Eight Passengers Abducted In Ondo Regain Freedom

 

Eight passengers that were abducted last week in lsua-Akoko, in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State have regained their freedom.

The passengers were travelling in a Toyota Sienna space bus from Abuja to Lagos when they were abducted by gunmen and taken into a nearby bush.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo lkoro confirmed the rescue of the victims to Channels Television.

He noted that the police pursued the abductors and they were forced to abandon the victims and escape.

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Ikoro said it could not be ascertained if the abductors were herdsmen, saying they were just armed bandits.

The police spokesperson, however, said that the victims were rescued and police are not aware of any ransom paid for their release.

According to him, the police are on the trail of the fleeing abductors, expressing assurance that they would soon be apprehended and prosecuted.

One of the nine passengers had earlier been rescued by the police on the day they were abducted.

Police Arrest Kidnap Suspects Who Killed Doctor, Others After N7.5m Ransom

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

 

 

Police operatives of the Intelligence Response Team have arrested two suspects for the kidnap of a medical doctor, Audu Benedict, his son, and one of his associates in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday said the victims were travelling from Taraba State to Abuja on March 10, 2019, before the incident.

He disclosed that the suspects – Henry Gwa, 25, and Terhile Tsavbe, 30, – who both hail from Benue State, were arrested on June 6 and 11 this year following an intense search for the victims and manhunt for the perpetrators by the police team.

“Investigations revealed that the criminal gang collected N7.5 million as ransom from the families of the victims as a condition for their release.

“The suspects forced late Dr Audu Benedict to issue them a cheque of N500,000 which they cashed in a commercial bank in Gboko town, Benue State,” the police spokesman said.

He added that despite collecting the sum, the suspects killed the three victims and had them buried in a shallow grave at Gawa in Katsina-ala LGA of Benue.

According to Mba, efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and the police team is on the verge of exhuming the remains of the slain victims.

In a similar development, he said 25 other criminal suspects were arrested for their involvement in varying cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and illegal possession of prohibited firearms.

The police spokesman described the suspects as members of high-profile criminal gangs terrorising communities and major highways of the North-Central and North-West states of the country.

“Exhibits recovered by the police team from the suspects include six AK47 rifles, three locally fabricated pump action guns, one locally fabricated pistol, two Dane guns, 55 rounds of AK47 ammunition, four empty magazines, one laptop computer, and one Toyota Corolla car with REG No. MKD 13 RC,” he said.

Mba said all the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations while the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has given assurance that the battle against criminal elements in the country was a continuous one.

He also called for all hands to be on deck towards decisive victory and reclaiming the public space from the criminal elements.

Gunmen Abduct Nine Passengers In Ondo

 

Gunmen have abducted nine passengers close to Isua-Akoko in Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The passengers were said to be travelling from Abuja to Lagos in a Toyota Litace space vehicle when the hoodlums emerged from a nearby bush and rounded them off,  abandoning the vehicle at the scene.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

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He said efforts made by the police in pursuing the hoodlums paid off as one of the victims was rescued unhurt.

Ikoro noted that the State Police Command is working hard to secure the safe release of the other passengers.

According to him, the command is “presently working with hunters, local vigilantes and other security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of the wicked act.”

The police spokesman reassured the law-abiding residents of the state of adequate security of their lives and property.

Troops Foil Attempted Kidnap Along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway

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Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike have foiled an attempted kidnap of passengers along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway by armed bandits.

This was confirmed by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche in a statement issued on Friday.

Enenche noted that the operation was carried out on June 25 under the auspices of the ongoing Operation Accord.

“Sequel to actionable Human Intelligence on the activities of armed bandits between Olams and Alheri camp along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, troops promptly deployed to the scene and engaged the bandits with effective firepower.

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“Troops overwhelmed the criminals with high-intensity fire, forcing them to abandon their heinous mission and fled into the forest in disarray.

“As troops engaged the bandits, passengers in the targeted vehicle, a Toyota Hiace Bus with registration number Lagos MUS-944FR travelling from Abuja to Kaduna, managed to escape in various directions into the surrounding bushes,” the statement partly read.

The defence spokesman noted that the troops, adopting an aggressive posture, pursued the bandits deep into the forest and inflicted fatal injuries on them while also exhibiting the requisite composure in recovering all the passengers who escaped into the bush during the encounter.

Meanwhile, the military has begun a massive manhunt for the fleeing bandits with aggressive patrols along the axis.

This comes as efforts made to get the passengers unhurt yielded positive results as they have been accounted for.

Police Rescue Five Kidnap Victims In Katsina

 

The Police in Katsina State have rescued five victims of kidnap from their captors along the Kankara-Yantumaki highway.

They were rescued on Tuesday after the military and police of Yantumaki responded to a distress call that bandits had blocked and kidnapped some passengers.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, the joint team chased and engaged the bandits into a gun duel on June 16 at about 02:00 hrs.

The statement further revealed that the team also recovered five motorcycles abandoned by the hoodlums as investigations are ongoing.

It could be recalled that Katsina residents had on Tuesday taken to the major streets in the state capital, protesting against the renewed bandits attacks resulting in the loss of innocent lives and property in the state.

The peaceful protest tagged ‘Stop The Bloodshed’, #EnoughoftheRecklessKillings and #EnoughoftheBloodbath, was powered by a coalition of northern groups in conjunction with six relevant groups including some civil society organisations in the state.

Their protest comes one week after bandits numbering over 200, armed with sophisticated weapons reportedly killed over 50 villagers across eight communities in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.

Meanwhile,  as part of efforts to find solutions to the current insecurity bedeviling the state and other northwestern states in the country, top security chiefs today visited the state.

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The National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu was among those who arrived at the state, along with the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji, all led by the state police commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina, the team had a closed-door meeting with the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.

Speaking shortly after the meeting which lasted over two hours, Mongunu told reporters that the mission of the visit was to discuss with the state governor in response to the security occurrences in the last couple of weeks.

He said he was optimistic that the discussion with the governor would give a clearer picture of the underlined causes of the problem and no doubt go a long way for the team to realize where the gaps exist with the intention to work collectively and bring an end to the current security problem not only in Katsina but also other northern states.

Mongunu described the situation he saw on the ground as highly disturbing, noting that obviously without the collective effort of both the local community and the security agencies, the fight would not be conquered.

The delegation also paid a condolence visit to the emirs of Katsina and Daura, HRHs Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and Umar Faruq Umar at the inner chambers of the palace, Katsina where Usman commended the team for the visit.

He also appealed to journalists to always stick to truths no matter how bitter it is, while also warning people conniving with bandits to fear Allah as they will also be accounted for their deeds in the hereafter.

Meanwhile, Usman used the opportunity to warn the president that there are enemies around him while pledging to intensify prayers for the good of the country.

“I have always been saying this even before the president that he should be careful that there exist enemies in and around him, they always want to sabotage the efforts of his administration. This sabotage will not only affect the administration but also damage the entire northern region. If Buhari is sabotaged that means the north is being sabotaged,” he said.

Edo Police Confirm Death Of Lawyer, Arrest Alleged Killers

 

The police in Edo State have confirmed the death of a lawyer in the state, Iyoha Osobase Omon after his killers were said to have confessed to the crime and led a police team to the shallow grave where he was buried in Benin City the Edo State capital.

The command in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Dsp Chidi Nwabuzor, said Osobase’s remains were on Tuesday exhumed by pathologists from the Central Hospital Benin City and taken to the hospital’s mortuary for autopsy.

According to the police, the command received a complaint on May 7, 2020, that barrister Omon, (41 years old) had been kidnapped by one Osasu Osadolor and his gang members at Evbuomodu village, Aduwawa, Benin City.

It said after preliminary investigations, operatives of the anti-kidnapping and cybercrime unit immediately took over the case from the Aduwawa division.

It also noted that on May 19, 2020, the alleged kidnap kingpin, Osadolor, was arrested with a black coloured Lexus 330 jeep reg. No. Ben-374-cu, said to have been used in kidnapping the victim.

Police operatives of the unit were also said to have (on May 26, 2020), arrested three additional suspects namely: Uwadia Taiwo Uhunmwangho (38 years old), John Oke (30 years old) and Saturday Imagbe (40 years old) with one Audi 80 car reg. No. Ca-956-ben also used in kidnapping the victim.

The suspects were said to have confessed to beating up the victim and later dropped him somewhere along old Benin-Auchi Road, Aduwawa, Benin City.

The police statement further revealed that on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the operatives arrested two more gang members, one Leonard David (21 years old) and Valentine Dibie (24 years old).

They maintained that all the suspects confessed to conspiracy, kidnapping and the murder of Mr. Omon whom they allegedly killed and buried in a bush close to his house at Aduwawa, Benin City.

Gunmen Kidnap Resident Doctor In Delta

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

 

Some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a resident doctor at the Central Hospital in Ojobo, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

The doctor, identified as Dr. Wisdom Iboyitete, was reportedly kidnapped on Sunday night at about 11pm.

Confirming the incident, the Delta State police public relations officer – Onome Onovwakpoyeya said the hoodlums disguised as patients seeking medical attention

He was eventually whisked away to an unknown destination through a nearby river in the community

As of the time of filing this report, the kidnappers were yet to establish contact with the doctor’s family or residents of the community.

Gunmen Kidnap Businessman In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped a famous businessman, Yusuf Maifata, at his home in Sankara community, Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State northwest Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sp Audu Jinjiri, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to residents of the area, the gunmen stormed the community around 1:47 a.m wielding arms and shooting sporadically, before abducting Mr Maifata.

“The victim has been battling with deteriorating health conditions for quite a while, but he was later discharged from hospital on Thursday and recuperating at home when the unfortunate incident happened,” a family member told Channels Television.

The source also confirmed that the abductors have contacted them and have demanded N40 million as ransom.

According to the source, the abductors also asked about the kind of food the victim normally eats and also the medication he is placed on.

“He was whisked away unconscious because he was traumatized with the several gunshots fired at the main gate of his house before the gunmen gained entrance and abducted him while on his sickbed” the source added.

Jinjiri has, however, assured the family that the police is trailing the kidnappers and would do its best to rescue the 75-year-old victim.

Police Arrest Alleged Killers Of Kidnap Victims In Edo

 

The police in Edo State have arrested some members of a kidnap gang who allegedly kidnapped and killed two men who were returning to Lagos State from the eastern part of the country early in January 2020.

The suspects were arrested on Friday and subsequently have led the police and accompanying vigilante groups to the scene of the crime within a forest in Ahor community off the Benin-Lagos by-pass on the outskirts.

Details later…

Police Vow To Secure Release Of Abducted Edo Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Lawan Jimeta speaks during a press conference on efforts made to secure the release of the abducted Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Emmanuel Agbale on April 22, 2020.

 

The Police in Edo State have vowed to secure the release of the abducted Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Emmanuel Agbale.

Agbale was kidnapped last week Friday along Benin-Ekpoma Road by Oil Palm Estate in Edo State.

He was said to be his way to Ekpoma when the gunmen reportedly opened fire on his vehicle and killed his orderly before being kidnapped.

But addressing journalists in Benin on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta, said men of his command have been combing the forest to secure the victim’s release.

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Jimeta who confirmed that the kidnappers have contacted the commissioner’s family, vowed that the perpetrators of the crime will be brought to book.

“You are all aware about the unfortunate kidnap of the Commissioner for Science and technology. Right from that day, the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the Command has gone round, and they are still in the bush as we speak.

“There was contact with the family, so we are tracing it. There are some other things I cannot say. Unfortunately, this is the third day, we are still following the traces and tracks of the kidnappers,” he said.

The police boss also noted that the Command has arrested several suspects in connection with various degree of crimes in the state.

Troops Kill Nine Bandits, Rescue 12 Victims In Zamfara

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Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have rescued 12 kidnapped persons in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The victims who have been united with their families include the District Head of Wuya, said to have been kidnapped a week earlier.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, the troops also killed nine bandits, arrested 14 others.

According to Onyeuko, 13 houses of the bandits were cleared and set ablaze by troops during clearance operations conducted at Gidan Usman, Gidan Babagoji, Gadauna, Gidan Janari, Kekuwaje, Gidan Sarki, Gardi and Bingi areas of the state.

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“Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI in Zamfara State closed up on bandits in a subsidiary operation CHINGABA in the past week. During the operation, troops successfully released 12 kidnapped Civilians by the bandits, including the District Head of Wuya, who was kidnapped a week earlier.

“The victims have been united with their families. Also, in other clearance operations conducted at Gidan Usman, Gidan Babagoji, Gadauna, Gidan Janari, Kekuwaje, Gidan Sarki, Gardi and Bingi all in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, troops killed in contact 9 Bandits and arrested 14 as well as 13 houses of the bandits were cleared and set ablaze by troops.

“A total of 67 cattle rustled by the bandits were recovered and handed over to the district heads of the communities,” the statement read in part.

Similarly, troops on patrol at Nasarrawa Village, close to Tunga Haki in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State intercepted nine suspected bandits and recovered 600 cows and 300 Sheep.

During interrogation, the “bandits confessed to have rustled the animals and were proceeding to Zaria to avert possible arrest by the troops.

“The recovered animals are currently in the custody of troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI. The proper handover will be done after an investigation in conjunction with local authorities to confirm the owners.”

12 Kidnap Victims Rescued In Katsina

 

Twelve kidnap victims have been rescued by security agencies in collaboration with some repentant bandits in Katsina State.

The victims who are largely passengers were rescued following a joint operation of the Nigeria Police, the Army in partnership with the state government.

The rescued victims mostly women and children were reportedly kidnapped by a group of bandits along Yantumaki-Burunkuza road in Danmusa Local Government Area of the state.

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In a press conference on Wednesday, the spokesman State Police Command, Gambo Isah, said the rescued victims were handed over to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Mustapha Inuwa.

According to him, the SSG ordered “their immediate treatment, welfare and subsequent reunion with their respective members of their families as an investigation is ongoing.”

“On 22/03/2020 at about 21:00hrs, a group of bandits armed with AK 47 rifles, blocked the road between Yantumaki to Burunkuza and attacked a commercial motor vehicle, a bus belonging to Niger State Government with registration number NIGER_14B_50NG driven by one Shu’aibu Muhammed, M, aged 45 years of Niger state and kidnapped the passengers,” he said.

Three notorious syndicates of bandits/ kidnappers, drug dealers and armed robbers were also paraded by the police.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects were 96 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition and the sum of N708,000.

Others include 679 bottles of codeine syrup worth over N2million, 2,000 tablets of tramadol worth over N500,000, one HP laptop computer, one Pup Two GSM handset, recharge cards of different networks and the sum of N200,000 naira cash including some household items.