DSS Attempt To Arrest Apostle Suleman In Ekiti, Fayose Rescues Him To Govt. House (Photo+Video)

Unconfirmed reports have it that last night, a team of DSS operatives stormed a hotel in Ekiti in an attempt to arrest the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman.

It took the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose and his security team to rescue the self styled apostle and bring him to the Ekiti State Government House.

It is believed that Apostle Suleman’s attempted arrest may not be unconnected with his recent “inflammatory” statement, asking Christians to pick up arms and kill Fulanis.

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Police arrests 4 suspect over attempt to distort residence of Ex -Governor, Isa Yuguda

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested four criminal conspiracy, inciting disturbance, thuggery and mischief.

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According to a statement issued Thursday, December 1, by Acting Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, on November 24th, at about 20:45 hrs, intelligence report at the disposal of Bauchi State Police Command revealed plan by some miscreants to attack and vandalize the residence of former Bauchi State Governor, His Excellency MAL Isa Yuguda (Matawallen Bauchi) along Sir Kashim Ibrahim way Bauchi, shortly after he arrived the State.

As part of the security measures taken in order to safeguarded the former governor and to forestall any breach of Law and order in the State, the Command immediately mobilised men and fortified all the entries and exit points leading to his house in view of the prevailing Security challenges in the State.

However, on the 25/11/2016 at about 09:15 hrs, the threat was attempted when hoodlums numbering about 30 riding on motorcycles stormed the Area shouting and smashing vehicles windscreens.

Meanwhile, Police Patrol teams stationed in the Area dispersed the miscreants and arrested Four suspects as follows:

1.Adamu Abubakar male and 27 years of Danjuma Goje Street Bauchi.

2.Isiaku Munkaila male and 27 years of Danjuma Goje street,

3.Nura Garba male and 27 years of Tafawa Balewa Housing Estate Bauchi and

4.Sadik Salisu male and 27 years of Unguwan Dawaki.

Exhibits recovered include two motorcycles used by the suspects, two vehicles with damaged windscreens.

All the four suspects arrested were charged to Chief Magistrate Court 13 on the 28/11/2016 while efforts are being intensified to apprehend other fleeing accomplices.

How NAHCO workers connived in narcotic export attempt – NDLEA reveals

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has revealed how staffers of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) allegedly conspired with suspected drug traffickers in a botched attempt to export 144kgs of ephedrine to Maputo, Mozambique.

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Narcotics are illegal or banned addictive drugs that affect mood or behaviour.

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NDLEA, in its preliminary investigation, alleged that the NAHCO officials, in charge of cargo safety and security at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja, swapped already screened consignments with similar packages that contained narcotics.

At least four of the staffers have been arrested and charged to court for prosecution.

Meanwhile, NAHCO has said it would fully cooperate with officials of NDLEA as part of measures to rid the airports and the nation of illicit drug trafficking.

NDLEA revealed that the illicit activities of the group were uncovered following an intelligence report by the anti-narcotic agency.

In the course of investigation, the agency extended her search by inviting a number of airport officials suspected to be involved in the incident for interrogation.

While others were cleared, five staff of NAHCO including a load controller who is at large was indicted.

“These staff were deliberately working to undermine security measures at the airport by swapping already screened cargoes with similar consignment that had been stuffed with narcotics,” NDLEA said in a report.

The Chief Security Supervisor, Audu Garba, was also identified as the suspected mastermind of this high-level conspiracy.

Others are two security assistants, Nasiru Ibrahim and Haruna Abdullahi, a driver, Adamu Dasura as well as a load controller, Victor Ahenje, who is at large.

It was disclosed that the defendants took undue advantage of their positions and privilege by deploying the official vehicle of NAHCO in the said act of sabotage.

Furthermore, the shipment of 144kgs of ephedrine, a medication used to prevent low blood pressure during spinal anaesthesia, concealed among hair relaxers and cereals was swapped with a similar package that was screened by all security operatives.

Abuja airport commander of the NDLEA, Hamisu Lawan, said it was a case of outright swap of already screened cargoes with similar bags.

“Our team of investigators have made significant progress in the case and so far the management of NAHCO is cooperating with the agency,” Hamisu said.

Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd.) said that weak-links current explored by drug traffickers must be identified and strengthened.

Mustapha said: “This is unacceptable and unethical. It is time to identify and beef-up areas of weaknesses. The action of the defendants is calculated to undermine the collective efforts of the entire airport security community.

“This deliberate act to damage the reputation of the country in the interest of some drug trafficking syndicates must be condemned and resisted by all. The charges have been filed in and they will appear in court soon,” he said.

Managing Director of NAHCO, Norbert Bielderman, told reporters in Lagos that the company was cooperating with the NDLEA to fish out all the culprits.

According to Bielderman, “The Company has zero tolerances for all vices and would not spare anyone found wanting in this regard. In this wise, our recruitment process and background checks on new employees are constantly being reviewed.”

Army foils Avengers’ attempt to bomb gas facility, kills two

According to reports, the Joint Military Force deployed to the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, says it successfully repelled an attack by Niger Delta Avengers at a gas facility in Delta State and killed two pirates in ongoing operations in the region.

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A statement by Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, the spokesman of the Joint Force, made this known in Bayelsa State on Tuesday.

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Daudu said the operations were carried out between Saturday and Tuesday.

He said: “Troops deployed at Delta State while on watch at the Nigeria Gas Company Outpost in Batan/Egwa Area of Warri South West Local Government of Delta encountered suspected militants who claimed to be members of Niger Delta Avengers.

“They came in two 200 Horsepower Speed capacity boats but were subsequently engaged and repelled. Effort is ongoing to apprehend the criminals.

“Troops also rescued a Passenger boat from sea robbers at Idoro River in Ozobo Community, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State.

“While trying to escape, the sea robbers’ boat collided with that of the passenger boat and capsized.

“Four of the suspected sea robbers were arrested however, four locally made double barrel guns belonging to the suspects fell into the river.

“Efforts are ongoing to recover the guns while suspects are in custody for further investigation. They are presently in custody for further investigation.”

Daudu also said that troops on patrol at Asugbo Tibigbene and Beneth River Warri South Local Government Area impounded a wooden boat carrying 53 drums of illegally refined substance at Asugbo.

Also, troops, while on clearance operation at Yorkiri, Obotobo, Chamomi Creek Okerenkoko and Open River, arrested a Cotonou boat conveying Jerrycans for possible loading of substance.

The Spokesman said that in another development troops arrested a 21-year-old man, Usman Jafar, an indigene of Adamawa State, who had been parading himself as a serving soldier.

The suspect allegedly robbed Atima Aghogho along Ajanuga Road and the following items were also recovered from him: one fake Nigerian Army Identity Card, one First Bank of Nigeria ATM Card and an iPhone belonging to one of his victims.

Daudu said: “Following a tip off, troops in conjunction with members of Petroleum Task Force conducted a raid at Ifieporo community in Warri South Local Government and discovered an area used or storage of stolen petroleum products

“Other items discovered are several rubber drums and Jerricans containing substance suspected to be illegal oil bunkering mats.

“Troops also recovered a black coloured Audi vehicles loaded with several water proof bags containing substance suspected to be products of illegal bunkering.

“Following another tip off troops discovered four identified hideouts used for storing substance suspected to be illegally refined Automated Gas Oil around Ohoro junction, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

“No arrests were made while troops are on the trail of the perpetrators.”

Daudu also said that on Tuesday the troops arrested one suspected bugler, while on routine check, with N136,000 cash, one Infinix Note II handset and one other handset.

He said the items and the suspect would be handed over to the Nigeria Police.

He said: “Troops at Batan reported a loud sound suspected to be an explosion.

“Further findings revealed that a Barge carrying equipment used for the repairs of the Trans Forcados Pipeline at the repair site in Eweregbene community was blown by suspected Niger Delta Avengers militants who retreated after troops repelled the attack.

“However, two un-exploded dynamites were found at the scene on a branch and swamp buggy were successfully detonated by troops.”

Fayose’s visit to Oni, an attempt to create distrust in our party – APC

According to reports, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, has described Governor Ayodele Fayose’s last Sunday visit to its leader, Chief Segun Oni, as a calculated attempt to create atmosphere of distrust among its member ahead of 2018 governorship election.

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It also commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his fight against corruption, insecurity, leading to the release of some of the abducted Chibok Girls by Boko Haram insurgents recently.

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Speaking at the party ward 09 meeting, held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Tuesday, the Acting Chairman of the party, Mrs Kemi Olaleye who said she was with ex-governor Oni when Fayose paid him the surprise visit clarified that Oni didn’t receive any prior notice about Fayose’s visit and that he shouldn’t be castigated unjustly over the matter.

Governor Fayose had on Sunday paid, the APC national vice chairman (South) a surprise visit in his Ifaki Ekiti country home with a clarification that the visit was non-political and was only expressing respect to his host as a former governor and leader of the state.

Olaleye who noted the visit had elicited anger among party members in the state said, “I have heard our members expressing anger over the visit. Please, I want to tell you that I was with Chief Oni when Governor Fayose came. It was Fayose’s Chief of staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo that actually called and said he was paying our leader a visit . Not long, we got a message inside that the governor and Anisulowo were around without prior notice.

“Even when the governor said he wanted to have a secret meeting with Oni, he rejected. He told him to say whatever he wanted to say in our presence as party leaders and confidants.

“You know 2018 is fast approaching and we have to be vigilant. Governor Fayose had said openly that he has started politics and this might be part of the game to cause distrust in our party”, she warned.

Also speaking, a chieftain of the party, Mr Femi Aduloju, who praised Buhari for his efforts at making the country’s corrupt-free and secure said this has buoyed Nigerians confidence in the APC leadership.

“We are pleading with Nigerians to be patient with President Buhari to be able to turn around the economy. We knew that the pains are too much but having done well to secure Nigeria and reduce corruption, soon the economy will bounce back.

“We must understand that no investor will come to a nation that is fighting sectarian war. If we can overcome the challenge of insurgence, investors will surely come and very soon we will begin to see the positive effects of these landmark achievements ”.

NDLEA grills NAHCO staff over attempt to export ephedrine to Mozambique

According to reports, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, have commenced interrogation of the Chief Security Supervisor of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) and three others in connection with attempt to export 144kg of ephedrine to Maputo, Mozambique.

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The drug which was concealed inside noodles and packed in three brown cartons together with relaxers and cereals was timely intercepted by NDLEA officers.

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Meanwhile, another staff of NAHCO, Victor Ahenje, a load controller linked with the conspiracy but currently on the run, had been declared wanted by the anti-narcotic Agency.

The plot, according to the NDLEA, was to smuggle the illegal shipment out of the country in an Ethiopian airline flight; but it was timely intercepted.

NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Mr. Hamisu Lawan, said some officials who are working at the cargo section were invited for questioning and four NAHCO staff were subsequently detained.

“Those being interrogated in respect of the seized drug include; the Chief Security Supervisor, Mr. Audu Garba, two Security Officers, Nasiru Ibrahim and Haruna Abdullahi as well as a driver, Adamu Dasura. Preliminary investigation suggests flagrant lapses on the part of NACHO security in charge of cargo. So far, they are cooperating with our team of investigators,” Hamisu stated.

The Chairman of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.), has called for proper vetting and re-vetting of airport staff to prevent acts of sabotage and compromise capable of undermining national security. According to Abdallah, “this is a suspected case of conspiracy involving workers within the airport community. The agency is investigating the level of involvement of the suspects under interrogation and anyone indicted shall be prosecuted.

Any act of sabotage can cause untold damage to national security. We shall get to the root of this case. The agency is working very hard to promote peace and enhance the image of the country.”

Four NAHCO staff in NDLEA’s net over attempt to export hard drugs to Mozambique

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja have commenced the interrogation of the Chief Security Supervisor of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company and three others in connection with the attempt to export 144kg of ephedrine to Maputo, Mozambique.

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The drug, which was concealed inside noodles and packed in three brown cartons together with relaxers and cereals, was intercepted by NDLEA officers.

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Another staff of NAHCO, Victor Ahenje, a Load Controller, who is linked with the conspiracy but currently on the run, had been declared wanted by the anti-narcotic Agency.

The plot, according to the NDLEA, was to smuggle the illegal shipment out of the country on an Ethiopian airline flight.

The NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan, said some officials who are working at the cargo section were invited for questioning and four NAHCO staff were subsequently detained.

Hamisu said: Those being interrogated in respect of the seized drug include the Chief Security Supervisor, Mr. Audu Garba, two Security Officers, Nasiru Ibrahim and Haruna Abdullahi, as well as a Driver, Adamu Dasura. Preliminary investigation suggests flagrant lapses on the part of NACHO security in charge of cargo. So far, they are cooperating with our team of investigators.”

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd), has called for proper vetting and re-vetting of airport staff to prevent acts of sabotage and compromise capable of undermining national security.

According to Abdallah: “This is a suspected case of conspiracy involving workers within the airport community. The Agency is investigating the level of involvement of the suspects under interrogation and anyone indicted shall be prosecuted. Any act of sabotage can cause untold damage to national security. We shall get to the root of this case. The Agency is working very hard to promote peace and enhance the image of the country.”

The NDLEA boss while thanking narcotic officers for their vigilance, added that proactive measures such as constant security vetting of airport staff must be taken to avert internal threat and ensure strict security compliance at key installations.

He promised that efforts are ongoing to arrest Ahenje, who is at large.

Ahenje hails from Benue State.

The Agency has called on members of the public to provide useful information that will lead to his arrest.

JTF arrests 5 suspected vandals, repel vessel hijack attempt

It was gathered that the Joint Military Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, said on Sunday that it arrested five suspected pipeline vandals and repelled a hijack attempt of a vessel by heavily armed sea pirates.

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Lt.-Cdr. Thomas Otuji, spokesman of the joint military force, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa

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Otuji said that the suspects were arrested between Oct. 17 and 18 near some oil wellheads at Apala, off Nana Creeks in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta

“Troops of Operations Base 2 in Delta State, while on anti-crude oil theft patrol on Oct. 17 and 18, intercepted pipeline vandals in a large Cotonou and speed boats.

“Five suspected vandals were arrested and they confessed to their plan to vandalise the wellheads. The two boats were recovered in the crackdown.

“Similarly, troops of Operation Base 2 repelled a hijack of a vessel (MT VAJARA) by heavily armed bandits in Ramos River, around Agge area of Delta State.

“The criminals were repelled after fierce exchange of fire with our troops of the maritime component,” he said.

He recalled that the force recently responded to distress calls by some travelers who were attacked by sea pirates in Cross River and Rivers, killing the suspected pirates and rescuing the victims.

Otuji said that last week, other seven suspected pirates and militants were killed in crossfire during rescue operations while the hostages were freed unhurt.

He said that the force was committed to making the entire Niger Delta and the waterways safe as Operation Delta Safe was working tirelessly to secure the region.

He said the force had intensified patrols and raids on the criminals’ hideouts and was poised to halt the renewed violence in the region and restore peace for legitimate businesses to thrive.

The spokesperson told NAN that the successes recorded in the ongoing military operation had raised the morale and commitment of the troops.

Otuji said that the timely and credible information from the coastal communities led to the successes and commended them for cooperating with the force.

He assured that if the support was sustained, the force would soon flush out criminals from the Niger Delta.

Military foils attempt to bomb Forcados terminal

An attempt by suspected Niger Delta militants to blow up a section of the Shell Petroleum Development Company Forcados Terminal in the Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State has been foiled by the Nigerian military.

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Military sources said that the incident took place on Sunday around 2pm at the Ogulagha section of the terminal.

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It was gathered that the militants had almost finished planting the suspected explosives on one of the export lines when they saw a military patrol boat and fled leaving behind the improvised explosive device.

This is coming barely four days after the Nigerian Navy also foiled a similar attempt by militants to bomb the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company and Pipeline Products Marketing Company in Ekpan area in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.

One of our military sources said, “They came in two speed boats and were about fixing the bomb on the Forcados trunkline when they saw an approaching military gunboat. They quickly dropped the bomb and fled in their boats.”

The acting spokesman for the Joint Task Force codenamed Operation Delta Safe, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Otuji, confirmed the incident.

He noted that the Operatives of Delta Safe attached to the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta foiled the attempt that would have been a major setback for oil production in the country.

Taraba speaker’s driver stabbed for foiling kidnap attempt on speaker’s daughter

A driver to the speaker of Taraba state house of assembly was stabbed with a knife by a kidnapper who attempted to kidnap a daughter of the speaker at his house in Jalingo, Taraba state capital.

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According to one of the drivers attached to the speaker who was in the house at the time of the incident but do not want his name in print, the kidnapper came with a lady who stayed close to the gate of the house of the speaker which is located at Legislative Quarters in Jalingo as early as 6:am (today) The driver who spoke to Newsmen said the kidnapper stopped the driver who came out of the house with the speakers daughter in a private car to convey her to school and indicated to the driver that fuel was coming out under the vehicle, a sign that forced the driver to stopped.

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“He pretended to the driver as if he discovered something was wrong with the vehicle which our Pilot driver was conveying Oga’s daughter to school with”

“He stopped the driver and show him that fuel was coming down under the car, when the driver stopped and bent down to check, he came with a knife and stabbed him while the lady who was standing beside the road close by then headed to the car where the daughter was siting”

“The Pilot driver struggled with him and when the little girl understand there was trouble going on with the driver, she quickly open the car door and ran into the house”

“While she ran into the house the driver was struggling with the man who stabbed him, the little girl alerted the security in the house and the security came out and arrested the situation” As at the time of the report, the attacked driver was admitted at Jalingo Specialist Hospital while the police apprehended the attempted kidnapper and take him to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)in Jalingo.

The Police Public Relation Officer Taraba state police command David Minssal confirmed the incident but said the command was still investigating the matter. Minssal promised to relay the details of the incident to journalist as soon as investigation comes out.