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Why we killed commercial driver in Niger – Suspect

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One of three suspected armed robbers, who killed one Yakubu Yakubu, and dispossessed him of his vehicle, has said the victim was killed to conceal evidence of the crime.

The suspect, Ahmed Abubakar, in an interview with news men, in police custody on Tuesday, gave gory details of the crime.

He explained that the whole operation took barely 30 minutes and that they had to kill the victim to avoid being caught.

“When we are on an operation, we usually intimidate drivers that we board their vehicles by telling them that we are military personnel from the Shadawanka barracks in Bauchi State to create fear in them and make them obey us,” Abubakar said.

For this particular incident, he said, “While in transit on the BirinKudu-Huguma Road in Jigawa State, we ordered the driver to stop for us to urinate. When he stopped and we alighted from the vehicle, we strangled him and zoomed off with the vehicle.”

Abubakar, who hails from Bauchi State, also told news men  that each time his gang wanted to disposes people of their vehicles, they usually charter the vehicle to avoid interference on the way.

“On that very day, we chartered a Golf 3 car with number plate, JJJ 247 AX, and on our way, we killed the driver, but luck ran against us when we could not sell the car until the police arrested us,” he explained.

In response to a question on how long he had been involved in the crime, he said the gang had been active for over two years and described the situation he now found himself as “unfortunate.”

Abubakar lamented that he had disappointed his parents, who were not aware of his whereabouts, and prayed that they would forgive him.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, who confirmed the incident, said a team of policemen from the GRA Division, Minna, apprehended the suspects following a tip-off.

He confirmed that the suspects were arrested while trying to sell the stolen vehicle in Niger State.

The police spokesman promised that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

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Two farmers jailed for assault, attempted extortion

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An Area Court in Jos on Friday sentenced two farmers, Samaila Zanko, 24, and Umar Abubakar, 36, to three months imprisonment each for assault and extortion.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Zanko and Abubakar after they pleaded guilty to assault and attempted extortion.

Bokkos, however, gave each of them an option to pay a fine of N10,000.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Monday Dabit told the court that the case was reported on Sept. 11 at the office of the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Jos, by the complainant, Malam Saudi Abdullahi.

The prosecutor said that the convicts beat up the complainant after invading his house.

He told the court that the convicts also demanded N3 million from the complainant as a “settlement fee”and threatened to beat him up if he refused to comply.

Dabit said that the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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Family of Gandu attack victim in Nasarawa begs Gov. Sule, others for assistance

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The family of Isa Yusuf, a victim of a military shoot-out with suspected kidnappers in the Gandu area of the Lafia metropolis, Nasarawa State, has appealed for help.

Isa Yusuf was shot and left at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia after a rescue mission went awry.

According to Salihu Yusuf, the elder brother of the victim, Isa went to rescue a kidnapped relative in Gandu, only to be mistaken for fleeing kidnappers by military operatives. The encounter resulted in Isa being shot three times.

The family, expressing understanding of the military’s duty, is struggling with the escalating medical expenses.

Salihu Yusuf stated the family has already spent over ₦200,000 on tests and scanning, with indications that one of the shots affected Isa’s spinal cord, necessitating a referral to a hospital in Jos, Plateau State.

Isa, a painter and electrician, not only faces health challenges but also cares for four children left behind by a late brother.

The family, unable to bear the medical costs alone, is reaching out to well-meaning individuals, with a special plea to Governor Abdullahi Sule for assistance.

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Student jailed for theft in Jos

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An area court in Jos, Plateau State capital, on Friday, sentenced a 23-year-old student, David Longji, to three months imprisonment for stealing a solar panel.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Longji after he pleaded guilty to theft.

Bokkos, however, gave him the option to pay N20,000 as a fine.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported on October 16 at the Anglo-Jos Police Station by one Livinus James, the complainant.

The prosecutor said the convict stole the solar panel from a company and was caught while trying to sell it.

Gokwat said the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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