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Police rescue abducted female passenger in Osun

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A woman, who was among the abducted passengers of a commercial vehicle along the Osogbo-Ikirun Road has been rescued.

The news of the rescue was made public by the Nigeria Police, Osun State Command on Sunday.

In the early hours of Friday, some travellers were abducted at Ayepe Community, along the Osogbo-Ikirun Road by unknown gunmen.
Confirming the rescue, Yemisi Opalola, the spokesperson of Osun Police Command revealed that operations to free other abducted passengers have commenced.

Opalola also revealed that the driver of the vehicle that was attacked by the gunmen had been found.

According to her, “The operatives rescued the kidnap victim of Ikirun/Osogbo Road abduction that occurred on Friday.

“The woman has been rescued alive and taken to the hospital for necessary medical attention.”

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Drug Abuse: NDLEA arrests 454 suspects in Adamawa

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLE), Adamawa Command, says it has arrested no fewer than 454 suspected illicit drug traffickers/peddlers from June 2023 till date.

State Commander of NDLEA, Mr Samson Agboalu, disclosed this on Friday at a news conference to begin the commemoration of the 2024 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the state.

The World Drug Day with the theme: “The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention” is celebrated annually on June 26 globally.

Agboalu said that the arrest figure made by the agency reflected a 9.38 per cent decrease from the 501 arrests made in the previous year.

He noted that the drug seizures significantly increased, with a total of 4,732.128 kilo grammes of hard drugs confiscated.

”This is a 75 per cent increase from the 1,164.750 kg seized between June 2022 and June 2023.

“These seizures include a range of substances such as Cannabis Sativa, Methamphetamine (ice), Cocaine, Tramadol, Exol-5, Diazepam tablets, Codeine-based syrup, Rohypnol tablets, and Pentazocine injections.

“Our Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) efforts have also been fruitful, with 107 residential clients treated, counseled, and rehabilitated, and 222 trafficking clients receiving brief intervention counseling,” he said.

Speaking on prosecution efforts and forfeitures from June 2023 till date, he said 148 individuals were convicted, with notable increase from 115 convictions recorded between June 2022 and June 2023.

“The highest sentences handed down were between10 and five years imprisonment, with the least six months.

“Monetary forfeiture recorded an increase, with the sum of N851,153 forfeited to the Federal Government and deposited into the Treasury Single Account (TSA), compared to N729,480 in the previous year.”

The NDLEA commander called for the adoption of preventive measures as a strategic approach in addressing drug abuse in the state.

He said that it was imperative to invest in prevention through increased public education, collaboration with communities by ensuring youths have access to accurate information to discourage drug use.

“As we reflect on the theme, it is clear that investing in prevention is a strategic approach that promises long-term benefits and only effective way to address the root causes of drug abuse.

“Evidence has shown that prevention programmes can significantly reduce the initiation of drug use, thereby reducing the burden on law enforcement and the healthcare system.

“By focusing on education, awareness, and early intervention, we can protect our communities, particularly the youth, from the devastating effects of drug abuse,” he said.

Agboalu also emphasised the need for collaborative effort in the fight against the menace, in order to create a future where children could grow up in a safe, healthy, and drug-free communities.

NAN reports that the command has organised one-week activities in line with the commemoration of the  World Drug Day to raise awareness and promote preventive measures

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Kaduna Police arrest five kidnappers, recover Toyota Land Cruiser

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By Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna

Kaduna state Police operatives have arrested a notorious kidnapping suspect and also recovered one Toyota Land Cruiser during their operations.

This was contained in a statement signed and issued to Journalists in Kaduna on thursday by the Police Public Relation Officer, (PPRO) ASP Mansir Hassan.

Mansur said that on 15th of June, 2024, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Maigana received intelligence from a concerned citizen regarding a group of kidnappers planning to collect ransom money from the relatives of their victim.

He added that acting swiftly, the DPO mobilised his patrol team and some members of the local vigilante group to the location resulting in the successful arrest of the suspects: Shuaiabu Bala, 23 years old, from Malanta in Gimba Village, and Safinu Musa, 22 years old, from Bugau Village, Anchau in Kubau L.G.A.

The PPRO explained that, “during interrogation, both suspects confessed to the crime. Investigations are ongoing to apprehend other members of the kidnapping gang.”

“Also, In continuation of the ongoing clampdown on kidnappers and their informants within Kaduna State, a significant breakthrough was achieved on June 17, 2024.

“Acting on credible intelligence received by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Tafa, it was reported that some suspected kidnappers were sighted roaming around Tafa Town.

“The DPO immediately mobilized and led a surveillance team, in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) of Tafa, to the scene.

“As a result of this swift action, three suspected kidnappers were arrested and brought to the station. The suspects have been identified as Sani Amadu 17 years) Sani Lawal, 20 years, and Aliyu Usman, 22 years all residents of Dadin Kowa, Tafa Local Government Area, Niger State.

“During the course of the investigation, incriminating evidence, including pictures and videos of banditry activities, was discovered on their cell phones. Upon completion of the preliminary investigation, the case will be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit for further action.

“In the same vein, On June 13, 2024, based on cultivated intelligence, a criminal element was sighted at Kachia Road by the Railway Station Roundabout in Kaduna with a motor vehicle strongly suspected to be stolen.

“Acting swiftly on the information, a team from the Anti-Car Theft Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) mobilised to the scene.”

“The operatives arrested one Chicago Harrison, male, of Manya Street, Ungwan Romi, Kaduna.

“They recovered a black Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep, 2013 model, with registration number KTU 886 JD, chassis number JTMHY7AJXD4017043, and engine number 3UR3151879.

“Preliminary investigations have revealed that the vehicle was stolen from Sir Dingshegyuan Plastic Processing and Manufacturing Company Limited, located at the Interchange in Sagamu, Ogun State.

“The suspect will be handed over to Ogun State Police Command for further investigations.

“The Kaduna State Police Command remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of all residents. The Commissioner of Police CP AUDU ALI DABIGI psc, urges the public to continue their support by reporting any suspicious activities to the nearest police station.”

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Bandits kill man after collecting N16m ransom, three motorcycles in Kaduna

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By Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna

Bandits have killed a 27-year-old man after collecting ransom to a tune of sixteen million naira and three motorcycles as negotiation to free nine persons that were abducted in Jere, town Kaduna State.

The 27-year-old man identified simply as Abba, was killed on Saturday last week, after taking the ransom to the Bandits in a location in the area. Abba, according to one of the freed victims, was tied with a rope and shot by the Bandit’s Kingpin, who accused him of being rude to him during negotiation.

Report said that the bandits invaded some houses at Unguwar Iya in Jere on April 16, 2024, abducted nine residents and demanded the sum of N30 million, an incident that late Abba was in the forefront of negotiation.

Confirming the ugly incident, a resident of Jere, Shuaibu Hussaini, said that the death of the deceased had thrown not only Abba’s into mourning, but the whole of Jere chiefdom, languishing in pains.

Hussaini further disclosed that “It was when one of the family members of the victims tried to find out the whereabouts of Abba after delivering the ransom that the bandits’ leader asked the family to go to a particular location and pick his corpse.”

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state Police Command is yet to comment on the development.

NewsDirect Kaduna correspondent placed a call as well as text and WhatsApp messages to the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) ASP Mansur Hassan to confirm the development but there was no response as at the time of filing this report.

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