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Bribe: Police Officer Shoots Two Drivers In Kogi State

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A police inspector, Mohammed Usman, has been alleged of shooting and wounding two drivers in Lokoja, Kogi State.

Usman allegedly shot the men for refusing to give bribe.

The incident occurred at the Ibro Motor Park, opposite the Lokoja International Market.

According to Ibrahim Yakubu, the branch chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), trouble started when one of their drivers was stopped by a police team at a checkpoint in Zango area on the Lokoja-Okene highway and was ordered to offer them a bribe.

The driver refused and continued on his journey towards Lokoja. However, the policemen chased after him to Ibro Motor Park.

“We were just sitting at the park at about 11am, when we started hearing sporadic gunshots. The next thing, we saw one of our fellow drivers run to the union office. The next thing, we saw two policemen follow him. Our union officials addressed them and they left.

The driver said he left his vehicle by the roadside and when we went there, we met a police inspector inside the vehicle. We told him that we are taking the vehicle to the park and he followed us inside. On getting to the union office at the motor park, we told him that we had already settled the matter with the other two policemen.

Upon hearing that, he (Inspector Mohammed Usman) became furious and brought out his gun and first shot on the ground. As he continued his sporadic shooting, a bullet hit one of our drivers, Mohammed Attah, on the leg, while another driver, Emmanuel, was hit in the stomach.

Following the incident, the other policemen stationed outside drove into the park with their hilux bus, and quickly rescued the inspector and drove out.

We then went to B Division Police Station to report the matter and the DPO followed us with the victims to Federal Medical Centre and from there we went to the state police command, to report the matter. The CP has ordered that the policemen involved should be detained until the outcome of victims in the hospital.”

The spokesman of the Kogi State Police Command, William Aya, who confirmed the incident, explained that the policemen who were on stop-and-search operation stopped the driver, but that he refused, and as a result, they pursued him, on the suspicion that he might be carrying incriminating items.

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He added that the driver got to a town near a motor park and abandoned his vehicle by the roadside and ran into the park. He said one of the policemen went after him, and that in the process, there was a misunderstanding which led to accidental discharge.

Aya said that the policemen involved have been detained, while the matter is being investigated by the State CID. He added that appropriate sanctions would be taken against those found wanting, at the close of investigation.

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 The North Will Produce Next President In 2023 – Shettima

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Arewa Youths Leader, Alhaji Yerima Shettima

The possibility of the north retaining power after the second term tenure of President Mohammadu Buhari has been speculated.

However, Arewa Youths Leader, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, has confirmed the yearning of the north to retain power.

According to him, the north will produce the next president when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.

Alhaji Shettima reportedly stated this in an interview published in the New Telegraph on Friday, June 21.

According to the president of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, the current administration has not favoured the north, adding that the current government is purely a southwest government.

“I don’t know who is going to be the next president of Nigeria until we see those who will declare interest. However, talking about the zone, which should produce the president in 2023, I have said it on many occasions that the North will produce the next president and you could see that the issue is becoming very clear. “I don’t just make a pronouncement on something I am not sure of. We are sure that this government has not favoured the North. This government is purely a South-West government. They have taken everything.”

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Stating that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), will die before 2023, Alhaji Shettima said that the only thing holding the ruling party together is President Buhari.

“Even in the National Assembly, somebody was working to ensure that his interest is protected to make it easy for him to become president come 2023, but unfortunately the party itself will die before 2023. “By 2023, All Progressives Congress (APC) will no longer be visible. The only thing that holds that party is President Buhari, but he is not coming back. This is his last tenure and I am sure the Buhari I know will be busy thinking of how to go for his retirement rather than thinking of whether the party survives or not. He has achieved all he wanted to achieve. He has become both heads of state and civilian president.”

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Rampaging Bandits Give Conditions For Ceasefire

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Rampaging bandits in Zamfara state have given conditions for a cease-fire.

The conditions include being allowed to attend local markets without fear or intimidation and a halt of Fulani killings in local markets.

The disclosure was made by the state’s commissioner of police, Usman Nagoggo, during a meeting with vigilantes and volunteers popularly known as Yan Sakai on Thursday, June 20.

According to CP Nagoggo, the crisis of banditry in the state was being fuelled by the unlawful executions of suspected criminals.

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However, vigilantes in the state have expressed readiness to do anything that will ensure that peace returns.

CP Nagoggo revealed that the armed men had been contacted by authorities, and they gave the assurance that they would stop the carnage in the state, only on these conditions.

His words: “Part of the conditions they gave was that the Yan Sakai should halt the extrajudicial killings of Fulani, especially in local markets. The bandits said they should be allowed to attend local markets without fear or intimidation.

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“That is why we are holding this meeting to intimate you about the new peace road map being designed by the government.

“A situation whereby a local vigilante will kill one of the bandits and the armed men would slay about 30 persons in retaliation, what is the gain here?”

The CP implored the vigilante leaders to reach out to their followers and ask them to stop such practice of extrajudicial killings in the state.

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UK Government Warn Citizens Form Travelling To 21 Nigerian States

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The government of the United Kingdom has listed states in Nigeria where its citizens should not travel to.

The country listed the states and warned its citizens not travel to the places for health and safety reasons.

The citizens were advised to seek security if they must travel and work in the listed areas.

According to the government, attacks have become high in such areas, hence the need to stay clear.

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Through its foreign and commonwealth office, the UK said the advisory followed issues of insecurity including Boko Haram, in the North East, armed banditry in the North West and militancy in the South-South.

It also relied on an earlier report of Lassa Fever in some state and reports that Nigeria is prone to the Zika virus.

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In the travel advisory recently released by the government of the United Kingdom, 21 states including Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers states went marked as danger zones.

Others are Zamfara, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Kastina, Kogi States. Citizens were also advised to stay away from 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto, Abia and Kebbi state.

 

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