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    Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has ordered the suspension of Mr. Abdulmumuni Danga, Commissioner for Water Resources in the state.

    According to SaharaReporters, Danga was suspended over a report that he assaulted and raped a lady over a Facebook post.

    The lady, identified as Elizabeth, was reported to have been kidnapped after she told the commissioner on Facebook to assist his sister and family financially.

    Elizabeth said, “I saw a post by a local comedian of the commissioner sharing food and his family are complaining that he doesn’t attend to them, that was why I made the post.

    “On the 29th of March, I made a post about the commissioner.

    “After making the post, they started attacking me on social media and he sent some guys to come and get me.

    “On getting to me, they flogged me. He flogged me himself, stripped me naked and made a video of me threatening to post it when next I make any public comment about it.

    “They also made me apologise that what I said about him was not true under duress. I had to do so because they were all over me.

    “The commissioner also smashed my phone and destroyed it totally, saying that maybe I might have been recording what was happening or I have been recording before getting there.”

    Elizabeth also alleged that the commissioner forcefully had sex with her.

    “He did not release me and took me to a hotel nearby. Over the night, he made advances and raped me,” she said.

    However, on Friday, Governor Yahaya Bello suspended Abdulmumuni Danga and ordered an accelerated investigation into the case.

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    Twenty new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 11 in Lagos, 3 in the FCT, 3 in Edo, 2 in Osun & 1 in Ondo

    Two new deaths have been recorded in Lagos and Edo State

    As at 10:30 pm 3rd April there are 210 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.

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    Two Nigerian soldiers have threatened to rape the mothers of the youths in Warri, Delta state who allegedly killed one of their colleagues yesterday April 2.

    Recall that during the enforcement of the lockdown exercise in the state on Thursay April 2, youths in Ugbuwangue community in Warri, Delta state had a clash with some soldiers after a youth leader identified as Jospeh Pessu, was allegedly shot dead by a soldier. Read here.

    The youths pursued the soldiers and attacked them physically. Unconfirmed reports claim that one of the soldiers died during the faceoff.

    Two aggrieved members of the Army made a video, threatining to sexually abuse the mothers, wives and daughters of the youths that allegedly killed their colleague. They threatened to infect the girls and women with HIV.

    Update: Human Rights lawyer takes up case

    Human rights activist, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink, has revealed that investigation is now ongoing and that the two soldiers will be arrested before the end of today for prosecution.

    He wrote: "This is barbaric and unprofessional. Needless to say that investigation is ongoing and these miscreants will be arrested before end of day. The @HQNigerianArmy is an institution & with the cooperation of the public it will not be denigrated by cancerous nodes such as this."

    The Nigerian Army has seemingly taken up the case

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    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed all its missions abroad to compile a list of willing Nigerian nationals who wished to come back home, The PUNCH reports.

    Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed that this was a sequel to requests by Nigerians stranded abroad in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    She, however, said that the MFA had instructed that “the financial implications will be borne by the prospective evacuees, who will be compulsorily quarantined when they returned”.

    According to a statement on Friday by the Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, interested citizens should inform the embassy in their country of residence about their intention to return to Nigeria.

    It said, “The interested Nigerians are advised to inform the missions in the various countries they are in, which will then collate and coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “To this end, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians stranded abroad willing to return home to key into this Federal Government gesture by providing information to the mission in their respective host countries.”

    The PUNCH had reported that some countries including the UK, US, Israel and member States of the European Union had begun evacuating their citizens from Nigeria using emergency flights permitted by the Federal Government.

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    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC reported six additional coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the national tally to 190.

    All the cases came from Osun, NCDC said in a tweet at 11 a.m today.

    “As at 11:00 am 3rd April there are 190 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Twenty have been discharged with two deaths”, NCDC said.

    As at 11:00 am 3rd April, there are

    190 confirmed cases
    20 discharged
    2 deaths

    For a breakdown of cases by states-

    Lagos- 98
    FCT- 38
    Osun- 20
    Oyo- 8
    Akwa Ibom- 5
    Ogun- 4
    Edo- 4
    Kaduna- 4
    Bauchi- 3
    Enugu- 2
    Ekiti- 2
    Benue- 1

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    There is tension in Ejigbo, Osun State after rumours emerged that a suspected COVID-19 patient left the isolation centre at Unity High School and visited a pub in the town.

    WuzupNigeria gathered that the man is one of the 127 Cote d’Ivoire returnees from which 18 were diagnosed with the virus after tests.

    The Punch Newspapers reports that many residents of Ejigbo stayed indoor.

    Quoting sources, the paper reported that the decision to stay indoor was not only as a result of the stay-at-home directive of the state government but largely due to the fear that the man that reportedly left the isolation centre might have spread the virus.

    “Some of them don’t believe they are threats with their status, but we have been explaining to them the need to remain in isolation to prevent community spread of the disease,” the paper quoted a resident of Ejigbo, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    At the isolation centre, sources confided in one of our correspondents, said agitation by those in the centre continued, even though operatives of Department of State Services had also been drafted into the premises to join anti-riot police in providing security.

    Osun State deputy governor, Benedict Alabi, it was learnt also visited the centre on Thursday to ensure that the situation was put under control.

    The Osun State Government on Thursday confirmed that six more Cote d’Ivoire returnees tested positive for coronavirus. With the latest cases, the state now has 20 COVID-19 cases.

    The Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, said all the 127 returnees had been tested and 18 of them had returned positive.

    All the 18 coronavirus cases were said to have been moved out of the isolation centre to another facility. Before 18 cases were recorded, the state had two COVID-19 patients.

    The 127 travellers from the West African nation had arrived the state last Saturday and were kept in isolation at the Unity High School, Ejigbo, where many of the returnees hailed from.

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    A woman who allegedly tested positive for COVID-19 escaped from the hospital and when police gave chase, she resisted and attacked them by pouring liquid on them and allegedly spitting on them.

    In a video shared online by ABC News, police in Chile are seen chasing the 26-year-old woman. When they caught up with her, she poured liquid from a cup on them. She also allegedly spat on them and threw angry words at them.

    She was eventually arrested and handcuffed.

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    A man has died a painful death after a billboard fell on him during a storm in Aba, Abia State.

    Another man trapped by the huge board was said to be fighting for his life at a hospital in the commercial city.

    The incident happened on Wednesday, The Nation gathered.

    An eyewitnesses said the two persons were trapped under the heavy board before construction workers pulled them out with heavy-duty equipment.

    One of them was dead, the other critically injured, the witness said.

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    Fear has gripped residents of Omole Estate as a resident suspected to have been infected with the COVID-19 pandemic has died at home, throwing the whole estate into confusion.

    The incident, we gathered occured in Omole Estate Phase II, which extends into Olowoira, Lagos. The patient, we gathered became very sick, exhibting symptoms noted for the COVID-19 pandemic and was taken to the Primary Health Centre in the area but when there was no ambulance from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Contro, (NCDC) and the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) to evacuate her to the Infectious Disease Centre, Yaba, she was returned to her residence in a tricycle where she eventually died.

    The incident has forced Chairman of the resident association in Omole Estate Phase II to put up a notice warning people to stay at home to aviod spreading the pandemic.

    In the Memo to residents, Chairman, Omole Phase II, Mr. Bamidele Lanisa noted that many people could have come into cintact with the patient, stressing that the risk of transmission is real in the neighbourhood.

    “We advise residents to please stay in their houses and refrain from unnecessarily going about. Please safe. We advise a total stay at home for now”, he said.

    Here is his full memo to residents of the estate.

    Dear Residents,

    This is to inform you that there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in our neighboring community (Olowoira). The patient was taken to the Health Centre and when the NCDC/Lagos ambulance was unavailable to evacuate her, she was returned to her residence in a tricycle and eventually died.

    As you can imagine, many people came in contact with the patient and the risk to transmission in the neighborhood is real.

    We advise residents to please stay in their houses and refrain from unnecessarily going about.

    Please safe. We advise a total stay at home for now.

    Thank you.

    Bamidele Lanisa
    Chairman OMOLE PH 2

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    A 32-year old suspected cultist, Ahmed Kabiru, has told the Police in Lagos that his role as a member of the Aiye Confraternity was to kill and it does not take him time to kill people during operations.

    The suspect, Kabiru, made the confession after he was arrested by Police operatives from the Anti-Cultism Unit, Lagos State Police Command.

    Kabiru, who claimed to be a member of Aiye Confraternity, said he had so far killed four persons but the Police believe he was being economical with the truth.

    The Kano State-born Kabiru said the four victims he had killed were members of a rival cult group, Eiye Confraternity, and he did so during gang wars in Ebute-Metta area of the state.

    He said that whenever he wanted to kill, a veil usually covered his eyes, making him not to think twice before slaughtering rivals.

    Whenever I want to kill any of our rivals, it is always like a veil falls over my eyes; I don’t even feel remorseful after killing. There was a day I killed a rival member; I shot him on the head while he was trying to escape when he saw me coming towards his direction. I felt something struck me on my chest. Three days after, I fell sick and I was sick for two months.

    The suspect, who hails from Kano State, said he was born in Ebute-Metta area of the metropolis and was initiated into cultism at the age of 19, while he was in Senior Secondary School.

    I was initiated when I was in Secondary School inside a forest at Ikorodu. While in the forest, I was tortured and made to take an oath never to disclose what transpired there to anyone. After I was initiated, I didn’t participate in their activities for some years. I didn’t participate because I was worried over what my parents would say if they found out I was involved in cultism. I was also scared that I might be killed.

    “It was in 2018 that I started participating in the activities of Aiye properly. It was after members of the Eiye Confraternity started killing our members on a daily basis. It was the same year I was given a pistol to lead a squad, which confronted Eiye members at Ebute-Metta. On the fateful day, I killed one of our rivals and injured several others.”

    Kabiru said his display in the battlefield on the fateful day impressed the Aiye leader so much that he immediately promoted him above others.

    It was same day that I was promoted to the rank of a ‘Butcher’. My role as a Butcher was to lead during fights and also to discipline any of our erring members. Since then, I have not looked back in the discharge of my duties. It was the members of the Eiye Confraternity that attacked and killed our members first.

    Initially, we didn’t want to retaliate but when it was becoming unbearable, we had to confront them. I have killed three other Eiye members at different locations at Ondo Street in Ebute-Metta.

    Kabiru said he killed the three Eiye members at their base at about 1am while the victims were sleeping when he got there.

    ”I shot the three of them on different parts of their bodies. It was the following day that I heard the gunshots hit two on the chest and one on the skull. What we were doing was counting the number of people that died in both confraternities.

    “Some Aiye members always came from outside the state to assist in our fights against the Eiye rivals. Among those who came to assist in confronting the Eiye group were Aliu and ‘Landlord’ from Ajah. They were among those who cut off the rivals’ heads and dropped them at some junctions in Ajah in 2019.

    After the clash between Aiye and Eiye at Ebute-Metta, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad from Mushin arrested me over the murder of the four rival members that I had killed during the clashes. I spent three months in the cell. When I came out, I returned to my members and we celebrated my release.

    Whenever I finished any of the operations, we would return our arms to our colleagues at Ajah to keep. Our colleagues from Ajah always brought the arms through the lagoon to Ebute-Metta” he confessed.

    Kabiru narrated that when he was in SARS detention, he heard the word of God repeatedly yet did not heed to it.

    “Whenever they were preaching to us, I didn’t believe in what they were telling us. It was because my soul was strongly with the devil. I didn’t show any remorse whenever I killed then. It was in the Anti-Cultism detention facility that I began to realise that I had been in darkness.

    Some of our members killed by the Eiye members were Babalawo, Bebeto, Mapola, Shepe and his friend, Yamuse, Egbo and Obokun. At least 20 others were killed and several others sustained permanent injuries during clashes.

    Kabiru said after the death of their leader, he was supposed to become the next in line. Unfortunately, that was when SARS operatives arrested and detained him for months before he was later released.

    Initially, my parents didn’t know I was a member of Aiye cult group. It was after I was arrested by SARS operatives that my father knew what I was into. My parents threatened to disown me if I didn’t renounce cultism. There was no way I could withdraw from the group. I had gone far and I don’t regret my actions. I don’t also think I can stop killing. So you people should better kill me or I’ll kill more persons” he said.

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