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Gunmen abduct truck driver, ask family to conduct burial after reducing ransom from N3m to N300,000

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The family of a truck driver, Mr Adedeji Ireyomi, has petitioned the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja, over his abduction since October 2021.

Ireyomi was abducted while returning to Sagamu, Ogun State, from Zamfara State en route the Auchi-Benin way.

His vehicle was abandoned by the roadside, while he has not been seen since then.

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The family’s petition, titled, ‘A case of kidnap of Mr Adedeji Ireyomi of Transport Service Ltd, along the Auchi-Benin way by unknown kidnappers,’ and dated November 30, 2021, was signed by a lawyer, Olushola Abisoye, on behalf of the family.

It said Ireyomi was employed in 2014 by TSL and was one of the company’s professional drivers.

The petition disclosed that after the driver was whisked away, his kidnappers reached out to the family and demanded a ransom of N3m.

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The company was alleged to have asked his wife to negotiate with the criminals.

The family stated, “The kidnappers established contact with the family on the same day whereby they equally reached out to our client’s co-workers, precisely Mr Saheed, who in turn informed one Mr Korede with a promise by both drivers to find a solution to this matter, though they failed.

“At this juncture, our client’s wife, Mrs Temitope Ireyomi, on October 24 met the chief security officer of the company, who informed her that the kidnappers were demanding N3m and asked our client’s wife to negotiate with the kidnappers for N300,000 and our client’s wife did as she was instructed, but the kidnappers refused to accept the offer.”

Ireyomi’s wife was said to have informed the company about the gang’s response, after which she visited the company’s office to seek assistance.

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 “On the same day, while our client’s family members were on the way to their head office, our client’s wife received a text message on her phone, which read, ‘

“Following this development, our client’s wife forwarded the above text message to the CSO as well as the head of human resources and they both promised to resolve this issue. But eventually, the CSO denied being aware of the matter and warned our client’s wife to stop telling people that he was aware of the matter,” the petition added.

After the threat from the suspected kidnappers, the family claimed that the company retrieved its truck from the police and abandoned Mrs Ireyomi to her plight.

The TSL Chief Security Officer, Adegboye Akinlawon, declined to comment on the case.

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He said, “I cannot discuss it on the phone because it is a security matter.

“You have to come to my office; I don’t know you and cannot talk about it on the phone.”

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NAFDAC bans alcohol production in sachet, PET bottles

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Deborah Tolu-Kolawole, Abuja

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has stopped the registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres.

The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this in a statement issued by the agency on Monday.

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Adeyeye said the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent alcohol by volume had been banned by NAFDAC, following the recommendation of a high powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and Industry in December 2018.

Other members of the committee are the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria.

According to the NAFDAC boss, the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.

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She explained that manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to the stipulated standards free of charge.

She said, “Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nationwide sensitisation campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.

“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.

“The agency is committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of alcohol.”

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Ibrahim Abubakar bags 3-year imprisonment

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A Bauchi State High Court presided over by Justice M.M. Abubarkar has convicted and sentenced one Ibrahim Abubakar (aka Alhaji Sadiq Babati) to three years imprisonment.

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Abubakar was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and cheating to the tune of N2, 250,000 (Two Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).

The charges were brought against him by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The defendant who was arraigned on September 27, 2021, alongside one Hassan Lemaji (now a convict) had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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In the course of the trial, he changed his plea to ‘guilty’, on which basis the trial judge, after the review of facts of the case, found him guilty and sentenced him accordingly.

He was however given an option of a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000), while the Court ordered that the sum of N2,250,000 recovered by EFCC be paid to the victim.

Abubakar’s ordeal started sometime between March and April 2019 when he obtained the said sum by falsely representing to the petitioner that the money was meant to facilitate employment for him at Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFUND), Abuja.

An investigation by the Commission revealed this claim as false.

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It was also discovered that, as soon as the defendant received the money, he started avoiding calls from the petitioner who waited for eleven months for the non-existent employment letter.

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