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1. Three Secondary School Pupils Arrested For Faking Kidnap In Enugu
The Police in Enugu State said they had arrested three secondary school students for allegedly faking kidnapping within the Enugu metropolis.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu. Amaraizu said that the students of the Enugu-based secondary school had demanded a ransom of N500, 000.
He said that the police through its Anti-Kidnapping Unit had begun investigation to unravel the circumstances behind the alleged faking of the kidnap incident.
“It was gathered that on July 11, one Nebeife Nnamdi aged about 17 years, who is a Senior Secondary School – the student of an Enugu-based secondary school, had been allegedly abducted by gunmen.
“Later, there was a demand of N500,000 ransom from his alleged abductors. “Following the development, the operatives of the command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit swung into action.
“The Anti-Kidnapping Unit through intelligence information nabbed Ene Chigozie Steven, Okafor Okechukwu and Nebeife Nnamdi, who is said to have been kidnapped, on July 14 at about 2:30 p.m., at their hideout at Trans-Ekulu within Enugu metropolis.
“They have revealed that the alleged kidnap was faked by them to collect money from the alleged kidnapped victim’s father and are currently regretting their evil action,’’ the police spokesman said.
He said the suspects had been helping the police in their investigation.
2. Baddo Moves To Berger, Strike Lovers
Suspected members of the Badoo cult early Friday morning killed two lovers in their apartment in Ogun State.
A source told a Punch correspondent that the heads of the victims were smashed.
The incident happened at a storey building located on Hassan Abiodun Street, off Ojodu Berger, in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Many of the residents could not be consoled as policemen from Ojodu Abiodun Division took away the remains of the deceased for onward transfer to the General Hospital Sagamu.
Many of the residents wailed as the corpses were brought out of the room and wrapped in wrappers.
A resident told a Punch correspondent that the victims were to be officially married in December.
“The lady recently lost her father and the man she was to marry only came on a visit. She was a tall, beautiful lady and was also pregnant, ” the resident said.
It was gathered that their assailants tore the window net to gain entry and thereafter smashed the lovers’ heads.
Another resident said none of the tenants knew what happened until daybreak.
The resident said, “There is a police officer who lives next door to the deceased’s Boy’s Quarter. He did not hear anything. It is very sad and this development will create panic in the area.”
A Punch correspondent observed that the police station is a stone’s throw from where the murder took place even as residents said vigilantes patrol the street every night.
The police also arrested a man who tried to take a picture of their van and the vehicle the victims were put in.
As of 111 am the occupants of the building were still crying at the frontage.
The spokesperson for the police in Ogun, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, could not be reached for comments as his mobile indicated that it was switched off.
3. Deposed Baale Of Shangisha, Wife Sent To Kirikiri For Faking Kidnap
Magistrate T. Akanni of an Ogba magistrate’s court, Ikeja, yesterday, ordered the deposed Baale of Shangisha, Chief Mutiu Ogundare, to be remanded in Kirikiri Prison for allegedly faking his kidnap.
The Baale, alongside his wife, Abolanle, will remain in prison’s custody with one Mohammed Babatunde, pending the perfection of their bail conditions.
Ogundare and others were arraigned before the court on a three-count charge offence bordering on breach of public peace and fake kidnapping.
However, they all pleaded not guilty to the offences preferred against them by the Police.
The defendants’ counsel, Mr. Glory Odimayo, pleaded for their bail. Odimayo argued that the defendants are prominent members of the Shangisha community and will not jump bail.
Odimayo urged the court to grant them bail, while citing relevant constitutional provisions and authorities, stressing that the issue of bail is at the discretion of the court.
The prosecutor, Mr. Peter Okerinmodun, opposed the application, saying if granted bail, their presence in the community might cause a breakdown of law and order and that they will use their position to influence witnesses.
Ruling on the matter, Magistrate Akanni, citing Section 155 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2011, agreed with the defence that bail is at the discretion of the court.
She latter granted the defendants N2 million bail with two sureties in like sum.
She further ordered that the sureties must include a traditional ruler, person with registered property in Lagos, be a tax payer and a Grade Level 17 officer in the state public service.
She, thereafter, adjourned the matter till August 23 for hearing.