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I’ll sign convicted kidnappers’ death warrant – Lalong
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I’ll sign convicted kidnappers’ death warrant – Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong has said that he will be signing death warrant of convicted kidnappers in Plateau state. This was disclosed in a statement released by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut. Noting that there has been an increased incident of kidnapping in the state, Lalong said rescue of some abducted prominent persons in the state and arrest of some suspects is a good development that is worth sustaining. The statement read; “Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has commended security personnel in the State for rising up to the occasion and thwarting the attempts by kidnappers to create fear among citizens. “Governor Lalong in a message said he was glad that the swift response of the security forces to distress calls of kidnap incidents led to the...
10 kidnappers killed as naval officers storm kidnappers’ den in Anambra
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10 kidnappers killed as naval officers storm kidnappers’ den in Anambra

10 kidnappers were killed on Friday December 31, when the Special Force Squad of the Nigerian Navy Base, Onitsha stormed the Ochan Forest, the Anambra State base of kidnappers.   While some members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds, five of the kidnappers were arrested.   Leader of the naval team, Suleiman Agabi who paraded the suspects at the naval base, said they stormed the kidnappers’ hideouts at about 1:20 am on Friday December 31, after gathering intelligence on their operation.   Agabi said the suspected kidnappers were the masterminds of the abduction of the traditional ruler of Ogwaniocha community in Anambra State, Igwe Oliver Nnaji. The monarch was kidnapped on November 15, 2021.   The suspects are currently making confessional st...
Abducted Ogun Islamic clerics freed after paying N2.2m ransom
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Abducted Ogun Islamic clerics freed after paying N2.2m ransom

The two Islamic clerics who were abducted at Ayetoro in Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun state by kidnappers who ate in their house, have been freed. LIB reported earlier that Hussein AbdulJelil and his friend, Ilyas Muhammed Jamiu were abducted around 10:00 pm on Saturday December 19. They were freed after the kidnappers who initially demanded a N15m ransom, accepted the N2.2m which was paid. Elder brother to one of the victims, Hussein Ibrahim said the Islamic clerics were freed after the ransom was raised by family and friends. Ibrahim said; “They have been released today after we gave them N2.2 million as ransom. “They initially insisted on N15 million saying they were two people, but in the end, they agreed to collect N2.2 million from us.”
Two Islamic clerics kidnapped in Ogun, N15 million ransom demanded
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Two Islamic clerics kidnapped in Ogun, N15 million ransom demanded

Some gang of kidnappers have made away with two Islamic clerics in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State. The kidnappers had stormed the residence of their victims, ate some eba with the pieces of meat in their pot before taking them away. It was gathered that the incident happened around 10pm on Saturday when the duo, Hussein AbdulJelil and his friend, Ilyas Muhammed Jamiu returned from a public lecture. The elder brother of one of the victims, Hussein Ibrahim, confirmed to newsmen on Monday that the kidnappers seized the phones of everybody in the building, even as they took their time to carry out the operation “after eating Eba and all the meat in the pot.” “The kidnappers were five and when they came, they were hidden somewhere in the dark and were able t...
Kwara decries kidnap for ransom menace in Nigeria
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Kwara decries kidnap for ransom menace in Nigeria

The Kwara State Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Salman Jawondo, SAN, has called for reconsideration and review of obsolete presumption of innocence of defendants with respect to some crimes threatening the corporate existence of Nigerians and their right to live in peace. He made the call at the commencement of the 2021/2022 new legal year, valedictory court session for retiring judges, presentation of newly appointed Kwara state high court judges and unveiling of the new high court procedure rules in Ilorin on Monday. Jawondo, who condemned the menace of kidnapping for ransom in the country, described the crime as a veritable source through which state funds are siphoned under the pretext that the demands of the kidnappers must be met to save the lives of the kidnap victims. ...
District Head Abducted in Kwara
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District Head Abducted in Kwara

Dr Zubair Folorunsho Erubu, the Mogaji Erubu in Ilorin Emirate of Kwara State has been abducted. Erubu, a retired permanent secretary in the state civil service and former Chief Medical Officer at the state Government House clinic was abducted on his way to his farm between Ilorin and Afon in Asa local government area of the state, on Thursday December 9. Spokesperson of the State Police command, Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed the abduction and said the commissioner of police, Tuesday Assayomo had ordered a discreet investigation, rescue of the victim and arrest of the suspected kidnappers.
Bandits demand N99m ransom for 61 Emmanuel Baptist worshippers in Kaduna
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Bandits demand N99m ransom for 61 Emmanuel Baptist worshippers in Kaduna

The abductors of 66 worshippers at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji, in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have asked for N99 million as ransom to release the 61 persons still in captivity. The abductors had shot five of their victims, killing three and injuring two others. The Kaduna State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. John Hayab, on Friday confirmed to newsmen that the kidnappers of the 66 worshippers of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, were demanding N99m ransom. He also confirmed that two of the abductees of the Church were killed on the spot, one other was later shot dead while two were injured and hospitalised. Rev. Hayab said aside from the 66 persons kidnapped from the...
Gunmen abduct Eze Ndigbo in Ondo
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Gunmen abduct Eze Ndigbo in Ondo

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted the Eze Ndigbo of Ifon community in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state, Chief Donatus Okereke. Okereke, said to be a businessman, was abducted by the gunmen on Monday morning, November 22, around Nigercat Quarry Junction in Elegbeka village. It was gathered that the abductors stopped him along Ifon road and dragged him into the forest, leaving his vehicle on the road. A resident of the village said the vehicle of the victim parked in the middle of the road which raised the suspicion of the people who alerted the community head in Ifon. A community leader and the Secretary to the Regent of Ifon, Olaniyi Eni-Olotu, who confirmed the abduction said the incident had been reported at the police station. He said the abductors ...
Man Who Was Hypnotized, Kidnapped And Robbed Recounts His 3-Day Ordeals In Lagos Kidnappers’ Den
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Man Who Was Hypnotized, Kidnapped And Robbed Recounts His 3-Day Ordeals In Lagos Kidnappers’ Den

There is no doubt that the times in which we live call for extra vigilance. This you must know especially if you live in Lagos at the moment, or visit the city for whatever reason. The swing of the time requires that everyone must up their security ante – a guarantee to stay alive and off the harm’s way. Sunday Sun investigation revealed that some kidnap cells are springing up and kidnappers  are on the prowl in Lagos again. And one of their victims says his experience is not a pleasant one to hear. Now, you would recall the reign of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly  known as Evans and some other ugly kidnap gangs in Lagos. After their nefarious activities were halted by the police, not much was heard about kidnapping again in the Centre of Excellence. From then, many Lagos res...
Gunmen kidnap young businesswoman in front of her house in Port Harcourt
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Gunmen kidnap young businesswoman in front of her house in Port Harcourt

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a businesswoman identified as Christiana Bernard, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. According to the Punch Bernard, an ex-beauty queen who owns a fashion store, was driving into her compound in the NTA area of Port Harcourt on Wednesday, November 10, when she was attacked by the gunmen. It was gathered that the hoodlums smashed the car glass window after she refused to open the vehicle door to them. A source who spoke to Punch said the gunmen whisked the victim away in her wine Honda Crosstour vehicle. "I called one of my friends that is close to her house and she said the gunmen entered her compound as she was driving in from the shop; they pointed a gun at the security man and asked him to lie down. They knocked on her car w...
“You’re God’s children” -Billionaire Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin blesses repented harl*ts with N6 million to start a new life
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“You’re God’s children” -Billionaire Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin blesses repented harl*ts with N6 million to start a new life

It was not only a moment of a spiritual turnaround for some sex workers, who embraced Christ and repented from prostitution at the Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry in Warri but an end to financial woes. While the sex workers publicly repented, narrating their ordeal, including encounters with kidnappers as the senior prophet of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, billionaire Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin led them to Jesus Christ, little did they know that they would return to their homes as millionaires. The incident, which happened at the church’s Sunday Service earlier today, saw about six sex workers crying uncontrollably as they were gifted N6 million by the pastor. The development started as one of the sex workers (names concealed) came out to testify of her miraculo...
Declare Bandits Federal civil servants since you are finding it hard to pronounce them terrorists – Shehu Sani to Buhari Govt
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Declare Bandits Federal civil servants since you are finding it hard to pronounce them terrorists – Shehu Sani to Buhari Govt

Former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has asked the government to declare bandits as federal civil servants since it is becoming hard for them to pronounce them terrorists. Recall bandits and kidnappers are on rampage in the North West, killing and kidnapping citizens in exchange for ransoms. Reacting to the killings of  Muslim worshipers in their mosques in Niger and Katsina State; as well as the killings of Christians in their Churches in Kaduna, the former lawmaker represented Kaduna Central District at the 8th Assembly wondered why the Buhari government are yet to declare bandits’ groups in the North as terrorists. He wrote:  “They [bandits] killed Muslim worshipers in their mosques in Niger and Katsina State; they killed Christians in ...
Panic As Suspected Kidnappers Storm Calabar Community, Attempt To Rescue Apprehended Members
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Panic As Suspected Kidnappers Storm Calabar Community, Attempt To Rescue Apprehended Members

According to a report by Daily Post, a gang of suspected kidnappers, on Sunday, stormed Lemna community, in Calabar Municipality Council twice between the hours of 7am and 11.30am. At the first strike, they successfully kidnapped three persons, dragging them through the dump site through the beach into their waiting speed boat. Last Monday, they had kidnapped three persons, including a woman, a baker and another man. They demanded N15m before the first kidnapped victims were released. An eyewitnesses in the neighborhood said they came through the Cross River State water board pump centre and kidnapped three more persons. According to the eyewitness, with supports from local vigilantes, they were able to apprehend two of the suspected kidnappers and handed them over to the polic...
Female teacher shot in failed kidnap attempt in Kwara
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Female teacher shot in failed kidnap attempt in Kwara

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have shot a female teacher in failed kidnap attempt at Osi, Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State. The woman and her colleagues, who are teachers of Ikerin Secondary School in Ekiti, were on their way home after the day’s work when they were accosted by the gunmen on Thursday, October 28. It was gathered that while the teachers were trying to escape, the gunmen opened fire on them. Public Relations Officer of the Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Babawale Zaid Afolabi, who confirmed the incident said that the injured woman is currently being treated in the hospital. "One of the two women sustained bullet wounds and currently responding to treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the town. But we ...
Notorious gang, 400 Mawozo responsible for abduction of 17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Haiti, official says
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Notorious gang, 400 Mawozo responsible for abduction of 17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Haiti, official says

A group of American and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti over the weekend are being held by one of the country's most notorious gangs, according to a Haitian police official. The sixteen U.S. nationals and one Canadian missionaries were traveling by vehicle Saturday to Titanyen, north of the capital Port-au-Prince, after visiting an orphanage in the Croix des Bouquets area. Among those being held are five children, who were also abducted along the route between the two places. "Join us in praying for those who are being held hostage, the kidnappers, and the families, friends, and churches of those affected," Christian Aid Ministries said in the statement. The gang, known as the 400 Mawozo, abducted the missionaries in the Ganthier commune east of the country’s capital, P...
Three suspected kidnappers arrested in Kano for threatening to abduct man and family members if he fails to pay N2m
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Three suspected kidnappers arrested in Kano for threatening to abduct man and family members if he fails to pay N2m

Operatives of the Kano State Police Command have arrested three suspected kidnappers at Sharada quarters of the state. Spokesman of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, said the suspects were arrested following a report received from a resident that he was contacted and threatened on the telephone to pay the sum of Two Million Naira (N2,000,000:00), otherwise, himself or any member of his family would be kidnapped. Kiyawa noted that the complainant had earlier given N1m to the suspects after they made similar threats. "On the 23/09/2021 at about 1746hrs, a report was received from a resident of Kwanar Ganduje, Sharada Phase II Quarters, Kano, that he was contacted and threatened on the telephone to pay the sum of Two Million Nair...
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.
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...
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...
Nigeria is a Failed State, Buhari has failed – Ozekhome
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Nigeria is a Failed State, Buhari has failed – Ozekhome

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in his tripodal policies (economy, security and anti-corruption) through which he campaigned and won election in 2015. In his speech at a human rights lecture organised by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, with the theme: Nigerian School Children; Insecurity and Human Rights, held in Abuja, Ozekhome said policies of the present administration has impoverished Nigerians and insecurity has taken a different shape as Boko Haram, kidnappers, armed bandits have efficient and commensurate powers to match state actors like security forces. He also claimed that the present constitution was imposed by General Abdusalam Abubakar's government when they were going back to the ...
Nigeria at 61: Bad, selfish leadership causing Nigerians unnecessary pain – CAN
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Nigeria at 61: Bad, selfish leadership causing Nigerians unnecessary pain – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said it strongly believes that bad and selfish leadership over the years has caused what Nigerians are suffering for the past 61 years of the country’s independence. In a message, the CAN President, Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle, explained that Nigerians are already suffering because they do not fear God, adding that today people are suffering from insecurity and other vices that make life very difficult for the common man. The CAN President noted, “We are already in the hands of the enemies because of our corrupt and sinful life. We are in pains of insecurity, inflation, unemployment, poverty is stirring many people in the face. Kidnappers and bandits do not allow us to rest.” He added that for the past years, bad and selfish leadership in...
‘A lesson for kidnappers’ – Taliban hang 4 Bodies from Cranes in Afghan city’s main square
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‘A lesson for kidnappers’ – Taliban hang 4 Bodies from Cranes in Afghan city’s main square

The Taliban killed and hanged four bodies of alleged kidnappers from cranes in Afghanistan's western city of Herat on Saturday, September 25, calling it a "lesson" for other kidnappers. According to Herat province's deputy governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir, the corpses were displayed across several squares in the city on the same day as the Taliban wanted to teach a "lesson" to the abductors. "In order to be a lesson for other kidnappers not to kidnap or harass anyone, we hung them in the squares of the city and made this clear to everyone that anyone who steals or abducts or does any action against our people will be punished," Mujahir was quoted as saying by AFP. “The aim of this action is to alert all criminals that they are not safe,” The Associated Press quoted a Ta...
Police arrest, parade three suspected kidnappers of Bethel Baptist School students
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Police arrest, parade three suspected kidnappers of Bethel Baptist School students

Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested by the Nigeria Police in connection with the abduction of over 100 students of Bethel Baptist school in Kaduna State. The name of the suspects include, “Adamu Bello, Isiaku Lawal and Muazu Abubakar” They were paraded on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, at the headquarters of defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The suspects who were dressed in military camouflage told journalists during interviews that they were among the 25 gunmen who stormed the school recently. Abubakar, a 27-year-old suspect, said, “Twenty-five of us carried out the operation. We kidnapped 136 students and I got N100,000 share from the money.” DAILY POST recalls that the school was inva...
Declaration of south-east as a red zone by ministries means what is due to us would be difficult to come – Governor Umahi
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Declaration of south-east as a red zone by ministries means what is due to us would be difficult to come – Governor Umahi

Governor David Umahi has raised an alarm of the South-East region of the country being decared as a red-zone by ministries due to insecurity. Speaking while inaugurating the leadership of the south-east traditional rulers council in Abakiliki on Tuesday September 21, the Ebonyi state Governor said the declaration means federal projects won't come to the region. Stressing that it is time for the zone’s leaders and people to collectively say no to the killings in the region, Umahi stated that the agitation for secession has been hijacked by cultists, kidnappers and other criminal elements. According to him, there is need for re-evaluation of the agitation. He said; “The declaration of south-east as a red zone by these ministries means that what is due to us would be difficult t...
Kidnapping: Stop organising prayers inside forest – Police warn Christians
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Kidnapping: Stop organising prayers inside forest – Police warn Christians

The Ogun state police command has warned members of the public to desist from holding prayer sessions in the forest so as to avoid being kidnapped. The command expressed concern that, despite series of warnings and security tips, some members of the public still organise prayer sessions in the forest. This, it was said, had made them easy preys for kidnappers hibernating in those forests. According to a statement by the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command said the warning was important even though it recognizes individual’s right to freedom of religion. It said, “it is worthy of note that the present security situation in the country does not favour organizing prayer sessions in isolated places,” he stated. The police spokesman said that...
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...
Bandits kill Miyetti Allah chairman in Kaduna after he failed to pay N20m ransom
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Bandits kill Miyetti Allah chairman in Kaduna after he failed to pay N20m ransom

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed the Chairman of Lere Local Government branch of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Kaduna State, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi Damba. The Fulani community leader popularly known as Dambardi, was killed in the early hours of Friday, September 17, in his village, Lere. The State Chairman of the association, Alhaji Haruna Usman Tugga, who confirmed the incident in a press release said the gunmen stormed the residence of the deceased at about 2am and brought him out According to Tugga, the kidnappers demanded N20m naira but he told them that he does not have such an amount. The bandits insisted that he must raise the money or they would kill him. The deceased took them to some butchers who raised only N250,000 for ...
Plateau unrest: Community urges FG to build police barracks, training camp
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Plateau unrest: Community urges FG to build police barracks, training camp

Sequel to the recent attack at Yelwa Zangam community of Jos North LGA of Plateau State, where over 30 people were killed, several others injured and many properties destroyed, Anaguta Development Association (ADA) has called on the Federal Government to establish a police mobile post at Yelwan Zangam and Kunga communities of the area. The ADA also said a mobile police training camp should be opened at the hills East of Bauchi Ring Road, around Atagir Zangam, Jos North LGA, so as to prevent the area from becoming a kidnapper’s den or militia camp. The ADA equally called on the government to construct an alternative safety route during emergency situations for students and staff of the University of Jos. The association stated this in a press statement, signed by its President, Hon...
Sowore brother’s murder scene – Bullet ridden car
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Sowore brother’s murder scene – Bullet ridden car

Sowore brother’s murder scene: Omoyele Sowore has released pictures from the scene of the murder of his younger brother, Olajide Sowore. We had earlier reported that the activist’s younger brother was shot dead near Okada town in Edo State on Saturday morning. According to Omoyele Sowore – who is a former presidential candidate – his brother was killed by the kidnappers/herdsmen in Edo state. The late Olajide Sowore was on his way from Igbinedion University in Edo state where he was studying Pharmacy, when he was shot and killed. See the information posted on the official Facebook page of Omoyele Sowore; My immediate younger brother, Olajide Sowore was today shot and killed near Okada in Edo state by reportedly herdsmen /kidnappers on his way from Igbinedion University i...
Police give details in killing of Sowore’s younger brother
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Police give details in killing of Sowore’s younger brother

The Police in Edo State, on Saturday confirmed the killing of one Mr Olajide Sowore, the younger brother of social activist, Mr Omoyele Sowore. The police said the deceased was shot dead in Edo by gunmen in the early hours of Saturday. He was said to be coming from Igbinedion University, Okada, near Benin, where he was studying Pharmacy, before he was shot dead on the Benin-Lagos highway. It added that five other persons were abducted in the process. Spokesman for the police command, Bello Kontongs, said: “In addition to killing the younger Sowore, the suspected kidnappers made away with five unidentified persons.” According to Kontongs, the body of the deceased has been deposited at the Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital (IUTH). “Good morning all. Th...
Omoyele Sowore’s younger brother shot dead
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Omoyele Sowore’s younger brother shot dead

Olajide Sowore, the immediate younger brother of Sahara Reporters Publisher and human rights activist , Omoyele Sowore has been shot dead in Edo state. Omoyele who penned down a tribute to his brother, said that Olajide was killed today September 4 near Okada in Edo state by "herdsmen /kidnappers", while on his way from Igbinedion University in Edo sate where he is studying Pharmacy. Recounting how he travelled widely with his younger brother and their father, the activist described Olajide as the one who made everyone happy, snuck out his older ones to parties and took all the blames when their disciplinarian father found out. He added that the deceased was an out-of-the-box thinker who decided school wasn’t for him, created his own genre of music and then t...
Gunmen invade Oyedepo’s church, abduct members
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Gunmen invade Oyedepo’s church, abduct members

Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked a branch of Living Faith Church Worldwide at Osara community, along Lokoja-Okene road in Adavi Local Government Council of Kogi State. DAILY POST gathered that the kidnappers, who invaded the church premises when some of its members were rehearsing during the weekend, abducted at least three members. The assailants were said to have stormed the area, shooting sporadically to scare away interveners before whisking the victims to an unknown destination. The Chairman of Adavi Local Government Council, Joseph Omuya Salami, confirmed the development to newsmen on Monday evening through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Habeeb Jamiu. According to him, the chairman had visited the scene in company of the Divisional Police ...
Plateau: Federal lawmaker lauds troops for killing bandits
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Plateau: Federal lawmaker lauds troops for killing bandits

The lawmaker representing Jos South Federal Constituency, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos, on Tuesday, lauded Operation Safe Haven and the combined team of the Inspector General of police for neutralising 6 kidnappers. The lawmaker in a statement made available to DAILY POST by his Media Aide, Mr Danja Yakubu, described the killing and arrest of 6 kidnappers in Mangu Local Government Council of the state as a good development and a warning to criminal elements that their days were over. Hon. Bagos, who is the Deputy Chairman, Reps Committee on Corruption, said, it took courage and gallantry for the operatives to achieve that feat. The statement noted: “This proactive and responsive development is not only commendable and reassuring but also a sad reminder that Plateau State is still in th...
You have to step up the fight against IPOB – IGP charges Delta state police officers
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You have to step up the fight against IPOB – IGP charges Delta state police officers

The Inspector-General of Police,  Usman Alkali, has urged police officers in Delta state to step up the fight against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Alkali, speaking on Monday, August 23, in Asaba during his visit to the state police, said the socio-cultural complexity of Delta made it prone to crime. "In fighting crime, you may be trying your best, but your best is not good enough because anything that happens in Anambra will affect Delta, especially Asaba. "You have to step up the fight, that is why you must prepare to deal with any criminality, especially the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). "Brace up to the challenge posed by IPOB because it is a proscribed organisation and you have to treat them as such," he said. The IGP assured the state com...
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.
Freed engineer, Ayodele Alabi, dies a day after N4.5 million was paid to kidnappers
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Freed engineer, Ayodele Alabi, dies a day after N4.5 million was paid to kidnappers

One of the five abducted in Kwara State, who regained freedom from kidnappers on Thursday night, is dead. Engineer Ayodele Alabi and 4 others were freed by their kidnappers on Thursday, August 12, after spending about six days in captivity. Unfortunately, he died in the early hours of Friday in a hospital in Ilorin following trauma and injuries he sustained from the torture of the abductors. A friend who mourned him on Facebook said he had been "beaten, battered, brutalized and traumatized" and was in "such a bad shape so much that he could not walk nor stand" when he was freed. Alabi, who retired as an engineer with the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, was among the seven passengers kidnapped in a Toyota Sienna Commercial bus by gunmen on Saturday, August 7, 2021, b...
Gunmen Kill Man in Ekiti, abduct his Wife Daughter
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Gunmen Kill Man in Ekiti, abduct his Wife Daughter

Gunmen on Friday evening attacked a family travelling along Ewu–Ayetoro Ekiti Road in the Ido/Osi council area of Ekiti State, killing a man and abducting his wife and daughter. According to reports, the family members had come from their base in Lagos for a social event at Ewu Ekiti and were driving along the road when the gunmen attacked them and killed the man. An eyewitness said   “They were four persons in the Lexus car. A lady escaped; the kidnappers shot the man dead and took his wife and daughter away into the bush. The community has since been making efforts to rescue them. The gunmen contacted their family that very night and demanded N50m. You can see how callous they are.”   Confirming the incident to Punch, the Police Public Relations Officer in the...
Kidnapper shot dead as police rescue victim in Benue
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Kidnapper shot dead as police rescue victim in Benue

A suspected kidnapper has been shot dead following a gun battle with the police in Benue State. The state police command, DSP Catherine Anene said a kidnap victim was rescued during the incident which took place in Logo Local Government Area. Anene said Peter Ogbonna was rescued after operatives of Operation Zenda Crack Squad extended their work to Logo area during which they tracked the kidnappers to their den. She said;   “Today, 4/8/2021 information was received that gunmen who kidnapped Mr. Peter Ogbonna of Ugba town were in a hideout at Tse-Atoov, Alabar, Logo LGA, the operatives quickly swung into action by invading the hideout. “On sighting the police, suspects engaged them in an exchange of fire but the police were able to subdue them and three (3) of the...
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...
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...
Three Kidnappers Killed in Gun duel as Police rescue Abducted Wife of Benue Commissioner
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Three Kidnappers Killed in Gun duel as Police rescue Abducted Wife of Benue Commissioner

Operatives of the Benue joint security patrol team code-named ‘Operation Zenda' have killed three suspected kidnappers and rescued Mrs Ann Unenge, wife of the State Commissioner for Land and Survey, Hon. Aondoaver Unenge Bernard. Mrs Unenge was kidnapped around 6pm on Thursday, July 29, shortly after she returned from Daudu town, an outskirt where she went to visit her parents. The kidnappers were neutralised during a fierce gun duel with men of Operation Zenda on Monday, August 2, while three other suspects allegedly escaped.
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...
History has revealed that efforts to increase security through clampdown on freedom have threatened both liberty and security – Editors kick against NBC’s directive on reportage of insecurity
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History has revealed that efforts to increase security through clampdown on freedom have threatened both liberty and security – Editors kick against NBC’s directive on reportage of insecurity

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has kicked against National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) directive for broadcast stations to stop reporting details of attacks by bandits and insurgents. Recall that the NBC had in a letter dated July 7 and signed by Francisca Aiyetan, Director of Broadcast Monitoring, directed radio and television stations not to “glamourise the nefarious activities of insurgents, bandits and kidnappers” in their reports. The group which faulted the directive, noted that journalists have a responsibility to help the country cope with the prevailing threat and consequences of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism in Nigeria, and would continue to be responsible and responsive in their reports. In a statement released by NGE's President Mustapha Isah and General ...
Osun state police command debunks media report of a driver who allegedly sold eighteen passengers to kidnappers
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Osun state police command debunks media report of a driver who allegedly sold eighteen passengers to kidnappers

The Osun state police command has denied reports making the rounds that a commercial driver in the state recently sold eighteen of his passengers to kidnappers. The false claim that was circulated via WhatsApp read; "People of Nigeria. If your relative was missing early this morning 19/07/2021 travelling from Abuja down to Lagos/lbadan (passing through Kabba/Ekiti)a driver had been arrested this evening at Ilesa Ibadan express road with full loading of luggage but the whole of eighteen passengers had been sold to the kidnappers along Ita-Ore road in Ekiti State. Now the driver is in the police custody at Ijamo Ilesa Osun State. Please kindly send this message as received. The plate number of this  bus is KPA116LG Kogi State black color.Thanks" Debunking the claim, the spokesper...
Leave Naira abusers at Cubana’s mum’s funeral and expose terrorism financiers – HURIWA tells CBN
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Leave Naira abusers at Cubana’s mum’s funeral and expose terrorism financiers – HURIWA tells CBN

Civic advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has asked the CBN to leave persons accused of abusing the Naira at the funeral of socialite Obi Cubana's mum alone and expose people financing terrorism across the nation. In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA said the spraying of naira at Obi Cubana’s event should not constitute a major talking point adding that there have been countless high societal functions where the naira was also abused. “The fact that friends and well-wishers who attended the event decided to show appreciation to Mr Obi Cubana, we in the Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria, think it should not become the talking point. The Central Bank of Nigeria under the current dispensation should ra...
Suspected Kidnapper of military personnel arrested in Ogun
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Suspected Kidnapper of military personnel arrested in Ogun

A suspected kidnapper of a military officer was on July 17 arrested by operatives of Ogun state police command at Odo pako Ota, in Ado odo ota local government area of Ogun state. The suspect Waliu Oloyede was arrested following a distress call received by the DPO Sango ota divisional headquarters, CSP Godwin Idehai that some vigilante men were having issues with an army officer at Odo pako area of ota. Spokesperson of the state command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest, said upon receiving the report, the DPO led his team to the scene where the suspect, who was dressed in full military camouflage uniform with the rank of W02 but could not give a satisfactory account of himself was apprehended and brought to the station. The suspect was said to have attempted to sna...
Five suspected kidnappers burnt to death by angry youths in Edo
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Five suspected kidnappers burnt to death by angry youths in Edo

Five suspected kidnappers were burnt to death by angry youths along the Afuze-Uokha road in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State at the weekend. It was gathered that the suspected kidnappers, armed with assorted guns, attacked and abducted some travellers who they took into the bush. However, the local vigilante group got wind of the kidnapping incident, mobilised and waylaid the suspects in the bush. It was learnt that the locals, who had been angered by the spate of kidnapping in the area, forcefully snatched the suspects from the vigilantes as they were taking them to the police station, and set them ablaze. "The kidnappers would have been contacting the families of the abducted travellers to ask for ransom if not for the bravery of the vigilantes while local...

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