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Police arrest four men for allegedly gang raping 2 minors in Yobe



The Police Command in Yobe on Monday said it had arrested four men for allegedly gang raping minors in various parts of the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Damaturu.

He said three of the alleged rapists, Musa Mohammed, 25, Mohammed Dahiru, 27, Adamu Saidu, 46, were arrested on Dec. 25 by men of Potiskum Divisional Police Headquarters for allegedly gang raping a 13-year-old girl.

Abdulkarim said the rapists took advantage of Christmas break to lure the girl into Brema Primary School in the town and had carnal knowledge of her.

Similarly, the spokesman said that the Geidam Divisional Police Headquarters had on Dec. 26, arrested one Bako Umaru, 35, for allegedly abducting and raping an 11-year-old girl at Hausari area, inflicting severe injury on her private part.

He said the girl lost excess blood in the act and was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu, after Umaru forced himself into her.

Abdulkarim also said one Mohammed Jajere, 27, was on Dec 26, arrested by men of Gashua Divisional Police Headquarters for allegedly raping a young nursing mother at Garindalal area of Dagona Ward.

The spokesman said Jajere raped the woman, who was recuperating from child birth, when he broke into her residence in the area with the intent to steal.

He said all the cases were under going ‘discreet’ investigation in the command, assuring that the perpetrators would be prosecuted after investigations were completed.

Reports said  that cases of alleged rape, especially against minors, have continued to soar in the state.

Abdulkarim said in December only, nine cases of alleged rape involving minors were reported in various divisional stations in the state.

He, however, said the command was combat ready to deal decisively with criminals in the state.

The spokesman, therefore, appealed to citizens to always assist the police with credible information about crime to safeguard lives and property.





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We have prosecuted 600 suspects in 6 months — Ondo Amotekun



The Ondo State Amotekun Corps says it has arrested and prosecuted no fewer than 600 suspects in the last six months.

Chief AdetunjiAdeleye, Amotekun Corps Commander, disclosed this while parading 48 suspects on Wednesday in Akure.

Adeleye explained that the criminal activities spread across kidnapping, stealing of cows, attempted murder, fraud and illegal counterfeiting of money.

He said that those arrested and prosecuted were involved in cultism, illegal migration, stealing of planks, burglary, arson, anti-grazing activities and vandalisation of government assets.

Adeleye said that the 48 suspects had been profiled and would soon be prosecuted in court.

“The signals we are sending to criminals is that Ondo State is not a place where they can stay.

“We want them to know that once you kidnap, you can’t get away with it. If you steal a car, you can’t get away with it; if you breaks a house, we’ll pick you; so, what’s the point doing what you know you won’t get away with.

“We’re telling criminals in the state to get out of Ondo State.

“And to the good people of Ondo State, we want to reassure you that the government of Lucky Aiyedatiwa is resolute in making the state conducive for business, social activities and all that makes the state a good one to stay.

“About 600 suspects have been prosecuted between January and June 2024.

“So, kidnapping in Ondo State has gone down by 90 percent and the remaining 10 percent, we only have them in the boarders and the extreme.

“But in all of these few occasions, we always ensure that we rescue the victims and the suspects are made to face the music.”

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Two men arraigned for allegedly stealing N139,000 cell phone



By Adeyanju Esther

Abdulateef Olasunkanmi and Sunday Morice, both 28, were arraigned before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State on Wednesday for allegedly stealing a cell phone worth N139,000 and assaulting the owner, Zinsu Joseph.

The prosecution, led by Inspector E.O. Adaraloye, accused the defendants of conspiring to commit the crimes on June 12 at Arobilaye, Ota.

According to Adaraloye, Olasunkanmi and Morice, along with others still at large, punched Joseph repeatedly, stealing his phone valued at N139,000. The defendants face charges of stealing, assault, and conspiracy.

The offences violate Sections 390 (9), 451, and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate O.O. Fadairo granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N100,000 each, with two sureties each in the same amount. Fadairo stipulated that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed, and provide evidence of tax payment to the state government.

The case was adjourned until June 20 for further hearing.

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Lagos police nab 35-year-old for attempted taxi snatching



By Sodiq Adelakun

The Lagos Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old passenger for attempting to snatch an airport taxi from its driver.

According to police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin, the suspect requested a ride to Ikeja but attacked the driver with a knife en route, trying to steal the vehicle.

The driver raised an alarm, and the anti-crime team in Alausa promptly responded, apprehending the suspect.

The police confirmed the arrest on Wednesday, highlighting their swift response to the incident.

“On getting to the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, by 7UP Alausa Ikeja, the suspect, who was sitting beside him suddenly brought out a knife from his bag and attacked him in an attempt to snatch his Toyota Camry car,” Hundeyin said.

“In the process, the driver sustained a deep knife cut on his hand while trying to struggle with the suspect.

“He quickly raised an alarm, where some good Nigerians came to his rescue, while the suspect took to his heels.

“However, after a hot chase, he was later arrested by the anti-crime team of Alausa police division.”

Hundeyin added that the investigation is still ongoing as the suspect has been taken to the station with the car as exhibit.

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