Zaria Midnight Fire Guts 150 Shops, Goods Worth N6bn
Hours after an inferno in Zaria, Kaduna State gutted about 150 shops at the Sabon Gari market in the ancient city, the Head of Corporate Affairs, Kaduna Electric Company, KEDCO, Abdul Azeez Abdullahi, has denied that electricity sparks caused the inferno.
According to him, reports received indicated that the fire incident started in one of the shops in the market., where no fewer than 150 shops were destroyed at the ‘Yan Katako’ Market in Sabon Gari Zaria.
Eye-witnesses said the fire started around 1 am, when there were no people in the market except few security men who couldn’t do much to save the situation.
A local official said “the fire spread to other shops in the market and that efforts to attract fire service agencies within the area were not successful.
“I personally went to the Kofar Doka Fire Service office. I was informed that their operation vehicle was not in good shape. I then proceeded to the Kongo campus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) where I was told they had been directed not to operate outside the university premises.”
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“I finally contacted the fire service at the Sabon Gari Main Market. They asked me to provide fuel for them, which I did before they responded,” he alleged.
Chairman of Timbershed said more than 150 shops were completely destroyed.
A state government official estimated that goods destroyed during the fire incident were worth about N6 billion.
APC Women Leaders Kidnapped After Attending Inauguration
Two women leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State have been kidnapped along Manini flash point of Birnin Gwari Local Governments Area of the state after attending the inauguration of the state governor, Senator Uba Sani
This was disclosed by the chairman of Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU, Ishaq Usman Kasai in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune on Wednesday morning
According to him, the bandits blocked the road and kidnapped the two APC women leaders including dozens of others.
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He said the kidnapped women leaders are Birnin Gwari APC women leader, Hajiya Lami Awarware and her assistant, Hajiya Haulatu Aliyu.
According to Nigerian Tribune, immediately after the victims were kidnapped on Tuesday, the kidnappers took them to the forest.
He also said that the abductors are yet to contact the families of the victims or any person in the area.
Recall, two days ago, BEPU had while congratulating the president, Bola Tinubu pleaded with the president to end the insecurity bedeviling the Local Government Area.
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Also as at the time of filling the report,the state government and the police are to issue a statement on the development.
Oyo Police Storm Motor Park Chair, Auxiliary’s Hideout, Arrest 78 With Arms
The Oyo State Police Command, on Tuesday, arrested 78 suspected members of the disbanded Park Management System for allegedly planning to cause civil disorder in Ibadan, the state capital.
The state governor, Seyi Makinde, had earlier announced the dissolution of PMS headed by Mukaila Lamidi, popularly known as Auxiliary.
azarrest included guns, 724 live cartridges, 25 cutlasses, seven jack knives, 33 mobile phones, one laptop, charms, two vehicles and over N3m cash.
The state Commissioner of Police, Adebowale Williams, who paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Eleyele in Ibadan, said, “On Tuesday, in a strategic intelligence coordinated raid around Auxiliary’s location at Diamond Hotel, Alakia-Isebo, under Egbeda Local Government, 78 suspected hoodlums who had perfected plans to unleash mayhem at the early hours of today (Tuesday) at major parts of the metropolis were arrested in possession of sophisticated firearms.
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“During the raid, sophisticated firearms were recovered inside the hotel rooms and in the trunk compartment of parked vehicles within the hotel.”
The CP said though Auxiliary escaped with some of his boys during the gun duel with the police, a member of the group was gunned down.
He added that the same group was alleged to be responsible for the attack on 14 members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria in the Agodi area of Ibadan North-East Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
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Williams added, “In line with standard operational procedure, all recovered items were properly documented, packaged and recorded for onward forensics analysis and evidence purposes in accordance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and all other relevant laws.”
Meanwhile, the state government, on Tuesday, shut down bus terminals in Ibadan, the state capital.
The PUNCH correspondent, who visited both the Ojoo and Challenge parks, observed that members of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, sealed them off.
[BREAKING] Adegoke’s Death: Hotel Receptionist Bags two-year Jail Term
The receptionist on duty at Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on the day an ex Masters student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke, arrived at the facility, Adedeji Adesola, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Adesola’s sentence was pronounced at the sitting of the court on Wednesday by Osun State Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo.
The judge had pronounced her guilty of conspiracy to fabricate evidence and conceal the fact that the deceased lodged at the facility before he died during the court sitting on Tuesday.
But due to pleading for leniency of the court by her counsel, Okon Ita, and the prosecution, Fatimo Adesina, the judge delayed her sentencing till Wednesday.
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The hotel owner, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, and two of his staff, Adeniyi Aderogba and Oyetunde Kazeem had been earlier sentenced to death by hanging.
The court found them culpable in the death of Adegoke, who arrived at the hotel on November 5, 2021, but was later found buried in a shallow grave along Ife-Ede, by police detectives, days after he has declared missing.
Both Adesina and Adesola’s counsel had urged the court to consider the age of the defendant and the circumstances under which she acted and treat her case with leniency.
Justice Ojo in her judgement, said she took notice of the plead for leniency for the defendant and the provision of Section 411 of the Constitution.
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She said, “I have considered the passionate plea of the 7th defendant and the submission of the prosecution on the need to temper justice with mercy. I have observed and considered the sober disposition of the 7th defendant in court throughout the trial.
“I am equally mindful of the circumstances surrounding the case of the 7th defendant. I am not unmindful of the provisions of the Section 411 2(b) of the law. I hereby sentence you Adedeji Adesola to 2 years imprisonment starting from the first day of your arrest.”
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