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Police nab Prophetess over sale of day-old baby

By News Desk,

The Police Command in Abia has arrested one Amarachi Chinedu, over her alleged involvement in the sale of a one-day-old baby boy in Aba.

The Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, said in Umuahia on Thursday that the woman was arrested with two others for their alleged involvement in the deal.

The suspect, who claimed to be a prophetess, was arrested with the 17-year-old mother of the baby, Chinanu Monday, and the man who allegedly impregnated her, Promise Lazarus.

Monday told newsmen in an interview that she was delivered of her baby in the home of the prophetess and after the delivery “they took the baby away and sold him.”

She said that she was not involved in the deal as she was not given any money and did not know the buyer and whereabouts of her baby.

“When I was pregnant, Lazarus took me to the woman and she took delivery of the baby in her home.

“After the baby was delivered, they took him away and sold him,” she said.

She said that she took in for Lazarus in December when they both met.

Lazarus and the prophetess, however, denied the allegation and described the girl’s story as baseless.

Lazarus said that he met the girl in March, contrary to her claim that they met in December.

“She told me in April that she was pregnant and I told her that I would come to her parents for introduction with drinks and kola nuts.

“Surprisingly, while I was making plans to visit her parents, policemen came to my house and arrested me, accusing me of child trafficking,” Lazarus said.

The prophetess described the allegation as unfounded, saying that the girl was never pregnant and could not have given birth to a baby.

“I want the girl to be examined by a medical doctor to ascertain if she gave birth to a baby,” she said.

Also in police net are 19-year-old Mary Friday and 20-year-old Chinyere Achonna, who were arrested at an alleged baby factory at Umunkpei in Isialangwa North Local Government Area of the state.

The girls said that they were impregnated by their boyfriends and introduced to the baby factory, where they would be taken care of before their possible dates of delivery.

Paragon Kelechi, 52, who was arrested along with the two expectant mothers, said he took them to Umuahia to be scanned when they were arrested.

Kelechi said that he was asked to assist to take the girls to Umuahia by the owner of the baby factory, popularly known as Mma.

The police also arrested and detained one Ogechi Sunday, a civil servant, for allegedly using a hot knife to burn the buttocks of her maid.

Sunday told newsmen that she took the measure to tame the 14-year-old, Mary Sunday (not her relation).

“The girl was fond of eloping each time I sent her on errands, so on this last occasion I decided to take a drastic action to force her to disclose why she usually returned late from errands.

“So I put the kitchen knife on a lighted stove and when she eventually returned, I spanked her on the buttocks with the hot knife,” she said.

She however expressed regrets for her action, saying that she was moved by anger.

Also, the command paraded six gay suspects, arrested at a hotel in Aba, following a tip-off from the hotel manager, Peter Okeke.

Okeke told newsmen that two of the suspects checked into the hotel on Sunday and paid for one room.

Unknown gun men kill Ekiti APC chieftain

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Comrade Bunmi Ojo, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state has been killed.

The former Special Assistant to former Governor Segun Oni was shot on Friday night by unidentified gunmen.

He is reported to have been shot around a football viewing centre in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

The death of Ojo has attracted comments in the social media with Adebayo Adebolu tweeting: “The way politicians and their urchins snuff life out of souls in Ekiti is way too bad. These killings must stop. Ekiti lost a vibrant comrade.’’

Rasheed Rasheed ‏ @rasheedsenior said: “Another senior cadre gone! Another candle broken! First it was Willy Olawuyi Aiyegoro, now Bunmi Ojo. Both shot dead in Ado-Ekiti!!! Hmmmm’’

DeclanIfeanyi1 @DeclanIfeanyi1 “Comrade Bunmi OJO, an APC member and close aide of former Governor Segun ONI, has just been shot dead some minutes ago by an unidentified assailant at a viewing centre, along Adebayo road, Ado Ekiti.’’

Vincent Arogbodo Esq‏ @ArogbodoVincent queried : “Who is in Ekiti? Is it true that Bunmi Ojo had been assassinated? What is happening?’’

Oyetunji Ojo™ ‏ @TunjiOFR said: Sad….

Commissoner, Federal Character Commissioner Bunmi Ojo gunned down at a Football Viewing Centre in Ado-Ekiti?

Not again in Ekitiland… Enough of bloodshed.

Oh God, our creator unleash your hand of revenge on the evil doers.

Jehovah!!!!!

Many feared dead as gunmen attack Benue villages

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Many feared dead as gunmen launched fresh attack on villages in Katsina-Ala Local Government area in Benue state, on Friday.

Unconfirmed reports put the number of people killed at more than 11.

The attacks, said to have started in the morning, occurred in Tse-Ujoh- Tiev inside Katsina-Ala local government area.

Governor Samuel Ortom described the attack as  “unacceptable” urging security agencies to step up their game.

The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, assured the people of Katsina-Ala that steps had been taken to prevent further attacks in the area, adding that three persons had been arrested in connection with the attack.

The statement further said, “Governor Ortom reassured the people of the state that his administration will not allow armed militia to continue to terrorise communities.

“He encouraged anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the gang to contact the police, Department of State Services or the military,” the statement said.

The State Command spokesman, DSP Moses Yamu, confirmed that nine people were killed.

“We got information that some militia suspected to be of Shitile, attacked Tse Ujoh village of Ikyurav-Tiev council ward where nine people were killed,” Yamu said.

Robbers kill 10, injure others in Igara bank raid

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At least 10 persons have been reported killed in robbery attacks on two banks in Igara, Edo state.

The incident occurred at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The robbers invaded the two commercial banks in the town, killing 10 persons, including security officers attached to the banks.

A resident, Ofei Obende, said the robbers attacked the police station in the town before attacking the banks where they killed four security men.

The Secretary to the Otaru of Igarra, Chief Folorunsho Dania, confirmed the incident.

He disclosed during a telephone interview that 10 persons were feared dead and the police station set ablaze.

“This is a serious case, armed robbers have besieged Igarra, in Akoko Edo Local Government, so many lives killed, 10 persons have been killed. Three people were killed and in the banks too,” he said.

Many persons were killed. It is a calamity. In all, ten lives have gone.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, Chidi Nwabuzor, said information on the attack was still sketchy and would release details later.

The six persons were killed in a similar attack in November 2015 when armed robbers invaded the community.

Enugu state Govt. seizes 48 caskets

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Officials of the Nsukka Local Government Council in Enugu State have demolished shops and seized caskets in a bid to force traders to relocate to a new market.

The action was carried out by the council officials late on Wednesday.

No fewer than 48 caskets belonging traders to traders at Aku Road, behind Bishop Shanahan Hospital were said to have been seized by the council officials with 10 shops also demolished.

The traders have been having a running battle with the council officials, who have been forcing the traders to relocate to a place, called Nsukka Timber Shed.

Speaking to reporters on the development in Nsukka on Thursday, Mr Benson Asogwa, Chairman of the Nsukka Association of Casket Dealers, said that officials of the Local Government Council raided shops and seized goods in a bid to force out traders.

He said that the officials were led by a man identified as the chief security officer of the council and that they pulled down shops and carried away many caskets.

“The council gave us only seven days’ notice before they pulled down our shops and packed our caskets and the materials we use in making the caskets.

“The council team was led by the Chief Security Officer, Uche Eze, in company of some policemen and Neighbourhood Watch operatives,’’ Asogwa said.

But reacting to the development, the Chairman of the council, Patrick Omeje, said the council had given the casket makers quit notice since January this year, to relocate to the Nsukka Timber Shed Market.

Omeje explained that the council had followed up with several letters and held series of meetings with the traders for them to see reason to relocate but that all the effort yielded no positive result.

“It’s not a good thing that anybody who entered Nsukka town the first thing he or she will see is lined up caskets.

“Some residents, especially children are scared passing Aku Road in the night or early in the morning because of line up of caskets in that place.’’

The council boss pledged that as soon as the casket makers agreed to move to the Timber Shed Market the council would release the 48 caskets confiscated by the council.

Omeje said there was a law enacted four years ago by the council that compelled the casket dealers to move to the Timber Shed Market.

“The council is ready to partner with them provided they obey the directives of the council,’’ he said.

Uknown gunmen abduct Islamic cleric in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, confirmed that Ahmad Garko, an Islamic preacher known as ‘Al-Garkawy had been abducted by gunmen while working in his farm, on Friday

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, DSP Murkhtar Aliyu, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kaduna.

Aliyu said that the preacher was abducted on Thursday along with two other persons, believed to be either his sons or students.

“The Kaduna State Police Command wishes to categorically state that, on 02/8/2018 at about 1340 hours, a distress call was received that one Malam Ahmad Garko, popularly known as ‘Al-Garkawy’ went to his farm in Maguzawa village, Igabi Local Government Area.

“He was unfortunately intercepted by unknown Armed Men on Motor bikes alongside two others.

“On receipt of the call, teams of policemen immediately mobilised to the area but the hoodlums escaped with the victims.

Aliyu said, “Tactical Units have been deployed; two persons were so far arrested in connection with the incident and rescue mission remains the utmost priority.“

He said investigation had commenced in effort to rescue the preacher and the two other victims.

Gunmen abduct ex-council chairman in Ondo

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A former Chairman, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, Dele Fagoriola, has been abducted by gunmen.

The political chieftain was abducted on Saturday afternoon on his farm in Iju, located along Akure Ikere-Ekiti Road.

The elder brother of the victim, Busuyi Fagoriola, told newsmen that the former Council chairman was on his farm to supervise his labourers when the abductors got hold of him and took him away.

He said the abductors numbering about seven, used masks to hide their faces. He added that the family members had not been contacted by the abductors and they are yet demand for ransom.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, said the command has launched an investigation into the incident.

The abduction of politicians and traditional rulers are on the rise in the riverine region of Ondo State and Delta State.

A Catholic priest of the Sacred Heart Parish, Obomkpa in Delta State, Reverend Andrew Anah was kidnapped earlier this month.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the abduction noting that this is the second time the same priest will be abducted. He later regained freedom after spending 48 hours in the kidnapper’s den.

In June 2018, wife of a traditional ruler in Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State was abducted by some gunmen.

She was abducted alongside the driver while they were on a trip to Ugbe-Akoko in the same local government area. She, alongside the driver, were later freed by the abductors.

The Traditional Ruler of Ogodor Kingdom and chairman of Aniocha North Traditional Rulers Committee, Sunday Olisewokwu, in Delta state was abducted in June 2018 by gunmen who invaded his palace.

Police invite Saraki again over Offa Bank robbery case

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The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has received a second invitation from the Nigerian Police for questioning over the deadly robbery attack on six banks in Offa town of Kwara State.

The letter of invitation dated Monday, July 23, was personally signed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

Idris referred to a letter from the police dated June 4, 2018, as well as a letter of response from the Senate President dated June 7, 2018, on the deadly attack of April 5, 2018, in Offa.

He recalled that the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) had launched an investigation into the incident which claimed 31 lives, including nine police officers and pregnant women while the suspects made away with some AK 47 rifles.

The IGP said investigation revealed that a CCTV footage captured the image of two persons involved in the attack, who were later identified.

“The two persons were tracked and arrested by the police and they made very useful statements and named the five gang leaders who organised the armed robbery,” he said.

“Some of the five gang leaders made confessional statements admitting their participation in this worst armed robbery in the history of Nigeria and that they are political thugs under the name, Youth Liberation Movement aka ‘Good boys’.”

The police boss stated that the suspects also claimed the group was sponsored by the Senate President, and that he allegedly gave them “firearms, money and vehicles”.

He added that one of the gang leaders, in his confessional statement, said members of his group were political thugs allegedly working for Dr Saraki and the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The IGP then referred to Senator Saraki’s response to the allegations, quoting him as saying, “By virtue of my participation in politics, I have a large followership which makes it impossible for me to know all of them. I can say categorically that I am in no way associated with the vehicle mentioned in your letter nor have I given any arms to any thug or other persons in Kwara State or anywhere else. For the records, your letter under reference did not include the full text of the statements made by the accused persons.”

In view of his, Mr Idris disclosed that the police have decided to invite the Senate President for further clarification on the matter.

He said, “After a careful perusal of your letter to the police, it was discovered that the statement requires further clarification and coupled with the fact that you stated that the full text of the statements of the suspects was not shown to you, it is imperative you report to the police to make further statements after giving you the full text of the statements of the suspects.”

Senator Saraki and Governor Ahmed have since denied any involvement in the attack or sponsoring any political thug.

Suicide bomber kill 7 in Borno

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A male suicide bomber has killed seven worshipers during morning prayer in a Mosque on Monday in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno.

Ali Kolo, the Head of Vigilance Group in the area, disclosed this.

Kolo said seven other persons including a child, sustained injuries when the bomber detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body during the congregational prayer.

He explained that the suicide bomber sneaked into the affected mosque at Mainari area of Konduga and carried out the attack.

“It is not clear how the suicide bomber infiltrated the town and attacked the mosque.

“The building collapsed during the explosion, and the victims were evacuated from the rubble,” he said.

Alhaji Bello Dambatta, the Head of Rescue Team, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed the attack.

Dambatta said that the injured persons had been taken to the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, for treatment.

Suspected robber kill 58yr-old man in Jigawa

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The Jigawa Police Command on Saturday confirmed the shooting of a 58-year old man by suspected armed robbers in Dutse Local Government Area of the state.

SP Abdu Jinjiri, the police spokesman in the state, said in Dutse that the incident occurred on July 19 at about 7:05 p.m. at the residence of the victim located at Godiya Miyetti quarters.

He explained that the suspects allegedly trailed the suspect to his resident and attempted to rob him.

“It was when the victim noticed the suspects’ presence in his house and shouted that he was shot in the belly and they ran away.

“The police were informed and took action immediately by visiting the scene and rushed the victim to hospital for medical attention and he is responding to treatment,’’ he said.

According to Jinjiri, investigation has begun to fish out and arrest the fleeing perpetrators of the attack.