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Faith Ojemire: Father of kidnapped AAU student begs IGP, Obaseki to help rescue his daughter

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The father of a student of an Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State has appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to help rescue his daughter, Faith Bisi Ojemire, from kidnappers’ den.

Faith, a final year student of Nursing at the school, was abducted at the gate of the state-owned institution on 8 December 2019.

After more than a month since her capture and over N500,000 paid in ransom, Faith’s father, Mr. Thomas, has now reached out to the Inspector General of Police [IGP] and Governor Obaseki, saying it appears the police are not doing enough to free his daughter.

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He said,

“It seems the Edo State police command is not doing enough about the abduction of the girl.

“Also, the authorities of the AAU have been silent on the matter and I feel bad about it because my daughter was under their care and she was abducted inside the school premises.

“For over a month now, I have made instalment payments of over N500,000 into the bank account belonging to the kidnappers and they are yet to free my daughter.

“I had borrowed and even sold some of my property to raise the money I paid into their bank account and they are still asking for more, even though they have refused to let me speak with my daughter for the past one month.

“We wrote a formal letter to the state Commissioner of Police on December 9, 2019, with details of the phone number the kidnappers are using to contact us at regular intervals and the bank account which I have been depositing money as instructed by them.”

Mr Ojemire then begged the governor and the IGP to do whatever is necessary to help locate and rescue his daughter from the kidnappers’ den.

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Efforts to reach the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwanbuzor, were unsuccessful as he did not pick calls made to his mobile phone, The Tribune reported.

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Nurses, one other arrested for stealing newborn baby abandoned in Katsina hospital

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Three women have been arrested in Katsina State for allegedly stealing a newly born baby girl abandoned in a private hospital in the state.

WuzupNigeria gathered that the suspects included two nurses – 35 years old Misira Tijani and Grace Ejigu,43 – and the buyer, one Eucharia Onyema, 45.

The Police in the state said that one Shamsiya Sani, 25, of Dandagoro Quarters, in Katsina, the state capital, delivered the baby in a private hospital on 25 July 2020. She, however, abandoned the baby shortly after delivery, leaving behind a handwritten note which explained that she took the action because the baby was borne out of wedlock.

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The two nurses – Tijani and Ejigu – picked up the baby and allegedly sold her to Onyema.

The three women were paraded at the headquarters of the Katsina police command on Monday evening.

The Command’s Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, told newsmen during the suspects’ parade, that the bubble bust after the driver of a commercial tricyclist hired by the three women to convey them to their various houses from the hospital drove them to the Sabongarin police division after eavesdropping to their conversation.

SP Isah added,

“Nemesis caught up with them (the three women) when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke NAPEP rider who suspected them of stealing the child.”

The police spokesman said the baby was already receiving attention at the Social Welfare department of Ministry of Youths and Social Development.

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The two nurses, in an interview with journalists, denied selling the baby, insisting they gave her to Eucharia Onyema on humanitarian grounds.

Tijani, who spoke on behalf of the duo, said,

“We took the step we took on humanitarian grounds. We never sold the baby. The only mistake we made was not informing the hospital management before taking the decision.”

Eucharia equally said she did not buy the baby, declaring that she collected her from the two nurses with a view to taking care of her since she has no child of her own.

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She said,

“It’s true I am barren. I only collected the baby from the two nurses in order to be taking care of her.”

The police spokesman, however, said an investigation was ongoing on the incident.

 

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37-year-old Beninoise takes Nigerian couple on ‘spiritual journey’, scams them N5m

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In a bid to protect themselves and their children from untimely death, a Nigerian couple were reportedly entrapped by a 37-year-old Beninoise, Gbese Peter, and scammed to the tune of N5m.

Peter was alleged by the Ogun State Police Command to have defrauded Mr and Mrs Bamigboye of the sum on the pretext of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.

Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested after Mrs Bamigboye lodged a complaint at the Sabo Police Station, Abeokuta North LGA.

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He said the complainant lamented that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago.

The PPRO, in the statement, quoted Mrs Bamigboye to have said that the suspect started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children “if an urgent spiritual step is not taken.”

“Out of fear of the unknown, they agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin, where he gave them a wooden coffin which he instructed them not to open until he asked them to do so.

“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them until they coughed out a total sum of N5m.

“When they realised that they had been swindled, the shock led to the death of her husband.

“Upon the report, the DPO of Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on July 25, 2020.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to collecting money under false pretences from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5m and not N5m as claimed by the woman, and that he used the money to build a house for himself.”

Oyeyemi added that the command recovered from the suspect some items, including a wooden coffin containing a white cloth and other substances and a horn wrapped with a white cloth and beads.

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The PPRO said the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.

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I duped my victims of N3.5m to build a house- Native doctor confesses

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A suspected fake Beninoise native doctor, who was arrested by the Ogun State Police Command has claimed that he duped his victims to build a house.

The 37-year-old Benin Republic national, who was identified as Gbese Peter, said he collected N3.5million only, which he used to build a house for himself, contrary to the claim that he collected N5m.

Police said Peter was arrested for;

“defrauding a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bamigboye Alao of the sum of N5million under the pretence of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems and shielding their children from untimely death.

A statement by Ogun police spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Oyeyemi, on Monday, revealed that the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged at Sabo police station by Mrs. Bamigboye.

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Mrs. Bamigboye was said to have reported that she and her husband met the suspect about five years ago when he started discussing with them about a serious spiritual calamity awaiting them and their children if an urgent spiritual step was not taken.

“Out of fear of the unknown, the couple had agreed to embark on the said spiritual journey and he took them to the Republic of Benin where he gave them a wooden coffin, instructing them not to open it until he asked them to do so.

“She stated further that the suspect started collecting money from them, until they coughed out the total sum of N5million,” Oyeyemi narrated.

When they realized that they had been swindled, Mrs. Bamigboye reportedly said the shock led to her husband’s death.

“Upon the report, the DPO Sabo division, SP Nicholas Tamunoinom, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect and with the help of members of the public, they succeeded in arresting him on the 25th of July 2020.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed collecting money under false pretence from the couple, but he claimed that he only duped them of N3.5million and not N5milion as claimed by the woman, and that he has used the money to build a house for himself,” the PPRO said.

A wooden coffin containing white cloth and other substance, horn wrapped with white cloth and beads were recovered from the suspects.

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The State Commissioner of Police, CP Edward A. Ajogun has directed that the suspect be immediately transferred to the State CIID for proper investigation and diligent prosecution.

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