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Army Detonates 3 Large IEDs Planted by Boko Haram

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Troops of the Nigeria Army have successfully detonated three large improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted along Buni Gari-Kamuya Road, linking Borno and Yobe State.

This was contained in a press release by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator.

According to the release, ” Troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) continue to discharge their constitutional mandate with high sense of professionalism and responsiveness across the theatre of operations. In their unrelenting effort to clear major routes of Boko Haram criminals’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for safe commuting by citizens in the North East, troops of 27 Task Force Brigade Garrison in conjunction with Explosive Ordnance Devices (EOD) Team discovered and safely detonated 3 large IEDs along Buni Gari-Kamuya Road, linking Borno and Yobe States.

The IEDs were believed to have been planted by retreating Boko Haram criminals.

In a similar operation, troops of 153 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, Nigerian Army Special Forces and elements of Civilian Joint Task Force(CJTF) supported by Air Task Force (ATF) Operation LAFIYA DOLE encountered a pocket of Boko Haram criminals at Kerenoa, Marte LGA of Borno State.

The visibly shocked insurgents fled their enclave on sighting the robust advancing troops, abandoning one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) as they scamper in disarray.

In another development, following credible information of suspected cult activities, troops of Operation MESA in Plateau State arrested 4 suspected cultists named Anayo Basil, Dadok Jeremiah, Sani Sale and Miss Mary Effiong at Jos University Teaching Hospital in Jos East LGA of Plateau State. Same troops also raided a suspected drug peddlers’ hideout at Richa Village of Bokkos LGA of Plateau State and arrested one Joe Agai a notorious drug peddler with a large quantity of substance believed to be Cannabis Sativa, a locally fabricated pistol and one live cartridge. Another notorious drug dealer, Benjamin Jumbo was arrested by troops of 146 Battalion (Main) in Bonny Island, Rivers State with a 50 Kg sack containing substance believed to be Cannabis Sativa.

Additionally, a notorious Tarok Militia gang leader, Shehu Jatau and 5 of his accomplices were also trailed and arrested in a hotel at Central Area Abuja. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were very active in the unfortunate Plateau crisis that cause the lives of citizens and destruction of properties worth billions of naira. However, with the return of peace in the state, the criminal gang resorted to kidnapping, extortion and unleashing unprecedented carnage on innocent residents.

Furthermore, troops of 2 Battalion, while on a routine patrol between Polewire and Gayam Villages in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State, rescued 7 kidnapped victims from a group of bandits in the early hours of Tuesday 29th October 2019. On sighting the approaching troops, the bandits abandoned their victims and escaped into the nearby forest. However, the rescued victims who were initially travelling from Pandogari in Niger State to Kano were escorted out of the area and continued with their journey.

Relatedly, troops of 8 Division, while conducting clearance operation against bandits at Mai Yashi Village of Isah LGA of Sokoto State, rescued 2 kidnapped victims namely Shamsudeen Bisharawa and Sadiq Mustapha from their abductors.

Similarly, troops of 31 Artillery Brigade encountered a group of bandits at Ungwan Shai Community in Wushishi LGA of Niger State who are believed to be terrorising the community.

In a brief fire fight, one of the bandits was neutralized while others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds. In a related development, troops of 3 Brigade deployed at Falgore in Tudun Wada LGA of Kano State, acting on credible information conducted a successful Cordon and Search Operation at Tudun Wada which led to the arrest of one of the most wanted kidnappers within the area, Umaru Abubakar Kaduwa operating along the Kano – Kaduna Highway.

In the Niger Delta region, troops continue to frustrate the activities of economic saboteurs by scaling up the tempo of operations against illegal oil bunkering, illegal oil refining and oil theft.

Between 28 – 31 October 2019, the unrelenting troops arrested 18 suspects, destroyed 3 Illegal oil refining camps, 35 Cotonuo boats, 3 large storage reservoirs, 7 metal storage tanks and arrested 10 vehicles including 2 trucks involved in the illicit act.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to thank all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support and goodwill towards the Officers and men of the Nigerian Army.

All law-abiding citizens are requested to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation and intimidation.”

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 Destruction of illegal oil bunkering and refining sites

 

Umaru Abubakar Kaduwa a wanted suspected kidnapper arrested by troops of 3 BRIGADE AT Tudun Wada in Tudun Wada LGA of Kano State

 

 One bandit neutralized by troopps of 31 Artillery Brigade during an encounter at Ungwan Shai community in Wushishi LGA of Niger State

 

2 kidnapped victims rescued by troops during clearance operation against bandits at Mai Yashi village of Isah LGA of Sokoto State

 

kidnapped victims rescued by troops of 2 Battalion between Polewire and Gayam Villages In Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State

 

Shehu Jatau a notorious Tarok militia gang leader arrested by troops at a hotel in central area Abuja where he was hiding

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Two Policemen Shot Dead in Bayelsa

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Two policemen were on Tuesday shot dead along the Otuogidi community in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state.

The suspects carted away the riffles of their victims, creating apprehension in the state few days to the Saturday governorship election.

The deceased officers were attacked at a checkpoint close to the Bayelsa State College of Health Technology in Ogbia.

While one of them reportedly died on the spot, the other died at a hospital he was taken to for medical attention.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, has deployed 32,000 policemen for the election.

The policemen are to be supervised by 15 commissioners of police, three assistant inspectors-general (AIG) of police and Anthony Ogbizi, a deputy inspector-general of police (DIG).

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‘IGP Arrested My Father Because I Divorced his Friend’ Woman Cries Out

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Nasiba, daughter of Sani Dauda, a former chairman of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited, says Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police (IGP), is harassing her family.

Nasiba, who spoke with TheCable on Tuesday, said her family was being targetted over her refusal to remain in a legally dissolved marriage with Abubakar Musa, her ex-husband whom she claims is a childhood friend of the IGP.

She said she kept things to herself about her ex-husband until Monday when policemen came to arrest her father and her elder brother.

TheCable has contacted police headquarters for a response to the allegation.

According to her, the policemen, who reportedly acted on the directive of the IGP, could not produce any warrant to effect the arrest.

“They came over to the house with no warrant but a petition they claim was from my ex-husband,” she said.

“In the petition, he accused my dad of taking me away from him and marrying me off to someone else illegally. But this is not true. The marriage was dissolved at the court, and I got the divorce certificate.

“My ex-husband has chosen to humiliate me and my family. The IG sent five police vans to pick up my father, his lawyer and the judge that treated the case while he was praying in the mosque. They wanted to take me and my husband, but we weren’t around.

“Prior to that, the commissioner of police, Ali Aji Janga ,called my father and told him the IG has asked him to arrest him based on a petition sent by my ex-husband that my father has married me off to another man while he’s still married to me. But the CP told my father that he has advised the IG that this not a criminal offence and should not be treated as such. The IG insisted and told him to act on his instructions. My father is still at the police station with no arrest warrant and no explanation.”

Nasiba said she had left the marriage due to physical and emotional abuse, as her ex-husband assaulted her in ways no one could imagine.

“I don’t know why the IG is making this a criminal offence. I know my ex-husband is a childhood friend of the IG and he was also instrumental in his appointment as IG, but if the IG wants him married, he should marry off his own daughters to him,” she said.

She added that her father and others are still being detained at the special anti robbery squad (SARS) office at the Kaduna state police command.

Frank Mba, force public relations officer, promised to investigate the matter and get back to TheCable when he was contacted.

Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna police command, said he was attending a training outside the state when TheCable contacted him for comments.

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1,392 People Rescued From Illegal Detention Centres in 2 Months

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In the past two months across the country, about 1,392 people have so far been rescued in various detention centres, as there are fears that more centres are likely to be discovered.

There had been apprehensions across the country following the discovery, from September 26, of various centres where people were found either chained, being tortured or living in pitiable conditions.

In the first rescue carried out in Rigasa area in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State in September, 300 people were found in an Islamic centre, with some of them not only being starved, but also sexually abused and chained.

On October 14, in Daura, Katsina State, 67 men were rescued by police from another Islamic centre and it was tales of woes from many of them. Two days later, on October 16, police freed about 500 men and boys chained to walls in another Islamic school in the state.

Also, on October 19, 147 persons comprising 22 females and 125 males were equally rescued at Malam Niga rehabilitation centre in the same Rigasa. Three days later, 11 inmates were rescued at a religious centre in Zaria, Kaduna State.

On October 24, 108 malnourished and sick people were rescued from an Islamic reform centre in Gaa’Odota, in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State and some of the inhabitants of the centre were in chains.

Similarly, on November 4, personnel of the Oyo State Police Command raided an illegal detention centre at a mosque in the Ojoo area of Ibadan and rescued 259 persons being held hostage there.

The victims were made up of 191 males, 34 females, 11 children, and 23 sick persons. It was gathered that the victims had been in chains for between two and 10 years.

Meanwhile, following the discovery of illegal rehabilitation centres in Kaduna and Zaria, Kaduna State government has commenced the construction of no fewer than five rehabilitation centres across the state.

The state Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Mrs Hafsat Baba, disclosed this when she fielded questions from newsmen.

The commissioner, while giving an update on the project, said all the centres were still under lock and key.

She said her ministry had reunited the children with their families after undergoing medical test.

“I think only one or two staff of the one of the centres are currently being prosecuted in court, while Malam Niga has been released after making a statement in the police command,” she said.

According to her, the raid on the centres was not a witch hunt, as there had been a series of complaints from citizens about the centres.

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