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Murder, Kidnapping: Army Court-martials 14 Officers, Soldiers

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The Nigerian Army said on Saturday it has begun proceedings to court-martial 14 officers and soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping and desertion, among other criminal offences.

Inaugurating the court proceedings in Port Harcourt, General Officer Commanding Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, said the suspects were officers and soldiers of the division.

Sarham said the General Court Martial was convened in compliance to Section 131 of the Armed Forces Act guiding the professional conduct of the nation’s military.

“The offences for which the accused persons are being tried range from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, (and) desertion.

“Others are offences in relation to public and service property, disobedience to standing orders and conducts to the prejudice to service discipline.

“All the offences are punishable under the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004,” he said.

The GOC said the army has zero tolerance for indiscipline, adding that it would never shield any personnel, no matter how highly placed from the law.

He said the armed forces hold personnel in high esteem, and as such, would not put personnel on trial unless the matter was thoroughly investigated.

According to him, the trial was not only aimed at prosecuting the suspects but to discourage others from indulging in criminality.

“To this end, each accused person was thoroughly investigated to ensure that an innocent person is not wrongly tried and punished.

“The headquarters 6 division has painstakingly selected credible officers with in-depth knowledge and outstanding experience of military law and duties as members of the court-martial to ensure fair hearing and justice.”

The accused personnel include three officers and 11 soldiers, including a major, two captains, two staff sergeants and one sergeant, among other ranks.

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Bandit reveals how helicopter drops weapons for them in Katsina forest

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A bandit by the name of Aliu Musa has revealed how an helicopter aircraft drops weapons for his gang inside Dinya Forest in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The 20-year-old Musa and another suspected bandit Salmanu Isa, 18, were among suspects paraded for various offences at the Katsina Police Command headquarters by the Spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, Anas Gezawa, in Katsina city.

“I once saw that aircraft with fans on its head (helicopter) drop weapons for my boss while we were inside forest at Dinja.

“It was hovering and was very near ground. The man inside would drop the weapons for my boss who would now couple the weapons for our use,” Musa told journalists.

He explained that “It is only my boss who would go and pick the weapons while we would be watching from where we stood.”

The bandit said he was paid N17,000 per operation and confessed to killing at least five people during operations.

The bandits mentioned Sirajo and Bishir as their gang leaders.

Police spokesman, Anas Gezawa, before parading the suspects, said Musa’s gang had killed no fewer than 25 people in different operations.

Gezawa said the suspects confessed that they were bandits that tormented Kankara village and its environs.

“The first suspect Salmanu Isah (a member of the gang) mentioned that they attacked some villages with his syndicate, where they robbed Zango village and went away with eight cows,” Gezawa said.

“He also confessed that he shot dead one person before going to rob at Santa village, where they snatched six sheep and some food items.”

The police spokesman said the bandits also went to Bela and Zango villages where they killed about 20 people and rustled two cows.

Gezawa also said the bandits stormed Omodo village and killed about five people and also rustled eight cows and six sheep.

The police spokesman said there is an ongoing investigation into the case.

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Nigerian Woman, Children Suffer Acid Attack, Estranged Husband Accused

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A woman and her two children have been attacked with acid in the Layin Shehii Quarter, Dandume, Katsina State.

The victims are Rabi Ado, and her two children, Yahaya, and Zainab Ismail.

The attackers reportedly poured acid on the victims through a window while they were asleep.

They were rushed to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital having suffered burns.

Punch reports that cries of agony by the victims forced their neighbours awake.

One of the neighbours said, “Their cries woke us up and by the time we forced the door of their room open, the woman and her children were in serious pain.

“We then mobilised and took them to a nearby hospital, from where they were transferred to the teaching hospital at Zika, because of the extent of the injuries.”

Rabi, it was gathered, was estranged from her husband.

The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, ASP Anaz Gizewa, told the newspaper, “One Rabi Ado, wife to one Ismail Gilima of Layin Shehi Quarter, Dandume, was assaulted by (an unknown person(s), who threw some liquid substances suspected to be acidic on her and her children through the window while they were asleep.

“As a result, she sustained some burns and scalds on her back and shoulder. Her children, Yahaya Ismail, and Zainab Ismail were also affected.

“They are currently receiving treatment at the ABU Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria. The family of the victims were contacted and they confirmed the incident. They further stated that they were strongly suspecting the husband, Ismail, for being responsible for the attack
due to the fact that he and the wife had a case in court.

“The wife is seeking a divorce from him. He was informed of the incident via the phone, but up until now, he has refused to show up.

“However, we have already liaised with the victim’s family to trace him and get him arrested.”

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Hukuma ta sake kama rikakken mai satar mutanen nan

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Yanzu haka masana da kwararru a Najeriya sun yaba wa ‘yan sanda a kan namijin kokari da suka yi wurin zakulo mutumin, suna cewa wannan na nuna lalle fa ‘yan sandan Najeriya jajirtatttu ne.

Masanin Halayyar bil’adama da harkar tsaro, Farfesa Mohammed Tukur Baba ya ce wannan na nuna irin sabon babi da ‘yan sandan suka bude a sha’anin tsaro, duba da irin bajintar da suke ta nunawa da ba ayi tsammani ba, a don haka matsalolin tsaron da kasar ke fuskanta ba wai ya gagari ‘yan sanda ba ne.

Farfesa Baba ya kara da cewa matakai da suke bi su kamo irin wadannan manyan yan ta’adda ya nuna cewa in sun dukufa kuma suka samu goyon bayan jama’a to fa lalle ‘yan sandan zasu magance matsalolin tsaro a Najeriya.

Kamo irin wannan babban dan ta’addan inji masanin ka iya aikewa da sako ga duk masu son tafka aika aika, don hakan ya fara bada tsoro cewa lalle komai nisan jifa kasa zai fado, don kuwa dan sandan Najeriya ba kanwan lasa bane.

Lauyan nan mai fafutuka Barrister Yakubu Sale Bawa yace shi tuni yana da kwarin gwiwar lalle ‘yan sandan zasu sake cafke shi Wadumen, duba da cewar lalle ‘yan sandan Najeriya in zasu yi aiki zasu yi, kuma cafke wannan Wadumen zai fito da dalla dallan me ya faru.

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