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The Police in Jigawa, in collaboration with a local vigilance group, have arrested two suspected kidnappers in in Taura Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the arrest in an interview with newsmen in Dutse.

Shiisu said the suspect, aged between 35 and 40, were arrested on Sunday following reliable intelligence and credible information.

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”Those arrested are believed to members of criminal gang that have been terrorising parts of the state and neighbouring Kano.

”The police arrested them during a special operation in Larabawa village, Gabasawa area of Kano and Larabar Gurgunya village in Taura, Jigawa,” he said.

Shiisu said that preliminary investigation showed that the suspects were responsible for the Aug. 9 attack on personnel of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

”Investigation is also showing that the suspects killed two police officers at Kwalam village in Taura on Jan. 23,” he said.

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The police spokesman further stated that four magazines with 83 rounds of 7.9mm live ammunition, two locally made pistols, bows, arrows and two sticks were recovered from them.

He also said that cellular phones, clothes, lubricating oil, three Nigeria National Identify Cards and four photographs were recovered from the suspects.

Shiisu urged the public to always avail the police with credible and reliable information concerning suspicious persons around their environment.

He said the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation in the matter has been concluded.

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Delta government expresses concern as farmer loses over N70 million rice farm to flood

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The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, in Delta State, Godfrey Enita, on Thursday expressed concern over the extent of damage wrought by flood on a rice farm in the state.

The commissioner spoke with reporters after inspecting a 100 hectare rice farm taken over by flood at the Benin-Owena River Basin Authority in Ngegwu, Ajaji–Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.

According to Enita, the damage to the rice farm is huge.

“In fact, when the report got to me, I did not know that it was of this magnitude.

“When I first saw the video, most part of the farm was above the water but as you can see, more than 70 per cent of the entire rice farm land is under water.

“That tells you how massive the loss is. But I must commend the farmer, he is a dogged person because of his commitment.

“These are people the government should encourage, particularly for someone who had invested much and only to experience this huge loss due to flooding,” he said.

Enita said the state government would liaise with the appropriate authorities to give the farmer the necessary support to remain in business.

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He said the magnitude of damage was enough to discourage the farmer, if nothing was done to “keep him afloat”.

The commissioner said how to ensure food security would remain a national discussion.

He said the issues of flooding should occupy the centre stage, if the nation must sustain the policy on food security.

“We are aware that dams will be opened and flooding will come but why something tangible has not been done to stem it over the years is what we cannot understand.”

The commissioner said there was nothing much the state government could do to stop the flooding.

“But we will continue to support our farmers in all ways possible to give them hope and encourage them to stay in their businesses,” Enita said.

On his part, the Managing Director, Merrybell Rice Farm, Felix Okonti, who lost 50 hectares (about 250 metric tonnes of rice) farm to the flood, said that his total loss was about N72 million.

According to Okonti, the total hectare under the river basin land development is 100 hectares which was leased to the Delta State Government Ministry of Agriculture Assisted Rice production.

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“Out of this, I own 50 hectares, and because we are mindful that there will be flood, we first planed planting 44, but due to delay in inputs, we opted for flood resistant variety, called Buga rice variety from Jos which we planted in this field.

“We did not envisage that the height of flood will be this high, normally, this variety is supposed to withstand the flood but this is not the situation.

“As you can see, it has covered all the plants and going by the average of five to seven tonnes of rice per hectare, the gravity of loss is colossal.

“It takes about 120 days (three months) for this variety to mature, and these have reached 72 days when the flood came and as you can see, there is nothing to salvage from the farm.

Okonti, who encouraged himself said that despite the loss he would venture into dry season rice farming from November.

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“According to him, the farm is insured and give the current market price, the total loss is put at about N72 million.

He, however, advised the federal government, as the manager of river basins and inland waterways, to construct the needed dams along the River Niger/Benue Basin to absorb the waters that cause havoc along the states in the area.

Newsmen reported that the commissioner in company of the Permanent Secretary, Ben Agamah, and Okonti, among others, paddled on a canoe through the flooded rice farm to check the extent of damage.

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84-year-old man defiles minor in Ogun

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The operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested one 84-year-old Stephen Jack for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl (name withheld).

The state Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abeokuta.

Oyeyemi said the octogenarian who resides at Okun Owa area of Ijebu Ode was arrested following a report lodged at Obalende divisional headquarters.

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He said the girl’s father had told the police he discovered that his daughter was bleeding from her private part.

According to Oyeyemi, the father said when he asked the little girl why she was bleeding, she informed him that the suspect had sex with her.

Oyeyemi said the DPO Obalende division, Murphy Salami, immediately detailed his detectives to the scene, where the “randy old man” was apprehended.

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“Preliminary investigation revealed that the old man is a known pedophile in the area,” he said.

Oyeyemi said the victim had been taken to the General Hospital Ijebu Ode for medical treatment.

He quoted the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to have directed the transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation Departments for more investigation and possible prosecution.

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Customs raid smugglers’ den, seize over 81,000 litres of smuggled petrol in Badagry

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The Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), with headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos, said that despite being shot at severally by suspected smugglers during an all-night operation, operatives of the Unit have seized 81,425 litres of premium motor spirit in Badagry.

Acting Controller of the unit, Hussein Ejibunu, disclosed this during a briefing at the weekend.

He then seized PMS was packed in jerrycans and sacks by suspected smugglers who used dane guns to shoot at Customs officers who made the seizure.

He said the seizures were the results of painstaking intelligence and perseverance on the part of FOU officers who were committed to protecting the national economy.

Deputy Comptroller Ejibunu described perpetrators of trans-border fuel smuggling as saboteurs that must be stopped as they don’t mean well to the country.

He decried a situation where the Federal Government spends a huge amount of money to subsidise fuel for Nigerian citizens’ benefit, only for a few persons to be smuggling the subsidised fuel out of Nigeria for selfish gains.

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He said, “The seizure is a result of serious intelligence. We have been monitoring them since last week, and the information came to me that some people are using sacks to smuggle petroleum products out of Nigeria.

“We put a tab on them and their cup became full yesterday. And what baffles me is the manner of loading, which I consider highly ingenious.

“For someone to think that instead of carrying drums like the ones we intercepted a few days ago from Ayegun border where they brought in about 60 drums containing PMS about to be moved from Nigeria and hid them in a bush; it was where they went to secure trucks that we swooped on them.

“The only difference in this new one is that they used sacks to conceal the product and put them close to a creek, from where they will be ferried out.

“The implications in the economy are multifaceted, in the sense that firstly, our country subsidized petroleum products for us for our own use, yet some recalcitrant people who believe that that is the way they can always survive still believe it is to shortchange the nation as well. And it is criminal, because it is our collective patrimony, yet some people now believe that they can smuggle it to make gains.

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“When my men got there at exactly 1330hrs, they were shot at with dane guns. And you know that there is a difference between dane guns, pump action guns and assault rifles like AK47.

“They fired their dane guns a few times and ran away, and since it was their terrain, they knew all the nooks and crannies to use for escape. We took possession because I moved in with 18 Hilux vehicles loaded with officers who were armed to the teeth because I was ready and knew what could come up.

“We have not slept; we went there this morning to see what we apprehended, and it was massive. The implications on the economy are multifaceted, in the sense that firstly, subsidized petroleum products for us for our own use, yet some recalcitrant people who believe that, that is the way they can always survive still believe it is to shortchange the nation as well. And it is criminal, because it is our collective patrimony, yet some people now believe that they can smuggle it to make gain,” he enthused.

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