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Rainstorm Kills One, Destroys Houses In Ondo

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Tragedy struck in Ikare-Akoko, headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State following the killing of a popular butcher in the community by rainstorm.

The heavy downpour which lasted about 40 minutes rendered many homeless as the rainstorm destroyed houses.

Areas badly affected by the disaster were Ilepa, Okela and part of Okoja quarters in the ancient town.

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The deceased butcher identified simply as ‘Ayepareti’ was said to have lost his life while taking a cover from the rain at a house at Okela when the unfortunate incident happened.

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Protest As Gunmen Attack Plateau Mining Site, Kill Four Workers

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There was massive protest on Sunday by residents of Dong Community in Jos North Local Governement Area of Plateau State.

The angry residents brandishing green leaves and branches of trees cut from the nearby bush blocked the major roads passing through the community while calling for justice.

A resident of the community, John Emmanuel, who confirmed the development to The PUNCH in Jos on Sunday, gave reasons for the protests.

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Emmanuel said, “Yesterday, (Saturday), some gunmen suspected to be herdsmen stormed Dong community in Jos South LGA. They went to a mining site where some people were working in the community and attacked them, killing four persons and injuring two others.

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“So, this morning (Sunday) the residents, mainly the Youths in the community, came out to protest against the incessant killings in their community and demanded Justice because there had been series of such attacks and killings in the community in the past with nothing done to stop further incidents.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau state, Ubah Ogaba, said that the command was aware of the killings.

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According to him, security operatives had been deployed in the area while investigation had begun to apprehend the perpetrators.

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I’ll Release Bayelsa Commissioner When Police Free My Father – kidnapper

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The abductors of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Otokito, have contacted the paramount ruler of his community, Otuokpoti, in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

Otokito’s assailants, believed to be operators of illegal crude oil refinery, also known as ‘kpofire’, had stormed his residence in the community on Thursday night and grabbed him from his bedroom at gunpoint into a waiting speedboat at the waterside and sped away.

They were said to have kidnapped Otokito for opposing their plan to set up an illegal crude oil refinery in the community’s forest.

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Sunday PUNCH learnt that the kidnappers’ leader called the community chief on the phone and informed him that the commissioner was in their custody.

But they were yet to contact the victim’s family more than 48 hours after they took him away to an unknown place.

A family source, who spoke in confidence on Saturday, said the kidnappers’ leader called the traditional ruler at about 5:30am on Saturday.

According to the source, the camp leader did not demand any ransom but stated that they would release Otokito only on the condition that his detained father was released by the police.

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The source said, “They’ve not contacted the family but the actor (leader) called the paramount ruler that he actually did the kidnapping and the commissioner is with him.

“He called the paramount ruler at about 5:30am but did not demand ransom. The only seeming demand he placed is that his father held by the police should be freed. He threatened to come back to the community if his demand was not met.”

Before the incident, the gang leader had reportedly approached Otuokpoti community and held a meeting with some elders and youths, where he sought to set up an illegal bunkering camp around the community’s bush.

He and his men allegedly sealed the understanding reached at the meeting by providing bags of rice, lives goats and cash gifts, among other items.

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However, Otokito got wind of the meeting and headed to the village and vowed that as a serving commissioner, he would not allow any illegitimate oil refinery to operate in the area.

He was said to have also confronted the leader of the gang and warned them to stay away from the forest, threatening to expose them if they attempted to carry out their nefarious business.

Apparently angered by the commissioner’s decision to abort their illicit plan, the armed oil thieves were said to have stormed Otokito’s house at about 11pm on Thursday and gained entrance through the kitchen.

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Edo Vigilante Rescues 28 Victims Of Human Trafficking, Gives Out Emergency Numbers

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A team of local vigilantes in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has rescued 28 victims of human trafficking.

The State coordinator, Edo State Community Vigilante Security Network, Oboh Emmanuel Otoide, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the weekend in Benin City.

He said the victims, between the ages of 13 and 17 years, were rescued during a stop and search operation by his men.

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According to him, “The victims were rescued by our men around 2 a.m on Tuesday along Akpakpava Road in Benin City. Three suspects, including two drivers conveying the victims to their destinations were arrested during the operation and handed over to the Department of State Services for further investigations.

Our preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were being moved from the South East, enroute Edo State, to the South West of the country.”

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Oboh said in another operation, officials of the Edo State Community Vigilante Security Network arrested a man who robs people of their personal belongings while pretending to be insane.

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He noted, “The man who identified himself as Olatunji was arrested around Baptist Church at Ring Road, Benin City and has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force. Among the items recovered from the suspects include ATM cards belonging to victims of his criminal acts.”

He said the Edo State Community Vigilante Security Network is working assiduously with other security agencies in the state to secure the state.

The coordinator urged residents to report criminal activities to Edo State Community Vigilante Security Network Central Base Control Room through 09153333340 or 09153333341.

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