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Just In: Plateau State monarch’s abductors demand N50m ransom

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Simon Lalong

The abductors of Pyem paramount ruler, in Plateau State, Charles Mato Dakat, have demanded N50million ransom to free the monarch.

A source in the traditional council, who pleaded not to be named, said the abductors spoke with some members through the monarch’s phone.

“We were able to communicate with them. It was the paramount ruler who first called and spoke to us.

“Thereafter, the abductors talked to us using the paramount ruler’s telephone.

“They told us that the paramount ruler is being treated well and is okay, and that they don’t have the intention of harming him.

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“They said all they were demanding is the sum of N50million for his release. That is all I can tell you for now.”

The source said the conversation did not last more than five minutes.

“They also called on Tuesday, where the family negotiated the ransom to N30million, with a promise to get back.

“As I speak, we are still waiting to hear from them,” the source said.

The paramount ruler was abducted from his Palace in the earlier hours of Boxing Day, December 26, 2021 by suspected gunmen.

The Plateau State Government is yet to comment on the issue.

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Insecurity: Amotekun’ll be armed, backed by law — Akeredolu

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GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, yesterday, insisted that state security outfits in the country, backed by law must have access to sophisticated weapons to combat insecurity.

Akeredolu said this during the Passing-Out Parade of Courses 3 and 4 of the State Amotekun Corps in Akure.

His words: “State Security outfits backed by law whether in Western Nigeria, Katsina, Borno, Benue or any Northern state must have access to the same sophisticated weapons that the marauders have. Anything else is a contradiction in terms.

“It is evident that the current internal security framework in the country is ineffectual. The response of the subnationals by setting up their outfits is welcome, necessary, and has become indispensable.

“Everyone must be given the same access to outgun the criminals. Without uniformity nationwide, the threat to the cohesion of the state will continue.

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“The fight back against marauders committing crimes against humanity must allow subnational and regional authorities to have the tools, the most sophisticated weapons available which the marauders already have in abundance.

“Without providing the sub-national security forces to be a counter-balancing force we have a crisis which strikes at the heart of the conception and the definition of the state itself.”

Speaking on the training, the Ondo State governor said: “Those passing out have undergone rigorous training at great expense to the state. The training will not end here it will be continuous.

“However, no amount of training will mask the debilitation of fighting with one arm tied against implacable foes.

“Amotekun must, therefore, be armed and will be armed and be backed by law. Otherwise, the training will be inadequate and we will be placing the lives of these great patriots in danger.

“The key guiding principles which you must adhere to at all times include Spartan discipline, zero-tolerance to bribery and abuse of power, prompt response to distress calls and display of professionalism in the discharge of your duties. No form of misconduct shall be tolerated.”

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Lekki-Epe Expressway: Govt promises speedy work, warns against one-way driving

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Lagos State Government has warned motorists plying Lekki- Epe expressway against driving against the traffic, just as it promises speedy completion of the ongoing rehabilitation and construction of the road.

Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stated this after an inspection of the phase two of the project from Epe junction to Eleko.

He sought the cooperation of residents and motorists during the project and promised speedy completion of the second phase of the road project, which is about 16 kilometres.

“You will recollect that about two years ago, January 2020, the construction work on the road began after Mr. Governor’s flag off ceremony. The phase 1 which is about 18.5 kilometres was practically 95 per cent completed within the space of one and half years. All the street light poles have arrived and will be fixed very soon.

“Anybody coming from Epe junction down to Eleko will see the whole road transformed. The second phase starts from Eleko to Abraham Adesanya. As we go towards Lagos, the road gets busy, so the methodology we are going to use for this one will be different from the phase 1.

“We have decided to address Awoyaya to Eleko, but in doing this, certain areas are flat. So, we need to raise the road. The reason motorists are having difficulty moving is largely as a result of failure to comply with road signs.

“On my way to this inspection, I saw a lot of people driving one way while some were trying to overtake at a construction zone. This is a bad attitude and our people need to change. We appreciate the traffic management team but they need to do more.

“In this stretch of 16 kilometres from Eleko to Abraham Adesanya, we will have enough discharge points so that this road will last longer. We are having some setbacks due to rainy season but major work will commence by October.

“It is a mechanized process, the contractors have enough equipment and they are well mobilised. They will deliver a kilometre every month. They have demonstrated it before, it is about performance. They have delivered 18 kilometres in 18 months. These 16 kilometres stretch won’t be a big deal.”

On the durability of the road, Aramide said that they are aware of the kind of investment going on around Lekki-Epe axis, and the road is being constructed in such a way that it will stand the test of time.

“We have thought of investment coming to this area, and that is why the kind of pavement here is not the usual flexible one you will find anywhere. We also have provision for weight bridge, so that vehicle on this corridor will know that there is control.”

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Bandits Threaten To Kill Baby, Give Family 48hrs To Pay N50m Ransom

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The bandits who kidnapped three sisters in Kaduna, including a pregnant housewife that gave birth in captivity, have threatened to kill the hostages, including the newborn baby if the family fails to pay N50m ransom within two days.

The three sisters were kidnapped on July 17, 2022, at their family house in the Mando area of the state where they were taking care of their sick mother.

The family of the captives disclosed that they have been able to raise N6.5m out of the ransom demanded.

The victim’s brother, Kabir Yusuf, while speaking with journalists in Kaduna, on behalf of the family, appealed to the government and good-spirited Nigerians to come to their aid, saying, “We have only been able to raise N6.5m, which was rejected by the bandits.

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“I begged my sister’s abductors and told them we have sold everything we have to raise N6.5m, but, they (bandits) rejected it. My sisters lamented to me on Sunday that they were being mistreated, and that the bandit commander wants to leave the camp and may not return until after a while, so we should talk to them. But I told them that we have sold everything we have but what we raised is not tangible and we don’t have anything to sell again. They started crying and I broke down weeping too.

“Now, the disturbing development is that, on Sunday, I pleaded with them to release my sisters and the new baby, that we have only been able to raise N6.5m, but they started insulting me and told me that if we do not bring N50m in the next two days, they will kill my sisters and the new baby.

“We are appealing to the Federal Government, Kaduna state government, charity organisations, philanthropists and well-spirited individuals to assist us in securing their release. We do not want anything to happen to them. If anything happens to them, only God knows what effect it would have on our mother, who is now in a wheelchair because of their abduction.”

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