The Rivers State Police Command has paraded nine suspects for their alleged involvement in various criminal activities across the state and its environs.
Those arrested and paraded by the police include, a gang of kidnappers who lured one Adele Emmanuel from Delta State to Port Harcourt for a non-existent employment scam through Facebook.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP NnamdiOmoni while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, over the weekend, said the victim was lured from Delta State to Port Harcourt,and held him hostage in a hotel at Obeama, Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, operatives of the command, acting on credible information through intelligence-led policing, stormed the area and rescued the victim unhurt.
Omoni said the prime suspect, Bright Williams, aged 22 years, including the director of the hotel and a female staff were arrested during the raid in Oyigbo.
He further disclosed that men of Anti-Kidnapping Unit, working on credible intelligence, arrested the trio of Julius Amadi, IyakNayene and Gift Frank for alleged involvement in the kidnap of one Williams Etuk on September 11,2021 along Igbo-EtcheRoad while armed, adding that the Toyota Highlander Jeep the alleged kidnappers took from their victim was recovered.
The police image maker said that further investigation revealed that Julius Amadi was a member of the syndicate that kidnapped and killed a retired Army Captain whose decomposing body was recovered at Igbo-EtcheRoad last month.
Also, the duo of John Ifeanyi, aged 23; and Orji Ndukwu, aged 24; were arrested for alleged kidnap of one Michael Oladipo, 42 years; who was kidnapped on October 3, 2021, at Igwuruta in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Omoni while briefing journalists said that the suspects were arrested at Boki in Cross River State and that the Lexus Jeep belonging to the victim was recovered, adding that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was concluded.
Meanwhile, Gift Frank, the wife of Ahie Frank, who was arrested for participating in alleged kidnap of the late retired Army Captain, told Journalists that she was not aware that her husband was into kidnapping business.
Gift explained that she wanted to sell the Highlander Jeep to enable her pay somebody who offered to assist get her husband out of police net without knowing that the Jeep was not owned by her husband.
The victim while speaking to newsmen, alleged that he was lured from Delta State to come for the position of secretary in a company he applied online.
The victim disclosed that on arrival in PortHarcourt sometime in November, 2021, he was kidnapped by his supposed prospective employers,stripped naked while they made video recording of him and sent to his family demanding $20,000 ransom before he was rescued by men of Anti-Kidnapping Unit in the state led by CSP Edward Shadare.
Also speaking, Bright Williams,the prime suspect in an interview with journalists disclosed that the victim contacted them through a website demanding to be linked to a homosexual.
He explained following the bait, they kidnapped and video-recorded him, with intention of extorting money from his family.
Williams added that he was not aware of the amount of money the gang leader demanded from the alleged victim.
He also exonerated the director of the hotel and the female staff of being accomplices in the crime.
The director of the hotel, in an interview with journalists, disclosed that the alleged victim and the suspects came to the hotel to drink and did not lodge in the hotel before the police raided the hotel.
By: Akujobi Amadi
Rivers NAWOJ Kicks Off 2022 Activities, Visits PH Children’s Home
In a bid to reach out to the needy in the society, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State chapter, on Monday, paid a charitable visit to the Port Harcourt Children’s Home in Borokiri, Port Harcourt.
The visit which was led by the chairperson of the association, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and secretary, Dr. Ngozi Anosike, is part of her action plans for the year, 2022.
The women branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists expressed concern towards the children, as they appealed to the government, corporate organsiations, religious bodies and well meaning Nigerians for support of the children in any way possible.
NAWOJ, while presenting gift items to the officials of the children’s home, commended them for their effort in feeding and taking care of the children.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the presentation, the NAWOJ chairperson explained that the essence of the visit was to show love, kindness and encouragement to the children.
“We came to identify with the children, as the year has just began we felt it is important we start it with the children by putting smiles on their faces, believing that in their happiness, we too will be happy.
“When you look at the little prayers these children offer, it goes a long way and we support and believe that.
“All through last year, we have been going to other places but we have not been able to identify with them and they are part of our action plan for the year. Since last year we couldn’t make it, that’s why we said we must start this year with the children and that is why we are here today.”
While giving an insight on what she meant by action plan, the NAWOJ boss said, action plan is the program of activities for the year”
She continued, “We are working in partnership with the ministry of social welfare, which is why we feel our coming here is not out of place. We started the work with the social welfare last year but this year we felt we should identify first with the children.”
Serekara-Nwikhana further advised that, other associations visit this home from time to time as children need their attention just to put smiles on their faces.
“Although due to the COVID-19 we could not snap with them, and get more closer to them we would have loved to go inside, play with them, carry them but they said, due to COVID-19 we can’t do all that,” She added.
Some of the items presented to the children’s home by the organisation include; Cartons of Indomie, Pampers, rolls of tissue paper among others.
On her part, the officer in charge of the Port Harcourt Children’s Home, who gave her name as Esther Ogbe, appreciated the leadership and members of NAWOJ for the kind gesture, she prayed that God to bless and uphold them.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
NSCDC Alleges Plot To Burn Its Jetty In Ogbogoro
The Rivers State command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has alleged plots by some hoodlums to burnt its jetty at Ogbogoro .
State commandant of the command Aliyu Bature said this Tuesday in Port Harcourt while conducting journalists round the jetty.
The state commandant who was represented by the command public relations officer, Mike Oguntuase, said the command has beefed up security round the jetty.
Oguantuase also debunked rumour that the jetty was being used in the storage of illegal oil bunkering products.
He said all the exhibits at the jetty including eight large boats and others were handover to the command by the Nigerian Navy.
According to him, all of the exhibits which also include drums of petroleum products canoes and others handed over by the Nigerian Navy are all intact and well secured.
He said some of those involved in the criminal acts are in prison custody facing trial while some have been jailed.
Oguntuase said there is no iota of truth in the allegation and urged the public to discountenance it.
He said a committee has also been constituted by the command to investigate the activities of the Anti vandal unit.
He urged the public to cooperate with the NSCDC in the state to check illegal oil bunkering.
By: John Bibor
ONELGA Chairman Advocates Sustainable Framework For Fallen Heroes’ Families
The chairman of Ogba/Egbemaindoni Local Government Area, Hon Vincent job, has called on governments at all level to institutionalise and operationalise a trust-fund that should cater for the families of fallen soldiers who lost their lives in the cause of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria through various internal and external peace-keeping operations.
Hon job made the call at this year’s armed forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the council’s cenotaph, Omoku and headquarters of the local government.
He decried the burden shouldered widows of deceased soldiers who ordinarily should be caterred for if the country has a working system, the pointed out that their sufferings as a result of the departure of their husbands cannot be over-emphasised.
“The devastating effect of the death of these soldiers, their families. Communities and the country cannot be over-emphasised”
The ONELGA chairman suggested prayers, show of kindness, love and compassion to the deceased soldier’s as ways to celebrate armed forces remembrance day
Hon Job while praying for the repose of the souls of the departed heroes enjoined Nigerians) go beyond r es and show commitment in ‘ash and in kind to sustain the widows and their families
Earlier, the Acting Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Chapter, Captain Lagos Felix Osiagor informed of the sufferings of the Legionnaires, the widows of fallen heroes and their families and appealed for assistance in the following ways; soft loan to veterans’ wives, scholarships to qualified children of the fallen heroes and employment of ONELGA legionnaires to beef up security team of the council, among others.
The programme featured slow and quick match-past by members of Nigeria legion. ONELGA Chapter, laying of wreath by ONELGA chairman, Hon Vincent Job and other military and paramilitary representatives.
Traditional rulers, chiefs, opinions leaders the clergy, men and women were in attendance.
In another development, the Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndonin Local Government Area, Hon Vincent job has urged communities in the area to make peace their watch-words to attract sustainable development.
Hon. Job stated this while addressing delegation from Egita Community in Egi Clan of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area who came to resolve their community development committee CCDC) leadership crisis in the
He said there cannot be any meaningful progress if the communities are not in peace and assured the people of his administration ‘s resolve to bring infrastructural development to areas where peace a d justice reign.
According to him since respect is reciprocal, it behooves elders to respect popular opinions where majority of the people are going towards a particular direction.
Earlier paramount ruler, Egita Community, HRH, Godspower Jokiel, has presented the community’s matter, which involved nomination of the Chairman And Secretary Community Development Committee CCDC) for which several opinions, arguments and agitations were tabled on the floor of the chambers.
He prayed the chairman to use his good office to ensure that any family that has its turn to produce any executive position be allowed to produce same.
The paramount ruler sued for peace among various families and sub-families that make up the community and assured of his support at all times.
Eldest man of Egita Community Elder Roman Ugboji said he will be most grateful if everyone should allow peace to reign, as the ancestors and founding fathers of Egita Community did that on a threshold of peace and tranquility.
Present at the meeting were representatives Of Umuoso Family, Umuoteni Family, Umu-Ojenike Family, and local government council executive.
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