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Drama As Kidnap Suspect Turns Violent, Attacks Cops, Reporters In Anambra



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A mild drama ensued at the Anambra State Police Command headquarters when a 40-year old woman arrested recently over alleged abduction of children (two boys and a girl) and ritual killing at the Federal Housing Estate 3-3 Nkwelle Ezunaka, near Onitsha suddenly went violent while being interrogated.

The suspect, Rejoice Raymond, who said she adopted the kids from one Sabina Izuora, a staff of the Social Welfare Department of the State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs at the rate of N3,050,000 verbally attacked both police officers and journalists in the course of being interviewed.

The Police had on February 19, 2021,  arrested the suspect and her aged mother at No.13 Akunwanta Mbamalu Street for allegedly confining the kids inside different rooms, and subjecting them to physical and emotional torture without food and leaving them unconscious.

The Police who also rescued and rushed the kids to the hospital for medical attention, had recovered some fetish substances, blood stained canes, concoctions and other incriminating items at the scene of the incident.

But while being interrogated by the journalists yesterday, the suspect suddenly went violent, and almost physically attacking  one of the journalists but  for the cuffs on her hands.

She said, “You’re very stupid for asking me questions about how I make my money! I think I’m here with respect to the children, not for my business to be investigated.

“You may wish to know that I supply clothes to Area Command, CPS at Okpoko, NEPA office, Magistrates  and high courts since 90s. I travelle to Cotonou to bring goods for over 20years.

“Later, I joined okada business before joining keke business which I’m currently into. Besides, I’m also a pastor. What is N3m to me?” she replied a reporter who asked how she got the money she adopted the kids with.

The suspect said she adopted the children with the necessary documents from the State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, adding that she had since been treating them as her biological children.

She further denied knowledge of the bruises on the body of the children until a day before her arrest.

She insisted the Police should investigate the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and not her.

She added, “You journalists and the Police should rather investigate the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and find out what is happening there and not me.

“Let us meet in court. I adopted the children legally with the necessary documents. So I am not afraid of the allegation.

Reacting, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Mrs Ndidi Mezue, said Sabina, now at large was not a staff of the ministry, adding that all documents presented by the suspects were forged.

She said, “I can assure you that ever since we assumed office till date, we have a clean slate on issues relating to child abduction.

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Meet The Disabled Man Who Sells Weapons To Robbers And Kidnappers In Anambra



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He may be physically disabled but in matters of crime and criminality, he’s quite able-bodied, hardly allowing his physical disability to restrain him

His name is Christopher Edet Udoh. Before the operatives of Operation Puff Adder recently arrested him in Calabar, Cross River State, he ran a criminal enterprise, selling arms and ammunition to deadly armed robbers and kidnappers. Firearms such as AK-47 rifles, a pump-action gun, a locally made gun, double revolvers, ten empty shields of cartridges and nine machine guns were recovered from him, according to the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Mr Monday Bala Kuryas.

Most of his clients – armed robbers and kidnappers – came from Anambra State to buy their ammunition from him in Calabar.

For months, it was gathered, some suspected kidnappers had laid siege to communities in Anambra State, unleashing terror on residents. Recently, the Special Anti-Cultism Squad and the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Anambra State Police Command burst the hideout of the suspected armed robbers and kidnappers at Ngor/Obosi, Nnewi, Ogidi and the state capital, Awka. The operatives made a harvest of arrests, it was learnt. Over 20 suspected members of the cult group, Python and Vickings Confraternity that had kidnapped 10 victims and raped several female victims in their hideout were rounded up.

The police team also rescued six victims and recovered four police AK 47 rifles, pump action, 40 cartridges and other ammunition that had been stolen during the #EndSARS protest last year.

Two of the suspects, who sustained gunshot injuries on their legs, were 25-year-old Chiboy Ezike of Abagana in Njikpke Local Government Area of Anambra State and Chiemere Ajuchukwu, 23.

Besides taking ransoms from victims and raping women, the police boss said the suspects also stole money from their victims’ bank accounts using their ATM cards.

Speaking on the activities of the suspected robbers, Mr Kuryas said the gang had, in November/December 2020, kidnapped and robbed victims along the Awka/Enugu Highway and Onitsha/Owerri Highway before fleeing into the forest after sighting police operatives.

He recalled that in January this year, the same gang had stormed the Nnewi and Ogidi axis. There, they reportedly kidnapped two victims and demanded ransoms in millions of naira. But the anti-kidnapping team had spoilt their fun and rescued the victims.

Said the police boss: “On February 21, 2021, some other members of the same gang, one Blessing Uche Ukogu, 25, Debelt Chukwu Mbanugo, also 25, were arrested in their residential apartments at Oghalubu Okija where police operatives recovered police ammunition, two pump action, and 15 cartridges which were stolen from 3-3 Police Station during the #EndSARS protest.

“The following day, a member of the same gang, Ebuka Obaze, 22, of Ochuche, Umuodo in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, was arrested and the police recovered from him, a cut-to-size locally made double-barrel gun.

“Also, on February 24, the Anti-Cultism Squad raided various hideouts at Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State and arrested members of Python Confraternity who had robbed victims of their valuable items and raped female victims during their initiation at the forest in the Ogidi axis.”

He gave the names of the suspects as Duru David, 22; Ugochukwu Meniru, 20; Nwaoba Chukwudi, 20; Kalu Chukwudi, 18; and Nyala Oputa, 18. He said the police recovered a locally made pistol, magazines, charms and victims’ clothes from the suspects.

The police boss said some other members of the gang arrested include Paul Odukwe, 25, and John Obi, 19, from Ebonyi State. He alleged that they robbed female victims of their possession including telephones and raped them before their arrest along the Igbarian axis. The anti-kidnapping operatives, he said, recovered two pump actions, AK-47 rifles and four mobile phones from them.

“Also on March 2, about 9:30am, at Okpunoeze Unuagu Nnewi, one Ikechukwu Odoh, 25, of Ehamifu in  Isuzo Local Government Area of  Enugu State went into a compound to kidnap  Mary Odeh and her four-month-old baby, Success. The victim the raised alarm and started screaming, which attracted the attention of neighbours. The vigilante group assisted the police detectives and arrested the suspect,” the police boss said.

The victim, Mary Odeh, narrated her experience to SATURDAY SUN: “I was in the compound feeding my baby. I thought the kidnapper came to see somebody, but suddenly, he started dragging me with my baby inside the compound and he started calling the other gang members. I started screaming immediately, which prompted the neighbours to come out. He was arrested but his gang members escaped inside the bush.

CP Kuryas explained that most of the suspects procure their illegal weapons from Christopher Udoh Edet, the physically disabled man, in Calabar.

One of the suspects, Chiboy Ezeike told SATURDAY SUN: “We are a gang of 15 armed robbers and kidnappers. We kidnapped victims from Ogidi, Nnewi, and Awka and took them to our hideout. We collected between ransom of N500,000, N700,000 and N1million from the victims. We kidnapped ladies and raped them before their relatives brought the ransom. We also collected their ATM cards and withdrew money from their bank accounts.

“We were going for an operation at Ogidi and Nnewi in late February when we encountered police detectives. Two of us were arrested while the other gang members escaped.

“We were buying our arms and ammunition from Udoh Edet in Calabar. We were buying them for between N30,000 and N50,000. We have been patronising him for about one year. Sometimes, he rents out guns to us and we would return them after our operation.

Udoh Edet, in an interview with the reporter, said he was making arms to fight enemies of his community. His words: “I hail from Ibiono Local Government Area of Cross River State. I have been into manufacturing of firearms since five years ago. I manufacture arms to fight our enemies, especially in my community. I do manufacture the firearms and hand them over to our youths to fight their enemies. I started selling ammunition to criminals at cheap prices before the police raided my workshop and arrested me. They also collected the ammunition, they found in my workshop.”

One of the victims, Mr. Chika Emeka said: “I came to identify the kidnappers who abducted me. I was in their custody for two days. They demanded N2 million ransom. I was kidnapped at Nnewi before the police detectives came and rescued me from the kidnappers’ den. I was able to identify them. I thank the anti-kidnapping personnel for their prompt response. I didn’t pay any money to them. They bound me in my hands and legs and beat me into a state of coma.”

CP Kuryas said the command under his watch would continue to work assiduously until the crime rate in the state is reduced to the barest minimum.

“We need the cooperation of the public who are expected to report suspicious movements. The suspects would soon be charged to court,” the Anambra police boss said.

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Kogi Poly Student Nabbed With Pistol, Ammunition On School Campus



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Security operatives at Kogi State Polytechnic (KSP), Lokoja, have arrested one Shehu Tenimu Mohammed (ND II), of the Department of Public Administration, of the institution.

Mohammed was alleged to have been in possession of a locally made pistol while making his way into the campus.

The Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, KSP, Uredo Omale stated that the student with Matriculation Number 2018/ND/PAD/170, was also carrying five rounds of live ammunition at the time of arrest entrance on Friday.

According to the statement, the arrest was made possible by the strong security network put in place to halt attempts to breach the ban on End-of-Examination celebration on campus.

The statement added: “It should be recalled that the ban itself came into force in view of intelligence report that some suspected cultists would be coming to the campus with ammunitions to avenge their colleague who was killed after the end of examination in 2019.

“Management under the proactive leadership of Dr S.O. Usman therefore beefed up security on campus, including daily routine check at the polytechnic entrance and the premises.

“Ever at alert, the security operatives of the institution had on Thursday, 8th April, 2021, impounded a Tricycle, (Keke NAPEP) which apparently was intended as a decoy for hiding and releasing gun shots outside the school gate.

“In the same vain, the gallant security operatives also arrested a non-student suspected to be a hired mercenary with a charm on the campus on 7th April, 2021. The suspect who has since been handed over to the law enforcement agency claimed that he came to the campus to celebrate end of the examination with his sister.

“It was the continuation of the security check at the gate that led to the arrest of Shehu Tenimu Mohammed who was coming to the campus purportedly to write his ND II final examination on Friday, 9th April, 2021.

“Mohammed was stopped by the ‘stop and search’ officer and was asked to hand over his belongings. He took to his heels when he realised he would be caught with live ammunition, but it was too late for him.

“He has since been handed over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further interrogation and investigation.”

The Rector, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, assured members of staff, students and the general public that no stone would be left unturned in efforts to ensure that sanity is restored on the campus to make the atmosphere conducive for teaching and learning.

He commended the security unit of the institution for their dexterity, just as he appealed to members of the polytechnic community to remain on the side of the law.

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One Killed, 10 Abducted in Daylight Attack on Niger Community



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One person was killed and 10 others kidnapped yesterday in a broad daylight invasion of Gurmana Community in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

An eyewitness told THISDAY on phone that a top member of the local vigilante whose name was given as Idi Fylo narrowly escaped being killed as he was said to have just stepped out of his residence when the bandits struck. His house and yam barn were however set ablaze.

It was also learnt that one Maiangwa Sarkin Zamma was shot in the right arm and was already receiving treatment in a local clinic in the area.

According to eyewitnesses, the bandits in their numbers stormed the community shooting sporadically and leaving the people to scamper for safety.

It was gathered that the bandits rustled several cattle and dispossessed the villagers of their property apart from setting ablaze their harvested food stores.

THISDAY was told that raids of communities in the area had become a daily occurrence since the withdrawal of soldiers and policemen from their camps in Allawa and Bassa over a week ago after six soldiers and one policeman were murdered, their camps and operational vehicles set ablaze.

The Co-Convener of the Shiroro Youth Associations, Yussuf Abubakar Koki and the Spokesperson of the Coalition of Shiroro Associations, Comrade Salis Sabo in separate comments confirmed the incident.

The embattled Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area, Alhaji Sulaiman Chikuba when contacted on phone said he had heard the “sad news but I don’t have the details.”

Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun when contacted promised to get back to THISDAY but did not do so until the time of going to press.

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