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Kidnapper Arrested During Ransom Collection



Operatives of the Adamawa Police Command have nabbed 32-year-old Roland Raymond, a resident of Detti village in Ganye Local Government Area, for allegedly attempting to collect money from a man he threatened to kidnap.

Raymond is charged with the offense of criminal intimidation associated with kidnapping by forcing his target to pay money to avoid being kidnapped.

The suspect was arrested following a report by one Abraham Paul who raised the alarm that the suspect phoned and demanded N600,000 from him if he wished not to be kidnapped.

A statement from the Adamawa Police Command said upon receipt of the complaint, the police in Ganye Division, in collaboration with hunters, arrested the suspect at the point of collecting the N600,000.

Signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Nguroje, the statement assured that the suspect will be charged to court.

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Gunmen attack Ekiti LG secretariat days after Oyo Assembly invasion



By Francesca Hangeior

Days after armed Yoruba Nation agitators invaded the Oyo State Government secretariat, gunmen on Tuesday, stormed the Ilejemeje local government area secretariat in Ẹda-Oniyọ, Ekiti State, causing panic and chaos among workers.

The attackers disrupted normal activities and forced employees to flee the premises for safety.

The hoodlums who were said to have come from the Obbo-Ayegunle community in the neighbouring Kwara State, violently stormed the secretariat, firing several gunshots, making workers run in different directions, running for dear lives, and in the ensuing pandemonium, one of them was injured.

The hoodlums were said to have vandalized the Secretariat building and other property of the council.

Though the cause of the attack is still sketchy as at the time of filling this report, it was reliably gathered that the two communities have been embroiled in crisis for some time over land disputes.

During the attack, which lasted for several hours, one person was said to have sustained serious injury and was said to have been rushed to the State Specialist Hospital in Iye-Ekiti for urgent medical attention.

Sources disclosed that the hoodlums who were heavily armed with dangerous weapons like gun, charms and cutlasses invaded the Secretariat at about 10:am.

Speaking on the attack, the Eleda of Eda Oniyo community, Oba Awodipo Awolola explained that the hoodlums had in few days attacked some residents of the community, with charm in their farmlands, the development which the monarch said had resulted in panic and tension in the community.

The traditional ruler who lamented the absence of police post in the area, said there is a need for security outfits to mobilise more officer to the community to prevent further breaking of law and orders.

Similarly, the Chairman of Ilejemaje Local Government, Mr Alaba Dada, said the suspected hoodlums were from the Obbo-Ayegunle community in Kwara State.

He attributed the attacks to the lingering land disputes between the two communities, he explained that though security agents had been mobilised to the town to prevent reparaiser attack.

He said there is need for the Ekiti and kwara State governments to meet to settle the land dispute in the interest of peace and harmonious relationship.

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Army Arrests Gun-Runner, Foils Kidnap Attempts In Taraba



Troops of the Nigerian Army, working alongside vigilantes, have apprehended Mansir Mohammed who was reportedly involved in gun-running activities with terrorists at Jalingo Motor Park.

Major General Onyema Nwachukwe, the Director of Army Public Relations, revealed this through Lieutenant Oni Olubodunde, the Public Relations Officer of the 6th Army Brigade, in a statement issued on Monday.

The statement said the arrest of the suspected gun-runner also led to the capture of other members of his gang.

Items recovered during the operation included a semi-automatic pump action gun, a locally fabricated gun, a Peugeot car, five mobile phones, and 45,000 in cash, it added.

Olubodunde said in a separate operation, troops on routine patrol at Miyande Village in Takum Local Government Area intercepted two terrorist suspects concealing an automatic rifle under the seat of a motorbike they were riding.

The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, five rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and the motorcycle during this arrest, he added.

Olubodunde further said the troops responded to a distress call and successfully foiled a kidnap attempt within Zaki-Biam town in Zaki-Biam Local Government Area of Benue State.

During the intervention, the troops neutralised one kidnapper in a shootout with the criminals and recovered a beretta pistol with 4 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, he added.

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Parents Negligence Killed Sylvester Oromoni – Coroner Declares



The Coroner’s Inquest convened at the Ogba Magistrate Court, investigating the tragic death of 12-year-old Dowen College student Sylvester Junior Oromoni in Lekki, has reached a verdict.

Coroner Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri concluded that the negligence of Oromoni’s parents and doctor played a significant role in his demise.

The inquiry determined that Oromoni’s passing resulted from failed treatment for his enlarged liver, ultimately leading to his death on November 30, 2021.

Initially, speculation surrounding Oromoni’s death included allegations of bullying and ingestion of a poisonous substance while at school. He had reportedly mentioned being assaulted by five senior students of Dowen College before his untimely death.

However, on January 5, 2022, the Lagos State Government exonerated the five students and five employees of Dowen College who were initially accused in connection with Oromoni’s death.

Coroner Magistrate Kadiri emphasized the critical role of proper care in Oromoni’s deteriorating health.

He highlighted the abandonment of Oromoni by his parents for over 32 hours and their failure to seek medical attention until the day of his passing. Kadiri asserted that Oromoni’s death could have been prevented if not for the negligence of his parents and caregiver.

Kadiri’s ruling underscores the avoidable and agonizing suffering endured by Sylvester Oromoni, attributing it to the lack of timely medical intervention and care.

The conclusion of the Coroner’s Inquest brings clarity to the circumstances surrounding Oromoni’s tragic death, shedding light on the importance of accountability and responsibility in safeguarding the well-being of children.

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