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Soldiers kill policeman for intercepting colleague transporting hemp

A police sergeant, identified as Ahmed Ali, has been said to have been shot by soldiers on duty in Benisheikh town, Borno State, after his team intercepted a vehicle belonging to their colleague and found it loaded with Indian hemp.

Locals and security sources told Daily Trust that the incident happened at the town’s entry checkpoint, around 10am, on Monday.

A security source told our correspondent that the soldier driving in an Acura jeep, number FKJ 761 AR, beat a security checkpoint and refused to stop despite warnings from the police.

“His refusal to stop prompted the crack police team to shoot at his tyre, which forced him to stop, but in an effort to drive the vehicle to Benisheikh police station, Sgt. Ali was shot dead by the soldiers.

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“The soldier carrying the Indian hemp, identified as Sgt U. Joseph, along with his other colleagues tried to stop the Crack Squad from confiscating the vehicle, which led to the shooting, and Sgt. Ali who was reversing the vehicle, got killed by the bullet,”  one of the security sources said.

Our correspondent gathered that the suspect is currently under the custody of the military, while the vehicle is at the Benisheikh police station.

A source from the military described the shooting as a mistake by a soldier named, Ibrahim Waberi, who fired at the vehicle in an attempt to stop it from being moved by the deceased.

“His shot mistakenly hit the deceased but the accused soldier is in custody for investigation,” he said.

Attempt by Daily Trust to speak to the police failed as the PPRO, Mr Shatambaya ASP Sani Kamilu Shatambaya, was on leave, and his deputy couldn’t be reached for comment.

The last time such incident happened was in February 2020, when an army corporal killed a mobile police officer, Sergeant Rowland Tafida, with an anti-aircraft Gun (AAG) after an altercation at Makara Area of Gwoza LGA of Borno State.

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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.

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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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