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Police battle kidnappers in Ebonyi, kill gang leader, rescue lady

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By Christian Ogbonna

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The Police Command in Ebonyi on Tuesday said the leader of a gang of kidnappers was killed in a shootout during attempt to stop the abduction of a lady identified as Felicia Chukwu on Thursday.

Narrating the incident, DSP Loveth Odah, spokesperson for the police in Ebonyi said in a statement that on Dec. 14 at about 4:00p.m, the command received information that one Felicia Chukwu of No. 3, Eze-Ukwaje Street, Mile 50, Abakaliki, was kidnapped in her official car, Toyota Corolla Car, on Nsugbe Street, Abakaliki, by some armed men.

“The police operatives attached to the anti-kidnapping squad of the command swung into action, trailed the kidnappers to their hideout at New Layout Nkaliki in Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state.

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“The hoodlums on sighting the police opened fire at them and the policemen professionally engaged them in a gun duel.

“During the encounter, one of the hoodlums, who was later identified by the victim as the gang leader, sustained bullet wound injuries, while his other gang members escaped into the nearby bush, abandoning the victims vehicle.

“The victim was rescued unhurt and taken to the hospital for medical check-up.

“Items recovered from the scene include one English Berretta pistol with 9mm live ammunition and the said Toyota Corolla Car,” Odah said.

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She said that the injured suspect was rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki for medical treatment, but was later confirmed dead by a medical doctor on duty.

“The body of the suspect has been deposited at the hospital mortuary for preservation,” Odah said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Aliyu Garba, has ordered an intensive manhunt of the fleeing gang members and reaffirmed the command’s commitment to ensure safety of lives and properties of the citizens of the state. (NAN)(nannews.ng)

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Thugs assault lady in Maiduguri for ‘insulting’ Borno Rep

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Thugs, alleged to be loyal to the member representing Jere Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Satomi Ahmed, have assaulted a lady, Fadila Abdulrahman, for purportedly denigrating their principal on social media.

A trending video, which surfaced on Sunday night, showed youths slapping and hitting the Abdulrahman, raining expletive statements at her for ‘insulting’ Satomi on Facebook.

In the video, the thugs were heard screaming in Hausa, (Fadila, your father!) (With all that Satomi has done for you, you still did this to him?)… (You must go, prostrate before Satomi and seek forgiveness).

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Borno PPolice Command, Abdu Umar, in a briefing on Monday said the incident happened around 2 p.m. on Sunday at Sanda Kyarimi Zoo, in Maiduguri, and that four suspects had been apprehended and are in police custody.

“It happened on Sunday around 2 o’clock, in the afternoon, at the Sanda Kyarimi Zoo in the heart of Maiduguri. Some political thugs, loyal to Satomi Ahmed, a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Jere Constituency stormed a restaurant known as Zahura Restaurant owned by a member of the Police Community Relations Committee member, 29 years old Fadila Abdulrahman.

“She was beaten up and her restaurant was completely destroyed and her phone missing on the excuse that she posted and circulated a picture with inscription undermining their master, Satomi Ahmed.

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“The suspects under custody are Nasiru Abubakar alias Mana, Ali Dungus Shettima, Bello Mudasa, and Mallam Mohammed. The principal suspect is still at large, known as Saadu Suleiman and one Saleh but we shall arrest them.

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“Meanwhile, one of the suspects arrested and paraded at the police command, Bello Mudasa, 21 years old, said he was engaged by Saadu Suleiman to carry out a job on behalf of the honourable.

“I am a shoe cobbler within Maiduguri metropolis. I was in my shop when Saadu Suleiman came and took me on a tricycle that he has something he wanted me to do for him.

“When we got to the zoo, he confronted the lady and started insulting her. The lady began to insult him back, that was when I rushed and begin to slap her,” Bello stated.

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Hanifa Abubakar: Kano youths raze down school owned by her killer

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A mob has set ablaze the school owned by the kidnapper and killer of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil in Kano.

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The school was razed by irate youths on Monday morning.

Hanifa was killed by Abdulmalik Tanko, the school’s proprietor after he kidnapped her in December and collected N6 million as ransom.

Tanko confessed he killed the girl with rat poison when he realised that she had recognised him.

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The suspect was nabbed by security operatives while trying to get some part of the ransom he demanded.

He later confessed to killing her with rat poison.

Hanifa’s body was dug out of the shallow grave the suspect buried her in the school premises.

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