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Boy, 15, ‘Kills Parents And Sister And Posts Pictures Online’ Before Shooting Himself




Boy, 15, ‘kills parents and sister and posts pictures online’ before shooting himself

William Quince Colburn III, 15, allegedly posted pictures of his dead relatives on social media, with officers tracking him down to a caravan park in Ingleside, Texas

A 15-year-old boy reportedly killed his parents and younger sister before posting gruesome pictures of their bodies online and then taking his own life.

William Quince Colburn III is said to have shot his 53-year-old mum Jana Colburn on her birthday, alongside his dad William Colburn Jr, 63, and 13-year-old sister Emma.

The teenager also allegedly killed the family’s two dogs, with officers discovering the ‘graphic scene’ inside the trailer on Wednesday morning.

Police tracked down the teen after he shared pictures of his dead relatives on social media and threatened to carry out a school shooting.

Officers asked the shooter to step outside the caravan in Ingleside, Texas, and then heard a single gunshot followed by ‘the thud of a person falling to the ground’.

Texas Aransas Pass Police Department said: “Entry was made into the RV and immediately discovered the graphic scene shared over social media.

“The male juvenile was likewise found deceased from a gunshot wound. In total, investigators found four deceased bodies and two deceased dogs.”

Jana Colburn’s daughter Mahria Martin Batts has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral costs.

On the page, which has raised more than £8,700, she wrote: “This morning, we all woke up excited to tell our mother a Happy 53rd Birthday.

“Instead, we were devastated with news that has broken us to our core. At approximately 8am, my brother, Marvin, received a phone call that no one ever wants to receive.

“He was contacted by a judge in Aransas Pass, Texas that a tragedy had taken place.

“We were told that there was an incident that had taken the lives of our mother (Jana Colburn would be 53 today), father (William “Buck” Colburn Jr. 62), little sister (Emma Colburn 13) and brother (William “Quince” Colburn III 15).

“As you can imagine, this is hard for us right now. This is not something we ever imagined to happen. We were not prepared for 1 loss, yet alone 4. Especially our siblings.

“We are hurt. We do not understand. We are lost. We are angry.”

San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera said officers spoke with the gunman before he took his own life.

Mr Rivera said: “Shortly after 2 am DPS McAllen contacted our office that a 15 year old male posted disturbing photos on social media of his deceased family members stating he killed them.

“Aransas Pass PD called us moments later that they received the same information and that he threatened to continue his violence at an area school.

“Our deputies working with Aransas Pass & Ingleside PD were able to locate his RV residence.

“The officers approached the residence and spoke with a male from the outside of the RV & asked him to come out. He said no then a single gun shot was heard.”

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Fashola Seeks Legislation To Make Voting A Duty Rather Than Right For Nigerians



Fashola Seeks Legislation To Make Voting A Duty Rather Than Right For Nigerian

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says he would like to see a constitutional amendment that will make it a duty for the citizen to vote, rather than a right.

He made this statement on Tuesday at the 6th Babatunde Raji Fashola (BRF) Gabfest held in Lagos while reacting to the perceived increase in Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) collection and what should motivate the citizens to get involved in voting their representatives into elective offices.

Fashola insisted that no system was perfect, adding that he does not subscribe to the notion that the Nigerian situation was hopeless.

“Democracy is not divine,” said the minister who stressed the need for people to continue to build. “It’s a manmade idea – created by men… democracy is not perfect and so, must be constantly modified.”

The former governor of Lagos State also spoke about different arms of government and how much influence they wield in shaping the nation.

“The local government is the most important government. Let us pay attention to the local government… because we all seem to be fixated on who becomes the president,” he said.

The hybrid event themed ‘What are we voting for’ started with a panel discussion centred on the qualities of the next set of leaders Nigerians should look out for.

Six panellists garnered from various fields and endeavour spoke extensively on governance and also provided constructive insight into nation-building and the 2023 elections.

The annual event, conceived as part of efforts targeted at creating a platform for the active involvement of the youth in Nigeria’s future, is an activity lined up to celebrate the 59th birthday of the minister.

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Senate To Probe Supreme Court Justices’ Allegations Despite CJN’s Resignation



Senate To Probe Supreme Court Justices’ Allegations Despite CJN’s Resignation

The Senate has resolved to continue with its investigation into the crisis in the Supreme Court despite the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Lawmakers in the upper chamber of the National Assembly made the resolution during the plenary on Tuesday following a motion moved by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Justices of the Supreme Court had in a petition addressed to the immediate past CJN raised concerns over the deplorable welfare conditions and difficult working environment in the apex court.

Days after the development, Justice Muhammad resigned as the CJN on the grounds of ill-health, cutting short his tenure in office which was expected to last until 2023.

Barely a day after Muhammad’s resignation, President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as acting CJN, being the most senior justice of the apex court.

Addressing his colleagues during Tuesday’s plenary, Senator Bamidele who cited Orders 41 and 51 to move the motion drew the attention of the Senate to the assignment given to the committee at the last plenary, relating to the state of affairs of the Supreme Court.

The Senate, in its resolution, mandated the committee to go ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a long-lasting solution by interacting with relevant stakeholders to look into the complaints raised in the petition by the justices.

It also directed the committee to interface with relevant stakeholders in the three arms of government and other stakeholders and collate aggregate views and positions on the short-term, medium-term and long-term measures needed to decisively address the crisis facing the judiciary.

The lawmakers stated this to include the immediate fiscal interventions, as well as long-term and sustainable budgetary allocations required for the optimal performance of the judiciary in line with global best practices.

They also resolved to wish Justice Muhammad well after many years of meritorious service to the nation and to pray for his good health.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had last Tuesday directed the committee to get involved in the matter with a view to unravelling the root cause of the problem in the judiciary and how best the Senate could intervene to address the concerns raised by the justices.

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Zamfara assembly prescribes death penalty for banditry, kidnapping



Zamfara assembly prescribes death penalty for banditry, kidnapping

Abdullahi Shinkafi, special adviser on intergovernmental affairs to the governor of Zamfara, says the state’s assembly has passed a bill prescribing death penalty for all banditry-related offences.

“Today, the governor is going to sign into law death penalty for kidnappers, informants and any other banditry-related issues,” he said.

“The house of assembly, yesterday in Zamfara passed into law death penalty to kidnappers, informants and the contributors.”

Shinkafi said the ‘shoot on sight’ order by Bello Matawalle, the governor, is limited to a section of the state.

“The issue of shoot on sight is only limited to Mada town in Gusau LG, where there’s a rampage of banditry attacks on the innocent citizens of Zamfara state,” he said.

This development comes on the heels of the governor’s directive that residents should arm themselves against bandits.

The governor also directed the police command to issue gun licences to all who qualify and are willing to obtain firearms to defend themselves.

The Harmattan News had reported that the state had the second-highest number of deaths from non-state actors in the first quarter of 2022, with 327 cases.

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