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Gunmen kill three family members, two others in Plateau attack

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Gunmen strike again in the Kwal district of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state, killing five people.

The victims were killed in two separate attacks in Kperie and Gbra Zongo communities respectively.

It was further learnt that the gunmen suspected to be herdsmen first, killed three children from the same family in Gbra Zongo village before moving to the neighbouring Kperie community where they also killed two women during the attack which occurred on Tuesday night.

An uncle to the deceased children who identified himself as Danjuma Anthony confirmed the killings in Gbra Zongo village to our correspondent in Jos on Wednesday.

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He gave the names of the deceased children as Rachel,six years; Jacob,three years and Charity, one and a half years.

Anthony said:

“The family is in pains because those killed during the attack in Gbra Zongo were the children of my younger brother. The children were just sleeping in their hose around 9:45 pm when the gunmen who were about three came and killed them.

“The father was not at home because he had gone on a security patrol of the community while the wife who was at home was sleeping in another room. This kind of unprovoked attack and the killing of innocent children only shows the level of insecurity our people are facing in the community. It’s really unfortunate.”

A Youth Leader, Mr Rogo Friday who also confirmed the killing of the two women in Kperie community said:

“The women were not from the community. They came to sympathize with a family in the community and that is how they met their death during the attack. Others, including a youth who sustained injuries inflicted on them by the gunmen, have been taken to the hospital.”

The Plateau state Police Command was yet to make any public statement regarding the killings.

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Several calls put across to the mobile phone of the Command’s Spokesman, ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba were not responded to at press time.

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Man snatches car at gunpoint in Ebonyi, gets nabbed in Adamawa

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The Police has apprehended a car thief who stole a car at Ebonyi and took it to Adamawa to sell.

A member of a car snatching syndicate who stole a car at gunpoint in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and took it to Adamawa State to sell has been arrested by men of the Adamawa State Police Command, the command disclosed on Sunday.

The 38-year-old man, Muhammed Sani, according to a statement by the police command’s Public Relations Officer, Sulaimon Nguroje, snatched a Toyota Corolla from the owner, Mr M.S. Adams, in Ebonyi State while pointing a gun at him and after snatching the car, he headed to Adamawa State to sell the car.

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According to the statement,

“the feat was recorded following intelligence report by the command’s intelligence bureau leading to the arrest of the suspect at about 6:30pm on May 21, 2020 and the recovery of a Toyota Corolla 2004 model and 44 sets of new T-shirts, shoes and set of trousers.

“On the 21/5/2020 at about 6:30pm following intelligence report, police operatives attached to the command’s Intelligent Bureau arrested one Muhammed Sani, 38 years and recovered one snatched Toyota Corolla, 2004 Model with 44 sets of new T-shirts, shoes and set of trousers.

“Suspect was caught after robbing one Mr. Adams M S of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and headed for Adamawa to dispose it.

“Immediately the report got to police, investigation commenced and that led to the arrest of the man and recovery of the Toyota Corolla and other valuables.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police Olugbenga Adeyanju, while warning members of the public to desist from buying cars and other valuables from roadside vendors, equally assured that the command under his watch will continue to make Adamawa State unbearable to the criminal elements until they repent or relocate from the state.”

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For disrespecting their mother, man kills sister with fire in Lagos

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A man has reportedly set his sister, identified simply as Victoria, ablaze with petrol, killing her in the process.

According to the Lagos State Police Command, the culprit – one Chima – committed the act at their place of residence by the CAC bus stop in the Okokomaiko area of Ojo.

Her offence? She disrespected their mother.

The siblings were reportedly assisting their mother, who was cooking in the kitchen, when the trouble started between Victoria and her.

The mother was said to have cautioned Victoria against cohabitating with men since she had a home, but an argument ensued between them and Victoria allegedly disrespected her in the process.

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Angered by what Victoria did to their mother, Chima grabbed a keg filled with petrol, hit her sister with it and the content spilled on her and their mother.

This was followed by an explosion and the mother and sister were burnt in the process.

Neighbours rushed them to a nearby hospital in Okomaiko from where Victoria, who sustained severe burns, was referred to the General Hospital in Igando. However, Victoria died due to the severity of the burns, but the mother survived.

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On realising what he had done, Chima attempted to flee from the scene of the incident but he was apprehended by youths in the community.

The neighbours reportedly extinguished the fire and handed over Chima to the police.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed Chima’s arrest, adding that during interrogation, he confessed to setting his sister ablaze for disrespecting their mother.

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The PPRO said,

“According to the suspect, he set his elder sister ablaze, because she disrespected their mother. The mother was cooking when the brother threw a keg of petrol at the sister and an explosion occurred. The mother also suffered burns, but she is fine, while the sister could not make it.

“The brother has been arrested and the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for discrete investigation. He will soon be charged. Investigation is ongoing.”

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Security operatives nab welder for allegedly defiling two daughters

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The Ondo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday announced that operatives of the command had arrested a welder, Femi Onifade, for allegedly defiling his two daughters.

The Commandant of the NSCDC in Ondo State, Mr Philip Ayuba, made the announcement in a statement, signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Olufemi Omole, in Akure.

He said that Onifade, 48, defiled his two daughters, aged six and nine years.

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Ayuba explained that the command’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration Unit, swung into action to arrest Onifade, based on intelligence.

The commandant said that the operatives arrested Onifade, residing at No. 27 Liberty Hospital Road, Oluwatuyi, Akure when they were informed about the crime.

Ayuba said the arrest was facilitated by the assistance of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi.

“During initial interrogations, the suspect denied the allegations.

”However, we gathered that there had been a long-term disagreement between the man and his wife as a result of constant molestations and maltreatment.

“Onifade Femi always seized the opportunity of his wife’s absence to harass the minors sexually.

“It was revealed that a few days ago, the suspect bought a bottle of soft drink, mixed a powdery substance in it and gave the kids to drink.

“Onifade Femi went further to caress the kids and suck their private parts.

“Neighbours reflected on hearing the wailing of the children throughout the night after sending out their mother.”

According to Ayuba, medical reports from the Federal Medical Centre, Akure revealed that the two kids have lost their hymen and their private parts deeply opened.

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The commandant said that the suspect would be charged to court soon.

He said that the command was keen on eradicating all forms of criminal tendencies and social vices in Ondo State.

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