Numana Community in Kaduna decries killings of its members, land takeover by herdsmen

Uba and Hadiza

Numana Community in Sanga Local Government of Kaduna State is decrying incessant attacks and killings of its members and alleged takeover of their lands by people they alleged are herdsmen.  The community said the attacks are unprovoked leading to kiilings of innocent, unarmed peasant farmers especially in Ambe village of the Local Government where the State Deputy Governor Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe hails from. A statement by Comrade Ahmed Gani, President, Numana Community Development Organisation (NCDO) said during the unfortunate incident few days ago, six people were killed while many others…

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Bayelsa: JTF uncovers 50 illegal refineries

Bayelsa crude theft

The Joint Task Force, (JTF), code-named: ‘Operation Delta Safe‘, has uncovered over 50 illegal crude oil refining sites in the Biseni area of Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State. JTF Commander, John Okeke, who led the operation yesterday, said illegal refining of stolen crude oil was taking place in each of the sites. Okeke said he had earlier warned oil thieves in the area to desist from illegal refining of crude oil or relocate to other areas. Although no arrests were made, but he urged public-spirited persons in the…

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Senate approves death penalty for drug traffickers


Senate yesterday, approved the death penalty for those convicted on the charge of drug trafficking in the country. The punishment prescribed in the extant NDLEA Act is a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The resolution of the Senate followed its consideration of a report of the Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Drugs and Narcotics, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024. The Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters presented the report during plenary, Senator Mohammed Monguno. The Bill,…

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Alleged N2.7bn fraud: EFCC arraigns Sirika, daughter today

EFCC Sirika

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), is set to arraign former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, his daughter, Fatimah, and two other suspects in court today, Thursday. The suspects are facing charges over alleged N2.7 billion contract fraud uncovered in the Aviation Ministry under Sirika. The embattled former Minister would be arraigned for trial for the first time, before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the Federal High Court in Abuja today, Thursday. Sirika is billed to appear in court with his three co-defendants, his daughter, Fatima; one Jalal Hamma, and…

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Jigawa: Son stabs mother to death

One Samuel Shegun has been apprehended for allegedly killing his biological mother, the Jigawa State Police Command have said. The lifeless body of the 47-year-old woman, Esther Adekanla, popularly known as Hadiza Nakowa, was discovered in her house at Dutse, the State capital. The State Commissioner of Police, CP. AT Abdullahi made the disclosure while parading the 32-year-old suspect at the Command’s headquarters. He said the suspect was arrested in connection with the case of the brutal killing of his mother, after an investigation by detectives from State Criminal Investigation…

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NDLEA intercepts largest heroin consignment at Lagos airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), has intercepted what it described as the single largest heroin consignment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State. The agency also arrested members of an organised criminal organisation that specialises in trafficking heroin across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe and America in an operation leading to the seizure of the consignment which weighed 51.90Kg on February 12, 2024. NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, who disclosed this while briefing journalists yesterday in Lagos, said the operation was the single largest seizure of heroin…

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EFCC uncovers N37bn fraud in humanitarian ministry, indicts Buhari’s minister, contractor

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered a total sum of N37,170,855,753.44 allegedly laundered in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under former minister, Sadiyya Umar-Farouk. According to reports, details of the ongoing probe revealed that the money was transferred from the Federal Government’s coffers and sent to 38 different bank accounts domiciled in five legacy commercial banks belonging to or connected with a contractor, James Okwete. Following receipt of the funds, Okwete allegedly transferred N6,746,034,000.00 to Bureau De Change Operators, withdrew N540,000,000.00 in cash, purchased luxury cars with…

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NDLEA nab 3 blind men for running drug trafficking syndicate

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested three blind men operating an illicit drug ring between Lagos and Kano. A statement released by spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said another blind member of the syndicate is still at large. Babafemi said the lid was blown-off the group following the arrest of a blind suspect, Adamu Hassan, 40, along Gwagwalada expressway Abuja with 12kgs of skunk on his way from Lagos to Kano on Saturday, 28th October. Investigations, however, established that he was totally oblivious of…

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Benue: Four bank robbery suspects arrested

Four armed robbery suspects have been arrested by Joint Security Forces comprising officers of the Nigeria Police Force, and the Nigerian Armed Forces, amongst others, along Otukpo-Taraku road, Benue State on Saturday. A police source, who made the development known to our correspondent late Saturday night while sharing a video of the armed robbery suspects, said, “Four armed robbers have been arrested by Joint Security Forces along Otukpo-Taraku road, Benue State on Saturday.  The robbers are part of those armed robbers who attacked banks and a police station at Otukpo,…

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Akwa Ibom: Son hacks mother to death over food 

A23-year-old man, Akaninyene Sunday Isaac, has allegedly killed his 55-year-old mother, Christiana Sunday Isaa, over food in Akwa Ibom State. It was gathered that Isaac, an indigene of Oruk Uso Otoro village, in Abak local government area of the State, hacked his mother to death for starving him of food for three days. Family sources revealed in Uyo that Isaac usually requested money from his mum who always granted his request, but on that fateful day, she denied his request, saying there was no money. Her refusal was said to…

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