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  • Updated: May 26, 2024

Delta: Police arrest polytechnic accountant, recover gun

Delta: Police arrest polytechnic accountant, recover gun

The Delta State Commissioner of Police Special Team, commanded by ASP Julius Robinson, detained Chief Oviri Onorigho, a 52-year-old accountant at the Polytechnic in Oghara, Ethiope-West Local Government Area, at his home on Friday at 1130hrs.

The authorities also discovered a Baretta pistol loaded with four rounds of live fire.

SP Bright Edafe, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, corroborated the incident in a statement signed and made accessible to correspondents in Warri.

He said, “A search warrant was executed in his residence during which one Baretta pistol loaded with four rounds of live ammunition was recovered.

“The suspect was immediately arrested. Preliminary investigation revealed that he is suspected to be a member of the Aiye confraternity. The suspect stated that he bought the gun from one Morrison (at large) for N250,000 and that it was for his protection.”

He added that the suspect is in custody and the investigation is proceeding.

Meanwhile, the Ado-Ekiti federal highway, a vital route connecting Ekiti State with Kogi, Ondo, and Abuja, faced a blockade by outraged students and staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, due to its poor condition. 

The protest, which caused significant traffic congestion and gridlock throughout the day, affected commuters travelling to various destinations, including key institutions like Government College, Ado-Ekiti, the Federal Silos Centre, the cargo airport under construction, and Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), along with its 400-bed Multi-System Hospital.

During the peaceful demonstration, the students expressed frustration over the deteriorating state of the road, emphasising its importance as the only access route to their campus.

They highlighted the difficulties they face in commuting to school, citing safety concerns and alleging fatalities resulting from accidents on the road.

The protesters, including representatives from various staff associations such as the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), and the Non-Academic Staff Union, criticised the government's inaction despite repeated pleas to address the road's condition.

They described the road as a death trap, attributing numerous accidents and fatalities to its poor state.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, Mr Sunday Akomolafe, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Mr Adebayo Daramola and Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union, Adebayo Abubakar, said the protest became necessary after the government turned deaf ears to their plea over the years regarding the road.

According to them, the road had become a death trap.

They alleged that more than five persons had died within this year alone as a result of accidents occasioned by the poor state of the road.

The staff noted that they had, on several occasions, contributed personal resources to repair certain portions of the road.

Stranded motorists and commuters expressed support for the protest, acknowledging the financial strain caused by the road's condition and applauding the initiative taken by the polytechnic staff and students to draw attention to the issue.

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