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News Today; Kidnapper-Bandits Parade Shaken Captives Of Niger State Road Abduction, Invictus Obi Bags 10 Years In Prison For $11million Internet Fraud

Kidnapper-Bandits Parade Shaken Captives Of Niger State Road Abduction

Barely 2 days after news of the brazen abduction of 21 persons (allegedly Niger State Transport workers) in Zungeru, Niger State, the kidnapper-bandits have released details, images and a video of their hapless captives.

The attack which reportedly took place on Minna-Zungeru Road in Yakila, Rafi Local Government Area, saw the kidnapper-bandits making away with a bus (with license plate – 14B59NG) belonging to the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA).

In one of the images released by the audacious criminals, the shaken captives were herded in a fearful circle; with the women and children standing, and the men made to sit and kneel on the ground of what looked like a village, with different trees in the background.

Some of the bandits were wearing beanies and posing different AK-47 rifles. One was even carrying an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) on his shoulder.

Hausa language spoken in the 1 minute 54 second video released by the kidnapper-bandits. It’s already on YouTube and other social networking sites.

This particular kidnapping is trending on Twitter (Bandits with RPG) with over 4.8k tweets in which Nigerians show concern and their displeasure over the parlous state of insecurity in the country.

What do you think could have emboldened these bandits to make a show of their criminal act? Can our security agencies ever bring them to book and prevent a reoccurrence of such ugly trend?

(Image Credit – twitter.com)

Students And Staff Of Niger Secondary School Snatched In Early Morning Invasion By Unknown Gunmen

Senator Shehu Sani Confirms Gunmen Attack On GSSS Kagara

Niger State is reeling in an incessant orgy of violent kidnappings, as the news of unknown gunmen pulling off another audacious kidnapping broke this Wednesday morning.

The abduction which reportedly happened around 2 a.m. took place at Government Science College, Kagara, headquarters of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State. What the security agencies are doing while bandits run the state aground is story for another day.

An unverified number of students and staff of the school were snatched by the unknown assailants, who disappeared with their captives into the thin air without an ounce of resistance from the security agencies.

An eye-witness of the attack said the gunmen broke into the school’s staff quarters first before raiding the hostels. The attackers who were reportedly dressed in military uniform, overpowered the school’s security before making away with their un-numbered captives.

This GSC Kagara kidnapping should be the fourth attack on boarding schools by gunmen in the last decade in Northern Nigeria following similar kidnappings at –

  • Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State
  • Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi Yobe State
  • Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State

An alma mater of GSSS Kagara, Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, confirmed the disturbing development in a tweet he posted at 7.40a.m. this Wednesday morning.

(Image Credit – twitter)

Invictus Obi Bags 10 Years In Prison For $11million Internet Fraud

Invictus Obi Bags 10 Sentence For Internet Fraud

The name Obiwanne Okeke might not ring a bell but Invictus Obi will set off alarms, more so after news of his sentencing in a US court hit the internet.

Entrepreneur and a Forbes Africa 30-Under-30 honoree, Obiwanne Okeke aka Invictus Obi, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in computer and wire fraud by a US court.

Founder of Invictus Group, Okeke, rose to prominence following his Forbes Africa’s 30-Under-30 award in 2016. His face was plastered all over the plastered all over the place when he featured on the business magazine’s June 2016 cover.

While he was founding businesses and making a name for himself, unknown to many, Obi was a cyber-fraud kingpin. His cup got full following the arrest for global business email and computer hacking schemes by the FBI in 2019.

He pleaded guilty to two count charges of internet fraud in the United States that depleted his victim’s accounts by $11M while making him more prosperous and popular as a legit businessman back home in Nigeria.

Not all that glitters is gold, indeed. Obi joins the league of baby-faced cyber-fraud kingpins netted by the FBI in recent times like Hushpuppi.

Do you think he deserves his fate or the US government should have been more lenient to Invictus Obi for creating businesses and jobs back home?

(Image Credit – twitter.com)

Kano State Moral Police Official Caught Cavorting With Married Woman In RedLight District To Face Investigation

Kano Hisbah Commander Caught With Married Woman, Mr. Sani Rimo

In an ironic case of the hunter becoming the hunted, a Kano State Moral Police (aka Hisbah) official caught pants down with a married woman in the RedLight district, has been put up for investigation.

The Noman Land Division of Kano’s Moral Police, Hisbah, acting on a tip-off has arrested its former officer in charge of Anti-prostitution, Mr. Sani Rimo, in a dingy hotel room. Was it a case of stomping on old grounds? Read further.

Rimo, one time the scourge of Sabon Gari’s RedLight district patrons and scarlet ladies, was allegedly caught with a married woman. This is double palaver for the puritan’s cadaver.

The pious captain who presently heads the Anti-begging unit of Kano Hisbah, wasn’t spared embarrassment by his former underlings, who took him in for investigation before he could even pronounce his own name.

Commander-General of Hisbah, Harun Ibn-Sina, confirming the murky development, said a 5-man committee mandated to investigate claims against Mr. Rimo, has 3 days to turn in their findings.

It’s only fair for the one who handed out swift justice for erstwhile offenders should get his own comeuppance without the slightest delay.

Kano’s Hisbah has been in the news recent times for smashing trailer loads of alcoholic beverages, in accordance to their governing laws.

The Kano public, and Nigeria as whole, are waiting to see the kind of treatment Commander Sani Rimo who receive for getting caught offside. But nobody should wait with bated breaths…in order not to be disappointed by the powers that be.

(Image Credit – dailynigerian.com)

EFCC Defends Newly Nominated Boss Bawa Over Corruption Allegations

EFCC Defends Bawa Over Corruption Allegations

Barely 24 hours after his nomination as substantive boss of Nigeria’s apex anti-graft agency, fresh-faced boss Abdulrasheed Bawa, has found himself on the receiving end of severe knocks from anti-corruption campaigners.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has officially revealed its newly nominated head, Abdulrasheed Bawa, had never been detained or arrested over corruption allegations.

Bawa, who is popularly refered to as “Jack Bauer” at the Lagos Zone where he is currently boss, got nominated by President Buhari for Senate confirmation yesterday. And before you could say, “24” allegations of corruption came pouring down like rain.

An online publication famous for unverified exclusives, championed the cause of anti-corruption campaigners who allege that Bawa was once arrested and detained in 2019 by the EFCC under former chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

Speculations that Bawa supervised the illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks to cronies and pals in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been the hot topic on radio airwaves since Tuesday afternoon.

The forfeited trucks in the Port Harcourt question were allegedly flogged out to cronies for N100,000 each, when in fact they originally cost about N20-N30million each.

Can you have smoke without fire? Could something fishy had gone down in Mr. Bawa’s professional past that someone is trying to hide? Or is it other forces in action against him?

The EFCC, however, didn’t waste time to come flying out in the defence of Bawa.

The agency said Bawa was never in charge of disposal of forfeited assets while heading the Port Harcourt office because Directorate of Assets Forfeiture and Recovery Management handles such matters.

In spite of the many senior officials lined up in front of him, President Buhari handpicked Abdulrasheed Bawa to succeed Mr. Umar Mohammed, the 55-year-old who has been leading the agency since the Ibrahim Magu investigation began last year.

(Image Credit – guardian.ng)

Buhari Orders Rescue Of Students And Staff From GSC Kagara As Niger Government Closes Boarding Schools

Buhari Gives Marching Orders To Military To Rescue Kidnapped Niger Students And Staff

President Buhari has ordered the immediate rescue of 27 schoolboys and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State who were abducted in a bloody attack in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

While the military received marching orders on the rescue operations, the Niger State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of boarding schools in four Local Government Areas of the state.

The decision was apparently taken as the state could not guarantee the security of students and staff of its schools where bandits are on a kidnapping spree. No less than 3 kidnappings have been reported in the state this week alone.

The affected Local Government Areas are; Rafi, Mariga, Munya and Shiroro LGAs.

Reports have a group of heavily armed gunmen dressed in military uniform had stormed Government Science College, Kagara, overpowered the school’s security personnel and ransacked the school for captives. 42 persons were snatched including 27 schoolboys.

One of the staff and students who managed to escape the dastardly kidnapping confirmed that a student was shot dead during the midnight abduction.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the president indeed deployed the Armed Forces and Police to GSC Kagara to ensure immediate and safe return of all those abducted.

Meanwhile the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, has asked President Buhari to declare a state of emergency on in the nation’s security following reports of unbridled brigandage and killing spree being recorded in the country in the face of hapless security agencies.

(Image Credit – google.com)

Zanzibar Loses 77-Year-Old Vice President To Covid-19

Seif Sharif Hamad

It appears Covid-19 has claimed another big political victim in Africa with news of Zanzibar losing its first Vice President to the deadly virus hitting the airwaves.

Seif Sharif Hamad, the island nation’s first VP and opposition leader for three decades, who was hospitalised for over three weeks with Covid-19, has passed on at the age of 77.

According to Zanzibar’s president, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Hamad died on Wednesday morning at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Hamad formed the Civic United Front (CUF) party, the main opposition on Zanzibar in 1992, where he ran against the country’s ruling party for 6 times.

He was on the receiving end of several political crackdown from Zanzibar’s main party, and jailed several times, until he joined a unity government in 2020.

Neighbouring Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli sent his condolences in a message on Twitter.

(Image Credit – kahawatungu.com)

Rwanda Hero Paul Rusesabagina Put On Trial For Terrorism By Government

Hotel Rwanda Hero – Paul Rusesabagina Put On Trial In Rwanda

One of the quickest ways to find yourself in jail for your political views in Africa is oppose the government. If in doubt, ask Rwanda’s Paul Rusesabagina.

The man whose story inspired the popular Hollywood film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Paul Rusesabagina, has been put on trial in the country’s supreme court by the Rwandan government on terrorism charges.

Rusesabagina received praise for saving no less than 1,000 ethnic Tutsis during the 1994 genocide in the East African nation.

So why would a man dubbed “man of the people” find himself on the other wrong side of the law?

For being a staunch critic of Rwanda’s perpetual President, his namesake, Paul Kagame. Rusesabagina is facing 12 charges, including terrorism, complicity in murder, and forming or joining an armed group or militia.

His family’s biggest worry, however, is the 66-year-old man could die in prison due to poor health conditions in incarceration. The prison authorities has already withheld the medication prescribed for his heart condition.

His family also alleged Rusesabagina, who disappeared from Dubai last year August, was kidnapped by the Rwandan government for the kangaroo trial he’s presently facing.

The 2005 recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom is facing trial alongside 20 alleged rebel fighters, whom the Rwanda government claimed were responsible for the murder of an unspecified number of civilians between 2018 and 2019.

(Image Credit – nytimes.com)

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