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Gunmen storm mosque, kill worshippers, abduct several villagers in Katsina



Armed assailants unleashed terror across Katsina State on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, attacking a mosque, homes, and leaving a trail of death and abductions in their wake.

The most devastating incident occurred during Ishai prayer in Yargoje village, Kankara Local Government Area.

DAILY POST gathered that the gunmen stormed the mosque, spraying bullets at worshippers.

“They just walked in and started shooting,” recounted a witness who narrowly escaped the attack.

“Two people were killed right there, and another one was shot as he tried to run away. It was chaotic.

“The attack claimed the lives of three individuals and left four others injured. The injured are receiving treatment at a Kankara hospital. The gunmen also abducted a man and two women from the village.

“One of the victims, a man, tried to fight back, but they overpowered him and killed him,” the source lamented, adding that “they took the two women with them, and we don’t know where they are.”

Around 2:30 am on Thursday, the gunmen targeted the home of Sani Maikifi, a vigilante member in Ungwar Tudun Boka, Kankara.

However, Maikifi managed to escape through the backyard, but his family wasn’t as fortunate.

A source familiar with the incident claimed the attackers had been tracking Maikifi for some time.

“They’ve been after him for a while now,” the source told our correspondent.

“They came looking for him, but he managed to get away. So, they took his wife and son instead,” he revealed.

Adding to the night of terror, armed men also invaded Dangani village in Musawa LGA around 11:30 pm on Wednesday.

They fired gunshots, causing panic and chaos before abducting an unknown number of residents.

“They came shooting sporadically,” reported a resident who witnessed the attack.

“We heard they were after a rich man from the south who was here visiting a bereaved family member. They took many people with them,” he added.

The police are yet to issue a statement on the attacks.

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BANDITRY: Gunmen abduct former Benue CoS’s wife, house help



By Francesca Hangeior

Suspected herdsmen have abducted the wife and house help of former Chief of Staff to Benue Governor Terwase Orbunde.

Hon.Orbunde was Chief of Staff to former Governor Samuel Ortom.

He later resigned to contest the PDP governorship primary. He later joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) but still lost out of the race.

The attack was said to have taken place close to the Genocide Cemetery along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in Makurdi, the state capital around 6pm on Friday.

The former Chief of Staff escaped with a gunshot on his right arm while the attackers whisked away Mrs Abigail Kashimana Orbunde, and her house help, Patience Ogute.

Eyewitnesses said the trio had gone to inspect the weeding of their farm located close to the road.

They said after the inspection and payment of the workers, five gunmen suddenly attacked them as they walked back to the car.

It was reported that they shot Orbunde on the right arm while ordering the women to follow them to an unknown destination.

The shooting was said to have made villagers and passersby to scamper for safety in different directions.

As they marched along, the former Chief of Staff was said to be bleeding profusely and slowed down from walking.

The eyewitnesses, who watched from a distance, said the leader of the group ordered him to walk away while the gunmen took the women away before good Samaritans rushed Orbunde to the hospital.

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Marriage palaver: My wife told me only 1 out of our 3 children is mine —Husband



A plumber, Mr Desmond Igbo, has dragged his wife, Rosemary, before a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), accusing her of giving birth to two children for another man.

The petitioner, who resides within the jurisdiction of the court, said this in a divorce petition he filed against his wife in court.

“My wife is having extra- marital affairs. She confessed to me that only my second child is my biological child.

“She said that the other two were not my biological children.

“I have been taking care of them for 13 years.

” This is heartbreaking. It is on this issue that I seek to divorce my wife,” he said.

He also told the court that there was no love and understanding in their marriage.

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Nigerian Policemen Extort N100,000 From Cyprus Returnee In Lagos After Seizing His Phone



Some policemen on mufti have extorted N100,000 from a Nigerian returnee from Cyprus, Rahmon Olamilekan Adekunle, at the tunnel in Berger linking Magodo, Lagos State.

Adekunle, who contacted SaharaReporters shortly after the “robbery” by the Nigerian police officers, explained that incident happened while he was taking his girlfriend who had exam in the morning to school.

He said that the policemen who were on mufti accosted him around some minutes to 7am, at the tunnel in Berger linking Magodo.

“They forcefully took my phone, after going through my phone, they discovered that I just returned to Nigeria; they forced me to transfer the sum of N100,000 to a Point of Sale (POS) operator.

“My girlfriend has a examination to take this morning and already they have seized my phone and I don’t have any means to reach out to any of my family members or even the police authorities. So I had to transfer the N100,000 to a POS Operator there, which I don’t know whether they came with the person.

“Because I don’t want my girl to miss her exam, I had to pay the money and continue my journey. I have contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer SP Benjamin Hundeyin but he did not pick up his calls. I also sent him a text message but he is yet to respond.

“As I speak to you I don’t know which station they (policemen) came from.”

Meanwhile, SaharaReporters’ efforts to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer SP Benjamin Hundeyin, were unsuccessful as he simply said “Please I am busy and can’t talk now.”

As at the time of filing this report he was yet respond to a text message inquiry on the incident.

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