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Kidnapped siblings from Abia rescued in Anambra, Delta

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Kidnapped siblings from Abia rescued in Anambra, Delta

Three siblings, Gideon, Divine, and Israel, who were abducted from Ama Ime in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State on May 10, 2024, have been safely reunited with their family.

Governor Alex Otti welcomed them at his residence in Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South LGA.

Their rescue was a coordinated effort by security agencies, with significant involvement from the Abia State government, which led to their recovery in Anambra and Delta states.

During the reception, Governor Otti expressed gratitude to God and praised everyone involved in the rescue mission.

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He also emphasized the importance of vigilance in ensuring children’s safety and called on the security operatives to ensure that those responsible for the kidnapping are prosecuted to deter future incidents.

Governor Otti assured the community of his administration’s support for the rescued children. He highlighted his ongoing engagement with the Nigerian Armed Forces to maintain robust security in Abia and bolster economic activities.

“I have made it clear to criminals that they have no place in Abia,” Otti declared. “One of us must leave, and it won’t be me, as I have the mandate of the people and God. The criminals will be the ones to flee, even before being pursued.”

Osinachi Nwaka, Chairman of Ikwuano LGA, detailed the rescue operations, revealing that the mission unfolded in three stages, with him personally leading the first operation in Ekwulobia, Anambra State.

Kidnapped siblings from Abia rescued in Anambra, Delta

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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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