Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly kidnapped about 30 passengers at Garin Gabas in Rafi Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State while travelling in an 18-seater bus and two other vehicles. Niger State Commissioner of Police, Mr Monday Kuryas, confirmed the abduction of 13 passengers in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN). According to Kuryas about 3:30 pm, the Zungeru Divisioonal Police Officer reported that one Mubarak Idris of Kwanawa village, Sokoto State, who was the driver of the 18-seater bus, lodged a complaint at the station. He added that, the driver said his vehicle, loaded with 18 passengers from Yauwuri, Kebbi State, mostly fishermen, was heading for Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on fishing activities. On getting to a sharp bend in Konar Barau along the Tegina-Minna Road, suspected bandits in military uniform kidnapped 13 of his passengers and his motor boy.
A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted an order of interim forfeiture of 11 high-end designer, which was confiscated from social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The items are five luxury wristwatches, an iPhone 8, and five luxury sunglasses which were confiscated from Mompha at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on October 19, 2019, when he was arrested by the EFCC.
Reports have it that bandits have released about 90 abducted students and staff of Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri in Kebbi state after spending one hundred and eighteen (118) days in captivity. Confirming the gaining of freedom of the students and teachers, a father of one of the victims, who sort for anonymity said, they were released yesterday but are still with the authorities. They are expected to undergo some medical check-up before they are released to parents. Requested whether or not there was ransom paid earlier than the bandits launched the scholars, he stated, “I’m not going to talk on that. I hope the authorities are in the position to explain better.”
The three abducted seminarians at the Christ the King Major Seminary, St. Albert Institute, Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local government Area of kaduna State, have regained their freedom from bandits who kidnapped them on Monday night. The Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Reverend Father Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, confirmed their release on Wednesday night. Recall that bandits in their large numbers on Monday about 8:00 pm, attacked seven seminarians at the school chapel. They succeeded in kidnapping three, while others escaped with injuries. They were taken to the hospital, treated and discharged. According to him, “with hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praises as we announce the return of our Three Major Seminarians, who were abducted by armed persons from the Chapel of the Seminary at Christ the King Major Seminary, Fayit Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State, on Monday 11 October, 2021.”
Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300 level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Super TV CEO, Usifo Ataga. The 22-year-old, who is being prosecuted by the Lagos State Department of Public Prosecution, who is accused of murdering Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga, pleaded not guilty to the crime on Tuesday alongside one Adedapo Quadri as they are the key suspects in the murder case. They were arraigned before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square.