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Police arrest 10 suspected cultists in Osun

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The Police Command in Osun says it has arrested 10 suspected cultists in a hotel in Ikire.

In a statement by Osun Police Spokesperson Yemisi Opalola, the police said that the arrest was made on Monday after officers received a tipoff from the public.

“Upon receiving a tipoff from the public that some suspected cult members are planning to carry out their nefarious activities around Ikire axis.

“Police operatives promptly moved in and arrested 10 suspected members of cult groups in a hotel.

“In view of this, the command enjoined the public as a partner in community policing efforts to provide us with adequate and useful information at any time when such unlawful gathering/activities is sighted before the criminals carry out their evil activities.

“Parents and guardians are hereby advised to monitor their children to be law-abiding and not allow their wards to be lured into any activity that could truncate their future,” Opalola said

Similarly, the police spokesperson stated that following a cult rivalry fight in Osogbo on Sunday between suspected Eiye and Aiye cult confraternity members, some of the cult members had been arrested and would be prosecuted soon.

She added that intensive manhunt was, however, ongoing to ensure every member of the groups was arrested.

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In another development, the police command said it had secured the release of the traveller kidnapped by gunmen on Thursday on Ife-Ilesha -Osu highway in Atakumosa East Local Government Area of Osun.

Opalola said that the police, in collaboration with other security agencies, mounted aggressive pressures on the kidnappers which eventually led to the release of the victim at about 10 p.m on Sunday, without any ransom paid.

She said the rescued victim was receiving treatment in a hospital, adding that the rescued victim was the only one kidnapped by gunmen as against three persons reported.

She enjoined newsmen and other social media users to do proper investigation before publishing to avoid misleading stories.

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[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.

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Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.

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Three Alledged Bandits killed in katsina State

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Three Alledged Bandits killed in katsina State

Three gunmen alleged to be bandits has been killed by the residents of Magamar Jibia border community, Katsina State on Sunday.

The Residents said the gunmen had entered the community on vehicles and motorcycles around 11pm on Sunday and invaded the house of one of the residents.

The house-owner reportedly raised alarm, which prompted the community residents, who were mainly youths, to mobilize and confront the bandits.

It was learnt that the youths overpowered the gunmen who then made a retreat to the nearby forest where they came from.

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The youths reportedly killed three of the bandits while the rest escaped to the forest.

One of the community leaders who pleaded for anonymity said, “The youths killed three of the bandits. In fact, they burnt two of the bandits to ashes while the corpse of the third bandit was removed by the police this morning (Monday).”

The Spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah was yet to react to the incident by Monday afternoon, although another community leader in the area, Gide Dahiru had confirmed the incident.

Gide said, “Yes, the bandits came on Sunday night but the residents confronted them, leading to the death of three of the bandits. The rest of the bandits escaped back to the forest.”

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Kidnapped Imo Catholic Priest Regains Freedom

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The Kidnapped Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Izu Marcell Onyeocha, has been released on Monday morning.

The Imo State Police Command spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the priest’s release.

Rev. Fr. Izu Marcell Onyeocha, was kidnapped on Sunday, April 11, 2021 along the Ihube – Okigwe highway by gunmen, after his vehicle broke down on the busy expressway Sunday night.

Orlando had told journalists that one Bissong Isa Atugu who was in the same Nissan Exterra SUV, said Fulani herdsmen allegedly took the priest away after inflicting him with machete cuts.

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