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Police arrest three as soldiers, others begin search for ex-minister’s son

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The Assistant Inspector General of Police zone 11, Leye Oyebade, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Shina Olukolu and the Garrison Commander, 2 Div Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General O.O. Soleye on Wednesday led their men to the scene of the abduction of Dayo Adewole, son of the immediate past Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

Dayo was on Tuesday evening abducted by four gunmen at Iroko, Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.

The police public relations officer in the state, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi who confirmed the news to our correspondent in the early hours of Wednesday, said,

“The man, Dayo Adewole was abducted by four gunmen around 6:30 p.m. at Iroko. The Area commander in Moniya and other patrol teams had been alerted and are presently giving the armed men, a hot chase”

Thereafter, the police said it had arrested three persons in connection with the abduction of the said UK-trained medical biochemist.

The three persons that were arrested included the driver that the victim employed a few days ago, Mr. Gbenga Ogunleye; the farm manager, Mr. Sodiq Adebayo, and one other worker on the farm.

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Adebayo said the kidnappers were four in number and their hooded leader wore military camouflage, while three others did not cover their faces.

The farm manager said, they wore dark clothing and were armed with guns and other dangerous weapons.

The victim was said to have been taken away in his car. The car was however found about two kilometers away from the farm.

It is suspected that the younger Adewole was later taken into the thick forest, and probably transferred into another vehicle.

A combined team of security agencies and local hunters reportedly combed the forest throughout the night of Tuesday with a view to rescuing the young Adewole, but to no avail.

Commenting on the rescue efforts, AIG Oyebade, said the police have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, as he assured members of the public that the kidnapped victim would be rescued.

Oyebade added that the police would deploy their arsenal, including STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) in the operation.

Oyebade who was flanked by CP Olukolu at the scene of the incident further told journalists that, “This incident is very unfortunate because it is coming after we have been able to map out a lot of strategies to address the challenge we are facing.

“From our inspection of the scene, interaction and interrogation of the workers, and those that were present at the scene, we can really say that the modus operandi is changing, the tactic is changing, and their way of operating is changing. Since they now know that we have been able to cover the roads, they are now coming to isolated areas, looking for targets that can be approached, having monitored them.

“With what we gathered here, the suspects covered their faces and (with) the story that we have heard, we are not ruling out the involvement of those that are very close, in this particular situation. But whatever it is, we are going to unmask those that are behind this, and that is the assurance I am giving to members of the public.

“The Inspector General of Police has given a mandate and on that mandate we stand, that kidnapping will become highly unprofitable. With the system we are going to use now, with the application of STI and with the commitment and drive of police officers that have been deployed, we are going to uproot them,” Oyebade stated.

He also enjoined all and sundry to be security conscious, adding that in recruiting staff, employers must go beyond ordinary interviews, by ensuring that the potential employees bring collateral, get their photographs and do background checks on the personalities being considered for employment, either as drivers, cooks, or gatekeepers because many of them have tendencies to give out their principals to kidnappers or armed robbers.

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The victim’s father, Prof Adewole, was said to be out of the country at the time the incident occurred and he has reportedly cut short the trip.

As of the time filing this report, the police could not confirm whether the victim’s family had been contacted for ransom.

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Power sector probe: Senate Committee to present report soon-Suswam

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Sen. Gabriel Suswam, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power has said the committee will soon present its findings on the probe of  N1.8 trillion Federal Government’s interventions in the sector.

The committee, which concluded its three- day investigative public hearing recently, is probing the government’s interventions in the sector since the privatisation of the sector from 2012 to date.

Suswam, Chairman Senate Committee on Power who spoke with the Newsmen in Abuja at the weekend said that the intention of the investigative public hearing was not to apportion blame but was “to sit on the table and identify what the issues are.

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“Government is spending so much; there are no results commensurate with the expenditure.

“Why is that we cannot align the value chain in the power sector and make sure that from generation to transmission to distribution, there is a line which follows a particular line so that it can be assessed.

“Why are we unable to do that. So that is the essence and we have come up with very revealing facts because every person was factual.

“Because people know that we are not calling him to say look, you’ve embezzled money; no, we are calling you to come here and tell us why so much money has been expended and there is no result commensurate with that money.

” We called the DisCos, you said you will take over this and make it efficient. What is the problem?

“We call the GenCos you said you are generating 13, 000 megawatts why can’t we get 13,000 megawatts and transmission, why are you unable to wield 13, 000 megawatts.

“So we now have identified along the value chain what the issues are and we are putting it in our report and because every person now agrees that we are not aligned, there is no alignment.

“And so once we align, it will be easy,” Suswam said

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Banditry: Army donates rice, cooking oil to victims in Zamfara

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai made the donation through the Army Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Njoku.

Buratai said that the gesture was to complement the efforts of the federal and state governments.

“This will complement the palliatives being extended to the Nigerian populace by the federal and state governments during this COVID-19 pandemic as well as portray the army in a positive light,’’ he said.

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He also said the gesture was part of the army’s cooperate social responsibility and urged the residents to continue to give credible information to flush out criminals from their areas.

Responding, the Emir of Kaura Namoda, Alhaji Sanusi Asha, thanked the army for the gesture.

The Newsmen reports that the army is giving palliatives to the poor and vulnerable simultaneously in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory as part of activities marking its 2020 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).

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Police arrests 35 primary, secondary school students at s3x party in Kenya

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No fewer than 35 primary pupils and secondary school students in Kenya have been arrested on Friday by the Police at what appeared to be a sex party after some of the teenagers were found drunk and naked.

While six others escaped, 20 girls and 15 boys aged between 13 and 17 were arrested in a drunken state.

According to local reports, used condoms were also found in the 2-bedroom apartment in the raid led by Arujo Location Chief Robert Lango, Homa Bay Township Assistant Chief Duncan Odhiambo and his Arujo Sub-location counterpart Jackton Olielo.

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Lango said a parent rented the house for her two daughters, but neighbours raised the alarm after hearing loud music. The owner of the apartment, Patrick Ayieko was also arrested.

He said;

“We found used condoms which we believe the children used to engage in sex. Six managed to escape when we arrived.

“Some of the minors were dressing up when we got to the house. They had turned the house into a brothel.

“I mobilised my team and went to the house. We locked the door and called police officers who came in a vehicle and arrested the children. The owner of the house, Patrick Ayieko was also arrested  for allowing children to conduct immoral activities within his compound.”

They were all taken to Homa Bay Police Station but were later released because of lack of space.

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Homa Bay Sub County Police Commander Sammy Koskey who also confirmed the incident said that they have summoned the parents and guardians of the children to report to the police station on Monday, July 6.

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