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We were treated, flogged like cows – OOU law graduate narrates ordeal in kidnappers den

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Motunrayo Rafiu, a graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, who regained her freedom last Sunday after spending six days in the den of kidnappers has narrated her ordeal.

She was released after her family paid a ransom of N1 million.

She told ThePunch that her abductors were Fulani herdsmen who disguised in army uniform.

Motunrayo Rafiu was abducted on February 4, 2020, by suspected kidnappers in the Kabba area of Kogi State, while she was on her way to resume at the Abuja campus of the Nigerian Law School.

It was gathered that when Rafiu could not be reached on her telephone, she was declared missing by her friends, who posted her pictures on social media.

Rafiu, who spent six days in the kidnappers’ den, was released on Sunday

Narrating her ordeal in the den of her abductors, the 22-year-old noted that she and other victims were made to walk barefooted in what she described as a wilderness.

She said,

“While on my way to resume at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, just before Obajana in Kogi State, we saw that some people numbering about 20 in army uniform blocked the road and we thought that they were soldiers on a routine patrol. But all of a sudden, they started shooting continuously and everybody ran for safety. They, however, caught up with us.

“At first, I wondered if they were Boko Haram insurgents or Fulani herdsmen because they wore masks and had sophisticated guns. You don’t have a choice but to cooperate with them.

“Eight people were abducted and we were made to trek into the wilderness. We trekked and climbed rocks barefooted for the six days we spent in their den; we were treated like cows. If you dared to walk behind them, they would flog you as if they were dealing with cows.

“When we got to their base, some of their workers that also rear cows came to greet them and they started dishing out instructions to the workers. I was made to cook food for the rest of the passengers; we were given rice and palm oil to eat.

“I only urinated three times for the whole six days because we had to take permission before we could do anything. While I was there, I believed that I would come out alive; I encouraged the other victims.”

On the ransom, Rafiu said:

“When they demanded N5m from my family, I told them the situation of things at home and where my mother works so the ransom was reduced to N1m, while others paid N2m and above, depending on their status. No one should go through this kind of experience.”

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Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye, Princess Toyin Kolade Sets To Celebrate Aje Festival 2020 In Grand Style

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The ancient and historical city of Ile Ife will be a Mecca of sorts on the 24th of February 2020 when the annual Aje Festival will commence.

The epoch event will begin with spiritual prayers and cleansing of the entire Ife kingdom at the palace of the Ooni before other activities proceed.

Having as the chief host, the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi ojaja II and Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade as host, the 2020 Aje Festival will no doubt herald a new breath of life into the commercial and economic activities not only in Ile Ife and environs, but throughout Yorubaland and the whole of Nigeria.

Prayers are going to be offered by top spiritual leaders, royal fathers and religious leaders. This is meant for the Almighty God to intervene into economic brouhaha bedeviling the growth and rapid development of Nigeria

The Aje Festival is going to be an All-White attires affair symbolizing purity, peace, unity and progressiveness. Market women and men are also expected to display their farm product, food stuffs, goods and products for the array of visitors who trooped into the Cradle of Yoruba Race to savour the natural gift bestowed upon the flourishing land of Ile Ife.

There will be enough merry making and fun with lots of entertainment and dining/wining to make the 2020 Aje Festival a memorable and indelible event.

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Culture, Class And Panache In The Mix As Aderinola Iyaniwura & Sammie Osamuede’s traditional wedding Shakes Lagos

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Culture, class and panache were on display as the duo of former Miss Aderinola iyaniwura ireyomi and Mr sammie Osamuede Imasuen were joined as a couple at a high class traditional wedding ceremony, which held with fanfare at the prestigious Landmark Event Centre, Water Corporation Drive, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Parents of the bride Barrister (Mrs.) Bolaji Elizabeth and Dr. Adeolu Akinlawon Ireyomi were full of appreciation to the family members, friends and well wishers, who serenaded them on their day of joy.

Preparation is in top gear for the white wedding, which is scheduled to hold on 1st of May, 2020 in Canada.

Colour of the day for the anticipated octane event is silver and Emerald Green.

The couple actually resides in Canada, where they are making waves in their chosen professions.

Below are exclusive images from the wedding ceremony

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SUG President Says He Was Charmed To Secret Cult Initiation Ground

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The Students Union President of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Adegboye Olatunji has denied membership of any secret cult, saying he was charmed and taken for the initiation.

Olatunji was arrested during a cult meeting, putting on the regalia of the secret cult, Neo Black Axe Movement, by the police allegedly following a tip off from the public.

After his arrest, the institution suspended him and the Students’ Representative Council of the institution also suspended him from office.

Parading the SUG president and 77 suspected criminals, at the Police headquarters, the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson disclosed that Olatunji confessed to involvement in cultism, saying “He was apprehended with his regalia and we have refused to let him pull it off so that he doesn’t deny, and you can see it for yourself.”

Speaking with journalists, Olatunji said, “I never confessed any of such thing to him (referring to the Police Commissioner).

Explaining how he got to the bush, the day he was arrested, he said, “I don’t know how I got into the bush. I was charmed, I don’t know how it happened.

“Before I knew what was happening, they have started beating me. What I heard was that ‘I know how to fight on behalf of students that house rent is high,’ that’s what I heard and they tore my clothes, put me inside the boot and took me to school.

“I was going to the church around 7 am on Sunday, I left the school’s hostel. When I was leaving, I greeted the security man and told him that I will be back probably at 3 pm, that my brother called me to come for the service and I want to rush there.

“I sent a message to the choir coordinator of my church that I am going to Judah parish, in llaro, my Rector is also going to that church and he hates anything cultism.”

“They didn’t fight for me because they didn’t make their proper findings. If I was shot dead there, that’s how they will say that the SU president has gone.”

Questioning the other suspect arrested alongside Olatunji, he said, “I am not a cultist, I didn’t see him (SUG President) before we were brought here, I swear to God who made me, I don’t know how I got to the bush.”

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