The Katsina State Police Command has busted a notorious burglary syndicate breaking into homes and shops within Katsina metropolis.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday , said the suspects were arrested in a criminal hideout while preparing to go out for their nefarious acts.
“On the 26/2/2022, at about 0000hrs, based on credible intelligence, the command succeeded in arresting one (1) Kamala Abdullahi alias “Dan Small”, ‘m’, 18 years old of Yammawa Quarters, Katsina (2) Usman Hamisu, alias “Dan Ussy”, ‘m’, 20 years old of Tudun Yan Lihidda Quarters, Katsina (3) Muhammadu Abubakar alias “Sarauta”, ‘m’, 21 years old of Rafukka Quarters, Katsina and (4) Aminu Salisu, ‘m’, 23 years old of Jibia LGA, Katsina, notorious house breakers and thieves terrorizing Katsina and its environs,” Gambo stated.
The PPRO said that the following exhibits were recovered in their possession: an iron dagger, one machete, one hammer, and two Knives
The suspects confessed to the commission of the offence and mentioned one Sabi’u Salisu alias “DUNA”, ‘m’, 35 years of Kofar Sauri Quarters, a notorious receiver of stolen property, as the receiver of the proceeds of their theft.
Upon the arrest of the suspect, a search was conducted in his residence where the following exhibits were recovered in his possession: 4 iron doors, provision stuff, one mattress,20 sheep, 25 bags of pepper, one generator, one bundle of roofing sheets
“Suspect was a notorious thief, receiver of stolen property, an ex-convict and habitual criminal. He confessed to the commission of the offence. Investigation is ongoing” Gambo added.
The command also arrested six suspected drug dealers for possession of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
“On the 26/2/2022, at about 0000hrs, based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in arresting (1) Aliya Sulaiman, ‘m’, 17 years of Malaku village of Rimi LGA, Katsina. (2) Ahmadu Sulaiman, ‘m’, 25 years old of Kaware, Yargamji village, Batagarawa LGA. (3) Bashir Saddi, ‘m’, 27 years old of Makera, Yargamji village of Batagarawa LGA. (4) Shamsuddeen Salisu Kurfi, ‘m’, 50 years of Kurfi LGA. (5) Alkasim Musa, ‘m’, 18 years, of Kofar Marusa Quarters, Katsina. (6) Sani Ibrahim, ‘m’, 18 years of Bayan Masallacin Idi, Tudun Yanlihidda Quarters, Katsina,” THE STATEMENT READS.
“Suspects were arrested by Police operatives at Yargamji market, upon instant search, large quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp and spirit solution were found in their possession. In the course of investigation, the suspects confessed to the commission of the offence and further stated that they are dealers of the substances. Investigation is ongoing,”
In another development, police operatives arrrested three suspected brigands with dangerous weapons.
“On the 26/2/2022, at about 0000hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting the trio of one (1) Mubarak Yunusa, ‘m’, 18 years old of Makera Quarters, Katsina. (2) Abubakar Babangida, ‘m’, 25 years old of Sabon Titin Kwado, Katsina and one (3) Mubarak Yan Ladan, ‘m’, 19 years old of GRA Quarters, Katsina. Nemesis caught up with the suspects when they were arrested late in the night in possession of dangerous weapons, strongly suspected to be brigands and when questioned, they could not give satisfactory account of themselves. Investigation is ongoing.”
Johnny Depp hit me on our honeymoon
In continuation of the $50m defamation lawsuit, Actress, Amber Heard has claimed she feared her ex-husband Johnny Depp would accidentally kill her during an alleged assault during their honeymoon.
Testifying in the defamation case Depp brought against her, Ms Heard, 36, painted a picture Depp as an abuser addicted to drugs and plagued with jealousy and self-harm.
Depp is suing Ms Heard for $50m (£40m) over an article in which she claimed she was the victim of domestic violence .
The piece did not name Depp but his attorneys, however, have said that the article “incalculably” damaged his reputation and career. She has countersued him for $100m.
The case being tried in Virginia has resumed for a fifth week, and in previous court hearings Depp had told his side of the story while Heard had begun some of her testimony.
In court on Monday, May 16, Heard tearfully told jurors that she believed she’d likely “not survive” if she had remained married to Mr Depp, 58.
“I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me,” she said. “I really didn’t want to leave him. I loved him so much.”
She alleged that he attacked her while aboard the Orient Express train in Asia after their February 2015 wedding, claiming that he struck her and held her by the neck while in their sleeper compartment.
“He was squeezing my neck against the railway car for what felt like a very long time,” she said.
She said she recalled thinking he could “kill me”.
“I remember being scared that he wouldn’t mean to do it,” she said.
In another instance, Ms Heard described a “week of hell” after Depp allegedly became jealous because she was offered a role with James Franco. She claimed he punched her and threw her into furniture.
While Ms Heard said that the marriage was “at times, very loving”, it deteriorated over time to a point in which tension and violence became “almost normal”. They divorced in 2017, after two years.
She also claimed that Depp would frequently self-harm during their arguments.
“In fights he often would cut his arms or hold his knife to his chest or draw blood, superficially at first,” she said. “He also put cigarettes out on himself.”
Attorney Camille Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer questioned the witness over her prior testimony, questioning why there were so few photos and medical records to back up claims of physical injuries from her alleged beatings.
Heard countered that she didn’t take photos or videos of the beating because she was embarrassed to be a victim of abuse and “other than my therapist”, she relied on makeup to cover bruises and ice to reduce swelling.
In a heated back-and forth, Ms Vasquez forced Ms Heard to acknowledge that she had “pledged” to donate the entirety of her $7m divorce settlement with Depp to charity but was yet to make any donation.
She also noted that her client had not once looked Ms Heard in the eye over the course of the trial. “He can’t,” Ms Heard responded.
In his own testimony earlier in the trial, Mr Depp said that he never struck Ms Heard and told jurors that she had a “need” for conflict and violence.
On Monday, jurors heard a number of audio clips of the former couple arguing. In one clip which Heard can be heard saying she hit Mr Depp.
“I was hitting you. I was not punching you,” she can be heard saying. “You’re not punched.”
According to Ms Heard, she sometimes “reactively” hit Mr Depp and claimed that she was referring to the “disparity” of their strength.
Many feared dead as explosion rocks Kano
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At least three residents of Kano were killed while many are currently trapped in an explosion which rocked Sabongari area of the state.
Details of the incident are still sketchy, but it was gathered that an explosive device went off in the early hours of the day.
It is being reported that a suicide bomber struck in the area.
Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are currently at the scene.
Court remands three suspects for stealing transformer cables in Osun monarch’s palace
An Osun State Magistrate court sitting in Ilesa, on Monday remanded three suspected thieves in police custody for stealing transformer cables valued at N700,000 in Owa Obokun of Ijeshaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran’s palace.
The suspects, Owolabi Abimbola,33, Sulaiman Mutiu,25, Samson Oluwafemi,25, and others now at large are facing four-count charges on the committed offence.
According to the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Adigun Kehinde, the stolen transformer cables were the property of IBEDC Ilesa branch.
He told the court that the defendants on May 11, 2022, conspired, stole and diverted to their own personal use a transformer cable at the Owa Obokun Palace.
Adigun argued that the offence committed by the defendants was contrary to sections 516, 400, 451(6), 383(2) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol ll Law of Osun State 2002, which saw the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.
In his ruling, the presiding Magistrate, A.O Awodele fixed further hearing on the case till May 18th and ordered that the defendants should be kept in Police custody.