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Police Confirm 9 Dead in Attacks on Benue Communities

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The Police Command in Benue on Sunday said the death toll from Saturday’s gunmen attack on mourners in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state has risen to nine.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi that the police were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack and its aftermath.

Anene explained that four persons were killed at the burial of  Tor Gbev Amaafu in Tongov while additional five were killed during reprisal attacks by Amaafu, Sati Agirigi and Ikurav Tiev communities.

She said the killings were suspected to be the frequent clashes between Ikurav and Shitile people in the area in recent times.

“The clash cut across three villages. There is no reason for these attacks. Several peace meetings with the communities have yielded no positive results,”  Anene said.

An eyewitness told NAN that the gunmen who numbered more than 10 opened fire on the mourners killing and injuring several persons in the process.

The gunmen attacked the mourners in the early hours of Saturday as a result of which four persons lost their lives on the spot while several others sustained severe injuries.

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The area has witnessed serious criminal activities in the past four years. (NAN)

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Bandits Attack Buhari’s Advance Team Convoy in Daura

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By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah. 

The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.

 

Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu in a statement, said two persons in the convoy were receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered.

Shehu said “all the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura”.

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Naval Staff Kidnapped at Residence in Kogi

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

A staff of Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Musa Lawal has been kidnapped in Lokoja.

He was abducted in Lokoja at his residence, behind Post Flood Housing Estate, Lokoja at about 8 pm on Monday after they destroyed his doors and windows.

The Naval staff was to depart for his station, Abuja  on Tuesday morning before the unfortunate incident.


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An hour after the Abduction, the kidnappers had called, demanding for three million naira ransom.

The wife of the kidnapped naval staff Mrs Juliana Musa who narrated her ordeal, told Our Correspondent that one of the hands was cut and taken away with bleeding.

Kogi Police Command Spokesman, SP William Aya told DAILY ASSET that he was not aware about the incident with an assurance that the command will investigate the incident.

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Sallah: FRSC to Deploy Breathalysers

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Sector Command is to deploy breathalysers to test motorists in order to detect those who drive under the influence of alcohol the Sallah festival.

The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Ahmed Umar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ota, Ogun.

Umar said that any motorist who tests positive to alcohol would be subjected to further test for other drugs.

He said that the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) would be engaged for this purpose during the festival.

“We are therefore appealing to motorists to avoid drink driving during and after the festive period.

“People should not indulge in drinking and driving at the same time to prevent unnecessary loss of life,” he said.

Umar also said that any vehicle impounded because the driver violated traffic rules and regulations would not be released until after the Sallah festival.

The sector commander said that the FRSC would collaborate with the police to check Road Traffic Violations (RTV) on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

”We are also collaborating with the Navy and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps

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to maintain sanity during the Sallah festival on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Sagamu -Ijebu Ode-Ore Expressway.(NAN)

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