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Troops Arrest 125 Criminal Elements, Seize Illicit Drugs worth N17.1m

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja

The Defence Headquarters said its troops deployed at various theatres of operations to ensure peace and security has within the last two weeks arrested 125 criminal elements alongside their collaborators, killed 34 while illicit drugs worth 17.1 million naira were impounded.

Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko, who made the disclosure yesterday at a conference in Abuja, also said thirteen thousands, two hundred and forty-three(13,243) terrorists surrendered with their families to its own troops within the period under review.

Onyeuko said this feat was achieved by the Armed forces of Nigeria in collaboration with other security agencies following series of land, maritime and air operations conducted in various locations across theatres of operation in the country.

“During the encounter, 3 of the terrorists’ gun trucks were destroyed together with their occupants and another was immobilized, while several other terrorists flee in disarray with varying degrees of wounds. 

“So far, a total of 13,243 terrorists and their families comprising 3,243 adult males, 3,868 adult females and 6,234 children, have surrendered to own troops at different locations in the North East,” he said.

According to him, items recovered from the criminals during encounter include 38 assorted weapons and 1,416 rounds of assorted ammunition, 10 AK-47 rifles, and 275 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 11 assorted arms including AK-57 rifles, MGs, locally fabricated rifles, pistols and SMG, 446 assorted ammunitions, one double-barrel gun

Also recovered in the course of Operations were 5 cartridges, one pump action gun, 315 rustled livestock, motorcycles, 570 parcels and 7 wraps of cannabis sativa worth seventeen million, one hundred thousand naira (N17,100,000:00) were impounded.

Meanwhile, a total of 317,450 litres of illegally refined AGO, 8,000 litres of DPK and 159,000 litres of stolen crude were recovered in the course of the operations.

Speaking further, Onyeuko said several necessary efforts are being put in place as proactive measures to ensure impending security threats are forestalled across the Country.

“The Military High Command commends the continued sacrifices of its troops and salutes their courage and resilience towards achieving sustainable peace in the Country,” he added.

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Public Disturbance: Court Orders Kano TikToker to Undergo Mental Evaluation

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A Kano State Shari’a Court on Tuesday, ordered that a Kano Tiktoker Murja Kunya, be taken to a Government hospital for a mental evaluation.

The defendant, who lives at Tishama Hotoro Quarters Kano, is standing trial on a three-count charge of inciting  public disturbance, belonging to criminal gang and criminal intimidation.

Delivering a ruling, the Judge Malam Nura Yusuf-Ahmad, ordered that the defendant be taken to public hospital to ascertain her mental health due to suspected drug influence.

“The defendant previous appearance shows she is allegedly not in a sound state of mind due to suspected drug influence.

” Hisbah board should be updating the court time to time on her well-being for three months”

Yusuf-Ahmad  adjourned the matter untill May for hearing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor Prosecution Counsel, Mr Aliyu Abideen, said Kano State Hisbah Board arrested the defendent after receiving several complaints from members of the public.

He alleged that the defendant usually terrorize Tishama Hotoro Quarters Kano by bringing bad boys at midnight and  also disturbs the area by inciting disturbance and using social media to disturb members of the public.

“The defendant in one of her videos on Tiktok which went viral said she is the leader of all prostitute in the city”

The defendant, however, denied committing the offence.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened section 341, 275 and 227 of Kano State Shari’a Law.(NAN)

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NAF Nabs Alleged Notorious Kidnapper in Kano

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Troops of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) deployed at Durbunde in Takai Local Government Area  of Kano State have apprehended a 35-year-old alleged high-profile kidnapper known as Isah Abdul.

This is contained in a statement by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM Edward Gabkwet, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said that the arrest was carried out on Monday at 6.

30 p.
m. in a well-coordinated operation following credible intelligence on the hideout of the suspect and other members of his gang.

He said that the gang was responsible for several kidnapping incidences in the area.

According to him, preliminary investigation revealed that Isah Abdul was responsible for the abduction of one Yakubu Ibrahim Tagaho, popularly known as Sarkin Noman Gaya, on April 6, 2023, from his residence in Tagaho Village in Takai LGA.

Gabkwet said that Tagaho was released a month later after a ransom of N30 million was collected by his abductors.

“In December 2023, the same criminal abducted two sisters and three others in the same village and released them after collecting a huge ransom.

“He is also responsible for several other kidnapping activities as he has strong ties with  other known kidnapping gangs like the Danbul Fulaku gang that also operates in Takai LGA.

“Isah Abdul is currently in the custody of the Nigerian Air Force and undergoing investigations.

“He will soon be handed over to appropriate authorities,” he said. (NAN)

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Palestinian Death Toll in Gaza Rises to 29,195 Amid Israeli Attacks

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The death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 29,195 with 69,170 others wounded as the Israeli attacks continue, The Gaza-based Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Israeli army had killed 103 Palestinians and wounded 142 others in the Strip during the past 24 hours, the ministry said in a press statement.

It was noted that some victims remained under the rubble amid heavy bombardment and a lack of civil defence and ambulance crews.

Meanwhile, Israeli media outlets said the Israeli army forces were continuing their operations in the north centre and south of the Gaza Strip against Hamas, and have killed many fighters.

The Israeli army announced the death of a 22-year-old soldier as a result of his wounds in the Gaza battles.

The death of the 22-year-old soldier raised the death toll of Israeli soldiers killed in the ground operation to 236.

In addition, the Israeli army revealed a video of Israeli detainees alive in the first days of their detention in the Gaza Strip on Monday.

The video was showing a woman and her two children wrapped in a blanket, taken by gunmen in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesman Daniel Hagari said that the family had been kidnapped by an organization calling itself the “Mujahideen Brigades.” (Xinhua/NAN)

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