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Police arrest kidnappers, rescue 5 sufferers in Akwa Ibom



Police arrest kidnappers, rescue 5 sufferers in Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom nation police command stated it has apprehended suspected kidnappers terrorizing humans of Etim Ekpo nearby authorities location of the nation and rescued 5 abducted sufferers for the duration of a shoot out with mixed forces of the police and the Nigerian Army.

The nation Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, who discovered this on Tuesday in a press briefing held on the command`s headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo, defined that an Ak-forty seven rifle with ammunitions changed into recovered at the same time as different suspects fled into the river for the duration of a gun duel.

The commissioner indexed the ones arrested through the police to consist of one Thankgod Ezekiel Udo of Ikpe Annang and Imo Okarafor John a.k.a “Nkwokwo” at the same time as the ones rescued consist of Miss Blessing Elkanem, 19, Mr Kingsley Elkanem 23 and Mrs Chioma Gabriella 25, Mr Idorenyin Maurice Inim 23, and Mr Uko Clement 39.

He stated they had been rescued following an intelligence from a driving force with Akwa Ibom Power Link Transit Company, one Victor Umana, primarily based totally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The declaration in parts, “On twenty fifth September, 2022 the Command acquired a record from one Victor Saturday Umana, driving force of Akwa Ibom Power Link Transit Company primarily based totally in Port Harcourt, that at the twenty third of September, 2022, being Friday, at the same time as conveying passengers from Port Harcourt to Uyo, that at approximately 9:21pm they had been stopped at Abia Palm in Azumini through hoodlums who took over the guidance and drove them to the bush, robbed them and abducted 5 of them

“The 5 abducted sufferers had been taken deep into the woodland at Ikpe Annang in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, their palms had been tied and eyes blindfolded and demanded for twenty million (20m) ransom each.

“Acting on credible intelligence, on twenty sixth September, 2022 Operatives from Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo Divisions along side the Military, stormed their den, neutralized of the abductors diagnosed as Thankgod Ezekiel Udo of Ikpe Annang and Imo Okarafor John a.k.a “Nkwokwo” at the same time as others escaped with bullet wounds into the river”

“The 5 rescued sufferers consist of Miss Blessing Elkanem elderly 19 years, Mr Kingsley Elkanem elderly 23 years, Mrs Chioma Gabriella elderly 25 years, Mr Idorenyin Maurice Inim elderly 23 years, and Mr Uko Clement elderly 39 years. While an AK forty seven mag with ammunition changed into recovered.”

The commissioner of police stated for the duration of the period, the command additionally recorded every other feat with the arrest of suspected robbers, at the same time as 7 extraordinary automobiles had been recovered from them.

“On twentieth August, 2022 at approximately 7:15pm, a risky gang of armed robbers chargeable for maximum robberies and automobile snatching inside Uyo Metropolis attacked one Mr. Kelechi Orji and own circle of relatives alongside Nteps Supermarket through Oron street in Uyo, took him to ATM and pressured him to withdraw all his to be had coins for them and took away his jeep additionally.

“I directed my SWAT Operatives to understand the perpetrators. On tenth September, 2022, SWAT Operatives professionally trailed the hoodlums who’re infamous for terrorizing citizens of Uyo and environs to their hid-out wherein a gun conflict ensued, 3 of the crowd contributors had been fatally injured and passed away at the same time as on their manner to the health facility however now no longer earlier than citing one Chima Omelazu, forty five years, from Obingwa Local Government Area in Abia State as a receiver.

“The stated Chima changed into later arrested at the fifteenth of September, 2022.

“So far, a complete of 7 cars had been recovered at the same time as efforts are ongoing to get better more.”

The recovered cars consist of one Toyota Highlander, one Lexus GX 460, one Toyota Rav4, one Lexus 350

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Man, 21, to spend four years in prison for stealing Infinix phones



An Ekiti State Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced 21-year-old Owolabi Olamide to four years imprisonment with hard labour, after he was found guilty of a five-count charge that included a break-in, stealing and escape from police custody.

The convict was arraigned before Magistrate Michael Faola on five counts of criminal charges bordering on causing a breach of peace by jumping over the fence of one Otutu Ifeanyi, unlawfully breaking into his shop, stealing items worth millions of naira, escaping from Police custody while detained for enquiry, among others.

The offences contravened and are punishable under sections 181,322,363, and 120(a) of the Criminal Law, No 12 vol.1, Laws of Ekiti State Nigeria, 2021.

The charges were read, explained and interpreted to the defendant, to which he pleaded guilty.

The complainant Otutu Ifeanyi was led in evidence by the prosecutor, Inspector Bankole Olasunkanmi. He tendered cartons of power banks, recovered Infinix phones, cartons of phones and other valuables as exhibits.

The defendant did not object to all exhibits tendered and confessed to having committed the offences as charged.

Delivering his judgment, Magistrate Michael Faola sentenced the defendant to three years imprisonment on count two (jumping over the fence) and one-year imprisonment on count five (escape from Police custody) with hard labour. Sentences are to run consecutively.

The judge ordered that all items recovered from the defendant, currently in police custody, should be released forthwith to the complainant.

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2023: APC debunks rumours of planned move of Nigeria’s capital to Lagos by Tinubu



The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has described as false, a statement making the rounds on social media that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, harbours plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari.

It said Tinubu never contemplated such plans and would never do so as it goes contrary to the country’s constitution.

This was disclosed on Tuesday in a statement issued and signed by Bayo Onanuga, the Director, Media and Publicity APC Presidential Campaign Council.

The statement pointed fingers at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Labour Party, for Championing the misinformation campaign against its candidate, saying some field reports had proved so.

Part of the statement read: “The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council hereby alerts Nigerians about the latest insidious campaign in some parts of the country against our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“In one of the falsehoods being circulated, especially in the North West of the country, Tinubu is said to harbour plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari from 29th May, 2023.

“This misinformation campaign, according to field reports, is being given some traction by some elders on the payroll of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Let us say with emphasis, that Asiwaju does not contemplate any such plan and will not do anything that is so ultra-unconstitutional.”

It further lamented that some purveyors of fake news had also distorted facts about the recent commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

It clarified that President Buhari had instead made it a commercial entity in line with the Petroleum Industry Act.

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Fuel scarcity: Remove subsidy, heavens won’t fall – Former NNPC GM tells FG.



The former General Manager of Corporate Planning and Business Development at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Babajide Soyode, has urged the Federal Government to halt the fuel subsidy payment regime to end the persistent scarcity of the product.

Soyode made this disclosure on Tuesday in an AriveTV interview monitored by us.

He decried the outrageous cost of diesel in Nigeria compared with the price in neighboring countries such as Ghana.

According to him, Nigerians are paying the highest cost of diesel in Africa.

“We spend subsidies to maintain the elite of this country; that is all we are doing. Even the elites no longer get it, but some people are taking it to squander in Dubai. I am saying, remove subsidy today heavens will not come down.

“All these things they are talking about are not true; diesel in Ghana is N549; do they have subsidies for diesel? Why are they paying N549, and we are paying N786? We are importing the product from the same market. I am not blaming IPMAN or NNPC if the government has screwed up the market by maintaining subsidies. You can quote me; the fuel scarcity situation will continue after December”, he stated.

Nigerians continue to grapple with the attendant implications as fuel queues resurfaced in Abuja, Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and other major cities.

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