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Two suspected thieves burnt to death in Plateau

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Two young men suspected to be armed robbers were on Friday burnt to death by unidentified persons in Farin -Gada Community, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state.

Our Correspondent gathered that residents of the area woke up in the morning on Friday to find the remains of the two victims at the ECWA Staff junction with parts of their bodies burnt.

A tricycle rider in the community, Mr John David who confirmed the incident told our Correspondent in Jos on Friday that the incident caused tension in the community.

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David said:

“I was just doing my job in the morning when I saw some people gathering at the ECWA staff junction. On getting to the place, I saw two young men lying on the ground dead. Parts of their heads and necks were burnt. And when I enquired what happened, the people who gathered said that the victims were thieves. But nobody could tell what they stole or the people who might have set them ablaze.”

Another resident, Chuwang Paul who corroborated David’s account added:

“What happened to the young men was strange. I woke up to hear that two people caught stealing were burnt and dumped at the roadside near the ECWA junction and when I rushed to the place, I discovered that it was true. The news actually raised tension in the community but later, some policemen came to the scene and evacuated the two corpses.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Ubah Ogaba, when contacted also confirmed the incident.

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Ogaba said that the two men were suspected robbers and cultists and were mobbed by unknown persons adding that the state police command had begun investigation to unravel those behind the killings

He said “They (victims) were suspected cultists and robbers that specialize in phone snatching. They were mobbed and killed. Police is on the matter to unravel those involved in the killing.”

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We sold three cars to secure my dad’s release from kidnappers – Archbishop Joesph Masin’s son

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Three cars were sold to raise the ransom for abducted Nasarawa State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN], Archbishop Joseph Masin.

This was disclosed by the archbishop’s first son, Bishop Miracle Masin, on Tuesday.

According to Bishop Miracle, he sold the cars belonging to him, his wife and his father’s before he could raise the ransom to secure his father’s release. He added that some wellwisher also contributed funds to secure his father’s release.

WuzupNigeria reports that Archbishop Joseph was abducted at his residence in Bukan-Sidi, Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The cleric decried the harsh treatment meted to his father, who is also the General Overseer, Word of God Worldwide Gospel City.

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The Bishop, however, refused to disclose the amount paid by the family.

He explained that they started negotiations with the kidnapers from N45m, noting that when the kidnappers checked his father’s contacts on his phone and saw the calibre of persons there, they jacked up the ransom to N50m.

He said,

“Millions of naira was paid but we are not ready to disclose it now. The pressure was so much but we thank God for everything. The negotiations began from the day he was kidnapped till he was released on Saturday, May 30 around 11.45pm. He got home on Sunday around 4am.”

Miracle noted that the entire family was delighted to have his father back in good condition.

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He added,

“My father didn’t even know where he was until he met some people, who were running away from him until one of them was bold to come close and ask him what happened. They later took him to a place where we met him in.”

While describing the kidnappers as beasts, he said his father was left in a bush and was sleeping on stones with his shorts.

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He added,

“For those days, my father couldn’t eat. They were bringing food but he couldn’t eat because he was not sure of what was in the food and he didn’t trust them.

“They released him along Eggon but the ransom was actually paid in Obi.”

While expressing his gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Sule, his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, Miracle pointed out that the state government was not involved in the payment of the ransom.

He called on the government to boost security across the state to tackle the issue of kidnapping in the state.

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Twitter: BABCOCK student called out for allegedly raping 24 girls (Photos)

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A Babcock student, Godknows Adolphus Owhor is currently trending on Twitter following allegations of rape against him.

The student’s alleged victims came forward with their story after Twitter user @caramelangiee shared screenshots of a DM she got.

Another lady also accused him of defiling her when she was just 14.

Other ladies came out to accuse Owhor of rape including an alleged cousin.

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Driver jailed 10 years for importing hard drugs

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday sentenced a driver, Akinola Suleiman, to 10 years imprisonment for importing 11 kilogrammes of hard drugs.

Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted Suleiman following a nearly seven-year trial before two judges.

He said the convict’s jail term would run from August 30, 2013, when he was arrested by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The judge also ordered that the drugs seized from the convict be destroyed if there was no appeal against the judgment within the period stipulated by the law.

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Kuewunmi, who plies the Ghana-Nigeria route, was found at the NDLEA checkpoint, Gbagi, Seme Border area, with 1.3kg of heroin neatly concealed in a big brown travel bag with false bottoms, hidden in a Toyota Camry car with registration number JJJ 584 AE Lagos.

He was charged before Justice Okon Abang on November 6, 2013, on two counts of importation of 1.3 kilograms of heroin and 9.75 kilogrammes of Ephedrine, a substance similar to cocaine, heroin and LSD.

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The NDLEA said he violated Section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act, 2004.

Suleiman pleaded not guilty, but Abang declined to grant him bail on the ground that he was a flight risk.

When his trial commenced on February 20, 2014, prosecution counsel Aliyu Abubakar called four witnesses.

Following Justice Abang’s transfer to another division of the court and the parties’ inability to obtain a ‘fiat’ for the judge to complete the case, the convict’s trial started ‘de novo’ before Justice Kuewumi.

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During the new trial, the prosecutor called seven witnesses and tendered six exhibits, The defendant was his only witnesses.

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