Eight abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Awon, Kachia Local government area of Kaduna state have escaped from their abductors.
Recall that armed gunmen on the Third of April 2023 kidnapped the girls together with other villagers.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan confirmed this development in a statement on Tuesday.
He said that the students escaped from a thick forest around the Kaduna – Niger interstate boundaries, and walked for days before arriving at a location where they were received.
He however did not disclose the name of the place citing security reasons.
According to the commissioner, the students have been safely evacuated to a military facility where they are presently receiving medical attention.
Governor El-Rufai has expressed his delight over the development and has praised the students for demonstrating sheer courage and resilience in making their escape from captivity.
Police bust Child kidnapping syndicate in Enugu
Police Operatives serving in SWAT of Enugu State Command, acting on credible information, busted a child stealing and trafficking syndicate and arrested two (2) female suspects, one Miracle Orji 24 aged and Blessing Ani aged 34.
Their arrest led to the rescue of two children: Ogechi Eneh (female) aged 4 and Destiny Okechukwu (male) aged 1.
2. Preliminary investigation reveals that on 24/03/2023, Miracle Orji stole and was escaping with Ogechi Eneh, before she was intercepted and arrested with the assistance of citizens at Ameke-Oduma Community in Aninri Local Government Area.
Her confessional statement led to the arrest of Blessing Ani around Shoprite Mall Enugu, where she was waiting to receive and further traffic the child.
3. On her part, Blessing Ani confessed to have been involved in the act of child trafficking since 2017 and guided the Operatives to Abuja, where the male victim, Destiny Okechukwu, who had been sold with fake documents and renamed Chibuike, was rescued.
3. Meanwhile, frantic investigative efforts are on course to arrest other members of the syndicate, while the suspects will be arraigned in court once investigation into the case is concluded.
Police Withdraw Amended Charge Against APGA Factional National Chairman
The Nigerian Police has withdrawn an amended charge it filed against the factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Edozie Njoku, Secretary to retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Peter Odili and two others.
The defendants had been arraigned on a 14-count count charge of conspiring with others to forge the judgment of the Supreme Court.
The Inspector General of Police is accusing Mr Edozie and 3 others of forging the apex court judgment and the letterhead paper of retired Justice Mary Peter-Odili.
At a resumed hearing prosecution counsel for the police, Rinasonte Ezekiel, told Justice Mohammed Madugu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Bwari that he would be proceeding with the trial with the initial charge against the defendants
The police had filed a fresh 14-count amended charge dated 6th February 2023, which included Justice Mary Peter Odili’s Secretary, Ogunseye Adebisi as the 3rd defendant.
It has now abandoned the charge.
Following the withdrawal of the amended charge, the court proceeded with the trial, with the prosecution, calling the first witness.
The witness said after the 2019 convention he emerged as deputy national secretary and Victor Oye as National Chairman.
The convention he noted was supervised by INEC, and the BOT members after which 36 States Chairmen and FCT, the Party secretary of all States, and 32 NWC members of the party emerged.
The witness noted it was after the Awka convention on the 31st May 2018, that Edozie Njoku, allegedly began to parade himself as the new national chairman of APGA.
This issue became the subject of several litigations, which eventually reached the Supreme Court.
Mr Edozie is accused of using a forged Supreme Court document to parade himself as the national chairman of the party.
The matter was adjourned till 27th April for further hearing.
The Supreme Court had made a typographical error and slip in the Lead Judgment of the Court presided over by and delivered by Justice Mary Peter-Odili (Rtd), on October 14, 2021.
The name of Edozie Njoku was accidentally replaced with that of Victor Oye whose name was never mentioned in the suit.
An error the Apex court has since corrected.