Two suspected killers of Abdulkarim Bala Na’Allah, the eldest son of Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, have said they sold the stolen car of their victim for N1m in Katsina State.
The suspects, Bashir Muhammad, 23, and Nasiru Balarabe, 27, made the confession to newsmen Thursday when paraded by the Police at the headquarters of Kaduna Police Command.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASP Muhammad Jalige, told newsmen that the said car was valued at N9 million.
Fielding questions from newsmen, one of the suspects, Balarabe, a resident of Kawo area in Kaduna metropolis,said they sold the car for N1 million in Katsina.
Balarabe said he used his share of the money in purchasing foreign parboiled rice, but that he was intercepted by personnel of Department of Customs and Excise at the border, and the rice confiscated.
“I bought 23 bags of rice with my own share of the money but it was intercepted by customs”, he said.
The other suspect, Muhammad, a resident of Rabah road in Kaduna metropolis, said he never knew the deceased prior to the incident.
“One day, I, Nasiru, and one Usman DanKano (now at large), were passing in front of his (deceased) house; we saw a car parked inside the house; DanKano casually said we will come and steal the car from the house.
“The next day it rained, so we decided to go to the house; when we got inside, I and Nasiru opened the door for Dankano, who was holding a torchlight.
“The light from the torch attracted the attention of the deceased and immediately he saw us; he picked something from under his bed and started struggling with Balarabe.
“During the struggle, the deceased fell down and we used a rope for hanging clothes to tie him and he never spoke again; we picked up the car keys and left”, Nasiru narrated.
When Muhammad was asked if poverty pushed him into committing the crime, he said his parents provided him with basic necessities as best as they could.
Meanwhile, Police Spokesperson, Jalige, said the vehicle of the deceased was sold in Niger Republic, and had been recovered, adding that they were liaising with Interpol to bring it back to Nigeria.
It would be recalled that Abdulkarim Na Allah, the eldest son of Bala Ibn Na Allah, was on Sunday, Aug. 26,found dead in his room in Malali GRA, Kaduna metropolis.
The deceased was aged 36 and a Pilot by profession.
Father of the deceased, Sen.Bala Ibn Na Allah, is the Senator representing Kebbi South Senatorial District.
Why we raided Abuja hotel – NDLEA
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have raided and sealed Diplomatic Suite Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja in a joint operation with men of the Department of State Services, DSS to stop a cannabis party and the launch of a suspected new psychoactive drink.
About 200 attendees including three young ladies who organised the hemp party are currently being profiled and interviewed while bottles of the new drink have been taken for lab analysis.
The hotel was raided at about 8:18pm on Wednesday 20th April following actionable intelligence that some youths were planning to hold a hemp party at the hotel. Quantities of cannabis sativa were recovered from the pockets and bags of those arrested at the hemp party.
The audacious party no doubt is part of attempts by some elements to create a drug subculture in the Nigerian social space. The NDLEA will however continue to work with other security agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure abuse of illicit substances is not allowed to get entrenched in the country under any guise.
FG Approves Procurement Of Lie Detectors, Night Vision Goggles For NDLEA
The Federal Government has approved the purchase of lie detectors and night vision Goggles for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
This was disclosed by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
“Two memos were presented this afternoon by the federal ministry of justice on behalf of and at the instance of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” the minister said.
“One was a memo seeking the approval of the council for the award of contract for the supply of eye-scanning lie detector.
“Our technology has improved to the extent that we have in place technological equipment that has the capacity to detect whether you are indeed speaking the truth or indeed you are lying in the course of investigation.
“So, for the purpose of enhancing the capacity of the NDLEA in exterminating illicit drug trafficking, sales, and consumption, the Federal Government has considered the need and possibility of indeed providing this equipment to NDLEA.
“So, the memo in that respect was presented, it was taken and the contract was approved for Messrs Zettabytes Technologies Limited to procure for the agency this lie detector equipment.
“On that account, the Federal Executive Council approved the award of contract for the supply of eye-scanning lie detector by the NDLEA in favour of Messrs Zettabytes Technologies Limited in the sum of N498,850,000 only, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a completion period of 90 days.
“The second memo sought the approval of the council for the supply of digital night vision goggles. This is intended to support the night operations of NDLEA.”
He said: “The council graciously approved the award of the contract with the supply of digital night vision goggles in favour of Messrs R-SET Integrated Solution Limited in the sum of N570,825,000 only, inclusive of 7.5% value-added tax with a completion period of weeks.”
Police recover 3 undetonated explosives as Hoodlums attack police station in Imo
Hoodlums suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, an armed group of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, early hours of Monday, attacked Obowo Police Station in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo state, with petrol bombs and explosive devices, causing damages and injuring some police officers on duty.
The State Police Public Relations Officers, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri.
He said the hoodlums launched the attack from the thick forest around the Police station from the rear side of the police building.
However, the police said the officers on duty responded immediately engaged the hoodlums and chased them away back to the forest.
He said during the chase that some arms and ammunition were recovered including the recovery of three undetonated explosives.
According to the Police, “On the 28th day of March 2022 at about 0200 hours, armed men suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB )/ Eastern Security Network ( ESN ), its militia wing came in their numbers from the rear of the division, which is an ungoverned forest, threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) that fell on the transit camp and a vehicle, shooting sporadically.
“The police operatives of the division and some of the Command’s Tactical Teams responded swiftly, engaging the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel preventing them from gaining entrance to the station and in the process forced the hoodlums into retreating and they escaped back into the forest with various degrees of bullet wounds.
“The police operatives gave them a hot chase and while combing the bush the following items were recovered on the spot: three(3) undetonated Explosives, four(4) expended AK 47 RIFLES ammunition, five(5) live cartridges, thirty-three (33) expended cartridges, two masks, one pump action gun and a motor saw machine.”
“Meanwhile, apart from the minimal damage to the transit camp and a vehicle, no life was lost. However, the police operative who sustained a minor gunshot injury has been treated,” Police said.
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