Abducted Wife Of Akeredolu’s Aide Regains Freedom

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Sade Ale, the wife of the Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Olugbenga Ale has regained her freedom.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed this to Channels Television.

The politician’s wife was abducted by unknown gunmen along with another lady in the car last Thursday evening near Owena, along Akure/Ondo Highway.

Ikoro noted that immediately the police got wind of the abduction, a combined team of policemen, military, and local hunters went after the abductors and they were forced to abandon the captives to escape arrest.

He confirmed that the two persons that were kidnapped at Elegbeka Community, along Owo/Benin Highway last Thursday in the convoy of the slain Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi have been rescued.

He maintained that the police are not relenting until the perpetrators of the evil acts are apprehended and prosecuted.

Ondo has been experiencing cases of abduction and attacks by suspected bandits.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

On November 26, a prominent traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon, was shot by suspected kidnappers.

Mr. Olugbenga Ale’s wife was abducted in the Owena village, along Akure/Ondo Highway of Ondo State on Thursday evening and whisked into a nearby bush by the gunmen.

Channels Television gathered that the woman was abducted alongside another woman while returning from a business trip.

ADRA Workers Abducted In DR Congo Regain Freedom

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Two aid relief workers employed by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency who were abducted along with an unidentified person in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been released by their anonymous captors.

The three were returning from the Mulongwe refugee camp in eastern DRC’s South Kivu province when they were abducted and held against their will. The group’s driver was the fourth person abducted but was released soon after.

All three were released on Monday, November 3, a statement by the agency said.

ADRA said it worked closely with local authorities to communicate with the abductors and remained in touch with family members. After four days, all three remaining hostages were released unharmed and transferred to the hospital for a health evaluation.

“We are extremely relieved to have secured the safe return of our workers,” says Michael Kruger, ADRA’s president.

“We are very grateful to God for his safeguard over them, and to the local authorities, and our ADRA team who assisted in this risky mission. While this is good news, attacks on humanitarian workers remain high, a situation that is not only affecting our staff, but also the communities we serve. We will continue to review and tighten our security measures to ensure the protection and safety of all our relief workers so that we can continue to serve and assist so many vulnerable families.”

This is the second reported attack on ADRA workers in the DRC since 2009, which at the time resulted in the killing of an ADRA employee.

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In 2019, attacks against aid workers globally surpassed all previous records: a total of 483 relief workers were attacked and 124 kidnapped, according to Humanitarian Outcomes’ Aid Worker Security Database.

ADRA, as part of the global humanitarian and faith-based community, condemns these attacks and calls for accountability for perpetrators and justice for survivors.

ADRA has been active in the DRC since the mid-1990s providing support for returning refugees through the distribution of shelters, non-food items, the advocacy of land tenure rights, and served as a key player in minimizing the spread of the Ebola outbreak equipping out-of-reach communities through hygiene and sanitation awareness. ADRA in DRC also established partnerships with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to build health clinics and schools.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the international humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church serving in 118 countries.

Suspected Terrorists Abduct Nine Women, Kill 11 In Chibok

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Nine women have been abducted by suspected insurgents in Takulashi village of Chibok town in Borno state.

According to local sources, 11 men were killed in the operation that occurred on Sunday morning.

The insurgents reportedly attacked mourners in Takulashi village, barely 15 kilometers to the local government headquarters.

Villagers told Channels Television that they opened fire on the mourners targeting and killing men, after which they selected the women they abducted.

The criminals retreated unchallenged as there is no security outpost in or around the village.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okon Edet, neither confirmed nor denied the attack.

He said: “You very well know that any issue outside the metropolis is under the control of the military as the entire state is still under state of emergency.”

Since the abduction  of schoolgirls in Chibok from their dormitories in 2014, the town has continued to suffer series of attacks across its villages.

Gunmen Abduct Two Persons, Shoot Driver In Ekiti

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
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Gunmen have abducted a senior federal worker and another person in Ode, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The gunmen were also said to have shot the driver of the Hilux van conveying the victims before whisking them away.

Confirming the development to Channels Television, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, said the driver is currently receiving treatment at a health facility within the state.

The police spokesman noted that the gunmen, numbering about 10, first attacked and robbed some people at a Sawmill where they abducted two persons, out of which one later escaped.

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According to him, the Force is already on the trail of the perpetrators and will ensure the release of the abducted persons.

This comes three months after the Ekiti Commissioner for Agriculture, Folorunso Olabode, was kidnapped and a politician traveling with him shot dead.

Gunmen Abduct Two Aides Of Ondo Politician

 

Some gunmen have abducted two men along the Ifira- Sosan Akoko Road in Akoko South/East Local Government Area of Ondo state.

Channels Television gathered that the victims who were abducted on Tuesday night, are personal aides to a politician from the state.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to him, four men were initially abducted, but the kidnappers decided to release two of them.

Ikoro further stated that the police and other security agencies in the area have been combing the nearby bush to rescue the victims and apprehend the kidnappers.

He added that the police is also investigating the reason the kidnappers released two of the victims.

Gunmen Abduct Naval Officer In Ondo

Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.
Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.

 

Gunmen have abducted a naval officer, Lt. Commander Ajare Uchegbulah Amadi and two other persons along the Owo/Ikare Road in Ondo State.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Wednesday.

According to him, the victims were travelling to Abuja last Sunday when the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers emerged from the bush and abducted them along the Ose/Oba Akoko road, in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state.

Ikoro, however, noted that the two other occupants of the vehicle have been rescued.

According to him, a joint rescue team of military, police and civil defencemen have been combing the bushes around the vicinity to rescue the victim.

He, therefore, appealed to residents of the area to be vigilant and inform the police if they notice any strange persons and movements in the area.

Meanwhile, the PPRO assured the law-abiding residents of the state not to entertain any fear, saying that the police remains committed to the security of their lives and property.

Permanent Secretary Abducted In Nasarawa

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack

 

The Permanent Secretary of the Nasarawa Ministry of Works, Jibrin Giza, has been abducted.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, Mr Giza was abducted around 12:30 am by gunmen from his resident in Shabu, a suburb of Lafia.

The police chief told Channels Television that the gunmen stormed the resident shooting into the air and gained access into the residence when one of them scaled the fence and forced the gateman who had only a cutlass for a weapon to open the gate.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill 30, Raze Houses In Two Katsina Villages

Longe added that the police have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.

The abductors have yet to contact Mr Giza’s family and have not made any demands.

INEC Cancels Rerun In Cross River Ward Over Abduction, Missing Ballot Papers

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has canceled the rerun election in eight polling units of Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward in Cross River State.

In a statement on Saturday, the electoral body explained that it took the decision as a result of the violence recorded in the ward.

“INEC does not reward impunity/violence,” the statement said, noting that one of its officials was abducted by armed men.

It added, “Election was not conducted in eight polling units of the riverine area, Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward due to kidnap of the Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) and hijack of election materials by gunmen.

“The rerun elections into Yakurr/Abi Federal and Abi State Constituencies held across 25 out of the 33 units of the court-ordered rerun elections in Cross River State.”

INEC, however, said the kidnapped victim later regained freedom from his abductors while the gunmen refused to release the sensitive and non-sensitive materials in their possession.

Items stolen by the attackers, according to the electoral umpire, are nine smart card readers, 5,616 ballot papers, and several result sheets among others.

It said some National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members on election duty were also robbed of their mobile phones and cash.

INEC confirmed that no life was lost during the incident, but a policeman was injured.

“With headcount in the office, all staff deployed to the riverine communities of Afafanyi/Igonigoni have returned safely,” the statement said.

In other parts of the state where the election held, the electoral body revealed that close monitoring and supervision by a team of officials witnessed a large turnout of voters in the various polling units.

The team, however, identified some challenges such as poor network to facilitate the smooth running of the smart card reader and the refusal of voters to adhere to queuing instructions.

Read the full statement below:

Abduction Of Mother, Two Children Sparks Protest In Kaduna

 

Residents of Sabon Tasha and Juji communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have condemned the abduction of three persons in the area.

They staged a protest on Saturday along the Kachia Highway over the kidnap of the victims – the wife and two children of a medical doctor, Dr Ataga Philip.

According to them, the victims were abducted from their home on Friday night by suspected kidnappers while a member of a local vigilante group was also killed in the process.

 

However, the Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident.

Armed with placards with various inscriptions, the protesters blocked the highway, thereby causing heavy traffic on the busy road.

It was a serious business as not even the presence of security operatives could remove them from the road.

 

Condemning the incident, the youth leader in Juji, Hosea Bawa, said residents could no longer condone the activities of criminals in the area.

He, therefore, called for the deployment of more security operatives in the area in order to nip crime in the bud.

Back home, the man whose family members were abducted was still in shock as he narrated how the incident happened to Channels Television.

Dr Philip appealed to the security agencies in the state to intensify efforts towards the safe return of his wife and children.

He added that the kidnappers have yet to make demands.

Abducted CAN Official Speaks Out, Calls On Govt To Intervene

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State who was abducted last week by Boko Haram elements has spoken out from the den of his abductors.

In a video released over the weekend, Rev Lawan Andimi was seen appealing to the state government to intervene and secure his release.

The abducted Rev, however, declared that if it’s the will of God that he would not get out of captivity, the government should help him look after his children.

He also called on his fellow pastors to impress on the authorities to secure his release.

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The insurgents had stormed the community on Thursday, January 2, to carry out their attacks but were repelled by soldiers and vigilantes before they could do much damage.

They, however, succeeded in whisking the reverend away.

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.

AFP

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.