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Kogi Govt. debunks allegation of herdsmen attack at motor park



The Kogi Government has debunked the allegation of an attack by herdsmen at Big Joe motor park in Lokoja on Tuesday.

A statement by the Director General of Media and Publicity to Kogi Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, described the news as ”rumor peddlers who are on a mission to create panic and tension in the State”.

There were reports with pictures in social media that there was an attack by some herdsmen at the park.

“Our attention has been drawn to some gory pictures on social media platforms, purporting that some herdsmen attacked a popular motor park in Lokoja and killed all passengers found there.

“We wish to allay the fears of commuters and residents of the State that nothing like that ever happened as all motor parks in the state are safe and peaceful.

”Our security operatives are also ensuring security of lives and property in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, a visit by the Nigeria News Agency to the Big Joe motor park at Felele in Lokoja, showed that normal activities were going on at the park.

A food hawker at the park, who identified herself as Esther Nathaniel, said she was hearing the rumour for the first time from the NAN reporter.

”It is not true, nothing like that happened in this park. I sell drinks and water here always, and nothing like that ever happened here,” she said.

A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Abdul Sule, also told NAN that nothing of such occurred there.

”You can see for yourself; if something like that happened here, you will never see anybody here at the moment. It is a big lie,” Sule told NAN.



Sleep with your two eyes closed – Gov. Badaru tells newly-posted NYSC members



Gov. Muhammadu Badaru of Jigawa on Thursday assured corps members posted to the state of their safety, urging them to “sleep with your two eyes closed”.

Giving the assurance during the orientation of 2019  Batch ‘B’ Stream II of National Youth Service Corps members posted to the state, the governor said his administration was in synergy with security agencies for the state to remain secure.

Represented by his Deputy, Malam Umar Namadi, the governor said  government was not resting on its oars as security agencies were made to work round the clock and in synergy to ensure that the state remained safe.

“As you stay in this camp and even after the camping period, you should always sleep with your two eyes closed.”

“In other  words, always go about your normal duties freely as no molestation is envisaged in any part of the state,” he said.

Badnarik assured that the  people of the state were ready to receive  corps members warmly after their orientation in places they would be deployed  for their primary assignments.

Earlier in a remark, Coordinator of NYSC in Jigawa, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, said a total of 1,357 corps members were deployed to Jigawa for service,  consisting of 860 males and 497 females.

He thanked the governor for his support to the NYSC Scheme in the state, describing him as being “NYSC-Friendly”.

“As one of the most NYSC friendly executive governors in the country, we request that you continue to keep your doors open whenever we need to see you,” he pleaded.

Ibrahim reminded that just as there were provisions made to reward corps members who abided by the rules and regulations of the camp, there were also sanctions for those who went astray.

He therefore advised the corps members to cooperate  among themselves, as well as with  camp officials, so as to complete the service year without hitches. .


Edited by Chioma Ugboma

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Proficiency competition; Enugu Govt. pledges continuous partnership with army



  Enugu State Government has assured  Nigerian Army of its continuous partnership in ensuring safety of lives and  property in the state.

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi gave the assurance at the closing of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army 2019 Inter-Brigade Combat Proficiency Competition on Thursday in Enugu.

Ugwuanyi, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Simon Ortuanya, noted that the army had given “great support’’ to the state in its quest to ensure that the state remained the safest in the country.

“Today marks a milestone in the history of the Nigerian army.

“This event clearly portrays readiness of the Nigerian army to defend the territorial integrity of the country as well as handle internal security duties professionally.

“As a government, we will continuously partner with the Nigerian army to ensure that our state and our people remain safe and secured,’’ he said.

The governor lauded the General Officer Commanding the Division for a successful competition.

In an address, the GOC of the Division, Maj.-Gen. Abubakar Maikobi, lauded the troops of the participating formations for their discipline during the competition.

Maikobi urged the troops that did well to keep the flag flying; while those that had deficiencies to strive to improve on their performance.

“The division will continue on the part of the vision of the Chief of Army Staff meant to professionalise the army in all ramifications.

“The division is grateful to Enugu state government for its support so far as well as being present in this closing ceremony,’’ he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that 34 Brigade, Owerri was the overall best performing formation in all  events of the competition.

The 13 Brigade, Calabar, came second; 82 Division Garrison got third position and 14 Brigade, Ohafia came fourth; thus, going home with the wooden spoon.

Major Sobor Beke, Team Leader of 34 Brigade, Owerri, attributed the success of the f brigade in the competition to discipline and resilience of officers and soldiers.

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Police arrest man for allegedly raping a 7-yr-old girl in Kebbi



Kebbi Police Command has arrested a 42-year-old man, Ibrahim Umar of Nufawa village, Basaura district of Jega Local Government, for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl at Katako area of Bara village in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Danjuma told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday that the suspect dragged the minor to a millet farm and forcefully had intercourse with her.

Danjuma said after the suspect was done with her, he gave her one packet of candy, valued at N25.

He said the parents of the girl reported the incident to authorities, and after due police investigation, the suspect admitted to the act.

”The suspect was arrested and confessed to the alleged crime. He will be charged to court to face the law,” the police chief said.

Danjuma appealed to members of the public to see the duty of fighting crime as a collective responsibility.

”We should continue to partner to maintain our status as the safest state in Nigeria,” he added.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the suspect, pleading for mercy, said it was his fist involvement in rape.

“This is the work of the devil; please, forgive me as such a thing will not repeat itself again,” the suspect pleaded.

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Normalcy returns to Borno communities after Boko Haram attack



Normalcy have returned to Gubio and Magumeri communities of Borno after the Wednesday night attack coordinated by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the residents in the affected areas returned to their homes after the insurgents’ attacks at Gubio and Magumeri headquarters of Magumari and Gubio Local Government Areas of the state.

The insurgents attacked the communities at about 6:00 pm; torched residential homes, schools, offices, looted food items and abducted a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in the affected communities.

The insurgents attacked the communities barely 12 days after a similar incursion in Gubio following the withdrawal of troops in the area.

Mr Zanna Modu, the Caretaker Chairman of Gubio Local Government Council, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the insurgents looted food items, razed houses and public buildings.

Modu disclosed that people who earlier fled for safety had returned after the insurgents withdrew on Thursday.

“It is unfortunate that few days after the insurgents attack; another element of the terrorists infiltrated the town at about 6:00 pm on Wednesday.

“I am in Maiduguri on official engagements and I received calls over the attack, they withdrew after causing serious damage,” he said.

Also, Mr Usman Zanna, a member of the House of Representatives (Gubio-Magumeri-Kaga Federal Constituency), said the insurgents torched Magumeri council headquarters, public buildings and houses in the area.

Zanna said that many people were displaced due to the destruction of their homes by the insurgents.

He noted that the insurgents took advantage of troop’s withdrawal from the affected areas to commit atrocities in the communities.

“The situation is calm; people returned to their homes on Thursday”.

Efforts to get reactions by Col. Ado Isa, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, proved abortive as he did not respond to inquiries sent to him through Short Service Message (SMS).

However, Maj.-Gen. Benson Akinroluyo, the former Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, had disclosed that the troop’s redeployment was part of strategies to enhance the counter insurgency campaign.

Akinroluyo stated this when Gov. Babagana Zulum, paid a visit to commiserate with the Gubio community over the insurgents attack on Aug. 10.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Police arrest officer who crushed widow to death in Aba



Police in Abia say policeman, who crushed a widow to death, has been arrested and being investigated

The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Geoffrey Ogbonna confirmed the incident to Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Aba.

Ogbonna described the death of the widow as an unfortunate incident, stressing that the driver, a policeman, had been taken into custody pending police investigation.

He also confirmed that the body of the deceased, who was identified as Mrs Peace Edu, had been deposited in a mortuary after a contact with her family members.

NAN reports that the widow whose age was put at about 50 years was on Wednesday crushed to death in a most painful manner within the premises of Aba Central Police Station.

An eyewitness, who gave her name as Grace Onyeike, said she knew the widow, Edu, was always visiting the Aba Area Command and the Central Police Station to sell clothing materials to policemen.

Onyeike said that the accident involved a Mercedes Emel 320 (ML320), driven by the Divisional Traffic Officer-2(DTO-2) of the Aba CPS, simply identified as SUPO Innocent.

She said that Innocent was trying to reverse and remove the vehicle for another vehicle whose owner wanted to leave the compound.

She said that it was in the process of removing the car that Innocent lost control of the car and pinned the widow to a wall at the station.

The eye witness, who said she visited CPS for a different purpose, said the woman died on the spot following the impact of the car on her abdominal region, leading to much loss of blood.

She said that the victim appeared dead before she was pulled out of the wall and taken to the Police Clinic at the Aba Area Command compound adjourning the CPS.

According to her, the late widow has a daughter called Blessing, and hails from Adah in Ebonyi.

“It was not up to 20 seconds after I saw the Mama and just greeted her that she was crushed by the Mercedes Jeep.

“It was an accident that no one can explain or understand because that place is a small place to warrant such an impact,” she said.

Another source at the station told NAN that the Mercedes Jeep, involved in the accident, belonged to the newly promoted Supo Innocent’s friend.

He said that Innocent was asked by a superior officer to quickly move the vehicle from a particular parking space, which was what he was trying to do, when the tragedy struck.

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