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Today's Headlines: Police Battle Suspected ESN Members; Many Injured In Attack On Kaduna Communities

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Police battle suspected ESN members in Imo

The police in Imo State have invaded a suspected camp of Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Akata, Oru East Local Government Area of the state.

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Michael Abattam, the State Public Relations Officer (PPRO), told journalists in Owerri on Friday.

He stated that the invasion was carried out in response to intelligence gathered by the police that the suspects were planning to attack police formations and government installations throughout the state.

According to Abattam, when the ESN members saw the tactical teams of the police, they launched an attack before they were overwhelmed, resulting in the death of their leader and others.

Again, 3 killed, many injured in attack on Kaduna communities

The Kaduna State Government says three persons have been killed while many sustained injuries in an attack in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state.

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In a statement issued on Friday in Kaduna, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attack.

“Security agencies have reported to the Kaduna State Government that Machun and Manuka villages in Zangon Kataf LGA were attacked by unidentified persons, leaving three residents dead and several others injured.

“According to the report, police personnel responded to a distress call from Machun village, and mobilised there.

“On arrival, they were also alerted by gunshots from neighbouring Manuka.

“As the assailants fled the area, the operatives found the corpses of three victims”, he said.

Zamfara Govt. closes weekly markets

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has announced the closure of all weekly markets in the state as part of efforts to address the state's deteriorating security situation.

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According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Matawalle made the announcement after receiving 18 kidnapped students from the State College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences in Bakura.

The governor also said the state government banned the selling of petrol in jerrycans as part of the measures to stop supplying fuel to the bandits.

 Defend yourselves against killers, Plateau Assembly tells residents

Following the series of attacks by gunmen in various communities in Plateau State which have led to the killing of many and the destruction of properties, the state House of Assembly has called on residents to defend themselves.

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The House also gave Governor Simon Lalong two weeks to address the state's security challenges.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Philip Dasun, who issued the ultimatum at a press conference in Jos on Friday, stated that the decision was part of the resolution reached by lawmakers during their plenary session and had been communicated to the governor.

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ESN Imo State Kaduna Michael Abattam Owerri

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