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Lagos Govt Expresses Regret Over COVID-19 Warehouse Looting



LASG Expresses Regret Over COVID-19 Warehouse Looting

Lagos government has expressed regret over the looting of a COVID-19 warehouse at Mazamaza community in Oriade Local Council Development Area of the state.

Newsrand had reported that some suspected hoodlums on Thursday, October 22, 2020, invaded the warehouse and carted away food items, labelled ‘CACOVID, NOT FOR SALE’.

The food items which were meant for members of the public to cushion the effect of the infectious disease include -bags of rice, macaroni, spaghetti, salt, garri, sugar, and cartons of noodles.

In a statement obtained by this publication, the state government confirmed the incident, expressing that it was regretful.

This ransacked warehouse was one of the central packaging and distribution points for palliatives donated by the private sector coalition, CACOVID, for the most disadvantaged across Lagos and Neighboring states. These palliatives were handed over to the state government on September 22, 2020, and have so far been distributed to the most disadvantaged Lagosians in line with the intervention guidelines until this incident,” a part of the statement read.

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As at the time of filing this report, no one has claimed responsibility for the storage of the COVID-19 palliative, but going by reactions from members of the public, these are questions that beg for answers.


Yam, Potatoes, Others, Gets Price Hike In FCT Markets



Yam, Potatoes, Others, Gets Price Hike In FCT Markets

The prices of root and tuber crops like yam and Irish potatoes have gone up in some markets in the FCT ahead of the Sallah celebration.

However, prices of foodstuffs like rice, beans, and garri have remained stable.

This was confirmed in a market survey in Abuja.

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A set of yam which consists of five tubers is sold for N5,500 or N6,000 depending on the size of the tuber.

The same set of yam was sold before now between N3,000 and N4,000.

Musa Ibrahim, a yam seller who sells yam on a cart confirmed the increment in the price adding that yam is now very expensive.

Ibrahim said that a piece of yam tuber is now sold for N1,200 or N1,000 up from the old price of N500.

“I don’t have a tuber that can be sold for a lesser amount; these yams are white yams, they are not the type that is good outside and bad inside,” he said.

Abdul-Rasheed Bisola, a buyer also lamented the increment saying that unlike before when a piece of yam was N500, one would be lucky to buy one for N800 now.

Bisola added that the expensive yams were also small in size and dry.

Irish potato is another expensive tuber crop in the market, according to the NAN survey.

Adamu Suleiman, a potato seller in the popular Nyanya Market also confirmed this.

“A basket of Irish potato is N2,500 and this same basket was sold before now, for N1,700 or less.

“I do not cultivate this crop, I usually travel to Plateau State to buy and bring down to Abuja here,” Suleiman said.

According to him, the cost of potatoes in the Plateau is also high because this is not the season when the crop flourishes on the farm.

Issa Danjuma, a trader at Karu Market said he sold a dustbin basket of Irish potato for N2,600 adding that he used to sell it for

Danjuma also attributed the increase in prices of tubers such as yam and potato, to the rainy season saying they did not grow well during the rain.

Bassey Glory, a customer said she bought the small basket of Irish potato for N400, adding that she used to buy it between N250 and N300.

Glory lamented that potatoes sold in dustbin baskets were the most annoying because the sellers deliberately put the big tubers on top but when the basket was emptied, most of the pieces underneath were tiny.

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Troops Intercepts Terrorist Attack, Kills 9 In Maiduguri



Troops Intercepts Terrorist Attack, Kills 9 In Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army says troops of Operation Hadin Kai have eliminated nine Boko Haram terrorists during an attempt to attack the outskirt of Maiduguri, the Borno capital, on Tuesday.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Yerima said the terrorists tried to advance from the Aldawari axis to attack soft targets in Jiddari Polo but were repelled by combined troops of the Army, Police, vigilantes, and hunters.

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“Following a hot pursuit by troops, the heavy casualty was inflicted on the terrorists as nine of them were neutralized while many escaped with gunshot wounds.

“One Buffalo Gun Truck, three motorcycles, three Browning machine guns, a rocket-propelled gun, and four AK-47 rifles were recovered from the terrorists.

“Other items recovered include one Improvised Explosive Device, sixteen 12V batteries among other items,” he said.

Yerima said that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru commended the gallantry of the troops and urged them to keep up the tempo of the operation.

He urged members of the public to remain calm and assured them of their security during the festive period and beyond.

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Troops Repel Bandit’s Attack On Katsina Mosque



Troops Repel Bandit Attack On Mosque In Katsina - Army
Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima

The Nigerian Army says the troops of 17 Brigade on Monday, in conjunction with the Nigeria Police, averted a planned attack by bandits on Magama Central Mosque in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on Tuesday, said that several Muslim faithful were in the mosque to observe the late-night Ramadan prayers on Monday.

Yerima said that a large number of bandits came firing sporadically in an attempt to disrupt the prayers and abduct innocent worshippers from the mosque.

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He said they were forced to withdraw in disarray having met with overwhelming firepower from a combined team of army troops and police personnel who were tactically deployed in the town following earlier intelligence received on the planned attack.

Yerima stated that while the troops maintained vigilance to forestall a further attack on the mosque, the fleeing criminals decided to raid a local mosque at the outskirts of Jibia town where they kidnapped some people.

According to him, on getting the information, the combined team mounted pursuit of the bandits, forcing them to abandon most of the hostages while fleeing with an unknown number.

“The rescued victims have since been reunited with their families while further efforts are ongoing to rescue the others in collaboration with neighboring military establishments, including those of Niger Republic.

“Late night prayers are very common among the Muslim faithful, particularly in the last days of the Holy Ramadan season.

“The situation in Jibia is under control as reinforcements have since arrived in the area in order to facilitate the rescue efforts.

“The local inhabitants are advised to go ahead with their normal business and report any suspicious activity to the security agency nearest to them,” he said. 

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