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Kaduna police arrest gunrunner in Zaria

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DSP Muhammad Jalige

Personnel of the Kaduna State Police Command have arrested a notorious gunrunner in Zaria. It was also gathered that in the course of the gunrunner’s arrest, four AK47 rifles, 344 rounds of ammunition and an operational motorcycle, telephones and charms were recovered.

The police spokesperson in the state, DSP Muhammad Jalige, confirmed the arrest via a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna.

The statement read, “On December 23, at about 17:30 hrs, operatives attached to Tudun Wada Zaria, while on surveillance patrol at Kwarkwaron Manu, Basawa area of Zaria metropolitan, intercepted two men on an unregistered motorcycle with bags concealed in a suspicious manner on the motorcycle. On being flagged down for search, the motorcycle passengers jumped down and fled, thereby heightening the suspicion of the operatives.

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“The motorcycle and the rider, who gave his identity as one Bilyaminu Saidu aged 33 years of Shuwaki village, Bakori LGA of Katsina State, was immediately subjected to a thorough search which led to his arrest. The items recovered included four AK47 rifles, 344 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, telephones and charms.”

Mr Jalige said the arrested suspect had been taken into custody and a preliminary investigation has revealed he and his fleeing accomplice were on a nefarious mission to supply his gang with the offensive weapons.

However, The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, Yekini Ayoku, has ordered a thorough and comprehensive investigation to unearth the source and destination of the illicit arms and the arrest of the suspect’s criminal cohorts.

The police mouthpiece further assured members of the public that the command would be unwavering in its commitment to ensuring public safety and security in line with the operational guidelines handed down by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.

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NDLEA bursts snake-guarded shrine used for storing drugs in Edo

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NDLEA bursts snake-guarded shrine used for storing drugs in Edo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said its operatives, during an operation in Edo State, uncovered a shrine, guarded by a snake, being used for storing illicit drugs.

The NDLEA added that its operatives discovered a specially constructed large hole in a wall, hidden behind wallpapers and fetish objects used for drug storage.

A statement on Sunday by the NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, noted that methamphetamine, Loud, Colorado and Arizona, all strong strains of cannabis with a total weight of 8.743kg among others, were recovered from the shrine.

The statement read, “A snake-guarded shrine used to store illicit drugs in Igor community, Benin city, Edo state, has been raided by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, who detected a specially constructed large hole storage in a wall covered with wallpapers and fetish objects.

“Different quantities of illicit substances such as methamphetamine, Loud, Colorado and Arizona, all strong strains of cannabis with a total weight of 8.743kg were pulled out from the deep hole dug in the wall of the shrine building.”

Babafemi said two ladies were arrested and the snake was demobilised.

He said, “At least, two ladies: Sonia Chinonso Ezumezu and Risikatu Tijani were arrested during the intelligence-led operation on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 after the big black snake guarding the shrine was demobilised.”

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In a separate operation in the state, Babafemi said another two suspects were arrested with 209kg of cannabis.

Babafemi stated, “In the same vein, two suspects: Obi Ferguson,45, and Ernest Abanum, 46, were arrested on Saturday, June 22 when NDLEA operatives raided the Usen forest in Ovia South West LGA, Edo state where 209kg cannabis and a motorcycle were recovered.”

In Lagos, Babafemi said NDLEA officers intercepted a carefully packaged consignment of 8.2kg of methamphetamine at a motor park in Mazamaza, Ojo area of the state.

“The highly addictive illicit substance, also called ice or crystal meth, was packed in imported Dunkin’ turtle love chocolate wraps and then concealed in the casing of three loudspeakers.

“A 39-year-old suspect, Michael Odiomume who was sending the consignment to Owerri, Imo state was promptly arrested on Wednesday 19th June at the park,” the statement added.

Babafemi stated that a 76-year-old grandfather, identified as Francis Omofa, was arrested in Abuja in connection with 340.8 kg of cannabis sativa.

He said, “In Abuja, operatives on Tuesday, June 18th intercepted a white Nissan Frontier pickup vehicle with amber lights and fake registration number of a security agency at Kiyi village in Kuje area of the FCT.

“The vehicle was loaded with 454 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 340.8kg procured at Uzeba, Edo state.

“A 76-year-old grandfather, Mr Francis Omofa, linked to the consignment, was arrested. He claimed to have been in the illicit drug business for 10 years.”

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VIDEO: Fire engulfs Christ Embassy Church headquarters in Lagos

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VIDEO: Fire engulfs Christ Embassy Church headquarters in Lagos

The incident was revealed in multiple videos from the scene circulated on the social media platform, X.

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Ram: CAN sanctions Iseyin church over attack on Muslim family (+ Video)

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Ram: CAN sanctions Iseyin church over attack on Muslim family

In response to a violent incident involving members of the Christ Apostolic Church in Iseyin, Oyo State, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has imposed sanctions on the church.

The altercation, which targeted a Muslim family, has sparked widespread condemnation.

The attack took place on Eid day and was documented in a video that quickly circulated online. Both CAN and the Muslim Rights Council (MURIC) have publicly denounced the violence.

Apostle Sunday Ogundairo, CAN chairman for Iseyin Local Government, verified that the church’s pastor, along with some congregants, were implicated in the assault on Mr. Sulaimon AbdulAzeez and his two wives. This information was reported by Oyo Echo, a local newspaper.

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The victims asserted that the pastor had enlisted soldiers to attack them due to their slaughtering of a ram facing the church.

In reaction, CAN has not only sanctioned the pastor but also mandated the relocation of the church. Discussions are ongoing to restore peace in the community.

The incident has incited significant outrage. Prof. Isiaq Akintola, MURIC’s Executive Director, linked the attack to a previous dispute concerning noise pollution, which had been addressed by the local king.

Akintola elaborated that the conflict occurred on June 16, 2024, as the Muslim family was preparing to slaughter their Sallah ram. The church’s pastor objected to the ram facing the church, leading to the involvement of soldiers.

Condemning the soldiers’ actions as “unjust, callous, and inhuman,” Akintola called for an immediate investigation by the army to arrest and discipline those responsible. He emphasized the necessity of swift justice, asserting that any delay would be intolerable.

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