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Bandits invade Niger churches, kill pastor, abduct five women

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Bandits have killed a 37-year-old pastor with the Evangelical Church Winning All in Chikuba town in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Reverend Jeremiah Ibrahim, abducted his wife and four other women.

Secretary of the Minna District Council of ECWA, Reverend Adamu Na’Allah, disclosed this in Minna on Monday.

Ibrahim, who had been transferred out of the town and replaced by another pastor, came to join his successor for the church harvest.

Na’Allah said the bandits attacked the clergy house before they could start the harvest.

The two pastors had reportedly hidden in the ceiling of the house and came down when they thought the coast was clear. Unknown to them, the bandits were still around.

Ibrahim, who came down first, was said to have been killed by the bandits.

He said five others, all women, were abducted by the bandits, including the deceased’s wife.

The hoodlums have demanded N50m for the release of the wife.

Na’Allah said people in a neighbouring Kuchi village were kidnapped by the same set of bandits, who later released five of them and killed one because the uniform of a vigilance group was found on him.

The bandits were also reported to have demanded N1.2m for the remaining victims.

 

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Each state government gets 20 trucks of rice from FG

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Each state government gets 20 trucks of rice from FG

The Federal Government has given 20 trucks of rice each to the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, said this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Monday.

He said it was the first step by the FG to address the issue of food shortage in the country.

He appealed to the governors to ensure effective distribution of the food item to the most vulnerable in the society.

The nation’s inflation figure has reached a new high of 34.19% for June 2024, according to the latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

This was largely due to a rise in food inflation for June 2024 in comparison with May 2024.

The food inflation rate in June 2024 was put at 2.55%, showing a 0.26% increase compared to 2.28% in May 2024.

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Reactions as Benue varsity lecturer assaults student during class (Video)

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Mr. Ichor Tersagh

Reactions as Benue varsity lecturer assaults student during class (Video)

A viral video showing a lecturer, Mr. Ichor Tersagh, at the Benue State University (BSU) in Makurdi,  physically assaulting a young man has sparked outrage on social media.

According to sources, Mr. Ichor Tersagh is a visiting lecturer at Benue State University (BSU) from the Department of Microbiology at Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.

From the video obtained by GWG.ng online, Tersagh was seen grabbing the man by the collar, slapping and striking the student on the head with his fist, repeatedly.

A student who pleaded anonymity  revealed that a group of students, including a 100-level student, accidentally walked into Mr. Tersagh’s lecture room, not realizing that a class was already underway.

The student said, “We 300 level students were having a lecture with the man – the lawless lecturer and our 100 level students were supposed to have a lecture at the same venue.

“Normally, our class was to last for two hours, from 10 am to 12 am. It seems those who produced the timetable made a mistake because the 100 level students were also supposed to have a class by 11am at the same venue.

“To them, the lecture theater should be free, so they were trooping in trying to get a space not knowing that a lecturer was still in class. That was how this man asked the young student to come back and started assaulting him physically.”

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However, others claim that the victim of the assault was not a student but a hawker. Whatever, those who reacted said that whether student or hawker that the victim should not have been so assaulted.

The action of the lecturer has since sparked condemnation online. See some reactions from netizens on X:

@peculiarpat1 said, “If this young man decides to fight for his right instantly, you will see some people start shouting that he doesn’t have respect. How on earth could a lecturer shamefully assault another adult in this manner?”

@musty said, “People went through all these and survived, in fact it made us who we are today.”

@SamuelIse3 reacted, “What is this nonsense, if the boy reacts now some people will blame him, what kind of treatment is this for God sake.

@sp_OJOAGBA said, “That boy wasn’t a student but one of those guys that hawk around school premises. This came into the class to sell biro while the prof Tersagh Ichor was lecturing, you can fact check my info.”

@PeterPentec replied @sp_OJOAGBA, “And? How does this justify such a brutal attack? If he interrupted the class you ask him to leave or have campus security escort him out. If that boy sues the prof you can be sure he’ll walk home with good compensation..”

@Stancherrie replied, “Even at that. He was very wrong to have physically attacked the young man that way.”

@GlobalScholar01 replied, “The so-called lecturer openly visiting violence and bodily harm on a vulnerable, helpless youth. He is a disgrace to the teaching profession and his age, without the value of self control.”

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Panic in Zamfara communities as bandits impose N200m levy on residents

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Panic in Zamfara communities as bandits impose N200m levy on residents

In Zamfara State, bandits have imposed about N200 million in levies on residents of some communities.

According to Daily Trust, most of the affected villages were located along Kaura Namoda-Moriki town in Zurmi Local Government Area.

The affected villages and the levies imposed on them are Yan Dolen Kaura: N15 million; Gidan Zagi: N15 million; Kanwa Million: N20 million; Kaiwa Lamba: N26 million; Gidan Dan Zara: N22 million; Jinkirawa: N16 million; Dumfawa: N16 million; Ruguje: N7 million; Babani: N3 million and Gidan Duwa: N4 million.

The residents of the villages said a time-frame was given to pay the levies hence they are under pressure to raise these funds.

It was gathered that some villages have already paid their levies, while others are scrambling to gather the required amounts.

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This situation, sources said, has forced villagers to take up menial jobs in neigr towns to raise the necessary funds, indicating a desire to comply with the bandits’ demands.

A resident of Zurmi town, Malam Yunusa Musa, told Daily Trust that the levies are effective from this week.

“The most unfortunate thing is that the residents of Turawa have paid N15m but their relatives have not been released by the bandits. Several villages whose levies are between N26m to N3m have already paid the money,” he said.

Another resident, Malam Haruna Ilu, said residents of some of the affected villages have started moving en masse to urban towns and cities in search of menial jobs to raise the funds.

He said the issue has escalated to the point where some residents fear for their safety, prompting calls for an increased security presence in the affected areas.

He said recently, soldiers deployed to Zurmi town intervened by chasing away bandits who had followed residents into neighbouring villages, firing sporadically.

Ilu, therefore, appealed to the government for urgent assistance, requesting enhanced security measures to safeguard their lives and properties from the ongoing threats posed by banditry and extortion in Zamfara State.

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