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Three Lebanese kidnapped in Rivers regain freedom

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Three Lebanese nationals abducted in Rivers State on June 8,  have regained their freedom.

The expatriates of Raffoul Nigeria Limited were kidnapped by gunmen at construction site of the Andoni-Opobo-Unity road in the Andoni Local Governmnent Area of the State.

Spokesperson for the Rivers Police Command, who confirmed the development in a statement identified the rescued kidnap victims as as Engr. Tony Stephan, Chandy Lahoud and Emile Skaff.

“The victims were rescued as a result of the intense pressure mounted on them by the Police, complemented by the strategic role played by the Chairman of Andoni LGA, Hon. Lawrence Paul,” the Police spokesperson said.

He added that the victims have been debriefed and are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital, while efforts have been intensified to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and brought to justice.

However, the police didn’t state if ransom was paid before the abducted road workers were set free.

Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike had given Andoni Council of Chiefs a 72-Hour ultimatum  to ensure the immediate release of three kidnapped expatriates. 

Wike said failure to secure the release of the three expatriates kidnapped by Andoni youths at the expiration of the ultimatum,  he will formally withdraw the recognition of all Government  Chiefs in the Local Government Area and cancel the Andoni aspect of the Unity Road project. 

Governor Wike further stated that other communities across the State must take measures to protect contractors and workers executing projects for them. 

He said the same sanctions  will be meted out to other communities where Chiefs and leaders allow project contractors to be kidnapped by community  youths.

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Police Service Commission Confirms Appointment Of Six DIGs, Promotes 14 Commissioners To AIG

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The Nigeria Police Service Commission has confirmed the appointment and promotion of officers within the police force.

This is coming weeks after the row between the police force and police service commission.

The appointment and promotion was vetoed at the sixth Plenary Meeting held in Abuja.

The commission approved the appointment of six Deputy Inspectors General of Police, with two to proceed on pre-retirement leave.

The commission also approved the promotion of 230 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents, 11 Deputy Superintendents of Police to Superintendents and 211 Assistant Superintendents to Deputy Superintendents.

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Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Properties To Nigerian Government

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The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the temporary forfeiture of properties belonging to Bukola Saraki, former Senate President of Nigeria.

The two properties located at the Ikoyi area of the state were forfeited to the Nigerian Government following an ex-parte order by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Counsel to the EFCC, Nnaemeka Omewa, had sought an order for the interim forfeiture of the properties located on 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos.

He had told the court that they were acquired through “proceeds of unlawful activities”.

Part of the reliefs sought by the EFCC included: “An order of the court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity.”

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Bandits Displace 2,000 Villagers In 17 Kaduna Villages

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Bandits have displaced 17 villages in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

The incident, which was said to have happened on Sunday, led to the displacement of about 2,000, persons, who have since taken refuge at LEA Birnin Yero Primary School.

One of the victims and village head of Unguwan Gibe, Jibrin Abdullahi, said, “Bandits came to our village to attack us at about 1:00pm on Sunday.

“The problem started when vigilante decided to help the community to deal with the bandits in their hideout.

“The bandits don’t allow us to go to farm, the vigilantes wanted to bring an end to this.

“But when they reached the bandits’ hideout, they were overpowered and the bandits said since the community had decided to attack them, we will not have peace.”

He identified the villages that were displaced to include Tura, Unguwan Gebi, Unguwan Dangauta, Unguwan Nayawu, Unguwan Makeri, Jagani and Sabon Gida.

Others are, Dallatu, Unguwan Alhaji Ahmadu, Sabon Gari, Kusau, Gidan Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Pati, Unguwan Tofa and Sauran Giwa.

Chief Imam of Izala Mosque, Ibrahim Usman, said the bandits had been terrorising the community even before Sunday’s attack and called on government to intervene to enable them return home.

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