Amotekun Rescues Three Remaining Travellers From Abductors In Ondo

File photo of Amotekun operatives.

 

Operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun corps)have rescued the three remaining victims out of the 12 that were kidnapped by gunmen along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani Road.

The victims were travelling from Abuja to Lagos when they fell into the hands of the kidnappers. However, the prompt intervention of the Amotekun corps led to the earlier rescue of nine of them.

The remaining three were rescued on Friday night after a rigorous intelligence gathering and searching of forests in the area.

While addressing journalists on Saturday, the Amotekun Commander in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, said his men engaged the kidnappers in a hot chase forcing them to flee and abandon the victims.

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“After we were able to secure the release of the first nine, operatives still continued in the forest and we were combing the forest that is so massive,” he said.

“It is the same forest that extends to some parts of Kogi so we started tracing them. Once they started maintaining contacts with their (victims) families, we also started tracing and tracking up to the point where we gave them a very hot chase.

“To the glory of God, we were able to secure their release. For now, we have not made any arrests but we are tracking and working on them.”

He explained that the rescue efforts were in collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives and men of the Ondo State Police Command.

Victims’ Ordeal

On their part, the victims narrated their ordeal, saying they trekked for hours in the forest without food.

Three of the rescued kidnapped victims – Benjamin Ojoga, Omolara Fajana and Faith Sunday – confirmed that they were coming from Abuja and going to Lagos when the gunmen attacked their vehicle on the road and shot into the air before taking them to the forest.

UPDATED: Gunmen Kidnap Former Katsina State Television GM, Daughter

File photo of Ahmed Abdulkadir and his daughter

 

Gunmen have abducted the former General Manager of the Katsina State Television (KTTV) Ahmed Abdulkadir and his daughter.

Abdulkadir, who is also a former Zonal Director of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), was kidnapped along with his 15-year-old daughter, Laila, from his residence in Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Although police authorities in the state have yet to respond to the incident, locals confirmed that the gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed Abdulkadir’s house around 9:00 pm on Monday.

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Also on Monday night, gunmen abducted two children of the Deputy Provost of Isah Kaita College of Education, Dutsinma, Katsina State, Isma’il Ado Funtua.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the gunmen attacked the premises of the college at about 11:30 pm, headed to the residence of the Deputy Provost, and went away with the two children – Usman and Aminu.

Another relative of Deputy Provost, identified as Abdullahi, was also abducted from the house.

These incidents took place less than six hours after the state government banned all mobile phone commercial charging points in 18 local government areas in the state as part of measures to tackle the scourge of banditry.

Bakori is one of the LGAs affected by the ban.

Over the weekend, Katsina recorded more abductions as gunmen abducted the younger sister of the Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Dalhatu Tafoki.

Also in the early hours of Monday, gunmen stormed Sabuwar Kasa village in Kafur Local Government Area and took away four children of the Village Head.

Gunmen Abduct Senator Effiong In Akwa Ibom

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

Gunmen have abducted the former Senator representing Eket Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State, Nelson Effiong in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The victim was kidnapped by three-armed hoodlums at his lounge, a popular sit-out along Oron Road in Uyo.

The gunmen reportedly stormed the venue at about 9:00pm on Sunday night, opening fire on customers in the lounge, after which the Senator was taken away while several customers at the bar were injured during the attack.

The armed men stormed the sit-out with a Toyota Camry car and shot sporadically forcing customers and other guests to scamper for safety before whisking the victim away.

An eye witness who craved anonymity confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

“He was later whisked away by the gunmen in a Toyota Camry car to an unknown destination,” the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Odiko Macdon, also confirmed the kidnapping to Channels Television.

He said, “The command is in receipt of the report and investigation is ongoing to get to the root of the matter”.

The police spokesman explained that the command will issue an official statement soon.

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Changing Pattern?

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A map of Akwa Ibom, a state in south-south Nigeria.

 

While kidnapping for ransom is common in most parts of Nigeria, especially in the northern region, gunmen have in recent weeks began targeting political office holders, their wives, children and relatives.

On Thursday, gunmen who are sometimes referred to as bandits, whisked away the younger sister of the Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki.

The incident came hours after the wife and two children of the lawmaker representing Bakori Constituency in the Katsina State House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Kurami were abducted.

Gunmen Strike Again In Katsina, Abduct Village Head’s Four Children

Gunmen now target wives, children and relatives of political officer holders.

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have again attacked a community in Katsina State, kidnapping four children of a village head.

According to residents, the gunmen stormed Sabuwar Kasa village in Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State in the early hours of Monday and took away Alhaji Hamza Umar’s children.

Umar, the village head of Sabuwar Kasa, is also the head of Local Government Administration in Funtua Local Government Council of the North-West state.

The police are yet to confirm the incident.

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Shift In Pattern?

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

Monday’s incident is coming less than 24 hours after gunmen kidnapped the younger sister of the Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki.

Before that,  assailants had stormed Kurami village in Bakori Local Government Area of the state on Saturday. They abducted the wife and two children of the member representing Bakori constituency in the state House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Kurami.

Bakori LGA is about 42 kilometres from Faskari LGA.

Katsina State has in recent weeks witnessed a shift in the kidnapping pattern as gunmen now target wives, children and relatives of political office holders.

15 More Abducted Bethel School Students Regain Freedom

Some of the abducted students of Bethel Baptist School in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have regained their freedom on August 22, 2021.

 

Fifteen more abducted students of Bethel Baptist Secondary School in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state have regained their freedom.

Although the government or security agencies are yet to confirm the development, a source in the school told Channels Television that the 15 students were released on Sunday after a ransom was paid to the bandits.

Bandits suspected to be kidnappers had on July 5 attacked the school and took away 121 students from their hostels.

One of the affected students hugs his mum after regaining his freedom from the bandits in Kaduna State.

 

The bandits released 28 of them on July 25, after a ransom was allegedly paid to the kidnappers. The rest managed to escape from the captors between July 22 and August 3.

The release of the 15 students brings the total number of those freed so far to 56 while 65 others are still in captivity.

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Kidnapping for ransom has become common in Kaduna as well as other states in the North-West and North-Central as armed men increasingly become emboldened.

 

In the last year, bandits have attacked many communities in the regions, abducting scores and killing others.

During the period, several schools have come under attack with over 1,000 students kidnapped.

Most of the victims have since returned after their families paid ransom to the gunmen, but some are still in captivity.

Despite the incessant attacks on communities in Kaduna, the state government says it will no longer consider the option of negotiation with the criminals.

“We have a feeling that the renewed attacks in Kaduna are not unconnected to the position that we have taken as a government that we will not negotiate with criminals,” Governor Nasir El-Rufai said during an interview with Channels Television in April.

Gunmen Kidnap APC Zonal Chairman In Niger State

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

Gunmen have abducted a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Aminu Bobi in Mariga Local Government Area of the state.

Aminu Bobi who is the Zone C chairman of the ruling party in the state was kidnapped on his farm last Saturday.

A resident in the area confirmed through a telephone conversation in Minna, said the chairman want to the farm on that day but could not return as he was abducted by the kidnappers.

When contacted for confirmation, the state command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Wasiu Abiodun could not be reached as of the time of filing in the report.

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Niger State is in northcentral Nigeria.

 

Kidnappings are increasingly common in the northwest and central states of Nigeria where heavily armed criminal gangs operate and foreign workers are also occasionally targeted for abduction for ransom.

Kidnap gangs are just one of the challenges facing President Muhammadu Buhari’s security forces who are also battling a 12-year jihadist insurgency in the northeast of Africa’s most populous nation.

Gangs this year have targeted schools and colleges to snatch dozens of students at a time. Around 1,000 students have been abducted in a string of mass kidnappings since December, though most have been freed after negotiations with their captors.

 

Police Kill One Suspected Kidnapper, Arrest Two Others In Benue

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

The police authorities in Benue State have arrested a suspected kidnapper and arrested two others during a gun duel.

Police spokesman, DSP Sewuese Anene said the kidnapper died at the hospital from injuries sustained during the fire exchange, warning that the police will continue to root out all criminal elements.

The suspects were said to have abducted a businessman, Peter Ogbonna from his retail shop in Ugba, Logo Local Government Area of the state on July 29.

However, rescue came for the victim last Thursday after men of Operation Zenda engaged the gunmen in a gun battle before they were subdued and arrested.

“Today 4/8/21, information was received that gunman who kidnapped Mr Peter Ogbonna of Ugba town were in a hideout at Tse Atoov, Alabaar, Logo local government, the operatives swung into action and invaded the hideout,” the statement partly read.

“On sighting the police, suspects engaged them in an exchange of fire, but the police were able to subdue them, three of the suspects were arrested at the scene.

“One of them sustained gunshot injuries, was rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead and the corpse has been deposited in the morgue, while two of them identified as; Yakyuur Aondona and Teryange Miyina are currently undergoing interrogation.”

See the full statement issued by the police below:

RESCUE OF KIDNAP VICTIMS AND ARREST OF SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS.

Still on the ongoing operation to clamp down on kidnappers in the state, police operatives from Operation Zenda crack squad extended their work to Logo Local Government Area.

2.Today,  4/8/2021 information was received that gunmen who kidnapped Mr.  Peter Ogbonna of Ugba town were in a hideout at Tse-Atoov,  Alabar, Logo LGA, the operatives quickly swung into action by invading the hideout. On sighting the police, suspects engaged them in an exchange of fire but the police were able to subdue the and three (3) of the suspects were arrested  at the scene. One of them sustained gunshot injuries, was confirmed dead at the hospital and corpse has been deposited at the morgue while two of them identified as Yakyuur Aondona and Teryange Myina were arrested and are currently undergoing interrogation.

  1. The victim was rescued unhurt and has been reunited with his family.
  2. One fabricated barretta pistol with four rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them.

5.Cordon and search  operation is going to arrest fleeing suspects with gunshot wounds meanwhile, members of the public with useful information about the whereabout of these suspects are advised to quickly inform the police for necessary action please.

DSP. ANENE SEWUESE CATHERINE

POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,

FOR:

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE

BENUE STATE COMMAND

Gunmen Kidnap Benue Commissioner’s Wife, Ortom Reacts

The wife of Commissioner for Land and Survey in Benue State, Bernard Unenge.

 

Gunmen have abducted the wife of a Commissioner for Land and Survey in Benue State, Bernard Unenge.

Briefing journalists on Saturday in Makurdi, Governor Samuel Ortom said Anne Unenge was whisked away on Friday.

He called on the Federal Government to as a matter of justice, clamp down hard on bandits and kidnap syndicates of armed herdsmen just as it has done with separatists leaders – Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.

The governor also assured that all hands are on the deck to rescue her, as both conventional security and local vigilantes groups have been dispatched to track the abductors.

He expressed concerns over the growing cases of kidnapping and other organised crime across the country, asking the Federal Government to take on them heads-on.

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“We are working together with the security agencies. You don’t just review security matters sometimes because you will be exposing the victim,” Governor Ortom said.

“Throughout yesterday night and today, my security adviser is here and we are working with some conventional and unconventional security, they will be released.”

Governor Ortom also expressed optimism that the nation would surmount all her security challenges.

Meanwhile, the abductors of the commissioner’s wife have contacted the family to demand ₦50 million.

An aide to the commissioner who disclosed the development said the kidnappers established contact with the family.

 

First Class Traditional Ruler Abducted In Kaduna Regains Freedom

The Traditional Ruler of Jaba Chiefdom in the Jaba local government area of Kaduna state, Gyet Maude

 

The kidnapped traditional ruler of Jaba Chiefdom in Kaduna State, Gyet Maude has regained his freedom.

He was released by his abductors on Wednesday evening after spending two days with his abductors

The 83-year-monarch of Jaba Chiefdom was kidnapped on Monday by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on his farm at Gitata community in Nasarawa State.

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The kidnappers yesterday demanded a N100 million ransom before they will release the traditional Ruler.

Although the police authorities and Kaduna state government are yet to confirm the release of the first class traditional ruler, a source within the traditional council, Anthony Maude, told Channels Television that he returned to his palace along with some of his aides.

The source, however,  did not say if any ransom was paid or if the royal father was rescued by security operatives.

Kaduna Kidnap: Four Additional Baptist Students Regain Freedom

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

 

Four additional abducted students of Bethel Baptist Secondary School in Kaduna State have regained their freedom.

A top official of the school told Channels Television on Monday that the four students escaped from the forest last night where they were held captive by their abductors.

The latest development, therefore, brings the total number of the rescued students to 38 out of the 121 that were abducted by bandits on July 5th.

Eighty-three other students are still  in the custody of the kidnappers inside the forest, with their parents and the school management praying fervently for their safe return.

On Sunday, 28 more abducted students of the school also regained their freedom.

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The students were found inside the Tsoho Gaya Forest in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Sunday.

It is not clear whether the bandits released them for ransom or they were rescued by security operatives or escaped by themselves.

Three of the students were rescued by police operatives some days ago at a location also in Chikun Local Government Area and were later taken to a police medical facility for medical checks.

The bandits, who stormed their school on July 8, later demanded a ransom of ₦60million for the release of the students.

Police Rescue 11-Year-Old Boy From Kidnappers In Edo

A file photo of policemen.

 

The police in Edo State on Friday rescued an 11-year-old boy from kidnappers, authorities confirmed to Channels Television.

This followed a report received by the Ososo Divisional Headquarters that the victim was abducted at Ososo in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state on July 19.

Upon receiving the information, the Commissioner of Police, Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, immediately drafted operatives from the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber-crime unit of the command.

The operation, led by its Commander, SP Patrick Balogun involved pain-staking/high-tech tracking and intelligence-led techniques that uncovered the hoodlums’ hideout in the Uneme Erunu/Okpella area of Akoko Edo.

“Upon sighting the Operatives, the abductors engaged them in a gun duel but they were overwhelmed by the superior firepower from the police which caused them to abandon the victim unhurt,” the police spokesman, Kontongs Bello, said via a statement.

“An operational motorcycle without registration number and a Techno Android Phone was recovered after the abductors fled into the bush with various degrees of gun injuries.”

The police spokesman said efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing hoodlums with an investigation on course to unravel the true identity of the kidnappers.

Reacting to the success recorded, the police boss warned that Edo State can never be a safe haven for criminals and their activities.

While advising criminals to relocate from the state or face the full wrath of the law, he reiterated the Command’s commitment to its core mandate of protecting lives and property.

CP Ogbadu also asked all law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful business, noting that the public should use the police control room numbers on 08037646272, 08123827225, 08056776365, and 08077773721 to report in times of distress.

Police Parade Woman, Husband For Staging Kidnap In Niger

The suspects – Sadiya Ibrahim Umar Mohammed and her husband, Mohammed Mohammed being paraded in Niger State over alleged self-kidnap on July 23, 2021.

 

The police in Niger State have paraded Sadiya Ibrahim Umar Mohammed, a school teacher abducted last week Thursday along with her husband, Mohammed Mohammed over alleged self-kidnap in Minna.

Channels Television had reported that the abductee was kidnapped eight days ago at Maitunbi on her way home from work and the following day, the purported Kidnappers called her family demanding a ransom of N5 million

It was gathered, however, that the sum of N1m was eventually paid to secure her freedom on Wednesday.

Parading the suspects before journalists, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the police operatives attached to SCID Minna arrested two suspects; a husband and wife – Mohammed Mohammed and Sadiya Ibrahim Umar Mohammed – both of Limawa area of Minna.

“It would be recalled that on 15/07/2021 at about 1200hrs, the said Sadiya was reported to have been kidnapped by unknown person(s) having boarded a tricycle at Challenge junction Maitumbi going to Old Airport road Minna after closing from work at Umar Bn Khattab International School Maitumbi,” he said.

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Abiodun explained that a day after her abduction, the father was contacted by an unknown caller demanding for N5million ransom which was later reduced to N1million.

According to him, the ransom was dropped at a location in Rafin-Yashi, Minna for the anonymous caller, who picked the money.

The police spokesman revealed that the same day (Wednesday), Mrs. Sadiya returned home, she was invited by the command for investigations and there, she claimed that she faked her kidnap at the instance of her husband.

The husband confessed to have collected the wife’s phone and handed it over to one Abdullahi, his friend who negotiated and collected the ransom on his behalf.

The police spokesman added, “The case is under investigation while effort is ongoing to arrest the said Abdullahi. Suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

He advised members of the public to be calm and not panic at every reported case of crime especially kidnapping, noting that some of the crimes especially kidnapping are faked and done with the connivance of family members or close associates for monetary gains.