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Police arrest suspected cultists, armed robbers in Cross River

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The Cross River State Police command has arrested three suspected armed robbers and cultists in Calabar, the state capital.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Miss Irene Ugbo, in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, said “On a tip off on 15/7/2019 at about 1721hrs, suspected armed robbers and cultists were planning to rob and use the proceed to fund reprisal attack on rivals cult.

“While acting on credible information, men of Uwanse surveillance were mobilized. The hoodlums on sighting the police opened fire, police replied and three suspects were arrested.

“The suspects were, Bassey Edem Bassey, Daniel Edim, Okon Effiong Awakeng” while exhibits recovered from them include: One locally made pistol, one cartridge and one dagger.”

She said investigation is ongoing after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

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Pirates abduct three Russian sailors in Cameroon

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Three Russian crew members of a cargo ship have been abducted by pirates near the port of Douala in southern Cameroon, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday said.

The cargo ship “Marmalaita” belonging to the Danish company, Ultrabulk, carrying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was attacked by unknown people on Thursday.

According to the Russian Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroonian authorities and representatives of the ship-owner company are taking steps to clarify the incident, the statement said.

Russian diplomats are actively working with Cameroonian authorities and the ship-owner to facilitate the quick release of the Russian citizens, a report by Xinhua, said.

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NDLEA talks tough over Gombe farmers inducing labourers with hard drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned farmers in Gombe State against inducing labourers with hard drugs to work for them.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NDLEA Commandant in the state, Mr Aliyu Adole gave the warning in an interview with the newsmen on Friday.

Adole said that investigation revealed that some farmers were in the habit of adulterating milk and pudding with drugs before giving them to labourers employed to work in their farms, to enable them work tirelessly.

According to him, most of their victims were youths between the ages of 15 and 30 irrespective of gender.

The Commandant said “I want to seize this opportunity to warn perpetrators of such act, that NDLEA will not leave any stone unturned to ensure they face the wrath of the law.

“Those found wanting will be prosecuted, therefore desist from such act.

”Research in the state had shown that youths, male and female, were the major victims of drug abuse.

”Further findings showed that the impact of drug abuse on academic activities impede with the physiological, psychological and emotional functions of the students.”

Adole said that the effect of drugs could impair the memory and affects other intellectual faculties.

He also said that some of these youths also engage in related vices of drug trafficking which seriously affect the nation’s development and render the labour market saturated with unwanted or unqualified labour force.

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BREAKING: Police nab suspected killers of Enugu Catholic Priest

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Suspected killers of a Catholic Church Priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu have been arrested, Enugu State Police command confirmed on Friday.

DAILY POST reports that this was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in Enugu state, CP Suleiman Balarabe during a press briefing at the Command’s headquarters.

Fr. Offu was murdered early this month at Awgu Area of the State, a development that sparked outrage.

More to come.

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