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Police arrest bandits’ informants ‘behind’ abduction of Katsina lawmaker’s family

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The inspector-general of police (IGP) intelligence response team (IRT) has arrested bandits’ the informants behind last year’s kidnap of the wife and two children of Ibrahim Aminu, a serving lawmaker in Katsina.

The IRT made this known in a statement released by its secretariat on Sunday.

Bandits attacked the home of the lawmaker representing the Bakori constituency in the Katsina house of assembly and abducted his wife and two children in September 2021, a year after he was kidnapped.

IRT operatives attached to operation Restore Hope said they acted on credible information and arrested the suspects in their various hideouts.

The key suspects were identified as Muttaka Ibrahim, Suleiman Rabiu, and Surajo — all male and natives of Bakori LGA. They were arrested for allegedly supplying the information that led to the kidnap of the lawmaker’s family member.

According to the statement, Muttaka Ibrahim, the bandit informant, admitted to receiving N130,000 from the gang leader, while he named Yusuf Bala of Zaria as his accomplice.

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Ibrahim said he and other gang members were informants to Sanni Tukur AKA Abacha, who specialises in terrorising residents of Katsina and Zamfara states.

Narrating his ordeal, the lawmaker told police investigators that he paid a total sum of N37,500,000 to the gang leader to secure his family’s release from captivity.

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Terrorists kill 15 worshippers in Zamfara mosque attack

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Suspected terrorists reportedly killed no fewer than 15 worshippers at a mosque in Ruwan Jema town in Bukkuyun LGA of Zamfara State.

According to Zagazola Makama, a publication focused on the Lake Chad region, the bandits attacked the mosque during the Jumat prayers on Friday.

The terrorists were said to have opened fire on the worshipers after invading the town on motorcycles.

Many worshippers were said to have sustained injuries during the attack on the mosque.

The incident happened amid military bombardments of terrorists’ hideouts in Zamfara and other parts of northern Nigeria.

“The terrorists, who rode on motorcycles, invaded the mosque and opened fire on worshippers, leading to the death of 15 persons on the spot, while many other victims sustained various degrees of injuries,” the publication quoted a source as saying.

Mohammed Shehu, Zamfara police spokesperson, did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment on the attack.

This is not the first time insurgents will launch attacks on worshippers during prayers in mosques in Zamfara.

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On September 2, gunmen invaded a mosque in Zugu community in Bukkuyum LGA of the state, abducting many worshippers.

The gunmen were said to have disguised themselves as worshippers.

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84-year-old man rapes 8-yr-old child in Ogun

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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested one 84-year-old Stephen Jack for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl (name withheld).

The state Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abeokuta.

Oyeyemi said the octogenarian who resides at Okun Owa area of Ijebu Ode was arrested following a report lodged at Obalende divisional headquarters.

He said the girl’s father had told the police he discovered that his daughter was bleeding from her private part.

According to Oyeyemi, the father said when he asked the little girl why she was bleeding, she informed him that the suspect had sex with her.

Oyeyemi said the DPO Obalende division, Murphy Salami, immediately detailed his detectives to the scene, where the “randy old man” was apprehended.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the old man is a known pedophile in the area,” he said.

Oyeyemi said the victim had been taken to the General Hospital Ijebu Ode for medical treatment.

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He quoted the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to have directed the transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation Departments for more investigation and possible prosecution.

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Troops kill 38 ISWAP, seven Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest, says DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that no fewer than 38 Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists were killed in the past two weeks in major onslaught against terrorists by troops in the dreaded Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

The DHQ said that troops in the various theatre of operations conducted several kinetic and non-kinetic operations with significant results recorded.

Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, while briefing Defence Correspondents, yesterday, on the successes recorded, said that troops of Operation Hadin Kai had sustained aggressive operations to deny terrorists further freedom of action.

He said: “In furtherance to this, troops conducted fighting patrols, ambushes and clearance operations at communities, villages and towns in Kukawa, Monguno, Kaga, Dikwa, Biu, Damboa, Gwoza, Mafa, Konguda, Bama and Guzamala local councils, all in Borno State.

“Of significant was the neutralisation of two key Boko Haram Terrorists/ISWAP commanders on September 12 and 15, 2022, identified as Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida (A Qaid), at Parisu and Sheruri general area in Sambisa Forest respectively.

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“Consequently, within the period in review, troops neutralised 36 terrorists, rescued 130 civilians and arrested 46 suspected Boko Haram terrorists as well as 12 suspected Boko Haram terrorists/ISWAP logistic suppliers.

Furthermore, 21 AK-47 rifles, 163 rounds of 7.62mm special, two RPG bombs, 25 dane-guns, four unexplosive ordinance store, two bandoliers, 10 solar panels, 23 bicycles, 10 motorcycles, one tricycle, 19 cell phones, 28 torch-lights, bags of assorted grains, 122 rustled sheep and N203,125 were recovered, among other items.”

Also, troops have killed seven Boko Haram terrorists in Kayamla Village of Konduga Local Council of Borno State.

The insurgents were neutralised on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, in an ambush of 73 battalion in collaboration with civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kayamla.

A counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, who confirmed the incident, yesterday, in Maiduguri, said that the marauding terrorists were massively escaping from the sustained military onslaughts of terrorists’ hideouts.

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He said that the terrorists usually come to the areas to terrorise farmers and kidnap them for ransom.

He added that the troops had intensified their offensives against the terrorists, including their collaborators and logistic suppliers.

Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai has also charged the troops to be responsible and professionals in defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

He commanded the soldiers to kill every terrorist in the North-East region with no mercy.

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