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Kidnappers Demand ₦100 Million Ransom From Ezenwata For Abducted Passengers

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Kidnappers of passengers on the bus service of God Bless Ezenwata Nigeria Limited have demanded for N100 million ransom, The Eagle Online reported.

The bus, which was travelling from Sokoto in Sokoto State to the Eastern part of the country, was attacked on the Kaduna-Zaria Expressway on Tuesday night.

It was while the attack was ongoing that the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram, ran into the gunmen, who then started shooting sporadically, killing for aides of the monarch and two others.

According to The Eagle Online, the kidnappers also took several of the passengers, including a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, and another person who just completed his service year, into the bush.

While some of those kidnapped were rescued by operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command, others are still being held hostage.

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The kidnappers, a credible source in Sokoto told The Eagle Online, have contacted the Ezenwata to pay a ransom of N100 million.

The source said the ex-youth corps member was travelling home for the burial of a close relative in the East.

The demand comes two days after the Kaduna State Police Command promised it will ensure the safe rescue of all those kidnapped.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, gave the assurance in a statement on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Sabo said the attack, near Maraban Jos, at about 10:45pm, was carried out gunmen in large numbers, dressed military camouflage, who intercepted some commuters along the highway.

He said: “Upon receipt of the information, the Command immediately mobilized teams of operatives with Armored Personnel Carriers to the scene where some victims of the attack were rescued.

“However, sadly, six persons, including four aides of the Emir were reported dead while five others sustained varying degree of injuries.

“Both the dead and injured victims were recovered and taken to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital for deposition and treatment.

“The Command assures members of the public that, it will ensure the safe rescue of the victims of this ugly incident and calls on the good citizens of the State to continue to support the Command with relevant information that could help the Police to fish out criminals from our midst.”

Sabo added that the Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, has directed that more police operatives be deployed along the axis to reinforce the existing operational units of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Kidnapping and Police Mobile Force personnel currently in operation.

He equally alerted intelligence gathering units in the area to redouble their effort to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt and the culprits brought to book.

Sabo explained that Muri had visited both the scene of the incident and the injured persons, including the Emir, at Barau Dikko Hospital and assured them of efforts being made to rescue the victims.

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Face Of SARS Officer, Oyato Who Allegedly Killed Nigerian Footballer

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A SARS officer identified as Oyato has been fingered in the killing of Nigerian footballer, Tiyamiyu, Kaka, Kazeem in Ogun State.

According to reports, officer Oyato is said to be notorious for scouting perceived internet fraud operators, also known as “yahoo boys” in order to obtain money from them.

Reports also have it that he has amassed wealth for himself from proceeds of his extortion of internet fraudsters arrested within his jurisdiction.

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He is said to have in his possession fleet of cars, some of which have special plate numbers in his name.

On the fateful day, he was reported to have angrily forced Kaka out of the moving vehicle, ramming him into another oncoming vehicle because Kaka had identified himself as a footballer but not a “yahoo boy”.

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Woman To Be Banished From Delta Community For Reporting Her Husband Who Allegedly Had Sex & Impregnated Their 14-Year-Old Daughter

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Activist, Harrison Gwamnishu, has written an open letter to the Delta state government for immediate action to be taken as members of a community in the state hace concluded plans to barnish a young woman who reported her husband after he allegedly had sex, impregnated and procured an abortion for their 14 year old daughter, Chidinma.

According to Gwamnishu, the crime was committed sometime in 2010 and the suspect is still in prison. Read his open letter below:

OPEN LETTER TO:
1. GOVERNOR IFEANYI OKOWA
Executive Governor Delta State

2. HON. BARR. PETER MRAKPOR
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Delta State.

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3. HIS ROYAL MAJESTY EMMANUEL EFEIZOMO II
Chairman Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers.

Mrs. Grace Eze’s husband raped their 14 years old daughter sometime ago and the said rape led to the said daughter’s pregnancy. The pregnancy was aborted at the instance of Mrs Eze’s husband in a bid to cover-up his iniquitous acts.

When Mrs. Grace Eze found out about the crime her husband had committed, especially in view of the sensitive nature as it involved the rape of a minor, it became imperative for detailed investigation, especially medical investigations, so as to ensure that the victim was free from any medical conditions; and indeed that the culprit faces the law for the embarrassment he had brought to his family and entire Deltans.

Flowing from the foregoing facts, Mrs. Grace Eze first reported the matter to husband relatives and Behind Bars Human Rights Foundation reported to the Police in fulfilment of our constitutional duty to report the suspected commission of crimes, and in a bid to secure professional guidance for a detailed medical investigation of her daughter’s health and emotional status.

We were extremely embarrassed and disappointed when we found out that some community leaders had summoned Mrs Grace Eze and gave her a list of items to compulsorily provide to “cleanse the land” because she reported her husband to the human rights and sought help for her daughter. The said list of items is herein annexed to this letter for your kind perusal.

Mrs. Grace Eze was further threatened that if she failed to comply with the directives of the said community leaders, she will be banished from the community and severely dealt with.

Worthy of note is the fact that the family of the person who committed the rape and orchestrated an abortion, has not been summoned to provide any items to “cleanse the land”. (The man still in Prison custody).

We see what is at play as a conscious effort to cover-up a crime and victimize Mrs. Grace Eze.

We are very aware of your influence and astute leadership in your and therefore urge you to intervene immediately in this case so as to salvage the image of this community and put a stop to the imminent threats Mrs Grace Eze has received from her community leaders.

We have elected not to petition the community leaders to the National Human Rights Commission, as well as proceed to court in a bid to safeguard and defend the fundamental rights of Mrs Grace Eze because we are confident that you will intervene and see that justice is done. No citizen of our country should be punished for exercising her constitutional or legal rights.

Kindly accept the expression of our esteemed regards as we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely

Harrison Gwamnishu,
Director-General.
Behind Bars Human Rights Foundation

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Man Arrested For Attempting To Kill His Mother In Nasarawa

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The Nasarawa Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has arrested a 26-year-old man for attempting to kill his biological mother in Lafia, the state’s capital.

Parading the suspect identified as Kamaldin Abu Sabo before newsmen, the State’s NSCDC commandant, Mahmud Gidado Fari said he threatened to kill his mother on numerous occassions.

Fari added: “That is why we have arrested him and would soon charge him to court. It is wrong for anybody to say that he would kill another person. What makes this case different is that she is his biological mother”

The suspect who denied the allegation against him, accused him elder brother of reporting him to the agency.

Kamaldin said: “I am living on Shendam Road in Lafia. I dropped out from Government College Keffi. I am a Tailor and did not attempt to kill my biological mother. And I did not agree with the statement of the NSCDC that my mother reported me; it was my elder brother who reported me to the NSCDC.

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“I had the tattoo because of the fancy I have for it, but I am not a cultist.”

He however couldn’t explain why he had many scars on his face and body.

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