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Three abducted Kaduna seminarians freed
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Three abducted Kaduna seminarians freed

The three seminarians abducted from Christ the King Major Seminary in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have been freed. The three Major Seminarians were abducted by armed persons from the Chapel of the Seminary in Fayit Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, on Monday 11 October, 2021. Chancellor of Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Reverend Father Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo confirmed their release on Wednesday night. He also prayed for the release of others still in captivity. He said; “With hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praises as we announce the return of our Three Major Seminarians, who were abducted by armed persons from the Chapel of the Seminary at Christ the King Major Seminary, Fayit Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a ...
Catholic priest abducted in Abia state
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Catholic priest abducted in Abia state

A Catholic priest identified as Rev Fr Godfrey Mark Chimezie of St Theresa Catholic Church, Umuahia, Abia State, has been abducted. The Catholic priest who had just concluded a morning mass at St Gabriel ,Okpururie, Afaraukwu, was kidnapped along Enyiukwu Road Ohokobe Afaraukwu community, Ibeku in Umuahia North LGA of Abia State. Rev Fr Godfrey Mark Chimezie was reportedly forced out of his Toyota Corolla into an SUV driven by the kidnappers, after which they sped away. The Enugu-born cleric was ordained a priest earlier this year.
Emir of Bungudu still in bandits’ den despite paying N20m ransom one month ago
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Emir of Bungudu still in bandits’ den despite paying N20m ransom one month ago

Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara State abducted by bandits along Kaduna-Abuja highway, is still with his abductors after paying N20 million ransom a month ago. DAILY POST recalls that on September 4, 2021, the Emir was abducted when the bandits attacked his convoy on his way from Kaduna to Abuja. Attahiru was said to be on his way to Abuja to join the Zamfara government’s delegation to the UN General Assembly in the United States. The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed that an unspecified number of commuters were abducted along with the monarch in the daylight attack which occurred around Dutse village on the highway. The abduction was said to have been carried out by gunmen loyal to banditry kingpin Boderi Isiya, operating from Riyawa, Buruku and Sabon Bir...
Female police officer missing after unknown gunmen attack Enugu police station
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Female police officer missing after unknown gunmen attack Enugu police station

Police officers in Enugu state are currently in search of a female officer who went missing after known gunmen attacked the Police Divisional Headquarters, Umulokpa, in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, October 9. The gunmen stormed the police division at about 5pm in their numbers and started shooting sporadically, damaging any facility insight. Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement released, said the State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal, had directed the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, of the command to intensity efforts to locate the abducted female cop. Part of the statement reads “The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, CP Abubakar Lawal, has ordered the State ...
Drug cartel abduct former NDLEA officer in Benue, asks that its member who was arrested be released
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Drug cartel abduct former NDLEA officer in Benue, asks that its member who was arrested be released

A drug cartel reportedly abducted a retired National Drug Law Enforcement Agency officer, after its operatives arrested a 19-year-old female drug dealer, Mngunengen Achir, in Benue State. NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi confirmed this in a statement, saying that Achir was arrested with 5.5kg cannabis and 112grams of diazepam on October 6 in Aliade area of the state. Babafemi revealed that the drug cartel abducted the retired official thinking that he is still a serving officer, and also demanded that Achir be released from custody. He said; “Other members of the arrested lady’s cartel abducted the retired NDLEA personnel from that community who they assumed was still a serving officer, took him to a forest and demanded for the release of the suspect in custody before their vict...
Colombian nun freed four years after being kidnapped by jihadists in Mali
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Colombian nun freed four years after being kidnapped by jihadists in Mali

A Franciscan nun from Colombia who was abducted in 2017 by fighters in Mali has been freed. Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez was released on Saturday October 9, after more than four years in captivity. She was taken hostage on February 7, 2017, by the Macina Liberation Front, an al-Qaeda-linked group in southern Mali near the border with Burkina Faso where she had been working as a missionary. Following her release, Narvaez met with Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita. “I first thank God, who is the light and the peace, I thank the Malian authorities, the president for all the efforts made so that I am free,” she said in a brief statement made on state television. “I am very happy, I stayed healthy for five years, thank God,” she added. “The presidency of Mali salutes th...
Suspected kidnappers attack Police station and abduct nursing mother in Adamawa
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Suspected kidnappers attack Police station and abduct nursing mother in Adamawa

Suspected kidnappers have attacked Ngurore Police station in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa and abducted a nursing mother in the area. Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, said the assailants attacked the station at about 2 a. m on Sunday, but no casualty was recorded. "The suspected kidnappers targeted one Alhaji Umaru of Nasarawo B, a resident of Ngurore town in Yola South LGA. The criminals separated into two groups; one attacked the Police station to divert the attention of security operatives, while other group attacked Alhaji Umaru’s house and kidnapped his wife, Hauwa Umaru, and her daughter. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Barde, has ordered the deployment of operational asset including Polic...
Insecurity: Efforts to secure release of kidnapped Perm Sec fully on – Niger govt
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Insecurity: Efforts to secure release of kidnapped Perm Sec fully on – Niger govt

Niger State Government said efforts are on to secure the release of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Transport, Ibrahim Musa Garba. The Permanent Secretary was abducted alongside one of his children at Zungeru the headquarters of Wushishi local government council on the 2nd of October,2021 Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mohammed Idris who stated this in Minna said the government is not resting on its oars on the issue. He explained that the state government would not compromise on its stand on no payment of ramson in securing his release. “There are various ways to achieve it. It’s not about the Perm Sec. We are not doing selective treatment on the issue. We are doing whatever it takes to free him,” the commissioner said. According to him, the state gov...
Update: Kidnapped BUK student escapes from abductors
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Update: Kidnapped BUK student escapes from abductors

The 300-Level student of Bayero University, Kano (BUK) Sakina Bello, who was abducted in Kano metropolis has reappeared. It will be recalled that the Botany student was reportedly kidnapped around 3pm on Tuesday, on her way back home in a commercial tricycle. The abductors later called on Wednesday morning, and demanded N100million ransom. Read HERE According to reports, no ransom was paid as she escaped from the abductors and then called her brother to inform him of her escape. Confirming the report, spokesman for the Kano Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Kiyawa, said that the student claimed that she escaped from the abductors and found herself around Sabon Gari area of the metropolis. He said the police had taken her to the hospital, adding that “no stone will be left unturne...
Gunmen abduct father, children, going to church crusade, demand N4m ransom
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Gunmen abduct father, children, going to church crusade, demand N4m ransom

A father, two children as well as their cousin have been abducted by kidnappers in Ondo State. The family of four were kidnapped at Iju-Itagbolu community in Akure North Local Government Area of the state. The victims were said to have been abducted by the gunmen while on their way from Ado Ekiti to attend a church crusade in Akure, the state capital. The four victims were travelling in a blue space bus with three other passengers, when the gunmen who shot sporadically in the air forced them to stop them. With the three other occupants of the vehicle escaping from the scene, the other victims were not lucky as they were matched into the bush by their abductors. Meanwhile, the suspected kidnappers were said to have demanded N1m ransom for each of the victims. When contacte...
Abducted Kogi ex-provost dies during rescue operation
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Abducted Kogi ex-provost dies during rescue operation

A former provost of the College of Education Technical Kabba, Chief Julius Oshadumo, has died 10 days after he was abducted at a church service in Kabba, Kogi State. Punch reports that the 78-year-old former Provost was killed during a rescue operation. Oshadumo was among those abducted from ECWA Church in Okedayo-Kabba together with a 70-year-old worshipper on September 26 during a church service. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of ten million naira for the former Provost who was said to be asthmatic. However, two million naira was offered for his release. Oshadumo was said to have died when vigilantes attempted to rescue him and others abducted in a forest around the Ogori area of the state. He was said to have been hit by a bullet during an exchange of fire between vig...
Zamfara speaker’s father still in captivity as other family members regain freedom
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Zamfara speaker’s father still in captivity as other family members regain freedom

Bandits have released five family members of Alhaji Nasiru Magarya, Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly who were kidnapped alongside his father. Recall that Nasiru's family members were abducted at Magarya community in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on August 5, 2021. The state police command has already confirmed that five of them have regained freedom. The state police commissioner, Ayuba Elkanah said the Speaker’s family members who were rescued on September 29, include Dahiru Sarki Magarya, Hauwa Mu’azu Magarya, baby Khadija, Usman Magarya and Okasha Abdullahi Magarya. Elkanah also disclosed that the police has intensified efforts to rescue the speaker's father.
Gunmen abduct permanent secretary in Niger ministry of transport and his son
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Gunmen abduct permanent secretary in Niger ministry of transport and his son

Gunmen have kidnapped Ibrahim Garba Musa, the permanent secretary in Niger’s ministry of transportation. He was abducted in the early hours of Saturday, October 2, alongside his son in the Zungeru area of the state, where they had gone to for a wedding ceremony. Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary to Abubakar Sani Bello, governor of the state, confirmed the incident. She said the governor also "decried the barbaric and atrocious acts of bandits in Shiroro and Munya Local Government Areas recently, where many villagers were slaughtered, burnt and some kidnapped". His abduction comes barely two months after Sani Idris, the state’s commissioner for information, was abducted by suspected bandits.
Abducted air vice marshal Sikiru Smith regains freedom after 5 days in captivity
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Abducted air vice marshal Sikiru Smith regains freedom after 5 days in captivity

Sikiru Smith, a retired air vice marshal, who was kidnapped in Lagos state, has regained freedom. He was abducted on Monday, September 27, in Ajah while carrying out inspection on a site, and whisked away in a waiting speedboat . On Saturday, October 2nd, it was revealed that he has been released. The Lagos state police PRO, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed he was released in the early hours of today but did not provide further details.
Bandits kill two, abduct teacher in Kaduna
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Bandits kill two, abduct teacher in Kaduna

An Arabic and Islamic studies teacher in Kuregu community in Zaria Local Government of Kaduna State, has been abducted by bandits. Daily Trust reported that two people were also killed during the incident which occurred around 10pm on Friday September 26. An eyewitness told the publication that the deceased were just at the wrong place at the wrong time, because the bandits came asking for houses of wealthy individuals in the community when they came across them. It was learnt that they were shot before the Islamic studies teacher in the community was abducted.
Troops Rescue Army Major Abducted During Bandits Attack on NDA
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Troops Rescue Army Major Abducted During Bandits Attack on NDA

Major CL Datong, who was abducted when bandits broke into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, last month, has regained freedom. Bandits attacked the NDA on August 24, 2021, killing two senior officers in the process. On Friday night, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, announced the rescue of Datong from the kidnapper's den. Idimah said the operation leading to his rescue brought about the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in Afaka- Birnin Gwari areas of the state. According to him, scores of bandits were killed during the operation, particularly, in the late hours of September 17, 2021. “The troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Maj CL Datong was being held. At the camp, the t...
Gunmen Kidnap Catholic Priest in Kaduna community
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Gunmen Kidnap Catholic Priest in Kaduna community

Unknown gunmen have reportedly kidnapped the priest in charge of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Anchuna, Ikulu Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The priest identified as Rev. Fr. Luka Benson Yakusak, was said to have been abducted on Monday night, September 13. It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the priest’s official residence and whisked him away to an unknown destination.
Three abducted farm workers who work for Obasanjo have been released
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Three abducted farm workers who work for Obasanjo have been released

Three employees who work for former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, have been released two days after they were abducted. The farmworkers were abducted around Kobape area of Ogun State around 6 pm on Wednesday, September 8. They were said to be on their way to one of Obasanjo's farms at Seseri village around Kobape when they were abducted by gunmen who reportedly emerged from the bush and shot at the Hilux vehicle conveying them. The kidnappers then took them to an unknown destination inside the bush. On Friday evening, September 10, the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the rescue of the victims, saying they were released without paying any ransom. According to Oyeyemi, the kidnappers had no choice but to release the workers as pressure was mounted on th...
Bandits abduct two teenagers in Kaduna community
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Bandits abduct two teenagers in Kaduna community

Armed bandits have abducted two brothers in Rigachikun community of Igabi Local Government Ares of Kaduna State. The incident happened around 12:45 am on Thursday at Tsallaken Dogo area of the community. It was gathered that the bandits shot sporadically to scare residents away before fleeing the community. A resident of the area, Mohammed Awalu said the incident shocked the community because the victims were teenagers. ”They were teenagers and we are all worried because the two brothers were whisked away and we have not heard from them,” he said. He said the last time bandits attacked the community was a year ago. Contacted State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Jalige Mohammed said he was in a meeting but will find out the details of the incident.
Gunmen Abduct Three of Obasanjo’s Staff
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Gunmen Abduct Three of Obasanjo’s Staff

Three workers of former President Olusegun Obasanjo have been abducted by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at a village in Abeokuta, Ogun state, According to reports, the three workers including the Financial controller, group auditor and group store manager of the firm, Obasanjo Holdings, were riding in a Hilux vehicle when they were attacked by the gunmen who shot at their vehicle. They were later forced out of the vehicle and taken to an undisclosed destination. The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident and said efforts are being made to rescue the victims and arrest the culprits.
Bandits abduct wife and two children of Katsina assembly member
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Bandits abduct wife and two children of Katsina assembly member

Wife and two children of Katsina assembly member, Ibrahim Aminu Kurami have been abducted by bandits. The bandits invaded the Kurami home town of the lawmaker representing Bakori constituency in Katsina House of Assembly on motorbikes and cars around 8pm on Saturday night. Daily Trust reported that they blocked the Funtua-Katsina road for minutes, while the abduction of the Kurami family went on at his home. A source told the publication; “Immediately after Ishaa’i prayers we started hearing gun shots in the town, before we know it they already positioned themselves in the strategic places of the town to avert any possible move by the residents to engage them. “They went straight to the to the home of the Honourable Member and made away with his wife and two children.” He...
Police confirm death of injured person in Bauchi community attack
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Police confirm death of injured person in Bauchi community attack

The Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed the death of an injured victim of unknown gunmen attack in Birshin Fulani settlement on the Bauchi- Dass road in the early hours of Saturday. DAILY POST had reported that the gunmen, whose number could not be ascertained, had attacked the house of the Engineer of The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Engineer Abubakar Garba Muhammad. The assailants, according to the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, also attacked and injured one other person, who was rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) in Bauchi for treatment. However, while giving an update on the unknown gunmen attack on the community, the police spokesman informed that the injured person, one Adamu Umar, died in t...
Bandits kill two as Troops Rescue three Kidnapped Commuters in Kaduna
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Bandits kill two as Troops Rescue three Kidnapped Commuters in Kaduna

Two persons have been killed by bandits in Makoro Iri village in Kajuru Local Governemnt Area of Kaduna State. The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, August 29, said troops rescued three commuters kidnapped by bandits. "Bandits invaded the remote village and shot dead the duo identified as Gideon Mumini and Barnabas Ezra," he stated.   "In another development, troops of Operation Safe Haven rescued three travelers from armed bandits along the Gidan Waya- Godogodo road in Jema'a LGA. The travelers were abducted by armed bandits who barricaded the road. Troops responded to a distress call and pursued the bandits, rescuing the trio identified as Jibril Salisu, Happy Sunday, and...
Police Rescue abducted student of Kwara State University
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Police Rescue abducted student of Kwara State University

Khadijat Isiaq, the abducted 300-level Mass Communication student of Kwara State University (KWASU) has been rescued by the police. Six suspects linked to the abduction of Khadijat were also arrested by the policemen. The command’s spokesman, Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed that the student who was abducted on Sunday August 22 at Okoru village, near Malete at about 9pm, has been rescued. Ajayi said;   “I am happy to inform the general public of the successful search and rescue operation conducted in liberating the abducted 300L Mass Communication female student of Kwara State University by name Isiaq Kadijat. “The command wishes to acknowledge the support of the Inspector General of police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the local hunters, vigil...
No ransom was paid by Niger state government to secure release of Islammiya students – Senator Musa
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No ransom was paid by Niger state government to secure release of Islammiya students – Senator Musa

Lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Mohammed Musa has said that the Niger state government paid no ransom to secure release of abducted Islammiya students. Though some news platforms reported that over N60m and new motorcycles were given as ransom to the bandits, Senator Musa in an interview on Channels Television noted that the Niger State Government has repeatedly said it would never pay ransom to the bandits. He said;   “The Niger State Government has made it very categorically clear and one of the policies of the state government His Excellency initiated, there is no payment of ransom for whatever reasons. “I so much agree with him (Governor Abubakar Bello) because the more you give the ransom, the more the trade wi...
Bandits abduct widow 24 hours after her husband’s death in Katsina
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Bandits abduct widow 24 hours after her husband’s death in Katsina

  Suspected bandits have abducted the widow of Alhaji Rabe Bello Kofa, the former head of Kofa village in Kusada Local Government Area of Katsina State who died on Tuesday, August 24. The armed bandits stormed the widow's residence and abducted her in the early hours of today Wednesday, August 25. A resident, who spoke anonymously to DailyTrust, said the bandits went straight to the house of the village head, who died on Tuesday and abducted some members of the bereaved family, including his widow.   “The village head of Kofa, who was an elder brother to a former Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, died on Tuesday and was buried on the same day in accordance with Islamic rites. Unfortunately, some gunmen entered the ho...
Identity of Major abducted by bandits at NDA uncovered
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Identity of Major abducted by bandits at NDA uncovered

The identity of the Major who was kidnapped by bandits at the Nigerian Defence Academy in the early hours of Tuesday August 24, has been uncovered. The abducted military officer has been identified as Major Christopher Datong. A friend who confirmed his abduction, wrote; While still mourning my Mother, the news of the abduction of a friend, colleague and classmate in the university of Jos department of Architecture from 1997 to 2005 filters in. Arc Christopher Datong alongside few of our classmates joined the NDA after our MSc and are currently serving in the Army, Airforce and Navy. He is the officer abducted after the bandits attacked the Nigeria Defence Academy in Kaduna. I pray for you Major Christopher Datong and wish you will be reunited with your family and friends.
Insecurity: ”This madness must be brought to an end very swiftly”- Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, condemns attack on Nigeria Defence Academy
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Insecurity: ”This madness must be brought to an end very swiftly”- Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, condemns attack on Nigeria Defence Academy

  The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has condemned the attack by gunmen on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, adding that this "madness" must come to an end. In the early hours of Tuesday, August 24, armed bandits stormed the Nigeria Defence Academy in Kaduna, killed two officers and abducted one other. While reacting to the unfortunate incident, Irabor who spoke with newsmen in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, gave the assurance that security agencies are on top of the situation. “The incident in Kaduna has been undertaken by bandits, but it’s more of an armed robber coming to your house. The infiltration didn’t come by virtue of the normal banditry action. But these are things we’re already looking at, and in due course, you’ll get the detail. ...
Gunmen kill 4, Abduct 50 Others in Zamfara community
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Gunmen kill 4, Abduct 50 Others in Zamfara community

Four people have been killed by gunmen who also abducted 50 others in Goran Namaye town in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara. The state police command which confirmed the attack on Monday August 23, said the attackers invaded the town around midnight on Sunday August 22, in large numbers. Zamfara state police Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu added that the police tactical operatives had been deployed to the area. The state commissioner of police, Yakubu Elkana has ordered immediate search and rescue operations for the victims, while urging residents of the state to be calm as there is an ongoing effort to bring the kidnappers to justice.
Update: Bandits release 15 kidnapped Bethel Baptist High School students
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Update: Bandits release 15 kidnapped Bethel Baptist High School students

The bandits who abducted 121 students from the Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna have released 15 of the 80 students that are still in their captivity. Recall that on July 5, the bandits stormed the school located at Damishi along the Kaduna – Kachia highway, Chikun Local Government Area, and abducted the students who were in their dormitories. On July 25, the bandits released 28 of the students after receiving N50 million ransom. They made fresh demand of N80million ransom to release the remaining 80 students in captivity. Some of the ransom has been paid and the bandits decided to release 15 of the abducted students. Confirming their release to The Nation, the Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Joseph Hayab, said the ...
Police rescue 12 kidnapped victims in Zamfara
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Police rescue 12 kidnapped victims in Zamfara

Operatives of the Zamfara State Police Command have rescued 11 villagers abducted from Yakofoji village on August 12. Spokesperson of the command, SP Muhammed Shehu, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, August 19, in Gusau, said that the operatives also rescued the Chief Security Officer of College of Health Technology, Tsafe. It said that the successes recorded followed ongoing search-and-rescue operations by the command across the state. "The effort that led to the unconditional rescue was sequel to the report of abduction of 11 persons by some group of hoodlums suspected to be bandits at YARKOFOJI VILLAGE in Bakura LGA on 12th August, 2021," the statement read. "In a related development, the Command has succeeded in the unconditional rescue of Chief Security ...
Gunmen abduct ex-NMA secretary’s son, demand N20m ransom
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Gunmen abduct ex-NMA secretary’s son, demand N20m ransom

Gunmen have abducted Adedamola Alayaki, son of a former National Secretary of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki. The gunmen who are demanding for a N20million ransom, kidnapped Adedamola on his father’s farm at Isaga-Orile community, Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident, adding that the police are on the trail of the abductors. Oyeyemi said; “We are on top of the situation. Our men are on the trail of the gunmen."
Bandits tied me up without food for 48 hours. My release was a miracle – Niger commissioner narrates his ordeal with his abductors
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Bandits tied me up without food for 48 hours. My release was a miracle – Niger commissioner narrates his ordeal with his abductors

The Niger state Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Idris Sani, has recounted his ordeal in the hands of abductors. Recall that Idris was abducted on Monday morning, August 9, after gunmen broke into his residence at Babban-Tunga, a community off Abuja/Kaduna highway. They were said to have attacked his wife and baby before whisking him away. He regained his freedom on Thursday night, August 12. Speaking to newsmen after he was received by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdullahi Bawa Wuse and some members of the Executive Council, Idris said he was made to sleep in the rain for two days before his abductors decided to give him their own trampoline to shield him from the weather. “I went through a lot of trials in their hands, a lot of dehumanizing thin...
Bandits shoot former Zamfara councillor, kidnap his wife and 8-month-old baby
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Bandits shoot former Zamfara councillor, kidnap his wife and 8-month-old baby

Gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded Damba area of Gusau, Zamfara State, shot a former councillor and abducted his wife and their eight-month-old baby. Haruna Babangida Damba, the former councillor of Tudun-Wada Gusau ward said the gunmen invaded their residence at the Government Residential Quarter in Damba, on Wednesday, August 11, shooting him and taking his 26-year-old wife, Hassana Saudaki. Speaking to Channels Television, Damba said the gunmen who were about four started their operation from 12: 00 am shooting sporadically for over one hour, before whisking his wife and son to an undisclosed location. Damba said he put a distress call to the police immediately to come to his rescue but they did not show up until 3:00 am after the criminals...
Aunty allegedly sells one-year-old niece to her Boyfriend in Enugu
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Aunty allegedly sells one-year-old niece to her Boyfriend in Enugu

Policemen at Agwu police station in Enugu state have arrested one Chinaza Okoh for allegedly kidnapping her one-year-old niece, Chisom Adumike, in Amankwu Olikwu Awgu community in the Awgu Local Government Area of the state and selling her off to her boyfriend. Punch reports that the victim was coming from school on July 28 when Okoh allegedly abducted her on the school field. Speaking on the incident, the community youth leader, Sunday Nwafor, said that while the woman had been arrested, efforts to recover the child had been abortive. “On July 28, Chisom was taken by her mother to school, while she left for the farm. They had an evening lesson that day, which made the school close around 4pm. But when Chisom’s mother came back from the farm around 5pm, she started looking for her,...
APC Chairman Abducted in Niger state
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APC Chairman Abducted in Niger state

  Aminu Bobi, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Zone ‘C’ has reportedly been kidnapped by gunmen in Mariga local government area of Niger state. Bobi was abducted on Saturday evening, August 7 while supervising farmhands working for him at his farm. It was learnt that he gunmen who shot sporadically, invaded the farm on six motorcycles with three people on each. Daily Trust reported that the APC Zonal Chairman was the only one abducted during the attack.
Abducted Chibok schoolgirl returns home and reunites with her family
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Abducted Chibok schoolgirl returns home and reunites with her family

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Saturday, August 7 in Maiduguri, the state capital, received Ruth Ngladar Pogu, one of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted seven years ago at a Government Secondary School in Chibok. Recall that Boko Haram members had attacked the school towards midnight on April 14, 2014, and abducted the students. A statement released from the governor's office, said Ruth, alongside someone she was said to have forcefully been married to during her captivity, surrendered themselves to the Nigerian military on July 28, 2021, at a location in Bama. Under Governor Zulum’s supervision, security and government officials kept the development secret and used the last 10 days to contact her parents and the association of parents of the missing schoolg...
Bandits kidnap Zamfara Speaker’s father, stepmother, five others
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Bandits kidnap Zamfara Speaker’s father, stepmother, five others

Suspected bandits have abducted the biological father of the Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Muazu Magarya. It was gathered that the bandits also kidnapped the Speaker’s stepmother, uncle and four others in a raid on his community, Magarya in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state. Salihu Zurmi, lawmaker representing Zurmi West in the state assembly, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, said that the armed men invaded the community on Wednesday evening, August 4. "This is the fourth time they are attacking the community, the first one they killed some people while during the second assault they torched residential houses and carted away cows and other domestic animals,” he said. Also confirming the abduction, the Director General, Press Aff...
I appeal to bandits to please leave our schools alone – Minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba
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I appeal to bandits to please leave our schools alone – Minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba

Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiubak has appealed to bandits to cease abduction of school kids in the Northern region of the country. Nwajiuba made the appeal while appearing on a Channels Television programme. When asked to comment on the release of three abducted students of the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State, the Minister said; “I’m elated; this is the kind of news is what I want to be hearing everyday that they should please return our children to us. I am so happy for these children and their parents but I appeal, like I have been appealing. ” I was in Katsina to plead with the air service men who are flying that area to please. I encourage our military, they are doing tremendous job of following up these kidnappers and these bandits but I ap...
Two Kidnappers Killed by vigilantes while collecting ransom in Taraba 
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Two Kidnappers Killed by vigilantes while collecting ransom in Taraba 

Two suspected kidnappers have been shot dead while collecting ransom in Sabongida town in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State. It was gathered that the suspects had abducted an elderly man identified as Alhaji Gambo and demanded ransom from his family. The suspected kidnappers simply identified as Sani and Musa had reportedly instructed the family of their victim to bring the ransom money to a location. Vigilantes in the area were informed and they went to the location to lay an ambush for the criminals. The kidnappers who were well armed arrived there, unknown to them that the vigilantes were around and two of the criminals were said to have been gunned down while picking the money. The elderly man, who was brought to the scene, was rescued by the vigilante. A...
Three more students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school found in Kaduna forest
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Three more students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school found in Kaduna forest

Three more abducted students of the Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Kaduna State have been found. The three students who are all males were found by at the Kankumi forest general area in Chikun local government by the military. Channels TV reports that after their kidnap from their school on July 5, they were reportedly kidnapped again by another group of bandits while wandering inside the forest. The second set of bandits were said to have renegotiated and collected ransom from the parents of the three students, after which they dumped them inside the forest before they were found by troops. The military is yet to release an official statement on this development.
Kidnappers Abduct two Children and 5 Adults in Suleja
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Kidnappers Abduct two Children and 5 Adults in Suleja

Two children and seven adults were reportedly abducted at Anguwar Kwankwashe in Suleja, Niger state. Daily Trust reported that the kidnappers in large number invaded some houses and a hotel around 1:35 am on Tuesday August 3. Two of the kidnap victims however escaped from their abductors. An eyewitness, Shehu Abdulkadir said; “They split into groups to attack homes from where they took their victims. “It was even the sound of their gun shot that woke me up. I walked quietly to check the window and discovered that the kidnappers, some of them even dressed like soldiers." A vigilante, who preferred anonymity, said he alerted men of the C police division immediately he heard the sound of the sporadic gunshots in the area. He said the vigilante ...
Update: Governor Ortom directs Demolition of house used by kidnappers of Benue Commissioner’s Wife
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Update: Governor Ortom directs Demolition of house used by kidnappers of Benue Commissioner’s Wife

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered for the immediate demolition of a house used by the kidnappers who abducted the wife of the State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Mrs Ann Unenge and her driver. LIB reported that a gun duel with the kidnappers and men of Operation Zenda on Monday, August 2, led to the rescue of Mrs Ann Unenge and her driver who sustained injury on his left leg while three other suspects allegedly escaped. Governor Ortom gave the directive at the Nigeria Police Headquarters Makurdi where dead bodies of three of the kidnappers neutralised by men of Operation Zenda were displayed. The directive given by the Governor for the demolition of the house used by the abductors is in line with provisions of the Benue State Law on prohib...
Bandits Break into Zamfara Hospital
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Bandits Break into Zamfara Hospital

The General Hospital at Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State was on Friday July 30, invaded by bandits. Daily Trust reported that a nurse and caregiver were abducted by the bandits who reportedly headed to the outpatient ward during the attack. An eyewitness said;   “When they couldn’t find anybody there, they starting going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any. “The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town. “But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The v...
Police Rescue 11-year-old boy from Kidnappers in Edo
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Police Rescue 11-year-old boy from Kidnappers in Edo

An 11-year-old boy was on Friday July 23, rescued by the Edo state police command from kidnappers. The minor was abducted at Ososo in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state on July 19. Upon receiving the information, the Commissioner of Police, Philip Aliyu Ogbadu immediately drafted operatives from the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber-crime unit of the command. The team led by SP Patrick Balogun uncovered the hoodlums’ hideout in the Uneme Erunu/Okpella area of Akoko Edo. The police spokesman, Kontongs Bello said; “Upon sighting the Operatives, the abductors engaged them in a gun duel but they were overwhelmed by the superior firepower from the police which caused them to abandon the victim unhurt. “An operational motorcycle without registration number and a Techno Android...
Suspected Bandits who abducted 156 pupils in Niger state allegedly detain ransom courier, demand six motorbikes and N4.6m balance
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Suspected Bandits who abducted 156 pupils in Niger state allegedly detain ransom courier, demand six motorbikes and N4.6m balance

The suspected bandits who abducted 156 pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina, in Rafi local government area of Niger State in May this year (read here), have abducted the courier sent to deliver the N30 million ransom they demanded for the release of the pupils, insisting that the ransom was short of N4.6 million. Punch reports that parents of the abducted students had raised N30 million and handed it over to one Kassimu Tegina to deliver to the bandits in exchange for their children. The bandits however held on to Tegina claiming that the money sent was short of the amount demanded. While recounting their experience, one of the affected parents said “They said as a punishment we must buy six motorcycles and complete the money. We struggled to raise the N30m and we h...
Police neutralise notorious bandit, rescue 11 kidnapped victims in Zamfara
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Police neutralise notorious bandit, rescue 11 kidnapped victims in Zamfara

Police neutralise notorious bandit, rescue 11 kidnapped victims in Zamfara The Zamfara Police Command has neutralised a notorious bandit and rescued 11 kidnapped victims after a fierce gun duel. Spokesperson of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu, who confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday, July 22, in Gusau, said the armed bandits blocked Gusau–Sokoto road at Dogon Karfe axis and abducted commuters. "Yesterday at about 1300hrs, large number of armed bandits blocked Gusau - Sokoto Road at Dogon Karfe axis scaring commuters to scamper for safety. Police Tactical operatives on patrol along the road quickly mobilzed to the location," Shehu stated. "On arrival at the scene, they were heavily engaged in a gun duel by bandits who already abducted innocent commuters and wer...
Panic In Abuja Community As Gunmen Raid Homes, Kidnap Residents
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Panic In Abuja Community As Gunmen Raid Homes, Kidnap Residents

According to a report by SaharaReporters, no less than six persons have been abducted at Tungan-Maje community in Gwagwalada area council of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory around 11:46 pm on Monday. The kidnappers were said to have invaded some houses at Anguwar Dabiri and Anguwar Sarki within the metropolis. The gunmen divided themselves into three groups before attacking three houses in the area, a source said. The source said some of the gunmen shot into the air while leading the victims out of the community. “Some of the kidnappers positioned themselves at strategic positions, while others entered the house and whisked the victims into the bush," the source said. Confirming the incident, the district head of Tungan-Maje, Alhaji Hussaini Barde, noted that six persons we...
100 Kidnap Victims Rescued in Zamfara – Police
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100 Kidnap Victims Rescued in Zamfara – Police

100 captives abducted by bandits in the Dansadau area of Maru Local government council of Zamfara State have been rescued. The captives who spent more than 40 days in bandits’ den, were released after repentant bandits mediated on their behalf following a peace meeting brokered by the state government. Police spokesperson in the state, SP Mohammed Shehu told the BBC that the bandits abducted the victims at Manawa village on June 8, and kept them at Kabaru forest for over 40 days. Shehu said; “The rescue is one of the efforts the state command is making to protect the lives and properties of citizens. “Since the abduction, the police force geared up in collaboration with sister security agencies and stakeholders as well who assist police to maintain peace in the state. “...

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