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Nigeria Customs secures conviction of 2 smugglers

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The Nigeria Customs Service has secured the conviction of two smugglers, Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili.

Abdullahi Maiwada, the National Public Relations Officer of Customs, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, noting that the conviction was secured on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convictions stemmed from cases of involvement in assembling to contravene customs laws, possession of smuggled goods, and assaulting customs officers with charms and horsewhips at Owoyele-Igbogila, Yewa-North Local Government, Ogun State in 2023.

Felarun and Jelili have been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour without the option of a fine by Justice Demi-Ajayi of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta.

Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi asserted that 11 suspects were convicted for the offences of improper importation, assault on Customs officers, and possession of pangolin scales meant for export, among other illicit items, while some other smuggling and related cases instituted in the courts are at various stages of prosecution and would be followed up diligently.

Felarun Oluwasegun and Fakorede Jelili were first arraigned in court in May 2023 on a three-count charge and have been remanded at the correctional centre in Abeokuta since then until their recent conviction.

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Armed Robbers Engage Police In Gun Battle In Delta

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An armed robber has died from a fatal gunshot injury after his gang members engaged officers of the Delta State Police Command in a gun battle.

The command’s public relations officer, Bright Edafe, disclosed this in a statement on his official X handle on Monday.

According to him, operatives of the Delta Hawk, along with officers attached to the Opkanam Police Division, embarked on the operation to arrest the criminals on Sunday.

This followed complaints about the robbery in Asaba, particularly in response to a distress call about a robbery operation at Marble Hill Junction.

The state’s police spokesperson said the injured armed robber died while receiving treatment in the hospital, adding that efforts are underway to arrest his fleeing gang members.

“The armed robbers, on sighting the police, opened fire on the team, and the team responded, during which one of the suspects was fatally injured while others escaped.

“The injured suspect was taken to the hospital, where he later died while receiving treatment. We will continue to go after these criminals,” he added.

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3 policemen kidnapped while attempting to rescue kidnapped colleagues

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It was a sad day for the Delta State Police Command on February 25, as kidnappers ambushed and abducted no fewer than three policemen who were on their way to rescue three previously abducted policemen.

FIJ gathered that the Force drew mobile policemen from several stations in the state to embark on a rescue mission in Bomadi LGA on Sunday, February 25.

Six policemen from Oghara Division joined a team of over 20, and they embarked on the assignment. Things soon went quiet in three households.

In the morning of Monday, February 26, family members of some of the men on assignment received calls from the force command headquarters in Abuja. The person on the other end of the call did not have good news.

“They told us kidnappers ambushed them in Bomadi and opened fire,” one of the missing policemen’s daughters told FIJ. “They said three policemen returned to Oghara but three were captured. My dad did not make it back. We don’t know if he is alive or dead.”

This lady told FIJ that her family reached out to the Delta Command to confirm the development and the force did.

“The whole family is sad,” she said. “Nobody knows where my father is, and they would not allow us access to the policemen who returned. All they are saying is that they are investigating.”

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3 Arrested With N6.4m Ransom Share During ‘Stop And Search’ In Kwara

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The Police Command in Kwara State said it had arrested three suspected kidnappers with their share of ransom from recent operations while on stop and search duty.

The incident happened along Bode Saadu Road, Malete, Moro Local Government Area, when the officers intercepted a commercial vehicle around 11:50 hours on February 20, 2024.

Other items recovered from them include 7 assorted brands of mobile phones and 2 wristwatches.

The names of the suspects were given as Umar Usman, Mustapha Mohammed and Abubakar Kugu.

Speaking on the incident weekend, the state Commissioner of Police, Victor Olaiya, said the suspects could not provide a satisfactory account of the items found in their possession.

“In the course of investigation, the suspects confessed to the crime of kidnapping. Usman admitted that he belongs to a gang of kidnappers operating in Yauri, Kebbi State and the money recovered from him was his share of their recent operation, wherein the gang received a ransom of N10 million from a victim named Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed.

“Similarly, Mohammed confessed that the money found in his possession was his share from the ransom received from the kidnapping of a resident of Bida, Niger State’, he added.

Olaiya said investigations are underway to unravel more information regarding the past exploits of the criminal gang.

According to him “This is with a view to recovering firearms used during their operations and apprehending other members of the gang before they will be arraigned in court”.

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