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Police Kill Terrorists, Rescue Two Kidnap Victims In Katsina

Police Kill Terrorists, Rescue Two Kidnap Victims In Katsina

Officers of the Katsina State Police Command, in the early hours of Friday, rescued two men from terrorists at Wapa village, in the Kurfi Local Government Area of the state, after a fierce gun duel.

The names of the men were given as Alhaji Aminu Wapa and Wada Sale.

The police said the terrorists, numbering up to 24, invaded the village few minutes after midnight and abducted the men.

The command spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the development, revealed that the police officers received a distress call on the invasion, following which they mobilised to the village to engage the terrorists.

He added that the police team repelled the terrorists and rescued the two men, adding that many terrorists were believed to have been killed in the encounter.

His words: “Today (Friday) 19 August 2022, at about 0100hrs, a distress call was received that terrorists, numbering twenty-four (24), on motorbikes, shooting sporadically with AK47 rifles, attacked Wapa village, Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State and kidnapped the duo of Alhaji Aminu Wapa and Wada Sale of Wapa village, Kurfi council.

“On receipt of the information, the Command deployed its tactical teams to the area and engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel. The team successfully repelled the terrorists and rescued the kidnapped victims.

“Many terrorists were feared to have been killed and/or fatally wounded during the encounter. A team of policemen are still combing the area with a view to arresting the wounded terrorists and/or recover their dead bodies.”

Isah said the Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dauda, appreciated the efforts of the personnel in repelling the terrorists.

The Police Commissioner was also said to have urged residents in the state to always cooperate with security agencies in the current campaigns against terrorists and other criminals.

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Court Remands Wasiu Toheeb, 20, For Raping 40-year-old Woman

Magistrate S. A. Adesina sitting at an Iyaganku Court, Ibadan, has ordered that 20-year-old Wasiu Toheeb, be remanded in custody for allegedly raping a 40-year-old woman.

Toheeb, who was also charged with assault and theft, however, pleaded not guilty.

Adesina, refused to take Toheed’s plea for want of jurisdiction and directed the police to take the case file to the Oyo State director of public prosecutions for advice.

Adesina adjourned the case until Nov. 24 for mention.

The prosecutor, Insp Gbemisola Adedeji, told the court that the defendant raped his victim on Sept. 18 at 1.00 p.m. at Omi-Adio, Ibadan.

Adedeji also alleged that the defendant, on the same date, time, and place, assaulted his victim by biting her all over the body, causing her grievous bodily harm.

According to the prosecutor, Toheeb also stole a pair of earrings worth N5,000 and cash of N7,500, from the victim.

She said the offences contravened Sections 358, 355 and 390(9) of the Criminal laws of Oyo State, 2000.

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Soludo Condemns “Wicked, Cruel” Attack On Soldiers

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state  has condemned the killing of soldiers in Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, Soludo said the soldiers were ambushed on a routine patrol at Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

“We condemn this wicked and cruel attack in the strongest terms. The perpetrators of this act must pay.

“We are not going to rest on our oars, including those people that attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the rest.

“There will be absolutely no hiding place for them.

“Going forward, our actions will show, as these people must surely pay for this heinous and repulsive attack”, the statement read.

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Abiola Emmanuel Bags 2-year Jail Term For Fraud

Abiola Emmanuel, 22, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos State for fraud.

Emmanuel  arraigned on one count of retention of proceeds of crime.

The charge read, “That you, Abiola Emmanuel, on or about March 17, 2022, in Lagos, within the Ikeja jurisdiction of this honorable court, retained in your control the aggregate sum of $38,000, one HP Elite X2 laptop, one Navy Blue Hublot Fission wristwatch and one diamond encrusted Cartier Santos wristwatch, being proceeds of criminal conduct, deceitfully obtained from unsuspecting members of the public.”

The offence is punishable under Section 333 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

The defence counsel, Z.A. Makinde, appealed to the court for mercy.

An official of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Michelle Wandoo identified the items recovered from the defendant at the time of arrest and they were tendered as exhibit.

Emmanuel was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000,000. s.000.

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