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New NSCDC commandant warns criminals, vandals to steer clear of Niger

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From Naseer Mijinyawa Minna

The new commandant of the Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Aliyu Garba Bature, has warned all vandals, and criminal elements who specialized in vandalization of critical national installations to steer clear of the state or be prepared to face the full wrath of the command
Bature gave the warning when he assumed duty on Monday , in Minna Niger State.

He said the corps under his watch will make the state unbearable to vandals and their sponsors warning them to turn a new leaf or the command will go after them.
He explained that the command will not relent in its determination to protect and ensure the safety of critical national installations across the state stressing the need for men and officers of the command to leave up to their responsibility in the discharge of their duties.
Commandant Garba Aliyu Bature took over the mantle of leadership of the command from Mr Haruna Bala Zurmi, who was deployed to Kano state Zonal headquarters of the corps on Wednesday the 9th of February, 2022.
Zurmi charged the management and officers and men of the command to extend their hands of cooperation to the new commandant to enable him succeed in the onslaught against the activities of vandals.
He commended the management, officers and men of the command for their unflinching supports and cooperation extended to him during his sojourn in the command adding that he will continue to remember them for their commitment in their discharge of their duties.
Addressing the officers and men of the command, the new commandant admonished them to join hands with him to enable him perform in making the state free from the activities of vandals.
The commandant who was deployed from Zamfara state command of the corps warned that he will not condone any act of professional misconduct from any officer of the command stressing that he has zero tolerance for corruption
He assured them @that the command under his leadership will continue to partner with other relevant security agencies in the state to rid the state of criminal elements at all times.
The command under his leadership according to Garba Bature will work round the clock to make the state inhabitable for vandals and other criminal minded elements in the state.
He requested the people of the state and traditional rulers as well as community leaders in the state to continue to monitor the activities of strange faces in their midst and provide information to the command for prompt action assuring that such information will be treated with absolute confidentiality

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Kidnappers highjack two Abuja-bound buses conveying passengers in Kogi

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***Police confirms abduction of passengers

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

Two buses fully loaded with Passengers travelling from the Eastern part of the country to Abuja have been highjacked and passengers abducted in Inele-Eteke Ogugu new road in Kogi east Senatorial district

The two buses belonging to God Is Good (GIG) transport and Logistics company and the ABC transport company were highjacked while heading to Abuja by Kidnappers in Kogi state.

The source further discosed that GIG bus left umuahia at 7:30 am on Saturday on its way to Abuja.

GIG motor

GIG company it was gathered has contacted security services and they are tracking them.

Meanwhile the Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the Saturday kidnap of passengers aboard two Abuja-bound buses from the Eastern part of the country on Inele-Eteke Ogugu new road in Kogi East Senatorial district of the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Williams Aya (SP) made the confirmation in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Lokoja.

Aya who could not give the number of passengers however, confirmed that two buses were involved,

The PPRO said that the state Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, immediately directed the Divisional Police Officer, Local Vigilantes and Hunters to comb the bushes with a view to apprehending the hoodlums and rescuing the victims.

He disclosed that Onuoha further deployed the Tactical Squad consisting of Quick Response Unit, Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit, as well as conventional Police personnel to the area to continue with the bush combing to ensure all victims are rescued unhurt.

Our correspondent gathered on Monday that the buses, one from GIG Motors and the other from ABC Transport heading to Abuja were intercepted by the gun-wielding hoodlums on the lonely road in Kogi state.

The victims were said to have been marched into the bush by the hoodlums leaving no traces.

According to the source, the GIG bus left Umuahia at about 7:30am on Saturday enroute Abuja adding that the GIG company said they had contacted security agencies.

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Gunmen kill two royal fathers in Ekiti, another escapes by the whiskers

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***Fish out killers, Oyebanji orders security agents

Tragedy has struck in Ekiti State where gunmen yet to be identified laid ambush for two first class traditional rulers and gunned them down in a gruesome manner on Monday
The unfortunate incident occured on IRELE -Oke Ako road in Ikole Local government area of Ekiti State .

The slain traditional rulers are Oba Olumojo of Imojo Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Samuel Olusola and the Elesun of Esun Ekiti, Oba David Babatunde Ogunsola.

Another traditional ruler, Oba Alara of Ara Ekiti,, Oba Adebayo Fatoba escaped being killed by the whiskers

They were said to be returning from a meeting when the gunmen opened fire on them, killing two of the traditional rulers on the spot.

Governor Biodun Oyebanji who confirmed the killing of the traditional rulers in a statement ordered security agencies to immediately fish out the killers of the two traditional rulers.

In the statement signed by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Yinka Oyebode, Oyebanji condemned the gruesome murder of the two traditional rulers.

The statement reads thus :
” Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji has condemned Monday’s dastardly attack in Oke-Ako area in Ikole Local Government, which led to the gruesome killing of two traditional rulers; and ordered security agencies in the state to fish out the killers.

“The two traditional rulers- the Onimojo of Imojo Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Samuel Olusola and the Elesun of Esun Ekiti, Oba David Babatunde Ogunsola were killed in an ambush by armed men while returning from a meeting.

“The third traditional ruler, the Alara of Ara –Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Fatoba escaped the attack.”

Oyebanji, said security agents have been despatched to the area to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

The killings were carried out barely one hour Governor Oyebanji presided over the state security council meeting in Ado-Ekiti.   

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Respite, as Nabeeha’s siblings regain freedom from the den of kidnappers

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At last, the remaining four siblings of late Nabeeha Al-Kadriyah have been set free.

It would be recalled that the sisters were kidnapped alongside their father in the Zuma 1 area of Bwari Area Council on January 2nd.

Their father was later released to give him the leeway to source for ransom. However, the failure of the family to meet their demand within a deadline issued by the kidnappers led to the killing of Nabeeha.

After the young schoolgirl was killed by his abductors, the bandits raised the ransom from N60 million to N100 million with a threat to kill all the sisters.

The gruesome killing attracted sympathy from concerned Nigerians who offered assistance to ensure the remaining sisters were not killed.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory Police, FCT command, Josephine Adeh confirmed the release00 on Sunday morning.

The PPRO indicated that they were rescued by the FCT Anti-Kidnapping squad in a concerted effort with troops of the Nigerian Army.

She said the victims were rescued around Kajuru forest in Kaduna State, Saturday night.

“The operatives successfully rescued the victims around Kajuru forest in Kaduna state at about 11:30 pm on Saturday”, she said.

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