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Group blames crime in Niger on neighbouring states.



The Niger Accountability Group, a non-governmental organisation, has said that the increase in crime rate in Niger State can be attributed to the eruption of violence and killings in the neighbouring states.

The leader of the group, Mr Mathew Oladele, made this known at the commemoration of national day of mourning and remembrance for all victims of violent killings across the country held in Minna.

Oladele said there was a need for security operatives and formations to intensify efforts in combating violence taking peoples’ lives on a daily basis.

He admonished the state government to scale up the security at flashpoints across the state, especially at border towns, to forestall the influx of hoodlums into the state.

Oladele stated, “The state government must engage security agencies, security experts, civil society organisations and the media to sensitise the community members to the various hotspots across the state on community policing and roles of community members in building a peaceful society.

“The youth should be engaged in constructive and sustainable development through job creation, empowerment and as security ambassadors through youth orientation and friendly programmes that will help to reduce crime to the barest minimum.

“The security agencies should continuously share intelligence information and improve on joint task force operations.”

He, however, commended the state governor for his concerted efforts in the recent past to combat banditry and armed robbery in the state.

“We acknowledge the distribution of vehicles, motorcycles and other security gadgets to our security agencies in fighting violence and ensuring a peaceful and serene environment,” he added.


Two farmers jailed for assault, attempted extortion



An Area Court in Jos on Friday sentenced two farmers, Samaila Zanko, 24, and Umar Abubakar, 36, to three months imprisonment each for assault and extortion.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Zanko and Abubakar after they pleaded guilty to assault and attempted extortion.

Bokkos, however, gave each of them an option to pay a fine of N10,000.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Monday Dabit told the court that the case was reported on Sept. 11 at the office of the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Jos, by the complainant, Malam Saudi Abdullahi.

The prosecutor said that the convicts beat up the complainant after invading his house.

He told the court that the convicts also demanded N3 million from the complainant as a “settlement fee”and threatened to beat him up if he refused to comply.

Dabit said that the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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Family of Gandu attack victim in Nasarawa begs Gov. Sule, others for assistance



The family of Isa Yusuf, a victim of a military shoot-out with suspected kidnappers in the Gandu area of the Lafia metropolis, Nasarawa State, has appealed for help.

Isa Yusuf was shot and left at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia after a rescue mission went awry.

According to Salihu Yusuf, the elder brother of the victim, Isa went to rescue a kidnapped relative in Gandu, only to be mistaken for fleeing kidnappers by military operatives. The encounter resulted in Isa being shot three times.

The family, expressing understanding of the military’s duty, is struggling with the escalating medical expenses.

Salihu Yusuf stated the family has already spent over ₦200,000 on tests and scanning, with indications that one of the shots affected Isa’s spinal cord, necessitating a referral to a hospital in Jos, Plateau State.

Isa, a painter and electrician, not only faces health challenges but also cares for four children left behind by a late brother.

The family, unable to bear the medical costs alone, is reaching out to well-meaning individuals, with a special plea to Governor Abdullahi Sule for assistance.

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Student jailed for theft in Jos



An area court in Jos, Plateau State capital, on Friday, sentenced a 23-year-old student, David Longji, to three months imprisonment for stealing a solar panel.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Longji after he pleaded guilty to theft.

Bokkos, however, gave him the option to pay N20,000 as a fine.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported on October 16 at the Anglo-Jos Police Station by one Livinus James, the complainant.

The prosecutor said the convict stole the solar panel from a company and was caught while trying to sell it.

Gokwat said the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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