Headlines News: Three Feared Dead In Ekiti Bye-election; Herders Threatened To capture Me Alive - Ortom

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Three feared dead in Ekiti Bye-election.

The House of Assembly by-election in Ekiti State turned bloody as suspected political thugs unleashed mayhem on voters and security agents.

Three people, including a police officer were feared dead with no fewer than five others sustaining varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

Three others are in critical condition at the hospital receiving treatment.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said the injured included two policemen and a corps member.

Senator Biodun Olujimi, a senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, said she narrowly escaped being shot as political thugs allegedly invaded her polling unit at Ward 7, Unit 007.

Herders threatened to capture me alive — Ortom.

Governor Samuel Ortom has spoken about the attack on his convoy along Tyomu community in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.

News had reported how gunmen opened fire on Ortom’s convoy along the Makurdi–Gboko highway around 11am on Saturday.

Witnesses told our correspondent that there was a heavy gunfire between the attackers and the governor’s security operatives.

A local said, “I didn’t know what happened, but I heard terrible gunshots. There were also sounds of speeding vehicles and by the time I inquired; I was told the governor was ambushed by gunmen.”

3: The Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Mando Chapter in Kaduna, Ibrahim Danborno, has cautioned drivers against embarking on night journeys to avoid falling victim to kidnappers.

Mr Danborno gave the advice on Friday in Kaduna.

He noted that although security agents were doing their best, drivers, especially those who operate commercial fleets, should avoid travelling at night so as not to endanger their lives and those of passengers.

“Transport unions across the country should continue to sensitise their members on the dangers of night journey.

“Much as kidnappings still occur during the day, chances of its occurrence are higher at night,” he said.

4: Police map clampdown on vehicles with tinted glasses in Kebbi.

he police in Kebbi State have set-up a task force to check the abuse of diplomatic/spy number plates on vehicles.

The task force will also check unauthorised use of tinted vehicle glasses and the use of unregistered vehicles, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, the spokesman, said in a statement issued in Kebbi on Saturday.

“Kebbi State Police Command wishes to remind people of the state that the order for the war against abuse of Diplomatic/Spy number plates, tinted glasses, use of unregistered vehicles and covered number plates is still in force.

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