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OPC factions clash in Ibadan, 46 arrested

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There was commotion on Monday in the Oke-Ado area of Ibadan, Oyo State, when suspected rival factions of the Oodua Peoples Congress clashed, leaving several people injured.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the factions clashed over the control of the area, with several shops and offices looted.

Many vehicles were also reportedly destroyed in the fight which started around 6.45am.

An eyewitness said the rival groups engaged one another with guns, machetes and other weapons.

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He said, “Many motorists driving through the area had to abandon their vehicles and run to safety. They shot into the air to scare people away. We don’t really know the motive behind the fight, but we heard they were fighting for the control of the area. We also heard that the fight was between the New Era faction of the OPC and another group loyal to the Aare Gani Adams faction.”

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Efforts to get the response of the National Public Relations Officer of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (New Era), Adeshina Akinpelu, failed as he did not pick his mobile telephone or reply to a message sent to his telephone.

Police sources said the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, mobilised policemen to respond to the crisis.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the CP also visited the scene of the fight and that peace had been restored.

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He, however, did not confirm if the fight was between rival OPC groups.

He said, “About 46 suspects have been arrested. Normalcy has since been restored following the prompt deployment of policemen in the scene.

“The CP, Abiodun Odude, personally visited the scene where he assured residents of adequate protection. He has directed that the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department should commence an investigation into the incident.”

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 350 new COVID-19 cases, total now 11,516

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Confirmed cases of coronavirus have increased to 11,516 in Nigeria.

This is after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 350 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The NCDC made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

It said, “On the 4th of June 2020, 350 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“To date, 11516 cases have been confirmed, 3535 cases have been discharged and 323 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 350 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos (102), Ogun (34), FCT (29), Borno (26), Kaduna (23), Rivers (21), Kwara (16), Ebonyi (17), Katsina (14), Edo (10), Delta (10), Kano (10), Bauchi (10), Bayelsa (9), Imo (8), Plateau (4), Ondo (3), Nasarawa (2), Gombe (1), Oyo (1).”

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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 15 males, nine females

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15 males, nine females undergoing treatment for coronavirus at isolation centers in Lagos State have been discharged.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known in a statement on Thursday.

He said the patients were discharged after testing negative twice for the virus.

According to reports, a total of 952 patients have been discharged from Lagos isolation centers.

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Sanwo-Olu said, “Good people of Lagos State, today (Thursday), 24 more COVID-19 patients fully recovered.

“Fifteen males and nine females –all Nigerians were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital isolation facilities to reunite with society.

”The patients, four from Onikan, one from Gbagada, one from Agidingbi and 18 from LUTH isolation centers were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos State has risen to 952.”

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JUST IN: Many feared killed in Kogi bank robbery attack

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An unspecified number of people were said to have been shot dead in a bank robbery attack in Isanlu, Kogi State, on Thursday.

A source, who spoke with reporters, said that the robbers stormed the bank a few minutes after closing hour, shooting sporadically and killing many customers and staff in the process.

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The robbers were said to have succeeded in the operation and carted away a huge amount of money.

Details of the attack are still sketchy as at the time of this report.

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