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Armed robbers seek N25,000 ransom to release stolen items

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Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested some suspected armed robber for allegedly stealing foreign and local currencies, among other valuables estimated at N1m, from a woman on New Year’s Eve.

The suspects, who also collected the victim’s American visa card, gold trinkets, phone, were said to have called her husband on the telephone afterwards, demanding N25,000 to release the valuables to her.

The case was reported at the Ketu Police Station and was referred to operatives of the RRS, who arrested the suspects.

The 58-year-old woman, identified only as Alhaja, allegedly told the police in her statement that she was robbed at Ketu bus stop, Ketu, around 9pm on December 31, 2017.

She said, “I was going to my house in Ikorodu after visiting my children on New Year’s Eve when I boarded a tricycle heading for Ketu bus stop.

“I alighted close to the Ketu bridge on Ikorodu Road around 9pm. I was the only one, as other passengers had dropped off before reaching the bus stop.

“Immediately I alighted, I was surrounded by five young men, who wielded knives and daggers. They collected my phone and a hand bag containing $800 (N288,000), 400 Qatari Riyal (N39,548), N45,000, an American visa card, a pouch containing gold trinkets and a purse with unspecified amount of money.

“After collecting all I had on me, they let me go. They then started using my phone to call my husband that I should bring N25,000 to collect my phone and all they took from me. When the harassment became unbearable, I decided to block the line.”

She said she reported the matter at the Ketu Police Station from where it was referred to the RRS.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Buhari Mourns As Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Farmers In Borno

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Buhari Mourns As Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Borno Farmers

Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the reported slaughter of over 40 Borno farmers by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

He expressed grief over the killing of farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State, describing the terrorist killings as insane.

Buhari’s position on the killings was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘President Buhari condemns as insane, Boko Haram killing of farmers in Borno State.’

Also Read: Presidency Clears Air On N150,000 Monthly Payment To Repentant Boko Haram Members

He said: “I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings. My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls Rest In Peace.”

President Buhari said the government had given all the needed support to the armed forces “to take all necessary steps to protect the country’s population and its territory.”

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Boko Haram Slaughters 43 Farmers In Borno, Destroys Rice Farms

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Boko Haram Slaughters 43 Farmers In Borno, Destroys Rice Farms

Borno State

Boko Haram on Saturday reportedly beheaded 43 farmers in Zabarmari, less than 20 km from Maiduguri, Borno State.

The insurgents were also said to have destroyed the rice plantation after slaughtering all the farmers in yet another major attack in the state that has been badly hit by the insurgent group.

Also Read: Presidency Clears Air On N150,000 Monthly Payment To Repentant Boko Haram Members

According to reports, the bodies of the slain farmers whose throats were also slit is still been kept by residents of the area who are insisting they won’t be buried until the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum sees their bodies.

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Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo

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Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has expressed that there is a serious security crisis in Ondo State.

He made this remark while lamenting the murder of a monarch in the state, Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, who was killed by suspected kidnappers.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, Akeredolu described the incident as a sad one for the State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The governor described the act as a heinous crime that is too heavy and unbearable.

He said he has directed security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.

Akeredolu also vowed to do all he can to unravel those behind the act and make them face the full wrath of the law.

He advised that caution should be exercised from making public reference in statements or utterances in respect of the “great loss.”

 

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