G-7 Operatives Trail Kidnappers, Arrest Spy, Rescue Kidnap Victim

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Operation G-7 is One of the Security apparatuses of the Federal Capital Territory and 6 Neighboring states comprising the Police, Military, and sister security agencies In furtherance of its onward March against crime and criminality have arrested a suspected kidnapper and successfully rescued a victim.

According to a statement on Thursday by police spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, the arrest follows the heels of an Intelligence made available on the 27th of September 2022, to the alloyed team by a good Samaritan.

The source is said to have disclosed that there were movements of Some suspected kidnappers and their victims along Yebu ward in the Kwali Area Council of the Territory.


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Consequent upon the above the Team led by DCP Benneth C Igwe, the grand Commander and Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the FCT Police Command advanced to the scene where one Amadu Uro a suspected kidnapper and a male resident of Kanzo village via Kwaku in Kuje Area Council was intercepted.

The suspect whom upon sighting the Team took to his heels was arrested in possession of an Unregistered BAJAJ Motorcycle.

He also confessed to having been a member of a kidnapping syndicate where he spies and scouts for unsuspecting persons to play victim to their dastardly act.

Aggressively following the trails of the criminal syndicate led to the rescue of one Halilu Sani a male resident of Tungan Tofa Village in the Kwali Area Council of the Territory who was badly injured.

The Victim was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment and recuperating.

An investigation is ongoing and effort has been intensified to apprehend fleeing members of the criminal syndicate. Developments will be communicated subsequently.

The FCT Commissioner of Police CP Babaji Sunday while urging residents to disabuse their minds of rumors and threats malicious crafted by mischief bearers but rather assist the police who are already on top of the security situation by providing accurate, prompt and concise information through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.

Three Farmers Killed, 22 Others Kidnapped As Bandits Attack Kaduna Villages

Kaduna has been a target for kidnappers in recent times.

 

At least three people have been killed by bandits who attacked some communities in Birnin Gwari local government area of kaduna State.

The victims were said to be farmers who were working in their farms on Saturday when the bandits attacked.

Although security agencies are yet to confirm the attack, the chairman, Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union, Ishaq Kasai, said that the bandits abducted 22 people and snatched motorcycles.


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According to him, at about 7pm on Saturday, September 24, the bandits invaded Hayin Gada of Damari Community in Kazage Ward, they killed two locals and kidnapped 12 persons.

They also looted shops in the same community during the attack.

Elsewhere on the same day, another group of bandits attacked a farm centre located along Birnin-Gwari- Kaduna road, killing one person and later took six people away.

The bandits also kidnapped four others at Dajin JANGALI and seized three motorcycles from farmers at Kamfanin Doka area.

Meanwhile, the Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union has observed with serious concern the way terrorists have continued to invade various communities and looting goods at shops unchallenged.

The union however called on relevant authorities to intensify effort towards combating terrorist activities in Birnin-Gwari LGA especially at this early crop harvesting period.

Gunmen Abduct Policeman, Two Others In Ogun

 

Gunmen have abducted three persons including a police officer attached to Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos.

The incident is said to have taken place on Thursday when the police officers ran into the kidnappers at Wasinmi in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Sources say the officers were on their way to investigate an emerging case within the neighbouring state.


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Confirming the incident, The Ogun state police command through its spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the assailants wore military uniforms.

A commercial driver who was also part of the team was said to have escaped from the kidnappers

The police spokesman said a manhunt has been launched to track and rescue the victims. According to him, the anti kidnapping unit of the police has swing into action and are on the trail of the suspected kidnappers

Police Operatives Rescue Three Kidnap Victims In Kaduna, Recover Firearms, Ammunitions

 

Police operatives in Kaduna State have rescued three people who were kidnapped by bandits in Ikara Local Government Area of the state.

The operatives also recovered firearms and Ammunitions as well as vehicles and motorcycles used by the bandits for their operations.

In a statement by the spokesman for the Kaduna state police command, DSP Mohammed Jalige, one of the rescued victims , Yusuf Abdullahi Abubakar of Dorayi village in Kano State was kidnapped on September 4th, at Barde village in Ikara local government area of Kaduna State, after which the abductors demanded for the sum of fifty million naira ransom.


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The victim was later rescued by a police patrol team on September 9th, along Ikara- Tashan Yari road after the police operatives intercepted bandits in a motorcycle conveying the three persons .

During the process, the security personnel promptly caught up with the motorcyclists after which two of the riders on sensing police pursuit jumped off the motorcycle and fled into the bush, while the remaining passenger was later discovered to be the Yusuf Abdullahi Abubakar, the kidnapped victim.

The police upon searching the motorcycle recovered a concealed AK47 rifle loaded with ten (10) rounds of live 7.62 X 39mm ammunitions.

In a related operation on the same 9th September, 2022 , officers of Hunkuyi Division while on aggressive patrol along Zaria – Kano expressway, rescued two women who were kidnapped by bandits who were also kidnapped from Kano state and taken to Kaduna.

The police had intercepted a suspicious Ford Mini Bus with Reg No. ZAR 532 XR belonging to the bandits, and the occupants rather than heed the police order to halt for search, engaged the Operatives in a gun duel.

Authorities of the force say the operatives responded gallantly and in the ensuing melee, the hoodlums fled with varying bullet wounds leaving behind two female occupants of the vehicle who were rescued.

Upon search of the vehicle an AK47 Magazine loaded with thirty (30) rounds of live 7.62 × 39mm ammunition were recovered.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the two female occupants, identified as Hafiza Haruna and Amina Haruna are the wives of one Alhaji Haruna of Kwanan Dangora, Kano State who were earlier kidnapped by the hoodlums.

Zamfara Security: 43 Victims Freed After Days In Kidnappers Den

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Authorities in Zamfara have said that the 43 Muslim worshippers who were kidnapped at Zugu community in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of of the state have been freed.

There are suggestions that they were on Tuesday night, at about 10:30 pm after the payment of a five million Naira ransom.

Sources say the kidnappers also requested and got supplies of several jerry cans of petrol.


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Members of the Zugu community disclosed that 44 persons were kidnapped from the village but one person died in the bandits’ camp as a result of torture.

The other 43, however, returned to the village unhurt and have since been reunited with their families.

The police are yet to give full details of the release, however, after the abductions, the Zamfara command deployed additional tactical operatives to the area to ensure that normalcy returns.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf, also assured of the command’s commitment to rid the state of criminal activities, and appealed for continuous support and collaboration to all the security operatives in an effort to achieve this mandate.

Insecurity: Abductors Of Ondo Travellers Demand N90m Ransom

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The abductors of travellers at Omi-Alafa village, along Owo-Ifon road, in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State have demanded N90 million ransom from the families of the victims.

The victims were abducted on Saturday while they were returning from a burial ceremony in Edo State.

Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo State, Mrs Bamidele Ademola- Olateju disclosed this in Akure on Monday while briefing newsmen on the abduction.

She informed that 18 out of the passengers in the bus were abducted, while nine have regained their freedom.


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“They went for a burial at Ewatota, in Esan local government area of Edo state, one of the buses, a 32 seater coastal bus hired from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo was attacked by suspected kidnappers. The vehicle was ransacked, the people were sarch and dispossessed of their valuables.

“They selected 18 out of the passengers and matched them into the bush. Some of those that were left behind immediately put a call to Amotekun corps which they swung into action.

“Among those who were taken into the bush, Amotekun found seven of them. Out of the remaining eleven, two of them escaped and only nine people are still in captivity.

“Right now as I speak, Amotekun is working with the police, the DSS, and the Nigerian Army to ensure their release,” the commissioner disclosed.

Adding, “Today, the kidnappers have made contact with families of victims and they are demanding ransom of between N3 – N10 million. Investigation of this abduction continues but it’s important to note and commend the gallant men of Amotekun in getting to the scene and rescuing victims.”

According to her, the kidnappers found it easy because the scene borders Edo state, so they strike and run back to Edo because they know Ondo is no longer a haven for criminals.

Gunmen Shoot Dead NSCDC Officer In Ekiti

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An officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Segun Ayebulu, has been shot dead by suspected kidnappers in Ekiti State.

The ugly incident occurred Saturday evening when the officer, alongside other passengers was in transit between Oke-Ako and Irele which shares border with Kwara State.

The NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Tolu Afolabi, confirmed to Channels Television that the deceased was heading to his town in Ogbe, Kogi State, when gunmen attacked his vehicle.

The Corps’ spokesman added that other occupants of the vehicle were abducted while the corpse of the man has been deposited in a morgue within the state.

The corps affirmed that it is on the trail of the culprits in collaboration with other security agencies as investigation and public update is in progress.

Police Arrest 18 Suspected Kidnappers In Benue State, Recover Weapons

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Police operatives in Benue State have arrested 18 suspected kidnappers and also recovered some weapons from them. 

The spokesman of the Benue State Police Command, Anene Sewuese Catherine,  confirmed this development on Monday.

“On 21/08/2022 at about 07:30hrs information was received about suspected kidnappers who were trying to bypass police checkpoints at Utonkon road, Ado Local Government Area,” the police image maker added.

“Police officers deployed to the area in collaboration with members of the community were able to intercept and arrest eighteen suspects all male of Ikpayongo, Gwer Local Government Area.

“Items recovered from them include one (1) AK-47 rifle and two (2) magazines loaded with thirty (30) rounds of 6.72mm live ammunition. An investigation is ongoing.”

Police Raid Terrorists’ Hideout In Katsina, Neutralise One Terrorist, Arrest Informant

 

One  terrorist has been killed and an informant arrested after police raided a hideout for criminals in Katsina State. 

A ring leader identified as Sule Dawa is said to have escaped with gunshot wounds following the raid which took place at Mai-Zuma Village in Danja Local Government Area of the State.

During the incursion, several weapons along with two motorcycles and illicit substances suspected to be Indian hemp belonging to the terrorists, were recovered.


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Other things recovered include: one locally fabricated gun, military camouflage uniform, machetes and daggers, one hundred (100) bottles and a gallon of Spirit, two boxer motorcycles, three (3) car batteries, one sewing machine, a roll of cable wire and two cooking gas cylinders.

Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah in a statement issued on Sunday, said the command on Saturday evening, received a credible report that terrorists were sighted in a black spot at Maizuma village.

SP Isah disclosed that the Divisional Police Officer of Danja Local Government Area led a team of policemen to the area and engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel as a result of which the team repelled the terrorists.

According to him, the command is making efforts to arrest the gang leader and other members of the syndicate who might have escaped during the assault.

In his reaction to the development, the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda appreciated the efforts of the personnel in repelling the terrorists and directed them to sustain the tempo until all forms of crime and criminality are dealt with.

CP Dauda further urged members of the public to continue to cooperate with security agencies in the ongoing campaign against terrorism in the state.

Gunmen Shoot, Kill Lawyer In Zamfara

 

Armed men on Thursday shot and killed a legal practitioner in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital. 

The lawyer, Barrister Benedict Azza was killed when the gunmen made an attempt to abduct him at his residence at Saminaka area, bye-pass in Gusau.

Sources say the lawyer made an attempt to escape by rushing to his car and driving off into the main road, however, the assailants pursued him and shot him three times.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Zamfara State confirmed the killing of the lawyer in a statement on Friday by the chairman, Barrister Junaidu Abubakar.


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According to Mr Abubakar, the late barrister’s corpse as at the time was left on the roadside along the bye-pass near FRSC office.

“Yesterday at about 2230hrs, while I was in my house, I received three different phone calls from our colleagues informing me that B. T. Azza Esq. was shot dead by unknown gunmen and his body was lying on the roadside along Bye-pass near FRSC office, Gusau.”

“BT Azza was shot dead by 2 unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers who came on a motorcycle. The information has it that, the gunmen wanted to kidnap him at his house situated at Saminaka Area, Behind Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Headquarters, Byepass, Gusau but he was able to escape, drove his vehicle and ran to the road side. The gunmen pursued him and shot him dead.”

Further affirming the development, the Zamfara State Police Command through its spokesperson, SP Mohammed Shehu, told Channels Television that investigations have commenced as to unravel the circumstances that led to the barrister’s death.

Shehu said the police and other relevant security agencies are strategizing to build the confidence of the residents within the capital and to also improve the security situation around the state.

Two Kidnappers Killed, Others Escape With Bullet Wounds In Kogi

 

Two kidnappers on Tuesday lost their lives during a gun duel with security operatives in Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State, while two others escaped with different degrees of bullet wound.

Confirming the development, the Chairman Idah Local Government, Hon. Abuh Odoma disclosed that with support from the governor, the people have continued to secure victories over some of the miscreants terrorizing the council.

Odoma said he and constituents of his local government are committed to ensuring that as severally declared by the State governor, every nook and cranny of Kogi State is safe and secure.


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In his reaction, the State Security Adviser, Commodore Jerry Omodara stressed the need for continued vigilance by citizens particularly those within the rural communities.

Omodara added that the business of security was such that required collective responsibility by every stakeholders hence all hands must be on deck to ensure that the entire state was permanently rid of criminal elements and their sponsors

He concluded that the state government under the leadership of Governor Bello has consistently displayed competence and capacity in the area of security and was not resting on its oars until the end of his leadership in the state.

Police Rescue 1 Kidnap Victim, Kill 5 Kidnappers In Edo

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The Edo State Police authorities say the Command on Sunday rescued one kidnap victim and neutralized five (5) suspected kidnappers recovering arms and ammunition from the engagement.

The command in a statement issued through its Deputy Public Relations Officer, Jennifer Iwegbu disclosed that it received credible information it about hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers operating in Ughoshi- Afe bush, Ibillo in Akoko Edo LGA.

According to the police spokesperson, on receipt of the information the command immediately mobilized its tactical team operatives from the Ibillo sector and in collaboration with vigilantes and hunters moved to the scene.


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The suspected kidnappers on sighting the operatives reportedly opened fire on them which led to a gun duel that left five (5) of the kidnappers fatally injured.

One kidnap victim, a 38-year-old man with the first name, Innocent is said to have m rescued unhurt and has since been re-united with his family.

Items recovered at the scene include; two locally made pistols, some fetish items and cartridges.

The Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, CP Abutu Yaro, who commended the operatives for the gallantry exhibited, assured members of the public that the command will continue to work with relevant stakeholders and law-abiding citizens to ensure a safe Edo State now and always.