PHOTOS: Trucks Conveying Protesting PDP Members Collide In Abuja

Two trucks conveying protesting PDP members collide in Abuja on January 20, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

It was a sad experience for some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after they were involved in an accident on Monday.

Thousands of PDP faithful had occupied the streets of Abuja and some major cities in the country in what they described as the ‘mother of all protests’.

The protest was against the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on Tuesday last week in which the court sacked the PDP governorship candidate in Imo State and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 poll.

While the protest went smoothly in some cities, it was a sad event for some PDP faithful in the nation’s capital as two trucks conveying protesters collided.

One of the trucks was stationed at the junction of a major road while the other, which was approaching, lost control in apparent stunt and collided with the first vehicle.

A number of protesters are feared to have sustained various degrees of injury while it has yet to be ascertained if anybody died in the incident.

See more photos and video of the accident below:

Two trucks conveying protesting PDP members collide in Abuja on January 20, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

PHOTOS: Doctors Protest, Condemn Assault On Female Colleague In Abuja

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) protest in Abuja on January 16, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Abuja have protested the harassment of one of their members by a patient’s relative.

The protesters took to the streets of the nation’s capital on Thursday one week after a female doctor was assaulted at the Maitama District Hospital.

The doctor was reportedly stripped naked by one of the relatives of a patient following the death of their mother from a chronic medical condition.

The protesters marched in numbers to the Federal Capital Development Authority to express their grievance over the incident.

Some of them carried different placards with various inscriptions, while others called for justice and more secured working environment for members of the association.

The NMA Chairman (FCT chapter), Ekpe Phillips, condemned the incident during an interview with reporters in the nation’s capital.

He said, “There should be an undertaking by patients that their relatives will not show any act of violence to any doctor or healthcare worker, as doctors are scared to come to work due to the violent act of some patients.”

Phillips, therefore, called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, to deploy appropriate security measures to protect the lives of residents, especially health workers.

See photos below:

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) protest in Abuja on January 16, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

NGSA Dismisses Report Of Earthquake In Abuja

 

The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) has denied the claim that an earthquake hit a part of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Deputy Director of NGSA, Abba Usman, told reporters during an interview at the agency’s office over the weekend that the report of a quake happening in Abuja was false.

A lecturer from the Department of Geology at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, Osun State had said a 3.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the nation’s capital on Friday last week.

But Usman insisted that none of the agency’s equipment picked up any seismic activity in Abaji, about 176 kilometres away from the Abuja city centre.

He faulted the research method used by the lecturer to make his claims, stressing that it was not the first time he has made similar claims which after scrutiny turned out to be false.

 

During a visit to the scene where the earthquake was alleged to have happened (Abaji), Channels TV crew could not find any visible sign of an earth tremor.

Also, none of the eyewitnesses interviewed could corroborate the lecturer’s claims while a further visit was made to Takwura village, the actual location given by the lecturer.

The buildings there were found to be intact with the villagers saying they felt nothing.

With Over 3,000 Housing Estates In Abuja, Deficit Still Reaches Nearly Two Million

 

Asides being the seat of government, Abuja is known for its expansive infrastructure and sprawling properties.

But despite this reality, the high number of unoccupied houses in the nation’s capital is gradually becoming a cause for concern, especially as many residents cannot afford the rent.

According to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the housing deficit for the nation’s capital now hovers around 1.7 and two million.

It also says at least 600 abandoned buildings have been identified by the authorities, with most of them located in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo – way above the means of most civil servants.

Consequently, they have to seek more affordable accommodation in the outskirts of the city.

Lamenting about the situation, the convener, Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo noted that the vacant houses are a result of corruption.

“The vacant houses are caused by corruption. Few Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth of this country and what are we doing about it?

“When you come to Abuja, you’ll see people living in some villages that you can’t even pronounce their names properly and every morning you see heavy traffic along those suburbs because the people have to come to the city in the name of earning their daily bread,” he said.

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Also addressing the matter, the Director, FCT Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima explained that they are making moves to take over the properties.

“We are proposing to the Federal Executive Council, if they can come in and acquire some of these properties and maybe as a way of solving the housing deficit of the country, giving it out to staff and other Nigerians,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) says it will commence an investigation into the ownership of the unoccupied houses in Federal Capital Territory

ICPC To Investigate Ownership Of Unoccupied Houses In Abuja

 

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) will soon commence investigations into the ownership of unoccupied houses in the Federal Capital Territory.

This, according to the agency, is a result of the increase in the number of unoccupied houses in the FCT.

Despite the increase, many residents of the city still find it difficult to secure a decent accommodation.

According to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the housing deficit for the nation’s capital now hovers around 1.7 and two million.

 

 

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It also says at least 600 abandoned buildings have been identified by the authorities, with most of them located in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo.

The buildings are, however, above the means of most civil servants, resulting in them seeking more affordable accommodation in the outskirts of the city.

Consequently, their concentration in those areas results in high traffic as commuters try to make their way to their various destinations daily.

The Convener, Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo, who lamented about the situation, believes that the vacant houses are a result of corruption.

“The vacant houses are caused by corruption. Few Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth of this country and what are we doing about it?

“When you come to Abuja, you’ll see people living in some villages that you can’t even pronounce their names properly and every morning you see heavy traffic along those suburbs because the people have to come to the city in the name of earning their daily bread,” he said.

Also addressing the matter, the Director, FCT Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima explained that they are making moves to take over the properties.

He said, “We are proposing to the Federal Executive Council, if they can come in and acquire some of these properties and maybe as a way of solving the housing deficit of the country, giving it out to staff and other Nigerians,”.

PHOTOS: National Hospital, Abuja Presents Conjoined Twins After Successful Operation

Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The National Hospital, Abuja, on Tuesday, presented a set of conjoined twins who had been successfully operated on.

The twins had been born at the National Hospital in Nasarawa State but were transferred to Abuja as a result of their condition.

Consequently, they were kept at the hospital for 16 months, after which the operation to separate them was carried out in November 2019.

Since then, they remained in the hospital where they were being monitored to ensure that they were stable.

See photos of the twins below as the doctors finally declared the operation successful.

How Abuja Bank Robbers Planned ‘Failed’ Heist In Six Days


 

The four suspects who were arrested during a failed heist at a commercial bank in Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have revealed how they perfected their plans in six days.

An attempt by the suspects to rob the bank on Saturday, December 28 was foiled by a combined team of the Police, the Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) who arrived in the area just when the robbers had made their way in.

They were paraded on Tuesday at the Headquarters of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command.

One of the suspects, Prince Obinna who is a professional photographer, narrated how he was brought into the deal by a bartender who works at a pub.

He alleged that the bartender, one Mr. Ernest who is still at large, asked him to organise his friends who are interested in the heist.

“On December 22, one Mr Ernest who works as a bartender came to me and told me that there is a job somewhere for us to do and he will connect us to the person who works at the bank.

“So he called me and said that Mr Larry Ehizo (bank staff) has arrived and I went to him, he now told us about a deal he wants us to take care of and it won’t make us less than 10-15 minutes; I asked what kind of deal, he said it’s a ‘bank work’ and their bank doesn’t operate on a Saturday, but if we can manage to come around, he can manage to help us get the money out of there because he and Ernest have worked out things.

“He asked if I can organise some people that will help the team, so I called my friends and they said they were interested.”

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Obinna said the meeting was rescheduled and Larry told them everything they needed to know.

On Thursday, they had another meeting where they sat down and made the final plans together.

He said that on Friday, they organised themselves, the arms and ammunition were provided and they mobilised on Saturday to do the job.

He explained that the fifth accomplice (Patrick) who died as a result of gunshot wounds provided the guns on Friday night and they detailed him to stand by the gate because of his height and stature.

Obinna revealed that he had only known his accomplices less than two months prior to the failed heist in December.

Threat?

The bank’s staff, Ehizo, who allegedly led the robbers to the bank, said he was threatened by the same Mr. Ernest who he said, masterminded the heist.

He also gave his own side of the story, stressing that his life and that of his families were threatened if he failed to heed to the plan.

Mr. Ehizo said he worked with the bank for two years as a customer service officer, and he met Mr. Ernest who is a customer at the bank at a pub where he usually goes to have a bottle of beer.

“I have been working with the bank for over two years; the same Ernest that met them had met me earlier with a lot of threat based on a discussion we had sometime in November which he said he recorded and was going to use against me if I don’t cooperate, I tried to report to the police but he told me that if I do so, his friends will hurt me if he is arrested.

“I took them in, which was the instruction that was given by the said Ernest; he insisted I had a meeting with them and he said that I should bring them in and they will take over from there.”

Mr Ehizo stated that “I have not worked with Ernest, he is a customer in the bank and that was where we got to know because I work in the customer service department and I treat request.

“There is a place I went to drink beer and that is where he works. We were having a conversation about work and all and he was complaining that certain request will be brought to the bank and they don’t treat early and why haven’t we improved our services. So I tried to explain to him that this process takes a long time and it is not the way they look. He now said that it’s not an excuse, maybe these banks need to start touching them.

“I now asked him if he wants to go and rob the bank or get some people to do it or even kill someone to make an impression and that is not the way to go about it; he had this on record that day and after like three weeks, he called me and said that he had gotten people. I begged him that I didn’t tell him I want to rob the bank or he should bring people and he should let the matter be.

“He now came to my house with his friends and threatened me, he described my family house and said that he had traced me to my family house and anything I will do; I should take the outcome like that.

“I was afraid to come to the police because I didn’t know what he was going to do with my family or any other person around me.”

On the day of the robbery, Mr Ehizo alleged that Mr Ernest was opposite the bank, watching their moves from the point they arrived at the bank.

“At the pre-operation meeting, he told me to tell them how to go inside, take them in, show them where the CCTV camera is, where the police officer will be; he even came along that day, but he didn’t come in the same car, he stayed across the bank.

“When we drove in, he called and told me that he just saw us enter and hope it is what we discussed that I am doing, out of fear I told him yes. He said that I should just do as we have agreed. I drove them to the bank as the person instructed me to do.”

 

PHOTOS: Police Parade Four Suspects Linked To Abuja Bank Robbery

The four suspects paraded at the FCT Police Command in Abuja on December 31, 2019. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

 

The police have paraded four suspects for their alleged involvement in Saturday’s bank robbery in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Three of the suspects are said to be part of the group of armed men that attacked the bank while the fourth man is an official of the bank.

The four men were paraded on Tuesday at the Headquarters of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command.

This comes three days after gunmen stormed a commercial bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the nation’s capital.

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The suspects were said to have gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

This attracted the attention of many residents in the area who came out to witness what looked like a robbery scene out of a movie.

The assailants, however, came to the end of the road in the bid to carry out a successful and well-planned operation as they were trapped inside the bank.

This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS) who positioned themselves strategically in the area.

The suspects, thereafter, engaged the security team in gunfire, resulting in the death of one of the attackers while four others were arrested.

Following the incident, some Nigerians took to Twitter in various hilarious reactions as many described the robbery attack as scenes from popular series – Money Heist.

See the photos of the parade below:

One Chance Operation On The Increase In Abuja

 

Robbing of passengers in commercial vehicles known as one chance is a growing threat to security in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Residents of the city have ugly tales to tell following the loss of their valuables to the criminals almost on daily basis.

One of them is Chris Agabi, who recalled his nasty experience in the hands of the fraudsters said he was robbed of his bank account after being held hostage.

“At about 2 pm, they abducted me and took me to an unknown place. They held me hostage in the car, took my ATM and made sure the pin I gave them was correct.

“They want to the nearest ATM around Kado and withdrew all that was left in my two accounts and went and dropped me around Kado estate,” he said.

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Similarly, another victim, Christiana Uzoba, said she played into the tricks of the criminals while visiting a bereaved family member.

“I boarded this taxi at about 6:15 to 6:20am. There was a guy in front and a lady so I was the last person that joined the taxi.

“After boarding the taxi, before we got to Jaiz bank, they started beating me. They were beating me, suppressed and forced me in between the car seat to ensure I don’t exercise any form of struggle.

“They blindfolded me, collected my bag containing my office laptop. They went through my phone and saw all the messages. So they instructed me to transfer the money I had in my Zenith, Diamond and GT bank accounts.

“They made sure I wiped off all the money I had. They had POS, they withdrew from the POS. At some point the POS wasn’t paying. They started driving around town, blasting music in their car so even if I wanted to scream, nobody would hear me,” she said.

Atiku Reacts To Abuja Bank Robbery, Hopes For Better Security

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to Saturday’s bank robbery in the Mpape area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He commended the security operatives who arrived at the scene on time to foil the attack.

Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, called for improved security of the country and its people next year.


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Some soldiers at the Mpape area of Abuja on December 28, 2019. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

“I am proud of the proactiveness of the Nigerian Army and Police in foiling the bank robbery in Abuja,” he said in a tweet.

The former Vice President added, “It is my hope that this will be the face of a reinvigorated security in the new year.”

His tweet came hours after a group of armed men attacked the commercial bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

The suspects were said to have gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

Their hope of successful and well-planned operation was, however, dashed as they came to the end of the road after they were trapped inside the bank.

This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS) who positioned themselves strategically in the area.

An exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the security personnel ensued thereafter, resulting in the death of one of the attackers while four others were arrested.

Hilarious Reactions As Nigerians Tag Abuja Bank Robbery ‘Money Heist’

 

 

Twitter was filled with hilarious reactions on Saturday after a group of armed men attacked a commercial bank in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

It initially seemed like it would be a smooth sail for the gunmen who stormed the bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The suspects were said to have gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

In what looked like a scene out of a movie, scores of residents converged on the area to watch what they had seen on the screen in reality.

READ ALSO: Police Kill One, Arrest Four In Failed Abuja Bank Robbery

PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun – Some soldiers at the Mpape area of Abuja on December 28, 2019. Inset: A file photo of Spanish actor, Alvaro Morte, who played the role of ‘Professor’ in Money Heist. Photo: Twitter- @lacasadepapel.

 

 

Unfortunately for the assailants, their hope of successful and well-planned operation was dashed as they came to the end of their road after they were trapped inside the bank.

This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS).

The team arrived shortly after the suspects began the robbery operation and positioned themselves strategically in the area to prevent the assailants from escaping.

The suspects eventually met their waterloo during an exchange of gunfire with the security personnel, resulting in the death of one of the attackers while four others were arrested.

Following the incident, some Nigerians took to Twitter in various hilarious reactions as many described the robbery attack as scenes from popular series – Money Heist.

Money Heist, a Spanish television heist crime drama series, was the top trending topic on Twitter at a point on Saturday.

 

Read some of the tweets below:

VIDEO: Deji Adeyanju Beaten Up As Sowore Supporters, Group Clash Despite Police Presence

 

 

One would not find it so difficult to realise why popular activist, Deji Adeyanju, was among the top Twitter trends on Monday.

Could it be because he shared a picture of ‘pap and akara’ with a caption “Breakfast Before Aluta” earlier in the day? No.

The activist became one of the most talked-about topics on the social network because he was beaten up by a group of young men during protests by supporters of the convener of #RevolutionNow movement, Mr Omoyele Sowore, and another group of protesters in Abuja.

 

The clash occurred in the presence of some police personnel outside the Headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the Federal Capital Territory.

This took place after the pro-Sowore supporters demanded the release of the activist while the other group of protesters staged the demonstration in support of his continued detention.

The other group then attacked the pro-Sowore protesters who were at the commission to submit a petition against the Federal Government.

Television’s correspondent confirmed that the attack occurred in the full view of the police who had to eventually intervene to restore calm.

The security operatives later made some arrests.

A civil rights group, the Enough Is Enough movement, had given a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to release Sowore or face nationwide protests.

Watch the video below: