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Muslim group speaks on destruction of Atiku’s campaign office in Katsina

A group, the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, on Tuesday decried last weekend’s attack on the campaign office of former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, describing the action as satanic and belonging to the stone age.

Hoodlums had targeted Atiku’s campaign office on Dandagoro road, Batagarawa Local Government Area of Katsina state on Saturday, destroying windscreens, side mirrors and bodies of vehicles parked within the premises of the office.

Reacting in a statement issued by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, MURIC called on the Nigerian Police to fish out perpetrators of the wanton destruction, stressing that the culprits must be dealt with in accordance to the law.

The statement reads, “Political violence belongs to the Stone Age. We expect that Nigerians should have risen above such backwardness. This is why we are disappointed that Nigerians once again are revisiting this archaic political culture. Does it mean we lack any iota of civilization? Are we so politically naïve that we still believe that violence is capable of stopping anyone’s political ambition? It was political violence which led to the first military coup in Nigeria. Are we so forgetful?

“We remind youths to eschew violence. The children of political leaders are either in Britain, Canada or the United States. Few of them keep their children in Nigeria. Their children attend foreign schools. None of them allows his children to join political rallies. Their children do not wear party T-shirts or caps. They don’t wave party flags. Our young ones should stop being stupid. They should grow up and learn. They should stop doing the dirty works of politicians. The hooligans of today cannot be the leaders of tomorrow. Those who employ you as thugs will never give you enough money to take you to the next level.

“How much were the thugs paid to attack Atiku’s campaign office? Is it enough to pay their house rent? Is it enough to start a business? Is it enough to feed for one week? Is it enough to pay their children’s school fees? All they could be given is a paltry sum like N5,000. But they will also supply them with weapons and drugs. Are the youth so blind that they don’t know that whoever gives them weapons and drugs is out to destroy them?

“Is that weapon a degree certificate? Is that drug the key to a new building or a new car? Can that politician give his own children the same weapons to go on rampage? Can he allow his own children to follow the thugs on that dangerous assignment? Why should the children of the poor function as thugs while children of the rich and powerful ride Ferrari and Lambogini in foreign countries? Who did this to Nigerian youths?”

MURIC reiterated its call on Nigerian youths to distance themselves from politicians who wish to use them for violence, and dump them afterwards, stressing that parents must sermonise their young children.

It advised that, “any political party linked to violence should be suspended for three consecutive elections in the local government where the violence occurred while politicians who sponsor violence should be barred from holding any public post after the election. Apart from that, such a politician should be arrested and prosecuted. We warn those behind the attack to stop forthwith.”

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We are afraid of speaking out because of the frightening insecurity – Christian council of Nigeria

Archbishop Tunde Adeleye, the chairman of the Christian Council of Nigeria in the south-south has revealed that the church is afraid of speaking out against the ills affecting the country because of the insecurity challenge witnessed across the country. 

 

Recalling how his predecessor was kidnapped and how junior pastors in the diocese he heads are attacked, the Archbishop for Anglican Church diocese for Niger Delta told journalists that there is an intimidation of the church and they are nursing the wounds inflicted on her. 

 

“The too many kidnappings and killings of pastors in Nigeria have become very worrisome. There is frightening insecurity even to the stage that the church has become afraid to speak out anymore. There is intimidation of the church.  A handful is still talking, but the church is nursing the wounds inflicted on her” the Archbishop said. 

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“I robbed to raise money to bail my gang member from Kirikiri prison”- Suspect tells RRS

25-year-old Sadiq Yinusa, pictured above, has been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command, for attempted robbery. When interr.ted, Yinusa said he went to rob at a nightclub in the Igbobi area of the state so he can raise money to secure the release of his other gang member who is currently being held at the Kirikiri prison.

 

Yinusa was arrested at a nightclub in Igbobi while attempting to rob the club supervisor. Armed with a locally made shot gun, 4 live cartridges, a socket wrench, a chisel and a plier, Yinusa attempted to rob the night club supervisor but was apprehended.

 

When interr.ted, Yinusa said

 

“Prince Chika, currently serving prison sentence in Kirikiri for robbery, called me last week to help him hassle around for funds to secure his freedom from prison. I have visited him in the prison a week ago and he had called me from prison to appeal for my assistance. He gave me the location of this gun and some of the arms he used.

He has assured me to pay back within the first few weeks of regaining freedom. I retrieved all these arms from the bush where he kept them before heading for the operation. He told me that he bought the gun in Anambra State for a sum of N5000. Yesterday was the first day I would fire a gun during an operation. Everybody had already left the club in Morocco Road, Igbobi when I scaled the fence. I saw the supervisor, and at gunpoint, I requested for his wallet.

I felt he was wasting time, so, I shot him but he dodged it and raised alarm. I was escaping when I ran into a patrol team of RRS men responding to distress noise. I was a pickpocket and a burglar before venturing into robbery. Last week, I broke into three houses in Somolu. From each of the houses, I collected two mobile phones of my victims. I also got three laptops as well as jewelry. I sold them to Adamu Jubril.

Whenever, I collect ATM cards from victims, it is Korede Baki (22) that assist me in doing the withdrawals. I collected the PIN along with the ATM card at gun point.”

Also arrested with the suspect were the receivers; Jubril Adamu and Korede Baki. According to Jubril Adamu, popularly called Ango, a trader in Tejuosho Market, Yaba,

 

“I have been buying stolen items from Yinusa for over six months now. I have bought over 15 mobile phones, laptops and jewelry from him. I bought laptops from him at N30,000:00 each.”

 

 

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Kidnappers on the prowl in Abuja, abduct lecturer, two teenagers, others in 24 hours

Kidnappers are on a prowl in Abuja, the nations capital, as a lecturer at Base University Abuja, Abubakar Alkali and two teenagers were abducted on Saturday September 14th in Abuja. 

 

According to reports, the teenagers were returning from Quranic lecture at Wuse zone 6, when they were abducted.  Also on Saturday, unknown gunmen abducted one Hannah Azuibuike near Habiba plaza in Maitama, and also Ummi Ardo who was kidnapped outside Blickers super market in Asokoro.

 

In a statement released on Sunday September 15th, Ardo’s father who is an Adamawa-based politician, confirmed  his daughter’s abduction and said no one has heard from her abductors.

“My daughter, Ai’shat Umar Ardo (Ummi)), 24, was kidnapped at Blinkers Shopping mall, No.46 Nkwame Nkurma crescent, Asokoro around 7:45pm yesterday. They put her in an ash Camry and zoomed off. Nothing is heard of her since, and no call is yet received from them. Your prayer is needed. Thank you.” the statement read

 

Spokesperson of the FCT police command, Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the reported abductions but declined to give further comments.

 

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