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Army raids kidnappers’ den, arrests seven

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Babatope Okeowo
Akure
Soldiers from the 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure, yesterday arrested seven suspected kidnappers terrorising the commuters and residents of Akoko in Ondo North Senatorial District of Ondo State.
The Owo/Akoko axis of the state has become kidnappers’ den with many commuters and residents kidnapped on their way to Akure or other parts of the country.
No fewer than five travellers were reportedly abducted by some gunmen at Oba Akoko, Akoko South-West Local Government Area last weekend.
A source said the victims were coming from Lagos State in a Highlander Jeep and heading to Abuja before they were kidnapped on Saturday.
This came barely a week after about-to-wed couple was kidnapped at Akunnu town in Akoko North-East Local Government Area.
The axis has witnessed the kidnap of two monarchs and other innocent citizens while travelling to various destinations.
But yesterday, the Commander, 32 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General James Ataguba, personally led the Brigade troop for a special operation to comb the kidnappers’ spots within the Akoko area of the state.
The spokesman for the Brigade, Captain Ojo Adenegan, said the Commander and his troop raided, cordoned and thoroughly searched various kidnappers’ camps and spots at the boundary between Kogi and Ondo States. The communities included Akunu-Akoko, Ohogo and Ogale communities.
Adenegan said the operations aimed to checkmate the incessant kidnapping within the Akoko area was extended to Oba Akoko and Ose communities.
During the operation, Adenegan said some suspected kidnappers and their informants were arrested and would later be handed over to appropriate security agency for further action.
The spokesman said the Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, witnessed the operation.
He added: “It is worthy to inform the general public that the operation is a follow up of the rescue operation of some kidnapped victims at Akunu and Ose area last week by the Brigade soldiers.
“The Brigade is hereby advising the general public to always give useful information on any criminal activity through the Brigade Call Centre with the following hotlines 09030002151 and 09030002151. Consequently you are please requested to kindly disseminate this information in both local and English languages to the general public through your medium.”

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Lagos Assembly’ll pass 2020 budget not later than Jan 2 – Buraimoh 

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Barring any last minute change of plan, the 2020 Budget of Lagos State will be passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly and possibly signed into law by the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu not later than January 2, 2020.
The Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly’s Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh, disclosed this on Wednesday during an interaction with journalists in Alausa, Lagos.
Hon. Buraimoh said the state Assembly is working hard to ensure that the 2020 budget’s estimates and proposals are made into law not later than January, 2, 2020 so that executive can have ample time and opportunity to execute all the proposals that are contained in the budget.
His words: “The Lagos State House of Assembly because of its cognisance of responsibility to make the lots of the people good and that the good of the people to get better and the greatest happiness to go to the greatest number of people is cautious of the fact that, whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well and in good time. And there is no point taking any day not to talk of any week or any month out of the 52 weeks or 12 months that make a year.
“So, the Lagos State House of Assembly is trying as much as possible to get the executive ready to action and to hit the Year 2020 running by making sure that the 2020 budget’s estimates and proposals are made into law on or before but not later than the first working day of January, 2020. So that the executive can have ample time and opportunity to execute all the proposals that are contained in the budget.”
Hon. Buraimoh said the Lagos State House of Assembly is working round the clock to ensure that people of Lagos State enjoy dividends of democracy and good governance by the Governor Sanwo-Olu-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

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FRSC warns personnel against extortion in Bayelsa

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The Bayelsans State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday warned it’s officers against extortion of money from drivers, noting that the Corps was ready to deal decisively with any offender in the state.
Speaking during its flag-off of the 2019 Ember month activities in Yenagoa, the state capital, the Sector Commander in the state, Ikechukwu Igwe said the programme tagged “2019 Operation Zero Christmas/New Year Safety Campaign” was to create full awareness on the need for more safer roads.
He, however, urged the drivers to be mindful of rules and regulations, adding that the officers in the Bayelsa Command would be fully mobilised to man the highways during the Christmas festival.
“There is need to change from aggressive driving to defensive driving. Say no to over speeding and over loading. Obey the traffic rules and regulations to maintain safer roads during and after the Yuletide period,” Igwe advised.
On the extortion of money by officers, he urged them to steer clear of the act and noted that the Corps was one the agencies in the country that has zero tolerance for corruption.
In his remarks, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Chairman, Traditional Rulers Council in Bayelsa commended FRSC in the state and urged it to keep the flag flying.
Other security agencies present were the Navy, Immigration, Air Force, Civil Defence among others.

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Land grabbing: Lagos handling 3,000 cases, arrests 200

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Muritala Ayinla

The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) has said that the state is currently handling over 3000 cases and has arrested over 200 persons in connection with land grabbing cases.

According to him, since the enactment of the Lagos State Property Protection Law, 2016 and the establishment of the Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers, a total of 3600 petitions have been received by the taskforce on land grabbing.

Speaking on the activities of the ministry, the Onigbanjo, who confirmed that the cases of land grabbing were still rampart in the state, said that efforts were being made to curtail their notorious activities. He added that about 500 of these petitions have been concluded.

He said: “I make bold to say that the nefarious and notorious activities of Land Grabbers have been gradually curtailed in Lagos State. Yes, there are still pockets of reports of illegal activities of land grabbers across the State. We are not unaware of the havoc and unrest caused by these land grabbers particularly in developing areas of Ibeju-Lekki, Ajah, Ikorodu, Ipaja, Badagry amongst others but this, when compared to what obtains before the enactment of the property protection law and establishment of the taskforce has shown that the implementation of the law through the taskforce is yielding the desired results,” he said.

Harping on the Office of the Public Defender OPD, he said that the agency has been able to handle 1,636 cases, 600 petitions out of which 245 have been concluded, 141 judgements obtained, over 30 children rescued and total compensation of N8,103,567.09 was received on behalf of clients.

“Similarly PAC – Public Advisory Centre, received monetary claims of N3,684.666 on behalf of claimants whilst the Directorate of Citizen’s Rights instituted cases in the National Industrial Court where seven claimants were awarded N21, 352,319 as terminal benefits from their various organisations,” the AG said.

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EFCC re-arraigns Ikuforiji, aide for N673m fraud

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EFCC re-arraigns Ikuforiji, aide for N673m fraud

Akeem Nafiu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, for alleged laundering of N673 million at a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The duo were re-arraigned Wednesday on a 54-count charge bordering on the alleged offence before Justice Mohammed Liman.

Upon the reading of the charge to them, they, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts. Afterwards, EFCC’s lawyer, E.E. Iheanacho, sought for a trial date and asked that the defendants be remanded in prison.

Responding to the lawyer’s request, Justice Liman said it will be inappropriate for him to order the prison remand of the defendants because they have already been granted bail by the former judge who handled the matter.

“The defendants will not be remanded in prison because they were already on bail. The case was only previously aborted due to the filing of no case submissions by the defendants.The court only need to be sure their sureties are still available,” Justice Liman said.

Upon the agreement of parties, the judge adjourned the matter to February 5, 2020, for commencement of trial. He also ordered the defence to produce evidence showing the willingness of the defendants’ sureties to continue to stand for them within two weeks failure which a warrant of arrest might be issued against the defendants.

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I didn’t kill PDP Women Leader, says suspect

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r Ocholi Edicha, one of the alleged killers of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Women Leader, Mrs Salome Abuh, has denied the allegation.

 

Beside, police also presented five other men, allegedly linked to the killing and burning to ashes of the late woman  leads in her house at Aji-Obala, Ofu Local Government Area. The five suspects, however, insisted they were armed robbers, not killers.

 

Late Abuh was on 18th of November, burnt to death at her Ochadamu resident in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari, said police operatives attached to Ofu Police Division in collaboration with local vigilante members, arrested Edicha, Adamu Haruna, Onu Egbunu, Musa Alidu, Attai Haruna Egwu and Attah Eheh.

 

According to Busari, Edicha during interrogation confessed that he led the gang that burnt the house of elder Simon Abuh, husband to late Abuh at Achejuigu in Ochadamu.

The police boss noted that there was a misunderstanding between Awolu Zekeri and Gowon Simeon, both of Achadamu. In the process, Simeon stabbed Zekeri with a knife on his lap and he died on the way to hospital.

 

Busari further noted: “Angry youths in the area mobilised to the house of elder Simon Abuh, who is an uncle to the suspect, Simeon, and set the house ablaze, thereby burning the victim to death.”

The CP, while condemning the killing of Abuh and Zekeri, calls for calm and assures members of the public, that all the perpetrators will not go unpunished. Efforts are still on to arrest those that participated in the burning the woman.

Meanwhile, Edicha, while responding to questions from journalists, denied being part of those that set the deceased’s house on fire, thereby burning her alive.

 

Edicha told journalists that the attack was carried out by youths from Ejule in the same Ofu Local Government Area. Edicha explained that he had an issue with Abuh during the gubernatorial election in Kogi State, but distanced himself from her murder.

He also exonerated the five suspects alleged with him in the crime, insisting that they were not part of those that burnt the house. The five suspects, however, confessed that police arrested them for armed robbery and not for the murder of Abuh. 

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Vice Principal, two others in EFCC net over exam malpractice

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he Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three persons, including a Vice-Principal, for allegedly collecting money from students participating in the on-going National Examination Council (NECO) at Government Day Secondary School, Ote in Eiye-Nkorin Area of Kwara State.

 

The suspects are the Vice- Principal of the school, Issa Abdulrahman, a teacher, Usman Lanre Kayode and a supervisor of the examination in the centre, Saka Isiaka.

 

The Commission received an intelligence report that the school management and supervisor of the centre were extorting money from the students writing NECO in order to assist them in the examination.

It was further gathered that the principal of the school allegedly used to separate the students during the examination. He allegedly used to place students that paid money in a classroom, and those that didn’t in another.

Trouble started after an operative of the Commission, who dressed in a casual manner on 6th of December, pretending to be a passer-by, spied what was going on.

 

An iPad containing answers to all the questions was recovered from the suspects.  The suspects, according to the EFCC, would soon be charged to court.

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Yuletide: Lagos to go after firecrackers dealers, users

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he Lagos State Government, yesterday, said that selling and usage of firecrackers in the state remain prohibited.

The government also insisted that anyone, caught selling, using or importing the items into the state, would be dealt with according to the law.

The government said that tragedy-free Yuletide was possible if all residents in the state were safety conscious and cooperate with the government.

 

Speaking at the security sensitisation of residents on Safety of Lagosians, held at the Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji, said that tragedy resulting from explosion, inferno or other related disasters could be averted, if parents warn their children to desist from the use of firecrackers and focus on other means of celebrating the Yuletide.

 

The SSG, who also appealed to residents to embrace community policing by watching over happenings in their environments, said that the police alone could not ensure the security of lives and property unless residents join hands with them.

Jaji, who represented the state Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the event, said community policing remains key to ensuring peace in the communities.

 

She added: “Community policing is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s all feel concern about the safety of our neighbours. That’s the whole essence of community policing, which is to ensure safety of everyone. The Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is passionate about the issue of safety of the residents, and the security of lives and property is one of the cardinal points in the T.H.E.M.E.S.”

 

The secretary to the local government, Hon. Ayo Jeje, appealed to residents to always relay useful information on strange happenings in their domains to the police or the authority in order to ensure safety of the residents.

Lamenting on the danger of firecrackers, the All Progressive Congress Deputy Chairman, Prince Sunmonu Kamoru, said that residents had greater roles to play in the enforcement of the ban of firecrackers.

According to him, ‘’The best we can do is to discourage our neighbours from selling firecrackers. If they sell, certainly our children will buy from them, and they will use it in the community. So, let’s everyone discourage the sale of the items.”

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Gunmen kidnap two expatriates, six Nigerians

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he Niger State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed abduction of two expatriates, a Nigerian staff of Triacta Construction Company and five others in Galadima Kogo Village of Erena in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

The construction workers were handling construction work on the 52 kilometers roads from Erena Town to Kaure Village, a border town between Niger and Kaduna states, cutting across over 200 villages.

 

The contract for the road was awarded by a Senator, who,represented Niger East Senatorial District, Senator David Umaru in 2018. He has continued with the work despite his exit from the red chamber.

 

The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adamu Usman, who confirmed the abduction in Minna yesterday, explained that the gunmen wore camouflage and stormed the village in 20 motorcycles.

Usman said the incident occurred on Monday at about 12:45p.m. along Shiroro-Galadima road.

 

He said:“The victims were seized by the gunmen who came through Kaduna State on motorcycles, ambushed them along the road they were constructing and took them into the bush. They overpowered the policemen on duty and left with the victims on motorcycles.”

He disclosed that the Police had had already launched a manhunt to track the attackers in order to rescue the hostages.

Usman went on: “We have since deployed Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and Special Technical Squad as well as Anti-Kidnapping Squad to identified areas with a view to rescuing the victims unhurt. We have also reached out to the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police. We are doing everything humanly possible to rescue the victims unhurt.”

 

 

He appealed to rural communities to report to the nearest security agencies any person or group of people with questionable character for prompt security responses.

The chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area, Mallam Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, said the bandits invaded the community in the early hours of Monday and kidnapped the workers.

According to him, several communities in the local government were under siege by bandits. He called on the state government to as a matter of urgency, deploy security agencies to rescue those kidnapped.

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Ondo Commissioner, Owolabi, others to receive NIPR Gold Award

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he Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) is set to honour the Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi at its Annual Presidential Dinner and Awards.

Olowolabi, alongside others, who will be conferred with the institute’s Gold Award, is being recognized for his immense and significant contribution to the practice of public relations in the country.

 

According to the Principal Assistant Registrar of NIPR, Mr. Kayode Yeku, who emphasised that the event which will come up on 12th December, 2019 at Sheraton Hotels, Lagos, will be another avenue to celebrate members of the institute who were described as ‘stars’ for soaring high as public relations experts.

 

Yeku said: “The Annual Presidential Dinner and Awards is the premier event of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations held to celebrate excellence in Public Relations practice. The highlight of this year’s event will be the celebration of our Stars – our members who have attained enviable heights in their profession. The event also serves as a great networking platform as it would attract the creme-de-la-creme in the industry. On behalf of the President and Chairman Council of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, you (Olowolabi) have been found worthy of the conferment of the NIPR Gold Award in recognition of your significant contributions to the public relations practice.

 

Olowolabi, a PR guru had served as Commissioner for Information in Ondo State as well as the Chief Press Secretary to former Ondo State Governor, late Olusegun Agagu.

 

The NIPR, which was established in 1963 is the body charged with the responsibility of determining the standard of knowledge and skills needed to be attained by persons seeking to become registered members of the public relations profession.

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Church holds Jesus Mega Party in Lekki

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n commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ this festive season, the Father’s House Bible Church, is set to hold a drama, praise and worship concert tagged, ‘Jesus Mega Party’ in Jakande, Lekki area of Lagos State between December 10 and 12.

 

Speaking with journalists on activities lined up for the concert, Senior Pastor of the Church, Dr Richmond Leigh, said an epic drama,  ‘ The Nativity’, which features over 200 cast would be staged to re-enact the birth of the Lord Jesus.

According to Leigh, the three-day concert is aimed at presenting the biblical significance of the birth of Jesus Christ to all and sundry regardless of religious affiliation.

 

The cleric, who addressed the news parley alongside Pastors Lekan Jenyo and Tony Kadiri, said adequate plans have been put in place to secure participants coming for the concert, adding that Nigeria needs religious harmony to ensure mutual coexistence.

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