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Soldiers kill six terrorists in Kaduna

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Troops of the One-Division Nigerian Army and Operation Whirl Punch have killed six terrorists and arrested three others in a special operation in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who stated this, on Thursday, was however, silent on when the operation took place.

The commissioner told newsmen in Kaduna that troops, in response to credible intelligence of terrorist activities in the area, conducted a special fighting patrol to Galadimawa general area in Giwa LG.

He said the troops set up an initial position at Sabon Sara village where it was discovered that insurgents had abandoned a herd of rustled cattle as they hastily escaped from the location.

The commissioner explained that the troops recovered the cattle and handed them over to locals before continuing the operation.

He explained that when the troops sighted the insurgents at the Market Square of Galadimawa, a swift exchange of fire resulted in six insurgents being neutralised by the troops.

He said a further search of the market area led to the arrest by the troops of three suspected collaborators and informants believed to have been offering logistic assistance to the criminal elements.

Two motorcycles and four mobile phones were also recovered.

The commissioner quoted Governor Uba Sani as having received the report with excitement and praised the gallantry of the troops under the command of the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, and Commander of Operation Whirl Punch, Maj-Gen. MLD Saraso – for the breakthrough.

The governor urged the security forces to pursue a thorough investigation toward dislodging more criminal networks.

“Special operations will continue in the general area and other locations of interest.

“In the meantime, the Government of Kaduna State hereby appeals to locals in frontline communities to continue to volunteer timely intelligence to the nearest security formations, or to the 24-hour security operations room, ” he added.

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Police kill bandit, arrest three in Abuja

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Police officers from the Federal Capital Territory have killed a bandit and arrested three during a clearance operation.

The police during the operation stormed an identified hideout of kidnappers in Chikara, a community that shares a border with Kogi State.

This, however, led to a gun duel with the suspects.

The police in a statement on Saturday by the FCT command spokesperson, Josephine Adeh identified the arrested suspects as Mahammadu Isa, Likita Idris, and Isiyaku Muhammedu.

The statement read, “In the continuous effort against criminality in FCT, operatives from Utako Divisional headquarters stormed an identified kidnappers hideouts in Chikara, Kogi state bordering FCT, and Zuba, Abuja, in a streak of clearance operation between June 8 and 13, 2024, and arrested three suspects: Mahammadu Isa, 27 ‘m’ of Dantata Abuja, Likita Idris, 27 ‘m’ of Kogi state, and Isiyaku Muhammedu, 22 ‘m’ of Kogi State.

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27-year-old sentenced to two years for illicit drug possession in Kaduna

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By Adeyanju Esther

The Federal High Court in Kaduna sentenced 27-year-old Williams David to two years in prison for possessing illicit drugs. The judgement was delivered on Thursday by Justice Hadiza Shagari.

David, apprehended by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), faced charges of possessing illegal substances. He admitted guilt, requested leniency, and expressed a desire to reform.

Justice Shagari, considering David’s age and his involvement in serious crimes, imposed a two-year prison sentence without an option for a fine.

“This sentence is intended to deter others,” Shagari stated.

Furthermore, the judge ordered that the seized drugs be destroyed by the NDLEA 30 days post-judgment.

Prosecution Counsel T. J. Atserhegh provided details of the arrest, which took place at 8:00 p.m.

On June 2 in Kinkinau, Kaduna. Authorities found 4kg of marijuana, 49.3g of tramadol, and 8g of Exol-5 in David’s possession. Atserhegh noted that the offence breached the NDLEA Act, Cap 30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

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21-year-old student bags one year jail term for defrauding Chinese woman

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By Adeyanju Esther

On Thursday, the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gwagwalada sentenced 21-year-old student Adakole Peter to one year imprisonment for swindling a Chinese woman out of $50.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Peter on two counts of cheating by impersonation and pretending to be a military personnel.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Aliyu Shafa offered Peter an option of a N150,000 fine.

Shafa also ordered the convict to depose an affidavit of good behaviour and directed that the Redmi cellphone used in the crime be sold, with the proceeds deposited into the Federal Government’s account through the EFCC.

Additionally, the $50 recovered from Peter is to be paid into the Federal Government’s account.

The Prosecution Counsel, I.D. Iloakasia, informed the court that Peter and his counsel had signed a plea bargain on June 10. Iloakasia stated that between April and May, Peter, under the alias Steve M. Marks, deceived Ruth Novick, a Chinese citizen, into giving him $50 worth of gift cards.

Peter then sold these gift cards online for N20,000. Iloakasia noted that the offence contravened Section 321 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation Abuja, 1990, and is punishable under Section 324 of the same Act.

Peter pleaded guilty to the charges and begged for leniency, promising the court he had realised his mistake and would not repeat such actions.

“I have repented and realised my mistakes. I plead with the court to temper justice with mercy,” he said.

Defense Counsel Bridget Abang supported Peter’s plea for mercy, urging the court to consider his age and the fact that he was a first-time offender.

The prosecutor had also prayed the court that the money and instrument recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government through the EFCC.

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