Terrorists Release Five More Abducted Kaduna Train Attack Victims

 

Five hostages who were taken on March 28 aboard an Abuja-Kaduna train have been freed by terrorists.

It is however not clear if any money was paid to the terrorists to release their abducted victims.

The security agencies and the Federal Government are yet to confirm the development, but a member of the negotiating team, Tukur Mamu told Channels Television that the victims were released on Tuesday.

He gave the names of the five released hostages as Professor Mustapha Umar Imam, who is a medical doctor at Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Akibu Lawal, Abubakar Ahmed Rufai Mukthar Shu’aibu and Sidi Aminu Sharif.

READ ALSO: Terrorists Release Three Kaduna Train Attack Victims

Mamu, who said that he played a  prominent role in the release of the train victims, stated he has backed out due to threats to his life, personal integrity and lack of support from the Federal Government.

So far, 37 victims have regained their freedom. The number of those still in captivity now stands at 35.

 

Gunmen had on March 28 blown up the rail track, killing some and abducting scores of passengers, a situation that called for serious concern about the safety of the nation’s trains.

Tuesday’s release is coming a few days after three other victims the abducted Kaduna-bound train was freed by the terrorists.

The victims, who consist of two males and a female, secured their freedom around 11 am on July 25, bringing succour to their respective families.

Channels Television gathered that they were released by the terrorists at a location inside the forest along the Kaduna – Abuja highway.  From there, they were picked up by their relatives.

Worried about the situation, the Nigeria Railway Corporation temporarily suspended activities, with President Muhammadu Buhari directing security agencies to rescue the victims.

Just last week, the terrorists released a viral video where they were seen flogging their hostages. They also threatened to abduct President Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

The presidency reacted to the threat hours after, accusing the insurgents of using propaganda to compel the government to yield to their demands.

In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said security forces are not helpless in stemming the tide of insecurity confronting the country.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari has been supporting security agencies by boosting their morale and providing the needed equipment.

 

Abducted Catholic Priests Regain Freedom In Edo

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Two abducted Catholic priests abducted earlier by gunmen in Edo State have regained their freedom.

The victims – Rev. Fr. Udo Peter of St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Uromi, and Rev. Fr. Philemon Oboh, of St Joseph Retreat Centre, Ugboha – were rescued on Wednesday, according to police authorities.

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In a statement, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Jennifer Iwegbu, said the clerics were moved to Government House in Benin, where they were received by acting Governor Philip Shaibu.

The police spokesperson reiterated the commitment of the State Police Command to maintaining the peace enjoyed by the Edo people.

She extended the warning by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro, for criminals to eschew all forms of vices as the security operatives are ready to clamp down on them and bring them to justice.

The priests were kidnapped on July 2 between Ehor and Iruekpen communities while returning to Uromi in Edo State.

Kidnapped Catholic Priest Regains Freedom In Kaduna

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

The Parish Priest of Saint Charles Catholic Church, Zambina in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Reverend Father Emmanuel Silas, has regained his freedom

Silas was kidnapped by bandits in the early hours of Monday at the Rectory of the parish in the Kauru local government.

The Chancellor of Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Reverend Father Emmanuel Okolo, confirmed his release to Channels Television on Tuesday.

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According to him, the victim was released at about 9 pm on Monday night less than 24 hours after his abduction.

The Chancellor expressed happiness over the quick release of the priest, praying for the release of other kidnapped clergymen and other citizens who are still in the custody of bandits.

It is, however, unclear if any money was paid to secure the priest’s freedom.

Kaduna and other north-western states have been ravaged by the bandits’ activities who continue to kidnap people at will.

Despite repeated assurances by the Federal and state governments as well as relentless efforts of security agencies, the terrorists keep having a field day with Nigerians at their mercy.

Gunmen Kidnap Naval Officer, Demand N3m Ransom

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
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Gunmen have kidnapped an Abuja-based officer of the Naval Headquarters in Abuja, Musa Lawal.

The victim, with enlistment no. X12775 ABRP3, was whisked away by his abductors in Kogi State.

It was gathered that some heavily armed men numbering five invaded his residence located behind Post Flood Housing Estate, Lokoja on Monday night and whisked him away.

During the attack, his car was destroyed by the suspected kidnappers as they forcefully gained entrance into his residence.

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Before the unfortunate incident, the naval staff was to depart for his station on Tuesday morning before he was kidnapped.

According to the wife of the kidnapped naval officer, Mrs Juliana Musa, the kidnappers reached out to the family an hour after her husband was kidnap, demanding N3 million.

Mrs Musa narrated that her husband had one of his hands injured and was forcefully taken away while bleeding.

When contacted, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Williams Ayah, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday via a phone call.

Ayah stated that the police in collaboration with the navy are presently combing the bush to rescue the officer from the abductors.

I Walked For Three Days To Escape, Says Chibok Girl Held For Eight Years In Sambisa Forest

 

One of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014, has shared how she escaped from captivity after eight years.

The insurgents had stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State where they whisked away over 250 girls who were writing their final exams at the time.

Having fled the terrorists’ enclave in Borno State, she was eventually discovered by troops of the Nigerian Army on June 29.

READ ALSO: Army Finds ‘Chibok Schoolgirl’ In Borno, Eight Years After Abduction

Two days after, she addressed journalists where she narrated her ordeal at the hands of the terrorists.

Ruth Bitrus is one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014.

 

The victim, who gave her name as Ruth Bitrus, said she had to trek for three days in the Sambisa Forest before help came to her by troops of the 21 Armoured Brigade Bama.

“My name is Ruth Bitrus, I escaped from the Sambisa Forest. I am one of the students kidnapped from GGSS Chibok in April 2014. We were 203 that were kidnapped. The rest of us are still in Sambisa with our captors,” she spoke in the Hausa language.

According to Ruth, her husband was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while he was trying to plant a bomb.

“The father of my child died two years ago in Rabul Sani village where he went to plant a bomb at the military formation and it exploded with him before he could plant it.”

The distraught mother explained that she took some food with her which she used in feeding the child within the three-day period.

Bitrus’ rescue comes two weeks after troops rescued two other Chibok schoolgirls – Mary Dauda and Hauwa Joseph – after they escaped from Gazuwa camp, located about nine kilometers to Bama LGA of Borno State.

Their escape followed sustained massive offensives by the troops of Operation Hadin Kai, leading to hunger and displacement in the terrorists’ enclaves.

Of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the terrorists in 2014, more than 100 of them are still unaccounted for eight years after their kidnap.

Abducted Catholic Priests, Two Others Regain Freedom After One Month In Captivity

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

Two Catholic priests and two others abducted by suspected gunmen at Saint Patrick Catholic Church Gidan Maikambo, Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State have regained freedom.

The Director of Social Communications, Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Chris Omotosho, confirmed their release via a statement issued on Sunday.

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The Catholic Diocese of Sokoto covers four northern states – Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, and Zamfara.

Omotosho expressed gladness that the four victims are now free and appreciated the support of the general public, their prayers, and encouragement during the trying moment of the church.

Father Stephen Ojapa,  Father Oliver Okpara, as well as Mr. Hassan Hassan and Ms. Ummie Hassan, were abducted by gunmen at midnight of 25th May 2022 in the rectory of  Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Bandits Kill Zamfara Polytechnic Lecturer After Payment Of N5m Ransom

Sanusi Halilu has been killed, five weeks after beeing abducted by bandits in Zamfara State.

 

The abducted Abdu Gusau Polytechnic Lecturer in Zamfara State who doubles as the Student Affairs Officer of the school, Sanusi Halilu, has been killed by his abductors after payment of five million naira ransom for his release.

Sanusi Halilu was killed after five weeks in captivity.

A close source told Channels Television that a five million Naira ransom was paid to the bandits on Tuesday in a bush near some villages along Kaduna – Zaria road, in Kaduna State.

The bandits confirmed his death less than 24 hours after the payment of the ransom, an indication that he was killed long ago even when negotiations for his release were on.

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Sanusi was kidnapped alongside others on his way to Abuja for NYSC Mobilisation of the polytechnic students.

Meanwhile, the 29 wedding guests earlier abducted in the state have regained their freedom.

The Secretary of an association to which the victims belonged in Zamfara State, Ashiru Zurmi said that the victims are currently on their way to Gusau, the state capital.

“Our members have regained their freedom today, I can confirm to you. They are currently on their way to Gusau,” he said.

He, however, did not disclose whether the union or families of the victims paid any ransom for their release.

“I can only tell you now that they have been released,” the source added.

Abducted Zamfara Wedding Guests Regain Freedom

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The twenty-nine abducted Zamfara wedding guests have regained their freedom, a source told Channels Television on Thursday.

The Secretary of an association to which the victims belonged in Zamfara State, Ashiru Zurmi said that the victims are currently on their way to Gusau, the state capital.

“Our members have regained their freedom today, I can confirm to you. They are currently on their way to Gusau,” he said.

He, however, did not disclose whether the union or families of the victims paid any ransom for their release.

“I can only tell you now that they have been released,” the source added.

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The victims were abducted while returning from a wedding in Sokoto State on June 11 in Dogon Awo, a community between Tureta and Bakura located on the borders of Sokoto and Zamfara States.

They are smartphones and accessories dealers at a popular Bebeji Plaza in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital.

The bandits had earlier demanded the sum of N145million ransom to secure the release of the 29 victims.

Abducted Village Head, Son Regain Freedom In Bauchi 

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Bauchi state is bordered by seven states, Kano and Jigawa to the north, Taraba and Plateau to the south, Gombe and Yobe to the east and Kaduna to the west.

 

Village Head of Zira in Toro Local Government Area, Yahaya Saleh Abubakar and his son, Habibu Saleh have regained their freedom.

The Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakili, confirmed that the two have returned home to their families in good condition.

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“Today, the village head of Zirya and his son regain freedom, and both of them are in good health condition,” Wakili said on Tuesday.

It is unclear if the abductors received a ransom or if they were rescued as the police did not give further details.

Similarly, the ex-Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sani Toro, and a former assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Garba Yila have regained freedom from their abductors.

The ex-NFF staff members were kidnapped on Saturday while returning to Bauchi from Abuja after attending a wedding ceremony of the son of the former NFF President, Aminu Maigari.

Gunmen Abduct Abia Journalist Chucks Onuoha

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Gunmen on Tuesday night kidnapped Chucks Onuoha, an Abia-based journalist.

The abduction was made known to newsmen via a press statement released by the Publicity Secretary of Ohuhu, Enwereuzo Ogbonna.

According to him “the family contacted the Union this morning to report that at about 11. 00 pm. last night, about 5 armed men broke into their home at Umungasi near Umuagu and abducted him and also made away with his green colour Nissan Pathfinder.

“The family also hinted that the abductors have contacted them with a demand for ransom.”

While the union has continued to interface with the family to ensure the journalist’s safety and safe return, the union has also used the opportunity to reiterate its earlier call to all villages in Ohuhu to activate their local vigilantes on a 24-hours basis.

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“We again call on ndi Ohuhu and all non-indigenes resident in Ohuhu to take responsibility for their security, their families and environments by curtailing late evening movements and ceremonies and also avoid all acts of carelessness that may compromise their individual security, their loved ones and environments,” the statement partly read.

The union said it is working with the security agencies to ensure that these threats to the peace of Ohuhu land is nipped at the bud.

“We call for the prayers of ndi Ohuhu for the safe return of our brother and his family in this trying times, we are certain that this emerging atmosphere of lawlessness and evil will soon dissipate.

“May the peace of God preserve our land from evil,” the union’s communique read.

At the time of filing this report, the police were yet to confirm the abduction and it remained unclear what the kidnapper’s demands were.

Pastor, Sunday School Teacher Kidnapped During Church Vigil In Ogun – Police

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Two worshippers at a Celestial Church of Christ in Wasinmi, Ewekoro local government area of Ogun State have been abducted during a vigil.

The Ogun state police command confirmed the kidnapping.

According to police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi, the kidnapped persons were a pastor and a Sunday school teacher.

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While assuring that the tactical team of the police are on the trail of the suspected kidnappers, he confirmed that the kidnappers have reached out to family members for a N50 million ransom.

The kidnapping comes after at least 40 persons were massacred in a Catholic church in Owo, Ondo state.

The Federal Government has blamed the Owo massacre on jihadist group, Iswap.

Bandits Abduct ’50 Wedding Guests’ Along Sokoto-Zamfara Highway

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Bandits have abducted no fewer than 50 wedding guests travelling along the Sokoto-Zamfara road.

Those abducted include Telephone Marketers at the popular Bebeji Plaza in Gusau.

They were returning to Gusau after attending a wedding of their colleague in Sokoto State when the incident happened between Tureta-Bakura road around 6 PM on Saturday

The vehicles conveying the wedding guests were a Toyota coaster bus belonging to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), a Gusau Local Government Secretariat staff vehicle and two other private vehicles.

Secretary of Union of Communication, Zamfara State, Ashiru Zurmi, while narrating the incident to journalists in Gusau on Sunday said one of the vehicles conveying the guests developed a fault at Tureta in Sokoto state and it was fixed by an automobile mechanic after about 40 minutes.

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He said the bandits ambushed the vehicles after the repair of the faulty vehicle along Tureta-Bakura road and over 50 persons were abducted.

Zurmi noted that more than 20 persons later managed to escape, while some of them sustained various degrees of injuries.

“It happened that their motor developed fault at Tureta and they got a mechanic; for about 40 minutes, he assisted them and got the motor repaired; they started coming to Zamfara but within the Tureta and Bakura axis, the kidnappers ambushed them; over 50 people were abducted but Alhamdulilah over 20 people escaped,” Zurmi said.

He confirmed that 30 members are currently in captivity and the abductors have contacted the members of their Union, confirming that they are with them.

“We have identified thirty members that are still in captive, luckily today they used phones of those captives (about five of our members) to call us; they only notified us that they are with them.”

According to him, no ransom has been demanded yet by the bandits.

The Secretary of the Union also suspected the involvement of informants which he said might have notified the kidnappers about their movement.

“Definitely something like that happened; we have that in our minds that there was an informant that gave the information to the bandits to attack them because it was just only them, other passenger cars were passing but they did not care about them, they only concentrated on the coaster bus that has Zamfara Government number.”

Zurmi appealed to relevant authorities for urgent intervention and to ensure safe return of the abductees.

He also give a 48-hour ultimatum for security agencies and government authorities to ensure the rescue of the abductees

Police Authorities in Sokoto State have yet to confirm the incident.