Troops Rescue 20 Kidnapped Policemen In Yobe State – DHQ

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai have rescued 20 policemen abducted by terrorists in Buni Yadi, Yobe. 

The Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko said this during a media briefing at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the troops recorded the feat during various operations in the past two weeks.

“Cumulatively, a total 62 terrorist elements were neutralized and 28 of them were arrested, while 54 assorted arms and 144 rounds of the different calibre of ammunition were recovered,” he said in a statement.

“Also, a total of 101 rustled livestock were recovered and 20 kidnapped NPF personnel, who were abducted when the terrorists attacked the Police Division, were rescued by own troops at Buni Yadi within the period.”

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He explained that as the troops continued to battle the insurgents, some terrorists and their families in the area surrendered.

“A total of 192 terrorists and their families comprising 51 adult males, 67 adult females and 74 children surrendered to own troops within the period,” he added.

“The surrendered terrorists were properly profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for necessary actions.”

He noted that the troops also repelled BHT/ISWAP terrorists in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State and killed 26 of them.

“Troops also destroyed as well as captured several fighting equipment and vehicles of the terrorists,” the army spokesman said.

“Regrettably, our gallant officers and soldiers paid the supreme prize. They are our heroes in the battle against terrorism.”

Police Rescue Kidnap Victim, Arrest Suspect With AK-47 Rifle

The suspected kidnapper arrested by police operatives in Delta State.


Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have rescued a kidnap victim and also arrested a suspected kidnapper along Irri-Aviara community road in the Ughelli area of the state.

Following the kidnap of the victim, a 63-year-old lady, on November 26, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ari Muhammed Ali, ordered the immediate arrest of the suspects.

The directive, according to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Edafe Bright, forced the Divisional Police Officer of Oleh Division, Paul Oboware to swiftly mobilise, lead police patrol teams in a combined effort with Irri vigilante and cordon the surrounding bushes.

It was gathered that the hoodlums on sighting the police, abandoned the victim and escaped into the bush.

“In compliance with the directive of the CP, the DPO Oleh division embarked on the intelligence-led investigation. Police Operatives and vigilante were strategically deployed for the purpose of getting useful information with a view to seeing that these hoodlums are arrested and brought to book,” the statement read.

“Consequently, it paid off as on the 02/12/2021 at about 2143hrs, he received another distress call from the vigilante deployed around Irri roundabout Oleh, that some hoodlums were sighted near the roundabout and operating in a white Toyota Hilux without the registration number.

“He further stated that in an attempt to kidnap one man (name withheld) who recently returned from Europe, a disagreement ensued among themselves which made residents in the area who became suspicious to alert the vigilante.”

Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to being part of the gang that kidnapped the 63-year-old victim and abandoned her when they noticed that the police were closing in on them.

The suspect led police operatives to his house where one AK -47 rifle, 19 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one magazine, one pump action gun and 26 live cartridges concealed in a sack bag and buried in the compound were recovered.

The police authorities equally vowed to arrest other fleeing suspected kidnappers.

Security Operatives Kill Kidnapper After Collecting Ransom, Rescue Victims

The security operatives were said to have laid an ambush for the kidnappers.


Operatives of the Ekiti State Security Joint Task Force have killed a member of a kidnapping gang and rescued two persons.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed this in a statement on Thursday, said the security team laid an ambush for the kidnappers.

He explained that the gang had kidnapped two persons and demanded a ransom as usual before they could be released.

But the security operatives, who got to know about the abduction, set a trap for the criminals and gave them a hot chase in the process of picking up the ransom of N2 million they had demanded on Wednesday.

The kidnappers were chased up to Eruku in Kwara State, where one of them was shot dead during a shootout that ensued after the security team caught up with them.

The body of the suspect killed during the shootout.


According to the statement, the team comprises personnel of the Nigerian Army, police, and Amotekun Corps, as well as local hunters and vigilantes in Ekiti.

“The corpse of the kidnapper, as well as all the exhibits recovered, were handed over to the nearby military checkpoint for onward transmission to the Ekiti State Police Command while the security operatives continued with their operation,” the statement said.

Items recovered from the kidnappers included one AK 47 rifle with 25 live rounds of ammunition, a cutlass, two mobile phones owned by the victims, and a cash of N210,000.

While the two abducted victims were rescued, the police said the team would continue the search for other fleeing members of the gang.

Police Arrest Two Suspected Kidnappers In Ogun While Collecting Ransom

The suspected kidnappers.


The police authorities in Ogun State have arrested two suspected kidnappers while they were trying to collect ransom.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were identified as Muhammed Abubakar and Clinton Niche.

They were said to have been apprehended following a report lodged at the Agbara Area command by one Stephen Ajibili who said that his seven-year-old son was abducted by unknown persons while he was sent on an errand.

The victim’s father had claimed that the abductors had called him and demanded one million naira to secure his son’s release.

“Consequent upon the report, the acting Area Commander Agbara, CSP Kayode Shedrack, quickly mobilised his detectives to embark on a technical and intelligence-based investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act,” the statement partly read.

“The efforts of the detectives paid off when the suspects who had directed the victim’s parents to drop the ransom somewhere were ambushed and apprehended by the police detectives. The suspects subsequently led the policemen to a bush where the innocent young boy was tied to a tree by his abductors.”

Upon interrogation, the suspects informed the police that they are three in number, but the remaining member of their gang was the person watching over their victim while they came out to collect the ransom.

The police spokesman explained that the other suspect took to his heels after discovering that his two accomplices have been arrested.

The acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Abiodun Alamutu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Kidnapping Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also directed that the fleeing member of the gang be hunted and brought to justice within the shortest possible period.

Police Arrest 28-Year-Old Suspected Kidnapper In Nasarawa

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV


The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a 28-year-old suspected kidnapper along Akwanga Road in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect, Abubakar Mohammed, was arrested with other criminals on Sunday following intelligence-gathering by the police.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel said the suspect, upon interrogation, confessed to being a member of a five-man gang of kidnappers who were terrorizing Barkin Ladi area of Plateau State but relocated to Wamba Road, Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State after two of his gang members were neutralized by security operatives during a fierce gun duel in Plateau State.

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The suspect, Abubakar Mohammed


The Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi has ordered that the case be transferred to the anti-kidnapping unit of the Command for a more thorough investigation.

He also commended the officers for a job well done and warned all criminals to flee Nasarawa State or meet their waterloo.


Police Arrest 22-Year-Old Suspected Kidnapper In Edo

File photo of a Police patrol van.


A suspected kidnap kingpin, Yusuf Aliu, has been arrested in Edo State, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Friday.

The 22-year-old suspect, according to a statement issued by the police spokesman in the state, Kontongs Bello, was nabbed on Thursday by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit.

He was said to be terrorising the Benin-Auchi Road and its environs and has been on the wanted list of the Edo State Police Command for armed robbery and kidnapping.

“The suspect is the leader of a gang of four kidnappers that kidnapped one Lucky Ojezele at Idumwengie Community along Benin-Auchi Road on 5/01/2021 and fled,” the police spokesman said.

He explained that the arrest at Old Road in Aduwawa, Benin City, followed Hi-tech tracking/intelligence, adding that the suspect confessed to the crime upon interrogation.

While noting that efforts were ongoing to nab the remaining two suspects, the police said one of the gang members; Philemon Timothy had earlier been arrested and has since been charged to court.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Philip Ogbadu asked Edo residents to go about their lawful businesses.

He also reiterated the commitment of the State Police Command to protecting lives and property.

NSCDC Arrests High-Profile Kidnapper In Taraba


A suspected high-profile kidnap kingpin Mohammed Gidado who has been on the watch list of security agencies in Taraba State for years has been arrested.

The arrest was made possible by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) through intensive intelligence gathering, surveillance and smart operation of officers of the state command.

He was arrested on March 28 in Jebjeb community of Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The suspect was said to have attempted to commit suicide by slitting his throat but was quickly attended to and his life saved.

Parading the suspect before journalists on Thursday in Jalingo, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha disclosed that the suspect alongside his gang members create roadblocks along the borders of Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe states where they intercept travellers and kidnap them.

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“We arrested Mohammed Gidado on the 28th of March 2021 in Jebjeb community of Karim Lamido local government area of Taraba state, it is a border community with Plateau State,” Waksha said.

“This is the area they have been causing mayhem to transporters and residents through robbery, kidnapping and cattle rustling.

“He has been in our wanted lists for so long, so, when we got him, we drove all through the night and day.

“We arrived at the state command office at about 9:00 am and while trying to enter the suspect used a sharp metal he saw in the vehicle to slash his throat and luckily we rushed him to the hospital and his life was saved.”

The suspects being paraded at the NSCDC headquarters in Jalingo on April 8, 2021.

The commandant said investigation to unravel more of the suspects is still on, adding that no culprit will escape.

While insisting that the tides of kidnappings are going down in the state with the arrest and prosecution of culprits, Waksha said the relationship with other sister security agencies is cordial and well-coordinated.

He called on residents of the state to go about their lawful businesses without any fear and should they encounter any strange happenings, let them report immediately to any security outfit close by for prompt action.

The command also succeeded in recovering stolen items from some buglers who sighted them and abandoned the properties during a night patrol.

The suspects all confessed to have committed the crimes they were arrested for and pleaded for mercy.

According to the commandant, none of the fleeing gang members will escape its dragnet as it has been spread across the state and the nation to get them wherever they are.

The suspect Mohammed Gidado blamed the devil for luring him to engage in such act.

“We kidnap and rob people of their belongings in a border community between plateau and Taraba states more often,” the suspect said.

“We are many and I heard some of our gang members were killed in a gun duel with security agencies.

“My intention to commit suicide was to avoid been further interrogated. The last set of people we kidnapped, we made a total of five hundred thousand naira from them.”

Also paraded were four others who also specialised in kidnappings, cattle rustling and armed robbery.

Teenage Kidnap Suspect Who Threatened To Sell Victim Arrested In Edo

A file photo of a police vehicle.


A kidnap suspect who threatened to sell his 16-year-old victim has been arrested by operatives of the Edo State Police Command.

The 19-year-old suspect, Tajudeen Igikalo, was apprehended at his residence in Egba along the Benin Auchi Road in the state.

He was arrested by men of the Anti-kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit of the command following a report by the victim’s mother that her daughter left home for school on March 25, but did not return home.

Two days after the incident, the victim’s mother received a telephone call from the suspect that her daughter had been kidnapped and that she must pay the sum of N3 million through a provided account number before the victim could be released.

“He (Igikalo) further threatened that she will be killed or be sold to Fulani herdsmen if no payment (is made). On the 29th of March 2021, the victim’s mother paid the sum of N550,000.00 into a bank account number made available by the kidnapper.

“On 30/03/2021, operatives of Anti-kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of the command through Hi-tech intelligence and a painstaking investigation arrested the suspect and rescued the victim in his residence,” a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, Kontongs Bello, read.

According to Bello, the suspect has made a confessional statement while items recovered from him included two laptops, a generator, and an industrial standing fan, that were bought from the proceeds of the ransom paid.

He added that the police recovered cash of N220,000 from the suspect while an investigation was ongoing to arrest his gang members.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Phillip Ogbadu, urged the people of the state to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation.

He assured them that the command would not relent in its effort to rid the state of criminal elements.

NSCDC Arrests Notorious Kidnapper In Taraba



A High profile suspected kidnap kingpin Ubale Mohammed who has been on the watchlist of security agencies in Taraba state for years now has finally been arrested.

The arrest was made possible by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) through intensive intelligence gathering, surveillance, and smart operation of officers of the state command.

He was arrested in Garau community of Karim lamido local government area of Taraba state.

Parading the suspect before journalists in Jalingo, the state commandant of the NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha disclosed that the suspect while sighting operatives of the NSCDC, broke his sim card and threw away his mobile phone into a river to avoid been investigated to unveil his crimes and those linked to him.

According to the commandant, none of the fleeing gang members will escape its dragnet as it has been spread across the state and the nation to get them wherever they hide.

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The suspect is also said to have kidnapped several persons from their homes and whisking them away to a community bordering Plateau state and Taraba with heavy ransom collected.

Before now, the NSCDC command had arrested and handed over another suspected kidnap kingpin Barde Bulala from the same Karim Lamido LGA of Taraba, whose confession led to the arrest of Ubale Mohammed another kidnap kingpin.

Bulala who is still in the custody of the IRT led by Abba Kyari is aiding by divulging more confessional statements that has been of great assistance to security operatives.

” Yes, we do collaborate with not only Abba Kyari, but with also other agencies, and right now the one that is singing the music across the Federation was arrested by my command, we handed him over to Abba kyari and is yielding result ”

” It is based on intensive intelligence gathering, surveillance and cooperation by members of the public, because when the public has confidence in your activities, they give you reliable information and we do not just act on that, we have to also use our intelligence to monitor before we swing into action ”

He adds that the tides of kidnapping is decreasing due to their unwavering stand to stamp out kidnappers and their sponsors.

” This is also made possible through cooperation of all security agencies and the activities of the kidnappers is declining ”

” Through proper profiling we will have more information to go after his gang members on the run and we shall surely get them ”

Waksha notes that residents of the state needs to be vigilant and report any strange movement or face(s) to security operatives for action.

The suspect has three wives, 14 children, and a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria.

He says he has no one to vogue for him or that can be called his best friend in the whole of his community.

The suspect has since been handed over to the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force, for further interrogation.

Suspect Arrested In Nasarawa For Mutilating Six-Year-Old Girl’s Genitals


The principal suspect in the case of a 6-year-old girl whose genitals were mutilated for ritual purposes has been arrested.

19-year-old Abdulkadir Wada was arrested on Friday by the police in Mararaba, Nasarawa State where he fled to, after allegedly committing the crime two weeks ago in Jama’are Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Admitting to the crime, he told journalists how himself and an accomplice committed the crime in an uncompleted building.

“I strangled her and took her into an uncompleted building. Later my friend joined me after making sure that no one was watching,” he said while being paraded.

“He told me to slit her throat, but I told him I couldn’t. He brought out his knife and after confirming that she was motionless, he cut off her genitals”.

The child is, however, now receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, the ritualist who demanded for the genital is still at large.

Several other persons were also being paraded for similar crimes, as the trend of kidnapping appears to be on the rise.

Police Place N5m Bounty On ‘Wanted’ Serial Bank Robber, Kidnapper

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force


Ekiti State Police Command has placed a N5 million bounty on a suspected serial bank robber and kidnapper.

The suspect with real names Oguntoyinbo Samuel is popularly known as Eleven (11) and Badoo and is an indigene of Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Sunday by the police spokesperson Abutu Sunday.

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He has allegedly masterminded bank robberies and abductions in the Ekiti State and neighbouring Ondo State.

The police have therefore urged any person with useful information concerning his whereabouts to please contact the nearest Police Station or the SARS Department on 07031620186 or the PPRO on 09064050086 and such person shall be rewarded with the sum of Five Million Naira (5,000,000:00).

Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers, Recover Body

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The police in Rivers State have arrested two notorious kidnappers and recovered the decomposed body of their victim.

This was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Omoni said the culprits were arrested by the operatives of the Anti- kidnapping unit while doing a follow up in the Kidnap of one Ereba Gospel Dinabari, a male who was kidnapped on the 15th of May,2020 at Woji, Port Harcourt.

According to him, the kidnappers demanded the ransom of N1million which was paid without releasing the victim.

“The Commander of Anti-Kidnapping Unit yesterday 14/7/2020 led the Operatives and stormed Alesa, in Eleme LGA where two suspects, namely: Osundu Uchendu ‘m’ 25 yrs and Amebulem Amos ‘m’ 23yrs were arrested.

“Their confessions led the Operatives to a forest at Alesa in Eleme LGA, where the victim’s decomposing body was found tied to a tree,” the statement partly read.

Recovered from the suspects is a Toyota Spider car belonging to the victim.

Channels Television gathered that the suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnappings around Woji, Abuloma, Peter Odili Road and Eleme Communities.

The police spokesman said that Investigation is ongoing, adding that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as Investigation is concluded.