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Police arrest POS operator working for bandits in Zamfara

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By Francesca Iwambe

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Zamfara State has arrested a POS operator, simply identified as Mustapha, for allegedly hired by bandits for financial transactions.

The Zamfara NSCDC Commandant, Muhammad Muazu, said Mustapha was arrested in Birnin Tsaba Community in Zurmi LGA of the state.

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He further revealed that two POS machines were recovered from the suspect by his team during a stop-and-search operation.

“The suspect confessed that the machines were bought for him by a bandits’ leader and he is only transacting business with people he knows (the bandits).
“During interrogation, the suspect told us that they put calls to him from the forest and instruct him to collect money on their behalf and keep the money with him.

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“Then if they want to buy some items such as drugs, fuel and foodstuffs they send somebody directly to him to collect the money to buy whatever they want for them. Or sometimes they instruct the POS operator himself to use the money available to buy whatever they want. The transactions are usually shrouded in secrecy and are done with only known persons as confessed by Mustapha.
“This tells you that this person is particularly hired or sponsored to be doing the POS transactions for them.

He further revealed that the bandits threatened to kill some abducted victims in their custodey after learning of the arrest of their POS operator, adding that the village head and two party chairmen were among those listed to be killed.

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“When the bandits got the information about the arrest of the suspect (their agent) and seizure of the POS machines, they threatened to kill three persons they had abducted from the community earlier if the POS machines are not released to them or if in particular, the suspect is not freed.

“The people they threatened to kill are the village head of Birnin Tsaba and two party chairmen. The suspect had been operating two POS machines and we have asked banks to close the suspect’s accounts.

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“We have advised the state government to temporarily suspend the operations of the POS, especially in rural communities.

“From our observation, this will affect the way the bandits are using rural POS operators to make transactions. The rural POS operators are closer to the armed criminals.”

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JUST IN: 16 years Boy Killed, Other Injured as gunmen bomb INEC office, police station in Anambra

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By Gloria Ikibah

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A 16-year-old boy has been killed, while a 15-year old girl sustained gunshot injury in a bomb attack at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and a police station in Ojoto and Nnobi in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The hoodlums who carried the attack invaded the area at the early hours of Wednesday with four Seina vehicles, IEDs, petrol bombs and other explosives.

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It was gathered that the boy died in the incident, while the female teenager who sustained gunshot injury has been rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

Police spokesperson Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident, and disclosed that security deployment had been reinforced in the state, while the situation is being monitored.

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He said: “Anambra State Police Command today 1/2/2023 has reinforced security deployment in the state, following an attack on the INEC office and Nnobi Police Station.

“The hoodlums came in their numbers by 1:45 am today 1/2/2023, with four unmarked Seina vehicles, armed with IEDs, Petrol bombs and other explosives, invaded the INEC office, the Police Station and the residential building in the station.

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“Unfortunately, one boy aged 16 years a relative of a serving policeman in the station was murdered by the armed men while the other, a female aged 15 years old sustained a gunshot injury. She has been taken to the hospital where she is receiving treatment.

“The situation is being monitored and further details shall be communicated, please”.

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BREAKING: Alleged Armed Herdsmen Kill DPO In Benue

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By Onuwa Ehijene

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Information reaching NaijaBlitzNews.com indicates that suspected armed Fulani herdsmen this evening blocked Makurdi Naka Adoka Ankpa Highway killing the Divisional Police officer in charge of Naka Division.

The late SP Mamud Abubakar with others are yet to be discovered as many were also injured in the Attack.

The report stated further that the armed herdsmen had blocked a portion of the highway at I’mande Orbiam village and attacking vehicles using the road and the policemen were drafted to clear the road leading to a gun dwell between the herdsmen and the police leading to the shooting of the DPO.

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Benue state Command PPRO SP Sewues Anene confirmed the attack and killing of the DPO by the armed herdsmen.

In a statement , the CP Wale Abas has ordered the immediate deployment of tactical units to be led by CSP. Justin Gberindyer to the area, to bring the perpetuators of the attack to book, and to further prevent breakdown of law and order while ensuring that Makurdi -Naka road is accessible.

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He assured the good people of Gwer-west LGA of his commitment to secure themselves while urging them to remain calm and assist the police with information that will assist the police in dealing with the armed herdsmen.

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SACRILEGE! Protest Rocks Ibadan Over Rape Of Woman In Mosque

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Some Muslim youths, scholars and organisations in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, have staged a protest over alleged rape of a Muslim lady in one of the mosques in Ibadan.

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The woman was in ‘Niqob’ Purdah when the incident occurred, a source said.

A source said, “An unfortunate incident happened on Sunday in Ibadan, when the son of a road transport union sneaked into a mosque and raped a niqobite.

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“This then prompted the concerned Muslim leaders to stage the protest on Monday.”
The concerned Muslims were led in the protest by an Ibadan-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Amubieya.

Another source said that the suspect had been arrested.

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He said, “The thug who raped a niqobite (Muslim lady in veil) has been identified as Idris, also known as Kesari.

“He is the son of a union leader known as Al-Majiri. He was arrested by the police and the case has now been transferred to the State CID”.

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