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Soldier dies as Boko Haram burns Winners Chapel, EYN church in Garkida attack

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Boko Haram insurgents who attacked Garkida, Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State at the weekend razed down two churches, residential houses, hospitals, shops and vehicles.

The Army on Sunday confirmed the death of a soldier.

The burnt places of worship are a parish of the Living Faith (aka Winners Chapel) and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa, a Nigeria (EYN) church.

Last month, Boko Haram terrorists beheaded Rev. Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Michika LGA branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Adamawa State.

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri on Sunday visited Garkida to sympathise with the people.

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However, the 23 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army in a statement also said another soldier was injured by troops of 232 Battalion, who engaged the insurgents in a gun duel.

The statement by Major Haruna Mohammed Sani, Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, the 23 Armoured Brigade, indicated that the destruction would have been more extensive, but for the intervention of the troops who killed some of the insurgents.

“Gallant troops of 232 Battalion of 23 Armoured Brigade under Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Garkida, Gombi LGA of Adamawa State, had thwarted a planned criminal attack on the peaceful town on February 21, 2020 by some criminal Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement read.

“The terrorists besieged the town in about seven gun trucks and a number of motorcycles, setting some buildings ablaze and causing unrest within the community.

“Instinctively, the gallant troops mobilised and intercepted the criminals’ advance and engaged the marauding criminals unleashing high volume of fire, leading to the elimination of several of the criminals while others withdrew in disarray, many of them with gunshot wounds as evident in the trails of blood along their withdrawal route.

“Regrettably, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while another soldier was wounded in action. The wounded soldier has since been evacuated to a military medical facility and is positively responding to treatment.”

The statement added that the Commander of the 23 Armoured Brigade, Brig. Gen. Sani Mohammed, who visited the troops in Garkida on Saturday, congratulated them for their fighting spirit, but warned them to be vigilant as the terrorists may plan a reprisal “due to the casualties they suffered.”

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Oyo: Pregnant woman, 29, found dead in her room

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Oyo State police are presently investigating the situations surrounding the death of a 29-year-old pregnant woman who was found dead in her room.

The deceased identified as Azeezat Dhikirulahi was a Postgraduate student of the University of Ibadan and was found dead in her room at Ijefun community in Oyo state.

The Students’ Union of the university while reacting to the death of  Azeezat in a statement said;

“During a visit to the deceased’s residence this afternoon by the Students’ Union leaders, it was confirmed by neighbors that she was hit with heavy stone on the head and no confirmation of any incidence of rape.

“However, investigations are on already by the Nigerian Police force, Oyo state command. The Commissioner of Police in the state also paid a visit to the venue of the incident.”
It was further disclosed that Azeezat was seven-months pregnant before her death.
According to reports, Azeezat who got married three years ago and was expecting a child recently returned to Oyo state from Kano state where she had gone to spend some time with her husband who resides there.

Her mother in law, Mrs Idiat Hamzat who discovered her body said she came to the house of the deceased to check on her but was shocked to see her in the pool of her own blood with a very big stone beside her. She immediately raised an alarm and the police were alerted.

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Confirming the incident, spokesperson of the Oyo state police command, SP Fadeyi Olugbenga, said an investigation has since commenced.

He said the body of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue and the stone picked up as evidence.

Some co-tenants have been arrested for prompt investigation.

 

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Fire guts Presidential Villa

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Fire guts Presidential Villa

There was a fire incident at Aso Villa, Nigeria’s seat of power, in Abuja on Thursday.

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the incident was recorded at a store near the State House Chapel in the Villa.

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Shehu attributed the fire incident to an electrical spark.

He said: “The incident, linked to an electrical spark, was immediately brought under control by alert staff using available fire extinguishers well ahead of the arrival of the Federal Fire Service trucks stationed just outside the premises.”

“Luckily, no injury or serious damage was recorded,” the presidential spokesman added.

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Deliveryman at large after he allegedly raped 18-year old salesgirl he met at a store

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Deliveryman at large after he allegedly raped 18-year old salesgirl he met at a store

A deliveryman is reportedly at large after he allegedly raped an 18-year-old girl who was alone at the location he was meant to deliver a package.

According to a Twitter user, Temitope Bukolo, the victim reached out to her on Thursday afternoon after the perpetrator had defiled her.

Temitope claimed that the 18-year-old girl was disowned by her father after the incident.

She also stated that Lagos State University Hospital (LUTH ) had refused to administer post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) medication to the victim because they decided to press charges against the alleged rapist.

The police? Your guess is as good as ours, they reportedly did nothing tangible in ensuring the perpetrator is brought to book.

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Read her full account below:

This is the story of my staff and right now the dispatcher has absconded, we’ve been meeting dead ends everywhere and even LUTH said that they can’t administer PEP medication because we are pressing charges! They want us to drop the charges before she can be treated!

We haven’t been able to see the DPO of police for Ilaje Police Station because he’s always “busy” everytime we’ve been there and according to them, the case hasn’t really been formally lodged if the DPO isn’t aware of it

The police women at Sabo police station said and I quote “you sure say you no enjoy am?” to a traumatized 18yr old girl that had just been raped! The police women at Ilaje police station in Bariga said and I quote “you sef fit be say you enjoy am because you suppose shout”

My girl started crying and I started crying because I was extremely angry and powerless! They continued with “why you know bite am?” “You suppose give am mark for body” All of these were said by the police to an 18yrs old girl that had just been raped

The man in question is a 45+ six foot man with lots of body mass. My girl is a small 18yrs old child. She has been disowned by her father because of this matter even after we went and explained the situation by ourselves to the family. She cries at the slightest things now!

When he was raping her and she was shouting, he told her that even if she shouts nobody can hear her and save her, after he was done, he gave her 1k and told her to clean herself up! When she told me, I told her not to bath so I drove down there and took her to an hospital

We ran some tests and took his semen from her because the bastard even came in her! We have his semen which means we can run DNA test if this was a normal country. We have a doctors report that clearly explains that there was forceful penetration

I hope Nigerians will help fight for this 18yrs old girl that literally has no one to fight for her. Thank you to everyone who has been there from day 1 to help Cc @segalink @StandtoEndRape Lagos State Domestic Violence office,@RuggedyBaba and Udi

 

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