A suspected bandits’ informant identified as Musa Na’umma has set himself ablaze.
Na’umma reportedly took the action after he was arrested by soldiers in Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Soldiers in about 11 military vehicles had stormed the community with a list of about 30 suspected informants.
A source said, “When they came, they began moving from house to house with the list.
“They arrested some suspects, including one woman. One Musa Na’umma was among those arrested.
“When Na’umma was nabbed, he was taken to an army formation in the community and was locked inside a room. However, when a soldier entered the room, the suspect quickly grabbed the soldier’s rifle and struggled with him in the attempt to seize it.
“The suspected informant then fired shot at a jerry can containing petrol and it quickly burst into flames. The soldier then swiftly jumped out of the room leaving the suspect in the raging flames.”
Senator Saidu Dansadau, who represented Zamfara Central between 1999 and 2007, corroborated the information from the source.
Residents said there had been suspicion on how some residents had been dealing with bandits through trading.
The suspected informants are being accused of becoming agents for bandits, selling rustled cows, stolen phones and motorbikes for them.
The residents have, in recent times, become more watchful, scrutinisng the suspects’ activities.
“During the recent nocturnal raid on the community, the voices of some of the informants were heard and identified pin- pointing residential houses for the selected targets of the assailants.”
“I can tell you that about a dozen of youth mostly native inhabitants of Dansadau have drifted to banditry largely through financial inducements from these criminals. They are there with bandits in various camps inside forest,” he added.
The residents of the community had recently drawn the ire of the armed gang for blocking most of the channels they use to get food, especially bread and soft drinks.
The bandits had stepped up assault on the community in retaliation.
When contacted, spokesman for Operation Hadarin Daji in the state, Captain Ibrahim Yahaya, referred our correspondent to the Defence Headquarters.
Buhari commiserates with King Sunny Ade over wife’s death
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with ace musician, King Sunny Ade, over the demise of his wife, Risikat Ajoke Adegeye, who was a member of the 6th Lagos State House of Assembly.
Buhari, in a release on Wednesday by his Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, also condoled with the Lagos State Government, House of Assembly members, her friends and political associates, urging trust in God at this very difficult time.
The President prayed the Almighty God should comfort the deceased’s husband, family and loved ones, while granting her soul eternal rest.
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Tragedy struck Tuesday night in Kogi State as an 18-seater bus plunged into the Black River, a tributary to River Niger, in the Koton Karfe area, killing four of its occupants.
Solomon Agure, Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal road Safety Corps, confirmed that the accident occurred around 7.30pm.
He said the bus with registration number Plateau – JJN 73 XA took off from Ijora Seven Up park in Lagos and was heading for Kano.
According to Agure, four people, including a woman, died in the accident while seven others were critically injured.
The driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle after sleeping off.
The state Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Suleiman Mafara, said after receiving a distress call, his men in conjunction with FRSC officials and volunteer divers moved to the scene.
He said four corpses had been recovered and 13 others rescued alive while one person could not be accounted for.
He added that his men and other Security personnel were working to recover the only person yet to be accounted for.
The recovered corpses, according to Marafa, have been deposited at a mortuary in Lokoja.
He warned drivers and commuters to adhere strictly to road safety guidelines so as to avoid preventable accidents on the highways.
Lagos governor hails Remi Tinubu at 61
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu, on the occasion of her 61st birthday.
Governor Sanwo-Olu described the former First Lady of Lagos State as a great asset to Lagos State and Nigeria, who has contributed immeasurably towards nation-building.
The governor in a statement by Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary, said the three-term senator and philanthropist has contributed immensely to humanity and governance with her laudable programmes as First Lady and currently as a member of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
He added that the federal lawmaker has played critical roles in the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria, thereby setting examples for other women in leadership and governance.
He said, “On behalf of my dear wife, Ibijoke and the good people of Lagos State, I heartily congratulate a political icon, the distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu on the occasion of her 61st birthday celebration.
“Over the years, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has emblazoned her name on the national and international stage as a lover of truth, an advocate of social justice, philanthropist and a loud voice of the voiceless.
“Senator Tinubu’s penchant for diligence and distinction is evident in her contributions to the development of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political landscape as former First Lady in Lagos State and as distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic.
“On this occasion of her 61st birthday, I pray that God will continue to preserve and grant her good health to enable our distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu to render more service to humanity, Nigeria and our beloved State, Lagos.”
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