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Gunmen Kill 8 In Plateau, Kogi Communities

Gunmen have attacked communities in both Plateau and Kogi States, killing eight people both on Sunday and Monday in two separate attacks.

In plateau state, two persons were killed on Monday when gunmen stormed the NTV community in Bokkos Local Government Area of the state.

The killings provoked the locals who blocked the Bokkos-Barkim Ladi road on Monday in protest, causing gridlock on the busy highway as motorists were stranded on the road for hours.

The spokesperson for the Plateau state Police Command, Alabo Alfred, has  promised to disclose the findings on the killings.

Similarly, six people were killed on Sunday when gunmen invaded Akpanyan Community in the Igala Mela Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Locals who witnessed the incidence revealed the victims were killed at the boundary of Kogi and Enugu States.

According to them, bandits, numbering more than 30, stormed the area in buses and started shooting sporadically in the town, making residents to scamper for safety.

Vigilantes immediately confronted in a gun battle, in the process, six persons, among whom were members of the invading hoodlums were killed.

Locals said the hoodlums managed to carry away two dead bodies of their members while retreating in a hurry to their state.

The Kogi State government said the invaders came from other states to terrorise the Akpanya community, adding that they have crossed the red line of the state, as such, they would be confronted with heavy hands of the state.

Governor Yahaya Bello”s Security Adviser Commodore Jerry Omodara (retd.),, said the combined forces of security agents and the local vigilantes repelled the attack of the hoodlums from the neighbouring state.

He said Governor Bello had ordered a complete overhaul of the security of the area to ward off future attack of the outlawed group who takes delight in terrorising the people of Kogi in that area.

He said “The group came back to Akpanya community on Sunday to raid our people again. Our security agents and other stakeholders, including vigilantes, confronted them. They suffered heavy casualties. We lost a vigilante in the process,” said Omodara.

He said the state governor had advised the people of the area to remain calm, assuring that everything was being put in place for a lasting solution to cross border raid in the flank of the area.

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Governor Abiodun Unveils Commencement of Sagamu-Papalanto-Ilaro Road Construction Project

L-R: Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Providus Bank, Mr. Walter Akpani; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Micheal Adedotun Gbadebo and the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso during the official opening of the Abeokuta branch of Providus Bank, in Abeokuta, on Wednesday.

…says PPP yielding fruits

Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that construction work has commenced on the Sagamu-Papalanto-Ilaro Road under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement between Ogun State, the Federal Government and Dangote Group.

Governor Abiodun, who disclosed this at the commissioning of the Abeokuta branch of Providus Bank at Oke-Ilewo, said the dual carriage way which would be made of concrete, represent a successful story of how PPP could be used for the good of the people.

The road, the governor said, when completed, would ease traffic on the Abeokta -Siun- Sagamu road, which is currently providing a link from the Ota axis to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

He also said the influx of industries and other forms of investments to the state is a clear indication that the PPP vision of his administration is yielding positive results.

The governor noted that the various policies and programmes put in place by his administration through the ISEYA pillars and the buy-in by the private sector show that public private partnership could work if properly harnessed.

He said: “Ogun is blessed with mineral resources in abundance; two-thirds of our land is sitting on limestone. The gas pipelines that crisscross our state and the conducive environment have brought a lot of industries and businesses to our state.

“Ogun State is the largest producer of cassava in the world, number one producer of poultry and eggs in Nigeria. We are the industrial, religious, and educational capital of Nigeria.

“We have more universities than 3-4 states combined, which means that we are constantly incubating more students than any other state,” the governor said.

He said the state would soon commence the construction of a Dry Port at Kajola to enable manufacturers import their raw materials and route them directly to the state, saying this would increase the State’s ranking on the ease of doing business index.

“This administration has been very deliberate by turning the push factor to pull factor. We will continue to provide the enabling environment for people to come live, work, and play in our State,” he added.

The governor commended the Bank for its giant strides in just seven years of its existence, especially its programmes on the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise which he said is the engine room of the economy, attributing its success to the tenacity and indepth of the management in the banking sector.

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, while commending the management of the bank for siting its branch in the State capital, emphasized the need for the bank to make loans available to its customers, as no bank could survive without granting loans, calling on all and sundry to patronize the bank for economic uplightment.

The Managing Director of Bank, Mr. Walter Akpani noted that the bank in the last three years, had organized Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises programmes that attracted about 4,000 people, saying the bank is poised to impart positively on the economic wellbeing of the State.

Akpani described the people of the State as commercial oriented, noting that Abeokuta has been a melting point for good things for long.

He added that his bank, which is one of the best financial institutions in the country, with several awards, is digitally inclined to make a positive impact in the lives of the people of the state.

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Police Bust Car Theft Syndicate, Arrest Three, Recover Vehicles in Sokoto

The combined team of detectives from the Zonal Intelligence Department (ZID) in Zone 10 Sokoto has apprehended three members of a gang specialising in car theft between Sokoto and Kebbi States.

Spokesperson for the command, ASP Ahmed Rufa’i, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, on behalf of AIG Abubakar Lawal Daura, who oversees the zone.

“The police, with the support of the citizens in Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara States, have successfully dismantled criminal gangs that were causing havoc in the aforementioned states,” the statement reads.

“This gang specialized in car theft of various models within these three states and disposed of the stolen vehicles both within and outside our neighboring countries.

“Based on credible intelligence, a crack team within the Zonal Command located the criminals’ hideout in an unfinished building in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, resulting in the arrest of Muttaka Muhammad, a 29-year-old from Zauro town.

“Upon interrogation and thorough investigation, four stolen vehicles were recovered in Kebbi and Sokoto States, which led to the apprehension of two other gang members in Kebbi and Sokoto, namely Kasimu Muhammad, 33 years old from Dukki area in Bunza LGA, and Haliru Musa, 35 years old from Baiti Area, both hailing from Kebbi State.”

The vehicles recovered during the operation include a gray Toyota Corolla LE with the chassis number 211BR32E74124, another gray Toyota Corolla LE with the chassis number WVBR82F94Z649604, a blue Toyota Corolla Fish Eye with the chassis number JT15EEB103103294, and a second blue Toyota Corolla Fish Eye with the chassis number JT152EEB103134442.

The statement urges the general public to inform relatives or friends who may have lost their vehicles to come forward with proof of ownership for confirmation and recovery at the Zone 10 AIG Office.

The AIG has also called on the public to remain vigilant and security-conscious in their areas and to continue cooperating with the police and other security agencies, as security is a shared responsibility.

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Police Arrest Serial Car Thief, Three Others In Kano

Kano State Police Command has arrested a notorious serial car thief, Saminu Mohammed, three other suspects and recovered three stolen vehicles.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who disclosed this on Friday, October 13, 2023, said Saminu was arraigned thrice in court for the same offence.
“On 11/10/2023 at about 0340hrs, a team of Surveillance Patrol attached to the Anti Car Theft Section of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Command while on an Intelligence-led Operation along Hausa Road, Sabon Gari Quarters, Kano intercepted two motor vehicles; Toyota Rav-4 Ash in colour with Reg No. BNK 305 DT and an unregistered Toyota Corolla coming from the same direction on reasonable suspicion,” the PPRO stated.
“When questioned, the two suspects could not give satisfactory accounts of the vehicles, instead zoomed off and tried to escape, but one Saminu Mohammed, ‘m’, of Daura LGA of Katsina State, a serial car thief who was arraigned thrice in court for the same offence by Kano Police Command, was pursued and arrested while the other suspect abandoned the vehicle and ran away. The two vehicles were recovered and the owners were identified with the investigation in progress
“Similarly, on 07/10/2023 at about 0300hrs, a team of surveillance patrol attached to Eastern Bypass Area Command while on round-the-clock visibility patrol at Panshekara Quarters Kano intercepted a Toyota Corolla Motor Vehicle, blue in colour with Reg No. SMK 908 HX with three occupants; (1) Abubakar Aminu, ‘m’, 21 years old of Brigade Quarters, Kano, (2) Ayuba Umar, ‘m’, 30 years old of Gwarinfa, and (3) Auwalu Shuaibu, ‘m’, 30 years old of Gwarinfa, Abuja on reasonable suspicion
“During the investigation, the suspects confessed to having stolen the said vehicle from Abuja. The vehicle was recovered with its original Documents, and the owner was identified, traced and stated that the Motor Vehicle was robbed from him in Abuja at gunpoint. The case will be charged to court upon completion of a discreet investigation,”
The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, appreciates the good people of the State for their understanding, cooperation and support, and also reiterates the commitment of the Police Command to the protection of life and property of all the inhabitants and reaffirmed commitment to taming all sort of Car-theft in the State.
The CP further urged them to keep reporting any suspicious movement, person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:- 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926.
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