Gunmen Storm Ikorodu, Kill Pregnant Woman, Three Others

There was pandemonium in the Ikorodu area of Lagos as gunmen stormed the Ibeshi area of Ikorodu killing a pregnant woman, her two children and another man.

Witnesses said that the woman identified as Afusatu Kazeem, her two children and the other victim of the gun attack who was also identified as Sunday Roberts were rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital were they were confirmed dead.

Many other persons were wounded in the gun attack, which cannot be explained, but the Police spokes person in Lagos, Dolapo Badmus confirmed that the woman  was killed in the attack but her two children and Mr. Roberts were receiving treatment at the hospital.

Preliminary investigation by Daily Sun indicate that four persons were killed including the woman.

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Three Arraigned For Killing Nine Policemen

Three suspects alleged to have been involved in the killing of 10 persons, including nine police officers, were on Thursday arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court siting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The suspects were said to have shot and killed their victims during various bank robbery operations in different parts of the state.

Accused persons, who were identified as Godgift Gwenbe (29), Odum Atokaritou (35), and Napughi Duba (29), were arraigned on 18 counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.

The suspects were alleged to be responsible for the murder of Spy ASP Bamidele Mohammed, attached to Sterling Bank, Port Harcourt; Inspector Austine Moore, who, until his death was attached to Elekahia Police Station in Port Harcourt; Corporal Prince Tigbara (Elekahia Police Station) and Inspector Jonah Oletu.

Others alleged to have been killed by the suspects are Inspector Peter Olavoghokere, Corporal Paul Nnaa, Inspector Dennis Akpan, attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station, Port Harcourt.

Also murdered are Sergeant Ekwere Epoulo, Corporal Okougor Nyambi all attached to Olu-Obasanjo Police Station and Mr. Femi Oloukun, who was until his demise the Regional Manager of Sterling Bank.

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Gunmen Kidnap Three Kaduna Pastors, Demand N100m

Members of the Taraya Ekklesiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria, TEKAN), have been thrown into confusion following the kidnapping of their President, Dr. Emmanuel Dziggau.

Dziggau was said to have been kidnapped on Monday along with his deputy, Rev. Illiya Anto, and a retired reverend in the church, Yakubu Dzarma.

Anto was later released on health grounds.

TEKAN General Secretary, Rev. Moses Ebuga, told newsmen in Jos on Tuesday that the three men were kidnapped in Kaduna.

Dziggau is also the president of Haddiyar Ekklesiya Kristi A Nigeria (United Church of Christ in Nigeria) and the TEKAN/ECWA bloc leader in the Christian Association of Nigeria.

The three men were said to have been kidnapped at the church crusade ground along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Monday morning.

It was learnt that the masked gunmen stormed the crusade ground and picked the three men while other church members fled.

The General Secretary of the church and one of the eyewitnesses, Rev Jibrailu Wobiya, who confirmed the abduction to one of our correspondents, said Dziggau and some members were at the area to clear the crusade ground for a forthcoming church programme.

Ebuga called on the Federal Government and security operatives to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the clergymen.

He said the kidnappers had contacted him and demanded a ransom of N100m.

Ebuga described the abduction of the clerics as shocking, calling for their immediate release.

He said the three men might have been kidnapped because of the oncoming CAN national election.

He added, “We are not ignorant of the recent scheming against the Nigerian church with regard to the upcoming CAN national election, where the leaders have become the subject of attacks, particularly the leadership of TEKAN/ECWA bloc in CAN.

“As a body, we are calling on the government to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the leaders,  unearth their whereabouts and to have the perpetrators fished out.

Ebuga called on the TEKAN churches and the Nigerian church to rise up in prayer against the ugly development, asking them to pray that God would expose the sponsors and perpetrators of the kidnapping.

The Kaduna State Police Command had yet to confirm the kidnapping of the pastors on Tuesday.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Abubakar Zubairu, did not return repeated telephone calls to his mobile.

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Rev. George Dodo, described the pastors’ abduction as “unpleasant and shocking.”

The CAN’s chairman, while confirming the incident, said he just heard of the “unpleasant” development on Tuesday, calling on security agencies to do all they could to unmask the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

Dodo stated, “I heard about it this afternoon; it is an unpleasant news, a shocking news to everybody. Government should put in motion all its security apparatus to ensure the liberation of those abducted.”

The spokesman for the Northern States CAN, Rev. Josesph Hayab,  condemned the abduction of the clerics.

He called on the kidnappers to release the three men unconditionally or be prepared to incur the wrath of God.

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Three Rescued Ikorodu Schoolgirls Recovering

The three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary (BMJS) who were rescued from kidnappers on Sunday are recovering, it was learnt yesterday.

Oluwatimilehin Olusa, Tofunmi Popoolaniyan and Deborah Akinayo were rescued by the police at Igbo-Okuta Bridge, after spending six days in the Adamo creeks, Ikorodu with their abductors..

The teenagers, who were on Sunday, initially taken to their school to be reunited with their parents, were conveyed in a white school bus to the hospital inside the Police College, Ikeja, for medical examination.

It was learnt that the traumatised girls, are undergoing therapy, surrounded by their parents and loved ones.

Oluwatimilehin’s father, Ven. Victor Ayo Olusa, who is also the Excutive Secretary of the Anglican Schools’ Management Board, said medical examination had been conducted on the teenagers.

He said the girls were recovering, adding:

“No, they have not resumed school yet and all three of them are in the same location. They are in the country.

“Like any other person, we were in a state of anxiety and tension when they were held hostage. It was unimaginable and very traumatic.

“But as Christians, we were optimistic.  We had faith that they would come back. We believed that no matter how bleak a situation, God will intervene.

“The girls were traumatised when they were rescued. It was not easy for them. Imagine someone who is used to sleeping on the bed to start sleeping in a place that is not conducive.”

“They are recuperating. Yes, medical examination has been conducted on them. They are happy being surrounded by their loved ones but at times, they feel down when they remember that they were isolated.

“All three of them are classmates. We do not want to subject them to anything that will make them recall while they were in captivity,” he said.

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Gunmen Kidnap Three Female Students In Lagos

No fewer than three students of Babington Macaulay ?Junior Seminary School, a private school in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, have been abducted by some gunmen.

It was learnt that the bandits stormed the school at about 8.30 pm on Monday and seized the children.

The ?Lagos State Police Command confirmed that three schoolgirls were abducted. However unconfirmed reports said the number of the abducted students was more than three.

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Boko Haram Attacks Three Borno Villages, Kills 30

Brutal weekend attacks on three villages by Boko Haram Islamists in the restive northeast of Nigeria have left 30 dead and 20 others wounded, a vigilante told AFP.

“Most of the victims were slaughtered and most of the wounded (had suffered) machete cuts,” Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian helping the Nigerian military fight Boko Haram, said of Saturday’s attacks in the villages of Warwara, Mangari and Bura-Shika in Borno state.

News of the attacks has been slow to emerge because telecom masts in the area have been destroyed in previous Boko Haram raids, hindering communication.

The Islamists invaded the villages, hacking and slaughtering their victims before setting the villages on fire.

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Shiite Protest: Three More Members Die

There was anxiety yesterday in Kaduna, following a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and policemen in Tudun Wada.

An eyewitness account said the Shiite sect members were preparing for a protest against the arrest of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, by the military when the police came to disperse the crowd.

But the sect members regrouped at Tudun Nupawa where many of them were said to have engaged the police in a shootout, leading to injuries on both sides.

The source also said three persons were feared dead.

A source at the police clinic on Independence Way in the heart of Kaduna also hinted our correspondent that four policemen were injured, one in critical condition.The clash came as the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, led a Federal Government delegation to Kaduna State over the crisis between the army and the sect. They clashed last weekend when members of the sect blocked the Zaria/Jos road, preventing Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur

The clash came as the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, led a Federal Government delegation to Kaduna State over the crisis between the army and the sect. They clashed last weekend when members of the sect blocked the Zaria/Jos road, preventing Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s convoy from passing.

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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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UK Repatriates Three Nigerian Prisoners

The United Kingdom has repatriated three Nigerians in UK prisons under the prisoners exchange agreement signed by the two countries.

The convicts, who were brought into the country earlier this year, had been remanded in an undisclosed prison facility in the country.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who said this while responding to questions from journalists in Abuja on Thursday, stated that more Nigerians in the UK prisons would be transferred to local prisons in Nigeria before the end of the year.

“The prisoners exchange agreement is in place and the United Kingdom has repatriated three Nigerians in UK prisons since January this year and more prisons would also be transferred. The programme would continue after the exit of this administration. There is a committee in place to ensure the sustenance of the programme,” he explained.

Responding to allegations of manipulation of the ongoing recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service by some applicants, Moro stated that his ministry had no hand in the exercise, noting that the recruitment was being handled by a committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to him, those accusing the Interior Ministry of manipulating the recruitment exercise were not being fair, stressing that the presidential committee was solely responsible for the process.

Moro regretted the loss of lives during the failed NIS recruitment exercise, describing it as “the lowest point for the ministry which has cast some clouds over the level of achievements by the ministry.”

He however insisted that if given another opportunity to handle the recruitment exercise, “I will do the same thing in a different manner,” adding that the ministry adopted a strategy to ensure a transparent recruitment process, but regretted that unfortunately, things did not go as planned.

He said, “The idea was to rid the exercise of corruption against the backdrop of corruption, job-for-money and money-for-job that was pervading everywhere. I plead with Nigerians and the families of the victims for understanding.”


Three Corps Members Arrested For Selling Ballot Papers

It is alleged that three members belonging to the National Youth Service Corpse have been arrested for selling ballot papers and other election materials. The members served as adhoc staff for the Independent National Electoral Commission for the House of Assembly elections.

According to reports, they allegedly sold the ballot papers for N40 000 which included of two packets of ballot papers. This was revealed by the Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini while reviewing the 2015 polls.

However investigations have commenced to determine what exactly happened with the two officers and have since been suspended.

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