Kidnappers Demand N100m To Release Taraba Chief

Taraba Assembly Holds Last Plenary, Remembers Departed Members

 

The abductors of a local chief in Taraba state have contacted his family members demanding a ransom of 100 million naira. 

They made their demand via a telephone conversation where they insisted that a reasonable amount of money must be paid because he is a chief.

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According to a family source, who preferred anonymity, the family is still negotiating, as well as pleading with the kidnappers to lower their bid.

Channels Television reported the kidnapping of the chief, Daniel Mbatelen of Dan-anacha at a suburb of Gassol local government area of Taraba state.

The Chief’s abduction is the first recorded case in the year 2020.

 

Police Arrest 1,907 Suspects, Rescue 30 Victims In Katsina

 

A total of 1,907 suspected criminals in connection with 1,519 reported cases have been arrested by the Katsina state police command in 10 months.

This is within the last 10 months in its ongoing fight against the menace of cattle rustling, armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality especially in the most affected eight front line LGAs of the state.

The state Police Commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba disclosed this on Tuesday during his end of the year press conference held at the Command Headquarters, Katsina state.

He said a total of 1,256 arrested suspects are currently undergoing prosecution in various competent courts of law in the state, adding that a total of eight (8) rustlers were killed, 44 arrested while five (5) were severely injured in several battles.

CP Buba further stated that a total of 435 rustled animals comprising 359 cows, 61 of them are sheep, seven donkeys, seven camels and one goat recovered alongside 170 suspected armed robbery suspects, 106 suspected kidnappers arrested, two killed in battle and 44 victims rescued.

“The launching of Operation Puff Adder by the Inspector General of Police in Batsari LGA of the state witnessed the massive deployment of personnel and equipment in the Front line areas leading to massive raids and several arrests of suspected bandits from their criminal hideouts and recovery of a large catch of arms and ammunition.”

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The police Commissioner while assuring determination to do more in 2020, maintained that in the same year, following the state government peace dialogue initiative, 30 kidnapped victims were also released by their captors.

He said 11 AK47 rifles, one Tavo 21 rifle, two English pistols, 24 locally made guns, 27 Dane guns 398 live ammunition and 48 cartridges were also recovered during various sting operations carried out by the command.

Similarly, the command according to the commissioner during the year under review recovered a total of 18 motor vehicles and 66 motorcycles from 59 suspected criminals.

He, therefore, appreciated the effort of the state government for initiating and leading the peace dialogue process between farmers and herders in the state, adding that, the giant stride has by no means brought about peace in the affected communities.

He, however, warned unrepentant bandits and their collaborators or informers to either accept the peace initiative of the Government or be dealt with according to extant laws of the land.

The highlight of the conference was the decoration of four police officers who were hitherto promoted to various ranks.

Two of the officers decorated were promoted from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of police whereas last two officers were promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Police Deploy More Special Forces To Kaduna-Abuja Highway

Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr. Ali Janga

 

Police authorities in Kaduna State have said that the Abuja-Kaduna road is now safe for travellers, with the deployment of more Special Forces and sophisticated security equipment on the highway.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ali Janga, the road has been a major cause for concern when it comes to security.

Janga, however, assured residents living around the area, that the Force will bring the activities of criminals on the expressway to an end.

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He stated this on Thursday during a tour of the highway.

“We have another six to seven patrol vehicles that are fully equipped with gadgets that will view about 5 to 10 kilometres that will equally be deployed along this Kaduna-Abuja road. We are assuring the good people of Kaduna and the general public that the road is safe,” he said.

Hopefully, the deployment allays the fears of commuters and reduces the rate of crime on the roads.

Police Parade Traditional Ruler, Others For Kidnapping

Some of the criminals paraded in Nasarawa on Friday, December 20, 2019.

 

The Police paraded 81 suspects for kidnapping, robbery and cultism in Nasarawa on Friday, including a traditional ruler of Mangoro Goma of Tunga Village, Dalhatu Abubakar.

He was arrested for aiding and abetting kidnapping.

The Police, in a statement obtained by Channels TV, said Abubakar had been on their wanted list “for a long time” and, after his arrest, is now assisting the police to unravel many other kidnap cases in the state.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, said the Force’s goal was to eradicate all forms of kidnapping in the state.

“Kidnapping will be something of the past in Nasarawa state,” Mr Longe said. “Robbery has been completely reduced to little or nothing; cultism has been caged, although recently we discovered that some cultists are coming from Benue to relocate to Nasarawa state. We have re-arrested some of them and they will soon be charged to court.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest 62 Suspected Kidnappers In Nasarawa

“So in Nasarawa state, we want to assure people that their lives will be maximally secured. Nobody should entertain fear. 

“But we want them to ferry information to us so that we will make use of the information to hype our security provision.”

Last month a businessman was reported killed in Nasarawa despite his abductors receiving a ransom. 

‘I Am A Victim,’ Says Sri Lankan President Amid Kidnap Saga

Sri Lanka’s President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives to take oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony at the Ruwanwelisaya temple in Anuradhapura on November 18, 2019. Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

Sri Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday the alleged kidnapping of a Swiss embassy staffer which triggered a diplomatic spat between Colombo and Bern had been concocted to discredit his election victory.

A Sri Lankan national working for the Swiss mission in Colombo was arrested Monday for allegedly falsely claiming she had been abducted and sexually assaulted by unidentified attackers on November 25.

The alleged abduction happened a day after a Sri Lankan police inspector investigating cases involving the Rajapaksa family sought asylum in Switzerland.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa — who was elected president last month — told Colombo-based foreign correspondents Thursday that he was the real “victim” of the saga.

“In this case, the victim is me because immediately after my election, this story came up,” he said, giving details of the Swiss embassy staffer’s movements on the day she claimed she was held against her will.

“It is very clear it is a planned thing to discredit me and the government.”

Rajapaksa said he did not believe the Swiss embassy itself had any role in making the allegations and insisted he did not want anyone to create tensions between the two countries.

Switzerland on Monday criticised the embassy worker’s arrest and “lack of due process in the case”, and asked for evidence that she had faked her claims.

Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis also spoke to his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena about the case, the foreign ministry said this week.

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Kaduna-Abuja Highway Now Safe – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

 

Kidnapping on Abuja-Kaduna highway has substantially reduced, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said on Thursday.

The Governor made the remark at an inter-agency security meeting held in Kaduna.

Early this year, Kaduna state was in the news for the wrong reasons due to rising cases of kidnapping, communal clashes, and rural banditry.  

At some point, the Kaduna-Abuja highway and Birnin-Gwari road became a no-go area for motorists largely due to the incessant abduction of travellers and residents.

But El-Rufai said the kidnappers terrorising the highway have been substantially degraded and defeated by security agencies, and therefore declared the road safe for motorists.

At the security meeting, which involved officials from the Police, Army, Nigerian Security and  Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and others, El-Rufai expressed happiness that no one has been kidnapped on the highway in the last two and a half months.

He attributed the success to the enhanced level of collaboration and coordination among security agencies.

However, he urged them to sustain the inter-agency collaboration while also assuring that the State Government is committed to complementing their efforts through logistics support, mobility, hardware and other means.

Police Arrest Members Of Notorious Kidnap Syndicates In Katsina

 

Police in Katsina State has arrested four members of two notorious kidnap syndicates terrorising Kafur and Katsina Local Government Areas of the state and recovered twenty-three (23) suspected stolen cows.

In a press statement, the state commissioner of police, CP Sanusi Buba through the spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah said three of the suspects are from Igabi LGA of Kaduna state whereas the remaining suspect is a resident of Sabuwar Unguwa Quarters in Katsina metropolitan area.

He said “one Shu’aibu Bala, m, aged 36yrs of Gozaki village in Kafur LGA of the state had on November 29th this year reported at Kafur Division that he has been receiving threat messages through phone call intimidating him to pay the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand naira or himself or any member of his family risk being kidnapped by the callers.

“Consequently, on 04/12/2019 at about 17:00hrs, Operation Puff Adder led by DPO Kafur Division succeeded in smashing the syndicate at Unguwar Iliya village of Kafur LGA of the state when they went to collect the ransom of N150,000 as demanded.

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He said the suspected kidnappers arrested include: 1. Umar Audu, m, aged 20yrs, 2. Yusuf Abubakar, m, aged 25yrs and 3. Ussaini Isah, m, aged 30yrs, 4. Aliyu Sani, m, aged 20yrs of Sabuwar Unguwa Quarters, Katsina.

In the course of investigation twenty-three (23) cows suspected to be stolen were recovered in their possession. Suspects confessed to the crime. An investigation is ongoing”.

The command has also according to SP Isah based on a tip-off on 26/11/2019 at about 20:00hrs, burst six members of suspected armed robbery syndicate terrorizing Mani LGA of the state and its environs and recovered the stolen items.

“Nemesis caught up with the hoodlums when they attacked the house of one Hussaini Adamu, m, aged 30yrs of Magami village, Mani LGA of Katsina and several other houses and robbed them of their belongings which include mobile phones, money, food items and other valuables worth N300,000:00k. In the course of the investigation the following suspects were arrested:

“Suleiman Musa, m, aged 20yrs of Magami village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, Bilya Sani, m, aged 25yrs of Kauyen Fage village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, Musbahu Saidu, m, aged 25yr of Samaru village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, Abdullahi Ado, m, aged 25yrs of Jirga village, Mani LGA of Katsina state, Umar Abdullahi, alias “Kaura”, m, aged 25yrs of Izalawa Quarters, Mani LGA of Katsina state. Hassan Sa’idu, m, aged 18yrs of Marina Quarters, Mani LGA of Katsina state.

“Exhibits recovered from the syndicate includes one Boxer Motorcycle with reg. no. QB 548 MAN, four goats, food items, and sticks. Suspects confessed to the commission of the crime and several other related crimes in the area. An investigation is ongoing.”

The commissioner while commending the collective effort, support and cooperation of well-meaning people in the state, however, solicited for the continuation and sustenance of the synergy between the people and the police.

He believed that success was achieved as a result of robust community policing engagement through the process of dialogue, visibility policing and synergy with other sister security organizations including the State Government.

Medical Doctor Kidnapped In Delta State

 

Some gunmen have kidnaped a medical doctor identified as Dr Jerry Isogun, who is also the President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD DELSUTH Oghara, Delta State.

This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Harrison Adja, on Thursday.

According to the statement, Dr. Isogun was kidnapped on Wednesday night while on his way from his primary place of assignment in Oghara, to Sapele where he lives.

The association also disclosed that an attempt had been made on their colleagues last month, and another one escaped the same kidnappers just about 20minutes before the president was kidnapped.

With the increase in the spate of kidnapping around the Oghara-Sapele-Warri and Oghara-Benin axis, the association has called on the government to come to their aid.

“We are therefore calling on delta state government, security agents, chairmen of the adjoining LGAs, and traditional rulers to beef up security around these areas, to forestall such happening in the future.

“We are also calling on the Federal Government to ensure that these roads are fixed as a matter of urgency to avert future occurrence”.

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.

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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.

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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.