Gunmen Abduct Seven In Epe

Gunmen in military uniform have abducted seven people at a farm in Epe area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

PM News gathered that about 20 gunmen stormed the Kodjo Farm, located at Igbodu, Epe area on Sunday and abducted seven people.

One of the victims is Kakaja Joseph, a 65-year old man, four poultry workers of Kodjo Farm and two travellers.

The guard and four poultry workers were abducted after the kidnappers attacked Kodjo Farm. But the two travellers were taken after the militants embarked on a second operation, which witnessed them blocking a transit road.

On Monday, the kidnappers attempted to abduct students of Molajoye Community High School on the assembly ground, but policemen attached to Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Area N Police Command, Navy and Army foiled the abduction.

Eye witnesses said that the gunmen stormed the poultry at about 8am on Sunday and shot several times in the air and took away their victims in a waiting boat while they took away several chickens and eggs.

The kidnappers, armed with sophisticated guns, allegedly blocked a road along Igbodu, where they engaged law enforcement officers in a gun duel.

People were said to have scampered into the bush in different directions. Many of them were also alleged to have spent the night in the bush.

According to a poultry worker who craved anonymity, “After kidnapping the poultry workers, the gunmen went to Molajoye Expressway and kidnapped two travelers. Some of the occupants of the bus sustained injuries.”

On November 15, gunmen, numbering over 40, had invaded a farm settlement in Epe, also located on Igbodu-Isiwo Road, Lagos and kidnapped four farmers.
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According to Isaiah Joseph, son of the abducted guard: “Since our father was kidnapped, we’ve been running from pillar to post, to secure his release. When he left home on Saturday, we expected him back on Sunday for church service. We waited with our mother, but he didn’t show up. We decided to go to the farm to check on him. We were told by one of the engineers that he had been abducted, along with four workers.”

He said the management of the poultry had assured them that they would make efforts to secure his release soon.

“We’re still waiting for him to return, but our major concern is his health. He’s old. We don’t know how they are treating him,” he said.

The Baale of Igbodu, Chief Oguntayo Abiodun, said “we were still discussing the kidnap of the guard and poultry workers, when we got news about the attempted abduction of Molajoye students. On Saturday, there was serious commotion in the community when the gunmen confronted men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in a gun battle. The sporadic shooting lasted for about 29 minutes.

“We’re appealing to the state government and the police to provide regular patrol of the community. Some of the local vigilante men cannot confront the gunmen because of the sophisticated weapons they carry. Some investors in the community have started relocating due to the incessant abductions of farmers and workers in the community. Farmers these days fear to go to work.”

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BREAKING: Wife Of CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Reportedly Kidnapped

A group of heavily armed kidnappers Thursday night abducted Margaret Emefiele, the wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

Sahara Reporters reports that Mrs. Emefiele was kidnapped along the Benin-Agbor Road.

More to come…

Kidnapped Osun Officials Released

Press Release

This is to inform the general public that to the glory of God, the three staffers of the State of Osun Civil Service, Mrs. ‘Bimpe Ogunlumade, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, Director of State Audit and the Driver to the Auditor-General(State), Mr. Oladapo Ajani Arogundade, have regained their freedom from their abductors this evening of Sunday, 24th April, 2016.
Arrangements are now being made to convey them to Osogbo within the shortest possible time by security agents with a view to re-uniting them with their families and relations.

Sunday Olayinka Owoeye,
Head of Service;
State of Osun.‎

Three Osun Government Officials Kidnapped In Kogi

The State Government of Osun has raised an alarm on the unfortunate kidnap of three of its officials yesterday in Kogi State.

The kinapped officials include the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlumade; Director, State Audit, Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, and the Driver, Mr. Oladapo Ajani Arogundade.

In a press release signed by Mr Sunday Owoeye, the Head of service of the state, and made available to OsunDefender, the state government said preliminary information available indicate that the gunmen accosted them between Obajana and Lokoja the Kogi State capital and forced them to stop before the three officials were violently whisked away.

The officials were said to be returning from Abuja where they had attended the briefing on the State and Local Government Reforms Project; a World Bank and European Union Programme.

The Government has alerted all necessary security agencies nationwide in general and Kogi State in particular towards safe release of the three abducted officials while also appealing to all Nigerians for information that could lead to their immediate release.

NUJ Condemns Abduction Of TV Reporter

The Zone C chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, on Sunday expressed shock over ​the ​abduction of a Channels Television correspondent in Owerri, Imo State, Top​​e Kuteye.
The reporter, according to reports, was abducted on Sunday from his residence in Owerri around 3am.

A statement by the union’s vice president and secretary in charge of the zone, Christopher Isiguzo and Kenneth Ofoma respectively, condemned the act and urged the kidnappers to release the reporter immediately.

“We condemn the kidnap of this innocent citizen and journalist,” the statement said.

“Kuteye is neither a politician nor a money-bag business man. It therefore baffles the union as to why he should be the target of this dastardly act.

“We therefore appeal to the abductors of Mr. Kuteye to release him unconditionally without delay.

“We equally call on law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned to secure the release of Kuteye soonest should his abductors hedge.

“We regret that journalists, who are always at the forefront in the battle for social change, accountability, transparency in governance and social justice should be made the victim of the vices they stood against,” the union said.​

Abducted Army Officer, Found Dead

The Nigerian Army has announced that Colonel Samaila Inusa, who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, was found dead today, Tuesday, at about 6.00pm.

Army spokesman, Sani Usman, in a statement said preliminary investigation revealed that, most likely, the late senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors.

“This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State.

“Arrangements are in progress to move the body to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna,” it said.

The Nigerian Army vowed “in unmistakeable terms that whoever is behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law.”

Army Offers N1m For Intel On Abducted Officer

Following the abduction of Colonel Samaila Inusa by unknown gunmen, the Nigeria Army on Monday promised a cash reward of N1m for anyone with useful information that could lead to his rescue.

The spokesman of the First Division of the Nigerian Army, Col Usman Abdul, disclosed the cash donation while speaking with newsmen on Monday.

Abdul on behalf of the army pledged adequate protection to anyone with useful information, adding that such tip-off would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

We recall that Col Inusa was on Saturday night abducted by unknown gunmen along Kaduna Refinery Road, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

The Army which had earlier promised a N500,000 cash reward for anyone with useful information raised the reward to N1m on Monday.

Nigeria Army Colonel Kidnapped In Kaduna

An Army Colonel serving with Nigeria Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna State, has been reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Usman Abdul, confirmed the kidnap on Sunday in a statement issued in Kaduna.

He said the colonel was abducted around Kamazo near NNPC junction, Kaduna, at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“The abductors dropped off his wife and left with him in his car and headed towards Abuja. They drove in a Mercedes Benz GK black colour with registration number Abuja, KUJ 154 TZ,” he said.

Uncle To President Jonathan Narrates Ordeal With Abductors

Uncle and foster father to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Inegite Jonathan, says his abductors treated him well.

The Septuagenarian told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Bayelsa that his abductors gave him a preferential treatment before setting him free.

The victim was abducted by gunmen on February 17 and freed on March 23, after 35 days in captivity.

Jonathan’s foster father added that he was allowed to open his face while others were blind folded.

“I was properly taken care of by the kidnappers. I eat three square meals daily, my drugs was administered to me appropriately by the boys,” he said.

The chief said they even asked other kidnapped victims with him to start paying allegiance to him as the only person that was untouchable in the camp.

He said before they started treating him well, they argued between themselves from his house but on getting to the camp they resolved their issue.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr Asinim Butswat, said details of the release were not available.

Former president Jonathan had told the Police that he would not succumb to the demand for ransom.

Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience, visited the chief shortly after his release.

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Osun To Punish Kidnapping With Death Sentence

The Speaker of Osun House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, has said the assembly would soon review the state’s criminal law to provide for death penalty for kidnapping in the state.

Mr. Salaam made this known when the new Commandant of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, Ayodele Olusola, visited him in his office in Osogbo on Tuesday.

He expressed hope that the review would discourage kidnapping and other associated vices in the state.

According to him, the assembly wants to be proactive in making laws that will protect lives and property in the state.

On upcoming House of Assembly bye-election in Ife Central, Mr. Salaam urged the NSCDC commandant to provide adequate security for the electorate before, during and after the election.

“I want to urge you to ensure violence-free election.

“We don’t want bloodshed before, during and after the election, and that is why I am pleading with you to mount surveillance around lfe,” he said.

The bye-election followed the death of Dejo Makinde, who was representing the constituency.

Mr. Makinde, who died in December, 2015 was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and minority leader of the house.

Earlier, Mr. Olusola said the NSCDC command in the state would do what is needed to protect lives and property before and during the election.

He added that the command would continue to execute its mandate of protecting government facilities at all times.

Court Remands Alleged Kidnappers Of Schoolgirls In Custody

The six accused kidnappers, alleged to have kidnapped three girls of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary College in Ikorodu, Lagos, were on Friday remanded in Ikoyi Prisons by an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.I. Adelaja, who gave the order, said that the accused should be remanded in prison pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Adelaja then adjourned the case to April 25 for legal advice.

The accused, Emmanuel Arigidi, 37; Gift Pius, 30; Fred Omoni, 32; Geofrey Owei, 28; Seun Akanji, 33; and Segun James, 29; are facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnap, armed with offensive weapons and robbery.

A Counsel from the Criminal Investigations Department, Panti, Lagos, Mr G.O. Osuyi, said the accused conspired with others at large on February 25, at Maya under bridge along Ikorodu-Imota Road, Ikorodu.

He said the accused conspired to kidnap three girls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary College, Ikorodu.

The school girls are Tofunmi Popo-Olaniyan, 15; Timilehin Olusa, 14; and Deborah Akintayo, 14.

Osuyi said that the accused whilst armed with AK 47 rifles also robbed the Principal of the college, Ven. Olaoluwa Adeyemi, of the sum of N5.6 million.

The counsel also alleged that the 1st accused, Emmanuel Arigidi, whilst armed with AK 47 rifles, on March 12, 2015 at Admiralty Way, Lekki, robbed one of the new generation banks and made away with N24.5 million.

Arigidi is alleged to be one of the robbers who unleashed terror in the Ikorodu area and robbed several banks in the previous year.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 269(1), 295 (2) and 409 and of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The Counsel to the accused, Mr Ola Ogunbiyi, did not oppose the remand application.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 295 (2) provides death penalty for the offenders.