Military, DSS arrest 14 suspects for Alex Badeh’s murder

Military, DSS arrest 14 suspects for Alex Badeh’s murder

The Nigerian military and the Department of State Services have arrested 14 suspects for alleged involvement in the killing of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

The suspects were arrested by a Joint Investigative Panel, which was set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, and coordinated from the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

The suspects were to be brought to the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja on Tuesday, where they would be paraded before newsmen. The parade was later postponed, according to the DHQ due to “some hitches.”

The Nigeria Police Force had in December 2018 paraded five suspects for the murder, including one 25-year-old Shuaibu Rabo, who said the former CDS, was killed while they were trying to rob him of money meant for the purchase of a new farmland.

One of Badeh’s family members, however, refuted the claim saying there was no money with Badeh at the time of his murder.

Our correspondent learnt that the police’s parade did not stop the military and DSS’ discreet investigations ordered by Olonisakin into the murder.

Badeh was the Chief of Defence Staff between January 2014 and July 2015, after he earlier served as the Chief of  Air Staff between October 2012 and January 2014.

He was shot dead by gunmen in the evening of December 18, 2018, while returning from his farm along the Abuja-Keffi Expressway in Nasarawa State.

A top military source, however, told our correspondent on Tuesday that the suspects were 14, adding that some of them were in military custody while others were in the DSS custody.

“They were arrested in connection with the murder of a former CDS, Alex Badeh. Some of them were arrested by us, others by DSS and the police. It was a joint investigation,” he said.

Source: Punch

Police Arraign Man For Allegedly Stealing Bible, Phone From Church

Police Arraign Man For Allegedly Stealing Bible, Phone From Church

The police on Wednesday arraigned a 22-year-old man, Eniola Kareem, in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a Bible and phone worth N2,500 from Word Life Bible Church, Ayobo, Lagos.

Kareem, who resides at No. 22, Ijesha St., Ayobo in Lagos, is charged with theft.  

The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Samuel Mishozumu, told the court that Kareem committed the offence on May 19.

Mishozumu said the defendant unlawfully entered the church at Amule Ayobo in Lagos, and stole a Bible and a Nokia phone valued N2,500 property of Ms Fatima Adeyibo.

He told the court that Kareem was caught by members of the Church, who handed him over to the police.

Mishozumu said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

If convicted, he is liable to three years in prison.

After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate O.D. Njoku, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Njoku adjourned the case until July 16, for further hearing.

Source: Vanguard

NDLEA In Kano State Intercepts 6,726kg Of Hard Drugs, Arrests 725 Suspects

NDLEA In Kano State Intercepts 6,726kg Of Hard Drugs, Arrests 725 Suspects

Dr Ibrahim Abdul, the Commander, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kano State says the command seized a total of 6,726,012 kilogrammes of hard drugs from June 2018 till date.

The commander made the disclosure at a news conference on Tuesday in Kano as part of events to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, celebrated annually on June 26.

The day was set aside by UN to bring to the fore, challenges encountered by countries and individuals through illicit drugs sale and consumption, as well as step up campaigns on its ills.

Abdul said that within the period under review, the command intercepted 3,201,155 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, popularly known as Indian hemp.

He added that the command also seized 3,370,911 kilogrammes of psychotropic substance and 150.007 kilogrammes of khat, a marijuana-like leaf imported from South Africa.

He further revealed that 3.190 kilogrammes of cocaine had also been intercepted by the command within the one year.

The NDLEA boss also disclosed that the agency had within the period under review, seized 29.3 kilogrammes of heroin.

Giving a further breakdown of the success achieved, Abdul said the command arrested 725 suspects, out of whom, 620 males and 105 females.

“This is an unprecedented success that has never been achieved within a short period of time since the establishment of this command,” he said

The commander further disclosed that the command had secured the conviction of 47 suspects, nabbed with cocaine and heroin.

He further revealed that the command arrested suspected notorious members of a drug syndicate enroute Saudi Arabia with 2.92 kilogrammes of cocaine.

“The statistics recorded shows a decline in the demand and supply of some substances such as tramadol and codeine, as a result of constant operations by officers of the Kano State command,” said the commander

He, however, added that the lack of adequate manpower, shortage of logistics, the lack of enough facilities to accommodate addicts that required counselling and rehabilitation were some of the command’s major challenges.

”Also, the lack of cooperation by some communities is affecting our work,” Abdul said.

Source: The Guardian

Man, 45, Hangs Self In Bayelsa State

Man, 45, Hangs Self In Bayelsa State

A middle-aged man said to hail from Enugu State has committed suicide in Etegwe-Epie, a suburb of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

The 45-years-old man identified as Oliver Osieme, hanged himself inside his room.

IT was stated that the deceased, a truck driver, committed the act in an apartment owned by a lady who he is cohabiting with. It was further reported that earlier, the victim with the lady and a teenage girl staying with them had morning devotion together before the woman left for her business at Tombia roundabout while the teenager left for school.

Neighbours said it was the teenage girl who raised the alarm of her aunt’s husband death after she came back from school and met the house locked.

In her effort to enter the house, she discovered from the window that the victim has used a dark cloth to hang himself.

The neighbours further revealed that the wife said when she left the house they never had any disagreement that could lead to the victim taking his life. They also said they have never seen or heard them quarrel since the man started living with the wife in the apartment.

The teenager, however, revealed that the deceased has not been on the road for sometime because the truck used for business had been bad.

A close relation, who did want to be named, said: “It is a sad experience; nobody would have thought such a thing would have been planned by him. The police had just taken his body away, if you had came earlier, you would have seen it, a young man that was full of life.”

The whole community was in mourning mood yesterday as people took turns to commiserate with the wife, while others gathered around to discuss the incident in hushed tones.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa State, SP Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the report, said the police are investigating the incident leading to the man’s death.

Source: The Guardian

Auto Police Arraign 3 Men For Attempted Armed Robbery

Auto Police Arraign 3 Men For Attempted Armed Robbery

The police on Tuesday arraigned three men in a Kabusa Grade I Area court for allegedly belonging to a gamg of thieves.

The police charged Aliyu Jibrin , Bode Magaji, and Sani Audu, who resides in Mpape, with attempt to commit robbery.

The prosecutor, Mahmud Lawal, told the court the defendants committed the offence on Feb. 4, in Keffi Village, Kabusa.

Lawal informed the court that the three defendants were arrested by a surveillance patrol team of the village.

He informed the court that the defendants were then handed over to the police by the District Head of the village.

He alleged that the defendants entered the village at 2 a.m. with the intent to steal from the villagers.

The prosecution counsel also told the court that in the course of the police investigation, the defendants could not give satisfactory accounts of their movement.

Lawal said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 306 of the Penal Code law.

After the charges were read to them, the defendants pleaded not guilty.

The Defence Counsel, Nadiru Audu, prayed the court to admit his clients to bail in the most liberal terms.

The Judge, Aliyu Kagarko, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N300,000 each with one surety in like sum.

He ordered that the sureties must be responsible citizens who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Kagarko then adjourned the case until July 1, for trial.


Police Rescued 3 Abducted Lebanese Nationals In Rivers

Police Rescued 3 Abducted Lebanese Nationals In Rivers

Rivers Police Command says it has rescued three Lebanese nationals who were abducted at a construction site in Andoni Local Government of Rivers on June 8.

The command Spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the rescue in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

“The three Lebanese nationals abducted on June 8 about 7.40am at a construction site in Andoni have been rescued unhurt.

“The victims were rescued as a result of intense pressure mounted on them by the police and strategic role played by Chairman of Andoni area, Lawrence Paul.

“The victims are: Tony Stephan,  Chandy Lahoud and Emile Skaff.

“Meanwhile, efforts have been intensified to arrest and bring to justice the perpetrators of the crime,” Omoni said.

Omoni added that the rescued workers had been debriefed and were currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.

The spokesman, however, did not provide details of how the workers were rescued or where they were kept before their rescue.