Banditry: Police Foil Attempted Kidnap Of Travellers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway

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


Operatives of the Kaduna State police command said they have foiled an attempt by bandits to kidnap travellers along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Spokesperson of the command in Kaduna State, Mohammed Jalige disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to Jalige, the Commissioner of Police Mudashiru Abdullahi while on a tour of duty along the highway intercepted “a large group of marauding bandits on a heinous mission around Alheri Camp.”

He added that “The Commissioner on sighting the bandits led his officers and men to chase the bandits into the forest with tactical firepower.

“As a result, they escaped into the forest with bullets wounds.”

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The statement added that the precision exhibited by the officers during the encounter is exemplary and serves as a morale booster for other operatives to restore public confidence in line with the mandate of Inspector General of Police IGP Alkali Baba Usman.

The police boss, thereafter, charged officers manning various points along the highway to be ruthless on the bandits to change the security profile of the road for better.

He also called on residents of communities along the highway to report any person found with a suspected gunshot wound to the nearest Police formation.

Police Kill Two Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue 23 Victims In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna



Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have killed two suspected kidnappers during an operation along the Zaria- Kaduna highway.

The operatives also rescued eleven kidnap victims from the suspects.

The command’s spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said in a statement that the command on Wednesday afternoon received a distress call that some bandits blocked the Kaduna-Zaria express highway and abducted eight persons from a Sharon bus on their way from Kano to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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And on receipt of the information, the command mobilized teams of operatives with some Armored Personnel Carrier (APCs) vehicles to the area, engaged the attackers in a gun battle and successfully gunned down two of the bandits and rescued all the eight victims unhurt

He explains that many other bandits escaped with bullet wounds, adding that the Command is still on their trail with a view to apprehending and bringing them to justice.

DSP Sabo also discloses that police operatives equally rescued three other kidnapped workers of a telecommunications company at Maidoro village in Giwa local government area of Kaduna state, while another nine kidnapped passengers of a commercial luxurious bus that was attacked along Kaduna-Zaria Road alongside the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum on January the 14th were also rescued unhurt by the operatives.

Gunmen Attack Rafin Dadi Village In Kaduna

Two Kidnapped Germans Regain FreedomThere are reports that Rafin Dadi village in Kanikon Chiefdom in Jemaa Local Government Area of Kaduna State has come under heavy attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

Channels Television gathered that the gunmen invaded the community at about 6:00pm on Monday.

A resident of the community told our correspondent that the gunmen invaded the community from a nearby forest and started shooting sporadically all over the place.

He added that the attack created panic as residents scampered for safety.

This is coming barely one week after gunmen attacked Bankin Kogi and Attakad communities in Jemaa and Kaura council areas of the state.

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

Irate Youths Allegedly Kill Four Shiites In Kaduna

Irate Youths Kill Shiites in KadunaSome Irate youths in Tudun Wada community in Kaduna State have reportedly killed four members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in southern part of the state.

A member of the group, popularly known as Shiites, told Channels Television that the deceased lost their lives on Wednesday when a group of youths attacked them during a procession to mark their annual Ashura Day.

He also claimed that the angry youths burnt down the residence of one of their leaders and went ahead to demolish their Islamic school and houses in the area.

The incident was said to occur after a clamp down by combined security forces that prevented the Shiites from their planned procession since Tuesday.

Allegation Of Sponsoring Hoodlums

The Shiites also accused the Kaduna State Police Command of sponsoring the hoodlums to attack their peaceful procession and burn down some houses belonging to their members.

One of the leaders of the group, Mukhtar Sahabi, was allegedly killed and his house burnt down by the irate youths.

The police, however, denied the allegation of sponsoring any group to attack the Shiites.

Spokesman for the command, Aliyu Usman, stated that there was no reason the command would sponsor any group to attack members of the movement.

He said police officials were only deployed to the area, following a distress call that some hoodlums attacked a house belonging to one of the leaders of the movement at Tudun Wada area.

The police mouthpiece warned that the command would not tolerate any form of lawlessness by an illegal group or individuals.

He denied knowledge of any killing in the incident.

Usman disclosed further that security operatives had been stationed in the area and other flash points to maintain law and order.

An Illegal Association

Security operatives in the state had earlier stopped a procession by the group.


The disruption followed the Kaduna State government’s statement last week, which described the Islamic group as an illegal association and banned it from operating in the state.

After the ban was issued, the group vowed to challenge the ban.

The Shiites, however, ignored the order and proceeded with a procession to commemorate the annual Ashura festival in remembrance of Rhe Matrydon of the grand son of Prophet Mohammed, Imam Hussein.

A member of the movement, told Channels Television that security operatives allegedly attacked the procession with tear gas.

Police Parade Crime Suspects In Kaduna

Police, Kaduna, CrimeThe Kaduna State Police Command has arrested over 40 crime suspects who specialise in armed robbery, snatching of cars, cattle rustling and stealing household items.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Adamu Ibrahim, disclosed this when he paraded the suspects before reporters at the Police Officers’ Mess in the Kaduna State’s capital, northwest Nigeria.

He said that the suspects were arrested by the Police at different locations in the state during an operation, while several AK47 rifles, pistols, live ammunition and cartridges were recovered from them.

Mr Ibrahim who said all the arrests were made within the month of May, added that vehicles of various kinds, television sets, laptops and handsets were recovered from them during the operation.

He revealed that the suspects usually take their stolen vehicles to Niger Republic, where they sell them to their accomplices.

He noted that one of them had a device with which he used to neutralise a vehicle tracker, thereby preventing owners of such cars from tracking them when they were stolen.

One of the robbery suspects, Ibrahim Kabir, who was arrested last year for the same offence confessed to the crime, but blamed it to the devil’s handiwork.

Another female suspect arrested for allegedly keeping guns for one of the suspects, who incidentally was her boyfriend, narrated how she got involved in the act.

The Kaduna State Police Commissioner reiterated that the command would not relent in its fight against criminals and criminality throughout the state.

He urged the car owners to come to the command with their vehicle papers to claim their vehicles.

Gunmen Kill Traditional Ruler, Nephew In Kaduna

Gunmen-KadunaUnknown gunmen have killed two persons at Fadan Karshi community in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The deceased were the traditional ruler of the community, Bala Madaki, and his nephew, Emmanuel Tanko.

The incident was confirmed to Channels Television correspondent on Monday by the spokesman for Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar.

An eyewitness also narrated that the gunmen invaded the deceased house at about 10:00PM on Sunday, went into their rooms and opened fire on them.

The latest attack has created tension in the community as residents remain indoors while shops and markets remain closed.

Policemen have, however, been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attack.

In a statement he issued through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, while commiserating with the family of the victims, Governor El-Rufai urged the people of Sanga Local Government to remain calm and support the security agencies to investigate the attack and apprehend the perpetrators of the attack.

Police Arrest 458 Crime Suspects In Kaduna

Kaduna-Police-CrimePolice have announced the arrest of a total of 458 crime suspects for alleged involvement in various offences in Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Police Command also made public, the arrest of eight persons allegedly responsible for the kidnap of three clergymen along the Abuja-Kaduna highway last month.

While some of the suspects denied their involvement in the crime, others said they were merely arrested by Policemen for loitering at about 7:00PM.

Parading the suspects at the Police Officers Mess on Friday, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 7, Ballah Nasarawa, said that the suspects were arrested through intelligence gathering about various offences ranging from kidnapping, car snatching and armed robbery.

He disclosed that his men have also uncovered many hideouts being used by criminals to perpetrate their crime across the state.

The AIG equally disclosed that in an effort to sanitise the system, personnel who have served in the command for six years and above would be transferred to other commands and units to ensure effective policing.

He added that all the suspects were being interrogated and profiled, and would soon be charged.

The Police officer also assured the residents of Kaduna State that the command was working round the clock to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Abductors Of Kaduna Clergymen Arrested

GunmenThe Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, comprising of the FCT, Kaduna and Niger States, Mr Ballah Nasarawa has announced the arrest of three persons allegedly involved in the abduction of three clergymen in the state on March 28, 2016.

The arrest is coming barely three days after the Inspector General of Police directed the AIG to relocate to Kaduna and curb the rising cases of kidnappings and other security challenges in the state.

While addressing some Senior officers of the Kaduna Police Command shortly after his arrival on Thursday, Mr Nasarawa disclosed that as part of measures to curb kidnapping, some vital strategic re-adjustment of the command’s structures would be made in order to ensure that they get rid of all criminal elements that have been terrorizing residents of Kaduna State.

Part of the new strategy according to him, will evolve new intelligence gathering and crime-fighting techniques and methodologies to suit the local challenges.

The AIG said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

He also noted that the Police Anti-Kidnapping Squad, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state, are working tirelessly to arrest the abductors and killers of the late army colonel.

In carrying out the IG’s directive, Mr Nasarawa said residents of Kaduna might experience some short time inconveniences, but assured that his men shall respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.

Rev. Dziggau, Rev. Yakubu Dzarma and Rev. Iliya Anto were abducted on March 21 along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway where they had gone to clear a piece of land for the foundation of the church seminary.

However, Rev. Iliya Anto was said to have died after he was left in the bush by the kidnappers following his health condition.

A top official of United Church of Christ who pleaded anonymity said on Thursday, that Dziggau and Dzarma were freed while the corpse of Rev. Anto was found, almost decomposing in the bush.

According to him, the two clergymen were immediately taken to a private hospital in Kaduna after they were brought to the church along Katsina Road in Kaduna metropolis.

Police Arrest 13 Kidnap Suspects In Kaduna

KadunaThe Kaduna State Police Command has announced the arrest of 13 persons allegedly responsible for the abduction of a Director in the Kaduna State Civil Service.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, paraded the suspects at the Command’s headquarters in the state’s capital on Monday.

The arrest came barely a week after an Army Colonel and three clergymen were kidnapped at different locations in the state by unknown gunmen. Both the Colonel and one of the abducted clergymen were killed while in custody of the abductors.

Briefing reporters in his office, the Commissioner said that Police operatives tracked and stormed the kidnappers’ hideout located at Gadan-Gaya, Jere and Zaria where they recovered dangerous weapons and money from them.

Mr Shehu disclosed that one of the suspects was responsible for the abduction of one Mr Mansur Ahmed, who is a Director in the Kaduna State Civil Service along the Abuja/Kaduna highway few weeks ago.

The Police also arrested another three-man kidnap gang when they attempted to abduct a woman at Gidan Busa village in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Other suspects involved in various criminal activities were also paraded, while two AK47 rifles, locally made guns and ammunition were also recovered.

Mr Shehu noted that all the suspects would be charged at the end of the investigation.

He also assured Kaduna residents that the Police in collaboration with other security agencies were in the trail of the killers of the late Army Colonel and the clergymen.

Mr Shehu, who reiterated the Command’s commitment in curbing crime, also assured the people of its readiness to respond to tip off.

Police Boss Orders Relocation Of AIG Zone 7 To Kaduna

PoliceThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has directed the AIG in charge of Zone Seven to relocate to Kaduna State for effective supervision of security situation in the state.

Mr Arase gave the directive for the redeployment of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Ballah Nasarawa, in a statement on Monday.

Concerned by the general crime situation in Kaduna State, he urged the AIG to evolve new intelligence gathering, crime-fighting techniques and methodologies to suit the local challenges.

The Police boss also directed that personnel, who have served in the Kaduna State Command for a period of six years and above, be transferred out of the command with corresponding replacement.

He also tasked the AIG to devise means of halting the incessant kidnapping and other forms of crimes and criminality, especially in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.

In a similar development, Mr Arase equally directed the Commissioners of Police in Kogi State Command and his counterpart in Abuja to improve on the surveillance network and high police visibility in their respective Commands, especially along the Abuja-Lokoja-Oken and Kabba-Owo axis, to check the incessant criminal activities in the areas.

He assured the citizenry of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to their safety, stressing that the Police in cooperation with other security agencies would continually ensure strategic responses towards eliminating any threat to internal security of the nation.

Health Workers Shelve Planned Strike Over Ocholi’s Death

Health workersThe Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU), has shelved their planed strike, initially scheduled to commence on Thursday, March 10.

The President of the Union, Mr Biobelemoye Josiah, said the suspension of the proposed strike action is to enable the workers mourn the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi,.

The Minister was the Chairman of a Negotiation Committee set up by the Ministry of Labour to address the issues raised by the health workers union in their notice of the proposed strike addressed to the ministry.

Mr Ocholi, died in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Narrating how the incident occurred, the spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar, told our correspondent that the accident occurred while the family were returning from a private visit in Kaduna at Rijiana village along the expressway on Sunday afternoon.

He confirmed that while the Minister and his son died on the spot of the incident, his wife died few minutes after, at Doka General Hospital, about 60 kilometres to Kaduna, having sustained severe injuries.

According to an eyewitness, the Minister’s Sport Utility Vehicle had a burst tyre before somersaulting several times.

Police Kill 6 Robbery Suspects In Kaduna, Recover Stolen Cows

policeThe Kaduna State Police Command says it has killed six suspected notorious armed robbers that have been terrorising residents since the beginning of the year.     

The command also paraded 15 suspects alleged to have been involved in criminal activities, ranging from armed robbery, gun running and car snatching.

Parading the suspects before reporters at the command’s headquarters on Friday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said the suspects were arrested at different locations during a gun battle with policemen.

The suspects include a three-man robbery syndicate which specialises in using police and military uniforms to rob motorists on the highway.

Among these suspects was a dismissed police officer believed to have provided the uniforms for the criminals.

The parade of these suspected robbers is another breakthrough in crime prevention recorded by the Kaduna State Police Command since the beginning of this year.

While responding to reporters questions, the former police officer dismissed from the Police in Kano State in 2008 denied being a member of the gang. Although he accepted to know the other suspects, he also denied using police uniform to rob people.

Speaking on other arrests made by his men, the Police Commissioner disclosed  that the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad also smashed a robbery gang that terrorises motorists along Kaduna-Abuja road.

The Police said a member of the gang was killed during a fierce gun battle.

Mr Shehu said that during interrogations, some of the suspects confessed that they were members of gang of armed robbers that have been terrorising residents of Barnawa, Kakuri and Sabon-Tasha all within the state capital.

Items recovered from the suspects include Ak47 rifles, locally and English made pistols, live ammunition, one stolen Toyota Camry Vehicle, Phones, Army camouflage and Police uniforms and charms among others.

The police boss said the suspects were still under investigation and would be tried once investigations were concluded.

Mr Shehu also told reporters that over 293 stolen cows were also recovered from rustlers during a raid by men of the Operation Yaki Patrol Team at Gwagwada and other parts of the state.