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  Journalists Condemn Benue Killings, Suggest Way Out




The Idoma Editors, a media professional group, has condemned the recent killings in Benue communities by suspected terrorists also known as killer herders.

Report says that 50 persons were recently killed in Umogidi community of Entekpa, Adoka in Otukpo Local Government Area of the state.

This is contained in a statement by the group`s acting president , Mr Adoyi  Aba on Saturday in Abuja.

The group said the killings of innocent indigenes “assumed a monumental proportion during the Easter celebration with Umogidi village, Guma and Agan IDPs Camps,  leaving scores dead.

“We have undertaken a thorough evaluation of this sustained violence against the peace-loving people of Benue  and wish to  condemn the brazen ex-communication of lives by these suspected terrorists.

“We’re particularly worry about the spread of these attacks to more communities in Benue South as the area is historically known to be peaceful.

“We’re even taken aback by these well-orchestrated attacks that led to the death of no fewer than 50 and injuries to many others in Umogidi village at Adoka District of Otukpo Local Government Area of the state.

“We also denounce the unprovoked attacks on innocent displaced people in the IDPs camps in both Guma and Agan communities in Makurdi.

“These dastardly acts of killing defenceless and vulnerable people, including women and children, in the IDPs camps can only be carried out by blood-thirsty demons masquerading as humans,“the group said.

The group urged the incumbent governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, not to adjudicate his constitutional function of ensuring the safety of lives and property in the state until his last day in office.

“We are not unaware of the  security challenges that has limited the progress and development of the state in the last eight years, but that should not stop the government from functioning optimally.

“We, however, thank Ortom for his  efforts to abate human carnage, even as we hope that the in-coming governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth  Alia, would  re-set the security architecture to insulate the state from further external aggression.

“We also called on the Federal Government to approve a special military exercise for the state where all suspected forests, mountains and other hidden zones in and around the state could be flushed.

“It is surprising that Benue, blessed with a plethora of military formations, remains unsafe for habitation.”(NAN)


Military Kill Bandit Leader While Attempting to Rustle Cows




From Dan Amasingha,  Minna 

Gallant  Military personnel have repelled an attempt by some  bandits  to rustle  cows and  neutralized the criminal  gang leader .

Two of the Military Personnel who participated in the operation however, sustained gun shot injuries.


DAILY ASSET  gathered that, the incident  happened at the early  hours of Monday  at a military base in Tegina, Rafi local government area of Niger state.

During the early hours fire fight between the security personnel and the  criminals,  one of the bandits suspected to be their leader was killed in the process when they came under superior  fire power.

It was reliably gathered that the said criminals were allegedly crossing towards Mashegu and Wushishi local government areas of the state to rustle a targeted groups of cattle in those areas.

The Chairman of Rafi local government council, Alhaji Ayuba Usman Katako confirmed this in a telephone interview in Minna.

He said the two soldiers shot were responding to treatment at IBB Specialized Hospital Minna while one of the bandits suspected to be their leader was neutralized.

Ayuba Katako further revealed that the military, police and vigilantes are trying their best in ensuring peace and security of lives and properties in the state and deserved to be commended.

He decried the continuous  attacks on security personnel,  but called  on citizens for patience, support and prayers to overcome the menace of insecurity bedeviling the state and Nigeria at large.

The Niger state military cantonment in  Minna could not be reached at the time of filing in the report.

Niger East Senatorial District has been  bedeviled by  insecurity with bandits  targeting schools,  vulnerable farming communities and public institutions  in the last seven years. 

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Police Arrest 31,912 Suspects over Criminal Offences in One Year




The Nigeria Police arrested 31,912 suspects over armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, unlawful possession of fire arms, cultism, murder and other criminal offences in one year nationwide.

The Force Public Relations Officers, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this during a media briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said 4,826 of the suspects were arrested over armed robbery, 3,078, kidnapping, 2,479, rape, 1,243, unlawful possession of fire arms, 3,523 cultism, 3,381, murder and 13, 402, other criminal offences.

Adejobi said the force rescued 1,750 kidnap victims, recovered 2,566 firearms, 19,510 rounds of ammunition and 1,475 vehicles/motorcycles nationwide within the period under review.

According to him, the force, also, prosecuted 29,152 criminal cases across the country, with 17,679 of the cases being conclusively dispensed while 11,576 are still ongoing during the period.

He said 51 of the cases were currently under appeal at the respective appellate courts.

“Out of the dispensed cases, an impressive 16,200 have led to the conviction of suspects who have been handed various forms of punishments for their criminal acts,” he said.

Adejobi said operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police had recently arrested 19 suspects over criminal activities across the country.

He said five AK-47 rifles; five pump action rifles, 150 live cartridges, one bullet proof jacket, one night vision telescope and vigilante uniforms were recovered from the suspects.

Adejobi added that one torch light, one boot, one AA ammunition, six magazines and 142 AK-47 live ammunition were also recovered from the suspects.

The police spokesman said two of the suspects were arrested over kidnapping through coordinated efforts of IRT operatives and local vigilante groups in Asawa village in Kogi.

According to him, the suspects had received N1 million ransom from their first and second operations, N300,000 from the third and N2 million from the fourth.

He said the suspects were responsible for the series of robberies and kidnappings along Abuja-Okene-Benin road.

The police spokesman said the suspects had been involved in kidnapping for over four years and had orchestrated four successful kidnappings.

He said the criminal activities of the duo came to an end following a fierce gun battle with police operatives, where they were captured after exhausting their ammunition.

Adejobi said AK-47 rifles and magazines were recovered from the suspects.

He said two suspects with over 22 years of “one chance” robbery experience were also arrested by police operatives.

Adejobi said the suspects had demonstrated a mastery of deceptive tactics used in the criminal activities, adding that the duo was identified as persons of interest following interrogations of previous ‘one chance’ suspects.

He said the suspects were arrested in Suleja, Niger by diligent operatives of the IRT.

Adejobi said the suspects would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation into the cases.

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Terrorists Kill 12 in Kaduna Market Attack




From Attah Ede, Makurdi

The Benue State police command yesterday, confirmed the kidnapping of two female students of the Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University Makurdi (JOSTUM).

Daily Asset correspondent learnt that the two victims were kidnapped on Saturday night along the road leading to the university.

The State command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sewuese Anene who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Makurdi could not reveal the names of the victims and their levels of study.

She admitted that the incident took place on Saturday night about 11pm along North Bank/UniAgric Road Makurdi and said that the incident did not take place within the university campus.

According to her, the unknown gunmen blocked the road, attacked and took the victims before the security operatives could arrive at the scene of the incident.

“The family and school authorities have notified the Command and investigation into the matter is ongoing”, she stated.

When contacted, the deputy registrar, information and public relations of the institution, Mrs. Iwodi, said that she cannot speak to the press unless she gets permission from her boss.

She promised to call back after securing a mandate to speak but she could not call back again and could not be reachable again as at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, Police in the State yesterday, have killed three suspected kidnappers, arrested one person and rescued two victims during a gun battle with the bandits.

According to a statement in Makurdi by the command spokesperson, Catherine Anene said the Operation Zenda Joint Task Force stormed a kidnapper hideout, and on sighting the police, the gang leader, Tersue Dada, aka “Causer”, engaged the team in a gun duel, but were overpowered by the superior firepower of the police.

Anene, said three suspects sustained gunshot injuries and were later confirmed dead at the hospital, adding that one of the suspects; Terver Tavershima of Tinenune, was arrested in Ukum Local Government Area.

She disclosed that two victims were rescued unhurt.

Anene intimated that the two victims said they were kidnapped from their homes at Ukum about a week ago and the sum of twenty-three million naira was placed on them as ransom to be paid by their families.

The statement quoted the Commissioner of Police, Hassan Steve Yabanet as calling on the good people of Sankera to cooperate with police teams sent to the area, as they continue to take the fight to criminals’ abodes in the area.

Items recovered from the scene include one AK-47 rifle, one Dane gun, assorted phones, a camouflage uniform and a motorcycle.

Terrorists Kill 12 in Kaduna Market Attack

Meanwhile, terrorists yesterday reportedly attacked and killed 12 persons at Maro Junction, a weekly Market in Maro Ward, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A former chairman of the local government, Cafra Caino, who confirmed the development, said the assailants invaded the market around 3pm yesterday and opened fire.

According to him, 12 bodies have been recovered while 20 others who sustained various degrees of injuries have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

He explained that it was the second time the weekly market had been attacked while business owners and customers transacting businesses.

“The situation is critical and has thrown residents around the area into confusion while they scampered for safety in neighbouring villages.

“Security operatives drafted to the area have already left. We are appealing to the government to deploy security operatives to help restore normalcy,” he said.Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mansir Hassan, did not respond to calls and text messages sent to him by our correspondent as of the time of filling this report.

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