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Kogi monarch kidnapped as bandits kill one, abduct five in Niger

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Bandits kidnap Kogi first class monarch, demand N30m ransom


By Oyibo Salihu, Lokoja, Aideolje Ojo, Minna and Chuks Nweze, Enugu


A first class traditional ruler and Adogu of Eganyi in Ajaokuta local government area of Kogi state, Alhaji Mohammed Adembe has been kidnapped.

He was reportedly kidnapped Tuesday evening by yet- to- be identified persons along Okene-Eganyi road.

The incident happened some 72 hours after another first class monarch and Emir of Kajuru in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, was kidnapped and released about 24 hours after.  

The kidnap of the Kogi monarch also came barely three days after the abduction of Managing Director of AZECO Pharmaceutical Company at Ozuwaya in Okene, Kogi Central Senatorial District, Pharmacist AbdulAzeez Obajimoh.


A source who spoke to journalist son the telephone, said the royal father who was alone in his car, left Okene town around 4pm  Tuesday for Eganyi community and was abducted  between Ebiya and Eganyi.

And as a follow-up, the kidnappers reached out to the family at about 1.00 pm Wednesday and demanded a N30 million ransom to secure his release.

Confirming the incident, the state’s Police Public Relation Officer, Kogi Mr William Ayah, said the   command had deployed special squad to trail the abductors.

He called on the general public to assist the police with useful information to enable security agents rescue the royal father.

In a related development, bandits killed one person, abducted five others and rustled 32 cows in Angwar Rimi in Yakila village area, Guna District of Rafi local government area of Niger state. 

 The bandits, numbering 18, were reported to have invaded the village at about 2am Wednesday morning riding on nine motor bikes.

It was gathered that the bandits compelled the abductees to move the rustled cows, a development that worried residents of the area.  

It was also learnt that two people injured during the attack were rushed to General Hospital Wushishi. 


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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