Reports coming in indicate gunmen assassinate councillorship candidate and kidnap two others ahead of the upcoming local government elections, in Delta State.
With unabated insecurity challenges in the country, this comes as no surprise to many.
The victim is identified as Mr. Elliot Offa was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.
The gunmen also abducted two others who were with the deceased at the time of the incident.
The incident occurred along the Jesse/Oben road, a boundary between Delta and Edo State.
It was learned that the deceased and the two others were returning from the Office of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, Asaba when the gunmen ambushed, shot sporadically, and killed the deceased.
Fatality as gunmen assassinate councillorship candidate
The deceased was the immediate past Supervisory Councillor on Environment of Ethiope-West Local Government Council.
When contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirmed the report saying. “They said it happened in Edo State, not Delta State.”
As at the time of this publication, the police were yet to make an arrest.
Court remands man, 38, Over Alleged Abduction, Defilement In Lagos
A 38-year-old man, Akinwale Akinfolarin, who allegedly abducted and defiled a 17-year-old girl, was on Friday remanded in custody by an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Akinfolarin is standing trial on a three-count charge, bordering on abduction and defilement.
The plea of the defendant was not taken.
The Magistrate, Mr E. O. Ogunkanmi, however, remanded him at the Correctional Centre and ordered that the case file be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
“The plea of the defendant was not taken due to the nature of the offence.
“The defendant is at liberty to seek bail at the high court.
“The defendant is remanded in custody and the case is adjourned till March 23, for DPP’s legal advice,” Ogunkanmi said.
Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Kenneth Asibor, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 9 and Jan. 17, at No. 54, Rasaq Okunila Ave., Ijegemo Road, Lagos.
He said that on Jan. 9, the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by sexually harassing a 17-year-old girl.
“However, on Jan. 17, the defendant abducted the said girl and kept her in his custody for a day without the consent of her parents.
“He defiled the girl by having sexual intercourse with her,’’ Asibor said.
According to him, the offence contravened sections 137, 141 (1) and 168(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 provides life imprison as punishment for defilement, Section 141 provides two years imprison while Section 168 provides three months imprison or payment of a fine.
Ex – Bauchi Lawmaker Abducted By Suspected Gunmen
With unabated crimes by Suspected criminals in Nigeria gaining momentum, on Thursday night, a former member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abdulmumuni Ningi was kidnap by men of underworld.
This was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer in Bauchi, Ahmed Wakil, on Friday morning.
Wakil said the gunmen abducted the lawmaker within Bauchi metropolis and drove away in their own vehicle.
According to him, men of the force are working hard to ensure that they get to the root of the situation and rescue the victim safely.
He also urged residents to be more security conscious, and take note of vehicles and motorcycles that may be trailing them.
“Yes, it is true. A former member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly who represented Ningi Constituency was kidnapped on Thursday at about 8pm within Bauchi metropolis.
“According to the information we received, he was trailed by his abductors who were four in number in a gold coloured car.
“They followed him to his house which is located around Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme area at Isa Yuguda Guest House within the metropolis.
“As of this morning they have not called yet but our men are working hard to get to the root of the situation and rescue him safely,” he said.
Chairman Ijumu LGC Led Vigilantes, Ondo Amotekun to Criminals den, Arrests 10 Notorious Kidnappers
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Chairman of Ijumu Local Government Council of Kogi State, Hon. Taufiq Isa on Wednesday led a team of Vigilantes and Ondo State Amotekun to arrest notorious Kidnappers in their hideout, along Ayere-. Ajowa road, the border between Ondo and Kogi states.
The Council Chairman, who was recently elected is also the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments Of Nigeria (ALGON), Kogi state chapter and in his determination to rid the area of criminals, personally led the patrol into the dens and hideouts of the men of underworld.
Before the commencement of the joint operation, Alhaji Taufiq Isa met with the Executive Chairman of Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State as well as commanders of Amotekun from Ondo state for collaboration in combating crimes at the border between the two states.
During the operation, ten suspects were arrested, three of them from Kogi State who have been handed over to the security agencies in the State, while others have been taken away by the Amotekun to Ondo State.
Hon Isa who thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for providing every logistics needed to fight insecurity in the State, promised to do his best and will never let him down.
Residents along the border settlements of the two states have suffered a lot of attacks by robbers, kidnappers and gunmen who had made life unbearable for the people of the area.
Scores of travellers and motorists from the Northern part of the country to the South lost their lives and properties worth billions of naira to the hoodlums.
Despite deployment of police and security personnel to the affected areas, the criminals became more emboldened, a situation that prompted the joint operation of the vigilantes and the Amotekun from Ondo state to be mobilised for the operation
The Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, while swearing in the newly elected Chairmen recently tasked them on the ugly security situation in the state urging them to be more conscious of the activities of criminals and proactive to defeat them by all means.
Already vigilante outfits have been established in all 21 local government areas of the state, comprising hunters, volunteers and gallant youths.
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