22 June 2014

Nigeria: Scores Feared Killed in Fresh Terror Attack in Borno

Maiduguri — Scores have been feared killed in fresh attacks in a villages of Borno State by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday. According to residents, "Some insurgents, in military fatigue, arrived Koronginim village near Chibok on Saturday at about 6.30am and opened fire on villagers, a police source disclosed.

The insurgents, who shot sporadically later pursued fleeing villagers into the nearby bushes, killing many, while about 10 were injured". An attendant at Chibok General Hospital confirmed that some of the injured persons were brought and admitted on Saturday afternoon.

"four people who are wounded were brought from Koronginim and Ntsiha villages to our hospital this afternoon," the hospital attendant who did not want his name in print disclosed. Many of the villagers are still in hiding in the bushes, Simeon Buba, a Chibok resident who claimed to have been in touch with his uncle at Koronginim, said. He said the insurgents set fire on houses, shops and vehicles in the four and half hours attack before proceeding to the nearest Ntsiha village. "They also killed people and burnt their houses," he said. Meanwhile, a suspected fraudster, Alhaji Olatunji Azeez, has allegedly killed a 64-year-old retired Customs officer, Angela Uzo Kery, and her adopted 10- year-old daughter, Obiagulum, after selling the victim's landed properties. This is as Ijebu Ode Ijebu in Ode local government area of Ogun State went up in flame on Saturday as cult rivalry group clashed, killing three people. Azeez was arrested with two alleged accomplices by the police at Oko Oba Division under Area 'G' Command, Lagos State, after the missing victims was traced to him during investigation. It was alleged that the suspect offered N9 million bribe to the police to persuade them not to proceed with the investigation, but it was turned down by the of- ficers in charge of the investigation. During interrogation, Azeez allegedly confessed that he deceived the customs officer that he was a spiritualist and told her that her family members were after her properties. The suspect allegedly told her to bring the documents of all her landed properties for prayers, which she did. According to Azeez, the victim gave him the documents of her landed prop- erties at Omole, Oko-Oba and Ajah and he sold them at N75 million, N120 million and N180 million respectively. When the police asked him about the whereabouts of the victims, he allegedly offered them bribe, but the police assured him of their cooperation if he confessed to them. The suspect allegedly admitted that he had killed the victims, add- ing that he killed the girl also because she knew everything about the deal. The victims' death was discovered when the younger sister of the retired customs officer, Susan, reported that her sister was missing to the police at Oko-Oba Division. According to the police, when Susan paid a visit to her sister on May 31, she discovered that the customs officer and her daughter had not returned home since May 10 when they went for a prayer session at Sango area of Ogun State. The police were told that the victim left home in her Toyota Camry car, marked LND 554 A2, and during investigation, the car, through its tracking device, was traced to an uncompleted building in Alakuko area of Lagos. When the police team from Oko-Oba and Alakuko divisions visited the build ing, two suspects, Ahmed Sholotan and Waliu Akiniyi, were arrested in connection with the missing car. Our correspondent learnt that the owner of the uncompleted building is living in the United States but asked Akiniyi to take care of the building. When Akiniyi was arrested he told the police that Sholotan told him to keep

the car for him until they find a buyer. The police arrested Sholoton and he took them to Sango, where Azeez was arrested. When contacted , the Lagos State, police image maker, DSP Ngozi Braide, confirmed the incident. The matter has been transferred to the State Anti- Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, for further investigation. Meanwhile, in the cult clash, our correspondent gathered that one person was killed last night while the other two were killed early this morning. Investigation revealed that the clash is between Aiye and Eiye cult groups, and the clash in the recent time, had resulted in the death of over 18 people. The Eiye cult group last night stormed Ita Alapo area of Ijebu Ode and killed one boy, identified as Tolu Adam, while in a reprisal attack this morning, the Aiye group killed two persons in retaliation. One was killed inside Moslem Primary School 1, Isoku, along Ondo road, Ijebu Ode, while the other one was killed in front of the state mortuary, along Omo Owl road. An eyewitness account narrated to our correspondent this morning how Tolu was killed last might in front of his father's house. According to the eyewitness, "What is happening now is getting out of hand and government has to act fast, else, what we experienced during the last regime may happened again. "I was in my balcony last night relaxing as there was no light. I saw Tolu eating outside their house with his father. "The time was around past nine o'clock then. Not quite that, I heard a gunshot and everywhere was scat- tered. "Before, one could say

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