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Gunmen kill pastor, abduct 7 church members during vigil

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Dare devil gunmen have stormed a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) parish in Abule-Ori, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun, killing the pastor and abducting seven members of the church.

Mr Soji Ganzallo, the Commander, Ogun State So-Safe Corps , confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta on Sunday.

Gonzallo explained that men of the corps, however, rescued the seven church members and killed one of the kidnappers during a rescue operation.

According to a statement made available to newsmen by the So-Safe Director of Information and Public Relations, Moruf Yusuf, Ganzallo was reported as saying that the incident occurred at 12 :00 a.m. on Saturday.

” The Owode-Egba Zonal Command of the corps, under Jimoh Omoniyi, received a distress call that some members of the RCCG, Desires of Nations Parish, under Ogun Province 22, Abule-Ori in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area were attacked during a vigil.

” That seven members of the church were kidnapped and the pastor killed.

” Officers of the Corps were charged to go after the suspects to rescue the victims unhurt and the officers swung into action immediately,” he said.

Ganzallo disclosed that the seven victims were rescued unhurt, while one of the kidnappers was killed, saying many of the suspects sustained serious injury during a fire exchange.

He said that a joint team of the police and the So-Safe Corps were already after the fleeing kidnappers to capture them alive.

The commander said that the body of the dead kidnapper had been deposited in a nearby morgue.

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Thugs’ assault woman, children

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A woman and her four children aged 19, 17, 16 and 15 years were allegedly assaulted on Thursday, 18th May, 2023 by hoodlums around 11 pm on their way home at Ojoo area, Ibadan.

According to the victim, Mrs. Olaojo Oluwabunmi Olayinka, she narrated that the assailants who were five masked men, claimed they were sent by an alleged aggrieved father Sangolade Adisa, saying that the act of homosexuality that his husband engaged with his son Basiru Adisa is a taboo and major cause of his death (whose child was allegedly killed by the victim) to wipe out the whole family.

“When the attackers could not find the husband, Mr. Olaojo Sarafadeen, they ransacked the whole apartment looking for him and finally descended on the mother and her children named Olaojo Fuhad (19), Olaojo Fahidat (17), Olaojo Al-Ameen (16) and Olaojo Muhas (15). They were beaten black and blue by the killers who eventually left after threatening to come back for their father and eliminate the whole family together,” she narrated.

However, neighbours said that contrary to the story by the wife, the husband, Mr. Olaojo has always been an easygoing fellow who cannot possibly hurt a fly.

They also added that the family is nowhere to be found due to the incessant attacks and threats they face.

Investigations on their whereabouts by the police are ongoing.

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Unemployed man remanded for armed robbery

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Fatai Kasali

A 38-year-old unemployed man, Lukmon Jimoh, has been sent to the Kirikiri Correctional Centre by an Ikeja Magistrate Court.

He is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint and has been denied mercy by Magistrate M.F. Onamusi.

Mrs. Onamusi has ordered that the defendant remain in custody until March 27, awaiting advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions. Lukmon Jimoh, who resides at 28 Agric St., Ogijo, Ogun State, is facing charges of conspiracy and armed robbery.

The prosecutor, Inspector Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the offences were committed on December 4, 2023 at 5, Balogun Pariola St., Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.

Inspector Odugbo told the court that both the defendant, and others who have ran away, attacked the complainant in his house and robbed him of a gold chain, a wristwatch, three mobile phones and a cash of N185,000.

According to Mr Odugbo, some of the said stolen items have been estimated to worth N11.36 million.

The prosecutor said that the police who arrested the defendant came when the neighbours alerted them, before other accomplices ran away.

According to Mr Odugbo, the offences contravene Sections 297 and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Nigerian Army neutralises bandit kingpin, Boderi in Kaduna

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By Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna

The Nigerian Army, (NA) during operation in Kaduna has shot and killed notorious bandit leader, Boderi Isyaku.

The Overseeing Commissioner, Ministry for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna state, Samuel Aruwan confirmed the development in a press statement issued to journalists in Kaduna on Thursday.

 According to Aruwan, the bandit’s leader had tormented several villages and towns across the state, adding that Boderi was killed during a gun duel between the hoodlums and the military.

 He said, “Stemming from consistent support to security forces by Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, a major breakthrough has been recorded in Nigeria’s fight against banditry and terrorism.

“The notorious bandit, insurgent and ruthless killer, Boderi Isyaku, was neutralised in a gun duel alongside some of his fighters, by troops of the Nigerian Army, around Bada/Riyawa general areas of Chikun and Igabi Local Government Areas of the state.

“This feat was confirmed to the Kaduna State Government by security forces carrying out internal security operations and diligent checks from human intelligence sources.

“Boderi, as he was simply known, had for nearly a decade propagated a reign of fear, death and destruction in Kaduna State and neighboring Niger State, with a trademark of brutal attacks, mass abductions and cruel, relentless killing.

“His elimination comes as the culmination of tireless efforts by dedicated troops committed to restoring peace and security in the region.

“The General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Nigerian Army (and Force Commander, Operation Whirl Punch) Major General VU Okoro, co-ordinated the operation through meticulous planning and intelligence.

“The troops on Wednesday night came in contact with Boderi and his fighters around the Bada general area of Chikun LGA. Despite the terrorists’ well-fortified position, the troops laid a successful ambush. Boderi and his associates walked into the trap, and were cornered.

“In the ensuing confrontation, Boderi chose to resist the troops and engaged them in a fierce firefight. He was ultimately subdued, and his reign of terror ended in a burst of bullets and eternal ignominy.

“Two of his associates were likewise neutralized. After the operation, the troops recovered two AK47 rifles, 300 rounds of ammunition, nine AK47 magazines, one magazine carrier, one Baofeng radio set and five motorcycles.

“The elimination of Boderi Isyaku, as a notable milestone in the ongoing fight against terrorism and banditry, demonstrates the effectiveness of determined and coordinated efforts by security forces in confronting those who seek to spread fear and chaos.

“Boderi, known for his ruthlessness and cunning, had long eluded the grasp of security forces, while orchestrating the kidnappings of prominent figures, innocent civilians, school children and students with impunity.

“His activities not only caused untold pain to thousands of victims and families, but also posed a stiff challenge to law enforcement agents, who, at various times were only a whisker away from apprehending this menace.

“Boderi was involved in a range of deadly attacks spanning Sabon Birni, Rigasa, Buruku, Gwagwada, Rijana and Kateri general areas, the Kaduna-Abuja Road, the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, as well as Shiroro, Alawa, and Mangoro general areas of neighbouring Niger State.

“His activities included vast and elaborate operations in cattle rustling and gunrunning. He was also known to have built a close rapport with terrorist groups, collaborating with them towards establishing footholds in these areas.

“Recent intelligence reports revealed his plans to attack a school in his sphere of operation. Those plans have been thankfully truncated.

“It was Boderi who plotted and executed the 11th March 2021 abduction of 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA. This high-profile kidnapping generated shock waves and massive panic around the country, as dozens of young students were whisked away and their families left to deal with unimaginable turmoil.

“On the 24th of August 2021, Boderi masterminded another deadly attack, this time on the Afaka campus of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Igabi LGA.

“Two officers were killed and another abducted. Weeks later, on 14th September 2021, Boderi led his gang of bandits in the kidnapping of the Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Atto, around Dutse village, Chikun LGA. The Emir’s Police Detail was killed.

“These are a few highlights in the profile of a mindless monster, fueled by undiluted hate and evil, veiled underneath an apparently harmless, innocent and youthful exterior.

“Without a doubt, this baby-faced terror was one of the most dangerous individuals in the country, single-handedly tearing apart the lives of entire communities across several states.

“Receiving the report, Governor Sani expressed his elation at the development, which he described as a pointer to the bravery and professionalism of the troops involved.

“The Governor commended Major General Okoro, for his stellar leadership, and praised the troops for their assertive victory. Governor Sani went on to assure security forces in Kaduna State of his unflinching support and readiness to sustain cooperation, towards the successful achievement of their objectives.

“In the wake of this development, authorities and members of the public must be informed that some of Boderi’s associates and gang members sustained gunshot injuries during that decisive encounter.

“Citizens in the general area and beyond are therefore enjoined not to render assistance (medical or otherwise) to individuals carrying such suspicious injuries, but to immediately report these persons to security agencies. The Kaduna State Security Operations Room is available 24 hours a day to receive reports of this nature, on the phone lines 09034000060 and 08170189999.”

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