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Gunmen Kill Eight Persons In Kaduna State

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Gunmen Attack Private University In Kaduna, Kidnap Scores

At least eight persons were killed and four others injured on Tuesday in a series of attacks on villages in Kajuru and Kachia local councils of Kaduna State.

Samuel Aruwan who is the state’s commissioner for internal security and home affairs, in a statement said “On a sad note, security agencies have reported the killing of eight persons in separate incidents in Kajuru and Kachia. In one incident, armed bandits barricaded the Kaduna–Kachia road, around Kadanye village in Kajuru, and opened fire on a bus, as well as a truck carrying firewood.”

Aruwan said five persons were killed when armed bandits opened fire on a bus as well as a truck carrying firewood after blocking the Kaduna-Kachia road around Kadanye village in Kajuru, an attack that also left three others injured.

The commissioner listed the names of those killed in the attack to include Alfred Makinde (driver), Abdulrahman Dela, Dauda Adamu, Umar Dauda, and Abdulrasheed Musa.

The three persons who were injured, and are currently receiving treatment in hospital, include Murtala Ibrahim, Ali Manager, and one Abdullahi.

He added that in another incident, gunmen barricaded the Doka axis of the same road and shot at a truck, killing the driver.

Aruwan said “In Kachia, bandits invaded a herders settlement in Inlowo village and killed one Ibrahim Haruna, before carting away 180 cows.

“At Akilbu village in Kachia, bandits shot at a vehicle, injuring two persons, Mansur Ibrahim and Muhammadu Aminu. The former later died in hospital while Aminu continues to receive treatment.”

Amid the state of insecurity in the country, president Muhammadu Buhari who is on a medical vacation in London, yesterday appointed Usman Alkali Baba as the acting Inspector-General of Police.

Minister of police affairs, Maigari Dingyadi communicated the president’s directive to state house correspondents at the presidential villa on Tuesday.

Nigeria is grappling with a wave of security challenges including widespread kidnapping for ransom by armed gangs, the Boko Haram insurgency and a renewed agitation by Biafra separatists in the south-east of the country where security officers and their facilities are increasingly targeted.

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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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