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Niger: Bandits raid Zagzaga kill 2, abduct children of village head, wives of counsellors, 64 others

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From John Adams, Minna

For three days running, armed bandits have intensified their raid on communities in Munya, Niger State, the latest being the invasion of Zagaga community in the early hours of Wednesday, where two victims were killed and 66 others abducted.

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Among those killed are two youths providing voluntary security services in the community due to the absence of security agents, and a local vigilante who was hacked to death.

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Three other youths sustained gunshot injuries, one of them having his right leg broken, and are currently at a government facility in Minna, the state capital, receiving treatments.

According to a source close to the community who spoke to our correspondent on phone this morning, two children of the village head, Musa Umaru, two wives of the counsellor representing Zagaga Ward, Saleh Adamu, are among the 66 people, including women and children that were abducted by the bandits.

The bandits, numbering over 80, stormed the community at about 1:00 am, shooting sporadically to announce their arrival and in the process shooting their ill-equipped victims at close range, reports say.

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The raid, which lasted until 4:00 am Wednesday without resistance, saw the bandits break into no fewer than 11 shops and a number of homes, where they looted provisions and other food items.

Our source said the victims, especially women, were used to evacuate all the looted items in sacks as they matched them through the bush path, heading towards a place called Mangoro and Pole.

For the four hours that the operation lasted, our source said no security agent came to the rescue of the community, despite communications with them throughout the operation.

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‘We informed the security agents and we were communicating with them but no response. Up until this morning (7:00 am) we have not seen anybody, either from the government or the security agents.

‘The entire community is now deserted because we don’t know what will happened next. The remaining people in the community have being moving out since in the morning with their properties,’ he said.

It could be recalled that the military in April 23 this year, closed down it camp stationed in the community since 2018, after armed bandits numbering about 70 invaded the camp and killed the RSM and injured others.

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The military were also said to have, during the bloody attack which community source said lasted for over three hours, killed a number of the bandits.

Ever since the military shot down it camp in the community, there has been no security presence in the area, with the people relying on ill-equipped local vigilantes for security.

Although the community has a police outpost with two personnel, there is no accommodation for them to be used as an office. They are also said to be ill-equipped.

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Police declare SS3 student wanted for beating teacher to death in Delta

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Delta State Police Command has declared wanted one Michael Ogbeife, an SS3 student of Erhimu Secondary School, Abraka in the State, for beating a teacher of the school, Joseph Ossai, to death.

Michael is said to be on the run after perpetrating the illicit act on Thursday.

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PUNCH Metro gathered that Michael had on that fateful day engaged the teacher in a scuffle that resulted in the teacher giving up the ghost during the fight.

The deceased teacher, who was said to be in charge of Agricultural Science and Biology in the school until his demise, had reportedly flogged Michael’s younger sister, Promise Ogbeife who was involved in a dispute with her classmate.

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It was gathered that Michael got infuriated by the teacher’s decision to flog his sister and the enraged SS3 student resorted to a fight with the teacher.

Sources said that Michael angrily left the school’s premises after his sister was flogged, and later returned back, heading straight to the staff room for a showdown with the teacher.

Some of our sources alleged that Michael had initially rushed home to get a charm before engaging the teacher in the fight.

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It was gathered that the teacher collapsed after some punches from the student which left the teacher with a bleeding nose just as blood was also gushing out from his mouth.

Consequently, the teacher was rushed to a private hospital in the community, from where he was referred to the government hospital where he was confirmed dead on arrival.

Reacting to the gory incident, the proprietor of the school, Mr Erhimu, told journalists that he was awaiting full details of the matter, as he was not around when the incident happened.

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The visibly worried proprietor has however directed that the school be shut till Monday noting that he had been to the police station over the matter.

Confirming the incident, the police public relations officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, told newsmen that the suspect is on the run.

“The suspect is nowhere to be found for now, but his sister is in protective custody”, the PPRO said just as he insisted that efforts are being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspect.

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Your mother lived a fulfilled life, Oshiomhole consoles Igbinedion

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The immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed shock at the death of Madam Maria Igbinedion, mother of his predecessor, Mr Lucky Igbinedion.

In a statement released to the press by his media aide, Victor Oshioke, Oshiomhole consoled Igbinedion to be comforted with the fact that the late matriarch who died lately at the age of 85 years old lived a fulfilled life.

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The former APC chair said, “Mama was known to be a very peaceful and empathic person who sympathized with those that suffered misfortune, gave encouragement to those in despair and shared whatever she had with those in need within her community.

“It is pertinent therefore that at this very traumatic period for your family, we also share in your pain.

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“As mortals, it is difficult to come to terms with the loss of such a kind-hearted, deeply pious and beneficent matriarch, who in spite of her age, was still full of life and a veritable bastion of support for her children and the entire community.

“Your mother may not have lived till the fullness of our desires for her life, yet she lived a fulfilled life of service to humanity through her numerous community engagements, nurtured her children to greatness and had a good relationship with God.

“On behalf of my family, I offer our sincere condolences at this most challenging time while praying that mama finds eternal rest in heaven.

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“Also I pray that God sends forth His grace upon you, your siblings, your father and extended family that she left behind. Be assured that we have you in our prayers and share in your grief at this most difficult time.”

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