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Nasarawa: Police arrest alleged killer of APC chairman, 27 others

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The Police Command in Nasarawa State has arrested another suspect linked to the killing of Mr Philip Shekwo, the former State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

DAILY POST had reported that the APC chieftain was kidnapped from his residence on Kurikyo road, Lafia, on November 21, 2020, and later killed by his abductors.

The Nasarawa State’s Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, paraded the suspect on Thursday in Lafia, alongside 27 others arrested for various criminal offences in the State.

Longe stated that the suspect, a 30-year-old man, was arrested on February 14, from Awe, following credible intelligence.

According to him, the sum of N450,000 believed to be ransom collected from a kidnap victim from Taraba State was recovered from the suspect.

He explained that the suspect and four others were on the police watch-list in connection with the killing of Shekwo.

The CP said that the arrest brought to four, the number of suspects linked to the crime, adding that the Police was closing in on the fifth suspect.

Longe also paraded 27 other suspects arrested for various criminal offences, including armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism across the State.

He mentioned items recovered from the suspects to include N1, 050 million cash, four vehicles, a motorcycle, 32 live ammunition and seven firearms.

Longe warned all criminal elements in Nasarawa to desist, stressing that the Police wouldn’t relent in mobilising all resources at its disposal to confront them.

The CP called for the support of all stakeholders for effective policing of the State.

Meanwhile, Longe also inaugurated Operation Puff Adder II, to tackle cases of kidnapping and banditry in the State.

The CP said that the operation comprised 158 personnel drawn from the Police Mobile Force, Special Forces and Counter-Terrorism units of the command.

Longe said the personnel would be deployed to five strategic locations in the State, and that they had been well trained and equipped to tackle all forms of security challenges in the State.

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Europa League: Mourinho reacts to Tottenham draw against Dinamo

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Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho, has reacted to the Europa last 16 draw that pitted his side against Dinamo Zagreb.

Tottenham were lucky to have avoided Manchester United and Arsenal in the draw and Mourinho believes that at this stage there is no easy team left in the competition.

Addressing the press on Friday after the draws were confirmed, Mourinho said, “When you are in this competition and you get to this stage you don’t get easy clubs. If you want to win it, sooner or later you have to play against the best clubs or the ones who go through the different stages.”

The Portuguese said his team’s objective at the moment is to win against Dinamo and prepare to meet Arsenal and Manchester United later in the competition, adding, “We have always to face them.

“I think, yeah it happened in the Champions League final, two English clubs, happened in the Europa League with Arsenal and Chelsea too.

“It’s something that can happen and if it does, wonderful for us if we are one of the two teams and wonderful for English football to have two teams in the final.

“But in this moment 16 teams, everybody wants the same so it’s very premature to think about it. Dinamo, they beat Krasnodar twice.

“I played against them with Real Madrid in the Champions League. Croatian football is Croatian football, lots of talent. It’s a football country.”

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2 suspected kidnappers arrested in Ebonyi

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The Ebonyi police command on Friday said it arrested two suspects for allegedly abducting two children at the Agubia community, Ikwo Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Loveth Odah, Spokesperson of the command made this known at a news conference on Friday in Abakaliki.

Odah said the children, Tochukwu, 5, Wisdom, 4, had also been rescued by the command.

He said another child, simply called Sopuruchi, 8, abducted about two weeks ago at Igbaegu in Izzi Local Government Area of the state, was also in the command’s custody.

He said Sopuruchi was rescued in Enugu after she was abandoned by her abductors.

He said the rescue of the children and arrest of the suspects was made possible by the help of members of the public.

“The first two kids were abducted yesterday, (Thursday) and were also rescued the same day. Sopuruchi, a female, who was also rescued was abducted about two weeks ago.

“The command received a distress call, on reaching there, we saw Tochukwu and Wisdom with the suspects (a man and woman).

“The suspects were arrested while the children were rescued from the suspects. The suspects are here in our custody and they are undergoing interrogations.

“One of the kids told the police that their abductors enticed them with biscuits and took them away,” Odah said.

Mr Ogbonnaya Eze, the father of Tochukwu and Wisdom thanked the police for rescuing his children alive.

“The police have done well, I am happy and I thank God that my children are alive,” Eze said.

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Police reads riot act to criminals over murder of four officers

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The Police Command in Cross River State has read the riot act to suspected criminals who murdered four Policemen in Calabar, Cross River State capital.

The Command in a press statement regretted the murder of the officers.

“The Command is on a total clampdown drive on any person, group of persons and sponsors of all barbaric act against humanity without recourse.

“It is worth noting that the Command has so far arrested five suspects in connection with the crime and will go all out to unravel the essence of this dastardly act

”The Command wishes to state equivocally that there is no cause for alarm, no tension in the state as published or claimed in some social media platforms.

The Command urged members of the public to partner and collaborate with the police in information gathering and sharing for quality service delivery at all times

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