Nigerian Police arrests suspected killers of US Army veteran, Oscar Okebata

The police in Imo State have arrested suspected killers of Oscar Okebata, a retired soldier in the American Army who was robbed and murdered in Atta, in the Ikeduru LGA, on January 12, 2017.

At a press briefing in Owerri, the state capital on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, said Chukwu Osondu, Stanley Uchechukwu, Kelvin Onyekachi and Promise Uchendu were apprehended with “concrete evidence that showed that they murdered the ex-solider” who was in the state for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Lakanu said, “The suspects were arrested in connection with the robbery and murder of one Oscar Okebata of Achi Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, an American veteran soldier who returned home for Yuletide last year”.

“The victim’s Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was sold at N125,000. It was the mobile phone that led policemen to the suspects, leading to their arrest.”

Policeman arrested while trying to steal baby in hospital

The police in Imo State have arrested a police Sergeant, Iseke Koradam, at a hospital in Oke-Uvuru, in the Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state while allegedly attempting to steal a newborn baby.

The Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed that at a press briefing in Owerri, the state capital on Wednesday

The CP said that the police sergeant and his gang who allegedly planned to steal the newborn baby had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.

 

List of items DSS found in Gabriel Suswam’s house

A former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has been arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS.

The ex-governor was arrested over items recovered inside in a building in Abuja, reportedly belonging to him.

Below are items recovered from the building according to DSS:
(i) Glock pistol with two (2) magazines and a total of Twenty-Nine (29) rounds of ammunition;
(ii) Mini-Uzi with two (2) magazines containing 10 rounds and 4 rounds respectively;
(iii) Forty-two (42) extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack; and
(iv) One (1) AK-47.

Other items recovered include:
i. Twenty-one (21) Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and one (1) Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy;
ii. Twenty-three (23) Luxury designer watches; and
iii. Forty-five (45) keys to various exotic cars.

EFCC arraigns Babalawo for N2.4m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 arraigned one Bala Tangalu before Justice A. B. Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja on a 2-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N2.5million.

Tangalu, a self-styled native doctor also known as Babalawo, was arrested following a petition by one Dozie Ugonna, who alleged that he was scammed of over N2.5million by the accused and his cohorts.

According to the petitioner, the money was meant for the purchase of materials to neutralize some harmful charms purportedly contained in a carton filled with United States dollars.

The offence is contrary to Section 8 (a) and punishable under Section 8 (C) and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006.

Particulars of Count two read: “Bala Tangalu, Ataye (still at large), Nnamdi (still at large) Peace (still at large) and Linda (still at large), in the year 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud obtained the total sum of N2,540.000 (Two Million, Five Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira Only) from one Dozie Ugonna under the pretence that you are a native doctor a.k.a Babalawo and the monies were for purchase of materials to neutralize some harmful charms contained in a carton filled with United State Dollars, which pretence you knew to be false”. The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Upon his plea, counsel to EFCC, Elizabeth Alabi, asked the court to fix a date for trial and remand the accused in prison custody pending trial. She urged the court to consider the weight of the offence, which according to her carries a minimum of seven year jail term.

However, counsel to the accused, Yusuf Abdullahi, told the court he had a pending bail application before the court. He added that the accused had been granted administrative bail by the EFCC which he had not breached and urged the court to adopt same bail condition.

Justice Mohammed granted bail to the accused in the sum of N2million with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be a civil servant or a community leader.

The case has been adjourned to March 20, 2017 for trial.

Police Arrest Five for Circulating Fake US Dollars, Euro

The Police in Enugu have arrested five suspects, including a female juju priestess, for printing and circulating fake U.S. dollars and for swindling unsuspecting members of the public.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu on Friday that the police operatives in Emene Division caught two of the suspects – Emeka Udebusor and Erick Ekete, both of Nchantancha Nike community -suspects following a tip off on December 4.

He alleged that the suspects were indulging in washing fake dollars, euro and naira in bundles with a substance suspected to be chemicals.

Amaraizu said that the police recovered red and white cloths being used by the suspects in their shrine.

Also recovered are pots containing substances believed to be charms and 16 bundles of 100 notes suspected to be fake U.S. dollars.

He said, “The suspects are syndicate of the popular 419 fraudster ring.

“The arrest of the suspects also led to the arrest of a woman identified as Veronica Ekete, a member of the fraudster syndicate and a female “Juju priest’’.

“It was further gathered that the suspects have been a torn on the flesh of members of the public who usually and unknowingly fall victim of their antics.”

He said that the suspects had been helping the police to conduct investigation into their activities.

EFCC Arrests Federal University VC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Olusola Oyewole.
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N1.5bn: EFCC Arrests Chairman, Finance Director Edo SUBEB

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested one the Executive Chairman and Director of Finance of Edo State Universal basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Daily Trust gathered on Wednesday that Stephen Aloa and Adams Osabuohien the Executive chairman and director of finance respectively were arrested by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission.

According to EFCC sources they were arrested in connection with an alleged case of abuse of office, diversion and misappropriation of funds to the tune of one billion and five hundred million naira (N1.5bn)

It added that Edo SUBEB officials still being interrogated by the operatives of the Commission were arrested on Tuesday 22nd of November, 2016.

Alao and his accomplices allegedly inflated contracts, approved bogus weekly Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) for nonexistent conferences, used fictitious companies to defraud the board and sold Government properties without remitting same to Government account.

 The source said others fingered in the alleged fraud are still being investigated to ascertain their level of culpabilities.

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EFCC Arrests Two SON Directors For Alleged N1.3bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two directors of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) over alleged N1.3billion in the agency.

More staff of the organization might be questioned in the next few days.

Also, a prosecution witness has opened up on how $752,000 (about N229million) was deposited in the VISA Gold account of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Badeh.

The witness said the huge cash was lodged by Badeh’s aide-de-camp (ADC) and orderly.

But the arrest of two directors of the SON was a major breakthrough for the anti-graft agency.

A reliable source said: “The two directors have been arrested and questioned for their alleged role in a N1.3billion fraud scandal rocking the agency.

“One of the directors is currently in the custody of the anti-graft agency, while the other, who is an assistant director, was arrested a few weeks ago and released on administrative bail after making a statement before a team of detectives.

“The arrest of the directors was pursuant to the investigation into a petition received by the agency from a body known as Peculiar Systems Services dated February 24, 2016.

“The body alleged gross financial mismanagement and embezzlement of public funds to the tune of N200million in the SON.

“ But in the course of the investigation, EFCC operatives found that more than N1.3billion was siphoned from the coffers of the SON by the affected directors and their collaborators in bogus payments.

“What we are doing now is profiling the accounts of the affected staff to determine their levels of involvement. We are determined to bring all those directly involved n the fraud to book”.

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NDLEA Arrests 11 Suspects In Osun

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday said they arrested 11 suspects and destroyed 2, 317 bags of cannabis weighing 30,992kgs.

The agency’s spokesperson, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, stated this in a statement on Friday in Lagos.

He also said that some 67 bags were also transferred to Osun State Command of the agency as exhibits for further investigation.

“The cannabis will also serve as evidence against 11 suspected farmers arrested during an operation inside the cannabis plantation.

“The suspects arrested in connection with the cannabis cultivation are Kofi Mensah, Godwin Monday, Albert Aniama, Liberty Onyeka and Peter Nelson.

“Others are Harrison Ewoka, Ossai Nelson, Sulaiman Niyi, Dominic Tobechukwu, Mutiu Kolawole and Chucks Oghenekwu.

“The raid operation codenamed ‘Operation Herb Spring’ was in response to an intelligence received by the Agency on the activities of cannabis cultivators in the forest.

“The exhibits was estimated to worth three hundred and nine million naira (N309million).

“These exhibits were found in 27 camps used as storage facilities located within a farmland at Orita-Ijebu forest reserve, Ikoyi area of Ikire in Ayedade LGA of Osun State.

“Drug cartels have invaded government forest reserves for the cultivation of cannabis,“ the spokesman said.

He also quoted the Chairman of the agency, Mr Muhammad Abdallah , who said concerted efforts were needed to stop cannabis cultivation.

He said that farmers should be encouraged to cultivate food and economic crops.

“Unless the current trend of cannabis cultivation is addressed, the country is on the verge of a devastating food insecurity.

“It is worrisome that the cartels are using government forest reserves in the cultivation of cannabis.

“Stakeholders must strategise on how to increase food production and prevent criminal organisations from diverting arable farmland for cannabis cultivation.

“A situation where food and cash crops is paving way for cannabis plant portend danger and deserve urgent attention.

“The operation was a sweet victory for the agency because the farmers had done all the work by harvesting and processing the cannabis awaiting evacuation from the farms.

“It was a perfect timing for the Agency and a painful loss to the drug barons.

“They had prepared the cannabis in bags waiting for shipment when we raided.

“The Agency will continue to launch similar devastating attacks on drug trafficking cartels until they are completely defeated.

“All suspects will be arraigned soon,” Abdallah said.

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Police Arrests Woman For Stealing A Month Old Baby

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a 30-year old woman, Peace Chukwuemeka, for stealing a month-old baby from her mother.

It was alleged that Chukwuemeka drugged the mother of the baby before stealing the child.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Murtala Mani, said this while speaking with journalists on the activities of the command in Uyo on Tuesday.

Mani, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Cordelia Nwawe, stated that the suspect lived in the same compound with the mother of the baby at Mbak Itam in Itu Local Government Area.

He added that the family unit of the command, acting on intelligence, rescued the baby and handed it over to the mother.

“Let us say clearly that in the month of November, the Acid Section through the Family Unit of the Nigeria Police Force in Akwa Ibom was able to record a great feat by bringing back a one-month-and-some-few-days-old baby to her mother in Akwa Ibom.

“The suspected woman, who has been married for some years without giving birth to a baby, left Lagos State for Uyo, stayed in a compound in Mbak Itam with the intention to steal a baby from her neighbour.

“The Family Unit of the command, through intelligence report, was able to rescue the baby,” Mani said.

Mani added that the police also rescued a four-year-old boy from a young man, who snatched him from his mother at gun point.

Confessing to the crime, Peace Chukwuemeka, said she had married for 10 years without giving birth to a child and had been desperate to have a baby.

She, however, denied drugging the mother of the baby.

“I did not give anything to the mother; it was a coincidence that she was asleep and seized that opportunity to take the baby.

“I have been married for 10 years now, so I need a baby of my own. I took the baby to my mother in the village but she refused to collect her from me. I came back to Akwa Ibom and the mother of the baby started asking me of her baby and I was arrested,” Chukwuemeka confessed.

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Navy Arrests Three Cameroonians, Nigerian Over Oil Theft

The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has apprehended three Cameroonians and a Nigerian with 66 drums containing 250 litres each of product suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit.

The suspects include Kokah Ekema, 38; Money Francis, 27; Nako Otto, 25; and a Nigerian, Who-Knows Nya, 30 years.

The Commanding Officer of the base, Navy Captain Siyanbade Adedokun, who paraded the suspects before journalists in Ibaka on Tuesday, said one Cotonou wooden boat equipped with two 40 horsepower outboard engines had also been seized from the suspects.

Adedokun stated that all the suspects would be handed over to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

“We have arrested three Cameroonians and one Nigerian with 66 drums of 250 litres of product suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit. All the suspects will be handed over to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

“The more we patrol, the more we make the maritime environment safe for legitimate business to thrive and at the same time we try to patrol our waterways, basically concerning the strategic nature of the base, just very close to an international water.

“It is a very strategic place to police so that we won’t have people from neighbouring countries coming to perpetrate illegality in the country,” he said.

Adelakun, who frowned at the sabotaging manner exhibited by the criminals regarding the economy, added that the Navy’s standard strategy would not allow them any breathing space.

He, however, attributed the success recorded to frequent patrol of the nation’s waterways and creeks, based on credible information.

The state commandant of the NSCDC, Obiajulu Obiageli, who received the suspects from the Navy, praised the commanding officer for working hard to protect the territorial integrity of the country.

She noted that the trend would also sustain business activities in the maritime sector.

Obiageli, who was represented by the Chief Inspector of the corps, Victor Uweh, assured the Navy that the corps would carry out its statutory mandate by investigating the suspects.

She noted that if the suspects are found culpable, they would face the wrath of the law.

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JTF Discovers 23 Human Skulls, Arrests 44 IPOB Members

Operatives of the Joint Task Force, also known as Operation Delta Safe, disclosed on Thursday that it discovered a total of 23 decomposing human skulls and a human skeleton during raids on militant camps belonging to suspected members of the Bakassi Strike Force in Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas of Cross River State.

 A statement issued on Thursday by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Operation Delta Safe, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Dauda, said the camps located at Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam communities in the Bakassi and Akpabuyo councils of the state were destroyed on Wednesday.

 It also said that 44 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were arrested during the inauguration of the Bayelsa State chapter of the group.

It said the arrested suspects were apprehended at Lakeview Club, along Mabinton Estate, Okaka Road in Bayelsa State while trying to disrupt public peace.

 The statement read, “In fulfillment of Operation Delta Safe’s mandate to rid the Niger Delta region of crude oil theft, sea robbery, all forms of criminality and protection of oil and gas facilities, on October 26, 2016, troops of Sector 4 in Cross River State, acting on a tip-off, carried out raids of Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam communities in the Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas.

 “During the cordon-and-search operations, troops discovered four militant shrines with 23 human skulls in various stages of decomposition, a complete human skeleton and several other human body parts. The shrines were destroyed as troops continued the search for the perpetrators of these heinous acts against humanity.”

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Army Arrests 2 Officers, 2 Soldiers For Conniving With Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has arrested two officers and two soldiers for conniving with the Boko Haram sect in the war against insurgency.

The army disclosed this in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, yesterday.

According to him, two policemen and 24 civilians were also arrested for the alleged offence, adding that more suspects would be arrested.

“Please be informed that the ongoing investigation on suspected Boko Haram terrorists, collaborators and saboteurs in the fight against terrorism and insurgency has led to the arrest of nine more persons over the last 24 hours, thus bringing the number to 30.

“This comprises two officers, two soldiers, two policemen and 24 civilians. Many more suspects would be arrested and prosecuted based on evidences against them and level of culpability,” he said.

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DR Congo Arrests Top Rwandan Rebel

DR Congo’s army on Monday announced the arrest of a senior member of the FDLR, the Rwandan Hutu rebel force accused of regular atrocities on Congolese soil.

Army spokesman Major Guillaume Ndjike told AFP that Habiarimana Mucebo Sofuni had been captured in Rutshuru, in the restive eastern DR Congo’s Nord-Kivu province.

Sofuni served as a commander in charge of intelligence for the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), created by Rwandan Hutu refugees in the eastern DRC after the genocide of Tutsis by majority Hutus in neighbouring Rwanda in 1994.

A local rights group, the Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO), said Sofuni had been detained Sunday.

Sofuni “has been transferred to (regional capital) Goma for interrogation,” Ndjike said, without giving details of the circumstances of his arrest.

The FDLR, opposed to the current Rwandan government, has not launched any large-scale offensive in Rwanda since 2001. The group is regularly accused of committing atrocities against civilians in the zones under its control in the eastern DRC.

Some of its founders are wanted by international prosecutors, accused of playing an active part in the genocide.

In August the Congolese army arrested Patrick Sabimana — security chief to Rwandan Hutu leader Sylvestre Mudacumura, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges including rape, torture and pillage.

Eastern DR Congo has been torn for more than two decades by armed conflicts fed by ethnic and land disputes, competition for control of a wealth of mineral resources, and regional rivalries.

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EFCC Arrests Reuben Abati Over N100 Million Funds

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Reuben Abati, a former spokesman to former President Goodluck Jonathan, over allegations of financial crimes.

According to an EFCC source, Abati is being interrogated over allegation of collecting about N100 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki.

The source added that Abati is likely to be detained by the EFCC in its Abuja detention facility.

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NDLEA Arrests 20 Suspects Over 61.465kg Of Hard Drugs In Adamawa

Adamawa Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 20 suspects in connection with 61.465kg of hard drugs.

State Commander of the Agency, Musa Kibo revealed this to newsmen in Yola, Thursday saying the suspects were arrested at Yola abattoir and Jambutu Central Motor Park, adding that the arrest was made possible following the command’s efforts to raid the society free of drugs in the state.

He pointed out that the operation was conducted to dislodge some major drug abuse joints in Yola saying large quantities of Tramadol 250 mg was seized from the suspects.

“The command, during its relentless raid, dislodged drug joints which include Yola Abattoir Market, Jambutu Motor Park, Madam Street and Falujah market.”

“A total of 20 suspects were arrested, including the seizure of 61.456 Kg of assorted hard drugs such as Cannabis Sativa ,Tramadol 250 mg, Diazepam, Rophnol, Cough syrup  with codeine and extol-5.”

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JTF Foils Kidnap Attempt, Arrests Five Militant Suspects

Troops of the Joint Military Force (JTF) deployed to the Niger Delta Operation Delta Safe, have foiled a kidnap attempt, freed two victims and arrested five suspected militants in multiple operations, according to a statement.

The statement, signed by Lt.-Cdr. Thomas Otuji, Deputy Spokesman, JTF, issued on Friday in Yenagoa, stated that five suspected militants were arrested in the operations by several components of the force in the past 10 days.

Otuji attributed the successes recorded to distress calls from members of the public.

‘’Several illegal refineries were also destroyed during the operations. Troops immediately swung into action and rescued the victims.

“One Mrs Vanessa Ilepi and Mrs Tega Okoro were kidnapped at gunpoint at Amukpe community in Warri.

“Effort is ongoing to apprehend the suspected kidnappers who escaped.

‘’A locally made single barrel gun was recovered from the arrested suspected kidnapper,’’ he said.

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Expect more arrests and trials – EFCC Boss

The war against corruption is heating up according to the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu. On Tuesday, October 4, he asked Nigerians to expect more arrests and trials of corruption suspects and recovery of looted funds.
He also pointed out that the enforcement of laws against corruption alone could not win the war against corruption. Prevention of corruption he explained is an effective and necessary weapon that must be employed to support enforcement.
While speaking at “Unveiling of the EFCC Creative Youths Initiative against Corruption” in Abuja, he also said that the “EFCC Women Against Corruption initiative” would be launched in November by the Nigerian first lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari.
During his speech, he said: “Ladies and gentlemen, as we know, the people most impacted by the mindless looting of our commonwealth, are women and children.
These are the most vulnerable in our society and must not only be protected, but armed with the necessary tools to fight a sustainable and winnable war against corruption.
“Our children must see that there is a future away from corruption and be encouraged to take that path of honour, moral rectitude and creative employment of their talents, which had been shunned by so many of our corrupt leaders.
“Let me clarify that EFCC will continue to vigorously enforce its mandate alongside engaging in preventive initiatives such as this.
“Therefore, even as we appeal to the old and the young to shun corruption and other forms of fraud, expect to see more investigation, more arrests, more trials, more convictions and more recovery of stolen assets.”
He then went on to assure the audience that EFCC will do its best to prevent corruption in the country, asking Nigerians to support the body to make the war against graft successful. “We are the first to recognize that enforcement alone cannot win the war against corruption.
“Prevention is an effective and necessary weapon that must be employed in conjunction with enforcement and there is no group of Nigerians better equipped to wield that weapon than the youths. “Let us bear in mind that the task to rid the nation of the corruption cankerworm cannot be left to EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies alone. “We are all stakeholders in the war and cannot let the future generations down; it is for their future that we must sacrifice our today.
“Let us work together for our dear nation; let us join hands to build for our children the future we desire,” he concluded. Meanwhile, the EFCC is set to commence the prosecution of about 100 staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over an alleged bribery scandal totalling over N23.29 billion.

Russia Arrests Ukrainian Journalist For Alleged Spying

The Russian intelligence agency FSB says it has arrested a Ukrainian journalist suspected of spying on Russia, a move likely to increase tensions between Kiev and Moscow, which have been in conflict since 2014.

The FSB claimed in a statement on Monday that Roman Sushchenko is an officer with the Ukrainian military intelligence who has been collecting information about the Russian Armed Forces.

“Roman Sushchenko purposefully collected state secret information on the activities of the Russian Armed forces and the National Guard troops, which could have harmed state defence capabilities if leaked abroad,” the FSB said in a statement.

Sushchenko’s employer, the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform, condemned the arrest, saying it was carried out in breach of international law.

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China Arrests Man Suspected Of Killing 19 In Remote Village

Chinese police on Thursday arrested a man suspected of killing 19 people, including three children, found dead in different locations a remote southwestern village, state media and authorities said.

Mass killings are rare in China and the incident dominated discussion on social media platforms. It was not immediately clear how the victims were killed, or what the motive was.

Yang Qingpei, born in 1989, was arrested in Yunan province’s capital of Kunming, about 200 km (124 miles) from the site of the murders in Yema, Yunnan police said on their official microblog.

The victims were members of six families, said the official Xinhua news agency.

The bodies were found on Thursday at different locations in the village, a state-backed news website, ThePaper.cn, said, adding that the suspect had given authorities some details.

The public security bureau in the nearby city of Qujing told Reuters it was investigating.

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Police Uncover Fraudsters’ Den In Ogun

The Ogun State Police Command has uncovered a “fraudsters’ den” at Pokuku Village in the Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state. The den, which was nicknamed “Pokuku Shrine” was until Wednesday allegedly used by suspected fraudsters to carry out different forms of criminal activities such as fraud, according to the police.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ilyasu, on Wednesday said the police raided the shrine after an intelligence report on criminal activities being perpetrated there. The shrine, which is a two-bedroomed mud house, is located in the remote part of the village. It contained effigies, fake foreign and local currencies and other fetish objects
Ilyasu said the shrine was raided by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and one of the suspected fraudsters who was said to be the ring leader, Haruna Moshood, was arrested, while three other accomplices escaped. The police boss said many victims had been duped by the fraudsters, who were also said to be kidnappers. He said, “This is a house of horror where different kinds of criminal activities had taken place.
“Following diligent and intelligent information of our special operatives, FSARS stormed this horror house and we discovered that it is a receiving end of kidnapped victims. “It is also a place where suspected kidnappers dispose property of their victims. We have been able to recover different denominations of fake dollars and nairas. “By the time we arrived here, we did not see any victim, and some of the suspected kidnappers escaped. However, we were able to arrest one of the leaders, identified as Haruna Moshood. “I appeal to the state residents to be cautious so that they will not become preys in the hands of criminally-minded people.”
The suspect told Punch Metro that he and other members of his gang were into fraudulent activities, adding that their victims were people looking for quick money.

Moshood said one of them usually hid in one of the rooms and would be talking as an “oracle” to deceive their victims.

He said the effigies were also there to deceive their victims.

“We always play on the greed of the victims because they were looking for quick money.

“Again, we also study how wealthy they were by telling them to bring a certain amount of money. For instance, if we ask a victim to bring N100,000 and he brought it, that shows he or she could bring a higher amount.”

The 34-year-old Moshood said he just joined the gang in 2015.

Police Arrests Mother who Abandoned Day-old Baby On the Street

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, on Thursday said the Police had arrested a 31-year-old woman who allegedly abandoned her day-old-baby on the street. Owoseni, who gave the suspect’s name as Ifunayan Eme, an indigene of Enugu State, said she was arrested on Tuesday during the Eid-el-Kabir holiday.

He said the woman allegedly gave birth to the baby girl at No. 1, Prince Bello Street, Ajagbandi in Ojo Local Development Area Council of the state…



The police chief said the suspect allegedly wrapped the baby and dumped it on the street, adding that the police was able to trace her after investigation.

“The baby is now in the Police Cottage Hospital located at Ikeja Police College for proper care. “We are trying to reach A government agency that would rehabilitate the woman,” he said.

Speaking to newsmen, the suspect claimed she abandoned the baby because of hardships. Eme, who claimed to be married with three children before, stressed that she had separated from her husband, but got pregnant for another man who denied responsibility. She, however, claimed that she abandoned the baby at the gate of her residence after giving birth to her at about 1 a.m., alleging that her neighbours alerted the police.

Wanted Former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema Turns Himself in to EFCC

The immediate past Governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema, who was declared wanted on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting N18billion of the state government’s fund to his private account has turned himself in.
According to a report by Vanugard newspaper, the former governor who is a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reported to EFCC office in Abuja around 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
His spokesperson, Oluwabusola Olawale, the ex-governor turned himself in because “he is a law abiding citizen who has absolutely nothing to fear.” 
He added that Shema “went to submit himself to the EFCC even though the agency has not been fair to him in handling his case.” 
This is a developing story, we’ll be bringing you more details soon…

NDLEA Arrests Man With Drugs Worth N31m At Lagos Airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a South African based Nigerian, Abiodun Israel Banjo, for the possession of methamphetamine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, the agency said Banjo was arrested during the screening of South Africa bound passengers.

According to the statement, the parcels of methamphetamine weighed 3.435kgs with an estimated street value of N31 million in Nigeria.

NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Ahmadu Garba while speaking on the arrest said officials of the anti-narcotics agency discovered methamphetamine in Banjo’s bags during a luggage check.


He said the drugs were hidden under clothing and food items. Mr. Garba said the suspect was immediately arrested while investigations were ongoing.

The suspect, however, said his friend gave him the bags, denying any knowledge of its contents.

“I work in Pretoria. My friend in South Africa called me saying that his brother would give me two bags containing foodstuff to take to him. He also promised to give me two thousand dollars. I opened the bags and checked thoroughly, but could not find anything criminal. That was how I accepted to take the bags,” Banjo explained.

“I was surprised when the drug was detected under the bags. I feel very sad that my friend has implicated me,” he said.

NDLEA Chief Executive Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah has said the suspect would be charged to court.

Police Arrest late Abubakar Audu’s son, Family Members In Kogi

The Police in Kogi state have arrested the son of late Kogi state governor, Abubakar Audu, Mohammed and about 15 other members of the late governor’s family. According to the former governor’s younger brother, Mustapha, Mohammed and other family members were arrested today and are being detained at the Lokoja Police Division.

He accused the state governor of ordering the arrest of his family members. He alleged that the state governor was using the police to intimidate their family because Mohammed in a statement he released recently, mocked the governor for using the scarce resources in the state to organize an award ceremony to mark the state’s 25 years anniversary, instead of using the money to pay salaries.

Meanwhile the state governor, Yahaya Bello, has denied having any links with the arrests made.

A statement from the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Fanwo Kingsley, reads “The Governor did not order the arrest of anybody. However, law enforcement agents are free to effect arrest when anyone infringes the Law. If members of Audu family run foul of the Law, they would not be spared just because they are members of Audu’s family”.

EFCC Arrests Man Over $145,000 Love Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, said it arrested Iwuchukwu Uche for obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of USD145, 000.

Mr. Uche, who said he was a military officer working for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, in Kabul, Afghanistan, allegedly collected the money from his victim, H. Uyen, a Vietnamese woman, after promising to marry her.

The suspect, who also claimed to be a property agent operating in Nigeria and Ghana, allegedly told the victim that he needed the money to procure some documents for the planned wedding.

The money was allegedly wired to the suspect’s Diamond Bank account number: 0028998256.

The suspect will soon be charged to court, after investigation is concluded, a statement signed by EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.

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NSCDC Destroys 450 Illegal Refineries, Arrests 3000 Vandals

The commandant general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC),  Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu said the corps has destroyed about 450 illegal refineries,  arrested over 3,000 vandals and confiscated a lot of vehicles which were forfeited by the court and auctioned off since he assumed office in July, 2015.

The NSCDC boss who stated this when he played host to the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru , requested that the corps  be assisted with arms and equipment that will enable them  combat pipeline vandalism in the country.

The CG stated that with adequate capacity, the NSCDC could eradicate the incidence of vandalism of critical infrastructure such as power line, pipeline, telecoms base station and other national assets.

The CG said rather than give them money, the agency would appreciate corporation’s assistance, noting that the agency lacked sophisticated equipment, particularly arms, adding that pipeline vandals who operate as syndicates are well armed.

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Woman Who Brutalised Her Stepchildren Arrested in Kaduna

Police in Kaduna has arrested the stepmother who brutalized her two young stepchildren in NDC, IgabI local government area of the state. Hasiya Abubakar broke 2-year-old Abdulrahman’s left hand and right leg, she also stabbed 4-year-old Maryam’s head at their father’s home.

The children are currently receiving treatment at a private hospital in Kaduna. The Command’s spokesman DSP Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the arrest said the woman said the woman is in the custody of the State Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID) and would be charged to court as
soon as investigation is concluded.

EFCC Arrests Man For Duping Wife Of N6.7m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has arrested one Chike Nnaemeka, for allegedly tricking an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps into marrying him and paying for the wedding.

Nnaemeka, aka Dr. Justified, was said to have duped his victim, Nkechi Ani, of N6.7m.

The EFCC, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said Nnaemeka, who claimed to be a gynaecologist, allegedly collected the sum under different requests. The victim was reportedly introduced to him by one of her classmates at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State.

The suspect was also said to have tricked Ani into marrying him and they were joined in a traditional wedding on June 6, 2015, without informing her that he was married with three children.

In her petition, the complainant said, ‘‘During the wedding preparation, Justified brought up so many stories bordering on cultural issues that I or anyone from my family is not supposed to visit his home town until after my marriage. He also said that the tradition of his place as a lone prince demanded that I sponsored every financial aspect of the traditional marriage, but that he would refund me to the last one naira I spent.”

According to the commission, the suspect continued to deceive his victim and even claimed to have property that both Zenith Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc were purportedly interested in buying.

The suspect was said to have shown the complainant some documents of the property, and requested her to raise some money to enable him to complete the process.

The complainant allegedly transferred some amounts to the suspect, after being assured that he would refund her.

But on December 23, 2015, the suspect allegedly left the house on the pretext that he was going to sign the agreement papers with the banks to finalise the transaction.  Ani  also alleged that the suspect stole the sum of $3000 belonging to her boss.

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Turkey Arrests 11-man ‘Death Squad’ Over Erdogan Hotel Raid

Turkey has arrested 11 fugitive soldiers suspected of involvement in an attack on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hotel during the night of the failed coup, the deputy prime minister said Monday.

Erdogan was staying in the western seaside resort of Marmaris on July 15 but dashed to Istanbul just before the hotel came under attack from rebel soldiers determined to oust him from power.

“Eleven of them were captured in Ula,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told a press conference after a cabinet meeting, referring to a town near Marmaris.

He said one soldier was still at large.

Erdogan earlier said his swift escape had saved him from being killed or taken hostage.

An interior ministry official, who declined to be named, described the arrested men as members of a “death squad” and said the overnight operation to catch them followed a tip-off from local villagers.

The soldiers had been hiding in the wild landscape above Marmaris since the military action, and the villagers spotted them while they were out boar-hunting.

“There was an exchange of fire during the operation,” the official added. “Drones and helicopters were used to pinpoint the location.”

Since the coup, Erdogan has launched a massive purge of Turkish institutions, especially the military, with more than 3,000 armed forces personnel dismissed.

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Nigerian Navy Arrests Niger Delta Avengers’ Major Logistics Supplier

The Nigerian Navy (NN) said it had arrested a suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers. This is contained in a statement signed by its Director of Information, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

According to Ezekobe, the suspect who was picked up on July 11 at about 11 a.m., is believed to be a major logistics supplier to the group which had claimed responsibility for attacks on NNPC and Chevron pipelines in the region.

“The arrest was made following a confessional statement obtained from an earlier arrested suspect who gave details of the involvement of other collaborators in the attacks.

“Preliminary investigations also revealed that the suspect recently supplied 10 batteries, five large coils of wire and other materials purportedly used for the attacks,’’ the director said. The NN said it would continue to partner with sister security agencies and members of the public to eliminate all forms of economic sabotage such as vandalisation of pipelines and piracy.

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Multinational Military Task Force Arrests 24 Boko Haram Fighters

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting Boko Haram, said it intercepted 24 fleeing insurgents along the Cameroonian borders.

The spokesman for the task force, Muhammed Dole, said the insurgents were among those trying to escape the combined onslaught of Nigerian troops and the MNJTF within and around Sambisa forest.

Mr. Dole said several arms cache were recovered in the operation that led to the clearance of six major enclaves of the outlawed group.

His statement reads:

“Clearing operation to flush out the fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Area of Responsibility (AOR) continues to yield positive results. The troop of Sector 1 with its relocated Tactical Headquarters in Makary, Northern Cameroun intensifies clearance operations along the borders between Nigeria and Cameroun to block the fleeing terrorists. Recently, the terrorists in attempt to escape the firepower of MNJTF troops were migrating to some villages adjacent to the Sector 1 AOR.

“Acting on credible information, the troops successfully cleared the six villages occupied by the terrorists, seized some logistic equipment and apprehended Twenty Four suspected Boko Haram accomplices.

“The cleared villages are SAGUI, KIRTA-WOULGO, GORE MAHAMAT, GORE BLANGAFE, CHAUGRY and DAMBOURE. The recovered equipment are 20 x Outboat Engines, 2 x Motorcycles, 9 x Generating sets, 1 x Solar panel, 1 x Grinding machine, 1 x Handset, Flags and some Islamic religious books. However, one soldier was killed by Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and another fatally wounded and lost his one of his lower limbs during the operation.

“Addressing the troops during his operational assessment tour in Makary, the Commander, MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun commended their display of exceptional bravery and charged them to keep up the good work, while encouraging the traditional authorities in the area to set up vigilante groups to compliment the effort of the security forces.

“Equally, on a similar visit to Sector 2 troops (Chad) at their temporary Harbour Area in Littri, the Commander expressed delight for their initial operational exploits, which despite difficult terrains and other operational challenges were able to clear terrorists from some villages on the Lake Chad Islands. He couraged them to maintain their high fighting spirit and keep up the momentum of the operation despite the challenges of the slow go terrains”.

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EFCC Arrests Ex-NNPC GMD, Jide Omokore

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has rearrested oil magnate, Jide Omokore, and will most likely slam money laundering charges on him today (Monday).

An official briefed on the matter said the businessman would be arraigned alongside Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, who has also been picked up.

Our sources said the duo would be charged before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a four-count charge of money laundering.

According to EFCC insiders, other defendants in the case are Victor Briggs, Abiye Memnere, David Mbanefo, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited.

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NSCDC Arrests Boko Haram Kingpin In Borno

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday said it had arrested a 56-year-old Boko Haram kingpin in Aski Uba Local Government Area of Borno.

The Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Abdullahi said that the suspect was apprehended at Mussa village on June 7.

“Our men have made remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram kingpin.

“The notorious kingpin was said to be a recruiter as well as supplier of arms and IEDs to Boko Haram terrorists.

“He confessed that his three children were also arrow heads of the Boko Haram sect,’’ he said.

He said the command had since handed over the suspect to the army for further investigation.

 

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Nigeria Arrests ‘Avengers’ Oil Militants

The Nigerian army has arrested several suspected members of a militant group called the “Niger Delta Avengers”, thought to be behind recent attacks on oil pipelines in the south.

The country’s oil production has been severely disrupted by the attacks.

US oil giant Chevron shut down an offshore platform this month after an attack claimed by the Avengers group.

Many militants joined an amnesty programme in 2009 after an insurgency in the oil-rich delta region.

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EFCC Arrests Suspended Pension DG, Others For N2.5bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the suspended Director-General, of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Nelly Mayshak, and three others, Yoab Youssoufou, Patricia Iyogun, and Ruth Imonikhe for a N2.5bn fraud.

PTAD is an independent pension agency established in August 2013 to oversee the management of pensions under the Defined Benefit Scheme for pensioners not transiting to the defined contributory scheme.

It will be recalled that Mayshak was last month placed on an indefinite suspension and investigated after it was discovered that she allegedly received N50m monthly in salary and allowances.

According to sources at the EFCC, investigations into the alleged fraud revealed that Mayshak allegedly misappropriated about N2bn that was left in the pensions’ account of the Head of the Civil Service, Nigeria Immigrations Service, Nigeria Customs Service, and Nigeria Prisons Service.

She also allegedly embezzled about N500m meant as the take-off grant for PTAD.

The alleged scam, which borders on procurement fraud, was committed during her three-year tenure.

A detective at the anti-graft agency told our correspondent that Mayshak allegedly awarded several fictitious contracts to her cronies at PTAD, one of whom was her sister-in-law.

A source at the EFCC said, “In one instance, Mayshak allegedly approved N25,410,000 for the supply of 121,000,000 litres of fuel in one day when in fact there was no corresponding storage capacity, as PTAD only has a storage capacity of about 11,000 litres, which lasts for about a month.

“Mayshak is alleged to have awarded several phony contracts to cronies and members of staff of PTAD, through which she used to enrich herself as they only served as fronts for her.

“Between December 8 and 30, 2014 she awarded multiple contracts to one company , Interactive Wide Nigeria Limited  to the tune of N29,377,993.26. Contracts for the supply of office materials, air conditioners, and conference materials to the tune of N375, 704,287 were awarded to Belzacode, Hosley Nigeria Limited, and Pabak Nigeria Limited.”

Investigations revealed that one of the suspects, Yousoufou, who is the Team Leader, ICT Department, owned Belzacode; while Imonihke, Team Leader, DG’s Office, owned Hosley Nigeria Limited. Iyogun, who is Team Leader, Customs, Immigration, Prisons, Pensions Department, and also a sister-in-law to Mayshak, owned Pabak Nigeria Limited.

The anti-graft agency, however, said the three suspects were merely fronts for the prime suspect, Mayshak.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The latest arrest of Mayshak is one of many pension scams in recent times.

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Soldiers Arrests 92 Armed Herdsmen In Abuja

The Guards Brigade, Nigeria Army yesterday intercepted a group of 92 herdsmen while attempting to invade the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with arms and ammunition from different entry points, an officials statement said.

The suspected herdsmen, who claimed to be on legitimate movement to some parts of  the FCT, could not explain what the arms and ammunition found in their possession were meant for.

Captain Bashir Jajira, the Guards Brigade spokesman, who issued the signed statement, said the weapons found in the vehicles used by the herdsmen range from pump action rifles to to knives and assorted charms.

According Captain Jajira, “A group of 36 herdsmen in Diana truck and Toyota with registration number ABJ KUj 994 FX and Niger SUL 541 XA were intercepted and arrested at 177 Guards Battalion by Keffi checkpoints.

In the course of investigation by the soldiers at the checkpoint, the herdsmen claimed to be going to Nasarawa local government area of Nasarawa State.

After thorough checking of the vehicles, the following items were recovered: One pump action; 19 cartridges dane guns; 118 Cartridges Ammo; 28 cutlasses; 3 jack knives; 14 sticks; 7 torchlights; Certificate C of O; and assorted charms and hard drugs.

Also yesterday at about 4pm, the Guards Brigade spokesman said another 56 herdsmen were arrested in Dantata, Gwagwalada general area, carrying 26 cartridges dane guns, 49 cutlasses and knives.

When interrogated, the herdsmen said they were on the lookout for those that stole their cows.

Captain Jajiri said the suspects would be handed over to the police for investigation and possible prosecution.

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Man Posing As Uber Driver Kidnaps And Rapes Woman

Los Angeles police have arrested a man they say posed as an Uber driver and picked up a woman waiting for a ride in the Westlake district area into his car. According to Police Chief Charlie Beck, 39 year old Dartanyun Smith pretended to be an Uber driver and pulled up to a woman waiting for an Uber driver. She said Yes and got into his car. However, as soon as she got in, he drove about two blocks, he choked her unconscious several times and raped her several times as well.
Fortunately for her, she fought Smith each time she was conscious, she screamed and cried which alerted neighbours in the area who thankfully called the Police.
Responding officers heard her cries coming from a dark-colored SUV, in which they said they saw a male suspect assaulting a woman in the back seat.

“The victim was valiantly fighting the suspect,” police said in a statement. “The officers tried to open the doors of the suspect’s vehicle, but they were locked. Officers used their batons to break the vehicle’s side windows in an attempt to render aid to the victim.”

Police said the man jumped into the driver’s seat, started the engine and drove towards one of the Police officers.  The officer shot at Smith but missed.

“The suspect vehicle continued to flee from the officers,” police said in their statement. “The officers pursued the vehicle but lost sight of it.”

Beck told reporters that officers found the woman standing in the street after she had been pushed out of the vehicle by Smith.

“We believed that we had a predator loose on the streets of Los Angeles,” Beck said. “We didn’t want the second crime in a series to occur.”

Police Chief Charlie Beck said on Monday that Smith was arrested over the weekend after he was tied to the “horrific” crime through DNA evidence collected from the victim, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Smith was arrested at Saturday morning, according to police booking records. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Troops Kill 22, Arrest 3 Boko Haram Commanders

The Nigerian Army yesterday warned members of the public to be extra vigilant as Boko Haram members are now fleeing from their enclave in the Sambisa forest to disperse into other parts of the country.
A statement yesterday by army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said due to aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of ground troops, Boko Haram members had been deserting the forest in droves.

“Consequently it becomes necessary to inform the public, especially well meaning Nigerians, to be more vigilant and security conscious,” he said.
Usman said 22 Boko Haram members were killed and three commanders were arrested by Nigerian and Cameroonian troops in a joint clearance operation along the Nigeria-Cameroon border on Monday.
He said troops of the 152 and 155 Task Force Battalions at Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) from Cameroon conducted a joint clearance operation which swept through 10 suspected Boko Haram hideouts along the border where they killed 22 terrorists, arrested three ameers and rescued abducted persons.
Usman said during the operation, the troops cleared Nbaga, Bula, Dabube, Ybiri, Greya and Suduwa towns and other adjoining settlements.
He said: “The apprehended terrorists’ commanders include; Lawal Abba, Mallam Hisna and Mallam Gana in Shatte, Bulla Jaja and Bula Burra towns.”
Usman said the troops also rescued 1,275 persons held hostage by the terrorists, adding that they were being screened by the 152 Taskforce Battalion pending onward movement to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force yesterday said its fighter jets struck a Boko Haram logistics base at Kangarawa, Borno State.
A statement from Air Force spokesman Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the strike had taken off another logistics base of Boko Haram, thereby decimating their capabilities.
Famuyiwa said the scale of the accompanying inferno and multi explosions suggested that the location possibly housed a fuel or ammunition dump.

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NDLEA Arrests 135 Indian Hemp Sellers In Delta

No fewer than 135 Indian hemp sellers have been arrested by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Delta State command.

The suspects were caught on Monday with 160 bags of Indian hemp.

Mr. Frank Hannachor, the state commander of the agency, confirmed that operatives of the agency acted on a tip-off in Obiaruku and Kwale community where Indian hemp smoking and cultivation have been beehive of activities in the past three years and arrested the suspects, adding that the suspects were handed over to the police for prosecution.

Noting that hard drugs including Indian hemp were against the laws, the NDLEA boss disclosed that the state command in the past six months has recorded arrests of those involved in the use of hard drugs including Indian hemp, adding that the command will not relent in its efforts to make the state under his leadership free of illicit drugs.

“We have recorded tremendous arrests of drugs users, especially when our men were on routine patrol along Asaba – Benin Express Way, around Issele-Azagba, in Obiaruku, Kwale, Umutu, and some part of Asaba,” he said.
“Indian hemp business thrives, but we will not allow such under my leadership, we believe we can eradicate the ills.”
Hannachor warned that NDLEA will deal with those who refused to eschew the use of hard drugs.

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Nigeria-Benin Joint Force Arrests 3 Robbers, Kills 6

Security operatives attached to the Nigeria-Benin joint security force have arrested three notorious bank robbers and killed six members of the gang in a gun duel.
The operatives drawn from the Lagos Command and the Benin Regional Police squad at Krake, Seme border, engaged the robbers in a shootout when they attempted to rob some banks and Bureau De Change operators at the Seme Border.

The security operatives were assisted by officials of the Nigeria Customs Service and the Immigration.
The bandits who were heavily armed had attempted to enter Nigeria but were repelled. They then attempted to unleash terror at the border through the sea. The force thus engaged them. Some abandoned their arms and ammunition and fled in boats.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni who visited the scene in the company of the Regional Director, Department of Police, Benin Republic, Ogouchoro Severin, the Customs Area Controller, Seme Border, Victor Dimka and the Nigerian Immigration Area Controller, Seme Border, Barko noted that intelligence report was received two weeks ago that some hoodlums were planning to raid some banks in Seme.

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EFCC Arrests Ex-Minister, Abba Moro, Others Over 2014 Immigration Recruitment Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arrested a former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, over the Nigerian Immigration recruitment scam in which no fewer than 20 job seekers died.

Also arrested by the anti-graft agency were former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Anaesthesia Nwaobia, and a deputy director who allegedly facilitated the scam.

A source at the commission, who cannot be named because she is not authorised to speak on the matter, said the three suspects were picked up in the evening.

“They were brought into the commission’s headquarters today and will be arraigned on a 12-count charge in the Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday,” the source said.

Some of the charges against Mr. Moro and his colleagues include obtaining by false pretence, procurement offences, corrupt practices and money laundering.

At least nine job seekers died on March 15, 2014 at the Abuja National Stadium while scrambling to secure seats for a recruitment test into the Nigerian Immigration Service.
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The stampede ensued after the over 200,000 job seekers scrambled through a poorly organized barricade at the stadium.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, four applicants died from the stampede while 12 others sustained injuries and were rushed to Rivers government-owned Braithwaite Memorial Hospital.

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Boko Haram: Nigerian Military Arrests Two Men For Sneaking Into Displaced Persons’ Camp

The Nigerian military said it has arrested two men for sneaking into a displaced person’s camps in Borno State.

Suicide explosions by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in displaced persons’ camps in North-eastern Nigeria have caused the deaths of hundreds of people.

In one of such explosions on February 9, at the internally displaced persons’ camp in Dikwa, Borno State, 58 people were killed and 78 injured according to official figures. The military in a statement circulated by PRNigeria on Sunday said it is currently interrogating the two men.

Read the military’s statement below.

The Nigerian military has arrested two suspects, Audu Umar and Hassan Umar, for smuggling themselves among the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) brought from Pulka to Gwoza Camp in Borno State.

The male suspects, who gave their names as Audu Umar and Hassan Umar, are undergoing interrogation by the military and intelligence operatives.

Meanwhile the Nigerian military is yet to confirm the speculation of an arrest of Boko Haram kingpin, popularly known as Bashir Sarkin Yanka, which in Hausa means “Bashir the King of Slaughter.”

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We Are Still Looking For Tompolo, IG Of Police Says

Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, says the Nigeria Police Force is still searching for former Niger Delta Militant Leader, Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo who has been declared wanted by the EFCC over a N45.9b fraud in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja yesterday February 17th, Arase said the Police commissioners in Delta, Rivers, Edo and others have been issued the warrant for his arrest

“We are still looking for Tompolo. The commissioners of police in Delta, Rivers and all those areas have been given the warrant for the arrest so that they could carry out the arrest. The EFCC has declared him wanted and you know the court has issued a warrant of arrest. So, it is the duty

Task Force Arrests Suspects Over Oil Pipe Blasts In Niger Delta

The Joint Military Task Force a.k.a. Operation Pulo Shield, protecting oil facilities in Niger Delta, says it has arrested suspected vandals behind recent bombing of line pipes in the region.

Spokesman for Operation Pulo Shield, Col. Isa Ado, said in a statement that the arrest followed a charge by the Commander of the Joint Force, Maj.-Gen. Alani Okunlola to apprehend those behind the acts.

Ado said in the statement that the suspects, who are in custody, were being interrogated to ascertain their degree of involvement and to help in arresting others.

The statement said patrols in the region had been intensified to ensure that all the suspected militants behind the line pipes sabotage were brought to book.

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FG Arrests 6 Britons Over Breach Of Immigration Laws

The  Federal Government has arrested six Britons  over alleged breach of extant laws regulating expatriate quota as stipulated by the Immigration Act, 20015.

Recall that the Immigration Act 2015 confers the power of administering the Act, control of persons entering or leaving Nigeria, border surveillance, issuance of travel documents and due enforcement of all laws relating to the immigration or emigration into or out of Nigeria on the Nigerian Immigration Service headed by the Comptroller General of Immigration.

Reports gathered that the six  arrested  expatiates collaborated with a Nigerian company, GMT Energy Resources Limited, a marine logistics/procurement support service provider in the oil & gas industry with office in Lagos, to commit the punishable offence , thereby making nonsense of the Country’s Immigration laws and thus, turning the country into a banana republic.

Findings revealed that the expatriates who originally happen to be in the employ of Tilone Subsea Limited, a marine contracting and subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) company with head office in Port Harcourt, defaulted while trying to play a fact one employer.

Report has it that Tilone Subsea had obtained resident working papers from the Immigration Service for the six Britons who reportedly embarked on  Christmas/New Year holidays with a promise to return to work early January, 2016.

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NDLEA Arrests 286 Suspects In Niger Command, Seizes 1, 614.529kg Of Drugs

The Niger State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 286 drug suspects and seized 1,614.529kg of various drugs.

The state commander of the Agency, Mr Iweajunwa Joseph stated this yesterday at a news conference that it is the number of suspects that were arrested in 2015 and the quantity of drugs seized within the same period.

He stated that the suspects arrested were made up of four females and all others are males and that the number of suspects arrested were on the increase because in 2014, only 168 suspects were arrested.

According to him, some of the drugs seized were cannabis sativas (Indian hemp), about 1,320.129kg, Diazepan tablets, 44.278kg, Tramadol tablets, 161.215kg, while cocaine was about 0.0014kg.

Mr Joseph stated that a total of 87 clients have been corrected and rehabilitated within the period adding that the NDLEA has mopped up about 8,400mls of cough syrup, codeine, the abuse of which is more prevalent among youths in the state.

“For the year 2016, the command is going to strengthen our efforts in introduction, prosecution, demand reduction especially public enlightenment and rehabilitation”, he stated.

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Man With ‘F–K Cops,’ Horns & Nazi Symbol Tattooed On Face Is Arrested For Robbery

Police officers who arrested this man found something worse than guilt was written all over his face. Paul Wayne Terry, 27, has a clumsy looking tattoo which reads “f*** cops” on his forehead.

And to make him look even less law abiding, the Oklahoma man added to his facial inkings- two large devil horns, Nazi SS lightning bolts below his eye and a lipsticked kiss on his cheek.

It is alleged he and 30-year-old girlfriend Sonja Marie Moro broke into the home of her ex-boyfriend and robbed him of his wallet at knifepoint. It is also claimed that Moro begged for more cash but the pair ran away when the victim said he was going to call the police.

They were arrested by US cops on Saturday and officers noted his “distinctive facial tattoos”.

Terry has previously been convicted of domestic assault and battery, malicious injury to property and interfering with an emergency telephone call.

Army Arrests Sheikh Zakzaky In Zaria

The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has been arrested by soldiers after long hours’ siege on his residence in Zaria. One of his followers confirmed his arrest.

“I saw armoured tanks demolishing the Hussainiyya shrine and the residence of Sheikh El-Zakzaky,” he said.

The Nigerian Army and members of the sect have accused each other of instigating attacks that led to the death of members of the movement on Saturday and Sunday morning.

While the army accuse the sect members of attempting to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, the Islamic Movement said soldiers opened fire on defenceless innocent people who were on a peaceful procession.

It was gathered from residence that heavily armed soldiers sustained a crackdown on the members of the movement throughout Saturday night till the early hours of Sunday.

Heavy shootings were heard in Gullesu and Sokoto road, where the spiritual centre of the sect is located.

The Islamic Movement claimed that over 500 of their members were killed by soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

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Police Arrests Man For Beating Wife Over Feeding Money

The police in Kubwa, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have arrested a 40-year-old welder for allegedly inflicting injury on his wife. It was said that the woman had requested feeding money for the family.

The suspect, Ogwu Richard, was alleged to be keeping another woman after sending his wife away, together with their four kids.

City News learnt that the victim, simply identified as Nueke, had always gone to collect money from the suspect for the family upkeep, which he had always given her until that fateful day. She was beaten and subsequently rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

The source said that when the victim approached the suspect for the money, he refused, claiming he had no money for them.

“He even threatened to kill her if she refused to leave him alone, adding that he was ready to go to jail for that,” our source added.

When contacted, the Kubwa Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent Nurruddeen Sabo, said the man had been arrested and would be charged to court.

He added that the woman had since been discharged after receiving treatment at the Kubwa General Hospital.

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“I Plotted My Boss’ Kidnap Because She Maltreated Me” – Driver

A suspected kidnapper, Solomon Michael, who was paraded alongside four others at the Lagos State Police command, Ikeja,  has confessed that he plotted the kidnap of his boss because she maltreated him.

suspectThe suspect, who was paraded alongside Ibrahim Sozza, Thankgod Husseni, Paul Brutus and Suleiman Mohammed, for allegedly robbing and kidnapping one Alhaja Modupe Idris, a business tycoon in Idumota and her sister, Alhaja Risikat Laminu, said: “I plotted to rob and kidnap my boss because she was maltreating me. It was one Emmanuel who organised four others that assisted me incarrying out the robbery and kidnapping.   After the operation, Emmanuel and his gang gave me the Toyota SUV, smart phone and one I-pad as my share of the loot.

“Immediately I collected it, Ibrahim and I travelled to Jos, Plateau State to meet Thankgod Husseni, who we earlier told about the operation. It was Husseni that helped us sell our loot.  He sold the SUV to one Brutus for N400, 000.”

It was learned that sometime in September, 2015, Solomon arranged the kidnap of Alhaja Idris, who employed him as her driver. He had worked for her for two years.

To perfect his plans, he connived with Emmanuel, a leader of an armed robbery gang, who is now at large to assist him kidnap Alhaja Modupe.

It was gathered that on September 30, Emma and his gang trailed Alhaja from her shop to Surulere area in Lagos, at 9:30p.m., where they hit her vehicle from the back feigning an  accident.   Immediately her driver, Solomon stopped the vehicle to check the extent of damage the accident caused, the gang struck, robbed and kidnapped Alhaja Modupe, her sister, Alhaja Laminu and her house maid, who were inside a black Toyota SUV with  number plate LSR871BM. They also collected N1.2 million, and other valuables from her before taking them to a bush somewhere at Ijebu-Ode area.

Briefing newsmen, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni,  said operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, were detailed to investigate the case after one Alhaji Wale Idris of Beyioku Eniyansoro Street, reported that his wife, Modupe Idris, sister-in-law Alhaja Laminu and maid were robbed and kidnapped.

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EFCC Arrests Former Minister, Others Over Alleged $2billion Arms Deal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, and a number of top officials from the office of the National Security Adviser over the controversial arms procurement scandal surrounding former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

Multiple sources at the EFCC said Mr. Yuguda was arrested Monday afternoon and was currently being quizzed by detectives.

Our sources said a huge amount of money; “running into billions” was allegedly traced to the former minister from funds meant for arms procurement.

“The funds were directly transferred to him from the NSA office and he has been unable to explain the rationale for the transfer,” a source said.

“The transfers were made to his account between December 2014 and May 2015.”

Also arrested over the same matter, according to our sources, are some senior officials at the NSA office, including the director of finance.

“The suspects are being grilled by crack detectives and may not be allowed to go home soon,” one source said.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was yet to be briefed on the arrests.

“I’m aware that our detectives are looking into the case but I’m not sure who and who has been taken in,” Mr. Uwujaren said on telephone.

He promised to revert as soon details become available.

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Kylie Jenner Denies Eggs Were Thrown On Stage During In Store Appearance In Australia

There were reports that Kylie and Kendall Jenner had eggs thrown at them while they were in Sydney promoting their clothing line on Tuesday.
Kylie has since denied the incident took place, telling her social media followers there would have been pictures of it. She said:
However, an image of yolk on the curtain has emerged after a woman was reportedly arrested after throwing eggs and tomatoes on that stage.

See egg yolks on the stage..

The promotional appearance in suburban Sydney was very nearly overshadowed by the surprise egging but the Police quickly apprehended and arrested the 30 year old female culprit.

Man Escapes From Jail, Posts Pictures On Facebook & Gets Re-arrested

An Idaho man that authorities say escaped the Payette County jail by scaling a razor-wire fence and then taunted authorities on social media has been captured in Mexico. The U.S. Marshal’s Service says 38-year-old Nicholas Grove was recently arrested in Tulum, Mexico, and on Friday was turned over to U.S. authorities.
‘Social media certainly played a role originally because this certain individual bragged about his escape on Facebook,’ Brian Underwood, with the U.S. Marshal Service, said.
Police had been monitoring Grove’s Facebook posts that included selfies and various shots around Cancun, Mexico.
Authorities say a surveillance camera shows Grove on August 26, 2014, climbing the fence with razor wire and runnng away.
Grove had been jailed for several weeks and faced charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of burglary tools and an invalid license.

‘He caused us some grief and we’re glad to see that he’s off the streets and hopefully he’ll get his day in court in Payette County,’ Payette County Sheriff Chad Huff said.

Improvements have been at the jail to make escapes more difficult, Huff said.

‘We believe our safety and security of the jail has increased and is much better,’ he said.

Underwood declined to say where Grove is being held. It’s not clear if Grove plans to fight extradition, which could delay his return to Idaho.

EFCC Arrests, Quizzes Abba Moro Over NIS Job Scandal

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are reportedly currently interrogating former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, over the Saturday, March 15, 2014 job test scandal in the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

The scandal, which led to the death of about 20 applicants in various recruitment centres across the country, involved over 520,000 Nigerian graduate applicants who paid N1, 000 each to be qualified to take the test.

The NIS under Moro generated a tune of N520 million from the job test.

After the NIS tragedy, several Nigerians demanded the resignation or dismissal of Mr. Moro and the then Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Parradang, as well as their criminal prosecution for involuntary homicide.

Sources said the anti-graft had quizzed the ex-Comptroller-General of the NIS, Parradang on the same matter.

An official of the EFCC who confirmed the arrest of Mr. Moro said a team of investigators have already begun interrogating him.

Another EFCC official said: “It will be a deservice, to sweep under the carpet, the job scandal allegation against the former Minister, which led to the death of innocent job seekers. So, operatives have to invite him for interrogation.”

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Military Arrests 10 Boko Haram Suspects In Jigawa

Military troops on Wednesday night arrested 10 Boko Haram suspects in Birniwa local government area of Jigawa State.?The commander of 3 Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Kano, Brigadier General Hassan Hamisu disclosed this on Friday while parading the suspects in a border town of Birniwa.

He said the suspects were arrested while up loading petroleum products from a tanker into empty jerry cans with a view to transporting them to their members.

According to the army chief, among the suspects arrested with over 200 jerry cans, 41 already filled with petroleum products were two minors.

He said the suspects would be handed over to appropriate agencies for prosecution.

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Fayose Arrests Road Safety Corps For Traffic Offence

Governor Ayodele Fayose on Friday arrested an operative of the Federal Road Safety Corps at Ikere Ekiti for flouting a traffic rule.

Fayose, who went to flag off the completion of the Ado-Ikere-Iju dualisation and the commissioning of the downtown market stall in the
town, stopped his convoy at Oke–Ikere area of the town and ordered that the man be stopped and his car seized.

The road safety operative, who was  identified  as Mr Alabi , who was driving towards in his  Peugeot  505 to  Ikere Ekiti, had taken the left side of the road with the intention of dodging the dilapidated portion of the dual carriageway, which infuriated the governor who was on that rough portion of the road.

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EFCC Arrests Oil Tycoon On Corruption Charges

Nigeria has arrested the chairman of a local oil firm, a security official said on Tuesday, as part of a widening graft investigation in Africa’s biggest petroleum producer that has also netted former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Days after British police detained Alison-Madueke, one of Africa’s most powerful women, the official said their counterparts in Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arrested Atlantic Energy chairman Olajide Omokore on corruption and money laundering charges.

The arrests, which follow pledges by President Muhammadu Buhari – a former military dictator – to “clean up” Africa’s biggest economy, have sent shockwaves through Nigeria’s globe-trotting corporate and political elite.

“A lot of people have been shocked,” one oil executive in Nigeria told Reuters. “The net is widening and it’s not clear how deep the rabbit hole goes. There will be a few people looking over their shoulders.”

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EFCC Arrests University VC, Others For Selling Govt. Owned N13m SUV As Scrap

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday arrested top officials of the Adamawa State University for selling a N13 million government-owned Toyota Land Cruiser as scrap.

The commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest in a telephone interview.

Mr. Uwujaren said the vice chancellor of the university, Shall David Joshua, and the bursar, K.E. Anjili, were among those arrested.

“Our operatives in Yola, Adamawa State today arrested top officials of the Adamawa State University for questioning over the sale of a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser jeep as scrap to the former FRSC boss, Haladu Hananiya,” the EFCC spokesperson said.

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DSS Mission To Arrest Suspect In Edo Ends In Tragedy

A midnight mission by the Department of Security Service(DSS) operatives to arrest one Omozokpia, over an alleged fraud, has ended up in tragedy in Ekpoma, Edo State, with the killing of his father, Christopher Irabor, who was a potter in the School of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma,

According to Sun ,the victim was allegedly shot inside his room when the officials stormed his res­idence at Uwene quarters of Illeh village in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Govern­ment.
The operatives, who came from Benin City, were on the trail of Omozokpia.
According to Christo­pher’s widow, Faith, the DSS men came to their house at about 12 midnight and
forced everybody out­side.

She sad her husband held the door to their room to prevent the security opera­tives from gaining entry, but they were overpowered.

Mrs Irabor narrated that one of the DSS officials shoved a gun into her hus­band and she heard a loud bang after which her hus­band fell in a pool of blood.
She said the operatives shot sporadically and later took away her younger son because Omozokpia, the first son they came for, was not at home.

However, a DSS opera­tive who spoke on condi­tion of anonymity, said the late potter was shot because he attempted to disarm one of them, adding that the vic­tim first hit one of the men with a cutlass before strug­gling the gun with him.
He said they got to the residence with the suspect’s friend and when the friend knocked, occupants of the building refused to open the door.
According to him, they broke in and started as­sembling occupants in the house, but those in a particular room refused to come out, explaining that it was when they attempted to break into the room that the landlord used a cutlass on one of them and attempted to collect the gun, prompt­ing then to shoot.

Police Arrests 38 Suspected Cultists During Initiation Ceremony

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos police has arrested 38 suspected cultists who were in the middle of an initiation ceremony at the Somolu area of the state.

The suspects, made up of 29 males and nine females, were in the process of feting themselves when they were arrested based on a tip off.

The arrest was said to be in line with the Safest Lagos campaign, initiated by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, which was kicked off to ensure  maximum security of lives and properties within the metropolis.

Reports gathered that the RRS team had been deployed to the area following some distress calls from the residents of the area.

The suspects, who were said to have been engaged in  criminal activities and other unlawful engagements were arrested by the RRS team led by one Supol Olabode Aroge.

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JTF Arrests 18 Suspects Of Oil Theft, Destroys 31 Illegal Refineries

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, arrested 18 suspected oil thieves and destroyed 31 illegal oil refineries in multiple raids in July.

This is contained in a statement issued by Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, media coordinator of the JTF, in Yenagoa yesterday.

It stated that troops of JTF deployed at Iguododo community and Chanomi Escravos in Orhionmwon and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Edo and Delta discovered and destroyed 15 illegal refining camps.

The statement noted that the suspects operated with four Cotonou boats, seven plastic reservoirs, 34 drums and 21 surface tanks filled with illegally refined Automated Gas Oil (diesel). It stated that other items discovered and destroyed were 21 cooking ovens and eight pumping machines.

The statement stated that the suspects fled on sighting the troops. “The squad also arrested 16 suspects for other criminal offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, sea piracy, cultism and pipeline vandalism.

“Items recovered from them include locally made gun with live rounds of ammunition and axe. The suspects are in custody of the JTF for preliminary investigation before handing them over to prosecuting agency,” it stated.

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EFCC Arrests Sule Lamido & Two Sons

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, for alleged money laundering-related offences.

Investigations revealed that operatives of the anti-graft agency picked up the former governor and his two sons, Mustapha and Aminu in Abuja.

It was gathered that the anti-graft agency picked up the governor and his sons in the early hours of Tuesday.

It was learnt that the EFCC leadership ordered a crack team of detectives to fly them to Kano by 2.30 pm preparatory to their arraignment for alleged fraud running into billions of naira.

The source said, “The former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and his two sons, Mustapha and Aminu, were arrested this morning by operatives of the commission.

“They were actually arrested very early this morning, they were with us for hours before they were flown to Kano for possible arraignment on Wednesday (today).

“They left Abuja Airport around 2.30pm. It is most likely that they would be arraigned tomorrow (Wednesday), that I can tell you.”

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Ikorodu Bank Robbery: Police Arrests Four Suspects

Four members of the robbery gang, which unleashed terror on two commercial banks in the Ipakodo, Ikorodu area of Lagos two weeks ago, have been arrested by the police.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspected robbers were arrested from Okitipupa, Ondo State, and Ikorodu, Lagos State, while three Sport Utility Vehicles allegedly bought from the proceeds of the robbery were recovered.

The suspects’ names were given as Monday Akpan, Bright Agbojule, the third identified simply as Jafaru, and one Baba Ibeji.

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Chad Military Arrests Top Boko Haram Leader

A Chadian Public Prosecutor, Alghassim Khamis, has said that one of the key Boko Haram leaders, Baana Fanay, who has been coordinating trafficking of weapons in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad was arrested on Sunday in N’Djamena.

“Fanay, alias Mahamat Moustapha, was arrested by security forces after a fierce resistance,” Khamis said.
He said Fanay, who was arrested with two other terrorists, was responsible for the purchase of weapons and recruitment of fighters for Boko Haram.

The prosecutor said that a search in the suspect’s house led to the seizure of different weapons and documents written in Arabic by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, targeting the sect’s recruits.

He said the arrest also led investigators to discover the location of seven other terrorists hiding in a house in Diguel, a Dinguessou suburb, on the periphery of N’Djamena.

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Police IG Proposes Partnership With ICPC To Fight Corruption In Nigeria

The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, on Wednesday urged the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to collaborate with the Police to strengthen the campaign against corruption.

Arase made the call in Abuja when he visited the ICPC Chairman, Mr Ekpo Nta.

He identified staff training as a major area of collaboration.

“All along, there have been areas where we have been able to cooperate. And all I have come to seek is further cooperation to ensure that we are able to drive our anti-corruption crusade to its logical conclusion.

“And one of the areas I feel we can further cement our relationship is if we are able to encourage joint training in our various training institutions. It is a very veritable ground for our operatives to train together because if they train together, then they get to know themselves better.”

Arase said that since he assumed duty, he had continued to work assiduously to change the perception of Nigerians about the police force.

According to him, his administration has adopted a policy that will enable the police to reverse the trend.

He added that the removal of road blocks from the nation’s highways was one of the steps taken to reverse the trend.

The inspector-general said that the force had introduced motorised patrol and a technical platform where members of the public could effectively interact with the police.

He said that the platform was created to enable Nigerians to interact with the police while monitoring the conduct of its men on the highways.

Responding, Nta expressed appreciation for the visit and said that ICPC would do all it could to make sure that the collaboration was a success.

He said that the emergence of Arase as IG had led to tremendous transformations that had been of benefit to Nigerians.

Nta said: “The case tracking analysis and zero tolerance to police-citizens interface, initiatives of the police boss are steps in the right direction to change the perception of Nigerians about the police.”

He said that over the years, ICPC had relied extensively on police formations across the country during its investigations.

NDLEA Arrests Nigerians Travelling To China, Turkey, Others, With Illicit Drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a 38-year-old man, Godfrey Nwoye, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, for concealing 1.283 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa inside garri on his way to Guangzhou, China.

Mr. Nwoye, who hails from Ukpommili Village in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, said he wanted to sell the cannabis in China and use the proceeds to buy goods.

Another suspect, Samuel Anele, a commercial tricycle rider aboard a flight to Bombay, India, was arrested with 4.892 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, the NDLEA said in a statement Wednesday.

Mr. Anele, 45, and other suspects were arrested for offences ranging from concealing illicit drugs in their luggage to ingesting the drugs, according to the NDLEA said.

The suspects were arrested on their way to Turkey, China, and Hong Kong with 8.876kg of various narcotic drugs.

“The suspects are helping our team of investigators,” said Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, NDLEA commander at the Enugu Airport.

Mr. Anele was caught with 4.892kg concealed in false bottom of his luggage aboard an Ethiopian Airline on the Enugu-Addis Ababa-Bombay route.

“Life is not fair to me. Every day it is one problem after another and the money I earn is not enough,” said Mr. Anele, from Ichi village, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“It was frustration that made me to smuggle drugs. They promised me that the drug has been properly hidden and that when I return they will pay me the sum of one million naira.

“At the airport, my bag was searched and the drug detected. Now I am now left alone to suffer.”

The other suspects, Emmanuel Chukwuebuka, was caught with 1.293kg of cocaine on his way to Istanbul, Turkey; and Eric Ukaeji was found with 1.408kg of cocaine on his way to Hong Kong.

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NDLEA Arrests Pastor With 1.978kg Of Heroin

Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu, have arrested a Lagos pastor over drug trafficking.

The suspect, Daniel Lanre Akintola, 43, was caught with 1.978kg of heroin concealed in the false bottom of his luggage.
This is coming just a few weeks after a Lagos-based pastor was arrested for smuggling narcotics to South Africa at the Lagos Airport.

Vanguard gathered that another suspect, Onwueg-busi Tochukwu Victor, 48, was also arrested  with 51.5kg of ephedrine found inside his luggage.
NDLEA commander at the Enugu Airport, Mr. Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, disclosed that the 43-year-old pastor wanted to abandon his luggage at the arrival hall for fear of arrest.

He said: “Mr. Daniel Lanre Akintola unlawfully possessed 1.978kg of heroin, while returning from Entebbe, a major town in Central Uganda.

“He wanted to abandon the luggage, but we detected his intention. The drug was carefully concealed in a false bottom of his luggage.

“The second suspect is a businessman who had parcels of ephedrine weighing 51.5kg, which he wanted to smuggle to Ma-puto, Mozambique.

They are being investigated.”

Akintola, who claimed ownership of the bag containing heroin, said he was returning from a pastor’s conference.

He said: “I am a pastor with one of the pentecostal churches, at Ipaja, Lagos. I attended a minister’s conference in Uganda.

“This bag, where heroin was found, is my bag but I am a pastor and not a drug trafficker.”

The suspect, who hails from Oyo State but lives in Lagos, could not produce evidence that he actually attended a minister’s conference in Uganda.

Besides, he also did not give any reason for leaving Entebbe, Uganda, en-route Addis Ababa, to Enugu.

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Saudi Arabia Arrests Scores Of Suspected ISIS Members

State news agency says 93 people, including 65 Saudi nationals, detained, with several plots across the country foiled. Saudi Arabia says it has arrested 93 people, including 65 Saudi nationals, on suspicion of belonging to the armed group, ISIS.

The kingdom’s official Saudi Press news agency said on Tuesday that it had foiled several plots across the country, including an attack on the US embassy in the capital, Riyadh. It said a cell involving two Syrians and a Saudi citizen planned a suicide car bombing against the embassy but the plot was detected in March.

US officials halted all consular services for a week starting March 15 at the embassy and two other diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia over security fears, it said. Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall, reporting from Jizan in the south of the country, said some of those arrested were in possession of weapons and caches of ammunition.

An important ally for Western countries battling ISIS, the kingdom has come under attack at least four times since October, after joining a broad coalition bombing the group’s targets in Syria and Iraq.

In November, ISIS was blamed for the deaths of seven Shia Muslims, including children, in the country’s Eastern Province.

Saudi Arabia has taken several steps to stop its citizens joining fighters in Syria or Iraq, with the country’s highest religious authority condeming the armed group as “apostates” and labelling them the “number one enemy of Islam”.

ISIS, which according to reports has recruited thousands of foreign fighters, still controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, where it has been accused of committing mass atrocities against civilians and minority groups.

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