Suspected Herdsmen Kill 26 Persons, Injure Many In Benue

In what seemed like a coordinated attacks, suspected Fulani herdsmen yesterday allegedly attacked four Benue communities killing over 26 persons, injuring many others and razing several houses and huts.

The attacks came on the heels of Saturday’s invasion of Dusa villages in Turan council ward of Logo local government, where a Village Head and five others were killed.

It was gathered that the villages affected in the latest attacks were Uzaar in Tombo, Anyii in Logo local government and Vase in Ukum local government. According to the source, the marauders launched an attack on Uzzar and Anyii Monday night killing about 8 persons and razing down parts of the affected communities.

According to him, “Vase was attacked at about 1am Tuesday where 12 persons including six relatives of a serving Permanent Secretary in the state were butchered in cold blood. The sequence of the attacks clearly showed that they were well coordinated and that is why the people could not put up any form of resistance.

“As we speak there is a huge influx of displaced persons of over 1,000 including women and children running away from their homes to Ugba, the headquaters of Logo same as Zaki Biam in Ukum, for safety. From the sustained attacks it is becoming clear that the herdsmen want to take over the affected communities close to River Benue because of the rich vegetation.” When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attacks, said however that “the Police have recovered four corpses from Vase, three from Anyii and one from Uzaar village. That is the number I can confirm to you.”

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Gunmen Kill 4 In Lagos Community, Injure 20

It was gathered that the gunmen drove to the community about 9.30pm in two cars and shot sporadically at residents at Odofin, Kano Jebba, Osalanke and Bello Streets.

Residents said the gunmen wore face masks and operated   close to one hour without any resistance from security agencies.

When our correspondent visited the community on Tuesday, a team of policemen from the Denton Police station and the Rapid Response Squad were seen patrolling the community.

According to a police source, the team of policemen stormed the Ebute Onipomo area a slum community close to where the shooting took place and arrested four persons in connection with the shooting .

The police source also stated that three corpses were recovered from the scene of the shooting at Ebute_Onipomo . The three corpses whosw identities were yet to be revealed were killed in the wee hour of Tuesday.

When contacted over the incident, the Chief (Baale) of the Okobaba community, Alhaji Musbau Junadu said his son is among the residents shot by the gun men.

He said ” I left Odofin street to my house but as I was parking my car, I got a phone call that gunmen were shooting. I hurried back and saw that my son Muheed was shot on his two legs. He is a footballer but they want to render him useless.I am at the Igbobi hospital to ensure that he survives. He and other residents that they shot have been taken to the hospital for treatment. I cannot tell you who these people (gun men) are or where they came from. One Kazeem died from the gun shot he sustained”

It was further gathered that the gunmen were repelled from attacking residents at Apapa road by a combined team of policemen and the Vigilantee Group.

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Two Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri Checkpoint, Kill Soldier

Two male suicide bombers creeping around a military checkpoint at about mid night Tuesday in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, set off the bombs they wore killing a soldier and injuring a young woman, security sources said.

The attack came after nearly four weeks of respite for the troubled city.

Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a witness, who is also commander of the youth vigilante, Civilian-JTF, in Ngomari Area of the city, told journalists that the two suicide bombers were killed instantly, alongside one of the airforce personnel on duty at the checkpoint.

“I was there on duty with the soldiers when the incident happened at about 11 p.m. At that time the curfew hours was getting serious and movements of both vehicles and pedestrians have begun to reduce,” said the Civilian-JTF Commander.

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Masked Gangs On The Loose In Oyo, Injure Many, Sack Market

Rival gangs of thugs, including females, unleashed violence on Akesan area of Oyo town Wednesday, injuring many, destroying several vehicles and shutting down one of the city’s major markets -Akesan – for most of the day.

The attackers wore masks, with some others covering their faces with pots, to conceal their identities, witnesses say. The violence is the latest in what has become common and recurring in the town, residents say.

Residents suggested that the violence was perpetrated by rival gangs based at Ilaka and Garage areas of Akesan. The Garage boys were said to have ambushed their Ilaka counterparts previously.

Then, Wednesday, the Ilaka boys went on a revenge mission. “They were not only fighting the Garage boys, but also destroying vehicles and hitting people with machetes,” a resident, Tunji Lateef, said. “Shop owners had to close as they were on rampage attacking everybody.”

A young man named Mehmud, hit with machete, is said to be lying critically ill at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, where he is undergoing treatment. Unconfirmed reports say he has lost his eyes.

Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Office, Oyo East Local Government Area, said the police was able to restore order “not long after the violence started”.

He said the thugs used machetes and bottles but not guns. He said no arrest had been made but that detectives were on the trail of the suspected thugs.

Following the violence, sources in the town said, Akesan market traders went to the Palace of the Alaafin, seeking the monarch’s intervention.

A witness, Kehinde Ikeola, told PREMIUM TIMES, “I saw the Ilaka boys when they were emerging from their base, numbering about 120. I believe they were joined by their “comrades” from other bases in solidarity. It was like Boko Haram wanted to capture a town. In fact, police officer encountered them, they fled before they (the police) later came back after reinforcement.”

Multiple telephone calls to the Alaafin were neither answered nor returned.

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