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The Big 5: Police says Offa robbery gang leaders accompanied Saraki on condolence visit and other stories

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The Nigerian Police on Tuesday said four of the gang leaders accompanied the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, 48 hours after the Offa bank robbery to the palace of the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye, to sympathise with him.

As reported by the Vanguard Newspapers, a source at the SARS office in Abuja, said that contrary to widely publicized report, which indicated that Saraki was invited because of his role in the robbery attack, the Senate President was only invited to explain why he allegedly purchased illegal and prohibited weapons used to kill innocent and law-abiding people.

“It is an offence to purchase prohibited weapons for criminals in whatever guise, be it thuggery or whatever you call it,” he said, insisting the Senate President had a case to answer.

The source also disclosed that Police investigators during interrogation of the suspects also discovered that one of the gang leaders was putting on the same ankara clothing specially invited guests wore on the day of Bukola Saraki’s daughter’s wedding in Kwara.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said its fight against oppression includes all Nigerians and not limited to only Christians.

CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, made the disclosure during a funeral programme organised in honour of the association’s General Secretary, Musa Asake, who died recently, said the association will continue to lend it’s voice against oppression of any kind against all Nigerians.

“We are against any form of oppression, not only against Christians, but all Nigerians. Yes, you may say Christians first because that’s our constancy. But a lot of things are going wrong in this country. The current wave of violence is unprecedented. We will continue to speak against that. We will speak out against all causes of religious agitation and oppression against Nigerians,” Ayokunle said.

The Transparency International has said militias offer bribes to corrupt officials at seaports, land borders and airports to bring weapons into Nigeria, urging for more accountability and transparency to strengthen security in the country.

Musa Rafsanjani, Head of Transparency International Nigeria,who stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at a policy dialogue on the state of the nation, added that the Federal Government must adequately fund the police and provide them with “the requisite skills and modern equipment to effectively tackle the insecurity challenges in the country.”

While noting that Nigeria was not yet mature for state police, as most state governments would use such to promote political violence and oppression, he advocated for more transparency and accountability in the security sector. as well as more oversight from the National Assembly on the security sector.

Haruna David, a Deputy Director in the Kogi State Ministry of Education,  slumped and died on Tuesday while at his office in Lokoja. 

The deceased civil servant was said to have complained to some staff about difficulty in meeting his family obligations due to nonpayment of his salaries and that he had accumulated much debts.

According to sources in the ministry, David ust like other workers in the state was last paid in February 2018.

Kogi State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka, who confirmed the incident, said he has mandated some of its officials ascertain the cause of the death and the union would make its position known after the cause of the sudden death is ascertained.

Three Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) policemen and eight farmers were said to have been killed by suspected herdsmen in Mararaba Udege, Aisa and Aguma communities in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa.

A conflict was said to have erupted after an Agatu man shot a Fulani and stole his motorcycle, leading to houses being burnt and the communities deserted in the incident which happened on June 3.

Police spokesman Ismaila Usman, who confirmed this, said “As the Fulani launched a reprisal, the police was called in. But unfortunately, our men were ambushed and three were killed, adding that although no arrest has been made, normalcy has returned to the affected areas as a team of policemen, headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, had been deployed there to maintain order.”

The Paramount Ruler of Agatu Chiefdom, Alhaji Ahmed Kwanaki has appealed to the state and Federal Government to deploy military men in the area to stem the attacks as the security operatives earlier deployed in the area were overpowered by the herdsmen and they could not move to the interior where the killings happened.


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