LG Boss Laments Incessant Kidnap
The Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government council Hon. Raymond Wokocha, has lamented the increasing spate of kidnap and other criminal activities in the area.
Hon. Wokocha stated this in Omoku recently after the release of the Power Commissioner, the wife of the council Secretary, federal college of education (Technical) Omoku, Chief Librarian and Dr. Richard Ihua-Maduenyi that died in the hands of his abductors.
The Chairman who also narrowly escaped being kidnapped, urged those involved in the dastardly act to stop their criminal acts before the long hands of the land would catch up with them.
He said the activities of the miscreants are denting the image of the area and driving away investors from the local government area and enjoined residents of the area to report persons with suspicious characters in their neighbourhood to security operatives for prompt action.
Hon. Wokocha, advised youths from the area to channel their energies to the development of their talents, to achieve self reliance rather than indulge in criminality.
Narrating the ordeal of his wife’s abduction, the ONELGA Council Secretary Hon. Clever Orukwowu, said the kidnappers actually came for him as they demanded from his wife, his whereabout and later took her away under gun point.
Hon. Orukwuowu, a former Ward six Councillor, however, thanked the efforts of the Security agents in the area for their intervention which resulted in the eventual release of his wife who is presently receiving treatment in hospital.
Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chairman in the area deacon Felix Ejechi has also condemned the increasing heinous crime in the area and called on security operatives to put more effort to protect lives and property of citizens of the area.
It would be recalled that the people of ONELGA, ravaged by flood are equally living in fear of being kidnapped as hardly no week passes without report of a cases of abduction.
Just four days ago, the lecturers of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Omoku, told newsmen that seven of their members were kidnapped within 10 months of this year, while one of the victims late Dr. Richard Ihua-Maduenyi died in the custody of the kidnappers.
… Vote Buyers Attack EFCC Operatives In Kaduna
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives were attacked in Kaduna on Saturday during the governorship and state houses of assembly elections held across the country.
In a statement on Saturday by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesperson, the commission said the operatives came under attack at School Road in Unguwan Rimi, Kaduna, while attempting to arrest a suspected vote buyer identified as Kabiru Musa.
Uwujaren said the suspect was seen in a video inducing voters by using his phone to transfer money into their accounts after they cast their votes.
“Immediately he was accosted by the operatives, Musa became unruly and screamed to attract the attention of his syndicate members, who descended on the operatives, using all manner of weapons that left some of them injured. It took great restraints for the operatives to ignore the unprovoked attack but insisted on arresting the suspect,” the statement reads.
“As the team drove away with the suspect, their vehicle was pelted with stones and other dangerous objects that damaged the windshield and three operatives suffered varying degrees of injuries in the process.
“The injured operatives are currently receiving medical attention at the Medical Centre of the Kaduna Zonal Command, while the suspect is in custody, pending conclusion of the investigation.
“It will be recalled that EFCC teams were similarly attacked during the presidential and national assembly elections, leaving some of its vehicles badly damaged.”
Reacting to the incident, Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC chairperson, commended the operatives for exercising restraint under extreme provocation.
He, however, appealed to the public to desist from attacking officers of the commission as it would no longer be tolerated.
Gov’ship/State Assembly Polls: EFCC Arrests 65 Suspects Over Vote Buying
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives arrested 65 persons across the country over alleged voter inducement.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, announced the development on Saturday in a statement on the commission’s monitoring activities of the governorship and state houses of assembly elections across the country.
He said 20 of the suspects were arrested in Kwara, while 13 suspects were arrested in Kaduna state.
He added that 12 suspects were arrested in Rivers; four each in Akwa Ibom and Cross River, while others were apprehended in Gombe, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Niger states.
“Those arrested in Kaduna State were 10 males and three females. They were apprehended by EFCC operatives either working on intelligence reports or were chanced upon during monitoring,” the statement read.
“A suspect allegedly involved in vote buying was nabbed at School Road, Unguwan Rimi in Kaduna. The suspect, who initially resisted arrest, is however in custody pending the conclusion of investigation.
“Also in Kaduna, a team arrested a suspect with voter coupons, which he confessed would be used to trace and pay those who voted for his party”, the statement added.
The EFCC also said its team monitoring voting around Local Education Authority School, Kabala Doki in Kaduna, arrested two suspects for vote buying, while the sum of N67,500, a list containing names of voters and bank account details were recovered from the suspects.
“Some of the items recovered from the suspects were voter cards, monies, lists containing names and account details of voters, and telephone recharge cards,” he added.
Alleged Party Name Omission, NNPP Candidate Threatens Suit Against INEC
Olufemi Ajadi, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Ogun State, says the party will sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the “omission of the party’s name from ballot papers”.
Ajadi spoke with journalists on Saturday after casting his vote at Ofada, Obafemi Owode LGA of Ogun state.
The NNPP candidate said he was “disappointed” over the conduct of the governorship and house of assembly elections in the state.
Ajadi said the party had earlier written a letter to INEC to ensure the inclusion of his party’s name on the ballot paper, instead of only the logo.
“As you can see, we cannot see security everywhere. In my polling unit, where I cast my vote, the APC gathered hoodlums to attack me,” he said.
“I’m so disappointed in this country. I’m so disappointed about the leaders that we have. People can’t move around freely to the extent that they were dragging guns with my security. Can you imagine? No, this is not an election.
“On the ballot paper, I can’t see my party, the NNPP. After writing to INEC, to make amendment before the election and today is an election, we can’t find the name, only the logo.
“By the grace of God, we are going to court to challenge INEC on reasons why they failed to put our name on the ballot paper. I’m disappointed in INEC”, he lamented.
When The Tide source checked the list of political parties on INEC website, it was observed that the name of the party was not inscribed on the party’s logo.
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