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Tension in Ondo community as herdsmen kill three, residents allege helicopter bringing arms

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Residents of Arimogija community in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State have begun to flee the community following the fear of attack of herdsmen.

The residents lamented that some Fulani herdsmen had been attacking them, killing three persons on their farm during the week and nothing had been done to check the criminal activities of the bandits.

They also alleged that a helicopter came into the forest of the community and dropped some ammunition for the herdsmen. They said the matter was reported at the police station but no action was taken by the security agencies on the matter.

A resident of the town, who did not want his name in the print told our correspondent that the entire community had been living in fear, saying some of the residents had begun to relocate from the community following the Fulani herdsmen’s attack.

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The resident said:

“The Fulani herdsmen have killed three people in this community, in just one week. They killed a rice farmer, Jacob Odushe and his son, Adura this week. They killed another boy, Victor Ejeh. The boy’s corpse was found in the bush after a week that he was declared missing. The cuts on his body showed that he was killed by the bandits.

“Again, few days ago, a helicopter was sighted in our community and we later found out that the helicopter brought some arms and ammunition into the bush for the herdsmen to continue in their attack against us.

“We want to appeal to the state government to come to our aids, we need a serious presence of security agencies in this community and we don’t want to be taking laws into our hands.”

In his reaction, the Special Adviser to Governor Akeredolu on Security Matters Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo confirmed the killings in the community but said the governor had sent some security agents there to maintain law and order.

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He said:

I have been there, with some people, the people were so bittered about the man and his son that were killed. As they saw us they started protesting but I was able to calm them down.

“They were apprehensive of the fact that they said they saw a particular helicopter that came to the bush and they were suspecting that the helicopter brought some Fulani to the place to come and attack them probably at night.

“But Mr Governor has sent some solders there, as I am talking to you soldiers were patroling the community.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro was unable to comment on the matter as he said he was at a meeting when a call was put across to him and he did not respond to the text message sent to him.

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Police arrest suspected hemp peddler, recover 100 parcels in Jigawa

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The police in Jigawa has arrested a suspected illicit drug peddler with 100 parcels of hemp.

The police spokesman in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday.

Jinjiri said that the suspect, aged 25, was arrested by police enforcing border closure at the Kano-Jigawa border in Kijawal Village in Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa.

He said that the suspect, a resident of Sabon Garin Yaya Village in Taura Local Government Area of the state, was arrested in a Peugeot 406 heading to Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano.

“The police at Kijawal border – between Jigawa and Kano – deployed by the Jigawa Police Command to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, stopped a Peugeot 406 with registration number FGE 387 AA driven by a 25-year-old man of Sabon Garin Yaya, Taura LGA,” he said.

Jinjiri said that while searching the vehicle, the police discovered four bags each containing 25 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be hemp.

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The spokesman added that the parcels were valued at N750,000.

“The driver was apprehended and the vehicle impounded.

“During interrogation, the driver said that the vehicle and the hemp were given to him by his master who is a big hemp dealer, now at large, to deliver it to other vendors in Gezawa LGA, Kano State, who are also at large,” he said.

According to him, efforts are being made to arrest the fleeing suspects.

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The spokesman said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Usman Gomna, has directed the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to transfer the case to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution.

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Minister of Justice takes over trial of kidnap Kingpin Wadume, 19 others

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar  Malami has taken over the prosecution of alleged kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala, also known as Wadume (33 years) and 19 others charged with terrorism, kidnapping and dealing with prohibited arms.

The case commenced via a 16-count charge filed on January 21 this year, by Simon Lough (an Assistant Commissioner of Police) in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

A senior lawyer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Magaji Labaran told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday that the AGF has taken over the prosecution of the case pursuant to his power under Section 174(2) of the Constitution.

Labaran said the case file was handed to his office the previous day. He noted that only six, out of the 20 defendants, were present in court.

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He sought a short adjournment to enable him to put things in order and liaise with the arresting and investigating agencies to ensure that all the defendants are brought to court.

Lawyers to the defendants, including Y. D. Dagana, M. I. Tola and Yakubu Philemon did not object to the request for an adjournment.

Philemon, who represented the 16 to 19 defendants, said his clients were absent in court because of the current inter-state lockdown.

Justice Binta Nyako adjourned till June 8 for arraignment.

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Ten soldiers, including a Captain and two policemen, are among the19 people charged with Wadume.

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The soldiers are Ahmed Tijani Balarabe (Captain), David Isiah (Staff Sgt), Ibrahim Mohammed (Sgt), Bartholomew Obanye (Cpl), Mohammed Nura (Private), Okoroze Gideon (L/Cpl), Markus Michael (Cpl), Nvenaweimoemi Akpagra (L/Cpl), Abdullahi Adamu (Staff Sgt) and Ebele Emmanuel (Private).

The policemen are Aondona A. Iorbee (ASP) and Aliyu Dadje (Inspr).

Others are: Auwalu Bala (a. k. a Omo Razor), Uba Bala (a. k. a Uba Delu), Ahmad Suleiman (a. k. a Dan Ball), Bashir Waziri (a. k. a Baba Runs), Zubairu Abdullahi (a. k. a Basho), Hafizu Bala (a. k. a Mai welder) and Rayyanu A. Abdul.

They were, in one of the counts, alleged to have, “between February and April 2019 in Takum Taraba State, while acting in concert and armed with guns and other offensive weapons attacked and kidnapped one Usman Garba at his filling station in Takum and demanded and collected a ransom of N106.3miliion before he was released and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(1) of Terrorism (prevention) Amendment Act 2013.

They were, in another count, alleged to have “while acting in concert and armed guns and other offensive weapons committed acts of terrorism when you attacked and killed Insp. Mark Ediale, Sgt Usman Danzumi, Sgt Dahiru Musa, Babajide Owolabi and Faruk Bashir in Gidin Waya Ibi LGA, Taraba State, in order to rescue Alh. Hamisu Bala ‘M’ 33yrs (a.k.a Wadume) a notorious kidnapped king pin, who was arrested in connection with several cases of kidnapping and the attacked and kidnapped of one Usman Garba (aka Mayo) where a ransom of N106million was demanded and collected and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) of Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act 2013.

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We sold three cars to secure my dad’s release from kidnappers – Archbishop Joesph Masin’s son

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Three cars were sold to raise the ransom for abducted Nasarawa State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN], Archbishop Joseph Masin.

This was disclosed by the archbishop’s first son, Bishop Miracle Masin, on Tuesday.

According to Bishop Miracle, he sold the cars belonging to him, his wife and his father’s before he could raise the ransom to secure his father’s release. He added that some wellwisher also contributed funds to secure his father’s release.

WuzupNigeria reports that Archbishop Joseph was abducted at his residence in Bukan-Sidi, Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The cleric decried the harsh treatment meted to his father, who is also the General Overseer, Word of God Worldwide Gospel City.

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The Bishop, however, refused to disclose the amount paid by the family.

He explained that they started negotiations with the kidnapers from N45m, noting that when the kidnappers checked his father’s contacts on his phone and saw the calibre of persons there, they jacked up the ransom to N50m.

He said,

“Millions of naira was paid but we are not ready to disclose it now. The pressure was so much but we thank God for everything. The negotiations began from the day he was kidnapped till he was released on Saturday, May 30 around 11.45pm. He got home on Sunday around 4am.”

Miracle noted that the entire family was delighted to have his father back in good condition.

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He added,

“My father didn’t even know where he was until he met some people, who were running away from him until one of them was bold to come close and ask him what happened. They later took him to a place where we met him in.”

While describing the kidnappers as beasts, he said his father was left in a bush and was sleeping on stones with his shorts.

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He added,

“For those days, my father couldn’t eat. They were bringing food but he couldn’t eat because he was not sure of what was in the food and he didn’t trust them.

“They released him along Eggon but the ransom was actually paid in Obi.”

While expressing his gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Sule, his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, Miracle pointed out that the state government was not involved in the payment of the ransom.

He called on the government to boost security across the state to tackle the issue of kidnapping in the state.

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