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Mob Lynches NSCDC Official, Another for Killing Nine Boys’ Brigade Members

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Pandemonium broke out on Monday at the Sabonline area, Gombe, after an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Adamu Abdullahi, and a yet-to-be-identified man were reportedly lynched for the killing of nine Boys’ Brigade members.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the Boys’ Brigade members were drawn from the St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Madaki, and two parishes of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Bamusa and Barunde, Gombe State.

The Boys’ Brigade members were said to be having an Easter procession when the incident happened around 1am.

Our correspondent gathered that the NSCDC official had wanted to drive through the procession, but was prevented by the brigade, which had blocked a lane on the road.

After some altercation, Abdullahi was said to have had his way.

The official, who was said to be unhappy with the initial action of the group, reportedly drove to his house and dropped off some occupants in his car.

He was alleged to have returned to the procession in his car.

Abdullahi allegedly switched off the headlamps of the vehicle and rammed into the group, killing nine people on the spot.

About 30 others were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury.

A member of the ECWA Boys’ Brigade, Michael Adeniran, said Abdullahi, a corps assistant, drove an official car of the NSCDC.

He said, “The incident happened around 1am. A salon car with the logo of civil defence was prevented from passing the road because of our procession.

“However, when our pastor prevailed on us, we allowed him to pass. After dropping off his girlfriends in his house, he drove back with his car and cleared our members. There was one other person with him in the car.”

Another eyewitness, Meshach Michael, said a mob pounced on the two men and beat them to death.

He said, “Immediately we saw what happened, we held the driver and the man with him and beat them up in anger. We wanted to burn the car, but we were stopped.”

The second occupant of the car was reported to be a policeman.

Our correspondent visited some of the survivors at the male surgical ward of the state specialist hospital.

One of them, who identified himself only as Godwin, wondered why the NSCDC official took the decision.

“This is not the first time that we would embark on this procession at the wee hours of the night,” he said.

Another survivor, Zakaria Ibrahim, said the action was premeditated.

The Gombe State Commissioner of Health, Dr Kennedy Ishaya, described the incident as unfortunate.

“The survivors have different degrees of injury; some have head injuries, and others lacerations,” he added.

The ECWA Secretary, Elias Tstakis, said the church was mourning the loss of its members.

“We discovered that the two men were deployed in the government house, but they chose to kill innocent teenagers,” he said.

The spokesperson for the NSCDC, Gombe command, ASC Sajid Saad, declined comment.

“I am on the road now; I can’t talk. If you are in Gombe, come to my office,” he said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum, said 10 people died.

She said, “There were 10 deaths and 30 injured victims are receiving treatment at the state specialist hospital and other private health institutions.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Bello Makwashi, who was said to have visited the scene of the incident, denied that the second occupant of the car was a policeman.

The Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, who confirmed 11 deaths in a statement on Monday, said the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, had ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

He, however, said the accident was caused by brake failure, adding that the driver was on Gadan Malale Road and heading for the Central Roundabout in the area when tragedy struck.

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Cultist, 2Baba, Responsible for Killing Rivers DPO, Neutralized – Police

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Police operatives in Rivers State, on Saturday, said they have eliminated one Gift Okpara aka 2 Baba, prime suspect in the murder of a Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, Bako Angbashim, in September last year.

A group of criminals, during the period, murdered the DPO in an ambush attack at the Odiemudie community of Ahoada East Local Government Area and dismembered his body.

Angered by the killing, the Rivers State Governor, Similayi Fubara, placed a N100 million bounty on Okpara, and charged the police to fish him out to face justice over the gruesome murder of the police officer.

The spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the news in a statement on Monday in Port Harcourt, said the hoodlum was killed in a recent joint security raid in the Idu-Ekpeye community in Ahiada East LGA.

She said human skulls, assorted rifles, explosives, and various charms were recovered during the raid on Okpara’s hideout.

The statement read: “On February 17, 2024, at around 12:00hrs, 2BABA and his gang attacked Okogbe town and Odiokwu community in Ahoda West LGA, destroying pipelines.

“At 04:00hrs, operatives raided 2Baba’s new camp. Despite a fierce gun battle, 2Baba and his gang members escaped.

“However, at around 14:00hrs, intelligence confirmed 2Baba’s death after he lost consciousness and resuscitation attempts failed.

“Efforts are in progress to retrieve the body of the infamous killer, while investigations into the Iceland cult’s activities in the region continue.

“The Rivers State Police Command remains resolute in its duty to protect the lives and property of the citizens and it will continue to employ all necessary resources and strategies to ensure a safe and secure environment for all.”

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Police Nab Five Suspects, Vow to Frustrate Illegal Sales, Theft at Ports

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The Nigeria Police Force has again reiterated its commitment to enforcing all laws and emplacing anti-crime strategies to curb illegal activities at our various ports and around the economic hubs in Nigeria.

The commitment, according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, is geared towards stimulating the government’s agenda of quick economic recovery and development in our dear county.

The commitment was re-echoed when the Eastern Port Police Command confirmed the arrest of 5 suspects in connection with the diversion of bags of wheat belonging to the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), and recovery of about 1,238 bags of wheat in Port-Hacourt on the 6th of February 2024.

The 1,840 bags of wheat which were to be transported from Ibeto Port Terminal, Port-Harcourt, to an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp located in Kano State were fraudulently diverted by the drivers tasked with this assignment, alongside their accomplices, who were intercepted and apprehended by the operatives of the Nigeria Police attached to the Eastern Port.

The operatives made an arrest of five (5) suspects namely Umar Hashim, Edidiong Umoh, Udah Stanley, Abubakar Jariri and Yunusa Babangida, and recovered 1,238 stolen bags of wheat along with the truck and a bus used in carrying out the crime. The recovered bags of wheat have been returned to the World Food Programme, and efforts are in top gear to recover the missing 602 bags of wheat and arrest the other suspects associated with the crime.

The FPRO reiterated that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun has re-emphasized the goal of the Nigeria Police to ensure that individuals engaged in activities aimed at sabotaging the economy of the country and entrenching hardships among the vulnerable members of the public are ardently dealt with in line with extant laws. He has therefore ordered that the suspects be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations and tying of all lose ends.

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Police Recruitment: PSC Shortlists 171, 956 Candidates for CBT on March 5

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The Police Service Commission has fixed Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 for the Computer Based Test (CBT) for successful applicants for Police recruitment from the just concluded credentials and physical screening exercise that held throughout the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

A total of 171,956 applicants who were successful from the screening exercise are expected to take part in the Computer based tests. Candidates for the aptitude tests are applicants for the General duty positions.

The 43,778 applicants who were successful from the specialists cadre during the screening exercise are expected to go through practical tests at a date to be announced soon by the Commission.

The Commission after the Meeting of the Police Recruitment Board on Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 approved that the Joint Admission and Martriculation Board, JAMB, should conduct the Computer based tests for the Police applicants because of its long standing pedigree in such examinations.

For the General Duty cadre, 315, 114 applicants were invited for the screening exercise out of which 171,956 were successful and shortlisted for the JAMB CBT. The 171,956 applicants shortlisted are made up of 25,818 females and 146,138 males.

Kaduna State will be presenting the highest number of candidates for the tests with12,343 followed by Bauchi with 10,911, Benue, 10,532 and Katsina,10,457.

Anambra State has the least candidates for the aptitude tests with 343 applicants followed by Lagos, 504 and Ebonyi, 600.

Successful candidates from the Computer based tests will be required to appear for medical examinations before they proceed for training

Dr. Solomon Arase CFR, retired Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Commission said the Commission is on course to conclude this exercise on time so that successful candidates can be quickly injected into the system to join in the renewed war against insurgency and banditry.

He commended Mr. President for this rare opportunity to reinforce and reinvigorate

The Police Service Commission has fixed Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 for the Computer Based Test (CBT) for successful applicants for Police recruitment from the just concluded credentials and physical screening exercise that held throughout the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

A total of 171,956 applicants who were successful from the screening exercise are expected to take part in the Computer based tests. Candidates for the aptitude tests are applicants for the General duty positions.

The 43,778 applicants who were successful from the specialists cadre during the screening exercise are expected to go through practical tests at a date to be announced soon by the Commission.

The Commission after the Meeting of the Police Recruitment Board on Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 approved that the Joint Admission and Martriculation Board, JAMB, should conduct the Computer based tests for the Police applicants because of its long standing pedigree in such examinations.

For the General Duty cadre, 315, 114 applicants were invited for the screening exercise out of which 171,956 were successful and shortlisted for the JAMB CBT. The 171,956 applicants shortlisted are made up of 25,818 females and 146,138 males.

Adamawa State will be presenting the highest number of candidates for the tests with 13, 780 followed by Kaduna,12,343, Bauchi 10,911, Benue, 10,532 and Katsina,10,457.

Anambra State has the least candidates for the aptitude tests with 343 applicants followed by Lagos, 504 and Ebonyi, 600.

Successful candidates from the Computer based tests will be required to appear for medical examinations before they proceed for training

Dr. Solomon Arase CFR, retired Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Commission said the Commission is on course to conclude this exercise on time so that successful candidates can be quickly injected into the system to join in the renewed war against insurgency and banditry.

He commended Mr. President for this rare opportunity to reinforce and reinvigorate the Police Force for improved performance .

Dr. Arase assured that the Commission will continue to seek for citizen oriented and friendly Police, properly trained and equipped to provide inspiring leadership in the nation’s internal security.

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