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The Police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested a 32-year-old woman identified as Victoria Ndu, for faking her own kidnap.

The suspect, who claimed to have been kidnapped, was rescued in Awommama in Imo State on August 24 by men of the anti-kidnapping squad from Akwa Ibom State police headquarters, Ikot Akpan-Abia.

Ndu was arrested the same day after investigations revealed that she actually planned her own kidnap in order to get money from her church members.

Her younger brother, Victor Akan, a resident of Awommama, was also arrested for allegedly conspiring with her to commit the crime.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, said in Uyo on Monday that the suspects were rescued and arrested same day following interrogation by men of anti- kidnapping unit where Ndu confessed to masterminding the crime.

He said, “Victoria’s husband had, on August 16, reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters in Nsit Atai that his wife had been kidnapped. He told the police that his wife told him that she was going to the market that day.

“But Nsit Atai lacked the jurisdiction to handle kidnap matters . The case was subsequently transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.

“They traced the calls used in contacting the church members and demand for N3 m ransom to Awommama in Imo State.

“That was how the men of the anti- kidnapping unit swung into action and tracked down the suspects and rescued them.

“It was while Ndu was being interrogated at the anti- kidnapping unit that she confessed that she actually masterminded her own kidnap.

“That was how she and her brother were arrested. The brother was arrested because both of them conspired to fake the crime.

“What you are seeing here today is to serve as a deterrent to people who may be planning to go into this kind of crime.

“Police in Akwa Ibom are doing everything possible to ensure that crime in the state is reduced to the barest minimum.

“The Commissioner of Police, Mr . Zubairu Muazu, therefore appeals to members of the public to provide useful information that will help us to achieve that and serve them better.”

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How I Convinced President Buhari To Shift Ogun Lockdown To Friday — Gov. Dapo Abiodun

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Dapo Abiodun, Ogun state governor, says the lockdown of the state as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari would commence on Friday.

Buhari had ordered a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) from 11pm on Monday.

However, while speaking at a press conference during the inauguration of the isolation centre in Ikenne, Abiodun said in Ogun, the lockdown would be effective from 11pm on Friday.

He said he appealed to the president to shift the movement restriction in the state so that there would be enough time to adequately supply food to the people.

“I have been in consultation with the presidency and I have requested that he graciously allow us in Ogun state to prepare for this lockdown in terms of ensuring that we have enough food banks across the three senatorial districts so that people would have enough food supply,” the governor said.

He said the president “graciously” accepted.

Abiodun appealed to the people to abide by the observe social distancing and practice good hygiene as advised by the ministry of health.

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BREAKING: Governor Seyi Makinde Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has tested positive for coronavirus.

The governor confirmed his status on his Twitter account a few minutes ago.

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BREAKING: Nigeria Records Another Coronavirus Death

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Nigeria has recorded another Coronavirus death.

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure at a media briefing on Monday.

“As of today, we have recorded 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“Till date, 8 persons have been discharged after successful treatment.

“But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend,” he said.

The three fatalities include one American who died in Ekiti State.

The global pandemic has killed over 32,000 worldwide.

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