56-year-old pastor Friday Olakada, the General Overseer of God Is God Ministries at Agbochia in Eleme Local Government Area, was kidnapped on May 14, 2021, by four men who pretended to be passengers.
Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have exhumed the remains of a pastor from a shallow grave where he was buried by his abductors in Luorre Community at Khana Local Government Area of the state.
The CP explained that the suspects confessed to have killed the father of six ten days after collecting the ransom.
“As the security operations proceed, the Kaduna State Government has been advised to postpone the resumption of schools, previously scheduled for 9th August 2021, and to pause the continuation of infrastructure projects and construction in high-risk areas, while awaiting further assessments by the security agencies.
Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security in a statement on Friday, commended the military and police high commands for the ongoing security operations against armed bandits across the state.
Government said it had requested the military and police high commands to expand the operations to newly identified hide-outs.
“The government praises the doggedness and courage of officers and troops carrying out air and ground operations around Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Plateau and Zamfara boundaries”, it said.
It also urged all residents to be patient and report any security breach to the nearest security agencies.
“New dates for school resumption will be announced, based on further security assessments.” While wishing the military and security agencies resounding success against the bandits, Kaduna government appeals for the understanding of all residents over any inconvenience caused by the postponement”, it said.
“The Abia State Government is confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly-fair trial for him and others as they remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction,” the commissioner said in a statement on Friday.
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“We remain in touch with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and receive regular updates through them on the situation. We are confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly fair trial for him and others as they remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Governor of Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola declares Monday public holiday for Islamic New year. AMB Recall that MURIC, had earlier demanded that the federal Government recognise and declears every first day of the Islamic calendar as a holiday or be read to face punishment from Allah.
Osun state Gov has granted their requests, Oyetola has declared Monday, August 9, as a public holiday to commemorate the Islamic New year.
At least four persons have reportedly been hacked to death by suspected herdsmen in two villages in the Nimbo community, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The incident reportedly took place around 2 am on Monday, July 26, when people were still asleep.
Several persons were said to be severely injured in the attack with about ten persons reported missing.
It was gathered that trouble started when herders were stopped from grazing their cattle in the farm settlement in the area on Sunday afternoon, leading to heated arguments between the farmers and the herders.
It was further learned the farmers later chased the herders and their cattle in order to avoid further destruction of their crops.
According to The Nation, the herders later re-grouped and launched a revenge attack on the community, killing no less than four persons in the early hours of Monday.
A village source, who identified himself simply as Stephen, told the publication that the villagers were still searching for about 10 people missings after the attack.
Stephen said: “Our people were in their houses Sunday afternoon when some people ran back to inform them that some herders came with their cattle to graze in their farm settlement. But our people went there to ask them to leave because they had already destroyed some crops in the farms.
In the course of this interruption, a heated argument ensued that led our people to chase them away from the settlement. Remember that herdsmen killed our people in 2016 when they invaded this community. So, our people didn’t expect anything since they have left in peace.
“Unfortunately this morning they invaded the community and killed more than four people. The number could rise because we are still searching for 10 of our people. We also don’t know how many will survive in the hospital.”
Stephen disclosed three people who were seriously wounded have been taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
A horrific video making the rounds online shows a man with a mutilated penis being paraded by IPOB supporters for working with the government against IPOB.
In the extremely graphic video, the man, whose hands are tied to a piece of wood, is seen sitting on the sandy floor. His penis had been mutilated and blood from his severed male member is seen seeping into the sand.
A male voice is heard revealing what led to the man being subjected to such inhumane torture.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has ordered an investigation into the killing of a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday.
Recall a young girl was found dead at the scene of the rally at Ojota with claims that she was killed by a stray bullet, a claim that was denied by the state police command who said the corpse was not fresh and appeared to have a wound sustained from a sharp object.
In a statement released on Sunday by Moyosore Onigbanjo, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Sanwo-Olu commiserated with the deceased’s family and ordered a thorough investigation into the death.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the death of a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday, 3rd of July, 2021.
“We commiserate with the family of the deceased. The Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered a thorough investigation of the death. A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested in line with sections 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, to determine the cause and circumstances of death.
By Section 14(1) (d) of the Coroners’ System Law of the State: ‘A report of death shall be made to any of the agencies for the report of death or the office of the Coroner and be subject to post-mortem examination where there is reasonable cause to believe that the cause of death was: violent, unnatural or suspicious.’
Section 15(1) and (9) further enjoins the Coroner to hold an inquest whenever he or she is informed that the death of the deceased person was in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation or believes an inquest is desirable following the report of a reportable death.
“As a government, the security and well-being of citizens are of utmost importance to us. The state assures the public that everything will be done to ensure that the cause of death is known. The findings of this investigation will be made public in due course and appropriate sanctions meted out to anyone found culpable.”
Nollywood actor Funsho Adeolu has taken to social media to blasts veteran actor Jide Kosoko alongside other stakeholders of the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria over threat to frustrate Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing in the Nollywood industry.
News earlier reported that the decision follows the condemnation of their colleague, Baba Ijesha, alleged of defiling the foster daughter of Nigerian comedienne, Princess.
Nkechi Blessing and Iyabo Ojo also clashed with some TAMPAN members, such as Yomi Fabiyi, Lege Maimi, who kicked against them for openly condemning Baba Ijesha.
However, veteran actor Jide Kosoko during a press briefing over the weekend, said the association frowned at the derogatory statements made by Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing against the Association and the industry as a whole.
It also barred directors in the association from working with the two Nollywood stars.
Reacting, Funsho Adeolu in a post shared on Instagram said he’s ashamed of the leadership of the association adding the do not have the interest of their members at heart.
He wrote: My face is covered, not because of covid but in shame on behalf of those who call themselves leaders of local association and do not have the interest of members at heart. God is watching o