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Gunmen kill driver, abduct passengers in Ondo

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Gunmen, weekend, killed the driver of an 18-seater commercial bus and abducted its passengers at Akunu in Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Sources said the kidnappers, who struck on Friday, left behind a little girl.

Vanguard learned that the kidnappers shot the driver of the bus while attempting to escape. The bus was forced to stop following the shooting of the driver, who reportedly died on the spot.

Motorists, who later arrived at the scene, met the bus riddled with bullets and the whereabouts of the passengers unknown.

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The state security outfit codenamed, Amotekun, soldiers, hunters and police detectives were later deployed to the forest to rescue the victims.

It was gathered that the kidnappers have not communicated with any family member of the victims since Friday that they were abducted.

Contacted, the state police spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami, confirmed the abduction of the passengers.

Odunlami, in a statement in Akure said the state police commissioner, Abayomi Oladipo, has “ordered the deployment of special squads to Akunnu Akoko area of the state to rescue the victims and arrest their abductors.

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Odunlami said: “The Area Commander and his team with the support of the military and local security moved into the affected area for possible rescue immediately the incident occurred.

“Personnel drawn from various tactical units led by the Special Anti Kidnapping Squad have also been briefed and deployed to the area for the rescue of victims and possible arrest of suspects.

“The command is using this opportunity to assure the good people of the state and general motoring public not to panic as this isolated case does not determine the security status of the state.”

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Prison Escapee Who Masterminded General’s Murder Nabbed Trying To Flee Nigeria

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Hashiru Baku, alleged mastermind of the murder of late Brigadier General Harold Udokwere (rtd), has been arrested by the police.

Daily Trust had reported how the general was killed by armed robbers who invaded his private residence at Sunshine Estate, Abuja, in the wee hours of June 21.

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Commissioner, Benneth Igweh, had paraded the suspected killers two days after the incident.

While parading them at the command headquarters in Abuja, he had said two among the robbers were at large and had escaped with the deceased’s pistol.

He gave the names of the suspects as Ibrahim Rabiu, Nafiu Jamil, Aliyu Abdullahi and Mohammed Nuhu, all residents of Apo, a satellite town of Abuja.

He said the suspects were arrested after acting on credible intelligence by operatives of the FCT police command from Utako division led by CSP Victor Godfrey, who trailed them to their hideout.

He said the suspects, who confessed to the crime stabbed the late brigadier general with knife when he tried to resist them from dispossessing him of his pistol.

According to him, the knife allegedly used by the suspects in committing crime was recovered, even as he said the late army general’s phone was recovered from them.

CP Igweh, however, said the command was making all efforts to arrest the two other fleeing robbers and to also recover the army general’s pistol from them.

But addressing journalists while parading the other suspects, on Monday, Igweh said Baku was arrested in Kano State while trying to run away from the country.

“I did show you the four killers, kidnappers, and robbers that killed Brigadier-General Uwe Harrod, retired. Today, I will show you the organiser of the killing and the robbery.

“As well as we have recovered the general’s gun that was with him. We have recovered the wristwatch of the general and the wife’s jewellery which they stole from the general’s house.

“The organiser is here and we have arrested him. He is the organiser. He was in prison and during the Kuje Correctional Centre attack, he escaped.”

“Instead of him to repent, he continued with more audacity. We arrested him in Kano where he was trying to exit the country. We recovered these drugs in his residence. So, that’s what they take and they will continue to be high.”

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Police Rescue Abducted Travelers In Ondo

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Operatives of the Ondo State Police Command has rescued the victims who were abducted on Friday in Ifon, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It would be recalled that victims, traveling from the South-East around 11 p.m., were attacked by gunmen who killed both the female passenger in the front seat and the driver.

The assailants reportedly abducted five others, two of whom managed to escape despite sustaining injuries.

In a statement on Monday, the spokesman of the Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omilana, disclosed that the assailants left the victims stranded in the forest.

She said that the policemen from the tactical squad led by the Area Commander of Owo, Olufemi Awoyele, had been combing the forest, which led to the abductors fleeing, leaving the victims behind at the Oyinbo/ Sanusi camp in the area.

She said that the victims are receiving treatment at the police medical facility in Owo, and would be handed over to their families after being debriefed.

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Retired policeman kills mother, others

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A man killed several people, including his mother, in a retirement home in north-eastern Croatia, media outlets reported on Monday.

Croatian news website index.hr said police confirmed the incident in the small town of Daruvar, without offering details on the number of victims.

Media reported that at least five people were killed, including one care worker.

The man is said to have broken into the care home with a weapon and fired it several times.

Index.hr said five people were killed instantly, while several others were injured.

The man was reportedly detained soon after in a café.

News website mojportal.hr said the man was born in 1973 and was a retired military policeman.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was due to address the incident later on Monday.

Interior Minister Davor Božinović, Health Minister Vili Beroš and Labour Minister Marin Piletić are all expected to visit the scene.

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