School Principal Killed, Another Injured In Taraba Ambush

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One person has been killed by armed men at Tsukundi village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The council chairman, Mr Daniel Grace, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via telephone on Tuesday.

He identified the victim as Yusuf Yaro, the principal of the Government Secondary School in Tsukundi.

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Grace explained that suspected members of a militia group ambushed Yaro and another man while they were travelling on a motorbike.

“The travellers left Tsukundi and headed for Wukari, the headquarters of Wukari Local Government Area before they were ambushed and, in the process, one person was killed and the other injured.

“They were actually riding on a motorcycle; the rider is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Wukari,” he said.

The council chairman was shocked at the incident, stressing that he thought peace had finally returned to the area until the recent attack.

The Taraba State Police Command also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, David Misal, two men on a motorcycle coming from Sukundi were attacked by yet to be identified armed men.

He also confirmed the casualty figure, stressing that the command has mobilised security operatives to the area for possible arrest of the assailants.

Gunmen Reportedly Abduct Two Lecturers In Kaduna

Adamu Chinoko                                                                                                                     Umar Chinoko

 

 

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have reportedly abducted two lecturers in Kaduna State.

The incident was said to have occurred last week in Mahuta community of Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

Although the Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident, both victims are brothers from the Zuru Emirate of Kebbi State.

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A spokesman for the Kebbi State Indigenes Association in Kaduna State, Garba Muhammad, confirmed the kidnap to Channels Television on Monday.

He gave the names of the two abducted lecturers as Dr Adamu Chinoko of the Department of Agriculture at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Dr Umar Chinoko of the Department of Microbiology at the Kaduna Polytechnic.

According to Garba, Adamu was the first to be kidnapped by the gunmen on Thursday last week who later demanded N2 million ransom and motorcycle.

He explained that the victim’s brother, Umar who went to deliver the ransom to the kidnappers on Sunday, was later held back by the bandits who demanded N5 million ransom for their release.

Garba said the families of the victims have contacted the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Police Command about the incident, with a view to rescuing them.

Police Commissioner Killed In Burkina Faso Attack

 

A police commissioner was killed during a brutal assault by gunmen on a police station in northwestern Burkina Faso, security sources said Friday.

It marks the latest deadly attack in the troubled north of the West African country, which is battling a jihadist revolt that has claimed hundreds of lives.

“The Sanaba district police station in the Boucle du Mouhoun region was targeted in an armed attack around 7:00 pm (1900 GMT)” on Thursday, a security source told AFP.

“Unfortunately the police commissioner was mortally wounded.”

A police officer said “the attack was carried out by a group of about 15 heavily armed individuals on motorbikes”.

“There was a lot of damage caused by a fire,” the officer said on condition of anonymity, pleading for “appropriate equipment and adequate police forces to face terrorists who sometimes have great firepower”.

Burkina Faso is an impoverished and politically fragile country in the heart of the Sahel, and its security forces are badly-equipped, poorly trained and under-funded.

The country’s northern provinces have been battling with a four-year-old wave of jihadist violence that came from neighbouring Mali.

The attacks — typically hit-and-run raids on villages, road mines and suicide bombings — have claimed more than 630 lives nationally, according to an AFP toll. Nearly 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.

On Monday, a police officer was killed in an attack on a military post in the northern Bam province.

Late last month, five soldiers died in an ambush at Toeni, in the northwestern province of Sourou.

Gunmen Abduct Catholic Priest In Enugu

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Gunmen have abducted a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Arinze Madu, in Enugu State

The incident occurred on Monday in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state.

Reverend Madu is vice-rector at the Queen of Apostles Seminary School in the Imezi-Owa area of Enugu.

He was said to have been kidnapped by the armed men on his way out of the premises while his abductors fired gunshots sporadically to scare residents.

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The Enugu State Police Command confirmed the abduction to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ebere Amarizu, the command has already sent operatives after the culprits.

He gave assurance that the command was on top of the situation while the abducted clergyman would regain his freedom unhurt.

Amarizu said, “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force through its operatives has intensified manhunt on the abductors of Reverend Father Arinze Madu of the Queen of Apostles Seminary School, Imezi-Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State with a view to liberating the victim unhurt and arresting the suspects.

“It was gathered that the priest was allegedly abducted on 28/10/19 at about 5:50pm near the gate of the seminary located at Imezi-Owa as he was driving out of the seminary premises after suspected hoodlums had allegedly fired sporadically.”

Reverend Madu’s abduction came barely three months after the Priest of St. James Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Reverend Father Paul Offu, was killed in Enugu State.

Gunmen Abduct Taraba Govt House Official, Demand N50m Ransom

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community

 

Armed men suspected to be kidnappers have abducted the Assistant Director of Administration at the Taraba State Government House.

Mr Danlami Yunana was kidnapped in the early hours of Wednesday in the Magami area of Jalingo by the gunmen who whisked him away to an unknown destination.

A relation of the victim, Blessing Samuel, who witnessed the incident, narrated her ordeal to Channels Television in the state capital.

She said the assailants came in a large number and asked the family members to open the door, but they refused to do so.

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Blessing added that the armed men forced the door open by shooting at it and after gaining access to the house, they asked for money, searched the house, got hold of the victim and left.

Another family member who preferred anonymity disclosed that the kidnappers have since contacted them and demanded N50 million as ransom.

When contacted for confirmation, the Public Relations Officer of the Taraba State Police Command, David Misal, said the case has yet to be reported to him.

Yunana’s abduction is the third in the series of kidnappings that have taken place in Magami in the last two weeks.

Gunmen Kill One, Abduct Five Others In Kaduna

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed one person and abducted five others including a primary school headteacher during two separate attacks in some villages in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The gunmen were reported to have attacked a filling station in Doka village along Funtua road at about 1:00pm on Wednesday, shot one of the attendants to death, injured two others and later took another two away.

Although the Kaduna State Police Command is yet to confirm the incident, the Chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguards, Ibrahim Nagwari in a statement identified the abducted Head Teacher as AbdulHafiz Abdullahi of Dangamji, Primary School.

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He disclosed that the bandits also wounded three members of a local vigilante group.

Nagwari claims that the Birnin-Gwari-Funtua road has been deserted, while the entire Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari neighboring Zamfara and Katsina States is now surrounded by armed bandits who attack both travellers and villagers almost on a daily basis.

He added that many travellers were abducted in another attack on Polwaya and Gayam village at about 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

With the current tension, fear and inability of peasant farmers to go to their respective farms because of activities of bandits,  the villagers have therefore called on the Federal government and security agencies to act decisively on the bandits and their collaborators before they are consumed by the carnage.

Gunmen Kill Man, Kidnap Father And Two Children In Abuja

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community

 

Gunmen have killed one person and abducted three others in the Kuje Area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The attackers were said to have stormed Dafara community on Wednesday night and in the process, killed a local vigilante official and abducted a security officer and his two children.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Anjuguri Manzah.

According to Manzah, the police have already begun a joint counter-operation against latest kidnapping in Abuja and its environs.

“The joint operation comprising the police and other security agencies is also being extended to other identified black spots within the Federal Capital Territory.

“The operation is aimed at rescuing hostages, arresting the suspects and permanently checkmating the emerging security concerns especially around Kuje-Robuchi axis,” the statement said.

The Command’s spokesman added that the security agencies were working assiduously to rescue the victims and urged residents to be calm and support the ongoing operation with useful information.

He gave assurance that the police would not relent in their efforts until the activities of the hoodlums and other crimes were permanently checked.

Manzah said further steps were also being made to engage relevant stakeholders in various communities as part of a renewed effort to check such crime.

Gunmen Kill Man, Kidnap Father And Two Children In Abuja

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community

 

Gunmen have killed one person and abducted three others in the Kuje Area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The attackers were said to have stormed Dafara community on Wednesday night and in the process, killed a local vigilante official and abducted a security officer and his two children.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Anjuguri Manzah.
According to Manzah, the police have already begun a joint counter-operation against latest kidnapping in Abuja and its environs.

“The joint operation comprising the police and other security agencies is also being extended to other identified black spots within the Federal Capital Territory.

“The operation is aimed at rescuing hostages, arresting the suspects and permanently checkmating the emerging security concerns especially around Kuje-Robuchi axis,” the statement said.

The Command’s spokesman added that the security agencies were working assiduously to rescue the victims and urged residents to be calm and support the ongoing operation with useful information.

He gave assurance that the police would not relent in their efforts until the activities of the hoodlums and other crimes were permanently checked.

Manzah said further steps were also being made to engage relevant stakeholders in various communities as part of renewed efforts to check such crime.

Bandits Carry Out Fresh Attacks On Four Communities In Niger, Over 1200 Sacked

 

Unknown gunmen have attacked communities in Shiroro local government area of Niger state, sacking more than one thousand two hundred residents from their homes.

The fresh attacks come barely one month after armed bandits attacked seven communities in the same area, killing two women a child and sacking over five thousand persons from their homes.

The renewed attacks on Gyaramiya, Bataron Jatau and Bataron Waziri communities took place at about 10:am on Wednesday.

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According to eyewitnesses, the armed men dispossessed members of the communities of their valuables including food stuff and petroleum products.

They say the bandits did not however kill anyone, but threatened the residents to vacate their homes and leave for Alawa town in the same local government.

The district head of Alawa, Ibrahim Salihu in a telephone conversation with Channels Television confirmed the incident saying over 1,200 displaced people from the three communities are in Alawa looking for shelter and food.

Salihu appealed to the state government to come to their aid.

Speaking on the issue, police spokesman, DSP Abubakar Dan-Inna said he has been trying to reach the DPO in the area for confirmation of facts, but without success.

DSP Dan-Inna said for now,  he has not gotten an official report on the attacks.

He however, was quick to add that the place is a very remote area and communication is big problem.

Gunmen Abduct Two Persons In Benin City

The police have confirmed the abduction of two persons by gunmen in Benin city, Edo State capital.

The victims were abducted on Sunday morning around the Ogba Zoological Garden Area of airport road where the abductors were said to have led their captives through a nearby river to an unknown destination.

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The Edo State commissioner of police, Dan Mallam Mohammed who confirmed the incident explained that rescue efforts are ongoing and joint action of the police and other security agencies has led to the demolition of kidnappers’ camp in the area.

Armed Men Abduct Three Persons In Taraba

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The Taraba State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of three persons by armed men in Jalingo, the state capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr David Misal, told Channels Television via telephone that the victims were kidnapped in Magami area of Jalingo in the early hours of Saturday.

He, however, noted that the police were already on the trail of the abductors and would do everything humanly possible to ensure that the kidnapped persons were rescued.

Narrating her ordeal, a wife to one of the victims, Chibugo Nweze, said her husband, Ekene, was sleeping when the abductors arrived in the home.

According to her, the assailants shot sporadically into the air to scare neighbours, broke their door, and left the house with her husband.

Chibugo added that the kidnappers order Ekene to dress up and follow them and carted away with some money they have in the house.

She also explained that shortly after taking her husband, the attackers pounced on her landlord Linus Ifekwueme and one Mr Emmanuel who live in the same compound with them.

The victim’s wife said the persons abducted were all Igbo businessmen resident in Magami.

She, however, noted that there has been no contact with the abductors to know their demands or the whereabouts of the victims.

Gunmen Kidnap Ex-Vice Chancellor, Demand N20m Ransom

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A former Vice-Chancellor of the African University in Bayelsa State, Professor Valentine Aleto, has been abducted by gunmen along Elegbeka/Ipele Road in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Professor Aleto also was said to be travelling from Yenagoa in his personal vehicle along the road at about 6:45 am on Thursday.

The suspected kidnappers reportedly appeared on the road and forced him into a shop before he was taken into the bush.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors have demanded N20 million as ransom from the victim’s family to release him.

Sources said by the time the police got the information about the incident, the assailants had escaped with the professor.

However, the security operatives have recovered the former vice chancellor’s vehicle to the Police Station in Ifon.

The police authorities in Ondo State confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, the police have commenced investigations into the incident.

He said “Yes, I can confirm to you that one professor traveling in his personal car was kidnapped along the Elegbeka Area in Ose Local Government Area of the State.”

But Joseph said he would get the details of the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in the area.

He explained that as soon as they got the information, the Command dispatched men of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad to the scene of the crime.

The Command’s spokesman added that full-scale investigation was ongoing and was hopeful that the professor would soon be rescued.