PH Customs Collects N57bn In 7months

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigeria Customs Service Area 1, Command Port Harcourt Rivers state,raked in

₦57,405,834,420.68 betweenf January and July, 2023.

The Customs Area 1 Controller, Comptroller CD Wada,who disclosed this at a press conference in Port Harcourt,said the the current revenue represents 10.6 per cent increase from the corresponding period of 2022.

He noted that apart from the month of April where the maritime sector experienced a global shipping downtime, which affected the revenue of the Command’s records, every other month had surpassed its corresponding months of the year 2022.

He added that the significant milestone was achieved in the month of March where the sum of ₦11,675,918,637.99 was realized, as against ₦8,310,978,933.69 in March 2022.

He said that such: “feat could not have been achieved without painstakingly engaging with our critical stakeholders through several forms of sensitization programs and other forms of training particularly on issues of Non-conformity with statutory clearance procedures.”

He emphasized that the feedback the Command got could be attributed to some of their successes,adding that the Command also insisted that all unpaid assessment must be paid.

Speaking on intervention, in terms of additional value through interventions, the Command generated ₦988,127,504 in the period under review.

He added that:”This interventions were derived from Demand Notices (DN) issued to importers with infractions on their importation.”

He also disclosed that the Command had put more emphasis on 100 percent physical examination policy of the service, and as a result, some containers suspected to have falsely declared had been placed under detention, pending further investigation.

He warned any would be smuggler to avoid Area 1 Command, as according to him,their containers would be seized and culprits arrested and prosecuted in the court of law.

On anti-smuggling activities,he stated that within the period under review, the Command had embarked on a working tour to Bayelsa and Ahoada Out-stations to appraise the Customs activities in those areas.

He added: “The visit to Bayelsa State also afforded us the opportunities to pay courtesy visits to the heads of other government security agencies. The purpose of this visit was to seek further collaboration and synergy with them in order to foster a better working relationship and to achieve National interest in line with the extant guidelines.

“I am very optimistic that with the Command’s strategy of maximizing the collection of Customs duties, other levies, and payment of all unpaid assessments, the Command will surpass the revenue collected in 2022.

“We cannot thank the Ag. Comptroller General of Customs BA Adeniyi MFR and his management team enough for their timely support and encouragement towards the achievements of these successes.”

Zenith Bank Names Dr Juliet Ehimuan As Non-Executive Director

Mohammed Shosanya

The Board of Directors of Zenith Bank Plc has named Dr Juliet Ehimuan as a Non-Executive Director of the bank effective August 29, 2023.

Her appointment,which was announced in a statement to the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Tuesday,also got the nod of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to the statement,Dr Ehimuan is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Limits and the immediate past Director of Google West Africa.

She was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 power women in Africa, and by the London Business School as one of 30 people changing the world. She was also named as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD). She was also featured in the BBC Africa Power Women series, and on CNN Innovate Africa.

With over 25 years experience primarily in Technology, Oil & Gas, and New Media industries across Europe, Middle East and Africa; Juliet is a leading voice on Innovation, Transformation, and Leadership,the statement said.

In her 12-year tenure at Google, she played a pivotal role in expanding the company’s presence in Nigeria and the wider West Africa region. She championed initiatives to increase digital access, local content development, skills acquisition, entrepreneurial growth, innovation, and fostered strategic partnerships with leading private sector and government institutions.

The statement quoted that Dr Ehimuan has made significant contributions to the tech ecosystem in Nigeria and Africa at large. She served on committees that developed the national broadband plan and ICT incubation strategy in Nigeria, and has been involved in national strategic advisory groups focused on economic growth.

These engagements,the statement said, demonstrate her commitment to shaping the future of tech in Africa,adding that she has received numerous awards for outstanding contribution to the digital landscape in Africa.

She holds board positions across multiple industries including Finance, FMCG, Oil & Gas, Education and social enterprises.

Her education includes a doctoral degree in Business from Walden University in Minneapolis, an Executive MBA from the London Business School, a Postgraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge; and a BSc in Computer Engineering (1st class honours) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

She is a recipient of the London Business School Global Women’s Scholarship, and at Cambridge University was awarded Selwyn College Scholar and Malaysian Commonwealth Scholar. She is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society.

She was awarded IT Personality of the Year in 2012 by the Nigeria Computer Society, Digital Personality of the year 2016 by Marketing World; and received a 2015 Titans of Technology award from Technology Africa.

NSCDC Nabs 20 Suspected Manhole Cover Thieves,Vandals In FCT

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, has arrested 20 suspected vandals and manhole cover thieves in different parts of the city .

The Command Headquarters, Zone 5, Abuja, Commandant of the FCT Command,Olusola Odumosu,who disclosed this while parading the suspects,hinted that most of the arrested thieves were caught stealing manholes and vandalising government property in various areas in the FCT.

The arrests were made following intelligence reports that some scavengers pretend as being homeless, sleeping under the bridges and at strategic areas of the territory, thereby disguising to carry out nefarious activities between the hours of 1.00am and 4.30am,he said.

According to him,the Corps would no longer tolerate the activities of scavengers in the city centre of the FCT.

He said: “To counteract the escalating instances of manhole cover theft and vandalism of street lights that have been adversely impacting the FCT Metropolis, the Command took a proactive approach.

“We activated strategically, planned routine night patrols, which proved to be highly effective.In the course of these patrols, we successfully arrested 20 scavengers and miscreants within the stipulated time frame.

“The arrested suspects underwent comprehensive interrogation and profiling.Subsequently, they will be handed over to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for prosecution at the mobile court”.

He warned would-be criminals that FCT is no longer a free zone for their activities.

He said:“These intensified measures serve a dual purpose: deterring potential criminals and ensuring the apprehension of those responsible for these unlawful activities.

“Through these actions, we are sending an unequivocal and resolute message that criminal behaviour will no longer be tolerated within our jurisdiction.

“The proactive strategy we have embraced underscores the unwavering commitment of the government to address the concerns of its citizens”, he said.

He added that, the Corps is steadfastly dedicated to safeguarding the integrity of critical national assets and infrastructure throughout the FCT Metropolis and promised to sustain the clampdown until FCT is rid completely of vandals.

“There had also been reports of road robberies at night by miscreants who just loiter the streets at night aimlessly.If you don’t have a place to reside in the FCT then, you should relocate to your home town.

“This step is one of the measures to cleanse the streets of Abuja of criminals because these scavengers also act as informants to their gangs.

“The FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike had directed that the city be sanitized of criminals and he also plans on working on the FCT waste disposal management system.

“When this arrangement is being finalised, these scavengers will have no business operating in the city center, hence, making it easier to curb criminal activities by miscreants.

Some of the suspects paraded at the FCT command of the NSCDC on Monday are John Ahmed “M” 46 yrs from Lafia LGA Nassarawa State; Abba Musa “M” 26yrs from Dala LGA Kano State; Jack Ikekwe “M” 25yrs from Kalabari LGA Rivers State; Kabir Dauda Ummar “M” 25yrs from Gwale LGA Kano State; Peter Eseh James “M” 39yrs from Ado LGA Benue State; and Monday Magaji “M” 25yrs from Kajuru LGA Kaduna State.

Others include Ukechukwu Ifeanyi “M” 42yrs from Umupla LGA, Abia State; Anthony Obey “M” 29yrs from Irruam LGA, Crossriver State; Habibu Abubakar “M” 25yrs from Kano State; Flavour Amos “M” 43yrs from Latine, Plateau State; Collins Erriom “M” 24yrs from Boki LGA, Crossriver State; Abdulrazk Lawal “M” 18yrs from Matangara LGA, Kastina State and Enwa Richard Ineji “M” 22yr from Yala LGA, Crossriver State.

Emeka Charles “M” 21yrs from Abi LGA, Crossriver State; Humphrey James “M” 25yrs from Boki LGA, Cross-river State; Ibrahim Umar “M” 20yrs from Taronie LGA, Kano State; Iheancho Godfrey “M” 30yrs from Atta LGA Imo State; Aliyu Abdulahi “M” 16yrs from Udili LGA Kano State; and Saniyu Abubakar ‘’M” 21 years from Nassarawa LGA Kano state made up the list of arrested suspects.

Tinubu Rejigs NDDC, Names New Board

Mohammed Shosanya

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the appointment of a new Board and Management team of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Among those that made the lists are
Mr. Chiedu Ebie – Chairman – Delta, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku – Managing Director / CEO – Bayelsa, Mr. Boma Iyaye – Executive Director (Finance and Admin) – Rivers and Mr. Victor Antai – Executive Director (Projects) – Akwa-Ibom

Others are: Ifedayo Abegunde – Executive Director (Corporate Services) – Ondo, Sen. Dimaro Denyanbofa – State Representative – Bayelsa, Mr. Abasi Ndikan Nkono – State Representative – Akwa Ibom, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya – State Representative – Delta and Chief Tony Okocha – State Representative – Rivers

The Board and Management staff also includes Hon Patrick Aisowieren – State Representative – Edo, Mr. Kyrian Uchegbu – State Representative – Imo, Victor Kolade Akinjo – State Representative – Ondo, Chief Dimgba Eruba – State Representative – Abia, Mr. Asu Oku Okang – State Representative – Cross River, Hon. Nick Wende – Zonal Representative – North Central, Hon. Namdas Abdulrazak – Zonal Representative – North East and Sen. Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir – Zonal Representative – North West

According to a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to Tinubu on Media and Publicity on Tuesday, the President expects that the new Board and Management team will ensure a new era of successful administration in the NDDC, in line with his Renewed Hope agenda.

He noted that all the listed appointments take immediate effect.

How We Achieved 400 Days Of Stable Power Grid -TCN

Mohammed Shosanya

The Transmission Company of Nigeria,TCN,has celebrated 400 consecutive days of uninterrupted grid in the history of the nation’s power sector

This milestone signifies a remarkable advancement in the nation’s efforts at strengthening its power infrastructure and ensuring a reliable and dependable electricity supply to distribution load centres for onward distribution to electricity customers nationwide.

It attributed the sustained stability and reliability of the Nigerian power grid to a combination of strategic measures and investments in the power system .

It said some of the key elements that have contributed to this remarkable accomplishment include Configuration and Enforcement of Free Governor Control, effective Under-frequency Relay Scheme among others.

TCN constituted a three-person committee was formed to go round the country for the configuration and activation of Primary Reserve in coordination with power stations and in line with the provisions in the Grid code.

According to a statement,the committee devised a robust monitoring and enforcement mechanism for generating station compliance after activating the unit governor control.

This innovative approach, known as Free Governor Mode of Operation (FGMO), automatically adjusts generation in response to frequency changes, ensuring stability, reliability, and reduced transmission losses.

Under Frequency Relay Scheme, counters the challenges posed by occasional generation shortfalls and resulting frequency declines, TCN implemented a strategic deployment of under frequency relay scheme.

The scheme operates in critical stages to prevent frequency-related disruptions by initiating circuit breaker trips or alerting network operators, thereby averting system collapse.

TCN in-house engineers deployed the IoT/VPN for Enhanced Grid Visibility by creating an interim solution utilizing loT sensors and devices.

This real-time monitoring capability aids proactive issue identification, preventing potential disruptions.

It disclosed that efforts are ongoing to expand this visibility by incorporating additional transmission stations through loT integration TCN successfully carried out several Infrastructure Upgrades / N-1 contingency transforming the grid from a radial network to a loop system through massive investment in construction and dualization of critical circuits, comprehensive modernization of transmission infrastructure,including commissioning new transmission stations and installing power transformers, has reinforced grid resilience and operational flexibility.

The company also focussed on putting in place an enhanced maintenance regime with regular inspections, prompt repairs, and proactive preventive maintenance strategies to ensure the integrity of power plants, transmission lines,and substations.

This approach sustains infrastructure health, operational reliability, and efficient power flow. Regular maintenance has equally ensured less equipment downtime due partly to regular mechanised line trace which has prevented vegetation from fouling transmission lines. This has helped reduce downtime especially in forest areas where TCN transmission lines transverses.

Besides, dedicated teams of trained staff have consistently demonstrated proactive response during emergencies, contributing to swift crisis resolution and minimal disruptions, their collaboration, clear communication, and continuous training underscore their commitment to grid management and resilience.

It said,collaboration between TCN and stakeholders in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) has continued to yield joint initiatives such as Power Purchase Agreements, Service Level Agreements, Power Evacuation Agreements, and NESI situation room reports. Regular evaluations enhance real-time monitoring and adjustment, fostering a resilient power landscape.

The statement added:”The Nigerian power grid’s achievement of over 400 days of uninterrupted stability showcases the nation’s commitment to advancing its power infrastructure.

“This success is a result of increased efficiency, technologies, dedicated personnel, strategic measures, and collaborative partnerships. this achievement reflects the potential for positive transformation within the energy sector.

“With unwavering determination, ongoing investments, and collective efforts, the nation is poised for a stronger and dependable power system”.

Fixing Nigeria’s Power Sector Won’t Be Easy-Minister

Mohammed Shosanya

Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu,has said that the task of fixing the ills in the nation’s power sector won’t be easy,but he’s determined to put the challenge behind him in order to stabilize the sector.

He disclosed this when he briefed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on how Nigeria can achieve uninterrupted power supply in the country.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning by the Minister, Chief Adelabu said he joined other Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the inaugural Federal Executive Council meeting (FEC) on Monday.

He said:”As Minister of Power, I am determined to succeed in the onerous task of nation building. We will not disappoint Nigerians, we will not disappoint Mr President in this task. We are not saying it would be easy, but we are determined to succeed with the Almighty God on our side”, promising that, “in the coming days and weeks, Nigerians will start to see the result of our efforts in the Power Ministry. It is a promise from me to all Nigerians”.

The Minister said he gave summary of the activity plans of the ministry with regards to “turning around its reputation in line with achieving its mandate of driving community and economic growth by driving policies and programs to ensure reliable and affordable electricity to Nigerians”, at the meeting.

He noted that so many investments have gone into all segments of the power sector value chain without commensurate results in terms of output to end consumers.

“Each of the segments from generation, transmission to distribution has its unique and peculiar issues, the solution of which have to be prioritised for households and businesses to have a quick relief after years of deprivation.

“We are currently analysing the issues, meeting the various stakeholders, and visiting sites to have a proper and unhindered understanding and unbiased diagnosis of the issues and proffer workable solutions, in the next few weeks, the master plan for turning around the power sector with deliverables bucketed into short, medium, and long term would be unfolded.

“This will be done in an elaborate press conference together with all industry stakeholders”.

He also revealed that as part of his contributions during the meeting as a finance expert, he made suggestions that would aid in addressing the ravaging inflation and exchange rate crisis, adding, “we are to work and collaborate with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, and the Central Bank of Nigeria”, towards finding lasting solutions to the problem.

He also visited a former Minister, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola who had once held forth in the Ministry of Power, “in continuation of my stakeholders’ consultation with unbiased, historical perspective to the power sector issues. It was a useful meeting with lots of revelation that will help us resolve the sectoral issues with workable solutions”.

Adelabu said the former Minister also promised to continue to support the Ministry of Power to achieve success, “in our new responsibilities”.

Prince Oyebola Is New Aseyin Of Iseyin

Mohammed Shosanya

Prince Olawale Semiu Oyebola has been elected the 30th Aseyin of Iseyin.

He was elected after the voting process by the 10 kingmakers on Tuesday, in Iseyin, the Oke Ogun Area of Oyo state.

The 55-year-old Aseyin-elect succeeds the late Aseyin Oba Salahudeen Abdul Ganiyy Adekunle Ajinese 1.

The late Aseyin died in 2022 after an illness at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He spent 15 years as a king.

The new Aseyin-elect works and resides in the United States of America with his family.

Earlier, Aseyin of Iseyin palace was cordoned off by security operatives including personnel of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun.

Alleged Graft:Council Boss Kicks,Urges EFCC,ICPC To Probe Governor Abiodun

Mohammed Shosanya

Wale Adedayo, the Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, has dragged Governor Dapo Abiodun before the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, demanding the investigation of the governor over alleged mismanagement of local government funds.

He accused Abiodun of withholding the statutory Federal Allocation due to the state’s local governments in the last two years.

But,the government has denied tampering with the local government fund, saying that it has always increased the fund to allow the local governments meet up with their obligations.

In a latter written to the former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, had revealed that local governments in the last two years have been operating zero allocation in the State.

He had called for the intervention of Chief Osoba to talk to the Governor.

According to the council boss, Abiodun has not paid a dime to Local government accounts as Federal allocation in the last two years.

Adedayo in separate petitions to EFCC and ICPC on Tuesday emphasized the need for urgent intervention of the anti-graft agencies.

The council boss in the petition,also accused the governor of denying the local government chairmen of the Ecological fund and other entitlements due to them.

The petition reads in part, “Your urgent intervention is sorely needed to convince the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, that the statutory Federal Allocation to Local Governments in Ogun State should be allowed to reach each of them as envisaged by the 1999 Constitution.

“Since we (Ogun State Local Government Chairmen) got on board in 2021, it has been ZERO Federal Allocation to each local government. The 10% of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, which the Constitution also stipulated should go to the local governments has not been given since Abiodun got into office. You may want to deploy the instruments of your office to confirm the veracity of my claim as well.

“Former President Muhammadu Buhari assisted the states and Local Governments with what we call palliatives today. They called it, SURE-P. The first sent to the 20 local governments in Ogun State was N2.5 billion. The second one was, N2.6 billion. The third was, N2.8 billion, while the fourth shortly before Buhari left office was N2.9 billion. Not a dime of these funds was released to ANY local government in Ogun State.

“The Ogun State Executive Committee of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) had a meeting with the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, early this year. The Commissioner claimed that the 20 local governments were owing the Ogun State Government N17 billion, which they continue to deduct. But I know for a fact that my Ijebu East Local Government is NOT owing Abeokuta one Naira! Kindly use your good offices to verify this fact.

“We have also heard about Ecological funds and others. These have developed wings too without trace. It is certain that the current one being packaged by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu may likely follow the same course. And, we are the ones the people will abuse. I am the butt of jokes in my local government right now, with many saying one is incompetent. Meanwhile, the Federal Government regularly made these funds available, but it has NEVER been disbursed to us since we were sworn in.

“Truly, denying local governments their due Federal Allocations in Ogun State began during the Administration of former Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun. And, as it is happening today, it was based on a spurious claim of helping some local governments, who may not be able to fulfill their obligations to the people because of financial challenges. Thus, all the funds are regularly collected into a central purse from where salaries and other dues are paid. Whatever that is left is often claimed by the State Government as debts being paid by the local governments.

“Revenue sources, which the local governments should benefit from have mostly been taken over by the State Government. Motor Parks and attendant dues which should go to each local government are being centrally managed by the State Government. Primary school administration and control have been taken over too. There are many others. But, what I crave is for you to assist in helping our people. Why have they taken over revenue sources of the local government? How do they want the grassroots to breathe?

“In Ijebu East Local Government Area, we a complete rural section. Our people need roads, especially in the interior. They need water. The Health Centres are nothing to write home about. The primary schools are something else. It is a crying shame that, in 2023 some of our people still depend on water from the stream to drink!

“Be assured that I am readily available to answer any question about what I have written here.”

Reacting to the allegation, the government argued that it has often had to augment the funds allocated to local governments in the state from the Federation Account to enable them to meet their obligations.

It wondered how adding to the funds allocated to the local councils to enable them to meet their obligations amounted to hijacking their funds.

It said that funds meant for local governments in the state are being handled by the constitutionally recognised Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC).

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the state governor, Mr Lekan Adeniran, the government said that JAAC members ensure that the third tier of government gets the required allocations for optimal performance.

“Between May 2023 when the Governor was sworn in for the second term and July 2023, the JAAC shared among 20 local governments N4.531b, N4.444b and N4.497b respectively on first line charges and just last week N5.2b was shared among the local governments for the month of August “the statement said.

The statement added that this same pattern has been followed since Prince Dapo Abiodun took over the leadership of the state in 2019.

“In addition to these, the state government also disburse funds to all local governments for developmental projects periodically,” the statement added.

NLNG Shortlists Akubuiro,Gomba,Others For Nigeria Literature Prize

Mohammed Shosanya

Akubuiro, Gomba, Ojomu make 2023 Shortlist of Three for The Nigeria Prize for Literature
The Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature has announced the finalists for the 2023 edition of the Prize.

Andy Odeh, the General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development,said the shortlisted plays in alphabetical order of their titles are: Grit by Obari Gomba; The Ojuelegba Crossroads by Abideen Abolaji Ojomu; Yamtarawala – The Warrior King by Henry Akubuiro.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature is sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) and carries a cash award of $100,000. A total of 143 plays were entered for the competition, which focuses on drama,the statement said.

The Chairperson of the Advisory Board, Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, made the announcement in a live broadcast on the Prize’s social media channels.

According to the Board, the plays stand tall in terms of dramatology, language, performance, story, and structure. The Board also said the plays represent the pinnacle of literary craftsmanship and the artistic convergence that The Nigeria Prize for Literature tirelessly seeks.

The Board said:: “For Grit by Obari Gomba, the judges have applauded it as a great play that transcends its covers. Its pages unfold a captivating narrative that has clearly left an indelible mark and its production quality is nothing short of excellent.

The Ojuelegba Crossroads by Abideen Abolaji Ojomu has deeply resonated with the judges, who commend its rich exploration of our socio-political fabric. The play’s ability to confront everyday struggles and decision-making conflicts while aiming for a harmonious resolution underscores its significant impact.

“Yamtarawala – The Warrior King by Henry Akubuiro captured the judges’ admiration for its dramatic twists, rendering it not only suited for the stage but also the screen. The narrative unfolds in ways that evoke a profound sense of engagement and excitement.”

“Our dedicated judges and the Advisory Board over the years have consistently worked together to seamlessly blend the contemporary heartbeat with the essence of Nigerian literature. This Shortlist serves as a testament to this harmonious fusion and the enduring legacy of our nation’s literary landscape,” the Board added.

The winner will be announced by the Advisory Board on October 13, 2023.
Professor Victor K. Yankah from the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, serves as the International Consultant for this year’s edition of the Prize.

This same time four years ago in the Drama genre, Soji Cole (Embers), Denja Abdullahi (Death and The King’s Grey Hair) and Akanji Nasiru (The Rally) were announced in the 2018 Shortlist of Three. Soji Cole went on to win the Prize.

Other playwrights who had been listed in the shortlist in previous years are Friday John Abba (Alekwu Night Dance), Jude Idada (Oduduwa, King of the Edos) and Sam Ukala (Iredi War – Winner) in 2014; Irobi Esiaba (Cemetery Road- Winner), Ahmed Yerima (Little Drops), and Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba (The Killing Swamp) in 2010; and Emeka Egwuda (Esoteric Dialogue), Femi Osofisan (Ajayi Crowther) and Ahmed Yerima (Hard Ground- Winner) in 2006.

Other members of the Advisory Board include Professor Olu Obafemi and Professor Ahmed Yerima.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary categories – prose fiction, poetry, drama, and children’s literature.

Anger: Uniport Undergraduate Stabs Girlfriend To Death In Edo

Mohammed Shosanya

A 400 Level student of the University of Port Harcourt, suspected to be a ‘Yahoo boy’ who allegedly killed his girlfriend in his Benin City resident was on Tuesdayparaded by the Edo State Police Command.

The suspect,Victor Ochonogor, has reportedly stabbed his girlfriend to death in his Benin City apartment.

The incident was said to have happened at 10, Osahon Street, Ogheghe Quarters, off Sapele Road, Benin City.

Ochonogor and his late girlfriend were said to have already locked themselves inside the house when the violence broke out.

The incident was reported to the police by his landlord.

Parading the suspect at the police command, the Commissioner of Police, Dankwara Mohammed said the matter was reported to the police about 4 pm on Monday, August 21, 2023 and the police swung into action immediately.

The murder suspect, Ochonogor,told newsmen that he has been dating his late girlfriend for three years now, adding that she came from Asaba to Benin to visit him and while they were together, she accused him of being a kidnapper.

The Uniport undergraduate of Applied And Industrial Chemistry department, said he was angered by that accusation.

“I have been dating her for three years now and she accused me of being a Kidnapper. I asked her why must she be accusing me of such when we have been together for such a time?

“I am not a kidnapper and some of the members of her family know me very well.They accused me of being a Kidnapper, how can a Kidnapper be dating somebody?”

Ochonogor said he didn’t kill his girlfriend because he was jealous that she wanted to get married to another man.

The Commissioner of Police, Dankwara Mohammed,said the suspect will be charged to court for prosecution.