Nigerian Navy rescues Russian, Ukrainian sailors from pirates

Seven Russian sailors and one Ukrainian national who were kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria have been freed, the Nigerian navy said on Monday.

“The foreign sailors, including seven Russians and one Ukrainian, have been rescued. They were rescued by our operatives in Delta state,” Navy spokesman Captain Suleman Dahun told AFP.

He said the sailors were released “unhurt and they are back in their countries”.

It was not immediately clear if ransom money was paid before they were released.

The sailors were taken hostage on February 5 after their cargo vessel, the BBC Caribbean, was attacked by sea pirates off the coast of the volatile Niger delta region.

Three people, who remained on board, managed to run away from the pirates and took the vessel to Spain’s Las Palmas, before returning to Russia.

The BBC Caribbean belongs to German company Briese Schiffahrt and is a multipurpose vessel intended for dry cargo. It flies the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, according to the company’s website.

Ship hijackings have become more frequent in Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 announced he was winding down an amnesty to former militants in the oil-rich Niger delta region.

The number of pirate attacks off Nigeria rose from 14 in 2015 to 36 last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

No soldier was kidnapped in Lagos – Army

The Nigerian Army says a soldier widely reported to have been kidnapped in Lagos only got missing in action (MIA) during an ambush.

Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, the spokesman of the 81 Division, made the clarification in a statement in Lagos.

Daudu said: “The officer got missing in action when troops came under heavy ambush during routine patrol of Lagos creeks.

“I will like to state that no officer was kidnapped.

“However, while on routine patrol of the creeks around Abule-Ado, Festac Town area in Lagos, troops came under heavy gunfire in an ambush.

“They were able to fight their way out of the ambush during which the said officer got missing-in-action.

“Efforts are ongoing in search of the missing personnel.

“Troops remain resilient and focused in search of their MIA colleague.’’

He urged members of the public to provide the army with useful information on the missing officer and assured residents of their continued safety.

VIDEO: I Was Kidnapped By Fulani Gunmen, Not Fulani Herdsmen – Mike Ejiofor

A former senior official at the State Security Service Mike Ejiofor, who served as a state director with the service, was kidnapped on Sunday in Kogi State, according to initial reports by Sahara Reporters.

He was however released on Monday night after his relatives paid N15 million ransom to his kidnappers, his associate said.

In a recent interview on Channels TV, he narrated his ordeal in the hands of his abductors.

Below is a video clip of the interview:

Kidnapped Turkish school Students Regain Freedom after 11 days in Captivity

The students and staff of Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) in Ogun state, who were abducted 11 days ago, have regained freedom.

A source told newsmen  that their abductors released them late Tuesday, but that the captives trekked for three hours before they could get to the school premises.
Cemal Yigit, spokesman of the school, confirmed the release of the students, saying they had reunited with their parents and family members.
“We wish to inform the general public that the kidnapped students and staff of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) Ogun state, have regained freedom,” he said in a statement.
“The victims were released this evening after a painstaking collaborative effort by the relevant security agencies in the country.  The management of NTIC wishes to express our gratitude to the relevant security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the three students, one Turkish teacher, a cook and three supervisors.
“We also wish to extend our appreciation to the government and good people of Ogun state for their support throughout the difficult period. The role of the Ogun state government is highly appreciated.
“Our special appreciation also goes to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, the Chief of Army Staff, and others too numerous to mention for their efforts.
“The students and teachers are doing fine and have reunited with their parents. We also wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the parents and guardians of NTIC Ogun, for their support all through the period.”
Earlier, Kayode Aderanti, assistant inspector-general of police (AIG) , zone 2, had given the assurance that they would be released within 24 hours.
Aderanti said this shortly after visiting former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his hill top residence in Abeokuta.
He said that he spoke with the leader of the search team and that he got a positive response from him.
He denied the reports that the families of the victims had been paying ransom, insisting that “no ransom has been paid”.
Aderanti urged residents of Ogun to partner with the police to ensure that lives and property were properly secured.
A day after the incident, Yigit had explained how the attackers invaded the school.
“At about 9.30pm local time on January 13, a group of people armed with dangerous weapons gained entrance to the girls’ section through different means and held hostage three female supervisors, a female cook, a female teacher (Turkish) and three students,” he had said.
“The school security noticed some movement on the CCTV camera at the girls’ section and promptly deployed security personnel and alerted the relevant security agencies in the area as customary. Upon hearing the security alarm activated and sighting our security personnel, the armed invaders opened fire on the security staff and managed to escape through a very dangerous route with the hostages.
“The security agencies are currently on their trail as the whole area has been cordoned off.”

Jigawa village head, brother kidnapped

Kidnappers have abducted Garba Mamud, the village head of Rijin in Basirka District of Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa.


Dauda Mamuda, the brother to the district head, who is a ward head, was also kidnapped by the suspects, said to be about 30.


A resident of the community, Musa Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gwaram that the incident took place in Gwaram at 5.00 a.m. on Tuesday.


Mr. Ibrahim said that residents were worried over the incessant kidnapping of Fulani herdsmen in the area.


He added that the people of Rijin, Basirka and other areas had resorted to sleeping with their two eyes opened, in view of the incessant kidnapping in their communities.


Mr. Ibrahim appealed to Jigawa Government and the Police Command in the state to come to the aid of the affected communities.


When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Command in the state, Abdu Jinjiri, said the command was aware of the incident.


Mr. Jinjiri further stated that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Rasheed Akintunde, had directed the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Gwaram Local Government, Muhammad Badawa, to investigate the matter and arrest the suspected kidnappers.

Kogi traditional ruler kidnapped

Some unknown gunmen have abducted a traditional ruler in Kogi, a family source said in Lokoja on Sunday.

The monarch, the Ohi of Ajaokuta, whose name was given Isah Achuja, was returning from Lokoja, the state capital, on Saturday when his vehicle was intercepted on the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road at gunpoint and the ruler taken to an unknown destination.

A member of the royal family, who did not want his name in print, told journalists that an aide to the traditional ruler and his driver narrowly escaped being hit by the bullets of the abductors.

He said the abductors had already contacted the family and demanded a N20 million ransom.
Contacted by the News Agency of Nigeria, the State Police Command’s spokesman, Williams Aya, said the incident had not been reported to the command.

He, however, promised that police would swing into action in a bid to rescue the monarch as soon as the details of the abduction were available.

Customs Officer Kidnapped In Front Of Lagos Eatery

Two armed men yesterday stormed Tastee Fried Chicken (TFC) at  22 Road, FESTAC Town, Lagos and abducted a personnel of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Comfort Alaba.

She is attached to Tin can Island Command SDV, one of the bonded terminals of the NCS.

The victim was in front of the TFC with her two daughters when the gunmen got out of their car and picked her up.

One of her daughters, Faith, went on social media to disseminate the information, calling on Nigerians to help them be on the watch for the kiddnapers’ operational vehicle.

Tweeting from @Pyt_Faith,  the abductee’s daughter said:”My mother was kidnapped this evening in front of me and my younger sister in a black Murano jeep. Please,  help me.

“We were at TFC at 22 Road, FESTAC outside in the car and two men came around. My sister ran out of the car. My mother was still screaming and struggling when the other one pointed a gun at me.

“We ran away and by the time we looked back as we were screaming for help, they zoomed off.”

Please reach me and my family here on 08166098469. She was in a black Murano jeep. This is the plate number -EPE103CY. God, please, don’t let my enemies laugh at me. She is everything to us.”

When contacted, Faith said, “it was on 22 Road by TFC when two unmasked men came out of their vehicle with guns and kidnapped my mother.

“I saw them at close range,  but I won’t be able to recognise them. I don’t know if anyone has any grudge against my mum,  but I am appealing to them to please, free her.

“Already, we have notified the police at Area E, but nothing had been done so far to the best of our knowledge. However, we have not been contacted by the kidnappers.

“My mother is smallish in stature. She has gap teeth and has a huge birthmark on her arm, which is arrow- like shaped.”

Uche Ejesieme, a Chief Superintendent of Customs, the spokesperson of the Tincan Island Command, confirmed the incident, adding that they have informed the headquarters.

He said: “The lady is attached to SDV, one of Customs bonded terminal, attached to Tincan Island Command.”


JUST IN: Kidnapped Nigerian journalist regains freedom

The Benue Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the release of a radio journalist, Iyuadoo Tor-Agbidye, who was kidnapped four days ago in her house in Makurdi.


The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moses Yamu, confirmed the release to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.


Mr. Yamu said the kidnapped journalist was released in the early hours of Tuesday, adding that no ransom was paid.


He explained that police investigations revealed that the kidnappers might have had strong connection with the family.


He disclosed that some arrests were made in connection with the crime, stressing that investigations were ongoing to ensure full punishment of the culprits.


NAN reports that the kidnapped journalist is married to Achim Tor-Agbidye, the Zonal Manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Makurdi.

BREAKING: Abducted Dangote staff has been murdered, body dumped in gutter.

Istifanus Bello Gurama, a senior strategist with Dangote Industries Limited, who was reportedly kidnapped three weeks ago, has been murdered.

Reliable sources say Gurama’s body was found in the gutter, adding that one of the kidnappers must have alerted a member of the public to where the body was.

Gurama was believed to have been kidnapped three weeks ago but news of his murder got to his family members (today) Monday.

Sources close to him told our correspondent that as a senior strategist, Gurama was in charge of negotiations and handing ransom payment to kidnappers whenever any of the expatriates in Dangote Industries was kidnapped.

Punch is reporting that day Gurama was allegedly kidnapped, he was said to have gone, as usual, to negotiate and pay ransom money for the release of one of the expatriates. However, on getting there, the kidnappers reportedly said he was the one they were after and he was subsequently detained.

A close friend who refused to be named said Gurama showed him some of the videos of his negotiations with kidnappers.

During a visit to her on Monday, Gurama‘s wife of 20 years, Amina, was inconsolable.

She lamented, “Gurama was a lovely person, if he is not in the house one day, the children will be asking after him endlessly.

“Now, I do not know what to tell the children because he is always chatting with them on social media and phone and for three weeks since his disappearance, they have been wondering where he was because all his activities on social media ceased and the children have observed that it is quite unlike him.”

A key source in the Dangote Industries who confirmed the kidnap however reacted to the news of Gurama’s murder with surprise.

When contacted, the Head, Media of the firm, Mr. Tony Chiejina who said Gurama was very close to him, also reacted with surprise to the news of his death.

He informed our correspondent that he will make some calls and get back to her.

But he has yet to do that as at the time of going to the press.

2 Traders Kidnapped In Calabar

Two traders have been kidnapped in Calabar, Cross River State capital.
In the last two weeks, three persons were abducted at various locations within the metropolis.
The victims include Lawal, a soldier attached to the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and a trader, Ikechukwu Obumneme. Lawal was allegedly kidnapped along the busy Calabar Road, while Obumneme was abducted at his residence at Anantigha.
On November 7, gunmen kidnapped a director in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Bibiana Elemi-Edu, the President of Catholic Women Organization of St Bernard’s Catholic Church along Target Street in Calabar and demanded N100 million.
Investigations revealed that barely two weeks after Mrs. Bibiana Elemi-Edu was released, gunmen again kidnapped two traders, Chief Anthony Nwakaeze and Mr Olani on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Nwakaeze, who hails from Ebelebe community in Awka, Anambra State, is the Managing Director of Anafobi filling stations, while Olani deals in plastic wares.
A witness, Udeme, said about five hoodlums in a black Toyota Camry car stormed the station about 7pm on Saturday.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Irene Ugbo, said they are not aware of such incident as no official report was made to her.


Police Rescue 41 Kidnapped Persons In Zamfara

The police in Zamfara have announced the rescue of 41 persons kidnapped last week by armed bandits in Maru local government area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Shaba Alkali, made the announcement on Wednesday in Gusau while addressing newsmen.

He said that the 41 kidnapped victims including a police inspector from the state command were returned in good condition of health, adding that no ransom was paid to facilitate their release.

He explained that `security strategic measures’ employed by joint security personnel who mounted pressure on the hoodlums facilitated the safe return of the victims.

Alkali warned armed bandits operating in the state to relocate or surrender, saying “very soon we are going to come out in full force to fight them.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the abductors had earlier told Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara to release 400 cows recovered from them by the joint security patrol before they would release the 41 victims.

Credit: NAN

FCT Police Rescue 10 Kidnapped Victims In Kuje (See Names Of Victims)

The Police Command in FCT on Monday said it rescued 10 persons kidnapped by a gang of hoodlums in Darka village in Kuje Area Council of the FCT.

The victims are Fanus Emmanuel, Babangida Emmanuel, Akimmi Dauda, Japheth Kwasu, Dorcas Shuaibu, Kemuche IK, Hamza Yunusa, Umar Godiri, Ismaila Yusuf and Abubakar Gomo.

A statement issued by the Command’s Spokesman, ASP Anjugurin Manzah, stated that eight of the victims were rescued on Nov. 19, while the remaining two were rescued on Nov. 20 in Toto and Karu in Nasarawa State.

Manzah noted that the rescue was made possible by a joint operation by the Police Mobile Force Operatives of the command’s Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, DSS, Nigerian Army and NSCDC.

The spokesman stated that the stronghold of the assailants who specialised in raiding remote villages at night and robbing the villagers of cash and other valuables and kidnapping was destroyed during the operation. He added that an operative of the NSCDC, ASC Anumudu Uche, who took ill, died during the operation.

He recalled that the FCT Commissioner of Police, Muhammadu Mustafa, had reassured residents and affected villages of the command’s massive deployment to forestall a recurrence. He said concerted efforts were in place to arrest the dislodged hoodlums.


Kidnapped Ibadan Methodist priest regains freedom.

A reverend of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Akobo-Ojurin, Diocese of Agodi, Ibadan, Dr. Biodun Ogunbekun, who was kidnapped on his farm by five gunmen at Kufi area, along Olounda-Aba road, Ibadan, has been released.

Ogunbekun regained freedom after five days in the kidnappers’ den.

Recall that Ogunbekun was kidnapped around 7pm on Thursday as he was leaving his farm.

While it was not clear if a ransom was paid to secure the release of Ogunbekun, it was learnt that the kidnappers had demanded for N10million from the family and the church before he would be released.

The news of his release was confirmed by the Diocesan Bishop of the cathedral, Rt. Rev. Amos Ajiboye, on Wednesday.

He told newsmen that Ogunbekun was released on Tuesday, although he did not give details of how he was released or how the kidnappers contacted the church and the priest’s family.

He said, “We are grateful to God and all those that made it possible. We shall be making further statements in due time.

“He is resting after what he had gone through in the hands of his abductors.

Teenager Kidnapped In Ibadan, Rescued In Calabar

A Teenager kidnapped in Ibadan, Oyo State, has been rescued in Calabar, Cross River State.

Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, made this known yesterday in Calabar while briefing journalists on the activities of the police command in the past one month.

Ozi-Obeh said the 16-year-old kidnap victim was abducted in Ibadan on November 7 and brought to Calabar the following day. He said the minor, a student of St. Barnabas Academy at Daramola Street in Ibadan, was abducted on his way to school.

The police boss explained that the command had got across to the Ibadan Police Command with a view to safely hand over the boy to them so that he can be re-united with his family.

Also, he said one of its personnel, Kingsley Iyeke, killed another policeman, Edet Archibong, during a gun duel between the police and suspected cultists in Calabar. The commissioner said that after the incident, the police swung into action by tracing the cultists to their hideout where some of them were arrested.

He explained that during interrogation, one of the suspected cultists mentioned Mr. Iyeke, a police corporal, as their member “and that he was the one that shot the police inspector during the clash. It would be recalled that we lost one of our inspectors last month during an exchange of fire with some cultists here in Calabar.

“During our trial, we found out that truly he was their member. We have dismissed him and he will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Iyeke, 35, from Rivers, was attached to the Marine Police base in Calabar. Responding to questions from journalists, Iyeke denied being a member of any cult group, saying that he was only being set up by the suspected cultists.

In another development, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested three suspected notorious hawkers of marijuana popularly called ‘Indian hemp’.

The plain-clothed undercover policemen attached to Ikeja Division, who disguised as customers, arrested the suspects at Ipodo area of Ikeja.

Following intelligence received by the Ikeja Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Olasoji, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) that the Ikeja area has become a hub for cartels, who deal in illicit drugs, the policemen swooped on the hoodlums, arresting three suspects in the area.

One of the suspects, John Albert told The Guardian that he ventured into the business to raise money for hospital bill. “I don’t hawk Igbo always. I just started the business because I needed to raise money for my operation. We know what we are doing is illegal, that is why we run whenever we hear the sound of a siren.

“In this business, policemen are our enemies. I used to repair big generating sets and it is a job that requires too much strength. I was no longer coping, so I decided to venture into sales of Indian hemp. My friends told me that the business is lucrative.

“I make N6,500 profit after selling a full tray. I use to smoke it before but I stopped recently because I know it is bad for me,” he said.

According to another suspect, Ayo Ojo, “I was arrested by the police because I was with my friend, Albert. I don’t sell Indian hemp, but I smoke it a lot.”

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Ekiti INEC Secretary Kidnapped

Unidentified gunmen, on Thursday evening, kidnapped Dr Muslim Omoleke, the Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State.

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Omoleke was kidnapped at Iwaraja community, near Ilesa in Osun State.

He was said to have been driven away in his car into the forest of Ijesaland, by his abductors, together with his son and driver.
A source at INEC disclosed that the abductors later released Omoleke’s son and the driver, along with the car.

The spokesperson of INEC in Ekiti State, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, confirmed the incident.

He said a report has been made to security agencies in Ondo, Osun and Ekiti States.

Gbadegesin said the administrative secretary was returning to Ekiti state from official visits to Ondo and Osun States when he was abducted.

The abductors are yet to make contact with the INEC and the victim’s family, Gbadegesin said.

The State Police Command also confirmed the kidnapping of the INEC Administrative Secretary in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Alberto Adeyemi,told NAN on telephone that the INEC chief was kidnapped “but not in Ekiti State”.

According to him, the victim was kidnapped in Osun state, which is outside the jurisdiction of the Ekiti State Police Command.

Credit: NAN

Police Nabs Child Trafficking Syndicate in Akwa Ibom, Rescue 2-Month-old Baby Sold For N450,000

The Akwa Ibom Police Command has arrested a child trafficking syndicate and a woman for allegedly buying a 2-month-old baby for N450,000.

The suspected traffickers were paraded to journalists on Saturday, October 22, at the state police headquarters in Uyo. Those paraded included a homeopathic doctor, Eneyo Nyang, who is accused of running the baby factory, two teenage girls and a twenty-four year- old mother Comfort Effiong, who had sold her two-month old baby to a 51-year-old woman, Rose Edwardfor N450,000.

Presenting the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Cordelia Nwawe, stated that the arrest of the suspects followed intelligence reports and commitment of a combined team of

the ant-kidnapping unit in collaboration with sister units of police.

She said that Edward from Rivers State confessed to have bought the baby because she needed a baby of her own.

Confessing to the crime, the baby’s mother said that she sold her baby because there was no one to take care of her.

“I sold the baby because of help; I don’t have anybody to help me. My father is late and my mother is sick and I don’t have anybody to help me,” Effiong said.

The Police spokesperson warned parents and guardians to take responsibility for the welfare of their teenage girls to avoid teenage pregnancies. She also urged members of the public wishing to adopt to follow legal and legitimate processes.

Source: Channels TV

How Kidnapped Lagos Teachers, Pupils Were Released

Kidnapped four pupils and two teachers of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla Epe, were ferried to safety in two speedboats by their abductors on Tuesday, it was learnt yesterday.

The victims – Abu, Emmanuel Okonkwo, Jeremiah Ruth, Isaac Adebisi – Junior School Vice Principal A. O. Oyesola and English teacher Lukman Oyerinde, were dropped off inside a forest where they trekked for over two hours before meeting their relatives.

Our reporters learnt that they were asked to walk in a line and not look back until they got to the point where family members had waited for over four hours.

The vice principal led the pack and the English teacher was asked to stay at the rear, leaving the pupils in-between.

The victims were taken to the Epe General Hospital for check-up.  Some of them were diagnosed with typhoid and malaria.

The father of one of the victims said: “They spent many hours at the hospital and were later moved to a house in Epe where the principal addressed them.

“Two parents went to a designated place in Epe, where the kidnappers directed them to. They were at the place around 6pm and stayed there till about 10pm without any sign of the victims.

“As it was getting late, they said they were scared but had to remain there because that was the kidnappers’ instruction.  So, around 10:30pm, they showed up, saying they had trekked for over two hours.

“I received the kidnap news with rude shock and since then, my family has been disorganised. I was not staying in Epe. My wife and I relocated to Epe ever since the bad news broke.

“I thank God when I was called by 10:30pm to inform me that the victims have been released. When I arrived at the school, I saw my son alive.

“I was not afraid that something sinister might happen to them because I have been praying alongside with many other sympathisers and I have the assurance that they would come out alive. God has really done it.

“Let’s not talk of ransom, I did not pay any. I don’t know whether anyone paid. I did not pay. My joy is that my son and others are hale and hearty. I want to thank the state government and the police for the roles they played while the victims were in captivity.”

Ruth’s sister who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “We suffered hell when we went to pay N1 million for our sick child. The kidnappers after two days of playing pranks with us dropped them off in the bush and gave them a description on how to come out to the road.

“Our joy knew no bounds when we saw our children and their teachers coming out alive. I was deeply involved because our child was described as being ill, but, not as ill as we were made to believe”

Police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP) said they were neither assaulted nor traumatised.

She stated that the medical examination carried out on the victims indicated that none of them was molested.

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How kidnapped Lagos teachers, pupils were released

Girl Agrees To Her Own Kidnap By Lover, As He Impregnates Her, Demands N1.5m From Parents

Things are happening. SS 1 Student? I give up! Soldiers attached to the 144 Battalion stationed at Ngwa High School, Aba, Abia State have arrested a 30-year-old man identified as Michael Alozie for allegedly conniving with one Nneoma (not real name), an SS.1 student, to fake her kidnap and demand a ransom from her parents.

Alozie, who claimed the student was his girlfriend, was arrested in a hideout at Chokoneze, Mbaise, in Imo State by a team of soldiers, who stormed the village after investigations revealed that he held the victim hostage in the area.

It was learnt that Alozie had earlier threatened the girl’s parents through repeated calls and text messages, demanding a ransom of N1.5m.

It gathered that during interrogation, Alozie claimed he planned to marry the student and blamed his friend, now at large, for sending threat messages to her parents, demanding ransom.

The suspect also allegedly impregnated the student and threatened to kill her if her parents failed to pay.

However, the parents who didn’t know that their daughter agreed to her own kidnap and got pregnant for the suspect, agreed to pay N1m as ransom.

While agreeing to pay the ransom, the parents alerted soldiers who traced the suspect to their hideout at Chokoneze, Mbaise, where the girl was also arrested.

A medical report made available to Southern City News revealed that the student was confirmed to be five months pregnant for her lover.

I Kidnapped My friend’s Daughter to Raise Money for Cosmetics – Suspect

A Ghanian and her Edo State indigene friend have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a -nine-year-old girl.

Detectives at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), of the Lagos state Police Command, are interrogating the suspects, Miss Believe and Agatha.

A mother of three, who claimed she had lived in Nigeria for 17 years, said she organized the abduction of the little girl to be able to raise money to shop for some of the most sophisticated cosmetics and make-ups.

“I am a Ghanaian and I am married with three children. I used to work as a nanny in an embassy some years back. Things have been quiet tough and business wasn’t moving as expected, so I needed N30, 000 to buy my make-ups. I love to make ups, so after much thought on how to make some money, I decided to kidnap my friend’s daughter.

“I called my friend Agatha and shared my plan with her. She agreed to abduct the child while I made arrangements on how to contact the parents of the child for ransom.

“It worked out as we planned. Agatha kidnapped the child while she was going to school. She took her to Ogun State. I had started requesting for ransom before the police picked me up in my house. I had no intention to do the child any harm.

“I needed just N30, 000 for the make-ups and other personal effects. Just that small amount and I have spoilt my family name.”

“My husband used to give me money, but this period is very critical.”

Police Arrests Suspected Kidnappers Of Emefiele’s Wife

The police in the Federal Capital Territory have arrested six suspected members of the gang that abducted the wife of the Central Bank Governor, Margaret Emefiele, last Thursday.

The suspects, who were arrested at their hideout in Edo State over the weekend, are being held at the state command headquarters, Benin.

The suspects were apprehended by the operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Monitoring and Intelligence Team, led by CSP Abba Kyari.

BREAKING: Wife of Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Emefiele, Kidnapped.

We have learned that a group of heavily armed kidnappers yesterday abducted Margaret Emefiele, the wife of Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.


A source close to Mr. Emefiele told our correspondent that Mrs. Emefiele was kidnapped along the Benin-Agbor Road. Our source disclosed that the kidnappers have made contact with their victim’s husband, adding that they were demanding a huge sum in ransom.


Mrs. Emefiele’s kidnap represents one of the most high-profile kidnap cases in 2016


Our effort to reach the CBN governor were unsuccessful.


Source: Sahara Reporters

Police Rescue Kidnapped Corps Member

Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command on Monday rescued a corps member, Helen (surname withheld), who was kidnapped at the corpers’ lodge in Omademe, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.

A group of unknown gunmen had stormed the residence of the corps members at about 3am on Friday and whisked her away in an unmarked car.

It was gathered that the incident caused panic among corps members in the area, even as the community’s security group joined forces with the police to search for the victim.

Speaking with newsmen at the police division in Igwuruta (Ikwerre LGA), the victim said she was starved of food for all the three days she was held by the criminals.

Helen, who is from Kogi State, said her abductors moved her from one location to the other throughout her stay in the bush.

“Three days ago (Friday), at about 3am, some armed men came into our lodge in Omademe in Ikwerre Local Government Area and took me away.

“I did not know exactly where they took me to. They (kidnappers) tortured me and for the three days that I was in the bush, I was not given anything to eat,” she stressed amid tears.

Helen, who was looking pale when she was rescued, has been taken to the hospital for treatment.

It was learnt that the kidnappers had earlier demanded N50m ransom before the police stormed their hideout and engaged them in a shootout.

Also, the immediate past caretaker committee chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, who spoke with newsmen on the matter, said he alerted the police immediately he was informed about the abduction.

Nwanosike stated that the local security outfit in Ikwerre was mobilised to join the police in the search for Helen, even as he commended the brave effort of the security agents during the shootout with the kidnappers.

“The kidnappers abandoned their victim and ran away due to the superior firepower of the police,” he said.

He warned kidnappers and other criminals in Ikwerre LGA and other parts of the state to repent and embrace the amnesty programme put in place by the state government.

Nwanosike said that the 60-day grace given to kidnappers, armed robbers and cultists to repent and embrace amnesty would soon elapse, adding that criminals who fail to change their ways would face the wrath of the law.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the rescue of the corps member and promised to speak on the matter later.

“It is correct that the corps member that was kidnapped in Ikwerre has been rescued. I will speak on it later,” Omoni said.


Kidnapper takes police to where he buried Chief from Rivers State he killed after collecting N10m ransom from his family

Suspected kidnapper/murderer, Ogechi Ihunwo, on Saturday took police officers from the Rivers state police command to Eneka/Igbo-Etche forest near Port Harcourt, where he showed them the grave of a prominent Chief in the state who himself and his gang members killed, collected N10m ransom from his family and refused to release his body to them. Watch the video below…
While he was being interrogated, Ogechi, a native of Woji Town in Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State, told the police that it was a member of the community where the deceased comes from that contacted his gang members to carry out the dastard act. He refused to give the name of the person who contracted him to kidnap and kill the deceased.

The Three Kidnapped Landlords and Their Fitness Trainer Released

The three landlords at Oshorun Heritage Estate, Isheri Kennedy Ucheagwu, Dr. Omololu Bello, Fidelis Esang, who were kidnapped last Saturday along with their trainer, Coach Oni by gunmen dressed in Military camouflage while they worked out near Lekki Garderns Estate have been released.

The gunmen who initially demanded N300 million as ransom for each of them later reduced it to N20 million.
The alleged kidnappers who are said to be young boys have been reportedly tracked through the phone number they used in contacting the victims’ relatives with. Their messenger has also been
identified as Mary.

Spokesman for the Estate Association who confirmed the release of the victims, he said:

“We thank God. They have been released. They got home late. I don’t have much details now”.


Nigeria Police Rescue 14 Kidnapped Oil Workers After Gun Battle

The Rivers Police Command said it has rescued 14 oil workers abducted by unknown gunmen on Sept. 2 along Elele-Omoku road.

The command`s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, a DSP, said in a statement in Port Harcourt that the workers were freed in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr. Omoni said the Command`s Tactical Units, engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle, which lasted for one and half hours, to rescue the victims.

“The Oil Workers were rescued unhurt due largely to the efforts of the Command’s Tactical Units, who, at the early hours of Sept. 18,engaged the hoodlums, in a fierce gun battle which lasted for one and half hours, leading to the rescue of the victims.

“The hoodlums took to flight abandoning their hostages. Efforts are on to arrest and bring them to justice,” he said.

Mr. Omoni said no ransom was paid to rescue the workers.

“They have been debriefed and are receiving medical attention in the hospital.

“Investigation is on-going at the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit,” he said.

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Boko Haram Threatens To Capture Buhari In New Video

One of the factions of the deadly Boko Haram sect has unveiled a new video showing how the terrorists in their thousands observed prayers during the Eid ceremony.

The militant sect under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau showed members in three separate praying grounds in Borno and the Lake Chad area. Meanwhile, the leader of the faction, Shekau was obviously absent in the recording.

The recording, narrated in Hausa, showed was posted on YouTube on September 13, Tuesday, and the
group said it was using it to send out message that it remained a strong force.

The Boko Haram faction threatened President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that its members are still many and stay resilient despite the Nigerian army operation that killed scores of its foot soldiers and recaptured Nigerian territory under its control.

The group said: “This is our eid prayer from us and by the support of our leader Imam Abubakar Al-Shekau. We are extending our greetings to our people and fighters. “Message to the infidels and the leader of the entire infidels (kafir) who is the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, that he should know we are very strong and doing very good. “By the will of Allah under the leadership of our leader (Shekau) will capture Buhari with our hands.”

While the Buhari government claimed that it had defeated the militant group after retaking much of its territory, the terrorists still have a massive capacity for inflicting destruction and casualties. Recently, two rival factions in Boko Haram have launched a war for true Islam in Borno state, close to Lake Chad. One faction is loyal to Shekau, the group’s leader since 2009, and the other led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who was recently announced as the group’s commander in a publication of the Islamic State militant group.

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Police Rescue Two Kidnapped Chinese In Ogun

The Police have rescued two Chinese Nationals – Shen Ximing and Wei Futang – from kidnappers in Ogun State.

Shen and Wei, who were last week kidnapped in Odeda in Odeda Local Government Area, regained their freedom after exchange of gunfire between the abductors and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives.

They were kidnapped while working on a quarry site at Odeda, but were rescued about a week later.

They are recuperating at an undisclosed hospital

Acting police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi told reporters at the command’s headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta, that the expatriates were rescued on Wednesday.

Oyeyemi, an Assistance Superintendent of Police, said a police team, comprising men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and FSARS, were deployed to combat the abductors.

He added that the kidnappers  abandoned the victims and took to their heels, following pressure piled up on them during a gun-battle at their hideout.

The police spokesman added that the expatriates, who were rescued unhurt, have also been handed over to their company.

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Police rescue two kidnapped Chinese in Ogun

Police Rescue Kidnapped Indian National

The police in Lagos State has foiled a kidnap-attempt and rescued an Indian national from suspected kidnappers in Ikorodu area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fatai Owoseni, confirmed this on Thursday to newsmen at his weekly news briefing.

Owoseni said the Indian was working at a construction site when the incident happened.

According to him, the suspected kidnappers were leading him (victim) to their boat in the creeks when they engaged a team of policemen in a gun battle.

“Our men were able to rescue the Indian national before the kidnappers could take him into the creeks. The suspects, however, escaped in their boat,’’ he said.

Owoseni, however, said five robbery and one kidnap suspects were arrested in the last one week in different parts of the state.

He said four guns, five cars and other items were recovered from them.

Meanwhile, the commissioner had appealed to the residents of the state to be alert and report any strange movements to the police station nearest to them.

He said they could also report such other security agencies following threats of possible attacks by suspected militants.

Owoseni recalled that some militants attacked Monkey Village, behind Iba Housing Estate in Lagos last Wednesday.

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Police Arraign 55-year-old Man for Allegedly Abducting and Raping a Teenager for 4 Days

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned a 55-year-old security guard,Yekini Ogunjobi, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court, for allegedly abducting, hypnotising, and raping a 14-year-old girl in his apartment for four days, PUNCH reports.

According to the Police, the victim was rescued from Ogunjobi’s apartment on Esuola Street, Oko-Oba, in the Agege area of Lagos.

The family had declared her missing after she went on an errand on Esuola Street and never came back.

However, on July 28, one of the victim’s relatives was said to be passing by the street when she sighted her and raised the alarm. The relative reported to the police, who rescued the girl and arrested Ogunjobi.

According to a Police source, “The man had told his neighbours that the girl was his relative and had come to live with him. Probably, he charmed the girl so that she would not resist the abduction. He had sex with her against her consent for four days. She was sent on an errand on the day he abducted her”.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Rafael Donny, charged the suspect with abduction and rape. The charge read:

That you, Yekini Ogunjobi, between July 25 and 28, 2016, on Esuola Street, Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did commit felony to wit: abduction.

That you, on the same date time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully detain a 14-year-old girl and have sexual intercourse with her against her consent, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Ogunjobi pleaded not guilty to the charge and elected summary trial.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, then granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the to October 6, 2016 for mention.

Police Rescue 4-Year-Old Girl Caged By Foster Parents In Ondo Over Alleged Witchcraft

Ondo State Police Command on Thursday, August 25, rescued a 4-year-old girl who was caged in Akure. The girl, a pupil of Temiloluwa Nursery and Primary school, Imafon, Akure North Local Government Area, was rescued by the personnel attached to the Juvenile Welfare Centre (JVC) of the command.
Ondo State Police Commissioner, Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, who confirmed the arrest to journalists from her office in Akure, said the culprit identified as Mary Matthew, a foster parent of the victim. She stated that Mrs. Matthew and her husband alleged that the young girl was possessed.
“On receipt of the information, personnel attached to Juvenile Welfare Centre (JVC) visited the scene and met the girl in the cage as reported. She was immediately rescued and taken to the Police Clinic for proper medical attention. The culprit was paraded at the Ondo State Police Headquarters Command on Igbatoro road in Akure,” Ms Ibifuro-Harrison said.
Narrating how she was severely abused by her foster parents, the victim said she made several failed attempts to run away because she was afraid of being killed.
“This wicked woman always tied me on my hands and forced me inside the cage while she flogged me with a horse whip every day,” the little girl said.
Mrs Matthew, a local farmer from Enugu State denied mistreating the little girl, accused her of being a witch and claimed to have taken care of the girl since the death of the girl’s biological parents.
“I didn’t put her in any cage. The place I locked her is my small shop and I always put her in the place anytime am going to the farm for cultivation,” she claimed.
The Police said the culprit will be charged to the court along with her husband after investigation.


Abducted Kaduna lawmaker, Ibrahim Ismail, Regains Freedom

A member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon Ibrahim Samaila, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at ?Abakpa community in Kaduna North on August 22nd, has regained his freedom.

Although N70 million ransom was reportedly demanded for, the lawmaker representing Tudun Wada Constituency, was released on Wednesday evening and has since reunited with his family.

Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, ASP Aliyu Usman, confirmed this but did not disclose
whether ransom was paid before his release, or whether the police arrested any of the kidnappers involved.

Lawmaker Kidnapped In Kaduna

A member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Ismaila, was yesterday abducted in front of his residence at Abakpa area of Kaduna.
The lawmaker, who represents Tudun Wada constituency, was abducted at about 9:00 am as he came out of his house to go to his office, according to one of his aides.

Ismaila, who was accompanied to the gate by his wife as he drove out of the premises, his aide said, was accosted by some men standing outside who flagged him down as if to make some enquiries.
The police public relations officer, ASP Aliyu Usman, confirmed the incident saying investigations have commenced into the matter.
Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, who also confirmed, said he is not aware if the abductors have made contact with either the House or the lawmaker’s family.

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Imo State Police Rescue 3-Day-Old Baby Stolen From the Hospital

The Imo state police command on Monday, August 22, rescued a 3-day old baby stolen by unknown child thieves barely 48-hours after his birth at the Chukwunonso Maternity in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area.
While reuniting the baby with his parents, Mr and Mrs Oluebube Ekwedike from Umuezealaowerre Ehime Mbano LGA, at the command headquarters in Owerri on Monday,  the Imo State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, said that after the issue was reported to the police, the men of the command swung into action and arrested two suspects who were at the verge of selling off the baby.

The baby’s 21-year-old mother mother Uchechi Ekwedike said she was tricked by the culprits in

order to steal her baby. The Commissioner said child stealing and trafficking still persist despite numerous warnings to people to desist from the devious act.

“My team, the entire Imo State Police Command, will not rest on its oars to ensure that criminal offenses are brought to its barest minimum in the state. It is so unfortunate that such barbaric behaviour still exists amongst our people. But the arrest of these ones should serve as a deterrent to other child thieves across the state and to make them realise that no matter how smart they are, the hands of the law will catch up with them.” he said.

While speaking to reporters, the prime suspect Mrs Ngozi Anyanwu, claimed that she stole the baby because the owner of the maternity home was owing her some amount of money.

Woman kidnapped and Raped for Nine Months Says her Kidnapper’s Desires Were Fuelled By Porn

Elizabeth Smart, a child rape victim who suffered a horrific nine month campaign of sexual abuse at the hands of her demented kidnapper, has come out publicly to speak about her ordeal with the kidnapper.

Miss Smart who was just 14 when she was snatched from her home in Utah in the USA said the kidnapper/rapist was driven by hardcore pornography which led him to rape her continuously, he also forced her to watch. She also believes that his passion for porn led him to snatch her.

Speaking about her horrific ordeal in an anti-porn campaign video Elizabeth, now 28, said her kidnapper, Brian Mitchell’s passion for porn made things worse for her.

She added that when he watched the videos it “just led to him raping me more”.

Ms Smart was kidnapped by demented Mitchell at the age of 14 when he and his wife Wanda Barzee broke into her home in Utah, USA, and snatched her from her room.
She was then repeatedly raped over a nine month period and was forced to watch sexually explicit films.
Smart has now argued that Mitchell, who was 57, was fuelled by his passion for porn when meted out the horrific abuse.

She said:

“All I know is that pornography made my living hell worse, It just led to him raping me more, more than he already did, which was a lot.

“Looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Having sex with his wife after looking at pornography, it wasn’t enough for him. And then it led him to finally going out and kidnapping me. He just always wanted more. I can’t say that he would not have gone out and kidnapped me had he not looked at pornography.”

Ms Smart’s horrific ordeal came to end when a biker alerted police after spotting Mitchell travelling with two people in Utah.

Mitchell is now serving a life sentence for the abuse, his mentally unstable wife Wanda Barzee was sentenced to 15 years for aggravated kidnapping.
The pair were both initially ruled unfit to go on trial because of their mental health.

Mitchell’s defence team argued he was not guilty by reason of insanity. Barzee pleaded guilty.

Kidnappers who killed and buried their victim after collecting N5m ranson nabbed in Anambra

Two members of a kidnap gang were caught by a combined team of policemen, local vigilante and hunters. According to Abia Facts Newspaper, the kidnappers identified as Obiora and Livinus, natives of Umuanu in Ndia Agu kidnapped a grandmother, killed and buried her in the bush after collecting the sum of Five million naira from her family. No further details were given on the victim




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House help Steals Madam’s Two Children, Turns Them To Beggars In Lagos

It was confusion galore in Ogere, Remo North local government area of Ogun State, when a-middle-aged Fulani woman, simply identified as Asmau allegedly disappeared with two female children. They were children of the mistress with whom she served as a house help.

Asmau, according to findings had stayed with the mother of the children as a house maid for four months before she bolted away with the two girls, Amina, 6 and Rukayya, 7. She was later arrested in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos State while using them as beggars.

The mother of the children, simply identified as Hawau, told Vanguard that the suspect had been
staying with her for over four months, assisting her with some domestic chores while being paid N400 or N500 daily.

Narrating her ordeal, mother of the stolen children, further explained that, it all started on the last Muslim festival day, Eid-el Fitr which was held July 6, 2016. According to her, she had planned to send the children to Lagos for holiday with their grand parents, a move she discussed with her brother, which prompted her brother to visit her during sallah celebrations. Hawau said:

 “My brother came to pick them (Amina and Rukayya) but did not meet me and my children at home on Sallah day because we had gone to the Eid ground to pray. He did not wait for me as he left for Lagos.

When my children knew that he had come and gone they started crying. Asmau used the opportunity and told me she was going to Lagos that day and that she will help me to take them to their grandparents, so, I agreed and asked the children to go with her.

After two days, I found out that the children were not at their grandparents’ house, I called the woman but her number was not connecting. I checked her at her house, I did not find her and my children.

I started to go round to check out till I spent all what I had and yet I did not find them. I then reported to the Sarkin Hausawa of Ogere Alhaji Abdullahi Saminaka, who organised a prayer and informed the people.

Luckily for me, a woman came to the palace and told the Sarkin that she saw Asmau with my children begging in Ikorodu in Lagos state. So, he (Sarkin) sent his men to go and bring them; one of them, called Ali told us that he found the children with the woman begging for alms in tattered  clothes.”

Continuing, she said:

“We were also told that the woman removed their new sallah clothes   and gave it to one woman, who was a food vendor, in exchange for food. The children told us that the woman used to beat them if they cried or refused to go and beg for alms. She told people, while they went begging for alms  that she is their mother.”


Prophet Offered Me N6,000 To Kidnap Sisters – Suspect

A 35-year-old barber, Uche Emeroha, and a prophet, Kenneth Alozie, were paraded by the police on Thursday for allegedly abducting two sisters, who were returning from a summer class in the Igando area of Lagos State.

Emeroha said Prophet Alozie allegedly promised to pay him N6,000 if he could abduct and bring two children to his church, Hope in God Healing Ministry in the Agboroko area, Iyana Iba.

Jumia, six, and four-year-old Ayomide – were abducted on Olorunfemi Street in the Igando area while returning from the summer class around 2pm on Tuesday.

It had been reported that the children, whose mother is a widow, were rescued by police operatives 
from the Igando division around 7pm on Wednesday and two suspected abductors were arrested.

Punch reports that Emeroha, after allegedly abducting the girls on their way back home, had handed them over to a woman identified as Mama Chioma, who then took them to Alozie’s church.

According to the police, Emeroha was the first suspect to be arrested and he, thereafter, led operatives to the hideout, where Alozie had hidden the girls.

Alozie, who claimed to be a prophet, was also arrested.

It was gathered that Mama Chioma was still on the run.

Speaking to PUNCH Metro at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, on Thursday, Emeroha said when he went to Alozie’s church for counselling, the prophet promised to fortify him with a charm, so that he (Emeroha) could be bringing stolen children to the church.

He said:

 “I am not married. I did not know the girls before that day. I worked as a barber on that street. One woman, Mama Chioma, was the one who introduced me to the prophet. She collected my phone number from my girlfriend. She took me to the prophet for counselling. I think she and the prophet worked together.

“When I met the prophet on Tuesday, he asked me to abduct some children. He promised to do some charms for me so that I would not be caught and he promised to pay me N6,000. That was the first time I would run such errand.

“When I came back to the area, I saw the girls returning home. I accosted them and lied that their mother asked me to buy some soft drinks for them. They did not struggle with me. I carried the younger one and held the hand of her sister. Mama Chioma was already waiting at Akesan bus stop to receive them. I recently moved to the area to work as a barber. I was living in Abuja.”

Alozie, however, denied sending Emeroha on the errand, saying he only prayed for the barber during the counselling.

He said:

 “I did not know him before that Tuesday. Mama Chioma is my member. She usually brings people, who have one problem or the other to me, so that I could pray for them. I am not a herbalist.

“I was at home on Tuesday when the woman brought this man. I counselled and prayed for him. I only wanted to solve his problems. Later on Tuesday when Mama Chioma brought the girls, she said they were Emeroha’s children and his wife had abandoned him because of his challenges.”

The older girl, Jumia, told PUNCH Metro that Mama Chioma took her and her sister to an unfamiliar house, gave them food and plaited their hair.

She said:

 “The man, who took us away, said mummy asked him to buy some drinks for us. He later gave us to one woman. The woman took us on a bus to a place. She put us in one house and gave us food. She gave us rice and soup.

“She later carried us to one man’s place. She also plaited our hair. Later, the police came and carried us to the station. The police now took us back to mummy.”

The mother of the rescued girls, who identified herself as Iya Ayo, said it was a boy in the area who caught a glimpse of Emeroha escaping with the girls.

She said:

 “My children were found around 6pm in the Agboroko community, towards Okoko. I thanked the God of Christ Apostolic Church. When I initially discovered that my children were abducted while returning home, I searched the whole area trying to trace them.

“I usually grill corn in the area since the death of my husband three years ago. It was a boy in our area who caught a glimpse of the barber escaping with the girls. I also thank the police for their efforts.”

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects, said the police were on the trail of Mama Chioma, who was believed to have other victims in her custody.

He said:

 “The woman is also known as chairlady. She is being hunted now. We are going to find out if she does not have other victims. But we have the two suspects – the barber and the prophet – with us. The police want parents to take more proper care of their children to avoid them falling preys to abductors. Investigation is ongoing.”

‘I Ate Bitter Leaves, Slept On Floor’ – Iba Monarch Recounts Ordeal

The Oniba of Iba community, Oba Goriola Oseni, who regained his freedom from kidnappers on Saturday, says he ate concoction prepared with bitter leaves while in captivity.

The monarch told Punch Metro in his palace on Sunday that he slept in a shanty built on water during the 21 days he was in captivity.

This is just as two of the suspected kidnappers said they collected N15m from the monarch’s family, adding that the money was collected in two batches.
The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who also addressed newsmen after the parade, said the government would continue to intensify security in the state. Continue….

Oba Goriola was abducted in his palace at about 8.30pm on Saturday, July 16, by some gunmen suspected to be Ijaw militants who attacked the community in two speedboats.

On Saturday, however, at about 7pm, the monarch returned to the palace, accompanied only by community youths who sighted him after he came out of a boat he had paddled.

Goriola told one of Punch correspondents that when the negotiation for ransom initially fell through, the kidnappers forced him to sleep on the floor for days and exposed him to mosquito bites.

He said, “On that Saturday, at about 9pm, I was listening to news in my bedroom when I heard gunshots.

“When I came into the sitting room, the gunmen were shouting, ‘This is the king’. I was in shorts and was about to enter a bathroom. They killed my palace guard, carried me into their speedboat and drove away into a swamp.

“The kidnappers asked if I had seen them before or we had done business before and I said no. They told me while driving away that they were contracted to kill me, but they had changed their mind. They said I should cooperate with them. I told them they should rather cooperate with me and treat me like their father.

“The hideout was a shanty built on water. There were about six shanties on the water. They covered my eyes while we were in the speedboat. I fainted at a point, but they still dragged me.

“When we got there, they allowed me to take my bath. On Sunday, they assured me that they would take me back to the palace. Around 5pm on the third day, they called my family members. They were Ijaw youths; they spoke the language and prepared bitter leaf concoctions, which we ate.

Any time they brought up the matter of ransom and my family members begged them, they would start arguing in the shanty. They would carry guns and start threatening me. But their boss instructed them not to manhandle me.”

Goriola said after the first ransom was paid, the gang split into two and a fresh ransom was demanded by the new group.

He said, “My children paid the first ransom. The ringleaders among the kidnappers spent the money and did not share it with the other members and they became angry. One of the ringleaders said he was going to the city and asked what he should buy for me. I asked for sausage roll. I did not know he was running away.

“On the second week, about 12 gunmen showed up and said they would now start a fresh negotiation. They said if my children did not cooperate, they would abandon me in the creek and run away. They maltreated me and made me sleep on the floor. They removed the mattress and the bedspread.”

The monarch explained that the kidnappers brought out idols and made him swear he didn’t have more money than he claimed.

He said later, some of his family members brought the second ransom, adding that despite the payments, he was made to sleep on the floor and was bitten by mosquitoes.

He said, “When they eventually got both ransoms, they asked me to go. They brought me in a speedboat. When they heard one of them had been arrested by the police, they said they would take me back to the creek and I persuaded them not to, saying I would tell the police to release the suspect; they agreed.

“When they got halfway, they said the boat was faulty and asked me to find a canoe for myself. I found one by the bush and got into it. I paddled myself to the land.

“When I came to an expressway, I saw some youths playing football. They seemed not to know who I was. I asked them which way was to the king’s house. When I crossed the road, some youths saw me and ran to embrace me.

“I told the gunmen in the creek that it was God who permitted them to kidnap me, because I am not an easy prey. I told them I was putting on only shorts and that was why they could abduct me. And they said they knew.”

The monarch’s son, Saheed Oseni, told Punch Metro on Sunday that the money paid to the kidnappers was sourced without the involvement of the state government.

Saheed said the traditional ruler was hale and hearty, adding that the family was grateful to God for his safe return.


Kidnapped UNIPORT Lecturer Gains Freedom

Dr Reginald Ohiri, a lecturer in the department of Biochemistry at the University of Port Harcourt, who was abducted on Monday, has regained his freedom. The kidnappers released him on Tuesday night when they discovered that he was not their target.

Spokesperson for UNIPORT, Dr. William Wodi, said not only has the lecturer regained his freedom but he has also reported to school. There was however no confirmation on whether ransom was paid. Dr Ohiri just informed him that it was a case of mistaken identity and the kidnappers allowed him to go.


Mother Reunites With Son Abducted 21 Years Ago

A California mother, Maria Mancia, whose son was abducted in 1995 reunited with him on Thursday after 21 years.
The last time Mancia saw her son was when he was just 18 months old and only had a single photo of him.
Her son, Steve Hernandez, who is now 22 years old, was found living in Puebla, Mexico, by investigators in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Child Abduction Unit and on Thursday morning was brought to the U.S. to meet his mother for an emotional reunion.

“Now this anguish I’ve carried is gone now that I have my son back,” Mancia said. “I spent 21 years looking for him not knowing anything.”

The SBC District Attorney’s Child Abduction Unit had been looking for Hernandez through the years, searching for him in several states until investigators received a strong tip in February that he was in Mexico.

According to authorities, his father, Valentin Hernandez, is said to be missing and believed to be dead.
Investigator Karen Cragg, who led the search, said they had to approach Steve Hernandez delicately.

“We used a ruse to contact him. We told him we were investigating his father and we needed his DNA to help locate his father,” Cragg told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We didn’t want to scare him off. We weren’t sure what the circumstances were down there. We had to tread very carefully.”

According to police reports, Mancia and Valentin Hernandez had been living with their son Steve Hernandez in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in 1995 but were having relationship problems. Mancia said she came home from work one day to find both the elder Hernandez and their son missing and all of their photos of the boy, including an ultrasound gone as well.

She immediately reported the boy missing and the investigation had been active ever since, first with the Sheriff’s Department, then with DA’s investigators.

Once investigators located Steve in Mexico, DNA sample was obtained in February to acertain that he was truly Mancia’s son.
Once they got a positive match, Cragg drove straight to Mancia’s house to give her the good news.

“She began to cry. She said she couldn’t believe he was still alive.”

Because Steve Hernandez is a U.S. citizen, there were no immigration troubles returning him to the U.S., Cragg said. He had no personal documents at all, but his mother had his birth certificate and more.
The boy’s father had told him that his mother abandoned the two of them.

Steve Hernandez  said:

“I lived all these years without my mother, then to find out she’s alive in another country, it’s emotional.”

He said he plans to stay in the U.S. and hopes to attend law school, which he already started in Mexico. He hugged his crying mother and wiped tears from her eyes.

Source: AP

Alfa Abducts, Rapes Dubai Returnee In Lagos

The police in Ogun State have rescued a 24-year-old Dubai returnee from the custody of an Islamic cleric five months after he allegedly abducted her from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.

The suspect, Olalekan Anifowoshe, aka Alfa, was said to have kept the victim, Simbiat (pseudonym), in his rented apartment in the Atan-Ota area of the state and allegedly had sex with her during the period.

A Good Samaritan, who saw her sometime in May, was said to have informed her family and the case
was reported at the Onipanu Police Division, leading to Alfa’s arrest.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Simbiat and the 42-year-old suspect were neighbours in the Surulere area of Lagos.

It was gathered that the suspect’s wife and three children also resided in the Surulere area.

The woman was said to have consulted him in 2013 for help over a spiritual attack before travelling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Simbiat, who spoke with PUNCH Metro, explained that after she received a call from Alfa on January 11, 2016, instructing her to come back to Nigeria, she lost her senses and returned to the country immediately.

The victim told Punch correspondent that Alfa had slept with her for at least 10 times, adding that anytime she demanded to see her parents, he would beat her up and boast that she had reached her “final destination.”

She said, “Sometime in 2013, I had a dream that a man made love to me. A friend introduced me to him and he gave me a piece of white cloth with Arabic inscriptions to cover my body whenever I wanted to sleep, which I used. Some months later, I travelled to Dubai.

“On January 11, he called me on the telephone to come home. It was like a spell. I packed my things and arrived in Lagos the following day without telling my parents. He picked me at the airport and took me to his apartment in the Aboru area. After some time, he relocated me to Atan-Ota, where he was eventually arrested. He beat me anyhow and slept with me.

“Sometime in May, he took me to a river for a ritual. While he left me to do something inside the bush, I saw someone I knew. The person informed my father that I was already in Nigeria, but in captivity. My father was shocked because he thought I was in Dubai.”

Simbiat, who sold food in Dubai, alleged that Alfa also collected her jewellery valued at N250,000 and a cash sum of about N480,000.

The suspect allegedly owned up to the allegations in his statement to the police, promising to refund the money.

He said apart from prayers, he also used traditional means to help solve his clients’ problems.

He said, “I am married with three children. The woman and I knew each other in Surulere, where my family members reside. As an Islamic cleric, I help people facing problems with prayers and it works. That was how I got to know Simbiat.

“It is true I cast a spell on her to come back to Nigeria. She was living with me and I slept with her occasionally. I only borrowed the money from her, I will refund it.”

A source close to the victim’s family, who did not want her name in print, said it was unfortunate that she had to go through such an “excruciating” experience.

“I don’t know why this happened to someone like her. She is decent and religious. I have never seen her with a boyfriend. I think the mistake she made was narrating the dream she had to a friend who took her to Alfa. If she had told her father, she would not have fallen victim,” she added.

The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident in a text message, saying the suspect had been charged to court.

“Case confirmed. The suspect has been charged to court after a thorough investigation. The command has no tolerance for such inhuman case and we will always fish out the perpetrators,” he said.

Source: Punch

Man Posing As Uber Driver Kidnaps And Rapes Woman

Los Angeles police have arrested a man they say posed as an Uber driver and picked up a woman waiting for a ride in the Westlake district area into his car. According to Police Chief Charlie Beck, 39 year old Dartanyun Smith pretended to be an Uber driver and pulled up to a woman waiting for an Uber driver. She said Yes and got into his car. However, as soon as she got in, he drove about two blocks, he choked her unconscious several times and raped her several times as well.
Fortunately for her, she fought Smith each time she was conscious, she screamed and cried which alerted neighbours in the area who thankfully called the Police.
Responding officers heard her cries coming from a dark-colored SUV, in which they said they saw a male suspect assaulting a woman in the back seat.

“The victim was valiantly fighting the suspect,” police said in a statement. “The officers tried to open the doors of the suspect’s vehicle, but they were locked. Officers used their batons to break the vehicle’s side windows in an attempt to render aid to the victim.”

Police said the man jumped into the driver’s seat, started the engine and drove towards one of the Police officers.  The officer shot at Smith but missed.

“The suspect vehicle continued to flee from the officers,” police said in their statement. “The officers pursued the vehicle but lost sight of it.”

Beck told reporters that officers found the woman standing in the street after she had been pushed out of the vehicle by Smith.

“We believed that we had a predator loose on the streets of Los Angeles,” Beck said. “We didn’t want the second crime in a series to occur.”

Police Chief Charlie Beck said on Monday that Smith was arrested over the weekend after he was tied to the “horrific” crime through DNA evidence collected from the victim, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Smith was arrested at Saturday morning, according to police booking records. He is being held on $1 million bail.

15yr Old Patience Paul Narrates How She Was Abducted & Sexually Abused For 7 Months In Sokoto

Patience Paul, the 15 year old Benue state born girl who was abducted on August 12th last year and forced into Marriage in Sokoto state where she resides with her family, has narrated how she was abducted and sexually abused by her abductor for 7 months. Patience was freed on March 4th after the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, intervened in her case.

Speaking in an Interview with Leadership, Patience who is a primary six pupil, said her abductor and some Hisbah (Sharia police) personnel took her to an Imam in Runjin Sambo area of Sokoto with a
claim that she wanted to convert to Islam.

“I was sent to buy biscuits and on my way I saw him (her abductor) and he persuaded me to come to his bungalow.”she said Patience said she was not forced into marriage but that her abductor turned her into a sex slave at the house of the Sarkin Baki. “Yes, he was forcefully making love to me any time he wanted. They first took me to Sarkin Baki house, and kept me there for seven months before my parents came looking for me. They gave me something to drink, but I refused to take the drink, and they took me to one room and locked me inside the room. They forcefully made me to turn to Muslim and gave me another name, Aisha. Some people wanted to marry me, but the Sarkin Baki refused and said until I finish Islamic school before they marry me off”.

Patience’s abductor has been arrested and will soon be prosecuted.

Ogundana Michael Rotimi: Ese Oruru, Yinusa Dahiru And The Tragedy Of A Divided Nation.

We may not have been together if not for the 1914 amalgamation. But since the artificial wedding took place over a century ago, it is quite surprising how and why we remain divided in the face of various integration plans and programs to keep us united.

Few weeks ago when the Ese Oruru saga broke out, it again showed to the world how divided a nation amalgamated over a hundred years ago is. The Ese Oruru saga, prove once again that we have only been struggling to live in harmony with one another and always looking for the slightest opportunity to go against each other.

Worse as our division is, we are not only divided along regional or ethnical line, but we are so divided along numerous lines and that only calls for concerns for a nation dreaming of development and prosperity. One wonders how we have managed to stay together as a nation in the midst of these divisions all these years.

The Ese Oruru saga was a crime committed by one man, but instead for the culprits to be condemned and cautioned, the criticism and blame came on his region, his religion and his people. A fallacy that was borne out of bigotry and hate.

While a few people directly condemned the criminal act committed by one Mr. Yinusa Dahiru, who is alleged to have abducted Ese, forcefully converted her to Islam, possibly hypnotized her and assaulted her sexually, a huge number of people took advantage of Mr. Yinusa`s action and descended mercilessly on his region and religion. Hence, the northern region came under attack alongside the Islamic religion.

It is my belief that no religion supports violence. People are violent but hide under the guise of one form of religion, region or the others to justify their criminality. But a nation divided along these lines will not consider it that way. It will rather take advantage of the act and attack the whole region or religion involved.

A country that is so desirous of making any form of progress in this tough and competiveness world cannot stay divided and expect any form of progress. The point is; a divided nation will continue to grasp for development and prosperity in the face of abundant opportunities.

We cannot as a nation hope to achieve the founding dreams and aspirations of our founding fathers while we stay divided. Not possible! If we must achieve greatness, we can only achieve it together.

Change comes with numerous responsibility- one of which is to be united. No divided nation has attained that which they wish and dream of.

Either child marriage, abduction, baby factories, rituals, vandalism and the likes, a crime is a crime- we must stay united to condemn it outrightly without tagging any region or religion.

There is no justification for doing the wrong thing and perpetrating evil. Evil is evil. It has no other name but evil. People choose to do evil and sort for justification for it. Those who do evil should be seen as evil and not their religion or region.

Men will always want to justify is criminality, but it does not make evil less evil. Don`t conform to that! If evil is perpetrated by someone in the North/South/Middle-Belt by Christian/Muslim/Pagan, condemn it. Evil has no religion or region!

You can not condemn the whole north or a particular religion because of Ese saga and other related crimes. Likewise can you not condemn the whole south or a particular religion for baby factories, vandalism, and other related evils.

When you condemn a crime, do not do it with an intention to sway a religion/region- that also is evil. Just condemn it outrightly!

If one from or not from your religion or region derives pleasure in crime, condemn it. Not his/her religion or region.  If we unanimously condemn evil irrespective of who is involved and not tag it, in no time far from now, we would have a saner society. But if those in the North/South/Middle-Belt, Christian/Muslim/Pagan keep defending the evil perpetrated by one of their own, we would continue to live in a society where evil works and reigns. At the end, when evil reigns, the people suffer!

Division will take us nowhere. Saner countries in the world do find a common ground that keeps them united in spite of their difference.  Nigeria can do the same.

Divided we are vulnerable but united we are unstoppable!

God Bless Nigeria.

Ogundana Michael Rotimi is a Nigerian Biochemist, Socio-economic & Political Commentator, and Public Speaker. He tweets @MickeySunny.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Governor Ambode Vows To Rescue Abducted Secondary School Girls

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode says his government will spare no effort to ensure the safe return of the three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu area of the state, who were kidnapped by a group of armed gang on Monday evening February 29th.

Ambode in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde and released today March 2nd, condemned the unfortunate incident, just as he assured that the Police and other security operatives have swung into action, with useful leads and with an unwavering determination to track down the perpetrators of the act and ensure the safe return of the girls.

“We have not been silent on this unfortunate development. In a delicate security matter of this nature, where young innocent people are involved and management of information demands utmost circumspect, we were convinced that swift and coordinated reaction, guided by intelligence reports on the part of the Police, was a better and more sensitive approach to take, rather than a sensational, panic-stricken reaction”he said. He said the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni as well as the Assistant Inspector General of Police for the Lagos/Ogun Command were fully on ground at the scene and vicinity of the incident leading the entire coordinated effort involving every military apparatus. “We believe in the capacity of the Police to lead this rescue mission. I have had ceaseless briefing with them since the incident happened and God helping us, we shall spare no effort in securing the safe release of the girls and continue to secure the school and indeed every part of Lagos”. Governor Ambode said the incident may not be unconnected with his recent visit to some parts of Ikorodu where he read the riot act to vandals and criminal gangs on the resolve of the state government to take the battle to their hideouts in a spirited effort to secure the pipelines. “We believe this is a case of evil fighting back. But Lagos will neither succumb to threats of lawlessness nor bow to terror. Our resolve is very clear; we will assist the Police and other security agencies in dealing decisively with this one unfortunate case and prevent future reoccurrence. We will deploy the resources at our disposal to safeguard every life and property within our care,” he said.

Governor Ambode also recalled a similar incident in Arepo area of Ogun State, where a senior staff of a leading telecommunications agency was kidnapped three days ago, however saying that he has gotten assurance from both the Ogun State Police and Lagos Police Commands on their collaborative efforts to tame the menace of kidnapping and ensure return of order and safety. He also commended the gallantry of the students of the school who put up a courageous resistance to prevent the abduction of their mates, just as he praised the mature and measured response of the school management in the wake of the incident. “The state government is with you in bringing this unfortunate episode to a quick resolution. I wish to appeal for calm and support of every Lagosian. I urge them to be vigilant and helpful to the security operatives in this onerous task to rid the state of every form of criminality, cultism and terrorism,” he said.

91-Year-Old Retired Director Of CBN Kidnapped In Church

Members of St, Micheal’s Anglican Church, Emevor, Isoko North local Government Area of Delta State were left stunned when unidentified gunmen stormed the church premises in an ash-coloured Passat car and forced the retired Director, Foreign Operations, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Chief Joseph Ogedegbe to enter into their waiting vehicle as the elderly man was alighting from his vehicle

They speed off immediately without waiting for a second. Efforts are on to rescue him.

Mother Of Taraba Deputy Governor Kidnapped

Mother of Taraba state Deputy Governor Hajiya Belli Manu has been kidnapped by unknown persons.

The incident happened at about 9.30pm Monday by gunmen. She was kidnapped at her residence in Bakin Kasuwa area of Mutum Biyu town, some 70 kilometers from Jalingo, the state capital.

It was gathered that the kidnappers numbering about ten also killed a middle aged man at the front of the deputy governor’s family house before taking his mother away.

The chairman of Gassol local government area Alhaji Tukura Bashiru confirmed the incident.

The police spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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Governor Dickson’s Aide Kidnapped

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Information and Strategy has confirmed the kidnap of an aide to Governor Seriake Dickson, Captain Henry Ungbuku (Rtd).

Ungbuku is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Aviation.

He was abducted on Sunday within the premises of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Light House Parish, after the Sunday worship service.

His abductors had reportedly laid siege to the church located in Iwofe, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, very early in the morning, waiting for their victim to attend the service and come out of the church.

Ungbuku’s abductors were said to have asked him to open the door of his vehicle while one of them pointed a gun at him.

The gunmen, according to the source, drove their victim away to an unknown destination after forcing him into a waiting vehicle.

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Mother Charged For Leaving Child In Car Which Got Stolen

A 28 years old New Jersey mother has been arrested and charged with endangering a child after leaving the little girl in a car which got stolen.

According to WABC news Marshay Smith left her 5-year old daughter in the back seat of her car while she proceeded to use an ATM.
Luckily for the mother the car was found parked in a nearby parking lot with the girl inside, the luck however wasn’t good enough to stop the mother from being arrested by the police for leaving a minor in the car.

Woman Kidnapped, Raped By Her Neighbor

Early on the morning of September 16, 1995, a friend of my dad’s—a 38- year-old writing teacher named Steve Oliver—picked me up for a trip from Eau Claire to Madison, Wisconsin. We were going to oversee the layout of a book of my writings. Although I was only 13 years old and in the seventh grade, Oliver had told my dad that he’d submitted my work to Random House, and they actually wanted to publish it. I packed CDs, a tee shirt, a pair of pants, and a swimsuit. We left at 7 a.m., while my brothers, sisters, and stepmom were still sleeping. I dozed off during the drive, and when I awoke, I was tied up.

 “Here’s how it’s going to be,” Oliver said in a low, terrifying voice. “You are no longer Jessyca. Your name is Cindy Johnson. My name is David Johnson. I’m your father. If anyone asks why you look so sad, it’s because your mother and twin brother recently died in a car accident.”

That was the beginning of the most horrifying three months of my life. Oliver drove to the Kansas City airport, where he held a concealed knife to my back as we boarded a plane for Houston. There, we stayed in two different seedy hotels before settling into a Days Inn near the airport. That’s where I remained—most of the time locked inside a room— for the next 101 days. And almost every day, my captor forced me to have sex with him.

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Mother Of Sylva’s Running Mate Kidnapped

The mother of the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Bayelsa election, 100-year-old Madam Ebifieghe Dikoro was yesterday kidnapped from her country home in Furupa, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

Her son, Mr. Wilberforce Agiri, is the running mate to the APC governorship candidate and former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva.

Although no ransom had been demanded as at press time for the abducted elderly woman, the spate of kidnappings especially of top political leaders and their relatives has been on the rise in recent times.

The gunmen, who abducted the centenarian, reportedly invaded her home at 1 am yesterday in three speedboats. As has been the case with other kidnappings in the past, they shot sporadically into the air to ward of any counter-attack from community vigilantes and whisked the old woman away. They escaped into the mangrove rain forest without a trace as at press time.

Spokesman of the state Police Command Astimin Butwat confirmed the incident, even as he said that the details of the kidnapping were still sketchy.

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Wife, Daughter Of Local Government Chairman Kidnapped

Gunmen believed to be kidnappers allegedly adopted the wife and daughter of the chairman of Aniocha South Local Government Area in Delta State.

Confirming the report, the acting state police command spokesman, Mr Charles Muka, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), said that the victims were whisked away after the criminals stormed the Agidisei Ogwashi-Uku residence of the local council chairman, Mr Isaac Anwuzia at about 7.30 am on Monday.

Muka, who gave the name of the wife of the council boss as 32-year old Favour Ifeoma and her daughter, Goodness Anwuzia aged three years, said that the invaders took the victims away in “a Toyota Corolla car parked in the compound and drove to an unknown destination.”

The police spokesman, however, said that the police on receiving the distress call gave the criminals a hot chase, forcing them to abandon the victims.

Two of the suspected kidnappers were eventually arrested after fleeing into the bush, he disclosed.

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Kidnapped ‘Chibok Girl’ Reportedly Flees Boko Haram, Says Others Alive

One of the hundreds of Christian schoolgirls kidnapped 18 months ago by Boko Haram reportedly made it out of the Nigerian terrorist group’s stronghold and told of her fellow captives’ ongoing misery, but a military official disputed the claim.

The April 14, 2014, kidnapping of 276 girls from the northern town of Chibok prompted international headlines and a social media campaign made prominent by First Lady Michelle Obama calling for authorities to “Bring back our girls.” While dozens fled in the initial months following capture, the unidentified girl would be the most recent victim to escape the infamous Islamic terror group’s clutches. According to local reports, she said dozens of girls are still alive, many pregnant from rape and riddled with disease.

“All of us were forced to become Muslims but kept in camps far from each other,” the girl reportedly told The Vanguard. “You can only see and recognize those in your camp as any of us who refused being Islamized was either beheaded or shot at point blank range.”

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Why We Kidnapped Falae- Suspects

The Service paraded two of the suspected kidnappers who admitted to abducting the 77-year-old High chief.

Garba said: “Investigations have further revealed that their action was not targeted at Falae as a statesman and prominent Yoruba leader; we called this news conference because some people were unduly giving ethnic colouration to this.”

Usman and Kato, who are Fulani, claimed that they only met in pursuit of making quick money and without knowing about the target chosen by the group leader.

Abdullahi, who said he left Lokoja and used his motorcycle to transport their ring-leader, Dattijo and Chief Falae who was sandwiched between them claimed that he never knew the identity of their victim.

Usman (Aka Kadiri) explained how he helped to pinpoint “a big man who goes to his farm in Toyota Hilux van” who could be kidnapped to provide Sallah and wedding funds to some of his friends.

Usman said he was approached by some of his friends in Kwara State shortly before the last Eid El-Kabir during a wedding ceremony.

Usman recalled that Datijo approached him complaining that he was so broke that he might not be able to satisfactorily celebrate the coming festival unless he (Usman) was able to give information on any big man that could be abducted for money.

“I then told him that I know one man who to brings a Hilux vehicle to his farm and I used to see him as I move my cows about”, he told reporters.

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Kidnapped Lawmaker’s Daughter Found In Boyfriend’s Bosom

It was like a scene in a comic movie as the supposedly kidnapped 24-year-old daughter of Hon. Edionwele, representing Esan Constituency,  Edo State, Jessica, was found right in the bosom of her boyfriend in Lugbe, an outskirt of Federal Capital Territory,  Abuja, Sunday evening by policemen from the command.

Jessica, last Wednesday was reported to have left Ibadan, Oyo State,  where she was serving, for Lagos to board an aircraft to Abuja. She was said to have landed Abuja safely but took an airport taxi that drove her away to an unknown destination.

While family and friends were terribly worried for what would have befallen the young lady, she allegedly gave her father’s telephone number to her ‘abductor’, who claimed that if the honourable wanted her daughter back alive should pay a ransom.

FCT Police was contacted  and they went in search of the ‘missing lady’. However, yesterday evening, the search yielded the desired fruit. Not only that Jessica was found,  her abductor was also arrested.

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The Carnage, Tyranny Of Fulani Herdsmen May Not End Soon – Fani-Kayode

”I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death and Hades was following close behind him”- Revelations 6 v.8.
With recent events, it is clear that the biblical ”four horses of the Apocalypse” may well have been unleashed on Nigeria.
I support the call by Afenifere that all Fulani herdsmen should be banned from the south-west. Actually, I believe that they should be banned from the entire south and not just the south west.

I also stand by every word that I wrote in my widely published essay titled ”The Herdsmen From Hell.” This contribution serves as a follow up to that essay.
The bottom line is this: we do not want those that slaughter innocent people, including women and children, in our midst.
Those that say that we must remain silent when aliens and vandals invade our land, rape our women
and kill our people are, at best, misinformed and misuguided and, at worse, insensitive and wicked.
How can they expect us to remain silent when our elders and leaders are being terrorised and brutalised on a regular basis. Those that harbor such views and that have such misgivings are suffering from a callous and diseased state of mind and they shall be put to shame.
No matter what they say, we will continue to expose and resist this barbarity and we shall continue to call it precisely what it is: pure and unadulterated evil. We shall not be intimidated by those that seek to silence us and neither shall we cowered into silence.
I have no regrets for describing those murderous Fulani herdsmen as tsetse flies. Actually, they are worse than that because, like Satan, they only come to kill, steal and destroy.
It is obvious to any discerning mind that this categorization is limited to those Fulani herdsmen that indulge in barbaric and criminal activities and not the entire Fulani race.
Like any other ethnic group there are good Fulanis and there are bad ones. For someone to suggest that we ought to spare the bad ones simply because we are scared of offending the sensibilities of the good ones makes no sense to me.
I have many Fulani friends and the last thing on my mind would be to demonise an entire ethnic group. For anyone to suggest that a literary attack and a verbal assault on a bunch murderers and killers who happen to be of Fulani extraction is an attack on the entire Fulani race is absurd.
Worse still to describe such an attack as ”hate speech against the Fulani tribe” is simply asinine: it is nothing more than the gross manifestation of a subterranean slave mentality and an attempt at sucking up to those that believe that they own Nigeria.
Those that have voiced such puerile nonsense ought to provide an answer to the following question: should we remain silent when we see some wicked and uneducated cattle rearers committing atrocities which may, if not properly checked, result in a full scale ethnic war.
If the herdsmen had been Yoruba or Igbo I would have condemned them in similar terms and labelled them in precisely the same way. I may even have gone further because I would have expected far better from my own people.
I also happen to know that if Yoruba or Igbo traders or farmers went to the core north and singled-out the elders, leaders, traditional rulers and women and children of the Fulani tribe for murder, pillage, torture and rape all hell would have broken loose by now and their reaction would not have been limited to harsh words, strongly-worded essays and uncomplimentary categorizations.
The bottom line is this: the days of us keeping quiet and suffering in silence in the name of political correctness are long over. If we don’t want trouble and we don’t want matters to escalate we must speak out against evil very clearly and very quickly and we must condemn and correctly label those that like to shed human blood at the drop of a hat.
This is especially so when they prey on the weak, the elderly and the more vulnerable in our society. It is the gutless cowards that live amongst us that seek to play down the pillage, murder and rape of others that are guilty of hate crimes and collusion with genocidal maniacs and not those of us that have the courage to call a spade a spade.
Those that support the atrocities of the herdsmen are insensitive to the feelings and sufferings of others and that is the biggest crime of all. They hate the victims of these terrible atrocities and they love and make excuses for the perpetrators.
They are completely incapable of any form of empathy with those that have been violated and slaughtered and in their heart of hearts they relish the atrocities and they consider them fair game and fair sport.
A good example of such people is the individual who leads an organisation which is supposed to protect the rights of the less fortunate in our society.
This individual apparently does not deem it appropriate to stand up against the evil that the herdsmen have been indulging in for the last few years and he prefers to pamper them. Why am I not surprised?
Instead of speaking up for the human rights and civil liberties of those that have been maimed, killed and persecuted as he has been charged to do, the man is busy trying to say things that are politically correct.
Whilst he is attempting to please and impress his new paymasters people are being killed by his cattle-rearing friends on a daily basis.
I say shame on him and those that think like him and I honestly believe that the blood of those innocent people that have been maimed and slaughtered by the herdsman are partly on his hands because he has encouraged them with his complicit silence and his veiled support.
Given the attitude of men like that, coupled with the apparent indifference of the Federal Government to the whole issue, it is clear that the carnage and tyranny of the Fulani herdsmen may not end any time soon.
I say this because barely ten days after the abduction and matcheting (yes matcheting) of Chief Olu Falae and on October 1st 2015, which is Nigeria’s independence day, the Fulani herdsmen struck again.
On that day they abducted a traditional ruler from the Yoruba-speaking area of Kogi state. His name is Oba Adebisi Obademi and they abducted him from his palace in Apa-Bunu in the Kabba-Bunu area of his state. They have asked the family to pay a ransom for his release.
On the same day, they released a 70 year old Yoruba cleric by the name of Pastor Japhet Obafemi who is from Ilepa, Ikare Akoko in Ondo state. They had abducted him and kept him in tortuous captivity for 11 grueling days. Sadly a number of others whose homes were invaded by the herdsmen were not so lucky.
Mr. Agbaose Sowetan from Oja-Odan, Ogun state and Mrs. Ayeshi Balogun from Asa village, Ogun state, both of whom were farmers, were not allowed to go home to their families but instead they were murdered in cold blood.
According to press reports Mrs. Balogun, who was a mother of three, was gang-raped before being hacked to death.
Can there be any greater evil than this? Who will tame these wicked and hard-hearted herdsmen and who will clip the wings of these bloodthirsty cattle-rearers?
Who will deliver us from these sadists and terrorists that have no sense of restraint or remorse and that have no mercy or compassion? Who will stand up to them boldly and say “let my people go”?
Permit me to conclude this intervention by repeating an interesting and relevant contribution from the famous British historian, writer and educationalist Dr. T.R. Batten.
He wrote: “The Fulani were at their most influential in Gobir. Then a dispute broke out between their Imam, Usman Dan Fodiyo and Sarkin Gobir Yunfa.The Fulani rallied behind their leader who encouraged them to defy their Hausa Chief. He began a jihad and fighting broke out. Thus the Fulani seized the country by force against the will of those who lived there. The enmity had nothing to do with religion for among those who fought (against the Fulani) were many Muslims. It was about the Fulani’s wish to seize power from the Hausas.”
It follows that the herdsman and those that they represent conquer by infiltration, assimilation and guile. Those that doubt this should find out what became of the ancient Hausa kingdoms.
They should also find out about the terrible fate that befell the famous Yoruba general, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of the old Oyo empire, Afonja, at the hands of Abdulsalami, the son of his erstwhile “ally” and friend the Fulani Salih Janta (A.K.A Shehu Alimi).
After Afonja died, Abdulsalami killed his son and took over his throne in Ilorin.
Since that time a Fulani Emir, with a flag from the Sultan of Sokoto, has ruled Ilorin whilst the Yoruba descendants of Afonja have been denied the throne in a predominantly Yoruba town that was founded and established by Aare Afonja, their illustrious Yoruba forefather.
It is better to learn from the mistakes of history rather than to allow them to be repeated.

Written By Femi Fani-Kayode

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FUTO Don Abductors Demand N20m For Her Release

The abductors of Dr (Mrs) Felicia Eze, a don at Information Management Technology department  of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), has demanded for the sum N20 million, as ransom.

Eze was on Monday kidnapped at her home in Umuezeawula village in Ihiagwa community, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, by unknown gunmen and are now demanding the sum of N20m for her to regain her freedom.

Kidnapped Wife Of Former Bayelsa Acting Governor Regains Freedom

The kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa State, Madam Martha Nestor Binabo, has been released.

According to a family source, the 48-year- old woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers State in the early hours of Sunday.

According to the source, the family adhered to the strict instructions by the kidnappers not to involve the police. She was released with a transport fare of N18,000 and a big fish with directive that she should prepare pepper soup for her husband.

While some family members denied knowledge of a ransom payment, others claimed the sum of N8.2million was paid to secure her freedom.

The source said: “She was well taken care of by the kidnappers. They gave her N18,000 as transport and a big fresh fish to prepare pepper soup for the husband.”

The spokesman of the State Police Command, Astimin Butswat, confirmed the development but said the command was yet to get full details on her release.

Meanwhile, the former governor of Bayelsa State,Chief Timipre Sylva, has visited the Chief Binabo over the abduction of his wife.

Sylva expressed happiness over the bold spirit of the former acting governor in spite of the abduction of his wife.

According to Chief Sylva, he decided to visit Binabo along with party faithful, to show solidarity and encourage others on the mission of the APC.

“I am happy that Binabo was upbeat despite the kidnap of his wife. This is the hallmark of a leader. It meant for us to be prepared for any eventuality that comes our way. Let me urge all to be steadfast as there would soon be a change in governance in the state.”

Sylva, who said he was his back in full force to participate in the politics of the state, added that he had deliberately ignored Governor Seriake Dickson all this while because he had a national objective of ensuring that his party, the APC, wins in the last national election, but “now that that objective has been realised, I can now face the government in the state.”

How I Was Chained, Tortured In The Bush By My Abductors – Rescued Ondo Regent

For two weeks, serene Akungba Akoko in Akoko South West area of Ondo State stood still, no thanks to an abomination committed by some gun-wielding youths who abducted the regent of the community, Princes Oluwatoyin Omosowon, and three of her aides.

The regent and her aides  were abducted on their way from a public function in Akure, the Ondo state capital. She was ambushed on the Ose/ Owo Expressway and forced to alight from her vehicle and pushed
into their waiting vehicle and taken to an unknown destination.

Her vehicle, a Toyota Avensis, said to belong to Adekunle Ajasin University, which conveyed her and the aides, was later abandoned and two of her aides released, while they whisked the regent away with her driver.

  • Anger and protest

To show their anger, the people of the community staged a protest round the town, describing the incident as an abomination.

The town was thrown into confusion as markets, shops and stores remained closed, while academic activities in the university  were completely paralyzed.

Reports had it that the kidnappers a few days after the incident, requested for N20 million ransom before the regent could be released.

However, while the negotiation was on, security operatives were busy sniffing around to smoke out the kidnappers.

This, however, paid off last week when a combined team of security operatives burst the syndicate  responsible for the abduction.

Four other persons who were earlier kidnapped from different places, also breathed air of freedom as detectives stormed their hideout at Arimagija in the thick forest in Ose local government area of the state.

  • Those freed

Others freed included a corps member,  Azubuike Ijeoma, an Indian, Alex John Thekinathy, his orderly, Obute Sunday, and the regent’s driver, Aliu Abdujelili.

Speaking exclusively with South West Voice, the regent, who came back from  captivity with a bruised head, said she was tired of the throne, following the sad experience she went through in the hands of the kidnappers.

Omosowon, who became the regent in 2013,  declared:

“I am tired of the throne and I have said this several times. I want to return to my family in Lagos. I have on several occasions told the kingmakers and traditional chiefs in the town to help me out.”

On her ordeal in the hands of her abductors, the regent said she slept under a cocoa tree in the thick forest for the period of her incarceration.

  • Recounting her ordeal

She recounted her ordeal:

“They took us into the bush and we had to trek for hours before they took us to another location along Akure/Owo road in the middle of the night. They hit my head with an object and blood started gushing out asking us to lie on the floor.

We were taken to another location from there to another forest where they released my secretary and one security official and the kidnappers instructed them to go home and inform people about my abduction and brought another car which took us away from the place.

We were tortured and had to walk into a swampy place and river before getting to where we were kept and they demanded for N20 million as ransom. They told me that I have been delaying the process of selecting another king for the town and I should contact Mimiko to pay the ransom.

We were subjected to many tortures, many other victims were brought to the forest while some were either released or taken away to another place. I fasted for days praying to God to touch their heart but thank God the security operatives rescued us before they could carry out their threats.

It rained on me several days and I was drenched. I was blindfolded and only heard the voices of my abductors. We could not see their faces but their feet.

They chained my legs and arms. I prayed inside of me that l would not die by reciting the book of Psalms inside the bible.

When it was 3am, they took us inside the thick forest. I think the place is very close to a sawmill because I heard the sound of a big machine used to cut logs of wood. I became very scared. He said that I did not want the community to have another king and that am on the throne enjoying the dividends thereby depriving those who the seat is meant for.

He told me that they would spare my life if  I was able to pay what the person who sent them paid them to kill me. I pleaded with them that I did not know anything about the Obaship of the town and that if asked to abdicate the throne, I  would do so if an Oba is selected. I even told them that the Obaship matter is in court.

The second in command said I was instrumental to the delay in the filling of the vacant stool of the town. I was handcuffed all through and was with my driver. I had a terrible experience. I was maltreated for the two weeks I was detained in their den.

They gave me rice and Eba and bought drinks for me but most times, I refused their food and went into prayer and fasting.

Their gang leader showed me some respect as a regent and during my interaction with him he confessed that they went into the kidnapping business because there is no job.

I had the premonition that I will be released on Tuesday and I informed one of my abductors on Sunday and he just laughed and said it can only happen after my people had paid my ransom.  And to God be the glory I was set free on Tuesday. God is merciful and wonderful.’’

  • Corps member’s abduction

Vanguard learned that the corps member, Miss Ijeoma Azubuike, was abducted while she stood by the roadside to board a vehicle  to Lagos, after leaving the orientation camp.

Ijeoma, who graduated from Ekiti State University,  Ado Ekiti, and currently serving in Jigawa State, said she was travelling from Abuja to Lagos on May 3, which was a Sunday when she boarded a vehicle by the roadside.

“I never knew they were kidnappers. The experience was horrible. We were left in the rain. We slept on the floor. We were beaten and handcuffed.

After the driver picked me he drove some kilometers and suddenly the vehicle went into the bush and that was all I knew until I later discovered that where they took me to was their hideout. I must have been hypnotized.  On getting to their hideout, they ask me who are my parents and where they worked.

  • Calling my mother and demand for N10m ransom

“Later they called my mother and demanded for N10 million. They threatened that if the money is not paid they  will not see me again in life,’’ she said.

Also speaking when they visited the governor after they were released, an Indian, Alex John, said he had never gone through that excruciating experience in life. He said the kidnappers beat him several times when they asked him to give them the phone number of his friends who will pay the ransom.

Also, one of the suspects, Ikpen David, said he was not one of the kidnappers but the driver to the leader of the gang.

Ikpen said he was the one that dropped “Federal” at the point they were arrested, adding that  it was the head of the group that said he should carry him to Auchi and return the following day to pick him up.

“I took him from Auchi to Isan where he went to fortify himself spiritually.

The suspect said it was when he wanted to leave that night that ’Federal’ said he should sleep overnight because the road was dangerous.

Speaking on the release of the regent and others, the Director of Directorate of State Service, DSS, Mr Christian Ojobor, said all the victims, including the regent, were rescued from the kidnappers’ den at about 5am by his men and those of the Nigeria Army.

According to him, the victims were abducted  in different states, including Ondo, Rivers and Abuja, and kept in their hideout in Ondo State.

Kogi Commissioner For Lands, Housing Kidnapped

Stephen Maiyaki, the Kogi State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, has been kidnapped. Mr. Maiyaki was kidnapped by about six people at about 8.30 a.m. on Sunday in his farm at Osara in Adavi Local Government Area.

The police spokesperson in the state, Shola Adebayo, confirmed the story, but said details will be provided later. Mr. Maiyaki was appointed commissioner in May 2012.

Justice Christopher Olorunyomi of the state High Court was similarly kidnapped in the same area on May 27 and his whereabouts are still unknown. His abductors are demanding N150 million before he could be released.

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Brother Of Man Billed To Testify At Rivers Inquiry Kidnapped

Some unknown men have kidnapped the brother of Israel Okirie who is billed to appear before the Rivers State Commission of Inquiry probing politically-motivated killings and destruction of properties before and during the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Okirie had petitioned the Commission on April 24 concerning killings in Omoku, ONELGA (Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA) in the state.

It was gathered that the kidnappers warned Mr. Okirie not to appear before the Inquiry under any circumstances.

Human rights and civil society activists had on Tuesday condemned the move by the Peoples Democratic Party to halt the proceedings of the Commission.

All the activists who spoke to this newspaper  described the party’s action as “disappointing” and an indication that it has something to hide.

On Monday, Emmanuel Aguma, a counsel to the PDP, had announced that the party was boycotting the commission.

Presenting an interim order from a Federal High Court restraining the commission from sitting, he announced that taking part in the inquiry would amount to flouting the order of the court. “I wouldn’t want to be a part of a process that does not obey the rule of law, so I’m bringing your attention to this. It is the duty of the panel to obey the court,” Mr Aguma said.

The head of the commission, Chidi Odinkalu, however resisted the move to stop the sitting. He argued that the panel was not served the order and fixed Wednesday for the commission to hear counsel’s arguments and consider legal authorities on the issue.

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Ex Infinity Group Member, Kenny K’ore’s Twin Sister Kidnapped!

Dear friends, below is a real life and death situation affecting one of us – Kenny K’ore – a humble and inspired musician who actually shies away from publicity. He has tried valiantly to keep this under wraps and work it out with prayers and the little he has…but 10 days after, hope is dwindling. We all need to do what we can to help save a life under serious threat! 



The twin sister of gospel artiste Kenny K’ore, has been kidnapped! On Friday, April 16, 2015 Ms. Taiwo Oluwatoyin Akinbode travelled to Port Harcourt, Rivers State for a job prospect when she fell into the well-set trap of kidnappers. A ransom of N5m is being demanded from the family so as to release her.

It was a well-laid job opportunity scam on the internet that attracted the unwary woman to PH – and her current ordeal.

A source close to the family claimed Taiwo’s two phones had gone quiet, except when the brother was called to make ransom demands. On a number of occasions, the unfortunate woman was heard wailing for help as she was apparently being tortured.

The family has contacted the police in Lagos and Port Harcourt, the Anti-kidnapping Unit in Lagos and PH, SSS, NIA, AIG, and IGP’s office, but all have proved abortive.

According to the source, “We are asking that well-meaning Nigerians support our dear brother, and his family in prayers, and in anyway possible to get his sister back safe and sound”.

Note: For any helpful info or enquiries, please call: Family (0705 557 8922)


Debo Adebayo,
Digital Media Strategist
Revamp Media

Kidnapped Orekoya Kids Found, Mother Confirms

The three Orekoya kids, Demola; Adedamola and Aderomola, who were declared missing about a week ago are now confirmed to have been reunited with their parents in Lagos.

This was made known to the public after Adebisi Orekoya, mother of the three children, took to Facebook  to thank Nigerians for their support and prayers.

In her words, “We give God all the Glory. Our Orekoya missing Kids have been found. Thank you so much everyone for ur prayers and moral and Financial support all along. The list is endless, of awesome mothers, sisters, business partners, father’s and even kids too. You’ve been amazing! May God grant all your heart desires too. Much love always.”

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