A 27-year-old man in Ondo state, Nigeria died while testing the effectiveness of a newly acquired charm that was supposed to protect him from gunshot wounds. The man and his friend had consumed the charm from a traditional healer and decided to test it by having the friend shoot him. However, the charm did not work, and the man was shot and killed. The friend who shot him has fled, and the identity of the traditional healer remains unknown. In a separate incident, troops in the Northwest region of Nigeria destroyed several bandit camps and rescued kidnapped farmers during clearance operations.
Tunde Akinmoyewa, a 27-year old man in Ondo state, southwestern Nigeria has met his last while testing the potency of a newly acquired charm.
Tunde, alongside a friend who has been identified as Bode, had gone to a place known as the Laosho camp in Ondo West Local Government Area, LGA, of Ondo State where the incident occured, to fortify themselves against gun shots.
According to sources, both Tunde and Bode had just consumed the charms from a yet-to-be identified traditional healer otherwise known in Nigeria as ‘Juju man;” and decided to test if the charms were actually working to prepare themselves ahead of an upcoming festival in Ondo town.
Tunde was said to have told his friend, Bode to shoot him in a bid to test the charm.
Tunde was however, shot dead by his friend, Bode, while testing the charm that was meant to prevent any bullet from penetrating their bodies.
The juju man who assured them that they would no longer die from gunshots after administering them the charm has remained unknown while his friend, Bode is already in the wild since the incident occured.
Tunde who died at the spot was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed him dead.
The spokesman of Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, a Superintendent of Police (SP), who confirmed the incident, said a locally made gun was used by Bode to kill Tunde.
She said efforts were being made by the command to get Bode arrested.
Kidnapped farmers rescued as Troops destroy bandit camps, in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi
In another story, Troops of the Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji covering Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, and Zamfara states have destroyed several bandit camps in fire-fights and rescued kidnapped farmers.
According to a statement made available to news men, the JTF said an ongoing clearance operation in the listed areas led to the neutralization of more armed bandits amongst other successes recorded.
It said during the operations, kidnapped victims were rescued as weapons/logistics and other items were recovered.
It added that bandits’ hideouts in the Northwestern region were also destroyed.
The statement said: “Consequently, on 3rd August 2023, armed bandits attempted to infiltrate and attack Isa LGA of Sokoto state.
“The vigilant Troops deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Isa responded swiftly and repelled the attack with superior firepower which forced the Bandits to flee with gunshot wounds as traces of blood stains were seen in their routes during the pursuit.
“Similarly, troops of Team 8 of Sector 3 Operation Hadarin Daji deployed at Sabon Birni in Sokoto state conducted clearance operations, discovered and destroyed bandits’ hideouts at Kusabunni Forest, Tafkin gawo, Alumdawa, Ungwar Mailele and Malamawa villages in Sokoto state.
“However, Bandits fled and abandoned their hideouts before the arrival of the troops.
“Items recovered from the Bandit’s hideouts are 3 Motorcycles, 3 AK-47 Magazines and Ammunition.
“Others include varieties of pairs of both Military and foreign Camouflage uniforms including Police uniform and a Radio.
“Relatedly, responding to a distress call on bandits kidnapped activities and rustling of a large number of animals, troops of Sector 2 in Katsina state swiftly mobilized an offensive operation along the withdrawal routes of the abductors at Kore town in Batagarawa LGA of Katsina state.
“On sighting troops, bandits fled and abandoned the kidnapped victims and the rustled animals.
“Also troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in Katsina state successfully rescued 4 persons who were captured from their farm lands by armed bandits along Ungwan Madugu of Dandume LGA of Katsina state.
“The victims were abandoned by their captors and fled when the troops in conjunction with vigilantes mobilized to the scene and successfully rescued the victims.
“The victims have been handed over to their families while the recovered cattle were handed over to the rightful owners.”