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Police in Enugu says father’s report of daughter’s kidnap false

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The Police Command in Enugu State has described as false the kidnap alarm raised by a father, Mr Frank Anioma, over his daughter, Miss Kosisochukwu Anioma.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Saturday in Enugu.

He said that Anioma took to the social media to announce his daughter’s kidnap as well as reported to the police.

Amaraizu said that the fake kidnap alarm was raised on Aug. 22 and the police operatives of the Anti-Kidnap Unit immediately swung into action.

He said that contrary to the fake social media hype, fresh facts had emerged on the purported fake kidnapping incident.

According to him, Kosisochukwu was never abducted by anyone and that she willingly left their home.

He said that Anioma’s daughter went to the park at Holy Ghost without telling anyone and headed to Owerri where she met her boyfriend.

“According to her, both of them have been secondary school friends at Abakiliki but she needed to go see him following the prolonged school holiday.

“Kosisochukwu, 14, is going to SSS 1 if school reopens same with her boyfriend who hails from Owerri in Imo State,’’ the police spokesman said.

Amaraizu said that Kosisochukwu confessed that she was not abducted nor kidnapped as stated by her father.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Abia Controller of Corrections warns new intakes against illegal transactions with inmates

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Mr Julius Ezugwu, the Controller, Abia Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, has warned newly recruited personnel of the organisation against illegal transactions with the inmates, especially on illicit drugs and communication gadgets.

Ezugwu gave the warning in Umuahia on Friday during a brief ceremony to mark the end of a one-month induction course for the personnel.

He said that the service frowns against such transactions between members of staff and inmates, especially trafficking on drugs, such as cannabis sativa and tramadol as well as communication gadgets, like phones, among others.

He urged them to work conscientiously to touch the lives of the inmates, saying that they were employed to “re-adjust the mala-adjusted.”

Ezugwu said: “You are very fortunate to be among the people recruited because so many people applied but were not successful.

“As the first set of officers recruited for the service, a lot is expected of you.

“I urge you to be law-abiding and professional in your actions because the service will not condone any form of indiscipline.”

He commended them for being loyal throughout the induction course and charged them to accept their postings in good faith.

The Staff Officer and Assistant Controller of Corrections, Mr Augustine Nnubia, said that the new intakes would be posted to three major correctional facilities in Umuahia, Aba and Arochukwu.

He said that the 108 intakes, comprising 76 males and 31 females, hail from the 17 local government areas of Abia, either by birth or marriage, adding that they were selected on merit.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Nigerian Correctional Service Act 2019, which was enacted as part the Federal Government’s reform initiatives, repealed the Nigerian Prisons Service Act.

(Edited by Jane-Frances Oraka/Sam Oditah)

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NAF training helicopter crash in Enugu

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A training helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed in the NAF Base in Enugu after returning from a routine training exercise.

According to NAF twitter account on Friday in Enugu, the crash occurred on Thursday after a routine training.

It said that although there were casualties, the cause of the incident ws still sketchy and unknown.

@NigAirForce twitter that was re-twitted by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola‏, reads; “NAF helicopter suffers mishap upon landing in Enugu.

“Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident.

“@NigAirForce continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians. Details later’’.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that efforts to get NAF officials on ground at the NAF Ground Training Command (GTC), Enugu, to speak on the incident was not successful.

Those that responded to calls, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that it was only NAF Headquarters that can authoritatively speak on the matter.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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NAF confirms helicopter crash in Enugu, no casualty

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Enugu, Nov. 14, 2019 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the crash-landing of its helicopter on Thursday at its base in Enugu.

A statement on Friday in NAF’s Twitter handle, said that the incident occurred after a routine flight and that though the blades of the helicopter broke but there were no casualties.

The statement said that the cause of incident could not be ascertained.

The statement reads: “@NigAirForce Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident.

“Nigeria Air Force continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

The base is close to Akanu Ibiam International airport where repair works have commenced after it’s closure in August this year.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the scene of the crash was cordoned-off as members of the public attempted to have full glare of the incident.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

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Police arrest suspect in killing of student in Kaduna

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Kaduna State Police  Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a student, Hassan Abdullah of Government Secondary Rigachikun, in Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The incident occurred in the school premises on Thursday at about 11 am when the suspect, Sani Umar, who is not a student of the school, accosted Abdullahi and allegedly stabbed him with a knife.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Kaduna that the victim died on the way to hospital.

Sabo said Umar had been arrested and is undergoing investigation.

According to him, the matter was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.

The police spokesman assured that the suspect would be prosecuted after the investigation.

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Edited by Hawa Lawal/Maharazu Ahmed

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FRSC to end articulated vehicles crash in Anambra -Commander

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The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has expressed concern over the death and injuries resulting from accident involving articulated vehicles in the state.

Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander of the FRSC in Anambra said this while addressing participants in the Motorcade Rally held in Awka.

The event was part of the activities marking the 2019 African Road Safety Day and World Day for Remembrance of Victims of Road Traffic Crashes which will end on Nov. 17.

Kumapayi said lack of adherence to road safety rules and recklessness of drivers of these vehicles had sent many people to their early graves, maimed many and brought grief to some families.

He said the celebration was an opportunity to remind motorists that life has no duplicate and must be protected by ensuring that sense of safety of self and others guide all on the road.

Kumapayi blamed the spate of crashes in the state partly on the poor conditions of the trucks.

He restated the resolve of the state command to enforce safety including installation of Speed Limiting Device and checking conditions of the vehicles.

“We have had enough of these crash involving tanker and trucks. On this occasion we are sensitising and warning all motorists to observe safety rules because these accidents must stop.”

He said the sector had strategised for effective patrol of the state ahead of the usual Christmas and New Year traffic.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Remembrance Week continues with hospital visit to accident victims in hospital on Saturday and ends with thanksgiving at St. Patrick Cathedral, Awka on Sunday.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Kebbi records 113 fire incidents in 10 months

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Birnin Kebbi, Nov. 15, 2019   The Kebbi State Fire Service on Friday announced that it had recorded 113 fire incidents that resulted in the death of eight persons in the last 10 months.

The service’s Deputy Director, Alhaji Bashir Bello, told Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi that the fire incidents took place between January to October.

“From January to October 2019, we have recorded 113 fire incidents and eight deaths in the process.

“The incidents occurred on these dates of Jan. 22, Feb. 28, March 22, April 11, May 9, June 4, July 7, Aug. 2, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3,” he said.

Bello said to prevent further fire outbreaks in the state, it was imperative for the residents to always be careful in handling electrical appliances and other inflammable items.

He attributed the fire incidents to mismanagement of electrical appliances, electricity surge, improper use of inflammable items and engagement of unqualified electricians.

Bello also enjoined smokers to always ensure that cigarette butts were properly disposed especially when in the grassy areas.

According to him, the fire service currently does not have  functional vehicle for quickly responding to fire incidences in the state.

“The fire department is only managing two rickety-old trucks out of nine trucks of which seven are grounded,’’ he said.

Bello appealed to the State Government to adequately equip the department for prompt responses to distress calls and fire emergences across the state.

Edited /Ismail Abdulaziz

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