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Zamfara NSCDC arrests suspect for vandalizing electric cables

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC in Zamfara State has arrested and paraded four suspected criminals for various crimes.

Addressing newsmen at the Corps headquarters in Gusau, the State Commandant, Sani Mustapha said one Sani Yakubu was arrested for vandalizing electric cables at the Government Day Secondary school in Gusau, the State capital.

”On the 18th of February 2024, the suspect was arrested for vandalization of electric cables at the Government Day Secondary school in Tudun Wada area of Gusau, the State capital.

“The suspect is notorious for vandalization of electrical wires within the school premises”, the Commañdant added.

Mustapha explained that during interrogation, the suspect confessed that he vandalized electrical fittings and wires from the school and sold items to one Abubakar Ibrahim at the cost of N23,000.

“On this fateful day, he broke into the school premises, boggled a window and with the aid of a table, climbed into the ceiling to vandalize the electrification system of the school’s classroom blocks”

“Exhibits found with the suspect include 40 bunches of copper wires suspected to have been vandalized from the crime scene”

He said the suspect will be charged with criminal trespass and theft, contrary to sections 185 and 148 of the Shari’a penal Code law2000.

The State NSCDC boss said one Mallam Isah Ahmed was apprehended by the operatives of the Corps alongside two others, Usman Aliyu and Habibu Abdulahi, for purchasing PMS products in large numbers in a black tinted Golf wagon with registration number GMM 40XA Zamfara.

He said this contravenes the Executive Order issued by the State Government to cut off surplus chains on 7 January 2024, banning the sale of PM S products in Jerricans.

“This Order was an attempt by the State Government to cut off supplies of PMS to the marauding brigands. This singular act is charged with an attempt to commit an offence contrary to section 95 of the penal Code”

“Exhibits found with the suspects include 40 Jerricans of 25 litres each loaded with PMS. The Corps will do the needful at the conclusion of a holistic investigation on the matter.

 

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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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