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EFCC Officials Escape Death As Fire Guts Office |The Republican News

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

At least two persons escaped death while equipment worth millions of naira was damaged after a fire incident at the  old head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja on Monday.

Although the cause of the fire could not be ascertained as of press time, it was learnt that the fire started from the ICT department which formerly served as the newsroom.

The EFCC said in a statement by its acting spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade, that the damage would have been worse if not for the timely arrival of men of the Federal Fire Service.

The firefighters led by the Sector Commander, Melone Onyekachi, arrived at the scene when the service was alerted to  the fire by the Incident Duty Officer of the commission, Kayode Oyetunde,  at 7pm .

The statement read in part, “The fire started at the former newsroom, which now serves as storage for ICT equipment that were retrieved from the commission’s former offices scattered across Abuja.

“The former newsroom is  in the Costa Hall,  which was inaugurated by Dr. Antonio Costa in 2007. The building currently houses the Data Centre and the Combined Inter Agency Task Force.”

When asked what could have caused  the fire, Onyekachi said, “Our duty is to put out  fire; that we have successfully done. There is another department that will come and ascertain the cause of the fire.”

According to the statement, two officers attached to the Combined Inter-Agency Task Force who were trapped on the second floor of the building were  rescued before the fire was eventually subdued. The extent of the damage would be ascertained after stock-taking.

The Commission’s Chief Security Officer, Nasir Abdullahi, immediately after the fire was stopped, went to the Maitama Police Station to report.   (Punch)

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Hoodlums Set Imo Magistrates’ Court On Fire |The Republican News

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Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

 

Some yet-to-be-identified hoodlums numbering over 15 have attacked the Imo State Magistrates’ Court in Orlu, by setting it ablaze.

Our correspondent gathered that the fire destroyed all the documents in the court’s documents section before it was quenched.

The magistrates’ court shares the same premises with the state high court in Orlu.

A staff member of the court, who refused to disclose his identity, told journalists that the hoodlums fled after setting a section of the court ablaze.

He said the security men attached to the court premises were attracted by the outbreak and on coming close, saw the youths running away.

He added that nobody was in court when the hoodlums struck.

The court worker said he was not aware of any incident in the court that could have instigated the attack.

“This court treats cases like every other court in the Orlu high court. There is no development in the past suggesting the attack. The police investigation will reveal the reason for the arson,” the official said.

Journalists were not allowed to take photographs of the attacked court.

The police spokesman in the state, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in a telephone conversation, said it was a case of suspected arson.

Enwerem, who said the Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, had mandated the Area Commander in charge of Orlu zone to commence the full investigation into the matter, said only the section housing the court’s documents were affected. (Punch)

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SHOCKING: Dangote Refinery, A Curse To Its Host Community In Lagos |RN

On 10th of August 2018, uniformed men of the Lagos State task force attacked the people of Okun Idasho community in Ibeju Lekki. They destroyed homes, businesses, vandalised cars, set the town ablaze, firing shots, went to the home of our family head ( Baba Olopa) an elderly man, beat him up mercilessly and whisked him off to an unknown destination. Baba is still missing!
Idasho community is host community to the ongoing project Dangote Refinery.
I have made a number of posts in the past reporting continuous serial acts of injustices being dished out to our people in the Idasho Area.
In the past Lagos State government in connivance with the Obas(Yoruba) and (Yoruba) local politicians of that place inappropriately grabbed and deprived the people of over 15 villages of their ancestral lands and gave thousands of hectares of our land to (Hausa Fulani) Dangote and Dantata companies and to their international allies. They stole the bulk of the land without due process and without compensations to the rightful owners.


Hausa Fulani peasants already almost outnumber the Ijebu people living there and can easily wipe them out in the case of a skirmish. Already there have been clashes resulting in loss of lives before now and they Hausa Fulani already indulge in local politics amongst themselves to appoint Seriki of Idasho, youth leader of Idasho etc!
The missing Baba Olopa had been in the forefronts of resistance against the injustices against our people now he is being punished for protecting his people.
The people have lost all their lands the last portions of lands on which they built their homes by the sea where they carry out their lowly economic activities for survival and lively hood is being finally taken from them.


If these people are displaced where will they go?
The Dangote Refinery that should be a blessing to these people has become a curse for them!
This is once more a typical case of your government, obas and political representatives turning out to be your worst enemy for these recent attacks were said to have been ordered by
the LCDA chairman Barrister Mukadasi Ogidan.   (Sycamoretimes)

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Mass Killings: There’s Nothing I Can Do, Fellow Nigerians, Let Us Pray – Buhari |RN

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Gyang Bere, Jos

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to pray fervently to God to bring the country out of the current prevailing security challenges.

He noted that the Federal Government will ensure absolute justice over those that were killed in Plateau and other parts of the country.

Buhari disclosed this on Tuesday when he visited Plateau State on the recent killing of over 150 persons by Fulani herdsmen in eleven communities of Barkin-Ladi and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

The President was accompanied on the visit by the governors of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu, and Niger Sani Bello state. Others were the ministers of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, Information, Lai Muhammed and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

“There is nothing I can do to help the situation except to pray to God to help us out of the security challenges. What has happened is a very bad thing, the bottom line is that justice must be allowed to take its course.

“Fulani herdsmen are used to carrying sticks during grazing but the herders of this days carry AK47, anybody caught with a weapon should be arrested.”

Buhari urged the leadership of various communities in the state to help in controlling the security problems, saying that the people must imbibe the spirit of tolerance to live together.

He insisted that his administration would continue with its campaign promises of tackling insecurity, corruption and economic recovery in the country to enthrone affordable living condition for the citizens.

Buhari extends condolence on behalf of the Federal Government to those who lost their loved ones and pray to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

The President reiterated the commitment of Federal Government to collaborates with the security agencies in tackling insecurity in the country.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, said the visit of the President is apt as it provides the opportunity of the people to open up the grief in their hearts concerning the gory killings in the state.

Lalong said the current attack is disturbing and alarming as its leftover 200 person death while several communities have been displaced.

“This current attack, your Excellency Mr President, is very disturbing and alarming because it has left behind in its ugly trail the painful loss of over 200 people, besides the humanitarian challenges confronting thousands of displaced persons whose houses and crops have been burnt and completely destroyed.

“Mr President, our Government has made it clear and you have eloquently stated that you will continue to protect and preserve the sanctity of life. Agents of destabilisation are however he’ll be bent on making nonsense of the success you have achieved in dealing with internal security threats to our corporate existence as a nation.

“Mr President, given the number of villages that have been completely ravaged, I wish to re-echo the earlier request we made as a state for the Emergency Special Intervention Fund to help us reconstruct our ravaged communities”

He said that burning of places of worship during the attack was worrisome and called on every Nigerian to condemn such actions as it is capable of driving the country into religious war.  (The Sun)

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Fulani Herdsmen Attack 11 Plateau Villages, Kill 86, Torch 50 Houses |RN

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Six injured, 50 houses burnt
• Plateau places three LGAs under curfew

Friday Olokor, Jos

Plateau State was on Sunday thrown into mourning with the killing of 86 persons in the attacks on about 11 communities in the Gashish District by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The Police Command in Plateau State had earlier on Sunday confirmed the attacks, saying it had only recovered 11 corpses from some of the villages. But residents had insisted that about 200 people were killed by the marauding herdsmen.

However, the police later issued a statement that indicated that the death toll in the attack on the communities in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area on Saturday night had risen to 86. It added that six people were injured, 50 houses burnt, 15 motorcycles razed while two motor vehicles were torched.

The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, in an updated statement issued on Sunday night, said the earlier 11 death toll in the attacks was due to the information at its disposal as of than before the arrival of the search and rescue team from the Barkin Ladi LGA.

Tyopev had identified the 11 corpses as Dalyop Vanode, Dom Danladi, Bururu Wade, Joju Rala, Titus Danladi, Bitrus Malat, Alu Matir, Noron Monday, Cecilia Yohana, Dam Bulus and Ladi Danladi.

He said, “Sequel to the attack in the Gashish District of Barkin Ladi LGA yesterday (Saturday) June 23, 2018, the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Jos, Undie Adie, after deploying more personnel in the district sent a search and rescue team from the Command headquarters today (Sunday) for an on-the-spot assessment.

“The team headed by ACP Edeh John of the Department of Operations had also the DPO of the Barkin Ladi Division and a Unit Commander from Mopol 38. After a careful search of the villages attacked in the District,  the following was discovered: 86 persons altogether were killed, six people injured, 50 houses burnt, 15 motorcycles and two motor vehicles also burnt.

“The team also carried out a detailed deployment. Corpses were released to the families for burial. The command earlier in the day confirmed only 11 people dead as the result of the attacks due to the information at its disposal before the arrival of the search and rescue team from the Barkin Ladi LGA. This is to update members of the public of the situation as regards the attacks in the Gashish District as promised earlier on.”

Also, there were fears that some soldiers were missing during the attack but the Commander of the Special Military Task Force codenamed Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Anthony Atolagbe, dismissed the report. He said, “it’s not true, no soldier died and no soldier is missing.”

While the Peoples Democratic Party and the Christian Association of Nigeria, called on the global community to rescue Plateau State from the attacks, the Plateau State Government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South LGAs.

The decision, according to the government, is to avert the breakdown of law and order.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Secretary to the State Government, Rufus Bature, said movement would be restricted from 6 pm to 6 am, except those on essential duties.

“The soil of Plateau smells with rotten dead bodies as a result of silent killings and many people are missing,” CAN be stated.

The attack was said to have been launched at Xland. Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nghar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk all in Gashish District were completely sacked by the assailants.

Other areas affected by the attacks included Rakok, Kok and Razat in the Ropp District.

The Chairman, Public Accounts and Petition Committee in the Plateau State House of Assembly representing the Barkin Ladi constituency, Peter Gyendeng, in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday said the attacks were a declaration of war on his constituency.

He claimed that mercenaries were hired to kill people in the Barkin Ladi LGA.

Gyendeng said, “As a matter of fact, the casualty rate is in hundreds; it is more than 100. In one place, it is above 51, in another, over 32 and yet in another area, it is same. For now, based on what we have on the ground and the corpses that we have been receiving, it is probably over 200 casualties.

“Altogether, about 11 villages were attacked and our people are there now trying to ascertain the number of deaths. The casualty rate is above 200 and counting (of the corpses) is still going on.

“This is war; it is a declaration of war on my people. War has been declared on the Barkin Ladi LGA completely. There are mercenaries that have been hired to come and kill people in the Barkin Ladi LGA. The killing started around 11pm last (Saturday) night till this (Sunday) morning. And the killing still continues.”

Reacting to the killings, the PDP described Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State as an “absentee governor, who had been out of the state for the past three weeks.

The party called on the international community to “come to the aid of Plateau people as apart from  the over 130 people killed, many are missing.”

The PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary in Plateau State, John Akans, described the attacks as genocide.

He said, “We received with rude shock the level of genocide going on now in the Gashish District, Razat, Ruku Nyarr and Gana-Ropp, all in the Barkin Ladi LGA. We also note with great pains the dastardly attacks ongoing in many other LGAs in the state by the Fulani militias.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms, the level of continuous genocidal attacks on Plateau people. At the moment, Barkin Ladi is under siege by the marauders with over 130 people feared to have been killed. As of the time of issuing this statement, CAPRO School of Missions-SOM in Gana-Ropp is under heavy attack by the militia.

“…We call on the international community to come to the aid of Plateau people as beside the over 130 people killed, many are missing. While we mourn our people, we are calling on this failed, incompetent and ineffective APC government at all levels to, for once, be sensitive by discharging its constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and properties of its citizens.

“While killings are going on, the President (Muhammadu Buhari) is busy telling members of the international community that Nigeria is safe for investment and tourism.

“While the Federal Government is planning to pump hundreds of billions of naira into the construction of cattle ranches in states, killings are ongoing in states that have not put in place any ban on open grazing.”

But the Plateau State Government commiserated with citizens especially, Xland, Gindin Akwati communities of the Barkin Ladi LGA, saying it held every single life as sacred.

The government requested citizens to use the “early warning system” mechanism recently launched by Operation Rainbow on 30812 for SMS and 09060100010 for voice calls.

A statement by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, said the government was deeply pained that despite concerted efforts which had led to the restoration of relative peace in the state, “some unpatriotic elements are bent on disrupting the gains so far made.”

He said, “The government condemns these attacks and has mobilised the full compliments of security forces and they are restoring normalcy in the affected areas and the environs. Furthermore, the government holds every single life as sacred hence has mobilised medical and relief agencies to ameliorate the suffering of those in distress.

“As a government, we are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment that will guarantee peaceful coexistence among the various groups in the state as we remain resolute to the well being of our people.”   (Punch)

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Herdsmen Kill 50 In Nasarawa, Says Tiv President |The Republican News

By Cheke Emmanuel

  • Police parade herders for burning 15 houses

At least 50 people lost their lives in the herdsmen attacks on communities in the South Senatorial District of Nasarawa State. This came as police in Nasarawa State paraded two Fulani herdsmen at the weekend for burning down 15 houses belonging to the displaced Tiv persons in Obi Local Government Area.

The areas worse hit by the attacks and killings are Keana, Obi, Awe, Doma and Lafia. At least, 83 villages were razed down while property including farmlands and economic trees believed to worth billions of naira were destroyed since January. President of Tiv Development Association (TIDA), a socio-cultural organisation for the Tiv indigenes in the state, Mr. Boniface Ifer, made this known at the weekend while speaking with journalists in Lafia on the security situation in the Southern Senatorial District of the state. Ifer added that all the affected persons and villages are of the Tiv extractions.

He said: “We don’t know the exact number of causalities because we still have cases of missing persons whom we assumed are dead but because of security reasons, we cannot organise a search to recover their bodies. “I want to clear the air where some people are denying that there is crisis in Nasarawa State and that the people in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp are all from Benue State. I want to debunk that statement. Let me tell you that over 50 Tiv sons and daughters in Nasarawa State are already dead as a result of these herdsmen attacks.

Why are they claiming that my people are not affected?” Ifer disclosed that the military and police deployed in Nasarawa State on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari had arrived the state but refused to move to the affected areas where people were being killed on a daily basis and houses being burnt down. He said: “We don’t know why the military refuse to move to the affected areas. We want the whole world to know that the military deployed in Nasarawa State have been stationed in one place in Lafia.”

The police also paraded a 42-year-old man, Danlami Usman, arrested with N2.4 milliom counterfeit currency at Mararaba in Karu Local Government Area. Parading the suspects along with seven others at the police command headquarters in Lafia, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Idirisu John Kennedy, explained that the two Fulani herdsmen – Bagu Anaruwa (42) and Rabo Anaruwa (22) – were arrested for conspiring and burning down 15 houses belonging to some Tiv men at Kuduku 11 village in Keana Local Government Area. He disclosed that a man, Nicholas Alua, and three other suspects all of Tiv by tribe, took advantage of the herdsmen/farmers crisis situation and criminally conspired and set on fire three thatched houses belonging to their kinsmen at Farin Ruwa village in Obi Local Government Area.

He explained that luck ran out on them when they were caught in the act. According to the police image maker, on February 11, Ijekeni Uhon of Gidan Nguinyi was arrested for setting on fire 25 houses belonging to some Tiv at Gidan Wakili in Obi Local Government Area.

The PPRO disclosed that Danlani Usman, found with N2.4 million counterfeit currency, was arrested at Mararaba in Karu Local Government Area when transacting business with the counterfeit currency. According to him, Usman was arrested by a team of detectives at Mararaba where he was transacting business with the counterfeit currency at night.

Kennedy disclosed that despite the effort made by the police in protecting lives and property of the displaced persons along border communities of Nasarawa and Benue states in the wake of the skirmishes between herdsmen and farmers with the deployment of five units of mobile policemen in the affected areas, the command continued to received reports of isolated killings and burning of houses that were deserted.

He disclose that the command had arrested 20 suspects in connection with the recent skirmishes that spilled over from Benue State to some border communities in Nasarawa State, saying that most of the suspects had already been charged to court. The PPRO, however, promised that the command would continue to engage the warring parties in dialogue. He appealed to them to sheathe their swords in the interest of peace.            (New Telegraph)

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