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Gunmen Abduct Catholic Priest In Abia, Demand N50bn Ransom

Gunmen Abduct Catholic Priest In Abia, Demand N50bn Ransom

Reverend Father Chinedu Nwadike, a Catholic priest, has been kidnapped by gunmen identified to be bandits along the Okigwe – Enugu expressway in Umunneochi council area of Abia State.

Nwadike who is also the Deputy Registrar of Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN), was kidnapped alongside a seminarian over the weekend on their way to Enugu for an official assignment.

Information gathered suggest that the kidnappers have made contact with the school demanding N50bm ransom for his release.

As of the time of filing this report, the Abia State Police Command was yet to officially respond to questions regarding the abduction of the Reverend Father and seminarian.

Comments regarding the development have also not been made by the Catholic Archdiocese.

Rev. Fr Nwadike’s abduction is the latest in a series of kidnappings involving clergymen across the country. A few weeks back, two priests of the Catholic Church were kidnapped by bandits in Kaduna State.

Three days after they were taken by the gunmen, one of the priests was killed while the other was released by the bandits after an undisclosed amount of money was paid to them as ransom.

Reacting to the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari said he is deeply disturbed by the murder of the revered religious figure by outlaws who seem to be bent on creating chaos and disorder in the country.

According to President Buhari, the persistent attack on innocent people, including religious figures, by gunmen is a matter of grave concern, especially because security is one of the major issues of his campaign promises.

The president assured Nigerians that the government would continue to ensure the safety of the people.

“Let me reassure Nigerians that my commitment to this issue is as firm as ever; I have always made it a duty to regularly summon security chiefs to discuss these challenges and the way forward,” he said.

“I’m not allowing the security chiefs to rest unless and until we find a very effective solution to this disturbing security situation,” Buhari declared.

He said the security of all Nigerians remains his administration’s major priority, adding that the government remains determined to crush the bandits who he described as enemies of humanity.

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Court Remands Wasiu Toheeb, 20, For Raping 40-year-old Woman

Magistrate S. A. Adesina sitting at an Iyaganku Court, Ibadan, has ordered that 20-year-old Wasiu Toheeb, be remanded in custody for allegedly raping a 40-year-old woman.

Toheeb, who was also charged with assault and theft, however, pleaded not guilty.

Adesina, refused to take Toheed’s plea for want of jurisdiction and directed the police to take the case file to the Oyo State director of public prosecutions for advice.

Adesina adjourned the case until Nov. 24 for mention.

The prosecutor, Insp Gbemisola Adedeji, told the court that the defendant raped his victim on Sept. 18 at 1.00 p.m. at Omi-Adio, Ibadan.

Adedeji also alleged that the defendant, on the same date, time, and place, assaulted his victim by biting her all over the body, causing her grievous bodily harm.

According to the prosecutor, Toheeb also stole a pair of earrings worth N5,000 and cash of N7,500, from the victim.

She said the offences contravened Sections 358, 355 and 390(9) of the Criminal laws of Oyo State, 2000.

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Soludo Condemns “Wicked, Cruel” Attack On Soldiers

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state  has condemned the killing of soldiers in Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, Soludo said the soldiers were ambushed on a routine patrol at Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

“We condemn this wicked and cruel attack in the strongest terms. The perpetrators of this act must pay.

“We are not going to rest on our oars, including those people that attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the rest.

“There will be absolutely no hiding place for them.

“Going forward, our actions will show, as these people must surely pay for this heinous and repulsive attack”, the statement read.

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Abiola Emmanuel Bags 2-year Jail Term For Fraud

Abiola Emmanuel, 22, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos State for fraud.

Emmanuel  arraigned on one count of retention of proceeds of crime.

The charge read, “That you, Abiola Emmanuel, on or about March 17, 2022, in Lagos, within the Ikeja jurisdiction of this honorable court, retained in your control the aggregate sum of $38,000, one HP Elite X2 laptop, one Navy Blue Hublot Fission wristwatch and one diamond encrusted Cartier Santos wristwatch, being proceeds of criminal conduct, deceitfully obtained from unsuspecting members of the public.”

The offence is punishable under Section 333 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

The defence counsel, Z.A. Makinde, appealed to the court for mercy.

An official of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Michelle Wandoo identified the items recovered from the defendant at the time of arrest and they were tendered as exhibit.

Emmanuel was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000,000. s.000.

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