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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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Lagos monarch Buhari Oloto dies nine months after coronation

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A Lagos monarch and socialite, Alhaji Buhari Oloto, has died at the age of 80.
The late Oloto was installed last September as the Oba of Iguruland in the Aguda area of Surulere, Lagos.

The All Progressives Congress Vice Chairman (Lagos Central) Hakeem Bamgbola confirmed the death of the king
He was said to have died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

Buhari Oloto who was also called Abu Oloto was a popular figure in the Lagos social sircle for over 40 years.

 

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Bandits’ informant sets self ablaze in Zamfara

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BREAKING: DPO killed as militants attack Uzodinma’s hometown in Imo

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Gunmen suspected to be militants of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra have killed a Divisional Police Officer in Imo State, Fatmann Dooiyor, a Chief Superintendent of Police.
The slain DPO was reportedly killed while trying to repel the attack by the armed IPOB members.
Dooiyor was the DPO for Omuma at the Governor Hope Uzodimma’s community in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
The armed gang struck on the day IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was to be arraigned at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Department of State Services (DSS) did not produce him in court.
According to a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer of Imo, CSP Mike Abattam, six of the gunmen were killed by the police while 11 were arrested.
Abattam said the bandits in convoy of three vehicles invaded the community but were repelled by police led by the Area Commander, ACP Benjamin Abang.
He said that the police were alerted when bandits were sighted moving in convoy into Omuma town.
Abattam said, “The tactical teams of the command immediately swung into action, ambushed and launched a surprised attack on the convoy of the bandits which resulted to the neutralisation of six of the bandits while, 11 of them were arrested to the station.
“Unfortunately, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Fatmann Dooiyor paid the supreme price.
“The teams later recovered the three vehicles abandoned by the bandits to the station which includes, two Toyota Highlander SUV vehicles with registration numbers Abia MBL 517 AT and LAGOS, JJJ 984 EL respectively and a milk colour unregistered Lexus Jeep to the station.
“Presently, the command’s tactical teams and Special forces led by ACP Evans E.Shem are combing the bush for possible arrest of the bandits that fled into the bush,” the statement added.
Suspected IPOB militants had attacked the community earlier in the year.
They had killed a security guard at the residence of Uzodinma and set the building on fire.

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