Monarch killed, property razed as communal strife hits Enugu community
There is palpable fear in Oruku community, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, as the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Emmanuel Mba, was allegedly killed by men suspected to be policemen from Force Headquarters, Abuja.
It was gathered that many houses, cars and other property were also razed in the community in an orgy of violence . One of the villagers revealed that the fracas started when the now-deceased traditional ruler was presiding over the town meeting and a group of uniformed men believed to be policemen from Abuja stormed the meeting.
The source added that the Police team shot the traditional ruler after he was identified to them by a native of the community who came with the team. According to the source, “the Policemen were led by one Inspector Danladi, who also took away one Mr Agozie Ani from the Oruku town hall where the deceased traditional ruler was addressing a meeting of the natives.
“The armed men invaded the venue of the meeting in an SUV and a Sienna bus at about 2 pm on Boxing Day, moved into the hall and sought to see the royal father. “When the traditional ruler, who was presiding over the meeting was identified by the three natives, one of the policemen immediately shot him on the thigh and he started bleeding.” Pandemonium was said to have ensued after the royal father was shot as the natives scampered for safety amidst sporadic shooting by the armed men, who made attempts to arrest some of them.
Mr Ejike Ani said: “The bleeding royal father and Ani were taken away by the armed men to the Parklane Hospital, Enugu but Igwe Mba could not be admitted due to lack of bed space. “They were referred to the National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu but on arrival doctors at the Emergency Unit only confirmed the royal father dead.” READ ALSO: Nigerian women told to be homemakers, not breakers Expectedly, aggrieved members of Oruku community were said to have regrouped in the evening and attacked the homes of some indigenes believed to be behind the murder of the traditional ruler.
Four houses, including the compound of the father of a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Chief Raymond Okenwa, were reportedly burnt down. Some vehicles parked within the affected premises were also set ablaze by the mob while the violence continued at press time. Meanwhile, in a statement, yesterday, by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, said he has ordered investigation into the murder of Igwe Emmanuel Mba. Ndukwe quoted Abdurrahman as saying the command will meticulously investigate and bring the perpetrators to book.
17 fishermen feared dead as boat sinks in Russia
A desperate search is underway for 17 fishermen after their boat sank in perilous Arctic waters.
Two men were rescued from the Onega which sank off the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in Russia’s far north this morning.
The boat went down at 7am local time, reportedly sinking under its own weight after becoming ‘caked with ice’.
The two men rescued so far were plucked from the Barents Sea whose waters were a frigid minus 30C (-22F).
Russia’s emergencies ministry said the boat’s crew consisted of 19 members.
A search and rescue operation is being conducted in treacherous conditions, with hopes fading for the missing men in rough sea and high winds.
‘Most likely, all the 17 people died. They have not been found yet,’ a ministry spokesman said.
The weather was reportedly too bad for a helicopter to be flown to assist with search and rescue efforts.
Online news outlet Mash said the Russian-flagged vessel, built in 1979, sank as it attempted to raise a net with a catch.
Another fishing boat, the Voykovo, was able to pull two fishermen from the icy waters after arriving at the scene.
The pair wore wet suits and were clutching the body of another crew member, which was washed away as the survivors were raised on board.
The waves which carried the corpse away were reportedly as high as 10ft.
The two men were said to be in a satisfactory condition following the ordeal.
A criminal case has been opened by Russian transport investigators into the sinking of the vessel, which has a home port at the Arctic city of Murmansk.
Nine passengers escape death as vehicles catch fire in Anambra
Nine persons escaped death Sunday evening when two vehicles went up in flames in a road accident in Ihiala, Anambra state.
The accident which occurred opposite a petrol station involved a Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla cars with the nine victims on board.
An eye witness said the Toyota Corolla was trailing behind the Camry which was carrying diesel when the driver suddenly lost control and rammed into it.
He said both vehicles immediately went up in flames, while the occupants escaped unhurt.
Confirming the incident, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Andrew Kumapayi, said the crash involved a total of nine persons on board comprising seven male adults and two female adults.
He said no injury was recorded in the incident.
He said, “An unidentified motorcycle rider was knocked down by an unidentified driver of Toyota Camry car with registration number YEN 697 PY, who was speeding and lost control.
“An unidentified Toyota Corolla driver without registration number tailgating the Camry car rammed into it and it led to fire out break because the Toyota Camry car was carrying diesel.
“FRSC rescue team, Nigeria Police and men of men of NSCDC all on ground managing the situation ensuring free flow of traffic. The fire was put off with a local initiative by the team.
“A water tanker was invited to put off the fire before the arrival of men of the Fire service.”
Kumapayi warned motorists to avoid speeding and tailgating, insisting they should use recommended speed limit especially in build up areas or common sense speed limit to avoid crash.
Source: The Nation