Minna- Bandits have launched a fresh attack on Tafila village, near Gwada town in Shiroro Local government of Niger State with four people reportedly killed and scores abducted.
The attack took place at about 6:30 pm on Saturday.
Gwada town which is in Shiroro local government area of the state is about twenty minutes drive to the multimillion Naira Shiroro Electricity Dam and also about twenty-five kilometers to Minna, the state capital.
Among those killed were two women including two kids of which one of them was the child of one of the deceased women.
An eyewitness from the area told our Correspondent that the child was shot in the head and died instantly with the skull scattered.
Our Correspondent also learnt that the Bandits stormed the village on Motorcycles each carrying no fewer than two to three passengers and fully armed with AK47 rifles.
They targeted a truck conveying villagers from Erena town to Gwada where hundreds of IDPs are presently staying and fired bullets at them at close range.
Besides those who died, several others in the truck were said to have been seriously injured and are now receiving treatments in various health Centres within the state.
While many of the villagers ran for safety into the bush, many others were unlucky as they ran into the waiting hands of the bandits and were abducted and led into the bush.
Many Cattles were also reported to have been rustled by the bandits.
When contacted, a senior official of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency who confirmed the story on condition of anonymity simply said” We heard something about the latest Banditry in Gwada area but we are yet to get full details.”
However, the state Police Command through its Spokesman, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the Police were aware of the invasion but were silent On the number of casualties.
In a terse statement, the Police said,”On 16/04/2022 at about 1900hrs, information was received that armed bandits attacked Kaduna village via Gwada, Shiroro LGA
“Police tactical team and other security agencies with vigilante were mobilized to the area and the hoodlums were repelled
“However, details of the incident are still sketchy while reinforcement has been dispatched to Gwada and normalcy has been restored,” the statement added.
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Bandits on Sunday night attacked and killed three persons while scores were reportedly abducted by the attackers in Bali town, the headquarters of Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Several sources in Bali told our correspondent on the phone that the attackers who rode on motorcycles attacked and killed a personnel of Taraba Marshall at a checkpoint near General Hospital before proceeding to individual houses to kill and abduct people.
The Tiv central leader and Chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Tiv Bali II) told our correspondent that two of his subjects were killed and scores, mostly women, were abducted in the attack.
“The attackers invaded the town at about 11: pm. Two of my subjects were killed in the attack, and two others who were badly injured are receiving treatment in the hospital.
“Many people, especially women, were abducted. It’s a terrible situation and I want to call on the government and security agencies to sit up and ensure the protection of the lives and property of citizens.
“For over four hours, the bandits held the town shooting sporadically and there was no response from security agencies. People are losing hope of the government’s ability to protect them and I think the bandits are no more than our security agencies,” he said.
This is even as the traditional ruler called on the government to support the injured who are receiving treatment in hospitals.
The attack came barely three days after bandits blocked the Mutum-Biyu- Garba Chede road killing a driver and abducting passengers in the neighbouring Gassol Local Government area of the State.
Efforts to get the Police to react to the attack failed as the Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman,did not pick up calls made to his line.
But a police officer in the Taraba State Police Command told our correspondent that the PPRO was attending a security briefing.
Man in court over alleged $42,500 fraud
The police have arraigned a 39-year-old man, Oluseyi Olatunbosun, before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obtaining 42,500 Australian dollars under false pretences.
Olatunbosun is facing three counts bordering on conspiracy, obtaining by false preferences and stealing.
The defendant, who was brought before Magistrate O.S. Abioye, in charge number P/10/2022, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The police prosecutor, Mr Jimoh Joseph, told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the offences between April and December 2018 in the Mushin area of Lagos.
He said the defendant defrauded one Mr Olayinka Abiodun to the tune of 42,500 Australian dollars, equivalent to N10,625,000.
According to the prosecutor, the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 314 and 284 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and Magistrate Abioye granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.
The magistrate ordered that the surety must provide evidence of gainful employment and proof of tax payment to the government and have his address verified.
The case was adjourned till October 6 for trial.
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Speaking with newsmen after he was paraded in Akure, the suspect who revealed that he was a timber trader, said, “l will die if I confess my mission and those who sent me.”
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When asked why he decided not to take the bag to the police, after noticing the content, he said: “l never knew it would later bring problem for me. I saw it in a bush in the place I am working. I saw it in a nylon bag they used to wrap it and I carried it to my village.
“I don’t know it will later cause problem. I was coming from Bayelsa State and was going to my home town after Agadagba, in Ese-Odo council area of Ondo State. The money is my own and it was from my timber business.”
Parading the suspect, the state Commandant of the NDLEA, Mr Kayode Raji, said the suspect was arrested during a stop and search operation along Ore-Okitipupa road.
Raji said that the suspect attempted to bribe his men on duty with the cash found on him, which his men rejected and took him into custody.
According to him, “the suspect was arrested on 20th of July, along Ore-Okitipupa road by our men on stop and search operation. Upon search, he was found with various arms and ammunition of various kinds.
“He was also arrested with strap bags and we asked him what it was used for, he said he would die if he confessed it.
“It looks like bags where they keep dead bodies or mangled bodies of human beings. We have done our preliminary investigation and we are going to hand him over to the Nigerian Police,” Raji stated.
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