The DAAR Communications Plc Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) has raised an alarm over the increasing security threats and attacks on journalists in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
This followed the attack on the Executive Director, DAAR Communications Plc, Mac Imoni Amarere on Monday evening while observing traffic rules not far from the Community Staff School, Asokoro, .
In a statement titled, ‘Abuja increasing insecurity: Amarere attacked, robbed at traffic light stop,’ the chapel said:
“The attention of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, DAAR Chapel, has been drawn to an unfortunate incident of the attack on Our Executive Director, DAAR Media Academy and Anchor, Peoples-Politics-Power on AIT, Mac Imoni Amarere.”Amarere was attacked, robbed while observing traffic rules not far from the Community Staff School, Asokoro, a facility owned and managed by the DSS in Asokoro, on Monday evening, September 26.
“Fortunately, there’s no bodily injury but he lost some valuables to the miscreants, his driver sustained minor injuries. Colleagues are encouraged to be more vigilant as we obey traffic lights in the City Centre, especially at night.
“The police is called to increase check points and surveillance, especially at roads ongoing construction and by strategic traffic lights. We call on colleagues to keep looking out for yourself and others.”
Gunmen abduct Imam, injure 11 in Ughelli
By Gloria Ikibah
No fewer than 11 persons were injured by unknown gunmen who reportedly stormed the Ughelli mosque in an ash coloured Toyota Sienna.
The gunmen kidnapped the Imam of the Ughelli Central Mosque after they attacked worshippers shortly after prayers on Friday morning.
The gunmen, said to be a gang of five, stormed the mosque located at Otovwievwiere Street in Okorodafe axis of the town around 6 am, shooting sporadically.
The Imam, Mallam Muhammadu Sani, was taken away to an unknown destination.
One of the injured victims who spoke from his hospital bed, Muhammed Bagudu, 63, said that the gunmen with their faces masked entered the mosque and began to shoot at people.
“They shot me, my brother, one of the Imams and went away with another Imam, Muhammadu Sani from Katsina state,” Bagudu said.
Narrating the incident, the secretary of Arewa Community, Ughelli North, Darlington Ahmed Garma, said the suspects parked their vehicle “opposite the mosque. Two men entered the Mosque, and as they were taking the Imam away, they told the remaining members that were performing their morning prayers to go outside.
“Before they got outside the mosque, eleven worshippers were shot and they are currently on admission.”
Condemning the attack, foremost Muslim leader in the State, Alhaji Mumaika Unagha, said that Muslim worshippers, particularly those in Ughelli area are now in fear, as xthey do not know the motive for the attack”.
He called on the Commissioner of Police, Ari Mohammed Ali, to urgently fish out the culprits, he recalled that about two years ago, the Secretary of the Delta State Muslim Council, Mallam Musa Ugasa, who was a resident of Ughelli, was attacked and killed in yet to be unraveled circumstances.
Efforts to speak with the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright, were unsuccessful.
Lady Who Supplies Bandits’ Arms, Others nabbed
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Zamfara State Command, have arrested a female gunrunner who allegedly specialises in supplying arms and ammunition to a notorious bandit kingpin identified as Dawa.
Naijablitznews reports the Zamfara State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, in a statement said that the female gunrunner identified as Gaje Abdullah from Madachi village in Katsina State was arrested on November 29 by Police Tactical Operatives who acted on intelligence information.
“On 29th November, 2022 Police Tactical Operatives acted on intelligence information and arrested the above mentioned female suspect.
“The female suspect is a notorious gunrunner that specialises in transporting arms and ammunition to a notorious bandit kingpin Known as Dawa.
“The said bandits kingpin has been a notorious bandit leader terrorizing the innocent people of Zamfara and neighbouring states. The suspect confessed to her involvement in the crime. Investigation is in progress,” the police spokesperson said.
Similarly, SP Shehu said the police also arrested six persons suspected to be involved in criminal conspiracy and intimidation to wit extortion, adding that upon their arrest, police recovered from them the sum of N700,000 as part of levies they collected from the villages.
The PPRO explained that Police Tactical operatives on November 29 at about 4:15p.m arrested the six suspects who pretended as bandits to place levies on their host communities.
The suspects “collected millions of Naira through a bank account they created for this purpose.
“In the course of investigation, all the suspects confessed to the crime and further stated that part of their criminal activities was to send threatening messages to the villages asking to contribute and pay money to them or face attack.
“They further confessed to receiving millions of Naira from five different communities. Discreet investigation led to the recovery of the sum of Seven hundred thousand Naira as part of levies they collected from the affected villages. Effort is being made to make further arrest and recovery before being charged to court for prosecution.”
The suspects include Jamilu Mohammed ‘M’ of Gadar Manya village; Zayyanu Barmo ‘M’ of Manya Babba village; Abubakar Usman ‘M’ of Mandau Village; Lauwali Girkau ‘M’ of Girkau village; Sala Girkau ‘M’ of Girkau village and Abubakar Yahaya ‘M’ of Tungar Mani Village, all in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
SP Shehu further stated that the Police Tactical Operatives in collaboration with vigilante acted on intelligence information regarding the abduction of 15 victims by terrorists at Dike village in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State.
According to the police spokesperson, “The Police operatives on receiving the intelligence information mobilized to the location and conducted search and rescue operation at sabon garin Dustin Kaura forest in Danjibga district of Tsafe LGa. The rescue operation was successfully conducted, leading to the rescue of the victims Hale and Hearty.
“The victims were taken to the hospital for medical check, debriefed by the Police detectives and handed over to their families.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf, while commending the police operatives and vigilant for the successful rescue operation, congratulates the victims for regaining their freedom, and reiterates the Command’s continuous determination to rid the state of criminal activities and apprehend criminal elements committing heinous crimes across the state.”
Kidnappers caught on CCTV footage abducting their victim + video
Some yet-to-be-identified kidnappers have been caught on camera abducting their victim.
The kidnappers drove in immediately their victim parked upon reaching his destination. They flashed their guns before gaining access to their victim’s car and driving off with him.
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