Soldiers abscond with GOC’s millions
by Daily Hint July 15, 2019
arrested as Army begins investigation
The Nigerian Army said yesterday that investigation has commenced into the case involving some soldiers who allegedly carted away a consignment while on escort duty from Sokoto to Kaduna.
A source revealed that the consignment was containing cash amounting to millions of naira which they were asked to deliver by a VIP.
The Army gave the names of the runaway soldiers as Cpl. Gabriel Oluwaniyi, Cpl. Mohammed Aminu, LCpl. Commander Haruna, LCpl. Oluji Joshua, and LCpl. Hayatudeen.
They were said to be members of Operation Harbin Kunama III in Sokoto.
Spokesman for the 8 Division, Nigerian Army, Sokoto, Lieutenant Audu Arigu, who confirmed that the soldiers fled while on escort duty, said “The wanted soldiers were detailed for legitimate escort duty for a VIP. However, they chose to rob the VIP
“Investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances and whereabouts of the soldiers.” Lieutenant Arigu was however silent on the identity of the VIP robbed by the fleeing soldiers or the total amount of money or valuables they took from him.
A credible source with knowledge of what happened told the Daily Trust last night that the said VIP is Maj. Gen. Hakeem Otiki, the GOC of the 8 Div. Nigerian Army Sokoto.
He said contrary to reports, the GOC was not in the convoy when the escorts absconded, saying the GOC only detailed them from Sokoto to deliver the message.
“The GOC or the said VIP couldn’t have been in the convoy, it didn’t add up…He only sent them based on trust,” he said.
The source, who does not want to be mentioned because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said the “consignment” definitely belonged to the GOC of 8 Division Sokoto.
“The money is definitely huge, most probably hundreds of millions,” he said.
Two of the runaway soldiers arrested
According to the source, “It is normal in the military, every senior person has his trusted foot soldiers; some officers even entrust their families and top secrets to such soldiers and this is what played out with the GOC in Sokoto; he entrusted them with the money and they fled with it.
“Again, I want to assure that two of the absconding soldiers have been arrested and there is the high probability that the rest would also be arrested. I will not tell you the names, the Army will reveal the names very soon.
“However, the damage has been done. As a matter of protocol, the arrested soldiers would be asked the source of the money; who authorised them to use the vehicles and many other questions. The discovery will be a bad day for many people,” the source said.
Daily Trust reports that until his deployment to Sokoto as GOC, General Otiki was the Commander Infantry Corps (CIC) in Jaji, Kaduna State.
It was gathered that all the absconding soldiers now being trailed by the Nigerian Army were also from Jaji but moved to Sokoto at the instance of Gen. Otiki.
Sources said the soldiers left Sokoto on Tuesday, July 11 en route Abuja but decided to abort the mission around Jaji.
“The real target of the absconding soldiers was the money because they abandoned the Hilux, the gun trucks, their uniforms and guns,” our source said.
“And when they couldn’t reach their destination and couldn’t go back to Sokoto, there was disquiet and agitation at the highest quarters in Sokoto.
“The rumour began to circulate in the barracks and when it was evident that what happened had been leaked, a scanty statement was issued,” the source added.
Kano State police command Diary, 19/10/2021
KANO STATE POLICE COMMAND DIARY
19TH OCTOBER, 2021
ARREST OF SUSPECTED FUEL SUPPLIERS TO BANDITS
… As Five (5) Jerri cans of PMS are recovered, CP S. S. Dikko, fsi urged the Good People of Kano State to be Security Conscious
On the 15/10/2021 at about 1230 hours, team of Policemen led by CSP Abubakar Hamma while on intelligence-led patrol at Fagge LGA, Kano State intercepted two (2) J5 Motor Vehicles loaded with Food Stuffs. On stop and search, five (5) Jerri cans of 25 liters each filled with PMS concealed inside an empty sack of sugar were recovered from one of the vehicles. Similarly, two suspects were arrested namely, one Musbahu Rabi’u, ‘m’, 31 years old, of Jibiya LGA, Katsina State and the driver of the J5 Motor vehicle, one Jamilu Abdullahi, ‘m’, 37 years old of Jibiya, Katsina State.
2. On preliminary investigation, Jamilu confessed that, he once came to Kano from Katsina and bought PMS in Jerricans and transported it to Jibiya, Katsina State where he sold it at higher rate. He also confessed that, he was arrested while trying to transport the PMS for the second time. The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command has ordered for discreet investigation, after which the suspect will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.
3. The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi better known as “Nagari-Nakowa” urge the good people of the State to be watchful of their immediate environment and report any suspicion and incidences to the nearest Police Station. He also called on Petroleum Filling Station Operators in the State to desist from selling PMS to unknown buyers in large quantities in Jerry cans and report any suspicious buyers to the nearest Police Station. Rigorous patrol and raids of criminal hideouts and black spots will continue throughout the State, and the Command will sustain the tempo in ensuring safety of lives and properties.
In case of emergency the Command can be contacted via
08032419754, 08123821575, 08076091271
Or log in to the “NPF Rescue Me” Application available on Play Store.
DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, ANIPR,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For:- Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command.
International Day For Girl, Child 2021
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE GIRL CHILD 2021
Empowered Girls Grow Up To be Empowered Women
By Aisha Adamu, Maiduguri
The future will be incomplete without the girl child, according to Malala Yousafzai all girls have equal rights to education, opportunities, protection, love, care and affection.
This is why UMMINRASHIDA CARE FOUNDATION(URCF-NIG) Brings forth to you a girl under its empowerment scheme to celebrate this day(International Day for the Girl Child 2021).
18years Old Halima Mustapha Wakil is a teenager from a less privileged idle home with a passion for education but cannot even get access to 3 Square meal not to talk of the interest she has in education.
Currently, Halima is undergoing training in Fashion design while awaiting her SSCE result under the sponsorship/intervention of URCF-NIG with a Trainer Nasiru popularly known as Rabiu along with Oga Hotel of Mairi Ward.
Until URCF-NIG intervention, poor Halima resides in Mairi Layin Elka of Mairi Ward Jere Local Government, who then could spend 48 to 50hrs without a meal.
On behalf of Halima, URCF-NIG Team and other less privileged girls across the globe we wish you a peaceful celebration of this year’s IDGC2021: Digital Generation, Our Generation.
Halima has this to say: “Indeed Girl Child needs to be empowered for the betterment of the next generation to come, for empowering women means empowering the society”
WHO Organises Workshop to Journalists in Borno on Covid-19
WHO organises workshop to working journalists in Borno on COVID-19, 7 other killer diseases,
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
In its efforts to curb increasing cases of COVID 19 and other 7 killer.diseases the World Health Organization (WHO) has organised a one day workshop for working journalists in Borno state on Infection Prevention and control against of killer diseases..
The seven killer disease Cholera, Measles,, Malaria,, Hepatitis, Lassa fever,, yellow fever, and Covid-19
In his welcome address, the WHO Emergency Manager, Dr Richard Lako said Borno state case is unique, because it is already faced with humanitarian crisis Chimera, Missile, Vaccine drive polio and now Covid-19, hence the need to intensify awareness campaign.
“Base on this, there is need for people
to be well inform about these diseases,, their symptoms and how to protect yourselves,, your families, communities and the state at large”, he added.
Dr. Lako called on the general public to own their health, as Heath is a personal responsibility, family, community and state responsibilities and urged the media to produce programs and write up that will enlighten the general public on need to prevent themselves in terms of emergencies.
He said ” the objectives of the workshop is to interact and to impact, share knowledge, with a view to make the general public understand the nature symptoms and trends of these diseases and the role of risks communication in the risks management, prevention and control”
In his paper presentation titled ” comprehension review of COVID -19, Cholera, Measles, Polio, in Nigeria and Borno state Surveillance Officer WHO, Dr, Ndahi Danladi said it is unfortunate that the country still record’s vaccine drive polio virus cases and the cases are mostly recorded in the North where there is resistances against polio vaccine.
” Borno is one of the states that has been recording high cases of vaccine drive polio cases and there is also need to imbibe hand washing culture and other non pharmaceutical measures in curbing the rising cases of COVID 19 and other 7 killer diseases”, he added.
He said the cases of cholera in Gwoza local government area was traced to have connection with contaminated water source, and called for proper water hygiene and prevention to curb the spread of the diseases.
Also in his paper “the role of Data in interpreting risks Communication, Mr Juge Moses said media is at the centre of every risks prevention and control, because media plays a great role in making people to change attitude and take preventive measures.”.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the WHO has also Flagg off awareness campaign on 7 killers diseases at the Madinatu Internally Displayed Persons (IDP) CMOS and others IDPs camps within the Maiduguri Metropolitan councils.
The Madinatu Camp which houses over 22,000 IDPs is of the largest IDP camps in Borno state.
Speaking on the campaign, the WHO Emergency Manager, Dr Richard Lako said the house to house campaign was to enlighten people against 7 killer diseases which includes Vaccine drive Polio, Cholera, Yellow fever, Measles, Hepatitis, Malaria and COVID-19.
He said for effective prevention and control of these diseases that was the reason why they’re taking the campaign to the IDPs who are considered too vulnerable to those diseases.
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