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Police Uncover Shallow Graves In Benue, Arrest Kidnappers

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Police Uncover Shallow Graves In Benue, Arrest Kidnappers

Operatives of Benue State Police Command, have arrested two kidnappers in the Katsina Ala Local Government Area of the state.

The policemen also uncovered mass graves dug by the kidnappers.

Recall that the Osun State Police Command had last Saturday announced the arrest of eight members of a gang, who are from Benue State, in the Omo Ijesa area of the state.

The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, had explained in a statement on Saturday that the eight-member kidnap and abducted one Catherine Akiishi and relocated to the state to negotiate the ransom for her and added that the suspects would be handed over to the Benue State Police Command.

Two of the suspects, Aondoaseer Terseer, aka Bob Tsetse, 23, and Orkashima David, aka Cash Money, led a team of detectives to the shallow graves, where their victims were buried in order to conceal their nefarious activities.

The suspects claimed to have been working for one Azonto, a militia and he late Gana’s second-in-command and were responsible for several kidnappings and killing of security agents in the Sankera area of Benue State.

Three male and three female decomposing bodies were recovered in the shallow graves, with two of the females killed in January and April identified as wives of two of the suspects.

The victims were identified as John Nyitamen, Catherine Akiishi, Aondoverb Fidelix as well as wives of two of the suspects.

The suspects were said to have confessed to killing their wives, with Tertse allegedly saying his wife died when a piece of wood he threw at her pierced her neck following a misunderstanding.

David said his wife’s death was instigated by his father after he accused her of trying to set him up by calling security agents.

According to him, through the help of his two other gang members, the wife was killed and her remains buried in a shallow grave.

The suspects gave the names of their other gang members as Umangu Ihuman, aka Aka; Agwe, aka Banga; Aondover Ihom, aka D’ver; Luper; and Yaryon, aka Snake, adding that four of them had been killed by security agents.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the discovery, said she was still expecting details of the operation carried out by her colleagues in Katsina Ala.

“Yes, I can confirm the report, but am still waiting for the details,” Anene stated.

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Zamfara Senator To Construct Grazing Grounds In His Constituency

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Zamfara Senator To Construct Grazing Grounds In His Constituency

Sen. Sahabi Ya’u (Zamfara North) has promised to construct grazing grounds for herders in his constituency to complement government efforts aimed at tackling insecurity in the state.

Ya’u, who made this known while speaking with newsmen in Gusau on Tuesday, said the project would be established on grazing routes in the state.

The Senator blamed alleged injustice meted out to the herders for the security challenges in Zamfara, which he noted began with cattle rustling before degenerating to banditry.

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“I think this (project) is in line with what Gov. Bello Matawalle is doing to provide `RUGA’ settlement for the herders.

“This year (2021), as part of my constituency projects, I intend to provide grazing grounds for herders so that they can be contained in one place.

“After identifying the location, securing it, we are going to plant the grass that will be harvested into belts for use every season of the year,’’ he said.

Ya’u said that that tackling insecurity was a collective responsibility, adding “at the National Assembly level, we are doing our best to address the insecurity in the country’’.

“The insecurity we are facing is very disturbing. We have realized that we are in danger, it requires collaborative effort to address it. Everyone’s support and contribution are needed not only state or Federal Government.’’ 

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Ritualist Arrested With Butchered Female Body Parts In Osun State

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Ritualist Arrested With Butchered Female Body Parts In Osun State

The Osun Police Command has arrested one Kabiru Oyedun, 39, for being in possession of a dismembered body part of a yet-to-be-identified woman for money rituals.

Mr. Olawale Olokode, the Osun Police Commissioner, parading the suspect with the body parts of the victim on Friday in Osogbo, said the suspect was arrested on Thursday, at about 9 pm in his house, in Apomu Town, Isokan Local Government Area of the state.

Olokode said the suspect was arrested with the dismembered body parts kept in his house following credible information from the public.

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He said the suspect, in collaboration with one of his friends called Akin, who is still at large, killed the victim at the suspect’s house, where they removed vital parts of her body.

According to CP, Akin, now at large, was the one who brought the victim to the suspect’s house, informing him that the girl was his girlfriend whom he wanted to kill for a money ritual.

Olokode said that the victim was invited from Ibadan by his boyfriend to Apomu, where she was killed and her body parts removed for money rituals.

Olokode said the Divisional Police Officer at Apomu led police officers to recover the body parts of the victim, adding that the police are on the trail of the victim’s boyfriend (Akin).

He, however, called on parents to always monitor their children and wards to know the kind of people they associate with.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Siblings Over Ritual Killings

The suspect, speaking with Journalists, confessed to the crime, saying that it was his friend (Akin) that strangled and killed the girl, while having sex with her in his room, adding that he only held the girl’s legs while she struggled for life.

The suspect added that his friend (Akin) told him that he wanted to use the girl for the money ritual with a promise that he will pay N50,000 for any body part of the victim if he assisted him to kill the lady.

He said his friend, a herbalist in Ikoyi Town, later took away the girl’s heart after dismembering the body.

He said that it was his neighbor, who suspected that something wrong was going on in his apartment, that alerted the police.

In another development,  the CP dispelled the rumor that suspected herdsmen attacked and abducted students of the School of health technology, Ilesha, in the early hours of Friday.

Olokode described the information being circulated as fake news, adding that residents of Ilesha panicked when they were misinformed that they were going to be attacked.

He said that the shooting in the air by hunters and vigilantes in the area, to alert the residents, heightened the tension and panic.

Olokode said that no attack or abduction took place in Ilesha or in the school.

The police chief, however, called on residents of the town to go about their lawful businesses, warning that people should do away with unnecessary protests that can lead to loss of lives and wanton destruction of property.

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Eko Bridge Repairs: Fashola Assures Speedy Completion

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Eko Bridge Repairs: Fashola Assures Speedy Completion

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday assured Lagos residents of speedy completion of the rehabilitation of Eko Bridge.

Fashola said this during the inspection of the work on the bridge, which he said was targeted at ensuring the safety of residents and road users.

“Let me again thank the people of Lagos, the governor of Lagos and the government of Lagos for their understanding and forbearance that we have to close this section of this bridge starting from the 4th of June this year for nine weeks.

“The purpose is to ensure that this infrastructure continues to deliver for us.

“This is also a generational effort because since about 1975 or thereabout when this bridge was built which is about 46 years, this kind of maintenance has not been done on it,” he said.

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The minister explained that the alignments between expansion joints on some sections of the bridge shifted from the normal five millimeters and expanded to a width of 23 mm, hence the need to quickly repair the portions to prevent collapse.

We intervened in the adjacent one (Eko Bridge) sometime last year that helped to prevent the collapse of a section of the bridge because this work hasn’t been done for over 40 years the way it should be done.

“It is causing us some discomfort but as I said, people of Lagos and all the people from other states who use this facility for business will ultimately benefit from it.

“The contractor assures me that he has all the materials, so we are working full blast. Your cooperation will take them closer to the end quicker and possibly sooner than we anticipate,” he said.

Fashola said the bridge was providing jobs for men working beneath and the top of the bridge, adding that 37 bridges nationwide were undergoing maintenance simultaneously.

He repair of bridges in Lagos and across Nigeria was part of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime to deliver safe and quality infrastructure.

He further said the Lagos-Ibadan railway project inaugurated by Buhari created mass employment opportunities for Nigerians.

He congratulated the government and residents of Lagos, Oyo and Ogun where the project traversed.

That is really symbolic of our commitment to the economy and wellbeing of Nigerians.

“Infrastructure is one of the ways in which government does its job of enabling the economy of the private sector to get on with their job of creating wealth,” Fashola said.

READ ALSO: Fashola Commends Construction Company As Eko Bridge Rehabilitation Achieves 83% Completion

Mr Olukayode Popoola, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, said four worn out bearings on the Eko Bridge had already been removed and the process of replacement had begun.

As we are standing here on top of the bridge the deck is on top of a jerk. The bearing will be replaced after casting the pier.

“The reinforcement is being formed, they will now cast it and then when it attains the maximum strength, the bearing will be replaced.

“So also the expansion joints, you can see it on the ground, immediately after the removal of the old one they are going to fix the new one on the ground,” Popoola explained said.

He assured that the periodic maintenance of the bridge and other bridges in the state would be sustained.

Recall that the Eko Bridge was shut on June 4 with traffic diverted for the second phase of the rehabilitation of the Costain bound section of the bridge.

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