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Govt, Police abandoned us – Family of man whose corpse was kidnapped narrate ordeal

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The family of a man whose corpse was kidnapped alongside his relatives while being conveyed from Lagos to Nsukka has accused both the Enugu State Government and the Police of abandoning them during their predicament.

The family said they were bewildered by the actions of the Nigerian Government, including the federal, state and local governments and the security agencies.

This statement followed the final release of the three family members accompanying the corpse by the kidnappers.

The remains of the late Mr Ugwuanyi Israel from Ameze Owerre, Umabor community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, was kidnapped around Umuoka in Udi Local Government area of the State while being conveyed from Lagos to his home town.

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The kidnappers also took along some family members during the hijack.

The elder brother to the deceased, Mr Collins Ugwuanyi, in a statement made available to DAILY POST, is now accusing the Nigeria Police and Enugu State government of being insensitive to their plight while they remained in the kidnappers’ den.

“We are still bewildered by the actions of the Nigerian Government – the Federal, State and Local Government; the security personnel, police, Nigerian army, forest guard, etc.

“We were abandoned by the government whose primary responsibility is the protection of lives and property. We were almost abandoned even by our own people. God have mercy,” he said.

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Ugwuanyi said Governor Peter Mbah and the chairman of Nsukka Local government, Walter Ozioko, did not in any way contact the family up till now regarding the incident even when the news of the kidnapping was all over the media.

“They cannot claim that they were not aware of the incident because the news was everywhere. Are these people, not human beings from their state?

“The commissioner of police is ordering the arrest of a native doctor for carrying out an act of cruelty on animals at his shrine but he could not issue a similar order to arrest these criminals holding my people hostage. We are seriously in trouble,” he added.

Ugwuanyi also said he was greatly surprised that the Police did not make any single effort to effect the release of his kidnapped relatives.

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“The divisional police station where we reported the incident could not swing into action to release my relations under the kidnapper’s net.

“When I contacted him, he said, “I and my men wanted to enter the bush but the cost of fuel is too high.. Look at the type of mess we are into”.

While expressing gratitude to Nigerians who assisted his family through prayers and other support, he said, “God through His divine intervention brought back the kidnapped victims home safely.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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

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