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Police kill notorious kidnap ring leader, ‘Pencil’ during gun battle

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The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command, during a gun battle, killed one Mufutau Sulaiman, a.k.a. `Pencil’.

Sulaiman was alleged to be a kidnap kingpin who had been terrorising the residents of Ikorodu.

The spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the development in a press statement he issued to newsmen on Monday.

Elkana said that the police had been on the trail of `Pencil’ since he led his gang to kidnap and murder two Bureau-de-Change operators in Ikorodu on March 14.

The statement read, “A notorious-kidnap ring leader who led his deadly gang in the kidnap and murder of two bureau de change operators at Ikorodu on March 14 after collecting a ransom of N1.6 million is dead.

“This brings to an end his reign of terror. His gang has been responsible for mysterious disappearances of people in Ikorodu over a period of time.’’

Elkana said that when such people were kidnapped by the gang, they would demand for ransom from their families.

He said that after then, they would murder them and dump their remains in septic tanks.

“They are serial killers, rapists and cultists.

“Three members of his gang were earlier arrested by SARS operatives and they led the operatives to their den in Ikorodu.

“There, the corpses of the two Bureau de change operators and two other victims were recovered.

“A sustained monitoring of the fugitive ring leader finally yielded a positive result as the team eventually traced him to his hideout at Odogunyan in Ikorodu.

“On sighting the team led by DSP Rotimi Ogunmuyiwa, the said Mufutau Timileyin Sulaiman ‘m’ popularly known as `Pencil’, engaged them in a gun battle.

“Two SARS operatives namely: Sgt. Omola Adedeji and Sgt. Oluwadare Gbenga sustained various degrees of injuries.

“Also, `Pencil’ sustained bullet wounds on his two legs and all of them were taken to hospital,” he said.

The PPRO said that `Pencil’ was confirmed dead on arrival while the two injured operatives were taken to the intensive care unit where they had been responding to treatment.

He added that one gun with live ammunition and expended ammunition was recovered from the dead kidnapper.

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Girl found dead in Delta hotel room after checking in with boys

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A yet-to-be-identified girl has been reported dead three days after she was allegedly gang-raped by some boys in a hotel room in Amukpe community in Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.

The remains of the deceased was already decaying when it was found under the bed in the said hotel on Monday August 19, DAILY POST can report.

It was learnt that the deceased girl was severally raped to death by some boys who brought her to the hotel three days before she was found dead.

The boys reportedly hid her remains under the bed and checked out of the hotel room.

The offensive odour in the hotel attracted the management who eventually called the Police to report that a lady died in one of the rooms.

Swinging into action, the police evacuated and deposited the corpse in a morgue and shutdown the hotel.

When contacted for comments, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeyinka Adeleke confirmed the report to DAILY POST.

According to him, “It is true a lady died in a hotel in Sapele. I don’t know what killed her.”

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Nigerian Arrested For Cocaine Peddling In India

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A Nigerian national was arrested on Saturday in Palghar with 32 grams of cocaine, a senior police official said.

Palghar police spokesperson, Hemant Katkar, said the Nigerian known as Laysan Emanuel, 57, was arrested from Tulinj when a police patrol party found him moving suspiciously in the area.

Katkar said, “We recovered 32 grams of cocaine from him. He has been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.”

Another 31-year-old Nigerian was arrested in Delhi recently for allegedly peddling drugs after around 35 grams of cocaine was seized from him, according to a report by India Today.

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IPOB attack: Lawan, Ngige, others visit Ekweremadu

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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday night, visited former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, at his residence in Abuja.

On his entourage was former Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, among others.

The visit was in solidarity following the attack on the Enugu-born politicians by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany at the weekend.

After his arrival in Abuja, Ekweremadu advised Nigerians, including Igbo leaders, to feel free to travel to any part of the world.

“I think they were just people, who were misdirected and misguided. I had the feeling they were under the influence of alcohol. They don’t represent the feelings of our people. There is nothing to worry about.

“The organisers, the Igbo in Germany, have written a letter apologising for what happened. Everybody is free to go anywhere because those ones don’t represent the behaviour of Nigerians abroad.

“For me, I have moved on. The government and authorities of Germany are free to do whatever they wish about it”, he said.

On IPOB threats to attack more Igbo leaders, especially the governors of the South East, Ekweremadu said: “Let me just say that the leaders he (Kanu) was mentioning were responsible for getting him out of jail in the first place.

“What we will do in this circumstance is to leave him to his conscience, the verdict of history, and possibly the repercussions of ingratitude. But I hope he won’t go to the extent of attacking any of the South East leaders anywhere”.

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