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Police Arrest Politicians Behind Cult Killings In Anambra (See Names)

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The Police in Anambra State have arrested some top politicians alleged to be sponsoring the unending cult-related killings in the state.

 

SP Haruna Mohammed, Public Relations Officer of Anambra State Police Command, disclosed this in a press statement made available to NAIJALOADED in Awka, the state capital.

 

Several youths have since January this year been killed as a result of perceived leadership tussle among rival cults.

 

In May, no fewer than 10 members of different cults were mowed down at different locations in Awka.

 

In Ogbunike last two weekends, five boys were also killed on the same day, while between Saturday and Tuesday this week, about five suspected cult boys have been killed by their rivals.

 

Haruna, in his press statement, said, “Another breakthrough by the Anambra State police command has been recorded, as Puff-Adder operatives arrested alleged sponsors of recent cult related killings in the state.

 

“It would be recalled that on the 10th and 11/08/2019, there was a clash between two rival cult groups, the Black axe and Vikings confraternities at Eke Awka and Dike park all in Awka South LGA of Anambra State where one Chinedu ‘m’ surname yet unknown Alias (Nambo) and Uche Anarah ‘m’ were brutally murdered.

 

“Following the incidents and while acting on credible intelligence, the Command Puff-Adder operatives led by the Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang ,fdc had on the 13/08/2019 at about 4:20pm launched a manhunt of the hoodlums at Dike park and Umukwa village areas of Awka, arrested four suspected Sponsors/members of Black axe and Vikings confraternities.”

 

The release named known politicians in Awka as the suspected sponsors, including Mr Emeka Agumadu, popularly known as Baby Awka, who is also the chairman of Eke Awka Market.

 

Agumadu is known to be a philanthropist in Awka kingdom, and has built several houses for indigent people and also gifted cars to many youths.

 

He is also said to have bankrolled election for several politicians into various positions in the state.

 

Others named were; Prince Collin Ozojiofor, Okechukwu Nwaneke and Nwankwo Chukwuma, all of whom were said to be influential personalities in Awka town.

 

Haruna said,

 

“Efforts are being intensified to track down and arrest other fleeing gang members involved in the killings after which they would be charged to court for prosecution.”

 

 

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“It’s Painful Seeing Boko Haram Killing Many People” – 38-Year-Old Woman Survivor Says

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Hawa Abdu, a 38-year old Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria.

 

She has been living in Minawao, a camp for Nigerian refugees in the Far North region of Cameroon, since January 2018.

 

“In 2014, my mother was in Bama, a town in between the state capital of Borno State, Nigeria, and the border with Cameroon, so I went to see her.

 

One day, we were told by the local authorities that it was not safe to stay, but I refused to move my mother because she was sick.

 

The terrorists entered the town at 4 a.m. the next day and gathered in the market. It was beyond our power to prevent them.

 

“I heard gun shots from all sides, and in the confusion, my two children ran in one direction and I went with my mother in another. We were caught by terrorists and my mother was slapped and left on the ground.

 

“I was taken, many of us were taken, by the terrorists. We were driven to the town of Zamaimaya and then had to walk 10 kilometres into the bush.

 

“All but the young girls were forced to marry a Boko Haram fighter. I refused to begin with, however after three days I realized I had no choice but to agree, because they said if we did not marry, we would be executed.

 

I was ordered to convert to Islam, which I did before the marriage.

 

“After I married, I was beaten a lot and given very little food. One time I spent seven days without food. Sometimes I was given dindiri or beans to eat. I suffered a lot from hunger. I hated being married to a Boko Haram fighter.

 

“The terrorists killed many people in front of us. We did not have the power to stop that happening.

 

We moved around the bush a lot, changing locations day by day. God saved me during these harsh times.

 

“One day, my daughter Hadiza who is 13-years old managed to escape. I have not seen her since. I pray every day that she is still alive. I do not know where my mother is. And then later soldiers came and chased away Boko Haram, and they helped me and my other daughter, Fatima, who is now 14 years old, to escape.

 

“She is with me in Minawao camp today.

 

“I have spent over a year in this camp and have been given food and clothes by my neighbours. I have not eaten chicken since I have been here. I sell groundnuts to make a little money. I need a mat, a pot and more clothes.

 

“I am suffering from heart disease and anxiety and cannot forget how I was separated from my parents and brothers and the killings I saw. I think about this every day.

 

“One way, I can relax is by listening to music to Hausa Fulani songs. I sometimes borrow my neighbour’s phone to listen. It makes me happy; it gives me piece of mind.”

 

 

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35,000 People Have Been Killed So Far in Nigeria By Boko Haram – UN

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An estimated 35,000 persons have lost their lives in the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States and other parts of Nigeria since the beginning of the conflict in 2009, the United Nations has said.

 

“These are 35,000 too many deaths,” it said in a statement.

 

The agency also said 37 aid workers lost their lives in the course of their duties in the region.

 

This was disclosed in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in commemoration of its humanitarian day.

 

“In total, 37 aid workers have lost their lives in service of humanity since the beginning of the conflict. We are here together to honour them and their grieving families, relatives, and children surviving them.

 

“As I stand before you today, my thoughts also go to the families of our colleagues who are still being held captive by armed groups. The UN and its humanitarian partners call for their immediate release and return to safety.

 

“My heart also goes out to the families of the thousands of civilians who have been similarly abducted and whose whereabouts are still unknown,” it said.

 

“Today, we are here together to remind the world that the humanitarian crisis hitting Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states is far from over.

 

“The less attention we pay to the crisis in the North-east, the more risks face our colleagues who are working in extremely volatile areas struck by violence and devastation.

 

“As respect for the laws of war weakens, aid workers are increasingly vulnerable, though they are more needed than ever before,” it added.

 

 

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I Was Freer In Nigeria Than In India – El-Zakzaky

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Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has said that he enjoyed more freedom in Nigeria than in India.

 

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, arrived in Nigeria on Friday after a botched medical treatment in India.

 

In a video made public on Saturday, the seemingly healthy-looking El-Zakzaky, during his trip to India, is seen talking with an unidentified Indian official.

 

“I have been about four years in prison now; a house fully furnished.

 

In fact, our next neighbour was the senate president; a large house. I was free to move about. Similarly, when they moved me to Kaduna I was in the best area government reserved area. It is a house fully furnished with large bedrooms and I was free,” he said.

 

“I have never been in detention with police there; in fact, the soldiers used to stay outside at the gate. That is what they have been doing. When we came here we were put in prison.

 

“I will definitely prefer another hospital. I was told that some Shi’ite Ulama came and said I should be allowed to be treated in India.”

 

The Federal Government once said it was spending N3.5 million monthly to feed El-Zakzaky and his family.

 

The IMN leader said he made the trip at his own expense, but that the Nigerian government told Indian authorities that they were “the ones bringing us.”

 

The Federal Government had said on Friday that El-Zakzaky’s repatriation became necessary after he attempted to seek asylum, Igbere TV reports.

 

 

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