Police in Abuja have concluded plans to prosecute John Akpabu who attempted to gain entry into the premises of Radio House with grenades and ammunition about two weeks ago.
The suspect, earlier designated a terror suspect, would be arraigned for arms possession upon conclusion of investigation, the police authorities said on Thursday.
Two weeks ago, Akpabu was arrested with three canisters of smoke grenades and 37 live rounds of AK47 ammunition as he attempted to enter the Radio House, Abuja, which was the venue of a ministerial press briefing and has been held in custody since May 21, 2012.
In defense of his actions, the suspect claimed that the exhibits belonged to his late elder brother, who had served as a policeman in Bayelsa State and that he (Akpabu) took them to Radio House to give them to the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, in expectation that his brother’s entitlements would be paid. The FCT Commissioner of Police, Ade Shinaba, has however debunked Akpabu’s claims that the ammunition and smoke grenades belonged to his late policeman brother, stressing that the police found no record of the officer (his late elder brother) that allegedly owned the articles.
“The suspect claimed that the items found on him belonged to his late brother who was a policemen, but the name he gave us did not tally with any name in the police record,” he said.
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, has stated that investigations into the matter are yet to be concluded but that the suspect was going to be tried for illegal possession of firearms. He also explained why Akpabu was remended in police custody, an act in direct contradiction with the directive of the acting Inspector-General of Police, saying that the suspect could not be granted bail due to the nature of his crimes – illegal possession of firearms.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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