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Police arrest four ex-convicts for robbery in Niger

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Police arrest four ex-convicts for robbery in Niger

Operatives of the Niger State Police Command have arrested four ex-convicts after they conspired and robbed a Minna residence of valuables worth millions of naira.

The suspects, Yahaya Mohammed, Ayuba Simon, Menasse Makama and Nuhu Azuka; confessed to their crimes during interrogation.

The command’s spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun made this known on Friday in a statement in which he said the suspects were arrested following a complaint received from a concerned resident.

“On 15/4/2024 at about 0250hrs, we received a direct complaint from the Brighter area of Minna, that some suspected armed robbers invaded a residence within the area, robbed the victim and carted away one Honda Odyssey vehicle and other valuables.

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“On receipt of the complaint, police operatives attached to Crack Squad of the Command swung into action. With the aid of technical intelligence and information received from the community, the notorious suspects were arrested;

“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and other previous thuggery and armed robberies, in which they had previously served a jail term,” the statement read.

Abiodun added that “the confessions of the suspects led to the recovery of the Honda Odyssey vehicle with Reg. No. AG 400 PAK, one POS machine, a Samsung TV, two standing fans and other valuables from them.”

He also disclosed that the suspects would be charged in court as soon as investigations were concluded.

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Nigerian troops kill 220 terrorists, rescue 202 in one week

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Nigerian troops kill 220 terrorists, rescue 202 in one week

The Nigerian military has given details on how its troops deployed for operations in different parts of the country had in the past week killed 220 terrorists, apprehended 395 others and rescued 202 kidnapped hostages.

The troops also recovered 432 assorted weapons and 9,004 assorted ammunition comprising three PKT guns, one G3 rifle, 83 AK47 rifles, 18 locally-fabricated guns, 16 Dane guns, 14 RPG bombs, one RPG launcher, two tear gas launchers, 234 smoke grenades and one bandolier in the course of their operations.

Other weapons recovered from the insurgents include 5,893 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,064 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 401 rounds of 9mm ammo, 200 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 154 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 195 live cartridges, and 17 magazines.

Giving details of the operations, Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, on Friday in Abuja said in the North-East the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 83 terrorists, arrested 98 suspects and rescued 61 kidnappers hostages.

He said the troops of recovered assorted arms.

In the North-Central, troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 37 insurgents, arrested 102 violent extremists and rescued 113 kidnapped hostages, he said.

In the North-West, Buba said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch, neutralised 78 terrorists, arrested 103 terrorists and rescued 68 kidnapped hostages.

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Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 105 illegal refining sites with 51 dugout pits, 38 boats and 51 storage tanks.

He said the troops also recovered 215 cooking ovens, two speedboats, 44 drums, three tug boats, three barges, four wheelbarrows, one outboard engine, 15 vehicles, three motorcycles and six mobile phones.

According to him, troops recovered 1.09 million litres of stolen crude oil, 1.1 million litres of illegally refined AGO, 27,350 litres of DPK and 150 litres of PMS.

“Troops also arrested 55 perpetrators of oil theft and denied the oil thieves an estimated sum of N1.8 billion,” he said.

In the South-East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised 22 terrorists, arrested 37 violent extremists, rescued 15 kidnapped hostages and also recovered a large cache of arms.

Meanwhile, Buba also revealed that operational adjustments have been made by the military to prioritise protection for farmers to ensure a successful rainy season farming.

He added that the armed forces had intensified intelligence collection effort targeted at hunting terrorists and striking them where they may be hiding and hibernating.

He said the aim was to eliminate the terrorists and the infrastructure that supports their activities.

According to him, troops will continue to employ significant firepower to neutralise terrorists and disrupt their activities across the country.

“Winning the war against the terrorist is non-negotiable,” he said.

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Man faces life imprisonment for sleeping with 16-year-old girl in hotel

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Man faces life imprisonment for sleeping with 16-year-old girl in hotel

A 47-year old married man, Yisa Ebenezer, may spend the rest of his life in prison custody for allegedly luring and sleeping with a 16-year old girl in a hotel in Lagos State.

Ebenezer was arrested and charged for defilement under the Criminal Laws of the State.

The incident happened on 26th May, 2024, at a hotel located at Olinibua Street, Ijegun area of Lagos.

According to the Police, the suspect lured the girl to the hotel and engaged her in sex romp. And having satisfied himself,  he allowed her to go. But the victim realized herself after the act and informed her parents about what happened.

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The matter was reported to the Police at Isheri Oshun Division. The suspect was arrested and detained at the station for interrogation over his alleged conduct.

During interrogation, he admitted to have done so but with the girl’s consent and as such, it was not a case of rape or defilement.

However, the Police found him culpable for engaging a minor in sex and consequently charged him before the Ogba Magistrate Court for the alleged offence.

The Court did not take his plea when he was arraigned following a motion moved by the prosecutor,  Inspector John Iberedem, asking the Court to refer the matter to the DPP for legal advice because of the nature of the alleged offence.

The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. E. Kubenije, ordered his remand in custody at the correctional center at Kirikiri town, Lagos, pending the outcome of the DPP’s advice and directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send it to the DPP.

The matter was adjourned till 17th July, 2024, for mention for the report of the DPP’s advice to be ready, which will determine if the matter will be transferred to the High Court or not over jurisdiction.

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Scores killed as two terrorist groups clash in Zamfara

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Scores killed as two terrorist groups clash in Zamfara

Not less than 16 terrorists including two top commanders have been killed after two groups turned on each other in Maru local government area of Zamfara State in the early hours of Friday.

According to counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, who posted the news on X, the two top terrorists commanders were identified as Alhaji Nagala and Maikube, who have been engaging each other in a supremacy and territorial battle.

Writing on the incident, Makama said:

“In a shocking turn of events, a group of terrorists have killed each other in a brutal clash between rival factions. The incident occurred in a remote Northwestern region of Maru LGA where the terrorists had been causing havoc in the peaceful community.

“According to sources, the clash erupted when one faction attempted to gain control over a strategic territory held by the rival group. The fighting was intense, with both sides suffering heavy losses.

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“Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama that at least 16 terrorists were killed in the clash, including several top bandits commanders, amongst the prominent were Alhaji Nagala and Maikube

“The sources said that the rival factions have been at odds for months, with tensions escalating in recent weeks. The clash is seen as a significant blow to the terrorist organization, which has been weakened by internal divisions and infighting.

“The authorities have welcomed the news, stating that the elimination of terrorists is a positive development in the fight against terrorism.

“The incident is a clear indication that the terrorists are capable of turning on each other, and that their ideology is rooted in violence and destruction.”

16 bandits including 2  top Terrorists Commanders, Alhaji Nagala and Maikube, Killed in Rival Clash in Zamfara

By: Zagazola Makama

In a shocking turn of events, a group of terrorists have killed each other in a brutal clash between rival factions. The incident occurred in a… pic.twitter.com/HTaaqSwBPM

— Zagazola (@ZagazOlaMakama) June 21, 2024

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