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How Saudi Arabia based oil expert was assassinated in Idah, Kogi State

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How Saudi Arabia based oil expert was assassinated in Idah, Kogi State

Unknown gunmen have assassinated a Saudi Arabia based oil expert, Ogacheko Atanu, who visited home for the Yuletide holiday in his Idah residence of Kogi State.

It was gathered that the incident happened on Saturday night at about 11PM when the deceased was about retiring to bed.

It was also gathered that when the assassins stormed the compound of late Ogacheko Atanu, he was asked to say his last prayers before he was shot repeatedly.

His elder border, Mr Ukubile Atanu, who is a lecturer with the Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja, under Art and Design Department confirmed the incident during a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday.
Ukubile Atanu, who could not hold back his emotions while speaking with NatknalUpdate over the death of his younger brother charged security agencies to bring his brother’s killers to book.

According to him, “When they(gunmen) entered his compound at about 11PM on Saturday, they told his brother( late Ogacheko Atanu) to say his last prayers before they kill him.
“He told them that he will give them any amount of money so that they can spare his life, but they refused.
“That was how he was shot repeatedly and snuffed life out of him but curiously they didn’t touch the gateman.

“After he was killed, his gateman went straight to police station to report the incident. I must tell you, this is another black day in our family. Those behind this evil act must be brought to book” the source said.

It was further learnt that the deceased who is survived by four children, including an eighty years old mother was billed to travel out of Idah today, (Sunday), for Abuja were he is expected to pick a flight to Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Police Public Relation Officer, (PPRO) DSP William Avye Aya who also confirmed the incident said the command received a report about the assassination of the deceased at about 05:00 hours of Sunday.

“The security man of the deceased reported the incident to Idah Police division today at 05:00hours thay unknown masked men numbering about four entered the compound of the deceased by scaling through the fence.

“They told the security man to open the gate while the deceased was relaxing with his friend inside the compound. The gunmen told all of them to lie flat on the groubd. They later told the owner of the house to stand up and shot him. “His body had been moved to the mortuary for autopsy and effort is being intensified to get the perpetuators of this evil act” he added.

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NDLEA uncovers 35wraps of cocaine concealed in ladys underwear at Lagos airport

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Eagle eyed operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Saturday recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from the underwear of a lady, Okafor Ebere Edith during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire, to Monrovia, Liberia from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Director, Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi disclode that the suspect tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the Airport.
He said she was however picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her.
He said the lady claimed to have ended up in a drug peddler due to her desire to make money.

Another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul Babafemi said was arrested at Gate A departure hall of the MMIA on Tuesday during outward clearance of Egypt airline to Turkey with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves.

“On the same day, another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airports Gate A departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt airline with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag.

Meanwhile, acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area command of the Agency in the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

After a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of cannabis sativa were recovered while a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotic officers from afar.

Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the commanders, officers and men of the MMIA and Niger state commands of the Agency for their continued efforts in tracking down traffickers of illicit drugs in their areas of responsibility. He charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain focussed and resolute in pursuit of the goal to rid Nigeria of illicit substances and drug related criminalities.

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Security operatives kill Kidnap kingpin in a gun battle in Kogi

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…arrest another kidnap agent terrorizing Kogi, Benue area

Security operatives in Kogi have recorded a major feat in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the State as they killed a Kidnap kingpin in a gun duel on Saturday
The notorious kidnap gang leader was once reported to have kidnapped his own farther and collected a Ransom of 4 million naira

The deceased criminal was known for his nefarious kidnapping and armed robbery activities.
Hence he had always been on the list of wanted criminal suspects by law enforcement agencies until his waterloo after he engaged security operatives in the area

Also, it was reported that a combined operation led by Olamaboro Local Government Chairman, Hon. Adejoh Friday Nicodemus involving both teams from the neighborhood arrested another kidnap agent identified as Kizito Ocheme alias Igbo

The culprit it was gathered has been behind most of the kidnapping and terrorists’ activities between Olamaboro Local government and Otukpa branch of Ogbadibo Local government of Banue State but was apprehended while trying to escape by the security operatives in the area.

The Local Government Chairman, stated that the efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello and the entire leadership of Kogi State Government to guarantee the safety of lives and properties of citizens was yielding positive results as criminals now find Kogi as a no go area.

He added that following the directives of governor Bello that people should have peace to be able to sleep with their two eyes closed, his administration has been on the prowl for criminals

In his reaction, Governor Bello who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed indicated that is security can be resolved from the grassroots it would reflect positively on the state

He pointed out that the moral support being given to security operatives by Tge State Government is responsible for the successes in bringing peace to the State

He reiterated that Government at all levels would continue to put in more effort towards sustaining the drive for a peaceful Kogi state by making every nooks and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors

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Police moves to redeem image, recommends suspension of Abba Kyari

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In what looks like a major push to redeem the image of the Nigerian Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has written a letter to the Police Service Commission recommending for the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force.

Kyari who has been the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), was indicted by American authorities for allegedly being in bed with a notorious fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
The police Public Relations Officer CP Frank MBA in a Statement issued in Abuja on Sunday said the suspension subsist pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations that has direct bearing on him.

“The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.

“The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.

He said the suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The statement explained that the Special Investigation Panel (SIP), is made up of four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).
“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter. “

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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