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Anger as gunmen kill two siblings in Imo

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Two siblings, Ifeanyi Anyanwu and Tochukwu Anyanwu, have been shot dead in Owerri, the Imo State capital, by some unknown gunmen, suspected to be cultists.

The victims, Ifeanyi Anyanwu, 47, and Tochukwu Anyanwu, 45, were shot dead at the back gate of the Imo State University, Owerri.

Two other persons, Kasim Rashidi, 22, and Salam Rashidi, 20, who were with the deceased were also shot but rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, where they are receiving medical attention.

It was gathered that while Ifeanyi was an architect, his younger brother, Tochukwu, a surveyor.

The siblings were reportedly killed after they had been robbed of their Ford Edge with the number plate, BWR 809 BC.

A source said, “the deceased who were brothers of the same parents were living at plot 249 Area ‘A’ World Bank Housing Estate, Owerri. They were from Umuopara Omukwu, Onicha in Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA.

 

“They were robbed of their ash coloured Ford Edge car with registration number BWR 809 BC and both of them shot dead by unknown gunmen at Imo State University, Owerri back gate mine.

“One Salam Rashidi aged 20, and Kasim Rashidi aged 22, both of Okwu Uratta in Owerri North LGA, sustained gunshot injuries from the hoodlums during their sporadic shooting.

“Corpses of the deceased have been removed and deposited at Aladinma mortuary and gunshot victims were taken to the FMC Owerri for treatment.”

The same of the Imo State Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the incident.

He added that the command had commenced an investigation into the incident.

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Niger communities excited as soldiers return to Bassa, Allawa

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Excited villagers on Saturday welcomed the return of soldiers to Bassa and Allawa towns in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State after a month of their quitting the area due to invasion of their camps by bandits.
The armed soldiers came in about 100 camouflage vehicles to begin a special operation in the area.
The return of the soldiers followed a series of meetings between the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Maj-Gen. Danjuma Hamisu Ali-Keffi, the state government and other stakeholders in the state.
The military camps in Allawa and Bassa in the Shiroro Local Government of the state were shut down last month after bandits numbering about 100 invaded the Security Joint Taskforce camps in the two towns, killing 12 soldiers, burning the camps and some operational vehicles.
Another camp at Zagzaga in the Munya Local Government was also sacked a few days later during which one RSM was kidnapped and found dead three days after.
A senator representing Niger East Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, Alhaji Sani Musa, said, “It is a welcome development and a great relief to the people it should be sustained.
“The return of soldiers is a great relief for my people, and I want to thank and commend President Muhammadu Buhari and the military for the return of the soldiers.
“I will equally want to appeal to them to hasten the return of soldiers to other communities to enable the people go back to their homes to continue their farming business.”

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Thunderstorms, heavy rains disrupt Yoruba Nation agitators rally in Osogbo

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Thunderstorms with heavy rain on Saturday disrupted the rally by agitators of Yoruba Nation in Osogbo Osun State.
Scores of Yoruba Nation agitators had stormed the popular Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo on Saturday after they changed the venue of the rally because of the heavy security presence.
One of the leading Yoruba Nation agitators, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, arrived in Osogbo from Oyo State at 1.40pm and went straight to where the agitators were demonstrating at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park.
Igboho got to the venue at 2.01pm to address the agitators.
He was addressing the agitators when the scorching sunny weather turned cloudy at 2.25pm.
He hurriedly addressed his supporters standing on top of a vehicle. When other leaders wanted to address the agitators, heavy rain started and it dispersed supporters from the venue.
While it was raining, thunderstorms made it impossible for supporters to gather and they ran for cover.

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Our police are overwhelmed, says Bauchi governor

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Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has said that security challenges in Nigeria will require collaborative efforts because the police are overwhelmed.
He stated this when he addressed journalists in Bauchi, stressing that addressing insecurity could not be left to the Federal Government alone.

He urged state and local governments, as well as traditional rulers, to be actively involved in ensuring improved security across the country.

Mohammed said, “It is the responsibility of the federal, state and the local governments, including all the traditional institutions in the country.
“These problems can only with tackled with concerted efforts and collaboration from the federal, state and local governments.“As a nation, we are challenged by so many aspects of misdemeanours, crime and criminality. We must be very courageous to say it, and that is not something that is acceptable within the tenet of Islam.
”It is not just a Federal Government’s responsibility; it’s a responsibility of the Federal Government, the state and the local governments as well as our traditional institutions and all the stakeholders.”

He also said, “We are all policemen today; we know these bandits; we know where they stay and what they do.
“Sometimes, they are aided and abetted by some of us and we should fish them out, because the police in their numbers are already overwhelmed.
“I’m calling on the federal government to work with us as governors and local governments, because that’s where the solution is.
“I hope we sit down as a country to reflect and make sure we bring solutions.”

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