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BREAKING: Benue: Army allegedly opens fire, kills 70, sets community ablaze

The Nigerian Army have allegedly killed over 70 residents of Mbator in Shangev-Tiev of Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State.

The soldiers allegedly invaded the community following the killing of about 10 personnel who were on stabilisation operation in the state over the communal clash between Konshisha and Oju Local Government Area.

TNC24 had reported that the military, through its Director, Public Relations, Brig.-Gen Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on Thursday, confirmed the killing of the officers, stating that they were initially declared missing.

Following the attack on the troops, the army allegedly invaded the community on Thursday, gunned down scores and set houses and other facilities ablaze.

A group known as Shangev-Tiev Assembly (STA), while addressing newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital on Friday, said about 15 other neighbouring communities have also been razed.

According to their spokesman, Elder Tyoh Jude, “The army has so far razed and demolished farms, schools, hospitals and residences of Bonta, Tse-Jembe, Tse-Anyom, Gbinde, Mbaakpur, Aku, Agidi, Gungul, Adoka, Guleya, Awajir, Shiliki, Achoho and Ullam in Gwer Local Government Area, and are still planning to do same to other neighbouring towns within Konshisha LGA.

“Our unarmed people are being killed intentionally in large numbers by armed personnel of the Nigerian Army. Presently, over 70 persons are reported dead and more than 100 people are missing, mostly women, children and the elderly and hundreds of thousands displaced with its attendant humanitarian consequences.”

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Veteran Nollywood actor Chief Bruno Iwuoha is dead

Nollywood mourns again as veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Bruno Iwuoha has been confirmed dead.

Bruno died after battling with diabetes and going blind for years.

His painful dead was made known by  close associates and filmmaker, Derik Zai who revealed that the actor died at the National Hospital, Abuja.

According to him, Chief Bruno has been in coma for about 3 weeks, and everything done to stabilize him couldn’t bring him back to life.

His remains has been deposited at the hospital mortuary.

His family members is yet to put out official notice and announce his burial arrangements.

Bruno Iwuoha’s death is coming weeks after Nollywood lost veteran actor, Sadiq Daba.

who  died on Wednesday, March 4 at a Lagos hospital.

Sadiq Daba’s last movie appearance was in Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Citation’ which was released in October 2020.

The ace broadcaster had gone public with his illness in November 2017.when he revealed he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. (more…)

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Insecurity: Gov Wike bans meeting of Igbo group in Oyigbo

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has placed a ban on the planned meeting of some Igbo residents in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor took the decision over fears that such meetings could spark fresh unrest in the LGA.

A group known as United Igbo Community was scheduled to hold a meeting at Oyigbo on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

But the State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim, directed security agencies “to ensure that the said meeting does not hold to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the area.”

Oyigbo LGA is considered a stronghold of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The LGA recently witnessed a major crisis involving the military and members of the IPOB which led to a military operation in which soldiers and civilians were killed.

Aside from that, the meeting of the Igbo community is coming up at a time when the nation is grappling with attacks on police and government facilities.

The police headquarters in Owerri and the state prison were recently attacked and over 1000 prisoners freed.

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JUST IN: Ex President Jonathan mourns Tukur formal minister’s death,Mahmud Tukur, ex-Nigerian minister, is dead

Mahmud Tukur, a former minister of commerce and industry, is dead.

He died Friday in Abuja, a relative told TNC24.

Mr Tukur served as minister during the military government of Muhammadu Buhari. He is believed to have remained close to Mr Buhari, Nigeria’s current democratic president.

Mr Tukur was also the first vice-chancellor of the Bayero University, Kano. A businessman, Mr Tukur sat on the boards of many organisations and businesses.

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