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Pastor killed trying to separate fighting couple in Imo


A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), identified as Thompson Onyekuru, has been killed while trying to separate a woman from the fierce grip of her husband.

The incident happened at the weekend in Umuokoto town in Umudibia Autonomous Community in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.

Our correspond­ent gathered that the couple was engaged in bitter arguments, which resulted in the

Operatives of the Ogun Police Command have arrested four suspected cultists during a supremacy battle between Aye and Eiye confratern­ity in Atan Ota, Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects, Olusegun Owoola (26) Gbenga Akinkade (34), Jinadu

Eight members of a criminal gang, who kidnapped the father of former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Chibi Dariye, have man using a knife to stab his wife.

The man, identified as Obum, who hailed from Obowo in Imo State was suspected to be mentally unstable.

He had locked his wife and her baby in their room where he stabbed her severely.

According to an eyewitness, the incident started around 4 pm when Obum’s wife, Ogechi, and her oneyear-old son were heard screaming for help.

However, Onyekuru and others had waded in to prevent Obum from killing his wife.

“As the crowd intensifie­d effort

Waliu (30) and Sanni Hammed (27), were arrested following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Headquarte­rs, Atan Ota.

It was gathered that the DPO, Abolade Oladigbolu was informed that the two groups were on the rampage at Hotel Road area, Atan Ota and that there was sporadic gunshots in the area.

The police spokesman, Abimbola been arrested in Bokkos Local Government Area of the state.

Police spokespers­on in the state, Ubah Gabriel, who confirmed the arrest said the kidnappers were arrested during a joint operation on their to rescue the woman, Obum with a knife, threatened to kill anyone who tried to stop his action,” one of the eyewitness­es said.

After successful­ly rescuing the woman from her husband’s grip, our correspond­ent gathered that Obum became enraged and started chasing everybody with the bloodstain­ed knife.

But as Onyekuru made to go, Obum used the knife to stab him at the back.

A passing police patrol team was called to the scene, but he attacked the policemen who were attempting to arrest him.

Oyeyemi, on Sunday told newsmen in Abeokuta that following the distress call, the DPO mobilised his men to the scene where they met the two groups engaging themselves in serious gun battle.

The policemen engaged the hoodlums and subsequent­ly subdued them, at the end of which four amongst the cultists were apprehende­d, he said. hideout.

Chibi Dariye was kidnapped in June 2020 in Mushere village, Bokkos. Since then, his whereabout­s were unknown until last week when the kidnappers were arrested.

The police then shot him in the leg in order to subdue him.

Both couple and Onyekuru were subsequent­ly taken to the hospital where the three of them died.

While the pastor died immediatel­y after reaching the hospital, Obum and his wife died later.

The President-General of Umuokoto Community Council (UCC), Charles Anozie confirmed the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state Command, CSP Mike Abatam, was not available for comments.

Four cultists nabbed during supremacy battle in Ogun

Items recovered, according to him were one locally made pistol, three live cartridges, two knives, iron rod and assorted criminal charms.

Oyeyemi said the Commission­er of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to anti-cultists section of the state Criminal Investigat­ion and Intelligen­ce Department for discreet investigat­ion.

Abductors of ex-Gov Dariye’s father arrested in Plateau

Daily Trust reports that this is the second time Thibi Dariye would be abducted in his home village of Mushere.

He was abducted in 2015 but was later released after a ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

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