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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 4th October, 2021 Edition)

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Gunmen Invade DSS Office In Anambra

Suspected IPOB militants attacked the office of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Nnewi, Anambra State, on Sunday. They also attacked the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the area. While a source said two passersby were killed, another source said nobody was killed during the attacks on the DSS and FRSC.

The gunmen, according to eyewitnesses, drove from Owerri Road in four Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), stopped at Emecourt Road Junction where they released some gunshots which made passersby to scamper for safety, before they headed to the offices.

Daily Trust gathered that they later drove through Nkwo Triangle Roundabout and moved towards Nnobi Road. The sources also said military armoured vehicle later surfaced and drove round town passing through Emecourt Road, but there was no exchange of fire as the military did not meet the gunmen.

The State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed that there was an incident in Nnewi, but refused to state the offices involved.

VAT Row: More Northern States Team Up With FIRS

There are indications that the Attorney-General of the Federation and some state governments in the north will jointly challenge the court order which permits states to collect Value Added Tax (VAT).

Following the judgment of a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt which upheld the powers of the Rivers State Government to collect VAT, Lagos, Ogun, Akwa Ibom and Oyo States had begun moves to enforce the order.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on September 10 ordered status quo in the matter; while it allowed an application by the Lagos State Government to join the appeal. Rivers State is currently challenging the order for status quo order before the Supreme Court. Sources said more states opposed to the judgment planned to team up with the Federal Inland Revenue Service in filing applications against states’ collection of VAT.

Joe Igbokwe: IPOB Has Set My House On Fire

The Nnewi, Anambra, residence of Joe Igbokwe, Lagos-based All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, has been set ablaze.

Igbokwe raised an alarm over the incident in a Facebook post on Sunday. He said the incident was monitored through Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). Igbokwe blamed the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the attack.

He wrote, “IPOB invaded my house in Nnewi about now. I’m sure they razed down my house, given the jerrycans of petrol I saw being offloaded from their Sienna car via CCTV. To God be the glory. I’m still alive. My Study is my greatest regret. I thank God that I am still alive. Things of the world mean nothing to me.”

Politicians Go Into Hiding In Anambra As Gunmen Break Loose

There is currently tension in Anambra State due to the widespread violence recorded in the buildup to the November governorship election. Many politicians have gone into hiding as a result of the activities of rampaging gunmen.

The latest of such known attack happened on Friday when a policeman and the driver of a federal lawmaker were killed while a police station was set on fire. Gunmen had attacked the convoy of the lawmaker representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chris Emeka Azubogu.

Azubogu, who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) few hours before the incident, was not in the convoy when the assailant struck.

Two days before the attack, seven persons, including, Dr Chike Akunyili, widower of Dr Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the National Agency for Food Administration and Drug Control (NAFDAC), were murdered in broad daylight. Dethroned traditional ruler of Mkpunando Aguleri, Alex Edozieuno, was murdered weeks before the killing of Akunyili. Edozieuno was killed along Ezu Bridge, Otuocha in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra.

Worshippers Electrocuted As Electric Cable Falls On Lagos Church

There was tragedy at El-Adonai Evangelical Church in Abule-Egba, Lagos, when an electric cable fell on worshippers during service.

Two adults and two teenagers were said to have been electrocuted in the incident.

Witnesses who do not want their names mentioned told Daily Trust that the church members were trying to fix the church’s flag while making way for some officials when they got electrocuted. The flag’s pole was said to have touched the electrical cable which triggered the shock. The identities of the victims are yet to be verified.

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