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Gunmen rob banks, kill police officers

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Unknown gunmen invaded a community and robbed two financial institutions – First Bank of Nigeria Plc, and United Bank for Africa in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The Operation lasted for about an hour, the assailants were said to have killed a policeman and a security guard manning the banks, as well as a mechanic, identified simply as Aliyu.

It was learnt that the incident happened around 5pm on Wednesday when the bank officials were rounding off for the day.

A resident of the community, Mohammed Idris, told newsmen on Thursday, that the robbers came in a large number and announced their presence with continuous gunshots.

Idris said the bandits parked their cars at a junction and blocked all the roads leading to the community.

“Some of them mounted roadblocks, while others marched to the Lapai Police Division and laid siege to the division. Others were said to have stormed the banks.

“They were many. They attacked the police station and blocked every road that led to Lapai. They killed a policeman and a security guard attached to one of the banks and shattered the glass doors of the banks. They made away with a lot of money. They also killed a mechanic at a motor park, and left many injured. The boy has been buried,” he added.

Another resident, who gave his name only as Adamu, explained that the assailants packed stolen cash from the banks in two cars belonging to bank workers and zoomed off to where their vehicles were parked.

He said they abandoned one of the two cars along Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University, and left in the other one, as well as their vehicles.

Adamu added that the ambience of the banks was still solemn as of Thursday morning.

He said, “I was in town when I started to hear gunshots. It was after the robbery that I went to the scene. I learnt the attack started from the police station. The policemen ran away. Some of the robbers were at the station, while thwe robbery went on at the UBA and First Bank at the same time. All the roads – Suleja, Mina and Bida – that lead to Lapai were blocked. They shot repeatedly into the air.

“A policeman was killed at the UBA and one was seriously injured. At First Bank, one of the security men was also injured. At a point, some youths started throwing stones at the robbers. One of them was shot dead by the robbers and two others were seriously injured. The deceased boy was from the Batafu area of Lapai. His name is Aliyu.

“Two cars were taken away from the bank. The robbers left one of the cars along IBBU Road.

“This attack is first of its kind in Lapai; I have never witnessed such attack before. People were ran for dear lives and there were no security personnel to call upon. It was very terrible.

“As of 9am today (Thursday) when I passed through the area, people were still there, watching. Police were not there. I learnt the banks’ workers have been moved to Minna.”

Our correspondents learnt that the guard later died from the gunshot injuries.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Abuja, Salisu Fagge, described the incident as unfortunate.

Fagge said he was sent by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to sympathise with the affected banks and assess the level of damage done by the hoodlums.

He said, “The Lapai Police Division needed to be strengthened to avert a recurrence of the ugly incident.”

The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Austin Agbonlahor, said no arrest had been made, noting that the command had yet to ascertain the amount that was stolen from the two banks.

Agbonlahor said detectives had commenced investigations into the robbery, adding that they had recovered a Toyota Corolla with number plate, KRD 561 AJ, Lagos.

Head, Media and External Communications, First Bank Plc., Mr. Babatunde Lasaki, said he had yet to be briefed on the incident.

He said, “I don’t have a statement on it yet. I can’t confirm the incident because I don’t have any report on it yet.”

An official of the UBA, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the damage to the doors of the bank, but said the robbers did not gain access to cash.

“I don’t think they were successful in carting away any money. They did not succeed,” he added.

The police bosses were however silent on the number of deaths.

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Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

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Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

Niyi Osundare

Poet laureate, Professor Niyi Osundare has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tell Nigerians the person who ordered soldiers to shoot at unarmed protesters in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State.

Soldiers of the Nigerian Army had on Tuesday opened fire on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza following the declaration of a 24-hour curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Following the shooting, Nigerians urged President Buhari to address the nation.

Addressing Nigerians on Thursday, Buhari called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing the demands of the protesters.

Also Read: Buhari Holds National Security Meeting Amid EndSARS Protests Violence

He, however, failed to acknowledge the use of excessive force by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on protesters in Lekki Toll Plaza.

In a statement titled, ‘President Buhari, Say Something,’ Osundare asked Buhari to reveal who ordered the shooting.

The poet disclosed that many saw Buhari’s silence on the matter as a sign of contempt while others said it was due to lack of concern.

Osundare said, “You have an urgent, even existential reason to prove them wrong. Tell us: who ordered the Lekki Massacre? Who oversaw its execution? What sanctions are you putting in place for those perpetrators? The Nigerian people are waiting to know. The whole wide world is waiting.”

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#EndSARS: Hooligans Pushing For Regime Change – Northern Governors

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#EndSARS: Hooligans Pushing For Regime Change, Say Northern Governors
#EndSARS: Hooligans Pushing For Regime Change, Say Northern Governors

Simon Lalong

Governors of the 19 Northern States under the aegis of the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) have accused hoodlums of hijacking the #EndSARS protests and attempting to change government outside the ballot box.

The Governors laid the accusation in a communique issued on Thursday at the end of their emergency meeting in Kaduna State which was signed by Simon Lalong, the Forum’s chairman.

According to Lalong, they recognize the constitutional liberty of citizens to protest but don’t understand or support the decision to continue the protests after the government had met their demands.

Also Read: Use any lawful means to bring back law and order – Buhari tells law enforcement agents

He stated that the protests have been hijacked by criminally minded persons who are now using the protesters to push their selfish ambitions.

He said the protesters have turned themselves to enemies of the state and called on well-meaning Nigerians to resist any act or attempt to cause division in the country.

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Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm

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Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday evening, following the escalation of violence in different parts of the country.

“Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm,” President Buhari’s media adviser Femi Adesina said.

“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast,” says Femi Adesina who is Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Lagos and most of Nigeria has been overrun by arsonists and hoodlums since soldiers opened live rounds on peaceful protesters on October 20, 2020.

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