Residents React To The Lynching Of 7 Year Old Boy

Residents have expressed shock and disapproval over an incident where a young boy of about seven year-old was burnt to death in Lagos, Wednesday, for allegedly stealing cassava flakes, otherwise known as “Garri,” describing it as “barbaric.”

The alleged boy was reportedly lynched for stealing by yet to be apprehended perpetrators.

Residents who reacted to the incident have called on Nigeria Police authorities to go after the perpetrators and bring them to justice to serve as deterrent to others.

One Ms Sharon Samuel reacted thus: “If the killers of this boy are not brought to book then there is no more hope for anyone in this country. Garri seller, may be your garri is meant for ritual purpose else why should you raise an alarm that caused the death of this boy. Don’t blame Buhari but blame our wicked world. The end is more than near,” Sharon said.

Another who identified simply as Queen Chi Chi, said, “What about those bank armed robbers, what about Nigerian politicians that are busy stealing and syphoning Nigeria’s money into their private accounts, are they not thieves? Why beating the boy to death because of ordinary garri, dastardly things to do.”

Ebere Chidima, another resident, said, “Those that burnt that little boy for merely stealing garri and even those that stood by and watched the sin being committed are guilty of the same offence. Jesus Christ said; he who is without sin let him cast the first stone.

“The Police authorities should go after these perpetrators of this dastardly act.”

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Trump’s Win: Maiduguri Residents Say Days Of Boko Haram Numbered

Some residents of Maiduguri on Wednesday said that with the election of Donald Trump as the new U.S. President , the days of the Boko Haram insurgents were numbered. The respondents disclosed this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Malam Muhammad Ibrahim, a civil servant, said that the emergence of Trump as the American President did not come as a surprise.

He said that the Trump agenda of fighting terrorism would benefit Nigeria, especially regarding the fight against Boko Haram. ” I think Nigeria is going to gain a lot from the new president, especially in the fight against terrorism.

“Going by his words, it will be safe to say that the days of Boko Haram are numbered because he is going to kick out their main sponsors, the Islamic State Militants,” he said. Malam Abba Kali, a journalist, also said that the emergence of Trump presidency would also help in ending the country’s economic recession.

“I think Nigeria is going to be better for it, the new president will help a great deal in ending our current recession. ” I believe his policies will help revive the world crude oil prices as well as end the current global recession, ” he said. Mr Patrick James, another journalist, said that the election of Trump will give Africa the chance to use its human and material resources for development.

“Mr Trump has made it clear that he was going to send home Africans staying in America illegally. ” This is good news to us, let them come back and develop their continent instead of developing America, ” he said.

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Residents flee Delta community over suspected herdsmen’s attacks

Following repeated attacks by suspected herdsmen, some residents of Ossissa community in Ndokwa East Local Government Council of Delta State have deserted their homes.

The traditional ruler, HRH Ijibueze Uzu, said the community has sent a petition to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their rescue.

In the letter, a copy of which was made available to our reporter, HRH Ijibueze Uzu, said the horrendous activities of the herdsmen had continued to prevent indigenes of the town including other inhabitants from their farms in the past two years, thereby creating hunger among them.

The monarch explained that the cattle rearers, among other crimes, had destroyed their farm crops after allegedly attacking the farmers and raping their wives.

Last weekend, thousands of persons mostly women marched through the town, protesting against the activities of the herdsmen in the area. They alleged that two more persons sustained machete cuts and called on security agents to bring the hoodlums to book.

The leader of the women, Mrs. Enechukwu Comfort said: “On October 21, herdsmen numbering about six attacked two of our indigenes; Azuka Okutu and Emeka Nwanne in the bush with sophisticated weapons, including AK 47 riffles and machetes.”

The other demands by the women, which were written on the placards read: “Fulani must go,” “Ossissa, the food basket of the nation, government help us,” “Go back to agriculture, but there is no farmland because of herdsmen,” “Ossissa is a peaceful community, Fulani leave our land,” “Enough is enough, Enough of Fulani harassment of our women” and “Herdsmen are the cause of food scarcity in Nigeria.”

In Gombe State, the police command has deployed special teams to high-risk parts of the state to forestall clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

The state Police Commissioner Mr. Austin Iwar at a security meeting with traditional rulers, council chairmen, farmers association and Miyetti Allah in Gombe yesterday directed all division police officers (DPOs) to constitute teams in order to further strengthen anti-conflict operations of the Nigeria Police.

Meanwhile, members of the National Assembly (NASS) from Ekiti State have declared their support for the state anti-grazing law.

They maintained: “The law must be obeyed by anyone willing to do cattle business in Ekiti State because Nigeria is a federation and each state is empowered by law to make laws to protect its people.”

The NASS members are Senators Biodun Olujimi and Duro Faseyi as well as House of Representatives members, which include Akin Awodumila, Segun Adekola, and others.

Panic As Residents Kill Three Pythons In Lagos

Some security guards of Greenland Estate in the Mende, Maryland area of Lagos State killed three 30-foot pythons in the early hours of Tuesday.

 It was learnt that the killing of the reptiles brought panic into the estate as residents expressed fear for their safety.

It was gathered that the animals were exposed after the dredging activities of the Lagos State Government.

It was gathered that after killing the pythons, the security guards on the estate put them up for sale for N10,000.

The Vice Chairman of the estate, Sola Adekoya, said more than 15 pythons had been killed on the estate in 2016 alone, urging the government to find a lasting solution to the overgrown canals in the area.

He said, “The security men and some squatters caught the three pythons this morning around 8am. The giant snakes were about 30-foot long.

“We have seen more than 15 pythons this year alone; the guards kill them regularly. The reason is that the canals are overgrown and the snakes always hide under the canals. We need government’s  intervention on time to avoid any tragedy.”

It was learnt that residents of the area always stayed indoors at night for fear of being attacked by snakes.

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Lagos Urges Residents To Volunteer Information To Security Agencies To Combat Crime?

The Lagos State Government yesterday reassured residents of its ability to combat all forms of crime within the state just as it reaffirmed its commitment to prompt response to all crime incidents reported by residents to the various security agencies.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communication, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, spoke at the monthly interactive session held at Ikorodu with the theme ‘Securing our Communities’ organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for Community Development Committees (CDCs), Neighbourhood Watch, Community Development Associations and other relevant stakeholders.

In a statement, Bamigbetan urged residents not to hide any vital information on crimes from security agencies, saying that, “information gathering is an integral part of securing the environment as it is fuel on which both offensive and defensive operations are based.? “If proactive information intelligence is not provided to security agencies about a threat, the threat will eventually manifest,’’ he said. He said that the state government has provided enough equipment and resources, human and materials, to wipe out criminality in the entire state and is exploring ways to foster a structured relationship with all informal security agencies with a vision to holistically and collectively combating crime in the state.

He assured Ikorodu residents that the state government had zero tolerance for crime, be it kidnapping, stealing, and other criminal acts, urging them to remain calm as the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) was on top of the security challenges being faced at present.

“Lagos State Government has established a RRS Marine Police and is now working with the Naval authorities to ensure that the creeks are taken care of; monitoring and surveillance of these areas has increased and Lagos State is contributing its own quota to ensure that both the marine police and naval authorities are able to respond to challenges facing our creeks,’’ he said.

Earlier, the Sole Administrator, Ikorodu Local council, Gbolahan Ogunleye, earlier in his address assured all the security agencies in Ikorodu Division of his administration’s support in ensuring that operations are carried out judiciously, adding “security is everybody’s business and we all need to work hard to ensure a crime free society.”

In his own contribution, representative of the State Security Service, Ikorodu Division, Mr. Funsho Adeleke, implored residents not to leave security issues to government alone because people in the neighbourhood have vital information about those who reside in their various localities.

Adeleke, therefore, urged all residents in Ikorodu to volunteer vital and useful information that will be helpful to the office of the State Security Services in ensuring that all areas of the state are safe and secured.

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Boko Haram On Horseback Kills 11 In Yobe- Residents

Suspected Boko Haram militants on horseback attacked Zango village, Gulani Local Government area, and shot dead eleven people, vigilante members and residents said.

 It was gathered that the incident happened on Tuesday around 11:00 pm when the attackers set ablaze houses and shot indiscriminately at people trying to escape the burning flames.

 “The gunmen came midnight after 11:45pm, set ablaze our houses and opened fire on the people trying to escape. They chased people on horses and open fire on them,” A vigilante, who doesn’t want to be named revealed.

 He said that similar attacks took place in the neighbouring villages where over 20 people were killed.

 “Last two weeks, the militants sacked cluster of villages around those areas, including Gurum and Dokshi where over 2 people were killed and many injured. They are currently receiving treatment at Damaturu Specialist hospital.”

The medical Director, Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital Damaturu, Dr. Garba Fika confirmed that the attacked victims were brought to the Hospital, “And, they are responding to free treatment,” he said

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Gbagyi Residents In Kaduna Protest Planned Houses’ Demolition

Gbagyi Villa building demolition Residents of Gbagyi Villa Community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State are protesting against a plan by the State government to demolish their buildings.

The government claims the buildings were illegally erected on a parcel of land belonging to Kaduna polytechnic.

The residents, comprising of men, women and even children embarked on a peaceful demonstration on Thursday morning, demanding that the planned demolition should be suspended.

With placards they sang anti-government songs, as they marched along the roads to show their anger.

They claimed to be in possession of all relevant documents that gave them the right to occupy the land, insisting that the planned demolition was illegal and inhuman.

According to them, the land in question had been a source of dispute between them and the polytechnic due to the fact that the native owners were not duly settled to enable them transfer complete ownership to the institution.

The Chairman Gbagyi Community, Chris Obodumu, claimed that late Governor Patrick Yahowa in 2011 resolved the dispute and amicably demarcated the boundary between the two parties.

Reacting to the protest, spokesman for the state governor, Mr Samuel Aruwan, explained that the planned demolition was “to restore the land back to the rightful owner – the Kaduna Polytechnic”.

He stated that some people deliberately encroached into the portion of land belonging to the polytechnic even when they knew where the boundary was.

According to him, as the municipal authority in which all land in the state is vested upon, the government was again approached in 2015 by the Kaduna Polytechnic requesting action to preserve their title.

Although none of the residents have presented their land titles to the relevant government agency, Aruwan said the government was ready to recognise and protect every proven title to land.

Gbagyi Villa Community shares boundaries with Kaduna Polytechnic and Ungwar Romi, along the eastern bye-pass.

Both the Gbagyi Villa land and that of the polytechnic were formally one piece of land before a part of it was acquired by the latter many years ago.

In recent time, some people were said to have encroached into the land and erected their structures there without approval from either the state government or the polytechnic management.

The owners of the houses have been served a notice of eviction through KASUPDA, after which they will be demolished.

In the copy of the eviction notice, dated August 5, 2015, the council based its action on the state’s 1958 Township Building Rules and Environmental Protection Law of 2010.

Pending when the bulldozers will move in, the residents demand that a committee be set up by the state governor to investigate all issues and transactions relating to the land.

They also called on Governor Nasir El-Rufai to consider the recommendation of the white paper of the Yakowa’s administration not to demolish lands belonging to the Gbayi people.

They said that the polytechnic community was not laying claim to the same land and wondered what the interest of the Kaduna State government on the matter was.

According to them, the plan to demolish their buildings rubbishes all efforts and procedures that had sustained the peace and unity in their community over the years.

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Southern Ijaw Residents Flee Over Bayelsa Polls Tomorrow

Apprehensive of violence during the rescheduled governorship election in the Southern Ijaw Local Council of Bayelsa State tomorrow, residents of the area have been fleeing to neighbouring states.

There is even the fear among many of them that the election may not hold because the magnitude of violence will be such that past crises will be child’s play. They also fear that security forces deployed in the area will not be able to control an outbreak of violence.

As if confirming the fear of the residents, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Konbowei Benson , was yesterday reportedly attacked in Korokorosie in Southern Ijaw Local Council.

Benson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who spoke on a live telephone radio programme, claimed that some persons suspected to be members of the opposition threw dynamites that destroyed part of his house.

He claimed to have got wind of the attack in the early hours of yesterday through a telephone call. However, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Butswat,  said he was yet to be informed of the development.

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Lion Escapes Unfenced Jos Zoo During Feeding Routine

A tweep reports that a lion is on the loose in Jos. The tweep claims that the lion escaped from his confinement at the Jos Wild Life Park, in Jos South local government of Plateau State.

Mr John Doy, the Acting General Manager, Plateau Toursim Corporation,  confirms the report saying the lion escaped “at about 8 a.m. while it was being fed”.

Doy said that the lion, which had been caged since 1972,“ slipped through the gate of the cage when it was opened for its routine feeding”.

“The animal is still within the vicinity of the Park but our fear is that the Park is not fenced.

“We are struggling to recapture it, but we want members of the public to be vigilant,” he said.

Kaduna Govt. Warns Residents Against Making Inciting Statements

The Kaduna State government has cautioned residents of the state to desist from making statements that are capable of breaching the peace and unity of the state.

The warning was contained in a statement issued by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, at the end of the Kaduna State Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

The council vowed to punish anyone found fabricating allegations of religious blasphemy, either to seek sympathy or for any other reason, maintaining that such person would be prosecuted as prescribed in the Penal Code of the state and the Nigerian Constitution.

While reiterating the government’s commitment to protecting lives and property in the state, the council warned that appropriate sanction would be given any individual found inciting religious, ethnic or political violence or any form of civil disturbance in the state no matter his or her public standing.

It also reiterated that the law banning commercial motorcycles in the state was still in force, disclosing that law enforcement agencies had been directed to ensure compliance and prosecution of any offender.

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Ife Residents Troop Out To Welcome New Monarch

Indigenes and residents of Ile-Ife trooped out to receive the Ooni-elect, Princes Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The new Ooni’s father, Pa Ropo Ogunwusi handed him to the kingmakers and the traditionalists for immediate commencement of coronation rites.

From the campus of the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu roundabout, along Ibadan/Akure expressway, to the Ife tollgate where the kingmakers received Ogunwusi from his father, people lined up starting from as early as 7am and waited till around 2:30 pm when the new monarch arrived.

Ogunwusi who took off from Ibadan in Oyo state where he had stopover on Tuesday entered Ife in ground style and acknowledged cheers from the waiting crowd.

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Residents Nab Suspected Boko Haram Member Dressed As A Woman

A man suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect and wearing a woman’s attire, has been arrested by a vigilance group in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

Alhaji Abubakar Bello, the General Manager of Birnin Kebbi Central Market, made this disclosure to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday.

Bello said that the man was caught within Birnin Kebbi central market with the assistance of traders and customers in the market.

The market manager said that he was unaware of the suspect’s motive of appearing in a complete woman’s dress.

“People are now more conscious than ever as they are conscious of any suspicious movement lurking around,” Bello said.

He said the suspect was apprehended by the vigilance group after an alarm was raised by the people in the market.

“We later alerted the security agencies in the state on the development and we handed him over to them for further investigation,” he added.

When contacted, ASP Nafi’u Abubakar, the state police command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), confirmed the development.

Abubakar, however, disclosed that the suspect had a mental problem and was a staff member of the state-owned Jega School of Health Technology.

He said that not a single weapon was found on the suspect.

“After the suspect was handed over to us for further investigation, we found out that the suspect either had a mental disorder or was a mad man.

“He will be examined further by medical doctors to ascertain his health condition,” Abubakar added.


Tianjin Blast: Residents Accuse Govt Of Negligence

Dozens of angry residents whose homes were badly damaged by huge explosions last week in China’s northeastern port city of Tianjin, have accused the government of ignoring their plight and have demanded compensation.

Around 40 residents, holding signs that read “buy back (our homes)”, gathered outside a hotel on Tuesday where an official news conference was being held and demanded compensation after their residential apartments were damaged by two huge blasts that ripped through an industrial zone late last Wednesday killing over 100 people.

“Estate management (people) kept saying that they are in negotiation. But now we think it’s all nonsense, they just lie to everyone,” said 35-year-old resident Fang Qi.

“We, the owners of the properties, went to the office of the letter and complaints bureau yesterday and found out the information that our community had not been reported on, nobody knew it, so they treated it as a de-populated zone.”

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Borno Market Bombing: Residents Recall Ordeal

Nigerian villagers on Wednesday described the carnage unleashed by a huge market bomb explosion in jihadist group Boko Haram’s northeastern heartland as the death toll rose to 50.

The bomb — concealed in a crop-spraying backpack — ripped through the weekly market in the village of Sabon Gari, around 135 kilometres (85 miles) south of Borno state capital Maiduguri, during peak trading on Tuesday.

“When the blast happened people in the market fled in fear. They abandoned their wares. Some managed to return for their wares but some never came back,” Samaila Biu, a local trader, told AFP.

“The market was littered with all sorts of articles. The mobile phone section was a mess with many dead and pieces of flesh and blood splattered all over.”

The explosion went off at about 1:15 pm, (1215 GMT) Biu said, just after the market had entered its most busy trading hours and the immediate vicinity of the bomb was packed with merchants and shoppers, witnesses said.

Authorities said in the immediate aftermath 47 people had been killed but upped the toll by three overnight.

“One more person died from his wounds and two more bodies were later brought to the morgue from near the scene of the blast. Now there are 50 dead and 51 injured,” a nurse at Biu General Hospital, around 50 kilometres away, told AFP.

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Shettima Urges Fleeing Residents Of Attacked Villages To Return Home

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has urged fleeing residents of attacked Zabarmari and Hadamari villages to return, as troops will provide protection against any Boko Haram attacks or bombings on the affected farming and herding communities in the state.

The governor, while addressing surviving residents of Zabarmari, urged the fleeing villagers trooping to Maiduguri to return to their respective houses.

“Since the military have repelled the insurgents from destroying this village, the people should not run and flee to Maiduguri for safety, but return to your homes which were burnt apart from the torched shops and local market,” Shettima said.

He also assured them that the state government will rebuild the destroyed shops and market, so that the people could continue with their normal daily activities.

“Meanwhile, I am going with two village heads now along with your councillor to Maiduguri to collect food items and other basic needs of life for distribution. A patrol vehicle will be released to CJTF for this village’s patrol and surveillances,” Shettima promised.

Councilor of the affected area, Alhaji Mohammed Bello while briefing the governor on recent attacks, said  the soldiers have tried their best in repelling the insurgents. However, the soldiers should be re-equipped with modern fighting weapons, because the insurgents’ three-hour attacks could have been nipped in the bud to save people’s lives and property.

A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Ahmadu Bello, told Vanguard that after the soldiers repelled the insurgents, they fled to a nearby village known as Koshobe, seven kilometres east of Zabarmari village.

“As I’m talking to you now; the insurgents are hiding in Koshobe village, not very far away from this village attacked recently when seven people were killed, with the injuring of nine others taken to Maiduguri hospital for treatments,” said Bello.

Akwa Ibom Residents Warned Against Eating Ponmo

Residents of Akwa Ibom State have been admonished to stay away from the consumption of cow skin. The state government which spoke through its Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Godwin Afangideh, said that the cow skin, often referred to asIkpa Ebola or Ponmo had being the common cause of cancer and liver problems in the state.

He said that the state government, through the veterinary services directorate of the ministry, has embarked on a sensitisation campaign in some markets in the local government areas to talk to the people about the danger of consuming such meat.

He stated that the people who patronised cow skin were both exposed to cancer and liver problems as well as diarrhoea and hypertension, due to the high quantity of salt used for its preservation.

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Sad Stories from Mubi…

Reports has it that 3,000 people have fled Mubi in Adamawa State and stories have reached us on accounts of people’s various experiences during the uproar.

We have been informed of a woman who was led to forced labour due to shock. Sources add that she lost her life during childbirth and another woman equally fleeing from the insurgents stopped and picked the new born baby.

Another source told us about two brothers who wanted to run out of Mubi with their aged father, but the father told them to run off without him so that he will not slow them down, due to his inability to walk. We were told that the older brother while running off realized that his younger  was not with him and he remembered that the younger brother swore not to leave without the father, so he  went back to find him.

As he went back, he met people who warned him not to proceed to Mubi but he persisted till he got home and found his brother with the father. They eventually agreed to bundle the father against his wish and began to move out. Unfortunately, they were stopped by the insurgents who shot the two brothers at sight and left the father who died of cardiac arrest.


Attacks in Mubi, Residents Flee

Reports reaching us provide that suspected Boko haram fighters clashed with Federal Government troops, Wednesday, in Mubi, Adamawa State, despite ceasefire agreement between FG and the militants.

A resident told reporters that, “There is virtually not a single resident left in Mubi. Everybody has left to save their lives… People in thousands left the town on foot because all roads have been blocked by soldiers and it is not possible to leave by road.”

He also added that the battle is more fierce around the town’s military barracks.