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Police rescue kidnap victim from the booth of his own car, arrests two suspects

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Police rescue kidnap victim from the booth of his own car, arrests two suspects

The kogi State Police command has rescued a victim from his abductors where he was tucked away in the booth of his own car while his kidnappers were on the run.

This was contained in a statement issued Command yesterday.
The Statement gave the name of the victim as Mr Sunday Amupitan who was abducted from his residence in Kabba on July 19.

The statement signed by the police Public Relation Officer, ASP William Aya said that a police patrol team led by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Kabba moved to the scene almost immediately after receiving distress calls from the victim’s neighbors.

Policemen on getting to the scene sighted the kidnappers speeding away in the victims Honda Accord car with registration number Lagos APP 444 DA, the statement said.

Aya said that the officers decided to give the car a hot chase, which forced the kidnappers to abandoned the car and jumped out and fled into a nearby bush leaving the car doors ajar.

During the course of their frantic effort to escape with their victim the kidnappers car had knocked down three motorcyclists who sustained various degrees of injury.

According to Aya, through the information in a recovered mobile phone from the scene of the kidnap the Divisional Police Officer and his men after some quick analyses of the contents of the of the GSM phone, the officers were able to arrest a suspect simply identified as Ayodele from one of the nearby houses.

Ayodele , according to the statement is a 30-year old man who lives on Garupa Street,Kabba.

Ayodele under interrogation confessed to being a member of the five-member gang that carried out the kidnap of Amupitan. .

The police spokesperson indicated that the confessional statement of Ayodele led to the arrest of another member of the gang, one Tunde Emmanuel of Odo-Ofin area , Kabba.
He said that they were still on the trail of the fleeing three other members of the gang while it has also taken into custody , the Honda Accord car recovered from the kidnappers.
The statement said further investigation into the incident had commenced and that the suspects will be arraigned in court in due course.
The latest incident brings to 11 the number of kidnap suspects arrested by police this week alone while the number of rescued victims also increased from one to two within the same period.

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Zamfara government debunks reports that abducted students have regained freedom

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Zamfara State Government has indicated that the over 300 Students kidnapped by Bandits are still in the den of their abductors.

Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Magaji, debunked some online media reports that claimed the female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe have regained freedom.
He stated: “Governor Bello Matawalle and his aides have been been having sleepless nights since Friday when the girls were abducted by gunmen.

He said they have been working round the clock, making frantic efforts that will lead to the safe release of the victims.
He expressed dismay that that some persons, who do not know the details of the situation, will try to further hurt the victims’ parents, government and security by ridiculing the effort with falsehood.
“The state government will come immediately and happily inform the world as soon as the girls are released.”

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New fuel price regime in the offing

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A new fuel price regime between N170 and N175 may be approved by the federal government this week, Daily Trust has learnt.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the sole importer of refined petroleum products was selling at the old landing cost of N158.33 as of Saturday but government officials and some marketers have confirmed to Daily Trust that a new fuel price band is imminent this week.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva had two weeks ago said Nigerians should prepare for fuel price increase as oil price climbed above $60 per barrel.
The rise in crude oil price has taken the landing cost of petrol in Nigeria above N180 per litre.
“Even though the organised labour is still adamant on their stance against fuel price hike, we have told paying for the differential is not sustainable… This week a new price band will likely come into effect”, an oil agency official said yesterday.
The source said the Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Company (NPMC), a marketing arm of the NNPC, would notify depot owners and marketers of the new price by Monday.
However, NNPC said there would not be fuel price increase any time soon in an earlier statement. NNPC spokesman, Dr. Kennie had Obateru explained that the decision was to allow ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded.
The Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations for Petroleum and Energy Security (CONCSOPES) has said the organised labour’s refusal to allow fuel price hike and its agitation for the rollback of oil sector’s deregulation will lead to the product scarcity.
CONCSOPES’ convener Timothy Ademola told newsmen in Abuja on Saturday said market forces should be allowed to determine fuel prices.

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has allayed apprehension among Nigerians who may be planning to hoard the Premium Motor Spirit.

The Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Yakubu
on Sunday spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as long fuel queues were noticed at filling stations in many states and Abuja.

It was observed that some filling stations are reluctant dispense the PMS they have in stock to motorists while some have run out of supply.

Yakubu said the price of crude oil has gone up and affected the price of products.

The spokesman assured that PMS would soon be available in excess as loading had already commenced at depots.

“The government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available in every filling station within a few days starting from today,” he said

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