Four female students of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, and their driver, who were abducted, while returning home for the holidays in Ondo state, have regained their freedom.
Fidel Info reports that Hon Soji Ogedengbe, a former Majority Leader in Akoko North West Council area of the state, confirmed this while speaking to newsmen in Akure.
Hon Soji, also confirmed that ransom was paid before the students of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, were freed by their captors.
He did not specify the amount paid as ransom to the kidnappers by the parents of the victims.
Recall that the students and the driver of the commercial vehicle conveying them were ambushed and kidnapped along the Akunnu-Ajowa road, in Akoko area of the state, last week Friday.
Their abductors had demanded for N16m ransom from the parents of the victims before their release.
No security agency has, however, confirmed their release.
Gunmen Kill 4 In Bauchi Community
The Police Command in Bauchi has stated that unidentified gunmen killed four people in the state’s Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area’s Gambar Sabon-Layi neighborhood.
Fidel Info reports that the event was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ahmad Wakil, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Bauchi.
He claimed that at midnight on Saturday, gunmen broke into the neighborhood and kidnapped one guy.
He further claimed that Aminu Alhassan, the police commissioner, had authorized a covert investigation to apprehend the offenders.
“A distress call was received by the command on the 22nd January 2022 at about 3:45 a.m, indicating that on the same date at about 2:00 a.m, some unknown gunmen invaded Gambar Sabon-Layi village and attacked innocent residents.
“On receiving the report, detectives of the command drafted to the scene led by the DPO, Tafawa Balewa, Divisional Police Headquarters and evacuated the victims to the Tafawa Balewa General Hospital for medical treatment,” he said.
Meanwhile, the operatives of the command acting on credible intelligence, on Sunday uncovered an armoury of suspected kidnappers at Tudun Wada community in Liman Katagum of Bauchi LGA.
Wakil said the police recovered three AK-47 Rifles, one LAR Rifle, 49 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, nine AK-47 magazines, one pair of army camouflage jacket, and a pair of police camouflage trouser.
Yoruba Nation Rally: Gani Adams Denies OPC Involvement
Reports that Oodua Peoples Congress members were involved in the incident that broke out in Ojota, Lagos, on Monday have been denied by Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land.
Fidel Info reports that Adams said that the Ojota rally was unexpected in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, and that none of his members were involved in the conflict.
“Let me clear the air on the crisis that had engulfed Ojota this morning. There were unconfirmed reports linking members of the OPC to the mayhem. I want to state it clearly that none of our members were at the scene of the incident.”
“The OPC is not against the liberation of the Yoruba race, however, it is a fact that the struggle for the liberation of the Yoruba race is an inalienable right of all the Yorubas to champion self-determination. We are not part of the peaceful rally held in Ojota.
“Our position on regionalism is very clear. It is sacrosanct because that is what we are seeking at the moment.”
“Nigeria should be restructured to full regional autonomy, where each region will be at liberty to operate at their own pace.
“It is unfortunate that the report was done in bad faith to discredit our organisation.
“So members of the public should not be deceived by unconfirmed reports.”
“Information at my disposal from the visual contents of happenings in Ojota indicated a peaceful rally that later went awry, leaving in its wake a bitter experience that led to the death of one of the Yoruba nation agitators.”
“It is unfortunate that such a crisis could lead to such fracas that eventually claimed one life,” he said.
Tragedy Strikes In Delta As Gunmen Kill Politician, Three Others
Residents of Sapele, Delta State, are under tension after gunmen killed four persons in the city, including Grikpa Bigha, the legislative leader of the Warri North Local Government Area. Alhaji Bello, a trader who traded in tricycles and motorcycles, was also shot dead by the assailants who invaded the neighborhood on Wednesday.
Fidel Info reports that Matthew Eroso, a proprietor of a boutique, and his sales associate were allegedly shot dead in front of their store on Mission Road by Lexi Junction.
The motives behind the killings are yet to be ascertained.
Sapele resident Khalil Samuel lamented the recent deaths on his Facebook page, writing, “Four persons killed in Sapele this (Wednesday) morning. Sapele need immediate attention.
Former Delta State House of Assembly member Daniel Mayuku expressed shock at Grikpa’s passing.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the death of two persons, saying others were in the hospital receiving treatment from gunshot injuries.”
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