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.
Passengers stranded as explosion rocks Abuja – Kaduna train at midnight
***Commotion as security operatives order all to take cover in pitch darkness
The Abuja-Kaduna train which developed ‘fault’ about 40 kilometres to Kaduna, left passengers in a state of panic for over six hours after taking off from Idu terminal in Abuja, around 6pm Wednesday.
Regional Editor of News Express Garba Muhammad and other passengers in the train said the train developed fault around 8pm after a loud sound from the engine which forced the train to stop.
“We heard a loud sound from the locomotive engine, then the train gradually came to abrupt halt,” Muhammad said.
There was pandemonium from passengers when the security men in the VIP coaches shouted for all to take cover after the loud sound.
Lights and the air conditioning systems immediately went off, leaving passengers in the heat and darkness.
“Policemen in the VIP coaches shouted to us to get down when we heard the loud bang. We all fell over each other, while some ran to other coaches, thinking that the train was under attack,” Lawal Isah, one of the passenger, said.
The panic-stricken passengers were thereafter left in the middle of the bush in the middle of the night, afraid of possible attack by bandits.
Another engine came around 12:15am and pushed the immobilised train to Rigasa, Kaduna – a short distance that took additional two hours with frequent stops and slow movements.
“There were no comments from officials in the train as to what caused the problem and why it took over four hours for another engine to come to the rescue,” one disappointed passenger lamented.
Culled from Newsexpress
Oil producing State Status: HOSTCON lauds Bello over FG’s declaration
By Stephen Adeleye
The Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCON), Kogi chapter, on Saturday commended Governor Yahaya Bello over the declaration of Kogi as an oil producing state by the Federal Government.
The HOSTCON’s Chairman, His Eminence, Bishop Gabriel Ojoka, made the commendation at the Inauguration and Certification of Traditional Council Wing of the association in Lokoja.
Ojoka, who doubles as Chairman, Northern States’ Area of HOSTCON, appreciated the governor for his commitment and effort which had led to the realisation of the prolonged agitation.
”To our leader and dogged State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, we say thank you, we have passed a vote of confidence on you.
”We believe that in this your time before 2023, Kogi will become another London in Nigeria,” he said.
Ojoka also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking a good position, saying the pronouncement of Kogi as oil producing state has given them a relief.
He noted that inauguration of the traditional council was to establish the executive members for the work and service delivery to Kogi people in line with the programme, structure and organ of the organisation.
He charged the state traditional council to wake up to its responsibility of hard work, having in mind that bringing anything good to Kogi amounts to a lot of contention.
According to him, since 2016, we have been on this struggle, advocating for the declaration of Kogi as oil producing State because we are very sure that there is oil in Ibaji Local Government Area (LGA).
”We can now look up for development, diversification from oil to gas and agriculture. God is on our side, and we are saying big congratulations to Kogi people.”
”Now that oil has come we believe with the power and input of our governor, job is coming for the youths; very soon we will go into pipeline security surveillance recruitment,” he said.
The HOSTCON traditional council members include: His Royal Highnesses; Alhaji Khalid Ali, the Ohiogba of Mozum of Igalal/Bassa Kingdom; Alhaji Ahmed Ogido, Ohi of Ihima and Chairman Okehi LG Traditional Council:
Others are Williams Ayeni, the Olujumu of Ijumu, and Vice Chairman, Okun Traditional Council; Dr Jacob Odiba, the Odumata Igala; and Alhaji Tijani Zuberu, Etsu Nupe, Warri.
The Ohiogba of Mozum, Alhaji Khalid Ali, who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers, said it was a day long expected to be achieved, and thanked the Governor and His Eminence for making it a reality.
”It is a relief to us in Kogi State. We thank God that Gov. Yahaya Bello has the luck of always making Kogi to succeed.
”Our Governor is a very lucky governor and I pray that such luck would continue to follow him and the people of Kogi State”.
‘We pray that God will prosper and strengthen him, and all other stakeholders in the struggle,” he said.
The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of letters and certificates of membership to the traditional council wing of HOSTCON
Almajirai System: Jigawa readies to domesticate Child Right Act
From Ahmed Rufai, Dutse
The Jigawa state Government has set up a comnittee for the domestication of the Child Right Act that will work to ensure the law is passed in to law to give a legal guide and action on children right violation and purnishement against voilators.
The Jigawa State commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Lawal Yunusu Danzomo made the disclosure during a meeting with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC)
He said the Government carefully selected the members of the committee to look in to all issues and matters of the religion and culture of the people of the state.
Danzomo explained that when the committee completes its assignment the executive will not hasitate to send the report to the state assembly for action.
The commissioner expressed the state government’s commitment to collaborating with any development partner that will remodel the Almajirai system of education to ensure total rights and previllages of the children under the system.
He said “The system needs to be remodeled so that Islamic education seekers will be exposed to all necessary children care by their parents, community and government.”
Danzomo explained that to improve the system there is need for all stakeholders, parents in particular to give their wards proper parenting care rather than throwing them in to the streets to beg at younger age.
According to him in remodeling the system there is need for every stakeholder’s contribution, provision of adequate funds and sustainability of the funds to manage the system.
The commissioner expressed concern over the way and manner some parents neglect their underage children, turn them to street beggars all in the name seeking education.
He maintained that neglecting children in the name of seeking education is totally unislamic.
The commissioner therefore urged all stakeholders to share their responsibilities for a better future of the state.
Speaking earlier the state coordinator Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, (CISLAC), Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, said the organization visited the commissioner to submitted a report on identified challenges, observation and recommendation gathered during a stakeholders meeting organized by CISLAC in the state.
Comrade Rafsanjani told the commissioner that “CISLAC organised a multi stakeholders meeting with relevant agencies in the state where it identified the challenges, made observation and recommendation on the way forward on the Almajirai system.
He urged the state Government to go through the report and make good use of it as he charged all stakeholders to embark on massive awareness campaign for parents to understand their responsibilities towards improving the lives of their children.
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