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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Nigeria Police Force Says It Cannot Rescue NTIS Kidnap Victims

There seems to be no hope insight yet for the abducted students and officials of Nigeria-Turkish International School, Isheri, Ogun State.

The police have hopelessly claimed they cannot rescue the victims, therefore needed the assistance of the Nigerian Air Force and Army to do so.

Gunmen had stormed the school Friday night, abducted  three female students, three Nigeria workers and two Turkish officials.

The kidnappers had demanded N1.2 billion initially, but reduce the ransom to N700 million.

“We know the exact location of the kidnappers and the victims but we cannot storm the place because of the safety of the children and that of the other officials

“We will not make the mistake of attempting the creek because there is no way the kidnappers will not see us coming and they may end up killing their victims.

“We need the assistance of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Nigerian Army, who we think have the wherewithal to penetrate the creek through the air,” a top police officer told reporters.

Another police source maintained that the identities of the perpetrators of the dastardly act were well known to the police.

He said: “We have met with families and relatives of some of the kidnappers who are currently speaking with them.  We need to persuade them as it is, we can’t apply force, the lives of the victims are so precious to us.

“We have gone to Ondo, Delta and Edo states to consult with their families. I think the families are cooperating and are assisting us in talking to them.

“But if this option fails, we will not have any other reason not to use our plan B, which we can’t disclose. But it will yield positive results.

“Their identities are well known and they know we know them. But we are using wisdom for the sake of the innocent children.

“We are not happy that they are playing with the lives of innocent  children. They are taking the joke too far and the whole world is watching.

“The most annoying thing is that one of the students is a sickle cell anemia patient and she is in crisis at the moment.”

But in a swift reaction, NAF Director of Public Relations (DOPR), Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said NAF was prepared to offer police the cenessary assistance to secure freedom for the students and officials.

“This is not a problem. The police should go to the appropriate authorities and put their request forward to the Air Force. It’s not an issue. They know the procedure. Let them do the necessary thing, but we have not heard from the police.”

Human Trafficking: Security Operatives Rescue 135 Boys In Jos

Security agents under the code name Operation Safe Haven, a special task force outfit in Plateau state, have rescued 135 children from human traffickers in Jos, the state capital.

According to news reports, the children, who are all male and within the age range of four to eight years, were rescued from two trucks headed to Plateau, Kaduna and Nassarawa.

“On Thursday January 12, the special task force, sector 2 located opposite University of Jos, intercepted two trucks conveying 145 children from Bauchi and Jigawa states to Plateau, Kaduna and Nassarawa states,” Mathias Tyopev, spokesman of the Plateau state police command, said.

“Our investigations further revealed that these children, who are all male were to be taken to places where the three mallams, who were coordinating the movement have not even visited.”

The children were being transported in trucks meant to transport farm produce such as grains, animals and other goods across the states.

It was converted to convey the minors under harsh and unfavourable weather conditions in which the children were stacked alongside grains without any comfort for such long distance journey.

The children are in the custody of the Nigeria Police at their headquarters in Jos, while investigation continues.

The police said the suspects, comprising two drivers, eight conductors and three accompanying instructors, are in custody, and they have been providing information about how they came about the children and their destination.

The police added that it would soon embark on the process of establishing contact with Jigawa and Bauchi state governments for the return of the children to their parents.

Police in Ekiti rescue three kidnap victims without paying any ransom

Policemen from the Ekiti State Police Command have rescued three persons abducted at different locations of the state.

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The identities of the kidnap victims are Lola Akintunwa (F), Soji Jegede (M) and Adeyomoye (F).

This was contained in a statement signed by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Alberto Adeyemi made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the state capital yesterday.

Adeyemi said Akintunwa and Jegede, a driver were kidnapped along Igbara Odo-Ogotun Ekiti road on November 30 around 7.15 pm were rescued unhurt without ransom sequel to the massive manhunt launched by police patrol teams.

Alabi, according to him was kidnapped at her residence in Adehun Street in Ado-Ekiti on November at about 8.30 pm and was rescued by a team of police detectives at Lazora area opposite Fayose market Ajilosun in Ado-Ekiti.

He said the three persons had been re-united with members of their respective families adding that the command has intensify investigation to arrest the kidnappers.

Soldiers rescue kidnap victims, impound hard drugs

Troops of the Operation Delta Safe in the Niger Delta have freed nine kidnap victims, impounded 56 bags of Indian hemp, and arrested two suspected drug dealers during an operation.

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Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, the Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre of Operation Delta Safe, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Yenagoa on Saturday that measures had been put in place to restore peace in the region.

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“Troops in Delta foiled an armed robbery attempt and rescued six civilians returning from market along Bomadi Agadama road by Ohoro Junction in Ughelli North Local Government Area. The suspected robbers fled on sighting the troops.

“In another development, troops deployed in Koluama conducted a raid on Sea Pirates’ hideout in Kasabubou Forupa Waterways, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

“Troops rescued three persons namely; Peter Atijera, Lukeman Balogun and Pious John and recovered Speedboat mounted with Double Engine 115/80 Horse Power, 2 Binoculars and one Motorola radio.

“The Air Component of Operation DELTA SAFE while on patrol over Isaka town, Kidney Island, Alakiri and Bille in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State sighted two barges loaded with illegally refined products which were incapacitated,” Daudu said.

According to him, troops of Sector 3 resolved a major fracas between the youths of Ayama village in Aladja community of Warri South West in the process of which one Mr Sunday Obuche of Ayama Community was killed.

Daudu noted that the presence of troops forestalled the degeneration of the crisis and further loss of lives.

Buhari’s $29.9bn loan will rescue Nigeria from recession, says Gbajabiamila

It was gathered that the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s external borrowing plan of $29.9bn for the execution of projects from 2016 to 2018, in the interest of Nigerians.

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Gbajabiamila noted that borrowing to finance infrastructural projects will pull Nigeria out of recession.

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According to a statement issued on Saturday by his media aide, Olanrewaju Smart, Gbajabiamila said this during a grassroots empowerment programme in Lagos where he donated equipment to his constituents.

According to him, the House is looking into possible means of funding the projects in the 2016 budget, especially the borrowing plan of the Federal Government.

He also said the House was working hard to ensure that saboteurs did not hijack the anti-corruption drive of President Buhari.

Gbajabiamila noted that although some persons had condemned the Federal Government for blaming the economic recession on the past government, reference must be made to the source of the problem.

Gbajabiamiala said, “Borrowing to finance infrastructural projects is not an irresponsible act; Lagos State did the same and the development witnessed in the state is obvious.

“The House of Representatives will respond to Mr. President’s requests in the interest of Nigerians and quickly set the process in motion for its committees to carry out appropriate oversight functions on all project executing agencies until the 2016 budget is fully implemented according to law.”

Boko Haram: Troops rescue 85 women, children held hostage in Borno

Troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army, Operation Lafiya Dole, have rescued 85 people, mostly women and children held hostage by insurgents in Borno north, bordering southern fringes of the Lake Chad.

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A statement by the army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman on Sunday, said the hostages were rescued when the troops conducted a decisive clearance operation into the remnants of Boko Haram strategic town of Chukungudu.

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Usman said the operation was led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 7 Division, Brig-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, between Friday and Saturday.

“The manoeuvring Brigade led by 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, successfully cleared Geram, Bulankassa and Chukungudu believed to be the Boko Haram terrorists strongholds in that area,” Usman said.

He said the troops killed five terrorists in a fierce encounter that made several of them ran into the Lake Chad waters.

“The troops recovered four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, one Double Barrel Gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunitions, three magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and one AK-47 rifle magazine,” he said.

According to Usman, during operations, the troops discovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram.

“In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests.

“They also discovered a well equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop and spare parts wharehouse at Chukungudu village.

“The troops recovered three vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles.”

He said that in line with rules of engagement, the IEDs factory, vehicles and motorcycles had been destroyed.

“Unfortunately, a soldier died during the encounter,” he said.

Police rescue 10 year-old girl imprisoned by father

According to reports, the police command in Oyo State on Saturday rescued a 10-year-old girl, who was allegedly unlawfully imprisoned by her father, the spokesman for the police, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said.

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Ajisebutu told newsmen that the victim was allegedly locked up in a room for three days without food by her father, who was currently at large.

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He said that the girl was rescued by policemen from the Challenge Police Station.

“The police had acted on a tip-off from neighbours. The police responded swiftly and visited the house at Ajeigbe area, Ring Road, Ibadan.

“On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that three padlocks were used to lock the room. The locks had to be broken by the police before the little girl could be rescued,” Ajisebutu said.

He said that the victim had been properly fed and taken to the police clinic for medical attention.

Ajisebutu said that the case was under investigation and that efforts had been intensified to apprehend the suspect, who was at large.

Troops rescue women, children from Boko Haram in ‘Operation Hard Knock’

It was gathered that the troops of eight Task Force Division on Tuesday rescued women and children in an operation code-named ‘Operation Hard Knock’ in Borno State launched to clear pockets of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in remote areas.

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The captives – 19 women and 19 children – were rescued in northern Borno State, along Nigeria-Niger borders.

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As the operation progresses, troops cleared pockets of insurgents from their hideouts in Momo and Tunshe villages around Marte general area Borno State.

The women and children were held hostage in Dumba village by the terrorists.

During the rescue operation, the troops killed six Boko Haram insurgents while others fled with gunshot wounds leaving behind 22 motorcycles, flags and other items.

Earlier, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed at a checkpoint in Gubio, Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State foiled a suicide attack on Gubio town by eight Boko Haram terrorists.

The incident occurred at about 9.15AM on Tuesday morning.

The suicide bombers arrived in a pickup vehicle primed with Improvised Explosive Devices including suicide vests.

They attempted to force their way through the checkpoint but met stiff resistance from troops who insisted that the vehicle be thoroughly checked.

The suicide bombers refused and blew up themselves by detonating one of the suicide vests killing all the eight Boko Haram terrorists on board.

Lagos police storm church, rescue 11 kids used for street begging

According to reports, the Lagos Police Command has rescued 11 children used for street begging by a church in Ikorodu, Lagos State. As a result, a female evangelist with the church has been arrested and is being interrogated at the police headquarters, Ikeja .

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The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni who paraded the suspects yesterday said the lid was blown off when two of the under aged children were seen begging for arms.

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Owoseni said detectives after interviewing the children, stormed the church premises where others were rescued and one Lois Antinso was arrested. The CP said the church was being investigated to know its involvement in using the children for slavery.

The suspect, Atinso said “I am attached to the church. I am an Evangelist in the church. We run an orphanage/less privileged home at Agbede road, Ikorodu. We care for the poor, needy, orphan, widow, destitute and abandoned. All support funds are paid to the church’s account.

“I was shocked when the Bishop of the church came to the police to deny me. We go out three times, a month to beg for assistance. It is not as if I leave the children to go on their own. I am saying that the children are too small to speak. The police interrogated them and they started talking as if I allow them to go alone. The day I was arrested I was taking two of the children, nine and 10 to the bank to teach them how to use ATM. It was not as if I took them out for begging”

One of the children, Nnoso said “We were begging when the police picked us. We used to go for begging three times a week. People used to give us alms, food items, clothes, shoes and money. We used to hand over the things to Aunty.

“I came to Lagos in company with one of my aunties .She took me to the church and handed me over to the aunty in the church. My aunty in the church warned that whenever my mother called from the village, I should tell her that I am alright and that I must not tell her that I am in the church. Each time my mummy called, I used to tell her that I was with my real aunty that brought me from Imo state to Lagos.”