The Police Command in Bayelsa has said that its personnel are working round the clock to ensure that the kidnapped mother of Samson Siasia, Nigeria’s former Super Eagles footballer is rescued from her captors.
SP Asinim Butswat, the spokesperson of the command made this known in a text message with the Nigeria News Agency in Yenagoa on Sunday.
NAN reports that Mrs Beauty Siasia, who was kidnapped on July 15 with two others in Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa, have spent 14 days in the kidnappers’ den.
The 79-year-old woman was kidnapped with Mrs Florence Douanana, 65, and her daughter, Selekire Douanana, 17.
According to the police spokesman, the command is on top of the game, stressing that investigation is on-going to enable the victims regain freedom.
“Yes, investigation is on-going to rescue the victims,” he stated.
NAN recalls that the state Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, had visited the scene twice and had deployed marine components of the force to comb the creeks of the area in search of the abducted victims.https://nnn.ng/investigation-on-siasia-mothers-abduction-ongoing-police/
Kidnap victim recounts ordeal, urges govts to address insecurity
A kidnap victim, Mr Emenike Soronnadi, 50, has recounted his ordeal in the hands of his abductors, urging Federal and State Governments to urgently address issues of insecurity to safeguard lives of citizens.
Soronnadi, a husband and business man, was kidnapped on April 20, and held captive for 11 days before his release on May 10, 2020.
The victim told News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt that he was abducted from his wife’s shop in Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Rivers.
According to him, three men fully armed with AK47 assault rifles and shooting sporadically into the air forcibly took him away from his wife’s shop.
“I left my house around 5:40p.m to my wife’s shop in Woji town. At about 7:40p.m, three men stormed into the shop, shot into the air and whisked me away.
“The heavily armed kidnappers blindfolded and forcefully took me into their waiting car and drove away. They told me to cooperate with them otherwise they will shoot me.
“After about 30 minutes of driving, they transferred me into another waiting car. We later arrived to a community in Gokana council. There, I was kept in a house.
“Around midnight, they took me on a motorbike through a bush path to their camp. While still blindfolded, my abductors chained my legs and threatened to kill me,” he said.
Soronnadi further said that his abductors later told him that they were paid by someone to assassinate him.
However, he said the gunmen promised that they would not kill him on one condition that he pays them some millions of Naira as ransom.
The victim said the kidnappers requested phone numbers of his wife and friends, promising that he would not be tortured if family and friends should cooperate with them.
“The house that I was kept in was so unhygienic that I lost appetite to eat. I only took water until days later when they gave me garri and salt to drink.
“Later, they also gave me rice and red oil to eat. I could not eat other compromising foods that they were eating in the camp.
“After few days, I started plotting my escape, but later jettisoned the idea. I think some villagers living around the camp knew about the place and somehow profited from it,” he added.
Soronnadi said that on the day of his release, one of the hoodlums came into his cell around 7p.m, removed the bound on his legs and ordered him to put on his cloths.
“Thereafter, the kidnapper asked me to pray for him. He took me to a motor park in Bori town in Gokana; gave me back one of my phones and left.
“Unfortunately, I could not find any vehicle at the motor park going to Port Harcourt due to the lockdown and restriction of movements in the city.
“So, I called my wife, who immediately contacted my sister-in-law, a navy officer. My wife’s sister later picked me up and we arrived home around 11p.m.
“I am so grateful to God, my wife, my pastor, Chibuzor Chinyere of Omega Power Ministries and some friends for putting pressure on security agencies to secure my release from the kidnappers’ den,” he said.
The businessman wondered why he had remained a target by criminals after about 15 men broke into his house in 2013, tortured and shot him and his wife on their legs.
He said that he was worried with the level of insecurity in the state, urging the Federal Government to quickly address insecurity in the country.
He said the matter was reported to the police while he was held captive, saying the police was yet to invite him for debriefing after his release.
The spokesman of the Police Command in Rivers, DSP Nnamdi Omonim, who confirmed the incident, said no arrest had been made yet.
He said the police had launched full investigation into the matter and was currently on the trail of the kidnappers.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
German watchdog investigates payments company Wirecard Investigation
Germany’s financial watchdog, BaFin, said on Tuesday it was conducting multiple investigations into Wirecard, sending its shares lower and adding to pressure over allegations it has denied.
At 1309 GMT, Wirecard’s shares were 3.3 per cent lower, making them the biggest faller on the German blue-chip index.
They had risen on Monday following news it had reshuffled its management board and appointed a new compliance officer.
Wirecard has denied allegations including accounting irregularities and disclosure violations.
It said in a statement on Tuesday it was in regular contact with BaFin and fully supports requests for information.
“Wirecard is convinced that it has complied with all information obligations,’’ it said.
BaFin officials said they were looking at Wirecard’s reliability as the owner of Wirecard Bank, as well as at communication with investors ahead of the publication of a critical audit by KPMG.
BaFin President, Felix Hufeld, speaking by phone to journalists, declined to spell out the nature of each line of inquiry but said there had been multiple investigations.
“Of course, we are looking very closely at Wirecard,’’ Hufeld said.
“This is self-evident.’’
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)https://nnn.ng/german-watchdog-investigates/
Investigation of child abuse website leads to arrest of 16 in Australia
A two-year international investigation into a website where users pay for child abuse material has lead to the arrest of 16 people in Australia, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Monday.
Authorities were also able to remove four Australian children from further harm.
The investigation was initiated by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), who provided information to international police and child protection organisations.
HSI uncovered an illicit marketplace where users paid for access to child abuse material, and were able to provide user data leading to arrests in several countries including the United States and Australia.
Acting on the information, Australian police executed 18 search warrants, arresting 16 people on 738 charges and removing four children.
HSI Australia Attache Adam Parks said the current COVID-19 pandemic may place children at even higher risk.
“More so than ever, children are increasingly online for their schooling, to socialize with their friends and family, and to play games,” Parks said.
“Let this be a warning that law enforcement is undeterred by COVID-19 and remains on-duty to keep our children safe in Australia, the United States, and online.”
Victoria Police Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team manager Detective Acting Inspector Karen Bennett said perpetrators continued to act via extensive online networks, regardless of the considerable harm inflicted on victims.
“These crimes see people using significant established networks to share child abuse material and take advantage of vulnerable children. They have devastating impacts for victims and the wider community,” Bennett said.
“Victoria Police will continue working closely with partner agencies to address this considerable issue both in Australia and overseas.”
Lagos records COVID-19 death at Ayinke House, LASUTH- Investigation
CORONA VIRUS POSITIVE MORTALITY IN AYINKE HOUSE.
“A case of puerperal sepsis with a high index of suspicion of Covid-19 was admitted on Wednesday.
“LASUTH management was notified on Thursday about the suspicion.
“The normal protocol for testing was activated and the test was carried out. The patient eventually died this morning and the test came out positive.
“The corpse is awaiting evacuation to Yaba. The emergency unit where she was managed will be fumigated immediately and shut down for 48 hours.
“All the doctors and nurses as well as other health workers who came in contact with the patient are being audited regarding the practice of universal precautions.
“The news from HOD OB & Gyn is that it was unlikely any of them did not practice universal precautions since there was a high level of suspicion.
“In case we find any staff who came in contact without precautions, such staff will self isolate and be tested in five days time.
“The Honourable Commissioner for Health has been briefed about the development and is in total agreement with all the steps that we are taking.”
However, a call placed to the chief medical director by NAN was not answered.
Fabamwo, when contacted, responded to the SMS sent by NAN to get further details about the situation at the hospital.
He said: “You will need to be a bit patient for the Honourable Commissioners briefing.
“He will give information about the patient,” Fabamwo said.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye