… As Police rescue 2, recover N200,000 in Edo***
Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has directed all native doctors and traditional medicine dealers in the state to register with the state government and the police within seven days.
Umahi gave the directive on Wednesday after the weekly state security council meeting in Abakaliki.
“There would be an executive order to this effect and anyone caught doing otherwise would be arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
He also directed that all wake-keeps and other social activities in the state must end by 6 p.m., charging council chairmen and relevant security outfits to enforce the order.
“Anyone who defies this directive would pay a fine of N1 million as criminal activities are perpetrated through these wake-keeps which last through the night,” he said.
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He called for a cessation to the killings of security personnel, civilians and destruction of public facilities, noting that they are purely criminal activities.
“The perpetrators post such killings and destruction on the social media, claiming that they are members of the Indigenous People of Biafra or the Eastern Security Network.
“I am not standing for either groups but they continued to deny that they are not into violence.
“I direct security agencies to crack down on all criminal activities in the state and prosecute all culprits,” he said.
Umahi regretted the rampant circulation of fake news in the state and warned that the government would no longer tolerate such.
“Someone posted on Wednesday that herders attacked a school in Abakaliki and schools began to close and people running in panic.
“Anyone who circulates fake news whether from the opposition or in agreement with me would be arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
In a related development, the Police Command in Edo on Wednesday said that it rescued two of the three persons abducted on Sunday along Ahor Bypass, on the Benin-Lagos Road.
This is contained in a statement in Benin by SP Kontongs Bello, the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO).
Bello stated: “ Today being 28/04/2021 at about 10:30hrs, men of the Edo State Police Command rescued two kidnapped victims identified as Okeke Emmanuel ‘m’ age 37 and Rilwan Adewale ‘m’ age 36.
“They were rescued along Lagos Bypass by Ahor community, Benin City.”
He also stated that the victims were traveling in a Sienna Bus from Port Harcourt, Rivers, to Lagos before three of them were kidnapped by unknown gun men.
According to the statement the victims were abducted on April 25 “at about 03 00hrs along Ahor bypass and were taken into the bush where they also met other victims”.
“On receipt of the information, the police operatives immediately swung into action and rescued two of the victims after an exchange of gun battle with the hoodlums.
“In the process, one of the victims, Adewale Rilwan, sustained injuries from the use of matchet by the hoodlums.
“He is presently receiving treatment in the hospital. Also ,the sum of N200,000 was recovered from the scene,” Bello stated.
According to the statement, investigation is in progress to clamp down on the fleeing kidnappers.
Bello also stated that the State Commissioner of Police , CP Phillip Ogbadu, appealed to the good people of Edo and the general public to avail the command with useful information that would expose criminal elements in the state.