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Troops Eliminate 80 Terrorists In N/West, Central

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Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of the armed forces have eliminated no fewer than 80 terrorists in two weeks across theatres of operation in the North West and North Central.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said this while briefing newsmen on the operations of the military between March 25 and April 7 on Thursday in Abuja.

In Kaduna and Niger states, Onyeuko said the troops of “Operation Thunder Strike” eliminated a total of 34 terrorists and recovered 14 locally fabricated guns and 17 motorcycles during the period.

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He said the troops recorded modest successes as the air component had on March 30, conducted airstrikes on terrorists on motorbikes moving towards Akilibu-Sarkin Pawa Road at Mangoro village, between Kaduna and Niger State.

He said the air component intercepted and neutralised scores of the terrorists.

He added that a large concentration of terrorists was sighted around Kusasu after air surveillance and interdiction were conducted on March 31, killing no fewer than 33 terrorists.

Under Operation Safe Haven, the Defence spokesman said the troops had continued to achieve relative peace through non-kinetic activities.(NAN)/DAILY TRUST

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Release Nnamdi Kanu As Christmas Gift To S’East, HURIWA Urges Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Civil rights advocacy group, Hu­man Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Sunday, tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to free the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, as a 2022 Christmas gift to the South-East geopolitical zone.

HURIWA’s National Coordina­tor, Comrade Emmanuel Onwu­biko, in a statement, challenged the president to be a man of his words by leaving the judiciary to decide on Kanu’s fate without any political interference or vendetta. The group asked Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Fed­eration and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to comply with the appellate court’s judge­ment of freeing Kanu from the Department of State Services (DSS) before Christmas.

HURIWA believes that the re­lease of Kanu would restore peace and stability to the South-East of Nigeria and restore economic growth of the zone. HURIWA expressed disappointment and consternation at the nonchalant attitudes of the governors of the South East of Nigeria towards mounting pressure on President Buhari to free Kanu from deten­tion.

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In May, Buhari, at a meeting with Ebonyi State Stakeholders’ Forum at the Government House in Abakaliki, said a political solu­tion to Kanu’s travails was impos­sible and insisted that only the court would decide his fate.

“I have listened carefully to the various appeals from the elders to the traditional leaders regarding a wide range of options and as I have said previously, this matter remains in the full purview of the court where it will be properly ad­judicated,” Buhari had promised.

However, about 18 months since his unwarranted detention at the DSS custody in Abuja, the IPOB leader has not tasted free­dom despite the judgement of the Appeal Court granting him freedom and awarding billions of naira as damages against the Federal Government for his ex­traordinary rendition from Ken­ya mid-2021.

At the moment, the major presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections including Labour Party’s Peter Obi, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party have opined that they would ex­plore dialogue to end secessionist agitations in the South-East and restore the economy of the Igbo people which has been marred with untold violence and activi­ties of unknown gunmen.

Commenting, HURIWA’s On­wubiko said, “As though a norm, all the major presidential can­didates for the 2023 presidential election have adopted negotiat­ed settlement to end agitations by IPOB and other secessionist groups like that of Yoruba Na­tion agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

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LASTMA Nabs Two ‘One Chance’ Robbers

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Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have arrested two  suspected ‘one chance’ armed robbers in Ikate, Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos
The General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba, said this through the Director, Public Affairs of the authority, Mr Taofiq Adebayo, in Lagos on Sunday.
Oreagba disclosed that the suspects were nabbed by the patrol team of the Agency while on duty monitoring and controlling traffic around Lekki-Ajah axis of the State.
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 “Our officials heard passengers with loud voice shouting, thieves! thieves!! while on patrol team, in an unpainted commercial bus.
“While trying to stop the driver, he drove dangerously and our men pursued them with  LASTMA patrol vehicle down to Ikate where they were blocked by another pathfinder car belonging to a good Samaritan.
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“Two suspects were arrested while the remaining two suspects  escaped with the P.O.S they used to withdraw passengers money inside the T4 commercial bus.
“The two arrested suspects with the recovered unpainted T4 commercial bus were later handed over to R.R.S personnel who were on pin-down at Chisco, along Lekki- Ajah”
“They were all later moved down to Ilasan Police Station for further investigations,” Oreagba said.
The General Manager  advised Lagos residents to always ensure they board buses at designated garages adding that they should be vigilant, especially when boarding public vehicles.
One of the rescued passengers Mr Christophe Omukoro, is quoted as saying that he boarded the unpainted commercial bus from Alfa-Beach going to Ikate.
He disclosed that they were four with P.O.S machine collecting passengers ATM cards and withdrawing money from individual accounts.
Omukoro confirmed that passengers started shouting thieves! thieves!! thieves!!! after they had collected their phones with other valuables from them.
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NDLEA nabs wanted kingpin, Saudi-bound trafficker with cocaine in sandals

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Lawal Oyenuga

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Sunday confirmed the arrest of a 56-year-old cocaine trafficker, Lawal Oyenuga, who was on a mission to deliver 400grams of the class A drug concealed in a pair of palm sandals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, also said a wanted notorious kingpin, Wasiu Gbolahan, aka Teacher, who recruits mules for the cartel, was also arrested.

Babafemi said, “The NDLEA operatives attached to the screening point of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, had on Thursday, November 24, intercepted Lawal Oyenuga with a pair of black palm sandals packed in the luggage he was going with to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia via Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airways flight.

“A thorough examination of the sandals revealed they were used to conceal two parcels of cocaine weighing 400 grams. This is barely a week after a 56-year-old widow and mother of four, Ajisegiri Sidika, was arrested at the airport over her attempt to traffic 400 grams of cocaine concealed in her footwear to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on board a Qatar Airways flight.

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“In his statement, Oyenuga claimed he was recruited to traffic the drug by Wasiu Gbolahan, popularly known as Teacher, adding that he was first given some pellets of cocaine to swallow but when he couldn’t do that, then he was given the ones concealed in the palm sandals. He said he resorted to the criminal trade to raise money to pay an examination fee for his daughter who is in Senior Secondary School class 3.”

Babafemi said the agency’s database revealed that Gbolahan had been linked to some previous attempts to traffic cocaine to Saudi Arabia and Dubai, UAE, adding that he was earlier named as the one who recruited a BRT driver, Bolajoko Babalola, for Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Alhaji Ademola Kazeem, aka Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem Muhammed, to traffic drugs to Dubai.

“Bolajoko was arrested on June 27 while taking 900 grams of cocaine to Dubai while Ademola Kazeem was nabbed on Thursday November 10, barely 10 days after he was declared wanted by the NDLEA. A follow up operation in the early hours of Friday, November 25, led to the arrest of the kingpin, (Gbolahan) Teacher, who specialises in recruiting mules for drug barons in Lagos and its environs at his residence located in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.”

In another follow up operation to the seizure of 1.10kg cannabis concealed in bottles of body cream going to Dubai on September 9, Babafemi said the actual owner of the consignment, Wordul Chukwuemeka, who runs a boutique business in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was arrested on Thursday, November 24.

Babafemi also confirmed arrests of two freight agents, Nwazuru Georgewill and Saheed Muritala; a Brazilian returnee, Iroegbute Francis; and a notorious cripple, Ibrahim Yusuf, one Uzoma Kingsley, for drug related offences.

He also said Ismaila Abubakar, Sunday Mathias, Onyebuchi Chime, Richard Ebong and Nze Abraham, Adebayo Rahmat, Muhsin Abdullahi, Lawal Rabe, Basiru Muhammadu, and Saidu Yusuf, among others, were arrested for similar offense. Punch

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