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Police parades Naval rating, two serving Police officers over attempted kidnap of 5year old

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Police parades Naval rating, two serving Police officers over attempted kidnap of 5year old

The Kogi State Police command yesterday paraded five suspects including a naval rating Bature Habila Jesse, two serving police officers Suleiman Isiaka and Ibrahim James for an attempted kidnap of a five year old child at Ojikpadala in Egwume, Dekina Local Government of the State.
Recovered from the suspects were one AK47 rifle with breech No. 06796, 28 rounds of live ammunition, one locally made pistol and an Opel Vectra saloon car with registration number GYB 129XA, Bauchi.

Parading the suspects on Monday at the police command headquarters in Lokoja, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Ali Janga, said the two policemen; Corporals Isiaka Suleman and Ibrahim James have already been dismissed from the Police Force, adding that they will be charged to court along with the naval personnel, Bature Habila and the fourteen other suspects after investigation must have been concluded.

The Police chief said that the arrests within the last two weeks of his assumption of the command was a culmination of pro-active policing and the zero-tolerance approach to criminality under his charge.

One of the dismissed policemen, Isiaka Suleman, while confessing to a role in the kidnapping, said that he was “contacted for the job” by one Francis Alfa, now hospitalized.
He said, “I was serving with Zone 8 (Lokoja) headquarters. It was when I was moved to the Forward Operation Base (FOB) station in Tafawa Balewa LG in Bauchi that Francis contacted me. When you are caught and arrested, you will be charged to court; I know the consequences”.
It was gathered that one shehu Agba who was the mastermind of the kidnap attempt used Suleiman Isiaka to bring together some of the security operatives for the operation.
Shehu had worked for the victims father as an electrician when he wired his new house in Egume for N300, 000.
After several attempt to reach out to the father of their victim for ransom and he was not cooperating they decided to strike but unknown to the kidnappers the house was fortified with police and other security agents.
According to the commissioner of police, “Upon information that some hoodlums at Early Base Hotel Idah Road, Anyigba and were threatening to kidnap one victor Ukwubile Nathaniel five year old son of Nathaniel Ukwubile.
“Operatives swung into action, intercepted and arrested the suspects where the exhibite were recovered.
The suspects who did not deny the allegations were only trading in blame game over who involved who by proxy.
The naval officer who was remorseful said he was framed up however he never denied having close links with the gang.
Ibrahim James who was serving in Anyigba before he was nabbed said it was Suleiman Isiaka that lured him to the business.
However, the victims father Nathaniel Ukwubile alleged that Shehu Agba the leader of the gang worked for him by wiring his house in Egwume after which he has been calling him with threats to pay up N5M or be abducted.
” Since over one month this guy has been calling me to give him N5M, I asked who was talking, he said he is a kidnapper. I asked, you kidnapper, you get power to call me for N5M?
I gave him N20,000 in the last 2 weeks and he told me because I am good in helping people that is why they have not kidnapped me yet.
The commissioner of police Ali Janga said the police is on top of the security situation as they have recorded some successes in fighting crime and criminalities.
He said they have arrested and paraded 17 criminals linked to kidnapping, armed robbery, cultistism, two for capable homicide and so on.
“As soon as we finish our investigations all the suspects found wanting would be arraigned in court.
He said the Two policemen have been tried and dismissed.

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56 days after abduction freed 27 students arrive State Police Command, Kaduna

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After 56 days in the kidnappers den 27 students abducted by bandits from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna have regained their freedom.

The students were released in Kindanda village, Giwa local government area of the state.
The Sheikh Abubakar Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have facilitated theur release was on Wednesday

The students are the remainder of the 39 abducted two months ago as 10 were released earlier after payment of ransom by parents and the school management, two others had escaped from captivity.
Chairman of the parents’ forum, Mallam Abdullahi Usman, commended the roles played by Obasanjo, Sheikh Gumi and other stakeholders, saying “their facilitation was very helpful in the release of the students.”
Asked if additional ransom was paid to the bandits before the release, Usman said: “I cannot confirm whether ransom was paid or not. Our main joy and happiness is that our students are back.”

Recall that Parents of the kidnapped students on Tuesday protested the prolonged abduction of their wards at the National Assembly complex.

The freed students are different from the 16 students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, who are yet to be released Their kidnappers are threatening to kill enmass, if ransom is not paid.
The freed students were received at the state Police Command Headquarters.
The students, who were escorted by security agents, arrived in two 18-seater Hiace buses and an ambulance. Most of the students appeared weak and could barely walk, as one of the female students was carried by a security agent on mufti.
It was observed that majority of the students appeared in tattered clothes. Some were in their night wears while others dressed half-clad. Journalists were barred from taking shots of the students as they were led into the conference hall of the police command.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai in a statement by Aruwan, charged the students to view their ordeal as a motivation to put the past behind and work hard towards a happier and successful future ahead.

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Gov. Sule urges Nigerians to desist from playing politics with insecurity

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Gov. Sule urges Nigerians to desist from playing politics with insecurity

From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, has warned Nigerians against the danger in playing politics with the security challenges presently confronting the nation, emphasizing that as a retired major General, President Muhammadu Buhari is in better position to tackle insecurity across the country.

Governor Sule spoke when he appeared as a guest on Channels
Television which was monitored in Lafia.

Reacting to suggestions for the federal government to hire mercenaries to help fight banditry and insurgency in the Northwest and Northeast, he said, he is willing to accept any idea that will restore peace in his state.

The governor, however, affirmed that when he earlier said the country needed foreign support, he was specifically referring to the developed countries of the US and Britain supporting Nigeria with technology to prosecute the war against banditry and insurgency.

He pointed out the the type of security challenges confronting the
country, particularly banditry and insurgency, are not conventional
wars, with other countries like Agfanistan, which took over 40 years to battle the Taliban.

He recalled that during the immediate past administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan, mercenaries were recruited to fight the insurgency in the Northeast, without much impact as Boko Haram continued with their onslaught.

His words: “I think if there is anybody who knows about all these,
it’s Muhammadu Buhari, who rose to the rank of a Major General, who
was been in the military. I don’t play politics with that.”

While expressing reservations about employing the services of
mercenaries to help in addressing the security challenges in the
country, Sule was emphatic in soliciting for foreign backing in the
area of technology, equipment and training of the country’s military
personnel.

“This is the time for the US and Britain to support us, with
technology, equipment and training of our military personnel,” Sule
affirmed.

He debunked claims by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) suggesting that state governors are not doing enough to support President Buhari in fighting insecurity, affirming that
governors are doing everything possible to partner and support
security agencies in tackling insecurity.

He maintained that state governors are up to the task, supporting
security agencies with logistics, equipment and ensuring that they
discharge their responsibilities.

On the call for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to zone
its national chairmanship to the North Central, the governor
reaffirmed his agitation for the party to zone the position to the
North Central and to Nasarawa State in particular.

“The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), remains the only legacy party yet to produce the national chairman of the party. If the CPC is to be considered, then it’s only natural that North Central Zone and
Nasarawa State in particular, is also considered,” he stated.

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15 women crushed to death as trailer fails break in Imo

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15 women crushed to death as trailer fails break in Imo

About 15 market women have lost their lives at Nkwo Miri Market in Isiala Umuozu in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, after being crushed by a trailer that lost control over brake failure.

Reports had it that the accident happened when the trailer lost control after developing brake failure at the Nkwo Miri Market in Imo State.
The women were engaged in trading by the road side when trailer lost control and rammed into them

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