The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today secured the conviction of Umar Yusuf, and Ibrahim Ahmed Bebeji, former Chief Clerical Officers in the Account and Internal Audit Department respectively at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, Kano State.Read More
The Ogun Area Command Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Sani Madugu, said smugglers now use the creeks along the border communities at Idiroko, Ipokia Local Government Area, to smuggle bags of rice and other prohibited products into the country.Read More
BENIN—The bus driver policemen handcuffed to their van in Benin, the Edo State capital, and dragged along the road has said the officers found only an empty packet of cigarette on him.Read More
A 35-year-old man, Bolaji Ojo, who allegedly assaulted a woman, Mrs Blessing Ndive, by punching off one of her teeth over two loaves of bread, was, yesterday, brought before a Badagry chief magistrate’s court in Lagos State.Read More
LAGOS—Operatives from the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, yesterday, stormed house number 21, Pastor Asaye Close, New Igando, Lagos State, where an abductee, the owner of a multi-national pharmaceutical company, Donatus Dunu, was kept for months.
The operatives, who were led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, were spotted around the apartment where the business man escaped from last Friday and a large cache of arms and ammunition— four AK-47 rifles, two pistols and 40 fully-loaded magazines—were recovered.
They combed the area for clues that would aid their search for fleeing members of the notorious kidnap gang.
An operative, who spoke with Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the detectives flew into Lagos, Tuesday evening, following a directive by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who had placed a bounty of N30 million for information that could lead to the arrest of the gang leader, known as Evans.
It was gathered that the IRT operatives ransacked the two bedroom apartment, where the kidnappers used as their hideout and rummaged through some properties left behind by the kidnappers.
Investigations revealed that the kidnappers have beenusing the apartment since 2015.
Vanguard gathered that the owner of the building, identified simply as Deaconess Molluscan, may not have known that the tenants were using the building for kidnapping activities.
Sources disclosed that a woman, who pretended to be married to a man who lives abroad, rented a section of the building from the owner in 2015 and handed it over to the kidnappers.
Residents narrate experience
Some residents, who spoke with Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, for fear of attacks, disclosed that two male occupants lived in the building until last April, when a woman came and rented the other section of the building.
They stated that the male occupants, who are of Eastern extraction, rarely speak with people within the area.
One of the residents said: “Their gate is always shut and when they come out of their compound, they don’t talk to anyone. Nobody knows the kind of the job they do.
“We did not know they were kidnappers until the police raided the apartment and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition.
“Last April, when the owner of the building came and repaired the other apartment in the compound and placed it for rent, a woman came again and rented the apartment. We did not know that the woman was also a member of the gang.
“We discovered something was fishy last Friday when we saw them running with few of their belongings. At the moment, we are currently living in fear; we don’t know if these kidnappers would attack our community. We are begging the police to beef up security in our area.”
Another IRT operative, who spoke with Vanguard, also disclosed that the operatives stumbled on several documents that would aid their investigation in apprehending Evans and his gang members.
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of an Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama, yesterday, warned the Federal Government to be more diligent in the trial of detained former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).Read More
THE police in Enugu State have arrested a 22-year-old lady and a commercial motorcyclist (Okada) over alleged child stealing, contrary to Section 371 of the Criminal Code. The offence is punishable with 14 years’ imprisonment, if convicted.Read More
Barely three weeks after some gunmen suspected to be armed robbers killed an Inspector of Police and made away with his AK-47 rifle at Ugwunwasike area of Ogidi, in Idemili North Local Government area of Anambra state, another gunmen, yesterday, shot dead another policeman and carted away his AK-47 rifle at Nkpor junction.Read More
A suspected fake naval officer, his Army accomplice and their official tailor have been arrested by the police in Lagos in a failed robbery operation along Ijora Bridge, Lagos state.Read More
Gunmen killed an Umuahia-based civil engineering contractor, indentified as Emeka Okenna, closed to his poultry farm located at Umuobia Housing Estate, Olokoro, in Umuahia South LGA, Saturday morning.Read More
Police in Lagos, yesterday, placed a N30 million bounty on the head of wanted notorious kidnapper, identified simply as Evans.Read More
A Muslim cleric, Sheik Yusuf Amzat-Salam, 35, his wife and four children were killed by hoodlums suspected to be herdsmen in the early hours of Tuesday in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun.Read More
LAGOS—The police in Lagos, weekend, arrested a pharmacist over his suspected involvement in the kidnap of his boss, Donatus Duru, the owner of a multi-national pharmaceutical company at Ilupeju area of Lagos State.Read More
A building serving as a hideout to the dreaded kidnap kingpin, Evans, who has kidnapped many billionaires within Festac and other parts of Lagos State, collecting up to $1million as ransom from them was yesterday crushed by the police who recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition.Read More
TWO suspected killers of the police orderly to the Deputy Governor of Enugu state, Miss Helen Sunday, have been arrested. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu however said he could not confirm the arrest as at press time but promised to get back to Saturday Vanguard on the matter.Read More