KANO: 8 Shiites, 1 Policeman Die in Today’s Clash

Today’s clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Police in Kano left eight members of the sect and one police dead.


The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Yusuf, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Monday.


Yusuf said four policemen and many members of the Shi’ites were injured during the clash which occurred along Kano-Zaria road in the city.


He said, “During the clash, we were able to arrest many members of the IMN and we are going to conduct an investigation into the incident.


“Members of the movement snatched an AK 47 riffle from our men, but we were able to recover it.”


The spokesperson of the sect in Kano, Malam Ali Kakaki, said members of the group were on a protest demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky when policemen began shooting.


He said, “As our members walked toward the Amana City close to Tamburawa Area, some policemen began to shoot in all directions.


“The casualties on our side involved women and children.”

Update On Nigeria Police, Shiites Clash In Kano

The Police have confirmed the death of eight Shiites members and a police sergeant in Monday’s violent clash between the law enforcement agents and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Kano.

The clash occurred during a procession of the Shiites in the city.

The state Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, said the Shiites, who were allegedly in possession of dangerous weapons, were the aggressors in the clash.

He said they snatched an Ak47 gun from an officer and used it to kill the sergeant.

Mr. Yusuf said the incident started at about 8:00 a.m. when police officers were invited to a scene of mayhem at Kwanar Dawaki Zaria allegedly caused by the Shiites who, he said, blocked the road and were attacking motorists and vandalizing properties.

The commissioner said the law enforcement agents tried to stop the carnage with tear gas but were repelled by the Shiites with arrows and other dangerous weapons.

Mr. Yusuf said the officers had to resort to “minimal power, resulting in eight confirmed dead by the doctors”.

He said scores of injured Shiites members were receiving treatment at various hospitals.

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Bayelsa communities clash over oil-rich land

Ibou, Eminama and Dorgu-Ewoama communities, all in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State are spoiling for war over the ownership of Ibou Forest and Iyallakiri Creek oil location following claims by some families in Eminama and Dorgu-Ewoama that they own the contentious portion of land.

Meanwhile, the people of Ibou community have called on the Bayelsa state government to intervene and restrain Eminama and Dorgu-Ewoama communities from the said land to avoid a breakdown of law and order, stressing that the ownership claim was capable of igniting communal crisis in the area.

The Ibou community in a petition to the Special Adviser (Oil and Gas) to Governor Seriake Dickson, signed by Chief Ipogolanyo Daw-Feghawari and others, stated that the land in question has been in existence for over 120 years and never in dispute or disputed by anybody, except for the latest claims by Eminama and Dorgu-Ewoama.

Describing the claims of the two families as “ignorance and greed”, the Ibou community said as a peace- loving people, they were ready to defend their ancestral heritage through a peaceful and law- abiding process and advised the Bayelsa State government not to be misled by a few self-seeking persons.”

It added: “The Ibou community, therefore, advises the Bayelsa state government and the public to disregard the purported claims as they want to reap where they did not sow.”

18 Dead As Herdsmen, Farmers Clash

At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes in Niger between cattle herders and farmers, officials said, adding that women and children were among the dead.

The violence kicked off on Tuesday morning after a herd of cattle wandered into a farmer’s field and damaged the cereal crop, a local official said, asking not to be named.

Such clashes are not unusual in drought-hit Niger, where food shortages and scarce water supplies inflame tensions, especially during the harvest, which coincides with cattle being moved to pasture.

“The clashes were unusually violent, it was very barbaric,” the official told AFP. “It was the death of the owner of the field, in the first altercation, that set things off,” he added.

He said a significant number of women and children were killed, without providing a precise toll.

The interior ministry said 18 people were killed and another 43 wounded in the clashes, which happened in the western Tahoua region, adding that homes were also set on fire.

It said in a statement that security forces had restored order and an investigation was under way, while calling for calm.

The clashes come nearly two years after 10 people were killed in the same region in similar clashes between cattle herders and farmers.



Five Feared Killed As Hausa, Fulani Clash Over A Girl In Lagos

No fewer than five persons were yesterday feared killed and many others injured as some Hausa and Fulani men clash in Lagos

The cause of the fracas in Abbattior/Kara, Agege, was the alleged robbery of some Hausa men by some Fulani boys at a hotel in Kogiri.

The police confirmed the clash but said only one person died in the violence that lasted for many hours.

The area was tension-soaked in spite of the heavy security presence and the deployment of an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

There were many accounts of the incident as recounted by those who claimed to have knowledge of it.

A trader who gave his name as Usman said the Hausa boys complained to their brothers and a complaint was filed before the Seriki Fulani, Bello Damobapa, who allegedly took no action to sanction the boys.

Angered by the alleged silence of the Seriki, the Hausa boys were said to have stormed his palace on Tuesday night and vandalised three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) belonging to him, his deputy and secretary.

By yesterday morning, it was learnt that a crowd of Fulani boys armed with sticks, bottles and cutlasses trooped to the railway lines where Hausa scraps collectors operate and started attacking people.

Usman said: “I usually sleep here but last night something just made me go home and I did. So I came out here around 7am and one woman told me to go back that Hausa and Fulani men were fighting.

“But I crossed to the other side and I saw a large number of Fulani people. They were carrying sticks with which they rear cattle, cutlasses and bottles. They were marching down, attacking anyone in sight

“The retreating Hausa men regrouped and confronted the Fulani group. The Hausa group called their kins from other markets for reinforcement. They came from Katangura, Agege and other markets. They chased the Fulani back into the abattoir complex.

“By that time, the police and soldiers had not come.  When they chased the Fulani people back, the Fulani went into the market and started attacking anyone they saw. They attacked even people who are not Hausa.

Police spokesman Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP) said four persons had been arrested.

She said the fight erupted following the assault of a Hausa girl by a Fulani man.

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Army/Shitte Clash: Buhari Assures Of Appropriate Response

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured international and local human rights groups of appropriate response over the report of the judicial inquiry into the clashes between soldiers and members of the Shiite movement in Nigeria led by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying this Tuesday.

He said the president was studying the details of the report before announcing appropriate response in due course.

According to Shehu, the president’s commitment to human rights remains unchanged because it is a cardinal component of the democratic order.

He said the present administration believed in due process and the rule of law. “Therefore any response to the report would follow this principle.”

The presidential aide said the Federal Government would continue to act in the larger interest of the public to prevent such violent incidents.

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7 Feared Dead In Clash Between Hausa/Fulani & Imo Community

No fewer than seven persons were feared dead yesterday evening in Akokwa community in Ideato North council of Imo State, following a bloody clash between the Hausa/Fulani community and the indigenes.
It was gathered that trouble started when a member of the Hausa community whose name could not be ascertained as at press time had allegedly attacked and killed two of the indigenes and thereafter killed himself.
Angered by the dastardly act, the indigenes in a reprisal attacked the Hausa community, where four persons were killed as well as the destruction of several properties and houses.
According to the a source, “ an Hausa man who lives in Akokwa community had run amok, attacked and killed two indigenes and then killed himself, and angered by the terrible action of the Northerner who attacked an killed innocent indigenes of the community, and in the reprisal attack by the indigenes to avenge the deaths of their kinsmen, four other persons were killed with several properties and houses burnt down.
The source added, “ as I speak to you now many people have fled the community for fear of further attacks.”.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Imo State Police Command Mr. Andrew Enwerem, said that only three persons were killed in the fracas.



3,000 Displaced As Busi Communities Clash In Cross River

OVER three thousand persons in Busi 4, one of the communities at the base of the famous Obudu Ranch Resort in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State, have been displaced following a communal conflict, weekend. Sources in the area confirmed that five of the Busi communities, Busi 1, Busi 2, Busi 3, Busi 5 and Busi 6, allegedly joined forces to attack Busi 4, following a dispute over a parcel of farmland.

A visit by Vanguard to the conflict area, located over four hundred kilometres away from Calabar, showed that several houses in Busi 4 were set ablaze, farmlands and water sources destroyed, while the villagers have escaped to the divisional police headquarters and the council headquarters at Sankwala, for refuge. A community leader in Busi 4, Mr. Emmanuel Okobere, said: “Neighbouring communities of Busi 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 invaded us in a protracted dispute over a parcel of land, which has spanned several years. “We got court judgement in our favour five times, which they refused to accept.”

A youth leader in the community, Mr. Francis Obi, said the invaders attacked their community on Friday evening, taking them unawares. He said: “We were preparing to go to bed when all of a sudden, we started hearing gunshots, which caused panic in the community as our people started running and those who could not run fast enough were killed and our houses set ablaze.” Mr. John Inaku, Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, attributed the crisis to lack of patience and understanding among communities and condemned the act as barbaric and unnecessary. “These villages are always in a hurry to engage in the use of violence to settle land disputes, even when government is taking measures to settle the situation amicably,” he added

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El-Rufa’i Raises Committee On Army/Shiites Clash

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has set up a nine-man committee to produce a white paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Army/Shiites clash in the state.

The Army/Shiites clash in Zaria last December had left many people dead.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Samuel Aruwan, Media aide to the governor, in Kaduna on Wednesday.El-Rufai said that the committee would commence work immediately and submit the draft white paper within two weeks.

The committee is headed by Adamu Mansur, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.

The governor also mandated the committee to make any other recommendation that would assist government in addressing issues raised in the report.

The committee members were the permanent secretaries of the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources, Works, Housing and Transport, Local Government, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services.

The other members were the permanent secretaries Ministry of Justice, Civil Service Commission, and Mr M. Aliyu of the Ministry of Justice, as well as Mr Alexander Sule of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

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Dino Melaye, Remi Tinubu Clash, What Really Happened

Further details of the altercation between Senators Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) and Remi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) which saw both lawmakers calling each other names and charging at each other, revealed how it all happened.

Those who witnessed the incident, which occurred during a closed-door meeting held by senators on Tuesday, said trouble started when Mr. Melaye urged the Senate to descend heavily on members who had offered to serve as prosecution witnesses in the ongoing forgery case against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

The Kogi senator is said to have accused the senators of being used by the presidency to destabilise the Senate and warned them to be ready to face the consequences of their action.

“You should go and tell those who sent you that nobody, I said nobody, no matter who he is, can ever control this Senate, ” Mr. Melaye was quoted as saying as he pointed at the affected senators, his face contorted in rage.

Sources said when Mrs. Tinubu was recognised to speak, she rose, and said, “I’m just wondering why whenever Senator Dino speaks in this chamber, he is always threatening people and behaving childishly and at times like a thug.

“I think he needs to know that every senator here represents their constituencies. And that there is no need to threaten anyone.

“We are seeking and working towards reconciliation, yet you are busy issuing threats.”

One of our sources said at this point, Mr. Melaye jumped up from his seat and charged towards Mrs. Tinubu, saying, “Look this is not Bourdillon (referring to the famous Lagos residence of Mrs Tinubu’s politician husband). I will beat you up, ….. impregnate you and nothing will happen.”

 Witnesses said as Mr. Melaye charged towards the Lagos senator, other senators, especially those from the South-West geopolitical zone, waded in and shielded Mrs. Tinubu from attack, and then calmed her down.

A few other senators also prevailed on Mr. Melaye to take it easy and let peace reign, sources said.

“We had to move in to save the situation because he had already overwhelmed her with his voice,” one of the senators, who calmed Mrs. Tinubu down, said.

“Many dirty thing do happen during closed-door sessions, but people don’t get to hear about it,” another senator said. “But now that the senate is divided, proceedings at executive sessions are being leaked to the press.

“Yesterday was one of such dirty sessions, there was ramblings, uproar and profanities. It was so sad.”

Also during the meeting, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia) called on the Senate to go for President Muhammadu Buhari’s “jugular”.

When colleagues asked him what he meant, the senator said it had become clear that Mr. Buhari had no respect for the Senate and that the time had come for him to be impeached.

Mr. Abaribe said the president was encouraging his subordinates to disrespect the upper chamber and that only two options were now open to the senate – go for the president’s jugular (impeachment) or continue to seek reconciliation that might not work.

Mr. Melaye on Wednesday morning said reports that he was planning to initiate impeachment proceeding against President Buhari were untrue. But he was silent on reports that he threatened Senator Tinubu or used the “F” word on her.

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Eleven Feared Killed Over Cult Clash In Rivers

Some gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group on the early hours of Sunday killed eleven persons in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The cultists visited three communities in the area, Rumuji, Ovogo and Rumuewhuo communities killing the victim who were suspected to be members of the rival cult group in the area.

Some of the victims killed are, Mr. Nature Oti, Ikechi, Onyebuchi Omuruka, Mr. Chima Omuruka, Mr. Lucky Okwakpam, Mr. Nyovele and others.

It was learnt that the gunmen had earlier attacked Rumuji Divisional Police Headquarters, allegedly overpowered the officers on night duty and rescued detainees in the cell.

It was also gathered that the gunmen broke into the armory of the police at Rumuji and made away with guns and ammunitions.

A visit to the area by the Nation showed that there was still uneasy calm at the Police station, although no officer wanted to say a word to the reporter.

But a police source stated that the police station was under a heavy gunfire attack by some bandits last night.

Another hinted our correspondent that seven people were shot dead in Ovogo community, two in Rumuji and two others in Rumuewhuo communities, making the total number of victim to eleven..

Michael said the residents of the three communities are now on the run following the killings.

He said: “The residents of Ovogo community wake up this morning to witness a lot of dead bodies. There was much shooting last night. The entire Ovogo, Rumuewhuo and Rumuji communities have been deserted because of fear.”

When contacted, Rivers State Police spokesman, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Ahmad Muhammad simply said, “There was something like that but no casualties on either sides.”

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Kaduna Govt. Extends Time For Investigation Of Shiite/Army Clash

The Kaduna State Government has granted a four-week extension to the Judicial Commission of inquiry in Shiite/Army clash in Zaria

The statement stated that the state government granted the extension following a request by the Chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammed Garba.

This is contained in a statement by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity in Kaduna on Tuesday.

The statement stated that the commission, which had six weeks to submit its final report, had inaugural sitting on Feb. 22 and was expected to wind up on April 4.

It stated that the commission’s proceedings had been repeatedly adjourned to enable the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to submit its memorandum.

The statement stated that the proceedings were adjourned on Feb. 24, Feb. 29, Feb. 7, March 1, and March 14, respectively.

It stated that these adjournments were to provide a level playing ground and opportunity for fair fairing to all parties involved in the subject of the inquiry.

These adjournments have taken up the time of the commission and as such more time is required to conduct the business of the commission.

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Six Feared Dead In Ibadan As Hoodlums Clash

The Oyo State Police Command on Wednesday said one person was killed when hoodlums clashed in Oja’ba area of Ibadan.


However, some of the residents of the area claimed six persons were killed during the clash.


Trouble began on Tuesday evening when a group named Idowu Boys, with support from Zaccheus Boys, threatened to attack an unnamed group.

A resident of the area said Idowu Boys and the unnamed group had engaged in a deadly street fight in the past.


The source said, “Idowu Boys said they had an unfinished business with the other group after a recent clash. The members said they would attack the group after joining forces with Zaccheus Boys on Tuesday evening, so there was commotion in the area. We had to close our shops and stayed indoors because of what happened in the past.


“From what I heard, Idowu Boys said the other group killed one of their members recently and that they were prepared to take their revenge on them. They ambushed them around Gege, leading to a fight that left three dead. We later heard that six persons eventually died in the clash.”


Another eyewitness said the hoodlums initially fought with broken bottles and sticks, but resorted to the use of guns and other weapons as the fight progressed.


The Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said police had restored calm in the area.


He said, “Only one person died. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a 24-hour security coverage of the affected areas with a view to protecting lives and property. Some arrests have been made. Normalcy has returned.”



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Nigeria, Iran Clash Over OPEC Emergency Meeting

With the global economy reeling from plunging oil prices occasioned by massive over production, Nigeria, a key member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which depends hugely on oil revenue for its foreign exchange, has requested an emergency meeting to discuss steps to possibly cut down oil production and prop up oil prices.

But Nigeria’s call has been opposed by Iran, another prominent OPEC member, which claimed that the time is not yet right for such an intervention.

Minister of state for petroleum resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, made the call for an OPEC emergency while speaking at a panel session at the ongoing World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, adding Nigeria’s voice to those of OPEC members, such as Venezuela, that are requesting an emergency meeting of the oil-producing nations to address the current oil crisis.

Speaking at the session, Kachikwu stated that with the oil industry in its current state, the members of the OPEC, which produce about one-third of the world’s oil, needed to do something proactive soon.

He said, “There is a lot of energy around trying to meet earlier. Obviously, some of that is a panic reaction. Do we just sit back and watch? Or do we put more efforts in talking to countries, like Russia, to try to get some consensus of what we need to be doing?”

However, Iran disagreed with the premise of an emergency meeting as the country’s oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, stated that the organisation currently has little intention of making a drastic change.

“There should be an intention to make a firm decision in such a meeting; otherwise, the meeting will have negative impacts on world oil markets. The important thing is that there must be an intention for change, but we have not yet received such a signal,” the oil minister said, according to Reuters.

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Five Die In Clash Between PDP, APC Supporters In Niger

Barely 24 hours to the local government elections in Niger State, five supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been killed in a clash with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  The incident occurred at about 8p.m. on Thursday.

It was learnt that two of the deceased were from an accident involving an APC vehicle which ran into a crowd of PDP supporters. The situation degenerated to a free for all, leading to the attacks on members of both parties.

The aggrieved members of the PDP burnt brooms and threw them at APC supporters, leading to attack and deaths on the other side. The remains of the deceased were deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Bida.

Police spokesman, Bala Elikanah, confirmed the incident, saying it was a case of an accident that turned sour. Elikana said the crisis happened after both parties held their campaigns in the ancient city.

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Read Buhari’s Position On Army/ Shiite Clash

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed insinuation in some quarters that the Federal Government was biased in the handling of the recent clash between members of the Shiite Islamic sect and the Nigerian Army in Zaria.

The president stated this in Abuja on Wednesday while fielding questions from journalists at the maiden edition of his parley with the media also known as the `Presidential Media Chat.’

He said it was untrue that the Federal Government had been silent over the incident, adding that the perceived silence was to allow the relevant authorities conclude their investigations.

According to Buhari, regardless of whoever is involved in such an incident, there is a standard way of conducting investigation that must be followed before conclusions are made.

“Certainly I know something about the incident; I ought to do something about it and in fact I must do something about it.

“When it happened I was in touch with the governor of Kaduna State; interestingly the President of Iran spoke to me about it but I told him that as a government we have a system.

“I told him that if anything happens in one of the states, the governor has to physically visit the area and we have a system of investigation.

“But as the head of the Federal Government, I have to wait for official report before I can come out to make a statement; so I am allowing the Army and the Kaduna State government to come up with their reports.


“I expect a report from a judicial commission of inquiry by the Kaduna State government because it happened in Kaduna in one of the cities,’’ he said.

Buhari frowned at the flagrant disobedience of law and order by members of the Shiite sect, especially for causing untold hardship to members of the public during their processions.

He said that complaints about the group’s activities which infringed on the rights residents of Zaria and other towns showed that many persons were tired of their actions.

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Kwara Imposes 24-hr Curfew As 4 Die In Share/Tsaragi Clash

Kwara State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew after at least four persons reportedly lost their lives on Sunday in a renewed communal clash involving Share and a neighboring town, Tsaragi in Kwara State.


A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, said the curfew was with immediate effect.


The statement said a detachment of Nigerian Army has been drafted to reinforce security being provided by the Police and other para-military agencies in the area.


“The Kwara State Government warns that anyone found with illegal arms and ammunition or disrupting peace and public order in both communities will be dealt with in line with the laws of the land.


The Kwara State Government, therefore, assures of its preparedness to deploy all lawful measures to ensure the welfare and security of all citizens”, said the statement.


The statement appealed to other communities in the state to continue to live in peace with their neighbours.


It warned that the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on anyone or group found fomenting trouble in any part of the state, no matter how highly placed.


The Share, headquarter of Ifelodun, and Tsaragi in Edu, local government areas, have been involved in bloody land disputes for decades.

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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Many Wounded, Goods Looted As Govt officials, Traders Clash In Anambra Market

No fewer than thirty people sustained injuries, Tuesday, while goods worth about ten million and ten vehicles were destroyed, when some traders opposed to imposition of Caretaker Committee at the New Auto Spare Part Market Nkpor clashed with government officials who were said to have been sent by the Anambra State Government to inaugurate a Caretaker Committee appointed to run the market.
The traders had last week protested against government imposition of Caretaker Committee, suspension of their election, and alleged refusal by the former administration to render account of their stewardship for alleged over ten years of their administration, and appealed to Governor Obiano to prevail on the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade and the Anambra Markets Amalgamated Traders Association, AMATAS to allow them conduct their election according to their constitutional provision.


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Oil Wells Crisis: 2 Beheaded, 4 Injured In Anambra/Kogi Clash

Two people were beheaded at Eziagulu Otu, near the embattled Orient Petroleum Resources Ltd in Anambra East Local Government Area yesterday by armed men suspected to be from Ibaji in Kogi State, who allegedly attacked the people in their farms. Four others, who sustained injuries have been admitted at a private hospital in Onitsha.

The attack came barely 24 hours after members of Board of Directors of Orient Petroleum informed Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, during a visit, that the company had acquired two new wells in Aguleri and would increase its crude oil production to 3,000 barrels per day in September.

Reports gathered that the attackers, who were armed to the teeth, took the farmers unawares and as many of them ran into the river, the attackers caught six of them, killing two and injuring four. As the news of the attack reached the people of Aguleri in the upland, all those whose relations went to farm became worried. Shortly after, the victims were brought him.

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OPC Members Clash in Kwara, Three Feared Dead

Three people are feared dead following a clash among members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in the Irepodun LGA of Kwara State on Sunday.

A witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a further six people were injured during the fight.

It has been alleged that the clash came about as a result of a protest held by expelled members of the group during an official meeting at the St. Paul Anglican Primary School. An official at the Agbamu Police Post has confirmed the death toll.

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5 Died, 11 Injured In Communal Clash In Niger

A clash between Mazza and Tswachiko villages over a piece of farm land in Agaie local government area of Niger State has left Five people dead and 11 other persons injured.

It was gathered that before the bloody clash occasioned by attack and reprisal attack, the two warring villages have been in dispute over same piece of farm land for over four years.

It was learnt that three of the villagers died at the spot while the first died earlier and the last among the twelve critically injured earlier died at a government hospital in the early hours of yesterday in the area.

An eye account stated that apart from the death and injury recorded, several houses, two vehicles (a Sharon and Golf Volkswagen), 18 motorcycles and domestic animals were set ablaze as a result of the clash.

The clash it was gathered started when the people of Tswachiko allegedly went to the disputed land to farm despite the resolution from the mediation that both side should stay out of the land till the issues at stake. were resolved.

Peeved by the development it was learnt that instead of reporting to the appropriate authority the people of Mazza village allegedly reacted violently leading to the death of a youth.


Police, Army Clash Over Uniform

A policeman was on Thursday reportedly killed, while others were injured after engaging soldiers in a gun duel at Ngwa High School Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Abia State. The dead police officer was allegedly hit in the chest during a crossfire between the army and police patrol team that stormed the Operation Base.

The incident ,which was said to have lasted more than 30minutes, caused pandemonium in the area. Students, teachers inside the army base, shop owners and passersby within the area all scampered for safety.

Trouble started when one of the soldiers at the gate accosted a policeman who was wearing an army camouflage. The policeman was said have rebuffed the soldier and in the heat of the argument, the police officer sprayed a hand teargas into the soldier’s eye which led to a physical combat.

The police officer was reported to have called for reinforcement. A Police patrol van loaded with mobile policemen arrived the scene of the incident and started firing at the soldiers and the soldiers responded.

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APC In Kwara, Lagos Clash Over Call For Sanctions Against Saraki, Dogara

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State has cautioned the Lagos State chapter of the party to halt making uninformed and unguarded comments on the emergence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The party said the call by Lagos APC on the leadership of APC to punish the newly elected Senate President and the Speaker of House of Representatives ?is uninformed and unfortunate.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Publicity Secretary of APC in Kwara State, Sulyman Buhari, the party dismissed the statement by Lagos APC as unfortunate.

“It is quite unfortunate that Lagos APC recommended disciplinary actions against the Senate President and the Honourable Speaker without citing a provision of the APC constitution that has been contravened by these distinguished Nigerians and committed party leaders.

“?We advise the spokesman of Lagos APC to allow his comments to be guided by the Law and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria rather than by emotions and sentiments.

“?And for the information of Nigerians, the spokesman of Lagos APC is on his own as we can authoritatively confirm that his sentiments and vituperation are not reflective of the position of Lagos APC on the inauguration of 8th National Assembly.

“The good news is that in Nigeria today, the Senate President and the Speaker of House of Representatives are members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.

“It is expected that all leaders and members of our party support the duo of Senate President Saraki and Speaker Dogara to foster cordial relationship between the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and National Assembly, rather than an inordinate attempt to cause crises and instability.

“Meanwhile, ?it is a misrepresentation of fact and truth that the ascension of Senator Saraki as the Senate President was a PDP affair. The few Nigerians who have been portraying the emergence of the new Senate President as a PDP affair should be cautious. The actual fact, which nobody or propaganda can hide, is that Senator Saraki emerged Senate President with the support of Senators across political parties.”, the statement read.


Two Killed As PDP, LP Supporters Clash In Ebonyi

Two people were killed on Wednesday when supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) clashed in Ebonyi State. The incident happened in Amagu Ikwo community, Ikwo Local Government Area, the home town of Governor Martin Elechi.

Several other people were also injured in the clash. It took the intervention of security agencies before the situation was brought under control.

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Deputy Speaker Escapes as Party Supporters Clash in Owerri

Tension heightened in Imo State on Wednesday when supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Rochas Okorocha, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate, Emmanuel Iheanacho  clashed during a scheduled debate organised by the Catholic Arch Diocese of Owerri.

Ihedioha and Iheanacho were almost lynched in the fracas that lasted for almost 40 minutes. The duo scampered for safety when the fracas broke out and were shielded and hauled into their waiting vehicles by security operatives attached to them.

The rampaging supporters of the three parties destroyed everything on sight and assaulted a Priest, Rev. Fr. Casmir Nze, who was scheduled to moderate the debate.

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BUSTED!!! 500 PVCs Found in PDP Chieftain’s Residence

Supporters of PDP and those of the APC, clashed  in Benin, Edo State reports. The clash follows the discovery of 500 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) at the residence of a chieftain of the PDP in the state.

The PDP chieftain upon interrogation confessed that the PVCs belonged to a House of Representatives candidate from Edo Central. The encounter was said to have degenerated into a pandemonium as the APC supporters present demanded that the PDP chieftain must be handover over to the police for proper investigation. PDP members, however, insisted that he should be left off the hook.

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