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Army: We are not administering killer vaccine

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The Nigerian Army has urged the public to disregard rumours that its ongoing free medical outreach, especially in the South-East, was aimed at de-populating the zone.
Col. Sagir Musa, Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, made the call in a statement issued in Enugu on Wednesday.

Musa said that the free medical outreach was not a vaccine intended to infect monkeypox or any major contemporary or emerging diseases to the people of the zone or any part of the country.

He described as silly and mischievous’ publications trending on the social media alleging that the ongoing free medical services giving to some communities in the zone was with a sinister motive of depopulating the region through the so-calledmonkey pox vaccination’.

“The exercise is part of the corporate social responsibility initiatives imbued into the overall Exercise EGWU EKE II package to the people of the South Eastern Region which is the area of responsibility of the 82 Division,” he said.

Other areas where the programme was conducted were Ovim in Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia; Mbaise in Imo; Oji River in Enugu and now Ozubulu in Anambra.

“In all the mentioned areas, there has not been any recorded incident or complaint of any kind arising from the noble humanitarian gesture of the Nigerian Army.

“Hence, the wicked, ill-motivated rumour is the handiwork of unpatriotic elements who can go to any length to discredit the noble services of the army in the region, in which at the moment they will not succeed,” Musa said.

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Cultist kills rival, sells palms for N5,000

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Police in Ogun State have arrested a 27-yearold cultist, Kayode Oreneye, for allegedly killing a rival cult member and selling the victim’s two palms for N5,000. The police also nabbed another deadly cultist, Gbenga Ogunsanya, popularly known as “Spartacus,” who confessed to killing over nine persons in the last one year.

 

The state Police Commissioner, Ahmed Iliyasu, paraded the two cult members alongside 46 other suspected criminals at the state Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta.

 

Iliyasu, who disclosed that the suspects were held in connection with murder, armed robbery, stealing and unlawful possession of firearms, among others, said several arms and ammunition were also recovered from them. He added that the suspects, through robust surveillance, were arrested at various spots and hideouts by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

 

The commissioner said Oreneye, a member of Eiye confraternity, killed one Shakiru aka School Boy on February 12, at Library Junction in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area.

 

The police boss said the suspect severed the two palms of the victim and later sold them to another member of his cult group for N5,000. He said after the dastardly incident, FSARS operatives trailed the suspect and captured him at a drinking joint at Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.

Iliyasu said: “This man still went ahead to exhibit his wicked nature by attempting to shoot them and escape. But the operatives succeeded in arresting him. “In his confession to the operatives, he said he went after his victim (Shakiru) whom he claimed was a member of Aiye rival group, for allegedly killing three members of his own cult  group.”

 

The commissioner added that a pump action gun, one cut-to-size locally-made pistol, seven live cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from him. He said one pump action gun, one cut-tosize locally-made pistol, five live cartridges and charms were recovered from 23-yearold Ogunsanya and another suspect, Quam Olubodun.

 

According to him, Spartacus appears at social functions uninvited with his men and without any recourse smashes vehicle wind and side screens and attacks people with axe.

 

Iliyasu said: “Gbenga Ogunsanya aka Spartacus was arrested on March 12, 2018 at a social gathering in Sabo area of Abeokuta. Before his arrest, Spartacus, who had been living a very rough life as a tout, claimed he was initiated as a member of Aiye confraternity on May 30, 2017 and immediately became a champion. “In his confession, he said he had killed over nine persons between the period of his initiation and arrest.”

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Man, 73, defile 14-years-old girl, impregnates her

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Police in Lagos have arrested a 73-yearold man for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old girl and later impregnating her. The suspect, Pa Fola Olowoigbo, was alleged to have committed the crime at Agric area of Ikorodu, Lagos.

 

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chike Oti, said that the grandpa repeatedly defiled the girl until he put her in the family way.

 

He said: “The suspect, who hailed from Ago- Iwoye, Ogun State, is a local taxi driver, a next door neighbour to the victim’s mother. The suspect always sends the girl on errands.

 

The mother of the girl didn’t know that the old man had an ulterior motive.

 

The command is investigating the case and the suspect would soon be taken to court.” Oti added that the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, had warned parents to be wary of who their children relate with, so as to avoid such occurrences. Similarly, the parents of two-year-old Miss Ramudantu Matimu, has a lot to be thankful for. The child was rescued from Elizabeth Ibezim, who allegedly stole the child on Tuesday.

 

The child’s mother was frantically searching for her, when she sighted Ibezim, standing at a nearby bus stop, about to board a bus with her baby. The mother rushed to Ibezim and snatched Ramudantu. The child was stolen at Yam Market, Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos, and taken away from where her mother kept her.

 

Speaking on the matter, Oti said: “When Ramudantu’s mother eventually noticed that her child was missing, she became frantic and a search party was immediately raised to help her find her child.

 

Luck, however, ran out on the suspect when she was spotted with the child on her back by the baby’s mother who was in a near state of hysteria, as the suspect was about to board a commercial vehicle at Under-the-bridge, at the Ketu bus stop, a reasonable distance from where the child was taken.

 

“The desperate mum rushed to the suspect and struggled to collect the baby from the suspect, raising the alarm which attracted a mob that nearly lynched the woman save for the quick intervention of a police team stationed strategically near the market place to provide round the clock security. The case is currently under investigation at the Gender Section of the Lagos State Police Command.”

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Gunmen abduct 38 travellers in Kaduna

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Tension has enveloped interstate drivers and travellers plying the Kaduna State after 38 travellers were abducted on the Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna Highway. The victims were said to have been abducted between Tuesday and yesterday. On Tuesday, 17 people were kidnapped, while 21 were grabbed yesterday.

 

The Chairman of the National Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Birnin- Gwari branch, Danladi Duniya, confirmed the travellers’ abduction. Duniya said that the 17 victims were abducted along Kwanan Dutse in the same vicinity.

He said: “The 17 victims were travelling in a Sharon bus. The bus was carrying many passengers. They were on their way to different destinations, when the kidnappers attacked and abducted them. The victims were marched into the bush. But today (yesterday), about 8a.m., 21 people were abducted near Labi village on the same Kaduna-Birnin-Gwari Road.”

 

Duniya said the passengers were abducted while travelling in three Golf vehicles from Birnin-Gwari to Kano. According to him, each of the vehicles was conveying not less than seven passengers, bringing the total number to 21 persons.

 

Duniya said that aside from the three Golf cars and Sharon bus, people in a trailer and a truck were also abducted. He added: “I can’t confirm the number of those inside the trailer and truck. But those 21 people were taken from vehicles belonging to our members.”

 

Duniya called for the quick intervention of the authorities concerned, saying that the bandits had been operating with impunity despite the deployment of soldiers and policemen on the route.

 

The abduction came barely a week after the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, inaugurated a military operation base in Birnin-Gwari to tackle abductions and killings in the area. Buratai had also instructed the soldiers deployed in the area to wipe out the bandits within three weeks.

 

He insisted that the battle should be taken to the hideouts of the kidnappers. But since Buratai gave the order, more than 10 persons had been killed, with many others abducted in the villages and the highway within the local government areas. Birnin-Gwari had been under attack by bandits for months now.

 

At least 11 soldiers, posted to the area to battle the bandits were ambushed and killed recently. The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, when contacted to confirm the latest abduction, said that he needed time to get the details of what actually transpired and the number of people kidnapped.

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