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Fire guts Kwara market, destroys seven shops


Early morning fire that ravaged Omu-Aran main market, Headquarter of Irepodun local government of Kwara state in the early hours of Saturday destroyed goods and burnt seven shops in the market.

Punch correspondent gathered that the fire incident in the market started around 2:00 am and was prevented from engulfing the 200 shops in the market by the quick intervention of the state fire service.

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Though the cause of the fire incident was yet to be ascertained, the spokesman of the State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, said that it was likely to be from an electric spark in one of the shops.

He said,

Today, the inferno was at Omu-Aran Main Market, Kwara State. The fire started around 2:00am and thanks to God that they were able to reach fire Brigade on time before the fire got escalated.

“Immediately the Kwara State Fire Service arrived, the fire was quickly put under control. This audacious performance of the Brigade has really made the entire people of Omu-Aran town enjoy and appreciate Kwara State Fire Service job even more.

“About seven shops were affected out of two hundred and thirty shops in the vicinity. The cause of fire outbreak was as a result of an electric spark in one of the affected shops”, he said.


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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