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General News of Saturday, 7 January 2023


Son kidnaps father, collects N2.5m ransom

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Akidnap suspect, Issa Naigheti, has been arrested by the Kwara State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping his father, Bature Naigboho, in Igboho, Orelope Local Government Area of Oyo State.

The suspect, together with his collaborators reportedly got a ransom of N2.5 million before his father’s release.

A statement by the command, reads: “Members of the command’s anti-kidnapping team arrested one Issa Naigheti “m” on 4/1/2023 around Kambi area of Ilorin while on the trail of suspected kidnappers.

“He confessed under interrogation to having conspired with two others to kidnap his father, one Bature Naigboho “m,” in Igboho/Igbeti area of Oyo State, and the sum of #2.5 million was collected as ransom.

“Efforts are ongoing to arrest his other accomplices, and the case would be transferred to Oyo State, the venue of the crime.”

Yoruba Nation spokesman quits, demands accountability from Akintoye

The camp of Yoruba Nation agitators, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide has been thrown into disarray as the Communication Secretary, Maxwell Adeleye, yesterday announced his resignation from his position and equally renounced his membership of the group.

Adeleye is also demanding accountability from the former leader of the group, Professor Banji Akintoye whom he asked to hand off the organisation for proper auditing of his stewardship.

He made his resignation public on Friday via a press statement.

Earlier in December 2022, Akintoye resigned and handed the leadership mantle to his former Deputy Secretary, Professor Wale Adeniran.

But Adeleye in his statement, Friday, said he had stepped down as Akintoye’s Communications Manager since August 2022, and asked the former Yoruba Nation leader to allow a proper audit of his tenure.

He said: “In view of recent developments in the Yoruba self-determination struggle, I wish to inform all the Yoruba People Worldwide that I have stepped aside and withdrawn from the agitation for an Independent Yoruba Nation under its current leadership effective from 6th January 2023.

“May I inform members of the public that I stepped aside as the Communications Manager of Professor Banji Akintoye on 5th August 2022 and finally cut off communication with the Historian on 31st October 2022. I have also resigned from my membership of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide effective from Monday 2nd January 2023.

“Those of you that sent your hard-earned money to your heroes should hold those you sent money to for accountability and leave me alone. I will no longer absolve bullets for your heroes. Anyone or group of persons who knows he sent me money should provide proof of payment into my account so that I can respond to the person appropriately.

“I call on Professor Banji Akintoye to also step aside 101% from the Yoruba Nation Self-Determination Struggle so that his account of stewardship and all the funds he has collected can be interrogated by the Yoruba people.”