Police arrest 7 suspects over bank robbery, murder
By Monday Ijeh
Abuja, July 9, 2020 (NAN) The police on Thursday in Abuja said seven suspects were arrested in connection with robbery operation in three banks.
The police said six police officers were killed in Ondo and Ekiti States during the robberies
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja.
Mba said the two banks located in Ondo State and one in Ekiti were attacked by armed robbery gangs between 2019 and early 2020.
The PPRO said the arrest of the suspects followed an extensive investigation by the operatives of the Police Special Tactical Squared (STS) that lasted several months.
”We are glad that we can present to you, the outcome of investigation into the robberies where six policemen were killed,” he said.
Mba said four of the policemen were killed in robberies involving two banks in Ondo State while two were killed in Ekiti bank robbery.
He said the robbery operations were highly organised and clinically executed with roles assigned to each member of the gang.
According to him, two of the suspects are motorcycle operators who move round the robbery environment to keep the gang members informed of police presence during operation.
Mba said a 33-year-old arm dealer had also been arrested with a total of 131 rounds of AK47 live ammunition by operatives of STS.
He said the operatives had closely monitored the activities of the suspect before he was arrested.
The PFRO said the suspect was on his way to deliver the live ammunition to bandits in Kaduna from Abuja when he was intercepted and arrested.
Mba said the police had also arrested a 47-year-old alleged car snatcher who attacked a victim in Kaduna and snatched his Toyota Corolla saloon car
He said the suspect was arrested by the police after snatching the car.
”Police operatives who got wind of the incident, followed up on the suspect and got him arrested,” he said.
The FPRO said the car and the weapon used for the operation were recovered after his arrest.
Mba said a total of 32 suspects who had been clearly linked with offences of armed robbery, kidnapping, homicide, fraud, cattle rustling and bank robbery were arrested by police operatives.
He said one AK47 riffle, one AK49 riffle, two pump action riffles, 19 locally made pistols, 129 live cartridges for the pump actions, 125 round of live ammunition and one Toyota Corolla Saloon car were recovered. (NAN)
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll hits 888
Nigeria reported 304 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the death toll jumps to 888.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.
The centre noted that five deaths were recorded in the country.
It added that till date, the country recorded 43,841 confirmed cases, 20,308 discharged and 888 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.
It showed that the 304 new cases were reported from 15 states, namely Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6) and Gombe (5).
The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the COVID-19 national response activities across the country.
The NCDC said that Nigerians risk of the virus would be higher if they were less than six feet from people at a crowded public place or if they freely share equipment and not practice social distancing and other habits to stay healthy.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
CAN calls for action to stop Kaduna killings
The South East CAN Chairman, Bishop Goddy Okafor, made the call in Aba on Sunday while addressing newsmen on the persistent bloodbath in Southern Kaduna.
Okafor, of the Glorious Gospel Centre, Aba, Abia, said that failure to stop the killings in the state was creating fears in the minds of citizens about their safety in their own country.
“The killings going on in Southern Kaduna are very disturbing.
“We are one people and we believe we are one nation, but for these persistent killings going on in Southern Kaduna to keep occurring without drastic measures to stop it is very disturbing.
“These people that are being killed in Kaduna are Nigerians.
“Governments and security agencies owe it as a duty to protect them.
“The protection of lives and property is the responsibility of the government.
“Every time there are killings, some bandits are blamed.
“So, we keep asking, these bandits are they really human beings or spirits?”
He said that Nigeria is a great nation with a future if well governed.
He noted that if citizens should wallow in doubt of their citizenship rights, it would not benefit the country.
Okafor urged governments to clear any doubt in the minds of Nigerians about the source of the killings by stopping them.
The cleric urged the Kaduna Gov. Nasir el Rufai to do all in his powers to curb the killings in the state.
Okafor also urged Police authorities to ensure their men did more intelligence gathering.
He warned that incidences as killings, banditry, should not continue if Nigeria was to know peace and security.
The bishop further spoke about the health challenges in the country and pleaded with medical personnel planning to leave the country to jettison the idea.
He stressed that the development if not halted would endanger Nigeria’s healthcare system.
He, therefore, urged the government to provide what the professionals needed to perform creditably and to enjoy their work in order to discourage their emigration.
“If we lose all our good hands when we are sick, who will take care of us?
“Government should listen to NMA and keep the best doctors we have with us here,” he said.
Okafor expressed dismay at the rate at which Nigerian youth engaged in cultism and other crimes.
He reiterated the need for Nigerian youth to be given a sense of direction in life through job creation.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)