Two Chinese Men Kidnapped In Kogi

ChineseTwo Chinese nationals have been kidnapped in Lokoja, Kogi State.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon at the Zango Daji area of the town, while the men were carrying out construction work on a drainage system.

An eyewitness told our correspondent in the state that the unknown gunmen, who were dressed in military uniform, and numbering about 12, came out from the bush around the construction site and started shooting.

In the process, one mobile police man attached to the Chinese nationals and a driver sustained injury.

The two men are currently at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, where they are being treated.

Step Up Manhunt For Kidnappers, IGP Orders Police Command

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has directed the Edo State Police Command to commence a vigorous manhunt for the gunmen who abducted Mike Ozekhomen and killed four policemen in the process in Benin City.

Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Activist Mike Ozekhomen was abducted on the Ehor Stretch of the Benin Auchi Road at about 3pm yesterday in Edo State.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Edo State Police Command Moses Eguavoen said four policemen lost their lives in the ambush by the kidnappers, when they responded to distress call from residents who witnessed the abduction.

The statement called on residents of the state to provide the Police with whatever information that could lead to the capture of the kidnappers.

Meanwhile, a group, Project Nigeria condemned in strongest terms the unfortunate act against the legal practitioner.

The group urges that the growing insecurity in the country calls for urgent national dialogue to build a consensus on the restructuring of the Nigerian nation for justice, equity and economic empowerment of the Nigerian people, that it believes this is the first step towards addressing the problems afflicting the Nigerian Nation, which includes youth restiveness, unemployment and brigandage.

According to the group, the legal practitioner who is one of the leading advocates for the forth-coming National Summit which is expected to create a platform for a national consensus on the re-birth of Nigeria should not be a victim of this heinous act, warning however that law enforcement agents should ensure that no harm comes to Ozekhome,while seeing to the immediate release of the lawyer.

One Dead As Four Thai Nationals Are Kindapped In Port Harcourt

One person was left dead while four Thai nationals were kidnapped Friday morning in Buguma, the headquarters of Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

They were abducted by armed men while on their way to work on the fish farm, managed by Omida Farms, an Israeli company.

State Commissioner for Agriculture, Emmanuel Chindah, told journalists on Friday that six employees of the fish farm were kidnapped by the hoodlums, two of whom are Nigerians; but that the kidnappers decided to release the two Nigerians midway into their operation. One of the two Nigerian workers, in an attempt to escape, jumped into the water and drowned.

Chindah lamented the situation and blamed it on the laxity of security in the state.  He said the matter had been reported to the police, but noted that the breakdown of security in the area and the entire state due to the sense of boldness the police in the state has recently conferred on criminals, who were hitherto in hiding.

“The hoodlums took six of the workers, including two Nigerians; but they decided to drop the two Nigerians among their victims, probably in a bid to prevent being easily traced. Unfortunately, one of them (Nigerians) tried to escape, jumped into the water and drowned. The other one managed to swim to safety.”

“We have reported the matter to the police, but what must be emphasised is that these hoodlums feel emboldened to do this because they believe the police are now their friends. You will remember when so-called militants protested on the streets of Port Harcourt in support of Mbu. Now they have the idea that they have the police on their side and that they can resume crimes without consequences. Buguma had been calm before now, you can see that the situation is gradually degenerating into something sad,” Chindah said.

He further said that the kidnappers had not reached out to anybody since the incident occurred.

The RiversPolice Command on Friday confirmed the abduction of four expatriates and two Nigerians in Buguma, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Angela Agabe, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt that the police received the report of the incident in Buguma but details were sketchy.

Nkiru Sylvanus, Kenneth Okoli Released

Nollywood actress and Special Assistant to the Imo state Governor on Public Affairs, Nkiru Sylvanus, who was kidnapped last Sunday in Owerri the Imo state capital has been released by her abductors.

Ms Sylvanus was kidnapped along with former Mr Nigeria, Kenneth Okolie as both were together on that night. They were both released on Thursday night.

Both Ms Sylvanus and Mr Okolie were kidnapped close to the Concorde Hotel, Owerri.

The kidnappers had initially contacted some friends of Ms Sylvanus demanding a ransom of N100 million but it is not clear if the ransom was paid to secure the release of the actress.

Gunmen Abduct General’s Wife In Ibadan

The atmosphere of AOP Logistics Company at New Ife road, Ibadan where the wife of General Oluwole Olurotimi, was abducted by gunmen on Monday night is still submerged with so much fear with workers of the company praying for the release of their Managing Director, Titilayo Rotimi

The General Manager of the company, Omini Ikpi narrated what happened before his boss was abducted.

“Mrs Rotimi was about driving out of the gate but stopped to speak with one of the company’s driver, and that was how I walked away from her and bided her goodnight but on getting to the bus-stop to get a bus, I was called that the MD has been abducted by four gunmen who blocked her with a grey Nissan car, kidnapped her and immediately drove out of the company’s premises and started shooting sporadically to scare people away,” he said.

Mr Ikpi said his boss was kidnapped with her bag containing two BlackBerry phones, laptop, and other valuables, while her shoes dropped when she was being dragged away from her black Prado jeep.

“Immediately she was kidnapped, the Egbeda police station was contacted, and they brought a patrol van but they could not arrest the abductors,” the General Manager said.

He said the police suspected that there could be informant in the company working with the abductors of Mrs Rotimi and that so far, the police have arrested three suspects including a security guard and two staff.

The Chief Security Officer of the company, Usman Illiasu, explained that although he was not on duty when the incident occurred, he was told by the security guards on duty that the abductors came with sophisticated weapons and everybody took to their heels during the rampage.

Guessing it was one of the abductors who picked her call when Mrs Rotimi’s phone was dialled around 4pm on Tuesday, Mr Illiasu said the person threatened to kill his boss if her family refuse to pay N200 million ransom.

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Pirates attack ship in Niger Delta, kill 2 Naval guards, kidnap 4 foreigners

Pirates attacked a ship being used by an oil servicing company in waters off the Niger Delta Region on Saturday, killing two Nigerian Naval guards and kidnapping four foreigners, the Navy said.

“The incident was somewhere around the Niger Delta, where an oil servicing company was attacked by gunmen. We lost two of our men and four expatriates were abducted, one Malaysian, one Iranian,” Navy spokesman Commodore Kabir Aliyu said.

He said a Thai and an Indonesian were also taken, but had no immediate further details.

Security in the Niger Delta region has improved since militant activity shut down nearly half of the country’s oil output around the middle of the last decade, thanks to an amnesty between various militant factions and the government.

But the situation remains volatile and inflamed by organised crime and local political rivalries.

Pirates in the Niger Delta usually release kidnapped crew members after their cargo has been looted, rather than held for ransom.

Police in Delta state arrests notorious kidnap gang

The Delta State Commissioner of Police command on Thursday paraded suspected members of a Kidnap gang who were accused to killing one Army and four police officers in the state.

The Delta state Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba told journalist that the leader of the gang shot and killed a member of his gang and shot another on the neck following disagreement over the formula for the sharing of their loot.

Mr Aduba said that the gang, which had been on the wanted list “killed an Army L/CPL Uman Asufa while escorting Petroleum Product Marketing Company, PPMC Manager at Abraka on March 24, this year as well as four Police Inspectors and rank and file in Warri and Abraka areas.”
The Commissioner said that one of the gang members escaped from Warri prison, recently.

“The gang was responsible for most high profile kidnapping in Warri and diligent efforts are on to track down the die-hard animalistic gang and their collaborators.”

Items recovered and displayed at the state Police headquarters in Asaba, included three AK 47 riles, $300, assorted jewellery carted away from the couple killed in their Warri Centre market jewellery shop on December 19, 2011, 19 different telephone handsets, 1, 416 rounds of live ammunition, among others.

Mr Aduba said “While Asaba and environs had been crime-free in the last weeks, Warri and environs have continued to record spates of kidnappings and armed robberies.”

Kidnapped Access Bank manager released

Mr. Yemi Odunsanya, the regional general manager of Access Bank who was reportedly kidnapped in the city of Lagos while on his way to Church on Sunday, has been released by his abductors.

According to reports, the freed kidnap victim was discovered in the early hours of Thursday, found wandering at the front gate of the Victoria Garden city in Ajah, the outskirt of Lagos.

Odunsanya is said to be in stable health. He was released after a payment of N25 million was made by his relatives and business associates.

It was not clear how the funds were paid to the abductors. The family had been warned not to contact the police, but said they did some investigation of their own.

According to the source, “when he was kidnapped on Sunday on his way to the church, we were actively involved, tracking their telephone conversations and all that. It was through this means that we were able to confirm that he was still kept within the Lekki/Aja axis.

“But when his life was being threatened, we were begged to allow them deal directly with the kidnappers. So this morning we were told that he has been released after the payment of N25m ransom”, the source explained.

Kidnapped Spanish doctor gains freedom

After weeks of frantic search, Spanish doctor; José Manuel Machimbarrena Corcuera kidnapped in Nigeria’s South Eastern city of Enugu April 4th has been freed and in good health, according to the Spanish Foreign Ministry and Nigerian police.

Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo; Spain’s Foreign Minister said in Madrid that the man was believed to have been abducted and that his disappearance “has all the characteristics of a kidnapping for economic reasons.”

“Mister Corcuera was released on Friday,” a ministry spokesman said but did not divulge details of the circumstances that led to his freedom.

He said the man had been seized for ransom, but it is not clear if any ransom was paid, on the insistence of discretion from the doctor’s employers in the matter.

The 58-year-old doctor, works for a clinic belonging to a foundation financially supported by a Catholic institution called Opus Dei in Nigeria.

His kidnap, which sparked an outrage in his home country due to his work in missions, resulted in a 24-hour manhunt of his abductors until he was released, according to Enugu Police Spokesman Ebere Amaraizu.

The Spanish embassy worked hand in hand and tirelessly with Nigeria till he was confirmed alive and free so also were they in constant contact Dr. Jose’s family down in Madrid.

Kidnappings has been the order of the day in southern Nigeria for a while now  as ransom are being demanded before release of hostages mostly in the oil-producing region of the country; the Niger Delta and following payment of the requested ransom, they release the victims unharmed.

A recent event of kidnap which would have caused diplomatic rancour between Nigeria, Britain and Italy as Italian authorities pointed accusing fingers at Britain for non-dissemination of information was that of the kidnap of a Briton and an Italian by  Islamist group Boko Haram, which is concentrated mainly in northern Nigeria.

With a botched coded mission carried out after the hideout of the hostages were known, both hostages died in crossfire between government forces and the Islamist group.

 

 

Senator George Sekibo’s wife kidnapped

Asime G.T. Sekibo, wife of serving Senator George Thompson Sekibo, representing Rivers East Senatorial District, was kidnapped on Thursday night by unknown gunmen on the outskirt of Port Harcourt.

Mrs Sekibo, who was kidnapped along with two other persons, was reportedly returning back home from the University of Port Harcourt, where she’s a student.

Though a source close to the family confirmed that the kidnappers had already contected her husband, Senator Sekibo, to give their ransom terms for her to be released, he could not state any specific amount they were demanding.

The kidnappers struck at about 7:00pm under the Obiri Ikwerre Bridge, which is still under construction, along the East-West Road.

According to the source, who would prefer his name not to be mentioned, there were four occupant in the car conveying the senator’s wife, but the hoodlums pushed one of the occupants out, taking off with their prime target and two other passengers.

“They called the Senator at about 9:00pm to inform him they were the people who kidnapped his wife. I don’t know for certain how much they are demanding, but I know they have asked for a ransom.

“The vehicle was later found abandoned around Aluu community, which suggests they might have escaped through that area. They also took the two other occupants with her”, the source revealed.

When reached for official confirmation and details, the Rivers state police spokesman, Ben Ugwuegbulam (DSP), said he was not informed yet, promising to get in touch with the police chief in charge of the area.
He, however, was not forthcoming until the filing of this report at about 5:10pm.

Gunmen kidnap journalist in Delta State

Prince Monday Whiskey, a journalist, was kidnapped at his Udu Local Government Area residence in Delta State on Monday, reports said.

According to reports, gunmen had followed the journalist and former staff of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, to his home where he was then forced out of his vehicle at gunpoint and abducted in a red sedan car.

The kidnapping was witnessed by his daughter, Edna Whiskey, who told reporters that her father had driven “inside the compound at about 7:30 p.m.” She had gone to open up the door for her Mr Whiskey when she saw “some men pushing Daddy into their car.”

Edna says she called out for help and heard one of the men say her father “has issues with vigilante”.

“I drew back and neighbours told me to go and tell my mummy, but they drove away with him,” she said.

His wife, Mrs Flaura Whiskey, said she had called out to her son and together they chased after the fleeing vehicle, but had no luck sighting them.

“We have reported the case at Ovwian Police station,” Mrs Whiskey said.

“I appeal to government and security agencies to help find my husband. I pray that he should not be harmed, I appeal that he should be released, they have not called us since they took him and his mobile phones have been switched off.”

The Warri chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in a press statement condemned the abduction of the journalist and decried the failing state of security in the nation.

“If a journalist can be kidnapped, it means nobody is safe,” the NUJ said in the statement signed by the Warri chapter chairman and secretary, Mr Michael Ikeogwu and Akpokona.

“We condemn the lackluster and lackadaisical attitude of security operatives towards securing lives and property. We, therefore urged, them to strengthen their intelligence gathering mechanism in order to be more proactive

“We also appeal to the kidnappers to release our member unharmed unconditionally.” the union added.

Campaign against Ugandan military leader sweeps Internet

A video calling for the arrest of the fugitive leader, Joseph Kony, of the Lord’s Resistance Army militia(a group known for kidnapping children and forcing them to work) in Uganda, has swept across the Internet, attracting a wave of support on Twitter and Facebook.

The 30-minute YouTube video was uploaded on the internet via facebook and twitter on Tuesday and so far has been viewed almost 40 million times.

Also,tweets about Kony have become the No. 1 trending topic worldwide on Twitter.

However, the video has drawn mixed reactions from within Uganda, where many civilians distrust the military and government forces are often accused of committing the same atrocities as Kony’s fighters.

On the other hand, Uganda’s armed forces, which have been hunting the fugitive leader for more than two decades, welcomed the film and its massive viewership, saying it would “help us to expose who Kony is.”

Uganda Peoples Defence Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye said “I wish that it had come earlier…we are confident that we will finally catch up with Kony soon”

He added he had last seen Kony in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state in 2007 when the fugitive leader had attended abortive peace talks before disappearing again into the bush.

Kulayigye acknowledged the Ugandan military had only managed to drive Kony out of Ugandan territory after more than two decades of killings and kidnappings by the LRA.

“We should have stopped him, that’s a failure certainly,” he said.