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Police in Benue discover 3 family members dead in a room

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The Benue Police Command on Friday confirmed the discovery of three corpses belonging to one family in their room situated in North-Bank area of Makurdi metropolis.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the bizarre happening to Nigeria News Agency in Makurdi, said investigations were ongoing to unravel the cause of death.

The PPRO also disclosed that a little girl was found in the room where the dead bodies were discovered completely unhurt but too small to give useful information.

She said that cause of death was still unknown but added that all dead bodies had no physical injuries to warrant an immediate determination of cause of death.

She, therefore, appealed to members of the public with useful information on the “sad event” to report to the nearest security agencies for necessary action.

“The incident was reported today (Friday) and when our men rushed to the scene we discovered three dead bodies: a man, his wife and son all dead, ” she said.

Some of the neighbours described the deceased family members as ” peaceful” and wondered what could have happened.

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Police arrest 21 suspects for kidnapping, robbery in C/River

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The Cross River Police Command has arrested 21 suspects for various offences committed in the state between November and December, Nigeria News Agency reports.

Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Nkereuwem Akpan, who paraded the suspects on Friday at the State Police Command in Calabar, said they were arrested from different parts of the state.

Akpan explained that four of the suspects were arrested for kidnapping, eight for armed robbery, four for unlawful possession of firearms, four for cultism and one for firearm manufacturing.

He said that on assumption of office three weeks ago, he read riot act to all suspected criminals across the state to have a change of mind over crime or be arrested and prosecuted.

“The four suspects of kidnapping were arrested at various locations based on a tip off. The suspects confessed to the crime and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

“Also, the arm manufacturing suspect was arrested by a team of detectives attached to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

“During the raid in his house in Calabar South, eight single barrels locally made pistol and one fabricated locally made berretta pistol were recovered,” he said.

The Commissioner also said that the suspected cultists were arrested for unlawful possession of firearms, adding that two locally made pistols with two live cartridges were recovered from them.

For the Christmas season, he warned those with intentions to commit crime to desist from it, saying that the police would not spare anyone involved in any form of illegality.

He, however, solicited for useful and timely information from members of the public to help the command respond to cases of emergency promptly.

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Yuletide: Police ban use of fireworks in Ondo

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The Ondo State Police Command has banned the use of fireworks such as bangers, knockout and other explosives during this Yuletide.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Femi Joseph, the Command’s Public Relations Officer(PPRO), on Friday in Akure.

“Parents and guardians are advised to warn their children and wards from using such fireworks under the guise of celebrating the Yuletide as criminals often use this opportunity to commit havoc.

“Similarly, those who engage in the sales of these items are also warned to desist from such business as buyers, users and sellers are all culpable under the law,” Joseph said.

According to him, the police command is also assuring law abiding citizens of the state of adequate protection before, during and after the Yuletide.

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25 persons burnt to death in Bauchi auto crash

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The police in Bauchi said on Thursday that 25 persons were burnt to death in an auto crash along Bauchi- Ningi Road in Bauchi State.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Abubakar Kamal, made this known in a statements in Bauchi.

Kamal said the accident occurred, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday, involved two vehicles; a Peugeot J5 Bus and a Toyota 18-seater Hummer bus.

The Toyota bus was conveying 22 passengers while the J5 bus was carrying 20 cows and four passengers.

He said that all the 26 passengers from the two vehicles sustained serious burns.

“The victims were immediately evacuated from the scene by security agents with assistance of good samaritans to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi for treatment.

“Unfortunately, on reaching the hospital, 25 passengers were confirmed dead by the Chief Medical Director, Dr Mohammed Alkali, while one survived and is receiving treatments.

“Investigation has revealed that all the passengers inside the Toyota Hummer bus took off from Dutsinma in Katsina State on their way to Adamawa State while the passengers inside the J5 bus were from Bauchi going to Kano State,” Kamal said.

He said that four corpses from the J5 bus were immediately identified by their families and released for burial while the remaining 21 corpses inside the Toyota Hummer bus are yet to be claimed.

The PPRO, therefore, called on members of the public whose family members left Katsina for Yola on Thursday and were still unable to reach them to check at the ATBUTH.

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Abia CP confirms killing of fruit vendor in Umuahia

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The Abia police command has confirmed the death of one Miss Kasarachi Okwuonu, a fruit vendor, who was reportedly hit by a “stray bullet” during a crossfire between the police and alleged armed bandits at Apumiri, the headquarters of Umuahia south council area.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon, told newsmen in Umuahia that he was briefed about the incident by the head of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) upon his return from Abuja.

He said that the incident happened on Wednesday night, when a team from SARS that responded to a distress call concerning a robbery reportedly engaged the suspects in a gun battle.

He said that the gunmen, numbering five and in army camouflage, were operating in the area, using a Toyota RAV4 .

“On sighting the SARS team, the gang opened fire and SARS operatives exchanged fire with the robbers.

“In the exchange of fire, a stray bullet hit the victim, who was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was later confirmed dead.”

Okon dismissed speculations that the deceased was either shot directly or killed by accidental discharge.

He said, “There was nothing like accidental discharge or direct firing at the victim.”

He said that the Toyota Sienna van used by the SARS operatives was riddled with bullets from the hoodlums.

However, an eyewitness account said that there was no case of robbery in the area as alleged by the police.

He said that the incident occurred around 10 pm, when SARS operatives were on their routine patrol of the area.

He alleged that the operatives were in the habit of harassing and arresting commercial motorcyclists in the area once it became late.

He further said that those arrested and detained were usually made to pay as much as between N30,000 and N50,000 for their bail.

The eyewitness said that it was during an encounter between the SARS men and motorcyclists that one of them pulled the trigger that shot and killed Kasarachi.

“There was no robbery in this place at all. We saw what happened and we can identify the policeman who pulled the trigger,” he said on the condition of anonymity.

It was further learnt that the decessed was hit by the bullet while returning from a filling station, where she had gone to pack her wares at the end of the day’s business.

The decessed was described as the breadwinner of her family.

Meanwhile, the police commissioner said that he had set up a panel from the State Criminal Investigation Department to investigate the circumstances that led to the death.

Nigeria News Agency reports that youths of Mgbarakuma Ubakala, where the deceased hailed from, took to the streets on Thursday to protest what they termed the “cold-blooded murder” of their sister.

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Police arrest man with stolen car, master key in Benue

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The Benue Police Command on Thursday said that the command arrested one suspect (name withheld) with a stolen car and a master key.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, told Nigeria News Agency in Makurdi that the suspect was also arrested with a plate number belonging to another stolen car.

Anene said the suspect, who was arrested on Dec. 6 in Makurdi was in possession of several items suspected to be stolen.

(The suspect) was arrested with a stolen Toyota Camry. We recovered a plate number of another car stolen in Abuja from him.

We also recovered a car master key from him that opens all kinds of cars. We recovered books from him that were stolen inside a man’s car at Modern Market, Makurdi sometime ago,” said.

The PPRO said that the suspect had, however,  claimed that the items were stolen by his late brother who was killed by the Force earlier.

Similarly, Anene disclosed that the Command has made special deployments of officers for the yuletide.

She said that the Command has banned the use of any explosive device (knockout) during the Christmas season, adding that anyone caught using it would be arrested.

There are special deployments of officers to Churches, Highways and all exist routes. With this development there would be less cheek points, but officers would be very visible all over the Highways.

“We have also deployed additional officers for intelligence gathering to be able to foil all plans of criminals,” she said,

Anene said that the Command was determined to ensure that Benue residents enjoyed a hitch free Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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