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Troops kill scores of terrorists, arrest several, rescue civilians




The Defence Headquaters has said that the combined forces of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force, in the past two weeks, have sustained aggressive operations to deny terrorists further freedom of action.

Director, Defence Media Operations, Major-General Musa Danmadami, revealed in a statement on Thursday.

He noted that in the North-Eastern region, troops of Operation Hadin Kai theatre, have sustained aggressive operations to deny terrorists further freedom of action.

Adding that the force 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 Government Areas in Borno State.

Danmadami added that two key Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province commanders, Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida also known as, A Qaid, were neutralized on September 12 and 15, 2022, at Parisu and Sheruri general area in Sambisa forest respectively.

Within the period in review, Danmadami added that troops neutralized 36 terrorists, rescued 130 civilians, and arrested 46 suspected Boko Haram terrorists as well as 12 suspected logistic suppliers to the terrorists.

The Defense Headquarters noted that exactly 21 AK47 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 the sum of N203,125, were recovered from the operation.

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Also, a total of 368 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists and ISWAP criminals and their families; comprising 53 adult males, 116 adult females, and 214 children, surrendered to troops at different locations. All recovered items, rescued civilians and apprehended suspected terrorists were handed over to the relevant authorities for further action while surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists and their families were being profiled for further action.

He added that in a related development, the air component of Operation Hadin Kai, on September 9, 2022, while acting on credible intelligence, conducted air interdiction operation at Somalia, in Sambisa Forest, and bombarded a terrorist critical facility.

“The air strike inflicted deadly casualty on the terrorists as feedback revealed that several of the terrorists were neutralized while several structures were destroyed after the strike.

“Similar operation was carried out on terrorist enclaves at Abdallari, Mafa, Zanari and Tumbun Baba, between September 10th and 14th. The airstrikes led to the neutralization of several terrorists with many of their structures destroyed in the strikes,” Danmadami said.

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He noted that on September 16, 2022, following reports on activities of an outlawed cultist group known as Sara Suka boys, troops in conjunction with vigilantes carried out raid operation on their hideout at Rikkos and Nassarawa in Jos Local Government Area of Plateau State, and arrested six suspects.

He added that three locally fabricated rifles, five mobile phones, four hammers, five cutlasses, six knives, and one fragmental jacket, among others, were recovered, as arrested suspects and recovered items were handed over to the relevant authorities for further action.

He further stated tha air components of Operation Whirl Punch, carried out onslaught against terrorists on September 8, during an air interdiction operation at an identified terrorists hideout at Gaude in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

On September 15, 2022, troops also arrested two suspected terrorists collaborators at Access Bank, PZ Branch, in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State ,while trying to withdraw the sum of N14 million deposited into the account of a suspected terrorist financier, Alhaji Abubakar.

16 suspected terrorists were also neutralized, while 10 notorious terrorists were arrested at different locations in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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Subsequently, five AK47 rifles, 10 rounds of 7.62mm special, 17 mobile phones, two motorcycles, three locally made rifles, three pairs of woodland camouflage, 118 rustled sheep, four boafeng radio and N29,250.00 cash among other items were recovered, while 21 civilians were rescued. All recovered items, arrested terrorists and rescued civilians were handed over to relevant authorities for further action.

Lastly, the director noted that air components of Operation Hadarin Daji, on September 13, conducted air interdiction operation at an identified terrorist hideout in Dutse Babare, in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Stating that the air strike led to the neutralization of a terrorist leader, identified as Ibrahim Dangawo, and other members of his gang. Similar, operation was carried out at Gidan Guga in Faskari Local Government Area also in Katsina State, at an identified terrorist enclave, which led to the neutralization of a terrorist kingpin, known as Babaru who has been on the wanted list of security agents.

He added that a large number of terrorists were also neutralized at Kawari in Dan Musa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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