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JUST IN: Drama As Abuja Staff Petitions IGP Over Theat To His Life

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Ayokunle Edgal, a staff of a telecommunication company in Abuja, has raised alarm over threats to his life by unknown assailants.

He has alerted the police requesting investigation and protection.

Edgal, who narrated his predicament to journalists, gave an account of how he received threatening letters from criminals.

One of the letters made available to journalists reads, “Ayo this is just to let you know that we know where you live and work. You have toyed with a wounded lion and you shall be dealt with severely soon.

“Wherever you go in this country, Lagos or Ibadan, we will find you and kill you and your family. This promise I make will be bloody,”

Edgal also narrated a scary story of how he was chased by a group of suspected assailants when he was going back home from work a month after he got the threat letters.

He said, “I was on my way back home from work on the 17th of August 2022 at about 9.30pm. I took the Life Camp-Galadima route. I was just approaching the Turkish University junction when a Toyota Corolla vehicle pulled up beside me and almost pushed me off the road.

“Initially I was upset and thought it was a drunken driver but I soon realised the actions were deliberate because the car kept coming after me trying to force me off the road even though I slowed down and tried to give it the right of way.

He added, “Immediately I realised this, I veered off the road and faced the oncoming traffic to escape. I sped off to the nearest police checkpoint for safety and help.

“The police officers were really helpful and did a check of some of the vehicles to see if any matched the description of a dark Toyota Corolla but we didn’t see any vehicle matching the description. I was told to report the incident at the nearest police station and the police even escorted me home since the horrifying incident left me badly shaken.

Edgal further stated, “Prior to this incident, I had received some death threats and I really cannot tell if this incident is in any way related to the threats I had earlier received. As it is, this particular incident has really altered my state of mind and I am constantly living in a state of fear.

He disclosed a copy of the letter he addressed to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on the 19th of August, 2022, where he lodged the complaint and also requested the police assistance to possibly unravel the reason behind the threat and also ensure the assailants do not succeed.

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Squid Game Actor O Yeong-su Charged With Sexual Misconduct

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Squid Game actor O Yeong-su has been charged with sexual misconduct, South Korean judicial officials say.

Fidel Info reports that The 78-year-old is accused of touching a woman inappropriately in 2017, officials said.

Mr O has denied the allegation according to local media.

He became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a series after his performance in the chart-topping Netflix thriller earlier this year.

The alleged victim first filed a complaint with the police against Mr O in December last year, according to Yonhap news agency. But the case was closed in April without a charge being brought against Mr O.

The prosecution has now reopened the investigation “at the request of the victim.”

Mr O has now been charged without detention, it adds.

Following the charge, Seoul’s culture ministry decided to stop broadcasting a government commercial featuring Mr O, according to local reports cited by AFP news agency.

Squid Game – Netflix’s most popular series of all time – is a thriller series which tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children’s games.

Mr O plays the oldest participant in the survival competition.

Source: BBC

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Insecurity: Bandits Impose Levies On Communities In Zamfara

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A ‘compensation levy’ of varying amounts has reportedly been imposed on some communities in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State.

Fidel Info reports that a resident of Moriki, in one of the communities in the local council, Aliyu Buhari, said the bandits had, through released captives, demanded that they be paid the levy before residents will be allowed access to their farmlands.

Buhari said some communities have paid and agreed on a reconciliation deal with the bandits, adding that residents of Moriki are currently working on raising the levy.

“People living in Moriki ward were asked to pay the sum of N20 million to be able to enjoy some level of peace,” he said.

Recently, two people were kidnapped from Dauran community in the council and a ransom was paid for their release, while in Kanwa, over 40 people, who are mostly women, were abducted during a house-to-house search by the terrorists.

The bandits are yet to demand any ransom for the release of the abducted persons.

The bandits had earlier imposed a compensation levy of N20 million on Kanwa community. The levy is to serve as a peace deal between the terrorists and the community.

Despite paying the levy, the residents are currently living in tension, as they believe that the recent mass abduction may lead to another levy.

“Currently, people of Moriki community are processing how to contribute the compensation fee. The fee is to enable them to access their farmlands and live peacefully without any fear of attack,” Buhari continued.

Many communities have already paid the compensation fee. Most of them yielded during the rainy season when farmers needed to work on their farmlands.

“In Moriki, during the rainy season, people were allowed to farm, but they started to threaten our peace when it was time to harvest our farm produce.

“Each household in Moriki has been asked to contribute N6,500 to make up the N20 million levy.”

“I understand that the deadline for the payment was last week Saturday, but the community is still working towards sourcing the money.”

“Some communities that have been asked to pay compensation levy include Gidan Shaho, Kadamutsa, and Dada.”

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Terrorists Abduct Zamfara District Head

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Terrorists have abducted the district head of Kwangami village, Muhammad Galadima, and six others in the Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Fidel Info reports that an indigene, Dahiru Amadu, said that the victims were abducted by heavily armed terrorists on Monday.

Amadu said there was pandemonium in the village as residents tried to escape the  attack, adding that several people were injured.

 He stated that the district head and the six other persons were picked up in their houses and taken to the bandits’ camp.

“We are currently living in fear because the bandits are always around us abducting our people and asking for ransom.

 “Just recently, they abducted 10 of our people on their farmlands who are still in captivity because we cannot pay the ransom,” he added.

The six residents of Kazauda village, Gusau LGA who were abducted a few days ago, have been released by the bandits following the payment of N4m ransom.

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