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Gunmen Shoot Pastor In Front Of His Church In Anambra |The Republican News

                                        Scene of the attack: Victim being helped into the car

Tony Okafor,  Awka

 

Gunmen on Thursday attacked Grace and Power Prophetic Ministry, Awka, Anambra State, and shot its pastor.

The condition of the pastor, whose name was given as Elijah, could not be ascertain as of press time as he was rushed to an undisclosed place by his church members who had gathered for their Thursday worship.

The incident reportedly occurred a few metres from the B Division of the Anambra State Police Command in the Anambra State Secretariat area of Awka, the state capital.

The middle-aged pastor, popularly called Miracle Pastor, was said to have had his legs hit by bullets.

It was gathered that the gunmen had trailed the pastor from Enugu State.

A source told our correspondent that the assailants had demanded N5m from the victim for an undisclosed purpose but were offered N1m by the pastor, which they allegedly rejected.

“As soon as they got to his church, they opened fire on the pastor. They snatched some undisclosed amount of money from him, leaving him unconscious. His vehicle was riddled with bullets,” he added.

When our correspondent visited the church, parishioners and sympathisers were seen discussing the incident.

A resident, who gave his name as Johnson, said he was passing by when he saw some persons pulling out a man from a shattered vehicle.

He said, “When I enquired, I was told that he was the pastor of the church. Who knows what he must have done to attract this kind of treatment to himself?”

When contacted, the Police Public Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, said he would get back to our correspondent.

He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this story.  (Punch)

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Gunmen Kill 7 Policemen In Abuja |The Republican News

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Molly Kilete, Abuja

Seven policemen on security patrol duty have been reported killed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The policemen, comprising four personnel of the police Mobile Force and three conventional policemen also had their weapons carted away by the armed men.

The incident happened, on Monday night, at Galadimawa, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Daily Sun gathered that the policemen who were on a stop and search duty in the area were attacked by the gunmen said to be over 20 in number and opened fire on the policemen killing seven of them on the spot.

Traders, passerby, motorists who were around the spot when the incident happened, reportedly took to their heels as they scampered for safety.

Police sources, who do not want to be named, told Daily Sun that the news about the death of the policemen got to the FCT Police Command late Monday night, which immediately dispatched a rescue team to the area.

He, however, said that “Sadly when our men got there they found the bodies of the seven policemen on the ground.

“The gunmen after killing them also made away with their weapons”. The source said.

Daily Sun gathered that the police had commenced a manhunt to get the gunmen who are believed to have come in from outside the FCT to carry out the dastard act.

The bodies of the deceased policemen were said to have been deposited at one of the hospital mortuaries in Abuja, while the police authorities were making efforts to reach their families to break the sad news.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, did not pick his call.

He also did not respond to a text message sent to his mobile telephone at the time of filing this report.  (The Sun)

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Gunmen Abduct Delta Monarch, Demand N50m Ransom |The Republican News

 

Ovie Okpare, Warri

Suspected kidnappers have abducted Orhifi Orovwagbarha Agbarha-Ide Ememoh II, the Ovie (traditional ruler) of Agbarha-Warri Kingdom, in the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Our correspondent learnt that the Urhobo monarch was abducted on Wednesday along the Ughelli/Asaba Expressway near Ossissa community in the Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of the state while travelling for a meeting in Asaba, the state capital.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the kidnappers had opened a line of communication with the Agbarha-Warri Kingdom, demanding N50m ransom.

A top chief of the Agbarha-Warri kingdom, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the abduction of the traditional ruler when contacted on the telephone.

The source said, “Our monarch was travelling to Asaba, the state capital, to attend a security summit when his convoy was waylaid by some armed men, who whisked him to an unknown destination.”

A senior police officer in the state confirmed the king’s abduction, noting that the hoodlums had reached out demanding “an unspecified ransom before the monarch could be released.”

The National Coordinator, Niger Delta Peace Coalition, Mr. Zik Gbemre, accused security operatives in the state of ineptitude for allowing hoodlums to be on  the rampage.

He said, “I can talk about the situation in Warri because NDPC has been inundated with the news of gradual resurgence of criminals in the area. It shows we are not secure. The impunity with which the criminals are operating without response from the police has become alarming.

“On November 28, a driver of Chief Tunde Smooth, named Emmanuel Ikemefuma Chidubem, was shot dead.

“The cocky robbers drove with glee, shooting through front of the Warri AC’s office without response from the police.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the monarch’s abduction, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, was leading the rescue operation.

Anianmaka called on the people of the state to help the police with information that would lead to the rescue of the traditional ruler, as well as nip the resurgence of kidnapping in the state in the bud.  (Punchng.com)

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