The Niger State Government has raised an alarm about the presence of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the Borgu Local Government Area of the state.
This is aside from earlier claims by the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello of the presence of Boko Haram in parts of Shiroro, where it has overrun 500 communities.
The Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, who made the disclosure during a press briefing in Minna, the state capital, said the group is responsible for the kidnap of the Dodo of Wawa.
He disclosed that members of the group are currently trying to establish a caliphate around the Kainji National Park located in the council.
According to him, the members of the sect claimed they are not bandits but are sent by God to the area and to indoctrinate the people with their beliefs.
“They claimed that they are not bandits, but poised to set up a Kalipha at the Kainji National Park. They claimed they are not bandits but that they are God sent and they are operating from the border of Niger, Benin Republic, and Nigeria. Though Benin Republic has closed its borders, the ISWAP is operating around the periphery trying to indoctrinate communities there to accept their teaching and forget about what government is doing, ” Matane stated
The SSG further disclosed that the two groups are both preaching against education in communities and asking parents not to send their children/ wards to school.
He also revealed that so far the state government has purchased a total of 100 vehicles and refurbished 70 others for security agencies in its bid to fight insecurity in Niger State.
Kaduna cleric urges security operatives to take Zamfara bandits’ threatening letter seriously
The General Overseer of Truth and Life Gospel Church, Trikania Kaduna, Dr. Sunday Omolafe Jeremiah, on Thursday, in Kaduna urged the police and other law enforcement agents to take urgent steps in protecting all churches and worship places in Zamfara and its environs
Omolafe, who is also a senior lecturer with Theological Bible College Kagoro Kaduna, made the passionate plea following the threatening letters from bandits to Christians in Zamfara to close all churches and Christian worship places
DAILY POST recalls that the Zamfara Police Command penultimate week, confirmed the threatening letter from bandits warning Christians to close down churches in Zamfara State.
CAN’s General Secretary, Barr Joseph Bade Daramola had warned against the threat, even as he warned politicians not to create enemity between Christians and Muslims.
He asked the security agencies in the country to leave no stone unturned in their protection of all churches in Zamfara State.
Reacting, Omolafe who was not comfortable with the threatening letter, said since everything is known to security agents, Christians in the State would not have much to fear.
He said Christians must be allowed to continue to enjoy their freedom to worship without hindrance or attack from the bandits.
He also warned some politicians who hide under the guise of bandits to bring division, hatred among Christians and Muslims in the country.
He assured Christians in Zamfara that the police would not allow bandits to do their bindings, adding that “the good part of it is that, the threatening letter came through the police, whose duty is to protect lives and property.”
Court remands 2 over murder of 9-year-old boy in Rivers
A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded two suspects, Kenneth Sylvanus and Chijioke Ogbonna, who are linked to the beheading of a 9-year-old boy in Isiokpo community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The court also directed the prosecutor to liaise with relevant authorities and produce the third suspect Chibuzor Amadi on the next adjourned date.
Sylvanus and Ogbonna, are standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on the murder of one Destiny Peter, a 9-year-old in Isiokpo community.
The first accused person, Kenneth Sylvanus, has already pleaded guilty to the charge even when it has not been read.
The prosecutor informed the court that the statement of the first accused mentioned one Chibuzor Amadi as a collaborator in the case and wondered why he was granted administrative bail by the police.
In his ruling, the chief Magistrate I. F Iyabo remanded the two suspects and directed the prosecutor to liaise with the Attorney General’s office to produce the third suspect Chibuzor Amadi on the next adjourned date- Monday, December 6, 2021.
DAILY POST had reported how the trio of Kenneth Sylvanus, Chijioke Ogbonna and Chibuzor Amadi was paraded by the Rivers state police command for beheading a 9 year old boy in Isiokpo community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
EFCC arrests 18 suspected illegal oil bunkerers in Port Harcourt
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended 18 suspected illegal oil bunkerers.
They were nabbed at a location within the new Government Reservation Area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, announced the arrest in a statement on Wednesday.
The suspects are Thompson George, Asu Tommy, John Joseph, Imoh Anthonia, Adegbejire Michael, Mayei Godpower, Demian Israel Kelechi, Banyo Fred and Atuaka Chisom.
Others are Elliot Diamond, Simeon Blessing, Umukoro Victor, Horsefall Reuben, Munku Jonah Munga, Nweke John, Amos Daniel, Chikwe Chinedu and Gloria Horsfall.
They were caught with a truck with reg. no. Lagos AAA 995 XH, Toyota Avalon car with reg. no. Rivers SKP 327 AW, and Nissan Murano Jeep with reg. no. Rivers PHC 434 AE.
The truck was loaded with products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) packed in 9 Geepee tanks of 3,000 litres and three big drums filled with the same product.
The Avalon car conveyed products suspected to be illegally refined AGO in cellophane bags.
Uwujaren added that the suspects would be arraigned as soon as investigation is concluded.
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