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The military has reportedly killed two wanted Boko Haram Commanders, Abu Ubaida and Mallam Yusuf Abba.

They were neutralised together with about 40 of their foot soldiers at an abandoned warehouse in Kurebe, a popular community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

A report by the military seen by our correspondent on Monday stated that Abu Ubaida and Abba met their death when airstrikes conducted by a Nigerian Air Force, NAF, aircraft attached to Operation Whirl Punch, raided their enclave recently.

It partly read, “It would be recalled that on 22 December 2022, a NAF aircraft struck a terrorists’ gathering at Kurebe in Shiroro LGA.

“Several terrorists were killed, but it was unclear if any of the terrorists’ kingpins were eliminated in the air attacks.

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“Consequently, after the said airstrike, preliminary investigations via exploitation of several sources revealed that there was an underground in the warehouse where the terrorists run to hide whenever a NAF aircraft flew over the area.

“It was also revealed that the terrorists hibernating within the location and bikes were seen on different occasions carrying fertilisers to the warehouse.

“These fertilisers are used by the terrorists to produce Improvised Explosive Device(s).

“Accordingly, NAF fighter jets were dispatched with the mission of ensuring total destruction of the warehouse and annihilation of the terrorists,”.

The NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Wap Maigida, confirmed the successful airstrikes.

He noted that their Air Component would continue to sustain the offensive operations against the Boko Haram elements.

He said that all NAF Operational Commanders, in keeping with the directive of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, were making sure that terrorists and collaborators were denied any breathing space.

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Police confirm killing of 11 people by bandits in Katsina

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Police confirm killing of 11 people by bandits in Katsina

The Police have said 11 people and not 40 were killed by bandits that recently invaded three villages in Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina state.

Katsina Police Command spokesperson, Abubakar Sadiq-Aliyu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Katsina on Sunday while reacting to a report claiming that 40 people were killed by the invaders.

“We are aware of a misleading report making the rounds, especially on Facebook, that bandits attacked three villages in Bakori and killed 40 people.

“The command wishes to categorically debunk this claim as misleading, and set the record straight.

“On May 25, 2024, bandits launched an attack on Unguwar Lamido village in Bakori where they shot and killed 11 people.

“The Divisional Police Officer in Bakori, on receiving the information, quickly mobilised operatives and rushed to the scene where they successfully restored normalcy and prevented further losses,” he explained.

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He urged members of the public to disregard the false report and warned against circulating unverified news.

He advised members of the public to always verify information, through official channels before sharing as the spread of false information could cause panic, fear and unnecessary tension.

He quoted the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr A. A. Musa, as condoling friends and families of the victims, while condemning the attack.

“The commissioner has also ordered a thorough investigation into the incident and deployed additional personnel to ensure the arrest of the perpetrators.

“The Commissioner has also urged anyone with useful information that will assist the investigation to come forward and assist in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“The investigation is ongoing; the command is working closely with relevant stakeholders and members of the community to identify and apprehend those responsible for the attack,” he said.

Police confirm killing of 11 people by bandits in Katsina
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Sokoto police arrest three bandits’ informants

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Spokesman for the Sokoto Police Command, ASP Ahmed Rufa’i
Spokesman for the Sokoto Police Command, ASP Ahmed Rufa’i

Sokoto police arrest three bandits’ informants

The Sokoto State Command has arrested three suspects in connection with the kidnap of a female lawyer, Rukayyat Mustafa.

The suspects were nabbed for allegedly giving information to bandits which resulted in the kidnapping of the lawyer in the Bado area of the state metropolis.

Spokesman of the command, ASP Ahmed Rufai, who confirmed the arrest said the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, May 26, 2024.

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“The bandits stormed her house and kidnapped Rukayyat along with a young man whom we believe is her younger brother,” the PPRO said.

“After they trekked to a vehicle that was parked far away from her residence, they then told the young man to go back or they would shoot him. The man rushed back for fear of being shot by the bandits

“The three persons we arrested are suspected to be the ones giving information to the bandits and they are already in our custody.

“Hopefully, we will get to the root of the matter in a short period and get her rescued” he added.

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Police arrest four kidnappers, rescue two victims in A’Ibom

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Police arrest four kidnappers, rescue two victims in A’Ibom

Operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command have arrested four kidnappers in military uniform and rescued two kidnapped victims in Uyo.

Spokesperson of the command, ASP Timfon John, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, May 26, 2024, said the suspects were apprehended by operatives who swiftly responded to distressed calls.

“The Command received distress calls giving notification of a kidnap incident at Utang Street by Gibbs Street, Uyo,” the statement read.

“The Command’s Anti-Robbery Squad (ARS) immediately swung into action and mobilised to the scene where four suspects namely; Abdulkarem Yusuf, Yusuf Waziri, Inbinabo Iboroma, and Abdulrahman Abbas, were arrested,”

The PPRO said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects had earlier kidnapped one Abraham Ekpe at Ring Road 3, opposite Cemetery.

She disclosed that the gang members were arrested on the verge of kidnapping one Richie, who is a friend of Ekpe.

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“They planned to take them to the Odukpani LGA in the neighbouring Cross River State. Further investigation also revealed that they had demanded a ransom of N5 million from their victim, but he could not pay, prompting them to also kidnap his friend.

“The victims were all rescued successfully and have been reunited with their families.”

One red colour Honda Accord car with registration number BJ 615 ABC; one handcuff, one dagger and other items were recovered from the suspects.

The PPRO added that the suspects will be charged in court upon completion of the investigation.

Timfon said the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Waheed Ayilara, has vowed to rid the state of all criminal elements in his quest to make Akwa Ibom safe for visitors, tourists and investors.

The CP also reiterated the Command’s unwavering commitment to making Akwa Ibom uninhabitable for criminals.

He further admonished members of the public to report any suspicious characters around their neighbourhoods to the police.

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