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Unknown Gunmen kill Businessman in Rivers

Gunmen on Wednesday night killed and beheaded a middle – aged businessman simply identified as Chima.

It was gathered that the victim was shot and killed before he was beheaded by his assailants in the presence of his wife at Rumuekini community in Obio / Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

An eyewitness , who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the incident happened around 11 :00 p. m. , adding that the killers put off the victim ’ s power generating set as a ploy to lure him out of his house .

It was gathered that the victim came out to check why his generator suddenly went off but was accosted by the gunmen , who shot , killed and beheaded him .

The source said , “The incident is shocking . Last night , Chima sat outside with his brothers and friends at a joint on the school road .

“ Later around 11 :00 p. m. , we heard that he was attacked in his house . We heard that the killers turned off his generator and when he went outside to find out what happened to the generator , he was attacked .

“ Immediately he came out , the boys shot him . He managed to run back into his house with the bullet, but the boys followed him , killed him and cut off his head . ”

Another source explained that the hoodlums had ordered the wife of the deceased to bring a kitchen knife after they had killed her husband .

It was learnt that the gunmen used the kitchen knife to behead their victim and also ordered his wife to carry the head of her husband in a bucket into a waiting car before they zoomed off.

The killing and beheading of late Chima on Wednesday occurred despite the state governor’ s stern warning to sanction Local Government chairmen and traditional rulers who condone criminality in their domain .

When contacted , the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State Nnamdi Omoni , confirmed the incident .

Gunmen attacks hotel, killed boy

At least one person has been confirmed killed and several others injured after an attack by gunmen at a hotel in Jos , Plateau State .

The attack , which was confirmed to our Correspondent in Jos on Sunday by the Deputy Commander of the Special Task Force , Emma Ado , occurred on Saturday evening when football fans were watching the FA Cup match between Man City and Watford at the Garden Palace Hotel and Bar in Busa Buji suburb of Jos.

“ Yes , somebody told me of the attack , but I ’ m yet to get the details.

“ I will get back to you as soon as I have the full details of what transpired , ” the STF Deputy Commander told our Correspondent in Jos on Sunday .

Spokesman of the State Police Command , Mr . Mathias Tyopev , did not pick his calls when contacted by our Correspondent over the incident .

However , eyewitnesses said that the gunmen , suspected to be cultists , stormed the Garden Palace Hotel and Bar in Busa Buji suburb of Jos around 7 pm on Saturday and opened fire on the football fans .

A resident , Philip , who escaped being killed , said that during the incident , a local footballer identified as John Davou, was hit three times in the head by the gunmen who also killed another young man instantly , while injuring several others.

He said , “What I know is that during the attack , John Davou, 25 , died instantly , while another man , Mr . Francis Bot , who was sitting close to him , sustained bullet wounds.

“ Several others also sustained injuries while trying to escape from the scene . ”
Another resident , Mathew, added , “ I suspect that Davou was probably the target , because he was the only one pelted with bullets while everyone else only sustained injuries, some with bullet wounds.

“ The victim recently sat for the 2019 UTME and had hoped to gain admission into the university before he was killed by the gunmen . ”

“ This is really sad , ” Mathew added .

IG of Police ask Officers to focus on saving lives

Mohammed Adamu, inspector general of police, has once again reminder officers and men of the Nigerian Police to remain committed to saving lives.

The IGP spoke at an interactive session with officers-in-charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), anti-kidnapping squad and other special units on Thursday.

The IGP did not fail to issue a warning in respect of the recent killings by trigger-happy police officers.

SARS has been accused of indiscriminate killings on different occasions and Nigerians have repeatedly called for the disbandment of the unit.

Most recently, Kolade Johnson, a resident of the Mangoro area of Lagos, was killed in March by stray bullets fired by a SARS operative.

Adamu said the killings have caused Nigerians to lose trust and confidence in the security unit.

“It has become imperative to have this interactive session with you because of the need to address concerns on the rising rate of armed robberies, kidnappings, banditry and other violent crimes in the country,” Adamu said.

“Within this context, we must also address issues touching on the abuse of powers, misuse of firearms and other extra-judicial actions by personnel in your Units.

“Let me re-emphasise here, once again, that our primary responsibility is to protect the lives and property of the citizens we were engaged to serve. Indeed, these unprofessional actions have led to lack of confidence and trust in the police and this impact on our crime prevention capacity.

“Again, let me sound a note of warning here as I have done in various fora, that any officer that is involved in extra-judicial killing and abuse of power will be held accountable for his action and risks losing his job and facing criminal prosecution. Furthermore, you as the line supervisors of such erring officers shall be held vicariously liable for supervisory negligence be similarly sanctioned.”

The police recently released some tips for motorists to abide by when approaching a security checkpoint or when flagged-down by police officers in order to avoid problems.

FG to Ban Uses of Motorcycle in North-Western States

Massive security operations have begun to rein in criminals who seem to have seized villages, towns and cities by the throat, the Federal Government said yesterday.

Details of the “strategic” operations were not disclosed by the police, but they are being carried out by “the entire law enforcement and intelligence community”.

Among the measures are:

Ban on the use of motorcycles in the Northwest states of Kano, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi and Katsina where bandits have done much havoc;

Relocation of Katsina State Police Commissioner Sanusi Buba to Daura in a bid to rescue the abducted District Head, Alhaji Musa Umar;

Organisational restructuring in the police;
drafting of some officers who converted to general police back to special forces; and
investing more in intelligence gathering.
Alhaji Umar was abducted last week at his home in Daura, hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari. His abductors are yet to contact his family.

The police said the CP’s relocation would aid the coordination and investigation of security operations.

The measures came amid a wake-up call by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on President Buhari to stop the criminals.

In a statement in Abuja yesterday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DPC), the police said efforts were being made to subdue criminal gangs across the country.

DCP Mba said: “Currently, there are massive strategic security operations, both covert and overt missions, taking place at different parts of the country, including Katsina, aimed at subduing the criminal gangs and restoring sanity to the land.

“However, because of the covert and sensitive nature of these operations, I will not discuss them for now but Nigerians should be assured that the entire law enforcement and intelligence community in Nigeria will not rest until we win the battle against crimes and criminality in Nigeria.”

The development came as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources, Kabiru Garba Marafa, claimed yesterday alerted that more than 44,000 orphans roam the streets of Zamfara State due to eight years of armed banditry.

Marafa, who represents Zamfara Central, also claimed that sustained banditry has led to the killing of over 11,000 male adults leaving behind an estimated average of 22,000 widows at two wives per an adult.
His claims could not be verified.

The senator lamented that in terms of casualty ratio and displacements, Zamfara ranks ahead of many states in the Northeast and Northcentral that are being given prominence by the mainstream media and the Federal Government in terms of recognition and assistance.

Marafa noted in a statement to thank his colleagues at the National Assembly for the provision of N10 billion in this year’s budget to address the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Zamfara State, occasioned by the nefarious activities of bandits.

He said: “The unfortunate and dark eight years of banditry (2011 to date) in Zamfara had conservatively led to the killing of over 11,000 male adults, leaving behind an estimated average of 22,000 widows (at two wives/person) and an estimated 44,000 orphans (at an average of four children/deceased).”

Following a motion he sponsored, the National Assembly, while passing the 2019 budget, voted N10 billion for the creation of an intervention fund (to be called (Presidential Initiative on Zamfara State PIZAMS) to cater for the humanitarian disaster in the state.

Marafa noted that the overwhelming support by his colleagues at both chambers showed that with unity of purpose and direction, the country can overcome its challenges.

He said the N10 billion will help in resettling the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other persons affected by the activities of the armed banditry, to cater for their general well-being, provision of shelter, water, basic education, basic health care (especially for the wounded, children and rape victims) and others.
He called on the incoming National Assembly members from Zamfara State to ensure that PIZAMS gets a sizable allocation in the remaining nine years ahead.

He pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to set up PIZAMS (as soon as possible) as contained in the Senate resolution.

Police finally name killers of Kolade Jonhson

The Nigerian Police, Tuesday published the names and photos of those who murdered Mr Kolade Johnson, a football fan who was watching football match on Sunday.

This latest development followed the massive public outburst especially on social media and amongs celebrities took to their various social media handles, to criticize his death.

Others went as far as writing personal letters to President Muhammadu Buhari to end SARS, insisting that the force has always trampled on the constitutional right of many Nigerians.

The men suspected to have carried out the shooting of Kolade Johnson have been apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary procedures.

The CP has revealed their names as (1) Insp Ogunyemi Olalekan and (2) Sgt Godwin Orji attached to Anti Cultism Squad. CP Lagos paid condolence visit to the family of Kolade Johnson…We have full assurances that Justice will prevail – Family The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni today paid a condolence visi​t to the family of Kolade Johnson.

He stated that the men suspected to have carried out the shooting have been apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary procedures. He revealed their names as (1) Insp Ogunyemi Olalekan and (2) Sgt Godwin Orji attached to Anti Cultism Squad

Meanwhile, the Lagos state Police command, visited the home of the deceased to see and condole the family for their loss. Police Team led by Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, mni, today, paid condolence visit to the family of Kolade Johnson, reassures family that justice must prevail, Vanguard Reports.

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