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Gunmen strike again in Anambra, kill five, burn vigilance office

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  • Panic in Onitsha as truckload of live bullets falls

Five persons on Sunday night were killed by unidentified gunmen who attacked Ozubulu community in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The office of the local Vigilance outfit in the area and a vehicle were also set by the gunmen.

This occurred some hours after the fall of a truck loaded with live bullets in the commercial city of Onitsha also in Anambra, still causing panic among residents of the area.

A businessman from Ozubulu was one of those killed, while the identity of the other casualties could not be immediately ascertained.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ikenga Tochukwu, who confirmed the incident, said, “Yes, there was an attack in Ozubulu, but not the police station. Rather, it was the vigilante office in the area.

“They came in Sienna vehicles and motorcycles and attacked the office. Security operatives have been deployed to the area and normalcy has been restored. ” but an eyewitness said that he saw five bodies at the scene of the incident after the attack.

The Onitsha incident involved a Mercedes Benz 911 truck, which fell along Awka road in the city in the early hours of Sunday.

It was said to carry cartons of bullets, which got spilled into the drains after the truck skidded off the road and fell.

The contents was said to have made early morning worshippers to raise the alarm, which attracted the presence of security men who cordoned off the arena

It was gathered the truck was moving the goods out of Onitsha to an unidentified location when the driver lost control and skidded off the road, making it fall into a ditch.

Another source said the truck fell around 5am when the driver and his conductor, after sustaining minor injuries, tried to evacuate and conceal the contents.

The source said, “But they could not do much before daybreak when some police operatives arrived at the accident scene only to discover the truck was loaded with live bullets.”

Tochukwu also confirmed that there was a lone accident in the area but added that he had not been briefed about the content of the truck.

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NCAA: FG set to regulate use of drones

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The Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, has said there is a need for strong regulatory framework for the deployment of drones to ensure safety and security.

Nuhu said this in his presentation, ‘Drone Essence, Growth and Regulations in Nigeria’, at the Airport Business Summit on Cargo & Aero Logistics and Drone Technology Expo, in Lagos on Wednesday.

He said the huge demand for drones and the pace of development of the market was incredibly fast, hence the need for regulation.

He said drones were originally developed for the military and airspace industries, but were now being used for monitoring climate change, goods delivery, search and rescue operations, filming agricultural surveillance and so on.

Nuhu said the NCAA and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) would synergise with the government and stakeholders to mitigate risks to national security and public safety, posed by people who were wrongly deploying drones.

He said, “Drones can be referred to as the following; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs).

“Drones have a long and established history that dates back to centuries, but presently there is a paradigm shift.

“Their original use was as a weapon in the form of remotely-guided aerial missile deployers. However, today, drones have found a wide range of applications for civilian use. Its essence can be described with one word ‘Versatility.’

“Currently, there is a huge demand for drones. The pace of development of the drone market, both recreational and commercial is incredibly fast.”

According to the NCAA boss, there is a need for regulation of this versatile technology and regulations will create a level playing field for RPAS/UAV operators.

He said, “Safety is key to the Nigerian Airspace System. Our goal for unmanned aircraft remains complete and total integration of safety and security is a shared responsibility for stakeholders and UAV operators.

“We must ensure that the Nigerian Airspace remains safe and that the benefits of UAV operations are well understood and implemented.

“I have no doubt that the current legal framework and collaboration with operators, stakeholders and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) will provide a robust structure and system for the regulation of drone operation and its structured growth in Nigeria.”

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Gumi accuses security forces of working with bandits

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Prominent Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, says security operatives are working with the bandits that are attacking innocent people, places and kidnapping across the country.

He made the allegation on Wednesday when he featured on Arise TV, accusing some security personnel of giving the armed gangs a soft landing.

Gumi, who described banditry as a business, said gunmen would not have had access to weapons without the support of some security personnel.

He said, “These bandits, if you don’t know, are cooperating with a lot of bad elements in our security system. This is a business. So many people are involved, you’ll be so surprised.”

“They were caught in Zamfara; they were caught everywhere, how do these big weapons cross our borders? How can these big weapons cross our borders and get into the forest without the cooperation of some bad element of the security operatives assisting them? It’s not possible. If I give you the same amount of guns can you take it to the UK? You can’t, because the security is alert.”

He said it was unfair to compare bandits with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

According to him, while bandits abduct people for money, IPOB militants attack security operatives and destroy government facilities.

“IPOB is attacking the police, the army, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other government institutions; killing our men in service,” he said.

“And the herdsmen are kidnapping children not to kill them but to get money; so how can you compare somebody who is killing our gallant men directly to somebody who is kidnapping children to make money and not to kill them. Look, we need some fairness in what we are doing,” he added.

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Police shot dead bandit trying to abduct expatriate in Kaduna

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The police say they have shot dead a suspected kidnapper while trying to abduct an expatriate in Dankande, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The bandit and his colleagues had reportedly laid ambush for the expatriate at Plan Farm Phase when the security operatives ran into them.

The police said they had to engage them in a gun battle, leading to the killing of one of the bandits.

The incident reportedly occurred on Monday at 9.31pm in which four fully-loaded AK47 magazines were also recovered.

A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige, said the body of the bandit had been recovered.

He said, “On the 21st June, 2021 at about 9.31pm while on escort duty of an expatriate to Plan Farm Phase at Dankande area of Igabi LGA, police officers ran into an ambush laid by suspected armed bandits in their desperate attempt to kidnap the expatriate.

“The gun duel with the bandits lasted for some time but the operatives were able to repel the bandits and secure the Indian expatriate unhurt. Meanwhile, the bandits fled into the forest with bullet wounds.

“A joint team of the police and military personnel while on search of the area on 22nd June, 2021 recovered the lifeless body of one of the bandit, four AK47 magazines fully loaded with 120 rounds of live 7.62 X 39mm ammunitions and a mobile phone.”

He added the recovered body had been deposited at the morgue while forensic analysis of the phone was being carried out in order to get more details on the gang, their activities as well and location.

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