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Govt, Police abandoned us – Family of man whose corpse was kidnapped narrate ordeal

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The family of a man whose corpse was kidnapped alongside his relatives while being conveyed from Lagos to Nsukka has accused both the Enugu State Government and the Police of abandoning them during their predicament.

The family said they were bewildered by the actions of the Nigerian Government, including the federal, state and local governments and the security agencies.

This statement followed the final release of the three family members accompanying the corpse by the kidnappers.

The remains of the late Mr Ugwuanyi Israel from Ameze Owerre, Umabor community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, was kidnapped around Umuoka in Udi Local Government area of the State while being conveyed from Lagos to his home town.

The kidnappers also took along some family members during the hijack.

The elder brother to the deceased, Mr Collins Ugwuanyi, in a statement made available to DAILY POST, is now accusing the Nigeria Police and Enugu State government of being insensitive to their plight while they remained in the kidnappers’ den.

“We are still bewildered by the actions of the Nigerian Government – the Federal, State and Local Government; the security personnel, police, Nigerian army, forest guard, etc.

“We were abandoned by the government whose primary responsibility is the protection of lives and property. We were almost abandoned even by our own people. God have mercy,” he said.

Ugwuanyi said Governor Peter Mbah and the chairman of Nsukka Local government, Walter Ozioko, did not in any way contact the family up till now regarding the incident even when the news of the kidnapping was all over the media.

“They cannot claim that they were not aware of the incident because the news was everywhere. Are these people, not human beings from their state?

“The commissioner of police is ordering the arrest of a native doctor for carrying out an act of cruelty on animals at his shrine but he could not issue a similar order to arrest these criminals holding my people hostage. We are seriously in trouble,” he added.

Ugwuanyi also said he was greatly surprised that the Police did not make any single effort to effect the release of his kidnapped relatives.

“The divisional police station where we reported the incident could not swing into action to release my relations under the kidnapper’s net.

“When I contacted him, he said, “I and my men wanted to enter the bush but the cost of fuel is too high.. Look at the type of mess we are into”.

While expressing gratitude to Nigerians who assisted his family through prayers and other support, he said, “God through His divine intervention brought back the kidnapped victims home safely.”

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Troop uncovers ISWAP bread factory in Borno

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By Francesca Hangeior

Troops of Operation Lake Sanity III, under Operation Hadin Kai, have reportedly discovered an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist bread production factory hidden within their den in Maisani, Timbuktu Triangle, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to intelligence sources quoted by security analyst and counter-insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, on Monday, the Combined troops of 199 Special Forces Battalion, in conjunction with Hybrid Forces and Civilian JTF (Joint Task Force), stumbled upon the bread factory during an exploitation mission into the terrorists’ hideout on over the weekend.
“The sources said that the factory was destroyed while items recovered include 2 Lister generating plants, 1 baking machine, and several baking materials,” Makama reported.

According to the report, the discovery came amidst a week-long clearance operation aimed at decimating the terrorists from their stronghold in the Timbuktu Triangle, an area comprising Buk 1, 2, and 3, Talala, Ajigin, Dusula, Abulam, and Gorgi – a region notorious for harbouring these extremist groups.

“These groups of terrorists are mostly responsible for attacks, ambushes, and IED/mine incidents targeting the Damboa roads, Damaturu-Maiduguri MSR (Main Supply Route), attacks towards Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi, as well as the destruction of the high-tension transmission line connecting Borno and Yobe State.

“These groups of terrorists are mostly responsible for attacks, ambushes and IED/mine towards Damboa roads, Damaturu-Maiduguri MSR, attacks towards Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi as well as destruction of high tension transmission line connecting Borno and Yobe State.

“Despite the complexity of the terrain characterized by highly fortified camp mostly located under thick foliage and IEDs planted in several locations within the Timbuktu Triangle, the troops continued to maintain high fighting efficiency,” Makama stated.

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Residents Panic As 30 Cows Die After Eating Poisoned Grains In Kwara

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Thirty cows have died after consuming grains allegedly poisoned in Ilorin, Kwara State.

A source explained that the cows were brought out from the Mandate Market for their routine grazing around the School of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies when the incident occurred at the weekend.

One of the owners of the cows, simply identified as Olugbon, said they received a distress call that their cows were falling and dying while returning to the Mandate Market.

He said, “We discovered they ate poisonous grains on their path and 30 died before we got to the scene. We suspect sabotage.”

On his part, Ismail Ibrahim, another herder, said, “Other affected cows have been treated and kept under watch; we lost more than 30.”

The Babaloja of the Mandate Market, Murtala Tanbariku, while describing the development as unfortunate, solicited the state government’s support for the affected traders.

Meanwhile, a group, Kwara Monitoring Group (KMG), in a statement by its Coordinator, Dan-Musa, alleged that some of the dead animals were being slaughtered and distributed to butchers to be sold.

He, therefore, called for an immediate action from the government.

Before then, City & Crime gathered that a state government’s delegation went to the market to confiscate the suspected beef.

Led by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and her health counterpart, Mrs Toyosi Thomas-Adebayo and Dr Amina Ahmed El-Imam, the team said they came to activate measures to protect the public amid rumours of poisoned beef.

In a statement, the government said, “The government has immediately confiscated all the suspected meat for laboratory tests and confirmation of claims after initial engagements with the Mandate Market stakeholders.”

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Terrorists Kill 2 Army Officers, 4 Soldiers In Niger State Ambush

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Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed at Allawa and Erena, while on a fighting patrol to Karaga Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State experienced a setback when two officers and four soldiers were killed by terrorists.

Major Gen Onyema Nwacbukwu Director of Army Public Relations said they were killed during an encounter in an ambush staged by terrorists on 19 April 2024.

Nwachukwu said, “Troops gallantly fought through the ambush and eliminated several of the terrorists as well as captured some of their equipment.

“Sadly, the troops suffered a temporary setback as 6 personnel comprising 2 officers and 4 soldiers paid the supreme price.

“The General Officer Commanding 1 Division and Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Maj Gen Landers Saraso has on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff sympathized with the families of the deceased personnel and promised them that the unfortunate setback will be avenged by the troops.

“He said the troops are currently trailing some of the terrorists who survived and fled after the encounter.

“He urged the good people of the State to go about their legitimate and lawful activities and reassured them that the Nigerian Army and other security agencies will ensure their protection at all times.

Continuing he said, “In line with customs and traditions, the Nigerian Army authority has contacted the Next of Kins of the fallen heroes, while burial has been conducted for the deceased muslim personnel with the consent and approval of their family members.

“The Chief of Army Staff was represented at the burial which took place at Minna Military Cantonment Cemetery by the Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Maj Gen Kelvin Aligbe.

“The Deputy Governor, representative of the COAS, GOC and other senior officers also visited the 2 wounded soldiers receiving medical attention at the Military Hospital and subsequently paid condolence visit to the families of the deceased.

“We urge the general public, particularly the good people of Niger and contiguous states to continue to avail the Nigerian Army and other security agencies with actionable and timely information to enhance the operations of the troops.”

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