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Suspected Kidnappers Shot Police Officer in Edo

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The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Igarra Police Division, Headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, Suleiman Muhammed, was reportedly shot by suspected kidnappers on the Auchi-Igarra-Ibillo road in the state.

The incident, according to eye witness account, occurred last Tuesday at 7 p.m., and made commuters stranded until the local vigilante group came to evacuate the seriously injured officer, whose assailant’s had thought was dead, and cleared the road.

Narrating the incident yesterday, a member of the vigilance group from Igarra, who did not disclose his name, said the DPO was shot in the eyes, arm and stomach.

He added that he may have been shot with AK-47 riffle, as they recovered bullets and other cartridges from the scene of the attack.

According to the vigilante, “The DPO had earlier called us in the morning to a place where some suspected kidnappers (Yahoo boys) constituted nuisance.

“Later, around 3 p.m., he told us that these suspected kidnappers were blocking the road, so we went there and chased them away. I was told that later in the evening after inspecting the change of guard, the DPO left in his Toyota Camry car to Auchi where his family resides.

“The criminals laid ambush after a mast near Sasaro and shot him severally. I believe they thought he was dead and then abandoned him.”

“Their gunshots made motorists going to Auchi and coming from town to stop until we arrived at the scene in company of the police to rush the DPO to the hospital.

“He was bleeding profusely because he was shot in the eyes, arm and stomach, and after stabilising him, he was rushed to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.

““This morning (Wednesday) my colleagues and I went back to the scene, and we recovered used bullets, including those of AK-47 and other cartridges.”

Another leader of the vigilance group from the area attributed the rising presence of kidnappers in that axis to a community on that road, which has been accused of renting part of its land to herdsmen for grazing.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kontongs Bello, was said to be on an official assignment out of the state, but sources at the state police command said they were awaiting official details of the incident.

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Rotimi Amaechi uncovers biggest obstacle to Nigeria’s development

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has indicted ethnicity for the inactive tempo of development in Nigeria.

Amaechi, in an opinion on Friday, revealed that rail projects around Nigeria were built for the improvement of the country’s economy rather than racial biases.

The former Rivers State Governor recognized what he called politicising of railway development as one of the main challenges thwarting the government’s effort to boost the economy.

The minister, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the Annual Public Lecture of the Department of Economics at the University of Lagos, commented that transportation as a criterion involved logistics.

Ameachi said, ”It’s a key element in driving the development of economies all over the world and it creates possibilities for other sectors; therefore, you cannot even create employment if you don’t create logistics.

“Nigerians are too ethnically conscious. You think first of your ethnicity before you think as a Nigerian.

”Ethnicity is putting pressure on the economics of railway construction. What you hear is, ‘I am a Yoruba man, I am a Hausa man, I am an Igbo man.”

“Railway is fuelled by economic activities, it is not fuelled by tribes.

“Ethnicity isn’t the way to go. Those who flare the embers of ethnicity are those who were profiting from the government in the past, but are no longer profiting from the government.” He added.
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Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing 

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Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.

The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.

The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.

The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .

 

According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.

“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.

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Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits

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Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.

The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.

The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.

“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.

“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.

“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.

“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.

“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.

Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”

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