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Gov. Umahi Laments As Suspected Herdsmen Kill 15 In An Attack On Ebonyi Communities

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Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi has expressed worry over the killings of 15 persons, including a Methodist priest when suspected herdsmen invaded four communities in the Íshíelu local government area of Ebonyi state.  The governor had visited the affected communities on Tuesday.

The state’s police command public relations officer Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident in which the victims were hacked to death on Monday night.  Many others were reported to have sustained varying degrees of machete injuries.

Police P.R.O. said “the commissioner of police had delegated a team for on-the spot assessment in the communities.

The governor has demanded that security chiefs fish out the perpetrators. He said incidents like this have happened in so many places without finding the culprits.  He said that is why this has happened again.

The governor said his government, other south-east governors and security agencies had been giving herdsmen full protection in the entire region. He wondered aloud why the attack on innocent citizens.

A resident said: “We are mourning; we are in serious mourning since the late hours of Monday. Herdsmen invaded our communities and massacred our people. As we speak, 15 persons were slaughtered like animals. They hacked many of our people, burnt vehicles, motorcycles and looted our properties.”

The chairman of Ishielu Local Government Area, Honourable Sunday Eze, and the state Commissioner for Business Development, Dr Stephen Odo, who both hail from the local government area, on Tuesday, led a team of security agents to the communities where they condoled with the families of those killed.

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Lagos Shuts All COVID-19 Vaccination Centres

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Lagos has closed all COVID-19 vaccination centers across the state, after vaccinating more than a quarter of a million persons, completing the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.  That makes Lagos the only state that has inoculated more than 200,000 residents during this period.

Authorities say the first vaccination exercise ended on tuesday and all vaccination centres have been shut down.  Lagos State received from the federal government half a million of the nearly four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine delivered to Nigeria.

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, had advised states to stop vaccination after administering half of the doses supplied to them.  This is to ensure those who had already received the first dose would be able to get the second jab.

Lagos health commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi says the remaining doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been reserved at the Lagos State cold chain store for the 2nd dose exercise, starting from late next month.

He urged Lagosians who have already received the first jab to keep their next appointment dates for their second dose at the same health facilities where they got the first jab.

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Gunmen Attack Hospital, Kidnap Nurses In Kaduna

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Gunmen Kill Eight Persons In Kaduna State

Two female nurses have been abducted by gunmen in Kaduna State after an attack in a hospital in north-western part of Nigeria, coming two days after gunmen abducted students and shot dead a member of staff at a private university near the state capital.

According to BBC quoting a nurse who escaped the attack said that the attackers had hurriedly entered the hospital in the village of Idon asking for medical staff.

Thinking it was an emergency, the nurses then rushed out only for the gunmen to fire in the air and seize them.

Kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs have become common in the country but this is the first time a hospital has been targeted.

Also in another attack, gunmen on motorbikes attacked a village in Zamfara State in what is described as deadly village raids. Residents in Zamfara’s Magami area say they have counted more than 50 corpses. A number of homes have also been burnt down.

Authorities say this is yet another in a series of raids targeting remote villages in Zamfara and other northern states.

A police spokesperson confirmed the attacks but did not give any casualty figures.

A report says the gunmen first attacked the village of Yar-Doka on Wednesday, and several other communities when local vigilantes from neighbouring villages moved in to help.

Some of the victims are said to be displaced persons from previous attacks who were returning home to prepare their farmland for this year’s rainy season.

In recent months, armed criminal gangs have carried out deadly attacks, including targeting schools and kidnapping for ransom.  Attackers have reportedly stepped up violence in the region.

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Senate Probes Alleged Lopsided Appointments At NHRC

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The senate has ordered its committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions, to probe the alleged lopsidedness in the appointments of board members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has requested the senate to advise president Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the commission’s board appointees.

Falana is asking the president to ensure compliance with section 14(3) of the constitution and section 4 of the federal character commission act in the appointments.

Falana’s petition came three weeks after the president sent to the senate and sought its approval of the names of 16 yet to be confirmed nominees appointed to the board and governing council of the commission.

Falana says three of the four nominees representing the north-east are from Kebbi State – including the chairperson of the governing council, Salamatu Suleiman.

He said the south-east and south-south zones have four representatives each while the south west and north-central zones have two representatives each.

He also said the north-east zone has no representative – even as the rate of human rights abuses in the region was higher than any other region in the country because of the counter insurgency operations being prosecuted there.

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