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Find out what a kidnapper did with a ransom of N12million he collected from his victims

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A kidnapper has been arraigned by the Department of State Service ( DSS)  at a Lokoja High Court for the kidnap of a victim who was forced to pay N12m as ransom.

The court heard how the suspect, Momodu Onuku, paid debts and bought a Volkswagen Golf car from his N2.5m share of the ransom.

A witness in the suit, David Olanrewaju, a principal legal officer with the DSS told the court presided over by Justice Sunday Otu that the accused confessed to him that his gang kidnapped Alhaji Adamu Makama and collected the sum of N12m as ransom from one Haruna Salihu.

When hearing in the case resumed on Thursday, Olanrewaju in his examination-in-chief gave a detail of how Onuku was arrested and the confessional statement he made.

He said, “On February 17, we got information from our local government formation in Ankpa that one Mallam Adamu Makama, a businessman residing at Opulega was kidnapped by unknown gunmen eight in number.”

According to him, Onuku’s Nokia 105 was used by the kidnappers for ransom negotiation, adding that the suspect was located with the aid of GPRS.

“The accused’s phone, a Nokia 105, was used during negotiation with the victim’s wife and one other person, Haruna Salifu. We later forwarded the numbers to our communication intelligence unit for geo-location of the owner and this led to the arrest of the accused in Dutse Alhaji area of Abuja on February 23,” he said.

The witness explained that the accused in his statement said out of his share of the ransom, he used N1,130,000 to settle debts, N650,000 to purchase a Golf car, N150,000 on house rent, while N311,000 was used for household purchase.

Olanrewaju added that N203,540 was found on the accused when he was arrested.

However, counsel to the accused person, Glory Zekeri, objected to the admissibility of the statement as an exhibit before the court, claiming that her client was beaten and tortured before the statement was taken.

She said the accused person had stated that the statement was not voluntarily taken from him as he was beaten and intimidated before giving the statement under duress.

But under cross-examination, Olarewaju said the defendant gave the statement under a conducive atmosphere, denying any form of torture as the system abhorred torturing and intimidation of suspects.

He said the accused had commended the effectiveness of DSS in tracing him to his house barely after 10 minutes of his arrival for the arrest through the geo-location of his phone.

The presiding judge however adjourned the case to June 13, to enable prosecution close his case and the defendant open his defence.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River
Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

Ben Ayade

Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has relaxed the curfew in the state from 4 pm-6 am to 6 am-6 pm.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christain Ita on Saturday.

The new time is scheduled to take effect from Saturday, October 31st.

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Recall that following the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums, the state governor, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, on Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The state governor, His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade has reviewed the curfew imposed on the state and has directed that with effect from Saturday, October 31, 2020, curfew hours will now be between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am daily.

“Restriction of movement is hereby relaxed from 6 am to 6 pm,” the statement added.

 

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers
El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

Governor El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai has condemned the attack on police officers and police barracks in the State following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

He made this remark when he met with youth leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state on Friday.

At the event, he appealed to them not to engage in any act of violence or looting.

El-Rufai vowed to prosecute those behind the looting and threat of peace in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas according to the law.

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“You cannot condemn an entire profession because of the misconduct of a few. SARS is just a small unit of the Nigerian Police Force, and even among SARS, they are not all bad,” he said

“Yes, some of them might have been quite bad and killed many people, but that should not be used to frame the police in a manner that people feel justified to attack and kill policemen.

“I have seen a video where a policeman was attacked and burnt to death. For what? That policeman is a human being, creation from God, he has children, and he has a family.

“Who will look after them? The Nigerian Police is the only police we have, it Is our collective duty as citizens, as leaders to come together and help the police to be better.”

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Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

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Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

Abdullahi Sule

Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule has called for the training of police officers in the country to tackle the numerous security challenges affecting the country.

He made the call during an empowerment programme on Friday in Karu, Karu Local Government Area of the state.

At the event, he described the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as disheartening.

He, however, called for understanding from the youths.

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“The kind of reforms we would want is to ensure that the police is well trained and well equipped and that is why it is disheartening to see that SARS is completely dismantled,” he said.

“SARS as I understand is the unit that has been trained specifically to be able to confront armed robbery and some kind of dangers that probably other policemen have not been trained for that.

“Now that we have dismantled them, whatever form that we have, we have to go and train them again so I call on us to use the opportunity not to be throwing away the bathing water and the baby at the same time.”

 

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