Gunmen on Friday night killed two members of the All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State.

The killing of the APC members reportedly took place in Mkpuma Akpatakpa community in the Izzi Local Government Area of the state.

They were said to be attending an APC meeting on Friday night in the community, when the gunmen stormed the venue and opened fire on all present.

Their attackers, who were said to be two in number, reportedly operated with a motorcycle.

The Enugu State Police Command says it has concluded an investigation into the case of the alleged murder of 9-year-old house help, Precious James Korshima, by her guardian, Mrs Ujunwa Ugwoke.

The information was contained in a press release issued on Thursday by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, detailing how Mrs Ugwoke killed the house help and feigned kidnap.

DAILY POST reported the murder of Precious, who Mrs Ugwuoke reportedly admitted that she killed and dumped her body along the Enugu-Portharcourt Expressway.

According to the Police, Mrs Ugwoke confessed to having beaten and caused the death of Precious, who was her house-help, in a residence at Fidelity Estate, Okpara Avenue, Enugu.

She said after the incident, she took the child’s lifeless body to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, for medical attention.

However, when it was confirmed that Precious was dead by the doctors on duty, Mrs Ugwoke immediately took the body and dumped it in a refuse site along Ugbo-Nwagidi Village Road, Enugwueze Uno-Ituku community in Awgu Local Government Area.

The 2023 national population and housing census will hold from March 29 to April 1, 2023.

The Chairman, National Population Commission, Nasir Kwarra, disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Friday shortly after an audience with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

“By March 29 to April 2, our staff will be on the field enumerating people,” said Kwarra.

According to him, the technological tools to be deployed will be able to code building and land mass, detailing information such as location, landscapes, etc.

The Federal Government has denied any increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, despite the hike in the cost of the commodity across the country.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, in a statement issued by his media aide, Horatius Egua, in Abuja on Friday, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had not approved any price increase for petrol.

The statement read in part, “President Muhammadu Buhari has not approved any increase in the price of PMS or any other petroleum product for that matter.

“There is no reason for President Muhammadu Buhari to renege on his earlier promise not to approve any increase in the price of PMS at this time.

Two members of Osun Baptist Conference held while delivering ransom to abductors in a community in Kogi State have regained freedom.

The two persons had gone to deliver N6m to secure the release of Samuel Oladotun and Fashola Tobiloba kidnapped in Ileogbo town to the abductors, when they were also held and fresh N24m ransom demanded.

But a letter obtained in Osogbo on Friday signed by Dr. Paul Kolawole, the President of Osun Baptist Conference, and addressed to Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, indicated that the last two victims were released on Friday.

The letter thanked Adeleke for his intervention, and said a sum of N10m was paid for the release of all the victims.

Suspected bandits again attacked the Abagana community opposite the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp located along Makurdi/Laafia road in Benue State.

The attack which happened on Thursday night came barely two years after the community witnessed invasion in which seven people were murdered. Sources in the community informed City Round that a family of six and two others were beheaded in the latest attack.

It was further gathered that the suspected bandits invaded the area around 9pm, shot indiscriminately and killed eight people among who were a husband and wife and their four children.

A source in the community said, “On Thursday at about 2100hrs, suspected bandits invaded the Abagana community opposite the IDP camp and killed many people. Eight corpses,  including women and children, have been recovered and another eight people were injured and they have been evacuated to hospital for treatment. Some of the bodies were beheaded and the heads taken away. A man with his wife and four children were all wiped out in the attack.’’

Over 300 Boko Haram fighters and their families have been killed by their diehard commanders in the last year for attempting to surrender in Borno State.

Military sources said that about 90,000 of the fighters had repented and surrendered across the state in the last 17 months.

The Special Adviser to the Borno State Government on Security Affairs, Brig. Gen. Ishaq Abdullahi, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the diehard Boko Haram commanders resorted to killing any terrorist attempting to flee the Sambisa forest to surrender in order to frustrate the ongoing peace dialogue between government and the terror group.

“Just last week, they killed three commanders and their families who were about to escape.

The Nigerian Correctional Service has said 2023 will be a tough year for perpetrators of jailbreaks across the country, saying massive personnel and technology for intelligence gathering had been deployed to forestall jail attacks.

The NCoS National Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Umar, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

Umar said that the NCoS Controller General, Haliru Nababa, in his wisdom, had put a lot of strategies in place to avert jailbreaks across the nation.

This, he said, were both in terms of infrastructural development in the service for the year 2023 and security strategies to prevent what happened in the year 2022.

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested four men for allegedly scooping gas from an electricity transformer at Dunga Sabo area of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state.

This was contained in a media statement made available to journalists by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, on Thursday night.

He said that the suspects who connived among themselves to take advantage of the faulty transformer were arrested while committing the crime on January 4, 2023.

Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said, “The Command has arrested four suspects for an act of conspiracy and vandalism on an electricity transformer.

No fewer than 15 shops were razed following a fire outbreak at the Isuanuocha community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

It was gathered that the inferno, which started at about 12 am on Thursday, lasted throughout the night. 

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained but eyewitnesses said it took the assistance of neighbours in the area before the fire was put out after several phone calls to the Anambra State Fire Service yielded no result. 

The source said the shop owners had gone home when a security man on duty noticed the brazen fire from one of the shops and started alerting the people.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised the alarm over the rising security situation across the country and its impact on the 2023 general elections.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who spoke at the validation of election security training resources held in Abuja on Monday noted that the forthcoming election faces serious threat of cancellation should the insecurity across the country fail to improve

The Anambra State Police Command said it had commenced an investigation after a teenage boy identified as Uchenna Okafor, who was arrested for fighting in Awka, reportedly died in police detention in Akwuzu Police Division in the state.

The PUNCH reported that according to a Social Justice Campaigner and Gender Rights activist, @A_mummyya, who disclosed information about Uchenna’s death on Twitter, the deceased was arrested alongside two others for fighting and were taken to Awkuzu Police Division.

A 40-year-old man, Nuhu Usman, of Dangarga village in Burra District of Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State has allegedly shot and killed one of his two wives with a dane gun

The suspect was said to have loaded his local gun and kept it by his side while asleep, thinking that his eldest son who held grudges against him would come to his room to harm him.

In this interview with EMMANUEL OJO, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Benjamin Hundeyin, speaks on the measure taken by the police authorities to address the case of a group of policemen caught on camera drinking beer at a relaxation spot while in uniform during the festive season

There was a recent report about some policemen who were seen drinking at a spot in their police outfit. How do you react that as the image-maker of the police?

I don’t have anything to say about that because we have taken our decision. You can’t tell me you didn’t see the follow-up story, that all the officers have been transferred out.

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should not have been in existence, stressing that the commission currently operates outside the Constitution.

Agbakoba stated that since the EFCC is a creation of the National Assembly, it does not have the power to interfere with the activities of state governments.