Northern Senators’ Forum calls for resolute action to fight kidnappers

ABUJA- The Northern Senators’ Forum has called on the federal government to come up with resolute action to tackle cases of kidnappings in the country. Chairman of the forum, Abdulaziz Yar’adua, made the call in a statement on Thursday. He said the recent wave of violence and kidnappings in the north was a major concern to the forum. “The series of events that have unfolded in Kaduna state, beginning with the kidnapping of 286 students and staff on March 7; the despicable attack on worshippers in a mosque on March 8 and the abduction of 61 more persons on March 12. “This is followed by 14 persons on March 17 and a staggering total of 87 individuals in Kujuru on March 18, among others,’’ he said. He emphasised these were not only reprehensible but required urgent and resolute action by the government. Mr Yar’adua, who doubles as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, said the forum was committed to pursuing a lasting solution to the menace of insecurity. “We will not rest until the security situation is significantly …

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Insecurity: Speaker Abbas condemns mass abduction of pupils in Sokoto by suspected bandits

By Michael Agbaji The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. .Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, Ph.D, has condemned yet another mass abduction of pupils in Sokoto State by suspected bandits The abduction followed the previous ones in Borno and Kaduna States within one week, which the Speaker has condemned in strong terms. Speaker Abbas, who noted that no Nigerian should be in captivity, charged the military and other security agencies to go after the abductors and rescue the victims. “We must collectively rise to the occasion and stem the tide of abductions, especially of women and children, at a time when the government is making efforts to address the high rate of out-of-school children. “The schools must be safe for our children. Our security agencies need to act fast,” Speaker Abbas said. About 15 pupils were reportedly abducted from an Islamic school in Gidan Bakuso, Gada Local Government Area of Sokoto State on Saturday.

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Two Bag Death Sentence By Hanging Over Kidnapping In Taraba

By Callistus Agwaza, JALINGO – The Taraba State Chief Judge Justice Joel Agya on Friday sentence Yusufa Adamu and Adamu Abdullahi to death by hanging for kidnapping Balkisu Kambe and Maryam Musa in Gashaka Local Government area of the state. Agya, who delivered the judgement at the Taraba High Court 1 in Jalingo said the prosecution counsel has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the duo committed the crime in 2019. Taraba State House of Assembly passed the anti kidnapping Bill into law and was accented to by the then State Governor Darius Ishaku, stipulating death sentence for those found guilty under the law. The Chief judge also fund them guilty on the charges of criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of fire arms, where he sentence each of them to 10 years without the option of fine for each of the offences making it 20 years each. The judge explained that the sentence on criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of fire arms would take effect from 2019 when they were arrested and detained. According to him, the defendants had made confessional …

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Ekiti: Time To Silence The Guns (1) By Abiodun Komolafe

Thank God Ekiti school children and their teachers who were kidnapped on Monday, January 29, 2024, have now been released and reunited with their families. May the ‘Land of Honour’ never witness such a horrible experience again! Yours sincerely also join other well-meaning Nigerians to commiserate with those who lost loved ones to the two tragedies. May God repose the souls of the faithful departed and grant the bereaved families the courage to process their losses and the strength to face whatever lies ahead! Most of all, Governor Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, aka BAO, deserves a pat on the back for taking steps that demonstrated the true essence of public service. No doubt about it, he, like any other governor in Nigeria, is under immense pressure and recent events in the country have not helped matters. But then, here’s a man who did not delegate responsibilities or send his deputy on an assessment tour of the terrible tragedies that had just rocked the state. Oyebanji did not attempt to insult God by asking Him to help put rice on fire after …

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Bandits kidnap Federal Housing Authority director in Abuja

The bandits terrorizing Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, have reportedly kidnapped a director at the Federal Housing Authority in the Federal Capital Territory, Aondo Ver. According to report gathered the incident occurred on Thursday at about 12:30 am in Pambara New Extension, Bwari Area Council. Pambara New Extension is about 200 metres from the military camp and checkpoint in Bwari Central Area. The assailants, who have been on a rampage in the area, killing and abducting unsuspecting citizens, were said to have gained access to the victim’s residence through the fence after cutting the barbed wires. The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, failed to respond to all inquiries forwarded to her as of the time of filing this report.

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Operation Crush: Alex Otti Vows To Make Abia Hot For Criminals To Operate

…. Demolishes Kidnappers’ Tunnel in Lokpanta By Chris Udochukwu “We will not surrender an inch of our territory to criminals” were the words of Governor Alex Otti of Abia State during the launch of the Abia State Joint Security Taskforce (Operation Crush). To walk the talk, Governor Otti ordered security agencies to ensure that all criminals, especially kidnappers making life hellish for the people of Umunneochi and other parts of the state were brought to justice and that their criminal infrastructure and architecture would be destroyed. Following the massive onslaught carried out by men of Operation Crush against kidnappers and other criminal elements at Lokponta in Umunneochi LGA of the state, the criminals, I mean those who managed to survive, fled the area, leaving behind traces of atrocity. Information from security agents has it that this tunnel served as the most effective but hidden channel through which they dropped off their victims after collecting ransome, that’s if such a person was still alive. The tunnel which was hidden is now visible because earth-moving equipment were deployed by the government to …

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Abuja Kidnappings: Buhari Govt Diverted $460m Chinese Loan For Installation Of CCTV Cameras In FCT – Shehu Sani

By Chris Udochukwu Human Right Activist and federal lawmaker that represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani has said that the upsurge in cases of kidnapping in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is as a result of the diversion of the $460 million Chinese loan secured for the installation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the City capital by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Shehu Sani who was reacting to the incessant abduction taking place in Abuja via his X account (formerly twitter) @ShehuSani said: “Nigeria’s capital is experiencing an upsurge in cases of kidnappings; this is the same city that the previous federal government secured a $460 million Chinese loan for the installation of CCTV cameras. Both the money and the Cameras have since been kidnapped by elements of the past Governments.” Recall that a Federal High Court in Abuja on 21st May 2023 ordered the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to “account for the spending of $460 million Chinese loan to fund the failed Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project.” The court also ordered his government to “publish the …

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Revealed! How To Bring Insecurity To An End In Nigeria Within 6 Months

By Our Reporter Some retired generals of the Nigerian military gave their advice on what should be done to tackle the insecurity in Six Months. One retired Airforce Generals said: “One of the reasons insecurity is not going away is because since 1999 when democracy was re-birthed, no President, no Commander-In-Chief has given a direct, definitive order for terrorists or bandits to be decisively dealt with. What we usually get is open-ended directives. No timeline to get things done and no consequences for not getting things done. “What President Bola Tinubu should do as C- in-C is to give a definitive order to the Minister of Defence, the CDS, the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, that this insecurity should end in three or four or six months. If after the time frame given, the criminals are not cleared out, the Minister, CDS and Service Chiefs should be asked to go. I bet you, you will see a change”. A retired army general said alternatively, “President Tinubu and the Chief of Defence Staff/Army Chief can direct a ‘Scotch …

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Educate your followers; kidnapping, banditry ungodly, Tinubu tells Muslim clerics

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has condemned kidnapping and banditry as ungodly, urging Muslim clerics to organise special prayers for Nigeria and educate their followers. “Please embark on special prayers; embark on proper education for our youths,” Mr Tinubu told a delegation of Jam’iyyatu Ansarudden at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday. “Kidnapping and banditry are not the way of God. Shedding each other’s blood is bad.” The president added, “There can be no development without peace. It is only in the area of peace that we can eliminate poverty. We must work for peace in order for our economy to grow better.” Mr Tinubu said his government was committed to “building a lasting peace with a focus on the comprehensive education of our children.” “We will get our teachers and their owners involved in an education process that will be relevant to the future of this country; It is important,” he added.  Mr Tinubu’s call for special prayers and proper education of youth against kidnapping and banditry comes amid rising cases of kidnapping for ransom by bandits. The killing of …

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APC condemns incessant attacks on Zamfara communities

GUSAU- The Zamfara Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the incessant attacks on communities in the state and lamented the nonchalant attitude to the situation by the state government. This is contained in a statement issued by the state State APC Publicity Secretary, Malam Yusuf Idris in Gusau on Wednesday. Idris was reacting to the recent bandits’ attack in the Zurmi Local Government Area of the state, which led to the killing and kidnapping of innocent persons. “We condole the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate attacks. “We pray to Allah to accommodate them in Jannaatu Firdausi and give their families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. “We will continue to push the governments at all levels to ensure the return of lasting peace in all our communities”, Idris said. “We will also continue to assist in our best efforts to cushion the effects of the suffering faced by our people”, he added. The APC spokesperson also expressed dismay over the recurring attacks on communities and security agents leading to killing of …

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Students using expensive phones are kidnappers’ targets, Al-Hikmah vice-chancellor warns

ABUJA- Mr Noah Yusuf, the vice-chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, has advised parents and guardians against buying expensive phones for their children. “Such expensive items expose such young people to kidnappers, robbers and other criminals,” Mr Yusuf told the university’s stakeholders congress on Wednesday in Ilorin. According to Mr Yusuf, the quality of phones and similar materials purchased for students are attractive to criminals. “That encourages them to either rob or kidnap such students in order to steal such property from them,” the vice-chancellor said. Mr Yusuf added, “While the phone is essential for students as it aids teaching and learning, less expensive ones, which would serve the same functions, can be bought for the students and save them from criminally-minded individuals and groups. “Buying phones worth N1 million, or with higher sums, for students is not advisable since such students can make do with phones that are not as expensive.” Citing a recent case, Mr Yusuf said a female student of the university was recently robbed of her expensive phones twice by her boyfriend. “The boyfriend believed that he …

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Insecurity: Residents express fear, concern over Calabar carnival

CALABAR- Residents of Calabar in Cross River have expressed concern and a gloomy picture of the annual Calabar carnival following the spate of insecurity in the city. The residents particularly expressed fear that the spate of kidnappings in the capital city would rob the shine off the annual carnival scheduled to commnece on Dec. 1. In separate reactions to the situation, the citizens, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the goverment and security agencies should step up efforts at securing the state. NAN reports that the residents  have been faced with almost daily cases of kidnappings that seem to defy solutions. Members of the various professions, including medical practitioners, lawyers, clerics, academicians and other high profile personalities have been targets of kidnappers of recent. The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) recently called off a 40-day industrial action over the abduction of one of their colleagues, Prof. Ekanem Ephraim, who was seized from  her private medical facility in Calabar. They described her abduction as one too many among the medical professionals. The chapter chairman of the association, Dr Felix …

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Police Re-arraign Evans For Alleged kidnapping, Attempted Murder

Lagos, – The convicted billionaire kidnap kingpin,Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly called ‘Evans’, was on Thursday re-arraigned  before a Lagos State High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, for alleged kidnapping and attempted murder.Evans was re-arraigned alongside Joseph Emeka, Victor Aduba and Linus Opara, before Justice Ibironke Harrison.The Lagos State Prosecution Counsel, Mr H. Owokoniran, arraigned them on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping, and attempted murder.The case started denovo after the case file was transferred from Justice Adedayo Akintoye the initial trial judge.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice A. Akintoye was handling the trial at Igbosere part of the high court, before it was burnt during the October 2020 #Endsars saga.At the resumed hearing on Thursday, Owokoniran said the state had to re-arraign  the defendant because of fresh facts at the desposal of the prosecuting officer.Owokaniran, said that the defendants committed the offences on Sept.7, 2015, at 7th Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos.According to him, Evans and his co-defendants allegedly kidnapped one Chief James Uduji and collected a ransom of 1.2 million US Dollars.He alleged that the defendants …

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Nollywood: Veteran Actor, Jide Kosoko Reveals Where Youths Learn Ritual Killings, Kidnapping From

Veteran Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko, has on live television rubbished claims that have been making the rounds on social media. Following the alarming rate of kidnappings and ritual killings recorded across the country, there have been claims that Nollywood movies have in one way or the other influenced Nigerian youths into thinking that it is an alternative source of making money Recently, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that filmmakers in the country have been asked to avoid making money ritual content. He stated that the Federal Government’s decision to sanitize social media is hinged on confessions of some money ritual suspects. The spokesperson of the Ogun state police command DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi also stated that some of the suspects arrested claimed they learnt the act via Nollywood movies. Recall some celebrities have also faulted Nollywood for promoting some of these dastardly acts, while a suspect alleged he learnt kidnapping from a certain Nollywood movie. Responding to these claims, Kosoko in an interview with Channels TV, said: It’s a wrong accusation. A very wrong accusation. People should not forget that we have a responsibility to mirror the …

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Gunmen attack Adamawa hospital, abduct proprietor

Gunmen have attacked a private hospital in Adamawa State and abducted its proprietor. It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the Aisha Hospital, located in Ngurore, a community in Yola South Local Government Area, and took away the proprietor, Dr Saidu Bala. Dr Saidu is a famous doctor who has held topflight positions, including being the immediate past Medical Director of Specialist Hospital Yola, Adamawa’s biggest and best state-owned medical centre. A source said Tuesday morning that the gunmen broke into the Aisha Hospital after 6pm Monday, when Ngurore residents had just observed the last evening Muslim prayer. “As they got to the hospital, the gunmen shot sporadically to scare people away,” one source said, adding: “They then went to Dr Saidu Bala’s office and took him.” According to the source, the operation was swift, “so fast that it was conducted in less than five minutes.” Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident, assuring that a move was on to apprehend the suspects and rescue the abducted medical chief. “Our men found three used bullet …

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BREAKING: National Assembly members, others are targets of kidnapping, assassination – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday raised alarm that certain groups and individuals intend to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country. The Service said this is more so as it has observed that some persons who are desperately seeking power use wrong and skewed narratives to not only mislead citizens but overheat the polity. It said already, such persons are exploiting and politicising the issue of insecurity in parts of the country for pecuniary and other selfish reasons. Addressing reporters at the DSS headquarters, Public Relations Officer of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, said many simply want to use the situation to cause divisions among citizens, seek cheap popularity and/or present the country as ungovernable. The Service also raised alarm that recessing members of National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly and other public and private sector workers on vacation may be predisposed to threats of various degrees. Advertisement – This, it said, also applies to Nigerians who may travel from within and outside the country to join their loved ones for the celebrations. …

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