Katsina Govt Gives Bandits 48 Hours To Release Kidnapped Persons


Bandits in Katsina have been given a 48-hour ultimatum to unconditionally release all kidnapped persons in their custody or face the full wrath of the law.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa made the declaration while briefing newsmen on the outcome of an extraordinary meeting held with relevant stakeholders.

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Mr. Inuwa while warning bandits said that this would be the last meeting the government will have with them to advocate for peaceful co-existence between them and the larger society, stating that the state government will no longer grant an excuse to bandits who breach the peace accord.

“For those repentants who still abide by the dictates of the accord, the government would provide them a piece of land to relocate as no going back the military will soon resume in full force.”

Other stakeholders who attended the meeting include the General Officer Commanding 8th Division of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto, General Aminu Bande, the repentant as well as representatives of some recalcitrant bandits from Katsina and Zamfara States.

Police Rescue Kidnapped 6-Year-Old Son of Commissioner In Bayelsa

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The six-year-old son of the Bayelsa State Commissioner of water resources who was abducted on the 22nd of December, 2019, has been rescued and the alleged kidnappers arrested by the police.

The young Antonio was rescued by a team of operatives from Operation Puff Adder led by DSP Chris Nwaogbo at the riverside town of Ikiebiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

Thé Commissioner’s son was abducted at about 8.30 pm, three days to Christmas at his parents Opolo Commissioners Quarter by the gunmen who also carted away from a suitcase containing their victim’s father certificates and other vital documents thinking it was stashed with cash.

The rescued son was presented to the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Uche Anozia who in turn handed over the boy to his parents at the Marine Police jetty in Yenagoa.

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Presenting the child to the parents, Mr. Anozia said: “the rescue of the child was as a result of the effort put in place by the police command.

“We have been chasing the kidnappers from creek-to-creek. You know Bayelsa is about 80 percent of water.

“Today we went to Ikiebiri where the child was kept and being fed by a man. Fortunately, we succeeded in rescuing the child and also arrested his abductors,” he said.

The father of the child, Mr. Nengi Talbot, thanked God for ensuring that no harm came his son’s way during his incarceration at the kidnappers’ den.

“It has been a nightmare experience for us since his abduction on December 22, 2019. I want to thank God, the state police command and all those who made the rescue of my son possible.

“Most kidnapped victims are often killed but I thank God my son was rescued unhurt,” he stated.

The police arrested and paraded the alleged abductors.

Police Arrest Members Of Notorious Kidnap Syndicates In Katsina


Police in Katsina State has arrested four members of two notorious kidnap syndicates terrorising Kafur and Katsina Local Government Areas of the state and recovered twenty-three (23) suspected stolen cows.

In a press statement, the state commissioner of police, CP Sanusi Buba through the spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah said three of the suspects are from Igabi LGA of Kaduna state whereas the remaining suspect is a resident of Sabuwar Unguwa Quarters in Katsina metropolitan area.

He said “one Shu’aibu Bala, m, aged 36yrs of Gozaki village in Kafur LGA of the state had on November 29th this year reported at Kafur Division that he has been receiving threat messages through phone call intimidating him to pay the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand naira or himself or any member of his family risk being kidnapped by the callers.

“Consequently, on 04/12/2019 at about 17:00hrs, Operation Puff Adder led by DPO Kafur Division succeeded in smashing the syndicate at Unguwar Iliya village of Kafur LGA of the state when they went to collect the ransom of N150,000 as demanded.

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He said the suspected kidnappers arrested include: 1. Umar Audu, m, aged 20yrs, 2. Yusuf Abubakar, m, aged 25yrs and 3. Ussaini Isah, m, aged 30yrs, 4. Aliyu Sani, m, aged 20yrs of Sabuwar Unguwa Quarters, Katsina.

In the course of investigation twenty-three (23) cows suspected to be stolen were recovered in their possession. Suspects confessed to the crime. An investigation is ongoing”.

The command has also according to SP Isah based on a tip-off on 26/11/2019 at about 20:00hrs, burst six members of suspected armed robbery syndicate terrorizing Mani LGA of the state and its environs and recovered the stolen items.

“Nemesis caught up with the hoodlums when they attacked the house of one Hussaini Adamu, m, aged 30yrs of Magami village, Mani LGA of Katsina and several other houses and robbed them of their belongings which include mobile phones, money, food items and other valuables worth N300,000:00k. In the course of the investigation the following suspects were arrested:

“Suleiman Musa, m, aged 20yrs of Magami village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, Bilya Sani, m, aged 25yrs of Kauyen Fage village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, Musbahu Saidu, m, aged 25yr of Samaru village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, Abdullahi Ado, m, aged 25yrs of Jirga village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, Umar Abdullahi, alias “Kaura”, m, aged 25yrs of Izalawa Quarters, Mani LGA of Katsina state. Hassan Sa’idu, m, aged 18yrs of Marina Quarters, Mani LGA of Katsina state.

“Exhibits recovered from the syndicate includes one Boxer Motorcycle with reg. no. QB 548 MAN, four goats, food items, and sticks. Suspects confessed to the commission of the crime and several other related crimes in the area. An investigation is ongoing.”

The commissioner while commending the collective effort, support and cooperation of well-meaning people in the state, however, solicited for the continuation and sustenance of the synergy between the people and the police.

He believed that success was achieved as a result of robust community policing engagement through the process of dialogue, visibility policing and synergy with other sister security organizations including the State Government.

Kidnapped Medical Doctor Jerry Isogun Regains Freedom In Delta


Dr Jerry Isogun, a medical practitioner who was kidnaped by gunmen in Delta State, has regained freedom from his captors. 

The doctor who is also President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD DELSUTH Oghara, Delta State), was kidnapped on Wednesday night while on his way from his primary place of assignment in Oghara, to Sapele where he lives.

However, a communique by Comrade Dr. Harrison Adja a spokesperson of the ARD DELSUTH, states that Dr. Isogun has been released.

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The statement, however, did not specify the terms upon which the release was granted, neither did it say what had transpired while the doctor was in the kidnappers’enclave.

The Association used the medium to call on the Delta State Government, Security Agents, Chairmen of the adjoining LGAs, and traditional rulers to beef up security around certain areas prone to such attacks within the state, as to forestall future occurrences.

Four Sailors Kidnapped By Suspected Pirates Off Coast Of Togo


Four sailors were kidnapped and a guard was shot and wounded when suspected pirates stormed an oil tanker off the coast of Togo on Monday, the country’s navy said.

In a statement the navy said “armed individuals” launched the overnight attack when the boat was some 10 nautical miles off the coast of the capital Lome.

Armed guards on board the ship tried to repel the raid, it said.

“A member of the armed guard was shot and wounded and the criminals managed to escape, taking four hostages among the crew members: two Filipinos, a Greek and a Georgian,” they said.

The navy did not reveal the extent of the armed security on board the ship.

An investigation has been opened into the kidnappings, with the Togolese government vowing to “make every effort to find these criminals”.

The latest attack in the Gulf of Guinea — stretching between Liberia and Angola —  comes just days after nine Filipino sailors in a ship waiting in the harbour off the Beninese port of Cotonou, were abducted by suspected pirates on Saturday.

The West African waters have become one of the most dangerous maritime regions in the world.

Attacks on ships and the abductions of crew for ransom have become more frequent, especially along the Nigerian coast.

The pirates sometimes divert ships for several days, long enough to plunder the cargo and demand huge ransoms before freeing the crew.

Piracy has disrupted the operations of Nigeria and Angola, the two main oil producers in sub-Saharan Africa, and severely disrupted international maritime transport essential to the continent, costing billions of dollars.


Kidnap Suspect Arrested As Police Rescue Boy, Seven Victims In Kaduna

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A file photo of policemen on patrol.



Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have rescued eight kidnap victims, including a teenager during an operation in Chikun and Igabi Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

During the operation, the security operatives arrested a suspected notorious kidnapper, one Ibrahim Mustapha.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Yakubu Sabo, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television.

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Mustapha was said to have been caught red-handed with a 13-year-old victim, Abubakar Aminu, from Maraban Rido village in Chikun LGA.

Sabo explained that three of the victims were rescued in Rigasa area by a combined team of police operatives from Rigasa and Nariya Police Divisions.

He added that the operatives had busted the camp of suspected kidnappers following credible intelligence information.

The command’s spokesman also disclosed that five other victims were rescued by the police during a gun battle with bandits at their camp in Maguzawa and Gurguzu Forests on Thursday.

He noted that the command was on the trail of other members of the gang that escaped with gunshot wounds during the encounter for possible arrest and prosecution.

Sabo, therefore, called on the residents to keep supporting the police with prompt and reliable information.

According to him, this will help the police to nip crime in the bud and restore public order in Kaduna, as well as ensure adequate protection of lives and property of citizens in the entire state.

Gunmen Abduct Akure Federal High Court Judge


A Federal High Court judge, Justice Abdul Dogo has been abducted by gunmen, who are already demanding a 50 million Naira ransom for his release.

Justice Dogo of the Federal High Court Akure in Ondo State was kidnapped along with his driver at the Ibilo/Isua Akoko axis, a border area between Ondo and Edo states, on their way from Abuja to Akure.

Sources say the kidnappers contacted the family members and officials of the Federal High Court in Akure and Abuja to demand the ransom.

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Spokesperson to the Ondo State police command also confirmed the incident but said it didn’t happen within his jurisdiction.

However, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has urged the state police command to synergise with its Edo and Kogi counterparts to ensure the early release of Justice Dogo.

Governor Akeredolu, in a statement, noted that the conflicting narratives on the location of the Judge’s abduction could disrupt proper intelligence gathering.

Police Rescue Nine Kidnapped Children In Anambra


The police in Kano State have rescued nine children kidnapped from the state and trafficked to Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu confirmed this to journalists on Sunday.

He also stated that eight suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime.


According to him, the victims had been trafficked from Kano to Onitsha over the last five years.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has lauded the police and all other security agencies for their efforts in rescuing the children.



“This singular action shows the real and patriotic synergy and commitment of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security Service, Military and all other security agencies in making sure that criminal activities are faced head on,” he said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor, Abba Anwar.

Speaking further, He assured the security agencies of his administration’s continued support and dedication in the area of security.



He, however, noted that “all hands must be on deck for the state and the nation at large, to enjoy lasting peace.”

Governor Ganduje also called on parents “to be very vigilant with what is happening around them” adding that they should “keep vigil at all times and nothing should be taken for granted.”

Gunmen Kill Man, Kidnap Father And Two Children In Abuja

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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.

Kaduna Kidnap: Police Decry ‘Change Of Tactics By Enemies Of Peace’

Police Engage Suspected Kidnappers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Kill Nine
A file photo of police officers on patrol.



The Nigeria Police Force has decried what it called the recent change of tactics by those working against peace in society.

This followed the abduction of Mr Francis Maji, the principal of Government Technical College Kajuru, a boarding secondary school in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Hours after the incident, police authorities in the state confirmed in a statement that armed men invaded the school in the early hours of Thursday and started shooting sporadically while Maji was abducted in the process.

The statement said, “On receipt of the information, a team of policemen were immediately mobilised to the area with a view to rescuing the victim and arresting the perpetrators.

“The police timely intervention helped in preventing the hoodlums from gaining access to the students’ hostel. The command has also fortified security within the general area.”

According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, Ali Janga, gave assurance that the command is working round the clock to tame the recent change of tactics by the enemies of peace who now resort to soft targets.

Mr Janga, therefore, called on the public and parents not to be deterred by the recent attacks by hoodlums on schools, saying the police were making relentless efforts to prevent the occurrence of such incident.

He said the command remained resolute in its commitment to the safety of all citizens in the state.

Gunmen Kidnap Nursing Mother In Taraba, Demand N20m Ransom

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A nursing mother identified as Sabina David has been kidnapped by gunmen in Taraba State.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday at the Kasuwan Bera area of Ardo-Kola Local Government.

Describing the incident, her husband, David Akipa, said the abductors came in their numbers shooting sporadically and on hearing the gunshots approaching his house, he fled, leaving his wife and the newborn.

According to him, when he returned home after some hours, both the wife and newborn were nowhere to be found.

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He further stated that he later got a call from the kidnappers who were demanding a N20 million ransom for their release.

Also speaking with Channels Television, an eyewitness, Gambo Danjuma, explained that the operation and shooting lasted for over two hours without any interference from security agencies resulting in many of the residents scampering for safety.

When contacted about the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer David Misal said the matter is yet to be reported to his desk.

Varsity Student Kidnaps Sister, Demands N10m Ransom From Father

Abdulbasit Umar


The police have arrested a 22-year-old student of the Modibbo Adama University, Adamawa, identified as Abdulbasit Umar, for aiding the kidnap of his 10-year-old sister, Amina Umar.

Abdulbasit, alongside two other accomplices, Sadiq Sani and Abdullahi Habib were said to have kidnapped his sister on her way to school and later demanded the sum of N10 million as ransom from their father, for her release.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, DSP David Misal, who paraded Abdulbasit alongside 12 others for kidnapping and armed robbery, explained that officers of the State Investigative Bureau arrested the three suspects on their way to collect the ransom of N4 million which they later settled for.

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He revealed that the suspects were arrested in Bali, Gassol Local Government Areas and other parts of Taraba State.

Speaking to journalists, Abdulbasit explained that this is the first time he is engaging in such an act and he did so because he needed the money to study overseas.

One of his accomplices, Sadiq Sani, who claimed to be his childhood friend, admitted that he connived with him to get money from his father.

All the suspects paraded agreed to have committed the crimes.