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target=_blank rel=noopener>Benue Businessman Drags Two Judges To Judicial Council For Misconduct, Abuse Of Position In Case Involving Governor Ortom

Sesugh Akume

A Benue State-based businessman, Sesugh Akume, has approached the National Judicial Council (NJC) to report two judges, W.I Kpochi and A. Ityonyiman, of the High Court of Justice in Benue State for their alleged breaches of the code of conduct for judiciary officers.
Akume disclosed this in a press statement released on Friday, which he made available to SaharaReporters on Saturday.

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He argued that the justices in handling a case between him and the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, “take things personal and even insult, harass and intimidate litigants using their exalted positions.”
The businessmen also noted that they gave contradictory rulings on March 17, 2021.
The statement was titled, “Citizen Fights Back, Drags Two Benue Judges to NJC for Misconduct and Abuse of Privilege.”  
It partly read, “The Honourable Mr Justices W I Kpochi, and A Ityonyiman of the High Court of Justice of Benue State sitting in Makurdi, have today been dragged to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for their serial violations of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and contravening the rules of professional conduct for judges, misconduct and misbehaviour.
“In the matter of Sesugh Akume and Governor of Benue & Others (MHC/182/2019, delivered on 21 July 2020) Justice Kpochi held that it was okay for governors to appoint local government caretaker administrations (as against having democratically-elected local government councils) contrary to the express provisions of the Constitution and Supreme Court judgements on the issue. 
“He also held that I did not have the locus standi (the right to sue) to bring up the matter to court when I approached it. Even though relying on the most recent Supreme Court authorities on locus standi which give me the right, the judge refused to be persuaded, however much my lawyers tried to convince him. 
“Judges are to follow the law as it is written and what the superior courts say it is. Going contrary to Supreme Court judgements means a judge has gone rogue.
“In the matter of Sesugh Akume and Governor of Benue & Another (MHC/293/2020, delivered on 17 March 2021) this same judge, among other things, cited sections of the Benue Local Government Law that are not so, in support of his judgement. What he claimed the referenced sections said is not what is written in the law at all. 
“Further to that he insulted me in the judgement, referring to the modest effort of seeking judicial interpretation of various sections of the Benue Local Government Law to attain local government autonomy and extricate that tier of government from the stranglehold of the emperor-governors, as a ‘waste of time’, and further called me a ‘gold digger’ in a matter that I made absolutely no monetary claims whatsoever, nor does the judge know me personally anywhere.
“Judges are to be respectable, dignified and courteous, they are not to descend into the arena, take things personal and even insult, harass and intimidate litigants using their exalted positions.
“In the matter of Sesugh Akume v Government of Benue & Others (MHC/294/2021, delivered on 17 March 2021) Justice Ityonyiman held that I lacked the locus standi in a matter whereby I had made Freedom of Information (FOI) applications at the offices of the accountant-general of Benue, and chairman of Logo Local Government both of which were denied.”
Akume said it was unthinkable that he would lack the locus standi to seek redress in court regarding a letter he personally wrote and was denied his right to access a reply. 
He added, “It has increasingly become a trend for judges to hide behind the issue of locus standi to side with the government and deny citizens justice, even when it is clear that it does not apply.
“This same judge refused to answer the questions I brought before him, to wit, whether FOI applies to the state and local government system, etc. Judges are duty-bound to answer questions brought to them and not refuse to answer them at all ostensibly because a person lacks the locus standi.
“These 2 judges (along with another) seem to have the unenviable reputation in the Benue judiciary of being pro-government, others insist. On that 17 March 2021, also both judges gave contradictory judgements on the issue of locus standi in the same day. Both cannot be right at the same time on this issue that has been resolved and now settled.
“It is the duty of the judiciary to assert itself as independent, impartial, fair, just, in order to inspire faith and confidence in it. When judgements are delivered it is not enough that justice is done, it is critical that justice is seen to be done.
“To be sure, when a party is not satisfied with a judgement at the trial court they are to appeal at a superior court, which we have done. However, superior courts do not address issues of misbehaviour, misconduct, abuse of privilege, partiality, etc. Only the NJC does.
“In my submission at the NJC today, I attached copies of the Benue Local Government Law, and the three judgments referred to above, as annexures for them to look at the issue dispassionately and determine it on its merit.
“As a citizen, I have played my part and given the judiciary the opportunity to introspect, investigate this matter, and discipline the erring judges. They may choose to do the right thing or cover up. That will be entirely their call.”
 

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E2%80%93-nigerian-correctional target=_blank rel=noopener>575 Inmates In Oyo Facility Still At Large After Gunmen’s Attacks – Nigerian Correctional Service

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The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) has said that no fewer than 262 out of the inmates that escaped during an attack of its facility in Oyo town in Oyo State have been recaptured.
The NCS added that 575 others were still at large saying, the facility had a total population of 907 of which awaiting trial persons were 837 representing 92% with 64 convicts.

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The NCS made this disclosure in a statement issued by Olanrewaju Anjorin, the Public Relations Officer of NCS in the state.
SaharaReporters had earlier reported how suspected gunmen believed to be Fulani bandits attacked the Abolongo Correctional Centre in the town.
The facility, which was established in 2007, has the capacity to accommodate only 160 inmates.
It was gathered that the gunmen, during the attack set all the awaiting trial persons free.
The attackers attacked the facility with grenades to gain access and set the inmates free.
The NCS spokesman, Anjorin, said a total of 262 awaiting trial persons had been recaptured.
He confirmed that all awaiting trial detainees were forced out of custody during the attack.
He however added that the cells housing the convicts and the female inmates were not vandalised.
He said, “The Oyo Medium Security Custodial Centre, in Oyo State, was attacked by yet to be identified gunmen at about 2130hrs on Friday 22nd October, 2021.
“The invaders were said to have arrived the Centre heavily armed with sophisticated weapons and after a fierce encounter with officers on guard, gained entrance into the yard using dynamite to blast the wall.
“While all the awaiting trial detainees were forced out of custody, the cells housing the convicts and the female inmates were not vandalised.
“Meanwhile, a total of 262 of the escapees have been recaptured leaving 575 still at large. Following the directives of the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa mni, the State Controller, Noel Ailewon has commenced the process of search and recapture after visiting the scene of the incident.
“Oyo Custodial Centre was established in 2007 with a capacity of 160 inmates but at the time of attack, had a total population of 907. Of this number, awaiting trial persons were 837 representing 92% with just 64 convicts.”

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target=_blank rel=noopener>BREAKING: Senator Dino Melaye Did Not Graduate With A First-Class Degree From Baze University – Sources

Former Kogi West Senator in the eighth National Assembly, Dino Melaye, graduated with Second Class Lower Division and grappled with several “carry-overs” while studying Law at the Baze University in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, SaharaReporters has learnt.
A carry-over is a common tertiary institution slang used in Nigeria for students who have to repeat a course after failing it the first time.

SaharaReporters obtained the Baze University convocation booklet which showed, contrary to trending reports that Melaye finished top of his class, that the senator finished with a second class division degree.
Sources told SaharaReporters that Melaye, with Matriculation Number, BU/18B/LAW/3226, also had “carry-overs” during his degree.

“Contrary to trending stories that Dino graduated on top of his class with a First Class Degree, he never did and actually had several carry-overs for the period he studied law at Baze. He barely managed to graduate,” one of the sources told SaharaReporters.
Some online reports had claimed that Melaye emerged as the best graduating student of Baze University, Abuja, despite currently staying in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Melaye’s aide, Bode Gbadebo, had posted a picture of him on Facebook, alongside other individuals adorned in an academic dress, with the caption “Senator Dino Melaye graduates from Baze University, emerges best graduating law student.”
Despite rarely being in Nigeria after losing his reelection into the National Assembly in 2019 and currently based in Dubai, some reports had claimed that it was surprising that the former senator did not only graduate but was awarded the best graduating student with a yet-to-be-confirmed Grade Point Average (GPA).
SaharaReporters has confirmed from documents that the former senator did not finish with a first class degree in Law from the university.
Melaye is not new to academic controversies.

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In February 2017, SaharaReporters in an exclusive report exposed how Melaye might not have graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, as he allegedly bribed the head of the department.
SaharaReporters had also in March 2017 reported that a schoolmate of the controversial senator, ‎Abdussobur Salaam, who now works at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) spoke against the backdrop of the certificate controversy involving Melaye.
He had said, “Permit me to make an intervention on the issue of Dino and ABU, having been admitted and ‘graduated’ from ABU same year as Dino. I use the word ‘graduated’, very guardedly and with caution.
“Permit me to say that as at the time we were admitted, Geography Department was under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). In our 200 level, the Faculty was split and Geography Department had issues of where to fit in. It was initially placed under Faculty of Arts and later shifted to Faculty of Sciences where it is presently domiciled. The narrative on his certificate could be correct.

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“Dino and I are supposed to be ‘friends’ but differences never permitted while we were in school. Till date, we communicate once in a while, but I dare say he is the architect of his problems.
“I have spent all yesterday responding to enquiries on different platforms about Dino’s status as a graduate. My take? We were admitted the same year, initially into the same faculty of FASS, and given that our courses were four years, we ought to have graduated same year.
“However, recalling how studentship in ABU was that period, you could never be too sure of the academic status of any ‘student’. What do I mean? We had ‘students’ who were always around, attended lectures, participated in all student activities, were allocated hostel space, were always holding files and feigning academic seriousness, only for an issue to come up and you would find out that despite your having known them for years, they were never students but just lived pseudo student lives.”
Salaam, who was a former Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, said such attitudes of the fake students might make it difficult for any of their colleagues to believe that they were not authentic students.
“If they were never discovered, 20 years time, if a controversy arose as to their status, one would swear confidently that the person graduated. While this is not exactly the same with Dino, you cannot be too sure until facts are unearthed.”

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E2%80%93-gani-adams-reacts-oyo-jail-break target=_blank rel=noopener>Bandits Playing Out Script, Nigeria Is In Danger – Gani Adams Reacts To Oyo Jail Break

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The Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has condemned the attack on the Oyo State correctional facility.
Adams noted that the attack on the prison exposed the vulnerability of the correctional facility and the security agencies guarding it.

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SaharaReporters had earlier today reported that the Abolongo facility in Oyo town was attacked by the gunmen on Friday evening.
The gunmen set all the prisoners at the facility free during the attack.
The attackers had stormed the facility at about 10pm, using grenades to gain access and set prisoners free.
Reacting, Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Kehinde Aderemi, said the invasion of Oyo town prison by bandits has exposed the poor security situation in the country.
According to him, the invasion was a national embarrassment, adding that Oyo State and the entire South-west has never experienced such an attack in a very long time.
Adams said, “Oyo town has never recorded such an incident in its long history. It’s unfortunate that insecurity has triggered various types of menace.
“Following the attack on the Abuja-bound train, and the Oyo prison attack, there is certainly no doubt that the bandits are playing out a script that will later engulf the entire nation.
“It’s, indeed, very ridiculous to hear such unsavoury news coming from the ancient town. However, I want to express my concern to Kabiesi, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Oyo State government.
“I’m also using this opportunity to urge the Inspector General of Police to look into the security situation in Oyo and address the problem in the most professional manner. Oyo state is very sensitive to the southwest and we cannot continue to live in fear.”
 

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target=_blank rel=noopener>Nigerian Pastor Arraigned In US Court For Arranging 60 Fraudulent Marriages Between American Citizens, Other Nationals

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Joshua Shonubi, a Nigerian cleric and Pastor of New Life City Church, Maryland, United States, is presently undergoing trial in the United States for allegedly arranging approximately 60 fraudulent marriages for foreign nationals and American citizens.
The Federal Grand Jury charged Shonubi, aged 50 years, of Bowie, Maryland, for a federal charge of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and visa fraud and for presenting false documents to a federal government agency.

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This is in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain permanent resident status for foreign nationals by arranging marriages to U.S. citizens. 
The indictment was returned on October 20, 2021 and unsealed today upon the defendant’s arrest. 
Shonubi is expected to have an initial appearance on Saturday in US District Court in Baltimore before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Mark Coulson.
The indictment was announced by US Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; the Special Agent in Charge, James R. Mancuso, of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; and the District Director, Gregory L. Collett, of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
According to the seven-count indictment, from at least January 2014 through January 2021, Shonubi, pastor of NewLife City Church, Inc. in Hyattsville, Maryland, engaged in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain immigration benefits for foreign nationals by arranging their marriage to United States citizens who served as their sponsors for permanent residence in the United States.  
The indictment alleged that Shonubi received thousands of dollars from foreign nationals in exchange for connecting them with U.S. citizen sponsors and facilitating their marriages.
The indictment continued that Shonubi, often utilising his role as pastor of NewLife, directly or through others, recruited and groomed U.S. citizens, including economically disadvantaged citizens, with payments and promises of money in exchange for marrying foreign nationals, then sponsoring the foreign nationals for permanent residence in the United States through USCIS.  
Shonubi also allegedly officiated some of the fraudulent marriages or arranged for a civil marriage ceremony to be performed in Virginia.  Further, the indictment alleged that Shonubi created and signed at least 38 reference letters on NewLife letterhead in support of foreign nationals’ applications for permanent residence falsely stating; his relation to the parties; the nature of the marriage; his role in providing spiritual guidance or counselling; and his belief as to the romantic nature of the marriage.  
On at least 34 occasions, Shonubi also allegedly created false rental leases, listing Jaypro, a corporation he formed in 2015, as landlord, to provide proof that the foreign national and U.S. citizen were living together, when in fact, they were living separately. 
The false documents created by Shonubi and others were allegedly submitted to USCIS as part of the foreign nationals’ applications for permanent residence.  
The indictment alleged that Shonubi and his co-conspirators submitted at least 60 application packets to USCIS, each documenting a marriage between a U.S. citizen and a foreign national, for the purpose of obtaining permanent residence for the foreign national.
If convicted, Shonubi faced a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit visa fraud and marriage fraud and a maximum of five years in federal prison for each of six counts of presenting false documents to a federal government agency. 
Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.
A federal district court judge would determine any sentence after taking into account the US. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 
 

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target=_blank rel=noopener>Oyo Jail Break: Security Operatives Arrest Over 300 Inmates

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The Controller of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Oyo State Command, Mr. Noel Ailewon, has said more than 300 inmates of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Abolongo, Oyo, in Oyo State, who escaped during Friday’s attacks have been recaptured.
According to Sun, Ailewon made this revelation in an interview with journalists at the facility in Abolongo, on Saturday, saying profiling of the recaptured inmates and those that did not escape was ongoing.

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According to him, the gunmen that raided the facility invaded the place around 10pm on Friday came in large numbers and they attacked the centre with sophisticated weapons.
He stated that he was informed about the incident around 10.05pm by the head of the custodial centre.
He said there were varying degrees of injury, and one death was recorded.
The deceased, he said, was an inmate that attempted to escape.

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Shortly after the interview with Ailewon, recaptured inmates were brought into the facility in a black maria.
Meanwhile, there was a report that one soldier and two Amotekun operatives were killed during a gun duel with the gunmen.
But the Director-General of an Oyo State joint security outfit, codenamed Operation Burst, Col James Oladipo, said the soldier was not dead as at 1:30pm on Saturday, adding, however, that he was critically injured and he was not sure if he could survive the night injuries.
Moreover, a pick-up van, belonging to Operation Burst was sighted at Abolongo and it was riddled with bullets.
Bloodstains were seen in the vehicle.
Speaking on the incident, the Commandant of Amotekun Corps in Oyo State, Col Olayinka Olayanju (retd) could not be reached on his mobile phone as at the time of filing this report for confirmation on whether two personnel of the security outfit actually lost their lives during exchange of fire with the gunmen.
 

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E2%80%99-attack-correctional target=_blank rel=noopener>Nigerian Army Carries Out Mass Arrest In Oyo Community After Bandits’ Attack On Correctional Facility

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Soldiers of the Nigerian Army are presently raiding Oyo town in Oyo State in a mass arrest of youths and residents in the aftermath of the attack on the Nigerian Correctional Service facility in Abolongo, SaharaReporters has learnt.
Some residents on Saturday stated that the military personnel were harassing innocent residents when the Fulani terrorists who carried out the attacks had fled the town.

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“Now the Nigerian soldiers are in Oyo town are patrolling and arresting young boys at random and taking them away. This is very unsettling to the Oyo natives,” a source said.
“If these random arrests continue, the Oyo natives will start to prepare how they will defend themselves through diabolical means from the armed government personnel,” another resident stated.
SaharaReporters had earlier reported that top prison officials said that the gunmen who carried out the attack did so to free the detained notorious Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili and other criminal Fulani herdsmen in the facility.

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Sources had told SaharaReporters that the gunmen three days before the Friday invasion struck in Ogbomoso, a neighbouring town to Oyo, and the security operatives were also fully aware of their presence in the area.
“The attack in Oyo last night from the Ogbomosho axis was a well-coordinated Fulani attack aimed at securing the release of Wakili, the terrorist whom (Sunday Adeyemo) Igboho drove away from Ibarapa. I am informed by my staff and very reliable people that he was the object of that attack last night at about 10pm,” one of the top sources had said. 
“The rest was just drama. My security staff told me the gunmen struck three days ago on the Oyo-Ogbomosho Road and around that time, their strange faces were also seen around an area the boys described to me. This was a well-coordinated attack with the objective to free Wakili and other Fulani inmates,” he added.  
SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the entrance to the prison was blown with an explosive device while security officials at the prison fled for their safety.
Speaking with SaharaReporters on phone, the spokesman of the NCS, Olanrewaju Anjorin, had said; “Yes. It has been confirmed that the attack actually happened. And right now, the Comptroller of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) and other top officers are assessing the situation. But I can confirm to you that the incident actually happened.”
On March 7, a joint team of Ibarapa security operatives, including the Oodua Peoples Congress, Vigilante, and other groups had arrested the notorious Fulani warlord terrorising Oyo communities, Wakili.  
Wakili had been arrested after several attempts resulting in a gun battle.
There had been reports that Wakili and his gang were involved in the killings and kidnapping of several people in Ibarapa, Oke Ogun, Oyo State.
Wakili was nabbed barely seven days after his second-in-command, Isiaka Muhammadu, was arrested alongside four others.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, had confirmed Wakili’s arrest in a statement.
Meanwhile, on June 7, no fewer than 17 persons were reportedly shot dead by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen at Igangan, in the Ibarapa North LGA.
Residents had said the hoodlums invaded the town on motorcycles around 11pm in an attack which continued until around 3am on Sunday.
They had fingered Wakili’s men on a revenge mission to be behind the attack.
 

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E2%80%93-nigerian-army-reacts-economist-article- target=_blank rel=noopener>Your Narrative Is False, Handiwork Of Dark Forces – Nigerian Army Reacts To The Economist Article That ‘Exposed’ Its Officers

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya.

The Nigerian Army has reacted to a report by The Economist that claimed that some of its officers sold arms to terrorists and connived with criminals to perpetuate insecurity in the country.
According to the London-based publication in an article titled, “Insurgency, Secessionism and Banditry Threaten Nigeria” the military officers were described as incapacitated to rescue the country from the ravaging insecurity.

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya.

In a statement on Saturday obtained by SaharaReporters, the army’s spokesman, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, said, “Let it be known to the Economist magazine and those who concocted the lies they published that the gallant officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army are undeterred, undistracted and totally unfazed by the harebrained assertions contained in that silly report.
“Even as the real intention of the otherwise respected Economist magazine in publishing such toxic concoctions weaved up as report on Nigerian Government’s response to the multi-faceted security challenges assailing the country is yet to be unravelled, the source of the article is very clear. 

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“It is one of those deliberate falsehood and noxious narratives orchestrated by a network of detractors and coven of dark forces working very hard to adorn the Nigerian Army in an unfitting garb of infamy. 
“The vile report which the Economist chose to offer its platform for publication, spared no effort in trying to vilify and rubbish the image, character and reputational standing of the Nigerian Army, but failed woefully. 
“As a professional, hard-fighting and globally respected institution that has continued to occupy deserved glorious position in the comity of global defence forces, the Nigerian Army is certainly not what the so-called report by the Economist tried to characterize it. 
“Even more ludicrous was the embellishments of the said report by the notorious unprofessional media outlets that were quick to republish the obvious falsehood.
“How is it conceivable that an international magazine worth its name and professional reputation would agree to lend its medium for a hatchet job of an article without as much as committing little effort to finding out the real truth about the Nigerian Army? 
“How is it imaginable that the Nigerian Army that has distinguished itself as a worthy contributor to global peace and security through regional, continental and international peace keeping and peace support operations would be characterized as “Mighty on paper”? 
“How can the Nigerian Army that has restored democracies, brought peace to troubled lands and stabilised the sub-region through the dint of hard work, commitment to duty, discipline and professionalism be so denigrated?
“Is it the ‘ghost soldiers’ of the Nigerian Army that have weathered the storm of terrorism and insurgency of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province Terrorists (ISWAP) in the north eastern part of the country and parts of the Lake Chad region?
“In case the Economist magazine and those who fed it all the lies it published do not know, the Nigerian Army working in a joint environment, has been able to stop ISWAP, a very formidable international terrorist organization in its tracks, in spite of all the obstacles, including arm sale blackouts on its way. 
“The Economist and its ilk ought to have known that the Nigerian Army has long distinguished itself as a professional force that does not toy with accountability nor shirk from its statutory responsibility of defending Nigeria from external aggression or internal insurrection. 
“Is it not curious that an otherwise respected international magazine could so easily be sucked in by the antics of conflict merchants and agents provocateurs who are uncomfortable with the steadfastness, patriotism, unwavering commitment, sacrifice, ruggedness and resoluteness of the Nigerian Army in stamping out terrorism, banditry and other violent crimes assailing the country and the West African sub-region?
“How the Economist magazine failed to do simple due diligence on the said fabricated report is worth interrogating by those who are interested in distinguishing between rogue journalism and professional one.”
 

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target=_blank rel=noopener>Boko Haram Terrorists Invade Yobe Community In 10 Gun Trucks

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Suspected Boko Haram terrorists in about ten gun trucks, in the early hours of Saturday, invaded Katarko village, in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
According to Daily Post, residents said the attackers drove into the village in a convoy of gun trucks at about 8am shooting sporadically.

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He said troops stationed in the community engaged the attackers.
“We had to run for our lives,” he said.
It was also gathered that there was reinforcement by troops of Sector 2 with support from the air component of Operation Hadin Kai.
Details of the attack were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report.
Katarko village which is about 20 kilometers away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, had previously suffered from Boko Haram attacks.
 

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E2%80%99-car-ondo target=_blank rel=noopener>Gunmen Abduct Two Girls, Escape With Parents’ Car In Ondo

Some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted two little girls from their parents’ car in Akure, Ondo State capital.
According to Channels Television, the incident happened around 8pm in Leo area of the town on Friday.

The gunmen attacked at the entrance to the house when the mother of the victims was opening the gate to drive into their compound.
It was gathered that the kidnappers came in a car, snatched the car key from the mother of the kids and fled with the car, abandoning their own car.
The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Saturday.
She disclosed that the case was reported to the police by the mother of the girls and officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command had swung into action in a bid to rescue the kids and arrest the kidnappers.
The spate of kidnapping across the South-West has been on the rise despite the advent of the Western Security Network codenamed Amotekun by the South-West governors.
Last month, 18 travellers were abducted along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani road in Akoko South East Local Government while a lecturer of the Department of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University was kidnapped earlier this month on the Akure-Ado Ekiti Expressway.
Also, four members of a family, including a father, his two children, and another family member were kidnapped earlier this month at Iju-Itaogbolu in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
In reaction to these incessant kidnappings, some monarchs from Ikaram, GedeGede, and Ajowa, in Akoko Northwest Local Government of Ondo state have cried out over the situation, appealing to the police to draft more personnel to the area in order to effectively curb kidnapping challenges facing the communities.

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