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BREAKING: Kidnapped prospective corps members rescued by Police

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The four prospective National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members kidnapped on Monday night in Katsina State have been rescued.

They were rescued by the policemen in a operation that commenced Tuesday morning.

It was gathered that the victims, comprising three men and a woman, were being taken to the NYSC camp in Katsina by a police convoy where they were likely to undergo the orientation exercise.

The victims were whisked away by armed men around 11:30pm on Monday after a bus they chartered from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, Ondo State to take them to Zamfara came under attack at Katsina.

While nine of the 13 occupants of the bus escaped being kidnapped, four of them were not as lucky.

It was gathered that the kidnappers called the families around midnight on Wednesday and demanded N10m ransom.

According to a parent to one of the victims, the kidnappers called with the same number they used to reach him the previous day which was availed the police.

“I just spoke with the Commissioner of Police now and he told me that all four have been rescued. I am thankful to the police for rescuing them. The kidnappers called again around midnight and this time, someone who could speak English was on the other end. They said I have to bring N10m for my child to be release.

“But I did not pay anything and they have been rescued. I am thankful that the children are safe and they are being taken to NYSC in Katsina,” said the parent.

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Groups call for end to nationwide #endSARs protest.

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A group, Citizens Action for Good Governance (CAGG) has called for a halt of the #EndSARS protests, decrying the alarming increase in violent assaults carried out against both citizens and police officers.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, October 19, the national coordinator of CAGG, Nazir Galadanchi said the protesters should reason with the government and listen to calls and appeals by many well-meaning citizens. Galadanchi further said the heightened insecurity has tarnished the image of the country amongst the comity of nations.

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“The peace of Nigeria should have been the overriding imperative of all. No person or group, no matter how aggrieved, should be allowed to undermine or threaten national security, unity, tranquillity, peace and harmony. “We would like to appeal to our fellow Nigerians, especially young people to halt the protests for their safety because their demands are already being attended to by the government, and we are optimistic that there will be a better life for all.’’

He also appealed to leaders and persons of influence, including celebrities and religious leaders, to persuade their followers and fans to discontinue the protests.

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