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Police arrest killers of ex-Zamfara governorship aspirant, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu

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Police arrest killers of ex-Zamfara governorship aspirant, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu

Operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT) have arrested the killers of former Zamfara State gubernatorial aspirant, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu. 

 

Hamidu, who was the proprietor of FAMAKS British Schools in Abuja and Kaduna, was killed when armed bandits opened fire on travelers near Rijana along Kaduna-Abuja Highway around 4pm on Sunday, November 21, 2021. 

 

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the development in a statement on Friday May 13, said the suspects, Sani Usman and Mohammed Tijjani, were part of the bandit syndicate that carried out the attack on travellers during which they gruesomely murdered Hamidu. 

 

“Operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT) have recorded massive successes against agents and collaborators of violent crimes in the country with the arrest of 23 suspects of violent crimes such as culpable homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, arms trafficking, possession of prohibited firearms, rape, amongst others, including the killers of ex-Zamfara State gubernatorial aspirant and owner of Famak British Schools, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu, at Rijana,” the spokesperson stated. 

 

“The FIB-IRT also recovered a total of 52 firearms including 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Launcher, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 36 AK47 Rifles, 2 English shotguns, 5 locally-made shotguns, 5 locally-made automatic pistols, 4 pump action shotguns, two thousand and forty-five (2,045) rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, one DAF Truck loaded with 45,000 litres of premium motor spirit (PMS), 2 Motor Vehicles, 3 Mobile Phones, Two machetes, and five tear gas cannisters from the suspects during follow-up investigations

 

“In one of the cases, the duo of Sani Usman aged 22 years, and Mohammed Tijjani aged 23 years, both from Pai Konkore, Gwagwalada, in the Federal Capital Territory were apprehended in connection with a case of kidnapping and armed robbery along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.

 

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were part of the bandit syndicate which carried out the attack on travellers at Rijana, along the Kaduna – Abuja expressway on Sunday, November 21, 2021 in which they gruesomely murdered an ex-Zamfara State gubernatorial aspirant and owner of Famak British Schools, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu, and kidnapped a nursing mother leaving her baby behind in a nearby bush.

 

“Similarly, two suspects, one Badong Audu aged 48 years old of Namu Village in Plateau State, and one Chimezie Okolie aged 44 years old, of Ekwusigo in Anambra State, both males, were arrested following credible intelligence of an impending arms movement from Jos, through Nasarawa state, to the Eastern part of the country.

 

“The FIB-IRT Operatives swung into action and apprehended Badong Audu on 26th April, 2022 at Namu Village with 2 AK47 Rifles and 51 rounds of live ammunition concealed in a bag of beans. Investigations led to the arrest of the receiver, Chimezie Okolie, at Nasarawa State, where he was waiting to take delivery of the arms and ammunition.

 

“The gallant operatives of the FIB-IRT, acting on a tip off that a DAF Truck carrying 45,000 litres of premium motor spirit (PMS), had been hijacked at Saminaka Village, Niger State at gun point and the occupants abducted, equally mobilized and intercepted the hoodlums at Lambata Area of Niger State, where the truck was recovered and four suspects were arrested. The operatives, with the aid of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Association Suleja Depot, were able to recover the PMS which had been discharged by the suspects.

 

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while commending the FIB-IRT operatives for the successes recorded, assured of the Force’s commitment to dutifully following up on established cases, conclusively investigating such with a bid to bring all persons found wanting to justice.” 

 

All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations, the spokesperson added. 

 

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Homeless man allegedly kidnaps prostitute, and rapes her for five days in abandoned building

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Homeless man allegedly kidnaps prostitute, and rapes her for five days in abandoned building

A homeless high-level registered male sex offender in New York City who was released from state prison as recently as 2020 has been arrested after state prosecutors say he kidnapped a prostitute and raped her repeatedly while holding her hostage for five days in an abandoned building. 

Timothy Harnett, a 44-year-old homeless man who goes by the nickname “Lawless,” was indicted by New York prosecutors for allegedly kidnapping a 28-year-old woman and raping her several times a day between April 29 and May 2 in an abandoned three-story building, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark announced. 

“The defendant allegedly held a 28-year-old woman captive for days, raping and beating her with a tire iron. The victim managed to escape with the help of a passerby,” Clark said in a statement. “The defendant has been indicted on multiple charges for terrorizing this woman.”

Prosecutors say the man offered the woman money in exchange for sex and the two went upstairs in the building that had been damaged by a fire.

But when the victim turned her back, the homeless man allegedly hit her on the leg with a tire iron, causing her to fall to the floor. Harnett allegedly continued to beat her with the tire iron and punched her, leaving her with a fractured wrist and dislocated knee. 

While holding the prostitute captive and allegedly raping her several times a day, Harnett is accused of also threatening the woman’s family if she tried to escape.

But she escaped on May 2 when the man left the building to go to a nearby laundromat. 

Prosecutors say the woman used the tire iron to break a window and used the shards of glass to cut through the rope used to tie her feet. 

The victim then waved down a passerby, who dialed 911 and flagged down a New York Police Department patrol car. The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. 

A grand jury was convened Monday, May 23 and police arrested Harnett in a different abandoned building in Harlem. According to the New York DailyNews, Harnett preyed on the victim’s vulnerability, as the woman used money from prostitution to fuel her drug addiction.  

 

The newspaper also revealed that Harnett is a level 3 registered sex offender, which is the highest level in New York state. He has been convicted of sodomy by a Bronx jury and sentenced to 18 years in state prison in the past.

 He also threatened a 15-year-old girl with a razor on May 14, 1999, forcing her into a hotel and holding her captive for several hours while he sexually assaulted her. 

Records show he was released from prison in December 2020 and finished parole in September 2021. 

On Monday, he was indicted on three counts of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, third-degree rape, four counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse, attempted sex trafficking, attempted sexual assault in the first degree, and second-degree assault before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Raymond Bruce. 

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Police arrest two suspected robbers in Bayelsa, recover firearm

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Operatives of the Bayelsa State Police Command have arrested two suspected armed robbers and recovered a Barretta Pistol in their possession.

 

Spokesperson of the command, SP Asinim Butswat, in a statement on Tuesday, May 24, said the suspects were arrested inside a tricycle in Yenagoa. 

 

“The suspects; one Zion Kientei ‘m’ 28 years and one Solomon Deizigha ‘m’ 29 years were arrested inside a Tricycle with MOT Number 7501, during a Stop and Search Operations at the Isaac Boro Express Way, Yenagoa, at about 9:pm on 22 May, 2022,” the statement read. 

Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation, he added. 

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Russia loses its highest-ranking pilot yet in Ukraine after he was blasted out of the skies by a stinger missile

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Russia loses its highest-ranking pilot yet in Ukraine after he was blasted out of the skies by a stinger missile

Russia loses its highest-ranking pilot yet in Ukraine after he was blasted out of the skies by a stinger missile

A Russian Air Force Major General has been killed by Ukrainian forces, making him the highest-ranking fighter pilot to die in the war in Ukraine. 

 

Maj. Gen. Kanamat Botashev, 63, became the 13th general to die in Ukraine when he was hit by a Stinger missile while flying over the Luhansk region on Sunday, sources told BBC Russia.

 

Botashev, 63, had been enjoying retirement when Russian tanks rolled across the border on February 24 and had not flown since 2012.

 

His Su-25 fighter jet was hit by a Stinger missile at around 8:25am on Sunday morning in the Donbas skies, and he was unable to eject.

Russia loses its highest-ranking pilot yet in Ukraine after he was blasted out of the skies by a stinger missile

 

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported an Su-25 had been downed in Luhansk, and one of Botashev’s former colleagues confirmed his death to BBC Russian Service.

 

Botashev’s former colleague told the BBC that ‘he simply could not stay away’ when offered a chance to fly, but the loss of such a high-ranking, elderly general suggests the Russian air force does not have enough pilots capable of conducting sorties over Ukraine.  

 

The retiree is the 10th Russian general believed to have died already in Ukraine, while more than 40 colonels have been killed in bloody fighting. 

 

The Land Forces of Ukraine meanwhile declared in its latest count on Friday that 204 Russian planes have been destroyed over Ukrainian skies. 

 

News of Botashev’s death broke yesterday on several pro-war Telegram channels, but many of the posts were removed by administrators.

 

 One post reported the general’s death and described how his plane was first damaged by a missile, but was then blasted out of the sky by a Stinger.

 

‘Kanamat died today! Popasnaya district, 8:25… first the plane was hit (by a missile), secondly, bombs – Stinger, at the exit of the attack.

 

‘There was an explosion in the air and… That’s it.’

 

One user posted a tribute to the slain general in the Russian Telegram channel Fighterbomber but this was also removed. 

‘Farewell, commander… There are few people on this planet who lived in the sky as much as you do. The sky takes the best, today it took you,’ the post read, according to the BBC.

 

Born in 1959 in Karachay-Cherkessia, Botashev graduated from the Yeysk Higher Military Aviation Institute and quickly established himself as an excellent pilot, qualifying as a fighter-bomber and rising rapidly through the ranks.

 

Botashev commanded a regiment of the Guards Air Base in Voronezh, a Russian city located roughly 300 miles south of Moscow. 

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