Daily Post that some gunmen stormed Port Harcourt cemetery, shot sporadically in the air, headed for the site where the late LGA Chairman was buried and dug-out the coffin and escaped with it through the Bille waterside jetty in Port Harcourt.
Eyewitness, said the gunmen were heard grumbling about the lackadaisical burial of Odiari Princewill.
“I think they are system men. The way they came to the cemetery everyone just slowly walked away. Sometimes, we use to have people come like that especially when the person that died belong to a group.
“But this one is different. They just came and went straight to the burial ground and started digging out the sand. They were like 10 of them. They said they want to give the Chairman a proper burial in his hometown,” he said.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, promised to confirm the incident.
However, reports from Buguma says crisis is looming as Rivers State government sent troops to prevent entrance of the exhumed body of late LGA Chairman into Asari-Toru Local Government Area.
The late Executive Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Council, Odiari Princewill, died in the early hours of Thursday of coronavirus and was buried immediately at the Port Harcourt cemetery in line with the COVID-19 burial protocol by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
UN Demands Immediate Release Of Kidnapped Victims of Borno BH Attack, Say Over Over 100 Persons Were Killed
The United Nations has said that the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by Boko Haram insurgents in villages near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital has left at least 110 civilians ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria Mr. Edward Kallon said this in a statement on Sunday.
While condemning the incident, Kallon also called for the immediate release of several persons who were kidnapped.
“We have also received reports that several women may have been kidnapped. I call for their immediate release and return to safety,” the UN Resident Coordinator said.
“The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice.”
Kallon further stated that such direct attacks against innocent civilians, jeopardize the ability for the most vulnerable people to survive the adversity they are facing which the UN is striving to alleviate.
“The entire UN system and the humanitarian community working to provide life-saving and development assistance to the most vulnerable in Borno State is outraged by the incident,” he said.
“It is, unfortunately, one of too many such attacks targeting farmers, fishermen and families who are trying to recover some livelihood opportunity after over a decade of conflict.
“I strongly condemn this attack and any act of violence against innocent civilians and I firmly urge all actors on the ground to respect international laws and humanity.
“Rural communities in Borno State are facing untold hardships. Helping them to farmland and rebuild livelihoods are amongst our priorities and the only way to avoid the looming food crisis in Borno State. They and all other civilians need to be protected and spared from any kind of violence,” the statement added.
It had been reported earlier that about 43 farmers were killed on Saturday morning around Marrabati and Hammayya villages, near Zabarmari in Jere Local Government Area of the state.
The farmers were waylaid on their way to their rice farms which they were harvesting before the surprise attack happened.
Some other farmers were also taken away by the criminals.
Police Arrest Five For Robbing Church, Kidnapping Member In Ogun
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested five members of a robbery syndicate who robbed members of Christ Apostolic Church, situated at Gudugbe Alagbon area of Wasimi in Ewekoro local government area of the state.
A statement by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects were arrested on Thursday, 26th November 2020.
Oyeyemi, said, the suspects, Abubakar Ibrahim, 38, Sulaiman Yusuf 32, Ismail Yusuf 20, Umar Aliu 26,hgi and Yinusa Musa were arrested following a distress call made by one Obisesan Seye, the shepherd in charge of the church.
He said, while vigil was going on in the church at about 1:30 am, six men who were armed with dangerous weapons invaded the church and attacked the church members.
He added that “the hoodlums beat some members of the church to stupor before dispossessing them of their valuables”.
“As if that was not enough, the hoodlums abducted one Mrs Mojisola Atolagbe while leaving the church”.
“Upon the distress call, policemen attached to Ewekoro division swiftly moved to the scene, combed the forest where the hoodlums escaped to thoroughly and their efforts paid off as five amongst the gang were apprehended in the bush”.
“The victim of the attack has identified all the arrested suspects while the sixth one is being hunted for”.
Items recovered from them included one cutlass, two sharp-pointed cudgels, and assorted dangerous charms.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.
He also directed an extensive routine patrol across the state so as to assure members of the public that police in the state are on the ground to ensure their safety.