The victims of last week’s kidnap in Ondo State have narrated how their driver and bad road led to their abduction.
The victims, who were travelling from Abuja to Lagos in an 18-seater passenger bus, were kidnapped at about 6:30pm.
Three of them: Benjamin Ojoga, Omolara Fajana and Faith Sunday, who were rescued by operatives of the South West security outfit, Amotekun, shared their ordeals with newsmen on Saturday as they were being handed over to their families.
At their handing over to their families on Saturday at the headquarters of Amotekun in Alagbaka area of Akure, the Ondo State capital, the victims said their kidnapper struck when they came down at a bad portion of the road at Ifira-Akoko, while their driver zoomed off as he heard the gunshots of their abductors.
Ojoga said: “It was after the gunshots that the driver of the bus zoomed off, which gave the kidnappers the opportunity to abduct us.
“I got the injury from the beating the kidnappers gave me.
“They were saying that I’m a force man and I told them I’m not.
“But they didn’t believe me.”
Fajana said: “On that very day, we were coming from Abuja and heading to Lagos.
“Shortly after leaving Ibilo, our bus got stuck on the bad portion.
“After spending about three to four hours getting the bus out, we continued the journey.
“On getting to Ifira-Akoko, we met another bad portion and the driver told us to come down so that the bus will be lighter and to enable it to move easily.
“Immediately we came down from the bus, we heard gunshots and everybody became jittery.
“At that moment, the bus zoomed off and the gunmen were able to pick four of us.
“One of us, an old woman who was limping was allowed to go, but they collected her phone.
“The incident happened around 6:30pm.
“Then they made us walk for about three hours inside the bush.
“The kidnappers were speaking pidgin English and they looked like herdsmen.”
The State Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said operatives of the state security outfit had been drafted into the forest in order to apprehend the kidnappers.
Adeleye said: “After we were able to secure the release of the first nine, Amotekun operatives still continued to comb the forest, which is so massive.
“It is the same forest that extends to some parts of Kogi State.
“We started tracing them and once they started maintaining contact with the victim’s families, we also commenced tracking up to the point we now gave them a very hot chase and we were able to secure their release.
“For now, we have not made any arrest, but we are tracking and working on them.
“We are actually working on the situation alongside the DSS (Department of State Services), Police.
“It is a synergy of all security agencies.
“We are just taking the lead.”
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Abuja Lady Who Staged Own Kidnap Has Mental Disorder- Police
The officer of Legal Matters of the FCT police command, Mr James Idachaba, has said that Ameerah Safiyan, the therapist who ”stage managed” her kidnap had mental health challenge.
He said this had occurred before.
Idachaba stated this on Wednesday, after Magistrate Chukwuemeka Nweke, delivered a ruling following a guilty plea Safiyan entered.
”She was discharged by the court going by the medical report carried out in a police medical institution. It was revealed that she had some form of mental health disorder which prompted her behaviour to allege her kidnap.
”At the end of the 12-month probation period, she will be finally cleared, but that if it is discovered during the period she disregarded any of the conditions, the court could extend the probation period or sentence her to a jail term,” he said
The court had earlier discharged her on certain conditions after she was charged on a count charge of giving false information with intent to mislead public servants.
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After her admission of guilt, the court had attached three conditions to her discharge.
The court ruled that she must be on probation for 12 calendar months, released her to one surety, her father who must enter into a bond to ensure that Safiyan is of good behaviour.
The court in addition ruled that she must be under the supervision of a probation officer, DCP. Hauwa Ibrahim who will monitor her welfare and mental well-being.
The court further directed that she must report once a month its office for her assessment in order to be sure that she continued to maintain good conduct and that her mental state was properly taken care of by the family.
The 23-year-old therapist, a resident of Apo Resettlement, Abuja had on June 14 via her Twitter handle and WhatsApp platform alleged and claimed to have been abducted with 17 others by gunmen wearing police uniform.
The police however, through its Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Headquarters, in a statement, denied involvement of its officers in the alleged abduction for a ransom.
The police also stated that Safiyan was found somewhere in Lagos and that she had cooked up the kidnap story.
On June 20, she apologised to the public for misleading them to believe her kidnap story.
She made the apology via a tweet where she stated that everything she had said in her previous tweet which stirred uproar was just a result of her own delusion and negative thinking.
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Senate President Ahmad Lawan disclosed this on Wednesday after the Red Chamber emerged from a closed-door session, which lasted for about an hour.
Lawan said the delegation, which comprised of members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, will leave for London on Friday.
The Senate President said the decision to wade into Ekweremadu’s arrest and detention was against the backdrop of a briefing received by the Nigerian High Commissioner to London.
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A Federal High Court, in Abuja, has refused to grant a motion, seeking an order compelling Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting Bola Tinubu as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
Similarly, the court declined to grant the prayer, asking INEC from recognising Atiku Abubakar as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate for the next year’s poll.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling Tuesday, instead ordered the plaintiffs; Incorporated Trustees of Rights for All International (RAI) and Northern Nigerian Youth Democrats (NNYD) to put all the defendants on notice.
Justice Ekwo, who refused to grant prayers one, two and three in the ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/942/2022 which was dated and filed June 22 by the plaintiffs’ counsel, Kingdom Okere, however granted prayers four, five and six.
The judge further ordered the lawyer to effect service of the court papers on the defendants within seven days of the order and adjourned until July 14 for further mention.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that RAI and NNYD, through their lawyer, had filed the motion seeking for six orders.
Listed as defendants in the application include the APC, PDP, Tinubu, Atiku, Nyesom Wike, Bukola Saraki, Anyim Pius Anyim, Bala Mohammed, Udom Emmanuel, Terella Diana, Dele Momodu, Ayo Fayose, Charles Ugwu and Chikwendu Kalu as 1st to 14th defendants respectively.
Others are Sam Ohuabunwa, Chukwuemeka Nwajuba, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Ahmad Yerima, Rochas Okorocha, Tein Jack-Rich, Ben Ayade, David Umahi, Dr Ahmad Lawal, Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Yahaya Bello, Ogbonnaya Onu, Chief Ikeobasi Mokelu, INEC and EFCC as 15th to 30th respectively.
Among the orders the court declined include “an order restraining, prohibiting and barring the 29th defendant (INEC) from accepting the nomination of the 3rd and 4th defendants (Tinubu and Atiku) as the presidential candidates of the 1st and 2nd defendants (APC and PDP) for the 2023 presidential election pending the hearing of the motion on notice or as may otherwise be directed by the Hon. Court.
“An order directing all parties in this suit to maintain status quo which existed before the suit pending as may otherwise be directed by this Hon. Court.
“An directing speedy hearing/fast-tracking of this suit and abridging the time within which the plaintiffs and defendants may file their respective defence/responses in this suit to five days from the date of granting this application.”
But the court granted an order of substituted service on Tinubu, Atiku, Wike, Saraki, Nwajuba, Bakare, Yarima, Okorocha, Jack-Rich, among others.
It also granted an order of substituted service on all the defendants through a publication of only the originating summons in a national daily.
Okere, who gave seven grounds why the orders should be granted, said the “suit is a public interest suit that seeks to promote constitutional democracy, rule of law, the Federal Character Principle and principles of equity, justice and fairness in holding the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” among others.
In the originating summons, the lawyer wants the court to determine “whether having regard to the clear, unambiguous and express provisions, spirit and tenor of ARTICLES 11 (A) (I), 12 (1) AND 13 (1) of the Constitution of the APC, 2014 (as amended), the special national convention of the 1st defendant held on the June 6 and June 7 was properly constituted as regards the composition of delegates who should attend and vote at the said convention.
“Whether having regard to the clear, unambiguous and express provisions, spirit and tenor of Section 33 (1) AND (5) (C) of the Constitution of the PDP, 2017, (as amended), the special national convention of the 2nd defendant held on the May 28 and May 29 was properly constituted as regards the composition of delegates who should attend and vote at the said convention,” among others. NAN/EAGLE
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