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Gunmen shoot dead Army Garrison Commander while riding power bike in Kaduna



There was pandemonium in Bauchi State on Monday after unidentified gunmen shot and kill the Garrison Commander, 33 Artillery Brigade of Nigerian Army in Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi, Col. Mohammed Barack

The killing which has brought panic to the city, could however not be ascertained if it was a case of armed robbery attack or assassination, although unofficial and unconfirmed sources said it could be by armed robbers.

The incident which took place on Bauchi – Jos Road was said to have taken place on Sunday while the deceased was riding a power bike from Kaduna.

A source said, “The Garrison Commander of 33 Artillery Brigade of Nigerian Army (Shadawanka Barracks) Bauchi, Col. Mohammed Barack, has been shot dead. He was shot on Sunday along Jos Road, while on a power bike and was coming back from Kaduna. He is from Kano State.”

As of the time of this report, preparations are in top gear to convey his corpse to Kano for burial, according to Islamic tradition, after the necessary military rites.

When contacted, the spokesperson of 33 Artillery Brigade, Major Yahaya Nasir Kabara, confirmed the incident saying, “Yes, it’s true.”

When asked to give details of what happened, he said “Come to the Brigade because it is a matter that needs investigation; investigation is ongoing, I will get back to you when the finding is out. Let me communicate with my Commander, I will get back to you.”



Court sentences guard to 9 months in prison for stealing motorcycle, money, cigarettes





A Magistrates’ Court in Jos on Thursday sentenced a 78-year-old guard, Sani Ibrahim, to nine months in prison for stealing cash, a motorbike, and packs of cigarettes.

Shawomi Bokkos, the magistrate, sentenced Ibrahim summarily after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The convict, however, was given the option of paying a fine of N20,000.

The offender was also ordered to pay the plaintiff N400,000 in compensation or face six months in prison if he failed to do so.

According to Bokkos, the sentence will act as a deterrent to other would-be perpetrators.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Inspector Labaran Ahmed, told the court that the case was reported on Nov. 24 at the A Division Police Station Jos by one Douglas Kokelu.

According to Ahmed, the criminal left his duty post without permission, leaving the gate open for his friend to steal the items stated.

The prosecutor stated that the items were worth N694,000.

He said the offence is punishable under the Plateau State Penal Code Law.

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Man arraigned for alleged $63,599 fraud in Lagos



One Abdulh amid Isah has been arraigned before an Ikeja High Court by the over alleged $63,599 fraud.

According to the reports, Isah is facing a three-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, stealing and retaining proceeds of criminal conduct.

The defendant,who was brought before Justice Ismail Ijelu, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

The EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Nwandu Ukoha, told the court that the defendant had, in October 2022, obtained $63,590 by false pretences.

He said that the amount stolen by the defendant belongs to one Chinedu Ugokwe.

Mr Ukoha also informed the court that the money was given to Isah to exchange same for the naira equivalent which the defendant failed to do.

The prosecutor also explained that the said amount kept by the accused is suspected to be proceeds of criminal conduct.

According to him, the offences contravene Section 1(1)(2) and (3) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

He said that the offences also contravened Sections 278(1) (b), (2)(1) and 285(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011 and Section 17 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004.

Ukoha urged the court to remand the defendant accordingly, pending the commencement of trial.

He also said that the bail application of the defence counsel should be at the discretion of the court.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche, moved a bail application, praying the court to grant the application and requesting that the defendant be remanded in EFCC custody.

Consequently, the judge granted the defendant bail in the sum of N5 million, with two sureties.

He also said that the sureties must present evidence of a reliable source of livelihood and that the defendant be produced at every trial date.

The judge then ordered the remand of the defendant in Ikoyi Correctional Centre, pending the perfection of his bail.

He, thereafter, adjourned the matter till Feb. 1, 2024 for trial.

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ATBU student fatally stabbed while defending girlfriend, police disclose



The Bauchi State Police Command has revealed that the 500-level Geology student of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, who was stabbed and later died in the hospital, was trying to retrieve his girlfriend’s handbag from some assailants when the incident happened.

Recall that the final year Geology student, Joseph Agabaidu, according to multiple sources on the campus, was stabbed by some assailants while trying to steal his mobile phone.

Agabaidu, who hails from Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State but is based in Benue State, was said to be the eldest among four children of his family who school at ATBU.

He was said to be returning to his lodge situated around the Yelwan Tudu market in the Yelwa area, a suburb of the Bauchi metropolis, at about 7.00 pm on Saturday, when he was attacked and was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment but could not survive the severe injuries from the knife.

The incident sparked a protest among students of the school who came out in their numbers at the Yelwa Campus to express their anger at the inadequate security in and around the campus and to call for the attention of the management and the government.

Following the protest, the management, in a statement signed by the Deputy Registrar Academic, Fatima Abdullahi, shut down the school and directed students to vacate the campus immediately because the protest carried out by “miscreants” disrupted the peace being enjoyed on the campus.

But the police, in a statement signed and made available to journalists on Wednesday, by its Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, said that the deceased was with his girlfriend when assailants whose identity and number are still unknown snatched her handbag containing her mobile phone.

Wakil added that when the deceased tried to retrieve his girlfriend’s bag, they stabbed him on the side of his chest but he later died while on admission at the ATBU Teaching Hospital.

He said, “Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Command, CP Auwal Mohammed received in the audience the leadership of two student bodies (NUBAS and SUG ) in his office at the State Command Headquarters.

“Their visits were prompted by the recent incident which occurred on 2nd December 2023 where some unknown persons, numbers not ascertained, snatched a handbag containing a mobile phone belonging to a lady, one Philomena Ahobee (28), a student of Abubakar Tatari Polytechnic, Bauchi.

“As a result of which her boyfriend, Agbaidu Joseph, (28) of Anguwan Ngas who is a student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, tried to help her to retrieve the handbag containing the phone. The assailant(s) stabbed him on the left side of his chest with a sharp knife.”

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