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Another mob action in Nigeria: Motorcyclists kill sound engineer, Sunday Imoh over ₦100

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Nigerians have been thrown into another round of mourning, barely days after news of a female student being burnt in Sokoto broke, there has been another mob attack in Nigeria.

This time, it is in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. More disturbing is the exact location of the unfortunate incident, a supposed high-brow area, Lekki Phase 1.

Sunday David Imoh, a sound engineer with a music band, LEGACY360 was allegedly beaten and set ablaze by suspected motorcyclists in the Admiralty area of Lekki, Lagos State.

According to a statement by LEGACY360, the mob action that killed Imoh and left two other band members injured and hospitalized happened on “…fateful Thursday, May 12, 2022, just like every other Thursday for the Band (LEGACY360 BAND) to perform at various occasion venues.”

“The Sound engineer (Sunday David Imoh) and one of the keyboard players who mounted the same bike had an argument over (Money change) with the Okada rider (AN ABOKI) at its destination on Admiralty road – which resulted in what became a Cold-Blooded Night. The other Okada riders (that were of the same tribe) came out and avenge their brothers which turns out to be an attack on the 2 band members of Legacy360 band group.

“This band members were humiliated, suffered some beaten to a pulp and the sound engineer SUNDAY DAVID IMOH lost his life right there and was BURNT right there on the road.” The statement reads.

Meanwhile, reactions have been trailing the death of Imoh and his injured band members.

Some blamed the state government for banning ride-hailing firms that once revolutionized transportation via motorcycle in the megacity, while it failed to rid the state of the unregulated “okada riders”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said four suspects had been arrested, adding that a manhunt had been launched for other fleeing accomplices.

He said, “The incident was over N100. So, it degenerated into a fight and the motorcyclists ganged up against the person that was killed and burnt. On the day the incident happened, we arrested four persons that were positively identified by people living in the area.

“The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department. A manhunt has been launched for other fleeing accomplices.”

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said the state government would not condone jungle justice.

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Nigeria: Zamfara state government wants gun licenses for residents over insecurity

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The Commissioner for information in one of Nigeria’s Northern states, Zamfara state says residents in the state can start approaching the police command in the state for gun licences.

The troubled state wants individuals to carry guns to defend themselves against armed gangs of kidnappers causing havoc in the country’s northwest.

The commissioner, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara in statement said the state governor had directed the state police commissioner to issue 500 gun licences in each of the 19 emirates in the state to those wishing to defend themselves.

“Government is ready to facilitate people, especially our farmers to secure basic weapons for defending themselves,” Dosara said.

The state also banned the use of motorcyles and selling of petrol in three districts and one emirate, in areas which are the most affected by banditry, Dosara said. The state is divided into emirates and the emirates into districts.

“Anybody found riding motorbike within the areas is considered as bandits and security agencies are thereby directed to shoot such persons at sight,” said Dosara.

Gunmen, locally called bandits, have been attacking and killing thousands of people in the country’s North-west since 2017. These assailants have attacked rural dwellers, destroyed their farmlands and in many cases only allow them to the farm after they have paid protection fees. They have also targeted travellers across the region in what some analysts say is one of the most lucrative kidnap-for-ransom syndicates in the continent.

Owning a gun in Zamfara needs permission from the state governor and state police commissioner.

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Ex-Liberian rebel warlord charged in US over attempt to obtain citizenship fraudulently

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A former commanding general of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), a notorious rebel group during the West African country’s civil war, Moses Wright, who had sought asylum in the US has been charged with fraudulently attempting to obtain US citizenship, among other crimes.

According to the United States Justice Department, the 69-year-old Wright lied about his involvement in the persecuting and killing of non-combatants during the war when he applied for US citizenship.

If convicted, Wright faces a maximum possible sentence of 165 years in prison and a $7m (£5.7m) fine, according to the JD.

“The United States will not be a safe haven for human rights violators and war criminals,” the United States Attorney, Jacqueline C. Romero, said on the indictment of Wright.

The indictment of Wright comes after two other former combatants in Liberia’s civil war, Mohammed Jabbateh and Thomas Woewiyu, were convicted in the US for similar offences while a third rebel leader, Sekou Kamara, was arrested earlier this year in New York.

The AFL was responsible for death of an estimated 250,000 Liberians which amounted to around 8% of the population at the time, in the war which started from 1989 to 1997 and in 1999 to 2003, according to a report by the Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in late 2021, which described the AFL as a “significant violator group found to be behind some of the civil war’s largest scale massacres.”

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