SCORES FEARED DEAD AS BANDITS OPENS FIRE IN SOKOTO MARKET

Suspected bandits, Sunday evening, reportedly stormed and opened fire in a market in Goronyo local government area of Sokoto State killing several people.

According to reports, the bandits came in their large numbers using motorcycles for the operation when people were already preparing to return to their homes after the day’s business activities.

Speaking on the incident, Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya in Government House, said the Army operation in Zamfara State has worsened the security situation in Sokoto State lately.

While appealing to the COAS to beef up security in the State, Tambuwal noted that people were killed in their tens when bandits struck on Sunday,

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE DENIES PAYING N20M TO BANDITS

NAF DID NOT MAKE ANY
PAYMENT TO BANDITS IN
EXCHANGE FOR WEAPONS

The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has beern drawn to news reports circulating on some media platforms allegingg that the NAF, through one of its
personnel, paid the sum of N20 Million to armed bandits operating in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun allegedly seized.

The report went on to State that the reason behind the payment was to retrieve the anti-aircraft gun which, it alleged, the NAF feared could be used against aircraft operating within Katsina State.

The NAF wishes to
categorically state that there is absolutely no iota of truth in the spurious allegation that was undoubtedly designed to cast aspersions on the good image of the Service.

The said report is totally false.

It should therefore be taken as fake news and disregarded.

Indeed, we ordinarily would not have responded to such baseless and utterly illogical allegation but for the need to set the record straight as well as reaffirm the NAF’s unflinching commitment
to decisively dealing with the armed bandits and all other criminal elements in the Country in partnership with other services of the Armed Forces and other security Agencies.

For the avoidance of doubt, it must be stated that there is no basis for the NAF to pay bandits or any criminal elements that it has continued to attack and decimate in Katsina State, other parts of the North-West as well as other Theatres of Operation in the Country.

Indeed, as recent as 12 October 2021, NAF aircraft conducted 5 missions in the Jibia general area and engaged targets with rockets and cannons at Bala Wuta bandits’ locations in Kadaoji.

Similar successes were recorded at Fakai Dutsin Anfare an area in libia LGA known for its high incidences of bandits’ activities.

The false reportage therefore, begs the question as to why the NAF would negotiate for a weapon allegedly seized and still carry out air interdiction missions on the same bandits and their strongholds.

The NAF is of the view that, this latest false report could be a part of a campaign to further the cause of insecurity in Nigeria by elements who see the NAF as a threat following series of successful exploits in operations against criminal gangs.

Perhaps, this provides an
avenue for the NAF to yet again appeal to members of the media, both local and international, as well as social media, to be
circumspect in their reportage and endeavour to always verify their facts before going public.

The public is enjoined to
disregard the falsehood
emanating from some sections of the social and mainstream media.

The NAF also uses this
opportunity to call on citizens to continue to cooperate with security agencies as efforts are ongoing to rid the entire Nation of criminals and their activities.

On our part, the NAF, as a
professional and disciplined force, will not in any way be discouraged from carrying out its mandate to rid the entire North-West Nigeria of banditry and other forms of criminality.

We remain resolute in
performing our function and will continue to work in synergy with other sister Services and security agencies to rid the Country of all criminal elements.

Kindly bring this information to the awareness of the general public.

Edward Gabkwet
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
17 October 2021

EMIR OF BUNGUDU FREED AFTER 32 DAYS WITH CAPTORS

Zamfara Emir regains freedom after 32 days in captivity
Emir of Bungudu

The Bungudu Emirate in Zamfara State, Saturday night, announced the release of the Emir, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, after spending 32 days with the hands of his captors. 

A statement issued by the Emirate read: “On behalf of the family and Bungudu Emirate, we wish to thank everyone for the prayers and support during this trying time.”

“We appreciate all the efforts of Kaduna State Government throughout this challenging period.”

“Our immense gratitude to the Zamfara State Government in playing a key role to see our father return home safely.

“We salute the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for the support in facilitating the release of the Emir.

“We wish to plead with the public to respect the privacy of the Emir in the coming weeks as he receives medical attention and post-trauma management.” the statement added.

DAVID AMESS MURDER: POLICE ARRESTS SUSPECT

The suspect was arrested on Friday at the scene of the attack at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, had been holding his weekly constituency surgery.

David Amess. Pic: Penelope Barritt/Shutterstock

Sir David Amess

The terror suspect held on suspicion of murdering Sir David Amess is named Ali Harbi Ali, Sky News understands.

The 25-year-old, who is a British citizen with Somali heritage, is not thought to have been previously known to the security services.

The investigation into the killing of Sir David is still in its infancy so that could change if new details emerge.

Leaders unite to pay tribute to Sir David

Metropolitan Police officers have been performing searches at three addresses in the London area – one of which has now concluded.

Sir David, the senior Conservative MP for Southend West, was stabbed as he held a weekly constituency surgery at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

The suspect was arrested on Friday at the scene of the attack – and police will be able to keep him in custody until 22 October after being granted a warrant of further detention under the Terrorism Act at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday evening.

A Whitehall source said the detained man was previously known to the government’s Prevent scheme, which is a programme to stop radicalisation. This detail was first revealed by The Guardian, which said his involvement was short.

The investigation into the attack is being led by Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Policing.

The Met said on Friday that the incident had formally been declared as terrorism by Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon.Sir David Amess: From a ‘humble’ East End background to a 38-year career as an animal-loving MP

Police previously said in the early hours of Saturday that they are not seeking anyone else in connection with Sir David’s death but inquiries are continuing.

A statement of condolence signed by many Somali organisations and community leaders said they were “shocked and saddened by the senseless violence perpetrated upon an innocent MP”.

It continued: “We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to Sir David Amess’s family, loved ones and his constituents.

“Everyone who knew Sir David Amess described him as ‘one of the kindest, most compassionate, and a distinguished public servant’ who committed and devoted to serving his community.

“Sir David Amess promoted our shared values of tolerance, love and respect that make Britain so great.”

On Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among those to express “shock and sadness” following Sir David’s death.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer attended the site of the killing together on Saturday to pay their respects.In pictures: Moving tributes left to ‘much-loved colleague and friend’ Sir David Amess

The father of five had been an MP for 38 years, and while he never held a ministerial role, he was known as someone who took on the causes of his constituents.

He was socially conservative, an early eurosceptic, and a campaigner for animal rights and against fuel poverty.

Sir David also spent years raising awareness of endometriosis after being approached by a constituent who suffered from the painful condition.

Sky News understands that Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party will not stand candidates to contest the Southend West by-election.

Political correspondent Joe Pike, in Westminster, said the date of the by-election would be decided by the Conservative Party in due course.

He said: “The parties seem to have agreed that a precedent was set after the murder of Jo Cox in 2016. At that by-election, Labour’s Tracy Brabin was the only mainstream candidate – she received over 17,000 votes.

“All the other candidates – independents, representatives of minor fringe parties – all received fewer than 1,000 votes. We’re likely to see a similar situation again.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said it is “right and proper” that MPs are accessible to members of the public following Sir David’s killing – and stressed that politicians’ safety and an open democracy “can absolutely be balanced”.

Operation Bridger, a nationwide police protective security operation established in 2016, will reach out to the more than 600 MPs to discuss their security arrangements following the murder of Sir David at a constituency surgery on Friday – with officers then reporting their findings back to Ms Patel.

EFCC GRILLS EX-KANO GOVERNOR KWANKWASO OVER N10 BILLION PENSIONS, HOUSING FUNDS


Kwankwaso was invited for allegedly diverting the N10billion meant for the payment of pensions and construction of houses.

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Saturday, grilled the immediate past Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies

Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for hours over alleged mismanagement of funds and abuse of office.

An EFCC source who confirmed the story to LEADERSHIP said the former governor was grilled by a team of operatives at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

Though EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, didn’t confirm the report, LEADERSHIP learnt that Kwankwaso, who is also a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation.

The former governor is also said to be under investigation over a petition filed in 2015 by some workers and pensioners in the state who accused him of mismanaging pension remittances contributed between 2011 and 2015.

The earlier petition to the EFCC, alleged that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

OVER 50 VEHICLES ALLEGEDLY VANDALIZED AS PDP HOLD CONGRESS

The two camps are one loyal to Governor Seyi Makinde and the other led by some members of the party not pleased with Makinde’s style.

While Makinde’s camp had its congress at Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, the second camp had its congress at Jogor Centre, Ibadan.

The congress organised by Makinde had him, members of his cabinet, members of the state House of Assembly, local government chairmen, political appointees and other members of the party loyal to him in attendance.

The one organised by aggrieved members was attended by former House of Representatives leader, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola; a member of the House of Representatives representing Ibarapa North/ Ibarapa Central, Hon. Ajibola Muraina; former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi; Alhaji Nurain Akanbi, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeniyan and Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe, among others.

With the two parallel congresses, the party is going to produce two state executives in the state.

Meanwhile, hoodlums allegedly vandalised over 50 vehicles at the Oyo State PDP Congress held at Jogor Event Centre, Ibadan where over 2000 delegates had assembled.

Few minutes to the end of the whole exercise, some hoodlums stormed the venue of the congress, leaving over 50 vehicles damaged. The hoodlums invaded the venue with dangerous weapons and were repelled by the combined team of the Nigerian Police Force and Operatives of the Department of the State Security.

In a remark, Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe said: “It is clear that God is in our side. It is clear that the PDP is back to its rightful owners. We are the owner of our party in this state; we are the one that used to work for the success of the party, I urged you all to go and start working so that you can deliver your wards, local governments and this state in the future election.

“Those that underrated us now see that we are capable, and we are so glad to have our party back, we have shown those people from other parties that wanted to hijack our party the way out,” Aderibigbe said.

In his acceptance speech, the newly elected factional chairman of the PDP, Hon. Micheal Okunlade said: “We are all aware of why and how we arrived at this stage. Like others that are here, I’m one of the numerous victims of the misgiving of Governor Seyi Makinde.”

Other state factional officers elected at Jogor Center include Hon. Mathew Abioye (Deputy Chairman), Mr. Abiodun Oyesola (State Secretary), Pa Olawuwo (Vice Chairman Oyo South), Akeem Ariola (Financial Secretary), Mogaji Bola Akinyemi (Publicity Secretary) while Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye was re-elected as the Youth Leader of the party.

APC CONGRESS: TWO ALLEGEDLY INJURED AS GUNMEN OPENS FIRE

At least two persons were alleged to have sustained injuries from gunshots fired by some unidentified persons who invaded the venue of the state Congress organised by a faction of the All Progressives Congress in Osogbo, Osun State.

In a report by Punch, the incident happened around 12.50pm after the congress organised by the Osun Progressives, a faction of APC backed by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, had commenced the process of electing new executives.

A car with about five occupants that were armed with guns was seen driving along Osogbo/Gbongan Road towards the entrance to the venue of the Congress.

The vehicle was eventually prevented from advancing to the entrance to the venue of the Congress held at Ladsol Bus Stop, Ogo Oluwa, Osogbo, by another group leading to an exchange of gunshots between the two groups.

After the incident, two people were discovered to have been injured.

69 YEAR-OLD BRITISH PARLIAMENTARIAN STABBED TO DEATH

69 year-old British lawmaker, David Amess, has died after being stabbed several times during a meeting with his constituents at a church in eastern England.

BBC reported that a man walked into Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, south Essex, where Mr Amess was holding the meeting with locals on Friday and attacked the politician.

Mr Amess, 69, from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, was knifed repeatedly in the attack at about midday Friday, BBC reported.

The UK Metropolitan Police, whose counter-terrorism unit is leading the investigation of the incident, said in a statement early on Saturday that they declared the fatal stabbing as a terrorist incident.

“He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene,” the statement said. “A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.”

“As part of the investigation, officers are currently carrying out searches at two addresses in the London area and these are ongoing,” the police said, adding that it is believed that the suspect in custody acted alone.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken of his shock and sadness at the loss of “one of the kindest” people in politics.

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much loved friend and colleague,” Mr Johnson said in a short video on Twitter.

The prime minister said “Sir David had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable.”

Mr Amess had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children. He is the second serving MP to be killed in the past five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016, BBC reports.

He has been a member of parliament for Southend West, which includes Leigh-on-Sea, since 1997, but has been a lawmaker since 1983.

EDO APC CONGRESS: JOURNALISTS BARRED FROM COVERAGE

Journalists who turned out to cover Saturday’s Congress of the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were barred by security agents from gaining entrance into the venu.

Officials of the Department of State Security at the entrance to the venue, who said they were acting on instructions, insisted that the Journalists must produce their accreditation cards instead of their Media houses identity cards before they will be admitted into the venue.

The congress, which was held inside the Sports Complex of the University of Benin, had delegates from the 21 local government areas of the state.

An official of the party who said he’s not a member of the Publicty Committi, however, disclosed that only five print Journalists and four broadcast Journalists were accredited to cover the event.

A delegate, Mike Afaliokhai from Etsako West Local Government Area, however, disclosed, after the congress that a new executive council members emerged through consensus.

According to him, the new executives are all members of the state’s Caretaker Committee of the party.

Chief Francis Inegbeneki, who earlier obtained chairmanship form to challenge retired Col. David Imuse, later stepped down, thus paving the way for Emuse to return as the State party Chairman.

Lawrence Okah was returned as the State party’s secretary while Mr Jarret Tenebe emerged Deputy State Chairman with Mrs Betty Okoebor as the State Woman leader.

Tony Kabaka was elected State Youth Leader while Hon. Fidelis Ogbejiele clinched the position of the State Financial Secretary, Mrs Josephine Ibhaguezejele was elected the State Senatorial Woman Leader, among others.