Two Lagos Schoolchildren Kidnapped By House Help, Found In Benin Republic

The Lagos State Police Command said it has found two children aged six and three respectively, of Mr and Mrs Aneru Mutana resident in Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos.

The children were found in the early hours of Sunday morning, December 2, at a location close to Nigeria Seme border, in Benin Republic.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, Chike Oti, said in a statement on Monday that the kids were kidnapped by their house help simply identified as Busayo on November 26, 2018.

The house help according to the police is a member of a kidnap syndicate who specialises in kidnapping children of parents that have warmed their heart into after working as house help.

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“Investigation so far revealed that Busayo is a member of a kidnap syndicate who gives her out as house help to unsuspecting parents.

“When she finally lands the job, she warms her way into the children’s heart and wins the trust of her employers. Once she gets to this stage, she bares her fangs,” he said.

The police spokesman said the house help carried out the act on November 26 after she was instructed by Mrs Mutana, to go and pick the children from school and take them home as she (Mrs Mutana) could not do so due to the nature of her job.

“Unfortunately for Madam, the house help had carefully planned how to kidnap her children, a 6-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl and executed her wicked plan effortlessly because she is known to the school authorities and familiar with the children.”

The Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, therefore, warned individuals interested in engaging the services of domestic servants to beware of who they deal with.

He warned employers to carry out a background check of persons they bring to their homes, and profile them in order to make investigation easy for the police should the need arise.

Gunmen Kidnap German Nurse In Somalia Capital

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Armed men abducted a German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday evening from a compound in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the aid group said Thursday.

“We are deeply concerned about the safety of our colleague,” said Daniel O’Malley, ICRC’s deputy Somalia head.

“She is a nurse who was working every day to save lives and improve the health of some of Somalia’s most vulnerable people.”

The Red Cross said the attack happened around 8.00 pm local time (1700 GMT) when unidentified armed men entered its compound in Mogadishu, adding it is “in contact with various authorities to try and secure her release”.

People working for the Red Cross in Somalia told AFP the gunmen appeared to have evaded the compound’s security guards and snuck the nurse out through a back entrance and into a waiting vehicle.

A government security official said investigations were underway. “We have received information indicating a female western staff member was kidnapped from the ICRC office in Mogadishu,” said Abdirahman Mohamed.

Somalia, which collapsed into civil war in 1991 and has been the site of an al-Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency since 2006, is one of the most dangerous countries for aid workers, but abductions remain relatively unusual.

In the past, foreigners, including journalists and aid workers, have been kidnapped by armed gangs or Shabaab militants and held for ransom, sometimes for years at a time.

Terrorist bombings and assassinations are commonplace and frequently claimed by the Shabaab which is fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Mogadishu.

International aid agencies, including the independent Switzerland-based ICRC, provide health care and other basic services in the war-torn country and are regarded as supporters of the government by the Shabaab and as a ready source of income by other militants and armed gangs.

On Tuesday a local employee of the World Health Organization (WHO) was shot in Mogadishu.

The WHO said in a statement Wednesday it was “shocked and saddened” by the killing of Mariam Abdullahi Mohamed, “a dedicated frontline worker”.

Between 2008-12 piracy off the coast of Somalia became a big business with crew-members and their ships held for million-dollar ransoms, but in recent years attacks have become rare.

Gradually improving stability in Somalia allowed the holding of limited elections in 2016, but insecurity remains widespread.

In October, Somalia suffered its deadliest-ever bombing, with over 500 people killed in an attack blamed on the Shabaab.

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Gunmen Kidnap Taraba Lawmaker

A member of the Taraba State House of Assembly representing Takum 2 constituency Hon. Hosea Ibi has been kidnapped by unknown individuals.

The incidence occurred on Saturday night at about 8:00 pm in Takum where he was to usher in the new year with his people.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Taraba State Command, Mr David Misal confirmed the development to our correspondent on Sunday.

Misal, who is also an Assistant Superintendent of Police said the Police is making every effort towards rescuing the legislator.

He further revealed that they have Information aimed at tracking the kidnappers could not be disclosed at the moment.

No demand for ransom had been made from any quarter so far, according to him.

“Where Do We Run To When Police Officers Are Kidnapped?”

A security Analyst, Mr Oladehinde Ariyo, has said that the recent directive that was given by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to Commissioners of Police on the need to be responsible to their officers is like the hunter being hunted, wondering the fate of the ordinary Nigerians.

He made this known while appearing on Channels Television’s State of the Nation on Friday.

“It is a case of the hunter becoming the hunted. As a civilian, if I have a problem the next best thing I am supposed to do is to go to the police for cover, security and protection. Now that policemen are the victims, they are now the people being kidnapped, so where do we go as civilians?” he asked.

The security expert further berated the IG for telling the CPs to be responsible for men in the event of an officer under their watch being kidnapped, while stressing it is a clear indication of our failing infrastructure.

Mr Ariyo added, “It is not enough that he is telling the CPs that everyone under his jurisdiction, he got to cover them and that if everyone gets kidnapped, they will go for it. It is not a big deal, which would have been the norm from day one. It is a reflection or strategy of our failing infrastructure.

“Here, we have a record of blowing hot and cold when the issue is very fresh and very hot. For all I care, he is ease-driving; I have no issue with that. The IG is just driving. Is he now just going to tell them no, that everyone under them (the jurisdiction) is under their cover?

“What he is doing is simply to indict the police, that there has been some laxity on their side. Unfortunately, we are highly under-policed. For a country of about 170 million, unless there are 1m policemen, what are we talking about?” he questioned.

Freed Students Will Undergo Therapy – Lagos Govt

The Lagos State Government says the six students of Lagos Model College in Igbonla, Epe, who have regained their freedom after spending two months and three days in captivity, will undergo trauma therapy.

Gunmen had stormed the school on May 25 and abducted the six boys, leaving their parents and security agencies searching for answers.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said in a statement that the students would undergo series of medical tests and trauma therapy before they are reunited with their families.

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Mr Ayorinde congratulated the parents of the students and all those involved in their rescue, adding that the government had remained confident that the boys would regain their freedom.

“This is a welcome development and the State Government has always believed that the students would be released unhurt,” Ayorinde said.

“The news of their release is, therefore, a confirmation of that belief and we are glad that they would be reuniting with their families.”

According to the statement, the government remains resolute in its commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property of residents in the state and has already beefed up security in schools to prevent a re-occurrence.

“It is on record that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration has invested massively on equipment and welfare of security personnel so as to ensure that the State remains safe for residents and investors,” he added.

“This government has already taken giant steps to secure all our schools especially those in the suburbs and riverine areas and we are confident that the steps taken so far will go a long way in nipping a repeat of such in the bud,” Ayorinde said.

The Commissioner also quoted Governor Ambode as commending the efforts of security agencies who worked tirelessly to ensure the safe release and return of the students.

Kidnapped Lagos School Students Regain Freedom

Six students kidnapped from the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla in the Epe Area of Lagos have regained their freedom.

This followed talks between the abductors and some government officials from Nigeria’s southwest region.

This comes more than two months after gunmen stormed the school during the morning assembly and abducted the students.

The kidnappers had on May 25 attacked the school premises firing gun shots to scare the students and parents.

Policemen on guard attempted to intercept them and called for reinforcement but the six abducted students were unlucky as the gunmen whisked the students away through the waterways.

The incident had led to outrage and six days later, the House of Representatives called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to ensure that the students are rescued as soon as possible.

The Lagos State government also vowed to do all within its power to ensure the safe return of the students.

It is not the first time that students of the school have been abducted.

On October 6, 2016, four students and the school principal and is vice were kidnapped while on the assembly ground.

In that incident, police operatives swiftly rescued two of the victims, while the kidnappers demanded N100m ransom for the other victims.

It is not clear if the ransom was paid but the victims were freed, five days later, on October 11, 2016.

Abducted APC Chieftain Found Dead

Osun West: Husain Emerges APC Candidate, Promises Better RepresentationA chieftain of All Progressive Congress, APC, in Ondo State, Olumide Odimayo who was abducted last week has been found dead.

The corpse of the politician was discovered by the search team around Ogolo River – a boundary between Ese-Odo and Irele Local Government Areas of the state.

Odimayo popularly called Londoner was abducted on Thursday last week by gunmen who invaded his hometown, Igbotu in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State at about 6 am.

All efforts by local vigilante group to rescue him proved abortive as the abductors kept moving into the swampy areas of the forest.

His body was discovered in the swamp earlier today and has been deposited in a mortuary at Okitipupa. His death has left leaders of the APC in the state in a big shock.

House Of Reps Member Abducted In Kaduna

A member of the House of Representatives, Garba Durbunde, has been abducted in Kaduna.

Durbunde

Mr Durbunde, who represents the Takai/Sumaila Federal Constituency of Kano State, was abducted on Tuesday evening while returning to Abuja from Kano.

The incident reportedly occurred on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, around Jere.

Although the Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident, the Kano State Commissioner For Information and Culture, Mohammed Garba,  confirmed the abduction of the federal lawmaker to our correspondent in Kaduna.
Mr Garba said no group or individual had claimed responsibility for the abduction of the lawmaker.
Durbunde was a former commissioner for rural development in the administration of former Governor  Rabiu Kwankwaso.

 

 

Buhari Vows To Keep Pressing For Release Of Other Chibok Girls

buhari-in-germanyNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday said his government would sustain efforts to free the remaining girls, kidnapped by the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2014.

The group had released 21 girls on Thursday.

“About 100 more (girls) are still in the hands of the terrorists,” Buhari told reporters in Berlin after a meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. “We hope we’ll get some … intelligence to go about securing the balance.”

Determination To Secure

After the release of the girls, President Buhari said their rescue was a confirmation of his determination to secure all Nigerians where ever they are.

He made comments about the girls’ release at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja just before takeoff to Germany on an official visit.

He said that the Vice President would work out the details of how to receive the girls.

“I believe you will be duly briefed by the Vice President. He will give you the details. I have just been briefed about it and I think the Vice President and the Minister of Information will give you the details.

“To Nigerians all over, our responsibility is to continue to secure them wherever they are,” the President said.

Appointees Rejig Call

President Buhari also dismissed criticism voiced by his wife, Aisha Buhari, in a BBC interview published on Friday, saying that he had “superior knowledge” about running the government.

The wife had said she might not back her husband in the next election unless he ‘shakes up his government’.

Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's President, Cabinet
President Muhammadu Buhari

The first lady, who further alleged that the presidency had been hijacked, said a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.

According to her, people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress, were now appointed to top posts because of the influence of certain people.

Mrs Buhari said the President “does not know” most of the top officials he had appointed.

“The President does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” Mrs Buhari stated.

She further said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.

Four Kidnapped In Isheri G.R.A

kidnapped, Isheri North, Isheri, Four men have been reportedly kidnapped in Isheri North, a border town between Lagos and Ogun states.

The men are said to have been kidnapped during an aerobic session in the early hours of Saturday.

An eyewitness said the kidnappers, three in number, came from the water side fully armed and masked.

He added that the operation lasted for about an hour.

The Police have confirmed the incident saying they were working on rescuing the victims and arresting the criminals.

Kidnapped Sierra-Leonean Ambassador Regains Freedom

Sierra-Leonean Ambassador, KidnappedThe Deputy High Commissioner of Sierra Leone in Nigeria, Major General Nelson Williams (Rtd), who was kidnapped along the Abuja-Kaduna road on Friday had regained his freedom and reunited with his family and members of the High Commission.

A statement by the Force Public ‎Relations, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Donald Anwunah said that he was released at about 4pm along the Abuja-Kaduna road.

The statement adds that Mr William’s release is as a result of credible intelligence and technical support aided by intense Police patrol activities on the land and in the air.

The statement further adds that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, assures members of the Diplomatic Corp and other foreign nationals of their safety and security in Nigeria.

The Sierra-Leonean Ambassador was kidnapped on Friday morning on his way from Abuja to Jaji in Kaduna State for the graduation ceremony of Senior Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC).

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was equally at the graduation ceremony in Jaji.

Ogun Police Rescue Kidnapped 3 Year Old Girl

kidnappedThe Ogun State Police Command says it has rescued a three year old girl who was allegedly kidnapped in a church in Lagos State last Sunday during a church service while her parents were in the church.

The girl was said to have been seen in a church at Oke Sokori, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital by members of the community who later informed the Police detectives attached to Adigbe Division Abeokuta Ogun State.

The girl was rescued and handed over to the Juvenile and Women Centre of the Police for proper care.

According to a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, preliminary investigation revealed that the kidnappers had demanded for #300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) ransom from the girl’s parents and promised the parents that they would see her after the ransom has been dropped at a designated place.

The girl was seen with a note on which their Lagos pastor’s telephone number was written, possibly to locate her after the criminals’ transaction with her family.

The rescue of the girl terminated or truncated the operation of the criminals and no ransom was paid before the girl was rescued by the Police.

According to the command spokesperson, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Valentine Ntomchukwu, has directed the State Intelligence Bureau of the command to carry out thorough investigation into the matter as the mode of operation adopted by kidnappers in the state in recent times calls for concern.

The Commissioner of Police promised to discuss with his counterpart at the Lagos State Command on the need to tackle the recent development, and plan towards curbing such and arrest the criminals who engage themselves in the inhuman act.

The CP, Valentine Ntomchukwu, also appealed to parents and guardians and church authorities to always keep watch on the young ones in their churches and make adequate internal security arrangement in their churches to curb this menace of the new mode of operation of the kidnappers.