Police arrest notorious kidnapper in Nasarawa
The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has arrested a suspected notorious kidnapper, Shuaibu Mohammed, AKA Chiyawa, who had been involved in several kidnapping cases in the state.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ramhan Nansel, made the disclosure at the command’s headquarters in Lafia on Thursday while parading 23 other suspects who were arrested for various crimes across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.
He commended the police officers attached to the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the command, led by SP Lapshak Lenka, for working tirelessly to arrest the suspected kidnap kingpin.
While reiterating the command’s commitment to eradicating crime in the 13 LGAs, Nansel said the police command would not hesitate to arrest anyone who disturbs the peace of other residents of the state.
He said, “On 19/4/2023 at about 5pm, and based on a tip off, operatives of the Command’s Anti-kidnapping unit arrested a kidnap kingpin named Shuaibu Mohammed AKA Chiyawa ‘M’ of Kadarko, Giza Development Area.
“The suspect who investigation has shown to be the gang leader of a notorious kidnapping syndicate terrorizing Dadere, Mararaba Akunza, Lafia, Agyaragu, Kadarko and environs, has been on the wanted list of the Command for various cases of kidnapping and has been evading arrest before nemesis caught up with him.”
Similarly, the State police command also paraded two suspected criminals who had been involved in issues relating to kidnapping and armed robbery in the Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking on the arrest of the suspects, the Police PPRO said, “Recently, while acting based on credible intelligence, one Adamu Gagare Sule ‘M’ 25years and Umar Idris 20years, who have been on the wanted list of the command for offences of kidnapping were arrested at Kiguna Village, Lafia East Development area by operatives of the command.
“Upon Interrogation, the suspects confessed to have kidnapped four people and took them to a forest reserve in Qua’anpan LGA of Plateau State and came to town to buy food for the victims held captive before luck ran out of them.
“Also, the suspects admitted to have engaged in various acts of kidnapping and armed robbery at Lafia East, Awe and Jenkwe Development area of Obi LGA.”
While warning all criminal elements to leave Nasarawa State without further delay, DSP Nansel said the Commissioner of Police, CP Maiyaki Baba, had directed that the suspects be charged to court upon conclusion of the investigation at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Lafia.
Subsidy: Petrol hits N1,200 Per Litre in Ebonyi
Petrol now sells for N1,200 a litre in Ebonyi state, according to a report by NAN. The shocking change came after President Bola Tinubu announced the removal of fuel subsidy. Resident of Abakaliki in Ebonyi state were forced to buy petrol at a staggering N1,200 on Tuesday, according to the report. Scores of residents, who decried the high cost of petrol in the country, said they have since been engaged in panic buying. Some residents were also seen with their cans as many filling stations were under lock. A resident, Darlington Okeke, said panic buying was occasioned by Tinubu’s statement during his inauguration on Monday. Okeke stated that petrol in filling stations was sold between N800 and N1,200, against N230 per litre. Another resident, Ibrahim Ali, said black marketers sold a litre of fuel for N1,500, adding that the development was causing panic buying and frustration among residents. He, however, appealed to Tinubu to address the situation to mitigate panic buying and arbitrary hoarding of the products, which marketers introduced after the announcement by the president. Meanwhile, staff of some filling stations, who spoke under condition of anonymity, disclosed that the management of the Petroleum Dealers Association, Ebonyi State chapter, ordered the closure of fuel stations. “We are waiting for further directives,” they told NAN. Efforts to speak with the state chairman of the association, Sailas Njaka, on the development were not successful.
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At least 55 Islamic State–West Africa Province terrorists have been eliminated by Nigerian troops. Those killed included top commanders of the terrorist group. The mission was carried out by the Multinational Joint Task Force in Arege, Malam Fatori, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State. The Niger Ministry of Defence said that it conducted a 22-day operation tagged Operation HARBIN ZUMA, targeting ISWAP strongholds. The operation, it said, was coordinated by troops of Sector 3 and Sector 4 of the MNJTF. The operation started on May 6, 2023, and ended on Sunday, May 28. According to its report, several top ISWAP commanders, including Fiya Abouzeid, Qaïd Abou Oumama, and Qaïd Malam Moustapha, as well as some religious leaders whose identities are unknown, were killed during the 22-day Operation HARBIN ZUMA. The Niger-Nigerian Air Task Force and land forces worked together to locate the enemy and cause significant damage. The troops destroyed 13 vehicles, 13 motorcycles and five Vehicles Borne Improvised Explosive Devices. Two soldiers from Nigérienne Sector 4 MNJTF were killed, three were slightly wounded, and one phantom Mrap was damaged during the operation. However, The Niger Ministry did not disclose any casualties on the Nigerian side. The main aim of Operation HARBIN ZUMA was to neutralise terrorists in their stronghold in Aregé, Nigeria. The operation also aimed to maintain pressure on the Islamic State in West Africa and eliminate any presence of armed terrorist groups in the BOSSO, BAGA, GOUDOUMBALI, and GASHIGAR areas. The operation also planned to cut off all supply routes for armed terrorist groups and reduce the threat in the region.
I pray Atiku succeeds in Nullifying Tinubu’s victory – Omokri
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