No fewer than five guests returning from a traditional wedding ceremony in Anambra were Monday night abducted by suspected gunmen.
The State’s Police Command Public Relations Officer DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident in a statement issued Tuesday in Awka.
Ikenga explained that security personnel had launched a rescue operation to ensure that the victims were safely reunited with their families unhurt.
A reliable source had told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the guests were kidnapped at about 10.00 p.m. on their way home.
“The guests (names withheld) were kidnapped at gunpoint at about 10.00 p.m. on the Akpo – Nkpologwu road in Aguata Local Area of Anambra.
“About 15 of the guest were returning to the hotel from Achina, venue of the marriage, in a convoy of three vehicles when they ran into the abductors, but only the first car was able to escape.
“The gunmen asked all the ladies to go and took five of the men away after shooting into the air,” the source explained.
The source added that the abductors were yet to make any contact with the victims’ families.
Stop bloodshed in South-east, release ‘Mama Biafra’ now ― Nnamdi Kanu
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has called for the stoppage of the incessant killings in the South East and the release of Mrs Ukamaka Ejezie, a newspaper vendor popularly known as ‘Mama Biafra’ in Abia state.
Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu who spoke with newsmen Monday evening, after visiting the IPOB leader in DSS detention said the IPOB leader was not happy with the reports of incessant killings in the South East, stating that Kanu “does not believe in bloodshed” and not happy that bloodsuckers on the lose in the South East almost unchallenged.
His brother said that the IPOB leader is sad over blood spilling and insecurity in the South East and that all those behind the current killings in the region must be held accountable for their atrocities, as Ndigbo are not known for cannibalism.
He added that Kanu also demanded the immediate release of Mrs Ukamaka Ejezie, a newspaper vendor popularly known as ‘Mama Biafra’ in Abia state.
Mama Biafra, a septuagenarian was arrested during Kanu’s last court appearance in Abuja on May 18, disclosing that Mazi Kanu said the woman had been acting as his mother since his parents died in 2020.
Mama Biafra, Kanu said committed no crime for coming to Abuja to solidarize with him at the court when she was arrested, regretting “I saw her at the DSS detention cell after her clothes were washed and spread on the wall. I demand that she be released because she commited no crime.
“She is an old woman and since my mother died I have taken her as my mother. The DSS should release her”.
Mazi Kanu also used the opportunity to clear the air over whether he was the one that Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State met when he visited the DSS headquarters last week, noting that there was no basis for people to doubt whether Soludo met him, explaining that the Barcelona club attire he wore when the Governor visited was his night wear.
Kanu pleaded with all to ensure there is peace in South East which is known for peace, adding that those behind the insecurity in the zone do not mean well to the people.
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APC primary: My backers against Sanwo-Olu will be known soon —Mustapha
MAIN challenger to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Mr Abdul-Ahmed Olorunfemi Mustapha says those backing his aspiration will be known soon.
A former Permanent Secretary in the current administration, Mustapha’s coming into the race has set tongues wagging in political circles, with widespread rumour tipping him as the anointed of the state ruling clique.
Senator Bola Tinubu, the leader of the party in the state, had to openly endorse the incumbent and his deputy in a bid to douse the tension generated by Mustapha’s aspiration.
Yet the party leader said at the endorsement session that all aspirants would be provided a level-playing field to prove their political weight.
In an exclusive interview with Sunday Tribune, Mustapha said his backers are not ghosts and would be unveiled soon.
Reacting, Mr Gbioyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Lagos State governor, described Mustapha as a dreamer to think that he can win the APC governorship ticket and defeat his principal, saying his advice to him is that he should go to sleep so he could have another dream.
Akosile, who spoke in a telephone interview, said maintained Mustapha is not known adding: “I don’t think he is someone I would be dissipating my energy trying to talk about.”
But Mustapha expressed confidence in breasting the tape ahead of the governor when the nomination contest is called.
When asked if he could win without the party leaders who are expected to queue behind Tinubu and his anointed, he said, “How can we possibly talk of winning an election without the support of the party?
“We count on the support of all members of the APC to win the coming primary and then the gubernatorial elections, from the leadership to delegates to ward chairmen and loyal party supporters.
“While the support may not be obvious now, It has never been the way of politicians to show their leanings early and I believe that what the party wants like every other non-partisan citizen is a working Lagos, a Lagos of our dreams which I promised. Therefore, I enjoin you to wait and see.”
When asked about the Tinubu phenomenon in the state and how nobody had won governorship election without him since 2007, Mustapha who trained and worked in the United States, believed the leader would not be partial when the chips are down.
“The leader of our party has said in this particular election that all members vying for political office are free to contest and has expressed the hope that the best man will win. The leaders have created a level-playing field and encouraged contestants to test their popularity at the primaries. A good product is a good product. We stand by his mandate,” he reckoned.
The governorship aspirant, who never stood any election in the state until now, believes he holds an edge over the governor, who was, until his resignation from public service, his principal.
He stated “I am certain of cl“My edge over the governor is based on my exposure to best practices in the world, the plethora of community driven ideas that I have enunciated at various fora to rapidly transform every sector of Lagos State, much more than is being done now.
He told Tribune Online he wasn’t unmindful that the party could eventually settle for consensus arrangement to pick the governorship candidate and he is ready to flow with the waves, without rocking the boat.
However, Sanwo Olu’s aide, said “Leave that man alone. Is he the kind of person that we should be paying attention to?
“His case is that of a dreamer who found himself on a horse back while sleeping, but on waking up, he discovered that what he had was a dream.
“So, I would tell such a person that he should go back to sleep so that he can have another dream. That’s my response to that kind of a person.
“I don’t even know the character you are talking about. I don’t even know him at all. I don’t think he is someone I would be dissipating my energy trying to talk about,” the governor’s aide said.
“Where does he want to start from? Where does he want to start from? Is it about profession, or is it about track records? How would he be dreaming of defeating Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who as of today is ...er boy of APC not only in Lagos but in the entire country- a reference point of development as in governance.
“So where is he coming from to think he can take Sanwo-Olu’s position? Let’s not talk about him, I wish him luck,” he added.