Police Rescue Anambra Woman Threatening Suicide On Facebook

Police in Anambra have reached out to a middle-aged woman who threatened to kill herself on Facebook.

Anambra police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, in a statement on Wednesday said preliminary investigation showed that the woman was in a troubled marriage and was seeking divorce.

He said: “The area commander Nnewi has got her. She has a family problem and was seeking for divorce.

“Although her problem is civil in nature, but leaving her in that condition could lead to something else since she is threatening to take her life.

“The area commander has invited her and her husband tomorrow (Thursday) for further counseling.”

The woman, whose name has been withheld, had in two separate posts on Facebook said she was contemplating taking her life in order to end her troubles.

“In these moments before my departure, I feel more clarity than I have ever felt in my dull life. In one minute, I will be free from the voices, from the pain, and from you. Nobody listened. Nobody cared,” she had written in one of the posts.

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7 Die In NNPC Explosion At Benin River Valve Station

No less than seven workers were killed in an explosion at Oil Mining Lease 40 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in Benin River Valve Station.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced this in a release on Wednesday, saying the incident occurred on Tuesday.

NPDC is a subsidiary of NNPC.

Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, said the explosion happened at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by NPDC.

“The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused seven fatalities,” Mr Obateru said.

He also said investigation had begun on the cause of the explosion.

Obateru said the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had been duly notified and form 41 was being prepared for the industry regulator as required in circumstances of this nature.

“The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers,” he said.

NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, according to the statement, has commiserated with the families of the bereaved.

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LASTMA Official Allegedly Commits Suicide After Stabbing Lover

An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has allegedly killed self in Zoo area, Araromi, Morogbo after stabbing his lover, police have said.

Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday said the police received report of the incident at about 1am same day.

The LASTMA official, Emmanuel Mekuri, 47, was said to have stabbed Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh with a Jack knife.

Mr Elkana said in the statement: “Alarm was raised by the 13-year-old daughter of the woman (whom she got from a previous marriage), which drew the attention of neighbours to the scene.

In her statement, the girl stated that the deceased person, whom she referred to as her stepfather, made further attempts to stab her mother on the head but she quickly ran out of the room. That he subsequently stabbed himself on the stomach, his intestines gushed out and he died on the spot.”

Ms Ogunshola, the spokesman said, is currently in stable condition in an undisclosed hospital while the deceased has been moved to a mortuary for autopsy.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February, 2020, but not legally married. There was a protracted argument between the couple that degenerated into physical assault purported to have arose from allegations bothering on infidelity on the part of the man,” Elkana said.

He added that the police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti, Yaba for “discreet” investigation.

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Lady Burnt While Answering Call Close To Her Cooking Gas, Dies

A yet-to-be identified woman has reportedly lost her life after suffering severe burns while receiving a phone call close to her cooking gas.

The tragic incident was made known by friends of the deceased who shared photos of her burns after the incident.

The deceased’s friends also took to Facebook to pray for their friend to survive the burns.

Sadly, the prayers of the friends were not answered as the health of the woman took a negative turn, became worse and reportedly died from burns complications.

While mourning their friend on Facebook, they warned people to desist from answering phone calls near a cooking gas.

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Man Kills Wife, Dumps Corpse In Well

A 40-year-old man identified as Abdulrahman Abdulkarim has been arrested by the Katsina police for allegedly killing his 19-year-old wife Wasila Sara and dumping her corpse inside a well.

The suspect was paraded before journalists on Thursday, June 25

The suspect committed the offence at Madabu -Dabawa village in Dutsinma Local Government Area of the state.

Katsina police command spokesperson, Gambo Isa said;

“On 14/06/2020 at about 02:00hrs, a distress call was received that one Abdulrahaman Abdulkarim, ‘m’, aged 40yrs of Madabu village, Dabawa, Dutsinma LGA of Katsina State killed his junior wife one Wasila Sada, ‘f’, aged 19years and dumped her dead body in a well.

“Consequently, DPO Dutsinma led a team of detectives to the scene, recovered the body and took it to the General Hospital where it was confirmed dead by the attending physician after post mortem examination.

“The suspect has been arrested and is assisting the police in their investigation. An investigation is ongoing.”

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Goods Worth Millions Of Naira Destroyed Fire By Midnight Fire Which Razed 11 Shops

Pictures and videos from the fire outbreak which reportedly razed 11 shops on 401 road in Gowon Estate in Lagos State have emerged on internet.

The tragic incident occurred in the early hours of today, June 27 which razed goods worth millions as some traders lament loss.

Although several properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed in the inferno but men of the state fire service were seen helping to put out the fire.

As at the time of filing this report, the cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated.

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Man Commits Suicide In Lagos After Stabbing Wife To Death

A twin murder case has thrown residents of Victory Park Estate in Lekki area of Lagos into shock.

A couple said to have moved into the estate about a month ago were found dead on Sunday.

It was gathered that the victims were seen jogging together on Saturday night, hours before the tragic incident.

Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, said in a statement that the couple – Olamide Alli, 25 and Chris Ndukwe, 39 – were found dead when police officers arrived at the scene.

“The woman was found lying in the pool of her blood with deep cuts on her head. The man’s mouth was foaming with whitish substance. It is alleged that the man stabbed the woman to death with a kitchen knife and thereafter drank some poisonous substance suspected to be sniper insecticides,” Mr Elkana said.

“Two blood-stained kitchen knives, two empty bottles of the poisonous substances, three empty cans of red bull energy drink and a plier were recovered from the scene.

“The two bodies were removed and deposited in a public mortuary for autopsy. Information gathered from some family members revealed that the couple were in a relationship for over seven years, though not married. They have two boys, 7 and 3. The relationship is described as complicated, as the couple were on and off over the years.

“While the man lives in Victory Point Estate Ilasan, the woman lived in Ogba. The woman visited the man alongside her 22-year-old sister, a night before the incident, on his invitation. Her sister was the first to have noticed that the couple were dead and raised the alarm. In her statement, she was woken up by loud music from the room where the corpses were found, as herself and the kids slept in a different room.”

Elkana said although the trigger for the murder has not been confirmed, the police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered thorough investigation into the incident.

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BREAKING!!! Fire Razes Oba Market In Benin

Fire broke out on Monday morning at the popular Oba market in Benin, Edo State.

Although the cause of the fire has not been confirmed, it is said to have begun at midnight.

The Federal Fire Service Zone K tweeted, “At about 1:00hrs this morning Men of Federal Fire Service Zone K Edo command turned out to combat a raging inferno at Oba market ring road Benin city Edo State. In attendance are Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air force, NPDC, and UNIBEN fire service.”

It was gathered that there was no electricity supply at the time the fire broke out.

Police officers have cordoned off the road leading to the market.

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Tankers Explosion: FRSC Diverts Traffic On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Following a fatal explosion involving four trailers on Sunday morning at Kara Bridge, the Federal Road Safety Corps has announced the diversion of traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

This was contained in a statement released on Sunday by the Lagos State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Olusegun Ogungbemide in Lagos state.

The Lagos FRSC boss said; “Following the unfortunate crash that involved three fuel tankers and one other trailer that were engulfed in inferno in the early hours of the day, FRSC operatives immediately mobilised and invited fire servicemen to extinguish the fire.

“The situation, expectedly, impaired traffic situation around the scene of the fire outbreak and beyond.

“This affected motorists, especially those driving out of Lagos.

“To cushion the effect on the road users, FRSC temporarily diverted traffic between New Garage and the end of Kara bridge to allow a counter-flow for Ibadan bound traffic to use a lane from the Lagos bound section of the expressway.

“FRSC hereby admonished motorists using the temporary lane to obey instructions from traffic officials around the scene of the crash and urged them to drive with caution.”

Ogungbemide stressed that while the burning fire is being extinguished and waiting to clear the wreckages off the road, motorists who are not close to the scene are advised to explore alternative routes.

He said: “Those travelling from Ibadan may turn at Sagamu interchange and use Abeokuta to Lagos through Sango Otta, Abule Egba, Iyana-Ipaja.

“People travelling out of Lagos may also use the above route and travellers from Lagos Island can explore Victoria Island, Ajah to Ijebu Ode to continue their journey.

“However, motorists around Mowe, Ibafo entering into Lagos or vice-versa using the temporary lane should please drive with extreme caution.”

The sector commander, who urged motorists to drive with care, said the FRSC wished everyone safe journeys to their various destinations.

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Employee Commits Suicide In Bayelsa After Losing Boss’ N150,000 To Gambling

Tragedy as an employee reportedly committed suicide in Bayelsa last week after losing his boss’ money, a sum of N150k to gambling in Bayelsa.

The deceased staked the money on a virtual game which lasts less than two minutes and is controlled by computers.

It was further learnt that the deceased simply identified as Suga used the money realised on the day of the incident to play the virtual game.

An eyewitness said; “Suga, not knowing how to explain the situation to his boss, made him to take his own life.”

This increases the number of people who have died from betting and gambling since last year in the state to three.

Reacting to the sad incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Butswat said though the police is aware of the incident, it has not been reported officially.

Butswat said; “The Divisional Police Officer of Bassambri Nembe said the incident was not reported officially to the police. He, however, said they heard about the incident.”

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Autopsy Revealed Uwa Was Raped As A Virgin, Says Edo AG

Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Yinka Omorogbe, has said that the slain student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Uwa Omozuwa, was a virgin.

Ms Omozuwa had gone to a church to study on May 27. There, she was said to have been accosted by some men, raped and hit with a fire extinguisher on the head. She died on May 30 in a hospital.

Omorogbe, on Friday, denied reports circulating on social media that the suspect arrested in connection with Omozuwa’s murder confessed that he was sent by a church pastor because she was pregnant for him.

The commissioner, addressing protesters from the Edo Women Development Initiatives, said: “We were all terribly shocked to see what happened to Uwa. It was terrible; it was a brutal experience.

“We were further shocked by some of the different things we saw all over the place, particularly on social media, and that is why it is important we come here.

“For example, we saw a terrible lie being peddled on social media, not regular press, that Uwa was impregnated by her pastor. That has been refuted, though it caused serious anguish to the family members. It’s a terrible story.

“Though one cannot talk at this point, from the autopsy done on Uwa, it was clearly established that not only was she not pregnant, she was a virgin, so, how boyfriend and pregnancy came in, only God knows.”

Omorogbe called for partnership with the mainstream media to eradicate rape from the society.

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BREAKING!!! Bandits Launch Fresh Attack On Katsina Community, Kill Traditional Ruler

Bandits have reportedly killed the traditional ruler of Mazoji village in Matazu Local Government Area of Katsina State during an attack on the community on Saturday morning.

The attack is coming barely three weeks after bandits killed the district head of Yantumaki in Danmusa local government area of the state, Alhaji Maidabino.

However, it was gathered that the bandits invaded and attacked Mazoji Village around 2am and operated for several hours before killing the traditional leader.

The bandits also reportedly set ablaze five motorcycles during the attack, while they rustled an unspecified number of cows.

According to some of the villagers, security operatives were yet to arrive at the village even as at 7:30am.

Bandits attacks and kidnappings have been on the rise in Katsina State in recent times, leaving many deaths and displacement behind.

Recall that residents of Yantumaki town, Danmusa local government area of Katsina state, protested against the attacks and killings by bandits.

The protesters burnt down a billboard bearing the picture of President Muhammadu Buhari and the logo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area.

This development is coming a week after Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, announced that his administration had pulled out of the peace deal with bandits.

The state government had entered a peace agreement with the gunmen. But despite the accord, communities in Katsina are still being attacked and residents killed.

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Boko Haram Releases New Video, Kills Nigerian Soldier, Policeman (WATCH HERE)

A faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has released a video showing the execution of a soldier and a policeman.

The two security personnel were abducted last week while travelling from Maiduguri to Monguno.

They were shot dead after introducing themselves in the 49-second video, Premium Times reports.

It was not immediately clear when the video was shot.

However, the slain officers, in the recording, described their abductors as “Tilafa army”.

“My name is Yohanah Kilus, I am policeman, my rank is Inspector, I was abducted between Maiduguri and Monguno; I am presently in the custody of Tilafa soldiers,” one of them said in Hausa.

“I am 13NA/70/8374, Lance Corporal Emmanuel Oscar, I was captured by Tilafas along Maiduguri to Monguno,” the other said.

The video was released three days after suspected Boko Haram fighters killed at least 81 persons in a village in Gubio local government, Borno State.

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Pregnant PG Student Attacked, Killed In Ibadan

A female postgraduate student of the University of Ibadan (UI), Azeezat Shomuyiwa, was on Friday murdered in her rented apartment at Aba Ijefun, Akinyele area by unknown persons.

Shomuyiwa, said to be seven months pregnant, was a postgraduate student of the Department of Social Work in the Faculty of Education.

The university’s Students’ Union President, Akeju Olusegun, in a statement on Friday said the deceased was hit with a heavy stone on the head, resulting in her death.

“During a visit to the deceased’s residence this afternoon by the Students’ Union leaders, it was confirmed by neighbours that she was hit with a heavy stone on the head.

“However, investigations are on-going by the Nigerian Police Force, Oyo State Command,” Mr Olusegun said.

The union’s president said that some co-tenants of the deceased had been arrested.

Oyo police spokesman, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said investigation into the incident had commenced.

“Men of the police have also been deployed around that axis to provide maximum protection of life and property in the area,” Mr Fadeyi said.

Shomuyiwa’s murder comes as the latest case of violence against women which have attracted nationwide condemnation.

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Truck Catches Fire On Onitsha Niger Bridge

A truck carrying goods caught fire on Friday morning on Anambra State axis of the River Niger Bridge.

Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, Paschal Anigbo, has confirmed the incident.

Mr Anigbo said: “A truck is currently on fire on the River Niger Bridge, this morning Friday 5 June, 2020.”

He added that the fire service had been contacted.

Details later…

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Family Of Six Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide In San Antonio

A father, mother, and four kids between ages 11 months to 4 years, were found dead in a car in what is believed to be a murder-suicide in Texas.

The family of six was found dead in an SUV parked in a garage at a home in Stone Oak on Thursday, June 4, San Antonio police said. Their cats were also found dead inside a basket in the car.

Officers were first dispatched to the home in the 100 block of Red Willow after a friend of one of the residents notified police that he hadn’t heard from him in a while.

When officers arrived for a welfare check on Thursday morning, they entered the home and smelled “heavy, noxious fumes” coming from inside the residence. The officers immediately backed out of the house, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

On the front door of the house, the officers found a note containing military jargon and a cryptic message. The father, who was found dead with his entire family, is in the military.

Officers were able to interpret the message in the note. It claimed that there were “bodies or people inside of the home, animals were in the freezer, and do not enter,” McManus said at the news conference.

Since officers couldn’t get into the house, they used drones and a robot inside the residence and found what they initially believed to be possible explosives. McManus said the home could be “booby-trapped.

However, police were eventually able to enter the garage of the home on Thursday evening and discovered the family of six dead in the car, McManus said.

The husband and wife were both in their 30s and their four children, ranging from 11 months old to 4 years old, were all found dead in the vehicle, police said. The victims have not been identified.

Two cats were also found inside of a basket in the vehicle’s front seat, according to McManus.

McManus said evidence suggests that the six deaths were not an accident and appear to be a suicide. He also said no explosives were found at the scene like previously suspected.

The fumes that initially caused officers to exit the home were later identified as carbon monoxide.

Photos from the scene appear to show what was likely a chaotic scene at the home.

On the front door of the house, the officers found a note containing military jargon and a cryptic message. The father, who was found dead with his entire family, is in the military.

Officers were able to interpret the message in the note. It claimed that there were “bodies or people inside of the home, animals were in the freezer, and do not enter,” McManus said at the news conference.

Since officers couldn’t get into the house, they used drones and a robot inside the residence and found what they initially believed to be possible explosives. McManus said the home could be “booby-trapped.”

However, police were eventually able to enter the garage of the home on Thursday evening and discovered the family of six dead in the car, McManus said.

The husband and wife were both in their 30s and their four children, ranging from 11 months old to 4 years old, were all found dead in the vehicle, police said. The victims have not been identified.

Two cats were also found inside of a basket in the vehicle’s front seat, according to McManus.

McManus said evidence suggests that the six deaths were not an accident and appear to be a suicide. He also said no explosives were found at the scene like previously suspected.

The fumes that initially caused officers to exit the home were later identified as carbon monoxide.

Photos from the scene appear to show what was likely a chaotic scene at the home.

Pictures obtained by reporter Emily Olson showed broken windows in the garage door, as well as throughout the house. Car seats were sitting on the front lawn. The photos may show the extent to which officers tried to get into the home.

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California Police Fatally Shoot 22-Year-Old Man On Knees With Hands Up

Police in northern California shot and killed an unarmed 22-year-old man who was on his knees with his hands up outside a Walgreens store.

An officer in the city of Vallejo was inside his car when he shot Sean Monterrosa on Monday night, June 1, amid local and national protests against police brutality.

The officer was responding to a call of alleged looting when he shot the unarmed man, officials said.

Police said an officer mistakenly believed Monterrosa had a gun, but later determined he had a hammer in his pocket.

The killing of Monterrosa, who lived in San Francisco, has sparked intense outrage in the Bay Area, particularly in the city of Vallejo, a city with a long history of police violence and high-profile killings and excessive force complaints.

“When confronted by the police, he dropped to his knees and surrendered, and they fired at him,” said Melissa Nold, a Vallejo civil rights attorney representing Monterrosa’s family.

“He wasn’t doing anything to warrant it. They shot him from inside their car. What opportunity did they give him to survive that situation? … It’s egregiously bad.”

In a news conference on Wednesday, two days after the killing, police chief Shawny Williams said officers were responding to a call of possible looting at the pharmacy shortly after midnight when an officer in a cruiser drove up and saw a dozen people in the parking lot getting into a car.

A second officer in an unmarked car drove up and found Monterrosa, who was still on the scene, who then kneeled down and started to raise his hands. At this point, the police chief said, this officer “perceived a threat” and fired five shots through his window at Monterosso.

Monterrosa died at the hospital, the chief said.

The chief declined to identify the officer who killed Monterrosa, saying only that the officer was an 18-year veteran of the force.

The chief also dodged questions about whether he considered the shooting to be excessive force and ignored questions from angry community members who showed up to a press conference.

The last person killed by Vallejo police was Willie McCoy, a 20-year-old who had been sleeping in his car in February 2019 when six officers fired 55 bullets in 3.5 seconds.

One of the six officers who killed McCoy, a rising rapper in the Bay Area, had previously killed an unarmed man who was fleeing on his bike. Another Vallejo officer killed three men in a five-month period and was subsequently promoted.

A memorial in front of Vallejo’s city hall has a sign reading “Blacks and Brown lives matter”.

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‘I Can’t Breathe’: Death Of Black Man In Custody Ruled A Homicide In Washington

The death of an African American father of two who called out “I can’t breathe” while handcuffed in police custody in March has been ruled a homicide and the Mayor of Tacoma, Washington, Victoria Woodards, has called for the firing of police officers involved in the death.

Manuel Ellis, 33, died of respiratory arrest on March 3, 2020, in Tacoma, due to hypoxia and physical restraint, said Rich O’Brien, an investigator for the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Other factors that may have contributed to his death included methamphetamine intoxication and dilated cardiomyopathy, commonly known as an enlarged heart.

The Medical Examiner ruled Ellis’ death a homicide on Wednesday, June 3.

The autopsy report was released in the middle of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism, which erupted after 46-year-old George Floyd, who also screamed “I can’t breathe” died in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May.

The family of Ellis held a vigil for him after the result of the autopsy was revealed.

“Manny was taken from me, he was murdered,” Marcia Carter, Manuel Ellis’s mother, said during a press conference in Tacoma on Thursday, June 4.

She told the crowd that gathered on Thursday to mourn her son that she spoke to him about an hour before his death. He told her that he had just come from church and was feeling really good. She said the last words he said to her were: “Remember I love you.”

“My heart hurt,” she said. “I cried for two months and 10 days, every day, all day.”

The Washington congresswoman Pramila Jayapal referenced Ellis’s death in a tweet Thursday in which she highlighted the need for accountability and justice for him and “for so, so many more Black Americans in states across this country who should still be alive today”.

On Wednesday morning, the four officers involved in the arrest of Manuel Ellis were placed on administrative leave while the Pierce county sheriff’s department conducts an independent investigation of Ellis’s death.

The Washington governor, Jay Inslee, said that discovering the full circumstances surrounding Ellis’s death is a “top priority” for him.

“We will be pushing to make sure there is a full and complete investigation,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Tacoma, Washington, Victoria Woodards, has called for the firing of police officers involved in the death.

Woodards said at a news conference late Thursday night, June 4: “I am demanding tonight that the Pierce County Sheriff review and confirm every action taken by each officer. I demand that the sheriff provide details of the actions of each officer on the scene and I am directing the city manager to fire each officer involved.

“The officer who committed this crime should be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Woodards stressed the importance of the video of the incident and called for the city manager “to move forward for allocating funding for body cams immediately.”

Police Chief Don Ramsdell issued a statement Thursday expressing his “sincere condolences” to Ellis’ friends and family.

“I would also like to recognize the compassion and empathy our community has shown during this difficult time. We hear your anger, frustrations and hopes. I want you to know we continue to be committed to engaging with you on topics of safety, community policing and race, so that all people feel safe in Tacoma,” Ramsdell said.

Tacoma residents have taken to the streets to protest his death. They held placards referring to him as their own George Floyd.

“The harshest of realities is George Floyd is right here in Tacoma, and his name is Manny,” attorney James Bible, who is representing Ellis’ family, told the News Tribune.

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Soldier, Humanitarian Workers Abducted By Boko Haram In Borno

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly abducted three humanitarian workers and a soldier along Monguno/Maiduguri highway on Tuesday, June 2.

The incident occurred at about 11:30am on the said date.

Reacting on the sad development, an official (name withheld) of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) told newsmen that; “Yes, we heard about the unfortunate incident on Tuesday between Monguno and Maiduguri.

“We learnt that four persons were forcefully taken by Boko Haram including our staff (SEMA), two NGO workers, and a soldier. We are saddened.”

Also speaking on the incident, Hajiya Ya’bawa Kolo who is the chairperson of State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident.

Kolo revealed that the incident has been reported to security operatives.

Kolo said; “Yes, we have reported the matter to the police and others who are currently working on information given to them by the driver of the car, so we have put all hands on deck. I mean action and prayers for his safe return. Join us in prayer please.”

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Retired US Police Captain Fatally Shot Dead After Responding To Alarm During Looting

A 77-year-old retired police captain identified as David Dorn has been fatally shot dead during looting in St. Louis amid protests sparked over the death of George Floyd.

It was learnt that David Dorn worked with the St. Louis Police Department for 38 years.

Dorns’s death was confirmed by St. Louis Police Chief, John Hayden of St. Louis Police Department during a news conference Tuesday, June 02, 2020.

According to Hayden, the deceased was shot while responding to an alarm at a pawnshop during midnight on Monday.

Hayden said; “Throughout the night, we made 25 arrests for various charges. And then there were 55 businesses and counting that were burglarized and had property damage.

“One of those businesses had one of our retired captains, retired captain David Dorn, who retired after 38 years. During the looting process, David Dorn was exercising law enforcement that he learned here.”

Chief Hayden described Dorn “a fine captain” who had been very well-liked and looked up to by many of the department’s younger officers.

Reacting to the news of the death of his father, the deceased’s son (name withheld) said Dorn is passionate about helping young people and would have forgiven those behind the violence on the city’s streets.

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Kidnapped Former Edo Commissioner Ediagbonya Found Dead

Police have recovered the remains of ex-Edo Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Presley Ediagbonya, 14 days after he was abducted.

Ediagbonya was kidnapped from his farm at Utese, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of May 16.

The body was recovered from a forest near the farm.

His abductors who initially asked for N15 million ransom later directed the family to drop N2 million in Patani, a border town between Delta and Bayelsa.

Shortly after the family dropped the ransom, the abductors were said to have sent an SMS to the family that their father’s body was in a cassava farm near Utese where he was kidnapped.

It was gathered that a team of hunters and farmers discovered the remains as they were attracted to where the body was abandoned by a strong stench.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the recovery.

He said the body was found “by some farmers in a forest sharing boundary with Ondo State at Utese village.”

Nwabuzor said the farmers who were uneasy and apprehensive about the horrible sight, rushed to the village to break the news.

He said they thereafter moved to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Okada, and reported the development to the Divisional Police Officer.

He said: “At the scene, the remains of Edioagbonya was identified by his family and was professionally evacuated to Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital mortuary, Okada, for autopsy.

“To this end, the command deeply commiserates with the immediate family and prays to God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss and vows to fish out the killers of the illustrious son of Utese village.”

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Midnight Fire Destroys Properties Worth Billions At Lagos Market

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, and the Federal Fire Service have curtailed a the fire incident which reportedly gutted some shops at Olaleye market in Somolu, Lagos state.

This is coming barely two months after fire reportedly gutted some shops at Ebute Ero market in Idumota, Lagos Island.

The fire which was massive broke out in the market in the early hours of today, May 30.

According to report, the fire outbreak started at about 3am which has left many traders whose shops were burnt wailing and lamenting about their sad loss.

Sympathisers can be seen lamenting the loss of traders while they make attempts to quench the burning fire.

As at the time of reportage, the cause of the fire is still unknown.

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Mass Killings In Southern Kaduna, Scores Buried (Disturbing Photos, Video)

Southern Kaduna on is trending on social media over the crisis in the region as killings rise in remote villages.

Since May 19, armed men have been attacking some communities situated in Southern Kaduna.

It was gathered that the assailants attacked Idazau, Etissi, Bakin Kogi, Dutsen Gora, UN Gora, Pushu Kallah and Magunguna villages, killing five persons, injuring 78, destroying 607 houses and rustling 231 cows in the process.

Some 51 persons have been reported missing from these attacks.

See the photos below;

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Three Injured As Five Vehicles Crash In Anambra

Tragedy as five vehicles were reportedly involved in two crashes along Awka-Onitsha Expressway in Anambra State.

It was learnt that three persons were injured in both crashes.

It was further learnt that three vehicles including a tanker, a Toyota 4Runner and a Toyota Highlander were involved in the Awka crash while the other that occurred at Igbariam Junction involved a Toyota Sequia and a Mercedes Benz truck.

Reacting to the development, the Sector Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Pascal Anigbo confirmed both incidents.

He said the injured victims were rushed to the hospital by the FRSC rescue team, while obstructions were cleared and normal traffic flow restored.

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One Dead, Many Injured As Fire Razes IDPs Camp In Borno (Photos)

One killed and many others injured in a fire outbreak that happened at the Muna garage IDP camp in Borno state over the weekend.

This was disclosed by the National Emergency Management Agency in Borno state.

NEMA disclosed that the fire was ignited from one of the kitchens in the Emergency shelters erected in the camp.

1613 households have now been displaced as a result of the fire outbreak.

See photos from the scene below;

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Truck Crushes Two To Death, Injures One In Ogun

Tragedy hits Ogun community as a truck reportedly crushed two people to death and injured one at Sango.

The tragic incident happened on Saturday afternoon when a truck head on collision with another truck at Sango.

According to report, the accident occurred at the Sango Tollgate corridor of the Lagos -Abeokuta express way involving a containerized truck marked AAA448XJ, Dangote truck marked GN 7248-16 and a tanker with registration number KSF991XF.

The containerized truck had a brake failure and in bids to avoid crashing vehicles on its track, veered into the lane of outbound Lagos traffic and in the process collided head on with a Dangote truck and one other.

Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi confirmed the accident.

The PRO said the injured was rescued to the Ota state hospital while the remains of the dead were taken to Ifo mortuary – all in Ogun State.

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Two Killed, Injured 12 In Anambra Auto Crash

Tragedy as two people dead and 13 others severely injured in a fatal accident involving a lorry and a commerical bus in Anambra.

The tragic incident occurred along Ihiala axis of the Onitsha-Owerri Expressway in Anambra today Friday, May 22.

Reacting on the incident, the Anambra state Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed the incident.

Kumapayi said the accident occurred at about 7.10am this morning.

“According to reports, the crash involved a tipper without registration number and a commercial bus with registration number NEN-59XQ. An eyewitness told us that the tipper driver was negotiating into his house when the bus suddenly rammed into it. The crash occurred during a heavy downpour. A total of 15 persons, 10 adult males and five adult females were involved in the crash.

“Twelve persons sustained serious injuries and were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and God’s Favour Hospital Okohia, both in Ihiala town. As at the time of filling this report, two victims, the driver whose leg was amputated in the crash and another victim were confirmed dead by doctors at the hospital,” he said.

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‘One Dead’ As Tanker Collides With Bus In Lagos

One person has been confirmed dead and seven injured in an accident on Thursday morning involving a Mazda bus with 10 passengers and a tanker on Otedola Bridge in Lagos.

The accident, which occurred at the lane inwards Berger area of the state, is said to have caused heavy traffic that stretches beyond the state secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) tweeted saying preliminary reports say a Golf car was also involved in the crash.

It, however, said there are no casualties from the car.

Emergency workers are said to be on ground battling to save the situation.

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Banker Who Took N3M Loan For His Wedding Commits Suicide 2 Months After

Tragedy as a man identified as John Okpanachi reportedly committed suicide over marriage he loaned #3m crashed barely two months after wedding, throwing his relatives into mourning.

The deceased identified as John learned works in one of the new generational banks in the Kaduna branch and is 37 years of age.

According to the elder brother of the deceased identified as Micheal Okpanach, a note found beside his corpse inside his sitting room reveals he committed suicide over his marriage crash.

Micheal added that the deceased borrowed over N3 million from a bank for his wedding.

It was learnt that the deceased, John was a resident at the Sabo area along the refinery road in Kaduna before his death, married a lady from the Ankpa area of Kogi state while he comes from Ofu local government in the same state with his wife.

The elder brother of the deceased said John’s marriage hit a rock as soon as they wedded, narrating how his brother had on many occasions called him to report how the wife was trying to turn him into a house boy, an attempt he said his brother resisted.

He disclosed that the marriage finally came to an ended when John’s ex-wife pulled him out of a car he was driving on a busy street of Kaduna, on the ground that the car is a wedding gift from her father, claiming her husband has no right to drive the car without her approval.

Michael further disclosed that his younger brother,John who was angry with the development in his home terminated the marriage two months after the wedding and did not come out of the trauma until he committed suicide.

John who committed suicide on Tuesday morning according to the elder brother drank a poisonous chemical suspected to be a sniper and was seen when his neighbours forced open his door when they did not see him until 1:00 pm.

He added that his dead body has been deposited in a mortuary while the family is preparing to take him back to Ofu for burial.

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Mob Kills Three Gangsters In Adamawa

Three members of a popular gang known as Shila boys were reportedly killed by a mob on Saturday night in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state.

The gang whose trademark is forcefully stealing people of their properties in streets had operated successfully in the Jimeta area of the capital city before they met their waterloo.

It was further learnt that a group of angry residents mobilised to the pursue and dealt with them.

The mob attacked and killed the three Shila boys who had snatched a phone from a resident around Nasarawo, a sprawling residential community in Jimeta, Yola North local government area.

According to report, the gang which frequently operates in Keke NAPEP rob passengers or ride in same vehicle and snatch valuables. It ‘works’ usually in Yola North and Yola South LGAs and to a smaller extent in neighbouring Girei LGA.

Reacting to the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa state, Suleiman Nguroje confirmed the incident and explained how fate mocked the Shila Boys this time around.

Nguroje said: “Normally, the Shila Boys go out in a group of three or four to attack citizens. They took advantage of somebody whom they followed, injured and took away his handset. People around there who saw what happened ran after the Shila Boys and lynched them.”

He lamented that the incident happened at 9 pm on Saturday despite the 8pm to 6 am curfew imposed by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri about a week ago.

According to him, the boys were still alive when the police arrived the scene.

“When the attention of the police was drawn, some officers rushed to the scene and found the Shila Boys unconscious,” he said.

The PPRO added that they were rushed to hospital for treatment but they were later confirmed dead.

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Photos Of 3 UNIPORT Students Who Were Killed And Buried In A Shallow Grave Surfaces

Pictures of three 400 level student of University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state who were kidnapped and killed by unknown gunmen have surfaced online.

It was earlier reported that days after some 400 level students of the University of Port Harcourt were kidnapped on April 7, they have been found dead in Eleme, Rivers state.

The late undergraduates identified as Joy Adoki, Nelson Nwafor and Fortune Obimba were declared missing by the police on April 19 after Adoki’s brother, Umor, filed a compliant at Eleme Police Division.

According to report, the victims were kidnapped on April 7, on the order of one Bright who told the kidnappers that the victims betrayed him after money was paid into the account of one of them.

It was learnt that the kidnappers contacted their families and demanded ransom which the families paid yet the kidnappers failed to release the students as promised, but instead killed and buried them.

After investigation, the Anti-Cultism Unit of Rivers State police command arrested Bright alias Nelly who also led investigators to Friday Akpan and Emmanuel both resident in Eteo, Eleme.

Friday Akpan confessed that he and his group members killed and buried the three undergraduates after raping the female among them, Joy Adoki.

He also took policemen to a shallow grave in Etoo, Eleme Local Government area of Rivers state, where the decomposed bodies of the victims were recovered.

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Kerosene Explosion Kills Mother, Two Children In Rivers

Tragedy as a Nigerian woman and her two children, both under 10 were burnt to death in a fire outbreak in Rivers state.

The tragic incident occured inside the woman’s one room apartment at Alikor estate in Choba, Rivers state today April 28th.

According to reports, the incident happened in the early hours of today, the fire is suspected to have been caused by the adulterated kerosene she poured into her cooking stove. Their bodies have been evacuated.

Her body and those of her children have been deposited at the morgue.

In a related news, acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, wife and children were burnt to death after fire razed their building.

The fire became uncontrollable at 3am, destroying properties worth millions of naira and eventually led to the death of the man, his pregnant wife and two children.

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Lockdown: 45-Year-Old Man Commits Suicide In Imo

Tragedy as a 45-year-old man identified as Osita Ezuruike reportedly committed suicide on Tuesday at Umudafa, Awo Mbueri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

The neighbour of the deceased alerted the police after he found hanging from the roof of his house.

As at the time of reportage, the police is yet to ascertain the cause of the suicide act but sources in the community claimed that he expressed frustration with life over the lockdown declared by the state government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Reacting on the tragic incident, the Police Public Relations in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu confirmed the incident and said that Ezuruike’s corpse had been taken to a morgue.

“On April 27, acting on a report, operatives of the Divisional Police headquarters in Mbieri moved to Umudafa, Awo Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA, in a house belonging to one Osita Ezuruike, 45, and met the lifeless body of the said Osita hanging. The reason for taking his own life could not be ascertained. However, the corpse has been removed to the morgue, while an investigation into the incident has commenced.” Ikeokwu said.

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JUST IN: Imo Govt House Policeman Found Dead

Tragedy as a police inspector identified as Haruna Kaura reportedly found dead at the Alvana Shell Camp road in Owerri on Tuesday morning, April 28.

Confirming the incident on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations in the state, SP Orlando Ikeokwu disclosed that the deceased was of the ’18 Police Mobile Force’ but attached to Imo Government House, Owerri.

According to report, the lifeless body of the policeman was covered with bruises, raising the suspicion that he was assassinated. He was said to have gone out for a night out on Monday night.

As at the time of filling this report, the cause of death is unknown yet and a police source reportedly said authorities were being cautious because of fears of Covid-19 pandemic.

The PPRO said “a team of policemen were despatched to the scene where the body was identified as Inspector Haruna Maura of No. 18PMF Swuadron attached to Government House.”

Ikeokwu added that the policeman was suspected to have been murdered.

“He was observed to have his identity card in his Palm and his trouser pulled down with his service pistol taken away while marks of violence were visibly seen around his back/neck region.”

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Lockdown: I can no longer share food, woman put up her Dog For sale

An elderly female has positioned her vicious canine on sale to serve meals and other expenses throughout the countrywide lockdown.

According to H-Metro, Gogo Hwedza spent the better of the day gone by sitting by way of the roadside displaying her 8 months old canine she said has placed her off budget.

“I actually have decided to put my canine on sale due to the fact I am dropping both meals and money throughout this lockdown,” stated Gogo Hwedza.

“It escaped from the leash maybe because I starved it the entire day with out feeding it and it became irritated that it wanted to chew me.
“It is 8 months old and I am selling it for US$80.
“Besides sharing meals with it, the canine is so vicious that I actually have paid medical costs to numerous neighbours after it went after them even though it was vaccinated,” she stated pleading with the writer to buy it if the lockdown is to continue, she said sitting beside her neighbour who sells vegetables.

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Ex- Prison Official Kills Self In Court After Being Sentenced

A former senior official in Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, on Wednesday shot himself dead in a Moscow courtroom after being sentenced to prison time for corruption, state media reported.

The man, who had previously headed a Transportation Department in the penitentiary service, was found guilty of extorting a 10 million rouble (or 160,000 dollar) bribe and was sentenced to three years in a high-security prison.

According to a court representative, after the judge announced the punishment, the defendant used a pistol to kill himself.

However, it was not immediately clear how he managed to sneak the weapon into the courtroom.

Russia’s top Investigative Agency said that it would examine the court’s safety regime.

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Police Clash With Keke, Okada Riders In Lagos Over Okada Ban

Police and commercial motorcyclists, also known as Okada riders, including tricycle operators on Monday, clashed in Ijora area over a ban on their activities in some parts of the state by the government.

The commercial drivers clashed with the police while protesting the ban. They blocked the road and set up bonfires to show their angst over the ban.

Clashes with law enforcement officers are said to have also occurred at Apapa and Surulere.

Commuters, however, were left stranded on Monday morning at bus stops. Several were forced to walk long distances while others paid higher fares to get to their destinations.

The new directive affects six Local Government Areas and nine Local Council Development Areas.

They include Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs and Ikeja LGA.

Others are Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.

The state government also listed highways, bridges and roads where the law also banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating in the state.

Watch the video here;

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2 Die, 12 Others Injured In Zamfara Road Crash

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Zamfara State Command has confirmed the death of two people in a road accident which also left 12 other people with various degrees of injury.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, Yasir Shehu, who gave the confirmation, said that the accident happened on the Gusau-Futuwa road in the early hours of Saturday.

Shehu added that the crash involved three vehicles – a Honda, a Nissan bus, and Golf.

The spokesman for the command said that a total of 14 male adults were involved in the accident.

The PRO, who attributed the incident to over-speeding and wrongful overtaking, said that all the injured persons had been taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Gusau for treatment.

He then warn motorists against dangerous driving including wrongful overtaking and over-speeding as “those are the major causes of road crashes”.

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Policeman Shooting At A Cow Allegedly Shot Man Dead On Christmas Day

A tragic incident occurred on Wednesday December 25, as a man identified as Onyeocha Umuokwu was allegedly shot dead by a policeman.

The incident reportedly occurred at the home of one Engineer Eze in Alor Idemili South Local Government area of Anambra state.

Eyewitnesses alleged that the deceased was killed by a stray bullet shot by a policeman aiming at a fleeing cow in the community.

The eyewitness report reads; “Onyeocha Umuokwu was shot by a police officer at Engineer Eze house yesterday been 25th December 2019, in Alor idemili south LGA Anambra stat

The news have it that a cow cut the rope they use to tied it and started running then the police officer on the duty now try to shoot the cow but mistakenly shot and killed this Alor popular/jovial man Onyeocha Umuokwu na Alor.”

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Boko Haram Abduct Another Aid Worker, Others In Borno State

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have abducted Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, an aid worker from Bokkos LGA of Plateau state.

According to report by PM News, Jennifer, an orphan was abducted along with several others, including Hannatu Sebastin Ishaya, in an ambush along Monguno-Maiduguri road on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

Solomon Maren, a member of the House of Representatives from Mangu/Bokkos constituency condemned the kidnap of Jennifer, working with Alliance for International Medical Action.

According to Maren, “This happened on the day she was marking the 1st remembrance of her father’s demise.

“This came as a brutal shock to us, and as a representative of the peaceful people of this constituency, my heart bleeds”, Maren said in a statement.

“This is particularly so as reports say another indigene of Bokkos was three weeks ago kidnapped by the same insurgents in the North-East.

“I am pained that for the third time in three months, four of my innocent constituents have been abducted by Boko Haram in Borno.

“These are harmless citizens who by reason of their professional callings have found themselves working in the troubled region, providing humanitarian help to victims of insurgency.

“Mr Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham, both carpenters from Mangu Local Government Area, working with an international NGO were publicly executed in a widely circulated video in October 2019,” he said.

Maren stated that the entire Mangu-Bokkos constituency had yet to recover from the experience and now they were confronted with abduction of Miss Jennifer Ukambong.

According to the lawmaker, these abductions among many instances show the level of security challenges being experienced in the country.

“As legislators, we will continue to enact laws and carry out all necessary functions with regards to national security.

“I, in particular, will not hesitate to throw up meaningful debates that will guarantee the safety and general well-being of Nigerians and my constituents in particular, wherever they are.”

Maren called on security agencies in charge of security in Borno to do their best to rescue Ukambong and other abductees.

“This includes the prompt and safe rescue of Jennifer and her fellow abductees,” he said.

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