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Student pounds stepmother to death, clubs father with pestle in Katsina



Najeeb Shehu Umar, 24, a 300-level student of the Federal University Dutsinma has clubbed his stepmother to death in their family residence in Ambassadors Quarters, Katsina State.

Najeeb also broke his father’s leg and arm with the pestle when he tried to intervene in the matter, throwing the neighbourhood into confusion.

His father, Shehu Umar Balele, a zonal inspector with the Katsina Ministry of Education, Katsina, is said to be receiving medical attention at the Orthopaedic Unit of the Katsina Teaching Hospital, a source privy to the development said.

Najeeb is reported to have on several occasions expressed his disdain for his 65-year-old stepmother, Hajiya Hasiya Galadima, a retired civil servant with the Katsina State Government.

Najeeb, who has a history of drug abuse, had on several occasions threatened to kill his stepmother, alleging that she was responsible for his father’s separation from his mother.

The eldest child in the family, Mustapha Shehu Umar, who also lives in the compound with his wife and children, while confirming the report, also noted that his brother, Najeeb had threatened to kill their stepmother on several occasions but their father forbid them from taking action on him because he wants him to study.

However, on such occasion, they had to report the threat to the police but no tangible action was taken against him.

Narrating the ordeal, Mustapha said his brother, who is addicted to all types of drugs, attacked their stepmother in her sitting room when her only child came visiting the family house.

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“Najeeb entered our stepmother’s sitting room holding a pestle and locked the entrance door. He reminded her of his promise to kill her. Then he smashed her on the head with the pestle twice and she collapsed.

“My sister, who was with our stepmother in the sitting room, rushed and held him. They started struggling and she was able to push him down. Then, she ran and unlocked the entrance door and ran out. While calling for help, he got up and ran after her but for the quick intervention of our father who ran out from his room, he could not get to her. However, he clubbed our father with the pestle, breaking his leg for trying to stop him.

“Noticing that our sister had escaped from the compound, Najeeb returned to the sitting room and when he noticed that our stepmother was still alive, he resumed pounding her with the pestle, until he ensured that she was lifeless, disfiguring her face in the process.

“When he saw that my wife was still in the compound, he started chasing her but God so kind, she was able to escape to our neighbour’s house along with other women. They locked themselves inside one of the rooms in the compound.

“Najeeb followed them to the compound where they hid but fortunately for them, he could not open the door. So, he came to the front of the house, threatening that anyone that is bold enough should come out and face him.

“Neighbours who sighted him alerted the police who now combed the area and finally arrested him and took him to the GRA Police Station,” he said. (DAILY POST)

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PDP demands probe of Supreme Court fire disaster



The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has demanded a thorough investigation into the fire incident that gutted a section of the Supreme Court in the early hours of Monday.

The party raised the alarm over the incident which it described as suspicious giving the fact that a verdict on a sensitive issue of national importance is being expected.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba made the position of the opposition party on the fire incident known in a statement on Monday.

He said, “The PDP is worried over the fire outbreak especially given heightened public apprehension of possible arsonist attack with the intent to cripple and frustrate the Supreme Court from effectively discharging its constitutional duties especially with regard to high profile electoral cases including the Presidential Election Appeals pending before it.

“Our Party demands for an immediate full-scale investigation into the fire outbreak with the view to unraveling the circumstances or possible sabotage in the incident.

“The PDP insists that the outcome of the investigation should be made public unlike those of previous fire incidents in various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies which were characteristically swept under the carpet by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations.

“While calling on the Federal Government to beef up security around the Supreme Court, the PDP also demands that Nigerians must be assured of the safety of sensitive documents and equipment at the Court especially at this critical time.”

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Gov. Mbah tasks FG on New Road Maintenance Model as bridge collapses along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway



Gov Peter Mbah (centre) and some government officials during inspection of the collapsed bridge in Enugu on Monday

…urges FG to concession roads to states

Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has called for a new road maintenance model to guarantee a better condition and longevity of Nigerians roads, regretting that the current model had failed woefully.

Dr. Mbah made the call when he visited the site of the collapsed bridge between the New Artisan flyover and the NNPC Mega Station along the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway.

The collapsed bridge

Fielding questions from newsmen after the first-hand inspection of the scene of the disaster, Mbah who thanked God that no life was lost despite the magnitude of the incident, urged the federal government to consider a concession of all the federal roads in each state to the state governments for proper maintenance in conjunction with the private sector.

“I think the question should be whether the current model of federal road maintenance is working or not; and I think that is the bigger question that we must ask.

“Today, we are here witnessing a tragedy that has just occurred. We are fortunate enough that no life was lost, but this could have been prevented entirely. So, the people can no longer ply this route because of this tragedy. This shows clearly that we do not have a sound federal road maintenance model.

“The bridge collapse didn’t just happen. These threats could have been identified if we had routine or regular maintenance.

“Perhaps the way to go is to find a way to concession these roads to the states. The states need to take charge of the roads within their domains and there has to be a conversation around the funding models”.

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Gov Mbah (R) inspecting the collapsed New Artisan Enugu bridge that collapsed on Monday

The said bridge collapsed on Monday, leaving commuters stranded.

Meanwhile, in a statement signed by the Enugu State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Gerald Otiji, government has advised commuters to use Nza Street through New Haven or ply Ogui Road and Abakaliki Road to their various destinations, while the authorities come up with measures for immediate repair on the failed section of the bridge.

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Flyover bridge collapses in Enugu, no casualty



The collapsed flyover bridge in Enugu
The flyover bridge across the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway at the Enugu New Artisan market in Enugu state capital has collapsed.

The bridge collapsed Monday morning but an eyewitness said there was no casualty as artisans and residents were yet to come out from their homes for the day’s activity.

The eyewitness, an Auto Mechanic who identified himself as Nnamdi, told The Advocate that two lorries conveying goods which were on the bridge when the incident occurred were affected.

According to him, drivers and conductors of the two lorries, however, escaped unhurt.

The Advocate observed that one lane of the Enugu – Port Harcourt dual-carriage way had been blocked by the debris of the collapsed bridge forcing motorists playing the expressway to divert through alternative routes to continue their journey.

Security operatives, officials of the Federal and Enugu State Ministries of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) were sighted within the area to access the situation as well as to assist the road users plying the alternative routes.

Residents of Goshen Estate, Premier Layout, worshippers at the Dunamis Church and traders at the New Artisan market who are regular users of the bridge are likely to encounter serious traffic gridlock on account of the collapsed bridge, if an alternative route is not created as a matter of urgency.

The state government has yet to speak on the development by press time.

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