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Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for threatening to kill Spanish PM

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Spain’s National Court has sentenced a man to seven years in prison for threatening to kill Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Manuel Murillo, 66, posted messages on social media with words threatening Sanchez.

Police raided Murillo’s home and seized seven prohibited firearms, including an automatic rifle.

The court ruled that Murillo had decided that the solution to produce a change in the Spanish political situation was to cause the death of the prime minister.

The judges also said that Murillo’s seized weapon is an indication of high danger.

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Again, bandits attack travellers along Abuja-Kaduna road, abduct scores

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Bandits on Tuesday, launched another attacked on commuters along the Abuja-Kaduna highway and abducted an unspecified number of travellers.

The spokesman of the Kaduna Police Command Mohammed Jalige told Channels Television that the bandits had about 4: 20 pm blocked the Audu Ogbe portion of the Highway, near Katari village.

He said they intercepted some vehicles, and during the process, took some persons away to an unknown destination.

Jalige said the prompt response and arrival of security operatives attached to the highway, prevented the terrorists from abducting more travellers. The spokesman explained that the security operatives engaged the criminals in a gun duel and successfully repelled them from further attacks.

According to him, normalcy was immediately returned to the highway following the clearance operation, enabling motorists to continue their journey.

The incident comes almost two months after the deadly train attack by terrorists at Dutse forest in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Eight persons were killed, 26 injured, and 62 others taken away during the attack.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have arrested a suspected bandit and gun runner in Zaria Local Government Area.

The police said the suspect, Rilwanu Abdullahi of Damari village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, was sighted on Tuesday with a Volkswagen car in a suspicious manner around the Madachi area of Zaria city.

On sighting the police operatives, he attempted to escape but was chased and apprehended, the security agency added.

A search carried out on the Volkswagen vehicle with Reg.no KNC 816 XC led to the recovery of an AK47 Rifle with six hundred (600) rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live ammunition.

Upon further interrogation, the suspect led detectives to another location where an additional Volkswagen car with Reg.No AX 973 LGA was recovered with the live ammunition carefully concealed inside the fuel tank aimed at evading the eagle eyes of security operatives

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Sit-at-home: Flush out criminals, IPOB tells security agencies

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The Indigenous People of Biafra has asked security agencies in the country to act professionally in flushing out criminal elements in the South-East.

In a statement on Wednesday, the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said those killed by soldiers in Iheoma and Amaifeke, Orlu LGA of Imo State were not IPOB members or Eastern Security Network operatives “because IPOB volunteers don’t enforce non-existent Monday sit-at-home”.

Powerful called on the stakeholders of the Eastern region to come together and fight the criminals trying to blackmail and demonise IPOB.

He pointed out that the hoodlums disturbing the South-East are not IPOB members and that the military should flush them out without tagging them IPOB members.

He said, “It is not in doubt that IPOB issued Monday sit-at-home order to solidarise with our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, but upon pleas by our mothers and elders based on its adverse effects on the economy of our people, we quickly rescinded it.

“Anyone still enforcing Monday sit-at-home is not a genuine IPOB member but a dissident and doesn’t deserve any mercy.”

He told the security agencies to stop referring to such dissidents as IPOB members, sayings they do not belong to the group.

The statement read in part, “It should be noted that IPOB volunteers are not in the market or streets, they know their duty posts – in the bushes and forests of Biafraland protecting our farmlands from the Fulani terrorists masquerading as herdsmen in our territory.

“It’s unfortunate that the Nigeria security agencies are turning the truth upside down because they want the public to believe they are working hard while in reality, they are pursuing an Islamist agenda.

“They kill innocent citizens on the streets and tag them IPOB members and ESN operatives. Nigeria’s army should leave the people of Orlu in peace and allow them to go about their daily business and focus on the terrorists and bandits in the North where killings are the order of the day.

“We remind them once again that IPOB is not responsible for these criminalities in the whole of Biafraland, including Iheoma and Amaifeke in Orlu. IPOB is not missing any of its members in Orlu.

“These criminals are kidnapping, snatching cars and killing innocent citizens claiming they are IPOB and ESN members while they are not. They deserve no mercy. They are not worthy to live. Whoever is sponsoring them should be brought to book.”

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