A combined team comprising Edo state security network, Vigilante and Nigerian Police Force had rescue 13 kidnapped victims in Edo, dislodge abductors.
A combined team of security operatives in Edo State on Saturday, May 8, rescued 13 persons from a kidnappers den in Ahor axis of Aduwawa Bypass, along Benin-Auchi Expressway, in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State.
The security team includes men and officers of the Edo State Police Command, local hunters and members of the Edo State Vigilante Security Network.
The 13 persons rescued include two separate teams that were kidnapped on Thursday, with one set travelling from Lagos to Akwa Ibom State, and the other comprising persons travelling from Lagos to Onitsha, Anambra State.
Addressing journalists after the rescue operation, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu said the command deployed drones and were assisted by hunters and members of the Vigilante Security Network set up by the state government.
According to him, “We used information provided to track the kidnappers. We took courage to enter the forest. This is how we would proceed with the operations going forward.”
He reassured that the command will not relent in its quest to rid the state of kidnappers, adding, “We are going to carry out general combing of the area so that we can identify their camps. So far, we have identified up to 7 camps and we will make these camps visiting points so that they will not be able to come back.”
Ogbadu urged residents in communities along Ahor-Auchi Road to provide relevant information about the activities of kidnappers to the authorities, noting, “we are going to seek more information from these communities as these kidnappers come to the road to buy food and they interact with the people.”
The Police Commissioner said the command will carry out regular patrols and mount checkpoints along the road.
He said the rescued victims were taken to Magnus Eweka Police Cottage Hospital for thorough medical examinations before they will be handed over to the state government to assist them proceed to their destinations.
Coordinator of the Edo State Community Vigilante Security Network, Mr. Yusuf Haruna, said the success of the operation is a testament to what Edo State Government is doing with the new security architecture in identifying and understanding behaviours of crime and criminality in the state.
“Crime is local, so we localised our architecture. We have chased the criminal elements away from the city to the suburbs and we are taking the war to them in the suburbs as well,” he noted.
How my Son Tried to Remove my Eyes for Money Ritual – Delta Woman Narrates
Emma Eregarnoma invited his mother, Mrs Oke Eregarnoma, to his house on Caroline Street, Okuokoko after he persuaded her that he had a surprise package for her.
On getting there, she said she saw Emma in an unusual joyous mood, after he welcomed her in. He then increased the volume of his musical gadgets. Oke alleged that her son suddenly locked the door and made moves to strangle and pluck off her eyes, just as she screamed for help, adding that no one heard her due to the loud music.
She said after fighting with his son for some minutes she regained her strength and ran outside for help, while neighbours came to her rescue.
Mrs Oke Eregarnoma, while narrating her ordeal to journalists on a hospital bed where she was recuperating, recalled that before the attack, her son boasted that “he must drive GLK this week.
The suspect was consequently apprehended and taken to the police station. Emma was detained at the Orerokpe divisional police headquarters in Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State over the incident, which occurred on Tuesday in Okuokoko community near Warri.
The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect was in custody.
Ex-NIS Officer Arraigned over Certificate Forgery
A retired Chief Superintendent of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Imam Aminu, has been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over alleged forgery of academic certificates.
The Commission, in a 4-count charge brought before Honourable Justice A.O. Abong of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 18, sitting in Gwagwalada, Abuja averred that the accused person had forged a National Diploma Certificate in Public Administration from the Kaduna State Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Calabar.
ICPC counsel, Mashkur Salisu Esq, informed the court of how the defendant had used the aforementioned forged certificates to enlist into NIS as well as advanced his career to the rank of a Chief Superintendent.
ICPC in a Charge No: CR/821/2021 told the court that the former Immigration Officer’s action was contrary to Section 364 of the Penal Code, and if he is found guilty, he shall be liable to a prison term of not less than 14 years.
When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to the four counts. The prosecution counsel thereafter asked for a date for hearing and for the accused to be remanded in Kuje prison pending hearing. Counsel to the defendant however moved the bail application in favour of the accused.
The trial Court thereafter granted Mr. Aminu bail in the sum of N500,000.00 and a surety in like sum who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. He was also ordered to deposit his travel documents at the court’s registry.
The case has been adjourned to the 9th of November 2021 for commencement of trial.
See Why Nigerian Lady was Killed by Italian Husband
New Revelations On Why Nigerian Lady Was Killed By Her Italian Husband In Italy.
More revelations have surfaced on why Italian based 31 years old Nigerian lady Rita Amenze was killed by her 61-year-old Italian husband Pierangelo Pellizzar
It will be recalled that Rita was shot 4 times while she was stepping out of her office
A very reliable source in Italy who pleaded on condition of anonymity made some startling revelations on the incident
According to her, Rita came to Italy in 2017 as an illegal immigrant and was rescued at the sea and taken to a refugee camp
In 2018 Pierangelo Pellizzar met her, married her and took her out of the refugee camp.
Not too long after, she was granted citizenship (the Italian passport) which enabled her get a good job.
Meanwhile, before moving to Italy, she already had 3 kids back home in Nigeria.
Recently, she travelled to Nigeria and got married to the father of her three kids
Before she returned, her best friend went and revealed to the white man that his wife is cheating on him and has gotten married in Nigeria to the father of her children.
She told the white man that he should watch out because as soon Rita returns, she would file for a divorce.
And that was what Rita actually did, she filed for a divorce as soon as she returned. She planned to divorce the white man and relocate her Nigerian husband and children to Italy.
Her Italian husband would not hear of it. But all attempts to convince her to change her mind were rebuffed.
On the day of the crime, he traced her to her office, shot her four times in front of her colleagues before handing himself over to the police.
Investigations showed that he is a drug addict who has been in and out of jail severally.
He has pleaded that he was emotionally disturbed and depressed by the behavior of Rita which led to his action
Pierangelo Pellizzar was previously banned from acquiring firearms, but it was not clear how he was able to lay his hands on the gun he used in killing Rita Amenze
The Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, the Nigerian Community in Italy as well as the Executive Chairman of Nigerian Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa have called for a thorough investigation into the incident.