The Ogun State Police Command has revealed the identity of five persons abducted on Thursday night along Ogbere, in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state.
The five passengers were said to be travelling to Lagos from the Eastern part of the country when the incident happened.
The abductors reportedly emerged from the forest and forcefully stopped a commercial vehicle with registration number KW 230 XA belonging to Abia Line Transport Company and took the passengers into the forest, the Police said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement he sent to newsmen on Friday.
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police would lead the rescue operation team, with all the tactical operations in the Command.
The PPRO said the abductors, numbering about 10, used the J3 Forest as their hideout.
“On the 1st of August 2019, at about 3:30 pm, the Ogun State Police Command received information that a commercial vehicle with registration number KW 230 XA belonging to Abia Line Transport Company was coming from the Eastern part of the country, heading towards Lagos.
“On getting to J3 area of Ogbere, some hoodlums numbering about 10 suddenly came out of the forest and forcefully stopped the vehicle.
“Five among the passengers, namely, Chidioze Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze, and Ibeleji Chidinma, were abducted and taken to the forest.”
“The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, is leading the operation to rescue the victims, with operatives from the Command’s tactical squads combing the entire area.
“The hideout of the hoodlums has been geo-located, but our men are trying to be tactical and professional in order not to jeopardise the lives of the victims we are making efforts to rescue.
“With the operation going on presently, we are rest assured that the victims will soon regain their freedom and the hoodlums will definitively be brought to book,” he added.
Earlier on Friday, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had disclosed that five ministers of the church, on their way to the ministers’ conference were kidnapped on Thursday night.
Adeboye, who said this while speaking at the Church Ministers’ Conference holding at the Redemption Camp in Ogun State, appealed to the congregation to pray for the release of the captives.
He had said:
“As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?”
Oyeyemi, however, said the Command could not ascertain whether or not the captives were pastors of RCCG.
Rivers: Woman, 40, remanded for allegedly killing husband
In Port Harcourt, a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting on Thursday remanded a 40-year-old woman identified as Telma Bestman for allegedly murdering her husband Mr Wagbara Bestman.
The suspect, it was learnt conspired with others now at large to kill the husband with a gun following disagreements between them.
It was gathered that the suspect and her accomplices who are still at large attacked the victim at their residence at 15 Chiwota Street, Rumuolumeni town in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on February 13, 2020.
The suspect a mother of four children is facing two counts bothering on murder.
The prosecutor, A. C Kennedy, told the Court that the offence of the accused is punishable under sections 324 and 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37 Vol. II, Laws Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.
The Chief Magistrate, Ipalibo Iyiabo, transferred the case file to the Director, Public Prosecutions for advice.
Iyiabo, however, remanded the accused at the Nigerian Correctional Service facility and adjourned the matter to August 3, 2020, for mention.
Gunmen kidnap nine travellers in Ondo, demand N100million ransom
No fewer than nine people have been reportedly abducted by some gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen at Isua Akoko, the headquarters of the Akoko South-East Local Government Area of Ondo on Friday evening.
The victims were said to be traveling in a Toyota Sienna bus from Abuja heading towards Lagos State before they were kidnapped.
However, the details about their abduction were still sketchy as at the time of filing this report on Friday.
A source said the kidnappers have contacted the family of one of the victims and demanded a sum of N100m ransom.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident said one of the victims had been rescued.
He said, ” Efforts are on to ensure the release of other victims. Our men are working with hunters, local vigilante, and other agencies to get then released unhurt.”
Man, 41 allegedly defiles own three-year-old daughter in Ibadan
A forty-one-year-old man, Effiom Etowa, who allegedly defiled his 3-year old daughter, was remanded in the custody of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, by an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Etowa, who lives in Tinuoye Estate, Ojoo, in Ibadan, is standing trial on a count charge of defilement.
Chief Magistrate Taiwo Oladiran, who did not take the plea of Etowa, ordered that he should be remanded in NSCDC custody in Ibadan.
Oladiran said, “Etowa cannot be admitted at the Correctional Centre, Agodi, Ibadan, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Etowa is hereby remanded at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Headquarter, Ibadan, pending an advice from the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).”
Oladiran, however, adjourned the case until 16 July for hearing.
Earlier, ASP Sunday Ogunremi, the Prosecution Counsel, told the court that Etowa committed the offence on 15 June at Ibadan.
According to Ogunremi, the offence contravened the provisions of Section 387 Criminal Law of Oyo State, 2000.
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