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UNIOSUN confirms status of student set ablaze in Osogbo

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The Osun State University, UNIOSUN, has revealed that one of its students, Oke Ademiju Victor, a final year student of Political Science, was involved in a savage attack by suspected cultists in Osogbo, Saturday night.

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Confirming the development to DAILY POST on Monday, the university’s Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adesoji disclosed that the University had received a report of the attack on Oke in the late hours of Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Akede, Osun lepo area of Osogbo.

According to Adesoji, “The University noticed that Oke Ademiju Victor was absent for his final paper in the afternoon and decided to contact his parents.

“It was later discovered that he was attacked by unknown cultists in the early hours of Saturday.”

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The university spokesperson reported that some of the residents of the area where the incident occured explained that Oke was shouting that he will not join their cult group while he was continually being hit with a machete and stones.

He also stated that after the physical beating, there was an attempt to set him ablaze which was partially carried out before he was eventually rescued.

He revealed that the institution has been following up with the parents of the victim and it was confirmed that Oke was rushed to the UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital for treatment and later referred to an undisclosed hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

“The University security unit is currently working with the Osun Command of the Nigerian Police to ensure the culprits are exposed and brought to book.

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“We hereby implore everyone to be calm and continue with their normal activities as the management of the University is committed and will continue to remain committed to the safety of the lives and properties of its stakeholders especially the students,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Osun Police Command Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, said police personnel were on the trail of the perpetrators.

“Investigation has commenced into the matter. Members of a cult attacked the victim. They doused him with petrol and set him ablaze.

“Our men are already on the trail of the perpetrators. The victim is believed to be a member of a rival group. He did not die. He was rushed to a hospital,” he stated.

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There were several media reports on Monday of the attack on a rival cult member in Osogbo.

Reports had it that he was macheted severally and when the weapons had no effect on him, petrol was poured in him and he was set ablaze.

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Policeman, businessman killed as youth gangs clash in Minna

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One policeman and a businessman have been killed as a result of gang fights which has become a norm within Minna, the Niger State capital, as the government and security agencies seem to be unable to find a solution to these fights that have led to the loss of lives and properties.

The fight is usually between youths of different areas who choose the streets of Minna as their battlefield.

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Security personnel were able to quell the clash which started on Thursday between the youth of Limawa and Ogbomosho areas.

On Friday morning, they regrouped and disrupted the Minna central area, dispersing business owners who had to lock their shops and scamper to safety.

Our correspondent gathered that in the process of the clash, one of the traders whose shop is located along Ogbomosho Road was stabbed and later died in the hospital.

There are conflicting reports on how the policeman died. While some said he was mistakenly killed by his colleague, others said it was the clashing youths that killed him.

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The policeman was said to have been among those drafted to the area to control the clash and protect other citizens.

The majority of the shops in the area have remained closed.

Gang clashes have become frequent in Minna, making residents and commuters live in fear as the fights occur on major roads with the gang members fighting with stones and knives.

Residents usually get attacked, injured, have their goods stolen while windshields of cars get shattered in the course of such fights.

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A call put through to the Niger State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, went unanswered as of the time of filing this report.

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Buhari passes verdict on El-Rufai: What is it?

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday continued the inauguration of projects executed by the Kaduna State Government, with stops at Zaria, heaping encomiums on Governor Nasir El-Rufai saying, ‘‘I am pleased to be associated with your successes and initiatives.’’

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Speaking at the palace of the Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, the President noted that within the context of scarce resources and prevailing economic reality, the Kaduna State government has done well for the people.

‘‘As they say in Hausa ‘Gani ya Kori ji’ (seeing is believing),’’ he said.

The President, who is on a four-day official visit to the State, had on Thursday commissioned projects in Kafanchan and Kaduna metropolis in the State.

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On Friday in Zaria, the northern senatorial district of Kaduna, the President inaugurated the remodelled Sabon Gari market with 3,400 shops; the Circular road with two spurs on River road and Kufena road; and the Queen Elizabeth way.

At the Sabon-Gari market, President Buhari, while appreciating the governor for rebuilding one of the oldest markets in the State and paying compensation of over N300 million to traders, jocularly said he would consider opening a consultancy service in the market, where a ‘‘Presidential Block’’ is named after him.

In his remarks, Governor El-Rufai recalled that in August 2019, the President was in Zaria to commission Phase 2 of the Zaria water project, providing a basic amenity that was not available for residents of Zaria for over 30 years.

‘‘Our State is an agricultural State and this Emirate is associated with farming. We know Mr President’s passion for agriculture and we are grateful you appointed a son of the State to head the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.

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‘‘We look forward to more agricultural interventions in the State,’’ the Governor said, pledging that the people of Kaduna and their elected representatives will continue to stand by the principles and values associated with the President: honesty, integrity and commitment to public service.

The Emir of Zazzau thanked the President for the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Health in providing a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at Ahamdu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, in line with the desire of the people of Zazzau.

‘‘Today our people don’t have to travel to Kano, Sokoto or Abuja for medical screening with MRI machine,’’ he said.

The first class traditional ruler commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai for the Urban Renewal Projects embarked upon by his administration, acknowledging that the Emir of Zazzau’s Palace which has been in existence for centuries, was a major beneficiary of the projects.

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‘‘We will be grateful if Mr President will thank and bless our Governor for the gigantic legacy project ongoing in the Place. Equally, Zaria people have benefitted in other areas like road construction and bridges which have expanded road networks as well as decongested traffic significantly,’’ he said.

On security, the Emir, while acknowledging the efforts of the government, solicited for more intervention by the Federal Government in the area, noting that Zaria emirate is a gateway to all the States in the North West as well neighbouring Niger Republic.

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