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Katsina Police arrests 72 suspected mobile phone snatchers

The Police Command in Katsina State says it has arrested 72 suspected mobile phone snatchers and miscreants, locally known as Kauraye, operating in Katsina, the state capital.

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The Police Command in Katsina State says it has arrested 72 suspected mobile phone snatchers and miscreants, locally known as Kauraye, operating in Katsina, the state capital.

The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Gambo Isah who made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, said that the suspects were arrested in various locations in Katsina after the command raided their hideouts.

Isah said areas raided during the police operation included Sabuwar Unguwa, Gadar Nayalli, Modoji, Tudun YanLihida and Kwabren Dorawa.

Other area are Janbango, Abattoir, Filin Canada, Lambun Dankwai, Kofar Marusa, Tsalawa, and Chake, among others.

“The Command is extending its appreciation to members of the public for their unflinching support to the Police and other sister security agencies in the state.

“The Command enjoins the public to always report any suspicious person or group to the police through the police emergency lines: 08156977777, 09053872247.”

(THE GUARDIAN)

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NDLEA Boss says agency arrested 50,901, secured 9,034 convictions in 38 months

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The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) says 50,901 drug offenders including 46 barons have been arrested in the past 38 months.

A report from The Nation has it that, Marwa said within the period the Agency had successfully prosecuted and convicted 9,034 of them as well as seized over 7,561 tonnes of illicit substances.

The NDLEA Boss said the development has sent the right message to drug cartels and their kingpins that Nigeria won’t tolerate their criminal activities.

Marwa stated this in Lagos on Monday, April 15, in his remarks at the commissioning and handing over ceremony of an operational facility built and donated to NDLEA by the British government, according to a statement by the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi.

He commended the generous support that will further boost the capability of the anti-narcotic agency in tackling the menace of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.

NDLEA Boss said it was a significant milestone in the ongoing fight against the scourge of licit and illicit drug trafficking.

He expressed gratitude to the British Government for their unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to the cause.

Marwa said from the onset of their collaboration, the UK has been a steadfast ally in the relentless pursuit to neutralise transnational organised criminal activities, particularly in the realm of illicit drug production and trafficking.

He said: “This building complex stands not only as a physical structure but as a symbol of the enduring partnership between our two nations in the global fight against drug trafficking. It represents the culmination of years of cooperation, mutual trust, and shared determination to combat one of the most pressing threats to our societies.

“The significance of this project cannot be overstated. It will serve as a vital hub for data analysis and strategic planning in our efforts to disrupt drug trafficking networks and apprehend those responsible. With state-of-the-art facilities and technology at our disposal, we are better equipped than ever before to tackle this complex and ever-evolving challenge head-on.

“But beyond the bricks and mortar, this building complex embodies the spirit of collaboration and solidarity that defines our partnership with the British Government. It is a testament to what can be achieved when nations come together with a shared purpose and a shared commitment to making our world a safer place for all.

“As an agency, NDLEA has undergone a tremendous reformation, with its metamorphosis catalysed by partners like the UK. Our operations have undergone substantial reforms, resulting in remarkable achievements within the last three years.

“During this period, the NDLEA achieved significant milestones in its mission to combat drug trafficking and abuse. With a total of 50,901 arrests, including the apprehension of 46 drug barons, our agency has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to bringing those involved in illicit drug activities to justice. Furthermore, the conviction of 9,034 offenders underscores our relentless pursuit of accountability and deterrence in the fight against drug-related crimes.

“Our seizure of 7,560,748.5 kilograms (7,561 tonnes) not only disrupts the flow of illegal drugs but also serves as a significant blow to the criminal networks responsible for their distribution. We have taken decisive action against illicit drug crop cultivation with our search-and-destroy campaign against cannabis plantations which have led to the destruction of 1,057.33348 hectares of cannabis farms in the past three years.”

While acknowledging officials of the British government who facilitated the realisation of the project especially Mr. Dave Carter, the NDLEA boss called for the strengthening of the partnership between Nigeria and the UK.

“As we stand on the threshold of a new chapter in our partnership, let us reaffirm our shared commitment to intensifying the fight against drug trafficking and organised crime. Let us continue to work hand in hand, across borders and boundaries, to disrupt criminal networks, intercept illegal drugs, and bring to justice those who seek to profit from the illicit drug trade.”

Marwa stated that though so much has been achieved under his leadership of the agency, the battle against illicit drugs was far from over.

He said: “Let us redouble our efforts, with renewed vigour and determination, as we strive to build a safer, more secure future for generations to come.”

Speaking at the ceremony, British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Jonny Baxter assured of continued support to NDLEA and Nigeria.

He said: “We, the UK government are delighted to have this long-standing relationship with the NDLEA and I’m in particular delighted to have been personally in a number of activities especially your maritime. This building makes a whole set of different actors and capabilities to address any criminal activity.

“We’re delighted to continue our support for the NDLEA and the Nigerian government to tackle what is sadly a global industry, which needs a global response. I’d like to join the chairman in affirming our continued support, our continued cooperation and indeed our continued pride in working together with ladies and gentlemen of this agency, the NDLEA.”

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Fake Soldier Arrested In Lagos

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The 243 Battalion of the Nigerian Army has apprehended a fake soldier, identified as Silas Dickson, in Badagry, Lagos.

The suspect has since been handed over to the state police command.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest on his X account on Wednesday.

Sharing a picture of the suspect, he wrote, “Fake soldier, Silas Dickson, aged 25 arrested by soldiers of 243 Battalion #HQNigerianArmy Badagry and handed over to #LagosPoliceNG for prosecution.”

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Amotekun apprehend man who keeps housewife as sex slave in Osun

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A 35-year-old man, Abayomi Babalola, has been arrested by operatives of Amotekun Corps in Osun State over allegations that he used black magic to keep a housewife as a sex slave for three weeks.

According to PUNCH reports, the spokesperson for Osun Amotekun Corps, Yusuf Idowu, while disclosing the arrest in a release on Wednesday, explained that the suspect living in Modakeke had used a magic ring made for him by a cleric, to order the victim, identified simply as Sofiyat out of her husband’s house and moved her to Modakeke, where she was kept as a sex slave.

According to the Amotekun spokesperson, luck however ran out on the suspect last week Friday when he took the victim to Campus Area in Ile-Ife, and abandoned her by the roadside, adding that after Babalola had left the vicinity, the woman suddenly regained her senses and raised the alarm, attracting some Amotekun operatives.

After listening to her ordeal in the hands of Babalola, the Amotekun operatives were said to have trailed the suspect to his hideout in Sekona, where he was eventually arrested.

The statement added, “The suspect confessed that sometime in September 2023, the victim, Sofiyat, approached him to help her sell her palm oil because that is the business he does.

“Along the line, he asked her out, but she refused him, saying she was married. Babalola later approached a herbalist in Sekona, who gave him some charms. Since using the charm on her, he claimed that the woman had been listening and following his command.

“He used the charm to control and made Sofiyat leave her husband’s house. When the woman arrived at Babalola’s house in Modakeke, he changed her sim card. All that happened within three weeks, and he was sleeping with her randomly during the period.

“The victim also confirmed she had approached the suspect to help her sell palm oil. He asked her out, but she refused. Later, Babalola called and directed her to meet him in Modakeke. When she got to Modakeke, he removed the SIM card from her phone and replaced it with a new one.

“He locked her in his house and comes around with food whenever he pleases. On March 29, 2024, he came to the house to pick her up, and he dropped her off at the Campus Area in Ile-Ife. Sofiyat later raised the alarm, which attracted Amotekun operatives in the area, and the suspect was trailed to his hideout in Sekona where he was arrested.”

Also commenting, the Osun Amotekun Corps Commander, Brig. Gen. Bashir Adewinmbi (retd.), said the suspect used a magic ring on the victim.

Adewinbi also said the suspect has been transferred to the custody of the Department of State Services for further interrogation and prosecution.

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Borno Police arrests eight over murder of UNIMAID lecturer

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The Borno State Police Command says eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a senior lecturer in the Department of Physical Health Education at the University of Maiduguri, Dr Kamar Abdulkadir, who was killed in his office by unknown assailants.

The State Police Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kenneth Nahun Daso, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement on Tuesday, said the killers of the lecturer also made away with his car as well as other valuables like his laptop and phones.

RIPPLES NIGERIA reports that the police spokesman said the arrest of the suspects was made possible after they were captured by a CCTV.

“We reviewed the CCTV camera and saw them going out of the university with the deceased’s vehicle. However, the quality of the video was very poor so we could not see the number of people that were inside the car,” Daso said.

The PPRO added that intelligence-based investigations are ongoing to get to the root of the murder of Dr. Abdulkadir who was also the institution’s examination officer.

Also reacting to the development, the school’s Director of Radio and Public Relations, Prof Danjuma Gambo, who spoke with journalists on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Shugaba, said the police and other security agencies have already launched an investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding Abdulkadir death.

“Given the gravity of the situation, management advises all staff and students to remain calm and go about their normal, legitimate businesses because the University is working closely with relevant security agencies to get to the root of the matter.

“Management also wishes to assure parents, guardians, and other stakeholders that the University campus remains safe and secure for teaching, learning, and community service.

“Management appreciates the numerous messages of sympathy and support from all its stakeholders in this moment of grief,” Gambo added.

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Suspected armed robbers burgle provisions store in Ilorin

Goods and Items worth over N500,000 were reportedly carted away by suspected armed robbers on July 9, 2023, from a provisions and food stuffs store in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

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Goods and Items worth over N500,000 were reportedly carted away by suspected armed robbers on July 9, 2023, from a provisions and food stuffs store in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

Burgled part of the shop

Our correspondent gathered that the suspected hoodlums carted away huge amount of money worth N500,000 with several items like Packs of Malt drinks, Packs of Tin Titus fish, Tin Milks, Three gallons of Palm Oil and other valuable items, Gold necklace and ATM card that belongs to the shop owner were carted away from the store located beside Addua-u-Al-adabiyat kamaliya, Nur/ pry sch along Okesuna LGEA primary school in Okesuna area of Ilorin.

Table and Stool used by the hoodlums to entered the store

Lamenting the loss at the spot of the incident, the owner of the store, popularly addressed as Iya Habeeb, said that her store was burgled in the middle of the night.

She said, “Which of those guys that use to sit in front of my shop early morning do we see this morning, where are they. They burgled my shop and went away to have fun with my money.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of Okesuna community policing had visited the scene, and the store owner revealed that her husband had gone to report at the police headquarters in GRA, Ilorin.

As at the time of gathering this report, police had not visited the area of the incident or give any development on the matter.

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Lagos Govt moves to curb pipeline vandalism

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sholabomi Shasore, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum/public enlightenment programme organised for oil and gas pipeline hosting communities in the Amuwo Odofin, Abule Ado, Ori Ade, FESTAC and Satellite Town areas of the state.

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A report from PUNCH has it that, the Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to curbing pipeline vandalism and ensuring that residents of the state are protected from the activities of pipeline vandals.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sholabomi Shasore, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum/public enlightenment programme organised for oil and gas pipeline hosting communities in the Amuwo Odofin, Abule Ado, Ori Ade, FESTAC and Satellite Town areas of the state.

Shasore, who was represented by the Head of the Oil and Gas Department in the ministry, Sesan Odukoya, decried the avoidable loss of lives and properties caused by the illegal activities of pipeline vandals, according to a statement by the ministry on Sunday.

She said the state government was working to bring to the minimum cases of fire outbreaks from pipeline vandalisation.

According to her, stakeholders’ engagement is one of the avenues being explored by the ministry to check the menace of pipeline vandalism.

A deputy director in the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Richard Davies, said man-made actions were mainly responsible for pipeline explosions.

He advised residents of FESTAC, Amuwo-Odofin and environs to ensure they observe the stipulated Right of Ways when erecting buildings.

According to the statement, participants at the event pleaded with the state government to ensure prompt response to emergency calls in cases of pipeline vandalism.

The stakeholders’ forum was attended by some top government officials, community development committees, market men and women, traditional rulers, youth representatives, among others.

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