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KIDNAP CONSPIRACY: Five Yoruba Men Allegedly Working With Herdsmen Kidnappers Nabbed By Youths In Kwara State.

Five Yoruba men allegedly working with dare-devil herdsmen with information to kidnap residents of Omu Aran town of Kwara State for ransom have been arrested by angry youths in the area. 

Authoritative source revealed that the five suspects were busted in a hideout through information, tied by the youths with ropes and handed over to the police in the area.

The five suspects who are learnt to have put on resistance were beaten and overpowered by the angry mob and later dragged them into a police van that took them away.

Source disclosed that it was shocking for residents of the area to discover Yoruba informants among the gang of kidnappers-turned herdsmen.

“They were caught on Friday. Their hideout was busted by youths assisted by men of the Amotekun. There are Yoruba among them – not all of them are herdsmen or Fulani. We have informants working with these criminals. They were lucky to have made it to the police,” he stated.

Similarly, it was gathered that some soldiers also burst a hideout of kidnappers in Oke Ero area of Kwara State.

It was learnt that the soldiers acting on intelligence stormed the forest in between Kwara and Ekiti states and arrested the Fulani kidnappers, recovering 100-dollar notes from them.

A source in the area had noted that the kidnappers had been notorious for several kidnapping incidents in the area, adding that the criminals had “just collected ransoms from some of their victims.”

University Students Arrested For Selling Cocaine

The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have recovered  baked cakes with cannabis in large quantity from some eateries in Jos, the Plateau state capital during raiding at weekend.

The freshly baked cakes made with cannabis sativa were recovered in addition to 48.726kilogrammes of assorted psychotropic substances.

Authoritative source revealed that some of the drug joints raided include KNL Lounge located along Lamingo road, another branch along Mining Quarters, Rantya Low Cost Estate and Tuscany Lounge on Azaki Ave, all within Jos metropolis.

Beside the drugged cakes called brownie recovered from the three eateries, the source revealed that Psychotropic substances also seized from there include: Barcadin Codeine 14kg; Flunitrazapem 355.5grammes; Tramadol 370.1 grammes; Exol-5, 30kg; Diazepam 2.5kg and Pentazocine 1.5 kg, totalling 48.726kg.

From the raidings, five persons have so far been arrested in connection to the seized drugs, according to the agency Plateau State Commander, Ibrahim Braji.

Confirming the new discovery, the Agency’s Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi revealed that the operatives of the Agency also at the weekend raided the Nsukka axis in Enugu State where a 28-year-old lady, Oodo Ndidiamaka was arrested with 80.23grammes of cocaine and 3.81grammes of methamphetamine.

Similarly, operatives of the Niger state Command of the Agency have arrested a 24-year-old 400-level student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Abel Godwin Idio for selling two strong variants of cannabis, Arizona and loud, concealed in textbooks.

He was arrested in Gidan Kwano within the vicinity of the university.

According to the state Commander of the Agency, Haruna Kwetishe, “Abel uses the inner pages of his textbooks to conceal the drugs within the campus to sell.”

The Commander disclosed that Abel was arrested on Friday 30th April, 2021, while two other traffickers; Yahaya Joshua and Yahaya Audu, were arrested the previous day along Mokwa-Jebba road with 32kilogrammes of cannabis sativa.

Reacting to the discovery and arrest, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd), the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, commended the Plateau, Enugu and Niger Commands of the Agency for disrupting the activities of drug cartels in their respective states.

Bode George: Nigeria Must Be Restructured

Former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has described the Nigerian Federation as skewed and distorted that urgently needs to be restructured for equity and fairness to prevail.

Chief George, who was addressing the media in Lagos on Monday, said the Nigerian polity was now straying towards its elastic limit.

He said: “It is now over-stressed and overstretched beyond the bounds of acceptability. Our survival as a nation is genuinely being questioned from the desert to the sea”.

While reading his address at the event that had PDP leaders in Lagos State in attendance and titled, “Nigeria: Time to Chat a New Direction,” George said, “This is time to change the path of old, to look beyond what hobbles our progress, to redefine our value system, to rejig, and the various anomalies that presently hinder the greater possibilities of the Nigerian union.”

He also advised politicians to put people’s interest first, saying politics should be seen as a public service and not as an avenue to amass wealth.

He said the Lagos State Government legislation that sought to shield criminals from being prosecuted by the EFCC was unconstitutional and retrogressive.

George, the Atona Oodua of Yoruba land further reiterated his call that the two Tollgates at Lekki, Lagos should be pulled down permanently and a monument should be erected in honour of thee young men and women who were martyred at the #EndSARS protests for a better Nigeria.

While chastising the Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA), the PDP chieftain accused the body of failing in her constitutional duties of protecting the welfare and the interests of Lagos

He also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to jettison its manual procedure and embrace Electronic Voting System.

George said that Nigeria could be a better place when we all eschewed ethnic jingoism, sectarian bias and crass nepotistic agenda.

“We cannot continue like this. Something must give way. There is no other way. There is no other path. Those who have stripped our collective coffers must face the full wrath of the law as deterrence to others,” he said.

 
Alaba Crisis: Lagos Monarch Meets Leaders Of Hausa Traders, Resolves Dispute. 
The traditional ruler of Iba kingdom in Lagos, HRM Dr. Sulaimon Adeshina Raji Ashade, Oniba Ekun, has warned that the security of the community will not be taken for granted under any guise.

The monarch gave the warning during a peace meeting with the leaders of Hausa traders in Alabarago community following the crisis that ensued last Monday amongst the Hausa sellers in Alabarago market.
Noting that the chaos led to destruction of property by the Hausa traders, Oba Adeshina posited that the incident is detrimental to the maintenance of security, growth and development of his domain.
According to the traditional ruler, anybody caught fomenting trouble in the community henceforth will be made to face the wrath of the law, stressing that nobody is above the law of the State Government.
He urged the Hausa sellers to jettison all selfish interest, especially as it relates to making laws that govern the markets, urging the leaders to come together and resolve their differences in order for peace to reign in Iba Kingdom.
Adeshina called on the entire residents of Iba Kingdom to be rest assured that their lives and property will be secured, as the kingdom will have another meeting with the leaders of the market on Tuesday, 3rd of May, to ensure various stakeholders work together in harmony for chaos not to occur in the community again.
Responding, the Seriki of Alabarago Market, Alhaji Umaru Sokoto disclosed that the chaos was as a result of the leadership imposed on the market for six years, who is extorting the sellers among other forms of oppression.
He appreciated the monarch for meeting with the leaders to resolve the crisis, saying peace and orderliness will be adhered to in the market going forward.
Our correspondent reports that the DPOs of Okokomaiko, Iba Divisions, members of Council of Chiefs under Iba Kingdom and other stakeholders were present at the meeting.
 
3 Bank Robbers Shot Dead, 5 Apprehends By Police After Foiled Robbery Operation In Ebonyi State.

Three members of a notorious robbery gang that invaded a commercial bank in Ebonyi State last week were shot dead during a cross fire with the Police after their operation was foiled.

Another five members of the gang were also apprehended a shrine where the robbers usually go for mystical powers before embarking on their robbery operations.

According to authoritative source, the operatives of the Ebonyi State Police Command, following investigations into the foiled bank robbery on the Onueke branch of a commercial bank in Ebonyi State which occurred on Tuesday, 27th April, ​2021, stormed the criminal hideout of suspects indicted in the investigations located at Oriuzo village in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The Force Public Relation Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba in a confirmation statement issued disclosed that the suspects on sighting the Police squad, opened fire on the security men but met professional resistance of the Police who gallantly engaged the bandits.

He said, “At the end, three members of the gang including two  male and one  female met their waterloo following bullet injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire. Other suspects fled in different directions”

“Two  Ak47 riffles, five  pump action guns, six  pistols, fifty  Ak47 ammunition, one hundred and twenty-six  cartridges, Jack knives, cutlasses, and a 40-page notebook containing inventories of ammunition purchased by the gang were recovered. A Honda Pilot Jeep with Reg No. ABJ 163 NV used for the foiled bank robbery was also recovered by the Police Team”, the FPRO added.

“Unrelenting in their quest to apprehend the remaining suspects, the Police team traced the suspects to a shrine where the robbers usually go for mystical powers before embarking on their robbery operations.

“Two of the suspects were eventually arrested from the supposedly safe haven – the shrine, which led to the arrest of additional three members of the gang.

“Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and their spiritual godfather – the chief priest of the shrine,” the statement read.

In a related development, another operatives of the Police attached to the Ebonyi State Command have intercepted 753 live ammunition of General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) concealed in a sac being transported in a commercial vehicle from Abakaliki, Ebonyi State to Umuahia in Abia State.

The intelligence-driven covert operation, which led to the interception and recovery of the deadly ammunition, is part of efforts by the Force to identify and crack down on criminal networks and supply chains for weapons and ammunition in and around the country. Comprehensive investigations aimed at bringing to book all persons linked to the crime are ongoing.

The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while commending the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Aliyu Garba and officers of the command, for excellently harnessing intelligence to nip the crimes in the bud, assured citizens of the renewed commitment of the Force to improving public safety and combating all forms of violent crimes across the land.

 
 
 

Abductors Of 17 Greenfield Students Threaten Execution, If Kaduna Govt Fail To Pay N100m Ransom Soon

Barely a week after the abductors of Greenfield University students killed five abductees, the bandits have threatened to murder the remaining 17 students in captivity if the Kaduna State Government failed to pay N100 million ransom within 24 hours.

The bandits further demanded that aside from the money, the government should also send 10 Boko Haram motorcycles before the abducted students would be set free and that if they were not sent, the students would be executed.

Among the students under captivity and could be executed by gunmen were 15 women and two men including Hamza, the grandson of the late Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris.

Speaking on behalf of the abductors, Sani Jalingo, popularly known as “Baleri”, told newsmen on Monday that this was the last deadline and that if the government did not yield, severe action would be taken on the students.

Baleri, who reiterated that he was serious about the threat, said there were now 15 women and two men in their custody, including the grandson of the late Emir of Zazzau Shehu Idris, Hamza.

While disclosing that the parents of the students sent N45 million in compensation, the bandits leader said that they had reduced the N600 million earlier demanded to N100 million.

Baleri explained that the funds provided by the abductees’ parents were used to buy cookies and other needs for the students in order to keep them alive.

While addressing the newsmen in Hausa Language, he said five of the students were killed to prove that the state and the federal governments have failed their citizens.

“We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms. He also said he told his family that he will not pay a ransom if any of them is kidnapped. So, we want to show that the Nigerian Government has failed that is why we killed the students.”

One of the students, Abigail Usman, who spoke during the telephone conversation, appealed to the government to pay the ransom and secure their release.

It would be recalled that last week two more students in captivity were killed by their abductors, bringing the tally of students executed since their abduction to five.

The development was confirmed by the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who said that the students were murdered by the abductors.

 

WE’LL STOP AT NOTHING TO MAKE LAGOS SAFE, SECURE FOR ALL, SAYS SANWO-OLU

Following the high rate of insecurity in different parts of the country, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday said his administration will stop at nothing to ensure that Lagos remains safe and secure for all. 

Speaking at the 3rd Session of the 34th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) held at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu assured that Lagos will be a State that everybody would be proud of, adding that his administration will deliver on all the THEMES six-pillars developmental agenda for ‘Greater Lagos.’     

In a statement by Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said: “Talking about security, we can say Lagos is relatively better but I sit on it and I know what we are doing and the things we need to do. We know we have issues to deal with as a country and Lagos will certainly be leading that conversation because we know how critical this State is to the nation. 

“This is the melting pot for our nation where anybody can come in with a lot of aspirations and do well. Lagos is a state that gives hope to a lot of Nigerians. Lagos is a state that gives hope to all of Nigeria. So, we cannot afford anything to happen here. I can assure you with every sense of commitment that we will stop at nothing to make sure that Lagos remains safe and secure. 

“In this month of May, you will see extensive pronouncements in that regard. You will see extensive policies and far reaching support that would be given out to all our security operatives so that it is not just a talk show and film show; it is something we are committed to and we will continue to make sure that our Lagos remains safe, secure, prosperous and a place where all of you would truly be proud off.” 

Speaking on some of the measures being taken by his administration to curb insecurity in the state, Governor Sanwo-Olu said “We will deal with the issue of motorcycle in systematic order and to have human face to it, we would provide credible alternatives. We cannot throw the baby and the water away. The alternatives would be properly fashioned out before end of month of May.” 

Governor Sanwo-Olu also appealed to citizens who have buildings that are either not completed or abandoned to get a professional security company to take it over so that they can monitor and police them well instead of leaving them open for criminals as hideouts. 

He also spoke on some of the laudable achievements of his administration in the areas of transport, health, education, technology and security, among others. 

The Governor, who said he is very proud to be a member of the Diocese of Lagos, commended the Bishop of Diocese of Lagos, Rt. Revd Humphrey Olumakaiye, for taking the diocese to a higher level. 

He said Lagos State Government will support all of the infrastructure that will lead to the Centenary City of the Diocese because the city according to him is about the hope the diocese want to give to the hopeless and vulnerable parishioners. 

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who donated N25million to support the synod, said the State Government would be supporting the hosting of the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) coming up in September for all the delegates to have a first class experience in Lagos.    

In his address, Bishop Olumakaiye commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for showing leadership and delivering dividends of democracy to Lagosians with the THEMES developmental agenda. 

“Your assiduity, promptness and managerial skills in handling the much dreaded COVID-19 pandemic and other crises that hit the nation and the world at large deserve applause. We sincerely salute your doggedness and unparallel leadership that is driven with the purpose of making Lagos the centre of excellence in terms of security, tranquility, employability, improved livelihood and so on,” he said.   

Speaking earlier on behalf of about 73 bishops that attended the synod, former Archbishop of Lagos Province and former Dean, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most. Revd. Ephraim Adebola Ademowo, also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for taking Lagos State to a greater height.