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58 OAU students released from EFCC custody

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The Ibadan zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released 58 out of 69 students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun, arrested on Wednesday morning.

The students were arrested by officials of the commission in a midnight raid on off-campus hostels.

58 of the students were, however, released late Wednesday while there are ongoing talks to ensure the freedom of the remaining 11.

The EFCC officials had raided Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife, and rounded up the students.

In a statement earlier released, the anti-graft agency said it arrested the students over their “suspected involvement in fraudulent internet-related activities”.

“They were arrested on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Oduduwa Estate area of Ile-Ife, Osun State following actionable intelligence on their suspected involvement in fraudulent internet-related activities,” the statement reads in part.

“Credible intelligence linked Oduduwa Estate with activities of suspected internet fraudsters.”

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Consequently, other students of the institution gathered at the commission’s office to demand the release of their arrested colleagues.

The protesting students were led by the leadership of the students’ union government (SUG) of the institution.

 

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Okun-Ajah waterfront scheme: Lagos serves over 200 property owners notices

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The Lagos State Government has served contravention notice on over 200 property owners and occupiers in Òkun Ajah Waterfront scheme by in Eti Osa LGA, over encroachment on government land.

 

A seven-day ultimatum was also issued to all the affected property owners and occupiers in this area encroaching on government land.

 

They are required to come with relevant documents and approvals that back their occupation of the land.

 

The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Yacoob Ekundayo Alebiosu during an inspection of the area at the weekend, said many properties and buildings in the area contravened the law by illegally taking possession of the land not allocated to them by the government.

 

He said four contravention notices had earlier been served on the illegal occupants in the Okun Ajah scheme, saying the government cannot continue to watch and see the state’s commonwealth turned to private investments.

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Alebiosu, therefore, urged owners of such buildings to voluntarily remove their encroaching properties before the expiration of the ultimatum.

 

He also said, if they allow the government to use its funds to enforce the directive, the cost of such operation shall be recovered from the property owners.”

 

The commissioner also said that the ministry has gone through all the processes required in Okun Ajah and that this is the last one.

 

“We have served over 200 houses today alone, based on several contraventions. We’ll be coming back with the Ministry of physical planning to take possession.”

 

While speaking to journalists after the exercise, Alebiosu said, “there are several properties in Okun Ajah without waterfront clearance, a lot of encroachments have been identified with people building without approval because they would not have got the Ministry of physical planning approvals without getting clearance from the ministry of waterfront infrastructure development.

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“We’re always guided by the law, we have issued notices, stop work orders have also been served, despite that, they kept at it, continued with their work, and we are left with no option.

 

“We have been meticulous, we had followed through all the processes before we got to this stage, we are now at the final stage of enforcement, we have been here severally, we even met with resistance from some of them, but the law has to take its course.

 

“I want to allay the fears of the people on whether government will abandon the land after taking possession. Again, I need to inform the public that a lot of people have been allotted these plots of land, and they are already waiting to take possession, but because some unknown people have gone ahead to sell the plots to people; illegally, that is why they have not taken possession.

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“There are people with proper government allocation, but they’re always threatened by these illegal operators when they come to take possession, there have been a lot of cases, that is why we had to come here with our full enforcement team so that everything will be in order. We have taken the final step required of us.”

 

Alebiosu, thereafter, advised all other illegal occupants on other waterfront schemes in Lagos that they should approach the ministry for waterfront clearance.

 

He said that Physical Planning will not give anyone approval without getting clearance from the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development.

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Why I killed rival bandits’ kingpin – Notorious bandit Turji

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Bello Turji, leader of a group of outlaws operating in northern Nigeria, has blamed Minister of Defence (State), Bello Matawalle, of not handling banditry effectively when he was governor of Zamfara State.

 

During his time as governor, Matawalle had rolled out an amnesty programme to bandits, describing dialogue as best option to tackle banditry.

 

He, however, later withdrew the amnesty, saying the bandits failed to embrace the peace initiative his government offered them.

 

In a video released on social media, Turji linked the escalation of banditry in Zamfara and other Northwestern states to the policies mapped out by Matawalle when he was governor.

 

“Any person living in Shinkafi, Zurmi, and Isa (Sokoto State) cannot deny this claim. There is a particular group of bandits whom the former governor pampered. I chased the group from Shinkafi, I killed their leader, Dudu, for peace to reign in Shinkafi. The group had 200 arms, but the governor later hosted them (Dudu’s boys) at the Government House.

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“But the government failed to ask the group to surrender their weapons. Another group led by Bashari Maniya has over 300 guns.”

Turji claimed that he had seized 30 guns from a bandits group led by one Bashari Maniya, adding that the group never surrendered their weapons to the government.

In the video, Turji also alleged that some leaders of the bandits’ groups who were part of the peace deal initiated by the Matawalle administration had relocated to Sokoto after arming their boys to continue kidnapping people for ransom.

 

“Ali is a boy to Kabiru Maniya, and he is responsible for attacks in Tangaza axis. Both Bashiri and Kabiru are residing in the Sokoto metropolis, enjoying their lives. One other person, Buhari, is also in Sokoto town enjoying himself.

“Three weeks ago, a younger brother of Buhari was apprehended with guns in the Sokoto metropolis. Let anyone come out and deny this. I can come forward with video evidence where Kabiru was seen firing machine guns.

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“The question now is, where are the machine guns after they claimed that they have embraced peace and settled in Sokoto town? Who did he give the machine guns? Let the government explain this to Nigerians, who are killing the people. Let them stop blaming Bello Turji for the killings and kidnapping.

 

“People that are being kidnapped in Sokoto metropolis and taken to the back of Achida and Goronyo, who is responsible for the kidnapping? Is that also Bello Turji? Who is living in peace in Shinkafi?”

 

Efforts to reach Matawalle for reaction failed as of the time of filing this report.

 

Multiple calls made to Henshaw Ogubike, a spokesperson of the Defence Ministry, rang out.

 

Ogbuike, however, sent a text message, asking our reporter to reach him via text. He had not responded to the message sent as of the time of filing this report.

 

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Previously, Matawalle denied any link to the bandits and maintained that his government did its best to address the security challenges in Zamfara when he was in power.

 

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NDLEA arrests one-legged man with six bags of cannabis

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 48-year-old one-legged man, Amadu Garba, at his house in Yawuri town, Kebbi State, with six bags of cannabis weighing 67 kg.

 

Garba was arrested on July 16th.

 

On the same day, NDLEA operatives intercepted a male Beninese passenger, Orobi Adoubi Amen, at the Lagos airport.

The suspect, travelling to Dubai via Accra, Ghana, on an Air Peace Airline flight and a connecting Emirates Airline flight to Dubai, was found with eight parcels of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis, weighing 2.10 kg.

 

The parcels were concealed in ladies’ native dresses within his bag. Amen claimed he was given the consignment for a fee of N600,000 upon successful delivery in Dubai.

 

The Director of Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, provided these updates in a statement on Sunday. NDLEA operatives have reported multiple arrests and drug seizures across various locations in Nigeria.

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Babafemi disclosed that on July 14th, during a 100% search of a container marked MSDU 5656394 from Canada at Tincan Port in Lagos, 4.5 kg of a psychoactive substance was recovered from the door panels and boot of an imported Toyota RAV 4 vehicle.

 

Two suspects, Dada Kole and Alaba Oladewusi, were arrested in connection with this seizure.

In Abuja, two suspects, 60-year-old Ademola Elusakin and 34-year-old Nuhu Friday Adamu, were arrested on July 15th with 30.0 kg of the same substance along the Kwali-Gwagwalada-Abuja expressway.

 

They were travelling from Lagos to Nasarawa State. Elusakin claimed he procured the consignment from Ghana via Lagos and intended to supply it to illegal miners in Nasarawa State.

 

In Plateau state, a raid on the storehouse of a notorious drug dealer, Choji Gyang (aka Pararam), who is currently at large, led to the recovery of 34 bags of cannabis weighing 312 kg. The dealer’s manager, Kelvin Onwutalu, was arrested.

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In Osogbo, Osun State, two suspects, Ifabiyi Johnson and Adeleke Musiliu, were arrested on Friday with different strains of cannabis sativa weighing 30.4 kg during a raid.

 

Acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives, backed by soldiers, raided a mechanic workshop opposite Benin Garage, Akure, Ondo State, and recovered a white Toyota Hilux Van with registration number EE 328 EKY loaded with 652 parcels of cannabis weighing 685 kg.

 

In Nasarawa State, 38 kg of the same substance and a locally made AK-47 rifle were recovered from the home of a suspect, Christopher Ombugadu, in Akwanga during a raid on July 14th.

 

Additionally, NDLEA Commands and formations across the country continued their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) sensitization activities in schools, worship centres, workplaces, and communities over the past week.

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