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Online syndicate abducts, gang-rapes Rivers lady seeking love

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The Rivers State Police Command has smashed an online syndicate, which specialises in luring, kidnapping and raping ladies, and collecting ransom from their relatives.

The police said two members of the gang were arrested separately by the police intelligence unit in Igwurita and Choba, Ikwerre and Obio/Akpor local government areas of the state, respectively.

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The spokesperson for the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Iringe-Koko said the men, Ikechi Promise and Darlington Obi, lured unsuspecting girls seeking relationships through chats on a popular social media platform, Tinder.

She said luck ran out on them when the same treatment was meted out to a 28-year-old lady, whom they abducted and took to Chokocho, Port Harcourt.

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According to the police image maker, the miscreants raped the victim, stole her two iPhones and a Samsung mobile telephone, and collected a ransom of N600,000 from her relatives before releasing her.

The statement read, “Operatives of the c4i Intelligence Unit, on January 6, 2023, around 8.30pm, arrested one Ikechi Promise, 30, and one Darlington Obi, 35.

“Their arrest is linked to their recent operation on December 20, 2022, around 7.45pm, when a 28-year-old lady was lured down to Igwurita Market Junction, kidnapped, and taken to Chokocho Pipeline, where the same kidnapping syndicate raped and collected her two iPhones and a Samsung phone.

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“The kidnappers later collected a ransom of N600,000 from her relatives before she was released on December 21, 2022.

“The suspects confessed that their modus operandi was to lure girls out through chats on Tinder for relationships.

“Based on relentless follow-ups, the gang leader of the kidnapping syndicate, Promise Nwaobiri, 32, was tracked and arrested at the Choba area, near Port Harcourt, on January 9, 2023, around 1pm. The search for the fleeing suspects is in top gear.”

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The police spokesperson said there was an upsurge in cases of women being lured and kidnapped through social media platforms.

Iringe-Koko advised girls to be wary of relationships on social media that would require them to travel to meet people they had not physically seen or met before.

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BREAKING: Gunmen Kill Customary Court Judge in Imo

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By Gloria Ikibah

Unknown gunmen have shot dead Nnaemeka Ugboma, the chairman of Ejemekwuru Customary Court in Oguta local government area of Imo State.

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An eyewitness said that the gunmen, who arrived on motorcycles on Thursday and walked straight to the Customary Court while in session, dragged him out in the open, shot him and disappeared into the thin air.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The gunmen arrived on motorcycles, marched to his court and dragged him out despite the fact that he was sitting. They shot him, mounted their bikes and sped off while we all scampered to safety. Nobody hears a gunshot and stand to see the end.”

It was gathered that the late Judge was a 1991 Law graduate, who hailed from Nnebukwu community of Oguta local government area of the State.

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A colleague of the deceased, Emperor Iwuala, in a terse statement on Friday confirmed the incident, saying: “My learned brother, His Worship, Nnaemeka Ugboma Chairman (Judge) Customary Court Ejemekwuru Oguta LGA Imo State was shot dead yesterday in court by yet-to-be identified persons. We are indeed in a perilous time.”

When contacted, the chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ugochukwu Allinor, also confirmed the killing.

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Henry Okoye, however, told our Correspondent that he will respond shortly.

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JUST IN: 16 years Boy Killed, Other Injured as gunmen bomb INEC office, police station in Anambra

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By Gloria Ikibah

A 16-year-old boy has been killed, while a 15-year old girl sustained gunshot injury in a bomb attack at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and a police station in Ojoto and Nnobi in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

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The hoodlums who carried the attack invaded the area at the early hours of Wednesday with four Seina vehicles, IEDs, petrol bombs and other explosives.

It was gathered that the boy died in the incident, while the female teenager who sustained gunshot injury has been rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

Police spokesperson Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident, and disclosed that security deployment had been reinforced in the state, while the situation is being monitored.

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He said: “Anambra State Police Command today 1/2/2023 has reinforced security deployment in the state, following an attack on the INEC office and Nnobi Police Station.

“The hoodlums came in their numbers by 1:45 am today 1/2/2023, with four unmarked Seina vehicles, armed with IEDs, Petrol bombs and other explosives, invaded the INEC office, the Police Station and the residential building in the station.

“Unfortunately, one boy aged 16 years a relative of a serving policeman in the station was murdered by the armed men while the other, a female aged 15 years old sustained a gunshot injury. She has been taken to the hospital where she is receiving treatment.

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“The situation is being monitored and further details shall be communicated, please”.

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BREAKING: Alleged Armed Herdsmen Kill DPO In Benue

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By Onuwa Ehijene

Information reaching NaijaBlitzNews.com indicates that suspected armed Fulani herdsmen this evening blocked Makurdi Naka Adoka Ankpa Highway killing the Divisional Police officer in charge of Naka Division.

The late SP Mamud Abubakar with others are yet to be discovered as many were also injured in the Attack.

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The report stated further that the armed herdsmen had blocked a portion of the highway at I’mande Orbiam village and attacking vehicles using the road and the policemen were drafted to clear the road leading to a gun dwell between the herdsmen and the police leading to the shooting of the DPO.

Benue state Command PPRO SP Sewues Anene confirmed the attack and killing of the DPO by the armed herdsmen.

In a statement , the CP Wale Abas has ordered the immediate deployment of tactical units to be led by CSP. Justin Gberindyer to the area, to bring the perpetuators of the attack to book, and to further prevent breakdown of law and order while ensuring that Makurdi -Naka road is accessible.

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He assured the good people of Gwer-west LGA of his commitment to secure themselves while urging them to remain calm and assist the police with information that will assist the police in dealing with the armed herdsmen.

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