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Soldier Beats Commercial Bus Driver To Death In Lagos Over Fare

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A minor altercation has led to the death of a commercial bus driver, Bashiru Adebayo, who was allegedly beaten to death by a soldier identified as Private Ezinne Benjamin.

Benjamin, who is now being detained at the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, Lagos, was arrested after an angry mob stormed Dodan Barracks chanting war songs and threatening wanton destruction.

Eyewitnesses said disagreement broke out between the soldier and the deceased driver after Benjamin refused to pay his transport fare despite entreaties from the bus conductor and passengers.

Commercial bus drivers in Lagos usually convey military and paramilitary personnel in uniforms for free, but Benjamin was not wearing uniform, neither did he identify himself as a soldier, according to eyewitnesses.

He was however angered by the insistence of the driver that he had to pay up and in the heat of the ensuing altercation between them, he brought out his gun and hit the driver’s head with its butt.

The deceased, who was the driver of the commercial bus with registration No. LSG 451 XG, was said to have demanded for the soldier’s transport fare, after he had snubbed the conductor.

His persistent demand was said to have triggered off the soldier’s anger and the argument between them soon degenerated into a scuffle after the driver had parked his bus at Obalende in a bid to collect the fare before going any further.

The soldier hit the driver with the butt of his gun and fled after he slumped on the road.

Attempts to revive the driver proved abortive and he was later confirmed dead at the Lagos Island Hospital, where he was rushed to for treatment.

His death angered some youths in the area who pursued the fleeing soldier and caught up with him close to Dodan Barracks.

They were about lynching him when he was rescued and taken to the Lion Building Police Station before he was handed over to the military for an orderly room trial, which has already been set up.

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  1. godwin ameh

    December 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Our nigerian force personnels are not trained enough to handle rifl.

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  2. Paul jonathan

    December 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Well, that’s his problem.

  3. Olusayo

    December 31, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    That was an arbitrary use of power and was animalistic

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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