No fewer than 18 people were killed when a canoe carrying 23 farmers capsized in Bauchi State .
Although five people were rescued alive , the driver and one passenger were unconscious .
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil , made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Bauchi.
According to him, the deceased included eight children, eight teenagers , and two adults .
He said the incident occurred on River Buji in Itas Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State .
He said, “ On Thursday, 12 th November , 2020, at 11 am , one Ali Adamu , Village Head of Majiya came to Itas -Gadau Police Station and reported that on the same date at about 10 . 30 am , one Nuhu Kaila, Male of Zango Majiya village , carried about 23 persons in a Canoe, from Zango Majiya to the farm .
“ On reaching the middle of river Buji, the canoe capsized and as a result, the following persons: Abdulraham Shehu , Male ( 20 ), Suwaiba Yusuf , female (12 ) old, Saude Abdulkarim , female ( 14 ), Fatima Maigari, female ( 10 ), Zuwaira Maigari, female ( 10) , Hari Maigari, female ( 9 ) , Hussaina Maigari, female (8 ) , Ummani Abdulkarim , female (15 ) , Halima Saminu , female ( 15 ) , of Gidan Ganji village.
“ Others are Najaatu Hamza , ( 15 ), Nura Abdullahi , Male ( 25 ), Yahuza Abdullahi , ( 12 ) , Hafsa Abdullahi , female ( 11 ) of Majiya village, Sadiya Hashimu, ( 10 ), Khadija Alhassan, ( 15 ), of Gwarai village, Amina Idris , ( 15 ) Kaltime Hudu, female ( 14 ), Furaira Malam Magaji, female ( 14 ), of Zangon Majiya village were drowned in the river and died at the spot.”
Wakil , a Deputy Superintendent of Police added , “ The canoe driver and one Aisha Adamu, female (16 ) , Umaru Adamu , Male ( 30 ) were rescued unconscious. ”
He said upon receipt of the report , the DPO and a team of policemen rushed to the scene.
“ The corpses were removed from the river and taken to the General Hospital Itas , for postmortem examination .
“ A medical doctor certified 18 persons dead , while 5 persons were rescued,” he stated
The Anambra state police command has confirmed the death of two robbers following a gun battle with operatives of the command in Inland town Onitsha.
Anambra police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed who disclosed that the robbers were operating on a motorcycle along St. Stephens by Ibekwe Street when they met their waterloo, added that corpses of the robbers have been deposited at a morgue after being certified dead by the doctor.
Items recovered from the suspects include one fabricated barreta pistol with three rounds of .9mm life ammunition and their operational motorcycle.
“On the 12/11/2020 at about 4:45pm, there was a distress call that two suspected armed robbery gang were operating on a motorcycle along St. Stephens by Ibekwe Street, Inland town Onitsha.
“Following the distress call, Police operatives attached to the Area Command Onitsha in conjunction with Adonidu vigilante group quickly responded and rushed to the scene.
“As soon as the suspected armed robbers sighted the police they engaged them into a fierce gun battle.
“In the process the suspects were fatally wounded and overpowered.
“The injured suspects were rushed to the general hospital Onitsha for treatment but certified dead on arrival by a medical doctor and their corpses deposited at the mortuary.
“The Command is assuring ‘Ndi Anambra’ of their safety before, during and after this ember period and urged them not to relent in providing timely information for prompt response.”
Nigerian A-list Nollywood actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo has said that it is a sign of hypocrisy when people tag others evil but paint saintly pictures of themselves.
The Nollywood actor who is now a Barrister, made this submission in a post he shared via his official Instagram page on Friday November 13.
He also advised that the only path to peace is to “reduce the amount of judgement in our lives and gradually seal our lips when tempted to utter judgment about others”.
He wrote, “Good morning friends. It’s a sign of hypocrisy to tag others as evil while we paint saintly pictures of ourselves. The only path to peace is to reduce the amount of judgement in our lives and gradually seal our lips when tempted to utter judgment about others”