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The Commissioner of Police for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), CP Bennett Chinedum Igweh has been nominated for the prestigious Yala Achievers Summit and Awards 2024 as Exceptional Security Officer of the Year.

CP Igweh, who received the award nomination letter on Thursday in his office at the FCT Police Command in Abuja, was nominated in recognition of his gallantry, professionalism and aggressive approach of policing towards tackling and fighting crimes and criminality and reducing cases of kidnapping, banditry, pick pocket, one chance criminals and armed robbery to the barest minimum in the FCT.

The CEO of Moj's Entertainment Ltd organisers of the Yala Achievers Summit and Awards, Mr Odey Jacob (aka Odey the Uncommon Comedian) led his team including Mr Ebriku John Friday to make the present the award letter to CP Igweh. Odey noted that for over 20 years of residing in the Nation's capital city, CP Igweh is the best as the disturbing rise of crime rates in the FCT has been nipped in the bud, which is the main reason he deserved to be honoured and celebrated as an exceptional security officer of the year.

Benneth Chinedum Igweh, assumed office as the 31st FCT Commissioner of Police, on Friday, February 2, 2024, and pledged to tackle kidnapping, ‘one chance’ robbery, banditry, and other crimes in FCT.
The CP, who took over from AIG Haruna Garba following the latter’s promotion to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, is an operational police officer whose experience is believed to come in handy in the fight against criminality in FCT.

CP Igweh was born on October 7, 1968. He hails from Akatta Oru-East LGA, Imo State, Nigeria. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, where he bagged a Bachelor of Science Degree in Estate Management. His quest for further educational qualifications made him bag a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the same university.
CP Igweh was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1996 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and was trained at the prestigious Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State.

The CP has served in the Nigeria Police Force in several operational, administrative, and intelligence capacities.
Before his redeployment as the FCT Commissioner of Police, He was the Commander, Special Intervention Squad, Abuja.

This year's Yala Achievers Summit/Awards 2024 ceremony with the Theme: "Celebrating You Immense Contributions To Humanity and Promotion of Harmony In Our Communities", is slated for:

Date: 28th JULY, 2024 
Venue: TRANSCORP HOTEL, CALABAR, Cross River State 
Time:- 6pm.

Nollywood star, Rita Dominic appreciates her maker as she celebrates her 49th birthday with stunning all-black-themed photos.

The veteran actress marked her new age with a breathtaking black dress adorned with intricate beading on the sleeves and sides, complemented by a flattering cut-out design at the waist.


Rita Dominic gracefully marks 49th birthday

The fitted dress showcased her elegance, and her simple caption expressed gratitude to God for another year of life.

“Another year round the sun.. Thank you Abbah father for your uncountable blessings..🙏🏽 Happy birthday Reedee! 🤗❤🥂,” Rita Dominic stated.

The post was met with an outpouring of birthday wishes from fans and colleagues, flooding her comment section with love and well-wishes.

Comrade Joe Ajaero, President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has said the status quo on N250,000 as minimum wage stands.

While the Federal Government and Organised Private Sector agreed on N62,000, labour is insisting on N250,000.

President Bola Tinubu had said he needed time to consult with other stakeholders before sending the bill for the new minimum wage to National Assembly.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after he and other labour leaders met with President Tinubu, on Thursday, Ajaero said labour leaders went for discussion, not negotiation.

He said the meeting would continue next week.

After discussing for over an hour, labour leaders came out of the meeting with the President and told State House Correspondents that they would go back to the people and return to the presidential villa.

Trade Union Congress (TUC) President, Festus Osifo, said they discussed, and after explaining their position, the President also made his remarks.

He did not disclose details of the discussions of the meeting.

Source:- Dailytrustng

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, remanded a former Minister of Power, Mr. Saleh Mamman, in Kuje prison.

The erstwhile Minister was remanded after he pleaded not guilty to a 12-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him.

Trial Justice James Omotosho said he should remain in custody till Friday, when his bail application will be heard.

Mamman, who served in the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, is facing trial over his alleged complicity in a N33billion fraud.

He was arrested in 2021, about four months after he was removed from office by ex-President Buhari.

EFCC, among other things, alleged that he conspired with staff members of the ministry to divert about N22bn that was meant for the Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro Electric Power projects.

The anti-graft agency said its investigations revealed that the suspects used the funds to acquire choice assets, both within and outside the country.

The defendant had earlier before he was arraigned on Thursday, slumped within the court premises.

It took the help of both lawyers and a team of medical personnel from the court, to revive him.

Eventually, the defendant, who looked frail and ill, walked into the courtroom and entered inside the dock with part of his clothes drenched.

The trial judge, who was not aware of what transpired outside the courtroom, queried the defendant to ascertain if he was exposed to rain.

Responding from the dock, Mamman, explained that water was poured on him after he collapsed.

His lawyer, Mr. Femi Ate, SAN, confirmed the development after the prosecution counsel, Mr. Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, told the court that his attention was also drawn to the situation.

Narrating what happened, Mamman’s lawyer, Ate, SAN, said: “My lord, upon being brought into the premises of the court, the defendant collapsed and had to be resuscitated and treated by the medical personnel of the Federal High Court.”

He said his client was however served with a copy of the charge against him after he was resuscitated, adding that he had already discussed with EFCC’s lawyer for the arraignment to be deferred.

On his part, the prosecution counsel told the court that what was served on the defendant was an amended charge.

He said the amendment was effected to correct an error in the name of the defendant.

Olumide-Fusika, SAN, urged the court to compel the defendant to enter his plea to the charge.

After he had listened to both sides, Justice Omotosho said he could only adjourn the matter till September in view of the heavy workload the court is faced with.

Following the position of the court, Ake, withdrew his oral application for an adjournment.

The defendant also confirmed to the court that he was fit and ready to take his plea, explaining that he collapsed as a result of a medication he took without food.

The court, after standing the matter down for about an hour, resumed sitting and took the defendant’s plea.

Former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, collapsed outside the courtroom on Thursday at a Federal High Court, Abuja, due to ill health.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mamman, whose plea was fixed for Thursday morning, collapsed outside the courtroom before the case was called.

The former minister’s counsel, Femi Ate, SAN, told Justice James Omotosho shortly when he was called to take his plea.

Upon resumed hearing, the ex-minister walked into the courtroom and stepped into the dock with part of his clothes drenched, 
News360 Nigeria gathered

Justice Omotosho then asked why Mamman was sweating or whether it was raining outside.

The former minister, who responded from the dock, said water was poured on him.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, while addressing the court, said though the matter was fixed for Mamman’s arraignment, there was a development outside the courtroom.

Olumide-Fusika said he had a discussion with Ate outside the courtroom about Mamman’s ill-health.

“I was informed of an incident outside. I will want my learner senior advocate to tell the honourable court himself,” he said.

Speaking, Ate said Mamman, “upon being brought into the premises of the court collapsed and had to be resuscitated and treated by the medical personnel of the Federal High Court.”

He said his client was served with the charge after he was resuscitated.

“He was served this morning,” he added.

The senior lawyer said he sought the understanding of Olumide-Fusika for an adjournment so that the arraignment could be done on Monday when his client would have been okay.

However, the judge said, due to the workload in the court dockets, the arraignment could only be fixed for September ending.

Ate then withdrew the oral application for an adjournment.

Olumide-Fusika said he had just filed an amended charge earlier in the morning following a mistake in the name of the defendant and prayed the court that the fresh charge be read to Mamman to take his plea but Justice Omotosho disagreed with him.

The judge, however, asked Mamman if he was fit enough to take his plea today and he responded in affirmative.

The former minister explained to the court that he collapsed outside the courtroom because of the drugs he took when he had not eaten, and while he was outside the courtroom waiting to be called, his blood pressure dropped.

Mamman, however, said he was fit to continue with the arraignment.

“It can happen to any one,” the judge said.

The ex-minister told the court that he called the attention of his lawyer to the error made by the EFCC on the name in the charge served on him.

“I was complaining about the name, that it was not my own,”
 he said.

Justice Omotosho then stepped down the arraignment until 1pm today.

NAN reports that the EFCC had filed a 12-count money laundering charge against Mamman.

He was alleged to have committed money laundering offences to the tune of N33 billion.

The former minister served under former President Buhari from 2019 to 2021.

On May 10, 2021, he was arrested and detained at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja.

Buhari had September 1, 2021, sacked Mamman and the then Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, in what was called a cabinet restructuring.

Mamman was accused of conspiring with staff of the ministry in charge of the accounts of the Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro Electric Power projects to divert about N22 billion.

The investigations uncovered property in Nigeria and overseas allegedly linked to the suspects, while millions of naira and dollars had reportedly been recovered.

FG reaches agreement with oil producers on supply of crude oil to local refineries

The federal government, through the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), has reached an agreement with producers to permit the sale of crude oil to domestic refiners at market prices.

This resolution ends a supply dispute that has strained relations with international oil companies.

The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) stated that it could not allow pricing issues to hinder domestic refining.

The NUPRC emphasized its commitment to preventing “crude supply profiteering,” while also ensuring that oil production remains profitable.

He said, “We will never allow price strangulation to disincentivise our domestic refining capacity optimisation”

He stated that the regulator would work to prevent “crude supply profiteering,” while also ensuring that oil production remains profitable.

To ensure transparency, the Chief Executive of the NUPRC Gbenga Komolafe requested monthly cargo price quotes on crude oil supply and delivery from both producers and refiners.

He emphasized that it is the regulator’s responsibility to balance upstream development with a sustainable domestic energy supply chain.

Backstory
Earlier in the year, the NUPRC directed local and international oil companies to prioritise the supply of crude oil to local refineries. The regulator further set a target of 483,000 barrels to local refineries with the Dangote refinery expected to receive 325,000 barrels daily.

Additional refineries expected to benefit from the crude oil supply include the Warri and Port Harcourt refineries, which are slated to receive 75,000 and 54,000 barrels of crude oil per day, respectively. Meanwhile, smaller refineries such as Waltersmith, OPAC, and Niger Delta Petroleum Refinery, among others, are set to receive 10,000 barrels per day or less.

Later in April, the NUPRC mandated all oil companies in Nigeria to supply crude oil to domestic refineries that are unable to source it locally. Only after meeting these domestic supply obligations are producers allowed to export crude oil. The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) mandates that international oil companies must first meet local demand by supplying crude oil to domestic refineries before exporting any surplus.

However, last month, Devakumar Edwin, the Vice President of Oil and Gas at Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria of deliberately attempting to undermine the Dangote Oil Refinery and Petrochemicals.

Edwin asserted that the IOCs are intentionally obstructing the refinery’s efforts to purchase local crude by inflating premium prices above market rates. This forces the refinery to import crude from distant countries such as the United States, resulting in significantly higher costs.

Nigerians expected the 650,000 barrels Dangote refinery to significantly or end the country’s petrol import dependence in the era of post-subsidy removal.

ABUJA —The Federal Government has said food items to be imported into the country in the next 150 days will be subjected to recommended retail price to bring down the high cost of food in Nigeria.

This came on a day the lawmaker representing Borno South senatorial district, Senator Ali Ndume, alleged that the food crisis in the country was further worsened by the fact that President Bola Tinubu was not accessible to be advised by lawmakers and even cabinet ministers.

Recall that the government a few days ago, suspended import duties and taxes on food items, such as rice and wheat, among others.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, who disclosed this on his social media handle yesterday, said having suspended duties and taxes on food items, the Federal Government will take a step further to subject items to be imported to what he described as the recommended retail price.

He also assured that the prices of food items in the country will crash in the next 180 days, and pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the government.

The minister said: “Our administration has unveiled a series of strategic measures aimed at addressing the high food prices currently affecting our nation. These measures will be implemented over the next 180 days, including 150-day duty-free import window for food commodities
“It also includes suspension of duties, tariffs, and taxes for the importation of certain food commodities through land and sea borders. These commodities include maize, husked brown rice, wheat, and cowpeas.

Imported food commodities will be subjected to a Recommended Retail Price, RRP. We understand concerns about the quality of these imports, especially regarding their genetic composition.

‘’The government assures that all standards will be maintained to ensure the safety and quality of food items for consumption.

“The Federal Government will import 250,000 metric tons of wheat and 250,000 metric tons of maize. These semi-processed commodities will be supplied to small-scale processors and millers across the country.’’

The minister stated further: “There will also be engagement with relevant stakeholders to set a GMP and purchase surplus food commodities to re-stock the National Strategic Food Reserve; Ramp-up production for the 2024/2025 farming cycle

“Continued support to smallholder farmers during the ongoing wet season farming through existing government initiatives; strengthening and accelerating dry season farming nationwide.’’

The minister also explained that over the next 14 days, the Presidential Food Systems Coordinating Unit, PFSCU, and the Economic Management Team, EMT, will, in collaboration, meet with respective agencies to finalize implementation frameworks for the new policy of making food cheaply available for Nigerians.

‘’We will ensure that information is publicly available to facilitate the participation of all relevant stakeholders across the country,’’ he added.

Source:- Vanguardngr

Obianuju Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch, has described the recent judgement of the Community Court of Justice of ECOWAS on the controversial #EndSARS protest as a win.

DJ Switch said she and other victims trusted that the facts and evidence presented to the court would be irrefutable, even in the face of discouragement.


DAILY POST recalls that the ECOWAS court recently ordered the Federal Government to pay DJ Switch, Perpetual Kamsi and Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka N2 million each for violation of their rights.

However, DJ Switch said she couldn’t express the emotional trauma they all went through and the life changes they had to make.

She said they had been able to work through it and that the ECOWAS court verdict certainly made a positive impact.

In a post on her social media handle on Thursday, she wrote:

“#ENDSARS: After a three year battle against the Nigerian government at the ECOWAS court, justice was served yesterday! We won!

“Just like many of you, I have little to no faith in any branch of service in Nigeria but, the ECOWAS court is the highest court on the continent and while many find humor and make jokes about its chairman being the illegal president of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, we forged on, hoping still, and trusting that the facts and evidence we had and presented to the court would be irrefutable.

“For those who say, “after how many years?” I want you to understand that most court cases take a long time especially one where the respondent (in this case, the Nigerian government) tries to frustrate you! Either not showing up on set court dates or asking for adjournments for lack of preparation and all other silly excuses under the sun. Still, we had to exercise patience and be steadfast in our pursuit.

“I cannot express the emotional trauma we’ve all been through and life changes we’ve had to make but thankfully, with professional help, we’ve been able to work through it and this verdict certainly made a positive impact.

“I have never wavered once in my shared experience and I am grateful to my lawyers for presenting our experiences and evidence with tact and also grateful to the esteemed judges for doing their due diligence.

“Sitting in court yesterday and hearing the verdict from the judges indicting the Nigerian government of the crime they committed on the 20th of October, 2020 was one of the best days of my life since that horrific day and also legally vindicates us all. If no room is left for corruption to fester, the people are served.

“Barring any obstruction from the government to follow the instructions of the court, I can finally move on to other things, passion wise which I hope to share with you all.

“Naysayers can scream all they want! It is now legally documented in history who the criminals actually were.”

Source:- DAILY POST

The Edo State Taskforce on Human Trafficking has arrested a 42-year-old Juliet Ukhurebor, for alleged human trafficking.

DAILY POST reports that the suspect was arrested by the officials of the taskforce at her shrine in Benin City while a native pot containing concoctions was recovered from her as an exhibit.

Mrs Pauline Irusota, Secretary of the taskforce, who disclosed this to newsmen at a press briefing in Benin City, said the suspect was arrested alongside one Joy Osawe.

Irusota added that the suspects were apprehended following a petition by one Rita Godwin, 25.

She alleged that the prime suspect (Juliet Ukhurebor) in collaboration with her daughter in India, forged Ghanaian passports and other documents for the victims for the purpose of smuggling them to India.

She explained that the prime suspect had already succeeded in smuggling a girl identified as Juliet Osagie to India.

The task force’s Secretary stated that the prime suspect only revealed to the victims after taking oath that they were heading to India for prostitution

She added that the petitioner on learning of the development refused to embark on the final journey to Abuja, en route India.

“Following the refusal of the petitioner to travel to India, the prime suspect, and a native doctor from Enugu State began issuing threats to the petitioner that she pay N8 million, being the money used to process her traveling documents.

“The prime suspect was arrested at her shrine, and a native pot containing concoctions was recovered as exhibit at the request of the investigators,” she said.

Speaking in an interview, the prime suspect, Mrs Juliet Ukhurebor said she made her victims swear on oath before travelling out of the country in order to deter them from refusing to obey instructions.

Ukhurebor, said the oath taking was just to threaten the victims not to abscond or behave funny while with her daughter in India.

According to her, “I acted on the instructions of my India-based-daughter, who requested a female nanny from Nigeria to administer an oath on the victims.

“My daughter asked them to take oath because she spent money on the would-be nannies travel documents, so that they would not get there and abscond, or refuse to pay her the expenses she incurred on their documents,” she added.

Source:- Dailypostng

Man finds love after four years of being single, as a lady romantically asks him to be her boyfriend.

The man @kayzywizzzy took to his X page to celebrate and share photos from the romantic moment.

According to him, he had been single for four years until he finally found love in the arms of his lady who asked him out.

In several photos shared online, she had romantically proposed a relationship by writing a question on a flat plate.

“Will you be my boyfriend?” the question read.

He was deeply moved by this and had accepted her request, for he took to his page to write:

“After 4years of being Single, I Found Love ❤

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Nigerian singer, Bella Shmurda leaves many puzzled with his recent statement about his son not sharing an appearance with him.

The “Cash App” crooner opened up about his views on fatherhood via a post he shared on his Instastory. 

“My son will never look like me. Chai,” he wrote.

The Senate has rejected a bill aimed at repealing the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provision) Act, 2004, and establishing a new Foreign Exchange Market in Nigeria.

Sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sani representing Niger East, the bill was first read in February 2024. Its purpose was to introduce provisions for the control, monitoring, and supervision of transactions within the Foreign Exchange Market.

In his lead debate, Senator Sani emphasized that the bill did not seek to establish any new agency or commission that would require government funding. He argued that, if passed, the bill would contribute to the sound development of Nigeria’s economy, facilitate foreign transactions, and stabilize the naira by liberalizing foreign transactions.

Clause 6 of the bill proposed new sub-clauses requiring authorized dealers to report foreign exchange sources exceeding $10,000 to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), detail their utilization, and obtain prior CBN approval for importing foreign currency notes.

While some lawmakers supported the bill, others called for further scrutiny, describing certain provisions as confusing. Concerns were raised about the immediate impact the bill’s passage could have on the forex market and the potential pressure on the naira.

After a voice vote, the Senate decided to quash the bill.

A bill proposing the creation of a new state in the South-East geopolitical zone has successfully passed its second reading in the House of Representatives.

The proposed legislation, co-sponsored by lawmakers Amobi Ogah (Abia), Miriam Onuoha (Imo), Kama Nkemkama (Ebonyi), Chinwe Nnabuife (Anambra), and Anayo Onwuegbu (Enugu), advanced during Thursday’s plenary session.

The bill seeks to amend the 1999 Constitution to establish a new state, Etiti, from parts of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo. Lokpanta is proposed as the capital of Etiti, which will encompass 11 local government areas: Aninri, Awgu, Isuikwuato, Ivo, Oji-River, Ohaozara, Okigwe, Onuimo, Orumba North, Orumba South, and Umu-Nneochi.

In his legislative brief, Ogah emphasized that the bill aims to address a “longstanding” issue of regional parity and administrative efficiency within the South-East.

“The establishment of Etiti state is not just a matter of administrative convenience but a step towards ensuring balanced regional development and effective governance,” Ogah stated. “It responds to the aspirations of the people of a very important region to this country and aligns with the principles of equity and inclusivity enshrined in our democratic ideals. Suffice it to say that it is a long overdue step in the right direction to foster equitable representation, enhance governance efficiency, and promote socio-economic development within the region.”

The bill was approved by a voice vote led by House Speaker Tajudeen Abbas and was first read on July 2.

President Tinubu today July 11 met with leaders of the Nigerian Labour Union on the lingering dispute over the minimum wage. The closed-door meeting took place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

After meeting with President Tinubu, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero while speaking to State House correspondents, said the Labour unions insisted on the N250,000 minimum wage demand.

Ajaero emphasized that the labor leaders engaged in a discussion, rather than a negotiation. He mentioned that the meeting is expected to resume next week.

A Nigerian lady, Chukwudi Mmesoma, has said that the ‘understanding women’ are the most abused. 

“Someone said understanding women are the most abused women, and that’s the truth,” she wrote in a post on Thursday.

You see, the I understand kind of women? They are the most abused.

Talk about emotional abuse, physical abuse, financial abuse every form of abuse. Because their spouse knows they will always understand Nonsense.

When a man knows that you will always understand, that fear of doing certain things won’t be there again, because once he brings up a story and sound remorseful, you will understand

You will ask for money, and he will tell you one story or another, and you will understand.

You are always understanding bulshits, and they are always rubbing it on you.

Understanding women are the most abused women - Nigerian lady says

Justice James Omotosho of a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, be remanded in Kuje prison in Abuja pending the consideration of his bail application.

Justice James Omotosho issued the order today Thursday, July 11, after Mamman was arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering offences.

The former Minister pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following which the prosecuting lawyer, Olumide Fusika (SAN) sought a date for the commencement of trial.

Lawyer to the defendant, Femi Ate (SAN) said he filed a bail application shortly before the court resumed sitting. Although Fusika admitted being served with the bail application around 12:30 pm, Justice Omotosho noted that the application was not yet in the court’s file.

In reaction, Ate prayed to be allowed to return the next day to argue the bail application, which request Fusika did not oppose.

The judge then adjourned till Friday, July 12, for the hearing of the bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kuje correctional centre.

The defendant, who his lawyer said is ill, looked dejected while stepping off the dock, shortly after the judge’s pronouncement.


Top celebrities and entertainers are scheduled to perform at the upcoming Jasmine Africa Honorary Awards & the unveiling of Face of Jasmine Africa magazine 2024.

The event is scheduled to hold at Landmark Towers V.I, Lagos on Sunday 15th September 2024.  

Those expected to perform at the event include, comedians Klint da Drunk, MC Shakara. 

It will be hosted by Uncle Jude & Koko while music artist, Ice Prince, Jaywillz and others will be performing live. 
 
The event will also be an opportunity for the unveiling of the Face of Jasmine Africa Magazine. 

Her Excellency Mrs Nkechi NNEOMA Rochas will be the Mother Of the Day while AIG.Yusuf Usman Chiromawa (Uban Doman Rano) will be the Patron of the Event. Hon.(Dr.) Odinigwe Daniel is one of major special guests of the highly anticipated event.


Regular/Vip are available at free charge for those with a copy of the magazine.





The Supreme Court of Nigeria has given a landmark judgment ordering the Federal Government of Nigeria to henceforth pay Local Government Councils allocation directly to them.

The Supreme Court delivered the judgment on Thursday morning.

More details to follow…..


The Yobe State Police Command has announced the arrest of Usmanu Garba, a 30-year-old suspected member of a notorious criminal gang.

The Command’s spokesman, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, disclosed the details in a statement released to the public.

On July 5, 2024, at approximately 1300 hours, detectives from the State Intelligence Department (SID) arrested Garba in Katarko village, Gujba LGA.

Garba was apprehended while on his way to spend his share of proceeds from a recent kidnapping operation. The suspect is believed to be part of a gang specializing in armed robbery, kidnapping, and cattle rustling in Gujba LGA and neighboring areas.

The gang was responsible for a recent kidnapping incident in Babaram Muktum, a Fulani settlement in Gujba LGA, where they abducted a resident and collected a ransom of N1.6 million. They also robbed the victim’s father of his Techno phone during the incident.

DSP Abdulkarim stated that other members of the syndicate are currently on the run, but the Command is intensifying efforts to apprehend them and bring them to justice.


 

Chinese customs officials have detained a man attempting to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China by hiding them in his trouser pockets.

The man was apprehended at Futian Harbour, a border crossing between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

During a routine inspection, officials discovered six taped-up cloth bags containing numerous colorful snakes concealed in the man’s lower clothing. Authorities revealed that the man was carrying 104 snakes from five different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes, both native to North and Central America, not China.

A video released by the customs office shows the man trying to pass through the undeclared goods corridor, followed by customs officers examining six large plastic bags where the writhing reptiles were later placed.

China’s laws strictly prohibit the import of non-native animals, and violators face legal consequences. The customs report did not specify the penalties the man would face for his actions.



(NAN)