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Gunmen Kill 8 In Plateau, Kogi Communities

Gunmen have attacked communities in both Plateau and Kogi States, killing eight people both on Sunday and Monday in two separate attacks.

In plateau state, two persons were killed on Monday when gunmen stormed the NTV community in Bokkos Local Government Area of the state.

The killings provoked the locals who blocked the Bokkos-Barkim Ladi road on Monday in protest, causing gridlock on the busy highway as motorists were stranded on the road for hours.

The spokesperson for the Plateau state Police Command, Alabo Alfred, has  promised to disclose the findings on the killings.

Similarly, six people were killed on Sunday when gunmen invaded Akpanyan Community in the Igala Mela Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Locals who witnessed the incidence revealed the victims were killed at the boundary of Kogi and Enugu States.

According to them, bandits, numbering more than 30, stormed the area in buses and started shooting sporadically in the town, making residents to scamper for safety.

Vigilantes immediately confronted in a gun battle, in the process, six persons, among whom were members of the invading hoodlums were killed.

Locals said the hoodlums managed to carry away two dead bodies of their members while retreating in a hurry to their state.

The Kogi State government said the invaders came from other states to terrorise the Akpanya community, adding that they have crossed the red line of the state, as such, they would be confronted with heavy hands of the state.

Governor Yahaya Bello”s Security Adviser Commodore Jerry Omodara (retd.),, said the combined forces of security agents and the local vigilantes repelled the attack of the hoodlums from the neighbouring state.

He said Governor Bello had ordered a complete overhaul of the security of the area to ward off future attack of the outlawed group who takes delight in terrorising the people of Kogi in that area.

He said “The group came back to Akpanya community on Sunday to raid our people again. Our security agents and other stakeholders, including vigilantes, confronted them. They suffered heavy casualties. We lost a vigilante in the process,” said Omodara.

He said the state governor had advised the people of the area to remain calm, assuring that everything was being put in place for a lasting solution to cross border raid in the flank of the area.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu Is My Biological Father, Father-of-three Declares

A father of three, Mr Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu, 27, has asked the Delta State High Court 2 sitting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, to declare the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his father.

In the suit no: EHC/148/2022 between Emmanuel Moses Sanwo-Olu and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the complainant said his mother, Grace Moses, and the governor gave birth to him in 1994/95.

Also, in his writ of summons issued by J. O. Aikpokpo-Martins, he told the court that “the defendant is the biological father of the claimant begotten from Madam Grace Moses of Oleri, Delta State.

He also prayed the court to order and compelled Governor Sanwo-Olu to accept and accord him all the rights deserving to a son in accordance with all the laws applicable whether customarily, statutorily, or constitutionally.

He also sought a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further denying him of parenthood.

The claimant, in the 19-paragraph statement of claim attached to the writ, said Sanwo-Olu worked with a private company in Warri, Delta State, from 1994 to 1995, and in the course of working and living in the community, he had a relationship with a girl known as Grace Moses from Oleri village near Warri metropolis, Delta State.

He said the lady in question was put in a family way by Governor Sanwo-Olu in 1994 to the defendant’s knowledge, adding that shortly after, the defendant left Warri and she lost contact with him till date.

 

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Borno Government To Plant 5m Trees In 2023

The Borno Government is to plant five million trees in 2023 across the state.

Gov. Babagana Zulum made this known on Wednesday while presenting the 2023 Budget to members of the State Assembly.

Zulum who lamented the delay recorded on this year’s tree planting campaign said preparations have begun in earnest for the 2023 exercise.

“The Ministry of Environment was created by the State Government to proffer solutions to environmental problems ranging from deforestation, desertification, soil and land degradation, floods and soil erosion as well as solid waste management.

“Mr Speaker, during the period under review, Government distributed thousands tree seedlings of assorted types to control desertification as well as restore the vegetation lost as a result of climatic factors.

“In addition, government undertook free distribution of different types of seedlings to schools, communities and individuals to plant and protect the environment and improve the green culture.

“Mr Speaker, as a measure to stop desertification as well as provide wind breaks and shelter, the ministry of environment undertook the planting of trees at the Borno State University Teaching Hospital along Damaturu road in the State Capital,” Zulum said.

He also said that in an effort to discourage the use of firewood, the ministry also distributed “wonder box” (coolers) to women for use in cooking.

Zulum said the state government in collaboration with the World Bank assisted NEWMAP project undertook measures aimed at the control of flooding and erosion in Gwoza and the desilting and evacuation of drainages in Maiduguri and environs in 2022.

He also noted that the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA) conducted fumigation to curtail the outbreak of diseases such as malaria, cholera etc across the State as well as approved new site for safe disposal of solid waste in the state capital.

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3 Men Arraigned For Stealing Goat In Ekiti

Three men were on Wednesday docked in an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ court for allegedly stealing a she-goat.

The suspects, Bamisaye Felix, 34, Adebayo Wasiu, 35 and Kolawole Sunday, 42  were charged with theft and possession of a stolen goat.

Prosecution Counsel Inspector Bamikole Olasunkanmi told the court that the defendants committed the offence on December 4 at 4 am in Iye-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendants stole one she-goat worth N35,000 belonging to Oyeyemi Funmilayo.

Olasunkanmi alleged that the defendants had in their possession five other goats and one sheep suspected to have been stolen.

The offence, he said, contravenes the provisions of sections 302(1) (a) and 345 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State 2021.

The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge while their counsel, Mrs Aduni Olanipekun, prayed the court to grant her clients bail.

Chief Magistrate Saka Afunso granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum and adjourned the case until January 9, 2023, for hearing.

(NAN)

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