Monthly Archives: September 2012

JTF Takes Over Boko Haram’s Command & Control Center – Report


The military Joint Task Force today further dealt a massive blow to the operational capabilty of the terrorist group Boko Haram following a successful operation launched at the group’s command and control center in Kano.

Reecall that two members of the sect had been captured yesterday after a gun battle with the military and officers of the SSS. One of those captured is believed to be Abu Qada, the group’s spokesman and “media coordinator.”

The JTF in a statement emailed to THEWILL said, “Following further operation in the suspects heavily wired IED hideout, the following items were recovered: Two AK 47 rifles, Two Pump Action Rifles, One Berretta Rifle, One Smoke Discharger, 433 rounds of 7.62 Nato ammunition, 80 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, 2 AK 47 magazines, 36 Prepared IEDs, 13 Laptops, Two motorcycles, Four Printers, One photocopier, One 33 slots Zenith Disc writer, One TG 3900Ez Generator set, Religious Books, large quantity of CD plates, Two decoders, Two Satellite dish, One 21” Television set, One DVD player, 2 Bags of Urea fertilizer, One Elite dry cell 12v battery, One blue gate UPS, One stabilizer, 10 Hand held Motorola radios and 5 Battery chargers.”

The JTF further said, “this latest encounter with the terrorist group have foiled its planned attack to wreck havoc on the good people of Kano state. It has equally further depleted the capacity of the terrorist group to operate. The JTF would like to use this medium to reiterate its resolve to continue to work assiduously towards the protection of lives and property in the state. 
“The relative peace which Kano enjoys today can be attributed to the collective effort and prayers of the good people of Kano State.”
The JTF appealed to the general public to continue to volunteer information while assuring the utmost confidentiality in dealing with such information. 
“Residents are therefore enjoined to go about their normal lawful business activity without any fear as security agents are ready and will respond swiftly to any treat to life and property in any part of the state,” the JTF added.
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized



Lagos to ban smoking in public places


The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, on Monday said the state government would ban smoking in public places.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria that the provisions of the new traffic laws had prohibited people from drinking or smoking while driving in the state.

 Ipaye said though the new law was aimed at reducing road carnage, it was also part of the government’s plans to ban smoking in public places.

 He said, “It is an offence to smoke while driving, smoking is totally prohibited for drivers; obviously it is not just for safety reasons it is also for health reasons because we are moving towards banning smoking in all public places.

 “It is an offence to drive drunk; if you’ve been taking drugs, this law provides for blood test to determine whether you have ingested drugs which are inconsistent with your ability to drive.

 “So, this law makes it an offence to drive without a driver’s licence, without proper plate numbers. It is an offence to use the phone while you are driving except you have hands-free set so you don’t need to put the set to your ear.’’

Ipaye said the government decided to “criminalise” traffic offences and sanction offenders, as part of the strategy to bring the chaotic traffic situation within the metropolis under control.

 He said, “We are keeping the roads in good repairs, but still, we have problems, and that problem is made worse by commercial motorcycles, by cart pushers, by even people rearing cattle.

 “There seem all of a sudden to be no rules; people just disobey the traffic lights.”

 Meanwhile, lawyers in the state have reacted to the new Parks and Garden Law.

The law made it mandatory for landlords to beautify the perimeter of their properties or face punishment.

The lawyers described the new law as an attempt to impoverish Lagosians.

A legal practitioner, Mr Spurgeon Ataene, said the law was obnoxious and oppressive.

He said  government did not have the right to punish landlords for not beautifying their property.

Another lawyer, Mr Ogedi Ogu, said the law was against natural justice, equity and good conscience.

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized



We killed, arrested Boko Haram leaders – JTF

JTF officers

Soldiers manning a checkpoint in Kano shot to death two suspected Boko Haram leaders, AP reports.

The dead reportedly included the spokesman for the sect, as well as a commander who operates in Kogi State, a military official said.

It is unclear what happened next, though the official said soldiers shot dead both the commander and the spokesman, while adding that the wife and children remained in military custody.

The wife told soldiers the men had accompanied her to Kano as she sought medical help, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as the information was not to be made immediately public on Monday.

However, spokesman for the Joint Task Force, Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the development.

According to him, the operation was carried out in Hotoro area in Kano metropolis.

He said, “During the early morning operation, one member of the terrorists group was killed and two other members arrested.”

I cannot confirm to you the identity of the suspects arrested yet, because I don’t have the nominal role of the terrorists group.

“As soon as investigation is completed, the identity of the suspects will be made public. Investigation has to be completed before I can tell you the identity of the suspects.”

He said the operation lasted for over one hour before reports went round that very top members of the terrorist group were killed.

Government officials may be hesitating as they previously claimed to have arrested the sect’s spokesman, who uses the nom de guerre Abul Qaqa when speaking to journalists. Confusion over his death sparked threats by the sect against journalists who previously reported on the government claim.

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


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I didn’t drive Cynthia’s killers to hotel –Suspect

Cynthia and the suspects

Cynthia and the suspects
| credits: Eniola Akinkuotu

One of the suspects recently arrested for allegedly driving Cynthia Osokogu’s suspected killers to Cosmilla Hotel, FESTAC has denied the allegation.

The suspect, Gideon Okechukwu, said he was an unregistered cab driver that usually operated within FESTAC area of Lagos State.

Cynthia was said to have been lured to Lagos by Okwumo Nwabufo and picked up at the Murtala Muhammed Airport from where she was taken to the hotel where she was allegedly killed by Nwabufo and his 23-year-old cousin, Olisaeloka Ezike.

According to police detectives, Okechukwu was the one who allegedly drove Nwabufo and Cynthia to the hotel.

During interrogation, Nwabufo had said his modus operandi was to lure ladies to hotels in FESTAC where he would drug his victims and steal from them. The police alleged that Okechukwu usually drove Nwabufo and also aided him in escaping from crime scenes.

Okechukwu however said he and Nwabufo were not friends. He said he was an unregistered cab driver that had been hired by Nwabufo to drop him off on four occasions, adding that their relationship was strictly business in nature.

He said, “I am an unregistered cab driver and I usually operate at night. I attempted to join the cab association in FESTAC but they rejected me because my vehicle is too old. Nwabufo and I exchanged phone numbers after I rendered service to him the first time.

“So, he used to call me to pick him up and drop him off in front of his estate in FESTAC. He usually paid me N1,000 if I took him outside FESTAC while he paid me N600 within FESTAC. I took him to Yaba once and he paid me N2,000.

“On the day the lady (Cynthia) arrived Lagos, I wasn’t the one that went to pick her up. I’ve never seen her before. My vehicle cannot even go to the airport because if you’re not a registered cab driver you cannot go the airport let alone my rickety Mazda 1986 model. No high class person would even agree to board my car.

“On the Sunday that the lady was allegedly killed, I went to church. I am a Jehovah’s Witness and after attending church service on Sunday, I go from house to house preaching. I’ve never carried Nwabufo with anybody before. He didn’t even know my name and I didn’t know his until I met him in police custody. In fact, his name was stored as A1 Close on my telephone because all I used to do was to drop him in front of A1 Close where he claimed to live.”

Narrating how he was implicated and arrested by the police, the driver said the police detectives ordered Nwabufo to call him on the telephone and Nwabufo told him to come and pick him up as usual.

He said, “On August 20, Nwabufo called me on the phone that I should come and take him to University of Lagos. He said I should come and pick him up at A1 Close as usual. I didn’t know that he was being used by the police to lure me. When I arrived there, I was immediately arrested.

“During investigation, the Area E Commander told Cosmilla Hotel Staff to point out the people who came to the hotel on the day of the incident. The staff picked out the two prime suspects (Nwabufo and Olisaeloka). I’ve never been to the hotel before and I didn’t appear on the CCTV.”

The driver however said on the same day Osokogu was killed, he had gone to pick up Nwabufo on the road not too far from the hotel but did not know at the time that any murder had been committed.

Nonso Ezike, Olisaeloka’s younger brother, also told PUNCH Metro that he had no hand in the murder.

Although the police recovered Osokogu’s stolen BlackBerry phone from Nonso, the 22-year-old said his brother asked him to sell the phone, adding that he did not know that it was stolen.

The graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, said, “I finished last November and I was supposed to start my National Youth Service Corps programme with the next batch in November 2012. Pending the time, I decided to go into selling of phones.

“I bought a BlackBerry Torch phone at Ladipo Market at a cheap price of N37, 000. So, I thought I could be making profit by buying and selling phones. I would take pictures of BB phones and upload them on my Facebook page along with the price list.

“In July, my brother (Olisaeloka) brought a white Bold 5 BB (Cynthia’s phone) and told me it was for Nwabufo and that he wanted to sell it. The phone memory was wiped off while the external memory card was missing. I didn’t know the phone was stolen and I sold it for N68, 000 to a man in Port Harcourt and I sent it through courier.”

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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Patience Jonathan hospitalised in Germany – Report

Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan

Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan

There were speculation on Sunday night that the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, might be undergoing treatment in Germany for food poisoning.

An online news portal, Saharareporters, had reported that Patience had been undegoing treatment in a German hospital for about four days.

The news medium reports that Patience was airlifted to the hospital by an air ambulance last week under emergency medical conditions.

It also quoted Presidency sources who said that the “emergency airlift departed for Wisbanden, Germany” but could not confirm if “her treatment was being undertaken in that city”.

Efforts made by The PUNCH to confirm both the health and whereabouts of the President’s wife on Sunday night were abortive.

Calls placed to the aides of both the President and his wife were not picked. These aides included Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati; and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe.

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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


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