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Bandits attack Kaduna communities again, kill 13 people



Bandits have killed at least 13 persons, including a toddler in multiple fresh attacks on communities Kaduna State.

The affected communities are located in Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Chikun local government areas of the state.

Seven people were also said to have been injured, 56 houses and 16 motorcycles burnt by the hoodlums during the attacks.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the killings in a statement issued in Kaduna.

According to him, the killings were reported to the Kaduna State Government by troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

He said, in Gora Gan village, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, bandits killed one Irmiya Godwin who was returning from the farm while his brother escaped.

The commissioner said in another incident in Kizachi village, Kauru Local Government Area, bandits killed 10 people, while four others were injured, adding that 56 houses and 16 motorcycles, including several barns were burnt.

He listed those killed as Esther Bulus and her one year-old daughter, Maria Bulus. Others include, Lami Bulus, Aliyu Bulus, Monday Joseph, Geje Abuba Wakili Filibus, Yakubu Ali.Dije Waziri and Joseph Ibrahim.

The statement said in the attack on Masaka village, Chikun LGA, one Duza Bamaiyi was killed, and two other persons were injured.

According to the commissioner, troops were eventually mobilised to the location to repel the bandits.

The statement further said in Kurmin village, Chikun LGA, bandits killed one Zakka Pada and injured one Pada Dalle during the attack.

Aruwan said, “Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the report with sadness, and prayed for the repose of the souls of the slain, while sending condolences to their families. He wished the injured citizens quick recovery.”

Kaduna State has been under intense attack by bandits with cases of killings and kidnappings occurring almost on a daily basis, and Governor El-Rufai has vowed not to negotiate with the criminals.


Father, daughters, relation die after ‘amala’ meal in Kogi



Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Edward Egbuk

The people of Mopa town in the Mopa-Muro Local Government Area of Kogi State have been thrown into mourning following the mysterious death of four members of a family after reportedly eating a cassava flour meal known as ‘Amala.’

The deceased died in quick succession between Friday, September 30 and Sunday, October 2.

Those who died included the family head, Pa. Motilewa, two daughters and a girl who is said to be their relation.

One of the deceased daughters identified as Motun was a National Certificate of Education holder and teacher in the town. The mother, however, miraculously survived.

The event has left residents of the town and the entire neighbourhood in mourning, fear and confusion, with many calling for an investigation into the death of the family members.

It was gathered that the family prepared the ‘Amala’ meal from the left over of cassava flour from which they had previously made and eaten ‘Fufu’. They were said to have spread the processed shafts in the sun to dry for some days.


The dried flakes were subsequently ground into soft powder which was used for ‘Amala’ which they ate on Thursday evening, before retiring to bed.

An eyewitness reported that the victims became sick overnight and efforts were made to stabilise them. Unfortunately, the youngest member of the family passed away on Friday, quickly followed on Saturday by the relation living with the family.

With the sudden passage, the others were moved to the highly rated ECWA Hospital, Egbe, for better medical attention.

Sadly, the eldest of the daughters, Motun, gave up the ghost at about 3:00am Sunday. The father also died later the same Sunday.

At the time of filing this report, the mother, identified as Molomo, was still alive in the hospital and under a close observation.

Members of the community are said to be suspecting foul play in the sudden death and have, therefore, suspended the burial for proper investigations to unravel the cause of their deaths.

“We are shocked. I have never seen a thing like this. We suspect that someone may have poisoned the food. For what? We cannot tell. I’m confused and in pains. This is too much to bear,” a member of the family lamented.

Earlier in August this year, five persons lost their lives after eating a cassava flour meal prepared at their family house in Usugnwe-Okaito, Okehi local government area of Kogi State.


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Building collapse claims one as flood displaces 651,053 in Anambra communities



Flood in Anambra

One person died in Enugu-Otu, Aguleri in Anambra State, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed.

The Acting State Coordinator, Mr. Thickman Tanimu who disclosed this to reporters on Monday, said the deceased, identified as Ginikanwa Izuoba passed on following sudden collapse of his apartment occasioned by impact of the flood.

He further hinted that no fewer than 651,053 persons were rendered homeless by the disaster in six local government areas of the state.

He added that Ogbaru Local Government Area recorded highest number of victims followed by Anambra East and West Local Government Areas.


“NEMA, accompanied by officials of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpunando, Igbedo, Inoma and Ifite-Ogwari all in Anambra East and Anyamelum Council Areas,” he said.

Appreciating Anambra SEMA for taking certain proactive measures to mitigate impact of the disaster, Tanimu identified such measures to include identification of 13 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, recruitment of camp managers, support staff and activation of health workers to work with people in the camps.

“The camps so far activated include the Ifite-Ogwari and Igbakwu Health Centres,” he added.

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Father Mbaka Removed From Adoration Ministry As Worshippers Attack Priest Brought As Replacement



Ejike Mbaka

… Fr Amadi replaces Mbaka

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