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Police confirm 3 persons were killed, 2 injured in Bauchi community



Police arraign sexagenarian over alleged N24.6m property fraud

… Arraign 2 over wire theft worth N1.2m***

The Police Command in Bauchi has confirmed the murder of three persons in a fresh attack by unidentified gunmen at Num village in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state.

SP Ahmed Wakil, Spokesman of the Command, who confirmed the incident, on Thursday in Bauchi, said that two other persons sustained injuries in the attack.

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The newsmen report that the attack came barely 24 hours after gunmen attacked Yadagundume village in Ningi LGA killing three persons and injuring one other.

Wakil said that the gunmen attacked the Num village on April 9 and killed three villagers.

He listed the victims to include Samaila Bello, Kefas Sarki and Paulina Alhamdu.

“We received a distress call on May 9, 2022, at about 21:30 hours that some hoodlums armed with AK-47 rifles stormed Num area of Sara village in Tafawa Balewa LGA of the state,

“They opened fire on members of the community causing the death of three persons while two others, Gode Bulus and Zakka Mayo were injured.

“In the intensive effort, the DPO, Tafawa Balewa Division and his team rushed to the scene of the crime where they rescued the two victims and referred them to the General Hospital Tafawa Balewa,” he said.

Wakil said that the Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, had directed the Area Commander in Toro to intensify efforts to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

While reiterating the commitment of the police to protect lives and property,  the CP urged the people to be calm, and report suspicious persons and movements in their communities to security agencies.

“The Force will not be deterred from dealing with all criminal elements that try to test its capacity,” he said.

In the same vein, two accused persons, Suleiman Yusuf, 19, and Ela Ibrahim, 18, were on Friday arraigned in an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly stealing copper wire valued at N1.2m.

The accused were arraigned alongside a 20-year-old man, Yaya Abubakar, and standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them by the police.

The prosecutor, Insp Benedict Aigbokhan, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on May 2, at 6.30 p.m., at No. 2, Babatunde Shogbasan St., Bucknor, Ejigbo, Lagos.

He said that the accused persons conspired and stole a copper wire valued at N1.2 million from a building under construction.

According to him, the wire belongs to the complainant, one Mr Dele Aleburu.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The newsmen report that Section 287 provides three years imprisonment for stealing and Section 411 provides two years imprisonment for conspiracy.

The Magistrate, Miss K. A. Ariyo, granted them bail in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties each.

She ordered that the sureties should be gainfully employed and must show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

Ariyo adjourned the case until May 23 for mention.



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Hoes and Guns: Police confirm 8 killed in farmers, herders clash in Borno



Hoes and Guns: Police confirm 8 killed in farmers, herders clash in Borno

The Police in Borno said that eight persons, including children, lost their lives in a clash between farmers and herders over alleged land encroachment in Bayo Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar confirmed the incident at a meeting with leaders of the farmer association and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), on Friday in Maiduguri.

He said the report indicated that violence erupted on Nov. 30, over alleged encroachment of farmlands and murder of a farmer by unidentified assailants in the area.

“Eight persons killed including children while 47 houses and six motorcycles were burnt,” he said.

He said the police had restored normalcy to the area and arrested some suspects in connection with the disturbances, adding that the state government had provided relief items to the affected persons.

“This is a source of concern to the government and security agencies, the meeting is aimed at providing lasting solutions to the problem.

“At the end, we shall come up with modalities to check the movement of wandering herders into the state, especially in areas that witnessed violence,” he said.

According to him, a committee will be set up to enhance surveillance and monitoring as well as promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders.

He said membership of the committee would comprise representatives of security agencies, farmers and herders associations.

In his remarks, Ahmadu Musa-Karube, Chairman of the MACBAN, called for proactive measures to address the root cause of the problem.

Musa-Karube said that lack of cattle routes and encroachment of farmlands were largely responsible for farmer/herder clashes in the state.

Also speaking, Hassan Musa, a farmer representative, advocated a ban on night animal grazing in the state.

He also called for closer collaboration between the leadership of the farmers and herders’ unions to address the problem.

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OSUN: Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba’s Palace, days after torching Akinrun’s 



OSUN: Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba’s Palace, days after torching Akinrun's 

Only a few days after the palace of Akinrun was torched in Osun State, the Palace of Aree of Iree in Boripe North Local Council Development Area of Osun, was on Thursday evening, also vandalised and similarly set on fire by angry youths in the town.

The palace was said to have been burnt by youths who were not pleased about the arrest of the Aogun of Iree, Chief Soliu Atoyebi, by security agents on Thursday morning.

It was attacked and burnt around 7.00 p.m, when the traditional ruler, Oba Ponle Ademola, was said to be out of the palace.

The incident led to the blockage of major roads leading to the town, while the aggrieved youths made burn fires on the roads.

Business owners in the town were said to immediately lock up their shops, while residents too locked themselves for safety measures.

The Osun Police Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, was not available for comments, as her phone was switched off.

The Maritime First learned that this was what the Osun Governor, Prince Ademola Adeleke had wanted to avoid, when he, on Monday, a day after his inauguration, issued an Executive Order, setting aside the appointment and enthronement of three traditional rulers, Aare of Iree; Akirun of Ikirun and Owa of Igbajo.

Consequently, the Palace of OWA of Igbajo has now been beefed up.

Adeleke also directed that the palaces of the three traditional rulers should be locked up, while security agents should take charge of the palaces to the prevent breakdown of law and order.

There had been palpable fear in Iree town following the appointment and approval of Prince Ponle Ademola as the Aree of Iree by the immediate past administration of Gboyega Oyetola.

Some ruling houses and groups in the town had rejected the selection of Ademola, alleging that he was imposed on the people by officials in the Oyetola’s administration.

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ALARM: Kogi has 43,000 HIV carriers; Take Preventive Steps to avoid getting infected-  Commissioner



ALARM: Kogi has 43,000 HIV carriers; Take Preventive Steps to avoid getting infected-  Commissioner

At least 43,373 people are living with HIV in Kogi, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Zakari Usman, said in Lokoja on Thursday.

Usman made the declaration at a news conference organised as part of activities marking the 2022 World AIDS Day.

The 2022 World Aids Day has: “’Equalise’’ as its theme.

Usman advised residents to disregard misconceptions that HIV had been eradicated.

The commissioner said also that it was advisable to take preventive steps not to get infected and when infected, to take management measures already provided by the government.

He assured that Kogi government would not relent in its effort at reducing HIV and AIDS to the barest minimum in the state.

“I assure that government will increase the availability of quality and sustainable services for HIV handling, testing, and prevention to reduce its negative impacts.

“Government will also encourage reform laws, policies and practices to tackle the stigma and exclusion faced by people living with HIV and AIDS

“Government will as well ensure the sharing of technology to enable equal access to HIV testing in communities.

“Getting tested for HIV is the only way to find out if one is infected as all people living with HIV are eligible for treatment,’’ the commissioner said.

Usman said World AIDS Day, celebrated every Dec. 1, gave opportunities to communities and stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS to be united and advance the cause of reducing the scourge.

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