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Blasphemy: Buhari, CAN, NASFAT Condemn Killing Of Student

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President Muhammadu Buhari and religious organisations have condemned the killing of a second-year student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel.   

The incident happened after an allegation that she had blasphemed Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on Thursday.  

While the chief missioner of the Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike said extra-judicial killing was alien to Islam, the general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Joseph Bade Daramola called for severe punishment for the perpetrators.  

The president, in a statement issued Friday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, noted that the news of the killing of the young woman by fellow students was a matter of concern, and demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.  

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“No person has the right to take the law into his or her hands in this country. Violence has, and never will solve any problem,” the president said.  

Imam Onike said Prophet Muhammad (SAW), who the deceased allegedly blasphemed, was tolerant to a fault and frowned at extrajudicial killings.

Onike wondered what would be the reactions of some people if they saw someone ignorantly or deliberately urinating inside a mosque. He warned against a reprisal attack and unnecessary maligning of a particular tribe or religion since jungle justice is a condemnable act by all religions and sensible people.

The general secretary of the CAN said killing for any God in the name of blasphemy was ungodly and satanic.   

“As long as the state fails to bring these beasts and criminals amidst us to book, the society will continue to be their killing fields,” Daramola said.

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75-year-old American dies in Nigeria 24 hours after arriving to meet 36-year-old husband

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Homicide detectives attached to the Victoria Island Police Station, have launched investigations into the mysterious death of a 75-year-old American identified as Doris Samuel, who died moments after coming to Nigeria to join her 36-year-old husband, Okelue Kingsley.

It was gathered that the deceased came to Nigeria to meet Kingsley so that they would both go to the American Embassy to facilitate his travel documents.

It was learned that on the way to the embassy, the woman suddenly slumped and died inside the Uber car that was taking her and Kingsley to the embassy.

The situation compelled the distraught Kingsley and the Uber driver, identified as Ayodeji Adebisi, 49, to detour to the United States Consulate, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, to present the dead body.

According to a Situation Report sighted by our reporter, the incident occurred on May 23, 2022.

However, Samuel was said to have arrived in Nigeria on May 22, 2022.

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Thus, she died less than 24 hours after landing on the shores of Nigeria.

According to a police source, an internal investigator of the United States Consulate, Obayuwana Jelterson, is already investigating the death of Samuel.

Jelterson had escalated the matter to the Victoria Island Police Station, where Kingsley and the Uber driver were detained for further questioning.

The police SITREP states: “On May 23, about 9:30 am, one Obayuwana Jelterson, an internal investigator of United States Consulate, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, reported at the station that on the same day about 5:30 am, Okelue Kingsley, 36 years old, brought a corpse of one Doris Samuel, 75 years, an American to the consulate, in a Uber Toyota Corolla Saloon car, with registration number, AKD 494 HH, driven by one Ayodeji Adebisi, 49. The said Kingsley Okelue claimed that the deceased was his wife who arrived in the country on May 22, 2022,  to accompany him to US Embassy for a visa interview.

“However, the woman died in the vehicle while on their way to the embassy for the exercise. Based on the report, a team of detectives visited and photographed the scene. The victim was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island, where she was confirmed dead by the doctor.

“The corpse was evacuated to Marina General Hospital morgue for autopsy. Meanwhile, the driver and the deceased husband have been taken into custody and an investigation is in progress.”

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Soludo ‘Moves Against IPOB’, Declares Curfew In 7 LGAs

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Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State has declared curfew in seven Local Government Areas of the State to checkmate the excesses of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

They are Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Orumba North and Orumba South.

The governor made the declaration in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday.

He said the curfew, which takes effect from Friday , will be in force until normalcy returns to the affected areas.

“With effect from tomorrow, Friday, 26th May, 2022, a 6pm to 6am curfew is hereby placed on motorcycles (okada), tricycles (keke), and shuttle buses in Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Orumba North and Orumba South Local Governments until further notice.”

“Also, motorcycles, keke and shuttle buses are banned from operating in these local governments on Mondays until the Sit-at-Home completely stops,” he said.

He directed the youths in every community in the zone to assist the security agencies in the implementation of the policy, mandating them to seize any such motorcycle or tricycle on the spot.

“The Okada, Keke, and shuttle bus union leaders must take responsibility to report their members who are involved in criminal activities. We shall review this after two weeks, and if members of these unions continue to be involved in criminal activities, the government will have no choice but to either disband the Unions and/or ban them out rightly in the state.

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“No part of Anambra State (house, bush or forest) shall be used as camps for these criminals. Anyone with a gun in a camp is considered a criminal in Anambra State, and the government and people will work with security agencies to flush them out. The State Government shall pursuant to its powers under the Land Use Act revoke and acquire any land found to be harboring these criminals, for public purpose. Henceforth, every community is required to provide information on any part of their land occupied by these criminals as camps. If the community fails to do so, the government will take over such land.

“All communities are hereby charged to take over their communities completely and through the leadership of their Town Unions and Traditional Rulers give weekly security reports (submitted every Friday) to the State Government on the state of security in their communities. The cooperation of the youths in that regard is now imperative. I charge the vigilantes of each community to rise to the occasion and contend with these criminals in your locality whether they are in your bush or the houses in your community. The State Government expects the report of any progress made in this regard and shall support and reward you accordingly.

“Any buildings found to be harboring these kidnappers and murderers who have laid siege on our State will, as provided by Criminal Code (Amendment No.3) Law 2013, be forfeited to the State Government. To that extent, all landlords are hereby directed to proceed on “Operation Know Your Tenant” by keeping appropriate records of their tenants and report anyone suspected of being involved in criminal activities. Each community leadership must keep full register of all tenants in their communities, their occupation, etc and keep an eye on their activities. The State Government shall as an emergency measure, disband the leadership of any community which fails to report criminal activities in their communities or immediately respond to the requests contained in this address.

“All market leaders and stakeholders are hereby charged to join the communities in taking back their territory and monitor the activities in their markets. They are all required to return weekly security reports to the State Government.

“Everybody who either in person or through telephone calls demands cash support or ransom from anyone in furtherance of any criminal activities or groups should immediately be reported to the government via the telephone lines provided.”

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Gunmen abduct two Catholic priests in Katsina

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Gunmen yesterday invaded one of the parishes presided over by Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah.

The assailants abducted two priests and two others in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo in Kafur council of Katsina State.

Bishop Kukah’s Sokoto Diocese covers Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states.

Director, Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Fr Christopher Omotosho, confirmed the development yesterday morning.

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He said the Diocese of Sokoto was under attack and no information had been received on the hereabouts of the abductees.

Omotosho said: “As at midnight of Wednesday, 25th May, 2022, gunmen broke into the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo.

“The parish priest and his assistants Rev. Frs. Stephen Ojapa, and Oliver Okpara and two boys in the house were kidnapped.

“No information as to their whereabouts. Kindly pray for their safety and release.”

Earlier in the month, rampaging hoodlums torched and vandalised some parishes presided over by Kukah in Sokoto in the aftermath of his condemnation of the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu by her Muslim colleagues.

The 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto was murdered and burnt after being accused of blasphemy.

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