Gunmen kidnap Kogi Chief Judge’s driver, niece


  • Lagos deposes traditional ruler who ‘faked’ own kidnap

Unknown gunmen at the weekend kidnapped the driver of Justice Nasiru Ajanah, the chief judge of Kogi State, Mallam Hassan Haruna, and his niece, Osavize.

Rabi Ozavize is a legal practitioner in the state.

Ovosi was kidnapped at the weekend on her way to Okene from Lokoja at Itape junction in Okehi local council of Kogi State.

Their abduction is coming days after an Osun State Permanent Secretary in the Bureau of General Services, Mrs. Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole, was kidnapped and murdered on her way to Abuja along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road in the state.

The gunmen forced the vehicle to stop as they ordered the woman and the driver to alight from the car after which they were whisked into the nearby forest in the mountain.

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A cousin of the victim, Abdullateef Ovosi, on Sunday, said the kidnappers called the family at the wee hours of Sunday demanding for ransom.

“As we speak, their lines are no more reachable for us to know what amount they are demanding,” he said.

In the meantime, the Lagos State government has deposed Yusuf Ogundare, the Baale of Shangisha, for faking his own abduction.

The traditional ruler’s deposition was announced on Sunday.

Ogundare’s staged abduction reportedly took place on July 5 along the Center for Management Development (CMD) road in Ikosi-Isheri local council development area of the state.

Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode, had on Thursday directed that he be suspended, in a memo addressed to the sole administrator of Ikosi-Isheri by Teslim Folami, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs.