…As Police nab suspected criminals, rescue 8 Kano children in Anambra***
Eleven-year-old Naomi Oloyode, has represented Nigeria at “The Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative, High-Level Conference on Corruption,” in Vienna, Austria.
Oloyede on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, on Friday, described the whole feat as an advancement toward national development.
Oloyode, a JSS1 student of the Battle Axe Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, said the target of the conference was how young ones could be law abiding, to secure peaceful and fruitful future, all over the world.
“I want to thank God for this opportunity. I want to thank my parents, teachers and school authority, for their good supports given to me, which assisted me to qualify for this event.
“The event is organised by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
“The speech I gave attracted a standing ovation from everybody there. I was proud of myself and my country, Nigeria, which I represented.
“I said the future of the children and the youth are in the hands of policy makers. I added that the youth ought to join hands together to make the world a better place to stay in the future”, she said; urging every Nigerian youth and teenager to stand up for their rights, shun fear and corruption.
Oloyode’s Mother, Mrs comfort Oloyode, who accompanied her child to attend the event, said the objective of “Education for Justice (E4J) High-Level Conference” was to bring together more than 200 stakeholders from both the education and justice discipline.
According to her, the event allowed policy makers from Ministries of Education and Justice, educators and academia, to build bridges and propose innovative ways to empower the future generation of change makers.
Mrs Kehinde Fasubaa, the Proprietress of the school, who came to NAIA to welcome Oloyode, highlighted that her student was selected, following her brilliant performance in a debate on “How to Combat Corruption in Nigeria”.
Fasubaa, who was excited by the progress, pointed out that her goal was to ensure that her students were ahead of others in the country.
She commended ‘Step Up for Social Development’ and Empowerment in Nigeria (Step up Nigeria), an NGO that carried out a clean selection exercise in Nigeria for UNODC.
Mr. Yinka Fasubaa, the Chairman of the school, who further thanked the NGO and UNODC, described the development of the school as a stepping stone to a greater height.
He stated that the school would deepen efforts to sustain its Motto- “Molding life and raising leaders”.
However, in another development, the Kano State Police Command has arrested several suspects for various crimes in the state before, during and after the Independent day celebrations and rescued nine abducted children.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Iliyasu stated this in Kano on Friday while briefing newsmen at the command’s Headquarter.
Iliyasu said that the suspects were arrested for crimes which included criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, human trafficking, extortion, armed robbery, car theft, and attempted homicide, among others.
He said that on Sept. 12, the Commands team of Puff Adder attached to anti kidnapping squad were detailed and arrested one Paul Owne, 37, Mercy Paul, 38, Emmanuel Igwe, 34, Ebere Ogbodo, 45, Louis Duru, 30, and Monica Oracha, 50, while trying to take one of the kidnapped victim Haruna Bako to Anambra State.
“The victim was kidnapped on Sept. 11 on his way back from Islamiyya School at Yankaba Quarters Kano.”
He noted that the eight abducted children were rescued in Anambra State from the hands of the buyers.
“The children include, Umar Ibrahim, 10, renamed as Onyedika Ogbodo, Aisha Mohd Abdullahi 9 renamed as Ozioma Ogbodo, Usman Mohammed 5 years, Amira Auwalu, 4, Husna Salisu, 4 years.
”Others victims included Blessing Ogbodo, 10 and Chiemerie Ogbodo, 6.”
He said that the suspects had confessed to have conspired and kidnapped the children from different areas like Sauna, Kwanar Jaba, Kawo, Hotoro, Yankaba, Dakata quarters all within the metropolis.
Iliyasu said on Sept. 25 at about 10.00 p.m a report of organised kidnapping was reported by one Bukar Rabiu of Medile Quarters Kano that his son Abubakar, 2, was kidnapped.
“The Command raised a tactical team of operation Puff Adder and arrested one Buhari Na’ali, 22, a neighbour to the complainant in Bauchi State and the victim was rescued.”
He said Na’ali confessed to have conspired with Ibrahim Ahmed, 20 and Mubarak Gidare, 23.
”On Sept. 18 at about 11.00p.m based on credible information operatives attached to Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) while on patrol arrested Abdulkadir Muktar, Mohammed Abubakar, Shu’aibu Mohammed, Musa Isa and three others for conspiracy, armed robbery and snatching of motor vehicle.
The Commissioner noted that command had arrested 98 suspected thugs, adding that Abubakar Musa, 30, and Junaidu Ali, 27, were arrested on Sept. 2 at about along Laraban Abasawa Gezawa Local Government for conspiracy, armed robbery and attempt to committee an offence.
“Amongst the items recovered includes, 5 big and 3 small bags of dried leaves suspected to be Marijuana, 7 AK 47 Rifles, 3 pump action guns, 5 locally made guns, 3 bags containing live and expired 9.62 ammunition, 22 vehicles and 1 tricycle.”
He added that investigation was ongoing and upon completion all suspects would be charge to court.
Iliyasu reiterated the command’s readiness to combat crime to its barest minimum just as he called on members of the public to support the force with useful information.