Gunmen, suspected to be bandits, on Friday invaded a mosque in Zugu community in Zamfara State, and abducted a yet-to-be-ascertained number of worshippers.
According to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency publication, the gunmen disguised as worshippers and invaded the central mosque in Zugu town, Bukkuyum LGA, at about 1:30 pm on Friday.
“Many worshipers scampered for safety amidst sporadic shooting by the insurgents. The bandits surrounded the remaining worshippers and took them to away,” a witness was reported as saying.
Abdulkareem Bilyaminu, a resident, also reportedly said the deputy chief imam was among those abducted by the gunmen.
“The armed group followed to the eastern location of Zugu village, heading towards Gando forest,” Bilyaminu was quoted as saying.
Speaking with TheCable, Mohammed Shehu, Zamfara police spokesman, confirmed the attack on the village but said the command has not been able to ascertain if it was a mosque that was invaded as the community is in a remote location.
The spokesman said no one was killed in the attack, adding that the number of abducted persons is not yet known.
“We have a report stating that bandits abducted people from the village. It is a remote village, so we’re not sure if it’s a mosque that was attacked,” he said.
“Also, the number of people abducted has not been established and nobody was killed in the attack.
“The police operatives deployed in that axis are on search and rescue. They are also working to apprehend the perpetrators.”
There has been a spike in the activities of bandits in north-western states, with invasion of communities by gunmen, leading to killings and abductions.
In July, at least 11 people were killed following an attack by gunmen in Maru LGA area of Zamfara state.
Among those who were said to have been killed were farmers.
Danfo driver stabs LASTMA official, strips naked to evade arrest
It was a very strange scene in the Constain area of LagosLagos, on Sunday, after a commercial bus (better known as danfo) driver stripped naked to evade arrest after stabbing a Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) official.
According to the agency, the incident happened i after the driver committed a traffic offence.
“Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) today arrested a driver of a painted Volkswagen ‘T4’ commercial bus (LSR 966 YE) for stabbing a LASTMA Officers after being apprehended for serious traffic obstruction around Costain r/about, Lagos,” LASTMA said in a Sunday statement.
“LASTMA Officer Olajide Olukoga ‘Bravo’ who led the enforcement team disclosed that the Volkswagen commercial ‘T4’ bus was apprehended for picking up passengers on the main expressway thereby causing serious traffic obstructions to other road users around Costain inward Iponri.”
The agency said the operation was undertaken after repeated warnings to drivers to use designated bus stops before picking up or dropping people.
“Our enforcement team had successfully apprehended the driver despite dangerous driving attempts to escape before he brought out a knife and stabbed me.
“After seeing the deep cut he had inflicted with the knife, he decided to strip himself naked and caused serious commotion before he was eventually arrested by policemen from Iponri Police Station.
“After his arrest, dangerous weapons ‘cutlass and knife’ were recovered inside his commercial Volkswagen ‘T4’ bus by security officers,” the statement added.
Major haul: NDLEA seizes 4 tonnes of Abuja-bound Nitrous Oxide, other illicit drugs
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted four tonnes of illicit and controlled drugs in seven states within one week.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, stated this in a statement on Sunday.
The drugs seized include nitrous oxide, popularly known as laughing gas, skunk, codeine syrup, methamphetamine, and tramadol.
Babafemi said that the seizures were carried out during interdiction operations in Lagos, Kogi, FCT, Jigawa, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Edo states.
He explained that 1,194 cylinders of laughing gas with a total weight of 2,547.2 kilogrammes were intercepted in Toyota Sienna buses on Sept. 22 along the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway.
Two suspects, Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe, who conveyed the consignment to Abuja for distribution, have been taken into custody.
According to him, one of the Toyota Sienna buses marked KTU 582 HV was conveying 99 cartons containing 594 cylinders weighing 1,267.200 kg, while the other bus, registered FKJ 329 YA, was loaded with 100 cartons with 600 cylinders weighing 1,280 kg.
A 48-year-old woman, Mrs Ugo Eluba, was also arrested in Abuja in a follow-up operation after 2,400 ampules of pentazocine injection and 100,000 tablets of Exol-5 intercepted in Kogi were traced to her.
“In the FCT, operatives intercepted 977 kilogrammes of skunk on Sept. 20 in a trailer marked LSR 343 XW, bearing cartons of maggi.
“The skunk consignment was loaded into the truck at Ipele junction in Ondo state. 959 kg of the substance were meant for distribution in Sokoto State; the rest was to be dropped off at Gwagwalada.
“Two suspects, Auwal Mohammed and Abdullahi Abubakar, have been arrested in connection with the seizure,” he added.
Babafemi also said two suspects, Mutari Abdulazeez, 31, and Ayuba Madaki, 28, were arrested on Sept. 23 at Zuba, FCT with different quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis, and 13,930 pills of tramadol.
He further said that during a stop and search operation along Kano-Hadejia road in Jigawa, two suspects, Shuaibu Yusif, 27, and Abubakar Hussaini, 20, were arrested on Sept. 23 with 89.1 kg of skunk.
Babafemi said that 6,000 ampules of pentazocine injection were recovered from a suspect, Usman Sidi, 35, on Sept. 18 along Abuja-Forest Road, Kaduna State, while on his way to Bauchi State.
He said that a follow-up operation in Bauchi led to the arrest of the actual owner of the consignment, Dominic Chukwuma, 35, on Sept. 19.
The NDLEA spokesman added that at least 2.58 kg of Diazepam and 36.55 kg of pentazocine injection were recovered in Chukwuma’s house.
“Two other suspects, Inuwa Nuhu and Isiyaku Dahiru Sani, were also arrested on Tuesday in connection with the seizure of 49 blocks of cannabis sativa concealed in a black sack weighing 26 kg in a commercial vehicle coming from Ogere in Ogun to Kano.
“A total of 183 kg of Ghana Loud, a strain of cannabis, were also recovered from the body compartments of a J5 bus intercepted in Lagos on Sept. 20,” he said.
Babafemi disclosed that operatives in Sokoto State, on Sept. 19, arrested Charles Okeke, 44, with 473 bottles of codeine syrup in the Unguwar Kosai area of Sokoto.
The NDLEA spokesman said that in Edo, 365 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 258 kg were recovered from a Toyota Camry car marked KTU 886 EZ at Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA.
Meanwhile, the agency, in a massive operation from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, in thick forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, destroyed 40 tonnes of cannabis plants covering 16 hectares of farmland.
In the belly of the beast: Woman’s remains found in jaws of 13-foot alligator in US
The remains of a woman, identified as a 41-year-old Sabrina Peckha, was found in the jaws of a 13-foot alligator in Largo, Florida on Saturday.
The authorities in Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported that the situation unfolded before 2 pm local time Friday, according to CBS.
The deputies were called to an unincorporated part of Largo — located in the Tampa Bay area — after the body of the victim, later identified as Sabrina Peckham, was spotted in a waterway.
Peckham’s neighbor JaMarcus Bullard told CBS affiliate WTSP that he discovered the victim in the jaws of an alligator and called 911.
“It (the alligator) lifted up out of the water with the body, like it was just clamped onto it, and it like swam backwards, like, under to the bottom of the canal to the other side,” Bullard said.
“I just couldn’t believe it was real,” he added.
Deputies and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded and “humanely killed” the alligator, the sheriff’s office said.
A dive team then recovered Peckham’s remains from the canal.
No further details on the circumstances leading up to the discovery were published.
The Pinellas County medical examiner is still working to determine the manner and cause of her death, the sheriff’s office said, and the investigation into the case ongoing.
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