The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member abducted by gunmen in Taraba State on March 4 has regained freedom.
The corper was kidnapped by gunmen along Wukari-Jalingo road when the vehicle he was travelling in from Ukum in Benue to Jalingo ran into a checkpoint mounted by the gunmen.
The Nigerian Army on Thursday handed over the rescued corper to the NYSC authorities.
Mr David Markson, the Taraba Coordinator of NYSC, told newsmen in Jalingo said the kidnap victim, Mr. Okoye John, 28, was kidnapped on March 4 around 8.30 pm.
According to him, the corps member was blindfolded and taken into the bush on a motorcycle from where the kidnappers established contact with his father and requested a ransom of N5m to secure his release.
Okoye, who narrated his ordeal in the hands of the kidnappers said he was denied food for several days and was beating mercilessly by his abductors who stripped him of his NYSC uniform and left him naked for days.
“On the 4th of March, I was travelling from Ukum to Jalingo after getting clearance to go for medical treatment because I am highly asthmatic. At about 8.30 pm, our vehicle ran into a supposed police check point mounted by gunmen”
“We were flagged down and everybody in the vehicle was ordered to come down from the vehicle and forced to lie down on the road. They collected all our money including my own N22,000 before they eventually blindfolded me and dragged me into the bush”, he stated amidst sobs.
Okoye said he was driven on a bike inside the bush for over an hour before he was dropped at a destination where he was kept for days.
“They asked me to call NYSC to bring money but I told them NYSC doesn’t give money but I eventually gave them my father’s number whom they told to bring N5m or I’ll be killed”
“After several days of negotiation, and after my dad insisted that he doesn’t have money, they eventually agreed to collect N300,000, after collecting the money, they blindfolded me again and drove me through the bush for another hour before dropping me off”
“I was wandering in the bush before the operatives of Operation Ayema Kpatuma saw me and I told them I was a corps member and was kidnapped by gunmen.
“They told me that they have been looking for me and that was how I was rescued” he said.
Mother who drowned own child remanded at LUTH
An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos Wednesday remanded a mother Olufunmilola Adisa, suspected of killing baby, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for psychiatric evaluation.
Adisa, 22, is believed by the police to have drowned her 21 months old child in a bucket of water.
She is receiving free legal representation from the Office of the Public Defender (OPD).
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Kano: Auto crash injures five, kills five
Five people were confirmed dead, while five others sustained varying degrees of injury in an accident that occurred on Wednesday in Rimin Gata road.
The incident, which involved a lorry and a golf car, happened in Ugogo Local Government area of Kano State.
The Public Relations Officer, Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Muhammad, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kano.
Muhammad said that the accident occurred at about 7.18 a.m when the two vehicles had a head-on collision.
“The Tipper Farkas with registration number QF 435-NSH and Golf car with registration number KMC-828 ZV coming from opposite directions had a head-on collision,” he said.
Muhammad attributed the course of the accident, which involved 10 people, to speeding.
He noted that the five people were rescued.
“We received a rescue call from Rimin Gata Ungogo Local Government at about 7.18 a.m through Malam Usman Aminu Iguda.
“On receiving information, we quickly dispatched our personnel and vehicles to the scene of the incident to rescue the victims.
“The victims were evacuated to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital where five people were confirmed dead, while the other five are receiving treatment,” he said.
Muhammad appealed to motorists to always obey traffic regulations so as to stay alive and minimise accidents on the road.
Home owner allegedly shoots tenant dead for failing to vacate his house
A landlord in Ghana has been arrested for allegedly shooting his tenant who refused to vacate his house after he ordered him to.
Facebook user, Blessing Naana Ansah-Senkyire shared photos of the arrested suspect at the police station.
She revealed that the landlord who was angry that her brother, Kobby didn’t finish packing on the day he was asked to vacate the property, took a gun and shot him while still in his room.
Kobby reportedly died instantly.
“Yesterday this man shot and killed my brother at ofankor. Mr landlord who is a disappointed bugar, you won’t go free. No one will bail you out for taking a life.
“He was asked to vacate his room yesterday but couldn’t finished packing so he wanted to live today and the landlord got angry pick a gun at him why he still in his room.. Then he shot him.”
Blessing Naana Ansah-Senkyire also shared a copy of the tenancy agreement which showed that her brother’s rent expired on the day he was shot.
She wrote in another post;
“This is the proof that my brother rent expired this month 24th may 2020. The murderer was only a witnessed and son to the landlord who is the mother.. Then on 25th he shot him dead. How on earth can human be this wicked?… .. The mother claimed the son cannot Be in jail. But we live to see. Now he’s been taken to prison for two weeks before the case shall be heard.”
See photos as shared by the victim’s sister:
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