Over 40 Police, Soldiers Abducted In Myanmar

Armed government troops cross a bomb damaged bridge outside the compound of the Gote Twin police station in Shan State on August 15, 2019/ AFP

 

Ethnic Rakhine rebels took more than 40 police officers and soldiers hostage in a brazen raid on a ferry on Saturday, Myanmar’s military said, the latest flare-up in the restive western region. 

The military has deployed thousands of troops to try to crush Arakan Army insurgents in the state, where the ethnic group is fighting for more autonomy for Rakhine Buddhists.

But the AA has inflicted a heavy toll through violent raids, kidnappings and improvised explosive devices.

On Saturday morning rebels in concealed positions on a river bank shot at a ferry carrying off-duty police and soldiers north from the state capital, forcing it to dock, military spokesperson Zaw Min Tun said.

“More than 10 soldiers from the army, about 30 police and two staff from the prison department” were among the more than 40 passengers forced to disembark before being taken away, he said.

Authorities were using helicopters in their pursuit of the rebels, and had spotted a large contingent crossing a river, he added.

The Arakan Army could not immediately be reached for comment.

The flare-up comes less than two weeks after suspected rebels disguised as a sports team stormed a bus and abducted dozens of firefighters and civilians in Rakhine.

Tens of thousands have been displaced in the state due to the fighting.

Rakhine is the same area where the military drove out more than 740,000 Rohingya Muslims in a 2017 campaign UN investigators have called genocide.

Rights groups have accused soldiers of committing war crimes including extrajudicial killings in its fresh campaign against the Arakan Army.

But monitors have also singled out the rebels for alleged abuses.

Both sides have rebuffed accusations as violence has continued in an area largely sealed off to independent media.

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Army Rescues Six Abducted Students In Kaduna

 

Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army have rescued six abducted students of the Government Day Secondary School in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Deputy Director Public Relations of 1Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.

According to him, four suspected bandits were killed in the process while the rest of them ran into the forest with gunshot wounds.

He also said that three motor boys were rescued during the encounter.

Some of the items recovered from the operation, included one AK-47 rifle with seven rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a pump-action gun with 10 cartridges.

The students were said to have been abducted by kidnappers on their way to school on Thursday in Gwagwada village along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

They have, however, all been re-united with their families.

Chibok Girls: Jonathan Shouldn’t Have Bothered Denying Cameron’s Allegations – APC

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says former president Goodluck Jonathan should not have bothered to respond to the allegations of former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, over the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2015.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement said Nigerians already know the story of Jonathan’s “habitual negligence” to matters of state and so it was not necessary for him to try to deny.

According to the party, denying or arguing would not change anything.

In his new book entitled, For the Record, Mr Cameron had accused the previous government of “sleeping on the wheel” while Boko Haram terrorists were abducting schoolgirls in Chibok community of Borno State.

The former United Kingdom Prime Minister also accused Dr Jonathan of preventing British forces from engaging in rescue efforts, saying he seemed to see the incident as cheap politics.

However, responding to the matter, Jonathan described the claims as “quite sad”.

He insisted that none of the allegations was true, adding that he did not only write letters to the former UK Prime Minister but sought the help of former Presidents Barrack Obama (US) and Francois Hollande (France), as well as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in rescuing the Chibok girls.

The reaction came as the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group marked 2000 days of the abduction on October 5.


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But the APC insists that the Jonathan administration was corrupt.

Beyond that, the party also says it is a national consensus that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), elevated corruption to a national culture.

“The Chibok schoolgirls abduction and his “sleeping behind the wheel” is not a story to deny as it is already part of our national history. We may disagree on a number of issues in Nigeria, but there is a national consensus on the fact that PDP elevated corruption to a national culture.

“That Jonathan’s government was corrupt was actually half of the story. The full story is that corruption hallmarked the successive 16 years,” the statement read.

The APC went further to state that “what is important now is Jonathan explaining to the families of the abducted schoolgirls why as president, he did nothing for two weeks after the Chibok abductions and still refuses to take responsibility for the tragedy up till now — except he continues to blame the Chibok abductions and other failings of his administration on the so-called grand conspiracy against him as he laboriously tries to state in his response to Cameron”.

According to the party, the current administration’s reactions and actions after the similar and unfortunate Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapping is a pointer to how a responsive government should act.

Police Rescue Three Kidnap Victims in Kaduna

 

 

The police authorities in Kaduna state say they have rescued three among the seven people that were abducted by suspected kidnappers along Kaduna-Abuja highway on Tuesday.

The Command, however, says that three other persons were still being held by the kidnappers.

Confirming the development in a statement issued on Wednesday night, the Kaduna State police command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, says the three rescued persons who were among the six abducted victims were released by their abductors due to the prompt response and combing of the scene of the incident by policemen and other security agents.

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The communique further states that both the rescued persons alongside the abandoned vehicles were recovered and taken to the police station.

It also adds that concerted efforts are being coordinated by the joint teams of Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Police Mobile Force and Rapid Response Team to rescue the remaining victims and also apprehend the perpetrators of the crime.

On Tuesday, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted seven persons, including three final year students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

They were abducted along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

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At least seven people were abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

Although the police authorities in Kaduna State are yet to confirm the incident, an eyewitness told Channels Television that the gunmen blocked the road at about 4:30 pm on Tuesday and intercepted several vehicles, after which they took seven people to an unknown destination.

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Among the kidnap victims three final year students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

Abuja-Kaduna road has become notorious for being a flash-point of kidnappings and armed robbery attacks despite the deployment of more security operatives on the road.

Gunmen Abduct Samson Siasia’s Mother In Bayelsa

Samson Siasia, Rwanda, FERWAFA

 

Unknown gunmen have abducted the mother of former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia in her country home, Bayelsa.

Channels Television learnt that the aged woman was captured at her residence in Adoni community Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

The abductors arrived at her residence about 2:00 am in the early hours of Monday morning.

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But when contacted, the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, DSP Asinim Butswat, neither confirmed nor denied the incident.

He, however, requested for more time to be briefed before issuing a statement to that effect.

Ex-Health Minister’s Son Regains Freedom

Dayo Adewole, the son of the immediate past Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who was abducted on Tuesday has regained his freedom.

Details about his release are still sketchy, but it comes a day after he was abducted from his farm which is situated at Iroko, near Fiditi in Afijio Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

He and his employees had been on the farm when the mask-wearing gunmen invaded it and whisked him away, through the neighbouring village.

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One of his workers had raised the alarm, alerting villagers who quickly sent local hunters after the kidnappers.

Although the hunters found the car used by the kidnappers, neither Dayo nor any of the abductors were found with the police also launching a hunt for the criminals after being informed.

Nigerians React As Leah Sharibu Marks Second Birthday In Boko Haram Captivity

 

More than a year after Leah Sharibu was abducted along with over 100 of her mates from the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Adamawa State, hopes are still alive that she will someday be reunited with her family.

While the other schoolgirls had regained their freedom from the insurgents, Leah, a Christian, was the only one who was not released for refusing to denounce her faith.

Today marked her second birthday in captivity since her abduction on February 19, 2018 and a group of concerned Nigerians staged a march in her honour.

Some took to the social media to wish her Happy Birthday, while expressing sympathy over her plight.

Some others also expressed their frustration over her prolonged detention and urged the government to make more efforts to secure her release.

See some of the tweets below.

Gunmen Abduct North Korean Citizen In Zamfara – Police

 

A North Korean medical doctor, Mr. Jeng Sunail, attached to the General Hospital in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, has been abducted by gunmen.

This was confirmed in a statement on Tuesday by the spokesperson for the state Police command, DSP Shehu Mohammed.

According to the statement, the disappearance of Sunail was reported at the Tsafe Divisional Police Office by one of his colleagues, Dr. Li Dong.

An indigene of the area also told Channels Television that some armed men had invaded the staff quarters of the Tsafe General Hospital at about 9:00 pm on Monday and went straight to Sunail’s apartment where he was abducted to an unknown destination.

The DPO later led a team of detectives to the staff quarters where the main entrance of the house and his room were found open with no signs of breakage or struggle.

The statement further disclosed that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Celestine Okoye, has directed the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID), State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) and Anti-kidnapping Squad to commence a discreet investigation into the case, as well as to conduct a search and rescue operation of the expatriate.

Leah Sharibu’s Family Again Asks Buhari To Secure Her Release

Leah Sharibu (file photo)

 

The family of abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu has again called on the Federal Government to secure the release of their daughter from the enclaves of the Boko Haram sect.

Speaking on behalf of the family, the Pastor of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), Pastor Fidelis Saul in Yola, regretted that the indifference shown in facilitating Leah’s release is as a result of her faith.

“I believe that the government is taking sides. This is because Leah is not the only person that was taken away. But why Leah is still being left behind today is because she is always calling Jesus Christ her saviour.

“The government is taking sides, they see Christians as nothing. That is the reason why when we are crying, nobody will care about our crying. If the government knows that we are together, they should allow Leah to come back home right now before elections.

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Pastor Saul who also is the convener of a prayer session held in Leah’s remembrance called on the Federal Government to secure her release.

While stressing that releasing Leah would restore hope to them, he warned that “if they refuse to release Leah, it’s clear that they are showing us we are nothing in the country.”

Speaking also, Leah’s mother, Rebecca Sharibu lamented that since the abduction, she has never known peace.

The renewed calls for her release comes a year after Leah was kidnapped by a faction of the Boko Haram sect – Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Leah is one of the over 100 schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents in February 2018 from the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State.

Weeks after the abduction, the other girls were released while Leah was kept in captivity by the terrorists reportedly for refusing to renounce Christianity.

She was the only Christian among the girls.

On August 27, 2018, an audio clip emerged in which the abducted schoolgirl could be heard pleading with the President to help her regain her freedom.

In the clip, the 15-year-old also sought help for her family and asked the government also treat a case with passion.

Kidnapped Abia APC Chairman Regains Freedom

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The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress in Abia State, Donatus Nwankpa, who was kidnapped on Monday night has regained his freedom.

The state police and publicity secretary of the party confirmed the news to journalists on Friday.

They, however, gave no information about any rescue or arrest of the abductors.

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It was also not disclosed if any ransom was paid to secure the release.

The kidnapped State chairman is yet to comment on his ordeal during the three-day abduction. He has, however, been reunited with his family.

Abducted Ekiti LG Workers Regain Freedom

 

The two local government workers abducted in Ekiti State have regained their freedom.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

He also said the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Amba Asuquo, visited the two officials at their homes after they were released by their abductors.

Ikechukwu, however, could not confirm if any ransom was paid.

He explained that the captives were released when it became obvious to the abductors that the police were trailing them.

The gunmen had killed one Abayomi Ajayi, an accounting officer working at Emure Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The victim was shot dead by the gunmen on Wednesday along Ikere-Ise Road while returning from work and, thereafter, abducted the two men who were released after three days.

Meanwhile, the state government stated that it was stepping up its fight against criminal elements in the state.