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Nasarawa police parade 47 kidnap, robbery suspects

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The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has arrested 47 persons suspected to be involved in kidnapping and armed robbery in the last three weeks.

The State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, who paraded the suspects on Wednesday in Lafia, said that 38 of them are suspected kidnappers, while nine are suspected armed robbers.

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He attributed the success in the fight against crime in Nasarawa State to the tireless efforts of the personnel of  “Operation Puff Adder,” an initiative of the Inspector-General of Police.

Longe explained that those arrested included two women believed to be suppliers of arms to the suspects, while one was said to be their cook.

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He said that six firearms and 24 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

Also recovered from the suspects were three motorcycles, N53,700, a laptop computer, mobile phones and assorted charms, he said.

Longe alerted members of the public of the news tactics of the criminals which included threats and intimidation through telephone and text messages.

“The criminals order their victims to pay huge sums of money or be arrested and killed. The command appeals to members of the public not to succumb to such threats.

“Such threats should be reported to us for quick action,” he said.

 

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Don’t break govt seals on properties sealed for breaking laws- LASG

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The Lagos State Government says it will sanction property owners and developers that break the government’s seals on their properties sealed for breaching various physical planning laws.

Dr Idris Salako, the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, made the assertion at the ongoing Special Enforcement Operations, saying that the state would no longer tolerate such infractions.

Salako, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Spokesman, Mr Mukaila Sanusi, gave the warning while directing the resealing of a commercial building on Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi, for various infractions of the construction code.

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He said that some unscrupulous developers were in the habit of breaking the government’s seals to continue construction overnight, thereby putting structures and people’s lives at risk.

“Those who are in the habit of breaking government seals should desist from such acts or face the full wrath of the law,” Salako said.

He advised developers to always secure Planning Permit from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and notify the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), prior to the commencement of any construction works.

The commissioner advised Lagos residents to support the government’s effort to curb the menace of illegal, and unapproved development, as he supervised the sealing of 52 additional unapproved structures in different parts of the state.

“Forty-one of these structures were sealed on Festac Link Road in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area.

“The remaining 11 structures were sealed in Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area and Eti-Osa Local Government Area, in locations such as Awolowo Road, Igbo Efon and Ikate Elegushi.

“I urge all Lagos people to be part of the vanguard to checkmate the menace of illegal building construction, by tipping-off the authorities when you discover any illegal development.

“It has been observed that some developers build overnight in order to circumvent procedure,” the commissioner said.

Other team members on the enforcement operation included the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr Ganiyu Ayuba; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Foluso Dipe; General Manager, LASBCA, Mrs Biola Kosegbe; operatives of LASPPPA and the Special Operations Team of the Governor’s Office.

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JUST IN: Fire guts CBN branch in Gombe

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A raging inferno on Friday gutted a section of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Gombe branch destroying the office of the Branch Controller.

When the Nation visited the scene of the fire incident, the CBN staff were seen running for safety.

Our source say a number of staff members were injured in the incident but did not disclosed their identity even as he begged for anonimity.

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We also gathered that some of the injured staff and those who inhaled carbon monoxide have been rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe for medical attention.

However, our source said the inferno did not extend to the vault and other important areas.

“So far no life was lost but due to the smoke, some were taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe for resuscitation. It majorly the office of the controller that was affected destroying documents but it didn’t extend to the vault,” the source stated.

Meanwhile a tweet by the Central Bank of Nigeria has denied loss of lives adding that the incident was caused by electrical fault.

“Today, a minor fire incident was reported at our Gombe branch. The fire which started from an electrical fault and partially destroyed some furniture in the Branch Controller’s office, was promptly put out. There was no injury and no record or other asset of the Bank was affected,” said the tweet

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NIS arrests kidnap suspect, murderer in Oyo

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Oyo State Command, on Friday arrested a 29-year-old, suspect, Lekan Raheem over alleged kidnapping and murder.

NIS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Olufemi Adetunji, disclosed this to newsmen at the Command’s office, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan, while handing over the suspect to the Oyo State Police Command.

Adetunji said that the suspect was arrested based on a tip-off from the Okada riders within the vicinity of the command’s office that the suspect has duped some of their members in time past.

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He added that the suspect was arrested based on this and later confessed to some other crimes.

“The suspect confessed that he not only involved in duping but also in Kidnapping and selling of human parts to ritualists.

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