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PDP, Ekweremadu lament as explosion rocks Ohanaeze President’s house

PDP, Ekweremadu lament as explosion rocks Ohanaeze President’s house
Sesan / 4 hours ago

Ihuoma Chiedozie and Leke Baiyewu

The country home of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, was on Sunday rocked by an explosion which is believed to have been caused by an improvised explosive device.

One of our correspondents learnt that a yet-to-be-identified person threw the explosive into the compound of the building at Ukehe, in the Igboetiti Local Government Area of Enugu State, around 5.30am.

Windows of a building located close to the gate of the compound was shattered by the explosion.

The ceilings as well as the air conditioning units in the building were equally damaged.

It was gathered that Nwodo was not in the house when the incident occurred, as he spent the night at his residence in Enugu metropolis.

The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Danmallam Mohammed, who led a team of the police Explosive Ordnance Department to inspect the site of the explosion, vowed that the perpetrators of the incident would be apprehended.

A statement by Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said Mohammed described those behind the explosion as ‘enemies of progress.’

“Those behind this are enemies of progress and we have to fish them out. We thank God that there is no loss of life or major destruction, we have to be more vigilant and security conscious and be able to partner security agencies to ensure that there is no repeat of such an incident,” the police commissioner said.

Amaraizu, who described the incident as a ‘minor explosion,’ disclosed that preliminary investigations revealed that the perpetrators threw the explosive device into the compound through the fence.

“The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, has vowed to unmask those behind the dastardly incident of minor explosion at the Ukehe residence of Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

“Background checks revealed that the perpetrator, who did not have access through the entrance gate, might have thrown the object through the fence and it landed on the ground near the windows and exploded and gave some impacts,” Amaraizu said. He added that the operatives of the Explosive Ordinance Department collected some of the samples from the debris of the explosion for proper analysis and classification.

The police spokesman added that “the area was rendered safe by the EOD operatives,” even as the state commissioner of police had directed the Area Commander to beef up security and surveillance within the axis.

Mohammed wondered why anybody would be after Nwodo’s life, who, he said, was only serving his people.

He however urged residents of the area to be more vigilant, and report strange faces to the police and other security agencies.

Meanwhile, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned “in strong terms” the bombing of the country home of Nwodo.

Ekweremadu reacted to the attack in a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu.

He said, “This is a dastardly act. It is certainly ugly, evil and outrageous. I roundly condemn it. This is quite an unusual development in the South-East and we will not accept it.

“I call on the security agencies to get to the root of this devilish act and ensure that the culprits and masterminds are brought to book immediately.”

Nwodo, who was at the residence during the police commissioner’s visit, commended the police for their prompt arrival on the scene.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Atama, said Nwodo was surprised that some unknown people were after his life.

The statement added that Nwodo vowed that the attack would not deter him from continuing to lead Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

The traditional ruler of Umudele community, in Ukehe, Igwe Lawrence Aroh, thanked God for saving Nwodo’s life.

Aroh assured the police commissioner that the people of t

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Gunmen kidnap Ekiti PDP chief, demand NGunmen kidnap Ekiti PDP chief, demand N30m ransom Sesan

Gunmen kidnap Ekiti PDP chief, demand N30m ransom
Sesan / 1 hour ago

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti

Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped the Financial Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Mr. Kayode Oni.

Oni was reportedy kidnapped on the Efon-Erio-Ekiti Expressway while returning to Aramoko Ekiti in the Ekiti West Local Government Area around 4.30pm.

The state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, told journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday that Oni was returning from where he went to conduct the PDP Local Government Congress in the Efon LGA.

He revealed that the kidnappers had established contact with his wife and younger brother and demanded N30m ransom.

He added that Oni was carrying his daughter and grandson in his car at the time he was kidnapped.

“The family told the abductors that the entire family can’t even raise N1m. Our party is not resting as well. We are trying to ensure that he is safe,” Adebayo added.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe, said he was out of Ekiti and had not been briefed.

“I can’t confirm now; there is no way I will know because I am not in Ekiti State as I speak to you,” the CP said.Pope decries attack on Nigerian church as Christians protest killings

Sesan / 2 hours ago

 

 

Pope Francis on Sunday decried an attack on a church in Nigeria during which two priests and other worshippers were killed.

 

Associated Press reports that the pontiff spoke on Nigeria during his remarks to the public in St. Peter’s Square.

 

READ ALSO- Killings: Nigeria experiencing ethic cleansing, says Soyinka

 

“The pontiff prayed that Nigeria’s Christian community find harmony and peace,” AP reported.

 

The pope’s comments came just as a large number of Christians in Nigeria obeyed the call by the Christian Association of Nigeria to, after the Sunday services, protest against the killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State and other parts of the country.

 

The CAN President, Rev. Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement last Wednesday had said, “CAN urges Christians in Nigeria to hold peaceful protest on the set aside date, on the premises of their churches, asking the Federal Government and security agencies to stop the unending killings and bloodshed in the country.”

 

Benue churches vow to work against Buhari

 

Christian across churches in Benue State on Sunday held the protest on their church premises, vowing to work against Buhari candidacy in the 2109.

 

Our correspondent who visited some of the churches in Makurdi, the state capital, reported that many worshippers of various Christian denominations wore black attire.

 

Some of them displayed placards with the inscriptions, “Buhari is responsible for the killings in Benue, ‘FG must come out to defend us,’  ‘Enough of bloodshed in Nigeria,’ ‘Enough of unlawful killings in the country,’ and ‘FG, stop herdsmen killings,’ among others.

 

At the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Wadata, one of the parishioners, Mrs. Elizabeth Oduh, said, “President Buhari has not lived up to the expectations of Nigerians.

 

“The Federal Government should protect its citizens and stop paying lip service to security.”

 

At NKST Church, Iyorter, along Makurdi-Gboko Road, the worshippers prayed and laid curses on killer herdsmen.

 

The associate pastor of the church, Rev. Samuel Ackaudu, said, “In Benue state, we have realised that our lives are no longer valuables.

 

READ ALSO: Melaye recall bid fails as INEC releases verification results

 

“There is no way that the Christian community in Benue State will support Buhari’s second term ambition.”

 

The resident pastor, NKST Church High-level, Makurdi, Pastor Fredrick Ikya, said the President had offended the Christian community by allowing Fulani herdsmen to kill God’s anointed people.

 

Kogi CAN urges FG to act

 

The Kogi State chapter of CAN, which joined the protest on various church premises, called for the immediate stoppage of the killings.

 

The Kogi State Chairman of CAN, Bishop John Ibenu, who spoke in his ‘Chapel of Freedom’ church in Lokoja, called on the Federal Government to set up a truth and reconciliation commission over the attacks.

 

Ibenu said, “It is a national day of prayer and protest, Christians don’t protest; if we have to, that means the issues have reached the peak.

 

“Killings have continued unabated and have been taken to the church. There is no grass for cattle to eat in the church, but the herdsmen invaded the church and killed worshippers.

 

“Government must act to make sure that this was not something aimed at the church but started in the farm.”

 

Osun Christians threaten to stop Buhari

 

Many Christians in Osun State on Sunday also staged protests against the killings by herdsmen.

 

Worshippers at the Union Baptist Church in the Odi Olowo area of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, led by their pastor, who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Baptist Convention, Rev. Olumide Kehinde, marched through some adjoining streets to the church after the end of the service.

 

The same happened at the Gospel Faith Mission International in the Agunbelewo area, along the Osogbo-Ilobu Road, where church members were led by Pastor Olatunji Adegbite.

 

Members of the Calvary Baptist Ch

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Nigeria youth will shine if given the opportunity – Saraki
April 30, 2018
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Nigeria youth will shine if given the opportunity - SarakiThe Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki on Sunday said the Nigerian youths have capacities to match their counterparts in other parts of the world if given the opportunity.

Saraki said this at Yikpata, Kwara state orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) where he added that “most of you will shine if we give you that opportunity; we shall do everything to ensure that your future is bright.”

Saraki had visited the NYSC orientation camp to commiserate with corps members over the death of one of them, Miss Hilda Amadi Ichechukwu who died from complication arriving from accident she had during a man-o-war drilling.

After inspecting facilities in the camp, Senate President promised to contribute to the renovation of facilities there.

Saraki who is not satisfied with the state of the camp, said there was a definite need for government to improve upon the medical and other facilities in the camp.

While lamenting the demise of the corps member, Saraki said the Nigerian youth can match their counterparts anywhere in the world in terms of creativity and government must do everything to ensure they fulfil their dreams

I was assaulted over call for Buhari impeachment – Sen Uroghide

Senator Matthew Uroghide has alleged that he was molested and humiliated by supporters of APC at the Benin Airport, on Friday, over his motion on President Buhari’s impeachment during plenary.

The PDP senator representing Edo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly made the allegation while addressing journalists at the weekend, in Benin

“They have promised to deal with me. If not for the state Commissioner of Police, I don’t know what would have happened. I obeyed the police commissioner by staying where I was until the governor came. We were walking side by side talking when a boy hit my head and the governor walked away,” he said.

He said he would seek redress in court and also furnish the Senate with information on how he was molested, humiliated and being crucified over what he said during plenary.

N/Assembly lacks powers to summon Buhari – Lawyers

N/Assembly lacks powers to summon Buhari – Lawyers

Some senior lawyers in the country said the National Assembly lacks powers to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over the anticipatory spending of $496 million for the purchase of fighter jets.

Both chambers of the National Assembly had last week accused the President of withdrawing the sum from the Federation Accounts, without its approval as provided by the Constitution.

Constitutional lawyer, Ben Nwabueze (SAN) yesterday said though President Buhari erred in not getting the approval of the lawmakers before paying for the Tucano aircraft, he is not one of those that could be summoned by the National Assembly as provided for in Section 89 (1) (c)of the Constitution.

Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) said the although Section 89(1)of the Constitution empowers both the Senate and House of Representatives or any committees to summon any person to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other thing in his possession, the categories of persons contemplated by that section must be those against whom a warrant can be issued to compel their attendance if they failed to do so.

“Under Section 308 (1)(b) of the Constitution, the President enjoys immunity from any Criminal or Civil Process by reason of which he cannot be arrested or imprisoned during his period of office in pursuance of the process of any court or otherwise. The latter expression – ‘otherwise’ covers the process of the National Assembly,” he said.

“The law does not normally give a power that cannot be enforced. In so far as the President cannot be arrested for refusal to obey a summons issued by the House of Representatives, it would not serve any legal purpose to issue a summons that cannot be enforced.”

Also, Emeka Etiaba (SAN) said the National Assembly is constitutionally empowered to summon anyone, but not the president, adding that he has ministers and other appointees, who ought to answer to any questions.

“But they cannot do that to the President except for the purpose of addressing the two chambers of the National Assembly on the state of the nation, not to answer questions,” he said.

Section 89 (1c-d) provides that …the Senate or the House of Reps shall have power to “(c) summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, and examine him as a witness and require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, subject to all just exceptions; and

(d) issue a warrant to compel the attendance of any person who, after having been summoned to attend, fails, refuses or neglects to do so and does not excuse such failure, refusal or neglect to the satisfaction of the House or the committee in question, and order him to pay all costs which may have been occasioned in compelling his attendance or by reason of his failure, refusal or neglect to obey the summons, and also to impose such fine as may be prescribed for any such failure, refused or neglect; and any fine so imposed shall be recoverable in the same manner as a fine imposed by a court of law.”

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Is Senate’s call for service chiefs’ sacking justified? Sesan

Is Senate’s call for service chiefs’ sacking justified?
Sesan

How are they (Senate members) sure that if President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, they would perform better than the present ones? There are political undertones to the whole thing; you don’t expect service chiefs to be everywhere there is a problem. Their responsibility is to issue instructions and to ensure that they are carried out. Have they sufficient equipment?

Have they been given sufficient incentives? Have they sufficient manpower? These are questions the senate should ask before saying that the service chiefs should be sacked.

You cannot send security personnel to confront insurgents without ensuring that they are well equipped.

Only recently, Buhari asked for $1bn to fund the fight against Boko Haram, but the senators opposed it.

Will they use their hands to fight the insurgents? They should give the President all the necessary requirements, including money to recruit more personnel.

The current situation does not call for unnecessary bottlenecks; it calls for cooperation between the executive and the legislature. They should work together to provide the security agencies with what they require to do their job and provide security for the people. • Abubakar Tsav (Commissioner of Police, retd.)

I think it will be nice to have a different set of individuals to begin to inject new ideas to address the current security challenges in the country because there is no reason why we should keep those who are there and are not bringing in new innovations on board in terms of how they respond to security challenges.

Their tenure has expired and it is only natural that the government bring on board those who can bring fresh ideas into the entire security architecture. The Senate is very correct. Sometimes we try to politicise issues but I think it is time for us to respond to issues very objectively. President Buhari has also not been able to reshuffle his cabinet despite the lacklustre performance of most of them.

So it is time for him to know that the lives of Nigerians are more important than any personal interest he may have in any individual. Whether he has interests in any of the service chiefs or not, it does not in any way justify the current mayhem.

I think they probably have a succession plan but I know they have a selection process which also is something that we need to critically look at because it must be based on merit. The current insecurity/herdsmen attacks are not good.

It might be an internal security issue but the police cannot effectively take care of the situation like this. The truth is also that the President has the constitutional mandate to deploy military in a situation like this. We are not entirely putting the blame on the military because they are also currently over-stretched.

It is important for leaders within the  Nigerian Armed Forces to also get those who have that capacity to respond to internal security challenges because we cannot continue to manage the wanton loss of lives that we wake up to hear almost on a daily basis. •Mr. Salaudeen Hashim (Secretary, National Peace and Security Forum)

Well, first of all, the Senate was not consulted when the service chiefs were appointed. And their appointments are not subject to Senate or National Assembly’s confirmation.

But as concerned Nigerians elected by the people, the Senate also have the right to advise the President that in view of the escalating insecurity threats and crises, and in their own assessment, the service chiefs have not lived up to expectations.

The Senate therefore has a right in that regard. They have a right to call for the sacking of the security chiefs. But the person who appointed them is the only person who can remove them from office. But if he feels that they are doing well, and decides to leave them, possibly he has some information that we don’t have.

It is up to him if he is retaining them for some reasons. Nigerians too

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Pope decries attack on Nigerian church as Christians protest killings Sesan

Pope decries attack on Nigerian church as Christians protest killings
Sesan

Pope Francis on Sunday decried an attack on a church in Nigeria during which two priests and other worshippers were killed.

Associated Press reports that the pontiff spoke on Nigeria during his remarks to the public in St. Peter’s Square.

READ ALSO- Killings: Nigeria experiencing ethic cleansing, says Soyinka

“The pontiff prayed that Nigeria’s Christian community find harmony and peace,” AP reported.

The pope’s comments came just as a large number of Christians in Nigeria obeyed the call by the Christian Association of Nigeria to, after the Sunday services, protest against the killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State and other parts of the country.

The CAN President, Rev. Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement last Wednesday had said, “CAN urges Christians in Nigeria to hold peaceful protest on the set aside date, on the premises of their churches, asking the Federal Government and security agencies to stop the unending killings and bloodshed in the country.”

Benue churches vow to work against Buhari

Christian across churches in Benue State on Sunday held the protest on their church premises, vowing to work against Buhari candidacy in the 2109.

Our correspondent who visited some of the churches in Makurdi, the state capital, reported that many worshippers of various Christian denominations wore black attire.

Some of them displayed placards with the inscriptions, “Buhari is responsible for the killings in Benue, ‘FG must come out to defend us,’  ‘Enough of bloodshed in Nigeria,’ ‘Enough of unlawful killings in the country,’ and ‘FG, stop herdsmen killings,’ among others.

At the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Wadata, one of the parishioners, Mrs. Elizabeth Oduh, said, “President Buhari has not lived up to the expectations of Nigerians.

“The Federal Government should protect its citizens and stop paying lip service to security.”

At NKST Church, Iyorter, along Makurdi-Gboko Road, the worshippers prayed and laid curses on killer herdsmen.

The associate pastor of the church, Rev. Samuel Ackaudu, said, “In Benue state, we have realised that our lives are no longer valuables.

READ ALSO: Melaye recall bid fails as INEC releases verification results

“There is no way that the Christian community in Benue State will support Buhari’s second term ambition.”

The resident pastor, NKST Church High-level, Makurdi, Pastor Fredrick Ikya, said the President had offended the Christian community by allowing Fulani herdsmen to kill God’s anointed people.

Kogi CAN urges FG to act

The Kogi State chapter of CAN, which joined the protest on various church premises, called for the immediate stoppage of the killings.

The Kogi State Chairman of CAN, Bishop John Ibenu, who spoke in his ‘Chapel of Freedom’ church in Lokoja, called on the Federal Government to set up a truth and reconciliation commission over the attacks.

Ibenu said, “It is a national day of prayer and protest, Christians don’t protest; if we have to, that means the issues have reached the peak.

“Killings have continued unabated and have been taken to the church. There is no grass for cattle to eat in the church, but the herdsmen invaded the church and killed worshippers.

“Government must act to make sure that this was not something aimed at the church but started in the farm.”

Osun Christians threaten to stop Buhari

Many Christians in Osun State on Sunday also staged protests against the killings by herdsmen.

Worshippers at the Union Baptist Church in the Odi Olowo area of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, led by their pastor, who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Baptist Convention, Rev. Olumide Kehinde, marched through some adjoining streets to the church after the end of the service.

The same happened at the Gospel Faith Mission International in the Agunbelewo area, along the Osogbo-Ilobu Road, where church members were led by Pastor Olatunji Adegbite.

Members of the Calvary Baptist Ch

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Melaye recall bid fails as INEC releases verification results Sesan

Melaye recall bid fails as INEC releases verification results
Sesan

Leke Baiyewu, Gbenga Odogun with agency report

The bid to recall Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate has finally crashed as only 5.34 per cent of the total 188,500 signatories to his recall petition were verified in an exercise held on Saturday.

The result of the verification released on Sunday in Lokoja by the Independent National Electoral Commission showed that 39,285 of the signatories were verified, out of which only 18,762 signatures were genuine.

The genuine signatories represented a dismal 5.34 per cent of the total signatories to the petition, which fell short of 51 per cent or 98, 364 signatures required for the petition to sail through.

It was observed that the verification failed largely due to fictitious and forged signatures and names of dead persons affixed to the recall petition by its promoters.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that some electorate in the Kogi West Senatorial District had on June 24, 2017 submitted a petition to recall Melaye to the headquarters of INEC in Abuja.

One Mr. Cornelius Olowo led the petitioners to submit the recall petition which alleged poor representation as one of the reasons for the move to recall Melaye.

However, INEC’s presiding officer for the verification, Prof. Okente Morthy of the University of Abuja, said that the number of signatures verified fell short of the number required.

He consequently gave the breakdown of the results of the exercise which took place in 552 polling units in seven local government areas in the Kogi West Senatorial District.

According to him, in Kogi Local Government Area with 46,727 registered voters and a total number of 24,459 signatures to the petition, only 2,335 were verified out of 2,566 signatures recorded during verification.

He said at the Kabba/Bunu Local Government with 59,319 registered voters and 27,910 petitioners, only 2,085 signatures were verified to be genuine out of 2,151 that came out for the exercise.

Also at the Ijumu Local Government Area, with 46, 810 registered voters and 24, 389 petitioners, 2,664 were verified out of 2, 811, the returning officer announced.

According to Morthy, others are Yagba East, 35, 329 registered voters, 18, 229 petitioners while 3,506 were verified out of 3, 580 recorded at verification.

At the Mopa-Amuro Local Government Area with 18, 350 and 9, 173, signatures, 710 were verified out of the 729 recorded

However, the Returning Officer, said there was violence in six polling units at Mopa town towards the end of the exercise, forcing INEC to nullify the exercise in the affected wards.

At Yagba West which has 35, 506 registered voters and 19, 444 signatories, only 3,729 petitioners were verified out of the 4, 221 that turned up, the returning officer stated.

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Panic as LASG simulates accident on Third Mainland Bridge Sesan

Panic as LASG simulates accident on Third Mainland Bridge
Sesan

Samson Folarin

There was panic on Sunday on the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State, as emergency management workers blocked the bridge for a simulated road accident.

Panic-stricken motorists cried while their faces creased in horror as they watched officials of the Lagos State Government, supported by some federal workers, battle to rescue victims of the multiple ‘crashes.’

From the scenario, five vehicles, including a LAGBus, had been involved in a multiple crash which resulted in loss of lives, just as a commercial bus plunged into the Lagoon.

While some of the ‘victims’ were rescued, the ‘dead’ were removed and put into an ambulance.

A crane was later deployed to pull out the commercial bus from the Lagoon, as 20 boats, occupied by marine policemen and local divers, coordinated the water operation.

Some motorists, who heard or witnessed the accident, took to Twitter to raise the alarm and warn others.

One Hoebi Kenobi, @Crosseyednerd, said, “Nigeria is the only place I know where people drive on bridges like crazy people who don’t leave any margin for error. Just heard of a terrible accident on the Third Mainland Bridge with two vehicles fallen into the Lagoon. It’s just sad.”

One Olu Dee warned motorists to avoid the road.

“If you are coming from the Mainland to the Island, avoid 3rd Mainland Bridge, I repeat avoid Third Mainland Bridge. It is currently blocked due to an accident and vehicles are turning back,” he tweeted.

One Motunrayo Alaka, @ssussaine, said, “There is an emergency situation involving fire on the #ThirdMainlandBridge. Emergency units are extremely organised.”

The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Adeshina Tiamiyu, who coordinated the simulation, allayed the fear of residents, saying the state government created the accident.

He explained that a recent crash in which a retired air vice marshal and his driver drowned prompted the state government to organise the exercise to test the preparedness of emergency workers in the state.

Tiamiyu noted that over 15 emergency responders were involved in the simulation, which started around 2am.

He said, “The exercise is a live simulation, codenamed Oko Jasosa (vehicle plunges into the Lagoon). You will recall that last year, there was an accident on this bridge in which one of the vehicles plunged into the Lagoon, killing two of its occupants.  We knew the challenges we faced in retrieving the vehicle from the water. What we have done is to recreate a situation like that and what we can do when such happens.

“We have also done this to create a synergy among our sister agencies, deliver what we have practised and test our response capacity and capability, including the use of hi-tech equipment recently procured by the state government.

“As responders, it is our responsibility to save Lagosians when an accident occurs no matter where and how. I know there is a lot of panic out there, but this is just make-believe. No vehicle plunged into the Lagoon.”

Adeshina, while encouraging residents to call the state’s emergency toll-free lines, 767 and 112, during emergencies, said the agencies would review their performances after the exercise.

Aside from LASEMA, other agencies involved included the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service, State Environmental Health and Monitoring Unit, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Lagos State Waterway Authority, Rapid Response Squad, Marine Police, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp and the Federal Road Safety Corps.

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Dr Demilade Longe, said the government was committed to the safety of residents.

He explained that the state had made huge investment i

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Again, bandits attack Kaduna village, kill 14 miners Sesan

Again, bandits attack Kaduna village, kill 14 miners
Sesan

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

Some bandits, on Saturday, reportedly raided a mining site at Janruwa Village, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing 14 miners and injuring many others.

Birnin-Gwari, a few kilometres from the Kaduna metropolis, is a gateway to the south-western part of Nigeria and had been under severe attacks by bandits, mostly cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other criminal elements.

The Saturday attack came only weeks after 11 soldiers were killed by bandits in the area in March.

It was gathered that the bandits, who stormed the mining site in their hundreds riding on motor bikes, opened fire on everyone in sight.

The exact number of people killed could not be ascertained. While some said 40 miners were killed, a source told our correspondent that only 14 people died with about 30 others injured.

The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Austin Iwar, confirmed the attack but was silent on the number of those killed.

He said the police had yet to confirm the casualty figure but were on top of the situation.

A source told our correspondent that the bandits, after killing the miners, burnt their bodies beyond recognition.

“The attack occurred between 12pm and 1pm on Saturday. The bandits, in their hundreds on bikes, stormed the mining site at Janruwa and opened fire on anybody in sight.

“Over 40 persons were attacked. No fewer than 14 are feared dead. It was a gory scene. The bandits, after shooting and killing, burnt the dead beyond recognition.

“This is coming after last month’s killing of 11 soldiers deployed to keep peace in Birnin-Gwari.

“We thought that after the visit of the Federal Government’s delegation, led by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, the situation would be calm,” the source said.

Though the reasons for the attack were not clear, sources said the bandits were on a revenge mission over the killing of their gang members by the local vigilance group.

It was gathered that no fewer than seven corpses were deposited at the Jibril Maigwari General Hospital mortuary while more than 13 people with gunshot injuries were being treated at the same hospital.

The source said while the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highways and adjoining villages were relatively peaceful, the Birnin-Gwari-Funtua  Road and the eastern part of the local government had continued to be under attacks by bandits.

Motorcycle snatcher crashes, dies during escape
Sesan / 2 hours ago

Samuel Awoyinfa

Two suspected robbers who allegedly specialised in snatching motorcycles from Nigeria and selling them in the Republic of Benin have been apprehended by men of the Ogun State Police Command.

The two cross-border suspects were identified as Evans Ajao and Isaiah Aigba.

The command also stated that another motorcycle snatcher, who stole a motorcycle from its owner in the Abeokuta metropolis and was trying to escape with it, died after he fell into a ditch.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Ajao and Aigba were arrested last Wednesday at Baagbon village, in the Odeda Local Government Area of the state.

He noted that a team led by the Divisional Police Officer at Odeda, Muhammad Baba-Suleiman, arrested the suspects following a distress call that the men had snatched a Bajaj motorcycle at Alabata area.

Oyeyemi explained that on the strength of the call, the DPO and his team blocked all exit routes in the area and the hoodlums were apprehended with the motorcycle.

He said, “On interrogation, the duo confessed to have been in the business of motorcycle theft for quite some time and that they have standby buyers once they succeed in taking a motorcycle to the Republic of Benin.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abeokuta, for further investigation and prosecution.”

The police spokesperson said another motorcycle robber met his Waterloo on Saturday, April 28, 2018, when he snatched a motorcycle and shot the owner at the Abule Ijaiye area of Lafenwa in Abeokuta around 4.45pm.

The robber, who had reportedly pretended to be a passenger, was alleged to have suddenly brought out a locally-made double-barrelled pistol and asked the rider, Toyin Ayoade, to surrender his motorcycle.

Oyeyemi said it was while the rider was struggling with the suspect that the robber shot him in the hand and snatched the motorcycle.

“Following a distress call from the victim, the people of the community gave the suspect a hot chase. While he was running away on the motorcycle, he fell into a ditch and hit his head on a concrete culvert. He died on the spot.

“Also recovered from him were one locally-made double-barrelled pistol, two live cartridges and the snatched motorcycle,” the PPRO added.

Oyeyemi said the owner of the motorcycle was recuperating in a hospital.

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Again, bandits attack Kaduna village, kill 14 miners Sesan

Again, bandits attack Kaduna village, kill 14 miners
Sesan

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

Some bandits, on Saturday, reportedly raided a mining site at Janruwa Village, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing 14 miners and injuring many others.

Birnin-Gwari, a few kilometres from the Kaduna metropolis, is a gateway to the south-western part of Nigeria and had been under severe attacks by bandits, mostly cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other criminal elements.

The Saturday attack came only weeks after 11 soldiers were killed by bandits in the area in March.

It was gathered that the bandits, who stormed the mining site in their hundreds riding on motor bikes, opened fire on everyone in sight.

The exact number of people killed could not be ascertained. While some said 40 miners were killed, a source told our correspondent that only 14 people died with about 30 others injured.

The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Austin Iwar, confirmed the attack but was silent on the number of those killed.

He said the police had yet to confirm the casualty figure but were on top of the situation.

A source told our correspondent that the bandits, after killing the miners, burnt their bodies beyond recognition.

“The attack occurred between 12pm and 1pm on Saturday. The bandits, in their hundreds on bikes, stormed the mining site at Janruwa and opened fire on anybody in sight.

“Over 40 persons were attacked. No fewer than 14 are feared dead. It was a gory scene. The bandits, after shooting and killing, burnt the dead beyond recognition.

“This is coming after last month’s killing of 11 soldiers deployed to keep peace in Birnin-Gwari.

“We thought that after the visit of the Federal Government’s delegation, led by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, the situation would be calm,” the source said.

Though the reasons for the attack were not clear, sources said the bandits were on a revenge mission over the killing of their gang members by the local vigilance group.

It was gathered that no fewer than seven corpses were deposited at the Jibril Maigwari General Hospital mortuary while more than 13 people with gunshot injuries were being treated at the same hospital.

The source said while the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highways and adjoining villages were relatively peaceful, the Birnin-Gwari-Funtua  Road and the eastern part of the local government had continued to be under attacks by bandits.

Motorcycle snatcher crashes, dies during escape
Sesan / 2 hours ago

Samuel Awoyinfa

Two suspected robbers who allegedly specialised in snatching motorcycles from Nigeria and selling them in the Republic of Benin have been apprehended by men of the Ogun State Police Command.

The two cross-border suspects were identified as Evans Ajao and Isaiah Aigba.

The command also stated that another motorcycle snatcher, who stole a motorcycle from its owner in the Abeokuta metropolis and was trying to escape with it, died after he fell into a ditch.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Ajao and Aigba were arrested last Wednesday at Baagbon village, in the Odeda Local Government Area of the state.

He noted that a team led by the Divisional Police Officer at Odeda, Muhammad Baba-Suleiman, arrested the suspects following a distress call that the men had snatched a Bajaj motorcycle at Alabata area.

Oyeyemi explained that on the strength of the call, the DPO and his team blocked all exit routes in the area and the hoodlums were apprehended with the motorcycle.

He said, “On interrogation, the duo confessed to have been in the business of motorcycle theft for quite some time and that they have standby buyers once they succeed in taking a motorcycle to the Republic of Benin.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abeokuta, for further investigation and prosecution.”

The police spokesperson said another motorcycle robber met his Waterloo on Saturday, April 28, 2018, when he snatched a motorcycle and shot the owner at the Abule Ijaiye area of Lafenwa in Abeokuta around 4.45pm.

The robber, who had reportedly pretended to be a passenger, was alleged to have suddenly brought out a locally-made double-barrelled pistol and asked the rider, Toyin Ayoade, to surrender his motorcycle.

Oyeyemi said it was while the rider was struggling with the suspect that the robber shot him in the hand and snatched the motorcycle.

“Following a distress call from the victim, the people of the community gave the suspect a hot chase. While he was running away on the motorcycle, he fell into a ditch and hit his head on a concrete culvert. He died on the spot.

“Also recovered from him were one locally-made double-barrelled pistol, two live cartridges and the snatched motorcycle,” the PPRO added.

Oyeyemi said the owner of the motorcycle was recuperating in a hospital.

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Military bombs Boko Haram logistics base in Borno Abdulfatai Ayobami Ibrahim

Military bombs Boko Haram logistics base in Borno
Abdulfatai Ayobami Ibrahim

Olaleye Aluko

An Alpha Jet of the Nigerian Air Force has bombed a location in Tumbum Gini in the northern part of Borno State.

The area is believed to be the logistics base of the Boko Haram terrorists.

A number of the insurgents were killed while structures and vehicles were destroyed in the process.

Our correspondent learnt that the strike was conducted by troops of the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole on Friday.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, in a statement on Saturday, said an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft from the Niger Republic also took part in the operation.

He said the team conducted the damage assessment for the mission which enabled the jet strikes to degrade the terrorists.

He added that the air strikes killed “all the terrorists in the location”, while the base was engulfed in fire.

Adesanya said, “The Air Task Force of Lafiya Dole in the early hours of Friday destroyed a Boko Haram terrorists’ logistics base at Tumbum Gini in the northern axis of Borno.

“The Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the first wave of the Alpha Jet aircraft strike on the location totally destroyed the vehicles and other logistics at the place thereby degrading the terrorists’ capabilities.

Why governors can’t guarantee security in states – Yari
Abdulfatai Ayobami Ibrahim / 13 hours ago

The Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdul’aziz Yari, has said state governors cannot enforce maximum security in their area because they are not in control of the security agencies.

Yari, who is the governor of Zamfara State, told journalists in Abuja at the end of an NGF meeting on Thursday that the governors were working hard with the Federal Government to tackle the lingering security challenges across the nation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the third edition of the NGF meeting this year was convened to address critical issues facing the governors in their states.

Yari said, “We are not in control of either the soldiers or the police or any other security men but what we can do is to support security agencies.

‘’In terms of logistics, we are doing our best and we will continue to support the Federal Government in this regard.”

The NGF chairman also explained that the security challenge facing the nation was a global phenomenon, which governments all over the world were striving to contain.

He said, “The security situation in the country is a global issue, and everywhere, people are dealing with the security problem.”

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