Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday attacked Odoata Central School in Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, where the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was scheduled to hold its rally.
It was gathered that APGA was preparing to hold a political rally in the area when the gunmen visited, at the same time the governor’s convoy was arriving, while the gunmen engaged the security operatives in the governor’s convoy.
“The governor’s convoy was held for about one hour, while gunshots were ratcheting everywhere in the area,” a source said.
Meanwhile, DSP Toochukwu Ikenganyia, the Anambra State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer confirmed that there was an attack in Ihiala.
He said: “The attack happened at Odoata Central school, beside St Martins Church, Ihiala. It happened at about 9:30am.
“We recovered one AK-47 rifle, two magazines with 30 rounds of ammunition and a Toyota Hilux vehicle from the attackers.
“The Police and military are currently on ground now while mop up operations are ongoing. Normalcy has since returned to the area,” PPRO Ikenga said.
When the Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Mr C. Don Adinuba, was contacted, he confirmed the report, but refused to talk about the attack on the governor.
He said: “A combined team of policemen and soldiers this afternoon repelled an attack by unknown gunmen at Odoata Primary School, Ihiala, where the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was scheduled to organize a campaign rally for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
“The gunmen came on various motorcycles and in three vehicles, namely, a Toyota Lexus 350 ES with registration number EKY 765 EX, Toyota RAV4 with number JJJ 434FP and a Ford van whose number could not ascertained at the time of this report because it caught fire during the exchange of bullets between the gunmen and security forces.
“The gunmen, unable to withstand the superior fire power of the soldiers and police officers, quickly ran into the large premises of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which is directly opposite the campaign ground.
“They suffered serious injuries, even though they managed to shoot a gallant soldier”, according to an eye witness who did not want his name disclosed in the media for fear of his safety,” Adinuba said.
Three to die by hanging in Ekiti for murder, robbery
Justice Abiodun Adesodun of Ekiti State High Court, sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced one Oluwole Edward, 49, Kolawole Ojo, 39 and Kolawole Tope, 20, to death by hanging.
In his judgment, Justice Adesodun said ‘’each of the defendants is found guilty and convicted as charged.’’
“In count 1, each of the defendants is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment without option of fine, while on count 2,4,5 and 6 each of them is sentenced to death by hanging, may God have mercy on their respective souls,’’ he said.
The defendants were charged for offences bodering on conspiracy, armed robbery and murder, according to the prosecutor, (Director of Public Prosecutions) Julius Ajibare, said the defendants committed these offences between 12/4/17 and 5/12/17 while armed with gun robbed the victims, Wasiu Ayinde of his money 1,850,000 along Erinmope/Ayedun Ekiti Road, Adamo Ayinde, 1,450,000 along Orin/ Ido Ekiti Road, Liadhi Mukadam 1,530,000 along Otun Ekiti/Ilofa road and Alhaji Fatai Arowolo 2,200,000 along Ayedun/Omuo Ekiti road respectively.
In his testimony before the count, one of the victims said his phone was collected during one of the operations, he reported it to the police and later tracked, leading to their arrest and prosecution.
To prove his case, the prosecution who informed the court that the offences run contrary to section 516, 402 (2) and 319(1) of the Criminal Code , CAP C16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, called 5 witnesses, exhibit tendered includes, statements of victims and defendants, petition written to the Commission of Police among others.
The defendants spoke through their counsel and called no witness.
22-year-old man beaten to death for ‘stealing’ iPhone 6 in Ogun
A 22-year-old man, Tunji George, has been beaten to death for allegedly stealing an iPhone 6 in Ogun State.
George was said to have been killed Wednesday by three men, who the police identified as Felix Sunday, Shomuye Musa and Oluwatobi Michael.
The suspects have been arrested after a sister of the victim, Bola George, reported at Onipanu divisional police headquarters that her brother was alleged to have stolen an iPhone 6 at Keke Hotel in Iyana Iyesi area of Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun.
Bola alleged that the suspects, upon the allegation, “tied the deceased with a rope in the hotel and tortured him to death.”
“Having realized that the victim was about to give up the ghost, the suspects quickly rushed him to a hospital, but before they got to the hospital, the victim had died,” the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told newsmen on Thursday.
The DPO of Onipanu division, CSP Bamidele Job, was said to have mobilized his men to the scene, where two of the suspects were apprehended, while the remaining one was arrested in the hotel where the deed was done.
“On interrogation, the suspects informed the police that they strongly suspected the deceased as the person who stole the iPhone 6, and in order to recover the said phone from him, they decided to torture him not knowing that it would result to his death,” Oyeyemi stated.
While disclosing that the body of the victim had been deposited at the General Hospital’s mortuary, Ota, for autopsy, Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole had directed the transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the state CIID for further investigation and prosecution.
Gas explosion kills two in Akwa Ibom
Gas explosion that occurred along Nwaniba road, in Uyo local government area of Akwa Ibom State has killed two persons, DAILY POST has learnt.
It was gathered that the tragic incident occurred two weeks ago in the morning hours when one of the deceased used his handset for illumination while striking the match to light his gas cylinder, which unknowingly to him had a leakage.
According to sources close to the compound of the victims, the cylinder immediately exploded, killing him and one other person.
The source said, ”The incident occurred on Wednesday, October 6 in the morning. Everywhere was still dark. One of the tenants, a 21-year-old stayed in a one-room apartment and wanted to cook in the early hours before going to work. He lit the gas cooker, not knowing that it was leaking.
”I was staying in my room. I heard a large explosion. By the time I rushed out to the room, there was a cloud of thick smoke all over the room. The fire was raging. No one could enter. We had to call the Fire Service and the staff rushed down and put off the inferno that could have razed the entire building.’’
Confirming the incident in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, the director of the Akwa Ibom State Fire Service, Ubong Umoh said the explosion was caused as a result of the phone light
Umoh lamented that his organisation had, on several occasions, sensitised users of gas cylinders against using mobile phones when cooking but to no avail.
He said, “Two persons were killed in the gas explosion and it happened because one of them was using phone light and this is what we in the fire department have been preaching against; that people should not use phone light near the gas cooker.”
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