Three officials of the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have been killed by gunmen in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The attack which occurred at about 8:30pm left three out of the six of the officers of the agency dead, while on their duty post around Federal College of Education (FCE) Okene. The officers are Onwumere Nicholas, Peter Ebun and Abraham Musa.
Confirming the incident, the state commandant of the NDLEA, Idris Bello, said three of his men felled to the guns of hoodlums in Okene while on patrol and two of their guns carted away.
He said NDLEA together with other sister agency in the state has put all necessary plans in motion to arrest the perpetrators of the heinous act.
A Professor of Engineering at the University of Benin, Professor Paul Otasowie, has been reportedly killed by some gunmen.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Michael Osasuyi, confirmed the development to journalists.
According to him, the senior lecturer was shot dead by the armed men in front of his residence on Ekehuan road in Oredo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday evening.
Although Channels Television cannot authoritatively tell if the incident is a failed kidnap attempt, an armed robbery or assassination.
But eyewitnesses say that the death of the learned scholar arose following a failed attempt kidnap before he was allegedly shot.
It was however gathered that the news of his death threw the university community in a state of mourning. Sources say the deceased was until his death, a former director of the university’s Industrial Training and Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme.
It will be recalled that Otasowie’s gruesome murder comes a week the abduction of a popular musician, Mr. Joseph Osayomore and the head of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park, Mr. Andrew Ehanire, and a Catholic priest, Fr. Lawrence Adorolo, three weeks ago respectively.
While Mr. Osayomore was kidnapped in Egor Local Government, Fr. Adorolo was abducted along Auchi-Okene highway at about 6pm while returning from Igarra in Akoko-Edo local government where he attended the ‘Month Mind’ of the oldest Priest of the Auchi Diocese, late Fr. Lawrence Balogun at St. John Apostolic Church, Igarra areas of the state.
Osayomore was said to have been whisked away by the abductors at Orovie village, off Upper Ekehuan road, at about 10pm on last Tuesday.
The Catholic Priest was reportedly said to have been released by his captors on Wednesday without the payment of any ransom.
The Edo State Police Command spokesman, DSP Moses Nkombe, confirmed the release and said the police was on the trail of the kidnappers.
Mr. Ehanire, who is a brother to the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, is yet to be released, as it was gathered that his family members had begun special prayers for the speedy release.
Tragedy struck in Ekiti state in the early hours of Thursday as unknown gunmen killed a Police sergeant and injured another in Oye Ekiti town.
The policeman identified as Sergeant Gana Jiya was shot dead when the unknown gunmen ambushed a ‘Safer Highway’ patrol team of the Police around 5:30AM.
Confirming the incident to Channels TV correspondent in Ekiti state, the Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi said: “During the attack, another Police officer was injured who is now receiving treatment in a nearby hospital in the town as investigations is ongoing.
“For the past few weeks there has been cases of unknown killings in Ekiti state which had since led to the re-emergence of stop and search by the Police and other security agencies.”
The Anglican Primate, Arch Bishop Nicholas Okoh, has commended the Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode and the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni for the rescue of the three girls abducted from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary.
Arch Bishop Okoh, who led a delegation from the Anglican Church, praised the promptness of the rescue efforts for the abducted schoolgirls.
Describing his visit as a “thank you visit”, he told Channels TV that the Church was grateful for “what the Police has done under the leadership of the Governor of the state”.
“We believe that they have performed exceptionally well,” he said.
Speaking about the kidnap of the girls, he said, “I was very devastated because (they were) young women out in the cold day and night. We couldn’t sleep.
“So when we got the news that they have been rescued, we bounced back.”
He disclosed that the Anglican Church has since raised the standard of security at the school in terms of physical structure and also employed more security personnel to guard the school.
“We seek to work more closely with the Police and other security agencies,” he added.
In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police said that the visit was a morale booster which would encourage the Police to do more.
The three female students who were abducted from the Babington Junior Seminary in Ikorodu, Lagos State have been released.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni says the girls were found at the Igbokuta area of Ikorodu.
Mr. Owoseni says the girls are hale and hearty and were not molested by their abductors.
The Police Commissioner also disclosed to Channels Television that three arrests have been made in line with the abduction.
The gunmen on February 29 gained entry into the school, by breaking the perimeter fence which served as protection for the boarding students and forcefully took the girls away.
In the meantime, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has also confirmed the release of the girls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu and at the same time their abductors have been arrested.
The Governor announced this in a press briefing at the government house in Alausa, Lagos.
Governor Ambode also assured the people of Lagos State of his administration’s zero tolerance to all criminal activities in the state.
Unknown gunmen dressed in military camouflage have kidnapped the wife of former acting Governor of Bayelsa State and a Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Martha Binabo.
The gunmen kidnapped Binabo, 48, within the premises of the Seleyibo Multi-Global Company, at Agbura, in Yenagoa Local Government Area, where works.
According to reports, she was called out of her office by the kidnappers for a talk before she was forced into an ash colour Toyota Camry Car. The vehicle drove off to Otuokpoti Sand Dump in Ogbia LGA of the State.
At the sand dump they set the Toyota Camry Car ablaze, took the victim into a waiting speedboat and sped off to an unknown destination.
The Marine Police, JTF and Anti Kidnapping unit have been alerted and a massive manhunt had been launched to rescue the victim and arrest the abductors.
Three unidentified women have been kidnapped in Ekiti state by unknown gunmen.
The women were kidnapped with their husbands and unspecified number of children along Igbole-igbosin road while travelling in a Toyota Rav 4 Sports utility vehicle to Ibadan, Oyo state, for a wedding.
The kidnappers are reported to have later dropped the men and the children while the women were driven away in the car after collecting phones and other valuables from the victims.
The Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, worried about this development has written the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, calling for his intervention to stem the spate of kidnappings that had hit the state in the last few weeks.
No fewer than five people, including a former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, his wife, a senior nurse at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, and a lecturer of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, had been kidnapped in the last two weeks in the state.
Reports reaching us from Njaba village in Borno state reveal that residents who were lucky to have fled a spine-chilling attack by the Boko Haram sect, which left dozens of people dead four days ago, are unwilling to return because of the absence of security operatives in the place.
Eye witnesses said that the attack, which took place as the residents were holding prayers, sent everyone running into the bush for safety, with dead bodies scattered all over the area, some of them with their throats cut.
Although an uneasy calm has returned to Njaba village where at least 45 people were killed by the terrorists, according to unnamed military sources and vigilante groups who spoke to Reuters news agency.
A senior local government official in Damboa about 20 km from Njaba, who also declined to be named, said that most of the victims were teenagers.
The unnamed military source told Reuters that the attack was not immediately known because the village is very remote and troops could not access the area.
Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria has killed thousands and displaced over 1.5 million people.
“The advice of the police was that they could contain the situation and we should carry on with the rally. That was how we continued the rally.”
According to Chinda, who appeared on Sunrise Daily, the disrupted Okrika rally was the third attempt by the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the forthcoming elections, Dakuku Peterside.
The first attempt had been on the 24th of January which had been disrupted by bandits despite the police permit that had been obtained.
The second attempt had been on the 12th of February and according to Chinda, the APC had been advised not to hold the rally as the First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan, was going to visit the area, her hometown.
“APC gladly agreed. We said – ok, no problem”, Chinda noted, adding that the final date, 16th, had been agreed upon by the party and the police.
He further confirmed that the police command had provided security as promised.
Chinda said the rally had gone smoothly initially as the APC candidate, Dakuku Peterside had visited his Alma Mater, the principal and students as well as the traditional ruler of the community.
He then proceeded to church for prayers. It was at this point explosives had gone off. However, the rally kick started after police had restored normalcy but shortly after the opening prayer, “hell let lose”, Chinda said.
Rampaging gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday killed about 123 people in seven villages in Sanga local government area of Kaduna state barely 24 hours after 38 people were killed by gunmen in two villages in the same local government.
Some Unknown Gunmen had on Monday night invaded Kabamu and Ankpong villages in simultaneous attacks which threw the entire local council into pandemonium.
A vigilante leader in the area who spoke to Channels Television on Phone gave the name of the affected villages, as Kobin, Dogon-Daji, Naidu, Kabamu, Hayin -Kwanta, Kabani and Gani.
He said that 38 people were killed in Kobin, 21 in Dogon- Daji, 16 in Naidu, 30 in Kabamu, 5 in Hayin Kwanta, 4 Kabani and 9 in Gani, saying that most of the villages are so remote and don’t have the presence of policemen.
Although the spokesmen of the state Polce command, Aminu Lawan, disclaimed any report of a fresh attack, the local government council has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the affected areas.
The Chairman of the council, Emmanuel Adamu, in a statement said that the curfew was imposed to forestall further loss of lives and restore normalcy.
He urged the people of the area to remain calm as security operatives were on top of the situation.
There is a siege on Wukari Town in Taraba State as fresh reports say some Fulani Herdsmen have attacked the town. Several people have been killed while others have fled to neighbouring villages.
The residents are appealing to security forces to come to their rescue as they are being held hostage by these gunmen.
For days, the community has witnessed a series of violent attacks which have been attributed to religious issues but the Police Commissioner, Kalafite Adeyemi assured the residents that everything was under control and it had no religious or political undertones.
On Wednesday, the Taraba Police Command confirmed the death of seven persons in the violence which broke out overnight in Wukari.
The Police Public Relations officer, ASP, Jospeh Kwaji attributed the violence to reprisal attacks by youths in the town, following alleged incessant raids by suspected herdsmen from surrounding villages.
He shut down rumours that the crisis was religious.
There has been a bit of uncertainty as regards the death toll as the Police Command in the state state that seven people were killed, but eye witness account suggests the death toll is 15.
Several car bombs exploded at a Libyan Army academy in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday (March 17), killing at least eight people and wounding more than a dozen, hospital sources and a security official said.
A first bomb exploded at the academy’s front gate as people were leaving a graduation ceremony, security officials said. One or two other bombs exploded almost at the same time, wounding at least 13 people.
No group claimed responsibility for the bombing in Benghazi, where Libyan armed forces have been battling militants from hardline Islamist groups such as Ansar al Sharia, listed as a foreign terrorist organisation by Washington.
Instability in the eastern city is just part of the struggle a weak central government faces in controlling armed groups, militias and brigades of former rebels who once battled Muammar Gaddafi and now refuse to disarm.
Most countries have closed their consulates in Benghazi and some foreign airlines have stopped flying there since the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an Islamist militant attack in September 2012.
Unknown gunmen killed a French citizen earlier in March, while police found seven Egyptian Christians shot dead execution-style on a beach outside Benghazi, home to several oil firms. No one has claimed responsibility for that killing.
An American schoolteacher was also killed by gunmen in December. Western diplomats are concerned the violence in Benghazi will spill over to the capital, Tripoli.