Po­lice ar­rest 48 cultists, res­cue 2 kid­napped per­sons

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Sorokwu, As­aba

The Po­lice in Delta State have ar­rested 48 sus­pected mem­bers of the Neo Black Move­ment (NBM) a.k.a. Black Axe Con­fra­ter­nity.

The sus­pected cultists, 36 males and 12 fe­males, were said to be hold­ing their an­nual ini­ti­a­tion and an­niver­sary cer­e­monies at a lo­ca­tion in Warri, when the Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS) swooped on them.

Ac­cord­ing the Delta State Po­lice Com­mand spokesper­son Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Ce­lestina Kalu, the Po­lice, to on re­ceiv­ing the tip, “de­ployed sur­veil­lance men to the iden­ti­fied lo­ca­tion at Freshville ho­tel Okuokoko and ar­rested 36 male and 12 fe­male sus­pects.”

In another de­vel­op­ment, the po­lice, with the as­sis­tance of lo­cal vig­i­lante, res­cued a kid­napped vic­tim un­hurt on Sun­day.

The kid­nap­pers num­ber­ing about four men in­vaded the house of one Joseph Ote­mewo of Ogini Road, Oghara, kid­napped his wife and took her away in her Lexus Jeep Reg. No. GRA911KH.

The hood­lums had called for ran­som but a com­bined team of po­lice de­tec­tives and vig­i­lante group went on their trail and en­gaged them in an ex­change of fire in their Ologbo bush hide­out.

One of the ab­duc­tors, God’stime (sur­name not given) was shot and ar­rested while two oth­ers es­caped. How­ever, the sus­pect died on the way to the hospi­tal.

Po­lice said in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been in­ten­si­fied to track down the flee­ing hood­lums who were said to have driven the stolen ve­hi­cle to­wards Benin in Edo State. The Niger State House of Assem­bly has asked the state gov­ern­ment to re­fund de­duc­tionsý made from work­ers’ salaries with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

This came as the on­go­ing in­def­i­nite strike de­clared by the Niger State coun­cils of the Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to protest salary cut en­tered its sec­ond day.

The House passed the res­o­lu­tion yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a mo­tion moved by Hon. Bello Ah­mad (PDP, Ag­warra) and sec­onded by Hon. Sal­ihu Edati (APC, Edati).

Ah­mad said that the leg­isla­tive arm was not con­sult­edý be­fore the de­duc­tions, the gov­er­nor’s un­con­sti­tu­tional.

“As far as this is­sue of slash­ing work­ers’ salaries is con­cerned, none of us was con­sulted and we are pri­mary stake­hold­ers in mat­ters that af­fect the peo­ple.

“If you look at the con­sti­tu­tion and the labour act, you will see that there’s no pro­vi­sion that em­pow­ers the state gov­ern­mentý to slash salaries, no mat­ter the state of the econ­omy.

“ýIt is a dif­fer­ent thing if there was an agree­ment and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween the pri­mary stake­hold­ers be­fore such de­duc­tions, but there was none and that is our worry,” he said. adding ac­tion that was

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