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THE GROWING THREAT OF URBAN BANDITS

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CSOs express anger over 1,545 Nigerians killed, 1,321 abducted Q1

ACTS of extreme violence perpetrated last week in Lagos and Abuja by commercial motorcycle (Okada) operators could be pointers that the rampaging terrorist bandits ravaging states in the North such as Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Kaduna and Katsina, may have infiltrated our major urban centres.

In Lagos, a misunderstanding between these strange elements and citizen David Imoh, which should have been settled amicably or reported to the police, led to the murder and burning of Imoh by the Okada men.

These elements are not the typical Lagos residents. No one knows where they come from or where they live. They are armed with daggers and are quick to gather and attack anyone at the slightest misunderstanding.

These same elements were responsible for the burning down of Dei Dei building materials market in Abuja on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. One of their members whose reckless riding led to the death of his female passenger was apprehended by traders when he tried to run.

This brought his colleagues armed with machetes and petrol. They killed five people, set fire to the market, looted and vandalised shops.

Many of them are Nigerians mostly from the North and foreigners from neighbouring countries in the Sahel. Ordinarily, there is nothing wrong in people from any part of the country settling in other areas or even neighbouring countries in search of greener pastures.

After all, both Nigerians and non-Nigerians have lived together peacefully since time immemorial.

Nigeria is a country that is known for the spirit of being our brother’s keeper. It is their penchant for extreme violence and lawlessness that set them apart from law-abiding citizenry.

Our fear is that these strange elements whose massive movements into the South was intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic lock-downs in 2020, could one day become a pawn in the hands of terrorism sponsors. They are now everywhere, even in the rural areas, armed, operating their bikes in their usual daredevil manner and ready to kill anyone who crosses their paths.

There are fears that these people could one day stage an armed uprising to destabilise our civic and social order.

This was how the bush-based bandits started as petty cattle rustlers before they became bandits who can now attack our military targets, airports, railways and highways.

We call on state governments to liaise with security agencies and local vigilantes to profile their identities at all localities. All Okada operators must be disarmed, registered with the commercial motorcycle unions and licenced only when they pass road use tests.

Members of our military, police or security services who employ these people must also bear vicarious responsibilities for unleashing people of questionable character and intentions on the populace.

These people constitute threats to our collective security and must be checked.

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COMMUNITY SEEKS SOLUDO’S HELP OVER HARASSMENT BY SECURITY OPERATIVES

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The community leaders in Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, have called on Governor Chukwuma Soludo to save them from the incessant harassment and intimidation of indigenes allegedly by security operatives in the town.

They made the call on Friday in Awka at a news conference following the invasion of Nteje by suspected security operatives on Thursday.

The spokesman for the community, Mr. Martins Okechukwu, said seven persons, including the acting President-General of Nteje, Chief Benneth Chinweze, were seriously injured by the security operatives.

Okechukwu said, “Apart from our president-general, who is now lying critically ill in the hospital, one Oluebube Anukwu, who was among the seven persons that sustained gun shots is now dead, while five others are receiving treatments in different hospitals.

“Before now, Nteje has been a peaceful community, but in the past 10 years now, all that we are facing are incessant attacks and arrest of our people, who in some cases, are taken to Abuja where they suffer grievously.”

Okechukwu who blamed the ugly development on some natives mentioned one Chief Mike Nwakalor as the person fanning the crisis due to his interest in land grabbing activities.

He said that the Nteje community today has about four army checkpoints which some privileged individuals take undue advantage to harass the residents.

The acting President General of Nteje, Chief Benneth Chinweze, who spoke from his hospital bed in Awka, when our correspondent visited the hospital, said he had a harrowing experience in the hands of the security men on June 16.

“I was driving when, suddenly, some persons who all covered their faces double-crossed my vehicle and ordered me out.

“They forced me into their Hilux truck, tie my legs and hands and blindfolded me before they began to give me treatments like a common criminal.

“This incident took place on Thursday, June 16, but it was on Friday, June 17, that I regained consciousness in a hospital.

“As you can see, I cannot raise my two hands up or use them to eat and bath, I am just helpless here as you can see,” he said.

Chinweze who doubles as the regent of Nteje Community, added that he suspected that it was Chief Mike Nwakalor that was behind his ordeal.

”Before I lost consciousness, the people beating me kept saying, you always insult Chief Mike Nwakalor and if you don’t respect yourself, we will teach you bitter lesson,” he added.

When contacted, Chief Mike Nwakalor said he was not involved in the problem which occurred in Nteje on June 16 and do not have any hand in land grabbing activities in Nteje.

“As a community leader, I heard what happened and upon investigation I was told that Chief Chinweze wrote a petition and when security operatives came for him, he tried to evade arrest.

“I further gathered that those who were wounded by gun shots blocked security operatives and in the exchange of gun fire some of them got injured,” he said.

Nwakalor, however, explained that he was also not involved in any land dispute with any person in Nteje, saying, ”I have 200 plots of land between Nteje Park and Umunya and the property is not in dispute because I have my certificate of occupancy.”

Reacting, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said that the command was not aware of the matter which occurred in Nteje on June 16.

He rather urged people of Nteje who were affected in the matter to come up with information that could help police in nipping the matter in the bud.

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ICPC RAIDS MILITARY CONTRACTOR’S ABUJA HOME, RECOVERS $220,965, CARS, OTHERS

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has raided the Abuja home of a military contractor and seized N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars.

Operatives also recovered customised mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, including three Rolexes, and some property documents.

ICPC arrested the Managing Director of K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kabiru Sallau, said to be the owner of the property.

The anti-graft agency in a statement on Friday denied that the home belonged to a former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

The statement by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogaga read, “The Commission wishes to state that ICPC operatives raided a property in Wuse 2 of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Thursday, June 16, 2022, between 5:00 pm and 12:00 am in suspicion of money laundering. Facts available for the time being indicate that the property is owned by the owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.

“The Commission recovered money and other items from the property viz-a-viz N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, including three Rolexes, and some property documents.

“The Commission arrested the Managing Director of K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kabiru Sallau, and the investigation is ongoing.

“The Commission is yet to conclude its investigation and prefers not to preempt its outcome and also avoid the frenzy of a media trial.”

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CALL FOR ASUU BAN ABSURD, MEMBER SAYS

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Academic Staff Union of Universities,

A former chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Port Harcourt Branch, Dr. Austen Sado, has described the call for the ban of the union as absurd and irrational.

A member of the National Caucus of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Sam Nkire, had asked the Federal Government to consider banning ASUU, alleging that the union had stifled the development of tertiary education and “trying to bring the government and the society to its knees.”

But Sado, who spoke in an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Thursday, expressed shock that a party leader could call for the prescription of a union as a result of a problem caused by the government.

Further describing Nkire’s act as an exhibition of ignorance, the former ASUU chief said Nkire’s statement showed the dilemma of leadership Nigerians had to endure.

“I am shocked to my marrow that a party leader could say this. To suggest that a way to solve a problem caused by the government’s irresponsibility is to ban a group of people that are asking the government to do the right thing is absurd.

“I have never been shocked by any exhibition of ignorance to that extent. That tells you the quality of leadership in Nigeria. It tells you the thinking behind our developmental quest.

“This person went to school and understands what is required to fund education, so that you can enhance and equip your people for developmental purposes, and you think that the way to achieve that is to silence a group of people that are holding you accountable to your irresponsibility. Nothing could be more absurd and irrational than that,” he said.

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