Three persons were killed in Dantsauni village in Batagarawa local government area of Katsina State when terrorists invaded the community.
The terrorists in their numbers, armed with sophisticated weapons, according to a source, explained that one of the deceased persons identified as Abdulrashid Abba Manna, a resident of Katsina, was trapped and killed by the terrorists when he went to farm in the morning at Dantsauni village.
A source said the attack came barely three days when bandits attacked surrounding communities of Babbar Ruga, Kwarin Maikotso and Kore villages where they operated freely and killed two people with eight others kidnapped.
During the attack on Dantsauni village which is about one kilometre away from Babbar Ruga village, the terrorists abducted dozens of people mostly women and children while hundreds of people were seen running towards the ancient city of Katsina for their dear lives.
He revealed that the terrorists also fired some shots along Katsina Ring road which is very close to the city, while residents of the area said no security personnel was seen during the over 45-minutes operation by the terrorists which happened in broad daylight.
SP Gambo Isah, the police spokesman in Katsina, when contacted, confirmed the attack and said one person was killed and two others injured.
Bandits: Nigerian Military Kills 45 Terrorists, Rescue 45 Kidnapped Victims
Troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces operating in the North West and the North Central theatres of operations have eliminated over 45 terrorists/bandits in both land and air operations in the last two weeks.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing of the Defence Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja.
In North Central, Onyeuko said the air component of Operation Whirl Punch carried out air strikes on terrorists loyal to a notorious terrorist, Alhaji Shanono, at Ukambo village in Kaduna State.
He said the air strike was carried out during the terrorists meeting on Aug. 8 based on credible intelligence.
According to him, the airstrike led to the killing of Shanono with 18 other terrorists, adding that 30 AK47 rifles and 20 motorcycles were destroyed in the attack.
Onyeuko said as a result of the operations, 45 kidnapped civilians were released.
Onyeuko further said that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke arrested some notorious criminals who had been on the wanted list of the theatre command.
He said Nathaniel Azege who had been terrorising Makurdi town was apprehended as well as Moses Aindigh (27) and Mr Iluyasu Mohammed (37) during the period.
In North West, Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji on July 25, arrested five suspected foreign bandits named, Muritala Wada, Saminu Sani, Shamisu Adamu, Salisu Saadu and Usman Ibrahim at Jibia in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
He said the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji had on Aug. 6, carried out successful strikes on key terrorists enclave and hideout located at Rudu forest in Katsina State.
According to him, the air interdiction led to the neutralisation of a high-profile terrorist leader who has been on the wanted list of the military named Alhaji Abdulkareem Lawal (a.k.a Abdulkareem Boss) and his foot soldiers.
“Credible intelligence report revealed that he was responsible for several terrorist attacks, animal rustling and kidnapping and was also known to regularly invite terrorist groups from other areas and regions to join in the attack on his targets.
“Report gathered from the locals revealed that the terrorist leaders were neutralised alongside 27 foot soldiers,” he said.
Onyeuko further revealed that troops had between July 31 and Aug. 2, arrested one Malam Yahaya a notorious bandit informant who had been on the tracking list of the Department of State Security for collaborating with bandits on the numerous attacks in Sabon Brini general area of Sokoto State.
According to him, the troops also recovered 161 cattle, eight camels, a large consignment of clothing from terrorists after an encounter in Zango, Shinkafi Local Government Area.
Motorists Scamper For Safety As Gunmen Rob motorists On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
There was a robbery incident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The robbery occurred between 5.00 am and 6:15am on the long bridge, near Warewa bus stop.
A passenger of one of the buses plying the road at the time, named Abayomi, told The PUNCH that many motorists abandoned their vehicles.
”There was a robbery and because of the robbery, people out of fear began to run. Some people hit the cars of others. Someone is lying on the ground lifeless, and we heard that someone was killed,” he said.
Abayomi said that the police arrived at the scene of the robbery, but he was not sure of the police division at the time of the report.
“We were not able to move close, buses were turning back. The police have come there now, but it took a while before they came,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Officer at the Warewa Police Station, Abdulfathai Ogunsanya said, “My men are at the scene of the crime now. We have not got any comprehensive report so we cannot tell you whether someone was killed or not.”
Giving more information a few minutes later, Ogunsanya said, ” I just spoke to the officer on the scene. He said that nobody died. A vehicle was shattered and the person involved is in the hospital receiving treatment as we speak.”
Fake Doctor Defrauds 25 PoS Operators
Men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ekiti State, have arrested a 36-year-old man, Ayodeji Ademiluyi, for allegedly parading himself as a medical doctor and defrauding Point-of-Sale operators in the state capital.
The state Commandant of the agency, Mr John Fayemi, said the suspect defrauded the operators by sending fake alerts after collecting cash from them.
He said the suspect used an application on his phone, which also triggered a call from his fake hospital that a patient needed his attention.
“The PoS operator will then consider his status as a doctor and allow him to go. Later, the PoS operator will discover that he or she has been duped,” Fayemi added.
The state NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Tolulope Afolabi, in a statement, said the commandant spoke in Ado Ekiti while parading Ademiluyi and another suspected fraudster, Innocent Ekpako, 26, who was arrested in Cross River State for allegedly defrauding his boss.
The commandant, who said Ademiluyi had been perpetrating the act within the Ado Ekiti metropolis, said, “The suspect had defrauded over 25 PoS operators before men of the Counter-Terrorism Unit launched a manhunt for him with their dragnet, which paid off when he was arrested yesterday (Monday). Preliminary investigation shows that he is not a doctor but an okada rider.”
Fayemi said Ekpako, who was arrested in Ikom, Cross River State, ran away with a huge sum of money belonging to his master in Ado Ekiti.
He said, “The suspect is a former employee of a store in Ado Ekiti where he worked as a sales representative before he was sent on an errand with some money which he did not return. He disappeared into thin air until he was tracked, traced and arrested in Cross River State. The two suspects have confessed to the crime.”
The commandant cautioned PoS operators and shop owners in the state to be careful of their workers and customers as the state command had been inundated with complaints bordering on PoS fraud and stealing.
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