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Horror: Benue Police Parades Killer-Gang Leader, Who Buried 16 Bodies

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From Chris Gaga, Makurdi

Gang Leader of Kidnappers and Serial Killers in Benue, Iorwuese Ikpila has admitted that they engaged in killing to meet the target of their spiritual Queen Mother so as to gain more spiritual powers.

Recall that about 11 dead bodies were exhumed last Wednesday, when Police discovered about 16 shallow graves in Ushongo Local government area of Benue State.

Iorwuese Ikpila, alias ‘Dr.

Kwagh a korum Me Nenge‘, confessed while answering questions from journalists just as he was paraded together with 5 of his gang members amongst other criminals by the Benue State Police Command in Makurdi on Friday.

He confessed that they were initiated to scoop blood from fresh boys for their queen mother.

The kidnap gang leader who explained that he has been into the crime for about 3 months now said he has a target of 20 persons to kill so as to acquire all the powers he wanted.

He confirmed that he has so far killed and buried sixteen.

“I have been into this for three months. Queen gave us target to kill 20. That if we kill 20 she will give us what we want. We needed more powers. We needed power to acquire anything we want.

I have killed a total of 16 persons. After we kidnap them, we will collect all the items they have and one of us who is connected to the buyers will sell it. So after we kill them we collect the blood for our queen.

“We use a rope to kill them and because they are young boys and our experience is more than them so anything we ask them to do, they do it for us. If I touch the rope, even if I am not around my gang will do it. There was a time I left my home in Zaki-biam, I was not with them but they killed on my behalf. When we kill them, we dig a grave and bury them.

“My father was a native doctor.  So we were initiated by our Queen. She is working with many spirits. So from there, I and my people when we kidnap people we kill them and my Queen takes the blood. That is what we are doing because we are working in the spiritual world, so what ever came to our mind, that is what we do. My Queen is not an ordinary person that her name can be mentioned,” Ikpila explained.

The gang leader who expressed regret for his evil deeds said, “nothing pass God, I confessed my sins to the police man that arrested me  before he took me away. He even took me to a pastor in Katsina-ala and I confessed my sins before I took him to the place that I buried them” the gang leader confessed.

Parading the Kidnap and serial killers amongst other criminals, Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, Mukkadas Garba said about 40 persons were arrested recently in connection with
armed robbery and kidnap cases in the State. 

The CP said the command recovered twenty-one (21) arms, fourteen (14) live ammunition, twelve (12) cartridges, and charged eight (8) kidnap and robbery cases to Court for prosecution.

On arrest of the killer gang in Ushongo, Mukkaddas explained that, “Intelligence was gathered that a kidnap and robbery gang operates within Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue State. Upon receipt of this information, a crack squad was deployed to the area for investigation.

“On 21/09/2019 at about 1630hrs, the gang leader, one Iorwuese Ikpila, and five (5) other suspects all ‘m” of Mbagwaza council ward, Ushongo were arrested in connection with the case. During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they have been armed robbers operating within zone in Ukum, Kwande, Kastina-Ala and Ushongo Local Government Areas, who opted for kidnapping as a result of tight deployment of security operatives on the high ways. They specified that the gang kidnapped sixteen (16) persons, robbed them of their vehicles, motorcycles and other belongings, killed their victims, buried the corpses and planted cassava on the graves as a way of covering the crime.

“Further investigation led to the discovery of sixteen (16) shallow graves. Eleven (11) corpses have been exhumed and identified by their family members. A receiver of the properties stolen by this gang; one Shizoon Nyityo ‘m’ of Zaki-Biam has also been arrested. Items recovered from the suspects include; one (1) locally made single barrel gun, a rope used by the gang members to strangulate their victims and assorted charms. Investigation is still in progress.”

The command also paraded one Stephen Ortwer who conspired and kidnapped one Tersue Mduega ‘m’ 7years, Teryima Mduega ‘m’ 4yrs and Mhen Mduega ‘f’ 1yr to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State; allegedly for ritual purpose.

The Police also paraded one Pius Samuel Oga, Kor Tarfa, Agu Titus, and Fidelis Eric at two different points for alleged cult and armed robbery activities.

Mukkaddas appreciated the Benue public for always guaranteeing information to the police and sued for sustained cooperation.

Meanwhile, governor Samuel Ortom speaking to newsmen in Ushongo shortly after he visited the shallow grave yards,  condemned  the horror, adding that their arrest indicates that criminality will no longer be tolerated in the State.

 “Seven have been arrested so far. Four are still at a large. We will get to the root of kidnapping in the State. They will be fished out to face the law. All kidnappers in flash points local government areas including, Vandeikya, Logo, Ukum, Kwande and Katsina-Ala will be apprehended.

“It is time up for criminality to thrive in the State. Imagine that some persons have been missing for more than three (3) years and in some instances, ransom was paid by their relatives yet they were murdered by these persons whose motives is to make quick money. Not even the best lawyer in the country can save them now. I urge Benue indigenes to give information to security agencies to eliminate this”, Ortom appealed

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Niger Police Command Arrests Three Suspects over Assault on Council Boss

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From Dan Amasingha, Minna

Days after the Chairman of Katcha local government area of Niger State,  Danlami Abdullahi  Saku was assaulted and seriously  injured over his inability  to settle  a campaign  loan he obtained,  the State Police  Command said three suspects were now in their  custody  over the incident.

Niger State Police Command Spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun  in a release on Wednesday said  On 16/06/2024 at about 1800hrs, information was received at Katcha Div that the Chairman Katcha LGA Hon.

Danlami Abdullahi Saku was attacked by some miscreants along Saku-Gadza village after the Sallah prayer at his village Saku, Katcha LGA.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer,   the attack was allegedly reported to be linked to a debt issue between the Chairman and one Yanda of the same area.

He noted that the Chairman sustained serious injury during the attack and he was taken to Gen. Hospital Bida, and later referred to another hospital for further treatment.

A preliminary investigation was conducted at Katcha Div and three suspects were later identified, apprehended and transferred to Bida Area Command.

The suspects arrested are; Alh. Abdullahi Kasimu 68yrs of Gadza village, Katcha, Alh. Baba Moh’d 30yrs of the same village and Ahmadu Moh’d 25yrs.

The suspects were transferred to SCID on June 21st for discreet investigation and prosecution.

“During interrogation, Kasimu narrated that he lent the victim over a million naira since August, 2023 and that several attempts to recover the money proved abortive.

“He further said that on June 16th, the victim promised to come and see him, and while he was on the way after the Sallah prayer, his son Ahmadu Moh’d, his in-law Alh. Baba Moh’d among others accosted the Chairman, had an altercation and inflicted serious injuries on the victims”

The State Police Command acknowledged that the victim was about to transfer the money to him at the point before being rushed to the hospital.

However, the suspects are under investigation in SCID, Minna. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend others at large, and they will be charged to court for prosecution immediately after investigations.

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Chief Imam’s Sallah Ram Stolen in Jos

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There was a drama as the sacrificial ram of the Chief Imam of the Mista Ali community in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, Imam Abdulkadir went missing on the eve of the Ed-el-Kabir.

Abdulkadir’s ram was reportedly stolen during a downpour in the area on the eve of the Ed-el-Kabir.

An Imam in the community, Haruna Yaqub, disclosed this during the sermon, shortly after the two Raka’at prayers.

Yaqub, who condemned the incident, described it as “insensitive”.

He added that the act showed that people lack fear for God.

The Imam said, “The Ram of our Chief Imam, which he purposely brought to sacrifice, has been stolen in the night.

We are really shocked by the incident. We were surprised to hear this story. This means that people are not God-fearing.

“It is scary that people have gone to the extent of stealing ram meant for religious activity.”

Speaking further, he urged people to be God-fearing and not engage in either stealing or any act of criminality.

He stressed that everyone will account for their actions on earth and hereafter.

“It is high time people repented and took the path of Allah. It is not too late. People should stop committing bad things and act according to Allah’s commandments,” he urged.

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AAUA Student Found Dead after church Vigil

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A Student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Modupe Ayandare, was found dead on Monday after attending a church vigil.

The death of Ayandare, who is of the Department of Agronomy, was made known by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the institution.

“We express in strong terms our dissatisfaction and agony with respect to the death of one of our students, Miss Modupe Ayandare of the Department of Agronomy.

“According to report, the deceased was said to have committed suicide in the early hours of today at about 4:00am after she returned from a vigil in her church.

“The incident happened beside the church she attended, around Spotless Villa.

“The law enforcement agency has been informed already, and all hands are on deck to get to the root of the situation.

“Be assured that justice will be served and the law enforcement agency will undertake thorough investigation,” Mr Emmanuel Olaogbebikan, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the SUG, stated.

He asked anybody with useful information regarding the incident to give to the concerned authorities to come forward.

Also mourning the death of the student, the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS), AAUA Chapter, said the loss deeply affected the department.

Faith Igba, the PRO of the department, said the demise of Ayandare was a profound loss to the department.

Igba urged the members of the department to come together and be of help to one another, asking those going through challenges to seek help.

“During this difficult time, we urge everyone to come together in support of each other. The mental well-being of our members is of utmost importance, and we encourage anyone who may be struggling to seek help.

“Our faculty offers counselling services, and we are here to support you in any way we can.

“Please join me in extending our deepest condolences to Comrade Modupe’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Let us honour her memory by fostering a compassionate and supportive environment for all,” he said.

Speaking on the death of Ayandare, Victor Akinpelumi, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, said that the institution had confirmed the incident but was yet to know the cause of the death.

Akinpelumi, who sympathised with the family of the deceased, said that the institution would make an official statement known to the public as regards the death later.

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