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Bandits block Gusau-Sokoto highway, abduct 26 passengers

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Bandits block Gusau-Sokoto highway, abduct 26 passengers

Bandits operating along the Gusau-Sokoto highway struck again on Tuesday afternoon, abducting more than 26 people.

The incident occurred near Kwaren Kirya village in Zamfara State’s Maru Local Government Area, where assailants blocked the road and took people from a Toyota 18-seater bus and a Volkswagen Golf.

According to a resident of the neighborhood who spoke on condition of anonymity owing to security concerns, the frequency of such attacks is worrying, with robbers now blocking the road every day.

“As I’m talking to you now, about 30 minutes ago, these bandits have blocked another side of the road. They cleared the passengers of an 18-seater bus and a golf. The situation is worrisome because it has become an everyday thing for these people to be blocking the road,” the source stated.

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The resident also raised concerns about the village of Balge along the highway, alleging that it serves as a hideout for suspected bandits.

“There is a village when you pass that Kwaren Kirya called Balge, about 80% of settlers in that village are bandits,” the source added. “There was a time they were chased out of the place but a majority of the people there were bandits. We just need the government to help us and station military around the area.”

Calls have been made for increased security measures in the area, urging the government to deploy security outposts to curb the activities of criminals.

As of now, police authorities in the state have not issued any statements regarding the latest abduction incident.

Bandits block Gusau-Sokoto highway, abduct 26 passengers

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Oromoni’s death natural but avoidable, coroner rules

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Oromoni’s death natural but avoidable, coroner rules 

Sylvester Oromoni died of a natural cause and not due to any action by his school, Down College, or accused five students of the college.

This is the verdict of a coroner, Mikhail Kadiri, who presided over the matter on Monday during a seven-hour magistrate court sitting in Ogba, Lagos.

The judgement coming after a two-year inquiry, affirmed that the 12-year-old died of sepsis emanating from an infection of the lungs and kidney due to an ankle injury.

The coroner however said his death was an avoidable case of parents and medical team’s negligence.

Sylvester Oromoni Junior who was a student of Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos, died on November 30, 2021.

The coroner cleared the five students of the college accused in the case, ruling that they played no part in the death of Sylvester and should not have been involved in the matter.

He also advised parents not to take their children’s health with levity.

The magistrate also called for better cooperation between the police and medical team and that the police must exercise caution before making arrests in the future.

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Ekpa offers to strengthen Israeli army with 15,000 IPOB ‘troops’

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Ekpa offers to strengthen Israeli army with 15,000 IPOB ‘troops’

A factional leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Simon Ekpa, has offered military support to the Israeli government in its fight against Hamas militants and Iran.

Ekpa, in a statement on his verified X page on Sunday, noted that no fewer than 15000 well-trained Biafran Liberation troops are ready to support Israel “if need be.”

Ekpa’s statement comes after Iran fired missiles at Israel in retaliation for the attack on its embassy without an adequate response from the United Nations Security Council.

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Reacting to Iran’s attack on Israel, Ekpa stated that “the Biafran government is ready to help Israel with ground forces if needed, up to 15,000 well-trained Biafran Liberation troops. The Biafran government will also offer maximum protection to @IsrealinNigeria within 4 hours of notice.”

It will be recalled that the factional leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra has been declared wanted by the Defense Headquarters over terrorism.

Newstrends reports that he was declared wanted by the DHQ along with no fewer than 96 people. They include terrorists and rebels, wanted for their involvement in terrorism in the country.

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Drunk driver crushes 3 sisters to death in Nasarawa

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Drunk driver crushes 3 sisters to death in Nasarawa

Suleiman Ozakwo’s family in Anguwar Baiyi, Toto LGA, Nasarawa State, was devastated when a drunk man, Ya Zakari, drove a Toyota Corolla and crushed three of their daughters.

A family member, Saidu Alhassan, told City & Crime that the event occurred on Friday at 4 p.m.

He added that the three teenage sisters, Nusaiba, Maryam, and Rumaisa, were crushed after they left their home as usual to pay Sallah visit to their uncle’s wife, a few meters from the ohinoyi’s palace.

He said, “They were walking on the shoulder of the road while coming back from their uncle’s place when a drunk man on speed ran into them with his car, killing them on the spot.”

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He further said that the suspect was apprehended and taken to the police station, but that later a mob asked the police for the vehicle he drove which they set ablaze.

The father of the deceased children, Suleiman Ozakwo, who also spoke with our reporter, described their death as untimely, even as he said he could not challenge God for the tragedy and asked people to join in praying for the souls of his daughters to continue to rest in peace.

When City & Crime visited the police station, a police officer who preferred anonymity, said, “The man was arrested as he was drunk when he crashed his car into the three teenage girls and killed them on the spot. He will be arraigned in court on Monday.”

Drunk driver crushes 3 sisters to death in Nasarawa

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