A Helicopter Delivers Weapons To Us, Arrested Bandit Confesses

A Helicopter Delivers Weapons To Us, Arrested Bandit Confesses

A bandit, Aliu Musa, after his arrest revealed that his gang gets their weapons delivered to them by a helicopter.

The 20-year old on Wednesday narrated that he once watched helicopter drop weapons for his boss inside Dinya Forest in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“I once saw that aircraft with fans on its head (helicopter) drop weapons for my boss while we were inside forest at Dinja,” Musa told journalists.

“It was hovering and was very near ground. The man inside would drop the weapons for my boss who would now couple the weapons for our use.”

Musa, and another suspected bandit Salmanu Isa, 18, were among other suspects paraded for various offences at the Katsina Police Command headquarters.

He explained, that “It is only my boss who would go and pick the weapons while we would be watching from where we stood.”

The bandit said he was paid N17, 000 per operation and confessed to killing at least five people during operations.

The bandits mentioned Sirajo and Bishir as their gang leaders.

Spokesman of Katsina State Police Command, Anas Gezawa, before parading the suspects said Musa’s gang had killed no fewer than 25 people in different operations.

Gezawa said the suspects confessed that they were bandits that tormented Kankara village and its environs.

“The first suspect Salmanu Isah (a member of the gang) mentioned that they attacked some villages with his syndicate, where they robbed Zango village and went away with eight cows,” Gezawa said.

“He also confessed that he shot dead one person before going to rob at Santa village, where they snatched six sheep and some food items.”

The police spokesman said the bandits also went to Bela and Zango villages where they killed about 20 people and rustled two cows.

Gezawa also said the bandits stormed Omodo village and killed about five people and also rustled eight cows and six sheep.

The police spokesman said there is an ongoing investigation into the case.

Source: The Guardian

Gunmen kill Three Police Officers, Attack Convoy Of Nasarawa Deputy Government

Gunmen kill Three Police Officers, Attack Convoy Of Nasarawa Deputy Government

The incident happened around Gako hill in Nasarawa, Eggon local government when the deputy governor was said to be heading to Abuja for the inauguration of ministers scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Report from The Cable said that the escort commander was said to have reinforced his team when he learnt that there were gunmen on the road.

Upon hearing gunshots from an oncoming Hilux van, the gunmen were said to have taken cover and ambushed the police officers and the driver killing all four.

However, Usman Samaila, police public relations officer of the state, confirmed the incident.

His words, “As I speak with you now, the commissioner of police, the deputy commissioner operations and other high ranking officers of the command have gone to the scene of the incident”.

Source: Vanguard

‘There are 56,000 Internally Displaced Persons in Abuja’ By Nana Muhammad

There are about 56,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja,
26,000 of which has been registered. This disclosure was made
known by the Founder of Life Builders Initiative (LBI), Dr Sanwo
David, at a townhall meeting organized by LBI, on August 19, 2019, at
the National Press Conference Centre, Radio House, Garki, Abuja,
during his keynote address.
The conference was a stakeholders’ summit tagged: ‘Linking
Humanitarian Aid to Development Efforts’ set to mark the World
Humanitarian Day.
Speaking further, Dr David gave an intensive footings on the context
of IDPs in Nigeria. He said: “The genesis of our problem is in
insurgencies; and insurgencies and insecurities forced people out of
their spaces.” Adding that, “the economic and social imbalance in
cities dragged them into criminals and criminalities which will then
constitute into menace for the ecosystem.” Thus the urgent need to
redefine humanitarian space.
Discussants on conversations revolving around humanitarianism
were a Public Speaker and Founder of Women for Purpose
Development, Mrs Mabel Onwuemele, who described women as a
fortress for development saying, “As a mother, we are nurturers.
Whatever you give a woman she gives you double.”
The Founder of Beyond Mentors Community Care Initiative (BMCCI)
Hajiya Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya reiterated that, “Women have more
drive to contribute to the community, because as homemakers they
are builders.”
A Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme
(WFP), Ifeoma Garba, encouraged partnerships saying, “We need

more coordination and preparation. We should also ensure we are
priotising properly.”
Other panelists were the Chief Executive Officer of Global Kitchen
and Luxury Apartment, Mrs Biodun Obakin; Programme Manager of
Sun of Hope Foundation, Mrs Eze Glory; a representative from
FHI360, Tosin Akimbo, and a representative of the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Samson Ochekpe.
Youths championing various humanitarian endeavours were given
attention for discourse such as the ‘Open Fees Education’; ‘Mentally
Aware Initiative’; ‘Right Host Project’ and others.
The conversation ended with a question on ‘how to localize the
solution to our humanitarian challenges?’ A communique is to ensue
from the conference.

Source: SI Magazine

Corpses Of Missing Boat Passengers Recovered

Corpses Of Missing Boat Passengers Recovered

The Lagos State Waterways Authority on Thursday said it had recovered the remains of two passengers involved in a boat accident in the Ojo area of the state.

Two passenger speedboats had a head-on collision in the Irewe community in an accident reportedly caused by recklessness and speeding.

Of the 18 passengers in the boats, 13 were rescued alive, while three were confirmed died.

However, two passengers could not be accounted for.

The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said the bodies were found around 8.30am on Thursday.

“It was a joint collaborative search and rescue, involving community efforts. The bodies have been handed over to their families,” he said.

Source: Punch

Police In Lagos Arrest Woman For Allegedly Locking Boy In A kennel

Police In Lagos Arrest Woman For Allegedly Locking Boy In A kennel

The police in Lagos State have arrested a 24-year-old Onyinye Mbadike for allegedly torturing a minor and locking him in a kennel. The incident happened at Trimnell Street, Aguda, and was leaked in a video that went viral on social media.

The Lagos police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, said the police have arrested the suspect. He said Mbadike would be charged to court for allegedly abusing 10-year-old Chibike Eziamaka.

The video showed how the suspect flogged the child and forced him to share space with other dogs kept in the kennel. The scene was reportedly filmed by a neighbour.

According to the statement of the suspect, “she only locked him in an empty kennel where bags are kept. She claimed to have locked up the boy for a few hours before bringing him out. She alleged that the boy took a ‘hot’ drink in their refrigerator and was misbehaving. Also, the suspect alleged that the victim smashed the side mirror of her Toyota Camry.”

Chibike is an orphan and a cousin to Mbadike, the police said. He was brought to Lagos from Anambra State in 2012 alongside his two siblings by Mbadike’s mother. Mbadike was arrested by a team of detectives from the Gender Unit; Lagos Police Command while the victim has been rescued and taken to a secure place.

Source: The Guardian

17 Million Nigerian Children, Youths Out Of School – UNESCO

17 Million Nigerian Children, Youths Out Of School – UNESCO

Over 17 million Nigerian children and youths between the ages of 15 and 17 are out of school a report by  the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation  Institute for Statistics has said.

This was contained in a statement by Executive Director of Mothers and Marginalised Advocacy Centre, Ola Onyegbula, on Wednesday.

Onyegbula called for the full implementation of the various regulations and laws backing child rights, including access to quality education, to encourage and reinstall personal liberty and dignity of girl child at all levels in Nigeria.

 She said, “We are worried that half of youths between the ages of 15 and 17 in Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria included) are not in school, totaling more than 93 million children and youths of primary and secondary school age out of school across the region, as reported by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.”

The group added, “We are not unaware that about 17 million Nigerian children and youths do not have access to education and many more are without access to good education despite the growing importance of quality education to individual personal development and socio-economic prosperity.”

Meanwhile, reports have indicated that girls are particularly disadvantaged across Sub-Saharan Africa with nine million girls who will never attend school compared to six million boys.

Source: Punch