Katsina attack: 18 victims buried
Senate decries renewed Rivers killings
AN unidentified driver of an Infinity sports utility vehicle (SUV), yesterday, ran into some pupils of Ugwube Primary School, Oba, in Idemili South Local Government of Anambra State, crushing four to death, including two siblings, with 10 others sustaining various degrees of injuries, along old Oba-Nnewi Road.
Three of the pupils died instantly at the scene while the fourth later gave up the ghost in an undisclosed hospital where he was rushed with the other injured victims.
Bodies of the deceased were deposited at Gateway Hospital mortuary, Oba.
An eye-witness said that the carnage occurred while the school children were on their way home from the school, stating that the driver was reckless with his speed and answering his GSM telephone handset while on such high speed.
It was learnt that police in the state have arrested the driver.
Divisional Police Officer of Oba Police Station, Ifeanyi Abanaofor confirmed the accident, disclosing that 14 children were involved out of which the injured were taken to various hospitals.
Meanwhile, remains of 18 persons killed by armed bandits in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State on Tuesday, were yesterday buried in the town.
Comprising mostly farmers, the victims were attacked by bandits who raided their farmlands at Yar Gamji village, in a mindless bloodshed that threw the area into pandemonium.
Suing for peace while performing their funeral rites, Chief Imam of Katsina Central Mosque, Mustapha Ahmed prayed for eternal repose of the deceased souls.
Residents say that Katsina state has witnessed spates of violent attacks which claimed many lives and some others kidnaped in recent months, with livestock and food not spared in the affected villages where houses were also set ablaze.
It is widely believed that the attacks have every trapping of similar raids by Boko Haram elements which began in 2009.
Similarly, Senate has raised the alarm over frightening strings of killings that recently resumed in Rivers State.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said that all forms of criminality must be tackled frontally in the interest of the country, recalling that Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had assured that insecurity will not be treated with kid gloves anywhere in Nigeria, including Rivers State.
Senators waded into the security situation of the state while debating a report by Senator Representing River East, Andrew Uchendu, who pointed out that he was aware that the killing of innocent citizens as a result of murder, kidnaping, violence or abduction has been the bane of Rivers State for more than a decade.