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Today's Headlines: Gunmen Attack Anambra APC Office; Troops Pursue ISWAP Fighters To Niger Republic

Gunmen Attack Anambra All progressives Congress Office, Kill Four People, Burn Vehicles

Gunmen yet-to-be-identified have reportedly killed four persons in different locations in Anambra State as they also burnt three vehicles.

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One of the victims was gunned down inside the All Progressives Congress office in Uruagu Ward 3 of the Nnewi-North Local Government Area.

Meanwhile, the gunmen killed three more people along Nnobi–Nnewi Road, near Afor Market in Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area.

After shooting at the victims who were simply passing through the area, the gunmen also set fire to three vehicles.

Nelson Omenugha, the Convener of Youths Earnestly Seek Soludo (YESS), was the owner of one of the burned-out vehicles, a Hilux van.

The youth group is one of many organizations rallying support for Chukwuma Soludo, the APGA's gubernatorial candidate in the state election on November 6.

Andy Uba, the APC's governorship candidate, has labeled the killing in his party's secretariat as politically motivated. He said that the party member was killed during a meeting with other party faithful, many of whom sustained varying degrees of injury.

Senator Andy Uba Governorship Campaign Organisation (SAUGCO) condemned the heinous development in a statement signed by Victor Afam Ogene, saying it was not the first time their members had been attacked.

Troops pursue ISWAP fighters to Niger Republic, soldiers, terrorists killed

THE Nigerian Army said it troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East, Operation Hadin Kai, have neutralised two Islamic State West Africa Province/Boko Haram insurgents during a counter-attack on Sunday.

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According to the Army, the terrorists attempted to enter Babangida community in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State to loot in order to restock, but were repelled by troops.

According to a statement issued on Monday by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, the counter-attack by troops forced the terrorists to withdraw, and that two of the insurgents were killed and several others were injured.

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Gunmen kidnap Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith in Lagos

Masked gunmen have abducted Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith (retd.), in the Ajah area of Lagos State, The PUNCH can confirm.

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Smith is a cousin to a former Inspector-General of Police and current Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith.

The PUNCH has learned that the retired general, who is currently the Chairman of Double Wealth Ventures Limited, a dredging and engineering firm, was supervising work on a site in the Ajah area of Lagos State on Monday when masked gunmen stormed the site and opened fire.

The gunmen were said to have whisked the retired general away in a waiting speedboat and sped away.

According to an SOS voice note shared by his driver, Corporal Odiji, the retired AVM engaged in a struggle with the gunmen before he was subdued.

42 Killed, Houses Burnt, In Fresh Kaduna Attacks– Govt

No fewer than 34persons have been confirmed killed and several houses burnt, while several others were injured by unknown gunmen in a fresh attack on Madamai village in Kaura local government area of Kaduna State.

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In the same vein, another eight people were reported killed in a reprisal attack by unidentified individuals in Kacecere village, Zangon Kataf LGA.

While confirming the incidents, the state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the attack in Kaura local government and were being questioned.

Aruwan said the attack was in reprisal to earlier attacks in Jankasa village, Zangon Kataf LGA where one Mr Yakubu Danjuma was killed, and also in Madamai in Kaura LGA where 34 persons were killed.

“The attacks in these two locations, security agencies reported, led to the reprisal by unidentified assailants on Kacecere community which has left eight dead, six persons injured and several houses razed, “ he added.

Northern governors tell Buhari to act fast on livestock programme

Nigeria’s 19 northern governors have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to speed up the national livestock programme.

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The Northern Governors' Forum, in a communiqué signed by the chairman, Simon Lalong, following their meeting in Kaduna on Monday, said the program would serve as a springboard in transitioning from open grazing, which is widely practiced in the North.

“The forum also calls the federal government to expedite action on the well-established National Livestock Transformation Programme as a springboard in transiting from the open grazing system as widely practised in the North,” the communiqué stated.

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