Police Nab Four Suspected Kidnappers In Adamawa

The suspected kidnappers arrested by the police authorities in Adamawa State. Credit: Adamawa State Police Command.
The suspected kidnappers arrested by the police authorities in Adamawa State. Credit: Adamawa State Police Command.

 

Four suspected kidnappers have been arrested in Ngurore, Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State, police authorities said on Thursday.

The suspects, said to have abducted a widow and her daughter, were apprehended by operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit of the Adamawa State Police Command.

In a statement issued to journalists, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, identified the suspects as Buba Ibrahim, Tumba Alhaji Dan Bappa, Buba Alhaji Abdu and Abdullahi Lawal.

Items recovered from the criminal elements include one AK-47 Rifle with 16 rounds of lives ammunitions.

He said the suspects have confessed to the abduction of the widow, Hauwa Umaru and her daughter; they also attacked the Divisional Police headquarters in Ngurore.

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Their arrest followed the order by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, and unrelenting effort by the police towards ensuring perpetrators of the dastardly act were nabbed and made to face the full wrath of the law.

According to the police spokesman, the breakthrough leading to the arrest of the suspects followed the arrest of Babangida, who is one of the principal suspects in the kidnap operation.

The confession of the arrested suspect revealed how they abducted the victims, one Alhaji Bahago of Ibbare and the attack on Ngurore police station last Sunday.

While lauding the efforts of some professional hunters who apprehended other members of the gang, the police spokesman reiterated the commitment of the Commissioner of Police to working with law abiding citizens.

This, he said, is to secure the state and reduce crime to the barest minimum.

He promised that all the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.

Police Rescue Wife Of Benue Commissioner, Kill Three Kidnappers

The wife of Commissioner for Land and Survey in Benue State, Bernard Unenge.

 

Men of the Police Elite Squad Operation Zenda in Benue State on Monday rescued the wife of the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mrs. Ann Unenge.

During the rescue operation, three kidnappers were killed by the police.

Mrs. Unenge was kidnapped on Saturday.

Governor Samuel Ortom who received the rescued victim in the company of her husband, Mr. Bernard Unenge, warned all local collaborators of the kidnap syndicates to desist from the act or face a similar fate like three of the kidnappers who were killed by the police during the rescue operation at Agber village, a suburb of the state capital.

Governor Ortom commended the police for their gallantry and professionalism in the operation without paying any ransom to the kidnappers while urging the team to ensure the arrest of the fleeing members of the gang with a directive to demolish the property used by the kidnappers immediately.

On Saturday Governor Ortom had called on the Federal Government to clamp down on bandits and kidnappers.

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He expressed concerns over the growing cases of kidnapping and other organised crimes across the country, asking the Federal Government to take on them heads-on.

He assured that all hands will be on deck to ensure the release of the victim.

“We are working together with the security agencies. You don’t just review security matters sometimes because you will be exposing the victim,” Governor Ortom said.

“Throughout yesterday night and today, my security adviser is here and we are working with some conventional and unconventional security, they will be released.”

Governor Ortom also expressed optimism that the nation would surmount all her security challenges.

Police, DSS Rescue 11 Abducted Bwari Residents, Nab Kidnapper

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

 

Eleven abducted persons have been rescued from captivity following a joint security operation led by the Police Command of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. 

The victims who were recently abducted along Bwari Axis and held hostage at an unknown location by gunmen were rescued on Wednesday.

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The FCT’s joint security operation involving the police tactical squad, operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) are said to have raided the criminals’ hideout, following actionable intelligence.

Authorities say members of local vigilantes and hunters also provided useful information and support in the operation.

One of the kidnappers was arrested by the police squad and efforts to apprehend others are ongoing.

Police Arrest Eight Suspected Kidnappers, Recover Bodies Of Four Victims

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

Police operatives in Benue State have arrested eight suspected kidnappers and recovered the bodies of four victims.

Anene Catherine, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement on Thursday.

She explained that the suspects were part of a 10-man gang of kidnappers who escaped from the Sankara area of the state.

According to the command’s spokesperson, police detectives trailed the fleeing persons and arrested eight of them in Osun State, and brought them back to Benue for further investigation.

She noted that the suspects, on Monday, opted to lead police detectives to Tavachan forest in Mbamon in Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue where they buried their slain victims.

Upon arriving at the scene, Catherine disclosed that a deep well and a shallow grave were found in the forest with decomposed bodies of the suspects’ victims.

“Suspects confessed that some of the victims died due to inability to survive the trauma of being held hostage while others were killed for not paying the required ransom.

“Two of the suspects also confessed to have killed their wives for making attempt to expose their nefarious acts. Four corpses were exhumed for autopsy while an investigation into the case is ongoing to enable the arrest of suspects at large and unravel more facts about the case,” said the command’s spokesperson.

She noted that the police have continued to gain victory over banditry in the state, particularly the Sankara axis.

Within the last two weeks, Catherine stated that operatives deployed in Sankara dislodged bandits’ camps and recovered arms and ammunition.

She added that the suspects have been arrested and charged to court while normalcy has been restored in various markets within the area.

Police Arrest Eight Suspected Kidnappers In Osun

The Osun State Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode speaks during a briefing in Osogbo.

 

Eight suspected members of a high-profile, serial kidnapping syndicate have been arrested at Omo Ijesa village in Osun State.

The Osun State Police Command disclosed this on Sunday via a statement issued by its spokesman, SP Opalola Yemisi, adding that the arrest followed credible intelligence the command received.

She said the suspects were involved in the kidnap of a 65-year-old, Akiishi Catherine in Benue State, thus forcing the Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, to lead the operation.

“Prior to the arrest, Police investigations revealed that the suspects relocated to Osun State after the kidnap of the woman as a deceptive tactics to avoid arrest by the Police in Benue State,” she said.

“The suspects have also planned to use Osun State as a safe haven for the negotiation and collection of ransom even after murdering the woman in cold blood.”

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The police authorities identified the suspects as Orikashima David, Teryange Demenogo, Terngu Tortindi, Anawuese Akough, Mbalumulum Kaorga, Comfort Terdoo, Michael Msendoo and Aondoaseer Terver, all Tivs from Benue State.

The suspects were said to have murdered the kidnap victim in Benue State before relocating to Osun State.

According to the police spokesman, the suspects revealed to the police team how they have murdered three other victims in their previous operations, adding that they would be handed over to the Benue State Police Command as soon as preliminary investigations are concluded.

Reacting to the incident, the police job commended personnel of the command for a job well done, reassuring Osun citizens that there will be no hiding place for criminals in the state.

He noted that the new policing vision of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, is already assisting the command in redefining its strategies toward combating crimes in the state.

Youths Apprehend Six Suspected Kidnappers In Kwara

A file photo of the hideout of the suspected kidnappers apprehended by youths in Kwara State.

 

Six suspected kidnappers have been apprehended by youths in Odo-Owa, a town in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Channels Television gathered that the suspects have been terrorising the people of the area for some time before they were intercepted on Friday.

The suspected kidnappers, whose gang leader was identified as one Ramoni, were said to have kidnapped four persons on Wednesday in Odo-Owa.

Among their victims was a Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officer, and the suspects demanded eight million naira as ransom before they would be released.

Sources said the families of the victims had raised and paid a sum of two million naira as ransom to the suspected kidnappers as the first tranche.

They were on the verge of paying the balance of six million naira when the youths in the area pounced on the suspects and detained them.

An eyewitness noted that the suspected kidnappers have been handed over to the security agents in the area.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kwara, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the command has not been officially informed about the development.

The Sector Commander of FRSC, Jonathan Owoade, also told Channels Television that the officer said to have been abducted was not from Kwara but Ekiti State, and cannot make a comment.

Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers Of Ogun Monarch, OOU Students

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun parades some suspected kidnappers at the Police Headquarters in Abeokuta on April 28, 2021.

 

The police authorities have arrested some suspected kidnappers of a community leader, Chief Tajudeen Omotayo and some students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ayetoro in Ogun State.

While the two female OOU students were abducted on March 14 at their hostel, the monarch was kidnapped on March 20 on his way from a meeting in Ijebu-Ode.

However, he was later released after an undisclosed amount was paid to the kidnappers.

The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, paraded the suspects on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ogun State Police Command in Abeokuta.

He said that the suspects confessed that they were behind the kidnap of a doctor and a nurse on the Abeokuta-Imeko Road.

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The suspects – Umaru Usman, Mohammed Bello, and Babuga Abubakar – were said to have confessed to a series of kidnap cases in the Ayetoro, Olorunda, and Imeko areas.

“They confessed that a female doctor and a nurse have kidnapped on the 7th of April 2021 along with Olubo village along Abeokuta -Imeko road by them,” he said.

“They also confessed to kidnapping one Mrs. Yemi Ojedapo at Olodo village, who painfully, they had to kill because she recognized them.

“One Babuga Abubakar who is their informant confessed that he supplied information on victims to the gang for ease of operation.”

Also paraded were Nura Bello and his partner Abubakar Bello, whom the police boss said they confessed to the abduction of the Chief and also to several cases of kidnapping in the Ijebu area.

The police also paraded a suspected kidnapper who sold an AK-47 rifle to an undercover police operative for ₦1m.

Military Will Soon Crush Bandits, Kidnappers In North West – Air Force Chief

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, says the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will prioritise the welfare of its personnel to boost their morale in the line of duty. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, on Wednesday vowed that kidnapping and banditry in the North West will soon be over.

Speaking during an operational visit to the Nigerian Airforce Base in Kaduna State, he warned the criminals to prepare for the worst.

He stated that the military would go after bandits and kidnappers in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to bring back sanity and allow farmers to go to their farms without fear.

Amao gave an assurance that the military was ready to deal decisively with bandits, terrorists, and other criminals disturbing the peace in the country.

He also promised that the welfare of personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) would be accorded a top priority in order to boost their morale in the line of duty.

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While in Kaduna, the air chief paid a courtesy call on Governor Nasir El-Rufai at the Government House in the state capital.

He thanked the governor for his support to NAF in the state and commended him for his zeal towards tackling the security challenges in the state.

In his remarks, Governor El-Rufai thanked Amao for the visit and singled out NAF personnel in Kaduna for their professionalism, dedication, and particularly for their integrity in all dealings with the Kaduna State government.

He decried that for a long time, Nigerians have taken peace and security for granted until the current spate of insecurity afflicting the nation.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, insists that the state government will not pay any money to bandits. Photo: [email protected]

 

The governor called on all Nigerians to appreciate and support the efforts of the military as they continue to make efforts to keep the nation safe.

“The security situation could have been worse but for the efforts of our Armed Forces,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

Governor El-Rufai also stated that governors in the north-west region had agreed to assist the military, particularly in efforts at employing scientific measures towards containing insecurity.

On the payment of ransom to kidnappers, he reiterated the resolve of his government not to pay any ransom to bandits and kidnappers.

The governor went further to state that despite the threats of kidnapping, schools would continue to remain open, saying the decision was taken so as not to allow criminals to dictate the education of children in the state.

He also noted that the ability of the military to swiftly respond to kidnapping has further given the state the confidence to keep schools open.

Gunmen Invade Kaduna School, Abduct Students

The premises of the Federal College of Forestry in Kaduna State.

 

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have attacked the Federal College of Forestry in Kaduna State, abducting several students.

The college is located few metres away from the Nigerian Defence Academy in the Mando area of Kaduna State.

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige told  Channels Television that the attackers invaded the college located at Mando area in the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis at about 3 am on Friday and abducted some students.

He however said that the exact number of students abducted is uncertain.

He explained that security operatives were mobilized to the college upon hearing about the attack and were able to secure the remaining students.

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The spokesman also said that investigation is ongoing to ascertain the actual number of students that were abducted with a view to track down the gunmen and rescue the victims.

Speaking to Channels Television in Pidgin, the mother of one of the kidnapped students, Angelina Babale, said her daughter, Blessing was among the students held in captivity.

She said she became worried after repeatedly dialling her daughter’s telephone number who unfortunately didn’t pick up the call.

 Angelina Babale, the mother of one of the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

 

While noting that she heard of the abduction from passers-by, the parent called on the government and security agencies to speedily secure the release of her daughter and other abducted students.

The fresh abduction comes 48 hours after the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, presented the 2020 security situation reports to Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Aruwan said bandits killed no fewer than 937 persons, kidnapped 1,972 persons in the state in 2020.

On his part, Governor El-Rufai had ruled out the possibility of his administration to negotiate or grant amnesty to bandits.

 

Kidnappers Engage Soldiers In Gun Duel On Ondo Highway.

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Men of the Nigerian Army were engaged in a gun duel with suspected kidnappers operating along the Owo-Ifon Expressway in Ondo State around midnight on Thursday.

The soldiers, ostensibly on patrol along the expressway, reportedly rammed into the kidnappers who had barricaded the road, while attempting to abduct some travellers.

The Public Relations Officer of 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Owena Cantonment, based in Akure, the state capital, Captain Ayorinde Omojokun confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

According to Omojokun, the soldiers were on patrol in the area, and on sighting the soldiers, the hoodlums opened fire on them while the soldiers responded too.

He disclosed that when the hoodlums could no longer resist the soldiers gunfire, they subsequently abandoned the victims and fled into a nearby forest with gunshots injuries.

Some of the soldiers too were said to have sustained injuries and are presently receiving treatment in a nearby hospital.

The Owo/Ifon highway has been a major route where kidnappers operate often in Ondo State.

A first class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi was shot and killed while traveling on the road in November.

Police Parade Suspects Accused Of Kidnapping, Killing Eight-Year-Old Girl

 

The Nigeria Police Force has paraded some suspected kidnappers for killing a six-year-old girl after demanding ₦8 million ransom from the victim’s family.

Parading the suspects in Abuja on Wednesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the abduction was carried out on November 2, 2020, in Gabije community of Kogi State.

Also paraded were some suspected armed robbers and cattle rustlers.

The suspects were said to have been positively linked through investigations by the Force Intelligence Bureau.

Mba told journalists that the girl was kidnapped alongside her 14-year-old brother, noting that while the teenager brother was said to have escaped from the abductors, the girl, however, could not survive as she was killed by her captors and buried in a shallow grave.

Channels Television learned that the victim’s parents could not afford the ₦8m ransom and were trying to negotiate the amount before involving the police authorities.

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Of the 25 suspects paraded today is one of the kidnappers, Friday Domozu, who was said to have led the abductors in carrying out the crime.

The picture of the slain six-year-old girl displayed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba on January 20, 2021.

 

Force spokesman said the police arrested some of the key suspects and some are at large, pledging to find her killers.

While noting that the key suspect, Domozu is from Gabije community, Mba warned residents of the area against conniving with criminal elements.

But the suspect denied that the gang killed the child.

He claimed the girl died of stomach complications which didn’t go down well with the Force spokesman.

Mba dismissed his claims, saying the exhumed corpse of the child showed signs of violence.

Meanwhile, five AK-47 rifles and magazines, life ammunition as well as the sum of ₦765,000 were recovered from the suspects.

Two Suspected ‘High Profile’ Kidnappers Arrested In Taraba

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A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested two high profiled kidnappers terrorising Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The arrest followed intelligence gathering by men of the command on the nefarious activities of the kidnap kingpins.

Parading them before journalists on Monday in Jalingo, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha, said that more are still at large and their nets are spread across Taraba to get them arrested.

“These two persons were arrested in two different locations in Same Local Government Area of Karim Lamido,” he said.

“They are high profiled kidnappers; one of them was arrested at Jebjeb community, while the other was arrested at Makko Community.

“The old man there is found to be taking arrested kidnap suspects on bail, so indirectly he is an accomplice and has been in the act for long.

“We arrested based on the intelligence report we have been gathering for long and we are still going to get those at large, they cannot escape our nets.”

On the surge of kidnapping activities in Taraba state, Waksha reiterated his commitment to collaborating with other security agencies to flush out hoodlums causing havoc in the state.

He called on residents of the state to always report suspicious movement in their domains, adding that the suspected kidnappers, Adamu Ahmadu and Yahaya Madugu, have confessed to having committed the crimes they were accused of.

Taraba State, Northeast Nigeria has been witnessing a surge in kidnapping activities with many underreported.