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Wednesday, 9 May 2018


The Nigerian police said they have smashed two gun running and arms dealing ring and a gang of robbers and kidnappers in the Benue-Taraba axis, making 11 arrests.

Among the suspects arrested was one Miracle Emmanuel, a 27 year-old gun dealer from Anambra, based in Takum, Taraba state. With his three-man gang, the police found five Ak-47 rifles, along with other ammunitions.

Police said they recovered in total 10 AK 47 rifles and two Beretta pistols from the 11 suspects paraded today at the Benue police headquarters in Makurdi and claimed the arrests were a major breakthrough in stopping the incessant killing of innocent people in the Middle Belt states of Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa.

In Benue state, Morris Ashwe, 36 years old from Mbajima Village Katsina Ala LGA, was the sole armourer arrested. He was accused of supplying arms to the wanted criminal kingpin, Terwase Akwaza a.k.a Ghana.


According to Jimoh Moshood, Ashwe was found in possession of five AK 47 rifles, 238 AK47 bullets, 40 Smoke Grenade Canisters and 79 LAR Rifle bullets.

The busted gun dealing gang in Taraba state comprised Takum-based Kabiru Idris, 43, Miracle Emmanuel from Anambra state, said to be a principal suspect and gang leader. Also arrested was Husseini Safiyanu, also from Taraba.

Police said they found five AK47 Rifles with the Taraba gang, along with 13 AK 47 magazines and 83 bullets.

The Police spokesman also said a seven-man robbery and kidnapping gang was arrested in Benue, along with two Beretta pistols. The gang was on its way to kidnap a prominent person in Makurdi, the state capital.

Members of the gang were identified as Emmanuel Ushehemba Kwembe, 28, Achir Gabriel, 30, all from Ushongo LGA, Sekad Uver, 28, from Koshisha LGA Benue State and Ordure Fada, 22, from Kwande LGA.

Others arrested were Stephen Jirgba 18, from Vande kya LGA, Peter Lorham, 24, from Kinshisha LGA and Lorhemen Akwambe 35, who hails from Guma LGA


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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday led other leaders and members of the House to visit Senator Dino Melaye at the National Hospital Abuja.

Hon. Dogara accompanied by his deputy Yusuff Lasun, Deputy Minority Leader Binta Bello and other members were received by former Speaker of the House Patricia Etteh, and the Chief Medical Director of the hospital Dr Jaf Momoh.

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The police in Niger State have apprehended a 15-year-old housewife, Fatima Adamu, and her ex-lover, Usman Mohammed, of Egbati village in the Agaie Local Government Area of the state for the murder of her daughter identified as Hauwa.

Northern City News gathered that Mohammed assisted Adamu to prepare a concoction which was administered on the five-year-old child, causing her death.

Checks revealed that after allegedly killing Hauwa, Adamu and her lover dumped the corpse in a nearby bush with some parts missing.


The suspect told Punch correspondent in an interview on Tuesday that she poisoned the minor with the cooperation of her ex-boyfriend who prepared the concoction that was administered on her.

“I purposely killed my step-daughter because I didn’t like her, she irritated me a lot; I planned with Mohammed to poison her to death,” she confessed.

The suspect added, “I just woke up one morning to take her life and I cannot tell what had come over me to kill an innocent child that had not offended me in any way. May Allah forgive me; it is the worst offence against humanity. “

Mohammed admitted participating in the killing of the girl, saying ‘I have ruined my life.’

Mohammed said, “I prepared the poison which I gave to Adamu to kill the girl. I regret my action.”

The Niger State police spokesman, Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspects confessed to the crime during interrogation.

Abubakar said they would be arraigned in court after investigation.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State on Monday received no fewer than 5,558 All Progressives Congress members who defected to the party from across the 23 local government areas of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the reception which took place at Zonkwa, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, was attended by prominent PDP officials both at the national and state levels.

Ahmed Makarfi, former PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman, described the event as significant, and advised the returnees to join hands to realise the party’s objectives.


Mr Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State, expressed optimism that the party would in no distant time regain its lost glory.

“God-willing, the prayers of the masses is heard and will be answered,” he said.

He urged the people to turnout enmass come May 12 and vote PDP candidates in the state local council polls, adding, “We must ensure that we protect our votes and guard against any form of rigging”.

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Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe State, has sentenced a 57-year-old man, Shuaibu Salihu, to four years’ imprisonment for trafficking nine underage children to Sudan.

Punch correspondent learnt that Salihu, a native of Farantama village in the Albasu Local Government Area of Kano State, was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons on two counts of procuring underage children for trafficking to Sudan.

The anti-trafficking agency said on Monday that the act was contrary to Section 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Person (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.


Punch correspondent gathered that Salihu, who was a trader, was nabbed by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Yobe State Command, in Damaturu in 2017, while he and the victims were trying to cross the Geidam/Niger Republic border.

It was learnt that Salihu was later handed over to NAPTIP for further investigation and prosecution.

In a release by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Stella Nezan, the judge, Justice Hamma Dashi, sentenced him to four years’ imprisonment without an option of fine.


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President Muhammadu Buhari will today undertake a four-day trip to the United Kingdom. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that in the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor.

According to him, the doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.

President Buhari, the statement said, will return on Saturday, May 12th.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018


A man in his twenties, Chigozie Ugwu, on Sunday reportedly stabbed to death his friend, Nwoye Arua, 35.

The incident occurred 10:30p.m. at Amegu Ejona Orba in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Enugu, said the suspect had taken to his heels after allegedly stabbing his victim with a knife over a yet to be established reason.


“On March 11, at about 10:30pm, one Chigozie Ugwu allegedly stabbed his victim, identified as Nwoye Arua, about 35 years, with a knife over a yet to be established reason and escaped to avoid arrest.”

Amaraizu said that following the report, a manhunt for the suspect was intensified, having rushed the victim to Nwosai Foundation Hospital for medical attention.


According to him, the suspect was arrested while the victim was later confirmed dead by the doctor and the remains deposited in the hospital mortuary.

He said:


“The suspect is helping the operatives of the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID) in their full scale investigations.”

The PPRO said the command, through the operatives of Udenu Division, had commenced a full scale investigation into the alleged murder.


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