Police have rescued three persons kidnapped by gunmen in Ilorin.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State Police Command, SP Okasanmi Ajayi (anipr) confirmed their rescue in a statement on Friday.
He said the victims were successfully rescued yesterday at 2330hrs by operatives attached to the command, led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega
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The Kwara State Police Command wishes to inform the general public, especially the good people of Kwara State that the three abducted persons 1. Vet. Dr Julius Owoeye 2. Akeem Ajadi 3.Bola Adedoye, all workers of Bafford/Morola’s farms at Elega Via Pampo Village Ilorin, has been successfully rescued yesterday at 2330hrs by operatives attached to the command, led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega psc.
The Command was flabbergasted when the news of the abduction of the victims broke, despite the tight security arrangements emplaced throughout the state.
The news of the kidnap prompted the Commissioner of Police to give a matching order to the Command’s anti-kidnapping operatives which he personally supervised that eventually forced the kidnappers to abandon the victims when they could not withstand the intense pressure placed on them, hence they fled for their lives.
The effort is still ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.
The victims are evidently traumatized but are in a stable frame of mind as they have been attended to by the Command’s Police doctors.
Recall that the Commissioner of Police made a commitment to the effect that the victims would be rescued and suspects arrested, which has today been achieved.
This is to send a signal to all criminals irrespective of nomenclature that Kwara State is never a safe haven for criminal elements, as such should relocate to other states. The CP wishes to appreciate all stakeholders that collaborated with the command in making this rescue mission a success.
The Kwara State Police Command has said that no church, offices were vandalised or shops looted by protesters in the Ilorin metropolis.
In a statement by Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State Command, SP Okasanmi Ajayi (anipr) said “The command wishes to debunk the story in its entirety, no single church was burnt, no shop was looted neither was any business facility closed down as a result of the hijab milieu”.
He recalled that the state government shot 10 Christian grants in aid schools over their refusal to allow hijab adorning female students’ entrance into the schools after a court judgement to that effect.
The announcement of the opening of the shot schools heralded the protests by the church proprietors who insisted that no female students with hijab would be allowed entry and the attendant insistence by the Muslims that the female students must be allowed to enter the schools in hijab.
However, all through this, “the command has deployed adequate Policemen and other security agencies in all the schools/churches, the protests which were restricted to the schools have been peaceful all these while, efforts by hoodlums to hijack the process was vehemently resisted by the police.
“The professional handling of the protests has been commended by all parties involved including the government”.
He noted that the commissioner of Police Kwara State Police Command, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega psc, is calling on everyone and the media to support the command as usual, but must continue to verify their stories before going public as what the state needs now is a joint effort to sustain the peace and harmony Kwara State is known with.
“The command is also assuring members of the public of her readiness to protect all law-abiding citizens while criminals will be arrested and dealt with in accordance with the law”.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has approved Top 8 National Volleyball Championship for males and females tagged the Super Cup.
The championship is scheduled to take place at the University of Ilorin Sports Complex in Kwara State, from November 19 to 29.
In a statement by Samuel Aduda, the acting Director of Federal Elite Athletes Development (FEAD), the ministry urged the Nigeria Volleyball Federation to ensure COVID-19 sports codes and protocols were observed.
“I am directed to convey to you that the honourable minister has given approval for the Federation to organise the 2020 Top 8 National Volleyball Championship.
“You are to ensure strict compliance with all COVID-19 sports codes and protocols during the Championship,” the statement said.
In his reaction, the President of the Federation, Musa Nimrod, commended the ministry’s decision to approve the championship and asked the League Management Committee to respect the protocols.
He said, “I must commend the minister for giving express approval of the Top 8 in Ilorin. The minister has shown his love and passion for sports in the country.
“I urge the League Management Committee to follow all laid down rules of the COVID-19 protocols by the Ministry of Sports”
The Super Cup will produce the champions of the volleyball league.
The fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Rivers and Delta States has received a boost following the donation of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines and other medical equipment to three Teaching Hospitals and a College of Health in the states.
The items were handed over to authorities of the medical facility on Thursday by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
NDDC Acting Managing Director, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, was hopeful that the distribution of PCR machines in the Niger Delta would improve COVID-19 testing and medical research in the region.
Professor Pondei, who was represented at the event by the NDDC Director of Health and Social Services, Philomena Oputa, explained that the equipment would impact positively on the lives of the people of the Niger Delta and address their health concerns regarding COVID-19.
“We are continuing with the distribution of PCR machines across the Niger Delta region. The handover should have taken place in the institutions, but they were so excited and could not wait and decided to come and carry the equipment themselves,” he said.
The NDDC boss added, “We are still distributing, and we are going to send to the remaining states that are not here today because that is the original plan.”
While receiving the equipment, the Chief Medical Director at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Professor Henry Ugboma, believes it will go a long way in improving service delivery in the health institutions.
“I can assure you that as we have received this, we are going to put it into good use and I am asking that in a very short time, NDDC will call us again for further assistance,” he said.
The Provost of the College of Health Science at the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Iyeopu Siminialayi, was also at the NDDC office to receive the equipment for the college.
He said, “We thank the Federal Government for approving the money for the NDDC that made it possible to get these equipment. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with the NDDC.”
The Director of Health Services of the Rivers State University, Dr Dagogo Cooky-Gam, on his part, thanked the NDDC for assisting health institutions in the Niger Delta region.
He stated that the equipment would enable the institution to set up a laboratory that would help in testing students and other members of the university community.
The Kwara State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has destroyed some impounded foreign goods worth 12 million Naira.
Briefing journalists before the destruction of the goods on Tuesday, the Comptroller of the Kwara Command, Ahmed Bello said the goods included 927 bags of rice, 148 bags of Semolina, and 35 cartons of vegetable oil.
According to him, the goods had been certified unfit for human or animal consumption because they had expired.
No fewer than 50 people have been arrested by officials of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 at a night club in Ilorin, the state capital.
The Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 in the state, Dr Femi Oladiji, disclosed this on Saturday at the state’s quarantine centre in Ilorin where the suspects were kept.
He explained that the operation was led by the state Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi.
“Around 1:00am, we got information that some people were clubbing at Kwara Hotel.
“The deputy governor, in my accompany and some security officials, raided the club and we arrested so many boys and girls within the age range of 20 to 30,” Oladiji was quoted as saying in a statement by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and spokesman for the technical committee.
He added, “Around 2:00am, we brought them to the Hajj camp (Quarantine Centre). We made them comfortable overnight, and early this morning, we took their samples for COVID-19.
“The arrest, which may lead to prosecution, is to send the signal that we cannot tolerate such conduct. Violations will henceforth attract a strong response from the government.”
The commissioner insisted that the ban on night clubbing remained in force to prevent the further spread of the virus in the state.
He stressed that the action of the clubbers violated the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations, 2020, as well as the government’s subsisting ban on congregation beyond 20 people.
Oladiji, however, noted that this excluded places of worship where preventive measures have been put in place in agreement with religious leaders.
According to him, the government is considering other measures, including enforcement of the use of face mask in public to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus.
“The government will take appropriate actions against any officials of the hotel found to have authorised the violation of the existing ban to send the signal that such behaviour will not be tolerated,” the commissioner said.
Policemen have surrounded a property belonging to the family of the former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The property has in recent days been a subject of controversy between the former Senate President and the current Kwara State Government.
Prior to this development, the state House of Assembly had deliberated on a petition against the ownership of the expanse of land which was reportedly not paid for, prompting the call for the executive to take over the property.
The matter has also triggered political arguments between the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State and the state government.
Another illegal rehabilitation centre has been uncovered by the Kwara State police command in Ilorin the state capital, with one hundred and eight inmates living in inhuman conditions.
The centre held in its confines one hundred and three males and five females with ages ranging between twelve and forty, several of whom were chained.
The victims looked malnourished and unkempt, allegedly as a result of being denied food for days.
While some of the rescued inmates admitted to being wayward and drug users, they described their experience as horrific, and asked the government to ensure the closure of such centers across the country.
The police say the victims will be investigated to ascertain the claims of being dropped at the centre willingly, before they are returned to their parents.
This affected the athletes who usually go to the stadium for training as they were also denied entry.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, the need to forestall any breakdown of law and order informs the heavy security presence as the call for revolution is against the law.
A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, before Justice Babangana Ashigar, has postponed the bail hearing of four officials of the State Government arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office on money laundering.
Those arraigned include the Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Government House, Abubakar Ishiak, Director of Administration And Finance, Shina Akorede, Controller Finance and Account, Rasaq Momonu and cashier of the Kwara State Government House, Hafees Yusuf.
The four men were first arraigned on May 2 on two counts of money laundering and making cash payments of N20.3 million.
The payments were allegedly made to one Energy Multi-Trade Unique Interbiz Limited through the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Jimoh Sarafadeen Kolade, for services rendered to the Kwara State Government house.
The sum was said to have exceeded the limitation of 10 million Naira payable to a corporate body and thereby resulting in an offence contrary to Section 1 (b) and punishable under Section 16 of the same act.
At the hearing today for their bail application, the prosecuting counsel, Christopher Mschelia, urged the presiding judge to accelerate the proceedings of the arraigned officials in order for the trials to commence.
In response, the lead counsel to the defence, Abdulwahab Bamidele, however, noted that the case was bordering on money laundering which does not involve human lives, hence it is bailable.
Countering the position, Mscheli, insisted that any case on the nation’s economy is equivalent to human life.
After listening to both parties, Justice Ashigar then postponed the date for hearing on bail application till further notice and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.