Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL) has demanded the immediate withdrawal of troops of the ‘Operation Atilogwu Udo’ from the Southeast region.
The Nigerian Army had on November 1 launched another army operation code named ‘Operation Atilogwu Udo’, which is in continuation of the ‘Operation Python Dance.’
Reacting, BNYL warned the federal government that should the ‘Operation Atilogwu Udo’ carry on with the activities of the Python Dance 1 & 2, there would be crisis in the region.
National Leader of BNYL, Princewill Chimex Richard, in a statement on Saturday, wondered why the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would militarize the east every year “whereas other regions, especially in the North where bandits and terrorists are killing people on a daily basis are being ignored.”
He said: “This government does not want peace. It is wrong to militarize a region that is violence free.
“If the purpose of doing this is to put fear in us, then they have failed, because before we embarked on this struggle, we have signed our death warrant with the creator.
“Nothing can frighten us again, but I assure them that they will fail in their bid to stop us.
“We are only considering the advice of our advisors. Not that we cannot adopt the Southern Cameroon style of agitation since we may not want another war.”
Man Rapes 10-Year-Old In Anambra
A 22-year old man, Ikechukwu Okoli, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year- old girl in Uzoegwu Street Nkpor in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The suspect, a native of Ndikelionwu village in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state, reportedly lured the victim to his room where he had carnal knowledge of her.
The Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect would be charged after investigations were concluded.
He said: “On the 22/6/2020 at about 3:pm following a tip off, Police operatives attached to Isiuwulu Division arrested one Ikechukwu Okoli ‘m’ aged 22years native of Ndilionwu village in Orumba North LGA but reside at Uzoegwu Street Nkpor in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.
“Suspect had on the same date allegedly defiled a ten years old girl in his room. Scene was visited by police detectives and victim taken to the hospital for medical examination where laceration of her hymen was confirmed.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, John Abang has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal investigation Department, Awka for discreet investigation after which suspect would be charged to court for prosecution.”
9 Killed In Kogi Bank Robbery Attack
Nine persons were reportedly killed when suspected armed robbers invaded the Isanlu branch of First Bank in Kogi State on Thursday.
The victims were identified as eight policemen and one civilian.
Among those killed were the Divisional Police Officer in the town, five other Policemen and two Policewomen.
While the DPO, the two policewomen, and four Policemen were killed at the Police Station, one policeman was killed at the bank’s premises.
The other victim, a male civilian, died when a stray bullet hit him.
The armed robbers were said to have invaded the Police Station about 1.00 p.m. and opened fire on all officers and men on duty.
They also set free all detainees in the detention facility.
The robbers later proceeded to the bank branch in the area where they killed one of the policemen on duty and carted away money.
The Police Public Relations Officer of Kogi Command, William Ayah, confirmed the attack to The PUNCH.
He, however, said the command was yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
Kogi Govt Bans Sale Of Beef For 48 Hours After Death Of 12 Cows During Grazing
Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has banned the sale of beef in Lokoja, the state capital and its environs for the next 48 hours.
The ban is coming barely 24 hours after 12 cows mysteriously died in Lokoja on Thursday April 9 while grazing at a land belonging to the Nigeria-Korea Vocational Institute.
A statement released by the state Commissioner for information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said an investigation has commenced into the cause of the deaths.
The statement reads in part:
“The attention of the Kogi State Government has been drawn to the report of dead cows within the Lokoja Township. We wish to inform the people of the State, some of the proactive measures taken by the Government to find out the cause of the death of those cows and to also ensure their beef does not find their way into our markets.
Security agencies and the affected Government Ministries and Departments have been mandated to form strong institutional walls that will stop the beefs from getting into the market as it is detrimental to health.
The State Government has committed to briefing members of the public on findings about the incident. We also urge our people to volunteer intelligence that will help us unravel the mystery behind the death of those cows”.
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