The Redeem Christian Church of God pastor, Sunday Adeniran, has regained freedom. Adeniran and two other persons were abducted on Saturday by yet to be identified gunmen in Calabar.
An impeccable security source who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard on Monday morning that they were released at about 2: am this morning near Scanobo filling station, Ikot Ekpo 8 miles on the outskirt of Calabar ,the Cross River state capital.
The source further disclosed that the pressure from the Anti Kidnapping and Cultism Squad led by SP Awodi made the miscreant to hurriedly collect what they could after making an initial demand of 7 million naira.
His words: “They knew that the Dragon Squad was closing in on them ,they had to hurriedly collect about 200,000 naira and let their victims go.
“Initially they demanded 7 million for their release but had to just collect what they could as soon as possible and dropped them off at Scanobo area in Ikot Ekpo 8 miles at about 2:am.”
Findings by Vanguard showed that SP Awodi and his men from AKCS were already in their trail as at 12 midnight but immediately they got wind of the manhunt which was earlier reported they collected the available cash and set them( victims) free .
In a related development another victim was also rescued without paying any ransom to his abductors at the weekend in Calabar .
Vanguard gathered that the police through the anti kidnapping and Cultism Squad( Dragon) rescued a 24 year old businessman ,Justine Esedeke from his abductors from another location at 8 miles.
Vanguard learned that this was part of the covert operation recently launched by the Commissioner of Police through the Commander of AKCS ,SP Awodi and his men to nip in the bud the rising menace of kidnapping along 8 mile axis an outskirt
According to investigation the victim, 24 year old Justine was abandoned by his captors in the hills around Nasarawa, Bacoco in 8 miles when the men of AKCS squad were combing the forest after a distress call was made by the victims family to them .
A security source who didn’t want his name in print said “after combing the forest in search of the victim based on credible intelligence ,the victim was abandoned by his abductors as they saw the men of AKCS and took to their heels”.
Vanguard also learned that security presence has increased in the area especially by armed plane cloth personnel in a bid to nip the rising menace of kidnapping in the bud .
Confirming the release of the victims on Telephone ,Monday , the Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,DSP Irene Ugbo lauded the efforts of AKCS squad while urging the pubic to cooperate with the police by giving useful information about happenings in their environment
“It was a strict direct order of the Commissioner of police, CP Aminu Alhassan to men of AKCS and they acted swiftly to secure the release of the victims.
“I want to commend, the swift action of SP Awodi and his Dragon squad ,their efforts yielded result and in time to ,the victim are now in safe hands .
“I want to appeal to the public not to wait until something happens before they report ,they should always report strange movement to curb this kind of ugly incident ,” she Said.
Chaos As Benin Bus Drivers Withdraw Service Over Alleged Extortion By EDSMA, PUWOV
There was chaos in several parts of Benin City, Monday, as bus drivers mostly those driving mini-buses withdrew their services from the roads over alleged extortion by personnel of the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA) and Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV).
Commuters going from Wire Road to Ugowo; New Benin to Ugbowo in the metropolis had to trek long distances before they could get vehicles and the vehicles terminated their trip by Uselu.
Due to the blockade by the protesting drivers, commuters were forced to trek the remaining distance to their destinations as the protesting bus drivers blocked parts of the Benin – Ugbowo Road.
The drivers took over some sections of the road causing traffic in some areas while other sections were completely deserted.
One of the drivers, Emmanuel Kanya, complained no enough signs on the road to show where to park or not, adding that the extortion is already telling on their ability to pay back the buses they have acquired on hire purchase between N2.7m to N3m.
But the Managing Director of EDTSMA, Dennis Oloriegbe, denied the allegation.
He said, “We have gone the extra mile to educate them on where they should park or not to park. We put signposts and they go to remove them at night. We have arrested a driver with our signposts in his boot so they have to obey the law.”
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He, however, said the Agency is having a roundtable with the drivers.
Delta: Hoodlums Abandon Stolen Vehicle As Police Give Them Hot Chase
Hoodlums have reportedly abandoned a suspected stolen Lexus car ES 350, gold colour, with Reg. No. Abuja-YAB 262 KC as Police Operatives gave them a hot chase along Jakpa road in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
DAILY POST learnt that hoodlums allegedly stole the vehicle from the owner after he finished washing the car around ConOil filling station in Effurun.
The complainant said himself and his brother while waiting for someone, saw a group of four armed men, who pounced on them, forced them into the vehicle and sped off.
He stated that the hoodlums later put them in the boot of the vehicle.
On getting to a hold-up, they managed to open the boot and escaped.
The Delta State Police Command led by CP Ari Muhammad Ali confirmed the report in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe.
He said, “Information got to the DPO Ebrumede Division SP Bolarinwa Alabi who immediately detailed and led operatives and went after them.
“In a combined effort with men of Ekpan Police station, they trailed the hoodlums to Jakpa road.
“The hoodlums on noticing that the police were trailing them, abandoned the vehicle in the busy area of Jakpa and fled into the crowd.
“In order not to hurt innocent citizens, the team could not engage them, but the Lexus car ES 350 gold colour with Reg. No. Abuja-YAB 262 KC was recovered.”
According to DSP Edafe, “effort is on top gear with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects.”
Nigerian Forces Neutralize ISWAP Terrorists In Borno’s Mafa Town
Nigerian troops on Tuesday took out Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in Borno State.
The battle with the sect members happened in Ngwom community under Mafa Local Government Area.
The terrorists sneaked into the locality on six gun trucks through a cattle crossing point in Mafa at about 6:50 pm.
The military believes ISWAP was on a mission to target its formation within the town.
An intelligence officer told PRNigeria that troops of 195 Battalion Operation Hadin Kai in Jere were mobilised to face the enemies.
“We have counted four corpses of the invaders and still pursuing others using the track of blood in the bush.
“After our clearance operation on their escape routes, detailed updates can be provided,” the source added.
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