Four Sailors Kidnapped By Suspected Pirates Off Coast Of Togo

 

Four sailors were kidnapped and a guard was shot and wounded when suspected pirates stormed an oil tanker off the coast of Togo on Monday, the country’s navy said.

In a statement the navy said “armed individuals” launched the overnight attack when the boat was some 10 nautical miles off the coast of the capital Lome.

Armed guards on board the ship tried to repel the raid, it said.

“A member of the armed guard was shot and wounded and the criminals managed to escape, taking four hostages among the crew members: two Filipinos, a Greek and a Georgian,” they said.

The navy did not reveal the extent of the armed security on board the ship.

An investigation has been opened into the kidnappings, with the Togolese government vowing to “make every effort to find these criminals”.

The latest attack in the Gulf of Guinea — stretching between Liberia and Angola —  comes just days after nine Filipino sailors in a ship waiting in the harbour off the Beninese port of Cotonou, were abducted by suspected pirates on Saturday.

The West African waters have become one of the most dangerous maritime regions in the world.

Attacks on ships and the abductions of crew for ransom have become more frequent, especially along the Nigerian coast.

The pirates sometimes divert ships for several days, long enough to plunder the cargo and demand huge ransoms before freeing the crew.

Piracy has disrupted the operations of Nigeria and Angola, the two main oil producers in sub-Saharan Africa, and severely disrupted international maritime transport essential to the continent, costing billions of dollars.

AFP

Kidnap Suspect Arrested As Police Rescue Boy, Seven Victims In Kaduna

Five-Year-Old Kidnapped In Delta Rescued In Nasarawa – Police
A file photo of policemen on patrol.

 

 

Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have rescued eight kidnap victims, including a teenager during an operation in Chikun and Igabi Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

During the operation, the security operatives arrested a suspected notorious kidnapper, one Ibrahim Mustapha.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Yakubu Sabo, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television.

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Mustapha was said to have been caught red-handed with a 13-year-old victim, Abubakar Aminu, from Maraban Rido village in Chikun LGA.

Sabo explained that three of the victims were rescued in Rigasa area by a combined team of police operatives from Rigasa and Nariya Police Divisions.

He added that the operatives had busted the camp of suspected kidnappers following credible intelligence information.

The command’s spokesman also disclosed that five other victims were rescued by the police during a gun battle with bandits at their camp in Maguzawa and Gurguzu Forests on Thursday.

He noted that the command was on the trail of other members of the gang that escaped with gunshot wounds during the encounter for possible arrest and prosecution.

Sabo, therefore, called on the residents to keep supporting the police with prompt and reliable information.

According to him, this will help the police to nip crime in the bud and restore public order in Kaduna, as well as ensure adequate protection of lives and property of citizens in the entire state.

Gunmen Abduct Akure Federal High Court Judge

 

A Federal High Court judge, Justice Abdul Dogo has been abducted by gunmen, who are already demanding a 50 million Naira ransom for his release.

Justice Dogo of the Federal High Court Akure in Ondo State was kidnapped along with his driver at the Ibilo/Isua Akoko axis, a border area between Ondo and Edo states, on their way from Abuja to Akure.

Sources say the kidnappers contacted the family members and officials of the Federal High Court in Akure and Abuja to demand the ransom.

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Spokesperson to the Ondo State police command also confirmed the incident but said it didn’t happen within his jurisdiction.

However, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has urged the state police command to synergise with its Edo and Kogi counterparts to ensure the early release of Justice Dogo.

Governor Akeredolu, in a statement, noted that the conflicting narratives on the location of the Judge’s abduction could disrupt proper intelligence gathering.

Police Rescue Nine Kidnapped Children In Anambra

 

The police in Kano State have rescued nine children kidnapped from the state and trafficked to Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu confirmed this to journalists on Sunday.

He also stated that eight suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime.

 

According to him, the victims had been trafficked from Kano to Onitsha over the last five years.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has lauded the police and all other security agencies for their efforts in rescuing the children.

 

 

“This singular action shows the real and patriotic synergy and commitment of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security Service, Military and all other security agencies in making sure that criminal activities are faced head on,” he said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor, Abba Anwar.

Speaking further, He assured the security agencies of his administration’s continued support and dedication in the area of security.

 

 

He, however, noted that “all hands must be on deck for the state and the nation at large, to enjoy lasting peace.”

Governor Ganduje also called on parents “to be very vigilant with what is happening around them” adding that they should “keep vigil at all times and nothing should be taken for granted.”

Gunmen Kill Man, Kidnap Father And Two Children In Abuja

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

 

Gunmen have killed one person and abducted three others in the Kuje Area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The attackers were said to have stormed Dafara community on Wednesday night and in the process, killed a local vigilante official and abducted a security officer and his two children.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Anjuguri Manzah.
According to Manzah, the police have already begun a joint counter-operation against latest kidnapping in Abuja and its environs.

“The joint operation comprising the police and other security agencies is also being extended to other identified black spots within the Federal Capital Territory.

“The operation is aimed at rescuing hostages, arresting the suspects and permanently checkmating the emerging security concerns especially around Kuje-Robuchi axis,” the statement said.

The Command’s spokesman added that the security agencies were working assiduously to rescue the victims and urged residents to be calm and support the ongoing operation with useful information.

He gave assurance that the police would not relent in their efforts until the activities of the hoodlums and other crimes were permanently checked.

Manzah said further steps were also being made to engage relevant stakeholders in various communities as part of renewed efforts to check such crime.

Kaduna Kidnap: Police Decry ‘Change Of Tactics By Enemies Of Peace’

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

 

 

The Nigeria Police Force has decried what it called the recent change of tactics by those working against peace in society.

This followed the abduction of Mr Francis Maji, the principal of Government Technical College Kajuru, a boarding secondary school in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Hours after the incident, police authorities in the state confirmed in a statement that armed men invaded the school in the early hours of Thursday and started shooting sporadically while Maji was abducted in the process.

The statement said, “On receipt of the information, a team of policemen were immediately mobilised to the area with a view to rescuing the victim and arresting the perpetrators.

“The police timely intervention helped in preventing the hoodlums from gaining access to the students’ hostel. The command has also fortified security within the general area.”

According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, Ali Janga, gave assurance that the command is working round the clock to tame the recent change of tactics by the enemies of peace who now resort to soft targets.

Mr Janga, therefore, called on the public and parents not to be deterred by the recent attacks by hoodlums on schools, saying the police were making relentless efforts to prevent the occurrence of such incident.

He said the command remained resolute in its commitment to the safety of all citizens in the state.

Gunmen Kidnap Nursing Mother In Taraba, Demand N20m Ransom

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A nursing mother identified as Sabina David has been kidnapped by gunmen in Taraba State.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday at the Kasuwan Bera area of Ardo-Kola Local Government.

Describing the incident, her husband, David Akipa, said the abductors came in their numbers shooting sporadically and on hearing the gunshots approaching his house, he fled, leaving his wife and the newborn.

According to him, when he returned home after some hours, both the wife and newborn were nowhere to be found.

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He further stated that he later got a call from the kidnappers who were demanding a N20 million ransom for their release.

Also speaking with Channels Television, an eyewitness, Gambo Danjuma, explained that the operation and shooting lasted for over two hours without any interference from security agencies resulting in many of the residents scampering for safety.

When contacted about the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer David Misal said the matter is yet to be reported to his desk.

Varsity Student Kidnaps Sister, Demands N10m Ransom From Father

Abdulbasit Umar

 

The police have arrested a 22-year-old student of the Modibbo Adama University, Adamawa, identified as Abdulbasit Umar, for aiding the kidnap of his 10-year-old sister, Amina Umar.

Abdulbasit, alongside two other accomplices, Sadiq Sani and Abdullahi Habib were said to have kidnapped his sister on her way to school and later demanded the sum of N10 million as ransom from their father, for her release.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, DSP David Misal, who paraded Abdulbasit alongside 12 others for kidnapping and armed robbery, explained that officers of the State Investigative Bureau arrested the three suspects on their way to collect the ransom of N4 million which they later settled for.

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He revealed that the suspects were arrested in Bali, Gassol Local Government Areas and other parts of Taraba State.

Speaking to journalists, Abdulbasit explained that this is the first time he is engaging in such an act and he did so because he needed the money to study overseas.

One of his accomplices, Sadiq Sani, who claimed to be his childhood friend, admitted that he connived with him to get money from his father.

All the suspects paraded agreed to have committed the crimes.

Samson Siasia’s Mother Regains Freedom After Two Months In Captivity

In this file photo taken on March 27, 2011 then Nigeria’s coach Samson Siasia watches his team during the African Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Ethiopia in Abuja. Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP

 

The mother of former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has been released by her kidnappers.

The release comes two months after she was abducted  in her country home in Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

When contacted, the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.

A relative of the family, Pinaowor Siasia, also confirmed the release and said the elderly woman would be taken to hospital for medical checks.

His mother was earlier taken in 2015 and held for 13 days before a ransom was exchanged.

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Kidnapping for ransom has been frequent recently, especially in southern states, where wealthier residents and foreign oil workers have often been abducted.

Relatives of high-profile sports figures have been targeted repeatedly by gangs.

The father of then national team skipper John Mikel Obi was abducted last year in southeastern Enugu state before a ransom was paid for his release.

Siasia, who also served in the Nigerian Football Federation, was last month hit by a life ban by the sport’s world governing body FIFA after its ethics panel found him guilty of taking bribes in connection to match fixing.

 

 

30 Kidnap Victims Released In Katsina

 

Another set of kidnap victims have been released in Katsina State.

The 30 persons were handed over to the state government on Saturday, bringing the number of persons released so far to 45, as the ongoing peace deal enters its third week.

Addressing the returnees, the governor gave the assurance that the administration will not relent in its efforts to secure the release of others still in captivity.

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He also directed that the returnees be taken to the hospital for health checks before heading home to join their families.

Gunmen Kidnap Girl, Injure Father In Machete Attack

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Some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday attacked the home of a man identified as Alhaji Usman Bobo in Jalingo, Taraba State

The gunmen attacked the man with a machete and whisked his daughter, Farida Usman, away around 2:00am.

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An eyewitness, Baban Yola, told Channels Television that the kidnappers attacked Alhaji Usman after he vehemently refused to follow them and they in anger took the 18-year-old girl away.

A family member explained that the abductors have since contacted the family using the Farida’s phone, asking if Alhaji Usman is still alive.

Alhaji Usman who survived the attack is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The abductors are yet to make demands are.

All efforts to speak to the police for confirmation proved abortive as the police public relations officer in Taraba state neither picked his phone calls nor responded to text messages.

VIDEO: Three ABU Final Year Students, Four Others Abducted Along Kaduna- Abuja Highway

 

At least seven people have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway on Tuesday.

Although the police authorities in Kaduna state are yet to confirm the incident, an eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen blocked the road at about 4:30pm on Tuesday and intercepted several vehicles, after which they took seven people to an unknown destination.

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Among the kidnap victims are said to be three final year students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Despite the deployment of more security operatives, Abuja-Kaduna road has become notorious flash-point for kidnappings and armed robbery attacks.

Authorities say an investigation into the recent incident is ongoing.