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6—Vanguard, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 Adeyemi College students on rampage as car crushes 3 •Victims not our students —PRO •They're your students —POLICE By Dayo Johnson A KURE—STUDENTS of Adeyemi College of Education, ACE, Ondo, Ondo State, yesterday, went on rampage as one of them was crushed to death and two others knocked down by a reckless driver. The driver of the vehicle reportedly escaped death by the whiskers as the students set his car ablaze, while the two students that sustained injuries were rushed to the Trauma Centre in Ondo. The students blocked the expressway with bonfires, which resulted in a traffic gridlock for hours. An eyewitness account said the three students were walking along the road outside the institution after lectures when the vehicle knocked them down and overran them. A student of the institution, Bolanle, told Vanguard that the vehicle was moving at top speed when it swerved and knocked down the three students. Some of the students visited the headquarters of the Ondo West Local Government Area and the Police station in Yaba area of the town to register their grievances. However, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Seto Olatuyi, said the victims were not students of the institution. But the spokesperson of the state Police Command, Femi Joseph, said the three victims are students of the institution. He added that the state Police Commissioner, Olugbenga Adeyanju, has deployed some policemen to the scene of the incident to maintain peace and to ensure free flow of vehicular movement in the area. :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Rainstorm turns UNIBEN don to IDP •...destroys 20 buildings, as VC appeals for help By Simon Ebegbulem BENIN—OVER 20 buildings at the University of Benin, UNIBEN, were, Sunday, destroyed by a rainstorm, with a Professor of English and Literature, Tony Afejuku, narrating how the disaster made him an internally-displaced person, IDP. Some of the buildings affected are the Senate Chambers, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, 1000- capacity lecture hall, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Management, among others. The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Faraday Orumnwense, who went on an on-the-spot assessment of the affected buildings, described the incident as devastating and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to come to the institution’s aid. The VC said: “What we just By Samuel Oyadongha YENAGOA—BARELY 72 hours after his release from kidnappers’ den, the National Coordinator of pro-All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign group, The New Face, Mr. Robert Desmond, yesterday, relieved his experience, saying he turned into a prayer warrior, seeking God’s intervention. He said he was blindfolded for seven days, but his constant prayers for the kidnappers to state their demands and not kill Professor Tony Afejuku in front of his wrecked home. witnessed is shocking; the damage is colossal. We never envisaged this: hostels, faculties and residence of our lecturers were affected. We are appealing to good-spirited Nigerians, state governments and NEMA to come to our rescue, because this is an emergency situation. “We need to fix these buildings urgently because the rains are here. We do not want those affected and their families to be homeless; we are just appealing.” I became prayer warrior in kidnappers’ den, says APC campaigner By Ochuko Akuopha OLEH—A 33-year-old robbery suspect, identified as Mr. Ozegbe, has been killed in a mob action at Ogbe-Ogume community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State, for his alleged involvement in the murder of a commercial him kept him alive. Desmond, who spoke to Vanguard on telephone in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, said the condition in which he was kept was harsh and traumatic. He said: “Blindfolded for seven days, I prayed that I should not be killed and that they should contact my family and supporters so as to give them proof that I am alive. “The condition was very harsh and I will never wish my enemy such. On the day I was released, I heard them motorcyclist. It was learned that Ozegbe, said to be a fleeing suspect, was relaxing in a bar in the community, when he was apprehended by some persons and later clubbed to death. It was gathered that the okada rider was allegedly shot dead at his residence in Ogbe- Ogume on January 23 by his mention 5.30a.m. and was moved in a canoe. The canoe capsized, but the water was shallow otherwise I would have drowned.” Desmond, the Youth Secretary of Twon Brass Community and National Coordinator of The New Face, was abducted penultimate Sunday after an event in Nembe area of the state. He was, however, released seven days after and dropped off by his abductors at a border town between Bayelsa and Rivers states. assaillants, who made away with his motorcycle. A source said some gunmen had accosted the okada rider at his premises, when he returned home after the day’s work, and demanded for the key of his motorcycle. According to the source, “the robbers forced the motorcycle from him and in NO THOROUGHFARE: An accident on Upper Sakponba Road, Benin, the Edo State capital, at 3a.m., yesterday. No life was lost. PHOTO: Barnabas Uzosike. Professor Afejuku Narrating his ordeal, Professor Afejuku, whose building was totally destroyed after a tree fell on it, said: “I was sitting under the tree, which I call tree of contemplation and meditation, reading ‘Genocide Against the Igbos’ when the heavy wind started. “I decided to rush into the house. This was about 5:30p.m. on Sunday. Something told me to move and the next thing I heard was a bang in the building and the tree completely destroyed the entire building. Now I have become an internally-displaced person, IDP. “The University Director of Works was here. I was also told that most of the new buildings in the university, including the Senate Chambers, were affected by the heavy downpour. “I thank God I went inside the house. If not, the tree that fell would have killed me. I thank God nobody was killed inside the building; just the damage.” Suspected killer of okada rider clubbed to death in Delta the process, he was shot dead. Later, one of the suspects was arrested by the Police and he confessed that Ozegbe was also involved in the murder. “Since then, he has been on the run until he was found in the beer parlour.” Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident, saying “there was a case of robbery and murder. The notorious criminal was killed by a mob.” 2 dead, 18 hospitalised a By Suzan Edeh THE chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Agency, Ibrahim Gamawa, has confirmed the death of two people at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital,

Vanguard, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018—7 By Peter Duru MAKURDI—NO fewer than 10 persons were feared dead, yesterday evening, when herdsmen attacked Omosu village in Ojigo Ward, Edumoga, Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State. Vanguard gathered from a source in the area that the wellarmed herdsmen stormed the village at about 4p.m., shooting at anything in sight and burning down houses in the community. According to the source, “it was a bloody evening in Okpokwu; armed herdsmen stormed Omosu village and opened sporadic fire on the locals, killing anyone and thing they came across. “I cannot give you the casualty figure or number of people killed and injured at the moment, but many have been killed and several houses also razed.” Confirming the development on phone, Chairman of the local government, Mr. Francis Ejembi, said there was pandemonium in the entire area. He said: “It is a serious problem and heart-rending. So far we have moved about 10 corpses and several injured persons to Saint Mary’s Hospital, Okpoga. “We are still searching and it as cholera hits Bauchi ATBUTH, out of 20 cases recorded in a cholera outbreak. Speaking, yesterday, at a briefing at the Emergency Operation Centre, Bauchi, Gamawa said the remaining 18 patients are responding to treatment in the same hospital. :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Herdsmen kill 10, burn houses in Benue village By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Bose Adelaja LAGOS—TRAGEDY struck yesterday, when a Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, bus crushed and severed the head of a Basic Four pupil of C & S Primary School, Ezekiel Daniel, at Ogolonto Bus Stop, along Ikorodu Road of Lagos State. The incident resulted in a chaotic traffic situations as sympathisers and passers-by trooped to the scene, wailing. According to an eyewitness, Mr. Akin Adeolu, the incident happened at about 7.45a.m., when pupils were rushing to their various schools. He said the school boy, aged 13, was dashing across the BRT corridor, misunderstanding the flag man’s signal, when the fastmoving bus hit him and cut off his head. The driver was said to have taken to his heels immediately, for fear of possible mob action against him. The mob became agitated, forcing officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, is very possible that we may recover more dead and injured persons, because the village has been sacked and many are still missing. It is indeed a sorry sight here. We have informed the Police. Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed the report, saying “we have reports of a clash He said the 20 new cases were reported from four different locations— Danmar A and B, Isangaya School, Hardo within Kobi Ward, Makama B at Nasarawa Jahun and Makama A Gwallaga, all within Bauchi metropolis. He added that the agency has between the youths of Omosu village in Edumoga community. Our men are there responding to the development. “Meanwhile, we do not have the figure of casualties, but our men are on ground to check an escalation of the crisis. We will get back to you when we get a clearer picture made provision of drugs such as ORS solution and chlorine for disinfection that will help the public. Gamawa called on the people of the state to cultivate personal hygiene, keep their environment clean and always cover food items properly. of the casualty figure because we do not want to speculate.” This is coming few hours after suspected herdsmen allegedly killed five persons, weekend, in a fresh attack on Umenge village in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State by herdsmen despite the ongoing Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race). ... as Court remands 6 herdsmen in prison over Benue New Year day attacks By Peter Duru MAKURDI—A Makurdi Chief Magistrate’s court, presided over by Mr. Isaac Ajim, has denied bail to six herdsmen arrested over the New Year day attacks on Guma and Logo Local Government areas of Benue State. The suspects were first arraigned on January 5 before Mr. Ajim, who ordered that the accused remanded in Makurdi Medium Prison till yesterday. The accused persons— Ibrahim Saleh, Jibrin Adamu, Magaji Yau, Ibrahim Abubakar, Useni Bala and Sabin Yau— were charged for culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy, mischief by fire, grievous hurt and violation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017. They were also arraigned for rearing their cows in farmlands at Akor village in Guma council, thereby contravening Section 97, 329, 333 and 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State and Section 19(2)(3) of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue State, 2017. No plea was taken for want of jurisdiction, just as the Principal State Counsel, Mike Abenga, from the state Ministry of Justice, applied to take over the prosecution and the substantive case from the initial prosecuting counsel, ASP Edward Imoh. Abenga further brought another application, urging the court not to grant bail to the accused, pending the determination of the substantive suit and applied for an adjournment to enable the ministry conclude its legal advice. Counsel to the defendants, Al-Mustapha Elegu, did not oppose the application. The presiding Chief Magistrate, Ajim, granted the state counsel’s application. He told the accused that the offences were grievous, adding “I will need legal advice from the state Ministry of Justice.” He ordered the accused remanded at the Makurdi Federal Medium Prisons and adjourned the case till March 29 for ruling on application for bail and April 11 for hearing of substantive suit. Chaos as BRT bus cuts off school boy’s head Scene of the accident. LASTMA, to disappear from their duty posts, but men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and other security agencies were on ground to maintain law and order. Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, LASEHMU, were contacted to take the remains of the boy to the mortuary. Meanwhile, an official of Primero Transport Company, owner and operator of the BRT buses, who spoke on anonymity, confirmed the incident, saying “we have commenced initial investigation into the incident. “We commiserate with the family and colleagues of the deceased. God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.” Police smash car-snatching syndicate By Evelyn Usman THE Police in Lagos State have smashed a syndicate that specialised in snatching vehicles from the state and taking them to the northern part of the country, where they are either dismantled into parts or sold at give away prices. The gang’s Lagos workshop where stolen cars were kept was also uncovered in Ipakodo area of Ikorodu, Lagos. Arrested, were five suspected members of the syndicate with the recovery of several vehicles suspected to have been stolen at different locations in Lagos and several plate numbers which the suspects used as decoy when moving stolen cars from Lagos to the north, were also recovered. In addition , 118 rounds of AK 47 ammunition, English pistol, one hand grenade and military accoutrements were recovered. Their arrest as gathered was effected after a Toyota Camry Saloon car with plate number ER 468 KRD, belonging to one Saheed Aminu was stolen from where it was parked in front of a building on Awolowo road, Ikorodu, last November. Detectives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS in Ipakodo reportedly traced the stolen Camry to the auto mechanic workshop at Ipakodo where one Opeyemi Ogundokun was arrested. His confessional statement according to the command boss, Imohimuli Edgal, led detectives to Rigassa, a town in Kaduna State, where two suspects: Qudus Abdulkareem, (42) and Abdulwaheed Abdulkareem, (28)were arrested. Edgal said: “The syndicate’s job was to either steal cars from where they are parked or snatched at gun point from their owners. They will refurbish it at Opeyemi’s workshop before moving them to the north, where they are sold. “Their arrests in Kaduna led the detectives to one Sehu Shittu, 42, Nurudeen Abdulrahman, 38, and Musiliu Abdulwahab, 40, who were identified as receivers of all cars stolen by the gang from Lagos. “The suspects confessed that they reside in Kaduna, but come to Lagos to snatch vehicles.´