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BEDC Staff Electrocuted While Trying Fix Faulty Cable



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A staff of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, has been reportedly electrocuted to death in a suburb of Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The BEDC staff identified as Augustine Izekor was said to about fixing a faulty cable Evbodia community in Oredo Local Government Area of the state and in the process power was restored to the area and he was electrocuted.

When the incident occured, he was rushed to a private hospital in Benin City where he gave up the ghost.

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According to the matron of the private hospital who was on duty when Izekor was rushed there, “we were here when the man was brought alive around 4pm. He was alleged to have been electrocuted. We immediately attended to him and ensured that the proper emergency steps were taken.

“We tried our best till he gave up around 11pm in the presence of his sister who came when he arrived here”, she said.

His sister whom he called immediately the incident happened and immediately rushed down to the hospital, Mrs Uyimwen said, “I received a call from him that he had an accident and that I should come to the Hospital. When I arrived there around 7pm, he was trying to respond to treatment until the bed he was laid was too unconducive for him.

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“We moved him to a separate bed and the doctor who we called upon came and fixed oxygen on him and the nurse tried to get sample of his blood. Nothing came out from him. But shortly, he became aggressive and removed the oxygen and he was curtailed by the doctor on duty.

“As soon as he calmed down, he was looking in a direction and that was when the doctor on duty ran a check on him and he declared my brother lifeless.”

Contacted, BEDC Public Relations Officer, Mrs Evelyn Gbiwon said, “We just heard about his death this morning and we are trying to gather information about the circumstances that could have led to his death”.

In his reaction, the Chief Security Officer of the BEDC, Colonel Aghedo, rtd, said, “we have arrested those who went on operations with him.

“They were arrested at various spots and we are yet to get their response as per their involvement in the operation that killed him.”

According to findings, the arrest may not be unconnected with their attitude and suspicious manners to their colleague when he was electrocuted.




Fake Naira Notes In Circulation, CBN Warns Nigerians




The Central Bank of Nigeria has warned Nigerians to be wary of counterfeit naira notes in circulation amid reports of currency shortage in the country.

In a statement released on Friday titled ‘Beware of Counterfeit Naira Banknotes in Circulation,’ the apex bank advised Deposit Money Banks, Financial Houses, Bureau de Change, and the public to be vigilant and implement necessary precautions.

The Central Bank assures the public that it is working with law enforcement operatives to apprehend those responsible for circulating counterfeit currency.

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The statement, in part, said, “The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been drawn to the circulation of counterfeit banknotes, significantly higher denominations, by some individuals for transactions in food markets and other commercial centers across major cities in the country.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Section 20(4) of the CBN Act (2007) as amended, states that: “It shall be an offense punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than five years for any person to falsify, make or counterfeit any bank note or coin issued by the Bank which is legal tender in Nigeria.”

“The CBN is constantly collaborating with relevant security and financial agencies to confiscate fake Naira banknotes and arrest and prosecute counterfeiters. Members of the public are also encouraged to report anyone suspected of having counterfeit naira notes to the nearest police station or branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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“Meanwhile, all Deposit Money Banks, Financial Houses and Bureau de Change and the general public are enjoined to be more vigilant and take all necessary precautionary measures to curtail the acceptance and distribution of counterfeit notes,” the statement reads.

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Three Operatives Injured As NDLEA Officers, Armed Hoodlums Clash In Edo Forest




The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said its operatives repelled gunfire from armed hoodlums in Opuje, Edo State, as they sought to access forest warehouses storing psychoactive substances.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, shared on the agency’s X account on Thursday.

The incident followed a similar attack 11 months ago when NDLEA officers were ambushed during an operation, resulting in the arrest of suspects.

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Opuje is known for large-scale cannabis cultivation, with drug cartels investing heavily in protecting their warehouses.

The statement said, “Following credible intelligence that the drug cartels had again stocked their warehouses in the forest to start distribution of the psychoactive substance to various parts of the country ahead of the yuletide season, teams of NDLEA officers were mobilized to enter the Edo forests and block the distribution of the illicit drug by destroying their warehouses.

“Some of the warehouses containing about 6,000kgs of cannabis were first taken down in Ujiogba forest in Esan West LGA last weekend.

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“The NDLEA teams, however, came under gunfire attack in the early hours of Monday 4th December when they approached the Opuje forest after the armed hoodlums had blocked all access roads in the community. The NDLEA operatives were able to exit the area after over two hours of gunfight with the armed hoodlums.

“Unfortunately, three of the officers were injured in the attack with one of them shot in the head while some of the vehicles used for the operation were riddled with bullets. The affected officers were rushed to the hospital for treatment while the critically injured one had a major surgery on Wednesday 6th December to remove the bullets in his brain.”

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VIDEO: Policemen Demand Money From Foreign Female Biker




Some policemen have been sighted in a video demanding money from a female biker who was on a tour of Nigeria from the Netherlands.

The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, on Thursday, said the officers were recorded along Moniya Road in Oyo State.

The officers had flagged down the biker, asking her where she was from and where she was heading.

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The Dutch replied that she was from the Netherlands and she was on her way to Abuja, apparently surprising the two officers.

In the 1:26-minute video, the officers asked the woman to offer them money or whatever she had in her possession.

Interacting with the biker in pidgin, the officers said: “Wetin you bring come? Wetin you won give me. O yah give me something nah.”

The tourist appeared not to comprehend the officers’ message until they clearly said, “Give me money, money,” to which she asked, “Why?”

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Reacting to the video shared by an X user, @Oyoaffairs, the Force PRO, Adejobi called on the Oyo State police command to look into the incident.

Now that is along Moniya in Oyo, @OyoPoliceNG should take necessary steps on that. I have notified the PPRO Oyo of this. They need to be worked upon,” Adejobi reacted.

Watch video below:

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