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Policeman goes on rampage, assaults tricyclist with plank, punches trader in the eye

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A tricycle rider has accused a policeman, identified as Samson Mayaki, of assaulting him for wrongful parking.

Mayaki allegedly attacked one Jamiu Oriade last Wednesday around 9pm in the Sabo area of Lagos while he was waiting to pick his sister.

Oriade alleged that Mayaki assaulted him with a plank for allegedly parking in front of his car.

He added that efforts to get the cop arrested had proved abortive as he was said to be connected to high-ranking officers of the force.

He said,

“I parked my tricycle on Wednesday night while waiting for my sister; the policeman suddenly emerged and started beating me. He said I parked in front of his car and when I tried to reverse to avoid trouble, he turned back and I thought he wanted to start his engine, only for him to start beating me again with his fists, which led to the passenger sitting in front and I to fall in the gutter.

“The people around said I should not confront him because he is a policeman and I accepted, but when I was about entering my tricycle, Mayaki removed the plank that I put my extra tyre on and started beating my hands and head with it till blood started gushing out from my body.

“I went to the Sabo Police Station to report and on my way to the station, I saw Mayaki and he boasted that nothing would happen to him even if we met the Commissioner of Police and since the day I reported the incident, nothing has been done to him.

“The IPO said he invited Mayaki but he didn’t come, and whenever I called the IPO to ask for updates, he would tell me that he would call me back, which he never did.”

An eyewitness, identified simply as Iya Adamo, whose wares were destroyed during the scuffle, lamented the loss she incurred as a result.

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She said,

“On Wednesday night, the policeman started beating Jamiu in front of my shop and all my goods fell down, but when I complained to the policeman, he gave me a blow to the eye. He smashed my eggs and when I took the remnants to the station, I was told to take them back.

“The loss is on me now because the supplier has started asking for her money; Mayaki smashed up to seven crates of egg.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the incident, said an investigation had commenced into the matter.

“The policeman is no longer with the Lagos command; he has been transferred to a unit under the force headquarters, but we have written to the unit and we are making efforts to get him to respond to the allegations,” Elkana stated.

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Woman attempts suicide in Anambra

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A middle-aged woman has reportedly attempted suicide over undisclosed marital challenges in Nnewi area of Anambra state.

The victim whose name was given on her Facebook page as Ifeoma Obiora had in two separate posts claimed she was contemplating taking her life in order to be far from her troubles.

She also said her problem was compounded as nobody was willing to hear her out or do anything about her plights.

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She said, “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.”

“Nobody listened. Nobody cared.”

Reacting, Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed said preliminary findings by the Police who had established contact with her showed she was in a troubled marriage and was seeking a divorce.

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He said her challenges were civil but the Command had invited the couple for counseling.

He said, “The Area Commander Nnewi has gotten her. She has a family problem and was seeking for a divorce

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17 killed as troops overrun B’Haram ambush in Borno

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No fewer than 17 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters were killed and several others wounded when troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces overran the terrorists’ ambush along Damboa -Maiduguri Road in Borno State.

John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), who disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja, said 17 terrorists were also killed in the attack.

The Coordinator said the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces while on clearance operations along Damboa -Maiduguri Road on Tuesday, 7 July, encountered the Boko Haram ambush team along their axis of advance.

“Instinctively, the valiant troops outflanked and engaged the criminals with an overwhelming volume of firepower forcing them to withdraw in disarray.

“In the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals were neutralized as several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds while a cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops.

“Regrettably, 2 valiant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 others were wounded in action. However, the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility and currently responding positively to treatment”, he said.

Enenche further informed that the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole has been directed to immediately deploy a Special Forces Battalion to reinforce and dominate Damboa – Bulabulin – Maiduguri axis to completely deny the terrorists any chance of escape during the final assault against the criminals.

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Relatedly, the coordinator also disclosed that the troops of Sector 3 and Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed several terrorists who attempted to breach Gubio Town in the Northern part of Borno State.

He said a gun truck was destroyed by the combined efforts of the land and air forces during the attack.

“During the encounter, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, and fighter jets were scrambled to the location. The ISR aircraft spotted the terrorists in their gun trucks and vectored the jets to engage them, neutralizing one of the gun trucks and its occupants.

“The ISR aircraft continued to provide situational awareness as the ground troops engaged the terrorists on the ground, inflicting further casualties on the terrorists”, the coordinator said.

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Three Nigerian girls trafficked to Lebanon cry out for help as they are about to be sold online

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The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) have been called upon to rescue three Nigerian ladies who were trafficked to Lebanon about to be sold in an online auction.

A twitter user, Adekola Damilola raised the alarm on the social media platform said the ladies were trafficked and about to be sold by their boss in Lebanon.

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The ladies claimed that they are about to be sold by their boss and therefore called on Nigerian authorities to come to their aid.

In her reaction, the Chairman of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa tweeted that her agency has forwarded the video to NAPTIP, the agency in charge of trafficking to trace them and expressed optimism that they will be located.

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