BREAKING: Security Operatives Rescue Kidnapped Reverend, Others

It has been confirmed that the Methodist pastor and two other members of the church, who were kidnapped on Sunday night have been released.

According to family members, no ransom was paid before their release.

Recall that the pastor, alongside seven other members were said to be returning to Osogbo from a meeting at Ile Ogbo, another town within the axis when the incident happened.

The state security agencies have however ensured the safe return of the victims.

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola also confirmed this in a statement while greeting the people of the state on this year’s Eid Mubaraq saying;

“I also have good news of the safe return of Reverend Kayode Akande and two others of the Methodist Church Osun who were abducted along the Iwo-Osogbo road some days ago. They have since been reunited with their Family. To God be the Glory”.

Kidnappers Release Wife, Kids Of Commissioner

Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin-bore, the Zamfara State Commissioner of Youths, Sport and Skills Acquisition, has been reunited with his wife and children who were kidnapped by some unidentified gunmen on 2 May.

State Commissioner of Police Mr Kenneth Ebrimson disclosed this in Gusau on Monday while displaying at the police headquarters the bodies of four bandits killed by the police on Monday.

The bandits were not connected with the kidnapping of the wife and children of Gurbin-bore.

According to Ebrimson, the four suspected bandits were killed during the exchange of fire with the police, while attempting to attack Kekawa village in Tsafe local government.

He said the Divisional Police Officer of Tsafe Division early on Monday received a distress call that bandits in large number invaded the village.

“The Police and vigilante groups led by the DPO of Tsafe division engaged the bandits in a gun duel where four bandits were killed and others escaped with possible wounds.

“We recovered exhibits from them including two locally made guns, one pump action, five live cartridges and assorted charms”, he said.

The wife, three children and three relatives of Gurbin-bore were abducted by gunmen on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2018 at his home town Gurbin-bore in Zurmi local government area of the state.

The CP said: “I am happy to announce to you this evening that the kidnapped wife, children and relatives of the state commissioner for Youths Sport and Skills Acquisition, Abdullahi Gurbin-bore who were kidnapped 31 days ago have regained freedom.

“No kobo was paid to bandits before they released the victims, saying that they were released due to the pressure given to them by the police and other security agencies.”

Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin-bore also confirmed that all the kidnapped victims have been returned home.

The Police Commissioner decried the increase in informant activities in the state especially in the rural communities.

He claimed the informants were the people giving the criminals information, thus increasing crimes in the state.

He said the command has succeeded in arresting three suspected kidnappers in Talata-Mafara and Zurmi local government areas.

He urged the public to continue to support the police and other security agencies with useful information to enable them take preemptive measures against kidnappers and bandits.

Eight Suspected Kidnappers Arrested In Katsina

The Katsina state police command has arrested suspected kidnappers terrorising residents of the state.

This was disclosed by the command’s spokesman, DSP Gambo Isa, in a statement in Katsina on Monday.

Isa said that the first four suspects Joshua Yohanna, 22; Musa Ibrahim, 25; Nafiu Umar, 32; and Kabir Lawal, 28; were arrested in Kafur Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesman said the suspects, through a phone call, threatened to kidnap and kill one Haruna Bello and Nuhu Yusuf of Gozaki town if they refused to pay a ransom of three million naira.

He said: “the victims have already sent N300,000 to them with a promise of sending the remaining amount later to avoid being kidnapped or killed.’’

Isa said the duo later reported to the police and the police Special Anti Robbery Squad swung into action and arrested the suspects.

“During investigation, police arrested the four suspects who confessed to have committed the act.

“The police recovered the sim card they used in sending threat messages to their victims,’’ he said.

The spokesman said that the suspects were the syndicate terrorising people of Kafur and Danja Local Government Areas of the state.

He further said that the police arrested four other suspected kidnappers – Mubarak Babangida, 21; Abubakar Lawal, 19; Aliyu Lawal, 22; and Nura Abdulhamid, 22.

Isa said the suspects were arrested in Katsina following a tip off, adding that the suspects were arrested with women dresses planning to kidnap a four-year-old boy.

The spokesman said that the suspects would be prosecuted after investigations.

 

Gunmen Kill Syrian Businessman, Kidnap Son In Kano

A Syrian businessman Ahmed Areeda was killed by unknown gunmen and Tuesday and his 14-year-old son was kidnapped by the gang in Kano State.

OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the incident occurred on Tuesday night when the gunmen double crossed that deceased on his way to pick his car and two sons at the Kano office of Nigerian Red Cross along Hospital Road.

It was also gathered that the deceased was shot dead by the assailants while resisting the abduction of his son.

Witnesses revealed that the gunmen were about eight and that they attacked the deceased when he went to pick his car in the Nigerian Red Cross office premises. A witness who spoke under anonymity said:

“He closed his shop around 8:00 pm, so he went to pick his car at the Red Cross office compound where he used to park. Unfortunately, the gunmen who parked outside the office in a green Peugeot car with tinted glass were apparently waiting for him. Some of them followed him into the compound while others remained behind.
“Those that followed the Syrian man inside the Red Cross office shot him in the head and took away one of his sons, Muhammad,” he said.

Another said the deceased’s second child ran
to his shop and informed him that some gunmen had killed his father.

“When I went to the scene I met him dead. They shot him through his ear.”

Spokesperson for the Kano State Police Command, Magaji Musa Majia, who confirmed the incident saaid that police had commenced investigation into the case.

“It was a case of suspected kidnappers who came to kidnap a boy, and in the process they killed the father,” Mr Majia.

Mr Majia said that no arrest was made so far in connection with the incident and the whereabouts of the abducted boy was still unknown.

 

Court Remands Woman, Two Men For Kidnapping Two-Year-Old Boy

By Mariam Bello

Three suspected kidnappers, one woman and two men have been remanded in prison custody by an Osogbo magistrate court for allegedly kidnapping two-year-old boy, Abdullahi Azeez. 

The suspects are Joy Esu, 26; Onwuka, 28, and Agubata Maxwell, 39, who were on a three-count charge bothering on  kidnapping.

The prosecutor, Felix Okafor told the court that the three accused persons and others at large committed the offence on February 18 at about 8pm at No 68 Matanmi, Oke – Baale in Osogbo.

Okafor said the trio  kidnapped a two-year-old boy, Abdullahi Azeez with intention of selling him to get money.

He stated further that the three suspects kept the child in a manner to prevent anyone from discovering the place where he was imprisoned.

According to prosecutor, the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 516, 371 and 364(2) of the criminal code cap 34 volume 11.laws of Osun State 2002.

The three accused persons pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge levelled against them.

The defence counsel, Doctor V. C Ezeji who appeared with Barrister K. E Ngwoke prayed the court to grant his clients bail quoting section 118 (2) section 36 (5) of the 1999 constitution as amended and section 7 of the criminal code procedures, adding that  the accused persons have no previous criminal records.

Ezekiel also assured the court that all the defendants have reliable and credible sureties to stand for them till the end of their trial.

Muyiwa Ogunleye, the State counsel opposed the oral  bail application made by the defence counsel saying it is premature to grants bail at this stage considering the gravity of the offence even though the granting of bail is at the discretion of the  court.

He quoted the case of Abacha Vs state 2002.

Ogunleye stressed further that count one  is talking about  kidnapping  which is a national issues in the country stressing that the accused persons are not living within the jurisdiction of the court and  may jump bail saying the counsel should come formally with the bail application so that they can be replied formally.

The magistrate, Mr Olusegun Ayilara asked the defence counsel to make a formal bail application and remanded all the three accused persons in Ilesha prison custody.

The case was adjourned to May 18, 2018 for mention.

Kidnappers Demand N50 Million Ransom For Release Of Pastor

The abductors of the District Superintendent of Assemblies of God Church, Ikorodu, Lagos State, Rev Ekpenyong James, who was abducted at the Okurikang Junction, along Calabar-Itu Highway, have demanded a ransom of N50 million.

The cleric, an indigene of Isong Inyang village in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State, was said to be constructing a school, hospital and palm plantation in his home town, when he was abducted.

According to reports, the pastor was returning from an inspection visit to the projects sites, when he was trailed and abducted. A source told newsmensaid:

“The abductors have made contact with the family and they are demanding N50 million ransom for his release. They think because the man is undertaking many projects, he has some huge amount of money stashed away somewhere.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the incident, said the Police was working round the clock to ensure his safe release. She revealed that the lady who was with him at the time of the incident is being investigated, as she was the first contact and suspect.

Her words: “The lady who was with him at the time he was kidnapped said when the men came to drag him out of the vehicle, he was making call. “People ran away and she went to hide somewhere; you know that this is a serious matter and we are not leaving any stone unturned. We want to get to the root of the matter.

“She is our first contact and suspect. We’re investigating her because the next day we contacted his wife and the DPO got some useful information from her. “By the grace of God, we are working on it and he will be released very soon; we are hopeful because we are closing in on them.”

Three Sisters Abducted By Gunmen In Niger State

Three sisters of the impeached chairman of Munya Local Government Council in Niger State, Malam Yahuza Mohammed, have been abducted by.

According to reports, the sisters were abducted at 1;30am on Saturday, at the local council chairman’s residence in Kuchi community.

The chairman, who was served with impeachment notice earlier in the week by the legislative arm of Munya Council was not in the residence when they were attacked.

However, a source close to the family told Daily Trust that the kidnappers placed a call to the chairman demanding N150 million ransom for the release of the girls.

The State Police Spokesman, ASP Mohammed Dan-Inna Abubakar, confirmed the abduction of the three sisters.

He said “We have no knowledge of the demand for ransom but officers and men of the command have since swung into action to rescue the girls and apprehend those behind the kidnapping.”

 

Four Foreign Nationals Abducted In Kaduna State

Kaduna State Police Command confirmed that four foreigners have been abducted nationals on Kwoi-Jere road in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State.

This was announced by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Mukhtar Aliyu confirmed to NAN that the foreign nationals included two Canadians and two Americans.

The Spokesperson said the nationals were said to be returning to Abuja from Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state, adding, “the kidnappers laid ambush for them and engaged the escorts in gun duel which led to the death of two policemen while the four foreigners were whisked to unknown destination.”

He said the Command had since swung into action as it had deployed its anti-kidnap unit and assured that the abductors would be brought to book.

The officer urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report any suspected persons or group of persons to the appropriate authorities.

 

Kidnapped Member Of Taraba State House Of Assembly Found Dead

The Taraba state police command has confirmed the death of kidnapped member of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, representing Takum I constituency.

This was revealed by the Police spokesman in the state, David Misal, who said the body of the lawmaker was found at Kwari, along Takum-Kashimbilla road.

He said: “Yes, it has been confirmed, the body was found this afternoon at Kwari, along Takum -Kashimbilla road.”

Ibi was kidnapped on December 30 last year, in Takum when he went home for Christmas celebration. Eyewitnesses said he was whisked away at gunpoint by his abductors, who were on riding a motorcycle.

Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, said he has been devastated by the death. “My heart has been broken,” he said.

Ibi’s colleague, Mark Useni, a former Speaker and member now representing Takum II, described Ibi’s death as shocking.

Useni noted that the people of Takum who were eagerly waiting for his release have been thrown into mourning this afternoon. “It’s a very sad news to the people of Takum and the entire state,” he said.

 

I Hunt And Kill Soldiers To Get Their Arms- Kidnapper

Ibrahim Umar, a 25-year-old kidnap-for-ransom kingpin, has revealed that he hunts and Kills soldiers to get their arms and uniforms for operations.

He made this statement yesterday when the police paraded him along with 15 others. Umar also admitted to recently killing over 10 of his victims and drinking their blood.

The suspect, a vicious and notorious kidnap/armed robbery kingpin, who said he has been in the business for over two years, was arrested alongside his three gang members in the forest and towns along Abuja-Kaduna, and Abuja-Suleja-Minna highway by men of the F-SARS Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Absolute Sanity.

The husband of two wives and father of two, who gave his nickname as “Oro”, told journalists at Sabon Wuse Divisional Office, venue of the parade, that he had made fortunes worth millions of naira from the atrocities he carried out on the highway in the past two years.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the gang included five AK47 riffles, 15 7.62 X 39mm AK47 ammunition, two swords and cutlasses, four pairs of suspected fake military uniform and mobile phones.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), who paraded the suspects before newsmen, gave their names as Mohammadu Auta, a.k.a Babawuro, aged 27; Musa Usman, 25 years old and Abdullahi Abubakar, aged 28. Umar’s gang, according to Moshood, “is the most vicious and notorious syndicate of kidnap-for-ransom gang arrested by the police in the recent time. The gang was defeated and its members captured after an intense gun battle that lasted more than five hours between the F- SARS Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Absolute Sanity.

“The gang leader confessed to have killed personally more than 10 people, including those that he killed and still collected ransom from their families. He also confessed to have sucked the blood of most of the victims after killing them. He was identified by some of the victims rescued from their captivity by the police in the forest, “Moshood added.

Twelve other suspects were also arrested in the act of laying ambush to kidnap people returning from Christmas and New Year holidays on Kaduna-Abuja road and Minna-Suleja-Abuja road.He said they were apprehended in their various criminal hideouts in the forest and other locations along the Abuja-Suleja-Minna highways for kidnapping, armed robbery, murder and multiple rape cases.

“All the suspects arrested confessed to their various crimes. The suspects will be arraigned in court for prosecution on completion of investigation, while investigation is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large,” he said.

 

334 Rape Cases Recorded In Kano

The Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Magaji Majiya of the Kano State Police Command on Friday disclosed while speaking to newsmen in the state that it recorded 334 cases of rape and other sexual offences in the state from January to date.

”Five Hundred and Forty Seven cases of rape and other sexual offences were reported in 2016 while 334 cases were received in 2017, indicating a major reduction in committing crimes in the state,” he said.

According to him, the command had recorded 601 major crimes, recovered 35 stolen vehicles and recovered N744.6 million properties in the period under review.

Majiya noted that the rate of crime had drastically gone down in the year under review considering the adequate security arrangements strategically deployed in the State and the number of criminals arrested with the synergy of the public and stakeholders involved.

He said 52 kidnapped victims were rescued and reunited with their respective families, adding that 73 different types of local arms and 273 live ammunitions were recovered from suspects.

“In the year 2016 the command witnessed 72 cases of armed robbery with 117 suspects arrested, while for the current year (2017), only 35 cases of robbery were reported and 76 suspects arrested”, he said.

According to him, the command had successfully arrested 497 members of different gangs of Yandaba (miscreants) in collaboration with traditional rulers and other security agencies.

“Eighty nine of the group had surrendered and renounced the perpetration of the heinous crime in addition to counseling and monitoring their conduct, for them to become responsible members of the society,” Majiya said.