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Merchants of death …Police hunt for Taraba’s most wanted assassin, arrest 5 gang members




His hands drip with blood. He reigns in the forest. He is just 27 years old and heavily armed. He is today the most wanted assassin in Taraba state. He commands deadly gangs of merchants of death. He is Joe Agrema.

Late last year when Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups in southern Taraba mobilized arms to fight themselves over land disputes, little did they know that the young men they armed to defend them would metamorphose to different militia groups that will continue to hunt all.

Desperate to restore sanity, the Jukun and Tiv communities in a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed begged the police to help mop up arms and stop several criminal gangs operating in the area. After weeks of intelligence gathering, operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team, IRT, led by DCP Abba Kyari arrested five members of one of the notorious gangs alleged to have carried out several assassinations in the area.

The suspects include Daniel Ihyar, Saheed Yakubu, Felix Agrema, Teitase Nyenkwa and Lukman Musa. According to police sources, a 27-year-old man, who was identified by his gang members as Joe Agrema, heads one of the most vicious gangs, which were formed at the wake of the crisis. Joe who is still at large is said to have over 10 AK47 rifles in his amoury and he commands a large number of boys working for him.

The suspects who are his active members confessed to the police that they have carried out countless number of kidnappings, armed robbery and assassinations within Southern Taraba.

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Daniel Ihyar during his confession claimed that Joe marked him for execution when he decided to form his own gang. “I am from Gassol area in Taraba and I joined Joe’s gang during the Jukun and Tiv crisis which broke out last year. Although Joe is from Dan Ananacha area but we all came together to defend our territory. Joe who is a Tiv by tribe was one of the commanders during the crisis and was feared by the Jukun people.

After peace was restored, Joe decided to form a kidnapping gang with all the AK47 rifles that we used to fight during the crisis. He is based in the forest and only comes out if there is contract given to him to kidnap or assassinate someone. He was feared because he regularly intimidates both communities into paying security money to him.

“I became his enemy because I refused to allow him terrorize people in my village. I was asked to tell them to raise N300, 000 and I refused. Somehow, my people heard about it and raised N150, 000 for him. The day he planned to attack them for disobedience, I learnt about it and alerted the community. Policemen and our local vigilance group fought back and killed most of his men that he sent on that deadly assignment.

I was fed up and decided not be part of them again since I cannot guaranty the safety of my people. Few days later, he still came to my community and kidnapped several persons including a businessman from Cross River and the man paid him N250, 000 before he was released.

Joe is too deadly and I hate the rate at which he was killing people. My own interest was to kidnap and make some money. The bloodshed was too much because he was killing his victims even after collecting ransom. His excuse is that they can identify him easily since he does not wear mask. But the truth is that everyone knows Joe because of the role he played during the crisis. I started my gang and some of his boys who were fed up also decided to join me. He learnt about it and gave order to his boys to kill me. I would have been dead if police had not arrested me,” he stated.

On where Joe could be found, Daniel said that the wanted killer is in Taraba’s forest and can only be caught any day he dares to come to town “It might be difficult for police to arrest him because the forest is very big and he has a lot of informants. Even if police decide to enter the bush, he will hear about it and run away.”

The second suspect, Saheed Yakubu confessed to the police that his main responsibility was to provide accurate information about any person that has been marked for assassination.

I am 20 and a Fulani by tribe, but I was born in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba. I did not have the opportunity to further my education because my parents are poor. I was advised to become a tailor and Joe is one of my good customers. He normally pays double for any cloth that I sow for him. I was happy at his generosity and we became friends. I allowed him to entertain his friends in my shop; this was how I knew that they are criminals.

Since he was very generous, I decided to help him out by becoming his informant. I normally attend any event that his target will be and confirm their position before he will come and strike. Even after killing the person, I will use my contact at the mortuary or police station to confirm that the person that was shot is indeed the target.

“We have several cases where innocent persons were killed. I can remember a recent situation when Joe sent his boys to kill one man at the General Hospital. After the attack, I was sent to confirm if the target was dead and I was told the body was taken to the nearest police station. I was able to get the identity of the person that was killed at the police station and Joe said that it was not the original target.

Joe was sad because he knew the wrong man that was killed. It was when I got the information that his boys confessed that the man saw their faces and they had no choice but to kill him. He was asked to lie face down but he refused. I assisted Joe to get the phone number of a family member of the dead man. He called them and confessed that it was his boys that killed their son. He promised to pay for his burial and support the family financially.

The last assignment he gave me before I was arrested was to monitor one businessman known as Menassara. He wanted to execute the man because he refused to pay us an agreed amount to stay alive. Joe also killed three of my friends who are also Tiv. Their names are Moses, Avarume and VC who was the vice chairman of youths in our area. He ordered the execution of Avarume because he supported Jukun people during the crisis and killed the other two because they were saying bad things about him. He said that they were planning to betray him by giving police information about him. He only pays me N10, 000 for each successful mission except I join them for any kidnap operation. I have lost count of the number of persons that Joe killed.”

In his own account, Joe’s younger brother, Felix Agrema claimed that he took part in only one kidnap operation with his brother. “I am a student of Adamawa State Polytechnic and Joe is my elder brother. I discovered that my brother was a criminal last December when I came home during the Christmas celebration. I used to see so many bad boys around him whenever he comes home and there was a time he sent me to pick some of his guns from his girlfriend. In March 2020, I joined him in kidnapping some Tiv delegates who were on their way home after visiting the Taraba Governor in Jalingo. We blocked the expressway using army uniform and we abducted the delegates and the sum of N7million was paid for their release. I bought a car with my own share of the ransom.

This was the only time that I participated before police arrested me,” he narrated.

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Abia Poly sexual harassment: Police dismisses officer, Nwachukwu after orderly room trial




Corporal Chinedu Nwachukwu, who was recently accused of raping a female student of the Abia State Polytechnic Aba, has been dismissed by the police authority.

The dismissal of the Police corporal was disclosed after an orderly room trial in Umuahia, where he was found guilty of raping the female polytechnic student.

Nwachukwu is expected to stand trial in a regular court for rape, extortion and other offences.

Recall that the Abia State Police Command had assured that justice must prevail in the case of the student of Abia State Polytechnic Aba, who was allegedly raped by a police corporal attached to its Rapid Response Squad.

Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in a statement said that the police led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the command, Janet Agbede, swung into action on getting the information and that after a thorough investigation, the alleged suspect whose name was given as Corporal Nwachukwu Chinedu, was arrested and detained.

Alleged incident sparked demonstration by the students, who demanded for an investigation.


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… School mates protest….

A Second Year Ordinary National Diploma (OND) female student of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, is now on hospital admission and battling for life following alleged rape some policemen.

Wife of the Governor of Abia State, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, yesterday, Thursday, September 23, 2021, visited the student, whose name was given as Chidinma, and whose alleged rape by policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad in Aba sparked off protests by students of the institution earlier in the day. She assured that her Foundation, Vicar Hope, will foot her medical bills as well as ensure justice is done in the matter.

Mrs Ikpeazu who had earlier called and spoken with the victim, was represented by Dr Suzzy Nwachukwu, a medical personnel attached to the Office of the Wife of the Governor, in the visit to the medical facility where the victim was receiving treatment in Aba. She condemned the action of perpetrators of the heinous crime and vowed to ensure that the matter was not swept under the carpet.

Mrs Ikpeazu further directed that the lady be moved to another medical facility within the state for better care and warned those who are still allegedly threatening her to prepare for the full weight of the law.

Meanwhile, the state government has called on the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbede, to expeditiously investigate allegations of harassment of students and other citizens by security agents in the state.

This was disclosed to newsmen by the Commisisoner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, who informed that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the police authorities to ensure full investigation and prosecution of officers who are engaged in harassing law abiding citizens to serve as deterrent to others.

According to him, Governor Ikpeazu is actively monitoring the situation with the alleged harassment and rape of Abiapoly students with a view to ensuring the protection of all law abiding citizens.

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CAN Chairman Butchered By Muslim Youths In Kano




Reverend Yohanna Shuaibu, a pastor and CAN Chairman has been allegedly murdered by a Muslim mob in Massu, a village in Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State.

It was gathered that the mob also burnt down the slain pastor’s house, church and mission school.

A statement by Hausa Christian Foundation (HACFO) said the incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday, September 23, a few days after a young Muslim man who converted to Christianity allegedly killed his brother’s wife during a fight.

The slain pastor was until his alleged murder, the Northeastern Evangelist of New life Church and the CAN chairman in Sumaila. Read the report below:

Rev. Shuaibu has been the Northeastern Evangelist of New life Church and the CAN chairman of Sumaila Local Government area of Kano state in Nigeria. He lived in a village called Massu.

Recently, the growth of the Missionary base in Massu had been envied by the Moslems and the wish for its uproot from the environment for no justifiable reasons.

Few days ago one young man who converted from Islam but has neither been going to Church nor mosque fought with his brothers wife.

In the cause of fight, he hit her with with Piston and she died, the young man surrendered himself to the Mopol that are stationed in the area and was taken to the station for further prosecution.

The place became so tensed as people who heard the position of the Moslems in the area advised the Reverend to leave the area for a safer place because the Moslems felt the young man who killed a woman in a fight is a Christian sensing that as usual, they may attack and the Reverend is the main target especially because of his obvious exploits.

He left for one of the neighboring villages called Biri where he stayed for a night, the next day he came back to vacate the school pupils to avoid any eventualities knowing that if the school activities continued, the children can easily be targeted and killed

Late Reverend shuaibu noticed that the tension was dowsed and he thought he could stay with his family and people, but the Moslems gather their mob and descended on him, Machetted him badly, burnt down his House, the Church and the School in the night.

His wife was able to sneak out with the children in the midst of the mob since it was dark already.

The report reached the brethren in other villages and the vice CAN chairman called the police. Before they arrived the damage was already great, they rush him to the hospital trying resuscitate him but He could not make it.

Reverend stood his ground for the faith even unto death. He went to be with the LORD. The main problem here is the fate of the believers in that community and his family for which he left nothing to live on as he has all this years been serving faithfully by faith not for money.

This is the story of the life of a Christian soldier, the ambassador of the LORD, who was hunted and gruesomely killed at his duty post and his wrong was that he was a servant of the LORD!

We know that at this kind of time, it takes an immeasurable risk to be a Christian especially in the northern part of Nigeria! Anyone serving God in Christ, can’t be sure of the following day in this body being in the North

Pastor Shuaibu, a soldier of Christ whose blood was spilled for the sake of his faith in Christ went to be with the LORD on the 23rd September, 2021. You fought a good fight and Won the race, your crown awaits you!

We are sure we shall see you some day at the foot of the Master. We are sad here but heaven rejoice over your return! The comfort of the LORD be available for your family and the entire body of Christ. THE CHURCH WILL CONTINUE TO MATCH EVEN IN KANO STATE IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

Muslim mob allegedly kills pastor, razes his house, church, mission school in Kano village

Muslim mob allegedly kills pastor, razes his house, church, mission school in Kano village Muslim mob allegedly kills pastor, razes his house, church, mission school in Kano village Muslim mob allegedly kills pastor, razes his house, church, mission school in Kano village


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