Police in Ondo State say they have arrested two 35-year-old serial kidnappers, Olaoye Oluwatosin and Taiwo Olamide.
The suspects allegedly kidnapped three persons in Ofosu, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State between 2021 and 2022. Police spokesperson, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, paraded the duo before newsmen on Tuesday in Akure.
Odunlami said they kidnapped one Mrs Folasade Akinloye from her shop at Ofosu on Aug. 28, 2022 at 10:40 p.
m. using an ash colour Toyota Camry with registration number AKD 797 AP.
During investigation, it was discovered that the suspects were also responsible for the kidnap one Mrs Folasade Akinselure on July 13, 2021 and that of Ms Stella Stephen on March 9, 2022. “They confessed to committing the crime.
The victims were rescued unhurt.
“Police also recovered the Toyota Camry car and two cutlasses the suspects used in committing the crime from them,’’ Odunlami said.
She assured that the suspects would be arraigned after further investigation.
Odunlami also told newsmen that the police arrested one Adesina Shittu of Aule in Akure for theft and for faking his own kidnap.
She explained that a complainant reported to the police that he gave a Bajaj tricycle valued N1.6 million to Shittu for use as a commercial vehicle.
Shittu was supposed to be delivering N4,000 to the complainant on daily basis.
“Three days later, Shittu called the complainant and claimed that he was kidnapped, and that the complainant should assist him to pay the ransom to secure his release.
“During investigation, forensic analysis showed that the suspect was in Badagry, Lagos State and not at Igoba in Akure where he claimed he was being held hostage,’’ she said.
Odunlami said Shittu was arrested with the tricycle and taken back to Akure.
Shittu would also be arraigned soon, the police spokesperson assured.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ore Unit Command in Ondo State, urged motorists to be patient and avoid speeding on the expressway to avoid unnessary crashes.
Mr Sikiru Alonge the unit commander, made the call while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, confirming an accident where 12 people escaped death.
He said that six of the 12 victims sustained injuries in the accident which occured in Lasia town, Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.
Alonge said that the accident involved a Toyota Picnic space bus marked Ogun AKD 297 XD and a Toyota Camry salon car marked Lagos FKJ 852 BD.
“12 people, including six males, five females and a child escaped death in a ghastly motor accident today, only six of them sustained injuries.
“That corridor of the road is narrow and that is why motorists must always exercise patience and avoid speeding which are the major causes of accidents, especially during the rainy season,” Alonge said.
He also warned motorists to ensure compliance with traffic rules, to be alive for their families.
He, however, said that the injured victims in the accident had been taken to Opeyemi Hospital, Ore, while the Police cleared the carcass of the vehicles from accident scene.
NAN reports that no fewer than 13 people died in eight accidents recorded on Lagos-Ore, Ore-Okitipupa and Ore-Ondo expressways in the last three weeks.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested one suspect and impounded two vehicles conveying 1, 500 litres of suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil in Akwa Ibom.
Mr Suleiman Marafa, the Commandant of the corps in the state, said at a media briefing in Uyo on Wednesday.
Marafa said the suspect, aged 36, was arrested by NSCDC operatives in Akwa Ibom on Aug. 19, along Ikot Abasi-Port Harcourt highway while bringing in the product from Ogoni creeks in Rivers.
He explained that the second suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled on sighting operatives of the corps, adding that the two vehicles seized were registered AKD 940 EG and ART 994 AA.
The commandant said that the suspects concealed the product in cellophane bags tucked inside the booths of their vehicle to beat security checks.
Marafa assured that the NSCDC would continue to pursue and apprehend criminals sabotaging the nation’s economy.
“The Corps under my watch will not relent in hunting oil thieves and vandals who are sabotaging the Nigerian economy.
“We have increased surveillance and patrol in identified flashpoints.
I want to assure you that it’s not going to be business as usual for criminals and enemies of the state.
“The suspect will be arraigned in court soonest, where he will answer for his crime.
I want to appeal to our youths to desist from crime,” Marafa said.
A 23-year-old driver, Habib Gbadamosi, was on Tuesday docked before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan for allegedly causing the death of a 55-year-old man.
Gbadamosi whose home address was not presented was docked on a count charge of reckless driving; causing death.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Defence Counsel, Mr D.
Adesanya asked the court to admit his client to bail on liberal terms.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Munirat Giwa -Babalola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million, with one surety in like sum.
Babalola adjourned the case until Nov.14, for hearing.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Olufemi Omilana told the court that Gbadamosi on July 30, being the driver in charge of one Lexus Saloon car marked: AKD 808 HG allegedly drove it on public highway in a dangerous and reckless manner.
Omilana said Gbadamosi allegedly committed the offence on July 30 about 7:00 a.
m. at Poly Junction on Sango Road, Ibadan, He said the defendant allegedly having no regard to all circumstances of other road users caused the death of l Oladosu of Surulere area, Sango, Ibadan.
He said the offence contravened Section 3 (E) of Road Traffic Act, Vol. II, Cap 142 of Oyo State, 2000.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command, on Sunday said that a passerby died in a multiple accident that involved three vehicles at Toll-Gate on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Ahmed Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun, that five others were unhurt in the accident which occurred at about 10.10 p.m. on Saturday.
Umar explained that the accident involved three vehicles, which incclude Toyota Camry marked AKD 670 HF, a Pick-up TATA and a truck, both without registration number.
The Sector Commander explained further that six persons were involved in the crash, which led to the death of a person(passerby) and five people were unhurt.
“The corpse of the victim was deposited at the morgue of General Hospital, Ifo, “he said.
Umar attributed the unfortunate accident to mechanical deficiency, speeding and brake failure of the truck.
He said the truck rammed into two other vehicles, hitting the passerby and plunged into the river.
The FRSC Officer advised motorists to always get their vehicles in good condition before putting them on the highways.
He also cautioned them against excessive speed that could lead to loss of lives on the highways.
Anambra State Police Command officers killed two suspected members of an armed gang terrorizing the state during a gun duel along Obosi Nkpor road near Obosi town hall.
The spokesman for the Command, Ikenga Tochukwu, who said so yesterday in a statement, said that the superior fire of the operatives made the criminals flee the scene in a Toyota Hiace bus and a motorcycle.
Ikenga said items recovered from the assailants include: a bomb, a locally made pistol and a red Toyota Corolla marked: AKD 303 DW.
He said: “Anambra State Police operatives while patrolling along Obosi Nkpor road next to Obosi town hall at around 11:39pm on 6/26/2022, they accosted a gang of armed men on a bus. White Toyota Hiace, Red Toyota Corolla. car and a motorcycle.
“Agents engaged the gunmen in a shootout, neutralized two of the thugs and recovered a bomb, a locally made pistol and a red Toyota Corolla marked AKD 303 DW.
"During a gunfight with the thugs, the Operatives' fire superiority caused the assailants to flee the scene with the Toyota Hiace bus and a motorcycle."
He said police have stepped up patrolling the area and enhanced operational activities to respond to calls for help, especially to arrest other fleeing gang members.
In another development, Ikenga revealed that police while patrolling Central School Road, Umusiomen Nkpor, Ogidi recovered a white Mercedes Benz 350 marked: RSH 836 BE which is suspected of being abandoned by criminal elements.
Ikenga, in a statement, said that officers around 11:00 p.m. on June 26, while patrolling Central School Road, Umusiomen Nkpor, Ogidi, recovered a white Mercedes Benz 350 marked: RSH 836 BE, suspected of having been abandoned. by criminals. items.
“In addition, police officers at around 4:30 pm on June 28 rescued two suspects, namely Okoye Stephen, 19, and Chukwuemeka Nwudo, 27, from the mob action at Zik's Avenue Awka.
“The suspects were caught armed with a locally made pistol in an attempt to rob a young woman of her cash after withdrawing money from an ATM.
“The suspects had already been beaten to the core by the angry mob before the police rescued them.
"Police officers also recovered a locally made pistol and a live cartridge from the criminals," it added.
MEANWHILE, Commissioner of Police Echeng Echeng, in ordering Operatives to keep up the pace of fighting violent crime in the state, reiterated advocacy against mob action and justice in the jungle.
He encouraged the public to bring suspects to police stations whenever they are arrested, adding that it will help the police conduct proper investigations into the activities of suspects and bring them to justice in accordance with existing laws.