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page 46 Police arrest vandals in Abuja By Ogechi Jaiyesimi The FCT police patrol team have arrested six suspects for vandalising armoured cables in different…

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Police arrest vandals in Abuja

By Ogechi Jaiyesimi

The FCT police patrol team have arrested six suspects for vandalising armoured cables in different parts of the city centre.

The FCT police public relations officer, Assistant Superintendent Anjuguri Manzah told our reporter that the police patrol team from Central Police Station apprehended Armaya’u Aliyu, Sirajo Abubakar and Salisu Garba along Kur Mohammed Street while vandalising armoured cables.

He said the armoured cables and instruments used by the hoodlums were also recovered by the patrol team.

The police spokesperson also said that Samson Agbo, Emmanuel John and Agber Michael were also arrested same day at about.

“What happened was that our police operatives on patrol arrested the suspects with electrical cables that they vandalised from a facility around Asokoro extension. The suspects who have all confessed to the crime will be charged to court on conclusion of investigation”.

Adding that exhibits recovered from the suspects were vandalised electrical cables, cutters, screw drivers, spanners and hydraulic.

The PPRO said the patrol team also arrested a 67 year- old man, Manir Adamu based on a tip off.

He said the suspect who claimed to be a retired Major-General has been deceiving people before he was arrested by police operatives at a major government facility where these vandals operate.

The police spokesman said that investigation is ongoing to ascertain his mission and the connection he has with the vandals,

Pleading with residents to give police useful information that would that would help stop vandals in FCT.

Security guard arrested for aiding robbers

By Emma Elekwa

Police in Kubwa have arrested a security guard for collaborating with some group of armed robbers to raid a compound in Pipeline area of Kubwa, a satellite town of the FCT.

The suspect was said to have opened the entrance gate for the robbers numbering about four who stormed the area around 4.15am.

City News gathered that as soon as they gained access to the compound, one of the robbers asked the suspect to switch on the generators so as to distract the occupants from their activities.

“One of the residents called the line of the security guard to inquire why he had to switch on the generators when there was no power outage, but he switched off his phone” the source added.

The source said the robbers were attempting to break into one of the apartments in the compound when one of the occupants placed a distressed call to the police who arrived the scene almost immediately with three patrol vans.

“The robbers, on sighting the police vehicles, took to their heels while the security guard was arrested by the police” the source added.

City News further learnt that one of the robbers was later arrested through information provided by the suspect.

When contacted, the Kubwa Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent Nurruddeen Sabo confirmed the arrest, saying efforts are on to arrest the other accomplices.

AEPB arraigns 3 minors, 40 others for street trading

By Taiwo Adeniyi

Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), on Wednesday arraigned three minors and 40 others for street trading before a mobile court in Garki.

All the arrested street traders pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of selling, offering for sale, displaying articles of trade at road junctions along streets and within areas prohibited by law in the FCT contrary to Section 35 (1d) of the AEPB Act No. 10 of 1997.

The prosecutor, Barr Eze E. Eze who asked the court for their summary trial earlier informed the court that all the accused were arrested at different locations within the FCT on the 11 October 2015 by the board’s enforcement team.

He however prayed the court to free the minors and arrest the parents, guardians or person having lawful custody in their stead.

Chief Magistrate Aminu Abdullahi who presided over the mobile court sentenced all the 40 accused persons to various jail terms ranging from one week to two weeks with options of fines ranging from N5, 000 to N1, 000.

Abdullahi who issued strong warning to the offenders against street trading said the court was only lenient because they were all first time offenders.

He also ordered the arrest of parents, guardians or person with legal custody of the minors for prosecution and ordered the release of the minors.

Similarly, the court also jailed one Yau Umar of 16, Dennis Osadebe Street, Asokoro, Abuja for offenses including use of septic tank in an authorised place and allowing overgrown trees in the premises contrary to Section 23 (1) and Section 27 (2) of the AEPB Act No. 10 of 1997.

He was sentenced to two and one week imprisonment to run concurrently but with an option of N15, 000 and N10, 000 fines respectively.

The court also gave him seven days to abate the nuisance having pleaded for leniency.

Outstanding entrepreneurs honored in Abuja

By Foluke Ojumu

Entrepreneurs that distinguished themselves in their businesses were on Wednesday night honoured during the 2015 Nigeria entrepreneurs submit and exhibition in Abuja.

The event, with the theme, entrepreneurship as panacea for building a prosperous economy,’ was organised by the Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award.

Speaking at the award dinner, the co-founder of the organisation, Mr. Uwabor Joshua, observed that entrepreneurs are a national treasure that must be protected, nourished, encouraged and rewarded as much as possible.

He said the theme of the event is a way of mapping out solutions to the current bottlenecks being experienced by the entrepreneurs, adding that his platform will be a lifelong one that will provide recognition for entrepreneurs and top business leaders in Nigeria.

Among the beneficiaries are Nisa Premier Hospital, Abuja, Zenith Kidney & Medical Centre, Coscharis Group, House of Rep member, Barrister Omosede Igbinadion and Professor Charles K. Ayo, Vice Chancellor, Covenant University, Ogun State.

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