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Over 100 killed in Rwanda floods

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At least 109 people have died in flooding in northern and western Rwanda, the state-run Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) said Wednesday, quoting figures from local authorities.

“The rain that fell last night caused disaster in the Northern and Western Provinces,” RBA said on its website.

“Currently, the provisional figures published by the administration of these provinces say that 109 people have been declared dead.”

The broadcaster said the floodwaters were still rising, “causing a threat to more lives”.

It said 95 people had perished in the hardest-hit Western Province and another 14 in Northern Province, adding that the floodwaters had swept away homes and infrastructure and led to road closures.

Images broadcast on RBA’s Twitter account showed houses destroyed, roads cut off by landslides and flooded fields.

“Relief efforts began immediately, including helping to bury victims of the disaster and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed,” the minister in charge of emergency management, Marie Solange Kayisire, told RBA.

She called on local residents to increase patrols, especially at night, so people could be moved to safer ground when it rains heavily.

In neighbouring Uganda, six people died in the west of the country when landslides struck their homes after days of torrential rain, according to the local Red Cross.

It said five of the dead belonged to the same family and were from a single village.

In May 2020, at least 65 people died in Rwanda as heavy rains pounded East Africa, while at least 194 deaths were reported in Kenya.

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Nigerian troops recover N637M worth of stolen crude, arrest 36 in South-South Ops

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Nigerian troops recover N637M worth of stolen crude, arrest 36 in South-South Ops

The Nigerian troops have achieved substantial success, recovering stolen crude oil worth N637 million and apprehending 36 suspects. This operation, spearheaded by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, marks a crucial step in the ongoing battle against illicit activities in the Niger Delta region.

Major General Buba revealed in a statement on Friday that the troops’ operations resulted in the recovery of 672,350 litres of stolen crude oil and 90,530 litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), commonly known as diesel. Additionally, significant assets used in perpetrating illegal activities were discovered and destroyed, including 51 dugout pits, 24 boats, 21 storage tanks, and four vehicles. “The Nigerian troops in the South-South region have made remarkable strides in curbing oil theft and illegal refining activities,” Major General Buba stated. “Our operations have led to the denial of oil theft amounting to an estimated sum of N637,710,310.00. Furthermore, we have apprehended 36 perpetrators involved in these illegal activities.”

The operations conducted by the troops in the Niger Delta area have been meticulous and thorough, targeting various facets of illicit activities prevalent in the region. In addition to recovering stolen crude oil and illegally refined AGO, the troops have dismantled numerous illegal refining sites and confiscated equipment used in these operations. “The success of our operations underscores the commitment of the Nigerian military to safeguarding our national resources and upholding the rule of law,” Major General Buba emphasized. “We will continue to intensify our efforts to root out criminal elements and ensure the security and prosperity of our nation.”

The recovered assets and seized items, including cooking ovens and illegal refining equipment, serve as tangible evidence of the troops’ dedication to combating oil theft and illegal activities in the South-South region. Furthermore, the arrests made during these operations send a clear message to perpetrators that their actions will not go unpunished. Moving forward, the Nigerian troops remain steadfast in their mission to maintain peace and security in the Niger Delta region. With ongoing efforts to strengthen surveillance and enhance collaboration with local communities, the military aims to prevent the resurgence of illegal activities and promote sustainable development in the region.

“We commend the bravery and professionalism demonstrated by our troops in the face of adversity,” Major General Buba concluded. “Their unwavering commitment to defending our nation’s interests is a testament to the resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces.”

 

 

 

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NSCDC destroys massive illegal refinery field in Rivers

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NSCDC destroys massive illegal refinery field in Rivers

The Anti-Vandal squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Rivers State Command, has destroyed a massive illegal refinery field at Adobi-Akwa settlement in Etche Local Government Area of the state.
The Head of the quad CSC, Peters Ibiso said the illegal refinery was sited at a forest, about seven kilometers from the main town.

Ibiso, who represented Rivers State Commandant, Basil Igwebueze, said

The team sighted where the pipeline vandals tapped into the wellhead of yet to be ascertained multinational company, connected their galvanised pipes to many cooking pots, heat up the crude to produce Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).

He said: “Upon receiving a tip-off, the Anti-Vandal operatives swung into action to uncover this illegal oil bunkering site. They were in this forest for two days, having cordoned the area; unfortunately the perpetrators upon sighting our men took to their heels but investigation is still ongoing to effect the arrests of such defiant elements”.

Ibiso in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, NSCDC, Rivers, Oluremi Ayedele, narrated the operational techniques of the illegal refinery owners.

He said from the extraction of crude through vandalism of oil pipelines, they took it for cooking in various ovens where the content was subjected to high temperature and transmitted through pipes to reservoirs for storage and onward trans loading to buyers.

 

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Police raids IPOB/ESN hideout, kill 2

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Police raids IPOB/ESN hideout, kill 2

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have raided the hideout of IPOB/ESN in the Akwuke community of Enugu South LGA, killing two members of the gang.
Force Public Relations Officer, (FPRO), ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi who disclosed this on Friday while parading various suspects involved in crimes across the country said the operatives were met with high resistance by these unscrupulous elements but were subdued due to the superior firepower of the operatives.

Adejobi said, “Two IPOB criminals were killed, one AK-47 rifle was recovered, one SubMachine Gun (SMG), one stainless Pump Action Gun (PAG), 27 live and 23 expended rounds of 7.62mm calibre of ammunition were recovered, and also five live cartridges.”

The police said investigation revealed that the breech number of the AK-47 had been wiped off but still, the magazine bore the Nigeria Police Colour, which must have been carted away during attacks on Police Formations.

Also, in other operations, the Police operatives of the Jigawa State Command in conjunction with local vigilantes acting upon credible intelligence stormed the Dangoli Fulani Camp of Kiyawa LGA and arrested two suspects in connection with a case of culpable homicide & robbery.

The suspects are Bello Usman and Musa Babangida all of Kiyawa LGA Jigawa State.

Exhibits recovered are two AK-47 rifles, four magazines, 68 rounds of live ammunition, one constructed leg chain, eight handsets, and one Boxer motorcycle with Reg No. LSR 206 QP, ECOWAS Passport belonging to one Mu’azu Abubakar, cash sum of N221,000), five SIM cards, one solar panel.

Police investigation revealed that the arms were the ones used to carry out the robbery that claimed the lives of three innocent persons in Birni Kudu Town, while the suspects confessed to the alleged crimes.

Adejobi said: “Now, turning to recent crime-fighting achievements: within the period under review, we have recorded the arrest of 385-armed robbery suspects, 238 kidnapping suspects, 341 murder/homicide suspects, 87 suspects connected with the unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, 143 rape suspects, 151 cultism suspects and have recovered 143 various firearms, 741 ammunitions of various calibers, recovered 72 stolen vehicles and rescued 461 kidnapped victims across the country.

“On 29/2/24 at about 10:30 PM, armed bandits with sophisticated weapons blocked Marabar Bangori along Gusau-Funtua Road in Faskari LGA Katsina State, and attacked a Ford vehicle with Lagos Reg NO. KTU-317 DH conveying passengers, en route Gusau to Kaduna and driven by one Abba Lawal ‘m’ 26yrs with intent to kidnap them. Upon receipt of the report, operatives mine rushed to the scene, and engaged the bandits in a gun duel, leading to the rescue of the driver and all 8 passengers, all from Nasarawa State. The rescued victims have been reunited with their families.

“On 4/3/24 a team from Operation Zenda JTF invaded an arms manufacturing hideout at Amahundu, Nanev, Kwande Local Government area of Benue State and arrested the following suspects: (1) Terer Terfa aka Gadafi ‘m’ 24yrs (2) Aonddonaugen Tse-aa ‘m’ 36yrs (3)Torkuma Lorlaha ‘m’ 27yrs (4) Hangeior Atim ‘m’ 25yrs, (5) Tyav Terwase ‘m’ 35yrs (6) Gundu Gbagbogum ‘m’ 50yrs (7) Terwase Shimashan ‘m’ 20yrs (8)Terese Terver aka Gbatiir ‘m’ 18yrs and (9) Adinga Ramseydihno ‘m’ 33 yrs from Cameroon. Exhibits recovered from them include 8 Barretta Pistols under fabrication, 1 AK-47 rifle, 10 AK47 live ammunition, 5 Beretta pistol ammunition, four (4) welding gas cylinders, and other fabrication materials. All suspects confessed to being involved in the manufacturing of illegal arms and ammunition.”

 

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FCT police arrest AEDC official, five others for transformer theft

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FCT police arrest AEDC official, five others for transformer theft

Men of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested an official of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and five other suspects for vandalising and stealing a transformer.

This was made known in a statement by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, on the command’s X handle on Friday.

The statement read, “The operatives of the FCT Police Command, on April 11, 2024, at about 10:45p., acting on credible intelligence, trailed and arrested six suspects, namely Kabiru Muhammed, Aliyu Usman, Abdulmalik Alhasassan, Shafi’u Suleiman, Suleiman Ibrahim, and Raymond Mailabari, who is an AEDC staff member, all males of Tipper Garage, Mpape, Abuja, for vandalising and stealing a transformer.

“The suspects were trying to escape with an already vandalised transformer they had loaded on a crane truck in Maitama when police operatives swooped in and apprehended them.

“The vandalised transformer, a crane truck, a blue Mercedes Benz with number plate. PKN 497 XA, a white J5 bus with number plate RBC 228 XC, and an ash Peugeot 406 car with the number plate. GSN 13 AA belonging to the AEDC staff member were all recovered.”

 

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Scores feared killed in Zamfara airstrikes

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Scores feared killed in Zamfara airstrikes

Scores of people have been feared killed in Kukawa village of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State during airstrikes by the troops of the Nigerian Army under Operation Hadarin Daji.

This was as the army denied the killing of any civilian in the state saying “the military was fighting bandits and not the innocent people of the state.”

An indigene of the village, Musa Abubakar who narrowly escaped told The PUNCH on Friday that his community was performing the Eid El Fitr prayer last Wednesday when the Nigerian Air Force bombarded the area.

Abubakar said the bombardment led to the death of no fewer than 40 people.

He said, “We were performing the Eid El Fitr prayer when we saw a plane approaching the area.

“Immediately the plane approached the Eid praying ground, we heard a terrifying sound and everybody took to their heels

“I was one of the lucky ones who escaped unhurt but several people were killed and many others sustained various degrees of injuries.

“I lost 13 people who are my blood relations while two others.”

However, another person from the village who sought anonymity said the bombardment of the village was a result of gunshots from the suspected bandits who targeted the military aircraft.

He said, “The aircraft was passing over the village and suddenly the bandits started shooting toward its direction

“This forced the military to drop several bombs in the village during the Eid El Fitr prayer and many people lost their lives.”

Speaking to PUNCH Online on the phone, the spokesperson of Operation Hadarin Daji, Lieutenant Suleiman Omale, said the military was fighting bandits and not the innocent people of the state.

He added that he was not aware of any civilians killed during the bombardment.

“We are fighting bandits, not the innocent Nigerians. I am not aware of any civilian that was killed during the operation.”

Recall that The PUNCH reported on Sunday that airstrikes by the air components of Operation Hadin Kai and Hadrin Daji killed terrorists planning to attack soft targets.

The strikes were conducted at various terrorist hideouts in Katsina and Borno states.

In Katsina, a terrorist enclave located Northwest of Yartsamiya Village in Danmusa Local Government Area was bombed.

 

 

 

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Mob kills almajiri who beheads 6-year old

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The police command in Kano have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged beheading of a minor,

The police command in Kano have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged beheading of a minor, Mohammed Saidu, by an almajiri at Kanwa village, Madobi local government area.

Kano police commissioner Usaini Gumel, on Friday disclosed disclosed that the six-year-old Saidu was allegedly killed by a 16-year-old almajiri identified as Abdullahi.

Gumel said the alleged killer, who hails from Zamfara, was seen at Kanwa village holding a blood-stained knife.

The remains of the victim were recovered and moved to the hospital for examination and was later released to his relatives for burial.

Upon a search, the police said the headless body of Saidu was found in a nearby primary school.

Gumel said the suspect was then taken to the house of the village head to prevent him from being lynched.

However, angry residents overwhelmed the village head and mobbed the teenager.

The Kano police chief said when cops arrived, the suspect confessed to the crime, saying he dumped the head of the victim in a pit toilet adjacent to the primary school.

He said the suspect was taken to the Kwankwaso Cottage Hospital but died while receiving treatment.

 

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