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Tipper Drivers Block Major Routes In Benin, Protest Killing Of Colleague By DSS [PHOTOS]

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Tipper Drivers Block Major Routes In Benin, Protest Killing Of Colleague By DSS [PHOTOS]

The ancient city of Benin was thrown into confusion on Tuesday as tipper drivers in their hundreds blocked major roads, protesting the killing of one of their members by personnel of the Department of State Security. (DSS)

The blockade which was still on as at the time of filing this report, subjected residents going to Sapele Road and the GRA axis to trek far distance to beat the blockade before they could get vehicle going to their destinations.

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The DSS operatives were said to be in two cars moving to theTipper Garage, Ikpoba Slope on one way traffic owing to an articulated vehicle which blocked the other lane.

While the tipper drivers were trying to regulate the traffic, unknown to them the second vehicle (Audi) was also occupied by DSS operatives.

According to Comrade Austin Uhuagho, Chairman of the Tipper Driver Association, Edo State, the DSS operatives were coming from an operation and when they saw that the road was blocked, they took one way and when the drivers identified the first vehicle as one occupied by the operatives, they allowed them to go, and asked an unmarked Audi to go back, this made the operatives to get angry and on getting down, they unleashed terror on the drivers and shot one dead there.

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“This morning, there was traffic, and as usual when there is traffic, our people make sure the road is free, so the DSS vehicles were passing one way, so when the drivers found out they were DSS operatives, they asked the cars to pass, so the second one that was (an Audi) was refused passage and they asked him to go back, not knowing that it was them (DSS) that was inside the Audi.

“The drivers thinking that the car was a passenger car asked him to go back. The operative came out from the vehicle and punched the driver on the face, and his was face was covered with blood, and there he was shot dead, so when the drivers saw that their person was down they went mad, at the process, and that made the operatives to call for reinforcement, and when they came they started shooting randomly at everybody in our office, this made many to be injured,” he said.

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The drivers took hundreds of their tippers to the DSS office blocking the entrance where the State Police Command and other security agencies are situated in Benin

Reacting, the Department of State Services (DSS) said the Service in a bid to free arrested kidnappers in Ikpoba Slope in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, were confronted by some hoodlums who wanted to free the kidnappers.

“We arrested three of their men who are involved in kidnapping and they decided to lay siege on us at the popular Tipper Garage by the Tenboga Junction to free them.

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“The hoodlums, upon sighting the DSS operatives, pounced on them with guns and various dangerous weapons, at the process, our operatives sustained vary degrees of injuries from the attack while their vehicles were also damaged,” the source said.

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How My Husband Was Labelled Yahoo Boy, Killed By Lagos Okada Riders Over N100 -Wife

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Grace, widow of the 37-year-old sound engineer who was killed by motorcyclists in Lagos State, David Imoh, has narrated how her husband was killed while trying to settle a fight between two friends and his killers.

In an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, Grace said her husband was wrongly labelled as a ritualist and Yahoo Boy before being lynched to death.

They didn’t just beat him, they stabbed and burnt him to death,” the mother of two broke down in tears.

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He was burnt as if he is a robber. They have taken my world away from me because of N100. This is not good,” she added.

So far, two suspects have been arrested in connection with Imoh’s death.

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The late Imoh, who was popularly called Dave Sound, had an aged mother, a five-year-old boy and another One-year and five-month-old baby.

She identified the two other friends of her late husband involved in the fight as band members of D’Banj and Phyno.

The widow said, “My husband went to work on May 10, I was called on May 13 by one of his friends that we lost him. He said his family should come to the Maroko police station. So my relatives and his own went there. The police told them that my husband and his friend climbed the Aboki (Hausa man)’s bike, and they had an argument over N100.

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“In the process, one of the Okada guys was hit and he fell down so they started beating them up.
My husband was beaten and they were shouting that he is a ritualist and a Yahoo Boy. After being beaten, he was burnt to death.”

Grace, however, explained that the narrative by one of Imoh’s friends made her realise that her late husband was invited to settle the dispute over the N100 balance when he was killed.

She continued, “But on Twitter, a colleague of his put up a video on what happened. She said my husband was setting up in a bar. Being a sound engineer he works with Church of God Mission Garden City, Lekki during the day. He also works with Legacy 360 Band in the evening when there is a show.

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“My husband was not part of those who mounted the bike. Two guys (band members) took the bike and when they arrived at the venue, an argument happened between the two guys and the motorcyclist.

“They gave the motorcyclist N500 and were to get a balance of N100 but the bike man said he didn’t have change. They told him to take N300 but he refused and a fight broke out.

“My husband was invited to intervene in the issue. David intervened because of N100 and was killed. He came outside trying to intervene but when they saw that the motorcyclists were overpowering them, they had to run back inside the bar but the bar manager pushed them out. He denied knowing them, David tried hiding but a Hausa lady exposed him.”

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Grace, who is a civil servant and a Post Graduate Diploma holder, called on the Lagos State Government to ensure justice in the matter.

All because he wanted to help settle a dispute, he was killed. They have taken away my world. Please Lagos Government, Governor Sanwo-Olu, my Head of Service, Muri Okunola, and others help me, I cry for justice and for the welfare of my children. Please come to my rescue. I’m helpless,” she said.

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“How do I take care of these kids. I wanted to pursue my Master’s and get my COREN certification as an engineer. Those were his plans for me. My husband is the only one helping me. How will my children go to school?”

PUNCH.

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ASUU Strike: Students Protest, Block Federal Secretariat In Edo

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Students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Monday cordoned off the Benin-Auchi-Ramat Park axis of the state capital to expressed their displeasure over the prolonged strike bt Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU)

The students later proceeded to the Federal Secretariat in Benin City to present their case to the government, where they breached the gate.

At the secretariat, they were received by the director, Jeremiah Abu, whom they told to take their displeasure with the prolonged strike to the government.

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Abu, in his remark, assured the students of his support and to act accordingly. He, however, asked them to let their conduct remain peaceful.

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ASUU Strike: Angry Students Block Sagamu-Benin Expressway

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Students on Monday blocked the Sagamu-Benin Expressway protesting the prolonged strike action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The joint protest had in attendance students from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Tai Solarin University of Education, Science and Technology (TASUED) Ijagun and the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta.

NAN reports that travellers have been left stranded as the students blocked the TASUED axis as well as the expressway.

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The students held placards with inscriptions such as “End ASUU strike now”, “ We say no to educational stagnancy”, “ We’re tired of deadlock meetings” and “Education should not be this difficult” among others.

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Speaking at the protest ground, the NANS Chairman in the state, Damilola Simeon, urged the Buhari-led government to act urgently to the yearnings of ASUU.

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Simeon noted that it was high time the federal government and members of ASUU reached a compromise to end the strike.

“We don’t pray that our students end up engaging themselves in criminal activities as we all know that an idle hand is the devil’s workshop,” he said.

The NANS chairman admonished the government and ASUU to do the needful and call off the strike.

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Don Ayomide, President, Student Union Government of TASUED, also at the protest said the action became necessary to inform the government and ASUU of the plight of Nigerian students.

He added that the Federal Government should endeavour to respect the agreements reached between the two parties, stressing that the students were most affected by the current strike.

ASUU announced a three-month extension of its ongoing strike, which began on Feb.14 to give the government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.

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