A staff of Auchi Polytechnic, Mr Samuel Okolie, who was said to have been abducted by gunmen on Oct. 9 has been found dead.
Okolie was found dead on his farm at Aviele community, near Auchi in the Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo early on Sunday.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Okolie’s death occurred barley two weeks after another staff of the polytechnic, Dr S. Okhikhena, described as Okolie’s close friend was similarly murdered.
Okolie was said to have been abducted on his way to his farm after close of work to pick people working for him.
His mutilated body was dumped close to a truck he was said to be driving when he was abducted by the gunmen.
But the Commissioner of Police in Edo, Mr Danmallam Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said that Okolie was not abducted.
Mohammed said the death was “probably a case of suicide as parts of the deceased’s body was bathed with acid.
“It is probably a case of suicide because nothing was taken away from him and also from his vehicle.
“You know the rate of suicide is very high and his own cannot be an exception.”
The commissioner said, however, that investigation would be carried out by the command to ascertain what led to Okolie’s death. (NAN)
Edited by Silas Nwoha
2 injured, many abducted in Ebonyi, Abia clash -Police
Two persons were allegedly injured and many abducted in renewed clash between Amata, Ishiagu community in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi and Lokpanta community in Abia state.
Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ebonyi, who confirmed the attack on Sunday in Abakaliki, said that the two commands were working to return normalcy to the affected areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two communities have been locked in years of inter-communal conflict over ownership of a farmland near their borders.
The warring communities renewed their hostilities on Saturday which led to two indigenes of Amata allegedly sustaining gunshot wounds.
Odah said that Abia and Ebonyi commands have sent detachments of tactical units to patrol the area and ensure law and order as well as to avert loss of lives and property.
“Our men are in control of the situation. They arrived the scene of crisis and rescued those abducted from the two sides and also aborted bloodbath; though two persons were injured from gun shots.
“It is a very unfortunate situation and we are appealing to both communities to sheath their swords and allow for dialogue.
“The two police commands will collaborate to ensure that security is maintained in the affected area to prevent the incessant clashes between the two communities,” the spokesperson said.
However, a source from Amata who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity said that the incident took place on Saturday at the disputed farmland.
The source who escaped the attack said that it took the timely intervention of armed policemen from Ivo division to put the situation under control and prevent bloodshed.
He urged the state and federal governments to urgently intervene to save looming inter-communal clash between the two communities.
Abducted Nasarawa CAN chairman regains freedom
The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nasarawa state chapter, Bishop Joseph Masin, who was abducted by gunmen on Thursday in Lafia has regained his freedom.
Longe said that four suspects have been arrested in connection with the abduction and that investigation was ongoing to arrest all those involved.
He, however, denied knowledge of any ransom being paid to secure the release of the CAN chairman.
The CP added that all the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution as soon as investigation was concluded.
Corroborating the release, Pastor Sam Joseph, son of the CAN Chairman told newsmen that his father regained his freedom at about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, around Lizhi village in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
He said the bishop, however, arrived his Bukan-sidi residence in Lafia at about 2:00 a.m on Sunday and had been taken for medical examination in an undisclosed hospital.
The News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that the state CAN Chairman, who is also the Bishop and General-Overseer of World of God Worldwide Gospel City, was abducted by gunmen from his residence in Lafia on May 28, and taken away on a motorcycle according to family source.
The abductors later contacted the family and demanded a N20 million ransom for his release.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Police rescue 2 abducted siblings in Ebonyi
The Police Command in Ebonyi has rescued two siblings, aged five and 10, who were abducted from their home in Abakaliki at gunpoint.
The Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs Loveth Odah disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abakaliki.
Odah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) alleged that the kidnappers robbed the mother of the siblings of huge amount of money before abducting her children.
She said that the kidnappers demanded N10 million ransom but had to abandon the children at a location in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state, after a manhunt by police operatives.
Oda said the children had been reunited with their mother while efforts were being made to track down the abductors and their collaborators.
“Our men are currently in pursuit of the fleeing suspected kidnappers; also investigations are ongoing to unmask possible conspirators with a view to arresting them.
“I want to assure the public that there is no hiding place for criminals in the state and that efforts are being intensified to sustain police surveillance in every part of the state.
“We also urge the public to volunteer timely information on criminal activities in their areas to assist the police to nip crime in the bud,” Odah said.
NAN reports that three suspects were also in police custody over a botched abduction of a seven-month old baby in Abakaliki.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Police in Abia rescue 2 abducted persons in Aba
Aba (Abia) April 9, 2020 Abia Police Command in Abia says it has rescued two persons kidnapped in Aba town of the state.
The Abia Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede, who confirmed the rescue on Saturday, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the Police was still on the trail of the hoodlums.
NAN reports that the two victims are Nwankwo Chinedu and Ndukwe Agu, all males, aged 42 and 48.
They were both abducted on Wednesday, along Okpulo-Umuobo road, near Jesus Christ of Later Day Saint Church Temple, in Aba.
The Commissioner said the police were able to rescue the victims unharmed, while the hoodlums escaped.
The police, however, recovered a Techno Cell phone, suspected to belong to one of the hoodlums and an RX 350 Jeep belonging to one of the victims.
The police also arrested a nursing mother suspected to be wife to one of the criminals who at the time of the onslaught was in the building where the kidnappers kept their victims.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo (NAN)
Abducted Pacesetter FM presenter regains freedom — Abia CP
Ms Chinenye Iwuoha, a presenter with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Pacesetter FM, Umuahia, who was abducted on Monday night has regained her freedom.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Jane Agbede, confirmed the release of the journalist to newsmen in Umuahia on Thursday.
Agbede said that Iwuoha was released unconditionally on Wednesday night by her captors, following heavy pressure from the police.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Iwuoha was kidnapped by armed bandits while returning from work.
It was learnt that the suspects accosted the official Toyota Hikux van, conveying home the victim and General Manager of the station, Mr Uche Ndukwu.
The suspects reportedly shot several times at the driver, Mr Kingsley Onyeokuche, before taking Iwuoha away to unknown destination, while the GM and another occupant of the vehilce escaped unhurt.
The yet-to-be identified kidnap suspects were said have demanded N20 million ransom before they would release her.
Meanwhile, Onyeokuche, who was reportedly rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, where the bullets were extracted, was said to be responding to treatment.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Police confirm release of abducted Nasarawa monarch
The Police Command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the release of a traditional ruler, Chief Abdullahi Magaji, abducted by gunmen on April 30.
Magaji, a second-class traditional ruler, is the Aron Akye of Ugah community in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nasarawa State Police Command, Mr Nansel Ramhan, confirmed the release of the monarch in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia on Tuesday.
Ramhan said that Magaji, who has been reunited with his family is in good condition.
The spokesman said, however, that no arrest had been made but that investigation was going on to find the kidnappers of the traditional ruler.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Six abducted civilians freed in Cameroon
Six civilians, who were kidnapped a week ago in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region of Southwest, were released on Monday after “severe beatings”, according to local authorities.
“We paid a huge ransom before their release. We have taken some of them to the hospital because of the cruel treatment they received in the hands of their captors,” a family member of one of those who was kidnapped told reporters but preferred not to be named.
The six, all of them women, were abducted at their business premises in Bonakanda, a locality of the Southwest region, which along with the Northwest region is home to most of Cameroon’s English-speakers.
Armed separatists, who claimed responsibility for the abduction, said on social media that the women were guilty of “defying laws” put in place by them.
The two regions have seen a rise in clashes between government forces and armed separatists in spite of repeated calls by the United Nations for the establishment of a ceasefire amid COVID-19 pandemic.
On Saturday, fighting in Bamenda, Cameroon Anglophone’s most populated city, led to the death of seven separatists and two security forces, according to the army.
Since 2017, separatists have been fighting to create an independent nation in the two Anglophone regions of the largely-French-speaking Cameroon.
Police on the trail of abducted Edo Commissioner — PPRO
The Police Command in Edo on Sunday said the command was on the trail of the kidnappers who abducted the Edo Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Emmanuel Agbale.
The spokesman of the command, Mr Chidi Nwabuzor, stated this while fielding questions on the abducted commissioner from newsmen in Benin.
He said the Police command had deployed men from various departments, including anti-kidnapping and other special squads, to the trail of the kidnappers.
“We have deployed men from various departments and we are working to ensure that he is released unharmed,” stated Nwabuzor.
Meanwhile, the son of the abducted commissioner, Oise Agbale, said the kidnappers had contacted the family for a ransom to secure his release.
While not disclosing the amount demanded as ransom to secure his release, Oise, however, appealed for the unconditional release of his father.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agbale was kidnapped on Friday along Benin – Ekpoma Highway, while his police orderly was killed in the process.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)
Abducted aide to Nasarawa governor regains freedom
Mr John Mamman, Special Adviser (SA) on Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development to Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has been released by his abductors.
Mr Saidu Kurki, the Executive Chairman, Kokona Local Government Area of the state made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Garuku community.
Kurki said that Mamman was released on Tuesday after four days in captivity and might go for medical check up soon.
“Yes, he has been released , it is true that he has been released.
“He is in Garaku, Kokona Local Government Area (LGA) right now but he may soon leave this place for medical check up,” the chairman said.
When contacted, Mr Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nasarawa State Police Command, said he would get back to NAN Correspondent on the matter.
“Don’t worry, I said that you will hear from me. Be patient please, ” the PPRO said.
However, as of the time of filing this report, the spokesman had not replied.
NAN recalls that on April 4, the police in Nasarawa confirmed the abduction of Mamman
Nansel said at the time that the SA was abducted at night in his country home, Dari village in Kokona LGA.
The PPRO had said that based on the information available to the police, no fewer than 10 unknown gunmen had stormed the SA’s house at about 8p.m. on that fateful day and abducted him.
“The kidnappers stormed his compound and began shooting sporadically before whisking him away to an unknown destination,” the spokesperson said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Emmanuel Yashim
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