Robbers Invade NYSC Lodge In Delta, Shoot 3

Robbers Invade NYSC Lodge In Delta, Shoot 3

Three National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members serving at Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, are currently in critical condition after gunmen attacked them when they were returning to their lodge last Friday, at Isiokolo.

Giving details of the incident yesterday, a security source at the Isiokolo Police Division said the victims were rushed to a private hospital by members of the Isiokolo local vigilante outfit after they were shot by the hoodlums, who dispossessed them of phones, cash and other items.

“The corps members sustained gunshot wounds from a locally-made cut-to-size gun used by the hoodlums and they were later referred to the Eku-Baptist Hospital for further treatment,” A source who spoke on condition of anonymity stated. 

Chief Faith Majemite, Chairman of Ethiope East council has vowed to bring the perpetrators to book, charging security agencies in the area to swing into action and apprehend the culprits.

The council boss gave the charge at the Eku-Baptisit Hospital during a condolence visit on the victims.

And also stated that “I have asked the medical doctors on duty to ensure that the corps members get the best medical attention as the council will be handling all their medical bills.

“I want to also assure residents of the council that the security agencies have been placed on their toes towards ensuring that the culprits are arrested and brought to book.”

Man Jailed For Attacking Kaduna Electric Staff

Man Jailed For Attacking Kaduna Electric Staff

The Sharia Court 1, Unguwan Gwaza, in Gusau, Zamfara State, has sentenced one Habu Mai Shago of Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Tudun wada, Gusau to one year imprisonment for assaulting Kaduna Electric staff while discharging their lawful duty.

The Sharia Court Judge, Alhaji Labaran Salisu, found the accused, Malam Habu Mai shago, guilty of criminal conspiracy, disrupting a public servant from discharging his duty and causing bodily harm, offences punishable under Section 123 and 318 of Sharia Panel Code of Zamfara State.

The convict was also ordered to settle all the medical expenses incurred by the victims.

The prosecuting officer, Bashir Rabiu, told the court that the accused person was arrested by a police officer when the Management of Kaduna Electric sought the help of the police after he assaulted the staff of the Electricity Distribution Company.

Investigation revealed that Habu Mai Shago mobilised and led a group of hoodlums in his area (Federal Low Cost) to attack the Kaduna Electric staff while  carrying out their duty in the area for defaulting in settling his energy bills and was disconnected, thereby causing various degrees of injuries to his victims. After the charges were read to him, Habu Mai Shago admitted to committing the offences but sought for leniency from the court. The Sharia Court Judge thereafter convicted him and sentenced him to six months imprisonment on each of the count charge. He was however, given an option of N6000 fine on each of the charges.

The Business Development and Regional Officer, Engr. Abdul Sabo, hailed the judgement and warned the public to desist from this nefarious acts and also hoped that the judgement will serve as a deterrent to others.

He further called on the esteemed customers of Kaduna Electric not to take laws into their hands, urging them to report any staff whose conduct is unsatisfactory. He stated that the Management of Kaduna Electric is ready to take disciplinary action against any staff found wanting in the discharge of his duties. 

Source: Leadership

Gunmen Kill DPO, DCO, 2 Female Policewomen

Gunmen Kill DPO, DCO, 2 Female Policewomen

It was black Tuesday in Edo State as unknown gunmen in Afuze town; Owan East local government area of state killed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO), a pregnant policewoman and another policewoman.

The victims were killed by the gunmen who stormed the police station in a vehicle at about 7pm.

They also attacked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office destroying electoral materials and set ablaze police vehicle parked in the premises.

The officers killed in the attack are Inspector Tosimani Ojo, the DPO of the station, Sergeant Justina Aghomon a pregnant woman, Inspector Sado Isaac and Corporal Glory David.

An eyewitness, Mr Godwin Ikpekhia said the incident occurred at about 8:pm on Tuesday night when many of the officers of the division had gone for outside duty.

“We only heard gun shoot and nobody knows what happened until this morning. The divisional police officer with three other officers who were on duty was killed on the spot inside the building,” he said.

The Edo State commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammed Danmallam who visited the scene of the incident said that investigation would commence immediately. He vowed that those behind the gruesome murder will be apprehended and brought book.

“Urgent steps will be taken to curb the increasing cases of criminality in Owan axis of the state.

It would be recalled that on the 14th of July 2018, police officers were attacked at a check point in the area, and their bodies set ablaze inside their patrol Hilux van by suspected drug dealers.

Also on the 23th of January his year, the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidate for Owan West, Mr Ohio Ezomo was kidnapped while his orderly was killed on the spot.

Source: Leadership

Cannon shot kills man in Enugu community—Police

Cannon shot kills man in Enugu community—Police

The Police in Enugu State, Stated that a local cannon shot had killed its operator in Ogbozinne community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.

Spokesman for Enugu State Police Command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Thursday that the incident took place on March 11.

Amaraizu said that the community had since been thrown into a mourning mood when a cannon gun allegedly exploded and pierced through the back of the operator.

The Police spokesman said that the cannon operator was later confirmed dead by a doctor on duty in a general hospital in the area.

“On the fateful day, Mrs Blessing Ogbodo from Ogbata village of Ogbozinne community had hired the deceased who was identified as Kenneth Ogbodo to fire a cannon gun for the celebration of her shrine.

“It was also gathered that in course of igniting the cannon for explosion, the first cannon allegedly exploded and pierced through his back.

“He was later confirmed the corpse was deposited at the mortuary.

Amaraizu said that investigation had commenced into the unfortunate incident. 

Source: Vanguard

12 Pupils Dead, 45 Rescued In Lagos Building Collapse

12 Pupils Dead, 45 Rescued In Lagos Building Collapse

Lagos metropolis witnessed another tragedy yesterday when a three-storey building located at Massey Street, opposite Oja, Ita Faaji, Lagos Island, collapsed at about 10am, killing 12 persons said to be school pupils, with many others still trapped in the rubbles of the collapsed building.

It was, however, reported that 45 pupils were rescued from the wreckage of the building.

It was gathered that an illegally run school was located in the building that suddenly caved in, killing some of the occupants.

Witnesses said no fewer than 45 pupils had been rescued from the rubbles, but many of the pupils and other occupant were still trapped in the rubbles at the time of filing this report.

As rescue operations continued at the scene of the collapse, Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, visited the scene and commiserated with families of victims.

Ambode, who got to the place at about 2:42pm, described the incident as unfortunate. He, however, appealed to residents to allow rescue operators the space to carry out their work without any hindrance so as to rescue more children trapped under the rubbles.

“I want to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives in this collapsed building. I want to quickly let Lagosians know that this is quite an unfortunate incident. All we are trying to do is to scale up this rescue operation. Our response units are already here; we are getting additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now, to rescue more lives.

“I just want to appeal to people that when we are doing this kind of rescue operation, yes, sympathisers will naturally come, but I want to appeal that they should give the rescue workers the chance to save more lives,” he said.

The governor noted that his deputy, Mrs Oluranti Adebule, had also visited the hospitals where some of the rescued victims had been taken to, just as he assured that the state government would immediately take over their treatment and foot their bills.

“The deputy governor is in the hospital actually taking care of those that were rescued and taken to the hospital, especially the children. On the part of government, we would immediately take care of whatever it is that we can do, including the hospital bills.

“All we are interested in now is to save more lives and also see how those that have been rescued are put in proper place and proper care,” he said.

Noting that he received information that about two floors of the building sank to the ground, the governor revealed that most of the buildings in the area had been marked for demolition, but that some property owners in the area defy such notices.

He gave the assurance that, going forward, structurally defective buildings would be demolished.

“The first observation is that this is an old building and it is only the Pent House and the other floors that we have been able to use to rescue people.

“So far, from what I have been briefed, we have rescued about 25 people and some are already dead, but we were earlier informed that it was a school; the building is not technically a school, it is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school, so to speak, on the second floor.

“Like we have said, we have been carrying out a lot of integrity tests on the buildings in this neighbourhood and, as you can see, some of them have been marked for demolition but we get resistance from landlords. But we must continue to save lives and we would intensify our efforts to see that those that have failed our integrity test, we would ensure that they are quickly evacuated and we bring the structures down,” he said.

Ambode also pledged that a full-scale investigation would be carried out immediately the rescue operations are concluded, vowing that those found culpable would be severely dealt with in accordance with the relevant laws.

“This is unfortunate but we will investigate what has happened and also see the punishment for whoever are the culprits. That is the secondary level, but the most important thing right now is to save lives and I just appeal to people that they should give us the chance to save more lives,” he said.

The governor added that rescue operations would continue until all victims were rescued, noting that the General Officer Commanding 81 Division and the Brigade Commander were on ground to maintain peace and ensure smooth rescue operations.

“That is what is important to us, and the more lives we save, the better for us,” he said.

Responding to a concern raised by a resident on the increase of illegal schools in the area, Governor Ambode said all schools that fall within that category would be closed down.

Dogara Mourn Victims President Muhammadu Buhari and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have expressed sadness over the collapsed building.

According to a statement by his special adviser on media, Femi Adesina, the president sympathised with the parents and relations of the deceased, wishing them God’s comfort. He also wished the injured speedy and complete recovery. The president also commiserated with the government and people of Lagos State, and pledged to offer assistance from the federal government as may be required by the state.

“It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour,” the president said.

He urged the Lagos State government to do all that is needful so that such tragic developments do not recur in future. On his part, Dogara said it was heart breaking that innocent souls would perish in such a dreadful manner and called for a thorough investigation into the unfortunate incident.

He said, “This is one too many of these building collapses that usually claim the lives of innocent people. It is time for decisive actions to be taken against all those found culpable of breaching the building standards that end up in disasters.

“The law-enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies must step up their game and put an end to the practice of cutting corners to increase gain. While this has not been established as the cause of this incident yet, past incidents have pointed to this as a serious factor.”

He extended his sympathies to the families of the deceased and prayed that their souls rest in peace. 


2019 UTME Begins April 11, Says JAMB

2019 UTME Begins April 11, Says JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced that its 2019 Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, would begin on Thursday, April 11.

JAMB also announced that it has fixed Monday, April 1, 2019, for its 2019 mock examination earlier scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019.

JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said in a statement, yesterday, that the change was due to certain circumstances beyond the board’s control.

The statement read:  “Candidates who had indicated interest in the mock examination at the point of registration and have since printed their mock examination notification slips need not print another one.

“All the details on the slips remain the same except the examination date which is now April 1, 2019.

“The board has also scheduled to conduct the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, from Thursday, April 11, 2019.  Candidates are to begin the printing of the 2019 UTME notification slips from Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

“All candidates who registered for the 2019 UTME are to ensure that they print their examination notification slips before the day of the examination as no excuses would be entertained.

“The public should note that the board would not reschedule examination for any candidate. Candidates can print their slips anywhere.” 

Source: Vanguard