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Breaking: Millions Feared Lost As Fire Engulfs Another Market In Benin

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Barely a week fire gutted popular Oliha market, another fire outbreak was this afternoon recorded at the popular Ekiosa Market, Benin City, Edo State capital, destroying property worth millions of naira.

However, no life was lost at the the time of filing this report.

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The fire which started at about 12.noon was said to have broke out at the section where animals are sold.

An eyewitness, Osas Ugiagbe, told journalists that the fire started when power was restored in the market.

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I was at gate of the market when I heard a noise from the place where they sell goats and chickens. Then we saw balls of fire coming out. We called the Fire Service, but they didn’t respond and some people said, they don’t have water in thier vehicles”, he said.

Popular Ekiosa market in Benin City on fire on Sunday afternoon

Another eyewitness, Rita, said she was called when she was coming from the church, saying she operates a shop close to the market.

She said while sobbing, “I was coming from the church, when somebody called me to inform me that Ekiosa Market is on fire. On getting to the market, I found out that the whole market is on fire though, I don’t know if it will get to my shop.”

Callers on a popular radio station in Benin City said all calls put across to Fire Service in the state did not yield any positive result, as they refused to show up even after two hours of reporting the incident to them.

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The immediate cause of the fire outbreak was yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

Recall that Ekiosa market is the 4th that will be engulfed by fire in the last 4 months in Benin City.

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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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