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How policeman lost his life while chasing robbers in Ekiti

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A man identified to be policeman was on Monday shot dead in Ado Ekiti while chasing a gang of robbers that had terrorised a business premises and fled the scene.

The bandits, according to eyewitness, had earlier robbed a petrol station along Fajuyi – Secretariat road and were escaping through the old Iyin–Ilawe road when the police officer in a white Hilux van sighted them and gave them a hot chase.

The source said the police van had trailed the bandits up to NTA junction, where the bandits were said to have waited and blocked the way in readiness for a gun duel.

“When the Hilux chased them up to that point, the armed robbers used their vehicle to block the way and rained bullets on the car.

“The bullets hit the driver of the vehicle and he died on the spot after which the robbers entered their car and sped off”.

The sound of the assorted rifles brandished by the bandits were said to have caused confusion within the vicinity.

Workers coming to the Ekiti State House of Assembly and the State Secretariat as well as motorists going to Ilawe road were said to have scampered for safety to prevent being caught in the web of gunfire.

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“Some of the motorists had to take a detour and escaped the scene because the sound of the guns caused panic in the area,” he stated.

Police officers from the state police command later visited the scene to evacuate the corpse which was deposited in the morgue of the Ekiti State University Teaching hospital.

When contacted for confirmation, the police public relations officer, Ekiti State Command, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said: “The attack on the police officer could have been a reaction of criminal elements to the cleansing operation being carried out by the command.

“You know that since our new Police Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo Amba came on board, he introduced a Joint Task Force carrying out Operation Make Ekiti Safe and many criminals had either been arrested or killed in the process.

“The men carrying out the operation were drawn from the Army, Police, Immigration and NSCDC . They were diligent in their duties and this might be one of those ways to frustrate us by criminals.

“We are assuring our people that we remain focused. We won’t be bored down by this incident and we shall trail the perpetrators of this crime and make sure they face the full weight of the law.”

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Revolution Now: Security agents attack protesters, brutalise septuagenarian in Osun

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Members of “Revolution Now” led by the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore, on Monday were attacked by security agents in Osogbo, the Osun State capital as they hit the streets for protest.

Also, a septuagenarian, Mrs Sariyu Akanmu, a hawker, who joined the protesting youths was seriously brutalised by the combined forces of operatives of DSS, Police, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Recall that the presidency has since declared Sowore’s call for revolution a treasonable felony, which led to his arrest on Friday by operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS).

The protesters, after addressing pressmen at NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel early Monday morning subsequently move to hit the street in protest but were violently accosted, brutalised and arrested, including the leader of the group.

Earlier in his address, the leader of the group, Comrade Olawale Adebayo said the call for revolution by Sowore was necessitated by seeming ineptitude and insensitive of the Buhari led administration.

He said every member of the group was convinced that there was an urgent need for Nigerians to clamour for change in the political order and entrenchment of selfless leadership.

He said: The coalition for revolution and other concerned Nigerians all over the nation, and precisely in Osun state today aligned with the pains of the voiceless and oppressed Nigerians, having observed the spate of joblessness, insecurity, hunger, modulated workers salary and fraudulent implication of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria and especially Osun state.

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” We are also worried about the menace of estimated electricity billing and epileptic power supply, coupled with the destruction of farms by herdsmen, the inconsiderate and insensitive levies being imposed on our artisans, Okada riders, drivers and traders in the state. We hereby maintain that we have inalienable, constitutional and fundamental human rights to peacefully protest the inadequacies.

“We, therefore, demand the unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore and an end to systemic corruption, brutality, harassment and intimidation, especially in the student populated areas in Osun state and the country at large”.

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Flood sweeps away high court finance director in Abuja

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Tony Okecheme, the director of finance at the federal high court in Abuja, has been swept away by a heavy flood.

PUNCH reports that Okecheme was on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in his official 2017 Toyota Camry when his car got stuck in the flood at Galadimawa roundabout, Abuja, on Friday.

Galadimawa is about 15 minutes away from the city center.

While the finance director was swept away by the flood, his driver was rescued and taken to Asokoro hospital, Abuja, by some young men in the area.

It was reported that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials who came to the scene failed to rescue Okecheme and his driver who were reportedly trapped in the flood for about an hour before the water swept away the director.

His car, which was filled with mud water, was later pulled out of the ravines by the rescuers.

Two young girls who claimed to be Okecheme’s children were seen weeping uncontrollably at the scene of the incident.

An FCT judiciary worker, who did not give his name, identified the car as belonging to Okecheme, noting that the man had sent him N40,000 in the morning.

Apart from Galadimawa, other parts affected by the flooding include Karu and Lokogoma.

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Drama as FAAN official ‘steals $600’ from pilgrim

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Ramatu Luka, an official of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has been arrested for allegedly stealing $600 belonging to a pilgrim at the Yola airport.

Suleiman Yahaya, spokesman of Adamawa police command, disclosed this to journalists on Thursday in Yola, the state capital.

According to him, Hafsat Mohammed, the pilgrim, was said to have raised the alarm when she discovered that the money was missing in her bag.

Yahaya said that Luka, who was on duty during screening, discovered pepper in the bag of Mohammed which she threatened to seize if she was not given bribe.

Mohammed was said to have given the FAAN official 10 Saudi riyal to allow her travel with the pepper.

“It was during the bribe negotiation that the lady took 600 U.S. dollars from the woman’s bag she was searching,” Yahaya said.

“When the pilgrim later discovered her money was missing, she raised alarm and the money was found in the possession of the FAAN staff member.”

Yahaya said the FAAN official hid the money inside her hair and used her barrette cap to cover it.

He said the case had been referred to CID for further investigation after which the suspect would be charged to court.

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