BREAKING: Two businessmen kidnapped in Sokoto

Labbo Giyawa and Murtala Dantata, two businessmen, were kidnapped in Sokoto state on Sunday.

El-Mustapha Sani, spokesman of the Sokoto state police command, confirmed the kidnap of the men.

He said they were abducted at Giyawa, Goronyo local government area of the state.

“I can confirm the abduction of the two businessmen on Sunday night, at around 10pm.,” Sani said.

“They were seized by some gun-wielding men, while they were reportedly sleeping in the frontage of their various houses.

“They were said to have been taken to an unknown destination, but the police is suspecting that they are being held captive in the nearby Gundumi forest.”

Sani said that the kidnappers were yet to establish communication with the police or families of the captives, adding that however,  the command had taken stern measures to ensure the safe rescue of the captives.

Sani also confirmed the arrest of four suspected gang leaders of street urchins at the Kwanni area of Sokoto on Monday.

He said the suspects were arrested following raids on their hideouts, adding, “we will thoroughly drill them to unravel their various memberships.”

Two local government officials in the state who were recently kidnapped, were rescued from Gundumi forest.

French Mine Worker Kidnapped Near Chad Border

A French man was kidnapped in Chad in a remote area near the border with Sudan’s Darfur region early on Thursday, France’s foreign ministry said.

Europe 1 radio said the man in his sixties had been working for a mining company and was seized carrying the staff’s wages, without giving its sources.

The man was kidnapped south of Abeche, a mining area about 800 km (500 miles) east of the capital N’Djamena, a French military source told Reuters.

There were no immediate reports of any group claiming responsibility or making demands in the area crossed by nomadic groups and rebels fighting the Sudanese government over the border in Darfur.

The last French national kidnapped in Chad was an aid worker taken in the eastern border area in 2009 and released nearly three months later inside Darfur.

“We confirm the kidnapping of one of our nationals in Chad,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement. “We are mobilized and working with local Chadian authorities to secure the freedom of our compatriot.”

Chad, a landlocked former French colony, hosts the headquarters of France’s 4,000-strong regional anti-militant operation, known as Barkhane.

It closed its northern border with Libya in January to block militants fleeing the conflict there, and has said it is worried about Islamic State operating in its territory.

Around 1,000 French troops are stationed in Chad, including a small detachment at Abeche. About 1,500 other French nationals also live in the country.

Two other French nationals are being held in Africa – one kidnapped in Mali in December by Islamist militants, the other seized in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier in March.


Source: Channels TV

Magistrate Rescued By Police 2 Days After Kidnap In Imo State

The Imo state police command has rescued a magistrate of Ihiagwa court in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo state, after reportedly spending two days in the kidnappers’ den.

The magistrate a female, was abducted on March 18 by gunmen along the Owerri-Port Harcourt expressway on her way home after close of work.

Her driver was equally kidnapped but later released by the gunmen who established contacts with her family, demanding 20million Naira as the condition for her release.

Speaking to newsmen in Owerri the Imo state capital, the spokesperson for the Imo state command, Andrew Enwerem, told newsmen that the magistrate has been rescued unhurt and reunited with her family.

Enwerem disclosed that no ransom was paid for her release. He said that the operatives of the command rescued her in an undisclosed forest.

According to him, the men of the command swung into action immediately the incident was reported to the police, and successfully the woman was rescued unhurt.

He said however, the command is investigating the incident and as soon as the criminals are arrested, they will be paraded to the general public.

Policeman arrested while trying to steal baby in hospital

The police in Imo State have arrested a police Sergeant, Iseke Koradam, at a hospital in Oke-Uvuru, in the Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state while allegedly attempting to steal a newborn baby.

The Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed that at a press briefing in Owerri, the state capital on Wednesday

The CP said that the police sergeant and his gang who allegedly planned to steal the newborn baby had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.


UPDATE: Whereabouts Of Kidnapped Germans Remain Unknown.

Close to 24 hours after their abduction, the whereabouts of the kidnapped German archaeologist, Professor Peter Breunij and his research fellow, Johannes Buringer remains unknown. The two german nationals were abducted on Thursday afternoon around Kaduna State-Abuja axis, a security source in Abuja who is closely following the situation has told SaharaReporters.

Prof. Breunij is an authority on Nok culture and other issues associated with the ancient culture of Southern Kaduna.

According to the source, no contact has been established with the kidnappers of the two foreigners.

“As we speak, there is no communication, and there is also no any trace to where they are being held. And no one has asked for ransom or even communicated.

“But we have not lost hope, and we are putting in our best to track them as soon as possible.

“We are in touch with German Embassy here in Abuja, and the Nigerian commission the professor is  partnering with Nok Culture project here in Abuja.”


Source: Sahara Reporters

“How I was almost kidnapped”, Abuja resident narrates his scary ordeal [Video]

With the recent uproar over the increase in kidnapping incidents in the metropolis of Abuja, it will seem like very little is being done by appropriate security agencies in curbing this growing menace.

After weeks of the release of the 3 kidnapped friends in Wuse, a Twitter User Mustapha Ramalan took to his Twitter Account yesterday to reveal how he was almost kidnapped by a painted Abuja taxi driver, accompanied by a mobile police officer and another man.

Mustapha recounts his ordeal in the hands of the men in what seems like a failed kidnap attempt.

Mustapha wrote:

I will share a horrific experience that I went through right in the heart of Abuja today. The incident occured on Obafemi Awolowo, Jabi right beside Briscoe Motors.

At about 1200 hrs while I was driving home from gym, a green scruffy looking taxi stopped me on the middle of the road. The taxi was a green Toyota model Abuja Taxi, with no number plates. It had a car dealer ‘DKD’ number sticker.

Out jumped two men, one in mufti and the other in mobile police uniform directing me to STOP. The taxi driver sat.

I noticed the policeman’s uniform did not carry his names which is very odd. Still, I didn’t question their motives.

The man in mufti moved to my passenger window & demanded I park and because I was making a call. He was right so I obliged. I apologized but he seemed angry & insisted that I enter their car  & said; “you must come with us to a mobile court”.

At this point i resisted and demanded identification from him. He went berserk, started shouting & threatening me.

Shocked and suspicious, I placed a call for help. He became angrier, saying I am a “stupid Northern boy” & a “monkey”.

He began to deflate my car tyre. I decide to record him in this action because at the time there were no witnesses.  Then he threatened to “put me in their car booth”. I reacted, he hit the phone of my hand & it turned physical.

The police man panicked & began to query his own accomplice. At this point I really became suspicious of these people.

I was angry, I resisted & braced for a duel with this psycho who seemed to me not only dangerous but a bigot.

To my shock, he went into his car, carried a bottle & attacked me. I dodged but got slightly hit for my troubles. He hit me with a bottle of Star. I am lucky, at least I am not blind.

By now, a huge crowd was gathering but this guy wasn’t done, he brought out a scissors from his car & threatened to kill me.

Luckily for me, people were now around & disarmed him. By this time, the man in police uniform had disappeared.

He tried to enter the taxi & drive off but was stopped by a huge number of people that had converged on the scene.

I told the people that I had placed calls & a police formation are on the way to carry both of us to the Force HQ.

Again he ranted & tried to enter a passing tricycle, but was again detained & by now the people kept surveillance on him

Minutes later I realized the taxi man had drove off. So the man’s driver and his ‘so called’ police pal had absconded. Even still, I did not realize these people might be dangerous criminals. I assumed the police man ran to save his job and I assumed at the time that the taxi man left because “well, he didn’t care”.

From nowhere, two female traffic wardens appeared and requested to hear both our stories. He told them “I was on the phone, he stopped me, I abused him” He even claimed “I tried to stab him with a knife”.

I didn’t have to speak as everyone there saw what transpired from the moment he hit me with a bottle, so people spoke for me.

The two police ladies are stationed on Obafemi Awolowo Way by Briscoe Motors junction almost everyday. They pleaded with me to allow the matter & let him go. One of them used the words “I am old enough to be your mother”.

I obliged. I patted my potential kidnapper on the back, made my way home with my bloodied eye and a headache. Now, it was only after I entered my house that it dawned on me… this may have actually been a kidnap attempt.  I became extremely stressed by the mere thought. This man seemed so aggresive & showed genuine hatred and violence.

I am 100% certain this man & his pals were not real police men. He did tried to run away twice but was detained. What if they took me? He was ready to break a bottle on me & stab me in public. I Imagined what he will do in private?

In hindsight, there was even a road safety team parked less than 50 meters from the incident. He didn’t call them over. My crime was using a phone to make a call while driving. He did not report to the standby road safety. Of course, I regret letting him go. I strongly believe these criminals will make more attempts on unsuspecting citizens.

Indeed soon after I entered my house, real police men appeared. They consoled me, I compensated them and they left. What’s going on as it relates to kidnaps is scary. I am lucky not to be the latest kidnapped face being shared here.

This Government is NOT dealing with the matter as it should. On kidnappings, they are sleeping, pure & simple. I am sharing my ordeal so that we are more vigilant, more careful and so that we protect ourselves. Threat is real!

Allah has protected me today. May He protect us all. Aameen

Unknown gunmen in military camouflage abduct 7 in Lagos suburb

Barely 24 hours after the abducted secretary of Isheri North Landlord Association was released by his abductors, two members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and five farm workers of Eliasa Farm have been kidnapped in Igbodu area of Epe, Lagos State yesterday.

It was gathered that the gunmen, numbering about 15, dressed in military camouflage, stormed the farm situated along Ishiwo road around 7a.m. and abducted the OPC members, who work as security guards and the farm workers.

Investigation revealed that the two OPC members were employed by the farm owner to provide security at the farm when kidnapping in the community was on the increase in the area.

“The sound of strange voices woke me up early this morning,” said Isaac Ayuba, a farm worker who was lucky to escape. “Before I know what was going on, I saw a man ordering me to open the door to the room where I slept. I noticed there were other men in the premises. I counted six of them and they were all armed. They were ordering my colleagues to open their doors.

“One of the other men fired his weapon and the whole place was in commotion. Even the armed man standing at my door was confused. So I used the door to push him aside and ran towards the fence. He shot at me as I did but missed. That was how I escaped,” he said.

Isaac and a farm manager called the police who visited the facility and found no one. All the other workers had been kidnapped. “Marcus, James, Modiu, Alfred and three other farms workers are missing,” Isaac added.

A source in the area, who spoke on phone, said two weeks ago, the same gunmen invaded the community and abducted six farmers and one customer who came to buy farm produce.

The kidnappers also stormed the community on Friday, January 27, and abducted a 24-year-old Olabiyi Ifeoluwa, a graduate of Nutrients and Biotechnology from Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Oyo State and three other farm workers identified simply as Busuyi, Kposu, a Togolese national and John.

The four kidnapped victims were workers of Tanda Farm. Thereafter the abductors contacted the owner. It was gathered that N2 million ransom and two cartons of red label gin were eventually paid as ransom for their release.

The negotiator, Ayodeji Akinyemi, who is Ifeoluwa’s fiancé, was said to have dropped the ransom at a designated point, as directed by the abductors. He was said to have also been instructed on phone, the direction he would lead the released workers through in the forest after their release.

Akinyemi said the kidnappers also had a room where kidnapped babies are kept, as well as first aid box for treatment of injured victims. He also revealed that one of the victims, identified simply as John, who attempted to escape, was shot in the arm.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident, said “it is true seven farm workers were kidnapped at Igbodu area. The Lagos State Police command has commenced investigation following the report and we are working assiduously to rescue them.”

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told The Guardian that the picture was not clear yet on the reported kidnap.According to him, “we received a distress call that some farmers were kidnapped, but when the Divisional Police Officer and his men visited the scene, they discovered there was no such incident, but after sometime, I heard that it was some farmers who were off-loading chicken that was kidnapped. We are still investigating the matter to get a clearer picture.”

Friends abducted during birthday freed after ransom payment.

The three friends– Veronica Otogo, Bisola Mohammed and Damilola Oribuyaku–abducted around a creamery in Wuse II, Abuja, have been released after their families parted with some money.

Although the exact amount paid in ransom was not disclosed, PUNCH Metro learnt that the kidnappers collected millions of naira from the families.

It was gathered that the three friends, who were seized on Friday, January 27, were dropped off along Kubwa Road.

Our correspondent had reported that Veronica, who marked her 24th birthday on the Friday, and Mohammed had gone to the creamery – Cold Stone – on Kumasi Crescent, Wuse II, around 6pm.

They met with their friend, 29-year-old Damilola Oribuyaku, at the place before they were all abducted.

A car owned by 29-year-old Damilola, was reportedly found near the place with a broken windscreen, which gave an impression that the three friends had met and were abducted at the spot.

Mohammed was said to have travelled from Lagos, where she lives, to visit Veronica in Abuja.

A family friend of Oribuyakus, Alhaja Adeola Agoro, had written on her Facebook page that the assailants demanded $300,000 ransom from the family, a claim Damilola’s sister, Jumoke Oribuyaku, debunked.

She had written, “…The abductors are demanding $300,000. Engr. Oribuyaku is a hard-working man who has built his businesses with clean money. He doesn’t have that kind of money.

“Please, join us in praying for the safety of these young people in the hands of these criminals. May God let us find them alive and in one piece…”

Jumoke, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on the telephone on Tuesday, said the victims called with their phones, which were given to them when they were released, adding that they were found by the roadside on Sunday.

“Damilola is still in a hospital. He was not injured; he is having a checkup. He didn’t offend anybody. They (the kidnappers) were just looking for money,” she added.

Asked the sum collected from the family by the abductors, she said, “I can’t tell you how much they collected. I am not going to say anything about that.”

Veronica’s elder sister, Geraldine Otogo, said the victims were given some money by their captors after releasing them, adding that a Highlander driven by Veronica that day had not been found.

She said, “They were found on Sunday and they are fine. They were dropped off along Kubwa Expressway.

“They kept on asking for money; nobody responded, and they could see there was so much pressure on them. They just released them, gave them money and let them go. For now, nobody has been arrested.”

When requested to speak with the friends, Geraldine said, “I am not with them now; call me in two hours’ time.”

However, subsequent calls to her line indicated that the line was not reachable.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the FCT Command, ASP Anjuguri Menzah, had yet to reply to a text message sent to his phone.


Source: Punch

Pirates Abduct Russians, Ukrainian In Nigeria.

Pirates have abducted seven Russian sailors and one Ukrainian in the territorial waters of Nigeria, the Russian embassy has said.

Russian Embassy in Nigeria reported on Wednesday that, “the BBC Caribbean ship came under a piratic attack in the territorial waters of Nigeria.”

The Russian embassy said on its Twitter page that, “Seven Russian citizens and one Ukrainian citizen have been kidnapped from the ship”.

The Russian embassy has asked the Nigerian authorities for assistance in establishing the whereabouts of the abducted.”

According to Russia News Agency, Maritime Herald on Tuesday said the general cargo ship BBC Caribbean was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea 45 nautical miles south-west off Brass, Nigeria.

The incident happened near Pennington Oil Terminal at Nigerian Delta, when the cargo ship was approached by a motor skiff with armed men on board, who opened fire.

The guards on board of the general cargo ship BBC Caribbean returned fire.

On November 27 last year three Russian sailors were taken hostage when the Saronic Breeze ship was attacked in the territorial waters of Benin. On December 20 all were freed.

On February 23 last year the Bourbon Liberty 251 ship belonging to a French company was seized by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea.

The attackers eventually fled taking two hostages, one of them Russia’s Ivan Rydny. He was freed in March 2016 to return to his family in Murmansk.

The news of the hostage taking was also broken in the Twitter handle of Rus to En Fr Es News ?@Rus_Eng_News which said “In Nigeria pirates kidnapped seven Russians and the citizen of Ukraine’’

Ruslan TradVerified account ?@ruslantrad had #BREAKING: pirates took hostage 8 sailors from #Russia and #Ukraine in the territorial waters of #Nigeria.

It said “In connection with the seizure of the Embassy of the Russian Federation requested the authorities of Nigeria’s assistance in locating the stolen.’’


Source: NAN

Kogi lawmakers condemn kidnap of four council workers

The Kogi House of Assembly has condemned the abduction of four workers of Mopa-Muro Local Government Council on their way to Lokoja for staff audit.

The House condemned the incident in a resolution to the state government on Wednesday in Lokoja.

It called for a quick intervention in the deteriorating security situation in the state.

A member of the house, Obaro Pedro (APC-Mopa-Muro) had in a motion said that unknown gunmen abducted four of the council workers among those declared as ghost workers by the Staff Verification Committee in its final report.

According to him, in two separate incidents between Tuesday and Wednesday, Olu Abraham, Fehintola Osho and Balogun Blessing, all workers of Mopa-Muro Local Government Council and its Head of Department, Works, were abducted by the gunmen.

Mr. Pedro stated that the problems of insecurity in the state had escalated in spite of the huge investment of Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration in security.

He said that the Obajana-Kabba road had become a hideout for kidnappers and armed robbers because of its dilapidated state as it provided escape routes for criminals after their operations.

“Just yesterday in broad day light, the HOD Works of Mopa-Muro Local Government Council, while on her way to Lokoja to collect her statement of account with Access Bank over the ongoing screening exercise fell into the hand of kidnappers.

“Her destination is presently not known.

“This morning, around 9.45 a.m. on the same Kabba-Obajana, I was informed that three staff members of Mopa-Muro Local Government Council were kidnapped.

“The driver of the vehicles the victims were travelling in and my Personal Assistant who were eye witnesses narrowly escaped,” Pedro said.

Members in their contributions condemned the security situation and resolved that the state government should deploy sufficient security personnel to the affected roads.

The house further urged the government to ensure the provision of 24-hour security patrol on other roads in the state, especially during the workers’ screening.

In his remarks, speaker of the house, Umar Imam, directed the House Committees on Security and Judiciary to liaise with the Commissioner of Police to work out proactive measures to tackle the situation.


Source: NAN

JUST IN: Governor Ambode okays death penalty for kidnappers.

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, has signed into law the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the state house of assembly.


The prohibition of the Act of kidnapping law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment on kidnapping for ransom.


The law also stipulates that where a victim dies in the course of kidnap, the suspect is liable on conviction to death.


More to follow…

Two More Suspects Arrested Over Tulip School Kidnap.

The Police appear to be keeping to their promise to fish out all those behind the kidnap of five staff and three students of the Nigeria-Tulip International School in Ogun state.


Two more of the suspects have been arrested, bringing the number of those in Police custody to six.


The latest arrest was said to have been made at the Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos on Sunday as the suspected kidnappers left the creek on their way to Ondo state.


Three million naira of the ransom paid was recovered from the suspects who were said to have confessed to the crime and many other kidnappings within Lagos and Ogun state.


The Abuja Police Command at the weekend paraded four suspected members of the kidnapping gang.


Parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh said the four suspects were arrested at various locations in Delta, Ogun and Lagos states.



The gunmen invaded the school, formerly known as Turkish International School, on the night of Friday, January 13 in a white Hilux and took the students and the teachers away.


On January 24, the five staff and three students were released after 11 days in captivity.


Source: Channels TV

Masterminds of Nigerian – Turkish school kidnap arrested – Police

Two suspected masterminds of the kidnapping of pupils and staff members of the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges have been arrested by the police

Apart from the ringleaders, Philip Kakadu, aka General Kakadu, and Romeo Council, aka Raw, other suspects were also said to be undergoing screening in connection with the abduction.

PUNCH Metro gathered that 29-year-old Kakadu and Council, 40, were apprehended in Warri, Delta State, by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, led by ACP Abba Kyari.

Some gunmen had stormed the NTIC last Friday through a hole dug under the school fence and headed for the female hostel, where three pupils were abducted.

A Turkish teacher, a supervisor, a matron and two intending candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, who worked in the school, were also whisked away by the assailants.

The kidnappers had contacted the matron’s husband and demanded N100m while the police were under pressure to rescue the victims safely.

However, operatives said they were exercising restraints to storm the possible locations of the suspects in the creeks in order not to endanger the lives of the victims.

A police source told our correspondent on Wednesday that the two masterminds had reportedly confessed to orchestrating the crime, adding that the arrest would mount pressure on the captors to release the victims.

Council is a native of the Bomadi Local Government Area, Delta State, while Kakadu hails from Warri North LGA of the state. They were arrested on Tuesday and have confessed to orchestrating the kidnapping at the school.

“They also confessed to other kidnappings, including the abduction of the Iba monarch in Lagos, and some Isheri landlords. With their arrest, we believe their boys holding the victims in the creeks would surrender,” the source said.

Kakadu allegedly told the police that five of his boys were among those involved in the NTIC operation.

Kakadu is based in Lagos. He went to Warri to have fun. That was when operatives swooped on him. Five of his men were part of the gang and he is cooperating with the police,” another source added.

A top security agent said the aim of going after the kingpins was not only to secure the release of the victims, but also to find a better way of addressing incessant kidnappings in Lagos and Ogun states.

Efforts to get comment of the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Donald Awunah, were unsuccessful as calls made to his line rang out. He had also yet to reply to a text message sent to him as of press time.


Source: Punch

Local Vigilantes Foil Attempted Kidnap Of Ondo Monarch’s Wife, Kill Kidnapper.

Local vigilantes on Sunday foiled an attempted kidnap of Olori (Queen) Grace Faduyile, wife of the Abodi of Ikale-land, Oba Gabriel Babatunde Faduyile, in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, SaharaReporters can authoritatively report.

A source that confirmed the incident to a SaharaReporters correspondent in Akure through an emergency phone call said some of the suspected kidnappers waylaid Olori Grace at the front of the palace in Ikoya shortly after a church service.

The source claimed to be part of the rescue team but pleaded anonymity and disclosed that the abductors, numbering about three, were armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons during the unsuccessful operation.

According to the source, the monarch, Oba Gabriel Babatunde Faduyile, was at Okitipupa main town to attend the Armed Forces Remembrance Day when he got wind of the attempted abduction of his wife and immediately gave an order for a rescue mission.

“The Olori (Queen) was heading home after the church service when the kidnappers waylaid and seized her in the presence of her friend who drove the vehicle conveying her into the palace on Sunday,” the source disclosed.

“Immediately after the incident happened, people around raised an alarm and a search party was quickly formed by the local hunters (vigilante group) while a trap was set across the border line of the river.

“Just like a Nollywood movie, it was a serious gun battle between the brave local hunters and the kidnappers. Even some frightened parents had to rush down and retrieve their children playing at the bank of the river,” the source told our correspondent.

He added that the kidnappers were later overpowered by the combined effort of the local hunters at the bank of the river while they were trying to exit the community with a canoe.

This same source further explained that the hunters quickly gunned down one of the fleeing kidnappers who tried to escape with the abducted monarch’s wife before crossing the river.

“They (local hunters) killed one and nabbed another member of the kidnap gang before he was handed over to the security agencies in the local community for further investigation,” the source revealed.

SaharaReporters learnt that the arrested kidnapper is currently in police custody for further investigation.

Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, has condemned the attempted kidnapping of the monarch’s wife.

Mr. Adesanya, who hails from the area, in a statement obtained by our correspondent said the action of the kidnappers is sacrilegious and taboo to the region.

He urged the police to double-up their efforts through intelligence gathering to forestall future occurrences.


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Isheri School Kidnap: Abductors Demand 1.2 Billion Naira Ransom

The abductors of students and members of staff of the Tulip International School have demanded 1.2 billion naira ransom for the victims to regain their freedom.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors reportedly called a family member of one of the victims on Sunday to make the demand.

Five staff members and three students of the school, formerly known as Turkish International School, were kidnapped by gunmen on Friday night from the school premises in Isheri area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The police confirmed that the gunmen invaded the school and took the students and the teachers away in a white Toyota Hilux vehicle.

The school authorities also said that the gunmen gained entrance through the back fence of the school premises and escaped through the swamp.

The students, two from the Junior Secondary School and the third in Senior Secondary, were said to have been part of a moral instruction class when they were taken.

The Ogun State government has assured parents and relatives of the students and staff of the school of prompt action to ensure safe and immediate release of the kidnapped victims.

The unfortunate incident was said to have occurred on the 9th anniversary of the school.

It is coming barely three months after gunmen invaded Lagos Model College in Epe and kidnapped four students, a vice president and a teacher from the school.

Kidnapped two-year-old, pregnant woman released after ransom payment.

Fareeda, the two-year-old daughter of a slain broadcaster, who was abducted by gunmen in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, has been released.

Sources told the News Agency of Nigeria that the abductors released the little girl and a friend of her mother on Monday evening at Ikorodu.

They were released after the husband of the deceased broadcaster parted with an undisclosed ransom.

NAN learnt that the two-year-old girl has reunited with her father and other family members.

It was gathered that the abductors had taken Fareeda and her mother’s friend to a deserted area and handed over transportation fare to the pregnant woman.

The kidnappers got in touch with the father, who later gave them some money.

“The girl’s father was instructed to go and wait for them at a particular place but the gunmen dropped the girl and the woman at another place.

”The suspected kidnappers gave the woman some money for transportation to take the little girl home,” a source said.

The Lagos State Command Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the release of the little girl and her mother’s friend.

“Yes I can confirm that they have been released, but I don’t have any information on when they were released,” Ms. Badmos said.

Meanwhile, Kebbi State Police Command has commenced investigation into the alleged kidnap and murder of a teenager, Zara’u Bello, in Kimba, Jega Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Kabiru Ibrahim, confirmed the commencement of the investigation.

He said that some suspects had been arrested and the case transferred from Jega Divisional Office to the State Criminal Investigation Department for thorough investigation.

Mr. Ibrahim said that some of the suspects were still at large.

He gave the assurance that the command would do its possible best to bring the culprits to book.

Meanwhile, the father of the 17-year-old teenager, Bello Kimba, told NAN that the body of his daughter was discovered in the bush three days after her sudden disappearance last Wednesday.

Mr. Kimba said that the deceased was going to her sister’s house between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. when she disappeared.

Corpse of senior police officer in Ekiti found 24 hrs after kidnap

Idowu Taiwo, superintendent of police attached to Ekiti state police command, has been murdered by unknown persons.

The deceased was reported to have been initially kidnapped at a relaxation spot on Sunday night.

His corpse was later found on Monday in a car in Ado Ekiti, capital of the state, after a search for his whereabouts.

Until his death, the deceased was the officer in charge of finance, commonly called OC MSS in the force’s parlance.

The motive for his murder is yet to be ascertained.

NAN quoted a source as saying he was at a relaxation joint not far from a police station at Ologede area of the state capital when the assailants stormed the place and took him away.

He added that the corpse of the deceased was discovered in a car with cuffs on his hands.

Alberto Adeyemi, the command’s public relations officer (PRO), has confirmed the incident.

“I confirm that the deceased was officer ‘OC MSS,” he said.

“His name is SP Idowu Taiwo; he was taken away fromOlogede area and was later found dead at Ajebamidele area in Ajilosun area of the state capital.

“After he was murdered, they abandoned his body in a car in Ajebamidele area of the town.

“Investigations have begun to arrest the perpetrators, but no arrest has yet been made.”

Court Jails Ex-Soldier And 7 Others 104 Years For Kidnapping Delta Speaker

The Delta State High Court, sitting in Kwale, Ndokwa West local government area, on Tuesday sentenced an ex-soldier and seven others to 104 years imprisonment for kidnapping the current House of Assembly speaker, Mr. Monday Igbuya.

Mr. Igbuya was allegedly kidnapped in May 2009 in Sapele, the headquarters of Sapele Local Government area by Godspower Omoniyi, an ex-soldier; Godspower Ikoro; Ernest Atteh; John Adapamu; Ife Freedom; Sunday Uba Tiemo; Kemi Koinyan; and Isaiah Mumbor.  He released after six days.

SaharaReporters learned that the eight suspects, who were earlier charged to the Sapele High Court in 2011 after their arrest by security agents, were later transferred to Kwale for trial on a six-count charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, armed robbery and the substantive case of kidnapping and demanding with menace the sum of N100m as ransom.

In his judgement, the presiding judge, Justice O. Jaloggo-Williams, found the eight accused persons guilty on the two-count charge of kidnapping and demanding property with menace.  He sentenced them to 10 years each with hard labor for kidnapping; and three years each for demanding N100m with menace.

Justice Jaloggo-Williams ruled that the accused were responsible for the kidnapping of the Speaker, but discharged them on the count of armed robbery for lack of sufficient evidence by the prosecution.  The sentences will run concurrently.

The convicts were charged under the Criminal Code Law Section 364 (I) and (II), which prescribed a 10-year jail term for offenders, before the Delta House of Assembly enacted a new anti-kidnapping Law in 2016 which now prescribes life imprisonment for offenders.

BREAKING: Former minister kidnapped in front of Mamman Daura’s house.

Gunmen on Sunday abducted Nigeria’s former minister of foreign affairs, Bagudu Hirse.


Daily Trust Newspapers reports that the ex-minister was kidnapped on Inuwa Wada road in Kaduna, in front of the home of Mamman Daura, a cousin of President Muhammadu Buhari.


The paper quotes a witness as saying Mr. Hirse was set to visit Mr. Daura when the three masked gunmen stopped in front of his car and abducted him.


“From what I could hear, they were asking him to get into their car but he was trying to seek further explanations from them but at that time, people started approaching the scene so one of them raised the gun he was holding and made to shoot but it did not fire, he tried it the second time and it failed, but the third time, a shot rang and people ran for dear lives,” the witness was quoted as saying.


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Just In: President Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura narrowly escapes failed kidnap attempt.

Information exclusively reaching Omojuwa.Com at the moment alleges there has been a failed attempt to kidnap Alhaji Mamman Daura, President Mohammadu Buhari’s nephew and one of the key members of the president’s kitchen cabinet.


Our source revealed that another person was mistakenly abducted by heavily armed gunmen who stormed Daura’s Kaduna home to carry out the abduction. The man who was kidnapped in his place was a visitor.


We also learnt that some people were injured as the kidnappers shot sporadically and are in hospital.


We shall bring you details soon.

Umahi vows to sign death warrants of persons convicted of kidnap, robbery, others.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has vowed to sign the death warrants of persons convicted of kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery and other crimes in the state.

Umahi made the pronouncement when he visited the 20km rice field disputed by the Onweonweya and Mkpumekweoku communities in Izzi Local Government Area.

Umahi remarked that in keeping with the government’s prison decongestion programme, murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and related cases must pass through the entire judicial process.

Umahi said: “We will not pardon such convicts whether they have repented or not, as our red biro will come out to sign anything for a man convicted of these crimes.

“We can only encourage their speedy trials but if they are found guilty, we will beg God and sign for such lives if the courts say so.

“When one experiences the kidnap of a relation, the person will understand the trauma people pass through on such occasions.

“We can show mercy for other crimes but they must be based on merit.”

Umahi urged the people of Mkpumekweoku to be calm in the face of provocation, noting that the government would not entertain reprisal attacks.

He said: “We must bring the perpetrators of this act to book and I trust the commissioner of police to ensure that this is achieved.

“We have to live in peace and take advantage of our programmes to keep busy but not to make trouble.”

Umahi thanked the Commissioner of Police and his officers for their prompt intervention, urging them to ensure adequate security in the affected areas.

The Caretaker Chairman of the council, Richard Idike, thanked the governor for the visit, noting that it shows his passion for the people’s wellbeing.

Idike said: “The dead were hacked to death and covered with grasses on the disputed land.

“The dispute has spanned more than 30 years with all efforts to settle it by stakeholders proving abortive.”

Mercy Aloh, an indigene of Onweonweya community, called for sustained security presence in the area as many people were afraid to return home.

Three people died as a result of the crisis with several houses burnt and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

Unknown gunmen kidnap soldier in Cross River.

Unknown gunmen on Thursday kidnapped a soldier, Musa Lawal, attached to the 13th Brigade of the Nigerian Army while stepping out of a bank along Calabar Road, Cross River State.


It was gathered that Lawal was bundled into a vehicle and whisked away.


An eyewitness, Emma Abang, said the incident happened at about 10a.m in the presence of security officials in the bank


He said, “The army officer was kidnapped in front of one of the popular banks along Calabar Road after he had finished his transactions.


“It was not clear whether they kidnapped him because of the transaction he went to carry out; but they just whisked him into their vehicle and zoomed off. They took him to an unknown destination.”


However, the Army Public Relations Officer in charge of 13 Brigade, Calabar, Capt. Kayode Owolabi, said he was not aware of the incident.

Tricycle Rider Abducts, Turns 15-yr-old Girl to Sex Slave

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS of the Lagos State Police Command, weekend, rescued a 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly abducted and turned into a sex slave by a tricycle operator in Agege area of Lagos.

Arrested alongside the suspect, identified as Dada Azeez, 28, was an alleged accomplice, Wasiu Agunbiade, in whose apartment the teenager was initially kept. The rescued teenager (names withheld), had N58,000 on her when she was abducted on October 5.

The money belonged to her aunt, Mrs Gbemisola. She was, however, trailed to a one-room apartment at 7, Oseni Street, Danjuma Cinema area of Agege. The abduction saga took another twist after the suspect, Azeez, 28, claimed that the teenager was his girlfriend.

He told the operatives that he had been in a clandestine relationship with the teenager since last year, claiming he abducted her because her aunt was against the relationship. According to Azeez, “we started having a secret affair about a year ago.

But her sister frowned at our relationship when she got to know. I bought her a phone through which we communicated, and instructed her to keep it away from her aunt.

“Whenever she intended to visit me, she would call and I would describe our meeting place for her. Then I thought it would be better for her to elope with me and started working on her psyche by buying her gifts to lure her into accepting to move in with me.

“The day I made up my mind to abduct her coincided with the day she was sent on an errand. I did not know she was with such an amount of money. I only wanted to take her far away from her guardian for not supporting our relationship.”

Her story

The teenager alleged that she was used as a sex machine during her stay in Azeez’s hideout, saying she agreed to elope with him out of ignorance.

According to her, “he forcefully had sex with me on the first day of my arrival and since then, he had been having sex with me without wearing the condom.

He slept with me anywhere, including at his friends’ place where he hid me for weeks.

“I succumbed to him because I could not go back home. He collected the N58,000, which was a thrift contribution I was going to give to the owner. He fed me three times a day with the money.”

I didn’t know she was abducted – Accomplice

On his part, the alleged accomplice, Agunbiade, admitted that the teenager was kept in his apartment for just a night, claiming he never knew she was abducted.

He said: “If I had known she was abducted, I would have advised him to return her to the parents. I never believed he could commit such crime.

“He begged me to accommodate them for one night in my room. They left my place the following day to somewhere else. I regretted allowing them to pass the night in my place.”
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus, said the suspects and the rescued girl had been transferred to the Agege Divisional Police, where the case was initially reported before the RRS took it up.

She warned parents and guardians against exposing their wards and children to social vices in their environment.

Ijaw militants behind Lagos school kidnap – Ayorinde

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said suspected militants from the Niger Delta were behind the abduction of four pupils and teachers, who were whisked away from their school, Lagos Model College (Senior and Junior), Igbonla, Epe on October 6.

The state government, however, said the victims, comprising two pupils, vice-principal and head teacher had already gone through medical checkup and safely reunited with their families.”

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said this in a statement he issued yesterday, saying the state government would spare nothing until the state “is rid of criminal elements.”

After the victims were released on Tuesday, Ayorinde reiterated the resolve of the state government “to protect lives and property. The children have undergone medical check-up after which they were reunited with their families.

“The children are doing well. Also, they have gone through medical checkup. Already, they have been safely reunited with their families after they were released and undergone medical checkup.”

Ayorinde said the state government “welcomed the release of the school pupils, vice-principal and head teacher of Igbonla Model College, Epe. The victims were kidnapped by suspected Ijaw militants on October 6.”

The commissioner urged residents to be more vigilant, security conscious and report all suspected persons and objects seen within their neighbourhood to the appropriate security agencies.

“The determination of the government to ensure 24-hour security of the state is evident in the huge investment in the equipment and welfare of security agencies, especially the police,” he explained.

He said the state government “has taken adequate steps to stem the tide of kidnapping in the state, in line with the directive of the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, plans have been concluded to commence the demolition of illegal structures erected across the state waterfronts and creeks.

“Often times, the incidence of kidnapping are perpetrated through the waterways and as such, these illegal structures provide a leeway for these criminal elements to plan and execute their nefarious activities.

“This step, we believe, will go a long way to address this menace. The state government has also begun steps to boost community policing with the recent announcement by the governor that at least 5,000 neighbourhood watchers will soon be recruited to improve surveillance across the state, especially at the rural areas.”

Meanwhile, following the release of the two kidnapped students of Government Model College, Igbonla, Epe, their vice principal and teacher, late Tuesday night by their abductors, it was yesterday gathered that they were not assaulted or molested in any way.

Although one of the students was a female, she was also not assaulted by the gang, rather, her ill health facilitated their early release from captivity.

DVC escapes as gunmen kidnap DPO’s daughter, govt official.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics, Cross River University of Technology, Prof. Gabriel Ikpi, is currently recuperating from gunshot wounds sustained after he escaped being kidnapped.

The incident, which happened over the weekend, had thrown the university community into panic.

Also, an unidentified daughter of a former Police Public Relations Officer in Cross River State, Mr. John Umoh, was kidnapped in Calabar on Monday.

This came just as the Executive Secretary of Obudu Urban Development Authority, Mr. Canice Atsu, was on the same day abducted by unknown gunmen in his Obudu home.

Southern City News learnt on Tuesday that while the deputy vice chancellor was said to be recuperating from gunshot wounds, the abductors of Umoh’s daughter had demanded N20m, even as the police officer offered to pay N115, 000 to the kidnappers.

A source, who spoke on Ikpi’s kidnap attempt, said the deputy vice chancellor escaped from the vehicle after the gunmen had cornered him.

The source said, “The suspects attempted to kidnap the deputy vice chancellor for ransom, but luck was on the side of the Professor of Agriculture as he successfully fought his abductors.

“He escaped in the end with a gunshot on his leg. He is believed to be traumatised, but recuperating in the hospital.”

The Registrar of CRUTECH, Mr. Gabriel Beshel, who confirmed the incident, said the deputy vice chancellor was responding to treatment.

On the kidnap of Umoh’s daughter, a source said the policeman, who is currently the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Mbo Division in Akwa Ibom State, had offered to pay the N115, 000 but the kidnappers would not accept that.

It was learnt that Umoh’s wife also sustained bullet wounds during the encounter with the abductors in Calabar.

He said, “The gunmen had a gun duel with the DPO before they succeeded in taking the daughter. I understand that the wife was shot when she struggled to save her daughter. She is said to be in the hospital.

“The kidnappers have demanded N20m but the DPO could not raise the money. He was only able to raise N115,000 and it is not clear if the abductors have collected that money.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the abduction of Umoh’s daughter and the executive secretary of Obudu Urban Development Authority.

She said, “For the case of the Obudu kidnap, no official report was made to the police, but the commissioner has asked the DPO to monitor and investigate the situation. For that of Umoh’s daughter, we are on top of the situation.”

Gunmen Invade Lagos School, Kidnap Principal

Gunmen suspected to be militants on Thursday morning invaded Igbo Nla Model College in Epe, Lagos, whisking away the principal.

It was however unascertained if students of the college were kidnapped, as there were contradictory reports as at the time of filing this report.

It was learnt that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Sqaud  (SARS) have been deployed on a rescue mission in the school.

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Three young men roasted alive for kidnapping newborn baby in Imo

Three young men were on Wednesday roasted alive by angry youths in Ezelu Okwe in the Onuimo Local Government Area, LGA, of Imo State for allegedly kidnapping a newborn baby boy.

The Punch quoted a community source as saying that the suspects met their Waterloo when they whisked away the baby from the mother and were caught by youths in the area.

He said, “They kidnapped the baby boy and took to their heels immediately. The traumatised mother raised the alarm immediately, which caught the attention of some youths around. The youths quickly intervened, caught the three of them and burnt them alive.”

According to the source, the youths took law into their hand as they set the suspects on fire because a similar incident had taken place in the community penultimate week when kidnappers stole a baby from the mother.

“The youths were angered by the fact that a baby girl was stolen in the community two weeks ago. They wanted the killing of the kidnappers to serve as a deterrent to others,” he added.

The Police Public Relations Officer, in the state, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said he was awaiting full details from the Divisional Police Officer in the LGA.

Meanwhile, the Senate has moved against jungle justice in the country.

Woman Kidnaps Her Sister’s Daughter Over N30, 000 In Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a Ghanaian, Enyolam Believe, for allegedly kidnapping her niece in the Ikotun area of the state.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Believe, who had been living in Lagos for the past 17 years, conspired with her friend, Agatha Aigbomiam, to commit the crime last Tuesday.

The eight-year-old victim was alleged to have been kidnapped on her way to school and taken to Ogun State by Aigbomiam.

The victim was said to have raised the alarm which drew the attention of residents, leading to the arrest of both suspects.

A police source said 43-year-old Believe and the victim’s mother had searched for the child, including reporting a case of missing person at a police station.

He said, “The suspect and the girl’s mother are sisters. Believe, however, colluded with her friend, Aigbomiam, to abduct the girl so that she could make money from the mother.

“Their plan was that the friend would kidnap the child and hide her somewhere in Ogun State, while she would negotiate the ransom with the mother on the phone.

“When the girl went missing, the girl’s mother called her and they both searched for the girl. She even suggested that they should report the case to the police. The mother never suspected that she was behind the kidnap.”

The source said while people were looking for the girl, the suspect was also trailing the movement of her friend and the victim on the phone.

He said the kidnapped girl, while in captivity, raised the alarm that Aigbomiam was not her mother and called for help from some Ogun residents, who came to her aid.

The matter was said to have been reported to a community leader, who invited the police.

The source said, “When the police discovered that Aigbomiam was not alone in the crime and she was receiving calls from Believe, they decided to play along. They asked her to invite Believe to Ogun State.
“It was when she arrived that the police arrested her.

The case was subsequently transferred to Lagos State where the offence was committed. That was where the mother of the girl saw that her own sister was behind her ordeal.”

The suspects, who were paraded before journalists at the police command headquarters in Ikeja on Thursday, confessed to the crime.

Believe said she hoped to make N30,000 from the kidnap, adding that she needed the money for a business.

She said, “I have my own children. I needed money badly that time and I thought of different ideas, which didn’t work. So, I decided to kidnap my sister’s daughter and demand N30,000 ransom from her. I involved my friend because I didn’t want to be the one to take the girl from school. I don’t know what came over me.”

Aigbomiam, a 42-year-old trader from Ekpoma, Edo State, said Believe asked her to kidnap the victim after she returned from a surgery in Benin.

“She said she wanted to use the girl to collect some money from her sister. She just showed me the girl’s school and I kidnapped her around 7.30am on Tuesday, while she was going to school. I took her to my relative’s house in Ogun State. I was stupid for doing such a thing.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, while advising parents and guardians to be vigilant over their children and wards, said the suspects would be arraigned in court at the end of investigation.

Gunmen Kidnap Foreign Contractors In Calabar

At least three Australian citizens and one Australian resident, who were contractors for Lafarge cement company have been kidnapped and their driver killed in Calabar, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday.

There was an initial confusion over the number of victims and nationalities of those involved, as police in gave conflicting accounts, Reuters said in a report.

But media reports indicate that three Australians, a New Zealander, a South African and two Nigerians were attacked by the gunmen with one of them shot dead.

The two workers later escaped, police said. They were attacked on the outskirts of the city of Calabar at around 05:30 a.m.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the incident a “very serious kidnapping” in response to a journalist’s question and urged calm in reporting the incident.

“These are the facts as we know them: three Australians and one Australian resident were among seven people kidnapped in an attack on an Australia contractor’s operations in Nigeria. One person was killed in the attack,” Turnbull told reporters.

Two expatriates managed to flee, said Irene Ugbo, a spokeswoman for Cross River state police, adding that she did not know the nationality of any of the workers feared still held.

Ugbo had earlier said that only two of the kidnapped were Australians, and one was a New Zealander, while another police officer said a South African had been abducted.

The kidnappers had not contacted police, she said.

Kidnappings of foreigners are common in the Delta region, which holds most of the crude oil whose sales make about 70 percent of Nigeria’s national income.

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Army Smashes Kidnap Gang As Suspect Commits Suicide

The Nigerian Army has smashed a suspected    notorious kidnappers gang that has been terrorising Abia State.One of the suspects allegedly committed suicide while another was arrested by the Nigerian Army.

The suspect believed to be the leader of the fourman gang that allegedly shot and abducted a victim at Ohafia, and took him to Nkporo town in Ohafia Local Government Area where they were demanding for ransom before residents made a distress call to the Army. At a press conference in Umuahia, the Army Public Relations Officer (APRO), Major Sydneyv Mbaneme said the suspect committed suicide while escaping arrest. “He was escaping from arrest and jumped from he window of the building he was hiding to another building’s roof which caved in and he hit his head on the floor and died on the spot.”

Mbaneme, said two Ak 47 rifles, nine Magazines loaded with 124 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one pistol, two rounds of 9 mm ammunition, two cutlasses 6 GSM handsets, one chain, one ipad, a wrap of substance suspected to be Indian hemp, two motor number plates, one camouflage jungle hat, one ATM and the N5,490,000.

Mbaneme said that in a follow up search the next day being Saturday, April 9, 2016, the army recovered a Toyota Rav 4 with registration number MUS 428 RZ, used in kidnap- ping the rescued victim, bunch of keys, one Generator set and two empty travelling bags. He explained that the incident happened when troops deployed in Abiriba received a distress call from a community in Nkporo over movement of persons suspected to be kidnappers were noticed in their area. “The troops on receipt of the call, swiftly responded and on getting there, arrested one of the suspected kidnappers, Chidiebere Sunday, while two escaped into the bush, the fourth, trying to escape jumped on top of the roof of a neighbouring house, fell into the house through the ceiling, hit his head on the ground and died and in that process their victim was rescued.”He said that the victim, who was shot and kidnapped on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 is responding to treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

According to him, the body of the deceased kidnapper had been taken away by the police at Nkporo while the arrested kidnapper and the recovered items are in the custody of the 14 Brigade , Ohafia.Sunday, 39 denied knowledge of the kidnap business.

He said that he came home for the funeral ceremony of his father and after informing his friend, one Ifeanyi of the burial, he asked him to come and take some money.

He explained that it was in the process of going to collect the money from Ifeanyi that the army swooped on them and he was arrested while Ifeanyi escaped.

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2 Sons Of Policemen, 6 Others Killed For Robbery, Kidnap

Two sons of two police officers and a kidnapper were among eight armed robbery suspects killed during an exchange of fire with the police at Nsukka on Good Friday, when Christians throughout the world were marking death of Jesus Christ on the cross. One of the armed robbers was the son of a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, while the other was the son of a serving police inspector.

Source told South East Voice that the eight suspects were killed at separate operations in the university town in Enugu State by the Police Anti- Robbery Squad, SARS. South East Voice gathered that one of the sons of the police officers identified simply as Arinze Ossai hailed from Igboeze North Local Government Area, stationed his robbery gang at a hotel in the area from where the gang terrorised the entire local government area and its environs for several months, robbing and kidnapping people in the area.

It was gathered that following information volunteered to the Police and members of the local vigilante group, the dare devil robbers were confronted in their hideouts, leading to exchange of fire between the Police and the suspects and the death of three of the suspects. The Igboeze North vigilante group working on a tip off had contacted SARS at the Area command, Nsukka which later accosted the gang which had earlier robbed a Toyota Venza vehicle belonging to a returnee from Malaysia.

Four other suspects, two of whom were identified as Ifeanyi Ogbu and Abuchi Ogbaje from Igboeze South Local Government Area were also reportedly killed while trying to rob their victims on Good Friday. A member of the Igboeze North vigilante group said that the gang members gave them a tough time as they knew all the entry and exit points of every community in the area, adding that the police officers sons were the executioners of the gang.

A senior police officer confirmed the incident at the Police Area Command, Nsukka, saying that there was heavy exchange of fire between the Police and the robbers.

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Gunmen Kidnap Three Kaduna Pastors, Demand N100m

Members of the Taraya Ekklesiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria, TEKAN), have been thrown into confusion following the kidnapping of their President, Dr. Emmanuel Dziggau.

Dziggau was said to have been kidnapped on Monday along with his deputy, Rev. Illiya Anto, and a retired reverend in the church, Yakubu Dzarma.

Anto was later released on health grounds.

TEKAN General Secretary, Rev. Moses Ebuga, told newsmen in Jos on Tuesday that the three men were kidnapped in Kaduna.

Dziggau is also the president of Haddiyar Ekklesiya Kristi A Nigeria (United Church of Christ in Nigeria) and the TEKAN/ECWA bloc leader in the Christian Association of Nigeria.

The three men were said to have been kidnapped at the church crusade ground along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Monday morning.

It was learnt that the masked gunmen stormed the crusade ground and picked the three men while other church members fled.

The General Secretary of the church and one of the eyewitnesses, Rev Jibrailu Wobiya, who confirmed the abduction to one of our correspondents, said Dziggau and some members were at the area to clear the crusade ground for a forthcoming church programme.

Ebuga called on the Federal Government and security operatives to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the clergymen.

He said the kidnappers had contacted him and demanded a ransom of N100m.

Ebuga described the abduction of the clerics as shocking, calling for their immediate release.

He said the three men might have been kidnapped because of the oncoming CAN national election.

He added, “We are not ignorant of the recent scheming against the Nigerian church with regard to the upcoming CAN national election, where the leaders have become the subject of attacks, particularly the leadership of TEKAN/ECWA bloc in CAN.

“As a body, we are calling on the government to do everything possible to ensure the safety of the leaders,  unearth their whereabouts and to have the perpetrators fished out.

Ebuga called on the TEKAN churches and the Nigerian church to rise up in prayer against the ugly development, asking them to pray that God would expose the sponsors and perpetrators of the kidnapping.

The Kaduna State Police Command had yet to confirm the kidnapping of the pastors on Tuesday.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Abubakar Zubairu, did not return repeated telephone calls to his mobile.

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Rev. George Dodo, described the pastors’ abduction as “unpleasant and shocking.”

The CAN’s chairman, while confirming the incident, said he just heard of the “unpleasant” development on Tuesday, calling on security agencies to do all they could to unmask the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

Dodo stated, “I heard about it this afternoon; it is an unpleasant news, a shocking news to everybody. Government should put in motion all its security apparatus to ensure the liberation of those abducted.”

The spokesman for the Northern States CAN, Rev. Josesph Hayab,  condemned the abduction of the clerics.

He called on the kidnappers to release the three men unconditionally or be prepared to incur the wrath of God.

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US, UK Knew Whereabouts of Chibok Girls – Ex-British Envoy

The US and British governments knew where at least 80 of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram were but failed to launch a rescue mission, it has been revealed.


The Boko Haram terrorists stormed a secondary boarding school in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state, northern Nigeria in April 2014, and seized 276 girls who were preparing for end-of-year exams. Although 57 of the girls managed to escape the rest have remained missing and have not been heard from or seen since apart from in May that year, when 130 of them appeared in a Boko Haram video wearing hijabs and reciting the Quran.


Dr Andrew Pocock, the former British high commissioner to Nigeria, has now revealed that a large group of the missing girls were spotted by British and American surveillance officials shortly after their disappearance, but experts felt nothing could be done.


He told The Sunday Times of London that Western governments felt ‘powerless’ to help as any rescue attempt would have been too high risk – with Boko Haram terrorists using the girls as human shields. Dr Pocock said: ‘A couple of months after the kidnapping, fly-bys and an American eye in the sky spotted a group of up to 80 girls in a particular spot in the Sambisa forest, around a very large tree, called locally the Tree of Life, along with evidence of vehicular movement and a large encampment.’ According to the report of Pocock’s interview with Sunday Times, as published in the Daily Mail on Sunday, the former envoy said the girls were there for at least four weeks but authorities were ‘powerless’ to intervene – and the Nigerian government did not ask for help anyway.

He said: ‘A land-based attack would have been seen coming miles away and the girls killed, an air-based rescue, such as flying in helicopters or Hercules, would have required large numbers and meant a significant risk to the rescuers and even more so to the girls.’ He added: ‘You might have rescued a few but many would have been killed. My personal fear was always about the girls not in that encampment — 80 were there, but 250 were taken, so the bulk were not there. What would have happened to them? You were damned if you do and damned if you don’t.’ In an investigation by Christina Lamb for the Sunday Times Magazine, Dr Pocock said the information was passed to the Nigerians but they made no request for help. According to the report in Daily Mail, the Sunday Times Magazine has also seen brutal rape videos which show schoolgirls are being used as sex slaves by the terrorists.


Ms Lamb reports: ‘They film schoolgirls being raped over and over again until their scream become silent Os.’ Some of the girls who managed to escape told Ms Lamb they were kept in ‘women’s prisons’ where they were taught about Islam. Boko Haram fighters would visit and pick their wives.


The girls were powerless to resist as even then the men would be heavily armed. They were shown videos of people being raped, tortured and killed as a threat of what would happen to them if they tried to run away.


Dr Stephen Davis, a former canon at Coventy Cathedral who has spent several years attempting to negotiate with the terror group said Boko Haram ‘make Isis look like playtime’ and said it is ‘beyond belief’ that the authorities both in Nigeria and the West do not know where the schoolgirls are.


He insists the locations of the camps where the girls are being kept are well known and can even be seen on Google maps. He added: ‘How many girls have to be raped and abducted before the West will do anything?’ Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau previously claimed that all the girls, some of whom were Christian, had converted to Islam and been ‘married off’.


The mass abduction brought the brutality of the Islamist insurgency to worldwide attention and prompted the viral social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls which was supported by everyone from Michelle Obama to Malala Yousafzai.


Boko Haram violence has left at least 17,000 dead and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes since 2009. The Global Terrorism Index ranks the group as the word’s deadliest terror organisation.


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Woman Allegedly Plots Grandfather’s Kidnap

A trader, Ayisat Amodu, who allegedly conspired with two others to kidnap her grandfather, was yesterday remanded in prison custody by an Ilorin Magistrate’s Court. Magistrate Mohammed Ibrahim ordered the accused remanded at the Federal Prison, Okekura, Ilorin, while the case was adjourned till March 22 for mention.

Amodu, a resident of Ilesha Baruba in Kwara, is facing trial with Ali Mohammed and Adamu Hassan in the court. The Prosecutor, Inspector Nasiru Yusuf, told the court that the trader, along with Mohammed and Hassan, kidnapped her grandfather, Yakub Bello, for a ransom.

Yusuf said that the trio committed the offence sometimes in March at Tunbuyan Fulani Camp in Ilesha Baruba in Baruteen Local Government Area of Kwara State. The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 1, 2 and 6 of Kwara State Prohibition of Kidnapping Law, 2010.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

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Edo Former Speaker’s Wife Hassana Garuba Kidnapped

The Police in Edo has confirmed the abduction of Mrs Hassana Garuba, wife of former Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly.


Garuba, a serving Magistrate in the state, was ?kidnapped at Obadan village near Ogbemudia Farms on the Benin-Okenne-Lokoja road on Tuesday ?morning.?


The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Edo, Mr Abiodun Osifo, confirmed the abduction. Osifo said the police were working hard to locate and set her free.


“The matter has been reported. Our men are combing the area where the incident happened? with a view to securing her release and arrest those responsible. “We have deployed the necessary machinery, including electronic devices to secure her release’’, Osifo said.


Garuba was said to be travelling to Ehor where she is a Magistrate when she was kidnapped along with other persons yet to be identified. ??


A family source said the kidnappers had not contacted them.


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Tambuwal Orders Investigation Into Abduction Of 14-yr-Old Girl In Sokoto

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has directed the state’s Human Rights Commission to wade into the alleged abduction of a 14-year-old Miss Patience Paul, on August 12, 2015. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, This came as Pan-Idoma group, Opiatoha K ‘Idoma, yesterday, pleaded with the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Inspector General, Solomon Arase, to intervene and ensure the girl was released without delay. The governor’s directive came against the backdrop of reports of forcible abduction of the Benue-born girl, who was alleged to be held in the palace of the Sultan. The governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said the commission should conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and report to him.

The statement read: “On the case of alleged forceful abduction/forceful conversion of 15-year-old Patience Paul from Benue State, in Sokoto State, I wish to make the following statement. “On Wednesday, March 2, Governor Aminu Tambuwal directed the state Human Rights Commission to undertake a thorough investigation into the allegations and report same to the government. “In the interim, the Human Rights Commission was asked to present an interim report and update the public with all information as it becomes available. “In the first 24 hours, the Commission has contacted the Sultanate Council and the state police command for a briefing.

Kidnapped Patience Adaji “The Commission has also spoken to the state Hisbah Commission, as well as the person whose phone number was given in the initial allegation made online. “Despite efforts, however, the Rights Commission has been unable to contact the family of Patience Paul or anyone who will shed more light on the allegations. “It has now opened a public plea, urging Ms Paul’s family or representatives to contact it for a detailed briefing.”

Gunmen Kidnap Three Female Students In Lagos

No fewer than three students of Babington Macaulay ?Junior Seminary School, a private school in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, have been abducted by some gunmen.

It was learnt that the bandits stormed the school at about 8.30 pm on Monday and seized the children.

The ?Lagos State Police Command confirmed that three schoolgirls were abducted. However unconfirmed reports said the number of the abducted students was more than three.

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Securing Chibok Girls My Responsibility, Buhari Orders Investigation Into Abduction

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the theft of the 219 girls from Government Secondary in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014.

The investigation would seek to, among other things, unravel the remote and immediate circumstances leading to the kidnap of the girls by Boko Haram terrorists as well as the other  events, actions and inaction that followed the incident.

This plan was revealed on Thursday when President Buhari met with some of the parents of the Chibok girls behind closed doors.

The President assured the parents that he remained fully committed to his pledge to do all within his powers to save the girls.

“I assure you that I go to bed and wake up every day with the Chibok girls on my mind.

“The unfortunate incident happened before this government came into being.

“What have we done since we assumed office? We re-organized the military, removed all the service chiefs and ordered the succeeding service chiefs to deal decisively with the Boko Haram insurgency.

“In spite of the terrible economic condition we found ourselves in, we tried to get some resources to give to the military to reorganize and equip, retrain, deploy more troops and move more forcefully against Boko Haram.

“And you all know the progress we have made. When we came in Boko Haram was in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. Boko Haram has now been reduced to areas around Lake Chad.

“Securing the Chibok girls is my responsibility. The service chiefs and heads of our security agencies will tell you that in spite of the dire financial straits that we found the country in, I continue to do my best to support their efforts in that regard.

“This is a Nigeria where we were exporting average of two million barrels per day at over 140 dollars per barrel. Now it is down to about 27 to 30 dollars.

“You have been reading in the press how they took public funds, our funds, your funds and shared it, instead of buying weapons. That was the kind of leadership I succeeded. That was the kind of economy I inherited.

“God knows I have done my best and I will continue to do my best,” President Buhari said.

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Kidnappers Abduct RCCG Pastor During Service

A pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God has been kidnapped by yet-to-be identified persons.

It was gathered that Pastor Ayo Raphael was kidnapped during the Sunday service at the Resurrection parish of the RCCG in Kabba junction in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Eyewitnesses said the kidnappers, numbering about 10, stormed the church auditorium at about 9am and ordered the congregation to lie face down.

An eyewitness, who pleaded not to be named, said, “The pastor was dragged out of the church into the bush while the abductors shot sporadically into the air to facilitate their escape.”

Although no lives were lost, many members of the congregation were said to have sustained injuries as a result of their scampering for safety as the kidnappers were shooting into the air.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the kidnappers had contacted the church, demanding N50m before the pastor could be released.

The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said he had yet to be briefed about the incident.

He promised to get back to our correspondent on the police efforts on the matter, but had yet to do so as of press time.

Nigeria Failed Us – Chimamanda Speaks On Father’s Kidnap

Nigerian award winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has expressed sadness and shock over her father’s kidnap.


It will be recalled that her father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, was kidnapped in May, 2015 on his way from Nsukka to Aba, Anambra state and was reportedly released three days later.


In a recent interview with BBC News Hours, Chimamanda said, “We are still reeling from it. We still have nightmares. I felt deeply hurt and shocked. I also felt very angry.
“I never imagined it would happen to us and to an 80-year-old father like my father who spent his whole life teaching for Nigeria; I felt Nigeria had failed us.


The ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ author added that the state government did not do as much as they had hoped and expected.


“It’s just the larger problem of inefficiency. One person has now been caught and is in custody but in general, we still don’t know,” she added.


“My father was very keen to protect me. He kept saying to them, I don’t have her number on my phone, I don’t remember it,” the Nigerian novelist revealed.



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Fulani Herdsmen Kidnap 3 Building Contractors In Delta

Suspected Fulani herdsmen, weekend, kidnapped three building contractors at Amorji, a suburb Onicha-Ukwani community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State.

Though the names of those kidnapped could not be ascertained at press time, it was reported that they were abducted while working at a fenced site in the community.
“According to an eye witness, it was these Fulani herdsmen that kidnapped these persons who were doing their job and took them hostage,” an indigene of the community, Joe Ossai, said.
He said: “For some time now, these herdsmen have occupied almost all the communities in Onicha-Ukwani, particularly Amorji and driven the people out of the village.
“My people are seriously hungry because there is no food for them to eat, the easy access road to Kwale had been taken over by Fulani herdsmen. The worst part of it all is that they went ahead and brought their families to be feeding from the communities’ crops they invaded.”
Also speaking on the development, President of Anti-Cult, Ndokwa nation, Mr. Austin Emu, said: “They have been communicating for ransom, but we do not know if they are purely Fulani herdsmen or if our people are also so involved.”
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer the Delta State command, Celestina Kalu said the police was on top of the matter.


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Gunmen Abduct Ex-Presidential Candidate, Demand N40m Ransom

Less than 24 hours to the Kogi State supplementary governorship election, the National Chairman of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria and the presidential candidate of the party in the 2015 general election, Alhaji Gani Galadima has been kidnapped by gunmen.

Galadima, who is the Deputy National Chairman of I tear-Party Advisory Council was kidnapped on Fridaymorning in Osara village after Obajana in Kogi State on his way to attend the burial of his elder brother in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The National Chairman of IPAC and Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, Chief Peter Ameh, who confirmed the abduction in an interview with our correspondent, said the kidnappers called him on the telephone and demanded N40m.
“Alhaji Gani Galadima, was kidnapped this (Friday) morning in Osara village after Obajana. He was traveling to his village to attend the burial of his elder brother in Ilorin, Kwara State. I have reported the matter to the police,” Ameh said.
When contacted the spokesperson for Kogi State Police Command, Mr. Ovye Williams, confirmed the incident.
Williams, an Assistant Superintendent of Police said, “The report has been lodged with us over the abduction of the politician. We are on top of the situation. I’m trying to get in touch with the DPO of the area for necessary action.”
Galadima was among five of the 14 presidential candidates who, along with their parties, signed a statement urging the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the 2015 elections to a more appropriate date.

The political parties, had in a resolution calling for the postponement, claimed to have “observed some dangerous trends, which if not checked may negatively and adversely affect our democracy.”

The parties which hinged their call for the postponement on security, distribution of PVCs and people deserting their residences for their villages, had also threatened to boycott the elections if their position was not respected.

Gunmen kidnap Timipre Sylva’s cousin in Bayelsa

Gunmen believed to be kidnappers yesterday afternoon kidnapped Krinpere Douglas, a cousin to Timipre Sylva, the APC Governorship candidate for Bayelsa governorship election. According to Nathan Egba, the Director for Media and Publicity of Sylva’s campaign who made this known to newsmen, Douglas was kidnapped along the Ogbia-Brass waterways this afternoon as he was heading to a political rally in support of his cousin, Mr. Sylva.

”The victim was coming for this campaign but, unfortunately, their boat which was in our convoy was attacked by the gunmen who abducted him to an unknown destination. I pray that nothing will happen to him,” he said.

Police Nabs Suspect Over Kidnap Of The Sun DMD’s Wife

Police operatives have arrested one of the suspected members of the kidnap gang that abducted Toyin, wife of the Deputy Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Newspapers, Mr. Steve Nwosu, at his Okota residence in Lagos.

The suspect, Odo Sylvester, an Economics Student of the Kogi State University, is presently in the cell of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command.

Sylvester, who spoke with Daily Sun said: “Actually, I made a serious mistake by indulging in a stupid behaviour. I am a lover of The Sun Newspapers because I like the style of the paper. One of the writers that I admire is Steve Nwosu. When I looked at Nwosu’s column and I did not see his write up, so, I asked why he did not  write and someone told me that his wife, Toyin, was kidnapped.

“I now said wow, it would be an opportunity to make money. I picked his number from his column. I now called him and told him that he should send me N100,000 so that I could link him to his wife. He agreed. I was thinking about it that the money was too small to bear such a risk. I then changed my mind and told him to pay N2 million, pretending that I hid his wife in my custody.  He seemed to have agreed, but as he was negotiating on how to pay, the real kidnappers contacted him. When I called him again, he said I should not call him again. He said I should stop playing with him. I decided to keep my cool.

“I swear, I don’t know the kidnappers. I was only cashing in on the situation to extort money from Nwosu. If the police like, let them kill me, I don’t know the people that kidnapped Toyin. I am begging the government to look into the issue. I swear to God Almighty, I don’t know any thing about the abduction of Toyin.

“I was trailed through the phone number I used in communicating with Nwosu. I was picked in the school. I told you that I am an Economics Student of the Kogi State University. I am in 200 level. I am afraid that  my arrest may affect my education.”

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Gunmen Kidnap Community Leader In Bayelsa

Armed men in military camouflage have reportedly kidnapped a community leader, identified as Chief Geoffrey Agorodi, at Ogbia Town, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The abduction, it was gathered, occurred at about 8.30pm last Friday some distance from Ogbia Town jetty.

The four gunmen,  allegedly bundled Agorodi into a waiting speedboat and sped off after shooting sporadically to scare people away.

Chairman of Ogbia clan, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide, Mr. Osaanya B. Osaanya, condemned the incident, describing it as one abduction too many in the council.

He said: “Kidnapping has become a worrisome development at Ogbia. Kidnappers have laid siege to our council and at the last count, over five persons were abducted in the past one month.

“This is unacceptable. Most of the victims were elderly men and women, including traditional rulers.”

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Man Sentenced To Life In Prison, Plus 230 Years For Kidnapping And Sexually Assaulting A 10 Year Old Girl

A 34-year-old man was sentenced to prison on Thursday for kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her bed in Northridge and sexually assaulting her.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Tobias Summers was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 230 years.
The victim chose to speak out against Summers after he entered the courtroom in shackles.

“It was not right,” she said. “No one should ever have to go through that.”

Jurors found Summers guilty of 32 felony counts including rape of a child, aggravated sexual assault, possession of child pornography, kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

On March 27, 2013, he allegedly chose the victim’s house at random, threatened the young girl with a knife and then repeatedly sexually assaulted her in his car, a drainage tunnel, a storage yard and a vacant house, according to Deputy District Attorney Laura Knight.

Authorities located the victim nearly 12 hours later, at the corner of Canoga Avenue and Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills.

According to prosecutors, she was barefoot and had visible injuries when she was found.

A defense attorney for Summers said he will appeal the court’s decision.

Gunmen Kidnap Bayelsa Monarch, Shoot Police

Again, dare devil armed men yesterday invaded a community in Bayelsa State and abducted the paramount ruler of the Biseni clan of Biseni community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, Mr. Lucky Oberike.

In another separate incident also in Yenagoa, gunmen operating in black Lexus jeep attacked the residence of the former Senior Special Assistant to the former President on Domestic Matter, Dr. Wariponmowei Dudafa, shooting a Police Corporal on duty at the residence in the shoulder.

Report gathered provides that the invasion of the Biseni community, which led to the kidnap of the Clan Head occurred at about 8pm on Tuesday.

The abducted clan head, identified as the father to a senior staff of the Bayelsa State Treasury Department was said to have been whisked away to unknown destination.

Confirming the two incidents, spokesman for the State Police Command, Mr. Astimin Butswat, said “On the 14/10/2015, at about 0200hrs, unknown gunmen went to the residence of His Royal Highness, Mr. Luckson O Oberike, the Clan Head of Biseni community, in Biseni, Yenagoa LGA. The unknown gunmen abducted him and whisked him away through IDU waterways in Rivers State.”

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Chief Olu Falae’s Abductors Reduce Ransom Demand To N90m

Abductors of former Secretary to the Federal Government, Olu Falae, has reduced the ransom demanded for his release from N100 million to N90 million, an aide to the politician has said.

The aide, who pleaded anonymity said on Tuesday in Akure that the abductors called the family on Monday night and agreed that they could bring N90 million if they could not afford N100 million demanded.

The source, however, said the family has only been able to raise N2 million.

The septuagenarian was kidnapped in his farm on Monday by gunmen who were also said to have wounded some of his workers.

Although the Police in the state  insisted the incident was a ‘’mere attack by some Fulani herdsmen’’, the family said the kidnappers called to demand a ransom of N100 million.

“When they called us on Monday night, they said they could only reduce the ransom to N90 million, but we cannot afford that.

“We begged them to take N2 million but they rejected it; they said they would call us back today but as at this moment, they have not called,” the source said.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wole Ogodo, said the command was still making effort to ensure that Mr. Falae, also a former Minister of Finance, was released unhurt.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Isaac Kekemeke, has called on the Ondo State Government and security agencies in the state to ensure that the abductors of the former SGF are brought to book.

Mr. Kekemeke, in a statement, urged the government to regulate the activities of Fulani herdsmen ‘’just as it regulates citizen’s use of public utilities’’.

“These lawless herdsmen, if they must live in Ondo state, cannot be law unto themselves,” he said.


Shocking !!! Baby Disappears During Naming Ceremony In Ogun State

An eight month old baby identified as Hezekiah Opeyemi Ogundele mysteriously disappeared during a naming ceremony held at Inuosegba community in Abeokuta Ogun state yesterday July 26th.

According to The Nation, Hezekiah’s brother had taken the baby to the naming ceremony and within minutes, the toddler disappeared. A search party was immediately formed but they were unable to find the baby. What they found instead was a building close to the venue of the ceremony where items suspected to be severed human wrist, school pupils’ bags and uniforms were found.

But for the timely intervention of the operatives the Special Anti – Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the enraged crowd were bent on bringing down the building.

Missionary NGO Busted For Child Kidnapping And Trafficking

A child trafficking syndicate that specialises in bringing underage children from the northern part of Nigeria to serve as house-helps, has been uncovered by the State Security Service (SSS) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

While parading the suspects on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the State Director of Security, Friday Onuche, revealed that the group usually deceived the parents of the children by promising them that the children would get a better living condition and education.

He said: “There is need, therefore, for members of the public to be sensitised on the need to be circumspect in the way they give out children or take in children from such unscrupulous modern day slave traders.

The victims comprising 12 males and 24 females, whose age range between five and 14 years, have been brought into Bayelsa State to serve as maids.

The amount expected to get one of these kids as a living maid is the sum of 25,000 Naira.

According to reports, the syndicate is made up of four persons, three men who claimed to be pastors at a popular Nigerian church and a lady.

They are: Pastor Anthoy Onuibiyie (54) from Enugu State, Pastor Bala (41), Pastor Dauda Garda (32), both from Kebbi State and Miss Tonbra Alazigha (38) from Bayelsa.

Pastor Anthony Onuibiyie, who is said to be the leader of the group, travels to states to bring the children after those interested in the services of the children have made a payment of 12,000 Naira to cover the transportation.

It is also reported that this is not the first time the syndicates were being arrested by law enforcement agents, as they have been arrested by the Anambra State Police earlier in the year.

Miss Tonbra Alazigha is a single mother of five biological children. She is a proprietor of Christian Heritage School in Biogbolo, Yenagoa.

She has a charity organisation that is in charge of distributing the children to the different homes that they will serve. She has within the space of six months distributed 16 children in the state.

Some of the children, who narrated their ordeal to reporters, said that the missionaries, who arranged with their parents to place them in choice schools, handed them to foster parents.

“The pastors came to our villages in Zaria and convinced some parents, who are unable to train their children in schools. When we got to Bayelsa they took us to different homes.

“The woman I was asked to live with used to assign me to the farm and I also sold water for her. I no longer went to school. I started school at the beginning of the term but she told me to stop school now,” one of the children said.

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Panel Beater Shot Dead In Attempt To Kidnap Europe Returnee

A panel beater at Obollo-Afor in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State has been shot dead while his colleague was badly wounded in an attempt to kidnap a returnee from Europe in his country home at Amube, Enugu-Ezike.

Vanguard gathered that the two kidnappers from Benue State had been terrorising inhabitants of the area, raping and robbing unsuspecting victims of their valuables till the attempt to kidnap the returnee at his building site.

The suspects, identified as Tessy Iyong, 34, sustained bullet wounds and several machete cuts, and Sesso Nyoaku, a panel beater and father of four, was shot dead while fleeing as the police accosted them, with support from local vigilante group in the area.

Vanguard investigations revealed that the kidnappers were dropped by a motorcycle at the building site of the returnee whose identity could not be ascertained at the time of this report, met a young man with a metallic Toyota Camry, and enquired if he was the owner of the building under construction.

It was further learned that when the young man said he came to see the owner of the project, the suspects disbelieved him because of his physical frame, pointed a gun at him and demanded his car keys which he surrendered without hesitation and they drove away.
Workers at the site were said to have immediately put calls across to Igbo- Eze North police division that a car had been snatched at Amube, prompting pursuit of the suspects.

It was gathered that the kidnappers abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush, exchanging gun fire with the police.

The vigilante group in the community reportedly cordoned off the bush path, making it possible for the police to apprehend the suspects with gunshot wounds, even as an English made pistol was recovered from them.

One of the suspects, Tessy Iyong, told Vanguard that their mission was not to kidnap the returnee from Europe but to rob him of cash as they understood that he carried cash to the site as he paid his workers on daily basis.

Iyong explained that his dead accomplice, Sesso, was the one who brought the job since he understood the terrain as a panel beater who had lived at Obollo-Afor for sometime.

‘’We snatched the Toyota Camry to escape from the area, our intention was not to steal the car but to escape in it because the motorcycle that dropped us had left and we cannot trek to do that kind of work, it is risky.

‘’We know and that was why we took the car from the owner, although we thought he was the actual owner of the building when we struck,” he said.

How Nigerian Police Officers Detained MD, Collected N500K Bail

A Managing Director in the Lekki area of Lagos, Mr. Abiye Karibi-Whyte, has petitioned the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, to investigate his alleged abduction by the police and the N500,000 that was paid for his bail.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Karibi-Whyte, who alleged that he was apprehended by the police in the Lekki area for no justifiable reason, said he was taken to Awka, Anambra State, and detained for three days.
He added that he was made to pay N500,000 before he could secure his bail.

Our correspondent gathered that on Tuesday, April 28, Karibi-Whyte was called on the telephone to pick up a parcel in the Lekki area. However, it was learnt that when he got to the location, some policemen whisked him away after allegedly torturing him.

In the petition, dated May 6, Karibi-Whyte described the treatment he received from the policemen as harsh, adding that it made him felt that they were kidnappers.
He said,
“At about 5.30pm, I was called to pick up a DHL parcel by a caller whose phone number was 08178115226. However, when I got to the place, I was met by a man known as Jagaban, who introduced himself as a policeman. He slapped me and accused me of being a ritual killer.
“Two other armed men joined him and they beat me up. They handcuffed me and threw me in the back of my car with my driver. I kept asking them what I had done, but they told me to shut up. At a point, I was terrified as I was no longer sure they were policemen.
“They said they were heading for Ikeja. Later, I was told that I was not actually the one they were looking for and that they would let me go if I took them to a certain individual called Dapo Balogun, who was a man I knew.
“After passing the night in a cell, the policemen took me round Lagos the following day to find Balogun. I was given no access to my friends or family to know my whereabouts. Later that day they used my phone to call one of my friends, Yemi, who was picked up in the same manner.”
Our correspondent learnt that Balogun was later arrested by the operatives on that day, after raiding his residence.
Karibi-Whyte said after the police had apprehended the suspect, they still detained him and transferred him to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Awka, Anambra State.
He said,
 “At about 3am on the third day, Dapo Balogun, six of his friends, Yemi, my driver and I were put into vehicles and taken to Awka, Anambra State.
“On April 30, we arrived in Awka, and thereafter, I was asked by the police team leader how much I was willing to pay to be released. I told him I had no money. He said if I could pay N500,000, he would let me go. He allowed me to reach my family on the telephone and they sent the money to the police.”
Our correspondent learnt that the family paid into an Ecobank account number 0672010144.
“The account number belonged to one Okafor Ikechukwu. I was asked to sign a bail bond after the payment and I was released. My car, however, remained detained at the police command.
“My three-day abduction has caused severe shock and distress to my family and friends. The policemen subjected me to torture. Please, kindly investigate this matter and bring the culprits to book,” Karibi-Whyte added.
The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Uche Eze, said Karibi-Whyte should make a formal report to the state Commissioner of Police.
He said,
 “I have not heard of any report of such. If the complainant is very sure of what he is saying, let him write a petition to the Commissioner of Police or to the Police Public Relations’ office. I promise you that we will look into it.”

Source: The Punch

Former Employee & Friends Kidnap Boss’ Daughter, As Girl Dies In Their Custody, Police Apprehends Them

The police in Ogun State have arrested three suspected kidnappers for allegedly killing an 11-year-old girl, Aminat Ishola.

The suspects ? Babatunde Aderonmu, Sina Damilare, and Kola Taofeek ? were said to have kidnapped the minor, and administered a powdery substance on her while she was in their den, which later resulted in her death.

Aminat, a primary five pupil was reportedly kidnapped at Arugudu in the Ijoko area of Sango in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area on May 21.

It was learnt that she was subsequently moved to the Osun-Jegede, Ogbere area of Ibadan in Oyo State, where she was held captive.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, while parading the suspects on Wednesday in Abeokuta, said one of the suspects, Aderounmu, a former employee of the victim’s father at his bakery, masterminded the abduction.

He was said to have confessed that the girl died after Taofeek, who claimed to be an Alfa (Islamic cleric) administered a powdery substance on the victim to hypnotise her.

Adejobi said, “After kidnapping the girl, she was taken to Osun-Jegede. On the second day, the girl died because they administered some substance on the girl which is suspected to be poison.

“The prime suspect, Aderounmu said Taofeek, who claimed to be an Alfa administered the substance on the girl, which eventually killed her.

“After the girl had died, they packed her corpse into a sack and dumped the sack opposite Ogbere Police Station in Ibadan.

“The following day, a woman whose shop is close to the police station noticed the sack and called the attention of the police . The Divisional Police Officer ordered the opening of the sack and it was discovered that it was a corpse.

“We have carried out an autopsy on the girl and we are awaiting the result.”

Adejobi said the suspects had contacted the parents of the girl and demanded N2m ransom before they would release her, but they finally agreed on N300,000.

He said, “It was at this stage that the parents reported the matter to the police and we swung into action.

“The officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad commenced investigation on the matter, which led to the arrest of the lead suspect, Aderonmu.

“The suspect had sent the account number of a prophetess, who they claimed prayed for them, to the parents.

“The suspects had also confessed that they employed the service of an Alfa who administered a substance on the girl, which led to her death.

“They said they dumped her remains very close to the Divisional Police Station.”


Kidnapped Woman Found After Sending Text From Attacker’s Phone

A text message cry out for help potentially saved a Tennessee woman’s life this past weekend in Slidell.
Early Saturday evening (June 6th), Slidell Police were contacted by a woman from Tennessee who stated her sister had been kidnapped, raped, beaten, and was being held against her will at a Slidell hotel.
After speaking with Tennessee authorities, it was determined that 34-year-old, Lee Meadows (of Clarksville, Tennessee), was a suspect in the kidnapping of a woman, and was recently released from jail on domestic abuse related charges.
Slidell Police swarmed the hotel in which the victim was being held captive, and breached the door of the hotel room after Mr. Meadows refused to answer the door. When officers gained access to the room, they found the victim badly beaten and in need of medical attention. Mr. Meadows surrendered without incident and was placed under arrest. The victim was brought to a local hospital to be treated for multiple injuries, including broken bones. Slidell Police investigators then began to debrief the victim about her terrifying ordeal.
The victim told police she was taken against her will from Tennessee, and brought to Louisiana, because Mr. Meadows wanted to get out of the state due to pending criminal charges. Mr. Meadows allegedly had friends in the New Orleans area, which was why he decided to come to Louisiana.
Throughout the ordeal, Mr. Meadows took all of the victim’s belongings, including her cell phone, so she couldn’t contact anyone. After arriving in Slidell, Mr. Meadows checked into a local hotel, then continuously beat, strangled, and raped the victim. The victim, not knowing where she was at, was able to send a text message for help to her sister; indicating she was somewhere outside of New Orleans. Authorities in Tennessee were able to obtain the location in which the text message was sent, which ultimately led Slidell Police to the hotel.
Lee Meadows was booked at the Slidell City Jail and charged with: battery by strangulation, second degree battery, false imprisonment, and forcible rape. Mr. Meadows has since been transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said,

“Had it not been for the determination of the victim to survive, and the swift actions by Tennessee authorities and the officers at the Slidell Police Department, we could easily be working a homicide right now. Hopefully our criminal justice system will put Mr. Meadows away for a long time to where he won’t be able to hurt anyone ever again.


Ex-lawmaker’s Driver Arranges Own Kidnap, Demands N10m Ransom

The Rivers State Police Command has said it is on the trail of one Sylvanus Okon, a driver to a former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly (names withheld), who stage-managed his own abduction and demanded for the sum of N10 million from his boss as ransom.

This is as an aide to the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Mr. Henry Halliday on Wednesday afternoon escaped death when gunmen stormed his residence at the Abuloma area of Port Harcourt, the state capital.

LEADERSHIP reports that that the suspected assassins, numbering two were trying to gain access into Halliday’s residence when they were arrested by men of the Nigeria Police, following distress
calls from residents of the area.

Okon, according to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ahmad Muhammad, arranged with a gang of kidnappers to stage-manage his own abduction in order to get money from the former legislator.

Muhammad stated that a team of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), acting on information stormed the hide-out of the kidnappers in a forest near Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state, at about 6.45pm on June 3, 2015, where they arrested two members of the gang while Okon, and other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds.

He said the two arrested suspects, ThankGod Ake and Uchechukwu Nwabueze confessed that the driver of the former lawmaker brought the idea to them so as to make money from his principal.

Muhammad said, “On June 3, 2015, at about 6:45 pm in a forest around Omoku, another team of the Special anti-Robbery Squad daringly stormed the camp of suspected kidnappers and arrested two of them while others fled with bullet wounds.

“Preliminary questioning indicated the Uche chukwu Nwabueze and Thankgod Ake are members of the gang that kidnapped Sylvanus Okon, driver of a recent past legislator in the Rivers State House Assembly. The driver in concert with the gang stage managed the kidnapping to get money from the ex-legislator.

“In the initial contact, the suspects demanded N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) ransom from him. Efforts are ongoing to arrest Sylvanus Okon, who at the time of the raid fled together with their other cohorts in crime when the Police stormed their hideout. “

In another development, the PPRO said SARS killed two suspected armed robbers on June 3, 2015, during a raid at a suspected hide-out of an armed robbery gang along Farm Road, Aluu in Ikwerre local government area of the state.

He said, “On 03/05/2015 at about 6:00 pm at Aluu Farm Road, a team of Special anti-Robbery Squad raided the enclave of a suspected gang of criminals that specialized in car snatching and engaged them.

“The operation yielded in recovery of five assorted stolen vehicles, two pump action guns, and multiple plate numbers while two suspected armed robbers got fatally wounded.”

Chimamanda Writes About Her Father’s Kidnapping In The New York Times

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on her father’s kidnapping ‘If you don’t give us what we want,you will never see his dead body,”the voice said. What she wrote on New York Times Opinion below…

My father was kidnapped in Nigeria on a Saturday morning in early May. My brother called to tell me, and suddenly there was not enough breathable air in the world. My father is 83 years old. A small, calm, contented man, with a quietly mischievous humor and a luminous faith in God, his beautiful dark skin unlined, his hair in sparse silvery tufts, his life shaped by that stoic, dignified responsibility of being an Igbo first son.

He got his doctoral degree at Berkeley in the 1960s, on a scholarship from the United States Agency for International Development; became Nigeria’s first professor of statistics; raised six children and many relatives; and taught at the University of Nigeria for 50 years. Now he makes fun of himself, at how slowly he climbs the stairs, how he forgets his cellphone. He talks often of his childhood, endearing and rambling stories, his words tender with wisdom.
Sometimes I record his Igbo proverbs, his turns of phrase. A disciplined diabetic, he takes daily walks and is to be found, after each meal, meticulously recording his carbohydrate grams in a notebook. He spends hours bent over Sudoku. He swallows a handful of pills everyday. His is a generation at dusk.
On the morning he was kidnapped, he had a bag of okpa, apples and bottled water that my mother had packed for him. He was in the back seat of his car, his driver at the wheel, on a lonely stretch between Nsukka, the university town where he lives, and Abba, our ancestral hometown. He was going to attend a traditional meeting of men from his age group. A two-hour drive. My mother was planning their late lunch upon his return: pounded yam and a fresh soup. They always called each other when either traveled alone. This time, he didn’t call. She called him and his phone was switched off. They never switched off their phones. Hour after hour, she called and it remained off. Later, her phone rang, and although it was my father’s number calling, a stranger said, “We have your husband.”
Kidnappings are not uncommon in southeastern Nigeria and, unlike similar incidents in the Niger Delta, where foreigners are targeted, here it is wealthy or prominent local residents. Still, the number of abductions has declined in the past few years, which perhaps is why my reaction, in the aftermath of my shock, was surprise.
My close-knit family banded together more tightly and held vigil by our phones. The kidnappers said they would call back, but they did not. We waited. The desire to urge time forward numbed and ate my soul. My mother took her phone with her everywhere, and she heard it ringing when it wasn’t. The waiting was unbearable. I imagined my father in a diabetic coma. I imagined his octogenarian heart collapsing.
“How can they do this violence to a man who would not kill an ant?” my mother lamented. My sister said, “Daddy will be fine because he is a righteous man.” Ordinarily, I would never use “righteous” in a non-pejorative way. But something shifted in my perception of language. The veneer of irony fell away. It felt true. Later, I repeated it to myself. My father would be fine because he was a “righteous man.”
I understood then the hush that surrounds kidnappings in Nigeria, why families often said little even after it was over. We felt paranoid. We did not know if going public would jeopardize my father’s life, if the neighbors were complicit, if another member of the family might be kidnapped as well.
“Is my husband alive?” my mother asked, when the kidnappers finally called back, and her voice broke. “Shut up!” the male voice said. My mother called him “my son.” Sometimes, she said “sir.” Anything not to antagonize him while she begged and pleaded, about my father being ill, about the ransom being too high. How do you bargain for the life of your husband? How do you speak of your life partner in the deadened tone of a business transaction?
“If you don’t give us what we want, you will never see his dead body,” the voice said.
My paternal grandfather died in a refugee camp during the Nigeria-Biafra war and his anonymous death, his unknown grave, has haunted my father’s life. Those words — You will never see his dead body” shook us all.
Kidnapping’s ugly psychological melodrama works because it trades on the most precious of human emotions: love. They put my father on the phone, and his voice was a low shadow of itself. “Give them what they want,” he said. “I will not survive if I stay here longer.” My stoic father. It had been three days but it felt like weeks.
Friends called to ask for bank-account details so they could donate toward the ransom. It felt surreal. Did it ever feel real to anybody in such a situation, I wondered? The scramble to raise the money in one day. The menacingly heavy bag of cash. My brother dropping it off, through a circuitous route, in a wooded area.
Late that night, my father was taken to a clearing and set free.
While his blood sugar and pressure were checked, my father kept reassuring us that he was fine, thanking us over and over for doing all we could. This is what he knows how to be — the protector, the father — and he slipped into his role almost as a defense. But there were cracks in his spirit. A drag in his gait. A bruise on his back.
“They asked me to climb into the boot of their car,” he said. “I was going to do so, but one of them picked me up and threw me inside. Threw. The boot was full of things and I hit my head on something. They drove fast. The road was very bumpy.”
I imagined this grace-filled man crumpled inside the rear of a rusty car. My rage overwhelmed my relief — that he suffered such an indignity to his body and mind.
And yet he engaged them in conversation. “I tried to reach their human side,” he said. “I told them I was worried about my wife.”
The next day, my parents were on a flight to the United States, away from the tainted blur that Nigeria had become.
With my father’s release, we all cried, as though it was over. But one thing had ended and another begun. I constantly straddled panic; I was sleepless, unfocused, jumpy, fearful that something else had gone wrong. And there was my own sad guilt: He was targeted because of me. “Ask your daughter the writer to bring the money,” the kidnappers told him, because to appear in newspapers in Nigeria, to be known, is to be assumed wealthy. The image of my father shut away in the rough darkness of a car boot haunted me. Who had done this? I needed to know.

But ours was a dance of disappointment with the authorities. We had reported the kidnapping immediately, and the first shock soon followed: State security officials asked us to pay for anti-kidnap tracking equipment, a large amount, enough to rent a two-bedroom flat in Lagos for a year. This, despite my being privileged enough to get personal reassurances from officials at the highest levels.
How, I wondered, did other families in similar situations cope? Federal authorities told us they needed authorization from the capital, Abuja, which was our responsibility to get. We made endless phone calls, helpless and frustrated. It was as though with my father’s ransomed release, the crime itself had disappeared. To encounter that underbelly, to discover the hollowness beneath government proclamations of security, was jarring.
Now my father smiles and jokes, even of the kidnapping. But he jerks awake from his naps at the sound of a blender or a lawn mower, his eyes darting about. He recounts, in the middle of a meal, apropos of nothing, a detail about the mosquito-filled room where he was kept or the rough feel of the blindfold around his eyes. My greatest sadness is that he will never forget.

Gunmen Kidnap Rep-Elect’s Mother

Gunmen abducted the mother of House of Representative-Elect in Benue State, Orker Jev, at her family house.

According to witnesses, the gunmen drove through a roadblock but were able to dismantle police through gun fighting. Jev has expressed that he is working for the release of his abducted mother and is yet to be contacted by the men.

Police are however investigating the abduction and the search is continuing to find the victim.

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Borno Govt Deploys Social Workers To IDP Camps To Tackle Trauma

The Borno Government said on Sunday that it had deployed social workers to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps to tackle rising cases of trauma and psychiatric problems among displaced persons.

Dr Muhammad Ghuluze, the Director, Emergency Medical Response Department in the state’s Ministry of Health, stated this while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Ghuluze explained that the objective was to assist the displaced persons who suffered trauma due to the activities of the insurgents.

He said that the ministry had established clinics in almost all the IDP camps in the state last year.

Ghuluze said that the ministry had also deployed doctors, nurses, midwives and other health workers to ensure proper management of the clinics.

“We have already set up medical clinics in 18 out of the 21 IDP camps in Maiduguri, with the aim of providing medical services to the displaced persons.

“We have recently mobilised social workers including psychiatric doctors to the clinics after we discovered high rate of psychiatric disorders in the camps.”

Ghuluze added: “The social workers will co-exist with the other medical and health workers in the clinic for effective service delivery.

“The idea is to provide easy access to those in need of such services”.

He said that the ministry had ensured regular supply of drugs to the clinics.

“We have been supplying drugs to the clinics for treatment of minor ailments.

“The camps staff have been empowered to refer patients requiring further attention to the Specialists Hospital for treatment free of charge.”

He said that the ministry had also distributed thousands of insecticidal treated mosquito nets to the IDP camps to protect them from malaria scourge.

“We have distributed Insecticidal Mosquito Nets to all the IDP camps as part of the Roll Back Malaria programme.

“Once, a camp was set up by the government, we simply supply equal number of mosquito nets to the IDPs in the camp.”

He said, however, that the continued influx of displaced persons into the camps had led to scarcity of the nets.

Orubebe Denies Involvement In Alleged Plot To Kidnap Jega

The former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has denied any involvement in the alleged plot to kidnap the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega at the presidential results collation centre in Abuja.

A report by Reuters had linked Orubebe to a plot to abduct Jega which was connected to his outburst at the collation centre follopwing the March 28 presidential election.

However, in an interview with LEADERSHIP, the former minister wondered why a section of the media will indulge in such “slanderous, libelous, derogatory and deliberate attempt” to dent his image and mislead Nigerians after his explanations to justify the protest he staged and the passionate apology he rendered to Nigerians.

“I am shocked. In fact, am still wondering why I will ever consider conniving with friends and other party stalwarts to foment national violence that will in turn fall on children, women and youths as falsely speculated to the detriment of the unity and peace of our great nation. I am an advocate of peace. This was why I was in the forefront to anchor the celebrated ceasefire with Niger Delta ex- militants to usher in peace to the once restive region. I cannot afford to sacrifice national unity and peace on the platter of power,” he said.

He asked to be counted out of any plot to abduct Jega. “I am too discipline to stoop that low. I have never thought of that and to this effect, I want to tell Nigerians and the world at large that the circulated story is not only slanderous, liberious but a disparaging defamatory otherwise salacious material against my personality and a cheap strategy to sale their papers.”

Orubebe, meanwhile, told LEADERSHIP that he had since directed his lawyer to write the management of ThisDay Newspapers, one of the national dailies that published the allegation, informing them of his plans to take legal action against them as well as to demand immediate retraction of its Friday, April 17 publication, which indicted him of reading a script to pave way for Jega’s kidnap.

“I have directed my lawyer to write ThisDay and stop them from henceforth, desist from further publishing and misleading Nigerians. Orubebe further accused the paper of flouting the ethics of balance reportage. I was never called nor SMS as they claim.”

When contacted, Orubebe’s lawyer S. Larry (SAN), said, he has already written to alert the paper of Orubebe’s decision to take legal action against them.

LEAKED: Foiled Plan To Kidnap Jega & Ruin Result Declaration- Report

As Muhammadu Buhari closed in on Nigeria’s presidency, an aide to election commission chairman Attahiru Jega sent a text message to an independent voting monitor, warning of an imminent threat to the electoral process.

The aide had unearthed a plot by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan to disrupt the public announcement of the national election results and kidnap Jega in a bid to wreck the count, according to pro-democracy advocates and a Nigeria-based diplomat.

Central to the plan, they said, were Jega’s security detail and Godsday Orubebe, a former cabinet minister from Jonathan’s Niger Delta, an area whose leaders feared a change of power would mean an end to the perks it enjoyed under Jonathan’s presidency.

Orubebe’s role was to cause a disturbance at the headquarters of the commission as cover for the abduction of Jega. Orubebe did not respond to requests for comment on the details of the plot.

The commission, called INEC, also declined to comment and turned down requests for an interview with Jega, whom Reuters was unable to reach independently. Reuters found no evidence to suggest that Jonathan, who conceded defeat in the election, was involved. His spokesman and his party, the PDP, did not respond to requests for comment.

While the plot would likely not have changed the result, it could have unleashed fury among Buhari supporters in the north, where 800 people were killed in rioting after his last election defeat in 2011.

But the plot’s failure enabled Africa’s most populous country to complete its first credible vote since independence in 1960.

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Another Kidnapper Nabbed For Abducting 4 Girls (SEE PHOTO)

A 47-year-old suspected kidnapper was seriously beaten at Abudu community, Iyana Ilogbo, Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, when he was caught with four girls he was taking out of the community to Ajah in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Reports provide that, the suspect, Nurudeen Badmus, was caught by an acquaintance of one of the girls who demanded to know where the suspect was taking the children to early in the morning. When he couldn’t offer a satisfactoryexplanation, the acquaintance raised an alarm which attracted other members of the community.
Badmus was beaten seriously by the residents and was later taken to the local chief’s (Baale) house where he was interrogated.
The suspect told the Baale that he was taking the children to Ajah in Lagos State where he claimed they came from.
“They came to me for financial assistance to enable them go to Ajah in Lagos State. I was taking them to Ajah when somebody identified one of them. I am only assisting them,” the suspect told the large crowd at the Baale’s house…”

Orekoya’s Update: Nanny Demands N15M For Kidnapped Children

A nanny, Mary Akinloye, who allegedly kidnapped three kids in the Surulere area of Lagos State has demanded N15m from the victim’s parents, PUNCH Metro has learnt.

Our correspondent learnt that the family was contacted on Thursday by the suspect and others, who were suspected to be members of her group. They were said to have demanded the N15m as ransom.

PUNCH Metro had reported on Wednesday that the Orekoya family had posted information on OLX, an online sales portal, seeking the service of a nanny.

Our correspondent reported that Akinloye indicated interest and gave the Orekoyas the contacts of two people who she said were her relatives.It was reported that the family agreed to formalilse documentation with the purported relatives before the week ran out.

After the 23-year-old resumed for work on Tuesday, she was said to have taken the three children ? Aderomola (11 months old), Adedamola (4 years old), Demola (6 years old) ? out, while their parents were away.

She had since not returned. A family friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the kidnappers contacted the family and demanded N15m on Thursday.

The information was confirmed by another friend who put up the post on a social medium, Facebook.
He said, “Is it a crime to employ a house help? The kidnappers have demanded N15m.”

Efforts to reach the family were abortive as they continued to reject calls made to their lines.
They also did not reply to three text messages sent to them on the matter.

The Police Public Relations, Kenneth Nwosu, said investigations were on.
He said, “Investigations are on and that is all I can say for now.

“There are things you do that can jeopardise investigation.
“What is important in a case like this is to ensure that the children are returned hale and hearty. There are information you may have and if you disclose it, you could break the line of communication. So, we are still on the matter to ensure the safe return of the kids.”

Alison-Madueke’s Brother Abducted

Barely five months after the younger sister of Nigeria’s petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was kidnapped in Port Harcourt, gunmen have abducted the minister’s brother. Joseph Agama, who is Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s younger brother, was kidnapped in the early hours of Thursday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, police said.

The Bayelsa State police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the development, said that the command received news of the incident shortly after it occurred and had already moved to rescue him.

Mr. Butswat said the incident occurred at about 12.30 a.m. on Thursday at Yenaka community, a coastal settlement in Yenagoa Local Government Area.

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APC Blasts Lamido Over Kidnap Comment

APC has condemned Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa State for calling for the kidnapping of its leaders. The party described Lamido’s comment as reckless.

Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, said it was unfortunate that a governor of Lamido’s standing would make such careless statement in front of television cameras at a time when the nation was fighting insecurity.

Shehu, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Monday, said he hoped that Lamido was joking with the comment.

Lamido had on Tuesday during an interactive session of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDPGF) with the media and civil society organisations called for the abduction of APC leaders as a way of breaking the party.

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Son Is Reunited With Father – 24 Years After He Was Snatched In A Market As A Four-Year-Old And Sold To Childless Couple

A Chinese man who was abducted from his father’s vegetable stall 24 years ago has finally been reunited with his father.

Sun Bin was just four years old when he was taken from the market in the city of Chengdu in south-eastern China’s Sichuan province.

The 28-year-old was then sold to his adoptive parents, a childless couple in the city of Xuzhou, almost 1,000 miles away, for £250.

Reunited: Father and son collapse in each others arms as they meet for the first time in 24 years

Reunited: Father and son collapse in each others arms as they meet for the first time in 24 years

Long lost son: Sun Bin 28, was kidnapped from the market where his father sold vegetables when he was just four years old, and sold to a childless couple 1,000 miles away from his family home

Long lost son: Sun Bin 28, was kidnapped from the market where his father sold vegetables when he was just four years old, and sold to a childless couple 1,000 miles away from his family home

‘The fact that they had paid the men who stole me from my real parents always meant there was a distance between us,’ Sun Bin says.

‘I admit I grew to love them for their kindness as years went by, but I knew that I had to try and find my real parents.

‘When I was old enough to start to look for my real parents on my own, I didn’t tell them at first because I didn’t want to upset them.’

Sun Bin started looking for his biological parents in 2010, and as part of the search he supplied a DNA sample to a to a government backed database – and found a match.

His father Ku, 45, and mother Lo, had spent four years travelling around China in the hope of finding their son, but gave up in 1995.

Sex Slavery Pushes ISIL Victims To Suicide – AI

Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group have committed suicide or tried to, rights group Amnesty International said.

The London-based rights group said on Tuesday, women faced torture, rape, forced marriage and were “sold” or given as “gifts” to ISIL fighters or their supporters in Iraq and Syria.

“Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls have had their lives shattered by the horrors of sexual violence and sexual slavery in ISIL captivity,” Amnesty’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser, Donatella Rovera, said in a statement.

“Many of those held as sexual slaves are children, girls aged 14, 15 or even younger,” Rovera added.

Based on interviews with over 40 former captives,the Amnesty report ,  Yezidi women and girls face harrowing sexual violence , said fearful of rape, some of the women had tried to kill themselves.

A 19-year-old named Jilan committed suicide out of fear she would be raped, Amnesty quoted her brother as saying.

A girl who was held with her but later escaped confirmed the account, saying: “One day we were given clothes that looked like dance costumes and were  told to bathe and wear those clothes. Jilan killed herself in the bathroom.”

“She cut her wrists and hanged herself. She was very beautiful; I think she knew she was going to be taken away by a man and that is why she killed herself.”

Wafa, a former captive told Amnesty how she and her sister attempted to end their lives after their captor threatened them with forced marriage.