Lagos CP Leads Operation To Rescue Kidnapped Corps Member In Epe

The victim, Onyiwara Faith, at a hospital shortly after she was rescued by the police. Inset: Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu.



The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has coordinated a rescue operation of one Onyiwara Faith, a corps member serving at ABC Farm, Ilamija Nla Village in the Epe axis of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that Faith was abducted on Friday last week while on her way to attend the Community Development Service (CDS) meeting at Ilamija.

The abductors were said to have demanded a ransom of N50 million but later reduced it to N400,000 from the farm manager to be dropped at Ijebu Ososa area.

But Elkana stated that no ransom was paid while the police swung into action.

An operation led by Odumosu led to Faith’s rescue at about 2.20 am on Tuesday in a swamp forest around Ilamija Nla in Epe after a gun battle.

“The kidnappers’ ring leader – Moses Ofeye, 31 years old from Ondo State of Ijaw origin – was arrested with gun wounds.

“The victim was taken to hospital for medical attention due to the shock and trauma she experienced and long-distance trek,” the command’s spokesman said.

He noted that the victim is in stable condition and has been handed over to the Lagos State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and her family.

Kidnapped Epe School Students To Return Soon, Police Say

The Nigeria Police Force has reiterated its commitment to ensuring adequate security of life and property in the maritime environment of the Niger Delta region.The Police have assured the parents of the kidnapped students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla-Epe that all hands are on deck to ensure the safe return of the students.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2, comprising of Lagos and Ogun State Police Commands, Mr Adamu Ibrahim, gave the assurance on Monday.

Briefing reporters after meeting with the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr Ibrahim said security agencies were working tirelessly to ensure the safe return of the students and reunite them with their families.

“In fact very soon, you will hear good news on the issue. We are working seriously on it. At this stage, I will not want to disclose too much because these are security issues but all I want to say is that people should give us a chance and very soon, they will hear good news,” he said.

Ibrahim noted that the police would build on the success of the arrest of suspected notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike otherwise known as Evans and hunt down other criminal elements in the zone.

“Security measures are not discussed publicly but what I will tell you is that we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that Lagos is free of crime and criminals. We will rid all these criminals out of this zone.

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“So, I will like to send a word to criminals to leave Zone 2 otherwise we will not relent until the zone is completely rid of all these criminals. You are aware Evans has already been arrested and he is the most wanted criminal who is into kidnapping. Others too, if they don’t leave this zone, they will also be arrested,” he stated.

The AIG commended the Lagos State Government for its efforts towards improving the security architecture in the state.

Gunmen Abduct Principals, Students From Lagos School

Gunmen have abducted the principals and some students of the Lagos State Model College, Igbo Nla in Epe.

The gunmen stormed the school on Thursday morning during the school’s morning assembly.

Lagos State Model College

Both the principal of the Junior Secondary School and that of the Senior Secondary School were abducted along with the students.

It was gathered that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, Commander of the Rapid Response Squad, ACP Tunji Disu, have visited the school and investigations are ongoing.

Police, Suspected Kidnappers Exchange Fire In Lagos

Police, Kidnappers, Igbodu, Epe, LagosResidents of Igbodu community in the Epe area of Lagos State were in the early hours of Tuesday jolted by a gun duel between some suspected kidnappers and men of the Nigeria Police.

Confirming the incident, a source in the Lagos State Police Command told Channels Television that the suspects opened fire on a team of policemen who were on patrol along the Epe axis, and riddled their vehicle with bullets.

One of the farmers in the area also told Channels Television that the gun battle broke out after some of the kidnap victims escaped when they noticed that six of the gang members had left the camp, leaving only two of them, whom they later overpowered.

On arrival at the camp and learning that their victims had escaped, the gang members reportedly went on rampage, attacking everyone they came across.

The kidnappers had on February 14 abducted five farm assistants and two members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), who were guarding the farmers and requested for five million naira as ransom.

Seven Persons Kidnapped In Epe

Seven Persons Kidnapped In EpeBarely two days after the release of the Secretary of Isheri Estate (GRA) Landlord Association, Dayo Adekoya, seven persons have again been kidnapped in Epe Area of Lagos state.

A source hinted Channels Television that the victims, five workers of a farm and two members of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), who were recently employed as security personnel, were abducted in the early hours of Tuesday,
while on the way to the farm.

The source also explained that the victims were whisked away by heavily armed men.

Igbodu community which has played host to medium and large scale farming in the last few years, has witnessed several kidnap cases, in which the abductors demand a ransom before releasing any of the victims.

Reps Ask FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Kidnapping

House of Representatives, Reps, KidnappingThe House of Representatives says concrete action must be taken to check the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

The lawmakers made the call for a state of emergency to be declared on kidnapping on Wednesday after a debate on a motion of urgent national importance on the need to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping across the country.

The motion was raised by a member of the House from Ondo State, Representative Babatunde kolawole and supported by some of his colleagues including; Ado Dogowa, Emmanuel Orker-Jev and Adam Jagaba.

After deliberations on the issue on the floor of the House in Abuja, lawmakers unanimously agreed that the crime had taken an alarming dimension with the kidnapping of school children.

The House called for a security summit that would fashion an effective response to the kidnapping phenomenon.

They said some committees of the House, telecom service providers and all security agencies would take part in the summit.

The lawmakers are making the move after four students, the principal and his vice were kidnapped at the Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of the state.

They were kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The kidnappers had demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom before the six kidnapped victims were released on Tuesday, October 11.

Some states in Nigeria had established laws that prescribes capital punishment for persons found guilty for kidnapping.

Lagos School Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom

School KidnapInformation reaching us has it that the six kidnapped victims from the Lagos State Model College, Igbo – Nla in Epe Area of Lagos have been released by their abductors.

The victims are four students, the school principal and his vice kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college and whisked away the victims. Two of the kidnapped persons were swiftly rescued by the Police operatives.

The kidnappers later reportedly demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the other victims to regain freedom. It is not clear if any ransom was paid for their release.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni had promised that the Police would rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were deployed to ensure this.

School Kidnap: Abductors Of Students, Officials In Lagos Make Demands

Gunmen Abduct , Lagos, Epe, Model College, Gunmen,The abductors of vice principals, a teacher and pupils of Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of Lagos have demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom.

A source told Channels Television on Friday that the gunmen alleged to be from the south-south region headed towards Ogbere River to link up the Ogun River.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said that efforts were on to rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the decoy marine team in search of the victims.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college whisking away the victims.

Two of the eight people kidnapped from school were rescued on Thursday by the Police operatives.

Meanwhile, nine suspects have been arrested over last week’s abduction of the wife of the Central Bank Governor, Margaret Emefiele along Benin-Agbor road.

The suspects who were arrested with millions of Naira by officers of the intelligence response team in Edo, Delta and Benue states are one each from Delta and Benue states and six Fulanis.

One more suspect has also been arrested in the kidnap of some landlords in Isheri, a border community between Lagos and Ogun state.

The latest arrest brings to five the number of suspects in police custody.

School Kidnap: Lagos Police Rescue Two Persons

Gunmen Abduct , Former Minister, Gunmen, KadunaTwo of the eight people kidnapped from the Model College, Igbo Nla in Epe area of Lagos have been rescued by the Police operatives deployed to the area.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni said that efforts were on to rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been deployed.

Four students, a teacher and a vice principal of the school were kidnapped by suspected militants in the early hours of Thursday.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college whisking away the victims.

Prompt Rescue

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule on Thursday visited the Igbo Nla Senior and Junior Model College and gave the assurance that government would work assiduously to ensure prompt rescue of the victims.

Adebule, who was accompanied by top government officials and head of security agencies to the school, condemned the act, but pleaded with parents and families of the victims to cooperate with government and security agencies in ensuring prompt rescue of the victims.

In a series of tweets, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has also pleaded with parents and families of the victims to cooperate with government and security agencies in ensuring prompt rescue of the victims

He added that “all security agencies have been fully mobilized to ensure the prompt rescue of the kidnap victims”.

National Importance

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has also asked security agencies to intensify rescue efforts for the victims.

The resolution by the House followed a motion by a Lagos lawmaker, Honourable Wale Raji, under matters of urgent national importance.

Mr Raji told the House how the incident happened while students were observing early morning prayers.

He said that he heard about the development shortly after the House resumed plenary and he was compelled to bring it to the attention of the House and, by extension, the country.

Incidents of attacks by militants have been on the increase in riverine communities in Lagos state.

IFAD to Extend RUFIN Program Beyond 2017

2017, Agriculture, IFAD, RUFIN, Rural Financing, International Fund For Agricultural DevelopmentBeneficiaries of the Rural Financing Programe of the International Fund For Agricultural Development in Benue state North Central Nigeria, have appealed for an extension of the program beyond 2017.

They made the call when officials of the Federal Ministry Of Agriculture and IFAD representatives visited Logor Council Area to assess how well the farmers have utilized the funding.

The IFAD officials were also in Lagos state where they visited the Epe and Ikorodu Local Government Areas.

Coordinator of RUFIN Lagos state, Funmi Bello said the Lagos State Government is planning to extend the program even if IFAD is not continuing. “We have to mentor these people to a certain stage” She added.

The 7-year program which was introduced in 2010 is being sponsored by the International Fund For Agricultural Development, in partnership with the government.

It’s main aim is to reduce poverty in rural areas by providing access to financial services for poor households especially women, the physically challenged and the youth.

Pleased With Results

So far, officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture are pleased with the results. Speaking with the Senior Technology Assistant to the Minister Of Agriculture, Autta Appeh, he says: “Our aim is to bring life back to the village and to do that, is to provide access to financing and elevate both the youth, women and ageing farmers”

Farm land and farm produce were among some of the rewards for the local farmers. A Beneficiary Gloria Nguto, in the Logor Local Government also expresses her joy while speaking with Channels Television, in her words, “With the first money they gave us, we started trading shoes, bags and other things.

“Even as we are not in the town, they are encouraging us to produce more so that we will not sit idle and eat, depend on our husbands or our children”

Another beneficiary Adebimpe Olawale said: “We started very small but now at least I can boast that I am somebody”

However, she admits that there have been challenges along the way, she opined that “the government should bring the interest down to 2% per annum where farmers can have real access and have gains from their farms, they will have something to remain for themselves and still have something to pay back”.

Microfinance expert, Adamu Ibrahim says, “What RUFIN has done in collaboration with Central Bank is to bring in intervention funds specifically targeted at a particular segment of the market to bring down the cost of interest”

An IFAD official expressed that RUFIN has thus far been the best pilot program that has been put together. “It has given us a platform to be able to build upon, from this we are building a bigger basket”, he added.

According to IFAD, 18,000 farmer groups have been able to access micro- finance through the RUFIN program.

Ambode Promises Development Of Epe Community

ambodeThe Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday promised residents of Epe community that the ancient town would undergo infrastructural transformation during his governance.

At a special Ramadan Lecture held at the premises of the Epe Local Government Council, the Governor thanked the people for their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the election period. He promised that the development of the Epe community would be utmost to him.

In his speech, he assured the residents that their gesture of support would not be ignored and that his administration would carry out infrastructural projects to improve their standard of living.

“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone here. I know that a lot of us contested, but the bottom line is that I belong to this community and whatever it is that we do, it is in the interest of this community. We are all going to stand together to make sure that the development of Epe is uppermost in our heart.”

Governor Ambode who hails from Epe, encouraged residents to join hands with his administration, urging Muslims to seize the period of Ramadan to pray for the success of his tenure.

“I am glad Epe is one. It pleases God that what we’ve missed in the city for almost forty years has come to us. It is now left for all of us to come together and join hands with this government.” He said during his speech.

He further stated: “There is nothing I can do for Epe people that can be enough, but I assure you that Epe would be a new city. All I need from you now is prayer because I am ready to pay my dues in Epe and I will try my best to ensure that Epe and indeed Lagos State witness all round development and transformation”.

Earlier, the guest lecturer, Dr. Nosirudeen Onibon, urged those who would form the cabinet of the Governor to imbibe the culture of moral competence in the discharge of their duties.

He stressed that successful governance was largely dependent on division of labour, imploring all hands to be on deck during the current administration.

Onibon expressed optimism that with Governor Ambode at the top of the state’s helm of affairs , Lagos would experience a great deal of development.

Fashola Announces 83 Per Cent 2014 Budget Performance

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, fasholahas announced a 83-per cent cumulative performance for the 2014 Budget.

The performance represents the accomplished Budget in the first, second, third and fourth quarters of the year which stood at 67 per cent, 106 per cent, 84 per cent and 77 per cent respectively.

Addressing a press conference at the Lagos State House, Ikeja, Governor Fashola also announced that the fourth quarter budget performance stood at 77 per cent, saying the impact of the fourth quarter performance of the budget was already visible across the State in projects such as, the completed court buildings in Epe and Ikeja.

Governor Fashola also said that other projects that benefitted from the fourth quarter budget were the solar projects in primary health institution, primary schools, progress in road works across the state such as Agiti, Isheri-Oshun bridge behind Jakande Estate which are completed.

On the priorities of his administration in its last days, Governor Fashola promised to continue to do more of what the administration have done in order to close strongly.

“As I said before, in the rain and in the sun we will continue to provide service; that is the role of government.”

Governor Fashola listed other areas of priority to include settling as many obligations as it could, “in spite of the difficult financial situation,” to contractors to accelerate and complete more on-going projects.

Fashola also declared:  “We are issuing more contracts to support small businesses. We are in procurement now for maintenance contracts for about 606 schools which are contracts that range between N2 million and N5 million for small businesses”.

He said that beneficiaries would be graduates from the State’s technical and vocational centres who have formed small companies, and members of the society who bid for the contracts as well as those who show “demonstrable capacity”.