NSCDC Arrests Two High Profiled Kidnappers In Taraba

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.



Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested two high profiled kidnappers in their watch list terrorizing Karim Lamido local government area of Taraba state.

The arrest follows an intelligence-gathering by men of the command on the activities of the kidnap kingpins.

Parading them before newsmen in Jalingo, the state capital, the commandant of NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha disclosed that more are still at large and their nets are spread across Taraba to get them arrested.

On the surge of kidnapping activities in Taraba state, Waksha reiterated that the command is working in collaboration with sister agencies to flush out hoodlums causing havoc in the state.

He called for more consciousness by residents of the state to always report suspicious movement in their domains.

The suspected kidnappers, Adamu Ahmadu 43 years and Yahaya, Madugu 65 years all confessed to having committed the crimes they are accused of.

Two Suspected ‘High Profile’ Kidnappers Arrested In Taraba

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.


Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested two high profiled kidnappers terrorising Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The arrest followed intelligence gathering by men of the command on the nefarious activities of the kidnap kingpins.

Parading them before journalists on Monday in Jalingo, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha, said that more are still at large and their nets are spread across Taraba to get them arrested.

“These two persons were arrested in two different locations in Same Local Government Area of Karim Lamido,” he said.

“They are high profiled kidnappers; one of them was arrested at Jebjeb community, while the other was arrested at Makko Community.

“The old man there is found to be taking arrested kidnap suspects on bail, so indirectly he is an accomplice and has been in the act for long.

“We arrested based on the intelligence report we have been gathering for long and we are still going to get those at large, they cannot escape our nets.”

On the surge of kidnapping activities in Taraba state, Waksha reiterated his commitment to collaborating with other security agencies to flush out hoodlums causing havoc in the state.

He called on residents of the state to always report suspicious movement in their domains, adding that the suspected kidnappers, Adamu Ahmadu and Yahaya Madugu, have confessed to having committed the crimes they were accused of.

Taraba State, Northeast Nigeria has been witnessing a surge in kidnapping activities with many underreported.

NSCDC Parades Two Suspected Child Traffickers In Cross River

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Cross River State Command, has paraded two suspected child traffickers alongside underage children in Calabar.

The suspects were heading to Ogun state, southwest Nigeria.

Speaking with Channels Television at the Defence Headquarters in Calabar, the State’s Commandant, Majekodunmi Abidemi, explained that the suspects were nabbed by the eagle-eyed officers who were looking out for them following a close trial of people, agents involved in child trafficking in Cross River State.

While the search for the master minder of the trafficking who is still at large continues, the victims would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for further investigations.

Army, NSCDC Arrest Suspected Hoodlums In Taraba

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.


Officers of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested some suspected hoodlums in Taraba State.

The officers successfully foiled an attempted murder of a resident in Katibu community of Lau Local Government Area of the state.

The swift response follows an alarm raised by the motorcyclist when he was attacked by the hoodlums in a bid to kill him and collect his motorbike.

This was disclosed by the Commandant of the NSCDC Taraba state Muhammed Waksha while parading the suspects in Jalingo, the state capital.

He explained that the hoodlums attacked one Sunday Sanya In Katibu area of Lau local government area of Taraba, with a machete, horn and snatched his motorcycle away, luckily he didn’t die.

”He raised alarm and they were arrested by security operatives in that area”

Also paraded is a buyer who is suspected to be in the business for years now and encouraging the hoodlums to always perpetrate the act.

He was paraded alongside his friend who attempted to prevent security operatives from arresting the buyer by injuring a military officer with a cutlass.

” When we arrested the hoodlums and interrogated them, in the process they were able to disclose the other two who buys motorbikes when stolen and indirectly encourages them to steal and he will, in turn, buy from them”

” The security operatives went to arrest the buyer, then his accomplice tried to prevent the officers from exercising their lawful duties and even attacked one of the military personnel with a cutlass, that was why he was also arrested ”

” Luckily for us, the victim is not dead, he sustained various degree of injuries and is currently under our care medically ”

The Katibu community in Lau LGA of Taraba have been experiencing such attacks unreported as most of the victims prefer to settle out of court.

”They have been terrorizing that area for so long, we have to mount surveillance in a bid to get to the root of the matter. ”

Waksha disclosed that after due investigation, the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.

He insists that continued surveillance and pin down of hoodlums will be put in place for more successes to be recorded.

” We are not relenting, we have men on joint operation stationed at Macco, Jenibanbur, chanchanji, Andemin, Shomo, Kona and maigoge communities all round Taraba with patrol vehicles ”

Items recovered from the suspects include two cutlasses, a horn, a magical hat, multiple charms, five mobile phones among several others.

Narrating his ordeal, the motorcyclist and resident of Katibu community, Sunday Sanya describes his being alive as the handwork of God.

” These two gentlemen asked me to help lift them from Donada to Mararaba Apawa, we bargained from 1500 to 1200 where we reached an agreement and asked them to board ”

” When we got close to a riverside one of them said his shoe has fallen and needs to get it, so I stopped, he picked it up and boarded again, suddenly I was attacked with a horn from behind ”

” The pain became severe to the point that I had to fall off the bike and one of them pursued me with a cutlass to kill me, but I narrowly escaped ”

” When I got to a point, I stopped only to discover that my motorbike is taken away and made efforts to flag down some passersby, they stopped I complained to them and they assisted in contacting the next village where they were arrested by security operatives ”

The suspects all admitted to having committed the crimes they are accused of committing and pleaded that the NSCDC tamper justice with mercy.

They are to face a court of competent jurisdiction for further prosecution.

How I Was Shot, Got My Leg Amputated, Petitioner Tells Judicial Panel

In this photo taken on January 6, 2021, Mr Suleiman Ibrahim gives his testimony before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry in Taraba State.


A 25-year-old carpenter, Suleiman Ibrahim, has told the judicial panel in Taraba State how his right leg was amputated.

Ibrahim informed the Justice Christopher Awubra panel which sat in Jalingo on Wednesday that his leg was amputated after he was shot at a close range by officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

He is also seeking N100 million as compensation for the damage done to his leg to help cater for the needs of his family.

The petitioner narrated that the shooting took place in March 2019, a few meters away from his residence in Jalingo metropolis.

He identified the alleged trigger-happy NSCDC official as one Sylvester Yunusa with service number 37938.

Ibrahim said,

On the 12th day of March 2019, at about 10am when I was at home with my two friends, suddenly my mum sort to know if my younger brother was at home because everyone was scampering for safety in the streets.

She asked me to go check him out with my friends and on our way, we heard gunshots and I told my friends to return home.

In the process, a civil defence vehicle double-crossed us, and one Sylvester Yunusa alighted from the vehicle and shot me on my right leg. Thereafter, two officers of the NSCDC came close to me with rifles and threatened to shoot me again.

When they left, I managed to knock on a nearby gate for safety. They opened the gate, pulled me in, and called my father to tell him.

My parents took me to the hospital, got me treated, and, thereafter, the doctors told my parents that the muscles holding the leg are no more, hence amputation will take place. My father insisted that my leg will not be cut off and sort for a referral to Kano where they said the same and my leg was amputated.

After the amputation, I was treated and returned to Jalingo. Officials of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) came around, got my submissions, and attached same with a petition to the commandant of Taraba NSCDC.

I was also taken to the NSCDC office where I was asked to get my witnesses and I did. My three witnesses were asked not to leave the premises of the NSCDC until the human rights commission intervened.

Justice Christopher Awubra and other members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry at a sitting in Taraba State on January 6, 2021.


As Ibrahim shed tears while giving his testimony, Justice Awubra pleaded with him to compose himself and present his case, saying the damage had been done.

He also urged the counsel to the petitioner, Dalhatu Hamman, to plead with him to calm his nerves for the panel to get the true picture of what transpired.

The 25-year-old who said he is the eldest in the family of 18 and the breadwinner, lamented that his family, including his aged parents, have become mendicants due to his inability to attend to his profession.

After Ibrahim narrated his ordeal to the panel, Hamman pleaded for an adjournment in order to present more witnesses.

He told the panel that the amount being requested as compensation if granted would go a long way in putting smiles on the faces of his client’s family members.

In his remarks, Justice Awubra granted the lawyer’s request and adjourned the case until January 27.

Nigeria Customs, NSCDC Win Volleyball Super Cup

Members of team Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) pose with a trophy after they won the Nigeria Volleyball Super Cup.


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have emerged champions of the Nigeria Volleyball Super Cup.

Team Customs beat Kano Pillars 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-20) in the men’s final while NSCDC defeated the NCS 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22) in a keenly contested women’s final played at the indoor sports hall of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.

NSCDC also restored their pride by beating Sunshine Spikers 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-17, 25-22) to settle for third place in the men’s category while COAS Spikers thrashed Kada Emeralds 3-0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-20) in the women’s third-place match.

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The head coach of the NCS men’s team, Eric Kefas, told reporters that Kano Pillars were a good side, but they could not withstand the firepower of his team.

He described the Customs team as a mixture of experienced players, as well as young and hungry players ready to perform exploit.

Members of team Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) pose with a trophy after they won the Nigeria Volleyball Super Cup.


“I give all glory to God for giving the team the opportunity to be at the Super Cup; we entered this tournament as 2019 league champions and we are returning to Abuja with the trophy,” Kefas said.

He added, “Our success story is not complete if we fail to acknowledge the continuous support of the Controller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hammed Ali.

“My boys were determined to lift the trophy and that was why they came all out against Kano Pillars. They are a good side but our mixture of old experienced players, as well as young and hungry players, gave us victory”.

The teams that participated at the just-concluded Super Cup include Customs (men and women), NSCDC (men and women), Kano Pillars (men), COAS Spikers (men and women), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) (women), Offa Volleyball Cub (men), Sunshine Spikers (men), Kada Emeralds (women), and Heartland Strikers of Owerri (women).

In his remarks, the President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Musa Nimrod, said the nation’s volleyball governing body was pleased with the outcome of the competition.

He also called for partnerships from the private sector to get more attraction to the sport and improve volleyball in the country.

Volleyball Super Cup: NSCDC Emerge Women’s Champion

Team NSCDC celebrating after successfully defending their volleyball league title


Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have beaten Nigeria Customs Service 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22) to emerge champions of the women’s category of the Super Cup.

In a keenly contested game at the indoor sports hall of the University of Ilorin, NSCDC confirmed their superior display over Kada Emeralds in the semi-final was no fluke.

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They are now back to back champions of the league.


More details to follow…

Ondo Election: No Electoral Official Was Injured In Ilaje Boat Accident – NSCDC


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Saturday said the boat accident involving electoral official in Ilaje area of Ondo State did not injure anyone.

NSCDC Commandant in the state, Philip Ayuba disclosed this while speaking to Channels Television in Akure.

According to him, the unfortunate incident occurred last night when some ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were carrying some electoral materials in preparation for the governorship election in the state.

We thank God because, among those who that incident happened to, nobody died. We were told they were all rescued. We give glory to God, that is a good one,” he said.

“From the information, I got that some men were arrested and on that basis, I believe very soon, the men will be taken to our office here for further investigation.”

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Earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Rufus Oloruntoyin Akeju, who confirmed the incident, said the boat capsized on Friday night during the movement of “personnel and materials to the riverine Registration Areas of Ilaje Local Government Area (LGA).”

“Fortunately, all personnel and election materials were rescued when the boat capsized,” Akeju added.

The rescue efforts were carried out by personnel of the Nigerian Navy who escorted the boats.

The movement of the election materials and the personnel was eventually concluded and voting commenced as planned in all the polling units today.

29 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested In Imo

File Photo of NSCDC Commandant, Danjuma Elisa.


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested 29 suspects allegedly involved in illegal dredging and mining in prohibited sites in Imo State.

This was disclosed on Friday by the State Commandant, Dajuma Elisha in Owerri, the state capital.

While parading the suspects at the Command Headquarters, Elisha said the arrest followed ceaseless complaints and reports by the state government of the activities of illegal miners and dredgers.

He explained that their illegal mining activities have continued to deface the city thereby causing environmental hazards like pollution and land degradation.

According to the NSCDC boss, the suspects will be profiled and prosecuted accordingly.

Elisha also asked indigenes in this line of business to quit and find another legal source of livelihood.

Edo 2020: About 4,000 Personnel Were Deployed To Secure Critical Assets – NSCDC


Assistant Commandant General (ACG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Emmanuel Bassey, has said that at least 4,000 personnel were deployed to secure critical assets at the Edo Governorship Election.

He said this on Saturday evening, while giving a situation update on the voting exercise which held during the day.

When asked of the role the NSCDC played during the election he said: “we not only secured assets, we deployed about 4,000 of our personnel, we secured critical government assets but we also deployed about 7,311 of our personnel in Polling Units. If you go through all the polling centers in the state, you would see officers of the civil defence”.

Speaking further, the ACG said the election went on well. He, however, noted that there were unverified reports of pockets of violence.

He also said there were unverified reports of vote-buying.

“I went some centers. There was subtle evidence that some people well-doing vote-buying. When I went to some centers, I saw some of them but when I went to them, they disappeared”.

NSCDC To Train 100,000 Agro-Rangers To Fight Banditry In Niger, Other States


The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have vowed to root out banditry and agric related thefts in Niger State and other states across the federation by training one hundred thousand more agro rangers that will be deployed to various communities across the country.

The Commandant General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu made the commitment during the handing over of fifty hectares of land by the Niger State government for the establishment of the Corps’ training institute in Kontagora local government area.

He said the men that will be trained will also give physical support to farmers and will help guarantee agro-allied investment in the country.

He said a similar training was held in Katsuna state which has seen a drop in cases of kidnapping of farmers in the state.

The NSCDC boss commended the Niger State government for the land donation and other forms of support being accorded to the corps, especially under the current administration.

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello said the government is exploring all avenues to curtail the surge in banditry and terrorist attacks in some parts of the State, hence the need for such partnerships with security agencies.

He reaffirmed the commitment of his government to bring to an end the nefarious activities of bandits and terrorists.

The facilities provided by the State government for the take-off of the NSCDC training centre include nine units three-bedroom bungalows, one (1) White House consisting of 5-bedrooms, block of six boys quarters, one accountable Hall, Parade Ground, and a gateman.

Policeman, NSCDC Official, 14-Year-Old Girl Killed By Abductors In Kaduna

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.


Two officers serving with the Kaduna state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Police Force have been killed by their abductors.

The deceased officers were abducted from their homes by suspected kidnappers on August 28 at Maraban Rido in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state alongside two other residents.

The abductors also killed a 14-year-old girl who was among those abducted.

They were held captive for 13 days after they were kidnapped from their houses and later killed by yet to be known persons.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the NSCDC Public Relations Officer of Kaduna state command, Orndiir Terzungwe, said that the bodies of the late Civil Defence officer, Bulus Sanda, a police officer, and a civilian were dumped at Tsoshon Gaya village along the Kaduna-Abuja highway by the kidnappers after they were killed.

He disclosed that the three dead bodies were later discovered by passers-by who alerted security operatives.

According to the NSCDC spokesman, the late Sanda who joined the corps in 2010, had served the corps in different locations, adding that he was dedicated to his duty in an exemplary manner.

However, he stated that in spite of the incident, the command will remain resolute and continue to perform all its statutory duties to ensure the safety and security of lives in Kaduna state.