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Soldiers stole N1.24m from my house, looted my shop, destroyed my school – Taraba businessman

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A businessman, Prince Paul Gaza, has accused personnel of the Nigerian Army in Taraba State of invading his house, destroying his properties and stealing the sum of N1,237,000 and two black Haojue and a Bajaj (Boxer) motorcycles.

Gaza, who also owns a school: Excel Wisdom Academy, Peva Chanchanji, said the stolen N1.237m was proceeds of sales from Monday, July 13, to Thursday, July 16.

He further alleged that the soldiers went on a destruction spree and “broke all the casement windows of my house and smashed the windscreen of my 504 commercial wagon and one 504 saloon car.”

Not satisfied the army personnel were said to have stormed his school and building materials, beverages and grains shop where they wreaked havoc.

They were alleged to have looted goods from Gaza’s shop.

According to Gaza, the destruction at his school was massive.

All the blocks have been destroyed and none can be put to use. I have pupils who were supposed to take the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and National Examination Council examination. They were billed to take their final-year examination, if not for the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

Gaza, who narrated his ordeal in a Sunday Punch report, said:

“My name is Prince Paul Gaza. I am a businessman and the proprietor of Excel Wisdom Academy, Peva Chanchanji. I also sell building materials, beverages and I trade in grains too. It all started on Thursday, July 16, 2020. I was away on a business trip. But in the early hours of Friday, July 17, 2020, I received a call from one of my salespersons, Felix Mise, who told me that soldiers invaded my house and destroyed everything in the house. According to him, they came in the night at about 3am, looking for me. But they were told that I was not around, that I had travelled. The soldiers beat them up mercilessly, destroyed my personal belongings, and packed my documents and other valuables. In the process of searching my house, they took the sum of N1,237,000 which we made from sales from Monday, July 13, to Thursday, July 16. They also made away with three motorcycles – two black Haojue and a Bajaj (Boxer). They broke all the casement windows of my house and smashed the windscreen of my 504 commercial wagon and one 504 saloon car. Three of my boys, who were around, were all arrested. My wife was in the village to inspect our farm and only came back to see the destruction on Friday. The soldiers later proceeded to my building materials shop, along the Catholic Church road and looted the items there.

“That same night, at about 5am, my neighbour, Mr Terngu Torwua, whose shop was close to mine, called me and told me that people were looting my shop. I made efforts to call the police, but before I could even get through, he called me back and said the people were soldiers. So, I did not even call the police again. He told me they came in three Toyota Hilux vans and were packing things in the shop. They took away 19 wheelbarrows, nails, trowels, paint, nets, etc. They used knives to perforate my cement bags and destroyed 50 bundles of roofing sheets. In fact, anything that they could not take with them, they ensured that they destroyed it. I was shocked when my people sent me the pictures of what happened. As if that was not enough, they proceeded to my school on Saturday, July 18, 2020, and burnt all the structures there.”

Asked what he thought was the reason behind the soldiers’ action, Gaza said it might not be unconnected with a search for bandits and criminals. He, also, vehemently denied having any connection with criminals and bandits.

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He said,

“I really don’t know why they are doing this. But I read in the papers that Major General Adeyemi Yekini said they were looking for bandits and criminals. But people in that community know who I am. I don’t have any link with bandits or criminals. The successes I recorded so far are based on sheer luck and favour from God who has blessed my endeavours. I started the schools – Excel Wisdom Academy Primary and Secondary School in 2014 and, today, I have over 1,000 students in the secondary section and slightly above 400 in primary school. So, I am a popular person in that community. Everybody can attest to my character. I challenge the Nigerian Army to come out with evidence against me that I am a criminal or bandit.”

The businessman said, however, that he would be suing “the Nigerian Army and Major General Adeyemi Yekini for authorising the destruction of my school and looting of my house and shop”

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Father of chained Kebbi boy charged

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Father who chained his 12-year-old son, Jibrin, Aliyu Umaru, for two years in Kebbi has been charged for cruelty.

Kebbi Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Nafiu Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement.

According to him:

”The Kebbi State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that on the 09/08/2020 at about 1440hrs, information revealed that, one Jibrin Aliyu,male, aged,12 years of Badariya area, Birnin Kebbi was tied with a rope alongside with animals and chickens for a period of two years after demise of his biological mother without treatment and feeding in their residence.

On the receipt of the report, detectives attached to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Birnin Kebbi, swiftly rushed to the scene, rescued the victim and took him to Sir Yahyah Memorial Hospital, Birnin Kebbi for medical attention.

”In the course of investigation, it was discovered that the victim, Jibrin Aliyu is a patient of Down Syndrome and his father, Aliyu Umaru has admitted to have tied him with a rope because he had taken him to various native doctors for medication up to the extent of selling some of his properties but all in vein.

“Instead of his father to continue with his medication, he decided to subject him to such inhumane and degrading treatment in order to prevent him from roaming about in the town, stoning peoples’ vehicles as well as injuring himself which could lead to his death.

”In the light of the above Aliyu Umaru was found culpable of being cruel to his son and has been charged to Court accordingly.”

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Wife arrested after husband kills self over lack of sex

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The wife of a man in India has been arrested after her husband committed suicide over claims she failed to have sex with him during their 22-months marriage.

The wife identified as Geeta Parmar, 32, a resident of Maninagar in Gujarat, was recently arrested on suspicion of ‘abetment to suicide’ following a complaint filed by her late husband’s mother-in-law.

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According to reports, her mother-in-law, Muli Parmar, 55, claims Geeta did not have sex with her husband, Surndrasinh, during the 22 months of their married life together and the lack of sex left her son in ‘mental stress’ as a result of their relationship failed.

Parmar said she also discovered they were sleeping in separate beds when she paid the couple a visit when he revealed to her that he and Geeta did not have ‘physical relations’, the police report said.

“Once I had gone inside my son’s room and found that he and my daughter-in-law were sleeping on different beds,’ Muli alleged in her first information report.

“When I asked my son about this, he told me that they did not have physical relations as Geeta had taken a vow that she would not sleep with her husband.”

Surndrasinh committed suicide on July 27 and his family members on returning from a funeral to Surndrasinh’s home discovered him.

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Surndrasinh married Geeta, his second wife, in October 2018 after a divorce from his ex-wife two years earlier.

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Florida dad kills 11-year-old terminally ill daughter, himself

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A dad reportedly shot dead his 11-year-old daughter who was terminally ill before shooting himself on Monday morning.

The Florida dad identified as Kenbian Ng allegedly opened fire on his daughter, Angela, at the family’s home in the 14600 block of Southwest 18th Court in Davie while his wife was preparing breakfast, SunSentinel reported.

The mother rushed into the room after hearing gunshots around 9 a.m., she found both her daughter and husband with fatal injuries, the outlet reported.

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The daughter died at the scene while the father later died at the Broward County Medical Center.

Authorities confirmed that Angela had severe health conditions with no signs of improvement.

“It was a devastating terminal illness,” Dave police spokesman Lt Mark Leone said. “She was not going to get any better … It is such a tragic situation, a terrible situation.”

Family members said Angele had cancer in her femur, and was scheduled to get her leg amputated at the end of the month.

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Leone told Local10 that the shooting is currently being investigated as a murder-suicide. Authorities believe that Angela’s terminal illness inspired the slaying.

“While we were speaking to the mother, we were told that the child has a debilitating, terminal illness, which is a possibility for why this tragic incident occurred,” Leone told the station.

Leone referred to the father’s apparent murder-suicide as a “lose-lose situation.”

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