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Tears flowed on Saturday as four of the seven children who died after allegedly eating Suya were buried in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

The four victims are Kelechi Chibuzor, 12; Sunday Chibuzor, 10; Oluomachi Chibuzor, 8; and Kingsley Chibuzor, 3.

The children died on August 25.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the actual cause of the death was still being investigated.

Speaking at their funeral on Saturday, the Bishop of Goodnews Pentecostal Church, Umuahia, Ugochukwu Ogbonna, urged their parents to take heart.

While speaking on the topic, ‘The journey of this life and the call of eternity,’ Ogbonna maintained that everyone is a sojourner on earth and no one knows when he will die.

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The cleric lauded the victims’ father, Ikwunze Chibuzor, and his wife, for showing the kids the way of the Lord, as he prayed God to grant their souls peaceful rest.

Tears as family buries four children who died after Suya meal

In his remarks, the President General of Ohuhu, Chief Obi Aguocha, urged the parents and relatives of the kids to be strong at their difficult time.

He said, “It is painful to wake up one day and lose your entire family. People lose one or two, but not four. It should not happen again.

“Children are supposed to bury their parents; but their father is giving back to God what He gave to him.”

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He disclosed that the clan gave the family the sum of N4.8m “and something else for the children that would come afterwards.”

While appealing to the bereaved couple to see their fate as the beginning of a new life, he called on members of the community not to forget the family.

At the funeral, a member representing the Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Ifeanyi Onuigbo, who was represented by Henry Eleogu, promised to stand by the family, just as he prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Speaking, the bereaved father, Ikwunze, thanked all those who supported his family through financial means and words of encouragement.

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He revealed that amid speculations that his kids died after eating Suya or inhaling generator fumes, autopsy results on the deaths would be out in the next two weeks.

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Defamation: Leave Us Out Of Your Issues With Umukoro, We Gave You Fair Hearing, Oasis Magazine Tells Kigho

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Oasis Magazine has said that the demand by the President of Oruarivie Youth Council (OYC), Efe Kigho, for a retraction over an online story published by the media house was uncalled for.

N.O Ogbodu, ESQ.,
S.G. Ediagbonuvie & CO., (LEGAL PRACTITIONERS)., had said in letter addressed to Oasis Magazine on Wednesday, 13th October, 2021
that the story, “CALL EFE KIGHO TO ORDER, UMUKORO TELLS ORUARIVIE – ABRAKA KINGDOM MONARCH” was defamatory.

In a statement signed by the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Dafe Umukoro, on Thursday, the media house said that with the rejoinder published for Kigho to counter the said story by Umukoro, fair reportage was already served.

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“Journalism is about fair hearing and you have since debunked the said story by the same media you are demanding a retraction from,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the fast-growing platform through her law partners, IKIMI OGHENEJABOR & CO.,
(LEGAL PRACTITIONERS) at
Suite 4, Favour Plaza,
By Express Junction,
Ovwian,
Delta State, in a letter (yet to be delivered) also waived off the retraction call by Kigho’s lawyer.

The letter dated 21st October, 2021, said: “Having calmly perused the contents of your letter under reference and the separate interviews granted Comrade Kelly Efemena Umukoro by our client on the 27th September, 2021 and published online same day and the rejoinder our client granted your client on the 1st October, 2021 on the issues raised by Comrade Kelly Efemena Umukoro in his earlier interview and published same day online, we are unable to legally advice our client to retract any of the aforesaid publication or to publish any public apology to your client in any two national dailies or pay your client the sum of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million naira) as damages as demanded in your letter under reference.”

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Adding: “We are of the legal opinion that our client having granted your client a right of reply and which said reply was published on the 1st October, 2021 our client had exercised fair hearing and fair reportage of all contending issues raised in your letter under reference.”

“In the circumstance, we trust you would advice your client accordingly,” the letter added.

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Nobody Was Killed At Lekki Tollgate – Pro-Buhari Protesters

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A group of pro-Buhari protesters has converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, saying “nobody died at Lekki tollgate” in Lagos.

The protesters who were conveyed to the venue on a bus, held up placards stating,”#EndSarsProtest; Lekki shooting was a hoax”, and ”Nobody died at Lekki tollgate”.

Okpokwu Ogenyi, leader of the pro-government protesters, said the #EndSARS protesters were mobilised to blackmail the Buhari administration.

“We shall no longer keep quiet while unscrupulous elements are trying to blackmail the Buhari government,” he said.

Some of the protesters TheCable spoke to said they did not know why they were brought to the Unity Fountain.

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Nobody Was Killed At Lekki Tollgate – Pro-Buhari Protesters

Hadisatu, one of the protesters, said she did not know why she was brought to the protest venue, but that she had gone to pray and was brought there after he prayers.

When asked if she was paid to be there, she said, “it’s when we go that we will be paid”.

Also Joy, another protester, said one Miss Bello asked her to show up, adding “I don’t why I am here”.

On October 20, 2020, soldiers reportedly opened fire on protesters campaigning against police brutality at Lekki tollgate.

While some reports, including civil society groups say some protesters were killed in the attack, the federal government has disputed this account.

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Lai Mohammed, minister of information, on Wednesday described the Lekki incident as a ”phantom massacre”.

Nigerians poured into the streets in Lagos, Abuja and other places today to mark the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

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Security Operatives Take Over Lekki Tollgate Ahead Of #EndSARS Memorial Protest

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Security operatives, including police, soldiers and others have stormed the Lekki toll gate to prevent the first anniversary of #EndSARS nationwide protests.

The police authorities and State Government had warned against another phase of protests.

But the adamant groups have vowed not to back down despite the repeated warnings.

Organisers of the memorial protest have been mobilising on social media platforms.

They vowed to storm the Lekki Tollgate in a car procession.

The Nation reports the tollgate has been shut since October 20, after the EndSARS incident.

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Witnesses told The Nation that heavy presence of armed security operatives was spotted in some parts of Lekki and other areas of the State.

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