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Police begin manhunt for abductors of Zamfara monarch, increase Abuja-Kaduna road patrol

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The police authorities say they have launched a manhunt for bandits that abducted a Zamfara first-class monarch, Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, and killed a policeman who was part of his entourage while travelling along Abuja- Kaduna highway on Tuesday evening.

Gunmen were said to have opened fire on the monarch’s convoy on Tuesday and his security aides responded with gunshots but the bandits overpowered them and whisked the king away.

Kaduna police spokesperson, Muhammed Jalige, who confirmed the development in a statement, also said they had taken measures to improve security along the Abuja-Kaduna road.

The statement read, “The Kaduna Police Command received a tragic report of an attack and kidnapping incident around Dutse Village along Kaduna-Abuja road, where an unspecified number of people were suspected to have been kidnapped, while two others sustained varying degree of injuries are currently receiving medical treatment.

“The information has it that the commuters were intercepted by the bandits who shot berserk, resulting in the aforesaid circumstance. However, operatives of the command were dispatched to restore normalcy in the area of which an officer paid the supreme price.

“During the course of preliminary investigation of the scene, four vehicles were recovered from the scene while the exact number of persons kidnapped is yet to be ascertained.

“Equally, available information indicates that the Emir of Bungudu, Zamfara State, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Hassan Atto, is among the people abducted to an unknown destination. Meanwhile, reinforcement team has since been dispatched, while coordinated effort is being carried out with a view to rescuing the victims unhurt.

“The Kaduna-Abuja road has been safe lately if not for this unfortunate incident. Thus, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna Command, CP Mudassiru Abdullahi psc  (+), is calling on the citizens plying the road not be deterred by this setback as the command is rejigging the security deployment to strengthen the existing structure aimed at forestalling reoccurrence.”

This is coming a few days after Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara said his administration would no longer grant amnesty to bandits.

Security operations are also ongoing in areas affected by banditry across Zamfara — which shares border with Kaduna — leading to shutdown of telecommunications services.

 

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Abducted Catholic Priest Shot Dead

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Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia

Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was kidnapped at his residence in Ikabigbo community, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, on Sunday morning, has been killed.

He was killed less than 24 hours after another priest was murdered on his farmland in Kaduna.  mass.

Daily Trust had reported how gunmen invaded Odia’s residence while he was preparing for mass on Sunday morning.

Confirming his death, Fr. Peter Egielewa, Director of Social Communications Catholic Diocese of Auchi, said Odia was 41 years old.

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“With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning 26th June 2022 at about 6.30am in his rectory while coming out to go for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State,” he said.

Until his death, Fr Odia was the Administrator of St Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo and also the Principal of St. Philip Catholic Secondary School Jattu.

Daily Trust gathered that the priest was killed alongside a hunter,  Nurudeen Umosor. While the corpse of the priest was found by hunters, Nurudeen fell to the kidnappers’ bullets during the mission.

This newspaper had reported how hunters, vigilantes and security operatives combed the forest in search of the victim.

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Police Arrests Man For Beheading Son In Delta

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Gabriel Volts

A 33-year-old man identified as Gabriel Volts, has been arrested by police officers in Delta State for allegedly beheading his son for ritual.

This was revealed on a tweeter handle Delta State Police Command on Sunday.

According to the statement, disclosed that the suspect used hand saw to cut off his son’s head who is one year and eight months as at the he was Killed.

The suspect was arrested after the child went missing, and the suspect lied to the wife that the son was with his sister in Warri, which turned out to be false.

“Delta State Police Command has arrested one Gabriel Volts age 33years who allegedly beheaded his son for ritual.

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“Suspect used a hand saw to cut off the head of his one year and eight months old son at Etinabobo bush in Edo state for ritual purpose and buried him by the palm tree.

“The suspected was arrested after the child went missing, and the suspect lied to the wife that the son is with his sister in Warri, which turned out to be false, this prompted the wife to be suspicious, so she reported to the Police.

“Suspect has confessed to the alleged crime.”

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect beheaded his innocent child because, he saw an old man in the dream who told him to kill his son, bury the head and use the child’s blood to rub his head, then his business will boom for him to be rich.

“Things dey happen”.

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Makinde approves recruitment of additional 500 Amotekun corps

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the recruitment of additional 500 corps into the state Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed Amotekun.

This is contained in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Sunday in Ibadan.

The statement indicated that Makinde announced the approval during the monthly security meeting with chairmen of local government areas, heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state.

The governor said recruiting new corps would enhance Amotekun’s performance and further deepen the security architecture of the state.

Makinde said the meeting, held at the House of Parliament within the premises of the State House of Assembly, was part of his administration’s efforts to enhance the security of lives and property in the state.

He added that the meeting was to get the situation report from various quarters on security as well as to dialogue on what to do as stakeholders and finetune necessary steps.

The governor said the outcome would help the government to put necessary machinery in place for a safer environment.

He emphasised that security issue was a collective responsibility, “therefore all hands must be on deck in order to curtail insecurity facing the country, in which Oyo State is not exempted.

“Security is everyone’s business and if we all play our parts well, we will have a safer and more secured environment.

“Though the security of lives and property is a paramount responsibility of government, but the government cannot do it alone except with cooperation of the entire citizenry.”

Makinde used the occasion to appreciate the security agencies in the state for their unrelenting support towards making peaceful co-existence among the people of the state possible.

He urged them to keep the up pace in order to allow for more influx of investments and commercial growth.

In his remarks, a former governor of the state, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, commended Makinde for being proactive in the area of security which has greatly helped the state.

Ladoja urged all stakeholders and members of the public to be vigilant and ensure the safety of their lives. (NAN)

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