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.

Police Kill Two Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue 23 Victims In Kaduna

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Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have killed two suspected kidnappers during an operation along the Zaria- Kaduna highway.

The operatives also rescued eleven kidnap victims from the suspects.

The command’s spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said in a statement that the command on Wednesday afternoon received a distress call that some bandits blocked the Kaduna-Zaria express highway and abducted eight persons from a Sharon bus on their way from Kano to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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And on receipt of the information, the command mobilized teams of operatives with some Armored Personnel Carrier (APCs) vehicles to the area, engaged the attackers in a gun battle and successfully gunned down two of the bandits and rescued all the eight victims unhurt

He explains that many other bandits escaped with bullet wounds, adding that the Command is still on their trail with a view to apprehending and bringing them to justice.

DSP Sabo also discloses that police operatives equally rescued three other kidnapped workers of a telecommunications company at Maidoro village in Giwa local government area of Kaduna state, while another nine kidnapped passengers of a commercial luxurious bus that was attacked along Kaduna-Zaria Road alongside the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum on January the 14th were also rescued unhurt by the operatives.

Kidnappers Demand N100m To Release Taraba Chief

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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.

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“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.