Three people were confirmed injured when some suspected hoodlums in some communities in Ilesa West local government area of Osun State, on Thursday stormed venues designated for collection of Permanent Voter Cards and disrupted the exercise.
The development created panic in Igbogi, Isokun, Ibala, and all neighbourhoods within Ilesa metropolis, forcing people to stay indoors, as hoodlums wielding dangerous weapons roamed the streets.
A resident of Ibala, who pleaded anonymity, during a chat, told our correspondent that the hoodlums intended to scare people away from centres where PVC were being collected.
It was further learnt those people injured in the fracas, were believed to have sustained the injuries when rival groups of hoodlums involved in the disruption clashed.
Speaking on the incident, the Public Relations Officer of Civil Defence Corps, Osun state Command, Olabisi Atanda, said normalcy had been restored.
She said, “They (the hoodlums) ransacked (PVC collection centres) in Ilesa West and Ilesa West Central. They were in Ward 1, 3, 6 and 7.
“The hoodlums didn’t let people obtain Permanent Voters’ Cards, but the police and the Civil Defence Corps operatives are on top of the situation.
“I am not aware there was an attack on the PDP Secretariat in Ilesa West Local Government. No arrest yet but we are on hunt for the hoodlums. Three people were injured but no death was recorded.”
When contacted for reaction, Osun INEC Public Relations, Seun Osimosu, said PVC collection was not suspended in the affected areas, but noted that the staff were withdrawn from the affected communities over safety concerns.
She added that the Commission would meet security agents in Ilesa West to address the situation.
Female Footballers Kidnapped Along Delta-Benin Route, Abductors Demand Ransom
Six grassroots female footballers have been reported kidnapped by gunmen in Uronigbe, a border community between Edo and Delta states in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state
It was gathered that the footballers were kidnapped around 6pm on Friday while returning from football match competition at Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta state.
A source in the community said the kidnapers have contacted some families demanding a ransom of N5m ransom for each of the victims.
He said: “They (footballers) went to Owa-Alero to play football match, so, on their way back, they were kidnapped at Uronigbe area, the boundary between Delta and Edo state.
“The victims include Mrs Precious Agbajor, one Abraham, Nancy, Beatrice including the driver. They are six in number that are in kidnapper’s den. The matter have been reported to Uronigbe police station.
“The kidnappers have contacted the family of Agbajor and asked them to pay N5 million for his wife.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations officer in Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe confirmed the incident, adding that the incident happened in Edo State.
His Edo state counterpart, Chidi Nwabuzor said from the record available at the state Command, there was no information about the incident.
“You know we transmit our records to Force Headquarters everyday. There is no such record before us. From the Command’s record, no such incident happened yesterday (Friday) so the police will not give account of anything unreported.
“It is only when an incident is reported that the police can act on it. In most cases citizens are not aware of the powers to report incidents. So the record I have from the Command is that no such incident happened yesterday (Friday), today (Saturday) and even day before yesterday (Thursday).’
Again, Bandits Kill 16 Villagers, Abduct Scores in Taraba Communities
Bandits have again killed no fewer than sixteen persons in different communities of Taraba State.
DAILY POST learnt that the bandits stormed the communities in their numbers at the weekend and whisked away several persons.
Communities invaded by the attackers are Gidado and Garinkuka villages in Gunduma district of Mutum-Biyu chiefdom in Gassol Local Government Area.
Confirming the attack, a staff of the local government, who gave his name as Abdullahi Chul, said the attackers who invaded the communities in their numbers, accessed the villages with motorbikes.
Chul said the attackers, on arriving in the communities, were shooting sporadically, adding that several other persons escaped with gunshot injuries.
Few weeks ago, bandits, it would be recalled, blocked roads in the council where a truck driver was killed and travellers in their numbers abducted.
Also confirming the report, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman, admitted that there was an attack on the council.
He told DAILY POST that the command was on top of the situation, as efforts to get at the bandits were in motion.
480 Suspected Criminals Arrested In Abuja From Uncompleted Buildings
The FCT Administration on Friday arrested 480 suspected criminals from uncompleted buildings and undeveloped plots of land in Maitama and Wuse II areas.
Commander in charge of the task force, Mr Bennett Igweh, said the suspects, majority men, had turned green areas, undeveloped plots of land, and unoccupied houses into their haven for crime.
Igweh noted that the team would stop at nothing at ridding the city of criminal elements threatening the peace of the FCT.
He added that the task force recovered police uniforms, mobile phones, a loaded pistol, machetes and charms from the suspects.
“We arrested about 480 suspected criminals. We are going to take many of them to court.
“We’ll do thorough profiling because we suspect that some of them are escapees from the Kuje Correctional Centre.
“We are starting from the city centre, and we will extend the arrests to other areas.”
He added that the exercise will cover 21 satellite villages and towns from Kabusa to Gishiri to Waru and to Wasa and others in the FCT.
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