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Man, 27, In Detention Over Kidnapping

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A Port Harcourt Chief Magistrate Court presided over by E.C. Woke has remanded a twenty seven year old man, Chinatu Okwoma in prison custody for alleged kidnapping offences.

The accused person, Chinatu Okwoma, 27, and others now at large is standing trial on a three count charge of kidnapping, unlawful detention and extortion before E.C.Woke on charge No PMC 146X/2013.

The police prosecution told the court that the accused person and others at large on the 24

th day of May, 2013 at Rumuewhor Community Secondary School, Port Harcourt within the Port Harcourt Magisterial District did conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit kidnapping.

The prosecution also said that the accused persons and others now at large on the same date and place in the aforesaid magisterial district with the intent to demand ransom did kidnap one Okoroji Anthony (m) aged 29 years, a youth corps member and unlawfully imprisoned him in such a manner as to prevent his parents or any person entitled to have access to him from discovering his where abouts.

The prosecution further stated that the accused did demand with menaces the sum of two million Naira (N2,000.000.00) from Mrs Christiana Okoroji, Mother of Okoroji Anthony while he was in their custody with threat if not releasing her, if their demands were not complied with, adding that the accused person committed an offence punishable under section 516 A(1), 406 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol. 11 Laws of Rivers State 1999 and section 1(2) (b) of the Rivers State Kidnap Prohibition Laws N03. of 2009.

In his ruling, the presiding chief magistrate E.C.Woke ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody, while the case  file be  forwarded to the office of the  Director of Public Prosecution (DPP)  for legal advice.

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Monarch Wades Into Keke Operators’ Crisis In Rivers Community

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As part of measures to resolve the fracas between two keke factional leaders which snowballed to the gruesome murder of one Clement Elewa, destruction of property in Okporo Okwurusi, Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area, the traditional institution in Okporo Okwurusi Kingdom has waded in by suspending the activities of the factional leaders.
The Okporo Okwurusi Traditional Institution headed by His Royal Majesty, King Amadi Wenenda Morgan (JP) also announced the appointment of Comrade Henry Ohia as the Substantive Chairman, Okporo OkwurusiKeke management committee.
Other members of the committee were drawn among three major communities in the kingdom namely, Rumuodara, Eliowani and Mgbuesilarn ..
Addressing the factional leaders at his palace, Eze Oha Okporo Okwurusi, King Morgan Amadi said the dissolution and subsequent appointment of the Keke Management Committee were part of the recommendations of the Arbitration panel set up by the community to resolve the impasse.
The monarch, however, noted that 4 million would be given to one Mr. Ayo as part of compensation over the destruction of his property.
Eze Oha Okporo Okwurusisaid the community decided to intervene following Governor Nyesom Wike’s directive to arrest the situation to avoid further degeneration.
Eze Amadi further warned that the community would no longer tolerate any criminal act capable of jeopardizing the existing peace and orderliness in the community saying Okporo Okwurusi would continue to accommod those whose businesses or activities do not threaten the peaceful co-existence of the kingdom.
According to the government recognized traditional ruler, blessed are .the peace makers.”
“Our happiness is that the two factional leaders had our appeal for the matter to be settled amicably so that those affected can continue with their life because we are one• indivisible family,” he explained.
He noted that although the life lost could never come back hence the need for all invloved to accept the decision of he community in the interest of peace and social harmony.
King Amadi thanked all those who paid supreme sacrifices to allow peace reign, and assured that Okporo Okwurusi Traditional Institution would ensure peaceful co-existence of different tribes living and doing business in the kingdom.
Earlier, Okporo Okwurusi Keke Management Committee chairman, Comr. Henry Ohia assured that his committee would never disappoint the trust reposed in them.
Comr. Henry who doubles as National Youth president Okporo Okwurusi Kingdom also advised the keke factional leaders to embrace peace as directed by the traditional rulers to enable the community move on.
All who spoke commended Eze Oha Okporo Okwurusi in Council for his sense of responsibility in settling the matter amicably.
Recall that early this year precisely 26th May, 2020 a middle aged man, Clement Elewa was murdered in cold blood following misunderstanding between two factional keke unions operating in Okporo Okwurusi Kingdom leading to breakdown of law and order within the kingdom.

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Police Task Journalists On Objective Reporting

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The Rivers State Police Command has urged journalists in the state to be objective in their reports.
The Police Public Relation Officer PPRO, SP Nnamdi Omoni made the appeal yesterday while presenting the police’s pledge of 43 – inch flat screen television to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the security of the state is not the sole responsibility of the police alone, but journalists also have vital roles to play in reducing crimes to the barest minimum in the state.
Omoni commended journalists for their cordial relationship with the police in fighting crime in the state.
He said the television gift was a token to assist the union in monitoring events that would foster peace and development in the state.
Omoni officially presented the pledged item to the leadership of NUJ in Port Harcourt.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of NUJ, Stanley Job Stanley commended the police in the state for keeping to its promise.
Stanley reiterated the NUJ’s commitment in partnering with the police to fight crime in the state.
Stanley who noted that the 43-inch television would go a long way to assist journalists in their job.
He promised that the union would continue in its partnership with the police to achieving the set security goals in the state.

 

By: Enoch Epelle & Lady Godknows Ogbolu

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Court Remands Man, Friend For Defiling Step Daughter

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court yesterday ordered that a 50-year-old man, Paul Nnadi, 50 and his friend, be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre, Lagos for allegedly raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter.
The police charged Nnadi and his friend Ayobamidele Olaiya with conspiracy and defilement.
Chief Magistrate P.E. Nwaka however did not take their plea.
Nwaka ordered the police to return the case file to the Lagos Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
Consequently, Nwaka adjourned the case until Sept. 17, for mention.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Christopher John, alleged that they  committed the offence sometime in  2019 and May at No. 6, Ibitoye St., Ajegunle, Lagos, were  charged with rape at the court.
John alleged that Nnadi, who is the victim’s step-father and  Olaiya his friend, took turns on her.
John said that the case was reported at an Ajegunle police station and the defendants were arrested.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 260 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, which prescribed up to life imprisonment on conviction.

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