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Customs’ stray bullets kill student, injures 15 others while chasing rice smugglers in Ogun


A student has reportedly died after he was shot dead by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service [NCS] in Ogun State who were chasing and shooting at rice smugglers.

The female student, one Sekinat Agbelade, was allegedly killed by a stray bullet in Agosasa in the Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.

WuzupNigeria gathered that the bullets also injured 15 residents of the area.

Our correspodent gathered that Agbelade, a Senior Secondary School three , was allegedly hit by the bullet while returning from an errand by her parents on Saturday.

The victim was later rushed to a nearby hospital but gave up before she got to the hospital.

Acting Coordinator, Ipokia Youth Forum, Deji Mawutin, explained that apart from Agbelade that was killed, 15 persons were injured by the stray bullets.

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Mawuntin said there was a pandemonium on Saturday when a team of Customs officers invaded Agosasa to bust a smuggling syndicate in the area.

He said in the process of the raid, there was a shoot out between the customs men and the smugglers which lasted for hours.

According to him, Agbelade was preparing for her school-leaving examinations.

He said,

“in this trying times of COVID-19, we regret to announce the untimely death of one of the promising youths in Ipokia local government, Miss Sekinat Agbelade, an S.S.S 3 student preparing for her school-leaving examinations.

“She lost her life to a stray bullet from men attached to the Nigeria Customs Service, Command I, Ogun state.

“Miss Sekinat Agbelade was said to be returning from an errand by her parents when she was hit by the bullet and died before she got to a nearby health centre.

“Eye witness had it that it was a raid by men of the NCS, Ogun command on alleged smugglers that turned to shoot at sight which cut short the life of youthful Sekinat while leaving many Seriously injured in Agosasa ward of the local government.”

Mawutin, however, recalled that a similar incident had occurred not too long ago when a young man, Odushina Opeyemi was shot dead.

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He said

“we totally frown at the way and manner the men attached to the NCS domiciled in our local government go about their activities with alleged smugglers.

“We call on the Area Comptroller, Agbara O.M to fish out the perpetrators and ensure they face justice or await a rugged demonstration on our part as youths.

“We can’t continue to live in fear because we are from a border community.”

When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident.

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Oyeyemi, however, said he had yet to get the brief from the Divisional Police Officer in Ipokia about the incident.

The PPRO pledged to get back to our correspondent once he got the briefing from the DPO of the local government, but, as of the time of filing the report, he had not got back to our correspondent.

When contacted also for a reaction, the Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Abdulahi Maiwadah did not reply to the message sent to his mobile.


Obaseki orders Police investigation into death of UNIBEN student



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The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has ordered a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin (UNIBEN), in Ikpoba Hill axis of Benin City, the state capital.

Miss Omozuwa was alleged to have been raped after her head was smashed with a fire extinguisher at a Pentecostal church in Benin, which consequently led to her death.

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In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osa+gie, said Governor Obaseki has mandated the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other relevant security agencies to fish out the culprits, who perpetrated the dastardly act and bring them to justice.

“The governor is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa. We have been in consultation with the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and have mandated thorough investigation of the matter to ensure that those who are responsible for this heinous crime are brought to justice.”

He added that the state government would ensure that the full weight of the law run its course and that the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law and other such laws related to rape and sexual abuse are exploited to get justice for the deceased.

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Osagie expressed the Governor’s deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

He noted that it was imperative to respect the privacy of the grieving family as they pass through this difficult time.

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JUST IN: Policeman kills colleagues in shooting spree



A yet- to- be named policeman on Sunday morning allegedly opened fire on his colleagues at Onikan, killing some of them.

The yet- to- be named officer went berserk around 5 am following a disagreement with other members of his team.

It was gathered that the trigger- happy cop hijacked their operational vehicle after shooting them and drove straight to Akoka in Yaba where he attempted to access a compound but couldn’t.

According to sources, the building had a metallic door and the policeman said to be attached to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) allegedly opened sporadic fire on the property to gain access.

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Residents said they were frightened and took cover not knowing what was happening since it was around 5 am.

It was gathered that no fewer than 30 bullet holes were counted in an apartment, corridor and ceiling of the premises.

It was learnt that the shooter, who spotted a black outfit and rode in a white escort van with siren, might have become more frustrated after his vehicle stuck in a ditch when he made to escape.

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Sources said distress calls were made to the Bariga Police Division and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) who deployed operatives to the scene and restrained the active shooter.

From short videos obtained from residents by The Nation, the trigger happy cop was screaming incoherently, a development suggestive of a possible mental illness.

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He was heard alleging that some persons wanted to corrupt him and that he should be allowed to go home in the name of Jesus.

At the time of this report, police spokesman Bala Elkana told newsmen that the command was investigating the matter to understand what truly happened, adding that a statement would be released later.


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Nasarawa: Abducted CAN chairman regains freedom



Abducted Nasarawa CAN Chairman regains freedom

The abducted Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Nasarawa State, Bishop Joseph Masin, has regained his freedom.

Recall that Nasarawa police command had confirmed the abduction of the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Joseph Masin, by gunmen in Lafia and a N20m ransom was demanded for his release.

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The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, confirmed his release to the media on Sunday in Lafia.

He disclosed that four suspects have been arrested and that investigation was ongoing to arrest all those involved.

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Longe, however, denied knowledge of any ransom being paid to secure the release of the CAN chairman.

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He said all the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution after investigation.

Pastor Sam Joseph, son of the CAN Chairman, told newsmen that his father was freed about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday.

“He was freed around Lizhi village in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

“The chairman arrived his Bukan-sidi residence in Lafia at about 2:00 a.m on Sunday and had been taken for medical examination in an undisclosed hospital.” he added.

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