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Gunmen kill five policemen, couple in Imo

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It was a bloody day at Okpala Junction in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State where gunmen on Friday shot dead five policemen at a checkpoint. 

A couple identified as Mr. and Mrs Chinaka Nwagu who hailed from Amankwo Okpala community were equally killed.

According to eyewitnesses the incident which occurred around 8 am sent panic to residents and passersby in the area as they scampered for safety upon hearing gunshots. It also brought commercial activities to an abrupt halt.

According to The Nation report, one of the witnesses said that three of the police were shot dead at the scene, and two others ran to a nearby shop but their attackers raced to the shop and equally killed a couple who owned the shop they ran into.

The eyewitness disclosed that after killing the policemen, the gunmen carted away their five rifles.

“It was a Black Friday in our community. Gunmen around 8 am shot five policemen dead at Okpala Junction. The policemen drove in a white-coloured Hilux from Aboh Mbaise Division to eat at the junction.

“As they were eating, gunmen drove to the place and opened fire on them. Two out of the five policemen ran to a nearby shop where a couple was selling meat pie and sachet water. After killing the three policemen, they came to the shop where the two other officers were hiding, and shot them dead. They also killed a husband and wife that owned the shop.

“They took away their rifles and drove off. This is so unfortunate. Our community is in a panic. Everybody is in hiding. The couple just relocated from Lagos about one year ago. We just deposited their bodies in a mortuary. The market is shut. People have run away out of shock and fear. This is unbelievable.”

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Also, a source told our correspondent that the police officers drove to the junction to commence the stop and search when the gunmen stormed the area and attacked them.

“This is horrible. The bodies of the five policemen were lying on the road as we drove through. Their Hilux was also parked at the junction. The scene was horrible. It is terrible. We have not witnessed such a shooting before.”

The Nation recalls that on March 27 some fleeing gunmen ambushed and killed five personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the same Ngor Okpala LGA.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, said he had not gotten an official report on the incident. “Are you calling in respect of what happened in Ngor Okpalla, I’m yet to get an official report on it.”

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FCT Police nabs killers of Retired Army General in Abuja

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FCT Police nabs killers of Retired Army General in Abuja

The FCT Police Command has arrested four suspects over the killing of Army Brigadier General Uwem Udukwere in Abuja Sunshine Estate.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, said two of the robbers, now at large, went away with the pistol of the retired general

He declared the robbers wanted and vowed to get them.

According to the Police, “At Kabusa and Pigbakasa Apo in FCT, Abuja Utako Division operatives led by CCP Victor Godfrey arrested four suspects who robbed and murdered a retired Brigadier General, Gen. Uwen Harold (Retd) N/5575 15th Regular course at house, No. 9 Sanga Street, Sunshine Homes, by Kabusa Junction Lokogoma, FCT, Abuja.”

One of the suspects, the Police added, is Ibrahim Rabiu, aged 33, from Dala Local Government Area of Kano state. But he was a resident of Rasha Apo Roundabout.

Another, Nafiu Jamil, 33, from Tofa council inKano, resided at Apo Pantekar.

The third and fourth are Aliyu Abdullahi, 47, from Shinkafi Local Government of Zamfara state, but resident at Apo Roundabout Abuja, and Mohammed Nuhu, 28, from Kumbotso, Kano, but resident at Apo primary school.”

Source: Vanguard

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Police confirm abduction of Borno high court judge, wife, others

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The Borno State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a High Court judge, Justice Haruna Mshelia, his wife, orderly, and others in the Biu Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesman for the police command, ASP Nahum Daso, confirmed the incident to PUNCH Online on Monday.

He said, “We received a report today from one Sani Audu through the Divisional Officer of Biu that on 21st of June, 2024 at about 9am, the justice with his wife, orderly, and the driver were kidnapped along Biu-Maiduguri Road, specifically at Jiba town.”

He said that the police have commenced an investigation to track the terrorists and ensure the safe release of the judge, his wife, the orderly, and the driver.

“There has not been any contact with the terrorists, however, the police have put all security measures to see that the victims are rescued.

“The police through the Borno State Police Commissioner has delegated a Special Investigation team which comprises the State Intelligence Department and other tactical squads in collaboration with other security forces and the DSS to see how they can get forensic evidence they can get to enable them to track and retrieving the victims,” Daso added.

Source: The Punch

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Bandits kill Usmanu Danfodiyo varsity Deputy VC

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Bandits have killed the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS), Prof. Yusuf Saidu.

Prof. Saidu was UDUS Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Innovation and Development.

The attack was reported to have occurred while Prof. Saidu was travelling from Sokoto to Kaduna State.

According to information in circulation, the university don was said to have been killed by bandits around Kucheri town near the Zamfara State and Katsina State border.

As of the time of filing this report, security operatives in Zamfara and Katsina states are yet to make statements regarding the incident.

The Usmanu DanFodiyo University announced Prof. Saidu’s death in a brief statement on its official Facebook page Monday evening.

The University described the Professor’s demise as a great loss to the entire academic community.

The statement reads: “Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun. The death has occurred of Prof. Yusuf Saidu, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Innovation and Development Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto. He was attacked and killed by bandits on his way to Kaduna from Sokoto State.

“Prof. Saidu was remembered as a man of integrity, religion, dedication, and courage.

“His untimely death is a significant loss to the university community and the broader academic world. “May Allah accept his soul and forgive his sin, but this is a painful loss to all members of the University community and the Academia at large.”

 

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Flood sweeps away 16-year-old apprentice in Ogun

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A 16-year-old apprentice barber identified as Dimeji was reportedly swept away on Friday after a torrential rainfall in a gully erosion around St Anthony Secondary School, Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

Dimeji was said to have accidentally stepped into the canal, thinking there was a pedestrian plank that crossed gully, and was swept away by the erosion.

A viral video circulating on Saturday showed how the corpse of the young boy was retrieved from the gully.

The video was accompanied by a condolence message explaining that the victim was not a student but a barber apprentice around Awokoya, Ijebu-Ode.

The message read, “With a heavy heart, we share the sorrowful news of a young life lost to the devastating erosion in Ijebu Ode this evening.

“The victim, an apprentice barber at Awokoya, has been confirmed to be a non-student.

“Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his mother, who sells “fufu” at the same location.

“May his soul rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in this difficult time.”

The source who pleaded anonymity said “Yes, what you saw in the video is true, the boy, Dimeji actually slipped into the canal.

“What happened was that he escorted his friend to take a motorcycle, while the friend sat on the bike and went away he erroneously put his leg in the water thinking that he was stepping on the plank and that was how he was swept away.”

Efforts to reach the Ogun State Police Command’s spokesperson, SP Omolola Odutola, for comment on the incident, were unsuccessful, as her phone calls went unanswered and WhatsApp messages remained unanswered at the time of this report’s filing.

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Source: The Punch

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Eight jailed for internet fraud in A’Ibom

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Eight jailed for internet fraud in A’Ibom

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Uyo Zonal Command has secured the conviction and sentence of eight internet fraudsters in the state.

This was contained in a statement by its Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale on Saturday.

Oyewale said Justice Rosemary Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court, Calabar, Cross River State convicted the internet fraudsters.

He explained that they were prosecuted separately on two counts that bordered on criminal impersonation, identity theft and obtaining by false pretence.

He listed the convicts to include: Abasiofon Daniel Essien also known as Jason Momoa, Gideon Junior, Edikan Ubong, Harrison Chiemelie, Ndifereke Umoh, Christopher Promise, Effiong Wisdom and Godswill Nsikan.

One of the charges against Essien reads, “That you, Abasiofon Daniel Essien (aka Jason Momoa) sometime in 2023, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did take possession of $300 (Three Hundred US dollars) intentionally, knowing that the money formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: Identity theft and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under the Section 18 (3) of the same Act.

One of Wisdom’s charges reads, “That you, Effiong Wisdom “M” (aka Pamela Randy) sometime in November 2023, in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court did fraudulently present yourself as Pamela Randy to Michael Moore on the social media platform: Facebook/Instagram with intent to gain advantage for yourself did take possession of the sum of $170 (One Hundred and Seventy United States Dollars) knowing that the money formed part of the proceed of an unlawful act to wit: impersonation thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition and Prevention) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 18 (3) of the same Act.”

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They all pleaded guilty to the offences against them.

“They all pleaded guilty to their charges when they were read to them following which prosecution counsel, Khamis Mahmud tendered their confessional statements and incriminating contents of their mobile phones to the court as evidence and urged the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.”

“The judge convicted and sentenced them to two years in jail each. Umoh, Promise, Chiemelie and Nsikan were given the option to pay a fine of N2 million each (Two Million Naira). Junior, Essien and Ubong were given an N1.5 million (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) option of a fine, while Wisdom was given an N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) option of fine.

“In addition, Essien, Junior, Ubong and Chiemelie are to restitute $100, $300, $170 and N140,000.00 respectively to their victims, while Umoh, Promise, Wisdom and Nsikan will restitute $70, $140, N100,000.00 and Nsikan $50 respectively to their victims.”

The convicts also forfeited their phones which the court described as tools for their crimes to the government.

Source: The Punch

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FRSC officer injured after hit-and-run driver evades arrest in Osun

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An officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Osun State Command was injured on Friday after a hit-and-run driver evaded arrest over a traffic offence.

It was gathered that the incident occurred via Osun State Government Secretariat, Abere when operatives of the FRSC were on patrol on Friday.

A passer-by named Odebode Shina disclosed that the incident occurred around 9:20 am when the driver of a private Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) going towards the Ibadan axis was pulled over.

Shina said: “Seems the driver of the vehicle knew he would be booked for one offence or the other, he manoeuvred the patrol team and while doing that he hit an officer of the commission who hung on the bonnet of the car a few meters from the spot he was hit before he fell off.

“The officer was seriously injured as his colleagues chased after the driver of the car.

The FRSC Osun State Commander, Inyang Umoh confirmed the incident, saying, “The officer is in stable condition. We are trying to get him

Source: The Nation

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