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Kidnapped Fouani brothers rescued in Lagos

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Police in Lagos State says its operatives have rescued the three abducted Fouani brothers.

The police spokesperson in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed their release in statement to journalists on Tuesday.

 

The three brothers, Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani, and Amtal Fouani, were abducted around 6pm in Lagos on June 14.

 

Fouani Nigeria Ltd specialises in electronics and is the sole distributor of LG, Hisense, and Maxi products in Nigeria.

 

According to report, the three brothers were coming from their factory by boat when they were abducted.

 

The police, on Monday, had said it was working “tirelessly” to ensure that the victims were released.

 

Vanguard gathered that the victims, including the boat driver and his assistant, were released Monday night in Orugbo Iddo.

 

While confirming their release, Hundeyin said the feat was achieved by the Lagos Marine police with support from the navy.

 

Hundeyin said the victims have since been taken to their residence.

 

“They were rescued late last night in Orugbo Iddo. Our marine police with the support of the Nigerian Navy brought them to shore,” Hundeyin said.

 

“Thereafter, our tactical team in the area took them home on Banana Island in the early hours of today.

 

“Five of them, three Lebanese, the boat captain and his assistant,” he added.

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PICTURE: Alleged Lagos Drug Baron ‘Temo’ Arrested By NDLEA 

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA),  has arrested an alleged drug baron called Temo, whose real name is Sulaimon Jimoh olowoidiogede.

 

NDLEA had stormed a place where Temo carried out his drug business in Idi-Oro, Mushin LGA in Lagos State but failed to effect his arrest.

 

Four accomplices whose names were given as Saheed Sholola, who hails from Ogun State and Suleiman Shehu, from Akoko Edo, Edo State, and a lady, were arrested.

 

Mr Femi Babafemi, spokesman of the NDLEA had announced the agency declared Temo wanted.

 

He had said, “We are on the track of the kingpin, called Temo, who narrowly escaped from the scene during the raid. The long arm of the law will soon catch up with him.”

 

But it was authoritatively learnt Temo was arrested on Monday 22nd, January at about 10am where he was held at the NDLEA Nahco command at Airport road

 

“I can confirm that he was arrested on Monday 22nd January, 2024 at about 10am but he’s negotiating himself out,” a source in the NDLEA said.

 

He affirmed that NDLEA has failed to announce his arrest more than 24 hours after his arrest as they used to do.

 

“We are following development. It’s curious that NDLEA has not announced the high profile drug baron they announced last year that he was wanted.

 

“He’s currently in handcuffs and here’s the picture. I am in the station where he’s being held. I stood in front of him to take pictures, one of which I have sent you.

 

He is currently at NDLEA office at Nahco, Airport road. The source said he was taken out at 10pm yesterday night but where he was taken not affirmed.

 

“There are fears he will be freed if he settles them N100m as he is negotiating,” the source said.

 

Attempts to speak with Babafemi proved abortive.

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Court Upholds Conviction of Dethroned Baale of Shangisha, Reduces Sentence to 12 Years

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The Court of Appeal in Lagos has upheld the conviction of Mutiu Ogundare, the dethroned Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, for faking his abduction.

 

However, the court reduced his sentence from 15 years to 12 years.

 

Justice Paul Bassi, delivering the lead judgment, stated: “The appellant’s appeal succeeded in part and reduced his sentence to 12 years. The court held that ‘the appellant is to serve 10 years imprisonment for count one and two years for count two, respectively’.”

 

The court upturned the sentence in respect of false representation to release a kidnapped person, which was count three.

 

Ogundare was convicted and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on September 27, 2022.

 

In his judgment, Justice Oshodi said: “I have considered the allocutus of the defence counsel. However, it is the view of this court that the convicts showed no remorse during the trial. In fact, the first convict (Ogundare) tried to buy his way out of the court. A lesson has to be taught to serve as a deterrent to others.”

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Nollywood Actor Identified as Owner of Operational Vehicles Used by Lagos Billionaire Kidnappers

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A popular Nollywood actor and producer, identified as Ode, has been linked to a gang of billionaire kidnappers terrorizing Lagos and its environs.

 

The actor, based in Port Harcourt, was reportedly killed during a encounter with police detectives from the Commissioner of Police Special Squad in the Ladipo area of Lagos.

 

According to Vanguard, the police recovered two operational vehicles, a Lexus 350 Jeep and 4 Runner Jeep, registered in the actor’s name, as well as four mobile phones and other personal items.

 

The mobile phones were registered in the actor’s name, but with pictures of two unknown young men and fake addresses.

 

The police are working to identify the remaining members of the gang, and have discovered that one of them is a twin who lived in a suburb of Lagos.

 

The twin brother has reportedly fled from their residence after learning of his brother’s fate.

 

The police have also received information from a WhatsApp user who claims to know the twins and has identified five of the killed kidnappers.

 

The user shared pictures of the kidnappers attending a birthday party in fresh clothes, which helped identify them.

 

The police are closing in on the fleeing members of the gang, with one traced to a city in the North.

 

They have also discovered a popular rendezvous spot in Lagos and are keeping watch to identify more gang members.

 

The owner of a popular beer parlour frequented by the kidnappers is in police custody and has provided useful information.

 

The kidnappers were able to evade police detection by wearing military uniforms and accoutrements, which were recovered in their cars after the encounter.

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