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Inmates Escape As Gunmen Burn Prison And Police Headquarters



BREAKING: Inmates Escape As Gunmen Burn Prison And Police Headquarters

A yet-unconfirmed number of inmates and suspects are currently at large, as gunmen set ablaze a correctional facility and police investigations department in Owerri, Imo State capital.

Multiple eyewitnesses’ accounts on social media, have it that the attackers struck the prison and police department shortly after midnight, freeing the inmates and suspects. Heavy gunfire also rang through the area, with an account saying over hundreds of inmates might have escaped.

As at the time of filing this report, Newsrand could not confirm the number of prisoners that escaped, but Amnesty International said over the weekend that Owerri Correctional Centre had 2,156 inmates as against its installed capacity of 548 people.

The level of destruction and casualty figures were also not immediately available, but pictures shared on Twitter showed heavy smokes billowing from what posters said were the scenes of the attack that lasted for more than two hours.

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Apapa Gridlock: NUJ Chairman Seeks Immediate Measures



Apapa Gridlock: NUJ Chairman Seeks Immediate Measures

Adeleye Ajayi, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, has urged shipping companies and terminal operators to expedite action in constructing functional holding bays for containers to end Apapa gridlock.

Ajayi made the call at the maiden Maritime Summit of the Powerful Pen Media, a Publication of Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), in Apapa, Lagos, on Wednesday.

A statement by Olayide Awosanya, Chairman, Publications Committee, NUJ, Lagos Council, quoted Ajayi as saying that the step was imperative to tackle the perennial traffic gridlock in and around the nation’s busiest port.

READ ALSO: LASG, NPA Teams Identify Holding Bays To Ease Apapa Gridlock

He suggested that there should be three modes in addressing the perennial traffic gridlock in the axis.

According to him, cargoes can be moved by barges to ease traffic tension in and around Apapa port.

The NUJ chairman said that the recently launched electronic call-up system for truck and tanker drivers seeking access into the port if sustained would also help to make the gridlock a thing of the past.

Ajayi, a former Chairman of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), also urged the government to endeavor to constitute a team of experts to proffer lasting solutions to the gridlock.

Other speakers at the event urged the government to find lasting solutions to the problem of Apapa gridlock using technology and other available means.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Ray Ugochukwu, the Editor-in-Chief of Powerful Pen Newspaper, said the event was organized with the aim of finding a lasting solution to the perennial traffic gridlock in Apapa.

The event was tagged “Apapa Perennial Traffic Gridlock: Has it defiled Solutions?”

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Police Arrest Trigger-happy Vigilante For Killing Passer-by



Police Arrest Trigger-happy Vigilante For Killing Passer-by

A trigger-happy vigilante, Lukman Rasak has been arrested after shooting a passer-by, Musa Yahaya, to dead.

Newsrand learnt that the incident happened in the Ijora area of Lagos State earlier in the week.

Yahaya was reportedly on his way to a destination in the area when the suspect allegedly shot him in the chest, and in a bid to save the victim, good Samaritans rushed him to hospital for treatment.

It was learnt that the Seriki-Hausa, Apapa/Iganmu, Alhaji Mele Abacha, reported the incident to the police.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the development, said in a statement that Yahaya died from the bullet wounds he sustained after the vigilante shot him.

Adejobi’s words, “Police operatives attached to the Ijora Division of the command, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, around 2pm, arrested a vigilante member, Lukman Rasak, 30, for shooting one Musa Yahaya, 28, in the chest at Ijora.

“The victim was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The police were alerted and raced to the scene, arrested the suspect, and recovered his gun with some cartridges.”

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Siblings Beat Their Eldest Brother To Death Over Father’s Inheritance



Siblings Beat Their Eldest Brother To Death Over Father's Inheritance

Tragedy struck in Okuku, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, after some siblings allegedly beat their eldest brother, Chinonso Azuatalam, popularly known as Dakwada, to death over a disagreement on the sharing of their late father’s wealth.

Chinonso, a father of two whose wife is pregnant, was allegedly beaten to death in the presence of their maternal uncles in the compound, who came to share the inheritance.

A source in the community disclosed that while the deceased, who was a welder, was fighting with his immediate younger brother, Chibuzor, their younger brothers, who are twins, hit Chinonso with a big stick on the back of his head and he lost consciousness.

Chinonso was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The source disclosed that their sister, Chioma Azuatalam, a serving police officer, also allegedly beat up the deceased’s pregnant wife.

According to the source, on getting information that their eldest brother had been pronounced dead, the brothers fled immediately.

The source further said the sister has been allegedly arrested by the police.

The source said, “Chinonso Azuatalam was the eldest son of the family. He had three younger brothers, Chibuzor and the twin boys. They were having serious issues with the sharing formula of their late father’s wealth.

“While Chinonso was insisting that the properties be shared equally, the three other brothers, Chioma and their mother connived to share them without his consent.

“In accordance with Igbo culture, their maternal relations from Agwa in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State were invited. While their uncles presided over a meeting on Tuesday, house, tempers flared.

“The first and second sons started fighting. While the exchange of punches lasted, one of the twins hit the first son with a big stick and he lost consciousness. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Their sister, Chioma Azuatalam, who is a police officer, also beat the deceased man’s pregnant wife. The brothers ran away on realising what had happened, but Chioma has been arrested.

“The deceased had two daughters and his wife is heavily pregnant.”

The President-General of the community, Martin Daniel, confirmed the incident, saying the community is working with the police in ensuring that other casualties would not be recorded.

The community leader added that so far, only the female cop had been arrested over the incident.

The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed that Chioma had been arrested.

He also said one of the siblings, who hit the deceased with wood, had been apprehended.

Ikeokwu stated, “The deceased picked up a knife and threatened to kill his mother. His sister, who is a police officer, called her two other brothers. They came and a fight ensued and one of them hit him with wood. He lost consciousness and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, where he was pronounced dead.

“Their sister, who is a police officer and invited her brother, is in police custody. One of the brothers, who hit the deceased with the wood, has also been arrested.”

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