Herdsmen invade Benue communities, killing 16 timber dealers.
Sixteen kinsmen of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom were reportedly murdered on Monday in a new attack by suspected armed herdsmen who stormed the Udei and Yelwata towns in the state’s Guma Local Government Area. The victims of the attack were alleged to be lumber traders who were ambushed and slain in the bush while going about their business.
While confirming the tragedy, Mr Caleb, Chairman of Guma LGA, stated that they encountered the armed herdsmen who killed them as they were returning from the forest where they had gone to get lumber. He said the assault was unjustified and unprovoked. Five corpses had already been retrieved and the hunt for the remains of eleven more was ongoing.
The current incident comes roughly ten days after a similar attack took multiple lives in Igama village, Edumoga Ehaje, Okpokwu LGA, and four days after a lawmaker and his sibling were slain and beheaded by brutes in the state’s Orokam, Ogbadibo LGA.
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Bandits kill three, abduct a married woman in Katsina.
In the Batagarawa Local Government Area of Katsina State, three villagers were reportedly slain by bandits, and a married woman was kidnapped. The villagers were reportedly attacked and murdered by a group of roughly 15 heavily armed bandits who entered the community on Tuesday about 4 p.m. on motorcycles.
According to Marwan Zayyana, a community resident, the hoodlums equipped with AK-47 rifles began their operation in Ungwan Tsugune in Bakiyawa, where they killed one Sadiq Lawal inside his compound.They then went to Ungwan Jageme and murdered one Abubakar Musa right in front of his house. The third victim was slain on his farmland while fleeing the attackers.
According to Marwan, the community has recently been the target of a series of bandit attacks.He recounted how the town had only been assaulted a week earlier when six villagers were kidnapped and had not yet been freed.
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Fuel scarcity: Lagos bus operators raise prices.
Due to the continuing scarcity of gasoline, commercial bus operators in Lagos State raised their tariffs on numerous routes on Tuesday.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent on the ground claimed that fares had been raised from N100 to N150, depending on the distance.
Buses were seen transporting passengers from Iyana-Ipaja to Oshodi for N400 instead of the usual N300, while bus rates from Iyana-Ipaja to Ikeja hiked from N200 to N300.Similarly, commuters from Berger to Ojuelegba were charged N400 instead of N300, and travellers from Berger to CMS were charged N800 instead of N600.
The secretary of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Akeem Balogun, of the Lagos Satellite Depot, Ejigbo, cautioned marketers against taking advantage of customers because of the shortage.
Mr Balogun said: “Most of them are stocked out and they are going to look for stuff immediately. We instructed them to make as reasonable of a profit as feasible. They should not exploit the public. “We have described our situation in relation to the cost of PMS at private depots at the moment. We clarified that at the going rate, we are unable to sell at less than N180 per litre. Because it is not financially feasible for them to keep selling gasoline at N165 per litre, some of our members have closed down their stations.
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IGP deploys additional Policemen along Kaduna-Abuja highway.
Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, has sent out more police officers to increase security along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway to combat kidnapping and banditry.
The police commissioner in charge of the Police Mobile Force, CP Matthew Akinyoshola, addressed the staff on Wednesday at the Force Headquarters just before their deployment and urged the mobile policemen to be watchful and alert at all times in their respective jurisdictions. He issued a warning to the police, advising them to carry out their duty with civility and firmness while taking swift action against anyone who poses a threat to the country’s peace and security.
Numerous bandit attacks on the Abuja-Kaduna route have resulted in the killing and maiming of innocent motorists as well as the kidnapping of locals. The bandits have continued to have a field day despite several guarantees from the Federal Government and the Kaduna State Government.
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