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Bayelsa: Two arraigned over alleged conspiracy to kidnap Gov Diri’s brother

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The Bayelsa State Police Command has arraigned two persons in court over alleged conspiracy and attempt to kidnap one Mr Ebi Ayama, popularly know as Americana.

Gatherings showed that Ayama is a brother to the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri.

The two suspects, identified as Lucky Oghenebrume, 53, and Omobowho Okpowodo, 52, were arrested by men of the Operation Puff Adder in November 2023 at Mbiama community in Rivers State.

The arrest of the two suspects, according to the Police, followed intelligence gathering and detailed investigations.

The two suspects, who pleaded not guilty, were arraigned at the Kaima High Court sitting in Yenagoa, on a suit numbered BYH/KHC/CR/2/2024.

The police prosecutor told the court that Lucky Oghenebrume was the mastermind and on the wanted list of the State Police Command over the alleged involvement in the abduction of one Fyneman in Sagbama Local Government area of the state, over which a ransom of N50 million was paid.

Oghenebrume was also described as a resident of Mbiama community. He is said to reside alone in a massive compound, where he allegedly carries out his dastardly acts.

He was also reported to have relocated his family to Delta State to avoid being exposed.

The second suspect, Omobowho Okpowodo, was identified as the owner of the motor mechanic workshop where the targeted victim carried out repairs on his vehicles.

Okpowodo, according to the police prosecutor, was allegedly overheard planning to abduct Ayama on his way from Ekeremor local Government area.

The Presiding Judge, Justice T.Songi, adjourned the case till 27th February, 2024.

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BANDITRY: Gunmen abduct former Benue CoS’s wife, house help

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By Francesca Hangeior

Suspected herdsmen have abducted the wife and house help of former Chief of Staff to Benue Governor Terwase Orbunde.

Hon.Orbunde was Chief of Staff to former Governor Samuel Ortom.

He later resigned to contest the PDP governorship primary. He later joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) but still lost out of the race.

The attack was said to have taken place close to the Genocide Cemetery along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in Makurdi, the state capital around 6pm on Friday.

The former Chief of Staff escaped with a gunshot on his right arm while the attackers whisked away Mrs Abigail Kashimana Orbunde, and her house help, Patience Ogute.

Eyewitnesses said the trio had gone to inspect the weeding of their farm located close to the road.

They said after the inspection and payment of the workers, five gunmen suddenly attacked them as they walked back to the car.

It was reported that they shot Orbunde on the right arm while ordering the women to follow them to an unknown destination.

The shooting was said to have made villagers and passersby to scamper for safety in different directions.

As they marched along, the former Chief of Staff was said to be bleeding profusely and slowed down from walking.

The eyewitnesses, who watched from a distance, said the leader of the group ordered him to walk away while the gunmen took the women away before good Samaritans rushed Orbunde to the hospital.

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Marriage palaver: My wife told me only 1 out of our 3 children is mine —Husband

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A plumber, Mr Desmond Igbo, has dragged his wife, Rosemary, before a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), accusing her of giving birth to two children for another man.

The petitioner, who resides within the jurisdiction of the court, said this in a divorce petition he filed against his wife in court.

“My wife is having extra- marital affairs. She confessed to me that only my second child is my biological child.

“She said that the other two were not my biological children.

“I have been taking care of them for 13 years.

” This is heartbreaking. It is on this issue that I seek to divorce my wife,” he said.

He also told the court that there was no love and understanding in their marriage.

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Nigerian Policemen Extort N100,000 From Cyprus Returnee In Lagos After Seizing His Phone

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Some policemen on mufti have extorted N100,000 from a Nigerian returnee from Cyprus, Rahmon Olamilekan Adekunle, at the tunnel in Berger linking Magodo, Lagos State.

Adekunle, who contacted SaharaReporters shortly after the “robbery” by the Nigerian police officers, explained that incident happened while he was taking his girlfriend who had exam in the morning to school.

He said that the policemen who were on mufti accosted him around some minutes to 7am, at the tunnel in Berger linking Magodo.

“They forcefully took my phone, after going through my phone, they discovered that I just returned to Nigeria; they forced me to transfer the sum of N100,000 to a Point of Sale (POS) operator.

“My girlfriend has a examination to take this morning and already they have seized my phone and I don’t have any means to reach out to any of my family members or even the police authorities. So I had to transfer the N100,000 to a POS Operator there, which I don’t know whether they came with the person.

“Because I don’t want my girl to miss her exam, I had to pay the money and continue my journey. I have contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer SP Benjamin Hundeyin but he did not pick up his calls. I also sent him a text message but he is yet to respond.

“As I speak to you I don’t know which station they (policemen) came from.”

Meanwhile, SaharaReporters’ efforts to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer SP Benjamin Hundeyin, were unsuccessful as he simply said “Please I am busy and can’t talk now.”

As at the time of filing this report he was yet respond to a text message inquiry on the incident.

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