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Gunmen in a fightback kill chairman of Miyetti Allah in Adamawa

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Gunmen have killed the Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Sa`idu Kolaku.

The gunmen went for him at his residence in Mayo-Belwa, headquarters of Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of southern Adamawa, in what has been described as a fightback by criminal elements against whom he was a known fighter.

The Public Relations Officer of MACBAN in the state, Muhammad Jika Buba, spoke in that light, asserting that his killers were likely to be those who were abducting and taking ransom from people in the southern zone in recent times.

Our correspondent recalls that Saidu Kolaku was among community leaders across the state who received awards of recognition last month, July 17, from the state police command for helping the police to fight crime.

The state Commissioner of Police, Audu Madaki, who personally handed plaques and certificates of recognition to the community leaders, had praised them for helping the police in the fight against crime.

He had on that occasion similarly celebrated five individuals who he said had denounced their kidnapping activities and handed over their AK47 guns as proof of repentance.

According to the MACBAN image-maker, the MACBAN zonal leader, Kolaku, had been under the surveillance of the killers who eventually struck him after a while of warning him on phone to stop fighting them.

Confirming the killing of Kolaku, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Suleiman Yahaya, said the incident happened in the early hours of Saturday, adding that the police command had drafted an anti-homicide squad for investigation.

 

~CybokNews

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Billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein found dead in jail cell

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The FBI and the Inspector General are investigating after billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell after apparrently taking his own life.

The New York Post reports that a gurney carrying Epstein was wheeled out of the Manhattan Correctional Centre around 7:30am (9:30 AEST) and headed to New York Downtown Hospital.

Paramedics tried to revive Epstein as they wheeled him into the hospital but were unsuccessful.

The medical examiner’s office in Manhattan confirmed Epstein’s death.

 

A call for a reported cardiac arrest came in at 6:38am, Fire Department sources said.

Two weeks ago, Epstein, 66, was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck.

However, The New York Times reports that he was taken off suicide watch at the time of his death.

The billionaire financier was being held without bail pending his trial on child sex-trafficking charges.

 

Some reports suggest cameras inside the Manhattan Correctional Centre malfunctioned around the time of his suicide.

The MCC has some of the tightest security in the US and has housed notorious criminals including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, mob boss John Gotti, the World Trade Center bombers and Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff.

 

~ More at The Daily Telegraph

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At least 62 killed after fuel tanker explodes in Tanzania

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…Incidents of people being killed in explosions while stealing fuel from incapacitated tankers are common in East Africa.

A damaged fuel tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania Saturday as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it, killing at least 62, in one of the worst incidents of its kind in the East African country.

Citing police figures, state broadcaster KBC said a further at least 70 people were injured in the incident early Saturday in the town of Morogoro. Regional police commissioner Steven Kabwe told the local Azam TV that many suffered serious burns.

Tanzanian government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said on Twitter that news of the deaths was “received with sadness.”

“We send our condolences to the families, relatives, and friends,” he said.

Witnesses in Morogoro, which lies about 120 miles from Tanzania’s economic hub of Dar es Salaam, told The Associated Pres

s that scores of people had gathered around the fuel tanker after it was involved in an accident early on Saturday. They said people were trying to siphon away fuel when the tanker burst into flames.

Incidents of people being killed in explosions while stealing fuel from incapacitated tankers are common in East Africa. Those who steal the fuel usually hope to be able to sell it cheaply to motorists.

In 2013, a similarly deadly incident killed at least 29 people on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, as scores swarmed around the scene of an accident.

There is limited awareness among many people about the danger from explosions of damaged fuel tankers, said Henry Bantu, a road safety expert who runs the Tanzania-based Safe Speed Foundation. Local leaders need to do more to educate people on the risks, he said.

-AP, NBC

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