The Police in Ondo State have arrested a suspect over his alleged kidnap of a six year-old girl in her mother’s car at a groceries shop in Akure.
SP Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ondo State Command, said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Akure on Saturday.
She said that a case of kidnapping was reported at the police station on Dec. 21, 2022, at 9.00p.m, by Mrs Chukwu-Ezedima, the mother of the kidnapped girl.
The PPRO said that complainant alleged that the suspect kidnapped her daughter, Nwasi Chukwu-Ezedima in her Toyota Corolla Car at Lafe Area, Akure, while she was getting groceries for the family.
Odunlami-Omisanya said that the suspect, who allegedly demanded N50 million from the family as ransom, was arrested on Dec. 31, 2022 at a POS stand while trying to withdraw part of the money.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the offence, while the victim was rescued unhurt.
“The suspect will soon be arraigned in court,” the police spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has handed over a man arrested in unlawful possession of firearms to the police.
Odunlami-Omisanya said that a patrol of the Nigerian Army while on routine check at Elegbeka in Ifon, Ose Local Government Area, got information about the man (names withheld) allegedly in possession of a revolver.
She said that the patrol team subsequently investigated the allegation and arrested the man with the locally made gun.
“The suspect initially claimed he found the gun on a farmland, but later confessed that the gun was given to him by a welder (names withheld) currently in a Correctional Centre in Okene.
“The suspect has been handed over to the Police and would soon have his day in court,” Odunlami-Omisanya said.
Navy acquires 12 UAVs to improve fight against maritime crime
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, on Friday, said that the Nigerian Navy had acquired 12 Comstrac System Ovation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve the fight against maritime crime.
Ogalla made this known at the commissioning ceremony of the UAVs and the adoption of the revised Local Operating Procedure and Local Training Order, held at the Naval Air Base, Ojo, Lagos.
The CNS was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Adm. Zakariyyah Muhammed.
Ogalla said that the surveillance UAVs would complement the already existing air assets of the Nigerian Navy, while supporting the surface ships and maritime domain awareness platforms.
“In an era where the nature of warfare is evolving rapidly, embracing cutting-edge technologies becomes imperative for enhancing our national security.
“These UAVs, with their advanced capabilities and versatility, will undoubtedly enhance our naval surveillance for furtherance of strategic capabilities.
“I have no doubt that this will rejig the Nigerian Navy towards better service delivery in the maritime domain of our dear country,” he said.
The CNS added that the Navy was expecting five more helicopters within the forst quarter of 2024 which would enhance its maritime capabilities.
“This will make safer waters for both local and international maritime trade,” he said.
Ogalla commended the Western Naval Command for innovative and dogged efforts toward maintaining credible maritime presence and curtailing criminalities in its area of operations.
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Ogun Govt. places N50m bounty on killers of Oyekanmi, Finance Director
The Ogun Government has announced a reward of N50 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) attached to Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s office, Mr. Taiwo Oyekanmi .
Mr Tokunbo Talabi, the Secretary to the State Government, announced the reward in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.
According to the statement, Information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
” Such information can be sent to the underlisted telephone numbers:
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that suspected armed robbers on Nov. 29 shot dead Oyekanmi, and carted away government funds.
Oyekanmi had cashed an undisclosed amount of money from a branch of Fidelity bank in Abeokuta, and was heading back to the office when he was waylaid by the gunmen.
According to source, the gunmen, about five of them, shot the accountant dead at Kuto bridge in Abeokuta and went away with the government’s money.
It was gathered that Oyekanmi and other aides who sustained gunshot injuries during the attacks, were rushed to the State General Hospital, Ijaye, where the accountant later died.
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