Police rescue another boy kidnapped in Kano, arrest 3 suspects



The Kano state police command’s Anti-Kidnapping Team of Operation Puff Adder has rescued another 11-year-old boy kidnapped in Kano, Muhammed Ya’u and sold in Onitsha, Anambra.

This is contained in a statement sighed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna and issued to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.

According to the police spokesman, Ya’u was kidnapped in 2014 at PRP Quarters in Kano metropolis by one Paul Onwe and his wife Mercy Paul and sold the victim to one Ebere Ogbodo at the sum of N200,000.

“In continuation of the Command’s effort to rescue the children kidnapped from Kano to other parts of the country, between 05/11/2014 to 08/11/2019, the command’s Anti Kidnapping Team of Operation Puff Adder carried out another rescue operation.

“During the operation, one Muhammed Ya’u ‘m’ 11 years old kidnapped in the year 2014 at PRP Quarters in Kano, was successfully rescued at Onitsha in Anambra State.

“The victim was kidnapped by Paul Onwe and Mercy Paul’ and sold to Ebere Ogbodo ‘at the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000) and renamed as Chinedu Ogbodo,” Haruna said.

He said all the three suspects were currently under investigation while effort was being intensified to rescue more kidnapped children.

“The Command is using this medium to thank the good people of the state for their support, patience, and efforts in fighting all forms of crime and criminality in the state,” he added.


Navy quarterly route march :NAVTRAC, Western Command urge personnel on regular medical check-ups, be law abiding



The Nigerian Navy ( NN) on Saturday urged its personnel  to always go for regular medical check-ups  so as  to ascertain their levels of fitness and  also  be law abiding citizens  always.

Rear Adm. Stanford Enoch, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC),  gave  the advice after their route march.

He also urged  the  personnel to endeavour to check their blood pressures ( bp) regularly.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the December route march marked the final one  for 2019, while the one for the  first quarter for 2020 would be held in March .

The FOC, represented by Commodore Adesola Adesope, the Command Assure Sea Training Officer of NAVTRAC, said that Naval  personnel should stop living in self-denial if they were on medication.

“You can see that that there has been some spate of sudden death among us, not only within  the Nigerian Navy, even among the civilian populace.

“Our findings have shown that  this is because we do not do our clinical (medical) checks at least twice a week.

“As military men,  let us endeavour to check our blood pressure always; it doesn’t have to do with age,whether you are 20 years ,40 years  or 50 years of age.

“Let us stop living in self-denial. If you have been placed on a particular medication; please, follow it to the letter.

“I believe in God, and in miracles, but let us stop living in self-denial, ” he said.

He also encouraged personnel to be cautious about their environments as the Yuletide was approaching, especially, as they would be travelling.

Enoch at the end of the march congratulated the Naval  personnel for successfully completing the exercise without recirding any casualties.

He said, “Route march is to check our fitness, a show of force to the civilian populace  to whom we are responsible .

“That we are there for them in terms of security challenges, especially, as we are  approaching  the Yuletide.

” It is also important for us as military men to take part in such exercises that will ensure we are fit,” he said.

He also implored them  to teach their families  the importance of keeping fit always.

“I still want to implore our wards back home on the need to always keep fit, eating and waking up without exercise is not good for our body systems.

“It is good to loosen up and take some walk to ensure that we are fit,” he said.

NAN reports that the 10km route march in which no fewer than 600 officers participated started at the Naval base, Apapa, at 6:15 a.m. and ended at 8a.m.

The walk started from the Naval base in Apapa, through Ijora axis, Costain, Breweries and ended at the base.

Also, the Western Naval Command had its own walk at the Navy Town, Ojo, with no fewer than 1,800 officers participating.

Rear Adm.  Oladele Daji, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command,  admonished the naval personnel from  the Command on the need to always  be law abiding citizens.

Daji said that there was the  need  for them to also maintain cordial relationship with the civilian populace.

He said that defending the territorial integrity  of the country would be meaningless without a harmonious relationship with the civilian populace.

“Let me use this opportunity to draw your attention to the need to continue to be law abiding citizens.

“And at the same time stress the need to maintain cordial relationship with the civilian populace and relevant stakeholders.

“This is more so, that your duty to defend  the territorial integrity of our fatherland will be meaningless, if the relationship between the populace and Armed Forces is not harmonious,” he said.

He urged the naval  personnel to always live by the Nigeria Navy core values of integrity, professionalism and teamwork.

The Rear Admiral also said that the route march was to keep the  personnel fit, especially, for optimal performance in the discharge of their  constitutional roles as naval officers.

“The quarterly route march is targeted at keeping us fit for optimal performance in the discharge of our constitutional roles as naval personnel.

“This is why the CNS’s vision and strategic directives emphasised physical fitness and mental alertness as critical elements for combat readiness of service personnel at all times,” he said.

Daji also implored  the naval personnel to make use of the weekly Wednesday sports to exercise so as to  ensure enhanced mental and physical alertness.

The FOC,  while commending the naval  personnel on a successful route march, also emphasised that a healthy mind required a healthy body to function properly.

NAN reports that all personnel from the various  units under the  Western Naval Command as well as from the  Admiral Naval Draftting attended the fourth quarter route march at Navy Town, Ojo.

Eduted by Peter Dada

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UN condemns killings of 4 aid workers in Borno



The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has condemned the killing of four aid workers by armed groups in Borno.

Eve Sabbagh, the Head of Public Information, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), stated this in a statement on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Kallon said the UN agency was sad by the killing of the aid workers by their captors on Dec. 13.

He described the action as “tragic” and called for immediate release of aid workers still under captivity.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months.

“My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship,” Kallon said.

He explained that the four men were among the six aid workers abducted on July 26; when armed group attacked their convoy in Damasak of Mobbar Local Government Area.

“They were working on a health project implemented by the Action Against Hunger, an International Non Governmental Organization (INGO).

“One of the drivers was killed during the attack and another was reportedly executed on September 24.

“I plead for the immediate release of Grace Taku, the only woman who was in the ACF team, and whose whereabouts remain unknown.

“I also call for the immediate release of Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018,” he said.

Kallon described the action as another sad day for the people of Nigeria and the humanitarian community.

He noted that the aid workers devoted their lives to helping the most vulnerable communities in Borno, in spite of the risks.

According to him, the UN and partners were working to provide vital assistance to over seven million people in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The coordinator, however, decried that humanitarian workers have increasingly become the target of violent attacks.

He revealed that seven aid workers were killed this year while 26 others lost their lives in the conflict since 2011.

Kallon added that: “Violence against humanitarian actors jeopardizes access to much needed assistance for people affected by the armed conflict.

“I renew the call for all armed actors to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality which guide humanitarian assistance, and to ensure the protection of aid workers”.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz


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Buhari condemns execution of Aid Workers in Borno



President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the alleged execution of four aid workers by terrorists in North-eastern Nigeria.

He said that the defeat of evil by good is inevitable, no matter the pyrrhic victory evildoers seem to win.

The President disclosed this in a statement by Mr Femi Adeshina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, in Abuja on Saturday.

He expressed sadness over the development and commiserated with the family and loved ones of the aid workers.

The aid workers had been abducted near Damasak, Borno State in July and had been held by the insurgents in spite of efforts to secure their release.

“Evil will always be defeated by good at the end of the day. Whatever seeming victory evil records, eventually rebounds on the evildoer.

”We are resolved to beat evil in this land, and we remain unrelenting till we achieve it,” the President said/

He urged all insurgents to lay down their arms and rejoin decent humanity.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz


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Police confirm killing of 29-yr-old man in Abakaliki



The Police Command in Ebonyi has confirmed the killing of one Mr Boniface Nwoha, 29, by unknown gunmen at a drinking joint at Amika Abba area of Abakaliki.

Mrs Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abakaliki on Friday.

She said that full investigation into the murder had commenced and assured residents that the perpetrators of the crime would be arrested and brought to justice.

Odah said: “The case has been referred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for thorough investigation.

“The police will unravel the cause of the murder and ensure that everyone involved in the act is arrested and prosecuted.

“I wish to use this medium to appeal to citizens to be law abiding, to resist the lure of taking laws into their hands and report any breach of right to the police.

“We assure our readiness to ensure full protection of lives of every resident and there will be no hiding place for criminal elements in the state.”

Meanwhile, a source close to the deceased’s family told the Nigeria News Agency , on condition of anonymity, that Nwoha was killed by members of a suspected rival cult group.

According to the source, the group was on a reprisal mission, following a fracas that took place at the compound of the deceased, where some people were reportedly injured.

“The deceased allegedly had an altercation with some co-tenants at their residence at Amike Abba, which led to some persons getting injured.

“In an apparent reprisal attack, the injured persons, alleged to be members of the Aye confraternity, trailed him to a drinking joint, where they shot him severally and fled,” the source said.

NAN gathered that many residents of the area, especially youths, had fled their homes, following ongoing police investigation.

(Edited by: Moses Solanke/Sam Oditah)


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NAF hands over man, 2 others nabbed for transformer vandalism to police



The Nigerian Air Force (NAF)  in Imo has handed over a suspect arrested for transformer vandalism and  two others  to the state’s Command of the Nigeria Police Force.

The commander, 211 Quick Response Group, NAF Owerri, Group Capt. Elisha Bindul, handed over  the suspects and the remains of a dead suspect at the Imo headquarters of NAF in Owerri on Friday.

Bindul said  that suspect Kelechi Anyanwu, 28, along with two accomplices who usually bought allegedly stolen transformer parts were apprehended by men of the NAF at Umuohiagu Community,  Ngor Okpala LGA, on Nov. 27.

He also said  that a second suspect,  Ifeanyi Okpara, had already  been lynched by an angry mob before the arrival of security operatives.

He commended the police for synergising with the NAF in the fight against criminality while expressing confidence in the ability of security agencies in the state to contain crime during and after the yuletide.

He also commended staff of the NAF hospital,  Owerri, for what he described as ‘prompt medical intervention’ in saving Anyanwu  from mob attack while regretting that Okpara had already died before the arrival of his men.

“We commend the police for partnering us and other security agencies in fighting crime and we believe that we are equal to the task of containing criminality especially during the yuletide.

“We also commend our medical team for their prompt intervention because only the living face the law.

“Regrettably Okpara died before our intervention from fatal injuries sustained during mob attack,“ he said.

The commander, however, promised to address the issue of jungle justice through public sensitisation.

”If we lose suspects to jungle justice,  the implication is that their sponsors will get away scotfree.

“Nigerians must learn to alert security agencies when necessary instead of taking laws in their hands,  he added.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was witnessed by a representative of the Nigeria Police,  SP Okoro Nneji.

Nigeria News Agency reports that items discovered from the suspects such as electric cables,  spanners and pliers were  handed over to the Commissioner of Police,  CP Rabiu Ladodom,  represented at the event by SP Okoro Nneji.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Orlando Ikeokwu, however, assured that the suspects would be prosecuted by a court of competent jurisdiction without delay.

Edited by: Donald Ugwu


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