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Insecurity worsens

•12 killed as cultists clash in two Rivers communities
•Police inspector, 6 others shot dead; 5 injured in Ondo bank robbery
•MOPOL, other security operatives take over Anambra West
•Ambode summons security meeting over kidnap of Fire Service boss

As Acting Inspector-General ofPolice, IGP Mohammed Adamu,  deploys special squad units to beef up security in eight local government areas worst hit by high cases of kidnapping and armed banditry in Kastina State, it was another bloody Monday, as no fewer than 12 persons were  reportedly killed as cultists clashed  in two local government areas of Rivers State.

In Ondo State, no fewer than seven persons, including a police inspector, were, yesterday, killed as dare devil armed robbers stormed a new generation bank in ldoani, Ose Local Government Area of the state.

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Two of the bank workers and four customers met at the Automated Teller Machine, ATM, section were killed.

This came as the Anambra State Police Command said, yesterday,  that it had deployed two units of Police Mobile Force and other regular policemen to troubled Anambra West Local Government Area of the state, where herdsmen, weekend, attacked some communities.

Similarly, worried by the recent kidnap of acting Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has summoned an emergency security meeting.

The meeting, Vanguard gathered, was to immediately nip in the bud resurgence of kidnapping and other security issues in the state.

IGP beefs up security in Katsina

In Kastina, the IGP deployed special squad units to beef-up security in eight frontline local government areas, as Governor Aminu Masari described the level of kidnapping and banditry in the state as alarming.

The special squad units known as  Operation Puff Adder  comprises units from Police Mobile Force, PMF; Counter Terrorism Units, CTU; IGP-Special Tactical Squad, STS; Explosive Ordinance Department, EOD; Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and IGP-Intelligence Response Team, IRT.

He said: “The squad will be camped in three strategic locations covering the eight local government areas of the state with a mandate to identify, engage and arrest suspected bandits and also to respond to distress calls within their locations.

“I am appealing to members of the public to support and partner the Nigeria Police Force by providing credible information that would lead to the arrest of suspected persons in connection with these heinous crimes.”

Kidnapping, banditry alarming—Masari

Meanwhile, Governor Masari has described kidnapping and banditry in the state as alarming  and urged  security personnel to extend its operations to the affected communities and beyond.

Masari, represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, said his administration is ready and determined to assist security agencies with the needed support to end the ugly menace in the state.

12 killed as cultists clash in two Rivers communities

In Rivers, five persons were allegedly killed in a renewed cult clash in Rumuche and Rumuohia Communities, Emohua LGA, and seven victims in Kaani Babbe Community, Babbe District of Khana LGA of the state.

Many others sustained bullet wounds when some cultists clashed in Mgbuodohia community,  Rumuolumeni clan, Obio/Akpor LGA of the state on Sunday.

It was gathered that a 64-year-old man was among those who lost their lives during the clash at Emohua. A community source, who did not want his name in print, alleged that Foundation Onuekwa, Bright Oteh, Junior Kayi, and two others were the victims.

The source also disclosed that one Atochi Ogbonna and two other persons, who were hit by stray bullets have been hospitalised. Also, Mr. Solomon Erim, who confirmed the incident in Emohua, alleged that the trouble started, weekend, when a rival cultist, who had gone for a burial programme in the area, was attacked, noting that the attack was a reprisal.

Meanwhile, it was gathered from a source in Khana that Mgbibari Nyornyaa, Sorlesi Youngman, Dornu Aanu, Bariagra Menebe, Lekia Eleaee, Boy-Mgbibari and Sira Mgbibari were the victims reportedly killed in Kaani Babbe.

The Police Command in Rivers State, yesterday said some suspected cultists had been arrested in connection with the death of three persons in Mgbodohia, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

Ondo robbery: Police inspector, 6 others shot dead, 5 injured

No fewer than seven persons, including a police inspector, were killed as dare-devil armed robbers stormed a new generation bank in ldoani, Ose council area of Ondo State.

Two bankers and four bank customers who reportedly met at the Automated Teller Machine, ATM, section were killed.

Luck, however, ran against one of the robbers as he was caught by some soldiers, who engaged the robbers in a gun battle for over 30 minutes on arrival at the scene. Five persons seriously wounded during the raid on the bank located at lsewa quarters in the ancient town were rushed to the hospital.

Reports had it that those injured are on danger list and have been admitted in the intensive care unit of the state general hospital in ldoani. Eyewitness accounts said the bandits arrived the bank about 2 p.m., during the peak of banking operations, and blew open the security door with dynamite.

It was gathered that the security guards attached to the bank fled following shooting by the bandits on arrival at the bank premises. For close to an hour, the bandits operated before some soldiers arrived the bank premises and engaged them in a shoot-out.

However, some of the robbers sensing that the arrival of soldiers may spell doom for them reportedly fled the scene with an unspecified amount of money taken from the vault and ATM.

Another eye-witness account had it that the bandits. after blowing open the security door walked to the banking hall. The sound of the dynamite and the wreckage did to the security door reportedly cause pandemonium inside bank.

Vanguard learned that the robbers became confused and in the process started shooting at everyone in the banking hall. They reportedly found their way to the vault where they moved some cash into their bags while other members of the gang raided the cashiers and some customers met inside the banking hall.

Vanguard was informed that the robbers divided themselves into four groups on arrival at the bank. Two of the groups reportedly headed straight into the banking hall after blowing open the security door while the third group went to the ATM section. The fourth group, it was gathered, manned strategic positions outside the bank in a bid to give cover to the gang operating inside the bank.

Vanguard learned the it was those in the fourth group that notified others when the soldiers arrived and the need to escape from the scene.

Ondo State Police spokesperson, Femi Joseph, confirmed that six persons were killed during the robbery attack. Joseph told newsmen in Akure after the Police commissioner, Undie Adie, led police detectives to the scene of the robbery that one police inspector, one bank official and four customers of the bank were killed.

He added that one of the robbers was arrested.

MOPOL, other security operatives take over Anambra West

In Anambra State, the state Police Command said  it had deployed two units of Police Mobile Force and other regular policemen to the troubled area to maintain peace in  Anambra West Local Government Area of the state, where herdsmen, weekend, attacked some communities.

This came as Vanguard was told, yesterday, that those who attacked the Anambra West communities were members of the militant wing of the herdsmen, who came on a reprisal attack over alleged cattle rustling and killing of some herdsmen in December last year.

No fewer than six persons were feared dead and many others injured during the early morning attack, although the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Mohammed Haruna said in a telephone interview yesterday that only three people were killed during the attack. He said that in addition to the police personnel deployed to the area, other sister security operatives and local vigilante groups have been sent to the area to forestall further attack.

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According to the PPRO, investigation into the incident had begun, assuring that the state police command was on top of the situation.

Ambode summons security meeting

In Lagos, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has summoned an emergency security meeting following the kidnap of the acting Director, Lagos State Fire Service.

The meeting, Vanguard gathered, was to immediately nip in the bud resurgence of kidnapping and other security issues in the state.

A source told Vanguard that the meeting is scheduled to hold at the Lagos House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, today to appraise security situation in the state and tighten loose ends.

The source explained that the resurgence of kidnapping has continuously worried the governor and that is the reason for the meeting.

“At this stage, I can’t give too many details on the ongoing operation but the governor has ordered the concerned security agencies to ensure the safe rescue of the victims,” the source added.

An aide to the governor, who spoke on anonymity, told our correspondent that the meeting would serve as an opportunity for the security chiefs to brief the governor on measures taken to tackle kidnapping and other security challenges in the state.

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