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Again, robbers attack Ogun Poly students, kill one, shoot 9

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Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Alamutu Abiodun

Again, robbers attack Ogun Poly students, kill one, shoot 9

Suspected armed robbers have reportedly attacked students of the Gateway Polytechnic (ICT), Sapaade, Ogun State, killing one and shooting nine others.

The fresh attack is coming barely a week after students protested the alleged robbery and rape of female students of the polytechnic by the hoodlums.

It was gathered that students residing at the off-campus hotels located at Ode, Ipara and Isara, all adjoining communities to Sapaade, the host of the institution were mostly affected by the incident.

Following the students’ protest last week on Tuesday, the management shut down the institution for three days to restore sanity to the polytechnic.

The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu also held a meeting with the students’ leaders over the rising tension around the students’ communities.

However, the suspected robbers returned to Ode, one of the communities in the early hours of Saturday and attacked students.

One of the students told Daily Trust that the gun-wielding hoodlums invaded the students’ hotels around 3 pm and unleashed terror on them. The source added that the attack which took place in the Larufi area of Ode left one dead and nine others injured including a landlord.

In some of the viral clips of the attack, our correspondent observed shattered doors, broken windows and walls riddled with bullet holes.

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It was gathered that the robbers used heavy stones to break some windows to force their way into the hotels.

“I heard a gunshot around 3 am and when I woke up this morning, I was told they shot nine students and one landlord. They were taken to the hospital, but one died. They stole a car to escape,” one of the students told our correspondent.

A senior lecturer at the polytechnic confirmed the attack to Daily Trust, saying six were shot of which one died.

“According to the story I heard, the guy that was shot (dead) is not our student, he graduated last session hopefully expecting to come back for his HND next session,” the lecturer said.

He described incessant attacks on students as unfortunate.

“It is quite unfortunate that the government has deviated from the agreement between the state and citizens. Protection of lives and property are nothing to write home about in this country where our environment is not left out,” the lecturer added.

The Police Spokesman, Omolola Odutola, has not responded to calls and messages from our correspondent as of the time of this report.

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When contacted, the CP’s orderly picked up his call and asked our correspondent to call back in two hours because he (Alamutu) was in a meeting. Moreso, when our correspondent called after two hours, the CP’s line rang out.

The institution’s Head of Public Relations, Ms Adedayo Folorunsho, declined comment on the attack.

She, however, said “the security agencies should be allowed to do their jobs.”

Meanwhile, the student union of the polytechnic has passed a vote of no confidence in Governor Dapo Abiodun over the security challenges in the students’ communities.

A statement signed by the SUG President, Olatunji Idowu Alexander read, “Sequel to the incessant robbery attacks on the student of the Gateway ICT Polytechnic Saapade, the Student Union and students’ leaders of Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade is exhausted with what we described as unattainable promises, miscalculated and undue priorities on insecurity by the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun and the security apparatus within the axis of Ipara, Ode and Isara.

“As the student union body, we expect that the institution which is just a few minute’s drive to the Governor’s residence should be dear to the heart of the Governor in providing adequate security for the environment. The students have lost confidence in the deliverables of the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun as it concerns student safety, they strongly condemn the absolute negligence and drastically too slow pace of responsibilities towards these concerns.

“The poor security systems, that has resulted in cases of rape, theft, killing of students, robbery, assault and destruction of properties on campus and around. The learning conditions for students on the campus have become unbearable.”

Again, robbers attack Ogun Poly students, kill one, shoot 9

 

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Police release LP chairman, Abure, on bail

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Julius Abure, the national chairman of the Labour Party

Police release LP chairman, Abure, on bail

Julius Abure, the national chairman of the Labour Party, has been released on bail after being arrested on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State’s capital, by Zone 5 Police Headquarters operatives.

It was alleged that his detention was the consequence of a petition sent to the zone by the Inspector General of Police’s office in Abuja.

After his release about 2 a.m. on Thursday, Abure addressed his followers, saying the effort to liberate the people does not come easy.

He said his persecution, meant to destabilize the party, started after the general election in 2023.

Abure said the state chairman, Kelly Ogbaloi, and the state youth leader were still being held and would likely be released later today.

He said, “Let me appreciate all of you for the solidarity, for the support and your commitment. No struggle to liberate the country comes easy. In many countries of the world where freedom fighters have fought for the emancipation of the people, freedom fighters suffer injustice, suffer prosecution and it is what is happening to me and my other colleagues since after the general election.

“After the general election, they have been trying to instigate crises in the party. They try to bring false accusations against us. They talked about forgery against us at a time when it didn’t work. They came with embezzlement.

“Any person that is aggrieved in the party, they go and instigate them to write a petition against us. The irony is that the police even act on those, and at the end of the day, they discover that those things are false.

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“Yesterday, we were making arrangements for the Edo State primaries and of course, the police swooped on us and arrested us over what I will not want to discuss now because the investigation is still going on and therefore we would not want to preempt them.

“But I must state clearly that following several interventions, they have graciously released me on bail except for the Edo State Chairman of the party, Kelly Ogbaloi and the youth leader. They (police) have also promised that by the early hours of Thursday, they will release them. We are hoping that they will fulfil their promise and release them.

“Whatever is happening to me will not discourage me from the struggle. We must continue to pursue the cause of the people. We must continue to fight for our people until we liberate them. I have said it, and I will say it again, it is not capturing power that matters. It is what you do with power.

“Today, APC is in power. Life has become more unbearable for the people. Today, the dollar is exchanging for almost N2,000. Fuel today is sold for N700 per litre. There is even scarcity now, and the price is likely going to increase.

“Inflation, even though it is double digit, it is now above 31 per cent, unemployment has increased, and a bag of rice today is sold for N120, 000, and the minimum wage is N30, 000. You can see the paradox. You can see the irony and Nigerians are in for a difficult time.”

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Boat crash kills two in Lagos, 15 rescued

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Two persons have been confirmed dead in a boat accident recorded in the Ikoyi area of Lagos and 15 other passengers rescued.

The incident happened at Powerline, the Ikoyi Link Bridge, on Wednesday evening.

It was learnt that a 17-passenger boat heading for Ikorodu unexpectedly collapsed.

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) claims that an increase in tide was the cause of the collision.

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It said that the rider rammed into a high-tension pole that was flooded by water which led to the capsize of the boat.

The agency confirmed that two persons, a male and a female died from the accident, adding that 15 others were rescued unhurt.

LASWA said the deceased female was retrieved from the water while a search was on for the male.

It said: “The body of an adult female was retrieved from the water and subsequently transported from the incident scene to LASWA head office at Falomo before being was confirmed dead by the LRU paramedics.

“The adult female remains have been bagged and await the arrival of the SEHMU officials.

The search for the body of the adult male is ongoing,” it said.

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Tragedy: Prophet drowns in Lagos beach during Church gathering for Valentine

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Tragedy: Prophet drowns in Lagos beach during Church gathering for Valentine

A fun-seeking Lagos-based prophet, Oriyomi Remilekun, was said to have drowned during a beach hangout in the Ajah area of the state to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the deceased led some youths of his white garment church to the Avista Beach situated in the area on Saturday, February 17, to commemorate the Day.

A source privy to the incident told our correspondent that the picnic which lasted through the evening had ended when the whereabouts of the late Oriyomi became unknown.

The colleagues were said to have immediately launched a search for him but efforts to locate him proved abortive.

The source said, “The youths of the church parish at Gbagada were on a planned Valentine’s Day love feast at the Avista Beach Resort and they were 16 in number. They first lodged at a shortlet apartment very close to the resort where they had a party before later moving into the beach resort.

“Around 9pm, they prepared to leave and when they got to the car park, they discovered that Oriyomi was missing. When they asked his girlfriend, she said he gave her his phone, went in and promised to come back. They later went to the beach, searched for him and could not find him before they left.”

The colleagues were said to have returned to the beach on Sunday morning to continue the search but still could not find him. They later lodged a report at the nearest police station.

When contacted, the management of Avista Beach confirmed the incident but told our correspondent that the remains of Oriyomi were washed ashore on a separate beach located in the community on Monday.

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Speaking on Tuesday, a member of the management team who craved not to be mentioned due to the sensitive nature of the incident said, “On Sunday afternoon, we saw a group of people with police officers from Ogombo Police Station who told us they came to report that someone was missing at the beach. They invited us to the station and we wrote our statement. After that, the police invited the remaining colleagues. About three hours after they were invited, we got a call that a body had been found at Baracuda Beach Resort. The guys did not lodge at the resort and the body was not found there. They started the search around 9pm and that time in Lagos is just like early morning. Why didn’t they raise the alarm but instead went home that night? This is a beach resort where everybody comes and goes home.”

People familiar with the late prophet have mourned him while reacting to social media posts announcing his demise.

A Facebook user, Erinle Abel, who expressed sadness over his death wrote, “Honestly, I have never met a prophet that is gifted without blemish, humble in spirit and character, very active in the vineyard and respectful to both the young and old. Our meeting was during our harvest week and since then he had been a blessing to me. It is so unfortunate that you have to leave untimely. May God rest your soul and bless your church with more truthful prophets like you.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware of the incident. “I am not aware,” he said.

Tragedy: Prophet drowns in Lagos beach during Church gathering for Valentine

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