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5 herdsmen bag 27-month jail in Benue



A Makurdi Magistrate’s Court yesterday convicted five herdsmen on charges of criminal conspiracy and open grazing.

Those convicted were Yusufu Buhari, 22; Hamidu Mama, 11; Saleh Muhammadu, 22; Ali Ibrahim, 12, and Idi Bature, 11.

The Magistrate, Mr. Emmanuel Azembe, found the convicts guilty after they confessed committing the offence.


Azembe had ordered that the ingredients of the offence under Section 97 of the Penal Code and Section 19(2) of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, be read and explained to each of the accused persons before their conviction.
The accused persons pleaded guilty and were consequently convicted and sentenced by the court.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Ato Godwin, told the court that the accused persons were arrested by a Joint Task Force led by ASC Terna Raphael of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Makurdi, on March 7.

He said the taskforce received a phone call from the District Head of Kwenev, Guma Local Government Area of the state that herdsmen were openly grazing their livestock on peoples’ cassava farms.


“The accused persons were then arrested by the Joint Task Force,” he said.
Godwin said the offence contravened Section 157 of the Criminal Penal Code.

Counsel to the convicts, Mr. Tijani Ahmed, pleaded with the court to consider the ages of the accused persons and to tamper justice with mercy, saying; “They don’t know the implication of their action.”


The magistrate sentenced each of the accused to three months in prison, considering their ages and being first time offenders coupled with the plea of their counsel.


He, however, gave them an option to each pay N3, 000 as fine for criminal conspiracy.


“For the offence of Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, they are sentenced to 24 months in federal medium prison or each to pay a fine of N30, 000.
“The sentences are to run concurrently,” Azembe ruled.

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PDP links illegal importation of military gadgets to Kogi massacre



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said there appeared a link between the attack in Kogi State that led to the death of 50 people and the illegal importation of military gadgets by persons allegedly linked to the state government.

The party said the people should hold Kogi State government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) responsible for the massacre.

PDP said in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan that after a thorough analysis of the circumstances and events
preceding the attack, “there are crucial pointers that the APC and the Kogi State government have very serious questions to answer.”

The party noted that the attack was preceded by revelations of importation of military gadgets by
persons allegedly linked to the APC and the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello.

According to the statement, APC and Kogi State government must respond to the question troubling the minds of Nigerians on the perceived clandestine involvement in activities that must have encouraged or aided those behind the attack.

“From every indication, there is no how one can exonerate the APC and its administration at the federal and Kogi State levels from this evil
against the people,” the party said.

It noted that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration did not take any definite steps to ensure adequate security in the ravaged communities despite series of alarms of security threats, including the exposed illegal smuggling of military gadgets into the state.

“In spite the allegations by the people of Kogi State that the military equipment were being delivered to suspected marauders, the Buhari-led Federal Government did not take decisive steps to arrest and investigate those fingered in the illegal trafficking, particularly the already indicted aides of Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello.

“This raises questions of conspiracy against the people by the APC government both at the federal and Kogi state levels,” PDP stated.

It wondered why did the Federal Government failed to deploy adequate security to the communities in the face of obvious threats and why has the presidency refused to take any firm step to investigate the illegal importation of military equipment into Kogi State, even when such gives a clue as to how marauders gain access to weapons?

“Furthermore, why did the APC, as a ruling party, fail to condemn the illegal importation of security gadgets or even caution its government in Kogi State, if it is not also involved in the illicit act that is now being linked to this massacre?

“Now that the deed has been done, all we get are apathetic statements and crocodile tears from the Federal and Kogi State governments while those
behind the act are still walking free and probably targeting their next victims.

“The PDP resolutely condemn this obvious betrayal of the people by the APC-controlled government. We insist that life is sacred and must not be used as a pawn by any person to achieve any aim under any guise whatsoever.

“While we commiserate with the victims of the attack, we insist that the presidency and the Kogi state government must be put to task on these
killings. The truth must be exposed,” the statement added.

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Earlier this year, Mr Adeola Williams aka Ade Lawyer was arrested by operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for alleged assassinations. He confessed to many crimes, stressing that he was often hired by top politicians and influential Nigerians. He mentioned Rafiu Akanni aka Olohunwa, former Lagos State chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), as one of those that allegedly hired him to kill his last victim, Azeez Adekunle aka Kunle Poly. While attempting to kill Kunle Poly, his bullet hit Kunle Poly’s Personal Assistant, Mr, Ganiyu Ayinla, leading to his arrest. Weeks after his arrest, Ade Lawyer, 39, father of three, in this chat with JULIANA FRANCIS, changed the lyrics of his story, recanting his former confessions. Except…


  • I killed over 100 people
  • I first went to prison after stealing Ayinde Barrister’s wristwatch
  • I’ve an uncompleted bungalow to show for my 20 years in crime



Is it true that you have been to prison before? Who is Ade Lawyer?

I’m from Ijebu Igbo Ogun State. I attended Methodist Boys High School, Lagos Island. I didn’t finish secondary because I was stubborn. I dropped out in class three. I ran away from home and became a bus conductor. I did that for about three years before I became a driver. In 1998, I was arrested by the police and taken to the Ikoyi Prison after I stole a wristwatch belonging to late Fuji musician, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, when he came for a show at City Hall, Lagos Island. A fight broke out when Barrister was about leaving. I found my way to the front, where I succeeded in snatching his watch from his wrist. The next day, people who saw me brought policemen to my mother’s house. I was taken to Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, charged to court and remanded at Ikoyi Prison.

How was prison life?

Two years after being remanded in prison, some inmates on awaiting trial staged a violent protest at Ikoyi Prison. It was over their long stay without trial. I joined them. The protest turned into a riot and many inmates attempted to escape. Some were killed by soldiers sent to quell the riot. Others sustained injuries. The next day, prison authorities came because of the riot and transferred all the awaiting trial inmates. I was taken to Kirikiri Maximum Prison, where I spent an additional five months before I was taken to court and eventually released in 2001.

What did you do after you left prison?

I went back to Ajah and started working as a bus conductor and a driver. I worked in Ajah for two years before I joined NURTW, Ajah branch. I was made a parking attendant at Phase One Unit in Ajah in 2004. I became the ‘King of Boys’ and started collecting N50 from every bus that came into the park. I started collecting N100 security money from every commercial vehicle that made a turn at the park. I also recruited boys, who worked for me. At the end of each day, we shared money collected. We also gave part of it to the chairman of the unit where we worked. I did that for six years before the Ajah branch chairman died. A caretaker committee, led by Mustapha Sagoe, was sent to take over the branch.

After Sagoe took over, what became of your position?

The committee stopped my job. I went to Sagoe whom I knew very well. He was also from Lagos Island. I begged him to allow me retain my job. I told him that it was my only means of survival. He promised to give me back my job. I waited for two years, but he didn’t fulfil his promise. Each time I went to him, he would ask me to wait. I became frustrated.

What did you?

I decided to invest the remaining money I made from the Ajah park on illicit drugs. I went to Ghana where I met people producing ‘skunk,’ an illicit drug which looks like Indian hemp. I bought large quantities and brought them to Benin Republic. I equally bought two cars from Benin Republic, which I used in smuggling the drugs into Nigeria. I did that successfully on three occasions. On my fourth trip, the police in Benin Republic intercepted my goods. They seized everything. I was reduced to square one; I had no money to fend for my wife and child. I went to Lagos Island, to meet Sagoe; I made him to know that he was leaving me no other option than to go into crime, especially since he didn’t want to give me back my job. He snubbed me, his boys chased me away. I felt bad. I thought about going into armed robbery, but I knew it was a very risky business. I opted for a fresh start. I went to Ikota Housing Estate in Ajah and started peddling Indian hemp on the street. In fact, I was even buying from people whom I was formerly selling to, and some even sold to me on credit. It was humiliating.

How did you meet politicians and influential Nigerians?

I heard that a fight had broken out between Musiliu Akinsanya aka MCOluomo, who was the treasurer at the Lagos State Chapter of the NURTW and Akani Olohuwa, who was the state chairman. This was in 2010. I saw a big opportunity to pay Sagoe back for the evil he did to me. He was a strong supporter of MC-Oluomo. I approached Olohuwa and volunteered to work and fight for him. I was hoping to regain all I had lost through him. I was always with him during that period. Whenever supporters of Mc-Oluomo and Sagoe attacked him, I was always on hand to defend him. I did this until 2012, when Mc-Oluomo and Sagoe succeeded in removing him as the state chairman of the union and a new chairman, Tajudeen Agbede, emerged.

That is another attempt that failed, what next after that?

I went back to my hemp joint. I continued selling my drugs. I was less busy; one of my friends, Rafiu Bashorun, linked me to Olumegbon. I started fighting for him over landed property. Olumegbon gave me a Pump Action Rifle which I used in chasing away people who wanted to trespass on his land. If the opponents were armed, we would exchange gunfire. There were usually casualties on both sides. Olumegbon wasn’t the only landowner I fought for in Ajah and Lekki. There were several others. I ended up buying an Ak-47 rifle and a pistol for myself.

How did you get involved with politicians?

During the run-up to the 2015 general elections, I volunteered to work for the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) because Sagoe and Mc-Oluomo were in All Progressives Congress (APC), and my friend Bashorun also linked me to the PDP caucus, on Lagos Island. I started working for them. I believed the party would help me achieve my goals of regaining my park and also make me a branch chairman of the union. When I joined the party, I met Olohuwa, Kunle Poly and Agbede, the NURTW Lagos chairman and several others. I gave my loyalty to the party with the hope that when they won at both the federal and the state level, I would be rewarded handsomely. I worked closely with Kunle Poly, Agbede and Olohuwa during those elections. What do you mean by you worked closely with them? On some occasions, during rallies, members of the opposition would attack us. We normally defended ourselves with guns. In one of such attacks, Ashake, a supporter of APC, was killed. I wasn’t there when the killing took place, but people accused me of being part of the group that killed him. When the police conducted investigations, they discovered I had no hand in it. After the PDP lost the 2015 presidential and governorship elections in Lagos State, Sagoe and his men ordered all of us who supported PDP to leave Lagos Island and follow former President Goodluck Jonathan to his home town in Bayelsa State. They started attacking us at full scale and killed many of our colleagues.

How were they killed?

Some were shot dead, while others were burnt alive. I relocated my wife and children to Ibadan, which is my wife’s home town. There was this day, some PDP boys at Ajah sighted four of Sagoe’s men in a vehicle and opened fire on them, killing all. I wasn’t there when the incident occurred, but everyone thought I was involved. Police started looking for me. I stayed in Ibadan, where I kept a low profile and monitored events. Later on, I heard that Sagoe and MC-Oluomo had started fighting Agbede. I came back into town, approached Agbede and offered to fight alongside him. He promised to give me back my job if he became the substantive NURTW chairman of Lagos State. I mobilised all my boys in Ajah and pasted his pictures in all our parks at Ajah. He won the election eventually, but reneged on his promises.

What then happened?

I tried reaching him several times, but he wouldn’t pick my calls. I also went to the office to see him, but he wouldn’t see me. After some months, I contacted Kunle Poly, who had defected from PDP to APC. He promised to speak with Agbede. After a long wait, I felt I had been used and dumped again. I mobilised my boys in Ajah and we chased away the Ajah branch chairman. This was in 2016. Agbede called and tried to see how he could settle with me, but I refused. He sent a committee of caretakers to Ajah, but I told him that none of them would leave Ajah alive. He asked me what I wanted, I told him and he accepted.

We allowed the committee to work for four months and at the end, it was recommended that the Ajah branch be divided into two. Agbede consented to it, but he refused to allow me to take back my job. They brought in someone else and gave him my job. I wasn’t happy with the development.

I called Agbede, but he wouldn’t pick my calls. I also called Kunle Poly, who is one of Agbede’s henchmen. He also knew how I worked with Agbede. He also refused to assist me. I met Kunle Poly twice in his house in Ajah. I begged him to speak to Agbede on my behalf, he promised that he would work on it, but he didn’t. I became angry and went to MC- Oluomo’s camp after I learnt he was also vying to become the next chairman of the NURTW. I contacted him through his Personal Assistant (PA). I pledged my loyalty to him. I told him all my problems and how, Agbede and Kunle Poly used and dumped me. I volunteered to assist him achieve his aims. He accepted and placed me on a N100, 000 monthly salary.

The salary was not constant, but it was helpful. I had a carI was using; on May 1, 2017, Olohuwa called to say he had a job for me in Osun State, and wanted me to drive down to Lagos State from Ibadan to join his convoy. He promised to reward me handsomely. On my way, I had an accident. My car summersaulted and Olohuwa and his convoy met me at that spot. They took me to the occasion and brought me back. Olohuwa promised to replace my damaged car. I told MC-Oluomo about it and he advised me to exercise patience that Olohuwa would get me a new car. I listened to MC-Oluomo’s advice, but Olohuwa didn’t keep to his promise. Eight months later, I was forced to snatch a Hyundai SUV from one of his drivers. But before then, I had been accused of killing Hamburger because I was close to MC-Oluomo.

I had no hand in his death. I only took part in chasing away members of the caretaker committee sent to Oshodi to take over Mc-Oluomo’s park after the crisis that followed Hamburger’s death. After we chased the committee from Oshodi, I got information that Olohuwa wasn’t happy with me because he heard that I had gone back to Mc-Oluomo. I suspected that might have been the reason he refused to compensate me for the accident I had while working for him. On January 19, 2018, three days before we went for the assassination of Kunle Poly, I approached one of Olohuwa’s drivers, Sadoka and took his Toyota Camry car. I asked him to go and bring Olohuwa’s car for me, so that I would release his.

He knew I lost my car while working for Olohuwa. Sadoka brought a Hyundai SUV 2015, belonging to Olohuwa to me. I kept it in a car park beside Mc-Olomo’s house in Ajao Estate. When Olohuwa called me, I told him that his vehicle was with me. I told him I would bring it back after he replaced mine. I thought about my predicament because my wife was heavily pregnant and the money I was getting from Oluomo wasn’t enough. I wasn’t ready for armed robbery. I decided to end the life of the man who refused to help me mend my relationship with Agbede.

But you said many people refused to help you. Who is the man?

I have had a long relationship with Kunle Poly. We both worked for PDP. He knew how powerful I was, but he refused to help me speak to Agbede. He was the one paying us during the elections. He also knew my wife was heavily pregnant and that I had no money to care for her. He showed me no pity. I thought about killing him.

I decided to take advantage of the ongoing supremacy battle between Kunle Poly boys and Abija boys on the Lagos Island. I took four of my friends to attack Kunle Poly. We opened fire at him, but he escaped. Someone, who wore the same cloths with him, was gunned down. We got reprisals from some of Kunle Poly’s men. We quickly left the scene in our waiting vehicle. We parked the vehicle in a school at Isale Eko, because the tyre burst; a bullet also punctured its engine. We went to Ajao Estate that night. The policemen traced the vehicle to Ibadan. They arrested the owner, known as John. I relocated to Akure. John confessed to the police that I led the attack. Two weeks later, I saw some policemen. They came to arrest me.

What flashed through your mind when you saw the policemen?

I knew my life was over the moment the policemen mentioned that I was wanted over the murder of Kunle Poly’s PA. I quickly decided that I wasn’t going to go down alone. I decided to rope in Olohuwa because he was the one who ruined my life. It was my support for him during his fight with MC-Oluomo that made me lose my position at the union. After he was removed from office, he had so much money, but wasted it on women and movie actors. He refused to assist me. If he had given me good money after he left office for staking my life for him, I wouldn’t have been roaming about looking for whom to kill. I was just so bitter, so I framed him.

I made up the story that he paid me N500, 000 to kill Kunle Poly. I lied that I seized his vehicle because he owed me a balance of N1 million. I also decided to rope MC-Oluomo as the person who sent me because I was expecting him to come to my aid, but he didn’t show up before I finally decided to come clean and say the truth. I have repented and given my life to Jesus Christ. I bought my AK-47 rifle from Eshe in 2016, specifically for union wars and land disputes.

I worked for Olumegbon in Ajah over land dispute and killed one person who came to fight against us. I also worked for the owner of a popular motorcycle company over a land dispute in Ajah, where one person was killed. I worked for Alayinde and Vasko Alhaji; we fought against their opponents and one person was killed. I lied earlier that I worked for Prince Kazeem Aletu during the fight between him and Oba Elegushi. Although I don’t know Prince Kazeem before, I had been hearing his name. I asked for assistance from him several times through somebody that knows him but he refused to help me; that was why I mentioned his name too.

Now, I’m a born again. I’ll always say the truth and stand by it. Assassination has been the source of my livelihood for more than a decade and I know I have taken many lives, so much that I have lost count. God knows I’m now a new person. If I get a chance to regain my freedom, I’ll never go back to crime. Let me also advise youths out there, crime doesn’t pay. I’ve been into crime for over 20 years now and had no rest of mind. I have nothing to show for my crimes, except the uncompleted three bedroom bungalow in Ibadan. I have nothing on ground to fall back on despite taking the lives of more than 100 Nigerians as an assassin. May God forgive me.

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Benue killings: I saw people weeping – Pastor Adeboye



  • RCCG G.O visits Ortom
  • ‘Death toll rises to 50’ in Kogi communities


The General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has called for an end to the killing in Benue State and other parts of the country by suspected herdsmen. Adeboye spoke yesterday when he alongside his wife, Folu, paid a visit to the Benue State. The cleric said it was only God that could stop the killings and give the people victory over the ‘battle’. Adeboye said: “We want these killings to stop. Happily, we know someone who can stop it, He is the Almighty God, He does not fail nor compromise, He is the God of all. We will continue to call on Him to fight this battle and you can be assured that victory will be certain.

“Benue State is very, very close to my heart, I had felt every pain you people felt and I wept when I saw you weeping. No man of God will see a mass burial anywhere and not feel the pains of the people affected.” The Police in Borno State on Thursday said they had uncovered plans by Boko Haram insurgents to carry out bomb attacks in Maiduguri metropolis.

This emerged as the President and Founder, Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners’ Chapel), Dr. David Oyedepo, on Thursday night, prayed for the restoration of peace in Plateau State. Similarly, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy more security personnel and fighting equipment to end killings and destruction of property in state that is known for ‘peace and tourism’ but has recently been turned to a troubled state following the series of killings by herders. Commenting on the plans to bomb Maiduguri, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, Mr. Ahmed Bello, said in a statement that the insurgents’ planned to attack soft targets and crowded areas.

“The Borno State Police Command in collaboration with Operation Lafiya Dole’s high command wish to draw the attention of members of the public that information at the disposal of the theater command reveals that dislodged and the rampaging Boko Haram terrorists have concluded arrangements to attack parts of Maiduguri metropolis notably, populated and crowded areas to maximise casualty through the use of vehicles fully primed with IEDs.” Speaking during a oneday apostolic visit to Jos, which attracted over 6,000 worshipers, Oyedepo said the state would hence forth enjoy peace throughout its borders.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oyedepo said Christians must align with the word of God, adding that it had the power to command peace in all facets of life. Making reference to the Bible, the cleric said, “light is the only authority darkness understands and at the appearance of light darkness must give way without any form of discussion.’’ Oyedepo told the church that instructions and obedience to the word of God were the necessary requirements for lasting peace as contained in 2 Timothy, chapter 3 verse 16. The chapter says ‘’All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’’

“No word of God of any private interpretation, what he tells you to do, do it and you will be on your way to enjoying peace and greatness,” he said. In the same vein, Governor Simon Lalong has said the state government will review its security architecture to address the current wave of attacks in some parts of the state.

Lalong, who stated this in a radio and television broadcast in Jos, assured residents that beyond the interim measures, government had developed a sustainable policy in response to the protracted conflict in the state, as contained in the Road Map to Peace document. Meanwhile, Kaigama, in a statement issued in Jos, said: “Shedding of blood seems to have become a culture and the preferred language among some farmers and herders. “Attacks over farmlands and cattle seem to have become a normal thing and shouldn’t be treated with levity.”

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