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Two arrested for targeting women living alone



The Abia State Police Command has arrested two men, who specialised in robbing women that live alone at the Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Umuahia.

The two men, Obinna Anyanwu and Chinedu Awa, were alleged to have raided and robbed the homes of several women, including Mrs Beatrice Okpi.

They were further alleged to have once carried out robbery operations in the estate for two days.

The police said that the suspects burgled the homes of women they knew to be living alone and carted away their clothings, kitchen utensils and other valuables.

Luck, however, ran out on the suspects after they raided the home of Uche Jonathan, also residing in that estate and tried to bolt with two wielding machines valued at N46, 000.00.

The man raised the alarm and they were arrested.

The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said: “These same suspects ransacked the shop of Emeka Aharaumunna, at the estate and carted away six generators valued at N450,000.

They also stormed the house of Pastor Gabriel Nwankwo and fired gunshots in an attempt to break into the victim’s house to rob.”

Oyebade said that the suspects were arrested following the intervention of Neighbourhood Watch.

He said that men of the Neighbourhood Watch apprehended and handed the suspects over to the police. He further said that the suspects had already confessed to robbing Mrs Okpi’s house in Ohafia, where their ringleader resides.

Items recovered by the police from the suspects include, glass table, Tiger generators, two mattresses, one TV set, two DVD among others.

Confessing to the crime, Obinna said that he was initiated into robbery by his friend called, Flex. Obinna added: “I have been involved in robbery operations five times.”

Chinedu, Awa alias Pastor, from Ndi Uduma Awoke, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, said: “I’m not part of the gang. I only bought some stolen items from them. I didn’t know the items were stolen ones.”

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Kingdom Wealth Multipurpose Society debuts



Kingdom Wealth Multipurpose Society (KWMS) will be inaugurated tomorrow in Akure, the Ondo State capital. KWMS is a poverty alleviation and empowerment programme aimed at lifting the people. The occasion will also witness the inauguration of the South-West coordinators of the programme during which Chief Adewale Omojuwa, the Adetolugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, will be decorated as the grand patron and Dr. Alatishe Mike as the regional director.

The event, which begins at 9a.m., is expected to draw to Akure, government officials and many dignitaries from both the public and the private sectors of the economy. The organisers said KWMS was established to provide succour for Nigerians and a channel for the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.

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Customs engages officers on professional handling of arms



Seme Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has engaged its officers on more professional approach in the handling and usage of arms through a combat training. Speaking during the retraining exercise conducted by the Nigerian Army, 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry, Lagos for the officers, the Area Comptroller, Mohammed Aliyu, said the event was to equip his officers with all the necessary knowledge and skills in handling and usage of arms.

The comptroller said the exercise would help the customs’ officers to deal with challenges that they might face in the course of discharging their duties. Aliyu said that the command had indicated his readiness to reward excellent performance among officers as motivational incentives to ensure strict compliance to our extant laws and the service operational golden rules while discharging their responsibilities.

He warned officers and men of the command not to compromise the standard set by the service but should be committed to the implementation of government fiscal policies especially now that their services are most needed. Aliyu said that the service was ready to explore all avenues in order to ensure that the target for the year was not only met but exceeded. The comptroller re-stated that the anti-smuggling drive of the command was well fortified against smugglers.

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Two arrested for murder of guard



Detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos, have arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of a security man during a robbery operation at MP Manufacturers, Lekki. The suspects, it was learnt, scaled the fence of the company located on Plot 25, Bisola Durotimi Drive, Lekki, Phase 2, recently.

It was also learnt that the suspects made straight for the guard’s stand immediately they gained access into the company, demanding laptops which were newly delivered to the company. One of the guards, Abubakar Isiaka, who struggled with the robbers, was stabbed in the ribs and waist. His shout for help attracted his colleagues who rushed to the scene, to find the dying guard in a pool of blood while the robbers had escaped.

Isiaka died at the hospital, following the injury sustained in the attack. Police sources said when the information of the robbery got to the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, he directed the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) to investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to book. Consequently, the duo of Daniel John (25) and Collins Archibong (25), both from Cross Rivers State, were arrested via the network service provider of the phone stolen from the deceased. During interrogation, the suspects admitted to the crime. One of the suspects, John, said the victim was killed unintentionally.

He said: “We went there just to steal. But by the time we got there, we met the guard sleeping. But he woke up and engaged us and at the same time held me and Archibong. He was very strong. We stabbed him because he almost overpowered us. We went away with his phone and sold it for N90,000.

I got N30,000, Collins got N20,00 while the third person, Bassey, got N40,000. “We had forgotten about the operation and were going about our normal work as security guards at Lekki Residential Security when we were arrested.” Edgal said the suspects would be arraigned soon. The commissioner also warned criminals to either stop and turn a new leaf or leave the state for good.

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