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Bandits release Katsina village head and 35 others after receiving N26 million ransom

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Bandits release Katsina village head and 35 others after receiving N26 million ransom

Village head of Guga in Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina, Alhaji Umar and 35 other residents of the village have been released by bandits after collecting N26 million as ransom.

 

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Eldest son and a son-in-law of the monarch confirmed the release of the kidnap victims who spent 29 days in captivity, on Monday night, March 7.

 

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Umar’s in-law, Nafiu Muhammadu told Premium Times that the bandits reached out to the family two days after the abduction and demanded a N30m ransom. He added that the bandits called back few days after and reduced the ransom to N10million, warning that there should be no negotiations.

 

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The monarch’s in-law said; 

 

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“They were negotiating with the village head’s junior brother and some elders in the community. But when they were informed that the sum mentioned was impossible, they promised to discuss with their leader and revert, which they did after three days.

“They said they knew he (the village head) has money so, we should get N5 million for him and N5 million for the remaining 35 residents”

 

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It was further gathered that when the ransom payment party took the N10 million to the bandits, they were told that the money would be accepted as compensation for the killing of some bandits by vigilantes in the area.

 

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Abdullahi Umar, the village head’s son said; 

 

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“We were shocked. They said we should go and add N20m if we were serious about saving our people. We had to go back again and gathered N16 million, after which they told us to go back home and wait for our people.”

 

Abdullahi said the captives returned to Guga in the late evening and were examined by medical workers from Bakori local government area. 

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When asked how they got the N26 million, Mr Umar said they sold all they had and reached out to some influential people in the state. He also said that everyone in the town, including those who had no abducted relatives, was asked to contribute.

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In continuation of the $50m defamation lawsuit, Actress, Amber Heard has claimed she feared her ex-husband Johnny Depp would accidentally kill her during an alleged assault during their honeymoon.

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Testifying in the defamation case Depp brought against her, Ms Heard, 36, painted a picture Depp as an abuser addicted to drugs and plagued with jealousy and self-harm.

Depp is suing Ms Heard for $50m (£40m) over an article in which she claimed she was the victim of domestic violence .

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The piece did not name Depp but his attorneys, however, have said that the article “incalculably” damaged his reputation and career. She has countersued him for $100m.

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The case being tried in Virginia has resumed for a fifth week, and in previous court hearings Depp had told his side of the story while Heard had begun some of her testimony.

In court on Monday, May 16, Heard tearfully told jurors that she believed she’d likely “not survive” if she had remained married to Mr Depp, 58.

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“I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me,” she said. “I really didn’t want to leave him. I loved him so much.”

She alleged that he attacked her while aboard the Orient Express train in Asia after their February 2015 wedding, claiming that he struck her and held her by the neck while in their sleeper compartment.

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“He was squeezing my neck against the railway car for what felt like a very long time,” she said.

She said she recalled thinking he could “kill me”.

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“I remember being scared that he wouldn’t mean to do it,” she said.

In another instance, Ms Heard described a “week of hell” after Depp allegedly became jealous because she was offered a role with James Franco. She claimed he punched her and threw her into furniture.

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While Ms Heard said that the marriage was “at times, very loving”, it deteriorated over time to a point in which tension and violence became “almost normal”. They divorced in 2017, after two years.

She also claimed that Depp would frequently self-harm during their arguments.

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“In fights he often would cut his arms or hold his knife to his chest or draw blood, superficially at first,” she said. “He also put cigarettes out on himself.”

Attorney Camille Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer questioned the witness over her prior testimony, questioning why there were so few photos and medical records to back up claims of physical injuries from her alleged beatings.

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Heard countered that she didn’t take photos or videos of the beating because she was embarrassed to be a victim of abuse and “other than my therapist”, she relied on makeup to cover bruises and ice to reduce swelling.

In a heated back-and forth, Ms Vasquez forced Ms Heard to acknowledge that she had “pledged” to donate the entirety of her $7m divorce settlement with Depp to charity but was yet to make any donation.

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She also noted that her client had not once looked Ms Heard in the eye over the course of the trial. “He can’t,” Ms Heard responded.

In his own testimony earlier in the trial, Mr Depp said that he never struck Ms Heard and told jurors that she had a “need” for conflict and violence.

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On Monday, jurors heard a number of audio clips of the former couple arguing. In one clip which Heard can be heard saying she hit Mr Depp.

“I was hitting you. I was not punching you,” she can be heard saying. “You’re not punched.”

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According to Ms Heard, she sometimes “reactively” hit Mr Depp and claimed that she was referring to the “disparity” of their strength.

 

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At least three residents of Kano were killed while many are currently trapped in an explosion which rocked Sabongari area of the state.

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Details of the incident are still sketchy, but it was gathered that an explosive device went off in the early hours of the day.

It is being reported that a suicide bomber struck in the area.

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Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are currently at the scene.

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Court remands three suspects for stealing transformer cables in Osun monarch’s palace

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An Osun State Magistrate court sitting in Ilesa, on Monday remanded three suspected thieves in police custody for stealing transformer cables valued at N700,000 in Owa Obokun of Ijeshaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran’s palace. 

 

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The suspects, Owolabi Abimbola,33, Sulaiman Mutiu,25, Samson Oluwafemi,25, and others now at large are facing four-count charges on the committed offence.

 

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According to the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Adigun Kehinde, the stolen transformer cables were the property of IBEDC Ilesa branch.

 

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He told the court that the defendants on May 11, 2022, conspired, stole and diverted to their own personal use a transformer cable at the Owa Obokun Palace.

 

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Adigun argued that the offence committed by the defendants was contrary to sections 516, 400, 451(6), 383(2) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol ll Law of Osun State 2002, which saw the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

 

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In his ruling, the presiding Magistrate, A.O Awodele fixed further hearing on the case till May 18th and ordered that the defendants should be kept in Police custody.

 

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Court remands three suspects for stealing transformer cables in Osun monarchCourt remands three suspects for stealing transformer cables in Osun monarch

 

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