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Police nab suspected armed robbers in Ogun

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Operatives of Ogun state police command have apprehended two armed robbery suspects while carrying out operation in Agbara area of Ado-Odo Ota local government area of the state. 

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated this in a press statement made available to Blueprint in Abeokuta Monday.

The suspects, Olanrewaju Sikiru and Olayemi Obisesan, the statement said, were arrested following a distress call received by the Dpo Agbara division, SP Saleh Dahiru, that armed robbers have invaded Area 8 OPIC estate Agbara and were terrorizing the residents of the estate. 

Upon the distress call, the DPO quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene. On sighting the policemen, the robbers opened fire on them and the team retaliated. 

At the end of the encounter, two amongst the robbers were arrested with gunshot injuries while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds. 

On interrogation, the arrested suspects informed the police that they came all the way from Lalupon area of Ibadan in Oyo state to join others in Agbara for the robbery operation. 

Items recovered from the robbers include; two double barrel locally made pistols, twelve live cartridges, two expended cartridges, two hp laptops, eighteen different phones, cash sum of fourteen thousand, five hundred and ninety naira and one Bajaj motorcycle with registration number DGB 411 VY.

The commissioner of police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who commended the quick response of his men to distress call has ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang. 

The CP also appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals, to notify the police if anybody with gunshot injury is seen in their area. 


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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