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OPERATIONAL HAZARD! Policeman mistakes colleague for armed robber, shoots him dead

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The Police Command in Enugu State on Monday began an investigation into an alleged shooting to death of a policeman by his colleague in Enugu.

The incident occurred at the Independence Layout axis of the city on Saturday night during a downpour.

The Command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in Enugu that the incident had brought grief to the command.

“It is one of the operational hazards of the job. It was a mistake.

“The main police patrol team in that axis of the city was on a patrol duty and it responded to a distress call and mistook the arm-bearing plain-cloth policeman for an armed robber.

“Also, the unfortunate incident happened due to the hour of the night as well as the downpour, which could not allow the patrol team to clearly identify the plain-cloth policeman before the gun was fired,’’ he said.

Amaraizu said that when the incident happened, the police personnel quickly took the injured policeman to a nearby hospital but he gave up after some hours.

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He added that the corpse of the deceased cop had been deposited in the mortuary.

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Flood ravages Abeokuta community on Saturday(photos)

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VIDEO: Fire guts Marian market in Calabar

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Traders at the Marian market in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, are currently counting their losses after a fire erupted in the market in the early hours of today, July 4.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Marian market is the second-largest market in the state.

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COVID-19 patient gives birth in Oyo

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Oyo State has recorded the first delivery of a COVID-19 patient at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, Ibadan.

This is as nineteen new cases returned positive while two deaths were recorded.

Chairman, State Task Force Governor Seyi Makinde gave the update on Saturday.

While noting that the new baby and mother are both doing well, Governor Makinde said the latest death brings to 14 the number of casualties recorded in the state.

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He said “We had our first Covid-19 patient delivery at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo. The mother and baby are doing well.

“The Covid-19 confirmation tests for nineteen suspected cases came back positive.

“The cases are from Ibadan South East (3), Ibadan North (3), Akinyele (3), Lagelu (2), Oluyole (2), Ibadan North West (2), Egbeda (1), Ido (1), Ona Ara (1) and Oyo East (1) Local Government Areas.

“So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State today is 1451.

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