Sustained development for Etche

As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities. They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government. Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing communities. Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC…

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Cultists fight over girls, vandalise vehicles

Youths suspected to be cult members yesterday went on the rampage and vandalised vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles parked on the streets as well as shops at Agbado Station, a community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. Members of the rival cult groups used dangerous weapons such as broken bottles, machetes and charms against one another. Property and goods worth millions of naira were destroyed by the cultists. It was learnt that the cult groups – Marindoti Boys, Farm Boys, Federal Boys and Bolar Boys – were fighting over…

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Eight killed in Ilorin cult clash

Death toll in the clash between members of cult groups in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, rose to eight at the weekend. Four more persons were said to have been killed on Saturday around Egbejila and Ita-Ogunbo areas of the metropolis. Before then, four victims were reportedly killed in separate incidents on Thursday and Friday. The clash, believed to be among rival cult groups, occurred at Oyun, Ikokoro, Osere, Olunlade, Niger, Kilanko, Olufadi, Egebejila and Ita- Ogunbo areas of Ilorin. It was learnt that most of the killings, except two, were…

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Muslims condemn masqueraders’ attack on Nsukka Catholic priest

Muslim faithful have lampooned masquerade worshippers over their attack on a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Ezeugwu in Nsukka, Anambra state. Ezeugwu was reportedly attacked on March 29 in Nsukka and beaten into coma by a group of masquerades worshippers popularly called `Oriokpa’, which barricaded the road at Ugwuoyia, Nsukka. Rising under the auspices of Muslim Rights Concern, the faithful described the attack as “barbaric and crude.” MURIC’s Director, Ishaq Akintola, said in a statement issued on behalf of the group the attack was a “wanton exhibition of religious extremism…

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A’Ibom community decries activities of sea pirates, cultists

Elders of Oro Nation, the third largest ethnic group in Akwa Ibom State, have risen in unison in condemning the activities of sea pirates in their ways after many traders and passengers have been robbed and raped by the marauders. Coming under the aegis of Oro Elders Forum, the elders in a communiqué issued yesterday in Uyo and endorsed by its leader and a former deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Ambassador Etim Okpoyo, and the Secretary, Asukwo Odiong, denounced the activities of various cult groups operating and unleashing mayhem…

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Rivers urges Ogoni monarchs to expose criminals, cultists

Mr Ken Chinda, the Chairman, Rivers State Amnesty Programme, on Tuesday appealed to traditional rulers in Ogoni Land to expose criminals and cultists in their areas. Chinda made the appeal while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt following the state’s amnesty offer to repentant criminals and cultists from Ogoni area. He said that the ongoing amnesty would not be “very successful’’ without the support of traditional rulers in the region. According to him, the failure of some traditional rulers to stand against criminality and violence has contributed to the growth of…

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