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Schoolchildren Abduction: This Repeated Tragedy Must Come To An End – Shehu Sani

Schoolchildren Abduction: This Repeated Tragedy Must Come To An End: Shehu Sani Senator Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has expressed relief over the release of abducted school girls of Government Girls Science Secondary School Jangebe, Zamfara State.

Recall that it was earlier reported that 279 of the abducted students have been released by the bandits.

Others: BREAKING: 279 Kidnapped Schoolgirls Released

Reacting to this development, the former lawmaker called for the securing of all schools, who he says are now easy targets for bandits.

He wrote:

“The release of the abducted Students Girls of Jangebe, Zamfara state is a relief and a welcome development. Its clear to us now that students have become easy targets and cash cows for bandits. This repeated tragedy must come to an end. All schools must be secured.”

The release of the abducted Students Girls of Jangebe,Zamfara state is a relief and a welcome development.Its clear to us now that students have become easy targets and cash cows for bandits.This repeated tragedy must come to an end.All schools must be secured. pic.twitter.com/hLUgWIet8d

— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) March 2, 2021

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Nigerians will be shocked to know those behind abduction of school girls – Gov Matawalle

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has cautioned motorists to stop panic buying of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, saying it has no plan to increase the ex-depot price in March.

NNPC made this known in a statement by its spokesman, Dr Kennie Obateru, in Abuja on Sunday.

Ex-depot price is the price at which depot owners sell products to marketers.

The price determines how much marketers will sell to motorists at their various fuel stations.

Obateru said, “Contrary to speculations of an imminent increase in the price of PMS in the country, the NNPC has ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price of petrol in March.

“The corporation was not contemplating any rise in the price of petrol in March in order not to jeopardize ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship.”

He also cautioned petroleum products’ marketers not to engage in an arbitrary price increase or hoarding of petrol in order not to create artificial scarcity and unnecessary hardship for Nigerians.

He added that the corporation had enough stock of petrol to keep the nation well supplied for over 40 days and urged motorists to avoid panic buying.

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Buhari Vows Jangebe Abduction Will Be The Last

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that last Friday’s abduction of female students from Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be the last to happen.

The president’s statement was relayed on Sunday, through Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, who led a high-powered federal government delegation to  sympathise with the people and government of Zamfara.

He said new measures had been developed by the federal government which would bring complete end to all forms of criminality in the nation.

“The President is saddened by the abduction of the students from Jangebe and reassures you that the government has all the resources and wherewithal to contain these criminals.

“Buhari also commended Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara’s efforts against armed banditry and promised continued support to bring lasting peace.

“The federal government will continue its partnership with Zamfara government and its citizens in resolving the security challenges facing the state,” Buhari said.

In his response, Governor Matawalle appreciated Buhari and the federal government’s concern, noting that very soon the abductees would regain their freedom.

“I strongly believe in the president and his effort in fighting all forms of insurgence and urge him to improve on the nation’s security.

“This is by ensuring synergy among the security agencies so that confrontations with criminals can be coordinated on ground and air simultaneously,” the governor said.

The other members of the delegation were the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sa’adiya Umar-Faruk and Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

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The Week in Review: Release of Kagara students, abduction of Jangebe girls, Igboho, others

In what has become a routine in Nigeria’s national life, the week starting from 21st of February to 27th, was another eventful one.

Curiously, the week seems to have followed largely what was obtainable in the cause of the preceding week.

The week, starting with the news of the release of the Kagara students, staff and other dependents, which turned out to be a ruse, the abduction of 317 students of Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State, the attempted arrest of Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, and the eventual release of the Kagara abductees, was a mixed bag of events, full of drama, but ended on a bright note with the Kagara abductees’ eventual release.

Nairalovers presents a review of happenings in the past week.

Kagara Students Aborted Release

In what would have been the best way to start the week, news filtered out, albeit through the Niger State government, officially announcing that the abducted 27 students and staff of the Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State had been released.

The news, for many, was a cheering one, primarily because their abduction had dominated the media space for the previous week since they were taken away by bandits in an early morning raid. Expectant parents and relatives
were already gathered at the Government House, Minna, waiting to have a warm embrace with their children and loved ones, when Governor Abubakar Bello, sadly announced to them that the students and staff of the school were still with the bandits.

“We still have the students of Kagara in the hands of the bandits and everything is being done to secure their release soonest,” Governor Bello said to heartbroken parents that faithful night at about 11.30pm.

However, the week, which started with dashed hopes for the Kagara Students, staff and their families, ended on a bright note for them with the eventual release of the abductees on Saturday, 27th.

Jengebe Girls

In what has become a routine, Nigerians were once again greeted with the grim news of the abduction of hundreds of girls from the Government Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata Malafa Local Government Area of Zamfara State by bandits on Friday, 26th.

Though the number of the abducted girls was initially simply put at over 300 by the media, a teacher in the school was reported to have given a figure in excess of 500 before the Zamfara State Police Command finally confirmed 317 as the exact number of girls taken from the school, making the Jangebe abduction the second largest, coming just behind that of Kankara, Katsina State in the dying days of 2020.

It is also instructive to note that the Jangebe abduction came less than 48 hours after political, traditional and religious leaders in the Northern part of Nigeria gathered in Kaduna to discuss the deteriorating security situation in that part of the country.

For many Nigerians, the Jangebe abduction is one too many, giving rise to anger and angry reactions from many.

Sunday Igboho’s Attempted Arrest

Also on Friday, 26th, a drama, best suited for Nollywood films played out at the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, as a combined team of soldiers, operatives of the Department of State Services and the police reportedly attempted to arrest Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

Though the DSS and the Oyo State Police Command have come out to deny their involvement in the drama, a video that trended online, however, showed a topless Igboho with hoards of youths who were daring the security agents to do their worst.

Also, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in a statement the same day, confirmed the attempted arrest, while in a follow-up interview, Igboho dared the Federal Government to first go after Boko Haram leader, Ibrahim Shekau and Kaduna based Islamic Cleric, Ahmad Gumi, who has been interfacing with bandits, before coming after him.

The botched arrest of Igboho is believed to be because of his recent activities against killer herdsmen in the South-West geopolitical zone.

Buratai, others Confirmed

Also in the cause of last week, the Nigerian Senate confirmed the nomination of immediate service chiefs as ambassadors designate amid protests from some lawmakers in the Senate and a cross-section of Nigerians.

Nairalovers had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari asked the lawmakers to confirm the nomination of former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Air Staff, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique.

Many, including the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), opposed their nomination based on their perceived failure in tackling insecurity in the country while in office as service chiefs, labelling their appointment as rewarding incompetence while others interpreted their appointment as a way of shielding them from possible investigation and prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and rights abuses.

The Senate however confirmed them despite protests against their nomination.

Bawa’s Confirmation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in the course of last week also got a substantive Chairman for the first time in over five years as the Nigerian Senate confirm the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa, a 40-year-old core staff of the commission.

Bawa’s confirmation also brought a conclusive end to the controversial tenure of erstwhile acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu.

Though Bawa’s appointment by President Buhari had initially been bugged by allegations of corruption and non-qualification, the new EFCC boss had a less than tedious screening and was thereafter confirmed.

Buahri’s Tough Talks

President Muhammadu Buhari, in the course of last week also woke up from his slumber, as he unmistakably spoke in tough language against bandits and other criminals who have been terrorising parts of the country, especially the North-West and the North-Central.

At a meeting of Northern political, traditional and religious leaders in Kaduna, President Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, ruled out the possibility of granting amnesty to bandits and criminals.

The President’s declaration is in obvious response to vehement calls by Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been clamouring for the bandits to be granted amnesty in the same fashion with repentant Niger Delta militants.

Also on Friday, the President attempted to re-establish his authority and that of his government, when he told the murderous bandits that they are not stronger than the government.

According to the President, the military has not moved against the bandits because of collateral damage to locals and hostages held by them.

“This administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments.

“No criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government, the only thing standing between our security forces and the bandits are the rules of engagement.

“We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields by the bandits.

“A hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors.

“Let them not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government. They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian goals of protecting innocent lives as a weakness or a sign of fear or irresolution,” the President said in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Salihu Tanko Yakassai’s admonition, arrest and his sack

“Clearly, we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives & properties. Not a single day goes by without some sort of insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign.”
With the above tweet, Salihu Tanko, an aide to the Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, booked an appointment with the Department of State Services (DSS) and also got himself sacked.

Tanko, tweeting with the handle @Dawisu, had in the wake of the abduction of the Jangebe girls, taken to Twitter to express his feeling, and asking President Buhari to resign in the process.

Though he was first thought to have been kidnapped, his father Tanko Yakassai said he was arrested by the DSS, while the secret police also confirmed same. To compound his problems, his principal, Ganduje also booted him out of his government.

It would be recalled that Salihu Tanko was once suspended by Ganduje after he expressed a critical opinion about the Buhari administration.

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‘Kagara abduction exposed poor state of public schools’

The kidnapping of 42 pupils of Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State and some staff members, has been greeted with condemnation. It has drawn attention to the parlous state of the school, a reflection of the public schools poor infrastructure in the state, JUSTINA ASISHANA reports.

Dilapidated buildings, paneless windows, doors without doors, mats on the floor, broken floors, ceilings and restrooms without the necessary materials were the scene that greeted visitors who visited the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, the college where 27 students, three teaching staff, two non-teaching staff and 12 family members were abducted on Wednesday in Niger State.

The blocks of classrooms, hostels, administration block, school hall and laboratory blocks were nothing to write home about, making one wonder why parents would send their children to such an institution to learn.

The school which is supposed to be a science college cannot boast of any science apparatus in its lab as all the labs visited had little or nothing in it.

Taking a tour of the school, Nairalovers discovered that the children slept on mats, there was no window to prevent unwanted entry into the hostels and the doors were broken down.

The kitchen was in disarray while the school hall had broken down chairs. The majority of the buildings had blown-out roofs.

The perimeter fencing of the school was broken down which made it easy for the bandits to gain entrance into the school; the school gate was also not secured as one part was almost removed from the hinges.

Government Science College, Kagara portrays the state of the 59 other public boarding schools in Niger State, of which many them are nothing to write home about.

According to the Niger State Government, the state has 500 day secondary schools, 60 boarding secondary schools and over 1000 primary schools.

Parents: we have no alternative to schools

There have been a lot of questions as to why parents would allow their children and wards attend such schools which are in a deplorable state.

Some of the parents who spoke with Nairalovers said they had no alternative to sending their children to the school as it was the only way their children could get quality education.

Ahmad Isah, whose son is in SS 1, said he was very happy when his son was offered admission into the school, thinking  they could manage the school the way it is.

“It is something of pride when your son secures admission into a boarding school. Where I stay in Shiroro is one of the areas that are hard to reach and there are no schools here, so getting the admission was happiness to my family.”

Ahmad said his son told him the state of the school but he felt he was exaggerating and did not pay heed, saying that he rarely visited his son in the school and when he visited him, he did not go into the hostel.

One of the students, Ibrahim, said majority of them do not tell their parents the state of the school because they would have been withdrawn back home.

“Most of us are just happy to be out of the village and telling our parents that the school is not that good will make us stay back at home or be sent to one uncle in another local government for us to school.”

Ibrahim said apart from the poor state of infrastructure in the school, they also suffered the problem of electricity, adding that most nights they made do with touches for reading and other activities.

“We use mats here but everyone is lucky to get a cupboard to keep their things. There are no fans or light. Oftentimes, we are disturbed by lizards which come from the ceiling. During heat period, it is always hot because there’s no fan for us to use.”

Ihe father-inlaw of one of the kidnapped teachers, Khamis Tahir, said he had always expressed worry over the state of security of the school whenever he visited his children.

Tahir, whose children are among those abducted, said the school was not secured enough to have people living inside, wondering why the government had not renovated it over the years.

“The place is not secured for the students. Looking at the condition of this school, the place is not secured at all. This is because there is no fence and the places that have fence have been destroyed. That is why criminals can enter at any time.”

• Sleeping mats and broken lockers instead of bunk beds and mattresses at Government Science College, Kagara.

Some residents of Kagara community also expressed dismay over the state of the school, saying that it was a reflection of the state government’s failure to fix the educational system in the state.

“I went round the Government Science College, Kagara and I was amazed at the rot in the school. The student hostel is grossly dilapidated and the fence that was built in the era of Governor Musa Inuwa has broken down, this is why the kidnappers found it easy to invade the college.

“I know the Niger State Government will not admit to the world that the administration has failed woefully in putting the needed infrastructure at Government Science College, Kagara but we all know that the government has recorded absolute failure in fixing decayed infrastructure in schools across the state,” Isha Kagara said.

Niger Govt defence

Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello admitted that the majority of the public secondary schools were in bad conditions, adding that the fault did not come from his administration but from the previous administration which had abandoned the education sector.

He said majority of the schools had not been renovated in the past 40 years, adding that the state government was doing its best to renovate the schools but would not be able to finish them before the end of his tenure.

He said rebuilding a school cost about N350 million, adding that the state did not have the resources to rescue all the schools from decay.

He said: “The situation we are in pre-dates the past two administrations. Previous administration did not pay attention to schools.

“A lot of these schools have not seen paint for 40 years, no paint, no fence, no work done on them at all. It is so bad that some schools do not have any toilet and cannot fix blown off roofs.”

The governor further explained that his administration has rebuilt nine schools in the three zones across the state, stressing that all the schools cannot be fixed in 20 years.

He promised that the school in Kagara would be attended to despite  the fact that it is not in the schedule of government  for schools to be renovated in 2021, “the school in Kagara is one of the schools that will be attended to this year but on our calendar of schools to be rebuilt, it is not yet their turn but we will do it this year”.

Niger Education Budget

There has always been a huge amount of money budgeted for the education  sector in Niger State but  a little percentage of the budgeted amount is released.

Nairalovers found out that in 2015, N1,132,298,175 was approved for primary education while N1,736,948,106 was approved for the construction and provisions of public schools and N569,272,636 approved for the rehabilitation and repairs of public schools.

In 2016, N90 million was approved for Primary Education in Niger state while N3,241,608,108 was expected as UBEC intervention in the state with UNICEF Support to Basic Education of N80,000,000; N771,455,804 was approved for construction and provision of public schools and N1,428,194,082 approved for rehabilitation and repairs of public schools across the state

In 2017, N4.155 billion was budgeted for education; in 2018, N 2.8 billion was voted while in 2019, only seven per cent of the N840 million allocated to the education sector was released. In 2020, N2.6 billion was approved for the education sector.

Last year, the Niger State House Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology  disclosed that  only seven per cent of the N840.516 million education allocation of the 2019 budget was released to the state Ministry of Education.

The chairman of the committee, Hon Suleiman Gambo who stated this during the presentation of a report at a plenary in 2020, said that the committee discovered that many primary, junior and secondary schools across the state were dilapidated.

The chairman also disclosed that N1.3 billion was spent by the state government to renovate nine schools under the Whole School Development Approach. However, three of those schools were yet to be completed.

He listed the schools not renovated to include Government Day Science College, Baro, Government Girls Secondary School, Tegina and Mu’azu Ibrahim Commercial Secondary School, Kontagora.

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◊ Niger abduction: Bandits beat us, begged for forgiveness – Victims

The passengers of the Niger State Transport Authority abducted by bandits recently have recounted their ordeal.

52 individuals were kidnapped in Kundu village of Rijau Local Government Area on February 14, while returning to Minna.

Some of them told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Monday that they were beaten, starved and made to trek.

Mohammed Ndagi, a civil servant with the State Science and Technical Board, said their vehicle was shot at and stopped by the bandits at about 2:30 p.m.

He narrated how their captors ordered them out and led them into the bush where they trekked day and night.

“The bandits only carried women and children on their motorcycle to a particular destination. When we trekked to where the women were kept, it was already night.

“They cooked spaghetti and poured on our hands to eat. We were cooking for ourselves, they beat us on a daily basis. We kept seeing more of the bandits as we moved,” Ndagi said.

Ndagi disclosed that a particular bandit kept beating them with sticks and threatened them to produce money or risk being killed.

Another victim, Hamza Mohammed recalled that ten people were given one bottle of dirty water used in feeding cattle.

“The first day, we rested on a mountain and anyone who attempts to sleep will be flogged.”

He revealed that on the day of release, the bandits asked for forgiveness and requested prayers for them to change their ways.

In his recount, Hajiya Jummai Isah said they didn’t bathe or brush teeth for one week, and relied on little food.

She disclosed that the bandits used their motorcycles to convey women and children.

“They gave us little food to cook and eat. They beat the men and spare women and children; they only started beating women three days before we were released.

“They started beating us and shooting on the air because they said our people refused to give them money,” Isah said.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello appealed to victims to be calm and go about their normal businesses.

Bello, represented by his Chief of Staff, approved stipends for transport back to their families.

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Schools’ abduction, Boko Haram’s plot to discourage western education – Lawmaker

A member of the House of Representatives in Ekiti State, Hon. Ibrahim Olanrewaju, has said the preponderance of abduction of pupils in schools in the northern part of the country was an evil plot by Boko Haram insurgents to discourage Western education in Nigeria.

The lawmaker spoke in Otun Ekiti, Moba Local Government area of Ekiti State, on Saturday, while distributing materials worth over N500 million to his constituents as dividends of democracy.

Speaking about the abduction of students in Chibok, Kankara, Dapchi and Kagara in Niger State by suspected bandits, Olanrewaju said it was a mischief by insurgents to whittle down education in the Northern part of the country.

“What Boko Haram means is that Western education is a sin. They wanted to discourage people from going to schools and such will not triumph over Nigeria.

“These are very unfortunate situations. I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for committing so much energy, funds and personnel to fight this assymetric war, but he must do better.

“Boko Haram insurgents have dispersed from the Northeast, because of bombardment by soldiers and that is why you are seeing strange Fulani herders penetrating the Southeast and Southwest causing all these crises”.

Stating efforts made by federal lawmakers to combat insecurity, Olanrewaju said the House had summoned President Buhari to explain why the situation is degenerating and had sponsored several motions to mitigate the scourge.

Olanrewaju said the N100 million one kilometre road he constructed in Otun Ekiti and other empowerment materials were geared toward appreciating his constituents for giving him the mandate to serve .

“This is the first batch of empowerment and we shall do more. I will do well for the people to give gratitude to God for elevating me to this unexpected position”.

Olanrewaju added that he is currently sponsoring a bill in the House for the establishment of a School of Agriculture to boost the economy and human capital development.

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, represented by his Chief of Staff, Biodun Omoleye, appealed to Ekiti masses to distance themselves from vote buying that could cause friction between them and elected officials.

Fayemi also admonished politicians not to be desperate while seeking elective positions, describing this as a catalyst for do -or -die politics

“Politicians must learn how to be patient. Hon. Olanrewaju worked for APC to earn this position. What he is doing is a perfect example of selfless leadership and whatever you do, God is noticing, there is always a day of reckoning. In the House, he was never a benchwarmer. He is a good and active representative of the people.

“For elected officials to serve the people better, our people must forget vote buying. They shouldn’t overstretch the candidates of the party financially, so when they get to positions, they can remember the people”.

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Kagara abduction: Negotiation at final stage, says Niger gov

Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger, says the state government is at the final stage of negotiation for the release of persons abducted from Kagara.

On Wednesday, gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi local government area, kidnapping several students, members of staff, and some members of their families.

Bello had placed the figure of abducted students at 27.

During a live broadcast in Minna, the state capital, on Friday, Bello said his government is doing everything to rescue the victims.

He said arrangements and consultations are ongoing between the government of Niger and the bandits for the purpose of releasing the abducted persons.

“At the moment, there is no additional information apart from the one we have at hand. Our priority is to make sure we bring back the students safe. Things are speculated or rumoured, but we cannot work with these at situations like this,” he said.

The governor urged the parents and families of the victims to be hopeful as everything possible was being done.

Bello called on traditional leaders to support government’s efforts by giving useful intelligence on criminals hiding in their communities.

He said Kagara students have not been released but the state is doing its best to ensure they are released within “the next few days or hour”.

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Kagara abduction: Rescue operation ongoing, say police

The police say efforts are on to rescue the abducted students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger state.

Frank Mba, police spokesman, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

At least 41 people — including 27 students and nine of their family members — were taken hostage by suspected bandits in the early hours of Wednesday.

The school premises was deserted when Nairalovers visited on Thursday.

Mba said Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, had ordered the deployment of additional tactical, intelligence and investigative assets of the force for the rescue operation.

According to him, four units of police mobile force (PMF) attached to Operation Puff Adder II, one unit of police special forces, personnel of the counter-terrorism unit (CTU), and operatives from the force intelligence bureau have been deployed.

He added that personnel of the force criminal investigations department, as well as one police aerial surveillance helicopter, have also been deployed.

Mba explained that the force’s search-and-rescue operation was being coordinated by the commissioner of police in Niger state.

Nairalovers had reported that a local vigilante group has also joined in efforts to rescue the schoolchildren.

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Rivers varsity staff remanded over alleged abduction and sexual abuse of 16-year-old girl

A security staff of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Mgbechi Wekwa has been remanded by a Chief Magistrate sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday over an alleged unlawful and sexual abuse of a 16-year-old year old girl.

Recall that Nairalovers had earlier reported that operatives of Rivers State Police Command have arrested a 60-year-old varsity security officer for accusely abducting and raping a teenager has been arrested by men of the Rivers State Police Command.

Nairalovers gathered that the matter was registered in suit number PMC/230c/2021 before Senior Magistrate C. Gomba Osaro.

The one count reads:

“That you Mgbechi Wekwa  on 13th day of January 2021 at Rumuakwunde in Emohua local Government Area, but triable in PortHarcourt magisterial district did unlawfully and sexually abuse one Victoria  Edwin  ‘f’  16 years old by inserting your penis into her vagina and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 32(1)(2) of the Child’s Right Act Cap. 50 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2003”.

The accused pleaded not guilty in all the charges while his lawyer argued his bail application.

But Senior Magistrate Gomba Osaro, adjourned hearing for bail consideration for the defendant to Monday 22 February 2021 while ordering the remand of the defendant in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre.

The lawyer holding brief for the complainant on behalf of Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, Jane O.A expressed displeasure that the allegation against the accused was watered down to Section 32(1)(2) of Child’s Rights Act 2013, which is a charge of sexual abuse and exploitation instead of Section 31(1)(2) which captures the definition and punishment for rape.

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● Alleged mastermind of Kankara schoolboys abduction repents and surrenders his rifles to Zamfara state govt

The alleged mastermind of the abduction of some students from a secondary school in Kankara, Katsina state, Auwalun Daudawa, has “repented” and surrendered his ammunition.

The Cable reports that Daudawa and five of his lieutenants surrendered 20 AK 47 rifles, ammunition and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher to the Zamfara state government on Monday, February 8.

Recall that on December 11, 2020, over 300 schoolboys were abducted from their school, hours after President Buhari arrived the state for a private visit. The students regained their freedom after spending a week in captivity. The Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, had said the boys were rescued through the help of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and that no ransom was paid.

Speaking after he took an oath of repentance on Monday at the government house in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara state, the bandit said his gang voluntarily surrendered and are not seeking money from any individual or government.

“We have voluntarily repented and seek no single kobo from any government, group or individual for that.”

“I was convinced by the state government approach on peace reconciliation with armed bandits, I learnt from those repented before me that, there was not single plan by the governments through use of security agencies to harm me and my boys, therefore, we are now back for normal lives like other peace-loving Nigerians.”Daudawa said

On his part, the state governor said the development is a result of his administration’s efforts to ensure that there is peace in Zamfara.

“The development will not only gradually paste the name of Zamfara unto the list of most peaceful places in the country, but will facilitate the return of the lost commercial enterprising to the state,” the governor said

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● Two deaf and dumb in Ekiti court over alleged abduction

One Adeolu Bankole of Idagba quarters, Ayetoro, has been arrested by the police in Ogun State police for alleged armed robbery.

Bankole was dressed in NSCDC uniform at the time of his arrest.

Police said he had been using the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps uniform to carry out his robbery operation, until his arrest on Friday.

Nairalovers learnt that a complaint was lodged by some students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ayetoro campus at Ayetoro Area Command that they had been robbed of their belongings at gunpoint by an armed robber.

The students told the police that the suspect broke into their apartment, dressed in Civil Defense uniform and carted away their phones and laptops.

Upon the report, the Ayetoro Area Commander, ACP Anthony Haruna, detailed his men to go after Bankole.

“After hours of painstaking investigation, the detectives received information about the hideout of the suspect.

“On getting there, a bag containing six phones, one laptop, a pair of civil defense uniform and a locally made pistol was found, ” the police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told Nairalovers on Monday.

Oyeyemi explained that the detectives mounted surveillance in the area, saying that at about 5pm, the suspect sneaked into his hideout – an uncompleted building.

As he moved straight to where the bag was kept, Oyeyemi said he was swiftly rounded up and taken to the station, adding that “two other stolen phones and a wrist watch were also found on him” at the time of his arrest.

“Investigation further revealed that the suspect stole the pair of civil defense uniform from a parked Toyota camry belonging to an officer of the corps in December 2020 and thereafter set the car ablaze.

The NSCDC officer has identified the uniform as his own, while complainants had been invited to the station to identify their items, it was said.

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● Three Days After Abduction, PUNCH Journalist, Nnodim Regains Freedom

Nairalovers Newspaper Journalist Okechukwu Nnodim

A Journalist with THE Nairalovers, Okechukuwu Nnodim who was kidnapped on Wednesday by unknown gunmen has regained his freedom.

Nnodim was freed on Saturday night according to sources closed to the family.

It was not clear if a ransom was paid to secure his release.

His abductors had set a deadline of 1pm on Thursday for the payment of a N10m ransom to secure his release.

Nnodim, a Business correspondent with THE Nairalovers was kidnapped on Wednesday night at his residence in Kubwa.

The abductors had also abducted two teenage boys, who are sons to the victim’s neighbour.

Nairalovers had reported that the abductors established contact with the families of the victims, 24 hours after their abduction, demanding that the sum of N10m be paid for their release.

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command had immediately he was kidnapped launched a manhunt to secure his rescue.

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● BREAKING: Days after abduction, Benue businessman found dead

Days after suspected herdsmen kidnapped a Benue businessman, the stays of the mentioned businessman has been found dead round a forest location in Odokpo village, Okpokwu native authorities space.

The businessman, Okoh Enejor was kidnapped final week whereas coming back from one of the herdsmen settlements in the space after shopping for three cows.

Odokpo is a boundary village between Ado and Okpokwu native authorities councils in Benue. The group hosts a number of herdsmen settlements.

According to Nairalovers report, the benue businessman was waylaid alongside Odokpo/Ichama highway on his means again from the settlement.

A household supply mentioned the physique was found after relations and associates paid N2 million ransom to his kidnappers.

All makes an attempt to talk with the Area commander in Otukpo were abortive.

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● Taraba: Local govt boss Salihu Dovo found dead after abduction

From Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

Armed males on Sunday reportedly kidnapped the Chairman of Ardo Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State, Mr Salihu Dovo. Mr Dovo was found dead in a bush the place his abductors had left him.

Police spokesman DSP David Misal, who confirmed the incident to Daily Sun, stated that the armed males had stormed the residence of the native authorities chairman at Sabon Gari at round 1 am on Sunday, taking him away and later calling to say that his physique was in the bush.

Misal, who stated a search staff was dispatched and the physique found, nonetheless, might not verify if it was a case of assassination or kidnapping gone unhealthy.

A supply stated: ‘They stormed his house here at Sabon Gari at around 1 am and took him away. They later called an official of the local government to inform him that he was dead and said they should go and search for his corpse in the bush. Members of the community went into the bush, searched and later found his body, which has been taken to town.’

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