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Police engage bandits in Katsina, kill one, recover AK-47

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The Katsina State Police Command on Tuesday in the Safana Local Government Area of the state engaged bandits in a gun shootout, killing one of the criminals and recovered one AK 47 rifle.

Reports has it, that the incident occurred along the Runka-Baure axis of the local government area just before Illela village.

The police team attached to Safana police division, on a routine patrol in the area around 12:30 in the morning on Tuesday ran into a five-member gang of bandits, leading to the shoot out.

This was confirmed by the police spokesman in the state, Gambo Isah on Wednesday in a statement.

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Isah said, On Tuesday, 9/03/2021 at about 12:30hrs, Police patrol team attached to Safana Division while on routine patrol along Runka to Baure axis, exactly after Garin Tambari before reaching Illela Village had an encounter with bandits numbering about five, armed with AK-47 riffles.

“The team engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel as a result of which one of the bandits was neutralised and his AK-47 rifle with 2 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered. Investigation is ongoing.”

Isah also confirmed the arrest of one Lawal Umar alleged to be a bandit and a member of a notorious kidnap gang. Umar confessed to have participated in the kidnap of village head of Radda in Charanchi Local Government Area.

Umar’s gang was alleged to have shot and killed the 60-year-old younger brother of the village head, one Aminu Umar.

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BREAKING: Cops repel attack on Imo police station, kill eight hoodlums

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Joint security operatives on Thursday night killed no fewer than eight hoodlums after they resisted an attack on Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo state from unknown gunmen.

Also, the joint security operatives recovered seven vehicles the attackers came in for the operation.

Our correspondent gathered that the gun battle between the gunmen and the security operatives lasted several hours, as the military sent reinforcement from the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze, in Owerri.

The gun duel created an atmosphere of panic, as people scampered for safety, as the Roads in Orlu town and its environs were deserted.

A resident of the area who preferred not to be mentioned told our correspondent that “we slept with our hearts in our hands last night”.

He said an Amoured Personnel Carrier was allegedly set ablaze at Umuna junction in Orlu town.

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He also disclosed that one of his cousins was hit by a stray bullet.

The Police Spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, could not be reached but a senior police officer confirmed the development to our correspondent.

The senior police officer told The PUNCH that the corpses of the hoodlums and their vehicles had been brought to the state police command headquarters in Owerri.

He disclosed that the police divisional headquarters was not razed neither did any security officer killed in the attack.

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Siblings nabbed for Internet fraud, love scam

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Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested two siblings for their alleged involvement in Internet fraud.

The suspects, Queen and Rowland Kalu, were arrested on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at the Amikanle, Alagbado area of Lagos State.

The EFCC, in a statement on Thursday, said Queen, a graduate of Banking and Finance, confessed to the crime, adding that she was involved in online dating and made money from the crime.

She also allegedly disclosed that she helped her brothers, including one Prince Kalu, now at large, to speak to male victims and defraud them of their money.

The agency said a Mercedes Benz and mobile devices were recovered from the suspects.

In a related development, the agency said it arrested eight suspected Internet fraudsters in Abuja.

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The suspects, aged between 18 and 29, were apprehended at Jabi, Abuja, in the early hours of Thursday, May 6, 2021.

They were identified as Emmanuel Anyeba, Precious Samuel, Mujib Ariyo, Micheal Ogaba, Mathew Ibeh, Jamiu Ariyo, Precious Kalu and Isaac Sunday.

“Investigation indicates that the suspects operated an academy for training Internet fraudsters from their hideout. Items recovered from them included eight mobile phones. All the suspects will soon be charged to court,” the statement said.

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26-year-old man arrested for cloning EFCC emails to defraud victims

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Twenty-six-year-old Udochukwu Simeon has been arrested for allegedly cloning the email addresses of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and using the same to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

According to the EFCC, the suspect created an Outlook email account of the anti-graft agency, efccnigeria.org.ng@outlook.com and webmail, info@efcc-nigeria.org.ng, which he used to impersonate the commission.

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The Head of Media and Publicity of the agency, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Wednesday, said an investigation by the cybercrime unit of the commission indicated that the suspect also used the two fake e-mail accounts to send messages to his victims, while posing as an officer of the commission trying to help the victims recover their stolen funds.

He added that Simeon, before his arrest, had received over $3,000 from some of his victims.

Uwujaren, who noted that Simeon’s activities amount to forgery, identity theft, impersonation and cyber-squatting, said he would be charged upon the completion of investigation.

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