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20 Houses Feared Burnt, 200 Persons Displaced Over Traditional Stool In Edo



Over 20 houses have been alleged burnt and more than 200 persons including children have been reported displaced in Kolokolo community, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State as result of crisis over stool of the community.

It was alleged that one Chief Johnson Asheleghe (the Iyastere of Warri kingdom) imposed himself as the paramount ruler and started intimidating his supposed enemy.

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Addressing newsmen at the premises of a rights group known as Talakawa Parliament in Benin, members of the community accused Chief Asheleghe of using thugs to demolishing their houses, churches and businesses.

The Spokesperson of the community, Comrade Sunny Etchie, alleged that several attacks on the community by suspected hoodlums were orchestrated by persons believed to be loyal to the Iyasere of Warri kingdom.

“As I speak, over 200 of us including children no longer have any place to stay. Our children are been harassed and threatened.

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“We have not been able to return to our houses since the crisis began few months ago. Our church was razed down by youths at a time and many of us have been held  captives because we said we do not want to join them”, a pleasant farmer, Mrs Faith Asokhuara alleged.

Meanwhile, responding to the allegations raised by the people of the community in a telephone interview, Chief Aseleghe described the protesters as “busy bodies.”

He said the Olu of Warri, was already handling the crisis, alleging that the people protesting in Benin over the attack on them and their community are not from Kolokolo community.

“The matter of Kolokolo community is already before the Olu of Warri and as such I cannot say anything.” Aseleghe said.

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He said allegations raised against him by spokesperson of the community were unfounded, malicious and scandalous, adding that Warri and Benin are brothers.

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Mob Burns Two Suspected Motorcycles Snatchers To Death In Benue



Two men who allegedly snatched a motorcycle and were attempting to rob their victims were burnt to death by a mob in Makurdi, Benue State capital.

DAILY POST gathered that the incident took place at about 12 to 1 am on Friday, in the Nyon area, a suburb of Makurdi.

A witness account said the suspects were apprehended and lynched after a commercial motorcyclist popularly called Okada man raised alarm while the two suspects were struggling to rob him of the Okada.

A witness who identified himself simply as Terna narrated that according to the Okada man, he picked both passengers from Katsina Ala street in the High-Level area of Makurdi town heading to Nyon.

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He said “They told me to bring them to Nyon, a suburb in Makurdi. On getting there, they directed me into a street which I followed.

“But because it was too late when he got to a point, the okada man told his passengers to pay him so he could get back but they insisted they don’t have money on them and that they will get the money when they get to his house.

“While he made to leave, they grabbed him and requested that he give them his motorcycle key. When he refused to hand them the keys, they started struggling with him and luck ran out on them when he( okada man) raised an alarm.”

Terna, however, lamented that the incidence of motorcycle snatching has been on the increase in the Makurdi metropolis.

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He said community members and especially the youth have also vowed that culprits would not go free when caught in the act.

He further explained that the youth who came out in their numbers gave the suspected bike robbers a good chase and caught them before they could escape.

It was learnt that the youth had beaten the dead suspects to a pulp, before setting them ablaze.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Benue State Command, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed that she received a report on the incident, saying some officers had been detailed to the community to find out what actually happened.

She, however, reiterated the call on the Benue public to desist from taking laws into their hands and advised them to report such issues and persons to law enforcement agencies for necessary action.

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Lagos Seals Church Complex For Environmental Pollution



Following a public complaint received from concerned residents, the Lagos State Wastewater Management Office has sealed off the administrative and kitchen complex of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Jesus Sanctuary, Masha, Surulere, Lagos for indiscriminate discharge of wastewater into the environment.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, revealed this through his X handle on Saturday.

The statement read, “Following a public complaint received from concerned residents, the Lagos State Wastewater Management Office #lswmomedia in enforcing the provisions of the Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017, sealed off the administrative and kitchen complex of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Jesus Sanctuary, Masha, Surulere, Lagos for indiscriminate discharge of wastewater into the environment.

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“Illegal discharge of wastewater into the environment endangers the lives of citizens as it leads to soil pollution and groundwater contamination; causing waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and diarrhoea.

“The Lagos State Wastewater Management Office encourages all Lagosians to desist from such acts and report all illegal activities leading to the pollution of the environment.”

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Five-year-old boy Dies After Falling From Fence In Lagos



A five-year-old boy identified simply as David has been confirmed dead after falling from a fence in the Igando area of Lagos State.

The PUNCH learnt that the incident happened on Friday.

It was gathered that the deceased was playing with other children in the community when he climbed the fence and sat on it.

While playing with his colleagues, the late David lost his balance and fell to the ground.

His friends who discovered that he was unconscious, immediately alerted a neighbour who rushed to the scene.

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He was, thereafter, taken to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said, “A man reported at Igando Division that at about 5 pm, his son, David aged 5, fell from the fence while playing with other children. He was rushed to General Hospital Igando by a neighbour, where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

“The scene of the incident was visited by officers of the division while the corpse has been moved to Mainland General Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, for autopsy. An investigation is in progress.”

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