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Police arrest ABU security man facilitating lecturers’ kidnap, others

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The police have arrested a four-man kidnap gang terrorising lecturers, students and other residents of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The guard is one of the 25 suspects arrested in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, cattle rustling, unlawful possession of weapons and other violent crimes across the country.

The Force Public Relations Officers, CP Frank Mba, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja.

He said the security man, employed and paid by the university, was responsible for coordination of all the attacks in the university community.

The FPRO said the suspects had over the period kidnapped some lecturers in the university, collected ransom from them and inflicted both physical and psychological harm on members of the community.

He said a total of five AK47 riffles with magazines, live ammunition and a cash sum of N765,000 were recovered from the suspects.

Mba said the suspects had been linked to the offences by investigations conducted by detectives of the Nigeria Police.

He said some members of the gang responsible for the kidnap and cruel murder of a five-year-old girl, Farida Ibrahim, in Kogi State had been arrested.

The Force spokesman said the gang kidnapped the child and demanded N8 million ransom from the family that was obviously not rich to meet with the demand.

According to him, while the family struggled to negotiate, they contacted the police and before they could move into the case to effect arrest, they had murdered the girl and buried her.

 The FPRO said the police had carried out the exhumation of the body and arrested some key suspects in connection with the case, while some others were still at large.

He pledged the commitment of the Force to ensure that the fleeing suspects were arrested and brought to book.

Mba said a 21-year-old suspect who operated as a lone kidnapper had also been arrested by detectives of the Nigeria Police in Zaria, Kaduna State.

According to him, the suspect specialises in fishing out phone numbers of persons of interest in his locality, initiating calls to them, issuing out threats of imminent attack and kidnapping.

He said, “Once he gets a person that is vulnerable, he goes ahead to mount pressure on the person and issue condition to avert the imminent threat.

“In this case, he initiated the call to his neighbour in Zaria, but unfortunately for him, the victim was smart enough to report the case to the police.

“Then the police worked very closely with the targeted victim and on the day he was expected to receive the ransom, he was picked up with a cash sum of N765,000.”

He said the police had also arrested three suspects in connection with multiple kidnapping and collection of ransom from their victims in Niger State.

Mba said, “When one of the suspects was recruited into the gang, his job included the facilitation of recruitment of other able body young men into the gang, which he did perfectly.

“He helped the gang to recruit eight new members into the gang and helped them to identify potential victims, persons of interest that have the capacity to pay ransom.

“One of the victims kidnapped by the gang is the father of one of the suspects.

“He identified his father for kidnap and when N2 million ransom was paid, he was given extra share of N200,000.”

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Sexual assault: Baba Ijesha granted N500,000 bail

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A Chief Magistrate, Oluwatoyin Oghre, on Monday granted a Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, bail.
in the sum of N500,000.
His lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, confirmed this on Monday, saying, “He has been granted bail about one hour ago. We are working to perfect the bail. He was granted bail on health grounds.
“He has not been released. He will be released after his bail conditions have been met.”
Baba Ijesha was arrested on April 22, for allegedly sexually molesting a minor and remained in police detention due to the ongoing strike embarked on by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.
Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, had on May 4, noted that after due consideration of the case file forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution by the police on April 30, 2021, a prima facie case was established against Baba Ijesha.
Onigbanjo stated that Baba Ijesha would be charged with sexual assault and defilement under the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The AG also hinted that the suspect would be charged under Section 135, with indecent treatment of a child punishable by seven years imprisonment; Section 137, defilement of a child, punishable by life imprisonment; Section 261, sexual assault by penetration punishable by life imprisonment; Section 262, attempted sexual assault by penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment and Section 263, sexual assault punishable by three years’ imprisonment.

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2 cops killed, Imo police station, vehicles burnt in fresh attack

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Gunmen have killed two policemen in Ubakala Divisional Police Station in Umuahia, Abia State, after setting the station ablaze.
The gunmen were said to have attacked the station with explosives in the early hours of Monday and two of the policemen drafted to quel the station were killed.
The attackers also set ablaze all the vehicles on the premises.

Spokesman for the Police Command in Abia, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident, adding that the hoodlums attacked the station just after midnight with explosives.
According to him, the operatives, who were deployed to reinforce security at the station, tried to repel the assailants.
“In the process, we lost two of our men,” he said, pointing out that the number of the attackers had yet to be ascertained.
The attack was said to have caused serious panic among residents of the community.
Gunmen have recently carried out attacks on police stations in Aba, Isialangwa, Uzuakoli and Nkporo.
They also attacked the offices of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Independent National Electoral Commission in Ohafia.

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Niger communities excited as soldiers return to Bassa, Allawa

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Excited villagers on Saturday welcomed the return of soldiers to Bassa and Allawa towns in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State after a month of their quitting the area due to invasion of their camps by bandits.
The armed soldiers came in about 100 camouflage vehicles to begin a special operation in the area.
The return of the soldiers followed a series of meetings between the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Maj-Gen. Danjuma Hamisu Ali-Keffi, the state government and other stakeholders in the state.
The military camps in Allawa and Bassa in the Shiroro Local Government of the state were shut down last month after bandits numbering about 100 invaded the Security Joint Taskforce camps in the two towns, killing 12 soldiers, burning the camps and some operational vehicles.
Another camp at Zagzaga in the Munya Local Government was also sacked a few days later during which one RSM was kidnapped and found dead three days after.
A senator representing Niger East Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, Alhaji Sani Musa, said, “It is a welcome development and a great relief to the people it should be sustained.
“The return of soldiers is a great relief for my people, and I want to thank and commend President Muhammadu Buhari and the military for the return of the soldiers.
“I will equally want to appeal to them to hasten the return of soldiers to other communities to enable the people go back to their homes to continue their farming business.”

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