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.

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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.

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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.

Gunmen Abduct Seven People On 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.