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Again, Building Collapses In Ibadan

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A two-storey building located in the Ashi area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has collapsed.

The building, which is said to be used as a shopping and office complex reportedly came down at around 2 am on Monday.

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Residents of the area told The PUNCH that no life was lost in the incident which initially made people in the area panic.

Goods were said to have been trapped under the rubble and caterpillars were later invited to clear the debris to salvage some of the goods and appliances.

Another resident, who identified himself as Taye, said the land upon which the building was erected was used as a burial ground before it was sold.

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Taye said corpses were exhumed before the building was erected on the piece of land. He added that the structure had been giving a sign of possible failure before it finally collapsed.

The South-West Coordinator of the National Emergency Maintenance Agency, Saheed Akiode, told our correspondent that nobody was hurt or killed in the incident.

READ ALSO: Ibadan Hotel Under Construction Collapses, Seven Feared Injured

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He said, “We went there today and we heard that the building has been there for about 30 years. But nobody was there when it collapsed because it happened at around 2am.

“The building is an office complex and efforts were being made to salvage some of the appliances and other valuables there. But we are happy that no life was lost and nobody was injured because nobody was there when it collapsed.”

The structure collapsed less than a month ago after an uncompleted five storey-building came down at Awosika Street at Bodija. Some masons who slept at the uncompleted hotel were injured in the incident which happened around 5:30 am.

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Insecurity: Police Arrest 53-year-old Bulletproof Producer In Katsina

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A 53-year-old man, who produces bulletproof charms for terrorists and criminals in Katsina State, is now helping the police with more information on his activities.

SP Gambo Isah, the State PPRO confirmed to newsmen that the suspect resides on Maiduguri Road in Sabuwa Local Government Area in the State.

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He added that on Saturday, 26th November, 2022, following a tip-off, the suspect was apprehended by the police in Katsina.

The PPRO further explained that the bulletproof charm is sold to terrorists and other criminals in Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina States for N60,000 per piece.

READ ALSO: Scores Of Bandits Killed As Airforce Bombs Some Camps In Kaduna

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He added that the suspect was arrested with four bulletproof charms enveloped in jackets.

The suspect, according to Isah, also confessed that he offered prayers regularly for bandits for successful operations, against being arrested or harmed by security agents.

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Airstrike Kills ISWAP Commander In Lake Chad Region

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A top commander of the Islamic State West Africa Province, Muhammad Malik, has been reportedly killed by men of the Air Task Force in the Lake Chad region.

Malik died on November 29 following the fatal injuries he sustained during an airstrike by the task force, The Cable quoted Zagazola Makama, a publication focused the region, as saying.

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Malik was a member of the Shura Council in Marte before going for a course in ISIS-sponsored Computer Engineering and improvised explosive device making in Somalia.

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He reportedly established IED training units where fighters were trained in deploying explosives during attacks on his return.

READ ALSO: iswaISWAP Kills 8 Boko Haram Members, Seizes Large Quantities Of Ammunition

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Recently, there have been records of successes in the Nigerian military’s campaign against insurgency and terrorism in the Lake Chad region and some northern states.

The Nigerian troops, in a coordinated intelligence-led aerial and ground operation and targeting the location of the terrorists in the Sabon Tumbun area of Lake Chad on November 24, killed scores of fighters.

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Herbalist Testing Gunshot Charm Shoots Client Dead

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The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday said it had arrested a 23-year-old native doctor, Odoh Emmanuel, for allegedly shooting and killing his client, Onunze Benedict, while testing gunshot charms at his shrine in the Umuaram area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement, said 16 other suspects were arrested for various offences ranging from conspiracy, armed robbery, abduction, unlawful possession of firearms among others.

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According to the statement, Emmanuel, after committing the crime, was arrested after the case was reported to the Isi-Uzo Police Division.

Ndukwe said the suspect, during interrogation, confessed to have used a locally-fabricated single-barrelled gun to shoot and kill Benedict at his shrine in Umuaram community, while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him.

“The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department Enugu,” the PPRO said.

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Meanwhile, Ndukwe said the 16 other suspects were arrested for offences of conspiracy, armed robbery, car snatching, abduction and unlawful possession of firearms.

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He added that two firearms, one live cartridge, three mock guns, a Sino truck loaded with 789 bags of cement, mobile phones, ATM Cards, pieces of wrappers, clothes and other incriminating exhibits, were recovered from them.

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Ndukwe also confirmed the arrest of the following male suspects, Everest Ayokalam, 48, Anayo Akakem, 33, Iwuanyanwu Kelechi, 32, Uchenna Iwuoha, aka Uchewinde, 47, and Gospel Nnorom 32, for involving in a case of conspiracy, armed robbery, abduction and attempted murder.
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