One Killed, Many Houses Razed In Bauchi Communal Clash

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Bauchi state is bordered by seven states, Kano and Jigawa to the north, Taraba and Plateau to the south, Gombe and Yobe to the east, and Kaduna to the west.

 

One person has been killed with over 20 houses burnt in a clash between Gudum Hausawa and Gudum Fulani communities in Bauchi State.

The crisis escalated on Wednesday after the burial of two people who were killed on Saturday by hoodlums who launched an attack on a wedding send-forth.

Worried about the situation, the state governor, Bala Mohammed, imposed a 24-hour curfew, to prevent the crisis from getting out of control.

Accompanied by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Sanda, the governor visited the communities to get first-hand knowledge of the incident and to also commiserate with the people.

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He also gave an insight into the efforts of the state authorities since the clashes began.

A file photo of Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

“I have come here to commiserate with my brothers and sisters over the ugly incident that happened within the last one week,” said Governor Mohammed. “Last three days, two peace-loving and unsuspecting Christian youths were killed by suspected hoodlums who don’t want us to live in peace.

“After that incident, all the suspects were arrested, the commissioner has attested to this and we are in the process of prosecuting them. Of course, during this burial, we had a reprisal. Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

The governor promised that justice would be served and those who lost properties to the incident would be compensated.

“Those who came and unleash this havoc, burning houses and one man died, were not members of this community; they came from somewhere,” he stated. “We are looking around and we will make sure we give you cover.

“I have directed the commissioner of police to make sure that there is a police station at the fringes and inside the community. The community is a diverse community, a community of Muslims and Christians, and a community of the Fulani, Sayawa, Hausa, Jarawa, and other tribes.

“This is the reflection of the heterogeneity of Bauchi. This is a reflection of the diversity of Nigeria. We have to live in peace. Bauchi has made a name that we are peaceful. I will make sure I give you the required leadership. It is my duty to make sure I come here to ensure peace in this place.”

Gudum Hausawa, Gudum Sayawa, and Gudum Fulani are ethnoreligious communities that share boundaries but have a history of clashes for many years.

Police Shoot Protester Dead, Injure 24 Others In Sri Lanka

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna party activists and supporters shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Colombo on April 19, 2022, demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation over the country’s crippling economic crisis. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

 

Sri Lanka police shot dead a protester and wounded 24 others on Tuesday in the first fatal clash with residents demonstrating against the government over the island nation’s crippling economic crisis. 

The South Asian country is in the grip of its most painful economic downturn since independence in 1948, with regular blackouts and severe shortages of fuel and other goods causing widespread misery.

Huge protests have called for the resignation of the government, which is preparing to negotiate an urgently needed bailout with the International Monetary Fund.

Police fired live rounds at a crowd that had blockaded a railway line and highway connecting the capital Colombo with the central city of Kandy to protest oil shortages and high prices.

“One man died of gunshot injuries,” a hospital official told AFP by telephone.

Another 16 protesters were wounded, with eight in need of emergency surgery, while a further eight police officers were injured when demonstrators threw back tear gas canisters they had fired at the crowd.

The protest was one of many spontaneous gatherings staged around Sri Lanka on Tuesday after the country’s main petrol retailer hiked prices by nearly 65 percent.

Local media footage showed dozens of police officers wearing anti-riot gear firing tear gas into the crowd.

“Fire, fire and chase them out,” a senior officer is heard shouting while directing his men to attack the crowds with tear gas.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the police to use live rounds.

Police said demonstrators had stopped road and train traffic for hours by the time of the shooting.

A fuel bowser had been parked across railway tracks to block trains while burning tyres were obstructing traffic on the nearby road.

Footage from the local hospital showed victims being rushed into the facility and a man pleading for someone to treat his brother, who had been shot in the abdomen.

“Please rush quickly, my brother is bleeding,” the man shouted.

Tens of thousands of angry motorists blocked arterial roads with parked buses and burning tyre mounds to condemn the latest rise in fuel prices and months of acute shortages.

In the capital Colombo, a large protest crowd has been camped outside the seafront office of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for more than a week, demanding the leader step down.

Doctors at Sri Lanka’s main children’s hospital also staged a protest on Tuesday over a severe shortage of medicines and equipment.

‘I deeply regret it’

In a bid to address growing calls for his entire government to resign, Rajapaksa on Monday appointed a new cabinet and acknowledged public anger over the ruling family’s mismanagement.

“People are suffering because of the economic crisis and I deeply regret it,” the president said Monday.

Sri Lanka is seeking three to four billion dollars from the IMF to overcome its balance-of-payments crisis and boost depleted reserves.

Dozens of Rajapaksa’s lawmakers have turned against the administration and on Tuesday took seats on opposition benches in parliament.

Sri Lanka’s economic meltdown began after the coronavirus pandemic torpedoed vital revenue from tourism and remittances.

The government last week announced a default on its $51 billion foreign debt and the Colombo Stock Exchange has suspended trading to prevent an anticipated market collapse.

Rajapaksa’s administration has urged citizens abroad to donate foreign exchange to help pay for desperately needed essentials after announcing a default on its entire external debt.

Colombo has sent a delegation to Washington to open bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund from Tuesday.

AFP

Gunmen Kill 17 Civilians In Sudan

An image of the Sudanse flag.
The Sudanese flag.

 

At least 17 civilians have been killed in Sudan’s Darfur region, officials said Friday, in the latest violence between rival groups that has left dozens dead this week alone.

Recent fighting has seen heavily armed forces battle in the rugged Jebel Moon mountains in West Darfur state, close to the border with Chad.

On Thursday, fighting killed 17 people and also left “dozens of injured and missing” as well as “four villages completely burned”, said Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur, an independent aid organisation.

Regal accused the Janjaweed — many of whom have joined the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, commanded by General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, de facto deputy leader of Sudan — of taking part in recent fighting.

“Militias have been attacking the villages of Jebel Moon, setting fire to houses and using automatic rifle fire since Sunday,” a tribal leader told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“No government forces have arrived since the attacks on Thursday, and we are terrified of an attack at any time.”

In fighting from last Sunday to Monday, 16 people were killed in clashes between the Masalit — a non-Arab people of largely settled farmers — and Arab groups of herders in Jebel Moon, according to a independent union of medics.

Darfur was ravaged by a civil war that erupted in 2003, pitting ethnic minority rebels who complained of discrimination against the Arab-dominated government of then-president Omar al-Bashir.

Khartoum responded by unleashing the Janjaweed militia, mainly recruited from Arab pastoralist tribes, who were blamed for atrocities including murder, rape, looting and burning villages.

The scorched-earth campaign left 300,000 people dead and displaced 2.5 million, according to the UN.

The region remains awash with weapons and deadly clashes erupt, often over access to pasture or water.

The latest peace deal was signed in 2020, but since a military coup in October, Darfur has seen violence spike, with hundreds killed since the takeover in fighting between herders and farmers.

Regal warned that “new attacks could occur”.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in Darfur, was ousted in April 2019 and jailed after mass protests against his three-decade rule.

But the latest clashes reflect a broader security breakdown in Darfur following last year’s military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Khartoum, which derailed a transition to full civilian rule negotiated between military and civilian leaders.

In Darfur, the surge in violence has also seen rapes, the burning of villages, as well as UN bases being looted.

AFP

‘Falsely Fabricated’: Army, Police Dismiss Rumoured Clash Between Operatives In Imo

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

The 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, and the Nigerian Police Imo State Command have dismissed rumours making the rounds that there was a clash between the police and Army in Owerri. 

While describing the reports as “falsely fabricated,” the spokesman of the Imo Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam, and the Acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Captain Joseph Baba Akubo, in a statement said it was the handwork of miscreants.

“The malicious and falsely fabricated report is the handwork of criminals who intend to create confusion and give an impression of a lack of synergy amongst the security agencies in Imo State,” the joint statement read.

“The law enforcement and security agencies in Imo State will continue to synergise and bring to book all criminals and halt their activities in the state.”

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Both agencies reiterated their commitment to protect law-abiding citizens and ensure a safe environment for the people to go about their businesses without fear or intimidation.

“We, therefore, call on all law-abiding citizens to ignore the illegal Monday sit-at-home call by the proscribed and irredentist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its affiliate criminal group, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), whose members have continuously used falsehood and threat on law-abiding citizens,” they added.

 

Police, Tricycle Operators Clash In Lagos

A file photo of policemen.

 

Some commercial tricycle operators, popularly known as Keke Napep, have clashed with police officers in the Meiran area of Lagos State.

Channels Television gathered that the incident occurred around Ile-Iwe bus-stop in the early hours of Thursday.

A witness alleged that the clash started when one of the tricycle operators refused to give a bribe to the policeman.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone call.

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Odumosu said the two parties involved seriously stabbed each other and are in critical condition but debunked the allegation of shooting at the scene.

According to the police commissioner, more patrol teams have been deployed and normalcy has since returned to the entire area.

Speaking further, Odumosu said he is awaiting further report from the scene for police to commence proper in-depth investigation that will reveal what actually caused the clash.

Ijanikin Cult Clash: Police Arrest Two, Recover Weapons

Police operatives attached to the Ijanikin Division of the Lagos State Police Command On 25th July 2021, at about 11am, arrested two (2) suspected cultists at the Oto Awori area of Lagos State.

The police operatives raced to the scene and arrested the two suspects while responding to a distress call from good samaritans that two groups of cultists were on rampage and attacking one another with dangerous weapons along Oto Awori Ijanikin Expressway by Ile Oba Bus Stop.

Due to the swift response of the police, normalcy was immediately restored to the area and no life was lost in the clash.

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The suspected cultists arrested are Taiye Israel, m, and Isiaka Afeez, m. Items recovered from them include one axe, some cutlasses, assorted charms, and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Command’s Strike Team, Ikeja, for proper investigation and possible arrest of other members of the gangs. He further directed the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ijanikin Division to step up his anti-crime strategies in curbing crimes and criminality, especially cultism, in his area of responsibility.

CP Hakeem Odumosu has also directed tactical Commanders and other special squads in the Command to immediately embark on a constant raid of black spots and criminal hideouts in the area as it is applicable to other parts of Lagos State, in compliance with the command’s zero tolerance for crimes and criminality, particularly cultism.

The Commissioner of Police, therefore, warned cultists, miscreants and those who have plans of causing unrest and engaging themselves in criminal acts in the state to steer clear of Lagos State as the command and other security agencies will not relent in their spirited efforts to sustain and improve on the present security and peace being enjoyed by residents of Lagos State.

Six Die As Rival Cult Groups Clash In Ekiti

A map of Ekiti, a state in South-West Nigeria.

 

Six people have been killed in a clash between rival cult groups in Ikere, Ekiti State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Sunday.

He said that six corpses have been recovered and deposited at the morgue after the clash which occurred in the early hours of today.

A source in the town said the sound of sporadic gunshots was heard while the attack lasted, forcing members of the community to run for safety amid tension.

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The police spokesperson explained that the casualties who lost their lives to the incident belong to one of the cult groups which was attacked by the other apparently on issues of rivalry.

He explained that the Ekiti State Police Command has arrested three suspects in connection to the incident.

According to him, that a good number of police officers have been deployed to the town to ensure the restoration of law and order.

“I can confirm to you that it was a violent cult clash between two rival groups. About six persons have been killed as a result of a show of strength between the two nefarious groups,” he said.

“We have begun serious operations there with the combined forces of the men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, Amotekun corps and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

“Those arrested are being kept in our custody and by the time we conclude our investigations, they will be charged to court accordingly.”

The police authorities also appealed to residents of the state to remain calm, adding that the command will sustain efforts to always put criminals under check.

Tigray Forces Fired Into Neighbouring Region, Says Ethiopia

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 10, 2020, Amhara militia men, that combat alongside federal and regional forces against the northern region of Tigray receive training in the outskirts of the village of Addis Zemen, north of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.  AFP

 

Ethiopia said Saturday that forces loyal to the ruling party in the northern Tigray region had fired into neighbouring Amhara region, raising fears that ongoing fighting could draw in other parts of the country.

The allegation came as thousands of Ethiopians continued to cross the border into Sudan and aid workers pleaded for access to Tigray, where intense fighting has sparked fears of a devastating conflict in Africa’s second-most populous country.

“In the late hours of Nov. 13, 2020, a rocket was fired towards Bahir Dar & Gondar cities. As a result, the airport areas have sustained damages,” an Ethiopian government statement said.

“The TPLF junta is utilising the last of the weaponry within its arsenals,” the statement said, referring to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the Tigray ruling party.

TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told AFP Saturday he did not have information about the reported attacks but noted that TPLF leaders have said: “any airport used to attack Tigray will be a legitimate target”.

The airports in both Bahir Dar, the regional capital, and in Gondar are used by both military and civilian aircraft.

Residents reported hearing gunfire in both cities Friday night, though an Amhara regional government statement said “the situation was controlled within a few minutes” and “our cities are in peace”.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last week launched military operations in Tigray, saying the move was provoked by TPLF attacks on federal military camps in the region — a claim the TPLF denies.

Hundreds of people are reported to have been killed, some in a gruesome massacre reported by Amnesty International, and thousands have fled fighting and airstrikes in Tigray, whose leaders Abiy accuses of seeking to destabilise the country.

Tigray has been under a communications blackout since the operation began, making it difficult to verify claims from both camps about the situation on the ground.

Military officials have vowed to keep the conflict contained in Tigray, and Abiy has repeatedly promised a quick, decisive victory.

But Amhara and Tigray are embroiled in long-running disputes over land along their shared border that analysts worry could draw Amhara into the conflict.

Thousands of Amhara militiamen have already headed towards Tigray to fight alongside federal forces, according to Amhara security officials.

Both Bahir Dar and Gondar were calm Saturday morning, residents said.

One resident of Bahir Dar told AFP there were “two heavy explosions around 10:50 pm”.

“After that, there was gunfire for 15 minutes, and then it went quiet,” the resident said.

 ‘Extreme urgency’ 

As of Friday evening, at least 21,000 Ethiopians had fled across the border into Sudan, according to Sudan’s refugee agency.

They have described walking many kilometres in the baking heat to flee intense bombardments they say have been carried out by the Ethiopian army.

Meanwhile, Tigray leader Debretsion has said hundreds of thousands of people are displaced within the region, where the United Nations is lobbying for full humanitarian access.

Catherine Sozi, the UN’s resident and humanitarian coordinator in Ethiopia, made her plea directly during a reception Friday evening for Demeke Mekonnen, Ethiopia’s new foreign minister.

“Things are getting rather hard,” Sozi said during a question-and-answer session, citing the communications blackout, road closures, and shortages of water, fuel and cash.

She later told AFP there was “extreme urgency” for aid workers to get full access.

“We can’t reach the people we need to provide services to,” she said.

“We’re concerned that every hour, every day that the conflict continues, the most vulnerable people become even more vulnerable.”

 Bitter feud 

Abiy, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, on Friday declared the TPLF was in the “throes of death”, but Debretsion dismissed this as a “daydream”.

The TPLF dominated Ethiopia politics for nearly three decades before Abiy took office in 2018 on the back of several years of anti-government protests.

Since then, the TPLF has complained of being sidelined and scapegoated for the country’s woes.

The feud grew more bitter after Tigray went ahead with its own elections in September — defying a nationwide ban on all polls imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic — and tried to brand Abiy an illegitimate ruler.

AFP

APC, PDP Supporters Clash Ahead Of Ondo Election

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

A clash has ensued between the youths suspected to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, six days to October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.

Following the clash on Sunday, residents of Oba Nla, Oba Adesida road, Arakale, and Oja Oba areas of Akure, the Ondo State capital were thrown into confusion.

Residents of the area and passers-by were said to have scampered to safety while the vehicular movement was halted during the clash.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He attributed it to a fracas between some rival political thugs in Akure, in which many people were said to have been injured.

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The police spokesman, however, said he is yet to confirm if there was any death recorded during the incident.

According to an eyewitness, many people were injured in the clash.

Channels Television learned that the clash started late Saturday evening at Obanla Junction, Oba Adesida Road when one of the supporters of APC was allegedly beaten by that of PDP.

There was an alleged reprisal attack on Sunday morning by APC members, few meters away from ‘A’ Division Police Station, Akure.

Super Eagles Set For Algeria Clash In AFCON Semi-Final

(file) Nigeria’s players take part in a training session at the Kaliningrad Stadium.  OZAN KOSE / AFP

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Desert Foxes of Algeria will clash today in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final encounter at the Cairo international stadium in Egypt.

Three-time champions Nigeria are looking for their fourth title since winning their first on home soil at the expense of Algeria in 1980, while the Algerians are looking for their second crown since winning on home soil at the expense of Nigeria in 1990.

The Super Eagles dashed the hopes of Algerian players in 2017 after stopping them from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, as they bashed the Foxes 3-1 in Uyo and tied the second leg in Constantine 1-1 before FIFA awarded the match to Algeria following the ineligible defender Abdullahi Shehu fielded by the Eagles.

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Nigeria have been dogged in their approach, keeping their feet on the ground, cautious but able to smell opportunities to strike and able to swing games in their favour even towards the end. This strategy worked for Guinea, Cup holders Cameroon, South Africa, and Burundi.

Coach Gernot Rohr says defeat by Madagascar has rudely awakened his boys to the approach they must adopt to win each game, by not under-rating any team.

On the other hand, Algeria Coach Djamel Belmadi, stated it firmly on Saturday that his team are aiming for the trophy by paying the Super Eagles back after stopping them from reaching the 2018 World Cup.

One Killed, Many Injured As APC, PDP Supporters Clash In Kaduna

 

 

One person has been reportedly killed following a clash between Supporters of the All Progressive Congress(APC) and their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts at Kurmin Gwari ward in Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Several others were said to have been injured while cars and shops were also destroyed in the fracas.

The APC supporters who were said to be loyalists of a House of Assembly candidate engaged their PDP counterparts said to be loyalists of another House of Assembly candidate in a fight during a campaign rally at Kurmin Gwari and Kakuri areas ahead of Saturday’s election

The injured persons were later rushed to a Hospital very close to the areas for treatment.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state Police command deputy spokesman, ASP Nafiu Habib has confirmed the incident, saying that policemen have been deployed to the areas to restore normalcy and also apprehend the perpetrators of the acts.

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Two Killed, Several Others Injured As Hoodlums Clash In Delta


There was palpable tension around Effurun, in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State following sporadic gunshots that have persisted for weeks in the area.

Two people have been reportedly killed, with several others injured during the latest violent clash between rival groups of hoodlums over the weekend.

Following the incident, business activities have been paralysed, with the people crying out to the government for safety.

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The gunshots are said to be heard around the Jakpa, Warri-Sapele road and the Petroleum Trust Institute (PTI) roads, where hoodlums have been harassing the residents.

The Delta State Police Command confirmed the development to Channels Television on Wednesday.

Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, identified the hoodlums as agents working for some political parties.

According to him, some suspects have been arrested as policemen have drafted to the affected area to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

“Immediately the action got to us, we immediately responded. Our men have taken over every nook and cranny of the area with a view to ensuring that the hoodlums do not come back.

“We have made a few arrests though and we are screening them to ascertain their level of involvement of the persons so arrested,” he stated.