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Police Recover AK47 Rifle, Human Skull In Shrine

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The Imo Police Command, has declared Mr Chidera Njoku, a native doctor, wanted after recovering 90 rounds of AK47 Rifle and human skull in his shrine.

The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Chris Ezike, made this disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Owerri.

Ezike said that through a calculated community policing and whistle blowing, the police raided the shrine at Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo and recovered a human skull as well as AK47 rifle.

He said that the police were still trailing the suspect, who had been on the run since his shrine was raided, promising that he would soon be apprehended.

The police commissioner warned that Njoku, now on the police blacklist, should not be harboured by anybody, but called for a useful information that would lead to his arrest.

In another development, Rev. Fr. Charles Nwachukwu, who was rescued from his abductors by the command, has narrated his ordeal while in captivity with his abductors.

Nwachukwu told NAN that he was made speechless, helpless and that they traumatised him for two days before he was rescued.

NAN reports that Nwachukwu was kidnapped on June 16 by four armed men in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo and he was rescued after two days.

“I was in transit along Umuokpo Agbaja in Nwangele Local Government Area when four armed men abducted me under gun point.

“My experience with the kidnappers was terrible and it will remain in my mind; I am yet to recover from the shock,” he said.

Nwachukwu said the gang demanded for N100 million as ransom but later withdrew N500 thousand from an ATM card in his custody.

The police commissioner said that the victim was rescued with an aid that led to his rescue in Umuokpo forest, Nwagele Local Government Area of the state.

He said that when the issue was reported, some policemen were mobilised from the command, who went after the bandits and rescued the man unhurt.

“The police have gone digital and it is now almost impossible to carry out kidnapping successfully in Imo.

“Our value system has died; I see it as a sacrilege for anybody to think of kidnapping a priest,” he said.

NAN reports that one of the suspects, Chinedu Odoemena, confessed to the crime but implored the government to give him a second chance.

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Police Officer And Soldiers Shoot At Each Other, Mistaken For Terrorists

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Two soldiers of the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) and a police officer shot at each other, sustaining serious injuries after the Police officer mistook them as terrorists while carrying out their duty.

The police officer identified as Constable Emmanuel Ngao attached to Bura community in Kenya, reportedly felt challenged by the two KDF soldiers identified as Senior Private David Mbugua and Jeremy Malusi who were on patrol and shot at them.

After the Police officer shot at the soldiers, they also retaliated, shooting each other and leaving Ngao with serious bullet wounds.

Fafi sub-county police boss George Sangalo, whilst confirming the incident, said the three security operatives sustained gunshot injuries and were conveyed to Bura East Sub-County hospital in critical condition.

The report from the police reads,

“Constable Emmanuel Ngao was challenged by KDF soldiers, Senior Private Jeremy Malusi and David Mbugua. He mistook the officers to be militants, he shot and seriously injured them. The soldiers fired back and the policeman was injured on his leg.

“The three officers sustained gunshot injuries and were taken to Bura East Sub-County Hospital and are in critical condition.”

Garisa police commander, however said a full report will be issued after investigation has been concluded.

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Nigerian Military Subjecting Children To Unlawful Detention — Amnesty International

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Rights group, Amnesty International (AI) has accused the Nigerian military of subjecting children in the northeast ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency to unlawful treatment and detention.

The allegation by Amnesty International was contained in a new report on Tuesday titled, “‘We dried our tears’: Addressing the toll on children of Northeast Nigeria’s conflict”.

According to AI, the 91-page report was based on interviews conducted between November 2019 and April 2020 with more than 230 people affected by the conflict, including 119 who were children when they suffered serious crimes by Boko Haram, the Nigerian military, or both.

The group also added that the report also included 48 children held in military detention for months or years, as well as 22 adults who had been detained with children

“The past decade of bitter conflict between Nigeria’s military and Boko Haram has been an assault on childhood itself in Northeast Nigeria. The Nigerian authorities risk creating a lost generation, unless they urgently address how the war has targeted and traumatized thousands of children,” the statement qouted Joanne Mariner, Acting Director of Crisis Response at Amnesty International, as saying.

The rights group said children in areas under Boko Haram control had been subjected to torture and forced to watch public executions and other brutal punishments.

The report quoted a 17-year-old girl who narrated her life in the Sambisa forest after she escaped Boko Haram captivity for four years: “[My] wicked ‘husband’ always beat me… My daily activities included praying, cooking if there was food, [and] going for Quranic lessons. No movement was allowed, and no visiting friends. It was a terrible experience, and I witnessed different punishments, from shooting to stoning to lashing.”

“She, and most other former child “wives” interviewed – including some who returned with children born during captivity – had received little or no assistance in returning to school, starting livelihoods, or accessing psychosocial support,” Amnesty International said.

The report alleged that children who escaped Boko Haram territory were arbitrarily detained for years in military barracks, in conditions amounting to torture or other ill-treatment.

“Most such detentions are unlawful; children are never charged or prosecuted for any crime and are denied the rights to access a lawyer, appear before a judge, or communicate with their families. The widespread unlawful detentions may amount to a crime against humanity,” the report added.

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BREAKING: Nigeria Records 276 New Cases Of COVID-19, Total Now 8,344

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Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 276 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

In its breakdown of the latest results, the NCDC said Lagos reported 161 of the new cases.

Other states with new cases include Rivers with 36, Edo with 27, Kaduna with 19, Nasarawa with 10, and Oyo with six.

There were also four new cases found in Kano, three each in Delta and Ebonyi, two in Gombe and one each in Ogun, Ondo, Borno, Abia, and Bauchi.

The number of discharged cases rose from 2,311 on Monday to 2,385. However, 16 more deaths were recorded, taking the nation’s toll to 249.

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