BREAKING: Police raid PREMIUM TIMES head office; arrest publisher, journalist.

The Nigeria police have raided PREMIUM TIMES head office in Abuja, and arrested the newspaper’s publisher.


The publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, was arrested alongside the paper’s judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu.


Plain-clothed officers conducted search at the office shortly after 5p.m. Thursday, and said they were acting on a complaint filed by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.


The arrests came days after PREMIUM TIMES turned down the army’s demand to retract news stories about the Nigerian Army and its operations.


The paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, condemned the raid.


“They should stop deluding themselves that they can muzzle the press and intimidate PREMIUM TIMES,” said Mr. Mojeed. “They should know that our loyalty lies with our readers and the Nigerian people who have a right to know.”


He said the paper will continue “to discharge its responsibilities in line with global best practices, social responsibility and patriotism, even at great risk to our personal liberties”.


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Police Arrest Mastermind Of CBN Boss’ Wife’s Abduction

Against the background and consistent determination to ensure that the tempo of onslaught on crime and criminality are sustained throughout the country, the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested the 10th gang member in the CBN Governor’s wife kidnap saga of September 2016, Umar Abubakar.

Umar Abubakar aka Kiriwa was trailed and arrested in Minna, Niger State on 9th December, 2016 consequent upon several weeks of monitoring and actionable intelligence gathering coupled with collaborative efforts of public spirited members of the community.

Umar Abubakar, one of the arrow heads of the dare devil kidnapping gang led detectives to two (2) houses and three plots of empty land he purchased with the proceeds of his share of the ransom.

The arrested kingpin confessed that he used three million naira (N3m), part of the ransom, to open a provision shop in Minna, Niger State which he was running with his wife. The original papers of the houses and plots of land have been recovered and registered as exhibits and the shop also sealed.

The Nigeria Police Force with the assistance and the support of the people will ensure that no crime committed will go undetected and perpetrators apprehended for justice and closure to prevail in the court of law. The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni wishes to reassure members of the public of the readiness of the police under his leadership to deliver dedicated and quality policing services.

He further urges all and sundry to be vigilant, provide useful information and report suspicious movements and activities to the police for prompt response.


Police Arrest Man Who Supplies Herdsmen Arms

The police in Enugu have arrested a man who allegedly supplies AK-47 rifle to herdsmen.

The suspect, one Alhaji Samaila Garuba, alias Bakassi, who is from Shagari village in Sokoto State, was arrested in the 9th Mile area of Enugu on Tuesday morning.

Spokesman for the Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who disclosed this, said a herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, who was arrested with an AK-47 in the Udi area of Enugu on August 29, implicated Garuba as the one who supplied the weapon to him.

Amaraizu added that the police had been on Garuba’s trail since Adamu’s arrest.

Garuba, according to the police spokesman, had been on the run, until he was arrested at a motor park on Tuesday morning.

Amaraizu said, “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force through its operatives of the 9th Mile Division, today, 6th December, 2016, nabbed a suspected notorious gun runner who allegedly supplied AK-47 rifle to one herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, earlier arrested by the Command.

“Suspect who gave his name as one Alhaji Samaila Garuba, aka Bakassi, was earlier implicated by Ibrahim Adamu as the one that sold the AK-47 rifle to him.

“Garuba escaped when he got the information about the arrest of Ibrahim Adamu.

“His luck however ran out when intelligence information by the operatives paid off as he was trailed to a motor park situated at 9th Mile in Enugu early this morning, where he was nabbed after several efforts by him to escape.”

Amaraizu added that Garuba is currently helping the police in investigations into his “nefarious” activities.

The herdsman that implicated Garuba, Adamu, a 20-year-old man from Nasarawa State, was earlier arrested with an AK-47 assault rifle and 24 rounds of live ammunition in a bush in Affa community in the Udi area of Enugu State.

Until his arrest, Adamu resided at Hausa Quarters in the 9th Mile Area of Enugu State, but rears cattle in communities within the Udi environs.

Adamu had tried to evade arrest by firing several shots into the air, before the police took him into custody.

Many communities in Enugu State have recorded violent attacks by herdsmen, in which several persons have lost their lives.

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Police Arrest Alleged Killers Of Dangote’s Strategist

Operatives of the Inspector General of Police’ (IGP) Intelligence Response Team have arrested suspected kidnappers who allegedly murdered a senior strategist with Dangote Industries Limited, Istifanus Gurama.

Abubakar Gide,24 Babuga Adamu, 25 and Abdulahi Saliu, 22, were arrested at Ijebu Igbo forest, Epe forest in Lagos and Ipo forest in Kwara state, respectively, were they absconded to.

The operatives led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) also recovered three AK47 rifles and 167 live ammunition which the suspects buried inside the forest.

It was gathered that the kidnappers were the ones who led the police where the deceased was dumped and also disclosed their armoury.

Gurama was taken hostage about three weeks ago at Ijebu Igbo in Ogun State, after he went to secure the release of four expatriates and a Nigerian working with the industry.

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Police Arrest 11 People For Trafficking Babies In Biscuit Boxes

 Eleven people have been arrested in India on suspicion of duping single women into selling their newborn babies and trafficking the infants inside biscuit containers to an adoption centre to be sold on to childless couples, police said on Wednesday.

A senior official from Crime Investigation Department (CID) in the eastern state of West Bengal said the arrests began on Monday after police raided a private nursing home and found two babies hidden in cardboard boxes in a locked medical storeroom.

Those arrested included the owner, midwives and other staff at the nursing home in Baduria, 80 km (50 miles) from Kolkata.

Police have also arrested court clerks suspected of making fake documentation for the children and the head of a charity which ran the adoption centre.

“The inquiry is underway and more information will be revealed only after some more progress is made,” Bharat Lal Meena, Deputy Inspector General for the CID in West Bengal, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Staff at the nursing home and the charity were not immediately available for comment.

Police said initial investigations indicated that unmarried girls and women who visited the clinic for an abortion were persuaded by staff to give birth and sell their babies.

The police did not give a price, but local news reports said the mothers were given 300,000 rupees ($4,380) for a boy and 100,000 rupees ($1,460) for a girl.

Babies were also stolen from women who delivered at the clinic, but who were told by staff that their children were stillborn. Some were even shown the bodies of stillborn babies preserved by the clinic to dupe parents, police said.

The babies, mostly newborns, were then smuggled in cartons used to store biscuits, and taken by road to an adoption centre 25 km (15 miles) away in Machlandapur, where they were sold on to childless couples.

“It was a well organized syndicate, incorporating all kinds of helping hands needed for the smuggling network,” said another CID official, who did not wish to be identified because he is not authorised to speak to reporters.

The CID officer said more arrests were likely in the coming days.

Reports of human trafficking in India increased by 25 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, with more than 40 percent of cases involving children being bought, sold and exploited as modern day slaves, government crime data shows.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said there were 6,877 cases related to human trafficking last year against 5,466 in 2014, with the highest number of cases reported in the northeast state of Assam, followed by West Bengal state.

South Asia, with India at its centre, is one of the fastest-growing regions for human trafficking in the world.

Gangs sell thousands of victims into bonded labour every year or hire them out to exploitative bosses. Many women and girls are sold into brothels.

India, alone is home to 40 percent of the world’s estimated 45.8 million slaves, according to a 2016 global slavery index published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation.


Police Arrest Man For Selling Stepdaughter’s Head, Hands To Ritualists

The Police in Ogun State have arrested one Korede Odubela for selling the head and hands of his step-daughter, Amudalat Oshimodi, to ritualists.

Odubela was said to have strangled the girl to death, harvested her head and hands before selling them to ritualists.

Also arrested in connection with the ritual murder of Amudalat, is Lekan Lawal, who allegedly assisted Odubela to strangle the victim at  Imosan area of  Ifesowapo Local Council Development Area of Ogun State.

The duo who confessed to committing the crime, were paraded Tuesday at Eleweran, the Headquarters of Ogun State Police Command, by the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu.

Iliyasu said the suspected choked the victim  to death and later sold  her head and hands  to ritualists.

Odubela who admitted the crime, told reporters that he and Lekan carried out the heinous crime.

Odubela said: “it is true that Lekan Lawal and I connived to kill my step-daughter. The girl was 16 years old, she was always stealing her mother’s money.

“And the mother said we should kill her as a sacrifice for the other children she had. Since she normally sleep at the door post outside.

“So, on the fateful night around 12 midnight, I invited Lekan Lawal, and he held the girl by the neck and strangled her while I held her legs. That was how she died.”

According to him, his step -daughter’s head was sold to one  Seun, a herbalist at N3,000.

The Police Commissioner told reporters that  the case was still being investigated while the remains  of Amudalat has been deposited at the morgue of State Hospital, Ijebu Ode.


Police arrest man for selling step – daughter’s head, hands  to ritualists

Police Arrest 18 Pipeline Vandals, Impound 2 Vessels, 20 Trucks

The Nigeria Police Force had a break through with  constant vandalization of pipelines, destruction of oil and gas infrastructure and the illegal dealing in Petroleum products in the country as they arrested 18 Pipeline Vandals, Impound 2 Vessels and  2o Trucks.

Parading eight of the suspects at the Force headquarters, yesterday, the Force PRO, DCP Don Awunah said “coordinated operations based on credible intelligence and assistance from the key players in the petroleum sector, the Anti-Pipeline Vandalization of the Nigeria Police Force arrested 18 suspects, impounded two vessels and twenty trucks loaded with stolen petroleum products as summarized below.”

He stated that in order to halt this trend of wanton destruction of lives and property in a critical sector of the economy, the IGP, Ibrahim Idris has reorganised and empowered the Anti-Pipeline Vandalisation Unit of the Force to decisively tackle these criminals and their collaborators.

Among the suspects arrested include Tumbiri Ezekiel (captain), Thomas Arimoro Azamosa  (Company’s Representative), Godwil Offeh  (Chief mate), Alfred Iwanefun (Engineer),   Emmanuel Uyoi (Deckhand), Godwin Tabiti (Electrician), Omokete Enengite (Engineer Cadet), Victor Onyenike   (Seaman),  Suleiman Ahmadu and William Okitikpo.

The 10 suspects and the exhibit, which include  Ellen Vessel, MB Opuda Vessel and  Eighteen Trucks; are in police custody in Lagos.

The FPRO noted that on November 1 through 3 2016 at about 0220hrs, when “a sustained surveillance and monitoring of Ellen vessel and crew members sailing from Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States water ways to Lagos State with illegally refined AGO (Diesel) on board was embarked upon by the IGP’s Task Force on Illegal Petroleum Bunkering and intercepted Ellen vessel at Satomen’s Jetty located at Amuwo Odofin in Mile 2 area of Lagos State where it had discharged the illegal refined AGO (Diesel)  into 18 Trucks, 33,000 liters each. The vessel, crew members, the eighteen Trucks and other suspects were promptly arrested and taken into custody by the IGP’s Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering.”

Other suspects included Harrison Chinedu, Mohammed Abdulkadir, Idris Bawa, Emmanuel Akighir, Suleiman Musa, Amechi Aduma, Ezechi Peter and Mamud Ibrahim.

They were all arrested in different parts of the country after they were trailed by the police monitoring team.

The FPRO noted that investigations into the cases are ongoing and the cases will soon be charged to court.


NHRC plans to probe arrest of judges.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that it would soon commence full investigation into the arrest of some judges by the Department of State Services (DSS) to determine the alleged abuses of their human rights.

Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Ben Angwe, who stated this when he received some protesters under the umbrella of Lawyers in Defence of Democracy (LDD) in his office yesterday, said the NHRC would not take side or orders from anybody in conducting the investigation.

He said the commission did not commence any action on the issue in the past because there were nine petitions before it.

Angwe said the petition by the group would enable the commission move into action, adding that the NHRC would be fair to all parties.
The group, led by its convener, Ikenga Ogochinyere, said it had rejected the call for the stepping aside of the arrested judges.

It also demanded that the DSS and other agencies release from detention all Nigerians who have been granted bail by the courts and who have fulfilled their bail conditions, including compliance with all judgments and orders.

Besides, the LDD and Citizens for Good Governance (CGG) have passed a vote of confidence on the National Judicial Council (NJC) over the manner it handled the invasion of the houses of two Supreme Court justices and five others by the DSS.

The lawyers, who besieged the entrance to the Federal High Court, Abuja described as unconstitutional the way the judges were arrested, saying it was a threat to democracy.

They, therefore, appealed to the United Nations (UN), United Kingdom (UK), United States (U.S.) and Amnesty International to call the Federal Government to order.

The groups further accused the executive of plotting to overthrow the judiciary so as to enthrone abuse of human rights and subversion of the rule of law.

In another development, the country representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Cristina Albertin, has said for the fight against corruption to be successful, the judiciary must be seen as keen to dispense justice.

She also said the fight against corruption was a prerequisite for development, social justice and eradication of poverty.

“The integrity of investigators and prosecutors must be beyond reproach. The best law has no value if it is not enforced.

“The best judges and magistrates are wasted if the cases are never brought to them; or if cases brought to them are incomplete and/or inadmissible in evidence”, she said.

Malaysian Student Jailed For 12 Years Over Involvement With Al-Queda

Reports reveal that a college student named Mohamad Azman, 20, has been charged with involvement with al-Qaeda in Malaysia

He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a high court in the country on Monday.

The suspect who had been studying in Egypt had pleaded guilty on Sept. 27.

The judge, Mohamad Samah, ordered that the sentence runs from Azman’s arrest on Dec. 7, 2015.


PDP Blames Buhari, Oyegun For Arrest Of Judges

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday said the controversial arrest of some senior judges for alleged corruption was orchestrated by President Buhari and members of his party, the APC.

In a statement signed and distributed by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, the opposition party said Nigerians should see the recent clampdown on judges by the State Security Service as a vindictive measure taken by Mr. Buhari and the chairman of his party, John Oyegun.

Mr. Adeyeye said Mr. Buhari and Mr. Oyegun were desperate to avenge what they saw as unfair rulings handed down by some judges against them in the past.

Making specific reference to some past comments credited to Messrs. Buhari and Oyegun, the PDP said “it is obvious that the judiciary can be said to have functioned appropriately only when they and their party win a case.”

Mr. Adeyeye, speaking on behalf of the provisional national leadership of the PDP, said Mr. Buhari, earlier this year, allegedly decried the injustice meted out to him by some judges many years ago.

“On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now.

“In my first attempt in 2003, I ended up at the Supreme Court and for 13 months I was in court.

“The second attempt in 2007, I was in court close to 20 months and in 2011, my third attempt, I was also in court for nine months.

“All these cases went up to the Supreme Court until the fourth time in 2015, when God agreed that I will be President of Nigeria,” the PDP quoted Mr. Buhari as saying in February 2016.

The PDP said the allegations by two Supreme Court judges that the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, tried to induce them showed the depth of the administration’s contempt towards the judiciary.

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Police Burst Visa Racketeering Syndicate, Arrest Suspect

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command burst a visa racketeering syndicate and arrested the mastermind, one Emu-Larry Chidiebere, on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old suspect was arrested for being  involved in the United Arab Emirate’s visa racketeering scheme at the Ajah area of Lagos State.

The suspect, who hails from Ika North Local Government Area in Delta State, alongside his gang, was said to have swindled one Abraham Jude and four other persons of N2million, under the false pretence of helping them procure a Dubai Visa.

According to Jude, one of the victims, “When I was laid off where I was working in Abuja. I had intention of moving out of the country to start a new life.

“Then, I met his uncle (the suspect) Samuel Obed, who told me his nephew was working with one company at the United Arab Emirate (UAE) and that he could help me to secure the country’s visa.

“We started to communicate via telephone, and he assured me that he could secure Dubai Visa for me at a reasonable price. He requested for N400, 000, which I told him I can’t afford such huge amount of money at that particular point in time.

“Later, he called me again that his work place in Dubai was recruiting and he had already submitted my name for employment. Afterwards, he started to persuade me by telling me the benefits that are attached to the employment.

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NJC Meets As More Supreme Court Justices Face Imminent Arrest

The sting operations carried out by the Department of State Services (DSS) against some judges across the country are not over yet, as more judges will be arrested and likely prosecuted for bribe taking in the next few days or weeks, a senior intelligence officer told THISDAY in Abuja last night.

The DSS had on Friday night carried out sting operations in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Gombe and Kano, hauling in two justices of the Supreme Court, one justice of the Court of Appeal and four other judges of the Federal High Court, suspected to have engaged in bribery and large scale corruption.

The operations, however, attracted angry reactions from the public, particularly the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), which declared a state of emergency in the judicial sector, saying the rule of law was under siege even as the National Judicial Council (NJC) meets today to deliberate on the development.

THISDAY checks close to the NJC, the body responsible for the appointment and discipline of judicial officers, suggested that the suspected judicial officers under investigation might be suspended pending the determination of the accusations against them.

Yesterday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) joined the fray on the side of the embattled judicial officers, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of preparing the ground for fascism by ordering the arrests of the judges.

But the Presidency in its reaction gave assurances that President Buhari reserved his highest respect for the judiciary as the third arm of government.

A statement yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said the president would not do anything to undermine its independence.

Shehu said: “Buhari remains a committed democrat, in words and in his actions, and will not take any action in violation of the constitution.

“The recent surgical operation against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution.

“In a robust democracy such as ours, there is bound to be a plurality of opinions on any given issue, but there is a convergence of views that the country has a corruption problem that needs to be corrected.”

The Presidency regretted that reports by a section of the media were giving it cause for concern.

According to it, “In undertaking the task of reporting, the media should be careful about the fault lines they open. It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government.

“The presidency has received assurances from the DSS that all due processes of the law, including the possession of search and arrest warrants were obtained before the searches.

“To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state.”

THISDAY intelligence source, however, said apart from those being detained and interrogated, another eight judges, including two justices of the Supreme Court, are also being investigated for mind-boggling corruption cases.

He said a total of seven judges, including two justices of the Supreme Court — Justice John Inyang Okoro and Justice Sylvanus Ngwunta — are still being interrogated by the security services at its headquarters in Abuja and might be charged to court anytime from today.

“A total of 15 judges are being investigated by the Department of State Services and other security agencies. Seven of them are currently being interrogated at the DSS headquarters in Abuja and may be charged to court as from Monday,’’ the source stated, adding: “While another eight including one or two from the Supreme Court are still being investigated and more of the judges will be arrested in the next few days or weeks.’’

The judges being detained include: Justice Muhammad Ladan Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal; Justice Kabiru Auta in Kano; Justice Muazu Pindiga who was arrested in Gombe; the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Auta, and Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

The intelligence source said that none of the judges arrested during the DSS’ sting operations between Friday and the early hours of Saturdayhad been released.

“The seven judges being detained and interrogated have not been released; their statements are still being taken; they are cooperating with the interrogators. The interrogation is taking more time than expected because of the many questions the arrested judges need to answer,’’ the source said.

THISDAY gathered that the sting operations carried out against the suspects were the accumulation of many events, linked to “mind-boggling corrupt practices and the willingness, determination and desire by the security agents to fight corruption head-on”.

Justifying the operations of the DSS, the source said: “If not DSS who else? There is nothing unusual about the DSS’ actions; it is normal. The security institution acted within the law guarding its operations.

“The actions of the suspected judges border on national security. We are talking about huge corrupt practices and national security that are beyond the mandate of the EFCC and the ICPC.

“If we talk about democracy — from the conduct of election to election rigging; issues of foreign investments; economy and other issues that have to do with our national security, they all end up in courts. So anybody or institution that tries to undermine that institution is toying with the national security of our dear nation.’’

In the eyes of the law, the intelligence officer said, the suspects were not above the law and didn’t have immunity from being investigated or prosecuted, explaining that they were ordinary people like every other citizen.

He said the DSS acted based on petitions it received against the judges. “We have a situation where one of the judges was so foolish that he entered a departmental store to collect a bribe from a litigant. We have the evidence including video recording,’’ the source stated.

Reacting to several criticisms against the DSS’ action, the intelligence source added that the agency was ready to defend its action in competent court of law, challenging whoever felt aggrieved to take the DSS to court.

“During the sting operations, huge amount of monies, some in foreign currencies, were collected from some of the judges and they all signed the exhibits recovered in their houses.

The DSS has strong evidence to charge them to court and that will be done as soon as the interrogation is concluded,’’ the source added.
Responding to the press statement by the leadership of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), which some observers said might create tension in the country, the senior intelligence officer said:

“There is no tension at all. Whoever threatens national security of the nation will be dealt with.

“Gone are the days where those on the wrong side will turn around to intimidate us. That will never happen again in this country.’’

Apparently responding to the acclaimed illegality of the action of the DSS, the source said that a search warrant was obtained before the sting operations were carried out in the affected places, adding that “a warrant signed by a magistrate court can be executed even in the villa”.

Police Arrest 4 Suspected Killers Of Catholic Priest

The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday said it had arrested four suspected kidnappers and killers of late Rev. Fr. John Adeyi, Parish Priest of St. Benard’s Parish Okpoga of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo in Benue.

The suspects are: Suleiman Goma, 30, leader, Saidu Abdullahi, 28, deputy leader, Aliyu Garba, 26 and Haruna Idi, 27.

The Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah, who addressed newsmen, said the suspects were arrested between Sept. 1 and 14 in Bauchi, Enugu and Benue states respectively.He said that the suspects who confessed to the crime said that they collected a ransom of N1.7 million from the family before killing him.

Awunah said that in the course of investigation, the deputy leader, Abdullahi told the police he fired the shot that killed Adeyi.

“The suspect led the police to a bush in Orokam area of Benue were three guns used for the operation were buried,“he said.

He said that items recovered from the hoodlums included three locally fabricated guns, a Nokia Lumia cell phone belonging to the late Adeyi and a black gicent cell phone model M9.

The spokesman said the arrest followed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris directive to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

He said that all the suspects would soon be arraigned in court for prosecution.

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Police Arrest 6 Human Trafficking Syndicate, Rescue 12 Kids In Delta

Police detectives attached to the Delta State Police Command, Asaba yesterday arrested six human trafficking syndicate who had been operating in Asaba and Okpanam communities, and rescued 12 out of the 15 children unharmed.

Police image maker in the state, Mrs. Celestina Kalu who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, said three others were on the run, adding that the suspects detained at the Police State CID were currently helping the police with further investigation.

She said that the leader of the syndicates, “Madam Cash” had been operating under cover up in a restaurant around Umuaji “Stop abortion”Quarters in Asaba where allegedly, she would often hoodwink unsuspecting parents of the kids to do business with her, before she ferries them out of the state.

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Details of Salkida’s arrest at the Abuja airport by the DSS

The Department of State Services has arrested Ahmed Salkida, a journalist, who was declared wanted by the Nigerian Army last month.

It was learnt that Salkida was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday afternoon shortly after his flight landed.

The suspect, who is based in Dubai, is one of the three persons declared wanted for their alleged link to Boko Haram.

Salkida, a female lawyer, Aisha Waliki; and Ahmed Bolori were declared wanted by the military after Boko Haram released a video showing some of the Chibok girls it abducted on April 14, 2014.

A security operative, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday, said, “When we declared him wanted, he said he was willing to return to Nigeria but only on the condition that we send him a flight ticket.

“His Nigerian passport had expired but the Federal Government instructed the Nigeria Immigration Service not to issue him a new passport because he could run away after getting the passport. So, he was given an Emergency Travel Certificate, which allows the holder to travel only to his country of citizenship.

“With nowhere to run to, he had no choice but to return. So, immediately he boarded the plane from Dubai, we started waiting for him at the airport.”

It was learnt that the suspect had been taken to the office of the DSS, where he would be debriefed.

It was unclear if he would be transferred to the Nigerian Army’s custody.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said that he had not got any information that the Directorate of Military Intelligence had arrested Salkida.

He promised to call on the development whenever he got information on the issue.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 1,500 members of Boko Haram have surrendered to Nigerian troops in the troubled North-East.

Investigations revealed that some of the Boko Haram members surrendered to troops at Buni Yadi, Yobe State, last week while others surrendered at various battle fronts in Borno State.

It was learnt that those who surrendered to security forces recently were over 700, bringing the total number of those who had surrendered between April 2015 and August 2016 to 1,500.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, who confirmed the figure on Monday, had earlier said 800 of the insurgents surrendered to security forces in April 2016.

Abubakar said the 700 insurgents, who surrendered recently, were undergoing security profiling and documentation.

He said the military was encouraging the Boko Haram fighters to abandon their struggle and surrender to security forces.

Abubakar said, “In the North-East, the operation is going on well and so many Boko Haram fighters have been suffering.

“For now, over 1,500 have surrendered to troops. It used to be 800 but because of the increasing number of those who are surrendering, we have over 1,500.

“I believe so many of them will come out too and we are encouraging them to come out, they shouldn’t continue to suffer.

“We are encouraging those who are still hiding to come out and abandon their unholy struggle. They are undergoing proper security profiling and documentation.”

Gabon Police Arrest 200 Over Post-election Looting

More than 200 people have been arrested for looting in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, where violence broke out following a disputed presidential election result, the police chief said Thursday.

“We have arrested more than 200 looters since last night,” national police chief Jean-Thierry Oye Zue said. “Looting is currently continuing in the poorer districts.”

“Six police officers have been injured,” Oye Zue said, adding that several civilians had also “most likely” been hurt.

He did not confirm however there had been any deaths.

“I can’t tell you that,” he said.

Violence erupted on Thursday after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of the contested polls, with thousands of angry protesters taking to the streets of Libreville accusing the government of stealing the election from rival Jean Ping.

The opposition leader said security forces killed two people and injured 19 more at his headquarters.

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Military Arrest 3 Suspected Niger Delta Avengers Members

The Nigerian Military has announced the arrest of three suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) believed to have carried out the August 8 attack on the military check point in Nembe in which four soldiers were killed.

The soldiers attached to Operation Delta Safe were all killed and the suspected NDA members made away with their gun boats, arms and ammunition.
The attack was said to have irked the Defence Headquarters and the ODS was directed to launch a manhunt for the killers and ensure their arrest to bring them to justice.
According to investigations, intelligence gathering by the ODS led troops to the hideout of the suspected militants at Okiama community in Okigbene clan  Southern Ijaw local government area.
Though the raid did not yield the desired results, as the suspected militants had escaped, ODS troops recovered some items including military accoutrements.
On Monday, troops following the trail provided by intelligence officers intercepted the suspected militants at Epebu community also in Southern Ijaw local government area, and after a gun duel that lasted for about an hour, two of the militants including the leader was killed while three of them were arrested.
Commander of ODS Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, in press briefing to parade the suspected militants, disclosed that large quantities of arms and ammunition and the gun boat that was stolen from the military check point in Nembe were recovered.
9 AK 47 rifles, 1 FN rifle, 4 HK 21 MGs, one G3 MG,  3  GPMGs, 20  AK 47 magazines, 2  G3 magazines, 1  FN magazine 1, container of gun powder. Others are 1 Epenal gun boat, 1,145 rounds of 7.62mm metal link, 2,485 rounds of 7.62mm ball cartons, 370 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 1,356 rounds of 7.62mm NATO.
Okojie said that there was no place to hide for criminals. He also warned those planning to declare what he referred to as an “imaginary independence” to have a rethink as the ODS was prepared to clamp down on them.

Police Arrest 23 Suspected Terrorists In Anambra

Anambra State Police Command yesterday paraded 23 suspects who allegedly invaded Ukpo community, Dunukofia Local Government Area last weekend and violently attacked a police post, leaving in their trail sorrows, tears and blood.
Addressing reporters at the Police Headquarters, Amawbia yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula noted that the attackers numbering about 200, who operated like suspected terrorists, had stormed Ukpo community and descended on a police post while engaging in heavy firing.
The CP noted that going by their number, they overwhelmed the four policemen on duty and, instantly , killed the security guard, Emmanuel Okafor.
“The assailants went further to bomb the police post and 10-room self-contained Police Barracks, having completely burnt down two police vehicles. DPO Ukpo, who led a patrol team to the scene was shot. Three other policemen received various degrees of bullet wounds from the assailants” the CP disclosed.
He recalled that based on intelligence gathering  by the police, prior to the attack, the assailants held a meeting at Owelle Inn, Abagana,  a hotel belonging to one Emmanuel Nwude, where the dastardly plan was hatched.
He disclosed that he led a team of officers to the scene, and based on intelligence report, 10 of the assailants were arrested at the hotel in Abagana while detectives further arrested 13 other suspects from their various hideouts, among whom was one Amobi Ezekwe Ugbo, their suspected kingpin.
He noted that a team of officers from the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) identified and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while recovering another one at the scene.
Among the weapons recovered that were displayed to reporters included four pump action guns with two live cartridges, three AK 47 rifles , three locally made pistols, cutlasses and other arms.

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NDLEA Arrests 184 Drug Suspects, Convicts Six In Akwa Ibom

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Akwa Ibom Command, said on Sunday that it arrested 184 suspected drug offenders between January and July.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mrs Maria Ilugbuhi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo, and said that six of them had been convicted.
Ilugbuhi said that 154 of the suspects were males while 30 were females.

She added that during the period, the command also seized 96.39 kilogrames of hard drugs from the suspects.

The public relations officer said the seized drugs included cocaine, heroin, cannabis sativa and psychotropic substance.

She said that the Drug Demand Reduction Unit (Counseling Unit) of the agency had counseled, rehabilitated and reunited six of the suspects with their families.

“We arrested 184 drug dealers and users and secured six convictions in the last seven months

“Over 96.39 kg of hard drugs were seized from these suspects during the period ,” he said.

Ilugbuhi said that there was higher prevalence of use of cocaine and combined substances than cannabis sativa in Uyo, the state capital.

She attributed the success of the agency in arresting the suspects to the good working relationship and synergy between it and other security agencies in the state.

The PRO, however, said that inadequate funding and logistics were some of the challenges the command faced.

She urged the people to endeavour to provide the agency with useful information on drug dealers and users for prompt action.

Ilugbuhi said that the agency was working very hard to reduce illicit drug use and trade in the state, advising the people, especially the youths, to shun the vice.


Bauchi Govt Denies Link To Azare’s Arrest

Bauchi State government has denied any culpability in the alleged arrest by the police of a social media critic, Musa Babale Azare, in Abuja.

Special Assistant to the Bauchi State governor on Media and Communication, Shamsudeen Lukman Abubakar while reacting to the issue said that the state governor never facilitate the arrest of the critic by the police as being insinuated by some people.

Abubakar in a Facebook post on Sunday said that as a trained lawyer, governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar respects the law and will never go against it for political gains.

He said that the governor is preoccupied with the task of attending to the needs of people of the state who voted for the APC-led administration and as such will not engage in unnecessary victimisation of its citizens.

He therefore called on people of the state to disregard the misinformation being peddled by rumour mongers over the incident.

The governor’s aide noted that the series of rumours being peddled on social media are attempts to discredit the state governor and the APC administration in the state.

He however informed that the governor will always remain focused on ways to develop the state and fulfil electoral promises made to the people despite the financial challenges being faced.

It could be recalled that Musa Azare was reported by the media to have been arrested by the police in Abuja last Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the social media critic has been released by the police on bail yesterday.

Azare who informed about his release on his Facebook page yesterday posted: “This is to inform you that I have been released on bail based on self recognition. We give glory to God Almighty, Master of the Day of Judgement.

“Words cannot express my appreciation to friends, family and thousands of supporters and admirers who took the campaign for my release to a level I never expected. I’m now safely reunited ?with my family.”

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Budget Padding: Abdulmumin Seeks Court Protection From Arrest

In a dramatic twist to the row over the 2016 budget padding allegations causing disharmony in the House of Representatives, the hunter now appears to be the hunted, going by emerging development.

The erstwhile Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Jibrin Abdulmumin, who made the budget-padding allegation, has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order to restrain the Nigerian Police from arresting him.

The respondents in the suit are the Nigeria Police, the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police (FCT), Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Hon. Leo Ogor and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
The lawmaker, in his tweets and statements had given the impression that he was enjoying the cooperation of the police, over the allegations against Dogara and others.

But Abdulmumin, in the suit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja with No: FHC/ABJ/CS/595, said there was a police siege on his home and that up till the time of filing the suit on August 9, 2016, the siege was still in force.

The affidavit deposed on his behalf by his legislative aide, Mr. Bashir Bello said this was “in a bid to arrest him unlawfully and achieve their pre-determined aim of tampering with his fundamental human rights.”

Abdulmumin, in the suit, accused the police of plotting to “nab him and also put him out of circulation and so as to lay their hands on the said documents and destroy the evidence therein, and avoid a leakage of their roles in the budget issue.”
The embattled lawmaker, in a separate suit, also sued Dogara, the Clerk of the House and others, to restrain the lower chamber from suspending him.

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Troops Nab Insurgents Planting Explosives On Military Supply Route

The Nigerian Army says troops on operation Layifa Dole arrested four fleeing Boko Haram members discovered to be planting bombs on troops supply route.

A statement on Friday from Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the arrest was possible following information provided by a detained suspected Boko Haram militant, Lawan Abbai.

He added that the troops carried out Mine and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) clearance at Gombori, which was along the troops main supply route.

He said the troops located and recovered two heavy IEDs buried in the ground by suspected remnants of Boko Haram insurgents.

He said in the process of recovering the deadly IEDs, the troops intercepted four fleeing suspected Boko Haram insurgents who said they were on their way to surrender to troops.

 He said on preliminary investigation, they were identified as confirmed Boko Haram members planting IEDs along troops routes by their arrested colleague, Lawan Abbai.

He also said the troops rescued five women and a baby from Boko Haram insurgents in the same general area.

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Mother & Son Dating Say They Are Willing To Risk Everything To Be Together

A mother and her son could be jailed after they began a sexual relationship with each other. Monica Mares, 36, and her son Caleb Peterson, 19, face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest at a trial later this year.

The couple say they are ‘madly in love’ and nothing will tear them apart.

Caleb was adopted when he was a baby and only reunited with his mum 18 years later.

Mother-of-nine Monica was just 16 when she gave birth to her son and reconnected with him over
Facebook before arranging to meet up last Christmas.

They soon began a s3xual relationship and Caleb moved in with his mum and her two youngster children – his own half siblings.

In an interview with Daily Mail Online , the couple told how they are willing to risk everything to be together and have decided to go public with their affair in a bid to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships.

There relationship came to light when they were reported to the police and charged with incest.

They are banned from having contact with each other – they were interviewed separately – and live apart in Clovis, New Mexico, while they await a trial next month.

Police Arrest Killer Of 21 Year Old Woman In Kano

The Police in Kano on Wednesday arrested a 35-year-old barber, Mr Shamsu Isah, for allegedly killing a 21-year-old lady at Karkasara quarters in Kano metropolis.

The Police Public Relation Officer?, DSP Magaji Majiya, confirmed the arrest of the suspect in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

Majiya said the deceased, Miss Rejoice Isaac, was allegedly murdered by the suspect on Aug. 3, and buried her in an uncompleted building at Karkasara Quarters.

He said after the arrest of the suspect, he led policemen to the area where he buried the deceased after killing her.

“The suspect confessed to burying Isaac but denied killing her. He had attempted to rape her but as she was trying to run away, she was hit by a wood on the head and that led to her death.

“We invited doctors from Murtala Muhammad specialist Hospital to conduct autopsy on the deceased’s body. We are now waiting for the result,” Majiya said.

According to him, the police commissioner, Mr Rabi’u Yusuf had ordered the transfer of the suspect from the Special Anti-kidnapping Unit to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for appropriate investigation.

“The suspect is currently with the police undergoing interrogation to ascertain the cause of the deceased’s death,’’ the police spokesman said.

He said as soon as investigation was completed the suspect would be charged to court.

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Police Arrest Girl, 18, Over Sale Of Own Baby

Operatives from the Enugu State Police Command said they have arrested one   Okike  Ezinne,18, from Isu  Mbaneze in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, who is also the mother of an 18-month-old baby for allegedly selling the baby for N300,000.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu who confirmed the incident, said that Ezinne told the police that she had the baby girl out of wedlock and decided to keep her, except that life became tough for her.

She said her intimate friend called Promise Godwin, 20, from her area in Ebonyi State, lured her to Enugu with the child, promising that somebody would cater for her and the baby.
Ezinne said she joined her friend and secured a house at Coal Camp area, a suburb of Enugu metropolis, and that sometime in March 2016, she found that the friend had perfected the bargain for the sale of the baby in question for N300,000.
According to Ezinne, after striking a deal with Promise and Gloria for the sale of  the baby,  the baby  was taken to a place called  Limca Bus Stop at Okigwe, Imo State along Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Road where she was sold for N300,000 cash after which they returned to Enugu where they shared the money in the following order: N200,000 for the baby’s mother, N50,000 for Promise and the remaining N500,000 for the motorcyclist working with Godwin Promise.

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Malawi Orders Arrest Of Man Paid To Have Sex With Children

Malawian President Peter Mutharika ordered the arrest Tuesday of a man paid to have sex with more than 100 adolescent girls as part of a traditional ritual marking their passage to womanhood.

The order was issued after the man from the southern district of Nsanje gave a media interview confessing to have slept with the girls for a fee of between four and seven dollars paid by each of their families.

“I order police to immediately arrest Mr Eric Aniva, investigate him and take him to court forthwith for defilement cases,” Mutharika said in a statement.

This little-known local practice is performed in southern Malawi by men known as “hyenas” at the behest of a girl’s parents after her first menstruation.

The ritual is believed to train girls to become good wives and to protect them from disease, or misfortune could fall on their families or their village.

But it is blamed for spreading AIDS.

In a BBC interview broadcast last week, Aniva confessed to being infected with HIV and sleeping with virgin girls without using protection.

Aniva said that the girls were as young as 12.

“All these girls find pleasure in having me as their ‘hyena’,’ he said. “They actually are proud.”

Mutharika said Aniva should “be investigated for exposing the young girls to contracting HIV and further be charged accordingly.”

He also ordered an inquiry into the role of parents, saying “harmful cultural and traditional practices cannot be accepted.”

The sexual cleansing ritual by a “hyena” is also performed on bereaved widows in Nsanje district to exorcise villages of evil spirits or to prevent another death occurring.

Aniva said a “hyena” was selected by the community based on good morals and that custom did not allow him to use condoms.

Malawi, which has one of the highest HIV infections in the world, criminalises sex with a person under the age of 16.

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Police Arrest Father Who Chained Son For Weeks

Pastor Francis Taiwo, who chained his nine-year-old boy for several weeks to a wood in the premises of a church he heads, has been arrested by the police.
The news had earlier broken of the rescue of the nine-year-old by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC from the Ajibawo area of Ado-Odo/Ota church where he was locked down.

The father had reportedly chained him inside the premises of the Key of Faith parish of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) at Ajibawo in the Ado-odo/ Ota area of Ogun about six weeks ago until relief came in the early hours of Saturday.
The NSCDC rescued the boy after a tip-off by neighbours. He was accused of stealing, especially soup from their cooking pot, by his stepmother named Kehinde, who had also been arrested, and was subsequently chained in his hand and legs and padlocked to a wood.
The father fled after the boy’s rescue, but luck ran out on him yesterday when the Police caught up with him, according to the Police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, who revealed that Pastor Francis who hails from Benin Republic but born in Otta, Ogun State, into the same Celestial Church, was ordained as a pastor in 2012.
According to police investigation, the pastor confirmed that he chained Korede because he felt he’s possessed and he’s not comfortable  with his stealing habit.
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Soldiers Arrest Suspected Boko Haram Fuel Suppliers

Soldiers manning one of the entry checkpoints to the city of Maiduguri on Tuesday intercepted a large consignment of petroleum products being ferried by two suspected persons to Boko Haram insurgents in some yet-to-be identified locations, officials said.

The two suspects — the driver of the delivery truck, Muhammadu Adamu, and the supplier of the products, Tijjani Gambo, — claimed ignorance of the identity of their customers.

Sani Usman, the acting director of Army Public Relations, said regardless of the outcome of investigations into the matter, the suspects had by their actions flouted the ban on transportation of fuel in such large volume within and around the area where counter-insurgency operation is taking place.

“The Quick Reinforcement Force (QRF) of 251 Battalion, 7 Div Gar on routine checks arrested a truck loaded with 25 jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and other goods cleverly covered and concealed at Molai check point, outskirts of Maiduguri at about 8.00am on Tuesday,” said Mr. Usman in a statement.

“The driver of the vehicle, Muhammadu Adamu, claimed ignorance of the contents of the vehicle and called the owner of the goods, Tijjani Gambo to explain. He too denied supplying terrorists fuel and other items, rather he claimed to be a mere trader that supplies goods to customers in Damboa based on demand.

“However, preliminary investigation revealed that he has been sending PMS and other goods through the same route at regular intervals without an identifiable corresponding recipient in Damboa as alleged. Although investigations are still ongoing, it is suspected that it could be the means through which he had been supplying the terrorists with dire logistics in Sambisa forest. This is more so that there is a ban on the purchase and transportation of petrol in containers such as that within the theatre.

“Both suspects and the exhibits have been handed over to Joint Interrogation Centre for further investigations.

“In a related development, a dead body was dropped by an unknown persons and found by Civilian JTF at Ruwan Zafi MM Ali Filling station opposite NNPC Mega Station, along the Mafa-Dikwa road. The deceased whose named was given as Abba Aminu aged between 35-40, was married with 4 children. He was stabbed with a knife on his chest by his assailants. The matter was reported to Jere police Station for further investigation, while the body has been evacuated to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital mortuary.”

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NSCDC Arrest 3 With Human Head In Niger State


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Niger on Saturday paraded three suspects who were caught with a human head.

Mr Philip Ayuba, the Commandant of NSCDC in the state, told newsmen in Minna that the suspects were arrested in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the suspects aged 34, 35 and 24 hail from Ekpa village in Mokwa.

“I invited you here to see three suspects that we arrested on the ground of possession of a human head.

“After we arrested them, they confessed to us that they own the human head,’’ he said.

Ayuba said the suspects were arrested on Thursday while negotiating the sale of the head in Mokwa.

“Our personnel pretended to be bargaining with them on how much to pay before they were arrested,’’ he said.

The NSCDC boss said that the suspects had made confessional statements in writing, adding that they would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

The principal suspect told journalists that his brother had invited him to his house to see the human head and assist in getting a buyer.

“I looked for a buyer for five months. So when I approached one Isah to buy the head he agreed and said that he has a buyer in Mokwa.

“When the buyer came we started negotiating the price with him and it was in that process that we were arrested,’’ he said.

Another suspect claimed that the head belonged to a decomposing female corpse which was found during a hunting expedition.

He said that he and another accomplice decided to cut off the head and sell it to make money.

“Two of us decided in the bush that we will sell the head to scientists and make money,’’ he said.

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Police Arrest 10 Boko Haram Suspects In Zaria

No fewer than 10 suspected Boko Haram members who reportedly fled Sambisa Forest in Borno State have been arrested by the Nigerian Police Force in Dogarawa area of Sabon Gari, Zaria.

Some good Samaritans volunteered information to us on the activities of the suspects. We immediately mobilised with about 100 mobile police and we successfully surrounded the house the suspects were living in. We were able to apprehend them and they are in our custody at our headquarters,” Muhammad D. Shehu,   police area commander in charge of Zaria, said.
He explained that preliminary interrogation had shown that the suspects were formally at Darul Islam in Niger state, but moved to Sambisa forest to join Boko Haram when the settlement was sacked by the then state government.
Shehu said the ongoing onslaught by Armed Forces in the Northeast had forced the suspects to relocate to Zaria.
“Only God knows their mission here in Zaria, but my chat with them revealed that the guys were notorious. There was no sign of remorse with them. They were insisting that what they were doing was the right thing to do. This is why we are urging Nigerians to be wary of the people they live within their communities and report any suspicious movement to security agencies,” Shehu said.
Many residents of Dogarawa interviewed by our correspondent were not aware of the arrest, but they confirmed that people from different parts  of the country had settled there.
Dogarawa is a suburb on the outskirt of the ancient city along the Zaria-Kano express road. The settlement is housing the Sabon Gari local government secretariat where a suicide bomber recently detonated a bomb, killing many school teachers and other civil servants   undergoing a screening exercise.

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Why Buhari Ordered Arrest Of Close Ally & Arms Panel Member

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the arrest of a key member of the panel investigating the mismanagement of public funds meant for the war against Boko Haram after receiving damning reports that he was involved in alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms, reliable security and presidency sources have said.

Despite being his close ally and loyalist, Mr. Buhari okayed the arrest of Mohammed Umar, after perusing reports alleging that the retired Air Force officer ran a blackmailing and extortion cartel, officials said.

Mr. Umar was arrested last week as operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) raided his Abuja home.

Those familiar with the matter said before moving against the retired officer, the Director General of the SSS, Lawal Daura, met with Mr. Buhari where he tabled reports suggesting that the panel member had been busy using the name of the president and other top officials of the administration to intimidate, extort and blackmail individuals and businesses.

“The president became worried and jittery when he was confronted with the way a man he trusted had been behaving,” a presidency source said. “So he ordered that he should be picked up while the allegations against him are thoroughly investigated.”

Security sources told this newspaper that documents seized from Mr. Umar’s residence during a raid on June 19 included classified documents from the president’s office, details of government transactions from the Central Bank of Nigeria, and details of bank transactions belonging to the Office of the National Security Adviser.

A document containing details of disbursements made to the Nigerian armed forces and security agencies was also recovered during the raid.

Mr. Umar retired as an air commodore in the Nigerian Air Force in January 2014. While in service, he headed the Air Force’s Holding Company as well as the Air Force Properties Limited.

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Recruitment: Police Arrest 19 Applicants For Tendering Fake Result

The Police in Adamawa said 19 persons seeking enlistment into the force in the ongoing nationwide recruitment had been arrested for being in possession of fake results.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Othman Abubakar, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Yola.

Abubakar said that the suspects had been charged to court.

“We have arrested 19 of them for result falsification and they have been charged to court,” he said.

He warned persons trying to use fake result to join the force to have a rethink, saying that it was no longer business as usual.

“The police are not a dumping ground and anyone who tries to play smart will face the music,” Abubakar said.

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Boko Haram Kill 24 People , Police Arrest Boko Haram Kingpin On Wanted List In Adamawa

The Boko Haram insurgency has been reportedly killed 24 persons in Kuda -Kaya village of Madagali local Government Area of Adamawa state.

Eyewitness account revealed that the insurgents in their hundred stormed the village on Thursday night at about 10 pm and killed 24 persons , while 10 persons sustained various degree of injuries from the attack.

He said the majority of persons killed were women and children  while those injured were rush to Gulak Cottage Hospital for treatment which is three kilometer from Kuda-kaya village

However the spokes man of the Police command in the state,DSP Othman Abubakar told Journalists in Yola that 18 persons were killed in Kuda-Kaya attack and also confirmed that one of the kingpin of Boko Haram on wanted list of the military was arrested in Gombi while trying to withdraw money in the Bank.

He said the suspect is presently in the police custody undergoing interrogation.

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Police Nab 13 Suspected IPOB Members In Enugu

No fewer than 13 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were on Monday arrested by the Police for alleged unlawful protest in Enugu.

The Enugu Police spokesman, Mr Ebere Amaraizu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspects were arrested on Obiagu Road in the Coal City, while commemorating `Biafran fallen heroes and heroines of the 1967 -1970 civil war’.

He said they were apprehended with flags of Biafra.

Amaraizu said the command had embarked on a surveillance of the state following reports of planned protests.

He urged members of the public to report any form of illegal assemblies in their areas.



Troops Arrest Niger Delta Avengers’ Men

Ten suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) – the group of militants smashing oil facilities in the Niger Delta – have been arrested in Delta State.

Besides, a military patrol team prevented some gunmen believed to be its members from attacking pipelines in Bayelsa State.

The Army yesterday paraded the 10 suspects in Benin, the Edo State capital, yesterday.

The suspects were arrested at about 1:40am on Saturday in Oporaza community, Warri South-West Local Government Area, following a cordon-and-search operation conducted in the community.

The 4 Brigade Commander, Brig. –Gen. Farouk Yahaya, who paraded the suspects, explained that there had been several cases of sabotage by suspected militants and vandals in Delta State since January 1,  and warning and threats “to shut down all operations” in the sector.

He listed the arms and ammunition recovered from the suspects as: 28 detonator cords (also known Detonator 33), one pistol, two empty pistol magazines, 196 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, one round of nine-millimetre ammunition, a live cartridge and five daggers.

Also recovered were 15 handheld radio sets, 18 phones, 203 SIM cards belonging to three major network providers, five swimsuits, two headlamps, a laptop, two ipads and a camera.

There were also seven wraps of substances suspected to be hemp, five speedboat throttle cables, six pairs of hand gloves, N23,000 cash and a cheque book.

Gen. Yahaya said that although investigation would reveal the true identity of the suspects, recent explosions carried out by the Niger Delta Avengers suggested that the suspects may not be unconnected to the group.

He added: “Within the period under review, you can see that the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed virtually all acts of criminal activities against oil and gas and they continue threatening a shutdown of the whole sector. So, most likely, they (suspects) will be the people; who else would they be?”

On the speculation that the militants may have used charms to evade arrest, Gen. Yahaya said: “Whatever a person wants to use, he can use it. But I know that God is always on the side of the truth.

“We are not worried by voodoo. It did not stop the suspects from being arrested and others that have been arrested before now.

“Operations that led to these arrests and recoveries were conducted professionally, guided by our mandate, operation orders, code of conduct and rules of engagement. Our operations are strictly targeted against perpetrators of all criminal acts in our area of responsibility and not innocent citizens,” he added.

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Court Orders IG To Arrest PDP’s Acting Chairman

A Federal High Court in Lagos has directed the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase to arrest anybody who parades ‘himself or herself’ as the  acting chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pending the determination of a suit before it.

Justice Ibrahim Buba who gave the order insisted that the order earlier issued by the court must be obeyed.

The  court had earlier  granted an order stopping the convention of the party.

Buba had ruled in a suit FHC/L/CS/613/2016, filed by the acting national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff; the national secretary, Adewale Oladipo; and national auditor, Fatai Adeyanju, praying the court to abort the convention, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Joining PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as defendants, the plaintiffs, all national officers of the party, averred that their tenures were yet to elapse, contending that allowing the convention would amount to abridging their mandates.

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Court Fines SSS N5million For ‘Illegal’ Arrest, Detention Of Ekiti Lawmaker

The Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti Division, on Wednesday fined the State Security Services, SSS, N5million for illegally arresting and detaining a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Afolabi Akanni, who represents Efon Constituency 1.

Mr. Akanni was whisked away on March 4 by SSS operatives who invaded the House of Assembly complex for alleged breach of security regulations. He was eventually released on March 22.

Mr. Akanni was not in court on Wednesday.

His counsel, Obafemi Adewale, told the judge, Taiwo Taiwo, his client could not be physically present because he was still receiving “post-traumatic” treatment in a hospital outside the state.

Delivering his  judgment, the judge, noted that the Respondent, SSS, had all along failed to either deny or defend the position, facts and allegations of the applicant.

He said in the eyes of the law, “there is no basis for the court to believe that all that the applicant had alleged against the DSS were not true.”

According to him, Mr. Akanni’s fundamental rights as a citizen of Nigeria, as specified by the principles of the Rule of Law and the African Charter on the Rights of individuals, had been violated by the SSS in illegally arresting and continually detaining him for 18 days.

The court also granted three out of the four reliefs sought by the applicant’s counsel, which are, “whether the applicant’s unlawful arrest and detention is justified , whether the said intimidation, torture and continued detention is not a violation of his fundamental human rights and a violation of the Rule of Law, and whether the applicant’s is not entitled to damages”.

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Ijaw Youths Warn EFCC Against Alleged Plan To Arrest Jonathan

As the four-day burial programme for the late former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, ended yesterday with a thanksgiving service in Ammasoma, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) cautioned against an alleged plot by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The umbrella body of Ijaw youths worldwide urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the anti-graft agency to shelve any such plan to persecute the former president, insisting that such a move would spell doom for the country and the government.

At a press conference to mark the end of the burial programme , the IYC President, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, said almost everybody that had close relationship with the former president had been arrested by the EFCC.

The IYC president particularly condemned the recent arrest and detention of Jonathan’s cousin, Mr. Robert Azibola , a contractor over an alleged $40million financial fraud.

Eradiri said Ijaw youths would not allow Azibola, Jonathan or any rising Ijaw leader to be persecuted by the EFCC the way the Federal Government dealt with the late Alamieyeseigha.

He said: “They have arrested almost all our people. Azibola was arrested by the EFCC and we are calling on the EFCC to stop persecuting him further and charge him to court if there are issues.
“They detained him for a long time forcing him to make statements to indict former President Jonathan. Azibola was a businessman, contractor and has the right like every Nigerian to get contracts. Why will the Niger Delta case be a different one?”

He added: “We noticed that the same way they persecuted Alamieyeseigha has continued. After Goodluck Jonathan, our people who contributed in that administration are being persecuted by this government.

“The recent one is the ploy to arrest Goodluck Jonathan which is unfolding everyday. This must stop. President Goodluck Jonathan is the most performing president that Nigeria has ever had. We are proud of him. Everyday there is a calculated attempt to whittle down the achievements of President Jonathan. We call on Nigerians to mount pressure on the government to focus on leading Nigeria aright rather than looking for ways to bring down the achievements of Jonathan.
“Buhari should please focus on governance rather than persecution of people who have added value. We are not happy about it and today we use Alamieyeseigha’s death as a point of contact. The world has seen that from Alamieyeseigha it has trickled down to all the Niger Delta people.”

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Fuel Scarcity: El-Rufai Directs Security Agents To Arrest Petrol Hawkers

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday directed security men to enforce the ban on the hawking of petroleum products in the state as part of efforts to contain the scarcity of the products.

The directive was contained in a statement issued in Kaduna by Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity. According to the statement, filling stations across the state would no longer dispense the products in Jerry cans and related containers. The statement said that the ban was part of the decisions taken during Tuesday’s state Security Council meeting. It said that security agencies had been directed to enforce the ban in accordance with the Kaduna State Petroleum Products (Anti-Hoarding and Adulteration) Law of 1992.

The statement said that the ban prohibited sales of petroleum products in Jerry cans throughout the 23 local government areas of the state by hawkers. “This law empowers the task force to ensure that petroleum product were sold in a safe manner, with stiff penalty on violators.

“Council based its decision on legal and security considerations, compounded by the environmental hazard petroleum products in Jerry cans can cause,” it stated. The government also advised the public to help uphold and enforce the ban to ensure that fuel was only dispensed at filling stations.

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FCT Police Rescue Kidnapped Boy, Arrest Suspects

The FCT Police Command said it had rescued an eight-year-old boy, Prosper Arinze, who was kidnapped recently.

This is contained in statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, in Abuja on Tuesday.

It said the suspected kidnappers of the boy had also been arrested.

Arinze, a primary two pupil of China Assisted School, Nyanya, FCT, was kidnapped on March 11 after closing at school by two suspects aged 24 and 23.

The statement said the kidnappers had contacted the father and demanded for a ransom of about N1 million before the victim would be released.

It said on receipt of the complaint, the FCT Commissioner of Police set up a Joint Rescue and Investigation Team headed by the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID).

It said for the safety of the victim, the police couldn’t arrest the suspects until the victim was released.

“Working on clues and other intelligent leads gathered during the cause of investigation into the matter, the two suspects mentioned above were trailed and arrested in Masaka and Auta Balefi in Nasarawa State,” it said.

The statement further said that during interrogation, both suspects confessed to the offence.

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Alleged N1trn fraud: Court Stops Senate, IGP From Arresting Lamorde

Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has restrained the Senate and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, from arresting the former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, over his alleged complicity in N1 trillion fraud.


Justice Gabriel Kolawole issued the order on the basis of an ex-parte motion Lamorde filed before the court through his lawyer, Mr. Festus Ukpue.


The former EFCC boss had in the application, dated March 7, begged the court to stop the Senate from issuing a warrant for his arrest, pending the hearing and determination of a substantive suit he lodged before the court.


Lamorde was earlier summoned by the Senate to account for funds the anti-graft agency, under his leadership, seized from some alleged corrupt public office holders. The funds were said to have been re-looted, with no record kept on how it was remitted or utilised.


Meanwhile, without honouring the invitation by the legislative house, Lamorde ran before the court with a suit challenging the investigative process the lawmakers initiated against him.


Although his suit is still pending before the court, Lamorde who was said to have gone into hiding, sensing an intensified move to get him arrested, quickly filed an ex-parte motion to abort plans to apprehend him.


Justice Kolawole, after listening to the ex-parte motion, ordered: “A limited order of injunction is hereby granted to restrain the defendants, pending when they are heard on the reply to the plaintiff’s motion on notice. “That the plaintiff’s counsel is hereby directed to obtain a certified true copy of the order in this ruling, and cause same to be served on the Inspector-General of Police.”


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Police Arrest Kwankwaso’s Chief of Staff, Others

Police in Kano Saturday arrested Dr. Yunusa Adamu Dangwani, the Chief of Staff to former governor of Kano State, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
Dangwani, who also served as Commissioner for Water Resources under Kwankwaso, was said to have been arrested with other political associates of Kwankwaso over an alleged plan to hold a political rally in the state. They stayed overnight at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police command.

But the former Commissioner for State Affairs, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, said Dangwani’s arrest was in connection with the current political impasse between his principal and the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
“We are right now at the police command trying to secure Dangwani’s bail. His arrest has nothing to do with any political rally,” he said. He dispelled rumours that Kwankwaos’s aides were planning a political rally.
Another source close to Dangwani said Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had intervened and ordered their release yesterday.
It was learnt that the said rally was organized in solidarity with Senator Kwankwaso over the ongoing political feud between him and his Governor Ganduje.

Police spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majia confirmed the arrest of some politicians but did not mention their names.
In a jingle being aired by some radio stations in the state, the police warned politicians to either drop their plan to hold mass rally or face the wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, Sharu Garba Gwammaja, a former media aide to ex-governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has accused Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of persecuting Kwankwaso’s allies for exposing an alleged approval of N688m for members of the state House of Assembly as a reward for renouncing the red cap.
Speaking on telephone yesterday, Gwammaja alleged that he and other Kwankwassiya members fell into trouble with the state government after going on air to expose the alleged deal.
“Last Tuesday, the lawmakers visited the governor and on Wednesday, a proposal to purchase vehicles for the legislators to the tune of N688m was tabled and approved at the State Executive Council meeting for them to purchase vehicles.
“This approval is a way of rewarding the assembly members for discarding their red caps. In the deal, each lawmaker will get N17.2 million as payment for his red cap,” he alleged.
When pressed on the veracity of his claim, he said he didn’t have any document to prove it but stood by his claim.

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Police Confirm Arrest Of Ese Oruru’s Abductor, Yunusa

The Kano State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the arrest of Yunusa Dahiru, the alleged abductor of the teenager, Ese Oruru.

Addressing a news conference, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Shaibu Lawan said Yunusa will be prosecuted for taking away a minor from her parents.

He goes on to deny any involvement of the Kano Emirate Council on the issue and says that the Emir wrote officially to the then AIG, Tambari Yabo, to ensure the handing over of the girl to her parents.

AIG also indicted the Kano State Sharia Commission for not returning the girl to the Zone after the Emir directed that she should be handed over to her parents on the ground of being a minor.

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Suspected Drug Trafficker, Evading Arrest, Runs Through Glass Door At Airport

A 31-year old suspected drug trafficker bolted through a glass door at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to evade arrest after he was caught with banned narcotics.

Michael Nwobodo, a technician, ?was found with 81 pellets of hard drugs that tested positive for cocaine with a total weight of 1.350 kilogramme, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement Tuesday.?

?”He concealed 81 wraps of cocaine in Parker Whisky packs along with boxes of chocolates inside a duty free bag,” the NDLEA said in the statement signed by Mitchell Ofoyeju, its Spokesperson.

“The seizure was made during screening of passengers on an Emirates airline flight from Dubai.”

Hamisu Lawan, NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, said the suspect was taken to the hospital for further medical test on Tuesday.

“Though the suspect was treated for the injuries he sustained while attempting to escape on Monday, we had to take him for medical examination again,” Mr. Lawan said.

“This is to ensure that he is strong and medically fit to undergo trial. Investigation has commenced into the case.”

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DSS Arrest 3 Over Alleged Plot To Blackmail DSS DG

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested three suspects (name withheld), who, according to the agency, have perfected plans to blackmail Alhaji Lawal Daura, the Director-General of the service.


Presenting the suspects before newsmen, on Friday in Abuja, an official of the service, Abdullahi Garba, said that they were arrested on Feb. 17 in Kaduna and Abuja respectively.


Garba explained that they claimed that the director-general had collected the sum of N4 billion from the PDP governors of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Abia and Taraba, to influence Supreme Court judgments in their favour.


He said the suspects were also to misinform President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian public that the director-general had acquired choice property in Maitama and Asokoro areas of Abuja


“The overall objective was to scare the director-general and put him under pressure just for the group to extort money from him to serve their pecuniary interest.”


Garba added that the director-general could not have helped the same PDP governors who daily accused him of not supporting them.


He said that the activities of the group had become widespread, adding that it took advantage of the sustained war against corruption to further their illegal act.


“A method used by the group is to tell lies against their victims and also plant rumours about them in certain government circles.”


Garba said that they also used scaremongering and name dropping to deceive their victims to part with money.


He said that the service would not be distracted in its commitment to the anti-corruption war and warned mischief makers and self appointed security experts to desist from dabbling into sensitive security matters.


“It is to be emphasised that the service will not hesitate to decisively deal with such persons and groups within the ambit of the law,”he said.


Meanwhile, the trio, who hail from Kaduna, Borno and Katsina, however, denied the allegation, saying that they were arrested on false allegation.



Senate To Begin Process Of Issuing Arrest Warrant To Lamorde

The Nigerian Senate is to begin the process of issuing an arrest warrant to  former EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde.

At the continuation of legislative proceedings on Thursday, the Senate directed its Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petition to begin the process of issuing a warrant of arrest to the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of diverting EFCC’s recovered loot.

The Senate Committee on Ethics is recommending that an arrest warrant be issued to the former anti-graft agency boss for failing to appear before the committee, despite several invitations from the committee.

The Ethics Committee has been investigating allegations levelled on Mr Lamorde by a petitioner, Mr George Uboh, who is asking the Senate to investigate the Former EFCC Chairman over allegations of Financial Crime and Corruption while in office.

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EFCC Arrests Diezani’s Husband

An anti-graft agency in Nigeria has arrested Rear Admiral Alison Madueke, the husband of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Rear Admiral Madueke was arrested on Wednesday morning in Abuja by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A source at the EFCC confirmed the arrest of the husband of the former Minister, saying he was quizzed for several hours for allegedly laundering over $600,000 through his personal accounts.

Although he has been released on administrative bail, the EFCC said he would return on Wednesday for more questioning.

Last year, Mrs Alison-Madueke was invited for questioning by the metropolitan police to answer questions bordering on alleged money laundering.

She had left Nigeria after the current administration took over power in May 2015.

Rear Admiral Madueke’s arrest is the latest in the series of arrests that have been made by the anti-graft agency since the anti-corruption war heightened after the current administration took over office.

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Church Members Arrested During Service For Noise Pollution

The police in Lagos have arrested six persons for allegedly disturbing the peace of residents of Olaomibiyi Street, Ogba, during a church service.



The members – Ngozichukwu Onyebuchi (44), Clement Eromosele (26), Chukwudi Akwegbu (26), Chibuzor Chukwu (18), Godspower Enudi (21) and Okorie Livonus (36) – were arraigned in a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba.


They were accused of converting a residential apartment to a church.


It was learnt that the landlord and residents of the building where the defendants gathered to worship had complained that the congregation caused noise pollution whenever they prayed.

They were said to have cautioned the worshippers to lower their voices, but the members reportedly declined.


The church was reported to the police at the Pen Cinema division, who arrested the six members on January 14 during Sunday service, while the others were said to be at large.


They were brought before a Chief Magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni, on two counts of engaging in a conduct capable of causing a breach of the peace.


The offence, according to a police prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, is punishable under sections 410 and 166 (1) (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.


The charges read, “That you, Ngozichukwu Onyebuchi, Clement Eromosele, Chukwudi Akwegbu, Chibuzor Chukwu, Godspower Enudi and Okorie Livonus, and others still at large on Olaomibiyi Street, Ogba, Lagos, on January 14, 2016, at about 8am in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire to commit felony to wit: conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.


“That you and others still at large on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully convert the residential apartment of the aforementioned house to a church and disturb peace of the landlord and other tenants as you were praying on top of your voice, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 166 (1) (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”



The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.


The presiding magistrate, Akanni, admitted them to bail in the sum of N50,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. The magistrate added that the sureties must provide evidence of tax payments and their residential addresses to the court for the perfection of the defendants’ bail.



The case was adjourned till February 15, 2016, for mention.



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Troops Arrest Mastermind Of Agip Pipelines Bombing

Troops of the Joint Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, say they have arrested the suspected mastermind of the bombing of pipelines belonging to Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Bayelsa State.

Agip oil pipelines located in Orukari, Golubokiri and Kpongbokiri communities of Brass Local Government Area of the state had been bombed on January 28.

The dynamite attacks on the pipelines had resulted in massive spillage of crude oil from the Agip pipelines into the sea and fishing camps.

But on Wednesday, the Commander, OPS, Maj.-Gen. Alani Okunlola, in a statement by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Col. Ado Isa, said their troops arrested the mastermind of the attack.

Okunlola gave the name of the mastermind as Prince Alvin Cockman Oyegun,   alias ‘Commander Abula’.

The OPS commander said the suspect was arrested at Idema community in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State.

He said the suspect allegedly masterminded the attack on the Agip manifold located at Gbobokiri in Brass LGA of Bayelsa State on January 28, 2016, which led to oil spillage in the area.

Okunlola said the manifold that was attacked was a 24-inch manifold that conveyed crude oil and gas.

He added that the hunt for other suspects and accomplices was ongoing.

The OPS commander warned all miscreants engaged in the destruction of oil installations to desist from such criminal acts.

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Gunmen Blow Up Agip Gas Pipeline Over Suspect’s Arrest

A group of armed men believed to be cultists have blown up a gas facility in Akala Olu village, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State for the arrest and continued detention of a suspect, Mr. Emmanuel Odum.
The attack on the gas facility, according to a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade in Port Harcourt, Captain Eli Lazarus, disrupted production activities of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company.
The suspected cultists believed to be members of Icelander cult group had demanded the release of Odum, who was said to be currently undergoing interrogation for his alleged involvement in pipeline vandalisation and cult-related activities.
The statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday indicated that the vandals and suspected cultists had also threatened to carry out further attacks on oil and gas installations unless their demands were met.
“In the early hours of Sunday February 7, 2016, pipeline vandals destroyed a gas facility in Akala Olu village in Oshie community, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, thereby disrupting the production activities of Nigeria Agip Oil Company.
“The vandals threatened to carry out further acts of vandalism unless their demands are met. The vandals are suspected members of Icelander cult group.
“The group demanded for the release of a detained suspect; one Mr. Emmanuel Odum currently undergoing interrogation in connection with pipeline vandalism and cult related activities,” the statement read.
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Police Arrests 11 Armed Robbery Suspects, Recover 18 Vehicles In Ibadan

The suspects, who were paraded at the state Police Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, included two exconvicts, who were released from prison few weeks ago. Police Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade, while speaking with journalists, said all the suspects have given confessional statements and they would soon be arraigned in a court of law.

While warning criminally- minded persons to stay away from the state, he said the command would continue to improve on its crime bursting strategies to ensure the state was crime-free, adding that the command has re-engineered and re-invigorated its swift anti-robbery squad for effective crime bursting It would be recalled that two weeks ago, the state police command recovered 20 vehicles and arrested 15 suspected armed robbers.

Various items recovered from the suspects paraded yesterday include one locally made double barrel pistol, seven live cartridges, one Honda Accord car with registration number JJJ 691AX, one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 226 DN, a Toyota Camry car with registration number AAA 593 DL, one LG Plasma TV, one Toshiba Plasma TV, one unregistered Toyota Highlander, one green Toyota Highlander with registration number ABJ 42 KU and one ash coloured unregistered Toyota Camry, among others. Speaking on the armed robbery suspects and serial burglars that have been terrorising the inhabitants of Ibadan and its environs, the police boss said the four gang of robbers (Olusola Adenle, 37; Rasaq Femi, 23; Paul Olaitan, 20; and Sani Abdulahi, 26) had successfully broken into a home at the Egbeda area of Ibadan and carted away various household items.

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Group Appeals To FG Over Arrest, Harassment Of Ijaw Youths

 Iwere Peace Movement, a socio-cultural organization in the Niger Delta, has appealed to the Federal Government to halt the continued arrest and harassment of Ijaw youths in the Niger Delta, particularly in Warri. It argued that the action is creating tension in the region.

Also the Warri Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group faulted the allegation that a former ex-militant leader was behind the bombing of the oil pipelines and abduction of journalists in the creeks last year. The group claimed there was a calculated attempt by some PDP members who defected to APC in the area to destroy the Ijaws.

However, the Iwere Peace Movement in a statement signed by Mr Merie Oritsejolomi and Johnbull Deghelli Omadeli, charged security agents to go after those behind the destruction of the oil pipelines and not innocent Ijaw youths being arrested and humiliated by security agents.

According to the statement, “we have observed with pains the arrest of several innocent Ijaw youths by security agencies since the destruction of some oil pipelines by unknown persons.

“In as much as we support the efforts of the military in going after the perpetrators, we appeal strongly that this incessant arrest of Ijaw youths under the guise of searching for the perpetrators of the pipeline destruction must stop.”

“We are all Nigerians and no Nigerian must be treated as an animal or a visitor in his own land. It is sad watching Ijaw youths being arrested on a daily basis living their families in pain because of issues they know nothing about. This is not the best way of resolving the current tension in the region rather it may escalate it because when people feel betrayed by a nation that is supposed to protect them they can seek alternative means to survive.

“So we are strongly appealing to the Federal Government to apply diplomacy because when you intimidate people, nobody will want to help you in the investigation. Ijaw youths must not be seen as the problem of this nation. Those behind the destruction of the pipelines should be apprehended while innocent Ijaw youths in detention should be allowed to re-join their families so as to douse the tension in the region” it stated.

The Iwere Peace Movement added that “with this allegation from the Itsekiri group,it is obvious that the Itsekiri former PDP member who defected to the APC and the Itsekiris of Ugborodo are the ones that carried out the bombing of the pipelines and accusing Tompolo just to divert attention. The tried woefully to exploit the recent issue between Tompolo and the EFCC to score cheap political point.”

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Soldiers Arrest Two Suspected Pipeline Bombers

Soldiers combing some communities in the Niger Delta geopolitical zone for vandals who bombed oil and gas installations in the area, have arrested two suspected pipeline bombers on Monday.

The Commander, Operation Pulo Shield, Maj. Gen. Alani Okunlola,   told journalists in Warri on Monday that the suspects, though claimed they were fishermen, were arrested around Gbasamadu community in Delta State while allegedly supervising oil exploration in the area.

Okunlola, who spoke at a gas pipeline in Egwa Community, Warri South West Local Government Area of the state, said the action of the vandals was a ploy to sabotage the nation’s economy.

He said the military would not fold its hands and allow the perpetrators to get away with crime.

Okunlola urged the government and community leaders to give security agencies working in the Niger Delta useful information that could lead to the arrest of the vandals.

The commander assured Niger Delta residents of Operation Pulo Shield’s determination to wipe out all acts of illegalities in the region.

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Court Orders The Arrest Of Tompolo

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has issued bench warrant against Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo for failing to appear before it to answer to a 40 count charge of alleged 13bn fraud.

The court had earlier threatened that it would order the arrest of the former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) if he fails to appear in court today.

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$2.1bn Arms Scandal: EFCC To Arrest, Prosecute Bureau De Change Operators

Mr Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman, economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed to arrest and prosecute Bureau De Change operators involved in the ongoing 2.1-billion-dollar arms deal probe.

In a statement in Abuja, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said Magu stated this when a delegation of Bureau De Change operators visited his office .
“Information reaching me through my operatives during investigations necessitated the need to talk to you.

“Some of your operators are fond of carrying huge amounts of money out of the country, since they can no longer withdraw more than 300 dollars using the ATM.

“There are fraudulent involvements of Bureau De Change operators in the arms deal scandal,” the statement quoted Magu as saying.

The statement said that reports available to the commission showed that some of the operators withdrew as much as N500 million in two, three, four tranches in this arms deal scam.

“I am greatly disturbed and I think there will be need for proper documentation of your activities.

“This will enable your group to checkmate anyone who is involved in any fraudulent activity,” the statement added.

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Nigerian Army Nabs 7 Boko Haram Bomb Specialists

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it arrested 7 Boko Haram bomb specialists.

In a statement sent on behalf of the Army by PRNigeria, the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the suspects were arrested in Kaduna “after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over period of time.”

Read the Army’s full statement below:
Another catastrophe was averted in Kaduna State and other contiguous areas when troops of the Nigerian Army arrested 7 suspected Boko Haram terrorists bomb and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs) specialists.
The terrorists were arrested in Kaduna after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over period of time.
From all indications, the suspects were in Kaduna to conduct suicide bombings, kill and maimed innocent citizens in the state and other surrounding areas during the festive period. Recall that recently in Maiduguri some of them were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places.
The arrest of these suspects would no doubt assist in the fight against terrorism in the country, more so as the military have technically defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in the field, the terrorists have resorted to attacking soft targets through suicide bombings, IEDs and harassing attacks on isolated communities.
Therefore, the public are please requested to continue to be more vigilant and security conscious by reporting suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies.
This request has become necessary because the terrorists have resorted to mingling with the public across the country after sensing the futility of their encounter with troops in the north east. Therefore, they adopt other methods of perpetuating violence in the society.”

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PDP Alleges Plot To Arrest Members

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State has raised the alarm over alleged plans by the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) to implicate and arrest some of its members with strong and influential electoral sup­port base a day before the December 5 governorship election in the state.

The allegation was contained in a statement by the Director of Pub­licity of the Restoration Campaign Organisation, Jonathan Obuebite, who claimed that such PDP stalwarts would be arrest­ed on trumped charges of arms running noted that it is a political move to de­stabilize the party and its electoral chances.

He said by the im­pending arrest, the APC believed it would impact negatively on the fortunes of the PDP in the affected localities.

Obuebite listed those to be arrested to include Hon. Bonny Ayah, Special Adviser to the governor on Youth and Secretary of Bayelsa Volunteers, Hon. Tolu Amatu, a staunch PDP stalwart in Eker­emor, Joshua Maciever and Pastor Reuben Wil­son. Maciever and Wilson are leaders of the party in Southern Ijaw.

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PDP Condemns Dokpesi’s Arrest

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned Tuesday’s arrest of television and radio proprietor, Raymond Dokpesi, and other opposition people by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The party also said that it had been made aware that more notable PDP leaders have similarly been listed for arrest over “unproven allegations” pursuant to the plot by the governing All Progressives Congress, APC to cow and silence opposition in the country.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Tuesday said the military style of pronouncement of guilt on Mr. Dokpesi before any fair hearing, betrays the fact that he is a victim of political persecution and mob trial by the APC government because of his association with the PDP.

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Police Arrest Fraudsters Impersonating Tinubu, Lagos CP

The police in Lagos have arrested two men who defraud members of the public with the name of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni.


He said the men also used the name of the former Lagos State governor, Sen. Bola Tinubu.


Owoseni made the disclosure on Monday while parading the suspects before newsmen.


He said the suspects allegedly opened a Facebook account in his name with his photograph to solicit for fund into a bank account of what the suspects called “CP Owoseni Foundation’’.


“The command wishes to inform members of the public that fraudsters have continued to device different methods of duping unsuspecting residents.


“The latest trick being used by these dupes is to open a Facebook page using the photographs and information of highly placed individuals.


“The commissioner of police, Lagos State and former governor of Lagos State, Sen. Bola Tinubu, were impersonated by these cheats.


“The suspects have been arrested and are to be prosecuted,’’ Owoseni said.


The commissioner said that he had never operated a Facebook page before and urged the public to beware of fraudsters using the names of highly placed persons.


Owoseni said the suspects were soliciting for N20,000 donation to the fake Owoseni Foundation before they were arrested.


Similarly, a retired traffic police officer was also arrested for parading himself as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) under the Lagos State Command.


The commissioner said the suspect claimed he was only escorting trucks with goods to the Eastern part of Nigeria after his retirement.



Police Confirms Arrest Of Suspects Who Trailed Jonathan’s Convoy

The Bayelsa State Police Command yesterday confirmed the arrest of five members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) over alleged trailing of the convoy of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the state.

But the command said the suspects were not ex militants as reported by a section of the media but persons who mistakenly followed the convoy of the former President thinking it was that of their principal.

Jonathan was alleged to have been trailed by some suspected militants allegedly working for the All Progressive Congress in the state, according to online report.

The men, who were alleged to have intercepted and drove into a short motorcade conveying the former President from the Julius Berger bridge area of the state capital, trailed and chased the motorcade to the entrance of the private residence of the former President at the Kpansia suburb of Yenagoa, before they were overpowered and arrested by a combined team of security operatives attached to the former President.

The Bayelsa police command spokesman, Asimin Butswat said the suspects were not ex militants as rumoured but persons who mistakenly followed the former President convoy thinking it was that of their principal.

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Arms Procurement Probe: President Buhari Receives Interim Report Of Investigative Committee, Orders Arrest Of Indicted Persons

On the authority of Mr President, a 13 man committee was set up by the Office of the National Security Adviser to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence sector from 2007 to date.
While the committee which was inaugurated on 31 August 2015 is yet to complete its work, its interim report has unearthed several illicit and fraudulent financial transactions, an official statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina stated.
“As part of the findings, the committee has analyzed interventions from some organizations that provided funds to the Office of the National Security Adviser, Defence Headquarters, Army Headquarters Naval Headquarters and Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, both in local and foreign currencies.
So far the total extra budgetary interventions articulated by the committee is Six Hundred and Forty Three Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventeen Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Five Hundred Naira and Eighteen Kobo (N643,817,955,885.18).
The foreign currency component is to the tune of Two Billion, One Hundred and Ninety Three Million, Eight Hundred and Fifteen Thousand US Dollars and Eighty Three Cents ($2,193,815,000.83).
These amounts exclude grants from the State Governments and funds collected by the DSS and Police. It was observed that in spite of this huge financial intervention, very little was expended to support defense procurement.
The committee also observed that of 513 contracts awarded at $8,356,525,184.32; N2,189,265,724,404.55 and €54,000.00; Fifty Three (53) were failed contracts amounting to $2,378,939,066.27 and N13,729,342,329.87 respectively.
Interestingly, it was noted that the amount of foreign currency spent on failed contracts was more than double the $1bn loan that the National Assembly approved for borrowing to fight the insurgency in the North East.
The committee also discovered that payments to the tune of Three Billion, Eight Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N3,850,000,000.00) were made to a single company by the former NSA without documented evidence of contractual agreements or fulfilment of tax obligations to the FGN.
Further findings revealed that between March 2012 and March 2015, the erstwhile NSA, Lt Col MS Dasuki (rtd) awarded fictitious and phantom contracts to the tune of N2,219,188,609.50, $1,671,742,613.58 and €9,905,477.00. The contracts which were said to be for the purchase of 4 Alpha Jets, 12 helicopters, bombs and ammunition were not executed and the equipment were never supplied to the Nigerian Air Force, neither are they in its inventory.
Even more disturbing was the discovery that out of these figures, 2 companies, were awarded contracts to the tune of N350,000,000.00, $1,661,670,469.71 and €9,905,477.00 alone. This was without prejudice to the consistent non-performance of the companies in the previous contracts awarded.
Additionally, it was discovered that the former NSA directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to transfer the sum of $132,050,486.97 and €9,905,473.55 to the accounts of Societe D’equipmente Internationaux in West Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America for un-ascertained purposes, without any contract documents to explain the transactions.
The findings made so far are extremely worrying considering that the interventions were granted within the same period that our troops fighting the insurgency in the North East were in desperate need of platforms, military equipment and ammunition. Had the funds siphoned to these non performing companies been properly used for the purpose they were meant for, thousands of needless Nigerian deaths would have been avoided.
Furthermore, the ridicule Nigeria has faced in the international community would have been avoided. It is worrisome and disappointing that those entrusted with the security of this great nation were busy using proxies to siphon the national treasury, while innocent lives were wasted daily.
In light of these findings, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the relevant organizations arrest and bring to book, all individuals who have been found complicit in these illegal and fraudulent acts,” the statement read.

Dasuki Reacts To Buhari’s Arrest Order

The immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has denied ever receiving any formal or informal invitation to appear before an Investigative Panel on the Procurement of hardware and munitions in the armed forces.

Mr. Dasuki, a retired colonel, was responding to a statement that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered his arrest and those of others implicated in arms deal, was quoted by PRNigeria as saying, “I have never been invited formally or informally to appear before the panel.

“I am therefore not only surprised but embarrassed by the seeming indictment by the panel purportedly operating from the Office of the National Security Adviser that never contacted me.

“For the record I am proud to serve my nation with the best of intention and ensuring the recovery of more than 22 local government councils from Boko Haram terrorists.

“Because of the pride of how we tackled terrorism and defeated Boko Haram terrorists through our gallant troops and partners in the twilight of the previous administration, I have insisted on open and public trial of my stewardship rather than secret trial in the court as being canvassed by my prosecutors.”

“I wish Nigerians will go back and reflect on what we did with even little or no supports from some countries. We performed miracles before the emergence of this administration. I even thought the committee was to investigate procurement from 2007 to 2015. Yet only my name is always being mentioned even when some of the issues were before I came into government.

“I left Nigerians to judge.”

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Buhari Orders Arrest Of Dasuki, Others

President Mohammdu Buhari Tueday night ordered for the arrest of the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki over the misappropriation of monies for the procurement of arms.

The arrest order was also extended to several others who were found culpable in the saga.

The development was sequel to the release of the interim report by the presidential committee investigating arms procurement.

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Police Arrest Man Impersonating Women To Defraud Men

The police in Lagos have arrested a man who allegedly defrauded some men of various amounts of money by dressing like a woman before them. The Lagos State Police Command’s spokesman, Joseph Offor, disclosed the arrest.

Mr. Offor, a deputy superintendent of police, said the suspect was arrested on Saturday at about 4.30 p.m. while attempting to defraud another man.

He said the suspect, who went about bearing a woman’s name, Kadijat, was dressed in Muslim hijab when he met one Hassimu of No. 25, Iyana Street, Ajegunle and agreed to a relationship.

He said Mr. Hassimu had wanted to take Kadijat (suspect) home, but refused with various excuses.

Mr. Offor said, “While they were dragging themselves at the CMS Bus Stop, policemen from Lion Building, who were on patrol, saw them and intervened.

“They were taken to the police station for causing breach of public peace.

“At the station, Hassimu alleged that the suspect had collected about N15,000 from him with a promise to marry him.

“Hassimu was shocked to hear the confession of the suspect that he is a man disguised in women’s outfit to defraud men.

“The suspect confessed that he had been into the business for about two years and that he had defrauded many men in Lagos of unspecified amount of money.

“The suspect claimed that his real name is Hussieni Biyaya from Teke town in Kano State.”

The police spokesperson said the home of the suspect at Bode Thomas Street, Onipanu, was searched, noting that nothing incriminating was found.

Mr. Offor said he would be charge to court for allegedly impersonating women with a view to defrauding men.

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Police Arrest Bauchi Monarch, Others Over Villager’s Death

The Police in Bauchi State have arrested three persons, including a village head, Mohammed Bello, in connection with the killing of a 25-year-old man in the Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Other suspects, Bature Abdul and Babangida Abdul, were arrested by police detectives attached to the Ningi Police Area Command of Bauchi State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, who said this in a statement on Wednesday, in Bauchi, recalled that in 2009, the deceased, Nasiru Audu, from Judo village in Ningi LGA, was declared missing and his whereabouts unknown.

He said since then, discreet investigation began and police detectives attached to the Ningi Police Area Command were dispatched to the village on a fact-finding mission to unravel the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of the deceased.

Mohammed, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said on October 17, 2015, at about 4.30pm, the police detectives discovered that the deceased was allegedly killed by Abdul, 35, of the same village over a minor misunderstanding.

He added that further investigations revealed that the suspect conspired with his elder brother, Babangida Abdul, and dumped the corpse of the deceased in a well.

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FG Will Not Stop Arrest, Probe Of Corrupt Officials- APC

All Progressives Congress, APC has said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will not micro-manage the anti-corruption agencies.

The party said it is wrong for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to accuse the APC-led Federal Government of unleashing anti-corruption agencies against the opposition.

In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also dismissed the allegation by the PDP that the anticorruption war of the Buhari administration is selective, calling it a worn-out argument.

“The ceaseless cry of selective anti-corruption battle is a bogey invented by the PDP to intimidate the anti-corruption agencies, and it will not work. It is the PDP’s strategy to stifle the fight against corruption.

“How can the PDP claim to support the anti-graft battle when every time any of its members is called in for questioning, it runs to the media to shout that the battle is ‘selective’? Is it possible that anyone who is invited for questioning will not belong to a party, an ethnic group or a certain faith?” it queried.

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Police Arrests 72 Rustlers, Recover 818 Cattle

Police in Kano have arrested 72 suspected cattle rustlers in the notorious Falgore forest in Tudun Wada Local Government Area of State. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Muhammad Katsina, disclosed this while presenting the suspects and the animals to newsmen at Kwanar Dawaki in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of the state on yesterday.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the suspects were presented in the presence of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Katsina said the police had also recovered 818 cattle in addition to large cache of arms, fake military and police uniforms as well as charms used by the suspects.

According to him, the police also killed three of the suspects, including one Umaru Dogo Ndaiye, a Senegalese national who led a gang of bandits that maimed, raped and ransacked the entire Gidan Kare village in Sumaila Local Government Area of the state.

‘’Ndaiye was gunned down when he engaged our men in a gun battle who were on special duty at Falgore forest by Gazobi village.

‘’He later gave up while receiving treatment at the hospital. A revolver pistol and 224 rustled cattle were recovered from him while four other members of his gang were arrested,’’ he said.

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Troops Arrest Boko Haram Terrorists In Plateau State

Operation Save Haven (OPSH), deployed to restore law and order in Plateau State, on Sunday, has said that in keeping with the tradition of updating residents within its area of operational responsibility with developments as they occur, they have arrested members of the terrorist group and other criminals in various parts of the state.

OPHS, in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos on Sunday, said while the high profile suspects had been relocated out of town for investigation, other suspects will be handed over as soon as investigation is concluded on their cases for prosecution by appropriate security agencies.

The statement, which was signed by it media officer, Captain Ikediche Iweha, said members of the public are being requested to continue to maintain high vigilance especially around places where a large number of persons will be gathered.

According to him, park operators and managers, market unions, mosques, churches, schools and relaxation spots operators, are all enjoined to put in place security measures around their vicinity.

In other developments, following the report of the rustling of cattle belonging to one Alhaji Sale Bala of Lugare village, in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area on the 11 October, 2015, personnel of OPSH engaged the rustlers in a hot pursuit with exchange of fire, forcing the rustlers to abandon the loot. The cattle numbering 52 cows and 22 rams were shared into smaller groups to enable faster escape of the rustlers.

The statement added that the recovered cattle were handed over to the Alhaji Sale Bala in the presence of the Secretary, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Barkin Ladi. In the same vein, 14 cows belonging to Mr. Nanbol Nimyel of Pinau village, in Wase Local Government Area of the state, were also recovered from rustlers who carted away the cows at gun point.

“The rustlers were overpowered by superior fire power in the process of recovery, and the cows handed over to the chairman of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association, Wase branch, for onward return to Mr. Nanbol”.

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Police Arrest Abuja Bomb Master-Minds

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase on Tuesday announced that two masterminds of the recent bombings in Kuje and Nanya towns both outskirts of Abuja have been arrested.

Some 20 persons died and 21 others were injured in the blasts in the two satellite towns.

He stated this during a conference with strategic police managers held at the force headquarters in Abuja.

He said the arrest of the suspects Abdulazeez Muhazab and Isiaku Salihu foiled another attempt by the terrorists to undertake another attack in the FCT.

Arase said 12 already prepared and primed Home Made Explosives (HME) concealed in 12 Fayrouz soft drink cans, 28 pieces of electronic detonators and huge quantities of IED making materials were discovered from them.

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Police Arrest 2 Female Suspected Bombers In Abuja

Plainclothes police operatives numbering more than 15 arrested two female suspected terrorists.

The incident occurred around 10.30am at the Gwarimpa Estate, CITEC end of the pedestrian bridge at the CITEC Junction Bus Stop, when the operatives stormed the spot where the two girls aged between 16 and 18, were standing as if waiting for somebody, and swooped on them in a bid to bundle them into their waiting vehicles.

The two girls wearing hijab, but not covering their faces, were waiting under the leg of the pedestrian bridge when the operatives arrived in two vehicles, a highlander with Lagos registration   number, AAA 419 BD and a Siena jeep whose registration number was not immediately captured.

Three of the operatives walked up to the girls and were showing them their Nigeria Police Force identification cards, asking them to move into the waiting vans.

Sensing resistance from the girls, more operatives, all plainclothes, rushed to the scene and   started forcing the girls to move. The girls were screaming and refusing to enter the vehicles.   Some car dealers who ply their trade at the scene and were not sure who the plainclothes men were tried to intervene to find out why they were taking the girls away.

The operatives warned the onlookers not to intervene and started bringing out their guns. About four of them brought out their pistols while some others brandished their AK-47 automatic rifles. They, however, did not fire any shots until they successfully bundled both girls into the Highlander and drove off, heading towards FCT metropolis.

One of the traders who saw the drama that played out said when he saw both girls standing for sometime under the bridge, he had an uncanny feeling that these ladies could be terrorists and so was not surprised when the operatives came and picked them up.

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Alleged Bribery: UK Informs Buhari Of Diezani’s Arrest

President Muhammadu Buhari  has been told of former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke’s arrest in Britain.

The Presidency also confirmed last night that the Department of State Service (DSS) was collaborating with the National Crime Agency (NCA) in Britain to get to the root of the bribery and money laundering allegations against the former Minister and four others, who are yet to be named.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in an exclusive chat last night, said:  “Nigeria is aware of the arrest of the ex- Minister; the government has been informed.

“The arms of government  dealing with investigation, particularly the Department of State Service (DSS), are actively collaborating with the relevant agencies in the UK.”

Asked to expatiate on the matter, Shehu said: “Nobody wants to say anything as a Mark of respect for the agencies carrying out the investigation. We also want to show that we are serious about this anti-corruption war.”

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Soldiers Kill 10, Arrest 64 Suspected Terrorists

Soldiers of the One Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, have killed no fewer than 10 suspected terrorists in various joint operations code-named, “Operation Restore Peace II” in the North-West zone of the country.

Also in the operations, about 64 suspected terrorists and bandits were arrested.

Those arrested had been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution, according to the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, One Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. Usman Abdul.

The One Division spokesman also said 7,119 cattle, sheep and goats were recovered from rustlers and bandits who had been terrorising people from the zone.

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Man Arrested With Fake Drugs Worth N40m In His Apartment

Assorted counterfeit drugs worth over N40 million have been discovered in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC),also arrested a man suspected to be the owner.The suspect, who was identified as Paul Osita Eli, was arrested in the early hours of Monday at Number 2, Charles Edozien Avenue, Asaba, where he was reportedly packaging the counterfeit drugs with mobile authentication number to make it look genuine.
The drugs found in his three-bedroom apartment where he operates from included Maloxine, Lumatem (anti-malaria drugs), LOFNAC, Buscomac and Rysovin alongside already printed mobile authentication numbers.

Eli, who claimed to be a graduate of Management Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, while speaking with newsmen, said he had been in the business for over one year, adding that he did the packaging of the drugs after receiving them from his business associate, whom he simply named as Achubuike in Lagos.
Disclosing that he distributed the drugs in Kano through his business partner, one Chubuike in Sabon Gari, the suspect, who hails from Anambra State, said the drugs were imported from India by his partner in Lagos

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Police To Arrest Unauthorized Siren Users

The Nigeria Police Force said in Abuja on Tuesday that it would arrest any person not listed in the categories of persons authorised to use siren in the country.

In 2012, the federal government had listed the categories of persons entitled to use siren.

They are; President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker, their deputies, state governors and service chiefs.

Others are: the Inspector-General of Police, General Officers Commanding , Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), as well as Commissioners of Police.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the police would rely on the government circular on use of siren.

“We will still go by the Federal government circular in implementing the directive,” Kolawole said.

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Police Arrest Baby Traffickers, Criminals Involved In Arms Dealing

The police have arrested some baby traffickers and criminals involved in arms dealing in Abia State, in south-east Nigeria.

Some women and teenage girls in the age bracket of 16 and 18 years were nabbed by the police for their involvement in stealing, buying and selling of babies under the age of one year.

According to security agencies, a baby was stolen from the mother by one “Ekwutosi”, who used one of the teenage girl, disguised as the child’s mother, to pave way for her to sell the child to another desperate person who desires a child.

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Man Strips Naked To Resist FRSC Arrest

In a display of absurd mannerism, an unidentified commercial vehicle driver on Tuesday removed his cloths and started behaving strangely when officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps stopped his car and demanded for his vehicle particulars.

The incident happened along the busy Marian Road in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

According to an eyewitness, the naked driver, whose vehicle registration number was Edo AUC 901 XS, came out of his vehicle and started behaving funny by removing his cloths.

The eyewitness, who identified himself as Raheem Bayoor, said officials of the FRSC were stunned by the behaviour of the driver and did not attempt to struggle with him as he resisted arrest.

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Ondo Govt Denies Arrest Of Boko Haram Members

The Ondo State government has denied knowledge of any arrest of suspected Boko Haram members by the military personnel in some communities in Akoko area of the state last week.

The state government which described the report as untrue, noted that the state remains the safest and most peaceful in the country.

The state’s commissioner for information, Hon Kayode Akinmade, stated these in Akure, the state capital yesterday.

Akinmade said the threat of Boko Haram insurgents in the state was a ploy by unscrupulous elements to create tension and an atmosphere of fear among the people.

According to him, there is no record of any of such arrests with the police and the military.

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Nigerian Troops Arrest Two Boko Haram Commanders In Yobe

Troops have arrested two key members of Boko Haram in Gaidam town of Gaidam local government area of Yobe state, Northeast Nigeria.

A statement from the Nigerian Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman reveals that, two pick-up vehicles were also seized from the fleeing insurgents. Col. Sani said the terrorists were currently being interrogated.

According to him, following reports about suspected movements and planned attack by Boko Haram terrorists around Damasak area, the Nigerian Air Force is conducting air surveillance and armed reconnaissance in the area.

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Police Arrest Woman For Selling Her Newborn For N70,000

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a 26-year-old woman for allegedly selling her newly born baby for N70,000.

The suspect, identified as Chinwendu Agbo from Ehalumona but residing at Obolloafor Lodge was said to have sold her baby boy identified as Ngozi Eze which she gave birth to on August 6 for the said amount to another woman.

The woman, who bought the baby allegedly hails from Umuabor Ehalumona but is currently living in Enugu.

The police public relations officer in Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the sad development, disclosing that the command had commenced investigation into the matter.

“The Enugu State command of the Nigeria Police has commenced investigation into the alleged incident of child trafficking at Obolo Afor in Udenu local government area of the state.

“Suspect Chinwendu Agbo of Ehalumona residing at Obolloafor Lodge and about 20 years was said to have sold her new born baby boy identified as one Ngozi Eze which she gave birth to on 6/8/15 at the sum of N70,0000 to a woman at Umuabor Ehalumona but living in Enugu.

“A full scale investigations have commenced as suspects are helping the police in their investigations,” he stated.


Nigerian Troops Gun Down Eight, Arrest Boko Haram’s Fuel Supplier

Troops gained upperhand yesterday in their counter-insurgency campaign in Borno and Yobe states when they killed eight suspected Boko Haram insurgents and arrested the sect’s fuel and food items coordinator.

The troops also recovered 15 cows, 174 goats and a donkey from rustlers.

But two members of a vigilante group were wounded by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) fragments.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, who made the disclosure, said in a statement: “The Nigerian troops yesterday made startling discovery while combing and clearing terrorists in and around Dikwa, Borno State.

“During the painstaking operation, the troops discovered pile of street lamps poles cut into pieces by Boko Haram terrorists which they use in making Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs).

“In another development, during a cordon and search operation in Jakana village, the troops of 7 Division Garrison recovered 15 cows, 174 goats and a donkey from rustlers.

“The animals have since been handed over to their identified legitimate owners. The rustlers were apprehended and are currently undergoing investigation.

“Similarly, troops have at Jehu near Jakana, arrested Mai Mustapha; a fuel supplier to Boko Haram terrorists, and Madu, who coordinates buying of food items from neighbouring villages for the terrorists.

“Additionally, early this morning troops blocked elements that attacked Dumbuluwa village in Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State and had encounter with the terrorists.

“The gallant soldiers killed eight terrorists. Unfortunately, two vigilantes were wounded by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) fragments.”


NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody Over Alleged Graft

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office.

Dr Paul Orhii

Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests.
An EFCC top source confirmed to Vanguard that the DG, who arrived the commission’s headquarters around 10am Monday had been making useful statement to its agents.

The source said: “It is true that the NAFDAC head was summoned by us and he is currently being quizzed in relation to allegations that he has been awarding contracts running into millions of Naira to companies close to him.

Asked if the man would be released today on self recognition, the source said he had no idea but that doing so might depend on whether the operatives were satisfied with his answers to issues raised against him.
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Doctor, Nurse Land In Court After Aborting 6 Months Old Pregnancy Of 31-Year Old Lady

According to Tribuneonline, a man who claimed to be a medical doctor, Taiwo Ogunlana and a nurse, Kafayat Oyekola, have been arraigned before an Ebute Metta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for carrying out an illegal abortion on one Miss Kemi Awoniyi.

Ogunlana, who claimed to have attended Lagos State University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing between 1979 and 1983, worked with the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos.

He was also said to have been sponsored by the hospital authorities for Post-Basic Theatre course in 1987 and is presently the proprietor of Amu Medical Clinic registered by the Lagos State Private Hospital Authority and situated at 4, Church Street, Dalemo.

He told the court that Awoniyi was brought to his facility on July 6 at about 6:30 p.m. by the nurse.

He said the nurse told him that the lady had taken some drugs which resulted in abdominal pain for three days.

“When I checked her, I discovered that there was a foul odour emanating from her vagina and protrusion of the foetus which was already dead.

“The lady was cleaned and taken to bed to relax before going home. I charged N25,000 for the treatment but she said that she would contact her boyfriend whom I have not met before.

“This she did and the boyfriend said he would require my bank details to send money to me which he did not send up till now.”

He added that Kemi said she wanted to go home because she was afraid that her father would find out.

“She started feeling dizzy and I had to ask her to stay in the hospital  only to discover that she was pale. I immediately ordered that she receive two pints of blood,” he said.

Ogunlana added that the nurse had worked with him for six months as an intern and had brought many patients to him for abortion which he did successfully, adding that she got commission for any patient she brought.

It was gathered the the victim was six-month pregnant before the abortion was carried out.

Speaking at the court, the nurse said the lady came to her and told her that she was having body pains because of some tablets she used.

“I asked her to come back on Monday which she did and on that day, I realised that she had a very bad odour coming out of her body.

 “I took her to a doctor in Sango Ota who checked her and discovered that the tablet she took had affected her pregnancy,” the nurse said.

The charge against the duo read: “That you, Taiwo Ogunlana and Kafayat Oyekola, on the 6th day of July 2015 at Oke-odo area of Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully carry out abortion on one Oluwakemi Awoniyi, aged 31 years and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 145 of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.

The two of them pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Mr. L.A Layeni, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties each in the like sum. The matter was adjourned till August 31.

Police Arrests 60 Boko Haram Suspects

Police authorities in Chad have arrested 60 Boko Haram suspects in connection with an attack that killed dozens of people and wounded more than 100 others in June in the capital, N’Djamena.

The suspects include men and women from Nigeria, Cameroon and Mali. The June 15 attack was the first of its kind on N’Djamena and came following threats from Boko Haram.

Chad prosecutor Alghassim Khamis, who confirmed the arrest on Sunday, said debris recovered from the scene permitted officials to determine that the attackers wore explosive vests made of special black fabric.

He noted  that one of the suicide bombers has been identified and officials are working on identifying the other two.

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Teen Who Wanted To Show His Support To ISIS By Killing 1,000 Americans Is Arrested After His Father Alerted Authorities

A 19-year-old who said he wanted to support ISIS by killing as many as 1,000 Americans has been arrested after his dad alerted authorities.
Justin Nojan Sullivan, a self-described Muslim convert from Morganton, North Carolina, was arrested and faces several charges, including attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group.
Federal authorities were first made aware of the teen’s alleged plot when his father, Richie Sullivan, told emergency dispatchers on April 21 that his son was destroying religious items in their home.
‘I don’t know if it is ISIS or what, but he is destroying Buddhas and figurines and stuff,’ Mr Sullivan, a former Marine, said, according to the criminal complaint filed on Monday. ‘I mean, we are scared to leave the house.’
In the background of the call, his son was heard asking: ‘Why are you trying to say I am a terrorist?’
When an undercover FBI employee made contact with Sullivan on June 6, the teen told him via email that he was a a Muslim convert, according to court documents.
I liked IS from the beginning then I started thinking about death and stuff so I became Muslim,’ he said, according to the complaint.
Two days later, he said he wanted to kill 500 people but the next day said he wanted to kill 1,000 by using biological weapons, a gas bomb and bullets coated with cyanide.
‘Even if we get someone in the arm they’ll still die because of the poison,’ he allegedly said. ‘It’s vengeance.’
He also told the undercover federal worker that he planned to buy a semi-automatic rifle on June 20 at a local gun show so he could carry out his murderous plan, according to the criminal complaint.
‘Our attacks needs to be as big as possible,’ he allegedly said. ‘We can do minor assassinations before the big attack for training.’
At first he told the FBI that he didn’t mean to go through with his plans, but then he said he planned the attacks between June 21 and June 23 because his parents would be out of town.
He claimed that he had looked for possible targets in the online Yellow Pages and had asked the undercover agent to kill his parents.
He also asked for the undercover worker’s help with obtaining a silencer.
Sullivan also allegedly promised to send the agent money to kill his parents and to recruit others to the ‘Islamic State of America.’
Authorities went to his home on Friday and took him into custody without incident. At his home, they found a silencer, according to the court papers.
Sullivan ‘was planning assassinations and violent attacks in the United States,’ said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin.
We are scared to leave the house
Justin Sullivan’s father during call to dispatchers in April
He is charged with supporting a terrorist organization and weapons charges. If convicted, he could get up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Diddy Arrested After Fight With Football Coach In UCLA

Diddy was arrested yesterday at UCLA after allegedly getting into a fight with a football coach at the university where his son is on the football team, TMZ reports. Read below…

We’re told Campus Police took the music mogul into custody early Monday afternoon. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, is a defensive back on the team. We’re told the fight went down at the UCLA athletic facility. One source says an assistant coach was screaming at Justin on the field during a strength and conditioning session. We’re told the coach “was riding Justin, screaming intensely at him.” Diddy watched the whole thing from the sideline.

At some point later, we’re told Diddy confronted the coach in his office and grabbed him. Diddy was arrested for assault.

A source connected with Diddy tells TMZ Diddy himself initially wanted to call police, but the phone was taken out of his hands.



FG Challenges Order Barring Arrest Of Buruji Kashamu

The Federal Government has instituted two appeals before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal against the orders of the Federal High Court barring security agencies in the country from arresting and commencing extradition proceedings against Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Two judges of the Federal High Court, Justice Okon Abang and Justice Ibrahim Buba had in separate rulings nullified the provisional warrant of arrest obtained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against the Senator representing Ogun-East.

The judges had also restrained the NDLEA from arresting and arraigning Kashamu in furtherance of moves to extradite him to the United States of America to face drug related offences.

In one of the appeals, the Federal Government argued that the court cannot fetter the hands of security or prosecuting agencies in the lawful discharge of their functions.

In the second appeal, the government submitted that from a careful scrutiny of the case, it was clear that the lower courts aided Kashamu to abuse the processes of the court.

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Police Storm Ministry To Arrest Perm Sec, Others Over Alleged N1.9b Fraud

THERE was a mild drama at the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja Wednesday as a Special Police Squad from the Office of the Inspector General of Police stormed the ministry in search of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Linus Awute.

Also on the list of the police were the Chief Executive Officer/National Coordinator of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi; Director, Emergency Health Response, John Akintunde Kehinde; and Head of Nigerian Ebola Mission to Sierra Leone and Liberia, Dr. Joshua Obasanya.

The individuals, according to the Police were wanted in respect of an investigation in respect of a petition over alleged mismanagement of the N1.9 billion fund approved for Ebola intervention by the outgone government.

However, Prof. Nasidi told The Guardian on phone Wednesday that he was in Washington and was not aware that the police wanted him.

Reminded that the police claimed to have written him inviting him to present himself for questioning, he noted: “I have not received that correspondence. Maybe because I am in Washington.”

Awute and other officials wanted by the police could not be reached for comments.

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BIZARRE: Police Arrest Masquerade; 2 Others With Human Parts

Two suspects, identified as Adebayo Saheed and Bello Mustapha, have been arrested by Oyo State Police Command for alleged possession of parts of human skull and hair.

The suspects were paraded along with a custodian of an Ibadan masquerade, known as Ogunmola Adenimodo, for allegedly destroying some vehicles at Ayeye area of Ibadan metropolis.

They were rounded up at Moniya in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

Ibadan masquerade festival had always left on its trail tears, losses, violence, bloodshed and even death in some cases.

However, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Muhammed Katsina, insisted that the reign of terror and impunity would not continue.

While parading the suspects at the state Police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan yesterday, the commissioner explained that the ambush squad of the command arrested the two members of a dangerous syndicate who specialized in duping unsuspecting members of the public.

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EFCC Arrest Job Seeker For Forging Okonjo-Iweala Recommendation Letter

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a job seeker, Azuka Obiejogo for allegedly forging a recommendation letter purportedly from Nigeria’s Finance Minister and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

It was gathered that Obiejogo, a Higher National Diploma holder from a polytechnic in Anambra State, allegedly forged a reference letter purportedly from Okonjo-Iweala and presented it to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company for employment.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said, “Obiejogo is a Higher National Diploma holder. He forged a reference letter from the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and along with his curriculum vitae, requested employment in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company.”

The suspect was arraigned before Justice Muawiyah Idris of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Gwagwalada, Abuja, on six counts bordering on forgery.

The charges read in part, “That you, Azuka Obiejogo, on or about August 11, 2014, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, intentionally induced the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to employ you as Account Officer II by presenting a forged reference letter titled, ‘Reference on Obiejogo Raymond Azuka’, purportedly made by the Honourable Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, recommending you as a worthy officer fit for employment and which act caused harm to the reputation of TETFUND.”

The EFCC stated that the offence was contrary to Section 320(b) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code, CAP 532, Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1990.”

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, counsel for the EFCC, Halidu Mohammed, urged the court to fix a date to commence trial and to also remand the accused in custody. His application was opposed by Mohammed who asked the court for time to respond.

Justice Idris adjourned the case till June 2, 2015 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial. He ordered the accused to be remanded in the Kuje Prison.


Nigerian Who Fled To Australia & Became A Successful Model Jailed After Police Lured Him To London With Fake Photoshoot

30 year old Nigerian successful model Ben Fiberesima, skipped bail in the UK, fled to Australia where he lived for seven years under a false name, modeled for Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, boasted of jet set lifestyle, wrote a self-help book, called himself a millionaire, claimed he was in the Great Gatsby and bragged about being an 11-time underground rap battle champion. The fugitive was arrested after police lured him to a fake swimwear photoshoot in London. Read full story below…
From UK Evening Standard:

A gangster who launched a successful career as a male model and musician while on the run in Australia has been snared in an extraordinary police sting.

Fugitive Ben Fiberesima, 30, appeared in campaigns by fashion designers such as Tom Ford after skipping bail while facing trial on fraud and weapons charges in London seven years ago. He also performed as a critically-acclaimed rap artist under the name Roky Million, releasing singles and videos downloaded by tens of thousands of fans.

The gang member from South Kilburn was picked as one of the first people to trial the “Google Glass” for a style magazine, and in a self-help book published last year claimed he was “worth seven figures by the age of 26”.

His jetset lifestyle – which he claimed also included hanging out with supermodels and stars of Aussie soap Home and Away – ended when Met detectives swooped last year using an elaborate sting to detain him.

Officers from Brent’s Wanted Offenders Unit received an anonymous tip-off that Fiberesima was back in London in August living under a false name but were unable to locate him.

Then detectives discovered he was on the books of a respected models agency based in Covent Garden.

An officer contacted the agency claiming to represent the fake company WOU Photography and booked Fiberesima for a casting call to model a range of luxury swimwear.
When he arrived for what he thought was his next assignment at the studio in Kentish Town, Fiberesima was arrested at the door.

Fiberesima was jailed for three years and nine months after being found guilty of two counts of theft, two counts of making false representation and possessing an offensive weapon at Harrow Crown Court earlier this month.

He also pleaded guilty to three counts of making false representation and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon.

Fiberesima was originally arrested in September 2008 after calling police claiming someone was attempting to enter his flat in Christchurch Avenue, Brondesbury, north-west London.
When officers arrived, there was no intruder but they did find a stun gun, a can of CS gas and stolen chequebooks belonging to a neighbour.

He was arrested and charged with fraud, theft and possession of an offensive weapon.

The gang member from the South Kilburn estate was granted bail but failed to appear at court and was subsequently discovered to have fled the country.

Fiberesima’s Established Models biography claims: “Raised in London Roky used his talent for rhyming to be crowned UK Underground rap battle champion 11 times. He has travelled extensively modelling for international brands including Calvin Klein, Nike, Tom Ford and YSL.”

It also states that “Roky appeared in Baz Luhrman’s film, The Great Gatsby” although the Standard was unable to find his name in the film’s credits.
During his time on the run, Fiberesima published a self-help book called Roky’s Power Gain 50 – Rules To Live By To Gain Power, Money and Influence.

He said he had gone from “working class to millionaire in 15 months”, writing: “I grew up in government housing and have been for 80 per cent of my life. I am now worth seven figures at age 26. I used my in depth knowledge of power to change my fortunes.”
The last message on his Twitter feed, posted in December last year, said: “To all: Roky’s in the 5% of rappers that can genuinely be described as ‘real’ so as is life he’ll be away til further notice #management.”

In one interview for an online fashion magazine Fiberesima talks of how he started travelling the world at the age of 23 and visited countries including France, Belgium, Spain and Australia while he modelled for designers including Calvin Klein, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent.
He declares : “I have had ups and downs, trials and tribulations, like everyone else” and said in his youth he mixed with gang members but had since changed his life.
He added: “ I keep it as honest as I can.”

Detective Inspector Pete Wallis of Brent CID said: “There is clear message here, that we will not forget you if you offend, and we will explore all options in tracing you and bringing you to justice.
“Mr Fiberesima used false identities to evade capture for five years and developed a very public persona in Australia and internationally as a rap artist and model.

“Thankfully he is now paying for his crimes, due to the perseverance of Brent’s Wanted Offenders Unit.”
A spokesman for Established Models said he had been on their books as Mr Million for a few months two years ago. He said : “He was not working, so we let him go. “

Arrest Rivers, Akwa Ibom INEC Chiefs, Group Raises Alarm On Electoral Fraud

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, demanding the arrest and investigation of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Gesila Khan, and that of Akwa Ibom State, Austin Okoji.

The demand by the civic group follows exposure of irregularities in the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections in the two South-South states.

Challenging the credibility of elections in the states, CSNAC stated that there were irregularities in the numbers of total votes cast and votes polled in each of the states by the winners and the numbers of authentic accredited voters generated by INEC central server in Abuja.

The group’s petition was titled ‘Demand For Urgent Investigation Of Fraudulent Manipulation Of Election Results In Akwa Ibom And Rivers States Governorship Elections Of April 11, 2015 By Two Resident Electoral Commissioners.’

“In brazen contravention of several provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barrister Austin Okojie, falsely declared that 1,158,624 people voted in the Governorship and House of Assembly Elections in Akwa Ibom State, leaving a difference of 721,496 in excess of the actual card readers figures of accredited voters,” the group said in its petition.

“In a similar vein, the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dame Gesila Khan, declared 1,228,614 total votes, contrary to the figure of 292,878 accredited voters recorded in the INEC central server in Abuja. This is in excess of 935,736 votes.

“Local and international observers who physically observed elections in both States had, immediately after the elections, called for the cancellation of elections in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States. The conduct and outcomes of the elections were declared to be flawed, below standard and inconsistent with provisions of the electoral Act, 2010.

“An online newspaper, Premiumtimesng, in its publication of Saturday, April 9, 2015 titled; River’s Nyesom Wike a goner; INEC document exposes fraud by PDP, INEC in guber poll, confirmed allegations contained in the petition forwarded to our a network and findings of our independent investigations.”

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Reps Threaten To Arrest Minister Of Agric Over Non-Appearance

Chairman of the committee and Deputy Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, made this known after fingers were pointed in the direction of the Ministry by participants, with regards to the administration of government policy on rice importation and payable duties/levies on import quota by investors.

He said if by today the minister failed to show up before the close of the investigative hearing, the committee would have no choice than to issue a bench warrant.

Ogor in his opening address, had stated that:   ‘’This hearing was sequel to a resolution of the House mandating the Ad-hoc Committee to investigate alleged fraud abuses, evasion of import duties by rice importers.

“The aim is to uncover fraud and expose the endemic corruption in the importation of rice with a view to stemming the tide and boost employment generation as well as strengthen the nation’s depleting foreign reserve.

“The minister has no reason not to be here because the Ministry was duly served the invitation. I see no reason why people would be invited to a hearing that’s for the benefit of the people and will not turn up.

“You are a servant of the people just like we all are. What we are doing here is for the benefit of our nation’s economy so; before the end of the hearing; we are hoping to see people from the Ministry come in, otherwise we might be forced to make some very strong pronouncement.”


Buhari Is Planning To Arrest Me, Says MASSOB Leader

The leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has claimed that the incoming administration was planning to arrest him anytime soon.

The freedom fighter also claimed that Buhari was planning his arrest in order to keep him in prison custody till after the swearing in on May 29.

The MASSOB leader, made this dislocsure in a statement shortly after the Anambra North Zonal meeting at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area of the state, yesterday through the group’s Deputy Director for Information, Mazi Chris

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Enugu Assembly Orders Arrest Of State Accountant General

The Enugu State House of Assembly has directed the Commissioner of Police in the state to arrest the Accountant-General, Paschal Okolie, for failing to appear before it for the third time.

The Leader of the assembly, Sunday Ude-Okoye (PDP-Awgu North), moved the motion for the issuance of a warrant of arrest on the accountant-general during plenary on Wednesday in Enugu.

Mr. Ude-Okoye said the arrest became imperative because of his consistent failure to appear before the assembly. “We are all from Enugu State and every time he pretends to be sick, but we keep getting information that he attends to his duty. This is the third invitation to him and there is no sign or reason why he is not here. As of today, he is in Enugu State.

“Maybe as one of us said yesterday that we have no powers, he feels that we have no powers indeed and he will continue to fry us like `akara’ in the frying pan. So because of his continuous failure and neglect of this honourable House, l therefore evoke the powers bestowed on us to order the Commissioner of Police to issue a warrant of arrest on the accountant-general,’’ he said

Mr. Ude-Okoye, therefore, moved that the accountant-general should be brought before the assembly on April 21. The motion, which was seconded by John Anichukwu (PDP-Nkanu East), was put to vote and was unanimously passed by the lawmakers. Mr. Okolie was invited by the lawmakers to explain why he decided to withhold the assembly’s monthly subvention.

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Arrest Fani-Kayode Now, BSO Tells Security Agencies

The Buhari Support Organisation, BSO, has asked security agencies to arrest of Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, the Director, Media, Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, for announcing unofficial results.

This call was made by the Director, Media and Information of the BSO, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, on Monday in Abuja at a news conference.

Maduekwe said this was the time for security agencies to show their neutrality by arresting Fani-Kayode because
the only authority allowed by law to announce election results was the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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I Have Packed A Small Bag,Ready For Arrest -Tinubu

APC’s national leader,Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he has packed his bags and is ready for arrest .
Tinubu whose birthday falls on Sunday March 29th was speaking at the 7th edition of the Bola Tinubu Colloquium  in Lagos on Wednesday ..He said

 “(There are) all kinds of threats and reports that they are ready to arrest APC leaders; they are busy making sinister plans instead of leading the nation; this nation is not for sale, it is for change; positive change that we can believe.
“For me, personally, I have packed a small bag. They may arrest me and others, but they cannot arrest an idea whose time has come. The time for a common-sense revolution has come. So, Nigeria, in calling for a common-sense revolution, I do not advocate violence; I abhor it.
“What we seek is a revolution to use our votes to throw out ineffective leaders and we shall do it. It is a demand for a true electoral democracy and the responsive leadership associated with it. The revolution is not a violent one to tear things down. It is a positive one with our fingers to repair and restructure a nation when we vote.”

Police Arrests Three APC Members For Placing Posters in Ekiti

Three members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ijero area of Ekiti State who were pasting campaign posters, were on Thursday apprehended by the police. The men are John Monday, Ebenezer Ogunleye and Tunbosun Adeluyi.

However, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, the Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, affirmed that the men were apprehended for allegedly destroying campaign posters belonging to a certain political party.

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PDP Calls For Arrest of APC Leaders Over APC Radio Station

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the arrest of some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC). They are to be arrested for allegedly operating an illegal radio station.

Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP’s presidential campaign organisation, noted that radio station has been broadcasting falsehood, propaganda and inciting comments periodically over the last few days and since inception.

He stated that the objective of the radio station is to serve as a propaganda tool to fight the PDP-led government after the APC loses the elections on March 28. He demanded an immediate clampdown by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on the radio station.

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Police Arrest Youths For Tearing First Lady’s Posters

Men believed to be aggrieved youths of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) interrupted a Benin rally hosted by Patience Jonathan yesterday when they tore down posters bearing the First Lady’s face.

The incident, which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, took place when the men allegedly climbed a fence where the banners were placed and proceeded to tear them in time for the First Lady’s arrival.

Policemen and youths wearing t-shirts bearing the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria logo accosted the suspects and swiftly whisked them away in a police vehicle.

Chris Nehikare, PR Secretary for the ruling party, suspects that the vandals may belong to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Nehikare added that a thorough investigation would be conducted into the matter.

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Female Politician Arrested for Alleged Use of Thugs

The Police in Kano have arrested a female politician, Hajiya Aisha Maijama’a, over alleged sponsorship of political thugs in Tudun Wada Local Government Area of the state. The state Police Commissioner, Mr Ibrahim Idris, announced this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.

Idris said the woman, who is a strong member of one of the political parties, was apprehended along with 23 thugs found carrying different kinds of local weapons trying to instigate violence in the area. He said investigation had commenced after which the suspects would be charged to court. The commissioner said the command had on different occasions warned politicians against acts capable of causing violence in the state.

He said the command would not allow any groups or individuals to breach the peace, warning that anybody who indulged in acts of violence would be arrested.

He also warned politicians and their supporters to desist from any disruptive tendency in their political activities. “We will not tolerate a situation where politicians move with thugs carrying weapons, attacking each other or intimidating residents,” the commissioner said.

Speaking to newsmen, Maijama’a said her arrest was politically motivated. According to her, the youths were arrested while trying to paste posters of a governorship candidate who was to visit the area.

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Niger Police Arrest 160 Suspected Boko Haram Militants

Authorities in the landlocked African nation of Niger have arrested 160 suspected Boko Haram militants allegedly involved in deadly attacks near that country’s border with Nigeria, a national police spokesman said Tuesday.

The arrests happened over the last two days in Niger’s Diffa region, which borders Nigeria. Those taken into custody include Kaka Bunu, who police spokesman Adil Doro said was “involved in the recruitment of (Boko Haram) members.”

Some of the suspects fled south, only to be arrested while on the run or in “their hiding places,” said Yakubu Sumana Gawo, the governor of Niger’s Diffa region.

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Hisbah Crash Gay Wedding in Kano, Arrests “Groom”

The Sharia police command (Hisbah) in Kano has disrupted an alleged wedding ceremony between two men and arrested one of the grooms.

The arrested was confirmed by the Hisbah Sharia Guard commander, Aminu Daurawa, who told reporters that the other groom in the illegal union is at large. The arrested groom, Faruk Maiduguri, was paraded alongside fourteen others who were at the venue of the ‘wedding ceremony’.

Sheik Daruwa told reporters that the Sharia police swooped down on the men at a recreational resort in Dawakin Kudu local government area of the state. Hisbah commander said,“we got intelligence report that some youth, all men were planing a wedding of two of their friends, and that Faruk and Abba (bride) who is on the run had under the guise of celebrating Faruk’s birthday sent out invitation on WhatsApp and printed out cards that friends should join them in the epoch-making event.”

In response to the accusation, the suspected homosexual Maiduguri denied getting married to his alleged partner, Abba. He said that they were at the venue to celebrate his birthday and that he is not a homosexual as being accused by men of the Hisbah board.


ISIS Arrests Syrian People for Wearing Pants

ISIS militants have apprehended a number of people for wearing pants on the streets in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a rights group says.

The terrorists detained a group of people wearing pants in the city of al-Mayadin in Deir Ezzor and took them to their security stations, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.

The militants, then, informed the detainees’ relatives that they must bring “loose clothes” for the arrested people to be released.

ISIS extremists also tore some people’s pants on the streets by sharp instruments, the rights group said, adding that the terrorists also whipped 3 men for “smoking cigarettes” and 2 others for “letting their wives go outside without wearing Hijab” in Syria’s northeastern province of al-Hasakah.

The ISIS terrorists currently control swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq. They have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading of people.

The militants have suffered huge blows over the past weeks as Iraqi army continues to retake some key areas in the country’s central and Western parts. The group has also been hit with numerous setbacks in neighboring Syria.

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S.Africa Police Deny Making Arrests in Footballer Murder Case

South African police on Thursday denied making an arrest in connection with the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa during a robbery at his pop-star girlfriend’s home.

According to public broadcaster SABC on Wednesday, two men were being held for questioning after they were arrested in Nongoma, in the eastern KwaZulu Natal province.

But police spokesman brigadier Neville Melila told AFP: “There is no arrest, (the) investigation continues, we have spoken to witnesses, so we are investigating. We are working through evidence.”

SABC said the suspects had been picked up following a tip-off by members of the public.

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Location of Detained Madagascar Ex-president Unknown- Family

The whereabouts of former Madagascar president Marc Ravalomanana are unknown after he was seized by police shortly after his surprise return from exile, his family said Tuesday.

“We are desperately worried about his safety,” his son Tojo said in a statement, adding that the family had been denied access to give him medication and clothing.

Ravalomanana, who was ousted in a coup in 2009, was picked up by armed police at his home in the capital Antananarivo after addressing supporters on his return from South Africa Monday.

The family have accused the authorities of kidnapping him and are appealing to the Southern African Development Community or the South African ambassador to intervene. The South African government has not commented on his departure.

Madagascar’s new President Henry Rajaonarimampianina said Ravalomanana was taken “for his safety” and had not been arrested. “He has been taken to safety against all kinds of threats,” said Rajaonarimampianina, who won December 2013 elections.

23 Arrested Over Killing Witches in Tanzania

Tanzanian police have charged 23 people with murder after seven villagers were burned alive on suspicion of witchcraft. Five of those killed were aged over 60, the other two were over 40.

A Tanzanian human rights group estimates that 500 suspected witches are killed in Tanzania annually.

The suspects were arraigned in court on Friday and accused of murder. They remain in custody. Of the detained, at least one is a local leader, according to Kigoma police commander Jafari Mohammed.

Witnesses say some of the victims were attacked with machetes and their homes burned.

The son of one of the victims, Josephat John, told Tanzania’s Mwananchi newspaper: “When I returned home in the evening, I found the body of my mother lying 10 metres away from our house, while the body of my father was burnt inside the house.”

Hamisi Richard, the leader of Murufiti village, told the BBC: “Men and women have run away from the village. Even children are not there… Everyone was scared of that event, and others feared police search.”

Belief in witchcraft is prevalent in many parts of Tanzania.