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Again, herdsmen kill 25, raze houses in Plateau

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Herders surrender 30 guns to police lGov sacks LG chair over killings

EU expresses concern

Again, gunmen believed to be herdsmen have killed 25 people and razed many houses in a fresh attack on Dundu village in Irigwe Chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

 

This came as some herdsmen have surrendered 30 different guns illegally acquired to the police in Niger State.

 

A Youth Leader of Irigwe chiefdom, Mr. Auta Danjuma, confirmed that the attack occurred on Monday night.

 

Danjuma said 25 people, mostly women and children, were killed while several others sustained injuries.

 

He said: “Twenty-five people lost their lives in a fresh attack on Dundu village of Kwall District of Bassa Local Government Area. The incident occurred just as the Irigwe community had planned a mass burial for four of the five earlier killed in a similar attack on Nzhauvo village.

 

“When we reacted to a claim by the Miyetti Allah group in January of missing cattle, we told you it was a ploy to justify another round of killings. True to this, the Fulani militia, which the Federal Government has refused to brand a terrorist organisation to the dismay of Nigerians, have continued to visit our villages with orchestrated and unwarranted carnage.

 

“Today, we buried four from an attack on Nzharuvo, which left five, mostly children dead and one injured, but here is a breakdown of the various serial attacks we have suffered.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Mathias Terna, confirmed the attack in Jos.

 

He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Adie Undie, had directed the officer in charge of operations to mobilise to the scene of the crime.

“Twenty-five persons were on Monday night killed in an attack in Dundu community of Bassa Local Government Area.

“Two persons were severely injured and many houses burnt to ashes.

 

“As such, the Commissioner of Police has directed the DCP Taiwo Jebiyisu, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Department of Operations, to visit the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.

 

“Armed policemen have also been deployed to the area to contain any further break down of law and order,” he said.

 

It was learnt that the people had gathered at the old Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) mortuary to convey corpses of the four victims of earlier attack when news of the latest one broke.

 

The attack occurred about 7:30p.m. on Monday.

 

The people wore black attire as they made a procession in Jos while conveying the four corpses.

 

The 25 victims of Monday’s attack have been buried in a mass grave.

 

The attack drew condemnations from individuals and groups such as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Plateau G-17 Youth Group, etc.

 

Governor Simon Lalong also gave a marching order to the security agents to “immediately” arrest and prosecute the criminals who perpetrated the killings in Bassa and Bokkos local government areas.

 

Lalong said his administration would not condone the activities of hoodlums taking advantage of conflicts among citizens to perpetrate killings and destruction of property in the name of ethnic crisis.

 

The governor said in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Yakubu Dati, that “Plateau State believes that our differences are better resolved by sitting together to address our differences rather than taking arms against one another.”

 

Also, Lalong has sacked Mr. Simon Angyol, the Management Committee Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area of the state over incessant killings in the locality.

 

Lalong made this in communication forwarded to the State’s House of Assembly and was read at Tuesday’s plenary by its Speaker, Mr. Peter Azi.

 

“Following certain unpleasant development in the management of Bokkos local government council, I wish to seek approval for the removal of Mr. Simon Angyol as Management Committee Chairman of the Council.
“I also wish to seek your approval to appoint Mr Tamai Simon as the new Management Committee Chairman of the Council,” he stated.

Members of House, in a voice vote, approved the removal of Angyol and the subsequent appointment of Simon.

 

Meanwhile, the Director-General of Niger State Department of Nomadic Affairs, Alhaji Abdullahi Babayo, said in Minna yesterday that the herdsmen surrendered the arms following peace and reconciliation initiated by the department to enhance peaceful coexistence in the state.
Babayo said the department had already embarked on aggressive sensitisation campaign on the dangers of cattle rustling.

He said: “We have reached out to Islamic clerics, specifically to teach us what our religion said about stealing and killing innocent souls and the punishment there after.”

The DG explained that the approach from religious point of view had greatly assisted in mobilising those who were doing illegal business to have a rethink.

Babayo said that all efforts were geared toward mobilising Fulani herdsmen to embrace western and Islamic education to enable them to contribute to the socio-economic and political development of the state.
He added: “We are doing everything possible to stop clashes between herdsmen and farmers over land encroachment during grazing, cattle rustling or other crimes in the state.”

The European Union (EU) Heads of Mission has expressed concern over what it described as escalating and disturbing killings in the conflict involving herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.

A statement in Abuja by the Media Officer to the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Modestus Chukwulaka, urged the Nigerian government to bring perpetrators of violence of any kind to book
“As a first step, the perpetrators of violence must be brought to justice. The EU confirms its full support to the Nigerian government and people in their fight against violence in all its forms.
“The EU also expresses its condolences and sympathy to the families of those killed and injured,” the statement said.

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N9.8m Fraud: Court strikes out case against businessman

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A case of N9.8million fraud preferred against a businessman, Abayomi Arodu has been struck out by an Ikeja Magistrate Court presided over by her honour, Mrs T. Akanni.

The decision of the court was based on lack of diligent prosecution and an agreement reached between the two parties.

A charge of N9.8 m was preferred against Arodu by his nephew, Festus Osho of Taiwo Close, Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos state.

According to a report filed with the police by Osho, Arodu was accused of collecting the money between 2009 and 2011 under the pretext of purchasing goods for Osho at the Nigerian Breweries PLC. Thereafter, a police prosecutor, Clifford Ogu arraigned Arodu in an Ogba Magistrate Court on two counts bordering on fraud and stealing, punishable under Sections 312(1a) and 285(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.

The case dragged on for two years as the complainant did not appear in court most times that the issue came up for hearing, while proof of evidence was also not made available to the defendant.

Eventually, an out of court settlement was agreed to lead to the decision of the court to strike out the matter on January 30, 2018 when the complainant voluntarily applied to the court for withdrawal of the matter.

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Police rescue robbers from mobs in Minna

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Luck on Thursday fell on two suspected motorcycle snatchers after men of the Nigeria Police intervened and saved them from lynching by angry mobs along Mandella junction Tudun Wada area of Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State.

Our Correspondent gathered that the suspects, Adamu Ahmed, 36 of kuchigoro of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and Kabiru Mohammed, 35, of Jabi Garage Abuja, were beaten with iron rods and stones, after they were caught trying to steal a motorcycle at Mandella Junction, in Minna.

It was reliably gathered that the police operatives attached to Special Anti-robbery Squad rushed to the scene and rescued the suspects after serious beating by the angry mobs.

The suspects who came from Abuja to perpetuate their wicked act were said to have been brought by their gang leader, identified as Bello Mohammed who later abandoned them and took to his heels.

One of the suspects, Ahmed told our correspondent that he has been snatching motorcycles from people at different locations for the past two years before he was apprehended by the police.

According to him “I was selling fish before I joined the gang of motorcycle robbers in Abuja, the proceeds from my fish business could not sustain my family needs, then I was introduced to this business by one Bello Mohammed who brought us to Minna to steal a motorcycle.

“My wife does not know what am doing for a living and now she will find out, and I know she is going to divorce me and my life has finished”.

Ahmed, however, thanked the police for saving their lives at the scene of the incident, saying “we would have been dead by now if the police did not intervene. I promise not to involve myself in motorcycle robbery again.”

The other suspect, Mohammed said, “It is Allah’s ordination that police will arrest me because this is not the first time I am into this act. I pray that my wife and my family will forgive me, it is devil’s work.”

Confirming the arrest, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said that the operatives recovered the motorcycle from the suspects, adding that they would be charged to court after the investigation.

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Man, 55, impersonates late father, forges title documents to secure N40m bank loan

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A 55-year-old man, Mukaila Kosebinu, who allegedly forged title documents of his late father and also impersonated him, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

He was also charged with using the documents to secure N40 million from a bank.

The accused, who resides at No. 9, Sule-Aleja St., Aga, Ikorodu in Lagos State, is facing a four-count charge bordering on
conspiracy, forgery and impersonation.

The accused committed the offences on August 7, 2014 at Alausa, Ikeja, Police Prosecutor Peter Nwangwu told the court.

Mr Nwangwu said the case was reported at the police station by the accused’s sister, Folashade Ogundimu.

He said the accused forged a driver’s licence and his late father’s title documents and submitted them at the Lagos State Land Bureau to be acted upon as genuine.

Mr Nwangwu said the accused also impersonated his late father when he swore to an affidavit claiming his father’s name and property at No. 1A, Folarin St., Mosalashi, Idioro in Mushin, Lagos.

“The accused made a publication in the PM newspaper for a change of name on August 7, 2014, claiming to be his father, Nofiu Kosebinu.

“Mukaila, without the consent of his siblings, used the forged documents to secure a N40 million loan from Access
Bank,” he alleged.

The offences contravened Sections 87, 363, 380 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 363 provides a three-year jail term for offenders, while Section 380 prescribes seven years.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Y.O. Aje-Afunwa, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties
in like sum.

Ms Aje-Afunwa said the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and adjourned the case until June 8.

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