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THEY ARE HOODLUMS! Angry commercial motorcyclists burn down police van over colleague’s death in Ikorodu

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Some angry commercial motorcyclists on Wednesday set ablaze a police patrol vehicle at Ibeshe in Ikorodu area of Lagos in retaliation to a cyclist’s death allegedly caused by some policemen.

Eyewitnesses said that the incident occurred at Baale junction in Owode area of Ibeshe in Ikorodu area of Lagos.

It was gathered that the burnt patrol vehicle was, however, attached to Ipakodo Police Station, another suburb of Lagos.

Sources said that trouble started on Tuesday night when a patrol team from Ibeshe Division allegedly engaged one of the motorcyclists in a hot chase for failure to pay an undisclosed amount.

“Following the refusal of the deceased to pay the money, he was said to have been chased towards Ibeshe road until he fell into a gutter with his motorcycle.

“The police team immediately ran away with their vehicle, abandoning the fatally injured victim inside the ditch

“Other motorcyclists immediately drove to the scene and moved the victim to a nearby hospital where he died.

“Following his death, his colleagues mobilised themselves on Wednesday and attacked a police team they sighted before setting the patrol van ablaze.

“The policemen ran for safety in different direction back to the station located on NPA road, Ebute Ipakodo,” witnesses said.

SP Chike Oti, the police spokesman in Lagos, confirmed the incident, saying that 63 motorcyclists allegedly involved in the burning of their vehicle have been arrested.

“The CP Lagos has directed that the 63 Okada riders be arrested for burning the police vehicle and that they should be charged to court for arson,” he said.

Oti said that the unfortunate incident happened at a black spot in Ibeshe, Ipakodo area during an encounter between policemen manning the black spot and a commercial motorcyclist plying the route.

“As he (motorcyclist) approached the police pin down point, the police team observed that he was carrying a passenger with a big bag placed between him and the rider.

“And so they flagged him down but the motorcyclist increased his speed in order to evade police scrutiny.

“Sadly, he ended up in a ditch and passed on. Meanwhile, his associate with the suspicious bag vanished into the thin air,” he said.

Oti noted that the riders being sympathetic to their late colleague mobilised in their thousands and attempted to burn the Ibeshe Police Post but were resisted.

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He said they then moved and found a softer target which was a police van stationed at a known black spot in Ibeshe and set it ablaze.

“The police authorities in Lagos state wishes to warn all those with the penchant to destroy and loot its property/armoury that henceforth the command will be compelled to use all lawful means including the use of firearms to protect such properties and defend its personnel.

“The police in Lagos will no longer stand by and watch hoodlums destroy government property worth millions of Naira for whatever reason.

“Any group of persons with complaints against the police action must toe the civilised option of registering their complaints with the police authorities for appropriate action.

(NAN)

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 387 new COVID-19 cases, total now 10162 cases

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Nigeria’s total confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have risen to 10,162.

According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, 307 new cases were recorded on Sunday with Lagos recording the highest number of 188 as usual.

Also, 13 other states and FCT recorded new cases while 3,007 patients have been treated and discharged.

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Prompt News reports that 14 new deaths were added on Sunday, bringing the total fatalities to 287.

“307 new cases of #COVID19;

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FCT-44
Ogun-19
Kaduna-14
Oyo-12
Bayelsa-9
Gombe-5
Kano-3
Delta-3
Imo-2
Rivers-2
Niger-2
Bauchi-2
Plateau-1
Kwara-1

“10162 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 3007,/Deaths: 287

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JUST IN:Nigeria records 553 new COVID-19 cases, total now 9,855

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COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increased further on Saturday with 553 cases reported by the country, even as authorities intensify efforts to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

The new cases were confirmed by the specialist agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Twitter.

This takes the country’s total infections to 9,855, out of which 2856 have been discharged with 273 losing their lives.

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Data from the NCDC showed that the cases were spread across 14 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 378 cases.

553 new cases of #COVID19;

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FCT-52
Delta-23
Edo-22
Rivers-14
Ogun-13
Kaduna-12
Kano-9
Borno-7
Katsina-6
Jigawa-5
Oyo-5
Yobe-3
Plateau-3
Osun-1

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9855 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 2856
Deaths: 273

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COVID-19: Enugu govt. decontaminates Ogbete Main Market

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The Enugu State Fire Service has commenced the decontamination and fumigation of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing newsmen during the exercise on Saturday, the state’s Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Okwudiri Ohaa, said that the exercise would last until Sunday.

It would be recalled that the state fire service carried out the first phase of the exercise in the market on April 1, shortly after the market was shut down by the state government to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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During the first phase of the decontamination of the market, the exercise was monitored by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and heads of security agencies in the state.

Ohaa said that the state government had been consistent with the exercise to ensure that “the fight against COVID-19 is won in Enugu State”.

He maintained that the decontamination would be a continuous one, saying that “when the market reopens, it will be a weekly event’’.

He advised residents to continue to adhere strictly to all precautionary measures for containment of COVID-19.

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Ohaa said the guidelines on personal hygiene protocol by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), among others, should be adhered to.

Reacting on behalf of the traders in the market, the Chief Security Officer, Mr. Justus Ezebinagu, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the initiative to decontaminate the market for the second time.

Ezebinagu gave an assurance that the traders would comply strictly with the government’s precautionary measures as well as the laid-down protocols by WHO and NCDC.

“When we were told that the governor directed the fire service to come and fumigate the market, the traders were happy because this is the second time they are coming to fumigate the market since this pandemic started.

“We thank our amiable governor for coming to our aid. We are happy.

“Even though the market is partially open for now, we believe that our governor is going to do more in our collective interest,’’ he said.

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