Five Villagers Rescued, Several Animals, Motorcycles Recovered As Police Repel Terrorists In Katsina

 

Five victims of kidnap have been rescued in Katsina State by the Police Tactical Team led by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Kankara Local Government Area of the State.

The victims were rescued on Tuesday December 6th, 2022, following a distress call received by the Police that terrorists numbering twenty -five, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifle, attacked Karo village at Tsabe Tuge Ward in Musawa Local Government Area the State.

During the attack, the terrorists abducted five (5) villagers, rustled forty-three (43) cows, eighty-six (86) sheep, two (2) donkeys and stole away three (3) motorcycles belonging to the villagers.


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Subsequently, the Divisional Police Officer of Kankara LGA was alerted and he led a tactical team to the area and blocked a cattle route along Tashar Maje, Kankara LGA.

According to the Police Spokesman SP Gambo Isah, the Police Tactical Team engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel and successfully repelled them from furthering their hieneous mission thereby rescuing all the kidnapped victims and recovered all the rustled animals.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Shehu Umar Nadada on his part, commended the efforts of the officers for the display of uncommon courage and gallantry, urging them to sustain the tempo until all terrorists are rooted out from the State.

Nadada also enjoined members of the public to partner with the security agencies by giving them useful information that will assist them in the ongoing onslaught against recalcitrant terrorists in the State.

Abducted Benue Commissioner Regains Freedom

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The abducted Benue State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Ekpe Ogbu, has regained his freedom.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by Colonel Paul Hemba (retd), the Special Adviser on Security Matters to Governor Samuel Ortom.

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He told Channels Television in a telephone conversation that more details on his release will be made available soon.

It is yet to be ascertained if any money was paid as ransom to secure the commissioner’s release.

Ogbu’s release comes two days after he was kidnapped at the notorious Adankari Junction along the Otukpo-Ado Road in the North-Central State.

The state government had on Sunday explained that the Hilux van the victim was traveling in has been recovered by the Police in Otukpo, vowing to rescue the commissioner unhurt.

 

Security Operatives Rescue 76 Kidnapped Passengers In Kaduna

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

 

A combined team of police and military operatives have rescued 76 persons who were kidnapped by bandits along the Zaria- Funtua Road in Kaduna State.

The spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the development in a statement on Monday.

He said the passengers were kidnapped by bandits who blocked a section of Funtua-Zaria Road at Gulbala area of Giwa Local Government Area on November 18.

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The Police Public Relations Officer explained that following the incident, a combined team of Police and military personnel launched an immediate search and rescue operation into the adjourning forest.

According to him, the bandits were encountered and subdued by the superior firepower of the security operatives, thereby forcing them to escape.

However, thorough combing of the forest for over several hours by the crack operatives led to  the rescue of 76 kidnapped victims t comprising male and females of different ages.

He stated further that preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were travelling from Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State en-route to different destinations when they were intercepted by the bandits.

Kidnapped Anambra Transporter Dies One Week After Release

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A popular transporter in Anambra State, Innocent Ezeokafor, has died one week after being freed by his abductors.

The victim was the head of a popular transport company in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of the state. He was kidnapped on October 19 and spent 18 days in captivity before being released last week.

A family source said the transporter died at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.

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After securing his freedom from the gunmen, the victim’s health was said to have worsened. He was rushed to the teaching hospital where he died.

It is not clear if the family paid ransom to secure his release but the police authorities confirmed the victim’s death in a telephone interview on Monday.

Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, told Channels Television that the transporter’s death was natural as he died in the hospital after having been released from the kidnappers’ den a week ago.

Ikenga, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, however, faulted the victim’s family for not reporting the death to the police.

The situation, he stated, has made the police authorities not to do much regarding the issue.

When asked whether any ransom was paid to the kidnappers, the police spokesman said he wasn’t aware if any payment was made to secure the victim’s freedom.

Troops Neutralize Notorious Bandit Commander ‘Dogo Maikasuwa’ In Kaduna

 

A notorious bandit commander , popularly called Dogo Maikasuwa has been killed by security forces during a clearance operation in Chikun local government area of kaduna state.

This was confirmed by the state commissioner for internal security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan .

Aruwan disclosed that the notorious bandit in the company of his foot soldiers ran into an ambush laid by security operatives in a forest at the Gengere-Kaso general area, around the Chikun and Kajuru boundaries.

According to the report, the security forces after the fierce battle successfully neutralized the bandit leader and recovered one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, five rounds of ammunition, two motorcycles and one set of camouflage military fatigues from them.


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Other bandits escaped with gun wounds, while was further gathered that one of them died from injuries sustained in the fierce battle, with his remains carried away by other fleeing criminal elements.

The Commissioner says that Dogo Maikasuwa who is also known as Dogo Maimillion led series of attacks and kidnappings of citizens plying the Kaduna-Kachia Road, and in communities within Chikun and Kajuru LGAs. He was one of the deadliest bandits leading other elements in terrorizing citizens of these general areas.

According to human intelligence sources, he was always dressed in green camouflage military fatigues and wielding an AK47 rifle. Such was his appearance during the duel with security forces which ultimately consumed him.

It was also gleaned that he led his bandits to engage in operations with cruelty, often killing kidnapped victims when ransoms were delayed or considered meager.

Troops Rescue Kidnap Victims, Recover Arms, Motorcycles In Zamfara

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Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have rescued some kidnap victims in Zamfara State. 

According to a statement by Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, the troops who on Thursday were on fighting patrol to bandits hideout at Danmarke village in Gummi Local Government Area, also recovered some arms.

General Danmadami explained that the troops encountered and engaged bandits in a fire fight.


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A photo combination of the map of Zamfara State and a gun recovered from criminals.

“During the fire fight, the terrorists abandoned their hideout, with several fleeing with gunshots injuries. Troops exploited the general area and rescued 3 kidnapped victims, recovered five (5) AK 47 rifles and thirty (30) motorcycles among others items.”

The DHQ spokesman further stated that the military high command has commended troops of Operation FOREST SANITY and has encouraged the general public to avail troops with credible and timely information on criminal activities.

 

Gunmen Abduct BEDC Staff Along Owo-Benin Highway In Ondo

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Gunmen have abducted a staff of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, along the Owo-Benin Highway in Ondo State.

The victim, Seun Emmanuel who is a driver and the manager in the BEDC Ondo Region was attacked by the armed men while traveling from Ifon, the headquarters of the Ose Local Government Area in the state, to Akure on official assignment.

It was gathered that the duo ran into the gunmen who barricaded the road just before Elegbeka town along the Owo-Ifon Road and shot at their BEDC-branded Hilux van.

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One of the vehicle tyres was hit by a bullet, the driver lost control, and the vehicle swerved into the nearby bush.

The manager was said to have become unconscious and the kidnappers left him, believing he had died but abducted the driver. It was also learnt that the boss was rescued from the scene after the hoodlums had left.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command,  Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation. She revealed that the anti-kidnapping unit of the state command had taken over the case and would ensure the victim regains his freedom.

She appealed to members of the public with any relevant information that could lead to the rescue of the victim not to hesitate to notify the police.

Wife Of Ex-Bauchi, Osun Military Administrator Freed After Days In Captivity

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The wife of the retired military administrator of Bauchi and Osun states, Mrs. Jumoke Bamigboye, on Monday night regained her freedom from her abductors who reportedly kidnapped her on Saturday.

Mrs. Bamigboye, who is the wife of Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye, was abducted in the Oko Olowo area of the Ilorin metropolis in the Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara state.

Mrs. Bamigboye, a Magistrate in Kwara state and a member of Rotary Club International, was reportedly kidnapped by some gunmen on her way from the farm on Saturday.

It was gathered that she was returning from her farm in the Oko Olowo area where she was said to have gone to supervise garri processing meant for supply to her customers.

The kidnappers were said to have contacted her family, demanding a ransom of N100 million for her release until it was later negotiated to N50 million as of Monday evening.

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Colonel Bamigboye confirmed the abduction to journalists on Monday night before her release.

“She was returning from the farm on Saturday evening when gunmen waylaid and forced her out of her car. They took her away to an unknown destination. They later got in contact and demanded ransom to be paid before her release. Efforts are on top gear to secure her release,” he said.

However, while confirming her release on Tuesday, Bamigboye said that she was released on Monday night but not after the payment of ransom which he did not disclose.

“She was set free and released last night. We thank God for her safety but not without payment of ransom,” he added.

Bamigboye said that his wife had been taken to the hospital for medical attention after her release from her abductors.

While commenting on the development, the Kwara State Police Command Public Relations officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, said that Mrs. Bamigboye was released by the kidnappers last night (Monday).

He said that three suspects had been arrested in connection with her kidnap. Okasanmi was, however, silent on whether any ransom was paid to the kidnappers before she was released.

“Yes, she has been released. Three suspects were arrested and an effort to get the remaining suspects underway, please,” the police spokesman noted.

Meanwhile, sympathizers have been trooping to the residence of Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye in the GRA area, Ilorin, to congratulate him on the release of his wife.

Some of the sympathizers sighted included the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, his chiefs, and Oloris while he was receiving telephone calls every minute from far and wide from eminent people who were congratulating him.

Gunmen Kidnap Ex-Perm Secretary In Akwa Ibom

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Gunmen have kidnapped a former Permanent Secretary of Akwa Ibom State, Ignatius Brown, in Abak Local Government Area of the state.

The victim was abducted a few metres away from his home while returning from a church meeting on Monday evening.

Brown, who is also the Chairman of Saint John’s Catholic Church Council, Abak, had been living in the local government area for many years before the incident.

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According to sources, the gunmen trailed the victim from the church along Abak-Ikot Ekpene Road and overtook his driver few metres away from his house.

Having overpowered the driver, they were said to have shot sporadically to scare away other vehicles and commuters on the road.

It was gathered that they bundled the driver out, hijacked the vehicle and sped away with him lying down on the floor of the car. The car was later abandoned along the Abak-Ekparakwa Road after disappearing with the victim to an unknown destination.

Confirming the incident on Wednesday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Macdon, said that one suspect had been arrested and is helping the police with necessary information to track down the other kidnappers.

“We have received that report already, and as we speak, preliminary investigation is ongoing. The Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durusinmi, has detailed the officer-in-charge of kidnapping and other tactical teams to ensure that the victim is successfully rescued and reunited with his family,” he said.

“Based on the CP’s instructions, a lot had already been done. We have one person in our custody who is helping us with the necessary information, and I believe that the kidnapped victim will soon regain his freedom.”

 

 

Terrorists Invade Katsina Community, Abduct Two Women, Three Children

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Terrorists have invaded the Dajin Mare community in the Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State, abducting two women and their three children.

Although police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the terrorists stormed the community on Saturday night.

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The gunmen were said to have spent about 30 minutes, shooting sporadically with sophisticated weapons before the security operatives eventually repelled them.

This incident was coming barely two days after police rescued 21 kidnap victims, comprising 15 women and six children in the Dutsinma Local Government Area of the State.

The victims were rescued on Friday after the Katsina State Police Command received a distress call that terrorists in their numbers on motorbikes, shooting sporadically with AK-47 rifles, attacked Buraji and Sabon Sara villages.

Besides whisking away their victims, they also rustled 20 cows.

The situation forced the Area Commander of Dutsinma, Mohammad Makama, to lead a team of police tactical units that blocked their exit routes at Gandun Sarki village, engaged them in a fierce gun duel and successfully rescued the victims.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gambo Isah, issued a statement, noting that many terrorists were killed and some escaped the scene with gunshot wounds.

He said that tactical teams were combing the area with a view to recovering their dead bodies and/or arresting the injured terrorists.

He said an investigation is ongoing into the incident.

 

 

 

Three Arrested Over Kidnap Attempt On Former Boss In Ogun

The suspects were arrested for attempted kidnappers in Ogun State.

 

Three men have been arrested for attempting to kidnap their former employer in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, identified the suspects as Peter Nse, Chukwuma Nwobodo, and Michael Umanah.

He said they were arrested following a complaint lodged at Igbeba divisional headquarters by one Ifenuga Olayinka, that he received a text message on his phone from someone who described himself as a “Killer Vagabond of Africa”.

“In the said message, the author directed the complainant to pay the sum of N5 million into a bank account he sent to him or risk being kidnapped within the shortest possible time,” the statement read.

Following the report, the Divisional Police Officer of Igbeba division, Musiliu Doga, dispatched his detectives to unravel those behind the message.

On how the suspects were nabbed, a police spokesman said detectives embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation which led them to Anambra State where two of the suspects – Peter Nse and Chukwuma Nwobodo – were arrested.

Their arrest led the detectives to Ago Iwoye where the third suspect Michael Umanah was apprehended.

“It was when they were brought before the complainant that he identified them as his former employees whom he laid off not quite long ago for certain misconduct.

“On interrogation, they all confessed to the commission of the crime and claimed to have made the attempt just because they were not happy as the complainant terminated their appointment,” the police spokesman added.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

Oyo Govt Deploys Military, Others To Rescue Abducted Farmers

Governor Makinde is calling for calm in the wake of the attacks.

 

The Oyo State Government has deployed a security team to Ipapo/Iseyin axis in the Oyo North Senatorial District to rescue some farmers.

Gunmen had stormed the farm settlement on Saturday, whisking away four farmers in the Ipapo/Iseyin axis.

A day after the incident, the state government appealed to the people of Ipapo to be calm, pledging efforts in addressing the issue.

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In a statement, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Adeniyi Adebisi said a security team comprising police and the military has been dispatched to support the existing security architecture in the area.

He stated that though the ugly incident happened outside the State Farm Settlement (Ipapo/Iseyin), the Oyo State Government prioritises the protection of the life and properties of every resident of the State, farmers inclusive.

“The government pledges to take every step to safely return those abducted to their loved ones,” the statement read.

“The military team is expected to join the operation that is planned to not only rescue the victims but also ensure that appropriate actions are taken against the perpetrators,” the statement by the Commissioner for Information read.

“It is in pursuant of this that all security agencies in the State including the Nigerian Army have been mobilized to the area and are in hot pursuit of the criminals.”

He assured Oyo residents that the state government is collaborating with security agencies to rescue the abductees within the shortest possible time and prevent the re-occurrence of the sad event.