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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.

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.

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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3 Arrested With N6.4m Ransom Share During ‘Stop And Search’ In Kwara

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The Police Command in Kwara State said it had arrested three suspected kidnappers with their share of ransom from recent operations while on stop and search duty.

The incident happened along Bode Saadu Road, Malete, Moro Local Government Area, when the officers intercepted a commercial vehicle around 11:50 hours on February 20, 2024.

Other items recovered from them include 7 assorted brands of mobile phones and 2 wristwatches.

The names of the suspects were given as Umar Usman, Mustapha Mohammed and Abubakar Kugu.

Speaking on the incident weekend, the state Commissioner of Police, Victor Olaiya, said the suspects could not provide a satisfactory account of the items found in their possession.

“In the course of investigation, the suspects confessed to the crime of kidnapping. Usman admitted that he belongs to a gang of kidnappers operating in Yauri, Kebbi State and the money recovered from him was his share of their recent operation, wherein the gang received a ransom of N10 million from a victim named Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed.

“Similarly, Mohammed confessed that the money found in his possession was his share from the ransom received from the kidnapping of a resident of Bida, Niger State’, he added.

Olaiya said investigations are underway to unravel more information regarding the past exploits of the criminal gang.

According to him “This is with a view to recovering firearms used during their operations and apprehending other members of the gang before they will be arraigned in court”.

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Police Nab Lecturer For Raping, Molesting Four Students In Yobe

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The Yobe State Police Command has arrested Mr. Adamu Garba Hudu, a lecturer at Al-Ma’arif College of Health Science and Technology, Potiskum, a private school in Potiskum LGA of Yobe State over suspected case of rape.

The arrested lecturer is an employee of the state General Hospital, Potiskum, and a visiting lecturer at Al-Ma’arif, a private school of nursing in Potiskum, where the victims are schooling.

The suspect who is a Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing lecturer in the school was arrested after the allegation of raping one of his students and how he used to lure his students for ‘sex for grade’.

The suspect was arrested after raping the latest victim in his office at the General Hospital.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Yobe State Police Command, DSP Dungus Abdulkareem said the suspect was arrested by police on Tuesday for alleged ‘Rape, molestation and breach of trust and is going through further investigation’.

DSP Dungus said the lecturer was arrested over the allegation of molesting and raping students in the school where he is teaching and also in his office at state General Hospital, Potiskum.

He added that at least four students at the school are the victims of his sexual exploitation saying the accused is allegedly fond of sexually exploiting his students for grades.

“The suspect is in our custody. He was apprehended on Tuesday for alleged rape, molestation and breach of trust. Further investigation is ongoing,” the Police PRO said.

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Insecurity: How bandits attack monarch, abducted wife, CSOs tell IGP

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A coalition of civil rights organizations has urged the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, to ensure the swift release of the kidnapped pregnant wife of a traditional leader in Agbede, Edo State.

In a petition to the IGP, and signed on its behalf by Adeleye Taiwo, the coalition expressed deep concern over the distressing incident.

The coalition called upon the police hierarchy to deploy a specialized team to rescue the pregnant wife of Chief Alh. Mutairu Kabiru Igene, also known as Amari, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

According to the petition, the incident unfolded while Chief Mutairu Igene and his pregnant wife, Mrs. Mujanetu Kabiru Igene, were harvesting yams on their farm on February 28, 2024.

Armed men believed to be of Fulani descent launched a sudden attack, attempting to abduct the couple. Chief Mutairu Igene valiantly resisted the assailants but suffered severe injuries in the process.

Left wounded and unconscious, he was discovered in the bush the following morning and rushed to a private hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit.

However, his pregnant wife, Mujanetu Igene, remains captive under deplorable conditions, enduring torture and humiliation.

Taiwo emphasized that time is of the essence as the pregnant woman lacks access to medical care, posing a significant risk to both her and her unborn child(ren).

He stated, “The pregnant woman is naturally in a state of vulnerability and weakness. Being abducted and forced to trek for several kilometers in the wilderness with her Chief husband hospitalized is the epitome of cruelty. We urge you to prioritize the release of the Chief and his wife.”

The armed men, suspected to be of Fulani origin as per eyewitness accounts, are demanding a ransom of N20 million for the release of the pregnant woman, adding to the anguish of the Agbede community.

The community has long faced threats from Fulani herds and armed men, resulting in the destruction of their crops and harm to their loved ones.

The CSOs noted that incidents of kidnapping in the Agbede region have reached a critical level, prompting many to abandon ancestral farmlands, which threatens food security and livelihoods.

The coalition further warned that failure to promptly release the Chief’s pregnant wife could lead to further protests and outrage in the community.

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