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I am Sorry for my Words – Governor Ortom Apologize to Bereaved Families

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“But all the same please I am sorry,
As a leader, I needed to say something, the people needed to hear from, and as at that time that I made the comment that it was two soldiers that were missing it was based on the information that was made available to me” — Governor Ortom of Benue State Nigeria apologizing to his Benue citizens.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has apologized to the bereaved families of the 12 soldiers who were ambushed and killed about a week ago by armed bandits at Bonta community in Konshisha Local Government Area, LGA, of the state.
The Governor also condoled President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff and the leadership of the armed forces in the country over the murder of the military personnel in the state.
Speaking Monday at the funeral of the personnel at the Wurukum Military Cemetery in Makurdi the Governor who condemned the murder and described it as unfortunate promised to collaborate with the military to apprehend the masterminds of the dastardly act.
“I condole Mr President who is the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, the Chief of Army Staff and indeed the leadership of our security forces in the country.

On behalf of government and people of Benue State, we condemn the killing of our innocent soldiers who were out there to keep peace in our state.
“It is unfortunate that this incident took place. I want the Nigerian army, the families of the deceased and indeed all Nigerians to know that the attack on security personnel is an attack on all.
“This attack was unwarranted, it was not needed because all these patriotic soldiers were there to keep peace and that was why they were ambushed. Otherwise, we all know what soldiers can do and the capacity they have to defend themselves.
“So we condemn this and we want to assure everyone that my government will join hands with the security forces to ensure that all those who perpetrated this sad act are brought to book.
“I equally want to apologize to the bereaved families, in the course of my trying to manage this challenge if I said anything that was offensive to the families of the deceased I want to say that I am sorry.
“As a Governor, I needed to say something, the people needed to hear from, and as at that time that I made the comment that it was two soldiers that were missing it was based on the information that was made available to me.

“But all the same, please I am sorry. It is the responsibility of this government to also join hands with the leadership of the army to see how we can support the bereaved families. May God reset their peaceful souls,” Governor Ortom said.

Conducting the funeral service, Chaplain of 73 Battalion of the Nigeria Army, Major Ibrahim Mavisky, as well as the Imam, Captain A. Bashir both noted that the fallen heroes were peacemakers who went out not for evil but for peace and regrettably met their death in the process.
“The slain soldiers were out to serve the nation but lost their lives. We, therefore, pray for their souls and that God should grant them eternal rest,” they said.

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Recall that a week ago an Army Captain and 11 soldiers were ambushed and killed by criminal elements in Bonta community, while on routine patrol of the troubled communities in Oju and Konshisha LGAs who had been at daggers-drawn over disputed farmland.

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UNIBEN Rape Case: Anita Adesuwa Efosa Revealed as the Rape Accuser

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Photograph of the said Anita Adesuwa Efosa

For a few days now, all University of Benin (UNIBEN) have seen in the public space is a perceived dreaded lecturer whose innocence and guilt is yet to be proven and proved beyond reasonable doubt. But one would wonder, WHERE LIES THE PRESENCE OF THE ACCUSER? Maybe it is of no essence to some, whom sometimes may be passerby, sympathisers or mainly aggressive individuals who may only be seen issues from a psychological point of view of the female folk.

It is true that the accuser in this case have been identified as, ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA, a 400 level English & Literature Student of the University of Benin (Benin City) whom have been confirmed by various sources to be a ‘Ghost Student’, this is to say that ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA barely attend classes as it is. It is possible she may be having academic issues also.

It is also confirmed that the accused lecturer, Dr. Steve Bode Ekundayo is currently the Final Year Project Coordinator for the Department of English & Literature. While the public keeps talking of the lecturer, many are yet to seek the identity of the accuser, but gradually, that is being sorted out.

These question then arises:

1. Who is Adesuwa Anita Efosa in the Department of English & Literature?

2. What did she go to do at the lecturers office at the said time?

3. Was she alone with the accused all through the period of the accusations at the lecturer’s office?

4. Does she have any relationship with the accused aside being a student and nothing more?

5. Is that the first time she’s visiting that office?

6. Was she really raped by the accused as claimed by her?

7. Are there clear court evidences that testifies that? If yes,

8. Why is the accuser in hiding despite many efforts made by the School Authorities, the Student Union Government (SUG) and the Nigerian Police to hear her side of the story as investigations have started?

9. Could the said identified Anita Adesuwa Efosa have been pushed by external or internal elements to blackmail the accused? If no

10. Why then the continuous hiding? If yes

11. Did she not think critically that this act of rape accusations has lasting implications on both the accused, herself and the image of the University of Benin?

What is expected from the relevant authorities is to adhere strictly to DUE PROCESS of handling the matter because both the accused and the accuser may either be wrong or right in this whole matter but it is rather unfair to some extend that, of a truth, the University Authorities also have taken some ‘Too Quick Steps’ sanction the lecturer without adhering strictly to the constitutional principles of FAIR HEARING by setting up a known panel to investigate properly the matter, which is an internal capacity of the institution before handing over the matter to the police thereby breaching some organisational and professional procedures.

Now, what is the ad-hoc punishment for the accuser, most especially on the basis of her refusing all contacts and calls put through to her to appear before the state (police). Punishment should be proportional to offense committed. If you must place an accused on such stringent condition, the accuser whom have continuously hid her face should go through some form of sanction too.

In all, we must not judge a case based on sentiments. We must take all correct measures to ensure a balanced view and deed.

Experts have established that there are only two reasons why ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA could be in hiding. The first is that she may have been threatened by either known or unknown faces and voices through whatever medium. The other reason may be that ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA never expected that *this matter will escalate to this very degree and must have felt the guilt of having told lies to the public and is at the same time not able to get hold of the veracity of her claims against the accused which may lead to a strict punishment against her by school authorities and the police. but whichever way the pendulum swings, according to Niccolo Machiavelli, “the end shall justify the means”

Just to know the two parties involved ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA, a 400 level ENGLISH AND LITERATURE STUDENT is, the faceless rape accuser we all have been craving to know. We await the outcome of all necessary investigations. By then, the truth of the matter will be revealed to the world and we shall know who was raped and by who. Anyone may be innocent in this matter.

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Abuja Lockdown: Six Dead As Nigeria Soldiers Continue Shooting of Shiites

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About 6 people have reportedly been shot dead as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN clashed with soldiers at the Gwarimpa gate near Galadimawa in Abuja.

The IMN members also known as ‘shiites ‘were about to round off their Arbaeen Symbolic Trek when joint security agents opened fire on them.

Two Shiite members were shot by security operatives around a new generation bank along 3rd Avenue in Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja.

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The incident threw the trek into confusion as people scampered for safety. The Secretary of the Academic Forum of IMN, Abdullahi Musa has since confirmed the incident.

“They are just shooting people. As I am talking to you now, six people have been killed. They even carried some dead bodies away,” he told a news correspondent.

Members of the sect had on Tuesday morning come out in continuation of their procession to mark the fortieth day of the murder of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad

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Public Work Volunteer Apprehend Oil Theft in Benin City

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Officials of the Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV) in Edo State have apprehend two suspected oil theft in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

The State Coordinator, PUWOV, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, who made known this to journalists, said PUWOV will continue to work tirelessly with other security agencies in the state to curb criminality and ensure peace and orderliness.

Yusuf-Osagie said the suspects were nabbed in two Audi vehicles with plate numbers BEN 206 PK and GRA 91 CH, along Airport Road in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He said they have been handed over to the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for further interrogation and prosecution.

According to him, “PUWOV officials accosted two Audi vehicles who contravened the law at Ezoti axis of Airport Road in Benin City. It was later discovered that the apprehended vehicles were used for transportation of oil in gallons. The vehicles were fully loaded with gallons of oil and other instruments linked with illegal oil bunkering.”

He noted that the “apprehended culprits tried to induce our officers with the sum of N50, 000 in an attempt to buy their freedom and escape justice. Unfortunately for the culprit, the PUWOV officials rejected their offer.”

The coordinator added: “We have informed the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and handed over the two culprits (drivers) and the vehicles with registration numbers BEN 206 PK and GRA 9 CH to DSC Eki Vassiles, the NSCDC representative sent to recover the exhibits from the PUWOV office.”

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