Officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Ondo State Police Command have rescued 10 of 16 persons abducted by gunmen along the Akure/Owo Highway.
The victims, market women were said to be travelling from Akure, the state capital, to Isua-Akoko in Akoko South East Local Government Area of the state for a meeting when the gunmen abducted them at a point close to Ayede-Ogbese.
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
Ikoro noted that on getting wind of the incident, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the command swung into action and were able to rescue 10 of the victims.
He said efforts were being made by the police to rescue the remaining six still at the den of the abductors, and equally apprehended those behind the wicked act.
The police spokesperson appealed to residents of the state not to panic, assuring them of adequate safety of their lives and property.
Gunmen have kidnapped the district head of Lingyado village, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Shehu.
According to the statement, four other victims were also abducted in the state when bandits stormed the local government.
“On 25th October 2020 at about 0800 hours suspected bandits attacked Lingyado village of Maru Local government and abducted the district head and 4 others,” the statement partly read.
“Joint Police and Military units stationed at Bindin to avert and respond to any invasion in those areas were informed of the incident.
“They quickly respond to the distress call and arrived at the village to counter the threat. Their arrival averted the ill – intention of the bandits to kidnap as many as possible.”
The police spokesman noted that the state government “stationed 80 combined Police Mobile, Soldiers and Civil Defence” to many “vulnerable areas in the state to counter the threat posed by recalcitrant bandits.”
He explained that the police search and rescue team in collaboration with the Military are in the nearby forest of the surrounding area to rescue the abducted victims.
Shehu also called on the people of the state to report any threat to the security agencies in any part of the state for early response to any attack by these recalcitrant bandits.
The Ogun State police command says its operatives have arrested two members of a kidnap syndicate who kidnapped a 25-year-old woman Mariam Fagbohun’ and subsequently murdered her 50-year-old mother in the process.
According to a press statement by the police public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, Mariam Fagbohun who runs a provision store and a beer parlor was abducted by a six-man kidnapping gang in Ijoun, in Yewa North local government on the 21st of August 2020
“When she closed from her shop and going home, in the process of abducting her, she raised an alarm which attracted people around including the victim’s mother one Annah Fagbohun,” he said
“While the people around were trying to chase the abductors with the aim of rescuing her, the kidnappers shot into their midst and the bullet hit the victim’s mother Annah Fagbohun and she died on the spot.”
He said a distress call was made to the police, consequent upon which the DPO Egua division, CSP Kalejaiye Olarenwaju led his men to the scene and with the collaboration of members of the community, they were able to rescue the victim and apprehended one member of the gang by name Jimoh Fayemi a native of Omu-Odo in Ekiti State.
“Upon his arrest, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun directed that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-kidnapping section with a clear mandate that the rest members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to book.
“The team embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation which led to the arrest of another member of the gang in Ekiti State by name James Arowolo a 47-year-old native of Obo-Ayegunle in Kwara State.”
On interrogation, the police spokesperson said that the duo confessed to having been contracted by one man simply known as “Ade” and his friend known as ‘Doctor’ who live in the same neighborhood as the victim to come and swindle her of a huge sum of money.
“But having realized that the woman will not fall into their trap, they decided to kidnap her and demand for ransom, Recovered from them are three single barrel guns, 12live cartridges, and face mask.”
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun has ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang and the arrested ones to be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.
A French aid worker kidnapped in Mali in 2016 and one of the country’s leading opposition politicians have been released, the presidency said on Thursday.
The office of Mali’s president said on social media that Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, 75, and Soumaila Cisse, 70, who were believed to have been held by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, were on their way to the capital Bamako.
The announcement comes after Mali freed over 100 alleged or convicted jihadists over the weekend.
The government gave no indication of the circumstances of the hostages release, however, nor did it provide information on the health of either Petronin or Cisse.
Petronin was abducted by gunmen on December 24, 2016, in the northern city of Gao. She was the last French national held hostage in the world.
Cisse, a three-time presidential candidate, was abducted on March 25 while campaigning in his home region of Niafounke in central Mali ahead of a parliamentary election.
Mali has been struggling to contain a jihadist insurgency that first emerged in 2012, and which has since claimed thousands of lives.
A former commissioner of higher education in Nasarawa State, Mr. Clement Uhembe has been kidnapped.
The Nasarawa state commissioner of police Bola Longe confirmed this to Channels Television in an exclusive interview in Lafia, Wednesday.
According to him, the former commissioner was seized by armed men on Tuesday evening at his residence in the Akunza Migili area of the state and was taken to an unknown destination.
“At about 2100 hours of yesterday, 6th of October at Akunza Migili, the former commissioner of Nasarawa state was kidnapped by some armed men who stormed his house and he was forcefully taken away,” Mr. Longe stated.
He assured that the police have intensified search for the commissioner’s rescue.
” We mobilized mobile police personnel, SARS, Anti kidnapping personnel, conventional police personnel, and some vigilante men, we have been searching for him and by the grace of God we are trying to track them and he will be reduced alive,” the police spokesman said.
He asked the public to support the force in a bid to hasten the commissioner’s release.
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.