NSCDC Arrests Four Suspected Kidnappers In Adamawa

 

Four suspected notorious kidnappers have been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Adamawa State.

Parading the suspects before newsmen, Commandant of the NSCDC, Nurudeen Abdullahi, said they were arrested in Mubi by men of his Command following a tip-off.

According to him, the suspects were arrested in a sting operation by his personnel in collaboration with Pulako Tabitha, a Fulani vigilante outfit in Mubi, Adamawa State.

“After a tip-off, we were able to nab these people on Friday, January 17, 2020. The suspects are Ibrahim Usman, Musa Audu, and Saidu Dahiru.

“All the suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnapping activities. The suspects are now under our investigations department for further interrogation, after which their case will be forwarded to the office of the Director, Public prosecution for advice and legal action,” he added.

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According to sources, their leader who is alleged to be from Madagali local government is suspected to be behind kidnapping activities in the area.

One of the suspects who confirmed his involvement in a series of kidnappings around Mubi and its environs confessed that he was given N50,000 by their leader each time they kidnap their victims.

He further revealed that their leaders always retreat to Cameroon with their weapons after a successful operation.

“We have been carrying out kidnappings around Mubi. We are only invited to participate after which we are given N50,000 each for the operation.

“We don’t know how much they collect as ransom and they retrieve the weapons we use immediately after the operation and relocate to Cameroon.”

The NSCDC boss, however, appealed to the people to avail security agencies with vital information concerning strange activities in their neighbourhood.

“The NSCDC is calling the public to give us credible information about any suspected person and be security conscious,” he said.

Navy Arrests Nine Suspected Kidnappers, Rescues 28 Victims In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

The Nigerian Navy says it has arrested nine suspected kidnappers, bandits, and cattle rustlers who have been terrorising residents of Kachia in Kaduna State.

The Commandant of Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology, Rear Admiral Tanko Pani, told reporters on Tuesday that the arrest was made by personnel attached to the school.

He made the disclosure while handing over the suspects to operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kaduna.

Rear Admiral Pani also revealed that the military personnel rescued 28 abducted persons during the operation.

He explained that the arrest followed four months of surveillance of suspected dangerous criminal syndicates operating in Kachia and other parts of the state.

The commandant noted that some of the suspects were apprehended at their hideouts inside the forest, while others were caught in hotels and at their homes.

He added that various dangerous weapons and stolen items such as guns, motorbikes, and military uniforms among others were recovered from the suspects.

The rear admiral said the abducted victims who were unable to meet the demands of the suspects were either killed or injured, while some of the female victims were raped.

He, however, gave an assurance that the navy would continue to collaborate with other security agencies to protect the lives and properties of citizens in Kaduna and its environs.

Police Kill Two Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Victim In Katsina

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A file photo of policemen on patrol.

 

 

Men of the Katsina State Police Command have killed two suspected members of a kidnap syndicate in the state.

During the operation, the security operatives arrested another suspected member of the criminal gang while one of their victims was rescued.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba, disclosed this to reporters while parading the arrested suspect and the bodies of those killed at the Command Headquarters in Katsina.

He added that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) carried out the operation when they stormed the hideout of the suspects at Yar-Talata village in Malumfashi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Buba noted that the team, acting on credible intelligence, stormed the camp of a notorious kidnap kingpin where the rescued victim was held hostage.

He, therefore, called on the people of the state to support and cooperate with the Command in the ongoing fight against all forms of crime in the state.

The feat was recorded barely 19 days after the police commissioner presented a 10-month report, highlighting the achievements made by the command within the period under review.

He promised the residents that the year 2020 would witness a paradigm shift in a collective approach, especially against the disturbing trend of banditry and kidnapping in the eight front-line LGAs of the state.

Police Arrest Suspected Abductors of Six Kaduna Students, 37 Others

 

Operatives of the Kaduna state police command have arrested two suspected abductors of six students and two teachers of Engravers College in Chikun local government area of the state.

The victims were abducted from their school on October 3 and released on October the 26.

However, after almost two months of manhunt of the kidnappers, the Kaduna state police command said it apprehended two members of the gang during an operation in their hideout in the state capital.

The command also arrested 37 other suspected kidnappers and armed robbers including a five-man kidnap gang that killed their victims after collecting over two million Naira ransom in Kangimi village of Igabi Local Government Area.

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Addressing journalists during the parade of the suspects at the Kaduna state police command headquarters, spokesman of the command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, explained that a security guard of the Engraver’s College was also arrested for alleged conspiracy in the abduction of the students.

He further explained that the arrests were successfully carried out through coordinated raiding of criminal hideouts by Operatives of the IGP’s Special Tactical Squad (STS) and the Command’s Intelligence Response Team as well as active Community Engagement Initiative in line with the Inspector General of Police mandate on Community Policing.

The command also arrested suspects that escaped from Taraba state to hide in Kaduna state after carrying out several kidnapping operations in the northeastern state

He further disclosed that several dangerous weapons including 10 AK47 Rifles, four pump actions, two locally made pistols, one locally-made gun, 154 live ammunitions, 17 cartridges, four stolen vehicles and other exhibits were recovered from the suspects during the operations.

Sabo also added that some of the suspects have confessed to a series of kidnappings within and outside the state including the killing of a Policeman in Igabi local government.

While he admitted that the Kaduna State Police Command like other Commands across the country has some peculiar security challenges amongst which are; banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes against law-abiding citizens of the state, the spokesman however, stated that the command has succeeded in reducing such crimes on major highways, urban areas and villages to a large extent.

Tinubu Seeks Gender Limit Removal For Rape, Tougher Punishment For Kidnappers

Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) speaking during plenary in the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on November 26, 2019. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Senate has begun an amendment of the Criminal Code Act, 2004, after considering a bill to that effect.

The bill sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) during Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja seeks the removal of gender restrictions on rape offences and a proposal of stiffer penalties for kidnapping.

The proposed amendment by the upper chamber of the National Assembly also seeks to delete the statute of limitation in cases of defilement.

In her lead debate on the bill, Senator Tinubu objected to the provision of Section 218 of the Criminal Code which stated, “Anyone who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 13 or attempts same is guilty of a felony and liable to life imprisonment or 14 years imprisonment, respectively.”

 

Rushed Investigations

According to her, the prosecution of an offender under the section constitutes a limitation that should be extended as against the Act’s provision which allows for only two months after the offence is committed.

“This is untenable in a country where investigations often take longer than two months,” the lawmaker was quoted as saying in a statement by Ezrel Tabiowo, a special assistant to the Senate President.

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She added, “Considering the shortage of police personnel, relative to our population as prescribed by international standards, the two months limitation is unlikely to be met at all.”

“With the development and innovation in forensic technology and the accessibility or otherwise of such infrastructure in Nigeria, rushed investigations with a view to commencing prosecutions within a two-month period leave a possibility of a huge margin for error.”

The amendment bill also seeks an amendment to Section 221 of the Criminal Code.

The section provides that “Where a person has or attempts carnal knowledge of a girl being of or above the age of 13 and under the age 16, an ‘idiot or imbecile’, he shall be liable to imprisonment for a period of two years provided that the prosecution is commenced within two months after the offence is committed.”

The bill also proposes an amendment to Section 221, to substitute for the words ‘idiot or imbecile’, the words ‘mentally challenged’.

Senator Tinubu believes while words like idiot, moron, and imbecile are professionally used to measure Intelligence Quotient (IQ), they have acquired pejorative connotations, become derogatory and obsolete and should no longer be contained in the nation’s laws.

On rape, she noted said the Criminal Code Act, 2004, defined rape in Section 357 as an offence against women.

The lawmaker described the definition as “grievous,” saying it perpetrated the socio-cultural belief that men do not need to consent to sexual acts.

She, therefore, stressed that there were incidents of non-consensual sex perpetrated against the male gender.

 

Tougher Punishment

Meanwhile, Section 364 of the Criminal Code under amendment proffers punishment of imprisonment for a term of 10 years where a crime of kidnap is established.

The law under the Act defines kidnap as “unlawful imprisonment of any person to prevent him from applying to a court for his release or from disclosing to any person where he is imprisoned.”

Senator Tinubu compared the penalties for kidnapping to that of robbery – which is 21 years and death – as provided by the Criminal Code Act.

“Why is the punishment for stealing property and replaceable things higher than what is obtainable when you steal a human being?” she queried.

The lawmaker added, “The frequency of kidnap across the Federation and its resulting trauma, not to mention the number of lives lost to the crime, makes it imperative to review our laws with a view to ensuring appropriate punishment for perpetrators and deterrence for would-be perpetrators.”

After the bill was debated, Senate President Ahmed Lawan referred it to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters for further legislative work.

Lecturers’ Abduction: Kaduna Poly Rector Seeks Joint Action Against Kidnappers

Umar Chinoko                                                                                                                        Adamu Chinoko

 

 

The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Bugaje, has called for a joint action to tackle the rate of kidnapping in the state.

Professor Bugaje made the call in a statement by his special adviser on media, Bala Aliyu, following the abduction and subsequent release of two lecturers in the state.

The two lecturers, Dr Umar Chinoko and  Adamu Chinoko, both brothers from Kebbi state, regained their freedom on Sunday, six days after they were abducted in the Mahuta area of Kaduna metropolis.

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Professor Bugaje stressed the need for synergy and inter-agency cooperation among institutions, security agencies, and the public in the fight against criminality.

He also appealed to the security agencies to redouble their efforts to rid the society of all forms of criminal elements.

The rector commended the security agencies in the state for their roles in ensuring the release of two abducted lecturers of Kaduna Polytechnic and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He acknowledged the pressure of security operatives against the kidnappers that eventually led to the release of the lecturers.

Professor Bugaje also commended the state government and the Federal Government for putting mechanisms in place to check the menace of kidnapping and banditry in Kaduna and other parts of the country.

Kidnappers Kill Man In Nasarawa Despite Receiving N40,000 Ransom

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A businessman in Nasarawa State, Osondu Nwachukwu, has been killed by his abductors despite receiving a ransom for his release.

In an interview with Channels Television, Nwachukwu’s family called for more government action at the state and federal levels in tackling the security challenges bedevilling the country.

Nwachukwu, aged 55, resided in Nasarawa for over 30 years and was a sachet water seller who used his apartment for residential purpose and production point.

His pastor, Reverend Father Joshua Obile, described him as a peace-loving man whose major concern was to provide for his family.

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The clergyman said, “He doesn’t like trouble with anyone, you hardly see him exchanging words with people.

“He was a lover of peace, even in his house when I come around to visit them, you will always see him up and doing.  He is a man who is committed, diligent, and obedient.”

Nwachukwu was seized from his residence on October 30 by suspected robbers who dispossessed him of cash, valuables, and documents of his house.

After several days in captivity, a ransom of N20 million was demanded and after several pleas, it was reduced to N10 million and further down to N40,000, which was paid.

However, he didn’t come back alive.

 

An Unexpected Death

Reacting to his death, Nwachukwu’s wife, Nnenna and his eldest son, Uchenna, demanded a change of mind from the citizens and more government action in tackling the menace of kidnapping.

“I want God to have mercy on us because human beings are very bad, even if God provided people to guard the country, we don’t know their minds; they will be guarding but in their mind, they can be connected with armed robbers,” Nnenna sobbed.

She added, “It is only God that will deliver us from this country because look at my husband now, an innocent man, a man that doesn’t talk, a quiet man that has no problem with anybody who doesn’t even have a friend; all he was after was how he would succeed.”

On his part, the deceased’s son urged the government to recruit more personnel into the Anti-Kidnapping and Robbery units of respective security agencies.

“I didn’t expect my dad’s death because the way he died, he never deserved that. If only they shot him and leave him it will be better for me.

“But he was butchered as if he is being taken for a ritual after collecting everything they asked for, taking all the money at home alongside documents,” Uchenna said.

Meanwhile, a joint effort of local vigilantes and the police has resulted in the arrest of one of the suspects in the process of trying to dispose of the body.

According to a senior operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Nasarawa, Anuforo Cletus, some people were sighted moving a wheelbarrow at midnight.

“They (vigilantes) raised alarm to the police within the checkpoint and the police quickly moved in while in the process of hitting the spot, the other two people took off. He took off too but unluckily for him, he was arrested,” he explained.

Cletus added that the suspect, a retired army officer, has been detained at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Police in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

But the suspect insisted he wasn’t part of the abduction, stressing that he only helped the abductors dispose of the victim’s remains before he was apprehended.

“Having shot him (Nwachukwu), the man was now confused and that was where I came in,” he said.

The suspect narrated further, “It was foolish but he said I should assist him in pushing the corpse out of that farm otherwise, it will implicate him the more.  So, I foolishly assisted them in pushing the body.”

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, gave assurance that more strategies would be introduced to ensure safety.

He said, “We are going to subject the criminal elements to a kind of disjointed strategy. We will bombard them from all angles with the support of the people.

“I want to assure all the members of the public that they should go about their lawful businesses because we will provide an unfettered condition that will enable them to actualise their dreams without criminal intimidation.”

Kidnappers Abduct Police ACP In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

The Police Area Commander of Suleja area command of Niger state police command, ACP Musa Rambo has been kidnapped by gunmen in Kaduna state.

He was said to be traveling to Jos the Plateau state capital with his car when the incident happened.

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A statement by the Kaduna police command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the Area Commander was abducted on Saturday around Kanock Bridge, a border area between Kaduna and Nasarawa States.

He explained that contact has been established with the kidnappers who are requesting for ransom, while efforts are on top gear towards rescuing the police officer and arresting the culprits.

He also enjoined the public to continue to support the Police with relevant information that will help the Command to overcome the recent security challenges.

Police Arrest 45 Suspected Kidnappers, Others In Kaduna

 

The police in Kaduna State have arrested 45 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers said to have been terrorising travellers and residents along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and Kaduna- Birnin Gwari road.

Among the suspects were abductors of three students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Suleiman Sabo.

Addressing journalists, the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, said they were arrested at different locations during several operations carried out by men of the command and the Inspector of Police Rapid Response Team.

According to him, the suspects confessed to being responsible for the killing of three operatives of the IGP’s Intelligent Response Team (IRT) in 2018 and the recent kidnapping of an Islamic cleric, sheik Ahmad Algarkawi among other crimes.

Troops Rescue Eight Kidnap Victims In Kaduna

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Troops of Operation Whirl Punch of One Division of the Nigerian Army have rescued eight kidnapped victims in Kaduna State. 

The victims were rescued by the troops on Wednesday night after a long gun battle with the kidnappers.

A communique from the one division states that the victims were travelling from Kano to Ilorin in Kwara State when their vehicle was intercepted by bandits, who kidnapped and moved them to one of their fortified hideouts inside the forest.
at Labi village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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The statement disclosed that the bandits later abandoned the victims and fled with gun shot wounds inside the bush when the troops overwhelmed them with superior fire power during a gun battle.

The statement further quotes the General Officer Commanding one Division, Major General Faruk Yahaya as stating that the Division has mapped a strategy to weed out bandits, kidnappers and all other criminal elements within its Area of Responsibility in the North West Zone.

This is the second time within 2 weeks, that troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian have rescued kidnapped victims within its Area of Operation in Kaduna state.

Troops Rescue Seven Kidnap Victims In Kaduna 

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Troops of Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army have rescued the seven people abducted by kidnappers along the Kaduna- Abuja highway last Saturday.

The victims including a two-year-old girl were travelling from Kwara State to Zaria when they were kidnapped by the bandits at Rijanna area on the highway and taken into the forest.

Speaking to Channels Television, the commander of operation thunder strike, Colonel Ibrahim Gamabari, said that the kidnap victims were rescued by soldiers at about 4:30 am on Wednesday.

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He, however, regretted that some locals along the road are collaborating with kidnappers by divulging information about the movement of troops to the criminals, an act which he says sometimes make rescue operations difficult.

According to him, the victims will soon be reunited with their families.

Gunmen Kidnap Six On Kaduna-Abuja Highway

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Six persons have been abducted by unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

The incident was confirmed in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of Kaduna police command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who said that it happened on Sunday evening.

This is coming barely 24 hours after police operatives killed three suspected kidnappers and arrested 26 others on the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna Zaria expressway.

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According to the police spokesman, the armed men in military uniform intercepted a commercial bus at about 11:40 pm on Sunday near Rijana Village along Kaduna – Abuja Expressway, and later took away six persons into the bush.

He explained that Police Patrol Teams within the axis were quickly mobilised to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle.

As a result, two of the victims were released by the criminals in their desperate attempt to escape.

He also assured that efforts are still on to rescue the remaining four victims and arrest the kidnappers.