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Kaduna Police Kill 3, Arrest 26 Suspected Kidnappers

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The Kaduna State  Command have killed three suspected kidnappers and arrested 26 kidnap suspects including kidnappers of a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Sulaiman Dabo.

The police also said it had arrested  the kidnappers responsible for the recent kidnapping incident along Kaduna – Abuja Road where six persons including three students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria were kidnapped

The  Command’s spokesperson,  Yakubu Sabo in a statement issued on Sunday  disclosed that the arrested suspects are notorious for terrorising travellers and residents along the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna -Zaria highways as well as other parts of the state.

According to Sabo, seven of the suspected kidnappers were apprehended by a combined team of Police operational units who raided their criminal hideouts at Kingimi and other surrounding villages in Igabi Local government area of the state.

The statement, also unearthed that investigation further  revealed that, the suspects are responsible for the recent abduction of a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Suleiman Dabo along Kaduna-Zaria road.

A similar raid according to the police statement was carried out at Barebri and other Bandits’ camps within Buruku axis also in Igabi Local Government Area where 18 kidnap suspects were arrested.

Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to being responsible for the Kidnapping incident of 26th August 2019 along Kaduna Abuja Road where six persons were kidnapped including three students Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as well as the killing of a police inspector and carting away with his AK47 Rifle.

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In furtherance of  its resolve to find a lasting solution to the rising security challenges in  Kaduna State, especially along the major Highways,  the police mouthpiece,  Sabo reiterated that  the Command has intensified a carefully planned and well-coordinated raid on all identified bandits camps with the help of a combined teams of policemen from the Command’s operational units, the IGP’S IRT, special forces and some hunters and local vigilantes.

 

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Ibadan: 89 ‘Yahoo-Boys’ Nabbed By EFCC At ‘Club 360’ with Exotic Cars, Laptops, Phones

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, at the weekend, successfully arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular Club 360 located on the Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to the acting Head, Media and Publicity and spokesperson of the EFCC, Tony Orilade: “in preparation for the late night operation, officers of the commission had carried out series of discreet surveillance on the nature of activities going on in the nightclub which, according to intelligence, was notorious for harboring suspected internet fraudsters”.

He added that the raid also led to the confiscation of scores of vehicles, laptops, sophisticated phones and other items.

The  suspects  are  undergoing  further interrogation.

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In Ilorin, EFCC arrests wanted internet fraud suspect, five others

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested six internet fraud suspects including 22-year-old Sadiku Muniru Dolapo who has been on the Commission’s wanted list.

The suspects were arrested  by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission.

Arrested with Dolapo are Atanda Femi Benjamin, Atoyebi Samson, Olapade Oladimeji Solomon, Amoo Saheed and Lawal Opeyemi Mubarak.

The commission says they were rounded up in the early hours of Thursday, January 16, 2020, close to Kwara State House of Assembly, Ilorin, the state capital, following intelligence.

The Suspects upon interrogation by the operatives of the Commission confessed to their involvement in cybercrimes.

Items recovered from them include three expensive automobiles, laptop computers, and mobile phones.

According to a statement by the EFCC, they will soon be charged to Court.

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We established Operation Amotekun to narrow gaps in security sector – Makinde

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Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday declared that the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun was established to complement the work of the security agencies and bridge the gaps in the security of the geopolitical zone.

He made this position against the backdrop of the statement credited to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, in which the Minister claimed the outfit was illegal.

The Governor claimed that the Minister’s comment was misguided, as according to him, he was not empowered to make such declaration.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor said this during a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta.

He statement added that since the Attorney-General’s position was not conveyed through any official correspondence, it should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the Governor stated, government cannot be run on pages of newspapers or through the social media.

According to Governor Makinde, Operation Amotekun has not in any way violated the Constitution, but rather, it was an intervention to narrow the gaps in security in the South-West.

He added that given the centrality of security to governance, the Governors of the South-West designed the Operation to complement efforts of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.

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He said that the Operation was designed to help in combating insecurity in all the nooks and crannies of the South-West states of Nigeria.

Governor Makinde said: “You don’t run a government on social media. If I see a letter or receive a call from the Attorney-General of the Federation saying that Amotekun is illegal, it will be a different reaction. For now, I have been reading on social media just like you and I have not seen anything official to that effect. Besides, I don’t think that in a country like Nigeria, the Attorney-General should just wake up and make his own law. He may interpret and advise the President about legal issues but I have not seen anything that gave his office the power to make such declaration.

“This outfit [Amotekun] is complementary to the effort of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies. In Oyo State, the government has four pillars; namely education, health, security and expansion of our economy through agribusiness. So, security is a major pillar for us and we believe we cannot have any development in an atmosphere that is not secure.

“If you look at investments, the money coming into an economy is like a coward; if such money sees anywhere that is not secure, it will fly. So, security is key and security agencies are doing their best but there is still a gap. Just like in most sectors of our body polity, we do have gaps; in education, health care delivery and the rest. We believe playing complementary roles will help to narrow those gaps.”

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Speaking on the purpose of the visit to former President Obasanjo, Governor Makinde maintained that he was in Abeokuta to pay a visit to the former President as part of the tradition to pay homage to elders to wish them a happy and rewarding New Year.

He said: “As you all know, it is a New Year and, traditionally, one should go out to greet elders to wish them a happy and rewarding year. So, I came here to greet Baba and wish him the best for this year 2020.”

Governor Makinde, who stated that his administration had been recording successes and peace because the people were supporting its programmes and policies, promised not to take the people for granted.

“On governance in Oyo State, if you know what you want to do, you just basically follow your plans. Before we even came into office, we produced a document, entitled Oyo State Roadmap for Accelerated Development 2019-2023, which serves as a framework for accelerated development in Oyo State. The document is still there, it is a life document. People can still go there to assess our government.

“Oyo State is peaceful and we have the support of the people rallying behind our programmes and policies. We appreciate them for that and we will not take them for granted,” the Governor said.

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