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Gunmen abduct timber merchants in Ondo


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Unknown gunmen on Sunday afternoon abducted five people including four timber merchants and a woman.

The incident which happened at the boundary town of Ikakumo Akoko, near Akoko Edo local government area of Edo State.

It was gathered that the victims were heading towards Edo State when they were kidnapped on Sunday afternoon.

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According to a source, the victims were on their way to one of the forests where one of their timber lorries broke down.

He said they were almost at the spot where the lorry broke down when armed men ordered them out of the vehicle, abducting five of them.

He disclosed that one of the victims, Samuel Obadofin, hailed from Akunu in Akoko Northeast council area of the state.

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Confirming the development, a community leader from Akunu Akoko, Chief Michael Bello, said the abducted men who were sawmillers, were kidnapped from the forest where their timber lorry broke down.

He, however, said the kidnappers had not contacted the family of the victims or establish any negotiation.

The Area Commander for Ikare Akoko division, ACP Razak Rauf said the area of incident was not within the jurisdiction of Ondo State police command

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Four injured as suspected landgrabbers invade Maharaj Ji’s Land



No fewer than four followers of Sat Guru Maharaj Ji, the founder of the One Love Family sect, were injured as suspected landgrabbers invaded his community on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Maharaj Ji disclosed this in Ibadan at a news conference.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the land was being used for farming.

Maharaj Ji alleged that the suspected land grabbers were aided by the police.

“We have gotten two favourable judgments on this land and we have been using the land for farming until we saw these hoodlums invade the land.

“It is a pity that some people still engage in such heinous crimes in this country where government preaches rule of law and anti-corruption every day,” he said.

Maharaj Ji said that the suspected land grabbers injured his followers who had approached them over encroachment on the land.

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He said that he had already petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11 and the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State for the enforcement of the judgment.

“We wrote the police for the enforcement of the judgment and we petitioned Assistant Inspector General of Police office in Osogbo.

“Despite all these, they bribed their way for policemen to have led them here and gave them protection, definitely, something is wrong somewhere.

“My followers were beaten and injured while trying to stop the hoodlums, they are even threatening the life of my lawyer,” he said.

Maharaj Ji called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Seyi Makinde, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, to intevene.

“We can not accept injustice. We don’t want to fight them because we believe in the rule of law and we are law-abiding citizens.

”I don’t want to fight them because we should give what belongs to Ceaser to Ceaser.

“This is what we have done now just to make sure that my mission on earth is accomplished, that is why I am holistic in whatever I am doing,” he said.

Maharaj Ji said that he was ready to lead efforts to ensure hoodlums and landgrabbers were arrested, prosecuted and jailed.

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But when contacted, SP Gbenga Fadeyi, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, said that he was not aware of any petition on the matter.

Fadeyi said that petitions were usually sent to the Commissioner of Police.

He added that if there was any petition on the issue, the complainant should follow it up.

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Panic as Nigerian woman shares disturbing post on social media



A  Nigerian woman has set social media users in panic mode after her last post on her Facebook wall.

The woman identified as Ifeoma Blossom Obiora had taken to social media on July 6 to leave two posts that could be described as ‘suicidal’ notes.

In one of the posts, she wrote;

Nobody listened, Nobody cared” she wrote with a crying emoji

In another post, Ifeoma wrote

“In these moments before my departure, I feel more clarity than I have ever felt in my dull life. In one minute, I will be free from the voices, from the pain, and from you.”

A women-based non-profit organization, WomenAids Collective WACOL, who reached out to her, claim Ifeoma was married off at 15 and has been subjected to emotional and physical abuse from her husband, Onyebuchi Obiora, for many years.

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Ifeoma is reportedly suffering from reproductive health challenges- Vesico Vagina Fistulae (VVF) due to forced sex.

According to the group, men from the Anambra state police command were sent to rescue Ifeoma but when they got there, they began blaming her for going on social media to seek help.

They later left her behind with an ”abusive” husband.

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The group hopes to go there today July 8, to rescue her.

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Bandits kill army officer, abduct mother and wife



Suspected bandits have reportedly shot dead an army officer attached to the 353 Artillery Regiment, Ojo Barracks, Lagos along the Okene-Lokoja highway on Sunday.

Newsmen learnt that the army captain identified as Capt. GSM Abubakar with army number N/13600 was travelling in his Honda Accord car when he ran into a blockade mounted by the armed bandits.

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According to an unconfirmed source, Abubakar was travelling from Lagos to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State to participate in 2020 junior officers course.

The source disclosed that the army captain was in the company of his wife and mother when the incident happened.

According to the report, the bandits opened fire on the officer who was dressed in mufti, killing him on the spot and his wife and mother were thereafter abducted.

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It was also learnt that other officers travelling in other vehicles behind him narrowly escaped the attack and reportedly manoeuvred their ways and sped away from the scene.

The officer’s remains moved to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja were on Tuesday claimed by the family for burial in his hometown, in Niger State.

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