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Kidnappers demand N55m to free LG staff, NURTW scribe

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Barely 24 hours after the Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) of Ondo State was kidnapped, two staff of Akure North Local Government Area, Marcus Akinduko and Gabriel Ajayi, were abducted at the weekend. The local government staff were kidnapped on Owo/Ido- Ani Road in Ose Local Government Area.

The victims and three other staff of the local government were coming from a funeral ceremony at Ifira in Akoko South- East Local Government Area when they ran into an ambush by gunmen. A source said yesterday that four armed men intercepted the vehicle in which the local government staff were travelling and forced them to disembark.

The gunmen took Akinduko and Ajayi and left three others to source fund to pay the ransom of the victims. They, however, sized the phone of one of the occupants, Mrs. Fadeke Adeseeke, and used the sim card to contact the families of the victims to pay the ransom. Family sources said the kidnappers had demanded N50 million ransom in order to secure the release the captives.

This development came as the NURTW is sourcing for N5 million to secure the release of the Secretary of the union, Mr. Kayode Agbeyangi, who was kidnapped on Akure-Ilesa Road in Osun State at the weekend. The NURTW secretary was said to have been kidnapped in the early hours of Saturday while travelling to Lagos State to meet members of his family.

It was learnt that Agbeyangi’s vehicle was found on the Akure- Ilesa Expressway in Osun State. It was also learnt that the abductors had contacted the family of the victim, demanding N5 million, but the source said the family was yet to raise the money.

The state NURTW Chairman, Jacob Adebo, popularly called Idajo, who confirmed the incident, said the secretary was kidnapped in Ilesa area. “He was kidnapped when he was travelling to Lagos and the kidnappers have called the family. They said the family should give them N5 million before he could be released.

But there is no way we can get N5 million,” the chairman said. Adebo said the kidnappers insisted that he would not be released until the ransom was paid. He said the union as sourcing for the fund in order to secure the release. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, who confirmed the kidnapping of the two local government workers, said the kidnappers had not contacted the families.

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N9.8m Fraud: Court strikes out case against businessman

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A case of N9.8million fraud preferred against a businessman, Abayomi Arodu has been struck out by an Ikeja Magistrate Court presided over by her honour, Mrs T. Akanni.

The decision of the court was based on lack of diligent prosecution and an agreement reached between the two parties.

A charge of N9.8 m was preferred against Arodu by his nephew, Festus Osho of Taiwo Close, Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos state.

According to a report filed with the police by Osho, Arodu was accused of collecting the money between 2009 and 2011 under the pretext of purchasing goods for Osho at the Nigerian Breweries PLC. Thereafter, a police prosecutor, Clifford Ogu arraigned Arodu in an Ogba Magistrate Court on two counts bordering on fraud and stealing, punishable under Sections 312(1a) and 285(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.

The case dragged on for two years as the complainant did not appear in court most times that the issue came up for hearing, while proof of evidence was also not made available to the defendant.

Eventually, an out of court settlement was agreed to lead to the decision of the court to strike out the matter on January 30, 2018 when the complainant voluntarily applied to the court for withdrawal of the matter.

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Police rescue robbers from mobs in Minna

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Luck on Thursday fell on two suspected motorcycle snatchers after men of the Nigeria Police intervened and saved them from lynching by angry mobs along Mandella junction Tudun Wada area of Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State.

Our Correspondent gathered that the suspects, Adamu Ahmed, 36 of kuchigoro of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and Kabiru Mohammed, 35, of Jabi Garage Abuja, were beaten with iron rods and stones, after they were caught trying to steal a motorcycle at Mandella Junction, in Minna.

It was reliably gathered that the police operatives attached to Special Anti-robbery Squad rushed to the scene and rescued the suspects after serious beating by the angry mobs.

The suspects who came from Abuja to perpetuate their wicked act were said to have been brought by their gang leader, identified as Bello Mohammed who later abandoned them and took to his heels.

One of the suspects, Ahmed told our correspondent that he has been snatching motorcycles from people at different locations for the past two years before he was apprehended by the police.

According to him “I was selling fish before I joined the gang of motorcycle robbers in Abuja, the proceeds from my fish business could not sustain my family needs, then I was introduced to this business by one Bello Mohammed who brought us to Minna to steal a motorcycle.

“My wife does not know what am doing for a living and now she will find out, and I know she is going to divorce me and my life has finished”.

Ahmed, however, thanked the police for saving their lives at the scene of the incident, saying “we would have been dead by now if the police did not intervene. I promise not to involve myself in motorcycle robbery again.”

The other suspect, Mohammed said, “It is Allah’s ordination that police will arrest me because this is not the first time I am into this act. I pray that my wife and my family will forgive me, it is devil’s work.”

Confirming the arrest, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said that the operatives recovered the motorcycle from the suspects, adding that they would be charged to court after the investigation.

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Man, 55, impersonates late father, forges title documents to secure N40m bank loan

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A 55-year-old man, Mukaila Kosebinu, who allegedly forged title documents of his late father and also impersonated him, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

He was also charged with using the documents to secure N40 million from a bank.

The accused, who resides at No. 9, Sule-Aleja St., Aga, Ikorodu in Lagos State, is facing a four-count charge bordering on
conspiracy, forgery and impersonation.

The accused committed the offences on August 7, 2014 at Alausa, Ikeja, Police Prosecutor Peter Nwangwu told the court.

Mr Nwangwu said the case was reported at the police station by the accused’s sister, Folashade Ogundimu.

He said the accused forged a driver’s licence and his late father’s title documents and submitted them at the Lagos State Land Bureau to be acted upon as genuine.

Mr Nwangwu said the accused also impersonated his late father when he swore to an affidavit claiming his father’s name and property at No. 1A, Folarin St., Mosalashi, Idioro in Mushin, Lagos.

“The accused made a publication in the PM newspaper for a change of name on August 7, 2014, claiming to be his father, Nofiu Kosebinu.

“Mukaila, without the consent of his siblings, used the forged documents to secure a N40 million loan from Access
Bank,” he alleged.

The offences contravened Sections 87, 363, 380 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 363 provides a three-year jail term for offenders, while Section 380 prescribes seven years.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Y.O. Aje-Afunwa, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties
in like sum.

Ms Aje-Afunwa said the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and adjourned the case until June 8.

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