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Army hands over alleged kidnappers to police in Taraba

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The Nigerian Army has paraded and handed over to the State Police Command three suspected kidnappers nabbed at an army checkpoint in Taraba State.

According to ThisDay newspaper, the suspects, a 37-year-old woman identified as Ruth Okoronkwo and her brother, as well as one Emmanuel Kelechi, a taxi driver, were nabbed by soldiers of the 20 Model Battalion, Serti manning a check point at Sabin Gida along Jalingo-Wukari road.

Parading the suspects before journalists at the Police Headquarters in Jalingo before handing them over to the police, the Commanding Officer, 20 Model Battalion, Serti, Lt Col Musa Adamu, assured that the Army and other sister security agencies would continue to work together against criminality.

He said the suspects were in custody of two children when they were apprehended following a distress call from a family member of one of the victims who was kidnapped at Iware, a community also along Jalingo-Wukari road.

He said, “Officers of 20 Model Battalion, Serti arrested the kidnappers following a distress call from family members of one of the kidnapped victims taken from Iware under Ardo-Kola local government area of Taraba state.

“The suspected Kidnappers claimed the children belonged to them when they were intercepted at the checkpoint but when the family members who made the distress call came, they identified their kidnapped son, Ibrahim Ali who is only two years old.

“Interrogation of the criminals by the troops revealed that the other kidnapped victim, John Emmanuel, who is one year and four months old, as disclosed by one of the kidnap suspect, was picked in Yola, Adamawa state, whose parents are yet to be contacted.”

Speaking to Journalists, the 37 year old Ruth who claimed to be a business woman said she was recruited to kidnap infants for the sum of N50,000.

According to her “this is my first time of doing something like this. I was promised the sum of N50,000 if I could assist them to kidnap children.

“I have known him (Emmanuel Kelechi) for a long time as a taxi driver who used to assist me to carry my goods because I am a business woman. I am pleading for forgiveness and would never do it again.”

But Emmanuel Kelechi, who also spoke with Journalists said he’s been doing the business for over a month and admitted engaging Okoronkwo to help him kidnap children for someone who promised to pay him N200,000 for every infant delivered.

“I have been doing this for over a month now. Someone I met at Umuahia introduced me into this.

He told me if I can get an infant, he would pay me N200,000. As an ordinary driver, I was enticed by the offer. He said he was going to sell the children to couples looking for children.

“So when I took my younger brother to Yola, where he was to resume school, I met this woman whom I discussed with and both agreed to do the job together.”

Also speaking to newsmen, Mr Ali Ibrahim, father of rescued Ibrahim gave glory to God for rescuing his son and expressed appreciation to the Army for their efforts.

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  1. Wasiu Adewale

    August 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Why can’t army punish the kidnappers themselves or it’s not their duty

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Bayelsa poll: Another Police Inspector confirmed dead following Nembe shooting

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A Police Inspector posted from the Mobile Police formation in Asaba, Delta State, has been confirmed dead, owing to gunshot injuries suffered from the mayhem at the aborted rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe, Bayelsa State.

Members of the PDP were attacked on Wednesday, at King Koko Square, venue of a PDP rally In Ogbolomabiri, Nembe.

The PDP has blamed the attack on the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), with Senator Duoye Diri, the governorship candidate for Saturday’s election, calling on President Muhammad Buhari to declare a state of emergency on Bayelsa volatile areas.

The body of the Police Inspector, whose name was not disclosed, has since been deposited at the Nembe General Hospital.

Another of his colleagues, Mr. Ododomu was luckier as he survived the attack with gunshot wounds on his leg.

Two other policemen who were at the aborted PDP rally, are said to be critically injured and are battling to survive.

Several other people are reportedly missing with growing worries from unconfirmed reports that the thugs ripped open the stomach of their victims and threw them into the nearby river.

Medical personnel have been battling to save lives of the victims at the Specialists Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.

As at Friday, 39 of the injured have been discharged on follow up, while 47 are still on admission, with 32 at the Federal Medical Centre and 15 still gasping for breath at the Specialist Hospital, Yenagoa.

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Six women arrested for trafficking minors in Jigawa

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Jigawa State Hisba command has arrested six women for allegedly trafficking nine children to Federal Capital Abuja for child labour.

Deputy Director State Hisba command Malam Yunusa disclosed this to Daily Post in Dutse.

He explained that the children were taken from villages in Roni local government areas of Jigawa state.

Yunusa said the suspects were arrested while attempting to traffic children to Abuja, Bauchi and Kano states respectively.

He said the victims were all girls and their age is ranging from nine, ten to eighteen year old.

Yunusa said three of the women were indigenes of Roni local government in Jigawa while the others were from Kunci local government area in Kano state.

The suspects were taken to Jigawa state police command for further investigations.

Spokesperson Jigawa state police command SP Abdu Jijiri confirmed the arrest to Daily Post.

He said the case is still under investigation.

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Man nabbed for allegedly killing student in Kaduna

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The 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 of the 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 News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) 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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