By: Zagazola Makama
The troops of Operation Hadin Kai have rescued four timber truck drivers kidnapped by suspected members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The drivers were abducted on Saturday, May 27, near Ngwom village in Mafa local government. Mafa which is about 50 km east of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.
The drivers reportedly conveyed laborers, mostly wood fellers and loaders, to the bush when armed terrorists intercepted them.
The terrorists approached the drivers under the guise of needing their services to convey their members to a nearby village. However, the drivers and their passengers were soon taken hostage by the terrorists.
Intelligence source told Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region that after receiving the distress call, the troops 112 Task Force Battalion Mafa in conjunction with Civilian JTF and Hunters departed Mafa and advanced toward Gullo village in search of the kidnapped victims on June 1, 2023.
The sources said that on sighting the fighting troops, the terrorists abandoned the victims and fled as the troops gave them a hot chase.
The fighting troops successfully rescued the 4 kidnapped victims and also recovered the vehicles.
Murdered Journalist: NUJ urges Security agencies to bring perpetrators to book
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zamfara State Council, has urged security agencies to investigate the murder of a Journalist, Hamisu Danjibga who was a staff of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), with a view to bring the perpetrators to book.
A statement by the Secretary of the Union Ibrahim Ahmad Gada issued Wednesday, September 20, 2023 indicated that the corpse of Danjibga was discovered in a soakaway few days after he was abducted from his home.
The NUJ while announcing the death of Hamisu Danjibga, said that the discovery of his corpse was as result of unpleasant odour being perceived by some pupils of an Islamiya school in the evening of Wednesday, September 20, 2023 who drew the attention of their teachers to the scene.
The statement further indicated that, ”After breaking the soakaway the dead body was confirmed to be that of Danjibga by his family and some neighbours. His funeral rites have since been observed according to Islamic injunctions.
The union while expressing its condolence to the family of the late Danjibga, Voice of Nigeria and Zamfara state, equally expressed grave concern over the nature of the late journalist’s demise.
NDLEA confisticates illicit drug consignment at MMIA, intercepts 5 pregnant teenage girls
***Uncovers meth, skunk in soles of ladies’ high heel shoes
***as court sentences kingpin to 5 years imprisonment in Lagos
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) have intercepted illicit drug consignments concealed in different items various quantities of methamphetamine and skunk by members of some transnational drug trafficking organisations through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja and courier companies in Lagos
Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi in question statement said the NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport on Tuesday 12th September intercepted an intending passenger going to Oman, Ugwu Peter Tochukwu, while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight.
Explaining further he said, when his luggage was thoroughly searched 7.50 kilograms of skunk were discovered concealed inside crayfish mixed with dry bitter leaf.
In the same vein, Babafemi insicated that NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations attached to some courier companies also intercepted Dubai-bound 2.9 kilograms of skunk and 14 grams of methamphetamine concealed in bags of semovita and soles of ladies’ high heel shoes respectively.
Also in Imo state, the statement said the Agency’s operatives on patrol along Aba-Owerri expressway on Wednesday 13th September intercepted five pregnant teenage girls suspected to be victims of child trafficking used as baby factory. They were picked up while being relocated from their hideout in Naze area of Owerri to Ikenegbu area of the state capital.
The victims include: Chioma Emmanuel, 15; Uma Faith, 15; Divine Adimonye, 17; Opara Gift, 15; and Amarachi Mbata, 16. In their statements, they claimed they didn’t know the men who impregnated them.
“The Imo state command of the Agency has since been directed to hand them over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, for further investigations.
“While two suspects: Moses Akowe, 32, and Sunday Gabriel, 31, were arrested with 227.1kgs of cannabis on Tuesday 11th September at Ikebe village, Ankpa LGA, Kogi state, a female suspect, Bilikisu Salako, 35, was nabbed with 108kgs of same substance on Saturday 16th September in Ifo area of Ogun state.
“A total of 100 blocks of cannabis weighing 55kgs and 600 bottles of codeine-based syrup seized from the duo of Salisu Murtala and Shafi’u Dahiru on Tuesday 11th September along Abuja road have been traced to two other suspects: Muntari Nasiru and Yusuf Ali who were arrested in follow up operations in Kano.
In FCT Abuja, Babafemi disclosed that a 27-year-old Kingsley Chimaobi was arrested with 6,000 bottles of codeine-based syrup along Lokogoma-Abuja road on Tuesday 11th September.
Meanwhile, Babafemi pointed out that a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday 13th September sentenced to five years imprisonment a drug dealer, Segun Odeyemi for trafficking and dealing in 3,842 kilograms of skunk.
“He was arrested on Saturday 1st July while conveying 89 jumbo bags of the illicit substance in his truck around Eleganza area of Ajah, Lekki. He was subsequently charged in suit number FHC/L/388C/2023 presided over by Justice Akintayo Aluko.
“Across the country, various commands of the Agency continued their War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, sensitization activities in the past week taking advocacy messages to the stakeholders.
“Instances of this include, WADA advocacy visit to the head of Kadiria Islamic Sect of Africa, Sheikh Qaribullah Nasiru Kabara, in Kano; WADA sensitisation lecture for men and officers of Nigerian Army, Sobi barracks, Ilorin; lecture for Muslim community in Kaduna; WADA sensitisation lecture at Enugu State College of Health and Technology, Oji- River; advocacy lecture for members of Ram Sellers Association, Osogbo as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Navy School of Music, Ota, Ogun state, among others.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Imo, Kaduna, Ogun, Kogi, FCT and Lagos Commands as well as those of DOGI for intensifying their drug control efforts, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded the commitment of all the commands across the country to work with other stakeholders to take the WADA sensitization lectures and advocacy messages to the communities, schools, worship centres, work places and traditional institutions. He charged them not to relent.
IGP orders arrest, prosecution of culprits involved in the murder of SP Bako Angbashim in Rivers
***Condemns gruesome murder of the officer
The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has condemned the gruesome murder of SP Bako Angbashim, who was, at the time of his demise the Divisional Police Officer, Ahoada Division in Rivers State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement, indicated that the slain DPO was humiliated, gruesomely murdered, and mutilated by some hardened armed criminals in Ahoada area of Rivers State on Friday, 8th September, 2023, while on operation in the ararrestthe statement quoted the IGP to have ordered immediate investigation, arrest, and prosecution of all the culprits that carried out the heinous and barbaric act.
He added that such an act is not only an affront on our national status but also a reflection of lack of patriotism and gross illegality.
The IGP reiterated unequivocally that such nefarious acts against any operative in Nigeria, will not be taken with levity as all the perpetrators will be caused to face the full wrath of the law.
He extended his deepest condolences to the grieving family, dedicated colleagues and friends of SP Bako Angbashim urging them to emulate his dedication, humility, and selflessness.
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