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Nigeria Army allegedly sacked a community in Anambra state.

Troops of the Nigerian Army have sacked Umunze community in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State in what appeared as a reprisal attack following the alleged killing of five soldiers and two civilians in the area on Wednesday.

SaharaReporters had reported that seven persons including five soldiers were ambushed and shot dead on Wednesday around Zenith Bank area in Umunze town.
However, hundreds
of troops were reported to have invaded the community, shooting indiscriminately, and injuring several people.

The military men sacked the community while burning some houses shops, according to sources.
The soldiers who also invaded Nkwo Market in area ordered the traders to close their shops, while shooting indiscriminately causing pandemonium as everybody ran helter-skelter seeking refuge.

Apart from the Nkwo Market and all the shops in that vicinity, all the schools in the area quickly closed as parents withdrew their children.

President General of the town, Chief John Akanyeonu, who addressed journalists in Awka on Thursday evening, said the soldiers had opened fire on his people when they stormed the crime scene at about 3pm, injuring some of the residents.

He said that one of the persons who were hit by the army’s bullets died while others were still struggling to stay alive in various hospitals.

Asked what the community was doing about the development, he said: “We have made some calls to the DSS office and the DPO here.

We have also called some top military officers and I think they are discussing with their colleagues to take it easy with our people.

All the schools around here were shut down. And there is no hope of reopening tomorrow. Because of their behaviour, people were so afraid, Akanyeonu further lamented.

Meanwhile, a trending video on the military’s invasion showed people running away to safety, everywhere deserted. The maker of the video also showed a pellet he picked from the Nkwo Market area.

Efforts to speak with the state Police Command were unsuccessful as the spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, could not be reached on telephone as his phone indicated reachable.

He was also yet to respond to text message.

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No fewer than seven persons reportedly died in a car bomb outside mosque in Kabul.

A car packed with explosives blew up outside a mosque attended by Taliban members in the Afghan capital, killing at least seven people minutes after Friday (Sep 23) prayers had ended, the interior ministry said.

The explosion occurred in front of Wazir Akbar Khan mosque, not far from the fortified former Green Zone that housed many foreign embassies and NATO before the Taliban seized power in August last year.

The mosque is now often attended by senior Taliban commanders and fighters.

Interior ministry spokesman Abdul Nafy Takor told AFP that at least seven people had been killed and 41 others were wounded, including children.

Italian-NGO run Emergency Hospital said it had received 14 people from the blast, of whom four were dead on arrival.

The explosion occurred when worshippers were heading home, Takor said, adding the explosives were placed in a car.

All casualties are civilians, the exact number is not clear yet, said Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran.

Unverified images posted on social media showed a mangled car engulfed in fire on a road outside the mosque.

In a tweet, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called Friday’s bombing a bitter reminder of ongoing insecurity and terrorist activity in Afghanistan.

The mosque has been the target of attacks in the past, including a blast in June 2020 before the Taliban returned to power. That attack killed the mosque’s imam and wounded several people.

While overall violence has significantly dropped across Afghanistan since the war ended with the Taliban’s return to power, there have been regular bomb attacks in Kabul and other cities.

Several mosques and clerics have been targeted in these attacks, some claimed by the Islamic State group.

Two Russian embassy staff members were killed in a suicide bombing outside its offices earlier this month, the latest attack in the capital claimed by the group.

No group has so far claimed the attack.

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Hushpuppi jail term have been reduced to 11yrs instead of 20yrs.

On July 4, 2020, Hushpuppi was charged with the conspiracy to commit money laundering before a US court, an offense that attracts a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment if convicted.

But during his recent arraignment in court, Hushpuppy appealed to US Judge Otis Wright for temper justice with mercy and a lighter jail term after scoring high in the cleaning activities.

The fraudster told the judge that he was one of the best cleaners in the prison where he has been remanded since his arrest in 2021.

Hushpuppi’s jail’s term reduction comes on the heels of his record which was revealed as part of his memorandum countering sentencing recommendations of prosecutors that showed he cleaned well and related well with other inmates.

It was gathered that his report card for Central Valley workshop for prisoners showed that, between July 2021 when he enrolled and November 2021 when he completed work, Hushpuppi put up “very good” in attitude, quality of work, dependability and productivity.

Hushpuppi’s lawyer Louis Shapiro wrote in the memorandum submitted on the 5th of this month that, He is currently working within his prison cleaning windows and showers for which he has received great personal evaluations.

Sources familiar with the case said that the prosecution and defence have been arguing over the appropriate sentencing for Hushpuppi.

US Prosecutors have asked the federal judge to sentence the fraudster to 11 years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Hushpuppi’s attorney, Khaldoun Shobaki demanded 11 years in prison and $2.2 million in restitution and fines. Shapiro said his client had become a changed person in prison and should be handed a lighter sentence of about two years in prison.

Shapiro further noted Hushpuppi has three minor children in London, U.S. and Dubai to care for, as well as his ailing parents in Nigeria.

The presiding Judge, Wright is scheduled to hear the sentencing arguments of the prosecution and defence of Hushpuppi on September 21 before delivering his judgment in the matter.

KanyiDaily recalls that Hushpuppi had pleaded guilty to various offenses bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others.

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Two herdsmen have been arrested for chopping off their father hands in Niger state.

It was learnt that two herdsmen have been arrested and are being detained in the custody of the Niger State Police for allegedly cutting off the hands of their 60 years old father.

They are being detained on the orders of a Minna Chief Magistrates Court till 26 September, 2022.

The duo Bello Usman 25, and Shehu Abubakar also, 25, conspired along with Shede Umar and another simply identified as Kai both presently at large to commit the heinous offense.

Earlier, the suspects were arraigned by the men of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), on two-count charges which include criminal conspiracy and causing grievous hurt, contravening section 97 and 246 of the penal code.

The suspects told the court that the initial plan between them and their partners in the crime was not to chop off their father’s hand, but only to rustle his cattle.

The Chief Magistrate, Hajiya Fati Hassan Umar then directed the police to go after the other two fleeing culprits to be arraigned and face the law.

The 60-year-old victim was conveyed to the court from the hospital where he was receiving medical attention.

Meanwhile, the father and the guardian of the fleeing suspects, who were summoned by the presiding Chief Magistrate, were ordered to produce their wards in court in the next sitting of the court fixed for the 26 September, 2022.

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Islamic teacher who killed his parents says he has no regret in killing them.

Munkaila Ahmadu, the man who killed his parents in Jigawa state, has told the police that he committed the crime as a form of Jihad.

The suspect, who is a resident of Zarada-Sabuwa village of Gagarawa LGA in Jigawa state, used a wooden pestle to attack his father, Ahmad Muhammad, 70, who was the village head of Zarada-Sabuwa village, and his mother, Hauwa Ahmadu, 60, while also attacking Kailu Badugu, 65, and Hakalima Ahmadu, 50.

Speaking to newsmen, the spokesman of the police in Jigawa state, DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam, said the suspect has admitted to the crime and did not show any remorse.

He said the suspect, who is a teacher in an Islamic school in the state, was not under any influence of drugs when he committed the act.

According to the police spokesman, the suspect said his parents were fond of ridiculing him whenever he carried out his religious rites.

“He’s a teacher in one Islamic school, sound minded, not associated with drugs, not even cola nut.

During interrogation, the suspect kept on saying, he did Jihad, he has done Jihad, he’s in right way, they (victims) are not human beings” the police spokesman said

The spokesman added that the suspect further revealed that his parents used to call him a mad man.

He told police investigators this and other reasons led him to kill them. He said he had no regrets and that he is ready to face any law, he added.

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Herders kill six in Benue state.

At least six persons have been killed after suspected Fulani herders attacked Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

The attack occurred at Umella village in Mbawa ward of the local government around 3pm.

“Some Fulani herders came into Umella community around 3pm yesterday (Thursday) and attacked the villagers, shot and macheted them.

“Gunshots rent the air when they came, which made people run helter-skelter but at the time the attackers left, six dead bodies were found,” a local who identified himself as Terna said.

The local gave the names of the deceased to include Aginde Ibember, Orfega Ibember, Alex Msuega, Tsula Iortyer, Verlumun Ortese and one other whose identity was yet unknown.

Confirming the attack to journalists on the phone, the Chairman of the local government, Mike Uba said that the herders invaded Umella community around afternoon and killed six people.

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Unknown gunmen list out people they want to assassinate in Enugu state.

A criminal gang has reportedly listed six more persons they plan to kill in Oruku community in the Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.

This comes barely 72 hours after the criminal gang killed the President-General of the Town Union, Chief Linus Nwatu.

Nwatu, SaharaReporters gathered had been listed among seven persons to be killed about two months ago.

He was, however, tricked by the alleged sponsors of the killings in the community into supporting a peace negotiation.

He came back on Friday evening in preparation for the burial of a member of the neighbourhood watch group that was earlier killed by the same gang last Saturday.

Unfortunately, that Saturday morning, he was killed and the supposed peace and reconciliation meeting never took place again on Sunday, a community source told SaharaReporters.

Nwatu’s killing had brought the number of leaders killed in the community to eight.

The eight community leaders killed in less than two years are Igwe Emmanuel Mba, Hon. Linus Nwatu, Mr. Samuel Ani, Mr. Okechukwu Ogbodo, Mr. Calistus Amushi, Mr. Dennis Ike, Mr. Zik Mba and Mr. Okenwa Mbah.

Meanwhile, one of the six persons listed to be killed in the community is Apostle Dr Emmanuel Okwudilichukwu Agbaka.

Agbaka, in a voice message circulated on the community’s social media platforms, warned that his killing would bring disaster and eternal destruction to the community.

He maintained that he would continue to condemn the gruesome murder of innocent people in the community because they accepted to make peace with their brothers in a neighbouring community, Umuode.

Agbaka said, There is an error that must be corrected and there’s nonsense that must come to an end. The word of God said that the wickedness of the wicked must come to an end. And before it will come to an end; there is a place called bus stop.

I want to tell you people that I am one of the last bus stops. It has gotten to my information for some days now and even today, calls have been going on and people are saying that I should be warned by these bloodsuckers, who are full of hatred malice and jealousy, those who don’t want the community to be good.

Those who believe that if not them and their family, let everything scatter. That is what put our community in this jeopardy and disarray.

I have been telling the youths and warning them, these people that are using them will still finish them because they’re coming for them. You the young men; they are coming for you and they will destroy you.

When we are telling you don’t allow anybody to use you because they will use you people and frustrate you. So where was your mind when we were telling you this?

I want to tell our people; some people have been calling saying that I am among those they wrote their names to be killed.

But assure you that if I am killed, every son of those sponsoring the killings no matter where they are will start having problems. That will be the beginning of eternal destruction of the community.

SaharaReporters reported that the traditional ruler of Oruku community, Igwe Emmanuel Mbah was murdered by hoodlums loyal to a faction in the communal dispute on December 26, 2020, in collaboration with criminal policemen from Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.

His killers have yet to be brought to justice.

The assassination later sparked a disorder that caused the destruction of lives and property in the community, prompting Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to institute a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate Mbah’s killing.

The murdered Town Union President, Chief Nwatu, had alleged while testifying before the commission that 23 collaborators and sponsors were fuelling cultist activities in Oruku to destroy lives and property.

He had urged the commission headed by Justice Harold Eya to look into the names listed in his memorandum as the masterminds of Oruku crisis and bring them to justice.

The Justice Harold Eya panel had since submitted its findings to Governor Ugwuanyi but the government has yet to make the report public and take necessary steps to restore lasting peace in the area.

As a result, many natives who deserted the community following a series of attacks have not returned to their homes while those who remained in Oruku and neigbouring towns have continued to live in fear though security.

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Village head arrested in Sokoto state for drug trafficking.

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Sokoto State Command, had arrested a suspected drugs dealer, Umar Mohammed, the Village Head of Ruga in Shagari Local Government.

Briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Sokoto, Adamu Iro, the NDLEA Commander in the state, said the suspect was arrested following intelligence-driven investigation by the command.

Mr Iro said the suspect, who is a traditional title holder has been on the suspects’ list of the command for a long period of time.

Earlier, we arrested his wife in possession of large amount of illicit drugs, but we released her following an investigation that the items belonged to the husband.

So, Alhamdulillah, on Monday, we have been able to nan him and we found 436.381 kg of Cannabis Sativa and 1 kg of Diazepam at his residence, he said.

He added that the suspect had since admitted to the offence and informed the command of being in the business for a long period of time.

He said that the command would ensure proper, but speedy investigation on the matter in order to charge the suspect to court.

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Delta state in uproar as cult group set police station in fire.

According to report, Ubulu-Uku Police Station, Aniocha-South Local Government of Delta State was yesterday set ablaze by suspected cultists who released some suspects from the cell.

Following update reveal that a leader of a cult group was detained in the station and some of his members, who were not happy with his detention, stormed the station, released their leader and others before setting the station on fire.

A member of the vigilance group in the community, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, as he was not supposed to speak with the press, said: Our leader was notified that some people were robbing a house in Onicha-Uku Quatres, Ubulu-Uku.

The owner of the house, simply identified as  Osmosis, was outside the country on Thursday night.

We raced to the place and arrested a notorious cultist, while others fled the scene.

We handed over the suspect to Ubulu-Uku Police station. Thinking that he would be transferred to Ogwashi-Uku on Moo, his gang attacked the station, burnt the DPO’s office and released him from the cell.

We later discovered that he was seen with his mom seeing him off last night, around past 11pm, but those who saw him didn’t know as at then that he was escaping from a police cell.

When we visited the Station, the DCOs office was touched, part of the wall to the cell was broken. Some case files and two  other offices were burnt, while there were no suspects, including the man we handed over to the station.

I am very sure that the man we handed over to the police was released by the hoodlums.

The problem is that the police station lacks manpower. I don’t think that there are more than three officers plus two supernumerary officials in the station.

Another man who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of attack, said “we are sure that the suspect was caught in the act of vandalising someone’s SUV at night.

How come that immediately he was arrested, cultists stormed the station and released him. Some people saw his mother seeing him off, meaning that he has run away from the community, but the good thing is that he can’t run far before he will be arrested.

However, Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said: There was a fire outbreak in the station. The DCO has confirmed that there was a fire outbreak at the station, but that the fire only burnt his office and one other.

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