Shoprite workers in Warri, Delta State, on Saturday embarked on a peaceful protest against the management over alleged non-payment of their yearly bonuses thus shutting down the sprawling shopping mall located at Effurun roundabout business district, in the metropolis.
It was gathered that the aggrieved workers were specifically protesting their unpaid bonuses which they claimed ought to be paid in full but was reportedly slashed.
Shoppers who had thronged the mall in the early hours of Saturday were disappointed as the aggrieved workers put the main entrance under lock and key, thus preventing human and vehicular movement into the complex.
One of the aggrieved workers who would not want his name in print told journalists that their grouse with the management was because only N1000 was paid as a bonus for the past year in sharp contrast to their contractual agreement.
No management staff of the shopping mall was available to comment on the development as of the time of filing this report.
Katsina Bandits’ Attack: Death Toll Rises Above 100, As Masari Sends Delegation
The death toll from the clash between terrorists and the Yansakai Group in Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina State has risen above 100, residents say.
This figure comes shortly after Governor Aminu Masari of the State sent a delegation under the leadership of Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Muntari Lawal to condole with families of the victims.
Residents of the affected communities put the number of those killed at over one hundred, stating that more corpses are being recovered from the area as some persons in the communities are still missing.
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One of the residents who hails from Guga village, Abubakar Hashimu, told Channels TV that even on Friday, 63 people were buried, and on Saturday, a canter vehicle was also brought loaded with over 30 corpses, “we are still anticipating more bodies”.
According to Hashimu, more than 100 have died so far.
According to sources, the incident happened on Thursday after several cows were rustled on Wednesday by the terrorists.
Many persons have deserted their various communities due to the incidence, even as fears of further violence spreads.
The state’s delegation led by Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Alhaji Muntari Lawal, visited Guga, Yargoje, Gidan Gamji communities on Sunday to condole with the people, describing the situation as highly tragic for not only the victims and their families, but also for the government.
Lawal called on the residents to learn how to defend themselves as such situation can not be singlehandedly treated by the government or security agencies alone.
“The actual number of those killed cannot be ascertained because they are still counting the death, nobody can tell you the accurate figure because some of the bodies are scattered in the bush, they have to go and retrieve them.
“As we are counting the number, so also the bandits. So people should learn to be caurageous enough to confront the devil before they finish them.
“Don’t wait for Government, before Government intervenes the damage has been done, so organize yourselves to confront them,” Lawal asserted.
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The Katsina State Government had on Friday announced plans to inaugurate a commission of inquiry to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the killings.
This according to the Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina is to remain proactive in addressing this type of problem that led to some casualties which is he said still being investigated.
Katsina explained that, not all the bodies recovered are members of the volunteer Yansakai group but also belong to the terrorists.
While symphasizing with families of the victims, Katsina urged members of the public to stop taking laws into their hands and ensure that they always cooperate with security agencies in their areas.
He maintained that, the state government was on top of the situation, adding that, normalcy has since returned to the area and security forces have dominated the scene.
Tragedy For Borno IDPs As Fire Guts 200 Houses
A late morning fire, Monday, February 6, razed down about 200 houses at the unofficial section of the Muna Internally Displaced Persons’ camp on the outskirts of the Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State.
Eyewitnesses, who could not ascertain the cause of the fire, said it flared up, sweeping across the all-thatched houses by 11am.
The population of the IDPs affected could not also be immediately ascertained, due to the fact that it is an unofficial camp.
“I lost everything comprising all my three rooms, wearing apparels, beds and beddings, and one sack of guinea corn,” Modu Maina, 70, who hails from Bale in Mafa Local Government Area, and has two wives and three children, told The PUNCH.
He estimated the cost of his property lost to the fire to be over N100,000.
“My two rooms, beddings, and all food items were all burnt down,” Gubo Lawan, 60, who has a wife and six children, said. He could not, however, estimate the cost of his losses.
“My three rooms, two sacks of maize and two grinding machines were all lost to the fire,” Modu Malam Aja, 65, who has one wife and eight children, told PUNCH.
Aja estimated the cost of his property lost to fire at N300,000, including the two grinding machines each of which he said cost N50,000.
The fire, according to eyewitnesses, flared up at about 11am and lasted for about 15 minutes, with the aid of cold season wind.
The National Emergency Management Agency and other emergency responders would not comment on the incident due to the fact that it is an unofficial camp.
JUST IN: Tanker Explodes In Ondo
A tanker discharging fuel at Optimal Petrol station in Ondo State has exploded.
The tanker was razed and the filling station torched.
An eyewitness, Emmanuel Solomon, told newsmen that it was the pressure that exploded and fire erupted.
Residents around the area panicked and started packing out their belongings.
But the prompt arrival of men of the Federal Fire Service and Ondo State Fire Service helped put out the fire.
It was gathered the owner just purchased the tanker, which was on its first trip to discharge petrol.
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