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Military Declares 19 Bandit Kingpins Wanted, Places N95m Bounty



The Defence Headquarters has declared no fewer than 19 bandits leaders wanted.

The military high command also placed a N5m bounty on each of them to encourage Nigerians to volunteer information that could lead to their arrest.

The military urged the public to provide information that could lead to the arrest of the bandits When contacted, the Director, Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, confirmed that the list was authentic.

Our correspondent had reported that the process of declaring the bandit leaders wanted was being reviewed by the military authorities.

However, the names, pictures and states of origin of the 19 bandit kingpins were released on Monday.

Agora Policy Report says an estimated 7,500 lives were lost between 2018 and 2021 to bandit attacks while about one million persons were displaced.

Prominent among those declared wanted is Bello Turji from Fakai village, Zamfara State.

Regarded as one of the most dangerous bandit kingpins, Turji was reportedly involved in the alleged killing of about 200 people, including women and children, in January 2022.

He was also said to be behind the attack on Garki village in Sokoto, where over 80 people were murdered in a night in 2021.

He also engaged in mass abduction after his father was arrested by security operatives.

Another notorious bandit on the list is Ali  Kachalla, aka Ali Kawaje, from  Kuyambara village in Danaadau Maru LGA of Zamfara State.

Kachiala’s gang reportedly shot down the jet of flight lieutenant Abayomi Dairo in July 2021.

Equally declared wanted is Ado Aliero, who hailed  from Yankuzo village, in the Tsafe LGA, Zamfara State.

He was installed as the Sarkin Fulani (King of Fulanis) of Yandoton Daji Emirate in Zamfara State in July.

He had been declared wanted by the Katsina State Police Command for masterminding an attack on Kadisau village, in the Faskari Local Government Area of the state, which led to the murder of over 52 people.

Also on the wanted list is Halilu Sububu from Sububu village, in the Maradun  LGA, Zamfara State.

Sububu, who is believed to be the wealthiest bandit leader, narrowly escaped an airstrike on October 24, in which at least 30 terrorists were killed.

Also on the list are Sani Dangote from  Dumbarum village,  Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State; Leko (Mozoj village, Mutazu LGA, Katsina State); Dogo Nahali (Yar Tsamiyar Jno village, Kankara LGA, Katsina State); and Nagona from  Angwan Galadima in the Isa Loa area of Sokoto State.

The wanted kingpins include Ado Aliero from Yankuzo village Tsafe LGA, Zamfara State; Monore from Yantumaki village, Dan LGA, Katsina State; Gwaska Dankarami from Shamushele village in the Zuri LGA of Zamfara State; Baleri from Shinkafi LGA, Zamfara State and Mamudu Tainange from  Varanda village in Batsari LGA, Katsina State and others.

A retired Department of State Services officer, Abuh Adams, said the military delayed in declaring kingpins wanted.

He also said the bounty should be reviewed upwards to encourage Nigerians who might wish to volunteer information.

Adams said, “It is better late than never, if not, we have no reason to wait before declaring criminals of that calibre wanted. This should not just be limited to the military, all other security agencies should do the same.

‘’On the amount placed on them, this is an amount that terrorists themselves can buy information with. I think we will get better results if they review the bounty. In saner climes where things like this are done, they make enticing offers to the public.’’

Another security expert, Timothy Avele, said, “Ordinarily, it’s a good thing they’re officially declared wanted terrorists. However, due to the lack of trust by the locals and the general public, I doubt if it will yield fruitful results.

“You remember, not quite long one of the so-called declared terrorists was crowned as an emir in a public ceremony even with security agents at the party. So, it sends the wrong message to the public especially since no one was sanctioned for such a security breach. I doubt if anyone will risk his or her life because of N5m. The amount is not encouraging; it should be from N20m minimum, which is less than $50,000.”

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Adeleke: Timi Frank Urges NJC, EFCC to Probe Osun Tribunal Judges, Says Judgement Compromised




A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Friday, described the majority judgement of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that purportedly sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as highly compromised.

Frank in a statement in reaction to the judgement in Abuja, said the verdict fell short of expectations and does not reflect the will of the majority of the people of Osun, who freely elected Senator Adeleke as Governor.

He called on the National Judicial Council to urgently cause a probe of the verdict with a view to restoring Adeleke’s mandate as well as penalizing any of the tribunal members found to have compromised on integrity.

He also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently investigate the judges who wrote the majority judgement and prosecute those found to have based their decision on other considerations rather than the true facts canvassed during the hearing of the case.

He also called on the United States of America to place a visa ban on the Osun tribunal judges found to have used their highly exalted position as arbiters to derail and frustrate the growth of democracy in the country.

He commended the judge who wrote the minority judgement for sticking to the truth and siding with the wishes and aspirations of Osun people that elected Adeleke during the last governorship election.

He however urged the people of Osun to remain calm and law abiding with the certainty that the mandate they freely gave to Adeleke would be retrieved at the appellate court.

He vowed that Nigerians will not fold their arms and watch any attempt to use the judiciary to again steal Adeleke’s mandate through the backdoor.

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Ozekhome Delivers ABSU’s 29th Convocation Lecture, Bags Doctorate Honours




Renowned Constitutional Lawyer, Human Rights Activist and Scholar, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, CON, OFR, Ph.D, has delivered the 29th Convocation Lecture of the Abia State University, Uturu.

The event, which held at the University premises, on Thursday, saw the Visiting Professor of Law speaking on a topical issue, “PRIVATE V PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES: THE POLITICS, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS”.

Consequently, Ozekhome, will today, be conferred with the LL.D doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) by the same University (his 13th doctorate degree; one by academic thesis).

The conferment will be done alongside other distinguished Nigerians who have made their mark in different spheres of human endeavor including Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, CON; African’s Billionaire business woman and philanthropist, Mrs Folurunsho Alakija, Chief Reginald Stanley and Chief Aigboji Aig-Imoukhuade.

Prof Ogbulu, who disclosed this during the 29th Pre-Convocation press briefing at the conference hall of his office said the event will also feature the conferment of first degrees, higher degrees, professor Emeritus of the millennium, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ogwo. E. Ogwo.

According to Prof Ogbulu the choice of the notable personalities was not for any monetary gains rather for their achievements in various endeavors and contributions to humanity and national development.

He further disclosed that the convocation ceremony would equally feature the commissioning of projects by the Governor of the state and Visitor to the Institution, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.

Prof Ogbulu while congratulating graduands and awardees, revealed that a total of 3,724 students of the University would be graduating, adding that a total number of 19 students made first class honours.

He used the opportunity to thank Governor Ikpeazu “for deploying human and material resources to curb the incessant menace of kidnapping along the Okigwe-Uturu road which for a while hitherto gave negative image to the university”.

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Runsewe Commends Sanwo-Olu for Pragmatic Investment in Creative Industry




Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture( NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has said that Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo- Olu has shown deep and unprecedented commitment to the growth of cultural tourism economy in the state, and Nigeria in general.

Listing detailed creative sector interventions by the tourism loving governor in recent times such as reconstruction of the Badagry slave Museum, unveiling of John Randle Yoruba HISTORY and CULTURE Museum, hosting of UNITED Nation’s World Tourism Organization conference and the iconic 35th edition of Nigeria’s biggest cultural festival expo, National Festival of Arts and culture (NAFEST), in November, last year, Runsewe commends sanwo-Olu for these upbeat, pragmatic efforts, geared towards bringing the Creative tourism economy in Lagos, back to local and global reckoning and acceptation.

Speaking to the Media on the sidelines of the official commissioning of the John Randle Yoruba culture and history Museum by President Muhammadu Buhari , Tuesday in Lagos, Otunba Runsewe who also doubles as Africa Region President,. World Craft Council( WCC) , stated further that the blue rail infrastructure, which now dots Lagos skyline, will aid the rebound and attraction of tourists traffic to Lagos state.

“It’s indeed heart warming to see all the tourism infrastructure and investment on platforms desirable to growing a sustainable creative cultural tourism economy in state, and thus empowering local people and industry practitioners. Governor sanwo-Olu is a tourism care giver, futuristic and a tourism job creator” Runsewe emphasized.

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