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INSECURITY: Gunmen abduct cleric, son in Kwara; Police arrest female kidnapper, over children abduction

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

…As Police rescue 5 kidnapped victims in Kebbi***

 Gunmen abducted a cleric and his son in Oko-Olowo area of Ilorin on Saturday.

The police spokesman in Kwara, SP Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the abduction on Sunday and said two suspects had already been arrested.

“Police are already investigating the matter. Efforts are also at an advanced stage to rescue the victims.

“Meanwhile, two suspects have already been arrested,’’ he said.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen broke into the young cleric’s home after removing the burglar-proof in the window and abducted three victims.

One of them made an attempt to escape, but the assailants fired gunshots at him and inflicted machete cuts on him.

The cleric’s father said the kidnappers abandoned the third victim having taken him for dead, but he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

He said the kidnappers already contacted the family to demand a ransom of N100 million for the two others they took away.

“The kidnappers have contacted us and they are asking for N100 million ransom. We have begged them to accept N10 million, which we do not even have.

“I am appealing to the state government and men of goodwill to assist us in getting my son and grandson out of the den of the kidnappers,’’ the father said.

In another development, the Police in Lagos State has arrested a 28-year-old female serial kidnapper for allegedly kidnapping two boys.

Police spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Sunday at Ikeja.

He stated that the suspect kidnapped a three-year-old boy in Lagos and a seven-year-old boy in Oyo State.

“The suspect abducted the three-year-old boy on Oct. 27 in Ejigbo area of Lagos State.

“She was arrested at Omi-Adio near Ibadan on Nov. 12 with another victim, a seven-year-boy whom she had kidnapped at Olopo Meta in Ibadan.

“Investigation led to the rescue of the three-year-old boy at Akute area of Ogun the same day the suspect was arrested,’’ Hundeyin added.

He stated that the investigation showed that the suspect was a neighbour of the boy’s parents from whom she received N55,000 as ransom money to return the child.

“Thereafter, she took the boy to her friend’s shop at Akute and begged the friend to babysit the child while she went shopping, but never returned.

“The suspect travelled to Oyo State after leaving Akute, kidnapped the seven-year-old, demanded and received N20,000 from his parents before she was eventually arrested,’’ Hundeyin stated.

Hundeyin added that the suspect’s friend with whom she dropped the three-year-old notified the police at Ojodu Abiosun Division in Akute about the abandoned child.

He stated also that the two abducted children were recovered unhurt and had been reunited with their families.

In the meantime, the Commissioner of Police in Kebbi, Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, has confirmed the rescue of five persons who were abducted in two separate incidents in the state.

Magaji-Kontagora highlighted on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi that two women and a man abducted along Bena-Mairairai road were rescued by mobile policemen deployed to the scene.

He said that the three victims, Jamila Ahamad, Shamsiya Ahamad and Tasi’u Haruna, were from Mairairai village of Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area.

“We received information that a gang of bandits has barricaded Bena-Mairairai road and on receipt of the information, mobile policemen were immediately mobilised to the scene.

“They engaged the bandits in gun battle forcing the criminals to abandon their victims who were rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their families.

“Consequently, one Toyota Corolla, ash colour with registration number Kano DTF 236 LP belonging to the bandits was also recovered.

“To beef up security, aggressive patrol has been intensified in the area to prevent further incursion of the bandits,” the commissioner said.

Magaji-Kontagora said the other two rescued victims were abducted from Runtuwa Makaranta Fulani in Dakingari District of Suru Local Government Area.

He gave their names as Alhaji Aliyu Dankuroji, 62, and Hajiya Hauwa, 70.

The police commissioner said information received revealed that the two kidnapped victims were held on a hill located along Bunza-Dakingari road.

“On receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer in Dakingari immediately responded and successfully rescued the victims unhurt and reunited them with their families.

“Regrettably, one Inspector Gideon attached to the team sustained a gunshot injury on his right leg during the encounter.

“He was rushed to Federal Medical Centre Birnin Kebbi for medical attention and he is responding to treatment,” he added.

Magaji-Kontagora further stated that the command had arrested two persons for alleged criminal conspiracy and kidnapping.

He said a team of policemen attached to Birnin Yauri Division while on patrol intercepted one Garba Musa, 25, of Tashan Alura village in Niger on a motorcycle conveying one Amira Adamu, 20, of Tsafe local government area of Zamfara.

“When interrogated, the said Garba Musa confessed to be a member of a gang of kidnappers led by one Ya’u, who is still at large.

“The strength of the gang according to him, is eight in number and they have two AK47 rifles.

“In the course of investigation, one Hamisu Sule, alias Hola, from Zamfara was also arrested in connection with the case,” he said.

According to him, the two suspects will be taken to court after investigation.

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

 The Oyo State wing of the Southwest Security Network (Amotekun Corps) has recovered AK-47 rifles, military camouflage and other items hidden in a forest in the state by suspected kidnappers.

Commandant of the corps in Oyo State, retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, told newsmen in Ibadan on Monday that the corps recovered four AK-47 rifles, four magazines and 50 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

Also recovered were wraps of Indian hemp, raincoats, two Nigerian Army caps, and a beret.

He said the items were recovered while operatives of the corps were combing forests following rising cases of kidnap on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Last weekend, efforts of our men were rewarded when the arms and ammunition were found in one of the forests following a tip-off that some gunmen sighted in the area.

“The security network’s agents are still present in the forest to possibly apprehend the criminal elements,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to Gov. Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the governor had directed security personnel in the state to take proactive steps to stop abductions in the state.

Owoseni said collaboration with local hunters and vigilantes assisted greatly in recent successes recorded by the Amotekun corps in the state.

He assured that the state government would provide the equipment needed for the smooth operation of the corps to enhance their performance.

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

 The Osun Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 10 suspects over the attacks across some motor parks in the state on the premise of the forceful takeover of the parks.

SP Yemisi Opalola, the Command’s Spokesperson, in a statement, said five guns, nine live and four expended cartridges and five cutlasses were recovered from the suspects.

“This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state in the early hours of today (Monday).

The Commissioner of Police, the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and other stakeholders had met with the NURTW executive, members and other stake holders to avert the crisis and forceful take-over of the parks in the state.

“All consented to maintain peace, but it was a surprise to learn about the attacks by NURTW members in several parts of the state with attendant destruction of offices and injury to some persons and police personnel.

“The CP, Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.

“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of 10 suspects and recovery of one Barretta pistol, two Pump Action guns, two Barrel guns, nine live and four expended cartridges, five cutlasses and charms,” she said

She said the CP was, however, assuring the public that the command was fully on top of the situation as mobile, conventional, tactical and patrol teams had been deployed to curtail the crises.

The CP also advised members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without fear of insecurity or attacks.

He warned that anyone found culpable in the unwarranted violence and attacks would face the full wrath of the law.

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have arrested two suspected ‘one chance’ armed robbers in Ikate, Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, said this through the Director, Public Affairs of the authority, Mr. Taofiq Adebayo, in Lagos on Sunday.

 Oreagba disclosed that the suspects were nabbed by the patrol team of the Agency while on duty monitoring and controlling traffic around Lekki-Ajah axis of the State.

 “Our officials heard passengers with loud voice shouting, thieves! thieves!! while on patrol team, in an unpainted commercial bus.

“While trying to stop the driver, he drove dangerously and our men pursued them with LASTMA patrol vehicle down to Ikate where they were blocked by another pathfinder car belonging to a good Samaritan”.

“Two suspects were arrested while the remaining two suspects escaped with the P.O.S. they used to withdraw passengers’ money inside the T4 commercial bus.

“The two arrested suspects with the recovered unpainted T4 commercial bus were later handed over to R.R.S personnel who were on pin-down at Chisco, along Lekki- Ajah”.

“They were all later moved down to Ilasan Police Station for further investigations,” Oreagba said.

The General Manager advised Lagos residents to always ensure they board buses at designated garages adding that they should be vigilant, especially when boarding public vehicles.

One of the rescued passengers Mr. Christophe Omukoro is quoted as saying that he boarded the unpainted commercial bus from Alfa-Beach going to Ikate.

He disclosed that they were four with P.O.S machine collecting passengers’ ATM cards and withdrawing money from individual accounts.

Omukoro confirmed that passengers started shouting thieves! thieves!! thieves!!! after they had collected their phones with other valuables from them.

In another development, the troops of Operation Forest Sanity have neutralized four bandits during clearance operations in identified bandits’ hideouts around Tsohon Gayan, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna.

“The troops made contact and pursued the fleeing bandits, two bandits were neutralized during the engagement while credible human intelligence sources revealed that two others died from gunshot wounds.

“Credible sources in the general area reported that two of the four neutralized bandits have been identified as Dogo Mallam and Bello Mallam.”

According to him, the troops recovered one AK47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition and a motorcycle.

The commissioner said Gov. Nasir El-Rufai praised the troops for their resilience and courage.

He assured that the clearance operations will continue in the general area and other locations.

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