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Kaduna Abduction: Minister Calls for Unconditional Release of Students, Principal

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The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, has called for safe and unconditional release of over 287 students and their principal abducted in Kaduna State.

Mamman, who said this on Friday

at a news conference in Abuja,  described the attack as barbaric and heinous.

The minister also expressed his willingness to visit the scene of the incident.

He said that the Ministry was in touch with the Kaduna State Government, promising that the Federal Government would ensure safety of schools across the country under the Safe School Initiative.

 “It is a very sad day for the country. And we appeal to the security agencies to do everything possible including Kaduna State Government to rescue and bring back these young ones and their teachers unarmed.

“We will be working with the security agencies to ensure that we bring to end this type of thing under the Safe School project of the federal government.

“We sincerely hope these young ones are brought back even before the Ramadan season starts. Our brothers and sisters are already observing the Lent. So, we commit them to prayers to the Almighty to protect them and bring them back safely.

“We are terribly concerned about this development. And we make appropriate appeal to those whose responsibilities are to bring back our children to work as quickly as possible so that these children are returned back to their homes and back to school safely,” he said.

Reports says that about 287 pupils and teachers of Government Secondary School and LEA primary school at Kuriga, Kaduna State were abducted by bandits on Thursday, triggering national outrage.

The bandits reportedly invaded the Kuriga area of the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, shooting at their victims before taking away  the pupils and teachers from both schools. (NAN)

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Abductors of former Gov Ortom’s CoS, wife, cook, contact family demand N100 million

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From Attah Ede Makurdi

The suspected armed Fulani herdsmen who reportedly attacked chief of staff (CoS) to former Benue State governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terwase Orbunde and abducted his wife and house maid, have contacted the victims’ family and demanded for the sum of N100 million as ransom for their release.

Orbunde served the immediate past Governor of the state, Chief Samuel Ortom as chief of staff between 2015 to 2022 and contested for governorship of the State under the platform of APC in the 2023 general elections.
The former governorship aspirants who is being treated for gunshot injuries in undisclosed hospital in Makurdi, said that the men contacted him this morning (Saturday) at about 8:30am through their victims.
The former Chief of Staff said his wife and cook were very calm when they spoke with him.He revealed that during the attack which took place at about 6pm yesterday, the gunmen spoke Fulani among themselves and communicated with him in Hausa saying they would contact him on phone.He maintained that his wife and the house help told him to be prepared to send the money to them and that if he failed to do that they would kill his wife and cook.Daily Asset had earlier reported that the former chief of staff was attacked yesterday (Friday), April 12, 2024, close to the Genocide Cemetery along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in Makurdi, the state capital at about six pm.Orbunde reportedly escaped with a gunshot on his right arm while the attackers whisked away Mrs Abigail Kashimana Orbunde, and her house help, Patience Ogute.It was said that Orbunde, his wife and the house help had gone to inspect the weeding of their farm located close to the road.They said after the inspection of the work and payment of the workers five gunmen suddenly attacked their victims as they walked back to their car.It was reported that they opened fire and Honorable Orbunde received a bullet on the right arm while they ordered him and the women to follow them to an unknown destination.The shooting was said to have caused villagers and passersby to scamper for safety in different directions.”As they marched along, the former Chief of Staff was said to be bleeding profusely and unable to walk quickly.”The leader of the group ordered him to walk away while the gunmen took the women to an unknown destination while good Samaritans conveyed Mr Orbunde to hospital”, an eye witness watched from afar narrated.

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Kukah Advises Nigerians to use Power, Authority to Impact Humanity

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Bishop Mathew Kukah, Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, has advised Nigerians to use positions of power and authority to impact, and add value, to humanity.

Kukah gave the advice on Friday in Abuja at the 2nd Annual Impact and Legacy Lecture of Late Innocent Chukwuma, Founder of Cleen Foundation.

The foundation is known for promoting public safety, security and accessible justice through the strategies of empirical research, legislative advocacy and publications.

Kukah who spoke on: “Power of One: Dreams and Nightmares”, said that it was important to strive to change negative narratives, live impactful lives and leave lasting positive legacies.

“I begin this lecture by telling you about people like Pope John Paul, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King and a host of others who have used powers positively.

“I used this to illustrate the choices that people have made in life and how they have used powers in their hands, either for good or bad.

“The late Innocent took up a passionate commitment and we must continue to push the frontiers that brought greatness to Nigeria,” he said.

The Bishop said that memorials are only for those who make impacts.

He urged everyone with ideas on curbing crimes and enhancing policing to strive to make impact irrespective of age and location for the betterment of the country.

Contributing, Mr Solomon Arase, Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), said the whole idea of community and intelligence policing could be attributed to the efforts of late Chukwuma.

According to him, it was through Chukwuma’s efforts that the trends and patterns of crime and its terminology were introduced into Nigeria’s policing vocabulary.

“Intelligence policing in Nigeria can be attributed to late Innocent Chukwuma because most people may not know about this and how this whole thing came about.

“The efforts of this man brought people from the metropolitan police and conveyed about 500 police officers from Nigeria to study what they were doing in the United States.

“His efforts and those of Prof Etannibi Alemika, Kemi and the MacArthur Foundation also brought into Nigeria one of the best police officers in the world who started talking about community partnership in deepening internal security management.

“The man Innocent Chukwuma has left things that are imperishable and should be sustained,” he said.

Reports says that former Minister of Solid Minerals, Obi EzEzewkesil, representatives of Ford Foundation, Civil Liberty Organization, YIAGA Africa and others at the event commended the convergence of great minds to foster continued development in policing. (NAN)

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CP Orders Trial of Officer Threatening Residents with Gun in Viral Video

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The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Edo, Mr Funsho Adegboye, has ordered an orderly room trial of Police Constable Prince Chima for allegedly threatening some people with a gun at their residence.

The video of where Chima was caught in the act went viral on Sunday on the X social media platform.

In a statement issued on Saturday by the command’s spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the CP had called for a discreet investigation into the matter, leading to the arrest of the officer.

“Sequel to a viral video sighted on X handle on the 7th of April 2024 where a young man that wore a blue T-shirt, black joggers’ trousers, and blue palm slippers was seen alone threatening with violence some persons in their residence with an AK-47 rifle.

“Immediately, the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, CP Funsho Adegboye, mni called for a discreet investigation into the matter.

“During the investigation, the police operatives, while using technical intelligence, arrested the young man, and he was identified as a Police Constable attached to the Department of Operatives (DOP).

“Consequently, during interrogation, he affirmatively stated as follows that he is Force Number 534023 PC Prince Chima,” said the police spokesman.

Nwabuzor noted that the officer was enlisted on Jan. 10, 2020, and was deployed to the South-South Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Chima, according to the spokesperson, said he was on duty at NIPCO, along Siluko Road, where he had an altercation with a young man who came to charge his phone.

The man, he said, called him a smelling policeman.

The spokesman said when the man left the petrol station for his residence, after the intervention of the station’s manager, the officer followed him home.

It was at home the incident displayed in the viral video took place.

Nwabuzor said the CP had directed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the X-Squad Section to investigate the erring policeman.

His mental health status was to be ascertained through the command’s medical officer and committed to a disciplinary process known as Orderly Room Trial.

The CP, said the spokesman, commended the threatened people for their patience and tactfulness in handling the situation, promising that the erring officer would face the consequences of his actions. (NAN)

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