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Robbers invade police station in Ekiti state

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Daredevil robbers have invaded the Ido Ekiti divisional police station in Ido/Osi local government area of Ekiti state. 

The robbers numbering about 40, stormed the station on Friday night, October 14, emptied the armoury of the police station and killed a police inspector on duty.‎

The gunmen according to Vanguard also blew off the roof of the police station with the aid of dynamite.

A detective attached to the station, who craved anonymity, revealed that the suspected robbers invaded the police station around 7.20pm.

Robbers invade police station in Ekiti state.

The source said the gunmen destroyed virtually everywhere while ransacking all rooms in the course of searching for ammunition. The source added that the robbers had drove in recklessly through the gate while some had scaled the fence and headed into the main building where the armoury was located.

He said the attack by the bandits succeeded because few policemen were on guard during the raid. He said the heavily armed bandits rained bullets on the police inspector upon entering the station. “They drove in recklessly and took over the entire police station. Some even scaled the fence and took strategic positions. They shot into the air sporadically and destroyed virtually every room,” the source said. “Our suspicion was that they case to loot the armoury because that was why they first attacked after demobilizing our men. In fact, they emptied the entire place”. The police officer dismissed suggestions that the attackers came to free a high profile detainee or robbery suspected because nobody was detained in the cell as at the time the attack occurred.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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