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2 unemployed men docked for alleged armed robbery, culpable homicide



A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court on Monday remanded two unemployed men in a correctional centre for alleged armed robbery and culpable homicide.

The police charged Denongu Buruku and Mvendaga Pav with conspiracy, armed robbery, acts of terrorism and culpable homicide.
The Magistrate Sonia Yaikyur did not take the plea of Buruku and Pav for want in jurisdiction.

Yaikyur ordered that they whould be remanded at the Makurdi Correctional Centre pending further investigation.
She adjourned the case until Jan, 26 for further mention.

The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt Regina Ishaya told the court that the State CID of the Nigerian Police Benue, received a petition signed by Capt. MJ Ekpo on behalf of the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police 401 Special Forces Brigade, Joe Akaahan Barracks Makurdi dated Oct, 14, 2022.

She said the petition stated that a personnel of the unit staff Sgt. Jirgba Moses NA No: 94/NA/44/3084 attached to the 72 Special Forces Operation Mesa, stationed at Zaki- Biam , Ukum L.G.A Benue while on patrol along Gbaka/Wali village was attacked and killed by renegade armed gang.

The gang, she said, ambushed and opened fire on the officer and carted away his service rifle Breech No 3602 containing one magazine with 30 rounds of live ammunition.

The police said they also took his cell phomes and motorcycle.
The prosecution said investigation into the matter was still in progress and prayed the court for an adjournment.

She said the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 6(b) 1(1)(2)(a)(b) of the robbery and firearms special provision act 2004, 4 (2) of the Abduction, Hostage taking, kidnapping, secret cult and similar activities prohibition Laws of Benue 2004.


Navy acquires 12 UAVs to improve fight against maritime crime



The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, on Friday,  said that the Nigerian Navy had acquired 12 Comstrac System Ovation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve the fight against maritime crime.

Ogalla made this known at the commissioning ceremony of the UAVs and the adoption of the revised Local Operating Procedure and Local Training Order, held at the Naval Air Base, Ojo, Lagos.

The CNS was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Adm. Zakariyyah Muhammed.

Ogalla said that the surveillance UAVs would complement the already existing air assets of the Nigerian Navy, while supporting the surface ships and maritime domain awareness platforms.

“In an era where the nature of warfare is evolving rapidly, embracing cutting-edge technologies becomes imperative for enhancing our national security.

“These UAVs, with their advanced capabilities and versatility, will undoubtedly enhance our naval surveillance for furtherance of strategic capabilities.

“I have no doubt that this will rejig the Nigerian Navy towards better service delivery in the maritime domain of our dear country,” he said.

The CNS added that the Navy was expecting five more helicopters within the forst quarter of 2024 which would enhance its maritime capabilities.

“This will make safer waters for both local and international maritime trade,” he said.

Ogalla commended the Western Naval Command for innovative and dogged efforts toward maintaining credible maritime presence and curtailing criminalities in its area of operations.

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Gov. Radda suspends school principal for alledged sexual scandal



Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State has directed for immediate suspension of a staff of Ministry of Education in the state for alleged sexual harassment of a female student.
The directive is contained in a statement issued by the Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Abdullahi Aliyu-Yar’adua, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Katsina.
The statement said, “Gov Dikko Radda has received a report of alleged sexual harassment against one Lawal Ibrahim, now a staff of the Ministry of Education.
It said Ibrahim was the then Principal of Government Day Secondary School, Dantankari, Dandume Local Government area.
“In consequence therefore, the governor directed the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education to immediately suspend Lawal Ibrahim and investigate the allegation with dispatch.
“Take appropriate action and report back to the governor.”
The statement further directed the Commissioner of Police to investigate the allegation.
“The Commissioner of Police should investigate the allegation, and to also investigate the Divisional Police Officer, Dandume, for compromise on the matter, and report back to the governor,” the statement said.
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Ogun Govt. places N50m bounty on killers of Oyekanmi, Finance Director



The Ogun Government has announced a reward of N50 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) attached to Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s office, Mr. Taiwo Oyekanmi .

Mr Tokunbo Talabi, the Secretary to the State Government, announced the reward in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.

According to the statement, Information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

” Such information can be sent to the underlisted telephone numbers:
08032136765. ”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that suspected armed robbers on Nov. 29 shot dead Oyekanmi, and carted away government funds.

Oyekanmi had cashed an undisclosed amount of money from a branch of Fidelity bank in Abeokuta, and was heading back to the office when he was waylaid by the gunmen.

According to source, the gunmen, about five of them, shot the accountant dead at Kuto bridge in Abeokuta and went away with the government’s money.

It was gathered that Oyekanmi and other aides who sustained gunshot injuries during the attacks, were rushed to the State General Hospital, Ijaye, where the accountant later died.

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