The Police in Enugu State have paraded two suspected killers of Rev Fr Paul Offu, who was killed on August 1 along Ihe-Agbudu road in Awgu local government area of the State.
The command also said that the two also took part in the kidnapping of HRH Igwe Sunday Orji and his wife on August 4 along Enugu-Port Harcourt road, almost in the same area that the clergy was murdered.
The police however said that three suspected participants of the crime were at large.
The names of the two suspected killers of the priest paraded were given as Ibrahim Adamu (25 years) from Taraba state and Idris Tobe (28 years).
The three suspects still at large were given as Garba Basulugu, Mohammed Laguband Mojunpan Duna.
At cross examination, the suspects denied involvement in the killing of Rev Fr Offu but admitted kidnapping the traditional ruler and his wife.
Also paraded were three suspects allegedly involved in the kidnapping and murder of Rev Fr Clement Rapuruchukwu of St. Mary Catholic parish, Obunofia Ndiuno on March 14 2019.
The suspects, Sunday Chibuko, Benjamin Osogwu and Wasiu Ajomale admitted committing the crime, while police said that one of the suspects is still at large. The police also paraded one Idris Umaru whom they said was arrested in Edo state in connection with the killing of a former Secretary of Uzo-Uwani local government area in Enugu state, earlier this year.
The state commissioner of police, Sulieman Balarabe said that a total of 30 suspects paraded were involved in different forms of criminalities, adding that they will all be arraigned in courts very soon.
JUST IN: Boko Haram Strikes In Chibok, Sets ‘Many Houses’ On Fire
Suspected Boko Haram terrorists are currently attacking Korongilum, a community in Chibok local government area of Borno State.
A resident told the TheCable that the insurgents came into the community around 6pm, shooting sporadically and setting many houses on fire.
“People were just returning to their houses from the farm when the insurgents came in,” the resident said.
“They came in through Forfor, and our people are running for safety as we speak.”
A military source said troops from the Nigerian Army’s 28 task force brigade and 117 battalion, both headquartered in Chibok, are already on their way to Korongilum.
“In fact, the brigade and the battalion commanders are the ones leading soldiers to the attack,” the source said.
TheCable’s effort to reach Sagir Musa, army’s spokesman, for comment on the attack proved abortive as his telephone line was out of reach.
We’ll Lift Visa Ban On Nigeria If… — US
The United States has declared that the visa ban placed on Nigeria and other countries was a temporary measure.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, said the visa ban could be resolved between the two countries if the Nigerian government meets certain conditions.
The US ambassador said that Nigeria needed to meet information sharing goals before the decision would be reversed by the US government.
She said this during a visit to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige in Abuja on Tuesday.
The ambassador said the ban was based on US concerns over needs for information sharing and not about character definition.
Leonard said that students visa were not included in the ban.
The ambassador said the immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States.
She also said the ban does not cancel the status of anyone who is currently in the United States.
The US ambassador said: “I need to clarify something for you here, the immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States.
“It does not cancel the status of anyone who currently is in the United States.
“What Secretary Pompey said was something that was meant to be temporary.
“And it is about problems with information sharing which are investigable, achievable and resolveable and we look forward to Nigeria in a very short time being able to meet those information sharing goal so that the decision can be reviewed.”
The US ambassador noted that Nigeria was blessed with the ingenuity to diversify its economy, noting that the industrious endowment of many Nigerians home and abroad.
According to her, these were ingredient that should be employed to tackle unemployment.
“I think for Nigeria, you have an interesting story about diversification of your economy and prosperity of your economy and it is people.
“You know Nigerians are so well known at home and abroad for their industriousness.
“You know you hear about how much of the activity in the informal sector. So I wonder how you think about capturing that entrepreneurial spirit and to bringing it into the formal sector in service and to enhance employment,” she added.
Ngige said the inclusion of Nigeria in the list of countries under the US travel ban was a shock to the country.
The minister described the ban as unwarranted because of the contribution of Nigerian professionals to the US economy.
The Minister said: “Some of these Nigerians are medical doctors, engineers and people with high level of proficiency in oil and gas fields.
“They were all part of the Nigerian residents in the US and it came to us as a rude shock when the US government banned Nigerians and put us in the list of those countries whose residency status have been cancelled.”
Ngige urged the US ambassador to discuss the visa ban issue with her home government in order to reach an understanding and have it reversed.
The Minister told the US ambassador that more than 70 per cent of Nigerians living in the US were highly skilled professionals who contributed billions of dollars yearly to US economy while sending equally impressive amount to Nigeria.
He used the opportunity of the visit to seek for collaboration and assistance of the US in the area of poverty eradication and child labour. He said Nigeria would not demand for money from the US but other forms of assistance.
“We have called on the US Department of Labour to assist and we have given them a list of what we need.
“We are not asking for monetary assistance and we are not asking for American cash but we need technical assistance and logistics like vehicles for those in the inspectorate division to be able to carry out their functions.
“We call on US to help us build schools in those areas where child labour is endemic. You also help in setting up clinics and executing its own empowerment programmes in those localities,” the minister added.
JUST IN: IGP Seeks Algeria’s Support To Combat Terrorism, Insurgency
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has appealed for Algeria’s support to combat insurgency and terrorism in the country.
Adamu made the appeal when he received a delegation of the African Police Organization (AFRIPOL) General Assembly led by its President and Inspector General of Police of Algeria, H. E. Khelifa Ounissi, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
More to follow…