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Police parade 15 for various criminal offences in Sokoto


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The Nigerian Police, Sokoto state command on Monday paraded fifteen suspects for various criminal offences in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje, represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Charles Mozie (SCID), disclosed this while addressing journalists at the command headquarters in the state.

According to him:

“A Police patrol team attached to Dadin Kowa Division, while on patrol within illela garage area, Sokoto, arrested one Hamza Adamu, in possession of one locally-made revolver firearm with three shorts pieces of pipes as its ammunition.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that the firearm was given to him by one Abubakar Bello, of Isa LGA Sokoto State to deliver to one Abubakar in Sokoto. The two suspects are still at large and effort in on top gear to get them arrested.

“Same day at the about same time, a Police patrol team attached to Salame Division, while on patrol within Gwadabawa local government of Sokoto State, arrested one Bello Aliyu Usman in possession of the following, one locally made firearm, handcuff, Walkie Talkie, Golf 3 car with Registration No. APP 714 CC and PCRC Identity Card.

“During interrogation, he confessed to having bought the firearm at Goronyo market, but could not give satisfactory account of how he got the other items.

Also, a Police patrol team attached to Unguwan Rogo Division, while on stop and search at Gagi roundabout, intercepted a Toyota Hiace Bus with Registration No NSR 07 YJ, driven by one Auwalu Ibrahim’m’ of Rigiyar Zaki area Kano State, who was in the company of one Haruna Aliyu of Gandi village Rabah, Sokoto state, Nasiru Ibrahim from Kware in Sokoto state and Nura Abdullahi of Sabon Wuse area, Abuja.

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During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have been stealing Solar batteries from GSM Masts across Zamfara State. The suspects were arrested in possession of four Nord URLA Deep Cycle batteries, two cutlasses, the sum of N45,415:00k, 34 GSM phone batteries, toolbox and eight wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp. The suspects also confessed selling the batteries to one Aminu Mohammed of Kwannawa area Sokoto also arrested.

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The case is still under investigation.

Furthermore, a member of gang of hoodlums who specialized in burgling vehicles and stealing money from unsuspecting citizens of Sokoto State was arrested.

“The suspect named Martin Amefule of Nsu LGA, Imo state, criminally conspired with Ochidi Bath and Uche (now at Large), trailed the complainant from a bank to Emir Yahaya area Sokoto, broke into his Toyota Camry vehicle and removed the sum of five million naira (N5,000,000.00k) cash, which he withdraw from Zenith bank Kano road Sokoto.

“The suspect confessed to the crime and stated that they were three in number that trailed the complainant, and he was the one who broke the windscreen of the vehicle with stone and made away with the said amount of money.”

In another development, the police acting upon credible information from vigilante group of Gidan Abba village in Bodinga local Government area, arrested one Umar Abdullahi, alias Sanda who was found wandering at a black spot.

“During interrogation at State CID it was discovered that the suspect was a member of a gang of kidnappers who terrorized Bodinga/Yabo axis, and in the course of investigation one locally made pistol was recovered in his house.

“Also on Tuesday last week, a Police patrol team attached to Dadin Kowa Division Sokoto, arrested one Muhammadu Aliyu of Marina area Sokoto. The said suspect was seen dressed like a woman, parading himself along Fakon Idi area and when accosted, he claimed to have dressed in such deceptive outfit to deceive men in order to extort money from them,” DCP Charles Mozie stated.


Alleged forgery: Arrest warrant on two Sri Lankans still stands, judge says



The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Saththiyaraj Kantharasa, Vinith Ukantharasa, and a Nigerian, Anthony Adetokunbo, were to be arraigned on May 13 by the ICPC over alleged possession of fake Malaysian passports and making a false statement.

They failed to appear in court. Justice Goodluck on that day issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the two Sri Lankans and their sureties over their failure to attend the court for arraignment.

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She fixed June 24 for arraignment after the ICPC counsel Mr. Anieken Ekong informed the court that the two Sri Lankans were still not in court.

Ekong said the ICPC reported to the police on the order of bench warrant issued against the suspects and their sureties.

He told the court that the police asked for time to enable them to act on it.
Ekong, however, said that the third suspect who had been remanded in the correctional center was in court.

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World Bank approved $346m for projects in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger



The World Bank has approved $346m for two projects aimed at strengthening resilience and livelihoods in the Lake Chad region.

A statement from the World Bank explained that the projects, which are to be financed through the International Development Association, will be shared between Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

The Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project for North Eastern Nigeria, Additional Financing – for which the bank allocated $176m – will help the Federal Government to improve access to basic services and livelihood opportunities for crisis-affected communities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

The project will also enhance coordination among the states and other Lake Chad countries.

The project expands the ongoing $200m MCRP project and puts an increased emphasis on support for agricultural livelihoods and investments.

The MCRP AF will provide support for labour-intensive approaches and works programs, promote rural and regional connectivity, rehabilitate market infrastructure and prioritise climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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The project will also expand its education and health activities by providing grants to school committees and incentives to returning teachers.

It would also promote the quality of primary health care services in targeted public health centres and district hospitals.

The second project, the Lake Chad Region Recovery and Development Project, valued at $170m, will support national and regional coordination platforms and local capacity building in selected provinces of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

It is also expected that the project – PROLAC – will contribute to restore sustainable rural mobility and connectivity and strengthen the recovery of agricultural livelihoods.

It will also promote knowledge sharing and regional dialogue with a data platform hosted at the Lake Chad Basin Commission while strengthening community empowerment through citizen engagement, social cohesion activities and labour-intensive public works.

The statement added that PROLAC will contribute to the rehabilitation of rural roads and small transport infrastructure, and promote productive investments in the affected the areas.

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According to the World Bank, the Lake Chad region suffers from poor development and economic indicators compared to the averages in other areas in the four countries.

There are significant gaps in infrastructure, access to basic services is poor, and natural resources and livelihoods are severely impacted by climate change.

The World Bank noted that since 2009, the situation in the region had been worsened by insecurity due to the activities of insurgents.

The prevailing security situation has prevented more than 49 million people in the region from attaining their livelihoods in fishing, livestock farming and agriculture.

The two newly approved operations will focus on enhancing regional collaboration among the four countries to support communities close to the shore of Lake Chad.

The projects are also aimed at improving the living conditions of the population, including vulnerable women and youth who face the negative impacts of climate change and suffer from insecurity.

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World Bank Director of Regional Integration for Africa, Deborah Wetzel, said the Lake Chad region remains a priority area of engagement as a result of the common nature of the challenges faced by the sub-region and the huge potential for regional cooperation.

“The framework being created by both PROLAC and the MCRP AF will lay the foundation for future regional and coordinated investments that will improve access to regional markets, promote value-chains development and revive cross-border and regional trade,” she said.

PROLAC and MCRP are aligned with existing regional and national strategies, including the World Bank’s Regional Integration and Cooperation Assistance Strategy which promotes collective actions to address the risks of regional economic contagion, fragility, epidemic and climate hot spots.

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Applicant arraigned for allegedly stealing friend’s camera worth N710,000



Applicant arraigned for allegedly stealing friend's camera worth N710,000

A 21-year old applicant has been arraigned by the police in a Wuse  Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing his friend’s Cannon 6D Mark2 camera worth N710, 000.

The man identified as Francis, who resides in Block C6, Same Global Estate, Darkwo District, Abuja, is been charged with two counts of housebreaking and theft.

The Prosecution Counsel, Peter Ejike, told the court that the complainant, Mr Wangel Kunsept of Block 21, Darka Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, reported the matter at the Divisional Police Headquarters Wuse Zone 3, Abuja on May 13.

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Ejike alleged that the defendant illegally gained entrance into the complainant’s house, broke his door and stole the camera and a pair of shoes worth N18, 000.

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The prosecutor alleged that during the investigation the defendant admitted to committing the crime.

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The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 346 and 287 of the Penal Code

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Linda Chidama admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N400, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Chidama ordered that the surety must be a civil servant on GL 10 or above and must reside within the court jurisdiction.

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She adjourned the matter until July 2 for hearing.









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