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3 killed, 121 arrested as rival cults clash in Abeokuta

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Pandemonium broke out in some parts of Abeokuta, such as Iberekodo, Ago-Odo, Elega and Adatan yesterday, as two rival cult groups clashed, leaving three persons dead, including a newly-wedded man.

The clash, which started around 7a.m., lasted for three hours as residents and shop owners hurriedly closed their doors and stayed in-doors for hours till normalcy returned to the areas.

At the end of the clash, said to have erupted at a pub inside the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, last Friday, three people had been killed.

It was gathered that the cultists, who wore masks during the clash, severed the right palm of one Babatunde Alamutu and went away with the limb after they had mutilated the body and slashed his throat.

Investigations revealed that Alamutu was a leader of Eiye Confraternity, who was reported to have shot at a member of Aiye Confraternity.

However, the bullet did not penetrate the target.

Alamutu, who was popularly known as Emir, was reportedly attacked immediately after his wedding introduction held at Elega Junction in the area.

There was a reprisal attack by members of Eiye Confraternity, who stormed Ago-Odo around 7.30a.m. and reportedly killed two other persons.

One of the victims, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, was also killed in the same manner as Alamutu, while his remains was reportedly thrown into nearby Ogun River.

Security operatives, including men of the Department of State Services, DSS; men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and scores of policemen, were led to the scene by Abeokuta Area Commander, Presley Dodeh, and the Divisional Police Officer of Adatan, Ogunjobi Tolani.

The operatives, who drove into the scene in 14 Hilux vans and Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, later raided a house believed to belong to a kingpin of Aiye, and a member of Oodua Peoples Congress, Najimu Sodolamu.

Najimu’s aged father, Musibau Sodolamu, his fourth wife, identified as Iya Azeez, and an unidentified elder sister were arrested in the process.

Three buildings at Sodolamu’s compound were completely razed, while no fewer than 10 vehicles were vandalized.

While confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said only one person was killed, identified as Babatunde Alamutu, 32.

According to him, many people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

He said: “Altogether, we have been able to arrest more than 100 cultists between yesterday and today (yesterday). So, we confirm that one Alamutu died during the cult clash this morning (yesterday).

“We have not ascertained the cult groups that clashed. After proper investigations, the CP is going to hold a press briefing.”

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  1. jwhite

    September 1, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Hnnn emir RIP

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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