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Kogi CJ releases 3 awaiting trial inmates in Ankpa Prisons

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Nasir AjanahChief Judge of Kogi Nasir Ajanah on Friday unconditionally released three Awaiting Trial inmates from Federal Prisons, Ankpa in Kogi.

Ajanah also granted bail to one other inmate when he reviewed cases of 33 inmates on remand during his ongoing decongestion visits to prison formations in the state.

He said the unconditional and immediate release of the inmates was in view of the fact that they were detained unjustly.

Among those pardoned were Hassan Ameh and Abdul Yunusa charged with conspiracy and culpable homicide over the killing of one “Aro” son of their village chief, stabbed to death and left in the bush.

The chief judge said he released them following a legal advice from the state Justice Ministry as they only rendered assistance in finding the deceased who was missing after Fulani herdsmen attack.

Joseph Moses, an awaiting trial inmate charged with criminal force, criminal intimidation, rape and armed robbery also breathed the air of freedom after seven months in detention.

He was discovered to have been “framed” by the father of his girlfriend after a disagreement with the girl.

Ajanah, however, held that the period he had spent in custody was more than the sentence he would have served upon conviction.

Abdul Halilu, who denied the allegations of criminal force, assault and attempt to commit rape, was granted bail by the chief judge.

Ajanah assured the remaining inmates whose cases were at various stages of trial that before June 5, their cases would be reviewed and “those who should not be here would have been released”.

The chief judge also directed all magistrates that henceforth no case should be adjourned beyond two weeks, especially cases of those in detention.

The Officer-in-Charge of the prison, Mr Monday Tibu, an Assistant Comptroller of Prisons, commended the chief judge and judicial officers in the Ankpa for their efforts at decongesting the prisons.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ankpa Prisons with 29 inmate capacity had 51 inmates including 18 convicts and 33 Awaiting Trial inmates at the time of the visit. (NAN)

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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