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Bandits attack Kaduna communities again, kill 13 people

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Bandits have killed at least 13 persons, including a toddler in multiple fresh attacks on communities Kaduna State.

The affected communities are located in Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Chikun local government areas of the state.

Seven people were also said to have been injured, 56 houses and 16 motorcycles burnt by the hoodlums during the attacks.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the killings in a statement issued in Kaduna.

According to him, the killings were reported to the Kaduna State Government by troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

He said, in Gora Gan village, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, bandits killed one Irmiya Godwin who was returning from the farm while his brother escaped.

The commissioner said in another incident in Kizachi village, Kauru Local Government Area, bandits killed 10 people, while four others were injured, adding that 56 houses and 16 motorcycles, including several barns were burnt.

He listed those killed as Esther Bulus and her one year-old daughter, Maria Bulus. Others include, Lami Bulus, Aliyu Bulus, Monday Joseph, Geje Abuba Wakili Filibus, Yakubu Ali.Dije Waziri and Joseph Ibrahim.

The statement said in the attack on Masaka village, Chikun LGA, one Duza Bamaiyi was killed, and two other persons were injured.

According to the commissioner, troops were eventually mobilised to the location to repel the bandits.

The statement further said in Kurmin village, Chikun LGA, bandits killed one Zakka Pada and injured one Pada Dalle during the attack.

Aruwan said, “Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the report with sadness, and prayed for the repose of the souls of the slain, while sending condolences to their families. He wished the injured citizens quick recovery.”

Kaduna State has been under intense attack by bandits with cases of killings and kidnappings occurring almost on a daily basis, and Governor El-Rufai has vowed not to negotiate with the criminals.

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Sexual assault: Baba Ijesha granted N500,000 bail

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A Chief Magistrate, Oluwatoyin Oghre, on Monday granted a Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, bail.
in the sum of N500,000.
His lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, confirmed this on Monday, saying, “He has been granted bail about one hour ago. We are working to perfect the bail. He was granted bail on health grounds.
“He has not been released. He will be released after his bail conditions have been met.”
Baba Ijesha was arrested on April 22, for allegedly sexually molesting a minor and remained in police detention due to the ongoing strike embarked on by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.
Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, had on May 4, noted that after due consideration of the case file forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution by the police on April 30, 2021, a prima facie case was established against Baba Ijesha.
Onigbanjo stated that Baba Ijesha would be charged with sexual assault and defilement under the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The AG also hinted that the suspect would be charged under Section 135, with indecent treatment of a child punishable by seven years imprisonment; Section 137, defilement of a child, punishable by life imprisonment; Section 261, sexual assault by penetration punishable by life imprisonment; Section 262, attempted sexual assault by penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment and Section 263, sexual assault punishable by three years’ imprisonment.

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2 cops killed, Imo police station, vehicles burnt in fresh attack

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Gunmen have killed two policemen in Ubakala Divisional Police Station in Umuahia, Abia State, after setting the station ablaze.
The gunmen were said to have attacked the station with explosives in the early hours of Monday and two of the policemen drafted to quel the station were killed.
The attackers also set ablaze all the vehicles on the premises.

Spokesman for the Police Command in Abia, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident, adding that the hoodlums attacked the station just after midnight with explosives.
According to him, the operatives, who were deployed to reinforce security at the station, tried to repel the assailants.
“In the process, we lost two of our men,” he said, pointing out that the number of the attackers had yet to be ascertained.
The attack was said to have caused serious panic among residents of the community.
Gunmen have recently carried out attacks on police stations in Aba, Isialangwa, Uzuakoli and Nkporo.
They also attacked the offices of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Independent National Electoral Commission in Ohafia.

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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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