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Zamfara Traditional Rulers Arrested For Working As Informants To Bandits |RN

Nigerian Army said apart from the arrests of the leaders of Doka and Mutu villages, whose names were not disclosed, the troops apprehended 16 other suspected informants and errand men to the bandits.

Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to Operation Harbin Kunama 3 have arrested the traditional heads of Doka and Mutu villages in Gusau Local Government Area of the state, accusing them of serving as informants to bandits.

The Army confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Monday.

Six bandits was shot dead in Kirsa and Sunke villages in the Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State during a gun battle.

Two weeks ago, Mansur Dan-Ali, the Minister of Defence, had said some traditional rulers in Zamfara and the North-West region were helping some bandits to perpetuate criminal activities.

The Zamfara State Council of Chiefs denied the allegations.

Moreso, the Nigerian Army said apart from the arrests of the leaders of Doka and Mutu villages, whose names were not disclosed, the troops apprehended 16 other suspected informants and errand men to the bandits.

The Army said: “Troops on Operation Harbin Kunama 3, based on credible intelligence about bandits’ movements in Kirsa and Sunke in the Anka LGA, continued with a clearance operation into the hinterland to clear the brigands.

“Consequently, the troops engaged the bandits in a shoot-out at the bushes of Kirsa and Sunke villages which resulted in the extermination of six criminals, the recovery of two AK-47 rifles and two motorcycles.

“In Doka and Mutu villages in the Gusau LGA, troops also had a serious encounter on Saturday with a group of bandits which lasted for about two hours.

“The brigands were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, but they were overpowered by the troops, forcing them to flee from their hideouts. Eighteen suspected informants to the bandits were arrested, including the village heads of Doka and Mutu villages.

“The Force Commander, Major General Hakeem Otiki, said the troops would continue to go after bandits in Zamfara and the contiguous states of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto.”       (Sahara Reporters)

 

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Buhari Orders DSS To Arrest INEC Federal Commissioners In Charge Of Operations, Others |RN

 

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By Ike Offor, Editor

Buhari is planning to sabotage and shift further the rescheduled February 23rd Saturday election and has directed DSS to invite and detain the Federal Commissioner of INEC in charge of operations Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu. Though the chairman or head of Operations and Logistics is the alleged Buhari’s niece, Mrs Amina Zakari, she is not in the picture here and the question remains why.

The Refusal of INEC to go ahead with staggered elections during the aborted Feb 16 election which ruined Buhari, APC rigging plan is the reason for the new offensive action against INEC to intimidate them into submission.

This was contained in the press release from CUPP, which was delivered by their Spokesman, Mr Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.

In the statement CUPP called upon all Nigerians to rise up against this ongoing  tyrannical leadership abuse and madness which have the potentiality to throw Nigeria into electoral violence that will enable Buhari execute his lawless order that security agents publicly begin killing of people under the guise of ballot snatching.

Also, he said that the idea to detain the Federal Commissioner today was on the sole instigation of the former DG of the DSS, Lawan Daura, who still runs the agency by proxy and convinced Buhari to allow the use of the DSS to clampdown on INEC to force them to do their bidding or sabotage rescheduled election and stop it from holding.

The statement reads as follows:

Buhari planning to sabotage and shift Saturday election with instruction to DSS to massively arrest all INEC top leadership who refused to be compromised. DSS acting Buhari script to detain Prof Ibeanu INEC Commissioner in charge of  operations to make room for  her sister Amina Zakari to take charge of operations or emerge acting INEC Chairman if Buhari and APC succeed in sabotaging Saturday election and forcing INEC chairman out

It is also very interesting to see that the head chairman of operations, who is reportedly Buhari’s niece, Mrs Amina Zakari is not in the picture in all these discussion of election postponement. Why is she not being reigned in for her lack of competence if the fault came form oeprations and logistics? Why is being sidelined here and not even mentioned by all quarters, rather members of her department are being harassed by DSS and the president.

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Offa Bank Robbery: Police Threaten To Arrest Saraki |RN

“The force insists that the Senate President is being expected to report to the head of investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team and should honour the invitation, otherwise the force will not hesitate to use all the instruments of the law to ensure compliance with the law.”

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The Nigeria Police Force headquarters in Abuja has threatened to arrest Senate President Bukola Saraki if he fails to honour the invitation to him to report to the head of the investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) office in Abuja.

This is just as the force headquarters has denied that it deployed policemen to besiege the homes of the Senate President and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, early Tuesday morning.

Force public relations officer, Jimoh Moshood, who made this known in a statement yesterday, insisted that Saraki, who is expected at the IRT office, must show up, in his own interest, or have himself to blame.

Moshood said that, if Saraki fails to report to the intelligence office, the police would not hesitate to “use all the instruments of the law” to ensure the Senate President’s compliance with the law.

Moshood, in the statement made available to Daily Sun, said: “The Nigeria Police Force on July 23, 2018, invited Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria, to report to the head of investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team’s office at Guzape junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja, today, 24th of July, 2018, at 8am for further investigation on his indictment from confessional statements from some of the five gang leaders arrested for their active participation in the Offa bank robbery and gruesome murder of more than 31 persons and snatching of 21 AK-47 rifles on the 5th of April, 2018, but the Senate President refused to honour the police invitation as at the time of this press release.

“The force, therefore, insists that the Senate President is being expected to report to the head of the investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team and should honour the invitation, otherwise the force will not hesitate to use all the instruments of the law to ensure compliance with the law.

“The Nigeria Police Force’s attention was also drawn to the innuendos in the early hours of today that some policemen were seen surrounding the residence of the Senate President; the force wishes to categorically state that there was no authorised deployment of police personnel to besiege the residence of the Senate President or his deputy, as reported in the media. The police personnel seen in pictures in the media were those in the convoy of the Senate President and others attached to him.

“However, the Inspector-General of Police has directed a thorough investigation to ascertain the facts in the episode. The force will not allow the end of justice to be perverted by this distraction.

“The Nigeria Police will ensure that the rule of law prevails in this matter.”

Journalists had gathered at the IRT’s office as early as 6:30am, taking the position to capture the arrival of the Senate President.

Special Anti-Robbery Squad personnel were also positioned in and outside the road leading to the office.

The police also prevented journalists from gaining access to the premises, saying it was an order from above.

However, the police force said that Saraki was never harassed, threatened or intimidated physically by its personnel from the Force Headquarters or any other formation.

It also denied besieging the residence of the Senate President and his deputy, Ekweremadu, early Tuesday morning and said it has set up an investigating team to unravel the presence of police personnel there.

It, therefore, called on the public to disregard and discountenance the report of the blockade of the residence, harassment and threat on Saraki in its entirety as untrue and misinforming.

Moshood, stating this at a media briefing Tuesday night at the force headquarters, however, warned that “the Nigeria Police Force will not abdicate from its constitutional responsibilities of detection of crimes and criminalities, and will always treat crime as a crime, no matter who is involved.”

Moshood further stated that “The force remains focused and will not be distracted from carrying out a discrete and thorough investigation into the indictments of the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, from confessional statements of some of the gang leaders arrested for their active participation in the Offa bank robbery.”

According to him, “it is also absolutely untrue that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, was harassed, threatened or intimidated physically or otherwise by any police personnel.

“However, the Inspector-General of Police has directed a thorough investigation to ascertain the facts in the episode.”

Briefing the media, Jimoh said that “further to the press release from this office early this morning on the above subject, where I mentioned that the Nigeria Police Force’s attention was drawn to the innuendos in the early hours of today, 24th July, 2018, that some police personnel were seen surrounding the residence of the Senate President in Abuja, the force categorically stated that there was no authorised deployment of police personnel to besiege the residence of the Senate President or his deputy as reported in the media. The police personnel seen in pictures in the media were those in the convoy of the Senate President. (The Sun)

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Photo News: Police Stop Senate Delegation From Seeing Dino Melaye In Hospital |RN

By Michael Abimboye

 

The Police on Wednesday denied the Senate leadership from visiting Senator Dino Melaye in the National Hospital, Abuja.

The senators were stopped by police officers stationed at the hospital.

The delegation was led by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Na’Allah.

It included Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena, Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senate President, Hon. Gbenga Makanjuola.

(New Telegraph)

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Dino Melaye Re-arrested On Hospital Bed |The Republican News

By Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

 

The Police has revealed how a re-enforced team of personnel, rearrested Senator Dino Melaye on a hospital bed.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, the Senator representing Kogi West was being driven to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, when he jumped out of a moving vehicle.

He alleged that his (Melaye’s) escape was facilitated by some suspected “miscreants”, who he claimed, had blocked the Lokoja-bound movement with 2 Toyota Hilux vehicles.

Moshood, however, noted that through re-enforcement, policemen were able to trail the embattled lawmaker to Zankli hospital in Abuja, where he was rearrested.

“At about 1200Hrs of today Sen. Dino Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force and being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court, Lokoja from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two (2) Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja and in the process the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the Policemen by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination”, Moshood said.

According to him: ” The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay.

“Meanwhile, one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the Senator has been recovered by the Police investigation team.

“The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody.”  (New Telegraph)

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Miyetti Allah Angry As Police Arrest 54 Members Over Taraba Killings |RN

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Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on Sunday said the arbitrary arrest and persecution of its members by the police and the Takum Council Chairman,  Shiban Tikari, was inimical to peace.

The North-East Zonal Chairman of the association,  Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, stated this at a press conference in Jalingo.

According to him, some Miyetti Allah members had on March 14, went to the Bantaje Cattle Market to sell their cows and while on their way back, 52 of them were arrested by the police under the alleged instructions of Tikari and were later transferred to the state police command in Jalingo.

“We have visited the command and demanded reasons for their arrest,  charges against them and the complainant statement which have not been made available to us,” he said.

The zonal chairman called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to intervene in the matter.

“We are really in the hands of elements of destruction who believe that a Fulani man has no right to live and enjoy his right as a citizen in Taraba State.

“Takum is now a no-go area for us. Our people are being killed, their animals maimed but nobody has been arrested for these crimes,” he said.

But when contacted, the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, Mr David Akinremi, said 54 persons were arrested following information the police received that there was a mass movement of people suspected to be the perpetrators of some violent attacks at Bawe, Panshen, Muji 1 and Muji 2 villages in the Takum Local Government Area.

He explained that his men acting on intelligence intercepted four vehicles loaded with herdsmen, adding that some natives alleged that the suspects had positioned themselves to attack the area.

Akinremi said he ordered his men to bring the suspects to the state command in Jalingo for interrogation to determine their innocence.

The commissioner said even though nothing incriminating was found on the suspects, the police had already conveyed 41 of them, who claimed to have cows domiciled in the area of Kashimbilla, for further investigation.

“About 41 of the suspects claimed they have cows at Kashimbilla. So,  we need to verify if there is any evidence that they took cows to Bantaje for sale. We may probably find out from the native and middlemen if they had performed any transaction with them.” (Punch)

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Governor Circulates Nude Photos of Lover For Revenge |The Republican News

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The governor of Missouri has been indicted and taken into custody for circulating photographs of his bound and partially nude lover, local media reported Thursday.

Governor Eric Greitens was arrested Thursday afternoon on the first floor of Carnahan Courthouse in St Louis, according to an eyewitness report by a journalist from the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

Greitens was charged with invasion of privacy which was apparently linked to media reports last month that he had allegedly threatened to transmit photographs of the woman with whom he was having an affair.

The governor was charged Thursday after it was alleged that he had followed through on the threat and transmitted the photographs, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Missouri law states it is a felony to take a nonconsensual photo and distribute to another person, according to a statement from the office of St Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberley M Gardner.

“As I have stated before, it is essential for residents of the city of St Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders,” Gardner said.

The crime carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.

Greiten has admitted the affair which happened around the time he began his 2015 campaign for office when he switched from being a Democrat to a Republican.

He has, however, denied he threatened to circulate the photos.

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