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Two drivers, Emmanuel Okomeyin, 27, and Anyia Austine, 30, have been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly attempting to kidnap their employer’s wife. The accused, whose residential addresses were not provided, are facing two counts of conspiracy and attempted kidnap. According to the police prosecutor, Michael Unah, the accused allegedly attempted to kidnap their employer’s wife, Mrs Ijeoma Ezeokafor, from her residence. Unah said the accused committed the offences on October 26, 2018, around 1pm at 1A Dora Crescent, Ajah, Lagos. He added that the duo conspired to kidnap Ijeoma with the hope of collecting the sum of N20m as ransom from her husband.

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Unah stated, “The police got the information from an undisclosed source that the accused were planning to kidnap their employer’s wife at her residence in order to collect N20m ransom from her husband. “A team of policemen went to the residence of the complainant and let the cat out of the bag and the accused were handed over to the police.” The charges read, “That you, Emmanuel Okomeyin and Anyia Austine, on October 26, 2018, around 1pm in Ajah, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; kidnapping, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. “That you, Emmanuel Okomeyin and Anyia Austine, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did attempt to kidnap one Ijeoma Ezeokafor, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 406 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.” The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Image result for Driver involved in his boss kidnapping in NigeriaThe presiding magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two responsible sureties each in like sum. Fashola said the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court. In addition, he said the sureties must be blood relations of the accused and also reside within the court’s jurisdiction. The magistrate adjourned the case till February 25, 2019, for mention.

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In November, police men in Lagos state have apprehended two suspected kidnappers who planned to abduct their employer’s wife. It was gatthered that the suspects – Austine Anya and Emmanuel Okemayin were employed as private drivers to the family of Mrs. Ijeoma Eze-Okafor, but they didn’t know they were employing kidnappers.

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The two drivers were said to have arranged with some of their gang members to kidnap Mrs. Ijeoma for ransom but they were unfortunate as they were caught in the act by divine intervention. It was gathered that the suspects contacted one Awosola Adewale, gave him money to contact a native doctor and source for the arms for the operation while they still worked in the house as drivers in order to perfect the wicked act.

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However, while they were planning, they contacted some people for the supply of arms and an operational vehicle unknown to them it was the operatives of FSARS they contacted and they were eventually arrested on the day of the operation. This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal and the three suspects were paraded at the State Command on Monday.

Related imageCP Edgal explained that the police received credible information that some kidnappers had concluded arrangements to kidnap a renowned businesswoman, Mrs. Ijeoma Eze- Okafor.
The police boss said that directives were given to the FSARS operatives to infiltrate the camp and play along with them. He said the suspects requested for arms, ammunition and vehicle for the operation while the suspects on their own sent the photograph of the target, details of her vehicle and other information to their new partners not knowing they were dealing with policemen.

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Related imageCP Edgal said that it took 10 days for the gang to plan and on the day they had planned to execute their plan they were immediately arrested. He said that during interrogation, it was discovered that the two drivers were employed to drive the target and her husband respectively while the third suspect was given N10,000 to engage the services of a native doctor that will protect them after the operation. The suspects confessed and claimed that they had planned to kidnap the target because she was wicked to them. Mr. Edgal said that the suspects will be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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#EndSars: Hoodlums begin dumping of looted items at waste bins in Calabar

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As security operatives commenced intensive house to house search for looted public and private properties within Calabar metropolis, suspected hoodlums have started dumping items into waste bins and various hiding locations around the city.
This is coming barely few hours after the Commissioner of police, Abdulkadir Jimoh announced a 24 hours grace for looters to return such items or face the full wrath of the law.
Recall that hoodlums at the weekend wreaked havoc in the capital city of Calabar in the guise of EndDARS protest, thereby looting and destroying COVID-19 palliative and State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, warehouses, some government institutions, politicians’ houses and private business premises were equally looted and destroyed in the process.
This led to imposition of dusk-to-dusk curfew and subsequent takeover of major streets and roads by stern-looking military officers just as they have carfoned off streets linking Calabar South with Calabar Municipality.
Findings by Vanguard showed that youths at Mbukpa, Edibedibe, in Calabar South and Eta Agbor, Ikot Effa and Asari Iso in Calabar Municipality have taken the lead by dropping the items either on the road or into waste bins.
At Mbukpa market, items looted from Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, were said to have been dumped beside the waste bins there, while at Edibedibe some electronics and chairs are said to be dumped on the roadside.
At Ikot Effa, along Parliamentary axis, some youths have hurriedly dropped the stolen items including TV sets, generating sets, some beddings and mattresses at road side.
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At Asari Iso, the community people took the lead by employing a town crier who spoke in Efik language, calling on all those who participated in looting the house of Sen. Gershom Bassey and other state and private property to immediately return them.
The town crier, who moved round as early as 5:00am today, said: “All those who looted the properties of Sen. Gershom Bassey should drop it on the road, this is the order of the community.”
An eye-witness, Imaobong Solomon , said: “At Ikot Effa and Asari Iso, the youths in the areas have started panicking as soldiers have been patrolling the area. They are also afraid of community wrath, so they have to drop them on the roads.
“Some of them have gone into hiding for fear of arrest just as some of them have dropped stolen items on road sides so that security people can pick it up.”
At Anantigha and Mbukpa, a resident at Jebbs Street in Calabar South, Akparawa Akpan, said soldiers are combing some flash points looking for the hoodlums since morning.
He said: “We commend Governor Ben Ayade for taking these drastic measures to restore sanity in the state. These hoodlums were almost taking over our Ancient City of Calabar and have destroyed our common heritage.
“But we are happy that the military are everywhere and they should be allowed to take charge, especially in Calabar South, which us the base of miscreants.”
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Non-Indigens Affairs ( Igbo) to Governor Ayade, Ugoji Nwabueze, Esq, has advised Igbo businessmen in Cross River to be careful not to buy or aid the transportation of the looted /stolen items as the looters may by now be desperately looking for buyers.
Condemning in totality the level of destruction and looting, Nwabueze said: “l call on Igbo resident in all parts of the state to resist the temptation of buying any item from an unknown source even at cheaper rate.

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Irate youths invade Akire palace in Osun, attempt to chase out monarch

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Following the legitimacy crisis rocking the Akire of Ikire, in Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State, Oba Olatunde Falabi, some angry youths on Monday invaded the palace and attempted to chased away the monarch.
The stool had been a subject of legal controversy since 1990 and the matter went up to the Supreme Court before it returned to a State High Court, which recently ruled against Oba Falabi’s stay on the throne.
It was however gathered that the youths early morning on Monday stormed the palace, chased security men at the entrance and entered into the building.According to the Chairman, Irewole local government, Prince Remilekun Abass, the angry mob repelled the soldiers who initially arrived the scene to put the situation under control.
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“As soon as the military vehicle appeared, the mob was pelting stones at the vehicle without allowing the personnel to alight from the vehicle. Their action eventually forced the soldiers to request for re-enforcement.
“A few minutes later, another set of soldiers arrived and chased the mob from the palace and escorted the monarch out of the place to a safe abode.
“No casualty has been reported while soldiers and other security personnel have taken over streets in the town and normalcy restored in the community”, he said.
Also, while confirming the incident, the State Police Command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola said security personnel have evacuated the monarch from the palace and policemen stationed at the palace.
She said though gunshot was fired at the Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed at the scene, but no casualty was recorded and confirmed that normalcy has returned to the town.

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