Banditry, Criminality in Nigeria, a result of leadership failure – 2019 Kwara governorship candidate

By Steve Oni, Ilorin

A Governorship Candidate in the 2019 general elections in Kwara State, Dr. Abdulmumin Yinka Ajia, has said that the report that bandits laid siege to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna state, is an indication that people are no longer safe in today’s Nigeria.

In a statement, Ajia, who is the Chairman and CEO of Safe Hands Technologies Limited and currently a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, said he was ashamed and scandalised by the present state of things in Nigeria.

He said: “Against the backdrop of local home grown terrorists, otherwise called bandits, laying siege to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna state, it is pertinent to declare that all of us are no longer safe in today’s Nigeria. As a member of the ruling APC, I am ashamed and scandalised by the present state of things.

“If local terrorists do not have any fear of the superior fire power of the Nigerian military, how can the Nigerian state guarantee the lives and properties of the average Nigerian?

“Those who have been elected to serve in the top echelon of our public life must seat up or be fired from their positions. Obviously, the proactive hands on leadership that is expected must start with the President.

“It is high time we put an end to all forms of criminality.”

Recall that residents of communities around the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) in Jaji, Kaduna State, had raised the alarm of constant attacks from bandits.

The mission of the bandits, it was gathered, was to abduct some staff of the College as well as people of the communities.

This was coming in less than two months after bandits stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Mando, also in Kaduna state where they kidnapped no fewer than 39 students.

AFCSC is a training facility for the Nigerian Armed Forces, including the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Navy.

The Commandant of the College, Air Marshal Olayinka Alade, it was gathered, confirmed the incident when he visited the Army Headquarters to brief Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, on the development and other issues.

Alade said the institution has decided to launch impromptu search and clearance operations in some communities where the bandits are operating around the College having informed General Officer Commanding 1 Division.


IPOB: Greed, High-handedness, curruption Responsible for Nnamdi Kanus’ Fall

The President of West and East Africa Students Federation(WEASD) has taken a swipe at the former leader of Biafra movement, Nnamdi Kanu for his failed attempt to destabilize the unity of the country for selfish personal enrichment.

In a press release on Sunday in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the president of the union Sunday Okpara said nigerians have been vindicated at the right time.

” We honor the security agencies responsible for curbing internal security threats” but for the proactivness and maturity of the security agencies, this fugitive known as Nnamdi Kanu and his cohorts would have continued to deceive and exploit innocent citizens.

“The perennial internal leadership crisis within the proscribed IPOB all revolves around curruption and self aggradisement” How do two criminals fight to create and lead a phantom state while demarketting the Nigerian government at every turn? Okpara queried.

“The total collapse of the Biafra movement finally vindicates the Nigerian government and a whole lot of nigerians who had forseen imminent collapse of the organisation”

We are urging nigerians continue to be supportive for the the nation to achieve her desired goals of national unity. Mr Okpara appealed.

Five foreign female illegal immigrants arrested in Lokoja by JBPT

By Steve Oni, Ilorin

The Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT), Sector 3, Ilorin, Kwara state, formerly known as Joint Border Operations Drill, has arrested five illegal immigrants, all females, in Lokoja, Kogi state. .

The suspects are Fatima Mohammadu (38) from Niger Republic, Judith Kofi (29) from Ghana, Fanta Camara (30) from Mali, Fadima Taore ((37) from Chad and Fatimata Camara (39) from Benin Republic.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday in Ilorin, the state capital, the Coordinator, JBPT, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters, said: “They were found to be illegal immigrants without any means of identification. Investigation further revealed that they operate as a syndicate comprising two groups, they specialise in duping and stealing women wrappers, and most times they use charm to perpetrate their crimes.

“One group operates in Kaduna and the other in Kano axis, prominently on big shops selling women wrapper as their targets. The two groups came into the country through Katsina and Seme illegal routes.

“The driver of their Mazda 626 is Mufutau Woye (34), a Nigerian from Kwara State but resides in Kubwa FCT Abuja as a commercial driver. He was only hired to transport them to and from Kogi State.

“Fatimata Camara, Fatima Mohammadu and Fanta Camara confessed to stealing 15 bundles of the wrappers worth Two Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Naira N255, 000 in Kogi State.

“The suspects will be handed over to the appropriate authorities for further investigation.”

On their anti smuggling activities, the Coordinator disclosed that the Sector recorded 128 seizures, including
1,584 Foreign Par boiled Rice,
48 Units of used vehicles, seven Motor Cycles, 1,864 Jerri Cans of 25 liters PMS and 18 Jerri Cans of 25 liters AGO.

Others were 21 Bales of secondhand clothing, 86 and 20 pairs of Men and Women used Cloths respectively, 21 Bags of 50kg Foreign Sugar, five Locally made Dane Gun, Jack Knife, Axe and Cutlass, and seven Drums of PMS, adding that three Sets of Human traffickers making the total number of 80 (Specifically Children), who have been handed over to Immigration and National Agency for Prohibition of trafficking in persons (NAPTIP).

Besides, he said the seizures and arrest include six Illegal immigrants,
60,000 Currency in CFA, 948 Cartons of foreign tomato paste

He said: “There are however more seizures domiciled at various locations within the Sector that could not be transferred to Sector 3 Headquarters due to distance and logistics problem. We have 311 Bags of Rice and seven Vehicles in Okuta, 850 Cartons of Tomatoes Paste in Ogaja-Adikpo Benue State,162 Bags of Rice and four used Vehicles in Bokuro, 95 Cartons of Tomatos, seven drums of PMS and two Used Vehicles in Babanna, with the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N75, 851, 300.”

Comptroller Olugboyega said that under his leadership and due to their steadfastness, they were able to record 242 seizures with total Duty Paid Value of N259, 260, 443.

He cautioned the youth to reject being used by economic saboteurs to confront operatives of the Sector carrying out their lawful duties and those people with criminal intentions, saying they would continue to partner with other Security Agencies/Stakeholders to make the Sector and indeed the country at large a safe place to dwell in.

Police confirm killing of 8 persons in Zamfara

The police in Zamfara have confirmed the killing of eight persons in Janbako village of Maradun Local Government Area (LGA), of the state by armed bandits on Sunday.

The Police Command`s Public Relations Officer, SP Shehu Muhammad, confirmed the killings in a statement in Gusau on Monday.

Muhammad said the bandits who were many, were on a reprisal following an earlier attack on Saturday, on a Fulani settlement by the outlawed Yansakai group.

He said, the commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Yaro Abutu, immediately deployed a combined team of Mobile police and CTU unit, who joined the army operating in the area, to secure the affected village and its surroundings.

“The combined team also engaged the bandits on arrival at the area, which saw the bandits running away with various degrees of gun wounds.

“Peace has been fully restored in the affected communities, but our men have continued to comb the nearby bushes with a view to arresting the culprits and charging them to court for prosecution,” he said

He said the commissioner had also urged members of the public to desist from self-help, in order to sustain the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state.

Police arrest 2 over alleged €14.7mn fraud against German coy

The Police on Sunday said it has arrested two suspects for allegedly defrauding a German Company of 14.7 million Euros in pretext to procure COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
He said the suspects were arrested by the Cybercrime Unit of the Force INTERPOL National Central Bureau, Abuja.
Mba said one of the suspects, 50, was a Master Degree holder in Cell Biology, while the second suspect, 41, is the Managing Director of Musterpoint Investment Nig. Ltd.
He said the duo were members of a sophisticated transnational criminal network that cloned the corporate website of ILBN Holdings BV, Holland to defraud one Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn.
The FPRO said Hahn is a representative of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
He said the arrest of the suspects was sequel to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) received by the Bureau from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Mba said the MLAT was a request from the German Government for investigations into a fraudulent transaction on the procurement of COVID-19 PPE linked to a Nigerian based bank account.
“Discrete investigations by INTERPOL Nigeria revealed that the suspects and their Holland-based cohorts, specialized in identity theft, cyber-stalking, cloning of corporate websites amongst other cyber mischiefs to defraud unsuspecting members of the public across the world.
“In this instance, the suspects fraudulently obtained from the victim, the sum of 1.5m Euro and another 880,000 Euro as advanced payment for the supply of COVID-19 PPEs valued at 14.7million Euros.
“Disturbed by the non-arrival of the PPEs, the victim visited the corporate office of ILBN Holdings BV in Holland to inquire reasons for the delay in supplying the items.
“That was when we fnd out that the company never did business with him and that the transaction was a scam,” he said.
Mba said the fraudsters merely cloned the company’s website and falsely presented themselves as representatives of the company before executing the fraudulent transaction.
He said it was on this ground that the victim reported to the Police in Holland and this led to the arrest of two suspects in Holland and investigations extended to Nigeria.
According to him, investigation by INTERPOL Nigeria further revealed that one of the suspects received 498,000 Euro from the suspects arrested in Holland through his Citibank London account.
He said same was transferred to an account number domiciled with a Lagos branch of a leading commercial bank in Nigeria belonging to Musterpoint Investment Nig. Ltd.
Mba said the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, commended the Commissioner of Police, INTERPOL, Mr Garba Umar, and operatives of INTERPOL Nigeria, Cybercrime Unit for a job well done.
He said the I-G pledged the commitment of the Police to tackle cybercrimes and other transnational crimes, adding that there would be no hiding place for internet fraudsters in the country.
Mba said the suspects would be arraigned before a competent court of law upon completion of investigations. (NAN)

Activist Drags SON DG, 2 others to Court Over Nonpayment

A front line civil rights activist and convener of the Save Nigeria Movement, Solomon Semaka has dragged the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and two of her officials, Barr Barth Agwu , Technical advisor to the DG of SON and Mr Bola Fashino, head of media of the Organisation to court over non payment of consultancy fees and logistics.

In a demand notice written by his lawyers and sent to the director general, Standard Organisation Of Nigeria obtained by our correspondent, the activist highlighted none payment of his consultancy and logistics fees and indifferent attitude of the officials concerned as the cause of his legal action.

The demand notice highlighted that the Standard Organisation of Nigeria some time in February 2020, engaged Solomon Semaka for various public relations activities to restore the battered image of SON which job he did successfully since February 2020. The document further highlighted the sum of one million five hundred thousand naira as the pending payment due to the activist which has not been paid. It gave the Organisation (30 ) days to pay up failure of which proper litigation will ensure.

The activist wondered why individuals who have demonstrated patriotism in the support of institutions would be treated with such indifference by some officials to give chief executive officers a bad name.

The document further highlighted that at a time the image of the SON was impaired, the activist came to their rescue through the approval of the due of Barr Barth Agwu and Mr Bola Fashino, on behalf of the Standard Organisation.

He maintained that his works were acknowledged and celebrated on the SONS headquarters notice board and pavilion. The statement wondered why the officials will pay evil for good.

The document further said that every peaceful and conventional entreaties to recover the money has been ignored by the officials concerned hence the legal option, which is hoped to strengthen the legal jurisprudence and restore the the hope of a common man.

6 dead after petrol lorry sets alight homes in Vietnam

No fewer than six people have died after a petrol lorry crashed into a block of homes in Southern Vietnam on Thursday, setting them alight, state media reported.

The lorry, which was driving on National Highway 13, crashed into a motorbike rickshaw in Chon Thanh district of Binh Phuoc province and overturned after hitting a power pole, the Vnexpress news site reported.

The spilled fuel caught fire and burned 19 homes while residents were still asleep.

Six were reported dead and dozens injured with serious burns.

The articulated vehicle’s driver suffered serious burns while the rickshaw driver received minor injuries.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Fake car dealer docked for allegedly defrauding customer of N1. 5m

Ikeja, Nov. 22, 2018 (NAN) A 34-year-old fake car dealer, Oke Oladipupo, who allegedly defrauded swindled a man of N1. 5 million, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The accused, who lives in Block 12, Flat 6, County Estate, Iju Road in Lagos, is charged with two counts of fraud and stealing.

The prosecution alleged that the accused fraudulently collected N1. 5 million from one Ologba Patrick with a promise to get him a Honda Accord 2004 model and one accidental Toyota Corolla 2003 model.

Persecutor, Sgt Innocent Odugbo told the court that the accused committed the offencs sometime in January about 7.49 p. m. at the Air Force Base, Ikeja, Lagos.

Odugbo alleged that after collecting the money, the accused disappeared, unlawfully and dishonestly converted the said amount to his personal use.

After the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Chief Magistrate S. K. Matepo, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Matepo ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed must produce evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the Court.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015, (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 stipulates a seven-year jail term for stealing while Section 314 prescribes a 15-year jail term for fraud.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until Dec. 17 for mention. (NAN)

Man docked for allegedly beating up ex- wife

The police on Thursday arraigned a 50- year-old public servant, Tijani Aliyu in a Kubwa Grade I Area Court for allegedly beating his ex-wife.
The police charged the defendant on three counts of criminal trespass, assault and intimidation.
The prosecutor, Babajide Olanipekun told the court that one Hannatu Jimoh, the ex-wife of the defendant reported the matter at the Kubwa Police Station on Nov.20.
He told the court that the defendant trespassed into the complainant’s shop and insulted her publicly, calling her a prostitute and defamed her character.
Olanipekun added that the defendant beat the complainant up without any provocation in spite of the fact that he had issued her a divorce certificate.
The prosecutor said the offence, contravened the provisions of sections 242, 267 and 396 of the Penal Code.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty.
The judge Abdulwahab Mohammed, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 bail with one reliable surety resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
Mohammed adjourned the matter until Jan.23 for hearing. (NAN).

Jobless man faces trial over alleged theft of motorcle

Ikorodu (Lagos State), Nov. 22, 2018 (NAN) A 40-year-old unemployed, Okechukwu Okpara, who allegedly stole a motorcycle worth N250, 000.00, was on Thursday docked at an Ikorodu Chief Magistrates’ Court, in Lagos State.

Okpara, whose address is not known, was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The Police Prosecutor, Sgt John Iberedem, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Nov. 20, at about 11.30 a.m. at the Oseni Eyita area of Ikorodu.

He said that the accused stole a red motorcycle with registration number LSD 271 QL belonging to the complainant, Mr Emmanuel Nworie.

Okpara, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He said that the offence contravened Section 278 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs F. A. Azeez, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100, 000 and two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until Dec. 20, for mention. (NAN)