10 Miners Die In Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command has revealed that 10 miners were killed by armed bandits in Birnin Gawri Local Government Area.

This was revealed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Austin Iwar in an interview in Kaduna on Sunday.

The 10 local miners were working in a mine field in Mahanga village in Birnin Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State.

“On Saturday, nine miners were killed and were buried, while 13 people were critically injured.

“Six were hospitalised at the General Hospital, Birnin Gwari, while seven were transferred to Kaduna for treatment.

“Today, one out of the 13 injured miners died and increased the death toll to 10,’’ he said.

He added that the situation was now under control and that security operatives had been posted to the flash points to forestall a reprisal attack.

“We are meeting with stakeholders to see that this incident does not re-occur,’’ he added.

Iwar also said no arrest had been made while investigation was ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident .

“We are investigating to see first the reason why it happened and the immediate cause.

” This is to enable us identify the culprits and arrest them to face the law, ” he said

Iwar assured the public that the suspects would be arrested and prosecuted.

220 Suspected Criminals Arrested In Lagos

On the order of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, the Lagos Police Command with the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force and other security outfits have arrested 220 suspected criminals on Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The joint mid-night enforcement operations tagged ‘Mother of all Raids’ was led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Area ‘A’ Command (Lion Building), ACP Olushola Akinyede with the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and all Divisional Police Officers under Area ‘A’ Command, Lagos Island.

SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, chairman of the Lagos State Task Force disclosed that 214 male and 6 female suspected criminals were arrested during the joint mid-night operations carried out around Obalende, Sura, Adeniji-Adele, Oke-suna, Sangros, Falomo, Agarawu, Bishop-Oluwole, Tokunbo, Idumota and Apogbon area of Lagos Island.

He said Edgal has directed that all arrested 220 suspected notorious criminals be thoroughly screened before being charge to court for prosecutions.

Ibrahim Oluwole one of the suspected criminal said he was arrested under the Obalende fly-over at mid-night.

He confessed to have belonged to a criminal gang that dispossess innocent members of the public of their valuables such as phones, wallets and jewelleries at night around Obalende.

Oluwole, 27 who hailed from Shagamu area of Ogun State, however, appealed for leniency from the government as he promised to change.

Ammunitions Recovered From Criminals In Lagos

Three AK47 rifles, magazines and live ammunition were recovered from two men suspected to be pirates in Lagos . The suspects, however, denied being pirates, insisting that they only kept the weapons for a rich man in Benin Republic.Sunmola, a herbalist, denied preparing charms for pirates and armed robbers, adding that his nephew (Akpot) brought the guns to his house few months ago for safekeeping.

Sunmola said: “We are from Badagry. Akpot is my sister’s son. He was the one who brought the gun. He told me it is what they used to work in the ship. He told me to keep it that his friends and himself would come back for it.

“The gun was in my house for three weeks before police arrested me. He was the one who brought police to my shrine. I did not collect any money to keep the guns and I am not a member of any gang. I am an herbalist. I inherited my job from my grandfather. I do not do charms for criminals. I only prepare herbs for people looking for babies and those battling ailment.”

Akpot, who said he took delivery of the guns from Alphonse at brickwater, said the alleged illegal oil bunkerer and pirate promised to give him an undisclosed amount of money to keep them. He claimed he knew the said Alphonse last year, adding that he usually supplied fish to him.

Akpot said: “I knew him through Baba Beji. Baba Beji was my friend and customer. He usually bought fish from me. But when he relocated, he introduced me to Alphonse and I used to supply fish to him.

“He bought fish between N25,000 and N40,000 at least three times a month from me. He is a rich man in Benin Republic. I know he is into oil bunkering and he used to send Cotonou boats to Lagos anchorage to load products in jerry cans.

“The day he gave me the guns, he told me to meet him in the water. He was in his speedboat and I was in my own wooden boat. He told me there were guns and that I should keep them well for him. He said he was going to give me big money but did not tell me the amount. He said he wanted to help me because I am a good person. I am not a pirate. I am not a member of the gang.”

Fake Fertilizer Factory Discovered In Kaduna

In a statement issued to newsmen in Kaduna, on Thursday which was signed by the governor’s spokesman Smauel Aruwan has informed the general public that following a tip-off, an illegal fertilizer factory producing fake presidential fertilizer initiative carrying Federal Government logo has been discovered in Gwargwaji along the Zaria–Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State Security operatives have said.
The statement disclosed that the discovery of the fake fertilizer factory was as a result of a tip off which prompted members of “Operation Yaki” and  the Zaria Police Area Command led by  Inspector Saleh Yakubu  stormed the premises of the factory on Tuesday May 2, 2017, at about 10:00 p.m .
According to the statement, three principal suspects were arrested namely: Mohammed Lawal Ashiru alias Baba Karami, Amadu Bello Suleiman and Anas Suleiman.
Exhibits recovered during the raid included a mixing/sealing machine, 226 bags of pure Indorama Urea Fertilizer, 375 bags of adulterated fertilizer with the label FGN Presidential Fertilizer Initiative carrying the logo of the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as 450 empty bags with the same logo, some reasonable quantity of sand used in the adulteration process.
Meanwhile, “the suspects and the items recovered were handed over to the Zaria Area Police Command for further investigation and that the suspects are currently assisting with investigations towards tracing more illegal factories and arresting the manufacturers while investigation into the criminal profiles of the suspects is in progress for possible prosecution.
“Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s has directed, that the matter be investigated and the suspects charged to court,” the statement concluded.