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Why we killed lawmaker, murdered DPO — Bandits confess



Bauchi: Why we killed lawmaker, murdered DPO — Bandits confess

Their body frame and seeming innocent looks would never give them away as robbers, let alone being members of a notorious gang that had been terrorizing Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

But the trio of  Hashimu Galadima,aka Kan Wuka,  Abduwahab Abdulhassan,aka  Emeka  and  Abdulwahab  Ahmed a.k.a Dan Mama , confessed to being behind several kidnappings, robbery operations and some  murders in  Bauchi.

One of their victims as disclosed ,was a lawmaker at the  Bauchi State House of Assembly, Musa Mante Baraza.

The lawmaker representing Dass constituency was  killed in August 2020,  by bandits who stormed his house at night.

After snuffing life out of him, they abducted his  two wives and one-year-old child .

Another victim was former Divisional Police Officer  in charge of   Tafawa Balewa Division ,CSP Garkuwa.

The sin of the cop was that he deprived bandits access to operate  in areas under his watch.

The arrest  of the suspected  deadly gang members was  made following a directive by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman  Baba, to the  Force  Intelligence Response Team, IRT , headed by  Tunji Disu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Crime Guard gathered that some members of the gang were earlier arrested in connection with the murder of the lawmaker ,while others are still on the run when news of the latest arrest reached them.

Starling confession

Forty-eight –year-old leader of the gang,  Hashimu aka Kan-Wuka, who hails from  Galvan Village in Bakari-Bagel district of Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State, admitted to have led the operation in which the lawmaker was killed..

Hashimu, who was arrested shortly after serving a two –year jail term for a case of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping, revealed that the law maker was killed because he offended him and other members of his gang.

Asked what the late lawmaker’s offence was, he responded to the amazement of all, “ He gave people money but never gave me.

“ My gang was responsible for his killing and kidnap  of three members of his family.He did not only offend me but also other members  of my gang.  He was a generous man. He doled out money to people but he never gave  to me , even when I begged him  severally. That was why I hated him.

” Honestly, on the night we stormed his house,  the intention was not to kill him . But one of my gang members , Abdulhassan, said he  also hated the lawmaker .

“ He suggested we should waste his life . It was this same  Abdulhassan that facilitated how we located the law maker’s house and how we gained access into the house”.

Former DPO’s murder

Asked why his gang killed the former DPO, he replied, “ We all hated the DPO. We waited for him to retire before we struck. While he was the DPO of Tafawa Balewa  police station ,he was always giving us a tough time by  arresting  our members. He never gave us breathing space to operate in that area”.

The ex-convict also confessed to having participated in other different high profile crimes in Bauchi state.

He said “ I was first arrested for a  case of  criminal  conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping at Dass Divisional Police Station .The case was transferred to the Bauchi State Criminal Investigations Department , from where I was charged to court.

“The court found me guilty and I was sentenced to two years in prison. When I finished serving the jaill term at the  Bauchi Central Prison ,I continued my criminal activities.  .Other members of my gang are:  Yalura ,Shagari  Wakai ,Ibrahim , Abdulhassan Abdulwahab “..

My role in lawmaker’s murder – Alhassan

On his part, his partner in crime, Alhassan , admitted to have participated in the robbery operation at the late lawmaker’s house  by directing the gang to the place. He however denied joining them on the day of operation.

His role in the gang, according to him, was to sell illicit drugs that emboldened members.

He said, “  I am into the sale of  drugs. I know most of these criminals and sell hard drugs to them  .My problem with Honourable Mante was that he refused  to help me when I had problems with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,NDLEA  in Bauchi.  I sent  people to beg him  to use his position to bring me out but he ignored me. That was why I mentioned his name to the gang as a target” he stated.

The Force Police Relations Officer , CSP Muyiwa Adejobi , who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, assured that the Force would continue to play it’s constitutional role of protecting lives and properties of the citizens of Nigeria. (Vanguard)

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Enugu govt threatens to shut down institutions, businesses obeying sit-at-home



The Enugu State Government has called on residents of the state to ignore the sit-at-home being enforced by some members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafria,  IPOB.
The government directed all schools, markets, banks, retail outlets, hospitals, transporters, and malls to operate every day of the week, including Mondays.

It warned that defaulters of the directive may be forced to shut down with immediate effect, stressing that the states’s taskforce would be moving around to check compliance.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the state government, the call followed a recent ban and cancellation of the sit-at-home in the state.

The statement reads, “This is to inform all schools, markets, banks, retail outlets, hospitals, transporters, malls and the general members of the public that, in view of the recent ban/cancellation of Mondays’ sit-at-home by the Government of Enugu State, in all nooks and crannies of the state, they have been directed to go about their normal businesses and activities every day of the week, including Mondays.

“The above-mentioned bodies and others alike are required to comply with the directive as adequate security measures have been taken to guarantee their safety.

The statement noted that members of the government’s taskforce will be moving around to monitor compliance. Any market, transport outlet, or any other body that fails to open for business risks being shut down immediately.

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Ebonyi: Governor Nwifuru appoints SA on Street Light, 20 others



Governor of Ebonyi State, Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru
Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has appointed 21 aides as  Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants.

The appointment was contained in a public service announcement signed by Dr. Monday Uzor, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

Below are the list of those appointed into various positions:

Emerike Chinedu – SSA Security, Ebonyi North
Felix Okemini – SSA Security, Izzi LGA
Sunday Ogbonna – SA Security, Abakaliki LGA
Mbam Emmanuel Obinna – SA, Internal Security, Ebonyi LGA
Ogbonna Tobias – SA, Internal Security, Ohaukwu
Chukwuemeka Nwokpo – SA, Internal Security South

Godwin Okum – SA, Internal Security Ezza North
Desmond Edeke – SA, Internal Security Ikwo LGA
Easy Okike-Uzo – SA, Internal Security Onicha LGA
Chukwu Godwin – SA, Internal Security Ohaozara
Obinna Oko-Enyim – SA, Internal Security Afikpo North
Chima Nnachi Okoro – SA, Internal Security Afikpo South
Cletus Nga – SA, Internal Security Ivo LGA
Dr. Boniface Nwankwo – SA Documentation
Leo Ekene Oketa, – SA New Media

Mrs. Ifeoma Agwu – SA, Primary Education
Dr. Sabinus Nwibo – SA, Primary Health Care
Pan Christ Ikechukwu Eze, – SA, Capital City
Sylvester Nwamini – SA, Streetlight
Nnanna Nwangele – SA, Airport Security
Franklin Nkemjika Enyi – SA Airport SecurityAccording to the Statesmen, the appointees will be sworn-in on Monday, 5th June, 2023.
Time: 10 a.m at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Ochudo Centenary City, Abakaliki.

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Tinubu’s government temporary — Atiku



Tinubu and Atiku

Defeated presidential candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections, Atiku Abubakar has expressed confidence that he will reclaim his alleged stolen mandate at the court.

He, therefore, referred to the President Bola Tinubu-led APC administration as a “temporary government”.

Atiku Abubakar who addressed elected officials of the PDP during a stakeholders meeting held at the Government House Banquet Hall in Bauchi on Saturday, charged members of the National Assembly of the PDP not to be “rubber stamp members of the National Assembly”.

He added; “You are there to serve as a formidable opposition to this temporary administration.”

According to him, “Based on the results announced by the INEC and pending the determination of electoral challenges in the court, our members elect are not the majority in the National Assembly.

“So, for the time being, they have to prepare to work as an effective, constructive opposition while also preparing for possible roles of the majority party when the cases are resolved. A Government in waiting, so to speak.”

Atiku Abubakar stressed that, “In the recently concluded elections, our party campaigned on specific things, Nigerians are therefore expecting you to work on how to fulfil those campaign promises. That you are not among the INEC selected members is not an excuse not to perform, you must collectively work to put the temporary government on the right direction to serve Nigerians. Don’t be part of rubber stamp.”

He continued; “As you know, the PDP remains the only political party that is led by all its members, not a political party that is led by a few political godfathers. No one individual or group of people are bigger than the party in the PDP. You are Representatives of the party, do not be tempted to leave your party just because of INEC induced temporary setback.

“In the end, the truth shall triumph over falsehood and evil. Therefore, you must please remain resolute, do not work in isolation from one another, you are a team and should always work to together as a team in order to achieve meaningful results and also remain connected to your roots, your constituents and other stakeholders.”

The former Vice President explained that, “Retreat such as this, is like a meeting you will have with someone or a group about to embark on a very important journey or mission.”

“It is to discuss what we expect from the journey, how to prepare adequately for that journey including pieces of advise on how to handle various challenges that might be encountered along the way and also at the destination,” he further added.

He, however, charged the members-elect not to lose hope.

“Don’t ever lose hope, the role of the opposition is holding the government in majority party to account. And in doing so, you demonstrate that you and your party are ready to govern at the shortest possible time,” he said. (STribune)

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