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Kwara Police parade 7 suspected kidnappers, two others for robbery, homicide

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Kwara Police parade 7 suspected kidnappers, two others for robbery, homicide

Police in Kwara paraded seven kidnap suspects and two others in Ilorin on Thursday.

The two others were paraded for suspected armed robbery and culpable homicide.

Parading the suspects, Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Paul Odama, said on Oct. 24, one Ibrahim Umar of Oro town in Irepodun Local Government Area reported that his two sons were abducted by armed men.

“Soon after the boys were abducted, the father received a phone call from the culprits demanding N30 million.

“The information got to the police and a team of operatives of the anti-kidnap unit, vigilantes, and hunters were dispatched into the bushes around the area on a search-and-rescue mission.

“The effort paid off as the two victims were rescued unhurt and one of the suspects arrested,’’ he said.

He added that on Nov. 3, three assailants stormed the house of one Madaki Saidu, hacked his son to death and kidnapped Saidu and his granddaughter.

He said the investigation led to the arrest of the assailants.

Odama added that two other kidnap suspects were arrested over the abduction of a street hawker at Shao in Moro Local Government Area.

He said the phone used to demand for ransom was traced leading to the arrest.

The police commissioner said two others on parade were arrested for alleged conspiracy and armed robbery.

He added that the suspects robbed one POS operator of N300, 000 at gunpoint in Kilanko Area in Ilorin.

He said community members assisted in the arrest of the duo while a third member escaped with the gun used in the heist, but would still be arrested.

The suspects would all be charged in court, Odama assured.”

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Adamawa Violent Crimes: Police arrest 208 suspects in January, Recover AK47 riffles, locally fabricated guns

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Adamawa Violent Crimes: Police arrest 208 suspects in January, Recover AK47 riffles, locally fabricated guns

The Police Command in Adamawa says it has arrested 208 suspects in connection with various crimes in the state.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) Sikiru Akande, disclosed this at a news conference in Yola on Thursday.

Akande disclosed that 108 of the suspects had already been charged in court.

He disclosed that the suspects were arrested in connection with suspected Kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes.

According to him, seven AK47 riffles, seven locally fabricated guns, generators, and televisions among other exhibits, were recovered.

“Early this year the command renewed its commitment and designed a security template to deliver on the mandate of the IGP Usman Alkali Baba to leave a deepened legacy of Democratic system and credible electoral process in the country.

“From Jan. 1st to date, the command operatives carried out tactical and intelligence-driven patrols, raiding of criminal hideouts, rescue operations, stop and search operations, community policing, and engagement of stakeholders among others.

“These operations yielded positive results and a total of 208 suspects were arrested in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes, out of which 108 suspects were charged to court.”

Akande commended the government and people of Adamawa for the support and cooperation rendered to the command that yielded the success recorded.

He gave assurance that all the suspects would be diligently prosecuted upon completion of investigation.

“Those at large will equally be traced and made to face the wrath of the law,” he said.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Ayojimi, son of Popular Musician, Docked over alleged Wife Battery

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 Ayojimi Balogun, 33, son of popular “Juju” Musician, Queen Ayo Balogun, was on Thursday brought before a family court in Ikeja for allegedly beating his wife.

…Ayojimi pleads not guilty as wife appears in court with neck guard!***

 Ayojimi Balogun, 33, son of popular “Juju” Musician, Queen Ayo Balogun, was on Thursday brought before a family court in Ikeja for allegedly beating his wife.

Balogun, who resides at Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos State is charged with assaulting his wife by beating her.

Ayojimi pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ajayi Emmanuel told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Dec. 30, 2022.

Emmanuel said the defendant allegedly assaulted his wife, Jennifer Balogun, 27, by beating her.

He said the offence was contrary to Section 170 and punishable under Section 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.

Defence counsel Semilore Oluwataye urged the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms and promised that his client would be present at all the court proceedings.

The Magistrate, Mrs I.O. Raji admitted the defendant to a bail in the sum of N50,000 and two sureties, who must be residents of Lagos State.

Raji adjourned the case until Feb. 16 for mention.

The complainant, brought by the staff of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, appeared in court with a neck guard.

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Alleged N23.338bn fraud: Court adjourns until March 6 for ex-minister Yuguda’s counsel to cross-examine EFCC witness

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An FCT High Court on Thursday adjourned until March 6 for counsel to former Finance Minister of State, Bashir Yuguda to cross-examine Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) witness.

An FCT High Court on Thursday adjourned until March 6 for counsel to former Finance Minister of State, Bashir Yuguda to cross-examine Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) witness.

Yuguda, ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Rtd Col. Sambo Dasuki, and three others are charged with 25 counts bordering on alleged N23.3 billion fraud by the EFCC.

Others charged are former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir, and their company, Dalhatu Investment Limited

Justice Yusuf Halilu fixed the date with the consensus of all the counsel in the matter after the prosecuting counsel Mr. Oluwaleke Atolegbe. prayed the court for an adjournment because his witness, Mr. Aliyu Mukadas a staff member of the Central Bank was not in court.

Mukadas who is the first EFCC witness (PW1) testified on Nov. 17.

He said that the witness was to be cross-examined by the defendant’s counsel.

There were no objections from counsel in the matter.

The witness in his testimony on that day told the court how N4.6 billion in the account of the office of the ONSA was moved to Dalhatu Investment.

EFCC had arraigned the defendants first before Justice Peter Affen, now of the Court of Appeal, on Dec. 24, 2015.

The matter was later transferred to Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, now the FCT Chief Judge in October 2016.

The case could not take off since it was first brought to court largely due to the detention of the former NSA by the Department of State Service (DSS).

On May 24, 2022, the defendants were re-arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu on an amended 25-count -charge bordering on misappropriation, criminal breach of trust and receiving stolen property.

They all, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them. 

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