A 20-year-old cattle rustler and kidnapper has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for allegedly killing his elder brother in Kaduna.
The man identified as Ibrahim Abdullahi was said to have allegedly masterminded an armed robbery which led to the death of his elder brother identified as Kadade Abdullahi of Amana MaiKasuwa Village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
Newsmen learnt that Ibrahim Abdullahi who was arrested alongside one Hassan Amadu reportedly contracted a five-man gang of armed robbers identified as Auwalu, Kiri Jumare, Nakaduwa, Yellow and Amadu to rob and kill his brother because he was enjoying more favours from his father who is a cattle trader.
Three months after the robbery and killing of his brother, the suspect met his waterloo when operatives of the IRT led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari attached to the operation Puff Adder in Kateri area of Kaduna State got information about Abudulahi’s activities and one of his gang members, Amadu.
In a series of investigation, Abdullahi confessed that he organised the killing of his elder brother.
Narrating the tragic incident, the suspect joined the cattle rustling gang which later grew into an armed robbery and kidnapping gang terrorizing residents of Kaduna and Zaria.
He said; “My father married four wives and had so many children. I don’t know what was so special about Kadade that my father would prefer him to his other children. I was never sent to regular school but Arabic school in Kaduna. It was only Kadade who attended primary and secondary school. My father said he wanted all of us to be farmers, yet he kept calling us illiterates that cannot speak English.
“How can I speak English when my father did not send me to school? I learnt how to cultivate corn and rear cow. I had to get married to convince him that I was old enough to handle responsibilities. As soon as I got married, my father gave me only 20 cows and two plots of land.
“It was Adamu, a farmer who introduced me to robbery and kidnapping. I met him in the bush while I was rearing cows and he asked me to join him which I did. We started by stealing rams, goats and sheep and as we were able to secure enough AK47 rifles, we started rustling cows. He also introduced me to one Abdulahi who lived in the forest and gave us information on rich people we could kidnap after which he would get his own share. I never kept the stolen cows because my father would notice and accuse me of stealing.
Any cow that we stole would be kept in the bush and sold later. Most of the people that we kidnapped were Fulani cattle rearers who were known to us. We would kidnap them and ask them to bring the money they realized from the sale of their cows. It was only a few times that we entered the Kaduna-Zaria express road to stop motorists, we avoided that area because there were so many stronger gangs in charge of those areas who sometimes invited us to join them if they needed more hands.
My brother sold some cows and made N1.7million. It was a good deal that he came back and was making noise about it. My father was also very happy about it and asked him to keep the entire money. We expected him to share the money but he asked him to take it to the bank the next day. That day I was so broke and asked my father for money. He started insulting me and asked me to learn to be responsible like Kadade.
I was so bitter and I immediately called a member of our gang, Haruna and told him about the money in my house. I asked them to come that night and also make sure that they kill my brother. Although I now regret my action but I thought that his death would make my father allow me to control some of his businesses. At about midnight that day, about five of them came. They knocked on my window to let me know that they were around. They searched everywhere including my room and before they left, they killed my brother as I instructed them.
Initially, police came and arrested our neighbors because they also heard about the money made from the sale of cows. They were later released and my brother was buried while the matter was forgotten. I was surprised when police came back weeks later with Hassan and arrested me. I am terribly sorry and hope that my family would forgive me.”
A 22-year-old accomplice identified as Hassan who is a native of Rinji village in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state also narrated how he got involved in the incident.
Hassan said: “My father sent me out of the house when I was 15 years old to go and learn how to rear cows from one Alhaji Sani. Although my father was also a farmer, he preferred to send me out because he had so many sons. The agreement was that at the end of each year, the man that I was serving would give me a small cow. I was expected to continue like this until I got enough before leaving to start my own business.
I met Haruna in the bush and he gave me an idea on how to make my own money. He told me that Alhaji Sani, who was my boss, was very rich and had so many cows and that he would not notice if one cow was missing. I started like that by leaving one cow behind every month whenever I took them out for feeding. Haruna would then come back later to take the cow and sell. This worked for me until Alhaji Sani discovered that his cows were missing and sent most of us away.
“When I told Haruna my plight, he asked me to come and start working for him. This was how we started stealing cows and gradually Haruna introduced us to robbery and kidnapping. Ibrahim was part of us and normally anyone could bring information about where we could steal from or those we could kidnap. That was why he told us that there was money in their house. I never knew that he asked Haruna to ensure that Kadade was killed.
We all lived around the same village, so I knew Kadade very well as a hardworking man and very generous. I would never wish him dead. On the day of the incident, I was busy searching the other rooms for money when I heard a gunshot. I thought it was just to scare them and warn us to prepare to move out. It was in the bush that I learnt that Kadade was killed. We only found N300,000 in the house and my share was N40,000.”
Police commissioner relocates to Moniya due to recent Oyo killings
Following the wrongful murder of the 18-year-old teenager identified as Barakat Bello and a 29-year-old Azeezat Somuyiwa in Moniya, Akinyele Local Government Area, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu has relocated his office to the vicinity of the sad incident.
Newsmen learnt that the Deputy Commissioner(Operations) and Deputy Commissioner (Criminal Investigation Department) were among other top officers who relocated to the area.
It was also reported that Somuyiwa, who was seven months pregnant, was killed on Friday in the axis.
The relocation of top officers to the area in response to the killing was announced in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi.
“The police are aware of the dastardly killing of one Baraka Bello ‘f’ 18-years-old of Oloro Area kraal, Akinyele LGA of Oyo State on 31st May, 2020 and one Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya Akinyele LGA, on 5th June, 2020.
`It should be noted that immediately the Commissioner of Police got wind of the incident, he relocated his office to the area along with the DC Operations, DC Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Area Commander, Moniya, DPOs Moniya and Ojoo with all the police tactical teams in company with Special Assistant (SA) and Executive Assistant (EA) Security from Oyo State Government House.
“Furthermore, intensified efforts are on by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, to unravel the mystery behind the dastardly killings.
`The Commissioner of Police therefore wishes to use this medium to put the records straight that Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya, that was killed in the early hours of 5th June, 2020 by some assailants was smashed with stone on her head.
“The deceased is not a post graduate student of the University of Ibadan as widely circulated on the social media. Her murder seems similar to that of a ritual killing,’’ Fadeyi said.
The police spokesman said the commissioner reiterated the resolve of the command to get to the root of the matter and advised members of the public to be wary of hoodlums in their midst.
Fadeyi quoted the commissioner as warning residents to be security conscious and embark on bush clearing.
The commissioner also reiterated the command’s resolve to continue to rejig the security architecture for maximum protection of lives and property in the state.
He urged residents to continue to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation, saying adequate security measures had been put in place to respond promptly to any security threat.
Plateau: One dead, 12 injured as tanker rams into vehicles
Catastrophy struck on Saturday in Plateau State as a 45,000 capacity laden truck with petroleum suddenly lost control and rammed into several vehicles including pedestrians at Polo roundabout in Jos North local government area of the state.
The accident killed one person and left 12 others in critical conditions.
An eye witness told newsmen that the unfortunate incident occurred at about 11:34 am when the driver of the truck with the registration number Abuja RBC 141 XB lost control of the vehicle due to brake failure and could not manoeuvre the truck to a stop as he approached Polo roundabout, Tribune reported.
The driver who was an underage rammed the truck into several vehicles including seven commercial tricycles with passengers before it finally crashed into the fence of Saint John College where some people sustained injuries.
It was gathered that the driver and other two people in the truck suddenly jumped out after the crash and ran into the College to avoid being lynched by the people within the vicinity.
The Media Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps Plateau Command Mr Andrew Bala who confirmed the accident said one person was killed in the crash while 12 others sustained injuries and presently receiving treatment at Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, Plateau State.
Bala who attributed the accident to mechanical deficient vehicle said the driver of the truck lost control as a result of brake failure and rammed into seven tricycles and three other cars.
He, therefore, appealed to drivers to always maintain their vehicles and drive at minimal speed anytime they are driving within a township.
Meanwhile, residents of Polo have appealed to both the State and federal governments to find a solution to the incessant accident involving trucks and other articulated vehicles in the area.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria Badejo slumps, dies
The legal profession on Friday lost two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Chief (Sir) Alfred Oghogho Eghobamien and Sir Jadegoke Adebonajo Badejo.
Eghobamien was born on June 5, 1935 (85 years). He is the father of Mr Osaro Eghobamien SAN.
Sir Eghobamien was called to the English Bar and the Nigerian Bar in the years 1972 and 1973 respectively. He was conferred with the rank of SAN in 1995.
Badejo, the Principal Partner of Bonajo Badejo & Co, died as he was walking out of his home. He was was born on the 6th of March, 1959 (61 years).
The official GSM line of his law firm rang out yesterday, but a source told The Nation how the incident occurred.
“He was fully dressed about to step out of the house. He was getting ready to leave home for work yesterday when he slumped and passed on,” the source said.
Badejo was called to Bar in 1980 and took Silk in 2009 with conferment serial no. 311.
He had an LL.B from the University of Ife and an LL.M from the University of Lagos, among other qualifications.
The Body of SANs (BOSAN) mourned their deaths in two statements on Saturday.
“As an eminent lawyer in matters of Edo State politics, Sir Eghobamien represented Edo State at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference (CONFAB). He has later appointed a Life Bencher in 2017,” said BOSAN secretary, Mr Seyi Sowemimo, SAN.
For Badejo, Sowemimo said;
“We deeply mourn the sad demise of our colleague and we pray that the Almighty God grants his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Funeral arrangements as released by his family will be announced in due course,” said BOSAN secretary, Mr Seyi Sowemimo, SAN.
Sir Badejo acted as Legal Consultant and Company Secretary to many blue-chip companies and orthodox religious bodies in Nigeria.
Some of his religious friends paid tribute to his memory at https://www.forevermissed.com/sirbonajo-badejosankjw/about a website set up in his honour.
“I sat beside you as time keeper at the March constitutional review conference of our church held at Hoare’s memorial; to say you displayed your usual brilliance and zeal is an understatement. A soft spoken, quiet achiever but loud committer of time and resources. We have been hit below the belt. May God bless your beautiful and pleasant soul. Great tree that fall and emptied the forest!,” said Kolade Fadahunsiu.
Others who paid tribute include Erimakpe Adelemoni and Busyi Agunbiade.
“You taught me, you tutored me, you were tough yet caring, I feared you like a son his father, I respected you and adored your hard work and dedication to work and humanity. The news of your passing has been one of total shock and disbelief. Sir, you were a good man. May heaven open its doors for your soul, may the Lord welcome you into His eternal rest. Rest well sir,” Adelemoni said.
“What a day for humanity. Sir Bonajo Badejo, we were still in grief of the colossal loss, in person of Sir Oluremi Omotoso, when we had that your Maker has also called you home. Though it pains to lose two giants of faiths like you even within a decade, our comfort is in the fact you died as a dedicated, committed, productive, humble servant of God. Good night servant of God,” Agunbiade said.
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