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Biafra agitator Simon Ekpa arrested in Finland hours to Nigeria elections

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Former Radio Biafra anchorman, Simon Ekpa has been arrested in Finland.

Ekpa was taken into custody on Thursday 48 hours before the start of the general elections in Nigeria.

Criminal Investigator, Tommi Reen from the Central Criminal Police told the HS news outlet that the Keskusrikospoliisi (KRP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Finland had a police operation in a private apartment in the centre of Lahti.

Reen said the operation was connected to an ongoing preliminary investigation. He did not comment further on the matter.

Nigeria had asked Finland to intervene in Ekpa’s activities. Last week, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Godfrey Onyeama invited the Finnish ambassador, Leena Pylvänäinen to a meeting.

The Finland-based legal practitioner and a former athlete is known for his subversive comments against the country and its leadership.

The political activist had in recent years spoken against the unity of the country, insisting the Republic of Biafra must be achieved.

Ekpa increased his campaigns after June 2021 re-arrest and repatriation of Nnamdi Kanu, founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Security and intelligence service have linked the kidnapping and murders in the South-East to speeches made by Ekpa.

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Police arrest three for allegedly killing driver in Ondo

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The Ondo State Police Command on Thursday arrested three private security guards for allegedly killing a driver, Adewale Olowolafe, in Akure, the state capital.

The suspects were said to have hacked the deceased to death when he was hit with an iron rod during a fight.

According to an eyewitness, who craved anonymity, the suspects allegedly beat the deceased during a fight with an iron rod.

The eyewitness stated that the victim died on the spot, adding that the mastermind of the killing was a female who had also been arrested by the police.

“The deceased is from Ijare. He is a driver and was killed by some private security guards along Ijare Road. The boy was hacked to death by the guards for no justifiable reason.

“The guy was equally hit with hot iron and sticks. The killing was masterminded by a woman.

The deceased was going about his normal daily activities when the attackers pounced on him.

Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, stated that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, for further investigation.

“Three persons have been arrested, and the matter has been transferred to the SCID for further investigation.”

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Businesswoman, children in hiding as kidnappers hold husband captive over unpaid ransom

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The family of Adeniran has gone into hiding, following the continuous abduction of Mojeed Adelaja Adeniran by suspected kidnappers despite releasing his wife, Mutiat Omolabake Adeniran and their children, Maryam Adejoke Adeniran and Mustapha Adetunji Adeniran.

It was gathered that Mutiat, a local businesswoman, was abducted with her entire family on December 27, 2023, during a visit to a community in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The abduction of the family was part of kidnapping incidents witnessed by residents of Alimosho LG where more than 20 residents were forcefully taken by gunmen.

Recall that two communities in Alimosho LG cried out over the high rate of kidnapping, appealing for the Federal Government’s intervention.

Speaking on the frequency with which kidnap syndicates operate unhindered in Egan, Igando and Ikotun communities, the Chairman, Olorufemi/Akinola Community Development Association, Mustapha Hassan, called for a more proactive approach, adding that security agencies seemed to be helpless.

He said over 20 cases have been reported in his CDA, with some cases reported to the police, while others were not reported for fear of reprisals.

It was learnt that the kidnappers demanded a ransom of N100 million from the Adeniran family before they could release those abducted.

The kidnappers, however, released Mutiat and her children on January 2, 2024, when a part payment of the ransom of about 50 million naira was paid, while still holding her husband due to the remaining part of the ransom.

The family lamented that the kidnappers refused to release Mojeed, and also threatened to kidnap the released wife and children.

It was gathered that Mutiat, along with her children, are now in hiding, fearing for their lives while desperately trying to secure the safe return of her husband.

Speaking exclusively with our correspondent, Mutiat said the fear of further retaliation has forced her to go into hiding with the children, lamenting that they are in emotional and psychological distress.

She noted that the family fears that the kidnappers will make good on their threats to abduct them again if the remaining ransom is not paid.

Even though the family is now in hiding, Mutiat said she fears that their freedom may be short-lived.

She added that the kidnappers have been in contact, threatening to take her and the children again if they don’t pay the balance of the ransom.

Speaking of her experience during her time with the kidnappers, she narrated, “They blindfolded and gagged me before throwing me into the trunk of a car. I didn’t know where they were taking me.”

“I’m still living in fear, but our priority is the safe return of my husband

“We are cooperating with the authorities and doing everything in our power to meet the demands, but we also appeal to the kidnappers to show mercy and release him unharmed.

“I can’t sleep, I can’t eat. I am so worried about my husband, and now I am afraid they’ll come for us again.”

“I just want my family back together,” she said, her eyes brimming with tears. “I want this nightmare to end.”

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Kano arson: Tinubu orders prosecution of suspects

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President Bola Tinubu has condemned the arson incident at a mosque at Larabar Abasawa in Gezawa local government area of Kano State.

The incident which occurred last week resulted in the death of over 23 worshippers.

President Tinubu in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, on Tuesday in Abuja sent his condolences to the government and people of Kano State over the fire incident.

The President commiserated with the bereaved families, all those affected, and prayed for quick recovery for the wounded.

A spokesman for the Kano State Police Command, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said preliminary forensic analysis showed that the explosion was suspected to be caused by petrol.

The injured, including 20 adult males and four male children, were transported to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital for treatment.

“The scene was cordoned off, and the victims were rushed to the hospital where they are currently receiving medical care,” Kiyawa added.

The principal suspect, identified as 38-year-old Shafi’u Abubakar, has been arrested.

In his statement to the police, the suspect cited a prolonged family dispute over inheritance as his motive.

“He said his action was purely in hostility following a prolonged family disagreement over sharing of inheritance, and he did that for his voice to be heard,” Kiyawa reported.

“The suspect is currently in police custody, and a detailed investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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