Kidnappers Kill Man In Nasarawa Despite Receiving N40,000 Ransom

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack

 

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

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

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 

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

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

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

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.

Army Arrests 10 Suspected Kidnappers, Rustlers In Benue And Nasarawa

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
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A crack military team of Operation Whirl Stroke operating in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States has arrested 10 suspects involved in kidnapping and other crimes.

The Theatre Commander of the operation, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, paraded the suspects on Wednesday at the OPWS Headquarters in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

He explained that six suspected kidnappers and cattle rustlers were arrested from Nasarawa State and four suspected militia members, including a weapon manufacturer from Benue.

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Yekini added that the troops recovered five assorted weapons and 12 others at various stages of manufacturing from the suspects.

He identified one Saidu Mohammed, a suspected herdsman leading a gang of rustlers with over 2,000 stolen herds of cattle and the kidnapping of herdsmen for ransom in Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi and parts of the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the theater commander, one of Mohammed’s victims who broke loose during the exchange of a N2.5 million ransom, testified against the suspect said to have relocated to Nasarawa State.

He said two of the members of wanted militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, were arrested with the illegal weapon manufacturer who owns a factory with over 50 weapons sold out.

Woman Killed As Police Clash With Suspected Kidnappers In Lagos

Police Arrest Three Suspected Traffic Robbers In Lagos
A file photo of policemen on patrol.

 

 

A 30-year-old woman was killed on Saturday when police personnel clashed with suspected kidnappers in Lagos.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television.

It is, however, unclear who fired the bullet that hit late Busayo Owoodun between the suspects and the security operatives.

Mr Elkana explained that a team of policemen from the Anti kidnapping Unit attached to Area M Command Idimu had tracked the suspects to Ijegun – Isolo Road in Ijegun axis of the state.

He, however, said the security operatives came under attack by members of the deadly gang.

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According to the spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, the gang got the support of some notorious cultists in the area.

They were said to have attacked the policemen and injured the team leader and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Victor Ugbegun.

Elkana said two other members of the police team were also wounded and left in critical condition but receiving treatment at the intensive care unit.

“Reinforcements from Operations Department, Rapid Response Squads, Task Force, and neighbouring Divisions were able to contain the situation and evacuate the injured officers to the hospital,” he added.

The Command’s spokesman noted that the police have launched a manhunt of the assailants with a view of bringing them to justice.

He said remains of the victim of the stray bullet have been taken to a hospital for autopsy.

The Commissioner of Police, according to Elkana, has ordered an in-depth investigation into the case and condoled with the family of the victim.

He also called for calm and assured the victim’s family and friends that justice would prevail.

Police Battle Suspected Kidnappers, Kill Four In Taraba

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Four suspected kidnappers have been killed in a gunfight with the police in Bali Local Government Area (LGA) of Taraba State.

The spokesman for the State Police Command, David Misal, confirmed this to Channels Television in a telephone interview on Monday.

This comes less than a week after the Command constituted a Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad comprising operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Mobile Police (MOPOL).

The operation which was launched in collaboration with the vigilantes followed a tip-off from locals of Kungana village in Bali LGA.

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Misal explained that the suspected kidnappers were killed in their camp located on a mountain top.

He said, “The DPO of Bali Local Government Area received a tip-off that the kidnappers who have been operating within the area were hiding in the mountains.

“He quickly mobilised the police and vigilante groups to battle them.”

“On getting to the hideout of the kidnappers on the mountain, there was a gun battle which led to the death of four of the suspected kidnappers,” the Command’s spokesman added.

He said the security operatives recovered a Dane gun, charms, solar panel, and ammunitions from the kidnappers’ den.

Police Parade 38 Suspected Kidnappers, Armed Robbers And Cattle Rustlers

The suspects

 

Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder have paraded 38 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers for various criminal activities.

Among the suspects is a nursing mother suspected to be involved in high-level kidnapping and car snatching in various parts of the north and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Parading them in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba said the other members of the kidnap gang that abducted the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education commission along Kaduna Abuja high-way are among the 38 suspects

“Operatives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), as well as Operatives from the Special Tactical Squad (STS) who are integral and very important components of the Operation Puff Adder scheme within this period, were able to arrest 38 suspects, one of them a female.

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“All of these persons that we are presenting to you today have been positively been indicted by our investigations in one way or the other, in various crimes particularly in kidnapping, armed robbery, crime theft, cattle rustling, unlawful possession of firearms, illicit manufacturing and fabrication of weapons, attempts to commit culpable homicide and in some clear cases actual homicide,” he stated.

Mba also explained that the police succeeded in intercepting 28 trucks loaded with grains meant to be delivered to bandits in Zamfara State.

Operation Puff Adder: Police Arrest 70 Kidnap Suspects In Katsina

 

The police in Katsina State have arrested 70 kidnap suspects in the state.

The suspects were paraded on Tuesday, at the Command Headquarters in the state capital by the Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba.

Buba told journalists that the suspects are notorious for carrying out kidnapping activities at various locations in the state.

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He added that they were arrested during the implementation of Operation Puff Adder a special anti-kidnapping operation recently launched by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Buba noted that since the inauguration of the Operation Puff Adder, the police has recorded some achievements.

The operation which led to the arrest of the 70 kidnap suspects comprise the IGP Special Task Forces, SARS Patrol Teams, Counter Terrorism Units (CTU), and Police Mobile Force (PMF).

The commissioner of police in the state added that they also succeeded in recovering a total of 43 AK 47 rifles and other associate arms and ammunition from the suspects.

The operation puff adder is aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal elements that are bent on threatening the nation’s internal security order.

Suspected Kidnappers Kill University Lecturer In Edo

 

Suspected kidnappers have killed a lecturer at the Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Danmallam, confirmed the incident on Monday.

He explained that gunmen operating near Okada junction along the Benin-Lagos Highway attacked a bus that the victim Mr Kelvin Izevbekhai and other passengers were travelling in.

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“The gunmen abducted Mr Izevbekhai and other passengers in the bus while the driver of the minibus was said to have fled into the bush along with four other passengers”.

According to him, the lecturer tried to escape but was killed by the suspected kidnappers, “the police went after the kidnappers in the bush and succeeded in rescuing the victims.

Mr Danmallam assured residents the police are working on a new strategy which entails taking the war to the kidnappers’ den in the jungle in order to effectively tackle the scourge.