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  • Cautions against ethnic profiling, slurs

The United Kingdom has cautioned against divisive statements and ethnic slurs in relations to Lagos and other major cities in Nigeria.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, said on Sunday that such ethnic profiling and attacks on people living in major cities like would only impede the growth of the area.

Indeed, he said the strength and beauty of Lagos lie in its blend of culture and religion and should be recognised as a cosmopolitan city.

He spoke in an interview with Nigeria Info FM, a Lagos-based radio station.

A few days to the Lagos governorship election, divisive statements and ethnic slurs were rife on and off social media.

Llewellyn-Jones noted that the growth of Lagos as many mega cities around the world had recorded huge strides because of their diversity of human capital.

He said, “If you live in London, you are a Londoner, a British-Pakistan, is a Londoner. The British Prime Minister lives in London. My boss, the British foreign Secretary is clearly British-Sierra Leone and lives in London, they are Londoners.

“Why is it that people who pay taxes, who work, who provide teachers, who built businesses, who create jobs, who live in Lagos, who happen to be from a different ethnicity to some other people are not Lagosians? Of course, they are. The strength of Lagos is its diversity, and if Lagos can’t be that kind of cosmopolitan melting pot of culture and language and all the things it should be, then really how is Lagos going to succeed?”

He also said, “People chanting anti-Igbo messages and walking on the streets by polling units on elections day is totally unacceptable. Not just in Lagos, but also in Enugu and Rivers were we had our teams as well and many other places.

“It was a very much tougher day for voters which shouldn’t be. But we saw people vote in spite of that, which is truly impressive about the elections.”

“I think the right question to people who have been driving these ethnic kind of languages would be, when you go to cities around the world like London, what do you see when you see the success of those places? Because the success of those places are not built upon division but upon unity.

“I think that people who are still using that kind of language should stop, and the party they represent should be saying to them ‘stop now, this is not in our name and you are wrong’.”

 

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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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