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4 migrants dead, 3 missing off Libyan coast



UN: 76 missing after migrant boat sinks off coast of Tunisia

… As Police present suspects on alleged ritual killings, others in Niger***

The Libyan Navy on Tuesday said that four bodies of illegal migrants were recovered and 3 others were missing when a boat capsized off the country’s western coast.

The Libyan navy in a statement said “a boat carrying illegal migrants capsized yesterday off the coast of Mellitah town. in Western Libya.’’

“A coast guard patrol rescued 17 illegal migrants and recovered four bodies, while three others remain missing, as they were on their way to Europe,’’ the navy said.

The Illegal Migration Control Department will look after the rescued migrants and prepare to deport them to their countries, it added.

Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, making the North African country a preferred point of departure for illegal migrants, who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), so far in 2022, a total of 6,340 illegal migrants were rescued and returned to Libya, including 510 women and 273 minors.

The organization added that in 2021, a total of 32,425 illegal migrants were rescued and returned to Libya, while 662 died and 891 others went missing off the Libyan coast on the central Mediterranean route.

In another development, the police command in Niger on Tuesday presented seven suspects for alleged culpable homicide and other crimes committed in different parts of the state.

DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the command’s Public Relations Officer, announced this while presenting the suspects to newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Minna.

Abiodun said that on May 19, one Hussaini Ibrahim, 4, of Angwan Hausawa area of Lapai, was reported missing and on May 20, information was received that one Mubarak Yunusa of Magaji primary school area was sighted with a sack moving toward a stream in the area.

He said that following the information, the police operatives attached to Lapai Division arrested the said Mubarak Yunusa.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he dumped a body, packaged in a sack in a river within Lapai area and that the sack was given to him by his shop landlord one Emanuel Okuagba, 43, who resides in Lapai.

“Mubarak led a team of policemen to the river where a decomposed body of the missing boy, concealed in a bag was recovered and taken to General Hospital, Lapai for autopsy,” he said.

He also said that on May 21, the police operatives attached to Chanchaga Division arrested one Lawal Abubakar, 16, of Kasuwan-Gwari, Minna.

“The suspect was arrested at Chanchaga cemetery when he attempted to exhume a body.

“During interrogation, he confessed to have conspired with one Salisu of the same address, presently at large to get body parts and cloth of a body from the cemetery for N5,000.

“He equally engaged in a similar act in last year at Bosso cemetery where he exhumed and removed four fingers of a body.

He confessed further that he was sent by one Sadiq to get the fingers and was paid N3,000,” he alleged.

Abiodun said that based on a tip-off, five suspected syndicates of job scammers were sighted at a hotel in Minna, documenting some applicants for replacement in an establishment.

“On the receipt of this information, police operatives attached to the Intelligence Unit of the command took action and arrested the five suspects.

“They are Patience Adamu of Talba Estate Kpakungu, Minna, Mathew Samson of the same address, Godwin Mathew, Emmanuel David and Peter Samuel.

“During interrogation, Patience confessed that she had contacted more than 10 unsuspecting public since 2020 for a job replacement offer with a payment of N500,000 each person”, he said.

Patience confessed that each of the victims made half payment and to pay the balance after issuing them with an appointment letter.

“However, she claimed to have arranged fake documentation for the victims as one of them was worrying him for the next stage of the job placement.

“In the course of the investigation, more than 50 victims have been discovered to have fallen into this act of job racketeering.

“The public is advised to be wary of job scammers of this nature and avoid desperation in the name of seeking for employment,” he said.

He also said that all the suspects would be charged to court after investigations.




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Hoes and Guns: Police confirm 8 killed in farmers, herders clash in Borno



Hoes and Guns: Police confirm 8 killed in farmers, herders clash in Borno

The Police in Borno said that eight persons, including children, lost their lives in a clash between farmers and herders over alleged land encroachment in Bayo Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar confirmed the incident at a meeting with leaders of the farmer association and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), on Friday in Maiduguri.

He said the report indicated that violence erupted on Nov. 30, over alleged encroachment of farmlands and murder of a farmer by unidentified assailants in the area.

“Eight persons killed including children while 47 houses and six motorcycles were burnt,” he said.

He said the police had restored normalcy to the area and arrested some suspects in connection with the disturbances, adding that the state government had provided relief items to the affected persons.

“This is a source of concern to the government and security agencies, the meeting is aimed at providing lasting solutions to the problem.

“At the end, we shall come up with modalities to check the movement of wandering herders into the state, especially in areas that witnessed violence,” he said.

According to him, a committee will be set up to enhance surveillance and monitoring as well as promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders.

He said membership of the committee would comprise representatives of security agencies, farmers and herders associations.

In his remarks, Ahmadu Musa-Karube, Chairman of the MACBAN, called for proactive measures to address the root cause of the problem.

Musa-Karube said that lack of cattle routes and encroachment of farmlands were largely responsible for farmer/herder clashes in the state.

Also speaking, Hassan Musa, a farmer representative, advocated a ban on night animal grazing in the state.

He also called for closer collaboration between the leadership of the farmers and herders’ unions to address the problem.

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OSUN: Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba’s Palace, days after torching Akinrun’s 



OSUN: Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba’s Palace, days after torching Akinrun's 

Only a few days after the palace of Akinrun was torched in Osun State, the Palace of Aree of Iree in Boripe North Local Council Development Area of Osun, was on Thursday evening, also vandalised and similarly set on fire by angry youths in the town.

The palace was said to have been burnt by youths who were not pleased about the arrest of the Aogun of Iree, Chief Soliu Atoyebi, by security agents on Thursday morning.

It was attacked and burnt around 7.00 p.m, when the traditional ruler, Oba Ponle Ademola, was said to be out of the palace.

The incident led to the blockage of major roads leading to the town, while the aggrieved youths made burn fires on the roads.

Business owners in the town were said to immediately lock up their shops, while residents too locked themselves for safety measures.

The Osun Police Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, was not available for comments, as her phone was switched off.

The Maritime First learned that this was what the Osun Governor, Prince Ademola Adeleke had wanted to avoid, when he, on Monday, a day after his inauguration, issued an Executive Order, setting aside the appointment and enthronement of three traditional rulers, Aare of Iree; Akirun of Ikirun and Owa of Igbajo.

Consequently, the Palace of OWA of Igbajo has now been beefed up.

Adeleke also directed that the palaces of the three traditional rulers should be locked up, while security agents should take charge of the palaces to the prevent breakdown of law and order.

There had been palpable fear in Iree town following the appointment and approval of Prince Ponle Ademola as the Aree of Iree by the immediate past administration of Gboyega Oyetola.

Some ruling houses and groups in the town had rejected the selection of Ademola, alleging that he was imposed on the people by officials in the Oyetola’s administration.

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ALARM: Kogi has 43,000 HIV carriers; Take Preventive Steps to avoid getting infected-  Commissioner



ALARM: Kogi has 43,000 HIV carriers; Take Preventive Steps to avoid getting infected-  Commissioner

At least 43,373 people are living with HIV in Kogi, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Zakari Usman, said in Lokoja on Thursday.

Usman made the declaration at a news conference organised as part of activities marking the 2022 World AIDS Day.

The 2022 World Aids Day has: “’Equalise’’ as its theme.

Usman advised residents to disregard misconceptions that HIV had been eradicated.

The commissioner said also that it was advisable to take preventive steps not to get infected and when infected, to take management measures already provided by the government.

He assured that Kogi government would not relent in its effort at reducing HIV and AIDS to the barest minimum in the state.

“I assure that government will increase the availability of quality and sustainable services for HIV handling, testing, and prevention to reduce its negative impacts.

“Government will also encourage reform laws, policies and practices to tackle the stigma and exclusion faced by people living with HIV and AIDS

“Government will as well ensure the sharing of technology to enable equal access to HIV testing in communities.

“Getting tested for HIV is the only way to find out if one is infected as all people living with HIV are eligible for treatment,’’ the commissioner said.

Usman said World AIDS Day, celebrated every Dec. 1, gave opportunities to communities and stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS to be united and advance the cause of reducing the scourge.

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