Insecurity: Presidency Has Run Out Of Ideas – NEF 

The spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has lamented the rising insecurity across Nigeria, saying the presidency has run out of ideas on how to tackle the menace. 

Dr Baba-Ahmed said this on Friday during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, accusing the government of downplaying issues bedevilling Nigeria.

“You can only do that by acknowledging the failure of the government to secure its citizens. Listening to Garba, to be honest, I just think that the presidency has run out of ideas,” he said while responding to a comment by presidential media aide, Garba Shehu that members of the opposition are exploiting Nigeria’s security challenges. 

“When they’re confronted with a very serious challenge, they go around looking for all sorts of diversions and excuses. Nigerians don’t want to hear any of this. We want a stop to the kidnappings.”

‘A Big Industry’

In recent times, Nigeria has recorded a spike in kidnapping and banditry, notably the mass abduction of students.

The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.


Between December 2020 and February 2021, over 670 students were abducted from their schools in the northern part of Nigeria. They were later released by their captors, a move that the government says is indicative of their quest to secure Nigerians.

But the NEF spokesman believes kidnapping has become a big industry, accusing the presidency of deflecting the issue.

“This thing has grown into a big industry right under the nose of the president. There’s no way you can deflect attention from this,” he added. “How do you explain the grown sophistication of the criminals in this country?”

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over a Virtual Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Kano-Katsina-Jibya-Maradi with a branch line to Dutse Railway Project in State House on February 9. 2021.
President Muhammadu Buhari rode to power on a three-pronged agenda which included tackling insecurity.


He is therefore calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sit up and address the numerous challenges facing Nigeria.

According to him, “we can’t have a president that is just sitting there and then blaming everybody else for the woes of the country, that is not what we elected him for.”





DSS Reveals Top Kidnappers Arrested In 2017

DSS Chronicles Early 2017 SuccessesThe Department of State Services (DSS) has listed some of the successes recorded during its operations in 2017 with support from sister agencies.

The agency in a statement signed by a DSS spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo on Monday noted that the capturing of notorious kidnap kingpin, Terwase Akwaza, among other high profile terrorists in the country, was made possible through its tactical operations.

Terwase Akwaza

“The hunt for the notorious kidnap kingpin, Terwase Akwaza (aka Ghana), led to the arrest of some of his close associates. For instance, on June 9, 2017, the trio of Dondo Orsaa, Terhile Mbaloha and Teryima Ihiambe (aka Clark) were apprehended at various locations within Katsina-Ala LGA, Benue State for their sustenance of kidnap operations across Benue and Taraba States.

“During the operation, one AK-47 rifle, a 9mm Pistol, Ammunition and complete set of Army uniform were recovered from ORSAA. Relatedly, on 10thApril, 2017, one Terna Sapko, an informant to the Akwaza syndicate was arrested around the Army Barracks in Takum, Taraba State.

Lance Corporal Samaila Madu-Led Kidnap Gang

According to the statement, the Service on June 9, 2017 in Aviele, Etsako West LGA of Edo State arrested 15 kidnap suspects led by Lance Corporal Samaila MADU, a dismissed soldier.

Another member of the gang, Ibrahim Topa sustained gunshot injury on his left leg while trying to escape. Similarly, in Ebonyi State, one Chinonso Onwe (a.k.a Abino Flash) was arrested at Izhia Community, Ohaukwu LGA on June 1, 2017, by the Service in collaboration with the Community’s Security Council for Armed Robbery and Kidnapping. He was identified to be a member of the Black Axe confraternity.

During his arrest, two locally made pistols and a pair of Nigerian Army fatigue were among items recovered from him.

Falgore Forest Criminals

Prior to those arrests, the Service on May 11, 2017, in collaboration with the Military, at the Kano State stretch of the Falgore Forest, arrested five suspected Kidnappers/Cattle rustlers namely – Sani HASSAN (aka Ashana); Suleiman Abdullahi (aka Dogo Sule); Bashiru Abdullahi (aka Lamo); Amadu Abdullahi (aka Mallam); and Auwalu Sanda (aka Maitaru).

Alesa Abdulkarim

Also, on May 17, 2017, along the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) road, Rivers State, the Service arrested one Alesa Abdulkarim, for his alleged involvement in the kidnap of one Mayowa Akinkuade.

Similarly, on May, 19 at Achala Autonomous Community, Obowo LGA, Imo State, the Service arrested one Chinyere Onyeanulum for his connection with the kidnap of one Jennifer Chizitere Anuruo.

Aminu Aliyu

On May 28, 2017, the agency also arrested Aminu Aliyu in Sokoto State for the kidnap of Ifeanyi Amos (a Nigerian Army Captain) on May 27, 2017 along the Jaji-Kaduna Highway.

Yusuf Aliyu

On June 7, 2017, Yusuf Aliyu was arrested at Ungwar Danmani, Rigasa, Kaduna-North LGA, for his suspected membership of the syndicate terrorizing users of the Abuja-Kaduna Road.

Isah Baki-led Gang

Again, on June 9, 2017, at Dankande village, Rigachiku, Igabi LGA, Kaduna State, the Service confronted a notorious kidnap gang. Though Isah BAKI, leader of the gang escaped with gunshot wounds, three of his members namely: Hassan Abdullahi (22 years), Abubakar Abdullahi (27 years) and Suleiman Abdullahi (30 years) were arrested.

On the same day, along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Express Road in Kaduna, the Service engaged another dangerous kidnap group and arrested two of its members: Yusuf Sani and Yusuf Adamu. Two AK-47 rifles and nine live ammunitions were recovered from the suspects who are currently being interrogated.

Abdulhamid Isiaka

“Committed to the effort aimed at achieving a terror free country, the Service sustained its counter terrorism/insurgency operations. To this effect, it continued the degrading of the capabilities of these terrorist elements. Consequently, the Service in a joint operation with the Military on 9th June, 2017, arrested Abdulhamid Isiaka (aka SMALL) and Habib AUDU, at Obajana and Ibilo in Kogi and Edo States respectively.

“It is instructive to note that ISIAKA is a Libyan returnee, who had travelled to that country alongside Abu Uwais, a most wanted terrorist. While in Libya, Isiaka had undergone terrorism training and also acquired a cache of weapons in preparation for attacks in Kogi and Kaduna States.

“He, however, became notorious and specialized in gun-running, kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorist acts. Isiaka has made useful statements to facilitate further investigations and actions against the terrorist and kidnap networks on the Abuja-Okene and the Kaduna-Abuja axis,” the statement added.

Turkish School Kidnap: Police Parade Four Suspects

Turkish School Kidnap: Police Arrest Four SuspectsThe Police in Nigeria have paraded four suspects in the kidnap of five students and three members of staff of the Turkish International School and recovery of 1,200,000 Naira ransom.

Parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh said the four suspects were arrested at various locations in Delta, Ogun and Lagos states.

According to Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, in an earlier statement, the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), working in synergy with the Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) of the Nigeria Police Force, in a joint operation supervised by AIG Kayode Aderanti, AIG Zone 2, Lagos successfully smashed the gang.

He affirmed that the four arrested persons were “active members” of the gang responsible for the kidnap for ransom of the five Turkish School children and their teachers in Ogun State on January 13, 2017.

“In the course of investigation into the dastardly crime, three suspects namely Joel Kakadu aka ‘General Kakadu’ a militant leader; Romeo Council aka ‘Raw’ and Totki Okoda who lives in the fishermen’s community behind the school and provided information about the victims to his gang, were trailed and arrested at different locations in Delta, Ogun and Lagos states respectively, for the criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.

“Further investigation and sustained pursuit of the matter by the Intelligence Response Team, led to the arrest of Bekewei Agbojule aka ‘Prince Yellow’, a principal suspect and one of the key members of the gang on the 25th January, 2017, at about 0700hrs in the morning.

“The suspect, who is an Ijaw from Arogbo town in Ondo State was arrested after he came out of the creeks to enjoy his loot.

“One million two hundred thousand naira (#1,200,000), his share of the ransom, was recovered from him,” the Police PRO stated.

Turkish School Kidnap: Police Arrest Four Suspects

He stated further that the four suspects have confessed to the crime, volunteered useful statements to the investigators and are cooperating with the Police.

“Concerted efforts are being made to arrest the remaining suspects who are at large. All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has again assured Nigerians that the Nigeria Police “will continue to work assiduously to prevent crime and eliminate the fear of crime”, so as to guarantee adequate security and safety of lives and properties across the country.

The Police further restated its commitment to ensuring that “crimes that cannot be prevented are promptly detected and perpetrators prosecuted to serve as deterrent to prospective criminals”.

The Police boss urged citizens to be law abiding and continue to support the Police in their various localities.

The five staff and three students of the Turkish school now called Tulip International School, located in the Isheri area of Ogun State, who were abducted from their school premises, were released on Tuesday, January 24, after 11 days in captivity.

Kidnapped Turkish School Students, Teachers Released

Kidnapped Turkish School Students, Teachers ReleasedThe five staff and three students of the Tulip International School, located in the Isheri area of Ogun State, who were abducted from their school premises by gunmen have been released after 11 days in captivity.

Confirming the release to Channels Television, the Assistant Inspector General of Police In charge Of Zone 2 Lagos, Kayode Aderanti, explained that the victims were released by their abductors at about 8:35PM on Tuesday through the bush path behind the school compound in Isheri, Ogun State.

A visit by Channels Television to the school compound met resistance as some members of staff denied our correspondent access.

A member of the management team who would not want to be named hinted that all the victims had regained their freedom and have been taken to the hospital for medical check-up.

One of the parents had earlier told Channels Television that ransom worth millions was paid through a negotiator and the gunmen gave the assurance that the victims would be released.

Meanwhile, some key members of the gang and their informant have been arrested by the Police.

The Kidnap

Gunmen invaded the school, formerly known as Turkish International School, on the night of Friday, January 13 in a white pick-up van and took the students and the teachers away.

Men of the Nigeria Police and the anti-kidnapping team of the Ogun State Police Command, have since then been on the trail of the abductors.

The state government also assured parents, guardians and relatives of students and staff of the school of prompt action to ensure safe and immediate release of the kidnapped students and staff.

Barely two days after the incident, the kidnappers demanded 1.2 billion naira ransom for the victims to regain their freedom.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors reportedly called a family member of one of the victims on Sunday to make the demand.

Ray of Hope

In what seemed like a ray of hope, news emerged three days later that Police had arrested one of the three leaders of the armed gang that kidnapped the students and their teachers.

A reliable Police source confirmed to Channels Television that the suspected leader, Phillip Joel Kakadu, also known as “General Kakadu” was arrested by men of the Intelligence Response Team in Warri, Delta State where he had come to spend his loot.

Kakadu was alleged to have confessed to possessing about twenty five AK-47 rifles with five of his boys among the 16-man gang that operated in the Turkish school on Friday.

However, friends and families of the abducted had to continue hoping that the said arrest would lead to the release of their loved ones. This they had to endure for another six days.

Members of staff abducted alongside the students included three Nigerians and two Turkish nationals.

The students, two from the Junior Secondary School and the third in Senior Secondary, were said to have been part of a moral instruction class when they were taken.

According to staff of the school, the gunmen gained entrance through the back fence of the school, escaping through the swamp.

The unfortunate incident occurred on the 9th anniversary of the school.

It came barely three months after gunmen invaded Lagos Model College in Epe and kidnapped four students, a vice principal and a teacher from the school.

Police Arrest Turkish School Kidnapping Suspect

nigerian-turkish-international-collegePolice have arrested one of the three leaders of the armed gang that kidnapped eight persons including students at the Nigerian Turkish International School recently in Isheri, Ogun State.

A reliable police source confirmed to Channels Television that the suspected leader, Phillip Joel Kakadu, also known as “General Kakadu” was arrested by men of the Intelligence Response Team in Warri, Delta State where he had come to spend his loot.

Kakadu was alleged to have confessed to possessing about twenty five AK-47 rifles with five of his boys among the 16-man gang that operated in the Turkish school on Friday.

He is said to have confirmed other leaders who are with the victims were from creeks in Lagos and Ogun. He named one General Agbala, whom he said had about 30 boys and General O. C. with over a hundred boys, whom he said was the overall leader of the kidnapping ring.

The students and officials of the school were taken on January 14, with kidnappers demanding for a 1.2 billion Naira ransom for the victims to regain their freedom.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors reportedly called a family member of one of the victims on Sunday to make the demand.

Five staff members and three students of the school were kidnapped by gunmen from the school premises in Isheri area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

Three Kidnappers Die As DSS Rescues Oil Company Workers In Rivers State

dssThe Department of State Services (DSS) has rescued four oil company workers from their abductors in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

A statement by the spokesman for the DSS, Tony Opuiyo, said the workers were rescued at White House Estate, Rumukwurushi, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

It said the kidnap gang was led by Emmanuel Eyo, earlier arrested in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

“During the rescue operation supported by the military, a staff of the Service sustained gunshot injuries in his leg while three members of the gang were killed in the exchange of fire. One AK47 rifle, one magazine containing 59 rounds of 7.5mm ammunition and three locally made pistols were recovered from the gang,” the statement read.

Giving an update on other operations of the DSS in other parts of Nigeria, Mr Opuiyo stated that in Rigasa area of Igabi LGA of Kaduna State one Alkasim Salisu, a Boko Haram member, was arrested.

The DSS spokesman stated that “Salisu had fled the military operation in Yobe State to settle in Kaduna where he and his cohorts had planned to launch attacks on select targets in Kaduna metropolis including the railway station”.

The Service also arrested one Kelvin Nwanaji, at Ojo, Lagos State, who had opened a Facebook Account in the name of the Director General of the SSS and has been using it to defraud members of the public, whom he promised jobs in the Service.

“His arrest was sequel to investigation arising from the misinformation in the social (news) media that the Service was recruiting. Further investigation is being undertaken to arrest all those connected with this scam,” the statement also read.

The service further urged Nigerians to disregard the falsehood as it was not currently engaged in any recruitment exercise.

“It should be noted that employment into the Service is conducted in the most transparent manner in line with laid down procedures and processes.

“While the public is advised to be wary of fraudsters who may use this opportunity to extort money from them, the Service uses this medium to ask that the news about recruitment be disregarded in its entirety,” the DSS added.

It also reiterated its commitment to providing a safe and peaceful environment for law abiding citizens and residents to go about their legitimate businesses.

Kidnapped Islamic Cleric Regains Freedom

kidnapped, Isheri North, Isheri,The Administrative Secretary of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Sheikh Abdulazeez Yusuf, kidnapped along Saminaka-Kaduna Road has been released by his captors.

The Secretary General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, abubakar Khalid, told Channels Television that the cleric was released on Friday evening and that he was in good and stable condition.

In his words: “We just secured the release of Shiekh Yusuf and we’re going to the JNI secretariat amidst tight security. He is in good condition and details will be made available by tomorrow (Saturday)”.

Sheikh Yususf was kidnapped on his way to Kaduna from Jos on Wednesday.

After he was taken, spokesman for the Kaduna Police command, Aliyu Usman, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Police in collaboration with other security agencies were doing everything possible to rescue the cleric and also arrest his abductors, he said.

The JNI had in an earlier statement signed by its Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar, strongly condemned the unfortunate rise of kidnappings in Nigeria.

The group further urged governments at all levels to rise up and address increasing cases of such incidents.

In the statement the group also asked the government to consider palliative measures to cushion the economic hardship being experienced in the country, pointing out that illiteracy and corruption are predisposing factors to social vices in any organised setting.

“This is by no means trying to justify the rise of kidnapping in Nigeria, we also request that a serious national security sitting be convened with all security agencies and other stakeholders in attendance to harness national security policies on internal security management”.

Monarch Narrates Experience With Kidnappers As Case Opens In Lagos Court

Judges, Court, Judges, Court, Absence of EFCC Counsel Stalls Trial Of Jonathan's AideFour persons suspected to have kidnapped a traditional ruler in Iba Town, Oba Goriola Oseni, have been charged.

The trial began on Friday at a Lagos State High Court, sitting in Igbosere, with a revelation from two witnesses that the abductors allegedly obtained two ransoms worth 15.1 million Naira.

First to fourth defendants Duba Furejo, Ododowo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh were arraigned for the alleged offence before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on October 24.

They are facing an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, robbery, armed robbery, felony and kidnapping preferred against them by the Lagos State Government.

At the commencement of proceedings, Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice Mr Adeniji Kazeem, who led a team of counsel for the State, obtained leave of court to exclude the public from the trial.

In an oral application, Mr Kazeem alleged that the defendants were likely part of a criminal enterprise and that it would serve the interest of justice as well as the safety of the witnesses for the matter to be closed to the public.

The court granted his request despite the objections of Mr Selowei Baidi.

Shirtless, Heavily Armed Men

Justice Taiwo ruled that there was nothing prejudicial about the application and assured the defence of fair hearing.

She ordered all journalists in court to identify themselves by their official identification cards in order to be allowed to cover the proceedings.

Led in examination by the Attorney-General Mr Kazeem, Oba Oseni, 73, testified as first prosecution witness and narrated how at about 8:00p.m. local time on July 16, he was kidnapped while watching TV in a room at the palace and held in captivity for three weeks in an unknown riverine camp.

He described his abductors – about nine in number – as shirtless, heavily armed men wearing only black trousers and said they accosted him as he went to investigate a noise from his sitting room.

“‘This is the king,’ the gunmen said. I said, ‘what can I do for you?’ Then they grabbed me. I was putting on only a boxer short because I was preparing to take a bath. My Oloris (Queens) came in and asked them where they were taking me to but they fled when the gunmen released bullets into the decking of the room,” Oseni told the court.

He said the gunmen dragged him out of the palace and began shooting sporadically as they left the main gate, killing his security guard and a motorcyclist in the process.They also shot at one of his Oloris, he alleged.

“They started pushing me and shouting ‘trek, trek’, till I fell and injured my arm. My toenail was also forcibly removed, so they carried me,” Oseni said.

The men, he continued, took him to a speed boat where he was driven away to a riverine camp with about 50 militants. The next day he was driven in another boat to a bigger camp with six houses and more of the militants.

He pointed at the first, second and third defendants in the dock as being part of his abductors, but explained that the fourth defendant was one of those that used to visit him at the camp.

Oba Oseni said they demanded for 500 million Naira ransom but his family paid 12 million Naira and then another 3.1 million Naira to younger group within the kidnappers, totalling 15.1 million Naira. He was released after the payment.

The Oba’s son, Prince Kazeem Oseni, who testified as the second prosecution witness, said he delivered both ransom money of N12m and N3.1m to the militants at a canal near Igbehinadun in Iba.

He said they negotiated the ransom from 500 million Naira to 40 million Naira but they couldn’t raise that amount.

The militants, he added, gave him directions to the drop off point on phone after warning him not to tell anyone.

After hearing the witnesses testimonies, Justice Taiwo adjourned the case till November 18, and December 16, 2016.

The defendants and others at large were accused of committing the alleged offences on July 16, at the traditional ruler’s palace in Iba.

They allegedly murdered ‎a security guard, Sunday Eniola Okanlawon and a commercial motorcyclist, Joseph Okeke and also attempted to murder the monarch’s wife, Olori Abosede Oseni.

According to the charge, they also robbed Abosede of her mobile phone while armed with guns.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections ‎233, 230, 299, 297 (2) (b) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State C17, Vol 3 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Kidnapped Former Minister Laurentia Mallam, Husband Regain Freedom

Nigeria_Police_Armoured_Personnel_CarrierThe former Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam and her husband, who were kidnapped by gunmen along Kaduna-Bwari highway, have regained freedom.

The Kaduna State Police Command’s spokesman, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the release to Channels Television, said that the couple were rescued at about 6:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

Although he declined giving details on how the former minister and her husband were rescued from captivity, the police spokesman explained that both of them were in stable condition.

It was not clear if ransom was paid.

After their abduction, Mr Usman said that security operatives had been deployed to rescue the victims and arrest the kidnappers.

According to him, the former Minister and her husband were abducted on Monday evening along Bwari-Jere road when they were returning to their Kaduna home from Abuja.

Kidnapping is increasing in different Nigerian states at a period that the nation is facing its worst economic situation in decades.

Police Arrest Two Suspects In Isheri Residents’ Kidnap

Police, Benue, ClergymanTwo of the persons suspected to have abducted three landlords and their aerobics instructors recently in Isheri, a border community between Lagos and Ogun State, have been arrested.

A police source said one 38-year-old suspect, a native of Arogbo town in Ondo State and another suspected gang member were arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team in Ore town, Ondo State.

The police source said on of the suspects was on a spending spree in Ore.

He is alleged to have confessed to the kidnap, explaining that 1.2 million Naira was his share of the total ransom of 12 million Naira paid on the victims.

The landlords and instructors were on a routine jogging in the early hours of September 17 in the area when they were abducted by kidnappers who came in military camouflage taking them in a boat through the creeks.

An eyewitness said the kidnappers, three in number, came from the water side fully armed and masked.

He added that the operation lasted for about an hour.

After they were taken, the kidnappers asked the families to pay 300 million Naira each, before they could release the victims.

The abductors established contact with the families on Sunday, September 18 said the captives would be released once the monies were deposited at a designated point.

Two days after they were taken, the four men regained their freedom. They had paid ransom to the kidnappers.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the men were seen coming out of the waterside at about 11pm on Thursday looking exhausted and unkempt.

The men were said to have asked vigilantes on patrol of the area to take them to their homes.

One of the victims told Channels Television in an exclusive interview that they were not the real target of their abductors.

He explained that their abductors claimed to be Niger Delta freedom fighters told him that they were merely using kidnapping to bring government’s attention to their demands.

Relieved, but still apprehensive, he recounted his ordeal in the hands of their abductors.

Kidnapping is again increasing in Nigeria, as criminals make huge sums in ransoms demanded before the release of their victims.

The criminal act, which was rampant in the south-south region where expatriates in oil rigs were target, has spread to other states of the nation with its economy in recession.

Efforts to end the trend have heightened in some states, with the government proscribing the act and putting a death penalty on anyone found guilty of kidnapping.

Police In Rivers Rescue Remaining 7 Oil Workers From Kidnappers

Police, Delta State, Eid el KabirLess than 24 hours after three victims escaped, the remaining seven oil workers of the 14 kidnapped on September 2 along Omoku/Elele axis of Rivers State have been rescued by the State Police Command.

Confirming the rescue of the oil workers, spokesman for the police in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, in a statement said the police smashed the hoodlums in the early hours of Sunday and rescued the abducted.

According to him, no ransom was paid.

The victims are currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital.

By this rescue all 14 kidnapped oil workers are out of captivity.

The Police Command in the state, however, is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the kidnap.

Kidnapping is gradually increasing in Nigeria, something economic analysts had predicted, just as the nation’s economy slipped into with.

Something that was common in the Niger Delta region where oil workers were mostly the target has spread to other states of the nation.

On Sunday in Lagos, gunmen kidnapped four residents of Isheri area.

Hours after they were taken, the kidnappers asked the families to pay 300 million Naira each, before they could be released.

The abductors, who established contact with the families earlier on Sunday, said the captives would be released once the monies were deposited at a designated point.

Meanwhile the police have assured the families that they were on a massive manhunt for the kidnappers.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Iliasu, told Channels Television that a combined team of 30 policemen had been deployed to the area in search of the kidnapped residents.

Police Smash Gang Of Kidnappers In Benue

Police smash gang of kidnappers The police in Nigeria say they have arrested some suspects responsible for the kidnapping of several persons in Benue State, including an Indian expatriate who was forcefully taken away in Katsina Ala, Benue State.

The suspects include one Terna Iorlu identified as the gang leader.

According to a statement by the spokesman for the police, Mr Donald Awunah, the arrests followed a deployment of an intelligent response team by the Inspector General of Police to resolve cases of kidnapping in the central Nigerian state.

The suspects were said to have confessed during interrogation, that they were behind several kidnappings including that of the Indian, as well as several lecturers and businessmen in the state.