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14 Dead, 19 Injured, 20 Abducted In Bandits Fresh Attack On Katsina Community

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Following a bandit incursion into the Maulud Celebration Ground in Rugar Kusa Community, Musawa Local Government Area, Katsina State, at least 14 people, mostly children, had died and 19 more have been injured.

At least twenty residents were kidnapped by the thugs during the over-an-hour-long attack, which seemed to be retaliatory, and were taken to an unidentified location.

Locals claimed that when the robbers arrived on Sunday night from the southern portion of the celebration site, they began firing irregularly with highly advanced weaponry in an attempt to frighten the locals.

Six of those killed were from the Rugar Kusa Community, two from Gidan Malamai, and six from Yar Unguwa of Musawa and Matazu LGAs.

To this end, those wounded are receiving treatment in both Musawa General Hospital and the Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina.

An eyewitness, Abdulaziz Ibrahim, told reporters that 60 children were attending the celebration when the bandits stormed the venue after which the hoodlums started visiting house to house to abduct other innocent persons mostly women.

“One of the bandits first passed across the Maulud venue and called my name, after I answered him surprisingly, the next thing I heard was twin gunshots arising from different directions. I quickly fell down from my chair and crawled down towards the backyard.

“After the bandits surrounded the venue of the celebration, they fired gunshots at the participant, injuring many and abducting several others. After they eventually left the area, we found the corpses of our students lying down in flooding blood.

“We called for reinforcement from the police and other security forces but before they responded to the distress call, the hoodlums had left into the nearby forest which serves as their hideouts.

“We are happy that, the governor was here with us this morning for a sympathy visit where, he assured us that, banditry has come to an end in Katsina State,” he noted.

The residents further appealed to the state government and other security agencies to intensify the fight against bandits and their collaborators as security had according to them started improving in the state.

A few hours after the incident, a member representing Musawa/Matazu Constituency in the Federal House of Assembly, Abdullahi Ahmed, visited the three communities to sympathize with the residents and families of the victims, he donated some cash to the families.

He also visited the Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina where victims are receiving treatment, and described the attack as unfortunate. But he assured them of decisive action against the bandits and do all it takes to protect the lives and property of people in the constituency.

One of the victims described the incident as terrible, calling on the government to fulfill its campaign promises.

“The bandits also slaughtered some of the participants attending the celebration and told us that, this attack should serve as a lesson,” he added.

The Police Spokesman, Abubakar Aliyu, when contacted, also confirmed the incident. He said nine persons were shot dead and eighteen sustained gunshot injuries.

“Seven people were shot dead, and eighteen (18) people sustained gunshot injuries as a result of the attack and were evacuated to General Hospital Musawa for immediate medical attention.

“However, two (2) people out of the injured were confirmed dead by the doctor while receiving treatment. The investigation is still ongoing.

“Efforts are on with a view to arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act. Further development will be communicated in due course,” he said.

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Seasoned Business Professional Toke Ola-Akinpelu Feeds Over 500 People In Need Through “14 Hour Initiative” Food Outreach [VIDEOS]

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In a remarkable display of compassion and commitment to giving back, seasoned business professional Toke Ola-Akinpelu spearheaded a successful food outreach program dubbed the “14 Hour Initiative.” The initiative, held on March 2nd, 2024, provided meals to over 500 individuals facing food insecurity.

While Toke Ola-Akinpelu is well-respected in the professional world for her expertise in client relations and retention across various industries – banking, consulting, and now information technology – her dedication extends far beyond the boardroom. Recognizing the need within her community, she took the initiative to organize the “14 Hour Initiative” food outreach program.

The day-long event saw tireless efforts from Ms. Ola-Akinpelu and her team, who worked diligently for 14 hours to ensure access to nutritious meals for those in need. Through this initiative, over 500 individuals received nourishing food, offering a critical lifeline during challenging times.

  • About Toke Ola-Akinpelu

Toke Ola-Akinpelu is a seasoned professional with a strong track record in client relations and retention. Throughout her career, she has championed the importance of excellent service experiences and client satisfaction across diverse industries. Her commitment extends beyond the professional realm, as demonstrated by her leadership in the “14 Hour Initiative” food outreach program.

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Ondo State Cabinet: Group Congratulates Governor Lucky Ayedatiwa

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The Grassroots Democratic Innitiatives congratulate the Gov of Ondo state on the quality of members of his newly inaugurated cabinet.

In a Commuinque signed by Comrade Razaq Oladosu, Buska,the Executive Director of the Pro Democray group.

The Group reiterated their trust and belief in the capacity of majority member of the newly formed cabinet to deliver real dividend of democracy to the people of the Sunshine State.

In the Communiques, Dr Kayode Ajulo, the Attorney General was recognized as an embodiment of principle,integrity and love for humanity, a man that is worthy of the trust deserving of that office,whose track record is very impressive and speaks for themselves .

They further Congratulate the Gov Lucky Ayedatiwa for his choice of Comrade Gany Mohammed Ajowa,as a Special Adviser.

Comrade Gany Mohammed Ajowa is one of the footsoldiers of pro democracy movement,and Advocate of progressive and people oriented governance, from his days in the student union movement (NANS),A founding memember of the Committee for the Defence of Human right (CDHR)all through as a Cadre of the National Democratic Coalition,(NADECO,)and a one of the most consistent voice of reason the the labour movement, his record of dedication and commitment is an assurance of what he will represent in the new dispensation.

Comrade Gany Mohammed Ajowa as a bridge builder is an assured asset to the government.

The group further reiterated their commitment and support for the Government of Gov. Lucky Ayedatiwa to deliver on the renewed hope agenda of this Government and our great party.

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Lagos Gives 4-Day Relocation Notice To Squatters On Lagos Coastal Road, Lekki

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The Lagos State Government on Sunday served a four-day notice of displacement to all squatters occupying unlawful shanties near the Lagos coastal route in the Mayegun, Lekki region of Lagos, in response to the indiscriminate emergence of shanties and illegal buildings.

Speaking with newsmen after an inspection tour to Jakande, Elegushi itedo, System 156 and 44 on Orchid Road, HC MOE&WR, Tokunbo Wahab said all such illegal shanties and squatters, close to Regional Road Alignment must vacate the area by Thursday afternoon. He warned that failure to move would invite enforcement operatives from the early hours of Friday morning as all the properties have been served mandatory notices.

The commissioner was accompanied by the SA Environment, Kunle Rotimi-Akodu, PS Drainage Services, Engr Mahmood Adegbite, PS, Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen,  Chairman of  Task Force on Special Offences, CSP Sola Jejeloye. The team which also included heads of Agencies inspected System 157 (Orchid Road), System 44 (Lekki to Ikota), Mayegun Area (Jakande), Regional Road Alignment, Dodan Barracks and Obalende and Ilubirin.

Wahab stated that the tour is to ensure that the coastal alignment of the affected areas is secured and illegal settlements along the corridors removed. He added that by next week the spots will be cleared with the Lagos State Building Control  Agency (LABCA) involved in the proper regeneration of the axis.

“The government has cleared  Ijora and Obalende underbridge, Obalende, Apongbon underbridge, and Agege Red rail line amongst others. I would like to say that most of the cleaned places were notorious for harbouring criminals and were threats to residents” he said.

He said the team would also visit Aboru, Command, Abule-Egba to inspect ongoing work in the areas, stressing that the enforcement drive is a state-wide exercise. The Commissioner said enforcement would commence this week on System 157 (Orchid Road) to open the 40 metres drainage adding that this became necessary as people have built on the canal path and narrowed the primary channel thereby causing flooding in the area.

He said the government convened several stakeholder meetings with property owners and the affected residents who were served contravention notices in the last quarter of 2023 adding that since then, they have not seen commitment from the affected community members.

The team also visited  Ilubirin to ascertain the level of the ongoing project to install an underground tank to deflood Lagos Island awarded 3 years ago, with a confirmation from the contractor that the project will be delivered in 90 days. Ilubirin is strategic because the government is set to regenerate Isale Eko and environs and to do that,  there is a need to get the outflow of water through the Ilubirin path” he said.

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