PHOTOS: The Abuja Community Attacked By Gunmen

Residents of Tungamaji, a satellite community on the Gwagwalada, Kaduna road in Abuja lament over the attack on Thursday PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television /September 11, 2020

 

Residents of Tungamaji, a satellite community in Abuja are still in shock, 48 hours after gunmen overran the settlement, robbing, and kidnapping 11 people including women and children.

Some of the victims who have now regained their freedom narrated their gruesome ordeal in the hands of their captors to Channels Television on Friday.

Meanwhile, they have also called on the government to beef up security in the area.

The gunmen stormed the Tungan Maje village, a community bordering the Federal Capital Territory and Niger State, on Thursday, shooting sporadically in the air, after which they kidnapped some residents.

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Police Arrest 35 Suspects, Recover 18 Vehicles

In this photo released by the police on July 29, 2020, some suspects were paraded for various offences committed.

 

Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested 35 suspects for their various involvement and participation in a series of kidnapping, armed robbery, and other heinous crimes across the country.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the police said the arrests followed the unrelenting efforts by the Force to rid the country of heinous criminals and to get justice for victims of crimes.

Among those arrested include Adetokumbo Adenopo said to be the Founder and General Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi in Sagamu area of Ogun State, and three other members of his criminal gang.

They are Chigozie Williams from Abia, Ugoji Linus from Imo, and Emmanuel Ani from Enugu State – said to be responsible for the kidnap for ransom of one Jonathan Ekpo from Benue State.

“Curiously, the pastor told the police operatives that he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works.

“The victim, an employee of a logistics company was kidnapped on July 17, 2020, while on official duty to deliver goods in Shagamu, Ogun State,” one of the tweets said.

Another stated, “The victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the Pastor’s church building in Ogijo town, Ogun State by his abductors who demanded the payment of N20 million ransom as a condition for his release. He was subsequently rescued unhurt nine days after and reunited with his family by the police.”

Similarly, the police said another suspect, Udodiri Bright, and three others – Ekwuru Shadrack, Chimerie Igwe, and Chibuike Sunday were arrested on July 5 for the abduction and killing of a Nigerian-US Soldier, Chuks Okebata.

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According to the police, Okebata had returned to Nigeria in 2017 for a holiday in his hometown in Okigwe, Imo State.

The suspects, said to be one of the foremost kidnapping groups terrorising the South East, were arrested 31 months after the incident following an intensive manhunt by the police team.

In this photo released by the police on July 29, 2020, one of the suspects paraded speaks about the offence he was said to have committed.

 

“The Police team also arrested a nine-man trans-boundary armed robbery and car snatching syndicate led by one Yakubu Hayatu, 30 years from Borno State.

“Members of the gang include: Adamu Awalu, 28years from Kano State, Abdulrahman Yakubu, 23years from Zaria, Yususf Adamu, 22years from Zaria, Kamal Japhet, 22years from Katsina, Abubakar Samaila, 20years from Zaria, Muhammadu Abdulahi, 20years from Zaria, Yahaya Mohammed, 18years from Kaduna State, and Ibrahim Abubakar, 21years from Kwara,” a tweet by the police said.

Investigations revealed that the syndicate had snatched over 30 exotic cars at gunpoint and killed two policemen.

The police said they used anti-tracker devices to evade arrest and deliver the vehicles to one Alhaji Garba in Maradi, Niger Republic.

They added that 18 vehicles have so far been recovered and the team was working with the INTERPOL to apprehend Garba and to recover the remaining vehicles.

Four Ak-47 rifles, one FMC rifle, one pump action gun, two double-barrel guns, one Beretta pistol, four AK-47 magazines, six cartridges, 378 rounds of live ammunition, and an anti-tracker device, among others items were recovered from the suspects.

In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said the suspects would be charged to court on the conclusion of investigations.

He also assured Nigerians that the battle against criminal elements in the country would be a continuous one.

Aid Group Says Five Nigerian Workers Abducted By ISWAP

 

Five humanitarian workers have been abducted by Islamist insurgents in the restive northeastern region, aid group Action Against Hunger said.

The Paris-based organisation said in a statement Tuesday that one of its employees was among those kidnapped last month.

“Action Against Hunger condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the abduction of our employee, Ishaiku Yakubu, and we urgently call for his release,” it said.

It said Yakubu was abducted in June by a non-state armed group along with four other humanitarian workers from different organisations.

The five, all Nigerians, have appeared in a video that surfaced this week on the Telegram messaging app.

In the footage — apparently shot on June 21 — they said they had been kidnapped by fighters aligned to the Islamic State group at different times last month and appealed to be released.

Aid workers have been repeatedly targeted by jihadists waging a decade-long insurgency in northeastern Nigeria.

Last year fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction abducted a group of six humanitarian workers — including a female ACF employee — in the region.

Five of the hostages were later executed and the ACF worker remains in captivity.

ISWAP splintered from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and swore allegiance to then IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The 10-year conflict in northeastern Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and displaced about two million from their homes in northeast Nigeria.

Aid groups provide a vital lifeline for some 7.9 million people who the United Nations says are in need of urgent assistance in the region.

Pirates Kidnap Nine Nigerians On Norwegian Oil Ship

 

Pirates attacked a Norwegian vessel off the coast of Nigeria on Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals onboard, the ship’s Norwegian owner BW Offshore said.

The Sendje Berge, an offshore support vessel for the oil and gas industry, came under attack at 0320 GMT, BW Offshore said in a filing to the Oslo stock exchange.

There has been no news on the nine Nigerians since they were taken, but nobody remaining on board the ship had been hurt, according to the statement.

At the time of the attack, the Sendje Berge was working at the Okwori oilfield on behalf of China’s Addax Petroleum.

The Gulf of Guinea, which includes the Nigerian coast, has in recent years been the scene of a growing number of attacks by pirates who loot ships or kidnap crews or passengers for ransom.

Katsina Residents Protest Kidnapping

 

Residents of Yan Tumaki town in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State have taken to the streets to protest against insecurity, particularly kidnapping in their area.

The protest is coming hours after kidnappers visited the town and abducted a man identified as Alhaji Mansir Yusuf along with his daughter in the early hours of Tuesday.

A resident of the town told Channels Television that they were protesting what they described as the renewed and worsened insecurity in the area despite the presence of security operatives.

The protesters were seen burning tires and barricading the road linking Kankara and Katsina Local Government Areas.

On Sunday last week, 55-year-old chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Batsari Local Government Area, Abdulhamid Mamman Sani was killed by bandits in an attempt to kidnap him.

Gunmen Kidnap 5 Brothers, One Other Person In Kaduna

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted six people including five boys of the same parents in Gonin Gora area of Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.

The boys who are between the ages of 8 and 18 Years were abducted while they were sleeping in their home in the late hours of yesterday.

Their father, Mr Bamidele Awelewa who narrated how the incident happened, says the kidnappers gained access into his compound by breaking the fence and later forced themselves into the main building.

Armed with dangerous weapons, he explained that the kidnappers started beating his children before the miscreants whisked them all away.

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Awelewa further explained that he and his wife were later released by the kidnappers who instructed them to look for money to pay the ransom for the release of their five children or else they will be killed.

His wife who is still in shock over the incident appealed to the government to assist them to secure the release of their children.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Commissioner for internal security as well the Commissioner of Police has visited the family of the victims to commiserate with the family and also to get first-hand information about how the incident happened.

The Police commissioner while assuring the residents that everything is being done to tackle the problem of banditry and kidnapping in Chikun local government, also urged them to always provide the security agencies with useful information that will lead to the arrest of criminal elements in the area.

Police Kill Eight ‘Most Wanted’ Kidnappers In Taraba

Map of Taraba
Taraba is a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

Operatives of the Nigerian Police in Taraba state have killed eight notorious kidnappers who have been on their wanted lists for months. 

The hoodlums were killed in Bali local government area of the state after reliable intelligence gathering that the miscreants were set to kidnap some residents of the local government area.

This was made known by the state’s police public relations officer, David Misal when he paraded the remains of the eight kidnappers on Friday.

According to Misal, on sighting operatives of the Nigerian police, the kidnappers opened fire and a gun duel ensued which led to their deaths and recovery of army camouflage, arms, and ammunition.

Misal warned criminal elements to surrender or desist from their criminal acts or face the full wrath of the law.

Kidnapping: Kaduna Beefs Up Security At Rigasa Train Station

The Rigasa train station connects passengers heading to Abuja.
The Rigasa train station connects passengers heading to Abuja.

 

The Kaduna State Government has beefed up security around the Rigasa train station as part of efforts to guarantee the safety of passengers.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, revealed this when he visited Rigasa train station to assess security measures in the area.

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The latest security arrangement by the government comes on the heels of rumoured attacks on passengers along the road leading to the railway station by suspected kidnappers.

He said a combined team of army, police and other security agencies have been stationed around the station and environs to ensure that passengers are adequately protected. 

Abducted Wife Of Kaduna-Based Medical Doctor Found Dead

Mrs. Philip Ataga was found dead a week after she was kidnapped
Mrs. Philip Ataga was found dead a week after she was kidnapped

 

The wife of a Kaduna-based medical doctor,  Philip Ataga, who was abducted by kidnappers, along with her two children, on January 25, has been found dead along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

The woman and her two children were abducted from their home at the Juji community in Chikun local government area of the state by kidnappers who also killed a member of a local vigilante group in the area during the operation.

Sadly,  a week after their abduction, the body of the woman was found on Saturday morning with the whereabouts of her two children still yet unknown.

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The spokesman of Kaduna state police command, DSP Yakubu Sabo told Channels Television that the woman’s bullet-ridden body was found inside a bush in the Kakau area along the Abuja- Kaduna highway.

Late Mrs. Philip Ataga and her two abducted children.
Late Mrs. Philip Ataga and her two abducted children.

 

Sabo also disclosed that the body was evacuated and deposited at a mortuary.

The kidnappers, he added, have established contact with the family and are demanding a ransom before releasing the two children in their custody.

The police spokesman further disclosed that a manhunt of the kidnappers is ongoing.

 

Top Taraba Lawyer Kidnapped At Residence

Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Taraba, Zainab Kashimu
Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Taraba, Zainab Kashimu

 

The Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Taraba, Zainab Kashimu, was abducted by unknown gunmen at her residence in Jalingo on Friday.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television via a telephone interview, Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal, said her abductors came in droves and whisked her away to an unknown destination. 

He disclosed that efforts are on to ensure her safe rescue from the kidnappers. 

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Also confirming the incident, the Assistant Secretary of the NBA Branch in Jalingo, Barr. Dodo Niba noted that kidnapping has become a major threat to legal practitioners in Taraba. 

Barr. Dodo noted that her abductors are yet to contact the family members on what their demands are, but insists that the branch is fervently praying for her safe release. 

Last year, Chairman of the NBA in Taraba, Joel Daniel, was also kidnapped and released after an undisclosed ransom was paid. 

Police Arrest Pastor For Allegedly Faking Kidnap In Kaduna

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Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Union in the Kaduna State Police have arrested a 39-year-old pastor for allegedly faking his kidnap.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the spokesperson of the police in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the pastor, James Clement of Nasarawa Trikaniya of Chikun Local Government Area and another suspect, George Otokpa were arrested on January 27 for conspiring, and faking the kidnap and subsequently demanded a ransom of N500m from his family using the second suspect as the negotiator.

The police spokesman further explained that Clement was arrested at his hideout following a complaint made by two members of his family.

Both suspects are currently undergoing interrogation and according to the police, will be charged to court on completion of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, has cautioned members of the public against such heartless and barbaric acts.

Muri gave an assurance that the Command will use the evidence against the suspects in the court of law to serve as a deterrent to others.

Police Bust Five Suspected Kidnappers In Katsina

 

The police have busted a five-man kidnap syndicate reported to have been terrorising Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The spokesman of the police in the state, SP Gambo Isah, disclosed this on Tuesday during a press briefing held at the command headquarters in the state.

“The syndicate was busted on Monday at about 16:00 hrs, based on a tip-off led by a joint operation of police and repentant bandits,” Isah said.

According to him, in the course of the investigation, the suspects confessed to have masterminded the kidnapping of a seven-year-old boy, one Abdurrahman Sama’ila at Runka village and demanded a payment of N3million as ransom.

Meanwhile, the command has also confirmed the arrest of four notorious middle-aged Indian hemp and illicit drug dealers after raiding a black spot in Charanchi and Kankia Local Government Areas of the state.