Mr Muawiyah Gambo, the Customs officer abducted in Zaria, Kaduna State, has regained freedom after payment of N25m ransom.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Gambo has been in captivity for over two months after his kidnap from his residence at Kofar Gayan Lowcost, Zaria city.
NAN also reported that Gambo was abducted along with some other residents when bandits invaded the area around 9 p.m on March 31.
However, most of the victims abducted along with him were earlier released.
A credible family source told NAN in Zaria that the Customs officer was released having paid the sum of N25 million and two motorcycles worth N1.6 million.
“The freed captive is currently undergoing treatment at an undisclosed hospital as he had sustained severe injuries on his legs following long time of chaining,” the source added on condition of anonymity.
The Police is yet to confirm the development after several calls to the command’s spokesman, ASP Mohammed Jalige.
The Police Command in Kwara has warned its officers and men against unethical habits, harassment and extortion of innocent residents.The Commissioner of police in the state, Mr Tuesday Assayomo, issued the warning in a statement signed by the command’s Spokesperson, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, on Saturday in Ilorin.
Assayomo said that the command frowns against the indiscriminate stopping of youths in both private and public transportation, and on the streets for the purpose of checking for incriminating information and eventual harassment and extortion by some policemen on field duties.
The police commissioner therefore warned policemen in such unethical habits to desist forthwith or else severe consequences await culprits.
“To ensure strict compliance of this directive, Kwara police Command’s special monitoring team has been set up and detailed to be on the look out for deviant officers.
“Therefore, members of the public are advised to insist on being taken to the nearest police station in the event of any policeman requesting they submit their phone sets or laptops for search.
“Further to this directive, home owners or tenants are also advised to demand search warrants authenticating the search of such dwelling places before the exercise be allowed.
“This is to forestall reports of indiscriminate ingress into homes and offices by policemen and imposters alike on the excuse of searching and arrest of criminal elements,” the statement read in part.
The Osinbajo Youth Organisation of Nigeria has drummed support for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ahead of the 2023 presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Mr Salahudden Shuaib, the Director-General of the organisation, called for the support at a news conference on Saturday in Abuja.“In consonance with the calls made by millions of Nigerians, Osinbajo Youth Organisation of Nigeria was birthed as a child of necessity to serve as a leading voice in championing a cause for a better Nigeria.“The organisation continued to lend her voice in consonance with the voice of millions of Nigerians in call for Osinbajo to declare and run for the presidency.“Fortunately, the vice president harkened to these calls and made an official declaration on the 11th of May 2022 to run for office.“For the betterment of our nation, it is important that we throw our weight in support of this movement.“With Osinbajo, our justice would witness a new reform, our security architecture would be refined, our business environment would witness a new face through social investment programmes,” he said.Shuaib stressed that “with Osinbajo, our educational system would witness a major reform, states and local government councils would be strengthened for effective service delivery and our health sector would be accorded a topmost priority”.According.to him, for Nigeria to thrive, we must allow people with requisite knowledge and experience to drive the affairs of this nation.He added that Osinbajo has passed the leadership test, and with personified exceptionally, stressing that he is among the best crop of leaders that Nigeria of today needs.“Osinbajo is a fine gentleman, refined politician, brilliant and highly disciplined. He is a typical example of what the avant-garde Nigerian politicians should be.“As youths, our struggles is for a better Nigeria, with redefined system and, a new ethos founded around the values of integrity, justice, fairness, equity, accountability, patriotism and love for fellow countrymen.“It is against this background that we are appealing to all major players involved in this forthcoming important exercise (APC primaries) to rally round Osinbajo and support him to lead the progressives’ family as its flag bearer in the coming 2023 general election,” Shuaib said.Editted by AbdulFatai Suleiman Tola
Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC on Saturday came from a goal down to force visiting City FC of Abuja to a 1-1 draw.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 20212022 Nigeria National League (NNL) match Day 13 was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.
The visitors were more purposeful in the way they attack and defend in a game that the City FC players looked fitter and faster than their hosts.
It took only four minutes before the visitors got the chance of been ahead when the centre referee pointed to the spot after John Godwin had hacked a City FC player.
City FC number 9, Emmanuel Ihezuo, stepped forward and quickly take a fast penalty to give the visitors the lead in the 5th minute.
The hosts struggled for most of the first half and defended often because City FC were always attempting to break through the counter attack.
The hosts restarted the last half of the game with more intent and pegged the visitors to their half and allowed ABS the play.
The centre referee however turned down several ABS Ilorin FC penalty appeals which didn’t go down well with some the hosts’ fans.
The hosts searched for the equaliser but they were always meeting a resilient and coordinated City FC defenders.
ABS Ilorin FC’s captain, Ibrahim Muhammed, however even the scores in the 78th minute with a superb finish leaving the visitors’ defence in anquish.
It was ABS Ilorin FC’s third consecutive draw in the last three games.
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has warned that the party would penalise any member that disrespects its leadership, irrespective of one’s position.Adamu issued the warning on Saturday in Abuja at a news conference while reacting to the recent outburst of Sen. Bola Tinubu on President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abeokuta.Tinubu, a former two-term governor of Lagos State, is a frontline presidential aspirant of the APC and also one of the party’s leaders.“Within the last three days, the country, and the world of the social media have been inundaunted with the report of one of our leaders, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state, when he went for his campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun.“In the course of his address, he went as far as to mention what happened between him and President Muhamadu Buhari.“He went as far as saying how Gen. Muhammadu Buhari went to him, citing instances of even prostrating in tears begging him to endorse him and to support him for the presidency.“He claimed Buhari went to him, his utterances are very insulting.“It’s very very unbecoming for a person of that standing to do what he did to the sitting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.“It is amazing how a fellow APC person would make that kind of comment in that kind of circumstances about the president.“We take exception to this, it has shown that he does not show any appreciable level of respect for the office of Mr President.“Therefore, we want to make it public that we are saddened by what we saw in the video in that reportage and we condemn it in the strongest of terms.“We do hope that he would never say that kind of thing again,” the APC national chairman said.Adamu noted that although there was a retraction of the comment by Tinubu, the effort was not adequate.He said at the time Tinubu made the comments, the party’s presidential screening committee led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had not presented its report to the party’s leadership.He said there was therefore no justification for the outburst of the former Lagos State governor at the time he spoke.On whether there would be punitive measures against Tinubu, Adamu said:“You see in Hausa there is a proverb that once you take hold of any amount of grass from a thatched house and you pulled it off from the roof, you can’t replace the same number of grass.“What is out is out, what he did say was not an apology, it is just like trying to retract and you say, I didn’t mean this. It’s a problem of misinterpretation. It is not a regret.“If there is the need to penalise any member of the party, not just Bola Tinubu, anybody, we will bring him to the party’s book, anybody as we watch events as they unfold.”Adamu dismissed speculations that 10 out of the party’s 23 presidential aspirants had been disqualified.“I want to say very clearly that no aspirant has been disqualified. It’s like sitting in an examination.“Even if you pass, there is grading from first-class to ordinary pass, so no aspirant was disqualified, incidentally, the president has invited all of them to a dinner today (Saturday),” he said.