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Gunmen rake in millions after kidnapping 57 Oyo residents




No fewer than fifty-seven (57) residents of Oyo State were kidnapped in the last three months.

It would be recalled that the victims were kidnapped at different towns and locations within the State between the months of March and June.

The fifty-seven victims were abducted between March 15th and June 15th this year.

They were kidnapped at different locations in Ibadan, Ibarapa, Ogbomoso and Oyo geo-political zones in the state, it was gathered.

We had earlier reported how at least, fifteen people were abducted between March 15th and April 15th this year.

Our correspondent also reported how the number of kidnapped victims increased from fifteen in April and rose to fifty two (52) in May this year.

Though some of the victims had been released, they were released after thier families paid millions of naira as ransom.

Among those who were kidnapped in the State in the last three months included quarry workers, farmers, commuters, female soldier, bankers, factory workers, hotelier, cattle breeders and wife of the youth leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.

Our correspondent learnt that four people were kidnapped on March 15th, 2021. The four people included two bankers, a palm wine taper and another resident.

The four people were kidnapped along Ijebu-Ode/ Ibadan Road.

They were released after the sum of five million naira (N5m) was allegedly paid to the kidnappers.

Gunmen on Wednesday 17th March stormed a farm in Fiditi in AFIJIO local government area and kidnapped a security guard.

One person was also killed during the invasion of the farm.

Three people among whom were a couple and a farmer were kidnapped at Sanyo and Soka area on March 29th 2021.

Our correspondent gathered that the couple who were farmers were abducted inside their farm located at Alabameji Village, Sanyo area while the other farmer was snatched from Soka area of Ibadan.

Similarly, four people among whom were three workers of a quarry site and another resident were kidnapped on Tuesday, 6th April, 2021.

Our correspondent learnt that the four people were later released after some millions of naira had been paid as ransom.

In the same vein, three women among whom were a female soldier and two other women were kidnapped on Monday, 12th April.

They were abducted at Onipe village, along the Ijebu-Ode/ Ibadan Road in Oluyole local government area.

The victims were identified as Mrs Okeowo, Mrs Abosede Adebayo and Mrs Bola Ogunrinde. Mrs Ogunrinde who is said to be a soldier was kidnapped while driving a Toyota RAV-4, with registration number AGL 66 FY.

Some gunmen stormed Ibarapa geo-political zone on Wednesday 21st April and kidnapped not fewer than seven people.

One day after the kidnap of the seven people, gunmen hijacked an 18-seater commercial bus along the Igboora/ Eruwa Road and kidnapped all the passengers including the driver.

In Ogbomoso, gunmen who disguised as lodgers on Saturday 24th April stormed Ajaawa, a town in Ogbomoso geo-political zone and kidnapped nine people (9).

Among those who were kidnapped at Agbo Hotel included the proprietor of the hotel, Mr. Oyedokun Oyeniyi, his wife, Busayo Oyeniyi and seven other people.

They were released after an undisclosed amount of money was paid as ransom.

Three cattle breeders were kidnapped at Idi Ope, near Igangan, in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the State on Sunday, 2nd May.

The trio were on their way to visit the person who manages the ranch for them when they were kidnapped.

Recalls that the three cattle breeders were later released on Monday, 3rd May, 2021 after the sum of six million naira was paid for their release.

Our correspondent learnt that gunmen on Sunday, 23rd May abducted wife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader, Mrs. Arikeade Oni-Salawu.

She was kidnapped at the entrance gate of her residence in Ibadan, at about 10pm.

Our correspondent gathered that Oni-Salawu, who was returning from work, alighted from her workplace ambulance to open the gate when armed men suddenly emerged and kidnaped her.

The incident occurred at Aromolaran area, old Ife Road in Ibadan, as gathered.

Our correspondent however gathered that the victim has been released, though the amount of money paid was not disclosed.

Gunmen also on Wednesday, 9th June, 2021 stormed Ijebu-Ode/ Ibadan Road and kidnapped four people.

Three of the victims have regained their freedom.

Our correspondent gathered that the fourth person is still in captivity as at the time of filing this report on Tuesday.

Police arrest suspected kidnappers

We gathered that the State Police command has arrested some suspects in connection with various kidnapping cases in the state.

Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko paraded some of the suspected kidnappers on 22nd April.

Onadeko, while speaking noted that the command arrested members of a kidnapping syndicate responsible for kidnapping along Ayete, Iganga, Lanlate, Eruwa, Igboora and Tapa.

The suspects included Samuel Oga, Christian Abunka and Sheu Babangida.

Items recovered from the suspects included one red boxer bajaj motorcycle with Reg. No. GBE 035 UX, one Red Boxer Bajaj motorcycle with Reg. No. FST 651 QC, five empty cartridges, six syringes among others.

Onadeko further added that another suspect, Abubakar Rico was also arrested in connection with kidnapping cases in Igboora.

“Armed robbery and kidnapping syndicates responsible for strings of robbery and kidnapping along Ayete, Igangan, Lanlate, Eruwa, Igboora, Tapa and environ have been apprehended.

“The trio confessed to be involved in the crime and their confessional statement is helping to immediately arrest other syndicate members still at large.

Onadeko added that Abubakar Rico had also been arrested in connection with kidnapping cases in Igboora.
“On 19/04/2021, at about 1100hrs, One Jamiu Rasaq ‘m’ age 41yrs of Ajagba Compound Idere was kidnapped at Ojamgbe village farm settlement by four armed men.

“Abubakar Rico, one of the two kidnap suspects was spotted and apprehended today 22/04/2021 after approaching Abola village via Idere in Igboora to purchase food for his cohorts. Investigation is still ongoing to arrest others still at large,” he had disclosed.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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