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Passengers of Abuja-bound bus abducted in Edo

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Passengers of an Abuja-bound commercial bus were on Tuesday kidnapped on Benin-Auchi Road in Edo State.

But the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, said he had not been briefed about the development.

The bus left Benin on Tuesday morning and the driver was said to be heading for Abuja, but hoodlums intercepted it at gunpoint between Ehor and Iruekpen in Edo State, shooting into the air.

The seized passengers were said to have been taken the bush and no word yet from either their abductors or the travellers.

When contacted, the state police command’s spokesman, Nwabuzor, said, “I am not aware of it. Some incidents are not reported and even when they are, because they are from local government divisions, they do not get to us immediately.

“So, give us some time for us to get in touch with the officers and men in the affected area.”

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Banditry: How Sokoto passengers were burnt alive in broad daylight

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Some seasonal migrants have been burnt to death at Gidan Bawa village in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The migrants were said to be on their way to Gadan Gayan in Kaduna en-route to Southern part of the country in search of livelihood.

The vehicle, which they hired for the journey, was ambushed by the bandits who opened fire on them.

The incident was said to have occurred at Teke village in Gidan Bawa district around 10am on Monday.

“The bandits shot at the tyres of the vehicle, it somersaulted and burst into flame,” our source said

The bandits were said to have surrounded the vehicle while on fire to ensure none of the passengers survived the tragedy.

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One of the vigilantes in Sabon Birni local government area told our reporter that the victims were from their area and neighbouring Niger Republic.

“They were on their way to the Southern part of the country in search greener pasture,” he said.

Another account told Daily Trust that there were 10 passengers in the vehicle and none of them survived the attack.

A member representing Sabon Birni South, Ibrahim Sa’idu, while confirming the incident said, the bandits were now robbing people of their motorcycles, phones and other valuables on their farms.

According to him, they abducted nine people at Masawa village recently.

A local guard said the military personnel deployed in the area were not responding to distress calls.

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Edo students strip policeman, set school ablaze, principal flees

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Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command, Bello Kontongs

About 49 students of Idogbo Secondary School in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State have been arrested for allegedly burning a section of the school and vandalising the principal’s office.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command, Bello Kontongs, confirmed the incident in an interview with our correspondent on Tuesday.

The incident was said to have occurred on Friday.

The students, in a viral video of the incident which surfaced on Tuesday, were seen chasing a man believed to be the principal.

When they could not catch up with him, the rampaging students returned to the school premises and visited arson on the school.

It was gathered that the students resorted to violence when one of them had an altercation with one of the policemen drafted to the school to maintain law and order and in the process, overpowered the policeman, who was stripped by the students.

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A source in the school, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated that the school management invited security personnel in anticipation of security breach in the school as it had become commonplace in the school, especially during festive and examination seasons.

The source added, “It is the tradition of the school that during the end of every term examination, we invite security officers to avoid any breakdown of law and order, so the examination was to end on December 10 before vacation.

“But, days before the examination started, we were battling with students throwing explosives in the compound.

“So, when the examination started on Friday, December 3, we invited some policemen and vigilante members in case of any problem. The first set of policemen came, while we waited for other police officers.

“One of the policemen on duty was moving around the school compound. The school authority did not know what happened but we saw that the students were chasing the policeman, so some of his colleagues came to rescue him and that was when the students started throwing stones and other weapons.

“When it became uncontrollable, teachers started running for their lives, then the children went on the rampage, destroying everything on sight, policemen were called from the Police Command. But they could not control them.

“It was when they invited the DSS people that they used gunshots to scare them away. Later, the DSS personnel arrested about 45 of the students who were hiding in the bush. They are now at the police command.”

Confirming the incident, Kontongs, said, “49 students are in custody for wilful damage of government property. None has been charged to court yet.”

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Missing child found dead in Ekiti pastor’s house…as irate youths set residence ablaze

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Ekiti State Police Command Spokesman, Sunday Abutu

Palpable fear enveloped Adehun Area of Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, as some irate youths set ablaze the residence of a pastor over a missing seven-year-old girl.

It was gathered that trouble started when the lifeless body of a girl simply identified as Demilade was found in the pastor’s residence in Adehun area of Ado-Ekiti, in the early hours of Tuesday.

Multiple sources told newsmen that the seven-year-old girl who was sent on errand by her parent was waylaid and murdered in cold blood by daughter of the pastor who was said to be mentally deranged.

The sources further disclosed that Demilade had gone missing around 8am on Monday while on errand to buy pap for her parent and siblings to drink.

The parents were said to have raised an alarm when she did not return home and could not be found, the situation which prompted some residents to conduct a search party for Demilade, which turned out to be unsuccessful.

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It was learnt that after their effort proved abortive, the incident was reported at the nearby Police Station by the parents and family friends.

The girl, according to sources in the area, who preferred not to be named, was found lifeless at a house in the neighbourhood.

The sources said, “Yesterday morning, Demilade’s mother sent her child to buy pap around 8am and within a very short time, the girl was declared missing. She traced her to where she sent her but couldn’t find her.

“A search party was launched for the girl by her parents and some residents and she was never found before her corpse was found this morning at residence of a Redeem Christian Church of God pastor in the neighborhood.

“So, it was later on, we heard the pastor and his wife had gone to the State Police Command to report his mentally deranged daughter’s act.

“I even heard the girl had once matcheted her father’s head,” they said.

Angered by the development, some irate youths armed with petrol and cutlasses mobilised themselves to the scene and burnt down the pastor’s house.

When contacted, the Ekiti State Police Command Spokesman, Sunday Abutu, said a suspect has been arrested in connection with the alleged murder.

Abutu stated that the arrest was effected based on the information given by the parents, saying the alleged culprit is in detention at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.

“The dead body of the girl had been recovered and deposited at the morgue.

“The CP had directed that the matter be investigated thoroughly. We are studying and extracting information from the suspect in our custody and we shall inform the members of the public about our findings when we are through.”

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