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Gale of kidnappings in Kogi as Reverend Father, pastor and lecturer fall victim

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Gale of kidnappings in Kogi as Reverend Father, pastor and lecturer fall victim

The parish priest of Saint Micheal Catholic Church Obajana, Reverend Father Leo Michael has been abducted tuesday evening at Irepeni village in Adavi Local Government Area of kogi state.
Also a yet to be identified pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was also abducted on the same spot at the same time on his way to Okene.
Same day a lecturer with Kogi State College of Education ( Technical Kabba) who teaches chemistry in the school Mr. Aronimu Samuel Babatunde who has not collected salaries since Governor Yahaya Bello took over as Governor two years ago and six months was kidnapped along Okene/ Kabba road same day.
According to Bishop Peter Adinoyi, the Diocessan Chancellor of Lokoja Diocese, the abductors came from the bush near the Irepeni village, in army uniform, very close to Army roadblock in a commando style as they dragged out Rev Leo Micheal and one other person believed to be a pastor with RCCG and made away into the bush leaving the two vehicles parked along the road.
The spokes person of the Bishop stated that the abductors have established contact with some members of the Church, adding that they have brought down the their demand for ransom from N50M to N20m and lately to N8m threatening the worst if their demand is not met before 1pm thursday.
He noted that the DSS and the Army have swung into action to track down the perpetrators.
On whether the church was making arrangement to get the ransom paid he retorted saying, ‘there is no such thing as paying ransome.
The Man of God lamented that abduction is mostly targeted at the poor people stressing that by now the insecurity of lives and property would have been improved but it was worsening by the day.
He called on the Government to quickly address the ugly situation to prevent the country becoming a failed state.
The Police Public Relations officer ASP Willam Aya comfirmed the abduction of the Reverend father but said he is not aware of the abduction of the other pastor and a lecturer Mr Samuel Babatunde

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Nemesis, as attackers of Jos Custodial Centre are trapped inside

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Gunmen who reportedly attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos with sophisticated weapons have been trapped
Controller of Corrections (PRO) Francis Enobore in statement said the invaders who stormed the facility in large number arrived at the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs.
He said they immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.

“Although they gained entrance to the yard, they were however trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards to cordon the perimeter wall and the entire area.

“Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilized to the center.”

According to him, the situation is presently under control as the attackers firing power is being subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies.

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Kogi commissioner escapes being abducted with gunshot wounds

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The Kogi State Commissioner for Environment, Honorable Adewale Omofaye escaped being kidnapped on Sunday evening with gun shot wounds on the leg
The incident NationalUpdate gathered occured between Ikoyi and Iyara at about 5pm on Sunday evening.
It was further gathered that the commissioner was on his way to Lokoja when over 5 suspected kidnappers opened fire on his vehicle.
The source said two other persons were travelling in the car with the commissioner.
Omofate sustained gun shot wounds from the kidnappers bullets but he and his co-travelers were able to escaped from the scene of the attack.
The commissioner however, was said to be stable after the escape.
It was also gathered that some other road users were abducted and taken into the bush by the kidnappers.

The Chairman of Ijumu Local Government Area who is also ALGON chairman in Kogi State, Honorable Isah Taufiq was reported to have sonce mobilized the vigilantes and hunters in search of those that were abducted by the kidnappers
The Ikoyi-Ijumu Development Association (IDA) leadership has indicated that it is highly impressed with the very swift response of the Security personnels, especially, the DPO at Iyara and Vigilantes, including the hunters under the direct supervision of Ijumu LG Chairman,
security agencies, vigilantes, hunters make effort to rescue victims

The Olukoyi has also visited the site of the incident for on the spot assessment.
When contracted, the Kogi state Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), DSP William Ayah said the command was to be briefed about the development.

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Minna under siege of ‘Hard drug’ induced hoodlums that snatch ladies handbags

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By Naseer Mijinyawa

Some hoodlums who are specialists in snatching of handbags from ladies in some areas of Minna metropolis have been on rampage creating fear in the minds of residents.

The hoodlums who are within the age bracket of 15 to 20 move in group with dangerous weapons such as jack knives and cudgels have been on rampage in the last two weeks dispossessing ladies of their bags containing vital belongings.
It was gathered that the hoodlums carry out their evil minded activities after taking some hard drugs like indian hemp, tramadol, and other dangerous intoxicants.
Equally, it was observed that they usually attack innocent residents of Minna in their houses forcing residents to pat with their handsets, laptop and any other belongings while wielding knives and cutlass in the wee hours of the night and in broad day light.

So far, the criminal elements have subjected residents of Angwandaji, Kpakungu, Limawa Maitumbi, and Tunga area of Minna to horrible traumatic experiences as no fewer than 9 persons are lying critically injured in Minna General hospital receiving medical attention as a result of the attack on them in their houses.
According to an eye witness who does not want his name in prints, the activities of the teenagers have become a serious security threat to the residents of Minna.

“We are living in fear of attack and if
urgent step is not taken, it will turn to another security challenge in the State capital.
“We have armed banditry attacks already and these youths are now becoming terrorists in the State capital.”
“Honestly, if nothing is done to bring these boys to book, it is going to be another security challenge in the State”, a resident said.
Our correspondent further observed that apart from snatching of personal belongings, these criminally minded elements engaged themselves with their dangerous weapons attacking each other resulting to death of 4 persons among their rival group of Maitumbi.
In one of their dangerous attacks on Friday, these hoodlums took over the streets of Minna in their large numbers, creating serious tension along the popular Bosso road forcing motorists to take one way, as they vandalized parked vehicles, they were also seen carting away provisions from shop owners along the streets.
They smoke indian hemp freely on the streets even in the presence of the combined team of police and men of the Niger State vigilante corps who have become helpless as they cannot stop them from further attack on innocent citizens.

In similar activities carried out by the hoodlums in the early hours of Sunday along the Kuta road by Obasanjo commercial complex directly opposite the Police Area Command, they took over the street wielding knives, cutlasses and cudgels creating vehicular gridlock on the street, while residents scampered for safety.

Throughout their operation which lasted for over four hours on Sunday there was no response from any of the security agencies as they had a field day holding every person in the street to ransom.

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