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Police rescue kidnapped Imo Catholic Bishop, driver

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Six days after he was abducted, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Bishop Moses Chikwe has been rescued with his driver.

The police rescued the cleric unhurt as a result of a sting operation embarked upon by the tactical squad of the Imo State Police Command led by its Anti Kidnapping Unit.

Bishop Chikwe and his driver Ndubuisi Robert were said to have been rescued on Thursday evening at about 10pm after spending six days in the den of the kidnappers.

The bishop was kidnapped together with his driver on December 27.

The police in a statement by the command’s spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu, said the hoodlums also on the day kidnapped one 33-year old lady, Chioma Ekwedike, at Imo Housing Estate Umuguma, Owerri West LGA in front of her residence.

Head and the Officer in Charge of the state police command, newly promoted AIG Isaac O. Akinmoyede, was said to have activated all the tactical teams in the command, and charged them to rescue the Bishop and others, and arrest the hoodlums responsible for the act.

He said that a combined unit of all the tactical teams on the December 31, 2020 stormed Awara, Ohaji/Egbema LGA and Omuku creeks and arrested some of the criminals with some incriminating items recovered from them.

According to him, the arrest of the suspects and other coordinated operations by the command led to the kidnappers abandoning victims, leading to the rescue of the bishop and two other victims unhurt and without payment of any ransom.

He said that efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing members of the notorious kidnapping syndicate.

“It is noteworthy to mention that an online media platform last week came up with the news of the death of the Bishop. In the online report, it was claimed that the Auxiliary Bishop was beheaded and his head and decapitated body recovered somewhere in Anambra State.

He, therefore, warned against such speculative and junk reporting especially on social media as such is capable of causing a breach of peace.

The command also commended the public and the Christian community for their understanding and support during the period and the confidence reposed in the Nigeria Police to resolve the crime.

“We however wish to assure everyone that the Command remains capable of protecting all law-abiding citizens of the state,” it stated.

Meanwhile, Archbishop of Owerri, Anthony Obinna, in a statement Saturday expressed gratitude to God for the release of the bishop.

He also thanked Pope Francis for mentioning the incident in his new year message and the prayer of cardinals and bishops including the Christian communities and all Nigerians during the period of the captivity.

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Crisis rocks Osun as PDP Chieftain accuses Adeleke of demolishing his hotel for exposing his certificate scandal

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There is rumpus in Osun State over the demolition of a recreation facility, Quality Hotels And Resorts in the state capital midnight Sunday as the owner, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Akinloye Adeyi, accused Governor Ademola Adeleke of vendetta.

Adeyi said Adeleke ordered his goons to bulldoze his facility as a retaliation for exposing the alleged irregularities in the Governor’s academic credentials in the build up to the election.

Adeyi, a retired official of the Directorate of State Intelligence, said his life is in danger.

However, contrary to his claims, NPO Reports was told Sunday evening that the government would no respond to Adeyi to avert being drawn into to the controversy.

Olawale Rasheed, Spokesman to the Governor, told the NPO Reports late Sunday that the PDP chieftain has issues with the real owner of the land on which Adeyi’s Quality Hotels and Resorts was built.

“We have been advised not to even speak on this matter again because it will look like the government has any issue with him. It is a matter between him and the man said to be the owner of the land and that is Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa,” Rasheed told the NPO Reports

Olaoluwa himself is former Chairman of the PDP in the state and once a senatorial candidate of the party for Osun Central.

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While speaking with the NPO Reports, Adeyi made available a copy of the Save-my-soul petition he had written to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone XI over alleged threat to life by loyalists of Governor Ademola Adeleke.

The PDP chieftain, in the petition which was copied to the DSS, said that the current challenges he’s facing was as a result of the petition he wrote during the build up to the party’s governorship primary in Osun State.

He said in the petition he was able to point out some discrepancies in the documents of the then aspirant now Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State over his name and others

He added that, the screening panel headed by Prof Jerry Gana agreed with his submission on the said document of governor Ademola Adeleke

He wrote, “I am compelled to write for the second time in this year to seek for the protection of the Osun State police command and the DSS over several sponsored assaults and threat to my life by some privileged people in the state.

“It is a fact that I exercised my right as a member of the People’s Democratic Party early 2021 when I approached the PDP Governorship Aspirants Screening Appeal Committee with a petition against the academic qualifications and records of Senator Ademola Adeleke.

“The panel agreed that the credentials contained lots of damaging errors and fraudulent claims.The panel thanked and appreciated me and thereafter directed that the Osun PDP and the aspirant’s handlers work on the documents before its final submission to INEC.

“Arising from this, my life has been frequently threatened such that I had to formally complain to the police authority and the DSS also the Osun and Nigeria public.

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“Since then, the threats and attacks have continue unabated. But, I decided to keep my cool, till this moment, the credentials of the Governor still remain a subject of litigation but I have since said what needed to be said and moved on. At this juncture, however, it is apparent that silence is no longer golden.

Adeyi added: “My business place was demolished with bulldozer on Saturday. Before it’s illegal and criminal demolition by Governor Ademola Adeleke’s agents, my business resort spread over four plots of land and its worth was in the several million of Naira.

“To the best of my knowledge, freedom of expression is a constitutional right, and expressing my view about the controversial academic record of Senator Ademola which remains clouded till now is never a crime to warrant the state-backed demolition of my business place overnight.

“The place was demolished and leveled without prior notice were the facilities therein where carted away while some others were left in the open. I have in the last 16 hours examined the situation and can confirm that those who are behind the dastardly act are not done. I believe that the development is just preamble to what is yet to come.

“My life is their target and I hereby appeal that the police and DSS look into the matter and save my life and those of my family members.”

Speaking with the NPO Reports, Adeyi said some of his friends had actually informed him ahead but he never took it serious.

“Some people actually informed me about what they (Adelekes) are planning to do but I couldn’t believe it not until when this happened,” he said

Asked whether he would take the matter up legally, Adeyi said that decision is left to those around him.

“I’m not the only one in this and some people already coming in to see what they can do. Whatever we agree on would determine whether I will take it up legally or not.”

Gani Ola-Oluwa Replies Adeyi

REJOINDER:

ALHAJI GANI OLAOLUWA ASEJERE REACTION TO THE UNGODLY, FACELESS, INHUMAN AND FRIVOLOUS PETITION OF ONE MR AKINLOYE ADEYI DATED THE 3RD DAY OF DECEMBER, 2022.

Re: Threat To My Life- Save my soul*

We act as Solicitors to Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa Asejere.

 Facts*

  1. That sometimes in October 2021, our client got to know about the fraudulent attempt of MR. AKINLOYE ADEYI to sell off his piece or parcel of land at Olorunda Local Government Scheme Land, Along Deeper Life Area, Ring Road Area, Osogbo.
  2. That on the 7th day of October, 2021, our client forwarded a Petition against Mr. Akinloye Adeyi dated the 7th day of October, 2021wherein our client alleged Threat to his life, Conduct likely and Forgery. See Exhibit 1.
  3. That the gallant Police officer of the State CID, invited Mr. Akin Adeyi for questioning.
  4. That on the appointed day at the State CID, Osogbo, he, Adeyi appeared with his counsel, Mr. Oluseyi Gbile and upon the request of the Police for the land documents from the Petitioner, our client provided his own original payment receipt, allocation papers etc.
  5. That Mr. Akinloye Adeyi  failed to make available any land documents even if it is a PHCN bill.
  6. That in order to save his client’s face, Adeyi’s counsel (Oluseyi Gbile) made it clear to the Police that he has the documents in his custody and promised to make them available as soon as possible.
  7. That Adeyi was released on bail after he had made statement to the Police with his counsel standing in as his surety.

8.It is note worthy to state that series of investigation followed with our client going to the Police Station in company of Olorunda Local Government Land officers but the ‘almighty’ Mr. Akin Adeyi had disappeared into the tin air.

  1. That the Police put several calls across to him to bring the land documents as he has promised because they were only investigating the allegation of Forgery against him but Mr. Akin and his counsel were no where to be found only for him to re-appear in early January, 2022, with an Application for the Enforcement of his Fundamental Right in Re: Suit No. HOS/M.4/2022., wherein he sued the Commissioner of Police and our client as Respondents. See Exhibit 2.
  2. That miraculously, our client stumbled upon a case instituted by Adeyi as far back as the 27th day of November, 2020 where himself (Akin Adeyi) and the same counsel sued ‘UKNOWN PERSONS’ in Re Suit No: HOS/M.127/2020…ÀKINLOYE ADEYI VS. UNKNOWN PERSONS.
  3. That our client mobilized his legal team to stop the ‘Hearing’ of the case on the 3rd day of February, 2022.
  4. That our client applied for the Certified True Copy of Mr. Adeyi’s case only to discover that he was trying to fraudulently obtain the judgment of the High Court of Justice, Osogbo to perfect his evil plan to disposes our client of his land. See Exhibit 3.
  5. That Exhibit 3 contains forged land sale Agreement between Mr. Adeyi and our client.
  6. That Adeyi sworn on oath before the court that he own the land  by a way of purchase from our client wherein he also attached fake Land Sale Agreement which was not signed by our client.
  7. That  the same counsel that purportedly prepared the Land Sale Agreement  between Mr. Adeyi and our client did not sign same. It is also funny to note that the same counsel even instituted HOS/M.127/2020 for Mr. Adeyi and attached the unsigned Land Sale Agreements thereto.
  8. That our client immediately filed his Counter Affidavit against Adeyi’s Application for the Enforcement of his Fundamental Right on the 10th day of October, 2022 and attached the CTC of Hos/M.127/2020 as Exhibit and further informed the court that Adeyi’s Application was a fraud of the century…
  9. On the 11the day of October, when Adeyi’s Application came up for hearing, his counsel quickly withdrew Adeyi’s Fraudulent Application and same was accordingly ”DISMISSED”.
  10. That our client quickly reacted to Hos/M.127/2020 by filling a Joinder and same was granted on the 26th day of May, 2022 by the honorable court
  11. That our client filed his Counter Affidavit against Adeyi’s case in Hos/M.127/2020 on the 6th day of June, 2022. See Exhibit 4.
  12. That upon the receipt of our client’s Counter Affidavit, Mr. Adeyi (as the Applicant) and his counsel abandoned their case in court and resulted to sending in different frivolous excuses.
  13. That on the 1st day of December, 2022, the court delivered his judgment upon the Application of the Respondents counsel. See Exhibits 5.

The above is just the tip of the ice berg as to the series of attacks Mr. Adeyi and his hoodlums have carried out on our client allies and even on one of client’s counsel, Mr. Lekan Alabi, who has Petitioned Adeyi to the appropriate authorities. See Exhibit 6.

The bitter truth about the whole issue is that Mr. Akinloye Adeyi has been caught in his own webs and he should just submit himself to the course of Justice for necessary action.

In conclusion, Mr. Akin Adeyi has not presented any title document on the land that our client only used to safe his family’s face when he, Adeyi and his wife were abruptly ejected by their landlord some years back.

Signed

Lekan Alabi Esq.

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Serving Senator escapes assassination in Abuja residence + Video

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Senator Sani Musa
The representative of Niger East, Senatorial District, Sani Musa, has escaped an assassination attempt on him by armed men.
The attempt on the life of the All Progressives Congress Senator was made on Saturday, it was learnt.
This was said to have occurred Musa’s residence in Abuja.

A chieftain of the APC, Femi Fani-Kayode, confirmed the development on his Twitter handle on Sunday.

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Fani-Kayode, one of the spokesmen of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, said some of the attackers have been arrested.
He tweeted: “The horrendous attempt to kill Sen. Sani Musa, a dear friend & brother of mine, a leading member of the APC and one of the Directors in the Tinubu/Shettima PCC in his home this evening by 9 well-armed, blood-thirsty and violent assassins is despicable.
“I wholeheartedly condemn it.”
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Vandals Destroy 6 Transmission Towers, Kill Vigilante in Rivers

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The unrelenting attacks on power infrastructure by economic saboteurs leading to inability of Nigerians to access adequate electricity for economic growth and prosperity has continued unabated. In recent times, several projects being embarked upon by Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited have been attacked and contractors either killed or maimed by attackers.

On September 3, 2022, some miscreants attacked and vandalized the 330kV DC Afam – Onne Transmission Line in Gbake community of Ogoniland, River State. The vandals cut down four Transmission Towers (T19, T20, T21 and T22), dismantled and carted them away.
Again, on October 10, 2022, the vandals attacked and vandalized two additional towers on the same 330kV DC Afam – Onne Transmission Line. During a third attempt luck, however, ran out on them as efforts of vigilante members, buoyed by security operatives paid off, resulting in the arrest of nine of the miscreants. They have since been charged to court to face the full wrath of the law.

During routine patrol in the night of November 25, 2022, vigilantes again encountered vandals along the same Afam-Onne 330kV DC Transmission Line. The vigilantes called for military reinforcement but before help came, one of the guards was shot and later died.
Incidentally, this line connecting Afam to Onne in Port Harcourt is the first 330kV Double Circuit Transmission supply line to the capital of Rivers State.

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The persistent attacks on the line have caused substantial damage to the transmission line project and it will take huge sums of money to effect needed reconstruction and repairs in addition to resultant delays on delivery time.

Executive Director, Corporate Services at NDPHC, Nkechi Mba has however, commiserated with the deceased immediate and extended families, promising that the company will support them in this their moment of grief.
“The company is grateful for his gallantry in the line of duty and we hereby pledge support for his family in this moment of great sorrow”, she stated while declaring “We will be relentless in hunting these vandals down, particularly those who assassinated the young man.”

According to her, “the necessity of reinforcing the message of communal ownership of critical infrastructure cannot be over emphasized. The infrastructure that governments develop is done with taxpayers’ money and is therefore owned by the people.”
She appealed to members of the public to regard “public infrastructure as our commonwealth and strive to jointly always protect it.”

Mba expressed gratitude to law enforcement agents for their continuous support in trying to engage and deter economic criminals who vandalise NDPHC assets, saying the company “will ensure that anyone caught vandalizing our assets will be made to face severe legal sanctions.”

Adesanya Adejokun
Media Adviser

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