Nosa Akenzua Asaba
A 48- year old housewife Identified as Ifeoma Ije in Asaba, Delta state was at the weekend at the sharing of food items to windows by a philanthropist ( namewitheld) at the Okwe primary school, showed up for her own share before the bubble burst as the unsuspecting housewife’s husband showed up while she was stepping out.
In a mild drama, the man identified as Napoleon Ije, a native of Okwe Community in Asaba, reportedly attacked the wife for sneaking out of the house without his knowledge, and plans to prepare food for him and the Children who were already disturbing with the interest of eating food, and unfortunately the wife in her attempt to quickly escape from the field of the Primary School where the widow beneficiaries had maintained distances against the Pandemic Coronavirus, met a brick wall when the grabbed her clothes that attracted the team of the Philanthropist to the scene who discovered that the woman was not a widow, a situation she was almost beaten up but rescued by the philanthropist who ordered she should be allowed to go with the husband to the house with the food items already given to her.
Napoleon who spoke to Journalists in the area said” I was looking for my wife when I woke up in this lockdown order only for her Children, one of them Ngozi to have told me that her mother went to the primary school for food items and I was happy to go there only for me to be told that she claimed she is a widow, and I am not dead, I am alive, we have four grown up Children and we have been managing ourselves, we need food items but not to say that I am dead”.
Meanwhile, suspected hungry youths in Abraka Community at the weekend allegedly stabbed a lecturer at the state owned University, (DELSU, namewitheld) and dispossessed him of his mobile phone, ATM Card and other valuable items at gunpoint.
Reports said that the victim towards nightfall ran into these group of hoodlums around the University and few meters to his house when they allegedly attacked him at gunpoint and ordered him to surrender to them his GSM phones, and ATM card before they disappeared into the bush.
Speaking to Journalists in the area, the Victim who did not want his name mentioned in the Print said” I believe those who attacked me are those hungry boys who probably were at home for the past two weeks due to Covid-19 lockdown and had no source of livelihood, so I was attacked and they left with my ATM card to withdraw my money before I blocked them,it is only my GSM phones they might succeed in selling to somebody else”
He said that though the incident had been reported to the Police at the Abraka police station, disclosed that the hoodlums during which they rounded him up, stabbed him on his hand when he tried resisting their attempt to forcefully Collect his GSM phones from him, adding that it was his first experience since he started lecturing at DELSU
But the Divisional Police Officer DPO of the Station, CSP Hassan Isah Confirmed that the Police were on the trail of the hoodlums and urged the people of the Community to trust in God and the Police to ensure that the hoodlums have a place in the scheme of things in the Community henceforth.
Also, regardless of the lockdown order by the Delta state government to curtail the spread of coronavirus, hunger has forced many into begging on the streets of major towns in the state
In Asaba, Ibusa Junction Summit road, panhandlers at Ibusa Junction, Ogbeogonogo market during nighfall rove about picking scraps for sale a Clear indication of hunger even at the perilous times across the globe.
In another development, leaders of a four man Kidnap gang who allegedly abducted five secondary school students in Ughelli town last week, Emeka Okolie, has blamed the devil for his evil activities
Emeka Okolie who spoke to Journalists in the area at the weekend while currently in the police net, denied torturing any of the students, but affairmed that he led the gang that Kidnapped the students while returning from school as the victims were identified as Efe John, Clement Onos , Joseph Omojeva, Tina Paul and Stella Otusi who were Students of Divine Comprehensive Secondary located in Ughelli town.
Emeka was arrested few days ago in a hotel room at Abraka Community where he was reportedly taking refugee as Anthony Diafioghor, Abraham Obarume Silva and Omassn mabiaku who led the Operations, said that the Children had reunited with their parents while Emeka had been handed over to the Police for further investigations
The arrest of the gang leader was said to have prompted the immediate release of the victims by the three other hostage takers who feared that their families might be treated as scapegoats and while giving a brief account, Anthony Diafioghor and Abraham Silva Obarume said” immediately we received the news of the Kidnap of the Children, we mobilized our men to go after them based on the information before us , we searched from forest to forest and uncompleted buildings to where we were able to arrest them”
In the meantime, residents of Ogwashi Uku Community have been told to obey the stay at home order by the state government or face sanctions.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ogwashi Uku Police Division, CSP Augustine Oyamielen who spoke to Journalists in the area however warned that defaulters will be Charged to the mobile Court for appropriate sanctions, adding that the lockdown would be enforced to the letters with a view to Curtailing the spread of Coronavirus Pandemic ravaging the world.
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