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Troops neutralise 8 insurgents in Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have neutralised eight insurgents with their kingpins in recent offensives and recovered firearms and ammunition in Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the troops, operating in the 1 Division Area of Responsibility, engaged the insurgents in response to attacks against civilians in Igabi and Giwa local government areas.

He said the troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi-Mugaba axis.

According to him, the insurgents, whose number could not be ascertained, fired several shots at the troops from the cover of the herd prompting immediate response from troops.

“In the ensuing firefight that lasted for about an hour, troops neutralised two of the insurgents and recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 magazine and three rounds of 7.62mm Special.

“Troops also recovered one Tecno phone, three Hilux and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of N13,200.

“Unfortunately, in the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire.

“Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence,” he said.

Nwachukwu said the troops, in a separate operation conducted on Wednesday, successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada-Riyawa axis on the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road.

He said the troops neutralised six insurgents in the encounter and recovered two AK-47 rifles, five AK-47 rifle magazines, 300 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and 19 motorcycles, which were destroyed.

According to him, intelligence sources are reporting that the notorious bandit kingpin, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University and Nigerian Defence Academy attacks was killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo, in the ambush.

“Efforts are on to authenticate this using other means.

“Members of the public are enjoined to continue to cooperate with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the ongoing war against terrorism and insurgency in the country,” he added.

 

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Again, fire guts Lagos market

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Fire has razed a two-storey building at Dosunmu Market in the Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State.

NEWSMEN  gathered that the incident occurred on Tuesday around 11:10 am.

The Head, Public Education, Lagos State Fire Service, Amodu Sjakiru, confirmed the incident to journalists.

He also disclosed that Lagos State Fire Service personnel are currently at the scene to prevent the escalation of the fire.

“Fire Service personnel are currently on the ground to stop the fire and stop any further casualties. The fire affected two-storey buildings. Details about the fire will be shared soon,” he said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

 

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EFCC begins probe of eight suspected oil thieves in Akwa Ibom

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The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it is investigating eight suspected oil thieves in its custody.

A statement released on Tuesday by EFCC head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, said the suspects were dealing in petroleum products without appropriate licences.

It would be recalled that the suspects, arrested on Friday February 23, 2024, onboard a wooden boat, MV Jasmine, by the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom, were handed over to the Commission on Tuesday, April 3, 2024 by the Commanding Officer Captain (NN) Uche Aneke.

According to the EFCC spokesperson, the arrested suspects include Pere Ebiye (Captain), Okon David (DeckMan), Enuwa Wilson (Cook), Wesley Okon (DeckMan), Ade Ojo Idowu (Asst. Engineer), Oluwadamire Abraham (DeckMan), Oluwole Azuzu (Asst. Captain) and Taiwo Adebanwo (Chief Engineer).

They were arrested in a boat which was laden with 30,000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be crude, bunkered in a cellophane-sealed compartment of the boat and in four Geepee tanks.

“Both the arrested crew members and the exhibits were handed over to the Commission on Tuesday April 3, 2024 by the Commanding Officer Captain (NN) Uche Aneke of the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom State.

“According to him, the crew were arrested at Posn Lat. 04°18.258°N. Long 008°29. 696’E by the Navy Ship Ekulu during a patrol. He expressed determination to ensure that the Nigerian waterways remain safe and free of criminal activities.

“While receiving the crew members, boat and products, the Uyo Zonal Commander, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE1 Bawa H. Saidu, who was represented by Assistant Superintendent of the EFCC, ASE1 Terseer Chinyam, thanked the Nigerian Navy and assured it of the Commission’s readiness to always partner with it and other security agencies to curb economic crimes in Nigeria.”

 

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Police arrest seven suspected cultists in Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Police Command said its operatives have arrested seven suspected cultists and recovered firearms in the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, disclosed this in a statement issued in Kaduna.

According to Hassan, the arrest is a major blow to criminal networks in the state as the Command continues to make significant strides in the pursuit of justice and safety for all citizens.

“In yet another remarkable achievement, the Command has arrested seven suspected cultists, seized illegal firearms, and recovered suspicious substance believed to be blood,” the statement said.

According the police spokesman, the operation conducted on April 6, 2024, was initiated based on intelligence gathered from a reliable source.

“Acting swiftly on the received information, police operatives moved into action at about 03:00 hours after reports indicated unusual activities in the rocky and mountainous region of Dumbi along the Kaduna-Zaria expressway.

“During the raid, seven suspects were arrested, while others fled.

“Among items seized from the suspects were two pistols, a 30-litre jerrycan containing liquid suspected to be blood, and a Lexus car.”

He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Audu, has commended the cooperation and vigilance of the community in providing crucial information that led to the successful operation.

He reiterated the Command’s commitment to rooting out criminal elements and ensuring the safety and security of residents in the state.

According to him, efforts are currently underway to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

“The Command urges anyone with relevant information to assist in bringing the suspects to justice,” Hassan added.

 

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