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Police confirm killing of “many bandits” in Niger



The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the killing of “many  bandits” by the Joint Security Task Force in the North-Central state.

Mr Bala Kuryas, its commissioner, said on Wednesday in  Minna that several bandits were neutralised by the joint security taskforce “in the last few days”.

“We also recovered several motorcycles and cows during the operations.

“We have put in place sensitive security measures that will deal with any unforeseen circumstances in our area of supervisions.

“ All we require from members of the general public is vital information that could aid our men on ground to deal with any form of security threats,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Niger Government has said that 200 bandits were killed by the joint security tasks force in the last three days in different parts of the state.

Mr Emmanuel Umaru, Chairman, Joint Security Taskforce and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday.

Umaru said that several bandits were neutralised at Kundu village of Rafi Local Government.

“We are making progress in the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminal elements in our state.

“The exchange of fire between the gunmen and the Joint Security TaskForce and vigilante outfits led to the killing of several bandits.

“We also recovered over 100 motorcycles and cows in the last three days in Rafi, Wushishi and Mashegu Local Government Areas.”

He explained that most of the cows recovered were handed over to the rightful owners .

The Commissioner regretted that two security personnel died during the operation.

According to him, police tactical squad and the military have been deployed to areas where the bandits operate.

“Our goal is to track down the criminals.

“We appeal to residents to assist security personnel with reliable information that could aid in apprehending miscreants.

“The security measures already in place across the 25 Local Government Areas will make it difficult for bandit’s to operate,” he said.



Customs hands over $54,330 tramadol bribe money to EFCC



 The Tincan Island Port (TCIP) command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has handed over 54,330 dollars tramadol bribe money to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Port command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, disclosed this at the handing over of the money to the EFCC Zonal Commander, Mr Michael Wetkas, in Lagos on Tuesday.

Nnadi also reiterated the zero compromise for corruption stance of the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi.

According to Nnadi, the tramadol were falsely declared as electrical appliances valued over N856 million with a view to concealing them while the cash were offered to compromise the customs officers.

The controller said the act was in clear violation of Section 233 of Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023 and commended the officers who stood their grounds to work ethically and lawfully in the interest of national security.

He further called for continuous compliance on the part of port users and reminded them that the NCS with the collaboration of sister agencies like the EFCC would continue to frustrate criminal activities in the port.

Nnadi lauded the officers, who under whose  watch, the seizure was achieved and described them  as  good ambassadors  of the NCS.

“The two suspects arrested in connection with the two containers are currently being investigated by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control for possible prosecution,” he said.

Wetkas while receiving  the cash,  described the feat as a victory for the country and to all the security agencies.

He specifically celebrated the officers of the NCS that achieved it.

Wetkas also lauded the the comptroller general for the letter of commendation in appreciation of the six customs officers who refused to bow to pressure and inducement from the owners of the illicit drugs.

He promised continued collaboration between the EFCC, NCS and sister agencies.

According to him, the era of working without collaboration is gone as the agencies now work closer.

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Beware of ATM swap fraudsters, EFCC alerts Nigerians



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has advised Nigerians to be wary of ATM swap fraudsters, saying the commission had been inundated with a barrage of complaints from the public concerning the incident.

The EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Dele Oyewale, gave the advice in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Oyewale said investigations by the Commission have linked unauthorised withdrawals from customers bank accounts to Automated Teller Machine (ATM) day Debit Card swapping or fraud.

He said that the modus operandi of the fraudsters involved keeping a debit card of the same bank, and swapping the card in the guise of helping a confused bank customer at any ATM point.

“They swap the card in such a hurry that the customer would not notice and at the same time memorise the pin used in trying the fake cards.

“These cards get stuck in the machine due to a wrong pin and the fraudster quickly abandons the victim, advising him/her to report to the bank while making away with the victim’s card to make immediate withdrawals from the account.

“This card swapping typically happens in any service delivery point, such as Point of Sale (POS) terminals, and ATM points, among others,” Oyewale said.

He said that the fraudulent practice was gaining momentum across the country and the banking public was enjoined to be more circumspect in the use of debit cards.

The commission listed the useful tips to be adopted by the banking public to avoid further financial losses to include keeping cards in sight or a safe place after making any transaction and ensure that the card actually belongs to oneself.

“Regularly check your bank statements for any unknown transaction, set transaction alerts to monitor any activity on your accounts or with your bank card are also vital in stopping the fraudsters.

“You could also cover the keypad with your hand or body when entering your PIN at POS terminal/ATM machines and never be in a rush to make payments or withdrawals and request for assistance only from officials of the bank.

“Call your banks to block your ATM cards immediately your cards are stuck in the ATM machines or whenever you observe any irregularity.

“Ensure you know your bank’s ATM off line, blocking code and quickly make use of it whenever it is misplaced or stolen.

“Dial the USSD code *966*911# and follow the pop-up instructions to block your ATM card instantly,” EFCC advised

Oyewale said the commission would not relent in safeguarding personal, corporate and national finances in its quest to rid the nation of all forms of economic and financial crimes.

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Troops nab two kidnappers, rescue two victims in Taraba



Troops of 6 Brigade Garrison, Nigerian Army, have captured two suspected kidnappers and rescued two kidnap victims in Taraba.

The suspects were arrested on Sunday during an anti kidnapping patrol by the troops in Jalingo, the Brigade spokesman, Lt. Ayodeji Abiodun, said in a statement on Monday.

He said that the troops, acting on credible information, raided the kidnappers’ hideout and captured the two suspects, Awwal Bobo, 32 and Sallau Abdul, 33.

The Brigade spokesman gave the names of the rescued victims as Mrs Fauziyya Yusuf and Mr Abdulsalam Abubakar.

“One of the rescued victims has since been reunited with his family while the other is currently being offered necessary medical attention and support to ensure her physical and emotional well-being before being handed over to her family,” Abiodun added.

He said that the Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Frank Etim, has commended the timely response of the troops and charged them not to relent in ensuring peace and safety of law-abiding citizens.

He enjoined the citizens to support security agencies with  timely information to enhance prompt response to security issues.

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