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




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.

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“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. 

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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.”

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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


Police Arrest 781 Offenders over Electoral Infractions 




By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

The Inspector General of Police(IGP),Usman Alkali Baba, has said a total of 781 electoral offenders were arrested in the just concluded 2023 general elections across the country from a total of 489 major electoral infractions.

He disclosed this on Monday, at the meeting with Strategic Police Managers of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja.

The meeting aimed at evaluating Police performance during the 2023 General elections, highlight lessons and strengths, and dissect complex dynamics for subsequent optimal performance drew participants from across the country.


The participants  present at the meeting comprised of  the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and members of the Force Management Team, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and other Tactical Commanders.

Baba at the accession, tasked all commands to submit casefiles centrally at the Electoral Offences Desk located at the  Office of the IGP at the  Force Headquarters in Abuja, for coordinated processing to INEC Legal Section.

According to him, the Police Force would effectively collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to expeditiously and transparently prosecute the 781 electoral offenders apprehended.

The Police boss, also charged the Strategic Police Managers to readjust strategies and operations towards ensuring a stable post-election security order and refocus policing attention on routine law enforcement duties.

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“I firmly admonish all political actors and their supporters to submit to democratic norms, peaceful means, and legal procedures in advancing their interests as the Police and other security agencies shall not tolerate the resort to incitement or any act designed to threaten our national security”, he said.

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Native Doctor Slaughters Mad Man During Treatment in Adamawa




From Yagana Ali, Yola.

A 48 – year old native doctor, Ezekiel Buba, is in police net for allegedly killing a mad man during treatment.

The suspect , who resides at Gombiyel in Shelleng Local Goverment Area,Adamawa state, was arrested by the police command for slaughtering the mentally derailed man known as Alamisa.

While narrating the ugly incident during interrogation at the police headquaters on Thursday, Ezekiel, blamed his demon for slaughtering the deceased brought to him for medication.

He said  the deceased, who was suffering from mental illness and epilepsy, was brought to him by his elder brother, Yahaya Musa of Kambillam in company of other family members for treatment.

“I usually slaughter chickens for sacrifice to a blood demon in order to prevent it from tourching anybody. Failure to make sacrifice to the demon, a patient cannot get well”. Ezekiel explained.

He further narrated that while performing some rituals with a robe at his backyard, the demon descended in a whirlwind with knives tied on his leg and slit the throat of the patient.

” I saw the demon in the whirlwind but before I could reach where the patient is lying down to protect him, the demon over took me and slaughtered him”.he said.

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“Initially, the demon had warned me and demanded that I should slaughter chickens and offer sacrifice of blood. 

I was waiting for market day to buy the chickens for sacrifice as demanded.

He said  that the family members of the deceased did not see the demon while coming down to the scene to kill Alamisa, saying that he was the only one who sighted it and rushed in to prevent it but to no avail.

He claim that he normally communicates with the demon which he inherited from his grand mother when asleep in the night in Koma Damti dialect in Jada LGA, saying that he has been using it to treat people in order earn a living.

The  elder brother to the deceased, Yahaya Musa, blamed the native doctive for murdering his brother, saying that he was the one who slaughtered his brother and removed his throat.

The Police Public Relations Officer , SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, said that the suspect was apprehended in connection with the crime and being investigated.

Nguroje, said that the Commissioner of Police, CP Afolabi Babatola Adeniyi, had ordered for discreet investigation into the matter as well as the prosecution of the suspect if found wanting.

Meanwhile, in another interviewed with SP Nguroje, the suspect confessed that he was the one who slaughtered his victim while treating him.

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He explained that he was possessed by the demon  at that time, hence his action, saying that he carried out the act when he was out of his senses.

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Police Arrest Kano Lawmaker, 160 Others for Electoral Offences




From Longtong Ibrahim (Kano) & Gom Mirian, Abuja

The police command in Kano State has arrested 161 persons including a member state House of Assembly for alleged electoral offences during Saturday’s Governorship and States Houses of Assembly elections.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Usaini-Gumel, said this when he addressed newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Bompai Kano yesterday.

He said that the suspects were arrested by a team of security operatives after they were engaged in electoral offences like vote-buying and destruction of election materials among others.

“The suspects include a member representing Gezawa Constituency, Isyaku Ali-Danja, who allegedly led thugs and attempted to attack the Gezawa Local Government Area INEC Collation Centre and the Police Divisional Office in Gezawa,” he said.

Usaini-Gumel said that the suspects would be arraigned in law courts as soon as investigation was completed.

He said that a Special Investigation Team consisting of police officers, lawyers, prosecutors and trained investigators had been assembled by the command to speed up investigation on the suspects as directed by the Inspector-General of Police.

Usaini-Gumel assured residents of the state of their safety as collation of election results continued.

“The command in conjunction with other security agencies has embarked on serious confidence-building patrol and show of force to surmount any likely emerging threat.

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“We call on the peace-loving Kano State residents to continue to give maximum support and cooperation, avoid spreading fake news and hate speeches capable of disrupting the peace in the state.

“When results are announced avoid all forms of reckless celebrations that may likely cause death, injury or damage to property,” Usaini-Gumel said.

EFCC Arrests 65 Suspects over Alleged Voter Inducement

The EFCC said it arrested 65 persons in 28 states over alleged voter inducement at the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.

This is contained in a statement issued by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujiaren.

He stated that 20 of the suspects were arrested in Kwara, while 13 suspects were arrested in Kaduna State.

He added that 12 suspects were arrested in Rivers; four suspected arrested each in Akwa Ibom and Cross River, while others were arrested in Gombe, Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger states.

“Those arrested in Kaduna State were 10 males and three females. They were apprehended by EFCC operatives either working on intelligence reports or were chanced upon during monitoring.

“A suspect allegedly involved in vote buying was nabbed at School Road, Unguwan Rimi in Kaduna. The suspect, who initially resisted arrest, is however in custody pending the conclusion of investigation.

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“Also in Kaduna, a team arrested a suspect with voter coupons, which he confessed would be used to trace and pay those who voted for his party,” Uwujiaren stated.

He added that the EFCC team monitoring voting around Local Education Authority School, Kabala Doki in Kaduna also arrested two suspects for vote buying.

He noted that upon arrest, N67,500, a list containing names of voters, their PVC numbers and bank accounts details were recovered from the suspects.

The EFCC spokesman stated also that investigation showed that the major modus operandi of the suspects was to give cash, transfer money, coupons or send recharge cards to eligible voters to induce them.

Uwujiaren said a search of their persons and phones showed that most of them had transferred money into the bank accounts of some voters on the lists recovered from them.

“Some of the items recovered from the suspects were voter cards, monies, lists containing names and account details of voters, and telephone recharge cards,” he stressed.

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