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Two students nabbed for faking own kidnap, demanded $100k from parents

The Lagos police command says it has arrested two students for allegedly faking their kidnap.

Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesperson, on Thursday, said the suspects also demanded $100,000 in bitcoin from their parents.

He identified the suspects as Ayodele Balogun, a 21-year-old student of Lagos State University (LASU); and Dennis Okuomo, also 21 years old, and a student of National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) Lagos.

“It was Dennis’s idea because Ayodele is from a poor family and his best friend; he wanted to use it to raise money for him so that he will be able to take care of his family,” Hundeyin said.

“Ayodele disappeared from home, while Dennis used Ayodele’s phone to inform his father, Mr. Balogun, of his son’s fake kidnap and demanded $20,000 (about N30 million) ransom.

“The suspects directed Ayodele’s father to pay the ransom through Bitcoin, which wallet they had sent him while Ayodele was hiding in Dennis’s room in his (Dennis’s) father’s hotel.

“Ayodele’s father, a driver with a private company, received the message with many worries, wondering where to raise $20,000.

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“As Balogun could not raise the money, Dennis decided to also fake his own kidnap and demanded 100,000 dollars (about N150 million) from his own father.

“Both suspects decided to leave the hotel to hide in a bush and remained there for five days while the negotiation and investigation were ongoing.

“On March 16, as no money was paid and the suspects were not comfortable with the condition of the bush, they decided to return to Dennis’ room in his father’s hotel.

“They told everybody that they just escaped from the kidnappers’ den, and quickly called Ayodele’s father to inform them about their purported escape from the kidnappers’ den.

“They took Ayodele to the hospital believing that he just came from the kidnappers’ den.”

Hundeyin said the suspects are in police custody.

“Investigation so far revealed that the suspects faked their own kidnap. They are in our custody, two perpetrators of self-kidnap,” he said.

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BREAKING: Court acquits Ex-AGF Adoke

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Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke

BREAKING: Court acquits Ex-AGF Adoke

A former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has been acquitted of money laundering charges by an Abuja Federal High Court.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, upheld Adoke’s “no case” submission against the money laundering charges.

In 2017, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Adoke and Abubakar Aliyu, a property developer, with laundering about N300 million.

While the EFCC acknowledged before Ekwo that it was a mortgage taken by Adoke from Unity Bank, it alleged before Justice Kutigi that the money constituted a bribe from the sale of an oil block by Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd in 2011.

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On March 28, 2024, Kutigi dismissed the charges against Adoke and others, citing contradictions and criticizing the EFCC for a four-year trial.

Justice Ekwo, on Friday, ruled that the EFCC failed to provide evidence to prove the essential elements of the offence against Adoke, acquitting him of the charges.

However, Ekwo mandated Aliyu, the second defendant, to open his defence, stating that he has a case to answer.

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Army releases Delta traditional ruler detained over slain 17 soldiers

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Army releases Delta traditional ruler detained over slain 17 soldiers 

 

The Nigerian Army has released a Delta State traditional ruler, Clement Ikolo, arrested over the murder of 17 soldiers in Okuama community.

He was released on Friday during a briefing by the Director of the Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu.

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BREAKING: Tension in Benue as riot police take over APC secretariat

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BREAKING: Tension in Benue as riot police take over APC secretariat

Anti-riot Police forces have assumed control of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Secretariat led by Comrade Austin Agade in Makurdi, the capital of Benue state.

This marks the second instance within a month. It’s noteworthy that Makurdi hosts two separate APC secretariats, with Agada heading one and Benjamin Omakolo overseeing the other.

The Agada-led APC State Working Committee (SWC) had scheduled the inauguration of members of the zoning committee for the upcoming council elections at their Secretariat on Friday the 19th.

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In a pre-emptive move, anti-riot police trucks arrived as early as 6 a.m., barricading all routes leading to the Secretariat.

At present, the situation is chaotic, with motorcycle riders, suspected to be aligned with the Benjamin Omakolo-led APC State Working Committee, occupying the area. Chief Of Staff Paul Biam has characterized this faction as the authentic APC.

Governor Hyacient Alia previously issued a ban on all political activities and public gatherings in Benue State, and it appears this directive remains in force.

BREAKING: Tension in Benue as riot police take over APC secretariat

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