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Unilorin student jumps from storey building, runs into mosque to evade arrest  – Police [Video]

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A student of the University of Ilorin [Unilorin] jumped from a storey building and ran into a mosque where he disrupted a prayer session to evade arrest, police have said in a statement.

Suleiman Usman Olamilekan,  suspected to be a cult member, was being arrested for allegedly stealing a mobile phone belonging to a female student of the same institution.

Ajayi Okasanmi, DSP, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kwara Police Command, in the statement, was reacting to a social media news titled “an unfortunate conduct of two of its officers exercising application of force in arresting a suspect on 13/12/2019 at Oko Oba in Tanke Oke Odo area of Ilorin”.

Okasanmi explained that a female student of the University of Ilorin (name withheld) reported a case of stolen telephone handset at Tanke Division.

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“One Suleiman Usman Olamilekan said to be a student of same university and his gang of cultists were suspected to have perpetrated the crime. The chief suspect was also said to be a notorious criminal who has been evading arrest for his involvement in series of criminal activities and other cult related crimes.”

Okasanmi said that two policemen from F Division, Tanke were detailed to arrest the suspects.

“In the course of effecting the arrest, the suspect who was already arrested in his room jumped down from the storey building and ran with a cuffed hands into a nearby mosque where Muslim faithful were observing their Jumat prayers.

“He was chased out by the faithful in the mosque and he started struggling with the police officers in order to avoid being taken to the station. He was however overpowered by the arresting team and the stolen telephone set eventually recovered from him.”

The PPRO said that the Command would not condone any act of impunity by its officers adding,

“Kwara State Police Command wishes to affirm its commitment to the respect for the sanctity of human life and dignity of persons but will not allow criminal elements in our society to continue to terrorize innocent citizens with impunity.

“Consequently the Commissioner of Police Kwara State Command, Ag Cp Kayode Egbetokun has ordered a thorough investigation into the matter. Disciplinary action will, however, be taken against the arresting officers if found to have used unreasonable force in the arrest of the suspect.”

 

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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;

Lagos-378
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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Buhari‘s nephew, Ibrahim Dauda, dies in Daura

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Ibrahim Dauda, a nephew to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is dead.

Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Dauda died on Saturday in Daura, Katsina State, following a prolonged illness.

In a condolence message, Buhari was quoted as saying the death had robbed the family and the Daura community of one of its finest gentlemen.

“I am deeply touched and devastated by the passing of yet another family member, a man who had demonstrated amazing kindness and honesty in all his dealings.

“The deceased is survived by a number of children, including Dauda Ibrahim, a Chief Administrative Officer in State House, Abuja,” the President said.

He prayed to God to forgive the soul of the deceased and reward his deeds.

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