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Two die as Lagos hoodlums clash, loot shops

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Two people have been reportedly killed in a clash between two cults on Iya Agan Street, in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

gathered that the cultists, who engaged one another in a free-for-all with different weapons, including guns, also looted shops in the community.

Our correspondent learnt that the fight, which happened on Sunday, created tension in the area.

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The Chief Security Officer, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, Ishola Agbodemu, said one of the cultists, whose stomach was torn with a knife by a member of the rival group, later died in a hospital.

The deceased’s cult was said to have gone on a reprisal, killing a member of their rival.

Agbodemu said, “We have two cult factions in Ebute Metta West: Kogbagidi Boys, led by Wewe Anointing, while the other group, Fagbayimu Olokodana Boys, was led by Skipoo (late), Kokobiri and Omo Simbi.

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“Since 2010, they had been tormenting the neighbourhood. About two weeks ago, one of Olokodana’s Boys, called AZ, started terrorising Ilaje Otumara village in Mainland Apapa Road and all efforts to get him arrested was frustrated by his group. But this morning (Sunday), while they were returning from a street carnival, the two groups met at Iya Agan Junction and started fighting.

“We quickly intervened that they should not start the New Year with a fight. I also spoke to their leaders on the phone to call them to order; those boys work with the National Union Road Transport Workers.

“Not long after we pleaded with them, I was at a burial when I was called that the boys had started killing one another. When we got to Otumara Ilaje, the Olokodana Boys had looted shops; they used a knife to tear the stomach of one of the other group’s members called Iya Oshe and also stabbed another person in the neck and they were rushed to a hospital.

“Iya Oshe died in the attack and in a reprisal, the other group went after the Olokodana group and killed one Abbey at Joseph Lambo Street, Apapa Road.”

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learnt that after calm was restored, the hoodlums returned to the community at night with weapons and robbed residents.

Our correspondent gathered that the matter was reported at the Iponri Police Station as community leaders and the alleged faction leaders were invited for a meeting at the police station.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, did not take his calls which rang out.

He had also yet to respond to a text message sent to his telephone line as of the time of filing this report.

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0sun 2022: Beware of political robbers, Oyetola warns party members 

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Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has warned members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), not to fall victim of political robbers that are promising them loan because of election.

He said the promise is a deceit to collect their card and deny them the opportunity to elect their choice in the coming primary election.

Speaking at Ikire during the consultation visit to Irewole/Isokan/Ayedaade federal constituency, Oyetola warned politicians that are sharing loan form to desist from receiving people.

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He said, “I want to appeal to you to keep your party registration card. We learnt that some dishonest people have printed form that they will give you loan. Do not fall for their tricks. They wanted to collect what you have with their lies. The loan they did not give you about two years ago, election is near and they now think of sharing loan. Don’t let them collect it from you.”

Oyetola who was hosted by his deputy, Benedict Alabi and his Commissioner for Finance, Bola Oyebamiji, boasted of victory in the coming primary election.

Maintaining that he is ready for any method the party may want to use for the primary, Oyetola said, “whether direct or indirect, we are confident.”

“Let your meeting be regular. If you see any stranger in your meeting, quickly raise alarm. We don’t know their plan. I’m happy there is no unit that we don’t recognise one another.

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“They have collected form for me to contest for second term. I am confident because God and party members are behind me. I am bold that God gave me the opportunity to serve better. God helped me to do what people think we won’t be able to do. I’m happy. I don’t know we have done so much like that. I’m fulfilling my promises. I still have a lot to do with the help of God,” he added.

“Workers should not fear. Some people have been saying whether I will continue with the regular payment of salary if I’m reelected. It is a covenant I made with God. It is not my power, it is God. I don’t have any fear about governance,” Oyetola boasted.

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Kano lawmaker, Danja pays N40m ransom to secure mother’s release

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A lawmaker in the Kano State House of Assembly, Isyaku Ali Danja has paid N40 million ransom to secure the release of his mother from kidnappers.

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Hajiya Zainab was abducted on January 12 at her residence in Gezawa local government area of Kano by gunmen.

According to Arewa Radio 93.1, the lawmaker paid N40 million ransom to the kidnappers to get his mother released.

Danja represents Gezawa Local Government at the House of Assembly where he currently serve as the Majority Leader, after he had once served as Speaker of the House.

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Danja’s mother was released in Jigawa State by her abductors.

Friends of the lawmaker are rejoicing that his mother has been set free by the kidnappers.

According to Hon Lajin Adam Tajo, “All praise is due to Allah, God is great. May God reveal the mother of Isyaku Ali Danja. May God protect the future.”

Hajiya Zainab was abducted around midnight of Tuesday, January 12. Sources said the assailants entered Hajiya Zainab’s house in Gezawa Local Government Area around 1:00 pm armed, forcing the occupants to be taken to her room.

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