3 men face trial for alleged abduction, robbery, impersonation

Three men, on Tuesday, appeared at a Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for impersonating as staff of the Department of State Services (DSS). The defendants, Offor Menam, Waziri Williams, and Victor Udoh, had pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, abduction and robbery. The Chief Magistrate, Omolola Akindele, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of one million, each with two sureties, each in like sum. Akindele also adjourned the case until Sept. 18 for hearing. The prosecutor, Fidelis Ogbobe, had told the court…

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Guard arrested for abduction of Lebanese boss

The Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele Police Headquarters, Ibadan, has arrested four men, alleged to be part of a kidnapping syndicate that abducted a Lebanese man in September. The four suspects have been identified as Monday Omubge (28), who is said to be the armourer of the gang, Mathew Egbulu (23), Samuel Agu (32), and Joseph Udoma (35). The suspects were among 42 suspected criminals arrested and paraded for various alleged crimes. Speaking on his involvement, Joseph Udoma said: “It was a friend of mine, Sunday, now at large, that…

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Abduction, a mere stunt – UNILAG mgt

The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has described as a mere stunt, the reported abduction of a student of the institution on Friday afternoon by some unknown men, saying those behind the action have been rounded up by campus security. In a telephone interview with Sunday Telegraph, the university’s Deputy Registrar (Information), Mr. Oluwatoyin Adebule, who had on Friday confirmed the development, said further investigations had revealed that the alleged ‘abductors’ were students of the institution, who only wanted to pull a stunt. He said after making…

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Abduction, a mere stunt – UNILAG management

Says perpetrators already arrested  The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has described as a mere stunt, the reported abduction of a student of the institution on Friday afternoon by some unknown men, saying those behind the action have been rounded up by campus security. In a telephone interview with New Telegraph, the university’s Deputy Registrar (Information), Mr. Oluwatoyin Adebule, who had on Friday confirmed the development, said further investigations had revealed that the alleged ‘abductors’ were students of the institution, who only wanted to pull a stunt.…

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Gunmen abduct Ondo monarch

Armed men believed to be kidnappers have abducted the Oluyani of Iyani, Oba Joel Daodu, in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Owo- Ikare road in Ondo North senatorial district of Ondo State. Oba Daodu was on his way from Oba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area when he ran into the kidnappers. The Owo-Ikare and Akure-Owo routes have become notorious for kidnapping and armed robbery incidents in the recent past. The former Regent of Akungba, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon, Chief Olu…

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Akure monarch kidnapped

  A traditional ruler, Oba Joel Daodu was at the weekend abducted by suspected kidnappers along Owo/Ikare road in Ondo North senatorial district of Ondo State. Oba Daodu, the Olu of Itaoniyan in Akure South Local Government Area of the state was on his way from Oba-Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of the state when he ran into the hands of the suspected kidnappers. The Owo/Ikare and Akure/Owo routes have been notorious for the kidnapping and armed robbery incidences in the recent past. The former Regent of Akungba,…

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KIDNAPPING: ‘Big business’ that took over from armed robbery

Kidnapping began some years back with the agitation in the Niger Delta region for resource control. Overtime it assumed an alarming dimension with schools becoming targets and pupils taken away for ransom. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at this disturbing menace that has seen many Nigerians lose millions to abductors   Ikorodu, the aquatic neighbourhood in the ‘centre of excellence’, has been in the news lately, though for the wrong reasons. It is gradually but steadily becoming kidnappers’ den. But, before this new dimension to criminality, armed robbers had…

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Sanusi: We created room for Boko Haram, Chibok tragedy

•‘My father could dump throne if…’ •Buhari has failed abducted girls, Nigeria –BBOG   Emir of Kano, His Highness Muhammad Sanusi (II) has tasked the political elite and religious leaders in northern Nigeria to take responsibility for the menace of Boko Haram and the accompanying tragedy of the abduction of the Chibok girls. He noted that these incidents were made possible by the kind of society created over the years by the people of the region. Sanusi’s remarks came at a ceremony to mark the three years anniversary of the…

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Seven herdsmen bag life imprisonment

Falae: I didn’t suffer in vain We are studying judgement –Counsel Herders kill mother of seven, other in Benue   An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure yesterday sentenced seven herdsmen to life imprisonment for kidnapping Chief Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). The seven convicted persons are Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed, Idris Lawal, Abdulkadir Umar and Babawuro Kato. Falae was kidnapped on September 21, 2015 when the herdsmen allegedly invaded his farm in Ilado in Akure North Local…

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Sanusi to BBOG: ‘Broaden your campaign to include all young victims of insurgency’

    The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has  urged the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement to broaden their campaign to include all young victims of insurgency in Nigeria. Sanusi made the call in Abuja on Friday at the inaugural annual lecture to mark third anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok Girls with theme: ‘Where goes our girl-child, our nation goes.’ According to him,   BBOG should always endeavour to draw attention of the Federal Government and other stakeholders  to the plight  of girls and women in…

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