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Death awaits kidnappers in Ogun

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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, said his administration was considering death penalty for kidnappers in the state.

Abiodun, who disclosed this when Remo League of Imams paid him an Eid-el-Kabir visit in his Iperu country home, described kidnapping as an economic crime that must be stopped by all means.

He disclosed that the judiciary in Ogun State was working towards enacting a bill to that effect, even as he made case for community policing.

Abiodun said most of the kidnappers were foreigners who disguised as herdsmen, adding that it would not augur well if criminals were allowed to operate unchecked and hurt the state which is regarded as the industrial hub of the nation.

“We do not want criminals to cause problems for us. The state hosts a lot of companies and Industries. It will not augur well to hear that criminality is prevalent in our State.

“I have asked that those who were caught in the recent kidnappings in the state be brought to me. I will warn them because government will not spare anyone caught in kidnapping henceforth,” he said.

Meanwhile, some suspected kidnappers had abducted one Abdulasis Sanni, the son of the Chief Imam of Ode Omi, a border community between Lagos and Ogun waterside.

Sanni, it was learnt, just returned from Saudi Arabia where he studied Arabic.

DAILY POST learnt that the assailants shot at two other sons of the Imam, as they stole a speedboat with which they escaped with their victims.

The gunmen were reported to have also abducted two brothers, Jelili and Bamidele Adams.

Gov. Abiodun has since condemned the act, assuring that the three kidnapping victims would be rescued by the police.

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Pirates abduct three Russian sailors in Cameroon

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Three Russian crew members of a cargo ship have been abducted by pirates near the port of Douala in southern Cameroon, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday said.

The cargo ship “Marmalaita” belonging to the Danish company, Ultrabulk, carrying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was attacked by unknown people on Thursday.

According to the Russian Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroonian authorities and representatives of the ship-owner company are taking steps to clarify the incident, the statement said.

Russian diplomats are actively working with Cameroonian authorities and the ship-owner to facilitate the quick release of the Russian citizens, a report by Xinhua, said.

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NDLEA talks tough over Gombe farmers inducing labourers with hard drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned farmers in Gombe State against inducing labourers with hard drugs to work for them.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NDLEA Commandant in the state, Mr Aliyu Adole gave the warning in an interview with the newsmen on Friday.

Adole said that investigation revealed that some farmers were in the habit of adulterating milk and pudding with drugs before giving them to labourers employed to work in their farms, to enable them work tirelessly.

According to him, most of their victims were youths between the ages of 15 and 30 irrespective of gender.

The Commandant said “I want to seize this opportunity to warn perpetrators of such act, that NDLEA will not leave any stone unturned to ensure they face the wrath of the law.

“Those found wanting will be prosecuted, therefore desist from such act.

”Research in the state had shown that youths, male and female, were the major victims of drug abuse.

”Further findings showed that the impact of drug abuse on academic activities impede with the physiological, psychological and emotional functions of the students.”

Adole said that the effect of drugs could impair the memory and affects other intellectual faculties.

He also said that some of these youths also engage in related vices of drug trafficking which seriously affect the nation’s development and render the labour market saturated with unwanted or unqualified labour force.

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BREAKING: Police nab suspected killers of Enugu Catholic Priest

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Suspected killers of a Catholic Church Priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu have been arrested, Enugu State Police command confirmed on Friday.

DAILY POST reports that this was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in Enugu state, CP Suleiman Balarabe during a press briefing at the Command’s headquarters.

Fr. Offu was murdered early this month at Awgu Area of the State, a development that sparked outrage.

More to come.

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