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Five cops killed as hoodlums attack Enugu police station

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Gunmen on Tuesday morning continued their onslaught on police formations in the South-East as they razed the Iwollo Oghe Police station in the Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

At least five police personnel were reportedly killed in the attack.

It was also learnt most of the vehicles and other property on the premises were burnt down.

Spokesman for the police command, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident.

He said he would not give official statement until the state Police Commissioner, Mohammed Aliyu, returned from his assessment of the damage and casualties.

The spate of attacks on South-East police stations, headquarters and security checkpoints have not spared any of the five states in the region.

Apart from killing cops and setting police vehicles and buildings ablaze, they also set suspects detained by the police.

They have extended the attacks to offices of Independent National Electoral Commission in the region as well as some South-South states such as Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers.

Although no links have been made between these attacks, police sources have speculated on the likely culprits.

Former Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu had accused the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), of carrying out the attacks.

But IPOB has denied any involvement in the attacks. Its spokesman, Emma Powerful, dismissed the allegation, stating that IPOB and the ESN had no involvement in the attacks.

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, recently launched a special operation to curb the increasing violence in the South-East.

The police IG said the ‘Operation Restore Peace’ launched in Enugu was part of a new plan to protect residents and facilities in the five states in the region.

Alikali expressed his readiness to return the South-East region to “its historical pride of place where its people are known to be peaceful, tolerant, innovative, industrious and entrepreneurial.”

He said the operation, which he had also launched in the South-South, would be carried out by the police in collaboration with the armed forces and other security agencies.

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Rail: Lagos to divert traffic at Marina for seven months

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Lagos State Government has announced plans to divert traffic on the National Theatre and Marina axis for the next seven months for works on the Blue Line rail project.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made the announced in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the road diversion would start from Monday Aug. 9, 2021 for a duration of 221 days.
Oladeinde said the diversion was part of the current administration’s mandate to ensure safety of motorists and construction personnel during the course of the construction of Blue Line rail project slated within seven months and a week.

He said that the Traffic Management Plan (T.M.P) would address the impact of the construction work on traffic and subsequently eliminate traffic related issues.
Oladeinde explained that the construction would commence on the Right hand side of the road for a duration of 116 days while the left hand side will take 182 days.
He further stated that some of the works would be done simultaneously as some aspect of the construction would require such attention.
“Motorists would be diverted to the descending ramp of Ebute-Ero to link Marina ring road through a diversion point.
“Alternately, traffic will also be diverted to Chapel Street along Apongbon to access Broad Street.
“Traffic signs and temporary barriers will be mounted along the affected axis to guide motorists on movement during the course of the construction.
“The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be on ground to ensure safety of motorists and efficient access to their destinations,” Oladeinde said.
The state government commended Lagos residents for their endurance and cooperation during the execution of these numerous projects.
Oladeinde, however, assured that the end result of these sacrifices would be a Lagos that is conducive for seamless commercial activities and existence of relevant transport infrastructure to meet the needs of the teeming population.

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Gunmen kill seven, raze 275 houses in Plateau

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Gunmen suspected to be herders have killed seven persons when they attacked some communities within Miango, Irigwe chiefdom in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Several persons were also injured and 275 buildings razed by the attackers
The survivors claimed herdsmen were involved in the attack said to have occurred between 7pm on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday.
Spokesman for the state police command, ASP Gabriel Uba, said only four persons were killed, while 50 houses were burnt.
He said, “On 31/07/2021, the command received a report that there was a conflict between gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia and youths from Irigwe at Jebbu Miango, Bassa LGA of Plateau State.
“Unfortunately, 50 houses were torched and four natives were also shot dead. Upon receipt of the report, the tactical team of the command was immediately deployed to the scene to tighten the security of the area and restore peace.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, with other senior officers of the command visited the scene and has ordered a discreet investigation to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act. Normalcy has been restored in that area.”

 

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Three killed, houses burnt in fresh Imo attack

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Three persons were feared killed on Sunday in an attack on Okporo community in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
Many houses were also burnt during the attack which involved shooting, causing stampede and destruction of other property.
Okporo-Nnepi Orlu has been embroiled in crisis since last week when some bandits engaged police men in gun battle that claimed lives of about six bandits and a Divisional Police Officer, CSP Fatmann Dooiyor.
The incident led to the closure of the timber and building materials market by the traders in solidarity with the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kànu, whose trial was to commence on Monday, July 26 but was later adjourned.
The residents said no group had claimed responsibility for the Sunday attack that caused monumental damage to several properties, including motor bikes and vehicles.
Soldiers were drafted to take over the market believed to have been used as a shield by the bandits during the attack.

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