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Bauchi Communities Decry Inadequate Pipe Born Water Supply

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The people of Bakin Kura and Kankarofi communities in Bauchi metropolis have decried shortage of pipe borne water supply in their areas, saying the situation has rendered them prone to water borne diseases.

Khadija Mohammed, woman leader of the two communities, while speaking with newsmen in Bauchi on Thursday, said the residents have been living without clean source of water supply for the past five years.

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She said they only get water supply once in a week and that has led their children scooping for broken water pipes as a source of water supply, an action she said was making them exposed to waterborne diseases.

We people of Bakin Kura and Kankanrofi communities only get water supply once in every week; and that is on Tuesdays.

Residents of Bakin Kura scooping water from a leaking pipe.

“This is why our children look for broken water pipes to fetch water to be used in our various homes; this is how we do struggle from December till April during rainy season arrive.

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“This problem is denying our children from going to school, because they need to fetch water and married women who are in purdah are also forced to come out as well.

“I’m using this opportunity to appeal to all relevant authorities to come to our aid, in order to avoid outbreak of pipe borne diseases, especially cholera,” she said.

Another scene of water scooping at one of the communities

Bashir Umar, another resident, expressed displeasure over the situation, stressing that it must be taken care of in order to avoid cholera outbreak in the areas.

Aminu Aliyu, the Managing Director, Bauchi State Urban Water, Sewerage Corporation (BSUWSC), however, said that government was aware of the situation and was doing everything possible to tackle it.

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He said previous administrations have done their best to solve water problems in the state, but still persist due to one or two reasons.

Aliyu, assured that the present administration was already taking steps which would completely solve the problem.

Residents trying to scoop water

Work is in progress to uplift water situation in the state, particularly in Bauchi metropolis.

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“I assure you that when it is completed in July 2020, all residents of Bauchi, including those living in the high level areas, will get regular and pipe borne water supply,” he said.

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Gunmen Kidnap Ondo Monarch, Police Launch Probe

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Some unknown armed men have reportedly kidnapped the traditional ruler of Oso Ajowa- Akoko, in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Clement Olukotun.

It was gathered that the monarch was abducted on Thursday at about 10.15pm, at his residence and taken to an unknown destination.

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A source narrated that when the gunmen stormed the residence of the victim, they shot sporadically into the air.

They also shot at the monarch’s main door to gain access into his residential building before whisking him away.

He said, “When they (hoodlums) got to the house, they surrounded the building and started ordering the monarch and other occupants to open the door and surrender willingly, but nobody answered. At this point, they started shooting.

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“They destroyed the main door and entered. They terrorised Kabiyesi and his family members before dragging him out and took him away. None of the family members had been contacted, but we knew they were kidnappers.”

The source, however, noted that nobody was killed during the operation which he said lasted for about 30minutes.

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The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the development, saying investigation has commenced into the matter.

“It is true but the details of the incident is still not clear. However, police from the Divisional Police headquarters at Oke-Agbe, headquarters of Akoko Northwest Local Government Area of Ondo State, have been deployed in the town to launch investigation into the incident”, the PPRO said.

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Woman Allegedly Sponsors Boyfriend’s UK Trip With Stolen Funds

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A 27-year-old woman, Busayo Alagbe, has been arraigned before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for allegedly forging bank documents and robbing her employer, Bridgeway Ventures, of N4.5m in the state.

Alagbe was charged with three counts bordering on the conversion of employer funds, stealing and forgery.

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The prosecutor, Godwin Oriabure, said the defendant committed the crime between July and November 2022, in the Gbagada area of the state, adding that during interrogation, she confessed to have used the stolen money to sponsor her boyfriend’s travelling expenses to the United Kingdom.

Oriabure told the court that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 287(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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The charge read in part, “That you, Busayo Alagbe, between July and November 2022, at no 17 Olujobi Street, Gbagada Estate, Lagos, in the Yaba Magisterial District, did fraudulently convert the sum of Four-Million Five Hundred and Thirty One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Naira, property of Olayinka Blackshear and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 287(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate A.O Salawu granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1m with two responsible sureties and adjourned the matter till January 19, 2023.

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Delta: Father Kills Daughter For Entering Neighbour’s Room

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A 25-year-old man, Godsgift Uweghwerhen, has been arrested for allegedly flogging his three-year-old daughter to death in Aladja community, in the Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.

It was gathered that Uweghwerhen was at home with his family members and neighbours when he saw his daughter coming out of the room of one of his neighbours.

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Uweghwerhen, who became annoyed by his daughter’s action, pounced on her and reportedly used a cane to beat, inflicting injuries on the victim’s body.

Uweghwerhen’s daughter was said to have died as a result of the beating and upon realising the gravity of his action, fled from the scene.

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Luck, however, ran out of the victim’s father when vigilantes arrested him at Ubogo community and handed him over to policemen in Ovwian/Aladja Division.

Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident in a text message on Thursday.

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