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Today's Headlines: Bandits Burn 10 Alive, Slaughter 15 Others In Niger; Akeredolu Frees 18 Convicts

Bandits Burn 10 Alive, Slaughter 15 Others In Niger State Community

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have burnt 10 people alive in the Kachiwe community in Sarkin Pawa Ward of the Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.

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The gunmen also abducted about seven women during the attack.

James Jagaba, Secretary of Munya Local Government Area, described the ordeal as a "ugly incident."

He went on to say that the bandits went to Shapè village in the Sarki Pawa ward and slaughtered nine people while others in the community fled, and that they also killed seven people in the ogope ward.

He said, “The bandits set all the houses ablaze, burnt 10 people alive, abducted seven women and slaughtered the others. On their way after carrying out their heinous act, they met two people whose vehicle broke down, they stopped and killed those two people; then burnt down their vehicle. In the process, three of the abducted women escaped and the bandits went with the other seven women.

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Akeredolu frees 18 convicts due to their ‘good conduct

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has granted pardoned to 18 convicted inmates in various correctional centres in the state to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day.

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This was stated in a statement signed by Richard Olatunde, the governor's chief press secretary, on Friday.

According to the statement, Mr Akeredolu also commuted the death sentences of 26 prisoners to life imprisonment in honor of Nigeria's 61st anniversary of independence.

Sea pirates abduct 3 Ghanaians, 1 Nigerian in Akwa Ibom

Armed gunmen suspected to be Sea pirates have reportedly launched fierce attacks on Akwa Ibom territorial waters, abducting four fishermen including three Ghanaians in Ibaka, in the Mbo Local Government Area of the state.

Photo Credit: Nigerian Tribune

It was learnt the victims were seized just behind the Nigerian Navy Foward Operation Base (FOB) in Ibaka waterways overlooking the Gulf of Guinea.

Ogunbiyi Oluwajuwon, a lawyer representing some of the fishermen, told Newsmen in Uyo on Friday that the hoodlums attacked four separate boats and carted away their outboard engines in an operation that lasted several hours.

The kidnappers, he said, have demanded N2.5 million ramson as a condition for their release.

We’ll continue to support Nigeria’s war against terrorism - US

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has stated that the US will continue to support Nigeria's efforts to combat terrorism and strengthen democratic institutions.

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Blinken congratulated Nigeria on its 61st anniversary of independence in a statement issued on Friday.

He stated that the two countries' strong relationship is founded on a shared commitment to democracy and an entrepreneurial spirit.

“On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I extend best wishes to the people of Nigeria on the 61st anniversary of their independence,” he said.

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