Police arrest illegal arms fabricator, 33 other suspects in Plateau



The Plateau Police command has arrested a 63 year-old man for alleged illegal fabrication of fire arms.

He was arrested in Tagwash Village, Richa in Bokkos Local Government Area where he resides.

The Commissioner of Police (CP), Plateau command, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, disclosed this on Thursday in Jos.

Akinmoyede, said that the suspect’s arrest followed activities of Operation Safe Havens, the outfit charged with maintaining peace in Plateau.

“On the Nov. 15, the commander of Operations Safe Havens, sector 5 arrested and took to Bokkos Police Division, one (suspect), a 30 years old male of Richa village in Barkin Ladi, who was in possession of a locally made pistol and cartridge.

“During police interrogation, the suspect confessed that he got the pistol and cartridges from one male (suspect) of Tagwash village, who is into illegal manufacturing of guns with his father,” he said.

The CP said that during investigation, detectives raided the suspect’s house and in the process recovered one locally made rifle, one gas welding cylinder, one drilling machine, one motorcycle wheel, a bellow and four hammers.

He said other exhibits recovered from the suspect’s house were locally made rifle triggers, four dane guns, three pipes, motorcycle steering pipes and a tool box containing pliers, fillers and spanners.

Akinmoyede said that the suspect, who allegedly sold the firearm, was currently at large and efforts were on-going to secure his arrest.

He further revealed that the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the command on Nov. 11 arrested two alleged suspects over the kidnap of a 15-year-old girl.

He said that the unit was able to intercept the kidnappers along Barkin Ladi/ Mangu road, when they were dragging their victim into a nearby bush.

He said that the unit also recovered two unregistered motorcycles from the two suspects.

He said that the police also had in its custody for questioning two suspects in complicity with the death of one 25-year-old Paul Mark of Garkawa in Mikang Local Government Area.

According to the commissioner their arrest followed a report that was lodged at the Mikang Police Division.

“On Nov 10, the corpse of one Paul Mark, aged 25 of Garkawa in Mikang Local Government was found close to the College of Agriculture in Garkawa.

“The deceased is said to be the boyfriend of one girl (name withheld), a student of the College of Agriculture and one (name withheld) other man, also alleged to be the boyfriend to the same girl.

“The two rivals met during a party organised by (a friend) at Kwaitop Hotel on Nov. 10. Thereafter the corpse of Paul Mark was found,” he said.

He said when the case was reported at the Mikang Police Division, the two suspects and two of her friends were arrested and taken as prime suspects for questioning.

The CP however disclosed that when the youths of Garkawa learnt that the four persons where being interrogated, they invaded the station, vandalised, beat and injured two police men on duty and the suspects.

He said that that the nefarious act of the youths led to the death of it prime suspect.

According to him, the Command has arrested 21 youths linked to the invasion and suspects are currently being investigated for the case of criminal conspiracy, mischief, causing hurt and culpable homicide.

Akinmoyede warned that the public should refrain from interfering in police investigations.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were over.

The CP thanked the Commander of Operations Safe Haven and the officers and men for synergy and cooperating with the police that led to the discovery of the local arms manufacturing factory.

He revealed that the Police in synergy with other security agencies were working proactively to ensure that the state was rid of crime so that the residents can enjoy the yuletide.

edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Ismail Abdulaziz


Suspected robbers kill one in Makurdi -Police



The Benue Police Command on Thursday said suspected armed robbers killed one Mr Joseph Iorguma, in North Bank, Makurdi.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, told Nigeria News Agency in Makurdi that the incident took place at Asase I, by SRS Junction North Bank around 4 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Anene said that the victim is said to be a staff of Benue Links Plc, a transport company owned by the Benue State Government.

She said that the gunmen came in form of armed robbers and killed the victim at his residence at Asase I.

The PPRO further disclosed that the Command has commenced investigation into the matter and urged the public with useful information to come forward with it as they would be shielded.

The General Manager, Benue Links Plc, Mrs Monica Ugela, while confirming the incident to NAN, said the victim was not a staff but an agent of the company.

Ugela further expressed the company’s deepest condolences over the lost.

NAN reports that Benue Links Plc Transport Company operates a motor park at Asase I, North Bank, Makurdi where the victim worked before his death.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Unknown persons kill 2 security guards in Benue -Police



Benue Police Command on Wednesday said unknown persons killed two security guards along Old River Benue Bridge in Makurdi, the State Capital.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, while confirming the incident said the Command has commenced investigation into the matter.

Anene explained that the guards were attacked at their place of work at a fish pond belonging to Steam Fast Foods.

She said one of the guards was killed and dropped inside River Benue, adding that his body was later recovered close to Greater Makurdi Water Works plant.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the land where the fish pond was situated was in dispute and in court.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Air operation aims to degrade Boko Haram -CAS



The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, says the service has fully begun air operation code named “Operation Rattle Snake’’ to finally wipe out remnant of Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Abuabakar stated this on Wednesday during an operational visit to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), 105 Composite Command in Maiduguri.

He said the visit was to appraise the progress of the operation, interact with personnel and encourage them in the execution of the air campaign against the insurgents.

The idea of the operation Rattle Snake is to further deal with the issue of terrorism in the northeast and give necessary support to the ground troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) and Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

From the briefs; I am happy with the progress so far made, we have identified a number of targets, neutralised them and it will continue.

The rate of efforts now is much more than what we used to have in other operations. We have quite a number of airplanes and many more will be deployed to support the operation.

The idea is to take full advantage of the situation on ground to degrade Boko Haram insurgents and ensure a secured country,” Abubakar said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that NAF on Dec. 10 launched the operation Rattle Snake against Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in the fringes of Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad basin.

The campaign targets selected locations in the region to further degrade remnants of the insurgents.

Edited by: Martins Odeh/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Army says video of Boko Haram killing of soldiers fabrication of IPOB



The Nigerian Army says the recent video clip allegedly released by Boko Haram terrorists portraying capture and killing of some Nigerian soldiers was the fabrication of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Wednesday said that the video was not an occurrence that took place in Nigeria.

He urged the public and personnel of Nigerian army, especially those in the North East theatre of operation, to disregard the video.

According to him, it is a video concocted to cause disunity and fragmentation of Nigeria.

Accordingly, the call by one Simon Ekpa, (the principal actor in the clip), calling on soldiers of South East extraction presently serving in the North East to desert the Army and return to Biafra proved it.

Also, the call on South Easterners not to join the Nigerian Army is an obvious indication of the essence and objective of the masterminds of this fake video which should be discountenanced by the public.

Meanwhile the leadership of the Nigerian Army wish to also reiterate its unflinching commitment to sustain the war against terrorism.

It shall not be deterred by the evil machinations or propagandist activities of mischievous persons whose main interest is the disunity of our beloved nation,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency recalls that a video purportedly released by the terrorists portraying the stage showing the capture and killing of some Nigerian soldiers by the terrorists group went viral on social media on Tuesday.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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2020: All Africans can come to Nigeria without visa – Babandede



The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says the Federal Government have approved that all Africans could come to Nigeria without Visa from January 2020.

The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Africa–Frontex Intelligence Community (AFIC) on Wednesday in Abuja.

Nigeria News Agency reports that European border and Coast guard Agency also known as Frontex is an agency of European Union (EU) tasked with border control of the European Schengen Area, in coordination with border and coast guard of Schengen area member states.

The announcement would be made soon by the President of the Federation.

”But we cannot succeed without a tool like AFIC. This tool is keen if we want to implement an effective free movement across our border.

The tool is actually coming at the right time. AFIC would help African countries especially Nigeria that want to open its border for all Africans to enter at will. And now that tool is available, it would make the work easier for us,” he said.

Babandede said that it was important to acknowledge the different forces in Nigeria curbing crime and insecurity.

But our duty is unique and you may not see it as it is in Chad, Benin or Cameroon.

The essence is that we are very keen and we have been working with EU for a long time. Frontex is in charge of border before they got another responsibility called coast guard which is also very keen to Africa especially checking member state of ECOWAS,” he said.

The CGI commended the EU and Frontex delegates for establishing the risk analysis centre, adding that analysis could not be done physically without analytical system.

I was opportune to be at the Frontex headquarters, and I came with useful tools which are for border and control centre.

”This has brought about the building of border and control centre which will be inaugurated next year. So the analytical system from Frontex, border control system and even mobility would all be in one place,” he said.

Babandede assured the delegates that the service would maintain the equipments and called for more training of officers.

We assure you of the site maintenance if we have a technical know how of maintaining this system. We have done that with IOM very well.

”All the equipments donated for e-Migrants registration are already been installed by all our trained officers,” he said.

Roman Fantini, the head of sector, Frontex, assured the immigration service of training the officers as requested to help maintain the system and usage.

Fantini said that AFIC was not a new development as it started nine years ago and had since grown to what it was today.

He commended the EU and NIS for collaborating to ensure the security of the country.

Ms Eleni Zerzelidou, EU head of delegates, appreciated the immigration service for beefing up the collaboration by taking a step further to ensure border opening for all Africans by 2020.

Zerzelidou added that the EU would continually support the service in delivering its mandate and ensuring the safety of the country.

She said that the long standing partnership with NIS resulted into border management such as NIS border management strategy, MIDAS, among others.

“But we believe Frontex would do more to compliment all we have done so far in assisting the service and the county at large,” she said.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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