Jonathan to FG: Set up Special Force to fight terrorism, kidnapping

Babatope Okeowo, Akure Former President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday asked the Federal Government to set up a special task force to handle the issue of terrorism and kidnapping ravaging different parts of the country. Jonathan, who was in Akure, the Ondo State capital to commiserate with Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti on the gruesome killing of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunri by suspected Fulani herdsmen, also said the Federal Government should implement the 2014 National Conference report especially the areas that deal with the issue of security in the country. This…

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NIGERIAN HIGHWAYS: DEN OF KIDNAPPERS

Nigeria’s highway is giving many sleepless nights as kidnappings and deaths are gradually but steadily becoming the order of the day. ISIOMA MADIKE, who has been following this ugly trend, reports     On May 5, a trailer-load of gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked travellers on the Ilesha-Ife Expressway. It was gathered that the trailer conveying the attackers suddenly stopped in the middle of the highway at Ikoyi town in Osun State about 6.45pm, while the gunmen disembarked and started shooting at everyone in sight. The Public Relations Officer…

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Insecurity: You’ve failed, PDP tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has attributed the growing insecurity in the country to anger, frustration and disenchantment of Nigerian youths in the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government. The party also noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s “kidnapping as a business” comment was a direct admission of his failure in governance. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said that the explanation confirmed that President Buhari is aware that Nigerian youths did not vote for him in the February 23 presidential election.…

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Alleged kidnapping: Court remands 5 men pending DPP advice

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Monday, ordered that five men, who allegedly kidnapped two women and robbed them of their valuables be remanded in Kirikiri Prison, pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Chief Magistrate, Mrs M. I. Dan-Oni, who gave the order, adjourned the case until Feb. 25. The defendants — Elu Kenneth, 46; David Obioha, 29; Gift Ogbuji, 23; Lawrence Ndubuisi, 30 and Ugo Obu, 31, reside in Igando area of Lagos State. They are facing a five-count charge bordering on…

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Stop using social media to spread fake news about kidnapping incidents – Police warn

The Police Command in Enugu State has warned residents of the state against using social media to spread fake news about kidnapping in the state. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, gave the warning in a statement in Enugu on Tuesday. Amaraizu said that the command had started investigating such fake online posts in collaboration with telecommunication service providers to track the mischief-makers. “The attention of the command has been drawn to some online tweets and postings in the new media (social media), undermining…

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Woman docked for allegedly kidnapping, selling minor

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The Police on Monday arraigned 48-years-old Akwaja Adaeze, in Wuse Zone 6 Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, for allegedly kidnapping a minor and selling him off for N650,000. The defendant, who is a trader and resides in Imo, had pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping leveled against her. The prosecutor, Mr Fedelix Egwube, told the court that the Police Command in Imo had arrested one Pricilia Egole with a child suspected to have been abducted. Egwube said that during police investigations it was revealed that…

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Niger Insurance: Operational challenges slash profit

Niger Insurance Plc, like its peers, is grappling with reduced premium growth due to challenging operating environment. Chris Ugwu writes     Despite the recapitalisation of insurance firms in 2007, the sector has continued to struggle with challenges such as dearth of appropriate human capital and professional skills, poor returns on investment, existence of too many fringe players and poor asset quality. Other challenges include prominence of unethical practices, significant corporate governance issues, insurance premium flight, poor business infrastructural facilities, especially in the area of ICT and lack of innovation…

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Kidnapping: Lagos spends N3.6bn on security in schools

   …says 11,895 private schools unapproved   Lagos State Government yesterday said that it has spent over N3.6bn on provision of security infrastructural facilities and perimeter fence construction of Model College Igbonla, other model colleges and schools in the state to prevent kidnapping and other security breaches in the schools. This was even as the government said about 11,895 private schools in the state were operating illegally, saying the number of approved schools stood at 5,105. Briefing journalists on the achievement of the state’s Ministry of Education in the last…

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2 men face trial over alleged kidnapping, gunpoint robbery

Two unemployed men — Douglas Eze and Vincent Uchenna — who allegedly kidnapped a man and robbed him of N3, 000 at gunpoint, were on Monday remanded in prison on the orders of an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The Chief Magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, who gave the ruling, said the duo should remain in Kirikiri Prisons pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). He directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the DPP. Eze, 26, is a resident of No.…

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Gunmen abduct lawyer in Edo

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have again abducted a Benin based lawyer identified as Barr. G.C Igbokwe in Benin, the Edo state capital.     Barr. Igbokwe is the Chairman, Benin Law Week Organising Committee of the Nigeria Bar Association.   He was abducted on Monday evening near Okhuaihe village along Benin-Aghoro-Onitsha express road.   The victim was said to be on his way to Enugu when he was abducted.   The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Moses Nkomba, when contacted yesterday confirmed the incident but described it as a very sad…

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