From John Adams, Minna
Members of about ten communities in Munya local government area of Niger state that were invaded by armed bandits in the early hours of Monday have alleged that majority of the bandits could not speak Hausa nor Fulani but a language the communities said they could not understand.
The communities also disclosed that contrary to their initial fears that the bandits invaded the communities to either kill or kidnap them which led to them fleeing their homes, the bandits only used the communities as transit.
Recalled that about 60 fully armed bandits invaded some communities in Munya local government area of the state in the early hours of Monday, displacing well over 400 people.
“They asked us to show them direction to Abuja through the bush path. They were only asking of direction to Abuja, they don’t even understand Hausa or Fulani language, the language they were speaking resemble French”, a source close to one of the communities who had an encounter with the bandits told our correspondent in a telephone interview.
He pointed out further that “when you look at them you will know that they are not from Nigeria, most of them were carrying long hair and tight at the back like women. The came on foot and not on motorcycles like they are used to.
“We were returning from the farm when four of us encountered them at a village called Solon Kabula and they stopped us. We started begging them but they told us to stand up and began to ask us to show them way to Abuja through the bush path.
“The only thing we could understand from them was Abuja which they were calling. After pointing to a direction to them, they asked us to go. We left them in the bush there”, he added.
According to our source, the bandits were seen up till 7:30pm on Monday, an indication that they may be sleeping in the bush there, adding that “they are staying in a small forest close to Sohon Kabula, and sure they are still there”, he added.
Meanwhile the Member representing Munya constituency in the state house of assembly, Hon. Andrew Doma has alleged that has not been any form of assistance from the state in terms of security since the escalation of attacks by the bandits in the area.
The lawmaker said the communities that have suffered from bandits attack in recent time have now resigned their faith to God and local vigilantes for protection from the bandits.
According to him, “the communities have not felt any government presence sine all these attacks have been going on, with the killings and Kidnapping on a daily bases. We are only doing what we can and with the help of local Vigilante.
“The situation very worrisome, there no help coming from anywhere and so is a situation of everybody to himself and God for us all. The security agencies are claiming that they don’t get support from the government and the government is claiming that everything is being done to address the security situation”.
The lawmaker’s submission is coming on the heals of government claims that it has expended well over N2billion in the last two years to support security agencies in the state to fight Insecurity, and another N3billion on Internally Displaced People (IDPs) across the state.
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Police declare SS3 student wanted for beating teacher to death in Delta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your mother lived a fulfilled life, Oshiomhole consoles Igbinedion
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.
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.
“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.
“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.”