Crime

Suspected bandits have killed a 53-year-old baker, Tijani Amedu, and abducted his 13 relatives, who are mainly children, travelling alongside him, in the Katari area of Kaduna State. The Edo State-born businessman’s brother, Rasaq, in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, said the incident happened on January 6, 2024, while the victims were returning to Kaduna after visiting Warri, Delta State. Rasaq said, “They came to visit for the Christmas and New Year holidays. My siblings and their families came to visit. But they got attacked by bandits when they were going back to Kaduna, using two buses.…
Terrorists, bandits, and criminals of other hues took their inglorious activities in the country to a new dimension in the last 48 hours, wreaking mayhem in six states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. Their deadly operations across five of the six geo-political zones of the country left no fewer than six persons dead; 60 persons kidnapped, a corpse stolen and goods worth millions of naira also stolen. The only zone not affected by the attacks was the South-South. However, neither Force Headquarters nor Defence Headquarters, DHQ, responded to calls on an inquiry about what they were doing to…
Some social media users are currently expressing anger following reports that one Miss Folorunsho Ariyo was killed alongside Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar by bandits in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). According to reports, kidnappers dumped the remains of four victims they executed, around a former military checkpoint behind Idah Junction along the Bwari-Jere SCC Road in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Among the corpses so far identified include a secondary school student identified as the daughter of the Ekiti state-born chief legal officer of the National University Commission (NUC), Folorunsho Ariyo, and a 500-level student of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)…
About 45 passengers in three fully loaded 15-seater commercial buses are reported to have been abducted by armed men in Orokam, along the Otukpo-Enugu Road in Ogbadigbo Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue state. It was gathered from an eyewitness and driver of one of the commercial transportation companies in Makurdi, who narrowly escaped the ambush with his passengers, that the incident occurred at about 3:30pm last Thursday. The heavily armed men were reported to have ambushed the ill-fated commercial vehicles when they sprang from the nearby forests in Orokam and forced their drivers at gunpoint to pull over. According…
The series of assaults by bandits on some communities in the nation’s capital, Abuja, continued on Thursday as they stormed Kawu village in Bwari Area Council, abducting 23 persons. Kawu, an FCT village which shares boundaries with Niger and Kaduna states had not been in the radar of the bandits in recent times since they began a regular assault on villages in Bwari and in Garam, a village in Niger State. The gunmen numbering about 40 were said to have divided themselves into groups in order to launch the multi-prong assault. Deputy Leader of the Bwari Area Council Legislative arm,…
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital, has ordered that a former minister of Power and Steel, Olu Agunloye, be remanded in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Agunloye over allegations of fraud to the tune of $6 billion in the Mambilla hydropower contract. The anti-graft agency brought the ex-minister before Donatus Okorowo, Wednesday where he pleaded not guilty to the charges read against him. On December 13, 2023, EFCC declared Agunloye wanted over alleged corruption. It was later reported that he surrendered himself to the…
Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Zenith, Providus, and Jaiz banks on Tuesday were invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is amid a sweeping investigation into an embezzlement scheme linked to current and former Ministers of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu and Sadiya Umar-Farouq. According to sources, the bank chiefs handed over documents of accounts operated by the humanitarian affairs ministry to the EFCC to strengthen the ongoing investigation. The bank chiefs invited are are Ebenezer Onyeagwu (Zenith Bank), Haruna Musa (Jaiz Bank), and Walter Akpani (Providus Bank). Sources, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity,…
Bandits, on Sunday, attacked travellers on the Abuja–Kaduna highway and abducted over 30 people, witnesses and community leaders reported. The abduction took place at Dogon-Fili near Katari, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State. This is the first time in more than ten months when the security along the Abuja–Kaduna road artery was breached. Findings by this newspaper revealed that the last reported incident on the road was on March 1, 2023 when 23 people were abducted. A former lawmaker, Shehu Sani confirmed the attack on his X page, disclosing that two of his friends…
No fewer than seven persons were reportedly killed on Sunday in a renewed attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders in the Logo Local Government Area of Benue State. The suspected armed herders were said to have attacked a commercial vehicle between Arufu and Chembe villages Sunday and shot at passengers. The attackers were later reported to have invaded Mchia community in the night and killed seven persons. Several others were reported to have been missing during the invasion. A community leader, Anawah Joseph, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone on Monday, explained that the attackers laid…
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited Betta Edu, minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation, to its headquarters for investigation. A source within the EFCC confirmed that Edu has been invited to appear before the commission “as soon as possible”. “The government has directed us to investigate her over the N585 million scandal and so we will do that,” the source said. Earlier on Monday, President Bola Tinubu suspended Edu as minister after a memo surfaced wherein she asked Oluwatoyin Madein, accountant-general of the federation, to transfer N585 million to a private account. The instruction for the payment…
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