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One Killed In Osun Cult Clash

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One yet-to-be-identified male adult was killed in a suspected cult clash along the Ondo road area of Ile-Ife, Osun State on Saturday.

It was PUNCH gathered on Tuesday from a source privy to the incident but pleaded anonymity due to the nature of the incident that the clash was suspected to be between the Eiye and the Alora confraternity.

The source told our correspondent that the clash was a fallout of an initial clash that had ensued between the two cult groups.

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The victim was reportedly attacked by armed men who were on a motorcycle while he was purchasing an item along the road.

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The armed men were said to have shot him in the head leading to his death while the sounds of gunshots had reportedly created tension in the area with many residents fleeing so as not to be caught in the crossfire.

The source said, “One person was killed along the Ondo road on Saturday by some armed suspected to be cultists. There are reports that the victim was also a cult member.

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“These cult groups have been having issues among themselves in the area. He was buying something along the road when he was shot on his head and he died on the spot.

“There were tensions in the area with many people fleeing because they feared there may be a reprisal attack. It was the police that came to calm the situation.”

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The Osun State Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident to our correspondent in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

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She stressed that an investigation has commenced into the incident while a manhunt has been initiated to arrest the fleeing suspects.

There was a suspected cult clash along Ondo road. The victim was buying something along the road when he was attacked by some men who came on a motorcycle. They shot him in the head which led to his death.

“His body has been recovered to a morgue in the state, and we have begun an investigation into the matter to arrest the perpetrators,” Opalola said.

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The PUNCH reported on February 8 that there were multiple fatalities in clashes between rival fraternities in Ilesa, Osun State, with as many as six people reportedly killed.

Security sources had noted that the killings took place in different locations in Ilesa and Osu towns in the state.

Opalola, who confirmed the clashes, however, did not disclose the casualty figure, saying, “For security reasons, we will not give a figure.

“A rival group may be claiming that it has suffered more casualties than the other group, which may escalate the crisis. We have beefed up security in the affected areas.”

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Former Borno Deputy Governor’s Daughter Loses Husband 5 Months After Wedding[PHOTOS]

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Yasmin, the daughter of former Borno State Deputy Gov. Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal, has lost her husband, Abdulrahman Sabo Maina, five months after their wedding.

Abdulrahman passed away on Sunday morning, July 14, 2024.

The couple got married in February 2024.

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Family members, friends and the couple’s wedding photographer, Maigaskiya Studio, confirmed the sad news on social media.

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JUST IN: Gunmen Kill One, Kidnap Four In Anambra

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No fewer than four unidentified individuals were kidnapped, and one known person was killed by gunmen in Anambra state on Saturday night.

The incidents occurred at various locations within the state without any visible security presence.

It was gathered that at Ifite Awka, near the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) gate, two people were abducted after gunmen fired shots.

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The report also has it that another person was kidnapped in the evening on Peter Obi’s Agulu-Oraukwu Road.

It was learnt that the most distressing incident took place at night in Oye Market, Nimo, Njikoka local government area, where another individual was taken by the gunmen.

In Enuavomimi village, Enugwu-Ukwu, also in Njikoka, a man identified as Clement Eduzor was killed by the assailants.

Reports also indicated that in each location, the gunmen fired sporadically before abducting their victims.

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Residents have criticized the police, accusing them of arriving only after the incidents had occurred.

The state police public relations officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed that one of the incidents but did not comment on the others.

In his reaction, Ikenga, said through a statement on Sunday, July 14, in Awka, that the command was responding to the incident at Ifite-Awka

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He said: “The Commissioner of Police Anambra State, Nnaghe Obono Itam states that efforts are ongoing to arrest the assailants and rescue the victims of the abduction incident on 13/7/2024 captured in a video along Ifite – Amansea road, Awka.

“Meanwhile, the Police responding team recovered the abandoned victim’s vehicle, and joint security measures/personnel positioning are already in place to forestall such related incidents in the state.”

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Why I Convinced My Wife To Sell Our Baby — Suspect

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A 28-year-old man, yesterday, narrated how he convinced his wife to sell their two-year-old baby to raise money for him to travel out of the country.

The father of one, a labourer, identified as Uchenna Eziekwe and his wife, Chineye (22), were arrested while enquiring how to sell their baby boy at the Isolo General Hospital, Lagos.
Explaining how they were arrested, a spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hudenyin, revealed that the arrest was effected on July 9, 2024.

He said: “About 2:45 p.m., on Tuesday, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Isolo Police Station received information that a couple went to the Isolo General Hospital, declaring their intention to sell their baby boy.

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“Upon receipt of the information, operatives from the division moved swiftly to the hospital, where Uchenna Eziekwe and Chineye Eziekwe were about to sell their child. The baby was rescued. Upon interrogation, the couple said they decided to sell the baby to enable the man to travel to Canada for greener pastures. However, investigation is ongoing.”

Speaking with journalists, Eziekwe said the decision to sell the child was his, attributing his action to the harsh economy.

He said: “It was a difficult decision, but we had no choice but to sell our baby. We felt it would be better to sell him to someone who can take care of him than to allow him to die of hunger.
“I muted the idea and convinced my wife. We had to do it because of hardship. I am a labourer, I go to construction sites to look for work while my wife does nothing. Like I said, it was a hard decision.”

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