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Special Terrorism Courts To Try Terrorists, Financiers Soon – FG.

The Federal Government is set to resuscitate Special Terrorism Prosecution Courts, to try those implicated in funding terrorists or having links with them.

The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed this in a statement by Dr Umar Gwandu his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations on Thursday, May 13, in Abuja.

The move, Malami said is geared towards the Federal Government’s commitment to end insecurity in the country.

“The federal government is committed to ending insecurity in the country, and added that the courts are to bring to book all those found guilty in connection with terrorism so as to serve as deterrence to others.

“In addition to the prosecution of 400 suspected Boko Haram financiers, the measures taken by the government will counter the twin trouble of insurgency and insecurity in the country’’.

Malami also, while felicitating with Muslim faithful all over the world on the occasion of the year’s Eid Al-Fitr, noted that Ramadan fast comes with numerous lessons.

“The lessons include sincerity, honesty, commitment, sacrifice, selflessness, introspection and empathy, among others’’.

He, therefore, urged Muslims, as they celebrate, to continue to be law-abiding, have sober reflections, and exhibit the imbibed lessons learned during the period of Ramadan fast.

The Minister applauded the commitment of clerics in enlightening their followers on various issues during the month of fast; urging them to maintain the tempo, even beyond the period of Ramadan.

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Edo State Jail Break: Escaped Notorious Robber Beaten To Death In Delta State.

A notorious kidnapper who escaped from Edo State Correctional Centre, Benin during the last year EndSARS protest has been beaten to death by an angry mob in Delta State.

The suspects and two others who were on the police wanted list were overpowered by the mob during an attempt to Kidnap a victim at Oghara junction, near the Sapele area of the state.

In a statement by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe said, “On May 5, at about 10:30 am, the police received information that a mob was attacking three kidnapping suspects, who attempted to abduct a victim whose identity was not disclosed at Oghara Junction.

“Consequently, The Divisional Police officer, Oghara division mobilized patrol teams and vigilante teams to the scene. They rescued the suspects which include: Onome Efetobore, a notorious criminal that has been on a police wanted list, Collins (surname unknown) also a known notorious kidnapper and armed robber who escaped from Benin correctional facility during the EndSARS protest and Glory Reuben, also a notorious criminal.

“They were seriously beaten, rushed to the hospital by the police where they were later confirmed dead at General Hospital, Oghara.

“Exhibits recovered include a locally made pistol and three live cartridges. The commissioner of Police wishes to advise members of the public to work with the police and stay away from jungle justice.

” In another development. On May 8, information got to DPO Sapele Division CSP Harrison Nwabuisi, that Jeffrey Emekume,27, was kidnapped along Eku Abraka Road, Eku, with his Lexus SUV; sky blue with registration number, RSH 716 AX, made a U-turn and heading to Sapele road.

“The DPO swiftly mobilized and led Crack Teams into the bush. The hoodlum who could not withstand the relentless effort of the police abandoned the victim and fled. The kidnapped victim was rescued and the Lexus SUV was recovered. The effort is ongoing to track and arrest the fleeing suspects.

”Yet in another development, On May 8, Anti-Crime Patrol of ‘A’ Division Warri, while on routine patrol intercepted lorry with number plate, BDG 358 YA with five suspects, on searching, the lorry was loaded with 170 pieces of 6inchs already cut to various sizes.

“The suspects are allegedly experts in the act of vandalizing Federal Government Pipeline at Ogulagha Dried Land, the five occupants Lukeman Jimoh,40, Shola Bimigo, Yahaya Ikane,55, Ebi Yeregha,41, and Lawal Aliyu,35, were arrested while the lorry was impounded. The investigation is ongoing.

”On May 9, based on Intelligence gathered by the divisional police officer ‘A’ division, Warri, CSP T.Y. Mahmud, mobilized Rapid Response Team and raided a black spot at Hausa Quarters, where one Aliyu Adamu,20, was arrested with 237 wraps of weed suspected to Indian hemp.

“The Suspect allegedly confessed to being a major dealer in Indian Hemp. The investigation is ongoing.

“On May 9, a, ‘B’ division Warri Patrol team while on patrol around Okumagba Estate sighted a tricycle of two occupants, immediately they sighted the Police team they switched off the headlight of the tricycle.

“As the Police moved closer to the tricycle, it was observed that the occupants had abandoned the tricycle and ran away possibly to a nearby bush. When the search was conducted on the tricycle a locally made gun and the live cartridge was recovered while the tricycle with the number, EHR 247 QF was impounded.

“The bush was comb with a view to arresting the fleeing hoodlum. Meanwhile, continuous manhunt is on to arrest and bring them to book”, the PPRO added.

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Eid el Fitr: Ahmadiyya advises governments to address great tension in Nigeria

Governments at all levels in Nigeria have been advised to urgently address the concerns of the citizens of the country in order to douse the lingering great tension in the land.

The Amir (National Head, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria), Alhaj (Barr.)  Alatoye Folorunso Azeez, who gave the advice in this year’s Eid-el-Fitri message, identified some concerns of the citizens in the country.

According to him, no one needs to be told that “there is tension, indeed, a great tension in the land over what concerns the people”, adding that one of them is: “The unrest in the country caused by insecurity, evil perpetrated by the notorious Boko Haram and now the latest addition banditry and herdsmen.

Other concerns Amir identified are: Cases of kidnapping for ransom and unwarranted killing;    hunger; mass unemployment of the teeming youths in their millions; payment of interest at alarming rate; Excessive loan portfolio that goes into non-productive activities and corruption;  agitation for secession due to all these social ills; unabated corruption; and lack of adequate attention to education sector and justices.

He explained that many innocent citizens have been kidnapped for no reason other than that they want ransom paid, while many were killed in the process, adding that: “This is not expected in a country where there is good governance. A government and her agencies should provide security for the people and also secure their property”.

He said there was hunger in the land as most farmers are not able to access their farm due to the terrorism of the herdsmen as it happened at Ibarapa in Oyo State and many other locations.

Stating that jobs are not being created and this poses a grave danger and the easy platform for the recruitment of bandits and Boko Haram sympathizers, he said this avenue should be urgently blocked.

On the payment of interest at alarming rate, he observed that this is to the extent that there is little or no income at all for the government to prosecute any project whatsoever as all the income of the nation is used to pay interest to few individuals plunging the country into spiritual war with Allah and his Prophet.

“Nigeria Oil Revenue projected for 2021 is ₦2.01trillion.  The Non-Oil revenue is ₦1.49trillion both totalling ₦3.50 trillion. Meanwhile interest is ₦3.32 trillion leaving only ₦180 billion for other expenditure”, he stated.

“The Jama’at encourages the Government to pay attention to all these social injustice and ills that Ramadhan came to eliminate in the interest of humanity. We are all human being before belonging to any group and the sanctity of humanity must be maintained of which Justice and Peace are paramount.

“This is the leading message being related to all world leaders by the worldwide head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah be His Holiness Helper) including the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I pray for a secure country with good standard of living. I pray that Allah help us to be able to change our conditions for better to enable us to continue to benefit from the teachings of Ramadhan. Amin”, Barrister Azeez stated. .

In his admonition to the generality of Muslims, the Amir said: “We are expected to be more faithful in Allah, fearful of His glory, hold in Him in awe due to His majesty, we are supposed to be graduating from a training school in a metaphorical sense, and be able to itemize what we have achieved”.

Continuing, Azeez stated: “We should be cognizance of the evil we are dropping. We should be discerning of the new virtue(s) we are assuming or embracing after Ramadan. We should be a new better creation now and forever. We should be magnanimous, kind-hearted, and more tolerant as we were during the month of Ramadan. Our prayers to Allah and religious devotions should be sustained to show that we have perpetually benefitted from the month.  Reverting to our evil ways is like losing it all”.