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Septuagenarian, two others nabbed for lynching burglar



The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a septuagenarian, John Adeyemi, and two others, Sakariyau Biliaminu and Gabriel Ajayi, in connection with the death of a yet-to-be-identified burglar in the Ikotun area of the state.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the burglar broke into the house of one Adeyemi Opeyemi and while attempting to dispossess her of her valuables, the victim raised the alarm, which made the burglar to bolt away.

The burglar was said to have run into an angry mob, who apprehended and lynched him.

In a statement on Thursday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said three community leaders, Sakariyau Biliaminu, 66; John Adeyemi, 77; and Gabriel Ajayi, 55, were arrested and were being questioned in relation to the suspect’s killing.

He said, “Police operatives attached to the Ikotun Division of the command, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, arrested three community leaders in the Ikotun area of Lagos State for lynching a suspected burglar.

“The burglar had gained entry into the room of one Mrs Adeyemi Opeyemi of No. 2 Asalu bus stop, off Abaranje Road, Ikotun, Lagos, in an attempt to rob her, but she raised the alarm and the burglar escaped into the street, where some members of the community apprehended and beat him to death.

“The community leaders arrested are Sakariyau Biliaminu, 66; John Adeyemi, 77; and Gabriel Ajayi, 55. These suspects have some questions to answer pertaining to the killing of the suspect.

While explaining that the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, condemned the act of jungle justice meted to the suspect, Adejobi stated that the CP “vowed to kick against such in the state as it is becoming rampant and inimical to the collective efforts to improve on the criminal justice system of Lagos State.”

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Adejobi said police personnel attached to the Ojo Division of the command, in furtherance of the directive of the CP to go after traffic robbers, on April 6, 2021, arrested three suspected traffic robbers, Bashiru Ammo, 19; Ibrahim Mohammed, 23; and Arinze Victor, 19, for attacking innocent commuters in the Ojo area of the state.

He stated, “As a follow-up to police investigation, other suspected receivers to the traffic robbers were arrested on April 7, 2021. They are Bello Jafaru, 20; Nuru Abdullahi, 23; Nafiu Saray, 21; and Bashiru Mohammed, 19. The suspects have confessed to the crime of attacking and dispossessing commuters and innocent Lagosians of their belongings along the Ojo-Iba Road.

“In addition, during the course of investigation, one Lucky Gurube, 19, of no fixed address was arrested. He confessed to being a pickpocket and had been picking people’s phones in the Iyana Iba area of Ojo, Lagos.”

In another development, Adejobi said policemen attached to the Ojo Division, on April 7, 2021, around 3.30am, nabbed a set of suspected traffic robbers in the Iyana Iba/PPL area, in conjunction with some traders at the Alaba Rago Market.

“The suspects are Matthew Christopher, 25; Babangida Umoru, 25; and Babangida Abdullahi, 19, all of no fixed addresses. They were arrested with some weapons like knives, cutlasses, broken bottles and others. They have all confessed to the crime,” the PPRO said.

Similarly, police personnel attached to the Ikeja Division, on April 5, 2021 around 12.15am, accosted three suspected armed robbers on a motorcycle on the Awolowo Way, Ikeja, and arrested one of them, while the others fled.

Adejobi stated, “The suspect, Malik Abdullahi, was arrested in possession of one locally-made single-barrelled gun with assorted charms. He is helping the police to get the fleeing suspects at all cost. The CP has ordered that all the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation and possible prosecution as the command will leave no stone unturned in getting rid of crime and criminality in the state.

“The police boss charged officers and men of the command to be proactive to security issues around their areas of responsibility, as they are expected to exploit available resources, including robust intelligence, community policing concept and public relations to police their areas.”

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Troops stop attacks on muslims breaking ramadan fast in Borno



Troops stop attacks on muslims breaking ramadan fast in Borno

Nigerian troops have resisted multiple terrorist attacks targeted at soldiers and Muslim faithful while breaking the Ramadan fast at Gajiram and Damasak towns in Borno State.

During the counter-terrorism operation on Tuesday night, effective close air support was provided by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft to the ground troops at Damasak and Gajiram after they came under fire by ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists.

According to a military intelligence disclosed to PRNigeria that the terrorists were on a reprisal mission to avenge the loss of their 13 top commanders, who were killed by troops in the Lake Chad axis last week.

“The terrorists deliberately targeted their reprisal on troops and residents of the two towns in the evening at the time Muslim faithful were about to break their fast on the first day of this year’s Ramadan.


They were angry over the recent deadly strikes conducted in Tudun Wulgo, Zari, Tumbun Alhaji, Kusuma, Sigir in Ngala and Arijallamari, in Abadam, Marte and Ngala local government areas, which resulted in the killing of top ISWAP leaders.

“Some of the commanders that perished in the airstrikes included Mohammad Fulloja, Ameer Mallam Bello, Ba’a Kaka Tunkushe, Abu Muktar Al-Ansari, Ameer Abba Kaka, Abu Huzaifa, Ameer Modu Kwayem, while Goni Mustapha who was the Chief Imam of the ISWAP, escaped with bullet wounds,” the source said.

Before storming the two towns, the terrorists met at Garin Wanzam, where the new ISWAP commander in charge of training, Moustapah Goniri (Amirul Tadareify), directed militants on gun trucks to launch simultaneous attacks on Damasak and Gajiram in Mobbar and Nganzai local government areas respectively.

It was gathered that the two separate attacks were designed to distract the Air Task Force aggressor with night capability, that would be deployed for air attack.


One of the groups attacked a military ‘Super Camp’, prompting troops to return fire. The second group attacked another position along the Maiduguri road axis, prompting troops to vacate the position, while the third group infiltrated it through the northern axis.

Consequently, before the militants could completely gain access into the town, the Air Task Force was reinforced to engage the terrorists. Two gun trucks with scores of terrorists were destroyed and occupants killed.

The terrorists’ incursion at Gajiram was gallantly repelled by the ground troops.

He added: “right now, bodies of the terrorists are littered all over the place. The insurgents are in total disarray and could not evacuate their dead colleagues.”

Meanwhile, the terrorist group has released a propaganda video of a previous attacks on Damasak where they took away an ambulance, a jeep and killed two young soldiers that had attempted to arrest a Boko Haram informant.

During the attack on April 11, the Nigerian Military shelled and eliminated scores of ISWAP and Boko Haram fighters on five-gun trucks in Damasak. Some of the terrorists were hit close to the perimeter fencing, while others were neutralised while attempting to loot food items in a store belonging to the United Nations (UN).

Meanwhile, the military’s airstrikes and ground artillery bombardments which occurred on April 6, eliminated two top ISWAP leaders including Abu-Rabi and Muhammed Likita, as well as scores of their troops and bodyguards around the axis of Kusuma, Sigir in Ngala and Arijallamari in Abadam Local Government Areas.

Similarly, on April 10, three other terrorists-Commanders including Ameer Umar, Abu Ubaida and Abu Salim were ambushed and killed by Nigerian forces on Saturday night around Wulgo/Logomani axis, close to Cameroon borders, while attempting to attack locals and rustle their cows.

Damaging strikes and artillery bombardment on the ISWAP camps had pushed the surviving terrorists to conduct desperate attacks and looting mission to get food and drugs for their wounded terrorists.

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Katsina Govt. to rehabilitate and integrate repentant bandits



Katsina Govt. to rehabilitate and integrate repentant bandits

The Katsina State Government in conjunction with security operatives in the state, are making plans to rehabilitate and integrate repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons and turn from banditry in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba disclosed the information, after receiving four repentant bandit leaders in the state.

He said, any suspected bandits that surrender their guns to denounce banditry would be welcomed into the society.

Stating further, he said that the door is wide open to receive potential repent bandits in the state, otherwise the government is prepared to deal with anyone caught involved in any criminal activity.


Buba said, “The security agencies in conjunction with the state government would as soon as possible, embark on the process of re-orientation and rehabilitation of these gentle men that surrendered their weapons.

“This is designed to integrate them into society and make them better citizens.”

While responding to whether there is a specific period for surrender by the bandits, CP Sanusi said, to surrender is internationally recognized, and anytime during the course of war somebody surrenders, you are not supposed to attack him.

And it is not something that would have a time frame, if in the course of this campaign somebody feels that he is going to surrender, he is welcomed, but if you don’t and we catch up with you, may your soul rest in peace.”

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



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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