Irate soldiers, in the early hours on Monday at Ojota area of Lagos State, pounced on one of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, officers, beating him to stupor over a yet-to-be determined traffic offence.
The incident, according to an eyewitness, happened at 8a.m., when soldiers numbering eight, got hold of the LASTMA officer and beat him for several minutes.
In a video that has gone viral, the soldiers were seen beating up the LASTMA officer as he begged profusely to be left alone.
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One of attackers was seen battering the officer to the ground as other LASTMA officers fled the scene.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the action was in retaliation over an incident where LASTMA officers were alleged to have beaten up a soldier in same Ojota area last week.
On today’s incident, the invading soldiers, armed with guns, descended on the officer with punches and planks before disappearing from the scene.
It was gathered that the victim, in a state of stupor, was immediately to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Contacted, General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, through the Director Operations, Mr. A. Peter, confirmed the incident to Vanguard.
He said: “We have reported the incident to the higher authorities of the army. They are already intervening in the matter.
“We will update you in due course. The act is totally condemnable.”
FULL LIST: 13 Zamfara Varsity Students Freed As Troops Rescue Seven [See state of origin]
The Joint Task Force of Operation Hadarin Daji has rescued another seven female students of the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State.
The PUNCH reports that bandits attacked the university and abducted over 20 students from their rented lodge in the Sabon Gida, Bungudu LGA of the state, last Friday.
According to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, the seven students were rescued alongside three male workers of Gupran Engineering Zervices Ltd.
The troops had earlier rescued six female students the same Friday.
This translates to a total of 13 students who have been rescued so far.
The names of the freed students are as follows:
Rukayya Sani Batola: Educ Chemistry -200 Level -Zamfara
Merry Monday: MCB-300 Level
Maryam Salawuddeen: Accounting-300 Level-Osun
Salamatu Jummai Dahiru: MCB-200 LEVEL
Fiddausi Abdulazeez: Edu Biology -200 Level
Amamatullahi Asabe Dahiru: Education Chemistry-200 Level
Ketora Bulus: Education Physics-100 – Level-Kaduna
Felicia Sunday: Computer Science- 200 – Level-Osun
Jamila Ahmad: BCH-200 LEVEL – Kogi
Aisha Aminu Ujong: Edu Physics- GRADUATED-Cross River
Mariya Abdulrahman Usman: English-400 – Level-Katsina
Usaina Abdulrahman, Education: English-100 – Level-Katsina
Saadatu Aminu Abubakar: Education Biology
Flood Wrecks Havoc In Delta, Sacks Five Communities
Ravaging flood across Delta State has sacked five communities in the Warri North Local Government Area.
The affected communities included Torukubuagbene, Awanba, Koropigbene, Itagbene and Asigborodo as well as adjourning communities.
The Councillor representing Ogbinbiri ward 18, in Asigborodo Community, Mr Kenren Pere, disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Warri.
Pere said the incident began more than a week ago and the situation became worse on Friday.
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While appealing for an urgent intervention by the state government, the councillor said that the life of his people were at stake.
He said, “I cannot attribute the course to flooding or the heavy torrential downpour that has been happening in recent time, though, rain has been falling before, but we have not had it so bad like this.
“Many valuables including local boats, clothes, food items, and other means of livelihood have been destroyed by the unfortunate occurrence.
“Lives are at stake, people can no longer go about their normal daily activities to feed, so there is hunger in the affected communities.
“The overflow started more than a week ago, but the situation became worse three days ago, leaving my people in fear,” he said.
Pere also appealed to the state government to send relief materials including food items to the people “to alleviate their suffering.”
The Director, Administration and Finance, Delta Emergency Management Agency, Daniel Okpor said the agency was not aware of the development.
Okpor, however, requested for video clips of the incident to aid their findings and response.
“Was the incident a result of flood or rainfall? We believe more on video than photographs. In the absence of video, you can send me photographs,” he requested.
BREAKING: Fire Guts Section Of Supreme Court
A portion of the Supreme Court is on fire.
Our correspondent gathered that the fire engulfed a side of the judges’ chamber of the apex court.
Details about the incident are still sketchy as of the time of filling this report.
The spokesperson of the court, Akande Festus, could not be reached as of the time of filling this report.
The spokesperson for the Federal Fire Service, Paul Abraham, asked our correspondent to call him back.
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