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6 — Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 One dead as security operatives ransack Ugborodo :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Butchers raise the alarm over sale of donkey meat BUTCHERS in the South South region have decried the killing and sale of donkey meat in the region and called on the National Butchers Union of Nigeria (NBUN) to check the menace. The butchers made the complaint in a report issued in Benin, yesterday, at the end of National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union. They stressed the need for the union to check the menace due to the fact that not everybody consumed the meat and that many could hardly differentiate between donkey meat from that of cow. According to the union’s report, those who engage in the sale of donkey meat, usually have the donkeys slaughtered in hiding and bring it out for sale to unsuspecting members of the public. The union, which expressed worry over killings by herdsmen, called for urgent measure to be taken to address the ugly trend. •We don't have anything to do with it — Operation Delta Safe By Jimitota Onoyume W ARRI—ONE person was reportedly killed yesterday in Ugborodo, Escravos, Warri South- West Local Government Area during a security operation. Community sources said security operatives stormed the area on Saturday, to flush out oil thieves and hoodlums suspected to be behind pipeline vandalism and related crimes in the area, adding that the operation began from Madangho, Adjudiagbo to Ogidigben and then to Ode Ugborodo. A source said: “It was a fierce operation by the security men. They came in and have been ransacking the communities for hoodlums and oil thieves.” A prominent Itsekiri lawyer in Warri, Mr. Edward Ekpoko, said he heard of the operation, but had very scanty information on it, assuring that he would speak after he had gathered enough information. Meanwhile, contacted, Commander, Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Suleiman Apoche, said it was not their operation. “I have not ordered any operation in the area,” he added. THE National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, said it found leaves used to stimulate ovulation in women at an illegal maternity and baby factory in Nyanya, Abuja, and then promptly sealed the place. NAPTIP spokesman, Mr. Josiah Emerole, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, said that the acclaimed Chief Medical Director of the baby factory was arrested few weeks back by NAPTIP for allegedly swindling several women, who were in dire need of babies. He said that the sealing of the illegal medical outfit, Akuchi Herbal Concept, located on Old road, around Pure Water area, New Nyanyan, Abuja, was part of the ongoing investigation into the case. According to him, the case had already generated public concern among Nigerians especially relations of the victims. Recall that the operatives of NAPTIP last week arrested a 38-year-old herbalist, (names withheld) for allegedly deceiving women into thinking they are pregnant and thereafter giving other people’s babies to them having collected lots of money. The suspect, who is from Enugu State , was arrested after weeks of diligent surveillance by combined team of officers of the agency and those of the Department of State Services. The spokesman said the latest operation was coordinated by the Director, Investigation and Monitoring Department, Mr. Greg Esele on the directive of the Director-General, Ms Julie Okah-Donli. He said the agency recovered local herbs used by the suspect to stimulate ovulation for women, some soaked black-coloured leaves LEFT: From left— Titus Goma, Samaila Gwada, Bitrus James, Rosemary James, Hannatu Handrous and Rebecca Baka, all internally-displaced persons, IDPs, with items presented to them for their families during the flag-off of the distribution of relief items and educational materials to IDPs at Kuchigoro camp, Abuja. Top left: Government officials giving out grinding machines to IDPs and (above), many more awaiting their turn. PHOTOS: Abayomi Adeshida. NAPTIP uncovers ‘leaves used to stimulate ovulation’ in Abuja baby factory By Ike Uchechukwu CALABAR—BARELY 48 hours after two spare parts dealers were kidnapped in Cross Rivers State, another businessman, Mr. Sunday Ekanem, Chief Executive Officer of Akito Rentals in Cross River, has been kidnapped He was kidnapped at his residence, at Atu Street, off Academy in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, Saturday night. The kidnap of Mr. Ekanem was the second in his life, having been abducted before in November 2014. An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said “I am sad because this is the second time they are kidnapping him, he is not a bad man, because he is very humble and down and concoction, among others. Emerole explained that contrary to the suspect’s claim as displayed on the signpost, the clinic was virtually empty thereby raising question on how the women were able to believe his claims. The spokesman quoted the director general of NAPTIP as saying, investigation was ongoing to determine the to earth and loves politics too. A neighbour, Fidelis Ukpong, who spoke with Vanguard said three strange vehicles were seen close to his office at Atu Street, one rickety Audi and others suspected to be monitoring cars. “Unknown to us, one person was seen on top of one of the cars, making phone calls and giving information to unknown persons, we didn’t know they were kidnappers,” he said. Wife’s account Glory, Akito’s wife, who confirmed the kidnap, said she was informed through phone call about the kidnapping of her husband. She said on telephone: “The way you heard was the same way I was informed ,I level of crime allegedly committed by the suspect. “Investigation is ongoing to clearly establish level of the unwholesome activities of the suspect and we are not leaving any stone unturned in getting to the roots of the crime. “This is also in line with our determination to ensure that Nigerians are not exploited in any way, “ she said. Kidnappers on rampage in Calabar, abduct another businessman got a phone call about the kidnap of my husband that is all I can say for now, I have nothing further to say. When contacted on phone, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo, expressed surprise about the kidnap but said the matter has not been reported as at press time. Her words: “I am not aware. I am only aware of the Igbo guys that were kidnapped. They have not reported this new case yet” Former ECOMOG By Marie-Therese Nanlong FORMER Economic Community of West African States Monitoring

Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018—7 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 9 NITEL pensioners die in auto crash while going for PTAD's verification NINE former employees of the Nigerian Telecommunications, NITEL, have died in a road accident in Kaduna State. The deceased were travelling from Kaduna to Kano for a verification exercise, when the accident happened. The driver of the bus they By Dayo Johnson AKURE—A 30-year-old “blind” widow and mother of five, Chinyere Onuara , who begs for alms, weekend, said she makes an average of N1000 daily. The lady who pretends to be blind said she intended to start a trade with the daily savings she makes from begging and also to feed her kids following the death of her husband. Narrating her story after she was arrested in front of a commercial bank and taken to the Ondo State Correctional Home in Akure, Chinyere said she came to the state from Ebonyi State. She was arrested in front of a commercial bank in Akure, the state capital, where she had been active in her trade of begging before luck ran against her. Chinyere was reportedly arrested with her 4 year old son, Chidiebere, whose condition Vanguard gathered attracted the attention of the official of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. Chinyere claimed to have left Ebonyi for Akure few weeks ago to assist a blind friend to collect alms but on getting to the state, discovered that her friend had opted for another trade leaving By Marie-Therese Nanlong JOS—THREE people were, Saturday night, ambushed and killed in Zangwra community, Miango District, Irigwe Chiefdom of Plateau State in what residents say is yet another attack by herdsmen. The three were said to have met their death while returning home on a motorcycle while two others escaped with injuries. rented reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the bush along the Kaduna-Zaria Expressway less than 30 minutes after the journey commenced. A witness said the driver attempted to avoid a pothole, but swerved off the road due to overspeeding. The pensioners were said to 3 killed in Plateau ambush The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Terna Tyopev, confirmed the incident saying it occurred at about 7.30pm on Saturday and was reported at about 8pm by residents. A resident named those killed as John Esije, 32, Monday Nzwe, 38, and Mr. Saku Giyeri, 41years and the survivors identified as Sunday Bala, 33 and Gudu Gara, 25. Both have been taken to an undisclosed hospital. have died on the spot, while the driver survived the incident “without a scratch.” Peter Duchi, one of the deceased, was a pastor at the Philadelphia Baptist Church, Sabon Tasha, GRA, Kaduna. The verification is being conducted by the Pension Transitional Arrangement The District Head of Miango, Daniel Chega, regretted that the incident occurred after series of security meetings and agreements with security agencies and the herdsmen's leaders aimed at ending the killings. He called on villagers to remain calm and not take laws into their hands and appealed to security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the act. Directorate, PTAD, for former employees of NITEL and Mobile Telecommunications, Mtel, for clearance ahead of the payment of their arrears. The exercise is being conducted in five states— Enugu, Rivers, Kano, Gombe, Abuja and Lagos. Widow makes N1,000 daily, pretending to be blind her stranded. She said she, thereafter, decided to disguise as a blind beggar in front of a commercial bank in Akure, where she makes at least one thousand naira from unsuspecting members of the public from which she makes daily savings. The woman and one of her children. She expressed regret over her action and said it was to raise money to start a trade being a widow with five kids in a village in Ebonyi. According to her, the husband died years back after he was allegedly poisoned. She appealed to the state government to empower her, rather than punish her, claiming to be homeless, and sleeps in public facility along Ondo road in Akure in company of many other beggars. The Director of Social Welfare in the Ministry, Sola Aladesuyi, said it was the sight of the blind young woman and the young boy that caught the attention of Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon Omowumi Olatunji Edet, who directed officials of the ministry to rescue her and provide help. Aladesuyi, who led the rescue efforts, said on getting to the bank, they were however shocked to find out that Chinyere was not blind which was why she was immediately taken into custody and kept at the Correctional Home in Akure. Mr. Aladesuyi described begging with a minor as worrisome and against the Child Rights Law which government would not tolerate under any guise. He said the ministry will contact her Ebonyi counterpart to verify Chinyere’s claims to be sure she is not a security risk to the state before she is sent back. He said the ministry is poised to rid the state of beggars whether fake or real. Cleric arrested for robbery in Ogun By Daud Olatunji A BEOKUTA—AN acclaimed Pastor and General Overseer of God’s Favour Ministry, Iba, in Lagos State, Pastor Daniel Onwugbufor, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for armed robbery. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement said “the pastor was arrested along with one Israel Animashaun recently through technical intelligence by men of FSARS led by Uba Adams. He said “Their arrest followed series of car snatching reports, which the Command has been trying to unravel and have been working on a clue to smash the syndicate. “Their efforts paid off when one of the snatched cars, a Lexus RX 330 jeep, was tracked down to the pastor at his Iba resident consequent upon which the pastor was arrested. “This arrest led to the apprehension of Animashaun, who is an active member of a three man gang of armed robbery syndicate specialized in snatching of exotic cars on gun point. “On interrogation, Animashaun confessed that he and two others snatched the Lexus jeep at gunpoint at Ajah in Lagos and took it to the pastor, who used to help them in selling such stolen items.” He stated further that the pastor only paid him N350,000 for the car after using it for two weeks before he sent it to his other accomplice. Commander, Senator John Shagaya, dies in auto crash Group, ECOMOG, Commander and former Senator representing Plateau South, General John Shagaya, is dead. Shagaya reportedly died following a motor accident that occurred while he was on his way to Langtang, Plateau State. He was recently appointed Chairman of National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies, NIPSS, by President Muhammadu Buhari. Shagaya was a former Minister of Internal Affairs. He was born on September 2, 1942. The interior (top) and exterior (rigt) of the car in which the former Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group, ECOMOG, Commander and former Senator representing Plateau South, General John Shagaya, died.