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Niger Insecurity: Gov Bello’s Chief of Staff escapes abduction as bandits kidnap 21 Passengers

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Niger Insecurity: Gov Bello’s Chief of Staff escapes abduction as bandits kidnap 21 Passengers

The Chief Of Staff to Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state, Mallam Ibrahim Balarabe on Sunday narrowly escaped being abducted by armed bandits while he was returning from his hometown in Kagara, Rafi local government area of the state.
He had travelled to his home for the ongoing All Progressive Congress (APC) revalidation and registration exercise.
About 18 passengers on board a bus belonging to the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) were not lucky as they were all kidnapped along Minna-Tegina road in Rafi local government area.

The incident occurred at about 3:00pm in the afternoon at Kundu village, about 200 meters to the famous Zungeru bridge when the passengers who were said to be returning from a wedding at Rijau, Rijau local government area of the state were stopped and taken into the bush by the bandits numbering about 40.

The Bandits it was gathered were actually laying ambush for the Chief Of Staff to the state Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Balarabe and his entourage who had traveled to Kagara earlier today for the on going APC revalidation and registration exercise when the passengers bus ran into the road block mounted by the bandits.

The Director General of the Niger State Emergency Maganagement Agency, Mallam Ibrahim Inga who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in a telephone interview, said the Chief Of Staff convoy if which he (Inga) was part of got to the scene shortly after the passengers had been abducted and taken into the bush.

According to him, they met a woman with her child who was left by the bandits who informed them that other 18 passengers in the bus have been taken away by the bandits numbering about 40 and all heavily armed.

“The only thing I can tell you now is we have rescued the woman and her baby and she is in the vehicle with us and we are on our way to Minna. She told us that the bandits blocked the way and went away with other 18 passengers in the bus. 

“No government official was among those kidnapped. I can’t give more than that for now because the woman is traumatized and we cannot be asking her too many questions for now,” Inga said. 

He however promised to get back to our correspondent when he gets back to Minna and gets more information. 

Meanwhile, efforts to speak to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun was unsuccessful as he neither picked his calls nor responded to messages.

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Again, corruption allegations lands Okorocha in EFCC net

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Again, corruption allegations lands Okorocha in EFCC net

Tuesday was another day in the life of the embattled former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha that he will detest, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) arrested him at his office in Abuja over alleged money laundering.

The spokesperson of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest, said it us true. “Okorocha has been arrested by our men”.
Although the reason for his arrest has not been officially disclosed by the anti-graft agency, the Senator reportedly failed to honour invitations by the agency.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had accused Okorocha of misappropriating state funds.
In February, the lawmaker accused Governor Hope Uzodinma of unleashing the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against him.

Okorocha said the state government had not been able to prove corruption allegations against him and family in court.
“I was never a poor man before I became governor of Imo state. I came here, brought my children to invest, brought everybody to invest”, he had said.

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FCT Police Loses Operative, Launches Rescue Operation for Kidnapped Victims

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FCT Police Loses Operative, Launches Rescue Operation for Kidnapped Victims

The FCT Police Command has lost one of its gallant officers, Inspector Ambi John attached to Operation Puff Adder.
This was contained in a press release issued by ASP Yusuf Mariam
Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command, Abuja.
The men of the Police command the statement indicated, had repelled multiple attacks by suspected kidnappers in the wee hours of Tuesday 13th April,2021 along Dankusa, Angwan-Zegele-Zuba axis.
The statement explained further that Adder had sustained fatal gunshot injuries during the operation and was rushed to the hospital where he died while receiving treatment.

The statement reads in part, “Following a distress call from Angwan Zegele, a joint team of Police Operatives from the Command and Operation Puff Adder responded promptly as they engaged the heavily armed hoodlums in a fierce gun battle.

However, it stated that the Command had launched a strategic operation to rescue four persons abducted from Dankusa still in the custody of the hoodlums who escaped into the forest bordering the FCT and Niger State. “Nonetheless, Operatives of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad have made some arrests in connection with the abduction.
“In view of the above, the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma wishes to commiserate with the family of the officer who paid the supreme price in service to the Nation.
The command reiterated its determination to ensuring that all the victims are safely reunited with their families.
Furthermore, the Commissioner of Police reassured residents of the Command’s undeterred resolve to secure lives and property within the FCT.
He implored residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these some numbers that 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.
He urged the public to report the conduct of Police Officers by calling the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) number :09022222352

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AESID to Police, DSS: Mop up illegal arms in circulation in Ebonyi

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AESID to Police, DSS: Mop up illegal arms in circulation in Ebonyi

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called on all the security agencies to urgently mop up all the illegal arms and ammunition in the hands of unauthorised persons, especially political thugs in the state.

The association revealed that it has gotten information on how some top politicians have shared illegal weapons for some political thugs to cause mayhem in the state.

In a statement released Tuesday in Abuja by the AESID President, Paschal Oluchukwu, urged the security agencies to step their game in protecting innocent citizens and opposition elements in Ebonyi state.

“We urge the new IGP to kindly investigate these allegations and not only recover such arms from such unauthorized citizens but also adequately protect the lives snd businesses of opposition leaders and members and indeed, all those opposition political parties in Ebonyi from the planned onslaught against them.

“We therefore urge the security agencies in the state to act professionally and protect all citizens of the state from the common internal and external aggressors cum attackers. For as we have always maintained, Ebonyi will yet exist beyond the over 700 days that Governor Umahi has to stay put in the Government House, Abakaliki.

“The Governor and his so-called ruling party should therefore learn to live, and let live and learn how to face governance and accountability to the people, not playing politics with every matter, no matter how delicate or life threatening there may be.”

The group said it condemn the recent view expressed on a national Television by a Commissioner for Border and Internal Security, Stanley Okoro, where he alleged blamed the worsening insecurity in the state on the opposition leaders.

“Like the proverbial bad carpenter who often blames the nails and never the hammer for all his woes, Okoro Emegha was only concerned about absolving his paymaster from the blames of insecurity in Ebonyi and setting up leaders of opposition for violent attacks from the agencies of government.

“AESID outrightly condemns this posture of a government that has only given Ebonyians the pains and agonies of blood-letting attacks since it claimed to have connected the state to the centre.”

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