Samsung leader Lee Jae-yong arrested in corruption probe.

Samsung’s de facto leader Lee Jae-yong has been arrested for alleged bribery, embezzlement and perjury in connection with the country’s corruption scandal in a big setback for South Korea’s largest conglomerate that could hinder its succession and restructuring plans.

Mr Lee, the 48-year-old vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, is the highest-profile business figure engulfed by the influence-peddling scandal that is poised to topple President Park Geun-hye. The jailing early on Friday of Samsung’s chief — the first such arrest in its 79-year history — could lead to a leadership vacuum at the group and hamper restructuring plans as the third generation of the founding family prepares to take the reins. It could also affect strategic decisions on forthcoming investments and acquisitions.

The arrest also comes as Samsung Electronics, the group’s crown jewel, is scrambling to revive the fortunes of its mobile business following the costly debacle over the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last year.

Friday’s 5.30am ruling came more than 10 hours after the end of a lengthy court hearing on whether to issue an arrest warrant. The judge rejected prosecutors’ request to arrest Park Sang-jin, the president of Samsung Electronics who was involved in arranging Samsung’s financial support for Ms Park’s shadowy “shaman adviser”, saying he simply followed Mr Lee’s order.

Lex Samsung: arrested development This is unsettling but it will have little impact on success of the group’s products Prosecutors have up to 10 days to determine whether to indict Mr Lee before they wrap up their investigation at the end of this month. He is being held in a single-person cell at the Seoul Detention Center.

Samsung said no decision had been made on whether it would contest his arrest or seek bail. If Mr Lee is indicted, a court ruling should be made within three months. Han Jung-seok, a judge at the Seoul Central District Court, said Mr Lee’s arrest was warranted, given new alleged crimes revealed by a special prosecutor and additional evidence to support the case.

The country’s independent counsel investigating the graft scandal involving Ms Park and her shadowy adviser has accused Mr Lee of bribing them with about Won43bn ($37m) to seek favours to smooth his succession and consolidate control over key group units.

Mr Lee has been leading the Samsung Group, which has about 60 business units, since his father and chairman Lee Kun-hee was hospitalised with a heart attack in 2014. Samsung heir arrested Samsung heir arrested The special prosecutor has also accused him of hiding assets overseas and concealing profits made from illicit business activities.

He has also been accused of lying under oath during a parliamentary hearing about his role in the influence-peddling scandal that led to parliamentary impeachment of Ms Park last December.

Mr Lee has admitted making political donations but denied that they were aimed at getting any business favours in return. His arrest came after he was interrogated by the special prosecutor’s team for more than 15 hours on Monday. He could spend months in jail awaiting trial. “We will do our best to ensure that the truth is revealed in future court proceedings,” Samsung said in a statement.

Mr Lee’s arrest was welcomed by opposition political leaders. “We hope that Mr Lee’s arrest will make Samsung break with its wrongful past and reinvent itself. Furthermore, we hope that this will be a signal for our society to end its deep-rooted bad practices of collusive links between government and businesses and become a fair country,” said a spokesman for Moon Jae-in, a frontrunner in the presidential race to replace Ms Park. Analysis Lee Jae-yong’s arrest casts long shadow over Samsung South Korean group had started the year in optimistic mood after a tough 2016

Mr Lee is widely expected to take control of the Samsung Group, which permeates almost every aspect of South Korean life and accounts for about 20 per cent of the country’s economy. In October, he took a seat on the board of Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of memory chips, display panels and smartphones, to formalise his position after having effective control over the company for years.

The elder Lee was twice convicted of financial crimes during his time leading the sprawling conglomerate but was never imprisoned. On both occasions, the sentences were suspended and his record subsequently expunged by presidential decree.

The special prosecutor has less than two weeks left before wrapping up his investigation into the scandal involving Ms Park unless the investigation period is extended by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. Ms Park remains in office though stripped of her powers while the constitutional court deliberates her impeachment by parliament.

“I was never arrested, it was ‘two fighting'” – Sahara Reporters’ Omoyele Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, says he was never arrested by the police.

Lekan Fatodu, a UK-based journalist, had claimed to have arrested Sowore for “blackmailing and criminally defaming” him.

Both men were at the office of Fatai Owoseni, commissioner of police in Lagos on Wednesday, and Sowore was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti.

But speaking to TheCable, the owner of the whistleblowing website said he refused to sign a bail bond before leaving Panti because he was not arrested.

“It’s not true that I was arrested. To prove that I was not arrested, when they asked me to sign a bail bond, I refused,” he said.

“I said to them, show me why and how I was arrested. They asked the investigation officer if he asked any charge against me and he said ‘No o. It’s two fighting’.

“So I said it is two fighting that brought us here. Where is the allegation and evidence? And they were looking at me.

“There is no evidence on police record that I was arrested. If I go back there today, they may arrest me, but as I am speaking with you today I was never arrested for any crime.”

Sowore said Fatodu ended up signing a bail bond, but he stood his ground.

He denied the allegations levelled against him, saying there was a grand conspiracy against him because of his role in exposing corruption.

Man Arrested For Issuing Fake NYSC Call-up Letters

A suspect, Richard Olayinka, who paraded himself as a staff member of the Osun State University, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

He was arrested for allegedly issuing fake National Youth Service Corps call-up letters to four students.

Olayinka was also accused of appending forged signature of the school’s Vice-Chancellor on statements of result purportedly issued to students, identified as Olubunmi Idowu, Lafihan Dare, Sotikare Segun and Akintude Wealth.

It was gathered that the students sought Richards’ help as they were not cleared by the school management due to some outstanding courses.

It was learnt that the police launched a manhunt for the suspect after the youths, who claimed to be students of Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, Osun State University, reported at the NYSC Lagos State orientation camp in Iyana Ipaja on November 26.

They had appeared before the camp registration team for clearance when their call-up letters were discovered to be fakes.

The suspect was arraigned in a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba on 12 counts bordering on forgery, stealing and impersonation by the police.

A police prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offences were punishable under sections 285, 312, 361,378 and 166 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

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BREAKING: Antoine Conte arrested for assaulting a young man.

French police have detained Reims footballer Antoine Conte, suspected of having gravely injured a young man in an incident in the north-eastern city.

The 19-year-old victim is in hospital, having suffered a brain haemorrhage, French Europe 1 radio says.

Reports say that after Conte allegedly became violent towards his partner at his home, she ran out into the street seeking help.

A male passer-by tried to intervene and was reportedly hit with a baseball bat.

On its website Stade de Reims football club said it “acknowledges with shock the deplorably violent acts attributed to Antoine Conte”, referring to the reported attack.

It said the club’s thoughts “are with the player’s partner and the young individual who was seriously injured”, and the club “condemns such actions with the utmost firmness”.

The club said Conte “must answer for his actions” which, if proven, would bring “exemplary punishment” by the club.

Stade de Reims plays in the second division, called League 2 in France.

Conte, 22, has family roots in Guinea and began his French professional career with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). As a junior he played several times for under-21 French national teams.

Soldiers, Policemen Arrested For ‘Raping, Sexually Exploiting’ Women Displaced By Boko Haram

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, said two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested for sexually abusing women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

A report published in Human Rights Watch, in October, detailed how government officials abused and raped women living at IDP camps in Borno State.

The report documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the I-G and the affected state governors to investigate the allegation.

Police set up a special panel to investigate the alleged abuses.

Speaking Tuesday at the Inspector-General of Police Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Idris said police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their personnel available for a thorough investigation.

Mr. Idris said after the investigation, any suspects found guilty of the offence would be dismissed and taken to court for prosecution.

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Nigerian Arrested In Mauritius Over ‘Heroin In Cosmetic Containers’

A Nigerian student has been arrested in Mauritius following the seizure of alleged heroin hidden in small pots of a cosmetic brand.

Uchenna Philips Okafor, 23, was nabbed by police on Tuesday in the sea side town of Flic-en-Flac during a sting operation.

Mr Okafor, who lives in Mauritius, has not yet commented on the allegation that he was dealing in drugs.

About 250 grams of heroin worth 3.7 million Mauritian rupees ( $103,000, £82,397) was concealed in 26 small containers of a cosmetic brand, and intercepted at the island’s main airport on Sunday by customs officers and bloodhounds of the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit, police say.

The consignment, allegedly addressed to Mr Okafor, had been sent from Charles de Gaulle airport in France.

Police allege that South African rands, US dollars, Mauritian rupees and Bangladesh takas were seized from Mr Okafor’s home, along with a fake Mauritian identity card.

He is expected to appear in court today, and will answer to a provisional charge of attempting to take a delivery of drugs.

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Man Sues Casino For Giving Him Free Drinks After Being Arrested For Beating His Girlfriend

 Pennsylvania man who spent four years in prison for beating his girlfriend at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is suing the casino for allegedly serving him too many free drinks before the assault.

Nicholas Mullins, 31, is still on probation for the January 2012 assault. The casino contends Mullin alone is to blame for beating Caitlin Shields, of Pottsville, so badly that her brain swelled and she nearly died.

But Mullins claims he’s the long-term victim because he wound up in prison and can’t find a job as a result of his conviction —not to mention being kneed in the groin and having his nose broken during the argument, according to his attorney, Stuart Niemtzow.

“His life is the one that got ruined here,” Niemtzow said.

A 31-year-old Navy veteran, Mullins has claimed to have post-traumatic stress disorder and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in June 2012. He contends the Sands should have known he drank to the point of having alcohol poisoning at another casino months before and that his girlfriend was also allowed to drink, even though Niemtzow contends Sands security knew she was on probation for drunken driving at the time.

Mullins is suing the Dram Shop Act, a law on the books in Pennsylvania and 37 other states. It holds that businesses selling alcohol to visibly intoxicated people can be held liable for injuries they suffer as a result. Mullinswas given at least 15 drinks before he and Shields returned to their room and got into a fight, Niemtzow said.

A Northampton County jury was picked to hear Mullins’ lawsuit Monday, before which Common Pleas Judge Paula Roscioli expressed “shock” at Mullins’ claim.

Shields “chooses not to file the suit against the Sands, but the man who ended up hitting her and causing her injuries, he wants to be compensated,” Roscioli said.

Mullins told police Shields attacked him after he lost $800, and contends he only slapped her in self-defense. But a doctor concluded Shields’ head trauma was consistent with being punched repeatedly, police said. She wasn’t criminally charged.

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22 Arrested Over Street-lights Vandalism In Kaduna

Security agencies in Kaduna have arrested 22 suspects for vandalizing and stealing solar street lights installed by the Kaduna State Government.  Spokesman to governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai Samuel Aruwan, disclosed on Wednesday that 19 out of the 22 suspects have been charged to court.

Aruwan, further reiterated the state government’s commitment to prosecute anyone found vandalizing or stealing public properties.

He stated that “security operatives have arrested 22 suspects for vandalizing and stealing of solar streetlights fixed by the state government. Others in the net are buyers of the stolen properties within the metropolis.

“After careful combing of the crime scene, solar batteries and their covers and one iron saw were recovered inside the cemetery along Bashama road, Tudun-Wada area of the metropolis.


Two Nigerian-Americans Arrested For Credit Card Forgery

Two Nigerian-Americans were arrested early Saturday morning in New York for possessing forged credit cards and a credit card encoder, police have reported.


Olisa Uzoegwu, 20, and Chidubem Adi, 19, were pulled over after driving through a red light at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning on Long Island in New York. The police officers noticed a bag of marijuana in the vehicle’s backseat, causing the officers to search the car.


During the search, the officers found a credit card encoder and forged credit cards. Mr. Uzoegwu was subsequently charged with four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a forgery device, false personation, and driving without a license. Mr. Adi was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, unauthorized possession of marijuana, and false personation.


Two Arrested for Attempting to Commit Suicide in Niger State

The police in Minna, Niger State, have arrested two people for attempting to commit suicide. It was learnt that the arrests were made at “different locations” in the state as the duo tried to take their lives.

One of the suspects, according to the findings, took some poisonous substance that was capable of terminating his life but luck ran out
for him as the poison was not as effective as he thought.

The second, it was gathered, also tried to hang himself but before he could give up the ghost, he was discovered and rescued.

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Man Arrested For Raping, Impregnating 15 Year Old Stepdaughter

A 40-year-old man, Victor Emafolomi, has been detained by the police for allegedly raping his wife’s daughter, Keji.

It was learnt that the suspect was apprehended on Sunday by the police from the Agbado division after the mother of the victim reported the case.

Keji (pseudonym) lived with her mother and Emafolomi on Olukososi Street, Jafa, Agbado, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Emafolomi was said to have raped Keji on two occasions in October, threatening to kill her if she informed her mother.

It was gathered that the first time she was raped, Keji was at a shop where she was learning hairdressing within the community when her stepfather called her on the telephone to come home to prepare lunch for him.

While the teenager was immersed in the cooking, Emafolomi reportedly descended on her and dragged her into the bedroom.

She said, “That afternoon, he was drunk. He beat me up when I resisted. I explained to him that he was like a father to me, but he didn’t listen.  He used a pillow to cover my mouth and raped me. He said he would kill me if I told my mother about the rape.

“Two days after, he had sex with me again. That evening, he beat me up because I insisted that I would tell my mother when she came back from work. He went out and came back with two men after about 30 minutes. The men stared at me and left. He said they would be monitoring my movement and that if I reveal what he did to me, they would kill me.”

It was gathered that the suspect left home after the second encounter and did not return until about two weeks later.

“Before the incident, he had warned a boy called Owolabi to stay away from me because he didn’t want us to have a relationship,” Keji added.

Keji’s mother, Taiwo, said she was abreast of the time her daughter usually menstruated, said she became worried last Tuesday, October 24, when Keji did not do so.

“I took her to a clinic in our area and it was confirmed that she was pregnant. I begged her to tell me who impregnated her, but she refused,” Taiwo said.

After much pestering, Keji was said to have confided in her mother, who reportedly passed out afterwards.

“I was very shocked, but I could not fault the revelation because my husband had abandoned home for some days and there was no misunderstanding between us. I think it was because of what he did,” she added.

However, the suspect, who hails from Delta State, refuted the allegations, saying it was Owolabi, who impregnated Keji.

He said, “I am a driver. I left home because my wife is stubborn; she doesn’t take corrections. I left home to punish her so that she would change for better.

“I never had sex with her daughter and I didn’t know anything about the pregnancy. I don’t want it aborted. When she is delivered of the baby, we will carry out a DNA test on the baby.”

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ambibola Oyeyemi, said the case would be transferred to the command’s headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, for further investigation.

“The victim confirmed that the suspect had carnal knowledge of her several times and the pregnancy test conducted on her was positive,” he added.


Man who escaped twice from custody in Ebonyi rearrested.

The police in Ebonyi on Tuesday re-arrested a man, Christopher Ochuba, who escaped twice from police custody.

The spokesman of the Ebonyi State command, Mr George Okafor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspect, a motor-mechanic, was currently undergoing investigation.

Okafor said that the suspect attempted to kill a police officer, Francis Alozie, during his last escape bid by stabbing him on the shoulder.

He said that the suspect, who hails from Ogbo in Ivo local government, was arrested for stealing and detained at Ivo.

Okafor said that in the process of his detention, the suspect brandished a ‘jack-knife’ and attempted to stab the officer.

“He used the knife to threaten other officers at the counter and escaped into the bush in the process,” he said.

The spokesman noted that the police launched a manhunt for him and that a surveillance team sighted him in his mechanic workshop weeks later.

“The suspect was re-arrested and in the process of taking him back to the station, he brandished the same knife and stabbed the officer, Alozie in the shoulder.

“He escaped again but the officers pursued, re-arrested and took him back to the station,” he said.

The spokesman said that the suspect was demobilised while the wounded officer was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

800 Herdsmen arrested over violent attacks across Nigeria.

Security agencies in Nigeria have arrested about 800 suspected violent herdsmen across the country, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo made this disclosure in Houston, Texas in the US on Friday at a Townhall event where he interacted with US-based Nigerians who asked questions live at the event and also via the Internet, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Laolu Akande in Houston.

The Vice President fielded about thirty questions at a well attended townhall event moderated by Mr. Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters and Prof. Nimi Wariboko of Boston University.

Asked about the issue of Fulani Herdsmen attacks in certain states across the country and what the Federal Government was doing to curb the problem, the Vice President said “the President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in the country but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms.”

He added that “there are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in custody.” The Vice President however decried the slow pace of the criminal justice system which is affecting the prompt trial of such suspects.

Prof. Osinbajo reminded the audience however that the issue of killings by such violent herdsmen has been a perennial issue especially as grazing lands continue to disappear over the years and the cattle feed on peoples crops on the farmlands. He clarified that the matter just did not crop up when President Buhari assumed office.

Vice President Osinbajo then urged against the tendency of interpreting the herdsmen issue as a religious issue, stressing that it is important for all Nigerians to refuse such divisive narratives and tendencies.

He reminded his audience that there has always been conflict between herdsmen and communities across the country and that people should disabuse the notion that the problem has just started because President Buhari, a Fulani is currently at the helm of affairs in the country.

Answering question on the need for community policing, the Vice President indicated that community policing via State Police is indeed a cardinal program of the ruling APC. However the party agenda cannot be introduced until there is an amendment to the nation’s constitution.

Giving a scenario where a policeman from Bayelsa State for instance is working in Borno State where he cannot even speak the language or understand the culture of the people he is policing, noting that such is counterproductive.

The current situation where police activities is controlled at the federal level sure has some limitations, he conceded adding that the “ the federal government is currently working to introduce community policing that would be in line with the constitution.”

Commenting on the recent arrest of judges in the country, Prof. Osinbajo told his Nigerian audience in Texas that impunity could be very dangerous in any sector and that the federal government is only exercising its executive function in attempting to check excesses.

He pointed out that the important thing is that due process is being followed as the judges were released about 24 hours after their arrest and once they had given their statements.

The Vice President also responded to a question on the state of the nation’s economy and attributed the current recession to the loss of about 60 percent of government revenue due to pipeline vandalisation and endemic corruption in the system.

He however stated that getting back oil production is a sure way to get out of the recession and the federal government is working to sort it out.

Answering question from the internet on when former President Goodluck Jonathan would be arrested, Osinbajo pointed out that the Buhari administration is not in the business of arresting just anyone anyhow. He said all the Buhari administration does is to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs, without the administration trying to teleguide them.

He also added that the fight against corruption in the country is not fought on ethnic, hasty or premediated grounds.

According to him, “ corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone, the culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest.”

He frowned at a situation where for instance as much as $15 billion has disappeared from the national coffers into private pockets, pointing out that no responsible government would wave that aside so as not to offend people.

Commenting on the declining fortunes of Nigeria in international sporting competitions occasioned by poor funding by the government, the Vice President said that a long-term solution to inadequate funding of sports is private sector involvement.

According to him, looking around countries that have excelled in international sporting competitions, the private sector in those countries are directly involved and that is exactly what should happen in Nigeria.

By the time companies and organizations take up sports sponsorship, he believes that the tide would change for good.

Nigerians from all walks of life in Houston, Texas and from other parts of the US attended the town hall meeting which was preceded by a Nigeria Infrastructure summit which showcased opportunities for foreign investors in Nigeria.

Father sentenced to death in Pakistan after murdering daughter who couldn’t bake ‘perfect bread’

A father has been sentenced to death in Pakistan after he confessed to killing his daughter because she wasn’t able to bake perfect bread.

Khalid Mehmood admitted murdering his daughter Aneeqa before dumping her body outside the Mayo Hospital in Lahore.

According to prosecutors, he then told police that the girl was missing and feared she had been abducted, claiming she had failed to return home after going out to buy food.

However, according to the Express Tribune, officers later discovered that the girl was actually killed by her father after she failed to perfect the recipe for making gol roti.

The bread is a type of chapati that is usually round and flat and eaten everyday with curries and chutneys.

Roti Flatbread - West Indian Style Paratha Roti. (Photo: Marian Blazes)

Police later arrested Mehmood and his son Abuzar when they confessed to killing Aneeqa by beating her to death.

They also admitted dumping her body as well as filing a false missing persons report.

A judge at a court in Lahore then awarded Mehmood the death penalty and also fined him 500,000 Pakistan rupees (£4,000).

The case comes just a week after another man who murdered his daughter and her boyfriend in a so-called honour killing was allowed to go free after he pardoned himself and his accomplices.

Faqeer Muhammad was accused of shooting dead his daughter Kiran Bibi and her alleged lover Ghulam Abbas, ‘to save family honour’ due to their relationship in Lahore in 2014.

Muhammad and the daughter’s mother Azmat Bibi were the legal heirs to the girl, meaning they could pardon anyone accused of killing her.

Mrs Bibi and another son then lodged an application to have Muhammad pardoned, which he agreed to and it was accepted by the court.

Why Jonathan’s ex-aide, Reuben Abati, was arrested.

Dr Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on media and publicity was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly collecting about N60 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA under the leadership of former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, (retired).

Sources, who confirmed this, said the former presidential spokesperson was still being queried on what the money was used for, hence his detention overnight.

Abati thus joins a long list of former appointees of the former President who have been arrested or already undergoing prosecution for allegedly receiving funds illegally from ONSA.

Dasuki himself is being tried for fraudulent disbursement of $2.1 billion meant for procurement of weapons for soldiers fighting Boko Haram in North East Nigeria to officials of the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the purpose of campaigning for 2015 general elections.

Abati was arrested on Monday evening EFCC.

I Beheaded My Victim To Avoid Running Mad, Arrested Man Confesses

The Police in Abia State have arrested a man, Emmanuel Effiong, who said he beheaded a woman in order to prevent himself from running mad.

Effiong, who pleaded guilty in an interview with newsmen in Aba during his parade by the Abia Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said he beheaded the woman in the night and threw her head into the Aba River.

He said a spiritualist had advised him to perform the act as a sacrifice to avert an imminent danger of running mad.

Oyebade also paraded three final-year undergraduates of a tertiary institution, who admitted that they were members of a six-man gang which allegedly dispossessed somebody of a Toyota Highlander Jeep in Umuahia on October 10.

One of the suspects, Chimezie Chukwu, 24, told newsmen that the gang specialised in car-snatching and that the incident, which led to their arrest, was his third experience.

Besides the Highlander, a Mercedes Benz with registration number AG 467 NEM was also recovered from the suspects.

Other items recovered are one AK-47 rifle with two magazines containing 31 rounds of live ammunition and one locally-made revolver pistol with four rounds of live ammunition, among others.

Oyebade, who expressed concerns over the rising cases of crime and criminality in Abia involving undergraduates, restated the commitment of the command to check the phenomenon.

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“Justice Ademola Arrested For Granting Kanu Bail” – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has allegedly linked Justice Ademola’s arrest with the unconditional bail he had earlier granted Nnamdi Kanu which the Federal Government rejected.

A statement from IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group noted that Kanu has spent one year in detention illegally while the court of competent jurisdiction granted him unconditional release on 16th and 17th December 2015 by magistrate and federal high court Abuja but since then federal government, APC and the DSS were still holding him and others in prison custody.

He urged Biafrans to be resolute and determine towards the restoration of the God’s own project which is Biafra republic, saying that the project was ordained by God Almighty.

Powerful stated that Biafra will be a country where people of Africa will benefit, ‘the Africa will be technologically, economically, politically and spiritually free through the new republic’.

“However, we are aware of the systematic way of delaying the members of IPOB who were detained illegally in all the prisons and security cells across the country”.

In a related development, Kanu as sued the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) for contempt of court over failure of the federal government to release him from detention.

On December 17, 2015, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, a judge of the Federal High Court ordered Kanu’s unconditional release of Kanu.

In a statement at the weekend, Ifeanyi Ejiojor, counsel to Kanu, linked the continued detention of the IPOB leader to President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment at the presidential media chat on December 30, 2015, where he said no court would grant him bail.

“The order made on December 17, 2016 by Justice A.F.A. Ademola, directing the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu was served on the Department of State Services (DSS) that same day the order was made,” he said.

“Still, the DSS failed, refused and/or neglected to obey the order directing the unconditional release of Kanu, apparently due to reasons best known to them, which has no justification under any law.

IPOB said none of the affected institutions of the government affected by the order or the Federal Government has lodged an appeal against the order directing the unconditional release of Kanu.

Ademola was one of the judges arrested by the DSS on Saturday on the allegation of corruption.

“Nevertheless, it comes as a surprise on Friday 7th October 2016 at exactly 11:45am we received information that the Biafra land national coordinator of the indigenous people of Biafra Mr.Chidiebere Onwudiwe who have been arrested by DSS was called up in the federal high court Abuja court 7 of Justice Ademola without the prosecutors been in court to defend the matter against Chidiebere Onwudiwe” he stated.

“The DSS being the prosecutor of the matter were nowhere to be found in the court on Friday 7th October, they are running because Chidiebere Onwudiwe committed no crime against humanity or the federal government of Nigeria” Powerful stated.

“Comrade Chidiebere Onwudiwe was arrested in the odd hour of midnight in Igweocha (PH) Rivers state where he was sleeping on Friday 22nd June 2016 still detained in DSS cell incommunicado and have not been taking to any court since 128 days”.

“The lawyer incharge of the matter Bar, Ifeanyi Ejiofor who filled motion for his bail in the federal high court 7 Abuja. The chief judge Ademola who adjourned the matter to be on Tuesday 11th October for hearing because the DSS did not produce mazi Chidiebere Onwudiwe the national coordinator of the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB Biafraland in court” said powerful.

Meanwhile, a political pressure group, Concerned Abians for Good Governance and Justice (CAGGJ) has commended the Department of State Services (DSS) over last weekend’s arrest of some senior Judges across the country and their subsequent arraignment yesterday for alleged corrupt practices.

This is even as the group flayed what it described as the ignoble role played by Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in the failed attempt to arrest a Federal High Court Judge in Port Harcourt by operatives of the DSS.

In a statement by its chairman, Egwu D. Uwa, CAGGJ said Nigerians have for years be yearning for a day like this, when men no matter how highly placed would be made to account for what they have done with what were entrusted in their care.

Uwa said as far as his group was concerned, what the DSS operatives did was what Nigerians had been yearning for over the years, stressing that it was only those who benefitted from what have been happening in the judiciary over the years that would condemn the action.

CAGGJ regretted that most of the politics-related judgments delivered after the 2015 general elections were cash induced, saying no nation would grow politically if this anomaly was not checked.

“It was glaringly clear that most of the politics-related judgments delivered since after the2015 general elections were cash and carry judgments and no good government that what its salt will sit idly and watch things like this go on and that is why we are commending the DSS for this bold step”.

Uwa said it was unfortunate that those who are condemning the modus-operandi the DSS operatives adopted in arresting the Judges, have closed their eyes to the huge cash recovered for the houses of the arrested judges.

Wondering where the Judges got such huge amount of money in both local and foreign currencies, Uwa opined that if the operatives of the DSS had not adopted such method, the deliveries could not have been made.

CAGGJ condemned Gov Wike’s action in allegedly using some party loyalists to stop the arrest of a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, saying the action was capable of sending wrong signals to the public.

CAGGJ said if Wike had no special interest in the Judge, he wouldn’t have left the Government House at about 1.30am to ensure that the said Judge was not arrested.

“We don’t think if Gov Wike had no interest in the particular Judge, he would have left Government House by the time he did to ensure that the Judge was not arrested. Again his efforts in trying to defend the Judge over the amount alleged to be in his house, left much to be desired”, Uwa said.

Man Arrested For Playing Porn On Giant Video Billboard

Indonesian police have arrested a man who they say has confessed to broadcasting a pornographic film onto a large electronic billboard on a busy road in Jakarta.

The 24-year-old IT worker, identified by his initials S.A.R., was apprehended in a police raid at his company offices on Tuesday, Senior Adjunct Commissioner Roberto Pasaribu, of the Jakarta Police Special Crimes Unit said.
The suspect told police he approached the video billboard last week and saw the login name and password for the computer system that controls it displayed on the screen.
According to police, the suspect took a photo of the information with his mobile phone. When he got back to his office, he logged into the computer system, accessed a porn site and started playing a film.
About five minutes of the sex film was shown on the billboard before people in the area cut off electricity to it.
During the unscheduled show, passersby took photos and shared videos on social media that trended under the hashtag #videotron.
The suspect told police he played the film unintentionally, Pasaribu said.
If convicted, the suspect could face up to seven years in prison.
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32,000 Arrested In Turkey For Gulen Links

The Turkish Justice Department says it has arrested 32,000 people for suspected links to opposition leader Fethullah Gulen, whose extradition from the US has been a top demand by Ankara and a major source of tensions with Washington.

The Justice Department arrested 32,000 people in its investigation of the Gulen movement, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday in reference to a perceived deep state run by Gulen supporters.

Ankara also claims that the US-based opposition leader orchestrated the failed coup d’etat in Turkey on July 15. Gulen has dismissed that allegation.

“A total of about 70,000 people have faced legal proceedings on suspicion of links” to Gulen, Bozdag also said.

The 75-year-old Gulen claims the wide-scale purge by the Ankara government is aimed at eliminating dissent and consolidating the ruling Justice and Development Party’s control.

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Ex-President Yar’adua’s Househelp Arrested Over N91m Missing Goods

The Police Command in Katsina on Tuesday said it had arrested a 60-year-old househelp of Hajiya Turai Yar’adua, the wife of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua over missing goods worth N91 million.

Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, the police Commissioner in the state, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.

“The Police have arrested Alhaji Yusuf Sarkin-gida after a formal complaint by Hajiya Turai Yar’adua to the Police two weeks ago. “The suspect is the custodians of all the keys and property of Hajiya Turai Yar’adua for the past forty years.

“There are 37 boxes in the custody of the suspect, but only 27 boxes are in the store.

“The several items in the 27 boxes are completely missing and the suspect has failed to give full explanation on the goods and items in the boxes,” he said.

The Commissioner said the suspect had been serving the Late Umar Yar’adua’s family for the past 40 years even before her husband became the governor and later the President of Nigeria. Abdullahi said the suspect was in Police custody, where he was assisting them to conduct intensive investigation on the missing items.

When contacted, the spokesperson of Sarkin-gida’s family, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, said their father was innocent of the charge lavelled against him. He said the arrest and detention of their father before the Eld-el-Kabir celebration had thrown the family into confusion.

He appealed to Human Rights Organisations to come to the rescue of their father.


New York, New Jersey Bomb Suspect Arrested After Shootout

The Afghan-born American suspect wanted in connection with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey was taken into custody on Monday after being wounded in a shootout with police, an official said.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was shown stretchered into an ambulance, sporting a bloodied bandage on his right arm and moving his head from side to side with his eyes open in Linden, New Jersey, according to ABC footage.

Two Linden police officers were also shot and hurt in the exchange, said the mayor of the suspect’s neighboring hometown Elizabeth.

“Mr Rahami is currently under arrest. This occurred on Elizabeth Avenue in the city of Linden,” Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage told CNN.

“One police officer in the city of Linden was shot in the chest and one was shot in the hand. Mr. Rahami also sustained shots,” Bollwage added.

Contacted by AFP, police in Linden said they had no immediate comment.

Rahami is wanted in connection with Saturday bombings in New York’s Chelsea, which wounded 29 people, and a pipe bomb attack on the Jersey shore, which caused no injuries but forced the cancellation of a US Marine Corps race.

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3 Alleged ISIS Members Arrested In Germany

Three Syrian nationals suspected of being ISIS members were arrested Tuesday in Germany, and are being investigated in connection with November’s deadly terror attacks in Paris, authorities said.

Information gathered so far seems to indicate that the three — arrested Tuesday morning in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein by special police forces — were brought to Europe by the same organization of smugglers that imported the Paris attackers, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in Berlin.
Their travel documents also appear to have originated from the same forger, de Maiziere said.
The three — two Syrian teenagers and one man in his 20s, identified as Mohamed A. — came to Germany in the middle of November 2015 via Turkey and Greece, the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office said.
Tuesday’s arrests come as European security officials hunt for people connected to those who killed at least 130 people in gunfire and suicide bombings at six locations in the Paris area on November 13.

65 police officers arrested in Lagos for various offenses

No fewer than 65 police personnel have been arrested for various offences in the last one-month in Lagos State.

The arrests were made in different parts of the state by the Anti-Extortionist Squad in the Lagos State Police Command.

Already, some of the arrested policemen have been recommended for dismissal and others are to be demoted.

Those involved in murder have been charged to court while some others involved in criminal offences are undergoing departmental orderly room trials.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the squad arrested 33 persons as at August 8, 12 more as at August 24, and another 20 by September 8.

“Some of them have been recommended for dismissal; some to be demoted in ranks. Those involved in unlawful killing have been charged to court for murder.

“Some others are undergoing departmental orderly room trials.
“There is no place for corrupt and unprofessional police in Lagos command,” he said.

The Lagos police boss said that the action was in compliance with the directive of the Inspector- General of Police on zero tolerance to corruption and unprofessional conduct in the force.

As part of efforts to ensure that officers in Lagos keep to the ethics of the force, Owoseni said he embarked on re-orientation and retraining.

He said 75 constables had undergone training in arms handling at the Ikeja Police College, in a move to check accidental discharge.

He said every action of the officers and men would be accounted for, stressing that the second batch of such training would come up soon.

“The police must know when and how to use force and they will be accountable for any force used in the course of their operation.

“They are to use force proportionately. Their action should not make anyone orphan, widow or widower.

“Policemen are servants and not masters. That is the training we had and we must keep it so,” he said.

Man Arrested For Impersonating AGF

The Department of State Security Services (DSS) has arrested a fraudster impersonating the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Idris Ahmed.

A statement from the Office of the AGF signed by Ifeanyi Okereke for the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, said “some unscrupulous elements have created social media accounts and parading themselves on the platforms as the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF).”

By creating these social media accounts, the OAGF said the scammers “are and may be defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.”

The OAGF, according to the statement, reported the nefarious activities of the scammers to the Department of State Services (DSS) which resulted in the arrest of one IZUAGIE MOHAMMED by security operatives in Benin City, Edo State on August 24 for impersonating the AGF.

“Mohammed, using a bogus facebook account where he poses as the Accountant-General of Nigeria, had already defrauded some unwary members of the public, by promising to help them facilitate access to the Central Bank Empowerment Loans, among other dubious claims,” the statement said.


Man arrested for Impersonating AGF

Homeless Man Arrested For Stealing $3 Million Worth Of Jewellery From Drake’s Tour Bus

After Drake’s DJ Future the Prince had been robbed of millions of dollars worth of jewelry from his tour bus  in Phoenix, a suspect has been arrested for the crime.

His name is Travion King, according to TMZ, and cops describe him as a transient. He was arrested this afternoon on the campus of Arizona State University with a briefcase containing the stolen jewelry.

The jewels were lifted from Drake’s tour bus outside the Talking Stick Arena in downtown Phoenix while Aubrey was performing at his Summer Sixteen tour.

TMZ reports that King has worked at the Talking Stick Arena for concerts in the past, but wasn’t working last night.

Robbery aside, there’s some good news for Drake fans today courtesy of Kanye West. After a mysterious billboard popped up that had the G.O.O.D. Music logo and OVO insignia stamped on it, Kanye has confirmed that he is in fact working on an album with Aubrey. “We’re just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio,” said Kanye in an interview with Vogue that ran prior to his Yeezy Season 4 show today. “We’re working on an album, so there’s some exciting things coming up soon.”

The Phoenix Police Department has released a statement regarding the suspect, saying the stolen property has been recovered.

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Avengers Kingpin, Economic Saboteurs Arrested By Military

The Nigeria Army has said troops of 4 Brigade arrested one Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje (an Ex-militant leader) and  the alleged leader of the “Otugas Fire Force”, a militant group threatening to attack Utorogu Gas Plant.

A statement on Wednesday by Army  spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said Ogbudie was alleged to be responsible for the recent attack on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on the 26th of last month.

Usman said the suspected militant was trailed, and arrested by troops along Agbor-Abraka road, Edo State on Tuesday 6th September 2016.

“He has been on the run since he was declared wanted because of his public declaration as the leader of the militant group “Otugas Fire Force” and his subsequent declaration of the threat code named “Crocodile Tears”,” Usman added.

He also said  Ogbudie was arrested with his accomplice, Mr. Elvis Dweller Ejus, and both suspects were handed to Operation Delta Safe for further interrogation and subsequent handing over to the relevant security agency for prosecution.

He further said troops of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Air Force and covert operatives of the Defence Intelligence Agency, arrested a suspected kingpin of the Niger Delta Avengers, Isaac Romeo, that goes by the appellation of “G2”.

Usman said Romeo  was arrested  with two other persons; Mr. Lawson Samson and an elderly man, Mr. Iyang Ekpo in Calabar, Cross River State while driving in a vehicle with  registration number, CRS 86 AO1 on Saturday, 3rd September 2016.

He added that the arrest followed painstaking efforts and tracking  of the militant who was in the state to perpetrate further criminal activities of sabotaging critical infrastructures.

He said all the suspects are currently being interrogated.

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Guard Arrested For Molesting Employer’s Daughter

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 24-year-old security guard, Ossai Sylvester, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in the Victoria Island area of the state.

It was  learnt that Sylvester, who was employed to guard a private apartment on Teslim Elias Close, was arrested on Monday by the Victoria Island Police Division for allegedly sucking the breast of the victim, who is also his employer’s daughter.

A police source told our correspondent that the suspect also inserted his finger into the private parts of the 10-year-old, before the employer caught him and reported to the police.

He said, “The incident happened at about 11.30pm on Saturday. The guard allegedly lured the girl to a secluded spot in the house and sucked her breast. He also dipped his left finger into her private parts. He has confessed to the crime.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Sylvester’s arrest.

She said, “The matter was reported and the suspect has been arrested. The victim has been taken for a medical examination.

“The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that the case be transferred to the gender unit at the state command headquarters for further investigation.”

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Armed Herdsman Arrested In Enugu

A 20-year-old herdsman, Ibrahim Adamumale, has been arrested by the Police in Enugu for allegedly being in possession of an AK47 rifle.

The suspect, who claimed to have hailed from Nasarawa State, was also found with 24 rounds of live ammunition.

The Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Enugu.Amaraizu said that the suspect, who revealed that he lives at Hausa quarters in 9th-mile area and had some cows at Affa-Udi bush, was arrested on Sunday.

“The suspect was nabbed by the combine efforts of the police and the members of the public from Affa-Udi community acting on a tip off.

“The suspect before he was nabbed had expended about six shots on the air to evade being nabbed.

“Before now, the police and members of the public have gathered information about the suspect’s antecedents in relation to bearing of sophisticated weapon within Affa-Udi axis in Udi council area and its environs,’’ he said.

Amaraizu said that the suspect was already helping the police in their investigation to determine how he came about the rifle.

He said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, had expressed delight at the effort of his men and the community that led to the arrest of the suspect.

“The Commissioner has reassured that under his watch, he will continue to partner relevant stakeholders and sister security agencies for a safe, secure and peaceful Enugu State.”


Man Arrested For Impersonating Movie Star, Defrauding Fans

A 23-year-old man, Sylvester Onakpobe, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly impersonating a Nollywood actor, Michael Ifeanyi, on social media and defrauding his fans.

The suspect was nabbed by operatives attached to the Maroko Division in Victoria Island following a petition filed by the action on August 17.

He was alleged to have used the actor’s name and photograph on Facebook to collect huge sum of money from unsuspecting persons under the guise of organising a film festival.

It was gathered that the suspect was trailed and arrested while on the verge of collecting N3.5million from one of the actor’s fans who resides in France.

Confirming the arrest, the command’s spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that he was part of a syndicate.

“Effort is on to arrest other members of the syndicate. The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO, Abdulmajid Isah, to charge the suspect to court.

“He also warned all internet fraudsters that the command will do everything possible to stop their nefarious activities and ensure diligent prosecutions of the arrested ones,” she said.


Man arrested for ‘impersonating’ movie star

Supervisory Councillor, Another Arrested For Allegedly Defrauding Teachers

Crack police detectives have arrested the Supervisory Councillor for Finance and Education, Sapele Local Government, Mr. Eric Ojuromu, and the Special Adviser to the Sapele Local Government Chairman, Joseph Okpereogho, for allegedly defrauding some primary school teachers from the council area through a fake screening exercise.

Ojuromu and Okpereogho, it was gathered, were allegedly caught in the act and arrested on Tuesday morning in the council premises by men of the State Police command and were immediately taken to Asaba where they are currently being detained.

Security sources disclosed that they were alleged to be counting to confirm the sum of N500,000 brought by one of the primary school teachers (name withheld) from Okotie-Eboh Primary School, Sapele, when the police swooped on them.

It was gathered that Ojuromu allegedly embarked on the fraudulent screening exercise by telling some of the primary school teachers, who are being owed months salary arrears, that they have fake certificates and allegedly demanded for varied amounts of money to cover for them without verification by the issuing authorities.

It was learnt that most of the victims of Ojuromu, though have genuine certificates but were afraid to confront him.

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Gov. Ayade’s Brother Arrested Over Alleged N2.4billion Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a brother to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State over alleged N2.4billion contract scam.

Sources at the EFCC said that Francis Ayade was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the scam.

Mr. Ayade, managing director of Leophina Nigeria Limited and Hally Brown International Limited, was fingered in alleged shady deals involving diversion of public funds into his companies’ accounts.

“Specifically, four different allocations from the Federation Accounts were alleged to have been diverted into Hally Brown International Limited’s account owned by him,” an official said.

Investigations by EFCC operatives showed that Hally Brown International Limited was awarded a road construction contract to the tune of N2.4billion in 2011.

To finance the contract, Mr. Ayade allegedly took a loan of N350,000,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only) from First Bank Plc, on behalf of Cross Rivers Rural Access and Mobility Project.

The loan, was however, unused for the contract, but transferred into the Mobility Project.

Mr. Ayade has also been implicated in alleged suspicious transactions involving Obudu Micro Finance Bank, among other allegations.

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Kidnappers who killed and buried their victim after collecting N5m ranson nabbed in Anambra

Two members of a kidnap gang were caught by a combined team of policemen, local vigilante and hunters. According to Abia Facts Newspaper, the kidnappers identified as Obiora and Livinus, natives of Umuanu in Ndia Agu kidnapped a grandmother, killed and buried her in the bush after collecting the sum of Five million naira from her family. No further details were given on the victim




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Man Arrested After Punching His 4-Year-Old Daughter To Death

A man in Minneapolis, Minnesota was charged with second-degree intentional murder on Tuesday after repeatedly punching his 4-month-old daughter to “quiet her” when she was crying. The child was later pronounced dead at a hospital as a result of her injuries.

According to The Star Tribune, Cory Morris, 21, told police that he was watching television when his daughter, Emersyn Morris, began making “baby talk,” and he carried her to the changing table in her bedroom. When she continued making noises, he punched her with a closed fist to get her to stop. CBS reports that he hit the child 15 times in the head and seven times in the chest.

Morris reportedly showed no signs of remorse over the murder and turned himself into police after the violence occurred. When authorities arrived at his home on Saturday, he was covered in blood and his right fist was swollen. Family members tell The Star Tribune that they had been trying to get Morris psychological help for at least a year, but that he’d never previously showed violent tendencies. Both they and the child’s mother, Jennifer Anderson, said they would not have left Emersyn under his care if they had believed he was capable of hurting her.

“We never thought he would hurt the baby,” his mother, Ginny Morris, said. “We would never allow him to be with the baby if that was the case. We were worried he was going to hurt himself, not the baby.”

On Monday, Anderson took to Facebook to voice her grief over losing her child.

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3 Nigerian Pilgrims Arrested In Saudi For Drug Trafficking

The Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested three Nigerians for alleged possession of substance suspected to be cocaine.
According to NAN, the three suspects were in the country for the Hajj exercise. The Executive Secretary, Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Hajia Fatima Abolore-Jimoh confirmed the arrest yesterday from Saudi Arabia in a telephone interview. She said the three pilgrims, who were among the first batch of 505 Pilgrims from Kwara State, were arrested in Madinnah by Saudi Arabia security operatives.
Hajia Fatima Abolore-Jimoh, who did not disclose the identities of the three suspects, said they were still in the custody of Saudi Arabian authorities as at the time of filing this report.
She said the Saudi Arabian law would certainly take its course on the three suspected drug traffickers. She described the arrest as unfortunate and painful in spite of several appeals to them to be good ambassadors of Kwara and Nigeria. Saudi Arabia has one of the toughest law on drug trafficking as the crime is punishable by beheading.
The executive secretary said that other pilgrims from the state were still in Madinnah, hale, healthy and in good spirit in spite of the unfortunate incident. 1 978 pilgrims from the state are performing the 2016 pilgrimage exercise.


Two Members Of Niger Delta Avengers Arrested In Delta

The Nigerian Navy, on Saturday, paraded two suspects believed to members of the dreaded militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, who were apprehended by men of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta.

Parading the suspects at the Warri Naval Base, Warri, Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Joseph Dzunve said the suspects were behind series of attack on oil and gas facilities especially in Warri South West Council Area of the state.

Commodore Dzunve, disclosed that the suspects were behind the attacks on Chevron Nigerian Limited (CNL) facilities within May and July 2016.

The two suspects who were identified as Stanley Toghan and Felix Miyenminiye were arrested in Sapele area of the state.

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Wanted Boko Haram Chieftain, Five Others Arrested In Lagos

A senior member of the Boko Haram sect, on the wanted list of the military has been arrested in a Lagos church (names withheld) by a local vigilante group (civilian JTF) at the weekend.

Also arrested were five other suspects, picked up at different spots in the state.

It was gathered that the suspects identities allegedly matched those on the list of 100 most wanted terrorists released by the military recently.Head of the vigilante group, the Mai-Kanuribe of Lagos and the Seriki Hausawa of Ijora Kingdom, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed said at a conference yesterday in Ijora that five of the suspects were arrested on Friday.

He said the sixth suspect Adam, was arrested in a church in FESTAC town, where he was hiding.

According to him, until his arrest, Adam was hiding inside an abandoned 40-feet container inside the church.

Mohammed identified the other five suspects as Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kamsalem, Ibrahim Mohammed and Babagana Blam Ali.

He said while Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kamsalem and Ibrahim Mohammed hail from Baga Local Government council of Bornu, Ibrahim Ali hails from Bama Local, while Babagana Blam Ali hails from Konduga Local Government council of Bornu State.

He added that Ibrahim Ali and Babagana Blam Ali were arrested in their hideouts at Isheri area of Berger tollgate.

According to him, Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kamsalem and Ibrahim Mohammed were arrested in the Victoria Island area of the metropolis where they were hiding in their friend’s house.

He said the suspects were looking unkempt with signs of starvation.

According to him, the suspected are being transported to Bornu State where they are wanted by the military.

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Boko Haram: Suspect Arrested At Presidential Villa

A bodyguard, Corporal Hassan Aminu, who was arrested by security agents at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday evening, over suspected links with Boko Haram  is actually a serving soldier,  Nigerian Army sources confirmed to Daily Sun yesterday .
But, the sources, however, said the incident happened two months ago.
Daily Sun gathered that the soldier, Corporal Hassan Aminu, who is a twin, ran into troubled waters after security agents on “internal security operation” in Kogi State arrested his twin brother.
Other sources added the soldier’s twin brother made a confessional statement on the involvement of his brother with the Boko Haram sect during interrogation which led to the arrest of the serving soldier. His confessional statement was said to have led to a total overhaul of the Presidential Villa and verification of security and civilian personnel deployed there by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), which ended last week.
The high profile suspect is being  kept in custody in one of the detention facilities where intelligence personnel are still carrying out further investigation.
Corporal Aminu is said to be highly connected to Khalid Albarnawi, leader of the Ansaru Islamic sect and second in command to Abubakar Shekau in the hierarchy of the Boko Haram terrorists group.

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How EFCC Almost Arrested Aisha Buhari’s Impostor– Ribadu

The Aisha Buhari mentioned in the bribery scandal of a former United States congressman, William Jefferson, was an impostor who was peddling influence with the name of President Muhammadu Buhari, a former chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has said.

Mr. Ribadu narrated how the EFCC during his tenure, in conjunction with U.S. authorities, almost arrested the impostor.

“She is a different person and has lived in the U.S. for years. She is hardly in Nigeria. The EFCC was working with U.S. authorities on the investigations. One of my plans was to arrest her before I left the commission. Our suspicion then was that she was using the Buhari name for influence.

“The EFCC laid ambush to see if she would come into the country so she could be arrested. I didn’t know what happened to the plan to arrest her after I left,” he said.

Mr. Ribadu however said if Nigerian authorities were still interested in the case it was easy to establish her real identity.

He said this should not be a problem for investigators because she recently renewed her passport at the Nigeria embassy in Washington and that they should still have a file on her.

Mr. Ribadu’s successor at the EFCC , Ibrahim Lamorde, had earlier told this newspaper the President Buhari’s wife was not the person mentioned in the scandal as alleged by the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

Mr. Fayose had distributed a link to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site holding court documents where a certain Aisha Buhari was alleged to have transferred suspicious funds to a convicted former American congressman, Williams Jefferson.

 In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Mr. Fayose said President Buhari was far from being a clean man.

“Even the President cannot claim to be an angel,” the governor said, in reaction to the freezing of his Zenith Bank account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal. When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialize the judgment for people to see and read.”

But Mr. Lamorde said that the Aisha Buhari in the Jefferson bribery scandal was not the President’s wife.

“I can tell you authoritatively that the Aisha Buhari named in that case is not President Buhari’s wife. It is another Aisha Buhari entirely,” Mr. Lamorde said.

“I was the director of operations at the EFCC at the time so I know about the case very well. I can tell you that it is not her (President Buhari’s wife). That much we established.”

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Ten MASSOB Members Arrested In Cross River

Two weeks after the commemoration of Biafra Anniversary Day by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, ten members of the group were on Monday arrested in Cross River State.

Okon Archibong, the spokesman of MASSOB in the state said that the State Coordinator of the group, Samuel Okah along with nine others whose names he gave as Shedrack Chinelo, Chief Joseph Ekperebi, Michael Adah, James Ekeme, Adah Johnson were arrested in Ikom and Ogoja on Monday night and detained at the Ikom police station.

“We have not had any other activity outside the May 30th commemoration of Biafra Anniversary Day but last night Police from Ikom Division went to the home our State Coordinator, Samuel Okah and nine other persons and arrested them”.

Mr Archibong said the police did not give any specific reason why the members were arrested and that they were taken to the Ikom Police station and detained there without giving any reason for their arrest”

He said during the May 30th anniversary, the Cross River members of MASSOB only had a peaceful march in accordance to the directives of Ralph Uwazurike who ordered for none violence during the anniversary.

“I have gone to see them at the Ikom police station this morning and they are in the cell and I asked what offence they committed because during our anniversary march, we did not engage in any confrontation with anybody or group, not even with the police”.

Mr John Eluu, the Police Public Relations Officer for Cross River State Police Command says he was not to be briefed on the matter. “Call me later let me call the DPO Ikom to find out what is going on there”, he said.

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Military Never Arrested Our Strike Team- Avengers

New militant group responsible for the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, on Tuesday, said claims by the Nigerian Military that no fewer than 10 of its suspected members were arrested on Sunday, was false.

The Commander, 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin City, Farouk Yahaya, while addressing journalists had said that the the Nigerian Army arrested 10 suspected militants and pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region, on Sunday.

But in a tweet today, via its Twitter handle, @NDAvengers, the militant group said: “Our attention has been drawn to the arrest of 10Niger Delta Avengers boys by Nigerian Military. None of our Strike Team has been arrested. It’s all lies.”


5 Herdsmen Arrested Over Enugu Massacre

The Police Force Head­quarters in Abuja, have announced the arrest of the masterminds and perpetrators of Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on April, 25, 2016.

The attack led to the death of several persons and destruction of prop­erty valued at millions of naira

The attackers compris­ing a five-member-gang were arrested by op­eratives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

The suspects were found with one Gionee L88 mo­bile phone with memory card containing video recording of the massacre in the community.

Those arrested are Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Sale Adamu, Sulei­man Laute and Haruna Laute, all Fulani.

The police in a state­ment said the suspects were arrested after a cred­ible and technical intel­ligence by the IGP special squad.

The statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, while reiterating the determination to rid the country of crimes and all forms of criminality, also announced the arrest of another three-man-gang who specialiSes in bank robbery and kidnapping.

The suspects, Gogo Dan­iel Ume, Ikado Michael and Ifeanyi Kalu, were said to have been terrorising residents of Rivers, Imo and Enugu states.

The suspects arrested on May 5, were in possession of arms, ammunition, dy­namites and rifle servicing tools.

Also recovered from the suspects were three AK-47 rifles; one LAR rifle; 310 rounds of live ammuni­tion; 12 rifle magazines; rifle servicing tools; cache of dynamite explosive, one Toyota Highlander, one Toyota Venza and one Ford Edge.

Kolawole stated that the police, in continuation of its IRT anti-kidnapping operations in Kaduna State, also arrested three suspected kidnappers believed to have been ter­rorising residents of the state.

The suspects, Babangida Ibrahim, Idris Abubakar and Idris Mai Anguwa, were found with different calibre of weapons.

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Jonathan’s Ex Top Aide Arrested At Lagos Airport

Nigerian security operatives have arrested a former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Matters, Waripamowei Dudafa, while attempting to travel out of the country through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

A source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said that Mr. Dudafa was on the anti-graft agency’s wanted list for his alleged involvement in the sharing of N10billion to delegates during the December 2014 presidential primaries of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr. Dudafa allegedly converted the money into US dollars, amounting to $47million, and distributed to delegates from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Investigators say they believe the fund was part of the alleged $2.1billion meant for the purchase of arms but which authorities said was shared as slush funds to politicians through the office of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Sources at the EFCC said that Mr. Dudafa was arrested and quizzed by the operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, before he was handed over to the EFCC on Monday.

“He has been on our wanted list for a long time and he evaded arrest on several occasions,” a top EFCC official, who asked not to be named, said.

Contacted, the spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, declined comment on the matter.

The anti-graft agency had recently arrested Mr. Jonathan’s Aide de Camp, Ojogbane Adegbe, allegedly on the directive of the Nigerian Army and later his ally, Jide Omokore, over a series of multi-billion dollar petrol import and crude export deals.


Why EFCC Arrested PDP’s Uche Secondus

The immediate past acting chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, arrested Tuesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, illegally received 23 luxury vehicles valued at N310 million from controversial businessman, Jide Omokore.

A source at the Economic nd Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said the vehicles included a Mercedes G63 and a Range Rover Autobiography.

“His (Mr. Secondus) name popped up while we were investigating Jide Omokore who lifted crude oil repeatedly through his Atlantic Energy but failed to remit the money to the government,” said the source.

Nigerian government insiders had said two weeks ago that Mr. Omokore had been compelled ?to release $14 million crude oil royalty his company, Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited, failed to remit to the federal treasury.

Mr. Secondus was picked up by the anti-graft operatives on Tuesday after investigators suspected he had served as a conduit for laundering Mr. Omokore’s funds.

“Mr. Omokore distributed money and gifts to politicians and investigators are suspicious that actually those money and vehicles might have passed through him (Mr. Secondus) to other politicians,” the source said.

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NDDC Top Official Arrested For Alleged Recharge Card Bribery

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested one Roberts Obuoha, a director in the project management department of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement Tuesday that Mr. Obuoha, an engineer, was arrested for attempting to bribe the EFCC Zonal Head (South-South), Ishaq Salihu.

Mr. Uwujaren added, “The suspect, who is under investigation with the commission, was invited to write a statement in a case of contract Splitting and over inflation.

“He was quizzed and offered administrative bail, but when he reported the next day to perfect his bail, he went to the Zonal Head’s office and offered him the sum of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) to buy recharge card.

“The suspect claimed that he offered the said money to Mr. Salihu in order to build a good relationship with him.

“The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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Fake Madman Arrested With 22 ATM Cards, Phones, Others

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspected madman with 22 Automatic Teller Machine, ATM, cards, two mobile phones and power bank in Victoria Island.

The man, who identified himself as Lanrewaju Jaiyeola, 39, was intercepted by the police after the suspicious manner he carried a backpack along Ozumba Mbadiwe Road.

A reliable police source said 22 assorted credit cards, one Nokia phone, a blackberry, a power bank, several bank tellers of recent bank transactions and lots of invoices, amidst numerous pieces of papers, were found on him. He added that they discovered that eight of the credit cards were still valid. Out of these, three would expire in 2018, another three would expire in 2017, while two would expire in 2016. All the credit cards bore different names and of various banks. Confirming the arrest, RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu, added that upon arrival at the RRS Headquarters in Alausa, the suspect made “statements suggestive of somebody disguising as a mad man to perpetrate crime around that axis.” He said: “Initially, we noticed that he was mentally balanced because he was answering the questions posted to him ade-quately. But all of a sudden, he started sounding incoherent and illogical. “He threatened the investigative Police officer, saying ‘I will make life unbearable for you if you don’t let me go’.

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Suspected Oil Thieves Arrested With Over 65,000 Litres Of Crude Oil

Nine suspects allegedly involved in illegal oil bunkering and illegal transportation of crude oil have been arrested by the Nigerian Army in Imo State.

 The arrest was made by the 34 Artillery Brigade Command in Owerri, the capital of Imo State

A spokesman for the Command, Captain Ajemasu Jingina, told reporters that the arrest was made through the command’s operation PULO Shield saddled with the responsibility of curbing illegal oil bunkering, illegal oil theft, pipeline vandalism and kidnapping of oil workers.

According to him, the command was able to intercept four different trucks along Owerri Port Harcourt expressway conveying products containing over 33,000 litres of AGO and crude oil suspected to be gotten from illegal oil bunkering.

Captain Jingina said most of the suspects were arrested along Owerri-Port Harcourt expressway and oil producing Oguta Local Government Area of the state.

He said a truck with registration number ABB 239 XA carting 10,800 litres of substance suspected to be AGO was loaded into a well-constructed metal and concealed with piles of two by four inches woods in order to bit the check of security operatives on the highway.

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Alleged Recruiter Of Terrorists For ISIS, Others, Arrested In Nigeria

The State Security Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa alleged to a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In a statement, the SSS through a statement by one of its officials, Tony Okpuiyo, said Mr. Yunusa was arrested in Kano on January 17 after he “completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ISIS.”

Read the SSS’ full statement below.

DSS Arrests ISIS Recruiter and Other Terrorists
… Planned Terrorists Attacks in States Aborted

In line with the Service statutory mandate  to decisively and continually provide actionable intelligence as well as act to degrade persons and groups that threaten  internal security in the Country, the Service initiated series of tactical operations, involving raids and enforcement actions against identified criminal and extremist kingpins and syndicates across the country.

These recent operations have significantly degraded the key extremist groups and kidnapping gangs, terrorizing innocent citizens in the Country, particularly in the South-West, North-West and Middle-Belt regions of the Federation.

On 17th January, 2016, one Abdussalam Enesi YUNUSA, a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was arrested in Kano. His arrest was sequel to available intelligence which indicated his terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.

Prior to his arrest, YUNUSA had completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ‘Islamic State’. These recruits include the trio of one Muhammed RABI’U, Yahaya Momoh JIMOH and Zainab SUNDAY (f). YUNUSA is a 400 level undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, where he was studying for a degree in Information and Media Technology.

He was subsequently radicalized and became a member of an extremist cell, comprising of one IBRAHIM (fnu) and Abubakar LIGALI, whom he revealed are currently undergoing terrorist training in Libya. He listed one AMINU (fnu) and Ibrahim JIHADI (Nigeriene), as other ISIS agents operating in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. The cell was being funded by one Abu-sa’ad Al Sudani, a media expert with the extremist group using Western Union money transfers to fund the terrorist cell agenda.

On 17th January, 2016, in Daura township of Daura LGA, Katsina State, another budding extremist cell affiliated to ISIS, was intercepted by the Service. One Ibrahim Mohammed DAURA, Zaharadeen SALISU and five other elements of the proscribed extremist group, Ansaru, were arrested by the Service. This group was discovered in an active stage, as its members were already co-ordinating themselves for attacks in Katsina and Kano States.

In the same vein, on 22nd January, 2016, one Obansa SALAMI, Ejide TIJANI aka Abu Uwaise II, Mohammed RABIU aka Ubida II, Zainab MOHAMMED and Abdulqadir Salisu AHMAD were arrested in Kano by this Service, while  migrating to Libya, with their immediate families including infants, in a bid to join ISIS. This group was apprehended after painstaking monitoring of its network and plans.

On 29th January, 2016, the Service arrested Mohammed Aliyu NDAKO in Kwara State. NDAKO is a seventeen (17) year old undergraduate student of a tertiary institution in the State. He was arrested sequel to credible intelligence on his plans with one Abdulkadir Salisu AHMAD a.k.a Daddy Tall, another student in Kano State, to carry out coordinated lone-wolf attacks on selected populated targets in Nigeria preferably worship centres or recreation venues. Suspect had hitherto been communicating with foreign extremist elements, while sourcing online terrorist training and support.

Within the window of these tactical operations, between the month of December 2015 and February 2016, the Service,  busted the  network of syndicated kidnap gangs spanning different regions in the country, especially Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger, Nasarawa, FCT, Oyo and Osun States. Foremost in this line, was the arrest of a gang of five (5) kidnappers, Abubakar HASSAN, Usman MUSA, Usman ADAMU and Idrisa Babangida AHMADU at Ife junction, Osun State, on 3rd  February, 2016.

On 5th February, 2016, the fifth member of the gang, Saidu ISYAKU was arrested at Ojo area, Oyo State. These kidnappers, Six (6) AK 47 rifles, five (5) magazines and about one thousand rounds of ammunition were recovered. This gang has been active in the South West axis of the country and were at advanced stages of kidnapping high value targets for huge ransom, before they were intercepted.

Another breakthrough in the fight against kidnapping was the killing of Abubakar MOHAMMED (aka BUBA), and an unidentified member of his group, on 8th February, 2016 close to Jebba Medical Centre, Jebba, Kwara State by security operatives as they tried to escape during a shootout with security operatives. MOHAMMED was a notorious kidnap kingpin known for his brutality and various acts of lawlessness. It is disheartening that this criminal and his men had terrorized, to no end, residents of the South West zone.  He was also linked to the kidnap of the elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, in Ondo State.

In the wake of deliberate  vandalism of oil pipelines  by criminal elements in the South-South region, the Service arrested one Nengi Samuel IKIBA aka Kockman Abula, a notorious pipeline vandal on 27th January, 2016, in Bayelsa State. IKIBA confessed to vandalizing several pipelines in the State, including the 24” Agoda/Brass Oil pipeline at Idema community in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State.

The modest success of the Service in its support to the Federal Government to achieve its desired economic objectives and stability may also be noted. To this effect, the DSS have arrested a group of fraudsters who had concluded plans to hack the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) domiciled in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation in order to steal Four Billion, Five Hundred Million Naira (N4.5b) from the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The gang was led by one Sunny OKOH, a hacker who  worked in collaboration with the trio of Uwem Udo EKPO, a Chief Program Analyst in the OAGF, Maxwell EKENE, a retired security operative and Dozie EGWU, based in Malaysia and who is now at large. The suspected fraudsters intended to use a software they had sourced and codes released to them by EKPO to hack Government accounts in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and defraud the Government of this huge sum.

It is instructive to note that a credibility problem would have arisen over the TSA policy if these hackers had succeeded in their plan and thus lend credence to the critics of the policy that it ought not to have been introduced and implemented. For the avoidance of doubt, the suspects have been handed over to the EFCC for further investigations and prosecution.

It is pertinent to state that these successes were recorded as a result of proactive and credible intelligence offered by members of the public, sister security agencies and other stakeholders. This Service wish to state that it will continue to deploy every means necessary within its statutory mandate, and armbit of the law to ensure the security and safety of all law-abiding residents and citizens wherever they reside.

It is also germane to urge all and sundry to be extra-vigilant, as well as report any suspicious persons/groups or activities to relevant security agencies, for the sustenance of relative peace in the country

Thank You.
Department of State Service
8th February, 2016

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Why EFCC Arrested Own Operative

An operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrahman Mohammed Biu, a deputy detective superintendent, has been arrested for offences bordering on extortion, influence peddling and impersonation, the commission said in a statement Friday.

The officer was arrested on Monday following intelligence report alleging that he extorted $150,000 from some military officers on the pretext that he would help give them a soft landing in the ongoing investigation into the arms deal scandal.

Upon his arrest, a search was executed on his residence in Abuja where the following items were recovered: $20,000 cash, N500, 000 cash, two police uniforms bearing his name with the ranks of Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Police warrant card No: 27/2014 with the rank of DSP allegedly obtained from Kano Constabulary office, documents relating to military arms investigation and account information of several senior military officers.

A search of his car parked in the premises yielded the following items: unbranded pistol with a magazine and ten live ammunitions.

This was disclosed by a statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC’s spokesperson.

EFCC said Mr. Biu’s modus operandi includes dropping the names of ranking officers of the commission, claiming he was acting on their behalf. A paper containing seven of such names was recovered in his house.

The suspect has made useful statement, while investigation continues.

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Man Arrested With 2 Guns At Disneyland Paris

A man carrying two guns was arrested at a hotel at Disneyland Paris, an Interior Ministry official said Thursday, according to Reuters.

The unidentified man’s bag triggered metal detectors, according to the BBC.

French media reports a woman who accompanied the suspect was also arrested, but was not believed to have been armed.

According to preliminary checks, the man is not known to police officials, Reuters reports. Unnamed police sources told the outlet the man is 28 years old, of European origin, and carried a copy of the Quran in his bag — details which have not been confirmed.

The theme park remained open after the incident, according to The Guardian. Disneyland has not yet released a statement.

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Arrested Boko Haram Kingpin Linked To Chibok Abductions

A wanted Boko Haram kingpin, Jarasu Shira, was arrested yesterday morning in Damboa, Borno State. The suspect, who also goes by the alias Jarido, was arrested at a motor park at about 8.30am along with 10 other suspected members of the group who escorted him to Damboa to board a vehicle to Biu.

 The suspected terrorists were arrested by members of the vigilante popularly known as Civilian JTF. The JTF provide support to the Nigeria military battling the militant group in the north-east. Shira is said to be number one on a new list of wanted men by the Nigeria military. “He was disguised in a cowboy outfit to escape arrest but the vigilance of the civilian JTF paid off. A source who pleaded for anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the arrest told Daily Trust that the suspect was on his way to Lagos. He is believed to be the leader of the Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno state. The source said the suspect is believed to be a ranking figure in the Boko Haram hierarchy. He is also
A source who pleaded for anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the arrest told Daily Trust that the suspect was on his way to Lagos. He is believed to be the leader of the Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno state. The source said the suspect is believed to be a ranking figure in the Boko Haram hierarchy. He is also
A source who pleaded for anonymity because he was not authorised to speak said that the suspect was on his way to Lagos. He is believed to be the leader of the Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno state. The source said the suspect is believed to be a ranking figure in the Boko Haram hierarchy. He is also
The source said the suspect is believed to be a ranking figure in the Boko Haram hierarchy. He is also thought be so powerful in the group that he might have knowledge of the whereabouts of the Chibok girls kidnapped in April 2014 from their school. The Defence headquarters in Abuja yesterday confirmed the arrest. Defence spokesman Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said the arrest of Shira was not surprising as security agencies have been arresting several Boko Haram suspects in the North East. Brigadier General Abubakar told Daily Trust last night that the harvest of arrests in the
Defence spokesman Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said the arrest of Shira was not surprising as security agencies have been arresting several Boko Haram suspects in the North East. Brigadier General Abubakar told Daily Trust last night that the harvest of arrests in the
Brigadier General Abubakar said last night that the harvest of arrests in the north east was as a result of the renewed synergy amongst security agencies. He said these arrests are taking place as suspected Boko Haram members are spotted at motor parks and other routes trying to escape from the north east into other ‘free or safe zones.’ The suspects have been handed over to military authorities in Biu, Borno state. In a related development, a
The suspects have been handed over to military authorities in Biu, Borno state. In a related development, a road side bomb suspected to have been planted by members of the Boko Haram went off on Wednesday when a passing military vehicle stepped on it. Details of the blast remained sketchy at press time.
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Boko Haram Kingpin, 10 Others Arrested Enroute To Lagos

A Boko Haram kingpin Jarasu Shira was on Wednesday morning arrested in Damboa, Borno state.

He was arrested at a motor park at about 8.30am along with 10 other suspected members of the group who escorted him to Damboa to connect a vehicle to Biu enroute to Lagos. They were arrested by men of the vigilante (Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF) who are providing support to the Nigeria military battling the militant group.

A source who didn’t want to be named told Daily Trust that Shira who goes by the alias Jarido is number one on the new list of wanted men by the Nigeria military. He was disguised in a cowboy outfit, Daily Trust further gathered.

He is believed to be the leader of the Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno state.

Suspects have been handed over to military authorities in Biu, Borno state.

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Million, Leader Of Lagos Banks’ Robberies Gang, Arrested

Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, weekend, in Benin, Edo State, reportedly arrested a leader of a gang of bank robbers, who usually disguised as a woman during operations.



The alleged leader of the notorious gang of bank robbers, Clement Abanara, was arrested by the police in an apartment at the Osayande Estate.



Vanguard gathered that the suspect, also known as Million, allegedly took part in the Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara bank robberies (all in Lagos), where his gang carted away millions of naira, destroyed several vehicles and left several persons, including policemen and a pregnant woman, dead.



The IRT, led by CSP Abba Kyari, had in November 2015, launched a manhunt for the bank robbers. Kelly Fotor, one of the suspects arrested at a wedding in Sapele, Delta State, had told Vanguard that Million was the only member of the gang who disguised as a woman during operations.



Fotor also told Vanguard that Million is an experienced kidnapper, who has over eight rifles in his possession.



Kidnapped Majority Leader, son

Recall that Million was once declared wanted by Lagos State former Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, in December 2012, after he led a four-man gang of kidnappers to abduct former Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly, Tofeeq Adeniji, in Lagos, and took him through the rivers to Delta State, where he demanded N30 million as ransom.



It was reported that N4 million was agreed as ransom and one of the lawmaker’s sons, who was said to have taken the money to the kidnappers, was also abducted and released along with his father after additional ransom was paid.



Vanguard gathered that four members of the gang arrested along side one of their financiers by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, took the operatives to a mansion built by Million, but met the house empty.



A source told Vanguard that the operatives trailed Million’s wife to Warri Delta State, where she was arrested before taking the police to Benin, where her husband was arrested in a rented apartment.




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Why EFCC Arrested NBC Director-General, Emeka Mba

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested Emeka Mba, the Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission over an alleged N15 billion fraud.

Mr. Mba was arrested on Monday morning in Abuja and taken to the EFCC’s headquarters where he is currently being interrogated.

Those familiar with the investigation say the EFCC had been investigating the NBC in the past one month.

Last week, some detectives stormed the headquarters of the NBC, ransacking computers and files in the Finance and Account unit.

During the operation, some key Accounts staff where taken away. Sources said the arrested officials made confessional statements to the EFCC implicating Mr. Mba and some top officials of the NBC.

When contacted, the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was on an official assignment in Lagos and had not been briefed.

But a top official of the anti-graft agency said: “Yes, he (Mr. Mba) is with us. We are investigating massive diversion of public funds and we’re making progress. Mba definitely has questions to answer.

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Why EFCC Arrested Lawal Jafaru Isa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has quizzed All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain, Lawal Jafaru Isa.
Brig. General Jafaru Isa (retired) was a former military administrator of Kaduna State and a known associate of President Muhammadu Buhari.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of Jafaru Isa in a sting operation Wednesday night at his residence in Abuja.
Uwujaren did not give reason why the former military governor was arrested.
Isa contested as the governorship candidate of the defunct Buhari party CPC in Kano State in 2011. He was also one of the 19 members of the Buhari Transition Committee led by Ahmed Joda.
A source said that Isa was arrested because he had failed to honour an invitation to report to the head office of the anti-graft agency.
The source said the agency wanted him to explain the circumstances in which he allegedly collected about N100 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
It was gathered that Jafaru Isa is being questioned about whether he was involved in the arms procurement scam in the office of the NSA.
Another source last night said Dasuki gave N135m to Jafaru Isa in 2013 to buy a house for him in Kano.
The source who told our correspondent on phone said the money was given to Jafaru Isa in piecemeal ranging from N30m to N20m.
“You know Jafaru Isa and Dasuki have been together since their days at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna. So, when Dasuki wanted to buy a house in Kano, he approached Isa.
“Isa got a house for him and he was sending the money piecemeal to him through his account.  The transaction was not possible because of the way Dasuki was sending the money,” he said.
“It was while they were investigating the Arms scam that they saw the transaction.  But frankly speaking, it has no connection with it. It happened between 2013 and 2014,” he said.
He said the former Governor of Kaduna State has since been released on bail by the EFCC.
Dasuki himself is on trial in three different courts over alleged fraud in the disbursement of $2.1 billion arms money.
The money is meant for the purchase of military weapons for the counter insurgency war in the north-east.
The federal government had accused Dasuki of extra budgetary spending of about N643 billion from the arms fund.
The EFCC had traced part of the money to the bank accounts of associates of the former NSA and their companies. Some of them have already been put on trial.
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Arrested Metuh On Hunger Strike Over Food Poisoning Scare– Family

Olisa Metuh’s family has denied that the spokesperson of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, received N1.4 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser.

Mr. Metuh was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, on allegations of corruption, and remained in detention by Wednesday evening.

In a statement signed by Gilbert Metuh, Wednesday, the family demanded that Mr. Metuh be released or charged to court.

The statement said the PDP spokesman acknowledged he delivered on an assignment for former President Goodluck Jonathan, and was duly paid.

The family said Mr. Metuh has refused to eat in detention over fears he might be poisoned.

“Our biggest concern for now is the health and safety of our son, who even before his arrest had alerted the nation about various threats to his life, a stance that is not unconnected to his position as the spokesperson of the opposition,” the statement said.

“Our position is more so as he has refused to eat following fears of intentions to poison him in detention.”

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Zakzaky, Wife Rescued Not Arrested- Army

The Nigerian Army has debunked rumours that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was arrested by soldiers at his residence and his wife killed.

The assertion was made by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, in company of the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police and other senior Army officers on Monday.

General Oyebade disclosed that the Islamic cleric and his wife were rescued alive during the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers, adding that they were in the Army protective custody.

He narrated how members of the movement attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who was on his way to pay a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau.

According to him, the Shiite members blocked the Army Chief’s convoy along Sokoto Road in Zaria, and attacked his vehicle with dangerous weapons.

The General stressed that all entreaties by some senior officers for the sect members to leave the road were resisted, a situation which he said prompted the soldiers in the convoy to apply minimum force against them.

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Why EFCC Arrested Yuguda, Bafarawa, Ex-PDP Chairman’s Sons, Others Over $2billion Arms Deal

Former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at about 4pm Monday and was still being questioned as at 9PM alongside other suspects over the controversial arms procurement scandal surrounding former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

Sources familiar with the ongoing investigation said the former minister allegedly received suspicious payments from the office of Mr. Dasuki, who is being investigated over a $2billion arms deal.

Mr. Yuguda allegedly received N1.5billion from the former NSA’s office through an unnamed company, for unstated purpose.

He also alleged received N1.275billion from Stallion Group during the campaign for the last general election.

Another N775million was also allegedly paid to him from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation for unstated purpose.

All the monies were paid to him between Dec 2014 and May, 2015, our sources said.

Also in custody over the same matter are the sons of Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto State and Haliru Bello Mohamed, former minister of defence and ex-national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Sagir Bafarawa, allegedly acting as front for his father, received N4.6billion from the NSA’s office.

Attahiru Bafarawa had recently escaped arrest but the EFCC says the former governor remains on its radar.

The ex-PDP chairman’s son, Abbah Mohammed, on his part got N600milion in the name of Bam Properties Limited.

Also in the custody of the anti-graft agency is Shuaibu Salisu, a former director of finance and administration in the former NSA’s office.

Mr. Salisu, a staff of the National Intelligence Agency, was a joint signatory with Mr. Dasuki to the NSA’s office account and EFCC operatives are accusing him of “supervising some dubious payments”.

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Wanted Boko Haram Commanders Arrested In Yobe

Nigerian Army said it had so far arrested three senior members of Boko Haram insurgents on the wanted list in Yobe State.

The Army headquarters recently made public 100 names of some Boko Haram members on its wanted list and urged the public to help the army locate the notorious insurgents.

Briefing the media in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, commandant of the 27th Task Force Brigade, Colonel Dahiru Bako, said one of the suspects was arrested in Jakusko Local Government Area, while the remaining two were nabbed in Damaturu.

The commander said the current onslaught on the militants within the state and the entire North East was succeeding as major camps of the insurgents have been destroyed and efforts were being made by security forces to move further into their hideouts to ensure full dislodgement.

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Woman Who Threw Egg, Tomatoes At Kendall & Kylie Jenner Arrested

Kendall and Kylie Jenner made an appearance at a Westfield shopping center in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday to promote their new clothing line. While doing so, someone threw some eggs at them — captions on Getty’s photographs of the incident say the eggs were actually thrown just before Kendall and Kylie took to the stage, but Instagram footage on TMZ does seem to show projectiles headed at the stage while the sisters were saying hi. And Gossip Cop adds that tomatoes were also thrown.

TMZ describes the culprit as a grumpy “older woman” (whose age is then cited as 30 so, come on, cut the world a break, please) who was later arrested on the grounds of “offensive behavior.” Oh, and as she was being arrested, she spat on the police officers, so assault charges were also added to her prospective rap sheet.

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3 More Boko Haram Financiers Arrested

The army headquarters yesterday in Abuja, said its soldiers have arrested more sponsors and financiers of the Boko Haram.

The arrest according to the Army followed the confessional statement made by one Mohammed Maina, who is a major supplier of drugs to the terrorists earlier arrested.

Acting director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, who made this known, equally sent a warning to all members of the terrorists group to surrender their arms or have their selves to blame.

He said three other suspects namely; Jikana Alhaji Goni, 29, Alhaji Musa Alhaji Modu, 37 and Alhaji Aba’ana Na Alhaji Sule, 40, all of Hausari Ward, Maiduguri, Borno state, were arrested and undergoing Interogation.

He said the suspects are making useful information about the operation of the group that would lead to the arrest of other members.
The army spokesman, while assuring that peace would soon be restored to the troubled North-east, warned the terrorists to surrender as the military was all out to rout them from their strongholds, camps and enclaves.

He called on parents, families and friends of all those involved in insurgency, to persuade them to desist and renounce their membership of the terrorist organization forthwith.

He said, “we also wish to appeal to the good people of the North-eastern part of the country, in particular those of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to prevail on these terrorists to renounce their evil ways immediately.”

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Lawyer Arrested For Defrauding FG Of N928 Million

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said it arrested a lawyer, Mr Adeola Adeyanju, for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government of N928 million.

The commission made the disclosure on Tuesday in Lagos in its recent in-house news bulletin.

The bulletin said that the suspect allegedly forged the payment mandate of the Ministry of Environment.

The commission, according to the bulletin, alleged that the suspect moved the said amount from First City Monument Bank where the money had been domiciled with his Zenith Bank’s personal account.

“On the same day the money hit his account, he again moved it to a Bureau de Change’s account where the money was converted and paid to him in dollars,’’ it said.

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Saudi Authorities Arrest, Imprison Nigerian Pilgrimage Officials

The coordinator of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) in Mecca, Suleiman Usman, has disclosed that some Nigerian pilgrimage officials were arrested and taken to prison by the Saudi authorities for trespass.

Mr. Usman made the disclosure while paying a condolence visit, Sunday night, to three Nigerian states that lost six pilgrims in the Mecca crane accident.

Six Nigerian pilgrims including one male from Kaduna State, four females from Gombe State and one male from Katsina, died in the tragedy on Friday.

The coordinator said the affected officials were medical personnel arrested for embarking on a trip outside Mecca without official permit.

“We are trying to secure the release of our medical team, who were arrested and taken to prison by Saudi security, while travelling from Jeddah in an ambulance,” the coordinator said.

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Nigerian En Route To Dubai Arrested With N1bn Cash In Niger Republic

The police in neighbouring Niger Republic have arrested a Nigerian carrying 4.6m Euros (N1.05bn) in cash. The man was arrested at the Diori Hamani Airport in Niamey, the capital of Niger, en route Dubai in the United Arab Emirate.

The Nigerien police said they suspected that the man was fleeing with the money in order to avoid being caught by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been prosecuting an anti-corruption campaign since assumption of office on May 29.

They also expressed worry that there had been an upsurge in the number of Nigerians trafficking huge sums of money in cash through the neighbouring country.

The police in Niger are already working on the suspicion that the money traffickers have accomplices in the country.

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Fake Policeman Arrested In Ibadan, Charged To Court

A 29-year-old suspect, Emmanuel Anebeh, was on Wednesday docked at an Iyaganku Chief Magistrate’s’ Court in Ibadan over alleged impersonation.

The Prosecutor, Cpl. Philip Amusan, told the court that the accused, of no fixed address, faced a two-count charge of impersonation and unlawful possession of a Police Warrant Card.

He said the accused committed the alleged offences on Aug. 14, at about 1:00 a.m. at the Ibadan/Ife Expressway at Egbeda, Ibadan.

Amusan alleged that the accused posed as a member of the Nigeria Police Force by unlawfully wearing a police uniform.

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Masquerade Arrested After Invading Church, Floging Pastors & Church Members

Four masquerades, on Sunday, invaded Christ Apostolic Church in Epinmi Akoko, Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, disrupted the service and flogged officiating pastors and some members of the church.

A source said that the masquerades, who were earlier prevented from entering the church by the workers, forced their way in and headed towards the officiating pastor, beating him and other pastors.

The invasion disrupted the service, as members of the church, who were caught unawares, left their bibles and other belongings and ran out of the church.

The source said the masquerades acted as if they had a score to settle with the officiating pastors, Jacob Ogunmola and Kehinde Ilori, as they flogged them repeatedly, chasing them around the church until they could not run again.

The source explained that the two pastors were injured and later rushed to a nearby hospital, adding that the reasons behind the action of the masquerades remained unknown.

One of the masquerades, Tunde Arohunmolase, was, however, apprehended by the people and had been handed over to the police, while other masquerades fled the scene after the incident.

“The police responded promptly and one of them was overpowered by the congregation. His mask was uncovered and most of the people in the church and around the community identified him to be one of the boys from the community,” the source said.

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Lagos-Based Journalist Arrested In Cameroon, Accused Of Spying For Boko Haram

A Lagos-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, has been arrested by Cameroonian authorities as he investigated the conditions of Nigerian refugees camped in the country’s far north.

The journalist, who managed to leave a messages on his Facebook page before he was locked up Friday, said he was arrested for venturing, without permission, into a refugee camp with 50,000 Nigerians.

He later told a colleague that the authorities were threatening to charge him for espionage – saying they suspect he was spying for the extremist Boko Haram sect.

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Arik Crew Member Arrested In London For Drugs Possession

Arik Air, has confirmed that a member of its cabin crew was on Monday night arrested at Heathrow Airport, London by the UK Border Force in connection with alleged possession of items suspected to be banned substances.

The airline, which did not give the name of its crew member, said it was presently carrying out its own investigation to determine how the cabin crew member came about the suspected banned substance.

“Arik Air will also be cooperating fully with the UK authorities and other appropriate agencies in their investigations. The airline again reaffirms its commitment to the fight against drug and illicit substance trafficking and will not tolerate the use of any of its aircraft or crew for the courier of banned items and substances,” the spokesman of the airline, Adebanji Ola, said in a statement.

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Many Boko Haram Suspects Arrested in Lagos, Ogun, Says Ex-Army GOC

Despite past attempts by Boko Haram insurgents to infiltrate Lagos, the Nigerian Army said it was able to nip their acts of terror in the bud by arresting them.

Reports gathered that the suspected members of Boko Haram were arrested during several raids conducted in both Lagos and Ogun States by the 81 Division headquarters.

The sect has in the past tried to infiltrate the South-west, especially Lagos, to set up their terror cells, but were blocked at every turn by the security agencies.

Chief among the attempts was the plot by a suicide bomber who blew herself up near THISDAY’s Lagos office last year and that of the lone suicide bomber arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

The outgone General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 81 Division Nigerian Army, Major-General Tamunomeibi Dibi, said despite the peculiarities of the state, the command was able to ensure maximum security.

Dibi, who made this disclosure at the handover ceremony to the new GOC, Major General Isidore Edet, said many of the sect members were arrested during his tenure.

Although he did not put a figure on the number of persons arrested and what they did with them, he said they were many who were arrested.

He called on soldiers in the division to remain vigilant and also ensure that the insurgents do not infiltrate Nigeria’s economic hub and its environ.

He said: “We all know about the security challenges around us and the Boko Haram challenge. We also know about the peculiarities of Lagos.

“We have been able to prevent the incursion of the Boko Haram sect into Lagos. A good number of Boko Haram suspects were arrested in Lagos.

“You are all aware of the challenges we are going through; the problem of Boko Haram. The fact that you are not in the North-east does not mean you are not fighting the war.

“We are all involved in the war because wars of this nature do not have a front or a rear end. So far, we are winning the war and I want you to do more. Be more vigilant and ensure security of your environment, your barracks.”

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16 Students Arrested By JTF For Alleged Cult Related Activities

Members of the Special Taskforce on Jos crisis sector 2, located along Dogon Dutse, Jos North local government area of Plateau State, stormed the University of Jos night and arrested 16 students.

According to a student of the institution, Ogene Jude, who is also the National President of the Political Science Students Association, the affected students were picked at the hostels at about 2:00 a.m. early hours of Tuesday.

The student union leader said efforts to secure the release of the students from the security agents have not been fruitful, as the taskforce denied them access to their colleagues and refuse to inform them of the offence against the said students.

The media officer of the Special Taskforce, Ikedichi Iweha, said via telephone interview that he required more time to confirm the incident. Subsequently, Mr. Iweha, an Army Captain, did not pick his calls when our reporter called back.

But a security officer who pleaded not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to journalists on the matter confirmed the arrest of the students. He said the students were arrested and are being interrogated for their alleged involvement in cult related activities.

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Man Linked To Chibok Girls’ Abduction Arrested

Nigerian troops have arrested a businessman accused of “participating actively” in Boko Haram’s mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok last year, Nigeria’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said Babuji Ya’ari headed a “terrorists’ intelligence cell” for the Islamic extremists while masquerading as a member of the self-defense Youth Vigilante Group. That news confirms suspicions that the vigilantes have been infiltrated by Boko Haram.

Soldiers have told the Associated Press that some of their comrades also belong to Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremist group.

“The arrest of the businessman… has also yielded some vital information and facilitated the arrest of other members of the terrorists’ intelligence cell who are women,” Olukolade said in a statement Tuesday night. He did not say when the arrests were made or how many people were arrested.

He alleged that Ya’ari has coordinated several deadly attacks since 2011 on the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, and spearheaded the May 2014 assassination of the emir of Gwoza, a religious and traditional ruler who was targeted for speaking out against Boko Haram’s extremism.

One arrested woman, Hafsat Bako, confessed to coordinating the payroll for operatives paid a minimum of 10,000 naira (about $50) a job, the defense ministry statement said.

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Rick Ross Arrested On Kidnapping, Assault Charges

Rapper Rick Ross is facing kidnapping and assault charges after a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force and deputies arrested him at his mansion south of Atlanta early Wednesday, authorities said.

Ross and a man described as his bodyguard were taken into custody in Fayette County, Jim Joyner, a supervisor with the Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, told The Associated Press.

Ross — whose real name is William Roberts — was being held in the Fayette County Jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery, Joyner said. The bodyguard, whose name wasn’t released, faces the same charges.

Officers showed up at the mansion, once owned by boxer Evander Holyfield, but someone inside refused to open the gate leading to the home, authorities said.

“They refused to open the gate, so we opened the gate for them,” Joyner said.

Once officers got past the gate, someone inside opened the front door so they didn’t have to break it down, Joyner said. Ross and the bodyguard were then taken into custody without incident, Joyner said.

“They didn’t put up a struggle or anything,” he said.

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Nigeria Police Confirms Kashamu Was Arrested, Tried In UK

The Police, on Thursday, said the British High Commission in Nigeria confirmed that Buruji Kashamu (Senator-elect), was arrested and tried in a United Kingdom criminal court.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, in Abuja. It said there was enquiry concerning the status of Kashamu’s legal battles in the United Kingdom and United States. “The police, thereafter, sought relevant clarifications from the British High Commission.
“The commission confirmed that Kashamu was indeed arrested and tried in the United Kingdom criminal court. But the court was not satisfied that Kashamu had a case to answer.’’
The statement stressed that the commission’s clarification did not derogate from extradition request by United States’ relevant departments, and agencies of government in Nigeria”, the statement said.

The statement was also issued in connection to the extradition battles of Kashamu with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

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Journalist Arrested For ‘Collaborating’ With Boko Haram

A journalist and rights activist known for his outspoken criticism of the humanitarian crisis in southeastern Niger has been arrested for “collaborating” with Boko Haram Islamists, the interior minister said Wednesday.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International condemned Moussa Tchangari’s arrest and called on Niger to release him.

“This man has been collaborating with Boko Haram for some time, and he is actively spreading propaganda and false news in liaison with Boko Haram,” Interior Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou told AFP.

“All his propaganda aims to show… that Niger’s defence and security forces are the criminals… (and) not Boko Haram.”

Niger cannot “tolerate such an active collaboration with terrorists”, or such “systematic spreading of false news”, he added.

Tchangari was arrested on Monday and charged with “criminal links to the terrorist group Boko Haram”, he said.

Tchangari’s organisation Alternative Espace Citoyen has been critical of the humanitarian crisis in southeastern Niger, where the army is fighting Boko Haram.

In early May, his group published a report that criticised the Niger authorities after the evacuation of some 25,000 Lake Chad residents over fears of new Islamist attacks, following a deadly assault in late April.

At the time, Tchangari said thousands of men, women, children and elderly Lake Chad residents “walked for more than 50 kilometres (30 miles)” until they reached safety.

“No preparations were in place to welcome… or support them,” he added.

In early May, a UN source said the evacuees were living in “dramatic” conditions — without tents or shelter, and in some cases without access to drinking water.

In a statement Tuesday, Amnesty International called on Niger to free Tchangari “immediately”, saying: “The fight against Boko Haram must not serve as a pretext to violate free speech.”

The call for Lake Chad residents to evacuate came a week after a cross-border assault by Nigerian-based Boko Haram insurgents on the island of Karamga that left at least 74 people dead.

It was Niger’s heaviest loss since it joined a regional offensive against the militants, whose six-year insurgency has claimed some 13,000 lives and displaced about 1.5 million people.

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14 JSS Students Arrested For Cultism In Edo

No fewer than 14 Junior Secondary School, JSS, students have been arrested by the Police in Edo State over alleged involvement in cult-related activities in Benin.

Vanguard gathered that the students, whose ages ranged from 12 to 15 years, were said to have been picked by policemen at Oguola Secondary School, along St. Saviour Road in the state capital and were being screened at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Police headquarters, Benin.

Principal of the school, Mr. Ehanire Reuben, said eight of the students were allegedly arrested in the school compound, adding that their arrest prompted the police to conduct a search on some students in the classrooms. He, however, said prior to the arrest, he learned that a student teacher in the school was attacked and his phone and wallets taken from him by some students, who also attacked residents in the area.

He pleaded with police to release those found to be innocent. Edo State Police Command spokesman, Mr. Innocent Onwochie, in his reaction to the development, said the arrest was made following a tip-off, adding that those arrested were under-aged. He said investigations on the issue had been stepped up, promising that the police would leave no stone unturned in its war against cultism and other criminal activities in the state.


Nigerian Actor ‘Arrested’ In The U.S

Nollywood actor Mike Ezuruonye has been detained by policemen in a new photo that is currently making the rounds. The actor was promoting a new movie shot in America on his Instagram page.

He shared the photo on his Instagram page and captioned it with, “U still wondering?…Watch Ur Space..This Nollywood Boy is Coming …ItZz Hollywood Invasion babyyyyy!!”

He has featured in several Nollywood movies. He received two nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008, 2009 and a nomination for Best actor in Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards

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Three Corps Members Arrested For Selling Ballot Papers

It is alleged that three members belonging to the National Youth Service Corpse have been arrested for selling ballot papers and other election materials. The members served as adhoc staff for the Independent National Electoral Commission for the House of Assembly elections.

According to reports, they allegedly sold the ballot papers for N40 000 which included of two packets of ballot papers. This was revealed by the Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini while reviewing the 2015 polls.

However investigations have commenced to determine what exactly happened with the two officers and have since been suspended.

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16 Imo INEC Officials Arrested For Electoral Fraud

16 members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo State have been arrested for altering the result sheets of the governorship election to suit the figures that were dubiously allotted to political parties.

They were arrested by men of the Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday. The INEC officials were caught while thumb printing ballot papers in favour of a political party.

The head of operations and other electoral officers, who presided over the governorship and House of Assembly elections were among those arrested. The officials are currently being detained at the DSS State headquarters in Owerri.

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15 Arrested Over Election Violence

The Police Command in Kogi on Thursday said it arrested 15 persons for various offences during the April 11 Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Shola Adebayo, in a statement in Lokoja said the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

He said that two of the suspects were arrested in Ofu Local Government with ballot boxes and ballot papers and one suspect at Ankpa for unlawful possession of firearms.

According to Adebayo, 12 of the suspects were arrested at Gegu-Beki community in Kogi Local Government for post-election violence.

“There is a case of someone arrested with eight stolen explosive detonators by the police on the eve of the election.

“This is a situation that would have spelt doom for the state but salvaged by the police,” he said.

The police spokesman assured that all issues related to security breaches during the polls would be thoroughly investigated.

He described the election as generally peaceful, attributing it to the proactive measures put in place by the police and other security agencies.

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Another Kidnapper Nabbed For Abducting 4 Girls (SEE PHOTO)

A 47-year-old suspected kidnapper was seriously beaten at Abudu community, Iyana Ilogbo, Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, when he was caught with four girls he was taking out of the community to Ajah in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Reports provide that, the suspect, Nurudeen Badmus, was caught by an acquaintance of one of the girls who demanded to know where the suspect was taking the children to early in the morning. When he couldn’t offer a satisfactoryexplanation, the acquaintance raised an alarm which attracted other members of the community.
Badmus was beaten seriously by the residents and was later taken to the local chief’s (Baale) house where he was interrogated.
The suspect told the Baale that he was taking the children to Ajah in Lagos State where he claimed they came from.
“They came to me for financial assistance to enable them go to Ajah in Lagos State. I was taking them to Ajah when somebody identified one of them. I am only assisting them,” the suspect told the large crowd at the Baale’s house…”

How We Arrested Orekoya’s Nanny- Police Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Police, Mr. Kayode Aderanti has advised employers of domestic staff such as nannies, cooks, drivers and gardners to seek the services of the Divisional Police and Police Area Commands in their localities to do a profiling of their new employees before they bring them into their homes.

Aderanti made this appeal during an interview on Channels TV Sunrise Daily show, Thursday morning. He spoke against the backdrop of the kidnap of the three kids of Mrs. Adebisi Orekoya, by a nanny, Mary Akinloye, whom she employed, last week Monday, through OLX (an online sales portal).

Just two days after Akinloye resumed work at the Lawanson Street, Surulere of Orekoya, she made-away with her three kids, Aderomola 11-month-old, Adedamola, 4, and Demola, 6, leaving behind Michael, the eldest, a boarder who was on holiday, with information that she was going to get something.

Aderanti however, said operatives from the Special Intelligence Burea (SIB) of the Lagos State Police Com­mand have rescued the three kids on Tuesday, at the Shasha, Egbeda area of Lagos, adding that ?the kids have since been reunited with their mother.

He said the suspect, was arrested on Wednesday, by 9.20pm at Shasha, Lagos?, noting that investigations were still ongoing and the Press would soon be briefed on new developments.

According to the Lagos Police boss, “To forestall this kind of unfortunate incident, Lagosians who want to employ the services of domestic staff should visit the Divisional Police or Area Commands within their locality to seek a Police profiling of the said staff. Seeking a profiling of employed domestic staff by the Police Divisions and Area Commanders is easier and bears no cost-implication,”he said.

The CP added that “the profiling of the domestic staff before they are employed also helps to check if they have had any previous criminal background, and as well helps to get their data such as fingerprint, photograph, name and other personal information.

“This profiling step helps the Police to quickly and efficiently arrest the situation should the employed domestic staff engage in any criminal activity after being employed,” he advised.

Also speaking on the Lekki armed-robbery incident which took place last month, Aderanti said some arrests have been made, assuring that the Press would be notified of developments at a news conference later next week.

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Al Jazeera Journalists Arrested By Nigerian Military For Loitering

Two journalists working for the global news network, Al jazeera, Ahmed Idris and Mustafa Andy, were on Wednesday arrested by the Nigerian military in Maiduguri, Borno State for loitering in areas where combat operations were being carried out.

According to a statement issued by the Defence Headquarters, the journalists were moving around “restricted areas” in Yobe and Borno States without protection, accreditation or clearance.

 The military stated that the Al jazeera staffers, who were monitored by intelligence operatives, were eventually restrained to their hotel rooms in Maiduguri following increased suspicion that their activities were focused on interfering with ongoing military operations in those areas.
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Man Arrested After Commenting on his Own Wanted Photo on Facebook

An Ohio man was arrested after he commented on his own wanted photo posted on a sheriff’s department’s Facebook page.

Andrew Dale Marcum, 21, was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants, including an abduction and domestic violence charge stemming from a January incident involving the mother of his child, according to Hamilton police. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, which serves warrants, took to its Facebook page Monday and highlighted Marcum as its “Featured Warrant of the Week.”

The post included multiple photos of Marcum, a description of the suspect, and a list of his recent alleged crimes, including felony burglary/safe-cracking, felony abduction, and misdemeanor charges of assault, domestic violence and criminal endangering, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Just four hours after the post, Marcum replied, “I ain’t tripping half of them don’t even know me.”

The Sheriff’s Office was quick to reply with a polite, “Andrew Marcum – If you could stop by the Sheriff’s Office, that’d be great.”

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Niger Illegal Immigrants Confess Paying 300 – 500 Naira To Enter Nigeria

A suspected illegal immigrant from the Niger Republic, says many illegal immigrants usually entered Nigeria by paying between N300 and N500 to unidentified persons. He added that he had spent eight years in Nigeria, but could not acquire valid documents before he was arrested by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Lagos State Command.

The 34-year-old was among 82 illegal immigrants paraded at the command’s office in Alagbon, Lagos. The suspects were said to have been arrested at different parts of the Lagos Island area after an intelligence report. The suspect was arrested along with a relative, Idris, who had spent barely one year in the country when he was caught.

The suspect, who spoke in pidgin, said, “I have been here for about eight years now. I work as a loader and make between N1, 000 and N1, 500 a day. I use the money I make to feed my family in the Niger Republic. I am married and have two children and they are in Niger. “I travel home every six or eight months. The people at the border see many of us when we come in. Sometimes, they collect N300 and other times, we give them N500 before we pass.”


Local Head of Boko Haram Arrested in Niger

A suspected local leader of Boko Haram Islamist group was arrested and several weapons including rocket launchers seized from his home in the town of Diffa in southern Niger on Thursday, security sources said.

The town on the Nigerian border has come under attack from the militants this past week, since Chad deployed hundreds of troops to the area as part of a regional effort to tackle Boko Haram.

The man was identified as Kaka Bonou, a trader known to authorities for suspected involvement in trafficking stolen goods, the security source said.

“Different type of weapons of all caliber including rocket launchers, were found in his house,” one of the Niger military sources told Reuters, requesting to remain anonymous.

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