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Kidnapped ADC Chieftains: Police Speak On Efforts Being Made To Rescue Victims

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Ondo State Police Gives Update On Kidnap Of ADC Chieftains

The police in Ondo State have said efforts have been scaled up to ensure that the kidnapped candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Jide Ipinsagba, and three others are rescued unharmed.

Mr Ipinsagba, his driver, the chairman of the ADC, Bisi Ogungbemi, and a female politician were on Wednesday kidnapped along Owo-Akoko expressway by unknown gunmen, Naija News reports

Mr Ipinsagba recently dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for ADC in his bid to contest the 2019 senatorial election.

The police spokesperson, Femi Joseph, told Premium Times on Thursday that the anti-kidnapping unit of the command’s mobile police force has been dispatched to the area and the scene of the incident, adding that they have begun combing the forest around the place.

He also said that other regular police officers were also deployed to the area in an attempt to hasten the arrest of the culprits.

“What we are doing now is that we have deployed a unit of mobile force anti-kidnapping unit to the area and they have started combing the nearby bush,” Mr Joseph said.

“We will ensure that the abductors would be arrested and brought to book, while the (victims) would be rescued unhurt.”



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Fire guts 156 shops at Nkwo Ngwa market in Aba

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Fire has gutted about 156 shops at the timber and furniture section of Nkwo Ngwa market in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia, leaving many families in grief for their losses.

Okechukwu Lawrence, Chairman of the market traders’ association, told newsmen at the market on Sunday that he was informed about the incident through phone call around 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Lawrence said he rushed to the scene immediately and he and the market’s taskforce members broke its gates to let in sympathisers to help quench the fire, using water from a borehole.

“We tried our best before the Fire Service came in. We used water from our borehole to quench the fire.

“But the hoodlums around later broke the borehole in their bid to steal our pump while the fire was raging.

“That was how I saw it yesterday. The fire was too much and it gulped millions of Naira worth of goods and property.

“We have some building material sellers in all these front shops. The second row of shops is occupied by furniture sellers and dealers in other things.

“We recorded a very big loss here but there was no loss of life or injury,” he said.

Lawrence debunked claims that his members attacked the fire service personnel who came to quench the fire.

The chairman said that it was a group of hoodlums called Aroo Boys who attacked the fire service men.

He said the Aroo Boys further entered the market, broke into shops, carried rice, stock fish, clothes and other property and left.

He further said the fire could have been stopped with the help of the fire fighters before it destroyed up to 100 shops.

According to him, this was hindered by the suspended Ozuomba road project of the State Government.

He appealed to the government to come to the aid of the traders by fixing the road and attending to other needs in the market.

The Abia Police Commissioner, Chris Ezeike who visited the scene Sunday morning, said he was there to access the incident and sympathise with the victims.

Ezeike noted that the section of the market was full of inflammable materials.

He however called for calm and peace, adding that the fire incident, which was said to have caused by a generating set, would be investigated immediately.

Capt. Awa Udonsi (rtd.), Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu on Security, said he had been notified about the incident and would involve the concerned ministries in the matter.

Udonsi said he would not take decisions for the governor but gave the assurance that government would “do the right thing” in the situation.

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4 INEC workers, NYSC member, 3yr-old die in accident in Kogi

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Four staff members of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), an NYSC member and a three-year-old girl died in an accident on Ajaokuta–Lokoja Road on Saturday, an official has confirmed.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt in Lokoja on Sunday that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member was performing his primary assignment with INEC office in Lokoja and that the child belonged to one of the INEC staff members.

The victims were returning in the evening from Ayingba, Kogi, where they attended the wedding ceremony of another INEC worker, NAN learnt.

Mr Ahmed Biambo, the Director of Voter Education and Publicity at Kogi Office of INEC, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with NAN.

Biambo said that the victims were from the Information and Communication Technology and Account departments of INEC.

He said that the corpses had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

Meanwhile the Kogi Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC ), Mr Olisegun Martins, could not comment on the incident as he did not respond to calls made to his telephone number.

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Congo Police Arrest Fellow Officer Who Shot Student During Protest

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Police Shoot Student While Trying To Stop Protest

Two students died this week after being shot during protests at a university in Democratic Republic of Congo, and a police officer has been arrested, the city’s police chief confirmed today.

The students “lost their lives following injuries caused by bullets” Monday in capital Kinshasa, police chief General Sylvano Kasongo said in a statement.

The victims had attended a demonstration against a two-month strike by professors who demand that the head of the university be elected by peers.

Police reportedly tried to stop further protest today, student witnesses told AFP.

Kasongo urged the students to remain calm and said those responsible for the shootings would “answer for their acts according to the law.

“The police officer who fired Monday at one of the students who died has been detained and will face a military hearing,” he said.

Higher education minister Steve Mbikayi wrote on Twitter: “Live ammunition is outlawed on university sites. I demand an exemplary punishment for the police officers responsible for firing the fatal shots.”

He added that talks between professors and the government led to an agreement Thursday concerning their dispute.

Professor Antoine Kitombole told AFP the faculty demanded enforcement of a law that allows them to elect the head of the university, “a measure that minister Mbikayi is blocking.”

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