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Gunmen kill 8 persons in Nasarawa State – Police

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The Police Command in Nasarawa State on Friday confirmed the killing of eight people by unidentified gunmen in Sofiyo village of Toto Local Government Area of the state.

Kennedy Idrisu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, confirmed the incident in Toto.

The PPRO said scores sustained various degrees of injuries from the attack.

Idrisu advised inhabitants of the area especially the youths against taking laws in to their hands.

He advised the people to ensure that they reported crisis to the appropriate authorities for necessary action rather than engage in violence.

“It is true that gunmen attacked and killed eight people in Sofiyo community of the locality.

“We have also mobilised our men to the scene of the attack to maintain law and order and to forestall further attacks.

“The injured are currently receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital, Gwagwalada,” he said.

Thee PPRO said that the police would not relent in its efforts to ensure peace and stability in the state and called on trouble makers in the state to shun their evil acts.

He urged the residents to provide the police vital information that would enable them to arrest the perpetrators and generally curtail criminal activities in the state.

In May communal clashes erupted between the Egbira and Bassa ethnic groups during which many people were killed and property destroyed.

Court remands herdsmen over alleged robbery

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An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday remanded two herdsmen, Abubarkar Mohammed, and Mohammed Isha, for allegedly robbing people on the Ilorin-Ogbomosho highway on Aug. 28.

Police Prosecutor, Insp. Abdullahi Sanni told the court that the suspects were arrested, following information received from residents of Olorunsogo community along the highway.

He said that investigation revealed that the accused persons were armed bandits, who had been terrorising people on the Ilorin-Ogbomosho road.

Sanni disclosed that the arrest of the two men led to the recovery of three motorcycle, five Nokia phones, one I-phone, one Sony camera, one HP laptop and jewelry.

The prosecutor said the two men were arraigned on a two-count charge of Criminal Conspiracy and Armed Robbery.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 6(B) and 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap. R11 Law of Nigeria, 2004.

He urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody, pending the outcome of investigation.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

The Magistrate, Aminat Shittu, ordered that the suspects should be remanded at Mondala Prison Yard in Ilorin and adjourned the case until Sept. 27 for mention.

Court arraign man for stealing milk

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A 25-year-old  cart pusher, Musa Abu, was on Wednesday in Lagos arraigned in  an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing cartons of milk valued at N166,000.

According to the prosecutor, Sgt. Kenrich Nomayo, the accused committed the offence on Aug. 20 at Mangoro, Agege, Lagos.

He said that the accused and two other persons still at large conspired to steal the cartons of milk, property of Joke Essential Store.

“The accused and his accomplices scaled the fence to gain access into the company’s premises at night.

“They destroyed the key to the pick-up van and carted away cartons of Peak Milk and Three Crown.

“The security guard on duty, who sighted the accused stealing his company’s goods, alerted the police.

“The accused was arrested while others escaped with the milk,” the prosecutor said.

The offences, he said, contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Section 287 carries three years jail term for stealing, while Section 411 attracts two years for conspiracy.

Abu, who resides at Orile-Agege, Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the two- count charge of stealing and conspiracy.

Magistrate T.O  Ojo granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum as part of the bail conditions.

Ojo also said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned untill  Sept. 20 for mention.

Police arrest herbalist, sons over kidnapping

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The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested a 60-year-old Ifa chief priestess and her two sons in connection with some kidnap cases in the state.

The spokesman for the command, CSP Chike Oti, made the development known in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

Oti said that the suspects were arrested on Saturday at their home at No.15, Irepodun Street, Egan, Igando, a Lagos suburb.

He said that the woman was said to be a chief priestess and custodian of an Ifa shrine.

She was alleged to be aiding her sons, aged 26 and 32, who allegedly lure their victims with charms to their home.

Oti described the suspects as “deadly bunch of kidnappers”.

He said that they used the social media to lure their victims and put them in captivity until they paid ransoms for their release.

“The trio met their waterloo when one Bridget Obazee came to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Igando Police Station, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, on Sept. 7 and complained that her brother, Osahon, was missing.

“The complainant told the DPO that the kidnappers were threatening to kill Osahon if they (family) failed to pay a N1.5 million ransom.

“She added that they warned her not to involve the police, otherwise her brother would be killed.”

Oti said that the DPO quickly contacted the Commissioner of Police,  Imohimi Edgal, who deployed men from the Intelligence Unit of the command to reinforce the DPO’s team.

He said that the team immediately set out in search of the suspects.

“The same day, at about 11a.m., through discreet investigation, the team arrested the woman and her sons, Akeem Bashiru and Ojo Solomon,” he said.

He said that besides Osahon, the police also rescued two other victims in the home of the suspects, which doubled as their hideout.

He gave the names of the other victims as Adugbagbe Akindele of No.7 Peace Crescent Salolo, Meiran, Lagos and one Ekwegbalu Augustine, who was lured from Anambra with the promise for a job in an oil company.

Oti said, “the victims have been held for weeks, pending the payment of ransom by their families.”
He said that those rescued had been re-united with their relations.

He said that during interrogation, Solomon confessed that he lured the victims with the promise of getting them employment.

“He further confessed that he lured some victims for a gay relationship and that their mother empowered him and his brother spiritually,” Oti said.

He said that the mother used charms to intimidate and instill fear in victims.

He hailed residents of Lagos State for assisting the command with useful information and urged them not to relent.

Girl 19, drugs ‘Okada’ rider, snatches motorcycle

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The Police Command in Katsina State has announced the arrest of a 19-year-old girl, Zinatu Abubakar, who allegedly drugged a commercial motorcycle operator and attempted to snatch his motorcycle.

A statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isa, made available to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina, said the suspect belonged to a syndicate operating in the state.

Isa said the suspect drugged a motorcyclist, Gide Wada, who was conveying her from Kofar-Kaura to Sokoto Rima Quarters in Katsina metropolis.

The police spokesman said Wada had to park his motorcycle when he started becoming drowsy after he ate a piece of chocolate the suspect gave to him as they were moving to her destination.

According to him, it was after the victim parked the motorcycle that he became unconscious and the suspects’ accomplices, one Abubakar and Chairman, now at large, attempted to snatch the motorcycle.

He explained that the accomplices ran into the bush when the condition of the motorcyclist attracted the attention of people nearby, who apprehended Zinatu and handed her over to the police.

Isa claimed that the suspect had confessed to have been committing such offence in Kaduna and Kano states, adding that the police were on the trail of her accomplices.

He advised Okada riders and commercial drivers not to take food from people they know nothing about, so as not to become victims of robbery.

Police arrests 57 suspected homosexuals in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 57 persons suspected to be involved in homosexual activities in the Egbeda area of the state.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, confirmed the arrest to newsmen during a news conference.

He said that the suspects were picked up on Sunday at 2 a.m. while they were performing gay-initiation for newly recruited members.

“Intelligence gathered revealed that some youths will be initiated into a Gay/Homosexual Club between 1 a.m and 2 a.m., at Kelly Ann Hotel/ Event Centre, located at No. 3-7, Adenrele St., Egbeda, an action contrary to Section 1 (1) of Same Sex Marriage, Act 2014.

“Consequent upon this, some operatives from the Shasha and Idimu Police Stations stormed the venue and met no less than 80 young men.

“They were taking different types of drinks including banned substances like Tramadol, Shisha laced with substances suspected to be Marijuana.

“As soon as they sighted the police, they ran into different directions but the team arrested 57 of them,” he said.

The CP said that investigation into the case was ongoing and the suspects would be charged to court soon.

However, some of the suspects who spoke to newsmen  on the sidelines of the press conference, denied the allegations.

They said that they were at the hotel to attend a wedding and a birthday party.

One of the suspects, James Obialu, said that he was a dancer and had come to the party to perform before he was arrested.

“I am not a gay, I am a dancer and I was there to perform before I was arrested. I am a responsible citizen and I work at the Alimosho General Hospital as a counsellor for those living with HIV,” he said.

Another suspect, Samuel Olarotimi, 22, and also a graduate of Mass Communication from the Yaba College of Technology, said that there were other females in the hotel who were not arrested.

“I was there for a birthday party which started late. About eight ladies were at the bar with us while some other ladies were dressing up in their rooms.

“I don’t know why the police refused to arrest the other females but brought us here as alleged homosexuals, “ he said.

One of them, Bob China, said that he accompanied his friend, a caterer, to deliver food at the party but was arrested while waiting outside the hotel.

How Kaduna recorded 95 rape cases in 7 months

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Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), Kaduna, the Director, Juliana Joseph, said on Monday that the centre had received 95 cases of sexual assaults from January to July 2018, of which 16 were male victims.

Joseph told newsmen in Kaduna that 25 of the victims were minors from zero to five years; 28 victims from six to 10 years, and only two fell within 21 to 25 years age bracket.

She added that two of the victims tested positive to pregnancy, while 15 tested positive to various sexually transmitted diseases.

“Five cases were received in January, 13 in February, 29 in March, 13 in April, nine in May, 16 in June and 10 in July.

“Out of the 95 cases, 19 were raped by neighbours, seven by security guards and 10 by family members namely fathers, step fathers, uncles and cousins, and three by school mates,” she said.

She identified Tudun Wada, Kakuri Kudenden, Nasarawa, Hayin Banki, Gonin Goara, Dan Bushia, Romi and Rigassa as flash point areas with the highest reported cases.

According to her, the perpetrators are being persecuted by the police, noting that the ugly development could have life time effect on the lives of the victims if continued.

She urged caregivers to report to relevant authorities whenever someone took undue advantage of young girls or boys, no matter who might be involved.

She said that SARC services were open to every member of the society for free, adding that a total of 104 cases, including 20 males and 84 females were recorded between December 2016 and December 2017.

The director called on parents and caregivers to watch over their girls and male-child at all times, adding that every person should be treated as potential suspects.

“We will only address this ugly trend if the perpetrators of such act were exposed and prosecuted,” Joseph added.

Kaduna State Government inaugurated the centre in December 2016, to provide psycho-social counselling, forensic examination, medical treatment and legal services for victims of sexual assault.

The centre, located at the Gwamna Awan General Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna, was established with support from U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) under its Justice for All project.

The centre is being run by the Ministry of Justice, in partnership with Ministry of Women and Social Development, Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.

The Ministry of Health provides forensic examination and treatment, the Nigerian Police investigates, and the Ministry of Justice provides legal services.

The Ministry of Women Affairs on the other hand, provides psycho-social counselling for the victims.

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.