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Boko Haram’s successful attack on Army camp near key cities in Niger.

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Boko Haram fighters clashed with government forces on Sunday in Diffa, the largest city in southwestern Niger, in what the jihadists said was a successful attack on a military camp.

Conflicting versions of the outcome emerged on Tuesday, with the Islamists claiming to have overrun the site but local residents telling AFP that the assailants had been repelled.

A propaganda video released by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group affiliated to the so-called Islamic State, purports to show heavily-armed insurgents storm an army camp following sustained fighting and heavy weapons fire.

A soldier is seen lying face-down on the ground, either dead or unconscious and being shot twice.

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The assailants then leave the camp with military vehicles and weapons to the cries of Allahu Akbar (God is greatest).

The area around Diffa, a city of around 200,000 people located near the Nigerian border, has been repeatedly attacked by the jihadist group, which emerged in Nigeria in 2009.

Local people testified that they heard the sound of heavy fighting.

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“We heard gunfire, especially heavy weapons, between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm on the southern side of the city,” Lawan Boukar, a local resident, said.

“It was an audacious infiltration attempt by Boko Haram, who were then forced back to the bridge at Doutchi,” he said, referring to a cross-border bridge about 30 kilometres (18 miles) away.

Another resident said the attackers “came over from the Nigerian side in late afternoon when the Ramadan fast was about to break — they were obviously hoping to catch our soldiers unawares.”

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A security source confirmed “the attack” but did not give details. The defence ministry, contacted by AFP, said it would release a statement later.


Troubled region


Boko Haram’s insurgency has claimed more than 36,000 lives since it began in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 and displaced nearly two million from their homes.

The violence spilt over into neighbouring countries in the Sahel in 2015, especially in the Lake Chad region, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria converge.

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The Diffa region is home to 120,000 refugees from Nigeria as well as 110,000 people internally displaced within Niger, according to UN data released in October.

Sunday’s attack came after an air-and-ground offensive against the group by Chad following a brazen attack in which nearly 100 soldiers were killed.

Chad claims it killed a thousand jihadists and lost 52 of its men, and drove the jihadists out of its territory.

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In late March, Niger’s defence ministry claimed that a “leading figure” in Boko Haram, Ibrahim Fakoura, had been killed in an operation in the Lake Chad region.

In 2015, heavy fighting broke out between Niger soldiers and Boko Haram fighters around the strategic bridge at Doutchi and near Damasak, a Nigerian border village which the jihadists seized in October 2014.

Damasak was retaken later by the Niger army, backed by Chadian soldiers.

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Niger is also facing attacks from jihadists in the west of the country, coming from Mali.

Around 4,000 people were killed in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso last year in jihadist violence, which is often intertwined with inter-community tensions, according to a UN estimate.


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Senate: FG should decentralize Police over insecurity threats in Nigeria.

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The Senate has called for the decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force.

This was contained in the recommendations of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Nigeria security, considered and approved at plenary on Tuesday.

The committee, inaugurated on January 29, was chaired by Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi.)

Senate spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru, disclosed that the report urged the executive to direct the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Inspector General of Police to “decentralise the police command structure with operational and budgetary powers” vested in the zonal commands.

Senate advised the federal government to set up zonal security advisory committees at each Zonal command to advise on the security challenges facing each zone.

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Composition of the zonal advisory council as proposed include; Governors in the Zone; Zonal AIG of Police, State Commissioners of Police; State Directors of the Department of State Service; Zonal Immigration Officers; Zonal Customs Officers; and Representative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Other are Representative of the Nigeria Correctional Service; Chairmen of State Traditional Rulers Council; Faith-based leaders; Civil Society Representatives in the Zone; Representative of federal lawmakers, business community, Labour and other persons deemed relevant.

Recommendations were also made for the expansion of the State Security Council and constitution of Area Command, Local Government and Ward Level Advisory Councils.

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Senate also demanded that state assemblies make necessary laws to legalize community policing even at the Local Government level.

The Red Chamber further called on State Governors to fund community policing from grants appropriated to each local government.


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Just in: Police sends patrol to terrorised areas in Lagos. [Nigeria]


The Lagos State Police Command has asked residents of certain communities in Lagos to be calm, adding that police patrol teams have been employed to beef up security.

Areas such as Iyana-Ipaja, Igando, Ikotun, Idimu, and others have complained about incessant attacks from the robbery gang known as “One Million Boys”.

Also, Surulere residents expressed concern after they received a letter from the robbery gang to inform them that they were coming and to also warn residents of a bloody outcome if they do not prepare for them by having money ready

The Lagos State police took the threats seriously and have now disclosed measures they are taking to ensure the safety of residents.

The Lagos State Police Command wrote on Twitter: “The Police have received series of calls from residents in Idimu, Igando, Ikotun, etc, that the “one million boys” are planning to attack the communities. The Police responded with massive deployment of Police patrol teams to beef up security of the area.”

Lagos police deploys police patrol teams to beef up security in areas where “One Million Boys” threatened to attack

They added: “The IG of Police has also deployed DIG Peter Ogunyanwo to Lagos in order to have a clear assessment of the situation in Lagos and Ogun and also coordinate the the operations against such criminal elements. Special forces have also been deployed to support tactical units present.

“Members of the public, especially residents of the aforementioned communities are enjoined to remain calm and support the ongoing efforts of the Police.”

The statement adds: “For information and complaints call the following 09010512385 09010512286. 09010512287 and 09010512288.”


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Residents scared as Robbery attack escalate amid lockdown extension in Nigeria


“If you are going to bed this night, split your pot of soup into two and drop a portion at the entrance of your apartment with a big loaf of bread. When the Awawa Boys appear, they will see the sacrifice and pass you by,” a Lagos resident advised troubled citizens residing in Alimosho area of the state, the epicenter of robbery attacks in the last few days in what has been termed ‘Hungervirus’ on the streets.

As the world continues to battle the pandemic, Lagos State, the epicenter of COVID-19 in Nigeria with the highest toll of confirmed cases, is going through one of its roughest moments in decades and the worst of times amid the pandemic lockdown.

In the last few days, residents have trooped out to guard themselves against the escalating robbery attacks and cult-related activities occurring day and night. Hoodlums are using the lockdown imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari as an excuse to perpetrate criminal activities such as rape, looting and inflicting physical injuries.

Affected areas include Abule-Egba, Baruwa, Egbeda, Dalemo, Akinde, Dopemu, Ogba, Iyana Ipaja, Meiran and Alakuko. Also troubled are some Lagos-Ogun border communities like Akute, Agbado, Alakuko and Ojokoro.

The cult groups: Aiye, Eiye, Alora, Vikings, Pirates, KKK, Awawa, One Million, Marindoti, Ojumilojin, Pamolekun, are also going against each other. They are attacking themselves over claims that some opposing members were the ones bursting homes and streets of supposed rivals.

Helpless citizens now at the mercy of the rampaging hoodlums are now forming emergency vigilance groups to protect themselves during the day and at night. Some neighborhoods are now being protected by youths, ‘Area Boys’, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) members and even landlords, who take a nap in the afternoon for a vigilance duty at night.

Between Sunday night and Monday morning, several videos of Lagosians keeping vigil went viral, wielding dangerous weapons like machetes, axes, clubs for self-defense. In one of the clips, a young man raised a brand of AK-47 assault rifle and fired three bullets in the air to the cheer of those around him.

At Agege, various gates leading to the streets were locked up as early as 7:00p.m. while residents came out en-mass, burning tyres, and waiting for the notorious robbers. According to a young girl, the armed robbers came to her streets with POS asking residents to swipe their cards on it.

According to a trader, who decided to remain anonymous: “What is happening is the ripple effect of the lockdown. A lot of mini bus drivers who make money daily and motorcycle operators who also depend on their daily activities are now hungry. The irony of it is that if they can only go to the houses of those who refused to give them food, it would have been better. But they chose to go to punish innocent souls.”

Residents of Agege have cried to the state government and security agencies to rescue them from hoodlums unleashing mayhem in the area. Tension started in the area at the weekend following attacks by suspected cultists who went from street-to-street robbing and raping innocent residents.

The attacks in Agege were spillover of last week’s assault on residents and traders at Abule Egba, Alagbado, Meiran, Alakuko, Ijoko and Sango, among others by armed gangs numbering over 200, that has left at least four people feared killed.

Pockets of robbery incidents were alleged to have taken place simultaneously at Olusanya Adenire, Pen Cinema, Oniwaya, Orile-Agege, Dopemu and Agbotikuyo on Sunday, as the hoodlums armed with guns, bottles and cutlasses dispossessed their victims of cash, food and other valuables.

Most of the residents who raised alarm on social media said they were under siege both during the day and at night as the hoodlums showed no mercy on their victims. The residents also lamented that police abandoned them to their fate while the robbers wreaked havoc overnight, a development that forced youths and local vigilantes to arm themselves with sticks and cutlasses to fight the hoodlums.


Residents keep vigil to confront the robbers


Some of the robbers arrested by residents were beaten, forced to eat fresh peppers and given water to step them down before they were handed over to the police.

But the police have assured that it was facing the situation head-on. Public Relations Officer of the Lagos command, DSP Bala Elkana, told newsmen yesterday that the situation was under control. Elkana advised residents to stay calm. He confirmed that the police have increased patrol and deployed more tactical teams across Lagos.

Elkana said: “The situation was aggravated mostly by wrong messages. Some people are causing panic, creating videos and sending wrong information. People in their houses were getting scared. They say “armed robbers are on my street”, but when our men go there, nothing is happening.

“The Police received several calls and we reached the places to ensure the safety of lives and properties. We have also deployed more tactical units. We appeal to communities that want to support us to do it in our way. We welcome partnerships but people should not take laws into their hands”, the spokesman added.

The Guardian observed that the police were overwhelmed by the series of alerts they received on simultaneous robbery incidents across Alimosho and Ayobo Local Government Areas. It was gathered that most of the distressed calls responded to by the police turned out to be false alarms from apprehensive residents, a development that frustrated most of the operatives.

Elkana said the youths were responsible for the panic, adding that the Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the arrest of anyone found on the streets.

“Those setting bonfires and organising vigilantes are the ones causing these panics. They are the ones making people to be afraid. They were just looking for reasons to come out and they created one. So, the Commissioner has directed DPOs and Area Commanders to disperse any gathering of youths in their neighbourhood.


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[Nigeria] 92 suspected cultists arrested in Lagos.


Lagos Police have arrested no fewer than 92 suspected cultists in different parts of the state.

The arrest came as residents in parts of the state rallied to stem robbery attacks in their communities during the lockdown.


They keep vigil at night, make bonfires and engage the services of hunters to ward off the hoodlums.

On Sunday, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested two men after a foiled robbery in Ikorodu, Lagos.

The suspects Toheeb Sanusi, 21, and Adewale Adeshina, 24 , were arrested with a locally-made revolver pistol and cutlass.

Police spokesman Bala Elkana said the Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu has given commanders of tactical units in the state a clear instruction to deal decisively with armed hoodlums in any part of the state during the lockdown.


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Lockdown: Ogun communities under robbers siege. [Nigeria]


Several communities in Ogun States are now living in fear following rising cases of robbery attacks.

The affected neighborhoods in Ogun include Lambe, Ayede, Ilepa, Ijoko, Ifo, Ibogun, Itori, GudFugba, Ayepe, Oke-Aro, Foursquare, Matogun, and other Agbado communities in Ifo and Ewekoro Local Government Areas of Ogun State.

Media correspondent who visited Agbado communities as at 10 pm on Saturday observed that residents of the affected communities have formed vigilante groups to contain the rampaging robbers.

The attacks, according to the residents, became prominent in the wake of the lockdown in Ogun State to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In Agbado communities such as Oke Aro, Matogun, the residents said they could no longer stay in-door to self-isolate in order to protect themselves from attacks.

Some residents also confirmed that their shops and homes were looted at gunpoint.

Meanwhile, AIG Sola Subair (rtd), Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, in a statement on Saturday said the government has swung into action.

He confirmed the arrest of some suspects in connection with the chain of unrest in the affected localities.

“Initial arrests notwithstanding, the State Police Command is not leaving any stone unturned as the command has arrested more suspects, and investigation is currently ongoing. Suspects in custody continue to provide helpful information.

“The State Government wishes to reiterate its commitment to the security of lives and property.

“We wish to assure the entire citizenry of adequate security and our dedication to safety of the people, and we urged everyone not to panic, as the situation is under control”, the statement added.

However, as at the time of filing this report, there is no presence of any security team around communities such as Oke Aro, Ishaga-Matogun, Nylon, among others.


Residents of these areas are moving around with cutlasses


In the Ayede area of Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, residents no longer sleep with their eyes closed. They have formed a vigilance group to ward off the robbers from the community.

A leading member of the community, Mr Ademosu Ojoaru, lamented that the vigilance group was a response to the inadequacy of police to secure their lives and property.

Sources in Ibogun said the siege by robbers has led to exodus of people from the town.

‘’The robbers have been attacking several Ibogun communities including Olorunda, Egbeda, Alapoti, Odejimi, Solu, and others.

‘’We now make bonfires at night to keep vigil over our neighbourhoods,’’ a community leader who spoke in confidence said.

The scenario is the same at Apomu, Gudugba and Ayepe areas of Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State. Suspected robbers, according to residents had made several attempts to raid the communities in the last few days.

A female community leader who asked not to be named urged the police authorities to step up surveillance in order to prevent attacks by robbers.

Meanwhile in a statement issued on Friday, police spokesman in Ogun State, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi assured residents of adequate police protection. He urged people not to panic.

‘’The Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson has therefore appealed to members of the public not to be unnecessarily apprehensive as the command will continue to do everything within its power to ensure that the good people of Ogun state enjoy adequate security during and after this trying period of our dear country. He also enjoined them to reach out to the command through the control room number 08081770416 whenever they are in distress,” he said


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[Nigeria] Ogun residents fighting armed robbers themselves.


Some residents of Alakuko to Ijaiye axis of Sango-Otta in Ogun State, had to resort to self defense over the incessant robberies in the area since the lockdown started.

In a new report, it was gathered that the robbery incidents started on Thursday 9th of April, 2020, and happens intermittently during day and night.

According to sources, the robbers numbering over 50, raid the areas all at once, looting resident’s valuables, monies and allegedly raping some ladies.

A source reveals that the residents have reached out to the police all to no avail except for this afternoon when they showed up after the robbers had fled.

Some angry armed residents have now taken to the streets to defend themselves while also calling on the security operatives to come to their aid.


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ATM allegedly robbed in UniOsun {Video}


An ATM in University of Osun state (UniOsun) was allegedly burgled last night by thieves who carted away the money in it.

A video of the burgled ATM was shared on social media by a student of UniOsun who claims some thieves were responsible for the act.


No information on whether or nor the robbers have been caught as it looks like the burgled atm was noticed this morning


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I started robbing to fund my wedding – 20-year-old suspect


One of three suspected armed robbers arrested by the police in the Dambam Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Shehu Abdullahi, has confessed that he was planning to use his share of the proceeds to get married.

Abdullahi, 20, in an interview with Northern City News, while being paraded at the Bauchi State Police Command on Wednesday, said he initially didn’t want to be a part of the gang but his friend convinced him otherwise.

He claimed that it was his first time of participating in such an act before he was arrested by the police.


He said, “I was brought to the police headquarters because of an armed robbery operation that we did. Yes, I am an armed robber, but I have never done it before; this is my first time.

“I was at home when Dan Jauro called me that I should come and join them to go for a robbery, but I told him that I had never done it before. He begged me to just come that they needed people to participate in it. I told him that I was scared, but he encouraged me to just come.


“Before I went there, they had bought everything needed for the robbery. When I got there, they had started bringing out the logs of wood to the road when I got there.

“When we blocked the road, one car came and we stopped it. The driver came out and Dan Jauro dragged one of the women out of the car. We asked all of them to come down and we collected all their handsets and belongings. Some of us opened the boot of the car and took out three boxes and four bags.”


Asked what he was going to do with his share of the money, he said, “Honestly, I wanted to marry and I did not have the money. I wanted to use it to marry.”

The Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Philip Maku, said the suspects and seven others still at large were behind a robbery whose video went viral.

“The suspects conspired with seven others now at large on February 18, 2020, barricaded the Kano-Maiduguri Highway with heavy logs of wood and attacked a salon vehicle,” he stated.

The CP added that several exhibits were recovered from them, including a Dane gun, a double-barrelled Dane gun, seven sticks, six axes, six machetes, six knives, 10 charms, some fabricated bullets and one ATM card bearing, Godwin Adie, among others.


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Armed Robbery: Five Arrested Plus Herbalist


Herbalist Arrested Alongside Five Others For Armed Robbery In Ogun
The Ogun State Police Command have arrested a herbalist and five other suspected armed robbers.

The suspects identified as Sukanmi Ogundimu, Tosin Adebanjo, Toheeb Ogundare, Ahmed Oloyede, Emmanuel Ogunshina aka Emma SARS and Adebisi Remilekun, were accused of launching a midnight attack against one Alfa Rifhat Ashraf, who was injured and left with machete cuts.


Ogun State’s police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident said the suspects committed the crime on January 21, 2020 at No 1, Akorede Estate, Olomoore behind Crescent University, Abeokuta. They reportedly dispossessed Ashraf and his wife of five different types of mobile phones, one laptop, N60,000 and other valuables.

The suspects were arrested after being identified by their victims who filed a complaint with the police.


Oyeyemi said;

“The suspects, according to the victims, invaded their house in the midnight, armed with cutlass, and inflicted various degrees of injury on Alfa Rifhat Ashraf after which they dispossessed him and his wife of five different types of handsets, one laptop, cash sum of N60,000 and other valuables.


“On receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police gave a marching order to the DPO, Lafenwa Division, CSP Muraina Ayilara, to go after the hoodlums and bring them to justice.

“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the DPO and his operatives commenced intelligence and technical investigation of the case which led to the arrest of one member of the gang.


“The arrested gang member led the operatives to the house of a herbalist at Olomoore area of Abeokuta which serves as hideout to the gang.

“On getting there, the place was cordoned off but surprisingly the hoodlums attacked the police with cutlass, consequent upon which one of them was shot, and five others arrested, along with the herbalist.

“Recovered from them are: one laptop, five different types of handsets, one cutlass and charms. The gang leader, who is popularly known as ‘AK,’ escaped and a serious manhunt has been launched to effect his arrest.”

The police spokesperson also revealed that the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for discreet investigation.


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Feb’14: Mpape bank robbers remanded


An FCT High Court in Wuse on Friday, ordered that the five men charged in connection with the foiled Mpape bank robbery at a First Bank branch in Mpape, be remanded in a correctional facility, pending bail application.

The police charged Ehizo Larry, Princewill Obinna, Elijah David, Timothy Joe and Ernest Ewin with five counts bordering on armed robbery and possession of locally made pistols.


Justice Ajoke Adepoju adjourned the case untill March 13 for hearing.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, James Idachaba, told the court that the defendants conspired and invaded First Bank Plc, Mpape, Abuja, armed with locally made pistols, cutlasses and axes on Dec. 28.


Idachaba said the defendants invaded the bank with intent to steal money from the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) and threatened to use violence on the staff and customers in order to obtain cash from the bank.

He further said the defendants forcefully collected mobile phones, value not yet known from one Ann Awele, a staff of the said bank.


He added that the defendants got arrested by a team of police officers while in possession of the locally made pistols without required licence.

The prosecution counsel said in the course of police investigations, police officers attached to the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), FCT Abuja, conducted search at Obinna’s house in Katampe 1, Mpape, Abuja.


According to him, two locally made pistols were recovered from Obinna as a result of the search .

He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 3 and punishable under sections 6 (a) (b) (c) , 1 (2) (a), 2 (1), (2)(a), 27(1)(a)(i) of the Robbery and Firearms(special provisions) Act.LFN 2004.


The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Idachaba urged the court to remand the defendants in prison and applied for a short date, saying seven witnesses were listed to testify and that vital exhibits will be tendered.

The defence counsel for Larry and Ewin, Peter Ihunweze, did not oppose the prosecution counsel’s application but asked for a date to file for bail for

Anenin Enabosi , counsel to Obinna, aligned with Ihunweze’s submission, saying he had not been served with the charge sheet yet.


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Naval officers arrested 3 suspected robbers ..


The Nigerian Navy has arrested three sea robbers suspected to have links with the pirates that killed four naval ratings in Ondo State.

The suspects including Odun Ogunse, Adeojo Sunday and Edema ThankGod were arrested during the week by the team of naval officers in Igbokoda area of the state.

Their arrest comes barely a day after the navy declared 33 sea pirates wanted for the abduction of three foreign sailors (two Russians and one Indian) in the Niger Delta.


Recall the tragic incident that occurred penultimate weekend when some navy personnel were killed in a gunfight at Gagira, a suburb in the Awoye coastal community in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base in Igbokoda, Commodore Danjuma Ndanusa, disclosed the arrest of the suspects to SaharaReporters in a chat on Friday.


Ndanusa said the suspects were arrested in the creeks of the Niger Delta after extensive intelligence and surveillance.

He identified the earlier arrest of another suspect Bamitale Iwatan, who is wanted for the kidnap of three foreign nationals.


According to him, Iwatan alongside his gang members also stole a cache of ammunition belonging to the naval ratings during the rescue mission.

Ndanusa added that the wanted criminal was an ex-militant who claimed to have repented during the amnesty programme of government but still engaged in criminal activities.

He said, “We have issued out the names of those we arrested and handed them over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

“We are still looking for about 33 other suspects who have been perpetrating all sorts of crimes in the creeks across the region.”


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Corps member assissinated in Osun ..


Suspected robbers have shot dead a National Youth Service Corps member in Osun State.

The deceased, Adebayo Mukaila was sad to own a container made-shop at Omo-west street close to the NYSC Secretariat in the state capital, where he sold recharge.cards, cable subscription and also engaged in money transfer.


It was gathered that Mukaila, popularly called Alfa on the street was attacked after closing his shop around 11 pm on Tuesday by the hoodlums.

It was learnt that after forcefully taking the deceased’s bag, containing cash, POS machine, recharge cards and a bunch of keys, the two-man robbers shot him on the head before dashing away on a motorcycle.


Idowu Korede, an eye witness told the Vanguard that the incident occurred late in the night and that the sound of the gunshot was too audible but that no one could come out of the house, adding that the deceased daughter (name withheld) was with him when he was shot and was crying for help after the robbers left the scene.

“We all heard a loud bang and we decided to stay off believing some cultists have started their usual rivalry clash but a few minutes later a little girl was crying for help and residents rushed to the scene. Mukaila’s body was discovered on the floor with gun injury on his head and his body was rushed to the hospital but he was pronounced dead.

“The incident was unfortunate, we observe the night prayer together at the mosque before he returned to the shop and whenever he stayed late, he sleeps over at his parent’s house located few metres from his shop”, he added.

An official of the Public Relations Unit of the state NYSC confirmed the incident.


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Police nabbed armed robbers after killing couple in Abia ..


The Abia State Police Command has arrested and paraded a suspected armed robber identified as Kingsley Emezue alias Pakins alongside his gang members Enyinna Asiegbu (25) and Promise Sunday Obilor a.k.a Esere (26), for reportedly killing a couple before their three children.

Abia State’s Police Commissioner, Ene Okon told newsmen that the arrested suspects were connected to Sampson Iheukwumere Nwokocha a.k.a Grave, a notorious robber killed in December by the police.

He said the suspects who initially relocated after their gang leader was killed, returned to Umuahia in January 2020 after they thought the manhunt for them has been called off.

“The gang seemed to have gone on holidays to enjoy their loots and resurfaced around January 10, 2020, in what seems like recouping of expenses made during the Yuletides. The six-man gang on January 25, 2020, operating in a tricycle, snatched a Toyota Sienna van with registration number RBC477RL, along Health Center Road in World Bank Housing Estate, Umuahia.

“The gang, while operating in a Sienna van, shot and killed a couple, Mr and Mrs Darlington Chinyere Uzoma, along Secretariat Road, Ogwurube Layout, Umuahia. This was after robbing them of proceeds of the day’s sales.

“They robbed and shot Basil Okechukwu of Obowo, Imo State, on January 16, around Post Office Umuahia Road. Okechukwu was killed while on transit with the money he withdrew from bank.

“Officers from the Central Police Station, Umuahia and operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on ‘Operation Puff Adder’ went after the hoodlums and intercepted a tricycle conveying two of the hoodlums named Precious Chukwuebuka Okoro and Ogbonna Ifeanyichukwu Justice. Interrogation of the duo resulted in the subsequent arrest of the other members of the gang namely; Enyinna Asiegbu (25), Promise Sunday Obilor (26) aka Esere and Emezue Kingsley (20) aka Pakins.”

Emezue introduced himself as a butcher when questioned by newsmen and also disclosed that he was lured into armed robbery by bad friends.

He said;

“We did the robbery operation actually on Saturday night, but I did not shoot the couple. It was our driver that shot them.”


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Lagos: Armed robbers nabbed..


The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force said it has arrested three suspected traffic robbers and two others said to specialise in stealing vehicles at churches.

According to the spokesperson for the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, the suspected traffic robbers were arrested around 5:30am on January 19 around Ipaja by detectives on anti-traffic robbery patrol (motorcycle patrol).


He identified them as Hassan Lekan, 19, Owolabi Seyi, 18, and Ismailia Ibrahim, 19, adding that they specialised in snatching handbags, phones, and money from unsuspecting members of the public.

He said, “They mostly operate between 4am and 7am. Items recovered from them include phones and bags they snatched from three different victims. The suspects have been charged to court.

“In a related development, operatives from the Ipaja division arrested two notorious suspects specialised in car snatching and stealing vehicles from parking spaces mostly in worship centres. The suspects are Bamidele Adebayo and Hakeem Taofik.

“On January 19, at about 1pm, the suspects stole a Toyota Corolla saloon car at a church in Shagari Estate Ipaja and moved the vehicle to Ijagba village in Sango Ota, Ogun State. Detectives from Ipaja Police Station recovered the vehicle at about 4pm on the same day from the suspects. The suspects were also charged to court.”


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