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.

BREAKING: Brother To Bauchi Governor Kidnapped

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The older brother to the Bauchi State Governor Adamu Mohammed Duguri has been kidnapped.

He was allegedly whisked away around 7:30 pm on Wednesday evening at Anguwar Jaki in Bauchi metropolis.

Although efforts to reach the Police to confirm the incident have been unsuccessful, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor confirmed it to Channels Television.

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The news of his abduction comes barely 24 hours after the state governor, Bala Mohammed tested positive to the virus.

The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

The governor took the test after he came in contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was confirmed to have been infected with the virus.

Governor Mohammed had just returned to Bauchi from an official trip to Lagos after he met with Atiku’s son on the plane where both men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

According to the statement, although he has yet to show any symptoms of the disease, he has since gone into self-isolation to prevent any possible spread of the virus.

Enyimba FC’s Player Kidnapped Along Benin-Owo Expressway


Enyimba International has confirmed the abduction of their player Dayo Ojo by gunmen along the Benin-Owo expressway.

The incident occurred on Sunday when the player was travelling to Akure following the suspension of the Nigerian Professional Football League because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ojo was in the company of teammate Emmanuel James and another professional football, Benjamin Iluyomade who was also abducted while James managed to escape the attack.

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Enyimba is in close contact with the player’s family and efforts are being made to secure his release.

Dayo Ojo’s kidnap comes on the heels of the death of another player who was killed in a car crash on the same day.

Ifeanyi George, who played a few games for Nigeria in 2017, was killed along with club teammate Emmanuel Ogbu when their car collided with a parked truck in Edo state.

Their deaths were announced in a statement from their club, Enugu Rangers. George was 26. Ogbu was a member of the club’s youth team. A third man who was in the car and who was not a soccer player was also killed.

Police Arrest Three Suspected Kidnappers In Cross River

The suspect, Harry Isong being paraded by the Cross River State Police Command on March 6, 2020.


The police in Cross River State have arrested three suspected kidnappers known to unleash mayhem in several parts of the state.

Briefing journalists on Friday in Calabar on Friday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Nkeruwem Akpan, said operatives of the Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Squad made the arrest following a report of a rape case.

According to him, the three-man gang was apprehended by 4:30am in a building at Etagbor in the state capital with illegal fire arms.

He said that the command swung into action in the area at about 4 am to cordon the vicinity of the suspects, thus leading to the rescue of the kidnap victim, Grace Adams.

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“The victim was kidnapped last night, March 5, in Calabar metropolis. We never knew she was kidnapped. We only got information that the said building is used by kidnappers.

“When we struck, we found out that a lady has been kidnapped and kept in their custody and we immediately rescued her.

“If we can have the system that is going on in Anambra where any building that harbours kidnapped victims is demolished, I think it will be better because it will discourage people from going into kidnapping in Calabar,” the CP said.

Speaking to journalists, suspect, Harold Isong claims to be a graduate of the Cross River University of Technology.

Although he said it was his first time engaging in kidnapping activity, he however promised to desists from such if released.

Permanent Secretary Abducted In Nasarawa

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The Permanent Secretary of the Nasarawa Ministry of Works, Jibrin Giza, has been abducted.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, Mr Giza was abducted around 12:30 am by gunmen from his resident in Shabu, a suburb of Lafia.

The police chief told Channels Television that the gunmen stormed the resident shooting into the air and gained access into the residence when one of them scaled the fence and forced the gateman who had only a cutlass for a weapon to open the gate.

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Longe added that the police have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.

The abductors have yet to contact Mr Giza’s family and have not made any demands.

Gunmen Kidnap Traditional Ruler, Son In Fresh Zamfara Village Attack


Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted the District Head of Gayari village, Alhaji Hassan Mohammed and his son in Gummi local government area of Zamfara state.

Some residents were said to have been injured from gunshots, while many have left the village out of fear.

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The State Police command spokesman, Shehu Mohammed who confirmed the incident in a statement, says the gunmen invaded the village in the early hours of Friday morning and kidnapped the district head and his son to an unknown destination.

He explains that the Police tactical team attached to Operation Puff Adder in Collaboration with the Military and some repentant bandits are intensifying effort to rescue the kidnapped victims and also arrest the perpetrators of the crime.
He also debunked rumours that a policeman was killed during an exchange of gun with the bandits.

Operation Puff Adder: Kidnapped Victims Rescued In Bayelsa

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Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder have rescued some kidnapped victims in Bayelsa State, southern Nigeria.

The victims – Mrs Vivian Obinna and Ogregade Ileimokumo who are residents of Imiringi Community, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state were abducted in the late hours of Wednesday.

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In a statement issued on Thursday by the spokesman for the State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, “policemen were alerted and Operatives of Operation Puff Adder intercepted the kidnappers at Otuokpoti Waterside, where the kidnappers were trying to move the Kidnapped victims into a waiting speedboat.”

Butswat explained that the police have launched a manhunt to arrest the fleeing kidnappers who escaped with bullet wounds, noting that investigation is underway.

INEC Official Kidnapped In Cross River Regains Freedom


An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who was kidnapped during Saturday’s re-run for Yakurr/Abi Federal and State constituencies in Cross River State, has regained his freedom.

This was confirmed in a statement by the Cross-River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Alalibo Johnson.

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According to him, however, the supervisory presiding officer was released without some of the sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, as well as his personal items.

Meanwhile, Johnson also added that apart from a policeman that sustained injuries, no life was lost.

Abduction Of Mother, Two Children Sparks Protest In Kaduna


Residents of Sabon Tasha and Juji communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have condemned the abduction of three persons in the area.

They staged a protest on Saturday along the Kachia Highway over the kidnap of the victims – the wife and two children of a medical doctor, Dr Ataga Philip.

According to them, the victims were abducted from their home on Friday night by suspected kidnappers while a member of a local vigilante group was also killed in the process.


However, the Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident.

Armed with placards with various inscriptions, the protesters blocked the highway, thereby causing heavy traffic on the busy road.

It was a serious business as not even the presence of security operatives could remove them from the road.


Condemning the incident, the youth leader in Juji, Hosea Bawa, said residents could no longer condone the activities of criminals in the area.

He, therefore, called for the deployment of more security operatives in the area in order to nip crime in the bud.

Back home, the man whose family members were abducted was still in shock as he narrated how the incident happened to Channels Television.

Dr Philip appealed to the security agencies in the state to intensify efforts towards the safe return of his wife and children.

He added that the kidnappers have yet to make demands.

Katsina Govt Gives Bandits 48 Hours To Release Kidnapped Persons


Bandits in Katsina have been given a 48-hour ultimatum to unconditionally release all kidnapped persons in their custody or face the full wrath of the law.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa made the declaration while briefing newsmen on the outcome of an extraordinary meeting held with relevant stakeholders.

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Mr. Inuwa while warning bandits said that this would be the last meeting the government will have with them to advocate for peaceful co-existence between them and the larger society, stating that the state government will no longer grant an excuse to bandits who breach the peace accord.

“For those repentants who still abide by the dictates of the accord, the government would provide them a piece of land to relocate as no going back the military will soon resume in full force.”

Other stakeholders who attended the meeting include the General Officer Commanding 8th Division of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto, General Aminu Bande, the repentant as well as representatives of some recalcitrant bandits from Katsina and Zamfara States.

Police Rescue Kidnapped 6-Year-Old Son of Commissioner In Bayelsa

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The six-year-old son of the Bayelsa State Commissioner of water resources who was abducted on the 22nd of December, 2019, has been rescued and the alleged kidnappers arrested by the police.

The young Antonio was rescued by a team of operatives from Operation Puff Adder led by DSP Chris Nwaogbo at the riverside town of Ikiebiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

Thé Commissioner’s son was abducted at about 8.30 pm, three days to Christmas at his parents Opolo Commissioners Quarter by the gunmen who also carted away from a suitcase containing their victim’s father certificates and other vital documents thinking it was stashed with cash.

The rescued son was presented to the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Uche Anozia who in turn handed over the boy to his parents at the Marine Police jetty in Yenagoa.

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Presenting the child to the parents, Mr. Anozia said: “the rescue of the child was as a result of the effort put in place by the police command.

“We have been chasing the kidnappers from creek-to-creek. You know Bayelsa is about 80 percent of water.

“Today we went to Ikiebiri where the child was kept and being fed by a man. Fortunately, we succeeded in rescuing the child and also arrested his abductors,” he said.

The father of the child, Mr. Nengi Talbot, thanked God for ensuring that no harm came his son’s way during his incarceration at the kidnappers’ den.

“It has been a nightmare experience for us since his abduction on December 22, 2019. I want to thank God, the state police command and all those who made the rescue of my son possible.

“Most kidnapped victims are often killed but I thank God my son was rescued unhurt,” he stated.

The police arrested and paraded the alleged abductors.