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Police arrest suspected child trafficker, rescues baby in Nasarawa

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The Nasarawa State Police Command said it has arrested a 35-year-old woman, Rifkatu Haruna, for allegedly stealing a three-year-old male child in the state with a motive to sell the baby.

Speaking while parading the suspected human trafficker on Wednesday in Lafia, Commissioner of Police, Adesina Soyemi, explained that the suspect was apprehended in Garaku, the headquarter of Kokona Local Government Area in the state.

Soyemi said that the suspect who had been on the wanted list of the Police was arrested following intelligence gathering from officers of the command.

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While parading 18 other suspects who were arrested for various crimes in the state, Soyemi added that preliminary investigation into the matter revealed that the woman who collaborated with other criminal elements, stole the baby from Garaku town and wanted to sell him to a Prophetess in Enugu State.

“The traffickers took the child to Enugu state but could not sell him, so they brought him back. The suspect ran out of luck and was arrested but other accomplices are still on the run.

“We are now trailing other suspects who are still on the run and I promise to do everything within the law to ensure that they are apprehended no matter their status in the society”, he added.

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When our correspondent spoke with the suspected human trafficker, she confirmed that she was arrested in Garaku town of Kokona LGA while she was returning the baby to his mother.

She, however, denied belonging to the syndicate, adding that she only helped the woman to rescue her stolen baby.

“I am not a member of the gang and I did not steal the baby. I only wanted to help the mother of the child locate her stolen baby. I am innocent of the crime”, she said.

While warning all criminal elements to leave the state without further delay, Adesina Soyemi said that the suspects will be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department in Lafia for further investigation after which they would be charged to court for prosecution if found guilty of the offenses.

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Pictorial: Sanwo-Olu inspects newly acquired speed trains

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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, inspected the newly acquired Talgo 330kmph speed train for the Red Line Metro project in Lagos.

The Governor in a post on his Facebook Page said, “The 37 kilometres Red Line on completion will traverse eight stations and move passengers from Agbado to Oyingbo.”

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APC convention: Stakeholders warn against electing indicted persons as chairman

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From Fred Itua, Abuja

Ahead of the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for February 26, the South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum (SELF) has warned leaders of the party not to elect some individuals in the race who have been indicted for some financial crimes by anti-corruption agencies.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, the national coordinator of the group, Preye Wilson, warned that the ruling party does not need a national chairman that will be dragging in and out of the anti-corruption agencies’ offices to explain their dealings in the past.

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Wilson said it is time for the ruling party to deviate from past experiences of electing the former governor as national chairman.

While making reference to a media report titled: “APC faces integrity test, five chairmanship aspirants on EFCC radar,” the South-south forum warned that if any of these allegedly indicted chairmanship aspirants is elected as a national chairman the party will be easily blackmailed by the opposition parties and other critics.

The South-South forum, however, urged the party delegates and leaders at all levels to consider a brilliant Senator Mohammed Sani Musa’s integrity, track records, firmness and simplicity among those parading themselves as chairmanship aspirants in APC.

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“For us in the South-South Emerging Leaders’ Forum, we believe that the best way the ruling party can continue to discourage corruption as clearly stated in the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari is to elect a new national chairman that’s free of EFCC or ICPC cases.

He said: “We also note that since the successful merger process the produced the ruling APC former governors have had enough time. From our father former governor of Osun state Chief Bisi Akande, who was succeeded by another former governor of Edo state Chief John Odigie Oyegun and later to another former governor of Edo state Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, we feel it is time to try a Senator and a competent hand at that.

“We, therefore, appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President and Speaker, former and serving governors, and all the APC leaders at all levels to support the aspiration of Senator Mohammed Sani Musa from Niger state to emerge the next national chairman of APC.

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“This we believe that governing APC will not regret. We have taken our time to investigate all the aspirants, we have listened to them on various platforms and also read about their plans for the party and therefore come to a conclusion that Senator representing Niger East is currently the best to lead an anti-corruption political party among other indices.”

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