Released UNIPORT Students Reunite With Their Families

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The four students of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) who were kidnapped last weekend have been released and reunited with their families.

Gbaa, Nenubari, Asumbo Elizabeth, Eze Chimezie, and Onosigho Augustine were abducted on their way from the Orashi River where they had gone for a vegetation sampling for their final year project and postgraduate research work.

Receiving the kidnapped victims in his office, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Owunari Georgewill commended the men of the Nigeria Police Force, the Chief Security Officer of the University and his men, and the entire security agencies of Rivers and Bayelsa states for their timely and prompt intervention which led to the release of the students.

“We are happy that you are back unhurt and now reunited with your family and friends. We sympathise with you for what you went through in the hands of your abductors. We are glad to inform the public that two Ph.D. students and two undergraduates who were kidnapped have regained their freedom,” VC said.

The VC urged all staff and students to be security conscious at all times.

Professor Georgewill therefore, reiterated the resolution of his administration to always put at the front burner, the safety and well-being of all students of the University of Port Harcourt.

The victims escaped on Wednesday morning under counterfire power and had since reunited with their families.

Police Foil Kidnap Of 16 Victims In Kaduna – Spokesperson

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The Kaduna State Police Command has foiled the kidnap of 16 victims in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state. 

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Jalige, disclosed this via a statement issued on Monday.

According to him, bandits tried to kidnap the victims in the Masallaci area along Birnin Gwari road.

Upon receiving information about the incident, Jalinge said the Divisional Police Officer of Buruku,  immediately mobilised personnel on a rescue mission to the area.

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The police spokesman explained that the bandits on sighting the advancing troops immediately took to their heels leaving behind the victims whom the operatives successfully rescued.

“The above success recorded by the Command is not unconnected with the community participation and vigilance cum prompt reportage to the security agencies thus, the Command is urging other communities to emulate same in a bit to secure our respective communities from criminal elements,” the police spokesman said.

Another Traditional Ruler Kidnapped in Plateau

Da Gyang Balak Gut
File photo of the traditional ruler, Da Gyang Balak Gut.

 

The District Head of Vwang in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Da Gyang Balak Gut, has been abducted by yet to be identified gunmen.

Mr Gut, who is the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang, was reportedly accosted by armed men on Sunday night while returning home in Vom, a few metres to the entrance of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).

He was subsequently taken away to an unknown destination and no one has caught wind of who the attackers were and if they would be making demands as has become in practice in recent times.

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The spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Gabriel Ubah, while confirming the incident, stated that the Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Onyeka, and senior police officers have visited the scene and mobilised security personnel to trail the abductors with instructions to rescue the paramount ruler unhurt.

Vwang district in Jos South Local Government hosts the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), as well as the College of Soil Science Technology among others.

The abduction of the Gwom Rwei is coming barely a month after the kidnapping of another traditional ruler in the state, Charles Mato Dakat.

However, Dakat, who is the paramount ruler of Gindir in Mangu Local Government Area was released five days after his abduction.

His abductors had made contact with the family members a few days after they kidnapped him, and demanded the sum of N500 million ransom before they could release the monarch.

It is, however, not clear if the transaction was made; it is also unclear what role the security operatives played in the release of the traditional ruler.

Four Nasarawa Varsity Students Regain Freedom

 

Four abducted students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State have regained their freedom, the school authorities said on Sunday.

The students were kidnapped on Thursday night by gunmen around the university’s campus.

In a statement, the institution’s Head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Abubakar Ibrahim, said the students who were kidnapped outside the university premises were released on Saturday.

“The management of the Federal University of Lafia wishes to happily wishes to happily announce that the students of the university who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday, January 13, 2022, have been released by their abductor,” the statement read.

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Ibrahim extended the appreciation of the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shehu AbdulRahman, to the Nasarawa State Government and the general public for their concern and support during the period.

According to him, the students have undergone medical checks and are found to be in good condition to resume their studies.

While reiterating the commitment of the university to safeguarding the interests of the students to forestall a reoccurrence in the future, Ibrahim added that the Vice-Chancellor has called on staff and students to remain calm and to go about their normal duties.

Terrorists Abduct Many Traders Along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road

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Suspected terrorists have abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road.

The traders who were travelling to Kano from Birnin Gwari were said to have been kidnapped on Wednesday by the terrorists who blocked the highway between Birnin Gwari and Kaduna at Unguwar Yako forest.

Although the police and the state authorities are yet to respond to the development,  a security source attached to  Birnin Gwari local government confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Thursday.

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He said the terrorists blocked the road, and immediately opened fire on motorists who were travelling that road, and in the process, took several passengers away to an unknown destination.

Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State has been notorious for cases of banditry and kidnapping, spanning over five years.

This is in spite of efforts made by security agencies and the Kaduna State Government to tackle the menace.

30 Students, Teacher Regain Freedom In Kebbi After Six Months  

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Thirty abducted students of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State and a teacher have regained their freedom after spending six months in captivity.

Yahaya Sarki, the Special Adviser on Media to Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, confirmed the release via a statement issued on Saturday.

Channels Television had reported how the victims, whose total number is yet to be disclosed, were kidnapped by bandits on June 17, 2021, a situation that led to the death of a police officer.

Two weeks after, two out of the abducted students were freed, although it is not clear if any ransom was paid to secure the release of the students.

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But the governor’s spokesman said the released victims would undergo medical screening before being handed over to their respective families.

“Today, Saturday 8th January 2022, 30 students of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, and one teacher have arrived Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State capital, following their release.

“They shall undergo medical screening and support while being re-united with their families,” the statement partly read.

Sarki then thanked security agencies and congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for the release.

“We thank all security agencies and those who have helped in securing the release, while congratulating Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, for the success,” he said.

Thousands of people were killed or kidnapped in Kebbi and other North-west states last year.

The attacks, by terror groups operating as bandits, have continued despite the efforts of security agencies.

How We Regained Freedom From Notorious Bandit Leader Turji – Victim

One of the kidnap victims narrates his ordeal in Zamfara on January 4, 2022.

 

One of the over 50 kidnap victims in Zamfara has narrated his ordeal, recalling how he regained his freedom from the notorious bandit leader, Bello Turji.

Turji has been the mastermind of killings and kidnappings in Shinkafi, Sabon Birni, Isah in Zamfara and Sokoto states.

The victim, Ibrahim Bakada Rowa and others regained their freedom on Tuesday following military raids on neighbouring bandit camps in Zamfara and Sokoto forests.

Speaking to Channels Television shortly after his release, the highly elated Rowa said he spent 23 days in captivity after being kidnapped on his farm.

While in Turji’s camp, he said the bandits who cooked rice for the victims, would offer them food and water every day.

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He expressed joy that he secured his freedom on Tuesday.

“My name is Alhaji Ibrahim Bakada Rowa from Kadamutsa of Zurmi LGA. I am highly excited and happy today for being part of this set,” he said.

“I was abducted from inside my farmland when I was harvesting groundnut. I spent 23 days in captivity without being given any money to me.

“We were just seating eight in number when we were asked to come out from the room we were caged inside. I was equally given keys to the remaining rooms and asked to set the remaining victims free.

“After we assembled ourselves, we were attached with small children who shepherd us towards a right track in a contingent.

“I was part of the Turji’s camp. They cook rice for us in the morning and also in the evening. They offer each one of us three bottles of water every day but their children maltreat us a little bit every day.”

14-Year-Old Maid Arrested In Ogun For Kidnap Of Boss’ Baby

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The police have arrested a 14-year-old housemaid, Favour Iwuozo in Ogun State for allegedly abducting the baby of her boss.

Police authorities said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the suspect ran away with the two-year-old victim to neighbouring Lagos.

Iwuozo, according to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, was nabbed following a complaint lodged at Sagamu Divisional Headquarters by one Victoria Nwafor.

According to the police spokesman, the complainant reported that she saw the suspect on December 22, 2021, with a very sick boy in Yaba Lagos.

“She stated further that the little girl was begging for alms under the pretence that the small boy is her younger brother and that their parents died in a ghastly accident in December 2020,” the statement read.

The woman was said to have taken both of them to her house in Sagamu in order to take care of the little boy whose health condition had worsened.

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Although the young boy full recovered, the police spokesman said the suspect wanted to singlehandedly take the boy to Imo State, a situation which aroused the woman’s suspicion, hence her report at the police station.

On how the suspect succeeded in kidnapping the boy, Oyeyemi said she took the victim from the church during the Sunday school period, adding that the Sunday school teacher released the baby to her after identifying her with the baby’s mother.

“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Sagamu division, CSP Okiki Agunbiade detailed his detectives to go and bring the girl and the little boy.

“On interrogation, the girl confessed that she was a maid to the mother of the little boy and that she left with the boy since 19th of December 2021, with the intention of taking the boy to Amraku Umorsu in Isiala/Mbano local government area of Imo State.

“She explained further that she decided to beg for alms in order to raise transport fare to Imo State,” the police spokesman added.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole ordered that the baby’s parents be contacted urgently, while the case should be forwarded to Lagos State Command whose jurisdiction the crime was actually committed.

Abductors Of Zamfara Lecturer’s Wife, Two Daughters Demand N50 Million Ransom

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Abductors of the wife and two daughters of a lecturer with the Federal College of Education, Technical (FCET) Gusau in Zamfara State, Abdurrazak Muazu, have demanded N50 million ransom.

A family member who pleaded anonymity told Channels Television explained on Tuesday that the bandits called and informed them that they needed the sum of N100 million but later reduced the amount to N50 million.

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The family source also explained that negotiation was still ongoing, stressing that the amount was outrageous.

“As at yesterday night, I am aware that they (kidnappers) demanded N50 million ransom and the negotiation is still ongoing.”

Gunmen suspected to be bandits, last Friday, kidnapped the wife and two daughters of a lecturer with the Federal College of Education Technical Gusau in Zamfara State, Abdurrazak Muazu.

The wife, Binta Umar Jabaka, and the two daughters, Maryam Abdurrazak and Hafsat Abdurrazak were kidnapped in their house, in Mareri village the outskirts of Gusau town, the state capital at about 1:00 am on Friday.

Police Rescue 21 Kidnapped Schoolchildren In Zamfara, Two Still In Captivity

A screenshot taken on December 8, 2021, shows the Police Headquarters in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State.

 

The police have rescued 21 schoolchildren kidnapped on December 31 by bandits at Kucheri Village, along Gusau-Funtua Road in Zamfara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the development during a press conference on Saturday.

Their freedom, he stated, followed efforts by police and military operatives who promptly responded to the distress call and moved to the scene where they engaged the hoodlums in a serious gun battle.

Of the victims were two females who were coming from Rini Village in Bakura Local Government Area to Katsina State for Almajiri Islamiyya School.

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Although they were in the same vehicle with their scholar, he was however not lucky as the gunmen took him away as well as the driver of the bus.

“On 31st December 2021 at about 2300hrs, a distress call was received from Kucheri Village Via Tsafe LGA that, Armed Bandits in their large number blocked Gusau-Funtua Federal Highway at Kucheri axis, and abducted an unspecified number of commuters in five (5) different vehicles,” the police spokesman said.

“Police Tactical Operatives in Conjunction with the Military promptly responded to the distress call and moved to the scene, where they engaged the hoodlums to a serious gun battle.”

As part of efforts to release the other two victims in captivity, the Commissioner of Police sent a reinforcement of police operatives “to complement the effort of the joint security operatives currently working to rescue the remaining victims and apprehend the perpetrators.”

The police operatives also asked the especially drivers and passengers to desist from the night journey.

According to the police, the nighttime is the period that is mostly used by the bandits to block roads and kidnap commuters in the state.

The police spokesman added that the Zamfara State Police Command will continue to work assiduously to ensure the safety and security of the citizenry.

Police Rescue Nine Kidnap Victims, Kill One Bandit In Kaduna

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

 

Police have rescued nine kidnap victims in Sabon Birnin, Birnin village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna State Police Command,  Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the rescue operation to Channels Television on Saturday.

He explained that the operation was conducted by operatives of the command in collaboration with personnel of the Force Intelligence Bureau and Special Tactical Squad of the Force Headquarters.

Jalige said the security operatives stormed a notorious bandits’ camp on Friday following intelligence that some victims were held hostage for ransom in the said forest.

The camp, he stated, belongs to one Isiya located in the forest of Sabon Birni village.

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The command’s spokesman said the mission was cautiously and successfully executed and resulted in the killing of one of the bandits while several others escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds.

He disclosed that two suspects, Rabe Baushe and Badamasi Usman, were arrested and taken into custody for further investigation.

Banditry has been rife in Kaduna and other states of the northwest region despite assurances by the government and security agencies in tackling the issue.

Two weeks ago, bandits killed a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rilwanu Gadagau on their way to their hideout in the forest.

The lawmaker was among many people the bandits kidnapped along the Kaduna – Zaria road.

According to a security report presented by the Kaduna State Government, at least 888 people were killed in violent attacks by bandits in various parts of the state from January to October 2021.

The report also showed that a total number of 343 people were killed by bandits between July and September last year, while 2,553 people were kidnapped by bandits in various communities across the state from January to September 2021.

Gunmen Abduct Lecturer’s Wife, Two Daughters In Zamfara State 

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Gunmen have abducted the wife of a lecturer with the Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau, and two of his daughters. 

Dr. Abdulrazaq Mu’azu’s wife and the daughters were kidnapped in the early hours of Friday at their residence in Mareri, a community in the outskirt of the Zamfara capital.

The spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command, Mohamed Shehu confirmed the incident.

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He said despatch search and rescue operatives have been dispatched to go after the abductors and ensure the rescue of the victims but noted that normalcy has been restored in the area.

Dr Mu’azu is a lecturer with the Department of Agriculture.