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Unknown Gunmen Strike Again, Kill Imam, Others In Kogi Community

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On Thursdays, Gunmen invaded Okofi community in Kogi Local Government, killing three persons and injuring two others. Eyewitnesses told newsmen that the attackers invaded the community when the Muslim faithful were observing the early morning prayers in the community’s only mosque. Confirming the incident, the state police command spokesman, DSP William Aya, said that those killed include the Chief Imam of the community and two other worshippers.

He also said that two other persons were critically injured in the attack and were taken to hospital for treatment. “The commissioner of Police, Mr Ede Ayuba, has directed the Divisional Police Officer to move to the area where the sad incident occurred to avert further break down of law and order,” he said. Aya said that a Deputy Commissioner of police in charge of investigation had been ordered to move to the scene to investigate the attack and identify the perpetrators. (NAN)

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Breaking: Attempted Jailbreak Nigerian Soldiers, Police Take Over Ikoyi Prison

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According to an online reports, ‌Men of the Nigeria Army and their police counterparts have arrived at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre in a bid to foil an attempted jailbreak.

The report also said smoke billowing from parts of the centre while inmates are seen running.

It was learnt that the prison authorities had immediately notified the police and the military authorities for backup.

The eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I can see them from my balcony at the moment. Soldiers and policemen have arrived. I saw prisoners throwing stones and I saw fire.

“A lot of the prison officials have gathered at the entrance of the prison while some of the inmates have retreated”. And Gunshots emanating from the prisons.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, said the cause of the fire could not yet be ascertained but policemen had been deployed in the prisons.

“We don’t know the cause of the fire but we are there on the ground. We have mobilised to the place. We will give details later,” he said.

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Armed Thugs Attack Christian Procession, Beat Pastor To Stupor, Abduct Three Worshippers In Kogi

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Christian worshippers in Kogi were on Monday evening attacked by persons suspected to be armed thugs who allegedly stormed Dunamis International church Ayingba .

Eye witnesses report that the pastor was striped naked and beaten to stupor, while three other worshippers were allegedly kidnapped.

According to reports, the thugs allegedly led by the former Administrator, Dekina local government council, who is also All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship candidate, Ishaq Shuaibu Okolo.

The assailants were said to have violently disrupted the peaceful prayer walk organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria, Kogi east chapter, to pray for the peace of the country and God’s intervention to stop the current shedding of innocent blood.

The thugs were said to have shot sporadically into the air and went straight to the leader of Christians group, Bishop David Sanders, beat him, tore his clothes into shreds until he was rendered unconscious.

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Several other church leaders and worshippers were also said to have been beaten to stupor including some women and children, while the property of Dunamis Int’l church were vandalised

Three other church leaders including the zonal secretary of the prayer group, Silas Edegbo were later abducted and carried to unknown destination.

Speaking with newsmen on phone, the resident pastor of Dunamis Int’l church, Ayingba, Samson Ejila expressed sadness that a peaceful Christians’ prayer walk for the country could be so disrupted with so many people securing various degree of injuries.

According to him, the organisers of the programme took permission from the appreciate authorities including the police with the knowledge of the state deputy governor, Edward Onoja, who gave them the go ahead and wondered why a prominent political player in the area could lead armed thugs to disrupt and harm group.

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In his words, We are surprised that it is a past LG boss in person of Ishaq Shuaibu Okolo who is contesting for the chairmanship Election for Dec 12 LG poll that has done this to the Christians

” This is not rumours, he was the one that physically led the thugs including some Vigilante members to attack us, we have every document including video clips, and so he can not deny this” he added.

Ejila however confirmed that the three abducted members were released in the early hours of Tuesday after they had been thoroughly tortured.

Meanwhile, the State Governor Yahaya Bello has condemned the Monday’s attack on the Christians who were on a peaceful prayer walk in Anyigba area .

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The Governor in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, while condemning the act, assures that perpetrators of such unholy act will be fished out to face the full wrath of the law.

Bello said at a time the nation is facing unrest and disturbance, there is need for every religion organisation to intensify their faith by praying to God for His intervention in the affairs of the country, noting that any act capable of truncating peaceful religious gathering is sacrilegious, repugnant and unacceptable.

Meanwhile, attempts to get the reaction of Okolo proved abortive as several calls to his cell phone were not responded.

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Our Website Not hacked – CBN

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Contrary to claims in the social media alleging that the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, which is www.cbn.gov.ng has been breached by malicious persons, the apex bank states “categorically that our website is secure”.

A statement signed by the CBN Ag. Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi says, “We wish to assure the Nigerian public and indeed all our other stakeholders that the CBN website is adequately protected and that there is no cause for alarm”.

CBN advises members of the online community to desist from peddling false news aimed at undermining the its integrity which it says “is our collective
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