5 Killed As Villagers Mistook Soldiers For Herdsmen In Niger

Five people were feared killed in a clash between soldiers and villagers at Kpaidna village near Beji of Bosso local government area of Niger state.
The number of people injured could not be ascertained, but it was learnt that four vehicles were destroyed while the crisis lasted.

Sources said the incident occurred about 1 am yesterday when the villagers, mistaking the soldiers in an operation for armed Fulani herders, opened fire on them, leading to violent exchanges that led to the death of the five people. An officer and two soldiers are reportedly missing.
It was learnt that a clash between herders and villagers in Barkuta, a community close to where the current incident happened resulted in the death of villagers recently, while a reprisal led to the demise of three herders.
Both the deputy governor, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso and the commissioner of information, culture and tourism, Jonathan Vatsa, who were on hand to access the situation, were prevented from entering the community.
Vatsa said on phone that he could not get into the village because of strong presence of the military.
The Niger State Police Public Relation Officer Bala Elkana confirmed the incident, saying,  “About 1 am we received a report that armed men were attacking Kpaidna village but when we arrived we discovered that they were soldiers in operation.”
He said they gathered that the villagers mistook the soldiers for Fulani herders camouflaging in military uniform to attack the village.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Njideka Agwu, said, “We heard there were arms and ammunition in that village and we went for cordon and search after soldiers were briefed yesterday. Unfortunately, villagers opened fire on us and we don’t know the number of casualty for now because the information is sketchy, but investigation is still on.”
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5 Killed In Renewed Communal Clash

Five persons were killed Tuesday in what is believed to be the latest outbreak of violence between Share and Tsaragi communities in Ifelodun local government area of Kwara state.
Five people have also been arrested over the incident, according to the spokesman of the Kwara state police command, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi.

The incident occurred while the state government was still working on the implementation of a White Paper on an earlier violent conflict between the two communities during which lives were lost and properties destroyed.
Sources close to the two communities claimed that the victims of the Tuesday incident: Aliyu Issah, Muhmini, Alhaji Saba, Madu Issa and Kadiri were mainly Nupes from Tsaragi who were resident at Obadare village which belongs to Share.
However, a source in Share community, who is also an indigene of the area, said that the Tuesday attack was between Fulani and Tsaragi people and not between Share and Tsaragi communities.
The source, who confirmed that there was no indigene of Share community among the victim of the clash, said that his people had no hand in the attack.
The state government has in the meantime imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on the two communities, according to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold.
In a response, the Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed condemned the ‘murder of some farmers in Share, headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state by yet to be identified persons.’
Ahmed, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, described the incident as unfortunate and unacceptable, adding that it was particularly disturbing  at a time the state government was taking advantage of the improving fortunes from the federation account and success of the rejuvenated internal revenue generating mechanism to enhance the economic development of the State.

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5 Killed In Another Boko Haram Attack In Borno Village

Three operatives of a local vigilante force helping soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram were on Tuesday killed by a bomb planted on the road by members of the Islamic insurgent group, an official said Wednesday.
Two civilians from Huyum village in Askira Uba Local of Borno state were also killed in an ensued shootout between surviving vigilante operatives and ambushing members of Boko Haram, the official said.
The spokesperson for the Vigilante Group in Borno state, Abbas Gava, told journalists on phone that his colleagues were in a patrol vehicle when they stepped on an explosive device in Huyum village.
“It was in the afternoon of Tuesday when our members in Askira Uba local government area were going on patrol, oblivious of the ambush attacked planned by Boko Haram, their vehicle stepped on a bomb buried in the middle of the road,” said Mr. Gava.
“Three of our members were killed instantly while others engaged the terrorists in shootout. The terrorists opened fire on fleeing villagers and two persons were killed.
“As I’m talking to you now, our members have joined soldiers in hot pursuit of Boko Haram who were fleeing towards Sambisa Forest,” said Mr. Gava.

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5 Killed, 7 Injured As IPOB, MASSOB Clash With JTF In Onitsha

Five persons were, yesterday, shot dead at the Niger Bridge Head, while seven others sustained varying degrees of injuries when members of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, clashed with Joint Task Force, JTF, comprising the  Army and the Police, which mounted road block at the Niger Head Bridge.

Four of the victims shot dead were members of both IPOB and MASSOB, while one person is said to be a soldier, who was grabbed by the  mob, angry with the way soldiers opened fire on the jubilating crowd that included non pro-Biafra agitators, and fell four of them before they ran for their lives, leaving the victims behind.

All the markets around the Niger Bridge Head, including the Bridge Head Market, Onitsha Patent and Propitiatory Medicine Dealers Market (Ogbo Ogwu Market) and other markets located around the bridge, including Abada Market were quickly shut down, following sporadic shooting by the military to scare the jubilant crowd away.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday,  ordered the Department of State Service, DSS, to immediately release  the detained  leader of IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

The court directed that Kanu, who had been in detention since October 17,  should be released “unconditionally.”

Ruling on the fundamental rights suit by Kanu, the trial judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi, said there was no basis for the applicant to remain in custody since there was currently no charge pending against him.

The court order came barely 24 hours after an Abuja Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Wuse Zone 2, struck out a one-count  charge the Federal Government preferred against the IPOB leader.

Meanwhile, according to an eye-witness at the Onitsha Head Bridge, who was coming from Asaba end of the bridge, the Biafra agitators were said to be marching on the road near the River Niger Bridge, chanting solidarity songs in jubilation for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, and were accosted by the soldiers, who ordered them to go back, and disagreements ensued before the soldiers allegedly opened fire on them.

Another version of the story had it that, the pro-Biafra agitators and those sympathetic to their cause, were jubilating, singing and dancing near the bridge and in annoyance, the soldiers, who had been guiding the bridge since the last shooting, during which unarmed nine protesters were killed and 18 others  injured,  opened fire on them, gunning down four.

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