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Gunmen abduct mother and son, kill lawyer

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A Kaduna based lawyer working with the state Ministry of Justice, Haro Gandu has been killed by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.

The gunmen also abducted the wife of the deceased and his first son to an unknown destination.

Although the police in Kaduna state is yet to confirm the incident, a colleague of the late lawyer told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) that the gunmen stormed his house located at Kakawu area along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday midnight, and broke into his room through the window.

He said that the gunmen shot the deceased at close range when he attempted to escape through the back, and later took his wife and first son away.

Mr Haro Gandu was shot at close range, by some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.

According to the source, the deceased until his death was a deputy director in the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice.


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[Nigeria] Gunmen kidnap policewoman, 5 others in Kaduna

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a policewoman, her daughter, and four other persons at Bagado Village near Patrick Yakowa way in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Although police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, eyewitnesses say the incident happened in the late hours of Saturday night, when the bandits stormed the community and started breaking into people’s houses shooting sporadically into the air.

Sources say the gunmen abducted most of their victims after pulling down the windows and burglaries of the houses, while others were ordered to come out at gunpoint.


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Nigerian govt shun reports of Taraba abduction kingpin

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The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, has dismissed insinuations in some quarters that soldiers implicated in the killing of police officers on duty by a kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, are deliberately being shielded from prosecution.

Malami, who made the statement when he fielded questions from State House correspondents at the end of the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), said the government was only giving time to allow the established processes to be consummated.

The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja on Wednesday.

The minister, who presented the score-card of the ministry at the meeting, said that the affected soldiers were currently being charged before a court-martial in accordance with established laws in the country.

The kidnap kingpin, popularly known as Wadume, is facing a 16-count charge, bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and gun-running along with Tijjani Balarabe, an army captain and 18 others.

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Also on the list of defendants are Staff Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Cpl. Bartholomew Obanye; Pte. Mohammed Nura and Lance Cpl. Okorozie Gideon.

Others are Cpl. Markus Michael; Lance Cpl. Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra; Staff Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu; Pte. Ebele Emmanuel; ASP. Aondona Iorbee and Insp. Aliyu Dadje and Auwalu Bala, aka Omo Razor.

The minister stated, however, that before the military could release their personnel for prosecution, they must also go through their in-house processes.

He said: “Now, coming to the issue of the soldiers, it is important for you to note that within the context of the Nigerian law, there are certain provisions that are exclusive to the military within the context of law on court martial and then, the internal discipline associated with the military.

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“The soldiers can now be charged before court martial, and then for the military to release their personnel for prosecution, ordinarily, there are in-house processes and procedures that are to be consummated.

“So those that are handy for the purpose of prosecution cannot be held in custody for unduly longer period of time on the account of the absence of the military.

“So that is how the idea of severing the charge to allow those that are handy to stand their trail arose.

“That does not mean that by any means that the military are shielded and cannot be prosecuted.

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“But if they have to be prosecuted, they have to be prosecuted within the context of the law. What is the law here? They are military personnel, first they are to go through the in-house processes.

“There are two options, either to charge them before the court martial which is a special court established by law for the trial of soldiers or in the alternative for the military after consummation of the in-house processes should consider handing them over for trail.”

On the activities of the ministry in the past 10 months, Malami disclosed that the ministry had succeeded in the recovery of millions of dollars of looted assets while efforts had been intensified to recover more of such funds abroad.

According to him, legislative bills aimed at checking frauds and unhealthy practices as well as to enhance the economic fortune of the country are being pursued at the National Assembly.

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The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, who also spoke to the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, disclosed that the council approved N634.2 million for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Lankang Irrigation Project in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau.

He said the ministry was working to increase the nation’s irrigation capacity from 130,000 to 500,000 under a scheme meant to run from 2016 to 2030.

He said: “The Ministry presented a memo to council today on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Lankang Irrigation Project in Plateau State.

“This contract was approved in the sum of N634, 184,783.93, inclusive of 7.5% VAT, with the completion period of 18 months.

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“It comprises the rehabilitation of 100 hectares of an existing pilot irrigation scheme and the expansion of that irrigation scheme by additional 500 hectares.

“It also includes the reconstruction of existing damage water control and conveying structure, preparation of fields and fishponds and provision of adequate water for irrigation.

“It was approved in line with government’s policy to boost food production and security and in the coming months.

“We’ll be seeing quite a number of projects, related to irrigation that we’ll be presenting, in line with our irrigation and drainage project, in what we call the National Irrigation and Drainage Programme, 2016 to 2030.

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“We hope to increase total acreage for irrigation in the country from the existing 130,000 hectares to 500,000 hectares.

“From the period that we started to date, our target was to have 100,000 hectares by 2020. As at January, we had about 85,000 hectares, which is already completed.

The minister announced that the country was on target towards attaining the 100,000 hectares by 2020, under the National Irrigation and Drainage Programme.

Similarly, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed that the council approved N10.6 billion for project cost revision of two projects.

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“Today, what we had were two memoranda for revision of project cost and all of this is in aid of completion of the projects involved.

“The first project is the Koton-Karfe-Lokoja section of the Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja highway. That cost was revised upwards by N3.076 billion.

“The second road is the Cham-Numan section of the Gombe–Yola highway.

“The revision of the cost is by N7.607 billion. This is to cover the cost of replacing about 11 kilometres of what we called, black cotton soil,’’ he said.


#Newsworthy…

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Former commissioner of Edo in trouble. [Nigeria]


A former Commissioner for Sports and Local Government Council Chairman in Edo State, Hon. Egbe Ediagbonya, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.

Also said to have been kidnapped is the Director of Primary Healthcare (PHC) in the state, Dr. Monday Iraoya.

Ediagbonya was said to have been abducted on his Okada farm settlement near Utese, Ovia North East in the early hours of Saturday.

A family source said he was kidnapped between 2am and 4 am when the gunmen broke into his farm house and took him away at gunpoint.

The suspected kidnappers, it was gathered, have opened communication with his family and were asking for N15 million ransom.

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Ediagbonya was chairman of Ovia North East Local Council and later Commissioner for Sports in the administration of Adams Oshiomhole.

Director of Primary Healthcare in Owan East Local Government Area, Iraoya, was also said to have been kidnapped while travelling from Afuze to Benin to collect COVID-19 training materials.

He was reportedly kidnapped between Uhunmora and Ozalla on Friday and the kidnappers are reportedly asking for N100 million ransom.

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A family source said: “He was kidnapped on Friday, May 15, while travelling to Benin to collect training materials for COVID-19. They have contacted the family and are requesting for N100 million but we were only able to raise N900,000.”

Reacting to the incidences, Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was expecting a comprehensive briefing from the police formations in the two areas.


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Kaduna APC Vice Chairman Abducted, One Other By Gunmen. [Nigeria]


The Police Command in Kaduna on Thursday confirmed the abduction of the Vice-Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Kaduna State chapter, Shu’aibu Idris-Lauge and his daughter.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident in Kaduna. NobleReporters report

According to him, Shu’aibu and his daughter were abducted from their Kwanar Zango residence along Kaduna-Zaria express way on Thursday morning.

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“Efforts are being made to rescue the kidnapped victims, apprehend and bring the culprits to book,” he said.

Jalige, therefore, appealed to the public to support the Police by providing useful information that would lead to the rescue of the victims.


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Gunmen Abduct Ekiti Commissioner. [Nigeria]

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Gunmen have reportedly abducted the Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Folorunso Olabode and shot dead a councillor who was with him.

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NobleReporters quoted TVC news, as saying on Sunday evening in Ekiti that the kidnap and murder took place between Isan and Iludun-Ekiti area of the State.

However, the Ekiti State Government, in a statement confirmed the abduction of the commissioner.

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It said Olabode, was kidnapped by suspected bandits at about 7:00pm on Sunday April 26, 2020 on his way from Ado-Ekiti to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti, Ilejemeje LGA of Ekiti State.

“From initial reports, the kidnappers shot one person in his entourage, the driver of the vehicle, a serving Councillor, in the ensuing fracas,” Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation said in the statement.

The statement said Governor Kayode Fayemi has mandated the security agencies in the State to ensure their prompt and safe release, while assuring residents that adequate measures were ongoing, to maintain the peace and security of the State.

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“He promised that all perpetrators of this and any crime would be brought to book.

“The Commissioner for Police in Ekiti State, Amba Asuquo, has confirmed that a team has already been dispatched, and are on the trail of the abductors, with a view to securing their release,” the statement said.


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Shocker: 2 Chinese expatriates missing in Nigeria.


Two Chinese expatriates working in Ebonyi State have been kidnapped.

The incident, it was learnt, happened in Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of the state.

The two men reportedly work for a mining company in the area.


The town has the largest deposit of solid minerals in the state.

The identity and motive of the kidnappers is yet to be ascertained.

The Ebonyi State police commissioner, Awosola Awotinde, confirmed the incident.

He said the police are on the trail of the kidnappers.

Details later…


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Enyimba FC star, Dayo Ojo released by abductors.


Enyimba FC star, Dayo Ojo, and Abia Comet’s Benjamin Iluyomade have been released by their abductors after they were kidnapped on Sunday.

Dayo and Benjamin were kidnapped while coming back from their teams camp on Sunday following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) due to the outbreak of the COVID-19.


They were abducted along the Benin-Owo Expressway but three days after, they were released, according to a statement from Enyimba.

“GREAT BIG NEWS!” the club also tweeted on their verified handle. “Our midfielder man, Dayo Ojo has regained freedom from his kidnappers.”

GREAT BIG NEWS!

Our midfielder man, Dayo Ojo has regained freedom from his kidnappers 💪👏

— Enyimba FC (@EnyimbaFC) March 25, 2020
Their release followed combined efforts from the Aba-based club and their families.

The duo have been reunited with their families, the club’s statement further explained.

Ojo has seven caps for the Super Eagles and featured at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) were Nigeria placed second.


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Zamfara govt. confirms abduction of district head, 2 more in Nigeria.


Zamfara Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran, has confirmed the kidnap of the District Head of Wuya in Anka Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking in Gusau on Saturday, NobleReporters learnt that Dauran said, “it is lamentable that these unrepentant bandits can still come into communities to carry out criminal activities in the state.


“It is true the district head, of Wuya, Mr Umar was kidnapped today (Saturday), and immediately on receipt of the unfortunate incident, we mobilised security personnel comprising the army and the police to the bushes in the area.

“Currently they are on trail of the criminals, I can assure you that we will catch them,” he said.


He stated that the security personnel was also supported by some repentant bandits who had earlier embraced peace.

N.Rs quotes an eye witness, Muhammadu Biyu as saying that the monarch, his son, Mannir Umar, and the Imam, Liman Murtala were kidnapped at gunpoint in a mosque during the day’s afternoon prayer by a group of bandits who entered the town on motorcycles.

He said on their arrival, the bandits went straight into the mosque while the people were observing the afternoon congregational prayers and whisked away from the victims.

The commissioner reassured the people of the state that the state government would not relent until a lasting peace was achieved in the state.


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Be prepared to defend yourself – Court tells Evans the kidnapper.


Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Courton Friday told suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans to be prepared to defend himself.

Justice Oshodi expressed dismay that Evans again and for the third time, failed to have legal representation.


“It is either you get the service of a lawyer or be prepared defend yourself”, the judge warned Evans Friday.

Evans however told the court that his people are still making efforts to secure the service of a new lawyer for him.


Evans is being prosecuted along with Uche Amadi, Okechukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Victor Chukwunonso Aduba and Ogechi Uchechukwu on two count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.

The prosecution also accused Evans and others of kidnapping Mr. Sylvanus Ahamonu and holding him hostage for at least nine weeks and collecting a ransom to the tune of USD 420,000 from his family.


He is also facing trial before two other courts for similar kidnapping charges.

When the matter came up for hearing yesterday, Evans had no legal representation.


Lawyers who announced their appearances for other defendants include Chris Obiaka for the 2nd and 3rd defendants, Mr. O. Aja, for 4th defendant while A.A Uzouku and Emmanuel Ochai appeared for 5th and 6th defendants respectively.

Justice Oshodi who was disturbed by the development warned Evans, who had changed counsel on three occasions that he will be compelled to enter defence for himself if he is not represented during the next hearing.


“It is on record that the first defendant has changed counsel three times

“If by the next hearing, the first defendant is not represented, he will be allowed to conduct proceedings on his own, this is a warning,” the judge ruled.

Justice Oshodi adjourned the case to April 3, 2020 for ruling on the no-case submission filed by other defendants.


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Katsina: Prospective corps members rescued after abduction.


The victims, three males and female, were traveling with their schoolmates from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, to Zamfara state where they were posted to for the one year mandatory NYSC scheme, when the bus they chartered from Osun state, was attacked and they were abducted.

NobleReporters learnt that the kidnappers called the families around midnight on Tuesday March 10, demanding a N10m ransom.


A father of one of the victims said the kidnappers called with the same number they used to reach him the previous day.

“I just spoke with the Commissioner of Police now and he told me that all four have been rescued. I am thankful to the police for rescuing them.

The kidnappers called again around midnight and this time, someone who could speak English was on the other end. They said I have to bring N10m for my child to be release.

But I did not pay anything and they have been rescued. I am thankful that the children are safe and they are being taken to NYSC in Katsina” the parent said.


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Fight with us – Mother of abducted chibok girls ready to fight Boko Haram.


Aggrieved Chibok mothers have sent an open letter to some of the world’s most powerful women over the 112 of their daughters still in the Boko Haram captivity
The letter was signed by Yana Galang, Monica Stover, Hannatu Dauda, Mary Shettima, Ladi Zanna Lawan and Rebecca Samuel, on behalf of other mothers.

It was written on Sunday to commemorate the International Women’s Day 2020.


The parents urged the influential women to further intensify their efforts to ensure the release of the remaining girls.

They said their anguish had become unbearable as they did not know what has happened to the children.


The letter reads in part:

“We seek to stand upon your shoulders, to shine a light on our pain and hopelessness, to bring our plight, which has had no reprieve, before you and every mother, daughter and sister who in one way or another has fought for our daughters and for the girl child.

“On April 14th, 2014, 276 of our daughters were abducted by the Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, in Northeast Nigeria. On the way to Boko Haram’s terror enclave of Sambisa Forest, 57 of the original 276 escaped. Since then, 107 more have made it home as a result of national and international negotiations and Nigerian military/para-military intervention.


“However, today, almost six years after the abduction, 112 of our daughters remain in captivity. Our anguish is unbearable as we do not know what has happened to our children. A day does not go by without us sending up a prayer that perhaps, today, we will be reunited with our daughters.

“Our daughters are the repository of our hope. Our desire to educate them was to empower our community and change our collective lives, and reach beyond the invisible lines that poverty and culture did not allow us to cross. Our dreams are dashed and our hope deferred and the nightmare we live daily has no end.


“We lay our tears at your feet, dear Sisters, and we put our hands in yours to receive strength to rise from the shackles that have imprisoned us and our children.

“We know that as we walk through this storm, you will lift our heads and shine a light on our path knowing that when we collectively illuminate the path, all can see and see clearer too. What affects one, affects all.


“Fight with us, we beg you. Call on the governments of the world not to relent until all our daughters — including Leah Sharibu of Dapchi and every girl, woman and child held captive by Boko Haram is returned home.

The mothers thanked influential women across the globe who have shown concern and add their voice to the advocacy.


“We say your name to show our gratitude: Nancy Pelosi, Melinda Gates, Kate Middleton, Serena Williams, Joyce Banda, Aisha Buhari, Dolapo Osinbajo, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson, Taraji P. Henson, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Rihanna, Lupita Nyongo, Alicia Keys, Graca Machel.

“Ameena Gurib Fakim, Amina Mohammed, Phumzile Mlambo Ngucka, Michelle Obama, Salma Hayek, Jackson Lee, Hilary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway, Rene Zellweger, Jada Piinkett Smith, Jennifer Buffett, Isha Sesay, Chimamanda Adichie, and many others.”

Chibok community was recently attacked by Boko Haram.

Meanwhile the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) has also recently expressed worry over the recent upsurge in attacks against aid workers and civilians by Boko Haram/ISWAP.


#Newsworthy…

Insecurities: Six Abducted In Calabar In 10 Days


Kidnappers seem to have set their sights on Calabar metropolis, as gunmen are reported to have abducted for ransom six people in ten days.

One of the abducted, David Ugwu, a lecturer at the University of Calabar, was reportedly whisked away from his residence along Atimbo. Another victim, Maurice Archibong, an accounting staff with the Nigerian Chronicle Newspaper, was kidnapped by gunmen last Sunday night, while Chief Desmond Oko, an Igbo businessman, was picked up on last Tuesday night.

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Another Igbo businessman, popularly known as ‘Champion’, and his brother were kidnapped at Garden Street last Wednesday night.

Champion’s brother was kidnapped when he went with a ransom sum to free his brother. The hoodlums had collected the ransom, released Champion and then detained the brother asking for more money.


It was learnt that an unidentified Calabar socialite was kidnapped on Saturday, February 22 at Efio-Ete axis in Calabar municipality about 9:00 pm.

A witness, Eno Emmanuel, said the abductors had traced the victim to a bar at Efio-Ete where they hid around, striking soon as the victim entered his car.


Eno, who sells oranges around the junction, said: “We just heard a gunshot and we thought they were robbers because most times they just shoot and carry something and zoom off. But this one was different. They just carried one man and took off.”

With regards to Champion, family sources revealed that he and his brother had been released after paying N3.5 million in ransom, while Chief Desmond was released Saturday night after paying about N2 million to his abductors.


The abductors of the accounting staff at Chronicle Newspaper, Maurice Archibong, have reportedly contacted the family and demanded N1.5 million as ransom for his release.

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As for the lecturer, his abductors are demanding for N15 million.


Narrating his ordeal, one of the victims said: “It is a terrible experience and these boys are operating freely. Calabar has become very unsafe for business and leisure. How can they carry human beings in a car and beat all the security checkpoints and carry somebody to the creeks?

“These boys kidnap every day and some victims die in the process. Please, we plead with the government to do something about this state of insecurity in Calabar.”


Meanwhile, some top Igbo businessmen are said to have sent a delegation to the Akwa Ibom government to allocate some parcel of land where they can build shops, as Cross River is said to have become too insecure for business.

Sources close to the Igbo community leadership in the state disclosed that they have had a series of meetings in recent days, advising Igbo businessmen to relocate their businesses to more secure states.


The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the latest kidnapping incident.

She said, “I am aware that somebody has been kidnapped but I have not been briefed by the anti-kidnapping squad if at all the matter has been reported to the squad.”

But a top security officer, who pleaded anonymity, blamed the increase in kidnapping and robbery on a lack of funds and operational vehicles.

The officer said: “We have heightened security challenges in the state. This is because the governor is not funding security agencies as other governors do. So we cannot fight crime alone. We need support from the state for enforcement.”


#Newsworthy…

No one has come to pay me visit ever since 2019 – Leah Sharibu’s father


Nathan Sharibu, father of Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram alongside over 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi community of Yobe State in February 2018, has blamed the federal government over his daughter’s continuous stay in captivity.

The emotional father of the abducted schoolgirl who spoke to Channels Television in commemoration of his daughter’s two years in captivity on Tuesday, February 18, reminded President Buhari of his promise of ensuring that his daughter returns home


#Newsworthy..

Presidency vows to bring back Leah Sharibu

…others from Boko Haram’s captive


On the eve of the second anniversary of the kidnapping of Dapchi schoolgirls by Boko Haram, President Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed for the umpteenth time to seek the release of Leah Sharibu and others in the captivity of the terrorists.

Leah Sharibu was the only captive of the 110 taken away that the terrorists held back. Several had died on the way to the terrorists den. And 107 schoolgirls were returned.


Here is Buhari’s statement:

“Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram. 107 survived the ordeal. Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.


“Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

“We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will and that all life is sacred.

“This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator.

“As we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God”.


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Breaking: 3-tim le divorcée kidnapper who lures men with her beauty arrested


A three-time divorcée, Hauwa Yunus from Jigawa State who lives in Masaka, Nasarawa State has been arrested after being linked to the kidnap of several prominent Nigerians.


The suspect who earned the reputation of a notorious kidnapper has reportedly confessed to her role in the abduction of some of her boyfriends who she lured into relationships with her beauty.

The long arm of the law caught up with her recently in Abuja where she confessed to the police that she was in fact behind the kidnapping of her first boyfriend, who she confessed was rich and very caring. She stated further that when she realised that the man had several other girlfriends she decided to make money from him by kidnapping him


Recalling how her first boyfriend was kidnapped on their way out from the hotel where they spent some time together, Hauwa said;

“Unknown to him [her boyfriend], I have planned with other members (of my gang) how he would be kidnapped. After several negotiations, he paid two million naira and I collected two hundred thousand as my share.


“Even though he did not know I planned his kidnap, when he was released he still wanted us to continue with our relationship. ”

She also confessed to organizing the kidnap of her second boyfriend who was abducted after stopping by the roadside to buy some things.


Hauwa said;

“He paid the sum of one million naira as ransom and I collected fifty thousand naira as my share.”


Her third boyfriend who was not rich like the others, paid after N500,000 for his release and it was gathered that she spent more time with him than others.

Hauwa also disclosed that she planned the kidnap of her best friend Zainab, after she overheard her talking about getting a credit alert of N600,000.


She said;

“I thought that the best thing to do was to kidnap her and collect the money from her. Eventually, I kidnapped her.”

Hauwa Yunus

Zainab did not survive the torture she was subjected to after being kidnapped as she died from the injuries she sustained. After her friend’s death, Hauwa reportedly ransacked Zainab’s room, took her ATM card and withdrew all the money in her account. She also took her friend’s car which she repainted and sold including other personal belongings.

The female kidnapper who was arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Squad led by Abba Kyari, is reportedly helping the police in their investigation of other kidnappings in different parts of the North.


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Insecurities: Student missing since Dec. 1, not found, yet police took no action

…3 others also missing


A24-year old activist and student of Psychology at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Aniefiok Ekerete Johnson, is missing.

Aniefiok went missing along with three of his friends, Akaniyene Akpan, Stanley Isaac Ikono and Iduehe Johnson.


They are yet to be found despite a petition to the police.

According to their families, the four were last seen on December 1, 2019 at 5:30pm.


Johnson’s family said the Akwa Ibom State Police Command had refused to make any intervention nor attempted to search for the missing students.

They lamented that despite sending a petition to the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, informing him of the situation, he had not made any move even after acknowledging the receipt of the petition.


They also claimed that the police had not reacted more than one month after submitting it and demanding the safe return of the missing persons.

In the petition sent to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command dated December 30, 2019 and sighted by our correspondent, Johnson’s family pleaded to the police to help search for the missing son.


The petition reads, “Aniefiok Ekerete Johnson was last seen 07:30hrs on December 1, 2019 with three other friends (all students too) who are also missing.

“Efforts to trace his whereabouts through schoolmate, neighbours and some security agencies have proved abortive.

“Details of the missing Ekerete Johnson and the three other friends are Anjefiok Ekerete Johnson: (08127496823, 09029264877); Akaniyene Akpan (08171114886); Stanley Isaac Ikono (08126443284); and Nduehe Johnson (08024617630).

“It is our hope that you will your good offices into seeing that these missing individuals are found, and returned back safely.”


#Newsworthy…

Insecurities: Catholic priest abducted by gunmen in Benin


A Catholic Priest serving at the Uromi Diocese, Father Nicholas Oboh, has been abducted by gunmen in Benin City.

Chancellor Uromi diocese, Rev Father Osi Odenore, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said Father Oboh was abducted on Valentine’s day but was not specific in the area where the abduction took place. He called for prayers for the release of the priest.

“We are sure he is alive, and since the incident, steps have be taken to ensure that Rev Father Nicholas Oboh is release without no harm.” he added.

In a similar development, four children were abducted at Umelu community in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of Edo state.

It was gathered that armed robbers had robbed residents in the area and took four children along with them. According to reports, one of the abducted children has been released after the parents paid the sum of N2m, while other parents have opened negotiations with the abductors.


#Newsworthy…

G.O, Sotitobire miracle centre remanded in prison over missing child in Ondo


The General Overseer of Sotitobire Miracle Center, Babatunde Alfa and six others have been remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Olokuta, after being arraigned before an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure.

The 7 suspects arraigned before the court on six counts including felony and conspiracy to kidnap in the case of a missing one-year-old boy, all denied the allegation.

Effort of the defendants’ counsel, Olusola Oke to get bail for his clients was futile as Director of Public Prosecution in the state, Grace Olowoporoku stated that he filed multiple bail applications that were difficult to respond to.

Justice Adedun Odusola adjourned the case till March 16, 2020 after the court session on Thursday February 6.


#Newsworthy…

NAHCO chairman’s mother abducted in Ondo ..


Suspected gunmen have abducted the mother of a popular businessman and Chairman of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, Mr Sehinde Fadeni, in Ondo State.

Madam Alice Fadeni was kidnapped on Tuesday evening at her residence in Ode Aye town in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.


NobleReporters learnt that the hoodlums numbering about four stormed the town around 5:30pm before seizing Madam Fadeni at her home.

A source, who confirmed the abduction, told our correspondent that the woman was driven out her compound in a Sienna vehicle.


According to the source, the whereabouts of Mrs Fadeni was not yet known as the case had already been reported to the police.

“She was kidnapped yesterday (Tuesday) evening at her house and we have reported the case to the police immediately but we still don’t know her locations,” the source said.


Also, Mr Nicholas Tofowomo, lawmaker representing Ondo South Senatorial discrict at the National Assembly, confirmed the abduction, describing it as “evil”.

He said, “We urge security agencies to secure her unconditional release and bring the perpetrators to book.”

Spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the abduction on Wednesday when contacted. NobleReporters confirmed

He said the police had already begun investigation into the case and would ensure the aged woman was rescued alive.


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Niger attack: 11 killed by alleged gunmen..


Gunmen, who invaded some communities in Niger State, have killed 11 people and also kidnapped four women.

The gunmen stormed Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala Makera and Dnalgwa communities in the early hours of Saturday.

The bandits were said to have moved from house to house to carry out their activities, NobleReporters reported.


Senator representing Niger-East Senatorial District, Alhaji Sani Musa, confirmed the latest attack, saying that the situation was getting out of hand.

The lawmaker lamented the incessant killings and called on the Federal Government and security agencies to up their strategies.

He said, “As the attacks continued, more villagers in my constituency are awaiting their fate as no sign of succour seems to be coming their way.

“It is confirmed that the bandits are attacking all through the night to this afternoon


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Leah Sharibu turn Muslim in Boko Haram’s abode – Family reacted..

…married and bare baby for Boko Haram commander


A source close to the insurgents said Leah Sharibu was forced to accept Islam before being married off to the Boko Haram commander.

Leah Sharibu’s family have reacted to media report that the teenage schoolgirl was recently delivered of a baby boy for a Boko Haram commander.

Leah and over a hundred others were abducted by Boko Haram from Government Secondary School, Dapchi, Adamawa State in 2018.

While others were released, Leah was held back by the insurgents for refusing to denounce her Christian faith.

But, a recent report by SaharaReporters alleged that Leah was forced to accept Islam before being married off to the Boko Haram commander. NobleReporters learnt


Spokesperson of the family and senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu, described the report as a rumour.

He said the only desire of the family was to have their daughter with or without a baby.


“I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumour as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see a proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand,” Puldu said according to Punch.

“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.


“I spoke with Jennifer, who was in Boko Haram captivity, last Monday or Tuesday. I was able to speak with her one-on-one and she told us that she did not see Leah in captivity, but she was with Alison Gada, who informed her that Leah was alive, healthy and not dead,” he added.

Salkida confirms Leah is now a mother


President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren), Rev Joel Billi, noted a journalist who has access to Boko Haram, Ahmad Salkida, told him Leah had become a mother.

Billi said he got the call from Salkida on the same day the journalist announced the execution of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, by the insurgents.


“Ahmed Salkida, whom I knew as a young boy when I was a pastor in Biu, called me to inform me that Andimi had been gruesomely murdered.

“I was also told by Ahmad Salkida that Leah Sharibu had given birth to a baby. I was devastated. I was staggering and almost fell down because I was shocked to hear that. I couldn’t absorb the shock because Leah Sharibu had become a symbol of the Christian faith. I consider her Christian faith stronger than even that of many church leaders. When I heard that Leah Sharibu was now a mother, I had to ask more than three times just to be sure. Ahmad Salkida said, ‘Leah Sharibu is now a mother.’”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said that it is making efforts to secure the release of Leah.

According to reports, Leah would have been released months ago but for her pregnancy.


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Bring back Leah Sharibu with or without baby – Family aggrieved..


The family of Christian teenage schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in 2018, Leah Sharibu, has described reports that she had a baby boy in captivity as a rumour.

A senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu, who speaks for the family, also told Sunday Punch on Saturday that all they wanted was to have Leah home alive, with or without a baby.

Some media reports had earlier reported that Leah had a baby for a Boko Haram commander in Niger Republic and that she would have been released some months ago but for her pregnancy.


Dismissing the reports, Puldu said, “I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumour as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see a proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand.

“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.”


Puldu also noted that they had unconfirmed information that Leah was still alive.

She said, “I spoke with Jennifer, who was in Boko Haram captivity, last Monday or Tuesday. I was able to speak with her one-on-one and she told us that she did not see Leah in captivity, but she was with Alison Gada, who informed her that Leah was alive, healthy and not dead.”


Incidentally, President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren), Rev Joel Billi, told one of our correspondents that a journalist who has access to Boko Haram, Ahmad Salkida, told him Leah had become a mother.

The cleric said he got the call from Salkida on the same day the journalist announced the execution of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, by Boko Haram.


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He said he had known Salkida as a young boy while he was a pastor in Biu.

Billi said, “Ahmed Salkida, whom I knew as a young boy when I was a pastor in Biu, called me to inform me that Andimi had been gruesomely murdered.


“I was also told by Ahmad Salkida that Leah Sharibu had given birth to a baby. I was devastated. I was staggering and almost fell down because I was shocked to hear that. I couldn’t absorb the shock because Leah Sharibu had become a symbol of the Christian faith. I consider her Christian faith stronger than even that of many church leaders. When I heard that Leah Sharibu was now a mother, I had to ask more than three times just to be sure. Ahmad Salkida said, ‘Leah Sharibu is now a mother.’”

Leah was among 110 schoolgirls abducted on February 19, 2018 by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State.

Christian teenage schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in 2018, Leah Sharibu


In March 2018, the Federal Government announced the insurgents had returned 106 of the kidnapped schoolchildren but that Leah was not among them.

It was reported that Leah, who was 14 years old at the time she was kidnapped, w as not released because she refused to convert to Islam.


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