Police Arrest 9 Kidnappers Terrorising Abuja-Kaduna Road

Police Arrest 9 Kidnappers Terrorising Abuja-Kaduna Road

The Force Headquarters, yesterday, said operatives of Operation Puff Adder arrested nine kidnappers terrorizing commuters along Abuja-Kaduna highway, coming on the heels of the reported killings of six members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara, by bandits on Sunday.

Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement, said the operatives also recover two AK-47 rifles, four magazines, 54 rounds of live ammunition, five dane guns as well as 200 stolen cows.

The statement read: “ In the latest development, a combined team of police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder on May 11, 2019 arrested nine kidnap suspects and recovered two AK-47 rifles, four AK-47 magazines, 54 rounds of live ammunition, five dane guns and 200 stolen cows.”  

Also yesterday, Vice Chairman, Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Sani Galadima, disclosed that bandits on Sunday attacked and killed six members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in the local government area.

Galadima made this known when he received Minister of Interior, Abdurrahman Dambazau, who was on a visit to the state as part of efforts by the Federal Government to find sustainable solutions to the security challenges in the state.

He said: “Six members of Civilian JTF were attacked and killed yesterday (Sunday) by the bandits after receiving their payments from Shinkafi town and were on their way back to their villages.

“Even yesterday, these bandits sent a letter to the district head of Shinkafi town that they were coming to attack Shinkafi town. This ugly situation is very disheartening; every day we pay millions of naira as ransom to these bandits. We really need government’s urgent support to end this problem.”  

Source: Vanguard

Police Arrest 3 Suspected Cultists With Female Underwear In Ogun

Police Arrest 3 Suspected Cultists With Female Underwear In Ogun

Men of Ogun State Police Command said they have arrested three suspected cultists with one female pant tied with assorted charms.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrest was made in continuation of the command’s war against cultism and other violent crimes.

He said the arrested cultists, who have all confessed their membership of Eiye confraternity are: Olagboye Abidemi, 32; Olasemojo Michael, 28, and Wasiu Waheed, 23.

According to Oyeyemi, men of Ogun State Police Command, last Friday stormed an initiation hideout of the Eiye confraternity in Agbowa area of Ogijo where three members of the group were arrested. “

The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Ogijo division, CSP Muhammed Baba, while leading men of Operation Puff Adder on routine patrol, got information about the hideout of the cult group where they usually initiate new members.

“The place was, subsequently, stormed and three members of the group were arrested. Recovered from them were one jack knife, one blood stained silver knife, one female pant tied with charms and other assorted charms.

“Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama,  has ordered the transfer of the suspects to Anti kidnapping/cultists section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

In a related development, three suspected armed robbers that specialise in snatching motorcycles in Ipaja area of Lagos State and environs have been arrested by the police.

The suspects, Lateef Adeleke, 23; Lekan Bashiru, 23, and Chinedu Uzozie, 21 were arrested after they attacked a motorcyclist.

Police sources said the suspects waylaid the commercial motorcyclist identified as Saheed Oloyo in Ipaja area, weekend, macheted him on the head and disappeared with the motorcycle, a Bajaj with number plate KRD 310 QH while the victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

It was reported that few minutes after the attack, the police at Ipaja was contacted and the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Tokunbo Abaniwodo, led her team to the scene after which they went on the trail of the fleeing robbers.

Luckily, their efforts paid off after they traced the suspects to Fagebemi area and arrested them.  One of the suspects was said to have hidden in a septic tank before police fished him out.

Source: Vanguard

Alleged Drug Trafficking: Freed Zainab Aliya Returns Home

Alleged Drug Trafficking: Freed Zainab Aliya Returns Home

Zainab Aliya, the Nigerian undergraduate who was freed of drug charges in Saudi Arabia, on Monday returned to the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations & Diaspora, Abike Dabiri, confirmed her return on her verified Twitter handle.

She tweeted, “Welcome home Zainub Aliya from Saudi. So so excited. Big gratitude to our President Muhammadu Buhari

For intervening to ensure that an innocent girl was not punished for an offence she did not commit.”

Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, Tramadol, was found in her bag. She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.

Source: Punch

Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile To Appear In Court, Says EFCC

Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile To Appear In Court, Says EFCC

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Monday said the arrested Nigerian musicians; Afeez Fashola (aka Naira Marley) and Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (aka Zlatan) will be arraigned in court.

The duo was arrested on Friday alongside Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa in connection with an alleged case of Internet fraud and money laundering.

Tony Orilade, EFCC’s spokesman, in a chat with The Guardian, said they will soon be charged to court.

“As soon as we are ready to go to court, we shall inform you accordingly,” Orilade told The Guardian on Monday morning.

The Nigerian law stipulates a maximum of 48 hours of detention without a court order. It is unclear if the agency had received a remand order to further detain the suspects. Hence they might be arraigned or bailed today in absence of a remand order.

The anti-graft agency on Friday had said it found and recovered a number of items, including laptops, from the suspects.

The commission said the suspects have so far volunteered useful information about their involvement in the alleged criminal activities, even as investigations continue.

Naira Marley is controversial for repeatedly praising Internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys, in his songs and on social media.

He recently released a song ‘Am I Yahoo boy?’ in collaboration with Zlatan Ibile

Source: The Gaurdian

Count Us Out In Death Of Okada Rider Say Police, Debunk Viral Video

Count Us Out In Death Of Okada Rider Say Police, Debunk Viral Video

The Lagos State police command yesterday debunked reports of alleged complicity in the death of an Okada rider who was said to have been chased to death by a police office. 

The Lagos State police command spokesman, Bala Elkana, stated that there was no truth in the video, which has gone viral.
In a statement, he said: “The allegation is false and a complete misrepresentation of the facts. The fact is that on May 8, at about 6:05a.m. The police at Ago Okota Police Station heard a loud sound few meters away from the station and rushed out to ascertain what was going on. They found a motorcyclist, who lay down in the pool of his own blood with his motorcycle on the ground.

The victim was taken to the hospital but eventually died.
“Inquiries from eyewitnesses around the scene, revealed that the motorcyclist was involved in a fatal accident with a vehicle along Ago Palace Way. An eyewitness known as Mr. Adedayo Benson, stated that this morning, he was standing in front of Century Hotel when he saw the Okada man, who was riding at a high speed and ran into a road bump/speed breaker.

He suddenly applied his brake but was hit by a Camry car, who was driving behind.
“The driver of the Camry car ran before the arrival of the police. Investigation into the accident is ongoing to track and apprehend the driver of the car with a view of bringing him to justice,” he said.

Source: The Guardian

Cult Groups Clash, Vandalise Vehicles As Ibadan Poly Students Resume

Cult Groups Clash, Vandalise Vehicles As Ibadan Poly Students Resume

Students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, again went on rampage yesterday as rival cult group members attacked one another.

The violence erupted at the South Gate area of the institution. While many vehicles were vandalized, no life was however lost.

Vehicles, including campus shuttle buses, private cars and tricycles were vandalised.

The violence started on Tuesday, the day the institution reopened for academic activities after a five-week compulsory break. The break was occasioned by a similar violence that left one student dead.

Some suspected cultists had on Tuesday afternoon launched an attack on the polytechnic, where they vandalised six cars and two tricycles belonging to some employees of the institution and commercial operators.

Tuesday’s attack came few hours after the management of the institution announced resumption of academic activities. The institution said the resumption became necessary in order for students to continue their academic exercise for the remaining part of the first semester of the 2018/2019 academic session.

The resumption directive was contained in a statement signed by the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Modupe Theresa Fawale. In the statement, each student was asked to pay N2,000 reparation fee on resumption.

Fawale disclosed that a town-and-gown meeting held on Monday with parents, guardians, communities surrounding the institution as well as traditional rulers, religious leaders and landlord associations yielded positive results, which culminated in the decision to re-open the institution.

The statement reads: “Each student on resumption is to pay a reparation fee of N2, 000 for the enormous damage of the institution’s facilities. The students will also among other things swear to an affidavit to be of good conduct while those residing in neighbouring communities would sign a bond with their landlords to be of good conduct and worthy ambassador of the institution. Each student is also to write an undertaking to be of utmost good conduct.”

But just before working hours, some of the students stormed the South gate of the institution with dangerous weapons such as guns, broken bottles and axes. It took the intervention of the joint-security task force, Operation Burst and men from the Department of State Services (SSS) to quell the violence.

They also stayed back to screen people and vehicles moving in and out of the campus.

It was stated that the students were trying to protest the payment of N2,000 reparation fee.

Another source within the campus said the gunmen invaded the institution some minutes before 4:00p.m. on Tuesday. He said: “There were rains of gunshots as some unknown men disrupted the peace.

“Those people were three with two holding guns, and one with axe. They were in blue top and black beret. When they came, the security men manning the gate ran for their lives as they were shooting in the air as well as destroying cars with the axe.

“Before the security operatives would reach the venue of the situation, the perpetrators of the acts have left the scene. I was not there, but that is the information I got and am giving to you. Please treat it with utmost confidentiality.”

But the Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, when asked for comments, said he was yet to be ‘briefed’ about the incident.

Source: The Guardian