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How we’re tackling kidnapping, other vices in Benue — Cp Makama

Bashir Makama

Mr. Bashir Makama is the new Benue state Commissioner of Police. In this interview with our Crime Editor, Emma Nnadozie and Peter Duru, he spoke about the strategies he adopted upon assumption of office to drive down the rate of crimes and communal clashes in the state.

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•The Suspects

Bank robbery: I was appointed Special Adviser to Governor before my arrest- Suspect

“Two weeks before my arrest, I was been shortlisted as a Special Adviser to Bayelsa State Governor, and we were waiting for him to return from his trip abroad so that he would swear us into our various offices. I did not know that the police got to know about my activities. I was shocked when they trailed me to my house and arrested me and I took them to my boss and he was arrested too. They recovered our arms and ammunition,” he lamented.

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•Rev. Fr. Ugwu

Parishioners accuse Catholic priest of assault, flogging

He continued; ‘’ There was a burial ceremony in the community which the clergy officiated. At the ends of it, the priest did not allow daughters of the community to be served with food and water. He threw away containers of cooked rice, saying that such norms and values have been abolished as far as he is in charge of the parish. After throwing away the food he ended the requiem mass for the deceased. To make matters worse, he occupied a vantage position for hours to ensure that the daughters of Umuoyo village in Abbi were served neither food nor water.”

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Rapist Moruf Mohammed

Client rapes 7-yr-old daughter of prophetess

Many people were left speechless at the Lagos State Police Command as a seven-year-old girl narrated how she was defiled by her mother’s client, Moruf Mohammed, at 5, Samsudeen Street, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos. It was learned that the suspect raped the victim in their apartment at about 1p.m. last Wednesday, when her mother went to the market.

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Seyi Ade and his tools of trade.

Money ritual: Fake herbalist defrauds Lagos banker of N2.5m

A fake herbalist, yesterday, made a startling revelation of how a staff of one of the new generation banks approached him for money ritual. Vanguard gathered that the suspect, Seyi Ade, a holder of the Ordinary National Diploma, OND, in Business Administration, of the Ibadan Polytechnic, collected N2.5 million from the banker to prepare the concoction two months ago.

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Trader, 27, rapes 10-yr-old girl

A 27-year-old trader, Kingsley Okereke, was also arrested for defiling a minor at 27, Oilmill Street, Ebute-Meta, Lagos Island. Vanguard learned that the 10-year-old victim was raped in the suspect’s shop last week on her way to school. The act was exposed when the girl’s mother received a call from her daughter’s school informing her that she was sick. She rushed to the school and met her daughter bleeding. When questioned, she told her mother what had happened and the person that raped her.

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