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Ruler Kidnapped in Nasarawa, Abductors Demand N50 Million Ransom

A Second-Class King in Nasarawa state, the Aron Akye of Ugah has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen and N50 million ransom has been requested by the abductors for the ruler to be freed.

This was made known by a source who said the kidnappers stormed the king’s house at around 7:30pm on Thursday, bearing sophisticated weapons and whisked the monarch away to an unknown destination.

He explained that the traditional ruler was taken away on a motorcycle by his abductors.

He also said that the kidnappers contacted the family on yesterday on phone to demand for N50 million ransom after allowing the monarch to speak with family members.

Police Commissioner, Bola Longe, corroborating the news said the ruler was abducted from his residence at Ugah village near Lafia at about 7.30 pm on Thursday.

Longe told newsmen that “We have deployed officers to area and they are searching everywhere, he will be rescued and by the grace of God the kidnappers will be arrested and prosecuted,”.

He appealed to the public to “furnish the police with relevant information that will lead to the rescue of the victim and arrest of the kidnappers.

Court Remands Carpenter Over Alleged Illegal Arms Possession

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Monday remanded ordered that Mohammed Azeez, a carpenter, accused of alleged illegal arms possession be remanded in prison, pending the outcome of an investigation.

The police charged Azeez with criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of a firearm.

Magistrate Mufuliat Ishau ordered that Azeez be remanded in Mandala Prison, Ilorin, following an application by the prosecution counsel.

She adjourned the case until June 10, for further hearing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Folorunsho Zacheaus, told the court that the defendant was arrested by a police patrol team while on “stop and search” duty on the Shao to Jebba highway.

He said that when the police recovered a locally made single barrel gun from the defendant during a search.

When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 6 (B) and 3 (1) of robbery and Firearms Law of Nigeria, 2004.

‘Criminals Are Running Afer Us’ Benue Nurses Cry Out

The Chairman of Nurses and Midwives in Benue State, Comrade Esther Akpai has said that criminals were after nurses in the state.

Comrade Akpai dropped the hint yesterday while speaking to our correspondent in Makurdi.

She said already, four of her members had at different places in the state been abducted and one health worker killed.

Akpai said that despite series of correspondence to security chiefs in the state, the situation was not abating, stressing that criminals were still on the trail of members.

She disclosed that the crisis in the troubled Katsina Alla had led to close down of the State General Hospital in the town.
“As at last year, two nurses working at Federal Medical Center, Makurdi were abducted, also in Katsina Alla and one health worker was killed during the crisis in Katsina Alla.

“Due to the crisis in Katsina Alla, we advised the board, (Health Management Board) to close down the State General Hospital in Katsina Alla and it has been shut down.

“Yet they (criminals) are still running after nurses in Katsina Alla.

When asked steps been taken by security operatives to arrest the security challenges faced by her members, Akpai said, ‘at any point, we have such issues, we draw the attention of government and security chiefs in the state to them but there is no response.

“You know, nurses work on three shifts, but the second shift close at 9pm and third shift resume that time, so at that time, they are going home they (nurses) are exposed to attack,” She said

Gunmen attack Plateau Poly staff quarters again

Gunmen have again attacked Plateau Polytechnic staff quarters at Heipang in Barki Ladi Local Government Area of the state .

Our correspondent gathered that during the attack which occurred in the early hours of Monday , the gunmen abducted a lady identified as the younger sister of the institution ’ s Assistant Registrar , Mr Ezekiel Rangs .

Rangs who confirmed the incident told our correspondent in Jos on Monday that he was sleeping together with other family members , including his wife and his younger sister, Abigail , when the gunmen stormed their apartment around 12 . 10 am .

According to him , the bandits gained entrance into their house after they used a big stone to force the door open .

Rangs said , “ We were sleeping when we heard a big bang on the door . Before we knew what was happening , the gunmen were already inside the house . When we discovered that they were armed, we pleaded with them to spare our lives but they took away my younger sister who just gained admission for a National Diploma .
“ When they said we should give them a phone number through which we could contact them, I offered to give them my own but they refused and instead demanded for my wife’ s phone and departed. When the incident happened , some soldiers led by one Col. Tanko came to the house within thirty minutes and we told them what happened . ”

The assistant registrar also added that the matter had been reported at the Divisional Police Office in the council area .

Monday ’ s attack by gunmen at the Plateau Polytechnic staff quarters was not the first this year.

It would be recalled that gunmen had in February this year attacked the quarters and kidnapped one Kim Dido , a 12 – year – old son of the institution ’ s Chaplain, Reverend Andrew Dido .

He was released within 24 hours by the gunmen after a ransom was allegedly paid to them.

Arewa youths protest over incessant killings in Zamfara

The Coalition of Northern Nigerian Youths Associations, under the umbrella of Arewa Youths Federation, on Monday held a peaceful protest over alleged incessant killings by bandits in Zamfara.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that peaceful rally was held in Gusau the capital of Zamfara.

Mr Adamu Matazu, the President Arewa Youths Federation, said the protest was to highlight the level of insecurity in Zamfara and the entire Northwestern zone, so as to elicit positive action to contain it.

Matazu said:”This breach is now extending from killings to targeted abductions that are intended to be high profile; these crimes are also beginning to spill into neighbouring states.

“In spite of the well intended steps so far taken by the Federal Government and implemented in part by the nation’s security and military services, the situation remained unabated.

“This has confirmed our earlier fears that the criminality is orchestrated by political elites and traditional rulers in some parts of the country.

” The crux of the matter is that these elites are operating illegal gold mines….knowing fully well that the practices violates local and federal laws.

“They are also aware that their activities which thankfully have been stopped by the federal government are detrimental to the state economically, environmentally, security-wise and socially.

“The Arewa Youths Federation hereby calls for an end to killings in Zamfara and the whole of the North West Nigeria.

“Our call is imperative because, we stand by the people of Zamfara, we stand with people of North West Nigeria.

“We assure that we are not powerless as a people to demand respect for human life in this part of Nigeria and across the country”, he said.

Matazu appealed to law enforcement agencies to step in and clamp down on the gold merchants in the area and step up efforts to track down the supply chain of gold from the area.

He appealed to the federal government not to go back on the ban of illegal gold mining in Zamfara and part of North West.

“Nigerians are strongly behind President Muhammad Buhari and we will continue to provide the necessary support to security agencies”, Matazu said.

The coalition condemns the abduction of District Head of Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar and called on the kidnappers to release him unconditionally.


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