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Buhari condoles with civil society over Chukwuma’s death

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of Innocent Chukuma, civil society leader, who died on Sunday at the age of 55.

He died Saturday evening in Lagos after he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, an aggressive cancer of the blood.

Chukwuma, who had a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Leicester in the UK, served from January 2013 until recently, as the Ford Foundation’s representative for West Africa.

He founded CLEEN Foundation and was one of the students within the NANS platform that opposed the arbitrary powers of military rule in the 1980s.

At the Civil Liberties Organisation, he led the research and advocacy on police reform.

Buhari, in a statement on Sunday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the deceased as a credible voice of transparency, who died when the nation needed his services most.

“His demise will be badly felt because of his great contributions to our efforts to ensure transparency and good governance under our democratic system,” the President said.

Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education and the CLEEN Foundation have also expressed sadness over the death of Innocent Chukwuma and spokesman for the Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.

Their messages are contained in separate statements.

CHRICED’s Executive Director, Dr Ibrahim Zikirullahi, stated, “There is no mistake in the fact that the demise of these two committed and courageous comrades is a big blow to Nigeria’s community of activists and the nation at large.”

Prof. Etannibi Alemika of CLEEN Foundation said Chukwuma was a patriot who throughout his adult life struggled for a Nigerian nation where peace, justice, development and security are attained and sustained.

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Bandits kill seven vigilantes in Zamfara, burn armoured vehicle

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Seven vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai have been killed in an attack by suspected bandits on Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The armed criminals reportedly invaded the community around 3am firing several shots in the air and then went into some houses abducting 13 people, including women.
Dansadau, a community located 100km south of Gusau, the state capital, has suffered series of deadly raids.
The armed men decided to spike their assaults on the community after the local vigilantes extra judicially executed suspected bandits some months back.
The residents of the community also blocked the suspected bandits from getting foods such as bread and soft drinks from the local traders in the community.
The bandits who were apparently angered by the moves blocked the residents of the community who are largely farmers from accessing their farmlands in retaliation.
Dozens of farmers have been killed or abducted since the start of this year’s cropping season.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

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Four policemen killed in Enugu gunmen attack on checkpoint

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Unidentified armed men have killed four policemen during an attack on a police checkpoint in Obeagu-Amechi community of Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Besides the security operatives, many residents and passers-by, who ran into the incident, were reportedly killed or severely wounded by stray bullets during the gunfight.
The policemen were said to have repelled the attack, although there were casualties on both sides.
Eyewitnesses said the attack, which started at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday at a busy spot at Mmiri Ocha Amodu, lasted till 7pm.
A source, who craved anonymity, said he identified four policemen, one pastor and a neighbourhood watch officer among the dead who have been taken to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla mortuary.
The source said, “The gun battle between the policemen and the unknown gunmen was too heavy.
“The entire area was thrown into confusion as everybody within the scene scampered for safety.
“We have not experienced this type of incident in this area. It happened along Obeagu–Amechi Road to Agbani Nkanu a few kilometres from Enugu State capital.”
However, the operatives of the Amagunze police division, who were quickly alerted, ambushed the gunmen as they attempted to escape and shot dead some of them, according to the source, who also added that a police patrol van was set ablaze by the gunmen during the attack.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident but was silent on the number of casualties.
Ndukwe said: “Information surrounding the shooting incidents in the evening hours of today, 21/07/2021, where police operatives were allegedly attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South LGA and Amagunze in Nkanu East LGA is still sketchy.”
He said preliminary investigation had commenced, assuring that further development would be communicated.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has offered automatic employment to the wives of the slain police officers.
He also paid three-month salaries of their late husbands including other cash donations.
The governor announced the employment offer when he paid condolence visits to families of some of the slain police officers.
He, however, said the employment offer could be swapped for scholarship for their children up to secondary school.

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Nine die, 16 injured in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident

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Nine people have been confirmed dead in an accident involving two vehicles on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Wednesday.
Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ahmed Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria that apart from the nine that died, 16 other persons sustained varying degrees of injuries.
He said the accident occurred at about 3.45pm around Wich Tech Company, near Danco Station on the busy expressway.
He said the accident involved a commercial white Mazda bus, with registration number: APP 28 YE, and a blue Volvo truck, with no number plate.
The sector commander further stated that the accident involved 25 persons.
He said the corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Idera Hospital, Sagamu, while the survivors were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
Umar said the cause of the accident could be traced to speed limit violation and overloading on the part of the commercial bus driver.
He added that the commercial bus lost control due to excessive speeding and rammed into the truck.
The sector commander said that clearing of obstruction caused by the crash by the FRSC officials and other sister agencies had commenced.

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