Operatives of the Zamfara State Police Command have arrested and paraded ten suspected bandits’ informants, who supply arms and ammunition, foodstuff, motorcycles, military uniforms, negotiate and deliver ransom to the bandits in the State.
Addressing newsmen at the State Police headquarters, the spokesman of the command, SP Mohammed Shehu said the untiring commitment to rid the State of criminal activities ranging from armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other related crimes still remained in force.
And in line with the mission and vision of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the State commissioner of Police Command, Mr. Kolo Yusuf has reiterated the determination of the command to keep on doing everything within the ambit of the law to end the lingering insecurity bedeviling the State for over a decade,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police gave the assurance through the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu while parading 10 suspects arrested by the Police Tactical Operatives during an intelligence-led operations conducted in some criminal hideouts in Gusau and Tsafe Local Government Areas.
According to the State police spokesman, the command smashed a 6-man syndicate of informants to bandits.
He gave the names of the informants as Abubakar Mainasara from Tsafe Local Government Area, Babangida Mohammed, alias Soja, who impersonates as a military officer from Gusau Local Government Area, Jamilu Kawali, alias Tailor, also from Gusau.
Others include Lawali Ibrahim frоm Kauran Namoda, Surajo Idris, popularly known as “Honourable” from Gusau and Amadu Rufai from Birini Magaji Local Government Area of the State.
“The arrested suspects listed above are members of a notorious syndicate of informants who collaborate with bandits to terrorize peace-loving people of Gusau, Kaura Namoda, Tsafe, Bungudu Local Government Areas of the State and environs.
“It was equally part of their activities to collect millions of naira to source for arms, ammunition and military camouflage uniforms for the bandits.
“Their recent dirty business was when one of the suspects, Abubakar Mainasara A.K.A Major, in his statement to the Police, confessed to collecting the sum of eight hundred and fifty thousand naira from the bandits to source for military camouflage uniforms for them.
“A consignment that was given to Babangida, A.K.A Major, who connived with one of their collaborators, one Jamilu Lawali of Gusau Local Government Area to source and sew the uniforms, which at the end was delivered to the bandits.
“The same suspect further confessed of collecting the sum of N2,000,000 from bandits to supply arms and ammunitions for them, even though, two of his accomplices Lawal Ibrahim and Surajo Idris confirmed to the Police that the money given to the suspect was N6,000,000 for the arms deal consignment and not N2,000,000 naira.
“The sum of one million naira was given to same Babangida Soja, who in turn gave only N60,000 to Jamilu Lawali for the supply of the ammunition who at the end supplied 10 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition which was handed over to bandits through Babangida Soja and Abubakar Mainasara.”
Two Killed As Gunmen Attack Police Checkpoint In Ebonyi
Two persons have been confirmed dead following another attack by unknown gunmen at a Police Checkpoint along the Presco junction axis of the ever-busy Enugu-Abakaliki expressway in Abakalik, Ebonyi State.
The incident occured at about 8pm on Monday night and created panic and tension along the major expressway as motorists and commuters scampered for safety while the gun battle lasted.
A source, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said that the gunmen operated on a motorcycle to attack the police officers at their duty post.
The gunmen on arriving at the junction opened fire on the policemen on duty while the policemen responded immediately resulting to sporadic exchange of gunshots. When the gun duel subsided, people who went close to the scene observed that a policeman was shot dead while one of the gunmen was also killed.
When contacted, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chris Anyanwu, confirmed the incident.
SP Anyanwu said one policeman and an unknown gunman were shot dead during the clash between the Police and the unknown gunmen on Monday night.
In other news, parents of students at different Unity Schools in Ebonyi State have demanded for the immediate closure of the schools following the threat by the outlawed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) to shut down the South-East for five days.
The parents, who trooped to the schools in the early hours of on Tuesday, demanded that their children and wards be released to them on or before Thursday this week before the commencement of the sit-at-home order, which the secessionist group announced will start on Friday.
A parent, Mrs. Grace Ofor, said: “We are here to demand for the release of our children. They have finished their exams and I don’t see the reason why they are still keeping them here. IPOB announced that they will shut down the South-East from Friday this week till Wednesday next week and nobody knows how long it will last, so we urge them to let our kids go.”
Following the sit-at-home order, the Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki has directed that Holy Rosary School in the state be closed on Thursday and the students vacate the school.
Similarly, many ceremonies including burials, weddings and other social activities in the state have been put on hold by their organizers.
Womb Raiders Cut Mexican Woman Open To Steal Foetus
A pregnant Mexican woman died after she was cut open by two assailants who stole her unborn baby, authorities said Monday.
The alleged perpetrators were arrested with a newborn in their possession, the attorney general’s office in the eastern state of Veracruz said in a statement.
The suspects, a man and a woman, appeared before a judge on Monday accused of kidnapping and femicide.
They allegedly sliced open the victim to extract the fetus because the woman attacker was unable to have children herself, an official linked to the investigation told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The victim was lured to her death through social media with a promise of clothes for her baby, relatives told local media, which said that it was the third case of its kind in recent years.
More than 3,700 women were murdered in violence-plagued Mexico in 2021, of which around 1,000 were classified as femicides, according to official figures.
Vandals Kill Vigilante, Destroy Six Power Transmission Towers In Rivers
Six power transmission towers belonging to the Niger Delta Power Holding Company have been destroyed by vandals in Rivers State, while a member of a vigilante group in the affected area was shot dead by the miscreants, the NDPHC announced on Sunday.
It said the unrelenting attacks on power infrastructure by economic saboteurs leading to the inability of Nigerians to access adequate electricity for economic growth had continued unabated.
“In recent times, several projects being embarked upon by Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited have been attacked and contractors either killed or maimed by attackers,” the power firm stated in a statement issued in Abuja by its Media Adviser, Adesanya Adejokun.
It stated that on September 3, 2022, some miscreants attacked and vandalised the 330kV DC Afam – Onne Transmission Line in Gbake community
It said the vandals cut down four transmission towers (T19, T20, T21 and T22), dismantled and carted them away, adding that on October 10, 2022, the miscreants attacked and vandalised two additional towers on the same 330kV DC Afam – Onne Transmission Line.
“During a third attempt, luck, however, ran out on them as efforts of vigilante members, buoyed by security operatives paid off, resulting in the arrest of nine of the miscreants. They have since been charged to court to face the full wrath of the law,” the NDPHC stated.
It added, “During routine patrol in the night of November 25, 2022, vigilantes again encountered vandals along the same Afam-Onne 330kV DC Transmission Line. The vigilantes called for military reinforcement but before help came, one of the guards was shot and later died.