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Oyo State: Police Rescue Abducted Quarry Workers In Ibadan

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The three workers kidnapped from a quarry site in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital have regained their freedom, Naija News 247 News Reports.

Report earlier declared that three workers of Megabolex Quarry in Idi Ayunre area of Ibadan and a commuter were kidnapped last Tuesday.

Our correspondent has, however, learnt that the four people have been released by their abductors, It was gathered that they were released on Friday.

The four victims were rescued at about 6:20 p.m on Friday by the police, who had been combing the forest in the area.

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The was disclosed in press statement released by Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr. Adewale Osifeso, on Saturday.

Osifeso added that the victims have been reunited with their families.

He said, “Yesterday, 09/04/2021 at 6:20pm, as a result of ceaseless and continuous combing of neighbouring bushes and abandoned structures by a combined team of personnel from the anti-kidnapping squad and local vigilantes, exerting pressure on the abductors by closing in on them along Ibadan/ Ijebu-Ode Road, we have successfully rescued alive all the victims of the 6/4/2021 abduction.

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“They have been reunited with their families while investigation is on top gear to track down the abductors. Subsequent developments would be communicated,” he added.

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The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has restrained Peter Obi’s Labour Party (LP) and its supporters from using the Lekki Tollgate as a base to hold the ‘Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally’.

This followed a lawsuit filed by a group of legal practitioners, who sought to halt the rally, specifically in Lagos, Nigeria’s most popular metropolitan city, to avoid a reminiscence of the #EndSARS protest in 2020.

The lawyers, through their lead counsel, Temilola Awosika, had filed a motion at the Federal High Court, asking that Mr Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, be barred from using the Lekki Tollgate for their rally.

They told the court that holding the rally would cause a breakdown of peace and will result in post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.

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In the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1729/2022; Mr Obi, Labour Party, Mr Baba-Ahmed, the Inspector General of Police, police commissioner in Lagos, SSS director-general, Lekki Concession Company Limited, Lagos attorney-general and the governor of Lagos, were among those joined as defendants in the case.

Mr Obi’s supporters had fixed Friday, October 1, 2022, for the rally to draw support for their preferred candidate.

Ruling on Wednesday, Justice Daniel Osiagor asked the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, to ensure compliance with the court order.

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Mr Osiagor held that while Mr Obi’s supporters cannot stop at the Lekki toll gate, they can pass through the venue to access Falomo Bridge and other venues at which the rally plans to meet.

However, a preliminary objection filed by the defendants seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction could not be entertained.

The parties to the suit claimed they were yet to be served.

The Federal High Court later adjourned the hearing of the substantive suit to November 4, 2022.

Supporters of Mr Obi, who branded themselves as ‘Obidient’ have being holding rallies in Nigeria’s major towns, to garner support ahead of the 2023 general election.

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Inspector General of Police Usman Baba says the police was working to sustain the improvements recorded in the conduct of security personnel at the Osun, Ekiti and Anambra off-cycle polls ahead of the 2023 general election.

Mr Baba, represented by DCP Basil Idegwu, the head of Police Federal Operation, said this at a security policy dialogue entitled “2022 General Election: Insecurity as a threat to constitutional succession”, organised by Cleen Foundation in partnership with Ford Foundation on Wednesday in Abuja.

“We have received great commendation both from international observers and local observers on the conduct and role of security agencies at the Ekiti and Osun election,” Mr Baba said. “This shows the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to ensure a credible election come 2023.”

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He reassured that the police will work with sister security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election.

“However, it is imperative to note that in matters of security, every citizen is a stakeholder, and that is why this initiative organised to dialogue is highly commended because all hands must be on deck to ensure that the current insecurity is fought to stand still in the country,” he said.

Mr Baba said using the successes recorded in Edo, Ondo and Anambra elections, the police would ensure the peaceful conduct of the 2023 poll.

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He said the police had implemented a series of training for its officers and men to strengthen the security response mechanism,

Gad Peter, Cleen Foundation executive director, urged the police and other security agencies to develop a comprehensive public safety and security roadmap toward the general election.

Mr Peter stated that the dialogue was necessitated by the growth in scale, spread and sophistication of violent threats in the country.

“Security threats such as terrorism, insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, militancy, separatist agitation, farmer-herdsmen clashes, cultism, and proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW),” the CLEEN boss explained. “As well as threatening comments from some non-state armed groups, among others, have increased tension in the country and remain one of the greatest challenges in the build-up to the 2023 general elections if unaddressed.”

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Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has given reasons he did not attend the book launch by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday.

Anyaoku said he was not formally invited to the event and was not consulted before his name was published as a special guest of honour.

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According to Anyaoku, an announcement was made in the media which indicated that he would be a Special Guest of Honour at Atiku Abubakar’s book presentation scheduled for September 28 at Chida Hotels Events Centre in Abuja.

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In a statement, Chief Anyaoku said nobody formally consulted him and he never agree to attend the event, adding that he remains nonpartisan while praying for the emergence of a competent leader next year.

The statement read: “My attention has been drawn to the announcement in This Day newspaper of 26/9/22 that I would be a Special Guest of Honour at Atiku Abubakar’s book presentation scheduled for 28th September at Chida Hotels Events Centre in Abuja.

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“Given the understandable propensity to read political meanings in public associations at this time of competition by political parties in the context of 2023 national elections, I wish to unequivocally state that nobody sought and obtained my agreement to be present at this particular book presentation.

“I have accepted the unreserved apologies rendered to me by the organizers of the event, and wish to reiterate that I remain non-partisan in praying that my country Nigeria will in 2023 elect people of proven competence and character whose sole mission will be to serve the national interests.”

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