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Gunmen requests ransom of N500m for kidnapped polythenic proprietor

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A polythenic proprietor identified as Dr. Idongesit Udom, who was abducted by unknown gunmen who have demanded a ransom of N500m from the family to release the victim.

A cousin to the proprietor, who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent on Sunday that the gunmen contacted the family on two occasions.

He revealed that Udom had been on drugs before he was kidnapped, adding that nobody was sure if the poly proprietor was still alive.

He said, “The kidnappers contacted our family demanding N500m ransom to free my cousin. He was not the one that spoke with us.

“Nobody can tell if he is still alive. He’s been on drugs ever before he was kidnapped.”

Udom was abducted last Sunday by unknown gunmen at Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Chukwu Okechukwu, said the police were not aware of any ransom but were aware of Udom’s ill health.

He said the police were doing their utmost to secure the release of the poly proprietor stating, however, that using force could escalate the situation.

As for the kidnapped two white men who worked in a construction firm in Onna LGA, the PPRO said the police had made some arrests.

According him, the police were on the trail of the kidnappers.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm

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Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm
Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday evening, following the escalation of violence in different parts of the country.

“Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm,” President Buhari’s media adviser Femi Adesina said.

“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast,” says Femi Adesina who is Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Lagos and most of Nigeria has been overrun by arsonists and hoodlums since soldiers opened live rounds on peaceful protesters on October 20, 2020.

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End SARS: Gen. John Enenche Reacts To Lekki Toll Gate Shootings

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End SARS: Gen. John Enenche Reacts To Lekki Toll Gate Shootings
John Eneche

John Eneche

Major General John Eneche, the Nigerian defence director of information, has said that the reports about soldiers shooting #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday are mere ‘allegations.’

Eneche said this during a media briefing in Abuja, where he also mentioned that the analysis of the shooting and video evidence available suggest that they may have been photoshopped.

In his words;

“I even got analysts. People that have analysed the various videos that were cropped and photoshopped put together. If not that I’m not permitted, I could have forwarded it to your Instagram”, he said.

Eneche added that he is not permitted to speak further on the incident so as not to compromise the outcome of the findings by the Commission of Enquiry already constituted by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

In his words;

“We are dealing with major operations, anything outside this is what is called Operation MENSA, I may not want to go too much into Operation MENSA because it is not a major operation. We have nine Operations and other subsidiary Operations which I have been directed to focus.

“Operation MENSA is strictly under the policy directive of the various states we have them all over the country and it is the oldest of all Operations. For this Operation you have the Military, Navy Air Force, Civil Defence and the Police put together. So these Operations are still standing and running and I am aware that the state governments are using them in all these capacities, that is internal security, the level we are now is internal security and that is why the Police proactively came out and then deployed all their Force package that are necessary to handle that so that is where we are. So if there was anything and if it is true, why am I saying if it is true because up to this morning, I even called analysts who have analyzed videos that were photoshopped and put together, if not that I am not permitted, I would have forwarded it to you.

“The issue is not an operation that I can respond to. But I can tell you that it is an allegation for now, so let us not set the cart before the horse. If the matter was still open-ended I would have had I response for you but it is no longer open-ended, because immediately, not even up to five hours, before midnight the Governor of Lagos set up an Inquiry, so whatever we say now will not be fair to the Commission.”

Read Also: Sanwo-Olu Confirms Lekki Toll Gate CCTV Still Intact

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Ekiti Extends Curfew Indefinitely

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Ekiti Extends Curfew Indefinitely

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Amidst the continued violence across the country, Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has approved the extension of the 24-hour curfew in Ekiti State indefinitely.

The curfew was declared on Tuesday evening following reported cases of violence in Ado Ekiti as hoodlums allegedly the peaceful protest by EndSARS protesters.

The initial curfew lapsed on Wednesday night by 10 pm.

Also Read: “I don’t care about #EndSARS”- Edo state deputy governor’s son slams protesters

However, on Thursday morning, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Akin Omole, announced that the curfew still continues in every part of the state until further notice.

It reads: “The general public is hereby alerted that the 24-hour curfew announced by the State Government is still in place in all parts of the state until further notice.

“Government appreciates the cooperation of all citizens of the state in obeying the curfew and ensuring that peace returns to the state.”

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