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Suspected gunmen attack University of Ibadan, students injured

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Some gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers in the early hours of Sunday, attacked another students hostel at the University of Ibadan.

DAILY POST gathered that the gunmen raided the Abdulsalami Abubakar hostel, a post graduate hostel occupied by both male and female graduate students.

Our correspondent recalls that some gunmen had in July, attacked the Awolowo Hall, one of the female hostels in the institution.

A post graduate student in the institution, told DAILY POST that the robbers, in the latest attack, invaded the hostel around 2 am and knocked down the door leading to the hostel containing four blocks, two of which accommodate males and the other two, females.

Items stole from the students included mobile phones and laptops.

One of the students, said, “They had a struggle entering into the hostel because the security in New Hall is actually tight. The bang we heard when the door was axed down already told us that something was coming for us.

“But we didnt know what it was and we were wondering where the securities and potters were at this time.”

Another source told DAILY POST that one of the students who dragged his telephone with the robbers sustained a machete wound. The source revealed that the robbers took to their heels at the approaching sound of sirens.

Another female postgraduate student who asked not to be named told DAILY POST that’ “This is something else, UI security is getting worse everyday.”

Director of Public Communication, University of Ibadan, Mr. Tunji Oladejo who confirmed the incident, however, said that the university was not immuned in the prevailing security situation in the country.

Oladejo, who insisted that the university was on top of the situation, also confirmed that some of the students were injured during the attack.

“I can confirm to you that the story is true. We have reported the matter to the police. They did their best.

“Let me also, say that it is Abdulsalami Abubakar hall. It is a post graduate hostel for both male and female.

“Those who perpetrated the incident knew the terrain became they did not go to male hostel. We are still working and the investigation is still ongoing.

“UI is not immuned to what is happening in Nigeria, the security situation in the country. We don’t know how they came. The security did their best. They injured some students.”

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Pirates abduct three Russian sailors in Cameroon

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Three Russian crew members of a cargo ship have been abducted by pirates near the port of Douala in southern Cameroon, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday said.

The cargo ship “Marmalaita” belonging to the Danish company, Ultrabulk, carrying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was attacked by unknown people on Thursday.

According to the Russian Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroonian authorities and representatives of the ship-owner company are taking steps to clarify the incident, the statement said.

Russian diplomats are actively working with Cameroonian authorities and the ship-owner to facilitate the quick release of the Russian citizens, a report by Xinhua, said.

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NDLEA talks tough over Gombe farmers inducing labourers with hard drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned farmers in Gombe State against inducing labourers with hard drugs to work for them.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NDLEA Commandant in the state, Mr Aliyu Adole gave the warning in an interview with the newsmen on Friday.

Adole said that investigation revealed that some farmers were in the habit of adulterating milk and pudding with drugs before giving them to labourers employed to work in their farms, to enable them work tirelessly.

According to him, most of their victims were youths between the ages of 15 and 30 irrespective of gender.

The Commandant said “I want to seize this opportunity to warn perpetrators of such act, that NDLEA will not leave any stone unturned to ensure they face the wrath of the law.

“Those found wanting will be prosecuted, therefore desist from such act.

”Research in the state had shown that youths, male and female, were the major victims of drug abuse.

”Further findings showed that the impact of drug abuse on academic activities impede with the physiological, psychological and emotional functions of the students.”

Adole said that the effect of drugs could impair the memory and affects other intellectual faculties.

He also said that some of these youths also engage in related vices of drug trafficking which seriously affect the nation’s development and render the labour market saturated with unwanted or unqualified labour force.

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BREAKING: Police nab suspected killers of Enugu Catholic Priest

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Suspected killers of a Catholic Church Priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu have been arrested, Enugu State Police command confirmed on Friday.

DAILY POST reports that this was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in Enugu state, CP Suleiman Balarabe during a press briefing at the Command’s headquarters.

Fr. Offu was murdered early this month at Awgu Area of the State, a development that sparked outrage.

More to come.

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