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Police Arrest Four Over Alleged Kidnap Of Businesswoman In Bayelsa

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Operatives of the Anti-Kidnaping Squad of the Bayelsa State Police Command confirmed on Wednesday the arrest of three suspects in connection with the abduction of a 40-year-old businesswoman along the Opolo axis of Yenagoa, the state capital.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday night, sent shock waves across the state following the peaceful atmosphere of the Yuletide.

DAILY POST learnt that the kidnappers, who arrived at the business outlet of their victim in a patrol vehicle of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Central Zone, whisked her away to an unknown destination.

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While police authorities claimed the kidnappers had not made contact and demanded ransom, DAILY POST learnt from reliable sources that they had demanded N10 million.

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However, IYC executives said they have activated the clan security networks to work with the state police command to arrest the mastermind of the abduction and ensure the businesswoman was rescued without payment of ransom.

Commissioner of Police Alonyenu Idu, who confirmed the development to newsmen, said four suspects have been arrested, including the wife of the mastermind of the kidnapping, after police launched investigations into the incident.

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He also revealed that some of the suspected criminals who perpetuated the abduction of the businesswoman were last week chased from their hideout in the Isoku area of River State by police operatives.

According to him, the miscreants who escaped from the Rivers State Police raid used a Sienna vehicle owned by IYC Central Zone to sneak into Yenagoa and kidnap the businesswoman.

He noted that the mastermind of the kidnapping was an indigene of Ebonyi State.

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We have arrested the first layer of those who participated in the kidnap. The girlfriend of the mastermind was also arrested,” he stated.

He also linked the disorderly behaviour of some protesting youths in Biogbolo community on Wednesday to the criminal behaviour of the kidnappers.

Two persons with strange behaviours were spotted at Biogbolo and when police attempted to apprehend them for questioning, the suspects raised their voices and triggered mob action in an attempt to disarm the policemen,” he explained.

The police commissioner said the irate crowd also attacked a team from the state-owned Community Safety Corps and attempted to disarm an officer, leading to an accidental discharge of a bullet that injured one of the mob.

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Idu confirmed that the leadership of the IYC and other communities have joined the police in the manhunt for the mastermind.

“The peace in Bayelsa can not be disrupted because we are working closely with the youth and the community leadership,” he said.

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Former Borno Deputy Governor’s Daughter Loses Husband 5 Months After Wedding[PHOTOS]

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Yasmin, the daughter of former Borno State Deputy Gov. Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal, has lost her husband, Abdulrahman Sabo Maina, five months after their wedding.

Abdulrahman passed away on Sunday morning, July 14, 2024.

The couple got married in February 2024.

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Family members, friends and the couple’s wedding photographer, Maigaskiya Studio, confirmed the sad news on social media.

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JUST IN: Gunmen Kill One, Kidnap Four In Anambra

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No fewer than four unidentified individuals were kidnapped, and one known person was killed by gunmen in Anambra state on Saturday night.

The incidents occurred at various locations within the state without any visible security presence.

It was gathered that at Ifite Awka, near the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) gate, two people were abducted after gunmen fired shots.

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The report also has it that another person was kidnapped in the evening on Peter Obi’s Agulu-Oraukwu Road.

It was learnt that the most distressing incident took place at night in Oye Market, Nimo, Njikoka local government area, where another individual was taken by the gunmen.

In Enuavomimi village, Enugwu-Ukwu, also in Njikoka, a man identified as Clement Eduzor was killed by the assailants.

Reports also indicated that in each location, the gunmen fired sporadically before abducting their victims.

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Residents have criticized the police, accusing them of arriving only after the incidents had occurred.

The state police public relations officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed that one of the incidents but did not comment on the others.

In his reaction, Ikenga, said through a statement on Sunday, July 14, in Awka, that the command was responding to the incident at Ifite-Awka

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He said: “The Commissioner of Police Anambra State, Nnaghe Obono Itam states that efforts are ongoing to arrest the assailants and rescue the victims of the abduction incident on 13/7/2024 captured in a video along Ifite – Amansea road, Awka.

“Meanwhile, the Police responding team recovered the abandoned victim’s vehicle, and joint security measures/personnel positioning are already in place to forestall such related incidents in the state.”

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Why I Convinced My Wife To Sell Our Baby — Suspect

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A 28-year-old man, yesterday, narrated how he convinced his wife to sell their two-year-old baby to raise money for him to travel out of the country.

The father of one, a labourer, identified as Uchenna Eziekwe and his wife, Chineye (22), were arrested while enquiring how to sell their baby boy at the Isolo General Hospital, Lagos.
Explaining how they were arrested, a spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hudenyin, revealed that the arrest was effected on July 9, 2024.

He said: “About 2:45 p.m., on Tuesday, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Isolo Police Station received information that a couple went to the Isolo General Hospital, declaring their intention to sell their baby boy.

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“Upon receipt of the information, operatives from the division moved swiftly to the hospital, where Uchenna Eziekwe and Chineye Eziekwe were about to sell their child. The baby was rescued. Upon interrogation, the couple said they decided to sell the baby to enable the man to travel to Canada for greener pastures. However, investigation is ongoing.”

Speaking with journalists, Eziekwe said the decision to sell the child was his, attributing his action to the harsh economy.

He said: “It was a difficult decision, but we had no choice but to sell our baby. We felt it would be better to sell him to someone who can take care of him than to allow him to die of hunger.
“I muted the idea and convinced my wife. We had to do it because of hardship. I am a labourer, I go to construction sites to look for work while my wife does nothing. Like I said, it was a hard decision.”

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