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‘It’s not Buhari, El-Rufai or Islam related’ – Rep seeks massive retweet of S/Kaduna’s illegal gun factory

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‘It’s not Buhari, El-Rufai or Islam related’ – Rep seeks massive retweet of S/Kaduna’s illegal gun factory

A member of the House of Representatives for Kaduna North Federal constituency, Muhammed El-Rufai, has called for a massive retweet of a post on X (formerly Twitter) on the discovery of illegal gun factory in Southern Kaduna.

The lawmaker, who is a son of former Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, in a post on his verified X handle on Saturday, shared a tweet by one Kawu Garba, on the gun factory in Kaduna and urged followers to retweet aggressively.

“Please retweet aggressively. The normal failures will not because it is not Buhari, El-Rufa’i or Islam related,” the outspoken lawmaker said.

 “The Nigerian army discovered a gun factory in Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna. The owner of the factory Monday Dunia has confessed to fueling the crisis in Kaduna and Plateau to keep his business running.

” History will always be kind to Malam Nasiru El-rufa’i. I hope the fools that have never been to Kaduna State but always throw baseless accusations against him can read what’s written on the wall.”

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army had on Friday uncovered a gun manufacturing factory in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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A statement shared on the verified social media pages of the Nigerian Army, said the feat was recorded by men of Operation SAFE HAVEN in the Southern Kaduna axis.

It reads in full : “In line with the Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Armoured Division, Major General Abdulsalam Abubakar’s resolve to deal decisively with sponsors and perpetrators of crime as well as mopping up illegal weapons in OPSH Joint Operations Area, troops have uncovered a gun manufacturing factory in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The discovery followed a week long intelligence operations that finally led to the capture of a wanted gunrunner Napoleon John who has been on the wanted list of OPSH. The suspect who confessed to the crime led troops to a concealed factory where arms of different calibre were sold by another miscreant identified as Monday Dunia, who confessed to have been in the business for more than five years fuelling the crisis in Kaduna and neighbouring Plateau States.

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A thorough search of the factory led to the recovery of 22 different weapons to include 7 pistols, 2 locally fabricated AK 47 rifles, 2 military grade AK 47 rifles and 9 revolvers. Others include one submachine gun, rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, machine tools and a gas cylinder. In a follow on operations by midnight of yesterday uptill early hours of today, 22 September 2023, troops raided another hideout in Adua 1 village in Kafanchan and captured additional 2 x AK-47 Rifles, 2 x revolver rifles, live rounds of 9mm and 7.62 ammunitions, 6 x dangerous daggers, one x hacker axe, several empty cases of 7.62mm special rounds, 2 mobile phones, one fragmental jacket, 2 Police uniforms, one military camouflage trousers, one ammunition magazine carrier, one pistol holster, one military grade camel pouch, one police combat helmet, 2 masks, 4 identity cards, gunpowder, shrapnels, charms and amulets. Also recovered were machine tools and other equipment. The major kingpin(name withheld) is still on the run but would soon be apprehended.

While commending troops for their doggedness and resilience, the GOC/ Commander OPSH also vowed to ensure all fleeing syndicate members were arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law. He warned sponsors and perpetrators of criminalities to immediately abandon their evil ways and embrace lawful means of livelihood.

General AE Abubakar also thanked the general public for their unwavering support in the fight against criminality and urged them not to relent in furnishing the troops with actionable information. He further assured to treat information provided with utmost secrecy and confidentiality.

Recall that the GOC/Commander OPSH issued a stern warning to criminals during a stakeholders’ engagement with traditional and religious leaders on 10 September 2023 held at Zangon Kataf.”

‘It’s not Buhari, El-Rufai or Islam related’ – Rep seeks massive retweet of S/Kaduna’s illegal gun factory

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Court turns down ex-power minister’s request for overseas medical trip

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Court turns down ex-power minister’s request for overseas medical trip

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on Wednesday refused to grant an application filed by Dr Olu Agunloye, a former minister of power and steel, seeking to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting him over certain infractions regarding the $ 6 billion Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station in Taraba.

Agunloye, who served as a minister in the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, is being prosecuted by EFCC, on behalf of the Federal Government, before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie.

He was charged in the suit, marked FCT/HC/CR/617/22, with a seven-count charge bordering on forgery, disobedience of presidential order and corruption.

He was alleged to have , among others, on May 22, 2003 awarded a contract titled “Construction of 3,960 megawatt Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station on build, operate and transfer basis to Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited without any budgetary provision, approval and cash backing.

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The prosecution also alleged that it traced some suspicious payments made by Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited to the former minister’s accounts.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Delivering a ruling, Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie, held that the defendant failed to adduce sufficient evidence to show that his ailment could not be treated by a hospital in Nigeria.

He therefore dismissed his application to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The judge subsequently, adjourned until Sept 23 for continuation of trial.

On January 11, Agunloye was arraigned on a seven-count charge bordering on fraudulent award of contract and official corruption.

The court admitted him to bail in the sum of N50 million.

The court also seized his passport as one of the bail conditions.

Agunloye, through his counsel, Adeola Adedipe, SAN, had applied for the release of his passport to enable him travel.

At the last adjourned date, Adedipe said his client needed urgent medical attention abroad.

Some of the documents tendered by the defence lawyer included medical reports from University College Hospital, Ibadan and the NISA Premier Hospital, Abuja.

The defendant also included a letter from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and an invitation from a foreign medical analyst requesting him to travel abroad for an urgent medical evaluation.

However, the application was opposed by the EFCC which claimed the former minister was a flight risk, having amply demonstrated unwillingness to present himself for trial until he was declared wanted.

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Bayelsa varsity final-year student killed over N150 levy

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Bayelsa varsity final-year student killed over N150 levy

A final year student of the Niger Delta University (NDU) Wilberforce Island, Francis Palowei, was st*bbed to d3ath by some youths over 500 levy in Amassoma community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The student of the Social Science Education Department was k!lled at a popular sand dump on Monday, July 15, 2024, when he refused to give the youths N150.

A resident of the community, who spoke to Daily Trust on the condition of anonymity, said the sand dump is a popular spot where students often go to relax and socialize.

He said some youths of the area, seeing the concentration of students around the sand dump, took it upon themselves to levy any students that came to that spot to relax, especially those who wanted to climb to the top.

He said on Monday evening, the student went to the spot with some of his friends and was heading to the top of the dump when some youths demanded N500 instead of the “regular N150 levy.”

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An argument was said to have ensued after which the youths invited others, including a notorious cultist, to attack Palowei. Unfortunately, Palowei died during the attack

He described the student as a promising young man with a bright future, adding that his murder had left his family, friends, and the entire university community in mourning.

The deceased, who was a native of Obrigbene town in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, was expected to graduate on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, when the university will hold its next convocation.

It was also gathered that the deceased’s father is a high-ranking police officer.

The Public Relations Officer at Niger Delta University, Mr Ndoni Igezi, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, July 17, described it as unfortunate, stating that police were already on the matter to curtail any escalation.

“The sand dump is located at the end of the community. Though the owner of the dump is not charging any fees for it, some youths in the community normally collect N150 to allow people to climb to the top to have fun.

The spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Musa Muhammed, who confirmed the incident said the Commissioner of Police had already deployed additional security personnel to the area to restore calm and orderliness.

He also stated that police were on the trail of the suspected killers.

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Ignore Igboho’s eviction order, police tell herders

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Ignore Igboho’s eviction order, police tell herders

The Oyo State Police Command has warned civilians to ignore a viral video posted on social media by suspected separatist groups issuing eviction orders to herders in the state’s Igboho area.

SP Adewale Osifeso, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, issued the statement in Ibadan on Wednesday.

Osifeso claimed that the video, which leaked online in the early hours of Tuesday, was expressly created by mischief-makers to undermine the state’s relative quiet by encouraging violence and civil unrest.

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“The Oyo State Police Command wishes to dispel unfounded rumours and speculations across certain segments, making the round on social media, over the purported eviction of herders at Igboho, Oorelope, and local government areas by suspected separatist group members as misleading and complete falsehood.

“No notice of eviction was pronounced by any individual or group on anyone at any period in time,” Osifeso said.

He stated that the state commissioner of police, Ayodele Sonubi, has directed the supervising area commander in charge to personally lead confidence-building patrols and improve the visibility of personnel throughout the jurisdiction.

Osifeso further stated that more command operational, intelligence, and tactical assets had been deployed to avert any unforeseen incidents.

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