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Bandits have killed a 37-year-old pastor with the Evangelical Church Winning All in Chikuba town in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Reverend Jeremiah Ibrahim, abducted his wife and four other women.

Secretary of the Minna District Council of ECWA, Reverend Adamu Na’Allah, disclosed this in Minna on Monday.

Ibrahim, who had been transferred out of the town and replaced by another pastor, came to join his successor for the church harvest.

Na’Allah said the bandits attacked the clergy house before they could start the harvest.

The two pastors had reportedly hidden in the ceiling of the house and came down when they thought the coast was clear. Unknown to them, the bandits were still around.

Ibrahim, who came down first, was said to have been killed by the bandits.

He said five others, all women, were abducted by the bandits, including the deceased’s wife.

The hoodlums have demanded N50m for the release of the wife.

Na’Allah said people in a neighbouring Kuchi village were kidnapped by the same set of bandits, who later released five of them and killed one because the uniform of a vigilance group was found on him.

The bandits were also reported to have demanded N1.2m for the remaining victims.

 

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Relief as 386 persons abducted in 2014 rescued from Sambisa Forest

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Relief as 386 persons abducted in 2014 rescued from Sambisa Forest

No fewer than 386 people, mostly women and children, have been rescued by the Army in the Sambisa forest ten years after their abduction.

The acting GOC 7 Division, Brig. Gen. AGL Haruna, made this known while speaking to newsmen at the outskirts of Sambisa forest in Konduga LGA after welcoming the troops that conducted the 10-day operation.

Haruna said that the operation tagged “Operation Desert Sanity 111” was to clear Sambisa forest of the remnants of all categories of terrorists as well as provide some of them eager to surrender as observed the opportunity to do so.

“Our effort is to ensure that we clear remnants of terrorists in the Sambisa and give those willing to surrender the opportunity to surrender.

“With this operation, we envisage many of them will surrender as they have started.

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“We also rescued some civilians; as of yesterday, we rescued 386 and I am sure the number will increase by today,” Haruna said.

The GOC, who addressed the troops on the message of the Chief of Army Staff, lauded their performance and professionalism exhibited during the operation and urged them to sustain the tempo.

Some of those rescued who spoke, said they have been in captivity for the past 10 years.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that troops from 21 Special Armoured Brigade, 26 Task Force Brigade, and 199 Special Forces participated in the operation.

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Truck crushes many vehicles on Imo varsity junction, five killed

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Truck crushes many vehicles on Imo varsity junction, five killed

Owerri- An unidentified Truck driver, on Saturday crushed scores of passersby, passengers and vehicles at the Imo State University, IMSU, junction, Owerri, Imo state.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to newsmen in Owerri said the incident happened at 08:15 Pm.

According to them “A reckless truck driver has crushed and some sustained injuries of over 25 persons at IMSU junction. This happened at about 08:15 pm. Four minibuses were hit by this truck.”

One Mbamara Uju, a trader at the IMSU, junction said: “Two things are involved, I suspect the truck failed to break. Secondly, The driver of the truck may have not observed the traffic rules. What we heard was a sound like a bomb hitting about 4 vehicles, crushing passersby and those inside the buses.

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“People started running as the truck continued to crush on the buses and human beings at a point stopped. This is a very terrible scene. We are pained. God help us.”

Another shop owner at the scene, a lady, Chizoba, said: “Immediately I crossed the IMSU, junction heading to IMSU, front gate I started hearing vehicles hitting each other and the next was people crying and blood flowed everywhere. They said the driver was driving recklessly and blowing his  horn and you know the way this our IMSU junction is always looking crowded. Before you know it, the truck crushed many and damaged the vehicles.”

She further said; “Some spirited individuals collected some of the bodies that were still breathing and drove to a nearby hospital. Some people with minor injuries were taken to pharmacy shops around IMSU for immediate medical attention.”

At the time of filing this report, residents were said to have trooped to the IMSU, junction in search of their loved ones.

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EFCC hands over $22,000 recovered from Nigerian fraudster to FBI

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EFCC hands over $22,000 recovered from Nigerian fraudster to FBI

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) handed over $22,000 recovered from convicted internet fraudster Hakeem Ayotunde Olanrewaju to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday in Lagos State.

The anti-graft agency announced this in a statement issued on Saturday evening.

According to the commission, Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, ordered on August 15, 2023, that the money recovered from Olanrewaju, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for identity theft and impersonation, be restituted to his victim in the United States.

During the handover ceremony in Lagos, the Acting Director of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, Michael T. Wetkas, reaffirmed the Commission’s dedication to combating crime and restoring integrity to the nation.

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Wetkas said, “We are delighted to be handing over this proceeds of crime today. The EFCC is willing and always ready to do more.”

Responding, the FBI Legal Attaché, Charles Smith, said that “The EFCC and FBI work collaboratively together, and it is thanks to the EFCC that we can recover funds of this nature, especially from Business email Compromise, BEC.

“This type of crime cripples businesses in the US, and for them to recover the money within one to two years gives hope to the affected companies and brings some level of justice, even if not all subjects have been identified.

“We hope our relationship continues and fosters a more cohesive partnership between the two agencies. If there’s anything the FBI can do to support this investigation, we will do so.

“We appreciate this on behalf of the FBI and thank the EFCC.”

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