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Unknown gunmen abduct five persons in Kaduna

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Five persons have been abducted by unidentified gunmen at Danbushiya Village in Malali, Kaduna North Area of Kaduna State, the State Police Command has said.

According to The Punch, the gunmen in military uniform blocked the access road to the Babatunde Fashola Housing Estate and intercepted a Honda Accord with  Reg. No. LND 753 AL and five other vehicles where they kidnapped seven persons.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, however, said after much pressure following the general patrol of the area by a crack team of the police, two persons were released by the suspected kidnappers.

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He also said upon search, $10,000 US Dollars and N647,300 were recovered from one of the vehicles.

The spokesman added that the combined team of the command’s anti-kidnap squad and vigilante have been dispatched in the scene for search operations with the view to apprehending the perpetrators.

Sabo also disclosed that the command had contacted the IRT team of the Inspector General of Police for technical support.

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The police chief said:

On 23/08/19  at about 2300hrs, DPO Malali reported that he received a distress call that, Armed Men in military uniform blocked the access road to Babatunde Fashola Housing Estate Danbushiya village at the outskirt of Kaduna and intercepted a Honda Accord Reg. No. LND 753 AL and five  (5) other vehicles and kidnapped seven persons. 

“Patrol teams within the Metropolis led By the DPO were quickly mobilised to the scene of the incident but the hoodlums had already escaped with the victims. 

“However, due to pressurised patrols within the general area, two of the victims were later found released by the hoodlums. The two released victims alongside the vehicles were taken to the Police station.”

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Gunmen allegedly abduct ex-Abia Customary Court Judge

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Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a former customary court judge in Abia State, Chief Godwin Mejuru.

Mejuru, according to reports, was abducted at Okeikpe, Ukwa West council area of the state.

Mejuru was said to be on his way to Obehie town when the gunmen seized him at Okeikpe along the Azumini- Obehie road.

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Family sources said the kidnappers were yet to contact the family, raising fears about his safety.

Mejuru is described by residents of Obehie town as peace-loving and easy-going.

A resident said:

“Chief Godwin Mejuru is an easygoing and peace-loving person, who could have plotted against him?

“We only heard that he was returning to his residence at Obehie town. Nobody knows how the incident happened, maybe, he ran into the kidnappers on the road. We pray they release him unhurt.”

Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, was unsuccessful as the time of filing this report.

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Court orders man to sweep premises for three hours for stealing food

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A Life Camp Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, on Thursday, ordered a 30-year-old Labourer, Yusuf Muazu, to sweep the court premises for three hours for stealing a bowl of food and a cup of cold water.

The Police charged Muazu of no fixed address for criminal trespass and theft.

Muazu, however, pleaded guilty to the charges and begged the court for leniency.

“I plead for mercy, I want the court to forgive me. I was really hungry and I entered the woman’s’ kitchen and saw a pot of food and I fetched some and also a cup of water.”

Magistrate Sharon Tanko, in her ruling, said, being hungry does not give the convict the right to commit such offence, thus would be punished for his crime.

“The court having found the convict guilty of the offence and him being remorseful and not wasting the time of the court in admitting to his crime, is hereby ordered to engage in three hours community service.

“You are hereby ordered to pick up all the dirt’s and clean up the premises of Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for three hours under the supervision of the court registrar,’’ Tanko said.

The Magistrate further advised Muazu to relocate back to his home town at Kano or elsewhere where he can be meaningfully engaged to meet his daily needs.

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Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, FCT Command, told the court that one Chidibere Lewechi of Life Camp, Abuja reported the matter at Life Camp police station, on July 1.

The Prosecutor alleged that the defendant smartly entered into the complainant’s compound and made his way into her kitchen without her consent.

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He told the court that the defendant stole a bowl of food with meat from the complainant’s pot with a cup of cold water.

Ejike alleged that while the defendant was about to leave the kitchen with the stolen items, the younger brother to the complainant caught him and held him down with the help of neighbours.

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He added that during police investigation, the defendant admitted to having committed the crime.

The Prosecutor said that the offence contravened Sections 348 and 288 of the Penal Code Law.

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I thank God police arrested us, gang leader says

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The Nigeria Police on Thursday paraded seven members of a gang responsible for robbing three banks in Ondo and Ekiti States between 2019 and the early part of 2020, killing six policemen in the process.

Leader of the gang, 42-year old Ojo Tubonsun, who confessed to the crime, said he was grateful to God that they were arrested by the police.

Tubonsun was paraded alongside six other members of his gang at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad headquarters in Abuja.

Also paraded were suspects for other offences including arms dealing, fraud, homicide and kidnapping.

Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, who paraded 32 suspects said items recovered from them included one AK-47 rifle, one AK-49 rifle; two pump action rifles, 19 locally made pistols, 129 live cartridges for the pump actions, 145 rounds of live ammunition and one Toyota Corolla salon car.

The arrests were made by operatives of the Special Tactical Squad (STS).

Mba said Tubonsun’s gang carried out the three robberies between 2019 and the early part of this year.

“Between 2019 and the early part of this year, three cases of bank robberies were recorded in Ondo and Ekiti States. Three banks located at Ile-Oluji in Ondo State, Idanre also in Ondo State, as well as Oye in Ekiti State were at different times attacked and robbed by this same gang.

“Operatives from STS carried very extensive and intensive investigations into this case that lasted for months and today we are glad that we can present to you the outcome of these comprehensive investigations. Six policemen were killed as a result of those robberies. Four were killed during the robbery at Ile-Oluji in Ondo, while two were killed during the Oye in Ekiti State. A branch of WEMA Bank, a branch of UBA as well as a microfinance bank were attacked in those three operations,” the police spokesman said.

Other members of the gang arrested were Ismail Ojo, 25; Victor Owoyemi, 36; Adeniyi John, 42; Sola Oladimeji, 50; Olubadu Fatoye, 41; and Dele Ariyo, 44.

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Mba said the gang’s operations were highly organized and clinically executed.

“They had clear cut division of labour and each member of the group had an assigned role and they played it as effectively as they could. Fatoye and Ariyo were Okada riders who carried out surveillance operations while the robberies were going on. Their roles were to monitor the roles and monitor the advance of the police and other security agencies and keep the group informed of any external incursion into the areas the operations were taking place and they were paid handsomely for it. They all participated in the three operations and got different amounts for their roles.”

Confessing to the crime, the gang leader, Tubosun, said:

“We robbed UBA in Oye, Ekiti, I led them inside to go and pack the money, while others were outside. I did the same for the other two banks. At Ile-Oluji, I shared the money. My share was N1.1 million, some got N500, 000, some 350, 000 and so on. At Idanre we also shared the money. At Ile-Oluji, four policemen were killed, at Oye Ekiti, two policemen were killed.

“We thank God for God that the police got us arrested because it is the will of God. It was the will of God for the police to arrest us. If not the will of God, it would not be so. God has a purpose for us that is why. We know that we have already sinned. We have sinned against man and God. We have already begged, I personally have begged, for the forgiveness of the Almighty God. I also beg for forgiveness of human beings, and God will help us in Jesus name.”

Tubosun, who said he started robbing in 2018, said they carried out the operations using three pump actions, one AK and some locally made guns.

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He said:

“I did not support the killing of the policemen. I was inside. When I came outside and saw they killed two policemen, I blamed them. When I started to blame them, one of them fired my leg. I used hot water and ampiclox to treat the gunshot wounds,” he said.

The Police also paraded 33-year Usman Garba for arms dealing.

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Mba said Garba was arrested while taking arms to bandits in Kaduna.

The FPRO said Garba, who moved from Dede in Abuja, was going to deliver 131 rounds of live ammunition to one Sani in Kaduna, when he was arrested by the STS.

Also paraded were a car thief, Sunday Ekele, 37 and a gang that specialized in obtaining money from innocent members of the public under false pretence.

Mba said the gang engaged in blackmailing, threatening and even kidnapping their victims.

The gang at various times fraudulently pretended to be old men, women or children as part of their ploy to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

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