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Fuel Scarcity Hits Port Harcourt

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Residents of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, and its environs are currently experiencing fuel scarcity as long queues have returned to filling stations.

Our correspondent observed that the scarcity started around 3pm on Monday when fuel dealers decided to close majority of the filling stations in the state capital.

It was gathered that the fuel dealers closed shop due to speculations that the main depot in Port Harcourt was no longer distributing fuel.

The sudden closure of the filling stations caused a long queue at the popular Mobil filling station at Waterlines, along the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway as motorists had a tough time before they could purchase Premium Motor Spirit.

Though the filling station was selling at the normal price of N145 per litre, some motorists had to wait for over an hour before they could purchase fuel.

One of them, who identified himself simply as Chinonyerem, said he could not find fuel at other filling stations inside town, adding that he had to join the queue when he noticed that the Mobil filling station was selling the commodity.

“I don’t know what the cause of the scarcity is, but it is good to notice that they did not increase the fuel price here (Mobil filling station). I have been here for over one hour. I know I will get fuel before I leave here,” Chinonyerem said.

As of 10am on Tuesday morning, most of the filling stations were still locked up as the owners refused to sell, hoping that the scarcity would force an increase in the pump price of petrol.

At the Karibi filling station on Iwofe Road in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, fuel was sold at the normal price as the queue continued to build up.

A commercial tricycle rider, who identified himself simply as James, told our correspondent that the scarcity was as a result of the rumour that the depot in Port Harcourt was no longer distributing fuel.

“Immediately the rumour got to these fuel dealers, they began to close their filling stations. The few ones that opened did not believe the rumour. That is what is causing this scarcity,” James stated.

When contacted, the Media Officer, Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company, Ikenna Okpani, said he was not aware of any fuel scarcity, adding that there was no reason for dealers to close their fuel stations.

“I am not aware that there is any fuel scarcity. There is no reason for such because from our end here, we are producing,” Okpani said.

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Woman Kills Spouse with Shoe Heel over Infidelity

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A woman on Saturday, in Warri, Warri Local Government Area of Delta State allegedly hit her husband with the heel of her shoe over allegation of infidelity, killing him in the process.

The yet-to-be identified woman reportedly struck her husband to death with the heel of her shoe at Ugbuwangue, an Itsekiri community in Warri.

It was gathered that the incident happened at about 11:00 a.m, close to the community’s town hall.

Further reports revealed the husband, identified as Etsebanghanro Ighomi, was a father-of-two and member of the Ugbuwangue community executive.

Reports had it that the couple had been engaged in a misunderstanding over alleged infidelity on the part of the deceased.

Its was learnt that the woman had approached her husband where he sat and struck him with the shoe heel in the back of his head from behind.

The husband reportedly fainted and began to foam from his mouth and died before he could reach the hospital.

A witness disclosed that the woman is currently being held by the police.

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Police Arrest Three for Allegedly Lynching Suspected Phone Thief

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Three suspects have been arrested by Ogun State Police Command for allegedly beating a 23-year-old man to death. The victim was accused of stealing two mobile phones.

The incident happened at Iju-Ota town, in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Ogun police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who made this known on Sunday, said the suspects include Ugo Obi, Chinonso Jude and Chibuke Samson; all of MTN street Iju Ota.

He said they were arrested following a report by one Ajibade Gbenga who reported at Onipanu divisional headquarters that his son, Samuel Ajibade, was accused of stealing two handsets by the suspects; after which the three suspects jointly beat him to a state of comma.

Mr Ajibade reportedly told the police that the deceased was rushed to the General Hospital, Ota, for medical attention but was confirmed dead as soon as he arrived at the hospital.

“Upon the report, the DPO Onipanu Division, CSP Bamidele Job, led his detectives to the scene where the three suspects were quickly arrested. It was the quick response of the police that saved the suspects from being lynched by angry mob who have gathered to apply jungle justice on them immediately they heard that the victim is dead. The corpse of the deceased had been deposited at the general hospital Ota mortuary for post mortem examination,” Mr Oyeyemi said.

The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution. He also warned that the command will not tolerate any form of jungle justice on anybody suspected of any type of crime.

The police boss appealed to members of the public to always report anyone suspected to have committed crime to the law enforcement agency for proper investigation and prosecution rather than taking laws into their hands.

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Pastor Lands in Jail for Lying Against Colleague in Ondo

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The Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday sentenced a pastor, John Abiodun, to two years’ imprisonment for false allegation against a church founder.

Abiodun was arrested in 2019 for lying against the founder of Promiseland Prophetic Ministry, Akure, Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi, that seven placentas were planted on the church’s altar.

The church is located in the Shasha area of Akure.

The convict, who was a former member of the church, swore an affidavit before the commissioner for oaths on the matter.

Abiodun and a lecturer of the Adekunle Ajasin University,  Akungba Akoko, Prof. Lanre Olu-Adeyemi, were later arraigned on eight counts bordering on conspiracy, publication of false information, perjury, impersonation, threatening violence, among others.

The second defendant (Olu-Adeyemi) was the admin of a WhatsApp group on which the false accusation was published.

During a series of court proceedings on the matter, witnesses were called by both the prosecutor and the defence counsel.

The trial judge, Justice Bode Adegbehingbe, found Abiodun guilty of count five of the charge.

He said the convict contradicted himself while giving evidence in the allegation against him, which included the use of different church WhatsApp platforms and other social media to malign, carry out false publication and wrongly accuse the founder of the church.

The court said Abiodun was guilty of perjury, an offence punishable under Section 118 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ondo State.

The judge also held that in law, anybody found guilty of perjury was liable to life or 14 years’ imprisonment, but due to the plea by the defence counsel, Mr Olanrewaju Adesanmi, he would reduce the jail term to two years.

“The first defendant is hereby sentenced to two years’ imprisonment,” the judge ruled.

The second defendant was discharged and acquitted as the court said the investigation conducted by the police on his involvement in the matter was shoddy.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Kayode Dare, expressed satisfaction with the judgement, saying the court had vindicated Akinbiyi and other members of his church.

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