At least five persons including a mother and her four children have been reported kidnapped by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Barkallahu community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The fresh attack comes barely one week after 17 family members were kidnapped who were said to be on their way to the farm at Udawa village in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
While the police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the attack occurred in the early hours of Friday when the gunmen invaded the community and started shooting sporadically while the residents were still sleeping.
A resident of the community, Abdulsalam Haruna, whose wife and four children were kidnapped, said the gunmen invaded his house and forced the door open before gaining access into his apartment and later took away his five family members.
He added that the gunmen abducted two of his neigbour’s children and attacked two other houses.
The gunmen were said to have escaped with the victims before the arrival of security operatives.
The police authorities in Bayelsa State have foiled the kidnap of a medical doctor working at the General Hospital in Odi, Kolokuma/ Opukuma Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement issued by police public relations officer, Asinim Butswat, the state command arrested five suspects in connection with the incident.
“Credible intelligence revealed that some suspected kidnappers conspired among themselves, went to the Quarters of the Doctor at General hospital Odi, on 10 September 2020, to kidnap him but met his absence,” the statement partly read.
Butswat said the Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, ordered the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to track down the perpetrators of the crime.
The suspects apprehended were Sunny Ubaka, Inerepamo Ikati, Pereowei John, Osamedike Daniel, Sambo Olawei have their age brackets between 21 and 26 years.
According to the police spokesman, they all confessed to the crime, adding that investigation is ongoing.
Butswat also asked residents of the state to avail the police of timely information to reduce the level of criminality in the state.
The Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria in Cross River State has asked the First Lady, Aisha Buhari to secure the release of Dr Vivien Otu said to have been abducted in Cross River State.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its President, Bassey Nakanda, the group described the kidnap of the victim as condemnable.
The association also called on the Minister for Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen; the Wife of the Cross River state Governor, Dr Linda Ayade and the Director General of Women Development Centre, Mrs Mary Ekpere Eta to come to their aid in ensuring the immediate release of Dr Otu from captivity.
The female medical practitioners regretted that the victim is the 16th doctor to be abducted within the last few years in Cross River.
“It is even worst when the victim is a woman and it affects the entire populace. Healthcare delivery is affected as all doctors feel threatened, discouraged, and demoralised.
“As women and mothers, we hereby call on the state government, security agencies and relevant authorities to leave no stone unturned in bringing to an end this incessant occurrence among medical doctors and other citizens of the state and to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Dr Otu.
“We also cry out to the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of Cross River Governor, Dr Linda Ayade, Minister of Women Affairs, Director General of Women Development Centre and others to rise up and defend womanhood by employing their positions to ensure speedy and unconditional release of Dr Otu.
“We are also calling on all Civil Society Organisations, especially the International Federation of Female Lawyers, the National Association of Women Journalists and Female Society Organisations to loud their voices to the cry for the release of Dr Otu,” the statement partly read.
The group also asked Governor Ben Ayade to grant assent to the anti-kidnapping bill which was passed by the Cross-River House of Assembly.
Their demand comes two days after the victim was abducted on Marian Road in Calabar.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Irene Ugbo confirmed the kidnap to Channels Television via a phone conversation.
According to her, the State Police Command swung into actions to ensure the release of the kidnapped female doctor.
A woman identified as Mrs Chizoba Eke, who was declared missing in Rivers State, has been found, days after she was abducted.
Chizoba was recovered from a well on Thursday in an uncompleted building at Igwuruta community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
The mother of two, who was kidnapped from her home along with her six-month-old baby on Monday, was thrown into the well after severe beatings by her abductor.
Luck, however, ran out on the suspect when he was intercepted with his victim’s baby by a team of policemen on a ‘stop and search’ operation at Omerelu, a boundary community between Rivers and Imo States.
Chizoba’s husband, Eke Eke, confirmed his wife’s abduction and rescue to Channels Television on Friday.
He disclosed that he was invited by the police to come to identify the baby, having lodged a complaint about his missing wife and baby.
According to Eke who hails from Imo State, the suspect is known to him in the area as Mr Chinedu and had attempted to rape his wife when she was pregnant.
Chizoba, who was in pain due to the head injuries she sustained, also narrated her ordeal to Channels Television.
She explained that the suspect came to her house, claiming that her husband wanted her to come to Chinedu’s house to collect some money.
On his part, the Pastor of the Assemblies of God Church in Omoduku, where the victim’s family worships, Reverend Clinton Orie, believes it is the grace of God that kept the woman alive for three days inside the well.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers, Nnamdi Omoni, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
He said the Divisional Police Officer at the police station in Igwuruta informed him that a woman was immediately taken to the hospital after she was rescued from the well.
Omoni promised to provide more details on the incident later.
The 80-year-old father of the Chairman of Sagbama Local Government Area in Bayelsa State has regained his freedom.
Channels Television learned Pa. Napoleon Alale was released in the early hours of Tuesday at Otuokpoti, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
Confirming the development, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mike Okolo said the release was a result of efforts made by the police to restructure the security strategy of the Command and to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.
Troops of the Operation Whirl Stroke have rescued 32 kidnapped persons in Benue State, some of which have been held in captivity for over a month.
The troops also killed the gang leader of a kidnap ring, Zwa Ikyegh, and arrested others in its renewed fight against kidnapping in the country.
This was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.
According to the defence spokesman, the development follows credible intelligence on the activities of a notorious kidnap syndicate operating in the general area of Igbom village in Nenzev council ward of Logo Local Government Area of the state.
“Troops had contact with the bandits leading to exchange of fire as troops closed in on the hideout. The gallant troops responded with superior fire forcing the armed bandits to fled in disarray into the bushes.
“The determined troops engaged the criminal elements in hot pursuit leading to the killing of one Zwa Ikyegh identified as the ring leader and others escaped with various degrees of gunshots wounds.
“The successful encounter led to the rescue of 32 kidnapped victims some of whom have been in captivity for over a month,” the statement read in part.
Enenche noted that all the rescued kidnapped victims have been reunited with their families in different communities in Logo local council.
Exhibits recovered are one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 magazine, 6 locally made rifle, one locally made pistol, and a magazine.
Others include 22 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 2 cartridges, 2 motorcycles, and some charms.
The police in Ogun State have shot dead a suspected kidnapper in the Sagamu area of the state.
Operatives of the State Police Command also rescued two persons said to have been held hostage along the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode road.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi explained that the incident happened when the Divisional Police Officer of Sagamu Station, Okiki Agunbiade, was on routine patrol with his men and sighted a Sienna bus with registration number MUS 86 FN.
The police spokesman noted that the suspicious look of the occupants attracted the attention of the policemen who quickly stopped the vehicle.
“Instead of the driver to stop, he sped off towards Ijebu-Ode road consequent upon which the DPO ordered his men to chase them. Having realized that they are being pursued, the men in the car started firing at the policemen while on the move and the policemen fired back.
“They later jumped down, abandoned the car and ran into the bush while the policemen chased them into the bush and shot one of them dead while others escaped with gunshot injuries,” the statement partly read.
Following the development, the police personnel brought out the two victims unhurt.
The kidnap victims comprise a youth corps member, Okoroji Agnes attached to Federal Girls College Sagamu and one Tawa Sosanwo.
Recovered from the kidnappers’ vehicle are one black toy gun, one gold wristwatch, One Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, one cutlass, and one black wristwatch.
Reacting to the development, the Commissioner of police in the state, Kenneth Ebrimson, vowed to track down the fleeing members of the gang.
While assuring the residents of the state that the police will arrest them within the shortest possible time, the Commissioner appealed to members of the public especially hospitals to report anyone seen with gunshots injury.
The former senator was abducted in his hometown Bavhama Community in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of the state on Sunday, while the police cleric was kidnapped in his house in Jalingo, the state capital.
A former Senator representing Northern Taraba, Ambuno Zik-Sunday, has been kidnapped in Taraba State.
Also kidnapped was the cleric of the Taraba State Police Command’s Mosque, Mohammed Nuhu.
The former lawmaker was abducted in his hometown Bachama community in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba yesterday while paying homage to his people.
Mr Nuhu on the other hand was kidnapped from his house in Jalingo in the early hours of Monday.
The police public relations officer David Misal made this disclosure at the police command office in Jalingo while presenting cache of arms recovered from suspected bandits, and parading some tricycle thieves.
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.