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Police arrest three-man gang for robbing bank customers in Calabar

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The Cross River State Police Command on Wednesday paraded three suspected armed robbers who specialise in trailing and robbing bank customers after they make withdrawals.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Nkereuwem Akpan, while briefing newsmen in Calabar, said operatives of the Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Squad of the police arrested the suspects.

He said the command had a rapid response mechanism that helps to track down suspected armed robbers easily.

“This morning, a set of 3-man robbery gang were arrested. They specialise in robbing people from banks. By the time you go to the bank, withdraw your money, before you enter your car, they will trail you and rob you.

“This morning, they went to First Bank on Calabar road to rob someone and in the process, the victims raised alarm and with the help of members of the public, they will picked by our operatives.

“It was a good breakthrough. The suspects have confessed to the crime. The community policing of the Inspector General of Police is still working.

“We have picked over 30 suspects in the last few months. When you partner with the public, you will see results and it is working,” he said.

Nkereuwem thanked members of the public who have been giving the police useful information and urged them to do more.

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He said that the suspects will be charged to court as soon investigation was completed.

One of the suspects, Ifeanyi Ebama, said he was arrested after breaking the vehicle glass of a victim to steal money.

“I broke the glass of one man to steal money that was wrapped in a nylon. As soon as I carried the nylon, the man shouted and before I knew, we were arrested including two of my friends that were waiting for me inside the car.

“We normally park our vehicle close to the First Bank on Calabar road and monitor customers who come out with large sums of money either in a nylon or big envelopes.

“We have been in the business for three months now. I want to beg the police to forgive us,” he said.

The command recovered from the suspects a Toyota Sienna vehicle and a rod used in opening car doors and breaking the glasses.

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Man, 25, breaks into 70-year-old woman’s house in Ogun, rapes her

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The Ogun State Police Command has arrested one Wasiu Bankole, 25, for allegedly raping a 70-year-old woman.

WuzupNigeria reports that detectives from Agbado division in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state arrested the suspect on Wednesday less than 24 hours after he reportedly committed the crime.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident Thursday, said the suspect had confessed to the crime.

Oyeyemi disclosed that the septuagenarian rape victim (name withheld) reported at the Agbado division that while she was sleeping in her house on Tuesday, the suspect broke in and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

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He said:

“The suspect was arrested following a report by the victim who reported at Agbado division that while she was sleeping in her house on the 2nd of June 2020, at Abule Lemode area of Ijoko at about 8:00pm, the suspect suddenly broke into her room, held her down and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her against her consent.

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“The victim stated further that it was one of her neighbours who heard her screaming that came to rescue her by using a stick to hit the suspect at his back consequent upon which he jumped off her and ran away leaving his clothes, shoe and torchlight inside her room.

“Upon the report, the DPO Agbado division, SP Kuranga Yero, dispatched his detectives to look for the suspect and bring him to justice. The detectives succeeded in getting him arrested 24 hours after and brought him to the station.

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“On interrogation, he confessed committing the crime but claimed to have acted under the influence of alcohol.”

Oyeyemi, however, stated that the victim had been taken to the hospital for medical attention.

He added that the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to Anti-human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

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Police free 42-year-old man who raped seven-year-old IDP

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There is serious anger in the Nguru area of Yobe State following the decision of the Nigeria Police Force to release a man who serially raped a seven-year-old internally displaced girl.

The girl, it was gathered lives with her mother in a camp at Garbi, a suburb of Nguru town, after they fled insurgents attacks.

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According to Sahara Reporters, an activist based in Nguru who is working to get justice for the family of the victim (name withheld) said people of the area are outraged after they saw the perpetrator of the crime, Danladi Naira, walking freely in the town.

Describing how the alleged rapist was nabbed, he said:

“The rapist always picks the girl on her way to Islamiyya and rape her.”

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Kaduna man sentenced to death for raping two-year-old to death in 2015

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A Kaduna State High Court sitting in Dogarawa Sabon Gari in Zaria on Wednesday sentenced one Usman Shehu Bashir to death by hanging for raping a two-year-old girl to death.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Kabir Dabo, said the convict had confessed to committing the offence, adding that relying on Section 221of the Penal Code, he was sentencing him to death by hanging.

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The case started on the 23 March 2015 and lasted for five years.

Justice Dabo said,

“On the fateful day, the convict took the late Fatima to his room and for about 40 minutes, he raped her which led to her death.”

After passing the judgment Justice Kabir Dabo said the convict has the right to appeal within 90 days of the judgment.

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In her reaction, the State Counsel Barrister Jummai Dan Azimi said the Court has done justice to the case.

Father of late Fatima, Malam Zakariya Ya’u Dahiru said the judgment passed on Usman has justified what he did to his daughter.

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