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Kidnappers kill driver, abduct journalist, others

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed a Bayelsa State-based transporter’s driver and abducted the Guardian Newspaper’s correspondent in the state, Mr Julius Osahon, and other passengers.

The incident occurred on Sunday night at Evwreni community near Ughelli in Delta State.

The suspected kidnappers reportedly shot at the commercial bus conveying Osahon and other passengers,  killing an unnamed driver of Sunny Eru Motors instantly.

After capturing Osahon and other passengers, the gunmen  forcibly took them into a forest near Ughelli where they robbed them of money and other valuables before taking them to their den.

Some ladies, who were on board the ill-fated vehicle, were said to have been let off the hook while the men were held hostage and given the beating of their lives.

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One of the ladies, who was released by the kidnappers, came to Osahon’s residence in Yenagoa, the state capital, to confirm that the Guardian journalist was one of the victims of the abduction.

Our correspondent, who spoke with Osahon’s wife, Grace, was informed that the kidnappers had reached out to her.

Osahon’s wife said the kidnappers demanded a ransom of N5m, warning that if the family failed to pay the ransom quickly, Osahon would be killed.

The Bayelsa State government, through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ayibaina Duba,  has expressed shock over the abduction of Osahon, saying that the government would collaborate with the relevant agencies to ensure the release of the victims.

A Warri-based lawyer, Mr. Lucky Egboyi, who narrowly escaped the kidnappers, told reporters in Warri that they ran into herdsmen on the road.

He said the bus driver was shot in the head, while the passengers abducted may have been up to 18.

Delta State police spokesman Bright Edafe confirmed the incident to The Nation yesterday.

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Aminu Adamu Mohammed apologises to Aisha Buhari, in new tweet

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Aminu Adamu Mohammed, a final year university student who just released from detention over his criticism of wife of the President Aisha Buhari has tweeted an apology to the First Lady.

“I would like to use this medium to express my sincere apologies to those I’ve hurt especially our mother, Aisha Buhari, it was never my intention to hurt your feelings and insha Allah I will change for the better. However, I’m also grateful for your forgiveness, thank u mama,” he stated in his latest tweet.

The Department of State Services (DSS), otherwise called the State Security Services, has locked up a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, over a social media post deemed defamatory against Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

According to Peoples Gazette, the student, Aminu Adamu Muhammed, had in June 2022 posted on Twitter that Mrs Buhari had suddenly added massive weight after taking part in plundering the nation’s meagre resources as the masses endured hardship under her husband’s brutal regime.

In the June 8, 2022, tweet, Muhammed chastised the First Lady in Hausa, stating in a tweet, “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi”, which could be translated as “The mother has got fatter by eating masses’ money.”

Muhammed’s friends said he made the post because he was frustrated about the prolonged strike by universities across the country.

The strike, which started in February 2022, ended in October after eight months of idleness.

Police detectives had arrested the young man, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, over the social media post deemed defamatory against Nigeria’s First Lady.

Muhammed, 23, was said to have been picked up on November 8 on the campus ground of Federal University Dutse, Jigawa.

The student was reportedly subjected to severe beating by the officers following his arrest at about 12 noon.

 

He was transferred to Abuja and briefly allowed to contact his father Adamu Shalele Azare about his location.

Condemnations had trailed the arrest of Mohammed. Notable Nigerians including social activist, Aisha Yesufu, knocked Aisha for allegedly using her power against the student.

The National Association of Nigerian Students, many human rights groups including concerned women/mother organisations spoke against the arrest and detention of the undergraduate.

NANS even threatened a protest before the First Lady withdrew the case against him and he was released on the order of a high court judge.

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Community goes spiritual as Ondo monarch’s kidnappers demand N100m

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Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami

After 72 hours in captivity,  abductors of the traditional ruler of Oso Ajowa-Akoko, Oba Clement Olukotun, in the  Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, have contacted his family, demanding N100m ransom for his release.

Oba Jimoh was abducted on Thursday at about 10.15pm, at his residence by some armed men who took him to an unknown destination.

A source narrated that when  the gunmen stormed his residence, they shot sporadically into the air. They also shot at the main door of the monarch’s residence to gain access into building.

A source in the family told our correspondent on Saturday that, “The kidnappers have contacted the family and demanded N100m.”

According to the source, a combined forces of the  police and local hunters have begun intensive search for the monarch, combing the forest from Ajowa to Kogi State border communities.

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The source added, “We received a call from them early today. One of the family members received the call. We can now confirm that the invaders were kidnappers. They demanded a sum of N100m as ransom for Kabiyesi to be set free. Where can we get such a huge amount? This is beyond our reach.

“We are pleading with the Ondo State Government, leaders of Akoko North-West Local Government and other Nigerians to help us out, so that Kabiyesi can be released sound and safe from where he is being held captive.”

It was also gathered that the residents of the community had sought spiritual assistance, as they organised an inter-denominational service to pray for the release and safe return of the monarch.

A community leader,  Mr Soji Ogedengbe, disclosed that an interdenominational prayer, fasting and vigil were ongoing for the purpose of getting the kidnapped monarch released.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the men of the command were still in the forest to rescue the monarch.

“Efforts are still ongoing to rescue the victim,” the police spokesperson said.

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300-level university student commits suicide over alleged inability to cope with studies

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Ebuka Joshua

A 300-level student of Business Administration at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Ebuka Joshua, has reportedly committed suicide after taking a sniper.

This was confirmed by Unizik Plus, a campus press outfit in the school via a Facebook post on Friday.

“300L, UNIZIK Student Of Business Administration Reportedly Dies After Poisoning Himself With Sniper. | #unizik_plus

“Stories have it that the deceased Ebuka Joshua, has been battling with depression from the beginning of this semester following his inability to cope with his studies.

“May his soul rest in peace!,” the post added.

Suicide among university students in Nigeria has lately become a disturbing trend.

For Instance, SaharaReporters also reported that a young graduate identified as Ugwoke Jerry has committed suicide in Nsukka, Enugu State in October.

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It was learnt that Jerry was found hanging on a tree by his colleagues inside a forest in the community, a discovery which caused tension among the students.

Before his death, the deceased had sent an emotional message to his mother on why he decided to commit suicide.

“You are the best mother ever, in this world. Am sorry for disappointing you. Please.” he said in the message to his mother. The reason for his action remained unknown.

“It’s so sad, this guy is my colleague. He was lucky to graduate and had also completed his National Youths Service Corps. Some people are still in school finding how to graduate but he was even fortunate,” a source lamented.

The school authorities and Jerry’s family could not yet be reached to comment on the incident.

Also, the Nigeria Police Force, Abia State command confirmed the death of Modestus Hyacinth Egbulefu, a 500-level student of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), who committed suicide in August.

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