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Girl,5, abducted in Yenagoa

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A five-year-old girl, Peace Koroye was on Thursday abducted in Akenfa Yenagoa by an acquaintance to the parents simply identified as Ahmed and bolted away with the baby to an unknown destination.
The parents of the baby, Mr William and Margaret Koroye, reside at Akemfa 1, area Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital.
Narrating her ordeal to our correspondent on Thursday, mother to the baby, Margaret said that she left her daughter with her siblings at home to attend a church service on Wednesday evening only to return to find her missing.
She said that one Ahmed, who is a new convert in her church, had allegedly gone to the family’s residence and deceived the children that he was sent by their father to buy fuel to gain access to the house and kidnap the baby.
“The man who did this is Ahmed, who hails from Sokoto, he is a family friend of ours and resides in the same neighbourhood with us at Akemfa 1.
“He is a new convert who embraced Christ and being our acquaintance and church member, the children know him and believed him.
“When I came back and they told me that Ahmed took the girl, we immediately checked his house and discovered that he had left. And he had earlier asked me to give him my phone for him to use and take photographs.
“It was when it became clear that he absconded with my baby that I realized that Ahmed deceived me to take my phone away along with my baby.
“It was when my husband came back and said he did not send Ahmed on any errand that it became clear that he was up to a sinister plot,” Margaret said amidst tears
Mr Asinim Butswat, (SP), Police Public Relations Officer for Bayelsa Command confirmed the incident and said that the police had commenced investigation and launched a manhunt for the suspect.

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Woman uses hot knife to burn four-year-old niece

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olice in Ogun State have arrested a 35-year-old woman, Monsurat, for allegedly using hot knife to burn her four-year-old niece, Fathia Ogundimu, and also biting her.

 

 

Olusanya, a mother of three, was accused of using a knife heated in fire to inflict injuries all over the victim’s body.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident yesterday, disclosed that the woman also severely bit the little girl on her stomach and lips.

According to Oyeyemi, the suspect subjected the girl to torture after accusing her of pouring away a pot of soup.

 

 

He explained that the arrest followed a complaint at the Sango Division by a community development association member at Toluwalase community in Owode, Ijako on October 18, 2019.

The PPRO said the complainant claimed that the girl was on the verge of being sent to her early grave if appropriate steps were not taken to save her from the wicked aunt.

 

 

He added: “On the strength of the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Sango Police Station, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Godwin Idehai, detailed his detectives to the scene where the aunt was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, she admitted being responsible for the injuries on the body of the victim but pleaded with the police to be lenient with her, claiming that devil pushed her to do it.”

Oyeyemi added that the victim was subsequently taken to hospital for medical treatment while her biological parents have also been contacted to take custody of their daughter.

 

 

He added that the suspect was currently being detained at the Sango Division and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

 

 

Oyeyemi, however, said the state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had appealed to parents to be wary of people to put in charge of the custody of their children.

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Trader slumps, dies as fire guts market

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trader on Saturday collapsed and died after he gone to the Santana Market on the Sapele Road, Benin, Edo State and discovered that his shop had been razed down by fire.

 

 

The middle-aged man, identified simply as Biggy, didn’t’ know that a midnight fire gutted the market until he got there. On seeing that his shop and his entire wares were now debris, he collapsed. He died while being rushed to the nearest hospital.

A witness said: “All the shops in the market were gutted by the fire. The fire destroyed goods worth millions of naira.”

 

 

Mrs. Eucharia Ezeribe, whose shop was stockpiled with clothing materials and household items, said nothing was salvaged from her shop.

Another wholesale trader, referred to as Mama Ofure, a rice and beans seller, said: “I recently stocked my shop, but now everything is gone with the inferno. I couldn’t salvage anything because my house is far to the market. It was only those that live close to the market who were able to salvage their goods.”

 

 

One of the victims, who live close to the market, said immediately she noticed thick smoke from the market, she knew something had gone wrong. She immediately alerted the state fire service, but she and other traders waited in vain.

Traders and residents close to Santana Market disclosed that the inferno started about 9.30p.m. on Saturday when the market reputed for hosting the rich and middle class had closed for the day.

It was learnt that the fire started from one of the stores inside the market and spread to others.

 

 

The cause of the fire was not readily known, but residents said it might have been caused by power surge when the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) restored power. BEDC restored power four days after outage.

Some owners of the shops, who are mainly women, were wailing over their losses.

 

 

Burnt raw food items – such as rice and beans – as well as sewing machines, fridges, grinding machines, provisions, among others, littered the shops.

The fire outbreak occurred just about two months after a similar incident occurred at the multi-billion naira Uwelu Auto Parts Market in Egor Local Government Area of the state,

 

 

A team of fire fighters from the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, (NNPC) later arrived, but could not do much to the already bad situation.

The Chairman of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, Dr. Eric Osayande, was on ground to access the extent of damage.

 

 

Osayande, who addressed some of the victims, assured them that government would investigate the cause of the fire, which he said was the first since the history of the market, with a view to preventing a reoccurrence.

He promised that the local government would seek help from the state government because of the enormous damage which the council couldn’t carry alone.

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Hot porridge kills three children in Bauchi

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n extremely hot porridge, being transported in a tricycle in Bauchi State has claimed the lives of three children, aged between nine months and nine years.

 

 

The porridge, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), was being transported in a jumbo-size plastic flask when the tricycle plunged into a pothole and upturned, emptying the porridge on the occupants of the tricycle.

 

 

Narrating the incident yesterday, a relation of the victims, Malam Auwal Bala, said the tragedy occurred on Wednesday while the family was celebrating the marriage of a member.

 

 

He said: “Three women and six children were inside the tricycle conveying the porridge, known as ‘gwate’ in local parlance, to the venue of the celebration. The flask containing the porridge was placed inside the tricycle at the rear and when the tricycle plunged into a large pothole, it summersaulted and the extremely hot content of the flask poured on the children on their heads, shoulders and chests. Three of the children, Aniya Yahaya (6), Mariam Mohammed (9) and Ibrahim Yusuf, nine months, died from serious burns, while a fourth child, Khadijah Usman, aged seven, is currently in critical condition.”

Bala added that one of the women also sustained injuries, while the remaining two children and two women escaped unhurt. He said that losing three members of the family, mostly children, was most traumatic, but said that they had since gone ‘philosophical’ about the incident.

 

 

He said: “God giveth, God taketh. Who are we to question the will of God.”

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Isheri floods: Core TV News announces temporary shutdown

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Temitope Ogunbanke

The management of Core TV news, one the nation’s top news stations, has announced the temporary shutdown of the station, owing to the floods occasioned by the release of water from the Oyan dam which has flooded the headquarters of the television station.

The Managing Director and founder of the station, Olajide Adediran, in a statement he issued at the weekend, said the decision, though a painful one, had to be taken in order to safeguard the lives of its members of staff and the station’s multi million naira equipment from further damage.

He therefore urged the Ogun State government and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the issue of release of water from the Oyan dam.

Adediran also assured the general public that the station will bounce back better in the next few days once the situation improves with the flood water expected to recede in the coming days.

While pledging the commitment of the Core TV News management to lending its platform for advocacy in finding a lasting solution to the challenges posed by the issue, he stated that the issue of flooding in the Isheri estates where the headquarters of the station is located is one that requires the cooperation of all stakeholders.

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Woman arrested for slicing, biting four-year-old niece

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Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta

Police in Ogun State have arrested a 35-year-old woman, Monsurat Olusanya, for allegedly maltreating her four-year-old niece, Fathia Ogundimu.

The suspect, a mother of three, was accused of using a knife heated in fire to inflict injuries all over the body of the victim.
The state police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, disclosed that the woman also severely bit the little girl on her stomach and lips.

According to Oyeyemi, the suspect subjected the girl to torture after accusing her of pouring a pot of soup away.

He explained that the arrest followed a complaint at the Sango Division by a community development association member in Toluwalase community in Owode Ijako on October 18.

The police spokesman said the complainant claimed that the girl was on the verge of being sent to early grave if appropriate steps were not taken to save her from the wicked aunt.

He said: “On the strength of the report, the DPO Sango Police Station, CSP Godwin Idehai, detailed his detectives to the scene where the wicked aunt was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, she admitted being responsible for the injuries on the body of the victim but pleaded with the police to be lenient with her, claiming that devil pushed her to do it.”

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Woman arrested for slicing, biting four-year-old niece

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Woman arrested for slicing, biting four-year-old niece

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta

Police in Ogun State have arrested a 35-year-old woman, Monsurat Olusanya, for allegedly maltreating her four-year-old niece, Fathia Ogundimu.

The suspect, a mother of three, was accused of using a knife heated in fire to inflict injuries all over the body of the victim.
The state police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, disclosed that the woman also severely bit the little girl on her stomach and lips.

According to Oyeyemi, the suspect subjected the girl to torture after accusing her of pouring a pot of soup away.

He explained that the arrest followed a complaint at the Sango Division by a community development association member in Toluwalase community in Owode Ijako on October 18.

The police spokesman said the complainant claimed that the girl was on the verge of being sent to early grave if appropriate steps were not taken to save her from the wicked aunt.

He said: “On the strength of the report, the DPO Sango Police Station, CSP Godwin Idehai, detailed his detectives to the scene where the wicked aunt was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, she admitted being responsible for the injuries on the body of the victim but pleaded with the police to be lenient with her, claiming that devil pushed her to do it.”

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Man slumps, dies as late night fire guts Edo market

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From Cajetan Mmuta, BENIN

A late Saturday night fire razed the popular Santana Market, located along the busy Sapele Road in Benin the Edo State capital.
Sadly, a middle aged man who had came to the market to resume his daily buying and selling and whose name was simply given as ‘Biggy’ but oblivious of the fire incident the previous night, collapsed and died upon seeing that his entire wares and whole market had been burnt by the fire.
He was rushed to the nearby hospital but died before he could get the place.
The sad incident happened just about two months after a similar incident took place at the multi billion naira Uwelu Auto Parts Market in Egor Local Governmen Area of the state.
Traders and residents close to Santana Market disclosed that the inferno started at about 9:30pm on Saturday when the market, reputed for hosting the rich and middle class as well as others most of who come from the Government Reservation Area, GRA, and adjoining areas within and outside the capital, had closed for the day.
New Telegraph learnt that the fire started from one of the stores inside the market and spread to others.
The cause of the fire was not readily known but residents said it may have been caused by power surge when the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) restored light to the market after four days of outage.

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House Committee to investigate Onitsha fire – Chairman

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The gory tales of the fire tragedy of last Wednesday in Upper-Iweka area of Onitsha in Anambra State was one preventable disaster too many.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Hon. Tunji Olawuyi, who stated this in a statement in Ilorin on Saturday, said the Committee was shocked and saddened by the sad event.

According to him, the Committee is initiating an inquiry to unravel the immediate and remote causes of this preventable tragedy which has led to loss of precious human lives and enormous economic dislocation.

The Committee, he said, is working in earnest with the leadership of the House of Representatives to unravel the factors responsible for the apparent dismal level of response of fire service officials in this index case, adding that the committee would not neglect the associated factors that occasioned the petrol tanker fire in the first instance.

This inquiry, according to Olawuyi, would afford the Committee an opportunity to review countrywide disaster prevention, mitigation and response mechanisms, collaboratively with multilateral stakeholders.

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Escaped Kano zoo lion finally captured

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The Managing Director of Kano Zoological Garden, Alhaji Usman Gwadabe, has announced that a team of experts have arrested the escaped lion from the zoo around the city center.

The lion, which escaped from the Zoological Garden late Saturday night, caused panic among residents of the area.

According to reports, on Sunday morning, the ever-busy zoo with shops, filling stations, including the popular Ado Bayero Shopping Mall were padlocked with nobody around the place.

Luckily though, the lion, which was captured around the city area, was not reported to have caused any havoc.

The zoo’s Managing Director said the lion has been taken back to the zoo and residents could now return to their normal businesses.

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Ogun seals off 2 buildings, marks 526 for demolition

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The Ogun government on Saturday sealed off two dilapidated buildings in Abeokuta and ordered occupants of the houses to move out within 24 hours.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mr Nafiu Adebiyi, told newsmen during an inspection tour that 526 other houses built on water ways, canal and erosion channels had been marked for demolition across the state.

Adebiyi said at the scene that the order became necessary to prevent loss of lives and other possible disaster which could arise from the partially collapsed buildings.

The two buildings were located along NEPA Road in Isabo area of the state capital.

“As a responsible government, we cannot continue to watch and allow the buildings to collapse totally while people still reside in them,” he said.

Adebiyi said that the government was only waiting for response from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) which had promised to provide alternative shelters for the affected victims before demolition could be effected.

“Demolition of houses is not what can be done in a hurry, no matter how illegal such structures are. In as much as human beings live in such houses, we must follow the rules in carrying out such demolitions,” he said.

He affirmed that government’s intention was to ensure that nobody was negatively affected as a result of preventable natural disaster which was predicted by the National Metrological Agency (NIMET) earlier in the year.

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