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1. Police arrest father for allegedly killing his 2 children in Niger.

The Police Command in Niger has arrested a father, Abubakar Maibabo, for allegedly killing his two children at Maidabo village in Salka, Nasko Local Government Area. The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Minna. Abiodun said that on Nov. 14 at about 2 a.m., Police operatives attached to Nasko Division, arrested the suspect.

“The suspect killed his children with a cutlass, one Umar Abubakar, 8, and Shehu Abubakar, 4, while he hid the corpses in the bush in separate sacks.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and claimed that the incident was an act of God,’’ Abiodun said. He noted that the corpses were taken to General Hospital Nasko for autopsy while the case was still under investigation.

2. Nigeria to resume fuel importation from Niger Republic

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, said on Friday Nigeria would restart fuel importation from the neighbouring Niger Republic to meet local energy needs. Sylva, who disclosed this in a statement by the ministry, said the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on petroleum storage and transportation on Thursday. He said: “This is a major step forward. The Niger Republic has some excess products which need to be evacuated. Nigeria has the market for these products.

“Therefore, this is going to be a win-win relation for both countries.”

Soraz Refinery in Zinder, Niger, lying about 260 kilometres away from Nigerian border, possesses the capacity to refine 20,000 barrels of crude per day, which is higher than the country’s consumption needs.

“Niger’s total domestic requirement is about 5,000 bpd, thus leaving a huge surplus of about 15,000 bpd, mostly for export,” the statement added. The Nigerian four refineries with a combined capacity to process 445,000 barrels of crude per day had been shut down for revamp. According to the statement, the MoU was signed by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Melee Kyari, and the Director-General of Niger’s national oil corporation, SONIDEP, Alio Toune. Kyari said the two countries had established bilateral engagements for about five months towards resuming the oil importation deal between them.

“With this development, we hope to have a long-lasting and sustainable commercial framework to having a pipeline from the Soraz Refinery in Zinder (Niger) into the most proximate Nigerian city so that we can develop a depot,” the NNPC chief stated.

3. Gunmen kill ex-Governor Dickson’s police guard

Gunmen on Thursday morning attacked the Toru-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area country home of former Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, killing his police detail. It was learnt the hoodlums came in three speedboats through the Forcados River overlooking Dickson’s home about 2am. They were however repelled by policemen on duty.

The hoodlums were said to have opened fire after disembarking from their boats which led to a gun duel. One of the policemen died. The robbers also escaped through the same route. Their motive could not be ascertained but it was gathered they attacked the home to get their own share of the money for the coming election.

Dickson is seeking to represent Bayelsa West. The former governor and his family were not at home, haven been in Abuja for about three weeks.

A statement by Dickson’s media aide, Fidelis Soriwei, condoled with the deceased’s family, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Commissioner of Police and the police team. He described it as a trying time, and called on the society to support security agencies to perform well.

The statement added that investigations have begun. He called on his supporters to give relevant information to the police to aid their investigation. Governor Douye Diri has condemned the attack. A statement by his spokesman, Daniel Alabrah, said his government would work with the police and other security agencies to ensure the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted.

Police spokesman Asinim Butswat said the body has been deposited at the mortuary. He said: “Commissioner of Police Mike Okoli has visited the scene and appealed to residents to remain calm as the command is working to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to book.

4. Bandits kidnap 13, kill mobile policeman in Niger

Armed bandits, yesterday, reportedly kidnapped 14 people in Niger state and also killed a mobile policeman and injured another in Mariga Local Government Area of the state. Just about 12 hours after the kidnapping, seven others were also kidnapped in Shamuyanbu village in Kusherki District of Rafi Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the injured policeman was quickly rushed to the Minna General Hospital where he is recuperating. It was also gathered that the mobile policemen were on routine patrol around Mariga town cattle market when the bandits reportedly ambushed them leading to a shoot-out.

An eye witness in the area said four women, Maryam Usman, Safiya Bagobiri,Salamatu Hassan and Safiya Bagobiri and three men- Yunusa Malam, Kabiru Shamuyanbu and Abdulkarim Musa were kidnapped. The source said “The bandits drove into our villages and started shooting to scare our people. They kidnapped our people and fled with them to an unknown place on Motorcycles.

All efforts to get the reaction of the state Police Command through its Public Relations Officer, ASP Wasiu, proved abortive as he could not be reached on his phone. As at the time of going to Press, the bandits are yet to be traced while the families of those kidnapped have not also been contacted.

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