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Bandits raid Kaduna communities, abduct 37 in 3 days



Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Bandits have raided three communities – Azara, Jangala and Kadara – in Kagarko and Kachia LGAs of Kaduna State, abducting 37 residents in the last three days.

City & Crime reports that the victims were mostly women, including three nursing mothers, and children.

Our reporter further learnt that the rampaging bandits also gunned down a retired soldier and one of his sons at neighbouring Katambi village, two kilometers away from Kateri town, along the Abuja – Kaduna highway.

The Sarkin Azara in Kachia local government, Mustapha Ibrahim, confirmed the abduction over the phone to our reporter on Thursday.

He said the bandits, wielding weapons and in large number, invaded Azara community around 12am on Thursday and abducted 10 people.

According to him, four women, including three nursing mothers and six male adults were among the victims, saying they were asleep in their rooms when the bandits came, woke them up and whisked them away at gunpoint.


“Before we could alert soldiers who are always on patrol along the highway to come to our rescue, the bandits have already left with their victims,” he said.

He said the bandits proceeded to a Fulani settlement popularly called (Rugan Alhaji Karbo), a few meters away from Azara, and abducted two herders at the camp.

“This morning, again, I received a call that bandits invaded Kurutu village and killed a retired soldier and one of his sons and carted away some foodstuff,” he said.

He further disclosed that 12 people were abducted by the bandits, who invaded Kadara village in Kagarko LGA on Sunday around 10:12 pm.

He said six among those abducted were members of the same family.

“Also, 13 people, 12 women and a male adult, were abducted by bandits at Janjala village in Kagarko LGA last Thursday,’’ he said.

The Madaki of the village, Aliyu Ibrahim, also confirmed the abduction over the phone to our reporter on Thursday.

He said the bandits came via a bush path, which shared border with Kachia LGA and raided the community, whisking away their victims at gun point.

“In fact, for the past three to four days, my people have been under siege as a result of attacks by bandits. We now sleep with our eyes open, even as some of my people are leaving the village as I speak now,” he said.

No immediate report from the police in the state on the incident.

Daily Trust


Govt rescues 12-year-old girl allegedly defiled by her father



THE Anambra State Government said it rescued a 12-year-old girl, alongside her two younger siblings, from their father, Arinze Obiwenite, who allegedly defiles her.

Mrs Ify Obinabo, the state Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, told newsmen on Saturday in Awka that the children were rescued on Monday, during a raid at Abacha town in Idemili North Local Government Area, following a tip off.

Obinabo said she visited the Traditional Ruler of Abacha community, Igwe Nwabunwanne Odiegwu, to notify him of the raid before taking action.

She said that during the visit, Igwe Odiegwu revealed that the accused, Obiwenite, presented himself as a Christian who helped people solve their spiritual problems without knowing that he had other motives.

“The traditional ruler told us he knew about Obiwenite’s alleged escapees when he accused some young boys in the community of raping his daughter.

“He was summoned to the palace on several occasions to state his case, but failed to honour the royal invitation which made the youth of the community troop to his residence but were disappointed at what they saw.


“The youth discovered that he locked up his three children in a room, including the 12-year-old girl, whom he alleged that some young men of the community had raped.

“When questioned, the daughter revealed that her father had locked them up in the room for five years and that he always had carnal knowledge of her while he fingers her two younger siblings,” she said.

The Commissioner said they raided Obiwenite’s residence and rescued the 12-year-old girl and her two siblings, who had been taken to the hospital for medical examination and treatment.

She assured that the children would get justice and a conducive environment for growth and proper care.

“When we raided the house, we also discovered that the accused uses diabolic means to run a ministry, known as ‘Holy Trinity Healing Ministry’, where people come to get solutions to their problems.

“When he was interrogated, he denied all the allegations but was quick to ask the traditional ruler to forgive him and help find a way of resolving the issue outside the court, which the Igwe blatantly refused.

“Some fetish items, hollow grave at his backyard, a paper with a long list of names of those he had killed and will kill, were discovered at his house and he was made to destroy them in the presence of the villagers.

“The accused also stated that he was married to 11 wives but does not live with any of them,” she said.

Obinabo said that Obiwenite had been arrested by the police and transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department in Awka.

She said that Obiwenite would be arraigned before the Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Magistrate’s Court. (NAN)

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BREAKING: Imo LP gov aspirant, Anumudu, is dead



Chief Humphrey Anumudu

A Labour Party (LP) governorship aspirant in Imo State, Chief Humphrey Anumudu, has been reported dead.

According to a reliable family source,
Anumudu, a native of Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, was found dead in his home in Lagos.


The deceased was a younger brother to the pioneer CEO of Globe Motors, Willy Anumudu, who also died recently.

Humphrey Anumudu, who recently procured his governorship interest form in Abuja, was said to be the favourite to win the party’s primary slated for early next month.

He was an astute politician, legal luminary and a good ambassador of the state.

He had contested for the governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

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Whitney Adeniran: LASG to sue Chrisland for involuntary manslaughter, reckless, negligent



Chrisland Schools and Whitney Adeniran

The Lagos State government said it will  prosecute Chrisland School, Ikeja, for alleged involuntary manslaughter, reckless and negligent act over the death of a 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran, who died from electrocution during inter house sport.

According to a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs in the ministry, Grace Alo, Friday, the case was referred to the Nigerian Police which carried out thorough investigation with the help of other agencies.

“The file was subsequently forwarded to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) office on March 20 for review of the duplicate case file.

“On March 23, the DPP issued his legal advice and came to the conclusion that a prima facie case of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts had been established against the school.


“Some members of staff and one of the vendors will therefore be charged with the offences contrary to sections 224 and 251of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015,” said the statement.

It added that information would be filed in accordance with the legal advice issued by the DPP and certified true copies of the legal advice is available on the ministry of justice website (

Recall that on February 9, the deceased  slumped during the inter-house sports organised by the school at the Agege Sports Stadium and was subsequently rushed to Agege Central Hospital, Agege, Lagos, where she was confirmed “brought in dead” (BID) by the doctor on duty.

The  state had on March 2 said the post-mortem report issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital showed the cause of the death was asphyxia and electrocution.


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