The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammadu Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Minna, NAN reports.
Abubakar said that on Jan 13, police operatives attached to Lapai Division arrested four suspects for kidnapping one Sani Dukuma of Fota village Lapai Local Government Area, who later escaped from the kidnappers.
According to him, investigation revealed that on 12th January, 2019 the suspects kidnapped the father of the victim and collected N1.5 million as ransom before he was released.
“Suspects confessed to the crime, and the case was charged to court.
“Similarly, on 15th January, information was received that some unknown kidnappers attacked some Fulani men along Rafin Daji village of Lapai Local Government Area.
“Three persons were kidnapped while grazing with their cattle at Zungeru town of Wushishi Local Government Area to unknown location and demanded N3 million as ransom.
“On receipt of the information a team of policemen attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad Minna swung into action, engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel, which lasted for several hours.
“The victims were rescued unhurt while suspects fled to the bush with bullet wound, abandoning one AK47 rifle with empty magazine.”
According to him, the case is still under investigation with a view to arrest the suspects.
Army vs Police: Military issues strong warning to Nigerians
The warning became necessary following the controversies and public criticism that greeted the killing of three policemen and a civilian last week by soldiers on the Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Acting spokesman for the DHQ, Colonel gave the warning while reminding Nigerians that the police and the army are two very important services in the country.
He said that concern should be geared at ensuring the joint panel constituted undertakes an exhaustive investigation.
When asked by The Nation about the captain alleged to have been responsible for the unauthorised shootings and release of the suspected kidnapper, Nwachukwu said, “That information did not come from me. Our concern is to allow the panel do a thorough job and avoid comments that heat up the situation. We are trying to apply some restraint on this issue to avoid pitching the police against the army.
“These are two very important institutions in Nigeria and it will be most unfair to this nation to pit them against each other or the personnel of each service against the other.
“What is important is that lives have been lost and this is a difficult time for the families of the victims. We should be more concerned at looking into the human angles, the psychological traumas these families are going through.
“Our concern should be that the panel does exhaustive investigation and gets to the bottom of the matter. So, I would not like to begin to make comments that would pre-empt the investigation or its outcome.”
FBI Arrest Nigerian Billionaire Over $11m Fraud
The Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested the Chief Executive Officer of Invictus Group, Obinwanne Okeke, for conspiracy to commit computer fraud.
Okeke, who made it into Forbes ‘Africa’s 30 Under 30 List in 2016’, was arrested by the FBI over $11m wire fraud after an account belonging to the CEO of Unatrac Holding Limited, a steel company, was hacked.
The suspect was alleged to have conspired with some other individuals to access the CEO’s computers without authorisation, PMNews reports.
According to an affidavit signed by Marshall Ward, a Special Agent of FBI, representatives of Unatrac Holding Limited, contacted the agency after experiencing a fraudulent transfer of $11m from the firms account through a compromised email.
The affidavit reads, “Unatrac’s Chief Financial Officer received a phishing email containing a web link purportedly to the login page of the CFO’s online email account hosted by Microsoft Office365.
“When the CFO opened the link, it instead led him to a phishing website crafted to imitate the legitimate Office365 login page.
“Believing the page to be real, he entered his login credentials, which were captured by an unknown intruder who controlled the spoofed web page.
“Between April 6 and April 20, 2018, the intruder accessed the CFO’s account at least 464 times, mostly from Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in Nigeria.”
The report led to an investigation, which began in July 2018 after the FBI reviewed the submitted documents and eventually led to the arrest of Okeke.
Religious Studies Teacher Rapes, Impregnates 15-Year-Old Pupil
A teacher with Jubilee Community Grammar School in Surulere under Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Sola Akinyemi, has raped and impregnated one of his students, a petition obtained by Sahara Reporters, revealed.
Akinyemi, according to the petition, had been forcefully having carnal knowledge of the student before he eventually got her pregnant.
It was learnt that the teacher takes Christian Religious Studies subject in the government owned school.
It all started when the randy teacher found a mobile phone on the student during a lecture.
The phone was seized and became a bait in luring the girl to different hotels in Ondo town where the teacher took advantage of her for two years.
The teacher threatened to deal with the student if she told anyone that he raped or had been sleeping with her.
A recent scan carried out on the girl revealed that she is currently seven months pregnant.
Sad by the ugly incident, mother of the teenage girl reported the case to her friend, who subsequently confronted the teacher.
The case was later reported to the police in Ondo town.
Akinbinu Oluwafemi, a human rights lawyer, has taken over the case and petitioned the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State on the matter.
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