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DSS Speaks On Resurgence Of Bomb Attacks, Says Religious Places Are Targets

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has broken its silence on the resurgence of bomb attacks in the country.

Lives were lost when suspected Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters carried out two separate attacks in Taraba and one in Yobe State last week.

Commenting on this development, Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman, said there were plans by “criminal elements to return the country to the pre-2015 era reminiscent of IED attacks on soft and hard targets in parts of the country.”

He said the Service had uncovered the plot to attack critical infrastructures and other “frequented public places.”

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These include worship places and relaxation centres during and after the holidays.

The objective, Afunanya stated, is to achieve some self-serving interests as well as cause fear among the citizenry.

“Though there are already reported cases of such incidents in some areas, the Service has uncovered a ploy by suspected criminal gangs to forge an alliance among themselves with a view to launching further attacks on critical infrastructure and other frequented public places like worship and relaxation centres,  especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.

“Following these, patrons, owners and managers of aforementioned public places are advised to be wary of this development and implement basic security measures to deter the threats. While the Service is committed to the disruption of this trend and pattern of violent attacks, it will continue to partner with other security agencies to ensure that necessary drills are emplaced in order that public peace and order are not jeopardized.

“To this end, residents are enjoined to go about their lawful businesses and share, with security and law enforcement agencies, useful information on the activities of criminals.”

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IPOB blame Nigerian Army for killings in Enugu, Rivers

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THE Indigenous People of Biafra,IPOB,  yesterday, accused the  82 Division Enugu and 6 Division Port Harcourt of the Nigerian Army of being  responsible for the killings by terrorist herdsmen in Enugu State.

IPoB also alleged that the two commanders of  the Army Divisions were assigned to the Nigerian Army’s 82 Division Enugu and Port Harcourt for  two  sinister  objectives.  “They were sent to spread Fulani and Boko Haram terror in the South East and South-South and to prepare the  ground  for the Fulani  cabal  to rig  the forthcoming  election”

A statement by IPoB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, alleged that “The 82 Division Enugu and 6 Division Port Harcourt and their Commanders are responsible for Fulani/Boko Haram murderous attacks in Enugu and Rivers States respectively, adding that the mass killings in the two states will not stop until they are removed.

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IPoB’s statement read: “We, the global movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to inform the general public particularly, Biafrans as well as the international community that the 82 Division Enugu and 6 Division Port Harcourt and their Commanders are the people behind the deployment of Fulani terrorist herdsmen who have escalated the recent killings and kidnappings that are going on in the two states of Enugu and Rivers States.

“The two Commanders were instructed to ensure Fulani herdsmen take over of South East and Rivers State. They were assigned to the Nigerian Army’s 82 Division Enugu and 6 Division Port Harcourt Rivers States for two sinister objectives: firstly to spread Fulani and Boko Haram terror in Biafraland and secondly, to prepare the ground for the Fulani cabal to use them and the Army in rigging the forthcoming Nigerian selection process called an election.”

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Anarchy Reigns In Osun: 500 APC Members Attacked; Campaign Vehicles, Billboards Destroyed; Party Cries Out To IGP

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman
Barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took over power in Osun State, anarchy appears to have taken the centre stage.
This is why the Osun State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman to urgently intervene in the ugly security situation in the State.
The party alleged that over 500 of its members have been attacked in the last 24 hours and a number of properties had been destroyed including  APC campaign vehicles, billboards particularly in Osogbo, the state capital.
In a statement by its Acting State Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, the Osun APC said the return PDP into governance in Osun has marked the continuation of brigandage and political siege of yesteryear.
The statement reads in part: ‘’we knew since yesterday that the beasts of yesteryear have returned to power, but we never imagined the extent of the havoc they are currently wrecking in Osun in less than 24 hours after the inauguration. Today Monday can be best described as a black day for our dear State.
‘’We are seriously disturbed and concerned about public peace and order particularly the safety of our teeming members and supporters in Osun which has been under serious security threats since yesterday after the inauguration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun State.
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‘’As at the last count this morning, more than 500 APC members have been attacked while a vehicle with APC campaign inscription was burnt in Ayetoro area of Osogbo. As at the time of issuing this statement, some of our party members have sustained various degrees of injuries and gun wound at Old Garage, Ogo – Oluwa in Osogbo, and the ongoing senseless attack has already spilled to Ile Ife, Ilesa, Iwo, Ede, Ila and Ikirun.
‘’It is regrettable to see how political thugs are openly displaying guns and shooting sporadically across the state, and sadly, some men of the Nigeria Police Force are providing shield for the criminals particularly in the attack that happened at Old Garage,  where Anti-Cultist Police unit team provided cover for hoodlums to attack innocent people in the area.
‘’It will be recalled that last week, we raised a concern about the subject matter that PDP have concluded plans to destroy our party campaign facilities and attack our members. Today, we are vindicated  because  the attacks were carried out in a pattern and manner we have noticed and reported to the police.
‘’We are not surprised because the hallmark of PDP and new Governor is violence and brigandage but it is very unfortunate that the era of locust is returning to Osun 12 years after,” the APC chairman said.
The party however called on the Inspector General of Police, the State Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to arrest the situation before it degenerates to full blown war saying Osun has been known for peace in the last four years under the administration of Adegboyega Oyetola
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Tension in Osun as Pro-PDP Road Transport Unionists Move to Take Over Motor Parks

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman

There is tension in many parts of Osun as motor park union leaders who are supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party have made moves to take over the affairs of the various motor parks.

NPO Reports gathered that in Osogbo, the state capital, moves by pro-PDP unionists were resisted by those loyal to the outgone Governor, Gboyega Oyetola at the New Garrage area leading to the death of an unidentified man.

The All Progressive Congress, in a statement released by its acting Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkhali Baba, to step in to avert further bloodshed.

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“Barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took over power in Osun State, anarchy appears to have taken the centre stage.

“This is why the Osun State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman to urgently intervene in the ugly security situation in the State.

“The party alleged that over 500 of its members have been attacked in the last 24 hours and a number of properties had been destroyed including APC campaign vehicles, billboards particularly in Osogbo, the state capital,” Lawal stated

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