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Policeman killed, vehicles razed as gunmen attack Ebonyi Police station

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A police sergeant was on Sunday night killed following an attack by gunmen on Ohaukwu divisional police headquarters in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

A section of the station’s building, cars and other valuables were also razed by the hoodlums.

The hoodlums, Daily Trust gathered, attacked the station with petrol bombs and dynamites.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the State, DSP Loveth Odah, and the Ohaukwu Local Government Council Chairman, Barrister Clement Odah, confirmed the incident.

The police spokesman, who explained that the hoodlums were repelled, confirmed that a police sergeant who sustained gunshots injuries during the attack died Monday morning.

The deceased cop died at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, where he was receiving treatment.

Early Monday,  the Police Commissioner, CP Aliyu Garba, and the council’s chairman had visited the station for an on-the-spot assessment.

The Police, on Monday, launched a manhunt for the fleeing gunmen.

The police spokesman said, “At about 23.50hours yet to be identified gunmen came into Ohaukwu Police Divisional headquarters, to attack the station and men on duty, but they were immediately repelled and in the process, one policeman, a sergeant, sustained gunshot injuries and was rushed to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital where he was confirmed dead this morning.

“They threw a petrol bomb into the station and unfortunately it got one of the patrol vehicles and an exhibit vehicle parked in the station.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Garba, has visited the area for an on-the-spot assessment. He also met with the community leaders.

“As you know, this is the first time we are experiencing this and the non-state actors such as the vigilante groups and hunters have been of great assistance to the police in the council area.

On his part, the Council Chairman told our correspondent in a telephone interview that normalcy had returned in the area.

“I called the DPO and he confirmed it. I went there this morning for on-the-spot assessment.

“He said the hoodlums came with dynamites to attack the place. From the report of the police, they lost one of their men during the attack.

“The mobile policemen attached to my local government area command, the Ebubeagu Security operatives joined forces and repelled them.

“I think DCO’s office and the area around the counter, were badly affected.

“I think this has never happened in my local government right from the beginning of the EndSARS protests.

“We never recorded this type of attack. But the place is calm now,” the council boss said.

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Joseph Wayas, former senate president, is dead

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Joseph Wayas, a former president of the senate in the Second Republic

Joseph Wayas, a former president of the senate in the Second Republic, has died at the age of 80.

According to Christian Ita, special adviser to the Cross River governor on media and publicity, Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday in a London hospital.

Ben Ayade, Cross River governor, was quoted as saying Wayas’ death is a “monumental loss” to the state and Nigeria.

The governor said Wayas left “indelible footprints on the sands of time”.

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“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria,” Ayade was quoted as saying.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”

The governor condoled with the family of Wayas and said his death is a “collective loss and the pains a shared one”.

“We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,” he said.

Wayas, born May 21, 1941, served as Nigeria’s senate president between 1979 and 1983.

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BREAKING: Tight Security as hoodlums set Senator Barau’s Kano office on fire

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Senator Barau Jibrin

Security has been beefed up in Kano following an arson attack on the campaign office of Senator Barau Jibrin, a 2023 gubernatorial aspirant in Kano.

Jibrin is one of the key member of the Kano APC G-7 led by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.

The G-7 got a major victory on Tuesday when an FCT High Court recognised executives elected at their ward congress but dissolved those elected by the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje faction.

Hoodlums in their hundreds were said to have attacked the campaign office located on Maiduguri Road in the late hours of Wednesday.

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The affected building is owned by a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Alhaji Musa Gwadabe.

The factional APC state secretariat is heavily guarded by the police.

When contacted to react about the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said they are currently in a meeting over the issue.

But the Commissioner of Police Ismaila Dikko, was quoted to have said already his men have taken over the place.

“We are already in control of the situation, and my Men have fully taken over the place we investigating what happens,” he reportedly said.

The development happened hours after one of the lawyers who represented Shekarau’s faction was locked up in his Kano chamber.

, Jibrin, currently represents Kano North at the senate.

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Heavy casualty as troops pound Boko Haram, ISWAP in Buni Yadi

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The Nigerian Army says the troops of of Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai have again inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists in a fierce battle at Buni Yadi in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the feat was achieved on Tuesday.

Nwachukwu said the terrorists, who frantically attempted to gain access into Buni Yadi, met stiff resistance from troops of 27 Task Force Brigade and Nigerian Army Special Forces School, supported by the Nigerian Air Force component.

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He added that personnel of the Nigerian Police also supported the troops who gallantly fought and overwhelmed the terrorists with superior firepower.

According to him, the ferocious battle forced the criminals to withdraw in different directions having suffered heavy losses.

He said: “Several gun trucks with their occupants were taken out by the troops. Preliminary battle damage assessment revealed the precision with which Air and Land troops engaged the terrorists destroying their gun trucks.

“Exploitation is still ongoing by troops to take out fleeing remnants of the terrorists.”

Nwachukwu said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, had commended the troops for the operational exploit.

“He also charged them to sustain the current operational tempo to deny the criminals freedom of action,” he said.

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