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Shooting at Zaria polytechnic as gunmen abduct students, lecturers

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Many students and lecturers of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, in Kaduna State have been abducted by gunmen who invaded the institution last night.

A student was shot and several others were wounded during the attack, it was learnt.

It was not clear as of press time how many people were kidnapped by the attackers as the news has thrown the whole town and indeed the state into confusion with parents and relations of students and lecturers in the polytechnic rushing to the institution,

This is coming less than two weeks after 14 abducted students of Greenfield University who had spent 40 days in captivity were freed. The abductors had earlier killed five of the kidnapped students.

The students were abducted from the private university in Kaduna State on April 20 after bandits invaded their hostels.

The Kaduna State Government has adopted a policy of not negotiating with kidnappers, saying it encourages more kidnappings.

 

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Panic in Lagos as truck plungs into crowded BRT terminal

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There was apprehension on Sunday in Oshodi, Lagos State, as many were almost crushed to death when a truck overturned and fell into the Bus Rapid Transit terminal.
The trailer with registration number, KTU 437 XU, heading towards Mile 2 at about  pm reportedly developed a mechanical fault while descending Oshodi Bridge.

Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident.

He said, “A distress call was received from Director of Operations, LASTMA, about an empty trailer that plunged into the above location.
“The agency team at the main base immediately activated the LASEMA response plan and moved to the incident scene.

“On arrival at the scene of the incident, the LRT discovered a trailer with number plate, KTU 437 XU, overturned due to mechanical fault (brake failure) while descending the bridge and fell into the BRT terminal, thereby obstructing the axis.”

He said no casualty was recordedasof 4.30pm.
“The agency team and LASTMA are joint responders making efforts to evacuate the impediment off the road. Operations ongoing,” he added.

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Ibadan-based radio presenter, Ejanla, shot dead

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An-Ibadan based journalist and On-Air Personality (OAP), Titus Badejo, aka Ejanla, has been killed by gunmen.
He was gunned down on Saturday night in the Oluyoye area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Badejo, who worked with Space FM and later Naija FM in Ibadan, was killed a week after he celebrated his 40th birthday.
He was reportedly murdered outside a club at Oluyole Estate, Ibadan around 11:30pm.
Ejanla, who also acted in movies, was said to have been in the company with some of his friends since 9pm in the club.
He was said to have been shot when he was about leaving around 11:30pm.
His body has been taken to the mortuary at Adeoyo Hospital, Ring Road, Ibadan.

The Oyo State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the murder of Badejo by unknown gunmen.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident in a text message sent to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.
He said investigations were ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and apprehend the assailants.
He stated, “At about 0730hrs, Sunday 20th June 2021, One Damilola Afolabi ‘m’, Manager, at Club 407,Oluyole Ibadan, reported at the Oluyole Divisional Police Headquarters that on Saturday, 19th June, 2021, one Titus Badejo, Journalist and freelance disc jockey with the club, was shot outside the club’s premises by unknown assailants.
“However, comprehensive investigations are in top gear to unravel circumstances surrounding the incident and to apprehend the assailants. Verifiable updates would be provided soonest.”

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Police foil bandits attack on Benue cell, kill 14

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The police on Sunday killed 14 bandits during a gun battle with some attackers of a police cell in the Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of the Benue State.
The bandits were said to have attempted to free some inmates of the police cell.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, DSP Catherine Anene, in a statement made available to newsmen in Makurdi, said the armed bandits, who came in large numbers, attempted to rescue their colleagues in police custody on Sunday morning.
She said the foiled attempt followed series of security operations going on in the Kastina-Ala area of the state during which some bandits were arrested and held in police custody.
“These activities are geared towards a total clampdown on bandits activities in the area.
“On 19th June 2021, five bandits were arrested and detained at Kastina-Ala Police Division for investigation and prosecution.
“On 20th June 2021 at about 1:30 am more than fifty other gang members of the detainees mobilized and invaded the police station to rescue their counterparts.
“Officers at the division, who were already at alert, engaged them in a gun duel and were able to subdue the bandits.
“Fourteen (14) of them were brought down during the exchange of fire while several others escaped with gunshot injuries,” Anene stated.
The PPRO added that operatives in the area are currently on the trail of suspects at large just as she urged the residents of Kastina-Ala town to remain calm and avail every useful information about the bandits to the police.

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