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Gunmen storm village in Sokoto, abduct pregnant woman

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Suspected gunmen numbering about seven have reportedly abducted a pregnant woman identified as Luba Bello in Katura village in Denge Shuni local government area of Sokoto State in the early hours of Thursday.

Tribune reported that the woman was abducted around 2:00 am at her husband’s house, a distance of about 15 Kilometers from Sokoto town.

The source revealed that the gunmen numbering about seven stormed Katura village and started shooting sporadically to scare people away. He also revealed that her husband was mercilessly beaten before she was whisked away.

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The spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Sadiq Abubakar, confirmed the incident and said police at Dange Shuni Division received a distress call that seven armed men at about 2:00 am, stormed Katura village and abducted a pregnant woman called Halima who is also known as Luba Bello.

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According to him,

“as I’m talking with you now, policemen are on the trail of the kidnappers in order to rescue the woman.

“As a matter of fact, all bushes around the area have been combed by the police and investigation has commenced into the matter.”

The police PRO urged the general public to provide police with intelligence information so as to curb the activities of criminals.

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Tribune further reported that as at the time of filing the villagers have relocated to Dange Shuni police office. It was also gathered that the woman is a sister to a prominent politician in the Denge Shuni local government.

All efforts to speak with the husband of the abducted woman were not successful, as he was yet to recover from the shock.

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To nab a suspected armed robber, IGP Special Tactical Squad arrests his friend, tortures him to death

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The Police in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, have allegedly tortured a 46-year-old electrician to death while using him as bait to arrest his friend believed to have been involved in an armed robbery operation.

According to reports, members of the Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad arrested the deceased, one Olaoluwa Bolarinwa, at his residence in the Ekotedo, Iyaolobe area of Ibadan on March 26, 2020.

Bolarinwa was arrested alongside his nephew, one Oreoluwa Abiona. The duo, two televisions, decoders, and phones were reportedly moved to Mokola Police Station.

The police reportedly called Olaoluwa’s wife, Blessing, the following day to come and bail Oreoluwa, saying her husband’s friend was their main target.

The operatives were reported to have ordered the 46-year-old Olaoluwa to give information that would lead to the arrest of his friend, identified simply as Bosun, who was suspected to have been involved in a bank robbery.

Blessing said after securing Oreoluwa’s release on bail, all entreaties to get her husband freed were rebuffed by the policemen.

The Punch while quoting the deceased’s brother, Boyo Adeshina, reported that Olaoluwa was later moved from the Mokola Police Station to an undisclosed location, which made the family search for him.

He stated,

“It was at the Mokola Police Station that we got to know that my brother had been moved to the Obada Police Station. The following Saturday, we went to the Obada Police Station, where I was told that there was no record of him there and we were directed to the Ogun State Police Command’s Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Eleweran.

“When we got there, we were directed to the IGPSTS and with the help of my sister, who is an army officer, we got to know that the policemen were from the IGPSTS in Lagos.

“We called the phone number that the IPO gave Oreoluwa and Truecaller identified the number as belonging to System, but immediately we asked him about Olaoluwa, he dropped the call.

“My brother-in-law called him and the policeman told him that he was in Lagos that we should come and meet him at the police headquarters in Obalende, but when we got to Obalende and called him, he told us that he was on his way to Abuja and would call my brother-in-law and give him the details of my brother’s offence, but whenever we called him after that, he used to cut off the phone.

Adeshina said he got a lawyer to call the policeman to demand his brother’s offence and his whereabouts.

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He stated,

“The cop said my brother and others were involved in armed robbery, which was different from what we were told at the Mokola Police Station that Olaoluwa was just needed to track a suspect and would be released as soon as the suspect was found.

“Four weeks after that, I went to their office at Ayobo. The policemen we met there denied knowing any cop called System. They also said there was no case of any Olaoluwa there. My sister and I went back the following week and met another policeman, who told us that all the suspects and their IPOs had been moved to Abuja.

“He asked us to go home and wait until after the lockdown. We went back but the following week, we were chased away because we asked for their phone numbers to enable us contact them to know when the commandant would be available.

“I later went back to the station with my sister. They brought out their register; I was behind the policeman who brought out the register and he asked me to call System; they spoke with him after which they allowed us to see the commander.

“The commander asked me if Olaoluwa had been arrested before and I said no. She asked if I knew he was an armed robber and I told her it was not possible. The commander ordered that the suspects be brought out, but four men were brought and the first man, who claimed to know Olaoluwa, said he was their sponsor and that he was in charge of providing guns for them during operations.

“The commander told us that Olaoluwa died three days after his arrest. She and her men had forgotten that two weeks after Olaoluwa’s arrest, they gave him a phone to speak to his wife. We asked them to release his corpse to us, but the commander said because he was an armed robber, they would not release his corpse for burial. She didn’t allow us to ask how our brother died.

“They called my brother an armed robber and killed him without taking him to court; we want Nigerians to stand up and fight for us. My brother’s death is a case of extrajudicial killing. My brother was not a thief and he was murdered. We want justice.”

When the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, was contacted on the telephone by our correspondent, he did not pick his calls and had yet to reply to an SMS sent to his telephone as of the time of filing this report.

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31-year-old armed robbery, murder suspect arrested in Imo

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Chukwuemeka Nnane, also known as 'No Stain' or 'Armourer', was declared wanted by the police in 2019

The Imo State Police Command has arrested a 31-year-old armed robbery and murder suspect in Oguta Local Government Area of the state.

Chukwuemeka Nnane, also known as ‘No Stain’ or ‘Armourer’, was declared wanted by the police in 2019 for his alleged involvement in multiple criminal activities.

The state Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, described the arrest as a major breakthrough for the command.

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He said,

“On May 4 at Oguta LGA, Imo state, at Umudeyi, SARS operation coordinated by CSP Victor O GODFREY and led by Inspr. Onyeka arrested one Chukwuemeka Nnane aka No Stain or armourer, 31, and recovered the following weapons, 15 live GPM Special ammunition and two Lar rifle magazine, a police face cap and a Lar rifle hidden inside a shrine.

“It is important to note that the arrested suspect has been on our wanted list for murder and robbery. He belongs to the notorious Ebuka Ukachukwu aka Small witch gang of armed robbery and kidnapping who was declared wanted by the Imo state police command on September 19, 2019.

“Suspects has confessed to the crimes. During arrest, he sustained gunshot injury on his lower left leg. He was rushed to the hospital, treated and discharged.”

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I became a kidnapper because my efforts to break out of poverty failed – Suspect

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The alleged kidnappers: Sani Mohammed Kindi, 27, and Sani Jibrin, 30, both of Ebbo village in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger state
The alleged kidnappers: Sani Mohammed Kindi, 27, and Sani Jibrin, 30, both of Ebbo village in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger state

A kidnap suspect, Sani Jibrin, has claimed he joined crime after all his efforts to break out of poverty failed.

Jibrin, a farmer, who described his situation as unfortunate, said he had been in the kidnap business for three years.

He said,

“Things are really tough this time around. I have nothing to fall back to hence I joined the kidnapping business in my area for over three years but police operatives apprehended me in the act,” adding, 

“I have done everything within my reach to break the shackles of poverty so that I will start to live a normal life but it did not work out for me. It is unfortunate.”

WuzupNigeria reports that 30-year-old Jibrin is one of the two notorious kidnappers terrorising Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State.

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The duo – Jibrin and one Sani Mohammed Kindi, 27 – had attacked Kpada community and kidnapped three women. They were also alleged to have left two others fatally wounded and four others with minor gunshot injuries.

Following a tip-off, a team of the Niger State Police Command’s Operation Puff-Adder and local vigilance group members trailed them to Lapai where they were arrested.

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The police operatives were also said to have rushed the wounded to the General Hospital Gulu for treatment.

The Niger State Police Spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

He said the three victims were rescued and investigations were ongoing.

He added that the Jibrin and Mohammed would soon be arraigned in court.

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