IGP Adamu Appoints Six New Deputy Inspectors General

Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s acting Inspector General of Police, has appointed six new Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs).

Their elevation comes barely 48 hours after Adamu retired seven DIGs.

Four of the new DIGs were elevated from Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) to DIGs.

They are Usman Tilli Abubakar, Abdulmaji Ali, Taiwo Frederick Lakanu, Godwin Nwobodo.

According to ThisDay newspaper, the other two DIGs were elevated from the rank of Police Commissioners. They are Ogbizi Michael and Ibrahim Lamorde.

They DIGs were said to have been promoted to their new positions on Monday.

Breaking News:Gunmen Kidnapped Three Health Workers In Ondo, Demand N50m Ransom

Armed men have abducted three workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State, SaharaReporters has just learnt.

The health workers were kidnapped on Tuesday along Emure-Ile/Owo road on their way to work at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo, a 45-minute drive from Akure, the Ondo State capital.

A medical doctor, nurse and records officer were kidnapped.

Our correspodent gathered that one of the kidnapped victims has been identified as Jospehine Fanikasi, a records officer at FMC.

A source, who confirmed the news to us on Wednesday, said the medical workers were abducted on a “bad portion” of Owo road.

The source, who preferred not to be named, explained that the gunmen double-crossed the vehicle that was coveying the health workers. The hoodlums later marched the three victims into a waiting vehicle, before they drove into the bush.

“Yes, it is true. Three of our medical workers were abducted yesterday (Tuesday) while on their way to their place of work at FMC, Owo. They are: a medical doctor, a nurse and a records officer, who are all working with the Federal hospital in Owo town of Ondo State,” the source said.

“The three kidnapped victims were double-crossed with another vehicle along Owo road at gunpoint. The kidnappers spoke a different kind of English, and couldn’t speak the language well.”

A church member of one of the victims also confirmed the incident via phone call, stating that they had gone spiritual on the matter.

She said the abductors have contacted the family of the victims and are demanding N50million for their release.

“They have contacted their families and they were told to raise the sum of N50million to effect their release. Even in the church, we have resorted to fasting and prayer for God to touch the hearts of the kidnappers and let them release their victims,” she said

Femi Joseph, Police Spokesperson in Ondo State, confirmed the incident to news men.

Although he claimed that only two persons were abducted by the gunmen, he stated that the Police have begun investigation into the incident.

“I only know of two persons who were kidnapped by the gunmen in Owo, but our boys have swung into action and we will rescue the victims. Already, we have deployed our men into the bush and they have started combing everywhere. Investigation has also started on the case and we shall bring the peptrators to book,” he said.

19 Children Drowned In Kwara Boat Accident​

the weekend. Although the police said they were yet to receive an accurate figure of the incident, local sources claimed that the affected boat was conveying 22 passengers while only two were rescued. It was learnt that the victims were on their way to a traditional wedding ceremony on Saturday at a community in Niger State and needed to cross the River Niger.

The boat was said to have capsized while crossing the river. A local source lamented that all efforts to rescue other passengers, apart from the two, proved abortive. He said: “As at yesterday (Saturday) evening, four corpses have been recovered from the river. Effort would resume this morning (yesterday) to find others.

“Men of the Nigeria Police and the State Fire Service were there on Saturday in the rescue mission. Unfortunately only two of them survived.” When contacted, the Secretary of the Lafiagi Traditional Council, Alhaji Sulyman Aliyu, confirmed the incident but said he could not give accurate figure of casualties as rescue efforts were still ongoing. He said: “From what we have gathered, they are up to 12.

The figure is between 12 and that 19 that you said.”Aliyu noted that four bodies were recovered on Saturday. In his own reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, who also confirmed the incident, told our correspondent his office was yet to be briefed on the casualty figure. Okasanmi, however, explained that officers and men of the command and other security agencies had joined the local government council to recover the victims.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has commiserated with the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Saadu Kawu Haliru, over the death of some Lafiagi indigenes in the boat accident at the Chewuru Ferry Port. The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Abdulwahab Oba, described the incident as unfortunate and a great loss to their immediate family, the emirate and the state at large.

He said: “I deeply sympathise empathise with the Emir, the good people of Lafiagi and the family of the victims.” Ahmed urged families of the victims to take solace in the fact that death “is an inevitable end of all mortals.” The governor prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and give the families and the entire Lafiagi Emirate the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Culled from SaharaReporters 

Breaking News:Police unseals Anambra Assembly Complex

The Anambra State police command has announced the unsealing of the State house of Assembly complex in Awka.

The complex was sealed fortnight ago over controversy arising from the impeachment of the former speaker of the house.

Police had earlier said its option of sealing the complex was to forestall breakdown of peace in the state by any faction of the assembly.

Last week, the factional speaker of the assembly, Hon Ikem Uzoezie and members loyal to his faction were stopped from accessing the complex.

But announcing the unsealing of the complex at about 11pm on Wednesday, SP Haruna Mohammed, PPRO Anambra State Police Command, speaking for the Commissioner, said it unsealed the assembly on the request of the leadership of the house.

He, however, did not state which faction had made the call.

The Police statement reads: “The Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform the Public that today 28/11/2018 the Command has received a letter from the leadership of the Anambra State House of Assembly requesting the Command to unseal the Assembly Complex for legislative duties.

“It would be recalled that on the 15/11/2018 same leadership of the House requested the Command to seal the Assembly Complex in order to prevent break down of law and order.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Baba Umar has ordered for the Assembly Complex to be unsealed with immediate effect.

“Meanwhile, adequate security is being provided around the complex to provide safety and security in the area,please.

Policeman Kicked As Customs Officers Gun Down Wife In Lagos

The family of Patience Oni has been thrown into mourning after she was allegedly killed by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service in the Badagry area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the Customs officers attached to the Seme Border Command, reportedly led by one Abu Yusuf, were trying to evacuate bags of smuggled rice found around the F. O. Filing Station in the Badagry area of the state on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Our correspondent learnt that the officers allegedly shot in the air to scare people away and to prevent the residents from disturbing the evacuation of the bags of smuggled rice.

It was gathered that Patience, who had gone to the market situated around the scene of the operation, was said to have been hit by a stray bullet allegedly fired by the officers.

The deceased’s husband, John Oni, said Patience, while struggling for life, gave a good Samaritan her phone to call him, adding that she was dead before he could get to the Badagry General Hospital.

The 45-year-old police inspector said, “A good Samaritan, who was at the scene of the incident, called to inform me that my wife had been shot. When I rushed to the scene, I was told that she was still alive and that the Customs officers had rushed her to the Badagry General Hospital. I am yet to recover from the shock of not meeting her alive when I got to the hospital.

“I learnt that the Customs officers were chasing after some smugglers carrying rice before they opened fire on some boys, who reportedly struggled with them. I was told that my wife was at the bus stop close to a filling station around the Badagry roundabout where she was hit by a stray bullet from the Customs officers’ guns.

“I want the government to help me fight for my right, because my late wife was my helper. I have four children who are still in school, and I don’t know how I will cope without her. My life is ruined.”

The deceased’s son, Liberty, said his mother was a pillar to the family, adding that the trigger-happy officers, who allegedly killed her, must be prosecuted.

The deceased’s elder sister, Ruth, 38, said Patience’s death was untimely, adding that the family wanted justice but did not know how to get it.

PUNCH Metro learnt that a bystander, Jimoh Aminu, 43, was also hit by the stray bullets allegedly fired by the customs officers during the operation but survived.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said a team of Customs officers, while on an operation in the Badagry area of the state, fired indiscriminately and allegedly killed a bystander.

Oti said, “On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, around 1pm, a team of Nigeria Customs Service officers attached to the Seme Border Command, led by DSC Abu Yusuf, while on ‘Anti-Flying Operations’ at the Badagry roundabout by F.O. Filling Station along the Lagos/Badagry Expressway, allegedly fired indiscriminately in the area.

“Consequently, bullets hit two bystanders, identified as Patience Oni, 42, and Jimoh Aminu, 43. The injured victims were rushed to the Badagry General Hospital for treatment, where the former eventually died. The remains of the deceased were deposited in the hospital’s morgue for autopsy. Meanwhile, the seven Customs officers have been arrested and handed over to homicide detectives at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department for thorough investigation.”

The Public Relations Officer, Seme Border Command, NCS, Saidu Abdullahi, said the death of Patience was unfortunate, adding that the officers, who were conducting an operation to evacuate smuggled rice, fired shots in the air to scare those preventing them from carrying out the operation.

Abdullahi said, “The command regrets the accident; we pray that the soul of the deceased rest in peace and hopes that the family is granted fortitude to bear the loss. Based on the incident report, the officers were carrying out their statutory duty. They found out that there were over 120 bags of rice in a warehouse around F. O. Filling Station. So, the officers went there to evacuate the rice and in the process of moving the evacuated items back to the station, they were waylaid by a mob.

“In order to get out, they fired some shots in the air, which unfortunately resulted in the death of that woman. The officers were shooting in the air to scare the crowd so that they could move the items. The woman who died that day was just an unfortunate victim; we were later informed that the team took her to the hospital where she died.”

Army: Anyone Who Deliberately Spreads Fake News To Undermine National Security Will Be Prosecuted

The Nigerian Army has said anyone who “deliberately spreads fake news that aims to undermine national security” will be prosecuted.

The position was contained in a statement by the Nigerian Army on Saturday, where it expressed displeasure with “the myriads of photos and video clips being recklessly distributed on various social media platforms”.

The Army warned individuals and groups to desist from disseminating “fake videos” depicting alleged attacks by Boko Haram on military locations.

According to the statement, the Nigerian Army will file cases against those found culpable regarding fake news dissemination.

The statement read: “The NA has continued to observe with great dismay the myriads of photos and video clips being recklessly distributed on various social media platforms by different caliber of persons. It is indeed shocking to see how these well doctored propaganda materials from enemies of the State has succeeded in creating fear and unrest in the polity. These doctored materials are obviously serving the purposes intended by the terrorists to misinform the populace, spread panic, hatred, religious intolerance and above all to undermine national security.

“The NA wants to categorically state that the videos and images making rounds as the purported attack on Metele base are false and do not in any way portray the reality of the situation on the ground. Unfortunately, many do not know that indiscretional posts and comments from a citizen that is supposed to be solidly behind its military in these trying times could have a way of dampening the morale of the troops. However, the NA’s resolve in protecting the territorial integrity and sanctity of the Nigerian State would not be undermined by detractors or tacit supporters of the enemies of our beloved country.

“Whilst appreciating the concerns of well-meaning Nigerians who genuinely care for the well-being of its military, the NA wants to draw the attention of its detractors to the fact that spreading of fake news is an offense and violates the provisions of Section 24(1)(a),(b) and (2)(a),(b),(c)(i),(ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition & Prevention etc) Act, 2015.

“In view of this, please note that the NA would henceforth report these infractions and file cases against individuals or groups who deliberately spread fake news that aims to undermine national security, in courts of competent jurisdictions. Equally, the NA wishes to inform the public of its iReport channels on the NA website, Android and iOS platforms via which the public can forward meaningful advice, criticism or observations that would enable the NA better serve the good people of Nigeria. You are to please note this and kindly disseminate through your various channels.”

EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram Released Video Of How It Overran The Army In Kumshe

Boko Haram has released a video footage of its raid on a Nigerian military formation in Kumshe, Borno State, at the weekend.

In the latest propaganda video released by the Abubakar Shakau faction of Boko Haram, its fighters were seen assembled and driving Hilux vans painted in military colours, wielding assault rifles, as they attacked a military facility in ‘Kumshe’, Borno State.

The attack took place “at 5pm last Sunday, the 4th of November,” a spokesman of the group said.

The attack apparently happened barely 24 hours before ISWAP, a rival faction of Boko Haram, raided a military base in Kukawa Local Government, where dozens of soldiers were reported killed or missing, and lethal military equipment carted away by the terror group.

As the Shekau faction has not been as brazen as ISWAP in the last couple of months, this video may be an attempt by the group to prove that it is still very potent.

The video, nine minutes and 27 seconds long, showed the fighters moving in a convoy of trucks and other fighters on foot, in a fire fight with the military.

The images also showed arms and ammunition it claimed to have seized during the attack and other personal belongings of soldiers, including a photo album with pictures of the leadership of the military, including the photo of late Major General Idris Alkali who was killed recently in Jos and his corpse found in a well.

The group also said its leader, Abubakar Shekau, has featured in a video that will be released soon.

Culled from SaharaReporters

FG Renames Black Maria, Approves N1.5bn For New Van’s.

The vehicles used for conveying inmates from prisons to courts will now be known as Green Maria instead of Black Maria following the approval for name change by the Federal Government.

A bill has also been transmitted to the National Assembly for the renaming of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) to Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) to give it a new image.

The Minister of Interior, General AbdulRahaman Dambazau, disclosed this to State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dambazau said the renaming was to reflect the current thinking on the rehabilitation of inmates in the country.

The minister said the FEC has approved N1.5bn for the purchase of 116 vehicles for the prison service to fast-track the administration of justice in the country.

Dambazau said due to the challenge of vehicles, the dispensation of just was being delayed, saying justice delayed is justice denied.

“There are over 5,000 courts and 240 prisons. Daily, we need to convey inmates awaiting trials to these courts. For speedy dispensation of justice, we need the vehicles. If there are no vehicles, there will be problem. Justice delayed, is justice denied,” he said


RCCG Church Collapse Notice : Pastor Chooses Life Insurance Over Relocation In Uyo.

A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Akwa Ibom State has insured the lives of 500 of his members, following a warning by the state government that the area is prone to landslide.

The state government had issued an evacuation notice to all property owners along the Uyo Village Road, where the church is located. The notice was issued after another church, Reigners’ Bible Church, collapsed.

In 2000, the state government had designated the area a forest reserve and declared all the structures erected in the place illegal.

Speaking during a media interaction in Uyo on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Ime Ekpo, said the RCCG and other property owners had refused to move out of the disaster-prone area despite the evacuation notice served on them.

According to Ekpo, government had to order the RCCG to insure the lives of its members in case the church building collapsed during service, since the church had refused to heed government’s directive to quit the area.

He said: “They say they have approval, but I will like to see such approval. That church (Redeemed Christian Church of God) structure, we have already given them demolition notice.

“When they came begging, I told them that in about three to four years, that structure will come down on its own because the erosion behind the church is very active. By the time we went on inspection, even the first fence they erected had gone down.

“So, what I insisted they should do is to post an insurance of 500 worshippers, so that if anything happens, the families will have something to fall back on. So, they have done that and I have made sure that it is active on a yearly basis.

“There are a lot of illegal structures in Uyo. In this ministry, we have already set up a demolition committee. We have already identified structures that we need to bring down so that others will also know that before they erect a structure, they must get approval.”

Breaking News:Body Of Missing Retired Major General Alkali Recovered

The body of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) has been found.

His remains were recovered in Guchwet area of Shen in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

According to Channels Television, the leader of the search-and-rescue operation, said a parade will be held for the officer.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has asked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to postpone its scheduled Operation Velvet.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has asked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to postpone its scheduled Operation Velvet.

The decision was announced during the plenary session on Monday, after the motion was raised by Honourable S.O.B. Agunbiade.

A circular, which trended on social media on Monday, tagged ‘Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads/Velvet’, had noted that the exercise was to tackle the “recent upsurge in the volume of traffic and its attendant problems” on Lagos roads.

The document read: “The recent upsurge in the volume of traffic and its attendant problems have thrown up enormous challenges, including severe hardship on motorists and commuters on our highways, particularly, Ikorodu road, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Agege Motor road, Lekki-Epe Expreessway, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Awolowo Road, Ikeja and the entore road networks in Lagos Island.

“Apart from the fact that this traffic congestion is caused by some bad portions of the roads, it has also been observed that disregard for traffic rules and regulations, by the intransigient commercial drivers and motorcyclists on the highways, contributed majorly to this phenomenon.

“Against this backdrop and to bring back law and order, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, has ordered Operation Restore Sanity/Velvet on all our roads in the state.”

However, the lawmakers, who commended the Police for the initiative, asked that the exercise be postponed to give motorists a window for regularisation of their papers.

They also urged Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, to work towards sensitising the populace on the need to regularise their papers.

Proceedings of the session were revealed via a tweet on the Lagos Assembly handle that read: “The majority Leader @Sobagunbiade who raised the motion, further read the resolution of the House on #OPERATIONVELVET as thus: This House commends the Nigeria Police Force for stepping up to their responsibility in curtailing reckless driving in Lagos.

“The House implores NPF to postpone the exercise and give a window for regularisation of papers by motorist; call on His Excellency @AkinwunmiAmbode to sensitize the populace on the need to regularize their vehicle papers and also; call on Public Works Bureau to fix the bad portions on our roads to ease flow of traffic.”

Breaking News :Many Feared Dead As Policemen, Soldiers Open Fire On Shi’ites Again

As the face-off between the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) continues in Abuja, security operatives have opened fire on members of the group, killing an unspecified number of members of the sect.

The incident took place on Monday at Nyanya checkpoint along Mararaba road.

The protesters, who were coming from Mararaba axis, were stopped by the armed policemen and soldiers drafted to mount a road block in the area.

The number of those killed could not be ascertained at the time of this report.

It was gathered that security operatives opened fire on the protesters at close range, as they advanced towards Abuja. It was also gathered that security agents used live ammunition on the protesters

This is the second time in two days that soldiers have opened fire on Shi’ites.

On Saturday, at least five followers of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky were killed in a clash with soldiers in Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja.

The Shi’ites were in a procession from Suleja in Niger State to Abuja for the three-day mass march, tagged ‘Arbaeen Symbolic Trek’, scheduled to begin on Sunday.

It was gathered that when members of the sect approached a military checkpoint near Zuma motor park, the soldiers on duty refused to allow them to pass.

However, the directive did not go down well with the group and they insisted they would pass through the road.

Findings revealed that the Shi’ites later resorted to hurling stones at the soldiers, which led to pandemonium, as the soldiers were alleged to have opened fire on them, leading to the death of five people.

Innoson to construct armoured vehicles for Police

The Nigeria Police Force has expressed readiness to partner with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd. for the production of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) to assist in crime fighting. Innoson’s military vehicles produced for the Nigerian Army.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, expressed the readiness on Friday at the inauguration of IVM Granite vehicle, 2019 edition manufactured by the indigenous company in Nnewi, Anambra. Idris commended Innoson for providing camouflaged vehicles for the Nigerian Army to tackle insecurity.

Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General in charge of Logistics and Supply, Mr Agboola Oshodi-Glover, also called on other organisations to support the locally made vehicles. “Innoson is making history. This type is rare. I congratulate you and want to assure you that police will give you all the necessary supports you need.

He “But you need to commence production of Armoured Personnel Carriers to enable the police tackle insurgents and other security challenges in the country,” he added. Also, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra praised the ingenuity of the company amidst apparent challenges in the industry.

“I am happy this is happening in our state. It’s only here that we’re manufacturing vehicles. Others travel to other countries and gather parts to assemble in Nigeria,” he said. Obiano, however, expressed regret that the epileptic power supply in the state had hampered some production capacity of the company.

The governor urged the Federal Government, as a matter of urgency, to provide adequate power supply and enabling environment for maximum productivity.

He also appealed to state and Federal Governments to commence placing orders on the vehicles produced by IVM.

CODE Secures Media Commitment On Conflict And Fragility Project In Niger Delta

Connected Development (CODE) has secured a working relationship with the media for her policy advocacy activities on the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAPBHR).

The commitment was the one of the highlights of a successful two-day media roundtable on the organisation’s campaigns around the NAPBHR in the oil and gas sector, especially as it affects host communities and the corporate social responsibility expectation of these communities, as well as the economic, social and environmental sustainability compliance of these operators.

The event, which was organised in collaboration with Oxfam, featured presentations by Professor Damilola Olawuyi, Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Institute at Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD); Henry Ushie of Oxfam; Kolo Kenneth Kadiri of Connected Development (CODE), among others.

The roundtable came on the heels of community outreaches to at two communities hosting oil wells and flow stations in Delta and Akwa Ibom states in the Niger Delta.

The roundtable provided media professionals an avenue to share their experiences relating to story collection on the Niger Delta, as well as access to knowledge resources on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the timeline of the National Action Plan to adopt it in Nigeria.

There were also discussions on legal instruments for regulating the oil and gas sector in Nigeria, and deliberations on a strategy for the media to work with CODE to tell human interest stories of the people of host communities, and highlight the fragility and conflict that arises from the activities of operators in their communities.

Through its ‘Follow the Money’ model, CODE provides marginalised and vulnerable communities with resources to amplify their voices with independence and integrity; as well as information that ushers social and economic development through online and offline platforms that close the feedback loop between citizens and the government to enhance social contracting and accountability.

Since 2012, CODE has worked in more than 100 local communities across Nigeria, The Gambia and Kenya; impacting over 1,500,000 marginalised lives by engaging national and sub-national governments; and tracked N3 billion (USD 10 million) in budgeted sums for contracts, to provide education, health and WaSH essential supplies and amenities for the communities direly in need.

Four Different Sources’ Lead Army To Shallow Grave Of Missing General, Idris Alkali



1. Gentlemen of the press, you are all welcome to 3 Division Conference Room, venue for today’s press briefing. In line with the Division’s drive of keeping the public informed through the media about the cordon and search operation being conducted for the missing senior officer, Major General Idris Alkali. I shall be briefing you on the latest development based on available verifiable facts.

2. You would recall that on 2 September 2018 at about 8:00pm, unknown gunmen attacked a shopping complex located at Lafande Community on the outskirt of Jos metropolis in Dura-Du District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. As a result of the attack, 11 people were killed while others sustained various degrees of injuries. The attack triggered protest by the people of the area on the morning of 3 September 2018. Irate youths in their hundreds trooped out, blocked the Eastern Bypass with stones and other dangerous objects. The immediate past Chief of Administration (Army), Major General Idris Alkali who recently disengaged from the Nigerian Army after 35 years meritorious service to the Nigerian Army and the country was travelling from Abuja to Bauchi via Jos same day. The senior officer was travelling alone in his black Toyota Corolla car with registration number, KWARA MUN 670 AA. Credible intelligence revealed that his car was stopped and he introduced himself as a general to the hoodlums who had barricaded the road that he was just passing through to Bauchi. The senior officer was assaulted and killed. Thereafter, his belongings such as clothings, cash, phones and laptop were shared by those who killed him. His body was dragged before being moved to somewhere else and his car was driven and pushed into the abandoned mining pit filled with water. The irate youths who followed his car to the abandoned mining pit filled with water on many tri-cycles popularly known as “Keke NAPEP” jubilated for reason best known to them or for mission accomplished. He was later buried in a shallow grave in an area popularly known as, “No man’s land” within the community.

3. Headquarters 3 Division was tasked to conduct a search and rescue operation for the missing senior officer by the Army Headquarters. The search and rescue operation is headed by the Commander 3 Division Garrison, Brigadier General Umar Muhammed. During the search and rescue operation at the Dura-Du District, soldiers deployed were warned not to eat and drink anything from the community for fear of being poisoned. Hence, soldiers were fed from the barracks throughout the duration of the operation. At the onset of task, on 20 September 2018, rented protesters made up of women from Lafande community and beyond were mobilized in their hundreds to protest against the evacuation of water in the abandoned mining pit. The women claimed that the evacuation of water in the abandoned mining pit would spiritually affects their children by making them to fall sick and their husbands would die. The protest by the women was therefore seen as an attempt to prevent us from showing the whole world the heinous crimes the community had committed over the years which were still ongoing before now. After the cordon and search operation, some people were apprehended. Those who were apprehended were those who witnessed or heard about the incident but failed to report to the nearest security agency. Also apprehended were those who were at the scene of the incident as at the time the senior officer was killed. Please be informed that some were released and others paraded and handed over to the Nigerian Police for further investigation.

4. Gentlemen of the press, ladies and gentlemen, having pumped the water from the abandoned mining pit for 2 weeks or thereabouts despite protests by women attributing all kinds of mythical affliction that would befall their husbands and children, the following were recovered:

a. On 21 September 2018, recovery of a door of a white bus.

b. On 29 September 2018, a black Toyota Corolla Car with registration number KWARA MUN 670 AA, a customized T-Shirt with Nigerian Army Logo and the General’s name inscribed on it, as well as a pair of canvass shoe belonging to the deceased senior officer.

c. On 2 October 2018, a white Toyota LiteAce bus with registration number PLATEAU RYM 307 XA, which was reported missing with the driver on 24 June 2018 and a red Rover car with registration number BAUCHI AG 645 TRR which was allegedly reported to have been buried along with the occupants on 31 January 2013.

You will have the opportunity to interact with the families of the owners of the Toyota LiteAce Bus and Rover car immediately after this press briefing.

5. On 29 September 2018, when the general’s black Toyota Corolla car was recovered from the abandoned mining pit, those involved and those not involved in the killing of the senior officer held a meeting to relocate his corpse away from the community. This is because of the inherent danger it would attract to the community. Consequently, a 10 man team was constituted to relocate his corpse earlier buried in a shallow grave within the community to elsewhere. A specialist in preservation of corpse was contracted. The specialist assisted in exhuming his corpse from the shallow grave to elsewhere. Only few trusted members of the community knew where his corpse was relocated to. The specialist is currently in our custody. Again, this is an attempt to cover up the heinous crime committed by the community. There exist other evidence and indicators that pointed to the fact that those who were involved in the killing of the senior officer are being supported and backed by community leaders within the Dura-Du District. In recent times, they have been staging press conferences and writing petitions in order to smear the image of the Division in particular and the Nigerian Army in general. This Division will not yield to the antics or blackmail by those who have committed this dastardly crime. Therefore, the following people at large have been declared wanted by the relevant authority based on their degree of culpability in the killing of the senior officer:

a. Da Chuwang Samuel ( aka MORINHO). He is 28 years old and a panel beater by profession. He hails from Doi Du village area of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. He was believed to be the mastermind in the assault and killing of Major General Idris Alkali.

b. Mr Nyam Samuel (aka SOFT TOUCH). He is 25 years old and a panel beater by profession as well as younger brother of “Morinho”. He was believed to have been involved in the assault and killing of the senior officer.

c. Mr Pam Gyang Dung ( aka BOSS). He hails from Latya 2 Doi Du Village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. His profession is farming and mining. He is also the Mai Anguwa of Latya 2. “Boss” who is 53 years old is a friend to “Morinho”. He was also believed to be involved in the killing of Major General Idris Alkali.

d. Mr Mathew Wrang (aka AMESCO). He is 27 years old. In addition, one locally made pistol was recovered from his house during cordon and search operation.

e. Mr Moses Gyang (aka BOSS). He is Pam Gyang Dung, aka “Boss” son. He is 25 years old.

f. Mr Timothy Chuan. He is 26 years old. He is a tipper driver and also a sand vendor by profession. He was identified to have driven the senior officer’s car to Dura village and subsequently pushed it into the abandoned mining pit filled with water.

g. Da Yakubu Rap. He is 52 years old and the district head of Dura village. He co-chaired the meeting held to relocate the corpse of the senior officer from a shallow grave to elsewhere immediately his car was found in the abandoned mining pit filled with water.

h. Mr Chuwang Istifanus Pwajok Stephen (aka TIFA). He is 46 years old and a surveyor/businessman by profession. He participated in the meeting held to relocate the corpse of the senior officer from a shallow grave to elsewhere after his car was found in the abandoned mining pit filled with water.

Please note that 4 different sources not known to each other at various times took us to the opened shallow grave where the senior officer was earlier buried but subsequently removed. Furthermore, sniffer dogs that have been cultured with the personal effects of the senior officer led us to the same opened shallow grave. That was the only grave we were led to by different people and sniffer dogs. We did not go to any other grave as the operation was carried out based on credible intelligence. Like I always say, the cordon and search operation is intelligence driven and that is why the operation has been conducted in line with international best practices and respect for human rights. This further explains why the Division did not clamp down on the entire community. Only the perpetrators are being targeted.

6. At this point, let me reiterate that all the actors involved in this dastardly act who are still at large are known to us. All efforts are being made to get them arrested and be brought to justice as their photographs and personal details are with the relevant security agencies. The cordon and search operation conducted by own troops has really exposed the heinous crimes being committed by the few but fully supported and concealed by the entire community. I want to commend members of the public for their cooperation and still solicit for anyone with credible information on where the senior officer was reburied. It is the civic responsibility of the Dura-Du community to produce the corpse of the deceased senior officer and those who were involved in the killing of the senior officer. This Headquarters can be reached on GSM number 09074028881 as sources of information would be protected and treated as confidential. Let me use this opportunity to appreciate all those that supported us during the search and rescue operation. A letter had earlier been formally written to appreciate Vehicle Inspection Office, National Emergency Management Agency and all the good and peace loving people on the Plateau. In the same vein, let me also appreciate the support from all other security agencies such as Operation SAFE HAVEN, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, National Security and Civil Defence Corps and Fire Service as well as all other security agencies for their support throughout the entire operation. Above all, let me appreciate the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and his Principal Staff Officers for their strategic guidance and support. I also want to appreciate the Director Military Intelligence and the Provost Marshal (Army) for their technical and specialist support. Similarly, I wish to commend and appreciate all commanders and principal staff officers of this Division for their hard work and diligence. Our operations will continue until the corpse of the deceased senior officer is recovered and the perpetrators of this heinous crime are arrested.

7. Finally, the Division also wishes to emphasize its adherence to the principles and respect of human rights in the discharge of its constitutional roles. It further calls on everyone within its Area of Responsibility to remain vigilant and report any suspected breach of the peace to security agencies.

8. Thank you and God bless. I will now take questions from you and clarify doubt if any.

Missing Army General: Police declare district head, 7 others wanted

The Police Command in Plateau State has declared Mr Yakubu Rap, District Head of Dura, in Jos South Local Government, and seven others wanted in connection with the disappearance of Major General Idris Alkali (retd).

Police uncover apartment used as armory by robbers police  Spokesman of the command, Mr Terna Tyopev, alleged in a statement in Jos, yesterday, that preliminary investigation into the matter had indicated that the wanted persons masterminded the abduction of the army officer.

Alkali was declared missing on September 3, after he left Abuja to Bauchi.

After a thorough search, the Army recovered his vehicle and personal effects in a pond at Dura-Du community of Jos South Local Government, three weeks ago.

Tyopev, in the statement, said preliminary investigation into Alkali’s disappearance had raised questions that the suspects were required to answer.

Other suspects included a businessman, Pam Dung, 53; Chuwang Stephen, 46; Timothy Chuan, 26; Moses Gyang, 25; Chuwang Samuel, 28; Matthew Wrang, 27, and Nyam Samuel, 25. Tyopev urged members of the public with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects to report to the nearest police station

Ijaw Youth Tell Buhari To Cancel Army’s ‘Operation Crocodile Smile III’

Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), the umbrella body of youth in the Niger Delta, has expressed its reservation regarding the military operation the Niger Delta code-named ‘Operation Crocodile Smile III’.

A statement by Pereotubo Oweilaemi, the IYC President, noted that the exercise by the Nigerian Army will not “curb the menace of illegal oil bunkering” in the Niger Delta region.

According to the group, similar exercises by the military in the past had not done much to bring peace in the region.

The statement read: “The only success stories it can boast of in the previous exercises was the human rights abuses occasioned by the criminal invasion and destruction of Ijaw communities without provocation. When it first launched the exercise in 2016, the military used the peaceful Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West LGA of Delta State as its theater of war, thereby maiming and harassing innocent citizens which culminated into the sacrilegious invasion and looting of the sacred Gbaraun Egbesu Shrine.

“It ended up in killing High Chief Thomas Osein Ekpemupolo, the father of High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, while innocent Oporoza youth numbering about twenty, were arrested and dumped in its dungeon without trial for more than a year before they were released courtesy of public outcry.

“Again, not done with the atrocities it has committed in the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, the military went berserk by terrorising Ijaw communities in the Niger Delta. At last, Ajapa, Safarogbo and Igangbo in Ondo State were completely burnt down by the marauding Joint Task Force.

“Its second coming in 2017 was another horrible experience to Ijaw people in the Niger Delta. In the name of carrying out mop-up operations, the said trigger-happy and gun-wielding military Joint Task Force invaded and destroyed Ajakurama Community in Egbema Kingdom in Edo State, while some innocent communities were terrorised in Nembe Kingdom and environs in Bayelsa State in the name of searching for pipeline vandals. In Bennet Island in Ogbe-IIjoh Warri Kingdom, the experience was the same.

“None of these bloody exercises have curbed the menace of illegal oil bunkering, neither did they stopped the oil crisis in the region. The peace we are enjoying today in the region is because of the brain-child of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in collaboration with the leaders of the region. Military action has never addressed the Niger Delta crisis. No amount of force can stop the people from agitating for their rights.

“The military drill is not necessary at this time. If it wants to carry out social responsibility programmes in communities in the region, then the military should just concentrate its effort on that. Hiding under a primordial motive to carry out social responsibility is not acceptable. Such is a Greek gift as its mission will cause more harm than good. IYC, therefore, rejects the said Operation Crocodile Smile III and calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the military to order before it drags the region into another round of crisis.

“What Niger Delta people need now is development, backed up by community policing which should be supervised by the civil police. The region should not be unduly militarised in order to cause unnecessary tension. IYC also uses this medium to appeal to the Ijaw communities to be law abiding. We shall remain resolute, but always law-abiding at all times.”

Breaking News :Kaduna Govt Relaxes 24-Hour Curfew

The Kaduna State Government has reviewed the 24-hour curfew initially imposed on the state as a result of violence that has led to the murder of more than 50 persons.

A statement by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity) on Wednesday, noted that “Effective tomorrow, Thursday, 25th October 2018, residents of Kaduna are free to pursue their legitimate business from 6am to 5pm”.

A dusk-to-dawn curfew has also been enforced from 5pm to 6am daily “until further notice”.

According to the statement, the state government took the decision to review the curfew hours after a meeting on Wednesday of a select committee of the State Security Council.

The statement read: “The heads of security agencies reported significant progress in restoring calm and commended residents for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves during the four-hour relaxation of the curfew in parts of Kaduna yesterday. The Government is grateful to our citizens for their cooperation while withstanding the unintended convenience.

“Government expects normal banking and other services to resume, and markets to open as normal as from tomorrow. The security agencies will remain vigilant and continue to protect residents. Intensive surveillance of known pockets of potential trouble is also continuing, by troops on the ground and by helicopter patrols.

“It is obligatory on residents to scrupulously observe the night-time curfew hours, to keep the peace and to cooperate with the security agencies to keep our state safe. Community leaders are enjoined to ensure that hoodlums and other potential threats to peace are promptly reported to the security agencies.

“Government therefore urges all residents to report any suspicious activity to the security agencies and to refrain from spreading rumours and unverified information. The Security Council advises that there will be no hesitation to reimpose a 24-hour curfew in the event of any breach of peace.”

Breaking News :Adamawa Man Climbs Billboard Hanger, Vows To Jump Down Unless Buhari Resigns Within 12 Hours

Lawan Faro, a middle-aged man in Yola, capital of Adamawa State, has climbed a 40-metre-tall billboard hanger, and vowed to fall off it unless President Muhammadu Buhari resigns within 12 hours.

Speaking to SaharaReporters, Faro said his action was necessitated by the “extreme poverty” in the land.

“I think it’s time for Buhari to give way for someone like Atiku Abubakar to lead us out of the present hardship”, he cried.

He threatened to fall off after 12 hours if Atiku Abubakar does not show up to assure him of Buhari’s ouster in 2019.

“I will remain here for 12 hours to show my discontent, and someone not less than Atiku must come here to assure me that this government must be sacked in the forthcoming election.”

Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered at the bottom of the tall billboard hanger, chanting “Sai Baba Buhari!”

Faro’s action mirrors that of Nura Ilyasu, the man who climbed a telecommunications mast in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, last month to protest Buhari’s re-election bid.

Ilyasu eventually touched ground after 24 hours, after security operatives acceded to his request that he must address the press upon his descent.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Breaking News : Buhari Meets With Security Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with Security Chiefs at the State House, Abuja.

Present at the meeting, which held on Thursday, were Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali; Chief of Army Lieutenant General T.Y. Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, among others.

Stay tuned for more details…..

Unknown Gunmen Kidnapped 16 Local Miners In Kaduna

Armed men suspected to be from Bogoma village of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have abducted 16 local miners in the region.

DSP Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.

The miners were abducted on their way home after they had finished their mining business for the day.

The Kaduna State Police Command described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the command’s anti-kidnapping squad has launched a manhunt for the kidnappers with a view to arresting them and rescuing the miners.

Police Arrested 16yr Old Boy Over Illegal Possession Of Gun And Bungery.

The Pollo no. ice in Enugu State have arrested a 16-year-old  JSS-2 student in Udi Local Government Area, who allegedly specialised in house-breaking. SP Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu, said the teenager was nabbed on Sept. 24. Amaraizu said that the police tracked the suspect as a result of information from good Samaritans about his activities in Umuabi community.

He said that the suspect was a student of one of the secondary schools in Udi council area. “The JSS 2 student was nabbed by police operatives following intelligence information received from public spirited individuals. “The suspect is helping police operatives in their investigations as he has revealed how he had been breaking into victims’ houses and carting away properties within Umuabi and its environs,’’ he said.


The police spokesman said that a locally-made pistol was also recovered from the suspect. “The suspect, who specialises in finding out buildings whose owners are not around, carted away items such as wrappers, breakable plates, radio sets, generating sets, television sets, money and other valuables,’’ Amaraizu said.


Unknown Gunmen kill policeman in Delta, Take away AK-47 rifles

Asaba were thrown into confusion Monday night after daredevil armed bandits took on a police patrol van attached to ‘C’ Division of the Delta State Police Command at Cable Point area of the capital city, Asaba, leaving one of the five officers in the team dead and another in critical condition.

We gathered that the armed bandits ambushed the five-man police team’s patrol van at about 8:30 pm, using machetes and other dangerous weapons on the unsuspecting police officers and carted away two AK 47 rifles that were abandoned by the fleeing police officers.

A reliable source said two of the policemen were severely cut with machetes by the hoodlums while the other three escaped with various degrees of injuries, adding that one of the injured police officers later died in the hospital as a result of excessive bleeding.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammad Mustafa, who confirmed the incident, said some of the suspects have been arrested while investigations had commenced on the incident.

This attack would bring the number of cases of attacks on police patrol teams by gunmen in the state to three in the last two months and two AK 47 rifles were reportedly also taken away in a similar attack at Issele-Asagba.

Breaking News:IPOB Members Set Trucks On Fire In River State

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have burnt down four trucks along Obigbo in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The action, which took place on Friday, was said to have taken place in the bid to enforce the sit-at-home order by the organisation, to mark the one-year disappearance of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the Rivers State Police Command’s spokesman, confirmed the development in Port Harcourt.

According to Omoni, policemen were on ground and are still assessing the extent of the damage.

He also noted that no arrest had been made.

Physical Attack And Vandaalisation Of IBOM Media Strategist By Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah Key Media Member-Oshime Chijioke Ambrose



This morning, one of our writers and key media strategist was attacked by PIU social media officer, Mr Obiora Aghazu and 2 unknown armed boys this morning took it upon himself to attack and vandalize the country home of Ugochukwu Ifeanyi (AKA Lorde Verbinski).

Mr Obiora Aghazu who is also the son of Owner of Nnewi hotel was alleged to be the key person who have led the online malicious media attack against the person on the great sons and daughter of igbo land, Dr Ikedi Ohakim (fmr Gov of Imo State), Dr Godwin Maduka and Iyom Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu.

Reports have it that he has the backing of PIU media members to do so.

Reports gathered that the attack was as a result of the fall out of the use of Nnewi hotel as a tool by PIU media boys to spread malicious and defaming statements against great sons and daughter of Igbo Land.

Thank God no life was lost.

The state should take note of the extent this people are going simply because of Anambra South Senatorial ticket.

Kindly note that this is the second time PIU has instructed his boys to physically assault Ugochukwu Ifeanyi, with the very first of this sort, coming on the 27th of November 2017 at Nnewi Hotels where one Barr Adili physically assaulted Lord Verbinski for no just cause


Breaking News : DSS Named Nnochirionye Afunanya AS Its Spokesperson .

The Department of State Services (DSS) has announced the appointment of Nnochirionye Afunanya as its spokesperson.

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the agency in Abuja on Thursday, Afunanya has a Masters Degree in English from the University of Uyo and another Masters Degree in Peace and Strategic Studies from the University of Ilorin.

He is said to be pursuing a doctorate degree in Security and Strategic Studies at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

“He has attended several courses within and outside Nigeria, namely: Innovation and Strategy at Harvard University, Boston, USA; Security Management and Coordination, London and Investigative Journalism at City University, London.

“Other courses he has attended are on Leadership, Arbitration, Conflict Management/Resolution, Negotiation and Public Communication, among others. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the DSS’ in-house Magazine, The Triple S.”

He is also a member of Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, Nigerian Red Cross, Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigerian Institute for Industrial Security, Society for Peace Scholars and Practice, American Society for Industrial Security, and a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration

News Update :Police In Adamawa Arrest Seven Christians Who Protested Against Herdsmen

The Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of seven Christian youth involved in Wednesday’s protest that turned bloody in Yola, capital of the state.

Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Othma Abubakar, confirmed the arrest, saying the youth were apprehended during the protest, which was disallowed by the Police.

Speaking to Sahara Reporters exclusively at the Police headquarters, Othman Abubakar revealed that some miscreants hijacked the protest, which the Police earlier forbade from holding due to its potential for insecurity.

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The PPRO said the miscreants who hijacked the protest vandalised property and destroyed some cars, causing tension and unrest, until the Police intervened.

“The chairman of CAN Adamawa State chapter wrote to the command requesting for this protest; security meeting was held and he was asked to see reasons why it was not going to be approved,” he said.

“Looking at the fact that Adamawa has been experiencing this kind of crisis, we thought it was not wise to go on this protest at this material time.

“But, still, the protest was carried and unfortunately some miscreants around tried to hijack the situation to use it for a different purpose.”

He said the Police had “arrested seven people in connection with the protest and they will be charged to court”.

SaharaReporters can confirm citing irate youth pulling down Governor Bindow’s campaign billboards in the heat of the protest.

Culled from SaharaReporters

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