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Communal Crisis Claims One, Injures Scores In Enugu

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A communal clash between two villages in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, Saturday, April 4, claimed one person while several persons sustained varying degrees of injuries in the crisis.

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Accroding to our source, trouble started when youths from a village named Asisi attacked another village named Ishiagu in the night of 3rd of April, over a barricaded road in the community which led to the death 27-year-old man.

Our source said youths from Ishiagu allegedly organised a reprisal, which resulted in injuries of many persons as houses were destroyed in the two villages.

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“The problem started when Asisi youths barricaded the road leading to Ishiagu and other villages at the border between Asisi and Ishiagu making it impossible for trucks and bigger vehicles going to other villages to access the road.

“What happened was that, the road in question was constructed by  Barr. Peter Mba, who happens to hail from Asisi. Maybe they don’t want other persons to pass through the road, or else how do you describe a situation where the Asisi village youths barricaded the road, just after their village.

“While trucks and bigger vehicles can come to their village, it cannot access other villages after them. The reason given by them was that trucks coming to carry sand from Ishiagu are damaging the road, but Ishiagu village have  created an alternative route for trucks coming to carry sand.

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“The point is, if you want to barricade, do that at beginning of the road; let it be clear that you are protecting the road, and not that you are victimising some villages. Now, this is the only road for three other villages: Ishiagu, Ohani and Ogara. Are you saying that people bringing things to these three  villages should drop it on the road?” Our source questioned.

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Our source alleged a member representing Nkanu East Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Paul Nnajiofor, to be sponsor of the crisis.

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He continues, “Everybody here is saying that the crisis is being sponsored by Hon. Paul Nnajiofor, a member of the Enugu State House of Assembly, representing Nkanu East Constituency, who co- incidentally hails from Asisi. And since that Saturday, many people have been injured ,houses are damagedy and policemen have taken over the community.”

In his reaction, Nnajiofor, denied the allegation, saying it is the handiwork of his political detractors.

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According to him, “It is not true. I just heard about the crisis and sued for peace. The allegation that I am sponsoring thugs is incorrect, spurious and the imagination of political detractors sponsored by Igwe Okeke Arum, the Igwe of Mbulu Owo,who ignited and sponsored the crisis in the first instance.I am a leader and a mediator and I, together with other stakeholders are mediating and suing for peace and soon normalcy will return”, He concluded.

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‘Why I Joined Cult,’ Ghana Returnee Confesses In Edo

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Ekhator (far left) being paraded alongside other Cultists yesterday

21-yearold Ghana returnee, Ikponmwonsa Ekhator, yesterday, confessed to newsmen that he joined the secret cult to avenge the death of his brother killed by a cult group in 2018.

He said this while being paraded by the Edo State Police Command alongside six other cult groups.

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” I joined the cult in 2018 because of my brother that was killed by a cult group. I wanted to avenge his death”, he said.

The boy, who also said he is into yahoo, said he came back from Ghana to ply his trade in Benin with the view of being a master of his own, having been maltreated by his brother he stays with in Ghana.

When asked how many persons he had killed as a way of avenging the death of his brother, he said he has not killed anybody since he joined the cult even when his mission was to avenge the death of his brother.

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“Since I joined the cult, I have not killed anybody though I joined to avenge my brother’s death,” he said.

Addressing newsmen, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said the arrest was in line with the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro’s directive to rid the state of cultists.

“In line with the command aggressive manhunt policy to get the state rid of cultism and cultists, yesterday being Monday, 4 of July, 2022, the Command and Control, Intelligent Rapid Response Squad of Edo State Police Command, went out aggressively to hunt down the cultists in the state.

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“You will recall, that some days ago, there has been fight and killings between the cultists in the state and that is why the Commissioner of Police Edo State, CP Abutu Yaro warned all the police operatives to go out for these criminals so that the citizens of Edo State will have their peace.

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“On that day 4 of July, 2022, the operation was carried, along the axis of Ekehuan, in Benin City, these suspects were arrested and they are of the security cult societies called Eiye, Vikings black axe and all”, he said.

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The police spokesperson, while listing their feats, said the command has made a total number of 30 suspects within the few days.

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Couple Lose Four Children To Midnight Fire

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A couple, Chukwudi Micheal and Bolani Micheal, have been inconsolable after losing four children to a fire that gutted their two-room apartment on Tapa Road, Oke-Oko, Isawo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the incident occurred around 1pm on Sunday, June 26, as one of the children, Jeremiah, 12, died on the spot.

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The three other siblings: Prayer, 18; Trust in God, 14; and Ebube, 10, sustained severe burns and were rushed to a hospital, where they died a few days later.

The PUNCH correspondent, who spoke to the family on Monday, learnt that both husband and wife slept in a separate room with their eight-year-old surviving daughter, Esther.

The fire was said to have engulfed the room where the four boys slept.

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The victims’ father, Chukwudi, told PUNCH Metro that he woke up to the scream of one of his children, who was calling for help.

He said, “After waking up, I alerted neighbours who helped me to break the windows of the boys because their door was locked. We were able to rescue three of the boys from the fire, but one had already been burnt to death. We rushed them immediately to a hospital with the help of a neighbour’s car, but we eventually lost them.”

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The 46-year-old noted that men of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service only came in the morning when the fire had been put out by neighbours.

However, the Public Education Officer of the state fire service, Amodu Shakiru, stated that the fire was put out by firefighters, adding that five persons were rescued.

He said, “We rescued five persons and recovered the burnt body of a teenager.”

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The couple noted that they were oblivious to how the fire started as anything that could start the fire had been put off.

It was observed that both husband and wife also sustained varying degrees of burns, which they were treating at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

A pastor with Covenant Light Church, Ikorodu, where the couple and their children worshipped, Ayoshanu Samuel, told PUNCH Metro that the victims had been buried.

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He said the incident was reported at the Owutu Police Station.

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

He said, “Yes, it happened. The incident is still under investigation.”

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JUST IN: Bandits Attack President Buhari’s Advance Convoy In Katsina

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

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He explained that a convoy of cars carrying the advance team of security guards, as well as protocol and media officers ahead of the President’s trip to Daura for Sallah came under attack near Dutsinma in Katsina.

The attackers, according to Shehu, opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions, but they were repelled by operatives of the military, police, and the Department of State Services (DSS) accompanying the convoy.

He stated that two persons in the convoy who sustained minor injuries were receiving treatment while all other persons made it safely to Daura.

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The attack on the President’s advance team is the latest in the series of criminal activities by the outlaws who have continued to terrorise communities in the North West and parts of the north-central region of the country.

On Wednesday last week, bandits invaded a mining site at Ajata-Aboki in Gurmana Ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State where some persons were killed, and others abducted.

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Thirteen policemen and civilians reportedly lost their lives to the incident while four Chinese nationals were among the victims said to have been kidnapped.

Amid reports that about 30 bodies of soldiers, who had responded to a distress call on the attack were recovered from the bush, the Nigerian Army authorities said “a number of personnel paid the supreme price in the fierce firefight that ensued”.

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