Police Rescue Seven Kidnapped Victims, Arrest One Suspect In Ogun

 

The Police in Ogun said it has rescued seven people abducted by gunmen along the Ajebo axis of the Lagos/ Ibadan expressway, during aerial surveillance and tactical deployment of men.

According to the commissioner of police, Ogun state command, Bashir Makama, one of the suspects was arrested during a raid conducted around the area in connection with the kidnap of the victims.

“The last two was really not reported but by the time the onslaught started, we were able to rescue them and as such the seven of them were rescued on the 26th, so it was a 3-day intensive search we conducted in that bush and in the process, one of the suspected kidnappers was arrested.”

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The police boss, however, said that the victims have been released and reunited with their families as one of them sustained gunshot injuries from their abductors.

“Some of them were thoroughly beaten so we had to take them for medical attention. Another one was shot in the leg, and they have all reunited with their families.”

Extrajudicial Killing: Police Confirm Death Of Man In Ogun, Begin Investigation

Police Arrest Clerics For Alleged Murder In Ogun

 

The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the shooting and killing of an unidentified young man in the Iyana-Coker area of Ifo.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said that the commissioner of police, Bashir Makama has ordered an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Oyeyemi also revealed that the officer belongs to the zonal intervention squad of Zone 2 Police Command and the team had gone to arrest some armed robbery suspects when they were attacked.

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According to an eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television, the officers opened fire at a bus stop in the area along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, killing the man, and several other people were injured while scampering to safety.

The incident which happened on Sunday resulted in a breakdown of law and order as aggrieved persons blocked the expressway with burnt tyres which disrupted the flow of vehicular movement on both sides of the road.

The shooting is happening barely a week after a young woman was shot dead by policemen while returning from a nightclub in Lagos, and barely three weeks after the fatal shooting of Kolade Johnson, also in Lagos.

Zaki Biam Attack: Ortom Vows To Bring Perpetrators To Book

Ortom Sues For Calm Over Benue Market AttackThe Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has asked the people of Zaki Biam to remain calm, as everything will be done to bring the killers of some traders in the town to justice.

The Governor made the call on Tuesday when he visited the town, alongside the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bashir Makama, to assess the situation there.

The Police confirmed that 17 persons were killed in the attack, after gunmen riding on motorcycles invaded the area while shooting sporadically.

The attack on the traders took place on Monday evening at a yam market in Zaki Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, north-central Nigeria.

The Special Adviser to Governor Ortom on ICT and Media, Tahav Agerzua, clarified that the killing was not linked to the activities of herdsmen.

Although witnesses claim that about 27 people were killed by the attackers, but one of the survivors alleges that many lives were lost.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, condoled with the government and people of Benue State on the attack.

“The President condemns the wicked attack and directs security agencies to begin immediate investigation with a view to bring the perpetrators of the act to book,” he said

President Buhari also sympathised with those who lost their loved ones and prayed that God comforts them.

Benue Police Launch Manhunt For Cop Killers

Benue Police, Cop Killers, Police Commissioner, domestic staffThe Benue State Police Command has launched the manhunt for the arrest of the unknown gunmen involved in the killing of two policemen in Ado Local Government Area on Sunday morning.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, disclosed this to Channels Television in Makurdi, shortly after returning from a fact finding visit to Ado where some persons were arrested for interrogation.

The Police have vowed to recover the three rifles stolen by the attackers, who also left two officers in critical conditions.

Channels Television also visited the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, where the two survivors with multiple bullet wounds were operated upon.

The consultant, Ocheifa Matthew, said that the officers were in stable condition after extensive surgeries but they remained under close observation.

Benue State Govt. Denies Diverting Schools Rehabilitation Fund

Samuel-OrtomThe Benue State government has denied an allegation of fraudulent diversion of seven billion Naira out of the 7.6 billion Naira public primary schools rehabilitation fund at the State Universal Basic Education Board.

This denial followed accusation levied against the state government and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) by some contractors who bid for the 740 projects, alleging that 70% payment were made upfront to government cronies while 30% kick-backs were taken as bribe without executing the projects.

The police have opened investigation into the income and expenditure of SUBEB between 2011-2015.

Three accounting staff were arrested before the close of work on Friday, a development the SUBEB chairman said was not connected to his tenure in office.

On August 25, the Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, performed the symbolic flag off ceremony of the rehabilitation of 740 public primary schools, most of which were destroyed by herdsmen during attacks on Benue communities.

But the execution of the projects has since run into trouble waters, with controversies and alleged fraudulent diversion of the funds.

Channels Television’s correspondent in Benue State, visited the office of the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board to investigate the allegation.

But the SUBEB chairman, Philip Tachin, insisted that due process was followed in the award of the contracts.

Asked if the board had the 7.6 billion Naira to see through the 740 school projects, Mr Tachin said even the Universal Basic Education Commission in Abuja had access to the expenditure profile of the board.

Defending the state government, the Benue State Governor, through his spokesman, Terver Akase, asked those behind the allegation to come forward with proof of fraud and favouritism if indeed there were discrepancies in the entire process.

While the government believes the burden of proof rested on those fuelling the allegation of fraud, the Commissioner of Police in Benue State, Bashir Makama, said officials were looking into all the issues, believing that the truth would be revealed.

NBA Protests Detention of Akwaza’s Lawyer

nigeria-bar-association-nba-logoThe Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Makurdi branch, has threatened to boycott all court sittings if the security agencies in Benue state, fails to release Mr Terfa Jirgba, lawyer to the most wanted gang leader, Mr Terwase Akwaza also known as Ghana.

The chairman of the NBA Makurdi, Mr Emmanuel Agbakor, said all efforts to locate the whereabouts of Mr Jirgba had so far proved abortive, as the police were yet to commence investigation into the matter.

Contrary to the claim by the NBA chairman, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, said that Mr Jirgba was currently undergoing interrogation at the Department of State Security for alleged complicity in an ongoing investigation.

Mr Jirgba was allegedly whisked away on Wednesday morning by over 20 unidentified armed men in six hilux vans.