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Amotekun Dislodges Robbers, Kill One, Rescues 17 Passengers in Ondo

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A notorious highway robber has been killed by his colleague after operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun Corps engaged the three-man robbery gang in a shoot-out.

It was gathered that during the shoot-out, in a bid to conceal vital information, one of the robbers shot his colleagues in the thigh and in the hospital.

The three-man armed gang had waylaid an Abuja-bound passenger bus at Ifira-Akoko in Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo State where they robbed the passengers who were transiting the state from Lagos State.

Amotekun Corps Commander in the state, Adetunji Adeleye informed that one of the robbers, Musa Jamiu, was arrested while the passengers were rescued and all their belongings returned.

“18 passenger bus was waylaid and led into the bush along Ifira-Akoko on January 11, 2022. We were reliably informed that the vehicle was attacked just outside Ifira-Akoko which was on its way to Abuja.

“After a pursuit, we found that the vehicle veered into the bush and men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency followed suit and at the end of the day we caught up with the robbers.

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“They opened fire on our men and thereafter, we were able to apprehend two of them. One of the armed robbers was angry with the other one for leaving a trace and fired his colleagues in the thigh. We knew he was trying to conceal some facts and our men quickly rushed the injured one to a nearby hospital where he later gave up the ghost.

“Confessing to the crime, the arrested robber, Jamiu, 32, said that the operation was his first attempt and that his friend known only as ‘MG’ recruited him,” Adetunji said.

Jamiu who claimed to be a farmer added that it was his friend who provided all the guns and bullets used during the operation.

“On Tuesday, January 11, ‘MG’ called me that I should come to Isua-Akoko junction and I met him there with another person he brought along. So the three of us went for the operation.”

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Gunmen Kill Two APC Chieftains in Enugu, Abduct One

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Unknown gunmen invaded the Enugu South Local Government Area office of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday, killing the State Youth leader of the Party, Mr. Kelvin Ezeoha and one other member.

The incident occurred while the members of the Party from ward III Obeagu Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area were having a reconciliation meeting.

A source hinted that the gunmen, numbering over seven, stormed the venue and killed the two party members instantly. One other member was taken away.

A chieftain of the party in the State disclosed that “some gunmen invaded the Enugu South LGA APC meeting this evening while their meeting was in progress and opened fire on the party members.

“They killed the immediate past Enugu South Local Government Chairman of the party, now the incumbent State youth leader, Mr. Kelvin Ezeoha and one other person. Another party member was kidnapped.”

The source said it was still unclear the motive behind the attack.

The Police in Enugu State are yet to issue a statement on the incident.

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Armed Robbery Suspect Escapes Mob Action in Kano

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A 21-year-old armed robbery suspect has escaped death in the hands of the residents of Maidile Quarters, Western Bypass, Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State.

A resident said that they intercepted the armed robbers after they robbed the residents of their mobile phones and other valuables.

He said the suspects numbering about five were chased away by the residents and they eventually succeeded in attacking one of them, while the others took to their heels.

Spokesman of the Kano State Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident.

“The police on Friday at about 0200hrs, received call through the Command’s emergency number that armed robbers broke into some houses at Maidile Quarters in Kumbotso local Government and robbed the residents of their mobile phones and other valuables.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Samaila Shu’aibu Dikko, raised and instructed a team of Operation Puff Adder led by SP Buba Yusuf to arrest the culprits and recover the properties robbed,” he said.

He said the team immediately went to the scene and met one of the armed robbers trapped and attacked by the mob.

Kiyawa said the suspect was rescued and rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano for treatment and further investigations.

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He said based on investigation, other suspects were also arrested with the robbed properties, dangerous weapons and housebreaking implements, and all have confessed to their offences.

“One Ali Isah, ‘m’, alias “Aljan”, 39 years old, who was the gang leader and other two syndicate members namely, Ismail and Rabiu Ibrahim were all arrested.

“Suspects will be charged to court after completion of investigation,” he said.

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Bandits Attack 300 Communities, Kill over 220, Abduct 200 into Weeks in Niger

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Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that bandits terrorizing many parts of the state have killed at least 220 persons and abducted over 200 others within 17 days.

He disclosed this after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the activities of the criminal elements took another turn in the last few days.

The Governor explained that not less than 165 civilians, 25 security personnel, and 30 local vigilantes were killed within the last few days following incessant attacks on communities.

Governor Bello, who expressed optimism that the meeting would yield positive results in the next two weeks, said that the State had been battling with a dire situation since the beginning of this year.

“In January this year alone, we have suffered not less than 50 reported attacks and loss of lives, between 1st and 17th January.

“Within the same period, not less than 300 communities have been invaded by bandits. The number of people kidnapped is 200, including three Chinese nationals. We also lost some security personnel. Their number is 25. Unfortunately, we lost about 165 civilians and 30 local vigilantes,” he said.

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