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Explosion Razes House, Mosque, School In Bauchi Community

An explosion has destroyed a house, mosque and school in Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Aminu Alhassan,state Commissioner of Police, revealed this on Monday at the Palace of Emir of Katagum Alhaji Umar Faruk II and the Palace of Galadiman Katagum Alhaji Usman Mahmood Abdullahi, when he accompanied Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, to commiserate with the victims.

He said it was accidental expulsion and no life was lost, but three buildings were damaged.

Alhassan revealed that the explosion occurred when some people cleared the grasses and garbage in the area and burnt them.

“We suspected may be the explosives device like dynamite was buried in the area for more than three decades, because the road construction company once lived in that place, and sometimes back when Boko Haram attacked Azare Police Station, they followed through the same route where the device exploded, we are still investigating,” he said.

The CP said the anti-bomb disposal unit had cordoned off the place for investigation, adding that two explosives were discovered in the area.

Governor Mohammed pledged to compensate the affected victims and expressed gratitude to Allah that no life was lost as a result of the incident.

He told the victims to take the incident as an act of God, and reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure safety and wellbeing of the citizens.

The governor asked the residents in the area to cooperate with the security agencies, even if it means to relocate them from the area in order to clear all the suspected explosives in the area, assuring them of government support.

Governor Mohammed expressed appreciation to the Emir of Katagum for his exemplary leadership style, saying “Hhe is the Emir who leaves his palace in the night and goes round his domain to encourage security operatives in their effort to protect lives and properties of citizens.”

The Emir, Alhaji Umar Faruk II, thanked the governor for the visit and assured him of cooperation in his effort to provide security to the lives and property of his subjects.

He commended the governor for his concern and commitment to providing adequate security to the people of the state.

The owner of the house affected by the blast, Alhaji Muhammadu Baa, said the explosion occurred at Katagum local government garage.

“We were shocked when we heard the loud sound. No life was lost, but it damaged so many things in my house,” he said.

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EFCC arrests seven suspected internet fraudsters in Makurdi

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday February 29, 2024, arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters.

They were arrested in their hideout in Aliade in the Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State.

Items recovered from them include eight phones, three iPad, two internet routers and one international passport.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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Two Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentence of Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq for cheating and Daniel John for cheating by impersonation

before Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court.

EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale in a statement said both of them were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering on cheating and personation.

One of the count charge reads: “That you Daniel John (a.k.a Jamie Doman) male, sometime in November, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, impersonated one Jamie Doman when you pretended to be a Bitcoin online investor agent on Instagram, obtained the sum of $200 (Two Hundred Dollars) from unsuspecting persons and thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”

They both pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them. Consequent on their pleas, EFCC counsel, Y.J Matiyak prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Isiaka thereafter convicted and sentenced John to one year imprisonment or a fine option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). In addition, he forfeited his iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy 10 both of which were proceeds of his crime to the government, while Sadeeq was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were arrested at Fifth Chukker, Maraban Jos, Kaduna State. Investigations showed that John was using identities of different foreigners to defraud unsuspecting members of the public while Mohammed cheated his victim to the tune of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira).

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Police arrest 3 suspected car snatchers, robbers in Abuja, Recover 9 vehicles

Three suspects who specialised in car snatching and robbery in Abuja and its environs have been arrested by operatives of the FCT command of the Nigeria Police.

The arrested suspects have been identified as David Junior Godwin, Paul Taju and Ali Shitu.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Ben Igweh, said, “the suspects are members of a four-man gang who specialise in interstate car theft and snatching. They are responsible for a series of car snatching and the disappearance of several Hilux vehicles reportedly stolen in FCT and its environs.”

“The suspects come into the FCT, perpetrate their heinous acts and take the stolen vehicles to Port-Harcourt to sell.”

He went further to say that a master key and a total of nine vehicles were recovered from the suspects.

According to the CP, the suspects confessed to the crime and are currently helping the police to apprehend other gang members.

“The suspects come into the FCT, perpetrate their heinous acts and take the stolen vehicles to Port-Harcourt to sell.”

He went further to say that a master key and a total of nine vehicles were recovered from the suspects. According to the CP, the suspects confessed to the crime and are currently helping the police to apprehend other gang members.

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