Gunmen Attack Convoy, Kill Two Expatriates, Two Cops
Six persons, including two expatriates and two police inspectors were killed by gunmen on Friday during an attack on their convoy in Kogi State.
Also killed in the attack were two drivers of the expatriates working with the West Africa Ceramics Company Ajaokuta, in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye-Aya, made the disclosure on Saturday in a statement in Lokoja.
Ovye-Aya explained that the six victims; two expatriates, two company drivers and two police inspectors died in a gun battle with the hoodlums along the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road around 8pm on Friday.
He added that the expatriates were being escorted by police to the company when the gunmen opened fire on them.
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He said that the Area Commander and a detachment of soldiers in the area reinforced to the incident scene before the gunmen fled.
The police spokesperson further said that the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.
He said that the CP equally ordered the deployment of additional operational assets consisting of operatives of the police mobile force, counterterrorism unit, quick response unit, state intelligence bureau in synergy with other security agencies to restore normalcy in the area.
Ovye-Aya stated, “The CP assures the public that the command is committed to working in synergy with other security agencies as well as patriotic stakeholders to make the state a safe and secure place for all and sundry.
“He has further asked the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to commence investigations into the unfortunate incident to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the attack with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.’’
Meanwhile, the state government said it was working to rescue the three children kidnapped at a housing estate in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state on Friday.
The abductors had demanded N100m ransom for their release.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, noted in a statement on Saturday that the government remained committed to the security of the people.
He stated that government was working alongside security agencies, and vigilance groups to ensure that the abducted children were rescued alive and their abductors brought to book.
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Fanwo added, “There is already a massive deployment to the area to achieve results. Kogi is known for distinguishing herself in ensuring security of lives and property of not only the residents, but also of travellers crossing the state. In as much as we activate dynamism in our security architecture and strategy, we recognise the fact that some cowards will sometimes try to undermine our efforts. What we have always done in such circumstances is to go after the criminals, apprehend them and bring them to justice.’’
The commissioner assured that the state government would not shirk in its responsibility and would continue to work with security agencies to retain its position as “the safest state in the country.’’
Okada Rider Allegedly Rapes 12-year-old Girl In Ondo
Police operatives in Ondo State have launched a manhunt for a commercial motorcyclist for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.
The suspect, whose identity was yet to be ascertained, was said to have committed the crime in Igbokoda community, headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
According to sources, the suspect enticed the little girl who was selling puff-puff before luring her into an abandoned building, where he forcibly defiled the primary five students.
One of the sources claimed that the suspect, a native of Kebbi State, went into hiding before leaving the state, adding that detectives had tracked him to Kebbi State.
The victim’s mother, who spoke about the development and went by the name Joy, said that the incident took place on May 19, 2023.
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“At around a few minutes before 7 p.m., she came back home, but immediately I saw her. I knew something was wrong because she looked tired and exhausted. While she was trying to explain to me what happened to her when she fainted but was revived at the hospital.”
Olufumilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the state police spokeswoman, confirmed the occurrence and said the command has begun tracking the suspect.
Suspected Cult Group Kill 4 Local Vigilante Members In Rivers
Suspected cultists have reportedly shot dead four persons in Rundele community, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
DAILY POST gathered that the suspected cultists invaded the community with a tricycle popularly called Keke Napep and an eighteen-seater commercial bus, whisking away some men alive on Monday night.
The deceased were all members of local vigilante groups.
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According to a source in the community, two of them were beheaded and their private parts chopped off.
The source disclosed that the suspected cultists, who invaded the community were some indigenes who were chased out for being members of cult groups terrorizing the community at the time.
The source also said that when the criminals, who were fully armed, arrived in the community, they declared that they were returning to the community to reclaim their territory.
In the meantime, the Rivers State Police Command has attributed the killings to a clash between suspected cult groups in the area.
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The spokesperson for the command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed that four people died in the attack.
Iringe-Koko in a statement, disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, CP Nwonyi Polycarp, has ordered tactical units to be deployed to the area with a view to arresting the perpetrators while investigation is ongoing.
Two Bag Three-year Jail Time For Stealing School Property
A Chief Magistrate Court in Ondo town, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, has sentenced two middle-aged men to three years imprisonment for stealing school properties worth N155,000.
The defendants, Emmanuel Akinde, 22, and Abdulateef Magaji, 30, were arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The offence committed by the duo was said to have contravened sections 516, 413(1), and 356(2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
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According to the police prosecutor, Inspector Benard Olagbayi, the crime was perpetrated at Rheo Kiddies School, Sabo Market Area, Ondo.
Olagbayi stated: “On May 21, 2023, at around 11:30 am in the Sabo market area of Ondo, in the Ondo Magisterial District, Abdulateef Magaji and Emmanuel Akinde conspired to commit the felony of entering and stealing.
“On May 22, 2023, at approximately 3 am in Adekugbe Street in Sabo, Ondo, in the same Magisterial district, Abdulateef Magaji and Emmanuel Akinde unlawfully jumped the fence of Rheo Kiddies School and committed a felony on the school premises.
“On the same date, time, and location in the aforementioned Magisterial district, they unlawfully entered the Rheo Kiddies school’s store and stole several items, including a wheelbarrow worth N20,000, an electrocardiogram machine (egg machine) worth N80,000, a head pan valued at N5,000, corner iron worth N20,000, four window nets with frames worth N20,000, as well as some quantities of electrical and mesh wire valued at N1,000.”
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While pleading guilty to the charge preferred against them, the prosecutor urged the court to sentence the convicts according to their plea.
Chief Magistrate Charity Adeyanju subsequently convicted the defendants and thereafter sentenced them to three years imprisonment.
Magistrate Adeyanju, however, gave the defendants the option of fine of N200,000 each.
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