Kidnappers operating in Bayelsa State have murdered a 72-year-old retired principal, Chief Festus Sunday, after collecting ransom from his family. The remains of the victim were brought to Yenagoa waterside yesterday by shocked family members and deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC).
It was gathered that there were bruises in the already decomposing body, raising suspicion that the kidnappers may have strangled their victim days before collecting the ransom.
Late Chief Sunday was abducted from his residence at Gbonibiri community, Southern Ijaw, on November 14 at about 3.45pm. The kidnappers were said to have shattered window protectors, forced their way into the septuagenarian’s bedroom and took him to a waiting double-75 horsepower speedboat.
His remains were, however, recovered at Azaama creeks, a border between Southern Ijaw and Ekeremor local government areas.
The victim’s son, Pamiebi Sunday, who led mourning members of the family and community to deposit the corpse, lamented that the hoodlums killed his father despite collecting ransom. Pamiebi, a lawyer, who shed tears, described his father as a peaceful man saying he never deserved a violent death.
Narrating the incident, he said: “On the 14th of this month, at about 3.45pm, I was in Abuja when I received a call that kidnappers had come to abduct my father.
“I came down and waited to get contact from them. But there was no contact until the 18th. “They called me and said they were in custody of my father that I should bring N500million to them. “I told them I didn’t have that kind of money. I inquired to know how I offended them that made them to kidnap my father.
“About two days ago, they came down to something reasonable that I could afford. “So, because of the love I have for my father, I paid the ransom. They collected the ransom and told us where they kept my father. “When the people I sent got there, it was my father’s corpse they saw.
“They killed my father and collected their ransom. One thing I know is that if this is done because of me, I have not offended anybody and I don’t know what would warrant anybody to go to this extent.”
He said that though his father was sick, he had recovered before the hoodlums kidnapped him.
He said security agencies were handling the matter adding that the police, the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Delta Safe (ODS) were all aware of the matter.
– The Nation
Nollywood film producer, Seun Egbegbe has denounced claims in the media that he was remanded at the Kirikiri prison.
According to Goldmyne TV reports, In a statement issued on Saturday by the publicist and media manager of Seun Egbegbe/Eboy film production, Egbegbe said he has been granted bail.
The statement read, “Following the public allegation about the news/publication on social media that Mr Seun Egbegbe was remanded at Kirikiri prison, we will authoritatively inform the general public that Mr Seun Egbegbe of Ebony Films Productions was granted bail on Thursday 24th November, 2016 by the Magistrate Court in Lagos with adjournment of case till February 18th, 2017.
“The Media Team to Mr Seun Egbegbe will appreciate if some non-investigative media, would stop misleading the general public and fans with false report or story over the settled matter.
“I am not presently at Kirikiri prison as alleged by some reporters, since the beginning of the whole drama because i know nothing about it and God bears my witness”, the statement quoted Seun Egbegbe as saying.
The statement added, “Special thanks to the Nigeria Police Force for their investigative intervention, Media practitioners and my loving Fans worldwide. Thanks for your support and concern.”
Egbegbe also pleaded that the truth be found before reporting or publishing.
According to a Facebook user, a young man has been missing after conveying some men from Kaduna state to Enugu 3 weeks ago.
An appeal is being made to spirited Nigerians who could help lead to his recovery.
According to reports, INEC announced 17 of the 18 Local Government Areas in the state, with Akeredolu winning 14 local governments, the Peoples Democratic Party led in two LGAs while the Alliance for Democracy won in one local government.
Read his advice and congratulatory message to the Ondo state governor-elect,
My dear Egbon
Congratulations I have computed the results sent to me from 2907 wards by my party agents across Ondo State. It shows you are leading with unrecoverable margin. I congratulate you as Governor-elect of our lovely state.
I will advise you quickly maintain distance from Mimiko if you want to succeed. I have no doubt that you will urgently create hope for our people, kindly do whatever you can to assist our lovely civil servants I saw poverty in those villages I visited during campaign please kindly assist traditional rulers as much as you can.
Ondo state account requires clear audit and this is urgent for immediate recovery of our money to assist in major programme infrastructural development Once again congratulations…
OFR CFR PDP Candidate 2016
A man, Gideon Johnson, has accused his wife of poisoning his driver, who then allegedly ran mad after eating a meal she prepared for him to eat. Gideon said this at a Grade C Customary Court sitting at Agodi-Ibadan, Oyo State, where he had gone to seek the dissolution of his 17-year-old marriage to his wife, Oluwatoyin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that he accused his wife, who has four children for him of bad character and threats to his life and other members of his family. Gideon in his testimony told the court that he gave the food his wife prepared for him to his driver to eat.
“The innocent driver ran mad few hours after he had eaten the food and was chained before we could take him to his family for solution. “She intended to make me mad, she is fetish, diabolical and a threat to my life; in fact, she killed my elder brother and my father through her fetish ways.
“She almost succeeded in ruining my ministry when she ganged up with my enemies to spoil me before the big personalities that usually come to my church for prayers,” he said.
He also told the court that he had not slept with his wife in the last 11 years because of her bad characters. Gideon said that he would kill his wife if the court should decline his request to separate them.
However, Oluwatoyin Johnson, in her defence, objected to the allegations levelled against her and denied ever killing his father and brother- in-law. The mother of four told the court that her husband abandoned her 11 years ago when he married another woman who bore three kids for him.
“He neither cared for me nor for the four children of the marriage but was always abusing me whenever he is preaching on the pulpit in the church. “He accused me of being a witch and possessed spiritual power and I had challenged him to do deliverance for me since he is a pastor,” she said.
She, however, pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage for the sake of the children.
President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, dissolved the marriage and ordered the two children to be with the plaintiff, while the custody of the remaining two children should be with their mother.
Balogun also ordered the plaintiff to be paying N8, 000 monthly as maintenance allowance for the two children that are in the custody of their mother.
He also directed the plaintiff to pay N12,000 as house rent and N5,000 as transport fees for the defendant to pack her load from his house.
He warned the parties to maintain peace and steer clear of anything that could bring disharmony.
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbaje, is dead.
He died on Saturday after an undisclosed ailment in London. More details to come.
The gallant Nigerian soldier, Captain Ibrahim Mohammed, who was hit by the deadly Boko Haram sect during a battle in the northern part of the country Borno is now in good health.
The soldier who is lucky to have survived the clash in which some of his colleagues lost their lives to expresses hope of a quick return to the theatre of war.
The two in the photo above are members of a car-snatching gang operating in Lagos.
According to the suspects, they “supplement” their work as bus conductors with robbery.
Sodiq told our correspondent that he was arrested in a bus by men of the Alakara Police Division, Lagos, who were already on his trail without his knowledge.
He said that on Wednesday, after concluding his bus conducting duty, he went to meet other members of his gang and they snatched the Honda at Sabo area of Yaba, Lagos and dumped the driver of the vehicle at Obanikoro along Ikorodu Road.
He said, “We did not beat the owner of the vehicle, we just asked him for the security codes of the car.
“This is the second time I would follow the gang to snatch a vehicle. I was given N50,000 the first time my gang took me along on an operation. Our leader is called Coded. He has not been caught since he ran way.
“I have been an armed robber for just one month. I came to Lagos from my state, Kwara, last year when I could no longer stand the farming business my father forced me into when he could no longer sponsor me to school.
“Now, I really feel bad about what I have done. I regret my life now. By the grace of God, if I am released, I will run back to my village immediately.”
Sodiq said he was not educated beyond primary school.
“When I finished primary six, my father did not have money for me to continue schooling,” he said.
Lawal on the other hand, explained that he thought robbery would be an easier job than his normal bus conducting work.
“My work as a bus conductor is a tough job. that’s why I decided to join the robbery gang. But now, I know better, the problem in robbery is worse. I wish I can just be released to go back to my conductor business,” he said.
Lawal explained that he was introduced to the gang by Sodiq.
According to him, the gang gave him the duty of ransacking any vehicle they snatched and gathering every valuable found in such vehicles.
“I don’t hold a gun, all I did was gather money, phones and other valuables,” he said.
The Oyo State indigene said he did not know other members of the gang except Sodiq.
He said the first operation he participated in, they were almost arrested when the police chased them but they escaped.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, has said efforts were being made to arrest other members of the gang.
On September 19, 2016, all Eduvie (who requested that her full name should not be published for security reasons) wanted to do was have a nice time. And she did just that when she took her car keys and drove to a cinema at Asaba, Delta State to see a movie.
By 8pm, she was on her way back home. But not in her wildest imagination did she expect what happened next.
The lady, who runs a make-up business, told Saturday PUNCH that she was in front of her compound honking for the security man to open the gate when she noticed that the young man, a Hausa man, did not come to the gate, several minutes after.
“I was in front of the gate for about 20 minutes honking. The delay was highly unusual. But I stayed and kept honking. I actually thought about engaging the central lock and driving around a little but I stayed there,” she said.
According to her, while she continued honking, she saw four men with guns emerge.
She said the men proceeded casually to open the gate for her, as she thought they were just security guards from the street who were colleagues of her compound’s security man. Eduvie said, “I drove into the compound and they immediately pounced on my car trying to break the windows but it was difficult for them.
“They eventually gained entry into my car and pushed me to the back seat. One of them took over the wheels. And they reversed the car out of the compound.
“As they reversed, I caught a glimpse of our security man casually closing the gate after us. That was when I knew he was in on it. All the men spoke Hausa like him.
“They tried to place a cap on my head but I kept shaking my head vigorously to avoid the cap. I had heard stories before that sometimes when kidnappers place hoods or caps over the heads of their victims, they pass out.
“They were trying to push my head to the floor of the car to keep me out of sight, but I raised my head a little and realised we were on the Asaba-Agbor Expressway.”
Eduvie said they were speeding but that she realised she had to do something fast.
Then, she seized the moment when she saw one of the men trying to lock the car.
“I don’t know what came over me when I suddenly opened the other door and jumped out. I was rolling and bouncing on the floor. I saw vehicles coming towards me at high speed and thought I was going to be crushed. But luckily for me, they were all applying breaks,” she said.
The lady said a motorist who seemed to understand what was going on quickly stopped to help her.
Eduvie said she thought she was in the clear until she looked back and realised that the kidnappers had turned back facing the traffic just to catch up with her.
Unfortunately, the motorist who stopped for her also saw them and decided to flee because of the guns the kidnappers were holding.
Eduvie told Saturday PUNCH, “I continued to run on the road. Whenever I hailed any vehicle for help, it sped off when the driver saw the kidnappers with guns.
“Luckily for me, the first car that stopped to help me had stopped in the front with the hope that I would catch up. I saw it and I ran to where the vehicle parked beside the road and entered it. But the kidnappers started to pursue the vehicle.
“The man who helped me kept going until it turned towards the police headquarters in Asaba. When the criminals saw where we were going, they turned off and sped away.”
According to her, she has sought no explanation from the police for the release of the only suspect arrested in the case – her security guard, while they have offered her no explanation.
When our correspondent contacted the new spokesperson for the Delta State Police Command for comments, her number was switched off.
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