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We received training in Libya, say kidnappers

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…’we demanded $30m to free Buhari’s district head’

  • Police arrest 40 suspects
  • Grenades, explosive chemicals, assorted arms recovered

 

Suspected kidnappers arrested for the abduction of the District Head of Daura in Katsina State, Alhaji Musa Umar, said they were trained in Libya. Two other suspects said they were trained in Libya on ambush operation, dismantling of AK47 rifle, as well as disarming security operatives. In his confession, the gang leader, Abdullah Mohammed, a native of Kano, said: “I was among the gang members that did the video and negotiation for the ransom.

We have carried out two kidnappings before this one involving the district head of Daura. “Before our arrest, two of us involved in this case had undergone training in Libya that lasted one and a half years.

We were trained on how we can fire AK47 rifles, how we can disarm security agents holding AK47 rifles, how we can lay ambush for security operatives.” The suspects also said they demanded $30 million to release the district head.

They, however, regretted that the ransom was not paid before they were arrested by the special police forces drawn from the Inspector General of Police (IG) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Special Tactical Squad (STS), and Operation Puff Adder.

The Daura monarch, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s in-law, was released on July 2, exactly two months after his abduction. The police yesterday presented 13 of the suspects arrested in connection with the Magajin Daura’s abduction. Apart from Umar’s abductors, the police also presented 27 other suspects linked to kidnapping, banditry, cattle rustling, and gunrunning in parts of the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, who showed the suspects to journalists on the premises of the STS in Abuja, said crimes hardly occurred without collaborators from within the location. One of the suspects, Yusuf Dahiru, who revealed the $30 million ransom demand, said their aim was to make money. He said: “We took Magajin Garin Daura in order to make money. We placed him on ransom of $30 million.

But no ransom was paid before we were arrested. “We have our master who led us to kidnap the district head of Daura. My master got the job and sent me to go to Daura to kidnap the monarch. “My work is only kidnapping.

Four of us went to kidnap the royal father. One of our gang members is from Daura; he was the one who led us in the operation because he knows the area very well. He was the one that led us to the area and he was the one who held the district head for 60 days and took good care of him and gave him everything that he needed. We did not molest him.” Another suspect, Bilial Yusuf, told journalists that he was the one who negotiated for the ransom.

He said: “I was told by the gang leader, Abdullah Mohammed, to ask for $30 million. “But we were not given any money before we were arrested. I am the owner of the Peugeot 406 that was used in the kidnap.”

Mba disclosed that out of the 13 sus-pects linked to the Daura kidnap incident, five of them were from Katsina State. The FPRO added that four of the five were from the ancient city of Daura, while two were found to be from Kano State, where the traditional ruler was rescued.

He said: “A total of 40 male suspects have been indicted for their roles in crimes bordering on kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling, murder and unlawful possession of firearms. “Out of the 40 suspects, 13 of them are directly linked with the heinous crime touching on the kidnap of the Magajin Daura, who was kidnapped and held incommunicado for several weeks.

From analysis of the 13 suspects who were indicted for the kidnap of the district head of Daura, we discovered that these suspects consist of persons of diverse states of the federation and diverse backgrounds.

“They are all suspects that you can described as fallen within an active age bracket, with an average age of 30. The oldest is 46 and the youngest among them who incidentally played a key role is 20 years old.

“Thirdly, we also discovered in the course of our investigation that there are external collaborators. As a matter of fact, one of the suspects, Mustapha Zakaria, aged 32, is from Niger Republic. “And finally, we also discovered that the crime, just like other crimes, was powered essentially by local criminals and local collaborators.” Mba said the lesson to be drawn from the analysis was that the police must work with other law enforcement agencies to keep Nigeria safe.

He added: “You could see clearly that it would have been near impossible for any other criminal gang to have perfected these acts, clinically executed them the way these guys did without the active connivance, collaboration and support of other gang members who are from Daura. “In the same vein, it would also have been near impossible for the gang members to have kept this elder statesman in Kano for this long without criminal elements who know and understand the terrain of Kano.

“The import of this is that for any crime that has been committed or being committed, there are local collaborators and this is where the concept of community policing comes into play and that explains why the President of this country has clearly given us a marching order to begin to implement the concept of community policing and also explains why the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, is pursuing the full implementation of community policing across the country with unalloyed vigour.” The FPRO appealed to the public to ensure that they knew who their neighbours were.

He said: “In addition to the suspects we have before you, we recovered a total of nine AK47 rifles within this period under review and six other weapons of assorted made. “We also have a total of 383 rounds of different ammunition of different calibres, particularly ammunition for the AK47 rifles. “It may also interest you to know that during the operation that led to the rescue of the district head of Daura, we also recovered cache of chemicals used for producing explosives.

“We also recovered three hand grenades. These are grenades of military calibre, these are not smoke grenades; they are not teargas grenades. These are real hand grenades capable of taking down an entire structure. The explosive chemicals are the ones that must not be exposed unduly to harsh elements.”

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Foundation proffers solutions to Tiv/Jukun crisis in Taraba

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In a bid to finding lasting solution to the tribal crisis between Tiv and Jukun tribe in Taraba State, essayists have recommended inter-tribal marriage, peace education and improved security architecture among others to tame the menace.
The 42 essayists made the submission in an essay competition organised by the Luka Agbu Memorial Foundation (LAMF).
The LAMF Executive Director Mathias Luka Agbu, in an executive summary made available to New Telegraph, said the competition tagged “Finding lasting solution to the endless Jukun/Tiv crisis” drawn the 42 essayists, mainly youths from both sides of the warring factions to solicit for sustainable solutions to the reoccurring Jukun/Tiv crisis through essay writing.
The essayists surmised that the conflict between Jukun and Tiv has a long history and can be traced back to the early 1950s, with subsequent recurrences in the intervening years of: 1959, 1964, 1976, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2000, and 2001.
They argued that the conflict is widespread across the southern part of Taraba State, with the hot theaters being bordered communities that linked Benue and Taraba States: Wukari and Zaki Biam.

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Lagos House of Assembly rejects 3 cabinet nominees

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has rejected three of the nominees sent to it for confirmation as Commissioners by Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu.
They are: Samuel Obafemi George, Adekemi Ajayi Bembe and Olarenwaju Sanusi.
The House took the action on Monday.

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Woman allegedly raped to death, corpse dumped near church in Benue

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A yet to be identified corpse of a young lady was on Monday found around Grace Tower Church in the Nyiman area of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, after she was allegedly gang-raped to death.
Indications that the lady was raped by her assailants rented the air as it was justified that she was found naked and dumped in a drainage and visible signs of a struggle were evident.
Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, confirmed the recovery of the corpse in the early hours of Monday.
DSP Anene explained that the cause of her death “remained unknown unless an autopsy was conducted”.
She, however, denied that the victim was raped to death as speculated on the social media.

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Akeredolu appoints New Telegraph Correspondent as Deputy CPS

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Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has appointed  Mr. Babatope Okeowo of the New Telegraph newspaper as Deputy Chief Press Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi.
Okeowo, whose appointment is with immediate effect, was the State Correspondent of the New Telegraph newspaper  before his appointment.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, to the Governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye said the appointment was in response to the rejig made to Government House Media Team of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
In the rejig, Mr, Olorunleke Akeredolu, formerly Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor is now redesignated, Special Assistant to the Governor on Media Relations
Also, the Special Assistant on New Media, Allen Sowore to the Governor’s Office has been moved to the Office of the Deputy Governor to function in same position.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State Council, has lauded Governor Akeredolu over the appointment of Okeowo.

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Court remands man in prison for stealing biscuits, recharge cards

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An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Monday ordered that a 23-year-old man, Israel Adesanya, who pleaded guilty to breaking into a house and stealing biscuits, and recharge cards, be remanded in prison, pending sentencing.

Magistrate T.A. Ojo ordered that Adesanya, who resides at Baruwa Ipaja, Lagos, should be remanded in the Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, pending review of the facts of the case and sentencing, as he pleaded guilty.

Ojo adjourned the case until September 30.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Kenrich Nomayo, told the court that Adesanya committed the offence on May 20, at No.10 Cosmos Avenue, Baruwa Ipaja, Lagos.

He said that Adesanya scaled the fence and broke into the apartment of Mrs Funmi Ajayi and stole shortbread valued at N5,250, recharge cards of different network valued at N85,000 and N108,000 cash.

Nomayo said that the defendant conduct himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 285 308 and 168 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Stealing attracts three years’ imprisonment.

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Kenyan chef ‘breaks cooking marathon record’

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A Kenyan chef has set a new world record for the longest time spent cooking, after cooking for 75 hours non-stop.

Maliha Mohammed began her attempt on Thursday at 10:00 local time in the coastal city of Mombasa.

She ended her marathon at a local restaurant on Sunday at 13:03 local time.

If verified by Guinness World Records, she will have beaten the official record set by a US cook, Rickey Lumpkin – he cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes and one second in April 2018

Ms Mohammed prepared 400 dishes – including local and international recipes – most of which she offered to shelters and orphanages.

During her epic time in the kitchen, she only rested for 30 minutes every 12 hours.

Afterwards she told journalists: “The journey has been tiresome. My legs are very painful, my eyes are hurting due to lack of enough sleep, but I’m grateful to have achieved this.”

Ali Hassan Joho, Mombasa’s governor, congratulated the 36-year-old, who becomes the first African to break the record, reports the BBC.

He wrote on Facebook: “You have not only made Mombasa and Kenya proud but the entire African continent.

“You personified the true spirit of endurance and resilience in an African woman, in braving the heat and daring sleep for over 75 hours while showcasing your culinary skills.”

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Artisans win saloon cars in Dangote cement promo

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64-year-old bricklayer, Mr. Iyowun Ezekiel, and a 20-year-old artisan, Godwin Godday, have emerged the latest winners of Star prize GAC saloon cars in the ongoing Dangote Cement ‘Bag of Goodies’ national consumer promo.

 

 

Ezekiel, who is based in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, has been a bricklayer for over 40 years. He found his prize-winning scratch card in one of the Dangote cement promo bags he bought from a distributor in Ijebu-Mushin.

 

 

The second winner, Godday, found his winning scratch card in Ikorodu, Lagos.

 

 

Both star prize winners were given the keys to their brand new cars by top Dangote Cement officials at different handing-over ceremonies in Ijebu-Ode and Ikorodu.

Also, 10 other lucky promo winners carted home various prizes including a tricycle, a motorcycle, eight refrigerators and two television sets.

 

 

Mr. Akintaye Oluwagbemiga won a tricycle while Mr. Kamilu Audu won a motorcycle. Mr. Solomon Dayo won three out of the seven refrigerators presented at the Ikorodu event, while Messrs. Ohemu Friday, Innocent Agbo-James, Ransome Watels and Kehinde Adeagbo went home with one refrigerator each. There was also the presentation of television sets to Mr. Dare Olajide and Mr. Oluwadare Gbenga. Likewise, Mr. Imam Adebisi Abdulhakeem, who won a refrigerator, collected his prize at the Ijebu-ode venue.

 

 

Handing over the car keys to Ezekiel in Ijebu-Ode, National Sales Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Adeyemi Fajobi, told those gathered at the Local Government office that the cement promo was real and that there were many more choice prizes to be won.

 

 

Also, Regional Director, Lagos/Ogun, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Tunde Mabogunje, while handing over the various prizes in Ikorodu, said excited consumers had been coming forward to collect their prizes in the ongoing promo.

 

 

Head, Route to Market, Dangote Cement Plc, Olukayode Akin-Bamidele, said the promo was put up by the President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, to reward consumers’ patronage.

 

 

The Dangote Cement ‘Bag of Goodies’ promo, which began nationwide in July and is to run till September ending, has so far yielded numerous winners of prizes in various categories.

 

 

Among other unique gifts, a total of 43 brand new cars, cash prizes of N200 million, 24 tricycles, 500 refrigerators, 24 motorcycles, 400 television sets, generators, goodies packs, are available for winners in a promo, which has generated so much excitement among Nigerians, with over 21 million lucky winners targeted.

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Lagos: Four hospitalised, five arrested as Hausa, Yoruba clash

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our persons have been admitted in hospital while five others were arrested following a clash between Hausa and Yoruba at Ilepo Market area of Lagos State.

 

The clash, which started since Saturday, allegedly left many people injured. A witness claimed that trouble started after Hausa traders refused to pay market royalty, but the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, said such claims should be disregarded.

 

 

Elkana explained that on August 18, at about 10a.m., Alhaji Adekunle Habib of Ilepo Market reported at Oke-Odo Police Station that there was a misunderstanding between a Hausa scavenger and an “Area Boy” from Yoruba ethnic group.

 

 

He said: “The area boy was carrying some goods on his head, when he was mistakenly pushed by the Hausa boy. His goods fell down. An argument ensued between the two parties, leading to exchange of blows. Friends of the two parties joined in solidarity fight and other miscreants took advantage of the moment to steal and loot.

 

 

 

 

“They blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. What started as a fight between two miscreants almost snowballed into ethnic crisis, if not for the timely intervention of police teams from Oke-Odo Division.”

 

 

The PPRO said the command sent reinforcements from the Operations Department, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Task Force, Tactical Units and Police Mobile Force. Divisions within the Area Command equally sent reinforcements.

 

 

He added: “The situation was brought under control and traffic cleared. No death was recorded, but four persons sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving medical attention.

 

 

“Five suspects, Kabiru Mohammed, Kabiru Adamu, Bashiru Mohammed, Saliu Madu and Yusuf Amuda, were arrested in connection with the breach of peace. Normalcy has been restored and patrols are ongoing in the affected areas. Suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana added.

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Flood ravages Niger, Plateau communities

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here apprehension over possible outbreak of cholera in Niger and Plateau states.

 

Flood, accompanying rain on Saturday, contaminated drinking water in two local government areas of Niger State.

In Plateau State, hundreds of people were rendered homeless while scores of people were rendered homeless.

 

The Director-General (DG), Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ibrahim Inga, raised the alarm over possible outbreak of cholera in an interview with New Telegraph.

 

 

This came as displaced victims of the Saturday flood in Minna have vowed to take their mats to the front of the Government House as their new abode if alternative shelters were not provided for them.

 

But Inga said the agency had taken steps to forestall any outbreak of diseases by boosting health facilities in the affected areas.

He said: “There are many issues that can arise from such incidents. We are likely to have health challenges especially when affected people are from different locations and backgrounds.

 

 

“There may be outbreak of cholera and other diseases, because the waters are contaminated. But at the moment we are going to boost all the health facilities around these areas with enough medications, so that in case we have any outbreak we can quickly bring it under control.”

 

 

Expressing dissatisfaction over government’s unfulfilled promises, the victims said they slept in churches, mosques, friends and relatives’ houses.

 

 

They told the New Telegraph that the acting Governor, Ahmed Ketso, and the NSEMA had on the day the incident occurred promised to bring them succour.

One of the residents of Shanu village in Bosso Local Government Area, Hadiza Rabiu, said she had nowhere to go.

 

 

She said: “I slept at the mosque with my children and there was serious cold. I don’t have anything left with me. The N40,000 I kept in the house, foodstuffs and personal effects were lost to the flood because I was trying to save my children’s lives.

 

 

“The eldest of my children is five, the next is three and this little girl on my back is less than a year old.”

 

 

 

 

Rabiu said she and her children were fast asleep when the flood came.

She said: “I started calling for help and to save my children. The flood started very early in the morning while people were still sleeping. I lost everything, our house collapsed and everything we had including over N40,000 were washed away. Please, government should come to our aid.”

 

 

Another victim, Zubairu Abdullahi, who lost his livestock and fish pond, said his entire house was destroyed and wiped away by the flood.

 

He said: “We thought when the deputy governor, Ketso, visited by now they would have alleviated our suffering by giving us an alternative place to stay because they assured us of urgent support.

“I slept in the mosque with my family including my brothers who also live with me before the flood. If by today we sleep in the mosques and churches, by Monday we are all going to the front of the Government House to sleep.

 

 

“We voted them to support us. Protect us and do these things that are beyond us as individuals. How can the state government officials visit us, they came with NSEMA and up till this moment there is no sign of assistance. We have concluded that those of us in Dutsen Kura Hausa, MYPA Road and even Shanu village; we will march to the Government House on Monday.”

 

 

The Ward Head (Mai Angwan) of Adamawa Road not too far from the Government House, Alhaji Inuwa Bawa Tokura, condemned government’s “nonchalant approach” at addressing the incessant flooding affecting the areas.

 

 

He said: “I have witnessed four floods now; the only solution for this flooding is the construction of drainage system from the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Bosso, Minna down to Minna-Bida Road.”

At least, 130 farmers in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State rendered stranded following a flood disaster that wreaked havoc on their communities.

 

 

It was learnt yesterday that the flood, which swept through about 10 communities, destroyed many valuables including their farmlands, bridges and crops.

 

 

Many of the residents called on government and other public-spirited individuals to come to their aid.

A statement issued yesterday by Mr. Mangna Wamyil, on behalf of the concerned residents in the affected communities, confirmed the development.

 

 

He said: “We received with sadness reports of a flood disaster resulting from heavy rainfall which affected parts of Panyam District of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State on Monday 5th August, 2019.”

 

 

“The large body of water swept through cultivated farmlands, destroying fully grown crops in Dangdai, Kwangkong, Changal, Kombili, Ajing, Larkas, and Washna villages in Panyam District, also destroyed bridges in Ajing and Kombili villages of the same district.

 

 

“This unwelcome natural disaster left over 130 farmers devastated as they would not be among farmers who would be bountifully harvesting their crops this year owing to the damage the flood wreaked on their farms. With it is also the helplessness and difficulty in transportation for the people in the villages whose bridges were affected.

 

 

“As concerned citizens, we are burdened by the suffering the flood has caused our people, and we wonder how they would be able to make ends meet, feed their families, and carter for their needs.

 

 

“To this end therefore, we wish to call on the Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, and the Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Danat, to come to the aid of the people of the local government area, as we look to deal with this situation we were not prepared for.”

 

 

The senator representing Plateau Central Zone, Hezekiah Dimka, and his colleague in the House of Representatives, representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency, Hon. Solomon Maren, as well as Hon. Abdullahi Yanga, who represents Mangu North East Constituency in Plateau State House of Assembly must rise to the occasion by swiftly identifying with the communities and people whose way of life came under attack by the element of nature. What is needed now is genuine physical support.

 

 

“We wish to also call on the State and National Emergency Management Agencies to quicken the response effort they have already initiated, to restore hope in the minds of the flood victims, to give them the assurance to move on.”

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Ogun farm worker’s decomposing body found on tree

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olice in Ogun State have launched investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of a 27-year-old farm worker identified as Ismail Mukaila Ogunsola.

 

 

Ogunsola, a resident of Asimolowo village in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state, was allegedly killed by his boss, Segun Adekoya, over a theft allegation levelled against him.

The decomposing body of the deceased was found hanged on a mango tree in the farm on Mowe-Ofada Road.

 

 

Sources said no rope was tied on the neck of the late farm worker when his remains were removed from the tree top.

 

 

New Telegraph learnt that Ogunsola was lured to the farm on August 11 by Adekoya, who owns Offshore Agro Limited situated on Adejunrin Road, Owode-Egba town.

 

 

Adekoya reportedly invited the deceased on the pretext that he wanted to see him for an important matter, “but killed him and hid his corpse on a mango tree in the farm”.

When the victim’s family members could not ascertain his whereabouts, they reported at the Owode-Egba Police Division.

 

 

A search on the farm by policemen on August 15, however, led to the discovery of Ogunsola’s decomposing body, hidden on a mango tree.

 

 

One of the family members, Tajudeen Shodunke, who spoke with our correspondent on the phone, said the bicycle the deceased rode on the fateful day was found at the entrance to the farm.

When contacted yesterday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

 

 

Oyeyemi, who stated that the matter was being investigated, said some suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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