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Gunmen abduct Imam, injure 11 in Ughelli

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By Gloria Ikibah

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No fewer than 11 persons were injured by unknown gunmen who reportedly stormed the Ughelli mosque in an ash coloured Toyota Sienna.

The gunmen kidnapped the Imam of the Ughelli Central Mosque after they attacked worshippers shortly after prayers on Friday morning.

The gunmen, said to be a gang of five, stormed the mosque located at Otovwievwiere Street in Okorodafe axis of the town around 6 am, shooting sporadically.

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The Imam, Mallam Muhammadu Sani, was taken away to an unknown destination.

One of the injured victims who spoke from his hospital bed, Muhammed Bagudu, 63, said that the gunmen with their faces masked entered the mosque and began to shoot at people.

“They shot me, my brother, one of the Imams and went away with another Imam, Muhammadu Sani from Katsina state,” Bagudu said.

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Narrating the incident, the secretary of Arewa Community, Ughelli North, Darlington Ahmed Garma, said the suspects parked their vehicle “opposite the mosque. Two men entered the Mosque, and as they were taking the Imam away, they told the remaining members that were performing their morning prayers to go outside.

“Before they got outside the mosque, eleven worshippers were shot and they are currently on admission.”

Condemning the attack, foremost Muslim leader in the State, Alhaji Mumaika Unagha, said that Muslim worshippers, particularly those in Ughelli area are now in fear, as xthey do not know the motive for the attack”.

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He called on the Commissioner of Police, Ari Mohammed Ali, to urgently fish out the culprits, he recalled that about two years ago, the Secretary of the Delta State Muslim Council, Mallam Musa Ugasa, who was a resident of Ughelli, was attacked and killed in yet to be unraveled circumstances.

Efforts to speak with the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright, were unsuccessful.

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BREAKING: Gunmen Kill Customary Court Judge in Imo

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By Gloria Ikibah

Unknown gunmen have shot dead Nnaemeka Ugboma, the chairman of Ejemekwuru Customary Court in Oguta local government area of Imo State.

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An eyewitness said that the gunmen, who arrived on motorcycles on Thursday and walked straight to the Customary Court while in session, dragged him out in the open, shot him and disappeared into the thin air.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The gunmen arrived on motorcycles, marched to his court and dragged him out despite the fact that he was sitting. They shot him, mounted their bikes and sped off while we all scampered to safety. Nobody hears a gunshot and stand to see the end.”

It was gathered that the late Judge was a 1991 Law graduate, who hailed from Nnebukwu community of Oguta local government area of the State.

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A colleague of the deceased, Emperor Iwuala, in a terse statement on Friday confirmed the incident, saying: “My learned brother, His Worship, Nnaemeka Ugboma Chairman (Judge) Customary Court Ejemekwuru Oguta LGA Imo State was shot dead yesterday in court by yet-to-be identified persons. We are indeed in a perilous time.”

When contacted, the chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ugochukwu Allinor, also confirmed the killing.

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Henry Okoye, however, told our Correspondent that he will respond shortly.

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JUST IN: 16 years Boy Killed, Other Injured as gunmen bomb INEC office, police station in Anambra

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By Gloria Ikibah

A 16-year-old boy has been killed, while a 15-year old girl sustained gunshot injury in a bomb attack at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and a police station in Ojoto and Nnobi in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

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The hoodlums who carried the attack invaded the area at the early hours of Wednesday with four Seina vehicles, IEDs, petrol bombs and other explosives.

It was gathered that the boy died in the incident, while the female teenager who sustained gunshot injury has been rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

Police spokesperson Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident, and disclosed that security deployment had been reinforced in the state, while the situation is being monitored.

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He said: “Anambra State Police Command today 1/2/2023 has reinforced security deployment in the state, following an attack on the INEC office and Nnobi Police Station.

“The hoodlums came in their numbers by 1:45 am today 1/2/2023, with four unmarked Seina vehicles, armed with IEDs, Petrol bombs and other explosives, invaded the INEC office, the Police Station and the residential building in the station.

“Unfortunately, one boy aged 16 years a relative of a serving policeman in the station was murdered by the armed men while the other, a female aged 15 years old sustained a gunshot injury. She has been taken to the hospital where she is receiving treatment.

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“The situation is being monitored and further details shall be communicated, please”.

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BREAKING: Alleged Armed Herdsmen Kill DPO In Benue

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By Onuwa Ehijene

Information reaching NaijaBlitzNews.com indicates that suspected armed Fulani herdsmen this evening blocked Makurdi Naka Adoka Ankpa Highway killing the Divisional Police officer in charge of Naka Division.

The late SP Mamud Abubakar with others are yet to be discovered as many were also injured in the Attack.

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The report stated further that the armed herdsmen had blocked a portion of the highway at I’mande Orbiam village and attacking vehicles using the road and the policemen were drafted to clear the road leading to a gun dwell between the herdsmen and the police leading to the shooting of the DPO.

Benue state Command PPRO SP Sewues Anene confirmed the attack and killing of the DPO by the armed herdsmen.

In a statement , the CP Wale Abas has ordered the immediate deployment of tactical units to be led by CSP. Justin Gberindyer to the area, to bring the perpetuators of the attack to book, and to further prevent breakdown of law and order while ensuring that Makurdi -Naka road is accessible.

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He assured the good people of Gwer-west LGA of his commitment to secure themselves while urging them to remain calm and assist the police with information that will assist the police in dealing with the armed herdsmen.

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