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Abducted Akwa Ibom school principal regains freedom

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Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, ASP Timfon John

Abducted Akwa Ibom school principal regains freedom

Akparawa Ezekiel Paul, the retired school principal, that was abducted in Akwa Ibom, has been released by his captors.

Paul was kidnapped in his home at Ikot Abasi Akpan, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the State about a week ago.

The state police spokesman, ASP Timfon John, confirmed the release of Paul to newsmen.

He said the man regained freedom unhurt and has been reunited with his family.

Elder brother to the victim and Arch-Bishop of the African Church Nigeria, Augustine Paul Akpan, who also confirmed the development, said he was released on Saturday morning by the kidnappers.

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“We will be taking him to the hospital for rest and treatment. We thank the police for their efforts and all those who have prayed with us throughout the difficult period for his safe release,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police said the kingpin of the kidnap syndicate, nicknamed, “Taller” and other gang members notorious for terrorizing the area have been arrested.

It was gathered that the gang have cells in Ikot Abasi Akpan, Ikot Obio Nso, Ndon Eyo and Ndon Utim and neighbouring villages along the Ekparakwa-Etinan highway where they hide victims till ransoms are paid before releasing them.

Meanwhile, it is not ascertained if the negotiated ransom of N20 million which the abductors reduced to N5 million was eventually paid to secure his release.

Abducted Akwa Ibom school principal regains freedom

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A’Court upholds sentence of Lagos traditional ruler who faked his abduction

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A’Court upholds sentence of Lagos traditional ruler who faked his abduction

The court of appeal in Lagos on Monday affirmed the conviction and sentencing of one Mutiu Ogundare, a traditional ruler.

Ogundare was Baale of Shangisha in the Magodo area of the state. He was dethroned in 2015 after staging his own abduction.

He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by a Lagos high court for the crime.

The dethroned monarch was said to have orchestrated his own abduction to forment trouble and cause a breach of public peace.

He was allegedly helped by his brother and wife.
Ogundare and Opeyemi Mohammed, his brother, were convicted on three counts bordering on conspiracy and fake abduction.

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However, the court discharged and acquitted his wife.

Dissatisfied with the judgment, the dethroned monarch approached the appeal court to challenge the decision of the Lagos high court

Delivering the verdict on Monday, Peter Bassi, the lead judge of the three-member panel of the appeal court, upheld the judgment of the trial court in counts one and two but overturned count three.

Bassi reduced the appellant’s sentence to 12 years from the 15 years handed down by the lower court.

In September 2017, Akinwunmi Ambode, then governor of Lagos, approved the deposition of Ogundare for faking his abduction.

The state government had said Ogundare confessed to security services that he staged the kidnapping to blackmail the state government.

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Ondo state police rescue kidnapped corps members

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Ondo state police rescue kidnapped corps members

The Ondo State Police Command has successfully rescued all the Corps members kidnapped by bandits along the Benin-Owo Expressway.

The incident occurred around 11 pm last Friday at Omi Alafa Village in Ifon, Ose LGA. About 15 kidnappers, armed with AK-47 rifles, intercepted a Sienna bus carrying the Corps members and other travellers, dragging the victims into the forest.

Tragically, the driver and one traveller seated in the front were shot dead by the bandits.

Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the release of the victims to Punch on Monday.

The PPRO said, “We have rescued all the victims, I will issue a press statement on the development shortly.”

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In another news Within Nigeria reported how Hashiru Marazu Baku, the gang leader suspected of killing a retired army general in Abuja, has been arrested by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command police operatives.

The arrest took place at the Chile Hotel in Kano State on Wednesday. FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth C. Igweh, announced the development on Monday while parading the suspects.

Igweh noted that a follow-up operation on July 19, 2024, led to the recovery of the late Brigadier General’s service pistol and two rounds of 9mm live ammunition in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, at about 2 am.

The police statement detailed the investigation, explaining that suspects had previously been arrested on June 23, 2024, for the murder of retired Brigadier General Uwen Harold at his residence on June 21, 2024, during which his service pistol and ammunition were stolen.

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Another Chibok girl rescued with two children

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Another Chibok girl rescued with two children

The joint task force in the Northeast, Operation Hadin Kai, has rescued another Chibok girl from Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

Theatre Commander, Maj General Waheed Shuaibu, made this known while handing her and her two children over to the Borno State Government at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri on Monday.

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According to him, Ehi Abdul, 27, was married to a notorious terrorist, Abu Dada who abandoned her in Gwoza in 2014 and fled to Senegal.

Ehi and her two children were rescued by sector one of Operation Hadin Kai in Sambisa forest during an operation.

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