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School Attacks: Group cries out, demands enhanced synergy against abduction

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The National Association of Nigerian Colleges of Education Students (NANCES) has condemned in strong terms the continuous invasion of schools and abduction of school children by bandits for pecuniary interests in the country.

This was contained in a statement issued by the National President of the group, Mahmud Abubakar in Abuja on Monday stressing that the trauma it puts students into alone doesn’t allow students to concentrate in their studies, instead fear of the unknown.

Comrade Abubakar said that it was high time government utilized every resources at its disposal to tackle the menace adding that it portends grievous danger for the country where schools are regularly invaded and innocent students abducted and killed without human pity.

“The situation is pathetic. We can’t explain how school children suddenly became the target of the hoodlums, kidnappers and bandits which is unprecedented in the history of the nation.

These slain children are human beings and innocently died painfully for doing nothing wrong. Is it a crime to embrace education in Nigeria?

“We have lost many students to bandits and kidnappers, and seemingly, no serious efforts to curtail the menace on ground, instead, security that is meant for the entire nation is being enjoyed by only the privileged elites leaving vulnerable citizens to their fate”, Abubakar stated.

He added that the most shocking episode is hearing that government often negotiates with the abductors rather than bringing them to face the wrath of the law to bring the menace to rapid end.

“More worrisome is the episodes that government always negotiate with the criminals instead of bringing them to face justice which suggests that the criminals are not hidden but known and can be identified.

“Imagine the trauma these innocent children are continuously subjected to by ambushing them at gunpoint by gunmen at such tender ages.

“We as a students’ group expects that by now, all the soldiers in the military barracks, Airforce personnel will complement the conventional Police and invade the evil bushes and forests where the heinous crimes are committed on daily basis.

“It must be noted that the activities of kidnappers, abductors and bandits may cripple education in the country if no corresponding actions are taken in no distant time” the national president cautioned.

He recalled that recently, a sitting governor, Nasir el-Rufai who distinguished himself and showed exemplary leadership by enrolling his children in public schools as expected have withdrawn them for safety considering that they will be the targets of the crooks.

The group also commended the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on his relentless efforts to take education to the next level, but regretted that the activities of the criminals may make all his positive innovations counterproductive if state of emergency is not declared on security in the nation soon.

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use every possible means to counter the activities of the criminals who are bent on making his administration unproductive and the society ungovernable despite his robust policies.

It will be recalled that in addition to numerous abduction of school children in the country, the Emir of Kajuru, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, palace aides alongside his family members totaling 10 persons were abducted by gunmen recently in Kajuru in Kaduna state.

According to reports, those abducted included three women, two of the Emir’s grandchildren and three aides.

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RCCG Pastor Assassinated On The Pulpit During Church Service In Lagos

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Suspected assailants have killed a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Bolanle Ibrahim inside his church, the King of King parish at Maidan village in the Mile 12 area of Lagos state.

It is reported that the clergyman was praying for mothers and their children when the suspected assailants stormed the church and tried to drag him out.

The distraught wife of the deceased, Mrs. Kudirat Ibrahim said on the fateful day her husband was killed, he was fasting.

She said for the period they courted she never suspected her husband to be a cultist, wondering where people heard that he was a cult member.

An aunt of the deceased pastor, Mrs. Justina Alebiosu, who confirmed the incident, alleged that it was a clear case of hired assassination.

“Even before they killed him, they showed him his picture to identify if he was actually the right person they came for. His death was an unfortunate one.

We have lost a gentleman. It was true we were born as Muslims, but we converted to Christianity.

My thinking is that my brother had business transaction with someone.

I was told when the assailants wanted to drag him out of the pulpit where he was praying for women who brought their children for dedication, he begged them to kill him there and that was where he was eventually killed by the gunmen.

The assailants also threatened to shoot any of the members of the church who dare come close to them.

Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Muyiwa Adejobi said a man was attacked during church service. The assailants went for him in the church and that the police were investigating the case.

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Imo Police Command Probe Killing Of RCCG Pastor Settling Imo Couple’s Brawl

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The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has ordered an investigation into the killing of a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the state, Thompson Onyekwuru.

The 62-year-old cleric was allegedly stabbed to death on Wednesday, July 14, by one Obumneke Omyemechileuzo of Umukoto- Umudibia Nekede in the Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.

Obumneke allegedly stabbed the pastor when the victim went to separate a fight between him (suspect) and his wife, Ogechi Onyemechileuzo.

A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mike Abattam, stated that while the suspect also died, his wife sustained injuries.

The statement read, “We received a distress call on July 14, around 2pm at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, that one Obumneke Onyemechileuzo, 36, suspected to be of unsound mind and armed with a kitchen knife, was violently beating his wife, Ogechi Onyemechileuzo, 26, over a minor domestic issue.

When a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Owerri, lmo State, Pastor Thompson Onyekwuru, 62, intervened by stopping him from stabbing his wife, the suspect rushed at him, stabbed him in his back and he fell unconscious.

On arrival at the scene, the police team saw the suspect seriously beating his wife and threatening to stab her. On sighting the police, he attempted stabbing one of the officers in the neck and he was shot in the leg in self-defence. He fell and was immediately disarmed.

“The victims and the suspect were rushed to Rosana Hospital Nekede, where the doctor on call referred them to the Human Race Hospital, Nekede Road, Owerri, due to the gravity of the injuries they sustained. The pastor and the suspect were confirmed dead. The woman was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital and she is responding to treatment.”

“The woman was admitted in the intensive care unit of the hospital and she is responding to treatment. The corpses were later deposited at Agbala Mortuary Agbala in Owerri West LGA of Imo state. The exhibit knife was recovered to the station.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc, has ordered a discreet investigation into the case to unravel the cause of the incident. He then, advised the community to maintain peace, be law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses pending the outcome of the investigation.”

 

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No Room For Criminals in Lagos As Odumosu Arrests Robbery Suspects, Recovers Arms 

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Lagos State Police Command has arrested armed robbery suspects within two months in the State.

This was made known on Wednesday when the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu paraded some arrested alleged criminals at the Command headquarters.

During the parade, the CP emphasized that there is no room for criminals in the State.

The CP stated further that securing life and properties is their priority.

He unveiled how they have been tackling insecurity in less than three months as 66 Armed Robbers, others were arrested.

The paraded suspects were arrested in various locations across the state with arms and ammunition.

One of the suspects, Ridwan Akeem told NAOSRE that truly he is a cultists along with others in Eye confraternity and they are using gun to protect themselves because they have other opponents with whom they exchange guns together during battles.
He confirmed that the police did not lie against them saying that they are truly cultists.

Ishola Ibrahim, another suspect also said he was arrested for armed robbery.
He said he gives information to robbers adding that the police didn’t lie against him.

Meanwhile in the summary of the Lagos command achievements, 66 Armed Robbers, 110 Arms Recovered, 125 Ammunition, 72 cultists re-arrested, 620 Miscreants, others were arrested from May 1st to July 13th.

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