TODDLER SAVED FROM KIDNAPPERS IN BENUE
Vigilante operatives in Nakar village, Gwer West Local Government of Benue State has apprehended two boys who are suspected to have kidnapped a three year old girl.
The kidnappers were heading to Edo State with the toddler when they were apprehended.
Investigations are ongoing to identify the parents of the girl who is believed to be of Tiv origin according to a Facebook post.
Written by Oche Onu
BSU Student Found Dead Days After Missing
A 300-level student of Benue State University (BSU), Erekaa Naomi Dooshima, has been found dead few days after she was declared missing.
On Tuesday, Ukan Kurugh, the Benue activist, raised the alarm over the whereabouts of the student.
In a post on his verified Facebook page, Kurugh said her identity card, phone, and blood-stained clothes were found in Markudi, the state capital.
“Missing person: A girl by name Erekaa Naomi Dooshima with her Facebook user name “Affection Erikz” is missing, her clothes stained with blood, her phone, identity card were found around Rahama clinic opposite medical school Makurdi. She is a 300-level mass communication student at the Benue State University,” he wrote.
“If anybody has any useful information about her, please contact the nearest police station or the university authority for immediate action.”
In a follow-up post, the activist said the student had been found dead.
Kurugh said the lady’s corpse was found in a fenced land in Markudi and was exhumed by police operatives.
“The corpse of this young lady by name Erekaa Naomi Dooshima I made a post about her missing yesterday has been found in a fenced land behind Bolek Filling State after medical school and is currently been exhumed by men of the Nigeria Police Force Makurdi Benue state,” he added.
The state police spokesperson, Sewuese Anene confirmed the development.
Anene, however, said there is an ongoing investigation to get more details on the incident.
“Yes, we recovered a lady’s corpse yesterday (Wednesday). But I don’t have much details about her at the moment,” she said.
BENUE RESTRICTS COMMERCIAL MOTORCYCLISTS
The Benue State Security Council has restricted the operations of commercial motorcycles, also known as Okada in the state.
Henceforth, commercial motorcycle operators would only be allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm everyday until further notice.
The security council took the decision at its emergency held on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Governor Ortom stated however that the earlier outright ban on the use of motorcycles in the Sankera geopolitical zone comprising Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum still subsists.
He said the decision followed the recent security alarm raised by the Nasarawa State government and what is happening in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and other parts of the country.
The Governor emphasized that the decision to restrict the activities of commercial motorcycles was aimed at nipping in the bud the resurgence of criminal elements suspected to be moving into the state.
The Governor stated that security agencies in the state have been mandated to enforce the new regulations, saying stiff penalties such as arrest and prosecution awaits anyone found flouting the order.
The security council also resolved that all heavy-duty vehicles coming into the state, with covered tarpaulins would be searched at designated checkpoints along routes in and out of the state with the contents thoroughly checked before being allowed to pass.
He also disclosed that the 500 personnel of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, which will be formally launched on Thursday, August 4th, 2022 to complement conventional security agencies in the state have been trained and kitted with an additional five hundred expected to begin training next week.
The Governor who said the Community Volunteer Guards would work with the traditional rulers and other security agencies in fighting crime expressed optimism that being members of the communities, it would be easier for them to fish out criminals.
Governor Ortom noted that the Security Council also approved a committee headed by the SSG, Professor Tony Ijohor to work towards regulating the activities of miners, which he said have been causing environmental hazards.
Other members of the committee include the Commissioner for Lands and Solid Minerals, Hon. Bernard Unenge, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Micheal Gusah and Adviser on Mining, Andrew Kputu as well as the chairmen and second class chiefs of Gboko, Kwande, Ogbadibo and Logo as members.
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August 3rd, 2022
67-Year-Old Man Attempts To Jump Into Lagos Lagoon After Losing Job
A 67-year-old man, Oluwatoye Bamgboye, decided to end it all on his 67th birthday by attempting to jump into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos.
He was however rescued by officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command patrolling the axis on Tuesday afternoon.
Bamgboye, who hails from Oju-Ore in Ogun State, said he was frustrated and wanted to end it all having lost a job he newly secured.
He said he had secured the job only to be told that it had been given to someone else on the day he resumed.
Bamgboye, in a statement by the RRS, said a personal challenge made him sell his house, land and car yet he couldn’t solve the problem.
He added that he obtained a loan but the problem still persisted.
“He explained further that, he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else,” the statement added.
“Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration is too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process,” Bamgboye was quoted in the statement.
The police said he had been conveyed to the Adekunle Police Station, adding that efforts were in progress to contact his family members.