Turkish School: Drama As Police Disagree With Families Over Negotiations For Release Of Kidnap Victims

A suspected informant to the gang that abducted students and officials of the Nigeria-Turkish International school has been arrested, according to police sources.

The informant, simply identified as Turkey, was picked up by detectives from the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and members of the Oodua People’s Congress at Isheri area of Ogun State.

OPC Coordinator in Isheri, Olumide Sunday, said, Turkey had initially escaped from the community but returned after his kinsmen were arrested by the police.

Sunday said: “After the arrest of his people by the police who raided the Ijo community, they lured him back home.  When he arrived, they called us, and we invited the police.  He has been taken away by the police.”

However, 11 days after students and school officials were kidnapped the captors are  yet  to set them free. Reporters investigation gathered that the kidnappers had assured families of the victims that they would release their captives last Friday but reneged following some developments.

Towards the plan to free the students and officials at the weekend, It was also gathered that the kidnappers reduced the ransom to N10 million, out of which the families could only raise N7.5 million  The kidnappers asked that the money be dropped somewhere in Ogun State.

A dependable police officer, who confided in newsmen, said, “as we were not involved in the negotiation, we are doing our job.  We arrested some kingpins and their relatives. Following the arrests, the kidnappers became jittery and disappointed the victims’ families who were chasing them up and down with the ransom.”

He stated that the arrests of the informant proved that the police know who the kidnappers are.  He stated: “They want to collect ransom, but it will not be easy as the police are not party to ransom payment. The families of the victims are not happy that we are frustrating ransom payment, but we are doing the right thing.  We know who the kidnappers are.  They must release the captives unconditionally.

Source in the family of one of the kidnapped victims revealed: “We went to three locations where they assured us they were going to drop our children, but they disappointed us. We can’t say why.  At a time, we thought they had killed our children, but we later spoke with them.

“We have been so traumatised.  We can’t eat or sleep, imagine how children of such ages would be sleeping in the creek.  The kidnappers should know that we have tried our best. They should release our innocent children.”

Meanwhile, four persons including, a young lady who just finished her National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), were at the weekend kidnapped at a farm in Epe area of Lagos State.

The kidnappers, numbering about 10 and in military camouflages, stormed the farm shooting sporadically before snatching the victims and  fleeing.

The hoodlums were said to have demanded for N20 million ransom from the owner of the farm.

A source said, “kidnappers stormed Tanda farm and took away four persons, including a lady who just returned from her NYSC.  They left with three farmers and the lady.  She was just employed in the farm.  She started work two weeks ago.

“The lady’s fiance, told us that the kidnappers had demanded N5 million each from the victims, totaling N20 million

A senior police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “I am not aware that some one was kidnapped.  We had a situation report that some bad boys were planning to attack some riverine communities.  The Commissioner of Police with Rapid Response Squad (RRS), visited the area on what we call show of force toward off attack.  I don’t believe anybody was kidnapped.”

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The Police Are Planning To Murder Me, Publisher Of National Trail Newspapers Cries Out

Publisher of the National Trail Newspapers, Mr. Inuwa Bwala has cried out over an alleged plan to physically eliminate him.

Bwala who was also spokesman to former governor of Borno state, Senator (Dr.) Ali Modu Sheriff has been in detention for one week now over trumped up charges of mobilizing people from his community to assault Deputy Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, who was then the Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation two years ago.

Bwala has alleged that good intelligence report today, Monday, revealed to him that one ACP Samuel Yomi, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Borno State was personally handling the plot to kill him.

In his text message to the press this morning, Mr. Bwala wrote: “I have it on good intelligence that these people are planning to murder me as they don’t have any clear case. Inuwa Bwala.”

Last week Friday, the Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr. Damian Chukwu confirmed to journalist in Maiduguri that, the former Commissioner for Information, Borno State, Mr. Inuwa Bwala was in his custody.

The CP said, “He was arrested in connection to a petition written against him by the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa”.

According to the CP, Bwala’s arrest was pursuant to a Court Order issued by a Maiduguri High Court which said, Bwala along with several others still at large are to be arrested, because they were part of the accused persons who were allegedly involved in the attack on Usman Durkwa, the then Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation in Marama town in 2015 during the eve of the Presidential elections.

He said, Bwala is likely to be tried today, Monday, by the same Court that sentenced the five earlier accused for the same alleged offense.

Bwala, who is currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital in Maiduguri due to ill-health, has however, been informed of plans to assassinate, sending out a quick text message to inform his constituency in case he dies while in police custody.

IPOB Rally Was Illegal -Rivers Police

The Rivers State Police Command on Saturday said it got no written or verbal message from the Indigenous People of Biafra before the group embarked on a solidarity rally for President Donald Trump on Friday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The state Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Magaji, disclosed this while speaking with journalists.

He described the IPOB rally as illegal, adding that the group’s refusal to inform the command about their activity was reprehensible, unfortunate and condemnable.

Magaji, who spoke on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanya, maintained that although no life was lost, 65 persons were arrested during the protest.

“It is indeed saddening to note that before embarking on the illegal protest march, there was no official communication to the command, which in itself is reprehensible, condemnable and unfortunate.

“The police, as an agency of government, have the statutory responsibility to protect life and property at any time, which was what we practically and professionally did yesterday (Friday) to forestall what would have been a total carnage in the state.

“However, it should be noted that men of the command deployed for the operation were professional and used minimum force in containing the protesters. Note that no casualty was recorded, no death was  recorded.

“About 65 of them were arrested at different points within the metropolis, being suspected members of IPOB. Items recovered from them include some flags bearing the inscription of IPOB and other incriminating items.

“The suspects arrested have made useful statements to the police and investigation is ongoing. Further developments will be communicated in due course,” Magaji said.

He noted that the state had been experiencing peace, adding that the command was determined to sustain the tempo.

Daddy Freeze Of Cool FM Openly Disgraces Kibati Bankole, Calls Her A Debtor

Many were shocked when controversial OAP, Ifedayo Olarinde aka Freeze took to his Instagram page to publicly ask sports presenter Kibati Bankole to pay up the money she owes him.

His message read, “Dear @kiibati, you have been ignoring my calls for over one month now. This is so wrong; I have never done this before in my life but you have left me with no other option…please pay me my money!”

When Sunday Scoop reached out to Freeze to know what actually transpired between them, he said, “She contacted me to be a part of her Merrybet Celebrity Fans Challenge. We negotiated and I gave her the bill. She said she would pay before the event, but she never did. She begged me to help her, and I did. I actually cancelled another event to be there for her that day.

“However, from the moment the event was over, she stopped answering my calls and messages. The event held on December 3, 2016, and over one month and two weeks later, she has not deemed it fit to offer me any explanation. I have tried to reach her through a mutual friend, but she still did not respond.”

Refusing to disclose the amount involved, Freeze stated that other celebrities were involved in the deal, and he has plans to take the matter to court.

“Even after my post on social media, she has not reached out to me. Rather, she uploaded a picture of herself dancing. I see that as extremely disrespectful and I will still write series of posts about this beginning from next week. You owe someone money and you don’t even have the decency to call the person and explain,” he said further.

On if he would forgive the debt if Kibati apologises to him, he said, “I am a man of God and I preach forgiveness, so if she reaches out to me, I will forgive her and even attend her events again. However, as for letting go of the debt, the time for that has passed; I just need her to pay me my money.

“It will serve as a deterrent for further behavior like that. Our agreement was that she would pay part of the money before the event and pay the rest at the beginning of January. Anybody that wants to owe me money in future should not engage me. I have done business with brands that have owed me tens of millions for over a year and I never went public about them because we always have a payment plan.”

Meanwhile, several calls and text messages put through and sent to Kibati went unanswered as of the time of filing this report.

Trump Rally: IPOB Asks For Police, DSS Clearance

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it has written the Nigerian Police Force and Department of Security Services (DSS) seeking permission for its proposed solidarity rally for the inauguration of United  States of America (USA) President-elect, Donald Trump’s.

The group said the rally, scheduled to hold at Igweocha, Port-Harcourt, River State would be in support of the swearing in and oath taking of Trump as the 45th president of the USA. It also plans to use the event to call for the release of its leader,  Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally in all the DSS secret cells and prisons across Nigeria.

In a letter titled ‘Permission Letter’ addressed to Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo and the Director/Head of DSS, signed by spokespersons of IPOB, Mr. Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, the group  called on security agents to ensure hitch free rally.

The letter was copied to the Inspector General of Police, Amnesty International, European Union, ECOWAS, British Embassy, American Embassy, Inter-Society, traditional rulers, National Judicial Council, Nigeria Union of Journalists and National Students Union Government.

The letter read: “With due respect, we, on behalf of IPOB, formally write to inform you of our intention to carry out a peaceful solidarity rally here in Port Harcourt, River State, for United States of America President-elect, Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017 being the official day of his inauguration.

“We seek your permission to assist us in maintaining law and order and to wade off criminals who may want to create crisis to tarnish the hard-earned image of IPOB and also see how peacefully we shall conduct ourselves as always.

“We are law-abiding people, as we have proven countless times, and will always maintain peace as it concerns law and justice.

“The purpose is to demonstrate the acceptance of pragmatic and robust democracy with our fold and to encourage justice anywhere it is exercised. We, therefore, look forward to your cooperation and understanding,” the letter read.

The group said the peaceful rally would be for Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom world over to understand how resolute and committed the group is towards the emancipation, realisation and proclamation of Biafra.

“We Biafrans abhor slavery and subjugation of human beings in whatever form or guise.

“This IPOB peaceful rally for Trump will feature display of pictures of our able leader, Nnamdi Kanu, pictures of those detained illegally alongside him and those of President Donald Trump.”

“As usual, we shall maintain strict discipline of non-violence. However, we must reiterate that, should soldiers fire at IPOB peaceful protesters, heaven will fall.

“The non-violent position of our great movement will be revoked with immediate effect. Our only interest is to exercise our right to peaceful protest and lawful assembly as recognised in law,”  group stated.

Photos from sporadic shooting involving Road Safety NURTW in Kano

A clash between operatives of Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) and illegal motor park operatives left many vehicles damaged. The Wednesday incident started when KAROTA officials tried to stop operators from carrying passengers. The timely arrival pf the Police prevented what could have been a bloody clash between the groups.

 

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Spokesman for the Kano State Police Command, DSP Magaji Majiya, who confirmed the incident said their men were deployed to the area to restore peace and order.

“No casualty was recorded but a number of vehicles belonging to both sides were damaged,” Majiya said.

Turkish School: Kidnapper arrested in Creek while sleeping with two Ladies

Two among the kidnappers, who stormed the Nigerian Turkish Int’l College, Isheri, Ogun State, abducting eight females, including two Turkish nationals, have been arrested, said sources.

This was even as police authorities have vowed not to engage in negotiations for payment of ransom with abductors of the students and staff.

But worried and frantic parents have been divided over amount to contribute in order to get their children and wards released.

The two suspects were alleged to have been tracked and arrested at different locations. It was learnt that one of the kidnappers, simply identified as ‘Commander General,’ was arrested in the creek, while the second, was arrested in Arogbo area, Ondo State on Monday night.

According to sources, detectives stormed the creek and swooped on Commander General, while he was in bed with two women. The police recovered a big Mikano Generator, which was planted close to the kidnapper’s makeshift house in the creek. The second suspect was arrested in Arogbo, Ondo State, by a decoy team of policemen deployed in the community.

A police source said: “The Special Intelligence Respond Team (IRT), deployed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, from Abuja, is closing in on the kidnappers and several suspects, including two prime suspects, already in police net.”

Lagos Has A New Police Commissioner

Garuba Umar, the Officer-in-Charge of Inspector-General of Police’ monitoring unit, has been posted as the new commissioner of police in Lagos State to replace Mr. Fatai Owoseni.

His posting to Lagos State to  succeed Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni comes four days after his promotion to the rank of Commissioner of Police.

Umar, who once served as the Divisional Police Officer, Ikoyi, Lagos, and Mobile Police Unit 19 Commander in Port Harcourt, will now take charge of the Lagos State Police Headquarters.

It was learnt that  CP Fatai Owoseni, has been posted to the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, in Jos.

The IGP, Ibrahim Idris, had on Friday decorated the Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah and eight other promoted senior police officers with their new ranks.

The newly promoted officers were four Deputy Commissioners of Police Bello Ahmed, Don Awunah, Afeez Inuwa and Garuba Umar, who are now Ag. CPs; Assistant Commissioner of Police Abu Sanni, now an acting DCP; Adamu Bakore, Kolo Yusuf and Abba Kyari, who are ACPs and Abdulkareem Abdullahi, now a Superintendent of Police.

After the ceremony, Idris directed Heads of Departments and Zones to reactivate the reward system for hard work within the Force.

Idris attributed some of the achievements recorded since he assumed office to the collective effort of the promoted officers.

Police Arrest Another Human Trafficker With 16 Children In Jos

The Plateau State Police Command has said it intercepted a 27-year-old woman for allegedly being in possession of 16 children at Gada Biyu Motor Park in Jos.

Police spokesman, ASP Terna Tyopev, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the woman was arrested on Tuesday night.

According to him, the woman, identified as Rifkatu Bello, was conveying the children from Bauchi to Anambra.

“Our men from the Kabong Outstation, while on patrol, intercepted a 27-year-old Rifkatu Bello with 16 minors trying to board a vehicle at the Gada Biyu Motor Park.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that she was taking the children from Bauchi to Anambra.

“We have decided to arrest and detain her so as to investigate further and ascertain the purpose for which she is taking the children for,” he said.

“The children were between the ages 13 years and 15 years, adding that they were 15 males and one female,” Tyopev disclosed.

He said that the suspect was presently being held at the Police “A’’ Division for further investigation.

The spokesman, who said that the woman’s action was suspected to be human trafficking, warned residents of Plateau to be vigilant and report any suspected movement in and around their vicinity.

Recall that just yesterday, 135 boys were rescued from human traffickers in Jos.