Armed policemen in Abuja have opened fire on human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore during a protest to demand an end to insecurity in the country.
Sowore was shot in the right side of the stomach towards the hip by gun-wielding policemen drafted to the Unity Fountain. The police who had already been stationed at the fountain before the arrival of the activist and other protesters opened fire on the unarmed protesters.
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Sowore was shot in the right side of the stomach towards the hip by gun-wielding policemen drafted to the Unity Fountain. Many people also sustained varying degrees of injury during the incident. He has been rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
How Triger-Happy Police Officer Killed 5 In Enugu State
The police command in Enugu has confirmed five persons dead in Golf Estate after a police officer attached to a company went berserk and attacked a compound.
The police also disclosed that four persons were seriously wounded due to the attack that took place on Sunday at about 9:30 a.m. in Golf Estate GRA.
Commissioner of Police Mohammed Aliyu confirmed the incident in a statement issued on his behalf by the command’s spokesman, ASP Daniel Ndukwe.
Mr Aliyu explained that the police officer had been arrested and taken into custody pending the conclusion of an investigation.
“The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, has ordered the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to carry out a thorough investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.
“The incident involved a police inspector attached to the Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 9, Umuahia, Abia and said to be on duty at a lottery company located within the Golf Estate.
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“The commissioner, who made the order after visiting the hospital where four of the persons said to have sustained gunshot injuries are receiving treatment.
“Five others, whose injuries were critical, have been confirmed dead by doctors on duty and deposited in the mortuary for autopsy,’’ the police statement said.
The police commissioner also directed the swift conclusion of the investigation of the incident to aid further necessary actions by the police authorities.
Meanwhile, Mr Aliyu sympathised with the victims’ families and urged them to remain calm and cooperate with the police in the ongoing investigation.
He called on witnesses at the scene of the incident to volunteer useful information that would aid the thorough and swift conclusion of the investigation.
Kebbi abduction: One student dead, 5 others, 2 teachers rescued
Five of the abducted students and two teachers of the Federal Government College in Birnin-Yauri, Kebbi State have been rescued.
Their rescue was disclosed by the Nigerian Army on Friday.
The army also confirmed that during a gun duel that ensued, an exhausted student gave up the ghost.
DAILY POST had reported that armed men suspected to be bandits had abducted the students and teachers on Thursday.
The bandits were said to have killed a police officer before whisking the four staff and unspecified number of students to an unknown destination.
One of the students abducted from the school was shot dead during a gun duel between soldiers and the abductors.
The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Task Force in the North-West Zone, Air Commodore Abubakar AbdulKadir, confirmed the incident.
A statement issued and signed by the Army Public Relations Officer, Onyema Nwachukwu, said the “Nigerian Army troops operating under the auspices of Operation Hadarin Daji who have been on a hot pursuit of kidnappers and bandits following an unfortunate abduction incident in Federal Government College, Birnin Yawuri yesterday 17 June 2021 have so far, rescued two teachers and five students after a fierce exchange of fire with the criminals.”
The statement disclosed further that an initial encounter with the abductors in the early hours of Friday led to the rescue as the kidnappers who had split into two groups fled.
The army said while one group held the abducted children captive, the second group continued to move with the rustled cattle.
It said the Land troops in conjunction with elements of the Nigerian Air Force, who provided close air support during the rescue mission intercepted the two groups at about 2.30 am and engaged them in a fire fight leading to the successful rescue of the teachers and students.
It revealed that, “The troops also recovered 800 cattle rustled by the bandits.“The gallant troops are still on the heels of the kidnappers in order to rescue the remaining abductees still in captivity.
Sadly, a casualty was recorded during the exchange. A female student was found to have given up the ghost as a result of exhaustion. The rescued teachers and students will be handed over to the Kebbi State Government.
“The Nigerian Army appreciates the cooperation so far from good spirited citizens and wish to solicit for more. The Chief of Army Staff Maj Gen Faruk Yahaya has directed the Commander to spare no effort until all the abducted persons are safely rescued and reunited with their loved ones,” the statement said.
Bandits Storm Kebbi School, Abduct Students – Police Confirm Report
The Police Command in Kebbi State has confirmed the abduction of some students of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri and the killing of a policeman during the attack.
OKANGA TRUMPETERS had reported that armed bandits on Thursday invaded the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbis State, and abducted a yet to be specified number of female students.
In his confirmation of the incident, Mr Adeleke Adeyinka-Bode, the Commissioner of Police in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the number of students abducted is not known yet.
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“The truth is that the attack took place and five teachers have been taken away, four male and one female, but the number of students abducted is not known yet.
“The attack took place around 12pm and during the crossfire between police and the bandits, some students were injured and one police officer was also injured and another was killed. These are the facts I can give to you,” he said.
The police commissioner said the school principal who should provide details of the number of students abducted was still in shock.
“The Principal is not in the best state of mind as I am speaking to you now, because parents have trooped into the school searching for their children.
“So the Principal cannot make a proper headcount call,” he added
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