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Gunmen kidnap traditional ruler, APC chieftain in Ondo

Gunmen kidnap traditional ruler, APC chieftain in Ondo

Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped Mikaila Bello, the Oniku of Iku quarters of Ikare Akoko, Ondo state and three others.

The incident was said to have occurred while the victims were travelling along Ago Panu axis of Owo-Ikare road, Ondo state, on Thursday evening.

The victims were said to have been heading for Akoko area from Akure, the state capital.

Others who were reportedly kidnapped include Yeye Gbafinro, former house of assembly candidate for Akoko north-east constituency; Bashiru Adekile, a community leader, and Adeniran Adeyemo, chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Funmi Odunlami, Ondo police spokesperson, said she cannot confirm the abduction of the traditional ruler in the state.

Odunlami admitted that a vehicle was attacked by gunmen along Owo-Ikare road on Thursday evening and four persons were kidnapped in the attack.

“We cannot confirm the kidnap of any traditional ruler,” Ondo police spokesperson said.

“Yesterday evening, a distress call was put across to one of our divisions that a vehicle while travelling along Owo-Ikare road was shot by unknown gunmen and in the course of the attack, the driver got injured and they whisked away four other persons. Currently, we don’t know the identities of those people.”

The development comes some days after gunmen attacked Craneburg Construction Company in Owo LGA, Ondo state, leaving two workers injured.

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50-Year-Old Man Nabbed With 77 Pellets Of Cocaine In Enugu

50-Year-Old Man Nabbed With 77 Pellets Of Cocaine In Enugu

Anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu have arrested a 50-year-old Mgbeobuna Victor Eberechukwu for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.

NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, disclosed in a statement on Sunday that Mgbeobuna was arrested on Saturday 6th Aug following his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight.

The suspect who hails from Idemili South LGA, Anambra state passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.

In a similar development, three suspected drug peddlers in Kaduna: Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u and Abdulrazaq Mamman, were arrested in Zaria on Thursday 11th August with One Million One Hundred and Twelve Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty (1,112,350) tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) weighing 38.3kg.

Meanwhile, in Kano, a female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, 28, fromWurno council area of the state was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg.

Similarly, in Lagos, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 1,773.25kg cannabis sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas of the state in separate raid operations between 9th and 10th Aug.

At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, 86 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43kg were recovered from a 40ft container during a joint examination with Customs and other security agencies.

The illegal consignment seized on Friday 12th Aug came from Toronto via Montreal, Canada and concealed in two drums inside a Mercedes Benz SUV in the container.

In Abia, two suspects: Nnanna Ijo, 58, and Orji Uguru, 29, were arrested on Friday 12th Aug. with various quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine at Nde-Agbai, Abiriba, a week after Nnanna was released from detention over a similar offence committed in June.

While commending the officers and men of MMIA, AIIA, Tincan, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Abia Commands of the Agency for the seizures and arrests, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their compatriots across the country to always remain steps ahead of the drug cartels.

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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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NDLEA Operatives Intercept 442 Crystal Meths At Lagos Airport

NDLEA Operatives Intercept 442 Crystal Meths At Lagos Airport

442 parcels of Crystal Methamphetamine concealed in heads of smoked fishes packed in cartons for export to Dubai, United Arab Emirates have been intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The hard drugs were uncovered by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) through the SAHCO export shed of the airport.

According to a statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, the 11.90kg consignment was brought on Friday, August 5 by a 32-year-old freight agent, Adekunle Paul, from Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State.

He said Paul was promptly arrested upon the discovery that the seven cartons he presented for export contained parcels of the dangerous drug wrapped with foil paper and concealed in the heads of hundreds of smoked catfish.

“The next day, Saturday 6th August, another consignment containing 1.45kg cannabis concealed inside granulated melon and crayfish and packed among other food condiments going to Dubai, UAE was also intercepted by NDLEA operatives who arrested the freight agent, Ajisefini Lateef, that presented the cargo for export at the SAHCO shed. The 39-year-old agent is from Abeokuta West LGA, Ogun State,” the statement read.

Similarly, a 50-year-old Mgbeobuna Eberechukwu was arrested by anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.

Eberechukwu was apprehended on Saturday, August 6 after his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight. The suspect, who hails from Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, was said to have passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.

In Kaduna State, three suspects, Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u, and Abdulrazaq Mamman, were arrested in Zaria on Thursday, August 11, with 1,112,350 tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) weighing 38.3kg.

While a 28-year-old female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, from the Wurno council area of Kano State, was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg, the NDLEA recovered 1,773.25kg of cannabis Sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas of Lagos State in separate raid operations between August 9 and 10.

At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, 86 parcels of cannabis Indica (Colorado) weighing 43kgs were recovered from a 40ft container during a joint examination with Customs and other security agencies.

The illegal consignment seized on Friday, August 12, came from Toronto via Montreal, Canada, and was concealed in two drums inside a Mercedes Benz SUV in a container.

In Abia State, two suspects, Nnanna Ijo, 58, and Orji Uguru, 29, were arrested on Friday 12th August with various quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine at Nde-Agbai, Abiriba, a week after Nnanna was released from detention over a similar offence committed in June.

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