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Kogi Police Command Parades 13 Armed Robbers, Vehicle Snatchers.

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

The Police in Kogi state has arrested 13 persons suspected to be notorious armed robbers and vehicle snatchers, that have been terrorising the state for long time.

Parading the suspects last weekend in Lokoja, the Kogi state Commissioner of Police Ayuba Ede Ekpeye explained that with the adoption of the idea of Community Policing, the campaigns against violent crimes in Kogi state by the government, led to the arrest of two brothers, Idris Bello, 26, and Nafiu Bello , 28 , who have been snatching exotic cars from their owners and eleven other criminals.

One of the suspects named Idris  who claimed to be a farmer said, he doesn’t know how he became involved as he woke up on a particular day in December, 2019  hearing strange sounds advising him to go for car snatching business

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According to him, from that day, he became obsessed and started to recruit some of his friends including his Senior brother Nafiu for the new vocation of snatching cars using his English made pistols.

He revealed that one  Monday Shaibu, 30  who  uses Military camouflage to disposses Okada Riders of their motorcycles before he was nabbed by police operatives was a member of the group.

 

According to the commissioner, the trio of Mohammed Yahaya, Idris Bello and Nafiu Bello who were terrorising the people of Lokoja and its environs before their arrest on December 18, 2019  had snatched Toyota  Sienna , Toyota Corrola, Toyota Camry, Ford Explorer and a Michael Kor Wristwatch which they  disposed them  to their accomplices said to be car dealers in Kaduna state.

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The police boss further disclosed  that investigation carried out by the  operatives led to the recovery of these vehicles and a locally and English made pistols with six live ammunitions.

The Commissioner also presented , Ahmed Abah, Yahuza Adamu and Idris Sani said to have been arrested by the officers of the state Anti Robbery Squad for the theft of  one Toyota Highlander with Registration number Lagos SMK963FZ .

While Mustapha James Onuh and his accomplice Adejoh Tokujo were nabbed for robbing a pastor of his Itel phone, Eight thousand naira and a Toyota Camry car.

Among the suspects were, Abubakar Aji, Ibrahim Barto , Bello Suleiman, Aliyu Ibrahim and  Yakubu Dunca who were arrested at separate locations for snatching of motor bikes, are said to have confessed to the crime.

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The Commissioner of Police who used the press briefing to showcase his achievements in office, said the command had designed a template to contain crimes, identify black spots with a strategic plan that has resulted in the harvest of arrest of criminals across the state.

CP Ekpeye stated that after adopting scientific approach to fighting crimes and criminality, he  has also enshrined common problem solving mechanism of community policing that has given confidence to the people who willingly divulge credible information to the police.

While calling on the stakeholders to continue to partner with the police and other Security Agencies in the fight against crimes, urged parents to pay more  attention to the lifestyle of their children and wards to prevent them from  being lured into criminal activities by their peers.

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FCTA, NAPTIP Sign MoU On Women Rehabilitation Centre In FCT.  

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the management of FCT Women Rehabilitation Centre located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the territory.

A presss statement signed by SA, Media Austine Elemue said the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the signing of the MoU called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, just as she revealed that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.

The Minister commended the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in person, also called for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.

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“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights. She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society. And today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to go out of her ways to look for more decent accommodation for our vulnerable women.

“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under this period of two years, all that is written here is legally binding on both parties. And as the custodial of state charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come”, the minister affirmed.

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Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youth, while praying that the facility would provides the needed shelter to all those in need.

Speaking earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in person and other related offences.

She, however, assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, stressing that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.

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According to her; “You have been very supportive to our agency. I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.

“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU. Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.

Thank you so much because it is going to be a joint collaboration between FCTA and NAPTIP. I can assure you that we are going to make good use of the facility”.

 

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Attah’s Death: Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Pays Condolence Visit To Late Attah’s Family In Idah.

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By Yahaya Idris, Idah.

The Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation (SAAF), has condoled with the immediate family and Igala kingdom over the death of the Attah Igala, HRM. Dr. Michael Ameh Oboni II.

The foundation delegation ably led by its Chairman, Hon. Prince Idoko Daniel Ogacheko and was received by the Chief Mourner the Son of late Attah, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni

Prince Ogacheko, who convened the message of Grand Patron of the foundation Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, condoled the deceased’s family, as having described late Attah as a peaceful, cordial and amiable father to all.

Prince Ogacheko prayed to God to give his family, friends, associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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“Unfortunately, death is not a letter that is bodily written on human face and nobody knows who is next”.

But God, who is sovereign does whatsoever He pleases as He is the ultimate decider of human life,” the foundation said.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni expressed gratitude to Audu’s Foundation for coming down to identified with them. He pray to God to grant them journey mercy to their destination.

 

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Flooding: Lawmaker Inspects Collapsed Bridge, Appeals To Nasarawa Govt. For Immediate Succour

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Chairman Nasarawa state House of Assembly committee on Urban development and member representing Awe south constituency Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, has called for government urgent intervention to reconstruct the Azara bridge which was washed away by flood as a result of heavy down pour.

The lawmaker who was accompanied by the contractor Rim construction company sympathized with the people of Azara development Area over the unfortunate incident and expressed concern on how the bridge linking Azara community with other parts of the world was completely washed away making life more difficult to commuters and residents of the area.

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“I’m shocked at the level of damaged cause by this flood which resulted to the collapsed of this bridge linking Azara and other communities as my people cannot longer go outside and come back to the town.

“this is the only road that linked Azara to other communities and apart from been endowed with mineral and agricultural potentials it also border Taraba, plateau and Benue states.

“this is a serious ploblem therefore I’m calling on the state government to urgently come to our rescue and thank God we have a listening and hard working Governor Engineer Abdullahi Sule whom am very confident he will do something urgently, Hon Suleiman added.

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Speaking to newsmen at the scene, one of the commuters Lawan Yakubu makori attributed the incident to carelessness on the part of users who doesn’t care about existing of the affected bridge even when it started developing faults.

According to him the Azara bridge was gradually been washing away for about four months now whenever it rains but action has not been taking until it finally collapsed as a result of a recent heavy down pour cutting off the area completely.

He appreciated the lawmaker Suleiman Yakubu Azara for the visit saying it has rekindle their hope.

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