29 Confirmed Dead In Bloody Shootout, Scores Injured, Hospitalised As APC Supporters Clash, PDP Suspends Ex-Chairman

29 bandits killed in Benue, Niger shootouts

Some 29 bandits were killed in shootouts in Benue and Niger states. Fourteen of the hoodlums were killed when they attacked a police station in Katsina Ala town, Benue State. Police spokesperson Kate Anene confirmed the incident. She said some suspects were arrested and detained on Saturday at Katsina Ala Divisional Police Station for investigations.

But on Sunday morning, about 1am, some gunmen numbering about 50 launched a blistering attack on the police station in attempt to set the suspects free from lawful custody, Anene said. The police spokesperson said police at the Division engaged the gunmen in a shootout and 14 of them were gunned down. In Niger, 15 bandits were gunned down in a shootout with military men. The Nation learnt that the military men who were on patrol saw the bandits on their motorcycles a few kilometers from Kontagora town.

The bandits, upon seeing the military men, opened fire and the militray men replied, killing 15 of the hoodlums. Unconfirmed reports stated that a military officer also died in the incident. The state police command was yet to issue a statement on the incident at the time of filing this report. Also, 15 persons kidnapped on May 30 alongside 200 pupils of Tanko Salihu Islamiyya, Tegina, Niger State have escaped from their abductors.

It was learnt that they fled from where they were kept in a Zamfara State forest at the weekend. Two guards watching over them were asleep at the time of their escape, it was said. The escapees said they were separated from the schoolkids after the abduction, and did not know where the pupils were taken to. A source said the 15 persons narrated how they went in different directions to make it hard for their abductors to recapture them. It was learnt that those who escaped have been admitted in some undisclosed health facilities. Some sources in Tegina confirmed the arrival of the abductees, adding that the community was expecting that the pupils would be released soon. The Nation also learnt that those who escaped were received by the Vice-Chairman of Rafi local government area at Birnin Gwari community of the local government area.


Source: The Nation



Scores Injured, Hospitalised As Supporters Of 2 APC Leaders Clash In Kwara

The Kwara State Police Command has confirmed a clash between two prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of the state. It was gathered that during the street brawl on Sunday, scores of people were reported injured and hospitalized. The fracas was said to have happened when supporters of two prominent APC stalwarts clashed in the ancient town. It was gathered that the clash allegedly caused by a supremacy battle between the two political leaders as they embarked on a separate ward rally in Offa.

It was gathered that dangerous weapons were freely used by the party supporters said to have been brought from outside the state. One person shot in the head and in critical condition is said to be receiving treatment at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin. Eyewitness account also had it that several people sustained varying degrees of injury in the melee that ensued. According to reports, the clash was between supporters of the Kwara state Commissioner for Water Resources, Femi Agbaje, and the senator representing Kwara South senatorial district of the state.

spokesperson, Okasanmi Ajayi said that “at about 3: 45pm on Sunday, while on a rally in his ward around Tumade area of Offa, Commissioner of Water Resources, Kwara state, Alhaji Femi Agbaje, and his group were allegedly attacked by some hoodlums wielding dangerous weapons and two of his men were injured in the fracas.

“The hoodlums have disappeared before the arrival of policemen to the scene. The two injured victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.

“The commissioner of Police Kwara state, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega, has ordered an investigation of the incident. The effort is still in progress to arrest the fleeing hoodlums,” he added.


Source: Independent.ng



PDP Suspends Former Lagos Chairman, Segun Adewale

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter on Monday suspended a former state chairman of the party, Otunba Segun Adewale aka Aeroland for one month. Adewale’s suspension was announced by the Chairman of the Alimosho Local Government Area of the party, Alhaji Solagbade Abbas.

In a statement made available to Daily Independent, the party said it took the decision to suspend Adewale following the recommendation of the Executive and Disciplinary Committee of Ward M1 in Alimosho LGA. It also said that the former PDP chairman is suspended for one month with effect from Monday, June 21st pending the resolution of all issues concerning him before the committees.

The statement reads “This is to inform the general public that, following the recommendation of the Executive Committee and the Disciplinary Committee of Ward M1, Alimosho LGA, Mr. Segun Adewale (Aeroland) has been suspended from all activities of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a period of one month with effect from Monday 21st June 2021, pending the resolution of all issues concerning him before the committees”.

“It is expected that all party members concerned will remain disciplined and law abiding, and cooperate with the various committees; while the party assures all concerned of fairness, equity and justice”.

When contacted, Adewale dismissed his suspension, saying as a South-West leader, the PDP in Allimosho lacks the power to suspend him.

The PDP leader who described who accused Adedeji Doherty of being the mastermind of the suspension also described those who suspended him as moles in the party. He said their tenure will soon expire and he will ensure they are not returned to office for another term.

“Just ignore those people. I am a South-West leader of the party so how can they suspend me? These people are APC moles who are making money from both PDP and APC. I was the one that fought for them to occupy their present position”.

“ Their tenure will expire in two months time and they know I will ensure they are not returned back to office. So, the only option available to them is to claim that they have suspended me but they are making a big mistake”.


Source: Independent.ng



Fathia Williams survives auto crash in Ogun

Veteran Nollywood actress Fathia Williams on Monday escaped unscathed from an auto crash. The Nation gathered the accident occurred along OPIC Iwe-Iroyin Plaza road Abeokuta when a commercial motorcyclist almost rammed into her car. The mother of two, heading to a shooting assignment, was driving in her Toyota Runner from OPIC roundabout.

She was reported to have signaled to enter Iwe-Irohin Press Centre but the motorcyclist didn’t notice. The actress was said to have slammed the brake when the motorcyclist almost collided with the vehicle. Terrified residents and pedestrians were relieved she emerged from the car with her personal assistant unhurt.

The motorcyclist, who also escaped unhurt, immediately sped off from the scene. The shocked actress simply said: “It is a Monday morning, I don’t want talk but I thank God (for saving us).”


Source: The Nation



Man City make £100million offer for Tottenham’s Harry Kane

Kane, 27, has informed Spurs of his desire to leave this summer, with City leading Manchester United and Chelsea in the race for his signature. Sources at both City and Tottenham have denied a formal bid has been tabled as of Monday afternoon. But sources said City are preparing to test Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s resolve with an opening offer that could also include a player-plus-cash proposal.

Sources said Levy is certain to reject any bid at that level, given Kane is valued at around £150m and has three years remaining on his current £200,000-a-week contract. Kane has not made a written transfer request, and sources said Levy is determined to keep him at the club for at least another season, despite the player believing he has a gentlemen’s agreement to depart this summer. Sources have told ESPN that at least one candidate who interviewed for the vacant managerial position at Spurs was told Kane would not be sold before the start of next season.

Harry Kane is being chased by Manchester City in the summer transfer window. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
City are looking to strengthen their attack after allowing Sergio Aguero to depart after winning their third league title under Pep Guardiola in four seasons. Sources have told ESPN there is an acceptance at the Etihad Stadium that it will be hard to prise Kane from Tottenham this summer given his importance to Spurs and his contract situation.

While Guardiola is keen to add a striker to his squad, City are prepared to wait a year if the right player is not available, as they did when they signed Rodri in 2019 and Ruben Dias in 2020. There have been reports Raheem Sterling could be one of the players to tempt Tottenham to sell Kane this summer, but sources have told ESPN the England winger is not willing to be used as a makeweight in any deal. Kane recently admitted City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne would be a “striker’s dream” to play with, but he has parked all talk about his future until after England’s involvement in Euro 2020 is over.


Source: ESPN



13-year-old boy allegedly hacks his father to death in Edo

A 13-year-old boy identified as Abubakar has allegedly hacked his father, Osariakhi Oronsaye, 79, to death in Edo State It was gathered that the incident happened at Egbon Estate in Evbuotubu, Benin City on Sunday, June 20. According to Nigerian Tribune, the septuagenarian had earlier reported his son to the Evbuotubu Police Station a week earlier when the boy threatened to kill him. However, upon arrest, the father was said to have had a change of mind and pleaded with the police to let the boy go.

In the early hours of Sunday, the young boy carried out his threat as he allegedly axed his father to death in his sleep. Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Kontongs Bello, who confirmed the incident on Monday June 21, said that the advice of the state’s Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, would determine the fate of the minor.

Kontongs noted that the minor status of the offender had made it imperative for the Command to liaise with the DPP, noting that everything would be done to unravel the case.

“I can confirm to you that the command is discussing with the DPP over the case. It is an unfortunate case but we are also conducting our investigation to ensure that we unravel the case. The culprit is a minor so we must be sure of what we are doing,” the PPRO stated.


Source: Lindaikeji



2023: APC places order for 3 million Brooms

The Cross River state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has placed order for three million bunches of brooms from local broom makers for the new entrants into the party. The party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Bassey Ita, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Calabar on Monday. Ita stated that it was observed that the commodity, which is APC’s symbol, had suddenly become scarce in the state, following the influx of new members, in the wake of Gov. Ben Ayade’s defection into the party.

“To address the challenge, the party ordered for three million bunches of brooms from local suppliers to meet the growing demand.It is no longer news that the broom revolution has since hit our dear state, following the defection of our amiable governor to our party.”

“But what is now news is that broom scarcity has hit Cross River as millions of our people continue to identify with the party.Last weekend, local government chairmen, councillors, federal and state lawmakers, alongside 100,000 of their supporters in Bekwarra, Ikom and Etung council areas joined the party,”the statement added.

The party paid tribute to “the tenacity of purpose and single-mindedness of the people of the state for aligning with the governor in his drive to socket Cross River to the centre”.


Source: Politics Nigeria