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Bandits set ablaze Zamfara speaker home, other houses



Bandits have set the house of the Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Nasiru Muazu Magarya, and other residences ablaze in the Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Chairman of the Committee on Security and Prosecution of Bandits in Zamfara State, Abdullahi Shinkafi, confirmed the incident on Monday.

He said the bandits invaded the community and set ablaze some houses including that of the speaker.

This, he said, came as a result of the ongoing onslaught by the military in the local government.

The committee chairman, who visited the affected community to assess the security situation, said the government also wanted to provide support for victims and deploy more security operatives to protect the people

He, however, did not disclose whether lives were lost during the invasion by the bandits.

Shinkafi said two suppliers of foodstuffs, petrol and other commodities to the bandits were arrested.

He said the suspects used boats to convey the products from Sokoto through Issa Local Council to the bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.

The foodstuffs and petrol suppliers had been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution, he added.


Abducted Catholic Priest Shot Dead



Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia

Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was kidnapped at his residence in Ikabigbo community, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, on Sunday morning, has been killed.

He was killed less than 24 hours after another priest was murdered on his farmland in Kaduna.  mass.

Daily Trust had reported how gunmen invaded Odia’s residence while he was preparing for mass on Sunday morning.

Confirming his death, Fr. Peter Egielewa, Director of Social Communications Catholic Diocese of Auchi, said Odia was 41 years old.


“With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning 26th June 2022 at about 6.30am in his rectory while coming out to go for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State,” he said.

Until his death, Fr Odia was the Administrator of St Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo and also the Principal of St. Philip Catholic Secondary School Jattu.

Daily Trust gathered that the priest was killed alongside a hunter,  Nurudeen Umosor. While the corpse of the priest was found by hunters, Nurudeen fell to the kidnappers’ bullets during the mission.

This newspaper had reported how hunters, vigilantes and security operatives combed the forest in search of the victim.

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Police Arrests Man For Beheading Son In Delta



Gabriel Volts

A 33-year-old man identified as Gabriel Volts, has been arrested by police officers in Delta State for allegedly beheading his son for ritual.

This was revealed on a tweeter handle Delta State Police Command on Sunday.

According to the statement, disclosed that the suspect used hand saw to cut off his son’s head who is one year and eight months as at the he was Killed.

The suspect was arrested after the child went missing, and the suspect lied to the wife that the son was with his sister in Warri, which turned out to be false.

“Delta State Police Command has arrested one Gabriel Volts age 33years who allegedly beheaded his son for ritual.


“Suspect used a hand saw to cut off the head of his one year and eight months old son at Etinabobo bush in Edo state for ritual purpose and buried him by the palm tree.

“The suspected was arrested after the child went missing, and the suspect lied to the wife that the son is with his sister in Warri, which turned out to be false, this prompted the wife to be suspicious, so she reported to the Police.

“Suspect has confessed to the alleged crime.”

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect beheaded his innocent child because, he saw an old man in the dream who told him to kill his son, bury the head and use the child’s blood to rub his head, then his business will boom for him to be rich.

“Things dey happen”.


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Makinde approves recruitment of additional 500 Amotekun corps



Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the recruitment of additional 500 corps into the state Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed Amotekun.

This is contained in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Sunday in Ibadan.

The statement indicated that Makinde announced the approval during the monthly security meeting with chairmen of local government areas, heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state.

The governor said recruiting new corps would enhance Amotekun’s performance and further deepen the security architecture of the state.

Makinde said the meeting, held at the House of Parliament within the premises of the State House of Assembly, was part of his administration’s efforts to enhance the security of lives and property in the state.

He added that the meeting was to get the situation report from various quarters on security as well as to dialogue on what to do as stakeholders and finetune necessary steps.

The governor said the outcome would help the government to put necessary machinery in place for a safer environment.

He emphasised that security issue was a collective responsibility, “therefore all hands must be on deck in order to curtail insecurity facing the country, in which Oyo State is not exempted.

“Security is everyone’s business and if we all play our parts well, we will have a safer and more secured environment.

“Though the security of lives and property is a paramount responsibility of government, but the government cannot do it alone except with cooperation of the entire citizenry.”

Makinde used the occasion to appreciate the security agencies in the state for their unrelenting support towards making peaceful co-existence among the people of the state possible.

He urged them to keep the up pace in order to allow for more influx of investments and commercial growth.

In his remarks, a former governor of the state, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, commended Makinde for being proactive in the area of security which has greatly helped the state.

Ladoja urged all stakeholders and members of the public to be vigilant and ensure the safety of their lives. (NAN)

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