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Prominent Kogi Lawyer’s wife escapes assassination in Bassa as he raises alarm over threats to his life

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Prominent Kogi Lawyer’s wife escapes assassination in Bassa as he raises alarm over threats to his life

A Prominent lawyer from Kogi State but based in Abuja, Barrister James Onoja has raised alarm over an assassination attempt on his wife Mrs Rosemary Onoja, a chartered accountant. 

He also disclosed that there have been series of threats to his personal life even though he is not a politician aspiring to any office in the State.

The incidence happened at Bassa, along Shintaku -Lokoja-road, after the vehicle conveying her and her police escort was shot at severally by suspected gunmen on Friday evening.

Chief Onoja had in a petition earlier to the Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu alleged threat to his life making him to write a petition to the Inspector General of Police on the 8th of April, to address his security situation while visiting the state.

The wife’s Police detail was hurt and wounded by the gunshots. The matter has however been reported at Anyigba Police Station.

James Onoja, a legal practitioner, has been involved in a series philanthropic activities to better the welfare of his people and immediate community.

In a chat with the legal icon, he expressed shock at the attack on his family, saying the matter is however before the state command of the Nigerian Police.

In a message to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police Hamid Busari which was made availlable to the NationalUpdate in Lokoja today he indicated that his wife, driver and the police escort were attacked around Bassa Area on their way from Abuja to attend wedding. 

“The police was wounded and the car was riddled with bullets and not knowing the area very well they ran all the way to the area command Anyigba. 

“The commander and his men refused to attend to them on the ground that it was outside their jurisdiction. No assistance was rendered to the injured police colleague.”

He said the area commander asked his traumatized wife to drive back that night to Bassa police station to report which was like sending them back to the scene to be robbed.

“My wife had to run away as it was obvious the police were not ready to render assistance.”

He said they had to go into hiding due to fear his officers were reluctant to protect them.

“Thank you for your intervention and they are not happy because we reported them. I will make a formal petition to you on this because this has to do with lives here. 

He said he has been receiving several threats even though he is not into politics.

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Unknown gunmen kidnap family of three in varsity campus

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Unknown gunmen have abducted three members of a family from the main campus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
The university through a press release that was signed by Malam Auwalu Umar, Director, Public Affairs Directorate of the University, said the armed kidnappers abducted husband, wife and daughter from the main campus in Samaru, Zaria.
The statement concealed the identity of the victims.
The press statement reads in part, “At about 12.50am on Monday, 23rd November, 2020, kidnappers invaded the house of a staff member of the University on Sardauna Crescent, Area BZ, Main Campus, Samaru Zaria. They went away with him along with his wife and daughter.
“The University Security Division quickly informed the operatives of the Police Intelligence Response Team that advanced to the scene following the distress call. There was exchange of fire between the kidnappers and the mobile police operatives. When it was clear that they would be overpowered, the kidnappers ran into nearby bush along with the victims.


“As the police went after them up to Kasuwar Da’a village bordering the University, the kidnappers released the wife and daughter but went away with the husband. Some empty shells were recovered from the scene.
“The Inspector General of Police and other security agencies, as well as all relevant government establishments have been duly informed of the unfortunate incident.
“The Vice Chancellor urges the University community to remain calm and vigilant to avoid the recurrence of the incident.”

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NMA appeals to Security agencies, Kogi Govt over rescue of kidnapped member

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NMA appeals to Security agencies, Kogi Govt over rescue of kidnapped member

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi chapter, has made a passionate appeal to security agencies and the state government on the need to rescue it’s member
Dr Azubuike Iheanacho, kidnapped on Nov. 21 in Anyigba.
The association in a statement on Monday in Lokoja, said Iheanacho, the Medical Director of Peace Hospital, Anyigba in Dekina Local Government Area of the state, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
The statement was jointly signed by Dr Omakoji Oyiguh, the branch Chairman and Dr Famotele Tolorunju, the Secretary.
The association said the unknown gunmen stormed the doctor’s residence between 9.00p.m and 9.30p.m. last Saturday night.

The doctor was said to have been abducted in front of his house while returning from an outing in a vehicle with his wife and a friend.
The NMA added that the gunmen ordered the victim’s wife and his friend out of the car and zoomed off with him to an unknown destination.
It said it had reported the ugly incident to security agencies and the state government.
It would be recalled that two medical doctors, Ebiloma Aduku of Zonal Hospital, Ankpa and Kelechi Mgbahurike of Christ the King Hospital, Anyigba, were earlier abducted on Oct. 6.
They were later released, following intervention of the security agencies.

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Maina’s refusal to appear in Court lands Senator Ali Ndume in prison custody

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Court lands Senator Ali Ndume in prison custody


After Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT) jumped the bail, the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, ordered Senator Ali Ndume to be remanded in Kuje Prison.
Ndume, who represents Borno South Senatorial District, failed to file a formal application to show cause why he should not forfeit the bail bond of N500 million deposed to on May 5 to stand as surety for Maina, hence Justice Okon Abang gave the remand order.

The EFCC’s Lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, had, on Nov. 18, asked the court to make an order for the lawmaker to forfeit the bail bond since Maina, who he stood as surtee for, had jumped bail.

Abubakar also asked the court to revoke Maina’s bail and issued a warrant of arrest on him.
Although the court granted the applications by the EFCC on Maina, it gave Ndume an opportunity to appear with his legal representation and adjourned until Nov. 23.
Justice Abang, in his ruling, ordered Ndume’s remand pending the time he was able to fulfill the bail bond or produce Maina in court.













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