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Nasarawa man plans own kidnap after his business collapsed

A businessman, Abdullahi Mohammed, whose businesses reportedly collapsed, and conspired with his friend, Haruna Saidu, to staged his own kidnap in order to force his family to pay ransom, has been arrested by the Police.

The Police in Bauchi disclosed this yesterday, during the parade of 86 suspects arrested in 13 days for various offences across the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Abubakar Kamal, said Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed of Nassarawa State allegedly planned his own kidnap.

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Kamal said one Tijjani Mohammed of Sabon Fegi in Lafia town, Nasarawa State, had on May 12, reported at the Lafia Police Area Command that his brother, Abdullahi Mohammed, left home for business in Kano.

He said Tijjani told the Police that Abdullahi later called and informed him that he and others were kidnapped near Gusau, while on their business trip to Zamfara State.

Kamal said Abdullahi told Tijjani that the abductors demanded a ransom of N10 million and directed the family to deliver the ransom for his release.

He emphasised that Tijjani said the ransom was later reduced to N1 million and the abductors directed that the money be brought to Bauchi State.

Kamal said the command operatives attached to Anti-Kidnapping Squad later arrested one Haruna Saidu of Gamawa council in Bauchi State, who had come to collect the ransom.

He said further that investigation by the operatives led to the discovery of the alleged abductor (Haruna Saidu), and victim (Abdullahi Mohammed) at the residence of the alleged kidnapper, Haruna Saidu.

“Investigation revealed that Abdullahi Mohammed, a businessman, after his businesses collapsed, conspired with his friend Haruna Saidu and staged a false kidnapping in order to force his family to pay ransom,” Kamal said.

He said the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation.




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Shipping: Maritime Academy rector advocates jail-terms for gender discrimination

By Godwin Orirse

The Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Commodore Duja Effedua (rtd), has called for sanctions, including jail-terms for operators who discriminate against or abuse female workforce on board ships in Nigeria.

He also charged ship-owners to employ more females in their workforce in line with the theme of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2019 Day of the Seafarers which states, “On-board with gender equality”.

Speaking to Maritime journalists on the sidelines of the event organised by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Lagos, the MAN rector explained that the academy is on-board with gender equality.

He stated: “Anybody that believes that men are still intellectually superior to their female counterparts is still living in the past. We have seen female pilots, Generals, Admirals, Air Vice Marshals. We have seen female Captains commanding very large merchant ships. These should be role models to the younger females that we have now.”On my own part, I am on-board with gender equality. I have always encouraged it at the academy.

In our last admission, 29 female cadets applied for admission, and we took 28 out of the 29 that applied. The only one that was not taken was down to her medical condition. In the process of admission, we did not lower the bar just to get them in. The girls were academically sound. They were not inferior to their male counterparts.

“They have been there for about eight months now and they are doing quite fine.”I will advise ship-owners to consider more women in the new design of ships they are acquiring. Even old ships could be re-fleeted to accommodate for more females accommodation on-board.

“The issue of sexual harassment against female workers on-board vessels should attract jail-terms. I don’t think it’s fair or right to abuse women in whatever form.”



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Omeruo: I’ll cherish my first AFCON goal forever

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has revealed that he will cherish his first ever tournament goal for a long time to come.

Omeruo, scored the only goal of the Super Eagles group B match against Guinea in the 73rd minute to see Nigeria through to the round of 16.

“I will ever cherish my first AFCON goal for the Super Eagles in the ongoing AFCON tournament.”

“We needed a goal and it came at the right time, we have so far defended well which have yielded us two clean straight sheets in the ongoing tournament which is good for our confidence as a team.”

“As a defender I’m glad, we are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.”

“We will keep pushing because it is glaring there are no small teams in African football anymore and that is the reason for the slim victory in the first match against Burundi which ended 1 nil in our favour, this match against Guinea also that ended in 1 nil victory for us.

“The most important thing is that we have gotten the six points that progresses us to the next round of the tournament.

“We are not talking about the cup for now, we just want to remain focused and also not distracted as well, but we are effectively working hard to see what the future holds for us in this ongoing tournament” Kenneth Omeruo concluded.




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