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Police nab 2 suspects over alleged firearm trafficking in Plateau



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… Foil bandits attack, rescue 15 victims, arrest 3 in Niger community***

The Police Command in Plateau says it has arrested two suspects over the alleged trafficking of firearms from Plateau to the eastern part of the country through Nasarawa State.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this during a news briefing on Friday, in Abuja.

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Adejobi said the suspects were arrested, following credible intelligence gathered by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on the trafficking of Plateau, through Nasarawa to the East.

According to him, upon receipt of the intelligence, operatives of the IRT swung into action that led to the apprehension of the suspects in April.

He said the suspects were apprehended with two AK47 riffles and 51 rounds of live ammunition, concealed in a bag of beans.

Adejobi said the firearms, concealed in a bag of beans to beat security checkpoints were meant for onward delivery to Nasarawa, where the receiver was waiting to deliver to the East.

The Police spokesman said the investigation had revealed that the suspects were to transport the firearms to Anambra for some criminal elements in the area.

He added that the police had also arrested six suspects in Niger over criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of prohibited firearms and hijacking of the truck, lifting petroleum products.

He said the suspects were arrested by operatives of the IRT following a tip-off that one DAF Truck conveying 45,000 litres of PMS was hijacked at Saminaka in Niger at gunpoint by six gunmen.

Adejobi said sometime in March 2020 the IRT operatives received a tip-off that one DAF Truck conveying 45,000 litres of PMS belonging to a company was hijacked at Saminaka in Niger at gunpoint by six gunmen.

He said the driver of the truck and his conductor were kidnapped by the assailants in the incident that happened in March.

According to him, following the receipt of the information, IRT operatives swung into action and intercepted the hoodlums at Lambata Area of Niger.

He said investigations revealed that the suspects had discharged the products at an unknown location, adding that the empty truck was recovered with six suspects arrested.

Adejobi said the suspects had confessed to the crime during the investigation and led police operatives to the location where the product was discharged.

He said the product was also recovered with the aid of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association, Suleja Depot.

The police spokesman said the further investigation also revealed that the suspects were among a 10-man gang that carried out an attack on a vigilante group in Lambata where two pump action riffles were carted way.

He said efforts were being intensified by the police to arrest other fleeing members of the gang, to showcase the achievements of operatives of the Nigeria Police Force.

Adejobi said the suspects were among the 19 suspects arrested over offences of kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide, rape, unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, gunrunning, car theft and impersonation.

He said a total of 52 firearms, consisting of one rocket-propelled grenade launcher, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and 36 AK47 riffles.

The police spokesman said the others are two English short guns, five locally made short guns, five locally made automatic pistols and four pump action guns.

Adejobi said five tear gas canisters and a total of 2,045 live ammunition of different caliber were also recovered from the suspects.

In the same vein, police in Niger State said they foiled bandits’ attack on Maraban Dan-Daudu village in Shiroro  Local Government Area of the state, rescued 15 victims and arrested three suspected bandits.

DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the spokesman of the command, said this in a statement on Friday in Minna.

He said though 15 abducted victims were rescued, scores of bandits escaped into the forest with gun injuries.

Abiodun said the incident occurred on May 12 at about 9.30 a.m. when armed bandits attempted to invade Maraban Dan-Daudu and Jiko villages via Gwada, Shiroro Local Government Area.

“Joint security team deployed to the area, with vigilante members, responded and engaged the bandits in gun duel which lasted for several hours following a distress call on the attack,” he said.

Abiodun also said that on May 11, at about 1: 30 p.m., information was received that suspected armed bandits were sighted at Agigi/Kpashimi forest via Lapai Local Government Area.

“Police tactical team attached to Lapai Division with vigilante members were mobilized to the area and engaged the bandits in a gun duel and the team overpowered them.

“Some of the hoodlums escaped into the forest with bullet injuries,” he said.

The spokesman named the suspects arrested to include: Aliyu Mohammed Dauda, and Wada Usman Shehu both of Maikunkele, Bosso Local Government Area and Mohammed Shehu Abubakar of Maiyaki village, Lapai Local Government Area.

He said two burnt motorcycles were recovered from their camp, noting that the case was under investigation as an effort was ongoing to apprehend other fleeing members of the gang.

He said that the suspects would be arraigned in court after investigation and urged the public to report anyone with a gun injury to the nearest police station.


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FG Targets July Completion For Collapsed Ijora Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway



The Federal Government on Tuesday said ongoing rehabilitation of the Apapa-bound lane of the Marine Bridge near Ijora that collapsed in May would be completed in July.

Recall that the 544 deck-on-pile bridge caved in and was shut on May 17 after investigations revealed that vandals had flared and removed steel components beneath the infrastructure.

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mrs Olukorede Keisha told NAN on telephone that the contractor was already on site fixing five panels of the bridge damaged by the vandals.

Keisha said although only one panel collapsed, a total of five were distressed and currently being demolished and rehabilitated simultaneously on alternative stretches.

She explained that after panels one and three were demolished and replaced, two, four, and five would be demolished and recast.

She said that method of reconstruction was being adopted to prevent a total collapse of the bridge,

adding that bridges are usually not continuous but cast in panels.

The Controller added that the repairs would be completed in July.

“It was discovered after inspection that five panels are in critical condition. Work has started with the demolition of alternate panels now. We will demolish panel one then we move to panel number three.

“When they cast one and three, they will come and demolish panel number one and two and four,” she said.

Mrs. Olukorede Keisha

Panels are long stretches of the bridge deck connected by expansion joints.

Speaking on measures against future vandalism, she said a proposal had been made and submitted to dislodge all illegal occupants under bridges.

The Controller said the federal government was going to collaborate with the private sector on how to secure all open spaces underneath bridges to safeguard them.

Commenting on the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway reconstruction/rehabilitation project, Keisha said work on the Otedola Bridge section would “be completed this weekend”.

She added that the contractor would therefore move to the Ojodu Berger Section and complete repairs by the end of July, all things being equal.

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Wasilat: Immigration Hands Over 18-year-old, Libya-bound Human Trafficking Girl To NAPTIP



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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) handed over an 18-year-old human trafficking victim to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Friday in Kebbi.

“The girl, who is from Oyo State, was arrested on Thursday on her way to Libya via Yauri and Sokoto.

“She said her name is Wasilat Yusuf and she was going to Libya on her sister’s invitation and assurance of a cleaning job.

“She has HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis test results with her.

“She said it was her sister who insisted that she must conduct the tests before leaving for Libya,’’ Comptroller of the NIS in Kebbi, Mrs. Rabi Bashir-Nuhu, said.

She wondered why in spite of all the opportunities that abound in terms of peace and security in Nigeria, anyone would go to Libya to work in spite of the security challenges in that country.

The NIS comptroller assured that it would not allow any suspicious character or person profiting from human trafficking to get through its net in Kebbi.

Wasilat confirmed to newsmen that she was going to Libya to get a cleaning job at her sister’s invitation.

“My sister is Biodun Yusuf, and she is living in Libya and sells clothes there.

“She invited me to come and get a cleaning job there,’’ she said.

Adepoju Carol Wuraola, Acting Comptroller General, NIS

Receiving the victim, the Head of Operation of NAPTIP in Kebbi, Alhaji Sadiq Atiku, said the agency would undertake a thorough investigation of the matter.

“We thank the NIS for making our job easier and we are going to investigate thoroughly.

“We are going to rehabilitate and counsel the victim and ensure that she is united with her parents or guardians,’’ he said.

Atiku also commended the NIS for collaborating with NAPTIP to eradicate human trafficking. 

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Over 73m People In Philippines Suffer From Tooth Decay



 At least 73 million Filipinos suffer from dental caries, making the disease a “serious health concern” in the Southeast Asian country, the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

“Dental caries is a silent epidemic,” Manuel Vallesteros, a division chief at the DOH’s disease prevention and control bureau, said this after a committee hearing at the House of Representatives.

Vallesteros said the DOH data is based on the 2018 national health survey, noting that the number now is much higher compared to when the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted access to dental services for more than two years.

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He noted that eight of 10 Filipino children suffer from “childhood caries” or “decaying baby teeth” because they are fed with sweetened infant formula.

“The oral health status of Filipino children is alarming,” the DOH said, adding the oral disease “continues to be a serious public health problem” in the Philippines.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dental caries is a major global public health problem and the most widespread non-communicable disease. 

– Xinhua

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