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Police re- arrest community leader, another over 2017 crisis in Delta

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By Nosa Akenzua

The Police at the Delta State Command on Sunday confirmed the re-arrest of two leaders of Idumuje Ugboko Community in Aniocha North local government area of the state over a crisis in the area which started in 2017.

The police commissioner in the state, Ari Muhammad Ali, who confirmed this to our correspondent said that the two arrested persons have been facing trial in Abuja over the years, disclosing that seven other persons, including the president of the Idumuje Ugboko Development Union (IUDU), Okey Ifejoku, had been charged with alleged killing of one Cyprian Kumaorun in 2017.

The police boss said that six other defendants in the terrorism charge included Godwin Aniemeke, Nonso Omefe, Dennis Nwoko, Light Nwochie, Aikhomu Omezi and Emeka Bidoku, adding that they were accused of conspiring with others now at large in May 2017 to unleash terrors on the community by burning houses as well as killing of Kumaorun.

The defendants had prayed Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja to transfer the case to Delta state where the alleged incident took place as their application was supposed to be heard on Thursday but the court adjourned sitting to May 27, 2021 unfortunately, Justice Abang was indisposed.

However, as Messrs Ifejoku and Aniemeke drove towards the airport to board their flight, they were arrested by a police team led by one DSP Dauda and are currently being detained at the force criminal investigation and intelligence department (FCIID) in Abuja.

The police boss disclosed that the union president general, Okey Ifejoku and Godwin Aniemeke, were arrested and locked up at the Central Police near Federal Secretariat, adding that their charges was conspiracy and murder of the same Benue man, Cyprian Kumaorun for which two the youths were acquitted after three years of incarceration

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