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Two policemen missing, seven killed in Benue, Plateau, Kaduna attacks

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Violence continued in Benue State at the weekend as suspected Fulani herdsmen ambushed a police patrol team at Tse-Akpam Azege in Logo Local Government Area.

The patrol van was burnt while two of the police officers have been declared missing after the attack that on Saturday afternoon.

A source from the area, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian that the herdsmen took the security agents unawares, forcing them to flee, leaving their Hilux van.

The Chairman of Logo Local Government Area, Mr. Richard Nyajo, who confirmed the incident, lamented the seemingly intractable attacks on his people. He expressed worry that the attackers now focus on security agents posted to ensure peace in the area. Nyajo said one of the attacked policemen was receiving treatment in a hospital at Ayilamo.

According to him, the commissioner of police in charge of mobile officers arrived in the state yesterday morning to lead the search and rescue efforts.

Nyajo said two motorcycles were carted away by the suspected herdsmen who also attacked Udu village in the local government.

The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who also confirmed the incident said the policemen were returning from a confidence-building mission in remote villages of the local council when the suspected herdsmen opened fire on them at Tse Akpam village.

“When my men were coming back, at a point in Azege, they started hearing gunfire from inside the bush by suspected herdsmen. There was a serious exchange of gunfire. The attackers burnt the police Toyota Hilux van after the officers inside fled into nearby bushes.

“As a result, four policemen were missing, but two were later found unhurt. The two officers had rejoined their colleagues, hoping to see the remaining two,” the commissioner said.

The Saturday attack on policemen in the local government was the second of its kind since the renewed invasion of communities in the area by the herdsmen on January 1, 2018.

Also, gunmen attacked Bakin Kogi village in Southern Kaduna at the weekend, killings four persons.

The victims were said to be palm wine tappers who came from another community to conduct their business Barkin Kogi. They were attacked in the bush and one managed to escape with serious injuries.

A source from the area, who preferred anonymity, said: “Those that were killed were not members of Bakin Kogi community but they were palm wine tappers from another community.

“They were in the bush tapping palm wine when they were attacked by the gunmen. For now, I cannot tell you where the attackers came from, but they are not from our community here.

“Policemen have visited the place and evacuated the bodies. The area is calm as I speak with you.”

Another source claimed that the attackers, at around 9:00 a.m. stormed the village from the outskirts and shot sporadically at innocent persons, killing four and injuring one.

“Other people at the scene escaped unhurt while the victims died of bullet wounds”, the source added.

When contacted on phone for confirmation, the Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, requested more time to respond, saying so many things were happening at the same time. “I cannot confirm this to you now. Give me till tomorrow,” he said.

But the police command’s spokesman, Mukhtar Aliyu, was quoted to have confirmed the incident, though he could not give details at press time.
“The District Police Officer and the Area Commander are collating assessment reports at the affected community,” Aliyu said.

Three persons were also reportedly killed at the weekend when suspected herdsmen attacked Zangwra village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The national president of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Sunday Abdu, stated in Jos: “Three people were killed on Saturday night by Fulani herdsmen. One of the victims was riding a bike while the two others were walking on the road. This happened at Zangwra village near a checkpoint in Bassa Local Government.”

According to him, the attackers have changed the tactics of killing their targets on the farms to “ambushing our people on the road.”

Abdu recalled that recently, three people were killed and their bodies burnt on Miango road in southwest of Barakin Dangurugu settlement in Jos North Local Council.

“This is a road on which people travel to other places, including Abuja. How do you want them to travel? Which other facility do you want them to use when they want to travel? Something urgent has to be done by government and security operatives to arrest the bad situation.”

The Spokesman of the Special Task Force (STF) code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Major Adam Umar, who confirmed the killing, said the crime was perpetrated by gunmen. He said his men mobilised as soon as they got wind of the attack but the assailants escaped before the security agents arrived on the scene.

 

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Davido Partners With GAC Motors In Multi-Million Deal

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David Adeleke, who is famously known as Davido, has entered into a new business agreement with GAC Motors, a well-known car company in Nigeria. Davido will now be one of their important representatives, called ambassadors.

This partnership was made official on Monday, July 22. The signing ceremony took place at the main office of GAC Motors in Lagos, Nigeria. This event marks the beginning of a significant relationship between Davido and the car manufacturer.

GAC Motors shared the news of this partnership on their social media accounts. They posted videos showing Davido visiting their office. The company mentioned that working with Davido will help them build a future that uses new, environmentally friendly technology. They specifically mentioned E-mobility, which likely refers to electric vehicles.

 

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Davido also shared his thoughts about the partnership on his own social media pages. He expressed his happiness about working with GAC Motors. The singer said he is looking forward to moving into the future together with the company. This suggests that Davido is excited about the innovative aspects of the partnership.

This agreement is beneficial for both Davido and GAC Motors.

For Davido, it’s an opportunity to work with a respected car brand. For GAC Motors, having a popular musician like Davido as their ambassador could help them reach more customers.

He wrote, “Happy to partner with @gacmotorngr and drive into the future together. Innovation and luxury at its finest.”

 

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This new partnership between Davido and GAC Motors has a background. Earlier, GAC Motors had given Davido and his wife Chioma a special gift. On their wedding day in Lagos, Nigeria, the company presented them with a GAC M8 2024 Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV).

Now, with this official partnership, Davido has a new role. He will work with GAC Motors to help promote their brand. He might appear in advertisements or at events for the company. His job will be to make more people aware of GAC Motors and their products.

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Kunle Afolayan Scouts Locations In Ghana For New Season Of Anikulapo series

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Renowned Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, is actively searching for suitable locations to bring the next season of his series, “Anikulapo: Rise of the Sceptre,” to life. His vision for the series has expanded beyond Nigeria’s borders. He announced plans to film portions of the show in Ghana back in May 2024.

Afolayan recently shared a series of photographs on social media. He documented his exploration of various locations across the West African country. This strategic move signifies the progressive stages of pre-production as he seeks to capture the perfect backdrop for the series.

A pivotal aspect of this ambitious project involves a partnership with Juliet Yaa Asantewa Asante. She is the influential head of Ghana’s National Film Authority. Her expertise and support are instrumental in facilitating this cross-border production and ensuring its success.

“Ghana is calling on the world to come and shoot in Ghana and capture the very beautiful sceneries and facilities Ghana has in their movies,” Asante wrote in an Instagram post to announce Afolayan’s location scouting days ago.

The first season of “Anikulapo: Rise of the Sceptre” was entirely filmed in Nigeria at a film studio Kunle Afolayan owns.

It was in the KAP Film Village in Igbojaye, Oyo State. This massive production involved a cast and crew of 600 people.

The series continues the 2022 Netflix movie, “Anikulapo.” Anikulapo tells the story of Saro, a mysterious stranger who becomes entangled with Queen Arolake. The movie follows their unusual love story.

The series, released in 2024, picks up after the movie’s events. Saro is brought back to life and continues his mysterious ways, while Arolake becomes wealthy but faces new powerful enemies.

The series features a large and talented cast, including well-known actors like Kunle Remi, Bimbo Ademoye, Sola Sobowale, and many others.

 

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2013 AFCON Winner, Mikel Obi Opens Up On Recent Surgery

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Mikel Obi, a former star player for Chelsea Football Club, has recently shared information about why he had to undergo surgery. The surgery was performed on his hamstring, a group of muscles at the back of the thigh. Mikel, widely regarded as a legend of the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles, ended his professional football career in 2022.

Since retiring from the sport, Mikel has embarked on a new venture. He has started a podcast called “ObiOne.” There, he discusses various topics related to his life and career. This podcast serves as a platform for him to connect with fans and share his experiences.

Mikel’s football career was notably successful, especially during his time at Chelsea. He played for the London club from 2006 to 2017, a period of 11 years during which he won numerous trophies and accolades. After leaving Chelsea, Mikel moved to China to play for Tianjin Teda.

In the latter part of his career, Mikel played for several other clubs. He had stints at Stoke City in England, Trabzonspor in Turkey, and Middlesbrough back in England. These experiences in different leagues and countries added to his rich football career before he decided to retire.

Regarding his recent surgery, Mikel Obi…

…explained that it was necessary due to a hamstring problem he experienced. This issue arose after he participated in a novelty match, typically a friendly or exhibition game often played for charitable causes or entertainment.

Mikel said on his podcast, “I tore my hamstring, I think it’s old age catching up with me. I was involved in an exhibition game with some celebrities. 

“We woke up in the morning, didn’t warm up, didn’t stretch properly, then we woke up in the morning to go play dodgeball.

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