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Bandits Set Free 43 Abducted Worshippers In Zamfara State

Suspected bandits, who was said to have kidnapped 44 Worshippers at a Jumu’at mosque, in the Zugu area of Zamfara State, have unfortunately killed one of the abducted victims and released the 43 victims remained in their custody.

The victim identified as 23-year-old “Babangida Muhammadu”.

Among those that were set free include the children of a political party chieftain, Alhaji Junaidu, whose sons were also abducted recently.

The victims were kidnapped last Friday September 2, 2022, and the families of the victims were said to have gathered funds, for about N5 million, that was requested by the bandits.

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The spokesperson for the Zamfara State Police Command, “SP Muhammed Shehu”, confirmed the release of the victims, and went further to denied the report of any dead victim or ransom was paid.

“The command is aware that all the victims have been released, but I am not aware that anyone was killed or that any ransom was paid”, he said, adding that the state police command had been working tirelessly to secure the state including worship centres.

He however noted that the bad incident at Zugu occurred because it is an outskirt area of the state with fewer inhabitants.

The police added that the major challenge encountered in the state is that of Informants are releasing relevant security information to the bandits.

Reports says that Bakura, Bukkuyum and Gummi Local Government Areas of state have recently been witnessing multiple attacks by bandits, who kill and kidnap the innocent residents of the area.

In the meantime, the state government said it had dialogues with the nine bandits’ camps in Magami, Dansadau Emirate in Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of the state.

It was also gathered that the bandits kingpin “Bello Turji” had accepted the peace proposal which is why sanity is gradually restoring to Shinkafi, Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State, Northwest, Nigeria.

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Sunday Igboho Restricted Movement To Cotonou Amid Release By Benin Republic Govt

 

Shortly after the released of Yoruba nation agitator “Sunday Igboho”, authorities at the Republic of Benin have restricted his movement to Cotonou despite releasing him from detention.

Igbobo was set free on Monday but his counsel, “Chief Yomi Aliyyu (SAN)”, had in a text message to react to inquiry about Igboho’s movement said the condition outlined by the government of the country was that he should not depart Cotonou for any reason.

Aliyyu said the Yoruba Nation agitator, who was arraigned on July 19, 2021 was set free to his medical doctors obviously to undergo medical treatment.

He statement,
“This is to inform you that Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa has been released from prison to his medical practitioners under the agreement that he should not leave the medical centre or Cotonou for any reason.”

“Praises should be given to two prominent Yoruba personalities to wit Prof Wole Soyinka and Prof ( Banji) Akintoye for this turn around in our client’s matter.”

Recall that igboho’s counsel had in October 2021 expresses his concern in an interview with BBC Yoruba that Igboho was diagnosed with kidney problem.

However, Aliyyu said Igboho developed the illness while he was detention and had been critically ill.

Chief Aliyyu said,

“Igboho was not diagnosed with this sickness before he was arrested in Cotonou. It was so critical that they had to rush him to the hospital.

“I can’t tell if he has been returned to the prison from the hospital but what I know is, he’s battling ill health and it seems his kidney and lungs are already being affected.

“Even though I cannot tell which part of his body the sickness has really affected, I know it has to do with his internal organs.”

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