Police Arrest Nine Suspected Kidnappers, Bag Snatchers In Aba

Six suspended kidnappers and three bag snatchers and shoplifters were on Monday arrested by a combined team involving the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team in Aba, Abia State.

Commissioner of Police in the State, Anthony Ogbizi, while parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Umuahia said that there was no life lost either of the suspects or the police during the gun duel with the kidnappers although the suspects sustained gunshot wounds.

One of the suspect, Mr Sylvester Prince while speaking with journalists claimed that he was not involved in the kidnapping but only collected money from the gang for hiring his bus for their operations.

“I am not among the kidnappers, I swear, I only lend my bus to the gang which they normally use for their operations, all I can say is that they have used the bus two times. The first time, they gave me N50,000 and the second time, I received N400,000 which I used to pay my debts. I am not a kidnapper, the gang used my bus for their operations and pay me after their business,” he claimed.

Three other suspects arrested and paraded for robbery and burglary include Samson Tochi, Joseph Sunday and Osondu Nwagboso all between the ages 21 and 22 respectively.

They were arrested for shop looting, snatching handbags, money and mobile phones from unsuspecting members of the public who were at the command headquarters to testify against them.

Ogbizi said the command has beefed up security network in the state and therefore it will be difficult for the gang and other criminals to escape.

“The suspects paraded here were engaged in a gun battle by a combined team and Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team in their bungalow at the World Bank housing estate in Aba,” Ogbizi said.

He also called for cooperation of the members of the public to assist the police by supplying information on happening within their vicinity and report immediately any suspicious character.

Police Nabs Notorious Kidnapper In Osun

…..Destroys 155 Bags Of Cannabis Sativa

By Nofisat Adeoye

The Osun Police Command has arrested a notorious kidnapper, Aliu Isha who has been terrorising the people of the state.

Isha 31, was arrested with three other members of his gang which included Wakeel Turkur 27, Usman Abdulahi 26 and Mustapha Mohammed 28.

While parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters, the Police Commissioner, Olafimihan Adeoye said they were arrested on the 24th of October at Iwo after they kidnapped two persons.

Adeoye said one of the victims luckily escaped and alerted the police who in collaboration with vigilante group, went after the gang and were able to arrest them.

He said during the arrest, one of the gang however, shot the victim with them which led to his death.

Also paraded was a gang of armed robbers led by Vincent Kelly. He was arrested with two others including Lawal Quadri and Omoniyi Adeboye.

CP Adeoye said on the 31st of August, the gang went to a construction site at the time money was being shared to the bricklayers and stole about N1 million.

He said all the accused would be charged to court soon and thereby, asked for the public continued support.

Meanwhile, the police also destroyed 155 bags of Cannabis Sativa recovered from a Toyota hiace bus with registration number; FID 319 XA at Apomu area of the state.

30 Children Rescued From Kidnappers Den

The police authorities in Kafanchan, Kaduna state have arrested a kidnapper who uses biscuits and sweets to attract children. The suspect led the police to the house where he keeps the children in Gwagwalada.



A woman who buys the abducted kids and five other people working for him were all arrested in the house while the police also rescued about 30 kids from them.
Police authorities in Gwagwalada have asked parents and guardians of the children to come to the divisional police headquarters Gwagwalada in order to identify their children.


Again, Five Travellers Abducted In Ondo

Kidnappers have again strike in Ondo state abduting five travellers traveling along Oba-Akoko area of the state.

According to reports yesterday on the travellers’ kidnap, the victims were in their vehicle when the gunmen stopped them on the expressway and took them away. The victims’ identities remained unknown at press time.

Sources claimed that the victims were heading to Abuja from Lagos in a Toyota Highlander SUV, when the gunmen stopped them and diverted them to an unknown destination.

The victims’ identities remained unknown at press time. Sources claimed that the victims were heading to Abuja from Lagos in a Toyota Highlander SUV, when the gunmen stopped them and diverted them to an unknown destination.

The state’s Police image-maker, Femi Joseph, confirmed the development, adding that Police detectives have been deployed to the route, following the incessant activities of kidnappers.

This came barely a week after an about-to-wed couple was kidnapped at Akunnu town in the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state. However, detectives in the state have rescued remaining five victims of the kidnap, including the groom, his best man and three ladies kidnapped on their way to a wedding engagement in Akure.

However, detectives in the state have rescued remaining five victims of the kidnap, including the groom, his best man and three ladies kidnapped on their way to a wedding engagement in Akure.

The team put in place by the new Police Commissioner, Gbenga Adeyanju, swooped on the suspects in their hideout in a bush at Oba-Akoko area of the state and rescued the victims.

The rescued ladies were part of the five persons abducted last week by six gunmen while traveling from the eastern part of the country to Abuja. It was learned that the groom, Moses Yakubu, bride and his friend, who were abducted at Akunnu in Akoko North-East Local Government area of Ondo State, were on their way to Akure for their engagement ceremony.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the victims was coming from Okenne, Kogi State when the gunmen struck. The bride and her sister, according to the father of the bride, Ahmed Amodu, were later released while the groom and his friends were not released.

The State Police spokesman, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the rescue of the victims, said the Police were on the trail of the abductors.

Kidnappers Retaliate By Killing 18 People

Suspected kidnappers have killed 18 people for providing information to security agencies about their activities in Rijana, a village along Kaduna-Abuja expressway in Kaduna state.

This was made known by Abdulsalam Abubakar, a community leader, when Abdulrahaman Dambazau, minister of interior, visited the community.

It was learnt that Abubakar served as special assistant on rural development to a former governor of the state, Ahmed Makarfi.

It was gathered that activities of armed robbers and kidnappers are on the rise in the community and Abubakar attributed the high rate of kidnapping in the area to carelessness of the security agencies.

Abubakar said security agents, especially the police, were fond of leaking intelligence shared with them and this had made the people not to trust security personnel with any information.

He said, “everybody in this community knows that in the process of giving out information to the security agents, especially the police, we have lost 18 people.

“There was one of us who was seen as a very brave man. He gave a list of suspects to the security and three days after, he was stabbed to death in the presence of his wife.

“Also, there was a gentleman, Mallam Abdulrahman, who also gave information to the security he was also stabbed to death. Same with Yakubu, Sani and Solomon, son of a village chief, all of them were killed after providing information to the security agents.

“There are bad eggs among the security personnel, especially the police… Our patriotic inspector -general of Police has done very well because we have observed that at every u-turn along this express way, there is a police patrol van with minimum of ten personnel.

“But unfortunately, you will hear that in-between, there are cases of armed robbery or kidnapping. And if you tell policemen that robbery or kidnapping is going on somewhere close by, they will tell you point blank that they will not go because they cannot stand the sophisticated weapons the criminals are carrying

“It is very disturbing that IGP has deployed 600 policemen to this area and not even a common chicken has been arrested. We believe that, our police have requisite intelligence to tackle these problems.”

The minister, Dambazau said that the kidnappers were terrorists that must be crushed by all means.
He therefore called for collaborative efforts between the community and security operatives to put an end to the crime along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

“We are here on fact-finding mission because of incessant kidnapping going on in this area,” he said.
“Government is interested because it is its responsibility to protect lives and property and besides, it is a promise this government made before it was elected into office.

“So I’m here to meet with the community and see how the ongoing special operation is going. We see this as act of terrorism because every element of terrorism is reflecting and it must stop. I’m aware that, most of the people involved are foreigners but they cannot succeed without connivance with those that reside here in the community. It is tragedy that anyone plying this road cannot be sure of his safe return.

“We will look at your complaints. Government has resolved to end this kidnapping. It is a promise and we will do everything possible to address the situation. We will also protect our informants” he added.