A day after bandits released nine abducted students of the French Department of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, gunmen have invaded the institution and kidnapped a lecturer.
According to a statement by Auwalu Umar, the institution’s Director of Public Affairs, the incident took place at Sardauna crescent on the main campus.
Although he did not mention the name of the lecturer, an online newspaper, Saheliantimes, simply gave his name as “Dr Bako.”
The university spokesperson said the lecturer was initially kidnapped along with his wife and daughter.
He said the wife and daughter were released “when security agents chased the kidnappers into the bush.”
“At about 12:50 a.m. on Monday, 23rd November, 2020, kidnappers invaded the house of a staff member of the university on Sardauna crescent, area BZ, main campus, Samaru, Zaria. They went away with him along with his wife and daughter.
“The University security division quickly informed the operatives of the police intelligence response team that advanced to the scene following the distress call. There was an exchange of fire between the kidnappers and the mobile police operatives. When it was clear that they would be overpowered, the kidnappers ran into the bush along with the victims.
“As the police went after them up to kasuwar Da’a village bothering the university, the kidnappers then released the wife and daughter and went away with the husband. Some empty shells were recovered from the scene.
“The inspector general of police and other security agencies, as well as all relevant government establishments have been duly informed of the unfortunate incident,” the statement read.
ABU Zaria has suffered attacks by kidnappers lately.
The abduction of nine students who were on their way to Lagos for an academic programme has earlier been reported. In the same vein, police officers on a special assignment were kidnapped in Katsina State.
The officers were on their way to Zamfara State from Borno to carry out a special assignment before they were abducted.
They have been released, according to the police.
Their abductors reportedly demanded N270 million as ransom. The students were later released after a ransom was paid.
Kaduna, Katsina , Zamfara and Niger States have seen have seen more frequent attacks from bandits in recent years, despite increased security presence in the area.
Woman Kills Spouse with Shoe Heel over Infidelity
A woman on Saturday, in Warri, Warri Local Government Area of Delta State allegedly hit her husband with the heel of her shoe over allegation of infidelity, killing him in the process.
The yet-to-be identified woman reportedly struck her husband to death with the heel of her shoe at Ugbuwangue, an Itsekiri community in Warri.
It was gathered that the incident happened at about 11:00 a.m, close to the community’s town hall.
Further reports revealed the husband, identified as Etsebanghanro Ighomi, was a father-of-two and member of the Ugbuwangue community executive.
Reports had it that the couple had been engaged in a misunderstanding over alleged infidelity on the part of the deceased.
Its was learnt that the woman had approached her husband where he sat and struck him with the shoe heel in the back of his head from behind.
The husband reportedly fainted and began to foam from his mouth and died before he could reach the hospital.
A witness disclosed that the woman is currently being held by the police.
Police Arrest Three for Allegedly Lynching Suspected Phone Thief
Three suspects have been arrested by Ogun State Police Command for allegedly beating a 23-year-old man to death. The victim was accused of stealing two mobile phones.
The incident happened at Iju-Ota town, in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Ogun police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who made this known on Sunday, said the suspects include Ugo Obi, Chinonso Jude and Chibuke Samson; all of MTN street Iju Ota.
He said they were arrested following a report by one Ajibade Gbenga who reported at Onipanu divisional headquarters that his son, Samuel Ajibade, was accused of stealing two handsets by the suspects; after which the three suspects jointly beat him to a state of comma.
Mr Ajibade reportedly told the police that the deceased was rushed to the General Hospital, Ota, for medical attention but was confirmed dead as soon as he arrived at the hospital.
“Upon the report, the DPO Onipanu Division, CSP Bamidele Job, led his detectives to the scene where the three suspects were quickly arrested. It was the quick response of the police that saved the suspects from being lynched by angry mob who have gathered to apply jungle justice on them immediately they heard that the victim is dead. The corpse of the deceased had been deposited at the general hospital Ota mortuary for post mortem examination,” Mr Oyeyemi said.
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution. He also warned that the command will not tolerate any form of jungle justice on anybody suspected of any type of crime.
The police boss appealed to members of the public to always report anyone suspected to have committed crime to the law enforcement agency for proper investigation and prosecution rather than taking laws into their hands.
Pastor Lands in Jail for Lying Against Colleague in Ondo
The Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday sentenced a pastor, John Abiodun, to two years’ imprisonment for false allegation against a church founder.
Abiodun was arrested in 2019 for lying against the founder of Promiseland Prophetic Ministry, Akure, Pastor Gbenga Akinbiyi, that seven placentas were planted on the church’s altar.
The church is located in the Shasha area of Akure.
The convict, who was a former member of the church, swore an affidavit before the commissioner for oaths on the matter.
Abiodun and a lecturer of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Lanre Olu-Adeyemi, were later arraigned on eight counts bordering on conspiracy, publication of false information, perjury, impersonation, threatening violence, among others.
The second defendant (Olu-Adeyemi) was the admin of a WhatsApp group on which the false accusation was published.
During a series of court proceedings on the matter, witnesses were called by both the prosecutor and the defence counsel.
The trial judge, Justice Bode Adegbehingbe, found Abiodun guilty of count five of the charge.
He said the convict contradicted himself while giving evidence in the allegation against him, which included the use of different church WhatsApp platforms and other social media to malign, carry out false publication and wrongly accuse the founder of the church.
The court said Abiodun was guilty of perjury, an offence punishable under Section 118 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ondo State.
The judge also held that in law, anybody found guilty of perjury was liable to life or 14 years’ imprisonment, but due to the plea by the defence counsel, Mr Olanrewaju Adesanmi, he would reduce the jail term to two years.
“The first defendant is hereby sentenced to two years’ imprisonment,” the judge ruled.
The second defendant was discharged and acquitted as the court said the investigation conducted by the police on his involvement in the matter was shoddy.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Kayode Dare, expressed satisfaction with the judgement, saying the court had vindicated Akinbiyi and other members of his church.