By Rose Ofem
Pastor Mayowa Olawale, a Pastor with the Akai, Ikot-Idhie parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Calabar Municipal was on Tuesday stabbed by unknown miscreants shortly after retiring from church.
His mother (name withheld) told CrossRiverWatch that she was informed by concerned residents after the incident occurred between 5:00 and 6:00 AM.
She commended the goodwill shown her son and described how he was nearly lost to death as they had to search for a functional hospital due to the strike at the University of Calabar Teach hospital.
“While we were home some persons of goodwill ran to the house and informed us that my son pastor Mayowa has been stabbed, and I screamed out then followed them to the scene.
“While at the scene, we noticed that his intestines and some delicate organs of the body were popping out. At this point, he had lost consciousness, we first rushed him to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and realised the doctors there are on strike, we then (were) forced to take him to Bakor medical center located along Murtala Mohammed highway Calabar,” she said.
As at press time, the RCCG were yet to comment on the issue while efforts to reach the victim proved futile as access was denied this reporter due to his condition.
Meanwhile, the DailyPost reports that the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS) unit of the Cross River command of the Nigerian Police Force has rescued a kidnapped Deaconess in the Voice of God Christian Mission located at 3, Howell Street in Calabar.
The Deaconess, Happiness Edon was kidnapped in the Church premises but was rescued at Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) pavilion said the F-SARS Commander, Mr. Victor James Usang, who also disclosed that she was held captive for four days.
“There was a breakthrough when a woman, Deaconess Happiness Edon, who was kidnapped by suspected kidnappers at the Church premises on No 3 Howel Street (Voice of God Christian Mission); we rescued her at the Cross River University of Technology pavilion four days after,
“The kidnappers succeeded in squeezing out NGN100,000 from her, we went after them but they escaped with the money, however, we rescued the victim unhurt on Sunday 21st October,” he stated.
Also arrested were Edem Okon Edet and Christopher Asuquo Willie whom Mr. Usang said were in the habit of breaking stores along Goldie Street of Calabar South. He also disclosed that some gangstas were arrested.
“The complainants who summoned courage to come up and reported the matter are Doris Joseph and Chukwu Emeka,” he said, adding that: “Some cultists who belong to Axe confraternity who are also armed robbers, Emmanuel Edim Jimmy, Sunday Ebukason and David Ekanem are in SARS custody.
“They robbed one Liberty Anda along Mount Zion Road of his Infinix phone valued at N40, 000 and a physical cash of N26, 000,” he said.
Also, CrossRiverWatch gathered that the rate of petty thievery and snatching has increased with journalist, Ashie Osor who reports for the Nigerian Chronicle losing about NGN23,000 to robbers in Atimbo after closing from work.
Family sources say Mr. Osor, who is the government house correspondent for the Nigerian Chronicle is said to have been approached by the robbers in numbers who searched him and deserted him after collecting the cash and other valuable items.
Also, at the CRUTECH staff quarters, no fewer than six break-ins have been reported in the past two weeks with CrossRiverWatch news editor, Mr. Jonathan Ugbal losing food items, clothings and other valuables to the burglars.
This comes on the heels of the parade of 58 suspects including 24 armed robbers, 12 suspected thieves, five alleged rapists, six cultists, eight kidnappers and three others accused of being in possession of firearms by the command two weeks ago.
Amongst them was Emmanuel Michael Abua, a.k.a ‘Kpon Kpon’, the suspected killer of an operative of Nigeria’s secret police, the SSS, Mr. Michael Biayeibo Orusede.
“On 11th October 2018 at about 20:15 hours, one Emmanuel Michael Abua, male, 58 years (aka kpong kpong) was shooting randomly with a locally made gun close to the Obanliku Division of the force.
“In the process of being disarmed, the suspect stabbed one Mike Orusede – DSS personnel at his rib area with a sharp object and the victim was rushed to Sacred heart hospital Obudu where he was confirmed dead,” the police commissioner, Hafiz Inuwa said during the parade.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that youths and policemen had mobilised to arrest Kpong Kpong when it was gathered that he had stabbed to death, Mr. Orusede.
He is said to have fired at the group upon sighting them with a policeman hit on the chest. Residents say the policeman had a vest on him and wondered why the police did not respond immediately.
However, the search continued and after combing the forests in Obanliku and those of adjoining communities of Wula in Boki local government area and Adikpo in Benue State.
A statement issued by the youth leader, Mr. Akah Odey said Kpong Kpong was arrested in Bakie village of Bumaji, Boki local government area in the morning of Sunday, October 14, 2018 while on his way to Ukwa enroute Cameroon.
“I got the info from our informant there. Obanliku Youths numbering over 200 immediately mobilised to Bumaji on foot because the road is not motorable,” the statement read, adding that he was marched, “to Sankwala, through Bayasung in Basang” with cheering crowd greeting his arrest.
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