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5 kidnappers nabbed after abducting boy in Ogun

Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested five suspected kidnappers while the gang attempted collecting N3.5m ransom for an eight-year-old boy, Sadiq Abass.

The police identified the suspects as Abdul-Raman Umar, Falalu Abubakar, Danjuma Bako,  Idris Lawal and Fauziya Falalu .

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested on Friday following a complaint lodged at the Ogere divisional police headquarters by the victim’s father, Riliwan Mohammed.

The PPRO said the five suspects conspired to kidnap and collect N3.5m from Mohammed.

He said, “The suspects were arrested following a complaint lodged at the Ogere divisional headquarters by one Riliwan Mohammed, who reported that he left his wife and three children at home at about 12 noon, only for him to receive a phone call from a strange number that his eight years old son had been abducted.

 “He reported further that the caller demanded N3.5m as ransom if he wanted to see the boy alive.

“Upon the report, the DPO, Ogere division, CSP Abiodun Ayinde, quickly mobilised his crack detectives to go after the hoodlums.

 “The detectives embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to the hideout of the suspects, where they were arrested and the victim rescued unhurt.”

Oyeyemi said the state Commissioner of Police, Edward  Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation. Punch


In Ogun: Police go after OOU students’ kidnappers, abductors demand N50m

The Ogun State Police Command on Monday said it launched a manhunt for the kidnappers of two female students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ayetoro campus, in the Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun state.

The victims — Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola — who were students of the Departments of Forestry and Wildlife Management, and Agricultural Economics, respectively, were abducted in front of their hostel on Sunday in the Olowu area of Ayetoro.

A source said the abductors reached out to the victims’ families and demanded N50m ransom.

When asked if the abductors were herdsmen or not, the source said it was the kidnapped students that spoke to their families and not the abductors.

“It was the students that echoed the demands. We don’t know whether they are Yoruba or Fulani because the families have not heard directly from them,” he added.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command was trailing the kidnappers and would soon get them arrested.

He said, “The command is aware and has launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.

“The students were abducted around 9pm on Sunday in an isolated area. We have enlightened the students in the area to be security conscious. We will get them rescued.”

He assured that the victims would be rescued without any payment of ransom.

Meanwhile, the Yewa North Patriotic Forum has called on the Governor, Dapo Abiodun, to direct the state Commissioner of Police to relocate to Yewa-North over the issue of insecurity.

The group recalled that the council had been battling with herders and farmers’ crisis which had claimed many lives in the last few months.

The President of the group, Sanni Omobolaji, in a statement on Monday, noted that the Ayetoro area had not been enjoying proper policing.

The state Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Adeyemi Samson, urged the state governor to visit the affected communities. Punch

In Abuja: Two suspected kidnappers die of gunshot injuries

Two suspected kidnappers have died of gunshot injuries after a firefight with operatives of the FCT police command on Sunday.

The incident occurred at Naharati village along the Abaji axis.

The police spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, said the deceased died while receiving treatment at the hospital.

She explained that the command has launched a manhunt for the other fleeing suspects.

Meanwhile, the command has arrested five suspects for cultism and ‘one chance’ robbery along Gwagwa and Lugbe axis.

They were nabbed by police operatives from Gwagwa Division during a routine patrol on Friday.

A statement by Yusuf said, “The suspects confessed to being members of Aro Baga confraternity terrorizing Gwagwa axis. Exhibits recovered are one locally-made revolver pistol and two unexpended catridges.”

It stated that the police also arrested a 24-year-old female, Blessing Nuhu and one Ifeoma Nnamuchi, the alleged leader of the four-man ‘one chance’ syndicate operating along Lugbe-Galadimawa axis.

The statement explained that two members of the gang, Charity Timothy 23 and Sunday Godwin, 23, had been arrested earlier on March 1.

“The suspects confessed to terrorizing residents along that axis. Exhibits recovered include a red Volkswagen car with registration number, BWR 903 HE, and one mobile phone.

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of an investigation,” the command said. Punch


Pregnancy stopped kidnappers from raping my wife - Victim

Mr. Gbenga Ibikunle, who was kidnapped alongside his wife at Uso village along the Akure-Owo highway has said that his wife lied she was pregnant to avoid her being raped by her abductors.

Ibikunle, his wife and three children were returning from Ebonyi when the kidnappers struck.

The kidnappers took the couple and locked the children inside the car.

Ibikunle who spoke to journalists in Akure said they were released after three days in captivity.

He dismissed claims by the police that they were rescued stating that they paid N2m as ransom.

He said, “I am surprised with the claims that we were rescued by the police. This is nothing but a lie coming from the pit of hell.

“I can say it boldly that no security agency came to our rescue. We were released around 1 am after ransom was paid to them

“They collected the ransom along the road without being jittery. Infact, they counted all the money before they released me to my brother, who brought the N2 million.”

Continuing, he said, “We were in the bush with them for three good days without food. They treated us like criminals. They beat us with stick and cutlass. We met a man in their den, who was also released the same way we were. His own family parted with N10 million before he was released.

“At a point they wanted to rape my wife, but she tricked them that she was pregnant.

“We don’t have security in this country anymore. It is sad that our security agencies are not effective. The kidnappers carried out their operations with impunity. They boasted that they will kill any policeman that wanted to rescue us.

“I am weeping for this country because we are not safe. We can no longer travel.” Thenationonlineng


In Lagos: Residents Discover Kidnappers’ Tunnel, Beat Suspect To Death

There was pandemonium in the Orile area of Lagos State after residents discovered a tunnel under a bridge which connects to Lagos Island and was believed to be used by kidnappers and ritualists.

Residents on Thursday expressed shock, saying the tunnel when searched had several school pupils’ uniforms, a generator set, an air conditioner and other house items.

It was learnt that one suspect was caught by the residents, and instead of taking him to the police station, an angry mob descended on him and beat him to death.

The suspect, whose name has yet to be ascertained, was reportedly found in the tunnel.

In a viral video on Thursday, the residents were observed around the tunnel, trying to salvage some of the items discovered there.

It was not clear if the police were aware of the tunnel, as no policeman was seen among the crowd.

One of the eyewitnesses said, “See Lagos o. A new underground tunnel has just been discovered here. It is very deep. This tunnel reportedly leads to Lagos Island and nobody knew all this while. They are kidnapping and killing a lot of people in the tunnel.

“They found some people there. A lot of school uniforms, we found a generator, and even an AC (air conditioner). You can see what is happening in Lagos – a man was also caught and beaten to death.”  

“A lot of people are still waiting around there. May God help us. A lot of children have been said to have been kidnapped in this area,” another person commented. Saharareporters

Three weeks after abduction of Unizik staff, kidnappers yet to reach family

Three weeks after suspected Kidnappers whisked away a staff of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Mr Emeka Chiaghana from his Nibo residence in Awka South Local Government Area, his abductors are yet to contact his family.

Mrs Chiazor Chiaghana, wife of the abductee, who spoke with journalists confirmed that she has not been contacted by anyone since her husband was whisked away three weeks ago.

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She said the condition has further cast doubt on his safety, leaving her entire family devastated.

Mrs Chiaghana narrated how her husband was kidnapped on October 25, saying, “My husband had dropped my kids and I from the hospital around 9.15pm and told me he needed to go drop his friend off.

The visibly devastated woman described her husband as a simple and honest man, saying she had not lost hope that her husband would return safely.

“My husband’s absence since over three weeks has been devastating. He has been the pillar of the family and knows his responsibility as the head.

“We have three kids, the first is just 7years. We’ve not even started training them. But I have absolute faith in God that he’s still alive and believe in the prayers of the brethren,” she added.

Acting Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Mrs. Ene Chika confirmed the incident, saying the institution was in touch with security agencies in the state over the abduction.

Attempt to reach the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed was not successful as he was said not to be in the country currently. Dailypost

In Kaduna: Kidnappers abduct members sent to deliver ransom

Two persons, who went to deliver ransom for the release of two children of a Kaduna-based bishop, have been abducted by the same gunmen, who had earlier kidnapped the children.

The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State, Rev. Joseph Hayab, disclosed on Monday.

He said the two persons were abducted by the bandits after collecting the ransom from them and failed to release the children of the bishop.

Hayab had earlier in a statement said the Senior Pastor of the Nagarta Baptist Church, Makeri, near Udawa in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state, was still being held by his abductors three weeks after he was kidnapped.

He appealed to security operatives to rescue the cleric and the bishop’s children.
Pastor Elisha Numan and his son, Emmanuel, were reportedly abducted by heavily armed men from their residence three weeks ago.

But the son was later released so as to be used as a negotiating contact.
The abductors later called the family through Emmanuel to demand N20m ransom after they had threatened the pastor’s son to raise the money or his father would be killed within three days.

The kidnappers later reduced the ransom to N7m, according to the CAN chairman.
The CAN leader also stated that the pastor was ill when his abductors came calling.

He noted that one of the sons of the bishop was nine years old and appealed to his abductors to release him.(Punch)

Enugu monarch, wife’s kidnappers demand N50m ransom

The Enugu State Police Command on Monday confirmed the abduction of the traditional ruler of Obom-Agbogugu, Awgu Local Government Area, Igwe Sunday Orji, and his wife, by gunmen. However, the abductors were said to have contacted the royal family and demanded N50m ransom.

Igwe Orji was kidnapped with his wife around Ogbaku before Agbogwugwu Junction along the Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway while they were returning from a thanksgiving mass.
The mass was organised by the Bishop of Awgu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Ifeanyi Okoye, for his mother, Ezinne Ekedimma Okoye, at the St. John’s Pro Cathedral Church, Owelli Awgu, on Sunday around 5pm.

Community sources told The PUNCH that the gunmen came out of the bush, shot continuously into the air, forced the monarch to a stop before whisking him away with his wife.
One of the sources said the kidnappers had already contacted the monarch’s family and demanded N50m ransom.

The kidnapping of the Igwe is coming barely three days after a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Paul Offu, was murdered by assailants along the Ihe-Agbudu Road.
But confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, described the kidnapping of the monarch and wife as unfortunate.

Amaraizu, a Superintendent of Police, told our correspondent that the police swung into action to rescue the traditional ruler immediately the command got information about his kidnap.
According to him, a team of policemen was already in the bush trailing the Igwe’s abductors, adding that they would soon be arrested. (Punch)

In Ogun: Police locate where kidnappers kept five RCCG pastors, reveal next action

The Ogun Police Command has confirmed the kidnapping of five persons by gunmen at J3/J4 Area, Ogbere, on the Benin-Ijebu-Ode-Sagamu expressway.

DAILY POST had reported that the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, announced the abduction of the clerics on Friday at the Redeemed Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Adeboye, while charging the congregation to pray for the release of the abductees, said the abduction took place on Thursday along the Ijebu-Ode axis.

He was quoted as saying, “As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?” he asked.

But speaking with journalists on Friday in Abeokuta, the police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command could not ascertain whether or not the captives were pastors of RCCG.

According to him, the victims were on their way from the eastern part of the country when the commercial bus conveying them was blocked on Thursday night by the gunmen at a location between Ogun and Ondo states boundary.

The police spokesman said that the gunmen after forcing the vehicle to a halt, whisked away four men and a woman into the forest, but left behind the driver, a sick passenger and his wife in the vehicle.

Oyeyemi said the state’s Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had personally led the police rescue team to the location.

“Through surveillance, we have got to know their location but we don’t want to attack them so that we won’t put the victims’ lives in danger.

“By the grace of God, we will rescue the victims,” NAN quoted him as saying.



Police launch manhunt for kidnappers of Siasia’s mother

The police have confirmed the kidnap of Beauty Siasia, the mother of former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia.

In a statement on Monday, spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, said the octogenarian was abducted by gunmen at a village in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

“On 15 July, 2019 at about 0200hours, unknown gunmen who were heavily armed came through the waterways of the River Nun and invaded the residence of one Mrs Beauty Siasia, ‘f’ 80 years in the riverine village of Odoni, Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, and whisked her away through the waterways to an unknown destination,” the statement said.

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According to Butswat, the Commissioner of Police in the state and the command’s Tactical Team has visited the scene of the crime.

He noted that the police in collaboration with other security agencies have launched a manhunt to apprehend the suspects and rescue the victim. (Channels TV)

Police arrest 2,175 kidnappers, armed robbers, others

The Inspector General of Police ( I-G ), Mr Mohammed Adamu, said the police had arrested 2,175 suspects for armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and banditry since the launch of the “Operation Puff Adder”A statement by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy delegation of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Nasarawa State Chapter, paid him a visit.

Adamu said that between April 5 when the operation was launched, 63 kidnap victims were rescued unhurt by the police operatives.
He said that within this period under review, 834 arms including two – rocket launchers 19,009 live ammunition were recovered.

The police boss said Oyo State recored the highest number of recovery with 9,500 live ammunition.
Adamu called for tougher legislations against kidnapping and banditry, including possible state seizure of assets linked to illicit proceeds from kidnapping and other heinous crimes.
He said that if enacted, the act would be a strong disincentive to potential kidnappers and other violent criminals.

The I-G noted that the call has become necessary against the increasingly daring resort to these forms of crimes by criminal elements in the society.
He said that the police was rejigging their strategies to ensure proactive interception of illicit weapons coming into country.

According to him, a good number of the cases are already being prosecuted in courts across the country, while others are still under investigation.
He commended his men for a good job and the public for their support to police and other security agencies in the country. (NAN)

Six abducted persons spend two months in kidnappers’ custody

Six persons abducted by kidnappers two months ago are still in captivity. The victims are two girls, a lawyer and three cattle merchants. 

Daily Trust gathered that relations of the abducted persons were said to be worried over their safety. It was gathered that nothing had been heard from two girls two months after they were abducted.
The kidnappers, it was learnt, had earlier demanded N15 million ransom for the release of the lawyer but his family offered to pay N1.5million which the abductors rejected.

The father of the three cattle merchants had refused to pay ransom demanded for the release of his three sons.

Two months after first contact between the families of the abducted persons and the kidnappers, nothing was heard from the victims, a situation that is heightening fears of the safety of the victims.
All the victims were abducted at Kofan Amadu along Wukari-Takum road. Our findings revealed that several persons were abducted at the location in the past months and many of those abducted are still in captivity. (Daily Trust)
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