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Human Trafficking: Police arrest 4 suspects in Adamawa



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By Muhammad Adam

The Police in Adamawa have confirmed the arrest of four suspects in connection with trafficking 24 children from the state.

DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, Police Spokesperson in the state, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Yola.

NAN recalls that Mr Sikiru Akande, the Commissioner of Police in the state, earlier told the agency that the command had rescued 24 under-aged children, who were taken away from the state for child labour and other human trafficking purposes.

According to Akande, the boys and girls, who are indigenes of Adamawa State, and who were taken from some villages across Madagali Local Government Area (LGA), were rescued by the command.

Nguroje told NAN that the four suspects were also indigenes of Adamawa, from Madagali.
“The Command has arrested for suspects in connection with Trafficking of 24 under-aged children from Adamawa, and investigation is on course.

The suspects are Dakam Peter (m) 30, Nicolas Vishe (m) 29, Luka Yarima (m) 49, and Yusuf Garwa (m) 35, and all of them are indigenes of Madagali LGA,” Nguroje said.

He told NAN that the suspects sometimes in 2020, deceived parents of the victims in a Church in Madagali, under the guise of a charity organisation.

He said that the suspects registered many children with the promise of giving them scholarships to study in some schools in Jos.

“It was after the academic calendar that one of the parents demanded to see his 10-year-old son, Aliyu Salihu.

“The suspects continued dragging the issue and refused to bring Aliyu back to his father.

“Salihu began to suspect foul play and decided to report the matter to the Police.

“After investigation, the Police, with the support of Adamawa State Government, uncovered that many children were trafficked from the area,” Nguroje said.

According to him, the suspects confessed to have sold out many children to some people in Plateau, Imo ,Enugu and Kaduna states among others.

He said the investigation was on course and the command was making progress in recovering other children, though the birth names of some of them had been changed.

He said that the children, males and females, were between the ages of seven and 13 years.
He appealed to the public to report any suspicious activities around them to the nearest police station for prompt action.

One of the children, who spoke to NAN said that they were taken from their villages by a charity organisation, through their Churches.

“They (the Organisation), told us they are going to enroll us in some higher standard schools in Jos.

“But upon our arrival in Jos, sometime in October 2021, they shared among some people.

“Some of us were taken to Kaduna, some to unknown destinations, and we were forced to go to farm.

“The school they promised to enroll us into are not better than our former schools in Madagali,” one of the children, whose identity is being protected, said.

NAN reports that Madagali is one of the LGAs ravaged by Boko Haram terrorists in Northern Adamawa. (NAN)

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VGN Rescue 3 Kidnapped Victims, Arrest Suspects In Taraba




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By Sani Yarima 

The Taraba State Command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) has successfully rescued three kidnapped victims. 

The Command’s VPRO, Suleiman Aliyu, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen in Jalingo. 

The victims were rescued when the Special Tactical Squad of the VGN invaded the kidnappers’ camps at Kachalla mountain in the Lau LGA of the state following a tip-off. 

The rescued victims are Alhaji Dankawu, 60 years old, a 13-year-old named Haruna Shagari, and Alhaji Isa, 67 years old. 

Alhaji Dankawu was kidnapped at Garin Dogo, Haruna Shagari at Yolde Kindang, and Alhaji Isa at Lushi village. One of the victims, Haruna Shagari, has been reunited with his family.

During the operation, the Command arrested two of the suspected kidnappers, Sale Manu and Manu Siddiki, who confessed to the crime without torture. 

In a video clip, Sale Manu specifically stated that they own five (5) AK47 rifles for operations and listed other gang members who are currently on the run.

The VGN Commander, Munir Bello Abubakar, who is the North-east VGN’s Zonal Deputy Commander of Administration, revealed that they had destroyed the kidnappers’ camps at Kachalla mountain in the Lau LGA of the State on May 12th, 2024. 

Additionally, an informant named Murtala Santi, who lives in Minda along the Kona-Lau road, was also arrested by members of the VGN. 

Commander Munir Bello Abubakar reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting security agencies in combating crimes across the state.

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47 Boko Haram, ISWAP Terrorists Surrender To MNJTF.




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Troops of Multinational Joint Task Force Operation Lake Sanity said a total of 47 individuals associated with Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), have surrendered to 403 Amphibious Brigade of  Sector 3, Nigeria.

In a statement by Lt.-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, Chief Military Public Information Officer, N`djamena, Chad to newsmen on Thursday in Maiduguri.

“On 15 May 2024, a total of 47 individuals associated with Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) surrendered to troops of 403 Amphibious Brigade of MNJTF Sector 3, Nigeria. 

“The group includes 7 men, 9 women, and 31 children, who turned themselves in at Kwatan Turare and Doron Baga, Kukawa LGA Borno State Nigeria.

The statement added, “During the initial investigation conducted, it was revealed that these individuals managed to escape from Sharama, located in the Lake Chad Islands. 

Among those who surrendered was Mallam Muazu Adamu, a known fighter within the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad (JAS) faction, who operated under Commander Alai Gana. He surrendered alongside his wife.

“Other members of the group disclosed that they had been engaged in farming activities before deciding to make their escape. The items found in their possession include clothes, blankets, mats, pots, plates, and various other personal belongings.

“The surrendered individuals are currently in custody and undergoing further investigation to ascertain more details regarding their activities and affiliations. The MNJTF remains committed to maintaining peace and security in the Lake Chad basin region.

The statement concluded, “This development marks a step in the ongoing efforts to weaken the operational capabilities of terrorist groups in the region. The MNJTF continues to encourage those still involved in terrorist activities to surrender and embrace peace.

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B/Haram: 1,000 Vulnerable People Benefit From NAF Medical Services




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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has rendered free medical services to at least 1000 vulnerable people and victims of insurgents in the Konduga Local Government area of Borno State.

The Commander, 105 Composite Group of NAF Base, Maiduguri, Air Commodore Caleb Olayera, spoke during the event in Maiduguri on Saturday.

He said the outreach, which is part of activities lined up to mark the 60th anniversary of the NAF, covered children, pregnant women, and the elderly in the Gomari community in the suburbs of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, is committed to transforming the NAF into an agile and resilient force to effectively meet the air-power demand of national security in all operational units in the country.

He added that the NAF in its efforts to combat terrorism has engaged in a non-kinetic  approach to win the hearts and minds of the citizens 

“Not fewer than 1,000 persons were treated for malaria, diabetes, hypertension, typhoid fever, and ulcers. We also provided free dental treatment, health talks on personal hygiene, and environmental sanitation, as well as the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to expectant mothers.

“The medical outreach is a form of NAF corporate social responsibility. We believe that it would strengthen the cooperation and bond between the host community and the NAF Base Maiduguri.”Olayera maintained.

He noted that children have been dewormed and free eye tests and glasses were provided for elderly people after cross-examination by the medical team, while blood sugar tests were also conducted on the beneficiaries.

In his remarks, the Ward Head of the Ngomari community, Bulama Alhaji Kolo appreciated the Nigeria Air Force for the kind gesture, saying those who benefited are mostly vulnerable people and victims of insurgency conflicts.

He said that the gesture is an indication that there is a good relationship between the civilians and the military, adding that with the current economic situation in the country, this would surely reduce the burden of already overstretched people in the communities.

One of the beneficiaries, Unice Adediran thanked the NAF for the opportunity given to them to access free medical care.

She, however, called on other organizations and individuals to emulate such gestures of the Nigeria Air Force free medical outreach.

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