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Stay in your houses if not on official duties, FCT warns soldiers, security men

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The Federal Capital Territory [FCT] has warned security men against flouting the restriction order.

The FCT Administration said only those on official duties are allowed movement in the territory during the 14-day curfew imposed by the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

The Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Task team on Traffic, Ikharo Attah, handed down the warning on Tuesday after monitoring the compliance level in the nation’s capital.

Attah put the compliance level at 85 per cent but noted that many security operatives not on duty, including the military and police, abused their privileges.

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He said henceforth, any security operatives caught violating the curfew would be arrested and prosecuted by the appropriate authority.

Attah said,

“The virus wants to live on the body, when nobody picks it up, it dies. All security men should stay in their houses except those on official duties.

“If we are to allow all uniformed men to roam the streets, the restriction will have no impact. We want to quickly end this coronavirus pandemic so that we can return to normal lives.”

Attah urged residents to cooperate with the government by complying with the no-movement order and observe all precautionary measures rolled out by the government.

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Meanwhile, an indigenous company, Faxx Stores and Trading Nigeria Limited, has donated assorted personal protective equipment to health workers in the FCT to aid them in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

The items are 52 units full personal protective suits, 200 (400 units) face masks and 150 hand sanitizers.

Delivering the items to the administration, the Chief Executive Officer, Francis Abu, said the donation was in appreciation of the FCT Administration and Federal Government’s prompt response to curtail the spread of the coronavirus since its outbreak in Nigeria.

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Abu said,

“In times of unforeseen and unexpected crisis of this nature and magnitude, it is imperative that we come together as a community to assist government and together, we can play an important role in addressing this emergency and helping those affected by it.”

Receiving the items, the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, while thanking the organisation, called on other corporate bodies to support the government in the fight against the pandemic.

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Obaseki orders Police investigation into death of UNIBEN student

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COVID-19: Edo orders shutdown of Lagos street to all business activities

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has ordered a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin (UNIBEN), in Ikpoba Hill axis of Benin City, the state capital.

Miss Omozuwa was alleged to have been raped after her head was smashed with a fire extinguisher at a Pentecostal church in Benin, which consequently led to her death.

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In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osa+gie, said Governor Obaseki has mandated the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other relevant security agencies to fish out the culprits, who perpetrated the dastardly act and bring them to justice.

“The governor is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa. We have been in consultation with the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and have mandated thorough investigation of the matter to ensure that those who are responsible for this heinous crime are brought to justice.”

He added that the state government would ensure that the full weight of the law run its course and that the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law and other such laws related to rape and sexual abuse are exploited to get justice for the deceased.

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Osagie expressed the Governor’s deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

He noted that it was imperative to respect the privacy of the grieving family as they pass through this difficult time.

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JUST IN: Policeman kills colleagues in shooting spree

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A yet- to- be named policeman on Sunday morning allegedly opened fire on his colleagues at Onikan, killing some of them.

The yet- to- be named officer went berserk around 5 am following a disagreement with other members of his team.

It was gathered that the trigger- happy cop hijacked their operational vehicle after shooting them and drove straight to Akoka in Yaba where he attempted to access a compound but couldn’t.

According to sources, the building had a metallic door and the policeman said to be attached to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) allegedly opened sporadic fire on the property to gain access.

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Residents said they were frightened and took cover not knowing what was happening since it was around 5 am.

It was gathered that no fewer than 30 bullet holes were counted in an apartment, corridor and ceiling of the premises.

It was learnt that the shooter, who spotted a black outfit and rode in a white escort van with siren, might have become more frustrated after his vehicle stuck in a ditch when he made to escape.

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Sources said distress calls were made to the Bariga Police Division and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) who deployed operatives to the scene and restrained the active shooter.

From short videos obtained from residents by The Nation, the trigger happy cop was screaming incoherently, a development suggestive of a possible mental illness.

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He was heard alleging that some persons wanted to corrupt him and that he should be allowed to go home in the name of Jesus.

At the time of this report, police spokesman Bala Elkana told newsmen that the command was investigating the matter to understand what truly happened, adding that a statement would be released later.

 

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Nasarawa: Abducted CAN chairman regains freedom

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Abducted Nasarawa CAN Chairman regains freedom

The abducted Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Nasarawa State, Bishop Joseph Masin, has regained his freedom.

Recall that Nasarawa police command had confirmed the abduction of the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Joseph Masin, by gunmen in Lafia and a N20m ransom was demanded for his release.

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The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, confirmed his release to the media on Sunday in Lafia.

He disclosed that four suspects have been arrested and that investigation was ongoing to arrest all those involved.

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Longe, however, denied knowledge of any ransom being paid to secure the release of the CAN chairman.

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He said all the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution after investigation.

Pastor Sam Joseph, son of the CAN Chairman, told newsmen that his father was freed about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday.

“He was freed around Lizhi village in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

“The chairman arrived his Bukan-sidi residence in Lafia at about 2:00 a.m on Sunday and had been taken for medical examination in an undisclosed hospital.” he added.

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