Kidnapped Appeal Court Judge Regains Freedom

 

Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme of the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal has regained her freedom, two weeks after she was abducted from the Edo State Capital.

The Commissioner of Police, Edo Command, Danmallam Mohammed confirmed that the judge was rescued from kidnappers and has been reunited with her family.

Her abduction had led to public outcry from various quarters with the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, embarking on a three-day boycott of all courts last week.

Justice Nwosu-Iheme had been abducted on October 30 while she was on her way to the court.

She is known to be Nigeria’s first female judge to study law up to the Ph.D. level, specialising in the law of intellectual property.

Her abduction had taken place just days after a federal high court judge in Akure, Ondo State, Justice Abdul Dogo, was freed by kidnappers who abducted him at the border between Edo and Ondo states.

News of her abduction sparked outrage among her colleagues and many Nigerians with the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers among those that demanded her unconditional release. She is from the state.

The council had also called on President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors, and security operatives among other relevant stakeholders to do everything possible to find a permanent solution to the security challenges in the country.

 

Child Trafficking: Kano Govt To Give N1m Each To Nine Victims

 

The Kano State Government has directed that a sum of one million naira each be distributed to the nine victims of Child trafficking in the state to cater for their well-being.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje gave the order on Thursday, while receiving the nine children who were abducted from Kano and sold in Anambra State.

He also approved death penalty for anyone found guilty of kidnapping across the state while inaugurating a commission to be headed by Justice Wada Rano to commence an inquiry into cases of missing persons from 2010 till date.

Furthermore, he directed the Ministry of Justice to immediately commence the process of making amendments to laws regarding kidnapping and other child-related abuses.

Read Also: Kano Govt Approves Death Penalty For Kidnappers

He also appealed to their parents to prioritize their education which has now been declared free and compulsory by the administration.

After being trafficked over a period of five years, the children were successfully rescued on October 13 by the police.

Gunmen Abduct Akure Federal High Court Judge

 

A Federal High Court judge, Justice Abdul Dogo has been abducted by gunmen, who are already demanding a 50 million Naira ransom for his release.

Justice Dogo of the Federal High Court Akure in Ondo State was kidnapped along with his driver at the Ibilo/Isua Akoko axis, a border area between Ondo and Edo states, on their way from Abuja to Akure.

Sources say the kidnappers contacted the family members and officials of the Federal High Court in Akure and Abuja to demand the ransom.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Abduct Taraba Govt House Official, Demand N50m Ransom

Spokesperson to the Ondo State police command also confirmed the incident but said it didn’t happen within his jurisdiction.

However, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has urged the state police command to synergise with its Edo and Kogi counterparts to ensure the early release of Justice Dogo.

Governor Akeredolu, in a statement, noted that the conflicting narratives on the location of the Judge’s abduction could disrupt proper intelligence gathering.

We Need A Radical Approach In Tackling Insecurity, ‘Kidnapping’ – Lawan

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, on Wednesday, said the Senate will adopt a radical approach in tackling the rising spate of kidnapping and insecurity across the country.

Lawan made this known during the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senate Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi West).

He said, “The issue of kidnapping, banditry and other crimes affect all of us. I agree completely that we need to do something differently.

“You recall that before we went on recess, we agreed we need to go back to the report to review the architecture of security in Nigeria, which the 8th Senate set up, in addition to a public hearing on a way to ensure that we review the security architecture and structure of our agencies today.

“The way they are designed, we are not getting the best out of them; and we can’t go on like this. We will take it up with the executive arm of government, and also our Committee on Communications and the Federal Ministry of Communications.”

The Senate President stated that the ministry has expressed its willingness to block the phone lines that have not been registered.

“The bandits and kidnappers use telephone lines to negotiate, so it means there will always be a lead to where or who they are.

“At the last count, I was told two million lines have been blocked. I think we should go far beyond that.

“And maybe we will need to be a bit radical. We need to give the security agencies some more funds but insist on accountability.”

Lawan urged the security agencies to give an account of the utilisation of funds released to them.

“It is not enough to give them money; we must see how they utilise it. We must insist on that; and if we do that, we also insist that uniform people must not join the train because they are the ones that are supposed to protect us on highways.

“The military, the police and other paramilitary agencies should allow ordinary people to use the train. Let them ply the roads because that would make other road users use the roads,” Lawan said.

Accordingly, the Senate urged the security agencies to adequately secure the Lokoja-Abuja road and other roads in the country.

The upper chamber also called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to intensify efforts in protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians.

The Senate, in its prayers, adopted, also resolved to introduce legislation that would curb the activities of kidnappers in the country.

Earlier, Senator Melaye, who presented the motion while coming under a point of order, was unanimously supported by lawmakers across party lines.

Presenting his motion, Melaye prayed the chamber to call on security agencies to immediately wade into what he described as the “dastardly and abnormal acts” which pose a threat to the lives of Nigerians.

Speaking on the motion, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia), bemoaned the activities of bandits along other expressways across the country.

He called on security agencies to rise to the occasion, pointing out that they have a constitutional duty to protect the lives of Nigerian citizens.

The lawmaker also condemned the activities of some security personnel who were allegedly fingered to be working in collaboration with kidnappers.

Meanwhile, a total of five bills have scaled the first reading on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.

The five bills were presented during plenary.

The bills are: The Federal University of Education Kotangora Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North); and Federal College of Education Illo (Est.) Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi North).

Others are Food Security Bill, 2019, sponsored by Theodore Orji ( PDP, Abia Central); Communication Tax Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) and Private Hospitals Regulation Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah (PDP, Anambra North).

The bills were referred by the President of Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, to the relevant committees for further legislative work.

Army Dismisses Three Soldiers Over Alleged Kidnapping, Armed Robbery

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
File photo

 

The Nigerian Army has dismissed three soldiers for their alleged involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism in Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, announced the dismissal on Sunday at the headquarters in Maimalari cantonment.

According to him, the three dismissed soldiers were arrested in a hotel in Maiduguri alongside 25 others, also alleged to be members of a notorious cult group terrorizing the state capital.

Adeniyi further explained that the arrest was made possible by a Joint Task Force including local hunters, the police, the NSCDC, DSS and the Army following a tip off.


RELATED

Boko Haram Terrorists Seeking Refuge In Homes Of Some Unscrupulous Individuals – Army

Army Accuses Action Against Hunger Of Aiding, Abetting Terrorists


Also speaking on the matter, the state Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Ndatsu, said the Force has found the suspects guilty of criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly.

Some of the items recovered from them include mobile sets, ID cards, calabashes, water pots containing red contents believed to be human blood and a sticker with an inscription that suggests a cult group affiliation.

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.

READ ALSO: Lagos Task Force Arrests 71 Suspected Criminals

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.

Over 1,400 Killed By Gunmen Within Six Months In Nigeria – UN

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community

The United Nations on Tuesday lamented over the spate of killings in Nigeria noting that over 1,400 people have been killed as a result of kidnapping and banditry within a period of six months.

The UN Country Director, Edward Kallon disclosed this in Makurdi, the Benue state capital at a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom, noting that killings by armed herdsmen and bandits outweigh killings by the Book Haram terrorist in the country.

“Pockets of conflicts and insecurity in the country at large especially where I am today (Benue), the herders and farmers crisis and also kidnapping and banditry. This is now really getting out of hand.

READ ALSO: Abducted OSUSTECH Professor Found Dead

“The last statistics I saw from the government was that over 1,400 people were killed as a result of kidnapping and banditry since the elections.

“This is not a pleasant statistics,” he said.

Kallon also claimed that institutional failure at all levels of governance is responsible for the killing of over 1,400 persons since March 2019, particularly by armed herdsmen, bandits, and kidnappings.

He, therefore, called on the government to pay attention to issues of insecurity.

“We all know the statistics and the menace of herders/farmers problems. There were more people killed by the herders and farmers crisis than the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.

“When I said this in Abuja, it was not being welcomed but that was one statistics we have.  These are all due to weak institutions and governance deficit at the Federal, state and local level,” Kallon said.

Governor Samuel Ortom at the event claimed that those responsible for fashioning out a solution to herdsmen attacks choose to politicise the issue.

According to him, adopting the position of the National Economic Council which recommended ranching is the best solution to animal husbandry.

Kallon is in Benue state to follow up on earlier commitment by the UN to support the rehabilitation and resettlements programme for victims of herdsmen attacks in the state.

After signing the visitor’s register at the end of the meeting, the UN delegation moves to Gbajimba in Guma local council to take possession of the land donated to them by the state government for the rehabilitation projects to ensure these IDPs are properly reintegrated back to the society.

Police Rescue Three Kidnap Victims in Kaduna

 

 

The police authorities in Kaduna state say they have rescued three among the seven people that were abducted by suspected kidnappers along Kaduna-Abuja highway on Tuesday.

The Command, however, says that three other persons were still being held by the kidnappers.

Confirming the development in a statement issued on Wednesday night, the Kaduna State police command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, says the three rescued persons who were among the six abducted victims were released by their abductors due to the prompt response and combing of the scene of the incident by policemen and other security agents.

READ ALSO: Taraba Attacks: Bandits Kill Two, Kidnap One, Injure Police Officer

The communique further states that both the rescued persons alongside the abandoned vehicles were recovered and taken to the police station.

It also adds that concerted efforts are being coordinated by the joint teams of Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Police Mobile Force and Rapid Response Team to rescue the remaining victims and also apprehend the perpetrators of the crime.

On Tuesday, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted seven persons, including three final year students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

They were abducted along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

17 Chinese, Ukrainian Seamen Kidnapped Off Cameroon

 

 

Nine Chinese and eight Ukrainian seamen were abducted in attacks on two merchant ships off Cameroon, in the latest act of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, sources said Friday.

The attacks took place on Thursday in Cameroonian waters off the port of Douala, located at the apex of a gulf that has become a hotspot of seaborne crime.

A Douala official told AFP on Friday that a total of 17 people had been abducted, including “nine Chinese civilian sailors” from one of the ships.

A Cameroonian security official, likewise speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the account.

READ ALSO: Zimbabwe Police Teargas, Beat Protesters Defying Ban

The Cameroonian navy and the country’s port service had reported the kidnappings on Thursday but had been unable to give the number or nationality of those taken.

A navy source said the kidnappers “are probably Nigerian pirates,” adding that Cameroon’s security forces had launched a search for them.

The Gulf of Guinea, whose coastline stretches in a huge arc from Liberia to Gabon, is notorious for piracy as well as oil theft, illegal fishing and human and drugs trafficking.

In Malaysia, Noel Choong, who heads the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a watchdog agency, said the 17 seamen were seized from two ships that were attacked within hours of each other while they were anchored off Douala.

Choong said one of the ships was a multipurpose German-owned ship that flew the flag of Antigua and Barbuda.

“Eight crew were kidnapped from the ship, consisting of a total of 12 Asian and European sailors,” he said.

The other vessel was a Liberian-flagged bulk carrier managed in Greece with a Greek owner.

“There were 21 crew on board. All were Asians. Nine crew were taken,” Choong told AFP.

“(The) IMB has issued a warning to all ships at Douala. We ask all ships to take additional precaution.”

Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement quoted by news agencies that three of the kidnapped sailors were Russian nationals. Many Ukrainians also hold Russian citizenship.

Piracy epicentre

In recent years, the seas off West Africa have become “the world’s worst for pirate attacks,” according to the IMB.

Attacks doubled in the Gulf of Guinea in 2018 compared to the previous year — the bulk of them due to piracy, it said.

Of the 75 seafarers taken hostage in the first half of this year, 62 were abducted in the gulf, IMB figures showed.

The Gulf of Guinea now accounts for 73 percent of kidnappings and 92 percent of hostage-takings at sea worldwide, particularly off the coast of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon.

The 17 countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea and adjacent coastline have limited surveillance and maritime defence capabilities.

They have been trying for several years to bolster their means of intervention and to put in place closer collaboration.

Ten Turkish sailors were freed last week after being kidnapped by “pirates” off Nigeria last month. Pirates normally seize sailors hoping to be paid ransom.

Security: Enugu Govt Orders Demolition Of Criminal Hideouts

 

Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has ordered the immediate demolition of some hideouts in Agwu forests and the clearing of bushes around Umuogbua Ihe tunnel of the state.

According to the governor, the areas have of recent, been notorious for all sorts of criminal activities.

Read Also: Nobody Can Succeed In Undermining Nigeria’s Territorial Integrity, Says NAF Boss

One of such cases was the killing of a priest and kidnapping of a traditional ruler and his wife.

But the governor, while inspecting the ongoing construction of a military base along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway by Umuogbua Ihe, Awgu LGA, assured the citizens of his commitment to the security of lives and property.

Gunmen Kill Senator Abbo’s Uncle, Abduct His Stepmother

 

Armed men have killed Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo’s uncle and abducted his stepmother during an attack on his house, the embattled lawmaker has said.

Abbo, who is being tried after a video of him assaulting a woman went viral, told reporters that the gunmen invaded his house in Mubi North Local Government of Adamawa State on Saturday.

He said, “Gunmen invaded my house this morning around 1:00 am. The people who entered my compound are about 13 in number, all carrying AK-47 rifles.”

The lawmaker added that the assailants abducted his stepmother who gave birth just less than two weeks ago.

He explained that in the course of the incident, his neighbours raised an alarm which prompted the attackers to fire gunshots into the air.

He added that in reaction to the alarm, his uncle came out of his house and he was shot dead.

The deceased has been buried and the fate of his stepmother remains uncertain.

Taraba Governor Signs Death Penalty Bill For Kidnappers

LG Funds: Ishaku Agrees With NFIU, To Reduce Political Appointees
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has signed into law a bill that prescribes death sentence and life imprisonment for kidnappers and abduction offenders in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu.

The statement added that the bill which was sponsored by Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Peter Abel Diah, was passed with the support of the members of the Assembly.

The governor’s assent to the bill follows the amendment of the Kidnapping and Abduction Prohibition Act 2010 by the Taraba State House of Assembly which introduces the death penalty and life imprisonment for offenders.

According to the Speaker, the bill will ensure the protection of Taraba residents against kidnapping.

“Under the new law, anybody found guilty of abduction or kidnapping in the state will pay the supreme price for it.

READ ALSO: Ruga: Coalition Of Northern Groups Gives Southern Govs 30-Day Ultimatum

“The law is a product of government’s concern about insecurity in the state, particularly, kidnapping for money which is rampant in the state and other parts of the country,” the statement read in part.

The new bill prescribes punishment for violators as; any person who threatened to kill, maim, injure or cause panic in order to compel another person, corporate or government organisation to do or refrain from doing any act committed an offence and is liable on conviction to 20 years without an option of fine.

It also said that any person who threatens to kidnap another person by means of phone calls, text messages or any electronic device shall be convicted to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

And any person who conceals any information or has knowledge as to the existence of a kidnap group or is aware of the planning and execution of a kidnap or abduction without informing relevant security agencies commits and offence and shall be convicted to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The governor’s assent to the bill comes on the heels of rising spate of kidnapping in Taraba State.